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HB seeks grant for streetscape project

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach officials hope to secure a grant to
gussy up a bustling commercial corridor in the city -
East Bay Drive.
The city commission last week endorsed a beau-
tification project along East Bay Drive between 31st
Street and Manatee Avenue, as well as on the inter-
secting east-west streets Gulf Drive and Manatee
The work has been on the city's wish list for more
than a year, when public works director Joe Duennes
applied for a streetscape grant but was denied.
Another opportunity came up this month for a fed-

County bans

congregating in

beach parking lots
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners voted June 12 to
ban congregating in parking lots at county beaches and
"They gave us what we needed," said Sam Spe-
ciale, chief of the Bradenton Beach Police Department,
which patrols Coquina Beach under an agreement with
the county.
The ordinance was approved with the support of Com-
missioners Amy Stein, Joe McClash, Carol Whitmore, Jane
von Hahmann, Ron Getman and Donna G. Hayes. Com-
missioner Gwen Brown did not attend the meeting.
Stein praised the county staff's work on the ordi-
nance, which also involved some changes in lan-
McClash said he wanted to see even more changes
to make the county's parks and beaches safe.
The measure was drafted in the wake of the shoot-
ing of three men on Coquina Beach on Easter Sunday.
Authorities said the shooting was gang-related, a retali-
ation for a prior gang incident in Bradenton.
The ordinance OK'd by commissioners prohibits
people from hanging out in parking lots, the exception
being people in permitted RV lots, although there are
no such lots on any Anna Maria Island beaches.
"This is something we've been pulling for for a
long time," said detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, of the Bra-
denton Beach Police Department. "One of the biggest
problems we've had is people hanging out in the park-
ing lots."
Diaz and Speciale said the loitering ban would
be particularly useful on holidays at the beach, when
authorities have observed crowds of people, who by
manner of dress don't seem to be bound for the beach,
assembling in the parking lots.
"It basically comes back on us now to make sure
the ordinance that's in place is enforced," Diaz said.
Special predicted the next big beach holiday would
be Labor Day, since July 4 falls on a Wednesday.
In addition to giving police the authority to stop
people from congregating on the beach, the new mea-
sure prohibits people from leaving their pets unattended
in the parking lots.
Diaz said the department receives a number of calls
from people who see pets, especially dogs, left in cars
in the heat.
Bradenton Beach police also have observed that
people chain pets to vehicles to serve as guard dogs.
Meanwhile, at Coquina Beach last week, crews

erally funded transportation grant through the Metro-
politan Planning Organization.
The public works department's beautification plans
call for two trolley shelters, plus 520 linear feet of side-
walk and landscaping, at a cost of $169,800.
In a breakdown of the cost, $135,000 would be
invested in landscaping, $14,500 in the shelters,
$14,300 for the sidewalk and $6,000 for permitting
and other administrative costs.
The landscaping would be extensive 128 fox-
tail palms, 12 live oaks, 18 Alexander palms, 20 crape
myrtles, 150 sand cordgrass plants, 282 beach sunflow-
ers and about 125 cubic yards of recycled mulch. The
foxtail palms and wild sunflowers would line East Bay

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
After numerous revisions, the Holmes Beach City
Commission is ready to set sail with a proposed ordi-
nance regulating mooring and docking in canals.
The charted destination is a public hearing at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10.
The commission spent the better part of spring
rewriting the proposed ordinance in an attempt to find
a workable solution to what property owners and city
officials have agreed is a complex issue, specifically
with docks in dead-end canals.
On June 12, presenting yet another revision to the
ordinance during a city commission work session, city
planner Bill Brisson said, "Hopefully, we'll possibly
reach the end of the dock discussion tonight."
Brisson outlined changes made in recent weeks to
the proposed ordinance.
Generally, the ordinance requires that mooring
areas be not less than 10 feet wide and the dock not
less than 2 feet wide. The dock cannot extend into the
waterway more than 20 feet from the outer edge of the

Drive northward from 31st Street. Plans also show side-
walks on both sides of East Bay Drive, on the outside
of the proposed tree line.
"This is becoming, more and more, an important
area," said Commissioner David Zaccagnino. "I think
it's a great idea."
Zaccagnino and Commissioners Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens, Pat Geyer and Pat Morton endorsed the project.
Commissioner John Monetti did not attend the June 12
The city commission last week also heard a report
from Jim Dunne, the chairman of the city parks and
beautification committee.

The measure exempts mooring areas and docks
in waterways that qualify as basins 85th Street
Canal, the T-end canal between Baronet and Concord
Lanes on Key Royal, the Marina Court canal basin, the
83rd Street and 77th Street canal basins, and the basin
between 68th and 69th streets.
The ordinance would require that accessory moor-
ing and boat docks be associated with a principal use on
an abutting lot, but allow for grandfatheringg" mooring
areas and docks not associated with principal uses at
certain locations. Those locations include the dead-end
canals between 71st and 72nd streets and between 67th
and 68th streets.
The ordinance would allow property owners to
negotiate their own agreements for mooring and areas
and docks, which can be registered with the city.
Commissioners had wanted to cap the length of the
agreement to 15 years, but, after hearing from citizens
and city attorney Patricia Petruff, agreed to no time
The ordinance would require that in situations
where agreements now exist, they must be re-affirmed

t for Erik, page 8.

Second weekly
winner: Top notch
.: crabby dog!
Tom Thomas of
Holmes Beach took
this photo of Taylor,
S a 2 2-year-old Lab-
rador retriever, while
S, at the sandbar east
I' of the Longboat Pass
Bridge. "Taylor, he
,- says, "loves to chase
crabs." Thomas is the
second winner of six
S" "'- f weeks of Top Notch,
o including front page
for his photo and an
Islander newspaper
S.- more-than-a-mullet
wrapper" T-shirt. His
entry will go into the
*" pool of weekly winners
.2 to be eligible for the
grand prize of $100
from the newspaper
and a bevy of gift
certificates and prizes
from Islander adver-
tisers. See page 8for
contest information -
four weeks remain.

HB dock ordinance ready for hearing

2 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Coquina parking ban approved
continued to work in the parking lots, adding dividers,
wooden posts to curb cruising at the beach. The county
is creating a system of "zoned" parking, in order for
lots to be closed off and easier to police.
'The zoned parking and this ordinance, I think, will put
a humongous dent in the loitering in the parking lots," Diaz
said. "This is really going to help us control the crowds."
In the shooting on Easter, three brothers suspected
of involvement in the Sur 13 street gang Jose Estrada,
20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old identified
by Bradenton Beach police as FE. were injured.
Two other men, suspected of being involved in the
Norte 14 street gang, were arrested for the shooting
while still at the beach, and, are scheduled to stand trial
in mid-August on a number of charges.
Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, of Plant City, is charged
with carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition
of a firearm and discharging a firearm.
Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, of Plant City, is
charged with three counts of attempted first-degree
murder, carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibi-
tion of a firearm and discharge of a firearm in public.
The shooting forced authorities to clear the beach late
Easter afternoon and shut down traffic, northbound and south-
bound, in Bradenton Beach for an hour, while the injured men
were taken to hospitals by medical helicopter transport.
"It had ramifications far beyond what happened to
the boys who got hurt," said Becky Callahan of Long-
boat Key.
Callahan was dining at the SunHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach at about the time the shooting
occurred. "People came in with the news and it was
frightening," she said. "I can only imagine what it
meant to a tourist who was here and doesn't know just
how peaceful and quiet the islands are. So I hope the
police have what they need to keep the peace."
Rosie Martinez of Bradenton brought her family
to Coquina Beach last Thursday. She endorsed tougher
rules to keep the beach safe.
"I think what should be done is a security check
at the entrances," Martinez said. "If they can do it at a
baseball game or concert, they can do it at a beach. No
guns. No liquor. The people who want that stuff would
have to go somewhere else."

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Coquina Beach Trail construction mostly done
After some hurdles, the Coquina Beach Trail on the west side of Gulf Drive from Fifth Street South to the base
of the Longboat Bridge has been paved. The project was stalled when Florida Department of Environmental
Protection officials halted work due to some tree issues. The 8-foot-wide asphalt path meanders under trees, has
bollards to keep trailgoers and vehicles separated, and will have water fountains, benches, bike racks and other
amenities along its length. Asphalt work was completed last week, but the project still has amenities to be added.
Manatee County isfunding most of the project, with somefunds coming from Bradenton Beach. The trail project
is expected to be completed by July 4. Also under construction at Coquina Beach are myriad bollards and a new
parking design, which resulted in removal of some Australian pine trees. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

Streetscape improvements
Dunne reported on the committee's successes in late
2006 and the first six months in 2007, including organiz-
ing the showing of a holiday movie on the Holmes Beach
City Hall field in December, a seminar on native plants
in February and an Arbor Day celebration in April.
Dunne said the committee plans to continue those
events the seminar topic remains to be determined
but members hope the next holiday movie will be "Mir-
acle on 34th Street."

Also, when the committee regroups after a summer
break, members will resume work identifying potential
sites for linear parks in the city. An example of a such
a park is the small green space the Regions, formerly
AmSouth Bank, developed at its property on Manatee
Avenue. On July 25, the bank plans to dedicate the
space as a public park.
In regards to beautification, Commissioner Morton
noted during the meeting that in the vicinity of the
Kingfish Boat Ramp he is starting to see seedlings of
native trees come up where Manatee County crews
cleared out Brazilian pepper trees.






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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 3 3

Pavilion proposed for Coquina Beach

Founders and "friends" of Legacy Inc., a non-profit
company created by Island residents, have proposed
a 2,500-seat performing arts pavilion for Coquina
Island real estate agent Barry Gould said the Bra-
denton Beach Performing Arts Pavilion and Nature
Center could be constructed bayside at Coquina Beach,
directly across from the northernmost trolley stop.
Gould along with Legacy Inc. president Emily
Anne Smith and vice-president and Bradenton Beach j
Mayor John Chappie made a presentation of the pro-
posal June 18 to the Manatee County Tourism Develop-
ment Council. :.
The pavilion would be open-air, said Gould, and
could host concerts, theater productions and ballet. IN
Other events could include seminars and lectures, .
school graduation exercises, weddings and receptions, ...
outdoor movies, award ceremonies and a number of J
other functions. There would be two floors to the build-
ing, with indoor facilities for some events.
Gould said the idea for a pavilion actually began NN '-
in 1998, and with the current revitalization of Coquina ',,
Beach's parking plan by Manatee County, timing now ."
seems right.
"This is a challenging opportunity, a dream and a
vision whose time has come," he said.
Gould emphasized that Legacy III plans to solicit Beach dreams
most of the funding from private sources, but local Barry Gould displays an artist's rendition of a proposed performing arts pavilion at Coquina Beach that would
municipalities could also contribute. be funded primarily from private sources. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Grim news from 'hurricane central' presented on Longboat

"The reality is this," Florida Division of Emergency
Management director Craig Fugate said last week.
"Hurricanes are a part of our environment." And they
can bring catastrophe.
He and other emergency management officials
addressed about 150 people last week on Longboat
Key at a Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce function. The repeated phrase
was one of "not if," but "when."
Hurricane forecasters are predicting an "above-

Grim grins
Florida Division of
Emergency Manage-
ment director Craig
Fugate, left, Manatee
County Emergency
Management director
Laurie Feagans and
Longboat Key town
manager Bruce St.
Dennis offered some
grim advice to about
150 people on the key
last week attending a
chamber of commerce
hurricane conference
on the key. Islander
Photo: Paul Roat

Dock ordinance coming
after the ordinance is adopted.
Brisson said one new provision "allows boats and
davits to extend beyond the 20-foot limitation imposed
on docks at the terminus of a dead-end canal" provided
the boats don't interfere with navigation or impinge on
others' mooring rights.
Another change specifies that if a dock falls into
disrepair or becomes a hazard, the city would take code
enforcement action.
"These are all of the conditions and concerns that
we discussed," Brisson said. "They are included in the
During the public comment portion of the meeting,
several people two property owners and an attorney
- spoke about the docks in the canal between 71st and
72nd streets. The location is the subject of a longstand-
ing legal dispute between the property owners over the
history of how long the docks have existed and how to
go forward with sharing the relatively tight space.

average" season, which began June 1 and runs through
Nov. 30. There have already been two named storms
this year, barely three weeks into the season.
"You have to prepare like it's a bad one," Fugate
said of the season ahead. "The storms have always
missed us, but you only missed by about three-quarters
of a turn," referencing Hurricane Charley in 2004. It
was originally forecast to make landfall at the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge but veered to the east and struck Punta
Gorda, causing widespread devastation.

If the proposed ordinance is adopted, the docks
in the canal must be rebuilt. "That's the only way this
would work," Brisson said.
Petruff said, \ly best advice is for these ...
people to get together and rebuild those docks. The
fall-back position is to not do anything and let the court
The dispute remains contentious, but commission-
ers agreed last week that the proposed ordinance is fair
and comprehensive and should go forward.
"Our focus is getting this done," said Sandy Haas-
Martens, who chairs the commission. "I think we
worked out the bugs."
"I really feel like this is it," said Commissioner
David Zaccagnino.
The commission's next meeting is 7 p.m. Tues-
day, July 10, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
In addition to a public hearing on the dock ordi-
nance, the commission plans to vote on a 30-year, non-
exclusive franchise agreement with Florida Power &
Light and discuss a proposed sign ordinance.

"When local officials say act, act," Fugate added.
"Respect the hurricanes and be prepared."
Longboat Key Mayor Jeremy Whatmough concurred.
"The No. 1 thing to do is know where you're
going," he said. "No. 2 is to tell your friends where
you' re going, and have a hurricane kit prepared with
your valuable papers, checks, insurance documents and
the like."
Manatee County Emergency Management director
Laurie Feagans said that residents to all barrier islands
should have patience if an evacuation is ordered after
a storm.
"We' ve got three levels of return," she said. First
back will be Florida Power & Light crews along with
search-and-rescue personnel. Next will be city and
county workers, and finally residents.
"You have to be patient with us," Feagans said.


Anna Maria City
June 21, 3:30 p.m., CIAC meeting.
June 28, 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, pier concessionaire meeting with city
June 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
various letters of no objection for construction of
properties, approval of invoices, consent agenda and
commission reports.
June 25, 3:30 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
June 26, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
June 26, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
June 28, 1 p.m., city commission work 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 20, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 601 Bay
Isles Parkway.
June 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
board meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
June 25, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.

4 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Tax 'relief' still quandary on Anna Maria Island

By Paul Roat
The Florida Legislature adjourned an abbreviated
special session last week, touting as its accomplish-
ment the biggest tax reform in state history. Gov. Char-
lie Crist is expected to sign the legislation to make it
become law.
Taxpayers, residents and business owners will see
cities and counties next year faced with rollback rates
of the current fiscal year's taxes.
The rollback rate of property taxes is the millage
that would produce the same amount of money gener-
ated from the previous year, taking into account the
increase in property assessments. Millage is $1 for
every $1,000 of appraised value of a house.
Also included in the new law is a 9 percent reduc-
tion in spending for cities and counties.
There is also a ballot initiative that will appear on
the presidential primary ballot Jan. 29 that would ask
voters if they want to change the Florida Constitution to
allow the option of having a sliding scale of homestead
exemptions for their property.
Homesteaded property owners are those full-time
residents who currently receive a tax break, usually on
the first $25,000 valuation on their property.

