Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Skimming the news ... July Fourth activities, information, page 4.

Anna Maria


Flag football, page 24.

"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Third weekly winner: Top notch kids

John Barker of Holmes Beach titles his all-for-one, one-for-all shot of Islanders Adam Woods, left, ( i, i
Adkins and Jacob and .ith It, Barker "The Four Musketeers." Barker is the third winner in the six weeks of
Top Notch, with prizes including front page placement for his photo and an Islander newspaper "more-than-
a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. His entry will go into the pool of weekly winners to be eligible for the grand prize
of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and prizes from Islander advertisers. See page 8for
contest information three weeks remain.

Anna Maria ousts Donohue

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In what Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford termed
strictly a cost-cutting move, building official Kevin
Donohue was dismissed from his $90,000-plus per year
position June 18.
At a hastily called special city commission meeting
June 20, Barford said that it had become apparent to her
that the duties of the building official had declined the
S .. past year as the Island's real
estate and new construction
market has stalled. With the
city facing state-mandated
budget cuts, she said, the
e time has come to look at
"outsourcing" the building
department duties.
"The city will save
about $40,000 annually by
-outsourcing," she told the
Donohue commission as she pre-
sented a proposal from M.T. Causley Inc. of Miami
for part-time building official duties. The company is
currently providing building official services in Bra-
denton Beach for the same rates.
The proposal would pay Causley $52,000 per year,
or $1,000 per week. In return, the company would pro-
vide a part-time building official at city hall, who would
be present for half the day. The official would be one of
two certified officials currently working for Causley in
Bradenton Beach.
Under the proposed terms, Causley would provide its
own vehicles and cellular telephones.
Barford noted that, by outsourcing, the city will
save a considerable amount of money and still provide
a proper "level of service" because of the decreased
demands for building official services. Should the situa-
tion change and the real estate and construction industry
enter into another boom period, Barford said the city

can renegotiate a new contract with Causley.
No other bids were submitted to the commission for
consideration. The bid process was not competitive and
is not required to be, said city attorney Jim Dye. In his
opinion, there's nothing in the city code that requires
competitive bids for services.
Barford said she asked Causley to submit a pro-
posal because they were already in Bradenton Beach
and there would be no interruption of building official
services in Anna Maria.
While she could have asked Holmes Beach to pro-
vide interim building official services under an exist-
ing inter-local agreement with that city, that's only
a short-term solution, Barford said. That would not
place a building official at Anna Maria City Hall for
at least four hours every day as the Causley proposal
Commissioners agreed and voted unanimously to
direct Dye to draw up a contract for services with Cau-
But not everyone cheered Barford's decision.
Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, who hired
Donohue in 2003, said she was "appalled" to learn that
he was called in Monday, June 18, without any prior
warning and summarily dismissed.
Donohue brought "professionalism" to the build-
ing department and streamlined its operation, SueLynn
said. Additionally, he got the city's flood insurance
premiums lowered significantly through his expertise,
clarified a number of ambiguous city codes, got a Web
site for the building department up and running, and
placed all city building codes and procedures on com-
puter discs to make it easier for contractors to obtain
His two weeks severance pay was a "slap in the
face," she said. If Donohue could be fired so easily, the
remainder of the city staff "must be worried" that their
jobs are in jeopardy.

Volume 15, No. 34 June 27, 2007 FREE

Longboat study:

Bradenton Beach

roundabout creates

traffic congestion
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A just completed study of traffic congestion on
the barrier islands in Sarasota and Manatee County
claims that the "northbound capacity of the mini-round-
about" at Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach needs to be
increased to alleviate a growing traffic problem.
Longboat Key town commissioners presented the
$35,000 study from University of South Florida's Center
for Urban Transportation Research at the June 20 Coali-
tion of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting.
The CUTR study, commissioned by Longboat Key,
encompassed traffic patterns from Bradenton Beach to
St. Armands Circle and offered potential solutions to
each identified problem.
The Bradenton Beach roundabout is apparently a
guilty culprit for traffic back-up on Gulf Drive, par-
ticularly during the winter tourist season, the study
One solution, according to the study, is to add an
additional lane from just south of the roundabout on
the east side of Gulf Drive to the Cortez Road-Gulf
Drive intersection and make the lane only for right turns
onto Cortez Bridge. Another suggestion is to remove
the roundabout completely and operate the Gulf Drive-
Bridge Street intersection as a two-way stop sign. A
traffic signal "is not warranted," the study said.
Vehicles enroute from Longboat Key to the main-
land driving north on State Road 789 (Gulf Drive)
through Bradenton Beach can be slowed by up to four
minutes because of congestion caused by the round-
about, especially during the winter season, the study
The study also identified the 20-minute intervals to
raise the Cortez Bridge as a cause of traffic congestion,
but noted the U.S. Coast Guard has now changed the
times to raise the drawbridge to 30-minute intervals, and
this should reduce congestion, the study noted.
The congestion found at the roundabout and at
the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection, along with a
traffic problem identified at St. Armands Circle, "sig-
nificantly affects the quality of travel for residents and
tourists between the barrier islands and mainland."
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Bill Shearon,
who was the only Bradenton Beach representative at the
meeting, said he would ensure that the study is placed on
an upcoming city commission agenda, but declined com-
ment until he'd had time to review the study in depth.
A copy of the study can be found at Longboat Key's
Web site, which is www.longboatkey.org.

Anna Maria hosts farewell
gathering for MCSO
Sgt. Kenney July 6
The city of Anna Maria will hold a reception for
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Friday, July 6.
The event will take place from 12:30 1:30 p.m.
in the commission chambers at Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Kenney is not leaving the sheriff's office, but he is
heading off the Island for duty on the mainland.
The city's invitation to the farewell gathering said,
"Although we are sad to see him go, we would like you to
help us celebrate his future endeavors. Please join us."
For more information, call 941-708-6134.

2 0 JUNE 27, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

TDC wants Island input for offshore races at Coquina

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A proposal by the Offshore Super Series boat racing
organization to the Manatee County Tourism Devel-
opment Council June 18 to hold a weekend of races
in September 2008 at Coquina Beach met with tacit
approval from the TDC. However members want to
hear from the three Island cities before entering into
any formal agreement to host the event.
OSS organizers had wanted the TDC to sign on the
dotted line at the meeting and fund the event. The OSS
asked the TDC for a $10,000 deposit with a commit-
ment for the remaining $85,000 to be paid to the OSS
after a signed contract.
But TDC chairman, County Commissioner Joe
McClash, balked at making a hasty decision.
"There's no economic data, and I'm reluctant to
approve anything before the Island cities approve. It's
a great concept, but I think the $10,000 should come
from the private sector," he said.
He suggested the OSS make a formal presentation
to each Island city and return to the TDC with those

Donohue ousted from city job
"I take exception to what you've done," suelynn
told Barford and the commission.
Barford, however, took full responsibility for
Donohue's dismissal.
"There's never an easy way to do this," she said,
noting that Donohue had made it clear that he planned
on leaving the city at some point. He had recently
applied for the Bradenton Beach building official's
position and has formed his own consulting firm.
Barford said she was also concerned that one day,
Donohue would come in and tell her he was leaving,
putting the city in a bind for building official ser-
"I did what I had to do. Let's leave it at that," Bar-
ford said.
Donohue said he had no comment on his dismissal
at this time, but indicated he understood how difficult
the decision was for the mayor.

blessings, particularly from Bradenton Beach, which
would be the city most affected by the event. Hosting
the race would be an "intense obligation" and the TDC
would need a solid organizing committee to put on a
first-class event, he observed.
TDC member and Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Sandy Haas-Martens agreed. "I definitely want
to hear from the Island cities first."
TDC member Kent Davis was enthusiastic in his
support of the proposal, noting that the race would be
broadcast on a national cable network and reach 60
million viewers. "It's a world-class event to showcase
our area."
But board member David Teitelbaum observed
candidly that "money is tough," particularly with the
recent budget constraints placed on the county by the
Florida Legislature.
Even though the TDC is funded through the "bed
tax" revenues and not Manatee County, Teitelbaum said
he would prefer that primary sponsorship come from
private sources in the community, not the TDC.
Misty Velasquez of the OSS said the event should
attract between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators for the

Pit row
Organizers of
the Offi1, c
Super Series
boat racing
Seventh would
Like to use this
area ofCoquina
Beach in Sep-
tember 2008 as
"pit row" for its
boats and crews
if a proposed
weekend of races
is approved by
Manatee County.
S- Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

weekend races. Racing along Coquina Beach is a plus
because fans can see the offshore action from the beach,
she said.
While the "free advertising" of Anna Maria Island
on the network is a bonus, the major winners will be
the Island's restaurants and hotels, she said.
But the TDC would like some hard economic
data in addition to approval from the Island cities,
McClash observed, and it needs that information rather
The OSS wants a decision by August to begin pre-
paring for a September 2008 race date, and Anna Maria
Island is not the only host location under consideration,
Velasquez said.
The TDC, however, declined to be backed into a
corner. There are a litany of issues to consider, not the
least of which are parking, law enforcement and rest
room facilities on Coquina Beach, McClash noted.
To further complicate the proposal, the OSS would
want the southern half of Coquina Beach blocked off
to be used as the pit area for the race boats and crews.
The county commission would have to approve any
contract with the OSS.

.. ... .

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 27, 2007 3 3

Judge boots Nally v. Anna Maria lawsuit

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A lawsuit filed by William and Barbara Nally of
Spring Avenue against the Anna Maria City Commis-
sion for its approval of the Sandbar Restaurant site plan
has been quashed by Manatee County Circuit Court
Judge Paul Logan.
Logan ruled on June 13 that the Nallys petition for
a writ of certiorari "is hereby denied."
Logan reviewed eight separate components of the
petition, filed by attorney Dan Lobeck on behalf of
the Nallys, including denial of the Nallys due process
rights. Logan found that the Nallys "were given notice
and an opportunity to be heard and, thus, their due pro-
cess rights were not violated."

Pavilion concept

heads to

county commission,

Island cities
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A proposal by the non-profit Legacy Inc. to con-
struct a 2,500-seat performing arts pavilion on Coquina
Beach found favor with the Tourism Development
Council at its June 18 meeting.
But that's just a dabble of good news for Legacy
Inc., whose members include Bradenton Beach Mayor
John Chappie and Island real estate agent Barry
Next comes the hard part. Convincing the Manatee
County Board of County Commissioners to support the
proposal perhaps with some funding and getting
approval from the three Island cities, particularly Bra-
denton Beach, the city that would be most impacted by
such a facility.
Now that the Bradenton Beach Performing Arts
Pavilion and Nature Center has the unofficial support
of the TDC, the next step in what is likely a lengthy
process is to make a presentation to the county com-
"We' re going to have a meeting on how to make
that presentation in the very near future," said Gould.
Legacy Inc. might decide to visit the Island cities first
for support before seeking an audience with the county
commission, he indicated.
TDC member and Holmes Beach City Commis-

Logan also found "substantial competent evidence"
to support the commission's decision to approve the
site plan, including the Sandbar's cooler, traffic pattern,
stormwater drainage and parking lots not owned by the
restaurant, but used in the site plan.
The court's function, however, is very limited
regarding certiorari review, said Logan, and does not
extend to directing that any particular action be taken.
"The court is not allowed to re-weigh the evidence

to substitute its judgment for that of the municipality,"
he said.
While Logan's decision may spell the end of this
particular legal action, the Nallys still have a lawsuit
filed against the Sandbar Restaurant that has not yet
been heard in court.
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles said it would not be
appropriate for him to comment on a legal action
between the Nallys and the city.

Sizzling on the street
West Manatee Fire Rescue's Kurt Lathrop, a deputy fire marshal, and AmeriCorps/Vista's Debbie Walsh grill
hamburgers and smoke turkey legs in a lot alongside Island Bazaar on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach June
23. The store's event helped raise money to provide safety kits and trainingfor area K-9 teams. The event also
marked the business' anniversary and featured live ska and reggae music. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

sioner Sandy Haas-Martens said she believes the pavil-
ion is a great idea. "We like the concept. The pavilion
can be used for so many different events outside of
But the cost of the facility may eventually prove too
much of an obstacle. The current estimate of the struc-
ture is $5 million. Gould emphasized that Legacy III
plans to solicit most of the funding from private sources,
but local municipalities could also contribute.

Boating speed at Bean Point questioned

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Someone's going to get hit and killed out here,"
said Anna Maria resident Charles Daniel, as he stood
on the beach at Bean Point and looked to the water.
As if on cue, a motorboat cut around the northern
end of the Island, between the shore and a sandbar that's
an easy swim from the beach.
Daniel, a frequent visitor to Bean Point, wants
Manatee County to require boats to slow down on the
edge of Bean Point, where people often swim or, at low
tide, wade out to the sandbar.
He is not the first person to contact county offi-
cials about the issue, according to Bill O' Shea, coastal
programs manager for the county's conservation lands
management department.
In 2004, the county adopted a boating safety ordi-
nance that provided for a slow/no-wake zone within
300 yards of the shoreline at Bean Point. The ordinance
also provided for a speed limit of 25 miles per hour in
the channel at Bean Point.
During the public review of the ordinance three
years ago, the county received many requests from
boaters pushing for the 25-mph speed zone.
"A lot of boaters don't want to be forced way out,"
O' Shea said.
When the speed limit was set, the channel along
Bean Point from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico
extended several hundred yards from the beach. Now a
large sandbar exists, narrowing the channel and forcing
boats closer to shore, sometimes within 15 yards.

