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Police, victim seek motive in shooting

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Law enforcement and emergency medical personnel gather on the beach after the shooting of a man accused of
shooting Island business owner Sue Normand.

Boaters: One-day bridge

closing possible next week

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Why shoot me?" Sue Normand wondered aloud
as she rested in a bed awaiting surgery in intensive care
at St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center Dec. 6.
The day before, just after Normand opened her
Island Mail & More store for business, a man walked
in and fired a 9-mm handgun at her.
"There's just no reason," said Normand, 63, a
Holmes Beach resident, longtime member of the city's
planning commission and volunteer victim's advo-
Normand told The Islander that the shooter had
been a customer previously and that the incident was
unprovoked. "He was courteous. I was couteous."
About an hour after the Dec. 5 shooting at Island
Mail, Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies shot
a suspect, identified as Mark W. Koenigs, 54, on the
beach in the 300 block of Gulf Drive South in Braden-
ton Beach.
Both the victim and the suspect were taken to Bay-
front by medical helicopters. Koenigs was wounded in
the ankle, leg and groin. Normand was wounded in the
mid-section - a bullet shattered her hip.
Koenigs, currently represented by a public defender,
faces multiple felony charges and is scheduled to appear
for an arraignment at the Manatee County Courthouse
Jan. 18.
Holmes Beach Police Chief
Jay Romine said Koenigs has
refused to talk about the shooting.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger said the suspect "won't
even talk to the chaplain."
Investigators, Romine said,
were as confused about the motive
Koenigs for the shooting as Normand.
There seemed to be no attempt at robbery, the chief
said. A number of businesses in the plaza open earlier
than Island Mail & More.

Opening for business
Wednesday, Dec. 5, began routinely enough in the
Anna Maria Centre Shops on East Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach. One by one store clerks and office managers
arrived to open their doors for business.
A few people noticed a man wearing a hooded sweat-
shirt waiting on a bench, but it was chilly that morning.
The man held a small box and witnesses suspected he
was waiting for Island Mail & More to open.
Bill LaRow, who was working at his wife's store,
Whistle Stop Gift Shop, noticed the man.
"I noticed what I would consider not your normal
Islander," he said. "He had a hoodie or a floppy fish
cap.... I saw him get up when Sue opened her store."
Normand said she arrived to work shortly before 10
a.m. and found several customers waiting outside her

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation expects
to close the drawbridge portion of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to boat traffic one day next week if it
gets approval from the U.S. Coast Guard.
DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente said
the DOT has asked the Coast Guard for permission to
close the bridge on Dec. 17 or 18, but as of Friday, Dec.
7, had not yet received a reply.
The DOT needs to close the drawbridge portion
because it has to remove asbestos from the bridge
tender cabin and doesn't want to risk the health of the
bridge tender during the remediation. She emphasized
that the closure would apply only to waterway traffic,

not road traffic.
The asbestos contractor has indicated he can do the
remediation in 24 hours, said Clemmons-Adente, provided
that he doesn't find any more asbestos or another issue.
"But the decision is still up in the air," she said. "The
Coast Guard has not yet given us their approval."
She said that the one-day closure to boat traffic is
not directly related to the planned $9.8 million renova-
tion project that will begin in January. However, she
added, the asbestos needs to be removed before the
renovation project can begin.
The contract with Quinn Construction of Palmetto
is still being renegotiated to account for just a 45-day
full-bridge closure, not the 75 days planned in the origi-
nal contract.

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A sign on the door of Island Mail & More sends best
wishes to Sue Normand.

2 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Police pursue leads in Holmes Beach homicide

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Carla Ann Beard left a drug and alcohol treatment
center in Sarasota Nov. 26.
She then went missing - and wasn't found until
Dec. 1. Her partially clothed body was discovered in a
bed of seagrape leaves about 100 yards from the water's
edge near 50th Street in Holmes Beach.
In the days after the discovery of Beard's body, the
Holmes Beach Police Department sought answers to
where Beard, 29, was in the hours before her death by
blunt force trauma to the head. The decomposition of
the body and the odor at the crime scene suggested to
authorities that Beard was killed in the days just after
leaving First Step.
HBPD Chief Jay Romine said the department con-
tinues to pursue leads in the case, but he declined to
A spokesperson at First Step, citing privacy rules,
declined to discuss Beard's stay
or the details of her release from
the treatment facility. Beard had
pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
drug charge in Sarasota County
in July and was scheduled for a
court appearance in regards to a
fine on Nov. 21.
Authorities believe Beard left
Beard First Step in a taxicab bound for
a Salvation Army center.
Police received at least one tip that someone who
looked like Beard was seen on the beach in Anna Maria,
lying with a man in a deep hole in the sand.
Last week, five days after the body was found, the
crime scene was quiet and the neighborhood had the
air of desertion - no parked cars, no pedestrians, even
no windows open on the homes.
The visitors, who found Beard's body while prepar-
ing for a party, were long gone. They had been drawn
that late Saturday afternoon from a rental property at
50th Street and Fifth Avenue to investigate a foul odor
in the area and came across the body.
Last Thursday afternoon, the only people seen in

Hotlines for tips
Authorities are urging anyone with informa-
tion about Carla Ann Beard's death to call the
Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-
5800. Anonymous tips may also be made to Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers hotline at 866-634-
8477 (TIPS) or at www.manateecrimestoppers.

the vicinity were members of a construction crew work-
ing a block away on the Tropical Villa housing devel-
opment at 50th Street and Gulf Drive. They arrived to
the work site that day and learned about the homicide,
but had not been on the job a week earlier to witness
Two blocks away, a vacationing mother and her two
children walked along Gulf Drive, after a morning at
Manatee Public Beach.
"It's terribly frightening that something like this
can happen in such a beautiful place," Nancy Kilgore
of Baltimore said. "But ugly things happen in beautiful
On Gulf Drive and 50th Street, a man waiting at a
trolley shelter said he often catches a ride at the stop.
"I don't recall ever seeing her," Ron Mixon said. "I
don't really see a whole lot of people here except when
school gets out."
Romine believes that Beard was killed on the Island,
saying that there is no evidence suggesting otherwise.
At least $6,000 in reward money has been offered
for information leading to an arrest in Beard's death.
On Dec. 4, the 45-member Gold Star Club of Man-
atee County offered a $5,000 reward. The Gold Star
Club, a group of citizens, came together at the request
of then Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells, who
believed large sums of reward money would help local
law enforcement agencies collect tips to solve violent
The club operates in partnership with the Manatee
County Crime Stoppers, which has put up a $1,000
reward for information leading to an arrest and con-

viction in the Beard case. The county Crime Stoppers
operation has received 522 tips in the past year that
helped to clear 25 cases and lead to 28 arrests.
Authorities are urging anyone with information
about Beard's death to call the Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5800. Anonymous tips may also
be made to Manatee County Crime Stoppers hotline at
866-634-8477 (TIPS) or at www.manateecrimestop-

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine inspects
the area where Carla Beard's body was discovered.
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Customer service: Attorney provides aid in minutes after shooting

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bruce Henke arrived to Island Mail & More on a
Wednesday morning with his hands full - two shop-
ping bags and a cup of Starbucks coffee.
He was keeping ahead in this holiday season,
hoping to find boxes for two gifts.
Henke arrived to the Holmes Beach shop at about
10:05 a.m., just minutes after owner Sue Normand
opened the store. Already she had conducted business
with one couple and was waiting on another person.
Henke noticed the customer stood facing Normand,
with a small box on the counter.
The man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, but
Henke, an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, didn't think
much about his get-up.
"I noticed the fact that the gentleman's hood was
up," said Henke, who was staying at a condo in Holmes
Beach. "Having said that, I sort of passed that off -
for Florida standards the morning was a bit chilly."
Henke himself was dressed like a visiting northerner
who considers 50-plus on the warm side. "I was wear-

ing flip-flops," he said.
Henke stood by, a shopping bag in each hand, as
Normand waited on the man.
She gave the man's box a shake. "Something inside
was loose," Henke said.
Normand then offered the man some packaging, but
he declined. There was a bit more talk between Normand
and the other customer as Henke stepped away from the
counter and set his bags down to look around the store.
"I turned my back to them and walked toward
this display," Henke said. "And that is why I believe I
wasn't shot."
As he browsed, Henke said he heard "what sounded
like a big 'pop,' like if somebody blew up a bag and
clapped it with their hands together and it burst."
He didn't immediately think he'd heard a gun-
"I turned around," Henke remembered. "It was hap-
pening very fast, but it seemed slow to me. It took me
a second or two to figure out what was happening."
Henke saw the man run from the store, heading
south, and never clearly saw the suspect's face, just a

Sue Normand posed two weeks ago for a story in The Islander on her fifth anniversary at Island Mail & More.
Islander Photo: Carrie Price

AME principal proactive

in shooting emergency

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
As soon as Anna Maria Elementary School prin-
cipal Tom Levengood was alerted that a shooting took
place within the city of Holmes Beach Wednesday, Dec.
5, and that the suspect was at large, he took action.
"I immediately called the Holmes Beach Police
Department," said Levengood. "I believe in being pro-
active - not reactive - as the care and safety of our
students comes first."
Levengood was instructed to proceed with a normal
school day and that "lockdown" procedures would not
be necessary because the suspect was known to have
headed south to Bradenton Beach and that police had
already contained the situation.
Levengood said he called the Manatee County
School District hotline to alert management of the day's
events and fielded numerous calls from concerned par-
ents. He sent out an automated voice call to all parents
to relieve any worries.
"I'm not one who will sit and wait, hoping nothing
happens," said Levengood.
In this case, there was no threat to the students on
campus, but should a dangerous situation ever arise,
there are lockdown procedures that will ensure every-
one's safety.

Levengood explained that a lockdown includes
bringing any students and faculty working in the por-
tables and adjacent buildings into the main building. All
exterior doors are locked and the school day proceeds
as normal within the confines of the main building.
If a Code Red emergency occurs - a threaten-
ing situation on school grounds - a more extensive
lockdown enactment involves drawing window blinds,
turning all lights off, and students are secured in safe
areas out of view with all classroom doors locked from
Levengood stated that new schools are outfitted
with a "Columbine Lock" on the classroom door, which
provide a high level of security for teachers and stu-
dents because the door is locked from the inside and
can only be opened with a key.
The Manatee County Sherrif's Office recently
visited AME and reviewed the school's emergency
plan. Levengood said each school has its own emer-
gency plan as well as backup safety plans in place
to ensure the safety of students both on-campus and
"Many parents call to inquire about our policies,"
said Levengood, "but for obvious reasons, the details
of our emergency plan are not something we care to

Henke also heard Sue Normand scream, "I've been
shot" and he saw her fall to the floor behind the counter.
"I rushed over to her," he said in a telephone
interview with The Islander. "She was screaming and
very upset and I said, 'Are you badly hurt?' She said,
Henke stepped over Normand to reach her tele-
phone. He called 911 and a dispatcher told Henke how
to best control the bleeding until emergency medical
personnel arrived.
"The 911 gentleman did a wonderful job," said
Henke, who recalled saying repeatedly, "Please, send
someone as soon as possible."
Normand remained conscious as Henke pressed
paper towels against her wound. Later, awaiting surgery
at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Normand
recalled Henke's life-saving aid.
The time between when Henke called 911 and
emergency medical technicians arrived was less than
four minutes, but the two inside Island Mail & More
said they were aware of all the seconds.
"I was worried," Henke said, but he also "felt like
as long as Sue was conscious she would be OK."
Henke remained on the scene of the shooting for an
hour afterward, talking with police investigators about
what he saw and heard.
He remembered an officer telling him, "Sir, you are
a lucky man. You could have been shot." Until then,
Henke said, he hadn't really had time to think about the
events of the morning.
"I was never afraid for me," he said. "I was afraid
for her."
Like Normand and the police, Henke left Island
Mail & More Dec. 5 not knowing of the gunman's
motive, if any. "I didn't think it was a robbery because
he didn't make any attempt to get any money at all,"
Henke said.
That afternoon, Henke telephoned his sister to talk
with her about his experience and then tried to relax.
The next day, as scheduled, he flew home to Ohio
- without the boxes for his holiday gifts, but with an
eagerness to talk with Sue Normand and know she's
"I think the thing that bothers me the most about
what happened is the randomness of the event and the
fact that in a place like Holmes Beach on Anna Maria
Island that can happen," Henke said. "If it can happen
there, it really can happen anywhere. I think that's
really sad."


Anna Maria City
Dec. 12, 11, 7 p.m. city commission meeting.
Dec. 13, 6 p.m., holiday gathering for city boards,
volunteers and staff.
Dec. 14, 2 p.m., bid opening for Phase I of the city's
drainage project.
Dec. 20, 5 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Phase I drainage project.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting - CAN-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Dec. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Dec. 17, 8:30 a.m., tourist development council meet-
ing, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 17, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 20, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach.

4 E DEC. 12, 2007 U THE ISLANDER

Shooting stuns Island

store, where she just celebrated a fifth anniversary of
shipping parcels, notarizing documents, making copies
and offering mail advice.
"I got to work and there were already some people
w ailting. this fella on a bench. I thought, 'The season is
starting early,'" she said, referring to the rush on mail-
ing Christmas packages.
Normand waited on a couple, Jerry Kirby and Mau-
reen Kirker, and, as she took care of them, she noticed
the man she had seen on the bench walk in, out and
back in the store.
After assisting the couple, Normand turned her atten-
tion to the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt.
"I knew I'd seen him before," she said.
The man placed a small box on the counter as
another customer, Bruce Henke, came in and stood by,
waiting. Normand said she noticed that there seemed
to be something loose in the box.
"It rattled," said Henke, an attorney from Colum-
bus, Ohio.
Henke said he heard Normand offer the man some
packaging - bubble wrap or peanuts to keep the item
inside secure. The man said no, just some stamps. Nor-
mand, in turn, asked his name and moved to enter his
information into her computer.
"He picked this box up," Normand said, adding that
she turned back to face him. "He pulled out a gun. And
he shot me. Just like that."
She remembered only one shot.
So did Henke, who had stepped away from the
counter to look around the shop.
"I truthfully only heard one 'pop,'" Henke said.
He turned and saw the man in the sweatshirt run
out the door and Normand fall to the floor behind the
"I couldn't move," Normand said.
"I screamed, 'Call 911!'" she added.
Henke rushed to Normand, stepped over her to
reach the phone and called the 911 emergency center.
With instruction from a dispatcher, Henke pressed
paper towels he found in the store on Normand's wound
in an effort to hold back the blood.
"I used a bunch of them," he remembered.
L\ c lybody showed up in a few minutes," Nor-
mand said.
But for both Normand and Henke, the wait - about
four minutes - seemed to pass slowly.
"I was very worried about her, but also heartened
by the fact that she was conscious the whole time,"
Henke said.

