VOLUME 16, NO.38
s on Anh'na Miaria Island Since 1992
opens to the public.
the news ...
Meetings: Island meet-
ings, workshops on the
calendar. Page 3
How hot is it? Page 7
Record 'dead zone'
predicted in Gulf of
Mexico. Page 8
West Manatee Fire
improvements. Page 9
Anna Maria wades
runoff , surface issues.
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Repairs to tall ship
prove tall order.
Election 2008: A look
at the Manatee County
Commission District 3,
District 7 races. Pages
Nesting by the num-
bers: Turtle nesting
slows down at mid-
summer mark. Page 22
Island sportsman loses
S.t, t il:ft: The Island
police reports. Page 25
Real estate transac-
tions, ( hi , iint,, in July
and alternative power
in the market. Page 26
Island business owners to
DOT: 'We won't survive'
Lois Gift of Whitney Bank calls for an
earlier closure of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge for rehab work, saying the Sept. 29
date is too late to start for the Island's tour-
ist season. The meeting, organized by The
Islander, took place at the Jolly Roger at
Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach.
By Rick Catlin
More than 30 Island business owners gath-
ered in Holmes Beach July 17 to plead with
the Florida Department of Transportation to
move its planned 45-day closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge forward to include most
Early September is when fewer tourists
are on the Island and businesses will be less
impacted by the absence of the Island's "life
line" - the Manatee Avenue bridge.
However, DOT officials were noticeably
absent from the meeting, although spokesper-
son Audrey Clarke had said "someone" from
the DOT "will be in attendance."
Clarke, hired by the DOT for public rela-
tions, and Greg Wilson, the project administra-
tor of the $9.2 million project, both work for
PB Americas, and attended the meeting hosted
by The Islander.
And they got an earful to take back to the
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
addresses a group gathered July 17 to discuss
the bridge closure schedule.
DOT regional headquarters in Bartow.
They learned that Island business owners
believe the economic fate of numerous Island
businesses - already battered by high taxes
and insurance costs and a i,. in.' U.S.
economy - hangs in the balance. In a down
economy, the business owners are counting
heavily on the return of visitors and winter
residents beginning Oct. 1 and a solid week
of business the Thanksgiving holiday.
That "return" is in jeopardy, they said.
The fear among the owners is that having
the bridge closed during October will cost
them business. If the project is delayed and
the bridge doesn't open for the Thanksgiv-
ing holiday period, business owners fear the
Small business survival in doubt
"We can't make it," said Dave Russell,
owner of Rotten Ralph's restaurants in Anna
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann calls for Florida Department of
Transportation officials to listen to constitu-
ents' request for an earlier bridge closing.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Maria and Bradenton Beach.
"A lot of businesses just won't survive"
if the bridge is still closed into Thanksgiving,
August and September are low revenue
months already, he said, and with October and
November, "that's four months of losses. Who
can survive that?" Russell said.
And many long-time Island business
owners predict a delay in the project.
Dee Schaefer of the Beach Shop and the
concessions at the county's public beaches
said she's been a business owner on the Island
for 21 years and has seen numerous public
works projects. "And I've never seen a job
yet that finished on time," she said.
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Week 6 winner:
Drifting no more
Craig Fisher of Bradenton is this week's
winner in the newspaper's six-week-
long Top Notch contest, winning
front-page placement for his photo and
an Islander newspaper \ I< ic-Than-
A-Mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Fisher's
entry - a photograph taken on Beer
Can Island on North Longboat Key in
April - will go into the pool of weekly
winners eligible next week for the grand
prize of $100 from the newspaper and a
bevy of gift certificates and other prizes
from Islander advertisers. Next week:
the grand prize announcement.
JULY 23, 2008
2 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Bridge closure ires businesses
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
If the DOT were to move the closure date forward
to just after Labor Day, with a planned opening date of
around Oct. 15, business owners "could live with that,"
said Jason Suzor of the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna
In fact, some owners said they were "blind-sided"
when the DOT announced the closure dates.
Business owner Margaret Hoffman of Hurri-
cane Hank's Bar and Grill said that when the DOT
announced it would close the bridge in September "we
all thought that it would start around the beginning of
September and be closed September until mid-October.
This Sept. 29 date was a shock."
Forty-five days is "not so bad" if it's all of Septem-
ber to mid-October, Hoffman added.
Island tourism is at its lowest point of the year in
January and September, said Schaefer, a point echoed
by Ed Kirn of Island Vacation Properties.
Island businesses expect the last two weeks of
August and all of September to be a "down time," noted
Kirn. In fact, some Island businesses close during Sep-
tember to prepare for the Oct. 15 start of the season.
For Matt and Dom Schole, who opened Matt and
Dom's Pastry Caf6 in Anna Maria in October 2007, it's
a tough time for a small business trying to make it on
seasonal visitors and mainlanders who come to Anna
Maria via the Bridge.
"It's scary for us. This is going to hurt us," said
Matt Schole, who pleaded with the DOT for "anything
you can do to help us, please, do it."
John Jaeger, owner of the Egret shops at several
Island locations, said the earlier the DOT could close
the bridge the better. It's going to be a "real hardship"
for the small businesses on the Island to survive if the
bridge doesn't re-open on time, said Jaeger.
The "hardship" may have already arrived.
Visitors won't come
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said that out-of-town call-
ers to the chamber already are asking if the bridge is
"They tell me they want to come to the Island for a
vacation, but they don't want to come when the bridge
is closed," Brockman said.
It's worse that that, said Lois Gift of Whitney
Bank in Holmes Beach. "Some of our customers have
said they are not coming back until the bridge closure
is done. They say they want their Manatee Avenue
The owners asked - begged - Clarke to carry the
input back to the DOT, or give them an e-mail address
so they could contact the DOT in Bartow directly with
pleas for a date change.
Clarke agreed to forward the requests, but noted
there are going to be problems. "Time is of the essence,"
If the DOT agrees to the request to move the bridge
closure to the week after Labor Day, schedules will have
to be changed, requiring contractor Quinn Construction
Co. Inc. to contact all the sub-contractors involved and
agree to the date changes, ensure all materials are avail-
able for the earlier date and get approval from the U.S.
Coast Guard, among a host of other issues.
But at least make an effort, said Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, whose district
includes the Island.
"If it's viable, let's do it," she said.
"These people who are trying to make a living
have said they want to see an early September closure.
Maybe the DOT should listen."
Clarke again agreed to take the message, but stressed
that it's up to the DOT to issue a formal response or
schedule a meeting with the business owners.
"We are not the ones to make the decision," noted
Clarke, "but I will take it through the proper channels
and relay what the hardship is. A meeting will be at
Some in attendance were not so kind to the Bartow
"Shame on them for not attending. There's no one
from the Bartow office here. This is our life-line," said
Islander owner Bonner Joy, who organized the meet-
ing and was assured by Clarke that the DOT would
The meeting was organized as a last-ditch measure
after many pleas from Joy to the DOT to move the dates
forward to include nearly all of September.
Originally, the DOT had scheduled the reha-
bilitation project to start in January with an April
closure. DOT officials said the information they
received was that the Island's tourist season had
ended by April 1.
Many Island business owners, including Ed Chiles
of the Sandbar and BeachHouse restaurants, openly
questioned the validity of the DOT's information at a
public meeting in October 2007, and campaigned that
April is still part of the winter tourist season.
After considerable input, the DOT agreed to give
Islanders three options, none of which called for an
early September closure date.
With two options including a 105-day period with
one lane of vehicular traffic open - along with 15 days
of total bridge closure - Islanders reluctantly voted
to accept the DOT's offer of a 45 day closure from
September through October.
When the DOT announced that it had changed the
bridge closure to a 45-day period starting Sept. 29, the
news seemed acceptable to Island residents and busi-
ness owners because it was better than other offered
Some business owners, however, still questioned
the late September closure, but the DOT offered no
The DOT at that time said the late September date
was chosen because of a concern that closing in early
September was at the heart of the hurricane season.
County Commissioner Joe McClash, who attended
the July 17 Islander meeting, noted that when the county
commission learned of the late September closure date,
it had urged the DOT to consider an earlier closing, a
plea that fell on deaf ears.
"You have to deal with the weather no matter what
time of year it is. I urge the DOT to do something as
quickly as possible," McClash said.
Von Hahmann said that if the DOT won't schedule
a meeting with the Island business owners or agree to
pursue an earlier closing, "We should go to Bartow"
and demand a meeting.
Clarke said that e-mailing the DOT in Bartow
might be counterproductive and von Hahmann agreed,
noting that Clarke taking the information in person to
Bartow would be the "fastest way" for DOT officials
to be apprised of Island concerns.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 23, 2008 3 3
Health advisory issued for Cortez Beach
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County Health Department issued an
advisory for the north end of Cortez Beach July 17.
High bacterial levels detected prompted the cau-
No advisories were issued for other areas on Anna
Maria Island or on Longboat Key.
The readings that triggered the advisory were
taken over the past five weeks, according to Manatee
County's environmental department.
Apparently a lack of rainfall, followed by excessive
rainfall, caused excessive bird feces - pelican poop on
the erosion jetty - to wash into the water, according to
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.
County officials said the advisory, which was
scheduled to be revised on July 23, cautioned that there
may be risk to people with open sores or wounds.
"This is only an advisory," Speciale said. "The
beaches are open and they are going to be monitoring
Meanwhile, on the Sarasota Bay side in Bradenton
Beach, a resident complained July 17 to city hall that
polluted stormwater runoff from his neighborhood
continues to flow into the bay.
Ken Lohn of the 500 block of South Bay Drive
put food dye into stormwater and took a photograph
to illustrate his complaint to city officials.
Tidal water prompts
By Lisa Neff
Coarse rock will be placed into a ditch on 29th
Street in Holmes Beach to address the complaint of a
property owner displeased with drainage improvements
in the area.
Lea Ducket owns a duplex in the 400 block of
29th Street, where she complained to city hall that at
high tide water flows from wetlands on the edge of
Anna Maria Sound into the ditch along 29th Street near
"What started out as a small ditch is now a reten-
tion pond," Ducket said. "We've created a canal on my
street. And, if you come out at high tide, you'll see it's
The city invested in a major stormwater drainage
improvement program in the 29th Street area last fall.
Since then, a number of neighborhood residents
have said that they are pleased with the project, noting
that regular rainfall now drains from the streets rather
than collecting in the intersections or their yards.
But Ducket questioned the project's success. She
said the ditch near her property hinders access to her
front door and her ability to bring a boat trailer onto her
She also emphasized the water at high tide.
"It gets stagnate. It's an eyesore. It's a huge liability
issue in my opinion," Ducket said.
Bridge closure ires businesses
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"Time is of the essence," reiterated Clarke, who
pledged to have the input from the meeting at the
Bartow office by Friday, July 18.
How to contact DOT
The director of operations for the Florida
Department of Transportation's Bartow office,
District No. 1, is Ed Gonzalez. The main tele-
phone number for Bartow is 1-863-519-2300,
or toll free 1-800-292-3368.
The DOT's Web site is www.dot.state.fl.us,
where District One (Bartow) has a link under
In addition, the DOT's public relations
office e-mail address in Bartow is cindy.clem-
firstname.lastname@example.org, while e-mail for
Gonzalez is email@example.com.
"How many more days of beach closures caused
by health concerns will you tolerate before you do some-
thing about this assault to our natural environment and
the health and safety of our citizens?" Lohn said in a
letter to the mayor.
Lohn is involved in a legal dispute with the city
over neighboring properties - 502 Bay Drive S.
and 109 Fifth St. S. - that have been permitted and
of what he said is
by added food
dye - running
into Sarasota Bay
near his home.
issued certificates of occupancy by the city. Lohn
maintains that the impervious surface of the site is
70 percent and "far exceeds the 40 percent allowed."
He also maintains that the developer built an unper-
mitted exterior staircase and created a stormwater
Due to the legal dispute, city officials were reluc-
tant to discuss his complaint last week.
Water collects in the drainage ditches along 29th Street in Holmes Beach on July 16. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach public works director Joe Duennes
said the city will place coarse rocks into the drainage
swale near Ducket's duplex as early as this week.
However, Duennes said he consulted with the project
engineer and they determined that there is not a problem
with the design of the drainage improvements.
Long-time Anna Maria activist Rick DeFrank and
his wife, Autumn, have sold their hi ,iit /hiiit , -
Autumn's l7iim, - in the city's retail-office-residential
district on Pine Avenue and moved to northwest
Bradenton. The sale of the property was completed on
July 14. It was purchased by the couple in 1993 for
$145,000. DeFrank, who has a history of speaking out
publicly on city issues such as elections, stormwater
drainage and parking, had been trying to sell his house
for the past two years. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
"It's working properly," he said. "Once they
cleaned out all the ditches, the tidal water was able
to come back up to its natural height or maximum
"And she's sitting on top of wetlands. That's the nature
of the beast. But we can make it more pleasant for her."
Anna Maria City
* July 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 29, 10 a.m., Island Fireworks Task Force meet-
* Aug. 5, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
* Aug. 7, 5 p.m., budget work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Aug. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Aug. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., The Islander candidate forum
for the Aug. 26 primary at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-778-97978.
* Manatee County primary elections: Various precinct
4 E JULY 23, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County officials and citizens celebrated
an environmental renaissance July 19 with the official
opening of Robinson Preserve.
The hour of speeches leading up to a ribbon-cutting
at the entrance of the northwest Bradenton preserve
featured many superlatives.
"Incredible," said Manatee County Commission
Chairperson Jane von Hahmann, referring to the pre-
serve. "In 1999, there was a development order for this
property and today..."
She gestured with an arm toward the gates to the
preserve, with its mangrove shore, lakes, ponds, bridges
"Wonderful," said Manatee County Commissioner
Joe McClash. "It's a dream come true."