Stormwater fee a

'bad investment'

says Woodland
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria city commissioner who two years
ago spearheaded the idea of a stormwater utility fee as a
method of financing drainage improvements in the city
now says the whole concept is a "bad investment," and
further discussion is a "waste of time."
Commissioner Dale Woodland made his comments
at the June 14 commission meeting after commissioners
reopened discussion of the fee in the face of looming
budget cuts at the city and county level as mandated
by the Florida Legislature during its recent tax-cutting
Woodland withdrew his support for the fee two
years ago after he realized the city would be financing
projects for a 10- to 15-year period, but the projects
would only have a life-span of a few years.
"I really hate having this discussion," said Wood-
land, who chastised his colleagues for failing to grasp
the significance of the fee.
"I'm disgusted that no one understands the financial
implications. In 2005, it was a bad way to pay for those
projects and I can't seem to make you understand."
Borrowing money for a 15-year period for a project
that won't even last 10 years at the most is simply not
the best way for the city to do business, he asserted.
The city's line of credit to finance capital improve-
ment projects is working just fine, while a stormwater
utility fee is "just not going to work," he maintained.
The draft proposal calls for an annual fee of $206
from the owner of a single-family residence for a 10- or
15-year period.
But time is against the city.
To implement a stormwater fee for the 2008-09
budget cycle, the city must have an engineer's study
done to validate the fee and its value. That study would
cost about $10,000 and must be done before the city
notifies the Manatee County Property Appraiser and
Manatee County Tax Collector that it intends to use
those offices to collect the fee. The deadline for notifi-
cation for the 2008-09 budget cycle is Jan. 1, 2008.
That doesn't leave the city with a lot of time, noted
Commission Chairman John Quam.
Following Woodland's impassioned plea, Mayor
Fran Barford said she would discuss the study with the
city's engineering firm to establish the scope of such a
study. She'll bring that information to the commission's
July worksession.
Quam cautioned that nothing has been decided
about implementing a stormwater utility fee, it's simply
a discussion item at this point.
In other business, city planner Alan Garrett pre-
sented commissioners with a revised draft of proposed
site plan review procedures.
While commissioners agreed with most of the pro-

The revision, with voter approval next year, would
allow property owners to choose between the current
Save Our Homes plan tax cap at no more than the cost-
of-living increase each year, or to go with a "super-
homestead" plan that would allow 75 percent of the first
$200,000 of a home's appraisal to be exempt from taxa-
tion, plus another 15 percent of the next $300,000 of
value, with a minimum $50,000 exemption guaranteed
for homes of lesser value and a maximum exemption
on taxation of $195,000 for houses valued at more than
Confused? So is everybody else, it seems, at least
on Anna Maria Island.
Some Island officials said Friday that Thursday
night's decision by lawmakers had not yet been pro-
vided to them, and impacts were uncertain on city bud-
Holmes Beach's staff treasurer, Rick Ashley, said
that he had done some preliminary number-crunch-
ing and estimated that the city would receive about
$250,000 less next fiscal year under the new state law,
"but I don't have the final tax roll. I don't have every-
thing I need yet."
Anna Maria's staff treasurer, Diane Percycoe, said

she wasn't sure if the new formula for the tax structure
would be based on the upcoming July 1 numbers that
are provided for property assessment of land for the
upcoming 2007-08 fiscal year, or would be based upon
the 2006-07 figures.
And they agreed that if the "super-exemption" plan
is approved by voters that all bets would basically be
off as far as who would do what with their property.
Don Schroder, head of Citizens Against Runaway
Taxation, an Island-based group that joined with other
organizations in the state to try to halt or at least slow
high taxation, was equally miffed on the legislative
One of CART's major issues was the "highest-and-
best-use" ranking by property appraisers. That designa-
tion calls for the hotels and motels to be appraised at
the highest possible category for land use, such as con-
dominiums, even though they may be a small resort.
"Mom-and-pop" motels have seen astronomical
increases in their property valuation and accompanying
fees, causing some on the Island to sell to developers
to convert to condo ownership.
"The Legislature has not addressed the 'highest-
and-best' use of hotels and motels," Schroder said.

Tide coming in
Wood Dock and Seawall
recently began installing
pilings at the Tidemark
Marina in Holmes Beach as
a prelude to the actual start
of the vertical construc-
tion at the planned hotel/
marina/condominium on
Marina Drive adjacent to
the Wachovia Bank. The
project wasfirst approved
by the Holmes Beach City
Commission in August
2001, but financial difficul-
ties prevented actual con-
struction. A new ownership
group has begun taking res-
ervations for units. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

Committee wants $3 million from

GSR principals,
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Official Committee of General Unsecured
Creditors for bankrupt GSR Development LLC
has lashed out at the principals and former law-
yers and representatives of the failed company,
demanding a minimum of $3 million from those
involved in the $46 million bankruptcy, claiming
they operated a "conspiracy."
Attorneys John Anthony and Cheryl Thomp-
son, representing the committee, filed a notice of
"adversary proceedings" with the federal bank-
ruptcy court June 14, claiming that these are
"actions that would have been brought in state
court if unrelated to the bankruptcy."
While Thompson and Anthony did not state
the "actions" would have been criminal charges in
another court, the allegations would indicate that
the "actions" are serious.
Named as defendants in the "adversary proceed-
ings" are GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve
Noriega; attorneys Derek Filcoff and Christopher
Hunt of the defunct firm known as "The Real Estate
Law Firm;" and businessman Thomas Coelho. Fil-
coff and Hunt were identified in the documents as
licensed Florida attorneys with an office in Sarasota.
Coelho, while not an attorney, represented himself

posals, several were hung up on Garrett's idea that an
applicant could obtain a variance during the site-plan
review process if he or she could demonstrate that the
proposed "deviation" results in a "superior design."
Sorry, said Commissioner Duke Miller, but "supe-
rior design" is too subjective.
"I can already hear a judge saying that a superior

lawyers, ex-reps
to be a lawyer, the notice indicates.
The "adversary proceedings" has 11 allegations
against the defendants, including fraudulent trans-
fers, professional negligence, breach of fiduciary
duty, civil conspiracy, fraudulent inducement and
criminal usury.
Anthony and Thompson claimed these allega-
tions arose from numerous financial transactions
involving GSR and the defendants, including
"questionable" dealings with Bon Eau Develop-
ment LLC, Longboat Partners, Crossgate Partners,
and various other individuals and companies.
Bon Eau was not named as a defendant by the
unsecured creditors committee. Federal bankruptcy
Judge K. Rodney May last month allowed the com-
pany to "compromise" itself out of any adversary
proceedings after it agreed to contribute $500,000
to help pay for "administrative claims" against
GSR. Bon Eau also agreed to give an additional
$250,000 for the committee to use in filing claims
against the named defendants.
May set a "pre-trial" conference for 10:30 a.m.
on Wednesday, July 31, in the federal courthouse at
801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa. The defendants have
until July 16 to respond to the allegations.
Efforts to reach Filcoff, Hunt, Coelho, Byrne
or Noriega for comment were unsuccessful.

design is not defined in the procedures. Let's be more
Woodland, along with Commissioners Jo Ann Mat-
tick and Christine Toilette, agreed.
"It should be spelled out," said Mattick.
Garrett will bring the suggested revisions to the
July worksession for further discussions.

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 5 5

Anna Maria comp plan, FLUM likely face legal challenges

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Forgive the owners of the property on the north-
west corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria if they feel like a used tennis ball. Since the
city began revising its comprehensive plan and future
land-use map four years ago, discussion on the land-use
designation on their property has been bounced back
and forth more times than a Roger Federer Andre
Agassi match point.
Larry Herrig of LBK Realty bought the property
several years ago knowing that a lawsuit against the
city in 1981 resulted in a zoning change on the property
from residential to commercial.
Herrig and his partners subsequently petitioned
the commission during its deliberations on the FLUM
to change the land-use designation from commercial to
ROR. That suggestion was originally turned down, but
upon further review, the planning and zoning board agreed
that ROR was the proper land use for that parcel.
Alas, that ROR designation only lasted until May
21, when the commission reversed the P&Z course and
voted 3-2 to retain the commercial land-use designation
on the property.
Attorney Matt Taylor, representing Herrig and LBK
Realty, said he found the commission change of heart
was "absolutely amazing and defies reason.
"We were floored," Taylor added. "We can't under-
stand the decision because it goes against the entire
comprehensive plan." He argued that the comp plan and
FLUM are to encourage the "village atmosphere" and
"residential character" of Anna Maria and the commis-
sion action is emphasizing commercial development.
An ROR designation on the property would allow his
clients to create a project that would be in keeping with
the goals of the comprehensive plan, he maintained.
The owners, Taylor noted, have demonstrated that
strictly commercial activity at that location "won't
work" under the prevailing property tax and wind insur-
ance rates on Anna Maria Island.
Withi 'ut the ROR land-use designation and accom-
panying zoning, "the commission majority has zoned
my clients out of being a benefit to the community,"
Taylor said.

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But while his clients may have lost the first battle,
the war is far from over.
Taylor said he will submit a 12-page letter to
accompany the FLUM and comprehensive plan to the
Florida Department of Community Affairs, which must
review and approve the documents before the city can
enact appropriate legislation.
"We'll certainly show how the commission has flip-
flopped on this particular issue," he said, in addition to
a number of other legal points.
The comprehensive plan and accompanying ordi-
nances are a "legislative process and we have to let the
action play out, but this is not a dead issue as far as our
clients are concerned. It would be fair to say that future
legal action is always an option. We are reserving all
our clients rights," he concluded.
And Taylor wasn't the only attorney who had
issues" with aspects of the comp-plan and FLUM.
Attorney Michael Connolly, representing former
Commissioner Linda Cramer, said that a "logical" future
land use for Cramer's property at 9702 Gulf Drive is
retail-office-residential, not residential as passed by the
commission May 21.
Connolly claimed Cramer's property was being sin-
gled out and is being treated differently than that of other
properties in the area, which have been designated ROR.

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He also presented historical background which
indicated the city commission at a special meeting
Nov. 26, 1991, had unanimously approved a motion to
designate the property commercial, not residential.
Failure of the commission to change the land-use
designation to ROR will place an "inordinate burden"
on the property and "will result in a substantial diminu-
tion in the value thereof," Connolly claimed.
The sudden shift at the May 21 meeting by the
commission to allow new construction in a commercial
zone to be built to a maximum height of 37 feet, not 27
feet as previously agreed to by the commission, resulted
in a letter from attorney Brendan Rowe, representing
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue.
Rowe said that pushing the height limit from 27 feet
to 37 feet allows construction of a three-story building
with two usable floors on top of a level for parking and
deliveries. This, Rowe argued, "would create a new,
very intense, use of commercial property within the
city of Anna Maria," and that's inconsistent with the
goals, objectives and policies of the plan.
Rowe also claimed that, despite what commission-
ers may believe, under the city's current land develop-
ment codes, the commission does not have the "discre-
tion" to apply restrictions on commercial activity at
such a structure.

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Pie in the sky?
Lemon pie with double-decker meringue, loaded
with sugar, a buttery, crispy crust and a just-right tart
flavor. Sounds yummy, right?
But as the saying goes for dreamers, it's "pie in the
That's the thought pie in the sky that came
to mind when we were presented a plan, complete with
detailed renderings of one group's "dream," for recre-
ational land at Coquina Beach bayside.
It is, w ilth, 'IL doubt, a "delicious" plan for a perform-
ing arts center, outdoor amphitheater and a nature center.
The not-for-profit Legacy Inc. of Bradenton Beach
used to sponsor a holiday preview until economics
forced its end annually on Thanksgiving night. It is
headed by, most notably, Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie and designer Emily Anne Smith.
Not surprisingly, Smith did the plans. It is some-
what surprising, however, to see the mayor promoting
a "private agenda" for an area of Bradenton Beach that
is managed and controlled by Manatee County.
The presentation to the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council Monday sought the blessing of
that agency, and likely some of the tourist tax dollars
that also support beach renourishment and baseball.
The cost? Likely $5 million, and that's just for starters.
At a time when the state is tightening its belt, and
asking cities and counties to do the same, that's a big
"gulp." Still, the Legacy group proposes to seek and
find private funding, too.
The pie, er plan, tastes a bit like there are some
missing ingredients.
While it would bring an "upscale" use to the park
that most recently was marred by gang shootings, it
will likely increase traffic intense event traffic on
the narrow stretch of Gulf Drive that provides the only
access to a busy beach and Longboat Key.
And consider that the pavillion, as proposed, would
have more seating than Sarasota' s Van Wezel Perform-
ing Arts Hall. Then there is outdoor lighting and sound,
the "gate" issues of where-how to park 2,500 patrons,
rest rooms, and so on....
At first "sampling," the Coquina plan sounds delec-
table. But this big, delicious pie could be more than we
can consume. Maybe there's a better location for an
outdoor venue that has adequate parking and conve-
nient access from more than a two-lane road.
Maybe with a little consideration, you too have
ideas for what would be best for the "vacant" land at
Coquina Beach. Maybe your ideas are more in tune
with the natural surroundings. Or more in keeping with
other "passions," such as a swimming pool or kid's
splash park?
The ideas might be endless just like at an "idea
summit" if anyone were to indulge the concept.
Let us know what you think, before we all bite off
more than we can chew.