'It was craziness'
Most people in nearby shops and offices didn't hear
the gunfire. But witnesses in the parking lot, as well as
the Publix supermarket and neighboring condominiums,
reported hearing as many as seven gunshots, leading police
to believe that the suspect fired as he walked away.
"I didn't hear or see anything," said Dori Reynolds
of Dee's Boutique. "But then the police cars came. It
was craziness. One, two, three, in a row. And I thought,
'What in the world is going on here?'"
Quickly she learned that the "pop, pop, pop" that
others heard in the parking lot was gunfire and that her
friend had been shot.
Reynolds and Normand have known each other for
about three years. "She's a hard worker," Reynolds said.
Jackie Estes of Paradise Bagels was arriving to her
restaurant as the sirens sounded.
"They were bringing Sue out," she said, still shaken
by the events. "I just spoke to her yesterday afternoon.
We were talking about Christmas. She's a lovely lady
and it's a terrible shock."
Normand was conscious and later lightheartedly
recalled that she noticed HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson
on her way to the helicopter and matter-of-factly said,
As emergency personnel helped evacuate Normand
to Bayfront, law enforcement officers with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and Holmes Beach and Braden-
ton Beach police departments searched for a suspect
identified at that time as "Mark."
Residents in neighborhoods south of the plaza
received warnings that a man with a gun was on the
loose. The trolley service was halted. The school was
put on alert, but not on lockdown.
From an MCSO helicopter, the suspect was seen,
prompting officers to clear beach areas and block
accesses to the Gulf. Officers also set up a perimeter

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An technician videotapes evidence in the MCSO shooting of an armed man on the beach Dec. 5. The man
allegedly shot Island Mail & More owner Sue Normand. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

on the beach to corral the suspect.
At about 11 a.m., four MCSO deputies, one HBPD
officer, BBPD Chief Sam Speciale and a BBPD ser-
geant encountered the suspect on the beach behind the
Linger Longer condominiums, according to Manatee
County Sheriff Brad Stuebe.
Stuebe said police repeatedly told the suspect to
show his hands. He eventually removed them from his
pockets and showed a chrome gun, which initially was
pointed downward.
At some point Koenigs allegedly raised his gun,
swirled it, and then aimed the gun.
A probable cause affidavit in the case states, "The
defendant raised the handgun, as if to show the officers,
with them continuing to order him to drop the weapon.
The defendant swirled the handgun several times in his
hand, meanwhile the officers continued to order the
defendant to drop the weapon."
The report stated that Koenigs pointed the gun at
two deputies closest to him and the deputies fired their
own weapons.
Koenigs, who did not fire back, was hit three times
and fell on the sand not far from the water.
"I saw them run on the beach and heard three or
four shots," said Bill Shearon, of Linger Longer and a
former Bradenton Beach city commissioner.
Shearon's partner, Tjet Martin, also heard gunfire.
She was sitting on the deck facing the beach. "I heard
shots - no yelling, just shots - and started running
for the staircase," she said. "I didn't know what was
going on."
Steve Shannon, a server at the BeachHouse restau-
rant, witnessed the shooting from about 100 yards up
the beach.
"I saw first a helicopter came in and was circling
around. I saw a guy running. I saw the police officers
coming out of the sand dunes and I saw bullets hitting
the water," Shannon said. "Then the guy kind of fell
down.... Then a whole bunch of cops came."
Shannon, at his distance, said he saw something in
the suspect's hand, but he couldn't say what.
"It was kind of crazy," he said. "First I started to run
over towards it all. I didn't know what to think. Then I
decided that wasn't a good idea."
Koenigs was taken by a marine rescue ATV to an
ambulance on Gulf Drive that took him to a medical
transport that followed the helicopter carrying Normand
to Bayfront.
An MCSO news release stated that the two deputies
who shot Koenigs were placed on routine administra-
tive leave with pay and "at this time the shooting by
the deputies appears to be justified." An arrest report
on the incident identified the deputies as Angel Buxeda
and Dennis Mallardi.
After the shooting on the beach, technicians collected
evidence from the sand, photographed and videotaped
the scene and interviewed law enforcement officers.
Bystanders watched the process from outside the
yellow police tape on the beach. And a gathering of
news reporters and photographers tracked the action
from the edge of the scene.
At the store, HBPD officers collected more evi-
dence, including fingerprints from the door.

Healing, hoping

On Dec. 6, Normand underwent surgery to place a
plate in her shattered hip.
"There's damage to the hip but thankfully not to
any vital organs," said Normand, whose condition was
listed as "fair" by medical staff.
She seemed in pain, but in good humor. She seemed
tired, but concerned about being away from her busi-
ness, which her son Stephen planned to reopen.
Because of Normand's ICU status, hospital staff
kept get well flowers away from Normand's room and
fielded dozens of calls from friends as she recovered
after surgery.
A bouquet and scattered roses rested outside Nor-
mand's store. A greeting card was taped to the door
above a sign that read, "We love you Sue! Get Well.
Love, Islanders."
On the plaza sidewalk, people gathered throughout
Thursday and Friday to talk about the shooting and their
hopes for Normand's speedy recovery.
"I don't know her well, but I'm a customer and she
was always so nice to me so I wanted to bring flowers,"
said Lynn Owens, who left a pink rose.
Normand, who had worked as a real estate broker
and business consultant on the Island for years, first
opened the doors to Island Mail & More in time for the
2002 holiday season. The idea for the store came to her
one day as she was caught on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge during a "malfunction." She was trying to get
to the mainland to send an overnight letter. From the
urgent trip, Normand decided to go into the "mail and
more" business.
Last Thursday, a UPS driver arrived with a package
bound for Island Mail & More that would be taken back
to the warehouse, he said.
"Unbelievable," said Amy Hardwick as she passed
by on her way to Walgreens. "I never would have
thought something like that, so apparently random,
would happen. I just feel like I could cry."
Nicky Hoyt sat outside Paradise Bagels and read
about the shooting in a newspaper and shook his head.
"Some days I hate what this world has come to," he
said. "So, so mean."
At the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
prayers for Normand were shared.
"She's been a member for years," said chamber
president Mary Ann Brockman. "She's a hard worker,
a very hard worker. And she was in the running for
small business of the year.... We're keeping her in our
At Holmes Beach City Hall, and among govern-
ment officials from the Island to the county administra-
tion building in Bradenton, Normand was wished the
best and highly praised.
Before his election to the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission, John Monetti served with Normand on the
planning commission.
"She is one dedicated citizen to our community,"
Monetti said. "She certainly believes in community ser-
vice. The planning commission is an unpaid position
and truly in the spirit of community service. She does
things truly for the benefit of our city."

Facing charges
Koenigs, who also underwent surgery Dec. 6 at Bay-

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Shooting sends 2 to hospital
front, is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a .
firearm on a law enforcement officer in the case being
handled by MCSO. Manatee County Judge Robert Far-
rance ordered Koenigs held without bail on those charges i t .
because of the seriousness of the crime and a pending
bench warrant for his arrest in a prior incident. y,
HBPD, meanwhile, was handling the shooting of
Normand for which Koenigs faces an attempted murder
charge when he is discharged from the hospital, where
he is under 24-hour guard. Hospital officials declined
to release his condition following a request from the
sheriff's office.
The suspect's court record contains traffic citations
and a protection order requested by Ramona Brunner of
Bradenton. Brunner sought the order against Koenigs
earlier this year alleging repeat acts of violence and
harassment. Records specifically refer to a criminal
mischief incident in April when Koenigs allegedly E_
filled Brunner's outdoor fountain with soap, causing
suds to spill into her yard and damaging the fountain.
The order barred Koenigs from going within 100Ti,"
feet of Brunner's car and within 500 feet of her resi-IT'
dence in the 300 block of 39th Street Northeast, in the
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who said she had felt uneasy for the two years that condo rules that has resulted in a daily fine.
Koenigs has lived there. The condominium association brought a suit against The Islander's Bonner Joy and Molly McCartney
Several neighbors in Bradenton described him as Koenigs for back fees, with documents filed in court as contributed to this report.

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Head start: 12 days of

Island-style Christmas
In the holiday spirit, The Islander offers its 12 days
of an Anna Maria Island Christmas. The "12 days" in the
original song, with heavy religious symbolism, refers
to the days from the first day of Christmas, Dec. 25, to
the eve of the epiphany. But sing when you will:

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
a parrot in a palm tree.
On the second day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the third day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 10th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 11th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
11 dolphins diving,
10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 12th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me,
12 Islanders lounging,
11 dolphins diving,
10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
by Lisa Neff

Here's to many happy holidays from The Islander crew.

And for our friend, community

activist, business leader
Get well wishes hardly seen enough at this trying
time for Sue Normand, the victim last week of an appar-
ently random shooting at her business, Island Mail and
There's nothing any of us can do or could do to
change the tide of that event - but if wishing could
make it so ....
Sue should know that so many folks in the Island
community have her in their thoughts and prayers.
We know she'll do well in her recovery from the
surgery Dec. 6 to repair her shattered hip.
She has a daughter and son at her side and there's
little any of us can do to help her ... except to wish her
well and welcome her back home - hopefully soon.
For now, we have note cards that everyone and
anyone is welcome to sign at The Islander office.
Please, stop by to add your "well wishes."
Best wishes, Sue.


On flood insurance in Anna Maria
It is a really nice thing to hear that all the hard work
the city of Anna Maria has done paid off for us in lower
insurance rates. The decisions made regarding former
building official Kevin Donohue's recommendations
on what to implement or not because they took us too
far into violating individual private property rights
required thoughtful deliberation. The commission did
an excellent job of making the right choices. A lot of
citizen attendance at the meetings was welcomed by
Mayor Fran Barford and Anna Maria commissioners.
When we all work together, good things happen. I
couldn't be happier with the outcome.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria City

No putt-putt
Regarding the proposed miniature golf course on
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, the planning and
zoning board obviously has made a terrible decision.
Bridge Street is supposed to be "Historic Bridge Street."
How can a miniature golf course with all its tackiness,
bright lights, noise and traffic congestion possibly be
consistent with the entire concept of historic?
Bridge Street is a very small, tight area than can
hardly stand much more development, particularly
development that is shear honky-tonk and nothing but
a carnival atmosphere. Those of us who have been long-
time winter residents at the Magnolia Inn would have
the bright lights and noise at our back door. The very
idea is absolute nonsense and ill-advised. Who are these
people on the zoning and planning board? Have they no
consideration for the current residents in the area, the
winter-time visitors who add much to the atmosphere
and economy, and the quiet and appropriate businesses
that have been long-time tenants?
This is at best a group of people who have given
absolutely no thought to this ridiculous idea. We
strongly object to this intrusion and absolutely outra-
geous decision.
The miniature golf course must not be approved.
Ron Corso. Vienna. Va.

More on tipping servers
In response to Tony Cooper's opinion on tipping,
when I visit other countries or cultures or even other
parts of the United States, I make it a point to educate
myself before I visit so as to be respectful to the people
who live there. In other words, "when in Rome, do as the
Romans do." I suggest that Mr. Cooper be responsible
and find out what our customs are before he visits.
The waitresses and all business people do make a
better living when we have tourists here, but we do not
need tourists with that type of attitude. We have many
snowbirds and tourists who are grateful to have won-
derful waitresses and business people to make their stay
here wonderful and we are delighted they are here.
Mr. Cooper, I suggest you treat people the way you
want to be treated. My friends who visit here annually
from the United Kingdom don't have that attitude. Why
don't you stay home, Mr. Cooper? I don't think you will
be missed.
Sue Swanson, Holmes Beach

Many thanks to all the staff of The Islander for
the lovely and moving ceremony held at the butterfly
garden in Holmes Beach for our veterans. It is so kind
of you to make the effort to do this each year for the
war veterans of this area, and we are indeed grateful to
know that our efforts are still appreciated after all these
years since the great wars.
For the record, my name is Marjorie Kendall (Dawson
was my maiden name), and I was a member of the WRNS
(Women's Royal Naval Service); the initial"E" was added
so that we should be named WRENS.
Thank you all again for continuing to run this
memorial service on the Island. It is greatly appreci-
ated by the ex-service people and also by members of
the local community. It is a delightful service. I was
very honored that you should single me out for special
notice. As a reward, I promise I will try to be one of
those next year who "make brief remarks."
Marjorie Kendall, Holmes Beach

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 12, 2007 7 7

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While no Island city is in dire straights and looking
for a handout, officials from all three cities would like to
know the future of the money each has on deposit with
the Florida State Board of Administration.
On Nov. 30, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist temporarily
froze withdrawals from those accounts after nearly $16.6
billion was withdrawn in less than two weeks. The run
was prompted by a poor credit rating given to SBA invest-
ments in the volatile sub-prime mortgage market.
Crist and SBA officials met Dec. 5 to develop a
plan to halt the rash of withdrawals and came up with
a program that has Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford
"very concerned."
Barford told city commissioners at their Dec. 6
meeting that under the Crist-SBA plan, the city could
withdraw either 15 percent or $2 million, whichever
is the greater amount, from Pool A of its SBA funds.
For deposits in Pool B, the city can only withdraw a
maximum of 14 percent of its deposit.
As the city has $455,342 on deposit in its Pool A
account, it's "probable" that the city could withdraw
the entire amount, she said. However, Anna Maria has
$52,178 in Pool B, and could only take out up to $7,305
under the Crist plan. The funds are the city's reserve
While that may not be a lot of money for some large
city/county governments, "That's big money for us,"
said the mayor.
Barford said she, along with city treasurer Diane
Percycoe, will meet with officials of the various banks
that handle city business to determine options for the
best course of action. She' 11 provide recommendations
to the city commission at its Dec. 20 meeting.
"I won't do anything without city commission
approval," Barford pledged, adding that, as yet, she
had no official confirmation that the city could close

out its $455,342 account.
Holmes Beach city treasurer Rick

Ashley, how

ever, was of the opinion that his city could withdraw
all of the $1.863 million it has on deposit with the SBA
because it's under $2 million.
While access to cash has not yet become a "crisis"
for either Anna Maria or Holmes Beach, Barford said
there was some good news associated with the not-yet
panic attack.
Both she and Percycoe breathed a collective sigh of
relief when the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
Office assured them - and other taxing authorities
in the county - that property taxes collected are not
tied up in any SBA accounts. That means Anna Maria
and the other Island cities will be getting their revenue
checks as scheduled next year.
Although Barford expressed "concern," Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the money his city
has on deposit with the SBA is part of the city's reserve
funds and the city had no plans for any immediate use.
"I'm not too worried about the situation, but we are look-
ing at it closely and considering all the available options," he
said. "Those accounts pay a good rate of return. I don't want
to make any rash decision until we get all the facts."
Likewise, Anna Maria had no plans to use its
reserve fund, unless a hurricane were to wash away
the north end of the Island.
"It's reserve money we hadn't planned on spend-
ing," she said, but she and the mayor would like to know
something "official" so they can "look at all our options,"
Percycoe added.
Efforts to reach Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael
Pierce were unsuccessful, but that city has about $2
million on deposit with the SBA.
Not all local governments will escape the SBA
According to Manatee County finance director Jim
Seuffert, the county has $70 million deposited with the
SBA and about 6 percent of that money is in invest-
ments that have defaulted. Seuffert said he expects the
county to lose less than $1 million by the time all the
investments are sorted and investigated.