Daniel said he witnessed some close calls at Bean
Point this past spring, with boats coming too close to
So, he is calling on the county to take emergency
action and "for the time being initiate a slow/no wake
zone along the Beach Point beach area."
Daniel said his request makes sense changes
in road conditions force emergency changes in speed
"I am sure that if this area were a two- or four-lane
highway and a landslide or other situation narrowed the
width of existing lanes, the posted speed limit would
be greatly decreased for public safety," he said. "That
is the same logical resolution for this situation."
O'Shea said any change in the speed limit would
require a vote of the board of county commissioners.
"There's no quick fix," he said last week.
However, county officials are working on other
changes to the boating safety ordinance that may be
taken up in August. So, if a change is deemed neces-
sary at Bean Point, it could be folded into the pending
revision, O' Shea said.
County officials planned to meet with Anna Maria
City officials July 11 to discuss the issue.
He noted that while some people have raised con-
cerns about boating at Bean Point, others have raised
concerns about swimming at Bean Point.
"There are people who think that with the rip-tides
it is not really a safe place to go ,lu iminngl." O'Shea
said, adding that navigating a solution to residents' con-
cerns would "be a balancing act."

Utility work requires road

closure, water disruption
Water to the north half of Anna Maria Island will
be shut off from about 11 p.m. Thursday, June 28, to 7
a.m. Friday, June 29.
Manatee County's utility operations needs to shut
off the water for work on water lines in the vicinity of
48th and 49th streets in Holmes Beach.
Once water service is restored on Friday, the county
will encourage residents to boil water as a precaution.
Also, the utility operations department will be
diverting traffic from the intersection of 49th Street
and Second Avenue in Holmes Beach through Friday,
June 29.
For more information, call 941-792-8811, 5292.


Anna Maria City
June 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
June 28, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Agenda: emergency management update, community
redevelopment agency membership discussion and
board membership.
July 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
Of Interest
Governments in Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be closed on
the Fourth of July.


Island readies for Independence Day

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Dad, can we get some sparklers?" asked Makia
The 5-year-old's plea in the store aisle made clear
that she believed sparklers and stink bombs were nec-
essary to celebrating life and liberty and her pursuit of
Frank Palu knew he needed to think fast if he was
to preserve his peace and tranquility on Independence
Day. "Those are the wrong kind of fireworks," the father
said. "We're going to see big ones at the beach."
Makia was pacified, and her enthusiasm for pyro-
technic boom and bloom will be satisfied on July 4,
when she and her family set up their chairs along the
Gulf shore in Anna Maria for the annual fireworks show
sponsored by the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Historians say that American settlers used fire-
works to celebrate Independence Day six years before
they won the Revolutionary War and one year after
the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of
Independence, putting the 13 colonies on the road to
freedom as a sovereign nation.
Today, people in the 50 states observe the national
holiday with barbecues, parades and fireworks, includ-
ing citizens on the 7-mile stretch of Anna Maria
The celebrating on the Island will begin on Tues-
day, July 3, the eve of Independence Day, with a fire-
works display at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The show, with the fireworks provided by Bell's
Fireworks from St. Petersburg, will begin at dusk.
"We celebrate a day early to get the party started,"
said Caryn Hodge of the Chiles Restaurant Group,
which owns the Sandbar and BeachHouse restau-
Hodge invited people to book a "VIP table" at the
restaurant or "just bring a blanket and your friends to
the beach for a one-of-a-kind show."
The celebration continues on Wednesday, July 4,
beginning with the annual Anna Maria Island Privateers
Independence Day parade.
The parade steps off from Coquina Beach at 10 a.m.
and travels north through Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria to Bayfront Park at the northern
end of the Island. The theme is "The good old US of
A Red, White and Blue" and paradegoers should

Framing the

Fireworks can be a challenge for photographers
- amateur or professional. We found tips for our read-
ers from the staff photographers with the Smithsonian
Institution, who see their share of fireworks on the
National Mall:
When considering a viewing location, look for
something identifiable to include in frames such as
a structure or water.
Find out which way the wind is blowing and select
a position upwind to shoot the fireworks, leaving the
smoke in the background, where it reflects light.
Make sure there are no background lights a
porch light or a street lamp in the frame, which will
show up as a white blob.
Use a camera that can be controlled manually.
Choose a lens that works with the shot a fast
lens isn't necessary.
Think of fireworks as an artificial light source.
Plan for long exposure times from just under a
second to more than 15 seconds and plan to bracket
Always use a tripod.
Try using a cable release, so you can sit back and
enjoy the show and also to reduce camera shake.
If you generally leave a polarizing filter on your
lens, take it off.
Follow these guidelines and perhaps this Indepen-
dence Day you just may capture the image to win The
Islander 's Top Notch Photo Contest.
For details on the contest, see the rules and entry
form in this issue on page 8.

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expect to see a multitude of pirates and elected offi-
cials, business representatives, flying beads and floats
of many sizes and shapes but in patriotic colors.
Following the parade, the Privateers invite parade-
goers to join them for pulled pork and corn-on-the-cob
at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. During the reggae-influenced
after-parade party, the group will announce the win-
ners of the Privateers 2007 college scholarships. A
total of $17,500 will be awarded to Manatee County
Also, the Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce celebrates the holiday with a
parade, live music, games and a picnic along Bay Isles
Road beginning at 9 a.m.
Meanwhile, in Bradenton, a patriotic program will
take place at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post
24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. The post will host a
July 4 concert and a barbecue.

July 4, then and now
An estimated 2.5 million people lived in the
nation in July 1776, according to the "Historical
Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times
to 1970."
An estimated 302 million people are living
in the nation now, according to the U.S. Census

State urges

boating safety for

busy holiday
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
In the first four months of 2007, state officials
reported a record number of fatal boating accidents -
32 in all.
If the pace continues, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission law enforcement officers
said 2007 fatalities would set a record.
During the busy July 4 holiday week, FWC, as
well as other law enforcement agencies, will expand
its presence along the coasts and on rivers and lakes.
The No. 1 cause of boating deaths in Florida is drown-
ing, according to FWC statistics, prompting law enforce-
ment officers to urge boaters to wear life jackets.
"With the high comfort level and freedom of move-
ment provided by the new generation of affordable
Coast Guard-approved inflatable life jackets, there's
no good reason not to wear one," said FWC spokesman

Another fireworks show is scheduled to take place
on the Island on July 4. The Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, holds its annual fireworks
show at dusk on the beach in Anna Maria.
"For 20 years, every July 4, the Sandbar has been
treating the public to a spectacular fireworks show,"
Hodge said. "This year is no exception. It is the best
show around."
In addition to the display in the sky, the Sandbar
will feature live music.
Fireworks displays also will take place in Palmetto
and Sarasota on July 4.
The Palmetto festivities begin at 11 a.m. along the
Manatee Riverwalk and include, in addition to the fire-
works over the river, a musical performance by rockers
Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer.
The Fireworks Over The Bay celebration will take
place in Sarasota Bayfront Park at dusk, about 9:30
Sarasota's display will take place in conjunction
with the 23rd annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix
Festival, which raises money for the Suncoast Founda-
tion for the Handicapped.
The highlight of the festival is the powerboat race,
which will take place Sunday, July 1, with the best
viewing spot at Lido Beach.
The race will run from New Pass to Big Pass, a
course that's about 6.5 miles long. The course is differ-
ent from previous years, primarily because Super Boat
International regulations require a race to be no more
than 10 miles and no less than 5 miles. The previous
Offshore Grand Prix course was about 13 miles. With
about 50 boats entered in the grand prix, two heats are
scheduled on race day 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Other Offshore Grand Prix events include a festival
parade of boats, a motorcycle ride, parties, a brunch
with the boat drivers and the fireworks show.
While professional fireworks shows will take place
on the Island and on the mainland, local law enforce-
ment officers will be busy trying to keep illegal fire-
works from going off.
In Manatee County, if a firework goes up in the air
or goes "boom," it's a "no-no," said Lt. John Cosby of
the Bradenton Beach Police Department. It is a misde-
meanor to both sell or possess such fireworks. What is
legal for private use are novelty items such as snakes,
smoke bombs, party poppers, sparklers and snappers.
Local law enforcement officials in the three Island
cities said they would be watching for illegal fireworks
use, especially on the crowded beaches July 3 and July
"On July 3, we'll probably have 10,000 or 15,000
people on the beach here," Cosby said.
He said if officers see someone setting off illegal
fireworks, they will issue a ni ng'. followed by a cita-
tion if there's a second complaint.
"We will enforce it if we see it," Cosby said.

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Gary Morse.
State law requires one properly-fitted, Coast Guard-
approved life jacket for each person aboard a boat and
children under the age of 6 must wear life jackets.
"Life jackets that are not readily accessible are not
in compliance with the law or its intent," Morse said.
FWC also encouraged boaters to take notice of
speed limits on the water
Other FWC boating tips:
Be weather-wise. Consult weather forecasts before
heading out, and get off the water before bad weather hits.

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 27, 2007 5 5

Scholarship winners announced
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will honor Holmes Beach.
student achievement and ambition with the The scholarship winners include: Austin
awarding of scholarships on July 4. Eason, Kimberly Kuizon, Elise Mundy, Ashley
The awards program will take place during a Bishop, Christopher Chawi, Nicholas Gotts,
party following the July 4 parade presented by the Brittany Greene, Claire Ingram, Angela Jack-
Privateers. The party will take place at Cafe on the son, Bobbi Miller, Dion Shorey, Corey Stewart,
Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Ashley Stinton and Eric Whitley.

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It promises to be quite a party on the water this July 4 ... be careful out there!

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Check all safety equipment, including life jackets,
fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices and visual
distress signals.
Maintain a sharp, 360-degree lookout at all times
for traffic and bad weather.
File a float plan.
Carry a cellular phone, and be sure a VHF radio

is working properly.
Don't overload the boat with people or equipment.
Boaters 21 years old or younger must complete
an FWC-approved boater education course to operate
most motorboats.
Alcohol is a major contributor to boating fatali-
ties. Often, impaired boaters come off the water and
become impaired drivers, further endangering public
safety. Don't drink and operate a boat or vehicle.
For more safety information, go to www.myfwc.com.

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A roundabout way
One of the bip''I. beach holidays is approaching, and
with it falling on a Wednesday, the whole week, including
weekends before and after, promises to be a "blast."
Fourth of July is a time of sun, sand, surf, beachgoing
and fireworks. We're fortunate on Anna Maria Island to have
two firework shows to enjoy thanks to Ed Chiles one
in Bradenton Beach July 3, another in Anna Maria July 4.
Unfortunately, there are a slew of unauthorized fire-
works that erupt along the shore "courtesy" of errant
pyrotechnic wannabes who blow up all sorts of stuff that
litters the sand and surf. It's downright dangerous. The
debris that remains is harmful to us and marine life. It's a
debacle. And it's illegal.
Please, come to our beaches on the holiday. Enjoy
the fine weather that is forecast. Visit the shops and res-
taurants, enjoy the nighttime spectacle at the Sandbar and
BeachHouse restaurants, but please don't leave detritus
on our sand when you leave.
Remember the wise saying about leaving only foot-
prints in the sand when you leave.

