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Publication Date: October 8, 2008
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VOLUME 16. NO.48

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SHigh court: renourishment a state duty

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Supreme Court Sept. 29 ruled that the state has a duty
to renourish critically eroded shorelines.
The 5-2 ruling went against six waterfront property owners in the
city of Destin who objected to a government-sponsored renourishment
of their beaches despite erosion.
The supreme court ruled that the state has a constitutional obliga-
tion to protect Florida's beaches and that the Beach and Shore Preserva-
tion Act allows the state to rebuild or renourish shorelines with sand.
Locally, Coquina Beach is due for renourishment next year and
a large-scale, multi-government renourishment operation is planned
for 2011-2012 on Anna Maria Island.
An area that has been hardest hit by recent storms, the bayside
property between Bean Point and the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria,
is not due to be renourished, the result of a conflict with the Florida

Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP has deemed the bayfront in north Anna Maria "critically
eroded," but not eligible for state funding for renourishment because
the area is considered in Tampa Bay, not the Gulf of Mexico.
Property owners in the area are continuing to lobby for relief,
but several legal experts and local attorneys said last week that they
did not think the supreme court's decision would add weight to Anna
Maria residents' pleas.
"The statute sets up a duty for the state," said Chuck Webb, a local
attorney and also a candidate for the Anna Maria City Commission.
However, he emphasized that the act - Chapter 161 in the Florida
Statutes - refers specifically to "sand beaches of the state fronting
on the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Straits of Florida."
Additionally, Webb said the court case really is about the state's
impact on private property rights.

Detour to Paradise:
Take the detour and
find things to do on
the Island. Page 3

Proposed comp plan
changes to go to
state. Page 4

Our opinion, your
opinion: The edito-
rial page. Page 6

TIFF founder hon-
ored. Page 8

Judge orders Bra-
denton Beach to
review property
dispute. Page 11

Those were the days:
Island history with
June Alder. Page 12

Streetlife: The Island
police reports.
Page 15

Island Biz: Reports
from the Island
business community.
Page 17

Sports: Soccer
season under way.
Page 18

Islander Calendar:
Goings on - on the
Island. Page 19

Fishing: Kings show
off Island beaches.
Page 20

Skimming the Island
Eighty-six skimmers participated in the .-nii,..'. i../Bash on the Gulf of Mexico waters in front of hundreds of spectators Sunday at the
event hosted by the BeachHouse Restaurant. Pictured, from left, are Christian Hightower, Hunter White and Garett Wolff, showing off
their moves for the judges. For results of the contest, see inside, page 5. Islander Photos: Paul Roat

Chamber: 'Be positive' during bridge closure

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While traffic to and from the mainland has to use the Cortez Bridge
for the next five weeks, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman said it's time to put the past behind
and let people know that the Island is here, with beautiful beaches and
lots of shops and restaurants.
"We need to be positive. We've had too much negative public-
ity about the closure. There's every reason for people to come and
visit us. It's still not in the season and traffic flow has been perfect,"
Brockman said.
Like it or not, the Anna Maria Island Bridge is now closed until
Nov. 13 as contractors complete the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion's $10.2 million rehabilitation project.
Brockman noted that she's hasn't had any negative reports from
members about a lack of business, but added "it's still early" in the
closure period.
As contractors are working to ensure the bridge is ready by Nov.
13, law enforcement officers were working the first week of closure to
ensure traffic at four intersections and on Gulf Drive flowed smoothly
during the closure period.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale stationed additional
officers at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection for traffic con-
"The officers said they've only seen a slight increase in traffic
during peak hours. The flow has been lighter than expected. It's going
good," Speciale said.
Staff at Anna Maria City Hall, who have one of the longest detours
from Bradenton, said that the extra distance added about 15 minutes
to their drive time to work.

"It's been going well for us," said city clerk Alice Baird. "Of
course, we come to work by 8 a.m. and there's not too much traffic
then. Still, I haven't seen any problems and the police are there to
handle any situation."
The DOT is funding the cost of additional officers for Bradenton
Beach and also in Holmes Beach, where Chief Jay Romine has traffic
control officers at the Manatee Avenue-East Bay Drive intersection
advising motorists of the bridge closure.
"Traffic has been very smooth," Romine said. "We haven't seen
any problems at all."
That's good news for Island business owners, who were anticipat-
ing the return of some winter visitors this month.
And all indications are that they will be returning.
Tom Buehler at Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach said advance
reservations for October are ahead of last year's pace, and he's not
concerned about the bridge affecting his business.
"The visitors are going to come to the Island and stay here. They' re
not looking to go on and off the Island every day. I think we're going
to have a great month of October and for the entire season," he said.
For the latest information on the rehabilitation project, go on the
Web to and click on "Island links." People without
Internet access can call 941-792-0369.
During the closure period, Islanders are being urged by Island
businesses, The Islander newspaper and local chambers of commerce
to stay on the Island and "shop local."
The Islander newspaper is listing weekly a number of activities
for Islanders under its "Detour to Paradise" program.
A large number of activities are planned throughout the Island
during the closure period.

the news ...

Historic Bradenton
Beach pier to mark
anniversary. Page 2

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

OCT , 208 1


Beach renourishment state job
The Destin case involved property owners in an
area slated for renourishment objecting to the project,
claiming it unconstitutionally deprived them of their
common-law water rights.
The dispute goes back to 1995, when the DEP, the
city of Destin and Walton County began studying 6.9
miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches damaged by Hur-
ricane Opal and, before that, Hurricane Georges.
In 2003, the city and county sought a permit and
authorization to use sovereign submerged lands for
the project. Also, in 2003, a survey was conducted to
establish an erosion-control line.
The DEP issued a notice of intent to issue a
permit in July 2004.
In January 2005, Save Our Beaches Inc. and Stop
the Beach Renourishment, representing private prop-
erty owners, filed petitions challenging the permit.
Stop the Beach Renourishment also challenged the
erosion-control line established during the survey
work. The erosion-control line established the line
between state-owned land below mean high water
and privately owned land above mean high water.
DEP issued the permit in July 2005 and opponents
turned to the First District Court of Appeals, which found
that the permit and erosion-control line were invalid and
that a taking of riparian rights had occurred.
The dispute went on to the state supreme court,
which heard arguments in April 2007.
In its ruling last week, the court declared, "Con-
cisely put, the state has a constitutional duty to pro-
tect Florida's beaches, part of which it holds 'in trust
for all the people.'"
The court further held that the Beach and Shore
Preservation Act, "by authorizing the addition of
sand to sovereignty lands ... prevents further loss
of public beaches, protects existing structures, and
repairs prior damage. In doing so, the act promotes
the public's economic, ecological, recreational and
aesthetic interests in the shoreline. On the other hand,
the act benefits private upland owners by restoring

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Today," observed Dave Russell of Rotten
Ralph's on the Pier, "is 368 days."
Russell, during a meeting Oct. 2, was refer-
ring to the number of days that had passed since
Bradenton Beach completed renovation of the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The Rotten Ralph's location on the pier held
its grand opening Oct. 25, 2007.
So on this Oct. 25, Russell and city officials
hope to hold a celebration to mark the anniversary
of the re-opened pier.
And the week after the anniversary party, the pier
will be the site of the Kid's Free Fishing Contest.
The Nov. 1 tournament will be co-sponsored
by the city's ScenicWAVES committee, the His-
toric Bridge Street Merchants Association, the
Bridge Street Bazaar and Rotten Ralph's.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to
noon, with prizes for bi '.t_. smallest, weirdest
and most fish caught. Bait and tackle will be pro-
vided, but not poles.
"A lot is happening," Russell said.
Russell and members of the city pier team

beach already lost and by protecting their property
from future storm damage and erosion. Moreover, the
act expressly preserves the upland owners' rights to
access, use and view, including the rights of ingress
and egress."
"The court's opinion reflects that the Beach
and Shore Preservation Act implements the state's
constitutional duty to protect Florida's beaches, and
achieves a reasonable balance between public and
private interests in the shore," Michael W. Sole,
director of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, said in a news release.
But sand may not be moved into Destin anytime

met last week at city hall for a monthly meeting,
a casual round-table discussion about improve-
ments or fixes needed to the structure.
City public works director Tom Woodard said his
department was working on several projects, includ-
ing posting "no castnetting" signs on the pier.
Castnetting already is not allowed, but the
signs are needed to enforce the prohibition, said
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.
Russell welcomed the news, because people
occasionally use the nets near the restaurant.
Woodard also said signs would soon go up
notifying motorists that overnight parking is not
allowed at the pier.
Woodard also addressed a problem with the
public shower on the pier. He said repeated efforts
to make the shower vandal-proof had failed and
that repairs were frequently needed.
Special suggested closing the shower, at least
temporarily, and the team agreed.
Also, the chief said he was working with city
attorney Ricinda Perry on a revision to the city's ordi-
nance regarding the pier, which he said is outdated.
The city commission could review a draft as
early as Oct. 16.