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8 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Anna Maria fire damage blamed on code violations
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Owners of the Anna Maria duplex where an acci-
dental fire broke out Nov. 16 have been charged by
the city with a number of code violations that contrib- .. ....
uted to the fire and the resulting $30,000 damage to the -
Frances Tunkel and Victoria Paul, owners of the
duplexes at 300 and 302 N. Shore Drive, were sent a
letter Nov. 28 by code enforcement officer Gerry Rath- L
von noting that a kitchen stove involved in the fire had "
no vent to the outside and was never permitted by the
city. Rathvon also said that one of the bedrooms in the "
same duplex had been installed without a permit and
that some of the duct work did not meet the building -----"
The fire, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m., -- -
has been ruled accidental by West Manatee Fire Rescue
District investigators.
But Tunkel and Paul already have an open code
violation case with the city from a previous inci- - -
dent, which Rathvon has now combined into one , .
Last summer, Rathvon sent owners Paul and Tunkel
a letter stating they were renting commercial storage
space at one of the units in violation of the city code. An accidental fire earlier this year caused about $30,000 in damages to this apartment in the 300 block of
Rathvon also observed in the letter that there were North .hi, ,, c Drive in Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
three units at 302 N. Shore Drive, where only two are
allowed by code.
As if those weren't enough problems, Rathvon
also cited Tunkel and Paul for having work done
at the property by an unlicensed contractor, work-
ing without a building permit and for violating the
Federal Emergency Management Agency's criteria
for work performed below FEMA' s base-flood eleva-
tion. -- --
The violations were to have been corrected by Aug.
15, said Rathvon, but to date, only the rental of the
garages to commercial customers has ceased, alleged
Because of the latest incident involving Tunkel
and Paul, Rathvon combined the cases to give the
owners until Dec. 18 to come into compliance on
all violations. If not resolved by that date, Rath-
von said she would present a case for violations
to the city's code enforcement board on Jan. 14,
Tunkel and Paul have to address and correct at least
seven code issues noted by Rathvon, and must have the A
work done by a licensed contractor.
If found guilty of just one code violation, Tunkel
and Paul could receive a fine of up to $250 per day for Jackie Logan stands with her two children in the apartment she had rented in the 300 block of North .hi,. ' c
a first violation. The maximum fine for a repeat offense Drive in Anna Maria. Logan recently reported problems with the duplex, which is under review by the Anna
is $500 per day. Maria code enforcement department.

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Islander attorney seeks fees in records suit

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The attorney for The Islander last week filed a
motion for the city of Bradenton Beach to pay the news-
paper's legal fees and court costs.
"We prevailed on the public records count," said
Islander attorney Kendra Presswood, who also is the
daughter of newspaper publisher Bonner Joy.
Presswood's motion, filed Dec. 5, asked the court to
award $59,448 in fees and costs. A hearing was sched-
uled for Jan. 8 at the courthouse in Bradenton.
The city also is expected to seek an award of fees
and court costs in the case, although Presswood said
that only The Islander is entitled to fees based on the
judges ruling.
Last month, Circuit Court Judge Peter Duben-
sky issued a ruling in the case that "grants in part and
denies in part" The Islander's claims against the city
in a public records suit.
Both parties declared a victory in the case, a dispute
over the city's operation under the state's public records
and Government-in-the-Sunshine laws.
The newspaper sued the city in April - naming
John Chappie, who was mayor at the time, as defendant
- seeking the release of records involving adminis-
trative leave orders for two employees, as well as the
investigation of the personnel matter and a public meet-
ing on the issue.
The suit stemmed from the city's handling of a
sexual harassment complaint filed by Gail Garneau, a
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer and build-
ing department staff member, against Ed McAdam, who
headed the city's building department. McAdam resigned
soon after he learned of the complaint against him.
Garneau made her complaint against McAdam in
late February, informing Chappie verbally and then
formalizing the complaint in an undated letter.
The complaint prompted Chappie to order an
investigation by city attorney Ricinda Perry. Meetings
ensued between Garneau, Perry and Chappie; meetings
between McAdam, Perry and Chappie; telephone calls
between Perry and city commissioners and an "emer-
gency" city commission meeting at which McAdam's
resignation was accepted on March 8.
The Islander filed the suit April 11 because, despite
the series of quick actions by the city in late February
and early March to respond to the sexual harassment
complaint, the public record was scant and there was
no public discussion on the matter or on the acceptance

of McAdam's resignation.
In August and September, Dubensky presided over
hearings on the newspaper's allegations.
On Nov. 5, Dubensky ruled on several claims in
the suit.
In one count, The Islander alleged the city violated
the public records law by withholding records related to
the sexual harassment complaint without citing a valid
reason or the legally required exemption to do so.
City officials withheld some records, claiming
through Perry in letters to Presswood that they could
not be released under the whistleblower protections.
The Islander said the whistleblower exemption
did not apply to the case, and Dubensky agreed, writ-
ing, "The city improperly relied upon Chapter 112 (the
whistleblower exemption) to withhold records from The
Dubensky found that it "is obvious" a memo dated
Feb. 23 was withheld from reporter Paul Roat, who
requested records March 7 and from Joy, who requested
records March 9. The memo was not turned over to the
newspaper for about three months. Dubenksy drew the
same conclusion in regards to two other documents.
He also observed that city officials did not claim a stat-
utory exemption for withholding records until March 20,
several weeks after the newspaper requested records.
Still, Dubensky wrote, "The Islander fails to show a
reasonable probability that the city's failure to promptly

cite a valid exemption for withholding documents will
continue in the future."
The judge's order also stated, "The court finds the
city demonstrated a prompt and diligent interest in
releasing records within a reasonable time, except for
the delay in responding to Roat's March 7 request."
Dubensky determined that records in Perry's pos-
session were not public records, but rather attorney
notes, and that Garneau's journal containing notes that
she read to Perry during the investigation were not a
public record.
In another claim, The Islander sought relief forc-
ing the city to comply with Florida's Sunshine Laws
and alleged that city officials circumvented the open
government laws to discuss Garneau's complaint and
that the mayor improperly assigned Perry the task of
investigating the sexual harassment complaint.
Dubensky wrote, "The court ... finds insufficient
evidence to support these claims."
The judge also stated that no public meeting was
required to reveal Garneau's complaint, that "Perry was
not required to conduct her preliminary investigation
before the public" and that the mayor did not use Perry
"as a liaison to communicate with the commissioners
outside of the sunshine."
Dubensky also issued an order sealing Perry's file
in the Garneau case in the event of future court proceed-
ings in the case.

Ring, ring, ring
the bell
The Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club
organizes ringing the
bell for the Salva-
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holiday season at the
Holmes Beach Publix
Super Market, where
Friday last week
Craig Osborne, assis-
tant manager of cus-
tomer service, center,
made a contribution to
ringers Marti Katter-
henry and Bill Katter-
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By Paul Roat
Miniature golf is coming to Bridge Street in Bra-
lenton Beach.
City commissioners last Thursday unanimously
approved a proposal by Jacob Spooner to put in an
18-hole putt-putt attraction adjacent to his business,
bridge Street Bazaar, at 117 Bridge St.
Architect Mike McCaleb described the course as
)eing designed in an "old Florida" style. It will feature
n old-style "ice house," water features on the course, a
)arrel-style water tower and even a rocking-chair porch
or patrons - or, perhaps more importantly, grandpar-
rnts - to relax while youngsters play.
"All the business owners on Bridge Street are for
t," Spooner told commissioners. "They believe it will
iraw some traffic. After growing up here, and working
it the Beach Bazaar since I've been 15, all I've heard
s that there isn't much to do on the Island after the sun
,oes down. This will look like a park."
The appearance of the miniature golf course was
i concern to many. Commissioner John Shaughnessy

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County's state lawmakers gathered Dec. 4
o consider a potluck of priorities for the 2008 legisla-
ive session.
From Mote Marine Laboratory's government con-
;ultant, David Shepp, there was a request for about
0325,000 to research the bull shark's territory and
breedingg habits and sawfish habitat along the coast and
n the Manatee and Braden rivers.
From Island real estate agent Dolly Young there
vas a request on behalf of the American Cancer Society
o increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.
And from Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
)erger, speaking as the president of the Manasota
-eague of Cities, there were numerous requests, includ-
ng that the Legislature:
* Encourage the creation of affordable housing by
authorizing and fully funding an affordable hous-
ng trust fund, repealing the cap on the trust fund and
turningg trust fund money to the local level.
* Provide property tax reform, including allowing
commerciall and working waterfront real property to be
axed at its current use rather than the "highest and best
* Reduce the number of state sales tax exemptions
md work to impose an Internet sales tax.
* Fully fund the Florida Department of Transporta-
ion's five-year work plan and provide flexibility in the
ise of the local option gas tax fund.
* Support federal and state funding assistance for
)each management projects and red tide research.

legislative aide Cheryl Ennis and Florida state Sen.
Vlike Bennett sit on a panel for the Manatee County
-tate legislative delegation's meeting in Bradenton
'ast week. Bennett is the chair of the delegation.

said there had been several e-mails to the city stating
that any type of carnival-type atmosphere did not fit
into the general ambiance of the old-Florida look of
the city and Island.
Spooner said he believed the miniature golf course
would benefit the Island. "I think it will draw families
here," he said.
Businessman Mike Rappaport suggested that
patrons of the park be issued wrist bands with the rules
printed on them - no rowdiness, no loud noise and the
Former Mayor Connie Drescher, who lives just
down the street at the Pines Trailer Park, said she
believes the course would be an addition to the city.
"I'm in favor of it," she said.
Commissioners agreed, and approved the planning
and zoning board's recommendation on the property,
including stipulations that parking on the south side of
the property, 12 spaces, would be allowed use by the
McCaleb said construction would begin soon.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger addresses
the Manatee County state legislative delegation
during a Dec. 4 meeting in Bradenton to discuss
priorities. Bohnenberger addressed the panel as the
president of the Manasota League of Cities. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff

* Pass a bill allowing the use of cameras at intersec-
tions to discourage the running of red lights.
* Reclassify the penalty for a second prostitution
conviction to a second-class felony when within 1,000
feet of a park, community center, school, childcare
facility or place of worship.
The mayor devoted the longest time to the afford-
able housing issue, emphasizing, "We all have to do
our part."
From non-profit groups representing children, fami-
lies and senior citizens, the lawmakers heard appeals for
funding. One of the larger requests was for $2 million in
grant funding to pay off the construction of the Meals
on Wheels PLUS senior enrichment center, where the
delegation meeting took place.
"I'd hate to see this building shut down," said Ellen
Campbell of Meals on Wheels PLUS.
The delegation, chaired by state Sen. Mike Bennett,
accepted most comments with nods and affirmations
such as, "You do exceptional work."
But the lawmakers - state Reps. Bill Galvano, Ron
Reagan, Frank Peterman Jr. and Keith Fitzgerald and
state Sens. Lisa Carlson, Arthenia Joyner and Bennett
- also reminded the speakers and their audience that
the state is approaching another tough budget year.

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Island mayors snubbed in mayors' food drive

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Call it lack of attention to detail, but an area charity
that boasts the sponsorship - and the name - of local
mayors failed to contact any of the three Island mayors
to join the program.
"Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program Inc." claims
it is a charity operating in Manatee and Sarasota coun-
ties and that government leaders and mayors in both
counties are "asking for your financial support" to pro-
vide food gift cards to the needy during the holiday
A flyer printed by the charity indicates that Braden-
ton Mayor Wayne Poston, Longboat Key Mayor Jeremy
Whatmough and Sarasota Mayor LouAnn Palmer,
among other local elected officials, have signed letters
endorsing the charity.
But Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger all claim they were
never contacted about endorsing the charity.
Barford said she gave a personal check to the char-
ity in early November, but the donation request came
to her not as the mayor but as a personal request. She
said that if she had been contacted for an endorsement,
she would have investigated the charity and made sure
it was a worthwhile organization for a public recom-
Mayors' Feed the Hungry chairman Joel Swallow
said it was an oversight on his part not to call any of
the Island mayors.
"There was no reason. I just forgot to contact the
mayors," he said.
Swallow said the charity has been operating since
1987 in the area and has raised more than $2 million
to buy food gift cards from Publix to distribute to the
needy during the holiday season. Last year, 13,000 food
gift cards were distributed.
"We' re an all-volunteer organization. The mayors

are the honorary chairpersons of the organization," said
Swallow, who said he would contact the three Island
mayors immediately to seek an endorsement.
Whatmough said Longboat Key participates in the
project every year and it's a worthwhile charity.
"I'm surprised they didn't contact any Island
mayor," he said.
Efforts to reach Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
With the resignation of longtime member Jim
Dunne, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
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The vote of confidence was made during the com-
mittee's monthly meeting Dec. 5 at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"I will certainly do my best," Molyneux said.
Molyneux has been an active and vocal member
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trees and planting more.
Molyneux also is active in the loosely organized
grassroots group Stop Taking Our Pines, which was
formed to try to protect Australian pines on the Island
and along the Palma Sola Causeway. The trees are
considered by the state as invasive exotics that crowd
out other plants and too easily topple in wind, but the
vocal STOP maintains that they provide shade and hold
together shorelines.
Dunne resigned from the committee to pursue a
degree in business administration and for personal

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As the committee encouraged Molyneux, members
thanked Dunne for his service.
"I think you' ve done a superb job," Molyneux told
I, too, want to thank chairman Dunne, who brought
this committee to where it is," said committee member
Kathy King. "Best of luck to you."
Also last week, the committee resumed a conversa-
tion on the best sites for three new shelters at trolley
stops, which the city commission budgeted for in fiscal
Molyneux suggested shelters be considered for
Palm and 74th Street, Gulf Drive and 48th Street, Palm
and 78th Street or Palm and 71st Street.
Committee members plan to review the sites and
then make a recommendation to the mayor.
The advisory group also welcomed a notice that
the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island plans to donate
a bench for one of the city's pocket parks.
Three Rotary members attended the meeting -
Dantia Gould, a committee member; David Zaccag-
nino, the city commission's liaison; and outgoing chair
Also on the agenda last week was the scheduling
of the committee's annual educational seminar. The
program usually takes place in February and covers a
single theme.
Committee members said they hope to present the
seminar in February, or, depending on speaker avail-
ability, March.
The theme will involve promoting an eco-friendly
approach to growing plants by focusing on best prac-
tices for irrigation and fertilization.
"Irrigation is a very vital subject," said committee
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restrictions in place.
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Grant committee eyes Pine Avenue dune walkover

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's transportation enhancement grant
committee discussed a number of possibilities for
scenic improvements at its Dec. 3 meeting, including
a dune walkover at Pine Avenue.
TEG committee chairperson and City Commis-
sioner Jo Ann Mattick said she'd like a walkover in that
location to provide disabled people with better access
to view an Anna Maria sunset.
"We don't have a really good location" for sunset
i %" in,'. Mattick maintained, and a walkover at Pine
Avenue seems like a natural location for handicapped
people to access the beach.
But committee member Rick DeFrank disagreed,
indicating he didn't think such a major project would
be appropriate for Pine Avenue.
Because Pine Avenue is a dead end at that location,
DeFrank believes traffic in the area would be a "night-
mare" with a walkover as an attraction. His choice for
a handicap-access walkover is Gulffront Park on Gulf
Mattick, however, said she believes the $358,000
grant the city will receive from the federal government
in three years is for beautification of only the city's
business district on Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, not
other areas. But the location isn't as important to Mat-
tick as getting a walkover, she said.
"I just want some plans for handicapped people to
be able to watch the sunsets," she said.
The committee also discussed possible improve-
ments at city hall that will be made after the stormwater
drainage improvements project is completed in about
18 months.
Among the possibilities discussed are repaving of
the parking lot along Pine Avenue from blacktop to
paver bricks or turfblock.
"I think it will look a lot more attractive" with turf-
block, contended Mattick. In addition, she believes sev-
eral handicap-accessible parking spaces could be added
to the overall parking at city hall.
Other potential improvements are to move the city's
sign noting the location of city hall to a more prominent
location on Pine Avenue.
Manon Lavoie of the Florida Department of Trans-
portation in Bartow agreed. "It's almost impossible to


recognized for

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District honored
Lt. John Tynski with the "Lifesaving Award" for his
off-duty actions at a motor vehicle accident.
Tynski helped save the life of an unconscious
patient, according to WMFR deputy chief Brett Pol-
WMFR has honored firefighter Mike Petrosino
with its "Rookie of the Year Award," firefighter John
Stump with the "Firefighter of the Year Award"
and Capt. Tom Sousa with the "Officer of the Year
Firefighters Bryan Mikolay and Chris O'Kelly
and financial assistant Julie Pritchard have been hon-
ored with "Length of Service" ribbons for their 10
years of service to the fire district.