"Spectacular," said Manatee County Commissioner
Carol Whitmore. "It's absolutely spectacular."
A joyful spirit also existed in the audience. "Super-
califragilisticexpialidocious," said Nancy Tucker of
Anna Maria, after listening to the congratulations and
praise shared by county officials and staff. "I am so
excited. I' ve waited and watched and helped and I' m
Robinson Preserve consists of 487 acres of reha-
Bill Robinson, whose family partnered with the
county to make the preserve a reality, called the land
"perfect." The preserve is bordered by Tampa Bay,
Manatee River and Perico Bayou, but for years the
property had been used as farmland, with nature's flow
of water blocked with dikes to protect crops.
In 1999, plans to develop the land were presented
to the county, including a proposal for a golf course and
housing development with 460 units.
Plans remain for an 18-hole golf course and 20
housing units in the vicinity, but earlier this decade the
county, in negotiations with the Robinson family, estab-
lished the partnership to build Robinson Preserve.
The county purchased Robinson Preserve for a dis-
counted $10 million, with $6.4 million of the expense
paid with Florida Communities Trust money and the
remaining cost covered by county taxpayer funds dedi-
cated to preservation.
Restoration in large part has been accomplished with
grants from the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, the Southwest Florida Water Management
District and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The celebration at the preserve began at about 9
a.m., with a series of speeches. Manatee County con-
servation land management director Charlie Hunsicker
opened the comments: "This, ladies and gentlemen, is
a wonderful morning."
Von Hahmann welcomed the crowd, thanked the
county staff, partnering agencies and the Robinson
"I am so grateful to the Robinsons," she said.
McClash said Robinson Preserve is part of the
county's greater plan for northwest Bradenton. Nearby
are the Palma Sola Botanical Park, Geraldson Farm,
Neal Preserve and Perico Preserve.
"The county commission raised the millage rate six
or seven years ago to buy properties. We thought it was
officials and Robin- U
son family members
celebrate the grand
opening of Robin- , .
son Preserve in west
Bradenton during a
ceremony July 12.
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important to preserve," he said.
County Commissioner Amy Stein recalled being a
"lone vote" against residential development almost a
"This," she said, praising county staff for Robin-
son, "is such a wonderful achievement."
Whitmore also praised county staff and Pat Glass, a
former county commissioner and member of the Swift-
mud board, and called Robinson Preserve "another
jewel" in the county's necklace.
Robinson told the audience, "I am so proud.... It's
really a perfect piece of property."
Anna Maria Island residents can reach the preserve
via the entrance at 99th Street West in Bradenton or
on foot, bike or by boat at Perico Bayou near Manatee
The interior of the preserve features hiking paths,
kayak and canoe waterways, bridges, picnic spots, a
primitive campground, mangrove forests and a 53-foot-
tall tower with a wide-open view of the Tampa Bay
area. The 120-year-old Valentine House, moved to the
preserve by boat, is near the entrance to the property,
scheduled for a renovation to become Robinson' s infor-
While the interior of the preserve serves the needs
of Manatee County's residents and visitors, the pre-
serve also serves the needs of many other creatures
- 75 species of fish and marine invertebrates can be
found in the preserve and more than 100 species of
birds, including roseatte spoonbills, peregrine falcons,
bald eagles and marsh sparrows.
For months, the county's conservation lands man-
agement department has coordinated legions of volun-
teers to help revive Robinson Preserve, now open daily
from 8 a.m. to sunset.
During the restoration, the county also sponsored
a series of programs intended to introduce the preserve
to the public, as well as bring people close to nature.
Those programs will continue, said county naturalist
Melissa Cain Nell.
At 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, July 26, Robinson will
be the site of a Wild Florida 101: Saltern Tracks and
Wild Florida 101 classes are designed for adult and
teen participants over the age of 16. The programs pro-
vide the community with a way to discover more about
the preserves, their resident wildlife and the county's
"The salterns of Robinson Preserve are a wonder-
ful place to find footprints," Nell said. "Our preserves
are filled with wildlife, but you may not always see
them. They leave behind plenty of signs for the careful
"In this program, participants will learn how to
look for little clues that tell Rangers all about the crit-
ters that inhabit Manatee County's preserves."
Reservations are required to attend the free pro-
gram. Write to Nell at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors to Robinson
Preserve see the park by wagon tour.
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Gulffront condominium undergoes rehab
By Lisa Neff
To passersby the Beach House Resort on Gulf
Drive North in Bradenton Beach is undergoing a major
To government officials, the property owners and
the contractor, the 10-unit condominium is a minor
The "minor" classification is of major importance.
The renovation work falls under the so-called "50 per-
cent rule" and thus the project application did not trig-
ger a hearing or review before Bradenton Beach's plan-
ning and zoning board, according to building official
The development has a long history in Bradenton
Beach - and a somewhat complicated one.
Passersby see two buildings at 1000 Gulf Drive N.
- a south structure and a north structure. In the 1970s,
a single-family home located on the beach was moved
east, placed on top of three ground-level units in the
north building, said building contractor Rick Hager,
owner of Goodwood and Stone Builders. Hager's com-
pany is overseeing the renovation.
"The south building was added for condominium
purposes," Gilbert said.
"And essentially the north and south buildings
were combined into a condominium a number of years
back," Gilbert continued as he sat in his office with a
file on the property about two-inches thick.
Five years ago, the property owners obtained a
permit for "cosmetic remodeling and replacement of
stairs on the south building. The interior renovations
went smoothly. The stairs they had some problems with
and changes were made a couple of times," according
The improvements at that time consisted primarily
of new cabinets in the kitchen, installation of new tile
and trim, Gilbert said.
In late 2005, the city's history on the property indi-
cates, the owners wanted to make the same improve-
ments in the north building.
"Back in 2005 a permit was granted to do interior
renovations - kitchen renovations, minor drywall
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The north building at 1000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach, is undergoing renovation where plans call
for n three ground-floor condominium units and a
second-floor penthouse. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
repairs," Gilbert said.
During the course of the renovation, workers dis-
covered termite damage - extensive damage.
Efforts to identify and repair that damage prompted
a complaint to the city that the work exceeded the scope
of the permit. A review by then building official Ed
McAdam resulted in a finding that the north building
was "structurally deficient."
In June 2006, city hall was approached with new
plans for the property.
Hager said tearing down the north structure and
building new was an option, but not the preferred
"One of the things that was a consideration is that
there are few ground-level condominiums for rent on
the Gulf for ADA purposes," Hager said, referring to
access under the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.
"One of the reasons that the owner wanted to continue
with the ground level was access, easily accessible."
Gilbert said Hager and the property owners
approached city hall "to take a good hard look again at
what substantial improvement means and see whether
we could do this under non-substantial improve-
In consultations involving city and Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency representatives, Gilbert
said it was determined that the north and south building
should be considered one condominium development
and the total value of the development used in deter-
mining whether a renovation project exceeded the 50
"The 50 percent applies to the value of the build-
ing - 50 percent of the real world cost of that build-
ing," Gilbert said. "This doesn't qualify as a substan-
tial improvement based on FEMA's rating. There's
no increase in the exterior envelope. Essentially it's
the same front elevation. It's a significant repair and
The valuation of the condominium was set at about
$1.61 million. With the renovation expected to cost
about $600,000, the project cost is 12 points under the
50 percent rule at 38 percent of the valuation.
Work began at the site earlier this year.
"We're rehabbing four units out of the 10," Hager
said. "The termite damage was significant and we have
to redo the downstairs pretty much. The upper level, it
is going to be approximately 15,000 square feet. The
three units downstairs will be one bed and one bath,
about 500 square feet each."
Hager said he expected the project to be completed
before the 2008-09 winter vacation season.
"I'll be ready in the fall," he said.
When work began with the removal of a roof on
the north building, Gilbert began receiving inquiries
from people - including city officials - questioning
the scope of the project.
"We have two buildings with a soft connection,"
Gilbert said, adding that the National Hood Insurance
Program covers those two buildings as one "block."
"That is your trigger," the building official said.
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The history of man's great innovations is lengthy, but
the Internet must be right up there on the list. It provides all
manner of history's greats. And worsts. In fact, we found a
100 worst ideas list published originally in Time magazine.
No. 1 is Prohibition. On our list it would be the Florida
Department of Transportation's planned closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge to motor vehicle traffic in October and
No. 2 on Time's list: Suntans. No problem. Fewer folks
will come to the beach to bask, dine and shop on Anna Maria
Island during the bridge closure, which is timed by the DOT
to occur just as the new season's visitors start to trickle to
No. 3 is leisure suits. Some business folks might check
their closets, because while the bridge is closed they will
surely experience extra leisure time and a lime green suit
might be just the attraction needed.
No. 4 and more, Michael Jackson's marriage to Lisa
Marie Presley, new math, the blacklist, comeback tours,
asbestos, the designated-hitter rule, Barney, Crystal Pepsi
and New Coke.
Also on Time's list: DDT, Smell-O-Vision, spray-on
hair, kudzu, aerosol cheese and Flowbee.
More? Psychic hotlines, the DeLorean, plus-size Span-
dex apparel, Astroturf, mood rings, and, yes, the Edsel.
The DOT doesn't need to drive a fleet of Edsels to shoot
to the top of our worst decision-makers list.
At a gathering of Island business owners last week, the
No. 1 worst decision made was that the DOT did not send a
representative. While the spokesperson for the ongoing rehab
of the AMI Bridge said "someone" from DOT would attend,
she said at the end of the meeting that she is not the DOT. And
the bridge project administrator present at the meeting also is
not the DOT. They both work "on contract" for the DOT.
This may sound like splitting hairs, but the spokes-
person told business owners in attendance - some 30-35
people - that after sharing their heart-felt, sincere, logical
reasons to change the timing of the bridge they should write
down their comments or provide minutes of the meeting to
send to the DOT.
Maybe they were contracted to manage us, too.
"What?" was the cry from the room. "Aren't you here
to listen to us? Aren't you here for the DOT?" The message
from the attendees was to close the bridge sooner, not later
- and several claimed the DOT duped us by saying 45 days
starting in September and then setting the closure date for
Sept. 29, which really amounts to October and November.
Maybe we were "talking to the hand."
It was the first time, admittedly, we all got together on
our knees and begged to be heard.
We could keep trying, but soon we'll run out of time.
And bad timing could send some businesses the way of disco
and aerosol cheese - to the forgotten list.
Your input on closing the bridge in the slowest time for
business and visitor is needed.
Please, send your comments to email@example.com. We
promise to share them with the DOT. We just can't promise
you'll be tops on their list.
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Seeing red on July 4
Well another July 4 has come and gone - this time
with a sense of disappointment.
My family has been traveling to Anna Maria Island
for the last seven years just to see the fireworks on the
This was our last year.
Due to the crackdowns and possibly some impact
from the economy, the fireworks on the beach this year
were lackluster compared to past years.
My family has spent a lot of money here on the
Island over the last several years and I am sure the local
business owners have appreciated that. But we will be
going somewhere else in coming years.
I realize that certain fireworks are illegal, but I
feel that there has been far too much enforcement of
that for just one traditional evening. Everyone knows
there is a certain degree of risk with fireworks and
people need to be responsible for their actions without
local authorities going overboard. America is great for
countless reasons and fireworks on the beach once a
year is one of those reasons.
Ernest ( Ih i ,t, Souderton, Pa.
St. Joe's eyesores
We own a home on Perico Island, which adjoins
land the St. Joe Company acquired for the Seven
Prior to completion of the acquisition, there
was much concern about how the project would
affect the natural environment on Perico Island
and the entrance to Anna Maria Island. All were
assured, despite area residents' concerns, that the
development would enhance the Perico Island-
Anna Maria Island area. The land acquisition went
through and the Seven Shores development was
Then the real estate market took a downturn, result-
ing in the project coming to a halt.
On a recent trip to our home, we rode past the land
acquired by the company. The convenience store and
marina that were used by many have been shut down
and left to stand vacant. The surrounding area is unat-
tended to, definitely not an enhancement to the Perico
Island-Anna Maria Island area.
We feel that St. Joe Company has an obligation
to the residents of Perico Island-Anna Maria Island to
clean this area up and get rid of an eyesore.
It is their corporate responsibility to stand by the
prior assurance to enhance our area, despite the deci-
sion to put the project on hold due to changes in the
real estate market.
Do the right thing, St. Joe, and clean up the area.
Ray and Barb Reineck, Rochelle, Ill.
Anna Maria Island gets the shaft. The trolley has
been extended to Sarasota using three new trolleys -
one spare and two others - to make the trips.
Meanwhile, Anna Maria Island has two county
buses and one old trolley. Figures.
Marion Kelly, Anna Maria
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Ex-GSR principal sued
by former company
By Rick Catlin
Just three years ago, Steve Noriega and partner
Robert Byrne were principals in GSR Development
LLC, a company with major-league plans to develop a
number of Island properties, including the $20 million
Villa Rosa housing project in Anna Maria.
But the once mighty GSR has stumbled into the
final throes of bankruptcy. Byrne, forced into personal
bankruptcy, recently claimed he had only $500 in assets,
and both Byrne and Noriega have given up any interest
in the company.
GSR, however, is still interested in Noriega.
Two weeks ago, attorney Richard Prosser and his law
firm, which represents GSR, filed an "adversarial proceed-
ing" claim in federal bankruptcy court alleging Noriega
was paid $134,257 by GSR in four separate payments
between July 21, 2005, and May 10, 2006, as "fraudulent
transfers" while he was still involved with GSR.
Prosser and his law firm didn't stop with Noriega.
A claim also was filed against real estate agent Tina
Rudek, alleging she received a commission of $129,000
from GSR for the sale of 407 74th St. in Holmes Beach.