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Grateful in Cortez
We, the residents of the Cortez Trailer Park, wish
to thank all those in the community for their support to
save our park and the Cortez Village.
WiLthouI your support, we would have lost our homes
and you would have lost a gem Cortez Village.
From all the grateful residents of Cortez, thank
Harry Howey, Cortez
More thanks
Thanks for all who supported us in our goal of
having the right to purchase Cortez Trailer Park. It took
the effort of the community to convince the developer
that we wanted to keep the feeling of old historical
Florida in this area.
We are now in the stage of buying the park from
the owner. Thanks for all the media coverage from TV
to newspapers, Manatee County commissioners, vil-
lage of Cortez, community organizations and more than
2,000 individuals who signed our petitions. It took time
and everyone who believed in the cause, working and
praying together, thanks.
Nancy Luse, secretary, Cortez Trailer Park Hom-
eowners Association

AME Spring Fling
$39,906 success
Thank you, Anna Maria Island community for
making the fifth annual Anna Maria Elementary School
Parent-Teacher Organization Spring Fling a success.
Your support of our school, faculty and children is
amazing. Our goal this year was to raise enough money
to replace our outdated computer lab. We also wanted
to purchase leveled reading libraries for each classroom
and electronic devices called ELMOS to assist in class-
room teaching. Thanks to your generous support and
love, we met all three goals by raising $39,906.78.
The computers and ELMOS will be arriving next
week. The children will return to AME in the fall to a
brand new computer lab. The leveled reading libraries

will be delivered this summer. In addition, we have
provided funding to AME principal Tom Levengood
to assist in purchasing a mobile computer cart from the
school board which will be matched by the school
board with two more.
We also raised $1,245 from a cash call to support a
new school program called the Bay Estuary Program. Its
purpose is to utilize the Island setting to teach students
about the ecology of the bay. We plan to purchase teach-
ing equipment, develop a curriculum for the students
and construct an outdoor classroom area. We are still
accepting donations for this ongoing program. Contact
Joy Murphy at 941-730-2820 for more information.
We appreciate all of the support of our Island business
and AME families. This community continues to amaze
us with its generosity and love. When the call went out
that we were in need of sponsorships or extra funding, the
community stepped up. When you have the opportunity,
we encourage you to support those who support us.
Joy Murphy, Holly Connelly, Linda Berger, Spring
Fling chairpersons
Many thanks
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly
express my appreciation to the wonderful staff at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center for the ongo-
ing programs they have in place for the youth of Anna
Maria Island.
After moving here from the east coast of Florida, my
grandson was hesitant to attend one of the teen center
meetings. But, in January, he started going to the Teen
Center. Since then my grandson has participated in many
community service activities, such as the beach cleanup, a
benefit car wash, and Meals on Wheels for the elderly.
I especially wish to thank Charles "Jeff' Darwin for
making my grandson's transition to Anna Maria such a
great experience. He has been a great motivator and an
excellent role model.
With all the potential pitfalls for the youth of today,
this program stands out as a shining example of positive
mentoring for today's teens.
Valerie A. Tilelli. Holmes Beach

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 7 7

Volunteers restore Cuban

refugee boat in Cortez

By Douglas Calhoun
Special to The Islander
Seventeen years ago a 15-foot sailboat was found in
grass flats near Windley Key on the state's Atlantic Coast.
The boat had carried six refugees from Cuba to
Today, the boat that rested in the grass flats is under
repair in the village of Cortez under the direction of the
Florida Gulf Coast Maritime Museum.
For years after it was found at Windley Key, the
boat rested outside an Islamorada fishing cottage owned
by Janice Rice-Carillo. It was a lawn ornament.
When Rice-Carillo decided to donate the boat to
the maritime museum, Bob Pitt, the museum's boat
builder, and Paul Thomas, the president of the Florida
Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Association, went
to Islamorada to fetch it.
They found that the years had taken a toll on the
boat. In disrepair, the men photographed the vessel
before hauling it to Cortez they were concerned it
wouldn't survive the road trip.
The boat did survive, but volunteers working on
its restoration still face a challenge. Dry rot, termites
and carpenter ants have damaged the boat. The bottom
and the adjacent planks, along with what remained of

the keelson, the centerboard trunk and the centerboard
itself, needed to be removed.
As they took the boat apart to rebuild it, the volunteers
came to admire the Cuban craftspeople who built it.
Much of the original wood was taken from other
uses, perhaps other boats, docks or buildings. The frames
and planks were fastened t, g. Lthl. i th copper fasteners,
cut and made from hammered wire. A few iron nails were
used possibly they were made for the boat, or bor-
rowed from a building, furniture or even a horseshoe.
As volunteers continue the slow process of building
the sailboat, museum representatives seem eager to receive
more Cuban refugee boats for the museum fleet, which
will be showcased Saturday, June 23, at the second annual
Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival. The festival is sched-
uled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park across
the street from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
The boat builders also recently finished building a
boat from scratch for an American Red Cross life-saving
program in Jacksonville. That boat was delivered to the
Red Cross team from Coquina Beach bayside last week.
For more information about the museum and its
boat-building program, call 941-708-4935.
Editor's note: Douglas Calhoun is a volunteer with
the Florida Maritime Museum.

Bob Pitt, supervisor
of the boat building
program for the Florida
Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum in Cortez,
stands beside a sailboat
that carried six Cuban
refugees to Florida 17
years ago. The museum
is restoring the boat.
Islander Photo:
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A group claiming to be the Concerned Citizens
of Holmes Beach held a peaceful demonstration at
Smith Realtors, 5910 Marina Drive, to protest to city
commissioners' recent decision to allow a special
exception for GTE Mobilnet to construct a cell tower
on the site.
An early morning fire June 11 destroyed the
Surfing World surf shop in Cortez and caused more
than $300,000 in damages. The blaze came one day
after owner Rocky von Hahmann and his family left
for a surfing vacation in North Carolina. Anna Maria
Fire District Chief Andy Price said there were no
suspicious circumstances surrounding the cause of
the fire.

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8 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Island teen's spirit re-ignited w

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A faulty heart never kept Island youth Erik Stahr
from pursuing his dreams or participating in sports
growing up. True to his spirit, as the 19-year-old recu-
perates from heart transplant surgery at All Children's
Hospital in St. Petersburg, he is already dreaming of
grander adventures.
Prior to his surgery, Stahr had been saving up to
purchase an XBox 360 game system. Post surgery,
Stahr told his parents, Michael and Mary Ellen, that
he is newly inspired.
"I just got a brand new heart. Why would I want
to sit around and play video games when I can get a
new mountain bike and ride it in British Columbia,
Northshore, Calif., or Moab, Ariz.?" he said. "I gotta
get out of here."
Since mid-May, Stahr has been in the hospital, his
parents staying in a nearby Ronald McDonald house
to be on hand every possible second. What originally
began as a visit to a clinic for "bad constipation" shortly
turned into doctors determining that Stahr was in need
of a new heart.
Erik Stahr was born Dec. 6, 1987, with pulmonary
atresia. Where there should have been a pulmonary
valve, there was none; it was sealed shut, permitting
no blood flow.
On his second day of life, the infant had his first
heart catheterization. At age 2 1/2 he was big enough
to get his first valve, replacing the shunt that had origi-
nally been inserted to push blood through his body.
Stahr attended Anna Maria Elementary School,
played Little League baseball, soccer and basketball
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and was
involved with Tae Kwon Do.
At age 12, he outgrew his heart valve and under-
went surgery to replace it with a larger one. This sur-
gery was followed by several more years of being an
active teen playing the violin, learning to drive and

ith new heart

heading to college with a Bright Futures scholarship.
"Erik's heart function had never been very strong or
healthy," his parents said, "but his function had started to
deteriorate. We knew the heart that had had four major
reconstructive surgeries would not last forever."
It turns out that their son's recent medical com-
plaints were a sign of decreased heart function. Doctors
placed Stahr on the national transplant list June 1, and
by June 9, he had a donor heart.
Stahr's dad, Michael, noted that the donor system
is anonymous, but if both parties agree in the future,
information could be exchanged via LifeLink, the organ
procurement organization.
"It is a sad reality that someone must die to allow
someone else to go on living," said Michael Stahr. "We
were told that Erik's chances of getting a new heart
were good because of his age. Most of the donor hearts
come from young people who engage in risky behavior.

Fortunate teen
Erik Stahr, 19, chats on his cell phone prior
to heart transplant surgery on June 9 at All
( iil /i, I, 's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Erik Stahr "sails" on his skateboard a 2003
Islander file photo.

Many people sign up to be organ donors on their driver's
license, but it's a subject people should talk about so
family members know what their wishes are."
His mom, Mary Ellen, noted that when an attempt
to first insert a pacing device in his old heart caused
him to flatline briefly, it "led him to be placed at the
highest priority on the heart transplant list, which led
him to get a new heart in only one week."
His parents say recovery is up to Erik's ability to

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If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
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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
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Top notch past winner
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Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 9

Erik Stahr recovering

heal and accept his new heart. Asked recently how the
new heart is, Erik reportedly replied, "I'm not sure. I
haven't gotten it up to speed yet."
Erik remains under the watchful eye of the doctors
and nurses in the cardiac intensive care unit, until he can
be moved to a lower-level care, and finally discharged.
"Realistically, risks are high. For some time yet to
be determined, we will wear masks around him, and
he must wear a mask any time he's out of his room. A
simple cold right now, could be devastating," explained
his dad.
"The future holds weekly, then monthly check
ups and monitoring to make sure nothing goes awry,"
Michael said. "Even though he is doing very well
already, the process is a long and winding road, which
is impossible to predict. The literature from the National
Donor program notes that follow-up care will need to be
very consistent and continuous for the rest of his life."
But that doesn't mean Stahr is destined to live an
inactive life. On the contrary. His parents have heard
that there are "Transplant Games," competitive sports,

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"There is no keeping Erik or his spirit down," said
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Stahr is a student at Manatee Community College
and his parents are both self-employed. Time away
from work, said Michael, is time spent without an
income. "Although we have health insurance, informa-
tion given to us prior to the surgery indicates the first
year with post-transplant followup care and medica-
tion is estimated at close to $500,000," he said. "Even
though much of that is covered by insurance, we may
very quickly reach the lifetime maximum benefit and
we don't really know where we are going to be say,
six months from now."
The family says the Island community has been
"wonderful," calling, visiting, and taking care of their
home and pets.
Susan Timmons and Nancy Boltwood, Islanders
and parents of children born with heart defects, met
recently with AME counselor Cindi Harrison to set
up the Stahr Heart Fund. Donations can be made at
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Eight of the 18 sea turtle nests found on Anna
Maria Island as of June 10 were located in one section
of beach shared by Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.
Known as Section 3 among Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch walkers, the area stretches from where
the beach intersects at Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to
66th Street in Holmes Beach.
Marine turtle nesting season began in May and con-
tinues through October. During the season, female log-
gerheads come ashore to lay their eggs on average
about 120 in a nest. The adults, which can grow to more
than 300 pounds, then returns to the sea and, about
60 days later, the hatchlings do their best to scramble
through the sand and follow mama.
Loggerheads identifiable by their reddish-brown
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About 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting in the
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In the first six weeks of nesting on Anna Maria

Island hosts 25 nests
The tally of sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island
reached 25 on June 17, according to Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox.
AMITW walkers have also counted 39 false
crawls so far this season, which began May 1.
"It's picking up a little, nesting wise," said Fox,
who holds the state permit for AMITW's nest moni-
toring and data collecting work on the Island. "Fisher-
men are telling me it's still a little cold in the waters.
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Standing on the wooden walkover at the beach
access at the end of Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria,
people can look out on the sunset over the Gulf of
And they can look down on a pile of butts.
"There's a garbage can just 15 feet from here," said
one annoyed beachgoer, Phillip Smith of Pittsburgh.
"How could you stand here, presumably enjoying the
sunset, and litter?"
Cigarette butts the filters and tobacco remnant
- are the most common form of litter at the local, state,
national and even global level, according to various sur-
veys by environmental groups. An estimated 4.5 trillion
butts become litter in the United States each year.
A federal bill intended to persuade people not to
toss their cigarette butts on beaches, roadsides, side-
walks and in parks is pending in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., introduced
Senate Bill 1162 in April. The measure would make it
illegal for cigarettes to be distributed without a state-
ment on the packaging: "Please dispose of all cigarette
waste properly. Do not litter."
The bill, proposed as an amendment to the Federal
Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act, is currently
under review by the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation.
Lieberman, when he introduced the bill, said the
cigarette filters which are made of cellulose acetate,
a form of plastic, not cotton decay slowly.
Plastic pieces of cigarettes have been found in the
stomachs of fish, birds, dolphins, whales and other
marine creatures that mistake them for food, accord-
ing to research by the Clean Virginia Waterways.
Butts also contain residual alkaloids, such as nico-
tine, that can be ingested by wildlife, causing digestive
Evidence from experiments done by CVW indi-
cates that the toxic chemicals leached from discarded
cigarette butts present a biohazard to the water flea at
concentrations of more than 0.125 cigarette butts per
liter, or about one butt per two gallons of water.
The leachate from the remnant tobacco portion of a
cigarette butt is deadlier at smaller concentrations than
are the chemicals that leach out of the filter portion of
a butt, according to Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local
organization responsible for most cleanup campaigns
in the county.
Keep Manatee Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep
America Beautiful, which reports that cigarette butts
make up about 34.4 percent of the litter in the United
States the next highest on the list is food wrappers
and containers at 10.11 percent.
According to KMB, cigarette filters, cigar tips and

Turtles favoring one section
Island, Section 3 had at least four times as many nests
as the other sections.
For the same period, about the first six weeks of
nesting season, Section 1, from the Anna Maria City
Pier to the Rod & Reel Pier, had no nests and two false
Section 2, which runs from Bean Point to Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria, walkers identified two nests
and five false crawls.
Section 3, walkers identified eight nests and two
false crawls.
In Section 4, which is from 66th to 53rd streets
in Holmes Beach, there were no nests but five false
In Section 5, one turtle nest was found and no signs
of any false crawls. Section 5 is from 53rd Street to the
pier at the Manatee Public Beach.
Two nests were found in Section 6, from the public
beach pier to 26th Street, and two nests in Section 7,
from 26th Street to Cortez Road in Bradenton Beach.
Also, there were two false crawls in Section 6 and three
false crawls in Section 7.
In Section 8, from Cortez Road to 13th Street South,
walkers identified one nest and, in Section 9, from 13th
Street South to Longboat Pass, two nests and two false

What to do

with the butt?
Keep Manatee Beautiful encourages out-
door smokers to dispose of cigarettes in small,
free portable ashtrays that are available from
Keep Manatee Beautiful as well as at The
Islander, in outdoor ashtrays in areas where
smoking is designated and in ash trays within
the car.

tobacco packaging accounted for 29 percent of the litter
collected in Florida in 2004, the most recent statistic
KMB, which does not endorse banning smoking on
the beaches, has suggested that cigarette packages be
redesigned to hold butts, according to executive direc-
tor Ingrid McClellan.
She said KMB also has endorsed anti-litter mes-
sages on the packages.
Last week, some Island visitors and residents lent
their support to the proposed anti-litter message on
cigarette packaging.
"I'm for anything that might help us clean up the
environment," said Mary Marquez of Holmes Beach.
"You see 'don't litter' on other packaging, so I think
it makes sense to put it on the most common type of
litter," said David Tuttle of Tampa.

Another change order

approved for pier in

Bradenton Beach
The latest in a series of change orders for construc-
tion of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton
Beach was approved last week.
The work, $6,900 worth, involves spraying insula-
tion on the ceilings at the restaurant, dockmaster build-
ing, bait and tackle shop and rest rooms at the structures
under construction at the east end of Bridge Street.
City commissioners held an emergency meeting to
approve the changes Thursday. They were faced with
either going for the more expensive insulation or install-
ing vents, pursuant to building codes for the buildings.
The vent option would have cost about $1,400, but
would not have provided additional storm protection
and other benefits of the insulation.
And what was the nature of the emergency for the
Thursday morning meeting that was "short-noticed" to
the public?
"The guy's out there spraying right now," Commis-
sioner Bill Shearon said Friday afternoon.