Roundabout redux?
Bradenton Beach set a statewide record in the transporta-
tion world in 1994 when it constructed its mini-traffic-circle
at a cost under $1 million at the intersection of Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive. The record was in the form of the first-ever
"roundabout" built on a state highway in Florida.
Transportation experts at the time touted the design
which replaced a three-way stop as a better trans-
portation alternative than a traffic signal. There had been
some interactions there between vehicles and pedestrians,
and the roundabout was engineered to slow cars and allow
better access from side streets onto Gulf Drive.
And it has worked well.
So now comes a Longboat Key study that says the
roundabout in Bradenton Beach is a major impediment to
ingress and egress for Longboat Key motorists.
The study suggests in part that one solution to the
traffic slowdown at the roundabout is to add a longer turn
lane on the east side of Gulf Drive to Cortez Road.
The $35,000 LBK traffic study apparently did not
take into account that there are a slew of homes and busi-
nesses along that stretch of highway, not to mention a huge
project Bradenton Beach has in the works to improve the
streetscape in the area of the roundabout.
And the suggested solution of the LBK study for a longer
turn lane at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection would
likely require millions of dollars in right-of-way acquisitions.
This latest blitz from the key reminds us of a com-
ment made many, many years ago about some Longboat
Key residents viewing Bradenton Beach as their doormat,
since they were forced to travel through the city go to and
from "town" and the airport.
While Longboat Key has the right intentions to
solve its traffic problems its study obviously did not
consider Anna Maria Island's interests.
And so we think this study needs a turnabout.
Who doesn't wish LBK had its own bridge to the

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Pavilion in Bradenton Beach
Regarding the proposed performing arts pavilion
in Bradenton Beach, I have been integrally involved
in both the Houston, Texas, Wortham Center for
Opera and Ballet and the Naples, Fla., Philharmonic.
All I can say about this ambitious undertaking on
Anna Maria Island is that I hope you found the pot
of gold at the end of the rainbow. Even a small com-
plex is a huge drain of money and time, takes an
experienced and expensive organization to run and
maintain it, and an endowment to pay for its ongoing
use unless the taxpayers in Bradenton Beach are up
to it.
The building of the facility is just a small drop
in the bucket. But, having made my cautionary
remarks, I do look forward to attending the ballet
in Bradenton Beach since I didn't even know they
had one.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria City

Wonderful coverage
Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage of
the Anna Maria Historical Society's events during the
past year. Human-interest stories make the best adver-
tisement and the well-written articles by Lisa Neff,
Nancy Ambrose and others who covered our events
brought many visitors to the complex.
We are honored to have The Islander on our bene-
factor board outside of Belle Haven Cottage and hope
to continue furnishing you with many more "good sto-
ries" in the year ahead.
Sissy Quinn, executive administrator, AMI Histori-
cal Society
Venue vision
The best thing Anna Maria Island has to offer is its
natural beauty. Most of it, however, has been covered
over or tarted up.
The Legacy Inc. plan has several good ideas: con-
certs, performances, water taxis, nature center, etc. But
it's the buildings that are all wrong.

Buildings that enhance the natural surroundings
with minimal intrusion would be more appropriate. For
example, Chickees, palmetto-thatched structures over
bald cypress log framing, can be built by the Seminole
Indians to any size, to hurricane standards, with 20-year
warranties, requiring no permits and at a much lower
I envision a venue where families can sit on beach
chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of entertain-
ment by the water for a nominal amount.
I'11 be there!
Linda Molto, Cortez

Oddities of society?
Our society has it all backwards, [regarding the
arrest of former Holmes Beach city commissioner
Freeman Stittsworth, 95, accused of attempted murder
of his wife, Ruth, 93, last week]. Dementia should
entitle one to a free pass out of here.
Our resources would be better utilitized by helping
her out, not putting him in prison.
Greg Watkins, Bradenton Beach

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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 27, 2007 7 7

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slice it...
it's cAlon ey!
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney

Remember when?
Just yesterday, I decided exactly what I wanted to
write about this week. I sat down by my computer this
morning and couldn't remember a word. What really
bothers me about that is my thinking of the kind of
things I DO remember: Things like my Army ID -
12108904 and my Marine ID 1035782. I even
remember that the piece I carried for the Army 61 years
ago was a "U.S. Rifle M-1, 30-caliber, clip-fed, semi-
automatic shoulder weapon."
But yesterday's thoughts? Completely forgotten.
I stopped down at the beach to see if the sand and
water would jog anything loose, and it did. Because
school's out these days, there were a lot of kids there. I
noticed that the boys wore shorts that went down about
six inches below their knees. Girl's shorts, however,
were usually about six inches above their knees.

Rotary Club to hear

about Salt Lake City

The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
gather at noon Tuesday, July 3, for a luncheon
meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speakers will be members Steve and
Pam Schlueter reporting on the Rotary Interna-
tional Convention in Salt Lake City.
Visiting Rotarians are encouraged to attend
the program, which costs $10.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at 941-
448-5500, or e-mail dantia@planttender.com.

The memory those sights jogged took me back
almost 70 years-to St. John's School back in Bergen-
field, N.J. Sister Ursula, if she were still here I thought,
would have had those short lengths reversed.
Thinking about Sister Ursula reminded me, for
some reason I can't explain, of how she always favored
Bobby Shaw when it came to assigning someone to go
out in the courtyard to clap the chalk out of the erasers.
He always made that task last 20 minutes, at least. It
was a chore I always yearned for.
Another memory triggered by that thinking of sister
was the kind of desks we had at St. John's, desks that
had an inkwell in the upper right hand corner since
ball-point pens weren't yet around then. All us boys in
that class, I remember, wanted to sit at the desk right
behind Alice Bolinder. Alice had long blond hair a
perfect length for dipping in the inkwell. Sister decided
to put an end to that prank for awhile, anyway by
having us write only with a pencil.
I say "for awhile" because all of us even the
girls consistently broke off the pencil points and
there was always a line at the pencil sharpener. So it
was back to the ink, but only other girls were allowed
to sit behind Alice from then on.
Another memory jogger from all this thinking about
Sister Ursula reminded me how we always wondered
if, under the habit that covered everything but her face,
she and the other nuns had any hair. Bobby asked her
about that one day, and he got no answer only three
after schools over at the convent doing long-division
While sitting there at the beach, I couldn't resist
thinking of the difference between those habits and the
bikinis that girls were wearing. If sister was still here,
those girls would be kept after school at the convent
long after Bobby was let go home.
Anyway, all this started because of what I couldn't
remember, but on the way driving home from the beach
today, I was wondering about all the things today's
kids at St. John's are missing. I'll bet they don't have
inkwells and have never clapped an eraser. I'll bet, too,
they don't have to wonder if their teacher has hair.
But someday they' 11 remember all that they enjoyed
at elementary school.
Meanwhile, if I ever remember whatever it was I
really wanted to write here today, I'll let you know.
But God knows when.

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In the June 25, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner touched
off a storm of debate by calling for a study of Island
consolidation. Speaking at the Island Branch Library
during a neighborhood chat, VanWagoner said consoli-
dation would give the Island more "clout" in dealing
with county, state and federal issues. Opponents of the
suggestion said they did not want Holmes Beach to give
up its identity.
Ed Curlett of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
said federal inspectors would be on Anna Maria Island
within the next few weeks to look for the citrus canker
virus that had invaded a number of groves on the main-
land. A citrus canker outbreak in 1986 on the Island
resulted in the destruction of 270 trees, he said.
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard agreed with
residents to have the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District perform a second feasibility on how to
solve drainage problems from Pine Avenue to Magnolia

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AMICC aims for Mayor to proceed with 'Lannon' park

Aug. 20 opening

The rebuilt Anna Maria Island Community Center
is planning to open its doors Aug. 20, the date Mana-
tee County District schools reopen, said AMICC staff
member Scott Dell.
Speaking at the June 20 AMICC board meeting,
Dell told members that the vast majority of work on
the $4.8 million project is completed and he's hoping
to get a certificate of occupancy by July 6.
That doesn't mean the Center will reopen for busi-
ness in July, but will allow the staff about six weeks to get
the new facility in shape, create a program schedule and
be ready for Aug. 20. The fall program schedule should
be mailed out to members by the end of July, he said.
Dell, however, noted there are still a few areas in
the new facility that need to be completed, and he could
use some assistance with obtaining about 9,500 square
feet of paver bricks for the new parking lot.
Still, the Center has come a long way in the seven
years it's taken for a new facility to become a reality.
"It's been an amazing effort by a whole lot of
people," he said.
And the effort is still not over, although after seven
years, the end is now in sight.
There's just a wee bit more fundraising needed,
said staff member Aida Matic. Budget cuts have forced
Manatee County government to cut back $100,000 it
had planned to donate to the Center, although $200,000
is still on the way, Matic said. If all the current grant
applications are approved and current pledges fulfilled,
the Center will be short about $400,000, Matic said.
"We're not out here b.-' in_ ." said AMICC exec-
utive director Pierrette Kelly. "We have a wonderful
cause and have been around since 1960."
In other business, long-time board member Ross
Benjamin has resigned, said board chairman Tom Bre-
iter. Anyone interested in serving on the board should
contact Kelly at 941-778-1908.

'Top Notch' I

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest began publishing weekly
winning photos on June 13. Six weekly winning pictures
are featured on the cover of The Islander and one photo
will be a grand prize winner with prizes and gift certifi-
cates awarded by the newspaper and local merchants.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the new deadline June 29.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that may
include abstract photos, still life pictures, landscapes
and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action, holidays,
humor and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked, includ-
ing great kid pics, sentimental moments and moments of
personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the
city will proceed with naming its skatepark in memory
of Pete Lannon.
The mayor made his comment in response to ques-
tions about whether the park had already been dedicated
to others, in particular, from former Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore.
In a letter to the mayor and local news media, Whit-
more, referring to skatepark benefactors, said, "The
park was dedicated at the opening ceremonies to Rex
and Helen Hagen and Kay Kay and Dan Hardy."
Whitmore continued, "As someone who was Offi-
cer Lannon's boss for his time with the Holmes Beach

Police, I tell you this with a heavy heart. Hopefully the
city will correct this error and dedicate something [so]
that we can truly honor this great man."
Lannon, a widely respected Holmes Beach police
officer and community resource officer at Anna Maria
Elementary School, died June 1 after a year-long battle
with cancer.
Bohnenberger said he still plans to pursue naming
the skate park along Marina Drive near city hall for
Lannon. City commissioners have endorsed the memo-
rial, as has Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.
"I don't know why anything would change," Boh-
nenberger said. "There's no name on the park."

secretary to
Faith Merritt, the
longtime parish
secretary and office
manager for the
Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation
in Holmes Beach, is
retiring. Merritt is
working with Lorraine
Smith, who will follow
in the post. Merritt
plans to spend time
with her family and
eventually move to the
Asheville, N.C., area.
For church informa-
tion, call 941-778-
-, 1638. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

photo contest in fourth week

Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.org
or on a disc. No retouching, enhancements or computer
manipulation is allowed.
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published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label infor-
mation in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified. Addi-
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or they may be copied.

Top notch past winner
Patricia Whitacre of Bradenton won the weekly contest
in 2007 with "Picture postcard" of Venice gondoliers.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur pho-
tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2006, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility
Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered
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WMFR firefighters rally for their own

By Lisa Neff
Isander Reporter
In the days after the terrorist attacks that toppled
the Twin Towers, the nation witnessed how firefighters
care for their own.
The nation witnessed that unique bond again last
week, in the hours after nine firefighters perished in a
furniture store fire in Charleston, S.C.
And next week, the Island will witness the strength
of the bond as firefighters unite for one of their own -
West Manatee Fire Rescue Capt. Rich Jasinski, who is
battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
WMFR firefighters will hold a fundraiser from
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Publix Super
Market in Holmes Beach to help cover the expenses of
Jasinski's care. The West Manatee Firefighters Associa-
tion, with help from Publix and the Sandbar Restaurant,
will grill hotdogs and hamburgers in the store parking
Jasinski, 41, worked at the Sandbar in Anna Maria
before joining the fire department 17 years ago. He met
his wife, Kim, at the restaurant, and together they are
raising three sons.
Jasinski was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, or
Hodgkin' s lymphoma, in February 2006. The disease is
a cancer that starts in the lymphatic tissue. It enlarges
the lymphatic tissue, causing pressure on other impor-
tant structures, and it can spread through the lymphatic
vessels to other lymph nodes.
Jasinski, who is being treated at Moffit Cancer
Center in Tampa, began chemotherapy in March and,
three weeks ago, received a bone-marrow transplant.
The medical treatments have meant that Jasinski
has not been able to work his duty shift. So his co-
workers have provided cover, picking up his shifts in
their off-hours and donating their leave until Jasinski
returns later this year.
Firefighters also are collecting donations at the Sta-
tion 1 firehouse. Donations can be sent to Chris Shep-
pard, c/o West Manatee Firefighters Association, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
During a WMFR commission meeting June 21,

West Manatee Fire Rescue Capt. Rich Jasinski is
battling Hodgkin's disease, a cancer that starts in
the lymphatic tissue. The West Manatee Firefight-
ers Association, the Sandbar Restaurant and Publix
Super Market will hold a benefit to help cover
expenses 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at
Publix. Donations can be sent to ( i .hit p.i. IJ, c/o
West Manatee Firefighters Association, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217. For more informa-
tion, call 941-741-3900. Islander Photo: Courtesy
officials and firefighters shared care and concern for
They also shared concern for men they never knew