The suit claims that the property was owned by Robert
Byrne at the time of sale, not GSR, and any commission
should have come from him.
Prosser also set his sights on Spectrum Manage-
ment Inc., GSR's development arm, claiming GSR paid
the company $609,760 when GSR was insolvent.
Spectrum owner Paul Gallizzi said that the money
was used to pay subcontractors for work performed on
GSR projects, including the $2.5 million house at Villa
Rosa that NBA player Theo Ratliff was scheduled to
purchase at one time. GSR allegedly never paid the full
amounts due Spectrum and Spectrum has been sued by
numerous subs for the balances.
Not to be outdone, Gallizzi has filed a claim against
Byrne in his personal bankruptcy case, alleging Byrne
owes Spectrum $907,945 for its work on seven housing
projects undertaken outside the scope of GSR Develop-
This "spec-home " on South Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria was the only tangible result of GSR's Villa
Rosa housing project. The unfinished house has
been for sale for three years for about $2.2 million.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
ment. The money is the total amount of liens against
Spectrum brought by the subcontractors.
Gallizzi has also filed a $25,000 claim against
Byrne for an escrow account he alleges Byrne took
that rightfully belonged to Spectrum.
Just three years ago, Byrne displayed a financial
statement claiming a net worth of $42 million, while
at the same time, Noriega's financial statement alleged
he was worth $28 million.
Both men have given up all interest in GSR after
placing it in bankruptcy in July 2006, but the case has
not yet been discharged by the court. GSR attorneys
are still seeking assets that belong to the company.
Along with the action against Noriega, Spectrum
and Rudek, GSR filed adversarial proceedings the same
day against Credit Suisse (formerly Boston Financial),
Marshall & Illsley Bank, Daniel Alexander and Richard
The defendants, including Noriega, have until Aug.
13 to respond to the allegations.
In the July 22,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard told the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials he
wanted an Islandwide curfew for youths 15 and
younger after he learned that a gang called the
Island Thugs was responsible for a series of recent
burglaries and vandalisms on the Island. The pro-
posal was opposed by Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Don Maloney.
* Bradenton Beach resident Bill Arnold was
appointed to the city commission to fill a vacancy
caused when Commissioner Dan Goodchild
* Holmes Beach city commissioners scheduled a
work session to discuss a proposed 1998-99 budget
of $4.78 million, down from the previous year's
budget of $5.99 million. The millage rate was to
remain at 2.25 in the budget.
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Record 'dead zone' predicted in Gulf of Mexico
By Lisa Neff
Scientists predicted that this year's Mississippi
River flooding will cause the largest "dead zone" in
the Gulf of Mexico on record.
"Dead zone" refers to an area where seasonal
oxygen levels drop too low to support most life in
bottom and near-bottom waters, according to Nanette
O'Hara of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.
The low-oxygen - or hypoxic - area is caused
by high levels of nutrients that stimulate the growth
of algae that sink and decompose. The decomposition
process depletes oxygen in the water.
Such dead zones have been linked by scientists to
red tide blooms that impact Florida's Gulf Coast.
Scientists with the Louisiana University Marine
Consortium, Louisiana State University and the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration made
their record dead zone forecast July 15.
The research team predicted that the zone off the
coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico
could measure 8,800 square miles - about the size of
Last year, the dead zone measured about 7,903
square miles. The largest dead zone to date in the Gulf
of Mexico was documented at 8,481 square miles in
"The prediction of a large dead zone this summer
is due to ... exceptionally high flows from the Missis-
sippi and Atchafalaya rivers," LSU scientist R. Eugene
"The strong link between nutrients and the dead
zone indicates that excess nutrients from the Missis-
sippi River watershed during the spring are the primary
human-influenced factor behind the expansion of the
dead zone," said Rob Magnien of the NOAA Center
for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported earlier this
year that due to extensive flooding, record amounts of
nitrogen and phosphorous would flow into the Gulf of
Mexico this summer - the highest amount in the last
three decades, representing a 40-60 percent increase.
Dead zones cause worry for commercial and rec-
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Some scientists also have theorized that dead zones
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released a report about six months ago linking Missis-
sippi River flooding to red tide blooms in the eastern
Gulf of Mexico.
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reinvigorate efforts to address nutrient pollution."
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With the return of the rainy season, the city
ofAnna Maria faces its perennial problem of
drainage and stormwater runoffoas evidenced
by this view of Gulf Drive after a recent
storm. While a drainage project is sched-
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formed a committee to revise the ordinance
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Fire district committee facilitating facilities
By Rick Catlin
Faced with aging fire stations that need to be
remodeled and refurbished to meet the modern day
"mandates" of state government, the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District board has asked members of its
facilities committee to provide public input on what's
needed at the stations before proceeding with any
WMFR Chief Andy Price said at the committee's
July 16 meeting that when the current fire stations were
built 20 to 30 years ago, little thought was given to
what services the stations would provide in the future.
The facilities committee will, hopefully, ensure that
doesn't happen again.
"Twenty years ago, we were an all-volunteer fire
department," Price said. "We didn't think where we
would be in 20 years."
Now the district has 43 full-time staff members,
30 reserve officers, an annual budget of $5.5 million
and emergency medical services personnel, which are
not district employees, on duty at each station. The sta-
tions need to be upgraded and the committee's input is
needed before any renovation planning begins.
One of the major goals of the committee is to
inspect each fire station and provide Price and the
board with a "wish list" of what should be upgraded,
expanded or included in any remodeling project.
An example, noted Price, is the "community room"
at each of the district's three active stations.
While the room is used by a number of outside
agencies for meetings and functions, that space could
be used for staff offices, sleeping quarters, dining facili-
ties or other district-related needs.
Office space is a major district problem. The admin-
istrative staff is spread out among the three stations and
no station has enough office space to accommodate all
administrative staff in a single location, noted Price.
Additionally, firefighters have little space for quar-
ters and a bed. With EMS personnel at each station,
bunk space is always at a premium.
The committee also will look at "going green," by
considering alternative power sources such as wind and
solar e ni.- 'v for a remodeled fire station.
Price and the board hope that public input from the
committee will help "get the word out" and provide
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It's a balancing act between upgrading fire stations
and public support and financing, noted Price.
"We don't want to spend a lot of money on a major
overhaul of the fire stations without community sup-
port," he said.
And any overhaul will likely take a lot of money,
money that the board will probably get from a bond
issue as opposed to its yearly operating budget. The
current annual assessment for fire services is at the
legal maximum, said Price, although it can be increased
annually to match the personal income growth factor.
Other than a bond issue, however, the district has
few options to increase revenue.
The district is already "built out," said Price, and
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But first things first.
The facilities committee will provide the board
with a "wish list." The board will then hire a profes-
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based upon input from the committee.
Committee members will tour each fire station July
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at each location.
The WMFR district has three operational stations:
in Holmes Beach, on Cortez Road West and at the Man-
atee Avenue West-66th Street intersection. A former
station in Bradenton Beach belongs to the district's
auxiliary organization and has not been utilized as a
fire station for a number of years, Price noted.
Members of the facilities committee include Caro-
line Keller, Randy Cooper, Ray Shannon, the Rev. Rose-
mary Backer, David Spicer, Kerry Ward, Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford and George Burtless, in addition
to Price and WMFR deputy chief Brent Pollock.
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's newly formed ad-hoc permeable lot-
coverage committee met for the first time July 16 in an
effort to revise language in the city's ordinance 06-672
dealing with paving materials and lot coverage. Critics
of the ordinance say the language is too confusing and
a revision is needed.
The task, however, does not appear to be an easy
one, said committee member Randall Stover.
"Some statements [in the ordinance] are impossi-
ble" to understand. "This could be a 10-year project."
Agreed, said building official Bob Welsh. In
fact, revising the ordinance should likely occur at the
same time the city
rewrites its land-
guage that has long
to contractors and
the planning and
zoning board are
the words "imper-
and a clear defini-
tion of "pervious,"
gested that the
space," rather than
percentage of lot
Committee member Sandy Mattick said the per-
centage of lot coverage should be "buildable area,"
compared with total lot area. Stover wanted develop-
able area defined in the ordinance and coverage per-
centage should apply only to developable area, not the
entire lot size.
Members discussed having the maximum building
coverage area for a residential lot put at 35 percent,
compared to the current 40 percent maximum.
The committee consensus was to define "develop-
able area" in relation to lot coverage and determine a
percentage for open space.
Prior to their next meeting, committee members will
research "pervious" materials and be prepared to dis-
The Anna Maria ad-hoc lot-coverage committee held its first meet-
ing on July 16. In attendance were, from left, building official Bob
Welsh, planning and zoning board members Randall Stover and
Sandy Mattick and P&Z board chairman Doug Copeland. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
cuss allowances and
incentives for use
of certain types of
schedule the next
meeting once he
has a collection
available of vari-
materials for com-
mittee members to
of the committee
are Welsh, Stover,
and zoning board
public works direc-
tor George McKay.
Bradenton Beach OKs parking signs
By Lisa Neff City projects and programs manager Lisa Marie Phil-
Islander Reporter lips said the signs would cost about $20 each. "They have
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee wants the them ready made that we can just order," she added.
city to go international with its way-finding signs. In other business, the committee endorsed a final draft
The ScenicWAVES advisory committee, meeting of a Trolley Up educational card, information to be placed
July 14 at city hall, recommended asking the city com- on buses and in area businesses to help people travel to
mission to authorize the installation of international the Island and on the Island via public transportation.
signs directing motorists to parking spaces. Specifically the information is intended to encourage
Committee members Connie Drescher and Pat ridership on the fare-free Island trolley, which operates
Gentry, working with the city's building and police about every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily
departments, drafted a letter to the city commission. from the Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach.
The ScenicWAVES committee voted to pass the letter People can reach the Island via Manatee County
on to the city commission, asking to spend as much as $500 Area Transit's free Beach Express on Sundays and holi-
from the ScenicWAVES project fund for the new signs. days, as well as Bus 6 via Cortez Road and Route 3 via
"It's being suggested that the city use these signs Manatee Avenue.
for ease of recognition for visitors," Drescher said, Also, the Island trolley now connects at Coquina
adding that the international parking signs basically Beach with a Longboat Key Trolley that travels to
show a "big P with an arrow." downtown Sarasota from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
"I've seen them, they are really clear," Drescher The Longboat trolley fare is 75 cents one way.
said. "This is going to be excellent." The next ScenicWAVES meeting will take place at
Drescher estimated that 20 signs would be needed 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Before
to direct motorists to public parking at the beaches and the general meeting, at 2 p.m., the group's parking sub-
in the commercial district, committee will meet.
Adjustment board meeting continued
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment meeting
called to hear an appeal of a building officer's decision
was continued from July 16 to Aug. 6.
The four-member board, meeting at city hall,
lacked a quorum. Dan Debaun and chairman John
Burns attended the meeting, but members Karen Cun-
ningham and Barton Weeks did not.
The issue before the board, which does not meet
on a regular basis, is a complaint filed with the city
by Cindy Dagher and Mark Mixon regarding the
Sunset Beach Motel and The Beach Club at 2201
Dagher and Mixon have raised concerns about
noise from 10 air conditioners and the proximity of
the equipment to their property.
"The location of these units has created an ongo-
ing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before ... this project," the appeal stated. "We ask
the board to hear our plea and restore peace back in
City building official Steve Gilbert has worked
with Dagher, Mixon and the resort to resolve the neigh-
bors' complaints, including negotiating a requirement
that the units be covered with blankets and buffer with
However, the problems remained, according to
Dagher and Mixon.
"We feel that decisions made by the past and pres-
ent building officials are in question as to whether the
project meets city and land-development codes," stated
the appeal. "We believe numerous violations exist and
ask the board's interpretation of these codes."
The meeting was continued to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at city
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Left: Jan Kirchner, president of
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When Aquarian Quest purchased a 57-foot-tall ship
for its sailing classroom, the regional non-profit group
didn't realize the extent of the renovations needed.
"We thought it was going to be like a sprucing
up," said Aquarian Quest president Jan Kirchner. "It's
like buying an old house that turned into a complete
Now the restoration of the sailboat taking place at
the N.E. Taylor Boat Works in Cortez is on hold until
Aquarian Quest can raise more money - $200,000 is
needed to finish the work, $60,000 of that would be
needed to get back to work.
Aquarian Quest purchased the boat in 2005 and
thus began an adventure on land.
The ship arrived to the boatyard in Cortez with the
name Galatea, but Aquarian Quest decided to give the
boat its earlier, luckier name - the Spray.
Built in the 1950s, the tall ship is a model of the
original Spray, which Canadian-born sailor and adven-
turer Joshua Slocum sailed around the world in the late
"It was a sea-kindly boat and he was a good sto-
ryteller," Kirchner said, recalling that he has read that
Slocum boasted of rarely needing to touch the Spray's
"This is one of the larger Spray replicas," Kirchner
continued, standing in the shade of the Cortez boatyard
beside the ship that once sailed through the Panama
Canal. Over the years, the ship was chartered out of
Boston Harbor, New York Harbor and
Key West. At the time it was acquired
by Aquarian Quest, the ship was serv- Aquarian i
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"It's heavy, like a rock." ovating a tal
Kirchner, standing beside the for a floatin
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Before Kirchner could hit "send"
on his mobile phone, Viera walked up to the ship. "She's
19 tons net - sea tons - about 40,000 pounds."
In a trailer next to the Spray, Aquarian Quest has set
up a workshop filled with donated African hardwood
called iroko, tools and a much-needed electric fan.
Viera pointed to a piece of wood to be used in the
restoration and boasted that the material passed a U.S.
Coast Guard strength test.