Some members of Anna Maria's transportation enhancement grant committee are considering a walkover at
the west end of Pine Avenue to allow better access to the beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

see city hall from Gulf Drive. People can't even find
the main door from Gulf Drive," she contended.
The committee also considered relocating the news-
paper racks along Pine Avenue because of the pending
drainage plans. In fact, noted Mattick, the racks will
have to be moved during construction and the commit-
tee will need to find a new location for the racks once
drainage improvements at city hall are completed.
Another possibility for improvements is more trol-
ley shelters, but Mattick said that the Manatee County
Area Transit can fund those shelters from its own
budget, thus saving the committee from having to dip
into its grant money.

"The list is still not prioritized," Mattick empha-
sized. "It's just a list of suggestions in no particular
order. When we get everything on paper, then we'll
begin to discuss each idea in detail with the DOT and
prioritize the suggestions."
The committee was formed to identify and prioritize
specific plans and locations for "streetscaping" improve-
ments in the Pine Avenue-Gulf Drive business district
for the city's $358,000 transportation enhancement grant
that will be funded in the 2010-11 DOT budget.
The next committee meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17, at city hall. Meetings are open to the

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14 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Rotary Club casino night benefits camp

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island recently
contributed more than $10,000 to Rotary's Camp
Florida, a 70-year-old wooded camp for special needs
The money will help remodel the camp to maintain
compliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities
Act, according to camp director Robyn Lorimer.
The camp, on 18 acres in Brandon, serves hundreds
of children and young adults each year. Campers will
find air-conditioned cabins, bunk beds, a dining hall,
a junior Olympic-sized pool, a butterfly garden, a BB
gun range, a basketball court, canoes and kayaks, dock
fishing and a golfing range.
The Island club raised its $10,000 contribution
during its 2007 Extravaganza and Casino Night last
January. The club hopes to raise at least that much
money with its 2008 gala, which will take place Jan.
19 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
The Islander recently visited with Lorimer about
the camp and the role of clubs such as the Island-based
The Islander: How unique is Rotary's Camp Flor-
ida to the many other camps that exist in the Sunshine
Robyn Lorimer: Our camp has cement walkways to
all areas. Adapted lifetime sports and activities designed
just for special needs children and young adults. ... The
campus is small and friendly, set between two small
sparkling lakes in the center of Brandon. The Rotary
clubs of Florida have purchased and remodeled the
facilities to (be) ADA compliant, and every year sev-
eral clubs come up with a major donation.
The Islander: How many kids attend each year?
RL: In 2007, we will have had 20,230 camper
days. This is the number of campers times the number
of days. We have weeklong programs all summer and
almost all the weekends are filled for 2008. It was the
dream of the Rotary Club that has come true - to use
the camp year 'round.
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RL: Most of the campers come from Florida, but
during the winter and spring vacations we do have some
(people) from Canada, Michigan and other places, who
bring their kids down for camp.
The Islander: Is there a favorite Rotary's Camp
Florida activity?
RL: The clubs love to have fundraisers for camp,
and all who attend these get the feeling of camp and

Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, center, gets
instructions on Vegas-style gaming at last year 's
Extravaganza. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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Casino night on Jan. 19
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's annual
Extravaganza and Casino Night will take place at 6
p.m. Jan. 19, 2008, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive. Tickets are $65 per person.
For more information about the Island club or
Casino Night tickets, call Pam Schlueter at 941-

share in the fun as they collect money for this wonder-
ful project they all hold so dear.
The Islander: I understand the Anna Maria Rotary
Club provided more than $10,000 in funding from its
Casino Night for the camp and will provide funding
again with the 2008 gala. How is this money used?
RL: Anna Maria Island is my leadoff event for the
year. Their tone seems to set the pace for all the other
The Islander: How often do you feel like a kid at
RL: It only takes a millisecond of kids here to bring
me into the camp mode. In fact, I have a hard time leav-
ing the can-do camper attitude and friendship-building
skills practiced daily at camp behind, even at a serious
event. But I do my best to cover it up as needed.
The Islander: What's more popular - s'mores or
hot dogs - at a campfire?
RL: Are you kidding? S'mores have it hands

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Anna Maria

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to implement

stormwater fee
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Faced with a rapidly approaching deadline, Anna
Maria city commissioners at their Dec. 6 meeting
unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing Manatee
County Tax Collector Ken Burton to collect a storm-
water utility fee for the city.
But the when and how-much of the fee are still to
be determined.
The city had to get its resolution to Burton by Jan.
1, 2008, if it wants to start collecting the fee - called
ERU funds- in fiscal year 2008-09.
Mayor Fran Barford said the next step in the pro-
cess, which the city has been considering for the past
four years, is to have a study done on how much the
ERU should be, along with a number of other issues
associated with implementation of the fee and what
stormwater problems should be addressed first.
Commissioners also received a legislative update
from state Rep. Bill Galvano and learned that a major
issue facing the Florida Legislature is still property
insurance along the coast. A number of leading carriers
have canceled their Florida policies and Galvano and
others are working feverishly to bring new companies
to the state that will issue policies in the coastal high-
hazard zones.
That's an issue that Commission Chairman John
Quam identifies with. His property insurance was can-
celed and, despite considerable effort, he could only
locate one company that would issue a policy.
"Your story is not unique," said Galvano, who noted
that many sections of the Island are not covered by the
state's low-cost insurance plan of last resort, but, in
Sarasota, the coverage area extends from the beaches to
Interstate 75. "It's politically driven," Galvano said.
In speaking to the choir, Galvano said the Legisla-
ture plans another round of "belt-tightening" when it
prepares the 2008-09 state budget.
In other city business, commissioners granted a
special event permit to Ginny's and Jane E's at the old
IGA on Gulf Drive for a flea market on Jan. 1, 2008,
but were reluctant to grant the business a blanket permit
to hold a similar event every month.
Barford said the business had wanted a permit for
a flea market each month for the next six months, but
she said she wanted to see if January's event raised any
problems before considering further use.
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Federal funds have been awarded to Bradenton
Beach through the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion to update the city's scenic highway corridor man-
agement plan.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, pushed
for the $31,160 federal grant.
"Bradenton Beach is a popular tourist destination
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the 'old Florida' feel that makes it so special."

State Rep. Bill Galvano met with the Anna Maria
City Commission Dec. 6 to give a legislative update
to commissioners on matters affecting the city and
Manatee County. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the special event process and suggested commissioners
revisit the issue in six months to determine if other busi-
nesses or groups would seek numerous special event
permits for the same type of event.
Commissioners also gave public works director
George McKay the go-ahead for a computer program
that will keep track of all city maintenance programs,
including vehicles, projects, road paving, etc. The pro-
gram can also be used to help the city prepare its annual
budget and should be fully operational in four to five
months, McKay said.
After a start-up cost of $1,380, it will cost the
city just $40 per month to maintain the program, he
Money to pay for the program will come from
McKay's budgeted education fund.
Barford and the commission agreed the plan was
"cost attractive," and would be a great asset for a new
public works director, quickly noting that at this time,
McKay has no plans to retire.
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$70,000 from Roof USA as the negotiated settlement
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AMICCO offers holiday concert Dec. 16

The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will present a Christmas concert at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16, at Crosspointe Fellowship in Holmes
The second concert of the season will open with
Haydn's "Symphony No. 27 in G major," followed by
"Christmas Day" by Holst, "While All Things Were in
Quiet Silence" by Willan, "Sir Christemas" by Mathias,
"Angels' Carol" by Rutter, "The Infant King" by Willcocks
and "Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33" by Saint Saens.
Nicholas Gutsche will perform a cello solo during

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tee Community College, he was a finalist in the 2006
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He is a 17-year-old senior at Riverview High School,
where he plays both bass trombone and euphonium in
the Riverview Kiltie Band.

Additional pieces to be performed include "Hodie"
("This Day"), a Christmas cantata for solo soprano,
tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra. Sara Peeples,
soprano; David Kesler, tenor; and Munroe Olson, bari-
tone; will be featured performers during this offering.
Alfred Gershfeld is artistic director and princi-
pal conductor of AMICCO. Dr. Jon K. Magendanz is
assistant conductor and Daniel A. Hoffman is chorus
For more information and tickets call 941-778-

Counter Clockwise with Chuck Caudill will perform a ( h i i ,,,, concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Dara Caudill

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Santa Claus waves during the Anna Maria Island Privateers parade Dec. 8.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy and Lisa Neff

Mrs. Claus paraded in a golf cart with an elfin chauffeur
courtesy of Whitney Bank.

The Privateers were all smiles in their parade from tip to tip of AMI.

Santa Claus visits with kids aboard the Anna Maria Island Privateers' boat-float
at Coquina Beach Dec. 8. Santa's visit to the park, where he presented dozens of
children with gifts and added to his big list for Dec. 25, came at the conclusion of
the AMIP ( i, i, miu, Parade.

Holmes Beach City Commissioners Pat Morton, left, David Zaccagnino and John
Monetti toss beads to the parade crowd.

"Hey dude!" someone shouted from the crowd at the "circle" on Gulf Drive on
Bradenton Beach to Santa as he passed by in his sleigh.

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Field of art: Winterfest draws artists, shoppers

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Artists and artisans showcased their talent last
weekend in Holmes Beach, where the Winterfest fine
arts and crafts festival took place.
More than 100 local, regional and national artists
set up displays under canopies on the grass near Holmes
Beach City Hall on Marina Drive.
Festivalgoers browsed the booths, some of them
looking for holiday gifts, some of them looking for
me-gifts and some of them just looking.
"I think of the art fairs in the area this is prob-
ably my favorite," said Kathy Arbiter of Bradenton. "I
can come out and do some really wonderful Christmas
shopping and have a beautiful day at the beach, too."
The two-day, 20-year-old festival presented by
the Anna Maria Island Art League featured paintings,
glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, photogra-
phy, wood and more.
Katherine Michael, a self-taught folk artist, show-
cased her work at Springfest, also held in Holmes
Beach, earlier this year. She returned for Winterfest
because she did so well.
"This is my first year as a full-time artist," she said
as she readied her booth for the crowd. "And I had the
best show ever last spring at Springfest."
Many attendees arrived for Winterfest's opening
Dec. 8, which coincided conveniently with the Anna
Maria Island Privateer's Christmas Parade. The parade,
which began at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, ran past
the festival grounds en route to Coquina Beach.
New to the 2007 Winterfest was a "Young at Art"
exhibit of children's work. The event also featured the
traditional raffle of more than 70 pieces donated by
participating artists and crafters, educational displays
by non-profit groups such as the Cortez and Anna Maria
Island historical societies and music by Cajun and blue-
grass bands.
Awards in the juried show went to Jay Canterbury, a
best in show for two-dimensional art and Linda Molto, a
first place in 2-D; Jim Smith, a best in show for 3-D art
and Tracy Womack, a first-place in 3-D. Second-place
wards also were presented to artists in each category.

Art in the park
Judges Laura Avery and .9hn i Hill take a look at the work in Bonnie Elvidge's booth Dec. 8 at Winterfest, one
of two annual outdoor art festivals presented by the Anna Maria Island Art League in Holmes Beach. The two-
day event drew dozens of artists and hundreds of appreciative collectors. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

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The Anna Maria String Band entertains at Winterfest.

Katherine Michael of Tampa attaches a price tag to a painting from her Anna Maria Island/Cortez series. The
largest in the collection is "See-food," a portrait of a girl, on the beach, having a bite to eat.

Pam McMillen, a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League, helps patrons with raffle tickets
in the Winterfest hospitality booth.

Shoppers browse at Winterfest Dec. 8 in Holmes Beach.

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Santa Claus and Cody Johnson, 12, have a heart-to-heart. Santa collected Islanders'wishes on his
list Dec. 7 during the holiday open house in downtown Holmes Beach. The man in red visited with
children at the Island .ii , 1iii Center at Marina and Gulf drives. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Essence of Time's table draws nibblers during the holiday open
house in downtown Holmes Beach Dec. 7.

Cub Scout Collin Hicks, 6, takes a break from selling poinset-
tias - $7 a plant to benefit the Scout Pack 7 on the Island - to
catch some soap flurries in the parking lot of the Island Shop-
ping Center. The poinsettias will remain for sale as the holidays
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Ralph Bassett of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club rings a bell to raise money for the Salvation
Army during the holiday open house in Holmes Beach Dec. 7. The bell-ringer brought the red kettle
to the party from its usual holiday post at the Island Publix.