Board votes to

preserve trailer park
Cortez Trailer Park residents seeking to keep the
park as it is won backing from the Manatee County
Historical Society.
The group's board of directors voted in May to
endorse efforts to preserve the park.
The board-approved resolution read, "We, the Man-
atee County Historical Society, support the Village of
Cortez efforts in protecting the existence of the Cortez
Trailer Park."
In late May, park owner Butch Howey confirmed
that the potential sale of the park to a developer was off
and that he now plans to sell to residents.
Howey had been in talks with developer Carlos
Beruff, who offered $10.8 million for the property on
the waterfront in historic Cortez Village.
In March, more than two-thirds of the park residents
united behind an offer to match Beruff's offer. With
Beruff's offer off the table, Howey said the residents
now have that opportunity.
The historical society is a non-profit, non-govern-
mental organization, one of more than a dozen historical
groups in the county.

Federal bill to reduce

cigarette litter pending


Rotary installs 2007-08 officers
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at its June 12 meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach, installs its 2007-08 officers and directors Tim Milligan of Bradenton, assistant governor of Rotary
District 6960, Area 11; Pam Schlueter of Bradenton, president; Doug Winton of Anna Maria, president elect
and vice president; Birgit Sesterhenn of Bradenton, secretary; Ed Misner of Anna Maria, treasurer; Steve
Schlueter of Bradenton, director of club administration; Laura McAdams of Bradenton, director for service;
David Zaccagnino of Holmes Beach, director for the Rotary Foundation; and Mary Burke of Holmes Beach,
co-director for membership. Not pictured are Jeff Cappello of Bradenton, co-director for membership, and
Barry Gould of Holmes Beach, director for public relations. The local club is involved in a number of service
programs, most recently raising $250 to donate to the West Manatee Fire Rescue District for non-budgeted
expenses. Islander Photo: Courtesy Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island

WMFR's Pollock earns 'chief

fire officer' designation
Brett Pollock, the West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis- state excellence in experience, education, professional
trict's deputy chief, has completed a program to earn a development, professional contributions, association
"chief fire officer" designation. membership, community involvement and technical
Pollock is one of 511 CFOs worldwide and the competencies.
fourth in Manatee County. Pollock, who lives in Palmetto, has been with
The program recognizes individuals who demon- WMFR for 27 years.
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Blood drive raises

thousands for

Island groups
The Island Blood Drive held June 9-10 generated
close to $30,000 for Anna Maria Island non-profit
During the drive, the Florida Blood Services col-
lected blood donations at three sites the Publix Super
Market, the BeachHouse Restaurant and the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Florida Blood Services reported 295 donors, 53
more than last year. Thirty-nine people were unable to
donate for various reasons.
The drive also raised money for local charities, with
the Taylor Family Foundation paying $100 for each
blood donation from among the five named charities,
including splitting their donations to a mix of the orga-
Wildlife Education and Rescue received $13,332;
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, $4,732; the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, $4,333; the West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue Volunteers, $3,849; and the Anna Maria
Island Rotary, $3,250.

Officer of
the year
West Manatee
Fire Rescue
Deputy Chief
SBrett Pollock,
right, accepts a
certificate from
Fire ChiefAndy
Price. Pollock
has been named
fire officer of
the year by the
Manatee County
Fire ( iitt,
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Online gallery features
local artist's work
Surfers who click to www.artjury.com will find a
piece of work by a local artist featured.
Loretta "Lolly" Owens' "Out of My Head" mixed-
media work is featured in gallery B, along with dozens
of other works by artists around the country.
The pieces make up the online American Juried Art
Salon's 2007 spring summer show.
Artists who want to be considered for the fall show
must submit entries by Sept. 28.
For more information go to www.artjury.com.
Hurricane preparedness
topic for Kiwanis
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
Saturday, June 23, at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee
Public Beach to hear from Bradenton Beach Police Lt.
John Cosby on hurricane preparedness.
The club program begins at 8:30 a.m. at the cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. People assemble for
breakfast at about 8 a.m.
The group is seeking a speaker for June 30.
For more information, call 941-778-7823, or e-mail
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area established and posted by local Audubon volunteers and stafffrom the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Five of Florida's most common birds are experi-
encing precipitous population declines, according to an
Audubon Society report released June 14.
"These are not rare or exotic birds we're talking
about," said Audubon chairperson and former Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency administrator Carol
Browner. "These are the birds that visit our feeders
and congregate at nearby lakes and seashores and yet
they are disappearing day by day."
The report arrived as birdwatchers continued to
express concern about fewer black skimmers and least
terns on Anna Maria Island beaches this spring. The
beaches, especially on the northern end of the Island,
are considered prime nesting ground for both shore
birds. However, this year amateur birdwatchers and
wildlife experts observed a decline in populations and
nesting activity.
Last week's report analyzed 40 years of bird popu-
lation data from the Audubon Society's annual Christ-
mas bird count survey, in which Islanders take part,
and the Breeding Bird Survey from the U.S. Geological
Using the data, Audubon identified national con-

A Bradenton Beach woman was arrested in Sarasota
June 12 on charges of possession of crack cocaine.
Rebecca McGrath, 35, of the 2200 block of Avenue
B, was approached by Sarasota Police officers and
admitted her driver's license was suspended, accord-
ing to the report. A computer check indicated that her
license was indeed suspended, and also revealed that
she had an outstanding warrant for driving with an open

cerns and a state-by-state picture of population trends.
Audubon experts are still reviewing additional data to
offer a detailed look at bird populations in the Tampa
Bay area, including Anna Maria Island.
Florida's most vulnerable common birds, according
to the Audubon report, are the clapper rail, the black
skimmer, the American kestrel, the northern bobwhite
and the American bittern.
"It's not that the birds have been displaced, but that
there are fewer of them now than 40 years ago," said
Julie Wraithmell, Audubon of Florida's wildlife policy
Audubon of Florida reported an 81 percent decline
in the population of clapper rails since 1967. The rail
depends on saltmarsh habitat and, according to the
report, "this secretive bird's decline has mirrored the
decline in quantity and quality of our coastal wet-
lands. "
The black skimmer, which has declined in popu-
lation 73 percent since 1967, lays its eggs in shallow
scrapes on Florida's beaches. But, according to the
Audubon report, many beaches are "so heavily visited
by beachgoers that adults are repeatedly flushed from
their nests, leaving chicks and eggs exposed to extremes
of temperature and predators. For lack of undisturbed

As officers searched her car, they found crack
cocaine on the floorboard by the driver's seat. McGrath
told officers, "Dang, I must have forgot it was there,
otherwise I'd had smoked it," according to the report.
A further search of her vehicle, a 2000 Kia Sportage,
produced drug paraphernalia.
She was transported to Sarasota Jail.

beaches to nest upon, this bird's numbers are dwin-
The population of the American kestrel has declined
60 percent over the last 40 years, according to Audu-
bon. The tiny bird of prey has for years been a common
winter sight in the state's interior. But, said Audubon,
north Central Florida's piney woods host "a dwindling
population, by many accounts the result of habitat
The northern bobwhite population has declined 96
percent over the last 40 years. The bird's habitat has
historically been shaped by frequent fire. So Audubon
stressed that "by returning fire to Florida's sandhills
and dry prairies" the bobwhite and other birds will ben-
The American bittern is a freshwater bird that has
experienced a 53 percent decline in population since
1967 because of wetland loss, according to Audubon.
L\ cly species is different, and their declines are a
function of many factors," said David Anderson, execu-
tive director of Audubon of Florida. "But at the most
fundamental level, it all boils down to the loss of suit-
able habitat here in Florida. These birds need fresh air,
clean water and open spaces. As do we all."
At the national level, Audubon's research found
that populations of some common birds nose-dived
over the past 40 years, with several down nearly 80
The 20 most vulnerable common birds in the nation
are the northern bobwhite, evening grosbeak, northern
pintail, greater scaup, boreal chickadee, eastern mead-
owlark, common tern, loggerhead shrike, field sparrow,
grasshopper sparrow, snow bunting, black-throated
sparrow, lark sparrow, common grackle, American bit-
tern, rufous hummingbird, whip-poor-will, horned lark,
little blue heron and ruffed grouse.
"Think about the eastern meadowlarks," said
Wraithmell. "A lot of people, if they think back to
their childhood, will remember seeing these birds. How
often? But when was the last time they saw one? They
might not see as many."
Audubon attributed the national declines to the loss
of grasslands, forests and wetlands, development and
sprawl, the spread of industrial agriculture and climate
"Direct habitat loss continues to be a leading cause
for concern," said Audubon bird conservation direc-
tor and analysis author Greg Butcher. "But now we're
seeing the added impact of large-scale environmental
problems and policies."
"People who care about the birds and about human
quality of life need to get involved in habitat protection
at home, in pushing for better state and national protec-
tions and in making changes in their daily routines,"
Butcher added.
Wraithmell encouraged Floridians to champion
public land acquisition, become active in growth man-
agement and transportation decisions, advocate for
healthy wetlands and sound water policies.
"These are birds that inhabit our local areas and
that's where change has to begin," Wraithmell said.
For more information about the Audubon Society,
go to www.audubonofflorida.org.


In Officer Lannon's
Skateboarder Andrew
Crowton, 11, surfs the
wood at the Holmes
Beach skate park on
Marina Drive June 13.
Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger, with an endorse-
ment from the city
commission and Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine, plans to name
the park for Pete Lannon.
Lannon, a police officer
with the city who served
as the Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School resource
officer, died June 1 after
a long battle with cancer.
A date for the dedication
has not been set. Also,
Thursday, June 21, is Go
Skateboarding Day, as
designated by Congress.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 13

Cortez building makes 'endangered' list

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Twelve historic buildings made Manatee County's
first endangered site list, including the bridge tender's
house in Cortez.
R. B. "Chips" Shore, the Manatee County clerk of the
circuit court and comptroller, released the list recently.
Shore oversees the department of historical resources.
"As a Manatee County native, I am alarmed at how
quickly our community's historical sites are disappearing,"
Shore said. "If our citizens will check this list and identify
even one building that they can help to save, all of us work-
ing together will take these buildings from an endangered
list and make them restored and viable once more."
Cathy Slusser, deputy director of public informa-
tion and historical resources for the clerk's office, said
the list was released to get ahead of development.
"We want to be more proactive," she said, "instead
of waiting around to the last minute, when the bulldoz-
ers are coming down the street."
Slusser said development or neglect and, in some
cases, both threaten the buildings on the list.
The county list identified the Cortez bridge tender's
residence located at 4319 127th St. W., as threatened
by development. The home is a one-story old Florida-
style structure to the north of Cortez Road and across
the street from Annie's Bait & Tackle.
"That intersection is ripe for development," Slusser
said. "The property is for sale. And should someone
purchase it, that building would be in the way."

Local student receives
national honor
The National Society of High School Scholars has
selected local student Anne-Sophie Staebler for mem-
Anne-Sophie, of Bradenton, attended Anna Maria
Elementary School and is now a student at Southeast
High School.
"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize
the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Anne-
Sophie has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional
level of academic excellence," stated NSHSS founder
Claes Nobel, of the Swedish Nobel family for which
the international prize is named.
Currently there are more than 150,000 members in
the NSHSS.
For more information, go to www.nshss.org.

Chamber announces July events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold a sunrise breakfast get-together at 7:45 a.m.
Wednesday, July 11, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Also next month, AMICC will host a business
card exchange at the "new" Regions Bank, formerly
AmSouth Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach. The
event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.
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Manatee County's list of endangered buildings includes the Cortez bridge tender's former residence located at

4319 127th St. W. in Cortez. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The county's history of Cortez notes that the origi-
nal bridge from Cortez to Anna Maria Island was com-
pleted in 1922. The bridge extended from Cortez Road,
which was at that time called "Bradentown Street" on
the Cortez Plat.
John Guthrie was the bridge tender for many years
and is shown as the bridge tender in the 1930 census for
Manatee County. He probably built the house on 127th
Street West.
Records show that ET. and Mary Guthrie purchased
the property from the Georgia Florida Land Company
on Dec. 5, 1913.
Lena Durrance purchased the property on Sept. 26,
1916, shortly before she married John W. Guthrie. They
sold the property on Dec. 30, 1938, to Amerigo Gian-
nini and Frenchi Cipriani.
The property remained in the Cipriani family until
it was sold with other holdings to the Bay Boat Com-
pany on Dec. 22, 1995, and sold again on Sept. 13,
2002, to PND LLC.
Slusser said preservationists could act to purchase
the property and keep the home at the site. Another
option might be to purchase and donate the house to a
nonprofit organization.
A strong network for preservation already exists in
the historic Cortez fishing village. Work at the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage Preserve is revitaliz-
ing the marine habitat and adding bridges and walking
paths to the site off Cortez Road. Also, in establishing
the Florida Maritime Museum, the old 1912 Cortez
schoolhouse and the 1895 Burton Store have been
preserved and other structures, including the Pillsbury
Boat Works, will be saved as well.

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The Bradenton Revival Temple, 725 Manatee
Ave., Bradenton, built circa 1937.
Bradenton Water Works, 201 Sixth Ave., Braden-
ton, built in 1929.
Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton, built in 1922.
Cigar Factory/Paul Turberville Bakery, 915 Man-
atee Ave. E., Bradenton, circa 1880.
Courtney House/Madam Joe's Restaurant, 337
Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto, built in 1923.
Covington House 614 1 th Ave. W, Bradenton,
circa 1913.
Curry House, 1219 Second Ave. E., Bradenton,
built in 1913.
Gillette School House, 3 3720 Moccasin Wallow
Road, Palmetto, circa 1925.
Lundy Dirr Office, 1760 Bayshore Road, Terra
Ceia, circa 1930s .
Old Mill Camp, 3708 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
ton, circa 1940s.
Wares Creek House, 1639 Eighth Ave. W., Bra-
denton, circa 1880 .
For more information about the county historical
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Puppet masters: Islanders dedicate careers to stage

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Roger Dennis and Bob Vesely pulled strings for a
They are puppeteers, skilled in an ancient art that
some historians believe pre-dates theater.
These days, Dennis and Vesely are retired. They
meet regularly, not at the puppet stage, but on morning
walks. After nearly 40 years of working together, they
live within blocks of one another in Holmes Beach.
Occasionally, the men stage a show for school
children, neighbors, hospital patients or a community
"We do variety shows when we feel like it now,"
Vesely said during an interview last week in his
Their marionette show features a range of charac-
ters, from a boy and girl playing dueling banjos to a
buxom opera singer.
Vesely and Dennis met in 1969, while Vesely was
working as a carpenter. Dennis approached him about
building a puppet stage.
"I'd never even seen a puppet show," Vesely remem-
bered. "And I didn't think that it was my thing."
Turns out, it was his thing.
Dennis knew much earlier in life that puppets were
his thing.
"I played with them when I was a kid," he said.
He received puppets for gifts and put on shows for the
Dennis worked in theater, producing and directing
musicals in Ohio. But eventually he gravitated back to his
childhood passion and pursued a career in puppetry.
By the mid-1970s, Vesely and Dennis were work-
ing as professionals primarily in the Cleveland area,
but also performing outside Ohio.