"She was certified from the beginning by the Coast
Guard," Viera said. "And any work that I do on her has
to be equivalent to what we pull out.... She's going to
live another 150 years."
Aquarian Quest's main mission is education, not
ship restoration, though the preservation of the boat
from a bygone era has become a passion for the group's
Aquarian Quest's primary purpose is educating
people - mostly children - about sea life and even-
tually the Spray will be a floating classroom.
Presently the nonprofit group is using the 40-pas-
senger catamaran Sea Dragon for its on-the-water
classroom, taking out groups associated with schools,
community organizations, boys and girls clubs and
camps in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The educational program meets Florida's Sunshine
State Science Standards and involves learning about
the Gulf of Mexico, bays, estuaries and wetlands at
various stations on the boat.
"We also do five minutes of silence to listen to
the voice of the ship, the wind in the sails," Kirchner
said. "For many children it's the first meditative event
they've experienced in their lives."
"It's living," Viera said of the boat.
Kirchner compared Aquarian Quest to Pete
Seeger's famed Clearwater project in New York. An
Aquarian Quest founder and captain, Robert Killian,
worked with the folk legend on the Clearwater sloop,
which was used in a public education
and cleanup campaign on the Hudson
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to create learning stations and a "teach
the teacher" program in which a boat restored for the
museum will be used in an effort to educate school-
teachers about Florida's coastal waters.
"Cortez is where it's at," said Viera, a man of
Cuban heritage with long ties to fishing and boating
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Jim Hanson, a reporter for The Islander newspaper
since 1995, died on the Fourth of July surrounded by
family and friends.
Born in Montana, Jim was a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Montana. He joined the U.S. Navy and served
as a captain of a PT boat off New Guinea during World
War II. He then continued his military career in Central
and South America.
Upon returning to the states, he went to Seattle to
work for a newspaper, eventually becoming manag-
ing editor. He was later invited to become legislative
assistant for U.S. Sen. Henry Martin "Scoop" Jackson
of Washington State, and moved to Washington, D.C.,
to run Scoop's legislative office.
Jim then went into the lobbying realm, working for
Amtrack among other organizations.
Jim retired to Longboat Key in the mid-1980s and,
after three years, decided to go back into journalism. He
became a writer for the Longboat Times, later becom-
ing its editor. He then worked for the Weekly newspa-
per, the Pelican Press and The Islander.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 2, at 2990 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A memo-
rial fund has been established in Jim's name in care
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, with proceeds to
go to a youth journalism scholarship. Checks should
be made out to AMI Privateers and mailed to The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
He is survived by wife Amira; sons David of
Arlington, Va.; Brian of Bristow, Va., and Eric of
Clifton, Va.; daughter Laura of Texas; stepson David
Yeces of Sarasota; stepdaughter Diana Nunoz; and
many grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Clara Barns Kojak, 92
Clara Barns Kojak, 92, of Anna Maria, died July
Clara was born in Elmira, N.Y., and moved to Anna
Maria Island in 1980.
She served in the U.S. Army during World War II
in the nursing corps as a first lieutenant.
She was very active in her community and church,
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
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She is survived by her two sons, Jimmy (Mary)
of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Andre of Deland;
Jon Timothy 'Tim' Lease
Jon Timothy "Tim" Lease,
45, of Bradenton, formerly of
Holmes Beach, died July 16.
There will be a celebration of
Tim's life for all friends and
family members from noon-3
p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the
Palma Sola Botanical Gardens
at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bra-
denton. People are encouraged
to bring photos of Tim and
"Tim" Lease stories to share to complete a
lasting memory for those who
Survivors include mother Loretta of Bradenton;
sisters Kathy Harris and Terry William; and brothers
Tom, Ken, Steve, Dan, Jim, Ric, Matt and Jeff.
Mildred P. Wager
Mildred P Wager, 87, died July 12. She moved to
the Bradenton area from Orchard Park, N.Y., in 1970.
She was a local watercolor artist, having attended
Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, followed by
commercial and advertising art positions in New York
City. She was a member of the Art League of Longboat
Key, the Art League of Manatee County and the Florida
A memorial service will be held at Langdon Hall in
Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs.
Wager's name to the Art League of Manatee County
(Artcenter Manatee), 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
FL 34205. Arrangements by Toale Brothers Funeral
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her story printed in The Islander, please contact the
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Every veteran of WWII or Korea has a story to tell,
whether the veteran was a cook stateside, or in combat
on the frontlines in Europe, the Pacific, or the 38th
parallel in Korea.
Some veterans have expressed a reluctance to tell
their stories, saying that they've tried to forget. That's
understandable, but just think of what you want to pass
on to this generation and the next generation about duty,
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The point is simply to have your story told so that you
can give something personal of yourself to your children,
grandchildren and great-grandkids. It is your story.
The columns are not written to glorify war or the
heroics of any man or woman who wore a uniform in
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of ordinary people in extraordinary times, people that
soon will no longer be able to tell us their story. It is
about a different America, a different age, before TV, the
Internet, computers, cell phones, jet travel, an age when
duty was not just a word, but a badge of honor, when
duty was done not for cash rewards, a spot on the nightly
news, a reality TV show, a best-selling book, but duty
was done because America and its Allies were in need.
If you're a WWII or Korean War veteran, please
call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 23, 2008 0 13
District 3 candidates rooted in county, active in politics
By Lisa Neff
The two candidates for District 3 county commis-
sion have planted signs in supporters' yards on Anna
But Jane von Hahmann and John Chappie, with
deep roots in the area, already have name recognition.
Both have long been active in local politics.
"Manatee County has been my home for more than
34 years," said Chappie, the challenger in the race to be
decided next month. "I have been actively involved as a
volunteer in our community for more than 24 years."
"Neither my opponent nor I are new to office," said
Jane von Hahmann, the incumbent in the race. \ ly
opponent has served 12 years as an elected official and
I have served eight."
The benefit of two elected officials competing, said
von Hahmann, is voters "can take a close look at our
records - we both have them.... Please look to our
records, judge us by our actions, not by our words."
Von Hahmann, 54, is a native Floridian, born in
Orlando and a graduate of the University of Central
Florida in Orlando in 1975.
She has lived in the historic Cortez fishing village for 33
years. A hobbyist surfer, she has owned the Surfing World
store and Surfing World Plaza for 32 of those years.
Von Hahmann was elected to the county board of
commissioners from District 3 in 2000 and has held
that office since. She currently serves as the board's
chairman, and also held that post in 2004.
Von Hahmann's motto is "Government is run by
those who show up."
"I am an active participant on every board or com-
mittee I serve on because of this motto," she said.
Chappie, 56, is self-employed in the lawn care and
landscaping business. He graduated from Milton Union
High School in Milton, Ohio, in 1970, and Ohio Uni-
versity in Athens, Ohio, in 1974.
He is in his 35th year as a resident of Manatee
County. Many of those years have been spent in politics
- Chappie is currently a city commissioner, serving as
vice mayor of Bradenton Beach. He served three terms
as a city commissioner and then, facing a term limit,
ran for mayor, a post he held until he again reached a
This election cycle, Chappie chose to run at the
county level in District 3, which includes Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, north Longboat Key and parts of Bra-
Asked for his political motto, Chappie offered,
"Manatee County deserves a bright future."
With the election set for Aug. 26, The Islander put
a series of questions to the candidates. The answers will
be published over the next several weeks.
The Islander: Why did you decide to run in 2008
for county commission?
Jane von Hahmann: I am running because I love
my job. I have worked diligently to meet, first, the
needs of District 3, then the needs of the county as a
I have been the county commissioner for District 3
since 2000. I ran on a "manage growth and have growth
pay for itself' platform and I believe since my election I
have fought and continue to fight to make this a reality.
We increased impact fees in the county for the first
time in 10 years by the end of 2001, my first year in
Jane von Hahmann
In the running
This is the first in a series examining the Mana-
tee County District 3 commission contest between
incumbent Jane von Hahmann and challenger John
Chappie. The election will take place Aug. 26.
Watch for election 2008 reports each week.
I promised to be accessible to the citizens of Dis-
trict 3. I have responded to any issue brought to my
I also promised to provide a venue for dialogue
between the citizens of District 3 and myself. Since my
first full month in office we have met the third Thurs-
days of each month at the county utilities department
on 66th and Cortez Road to discuss issues, and I have
asked my advisory committee to be my sounding board
for many of the decisions I have made.
Last, but by no means least, I promised to protect
our fragile environment. I have done this in spades by
championing and voting to protect more than 800 acres
of coastal shoreline located in District 3 alone.
As I said, I love my job and I wish to remain the
District 3 voice on the board of county commissioners
- that's why I am running.
John Chappie: This is my home, this is where my
heart is and this is where I want to spend the rest of my
life. Most of my family and friends live in Manatee
County and the ones who don't wish that they could.
I have spent most of my life working to preserve,
protect and enhance our unique character.... The more
I get involved and the more I learn, the more questions
and concerns I have.
Manatee County has undergone tremendous change
in the last eight years - not all of it has been good. I
have concerns with the direction we have experienced
with regards to budget, representation, accountabil-
ity, vision and our economy. These are complex, vital
areas that are very important. These areas are crucial
for Manatee County to develop a sustainable commu-
When the county commissioners are doing their job,
when they are paying attention, you will see the smart
growth - the growth planning that is needed - as it
relates to our economy, education, environment, health
care, housing, law enforcement, recreation, cultural,
transportation, infrastructure, public utilities, water
source, all of our general health, safety and welfare
needs. As leaders of our community, we are responsible
for taking care of the present and envisioning and plan-
ning for the future of Manatee County.
We need to plan for growth in a way that creates
a strong sustainable county. We need to provide new
opportunities for our residents and businesses, in their
employment and homes. We need to have smart growth
planning that implements measures to ensure the infra-
structure will be in place to serve the people for today
and for our future. We need representation and account-
ability of our elected officials. We need elected officials
who understand the budget process and understand the
$77 million that the county commission has cut from
the budget over the last two years comes from our tax
dollars, the people of Manatee County.
The Islander: What is the foremost challenge facing
Manatee County in the next commission term and how
do you plan to meet this challenge?
John Chappie: The economic health of our com-
munity.... The county commission must lead by exam-
ple. I will work to improve the budget process so the
residents, the taxpayers, our business, county staff and,
most importantly, the commission understand that the
budget is the major policy document of the county.
We can never have too much information. The deci-
sions made by the commissioners should be largely based
on the budget - their lack of attention to the budget over
the last eight years and lack of doing their job has lead
to more problems then we should be facing. The resi-
dents deserve transparency in the process to know that
the individuals they elect to represent them are in fact
representing the true needs of the community.
Jane von Hahmann: The local economy is our
challenge from several standpoints: continuing to
provide for lowering taxes while meeting the service
demands of our community; diversifying our county's
economic base; funding the ever-increasing cost of
On the taxation front, I believe we are well on our
way to bringing down taxes while continuing to pro-
vide the services citizens demand. We will lower this
year's budget $44 million and I pledge to continue to
look for economies of scale, improving government
efficiency in policies and process to provide for a lower
cost of doing business, as well as looking to privatiza-
tion where it is economically feasible and provides for
Second, I think diversifying of our county eco-
nomic base is a challenge. We must never again become
reliant on one industry as we were on residential con-
struction. We can use our EZone - encouragement
zone - around Port Manatee to promote bringing clean
global industry to Manatee County, which will be an
economic boost not just for our county, but also for the
region and the state.
Third, in funding infrastructure needs our new
"Curves" study should provide for our ability to direct
infrastructure, thereby directing growth. We will need
to work on funding streams that do not tax our existing
citizens - private-public partnerships, regional sys-
tems where economies of scale can apply because it
meets the needs of more than just Manatee County are
viable places to start.
County at-large race set for Aug. 26 election
By Lisa Neff
Joe McClash is running for the at-large Manatee
County District 7 commission -JL, l ilth the motto "Vote
McClash, 50, was first elected to the county com-
mission in 1990 and he is widely known - as "Joe."
His opponent, Greg Witham, 43, doesn't have the
name recognition. But he's eager. He's running with
the motto "Get with it."
Witham grew up in Manatee County, graduating
from Manatee High School and then Manatee Commu-
nity College, where he received a degree in engineering
He lives in Bradenton with his wife and two chil-
dren and owns Florida Bio-Fuel Technologies, a dis-
tributorship for renewable e iiK r.i products.
A Marine Corps veteran, Witham is involved with a
number of local military veterans organizations, includ-
ing the local Manatee County Veterans Council, VFW
and American Legion.
Witham also is active in politics, serving as a pre-
cinct representative on the Manatee County Republican
He identified three political goals: to bring "a more
entrepreneurial approach to public management,"
develop a managed growth policy and promote "a more
diverse and sustainable economy."
McClash's political goal is "to do what is right and
in the best interest of our county, in keeping Manatee
County a place we always want to call home."
McClash has lived in Manatee County since he was
12 years old and is a 1975 graduate from Manatee High
He too served in the U.S. Marine Corps - from
McClash lives in northwest Bradenton and owns
McClash Rentals Inc., a real estate management and
investment company. He previously owned McClash
Heating and Cooling.
The Islander recently put a series of questions to
the candidates. The answers will be published over the
next several weeks.
The Islander: Why did you decide to run in 2008
for county commission?
Joe McClash: Running for county commissioner
was not an easy decision for me. I wanted to run in
order to provide leadership based on my experience as
an active business owner, along with my years on the
This year, there are many unique challenges. I
remember one of my supporters urging me to run by
saying, "We don't need a person in training at a time
PLEASE SEE DISTRICT 7. NEXT PAGE
14 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
District 7 candidates
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
Greg Witham: Our community has evolved con-
siderably since my opponent first took office 18 years
ago; our government has failed to change with it. The
challenges of today will not be met with the ideas and
methods of yesterday.
