Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: August 20, 2008
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VOLUME 16, NO.42

First bell rings for new
school year at Anna
Maria Elementary.
Page 9

the news ...
Coquina improvement
plans draw questions.
Page 2

County acts to protect
Bean Point swimmers.
Page 3

Government calendar:
When meetings take
place and where.
Page 3

Questions for the
county commission
candidates. Page 5

Our opinion: Endorse-
ments in the county
commission races.
Page 6

Storm stirs over Anna
Maria stormwater fee.
Page 10

Cortez hosts waterfront
workshop. Page 11

Those were the days:
Looking back to the
saga of Anna Maria
City. Page 12

DeSoto hatchlings
debut. Page 15

Islander Calendar:
Looking for something
to do? Check the events
calendar. page 19

Do not feed: State
issues warning against
feeding pelicans.
Page 22

Fishing report: reds
good inshore, and
amberjack offshore.
Page 23

Focus on Fay as storm heads for Florida

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Fay was predicted to reach hurricane
strength as it headed for Florida Monday, but
the storm's path remained unclear.
Manatee County officials prepared for
Fay's impact by opening five shelters - Nolan
Middle for special needs, Manatee High,
Braden River High, Buffalo Creek Middle
and Myakka City Elementary schools - and
putting the emergency operations center at a
level one, full-activation status. A local state
of emergency was declared Monday morning,
with mandatory mobile home evacuation on
Anna Maria Island.
"Sustained tropical winds will begin
Tuesday at 9 a.m., peak traffic time for us.
Gale force winds that sustain 58 mph by
2 p.m. The smaller storms are some of the
hardest to predict," county emergency man-
agement chief Laurie Feagans said, warning
of a storm surge of more than 8 feet on local
An 11 a.m. Monday advisory from the
National Hurricane Center established a hur-
ricane warning for the southwestern Florida
coast from Flamingo to Anna Maria Island and
urged, "Preparations to protect life and prop-
erty should be rushed to completion."
Sarasota County officials on Aug. 17
opened three shelters and ordered the evacu-

The National Hurricane Center's forecast at 11 a.m. Aug. 18. Islander Image: Courtesy NHC

ation of mobile home parks and urged resi-
dents in low-lying areas and barrier islands
to leave.
As The Islander went to press, Fay
remained a tropical storm level, but with the
potential to build as it left Cuba and traveled
across warm water.
Fay became a tropical depression Aug. 15
and as early as Aug. 16, with the storm headed
toward Haiti, Florida officials were preparing

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Registered voters will head to the polls
Aug. 26 to decide several races.
"Remember that exercising your right to
vote is the cornerstone of our democracy,"
said Bob Sweat, Manatee County supervisor
of elections. "Help make a difference and go
to the polls and vote."
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. in the primary election.
Anna Maria residents will vote at city hall,
10005 Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach residents in precinct 92
will vote at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, and Holmes Beach residents in
precinct 93 will vote at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.
Bradenton Beach residents will vote at
Tingley Library, 111 Second St. N.
Cortez residents in precinct 49 will vote
at the Cortez Community Center, 4517 123rd
St. Court W.
Longboat Key residents in precinct 95 will
vote at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive.
A person's physical address will determine
where he or she votes and a person's voting
location is shown on the voter registration
Voters will be asked to show a picture ID,
as well as a signature ID.
Island ballots will include races for:
* Board of county commissioners, District
3, Jane von Hahmann versus John Chappie.
Both are Republicans, but with no Democratic
opponent, the race is open to all District 3
voters. The race will be decided on Aug. 26.
* Board of county commissioners, District
7, Joe McClash versus Greg Witham. Both are

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Republicans, but with no Democratic oppo-
nent, the countywide race is open to all voters.
The race will be decided Aug. 26.
* School board, District 2, Harry Kinnan
versus Dave Miner. The race is nonpartisan
and countywide. The race will be decided Aug.
* 12th Circuit judge, Connie Mederos-
Jacobs versus Gilbert A. Smith Jr. The race is
nonpartisan and countywide.
Island Republicans will also join in the
votes to nominate a candidate for the 12th
Circuit Court public defender - Larry Eger
or Ron Filipkowski; and elect a state commit-
teeman - John Colon, Paul A. Sharff or Craig

Election forum

offers candidate

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
John Lasson sat apart from a crowd of citi-
zens sporting T-shirts promoting their chosen
"I came with an open mind," Lasson of
Bradenton said as he awaited the start of The
Islander's Aug. 13 candidate forum at Holmes
Beach City Hall. "I haven't decided who I'm

Voters in Manatee County receive a paper
ballot inside a folder when they enter the poll-
ing place. Using a provided pen, voters fill
in the oval next to the candidate of choice.
They then insert the ballot into the ballot box,
where a scanning device reads the votes cast
and drops the ballot into a locked box.
For more information, call the supervisor
of elections office at 941-3823 or visit http://
votemanatee. com.

AMI Bridge lane

closures Thursday,

The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion said contractor Quinn Construction Co.
of Palmetto will close one lane of traffic on
the Anna Maria Island Bridge between 8 p.m.
and 6 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of
its $9.2 million rehabilitation of the bridge.
A similar closure is likely on Friday, Aug.
22, the DOT said.
The nighttime lane closures will continue
on Thursday and Friday at least until the end
of August, the DOT added.
A complete closure of the bridge to vehic-
ular traffic is scheduled for Sept. 29-Nov. 13.
Motorists also are reminded that the speed
limit on the bridge during the current construc-
tion is 25 mph.
For the latest information on the reha-
bilitation project, go on the Web to http:// and click on "community
links." People without Internet access can call

On the Web
For details on preparations for a storm,
go to and download
the newspaper's annual hurricane guide.
For local emergency updates on Fay,
go to or
To sign up for "storm alerts" and break-
ing news, go to The IslanderWeb site, top
right corner.

Primary voting takes place Aug. 26

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Bradenton Beach group questions Coquina plans

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee is ques-
tioning Manatee County's plans to add a playground
and two picnic shelters at Coquina Beach over other
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES group
reviewed the county project Aug. 11, and questioned
whether there are better uses for the estimated $300,000
Manatee County wants to secure a $200,000 state
recreational grant for the Coquina Beach project out-
lined in its capital improvements plan, said Maggie
Marr, county grants coordinator.
Existing facilities at the county-operated Coquina
Beach include concession buildings, two play areas,
rest rooms, a bathhouse, several pavilions, parking,
a paved multi-use trail, a fishing pier and a storage
Future plans call for two new pavilions, another
playground, a public safety building, a multi-use trail
on the bayside and expanded parking for boat trailers
near the boat ramps.
The state grant the county wants to obtain can only
be used for outdoor recreational projects and requires
matching local funds.
Marr said the county decided to pursue funding

for the worst.
The state's emergency operations center was acti-
vated and emergency management officials began
meeting to discuss a response. Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist declared a state of emergency Aug. 17.
By Monday, with Fay having resulted in 30 deaths
in Haiti and six in the Dominican Republic, residents
of the Florida Keys evacuated.
One forecast put Fay on track to make landfall at
Port Charlotte and to swipe Manatee County sometime
Tuesday night, possibly as a category 1 hurricane.
Regardless of Fay's track, forecasters predicted the
storm would bring heavy rain to Florida, Georgia and
the Carolinas this week.

for Coquina Beach "due to time constraints" - the
county commission must sanction the grant application
in September to meet a state deadline.
"If we are awarded funding, we'll know one year
from now," Marr said.
She presented the project to the ScenicWAVES
to help meet a grant application requirement of three
public meetings on the issue.
"What I'm asking for is two picnic shelters and a play-
ground," Marr said, referring to the grant application.
However, the Bradenton Beach group raised a
series of questions about whether shelters and a play-
ground are top priorities for Coquina.
"I was just curious," said Bradenton Beach Vice
Mayor John Chappie, "why another playground?"
"Did people say we really need another playground
and picnic shelter?" asked BeachHouse Restaurant
owner Ed Chiles. "I thought the beach was the play-

County is
adding another
and two picnic
shelters at
Beach, but
members of
the Bradenton
Beach Scenic-
mittee question
whether that's
the best invest-
ment at the
beach, which
already has
shelters and
Lisa Neff

Resort owner David Teitelbaum said, "What I'm
seeing here is redundancy."
Marr replied, "The parks and recreation department
put in these requests.... The only thing in the CIP is two
picnic shelters and the playground."
However, the CIP could be amended and the plans
changed, Marr said.
A motion made by Connie Drescher to ask the
county to seek grant money to fund the east-side trail
A motion made by Chiles to hold another meeting
on the issue passed.
"I would like to see what all the things in the uni-
verse are possible," Chiles said.
The meeting had not been scheduled by The
Islander's deadline Aug. 18 due to intervening plans
for Tropical Storm Fay.


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County acts to protect Bean Point swimmers

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bean Point swimmers will find waters safer if an
ordinance approved Aug. 12 by the Manatee County
commission passes a state review.
The commission approved a boating safety mea-
sure, which includes changes on waters throughout the
county, in a 4-2 vote. Commissioners Gwen Brown,
Donna Hayes, Amy Stein and Jane von Hahmann voted
yes, and Commissioners Joe McClash and Carol Whit-
more voted no. Commissioner Ron Getman was not
present for the vote.
The commission split on the ordinance was pri-
marily over a slow-speed, minimum-wake zone on
the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton - from
west of the Green Bridge to 1,000 feet west of the
DeSoto Bridge and just east of the CSX railroad trestle.
McClash and Whitmore said the restriction, supported
by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, went too far.
The ordinance changes for the Island area brought
fewer comments than the slow-speed zone on the river.
At the north end of Anna Maria Island, the ordi-
nance will eliminate the swash channel for boaters
between Bean Point and a nearby sandbar.
This change was the result of a petition from resi-
dents in Anna Maria, as well as city officials, who said
boating in the area threatens the safety of swimmers.
"There really is a conflict between boaters and
swimmers," said county coastal programs manager
Bill O' Shea, referring to boats that currently travel at
about 25 mph through the channel at the same time that
swimmers head out for the sandbar.
Under the new ordinance, O' Shea said boaters will
be required to travel at slow, minimum-wake speed.
McClash said when the swash channel was desig-
nated it was at a greater distance from the shore.
"There was good intention," he said. "But this
channel is almost on the beach now."
McClash went on to speculate that in a few years
the beach, which appears to be building, might reach
the sandbar.
At Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach, the
ordinance will widen the public swimming areas from
300 feet to 400 feet from shore and prohibit vessels
within those areas.
O' Shea said when county crews went to place buoys
at 300 feet out at the public beaches, they realized "we

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners approved a draft
interlocal agreement with Holmes Beach for the place-
ment of a new bus/trolley shelter at Manatee Public
The beach is operated by the county but within city
The agreement provides for the installation of
a shelter like those used at trolley stops throughout
Holmes Beach rather than the mainland bus shelters
used by Manatee County Area Transit.
The city's shelters are built to withstand a Category
2 hurricane and meet federal Americans with Disabili-
ties Act requirements."
The beach shelter, estimated to cost about $8,000,
will be purchased and installed by the city, which will
be reimbursed by the county using money from a Fed-

Lots planned
for lot
Manatee County,
in partnership with ,s.....
the city of Holmes
Beach, is planning
improvements for
the Manatee Public
Beach parking lot.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

A walkway takes beachgoers to Bean Point in Anna Maria. A sign warns them to swim at their own risk, but
Manatee County officials acted last week to make swimming on the north end of the Island safer by approving
the elimination of a swash channel in the area. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

had a much smaller swim area" than lifeguards had
So, O' Shea said, the revised ordinance will expand
the zone and specifically ban vessels from the swim
"Historically our beaches have been vessel exclu-
sion," he said.
The ordinance also will establish a slow-speed,
minimum-wake zone at the south end of the Cortez
"This is to correct a gap," O' Shea said. "For the
most part, people have always assumed this area is slow
speed, but to clean it up we wanted to close that gap."
The ordinance also will create slower speeds on the

Braden River at the Evers Reservoir, where neighbors
have complained about noise generated by airboats.
The ordinance was developed to promote safety
for people, not the result of manatee protection efforts,
O' Shea noted.
The ordinance requires a review by the Florida
Department of Community Affairs.
O' Shea said the update of the ordinance "has been
in the works for a long time," going back to the fall of
2006, when the county decided to address complaints
about airboats.


Anna Maria City
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., joint city commission and
planning and zoning board meeting.
* Aug. 28, 5 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach
* Aug. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting,
including a discussion on expanding the community
redevelopment agency board.
* Aug. 21, 9 a.m., city pier team meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach
* Aug. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
* Aug. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. RE-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Of Interest
* Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m., West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District facilities review committee
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900,
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict commission meeting, includes a budget discus-
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900,
* Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manatee County
primary elections.
Various precinct locations, 941-741-3823, http://

eral Transit Administration grant.
The county, under the terms of the agreement, will
maintain the shelter for at least 10 years.
Also, county commissioners recently received a
memo outlining proposed improvements at Manatee
Public Beach. In addition to the new bus/trolley shelter,
plans call for a system of sidewalks from the shelter to
the parking lot and gift shop and cafe.
Parking spaces for ADA accessibility will be wid-
ened to better accommodate vans, and new landscaping,
turtle-friendly lighting and signage will be placed at
the beach, according to Cindy Turner, director of the
county parks and recreation department.
The parks department is working with the county
property management and community services depart-
ment on the project, which Turner said should be com-
pleted by December.
"Unless permitting becomes an issue," she said.