soon. The ruling stated, "We again emphasize that our
decision in this case is strictly limited to the context
of restoring critically eroded beaches under the Beach
and Shore Preservation Act."
That means the property owners could challenge
the classification of the beach areas as "critically
Judge J. Lewis, in his dissenting opinion, said
the court's decision destroyed property rights and
"as constitutionally protected rights slide, it becomes
more difficult to protect others. The rights inherent
in private-property ownership are at the foundation
of this nation and this state."


BB city pier to mark anniversary

THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 8, 2008 3 3

DOT signs unclear?
Ken Gerry of the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach said a number of guests have complained that
the Florida Department of Transportation detour
signs at the Manatee Avenue-75th Street intersec-
tion is "unclear" to motorists, particularly for those
visiting the Island for the first time.
"They are telling me that the sign doesn't really
tell them where to go after they turn left onto 75th
Street. It doesn't say they have to drive south to
Cortez Road and turn right," said Gerry.
He said when his guests went to the DOT Web
site for the bridge repairs, and found the map also
was confusing.
"I tell our incoming guests over the phone that
they have to drive down 75th Street and turn right and
come to the Island on the Cortez Bridge. I think the
detour sign could make it clear how people get to the
Island. Not everyone knows the way," Gerry said.
But Gerry was pleased that visitors are coming.
"It's looking good for October. Our guests don't
plan to leave the Island once they get here," he said.
DOT spokespersonAudrey Clarke had not responded
to inquiries about the signs by press deadline.


Drive-time tracks
Spending more time in the auto these days with
the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge and a
detour to Cortez Road?
The Islander invites you to share your favorite
drive-time tunes. Give us a list with 10 tracks you
think other motorists should download from iTunes,
load up on iPods or burn to a disc.
Here is a list from Bradenton resident Cyndy
Custis, whose average daily 20-minute commute to
the Island grew to about 45 minutes last week.
1. "Detour" by Duane Eddy.
2. \ luitng Sally" by Wilson Pickett.
3. "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson.
4. "Roll Me Away" by Bob Seeger.
5. "Daddy Took The T-Bird Away" by The Beach
6. "Little Red Corvette" by Prince.
7. "Drive" by The Cars.
8. "Time's Ticking Away" by Shelter.
9. "Time Is On My Side" by The Rolling
10. "As Time Goes By" by Nat King Cole.
And, for the bonus track, "In Your Time" by Rod
Send your list of 10 tracks to The Islander via
e-mail to, or via mail to 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Please
include your name, address and a contact number.
And, if you really want to impress us, maybe enclose
a CD.

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This way to Anna Maria Island
The Islander staff invites you to join us on a
Detour to Paradise as we ride out the closure of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge through Nov. 13.
The bridge is closed. Traffic, depending on the
hour, may be slow-moving on and off the other
bridges at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach and on Gulf Drive to Longboat Key.
But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico,
a place of good vibes and good times.
So, during the shutdown, put yourself on Island-
time. Relax. Don't worry. Be happy.

Oct. 8 - Oct. 14
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Take the "Detour to Paradise"
and try a cheeseburger in paradise. Competition is
good for business and good for the gut. Two Holmes
Beach institutions are said to serve the best burgers
on the Island - Skinny's Place and Duffy's Tavern.
You be the judge. One at lunch. One at dinner.
Thursday, Oct. 9: Seriously trying to amend your
carnivorous habits? One of the tastiest vegetarian
dishes on the Island is the black beans and rice at
Mr. Bones. Mmmm.
Friday, Oct. 10: Test your luck - and fill your
belly - at a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. A movie follows the feast.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Trolley along in the Trolley
Scavenger Hunt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12: Baseball reaches a fever pitch in
October, with the Major League Baseball pennant races
and the World Series. Players on the field near Holmes
Beach City Hall will be competing with a slightly bigger
ball - and lesser stakes - in softball tournament.
Monday, Oct. 13: Today is Columbus Day. Might
we suggest spending it the Island way - the Ital-
ian buffet at Cafe on the Beach, outdoor tunes and a
sunset over the Gulf.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: Go dolphin watching. One of
the best vantage points is Kingfish Boat Ramp off
Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.
For a complete listing of events this week, turn
to The Islander calendar.
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Bridge ready for Cortez
The small humpback bridge on 127th Street in Cortez
was opened to vehicles Sept. 23 following replace-
ment of the bridge with $18 million in private financ-
ing from Norm Burke, developer of the Bradenton
Boat Club marina and boat-storage facility on Cortez
Road. Burke needed the bridge to be taller to accom-
modate boats accessing the marina and the Florida
Department of Transportation will reimburse Burke
from a future budget. The work started in May.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

DOT cautions

against sight-seeing at

AMI Bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation is
asking people to avoid sight-seeing and photos
at the construction zone during the next five
weeks of rehab work on the Anna Maria Island
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said that
because of safety issues, the DOT was asking resi-
dents, visitors, bicyclists, business owners and others
against approaching too close to the bridge.
"There is a lot of activity at the bridge construc-
tion site," noted Clarke, and the DOT understands
that people are interested in the project, but safety is
paramount for everyone involved.
"Please, work with us as we make every effort
to complete the work within 45 days or less," she
For the first week of closure, Clarke said the con-
struction proceeded on schedule, with no delays.
"So far, everything is going according to plan"
and the reopening date is still planned for Nov. 13,
she said.


Anna Maria City
* Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhance-
ment education committee meeting.
* Oct. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
* Oct. 13, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
* Oct. 20, 5 p.m., code enforcement board
* Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meet-
* Oct. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
* Oct. 9, 2 p.m., city commission work session
to discuss a coastal partnership initiative.
* Oct. 13, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
* Oct. 16, 9 a.m., special master hearing on
code enforcement issues.
* Oct. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., anchorage/mooring plan
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
* Oct. 23, 9 a.m., Holmes Beach Board of Ad-
justment meeting.
* Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
* Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800.
* Oct. 16, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District commission meeting. Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900, www.
* Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting. Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800.
Please send meeting notices to lisaneff@island-

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4 0 OCT. 8, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Proposed comp-plan changes to go to state

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Hours of meetings over several years resulted
last week in two concise votes on amendments to
Bradenton Beach's comprehensive plan.
But the votes only begin the amendment process,
which could take another six months.
On Oct. 2, the Bradenton Beach City Commission
held a public hearing - at which no public spoke - on
proposed amendments to the city's comprehensive plan.
Prior to the commission hearing, the planning and
zoning board took up a review of the amendments,
which are based on the evaluation and appraisal
report that the state OK'd in August.
Before unanimously voting to recommend the
city commission transmit the proposed amendments,
the planning board held a public hearing that drew no
During the planning meeting, city consultant
Tony Arrant of the Florida Institute of Government
reviewed the process of creating the EAR - already
done in Bradenton Beach - and then incorporating
the amendments into the comp plan.
Florida law requires cities to adopt an EAR once
every seven years that assesses progress in implement-
ing the local government's comprehensive plan.
The EAR evaluates how successful a community
has been in addressing major community land-use
planning issues. Based on the evaluation, the report
suggests how the comp plan should be revised to
better address community objectives, changing
conditions and trends affecting the community, and
changes in state requirements.
The Florida Department of Community Affairs
reviews each EAR and then responds with recom-
mended changes or accepts the document. If the
document is accepted, a city then begins the process
of adopting the EAR-based amendments into its com-
prehensive plan, which will carry the city to 2020.