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Artist celebrates season of dealing, merrymaking

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
'Tis the hectic season, but one of glad tidings, good
will and great art for Linda Molto.
Two of the Cortez artist's busier weeks of the year
fall in December. Catching up with her on a recent
Tuesday, Molto was preparing to exhibit her work
in the Winterfest fine arts show and the "Where's
Woody" yard sale, as well as lining up artists for the
annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, cook-
ing for the annual FISH potluck dinner, awaiting the
arrival of innumerable house guests and putting the
finishing touches on homemade holiday cards.
Molto's old wooden home on this afternoon was
scented with garlic and it was cool, with the windows
opened and a breeze coming in from the bay.
"I don't turn on the heat until it gets down to 40,"
said Molto. She's a Canadian by birthright and some
sentimentality - the influences can be occasionally
heard in her speech, detected in her politics and seen
in her prints.
"I think like a Canadian," Molto said. \ ly sensibil-
ity is Canadian. That's a little hard to define."
Molto has held on to
her Canadian citizenship,
but she recently initiated
the process of obtaining
U.S. citizenship, moti-
vated in part because she
wants to vote for Demo-
cratic presidential candi-
date Barack Obama.
And her heart has
been in Florida for years.
Molto once wrote to the
late Gov. Lawton Chiles
that she wasn't born in
Florida, but she's a born
"I think I decided when
I was 14 that I was leav-
ing," she said of her even-
tual move from Toronto to
the Sunshine State. . .-
After leaving Canada, .-
Molto spent some time
with an ad agency in St.
Petersburg and lived in " .
Orlando before finding
her spot in Cortez 24 years
ago. She also roamed Artist Linda Molto in the st
around the country in the
mid- 1970s, living in an Airstream trailer and attending
art shows with an artist husband whom she has since
The fairs, Molto said, "were wonderful back then,
so free-form."
The experience led Molto to begin creating her own
work. "I started thinking, 'You know, I'd like to do
this.' I started doing some prints - different from what
I do now. They were all people and monochromatic. I
was doing photo silkscreen, which I really didn't enjoy.
And I wanted to work in color."
From Orlando, Molto found Cortez. She and her

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Looking for that special something on your
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urday, Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the annual
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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more infor-
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now ex-husband were selling their house and moving
apart and away. Checking out the Gulf coast, Molto was
charmed by Bradenton Beach and thought she might
be happy living on the Island. Then she saw Cortez. It
was love at first sight.
"I drove into town," Molto remembered. "It was
August and just a different feeling, like you stepped into
another world. It was so peaceful. Kids were selling
mangos.... This is where I wanted to be."
And where she ended up.
Her well-shaded home is near the end of 124th
Street, with the U.S. Coast Guard building and the A.P

studio behind her home in the fishing village of Cortez. Island

Bell Fish Co. operation in sight from the front yard.
Inside, a couple of cats meandered about, looking
for something to get into, and a third lounged regally
on a bed in one of two bedrooms.
Molto sat on her porch, which also serves as her
gallery. Prints are matted and stored at an angle for
browsing. She no longer works in monochrome and
most prints do not feature people.
She still works with silkscreens or serigraphs to
make her prints. She begins with an idea that becomes a
dim" in.', which is adapted to a stencil. Then begins the
slow and somewhat strenuous process of stenciling one

color at a time on the prints. "You go from the lightest
light to the darkest dark," Molto explained.
Because the process is by hand, each print is dif-
ferent, unique for its own colors and amounts of ink.
Molto said the ideas for her pieces come to her in a
variety of ways. Something might catch her eye or ear
or imagination. She might read and hook onto a phrase
or a title.
"I like to zero in - abstract big things into small,"
she said.
Molto works in a cottage - with freshly painted
white walls - behind the house. The studio contains
some amenities - a bath, a television set and a stereo,
usually playing the local National Public Radio station,
"I love printing. I love the studio. I call it the bunk-
house because I sleep out there a lot."
Molto makes most of her prints during the summer
because the winter season is busy with shows and other
duties. "In the summer, I'm in the studio seven days a week,
sometimes till 9 at night and I start early," she said.
On Dec. 8-9, art enthusiasts saw Molto's work at
Winterfest, during which she also offered her home as
a sort of artist hostel to visiting exhibitors.
Those who missed
Winterfest - or didn't take

Where's Woody" yard sale
. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 15.
The event got its
. name because the sale used
to take place at the home
I of sculptor Woody Candish
in Anna Maria. Permitting
hassles required the sale's
4 relocation, and on learning of
S- Candish's dilemma, the art-
ists were invited to sell at The
RI MoIslander newspaper office,
S . _ 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
SBeach, and the sidewalks of
the Island Shopping Center.
S . Like the big box dis-
S count stores, during Decem-
S ber the artists mark down
& their work for art collectors
seeking treasures and bar-
er Photo: Lisa Neff gain hunters seeking a good
Molto gets the con-
cept. She sells low. And she hopes to sell a lot.
"I have a lot of older prints that I haven't sold,"
Molto said. "I do a print not because I want to sell it
but because I want to do a print. So I have so much in
Molto can sell her work at a discount because prints
will not be matted or framed - and some may have "a
little mark on them."
"It's kind of a clean out for me," she said. "I do it
every year. And it's a lot of fun. We really do have a
great time."

Parent.Teacher Organization introduces 'Project AME Elves'

The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization has launched a new endeavor called "Proj-
ect AME Elves" for the holiday season. This project, says
AME PTO president Joy Murphy, is an effort to spread
a little holiday cheer and help out families in need.
At the same time, she said, "We are providing our
children with an example of community and generos-
The PTO has selected the VanHorn family of Bra-
denton as its first recipient of Project AME Elves.
"The VanHorns have a special connection to our
school," said Murphy. "Becky VanHorn is the daughter
of AME custodian Shirley Beard."
According to Murphy, Beard's daughter has been
diagnosed with cancer and recently underwent exten-
sive surgery. She is currently in chemotherapy treat-
ment and will be unable to work for the next year.
Becky and husband Mike have two children,
8-year-old Kyia and 4-year-old Kristen.
"The family's out-of-pocket expenses for Becky's
medical treatment has been .L._','." said Murphy.

"They need our help this year to provide the family with
Christmas gifts and food."
PTO members have created a giving tree decorated
with gift tags for items on the family's holiday wish
list. The tree is located in the lobby of the school and
everyone is invited stop by and select a gift tag and

Thinking about a run?
Training sessions are under way for students inter-
ested in participating in the Parent-Teacher Organization's
second annual Dolphin Dash, a 5-kilometer run and 1-mile
walk scheduled to take place Saturday, Jan. 19.
Students who want to run the race must first com-
plete 12 training miles and, to help them complete this
task, the PTO has organized training sessions, 8 to 8:30
a.m., on Wednesday and Thursday mornings on the
school field.
Students are to bring their PTO-issued dolphin dash
training log to record practice miles. Students who log

purchase that item for the family.
The PTO asks that gift donations be wrapped and
the original tag attached and returned to the school by
Dec. 19.
For more information, call Murphy at 941-730-

12 miles of running or walking on his/her training sheet
prior to the race, will receive a pair of dolphin dash
shoelaces. Training can also be completed at home.
The Dolphin Dash is open to all age groups, includ-
ing adults. Entry forms are available at the AME admin-
istrative office online at, click on
Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for
children under 16.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For
more event information, call Becky Walter at 941-320-

Training time for AME dolphin dash



Wednesday, Dec. 12
Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club celebrates the holidays with a
musical program and a luncheon at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
1 p.m. - The Island Library Book Club meets at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Thursday, Dec. 13
11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce holds a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec.13, at The Sun
House, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.
6:30p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron presents a class
on charts at the squadron building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-714-0449.

Friday, Dec. 14
5p.m. - The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive,
Longboat Key, hosts a reception to welcome a new director, Jane Buchman.
Information: 941-383-2345.

Saturday, Dec. 15
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a
program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The guest speaker is Bob LaMastro, a
club member who recently visited Normandy Beach in France. Information:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The Islander hosts the annual "Where's Woody"
yard sale at the Island Shopping Center and the newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
10 a.m. - DeSoto National Memorial, located at the end of 75th
Street in Bradenton, hosts Camp Uzita, a series of demonstrations about
the DeSoto expedition. The event kicks off the 34th season of the program.
Information: 941-792-0458.
1 p.m. and7p.m. - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bra-
denton, hosts "RockAround the Christmas Tree" performed by the Manatee
Players. Information: 941-746-4131 or visit
6:30 p.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, hosts the annual Bethlehem Walk in Anna Maria. Information:

Sunday, Dec. 16
2 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Musical selections include work by Joseph Hadyn, Alexandre
Guilmant and Saint-Saens. Information: 941-778-8585.

Monday, Dec. 17
6:30 p.m. - "Scrap Happy" takes place for scrapbooking enthusiasts

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at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Dec.18
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. A club assembly will take place. Information: 941-778-1880.

* The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work of pho-
tographer Nikita Kavoukles in December. Information: 941-778-1906.
* The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays through
Saturday, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center
also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.
* The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed
persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post
24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Information:
* On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1813.
* The Village of the Arts - located between Ninth and 14th streets west
and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton - holds art walks on the first
Friday and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-747-8056.
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary Flotilla 82 holds a "GPS for Mariners Course" at 10 a.m. at the Mote
Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
* On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 82 hosts a basic "America's Boating Course" in the Buchanan Room
at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Coming up:
* The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event
consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available in the
school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10
for children under 16. Information: 941-778-5525.
* On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 2008
Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-7517.
* On Jan. 26, a Household Hazardous Waste/E-Scrap Collection takes
place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coquina Beach. Information: 941-316-1988.
* On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.

Save the date:
* On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library holds the annual Friends Book
Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.
* On Feb. 7, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts a jazz fest
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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Information: 941-778-0492.
* On Feb. 8, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden - the
Butterfly Bash - takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
* On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts
an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
* On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual
auction and dinner - an Affaire to Remember - at the Center. Information:
* On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage
Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-

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The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday
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The Islander can announce the event.

Happy birthday, Frankie!
Frank Almeda celebrated his 86th birthday with a little
cake on his face and with friends and members of the
"Pier Regulars" at the Rod & Reel Pier last week. He
welcomes everyone, regulars or no, to the Anna Maria
City Pier at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15,for a Pier Regu-
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Mrs. Nicol was active at Roser Memorial Com-
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Stephen Minister.
Memorial services were held at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church in Tomah, Wis.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert S.;
four children; and sister Orlou Daniels of Janesville, Wis.

Virginia I. Owen
Virginia I. Owen died Sept. 25.
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Constanza Bryant has a miniature black poodle.
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south Bradenton Beach.
The problem is that the trail is on Cortez and
Coquina beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Dogs aren't
allowed on the beach, and lifeguards have told her the
dog and the path don't mix.
She's not pleased, and hopes to get a change
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than 90 people supporting allowing dogs on the
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mission last Thursday for their support. No action was
taken by the commission.
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versial issue on the Island in the past. A proposal to
create a dog park in Anna Maria's Bayfront Park several
years ago drew a rash of comments, both pro and con,
by residents and visitors.
There was also some talk several years ago about
creating a dog park at Coquina Beach bayside, but noth-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 23, 2412 Gulf Drive, Club Bamboo, burglary. The
complainant said two television sets were taken from the
resort. Employees were suspected, and further investigation
will ensue.
Nov. 28, 1800 Gulf Drive S. Coquina Beach, trespass.
Marine rescue personnel notified officers of a man exposing
himself at the beach. The suspect was located and issued a
trespass warning.
Nov. 28, 2500 block Avenue B, burglary. The complain-
ant said that someone gained entry to his vacant rental prop-
erty. Nothing appeared to have been taken, but a can was left
on a counter.
Dec. 1,200 Bridge St., Rotten Ralph's Restaurant, theft.
The complainant said that someone took his scooter, valued
at more than $300, from the front of the restaurant.
Dec. 1, 100 12th Street, criminal mischief. The com-
plainant said that someone had vandalized her car, scratching
it with keys.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 29. 3200 block Sixth Avenue, driver's license,
drugs. Officers observed a driver operating a vehicle in an
reckless manner, according to the report, and stopped it. A
check on the record of the driver, Lorien S. Proudy, 27, of
Holmes Beach, revealed her license was suspended. A search
of her vehicle revealed drugs and a club. She was arrested.
Nov. 30, 600 block Ivanhoe Lane, code violation. An
anonymous complainant said that water was flowing into the
canal. Upon investigation, officers determined that a pool was
being drained into the canal. The general contractor on the
site was instructed to shut down the operation conducted by
a pool company, which stated it would correct the problem.
Dec. 1, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, drugs. Offi-
cers observed people behind the bar apparently smoking
marijuana, according to the report. Upon approaching
them, the man holding the apparent drugs remained while
the other three fled into the bar. After tests of the pipe and
leafy material contained in a plastic bag, Matthew Stewart
Smith, 27, of Bradenton, was charged with possession
of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and issued a trespass
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Robber grabs purse at museum

By Mike Quinn publisher
An elderly woman on the steps of the newly
renovated 1912 Cortez schoolhouse in Cortez had her
purse snatched from her by a brazen robber who sped
away in a late-model sports car.
The incident happened at 3:35 p.m. Saturday at
the grand opening of the Maritime Museum, which is
housed at the schoolhouse, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
Merial Iligoknar, 78, of Cortez, was leaving the
museum opening, traversing the steps at the front entry
to building. According to the incident report from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office, "suspect ran up to
the victim and ripped the purse off the shoulder of Ili-
goknar, nearly knocking her down."
The purse-snatcher then ran a short distance toward

Trial date set in

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A man charged in the shooting of an off-duty
Holmes Beach police officer is scheduled for trial
Dec. 17.
James Perkins was arrested and charged with
attempted second-degree murder soon after the April
4 incident in east Manatee County that left off-duty
Holmes Beach police officer James Cumston suf-
fering from a minor bullet fragment wound.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office maintains
that Perkins and another man were involved in an
attempted burglary next door to Cumston's east
Manatee home. Cumston interrupted the burglary

Dec. 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft.
The complainant said that someone had taken his rented bike,
valued at $200, from the beach.
Dec. 2, 100 block 51st Street, burglary. While investi-
gating another call, officers responded to the complainant,
who said that someone broke into his residence through a
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The vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on
Cortez Road.
Iligoknar was reported to have cash and credit cards
in her purse.
Roger Allen of the museum said there were several
witnesses, and that one pair tried to follow the robber
but couldn't catch up to the speeding car.
The robber is described as a white male, 25-30
years old, with light-color hair and a muscular build.
Anyone with any information about this case is
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pers of Manatee County at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477).
Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line will remain
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Dec. 2,500 block 59th Street, domestic. The complain-
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boyfriend had struck her and locked her and her son out of
their house. When she climbed through a window, he again
struck her. He admitted to striking her, according to the
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officer shooting
and a car chase began. Cumston, in a Chevy Trail-
blazer, followed the suspects in a Dodge Neon.
In the 3500 block of 27th Street Court East, the
suspects began firing guns at Cumston. They fired
again near the intersection of 27th Street East and
36th Avenue East.
In the 3200 block of 27th Street East, the sus-
pects fired again at Cumston, who fired back.
The sheriff's office said Cumston lost the sus-
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Manatee action stalled, plus ya gotta love cane juice

Threatened to be off.
On again.
The poor manatee has had a rough time in the past
few years, both in the water and in the bureaucracy of
the state of Florida.
Sea cow census numbers have either been increas-
ing or decreasing, depending on whether you listen to
boating enthusiasts or environmentalists.
The results of those numbers have resulted in a
push for a change in the endangered-species status for
manatees from "endangered" to "threatened" by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The change was heralded as a good thing by boaters,
bad by environmentalists.
Last week, the commission decided - again - to
stall any change.
FWC board members sent the whole matter back
to its staff for further review.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, part of the
impetus for the delay was some 26,000 e-mails the
FWC received about the matter.
One FWC commissioner stated it pretty well when
he said that the whole classification category-listing
system should be changed to one: "creatures that we
are concerned about."
Gov. Charlie Crist played into the FWC stall, stating
earlier last week that he thought the matter should receive
further study. FWC board members apparently agreed.
A report is scheduled in February 2008 on the time-
line for the next report.