Improvements planned for

Manatee Public Beach

4 0 AUG. 20, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Forum offers candidate comment
going to vote for.... I just want to see what they have
to say."
"I haven't made the big decision yet either," Lasson
added, referring to the presidential race.
Lasson seemed to be one of the few w without ' a chosen
candidate at the forum, moderated by Pat Arends of the
Manatee County chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Most of the people in the audience wore T-shirts
urging in bright red lettering a vote for incumbent
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who faces
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie in District
3, which includes Anna Maria Island and Cortez.
A few people wore bright orange T-shirts endorsing
incumbent County Commissioner Joe McClash, who
faces Greg Witham in the countywide District 7 race.
Others in the audience said they'd decided on their
candidates, but didn't care to advertise.
The forum took place with less than two weeks of
campaigning remaining before the Aug. 26 election.
McClash, von Hahmann and Witham each took an
opportunity to solicit votes from the audience.
"Vote for me," McClash said.
"I want your vote," von Hahmann said.
"I ask for your vote," Witham said.
Chappie did not attend the forum, choosing instead
to attend a dinner hosted by a campaign contributor.
The tenor of the forum was friendly, with the candi-
dates getting a gentle wave of a pencil from Islander pub-
lisher Bonner Joy when they exceeded their two-minute
allowance on an answer, and with all three candidates
offering courteous remarks and praise for one another.
The candidates made opening and closing com-
ments, responded to a series of general questions from
Arends and spoke to a variety of issues.
McClash said as a commissioner he has sought to
preserve Manatee County's character. "If we change
too much," he said, the county will deteriorate "into a
place that we don't want to belong to."
"It's a jewel," he said. "I want to preserve it."

McClash's opponent, Witham, also expressed his
love for Manatee County. "I have lived here all my
life," he said.
He added that he has seen the community change,
but he has not seen county government adapt.
"I haven't seen our government be able to main-
tain the pace and do things in a cost-effective manner,"
Witham said. "Our businesses are closing doors. People
are relocating."
Von Hahmann said since she joined the commis-
sion, the board has "done the best we can to protect and
preserve Manatee County."
Pointing out Chappie's absence, she added, "I have
always been a representative of District 3."
Von Hahmann and McClash, as incumbents, touted
their records and experience. Both, when asked about
term limits, said voters should expel elected officials,
not mandated term limits.
Witham promoted change and observed, "At some
point there should be a cut off. We need change."
Asked to comment on the Bush administration's
push to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, McClash
and von Hahmann said opening Gulf of Mexico waters
to more drilling should be a last resort, if at all.
"For me," von Hahmann said, "our whole country
needs a holistic approach to e iin-. . Drilling will not
be the panacea."

Pat Arends of
the League of
Women Voters of
Manatee County
Joe McClash,
Jane von Hah-
mann and Greg
Witham to the
panel during The
Islander's candi-
date forum Aug.
13 in Holmes
- Beach.

Citizens, most of
S ( them supporters of
U candidate Jane von
Hahmann, applaud
at the conclusion of
. I a candidate forum
sponsored by The
Islander Aug. 13
u- at Holmes Beach
City Hall. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff

"We need to be strong in our voice that we don't
like this," McClash said. "It's just too risky for us."
Witham said offshore drilling will be expanded and
Floridians must be involved in the planning "to make
sure it is done in the best manner.
The candidates agreed on the value of the fare-free
Island trolley and the need to find long-term funding
sources for the service.
They also supported the creation of a water-taxi
service to Anna Maria Island, provided the venture
involves private enterprise.
McClash suggested a service similar to what existed
years ago, when boats brought visitors to the Island
from St. Petersburg. "I'd like to keep that vision alive,"
he said.
In regards to the replacement of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, von Hahmann and Witham stressed the
value of community input.
"I would support what the community wanted,"
von Hahmann said.
"Community input would be paramount," Witham
said. "But I do think a fixed bridge is probably the best
McClash said the Anna Maria Island Bridge at
Manatee Avenue seems to "be a good fit... for a fixed
He added, "I believe a 65-foot bridge could be done
in a manner consistent with the Island character and
community.... It doesn't have to look like the Ringling
Bridge" in Sarasota.
With District 7 spanning all of Manatee County,
McClash and Witham were invited to tell Islanders
something about Myakka, which is in the far eastern
part of the county.
Witham pointed out that Myakka keeps its farming
roots. McClash pointed out that like the Island, Myakka is
its own unique community trying to preserve a way of life.
Without hesitation, the candidates said they cur-
rently oppose paid parking for county-operated Coquina
Responses to a question on beach renourishment
in the city of Anna Maria were more complicated.
McClash said, "There is not enough money to do
that part of the Island."



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HB commission to revisit rental rule

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An unscheduled Aug. 12 discussion on a minimum
30-day rental restriction in the Holmes Beach's low-
density, single-family residential zone known as R-1
concluded with a commission consensus to revisit the
"We're not going to do it right away," said Com-
mission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens, adding she is not
eager to revisit the commission-approved rule on rent-
als in single-family residential areas.
The rule, part of an update to the city's land devel-
opment code approved in 2007, sets the minimum rental
in an R-1 zone at 30 days, not seven days as previously
Additionally, he said, nature may renourish the
beach in Anna Maria: "Watch the sand. I think the
beach is going to be pretty well restored" by nature.
Von Hahmann said that renourishment, a 50-year
partnership with the federal government, is "facing
bigger challenges" due to funding constraints.
She added that it "is very sad" Anna Maria opted
out of previous renourishment efforts, making the city's
involvement in the next round problematic.
Witham declined to answer the question, saying he
needed additional information.
Toward the conclusion of the forum, the candidates
were invited to say what gives them the edge on elec-
tion day.
"I think the greatest difference is really knowl-
edge," McClash said.
"I come from a different environment and I will
bring my own ideas to county government," Witham
"I showed up," von Hahmann said, reiterating
Chappie's absence. "I have a sign in my office.... It
says government is run by those who show up. I have
always been a shower-upper."
Arends, thanking the candidates for their atten-
dance, concluded the forum, urging voters to show up
Aug. 26 - at the polls, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

allowed. The rule does provide for a phasing out of
seven-day rentals over 10 years.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino opened the debate
on the rental restriction during the commission's work
"Our economy is getting beat up and beat up," Zac-
cagnino said, calling for the commission to reconsider
the 30-day minimum. "Are we trying to drive business
off the Island? You can't have fireworks. You can't eat
outdoors. You can't rent the way you've rented for 30
years. This is just crazy."
Haas-Martens said that during previous debate over
rentals in R-1 zones, the city "had a deluge of people
calling and saying, 'We don't want seven days.'... We
discussed it at length."
Planning consultant Bill Brisson recalled that at one
time the city also considered setting a 30-day minimum
in medium-density R-2 zones. The commission eventu-
ally decided just to set the 30-day limit in R-1 "because
there were not that many units. It was a relatively small
number in the R-1, close to 20 or something.... But R-2
had a massive number of rentals," he said.
Brisson added that some properties probably are or
were rented for a week in R-1 zones without licenses,

In the zone...
Low-density residential: R-1 is intended to ensure
the maintenance of low-density, single-family residen-
tial neighborhoods. Resort housing involving occu-
pancy for periods of less than 30 days is prohibited.
The zone allows for single-family detached dwellings,
accessory uses, family day care, foster care when
approved, essential services, home occupations, com-
munity residential homes and foster care facilities when
approved as a special exception.
Medium-density residential: R-2 is intended to rec-
ognize the residential development found in most of the
city. Uses include single-family, two-family and multiple
family dwellings, community residential and day care,
home occupations, essential services. Resort housing
is permitted provided the number of overnight occu-
pants does not exceed six people or two people per
bedroom, whichever is greater. Certain nonresidential
uses are permitted with special exception.

which are required by the city.
After some discussion at the dais, commissioners
heard from several citizens.
Carol Whitmore, a county commissioner and
former mayor of the city, said the 30-day minimum
came too late, resulting in more harm than good.
"We missed the opportunity to control rentals on
the Island," she said.
Don Schroder of Re/Max Gulfstream Realty sug-
gested the city revisit the restriction and perhaps try
to apply it to certain subdivisions, as it did in Key
"We don't want to be another Longboat Key," said
Barry Gould of Island Vacation Properties. "We' re find-
ing that people are withdrawing from coming to the
Island because of some of the expense."
Gould said some homeowners rely on rental income
to help pay mortgages and taxes and urged the commis-
sion to revisit the 30-day restriction.
Commissioners also heard from Ken Gerry of
White Sands Beach Resort, who said the 30-day mini-
mum in R-1 helped protect his business.
White Sands, 6504 Gulf Drive, is a commercial
property and thus has much higher expenses to provide
lodging to vacationers, Gerry said.
"We are the weekly rental place," he said. "We
bought into the area to be a weekly rental. When you
buy in a residential area, you are supposed to be resi-
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, listening to the discus-
sion, said, "I was not in favor of the 30 days. I made
that comment the night you all voted for it.... But what
you all need to do is decide whether you want to revisit
"I'm ready to revisit this in a heartbeat," Zaccag-
nino said.
Commissioners Pat Morton and Pat Geyer agreed
to revisit the issue.
Haas-Martens said she didn't want to place the
issue on an agenda until the fall because a number of
citizens were still on summer break.
"You can have every real estate agent in town come
in, but it wouldn't be fair to all the citizens out of town,"
she said.

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6 0 AUG. 20, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Voter recommendation
We believe incumbents Joe McClash and Jane
von Hahmann have served Anna Maria Island and the
county well.
They held developers to the line, even requiring
contributions to infrastructure needs. When taxes and
revenues were reduced by the faltering real estate
market and the economy, they sought reductions in
They were both accountable to their constituents,
they sought and implemented incentives for taxpayers,
and they lobbied the state Legislature to change apprais-
als from the "highest and best use" to the applied use.
We don't see any reasons, based on their records, to
deny them another term. Their opposition seeks unspec-
ified cost-effective measures and accountability, but we
think that falls into the category of rhetoric.
In the case of McClash's opponent for the District
7 at-large seat, Greg Witham, there is little substance to
his platform; but he's a newcomer to the political scene,
and we can see benefits from his continued involvement
at the grass-roots level.
As for von Hahmann's opponent for the District 3
seat, John Chappie, we find our intimate knowledge of
Bradenton Beach city government, where he has served
on committees, as commissioner and mayor, gives us
the perspective to point out his numerous flaws.
He stepped in to micromanage the city pier con-
struction project and created several hundred thousands
of dollars in cost overruns.
He failed to meet the mandate of the city voters,
who answered yes to spending taxpayer dollars to study
consolidation of the Island's three city governments
and, as mayor of Holmes Beach, Carol Whitmore did
the same.
As mayor and administrator, Chappie showed up
for meetings, but we observed staff running the city
with little oversight, resulting in a building official
accused of sexual harassment - but never investigated.
And a lawsuit for withholding public records on the
harassment matter.
Chappie's decision to keep secrets about the com-
plaint and the paid suspension of two employees, a
"confidential memo," and the negotiated terms of one's
retirement - exceeding the city allowance - has cost
the taxpayers to date more than $80,000 in legal fees.
The citizens have a right to know how and why Chap-
pie and the city attorney conspired to keep information
from them.
Chappie halted the city's investigation and, appar-
ently, because we still have no substantive records,
never determined if the complaint had validity.
Chappie was found guilty of violating the public
record's law, but he continues to fight the newspaper's
request for its legal fees for a lawsuit it won.
How, in any conscience, could we ask you to vote for
Please, vote Aug. 26 for Joe McClash and Jane von
Hahmann for county commission.