That is the process the planning and zoning board
and city commission began last week.
The proposed amendments deal with traffic cir-
culation, future land use, coastal and conservation,
housing, intergovernmental coordination, infrastruc-
ture, recreation and capital improvements.
With the unanimous commission vote, the pro-
posed amendments will be transmitted to the DCA.
The state could respond quickly if it finds the infor-
mation incomplete or take several months to respond
on the adequacy of the documents.
If the DCA signs off on the proposed amend-
ments, the city again takes up the plan, voting on
whether to adopt the amendments.
While the state reviews the proposed amendments,
the planning board and city commission will conduct
workshops to address questions raised Oct. 2.
Both the commission and the planning board had
questions about a proposed amendment in the com-
mercial section of the future land-use element.
The proposed amendment states, "Allowable com-
mercial uses include hotel/motel, restaurants, bars,
retail, professional office, upholstery shops, video
arcade and commercial recreation activities, small
deli/meat market and produce sales or similar uses.
"Allowable commercial uses include marinas
and those uses that are traditionally related to marina
operations and activities."
Board members did not question that part of the
policy, but rather the "not allowed" paragraph that
The document states, "The following uses are
not allowed: Stand alone or multi-level parking
structures/facilities, industrial uses, adult entertain-
ment, automotive shops or gas stations, marine repair,
motorized vehicle repair, motorized vehicle sales,
pawn shops, wholesale or distribution or multi-unit
business using a common brand name, i.e., franchise
or chain-type stores."

Planning board member Jo Ann Meilner questioned
the language prohibiting "marine repair" since the city
was allowing "marina operations and activities."
City Commissioner John Shaughnessy, at the
subsequent meeting, raised the same question.
Arrant responded that the intent was to prohibit
stand-alone marine repair or manufacturing, but to
allow marine-related work to take place at marinas.
Shaughnessy also asked about the prohibition
against "multi-level parking structures/facilities."
"We've got a parking problem in Bradenton
Beach," he said, adding, "You can have a parking
garage and not even know it is a parking garage."
Arrant said that during the development of the
EAR it "was very clear from the beginning ... you
didn't want a high-rise parking facility" on Bridge
Street or in the retail-office-residential area.
But, Arrant emphasized, "The amendments ...
will come back to you."
The boards also plan to take up a proposal for the
future land-use element related to the waterfront.
In other business last week, commissioners:
* Approved a land-development code application
for a special exception for a dock to exceed 65 feet
near 112 Seventh St. S.
* Heard citizens' complaints about flooding at
high tides in the 2000 block of Avenue A.
"I'm the house that always has the grand canal
at high tide," said resident Eleanor Barone.
Barone said the road in front of her home often
floods with sometimes knee-high water.
Her complaint was echoed by neighbor Rick
Bisio, also the chair of the city planning and zoning
Mayor Michael Pierce said city officials were
aware of the problem and the public works depart-
ment would take action.
The next city commission will be 1 p.m. Oct. 16
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive.

Join us at Freedom Village Bradenton for a game of bridge! The cards will
be dealt at 10:00 a.m. and stick around afterwards for a delicious lunch in the
Florentine Dining Room. Don't miss this fun event!!
Location: The Landings Lounge at Freedom Village Bradenton
Complimentary admission, lunch and prizes.
Tours provided after lunch. Space is limited.

For reservations and information: Call (941) 798-8122.
Parking available on the Freedom Village
campus next to The Landings entrance.

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Only 500 tickets will be sold!

Anna Maria Elementary School and the Privateers
scholarship fund. Raffle sale by
The Anna Maria Island Privateers.

The Islander

Drawing at AME Fall Festival at noon Oct 25.
Purchase tickets in advance of drawing at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

THE ISLANDER U OCT. 8, 2008 5 5

Agreement seeds new season for HB garden

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sored by the BeachHouse Restaurant and West Coast
Surf Shop and held at the BeachHouse in Bradenton
Beach Oct. 5 include:
Minis (8 and under): First place, Anthony Mon-
trone, Largo; second place, Ethan Bertrand, Bra-
denton; third place, Brandon Mills, Holmes Beach;
fourth, Dylan McIntosh, Holmes Beach.
Menehune (9-11): First, Turner Tenney, Indian
Rocks; second, Blaine Jenefsky, Bradenton Beach;
third, Neil Carper, Holmes Beach; fourth, Michael
Burke, Bradenton.
Boys (12-14): First, Jack Tenney, Indian Rocks;
second, Jared Nevins, Naples; third, Mickey Kendall,
Fort Meyers; fourth, Luke Shackelford, Holmes Beach.
Junior mens (15-17): First, Alex Applefield, Semi-
nole; second, Adam Barker, Pinellas Park; third, Danny
Montrone, Largo; fourth, Chris Cover, Bradenton.
Mens (18-21): First, Chris Brown, Naples;
second Ben Leonard, Naples; third, Austin Piazza,
St. Pete Beach; fourth, Justin White, Bradenton.
Senior mens (22 and up): First, Travis Dero,
Clearwater; second, John Gray, town not available;
third, John Schraider, Clearwater; fourth, Jim Vose,
Cocoa Beach.
Girls (14 and under): First, Ashley White, Ft.
Lauderdale; second, Alix Bracic, Largo; third, Lexi
North, Naples; fourth, Heather Hislip, Largo.
Womens (15 and up): First, Michelle Frioud,
Indian Rocks; second, Melanie Cannon; third, Rainia
Lardas, Holmes Beach.

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A volunteer group and the city of Holmes
Beach have entered a new agreement for improve-
ments and maintenance at the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park.
The park was designated in 1999 to be at the
south end of Holmes Beach City Hall and to the north
of the Island Branch Library.
The North American Butterfly Association's
Manasota Chapter began work in the garden in
January 2000 and the garden officially opened later
that year when the first order of personalized bricks
A variety of plants to attract butterflies matured
and, over the years, memorial bricks, benches, a
sculpture, a water fountain and an irrigation system
were added through donations.
Last year, some of the bricks were damaged by
a contractor the city hired to trim ficus trees that the
butterfly group had long wanted removed.
The damage prompted the butterfly group to put
a hold on improvements and remove the damaged
Eventually the mayor ordered the removal of
the ficus trees, but months passed with the city and
butterfly group negotiating an agreement for future
improvements and maintenance.
Last week, butterflies abounded in the garden but
the park remained closed to the public and appeared
The city's parks and beautification committee
briefly discussed the state of the garden during its
first meeting of the fall Oct. 1, following a summer
"As a committee, we're going to have to address
it," said committee member Maureen Hirthler.
But the next day, unaware of the committee's
concerns, the North American Butterfly Association
Manasota Chapter acted, sending Mayor Rich Boh-