'Arborcide' in Nevada?
This is news that is too weird.
Some guy outside of Las Vegas was arrested and
has been convicted of cutting down some 500 trees
because, apparently, the trees blocked his view.
According to police and the Los Angeles Times, the
guy would skulk out in the middle of the night, armed
with a saw, and cut down trees that blocked his sight
view of some mountains and the Vegas strip. Damage
to the trees was estimated at more than $250,000.
It was called "arborcide" by a Nevada prosecutor,
who successfully put the 60-year-old guy in jail. A jury
agreed, and he's sitting there without possibility of bail
while appeal proceedings progress.
His wife described him as a caring man who was
unduly prosecuted due to his being out of the state for
many of the alleged acts.

Got rum?
There is always some interest in rum for Floridians. It's
made from sugar cane - which we've got a lot of - and is
becoming more and more popular as an adult beverage.
Had a mojito of late? You've missed a treat.
The Caribbean Islands have latched onto this tasty
treat and are marketing some stuff that's definitely top-
shelf quality.
Martinique - the island, not the local condo - is
producing some excellent rums to meet the demand,
which has apparently grown by something like 32 per-
cent in the past year. There are 1,500 rums out there,

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And it's mostly top-shelf stuff. Thank goodness.
Buddies used to come back from sailing trips to
Cuba with the local brand, which I'll refrain from
Yep, it was alcohol.
Yep, it was dirt cheap down there.
Yep, it gave you a buzz.
Yep, it would keep your kerosene heater glowing
in winter.
Nope, it didn't taste all that good.
I was at a rum tasting a few years ago where a
"premium" rum was offered.
Yep, it was alcohol.
Nope, it wasn't dirt cheap.
Nope, it didn't taste that great.
Yep, it gave you a buzz.
Perhaps rum drinkers should avoid the premium
stuff, and the rot-gut stuff, and stick to the mid-range
But isn't that always the case?

Squeeze that cane
Speaking of sugar cane, there was a delightful
experience had by all Saturday in Lithia, Fla., of all
Joe Chiles kindly invited us to his friends Pat and
Hank Vernum's ranch in the northeastern part of Mana-

tee County for their annual cane squeezing party.
Here's how it works. You cut down the sugar cane,
feed the stalks into this Rube Goldberg-looking con-
traption, which mashes it all and the juice flows out.
Collect the juice - gallons and gallons - and then
put it in a specially designed vat over an oak fire, and
cook for two or three hours.
The cane juice has to be constantly watched and
the "scum" dipped from the pot for the entire cooking
time. I saw at least two people at a time doing the scum-
The result of all this effort, and it did appear to be
an effort, was some of the most wonderful syrup I've
ever tasted.
Cane syrup is a bit richer and much darker than
maple, with a flavor all its own. It's something this
Island-raised kid has never had nor tried, but will
devour from now on thanks to Joe and the Vernums.

Sandscript factoid
You may have heard this before, but there are some
questions about manatee census numbers.
The resulting number of manatees, counted in Janu-
ary every year, vary widely. We're talking huge discrep-
ancies, like from 1,100 one year to 3,600 the next, then
to 2,500 the following year.
It's a counting and viewing matter. Most of the
counts are done from airplanes. If there is a glare of
sunlight from the water, a spotter could miss a few pods
and the census could drop.
If a counter is something of a novice, logs and other
floating debris in the water could be called a manatee,
and the census could rise.
But whatever the number that will come out next
month, figure there is something like 3,600 or so sea
cows off Florida's coasts right now.
And figure that boaters keep running over them
with reckless abandon in increasing numbers.
Jeez, slow down, wouldya?

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All reds all the time in bays; grouper in Gulf

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Redfish action in the backwater continues to be
strong and probably the best bet for inshore anglers.
What with snook and trout out of season, go for the
reds right now. Flounder are also starting to be caught,
as are some sheepshead.
Offshore action for grouper is superb, although
most catches are running to gags rather than reds.
There are also some scamp, cobia and snapper being
I've been having a problem with dolphin n_',_ in _
my catches in Tampa Bay of late.' Fish on,' then just as
quickly we see dolphin on the fish. I had to move three
times on one charter last week, only to have the same
problem each place. I've never had this happen in 30
years of fishing. Go figure.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters said
his week has been spent fishing for redfish and grou-
per. "Inshore, I have been finding redfish around docks
and potholes," he said. "A quiet approach is the key to
hooking them." There are also a lot of catch-and-release
trout, ladyfish and mackerel in the deep seagrass beds.
Offshore, he's finding grouper to be very active. While
fishing with Islander Kurt Janisch we nailed many gag
grouper, scamp and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Thorn Smith out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said he's been catching redfish, catch-
and-release trout and some small catch-and-release
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish are the
inshore catch right now. Grouper fishing in the Gulf
is excellent, with gags better than reds and the catch
coming from the 50-foot depths about 12 miles out
from the Island. Kingfish are still around, although only
in the 7- to 12-pound range, with one boat reporting a
12-fish catch one day.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said redfish are
starting to show up around the pilings. Fishers there are
also catching a few mackerel, some small mangrove

Going away redfish catch
Islander Amanda Karge caught an 8-pound redfish while fishing with her family with Capt. Mark Howard
aboard Sumotime Charters. Her father, Les Karge and wife Mystie, were in town to visit with Amanda before he

had to report for his third tour of duty in Iraq.

snapper and some small redfish. "It's a mixed bag,"
Bob said, "but the fish are mostly small."
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
flounder, mackerel and sheepshead are the best catches
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said

Shark attack
Anna Maria Elementary student ( hi i, Gunn caught five sharks off the beach while fishing with Capt. Mark
Howard. All of the sharks were released.

that big mangrove snapper are coming from near the
docks in the Manatee River, as well as redfish and black
drum to 10 pounds.
At Tropic Isles Marina, the report is small blacktip
sharks coming out of Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said it's grouper season for sure in the Gulf.
He's catching gags to 25 pounds and reds to 18. Snap-
per action is also good, with mangroves to 5 pounds.
Also within the cooler with Capt. Larry's boat are hog
snapper, triggerfish and scampt. He's still catching big
kingfish to 35 pounds, with most of the action come
from 40 to 125 feet of water, with live pinfish, sand-
perch and sardines working well as bait.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Vemn Jakes and his crew
out on Friday to a varied catch fishing in a number of Gulf
locations. "The weather was sublime," he said, "but the
day was a slow starter. For more than two hours we plied
reefs and wrecks off Anna Maria Island to no avail. Toward
midday off Longboat Key it was 'Katie bar the door' for
several hours, with phenomenal numbers of chunky blue-
fish. When you could get a bait past the ravenous bluefish,
we also nailed several cobia, Spanish mackerel, grouper
and jacks." He's also catching redfish, black sea bass, lady-
fish, small gag grouper, kings and bonito.
On my boat Magic, we limiting-out on redfish and
catching mangrove snapper to 17 inches in length.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
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d Bio
By Rick Catlin

Iron Chef winner at BeachHouse
BeachHouse Restaurant chef and kitchen manager Will Manson was the winner
of the second annual Iron Chef competition held Oct. 13 at the Ritz-Carlton
Sarasota. Manson was teamed with Chef Clintin Combs of the Rustic Grill and
competed against seven other teams for the top prize, which was sponsored by the
Creative Cooks Club as a fundraiser for local charities. This year's event raised
more than $140,000. Islander Photo: Courtesy ( hil t Group

Tricia Graziano of Island Acupuncture.

Free acupuncture

Tricia Graziano will host a free acu-
puncture demonstration and nutritional
health information session at noon
Thursday, Dec. 13, at Island Chiro-
practic at 3612 E. Bay Drive in Holmes
Graziano, a doctor of acupuncture
medicine, is positive on the benefits of
acupuncture. The ancient technique of
acupuncture "has helped so many people
to relieve their pain and reach their max-
imum health potential."
She'll also discuss nutritional alter-
natives that can help individuals with
their specific needs and health concerns,
reduce pain, boost the immune system
and improve skin tone.
Acupuncture is the "gift of health
this holiday season," she noted.
Refreshments will be served and
reservations are requested. For more
information, call 941-773-6134.

Realty raves
Marianne Norman Ellis of Mike
Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf Drive N.
in Holmes Beach was the company's
listing leader for November, while Carla
Beddow and Sally Grieg shared the lead
in sales for the month.
For more information, call 941-778-

Ron Cornette of Wagner Realty.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Wagner

Wagner director to

chair FAR forum
Ron Cornette of Wagner Realty
has been named chairman of the Florida
Association of Realtor's 2008 property
management forum.
The marketing and training director
for Wagner, Cornette was also named to
FAR's business trends and tkcniiol- ,'Y
committee and its professional develop-
ment committee. He is a past president
of the Manatee Association of Real-
Wagner Realty has offices at 2217
and 1801 Gulf Drive North in Bradenton
Beach and at 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Tropics conference draws Gulf Coast crowd
Tropics Software Technologies recent " Users Conference" included visits to the
beach for a sand-sculpting clinic and a sunset reception. Conference sessions
covered a variety of topics, including a preview of Tropics future products, busi-
ness intelligence and virtualization and storage architecture to support business
continuity, according to CEO Mike Mobar.

on Longboat Key. The company also has
an office at 3403 El Conquistador Park-
way in Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-778-
2246 or 941-778-0000, or e-mail the
company at ddelarcorealtor@comcast.


promoted to CVB

sales manager
Larry White, the executive director
for the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau, has announced
the promotion of Sharon Kingston
to the position of sales manager at the
Kingston will work in conjunction

Islander joins Prudential
Islander Annamarie Riethmiller joins
the Prudential Insurance Company of
America as a financial services associ-
ate. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

with the CVB's marketing department
to represent the area at industry trade
shows and serve as liaison between the
CVB and the Florida Gulf Coast Sports
White said Kingston's promotion
came following a reorganization of the
"I'm pleased to move Sharon into
this position," said White. "We will uti-
lize her extensive sales background to
increase our meetings and conventions
in this market."
At the same time the CVB was reor-
ganizing, the Internet travel advisory
company TripAdvisor predicted Anna
Maria Island to be the No. 1 U.S. "Hot
Spot" for 2007.
To reach the CVB or Kingston, call
1-800-822-2017 or visit the CVB Web
site at

Landing to
The Anna Maria
Island Chamber
of Commerce's
board members
welcome the
Egret's Landing
to the Holmes
Beach business
community Nov.
28. The cham-
ber board mem-
bers joined the
Egret's Land-
ing staff for a
at the store,
5602 Marina
Drive. For more
call 941-778-
2878. Islander
Photo: Nancy


The Islander welcomes notices from photographs with detailed captions -
Island businesses, including announce- along with complete contact information
ments of new businesses, as well as - to or deliver or
announcements of new hires and devel- mail to The Islander office, 5404 Marina
opments. Please send announcements and Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 31

Webb wins gold medal in Senior games

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident, Tony Webb took home first
place in the Florida Senior Games golf competition.
Webb shot a 76 at the Mirror Lakes Golf Club in Fort
Myers to win the 65-69 age division on Dec. 4.
Webb won the gold in a tie-breaker with Larry Rule
of West Palm Beach. Both players shot 76, but Rule
bogeyed the 13th hole while Webb had a par on the last
six holes to award the gold to Webb. Webb defeated
Bob Larson of Del Ray Beach by one stroke. Larson
was the three-time defending state champion.
Webb qualified for the Florida Senior Games by win-
ning a local competition at Buffalo Creek Golf Course.

Horseshoe news
Three of the seven teams that played horseshoes
on Dec. 5 emerged from pool play with 3-0 records to
battle it out for the day's bi''in,_' rights.
Ron Pepka and R.B. Munro defeated the team of
Sam Samuels and John Johnson 26-16 to advance to the
finals, where the team of Steve Doyle and Herb Puryear
rolled to a 21-9 victory over Pepka-Johnson.
There was a three-team playoff on Dec. 1 as well,
but this time one of the teams was the walking team of
one, George McKay. McKay was unstoppable, defeat-
ing the team of Ron Slagh and Ron Pepka by a 23-11
score before rolling over the team of Sam Samuels and
Art Kingstad by a 23-9 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and

Power squadron to hold classes
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a two-session Boat Smart class next month.
The sessions will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
12, and Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1200 71st St N.W., Bradenton.
The group also will present several seminars, one
on knots at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, one on GPS at 7
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and two on charts - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 17.
For more information, call 941-741-0449.

Tony Webb
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.

Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome tournament on Dec. 5. The team
of Gerry Taylor, Joe Dickinson, Merritt Fineout and
Nub Turner scorched the course with a 15-under-par
49 to edge the team of Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer,
Tom Lewis and Dick Ware at 50. Third place went to
team of Jim Helgeson, Bob Jorgensen, Bob Lamp and
Larry Fowler, with a combined score of 52. The team
of Jim MacVicar, Pieter Thomassen, John Heiselman
and Earl Ritchie fired a 53 to match the score of Dan
Hayes, Bob Dickinson, Don Latorre and Chuck Boes.
Dec. 3 saw the Key Royale men play a best ball of

foursome tournament over nine holes. The team of Homer
Trolard, Bob Dickinson and Jim Helgensen fired an 8-un-
der-par 24 to claim b 'ii,_' i i_'Iit, on the day. The team of
Hal Sears, Larry Fowler, Tom Nelson and John Heiselman
was one shot back, aloi ng \\i i the team of Bob Lamp, Bob
Sayles, Al Gunn and Gerry Micho. Third place went to
the team of Gerry Taylor, Vince Fanton, Gary Harris and
John Sagert with a score of 6-under 26.
The ladies teamed up with the men on Nov. 30
for another best-ball-of-foursome game. The team of
Eunice Warda, Terry Westby, Larry Fowler and Matt
Behan fired a 3-under-par 29 to edge three teams that
were one shot back. Jeanette Cashman, Marion Mulroy,
Fred Meyer and Nell Bergstrom matched the 30 that
Joyce Brown, Hal Sears, Jim Finn and Jane Winegarden
carded, which was matched by the team of Jerry Brown,
Tom Warda, Earl Huntzinger and Paulette Proxy.