4D10pinion 1

The almighty dollar
A recent letter from a former Bradenton Beach
mayor dealt with facts facing citizens of Anna Maria
Island regarding the Anna Maria Island Bridge repair
and its future. Her concern is genuine and meaning-
My comments do not relate to my ancestor, who led
the formation of Manatee County. Nor do they relate
to my grandfather's control of shipping in the 1880s,
and, later, the first rail line to serve almost everything
moving in/out of our area. They do, however, relate to
the fact that my family purchased properties on AMI
in 1945, moving here from Terra Ceia.
Three specific individual elements constitute this
obvious concern. First, those visitors, tourists or locals
who come to the beach for recreation. The beach is
obviously the most valuable attraction - jewel - our
county has to offer.
My second concern is the huge number of entre-
preneurs, monumental compared to 1945, who reap the
dollars from the visitors, tourists and locals.
The third is the ever-decreasing number of indi-
viduals who made this community what it is.
One might envision a balance scale, one end high in
the air, holding our safety, Constitutional rights, well-
being and normalcy.
The other end is totally weighted down by the intent
of those entrepreneurs and the almighty dollar.
In the early 1990s, the secretary of transportation
stated to me that the infrastructure of AMI could not
absorb more traffic.
We do not need a county commission that will dic-
tate continued and exacerbated jeopardy to our taxpay-
ing citizens and the factors expressed above.
James W. Kissick Jr., Bradenton Beach (former
Bradenton Beach commissioner)

What's the Hurry?
The powers to be tell us that their dates for closing
the Manatee Avenue bridge and isolating most Islanders
are set in stone. It must happen between Sept. 29 and

God knows when.
Are these people nuts? The bridge still goes up
and down like a yo-yo. The only exigency is in the
minds of the Florida Department of Transportation,
which apparently contracts in a vacuum of unparal-
leled dimensions.
The latest reasons for not starting the shutdown
before Sept. 29 seem to be a lack of materials and a
U.S. Coast Guard approval. (Great planning, eh?)
OK, how about this: Stop all bridge construction
until next May.
Maybe then some of the geniuses in Tallahassee
will figure out how to do it right. Sadly, I doubt even
that will happen.
Bob McCaffrey, Holmes Beach

Thanks in time of need
Our home was destroyed by an electrical fire on
May 31. Needless to say, the emotional turmoil was
The response from the Anna Maria Island com-
munity has been overwhelming. Quite literally, it has
given us the strength to pick up the pieces and rebuild
our lives.
We would like to thank everyone who has so gen-
erously contributed time, money, household items and
well wishes.
You are all angels and hold special places in our
We would like to say a special thank you to
everyone at the city of Holmes Beach who gave up
their time off on a Saturday to participate in the car
wash fundraiser and to Terri Milen of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center for all her efforts to help
The kind people of Anna Maria Island make this
island such a special place. We are truly blessed to be
a part of it.
Wayne, Alison, Robert and Kegan VanderMolen,

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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 20, 2008 7 7

County nixes renourishment of some beaches

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners voted last week
to proceed with a "long-range beach erosion-control
plan" for renourishing Anna Maria Island beaches,
but very little of the sand will land on city of Anna
Maria shores.
Only the .6 mile portion of beach near the Sand-
bar Restaurant in Anna Maria that was part of the
2002 renourishment project will be included in the
long-range plan.
Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment director Charlie Hunsicker included several
Anna Maria beach areas identified by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection as "criti-
cally eroded" when he presented the project to the
commission in May.
However, as with most all government spending
during these economic times, there's a question of
While the county pays for beach renourishment
with the "bed tax" it collects from all short-term
accommodation rentals, a significant portion of any
renourishment project is eligible for state and federal
funding, reducing the county's obligation.
Many Anna Maria beachfront property owners
opted out of the previous project and those areas
are now ineligible for state and federal renourish-
ment funds. The county would have to pay for new
renourishment areas in Anna Maria out of its own
accounts, such as the bed tax fund.
But some county commissioners have com-
plained publicly that Anna Maria, which is more resi-
dential than the other Island cities, doesn't contribute
enough to the bed tax fund to warrant the additional
$3 million estimated cost to renourish those areas.
Also, County Commissioner Ron Getman has
criticized the city's attitude toward the beach-going
He has said there is not enough beach access and
parking spaces in Anna Maria to "justify the use of
public dollars."
Public parking for the Bean Point area is "woe-

fully inadequate," Getman said, and it's "not suffi-
cient to consume millions of public dollars." He said
he would not want to "use public funds to benefit
private landowners."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she did not
yet have all the details of the Aug. 12 county com-
mission vote, including exactly what areas will be
slashed in the next renourishment project. The initial
news, however, is not encouraging.
The county is "cost-cutting and we are cut,"
Barford said in May, when she first heard Getman's
Barford, however, isn't giving up without a
A planned joint meeting in late May between the
Anna Maria city commission and county commis-
sioners failed to materialize because of an emergency
county commission meeting elsewhere that day.
The mayor said she will continue to push for that
meeting, and she's got an ally in some members of
the Manatee County Tourism Development Coun-
cil, including Sandbar owner Ed Chiles and Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
The TDC will hold a November workshop to
discuss potential funding sources to pay for renour-
ishment of the Anna Maria beaches.
Hunsicker said he's also pushing for a city-
county commission meeting prior to the November
TDC workshop.
On a brighter note, Hunsicker said he's "aware
of available funding" for the Anna Maria portion,
but he would "prefer to wait until everyone is avail-
able and present at a meeting" before discussing the
Hunsicker explained further that the long-range
plan authorized by the county commission is only
for those areas renourished in 2002. No new shore-
line areas in Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach are
included in the current renourishment plan.
The requirement for beachfront property owners
to grant the county a permanent easement for beach
renourishment has since been modified for the next
project to extend only for the life of the renourish-

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ment effort. That's a condition that has met with
favor from the vast majority of beachfront property
owners, who have now indicated a willingness to
grant the easement.
If the Anna Maria beaches considered "seriously
eroded" are included in the next renourishment proj-
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With a cost-of-living increase of 5 percent annu-
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million by 2012.

In the Aug. 19, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Holmes Beach city commissioners nixed
a proposal by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
to place two portable classrooms at the 63rd
Street boat ramp for use as a headquarters and
training facility. Commissioners were con-
cerned about parking and the impact to neigh-
boring residents.
* Dale Shields, The Pelican Man, told Anna
Maria city commissioners that he was disman-
tling his aid station at 402 Pine Ave. because he
had adequate volunteer coverage for injured or
disabled birds in the area, and could no longer
afford to pay someone to man the station.
* A week-long investigation by officers of the
Florida Marine Patrol, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
failed to disclose who might have taken eggs from
three turtle nests the previous week. FMP officers
said they would install surveillance cameras at
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Olesens claim city sign 'infringes' on their property

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Issues with the property at 504 S. Bay Blvd. owned
by Terry and Patricia Olesen continue to plague the city.
The latest controversy involves the city's beach
access sign on the north side of the Olesen property,
announcing the location of a public pathway.
The Olesens have filed a lawsuit, claiming the sign
is on their half of the 10-foot-wide easement that was
part of a lawsuit brought by the Olesens against the city
in late 2007.
The Olesens claim that efforts to have the city relo-
cate the sign have failed and that the city has informed
them it "does not intend to move the sign."
The city has consistently maintained that it owns
all of the easement, but is allowing the Olesens use of
the easement as part of the mediated settlement that
resulted from the 2007 lawsuit.

Not so, say the Olesens.
They allege they granted the easement to the city
and that under the terms of the settlement, the city "may
only use this easement to allow the public to use it for
pedestrian travel." No sign is allowed on their part of
the easement.
The Olesens also claim that they own the "real
property" located between the lot line and the asphalt
on South Bay Boulevard.
The attempt by the city to place the sign in the right
of way is "inconsistent" with the settlement agreement
and the Olesens have asked the court to order the city
to remove the sign, according to the Olesens.
In the midst of this legal maneuvering, a lawsuit
brought by Laura Gee of 502 S. Bay Blvd. remains
The Manatee County Circuit Court dismissed some
of the issues brought in the Gee suit, but did agree

with Gee that placement of air conditioning units on
the Olesen property did not conform to the city codes
and interfered with her ability to sleep. The city had
allowed the units to remain in place as part of the medi-
ated settlement.
The dispute began in April 2006 when then-build-
ing official Kevin Donohue issued a stop-work order
on the Olesen's renovation project because he believed
the project was encroaching on city property.
In late 2006, the Olesens sued the city to resolve
ownership of the easement and both sides agreed to a
As part of that settlement, the city agreed to grant
multiple variances to the Olesens to allow them to com-
plete their expansion project.
But Gee was not part of the mediation or settlement
and brought her own legal action against the city after
the variances were issued.

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Boil water notice posted, rescinded
Manatee County Utilities last week shut down water service overnight to the city of Anna Maria and placed
signs such as this at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection advising Anna Maria residents that, as a pre-
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Stormy waters for Anna Maria

stormwater utility fee

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The complaints have begun to flood city hall regard-
ing the proposed amount property owners will pay for
the stormwater utility fee recently enacted by the city
Commissioners set the base ESU - environmental
services unit - at $45 for a single-family residence that
encompasses 2,254 square feet of impervious surface
on a property.
But some property owners are not happy about any
fee or assessment, claiming it's just another word for
Property owner Thomas Peters of Magnolia Avenue
blistered the commission in a letter for its decision to
implement the fee.
"I object that the city has gone right for a fee far
above the minimum," Peters said. "I view this as a grab
for more money that will never be accounted for, nor
justified, nor ever go away or go down."
Peters claimed that even after the Florida Legisla-
ture ordered counties and municipalities to "roll back
the taxes," Anna Maria and other cities "refuse to hear
the voice of the people."
Peters said he is "tired of our elected officials going
through our pockets for every piece of spare change
they can find."
Although the city calls it a fee, Peters claims its still
a tax and commissioners should have put the issue to a
vote by residents.
"You just don't get it," Peters said. "Most of us just
want to be left alone and not feel someone's hand in

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our pocket."
Other letters to the commission carried a similar
City Commissioner Dale Woodland, who spent
more than a year researching the fee, said he empathizes
with Peters.
"I don't think the people will realize the benefits of
the fee until a few years from now," he said.
At one time, the commission favored a $50 ESU,
but lowered the amount after determining that main-
tenance costs had been slightly inflated in the original
stormwater budget reviewed earlier this year.
The commission determined the ESU after city
engineer Tom Wilcox examined the size and drainage
impact of all 1,618 non-vacant parcels in the city.
Wilcox said duplexes, on average, occupy 1,160
square feet of impervious surface.
Commissioners agreed these properties will be
charged at a .51 rate ($22.95) for each ESU, or a total
of $45.90 for the two units. Condominiums will pay a
.91 ESU ($40.95), while vacant lots of average size will
be levied at a .21 ESU rate, or $9.45.
Because the fee is set by resolution, it can be
amended or withdrawn by the commission at any time.
Property owners can appeal the amount and several
have opted for the process.
Woodland said the city's fee is "designed to go
away in a few years.
He added that the fee should maintain the city's
drainage infrastructure, which had not been addressed
for several decades.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe has noted that, by
law, the accounting of all expenses and income for
stormwater maintenance and the accompanying fee
have to be kept separate from other city revenues and
expenses. The stormwater utility fee can only be used
for stormwater maintenance and the city can't borrow
from other sources if there's a shortfall in the mainte-
nance budget.
Public works director George McKay said he
believes he can accomplish the required maintenance
work with the present city staff.
The commission has said it will review the fee
The commission was scheduled to hold a public
hearing on Phase 2 of the city's master stormwater
drainage plan Aug. 18, after The Islander's press

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
State officials speeding through a process to develop
a grants program for waterfront communities sailed into
Cortez Aug. 14.
The purpose of the visit from officials with Flor-
ida Communities Trust, as well as the state agriculture
department, was to meet with local officials on the new
Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever
grant program. The 2008 Legislature set aside money
for the waterfronts program under the Stan Mayfield
The workshop took place at the Florida Maritime
Museum, 4415 119th St. W., which was established in
part with assistance from the state's waterfronts pro-
Manatee County boasts two state-designated water-
fronts communities - the village of Cortez and the city
of Bradenton Beach.
Under the new Stan Mayfield program, Cortezians
may seek a grant to purchase the Seafood Shack res-
taurant and marina to the north of the Cortez Bridge.
Also, Bradenton Beach officials may seek a grant
to acquire Gulfshore property for a park with an edu-
cational center.
The Aug. 14 workshop focused on creating an
application and award system for grants to waterfront
Other FCT waterfronts workshops took place in
Apalachicola, Atlantic Beach, Sebastian and Key

'The Legislature took a look at the needs of the
state," FCT's Ken Reecy told the 20-member audi-
ence in Cortez. Then the Legislature set aside about
2.5 percent of the state Florida Forever grant money for
projects in state-designated waterfront communities.
Reecy said based on past appropriations for FCT's
Florida Forever, the waterfront grant program may be
funded at about $7.5 million a year.
"We don't know that it will be that," he said. "It
could go up and it could go down."
Grants will be awarded for the acquisition of land
"directly used for the purposes of the commercial
harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by
state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists or
business entities, including piers, wharves, docks or
other facilities," Reecy said.
In addition, grants will be awarded for the acqui-
sition of land for "exhibitions, demonstrations, edu-
cational venues, civic events and other purposes that
promote and educate the public about the economic,
cultural and historic heritage of Florida's working
"'This isn't for recreational waterfront activities,"
Reecy emphasized. \ ly read on this is it is aimed at
commercial fishing and aquaculture."
State officials could not comment on whether creat-
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Seafood Shack in Cortez would meet the grant crite-
Reecy said he planned to draft final rules for the
application process this month.