nenberger a proposed agreement.
Later that day, member Nancy Ambrose and the
mayor signed the agreement, with the mayor saying
that he wishes for a garden "to be something we can
all be proud of."
Previously, there was no written agreement.
N ly goal was to simply get some kind of docu-
mentation as to what the responsibilities are for both
parties," the mayor said. "I won't be here forever.
Staff won't be here forever. And somewhere down
the road, someone might have a question."
The agreement lists four obligations for the but-
terfly group:
* Assume all landscaping and maintenance
responsibility with the exception of a Canary Island
date palm near the parking lot.
* Maintain any lighting or irrigation features
placed on the property by or for the group.
* Perform landscaping and maintenance in com-
pliance with city, county and state safety standards.
* Prior to any excavation, confirm the location of
public utilities.
The agreement requires the city to:
* Allow the Manasota Chapter access to the prop-
* Maintain current city lighting in the area.
"We'll be monitoring, same as we do with all
the adopt-a spots," Bohnenberger said. "And should
there be some assistance required, I am sure we'll be
Ambrose said that for now the work will involve
tilling and putting down wood chips and the chapter
could use volunteers.
She said the first area designated for clean up will
be the front of the garden near a veterans memorial,
which will be the site of a Veterans Day program in
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Welcome back, we hope
It's the traditional time for us to begin our official
greeting: "Welcome Back, Winter Friends." Hang out the
banner and say, "Welcome back, y'all."
It's smoked-mullet season, almost stone crab season.
Clubs and organizations and all of the arts groups, writers
and visual artists, as well as performing arts groups, are
cranking up for openings and events, signaling the winter
season has begun. Tourist season. Snowbird season.
It's about time!
We're seeing loads of events taking place, some great
and some small, planned to give Islanders plenty to do
while trips to town are limited by the closure for repairs
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge - and in the hopes that
owners will be enticed to make the 'Detour to Paradise."
Is it enough? Is it helping business or restaurants? It
seems deadly quiet on Anna Maria Island with the excep-
tion of the planned events. Even the barbershop noted last
week a slow day on Saturday.
It's like we've been saying, we need the snowbirds
to return - in spite of the bridge repairs - to see our
seasonal businesses recover from the slow economy and
the slow summer. It's not the same for folks on three-day
visits or even a week or two, as the snowbirds are a differ-
ent sort of flock. They're residents as opposed to visitors,
who use services, such as handypeople, cleaning crews, the
car wash, gas stations, veterinarian, boutiques and sundry
shops, laundromats, hair salons and barber services.
It all adds up. For snowbirds, there's more to life than
a day at the beach and a trolley ride.
We need our snowbirds - now.
Welcome back, winter friends.

Flotsam, jetsam be gone
It was cleanup day on Saturday and we can't say
enough praise for the Keep Manatee Beautiful volunteers
who hit the beaches, roadways, land preserves and water-
ways for a day of collecting humankind's litter.
Just when we think we've got a grip on ridding our-
selves of the some of the worst litter, like plastic six-pack
holders, along comes another evil - disposable water bot-
tles. They're in abundance among the floating seagrasses
as well as in the landfills. In fact, plastic is among the worst
of manmade materials - and abundant at every cleanup -
representing eminent danger to marine and animal life.
As we look to become a "green" planet again, seeking
reusable resources, fewer fertilizers and pesticides, and
lessening man's footprint, we need to look for more ways
to rid plastics from our daily lives. And that includes ciga-
rette butts, which like other plastics, remain in the cycle
of life for as many as 10,000 years.
Remember the cardboard milk carton? Maybe not, it
was quickly degradable.

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30 days vs. 7 days
Visitors paying to rent nice homes onAnna Maria Island
for vacation cause little to no problems for residents.
When they are here visiting, they spend money on
the Island and that stimulates our local economy.
The people who choose AMI for holiday appreci-
ate the beauty and quite atmosphere of our island.
The only holiday that is ever a problem is July
4 and a lot of the activity is created by locals and
families that own properties on the Island. People
come here to relax, not to cause problems.
Without renters we would become an "out of
business" community with a declining population
and depreciating property values.
There are not enough year-' round residents to
support life on this Island without visitors.
The last thing we need is a local ruling that will
cause unnecessary and devastating economic damage.
Please eliminate the 30-day rental restriction
once and for all.
The vast majority of visitors to this Island come
only for a one-week vacation.
The guests that come here for weddings are usu-
ally only here for a few days.
Most people do not vacation for a month. Show
us some damage done by short-term visitors, and
we'll weigh it against all the benefits.
SallyD. Greig, Mike Norman Real Estate, Holmes Beach

Early Thanksgiving
I cannot express the joy of the amazing success
of the Food-Raiser organized by the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island Sept. 26-29.
At Anna Maria Elementary, parents and teachers
donated food items that overflowed two large barrels.
Thanks to the Anna Maria Community Center for using
their location to collect even more much needed food
The greatest story was from the Publix Super
Market location. The amount of food donated vastly

exceeded our wildest expectations. At the end of each
two-hour shift, the full barrels were unloaded. David
Zaccagnino, my wife, Dantia, and I had to work
around mountains of groceries all weekend. Another
unexpected surprise: Islanders contributed more than
$600 in cash to the Food Bank of Manatee.
I wish to give a special thank you to members of
Brownie Troop 316 for their enthusiastic greetings to
all shoppers entering Publix. It seemed no one could
say no to a Brownie.
We also appreciate the parents who kept every-
thing running smoothly. Thanks to those who staffed
the table and oversaw the always overflowing bins.
Volunteers included Dantia, Dennis Schuermann,
Jim Dunne, Ava Hils, Berni Volkmann, Judy Rup, Kelly
Helm, Annamarie Riethmiller and Pam Schlueter.
Thanks also to the significant others who accom-
panied their partners.
I want to single out Dantia for getting the Rotary
Food-Raiser off the ground and coordinating the staff-
ing of Rotarians and Zaccagnino, the event chairper-
son, who coordinated the Brownies and other details,
not to mention his many trips unloading the grocery
donations. Thank you both for all you did to make
this a huge success.
Lastly, I want to thank Publix and the local man-
agement and staff for allowing us to stage this food
drive at their location in Holmes Beach.
Barry Gould, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island

Political interference
Vandals came onto our property today and
destroyed our Barack Obama sign and left dog poop.
I am sure Republican presidential candidate John
McCain would not be proud of this type of supporter.
We have several McCain signs in our neighbor-
hood. We treat these with respect, as we do the rights
of our neighbors and fellow citizens.
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Island food bank needs stocking T

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Island ministers put out a call last week to mem-
bers of their congregations: Help, because Island food
bank supplies were depleted.
The food bank at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, saw a lot of busi-
ness in the last week of September, said Roser's
Cyndy Custis.
"It was the first time we ever ran out," Custis
But Islanders, she added, quickly made additional
deposits to keep the food bank operating.
"We have a lot of generous people on the Island,"
Custis said.
The announcements from Island ministers
were made as several new national surveys showed
declines in charitable donations as requests for help
One survey of food pantries found that in the past
year demand for assistance rose 15 percent, with 98
percent of pantries reporting an increased need. For
the same period, 58 percent of pantries reported a
decline in donations.
All Island Denominations, a coalition of the
Island churches formed in 1982, promotes and makes
referrals to the food bank at Roser.
While the Roser bank is no longer empty, more
donations are being sought, said AID members,
noting that calls for help are published regularly in
Island church bulletins. Supplies of non-perishable
items, including canned goods, pastas, ready-to-eat
dinners and cereals are needed.
In addition to the food bank service, AID offers
financial assistance to families in need, as well as
organizes an all-Island Thanksgiving service and an
ecumenical service each year.
For more information about AID, call the hotline
at 941-725-2433.

For more information about donating to the food
bank, call Roser at 941-778-0414.

Make a wish: The Islander
seeks holiday wishes
Each year, with the arrival of Thanksgiving and
the season for sharing, The Islander publishes the
Holiday Wish Book containing wish lists from our
local community-support groups.
The Islander encourages representatives of local
groups to submit wish lists by a Nov. 4 deadline.
Please send a list of items needed for your non-profit
group, as well as a contact name and number, to
reporter Lisa Neff at
And, on publishing the special section in November,
The Islander encourages readers to support these groups
that enhance lives and community on the Island by adding
a needed item to his or her holiday shopping list.

Privateers to hold mullet smoke
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will kick off a
seasonal event Saturday, Oct. 11, at which they prepare
and sell fresh smoked mullet in the Publix Super Market
parking lot, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sale will begin at 8 a.m. and last until all the
fish are sold - which sometimes happens quickly,
thanks in part to the Privateers quality and popularity
of their events.
The Privateers also will offer tickets for a chance
to win a 32-inch flat-panel Polaroid TV donated
by The Islander newspaper to benefit Anna Maria
Elementary School and a Privateer scholarship fund
dedicated to the late Jim Hanson, a longtime reporter
for The Islander. Proceeds from the mullet sale will
benefit the Privateers scholarship fund and other
charitable endeavors.
For more information, visit www.amiprivateers.
org or call 941-720-0426.