Jim Henson
fame, right,
Roger Dennis
and Bob
Vesely with
a puppetry
award. Also
pictured is
Bil Baird,
the man
for one of the .
most famous
puppet shows
the "lonely
sequence in
"The Sound
of Music"
film. Islander
Photo: Cour-
tesy Poppin-
jay Puppet


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-
Wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. This day's
tour leaves the Palma Sola Causeway for Robinson Preserve. Information:
941-475-0796. Fee applies.
5p.m. to 7p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a "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 Carrie Price takes place
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Saturday, June 23
8 a.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sara-
sota, hosts the third annual Artificial Reef Cleanup and Treasure Hunt with
divers spending a day removing trash and debris at designated spots. Infor-
mation: 941-388-4441, ext. 229.
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets to hear from
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second annual Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor

"We had very elaborate shows," Dennis said. "We
did all the story shows I can think of."
"We were doing like 10 shows a day," Vesely
remembered. "We traveled all over the world. Russia.
Finland. Poland. It was fun."
Dennis' favorite show was "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs." Vesely's favorite was a Grimm's fairy
tale, "Hansel and Gretel."
In 1975, they earned an award from the Union
International de la Marionnette-USA for their version
of "The Three Little Pigs." The next year, UNIMA-
USA honored Poppinjay for "The Emperor's New

Festival takes place along the bay across from Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach. Information: www.fgcsc.com or 800-4-MANATEE.
9 a.m. to noon Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is conducting Bay-
Wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. This day's
tour leaves the Palma Sola Causeway for Robinson Preserve. Information:
475-0796. Fee applies.
8 p.m. -A karaoke contest takes place at Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez
Road, Cortez. Information: 941-792-4822.

Sunday, June 24
8 p.m. The Besties former Islanders Kelly Waldrop and Marisa
Bergquist, and Frank Korn and Rikky Walsh- play at Ace's Lounge, 4343
Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Information: www.myspace.com/thebesties.

Monday, June 25
6 a.m. Vacation Bible school begins at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The school continues through the week, followed by a
family gathering and lunch Saturday, June 30. Information: 941-778-7845.

Tuesday, June 26
10 a.m. A children's reptile discovery program takes place at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holds a lunch meeting
with members presenting a year in review at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, June 27
5:30 p.m. -A teen-focused class on drawing with Dawn Gurtner ses-
sion takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes

Bob Vesely,
left, and
Dennis of
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share the
stage with
their mari-
onettes. The
sold many of
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when they
retired about
10 years
ago. Islander
Lisa Neff

"It was spectacular," said Dennis.
Other awards followed for shows in two styles of
puppetry hand puppets and marionettes. Muppet
master Jim Henson, with legendary puppeteer Bil
Baird standing by, presented one award to the Pop-
pinjay team.
Their performance name, Poppinjay Puppet Pro-
ductions, is a play on an old word for "parrot" pop-
"Parrots imitate people," Vesely said.
"And they used to call people who parroted people
'popinjay,"' Dennis added.
The men added a "p" to make the name their
In addition to performing, they continued over the
years to hone their skills as craftsmen.
Vesely built stages creating giant 32-foot stages
sturdy enough for the men to walk on as they per-
Dennis made puppets designing colorful, fanci-
ful marionettes that can roller skate, play instruments
and blow up balloons.
"When we go to a convention, there's a riot just to
get his puppets," Vesely said of his partner's work. "But
he's humble. He won't even sign his name on them."
When the puppeteers retired about 10 years ago,
they had begun to sense a change, especially among
children, toward performances.
"The kids really aren't into the stories anymore,"
Dennis said. "It's really the times. We used to do all the
They also noticed that school districts were cutting
back expenses on entertainment programs and their rep-
ertoire of classic stories from the "Three Little Pigs"
to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" occasionally
was turned into cause for controversy.
"Snow White, I guess she was a woman who lived
with seven men," Dennis said.
For more information about Poppinjay Puppet Pro-
ductions, call 941-779-2347.
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. The BeachHouse Restaurant partners with ABC Fine Wine
and Spirits for a wine-tasting at ABC, 3500 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-8705.

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 July 1, the Privateers christen their ship at noon at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce. Information: 941-778-0181.
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 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 15


Sally Grace Adkins
Sally Grace Adkins, 43, of Bradenton, died
June 1.
Born in Falls Church, Va., Mrs. Adkins moved to
Manatee County from Annandale, Va., in 1995.
Visitation was June 8 at Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton.
She is survived by husband Charles "Chuck"; son
Christopher; sisters Colleen Burdick, Patricia Sch-
weitzer, Amy Johnson, Kelly Padilla and Rebecca
Deiss; brothers Frank, Daniel, Michael and Russel;
parents Lenore and Frank Cappello of Bradenton; and
paternal grandmother Mary Cappello of Rockville,

Philippe Coppin
Philippe Coppin, 77, of Anna Maria, formerly
of Brussels, Belgium, and Simsbury, Conn., died
June 10.
Born in Ath, Belgium, Mr. Coppin moved to Anna
Maria in 2001. He worked in the engineered/technical
paper industry in Europe and the United States. He
was chairman of EDANA and a frequent speaker at
international industry conferences. After retirement,
he worked as a private consultant for 20 years. He
received an engineering degree from the Universite
de Louvain in Belgium and an MBA from Boston
Memorial services were June 15 at Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Anthony's Charity, a Belgium-
based charity aiding a school for disadvantaged children
in India, at www.anthonycharity.org Checks should be
made payable to Agnes Coppin with the mention "for
Anthony's Charity."
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Stevie;
daughter Danielle Joneja and her husband Raman;
daughter Michele; son Christophe and his wife Truc
Pham; and grandsons Aric and Galen Joneja.

Fred Duennes
Fred Duennes, 89, of Ellenton, died June 9.
Mr. Duennes served in the 94th Infantry Divi-
sion in World War II. He was awarded the Combat
Infantry Badge and served in four major campaigns,
including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a farmer
in Indiana.
Visitation was June 13 and Funeral Mass June 14.
Burial was at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL

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He is survived by wife Intha; son Joe, superin-
tendent of public works for Holmes Beach; daughters
Theresa Bareither, Phyllis Collins and Clair Knight, all
from Indiana, and Annette Beesting of Stuttgart, Ger-
many; brothers William and Paul; 13 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and niece Nancy O'Connor.

Romeo 'Jim' Masi
Romeo "Jim" Masi, 95, of Bradenton, died June
Born in Newark, N.J., Mr. Masi moved to Braden-
ton from Brandon in 1998. He was retired after 25 years
of service as major in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He
served in World War II and the Korean War. He was
Funeral Mass was June 14 at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, Holmes Beach. Burial will be at Florida
National Cemetery, Bushnell. Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrange-
He is survived by daughter Janet Clark and husband
Joe of Holmes Beach; son James R. and wife Denise of
Red Bank, N.J.; brother Victor of Perth Amboy, N.J.;
granddaughters Holly McKeithan and husband Daniel
of Apollo Beach, and Carrie Clark of Versailles, Ky.;
and great-grandsons Alex and Brian McKeithan.

Eugene. D. 'Gene' Matecun
Eugene D. "Gene" Matecun, 70, of Harrison Town-
ship, Mich., and Holmes Beach, died June 10.
Born and raised in Muskegon, Mich., Mr. Mate-
cun was a teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School
System for more than 35 years, starting at Pierce
Middle School and retiring in 1994 from Grosse
Pointe South High School, where he taught U.S.
history and civics and was also head of the social
studies department. He received a bachelor of arts
degree from the University of Michigan in 1958, and
a master's degree from the University of Michigan
in 1964. He was a long-time member of the L'Anse
Creuse Athletic Booster Club, Booster Club Bingo
caller, and member and former board member of
the Manatee County Audubon Society. He was also
a member of both Macomb Property Owners Asso-
ciation and DOLLARS real estate groups, and spent
time at the Clinton Township and Sterling Heights
senior centers. He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing,
boating, card tricks and spending time with his
family and friends. He played the accordion in his
younger years, and later kept his love of music alive
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Schwartzkoff Funeral Home, Mount Clemens, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael
J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research, Church
Street Station, PO. Box 780, New York NY 10008-
0780, TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, Fund
Development, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or
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Bradenton FL 34280-4550.
He is survived by wife Marilyn; sons E. Dennis
Jr. and wife Tammy of Hudson, Ohio, Glenn and
wife Teri of Wixom, Mich.; grandchildren Chase and
Anne Ling of Hudson, and Sara, Bryan and Eric of
Wixom; sister Marcia Willbrandt and husband Doug-
las of North Muskegon, Mich.; and nephews Jason of
Orlando, and Justin of North Muskegon.

Thomas Joseph McGann
Thomas Joseph McGann, 83, of Holmes Beach,
died June 15.
Born in New Britain, Conn., Mr. McGann moved
to Manatee County from Edgewater Md., in 1977. He
was a retired mathematician for NASA. He served in
the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
No services are planned. Burial will be at Florida
National Cemetery in Bushnell. Memorial contributions
may be made to Meals on Wheels Adult Day Health
Center, 2703 19th St. Ct. E., Bradenton FL 34208.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Lois; daughters Susan, and
Jeanne Payne, both of Seattle, Wash., Mary Lou Lester
of Sarasota, Lizabeth Green of Shakopee, Mont., and
Kerry Hicks of Bradenton; sons Paul of Edgewater,
Kenneth of Battle Creek, Mich., and Donald of Bra-
denton; sister Grace Smith of Temple City, Calif.; 16
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ruth Cora Taylor
Ruth Cora Taylor, 89, of Anna Maria, died
June 13.
Born in Brentwood, N.H., she moved to Anna
Maria from Tampa in 1985.
Services will be in Methuen, Mass., with burial at
Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen. Arrangements were
by Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel,
She is survived by sisters Irma I. of Anna Maria,
Freda Dollen of New Durham, N.H., Norma Jean
Severance of Rye, N.H., and Lucille Kopp of Victor,
Mont.; and brothers Harry of Ripley, Maine, Glen of
Seely, Mont., Bruce of New Jersey, and Roy of Ovando,

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Hungry for sea duty
Frank Szakacs was only 16 years old and still in high
school in Clifford, N.J., when he learned the Japanese
had bombed Pearl Harbor and America was in the war.
"I was a delivery boy for the newspaper and they
put out a special edition. It was a Sunday afternoon. Me
and my buddies had always figured the country would
be in the war sooner or later, but it was still a shock,"
said Frank.
As a first generation Hungarian-American, Frank
had listened often to his parents as they discussed the
occupation of Europe under the weight of the Nazi jack-
"There was no question that I was going into the
service. I knew who I wanted to fight," he said. "A
lot of guys decided to just wait and be drafted, but I
didn't want to end up ,1 ,', in, through the mud with
the infantry, so I decided to join the Navy."
Just 17 years old by 1943, Frank still needed paren-
tal permission to join up. "I started to worry that the
war would be over before I got in, so I convinced my
dad to sign the papers," said Frank with a laugh.
"There was no way I was going to miss this
He entered the Navy in February 1943 and, after
boot camp, attended fire control school. After gradu-
ation, Frank and his classmates dreamed of getting
assigned to a big battleship such as the USS Missouri
or one of the newly commissioned aircraft carriers.
Alas, Frank's assignment wasn't quite so glamor-
"I was sent to Pier 92 in New York City where I
was assigned to the USS Hamahn. It was a brand new
destroyer escort, not quite as big as a real destroyer and
not as small as a PT boat."
The Hamahn was part of the Allies' strategy of send-
ing armed escorts with the convoys heading through
the North Atlantic with desperately needed troops and
supplies for the Italian campaign.
\ ly first convoy was in the fall of 1943. We had
all heard about the U-boats and how they had sunk a
lot of ships before the convoy system got organized.
But we were all mostly young guys. I don't think I was
smart enough to be scared on that first crossing. It went
just fine. We didn't see any subs, but we did drop a few
depth charges."
What Frank did remember on that first convoy
was how slow the merchant ships traveled, while the
Hamahn could do a sleek 33 knots through the water.
The convoy finally reached Gibraltar in October
1943, where it was transferred to the protection of the
British Navy.
The Hamahn then went to Casablanca in North
Africa, where Frank and his pals got liberty to tour the
famous city.
"It was supposed to be this exotic city, but it really
wasn't. The French had sunk all their ships in the
harbor, so that was a mess, and the Casbah was off
limits, so we didn't get to see the real sights."
Still, for an 18-year-old sailor who had never been

Still flying
Holmes Beach
residents Alice
and Frank
Szakacs display
the American
flag that Frank
got from his
ship, the USS
Hamahn, during
his World War II
Naval service.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin -.

out of the New York-New Jersey area, it was an exciting
"We had made one successful crossing and we
all felt like veterans when we docked back in New
Frank and the Hamahn would take three more
convoys across the Atlantic to Gibraltar, all without
"There was nothing special about those crossings. I
had been promoted to electrician's mate and had more
duties, but there wasn't any enemy activity to speak
of," he remembered.
The Hamahn then escorted a convoy to Northern
Ireland. There, Frank and his shipmates were allowed
liberty in the Irish Republic, but only in civilian clothes
as Ireland was a neutral country during the war.
"We did a lot of drinking in Ireland, naturally, and
we heard stories that some guys ran into some German
sailors who had liberty from their ships."
The Hamahn then headed for Belfast, where Frank
got a brief taste of some of the anti-American sentiment
that a few Brits held against the Americans.
"I was getting on a tram and joking around with
the female conductor. I was in uniform and some lady
in the back stood up and started yelling that while we
were fooling around, British troops were fighting and
dying. I replied that, for your information, lady, I just
came from delivering a convoy of supplies for you and
the war effort to keep you alive until the war is over.
L\ Nclyone else on the tram stood up and started
applauding and clapping for us, shaking our hands,
clapping us on the back and thanking us for our service.
It made me feel that no matter how small our part in the
war was, we were making a difference, and I've never
forgotten that."
Frank and the USS Hamahn made several more
convoy crossings in the North Atlantic, often in foul
One convoy landed in Liverpool on June 4, 1944,
with thousands of troops for the war effort. Two days
later, on June 6, 1944, Frank would learn that those
troops were headed to Europe as the Allies had invaded
the continent.
Upon returning to New York, Frank decided he
would like a memento of his service and the D-Day
invasion. He persuaded the ship's signalman to trade

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him for the U.S. flag that had flown over the ship on
June 6, 1944.
"We made the deal and I' ve had that flag ever since.
It's a bit in tatters now, but I still fly it every June 6 and
on a few other special occasions. I wouldn't trade it or
sell it for the world."
After 13 convoy crossings, Frank was sent to gyro-
scopic school in Boston in late 1944, then assigned to
the USS Frontier in Los Angeles, a new ship that would
serve as a destroyer repair shop for the Pacific fleet.
L\ cilyone could see that the war in Europe was
almost over and that we were getting ready for the big
one, the invasion of Japan. A lot of guys were being
reassigned from Europe to a ship in the Pacific. We
could see the invasion coming."
But just before the Frontier was to sail for its duty
in the Pacific, the atom bomb was dropped on Japan
and the Japanese decided to surrender.
"We didn't know much about the atom bomb, but
we did have one big party after the Japanese decided
to quit," remembered Frank.
Unfortunately, while a lot of his shipmates began
to get discharged, Frank still had another year of ser-
\ ly enlistment was until I was 21 years old. When
the Japs surrendered, I was only 19, so I had to stay
with the ship for another two years."
As it turned out, however, Frank had just enough
time left in his enlistment to miss the military's atom
bomb testing on Bikini atoll in late 1946. The Frontier
was to serve as an observation ship.
"The orders were that if you had less than 30 days
of service, you didn't have to go. I had 29 days left, so
I asked to get out and the Navy said OK. That was fine
with me."
Frank was discharged on Nov. 13, 1946, and headed
home to New Jersey.
He went to work as an electrician at a factory where
he met his future wife, Alice, who was employed in a
different branch of the factory. They were married in
1950 and Frank became a police officer with the New
York-New Jersey Port Authority, while Alice stayed
home with their three children.
After 25 years with the authority, Frank retired as a
lieutenant and the family moved to Bradenton in 1976.
He and his wife bought two lots in Holmes Beach and
eventually built a home on one lot and sold the other.
They retired here permanently in 1989.
The Navy, said Frank, made a lasting impression
on him that helped him throughout his life.
"I went in as a kid and came out as a man. The
Navy taught me how to deal with tough situations, with
people, with problems, with life. I didn't do anything
spectacular during the war. I just got lucky with my
assignments, but I'm awful proud that I could do my
small part.
"The Navy and my wife have given me everything
I could ever ask for," said Frank.
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.