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Part 3, The Saga of Anna Maria City

A Big Day for Tourists
By June Alder
Annual Outing at Cortez Beach - Friday will
be the occasion of the annual fish fry and outing
for winter visitors and guests of the Cortez Bath-
ing Pavilion Inc., at Cortez Beach. Every winter
visitor to this section is invited to be a guest of the
beach people, who will be hosts at a great fish fry.
The fish will be taken fresh from the Gulf and bay
waters, properly prepared and served with bread
and pickles and other things that go to make up a
regular Florida fish fry on the beach, not overlook-
ing coffee.
Several hundred winter visitors are expected,
and preparations are going forward at the beach
today to take care of a big crowd. All hands are
hoping for a bright day and warm breezes, for there
is as fine bathing as is to be had in the known world
at Cortez Beach, provided the winds are not chilly.
Citizens who are donating their cars for the
day will provide automobile service to and from
the beach. Of course, such winter visitors as have
cars will be expected to transport themselves and
as many of their friends as possible. All cars that
are promised are to report at Court House Square
at 10 o'clock Friday morning, and those who are
going on the picnic are to be there at that hour.
- The Evening Herald, March 7, 1923

Anna Maria Taxi Service Inaugurated - A taxi
service to be operated on regular schedule between
Bradentown and Anna Maria Beach will have its
inception Monday of next week. E.R. Hartt will
operate it. The car will leave Court House Square
at certain hours and leave Anna Maria Beach at cer-
tain hours. The service is something that has been
needed for some time.
- The Evening Herald, same date, same page

* In that dizzy, boom year of 1923, competition
was fierce among the real estate entrepreneurs on
Anna Maria Island. Free dinners, free rides, draw-
ings, giveaways and special "state" days. They'd
do almost anything to hawk their lots to the tin-can
Cortez Beach had certain advantages over Anna
Maria Beach. It was at the foot of the new bridge
from the mainland (built in 1921), had a huge new

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casino/hotel (opened in 1922). The developer, E. P.
Green, one of the largest landholders around, also hap-
pened to be the mayor of Bradenton and on the state
roads board.
Anna Maria Beach's drawing cards were a smallish
bathhouse; a tired hotel (though the food was good)
and a long fishing dock where the steamers of yore no
longer stopped. C.M. Roser, former owner of the resort,
was still around trying to dispose of "about 30 choice
lots, a few on the bay side, a few on the Gulf, several
on Pine, others in splendid locations around the bath
house and hotel."
"As I am closing out my holdings here, will make a
very attractive price," his newspaper ad said plaintively.
Hoping to breathe new life into the comatose com-
munity, a citizens' committee was striving diligently to
turn it into a town. They had hired a lawyer - Wal-
lace Tervin, a local attorney and representative to the
state House - to help them draft a charter. They met
night after night putting it together and had it ready for
formal approval and submission to the state by March
13, 1923.
Probably no more than a dozen people attended
the meeting that evening (there were only 16 registered
voters on the entire Island, you know). The charter was
"discussed at length" and accepted without any changes
on the motion of pioneer settler Sam Cobb, whose land
would some day become the nucleus of Holmes Beach.
What was said and how the vote went wasn't mentioned
in the minutes. Secretary C.W. Bonham was a man of
few words.
Before they went home, the residents set up an
interim commission of three men to manage affairs for
the town-to-be: Sam Davis (owner of the beach pavilion
and chairman of the citizen's committee), mayor pro

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tem; W.M. "Mitch" Davis (construction man and
"spark plug" of the committee), vice mayor pro tem;
and Bonham, town clerk. Then everyone went home
to sit back and wait for the state politicians to act.
Well, not everyone. Apparently some folks had
been unhappy with the incorporation scheme. They
started a stop-the-charter campaign that worked up
steam as a week, two weeks, three weeks passed.
Then on April 9, 1923 Mayor Sam Davis called
the acting town commission into session at the
request of Mitch Davis and Bonham. In quick suc-
cession, two motions were passed, both made by
Bonham and seconded by Mitch Davis: to hold a
"mass meeting" on the following night, April 10;
and to wire Tervin in Tallahassee for his advice on
"the manner of procedure to cut down the territory
as now proposed in the charter." Bonham did not
divulge how Davis voted.
It appeared that the deal pieced together during
those long meetings at the beach pavilion in Febru-
ary and March of 1923 was about to come apart.

Next Week: The fateful night of April 10, 1923.

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Blown-kiss case continued

Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 10, 1300 block Gulf Drive, battery on fire-
fighter. West Manatee Fire Rescue personnel responded
to a report of an unconscious man. A firefighter/para-
medic approached the man, identified himself, and
attempted to revive the man. When the man woke up,
according to the report, he looked at the firefighter and
struck him in the face. The man was taken to jail.
Aug. 5, Cortez Beach, theft. The complainant said
someone took a purse, credit cards and cash from his
car while his party was on the beach.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 9, 100 block 36th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took three of his fishing rods
and reels, with a value of $475, from his open condo
Aug. 9,3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, drugs. Phar-
macists said a man attempted to fill a fraudulent pre-
scription and that the suspect has been noted in the area
attempting to do the same thing at other drug stores. Offi-
cers approached the man, interviewed and arrested him.
Aug. 10, 3000 block Gulf Drive, domestic. Officers
responded to a domestic violence dispute. Both the man
and woman appeared to be intoxicated, according to the
report, and the property owner and father one of the
parties got involved in an altercation. After a scuffle,
the property owner was arrested.
Aug. 11, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo, theft. The store
clerk said a woman came into the store and purchased
a bag of ice. Another woman come in the store shortly
afterward and said that the previous woman had
removed three bags of ice.
Aug. 12,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
trespass. Officers responded to a call of a man video-
taping women at the beach. Lifeguards confronted the
man, as did the women to whom he was taking pictures.
He was issued a trespass warning.

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A judge granted a continuance in the trial of a teen-
ager arrested in connection with an alleged scuffle with
a police officer on Coquina Beach.
The trial of Veronica Lewis, 18, was scheduled to
begin in August, but, at the request of her lawyer was
continued to Oct. 6.
Attorney Alex V. Hajaistron asked for a continu-
ance due to "outstanding discovery matters."
The scuffle occurred after a 14-year-old boy, Lewis'
brother Lance, blew a kiss toward Officer Timothy Mat-
thews onApril 20. N ltlk \, has since resigned as a reserve
officer from the Bradenton Beach Police Department and
taken a post with the Palmetto Police Department.
The two teenagers were arrested - Lance Lewis
for felony battery and Veronica Lewis for battery on a
law enforcement officer.
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case by
BBPD detailed law enforcement's perspective. Mat-
thews wrote that at about 2:12 p.m. he was driving his

patrol car in the parking lot at Coquina Beach "and
observed a white male (Lance Lewis) blow me a kiss.
I asked him what his problem was and he said,' I don't
have a problem N...' I asked why he would blow me
a kiss and he said,' F... you.' There were many young
children in the area."
Matthews reported that when he approached the
boy, his "sister Veronica Lewis stepped between us. I
told her to move and she pushed me and said,' I don't
want my brother arrested.' I then pushed her out of my
way and attempted to grab Lance Lewis and he pushed
me away. I grabbed him in a headlock and he kicked
me in the left leg. I then took him to the ground and
handcuffed him. His sister was grabbing me, trying to
pull me off, and I called for officers to assist."
Hajaistron claims N Llatl s, overreacted to the inci-
dent and harassed the teens and that Veronica Lewis
tried to protect her brother, who was wearing a cast on
his arm.
A status hearing for the case is scheduled to take
place Sept. 22.

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Owners hope lucky seven for Tidemark Marina Resort

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
This month marks the seventh anniversary of
the Holmes Beach City Commission's controversial
approval of the Tidemark Marina Resort at the site
of the former Pete Reynard's restaurant adjacent to
Wachovia Bank. Yet, the start of vertical construction
has not yet begun.
But that's not for lack of effort on the part of the
current owners, Ken Dardis and Lance McNeil, and
they're hoping seven turns into a lucky number for the
project, which has had an often rocky road since its
inception in 2001.
The Tidemark has been through bankruptcy.
The original owner/developer, Nick Easterling, is no
longer involved with the development. The concept

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Critics offered no rave reviews and some panned
a new outdoor dining ordinance adopted by Holmes
Beach commissioners Aug. 11.
The measure - worked on for months at the
commission-attorney level - was drafted to expand
opportunities for outdoor dining.
But critics, including Commissioner David Zaccag-
nino, said the measure failed to meet the needs of Skin-
ny's Place on Gulf Drive. The push to expand outdoor
dining opportunities originated with the restaurant, which
draws a lot of customers from the nearby public beach.
Zaccagnino, at the start of the meeting, asked
commissioners, "Listen to our community and help
our community in these trying economic times. There
are things that we can do right here, right now, that
will benefit everyone and not cost taxpayers a dime. I
was elected to make a difference, not to be an impedi-
Zaccagnino said when he first urged other com-
missioners to revisit the outdoor dining ordinance he
simply wanted an amendment expanding the number
of chairs allowed outdoors without directly tying them
to available parking.
City policy has been to allow restaurants to place
eight seats outdoors, a rule adopted to soften the blow
of a state smoking ban. Additionally, restaurants could
bring more seats outdoors eliminating the same number
of seats inside.
The new ordinance allows restaurants to further
expand outdoor dining - allowed from 7 a.m. to 10
p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends
- provided applications to the city be accompanied by
an authorization from the property owner, contain a site
plan with "the proposed location of the outdoor dining
area, showing dimensions, ingress/egress access, exits
and the proposed number of outdoor seats and tables,"
as well as a description of inside seats and tables and
parking spaces.
Zaccagnino's primary concern is the new ordinance
requires legally nonconforming operations, such as
Skinny's, to first seek approval from the city's board
of adjustment. The restaurant is a grandfathered com-
mercial operation on property zoned residential.
Representatives from the family-owned Skinny's
did not attend the Aug. 11 meeting due to a conflict
with vacations. Instead, Estella Freeman, on behalf of
her family, sent a letter.
I. . i though Skinny's was the only restaurant that

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of the resort has changed from condominiums to frac-
tional ownership. The owners have partnered with the
Beach Inn on 66th Street in Holmes Beach and Sean
Murphy to form the Tidemark Beach Resort at that
site. Also, the entire Island real estate market has
gone from highs to lows, forcing a hold on the start
of construction on Tidemark on Marina Drive until
the market is favorable.
In June 2007, McNeil delivered plans to the Holmes
Beach building department in anticipation of the start
of construction, but those plans eventually changed and
no vertical construction began. No site plan has been
However, progress has been made.
The grand opening of the Tidemark Beach Resort
on 67th Street in Holmes Beach is set for Sept. 10, said

raised the issue, worked with the city, and had over
2,000 patrons sign a petition wanting it, we are the
one restaurant who will have to follow a different set
of rules," Freeman wrote. "This defeats the whole pur-
pose since this ordinance is about adding some more
moveable tables and chairs, not adding a permanent
During public comment, Carol Whitmore, former
mayor and current county commissioner, said she came
up with the number of seats allotted when smoking
diners were forced outdoors.
And, she said, the number was not tied to park-
ing or any other consideration so it could easily be
"There was no scientific or legal reason why we
did that number," Whitmore said.
Don Schroder endorsed the expansion of outdoor
dining, and asked the commission to take a "serious
look" at how to increase opportunities for all restau-
When the discussion returned to the dais, Zacca-
gnino said of the ordinance, "It's a burdensome pro-
cess. We're over legislating.... This is just something
we can change. The eight seats for smokers, that is a
number that Carol thought of off the top of her head.
What we're doing right now with this ordinance is just
legislating this thing to death."
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens countered,
"I really think this ordinance helps the majority out
there that wants dining.... We're not asking for a big
site plan, just a sketch.... I think this is a good ordi-
nance ... and I'm sorry that one person isn't happy."
Commissioner Pat Morton, who has resisted
expanding outdoor dining because of his concern that
seating would be too close to traffic, said an ordinance
should not be tailored for one entity.
Commissioner Pat Geyer, who owns Duffy's
Tavern, which previously operated at the Skinny's site,
said, "I can't see where this new ordinance is going to
make it hard for anybody really."
City attorney Stephen Dye also defended the ordi-
nance. "Hopefully this will be carried forward as a lib-
eralization of the old-standing rule that did not allow
outdoor dining," he said. "Hopefully, this will promote
After several go-'rounds on the ordinance, Haas-
Martens invited a motion. Geyer and Morton were slow
to offer a motion and a second to approve the ordi-
The vote to approve was 3-1, with Zaccagnino
voting no and Commissioner John Monetti absent.
In other business, commissioners:
* Approved a resolution allowing Waste Manage-
ment to begin trash collection at 6 a.m. if necessary
during the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island
* Approved a first reading of an agreement between
the city and TECO/Peoples Gas for the utility to operate
in the city.
* Approved a first reading of an ordinance amend-
ing the city's comprehensive plan.
The commission's next meeting was scheduled to
take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, after The Island-
er's deadline. The regular meeting date was changed to
avoid a conflict with the Aug. 26 primary election.