In the Oct. 7, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Then-Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher
and city police Chief Jack Maloney exchanged verbal
blows at a city commission meeting, prompting
Drescher to claim she felt "physically threatened" by
Maloney. A previous meeting with the chief focused on
a ticket issued to then-building official Bill Sanders.
* Bradenton Beach city commission candidate
Cedrick Wilson-Dubs withdrew his candidacy,
making incumbent Gail Cole the winner of the race
for Ward 2.
* Holmes Beach police discovered a 24-foot sail-
boat washed ashore following the passage of Hur-
ricane Georges. The boat had been anchored in the
Florida Keys during the storm.

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Sept. 30 72 85 1.
Oct. 1 76 88 Tre
Oct. 2 72 86
Oct. 3 72 88
Oct. 4 72 88
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'To inform families first' program honored by state officials
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
State officials on Oct. 2 recognized Christine ' .
Olson for the fortitude and perseverance that con-
tinues to drive her mission "To Inform Families .
The recognition came two years after Olson's

tion program with the help of state Rep. Bill Galvano,
R-Bradenton, and the Florida Department of High-
way Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Olson's daughter Tiffiany was killed in an acci-
dent Dec. 7,2005. She was thrown from a motorcycle
and died instantly, Olson said. Neither Olson, nor the
family of Tiffiany's boyfriend, Dustin Wilder, were
immediately notified by law enforcement that the two
had been involved in an accident.
"The accident happened at 7 p.m. and by 11
p.m. the newspaper had already gone to print with
the story. I was still in bed," Olson said.
"The national average is six hours before families
are notified," she said. "Think what you can get done
in six hours."
"This is the culmination of democracy in Round of support
action," said Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who pre- Christine Olson received the support of lawmakers and law enforcement in her efforts to put families
sented Olson with a proclamation by Gov. Charlie first with TIFF's Initiative - Florida's emergency contact information program. At the podium is Florida
Christ at an event held at Manatee Community Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Standing as Kottkamp presents the governor's TIFF proclamation are, from left,
College on the second anniversary of TIFF's Ini- Electra Bustle, head of the state department of highway safety, Linda Moore, Olson, Karen Mahlios, vice
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TIFF program honored
"Think about the inner strength and courage it
took to turn a personal tragedy into something mil-
lions of people can benefit from," said Kottkamp.
"This program is the first of its kind in the nation and
it's an example of how we can turn a citizen's idea
into legislation."
It took six and a half hours before Olson heard
news of the accident and almost instantly, she said,
she knew that something needed to be done to spare
other families from suffering that delay.
Working with lawmakers and law enforcement,
Olson spearheaded implementation of a system in
which law enforcement can obtain emergency con-
tact information for accident victims. In less than 10
months, that system was added to DAVID, a data-
base officers utilize to access information from their
patrol-car computers.
Providing emergency contact information is vol-
untary. To do so, log onto the DHSMV Web site at, click the "driver's license" link,
and then the new "emergency contact information"
To register, enter your driver's license or identi-
fication card information and birth date. You will be

able to provide contact numbers, including cell phone
numbers, for two people.
While more than 1.6 million Florida drivers have
registered, that's only one in 12. And since its incep-
tion, 200,000 contacts have been resource by law
enforcement for notification.
Olson maintains a Web site and recently created
a non-profit To Inform Families First. The TIFF team
has its sights set on putting the emergency contact
system into place throughout the country and around
the world. Ohio launched a program modeled after
Florida's on Oct. 2, and is the first state to follow

To Inform Families First is a non-profit
organization led by Christine Olson to promote
Florida's emergency contact system, which was
developed after the motorcycle accident that took
the life of Olson's daughter two years ago. The
organization is seeking volunteers to assist with
its goals and such items as:
* Computer/monitor, printer and toner.
* Desk.
* Cell phone.
* Voice recorder.
* Scanner.
* Office supplies.

THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 8, 2008 0 9
Florida's lead.
At the close of last week's event, Bradenton
Mayor Wayne Poston presented Olson with a key to
the city.
"What is remarkable is that in a time of grief you
thought about other people," Poston told Olson. "This
key doesn't open the vault, it opens our hearts to you.
Thank you so much."
To reach Olson, call 941-795-1869 or e-mail
chlisitliincsioIni%'6 <\ alioo coIn For a link to register
emergency contacts, go to and
click on "Island Links."

* Raffle/auction items.
* Postage.
* Promotional items.
* Cash for gas and travel expenses, supplies,
postage, tradeshow costs and meeting expenses.
Volunteer opportunities for TIFF include
assisting with mailings and office duties, market-
ing, attending and promoting TIFF at community
events, fundraising and grant-writing.
More information on TIFF is available at the
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Beachside art demonstration Oct. 16

Erin Mattick of Holmes Beach, a sophomore at
Manatee Community College majoring in Eng-
lish, steps up to register for TIFF's Initiative -
Florida's emergency contact information program.
Registrar 1'i. ii Neff of the Cape Coral division
of drivers licenses assisted Mattick.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Kathy Wright of Sarasota will lead a beachside
demonstration in plein air painting from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

Cortez to host regatta
The Cortez Yacht Club will sponsor the
Cortez Cup Regatta on Oct. 11.
The event will take place beginning at 9 a.m.
at the Cortez Cove Marina and Boatyard, 4522
121st St. W., in the historic fishing village.
The first race will take place at 11:55 a.m.
in the Gulf of Mexico.
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'food for life'
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Community Center instructor
Ellen Jaffe Jones wishes her pupils well - as in eat
well, feel well, live well.
Jaffe, of Holmes Beach, is a cooking instructor
with the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. She
teaches the popular Cancer
Project Food for Life pro-
The Islander recently asked
her about the program and her
instruction at the Center.
The Islander: How did you
come to be an instructor with
the Center?
Ellen Jaffe Jones: I was blown away by the
Ellen Jaffe Jones diverse and excellent pro-
grams. After enrolling in
a few, I felt it would be a great venue to offer my
The Islander: Name one thing you expect stu-
dents to take from your class?

'The Cocktail Hour' opens
Thursday at Island Players
The Island Players cast for "The Cocktail Hour"
will include David Ohlson, Barbara Fleming, Mark
Woodland and Diana Shoemaker.
The play, written by A.R. Gurney and directed
by Gareth Gibbs, runs Oct. 9-19 at the theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The storyline for "The Cocktail Hour" follows
playwright John on his return to his family home in
upstate New York to share with relatives his new play,
which is about his family life and perhaps a little too
close to the truth. The family interaction at the ritual
cocktail hour is facilitated by martinis.
For ticket information, call the box office at
Humane society plans benefit
The Humane Society of Manatee County will
present its "Cause for Paws" benefit at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 10, at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens,
9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
The event will feature "gourmet college food,"
an open bar, live music and dancing.
For more information about ticket prices and reserva-
tions, call the humane society at 941-747-8808, ext. 311.