32 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Mote Marine releases sea turtles to sea

By Lisa Neff
Islander reporter
Two rehabilitated sea turtles returned to nature Dec.
7, assisted by their temporary caretakers with Mote
Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
A Mote team released one turtle from Lido Beach
in Sarasota and another from Longboat Key not far
from Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant.
A loggerhead turtle nicknamed Astro was taken to
Mote for treatment after he was found floating near
a weather buoy near New Pass in Sarasota in June.
Astro was lethargic and anemic and had suffered severe
weight loss, leading to a diagnosis of lethargic log-
gerhead syndrome. The illness is the most common
diagnosis among loggerhead sea turtles at Mote over
the past seven years, according to spokesperson Jamie
Astro received antibiotics, an anti-parasiticide and
iron in preparation for his return to the wild waters.
Astro was released from the public beach on Lido
Key near St. Armands Circle.
The other released turtle, a juvenile Kemp's ridley
nicknamed Kelsey, was taken to Mote from the Clear-

water Marine Aquarium. Kelsey had been rescued after
becoming stranded near Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas
County in June. He was found with his flipper tan-
gled in monofilament fishing line with a rod and reel
Mote's team tried to save the turtle's flipper, but
eventually had to amputate.
Kelsey was released from Longboat Key.
Loggerhead and Kemp's ridley sea turtles, as well

Go free!
Mote Marine Labo-
ratory staff help
released this sea
turtle off Lido Key
Dec. 7. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Jeff

as olive ridley, leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles,
are federally protected.
The six species, which are found in U.S. waters
or nest on U.S. beaches, all are designated as either
threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered
Species Act. "Endangered" status means a species is
considered in danger of extinction throughout all or a
significant portion of its range; "threatened" means a
species is likely to become endangered.

AME receives baywalk grant

Mote staff help release "Kelsey" the sea turtle off
Longboat Key Dec. 7. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mote
Marine Laboratory

Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Tom Lev-
engood announced that the school has received a Tampa
Bay Estuary grant for more than $4,000 to establish a
The grant proposal was submitted by Christine Cal-
lahan, an Island master gardener who has been vol-
unteering at the school for the past two years to help
students establish a number of gardens, including a rain
garden, butterfly garden and edible garden.

The estuary grant will be utilized to remove exotic
plants from the shoreline behind the school, plant and
label native species and create a shell pathway.
Levengood noted that the community has been
active in helping to create a bayside environmental
learning center for students, including the purchase
of native trees to shade the playground by the Parent-
Teacher Organization, and the community efforts have
helped enhance the school's ability to earn grants.

Cove Sound!
Gated waterfront community off
ICW in Cortez. 3BR, hardwood
floors, granite counters,crown
molding, elevator, cement board
siding, metal roof. Heated
pool. Deeded boat slip with
20,(000) lb. lift
Call Lynn Parker at
CALLING All BOATERS! (941) 321-2736
$1,175,000 l

Gurf Bay tadty of.9nna . ariaIc
Jesse 13risson - rofrAssociate, - 4
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Island Condo close to F . Heated pool, storage
and two covered parking spots. Turnkey furnished. New
kitchen with all new Kenmore appliances, cabinets
and granite counter tops. Granite in the bathrooms, too!
Currently doing $14,000 a year in rental income. $250,000.
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

S ' ' hanksforsaying ' sawitin Islander

For Sale:
Large 3BR/2BA condo
in Northwest Bradenton.
Pool. $125,000
We have great houses
and beachfront rentals
available for winter
and spring 2008!

J'Gayle Schulz
Sales * Vacation Rentals
6000 Marina Drive, Sle 105 * Holmes Beahdi, FL 34217
941 7784847 * toll free 1.800.772.3235
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REAL ESTATE 4 . Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
OF ANNA MARIA 0 -j Kate Eiseler, 224-0057
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online:

OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

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

ISLANDER STAFF SALE: 9am-noon Saturday, Dec.
15. Office equipment, T-shirts, books, art and col-
lectibles, and a big variety of miscellaneous items.
The Islander newspaper office, Island Shopping
Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ART YARD SALE: 9am-2pm Saturday, Dec. 15. A
variety of area artists will offer their work for sale
just in time for Christmas. Make the gift you give
unique! Visit The Islander sale in the Island Shop-
ping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Artists are welcome to join the sale. Register, infor-
mation: 941-778-7978.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
day, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

VENDORS WANTED! HUGE outdoor market 8am-
4pm Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at the Long-
boat Key Market. Whitney Beach Plaza Call 941-

GARAGE SALE: 9am-2pm Saturday and Sunday,
Dec. 14-15. Utility trailer, Pride scooter with lift, bikes
and more. 102 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria.

YARD SALE: 8am-1 pm Saturday, Dec. 15.528 75th
St, Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 8:30am-1 pm Saturday, Dec 15. Clean-
ing out lots of inexpensive treasures. 160 Crescent
Drive, Anna Maria.

ART AND ANTIQUES, outdoor sale: 8am-3pm Sat-
urday, Dec 15. Simply Put, 11904 Cortez Road W.,
Cortez. 941-795-4788 www.simplyputhomefurnish-

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

Sterling silver jewelry 50-75 percent off. Select
artwork, lamps, small furniture, antiques and col-
lectables, 20-90 percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive. 941-

FOUND A BOSTON terrier dog near Anna Maria Ele-
mentary. Please, call Melissa Lazzara 941-779-2361.

KARATE ON THE Island: Ages three through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visit www.islanddojo.cmasdi-

NATIVE FLORIDA FOLK artist Rhonda K's funny
bar signs and mermaids make great original signed
gifts. Buy at Restless Native and Starfish Company
Restaurant. Need custom sign? See gallery at: call 941-704-7558.

ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume jewelry, fine
jewelry. Sterling silver wanted. Will come to you.
Diana Miller, 941-592-1400. E-mail: salesbydiana@

Daycare (formerly on the Island) enrolling now!
Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Call Shelagh, 941-761-

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
Rock on!

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-

THE COALITION AGAINST Runaway Taxation needs
volunteers to help with its petition drive to get an
amendment on the state ballot to cap property taxes
at 1.35 percent of taxable value. Call 941-448-5500.

Paradise rediscovered..
Almost endless Full Bay views, dock, turnkey. 3BR/2BA.
-I $649,900
Updates soon!

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HOME NEEDED FOR 2-year-old male tabby. FeLV
positive. Please, help. 941-586-8257.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941 -

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

1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. Below book value: $3,250. View
at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.

VESPA 2007 MOTOR Scooter LX50. Over $500 of
Vespa extras. Be the Cary Grant of the Island. Pris-
tine condition. $3,500. 941-751-3203.

1988 CADILLAC DEVILLE. Cold air conditioning,
new tires, brakes and battery. 74,000 miles. Runs
great! $2,000. 941-779-2131.

BOSTON WHALER! 2005 18-6 Dauntless. Fully
loaded and in excellent condition with low hours,
kept on boat lift, so no trailer. $25,300. Call 941-
284-1215 and leave message or e-mail: kendra.p@

BOAT LIFT FOR rent. Key Royale canal with bay
access. 25-feet/7,000 Ib maximum $375/month or
annual at $350/month. 941-538-3687 or 518-227-
7477 cell.

BOAT SLIP MARINA Drive. Available Jan 1. Call

BOAT FOR SALE: 24-foot pontoon, 40-hp Mercury.
Runs great, low hours. Boat 18 years old. Loaded.
941-778-4814 or 410-703-8994.

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-


SPrudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
3100 Gulf Dr., #5, Holmes Beach:
2BR/2BA, updated, Gulf views,
laslefully furnished. Steps to beach!
S399.000. ML#318593.


CHANGE IS GOOD but with Island real estate,
some things NEVER change. We've endured
MANY market changes in past years. The key is
to continue personalized service in sales, rentals
and property management. We' ve EARNED your
confidence and are happy to share our knowledge
with all property owners and our future owners.


We ARE he Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site

Sailboat-wide deep water, no bridges to bay and Gulf!
1,548 sf, 2,307 sf under roof, dock, room to expand! $649,000.
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NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
opportunity. 941-383-6953.

NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.

KITCHEN HELP apply by e-mail to chef@oohlala-

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

top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus inven-
tory at 10 percent under cost! Longview Realty,

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

CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school sopho-
more looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog walk-
ing jobs. Four years experience and first aid certi-
fied. Great with kids and animals! 941-779-9783.

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.

Call Ariel and Kayla Jennis, twin sophomores at
Manatee High School. CPR and first-aid certified
by the Red Cross. 941-778-1746.

ISLAND TUTORING WITH Chris Perez. 15-year-old
Manatee High School freshman will tutor elemen-
tary or middle school child in math, science and
English. Available 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday, and
weekends by request. Call 941-778-2979. Refer-
ences on request.

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.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

No bridges to the Gulf

from this home!

307 Hardin Ave, Anna Maria

This home has a private setting on a deep-water
canal. Very nice and move-in condition, add a
pool or second story. Lots of options with this
Island home. 3BR/2BA. Priced at $799,000.

- Ernie Votaw, Realtor
Realty Executives Solutions

941-228-7 293 i.

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

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

wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-

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

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

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

LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.

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.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail for details.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
vices. 941-713-5244.

best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. 941-773-2761.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at

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(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria

33 Years ofProfessional Service
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $288,900.
PERICO ISLAND 3BR/2BA community pool, tennis courts. Turnkey
furnished, five minutes to beaches. $429,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. 90x104. $690,000.
CAYMAN CAY Across from Beaches, 2BR/2BA, carport, ground floor end
unit. Turnkey, glassed lanai. Updated throughout. $324,900.
WILDEWOOD SPGS 2-3BR, private courtyard, Updated. $199,000.
ILEXHURST LOT 2914 AVE C. H.B. $233,900.
TEN MINUTES TO GULF 3BR/2BA, pool/spa, cathedral ceilings,
lush landscape, many upgrades. Like new! $429,800.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
HOLMES BEACH* 778-0807 *

AAA - ALL AMERICAN Home Inspections Inc.
Licensed, insured and NACHI certified. On-site
computer generated report, 25 years experience
owner operated. Don Viehman, ph/fax 941-792-
9595, e-mail

PREFFERED SOD, ST. Augustine, seville, floratom,
palmetto, zpysia. Also available: rip out, installation,
irrigation, free estimates. Se habla espanol. Call for
prices. 941-345-5299.

FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield. Available
for private parties, corporate events and golf tourna-
ments. Call 781-367-0339.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.

CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly. 28 years experi-
ence, all duties and appointments. Please call Diana

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. 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.

D&E HANDYMAN SERVICES. Drywall, finishing,
texture, painting, trim, free estimates, insured. 941-
524-0299 or 941-524-9046.

with your holiday parties. Call Sally at 941-737-

or mine. Live in or out. All needs attended. 941-748-
3247, 941-713-7380.

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

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor


Open House 1-5 pm
Sat. & Sun. *Dec. 15 & 16
901 Gulf Drive South
Gorgeous To n Beachmy
furnishings,D in uup-to-
date kitchen
with granite and

Amenities galore!

spa, tennis court, boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Call
Owner at 388-5238 or 941-447-2061.

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L- A N D ER ,C L A..SIlFIE, Ie

I DO WINDOWS! Rental cleaning, residential clean-
ing, dump runs, garages and construction cleaning,
light hauling. Free estimates, excellent references.
Michael, 941-961-2309.

COOKS ON CALL. We shop, prepare appetizers
and meals, serve and clean up. Experienced. Cindy
941-544-9585. Call soon. Getting booked fast.

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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-

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.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

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

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

Straight Shot Landscape. For all your landscape
needs. Shell $42/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-

installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island expe-
rience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime.
Cell, 941-224-8569.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.

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

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

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.

Griffin's Home Improvements Inc. Handyman, fine
woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters.
Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.

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.

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-

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.

ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.

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EXQUISITEGULFVIEWS&Iluxuryamenities REDUCED $4,400! 1BR/1BA No age
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tained 3BR/2BAcanalfrontresidencew/open furnished, ground floor corner unit w/open complex Downtown close to marina,restau-
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paver brick patio & drive and excellent Island pool, tennis, and 5 minute drive to Gulf tenniscourt,elevator Becky Smith & Elfi Star-
location Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246 beaches Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246 rett (941) 778-2246 #567817 $169,000
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A RARE FINDi Anna Maria Gulf Front lot Build your dream home WATERFRONTCOMMUNITYbeautiful home ingated neighborhood

here Walkthesugarwhitesand beach,watch thestunning sunsets,
see the dolphins swim by Write your novel here' Becky Smith or
Elfl Starrett (941) 778-2246 #504998 $1,399,999
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key Weststyle home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, 4 car garageworkout room & 30'
screened balcony Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246
#520397 $974,900
INVESTORS - Annual tenant in place' END UNIT- Bright & New'
3BR/2BA Hidden Lake condo, vaulted ceil, screened lanai, 1C
attached garage, lakeview, pool, spa, fitness Non-evacuationzone
Penny Bray (941) 778-2246 #523475 $290,000
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available several 1 or 2BR units,
Bayfront, pool side & otherviews Some updated Phonefordetails
Parklike setting,beach access,tennis,pool On site rentals Priced
$299,000 -$469,900 (941)778-2246
VALUE ISIN 2 LOTS onlyafew 100yds from Gulf Beautifulstreet&
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2BR/1 5BA Karen Day (941) 778-2246 #550000 $899,500

One mile to the beach 40 Ft slip in protected basin no bridges
to bay 4BR/3BA over 3000 SF 2 Master Suites Pool/Spa Maria
Christenson (941) 761-3100 #562359 $989,900
HOLMES BEACH BAYFRONT-Panoramicviewsfrom thischarming
2BR residence with southern exposure and private setting Dock &
vertical lift, htd pool and short walk to the beach Dave Moynihan
(941) 778-2246 #566887 $1,185,000
SARASOTA BAYFRONT Over 150 ft of direct bayfront on north end
of LBK w/deep water 3BR/3BA w/spectacular, panoramic water
views+6slipboathouse Well maintained home--renovate,expand
or build new Almost 3/4 acre of privacy' Cathy C Meldahl PA
(941) 383-5577 #368731 $2,995,000

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Sandy Established in 1983
La n Celebrating 24 Years of
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778.1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References

Office: (941) 778-2246 * (941) 792- 8628

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Condo remodels * Patios and decks
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tions. Kitchens, baths, cabinets, drywall, carpentry,
tile, all floor coverings, painting. Free estimates. Call

KITCHEN AND BATH remodeling and custom car-
pentry for your home or condo. Florida state licensed
builder. CBC1255132. Call John, Gulf Construction.
28 years of experience. 941-773-6808.

HANDYMAN SERVICES: OVER 35 years experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Electrical, plumbing,
carpentry, tile, painting, power washing, rescreening
and remodeling. Forrest Parks Inc. 941-737-5967.
Emergency calls, 941-708-0676.
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.
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.
TKA BUILDERS ALL Phases of construction and
remodeling commercial/residential, license/insured,
23 years experience. Tom (941) 526-5396.
CARPET, TILE, LAMINATES Installation and repair,
restrech. 23 years experience, license/insured, call
Tom (941) 526-5396.