- Capts. William Hutchinson, Mike Benke, and Louis
Mulkey, engineers Mark Kelsey and Bradford Baity,
assistant engineer Michael French, and firefighters
James Drayton, Brandon Thompson and Melvin Cham-
The firefighters died June 18 in a fire at the Sofa
Super Store in Charleston.
Federal investigators last week had not confirmed
where the blaze began, but 911 callers indicated that
the fire started at the back of the store, in a covered
space between a showroom and a warehouse packed
with furniture.
Outside WMFR's Station 1 on Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach last week, an American flag flew at half-
"It was a simple fire that turned into a major trag-
edy," said WMFR Chief Andy Price. "I want to know
as much as I can about what happened."
Price raised concerns that other chiefs across the
country expressed last week, specifically the lack of
sprinkler systems in buildings and the threats posed by
newer construction.
"This is the largest loss of life since 9/11," Price
"One or 346 is too many," said Mike Mulyck, the
commission chair, referring to the 346 rescue personnel
who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
WMFR officials also discussed last week plans to
memorialize those firefighters who lost their lives on
Sept. 11. The district plans to build a memorial resem-
bling the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center out-
side Station 1. The memorial likely will contain a piece
from the Twin Towers.
"A lot of people want to do this," said WMFR Bat-
talion Chief Barry Brooks. "A lot of people want to be
associated with the project."
The next step in erecting the memorial is to secure
a permit from the city of Holmes Beach.
"By next month, we' 11 have that permit pulled,"
Brooks told commissioners.
WMFR's next commission meeting is at 6 p.m.
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No problem for 3 of 4 requests in Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
Developers were 3-for-4 before the Bra-
denton Beach City Commission last week, as
officials approved letters of no objection for
construction seaward of the state coastal control
line to the Florida Department of Environmental
The CCCL, as explained by city attorney
Ralf Brookes, is mostly a "line in the sand" that
serves as a marker for more-intense construction
than developments farther away from the shore.
In Bradenton Beach, the line meanders east of
Gulf Drive.
Properties closer to the Gulf of Mexico need
special permits from the DEP for development,
and that special permit process by state officials
generally commences with a statement of no-

objection from local officials.
The city used to leave the process to the building
official. After some issues, city commissioners decided
to step in and make the decision on whether or not such
permissions should be granted.
In action last week, the Beach House Resort,
1000 Gulf Drive N., got vetoed in its DEP request
by city officials. The development is in two parts,
with the northern element having to undergo major
structural changes due to unforeseen circum-
stances related to its original plans dating back
many years, according to building official Steve
Those changed plans will require the developer to
come before the city's planning and zoning board for
a recommendation to the city commission, he said.
Brookes said that the city is required to provide to

the state in writing that it has no objection to the
project for it to proceed to that level. Since there
are still issues on the condo development from
the local front, he suggested the city commission
demur from sending the no-objection letter. Com-
missioners concurred.
Other developments that did reach concurrence
for submittal to the state without objection were:
Oasis Beach Houses, 2309 Gulf Drive N.,
owner Hernando Carrillo, a duplex.
Ibach family, 2216 Gulf Drive N., a single-
family home.
Barefoot Princess condominiums, 401 Gulf
Drive N., a duplex.
The three developments do not need any special
attention by the city other than the usual inspec-
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Some days, tree cutters and chippers are as common
as dog paddlers along the corridor bringing motorists
from Bradenton to Anna Maria Island.
Manatee Avenue, from 75th Street in Bradenton to
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, has been the location
of a lot of activity in recent months.
There's the usual activity at the Palma Sola Cause-
way beaches fishing, %" imming.', sailing and sun-
But lately there's been a lot of toiling and tilling as
well not the real estate construction work Floridians
came to expect in recent boom times, but preservation
and beautification work.
Major change is taking place along State Road
Motorists headed west on Manatee Avenue can
look to the north and catch a glimpse, over a hump
back bridge, of Robinson Preserve, the 480-acre park
that Manatee County's conservation lands management
department is restoring to its natural state.
Also on the north side of the road, on the east end
of Perico Island, the county has plans to preserve a 175-
acre parcel for conservation. County commissioners
approved the $6 million purchase earlier this year to
create a preserve with limited public access.
Farther west, in Holmes Beach, city officials are
working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to
remove exotic plants and revitalize the city-owned
area to the south of Manatee Avenue known as Grassy
SBEP scientist Gary Raulerson said the permit
applications are under review. He expects to have
approval to proceed with removing non-native plants
on Grassy Point's 23 acres by the fall.
"We'll probably do the earth work in the winter
time and then revegetate next summer," Raulerson
Holmes Beach officials also hope to secure a feder-
ally-funded grant to dress up East Bay Drive, including
at its intersection with Manatee Avenue, with hundreds
of plants, including palms and sunflowers.
On the Palma Sola Causeway, the stretch of Mana-
tee Avenue that leaves behind the mainland, plans for
2007-08 are extensive, including native plantings, new
restrooms and a boat ramp on the south side of the
causeway in Bradenton city limits.
John Ormando, of the Bradenton public works
department and the chair of the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity committee, said
the permits already exist for the boat ramp's construc-
So does a grant for $25,000, which the city of Bra-
denton may match with $25,000.
Ormando said he needed to further discuss the boat
ramp project with Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston.
Also to be discussed further is whether the city or the
county would operate and maintain the ramp.
Meanwhile, the scenic highway committee also is
proceeding with planting about 750 trees along Manatee
Avenue from 79th Street West to East Bay Drive. The
project is being financed with a $300,000 grant from
the Florida Department of Transportation. In addition

to creating a native tree canopy, plans call for exten-
sive groundcover fakahatchee grass, sand cordgrass,
shore juniper and beach sunflowers.
In preparation of the plantings, much of the spring
has been devoted to removing non-native Brazilian
pepper trees.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection deems the Brazilian pepper an invasive exotic
species that shades out other plant life, alters natural
fire regimes, creates poor habitat for native wildlife
and, because of its relationship to poison ivy, can cause
severe allergic skin reactions.
The county took the lead in the effort to clear the
Manatee Avenue corridor of pepper trees.
"All the machine work is done," Keith Bettcher
of Manatee County's conservation lands management
department said during a June 20 scenic highway com-
mittee meeting in Bradenton. L\ .ly Brazilian pepper
has been treated and retreated. But there will be fol-
low-up, needless to say."
With the county's work wrapping up, the Florida
Department of Transportation will likely step in with
efforts to treat any pepper trees trying to return.
Bettcher said the county used hand-held sprayers
to apply an herbicide approved by the state for use in
wetlands the sticky product is sprayed on the tree
The process apparently was not met with criti-
"We've been basically using similar techniques,"
said Mark Alderson, the executive director of the Sara-
sota Bay Estuary Program. Withoi 't treatment, he said,
infestations of pepper trees will reoccur.
Raulerson added that a herbicide may be needed
to keep non-natives from returning in the hammocks
at Grassy Point.
Raulerson said the treatment is "very specific,
sprayed on the plant and evaporates rapidly."
Plans along Manatee Avenue also involve the
removal or topping of Australian pine trees, deemed
an invasive exotic by state and county officials. The
Australian pine, which is a hardwood tree not a pine
tree, is said to be an aggressive species and its blanket
of needles prevents native plant growth, degrades wild-
life habitat and erodes coastal environments.
The removal of Australian pines on the Island over
the past several months has drawn protests and fueled
a petition drive to save the trees. The tree's advocates
argue that they see evidence that the Australian pines
do not crowd out other plants, serve as nesting sites for
birds and withstand wind gusts as well as some native
But government conservationists continue to advo-
cate removal when the trees are not used for recre-
ational shade, especially when the trees threaten utility
On the causeway, there are plans to leave some
Australian pines on southeast side and on the north side
by the pavilions.
Another 10-15 Australian pines said to be too close
to power lines will be removed on the far northeast
and far northwest sides of the causeway. Other Aus-
tralian pines along Manatee Avenue may be topped or

Code board gives violator more time

The Anna Maria Code Enforcement Board
is not the ogre that some people might like to
Indeed, the board was downright generous
June 18 when it gave Scott Steemstra of 613 N.
Bay Blvd. until Aug. 9 to bring his property into
compliance with city codes.
Following a complaint in May brought by
a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy, code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon found a litany
of violations at the property, including two illegal
outdoor storage sheds, an unpermitted outdoor spa
and a large amount of debris that was said to be

detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of
the city.
In addition, said Rathvon, Steemstra has
exceeded the 40 percent maximum lot cover-
age allowed by city code because of the storage
Steemstra said he's been trying to clean up the
property, but has been hampered by a bad back
and several recent operations.
The board found Steemstra to be in violation
of several city codes, but did not levy a fine. It
gave him nearly eight weeks to remedy the situ-
ation before any fine might be imposed.

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By Jo Ann Meilner
and Lisa Neff
For Sun West Homes, putting up two townhomes
in Bradenton Beach was a good day's work.
The elevated, modular structure in the 2000 block
of Avenue C in Bradenton Beach was put together in
about 12 hours though there was much advance
work at a manufacturing facility in Georgia and the
finishing work will take about a month.
The structure arrived in four sections, hauled by
long, flatbed trucks from Arabi, Ga., one of two major
Nationwide Custom Homes manufacturing sites in the
Nationwide's Arabi site consists of more than seven
acres of production plants for the construction of modu-
lar structures home additions, single-family homes,
multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings -
that can sell for more than $500,000.
Nationwide works with builders in 12 southern
and middle Atlantic states that sell, erect, and finish
the company's products. Sun West Homes, operated
by Jan E. Smith and his son, Ben Smith, serves the
Manatee-Sarasota area and commissioned the Avenue
C structure.
"It's all built to Florida code," Ben Smith said,
adding that the structure was built to sustain three-sec-
ond gusts of up to 175 mph and came equipped with
"full-on impact windows."
In mid-June, the modular units traveled 355 miles
from Georgia before reaching the Cortez Bridge, where
haulers relied on some assistance from the Bradenton
Beach Police Department to take a tight right turn onto
Gulf Drive.
A team of workers with Sun West pieced the modu-
lar home sections together on the Bradenton Beach lot
with help from a crane.

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By the end of the first day of site work, the structure
was about 85 percent complete. Smith said he expected
the townhomes to be ready for occupancy by the end
of July.
The structure arrived with the plumbing and wiring
in place, with cherry wood cabinets and antique white
paint on the interior walls, appliances installed and
maple flooring
"We still have to do framing and bracing," Smith
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bath townhouses, standing side-by-side. The design is
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Smith, who is working with Coldwell Banker
on the sale of the townhomes, said they are listing
for $699,000 each and have been appraised at about
Once the structure is completed and the buzz about
the crane that hoisted four boxes into place dies down,
Smith said a passerby would simply see "a pretty Key
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12 0 JUNE 27, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Great outdoors show proves great draw

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Some dipped their toes into Sarasota Bay as they
scanned the shallows looking for fish.
Some at the Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival
dabbled in kayaking.
And some at the event held June 23 at Coquina
Beach Bayside in Bradenton Beach dined on Island-
style cuisine.
The festival, organized by the Florida Gulf Coast
Sports Commission, drew hundreds of people to the
beach for a full day of activities.
Cathy and Fred Pierce of Holmes Beach hiked
through Leffis Key, a site on the Great Florida Birding
Trail. The boardwalk led the Pierces around restored
tidal lagoons and along a mangrove shoreline. The heat
and humidity made wildlife scarce, but the Pierces still
enjoyed the sites.
"We' ve passed by so many times on our way to St.
Armands Circle," said Cathy Pierce. "I didn't really
know this was here."
Bernice Greenbaum and Maya Lorimer, both of
Sarasota, took a tandem kayak into the bay.
"I' ve been thinking of buying a canoe or a kayak
and thought this would be the best way to decide what
I want," Greenbaum said.
"It looks a lot easier from the shore," Lorimer said.
"It' s definitely a workout."
Dick Welsh also tested a kayak a single Hobie
with pedals. "I've got a tandem to paddle but I'm look-
ing for something a little smaller and easier. I think I' m
hooked," he said as he pulled a kayak out of the bay,
where dozens of others paddled and peddled.
Thomas and Linda Callahan and their sons, David
and Henry, shared snacks.
"The food is what makes it a festival," said Thomas
Nearby, representatives with various organizations
and retail outfits promoted causes and goods.
A team of recruiters with the National Guard, with
the assistance of some employees with the WingHouse

Junco Nelson, 9, works on a craft at the Around the Bend Nature Tours booth at the outdoor fest, which took
place in the Coquina Beach Bayside park. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

restaurant, talked to festivalgoers about signing up for
Representatives with Around the Bend Nature
Tours talked with people about their eco-tours in the
region and helped children make crafts.
Volunteers at the Mote Marine station talked with
children about sealife. "I didn't know they swam," Rick
Shapiro, 7, said, pointing to a horseshoe crab in a small
pool. "I thought they just laid in the mud."
Protecting manatees was the subject of discussion
at the "HULA Alert" tent, where boaters could purchase
warning flags to raise if they spot manatees in the water.

HULA stands for "Heads Up, Look Ahead."
And at a table sponsored by the Florida Native
Plant Society, the removal of Australian pines seemed
a favorite discussion topic, with festivalgoers arguing
for and against the removal of the trees deemed inva-
sive exotics by government agencies.
Organizers hesitated to estimate the size of the
come-and-go crowd, but seemed enthusiastic with the
event attendance, which drew people from around the
"I'm a kayaking buff, and this event is getting a
reputation," said Paul Naylor, of Tallahassee.