Chapel hosts 'Theatre for the Soul'
The Longboat Island Chapel will host "Theatre
for the Soul," a six-week class on monologues, scenes
and songs culminating in a performance.
The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and
continue weekly on Thursdays at the chapel, 6200
Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key.
For more information, call the chapel at

With October comes the harvesting season for
Florida's stone crab claws, which begins Oct. 15.
In Cortez, that means a lot of activity, as stone crab
fishers set and bait their traps prior to the harvest
date. Dennis Sell is loading his traps with pig's
feet. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

EJJ: How to eat well, simply, feel better and
spend less. Maybe shed a few pounds, and avoid or
better survive cancer in the process.
The Islander: How long have you been teaching
the subject?
EJJ: My aunt died of breast cancer when I was 5.
Then my mom and sister got it. So, pretty much, most
of my life, informally. Then formally as a trained
cooking instructor and nutritionist. Figuring out how
to avoid the diseases of affluence that have destroyed
my family has been the investigative reporting job
of my life. Both sisters, all parents and grandpar-
ents have or had heart disease. In short, I'm the only
healthy one. As one magazine said, "I'm an experi-
ment to beat the odds, and so far, it is working."
The Islander: What was the last adult education
class or program you enrolled in and why?
EJJ: Yoga and Pilates classes of all kinds at the
community Center. It is so important to keep the
exercise component in synch with what you eat in
maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Islander: How would you describe the Cen-
ter's role on Anna Maria Island?
EJJ: It is the heartbeat. John Robbins, in his book
"Healthy at 100," describes cultures where people
live way past 100 and are healthy and respected.
The common denominator is often intergenera-
tional living, where three generations live and work
While we probably won't expect that here any time
soon, the AMICC does a superb job of offering activi-
ties and a place where generations can get together to
have fun, learn and respect each other. Love it.
The Islander: What's one class you'd like to see
at the Center in the future?
EJJ: More healthy-cooking classes, of course.
The Islander: Finish the statement - Lifelong
learning is...
EJJ: ... a rich journey that brings understanding
to issues and problems that are much bigger than
ourselves, but whose solutions can often begin with
For more information about Jones' courses at the
Center or other classes, call 941-778-1908.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach.
The guest speaker will be John Chappie, current
city commissioner in Bradenton Beach and commis-
sioner-elect to the Manatee County Board of Com-
For more information, contact the Kiwanis' Al
Guy at or 941-778-8444.

Center to host pot-luck dinner
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., will host a pot-luck dinner and movie
night to boost Island spirits and business during the
bridge closure.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in the
Center's gym.
Participants should bring a dish to share, as well
as pillows and blankets for the movie, scheduled to
be "Sea Biscuit."
For more information, call the Center at

WMFR observes fire

prevention week
The West Manatee Fire Rescue and all fire sta-
tions in the area are observing National Fire Preven-
tion Week Oct. 5-12. The theme for this year's pro-
motion is "Preventing Home Fires."
WMFR Chief Andy Price said firefighters are
available to talk with homeowner associations and
other organizations within the WMFR District on fire
prevention, including valuable information on loss
of life and property that can result from a home or
property fire.
Nationwide last year, there were 2,865 deaths
from home fires, a National Fire Sprinkler Associa-
tion press release said.
To contact the WMFR about National Fire Pre-
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 8, 2008 0 11

HB seeks new, improved green spaces

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee returned from summer vacation to focus
on creating a new garden, opening a new pocket park
and improving other sites in the city.
Meanwhile, another group, the North American
Butterfly Association's Manasota Chapter, is prepar-
ing to return to work in the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Over the next month, HBPB committee mem-
bers, who met Oct. 1 at city hall, plan to write an
application to the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for
a $1,000-$2,000 grant to create a Florida-friendly
garden. The application is due Nov. 13.
"It really is a good idea to get that money," said
committee member Melissa Snyder.
A possible location for the public garden is near
the intersection of Marina and Key Royale Drive near
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
A plan already exists for such a garden, though
the project might need to be tailored to suit the grant
requirements, said HBPB committee member Fred
The site would serve as a demonstration garden,
said committee member Kathy King, noting that
SBEP will look for a public education component.
She added that a Florida-friendly garden, with
low-maintenance, drought-resistant native plants, is
related directly SBEP's mission to protect the bay.
"A Florida-friendly garden is something I've
always wanted to see," King said.
"Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach have been
successful with these grants," added King, who
chaired last week's meeting in John Molyneux's
A preliminary proposal for the includes four
flower beds with ground cover, plants to attract but-
terflies, ornamental grasses and flowering fruit plants
and shrubs.
"I think it's the perfect location," King said of

the Marina-Key Royale spot.
Later in the meeting, several committee mem-
bers said the butterfly garden to the south of city hall
might also serve as location for the project.
"That would be a good place for the demonstra-
tion garden," Snyder said.
"We're going to have to do something there,"
said committee member Maureen Hirthler.
But the next day, the mayor signed an agreement
with the caretakers of the garden for future improve-
ments and maintenance.
In the meantime, Hirthler, during the committee
meeting at city hall, said perhaps the city could "get
in there to clean it."
Hirthler also suggested a committee member consult
with city officials about beautifying the islands at the
intersection of Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive.
"Those two locations really look terrible," she
There was a committee consensus that old plants
could be cleared out and new plants added this fall,
before a new visitor season begins.
"Even some minor plantings," Hirthler said.
"Low-maintenance plantings, while we decide what
its future is."
"That entranceway to the city is so important,"
she said.
King said with the Anna Maria Island Bridge
closed, now would be an opportune time to spruce
up the spot.
Meanwhile, city workers are nearing completion
on a pocket park - a green space with plantings and
a path - at Fifth Avenue and 38th Street.
Committee members briefly discussed a request
from public works superintendent Joe Duennes to
recommend some plants for the small park. The board
suggested coontie and liriope muscari.
The committee also endorsed extending a side-
walk from the new pocket park to the small park
created and maintained by Regions Bank to the south
of the branch building.

Judge orders BB to review property dispute

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A judge has ordered Bradenton Beach officials
to take another look at concerns raised by resident
Ken Lohn about neighboring property at Fifth Street
South and Bay Drive South.
After reviewing the order, city commissioners on
Oct. 2 voted to remand Lohn's administrative appeal
on a certificate of occupancy for 109 Fifth St. S. to
the board of adjustment for a hearing on the merits.
The situation involving Lohn's property at 500
Bay Drive S. and neighboring 502 Bay Drive S. and
109 Fifth St. S. goes back years and involves the
broader issue of whether and how municipalities can
protect waterfront views.
The most recent concern involves Lohn's admin-
istrative appeal of the city building officials' issuance
of certificates of occupancy for 109 Fifth St. and 502
Bay Drive S.
Lohn, a former chair of the BOA, raised numer-
ous concerns about the neighboring properties -
known as Hibiscus I and Hibiscus II, now owned by
Synovus Banks but developed by Steve Noriega. His
complaint claimed that the center line in the driveway
serving Hibiscus I and Hibiscus II is "much less than
40 feet" from the center line of his driveway, that
landscaping timbers were improperly placed into the
driveway area, but primarily that construction took
place on the wrong site, too close to the waterfront
and without proper public input.
On Feb. 26, the BOA voted 4-0 to recommend
that the city commission dismiss Lohn's appeal
because it was untimely filed - by three years in
the case of 502 Bay Drive S. and by more than a week
for 109 Fifth St. S. The certificate of occupancy for
the Bay Drive property was issued Dec. 30, 2004, and
the CO for the Fifth Street property on Dec. 20, 2007.
Appeals of COs, under the city's land-development
code, should be filed within 30 days.
The BOA determined that since the appeal was

filed too late, the board was without jurisdiction to
hear the matter.
Lohn's attorney, Robert Turffs, has maintained
that a Jan. 4 letter he wrote notifying the city of Lohn's
intention to appeal met the 30-day requirement, even
if a formal application of appeal wasn't yet filed.
Thus, Turffs claimed the BOA erred in dismissing
Lohn's appeal.
When the city commission declined in April
to ask the BOA to review the appeal on its merits,
Lohn and Turffs went forward with a complaint at
the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton.
In late September, Circuit Judge Paul Logan
issued an order granting part of Lohn's petition seek-
ing a city review of his complaint.
Logan said Lohn's appeal of the certificate of
occupancy for 502 Bay Drive S. was filed too late,
but that his appeal for 109 Fifth St. S. was timely.
The judge additionally said that the letter to the
city from Lohn's attorney on Jan. 4 "gave the city
timely notice of the petitioner's appeal."
The judge added that an appeal that is deficient
in form and substance is not the same as an untimely
During last week's commission meeting, city attor-
ney Ralf Brookes reviewed the judge's order, then said
the city could either remand the case to the BOA or
appeal Logan's order to the district court of appeals.
Brookes said the commission might want to send
the case to the BOA "rather than pursue additional
Commissioner John Chappie said it had been
the commission's intent to follow the circuit court
Chappie pointed out that the BOA will review
Lohn's questions pertaining to the Fifth Street prop-
erty but "the one that fronts the bay, that's a done
A BOA hearing on the appeal had not been sched-
uled at Islander press time.