Commission revises outdoor

dining ordinance

McNeil, and the 62 boat slips encompassing the marina
portion of the Tidemark Marina Resort are completed
and the marina operational.
McNeil said he expects to begin vertical construc-
tion by early spring next year. He's been "encouraged"
by signs that indicate the Island's real estate market is
on the upswing and prices have "stabilized."
"I'm hopeful," McNeil said, but acknowledged that
getting the Tidemark Marina portion of the two resorts
under construction has been slowed by fluctuations in
the real estate market, a conversion of the property from
condominiums to fractional ownership, and an accom-
panying redesign of the structures.
Tidemark Marina Resort will now offer some three-
bedroom units among the 40 available, he said.
With Island real estate agents reporting an upswing
in sales and prices, McNeil is optimistic.
"The timing is right for this project. We've had
a tremendous response from our marketing after the
redesign and we have a host of amenities to offer," he
said. More than 300 people have indicated an inter-
est in purchasing a unit under the fractional ownership
But what the marketing study has shown is that
people "want to see a finalized project," if they're
buying a private residence.
"People have said 'Let us know when you have
something for us to look at,'" McNeil noted.
The effort now is to get vertical construction
"We would love to get what works in the market
for people to see," he said.
Fractional units at the Tidemark Marina start at
$150,000, while those at Tidemark Beach begin at
$190,000, McNeil said.
The Tidemark Marina Resort office is located just
behind the Wachovia Bank at the Marina Drive-Gulf
Drive intersection in Holmes Beach.
Further information is available on the Internet at

Tidemark's 7-year tide
When original Tidemark developer Nick Easterling
first obtained site-plan approval from the city commis-
sion in August 2001, following a number of contentious
and stormy public meetings, he then said he expected to
begin construction within six months and units would
sell for about $250,000.
But when Island property sale prices climbed by 20
to 30 percent annually between 2001 and 2004, Easter-
ling opted to wait for higher prices, a decision that would
prove fateful for the financial backers.
With Easterling continuing to predict almost daily
that the start of construction was just a "few weeks
away," six months dragged on for three years, and Tide-
mark never reached its required 50 percent pre-sale
requirement for construction financing.
Faced with mounting monetary difficulties, East-
erling filed for bankruptcy in January 2004. As part of
the bankruptcy settlement, Tidemark was taken over by
Reliance Property Group in 2005, and Easterling left
the management team.
But the new owners were stung by a plummet-
ing real estate market, particularly for condominiums.
Demand along with prices fell dramatically between
2005 and 2007, while the inventory of available units
rose accordingly.
It's only been in the past few months that the market
has stabilized, according to seasoned Island sales agents
and prices and sales have slowly begun to rise.
With seven years in the w ailing'. Tidemark Marina
Resort representatives say they ready to achieve the
lofty goals Easterling predicted in 2001.

Lane closures on

Cortez Road this week
Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling
on Cortez Road this week.
The eastbound outside lane of Cortez Road between
59th Street and 75th Street and the westbound outside
lane between 99th Street and 103rd Street will be closed
intermittently during the week for repairs.
Crews are expected to complete their work by 4
p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

THE ISLANDER U AUG. 20, 2008 0 15


Erskine Brewster Kingsbury
Erskine Brewster Kingsbury Calderon, 68, of
Holmes Beach and Waynesville, N.C., died Aug. 16.
Mr. Calderon attended the University of Pennsyl-
vania-Wharton School and was a member of DKE. He
was co-owner of Kingsbury Inc. of Philadelphia and
held the position of vice-president of marketing and
was a member of the board of directors for 19 years,
retiring in 1984. His grandfather, Dr. Albert Kingsbury,
was the inventor of the fluid-film thrust bearing and was
the founder of the Kingsbury Machine Works Com-
pany, presently known as Kingsbury Inc.
Mr. Calderon was a life member of the ATA. He
was a member of MENSA, Atlantic Indians and Ameri-
can Woodturners Association.
Private services will be held in Waynesville, N.C.,
and a memorial service will be held in Holmes Beach
at a later date. Memorials may be made to American
Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Wells
Funeral Homes Inc. & Cremation Services of Waynes-
ville, N.C.
He is survived by wife Diana L. Calderon; two
sons, Wayne J. and wife Laura, of Sarasota, and Mat-
thew M. of Gainesville, Fla.; and two grandchildren,
Samuel and Nicholas Calderon.

Ryan Daniel Schoch
Ryan Daniel Schoch, 20, a lifelong resident of

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The Rev. Jean-Ronald Joseph,
affectionately known as Father Ron,
second from left, celebrated his 44th
birthday recently with cake and all
the trimmings and surrounded by
friends at the home of Barbara
Sato in Anna Maria. Joseph is assis-
tant pastor and parochial vicar in
residence at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

Cortez, died Aug 13.
Ryan graduated from Bayshore High School in
2006. He was a four-year varsity soccer player at Bay-
shore and was nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy.
He was an alter server for eight years at Ss. Peter &
Paul the Apostles Catholic Church of Bradenton.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednes-
day, Aug. 20, at Ss Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic
Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Visitation was Aug. 18 at Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd
St. W., Bradenton. Inurnment will be at a later date
at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ft. Meade, Fla. Arrange-
ments are by Brown & Sons.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.
He is survived by his parents Terry and Robin
Schoch of Cortez; sister Kara Schoch of Orlando; and
paternal grandparents Bernard and Ruby Schoch of

Robert G. Taylor
Robert G. Taylor, 77, of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
A service was held Aug. 15, at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include son Robert Taylor; daughter
Susan Matejov; a brother; two sisters; and two grand-

Trolley Up

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Area Transit recently gave the
green light for Bradenton Beach to print and circulate
an educational card promoting trolley ridership.
The card, which will be placed on MCAT vehicles
and at local businesses, details how to use the fare-free
trolley, specifically "how to get to the beach without a
Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES Committee cre-
ated the rack card, which is dressed up with a colorful
trolley image created by Emily Anne Smith.
"These are ready for print," Bradenton Beach proj-
ects and programs manager Lisa Maria Phillips said
during a meeting Aug. 11.
Phillips said the cards might be updated on a second
printing to include a map and coupons for businesses
that buy into the Trolley Up campaign.
The campaign is part of ScenicWAVES push to
reduce traffic congestion and alleviate parking prob-
lems in Bradenton Beach.
"We're also being very green," Phillips added.
Trolley Up, according to committee members,
may help the city meet a new state mandate requiring
municipalities to address efforts to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions in their comprehensive plans.
Last week the state notified the city that a 60-day
preliminary staff review of the city's evaluation
appraisal report - approved by the city commission
in January - found the document "is sufficient."
The letter also reminded city officials of the man-
date in House Bill 697 to deal with reducing greenhouse
gas emissions in the comp plan in areas such as traf-
fic circulation, conservation, housing and future land
In other business Aug. 11, the ScenicWAVES com-
mittee voted to ask the city commission to expand the
community redevelopment agency board by two. The
present board, responsible for spending and policy in
the city's historic district, consists of the city commis-
Phillips said she would present the issue to the
commission during a meeting at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The committee also endorsed a $1,000 sponsorship
of a fall workshop on promoting green practices in the

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Loveland's orientation
AME kindergarten teacher Maureen Loveland shows incoming student
Zachary Meek where to store his lunch and backpack.

Sharing memories
Siblings Chloe and Parker Keegan flip through a school yearbook during back-to-school at AME.
Chloe is in Karen Newhall's third-grade class and Parker is a sixth-grader at King Middle.

Two balloons
Irada Karpaip passes the time blowing up colored
balloons at AME's open house. Irada is entering kin-
dergarten as a member of Melanie Moran's class.

Monday, Aug. 25
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza. Cereal. Toast.
Peanul Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy or Breaded Beef Patty.
Mashed Potaloes. Broccoli wilh
Cheese. Pineapple
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Hashbrowns.
Cereal. Toast. Peanut Buller and
Jelly Sandwich. Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Popcorn
Chicken. Green Beans. Oranges. Juice Bar
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Slart" boxed
selections. Super Donut. Toast. Cereal
Lunch: Chicken Tenders. Assorted Salads and
Sandwiches. Chips. Mixed Vegelables.
Strawberry Cup
Thursday, Aug. 28
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Pally on a Biscuitl.
Oatmeal. Cereal. Fruit
Lunch: Tacos or Chicken Ouesadilla.
Spanish Rice. Pears
Friday, Aug. 29
Breakfast: Pancake on a Slick. Cereal.
Toast. Fruit
Lunch: Whole Grain Pizza or Corn Dog. Corn.
Cucumber Coins with Dip. Peaches
Netn meal prices: S1 breakfast. $1.75 luncti
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

Kindergarten comfort
Isabella Love seeks comfort from her mom, Karen Volunteer mom
Riley-Love, as she takes in the surroundings of Mau- Erin Heckler fills out volunteer and transportation
reen Loveland's kindergarten room. Isabella is begin- information at the AME open house. Daughter Griffin
ning her first year at Anna Maria Elementary. is joining Toni Lashway's second-grade class.

Brisk sales
Members of the
AME Parent-
Teacher Orga-
nization kept
busy at the Aug.
13 open house
selling school
supplies for the
2008-09 school
year. Students
will be able
to purchase
additional sup-
plies throughout
the school year
from the PTO-
run store in the
Diana Bogan

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Thursday, Aug. 21
10:15 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch
Library Book Club meets at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
1 p.m. - Cultural Connections of Anna Maria
Island unveils its rack card and artsHop plans at The
Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria. Information:
2 p.m. - Travel movie at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
4 p.m. - How to take better travel/adventure
photos presented by James Corwin Johnson at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8 p.m. - The Will Rogers Follies opens at the
Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through
Sept. 7. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Aug. 22
6 to 9:30p.m. - Simply Put Artisan Gallery, 11904
Cortez Road, hosts "Fourth Friday" featuring local art-
ists and performers. Information: 941-896-5053.

Saturday, Aug. 23
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Monday, Aug. 25
Deadline to register for the Ben Gullett Mullet Invi-
tational Fishing Contest to benefit the Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage. Registration forms available at
Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, or
online at
2 to 4 p.m. - "Blue Monday" featuring perfor-
mances by Scott Blum Music at Freedom Village, 6406
21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-798-8122.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Today is primary Election Day.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets for lunch and a program about global networking
groups with Neal Loth at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:

Wednesday, Aug. 27
5:30 p.m. - Teen movie night at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.

* 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., play-
ers pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. 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

Traditional 15th
Diana Jardines
celebrates her
quinceaneras, a
traditional 15th
birthday, at Bayside
Banquet Hall in
Cortez in August.
During the event
hosted by Diana's
parents, the Maria-
chi International
Latino Band per-

American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:

Coming up:
* Aug. 28, "Grape Escape" wine tasting and net-
working at Freedom Village.
* Aug. 30, West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary
rummage sale.
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Sept. 5-6, Gullet Invitational Fishing Contest spon-
sored by the Star Fish Company and The Islander.
* Sept. 6, Bay Wise kayak tour to Robinson Pre-
* Sept. 7, Red tide seminar at New College.

Save the date
* Sept. 29, the annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce golf outing. Information: 941-778-1541.
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student
reunion picnic.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, Village of Cortez Folk Festival.
Send calendar announcements to diana @islander.
org. Please include the time, date and location of the
event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and


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Rachel and Justin
Justin Kingsley of Hive Creations at
9908 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria with
some of his original creations. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

Two busy bees
create Hive
Rachel and Justin Noyes first came
to Anna Maria Island six years ago as
part of a visit to relatives on Longboat
"We absolutely fell in love with the
Island," said Rachel.
The couple was living in Atlanta at
the time, but making the move to the
Island was an easy decision.
Now, they' ve put their creative tal-
ents together at Hive Creations at 9908
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
Rachel has a degree in metals and
jewelry from the Savannah College of
Art and Design and makes handmade
jewelry and other fashion items. Justin,
who also graduated from SCAD, is an
illustrator of children's books and makes
silk-screen T-shirts, including an original
design for Hive Creations. The couple

also make hand-make candles and other
creative gifts and valuables.
For more information, go to the
store's Web site at www.TheHiveStore.
com, or call 941-778-7432.

Sandbar have
new staff
The BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach recently added Erin
Ruley as its new bar manager.
Originally from Maryland, Erin has
spent 21 years in the hospitality industry,
having held restaurant positions from
hostess to general manager.
As a bartender, she won several
drink contests and has served libations
to the rich and famous, including Kevin
Bacon, John Waters, most of the Balti-
more Orioles, the cast of "Homicide,"
the Smashing Pumpkins, the Red Hot
Chili Peppers and Johnny Depp.
She lives in Holmes Beach with her

Tall order
Native Rentals
took a big deliv-
ery last week of
70 new kayaks
at its store in
' ~ Holmes Beach.
Owner Sean
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and on freight.
Native Rentals

ping Center, 5416
Marina Drive.
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fiance, Carey, her 11-year-old son, Jack,
and two Boston terriers.
To reach Erin, call 941-779-2222, or
e-mail her at
The Chiles Group of restaurants also
added new management at the Sandbar
in Anna Maria.
Patrick McKanna joined the man-
agement team recently after a stint as a
restaurant manager in Lithia, Fla.
Patrick said he heard about the posi-
tion from former roommate Ian Fair-
weather, the Sandbar's chef and kitchen
The timing was right for his new posi-
tion since he recently became engaged
and plans a May 2009 wedding.