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Installation of

message signs

delayed again
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The long-awaited automated message signs to help
with Island-related traffic probably won't be in place
until November.
The signs initially were expected to be put into
place in June. Then the date was pushed to Septem-
ber, in time for the remaining months of the hurricane
season. Now transportation officials expect to have the
signs in place by November and fully operational by
"During the final contract approval process, the
Florida Department of Transportation had a signifi-
cant number of questions and concerns," said Vincent
Canna, Manatee County's project manager.
The questions primarily pertained to language of the
agreement for the design and construction of the signs.
"Although the engineer and contractor have worked
with DOT and resolved all their concerns, that pro-
cess took a significant amount of time," Canna said.
"Because the DOT approval was delayed, that delay
caused the remainder of the schedule to slip."
The project is in the construction phase, according
to Canna.
"The contractor has started installation of the
underground conduit runs for the signs," Canna said.
He added, "Materials are being ordered and they
are scheduled to be received around the end of October.
After receipt of the materials, the poles and signs can
be installed ... during November."
The signs would be fully operational by mid-De-
The project is budgeted at $863,268, with $483,616
from the state and the county paying the balance,
according to Canna.
A major purpose of the project is to assist in an
Island evacuation in an emergency, specifically severe
weather. But the signs can also be used to notify motor-
ists of road hazards and traffic tie-ups and parking prob-
Traffic Control Devices based in Altamonte Springs
was contracted to design and build the system, which
includes signs at several locations:
East Bay Drive at Gulf Drive.
Gulf Drive south of the boat ramp.
Manatee Avenue east of 75th Street West.
Cortez Road east of east of 75th Street West.
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Sea turtle false crawls on climb

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The number of times a female sea turtle has come
ashore to nest but returned without leaving eggs climbed
past 70 last week.
By June 24, the number of "false crawls" reported
on Anna Maria Island was 71, said Suzi Fox, the direc-
tor of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. Fox holds the
permit for the monitoring and data collection AMITW
conducts during nesting season, which began May 1
and continues through October.
AMITW reported an average of eight emergencies
a night last week, occasions when federally-protected
"nesting moms looking for a place to give birth" were
Often times, the false crawls are due to beach dis-
turbances or obstacles. Litter and recreational beach
equipment furniture, cabanas, umbrellas, small
boats, and beach cycles can hamper an adult's labo-

rious journey across the sand and a hatchling's crawl
from a nest to the water.
"Tents, volleyball courts and chairs all need to be
taken home at night," Fox said.
AMITW urges people to remove beach gear
at night. Codes in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach require the removal of items at
Municipal codes also require that during nesting
season, lighting must be adjusted during the season to
make sure it does not directly or indirectly illuminate
the beach from sunset to sunrise. Lights may disorient
the turtles.
To contact Holmes Beach's code enforcement
department in regards to turtle season, call 941-708-
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Boatbuilding tradition afloat in Cortez

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The scene in the boatworks building in Cortez
seems reminiscent of a high school shop class.
The shop on a recent Thursday morning is filled
with the sounds of wood being worked with tools, with
guys joking with one another and exchanging advice.
"Do this." "No, let's try this." "How about..."
The members of this industrial arts class aren't
working for grades or course credits. Doug Calhoun,
Dick Scully, Len Conner and others are volunteers at
the Cortez boatshop sponsored by the Florida Gulf
Coast Maritime Museum and the Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage. Figuring out how to cut class is
not on their minds, though they may occasionally duck
out into the sun to clear their eyes and throat of wood
On Thursday and Saturdays in the summer, vol-
unteers arrive at the shop housed on 123rd Street Court
West in the Cortez Community Center, the site of an
old firehouse.
The volunteers, for the most part, are professional
men of retirement age. Conner's background, for exam-
ple, is in mechanical engineering, building services
"For me, it's a different world," he says of boat-
Conner has been volunteering one day a week at
the boatshop for about two years. Each day in the shop,
he picks up something new.
"I'm learning an awful lot," he says. "It's a lot of
hands-on work."

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Tools of the trade: The boatbuilding shop in the
Cortez Community Center is stocked with various
tools some electronic, some manual and some,
according to director Bob Pitt, quite primitive.

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Conner, Calhoun, Scully and other volunteers work
with Bob Pitt, a teacher and experienced boat builder
who oversees the operations in the boatshop.
"The volunteers change with the season," says Pitt.
"The number of people goes up to 20 and down to
The skill level of the volunteers runs the gamut
but "the majority have no boatbuilding experience,"
says Pitt. "We have blacksmiths. We have attorneys.
We have engineers."
Pitt, on the other hand, grew up with boatbuild-
ing. It's part of his biology. \ ly mom's family is from
the Bahamas," Pitt says. "We've had generations in
boatbuilding going way back to building ships in the
Pitt's passion is for small Bahamian craft. The
sturdy boats may not be worth big bucks, but they seem
to him as beautifully simple as yachts seem to others
beautifully elegant.
"Have you ever seen Winslow Homer's 'The Gulf
Stream' ?" Pitt asks.
The painting, an oil on canvas that hangs in the
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, depicts a man
on a small craft in wild waters that almost eat up the
horizon. In the background, a waterspout swirls, and
in the foreground, three sharks swim. But the man on
the boat looks unconcerned.
Pitt has a print of the painting hanging on a wall at
home. "I look at it often," he says.
"You develop an eye, building a boat," he adds. "It
has to look right."
Over the years, the volunteer builders have repaired
and restored numerous boats, and built some from
scratch skiffs, scallop boats, surf boats, canoes, even
a Chris Craft Runabout circa 1954. Pitt estimates that
in four years as many as 25 boats have been built or
restored in the program.
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All of the boats the volunteers work on become
seaworthy, Pitt emphasizes.
The volunteers' current project is the restoration of
a Cuban fishing skiff. Cuban refugees journeyed to the
United States in the boat 17 years ago. For many years
the boat rested in a lawn on the Atlantic Coast. Pitt says
he hopes to see the boat and others like it restored
to become a showpiece for the maritime museum.
New recruits to help with the work are welcome
each Thursday.
"I tell them to shadow somebody, watch what's
going on," says Pitt. "I try to let the volunteers do as
much as possible."
His advice to new volunteers is to arrive with a
lunch. "We try to eat together," he says.
"There's a lot of camaraderie," observes Comner.
For more information about the boatbuilding pro-
gram, call 941-708-4935.

Boatbuilders basics
The Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum and Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage sponsor a number of boatbuilding
programs in the Cortez Community Center
on 123rd Street Court West. Classes over the
years have included instruction in construct-
ing canoes and model ships.
Future classes may be held on making
sails, painting letters and marine electroly-
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Water-taxi service floats in limbo

By Paul Roat
Water-taxi service to Anna Maria Island isn't dead
in the water, but only stalled a bit, according to a report
offered to Island transportation planners last week.
Bradenton Beach project/program manager Lisa
Marie Phillips gave members of the Island Transporta-
tion Planning Organization an overview of the type of
service that could be provided in the area.
The waterborne service, which could link varied
mainland locations to the Island, has been under con-
sideration by transportation officials for more than
two years. Highlights of the service, besides the vista
potential for visitors and residents taking advantage of
the alternative transportation to cars or buses, would
include lessening gridlock on Island and state roads
and eliminating parking problems.
Bradenton Beach is in the process of creating a dock-
age facility at its Historic Bridge Street Pier on Anna
Maria Sound. That dock could become a hub of Island
water-taxi service, with easy access to the current free

Manatee Trolley which runs the length of the Island.
Phillips told ITPO members that the water taxi,
if approved, could accommodate commuters from the
mainland to the Island, as well as visitors.
Routes and types of the vessels has been a sticking
point for the service, as well as the associated insur-
ance, maintenance, storage and fuel access.
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization in April 2005 agreed that the water taxi idea was
feasible for the region and should be placed in the long-
range planning list of things to consider in the future.
The group also agreed to bring the water-taxi con-
cept back to its respective cities and counties for further
discussion particularly regarding funding.
A study conducted by Renaissance Planning Group
concluded that "waterborne transportation holds enor-
mous potential for improving mobility, increasing
accessibility and supporting redevelopment objectives
in the Sarasota-Manatee region.
"Water-taxi service is feasible as an element of the

area's transportation system that provides both social-
recreational trips and one that enables commuters to
reach destination along coastal waterways and rivers,"
according to Renaissance's Whit Blanton. "As the Mana-
tee Island Trolley has demonstrated, benefits to both mar-
kets will likely occur through a well-designed system."
Blanton at the time looked at several different routes
and concluded that a pilot project based in the Sarasota-St.
Armands-City Island area would be the best area to try out
the service. He added that the Sarasota concept was recom-
mended "because the city has made the most progress of
all local governments in securing facilities for water-taxi
docking and other amenities from developers, accumulat-
ing funds for development, and establishing an ordinance
governing operating procedures and standards."
Unfortunately for water-taxi proponents, the city
planner who was heading up that aspect of the project
left Sarasota. The scheme then languished.
Blanton estimated that "an initial pilot program in
Sarasota would entail capital costs of about $500,000,
and annual operating costs of just over $500,000."
Funding sources to pay for the program could include
federal or state grants, Blanton said, with fares likely to
cover no more than 50 percent of the operating costs. Fares
would probably be in the $2-$5 range, he added in 2005.
No current plans for the service are in the works in
either county, although there is still interest by many
local lawmakers for a water taxi in the area.

Top chef
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Key. The crew filmed for a Quebec French-language TV series, "Canal Evasion," and toured the state look-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 16, 9000 Gulf Drive, driving with license
suspended. Deputies stopped a vehicle with a cracked
driver's side window. Records revealed the driver had a
suspended license and no insurance and, without having
any form of identification, he was arrested.
June 16, 800 block North Shore Drive, domestic
disturbance. Deputies were called to a domestic distur-
bance where the wife and husband were arguing over
cleaning and installing tile, according to the report.
Both were issued domestic violence packages.

Bradenton Beach
June 14, 900 block Gulf Drive South, theft. The
complainant said someone took his tackle box and fish-
ing poles at a value of more than $300 from his truck.
June 17, Coquina Beach, drug violation. Offi-
cers observed a firecracker go off and, when they
approached a nearby vehicle, observed what appeared
to be a marijuana cigarette, which later tested positive
for cannabis. A juvenile was charged with possession
of drugs.
June 17, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, forgery. The
complainant said she saw her daughter pumping gaso-
line into a car after the daughter had asked for money
for fuel and was told by the complainant she had none.
The complainant confronted the store clerk, who said
the fuel was being paid for by the complainant's credit
card. It was eventually determined that the card was
being used without the complainant's consent. Other
items charged to the card were juice and cigarettes.
The daughter was later located and arrested.

Holmes Beach
June 17, 6800 block Gulf Drive, disturbance.
Officers responded to a call regarding a disturbance in
which one person apparently parked in another condo-
minium resident's parking space, which resulted in a
pushing match, according to the report. None of the par-
ticipants agreed to press charges, and the errant vehicle
was moved away from the scene.
June 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said that someone took her
credit cards from her purse, which she had left in her
car, and someone had charged $2,000 to the cards. The
complainant apparently told police that she suspected
that people she was with may have taken the cards and
made the charges.
June 19, 500 block 83rd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said his bicycle, valued at $200, was taken
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The Island Players next season is set five produc-
tions beginning Oct. 11 with "Second Time Around."
"Second Time Around" runs through Oct. 21. Writ-
ten by Derek Benfield, the production involves the story
of Bernard and Marion, two people who once shared a
romance and by chance meet 20 years later. The direc-
tor is Gareth Gibbs of the Welsh Players.
The lineup also includes:
"Greetings!" Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Written by Tom
Dudzick, the play is described by the Island Players
as "a lively Christmas comedy that glows with warm-
hearted emotion." The setting is Christmas Eve in the
home of a devoutly Catholic family. The guest for the

Diversity in the park
City Island Park in Sarasota this spring hosted a
series of displays promoting diversity. Rhonda Bor-
stelmann of Perico Island stands in front of an image
designed by her daughter, Valeri Rose Borstelmann,
an art teacher now at Ballard Elementary School
who grew up on Anna Maria Island.