My experience and background in today's tech-
niio'lY', lean processes and entrepreneurial approach
to public management are what we need to meet the
challenges facing us today and to fulfill our needs of
The Islander: What is the foremost challenge facing
Manatee County in the next commission term and how
do you plan to meet this challenge?
Greg Witham: Short- and long-term fiscal respon-
We must improve - not reduce - public ser-
vices and reduce taxpayer costs through a more entre-
preneurial approach to public management, one that
incorporates modern t. ihi n ii,', lean processes and
Joe McClash: The challenge in the next few years
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begin in August
ThemanarnestedinDecember20(X7 for shootingIsland
businessperson Sue Normand is scheduled to stand trial in
Normand, who continues to recover from
a bullet wound to the hip, confirmed that she
received a subpoena to appear at the Mana-
tee County Justice Center in Bradenton next
Her alleged assailant, Mark Koenigs faces
four first-degree felony charges and one third-
degree felony charge. Authorities say he walked
into Island Mail & More with a gun in a shipping
box, removed the weapon and shot Normand once
in the hip. He was apprehended on the beach,
after being shot three times by Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies.
Koenigs has been held at the Manatee County
jail since his arrest in early December.
A hearing was scheduled for July 28 to deter-
mine the status of the case, while the court's docket
indicates that Koenigs will stand trial during the
week of Aug. 4.
In the running
This is the first in a series examining the
Manatee County District 7 commission con-
test between incumbent Joe McClash and chal-
lenger Greg Witham. The election will take
place Aug. 26.
will be dealing with the economy.
The county does have the ability to help our
local economy. Tourism is one important part of our
economy. As chairman of the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council, we are evaluating ways
to capture the attention of more tourists in order to
bring them to our county, including our Island com-
I also am chairman of the Manatee County Port
Authority, another important economic engine. I am
leading initiatives to provide incentives for compa-
nies to locate their port-related businesses in Manatee
County. With the expansion of the Panama Canal, our
closes July 28
Voter registration is open for the Aug. 26
primary until Monday, July 28, the traditional 29
days before an election.
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a
person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident,
18 years of age, and not have a record of a felony
conviction in the state or currently considered
Registering to vote can be simple - poten-
tial voters complete applications available at most
government offices, banks, libraries, chambers and
some businesses, including The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Applications can also be downloaded at www.
votemanatee.com, the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Web site.
The applications are then mailed or delivered
to the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108,
600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
The application process takes about two
port is the closest U.S. port. The timing is right for
Port Manatee to attract high-paying jobs and provide
stability for our long-term economy.
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Island Players to stage Wilde play
By Lisa Neff
The Island Players will mark a 60th year of Anna
Maria theater with a presentation of celebrated play-
wright Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ear-
Wilde fans likely know the high hilarity of this
comedy of manners.
Island theatergoers likely know the material is per-
fect for Gareth Gibbs, visiting director from across the
Atlantic, and the Welsh Players who will accompany
him to the United States for their summer tour.
Gibbs has served as a guest director during previ-
ous Island Players seasons and the Welsh Players have
performed on the Island in the past.
"We were here I think four years ago with Dylan
Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood,' which was extremely
well received," Gibbs said. "We first were invited to
the Island Playhouse in 1980, 28 years ago, and have
been coming back every few years. I think this is the
Gibbs expects Islanders to be earnest about "The
Importance of Being Earnest." Considered the Dublin-
born Wilde's artistic breakthrough, the play is part intel-
lectual farce, part comedy of manners and part satire
- but not necessarily equal parts.
"It is one of the greatest plays of its type ever writ-
ten," Gibbs said. "It has all the right ingredients: style,
comedy, wit in
als have been
a joy and very
taking his first
turn at directing
the play, but he
played the prin-
Gareth Gibbs will direct "The "About 30 years
Importance of Being Earnest" on ago."
the Island Players stage in August "As a play,
and with the Welsh Players. 'Earnest' suits our
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff company and the
language is so precise that it is a good exercise for actors
to try to get their teeth around the beautiful words."
Performances of "The Importance of Being Ear-
nest" will take place at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 and
2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and
will be sold at the Bridge Street Market on July 19 in
Bradenton Beach. Tickets will be sold at the theater box
office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 16.
Gibbs also will work with the Island Players during
the group's upcoming theater season, directing a play
Gibbs' last two plays with the Island Players were
English comedies. This season he will direct "The
Cocktail Hour" by A.R. Gurney.
\ly first American play and I'm looking forward to
it immensely," he said. "It's always like coming home,
to be back on the Island, seeing friends who mean such
a lot to me."
For more information on "Earnest," call Lois Biel
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 15
Mark s, . nm,IA.t , left, his wife Diana, Herb Stump, Robert Becchetti, Kelly Wynn Woodland, Michelle McCarthy
and Louise Bolger gather June 25 for Woodland's class in script analysis and play reading. The class is part of
the Island Players series of summer instruction at the theater in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Island Players host improve
workshop July 28
Patrick Johnson will teach improve techniques
at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, beginning July 28.
Johnson is a professional actor, director and instruc-
tor from the Orlando area associated with Disney MGM
Studios, Walt Disney World, Tales 0' the Sea, Theater
in the Ground and On Edge Touring Company.
Jackson will teach workshop students the skills
needed to build ensemble interaction and think on their
The workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Thursdays, July 28 - Aug. 7.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives - weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs with detailed captions - along with
complete contact information - to firstname.lastname@example.org
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the groom is also employed. The wedding ceremony
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and friends can keep up with wedding plans at the
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Museum displays antiques
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
will display antique and vintage fashions through
The museum is at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The exhibit, according to curator Zoe Von
Averkamp, features "summer frocks for the well dressed
lady of 1890 or 1940, stunning hats and accessories,
vintage bathing costumes for the beach and tiny-tot
wear for playing in the sand."
The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-0492.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will now meet at 1:15
p.m. the first Wednesdays of each month at the Island
The group had been meeting on the first Mondays
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, but
the library is now closed on Monday due to budget
The group's next meeting will be Wednesday, Aug.
6, when members will share their writings.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
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The Island churches, through AID, offer one-
time emergency help for partial payment of rent,
utilities, medicine or transportation.
Local churches also can provide non-perish-
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In addition to offering assistance, AID is seek-
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Those who want to contribute to AID can send
checks to All Island Denominations, P.O. Box 305,
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Many happy returns: Island draws reuniting relatives
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shopping bag with Zoller Family Reunion '08 souve-
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the group, Buz Zoller, 71, of Bradenton, with a hug.
Behind Seagreaves, relatives made their way to a
deck that looked out on the Gulf of Mexico and a yard
where children occupied themselves with ping-pong
games and tether ball.
As the partygoers mingled, they caught up with one
"We haven't done this for 10 years," Seagreaves
In front of the beachhouse, several young Zoller
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"Aloha," said Courtney Zoller, 10, to a group step-
ping out of a car with a Florida license plates. Other
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from as far as Kentucky and Texas.
"Our job is to greet people and give them a leis,"
"A lot of them I've never met," said co-greeter
Abigail Zoller, 7. "That's because I'm from Austin.
"I know about reunions," she added. L\ c.iyone's
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"We're expecting a lot of fun," said Zoe Zoller, 5,
who traveled from Kentucky for the celebration.
The two-day family reunion featured a tour of
"grandmommy's house" on Seventh Avenue West
Two views: The Zollerfamily's beach house on Anna Maria circa 1952, from the beach and from the air.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Kelly Zoller Seagreaves
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Courtney Zoller, 8, and relatives Abigail, 7, and
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Chief puts golf carts, boat parking on track
By Lisa Neff
Police Chief Sam Speciale cruised two ideas by
city commissioners July 17 - designating overnight
parking for anchoring boaters traveling with motor
vehicles and authorizing the limited use of low-speed
Commissioners agreed to explore whether and
how overnight parking should be provided for boating
groups anchoring near the city pier.
In regards to low-speed vehicles, currently not
allowed on Bradenton Beach roads, the commission
authorized Speciale to work with city attorney Ricinda
Perry on a plan.
Earlier this year, the business community asked
for the city's assistance in establishing a park-and-ride
operation to shuttle employees from Coquina Beach to
the Bridge Street area.
Special said the plan involves using low-speed
vehicles to bring employees from the beach parking lot
along the west side of Gulf Drive to Fifth Street South.
There, the shuttle would cross Gulf Drive and make its
way to the businesses.
But to establish the shuttle, the city commission needs
to authorize the use of low-speed vehicles. The chief said
last week that the authorization could include limited use
of LSVs, including golf carts, in the downtown historic
area - from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South.
"With the gas prices, I think low-speed vehicles in
this area, it wouldn't be a bad idea to let that happen,"
Special said, adding that he had safety concerns about
expanded use of carts north of Cortez Road.
Resident Greg Watkins said he supported the chief's
proposal, pointing out to the commission that allowing
golf carts would be a "progressive and green move."
He also said putting golf carts on the streets would
add to the city's "friendly" atmosphere. "They slow
down the pace of life," Watkins said.
The commissioners offered their consensus to pur-
suing a plan for low-speed vehicles, but seemed to want
more time to think about providing motor vehicle park-
ing for boaters anchoring near the city pier.
Special said he became aware of a potential need
for such parking after a complaint from a boater who
said members of his party, traveling by car, received a
ticket for overnight parking.
"We're getting into a situation now that the word
is getting out about us," Speciale said, referring to the
city's efforts to attract boaters. "We're starting to get
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for the city during a commission meeting July 17 at city hall. The city received three proposals for the proj-
ect, which involves developing a plan for mapping a mooring area and identifying other recreational boating
opportunities in the city. The bids - from Scheda Ecological Association for $44,000, IBI Group for $39,200
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much of the costs. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
boaters. But if they're staying for a couple of weeks, the
issue is, we have no overnight parking in our lots."
The chief suggested the city could use its First
Street parking lot.
Commissioner Janie Robertson said perhaps a more
out-of-the-way parking area, such as the spaces near the
city's public works department, might be better.
But commissioners generally agreed that the issue
needed more review.
"The whole idea was to encourage people to come
by boat and use the trolley and not motor vehicles," said
Vice Mayor John Chappie. "We really need to look at
this before we encourage it."
In a related issue, the commission opened bids for
the development of a recreational boating master plan
July 17. A meeting to discuss the proposals was sched-
uled to take place Monday, July 21, as The Islander
went to press.
In other business, the commission:
* Approved a $1,000 payment for participation
in the Manatee County Water Atlas, which provides
information about watersheds and water bodies in the
* Approved payment of a $1,830 invoice from city
attorney Ralf Brookes for legal work in June.
* Approved payment of a $5,843.75 invoice from
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services in
* Approved a proclamation pledging the city as
supportive of the state's Communities for a Lifetime
initiative to promote senior wellbeing.
The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
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HBPD officer goes from midnight shift to detective
By Lisa Neff
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Wolff is the new detective in the Holmes Beach
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While Wolff is about three weeks new to the detec-
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"I started here in February 1989," he says, seated
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Wolff signed on with the Holmes Beach department
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about law enforcement.
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patrol car after Stephenson went to work in Holmes
Beach. The answers also lead Wolff to attend the police
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his time working the midnight shift as a patrol officer.
"People, they still ask me if I'm new," Wolff
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than a uniform and working mostly days rather than
When Davis resigned, HBPD Chief Jay Romine
advertised the vacancy within the department, hoping
to name a detective from within the agency and then
hire a new patrol officer.
Wolff applied for the job and won the post.
"Jay and I, we always thought it would be a good
fit," Stephenson said. "Detective Wolff can be very
analytical. A detective has to be able to piece a crime
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courses over the years, but he has plans to tailor new
training to detective work, which could involve inves-
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assault to battery.
"Right now, I'm trying to get used to every-
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"I have a lot of files. So much information. I need
to read through all of it," he said. "But I'm so very
thankful for the opportunity."
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Thursday, July 24
11 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center's teen program heads to Leffis Key to clean
up the Bradenton Beach preserve. Information:
2 p.m. - Teen movie at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Friday, July 25
Anna Maria Island Community Center fishing tour-
nament kicks off after the Captains' meeting. Informa-
Christmas in July, ribbon-cutting at Jolly Roger,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, July 26
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the
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8 a.m. to noon - Children's fishing contest hosted
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center on the
city pier in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Sunday, July 27
Noon - Anna Maria Island Community Center
fishing tournament banquet at the Center, 407 Magnolia
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Monday, July 28
Today is the deadline to register to vote for the Aug.
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2 to 4 p.m. - Concert featuring John Rinell and
Scott Blum at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-798-8122.
7 to 9p.m. - Island Players Summer Improv Work-
shop for ages 16 and older taught by Patrick Johnson
at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
runs through Aug. 7. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee
Tuesday, July 29
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program about Florida wildfires with
West Manatee Fire Chief Andy Price at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee.
Wednesday, July 30
8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce "Wake up Wednesdays"
event includes breakfast at the chamber office, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
5:30 p.m. - "Shark Jeopardy" is led by the experts
from Mote Marine at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
* Antique summer fashion display Tuesdays through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
through August. Information: 941-778-0492.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* Simply Put Artesian Gallery, 11904 Cortez
Road, hosts "Fourth Fridays" from 6 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Information:
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* Teen Boys' Night gathering Wednesdays at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Teen Girls' Night gathering Thursdays at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information:
* From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the
month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E.,
Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to
answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking
paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* Family movie 'The Lion, the Witch and the Ward-
robe" at Anna Maria Island Community Center Aug. 1.
* Family story hour at the Island Branch Library
* Teen sunset volleyball at Manatee Public Beach
* Anna Maria Island Community Center Drama
Camp performance of "Alice in Wonderland" Aug. 8.