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

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

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- 941-730-5126.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA half duplex. Great loca-
tion, 201 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Very clean, pos-
sible third bedroom or office. Pet OK. $1,200/month.
CoastLine Accommodations, 941-779-9500.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Gulf views. $1,200/
month includes water, cable TV, washer and dryer.
104 31 st St., Holmes Beach. CoastLine Accommo-
dations, 941-779-9500.
home. 1BR/1BA, near beach, clubhouse. $1,200/
month 941-730-4078.
Beach view on Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer
and dryer. Two screened in-decks. Pool. Cross the
street on the water. $2,400/month. 813-677-7477.


Here is Cupid,
Siamese mix,
female, spayed,
a little shy but
loving, ready for
adoption. $60.
Call Julie @
SunCoast Real
Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee Humane
Society, 941-747-8808.

FOR RENT: STORAGE garage, 11feet wide, 24
feet deep and 10 feet tall. Located at 114 52nd St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-356-3903.
open-water canal with hot tub, boat dock, steps to
beaches and city piers. Available December, $2,800/
month. Call: Deborah Thrasher, Re/Max Excellence,
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
APARTMENT: 2BR/2BA, $950/month and 1 BR/1 BA,
$650/month. Tenant pays utilities on Palma Sola
Bay. Move in with security and first month rent. (Free
month). Call Reed at 941-448-8100.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex.
Large lanai, new kitchen, washer and dryer, two
blocks to beach. No smoking. March, $2,700/month.
April, $2,100/month. 813-928-5378, or evergreen-

CONDO: ANNA MARIA, Shell Point. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. Ground floor on water. Heated pool. Tennis
court. Covered parking. No pets, smoking. Coin
laundry. Minimum two months. Seasonal rates. First,
last, security. 716-861-8016.
MUST SEE: 2BR/1 BA. Steps to beach, washer and
dryer in unit, large pool, free cable and water, newly
painted and carpeted, small pets OK. Annual $950/
month 941-779-1586.
borhood, steps to beach, across from bay. $950/
month. Call 941-737-9662.
OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: 240-1,200 sf, Long-
boat Key. Secretarial services onsite. Call 941-383-

TWO-BEDROOM LUXURY condo, steps from
the beach. Tennis, sauna, heated pool near good
restraunt. $995/week plus tax and cleanup. Call
863-688-3524, cell 863-608-1833.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL ground-level, unfurnished
2BR. $850/month plus utilities. First, last, security.
2BR/2BA, florida room, dishwasher, washer-dryer
hookup, carport $1,000.2BR/1 BA apartment, $725/
month. 1 BR/1 BA $700/month. Small older house
$800/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty 778-
season. 2BR/2BA house. Discount price due to
cancellation. Call 703-587-4675.

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

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

55-plus community. Cable TV, high-speed internet.
Sleeps 2/3, Jacuzzi tub, steps to both bay and Gulf.
$350/week in December, 941-896-5827 http://vaca-

ANNA MARIA ISLAND club. March 2008 rental
available. Beachfront 2600 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. 813-781-7562.

feet. Steps to the beach. Large rooms available Jan.
1, 2008. First, last and security 585-473-9361. $925/

condo on beach with pool in Holmes Beach.Avail-
able now! E-mail:

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, fully furnished
ground floor duplex with all amenities near Rod
and Reel pier. No smokers and no pets, available
December 1. Discount for longer stays, $1,200/
month 941-228-0603.

SANDPIPER RESORT 55 plus, 2BR/1BA. $500
deposit, annual $650/month, seasonal $1,100/
month plus tax. Upgraded, turnkey furnished, car-
port, laundry and clubhouse. No smoking/pets.
Water views. 941-778-9504 or 941-545-8923.

pletely remodeled, 900 sf, private poolside patio,
201 S. Bay/Spring Ave., apartment 3 $900/month.
Cell, 786-375-9633, leave message for Reggie.

cozy 2BR/1BA. Short walk to the beach, restau-
rants, trolley, shops and bars. $1,500/month. Can
e-mail pictures. Available now thru March 2008.

GULF VIEWS: ONLY 30 yards to beach. 3BR/1 BA,
ground-level home with porch. Dead end on Avenue
F, Holmes Beach. No pets, nonsmoking. $1,050/
month-plus. Yearly lease. Call owner, cell 800-894-

FOR RENT: ANNA Maria. Beautiful remodeled
3BR/2BA and 2BR/1BA, fourth and fifth houses
from the Gulf. Available December 2007-January
2008. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-778-7933.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

apartment, central Holmes Beach, $1,750/month.
2BR/1BA apartment, west of Gulf Drive, $1,900-
$2,000/month. 2BR/2BA north Anna Maria home,
$2,600/month. 3BR/2BA home, Bean Point area,
$3,200/month. 3BR/2BA great Gulf views, Anna
Maria, $3,600/month. 2BR/2BA, canal and pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,300/month. 3BR/2BA pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,800/month. Luxury Gulffront
condo, Holmes Beach, $5,600/month. Luxury
3BR/2BA with Jacuzzi, north Anna Maria, $5,600/
month. Some available weekly or monthly. Call
Green Real Estate, 941-778-0455. www.greenreal.

CLEAN, PRIVATE, FULLY furnished, large efficiency
unit. Walk to beach. $1,000/month 513-378-9100.

bay Point. 2BR/2BA tennis, heated pool. Close to
all services. Call Sharon at Old Florida Realty, 941-

DIRECT GULFFRONT, beautifully furnished
2BR/2.5BA. Beach, pool, tennis court. Bi-monthly
or monthly. 941-794-8877.

THREE GREAT FURNISHED units in 55-plus
waterfront park with beach access. Some land
owned, one on the water. Patti Reed, Century 21.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA half duplex. Tile through-
out, large screened lanai. Great location, steps to both
bay and Gulf, $1,200/month. 941-720-1664.

NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA. Annual, $750/month,
furnished. Most utilities paid. Seasonal possible.
Call 941-758-9133.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA LUXURY furnished condo.
Water views every room. Fish or kayak from your
doorstep. Heated pool, tennis, cable, washer and
dryer. Outstanding value. Must see. Annual $1,400/
month 941-685-8026, 941-685-8027.

LONGBOAT KEY, 651 Linley Street. Charming,
1 BR/1 BA cottage. Air conditioning/heat, utilities,
cable. Fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer. Rear
deck. For rental rates, more details, photos, call

SEASONAL 55-PLUS $1,100/month. Fully furnished
and equipped 2BR/1.5BA. Greatroom, Florida room,
washer and dryer, cable TV, carport. Six miles to
beaches and 1-75, five minutes to shopping restau-
rants. 941-755-6335.

DECEMBER 2007: $1,700/month. 2BR/2BA Palma
Sola townhouse, heated pool, boat dock. January
2008, $2,500/month. Also available Key Royale
3BR/2BA pool, boat dock $899/week. Real Estate
Mart, 941-756-1090.


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VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.

3BR/1 BA NEWLY remodeled kitchen. $1,100/month
or best offer, plus security. 1,250sf, 4.5 miles from
Anna Maria Island. 1011 67th St. N.W., 941-773-

ANNUAL RENTALS: GULF view, 1 BR/1 BA, $750/
month. Anna Maria 2BR/1BA $890/month. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. franmaxonre-

Starting at $2,100/month. Call Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.

TOWNHOUSE 3BR/2.5BA, end unit, 2.5 car
garage. Washer/dryer, cable, pool and lawn ser-
vice included. Near beaches. No smoking and no
pets. $1,300/month plus deposit. 847-530-8833 or

home. Steps to the beach. Newly remodeled inside
and out. Available January and April. Call 813-245-

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Unfurnished
2BR/1BA ground-level duplex. Near beach, clean,
$1,025/month. No smoking. 941-778-2658.

car garage. Private pool, new tile. Clubhouse with
pool, tennis and gym. $1,750/month. Call Adam,

BEACHFRONT 1BR, accommodates four. Fully
equipped, $1,200.00. Dec 26-Jan 2. Call 941-795-

rooms, newly refurbished. One block to the beach.
$1,000/month plus utilities. Available January 1.

Minutes to beach, one block south of Manatee
Avenue on 67th Street. Models open daily. Hidden
Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.hiddenlake-

steps to the beach and Intracostal. Unit has two
floors above parking. Remodeled interior and exte-
rior. $350,000, Call 813-245-0428.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.

$469,900. HOLMES BEACH elevated duplex plus
owner's quarters on Gulf Drive. Steps to beach.
Health forces sale. Call N. Whipple at RoseBay Real
Estate, 941-650-0656.

BEST CONDO VALUE Martinique South, top floor
with best view and access. 2BR/2BA remodeled
with garage, security and hurricane glass. $599,000,
make an offer. Call Paul Mitchell 941-737-3424, Ted
Geeraerts Real Estate.

RETIRING AND MUST sell my Riverview Boulevard
home in Northwest Bradenton. 2000 square feet.
3BR/2BA 2 car garage with a huge family room,
secluded pool, lanai and tropical garden area.
Updated and well maintained. $329,900 941-730-

open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! $625,000. 404 21st Place, Bradenton
Beach by owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-725-2395.

3BR/2.5BA HOUSE, STEPS to beach: Less than
two years old, nearly 2,000 sf, 18-foot soaring ceil-
ings, heated pool, granite counter-tops, wood cabi-
nets, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors,
metal roof, two-car garage and more! Owner must
sell. A real value at $669,000. 941-725-2826.

TIMESHARE FOR SALE - Tortuga Beach Club -
weeks 24 and 25, June 13 thru June 27, 2008. On
the beach, five stars, Sanibel Island. Call for price

large living room, pool, storm shutters, $479,000.
941-722-0640 or 941-301-9088.

Palma Sola Bay. No flood zone. Remodeled interior.
$329,000. Zero down available. Call owner/agent
direct, 941-356-1456. A great condo alternative.

home, 3BR/2BA, all remodeled interiors. Spa, pool,
boat dock. Appraisal $935,000, now $799,000.
10percent down. Use my credit, no bank qualify-
ing. A great opportunity if you want an island home.
Call owner/agent direct, 941-356-1456.

2BR/1BA. Nice size lot 16th Street, West Braden-
ton. $69,500. 941-538-0225.

over 2,400 sf, large yard, fireplace, wet-bar, two car
attached garage. Short walk to bay, plus much more.
$490,000. Call Greg, 941-720-0932, for details.

Lot For Mobile Home. Water view. Boat ramp avail-
able. Finally reasonableFlorida living! $120,000.

FOR SALE: ANNA Maria City canal home. Steps
to the beach. Remodeled inside and out. 2BR/2BA.
Boat dock and lift. This is an outstanding place. 813-

bay-view condo. Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA.
Enclosed porch, appliances, one-car detached
garage, vaulted ceiling. Was $ 470,000, now
$399,900. 863-280-0222 or 863-324-0944.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

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67 Standard
70 Home pregnancy
checker, e.g.
73 Camera
75 Bet
77 It's set partly at
the Temple of
78 When doubled, a
80 Genuine Isuzu?
83 Like a pop fly
84 Not feel oneself
85 Uncut
86 Made (off)
87 Tots' wheels
88 -Roman
90 Traduce
92 Not safe to skate
on, say
93 Go downhill fast
96 Tiny
101 Hanukkah treats
103 Board honcho

104 Wall St. debuts
105 Ore. neighbor
106 Sleep ___
108 O.T. book
110 Broadway's
111 S. Amer. land
112 All ears
113 One of the first
Buicks to roll
off the line?
119 Religious statue
120 1983 Stephen
King thriller
121 Bad way to be
122 What a rake may
123 Party throwers
124 Took home

1 He ascended to
heaven in a
whirlwind, in II
2 Emphatic refusal
3 Stadium cheer
4 Makes (out)
5 Photocopier tray
size: Abbr.
6 of God
7 Like nobles
8 Scott Turow's
first book
9 Study of
poisons: Abbr.
10 Dadaist Jean
11 "Bad"
12 Nuevo ..
Mexican state
bordering Texas

13 Sen. Hatch
14 They listen to
15 Most upset
16 Space clouds
17 Reliable Suzuki?
18 Booby trap
19 Second place
from the right
24 Big name in
31 Compare the
costs of
32 Steaming along,
33 Paved road: Sp.
34 Burning issue?
35 Kidney-related
37 Admirals'
39 Emmy winner for
40 Size
41 Time long past
43 Without
46 Overdrawn
48 Weekly 90-min.
49 Nails
50 Rachel's older
51 Half-assembled
52 III prcceders:
54 Improve
55 "___ to Wake
Up," 2006
song by Melissa
58 Oust

59 Prefix with
62 Either sister
starring in
2004's "New
York Minute"
64 Kind of contest
66 Exhaust
68 Genoa's Palazzo
San ___
69 Sevilla's home
71 What Descartes
thought of?

72 Squirts
74 Meager
76 Understanding
78 Turn back
79 Dear ___
81 Cable carrier?
82 Thing of the past
83 Old Dodge
87 Poetic
89 Teeth do it
91 Suffix with

92 Rapper ___
94 Rendering, say
95 Question
following "Oh,
97 Service charges?
98 Cabalistic
99 Performance
artist Anderson
100 Skinned
102 They may have
a ball

106 Voiced
107 Pick-up spot?
109 Furrow
110 Reader
111 Ministre d'___
114 Lao-
115 "___ magic!"
116 Winter autobahn
117 Hamburger's
118 Wichita-to-
Omaha dir.

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40 0 DEC. 12, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Bright Spot in Real Estate News

' i i. 1...1, "Why arepeoplebuyingNeal Homes
right now?" Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities,
shared some insights into the building industry.
"In the recent market fluctuation, we've seen
people continue to come to our communities and
invest in our communities. There are many good
reasons why this has continued to happen."
"Our land is old land, he explained." "We're
working with some land purchased as early as
1980-University Park, and some as late as 2003-
River's Reach. Our land was often purchased at
what would be considered discounts compared to
current values. We're able to pass this savings to our

Mr. Neal continued, "Our company has about 400
Trade Partners/Vendors, some we've been working
with for more than 30 years. On any given day, there
are about 105 Partners on the job throughout our
communities. Our Trade Partners are our partners.
Of this group, more than - , have helped reduce
prices on homes for Neal Communities. In return
for trade price reductions, we've worked hard to
make sure our jobs are scheduled and managed in
such a way as to keep our processes efficient and
our Partners working. This has had a huge and
successful result. Again, we are able to pass these

savings to our homebuyers."
"Because of early land purchases, we've been able
to take our homes back to prices that we offered
in past years-in some cases, 2003 pricing. That
represents real value to our homebuyers. We believe
that's why we've seen a strong market return this
year," said Neal.
I ....... i . are telling us that people who
previously were waiting for a market turn-around
are buying now. And, we've seen the results to
confirm their analyses. In my homebuilding career,
since 1970, there has never been a better time to
own a Neal home," concluded Pat Neal.

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