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Part 3, the Hurricane of 1921

A wild night
By June Alder
Jack Leffingwell had made a wise decision to
cut short the "bridge" party at the Club House hotel
in Cortez on the blustery Sunday afternoon of Oct.
23, 1921. For by the time the last guests had left in
their motorcars for the safety of Bradentown, the
wind had reached gale force. Jack knew then that
a dangerous storm was coming.
He and his friend Pat Green set about doing
what they could to secure the bridge that Jack had
labored six months to build. With the help of the
caretaker (he vowed to stay at his post through the
night as always), they moored the pile driver to
some pilings using heavy hawsers. They stashed
away loose equipment and tools, then hauled Jack's
motorboat, the "Chiquita," up into the yard of the
hotel, tying it fast to a seagrape tree.
When they had boarded up the windows and
doors at the Club House, Pat went home, leaving
Jack to ride out the storm alone.
Once more Jack struggled out to where the
caretaker was keeping watch. He tried to persuade
the old fellow to leave but again he refused.
Fighting against the wind and rain, at times
nearly crawling on his hands and knees, Jack
finally got himself back to the hotel.
'There was nothing else I could do to protect
our property," Jack wrote many years later. "So I
adjourned to my living quarters on the second floor
of the Club House, lit a fire in the fireplace to dry
my soaking clothes and went off to bed."
Jack was really more worried about what
might happen to the bridge than for himself. He
figured he had gotten through worse predicaments
before - two wars, the one in Mexico and the big
one in Europe, many storms and encounters with
disaster at sea. But he sure would hate having that
bridge torn up.
Jack didn't get much sleep that night. His ears
ached with the high-pitched hum of the hurricane
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"Anna Maria
Island was
completely under
water. Only
treetops showed
above the break-
ers. I could not
see the bridge or
anything else to
the south."

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wild cats bawling. The rain drummed on the roof and
window panes like gravel rattling in a jar.
The din kept on and on - until about midnight
came the lull. And dead silence.
"After that, all hell broke loose," Jack remem-
bered. 'The wind must have been coming from the
south at a velocity of better than a hundred miles an
"I heard a banging noise downstairs, and thinking
some shutter or door had blown open, I took my flash-
light and started down the staircase to investigate. I
had only gone down a few steps when I stepped in
water. That 'sho nuff' frightened me!"
"I knew then that the whole Cortez peninsula
must be under at least 8 feet of water. I rushed upstairs
and connected up my electric fire-fishing spotlight
and, crawling out on the roof of the north porch, I
began to survey what was happening.
'The pile-driver was gone along with its faithful
guardian. Anna Maria Island across the sound was
completely under water; only treetops showed above
the breakers. I could not see the bridge or an thing
else to the south on account of the force of the storm,

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As daylight broke about an hour later, the wind
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because I was worried about the fate of he some
400 residents of Cortez. What had happened to
them? What about the folks on the Island? I almost
forgot about the bridge."

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Volunteers clean up shores, preserves

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Hundreds of people spent Saturday morning on
Anna Maria Island beaches - not sunning them-
selves but scouring the sandy shore for trash.
"It's a labor of love," said Joe Vona of Bradenton
and formerly Anna Maria.
Vona was paired with Caroline Pepka, also a
former Islander, and helped collect trash on the Gulf
of Mexico beach in Anna Maria Oct. 4.
"I was just saying, we've been doing this for 16
years," Vona said.
He held a garbage bag and a clipboard where he
made notes about the litter picked up as he and Pepka
walked the beach.
"They don't give us enough room," Vona said,
referring to his sheet and observing that in less than
15 minutes they had collected about 130 cigarette
Pepka and Vona were among the hundreds of vol-
unteers who turned out Oct. 4 for the annual Coastal
Cleanup in Manatee County.
Keep Manatee Beautiful organized the local
effort that put work crews on the beaches of Anna
Maria Island and in preserves and parks throughout
the county. Volunteers also removed trash and debris
from along roads.
Volunteers registered at various locations in the
area - Anna Maria City Hall, Birdie Tebbetts Field
in Holmes Beach, the Palma Sola Causeway in Bra-
denton, the FISH Preserve in Cortez and Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
From the registration tables, volunteers headed
out wearing surgical gloves, packed with bottled
water and armed with garbage bags to pick up plas-
tic bags, deflated balloons, fishing line, fishing nets,
rope, six-pack holders, syringes, cigarette butts and
aluminum cans, among other trash.
The local campaign, held as part of the 23rd
annual International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by
the Ocean Conservancy, promotes beautification and
also the protection of the wildlife and habitat, because
litter on land or in the water can be deadly to animals
and sealife.
Ingested trash can choke an animal or poison it
with toxins. Once eaten, indigestible trash gives ani-
mals a false sense of fullness. They stop eating and
slowly starve to death.
Sea turtles, for instance, mistake plastic bags and
balloons for jellyfish and die when the plastic chokes
them or clogs their digestive systems. And scientists

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Gulf of Mexico and other bodies of water:
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shopping instead of disposable plastic bags.
* Use reusable beverage containers.
* Bring reusable or biodegradable food
packaging to work or on day trips rather than
using Styrofoam or plastic containers.
* Avoid one-time-use or disposable items.
* Avoid products with excess packaging.
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Fresh field
'1/. 7-.i ,' browse the produce booth Oct. 4 at the Bridge Street Market, the
first of the fall season. The market takes place in a vacant lot at 107 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach, and features produce, plants, jewelry, artwork, cook-
books, purses, T-shirts, photography, stained glass, angels, crystal sandals,
wood art, garden art, antiques and collectibles, furniture and more. Market
days include Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. For more inform
tion, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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Joey Tingler, 11, of Bradenton, takes a putt during the Miniature Golf Tourna-
ment at the Fish Hole Miniature Golf Course in Bradenton Beach Oct. 4. The
event at the course, 117 Bridge St., was part of an effort to promote Island fun
and commerce during the bridge closure. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Tiki and

OCTOBER is here and Tiki and Kitty are
enjoying putting the top down on the convertible
and cruising to all their favorite shops.
The start of fall weather is the perfect time to
explore the Historic East Manatee Antique Dis-
trict. Stop in at Braden River Antiques and look
over a huge variety of merchandise collected for you
by Jess. Then make your way over to Retro Rosie
and Cobwebs Antiques to explore Rosie's great
selection of vintage clothes and Cobweb's beautiful,
vintage, cottage-style goods. Pop into Jill's Res-
toration and see some amazing pieces, including
an incredible wall-length antique pharmacy cabi-
net. Over at the Wishing Well, they have beautiful
orchids along with shabby-chic finds, antiques and
collectibles. Be sure to visit the district 8 a.m.-2p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11, for the outdoor antique fair at
1002 Manatee Ave. E.
In other parts of town, Baby Boutiki becomes
Baby BOO-tiki Oct. 30-31 when they host their first-
ever Baby Halloween Party, and we can't think of
a ni thLi ng cuter than a bunch of babies and toddlers in
adorable little Halloween costumes. Dress up your
little ones and join in the fun. You can check out all