* Video game tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Aug. 12-16.
Save the date
* On Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome
the Welsh Players to the Island for a performance of
"The Importance of Being Earnest." Fee. Information:
* Aug. 18 is the first day of the 2008-09 school
* On Aug. 26, Florida holds its primary election.
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.
org. Please include time, date and location of the event,
a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.
Building family bonds
The Busciglio family and friends gather on the beach on Anna Maria Island for an annual "pyramid picture" during a get together over the July 4 weekend. The family's
connection to the Island dates back to the early 1950s, when the first family home on Anna Maria was purchased on Pine Avenue. The first year of the pyramid photo, 12
people were pictured; this year featured 66 people.
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22 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Taking action on turtle
By Lisa Neff
Colleen Garness has displayed an activist spirit in
events large and small.
Before moving from Minnesota to Florida, Garness
marched in peace demonstrations in Minneapolis.
These days Garness' marches aren't with the masses.
She is a volunteer walker with Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch. On Thursdays and Fridays, with the dawn, she
walks AMITW's Section 8, which stretches from the
BeachHouse Restaurant south about a mile.
Sometimes Garness walks in solitude, searching
for signs that a marine sea turtle has nested. In the next
month she also will begin looking for signs that eggs
in nests have hatched.
Occasionally Garness takes along friends, educat-
ing them about the habits of marine sea turtles, specifi-
cally the female loggerheads most common to Anna
Maria Island beaches.
Her role is friend, educator and activist.
"It's about a basic understanding of how things are
connected and having a certain responsibility for the
things around you," she says of her interest in environ-
Like many volunteers with AMITW, Garness
understands her chief responsibility is to help collect
data about nesting sea turtles.
But also like many AMITW volunteers, her purpose
includes protection and preservation of the endangered
"What's the saying? 'You've only got one planet,'"
Garness grew up in Ashland, Wis., home of North-
"I grew up in a small town with an environmental
liberal arts college," she says. "It was a big part of the
community. So an interest [in environmentalism] has
always been there."
So has an interest in turtles - Garness remembers
a curiosity going back to her childhood, when her dad
took her to the Lake Superior Zoo.
\ I) l\ the turtle is my power animal," she says
with a laugh. "I'm not sure."
About three years ago, Garness moved with her
boyfriend to Florida from Minnesota. They first settled
On an early visit to Anna Maria Island, Garness saw
a pamphlet for the turtle program. She also saw some
AMITW walkers on the beach.
"I remember thinking how neat it would be to be
able to do that," she says.
On a subsequent trip to the Island, Garness and her
boyfriend became temporarily stranded with a broken-
"We were like walking around, thinking it would be
nice to live here," she remembers. They collected some
pamphlets for rentals on the Island and had thought the
costs over their budget. Then, one day, Garness read
a classified ad for a "fisherman's dream" residence in
"Next thing I knew, I was living on an Island," she
Garness is a rookie with AMITW, a newer walker
recruited to replace two retired walkers this summer.
She was asked to walk by a Bradenton Beach neighbor
"who knew I was into conservation."
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 132
loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as of July
20. AMITW also reported 83 false crawls.
As of The Islander's deadline, AMITW had
not reported any hatched eggs.
Nesting season continues through October.
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Colleen Garness monitors Section 8for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Garness walks before heading to Bradenton, where
she works as a customer service representative.
"It's a really nice way to start the day," she says.
" My days go a lot better when I'm out here first thing
in the morning."
About two weeks ago, Gamess came across her first
nest on the beach. She also has come across two false
crawls - incidents in which a female turtle has crawled
ashore to lay her eggs, but for some reason aborted the
Last Friday, Garness arrived to the beach hoping
to come across a new nest.
"I was really expecting one," she says. "I brought
all four flags."
She left the beach last week without finding a
nest, but with a bag heavy with trash collected from
And she left, just mid-u ,\ tllh i 'ugh the 2008 nesting
season, knowing she wants to return for a sophomore
"It's really nice to do something that you know
helps," she says.
Jerry Mayer and Helio Gomez, both 13, collect money
from Island businesspeople July 16 for a project to monitor
marine turtles. Jerry, a volunteer for Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, wanted to raise money for a fund to monitor
sea turtles via satellite in a campaign involving the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the
University of Georgia. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host classes in making
garden stepping stones and painting with watercolors.
Local artist Glen LeFevre will lead the two-session
course in creating garden stepping stones monthly at
the Center. The next session will take place 9:30 a.m.
to noon Aug. 13 and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
The deadline to register is Aug. 6.
Local artist Sue Lynn Cotton will teach color
mixing from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, call the Center at
Visiting artist wins magazine honor
Florida Wildlife Magazine, reinstituting its annual art
contest this year, recently honored Joan Garcia of Lutz
with an honorable mention. Garcia spends many weekends
on Anna Maria Island, including one weekend creating
"North S�. ..- Landing." The painting is a part of a series
of shore birds. Islander Image: Courtesy Joan Garcia
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 23
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Look for great fishing action offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico for grouper, snapper and amberjack right now,
as well as some dolphin - the fish, not Flipper.
For bay fishers, it's redfish and trout that are the
target catches, as well as mangrove snapper. And don't
forget those sharks in Terra Ceia Bay or the floun-
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait and
Tackle in Cortez said he's putting his charters onto
catch-and-release snook, plus some big trout.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing is
stable for grouper, snapper and amberjack, plus some
dolphin, with most catches coming from about 30 miles
out in the Gulf. In the backwater, he said redfish were
the best catch, followed by trout up to 25 inches in
length. He also said he heard of a 22-inch flounder
caught in the bay.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been slow at the pier of late, with whitebait, mangrove
snapper and mackerel moving away from the dock.
Best bets have been sand perch and yellowtail jack, he
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there were catching a few snapper, jacks and
some mackerel, but the mackerel have mostly left.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
it's all mangrove snapper, most up to 26 inches in
length, plus redfish too big to keep.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports are coming in
from Terra Ceia Bay of lots of shark catches, with some
blacktips of up to 6 feet in length.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said his catch-and-release
snook action has been excellent, as well as limit-catches
of redfish and mangrove snapper to 17 inches in size.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said "the rainy and cloudy days
have helped moderate water temperatures a bit and
the fish have responded despite a spate of 12-hour
turn-around tides. The best action has still been man-
grove snapper, trout and redfish on the inshore waters
of Sarasota and Tampa Bays. The super-high full-
moon tides have made success difficult when the tide
levels get above 2.0, but it has been good from dead
low to around 1.8 feet. Capt. Zack said he's catching
plenty of smallish bait, and dense schools of finger
mullet are plentiful. Zach says they're "killer bait for
most inshore species." He's also catching scattered
flounder, snook, mackerel, bluefish, jacks and lady-
On my boat Magic, we caught some 38 snook,
redfish to 31 inches, trout too 24 inches plus flounder
to 21 inches last week,
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
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
email@example.com. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
Center to hold fishing
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's sport
fishing tournament will take place July 25-27.
The tournament will feature a total of $16,000
in cash payouts for winners from first to 10th in the
inshore and offshore fishing categories. The top prize
in each category will be $3,000.
The tournament also will feature a children's fish-
ing contest on the Anna Maria City Pier from 8:30 a.m.
to noon Saturday, July 26.
The children's contest, limited to 40 kids ages 14
years and under, will see assistance from the Anna
Maria Island Privateers. The registration time is 8
The big-money tournament will begin with a cap-
tain's meeting July 25, followed by the weekend of
( Ihi, L dt enrolled in the Anna Maria Island Art
League's first-ever youth camp, the Great Island Art
Escape, work in modeling clay and mosaics June 26
in the AMIAL studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Sixteen children attended the program.
Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
Snook * Trout * Redfish * Tarpon * Grouper * Sha.k.
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Capt Mark Howard Inshore Ilearshore
SVacation plus fishing
equals fun, fun, fun
Tom Sujecki and son Joseph went
, fishing with charter Capt. Josh
SPeurifoy while on vacation on
Anna Maria Island and caught
- grouper and mackerel, but "best
of all," said Tom, was a "battle
with a 100- and a 150-pound
tarpon." Joseph is pictured with a
mangrove snapper caught off the
public beach pier.
tournament July 25.27
fishing and an awards banquet at noon Sunday, July
27, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The fishing hours will be from the end of the cap-
tain's meeting at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
Beach at 8:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
There will be three weigh-in stations, one at Galati
Marina in Anna Maria, one at the Mar Vista Dockside
Restaurant on Longboat Key and one at the 59th Street
Boat Ramp on the Manatee River in Bradenton, accord-
ing to the official contest rules. The weigh-in stations
will be open from 8:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 26.
Boat registration fees are $375 and must be paid
by 5 p.m. July 25.
For more information, call the Center at
Sadi Elbert and Savannah Higgins show off their clay
creations, made June 26 in the art camp hosted by
the Anna Maria Island Art League.
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24 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Island sportsman loses life's challenge
By Kevin Cassidy
The sports section isn't the usual venue for an obit-
uary, but Jon Timothy Lease, known as Tim to those of
us who grew up on Anna Maria Island with him, had
a life that centered around sports. Lease, 45, died July
16, 2008. He was a lifelong resident of Anna Maria
Island and my best friend. He grew up playing in all of
the sports offered by what was then known as the Anna
Maria Island Youth Center, where his mother Loretta
worked and volunteered for many years.
He is best remembered as a fun loving guy and as
the best athlete from a large and very athletic family.
Brothers Dan and Jeff will argue that they were better
in ping-pong, while brother Matt might argue that his
"nothing serve" baffled Tim during their many tennis
matches, but that's not how I remember it.
Tim's best sport was probably soccer. He played
a major role on the Coors Light adult amateur soccer
team that won a state title for the Sarasota Futball Club
in 1993. He also was a key player on the Island Football
Club team that won the Suncoast Soccer League Divi-
sion Cup in a thrilling, double overtime game against
the Slovaks in 1996.
Also an avid golfer, Tim often joked that he was in
training to compete on the PGA senior tour. No matter
what sport Tim was playing at the time, one thing was
certain, Tim was good at it - and his hair was perfect!
Tim is survived by his mother Loretta, sisters Kathy
Harris, Terry Williams and brothers Tom, Ken, Steve,
Dan, Jim, Ric, Matt and Jeff.
There will be a celebration of Tim's life for all
friends and family members from noon-3 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 3, at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens at 9800
17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. People are encouraged to
bring photos of Tim and stories to share to complete a
lasting memory for those who loved him.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match on July 14. The
team of Dick Mills, Fred Meyer, Jim McCartney and
Gerry Brown matched the 15-under-par 49 carded by
the team of Carl Wencker, Chuck Reed, Ralph Bassett
and Austin Rice to tie for first place.
The ladies played a low-net and low-gross game on
July 15. Tootie Wagner and Joyce Brown both carded
26 to tie for first for low net in flight 1. Joyce Reith shot
a 28 to finish in second place. Wagner also won the low
gross with a 36.
First place in flight 2 went to Linda Kelly with a 27.
Meredith Slavin took second place with a 30, while Norma
Moran Shearer finished in third place with a 31. Kelly's
41 was good enough to win the low gross in flight 2.
The women joined up with the men for a best-ball-
of-foursome coed tourney on July 18. The team of Jane
Winegarden, Joyce Brown, Jim Finn and Earl Huntz-
inger fired a 7-under-par 25 to take first place. Finn and
Huntzinger helped their cause with chipins on holes 1
and John Cella
held June 21
on Siesta Key.
They placed first
with a time of 1
hour 10 min-
utes. They were
and 6. Rose Slomba and Web Cutting also had chipins
on the day.
Native Surf Camp offers another session
Professional surfer Ryan Helm is hosting another
surf camp July 28- Aug. 1 at the White Avenue beach
in Holmes Beach. Participants will learn the basics of
surfing, such as how to spot a wave to ride, stand up
and ultimately take the wave to the beach.
Lessons on ocean safety, sun safety and the envi-
ronment are included, as well as games and activities
on the beach throughout the fun-filled week. The fee is
For more information or to sign up, call the West
Coast Surf Shop at 778-1001.
Get in the horseshoe game
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Tim Lease on his game.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 2, 9600 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took a handgun and a gold coin
from her car.
July 11, Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive, posses-
sion of marijuana. The driver was stopped for driving
a vehicle with a cracked windshield. It was determined
the driver had no valid insurance and a search of the
vehicle turned up marijuana. He was arrested.
July 12, 100 block Palmetto Avenue, burglary. The
complainant said someone took two bicycles from his
screened porch. The bikes were found several blocks
from the residence and returned.
July 12, 100 block Cedar Avenue, information. The
complainant said he found a bicycle in his driveway.
July 13, 100 block Cedar Avenue, found property.
The complainant said he found three bicycles in the
road. They were placed in the city's bike barn.
July 13, 100 block Hammock Road, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a bicycle from his home,
leaving one in place.
July 13, 500 block Pine Avenue, criminal mischief.
The complainant said people at a party next door broke
her flower pots after having a confrontation, with dam-
ages estimated at $500.
July 14, 200 block Periwinkle, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took her bicycle from her garage.
July 13,200 block Palm Avenue, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took two bicycles and a skateboard from
her residence. One bike was recovered and returned.
No new reports.
July 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. The complainant said that someone took his
car keys, pants and a cell phone from his parked car.
July 14, Key Royale, watering violations. Several
homeowners were cited for watering violations.
July 15, 5327 Gulf Drive, Wachovia Bank, check
fraud. The complainant said she cashed a friend's
check, and the bank notified her that the check was
July 15, 5325 Marina Drive, Tidemark develop-
ment, trespass. The property manager said he had
warned two people fishing at the property to leave
several times and wanted a trespass warning issued.