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holiday is a son's Jewish fiance.
"Over My Dead Body," Jan. 17-Feb. 3, 2008.
Written by Michael Sutton and Anthony Fingleton, this
production is about the aging founders of the Murder
League, a group of elite British mystery writers now
trying to compete with the "bloody tele." To revitalize
interest in their style of crime fiction, they plot a real
crime of their own.
"Born Yesterday," March 13-30,2008. Written by
Garson Kanin, the comedy is the story of a tycoon who,
seeking to buy some congressional clout, makes over his
ex-chorus girlfriend to compete with the swanky elite of
Washington, D.C. Broderick Crawford, Judy Holliday
and William Holden teamed up to star in the film version
in 1950. Holliday won an Oscar for the film, a Tony for
the Broadway production and a Golden Globe.
'The Long Weekend," May 8-18, 2008. Written
by Norm Foster, this play is not to be confused with
"The Lost Weekend." It is not a tragedy, but a comedy
about love, deception and betrayal.
Season memberships are already on sale through the
Island Players box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Memberships can also be obtained using a form at
For more information, call the box office at 941-

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seek producers
The Island Players theater group is seeking
co-producers for each production in the 2007-08
season, which begins in the fall.
Individuals or businesses can become co-pro-
ducers by pledging in one of three categories.
In the $500 category, a co-producer gets his
or her name mentioned on the Island Players' box
office answering machine, announced from stage
during the curtain speech before the performances
and included in the program for the season. The
co-producer also receives two tickets for opening
In the $750 category, a co-producer, in addi-
tion to the above, also gets his or her name listed
in all advertising for the production.
In the $1,000 category, a co-producer, in addi-
tion to the above, gets his or her name on the the-
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Marie D. Gebbia
Marie D. Gebbia, 85, of Bradenton, died June 7.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Gebbia moved to
Manatee County from Nyack, N.Y., in 1984. She was
retired from AT&T. She was a member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, the Women's Guild
and the Pioneers' Organization of N.Y. Telephone.
Memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday,
June 28, at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Tide-
well Hospice and Palliative Care, 5855 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by husband Gaetano; daughters
Cheryl of Holmes Beach, and Kathryn of Stoney Point,
N.Y.; sons Guy and Gary, both of Nyack; sisters Louise,
Ede and Jeanne of New York; brothers Anthony and
Arthur; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and
two great-great grandchildren.

David Scott Hapner
David Scott Hapner, 54, of Richmond, Ind., and
formerly of Bradenton, died May 26.
Mr. Hapner was a master carpenter and cabinet
builder for 22 years in the area before moving back to
Richmond in 2004.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pinehurst
Combined Level of Care and Rehabilitation Center,
705 E. Main St., Centerville IN 47330. Arrangements

were through Community Family Funeral Home, Rich-
He is survived by son J.D. of Cocoa Beach; daugh-
ter Clare Dunn of Anderson, S.C.; sisters Teresa of
Holmes Beach and D. Ruth of Branford, Fla.; mother
Barbara of Richmond; father, Everett of Bradenton;
friend Suzanne Homey of Richmond; and by several
aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin Randall Richards
Kevin Randall Richards, 42, died June 4.
He is survived by mother and step-father Myna
and Dwight Gaskind; father and step-mother Gary and
Carol; brothers Perry, Brian, Dubby and Mike; sisters
Shanna and Vicki; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins,
nieces and nephews.

Michael D. Riordan Jr.
Michael D. Riordan Jr., 85, of Anna Maria Island,
died June 15.
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to Anna Maria Island 25 years ago. He retired from
Texaco Inc. in 1981 as director of Worldwide Petro-
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College, Worchester, Mass., with a master's degree in
chemistry. He was a member of Key Royale Club, St.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the historical
society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bette;
daughter Davitt McDermott and husband Robert of
Maidens, Va.; grandson Peter McDermott of Tampa;
grandson Kevin of Maidens; and great-granddaughter
Kaitlyn McDermott of Maidens.

Irene Papciak Scroggie
Irene Papciak Scroggie, 89, of Bradenton, died June
Born in Detroit, Mich., Ms. Scroggie moved
to Bradenton in 1981. She was retired from Bundy
Tubing Company, now TI Automotive Group, and
after 18 years of working with United Auto Workers.
She was a member of Independent Order of Foresters,
Bounty Branch; Ladies Order of the Moose No. 1223;
Sunny Shores Garden Club; and Surviving Spouses
of Manatee. She was an active member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church.
Memorial services will be at St. Bernard Catholic
Church at a later date. Memorial contributions may
be made to the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
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Island boys fish for fun,
financial gain
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
With cane poles in hand, cousins Marlin Ellis, 7,
and Morgan Greig, 9, sit on grandfather Mike Norman's
dock over Anna Maria Sound and fish.
They're fishing for sport.
They're fishing for pleasure.
And they' re fishing for financial gain.
"It feels like labor," Morgan says.
Morgan and Marlin formed M&M Bait Co. about
a year ago. Morgan suggested the "M&M," the first
initials of the boys' first names. A business logo was
designed and then affixed to the lime green T-shirts the
partners wear and a placard attached to the dock where
they work, fishing for pinfish for other fishers to use in
pursuing bigger catches.
"They come out Fridays, weather permitting," says
Marlin's mom, Marianne Ellis. "This is their way to
earn money.
"It's his first job," says Morgan's mother, Sally
Greig. Her son earns an allowance as well, so the pro-
ceeds from M&M Bait Co. could be called supplemen-
tal income.
M&M Bait Co.'s equipment consists of two cane
poles, lines, hooks, bobbers and hot dogs.
"When we started, we used cheese, hot dogs
and other fish," Morgan says. "The hot dogs worked
Marlin advises, "The one trick is, when you're fish-
ing for pinfish, you must use cane poles and bobbers
because that's what works."
They also have developed a technique.
"When you see your bobber go under water, you have
to pull to the side to get the hook in," Morgan says.
Morgan and Marlin decided to go into business
together after learning Catchers Marina, 5501 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, needed baitfish suppliers.
They struck a deal at the shop they get 25 cents
to 50 cents, depending on the size of the pinfish.
"The smaller the better," Morgan explains as he sits

Cousins Morgan Greig, 9, and Marlin Ellis, 7,fishfrom their i,,ri, flit, 's bayfront dock in Bradenton Beach.
The two boys have formed M&M Bait Co. to generate a supplemental income. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

on the shaded dock behind Norman's home in Bradenton
Beach. "The most we've made in a day was $5 or $6."
"It takes a lot of patience," Marlin adds. "Last time
we made $2 because we caught eight fish."
Both boys set their earnings aside.
"I save it to put in my account," says Marlin.
"We save it so we have a bigger savings and then
buy something good," says Morgan.
He recently dipped into his savings to invest in a
new slingshot. "It works pretty good," he says.
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Wednesday, June 27
5:30 p.m. A teen-focused drawing class with Dawn Gurtner takes
place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 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.

Thursday, June 28
10 a.m. A children's reptile cartooning program takes place at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Noon A demonstration in acupuncture technique with Tricia Gra-
ziano takes place at Island Chiropractic Center, 3612 East Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information/RSVP: 941-773-6134.

Saturday, June 30
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a pro-
gram and breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.
8p.m. -A karaoke contest takes place at Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez
Road, Cortez. Information: 941-792-4822.

Sunday, July 1
Noon The Anna Maria Island Privateers christen their pirate ship
"The Skullywag" at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-744-7390.

Monday, July 2
10 a.m. The "Celebrate Summer" sale begins at the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island Art Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The sale
continues through July 31. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, July 3
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The West Manatee Firefighters Association,
the Sandbar Restaurant and Publix Super Market hold a benefit fundraiser
for WMFR Capt. Rich Jasinski at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jasinski is battling Hodgkin's disease. Information: 941-741-3900.
11:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a luncheon at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information:
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hears from members
Steve and Pam Schlueter on the Rotary International Convention in Salt
Lake City during a lunch meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5500.
Dusk- An Independence Day eve fireworks show takes place at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information/
reservations: 941-779-2222.

Wednesday, July 4
Today is Independence Day.
9 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce celebrates July 4 with a parade, live music, games and a picnic
along Bay Isles Road. A highlight is the placing of 50 American flags along
the road. Information: 941-383-2466.
10 a.m. 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 and presentation of scholarship
awards follow at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.
11 a.m. The Palmetto Independence Day Celebration takes place
along the Manatee Riverwalk and includes, in addition to a fireworks show
over the river, a performance by Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer. Informa-
tion: 941-721-2138.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 hosts
a barbecue and the patriotic renditions of Drew Thomas at the post building,
2000 75th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8731.
Dusk An annual July 4 fireworks celebration takes place at the
Sandbar Restaurant on the Gulf shore in Anna Maria. Information/reserva-
tions: 778-0444.
Dusk Sarasota's Fireworks Over the Bay takes place at Sarasota
Bayfront Park. Information: 941-953-3368.

The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival continues through the
July 4 holiday with the World's Largest Offshore Party Thursday, June 28,
at the Hyatt Sarasota; the Festival Parade of Boats in downtown Sarasota
Friday, June 29; the Powerboats by the Bay celebration in Sarasota's Cen-
tennial Park Saturday, June 30; the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Boat
Race at Lido Beach on Sunday, July 1; the fireworks display at Ed Smith
Stadium in Sarasota on Tuesday, July 3; the Suncoast Spectacular with the
Moscow Circus on Wednesday, July 4, at J.D. Hamel Park in Sarasota, and
the Fireworks over the Bay in Sarasota Bayfront Park. Information: www.
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 6, the city of Anna Maria holds a farewell gathering for Sgt.
John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, who is heading off the
Island for mainland duty. Information: 941-708-6130.
On July 15, the Birthday Bash for Snooty the Manatee takes place at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-
On July 18, at 9 a.m., the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program conducts

Historical museum exhibits swimsuits
Vintage bathing suits are on display at the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. The display, on loan from the
Retro Rosie store in Bradenton, includes the wool
suits worn in the 1920s and the psychedelic prints
fashionable in the 1960s. The museum also is show-
casing a display of memorabilia from the 1948film
"On an Island With You" with Esther Williams, Peter
Lawford and Anna Maria Island. The museum is
open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays.
For more information, call 941-778-0492.
Bay-wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. One tour
leaves Coquina Park Bayside in Bradenton Beach to tour Leffis and Jewfish
keys. Information: 475-0796. Fee applies.

Save the date:
InAugust, area businesses celebrate "Jazz on the Islands" in partner-
ship with the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Information:
On Sept. 8, the Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer team
host a fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club. Call 941-
On Sept. 17, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its
annual golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club beginning at noon.
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Let the races begin yet again off Sarasota

It's boat race time again.
The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix cranks up in
the next few days, with lots of fast boats, hot pits and
parades off the shore of Lido Beach in Sarasota.
Festivities have already commenced, with kid
fishing tourneys and a charity golf tournament, but the
real deal will start with the \\, i Id's Largest Offshore
Party" at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Hyatt Sara-
Next day is the parade down Main Street in Sara-
sota, which starts at 6 p.m.
I love a parade, and this is a great one. Lots of big
boats, lots of fun.
There is also a block party on Main Street at Lemon
Avenue after the parade, plus a car show and boat dis-
plays that night.
Saturday is "Powerboats by the Bay" at Centennial
Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41, with live entertainment,
all the race boats on display, food and the usual festivi-
Sunday, July 1, is race day.
The course is pretty much between Big Pass and
New Pass of Lido Key, with lots of laps and lots of
really, really fast boats.
And the best part of all the events is that e \ ci) thi ng
is free.

'Insider's tips' for enjoying the fun
This year is the 23rd offshore boat race for Sara-
sota. It started as a modest effort to benefit the Suncoast
Foundation for the Handicapped, a not-for-profit group
that reaped the benefits of racers when they turned their
winnings over to the foundation.
It has blossomed since into one of the biggest par-
ties Sarasota holds annually.
Historically, the races have been a hoot. The first
one saw a few buddies and I holding onto a surfboard
out in the water, far too close to the course. We realized
we were right up-front-and-personal when the water
started to vibrate as the boats careened through the turn
in front of our noses and the spray hit us.
Then there was the year that the course ran into
Big Pass between Lido and Siesta keys, zipped north
into the bay and exited through New Pass. We were
on a buddy's sailboat, moored off the Sarasota Sailing
Squadron, and had a front-row seat.
Boats were supposed to cut their speed through the
bay. Few appeared to do so. In fact, there was a great
image of one boat hitting the throttle just before going
under the New Pass Bridge and throwing hundreds of
gallons of water via its wake into a convertible Mer-
cedes on the bridge. The bay path of the race course
was terminated after that event.
There was even a race that took place in Sarasota
Bay when the weather was too bad for the boats to
traverse the course in the Gulf of Mexico.
So here's some tips if you want to go and enjoy any
of the fun, and the No. 1 tip is easy: Get there early. For
Hey, it's all a party, right? Enjoy it all.
For the parade, park down by the waterfront, stroll
toward downtown, enjoy the sights, grab a cool bever-
age, and have a nice time. It's Friday night, after all.
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8-ish, since that early parking isn't much of a problem.
There are lots of places to have breakfast Holiday
Inn, the pavilion, Lido Beach Resort, the Harley Sand-
castle and then set up on the beach and enjoy the
day on the sand.
If you have a boat and want to watch the action
from it, I strongly advise you not to do so.
There are three "boater holidays" that bring every-
body out on the water: Memorial Day, Fourth of July
and Labor Day. I've had the misfortune to be out on the
water when I had my little boat on each, and regretted
every one.
Although Anna Maria Island boaters are courte-
ous, competent and cautious, the rest of the yachting
community is not always the same. It is really, really
scary out there on the holidays, and prudent waterfolk
I've known find it a good day to stay home or drive
somewhere and watch the fun from the safety of the
Have fun this Fourth of July.
More fun
For those who eschew the joys of the shore and
prefer to venture into the interior of the state on the
Fourth, here's a bit of dubious advice offered from my
friend of days of yore from Bradenton Beach, Doris
Silverthorn, now of North Carolina. I question its valid-
ity, but it's funny nonetheless.
"The U.S. Department of Fish and Game is advising
hikers, hunters and fishers to take extra precautions and
keep alert for bears while in the field. They advise that
campers should wear noisy little bells on their clothing
so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them.
"They also advise campers to carry pepper spray
with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also
a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.
Campers should recognize the difference between black
bear and grizzly bear dung.
"Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of
berries and squirrel fur.
"Grizzly bear dung is larger and has little bells in
it and smells like pepper spray."
Oh, Doris ....