"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied
country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear from
you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 17

N.Y. band with Island roots to

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
When Kelly Waldrop and Marisa
Bergquist left Florida for the bright lights
of big city New York, they imagined differ-
ent careers than the one they now share.
Both grew up on Anna Maria Island,
best friends from grade school. When they
left Florida, Waldrop had a degree in writing
and Bergquist a degree in filmmaking. They
both went to work in the television industry.
They did that for a while until they
decided instead to form a pop band and make
The Besties consists of Waldrop, Bergquist,
Frank Korn and Rikky Walsh.
The band will play at Ace's Lounge, 4343
Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, at 8 p.m. Sunday,
June 24.
"We feel very connected to the Island," said
Waldrop, adding that the band's latest release is
"Rod 'n' Reel," a tune inspired by "the much-be-
loved Rod & Reel Pier."
Their recording has a bigger sound than previ-
ous releases courtesy of the addition of Korn, whose
drumming replaces electronic drums on the full-length
album, "Singer," released in February 2006.
Bergquist said the band also is selecting from "a
different, more natural palate of keyboard tones" as
opposed to an earlier electronic style.
l\ ic than anything, though, these songs show

growth and maturity
over our last release," Bergquist said.
In anticipation of The Besties' arrival in Bradenton,
Bergquist reflected recently on the band, the music and
coming back home.
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playing together in a band?
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weekend and lots of weeknights going to see
punk and indie bands everywhere from Tampa and St.
Pete to Sarasota and Venice.
We continued writing songs in our loft apartment
in Brooklyn and The Besties were born.
Islander: You have a new record coming out for
Hugpatch Records. What's it like?
Marisa Bergquist: The Hugpatch release actually
came out in January '07. It's a two-song, 7-inch vinyl that
we're so excited about. The A-side song is called "Rod
'n' Reel," and it's sort of a love letter to the Island and all
the things that made it such a special place to grow up.
The B-side song is called \\ ,i king Title," and it's
meant to be a wake-up call to take back control of the
course of your life and do the things that make you
For us, that meant quitting our full-time jobs -
Kelly and I both worked in television, Frank as a nurse
and Rikky as a bartender and really giving the band
our best shot. So many great things were happening
for The Besties and we weren't even really trying. We
wondered, what could happen if we really try?
Islander: How long have you been working out of
MB: We've lived in Brooklyn for over four years
now. Kelly and I both moved to New York following our
graduation from Florida State University my degree
was in filmmaking, hers in writing. It just seemed like
the best place to move to pursue our respective careers.
Although we miss the Island life, we're having fun up
here and it's afforded the band all kinds of opportunities
and exposure that we wouldn't have had otherwise.
Islander: You have a Euro tour coming up. Where's
that going to take you and what are you expecting?
MB: Amazing, right? This whole European adven-
ture began when we sent a copy of "Rod' n' Reel" to the
organizers of a Swedish music festival called Emma-
boda, mostly on a whim. They loved it and invited us
to come play, so we figured why not set up a few more
shows while we're over there.
We're playing shows in Sweden, England, Scot-
land, Wales and Iceland over about three and a half
weeks, and these are places where we have a bit of a
following. But apparently "Rod 'n' Reel" has been sell-
ing pretty well in Spain, and our last record, "Singer,"
got some radio play in Germany. So maybe next time
we'll get to go play those places. We're definitely going
to be roughing it this time, sleeping on floors, etc. But
we don't mind we're just happy to be going."
Islander: What do you have planned for your Braden-
ton show? Is this a "coming home" or a debut for you?
MB: Really it's both. The Island will always be
home to us, so it feels like a homecoming show, except
that our band has never played in the area before. The


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 9, 800 block North Shore Drive, burglary
of a construction site. The complainant said someone
entered the construction site, but what, if an\ thinly.
was taken was not noted, according to the report.
Bradenton Beach
June 4, 500 block Bay Drive South, theft. The
complainant said someone, perhaps his roommate,
took three of his cameras from his house.
June 6, 100 Bridge St., Bridgewalk resort. The
complainant said she left her necklace in her room
and it was gone the next day. There were no signs
of forced entry to the unit.
June 7, Coquina Beach, resisting arrest and
obstruction of a police officer. While on patrol, the
officer noticed a car parked after hours at the beach.
Three of the juvenile subjects were cooperative, one
was not and the officer had to pepper-spray him.
He was arrested and jailed, while the parents of the
other three came and took them home.
June 9,2300 block Avenue C, domestic. Officers
were called to a local bar regarding a drunk woman,
and took her home. They were later called back to
the scene after she allegedly hit her husband in the
face with a phone book. She was taken to jail.
June 9, 2600 Gulf Drive, trespass. Condo owners
called to complain that two people were using their
pool. They were issued trespass warnings.
June 10, Coquina Beach, no driver's license, tag
not assigned. While on patrol at the beach, officers
noticed a pickup truck with a broken rear window.
After investigating, it was determined that the tag on
the vehicle was not assigned to that vehicle, and the
driver did not have a license. He was taken to jail.
June 11, Coquina Beach, no driver's license, tag
not assigned. While on patrol at the beach, officers
had a car pass them and, upon checking the license
plate, determined that the tag was not assigned to
the vehicle, and the driver did not have a license.
He was taken to jail.
June 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, theft. The
complainant said two women took two 18-packs of
beer and left without paying.

closest we've played on tour before has been Tallahas-
see. This time we're flexing our Florida pride by play-
ing shows in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Bradenton,
Tallahassee and Pensacola. So we're really looking for-
ward to our show at Ace's, so we can show our friends
and families what we've been up to and what we're so

Holmes Beach
June 7, 500 block 68th Street, soliciting.
Officers stopped a pickup truck after receiving
a report that young people were soliciting door-
to-door for a charity. The driver was advised he
needed permission from city hall to do so, pursu-
ant to city ordinances.
June 9, 7600 block Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone, possibly her
ex-boyfriend, had thrown a beer bottle through her
bedroom window when she was not home. Patrols
were added in the area.
June 8,7 Palm Harbor Drive, disturbance. Offi-
cers were called to break up a fight between two
men, who both agreed to not prosecute each other.
June 11, 3601 E. Bay Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took fishing gear with a
value of $390 from the back of his pickup truck.
June 11, 200 81st St., criminal mischief. Offi-
cers responded to a complaint of graffiti painted on
a Verizon telephone box. The telephone company
responded and painted over the "tag."
June 11, 5801 Marina Drive, fraud. The com-
plainant lodged a complaint at the police department
of her former roommate using her checking account
to pay bills, with a total amount of $1,691.66 taken
from her account, according to the report.
June 11, 4800 Gulf Drive, DUI. Officers were
advised by sheriff's deputies of a vehicle travel-
ing south at a high rate of speed. Holmes Beach
police stopped a vehicle matching the descrip-
tion of the speeding car and noticed a strong
odor of alcohol. James R. Nudd, 36, of Holmes
Beach, refused to take field alcohol sobriety tests
or breathalyzer tests later at the police station,
and he was charged with DUI and taken to jail.
Officers also confiscated a bottle of tequila from
his vehicle.
June 12, 3400 block Gulf Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took one of his grills,
with a value of $100, from the rear of his condo-
minium unit.
June 14, 5300 block Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone had sprayed
graffiti on the exterior of the building.

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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 19

Summer heats up, sports in slow gear on AMI

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
With only a few youth flag football games this
week in the heat and kids scattered on vacations
and visits to grandfolks in other parts of the coun-
try and world, sports action was slow to come by
last week.
However, members of the Key Royale Club man-
aged to play some rounds and report some scores. The
ladies played a nine-hole tournament on June 12 and
identified individual low-net winners and lowest com-
bined team putts.
Josie Womble fired a 3-under-par 29 to capture
first place in the first flight by three shots over Tootie
Wagner, who shot even-par 32. Second-flight winner
was Terry Westby, who shot even-par 32 to win by one
shot over Pat Rice at 33.
The team of Nancy King, Pat Rice, Dee Bassett
and Norma Moran-Shearer negotiated the nine-hole
course in 64 putts to win the team putting contest.
AMICC NFL Flag Football
schedule, standings
(All games played at Holmes Beach field)
SYouth Division (ages 12-15)
June 20 7 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Raiders
June 22 7 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Panthers
June 25 7 p.m. Raiders vs. Panthers
Junior Division (ages 8-11)
SJune 20 6 p.m. Titans vs. Texans
June 22 6 p.m. Titans vs. Chiefs
June 25 6 p.m. Texans vs. Chiefs
Pee Wee Division (Ages 5-7)
June 21 6 p.m. Colts vs. Eagles
AMICC NFL Flag Football standings
Team won lost
Youth Division (ages 12-15)
Buccaneers 3 0
Raiders 1 1
Panthers 0 3
Junior Division (ages 8-11)
Texans 3 0
Titans 1 2
Chiefs 0 2

Second place went to the team of Linda Kelly, Roswitha
Fowler, Nancy Grimme and Frankie Smith-Williams
with 66 total putts.
Horseshoe news
Seven teams were whittled down to two teams
during June 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits. The team of Sam Samuels and Norm Good
along with Ron Pepka and Ron Slagh were the only
undefeated teams in pool play so they faced off in a
winner-take-all game. Samuels and Good came out on
top with a 22-15 victory to claim bl ,,ini rights for
the day.
The June 13 horseshoe action was on the verge of
being rained out, but four hard-core shoers hung around
and managed to get some throws in. Ron Slagh and Sam
Samuels took three out of four games from Ron Pepka
and Steve Doyle to win the day's proceedings.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the

Coquina Beach bayside will be the site of a
full day of eco-friendly, family-friendly activities
Saturday, June 23.
The second annual Florida Gulf Coast Out-
door Festival is scheduled to take place at the park
across the street from Coquina Beach in Braden-
ton Beach.
Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to
The festival itinerary calls for kayak seminars,

Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
The team uses the money for uniforms, warm-up suits
and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf
skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging
layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered before the Aug. 1 deadline
will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-
tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day.
Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-
to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons
of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so
don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament spon-
sors to help their cause. For $800, a business can purchase
the Hat Trick package, consisting of a foursome, banquet,
tee or green sign on the course and a banner that will be
displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games.
A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome
and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee or
green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and
each players phone number and send the list with a
check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail
it to me, Her-icane coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th
St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information,
call me at 941-807-1105.

clinics on camping and paddling, a fashion show
and nature programs. There also will be island-style
cuisine offered and arts and crafts booths with items
for sale.
The event is sponsored by the Florida Gulf
Coast Sports Commission, Manatee County Parks
and Recreation, the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau and the city of Bradenton
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20 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Beach expert yet again bypasses Island shores

The good doctor, Dr. Beach, has yet again bypassed
Anna Maria Island in his annual assessment of the best
beaches of the world. Maybe that's a good thing for
our little secret."
Dr. Stephen Leatherman of Florida International
University's hurricane research center picked Ocra-
coke Lifeguarded Beach in North Carolina as his top
pick last week. He's been doing his annual "best of the
beach" list since 1991.
There could be a bit of nepotism, or something
akin to that, in the 2007 choice, since he grew up in
Charlotte, N.C.
According to the Associated Press, "Leatherman's
family owned the biggest backyard sand box in Char-
lotte. He went to North Carolina State University and
earned a Ph.D. in environmental coastal sciences from
the University of Virginia."
In addition to his hurricane and beach-ranking duties,
the AP said Leatherman "has counseled billionaires in
selecting the perfect island properties and tracked down
the origin of a certain beach sand for detectives. He's
been called a beach-ologist, but that's not quite right."
His title is actually something more bizarre: coastal geo-
morphologist, or one who studies coastlines.
The beach ranking began in an unofficial way in
1989, became more scientific in 1991, and eventually
got into a scoring regime that included something like
250 points. He's visited more than 650 beaches.
Anna Maria Island has never made the top 10,
although we saw Fort DeSoto Park, just to our north
across Tampa Bay, in the No. 1 spot not too long ago.
There's criteria for judging sand, amenities, swim-
ming and all the rest of what makes a good beach
involved in his rankings.
For beachgoers, his 2007 list of the best beaches
is, in order:
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks,
North Carolina.
Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater,
Coopers Beach, Southampton, N.Y.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii.
Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.
Hamoa Beach, Maul, Hawaii.
Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
Coronado Beach, San Diego, Calif.
Lighthouse Point Park, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Fla.

Be afraid. Be very afraid
We've had a reprieve from skeeters so far this year,
thanks to the drought that has plagued the state. Don't
expect the dearth of bites to last, warns the state's top
expert on such things.
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles Bronson is urging residents to pre-
pare for that to change. "As soon as the normal rain
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"The lack of water has prevented eggs from hatch-
ing," he said.
That's the good news. The bad part "mosquito
eggs from certain species can be very resilient, lying
in wait for the next heavy rain for up to several years.
When the wet weather arrives, all the eggs hatch at once,
creating a huge increase in the number of pesky pests."
Here are some of his tips to avoid getting eaten
alive, taken from the release.
Limit time outside during dusk and dawn when
mosquitoes are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover skin
and reduce the chance of being bitten.
Eliminate standing water in yards, such as in bird-
baths, kiddie pools, old tires and other receptacles. Stagnant
water is an excellent breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Use insect repellent that contains DEET, which
is an effective repellent.
As one of those people who seem to be a mosquito
magnet, I've got tons of bug goo scattered everywhere,
which is applied liberally and I still get bites.
Several years ago, on a trip to Cabbage Key, I fool-
ishly agreed to go to the island's water tower to watch
the sun set without a shirt.
My yipss!" as I sprinted into the resort from outside
caused management to reprimand me for not having a shirt
on, which only added to the anguish of the 50-plus bites I'd
gotten in the 50-foot sprint from the tower to the porch.
My favorite mosquito story, though, comes from an old
buddy of mine who used to work at Mote Marine Labora-
tory doing research on impacts of aerial spraying to control
skeeters in the deepest mangrove forests of Lee County.
Lee and Collier counties, by the way, have some
of the worst bug problems I've ever encountered, akin
I guess to the heart of the Everglades.
Anyway, Scott was a good environmentalist who
was studying the impacts of the spray on fish larvae.
He'd spend days and days out in the muck counting
little fishies and such as the big planes would swoop
overhead, dumping, er spraying, their poison.
He also spent days serving as a blood donor to the
nasty little biters. Insect repellant works, but when it's
100 degrees and you're sweating constantly, it tends
to flow off with your perspiration, and then the bugs
swarm on you.
At the end of his week-long hell, he told me, "Break out
the Agent Orange or napalm or DDT and kill them all."