Havana Cabana
music rings out
The Havana Cabana restaurant
at 5904 Marina Drive in Bradenton
Beach began its Saturday music series
Aug. 16 with local artist Jim Somers

Somers has had his song "73 Dodge
Dart" aired on the nationally syndicated
radio show "Car Talk," and he's known
for his thoughtful lyrics and musical
skill, a press release from the restaurant
For more information on the res-
taurant and the music series, call

Neal Communities
Neal Communities and LWR Com-
munities held a ground-breaking cere-
mony Aug. 7 for the 372-acre Central
Park neighborhood project in Lakewood
Pat Neal of Neal Communities said
he expected the project to be a success.
"As the strong sales we' ve had so far
this year have indicated, these models
will open just as the market really starts
to heat up," he said.
"Building Central Park will not
only attract homebuyers, but it will also
stimulate the economy, create jobs, and
encourage more service businesses to
locate in Lakewood Ranch. Everybody
wins," Neal concluded.
Neal developed on the Island in the
1970s - Westbay Point and Moorings
and Westbay Cove north and south, to
name a few projects.
Central Park will have 787 single-
family homes and 150,000 square feet
of shopping and offices. The community
will have five neighborhoods that will
feature at least 29 floor plans up to 3,500
square feet in size, a press release said.
Manatee County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann compared the Cen-
tral Park project to her childhood neigh-
"When I grew up, the park was
right across the street from our homes
so we would just run over and play. This
is going to be a huge family area and
that's something that's really needed in
Manatee County," she said.
Central Park models will be open in
January 2010, the release said.
For more information on Central
Park, call 941-751-0172, or go on the
Internet to

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SeaSide Inn and Resort in Bradenton Beach is scheduled for some improvements
under the direction of its new owner, SeaSide Resort Holdings LLC and new
managing partner David Teitelbaum, also owner of Tortuga Inn and Tradewinds
resorts. Islander Photo: Courtesy SeaSide Resort

SeaSide set for a makeover

Improvements are planned for
SeaSide Inn and Resort in Bradenton
Beach under the direction of the newly
formed SeaSide Resort Holdings LLC
and new managing partner David Teit-
Teitelbaum is the owner of Tortuga
Inn and Tradewinds Resorts, also in Bra-
denton Beach.
SeaSide manager Debbie Znaczko
announced earlier this month a list of
planned improvements for the lodging
facility at 2200 Gulf Drive N., including:
* Exterior plans call for new paint,
roof, decking, windows and doors, grills
and landscaping.
* Interior plans call for an "Old Hor-
ida" design, pastel tile floors and walls,
built-in kitchenettes, tropical-themed
furniture and island prints.

"Just what SeaSide has always
deserved," Debbie said in a letter to
SeaSide guests.
"These improvements will be com-
pleted during select weeks of September
and October 2008," Debbie said. "We
will remain open, but will close during
certain weekdays when noisy work is in
progress. Our goal is to not disturb your
vacation during this makeover period."
She added that in addition to the
building improvements, SeaSide will
introduce new, lower daily and weekly
rates from April through January, as well
as offer Florida residents a "stay three
nights and get a fourth night at half-
price" deal during that period.
Details about the resort can be
obtained at http://www.SeaSideResort.
com or by calling 800-447-7124.


Featured sale: A condo at Sandy Point, 3607 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, sold in
September 2004 for $200,000 and in July 2008 for $250,000 for an increase of 25
percent. The cost per square foot is $255. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson

Jolly good birthday
Laurel Nevans, left, of Holmes Beach, celebrates her birthday at the Jolly Roger
at Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach with congratulations from chef Aldo Cip-
riano. The birthday party was a family affair, including sister Lisa Nevans Locke
and husband Patrick, their sons, Jeremy, 12, and Stuart, 8, who all flew in for the
occasion from Bethesda, Md., and Laurel's mother and father, Virginia and Roy
Nevans, of Longboat Key. The Nevans party enjoyed dinner and some special
birthday desserts prepared by the chef. Islander Photo: Courtesy Roy Nevans

Island real estate
511 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a
2,752 sfla / 3,412 sfur 4bed/3/2bath/2car
canalfront pool home built in 1985 on a
85x117 lot was sold 07/28/08, McKee
to Brown for $990,000; list $990,000.
604 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, a
2,122 sfla / 2,362 sfur 4bed/2bath canal-
front home built in 1973 on a 85x100 lot
was sold 07/28/08, Marciales to Chap-
man for $700,000; list $749,000.
304 65th St., Unit B, Coastal
Villas, Holmes Beach, a 2,495 sfla
4bed/312bath/2car land condo built in
2008 was sold 07/29/08, Coastal Cot-
tages 7 LLC to Kaleta for $630,000; list
211 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,810
sfla / 2,500 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home
built in 1979 on a 91x90 lot was sold
07/29/08, Annis to Shay for $602,000;
list $629,000.
314 63rd St., Unit 6A, Island Walk,
Holmes Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur
3bed/21bath condo with private pool
built in 2005 sold 07/31/08, Wessels to

Schoenke for $570,000.
620 Rose St., Anna Maria, a 1,403
sfla / 2,424 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home
built in 1985 on a 50x120 lot was sold
07/29/08, Beaupre to Bell for $539,900;
list $589,000.
7205 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a
1,164 sfla / 1,440 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex
built in 1970 on a 70x100 lot was sold
07/29/08, Phelps Properties LLC to
Warren for $380,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 184, Run-
away Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080
sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
pool built in 1978 was sold 07/30/08,
Matheny to Muthersbaugh for $256,750;
list $309,000.
3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 111, Sandy
Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 980 sfla / 1,040
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool built
in 1996 was sold 07/29/08, Vooren to
Vanwinkel for $250,000.
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

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Cortez mullet-catching event honors one of its own

By Bonner Joy
Ben Gullett had been fishing for mullet most of his
life. Commercial fishing was his legacy.
His father, Asa Gullett, had a fish house in Braden-
ton, and some of his relatives, the Bishops, had a fish
house in Sarasota. The Gulletts, Bishops and Fulfords
and other Cortez settlers are intertwined going back
four generations in the fishing village of Cortez.
Ben and sons Rick and Mark Gullett carried on
the fishing tradition, selling their smoked mullet for
many years at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
to benefit the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage,
the organization that has been responsible for much of
the preservation of Cortez. Ben's wife Alice donates
one of her handmade quilts to auction yearly at the
Cortez festival, again to benefit FISH.
But Ben had a crash on his ATV while hog hunting
in Duette more than four months ago, and he remains
He may not have a chance to help catch and smoke

Net spread
Cortez fishermen
hang their cotton
nets to dry after
a days fishing in
days gone by. This .. . ..
manner offishing
ended with a state- _ _
mandated net ban -
in 1995 and fishers *
today use smaller . -
cast nets. Islander .
Photo: Courtesy
Karen Bell . .

his much-sought-after mullet recipe with his family, but
they have launched an appropriate event to honor him
- thus, the inaugural Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational
fishing tournament.
Ben's sons Mark and Rick and Rick's wife Holli
are the sponsoring family.

Left, Ben Gullett tends his mullet smoker prior to an
ATV accident that has had him hospitalized for more
than four months. Islander Photo: Courtesy Holli

Karen Bell, owner of Star Fish Company Market
and Restaurant and a distant cousin to the Gullets, is
co-sponsoring the tournament with The Islander news-
The contest will be unique to the area. First and
foremost, the fish may be caught only by castnet. No
rod- and-reel fishers need apply. After all, mullet are
known to be vegetarians, and they just don't take a
The two-day event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 4, with attendance at a mandatory captain's meet-
ing at Star Fish Company, 12304 46th Ave. W., Cortez.
Fishing will take place Friday, Sept. 5, through 4 p.m.
Sept. 6.
Two-person teams must enter by Aug. 25 for a fee
of $125; after Aug. 25 the fee is $150.
Mullet must be netted between Ruskin and Sara-
sota, only six saltwater mullet will be allowed for the
weigh-in and they must be iced down. The iced fish
must be weighed in by 4 p.m. Sept. 6. In the event of
a tie, the largest mullet of six weighed in by the tying
team will break the tie.
There will be a 100 percent payout for the top three
mullet teams, plus a "Cast Iron Slam," a combo catch
of mullet, sheepshead and sand perch. Only the sheep-
shead and perch will be weighed, but the mullet must
be of legal length.
In the junior division, the fee is $50 per team for
fishers age 17 and under. Adult rules apply and the top
three places will receive awards.
After the weigh-in, the contest fish will be
prepped, fried and served - $5 a plate - at the
Sunday awards ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. at Star
Fish Company.
Entry forms and additional information, including
orders for tournament T-shirts, are available online at For information by phone, call Bell
at 941-794-1243.

State of Florida: Do not feed pelicans

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission issued a rule in July against regularly feeding
pelicans - social birds that can become dangerously
dependent on scraps.
In places where fish scraps are available, such as at
fish processing facilities or fish markets, the pelicans
will arrive day after day to eat, becoming habituated,
according to FWC biologists.
"Pelicans can become so used to their daily free
meals that they won't migrate south during the winter
and, as a result, become sick," said James Rodgers,
a research biologist at the FWC Gainesville Labora-
Another problem arises at fishing piers, docks or
other spots where people are cleaning fish or where
fishers toss the birds a few fish from time to time. The
large bones from a filleted fish can get stuck in the
throat of the pelican, eventually choking or starving
the bird.
"Hanging out at the piers can develop into a further
problem when pelicans get caught with fishing hooks while
trying to steal fish directly from the fishing line. It's not
unusual to see a pelican with a hook embedded in its pouch
and fishing line trailing behind it," Rodgers said.
Embedded hooks can cause the soft skin of the
bird's pouch to tear. Such injuries can sometimes
become infected. In extreme cases, the bird may die
from illness or from starvation.
"'To counter this problem, the commission passed
a rule that is intended to stop the feeding of large num-
bers of pelicans. This rule is considered necessary to
maintain healthy wild populations of brown pelicans
in Florida," Rodgers said.
The new rule states that the intentional feeding or
the placement of food that attracts pelicans and modi-
fies the natural behavior of the pelican so as to be det-
rimental to the survival or health of a local population
is prohibited.

It is no longer permitted under this rule to dump
or discharge large amounts of fish scraps, bycatch or
comparable materials from a fish house or similar facil-
ity which attracts large numbers of pelicans to that area
and causes changes in the behavior of the pelicans.
Public fishing piers and beaches which attract
large groups of fishermen may want to consider creat-
ing scrap chutes where folks can dump the leftovers to
keep them out of the way of pelicans, according to a
news release from FWC.
The intent of this rule is not to regulate the occa-
sional or casual feeding of individual pelicans. People
who are out fishing and happen to hand a scrap to a
b. *., in, pelican will not be cited. The rule provides
an enforcement tool to resolve situations when large-
scale feeding could negatively influence the health or
survival of a pelican.
"However, you can help keep pelican populations
healthy by not feeding them. One person feeding a peli-
can one fish may not harm the bird, but problems do
occur because usually there are many people feeding
that same pelican every day," Rodgers said.
Another way to help is to use fish scrap repositories
at piers and docks, or discard fish scraps in a garbage
can or at home.
"Your efforts will help keep pelican populations
wild," Rodgers said.

Kayak tours planned

on Sarasota Bay
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will launch
another season of its Bay Wise Kayak Tour program
next month.
The program will continue through May, with
retired marine biologist and SBEP Citizen Advisory
Committee member Jack Taylor leading free tours.
Participants will need to bring their own kayak and

The brown pelican nearly disappeared from North
America between the 1950s and early 1970s because
of pesticides in use at the time. Following the ban on
DDT in 1972, the reproduction rates of the pelicans
significantly improved. By the 1990s, pelican popu-
lations had returned to pre-DDT levels. Islander
Photo: Courtesy FWC

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Reds good inshore; grouper, amberjack offshore

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Lots of rain has spurred some inshore fishing
action, with catch-and-release snook and redfish lead-
ing the parade. Trout are scarce, though.
Offshore anglers are doing well with grouper, snap-
per and amberjack.
And shark fishing in Terra Ceia Bay continues to
be superb.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing is
good to excellent except for the weather acting up.
Grouper and snapper catches are great, and amberjack
are coming in from farther offshore. For backwater fish-
ers, best bets are redfish on the lower tides, plus snapper
coming out of Terra Ceia and Palma Sola bays.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing was
slow, with fish coming to the hooks in the early morn-
ings and in the evenings. Best catches were for man-
grove snapper and black drum.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers at the pier were catching an occasional mack-
erel, plus some catch-and-release snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of big mangrove snapper up to 17 inches
in length under his dock, but they only seem to bite
from late night to 11 a.m. He's also hearing of good
catches of redfish.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include slow but
steady catches of small shark in Terra Ceia Bay and lots
of snapper by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's putting his
charters onto lots of mangrove snapper around area
bridges. Redfish were hitting best on outgoing tides
around Longbar Point in north Sarasota Bay, he added,
and he's been catching Spanish mackerel, bluefish and
trout in Anna Maria Sound on the deep seagrass flats.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said his best bite is on big grouper and
amberjack. "Fishing is good offshore of Anna Maria
Island when the weather is nice," he said. "We did not
get out much this week due to the weather, but when
we did it was great catching big red and gag grouper,
mangrove snapper, amberjack and blacktip shark.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he's catching mangroves,
trout and reds fishing in the in the Sarasota Bay, Palma
Sola and Anna Maria Sound vicinity. "Bait is plentiful
and getting larger," he said, adding that he's catching
scattered Spanish macks, flounder and lots of small
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 news@ Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information.