July 15, 7600 block Gulf Drive, trespass. The
complainant said her daughter was sitting outside her
home and refused to leave. She was issued a trespass
July 16, 300 block Clark Drive, criminal mischief.
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach police continue to investigate a
July 10 aggravated battery that sent one man with
traumatic injuries to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the victim, identified as Jeff
Haskins, 39, of Bradenton Beach, continued his
recovery. Emergency medical helicopter took
Haskins to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Peters-
burg at about 10:40 p.m. July 10.
He was found in a parking lot at the Island
Shopping Center on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach
after an apparent fight with two patrons of D.Coy
Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Police released descriptions of the two suspects
seen beating Haskins in the parking lot.
One suspect was described as about 28-32
years old, 160 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches tall with
dark curly hair and a dark complexion.
The second suspect was described as about
Sarasota man charged
with car burglary in
A Sarasota man was arrested and charged with car
burglary July 14 after witnesses confronted him after
they observed him entering a
car parked on Bridge Street.
Jonathon Robert Meyers, 36,
was charged with burglary to a
According to the report,
Meyers entered a Hyundai
parked at 116 Bridge St., took a
wallet, business cards and CDs,
Meyers then left the vehicle and threw
the items in Anna Maria Sound near the Historic Bridge
Street Pier. Witnesses confronted him, Bradenton Beach
Police officers were called, and he was charged with
Officers recovered the items from the water.
"Meyer showed remorse and said in the future he
could help us with drug cases on the Island," according
to the report.
The complainant said a woman banged on the door of
her rental condominium unit, then attempted to enter
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28-32 years old, 150 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches tall,
with short blond hair and a light complexion.
Police also continued to review possible evi-
dence leading to the identity of the suspects. Video
surveillance cameras exist in the area. Also, the bar
uses a scanner system to check the validity of iden-
"We are looking into any information from the
bar that can help identify the suspects," HBPD Lt.
Dale Stephenson said.
"We were able to obtain some information and
that's with the detective right now."
HBPD detective Steven Wolff also planned to
interview Haskins, who as of July 18 remained at
Bayfront Medical Center listed in stable condition
but unable to answer questions.
Witnesses can call HBPD at 941-778-5804,
ext. 243, or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at
941-634-8477 for a possible reward in the event
information leads to an arrest.
A map is not available for exact locations of the Long-
boat Key trolley stops from Coquina Beach, but the Mana-
tee County Area Transit "ride guide" states that "trolley
stops are two to four blocks apart along the route."
A green sign along the Anna Maria Island to down-
town Sarasota route with either an MCAT or SCAT
logo designates a trolley stop. The route time schedules
prepared by MCAT and SCAT indicate the Longboat
Key trolley is expected to arrive at a stop every 30
Meanwhile, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
executive director Gail Loefgren is preparing a route
map of trolley stop locations for dissemination to cham-
ber members and the general public.
The Longboat Key Trolley is a cooperative effort
between MCAT and SCAT, although each is funded sepa-
rately. The Longboat Key Trolley costs 75 cents to ride.
The MCAT Island trolley, from the city pier in
Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, is
free for riders.
The Longboat Key Trolley originates at the trolley
Coquina Beach roundabout by the snack bar.
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26 0 JULY 23, 2008 E THE ISLANDER
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will host a
Sd it benefit for the Make-A-Wish Founda-
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Privateers
will join the new Jolly Roger at the "old
world" Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes
Beach for a Christmas in July event on
The Privateers are expected at the
Jolly Roger Friday for a first-ever rib-
bon-cutting by swords to christen the
new pirate theme for the restaurant.
Everyone is welcome to join the fun,
which will include special happy hour
prices on food and drinks, samples of
Chef Aldo's Italian fare, and a treat from
the Jolly treasure chest for youngsters.
Kids, parents, ahoy! Kids 12 and
under eat free from the Jolly Roger kid's
menu when accompanied by a regular
fare adult diner through the end of July.
And there are three menus for adults to
choose from, including choices from
the new lighter-fare Jolly Roger menu,
Aldo's Italian menu and the established
favorites from the Ooh La La! fine dining
menu. From cannelloni to steak sandwich
to potato-crusted grouper, something on
the trio menu is sure to please.
The Christmas in July celebration
and restaurant christening will be 5 p.m.
to 6 p.m. Friday, July 25. Kids, bucca-
neers, pirates and renegade privateers
are welcome - and, hopefully, Santa
will make an appearance.
For more information, call the
Jolly Roger any evening after 5 p.m.,
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27, to raise money for the organization,
which works to help children with life-
threatening illnesses realize their wishes.
The staff will raise money with pro-
ceeds from hair cuts, massages and other
For more information, call
Free juice: Key
Many pickup trucks gobble gasoline
like athletes gulp Gatorade.
But not Tom Stockebrand's S10
Chevy pickup. Stockebrand's vehicle is
electric and the electrical hobbyist has
bragged that his "from here to there travel"
cost about 25 cents a gallon. He first drove
an electric truck in 1995. That was replaced
in 2000 with the current S 10.
"Total 13 years," Stockebrand said
of his electric ride.
Now Stockebrand, a resident of Key
Royale and retired electrical engineer,
can brag that he gets his home e nci.' '.
free - sort of.
Stockebrand, working with Rex
James and Solar Direct of Bradenton,
recently installed a 5.25 kilowatt Pho-
tovoltaic Solar system at his home.
The system of solar panels creates
an e iit.'iv source for the residence and
allows him to sell excess power to Flor-
ida Power & Light, which presently is
seeking a consumer rate hike for fuel
"I'm getting $3 per day from the
sun," he said. "I should be getting about
$1,000 per year, which makes the invest-
ment pay at 10 percent if all the rebates
Stockebrand's solar panels were
installed by the side of his home with
a southern view for optimum sunshine,
according to James, a vice president of
market development for Solar Direct.
Call us for all
your sales or
(866) 519-SATO (7286)
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Stockebrand plans to eventually add
solar-based systems to heat water for the
home and the pool, a common package
for Floridians, James said.
"Our customers see about a 50 per-
cent discount on their solar investments
thanks to Gov. Charlie Crist's initia-
tives for renewable e nc .' v in the state,"
James said. "When the state falls in
line with others and offers a premium
for the power generated by systems such
as Stockebrand's, Tom and all customers
who invest in solar for their homes will
reap added benefits from their socially
responsible green investment."
The cost of a solar electric system can
run about $50,000, but more than $20,000
in rebates and credits are available.
Island real estate
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 109, Playa
Encantada, Holmes Beach, a 1,830 sf;a
/ 2,140 sfu 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo
built in 1980 was sold 07/01/08, Sato to
Besant family Trust for $1,220,000.
200 Gulf Drive S., Unit 3, Sand-
castle Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,479 sfla / 1,591 sfur 3bed/2bath
Gulffront condo built in 2003 was sold
07/01/08, WL Properties Inc. to Darish
for $750,000; list $825,000.
302 65th St., Unit A, Coastal
Villas, Holmes Beach, a 2,495 sfla
4bed/312bath/2car land condo built in
2008 was sold 07/02/08, Coastal Cot-
tages 7 LLC to Leggio for $660,000; list
134 49th St., Unit A, Coastal Cot-
tages 3, Holmes Beach, a 2,495 sfla
4bed/312bath/2car land condo built in
2008 was sold 07/02/08, Coastal Cot-
tages 6 LLC to Quinn for $620,000; list
222 82nd St., Unit A, Seagrove,
Holmes Beach, a 2,242 sfla / 3,665 sfur
3bed/2bath land condo built in 2001
was sold 07/02/08, Beadle to Nowicki
229 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,386 sfla / 3,161 sfur 3bed/2bath/4car
home built in 1999 on a 53x94 lot was
sold 07/02/08, Altstaetter to O'Connell
for $485,000; list $518,900.
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Sales * Rentals * Property Management
N rman 941-778-6696
lorman 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty HOLMES BEACH
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Reach more than 20,000 people weekly
with your ad -for as little as $12!
668 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 1,717 sfla / 2,865 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in
1971 on a 101x115 lot was sold 06/30/08,
Bungee to Reichl for $475,000; list
107 12th St. S., Bradenton Beach,
a 640 sfla / 885 sfur Ibed/lbath home
built in 1949 on a 50x100 lot was sold
07/02/08, Levitt to Wells for $425,000.
701 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 781
sfla / 1,087 sfur 2bed/1 bath home built in
1947 on a 50x100 lot was sold 07/02/08,
TLC Properties 2 Anna Maria LLC to
Cowan for $419,045.
407 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a
1,250 sfla / 1,456 sfur 2bed/1bath/Icar
home built in 1957 on a 74x105 lot
was sold 07/01/08, Case to Curtis for
$359,500; list $499,000.
1105 Gulf Drive S., Unit 3, Blue
Horizon, Bradenton Beach, a 1,388 sfla
/ 1,500 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1977 was sold 07/03/08, Blue Horizon
Condo Developers LLC to Ditommaso
3 601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 109, Sandy
Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 1,004 sfla /
1,074 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1994 was sold 07/02/08, Levit to Dick-
erson for $245,000; list $269,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Cur-
rent Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2008
Melinda Lampariello, left, welcomes Glenn
Gallo and Nancy Elie of Gallo Chiro-
practic and Carrie Price Whaley of The
Islander newspaper at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast at
the July 9 Melinda's Cafe in the Tidemark
Si'. 1 1'." ', Holmes Beach. Islander Photos:
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ISLA - ER CLA SSIFIEDj
MOVING: TABLE, SIX chairs, leaf with match-
ing buffet, $600. 36x48 Mirror, $65. Baker's rack,
$80. Refrigerator, $150. Broyhill desk/hutch, $125.
Mission desk, $90. Storwal horizontal file, $80.
SEALY TWIN BED, 2 months old, $150. Ross exer-
cise bike, $100. Much more. 941-794-5980.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. Clothing sales. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 26.2814
Ave. E, Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26. Chairs,
pictures, miscellaneous items. 236 Oak Ave., Anna
THREE FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur-
day, July 26. Table and chairs, two coffee tables,
dresser, waterbed, three desks, kitchenware, lamps,
antiques, jewelry, much brick-brack. 218 84th St.,
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org
YARD SALE: FULL house of furniture and lots of
other items. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday-Sunday. 733
Holly Road, Anna Maria.
HUGE MOVING SALE 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July
25, and Saturday, July 26. Furniture, art, bike, col-
lectibles, extension ladder, mower, water skis, tube,
fishing tackle, etc. 607 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, COLLECTIBLES, wet-
suit, printers, scanners, etc. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
July 26. 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
SIDEWALK "YARD" SALE continues at The Islander,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 23-25,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST LARGE TIGER cat, pink collar. 3200 Gulf
Drive. Please call, 941-201-4571.
WOMAN'S PRESCRIPTION GLASSES found July
4 at the 63rd Street beach access, Holmes Beach.
813-689-4135 or 813-685-1585.
JIB/HEADSAIL BEACHCAT with white sail.
Lost July 5 along Bay Boulevard. Reward. Call
ENTERTAINMENT: CORPORATE, GOLF and pri-
vate parties. 781-367-0339, www.bbrodney.com.
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.
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
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-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
2001 FORD TAURUS SE: 4-door, 16,600 miles,
gold/tan cloth, new brakes, fuel pump. $4,895.
2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental and
instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout with
Capt. Jim Savaglio. License, bait, tackle included.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
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We Make Owning a Vacation Home
on Anna Maria Island a Reality
state-of-the-art comforts you expect from a luxury resort.
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Fractional Ownership from $15,000 -*47,000
This advertisement is being used for the purpose of soliciting fractional ownership sales as
governed by Florida Statutes Chapter 721 entitled The Florida Vacation Plan and TimesharingAct.
This offer is not directed to residents in any state in which a registration of the timeshare plan
is required but in which registration requirements have not yet been met.
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Full-service marina with dock master, fishing guides and Bradenton Country
Club privileges. Beach and marina clubhouses. Each visit a seamless vacation
experience, overseen by a concierge and housekeeping staff.
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EOQUALHOUNG in which registration requirements have not been fulfilled. Illustrations are an artist's conceptual rendering; details are subject to
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. Sandy'\ Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
ServCe Quality & Dependable Service.
SCall us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
- Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
Home Purchase & Refinance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
www.9411ending.com * 104 Bridge St. * Bradenton Beachl
We Come To You Full Warranty
* Power * Locks
Trunks * Door Handles 941-780-1735
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Residential * Commercial * Remodeling
SDesign service * Kitchens and baths
Condo remodels * Patios and decks
' 941-720-7519 * References available
Islands Cleaning & Pet-Sitting Services
in the comfort of
your own home
for 20 years ,
"They're our family too"1 * 941-592-5464
Irri-INtiol - UpliILktit1
IMPACT-RESISTANT WINDOWS & DOORS
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"Your full service glass shop"
TWO SCOOPS - ANNA Maria Island's favorite
ice-cream shop and cafe is now hiring part-time
associates. Varied shifts available, must be able to
work nights and weekends. Great pay, $8-9/hour. A
great place to work and have a little fun, looking for
a few friendly people. Food preparation experience
a plus. Apply today at Two Sides of Nature, located
in Bayview Plaza, 101 S. Bay Blvd., unit A-1.
HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant, etc.
$1,300,000. Longview Realty: 941-383-6112.
GARDEN/HOME DECOR. Enchanting Holmes
Beach shop is fun to run. Only $45,000. Longview
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School fresh-
man Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle school
children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysitting.
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or
BABYSITTING AND PETSITTING. Teen with
child daycare experience and Red Cross certi-
fied available all summer. Katie, 941-778-1491 or
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.
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.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to help
a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid, CNA
certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island references.