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Another invasive tale
Although some Islanders have been lamenting the
loss of Australian pine trees in Bradenton Beach of late,
nobody seems upset about getting rid of kudzu in the
rest of the south.
Kudzu is an Asian vine that was brought to this
country in 1876, according to the U.S. Forrest Service
in a New York Times article. It's original purpose was
to slow or stop erosion of rivers and streams and serve
as an ornamental vine, since it is kinda pretty as well
as prolific. In fact, the federal government once paid
farmers to plant kudzu.
And then everybody found out that the stuff grows
like crazy here, and it pretty much took over the coun-
tryside. We' ve got railroad vine at the beach that can
grow up to a foot a day. Ditto, kudzu.
A friend once told me the best way to grow kudzu
is to take a cutting and put it in the middle of a parking
lot, then move your car. In a week, the asphalt will be
covered with the green stuff.
But the wiley Tennesseans have come up with a wicked
way to beat back the advance of the evil green menace.
It seems that chemicals and other manmade prod-
ucts don't work as well as the lowly goat, which just
munches, and munches, and munches his way through
the kudzu forests. He or she is happy, the land-
owners are happy, and the kudzu is gone.
And no, I'm not suggesting we import some weird
Australian beast on the Island to eat the pines. It would
probably take to the water and devour the mullet. Or

That must have hurt
Again from the Associated Press comes this mis-
sive: A 50-ton bowhead whale killed off the coast of
Alaska last month had a "bomb lance" in its neck that
was manufactured more than 100 years ago.
The whale, killed as part of an agreement with Eski-
mos which allows 255 whales to be harvested every five
years, had the thing in its blubber.
The 3-inch-long lance was made around 1890. It
was propelled from a kind of gun, and was used by New
Bedford, Mass., whalers back in the day.

Sandscript factoid
So here's the real deal with the above mention, and
what's fascinating to me, at least.
The bowhead whale that was killed was estimated at
being between 115 and 130 years old. It was shot about
1890. Average age for these big guys and gals is 130 years,
but they have been estimated to live to 200 years of age.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 21

Sails offshore, but tarpon still hiding in local waters

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Where are the tarpon?
Action for the silver kings is very slow so far this
season, but several guides predict it should start to pick
up later this month and into July.
In comparison, there were a couple of sailfish hook-
ups reported last week in the Gulf of Mexico, somewhat
of a rarity in our waters this late in the year.
Other offshore action includes good catches of
snapper, grouper and even a few late-season kingfish.
Backwater charters report good catches of redfish,
catch-and-release snook and some trout, but the trout
action is somewhat slow.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing "has been great. We are catch-
ing gag, red and scamp grouper, red snapper, mangrove
snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, little tuna, a few king-
fish, lots of sharks and barracuda." He said that he took
Anthony Leveret of Bradenton out last week and hooked
him up with a 7-foot sailfish, fishing in 35 feet of water
using live thread herring as bait. "The big fish broke
the line on one of its jumps," Capt. Larry said. Andrew
Jenkins hooked up on another sailfish later in the week,
also around 7 feet in length, and it too broke off after a
long run and a series of jumps. "You never know what
you may catch fishing offshore our Island," he added.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said reds, flounder and
trout are the best bets for inshore fishers. Offshore, look
for grouper, snapper, amberjack and some cobia.
Tom Cassiddy at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's
seeing a few of almost every species of fish come to
the dock: small redfish, sheepshead, catch-and-release
snook and mackerel.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there are lots of catch-and-release snook being caught
at night, mackerel during the day, plus flounder, big
yellowtail jacks and snapper under the pier.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are some big snapper lurking under the dock at
the crab house, trout coming in with the boaters, and
lots of redfish reported in the Manatee River.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnson said he's having good luck with reds and
catch-and-release snook. Capt. Sam Kimball, also out
of Annie's, said his offshore trips are bringing back lots
of grouper, snapper, kingfish, barracuda, amberjack and
banded rudderfish.
At Tropic Isles Marina in Terra Ceia, reports
include redfish up to 23 inches, trout from Terra Ceia
Bay and mackerel in front of the bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
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Snook rule change goes into effect in July

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission has approved changes to snook bag
and size limits and harvest seasons.
For linesider anglers off Anna Maria Island,
the "slot limit" for snook will shrink from 28 to 33
inches. There will also be a closed season expan-
sion which will now run from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31,
as well as May through August.
Rules are different in the Atlantic Ocean.
"These rule changes are intended to provide
additional protection for Florida's valuable snook
populations, which are considered to be fairly
healthy on the state's Atlantic and Gulf coasts,"

His other catches include redfish, but he's finding trout
hard to catch.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said tarpon fishing is
good on the beaches and passes. "Reds and snook are
hitting near mangroves and oyster bars," he added, and
"shark fishing is best in the evenings around Passage
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said, "After a less-than-stellar
week, things really improved at week's end. The Pope
family from East Manatee fished with me Friday. It
was Cory Popes 16th birthday and he was joined by
his mom and date Debby and Arlen, and buddy Mitch
Hardy. The quartet of anglers had big fun doing light-
tackle battle with small sharks, big ladyfish and trout,
fishing various locations around the bulkhead and Anna
Maria Sound. All of the above responded to live bait,
including shrimp, whitebait and small quarter-sized

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ing to the FWC, "The latest FWC snook stock
assessment concluded the management goal of a
40 percent spawning potential ratio for this fishery
is not being met, and increasing fishing effort and
habitat loss are contributing to the decline. Spawn-
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of mature fish in a fished population to the egg
production that would exist if the population were
not fished."
The new snook rules take effect in July and
will be implemented when the snook harvest season
reopens Sept. 1.

pinfish. Surprisingly the small pinfish were the top bait.
Earlier in the week, some truly big Spanish mackerel
to 25 inches were caught in the same area." He's also
catching redfish to 26 inches. Tarpon are eluding him
so far this season, but he's putting his charters onto
mangrove snapper, gag grouper, porgies.
On my boat Magic, we fished the Kiwanis Pete
Turner Tournament last week, catching redfish to 29
inches, trout to 20 inches, catch-and-release snook to
31 inches, but only managed to finish in the top 10.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 25-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
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Isld Biz
By Rick Catlin

Chamber awards
scholarships to
business students
Two recent high school graduates
received $1,000 scholarships from the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce June 6.
The scholarship committee reviewed
applications for a number of students
and selected Christopher Chawi and
Noel Nadine Deckert, both of Braden-
ton, as this year's scholarship winners.
Chawi, who graduated from Bayshore
High School, plans to study business at the
University of South Florida in Tampa.
Deckert, who graduated from Mana-
tee High School, plans to study business
and finance at Florida International Uni-
versity in Miami.
AMICC chairman Mark Davis of
the Harrington House Bed & Break-
fast presented each student with a $1,000
check in the chamber office, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Karen Lapensee of Lapensee
Plumbing chaired the scholarship com-
mittee, which also included Mike Veijns
of Raymond James and Ellen Aquilina
of Coast Bank.

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High school graduates ( ,, i\tr, ,pit Chawi and Noel Nadine Deckert, middle,
receive the third annual business scholarship from the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce June 6. Congratulating the students are AMICC's executive
director Mary Ann Brockman, left, chairman Mark Davis of the Harrington House
Bed & Breakfast and scholarship committee members Ellen Aquilina and Karen
Lapensee. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Lapensee said scholarship winners
must be interested in a career in business
and plan to study at a Florida school.
Beyond that, she said, the students must
excel academically.
Aquilina told Chawi and Deckert that
their applications were outstanding.
AMICC raises money for its busi-
ness scholarship program with events
such as Bayfest, a golf tournament and
an annual fashion show.
For more information about
AMICC's scholarship awards or other
programs, call 941-778-1541.

Chamber to celebrate
salon anniversary
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will join in the celebra-
tion at a Holmes Beach hair salon mark-
ing its sixth anniversary.
Hair's To You Salon, 3220 E. Bay
Drive, marks its anniversary Friday,
June 22. A reception will take place from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with appetizers, bever-
ages, entertainment and consultations.
For more information, call 941-778-

BeachHouse joins
wine tasting
The BeachHouse Restaurant is
partnering with ABC Fine Wine and
Spirits for a wine-tasting reception
Wednesday, June 27.
The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at
ABC, 3500 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The BeachHouse will showcase its
seafood specialties and ABC will show-
case its wine selection.
For information, call 941-778-8705.

Times blog features
Island 'dream home'
In a New York Times-sponsored
blog, a husband-and-wife team writes
regularly about building their dream home
in "an idyllic tiny town in Florida."
That tiny town is Anna Maria City.
The couple, Paul B. Brown, who
writes about business for the Times, and
Alison Davis, a communications consul-
tant, are building their dream home at 92
N. Shore Drive.
In recent postings at dreamhome.blogs.
nytimes.com, the bl 'c i -'. write about
redesigning the second floor, revising the
faCade, relieving the stress of building a
home by watching a movie, and answering
a barrage of questions from readers.
The blog also provides links to Island
businesses and services, including the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, area tourism bureaus and advice on
where to stay while visiting the Island.

32 Years ofProfessional Service
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $295,000.
PERICO ISLES 3BR/2BA community pool, tennis courts. Turnkey furnished,
five minutes to beaches. $429,000.
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.
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

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

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

When's the last time
you tasted coffee
in an old-fashioned
"diner" mug?
The Islander
Island Shopping Center
5404 Marina Drive
Phone 941 778-7978

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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pool. 2BR/2BA open
plan, new kitchen.
Totally upgraded.
S- Dock, three davits.
Owner motivated.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
For sale by owner.
404 21st Place, Bradenton Beach. Brokers welcome

6000 Marna Drive, Ste.105 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
Gayle Schulz www.jimandersonrealty.com
Broker/Associate email: gayle51 l@tampabay.rr.com


Spectacular Bimini Bay views trom this large Key Koyale Anna Maria
Island waterfront property with dock, three-car garage and solar-heated
pool. 3-4BR/4BA offered at $1,600,000. Call Gayle 941-812-6489.
Large, updated 3BR/2BA condo
with a pool in West Bradenton.
Move right in. Unbelievable price
of $130,000!
Call Gayle 941-812-6489.

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'Vino and Vibes'
card exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will hold a "Vino and Vibes"
business card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Coast Bank
at 9819 Cortez Road W.
The chamber also welcomed the fol-
lowing new members in June:
Front Row Media, Fred Mullins,
1088 Wellington Way, No. 2, Lexington,
KY, 40513, 941-795-5056.
Erlene Fitzpatrick, RE/MAX Gulf-
stream Realty, 3007 Manatee Ave., Bra-
denton, 224-6339.
A+Termite and Pest Control, Harry
Grant, 6023 26th St. W., Bradenton, 744-
Anna Maria Arts and Crafts, Kathy
Morgan, Anna Maria, 778-7115.
Island Real Estate Vacation Rent-
als, Larry Chatt, 6101 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-6066.
A Beachfront House, Shirley
Perez, 1234 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
Jennifer Adams/Duncan Real
Estate Associate, 310 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, 704-2810.
Gulf Drive Band, William
Bowdish, 518 70th St., Holmes Beach,
St. Stephens Episcopal School,
Paula Heep, 315 41st St. W., Bradenton,
Cornerstone Construction and
Design, Dean Holstrom, Bradenton
Beach, 778-8188.
Grayhawk Systems Inc., Laura
Shely, 6935 15th St. E., No. 105, Sara-
sota, 487-2964.

HGTV features
Island real estate
An Anna Maria Island home got
some screen time on Home and Garden
Television (HGTV) last week.
Tampa attorney Stacy Frank's
weekend cottage at 701 N. Shore Drive
was featured on "National Open House"
in an episode exploring the market for

$150,000, $300,000, $600,000 and $1
million homes.
The show focused on three areas -
the vicinity of Hot Springs, Ark., Ithaca,
N.Y., and Bradenton.
Mark Hughes, a Manatee County
broker-associate with Sky Sotheby's,
was a guest on the program.
Hughes was invited last fall to show
off the Bradenton area on the program.
"I forwarded Pie Town produc-
tions, the producers of 'National
Open House' on HGTV, some ideas
for houses that represent the different
price points that the show compares
against other areas around the coun-
try," Hughes said.
Hughes may reappear on HGTV in
an episode of "House Hunters."
\ly wife loves that channel," he
For more information about the
channel, go to www.hgtv.com.

Just afew
months after
its grand
opening, the
Bank on
Avenue in
its signage
to Regions
Bank after
a merger
of the two
Bonner Joy

Island real estate sales
408 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,832 sfla
/ 3,443 sfur 4h1- 3' lxath lcar canalfront
pool home built in 2006 on a 66x110 lot
was sold 06/01/07, Agnelli Group LLC to
Chandler for $1,075,000; list $1,336,000.
320 Iris St., Anna Maria, a 1,837 sfla
/ 3,103 sfur 3bed/3bath/lcar canalfront
pool home built in 1968 on a 96x 10 lot

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 23
was sold 05/31/07, Whitfield to Darsch
for $841,000; list $899,900.
234 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a
2,920 sfla / 3,893 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car
canalfront pool home built in 1957 on a
75x148 lot was sold 05/29/07, Sundmaker
to Badcock for $750,000; list $899,900.
2106 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Gulf
Breeze, Bradenton Beach, a 1,117
sfla / 1,194 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront
condo built in 1998 was sold 05/29/07,
Zachos to Faust for $690,000; list
233 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria,
a 1,664 sfla / 2,632 sfur 3bed/2bath
canalfront pool home built in 1979 on a
77x100 lot was sold 06/01/07, Rossi to
Pescitelli for $630,000; list $669,000.
120 Oak Ave.,Anna Maria, a 1,223 sfla
/1,629 sfur 3bed/1/2bath home built in 1971
on a 50x110 lot was sold 05/31/07, Stuart to
Mattick for $485,000; list $499,000.
518 South Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,445 sfla / 2,122 sfur 3bed/2bath canal-
front home built in 1982 on a 60x110 lot
was sold 06/01/07, Chandler to Agnelli
Group LLC for $450,000.
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 224, Westbay
Cove, Holmes Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,479
sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1977 was sold
05/29/07, Stogel to Wojnicki for $385,000.
110 12th Street S., Unit 113, Gulf to
Bay Moorings, Bradenton Beach, a 896
sfla / 1,066 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1982 was sold 05/30/07, Island Invest-
ments LLC to Talley for $238,645.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.