Racoons, too
Remember those old door mats that depicted a car-
toon of a raccoon working the combination lock on a
garbage can? The little bandits could break into anything,
and Island residents of years past and even today -
went to extreme lengths to keep the pests from strewing
garbage all over the yard at night.
We're not alone, it would appear, in our 'coon prob-




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According to a news report first published in the
Washington Post, Hermann Goering first approved a
proposal that raccoons would be a great source of fur
and would give hunters something to shoot. Raccoons
were imported from the United States to Germany.
And they did what animals do. They bred. And
Goering's action in 1934 has spurred what is esti-
mated to be 1 million raccoons in Germany, a place that
never had the masked marauders before, and they have
spread to the Baltic Sea and as far east as Chechnya.
British newspapers have called them "Nazi raccoons,"
and fear they could spread across the English Channel
to their country.
As here, the little critters are more of a nuisance
than an)\ hilng else, eating other critters' eggs and break-
ing into homes in the winter to weather the cold and
find food.
German residents are fighting the same fight we do
with raccoons. They try to secure their garbage, keep
their doors to outbuildings closed, and keep a careful
watch to keep the little pests away.
And, like we've all found well, some of
us, anyway raccoons don't serve as a good food
As one trapper put it, after his snack, "It's a very
intensive taste, a wild-animal taste. But there's just no
demand for any part of them, basically."
Right. Tell that to Daniel Boone.

Sandscript factoid
There has always been a school of thought of a few
of us dog lovers that the little mutts are smarter than
they appear. Now, there's some science to back up our
A group of European scientists has determined that
dogs from a wide range of breeds will rather quickly
pick up learned behavior from another dog to get a
The test was based on whether or not a dog could
use its paw rather than its mouth to pull down a bar to
get a cookie. Normal dog behavior is to use its mouth
for almost everything.
The control group quickly caught onto how to use
the bar to get the treat, using its mouth.
When a trained dog had a ball in its mouth and
thunked the bar with its foot, the other dogs still used
their mouths. Scientists figured that the other dogs fig-
ured that the ball kept the dog from using its mouth, as
usual, and did as they always would do.
Then the third test where the trained dog, without
a ball in its mouth, used its paw to push down the bar
to get a treat, was shown to the pack. Most then used
their own paws rather than their natural tendency to use
their mouth to get the cookies.
As one researcher told the Washington Post, "Dogs
are really keen observers of the world around them."
I've had dogs forever. They never stop amazing me.
The little mutt I've now got, after spending time with
other dogs, has gotten quieter, calmer, more relaxed,
and generally has apparently learned what it's like to be
a dog rather than a frantic human like its owner.


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Catch.and-release snook highlight of backwater

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Since snook season is closed, about the only good
inshore catches are, naturally, catch-and-release snook.
Other backwater action includes redfish, a few flounder
and some spotty trout catches.
Offshore fishing continues to be great for grouper,
snapper and amberjack.
At Corky's Live Bait & Tackle, reports include
lots of catch-and-release snook on large bait. Palma
Sola Bay is a good spot for redfish action, with some
reds coming in at better than 40 inches in length. Live
shrimp and Black Salty's are the best bet for the best
catches. There are also trout coming out of the bay,
and there was even a 5-foot-long shark caught there.
Tarpon are finally starting to show up off Egmont Key
and in the Gulf off Bradenton Beach, with blue and
pass crabs producing the best results. There are also
good reports of Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and flounder
being caught near the Island, and offshore fishers have
reported catching large sharks, kingfish, grouper and
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said grouper and snapper
fishing is good in the Gulf in the 100-foot water depths.
Inshore action for snook and reds is also good, but he's
hearing that trout are hard to find.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching and releasing snook at night, man-
grove snapper to 14 inches in length, a few sheepshead
and small sharks. Tom said that there hasn't been much
mackerel action off the pier.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are catching a few macks, plus mangrove
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
big snapper are coming in during the morning, catch-
and-release snook are thick in Terra Ceia Bay, and reds
are coming out of Miguel Bay at the higher tides.
At Tropic Isle Marina in Terra Ceia, reports
include trout and redfish coming from Terra Ceia Bay,
and tarpon catches outside of the bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching a lot
of catch-and-release snook, sometimes up to 30 on a
single trip.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's doing well with amberjack, grouper
and snapper offshore. Capt. Mark Johnson, also out

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Good catch
Dalton Estes, 11, caught this large red grouper while fishing about 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico with

Capt. Larry McGuire of .si, .' Me The Fish Charters.
of Annie's, said his inshore trips include good catches
of reds, trout and snook.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that fishing "is hot right now with big
gag and red grouper going strong. We are also catching
lots of red, mangrove and lane Snapper, big barracuda,
lots of sharks up to 6 feet in length and one kingfish at
25 pounds." He added that the best grouper action is
30 to 50 miles out using live pinfish and grunts. "Fish-
ing really improved after Tropical Storm Barry came
through a few weeks ago," Capt. Larry said, adding that,
\ly theory is after a storm comes through it pushes lots
of new fish into the area, so now is the time to go out
and go fishing and get them while they're hot."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he's finding that "shrimp
and small pinfish have been the ticket to success for me

lately. The baits have been producing quality redfish,
spotted sea trout, Spanish mackerel, snook, shark and
huge ladyfish. The good news is that the pinfish will be
readily available all summer, but we are closing in on
peewee season for live shrimp. A real good alternative
is the Berkely 'Gulp' shrimp fished beneath a float of
your choice. Also, there has been some small grunts
mixed in with the pinfish that are particularly deadly
on trout. Another often overlooked summer bait are
chubs that are highly available on the mud flats." He
said his catch of the week was a 32-inch redfish landed
and released by 7-year-old Lauren Timbrook from West
Virginia. "Tarpon have finally arrived," Capt. Zach con-
cluded, "better late than never, and have been showing
well along the beaches, Longboat Pass and Egmont
On my boat Magic, we caught reds to 29 inches, a
few trout and catch-and-release snook to 29 inches.
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
in the picture along with information on the catch and
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NFL football flag football dominates summer fun

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
NFL Flag Football action continues into summer
at the Holmes Beach field in three age divisions. The
youth division, for players ages 12-15, is being domi-
nated by the Buccaneers, who have won every game
and sit atop of the standings with a 6-0 record. The
Raiders are in second place with two victories, while
the Panthers are still in search of victory lane.
The junior division for players ages 8-11 has two
teams currently tied for first place, the Texans and the
Titans. Both teams sport 3-2 records, while third-place
Chiefs have one victory.
The season is quickly winding down so get out and
catch a game on the sidelines.

Buccaneers 40, Panthers 34
Daniel Landesberg scored three touchdowns and an
extra point to lead the Bucs past the Panthers on June
22. The Bucs also received offensive touchdowns from
Rainia Lardas and Kyle Parsons, while Tommy Price
contributed a defensive TD in the victory. Alex Burgess
closed out the Buc scoring with three extra-point recep-
The Panthers received offensive touchdowns
from Julian Botero, Nicole Botero, Brandon Gengler
and Blake Rivers. Gengler also contribute a defensive
score for the Panthers, which also received a safety
from Julian Botero and a two-point conversion from
Matt Bauer in defeat.

Titans 28, Chiefs 19
Adam Hart scored a pair of touchdowns to help
the Titans defeat the Chiefs 28-19 in junior division
flag football on June 22. The Titans also received a
touchdown and an extra point from Connor Field and
Josh Zawistoski in the victory.
The Chiefs were led by Ben Connors, Blaine Jenef-
sky and Seth Walter with one touchdown apiece, while
Noah Connors added an extra point in the loss.

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Titans 35, Texans 6
Connor Field and Josh Zawistoski each scored a
pair of offensive touchdowns to lead the Titans past
the Texans on June 20. Zawistoski added a defensive
score for the Titans, which also received a one-point
conversion from Zach Stewart in the victory.
Devan Salati scored the lone touchdown for the
Texans in the loss.

Chiefs 40, Texans 8
Zach Facheris scored a pair of offensive touch-
downs and Blaine Jenefsky added a TD from both sides
of the ball to lead the Chiefs past the Texans on June
18. Ben Connors led a strong defensive effort with two
defensive touchdowns in the victory.
The Texans were led by Gavin Sentman's lone TD
and a safety from Jake Parsons in the loss.

Key Royale Golf news
Earl Huntziger carded a 6-under-par 26 to win
the June 18 individual low-net golf tournament at the
Key Royale Club golf course. Charles Knopp finished
three shots back with a 29, while John Heiselman, Fred
Meyer and Bob King tied for third place with a trio of

Horseshoe news
None of the eight teams that started horseshoe play
on June 16 managed undefeated pool play records,
leaving five 2-1 teams to battle it out for the day's brag-
ging rights. Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle emerged as
champs after the unusually kl ngi1th playoff round. They
edged the team of Debbie Rhodes and Ron Slagh by a
21-18 score.
Only three teams played on June 20 with Sam Sam-
uels and Debbie Rhodes earning bui ,. ,in ii rights thanks
to a 23-14 victory over Ron Pepka and Tom Rhodes.
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.

Youth Division
Junior Division

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
(All games played at Holmes Beach field)
Youth Division (Ages 12-15)
June 27 7 p.m. Raiders vs. Buccaneers
June 29 7 p.m. Panthers vs. Buccaneers
Junior Division (Ages 8-11)
June 27 6 p.m. Texans vs. Titans
June 29 6 p.m. Chiefs vs. Titans
Pee Wee Division (Ages 5-7)
June 28 6 p.m. Colts vs. Eagles



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GE CHEST FREEZER: 48-inches wide, 30-inches
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large for our space. $125. Located in Holmes Beach.
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QUEEN BED BOOKCASE headboard and frame,
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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.
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.
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-

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.

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(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com

Anna Maria hideaway is located within easy strolling
distance of the Gulf and offers a spacious 70x1 55-foot lot
with plenty of room for a pool. Motivated seller has reduced
his price to only $498,000. Don't miss it!


IPointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool!
Split plan. $345,000!
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! Fresh Paint.
Backups needed! $25&9-,9 $249,900!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
$s fO $349,500!
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat GRAND CANAL. Private
dock. Nice! Room for pool, expansion. $695,000!
Braden Crossings Updated 3BR/2BA 1,663 sf. NEW 14
seer a/c! $27.9 ;T $260,000!
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat slip!
$&9e-0,0 $649,900! Lowest priced 3BR!

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Laura Tracy, 941-915-4167.
927 River Basin Ct. Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Maintenance free, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage. $439,000.
Laura Tracy, 941-915-4167.
3728 N.E. 5th Ave. Riverdale
Boating community.
4BR/3.5BA, pool, canal, dock, boatlift. $804,500.
Pam Edgington, 941-812-6324
"The Experience is Everything"

Florida WCI Realty
4520 E. SR 64 Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: 941-465-4300 *Fax: 941-465-4359

Simply the Best

to Gulf beaches. Many opportunities with this property.
House sits on three lots (over one acre). Could be sepa-
rated if house razed. $495,000.

WES BAY CUVE sOUI H irect baytront ZBK/ZBA
end unit with exceptional views. Only twenty units in
complex. Heated pool and tennis. $475,000.
VIEW with booked
rentals in Bradenton
beach! 2BR/1.5BA,
two screened
porches with unob-
structed views of
the beach. Heated
pool and enclosed
-garage. $489,000.

3BR BEACH FRONT Beautifully furnished, updated,
with exceptional views. Price reduced by $400,000.
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1997 COUGAR: SIX-cylinder automatic, new air
conditioning, tires, brakes, battery, hoses, belts,
and water pump. Excellent condition. $3,950. 941-

1999 DODGE VAN: 80,000 miles. Great condition,
four cylinder. $2,500 or best offer. 941-792-0338.

1996 ACURA NSX. $4,000. Good condition, low
miles, clear title. Red exterior, black interior. Remov-
able TARGA top, five-speed manual transmission.
225-910-6308 or marysbuyers@hotmail.com.

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.

150, low hours, excellent condition, Bimini, hydraulic
tilt and steering, radio, extras. $10,500. 941-778-

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-

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

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.

STYLIST AND NAIL Tech needed. Booth rental,
$100/week. Salon near beaches off Cortez Road.
Call Jaimee, 941-792-3127 or 941-737-7305.

real estate company looking for an experienced
person to manage seasonal and annual rent-
als. All inquiries kept in confidence. Call Mike,

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

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service

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

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

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.

LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-
old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-

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.