Flexible scheduling. Personal/household care, driv-
ing, companionship. 941-778-5958.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The
Here is Charlotte,
great with kids/
dogs, but no cats,
$80, call Julie at
Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee Humane
SPONSORED BY Th' Islander
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIR, handyman. Island resi-
dent. Very meticulous and reliable. Free estimates.
Call Colin, 941-376-0541.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The Islander.
and Pest Control
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Commercial and residential contractor
serving Anna Maria Island for 27 years.
New construction, remodeling, kitchen
makeover ... all your needs from
design to completion.
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LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
CLEANING FAIRIES: LONG-time resident, weekly,
biweekly, reasonable rates and attention detail. Free
A&B WINDOW CLEANING: residential, commer-
cial, window caulking, pressure washing and paint-
ing. Island resident. Day: 941-545-3845. Evening:
PLEASE, LET ME clean your house for you, your
way. 20 years experience. Barb, 941-792-1381.
SUPER CLEAN YOUR home! I'm a fastidious,
Asian housekeeper who loves to clean. I'll make
your home sparkle! Island resident, 100 percent
reliable with VIP references. Free estimates. Call
WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs cov-
ered! Print work: logos brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smashcat
Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
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.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
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 check.my.house@
verizon.net 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-
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE WEEKENDS and week-
nights. Experienced woman, Island references,
patient, caring and responsible. 941-726-5838.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and spread,
For all your hauling needs, call David Bannigan.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell,
941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
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Renovation Specialist * All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2,000jobs on Anna Maria Island
Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
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Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and clean
Call Junior, 807-1015
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down * Easy Access * Clean * Security Cameras
941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill 941-795-5100.
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
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
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. Handy-
man, 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. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.
WOOD, TILE, MOSAIC and carpet. Custom installa-
tions, quality workmanship, prompt service, reliable.
Licensed and insured, free estimates, many Island
references. Contact Omar, 941-447-7627, opolar@
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS! Do you need help
with services for your home? Free estimates, 941-
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
2/BR DUPLEX NEAR Blake, one block off Cortez
Road, extra clean, $725/month. 941-761-4040.
NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Call
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ANNA Maria, 2BR/1BA,
screened breezeway, washer/dryer if needed. Walk
to beach and bay, near community center. Water
and garbage included, $875/month. 941-756-8787,
BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex, block
from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage, granite
kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-person Jacuzzi,
elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf and Intrac-
oastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely pristine, no
pets, $2200/month annually with option to buy. Call
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT paradise. 2BR/2BA,
tropical pool with spa, two boat lifts, minutes to Gulf.
Don't miss it! $2,300/month, annual, available Aug.
PRIME COMMERCIAL LOCATION in heart
of Holmes Beach. 5382 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for-
merly Smith Realtors, all new interior, high visibility,
1,900 sf. Only $2,400/month. Also, 24x12 storage
unit, $250/month. 941-746-8666.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA apartment. 100 feet
from bay. First, last, security deposit, $795/month.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL APARTMENT furnished or
unfurnished. One block from beach and trolley stop.
Great outdoor living in Bradenton Beach. Call Liz,
941-778-2173 or 941-962-8844.
WANTED TO RENT: 2-3BR/2BA, Jan 15-April 15,
2009. Prefer Anna Maria near Gulf. 877-476-0488,
ext. 214, or email@example.com.
ANNUAL HALF DUPLEX, 3BR/2BA with washer/
dryer hookups, beautiful tile, close to beach, $900/
month. 1 BR/1 BA, tile, $700/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
duplex, 2BR/2BA, recently updated, walk to beach.
Two bonus rooms, large garage. $1,500/month.
404-441-6471, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. Dock, furnished.
$2,000/month, $900/week. $150/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach, no pets, ground level, $1,000/month.Washer,
dryer, water and lawn care included. Jim Anderson
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 2BR/2BA,
den, hookups, central heating/air, pets consid-
ered, $925/month, $1,000 security 941-962-5827.
BEACH APARTMENT: EVERYTHING furnished.
Includes washer, dryer, internet, pool/hot tub. Semi-
annual rental, $950/month. 941-778-7315.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space. 8799
Cortez Road. 625 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. AVAILABLE Aug. 1. No
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
PARTING THOUGHTS By Matt Ginsberg / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Having chutzpah
6 Home of the
9 Hale-___ (comet
seen in 1997)
13 Take a chance
19 Page facing a
20 Arthur Miller
play about the
trials, with "The"
23 Take heat from?
24 Downhill racer
25 Poet John who
wrote "Lives of
26 Last request, part
29 Rains in Spain
30 Twigs, perhaps
31 Animal more
closely related to
than the dog
36 Cabinet inits.
38 Part of a range:
40 Not maj.
Answers to this
on page 28
44 Election ending?
45 Request, part 2
52 Barney's buddy,
54 Veiled comment?
55 "Sense and
56 "Thumbs way
57 Unlike drive.
reverse has just
59 Lord's land
61 With 95-Across,
recipes are used
65 Request, part 3
66 How good
71 On Soc. Sec.,
72 "The King and I"
77 God, in Granada
79 Request, part 4
84 ___ culpa
85 Actress Mimieux
of "Where the
86 Supply in a loft
87 Alludes (to)
89 Lambert airport's
92 "___ pig's eye!"
95 See 61-Across
96 ___ ballerina
98 Salma Hayek, for
101 1970s Renault
102 End of the
108 European carrier
109 Part of many an
110 Morticia, to
Fester, on "The
111 Gander : goose
" tercel :___
112 More chic
113 Clothing retailer
114 Erica Jong's
116 Uno + due
I Very dry
2 Only female
3 Sch. known for
4 Having grooves
5 'Hood inhabitant
7 Crowd in Calais?
8 Grease up
Hitler in "Mein
10 M.D.'s who
11 What dead men
don't wear, per a
1982 film title
12 Tasty tubes
14 W.W. I's so-
15 Reptilian, in a
17 Tab, e.g.
18 "Shogun" sequel
27 Not exactly
28 One of two title
roles (in the
same film) for
34 Desire, for one
35 Sign in the
37 Noted bunny
40 Jason's jiltee
41 Matador's move
42 Social worker
43 Scattered (about)
46 Pirate whose
Poe's "The Gold-
47 Keeper of a
50 Bad guys
51 Count (on)
53 Benin, until 1975
58 Matter of law
62 Deep bleu sea
63 Bigmouth, for
64 Pollen producer
67 Ein Berliner,
70 Clarifying words
75 Treebeard. e.g.
78 Manuscript encl.
80 Ace's specialty
82 Spinachlike plant
83 Won back
88 Unseen part of
90 Like some
91 In the cards
94 Not AWOL
95 Poe poem that
ends "From grief
and groan to a
beside the King
97 Word of thanks
100 Edison rival
101 Cubic decimeter
103 Spend time
104 Cut, say
105 Give up
106 Aspirin, e.g.
107 Roger who won
the Best Actor
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 31
AISLANERF A F E
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, 2-car garage. Walk to bay
and beach. Caged pool, separate 1 1x40 screened
lanai, updated domed kitchen, formal dining
room, much more. $1,595/month, plus deposit.
ANNA MARIA CITY, historical 2BR/3BA, or
1 BR/2BA plus 2BR/1 BA guest. Screened porch,
workshop, carport, patios, shade, fruit trees, flow-
ers and privacy. Wheel-chair friendly. New aluminum
roof. Handyman special. $629,000. 941-778-9217.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $440,000.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
E ( Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
846 Waterside Lane,
Best Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
water views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis
and 24-guard gate. Only $235,000!
Br~ghig Pes*e Horm Sim 1939
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulf Front VALUE IS IN 2 LOTS only a few
lot.Buildyourdreamrhomehere.Walk 100 yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street
the sugar white sand beach, watch the & beach access. Build 2 homes or
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins remodel cottage & live in paradise.
swimby.Writeyournovelhere! Becky 2BR/1.5BA . Karen Day (941)
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246. 778-2246. #M573537. $849,000
EXQUISITE Gulf views & luxury ame- HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
nities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown Moldings Well maintained 3BR/2BA canal front
accent high ceilings & open plan. residence w/open floor plan, private
Granite countertops & stainless appl. setting with new dock, paver brick
Designer perfect furnishings. Karen patio & drive and excellent island loca-
Day (941) 778-2246. #M578289. tion. Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246.
$1,599,000 #M564733. $499,000
REDUCED! Well maintained 3BR/3BA GORGEOUS BAYFRONT HOME with
residence on Deep Water Canal w/ private dock and lift. Updated with
short walk to beach. Open floor plan wood floors, granite countertops
with hardwood floors, newer master and stainless steel appliances. Large
suite, large covered porch and 21x17 master suite with Jacuzzi tub and
workshop. Dave Moynihan (941) garaoge. One block to the beach.
720-0089. #M572802. $699,000 Deborah Thrasher 941-778-2246.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
1BR/1BA MOBILE HOME. You own land in water-
front park. No monthly fees. Great condition.
Reduced!! $85,000. 513-470-3851.
BEST BUY ON Pine Avenue. Residential/
commercial. $569,000, compare at $750,000.
ISLAND WATERFRONT HOME. Updated 3BR/2BA,
pool, spa, boat dock. Creative terms, $799,000.
A HUNDRED STEPS to the beach, cozy 2BR/1 BA.
Open plan, furnished, washer/dryer. $249,000.
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.
NEW ARIZONA LAND rush! 1 or 2.5 football field-
sized lots! $0 down. $0 interest. $159-$208/month!
Money back guarantee! 866-819-2485 or www.sun-
HOW ABOUT TENNESSEE? For a list of available
lake and mountain homes and properties call Lake-
side Realty toll free at 888-291-5253, or visit www.
z -'W and meet...
Herr HA YES
' /Global market. Global connections.
94 1.308.6494 - email@example.com
Terry Hayes, Realtor@ discoverannamaria.com
200 S. Gulf Drive Palm Isle Village
SOLD unit 3- only 2 units left! Hurry! Bank-owned Investment opportunity! 300 feet from the beach,
foreclosure! Beachfront condos with granite and turnkey furnished cottages with pool. Rental income
10-ft ceilings. Call Terry for details.These won't last at of $30k - $50k1
$795,000 Priced from the $450s
2418 Avenue C
Builders home! Custom finishes, chefs kitchen in
this 3br/2ba condo with exquisite gulf views and
panoramic island views from roof-top patio. Ready
for hot tub!
2500 Gulf Dr
NEW Gulf fronttown home. Only 2 build 3/2 and 2/2
with amazing views, enclosed garage and pool. Great rental
potential! Short sale. Bring offers
798 N. Shore Drive
North end of Anna Maria just across street from beach!
Adorable beach house with 3BR/2BA plus I BR/I BA guest
suite. Gulf views,vaulted ceilings, bright and open with lots of
windows and open plan. Beautifully maintained, fresh paint,
and furnished. Rental history in place!
6404 Gulf Dr
LPlage is Anna Maria's premiere Gulffront gated condo
community.This 3BR/3BA offers exquisite finishes and de-
signerfurnishes. Lush tropical landscape and gulf front pool!
4911 Gulf Dr 12306 Bayointe Terrace
Most beautiful bay front home! 4BR/3BA with fabulous Short sale! Gated boating community of Harbour
lagoon style pool. Deep water inlet with dock large Landings - deep water protected boat slip and custom
enough for 2 boats and a 20,0001b lift! Beautifully 3br/3.5ba executive style home with cage pool, enclosed
updated with fresh paint in and out. Must see! terraced lanai with outdoor kitchen. Custom built-ins
and sliders open wide for entertaining.
$1,199,000 Reduced! $999,000
SK ob s LogbatKey F.-22
9657 NW 18th Avenue Circle - The Loop of NW Bradenton
Gated with 4900 sq ft, 4BR/3BA split plan, caged pool, exceptional finishes
and built-ins. Wonderful family or executive style home with formal living
and dining area, family room, office with wet bar and luxurious master suite
offering his and her's closets. Her closet is room size! Priced to sell.
32 0 JULY 23, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Q (A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities
Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
cyclical. With the current temporary downturn, we needed to
produce a home that filled the needs of our homebuyers and yet
was able to be sold at a price that fits today's market.
Q: How do you figure out what people want in a new home?
A: You ask them. We asked thousands of homeowners and some
apartment dwellers a lot of questions about what they wanted
and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
today's young families, empty-nest couples, active adults, young
professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
been building homes for over 38 years. And, more importantly,
we've been listening to our homeowners. We have a referral rate
of 98 percent. I think that's because we're good listeners. And,
as a company, we're all on the same page: we're dedicated to
creating unequalled customer satisfaction.
0: I understand you've sold a lot of these homes since they were
introduced in February of this year. Why do you think they've
been so well received?
A. The homes themselves offer people a large range of choices.
Throughout our communities there are 24 different home choices
in the Cafe Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't
have built our new Cafe Collection homes without the help of our
Trade Partners. They're the people we've worked with for a long,
long time. Some of our vendors have been in business with us for
decades. They have helped us reduce the cost of building. And,
we're working with some land purchased as early as 1980.
Our land was purchased at what would be considered discounts
compared to current values. We're able to pass those savings to
Q: Do you think the Caf6 Collection is real estate's future?
A: I think it is real estate's immediate future. Right now, the
market has contracted and there is a great need for smaller, less
amenitized homes. As the market cycle continues to expand,
buyers will once again want larger homes with more architectural
elements. Neal Communities has added the Cafe Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.
Introducing A New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family
In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton
Caf6 interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.
Priced from $259,900
For information please call Betsy Schutz at
O Perico Harbor
( Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches
0 Robinson's Preserve
O Botanical Garden Park
0 Rivertown Marina
0 Stewart Elementary School
O King Middle School
O U.S. Post Office
0 Urgent Care Medical Center
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