Kayak tours offered next month
gear, and space on each tour is limited to 15 people.
Tours take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Dates and
locations include:
* Sept. 6, Palma Sola Causeway to Robinson Pre-
serve and return.
* Oct. 4, Palma Sola Causeway to Neal Preserve
and return.
* Nov. 1, Coquina Beach Bayside to Jewfish and
Sister keys and return.
* Dec. 6, Ringling Causeway to Hudson Bayou and

Record amberjack
William Stanfield from Palmetto caught this 50-pound amberjack with Capt. Larry McGuire.

Big barracuda
William Hampton of Ruskin caught and released
this big barracuda in about 100 feet of water off
Anna Maria Island while fishing with Capt.
Larry McGuire.

* Jan. 3, South Lido Park to Otter Key and return.
* Feb. 7, Phillippi Estate Park to Bird Islands Rook-
ery and return.
* March 7, Turtle Beach Park to Jim Neville Marine
Preserve and return.
* April 4, Blackburn Point Park to Oscar Scherer
State Park and return.
* May 2, Casperson Beach Park to Alligator Creek
and return.
For more program information, kayak rental infor-
mation or reservations, call the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program offices at 941-955-8085 or e-mail info@sara-

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Another big amberjack for a young man
12-year-old Steven Spears from Palmetto caught
this big amberjack in 135 feet of water offshore with
Capt. Larry McGuire.

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
or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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Plates raise tu

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
For years Carol Jones considered purchasing a
vanity plate for her car, but she struggled with what
statement to make.
The proliferation of specialty plates in the Sunshine
State simplified matters for Jones. Now she cruises to
and from work on Anna Maria Island in a Ford Focus .
with a sea turtle license plate.
And Jones knows that a portion of the money she
paid for her plate - which has an image of a sea turtle x
crawling toward water and the words "Helping Sea
Turtles Survive" - went to a fund for the research
and protection of the endangered species.
"You can choose just about any kind of plate you
want," said Jones before getting into her car outside
the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach. "It's like
putting your car in a T-shirt."
Holmes Beach resident Sammy Townsend also
drives a car with a sea turtle plate.
\ ly mom picked it," said Townsend, 19. "I kind of
would like a Gators plate, but I guess the turtle is cool."
"It was a hard choice to make - turtles or mana-
tees," said Melinda Townsend. 'They both are good
causes, but I think Save the Manatees has more
The state Legislature authorized the creation of
the sea turtle plate in February 1998. Motorists who
purchase the plate pay $23 a year, in addition to their
standard registration fee.
In 2007, the plate generated $1,368,517.50 in rev-
enue, according to the Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles. The turtle plate is one of
the more popular specialty plates in a state with 40 to
chose from. Ranger Dan
Florida State University's plate generated $1.8 mil- watches as (
lion in 2007, Protect Wild Dolphins, $1.6 million; and head sea turn
Save the Manatee, $1.3 million. The biggest revenue near the mou
generators last year were the University of Florida plate, secondfound
which brought in $2.4 million, and the Florida Panther first to yield
plate, which produced in $2.1 million in 2007. washed in wc
About 70 percent of the revenue from the sea turtle
plate goes to the Marine Resources Conservation Trust and non-prof
Fund under the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva- by the Florid
tion Commission for sea turtle protection, research and "I'm a b
recovery programs. plates program
Some of the money - about $352,632 in 2008 or Maria Island
30 percent annually - gets redirected to researchers nesting active
regarding sea
Plates on the Web: from ii Iithi
For details about the state specialty plate that ity of marine
raises money for sea turtle research and protection, county on be
go to Fox has

Stephens of the National Parks Service
,ni \ti, Swosinski excavates a logger-
tle nest at DeSoto National Memorial
nth of the Manatee River. The nest is the
I at the federal site in two years, but the
hatchlings - despite repeatedly being
water. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

it groups through a process administered
a Sea Turtle Grants Committee.
big fan," Suzi Fox said of the specialty
im. Fox is the executive director of Anna
Turtle Watch, a non-profit group monitors
citiess and conducts educational outreach
a turtles. The group also walks the beaches
, ,ugh October to monitor the nesting activ-
turtles and provides data to the state and
ach renourishment.
a sea turtle plate on her SUV and Fox

actionn funds

A specialty Florida plate helps raise money for the
pi sectionn and study of sea turtles. Islander Image:
( .urtesy Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Served on the state board that awarded grant money for
Three years.
AMITW also has received grants from the plate fund
- an award in the late 1990s to print brochures and, most
crcently, a $1,000 mini-grant this year to print and dis-
tribute educational materials to Island vacation resorts.
This year, the license plate program also pro-
* $29,000 to University of South Florida researcher
Mya Breitbart to study viruses in turtles.
* $24,000 to the University of Georgia Research
Foundation to study genetics, and nesting and foraging
trends among green turtles in Florida.
* $5,500 to Mote Marine Laboratory researcher
Tony Tucker to study loggerhead rookies and continue
a turtle-tL._._?ini_ program.
* $7,000 to University of Alabama researcher Thane
Whibbels to study the relationship between tempera-
ture and sex determination among Florida's loggerhead
* $13,000 to University of Central Florida researcher
William Redfoot to study juvenile green turtles in the
Indian River Lagoon system.
* $19,000 to the University of Central Florida for
tracking juvenile green turtles.
* $3,800 to Michael Gaines at the University of
Miami to study the mating system of loggerheads near
St. George Island.
* $11,000 to Sarasota County to promote turtle-
friendly lighting programs.
* $14,000 to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Resource
Center for a pilot program to embed lighting in a road-
In addition to AMITW, mini-grant recipients in
2008 included South Ponte Vedra Turtle Patrol, Amelia
Island Sea Turtle Watch, Dog Island Marine Turtle
Watch, Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Pro-
gram and Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol.
The state currently is accepting applications for
next year's grants, which are due March 1, 2009.

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 149 log-
gerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls on the beach
as of Aug. 17.
AMITW also reported 2,017 hatchlings.
Nesting season continues through October.

THE ISLANDER U AUG. 20, 2008 E 25

Golf at Key


headlines slow

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game on Aug. 13. The team of
Bob Kral and Vince Mercadante combined to card an
impressive 9-under-par 55 to claim first place in front
of a trio of teams. One shot back in a tie for second
place was Bob Kelly and Chris Collins, Bob Jorgensen
and Don Ledford and the team of Al Morgan and Earl
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
low-net game and the best four holes in a row on
Aug. 12. Low net winner in flight one was Tootie
Wagner with an impressive 7-under 25. Terry Westby
finished in second place with a 4-under 28. Second-
flight winner was Ruth Williamson with a 5-under-
par 27, while Markie Ksaizk finished in second with
a 30. Wagner captured the best-four-consecutive-

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941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sandy Pointe
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay Turnkey furnished
and ready to go. Would make a great home or rental. Covered
parking, heated pool and close to. ,. ,h.i ii Seller will pay the
first 3 months condo fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

Open House
Sunday * August 24 * 2-4pm
891 North Shore Drive * Anna Maria
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holes game with a 13.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-
foursome game on Aug. 11. First place went to the team
of Al Morgan, Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante and Earl
Huntzinger with a score of 53.

Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits

*1 1 'Participants in the
recent British Soccer
Camp held at the Anna
'i* Maria Island Commu-
nity Center pose for a
picture in their country's
colors. The kids were
split into the countries of
Brazil, Argentina, Japan
and Mexico during
the week-long camp.
Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Lee Ross

on Aug. 13 turned into family feud as Tom Rhodes and
Jerry Disbrow squared off against Jay Disbrow and
Debbie Rhodes. Tom and Jerry won in easy fashion,
taking a 21-3 victory sparked by back-to-back six-pack
throws from Jerry Disbrow.
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.

Track and field
Far left, as the world watched the Summer Olympics in
China, children learned running fundamentals on the
Holmes Beach City Hall field. From Aug. 4-14, Manatee
S High School senior Jessica Pate led a free running program
for Island youth. Left, Pate and her runners ready for the
16th annual 'Canes Classic 5-K/i-mile run Sept. 1 at G.T.
Bray Park in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Becky Walter


33 Years of Professional Service


HERON'S WATCH Minutes to beaches. 3/2, 2 car garage. 4.5 yrs old.
Fenced, room for pool. $259,000.
3/2 waterfront, large lot, lush landscape, upgrades,
room for pool. $299,900.
4 bedroom, handicap accessible, birch cabinets, Corian tops,
Large covered porch. Extras, Like new. $295,000.
SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor,
pool view, tennis, turnkey, $239,000.
WOODLAN DS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875 sf. Many extras. $699,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront, end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL- 2BR/1.5 BA 304 58th St. HB
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home close
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2/2 nicely
with great
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island home
with many
Across from
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800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 mC

Large modern waterfront home. 2,000SF,
3BR/2BA. Large great room, kitchen area.
Large lot. Asking $1,350,000. 920-242-3068

2BR/2BA beautifully renovated, turnkey-furnished condo with dazzling
view of azure Gulf and white sand beach. New appliances, granite
counters, ceramic tile, garage, heated pool, tennis, storage. Great
price! $657,700.
3BR/2BA Key Royale immaculate canalfront home overlooking golf
course. Updated kitchen and bath. Private boat dock. Spa/hot tub,
intercom, wet bar, breakfast room, two-car garage. Finest residential
area. $899,900.
3BR/2.5BA. Gorgeous views! Bayfront home across from Key Royale
Club. Spectacular view of Tampa bay and Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Bayfront pool, security system, new carpet, ceramic tile. Walk across
street to golf, lunch and cocktails. $1,750,000.
2BR/2BA plus den, furnished, Holmes Beach. Beautifully remodeled,
just steps to finest white sand beach. Screen enclosed in-ground pool.
Central vacuum, security system, ceramic tile, ceiling fans, family
room, den, garage. $699,900.

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BOLENS RIDING LAWN mower: 33-inch cut. Good
condition. 941-778-3921.

SIX FILE CABINETS: black, 4-drawer legal or
regular file cabinets. $20 each. The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online:

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

MOVING SALE: 7 a.m.- noon Saturday, Aug. 23.
Everything from bedroom set and sleeper sofa
to kitchen appliances and utensils. 212 69th St.,
Holmes Beach.

MOVING/GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Satur-
day, Aug. 23. King-size bed, washer and dryer, lawn
mower and 'smalls.' 514 71st St., Holmes Beach.

SIDEWALK "YARD" SALE continues at The Islander,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 30-Aug 1,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

SAILBOAT RUDDER LOST from boat at 73rd
Street, T-end canal. Holmes Beach. Reward. Call

LOST: 2004 JOHNSON 25-hp outboard. Serial
number G04770530. Last seen on my skiff in Key
Royale. Reward. 813-991-5462.

vate parties. 781-367-0339,

YOU CAN HAVE everything you want in life if you
will just help enough other people get what they
want. 941-778-7656.

NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES: Huge sale and clear-
ance sale. All sterling jewelry 50-75 percent off.
Select antiques, unique jewelry, art glass, island
art and collectibles 20-80 percent off. Open seven
days, 9:30 a.m.-7 p. m., 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-779-0729.

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

FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

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

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.

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.

one-inch, used one time. Davits, propellers.

FRONT DESK ASSISTANT needed at Anna Maria
Island Community Center, a smoke-free/drug-free
employer. Part-time, 25 hours per week. Must be
professional, positive, friendly person, over 21
years old with great computer skills: Excel, Micro-
soft Word, etc. Able to multi-task, problem solve, a
team player. Send resume to: spruett@tampabay., or call 941-778-1908, ext. 0.

BEACH BISTRO REQUIRES mature driver, eve-
nings. Please call, 941-778-6444.

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

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Full Gulf views from the upstairs master bedroom and living/
dining room downstairs. Across the street from community
bike path and direct beach access. Three large deck/patios.
Good rental income. Charming beach decor. $619,000

IMPERIAL HOUSE Full unobstructed Gulf views from
this ground floor end unit in Imperial House. Deeded beach
access, pool, fishing dock are just a few of the amenities at
this 55-plus condo. $324,900.
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NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call

HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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
Realty, 941-383-6112.