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

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 -

Something for Everyone!
Nice spacious building site for owner. Duplex for $479,000.
Immaculate single-family in popular residential area with i
S 2,132 sf. Only $489,500.
The best of Gulffront beginning at $2,900,000.
Callfor details

"W ARE eh Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
S 941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com r

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.

Guaranteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job.
Discount with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry,

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.

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.

all types of cleaning done fast and efficiently. Rea-
sonable rates, rental investors encouraged to call
941-962 4059.

STAR MOBILE MARINE detailing: Is your boat dirty?
Does it have heavy oxidation? I can take care of that
and much, much more. Call me for a free estimate
to see how you can protect your boat from the heat
and salty waters. 941-812-3816.

Light housekeeping, light cooking, errands, shop-
ping, appointments, etc! References. Call Joany,

openings available, very reasonable rates. Quality
cleaning to your satisfaction. Entire home or partial
references. 941-713-6299.

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-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 residentiaVcommercial, 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,

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,

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

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

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
free estimates.

IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.

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

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

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

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ISLAND RESIDENCE Closeto beach Updated A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot Build BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILY Turnkey
3BR/2BA with open floor plan, high ceilings your dream home here Walk the sugar white furnished 2BR/1BA cottage with 1BR/1BA
and lushtropicallandscaping Privatesetting sandbeach,watchthestunningsunsetsandwrite bungalow Great family retreat or rental
with great view of wide canal and city boat yournovelhere BeckySmith,841-773-1954or property Walk to shops, beach and more
basin David Moynihan, 941-720-0089 or ElfiStarrett,941-720-3528or941-778-2246 AnneMiller,941-920-0451or941-778-2246
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Ing surrounds six charming units steps MARIA ISLAND Great 11-unit resort/motel townhouse End unit, 2BR/2BA, water view,
from beach Immaculate, family owned and One blocktothe beaches Many restaurants, two milesto beach, gated with 24/7 security,
clientele keep coming back Possible owner specialty shops and fishing pier within heated pools, tennis, clubhouse, attached
financing Karen Day, 941-518-3682 or short distance Jim Zoff, 941-447-7747 or garage Penny Bray, 941-795-6685 or
941-778-2246 MLS#529518 $1,650,000 941-778-2246 MLS#539134 $2,575,000 941-778-2246 MLS#551490 $349,900

LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West-style home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room and
30-footscreened balcony Becky Smith, 941-773-1954 or Elfi Starrett,
941-720-3528 or 941-778-2246 MLS#520397 $999,500
END UNIT Bright and new' 3BR/2BA Hidden Lake condo Minutes
from beach, vaulted ceilings, screened lanai, one-car attached
garage Lake view Pool, spa, fitness Non-evacuation zone Penny
Bray, 941-795-6685 or 941-778-2246 MLS#523475 $314,900
PALMA SOLA LOT Rare opportunity to build your home in
most desirable area No deed restrictions No time limits on
building Cleared lot Cathy Meldahl, PA, 941-383-5577
MLS#536270 $429,000
UPDATED TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA with new kitchen/granite, new
baths Updated electricand plumbing Pool Garage Privatesix-unit
complex Steps to beach and sunsets Joan Oliszewski, 941-761-
3100 MLS#546437 $439,000
OWNA PIECEOFTHE ISLAND inthistotally updated 1BR/1BAvilla
Granite countertops, new wood cabinets, new windows and doors,
tiled throughout Turnkey furnished Must see Bridget Gennett,
941-761-3100 MLS#548184 $194,900

REMODELED IN 2007 Ground level four units surround private
heated pool Steps to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
rental history and reservations Owner agent Jacque Davis,
941-778-2246 MLS#548868 $999,000
ATTENTION BOATERS! This 3BR/2BA is a well maintained home
located on deep-water canal with seawall and no bridges to bay
Excellent location in Holmes Beachi Nancy Allen, 941-761-3100
MLS#549144 $650,000
MAPLE STREET, ANNA MARIA Value is in two lots only a hundred
yards from Gulf Beautiful street and beach access Build two
homes or remodel cottage and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA Karen
Day, 518-3682 941-778-2246 MLS#550000 $899,500
EXQUISITE UNIT has Gulf views and luxury amenities Crown molding
accents highceilingsand open plan Granitecountertopsand stainless-
steel appliances Designer perfect furnishings 3BR/2 5BA Karen Day,
941-518-3682 or 941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000
PERICO ISLAND Custom built 3BR/2BA patio home offering 2,040
sf open floor plan Deluxe kitchen, baths and lovely lake views Com-
munity clubhouse, pool,tennisand minutesto beach David Moynihan,
941-720-0089 or 941-778-2246 MLS#556627 $399,900

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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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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.
custom walls and textures. Repair or remove popcorn
ceilings. Make walls new again! Insured, free esti-
mate. Please, call 941-545-5440 or 941-746-2780.
PAULS DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Specializing
in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn removal,
skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941-650-7874.

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

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

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.
GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual
or six-months, $1,000/month. 941-387-8610.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,081 sf. Former Cortez
Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.

from the beach. 1 BR, $575/week. 2BR, $675/week.
513-236-5091. www.beachesndreams.net.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $900/month, $500/
week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
BED AND BOAT: Beautiful 2BR condo on Anna Maria
with optional boat rental. Canal to Intracoastal Water-
way. Summer rates. 941-778-8520, 813-713-5430.
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.

ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA duplex, two-
car garage, screened lanai, shared laundry. $1,000/
month. 941-779-0120.
APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA ON Palma Sola Bay, near
beaches and park. Rent is $695/month, tenant pays
electric. Move in with security, $695 and utility prora-
tion, first month free. Call Reed, 9am-8pm, at 941-
448-8100 or 941-794-2258.
BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA BAYFRONT with deep-water
dock. Furnished, carport and a great value located
in Bradenton Beach. 941-779-4713.
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.
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.
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.

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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, 941-
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.
turnkey furnished, totally remodeled, stainless-steel
appliances, two pools, carport, gorgeous beach.
Available now through December. $900/month.
yard maintenance, water, cable, utility room, washer,
dryer included. Steps to beach, immaculate, large
yard. Holmes Beach. 727-540-9294.
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.
to beach. $1,550/month, $600/week. Jaime, 941-
545-8488. http://jjvacations.blogspot.com.
ISLAND RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Gulf view, $1,200/month.
1 BR/1BA, Palm Drive, $790/month. 2BR/2BA 72nd
Street, $1,150/month. 2BR/2BA 72nd Street, $950/
month. 1BR/1.5BA Gulffront, $1,200/month. 2BR/2BA
furnished, $1,200/month. We have more coming!
CoastLine Accommodations Realtors, 941-779-9500.
LARGE, UNFURNISHED 3BR/2BA house with garage.
One block from the beach. No pets. $1,500/month plus
utilities. 123-A 52nd St., Holmes Beach. Call Gayle
Schulz, Jim Anderson Realty, 941-812-6489.
NICELY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA with den, lanai,
garage. Walking distance to beach. No smoking,
no pets. Available through October. 941-795-8626.

ANNUAL RENTAL IN Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer
and dryer hookup. $900/month plus security deposit.
Days 941-778-6541, evenings 941-504-3844.

3BR/2BA, boat slip and dock. Quiet location, short walk
to beach, inside laundry. Annual rental $1,100/month.
First and last. Call 727-784-3679 or 727-542-7020.

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA home, completely
furnished, close to beach. Available June through
October. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. 941-
2BR/2BA, six months or annual rental. $1,600/month
plus utilities. 717-392-4048 or 941-779-1013.

Furnished or unfurnished, pools, tennis, security
gate. Beautiful landscaping. Leave message, 941-

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUAL: CORTEZ. 1 or 2BR with washer and
dryer, central air conditioning, storage, near boat
ramp. $740/month. 941-778-2710 after 10am.
ANNUALS FOR RENT now! 2BR/2BA, furnished house
on Key Royale, $1,400/month plus utilities. Unfurnished
1 BR near beach $850! 3BR/2BA furnished condo, with
panoramic water views at Westbay Point and Moor-
ings, $1,500 plus utilities! 2BR/2BA stilt home near
Bean Point, furnished or unfurnished! $1,500/month
plus utilities. 2BR/2BA, unfurnished newer stilt duplex
with new carpeting $1,000 plus utilities. 1BR Marti-
nique, beautiful Gulffront, turnkey furnished, $1,500
plus utilities! Also six-month availabilities! Call Sue at
An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
rooftop deck. 2BR/2BA, annual. $1,375/month plus
utilities. 717-392-4048 or 941-779-1013.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, two blocks to beach,
half block to bay. Cathedral ceilings and tile through-
out. Cable, water, trash included. $900/month. 941-
Palma Sola townhouse. 2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock.
$499/week. Key Royale 3BR/2BA, pool and boat dock,
$799/week. Longboat Key Village, 2BR/1 BA cottage,
$499/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

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

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

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

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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.

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

LOT: 57.75x114-feet. Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
One block to beach. $487,000. 941-779-4505 or
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF Palma Sola Bay from this
3BR/2BA condo. Granite baths, Italian porcelain tile,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
Mint condition and a must see at $525,000. 859-
264-8644, or barbfreeman@alltel.net.

HAVE IT ALL: Beautiful direct Gulf views just steps
to sandy beach. Also a fishing pier, boat dock, pool,
spa and tennis court. 2BR/2BA, kitchen with granite
countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Nice,
turnkey furnished. $575,000. Ninth Street, Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Contact owner at 941-
388-5238 or 941-447-2061.
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 941-

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

MOVING: REDUCED FOR sale. $155,000.2BR/2BA
mostlyfurnished condo for sale by owner. If inter-
ested, call 941-792-1049. No Realtor fees.
includes 50-foot boat slip. Large updated 3BR/2.5
BA end unit, with a view of the Intracoastal Water-
way. Amenities include fireplace, wet bar, glass-
enclosed lanai and much more. $779,000. Richard
Parker, 941-920-3250, Re/Max Gulfstream.
BUYER BONUS: One-year tax and insurance pre-
paid at closing. 2,400 sf on one-third beautifully
landscaped acre. 3BR/2BA with separate office.
Wood and tile flooring. Two family rooms. Huge
kitchen with bay window. Great schools. Five min-
utes from beaches. $324,000. Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty. 941-747-2170. Open
REDUCED! REDUCED! TWO Perico Island patio
homes: Private pool, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage.
11202 Longwood Ct. $340,000. Only two years new,
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. Great-room concept, like-
new. 11303 Willow Dale Ct. $379,000. Call Marilyn
Trevethan, 941-778-6066. Island Real Estate.
NEW 2007:3BR/2BA, plus garage. Some with views
of Gulf and bay. All units have private elevators and
are located between Longboat Key and Anna Maria
Island at 2317 Ave. C. Steps from Gulf of Mexico.
White Sands, priced in the $600s. Contact Kimberly
Mills or Erlene Fitzpatrick at Re/Max Gulfstream
Realty. 941-758-7777.
every room. 2BR/2BA, lots of closet space, laundry
room with sink. $799,000. 941-779-1013 or 717-
in-ground caged pool, close to shopping, good
schools. Hurry this one won't last long! $224,900.
Chard Winheim, Horizon Realty, 941-713-6743.

with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walking
distance to beach and restaurants. $719,000. 941-

two-car garage, large lot. No-flood zone, five min-
utes to Gulf beaches. Two blocks off Palma Sola
Bay. $299,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
LONGBOAT KEY: NORTH-end village. Updated
3BR/2BA, two-car garage in a wonderful neighbor-
hood. $699,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ISLAND DREAM: KEY Royale 3BR/2BA, pool and boat
dock. Tastefully updated. Was $925,000, now $799,000.
Let's talk. Call agent/owner, 941-356-1456.

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.
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-
ing two gated communities in the high country of
western North Carolina. Lots starting at $26,000.
BATTERY CREEK, SOUTH Carolina: 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.
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 North Carolina.
Private community, dramatic views, exceptional weather
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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.
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.
NORTH CAROLINA: Cool mountain air, views,
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure,
800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317 Peachtree
St., Murphy NC 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.

pool. 2BR/2BA open
plan, new kitchen.
Totally upgraded.
Dock, three davits.
'"-" 'Owner motivated.
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404 21st Place, Bradenton Beach. Brokers welcome



2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
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.
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.
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.

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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

of the Ozarks, Missouri. 1,200 miles of shoreline.
Low taxes, insurance and fees. Fishing, golf, fun.
From $99,900. TheLakeCondoSource.com. 573-
NEW MEXICO GETAWAY: 20 acres, $49,990.
Scenic, trees, views, wildlife, nearby Bureau of Land
Management, electricity. Prefect for horses, hiking,
hunting, family ranch, retreat, and retirement living.
100 percent financing. Call 866-365-2825.
pristine 20-foot-high waterfall, home site with great
view, very private, large, public lake nearby, $199,500.
This won't last long. Call now, 866-789-8535.

$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 $70s. One-year no-payment
options. 877-266-7376. www.cooperspoint.com.
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