Featured sale:
This Westbay Cove
condo at 600 Mana-
tee Ave., Unit 224,
Holmes Beach, sold
in March 2005for
$330,000 and May
2007for $385,000.
The cost per square
foot is $326.
Islander Photo:
Jesse Brisson

1 Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

3100 Gulf Dr., #5, Holmes Beach:
2BR/2BA, updated, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished. Steps to beach!
$419,000. ML#318593.

email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

Well maintained 2BR/2BA.
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
4" 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.
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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.
METAL DAYBED AND white frame with two new
high-quality twin mattresses. One mattress slides
under as trundle. 727-415-8727.
GE CHEST FREEZER: 48-inches wide, 30-inches
deep, 35-inches high. In good condition, just too
large for our space. $125. Located in Holmes Beach.
Call 863-712-3167.
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.

HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child $2,
adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The Islander
and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund for Pete's
youngest son. Available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 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 Tuesdays,
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch clothing
sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.

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

Anna Maria Island luxury
with views of the Gulf and Bay
Brand new, beautifully furnished, four bedroom townhouse with
fabulous amenities: 9ft. ceilings, gourmet kitchen, granite counters,
stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors, two-car garage, jetted
tub, wrought iron style railings and a tri-level elevator. 1/2 block to a
white sand beach and watch sunsets or view the beach from all rooms.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour

Jeff Granston
(941) 713-5184

Hannerle Moore
(941) 383-7171

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

SKY Sotheby's
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228

located on this pristine beach iAnna Maria Village.
This is our Island's natural beach, not renourished.
S3BR/2BA furnished beach home. $2,900,000.
123-foot frontage on Gulf, includes two
S beachfront bungalows. $4,500,000.
Newer elevated 3BR/2.5BA furnished home.

SINCE 1957
9, Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www. amariareal.com
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2007. 5,000 sf 4BR/5BA. Elevator, two fireplaces,
28x32-foot great room, heated pool, canal/dock with
view down canal to bayou. $1,999,000.

partly furnished across from clubhouse and pool. Beau-
tifully updated, move-in condition.

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

DIRECT BAYFRONT Beautiful setting. New dock on
deep water. Large 2BR/2BA. Tile floors throughout. Even
has a separate mother-in-law apartment. $995,000.
Mike 800-367-1617
m n 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULFDRIVE
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 20, 2007 0 25


STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures. All
sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off, all collectible,
signed snow babies, snow angels 65 percent off.
New dealer coming in, one room everything 50-75
percent off. Select antiques, crystal, Hummels, dolls,
books, art, vintage and costume jewelry, furniture
30-90 percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
day, June 23. Fridge, stove, furniture, beds, doors,
lots of miscellaneous. 795 Jacaranda Ave., Anna
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.

MOVING/YARD SALE: 10am-3pm Saturday, June
23. Furnishings, bric-a-brac, lamps, pottery, mis-
cellaneous, see for yourself. 528 67th St., Holmes
Beach. No early birds.

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

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.

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.
ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume, fine jewelry
and more! Please contact Diana Miller, 941-592-
0817, or e-mail: salesbydiana@gmail.com.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

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

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2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF

For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:

Building. Home. Life.

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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. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
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-

1977 CADILLAC COUPE de Ville. Great condi-
tion. Everything works. Must see to appreciate.
$5,000 or best offer. 2904 Ave. B, Holmes Beach.

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.

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.
ctcowin @aol.com.
Yamaha 150, low hours, excellent condition, Bimini,
hydraulic tilt and steering, radio, extras. $11,500.

2000 2470 WALK-AROUND Pursuit. 250-hp
Yamaha, GPS color fish finder, radio. Many
extras, mint condition. Asking $35,000. Call

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-

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.

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

SECLUDED BAY FRONT ESTATE This warm and inviting 4BR/2BA
hideaway offers sweeping views acrossAnna Maria Sound! There
is a protected canal along the south side of the property, offering
an electric boatliftand 32-footdock. Otherfeatures include solar
heated 30x1 5-foot swimming pool, a spacious bayside sundeck,
enchanting 12-foot gazebo with endless views of sea and sky!
Brand new kitchen with wooden cabinets, stainless steel appli-
ances, and gorgeous granite countertops, plus newly installed
hardwood floorsand cheerful yellowvinyl siding.This choice estate
is situated on an extremely private lot of the end of a quiet street
with the sparkling Gulf of Mexico a short stroll away! Don't miss
this rare and wonderful Island retreat! $1,499,900.

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

MAINTENANCE FULL-TIME: Longboat Key resort.
Experience required. Benefits. Drug-free workplace.
Call 941-383-5549.

person for Longboat Key resort. Five years experi-
ence. 9am-5pm, four days per week, including Sat-
urday and Sunday. Start at $12 per hour and up,
depending upon experience. Call 941-383-5549.

WE NEED PART-time housekeeping staff to care
for our lovely Anna Maria cottages. Weekends often
required. Please call 941-778-1503.
cleaning. $15/hour. 941-518-1216.

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.

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.

redecorated, well-equipped in great Holmes Beach
shopping center. $89,000. Longview Realty, 941-
383-6112. www.longviewrealty.com.

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

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


One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
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W hen you choose Chase you
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Plus, the knowledge of loan
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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.

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.
anteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount
with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-
LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner, Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.

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.

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


W. Ben Stewart, Esq.

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

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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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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.

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

daily pains of housework. Weekly, bi-weekly. Senior
cleaning special, $40. Residential, commercial
vacation properties. Free estimate, discount rates.
Call Taylor, 941-592-7786.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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.

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PERICO ISLAND Custom built 3BR/2BApatio
homeoffering2,040sfopenfloor plan Deluxe
kitchen, baths and lovely lake views Com-
munity clubhouse, pool, tennis and minutes
to beach David Moynihan, 941-720-0089 or
941-778-2246 MLS#556627 $399,900

COQUINA REEF Fully furnished 1BR/1BA
unit with heated pool, covered parking and
walking distanceto beach and city pier Well-
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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.
in custom walls and textures. Repair or remove
popcorn ceilings. Make walls new again! Insured,
free estimate. Please, call 941-545-5440 or

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

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

1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail tlyonsrq@verizon.net
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
munity, No. 200, 2BR/1BA, $695/month. Turnkey
furnished, washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer
and garbage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868
or 941-778-4523.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
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BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
garage, all amenities, walk to beach. $2,750/month.
Call Donna at Premier Florida Realty, 941-761-
3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.

2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
941-721-4789. www.annamaria-rental.com.
APARTMENT: ANNUAL IN Holmes Beach. Kitchen,
bedroom and bathroom. No pets. 941-778-7039.

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/1 BA, 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.
duplex with porch and laundry. Freshly remod-
eled, private parking, block to beach. $795/month.
1BR/1BA, close to beach. Lawn and water
included, $800/month. Sable Palms 2BR/1.5BA,
$950/month. Duplex, 2BR/1.5BA, large yard, new
carpet and floors, $900/month. 941-778-0770.
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.
washer and dryer hookup. $995/month plus
security deposit. Days 941-778-6541, evenings
BED AND BOAT: Beautiful 2BR condo on Anna
Maria with optional boat rental. Canal to Intrac-
oastal Waterway. Summer rates. 941-778-8520,
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.
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:
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.

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

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA BAYFRONT with deep-water
dock. Furnished, carport and a great value located
in Bradenton Beach. 941-779-4713.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Bradenton Beach. 2BR/2BA
condo/townhouse located near beach south of Bridge
Street. The unit has upstairs and downstairs living
areas with parking underneath. Call 813-245-0428.


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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.
charming one-room cottage, clean and quiet
on the Intracoastal Waterway. $750/month.
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.

SUPER DEAL! ANNUAL Island condo. 1BR/1BA,
partial Gulf and bay views. $800/month, includes
water, trash. No pets or smoking. 941-746-2928.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 4BR home, great northwest Bra-
denton location, walk to A-rated schools, 10 minutes
to beach. $2,250/month plus utilities. Heather, Gulf-
Bay Realty, 941-807-4661.
3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage, screened lanai, sev-
eral decks, pool. $1,700/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.
to beach, open courtyard, dishwasher. $850/month
includes water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.
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,
across street from beach. $695/month includes
water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
newly renovated, walking distance to beach and
shops. Ready to move in immediately. $950/month.
Call Bob at 941-527-7661 or 941-531-3565.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: Large furnished
1BR/BA, walk to beach and shops, no pets,
three-six month lease. $800/month plus utilities.
six months or annual rental. $1,600/month, plus utili-
ties. 717-392-4048.
GULF-VIEW CONDO: Pool, balcony, roof-top deck.
2BR/2BA, annual. $1,375/month plus utilities.
turnkey furnished, totally remodeled, stainless-steel
appliances, two pools, carport, gorgeous beach.
Available now through December. $900/month.

ANNUALS FOR RENT now! 2BR/2BA furnished
house on Key Royale $1,400 plus utilities, unfur-
nished 1BR near beach $850! 3BR/2BA furnished
condo with panoramic water views at Westbay Point
and Moorings $1,500-plus utilities! 2BR/2BA stilt
home near Bean Point, furnished or unfurnished,
$1,500 plus utilities, 2BR/2BA unfurnished newer
stilt duplex with new carpeting $1,000 plus utilities.
Also six-month availabilities! Call Sue at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
yard maintenance, water, cable, utility room, washer,
dryer included. Steps to beach, immaculate, large
yard. Holmes Beach. 727-540-9294.
ground-level duplex close to beach. New appli-
ances. $1,025/month, plus utilities. First, last and
deposit. 941-778-2658.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

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

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

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
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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, includ-
ing washer and dryer, all staying. Motivated seller.
Brokers/agents welcome. Selling below appraisal
at $455,000. Call Tammy at 813-478-4416 or

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. $229,900. First-time buyer
program. Low, low down. Real Estate Mart, 941-
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
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Beach or order online www.islander.org.

BUYER BONUS: One-year tax and insurance
pre-paid at closing. 2,400 sf on one-third beau-
tifully landscaped acre. 3BR/2BA with separate
office. Wood and tile flooring. Two family rooms.
Huge kitchen with bay window. Great schools. Five
minutes from beaches. $324,000. Karen Pfeiffer,
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty. 941-747-2170.
Open Sundays.
CUTE 2BR/1BA one-car garage Island home,
three blocks from beach, open and bright, quiet
street, $515,000. Call Heather, Gulf-Bay Realty,
3BR/2BA, TWO-CAR garage canalfront home, com-
pletely renovated, custom finishes, large screened
lanai, room for pool. $859,000. Call Heather, Gulf-
Bay Realty, 941-807-4661.
will be auctioned at 10am June 22 at the U.S. Bank-
ruptcy Court in Tampa. The properties are at 206-B
56th St. in Holmes Beach and 110-B Seventh St. S.
in Bradenton Beach. Offers must be accompanied
by a good faith deposit of $50,000. For details, call
Nancy Allen at Wagner Realty, 941-761-3100.
plus garage. Private elevator located between Long-
boat Key and Anna Maria Island. Stop by 2317 Ave.
C, Bradenton Beach. Prices range from the $600s.
For more information, call Kimberly Mills at 941-
321-9601, or Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-758-7777. Re/
Max Gulfstream Realty.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3pm Sunday, June 24. 501 71st
St., Holmes Beach. Take a look and make us an
offer! 2BR/2BA home, large corner lot, room for
pool. Listed at $399,000. Call Carla Price, Bark and
Company Realty Inc. 941-720-8746.

SOUTH COLORADO RANCH sale: 35 acres,
$36,900. Spectacular Rocky Mountain views, year-
round access, electric and telephone included.
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.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

LAKE PROPERTIES: Lakefront and lake-view
homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
Lake in east Tennessee. Call Lakeside Realty, 888-
291-5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
Carolina mountains. Free color brochure and infor-
mation mountain properties with spectacular views,
homes, cabins, creeks and investment acreage.
Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokee-
mountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-
gated communities in the high country of western
North Carolina. Lots starting at $26,000. 866-378-
sale! Grand opening Saturday, June 23. One day
only! Gorgeous property, great prices, come see
for yourself! Water access from just $19,900. Paved
roads, underground 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.
BATTERY CREEK, S.C.: Waterfront at drastically
reduced prices! Marshfront lots from $179,900.
Dockable waterfront lots from $249,900. Located in
Beaufort, S.C. Premier location and neighborhood.
All lots have central water, sewer and underground
utilities. Call 888-279-4741.
LAKE LOT BARGAIN: One-plus acres with free boat
slips, $34,900. Nicely wooded lake-access property
in brand new premier development on spectacular
160,000-acre recreational lake! Prime waterfronts
available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1241.
NEW! GATED COASTAL Georgia community home-
sites up to 4.5 acres. Marshfront with long range
views and 150-year-old live moss-draped oaks.
14 miles north of the Florida state line. Shown by
appointment. Call 866-432-7320.
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VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: My dream, rustic, two-story
log cabin on 13 acres with barn, pastures, woods.
Creek adjoins Jefferson National Forest with miles
and miles of trails. Have to sell $389,500. Owner,
section two with great view, only $45,000. Private
community with river and lake access. Swim, fish,
hike. Perfect for log cabin. 800-699-1289, or www.
TIRED OF HIGH taxes, insurance, traffic, hurri-
canes, inflated high prices? Find God's country, a
better life, retirement and vacation homes at: www.

$99,900.40 acres, $159,900. Timber company sell-
ing off large wooded acreages in southeast Geor-
gia. One day only, Saturday, June 30. Loaded with
wildlife. Potential to subdivide. Excellent financing.
Call National Timber Partners now, 800-898-4409,
ext. 1306.
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 the $70s. One-year, no-payment
options. 877-266-7379. www.cooperspoint.com.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: 100 percent financing, no
payments for two years. Gated lakefront commu-
nity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.
All dockable, 90 miles of shoreline. Start $99,000.
Call now, 800-709-LAKE.
RIVERFRONT HOMESITE on beautiful Tuckasegee
River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C. Private
community, dramatic views, exceptional weather
and recreation. 828-293-9514. High Vision LLC.
LAKEFRONT HOMESITE on beautiful Boone Lake
in northeast Tennessee. Fully-amenitized com-
munity, spectacular mountain views, conveniently
located near Johnson City. 423-323-1676. Grand
Vision Inc.


Pj Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool!
Split plan. $345,000!
S Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! Fresh Paint.
Backups needed! $259O00 $249,900!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
$3S50, 349,500!
Islands West 2BSOL ront 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
air conditioning! $28&6-00 $279,000!
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat slip!
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3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $649,900.
3BR/2BA plus den. Updated waterfront home. Dock, caged
solar-heated pool. Sprinkler system, two-car garage. $699,900.
4BR/3BA spectacular pool home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay
with 9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
3BR/2.5BA abulousspacious condo. Designerfunishd,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.
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.
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.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.

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