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

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.

CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting. I
have experience with kids of all ages.

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
opportunity. 941-383-6953.

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.

CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trustwor-
thy, flexible scheduling. Personal and household
care, errands and appointments. 941-705-0706 or

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.

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

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.

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
cell 941-720-4152.

best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.

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.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
Doyle 941-778-1708.

serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,

SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.

CLEANING BY HELENE: Long-time resident,
weekly, biweekly, reasonable rates and attention to
detail. Free estimates. 941-778-5717.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local references.

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
JC, 941-484-7487.

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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.

28 0 AUG. 20, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
service Quality & Dependable Service.
S v 1I Call 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

Waterside Lending
Home Purchase & Refiance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
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Islands Cleaning & Pet-Sitting Services
Cleaning and
pet-sitting services
in the comfort of
your own home

Island residents
for 15 years ,4
"They're our family too" *' 941-592-5464

NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
Cell, 941-592-8684.
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. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
vices. 941-713-5244.
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.

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

scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
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Here are Lydia &
Linus, 10-week-
old kittens rescued
from the streets,
very friendly and
fun. $60 adoption
fee. Call Julie
at SunCoast
Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or
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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.

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
or 778-4461.

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

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

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.

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SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.

100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
antee them! No other company does it all. Call
941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one year.
License #20055584.

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

ONE MAN AND a power washer! Boat docks, pool
decks, patios, driveways, house and trailer washing,
sealing and staining. Local professional, licensed,
insured, Anna Maria Island chamber member. Free
estimates. 941-778-2081.

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.

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, $2,200/month annually with option to buy. Call
Lisa, 860-601-3838.

$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980.

Cortez Road. 625 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

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:

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

SEASONAL ANNA MARIA Island canal house for
rent January through May. One to two month mini-
mum. Old fishing village. Call Mike, 941-920-6170.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

1BR AND 2BR apartments available, half block
from water. 3611 117th Street W. Pat McClary,

2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO: Boat dock, 1,700
sf, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month. 941-792-0524.

game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923.

2BR/2BA ANNUAL TOWNHOUSE rental 100 steps
to the beach! Dec. 1, 2008-Dec. 1, 2009. 120 52nd
St., Holmes Beach. $1,200/month. First, last and
security. References. 330-758-3857.

FURNISHED CONDO: 1BR/1.5BA redecorated.
Annual, $750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid.
Close to beaches. Call 941-758-9133.

ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the beach.
$900/month. 941-746-8666.

unit condos with sweeping views of Tampa bay
on Anna Maria Island. Available for season. Call

washer and dryer. Holmes Beach. $460/month.
Small pets OK. 941-704-4591 or 941-778-0837.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home near Bean
Point, $1,500/month. 2BR/2BA Key Royale canal-
front, $1,200/month. 2BR/1BA furnished condo,
$1,000/month. 1BR/1BA Gulffront condo, $950/
month. 3BR/2BA Perico Island home, $1,500/
month. Call Sue at An Island Place Realty,

ANNUAL DUPLEX: TWO bedroom, upper unit.
Very nice, one block to beach. $875/month.

MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.

2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
rity. 941-730-2606.

LUXURY LIVING IN 1,700-sf second-floor condo.
Nature preserve, spectacular sunsets. Boat slip
on sailboat water. Heated pool. Minutes to beach
and Gulf. Furnished, $1,500/month. Unfurnished,
$1,300/month. 941-704-7493. Rent, buy or lease
back. Let's negotiate. 941-704-7493.

HANDY RETIREE SEEKS Anna Maria rental for four
months starting mid-December. 410-629-0368.

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Includes washer, dryer, Internet, pool/hot tub. Semi-
annual rental, $950/month. 941-778-7315.

PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, dining
room. Walk to bay and beach. 1 1x40-foot lanai,
caged pool. $1,595/month. 941-778-3061 or

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

VACATION RENTAL: FOUR-day holiday, $369.Town-
house, 2BR/2BA pool, boat dock. 941-356-1456.

WATERFRONT OLD SHACK, one-room cottage on
Intracoastal on Anna Maria Island with dock, not
deep. For sale by owner to owner-occupant-AARP
member. $395,000. No Realtors or friends of Real-
tors. 941-779-0289.

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $440,000.
Owner, 941-388-5238.

2BR/1BA MOBILE HOME near bay. Central air
conditioning and heat, dishwasher, covered patio,
adjacent parking, $45,000, Owner financing,
941-778-7980 or 941-713-1117.

BIMINI BAY RESORT: Bahamas Sandpiper,
1BR/1BA, 1,067 sf, brand new. Need fast sale.
$370,000 firm. Look at

PARADISE BAY: Have the security of land owner-
ship with this cozy 8x28-foot mobile, completely
new inside. 10x20-foot attached addition, drive-
way. Located in Paradise Bay. $115/month mainte-
nance fee. Reduced to $49,000 or best offer. Call
941-447-9852 for information.

40-ACRE RANCH: East Manatee county. Beau-
tiful, secluded, surrounded by park. $650,000.

PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, walk to
bay and beach. 1 1x40-foot lanai, pool, low down.
Carry $299,000. 941-778-3051.

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.

ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Available Sept. 1, 2008.
Furnished or unfurnished, washer and dryer, stor-
age, covered parking, steps to beach, restaurants,
shopping. $950/month. 941-737-9662.

PRE-FORECLOSURE: ISLAND waterfront home.
3BR/2BR, two-car garage. Pool. Spa, boat dock.
If you're ready to buy, act now and save big.
Call for details and pricing. Real Estate Mart,

FORECLOSURE SPECIAL! 100-plus acre Colo-
rado ranch for $49,900. Year-round roads, utilities.
Access to 6,000-plus acre recreation land. Call
866-OWN-LAND, ext. 4390.

INSIDE JOKES By Will Nediger / Edited by Will Shortz

1 Big name in
baked beans
8 Neighbor of
15 Gilberto's
partner on "The
Girl From
Ipanema," 1964
19 Earsplitting
21 Cicero or
22 Light shade
23 21
25 Neighbor of a
26 Filled out
27 Exchanged
28 Knocker's
30 Off-road
wheels, for
31 Vespasian's
33 Command ctrs.
36 One of an old
film trio
37 Way out
40 Los
43 Anna of "X-
45 Humans, e.g.
47 Like a
48 Temperaments
49 Rock's
Folds Five
50 Cries of agony
52 Viva-voce vote
53 Pastry shop

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

54 Conductors'
57 Quick
expression of
58 Gets better
59 Natty dresser
60 Grant-giving
61 Butterfly
63 " She
64 Cereal killer
66 Rather inclined
68 Breakfast spot,
71 "Vissi d'arte"
73 "N.Y. State of
Mind" rapper
75 Yossarian's
tentmate, in
76 Curl performer
77 Part of some
79 Number one
82 Athos's arm
83 Ontario, par
84 "Generations of
healthy, happy
pets" sloganeer
85 Small songbird
86 Chopsticks
87 Razor handle?
89 The ___ Band,
with guitarist
Little Steven
92 Choir supports
93 He played 2,130
95 "Sire"

97 The Desi of
99 Middle of
100 Certain people
buried in
101 Black-and-
104 Divine epithet
106 Cut made by a
107 Gilpin of
108 Sticks (out)
109 Ignore, as a
115 Assist in evil
116 Freaky
117 Dimming
118 They may be
119 The very
120 1967 pop
sensation, with

1 Europe's
longest river
2 Turn aside
3 Beersheba's
4 Sticking point
5 Unilever
6 Chic, in the
7 People who no
what they like?
8 Emulates a
9 Kona keepsake
10 Brashares who
wrote "The
Sisterhood of
the Traveling

11 Zine
12 And others, in a
13 Old Venetian
14 Self-titled
album of 1980
15 St. Peter, e.g.?
16 High-school
gym feature
17 Chance to play
18 Ringo's
drummer son
20 Styled
24 Mr. Potato Head
29 Infamous 1999
computer virus
with a woman's
31 Woes, to a
Yiddish speaker
32 More aloof
33 Target, with
34 Marmalade
35 Stop: Abbr.
37 On a par with
38 Barbecue order
39 "Watermark"
41 Brightly
colored fish
42 Charon's
43 Wears out the
44 Declaration of
August 14,
46 Activity in
which people
get their kicks
48 NuGrape
51 Call letters on
1970s-'80s TV
54 Pet cat, in
British lingo

55 "Once
midnight dreary
56 Betray, in a way
59 Soda shop order
62 Single malt, for
64 Rachel Carson's
65 Hissy fit
67 Joule division
69 Raspberries
70 Takes, with
72 Legs

74 Their business
is going,
76 Explodes
77 Aggressively
78 Put the pedal to
the metal
80 Promising
81 Couple
82 Dampish
86 Not burdened
88 Record list
90 Nail site

91 Not live
94 "Great" guy
96 Superman's
98 "Holy smokes!"
101 Place with an
102 Someone who
ust got out of a
ong bath,
103 Jason of
"American Pie"
104 International

105 Former shah
106 Banjo
107 Executive's
110 Musician's gift
111 Active leader?
112 Subject of a
Keats ode
113 Couple
114 Egg source






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STEAL MY MARSHFRONT: Owner sacrifice!
Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. My neighbor
paid $389,900. I'll sell mine for less than the bank
repos. My six-figure loss is your gain. $229,900. Call

with great view, very private, big trees, waterfalls
and large public lake nearby, $49,500. Call now,

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FOR SALE BY owner: 39.87 acres. Wilkes, N.C.
Blue Ridge Parkway views, well, septic. 1,200-plus
foot road frontage, No restrictions, $200,000.
336-838-0546 after 6pm, LEVONDAR @ EMBARQ-

ALABAMA LAND BARGAIN! 50 acres, $129,900. Dock-
able deep water! Nicely wooded, open meadow, dock-
able lakefront. Prime location. Minutes from Interstate!
Excellent financing. Call 800-564-5092, ext.1261.

EAST TENNESSEE LAKE investment: Mountain
peninsula subdivision. Spectacular 70-mile views of
Smokie Mountains from 300 feet above Watts Bar Lake.
$1,900,000. 941-468-5102. WWW.TRIEANA.COM.

All real estate advertising herein is subject to the Fair
Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any
preference, limitation or discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national
origin, or intention to make any such preference, limita-
tion or discrimination Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly
accept any advertising for real estate which is in viola-
tion of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are avail-
able on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of
discrimination call HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777,
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514 Key Royale
Canalfront with new dock, lift and seawall. 3,600 sf,
3BR/3BA,family room, great room and huge screened
lanai and pool.

211 Elm Ave
Adorable condo exquisitely finished with bamboo
vaulted ceilings,travertine floors,granite and wood
cabinetry. Outside waterfall garden and only one block
to beach!

798 N Shore Drive 200 S Gulf Dr 4911 Gulf Dr
Beach house with Gulf views and beach across street! Bank-owned foreclosure is excellent value! FULL Gulf Hidden gem! Exquisite bay views, dock for two boats
3BR/2BA up and I BR/I BA guest apartment down. views,3BR/2BA, high ceilings,granite, crown moldings, and lift. 4BR/3BAwith great room and family room,
Adorable,furnished,and good rental history. wood cabinetryscreened lanai and pool! three-car garage. Lush tropical landscape and lagoon-
style pool.
Reduced! $699,000 $795,000 $1,099,000

12410 Baypointe Terrace
Protected boating water, dock and beautiful views from
this 3BPR3BA home with office, screened lanai and
pool in exclusive and gated Harbour Landings Estates.

909 North Shore 6404 Gulf Dr
Beachfront and exquisite views from this one level Gulffront condo is 3BR/3BA with fine finishes, high
courtyard style home with 3BP/3BA,beautifully ceilings,granite,wood cabinetry and exquisite furnish-
finished open plan with granite, wood cabinetry and ings. Gulffront pool, elevator and enclosed parking.
designer furnished. Gorgeous!
$1,590,000 $1,599,000

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2312 Gulf Drive
Full Gulf views from this 2BR/2BA condo. Inside entry hall leads to
the spacious master suite with screened balcony. Great room offers
open plan featuring kitchen with breakfast bar, living and dining area.
Pocket sliders open wide to screened lanai and amazing views. Great
rental! Priced to sell!


Bigmg People Home Since 1939

REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. EXQUISITE Gulf views and luxury
Build your dream home here. Walk amenities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown mold-
the sugar white sand beach, watch ings accent high ceilings and open
thestunning sunsets, seethedolphins plan. Granite countertops and
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky stainless-steel appliances. Designer
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DIRECT GULFFRONT Fabulousviews REDUCED! Well-maintained 3BR/3BA
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$499,500. 941-778-2246. #M572802. $699,000.

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ting on beautiful pond with fountain, on quiet street only a block plus to
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Thrasher, 941-778-2246. #A389170. Day, 941-778-2246. #M5797823.
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QW&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 cufftting-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
nature preserves.
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
our homebuyers.
Q: Do you think the Cafe 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.

IntroducingA New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family

In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton

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