itty's Shopti

the party details online at!
Community Thrift is gearing up for fall, and
they have lots of cute seasonal and Halloween home
d6cor items, as well as stylish fall clothes for the entire
family. The Whitfield Exchange is well ,t,,- k.d .,
always with tons of quality furniture and h ,in. J . I
and they have some collectible Emmet Kell\ .1i itiu-
rines in the shop right now. Hurry, they won l Lil,
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women sizes 14 and larger- e~i \ ) thing from i,,ual l,'
career to cocktail! There's lots of named-brand cloth-
ing that's flattering and affordable.
The Bag Lady has a great, new selection of fall
bags in the store. Come find all the latest styles and
then pop next door to the sister store, Classy Lady, for
a great fall outfit and accessories.
At the Feed Store Antique Mall, dealers are busy
restocking their boo 't, lh- I Iill - ,top in and see what's
new. And Carol and .lii i al Ziula's Antiques have been
busy overhauling ttllb I ,< li c 1 i p with a great mix of
antiques and art ,and mI `i .
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While on AMI, don't miss The Tide and Moon.
The store has the Island's best selection of funky,
chunky sterling jewelry and it's never too early to
order one of Laura's custom pendants to wear or give
a, '.ift for the holidays. And mark your calendar for
Ginny's and Jane E's Open Air Flea Market, 8
a in -3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 25, at the Holmes Beach
)< 'L\ Field. You'll find plenty of fresh local produce,
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Maria, sold in
July 2004 for
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Island real estate transactions
200 Gulf Drive S., Unit 4, Sandcastle Beach 305 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,686 sfla
Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 1,479 sfla / 1,591 sfur 2,034 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1975 on a
3bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 2003 was sold 73x114 lot was sold 08/18/08, Wiley to Picchietti for
08/19/08, W.L. Properties Inc. to Easy Breezes Prop- $385,000.
erties LLC for $675,000; list $795,000. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
145 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria, 1,173 sfla Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
1,509 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1960 on a 941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
66x116 lot was sold 09/16/08, Phelps Properties LLC tions may also be viewed online at
to Milbery for $510,000; list $535,000. Copyright 2008

Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 26, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant,
retail theft. The complainant said two women ran up a
tab of about $100 in food and drinks and left without
paying. Another customer said the pair mentioned
going to a Holmes Beach restaurant, and then gave
a description of the suspects to deputies. The two
women were not located.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 29, 105 Bridge St., burglary, Magnolia
Manor Apartments. The complainant said some-
one entered his motel room while he was asleep
and took his laptop computer, valued at $2,000.
Keys to the room were found in the lock of the
door. The computer was later found at the bus
stop in front of city hall. It was returned to the

Holmes Beach
No new city reports.

Tiki and Kitty say "I do" to the awesome selection ofvin- The lovely ladies of Whitfield Exchange take a short
tage bridal wear and period clothing - from the 1920s to break from a long, busy day. This top notch consignment
the 1980s - at Retro Rosie's. store has it all, and savvy area shoppers know to always
Inset: Somebody help Tiki ... she s knee deep in the Feed stop here when looking forfurniture and home decor
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Charlotte 'Chi' Root Armstrong
Charlotte "Chi" Root Armstrong, 90, of Bradenton and
formerly of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 8 at Freedom Village.
She was born in Cambridge, Mass., and came to Holmes
Beach in 1978 from Villanova, Pa.
Mrs. Armstrong was a 1939 graduate of Mt. Holyoke
College, South Hadley, Mass., and obtained her master's
degree in biology from Harvard College in Cambridge,
Mass. She taught science at the Knox School of Cooper-
stown, N.Y., and then joined the U.S. Navy. She was com-
missioned as a lieutenant, and served from 1944-46 in
Norfolk, Va., and San Diego.
She married Robert Armstrong on Oct. 11, 1946, in
San Francisco. She was active in many community activi-
ties, including Boy and Girl Scouts, parent-teacher associa-
tions, and as a Sunday school teacher.
After moving to Holmes Beach, she was a member of
Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria and
served on many church committees.
A memorial Service will be held at 3p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 11, at the Freedom Village Auditorium, 6501 17th
Ave. W., Bradenton. The Rev. Gary A. Batey of Roser
Church will officiate. Burial will be at Vine Hills Cem-
etery in Plymouth, Mass. Toale Brothers Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be
made to the Freedom Village Scholarship Program, 6406
21st Ave W, Bradenton FL 34209.
Survivors include a daughter, Katherine A. Lind of
Belmont, Mass.; son Robert A. Armstrong Jr. of Conway,
Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.

Robert Grady Head
Dr. Robert Grady Head, 92, of Anna Maria, died Sept.
Services for Dr. Head will be private.
Survivors include daughters Roxane Dinkin of Bra-
denton and Lisa Rodica of St. Petersburg; sons Robert G.
III of Lewisburg, W.V.; David R. of St. Petersburg, Fla.;
Stephen G. of Tallahassee, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Nancy A. Keaton
Nancy A. Keaton, 84, died Oct. 4. She was born in
Lexington, Ky., and moved to Bradenton in 1958.
Mrs. Keaton attended the University of Kentucky and
Fugasi Business College in Lexington. She was a civil
service employee for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Vet-
erans Administration. She worked as a church secretary
for Grace Baptist Church in Danville, Ky. She was an
administrative assistant at Corning Glassworks in Dan-
ville. She also was a bookkeeper at Manatee High School
in Bradenton.
She owned a ceramics business, specializing in porce-
lain dolls. She was a charter member of Northwest Baptist
Church, and also served at Island Baptist Church and West

Bradenton Baptist Church. She was a member and past
president of Epsilon Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and services at 11
a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Brown and Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Donations may
be made to Northwest Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O.
Box 14817, Bradenton FL 34280, or Tidewell Hospice
& Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownand- Brown & Sons, 43rd Street Chapel, is
in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen S. of St.
Petersburg, and Betsy and husband Steve Powers of Bra-
denton; grandsons Justin W., Todd and Stephen Powers;
sister Winola Montgomery of Lexington, Ky.; and many
nieces and nephews.

Fred Keitel
Fred Keitel of Bradenton Beach died Sept. 29.
Mr. Keitel served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific The-
ater during World War II.
Services were Oct. 3 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church in Cincinnati. Strawser Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at
Mr. Keitel is survived by daughter Lori and husband
Dave Mullane of California; sons Mark and wife Sue Keitel
of Loveland, Ohio, and Gary and wife Nancy Keitel of
Indiana; and grandchildren Alicia, Jessi, Cori and Joel.

Russell F. Moffett
Russell F Moffett, 97, of Harrison Township, formerly
of Hint, Mich., for 91 years and of Bradenton, died Sept.
16 in Bradenton.
Mr. Moffett was born in Hint. He was a graduate of
Flint Central High School and attended GMI and Flint
Junior College. Mr. Moffett married Thelma Burwell on
March 23, 1934. He retired from the city of Hint after 20
years of service. He was a member of Court Street United
Methodist Church, the Midwest Dachshund Club, Dachs-
hund Club of America, the Genesee County Kennel Club
and the Rotary Club.
Funeral services were held Swartz Creek, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the Court Street United
Methodist Church. Online tributes are welcome at www. Sharp Funeral Homes of Linden,
Mich., was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughter Marilyn L. Matecun of
Harrison Township and Holmes Beach; three grandchil-
dren, E. Dennis Matecun Jr. of Hudson, Ohio, Glenn R.
Matecun of Wixom, Mich.; and Diana Welsh Lineback
of Port Richey, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.

Attorney seeks $200,000

in blown-kiss case
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An attorney representing two teenagers arrested
at Coquina Beach earlier this year is seeking $200,000
in damages from the city of Bradenton Beach.
Charges against siblings Veronica and Lance Lewis
of Tampa were dismissed last month and their attorney,
Alex Hajaistron, is now seeking damages and alleging
a violation of his clients' civil rights, according to cor-
respondence he sent to Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Mayor Michael Pierce said last week he had not
discussed the attorney's request with the city attorney.
The case dates back to April 20 at Coquina Beach,
a county-operated public beach that is policed by the
city, when Lance Lewis blew a kiss toward Offi-
cer Timothy Matthews. At the time Matthews was
a reserve officer with the Bradenton Beach Police
Department but has since moved to another law
enforcement job.
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 "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.'"
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."
Hajaistron, throughout the criminal court pro-
ceedings, maintained that Matthews overreacted to
the incident and harassed the teens.
On Sept. 16, Circuit Judge Diana Moreland dis-
missed a felony charge of battery on a law enforce-
ment officer filed against Veronica Lewis finding a
lack of probable cause. She did, however, find prob-
able cause for a misdemeanor simple battery case.
Also, on Sept. 18 in juvenile court, Judge Marc Gilner
dismissed the case against Lance Lewis, finding that the
police officer lacked probable cause to make an arrest.
With the dismissal of charges, Hajaistron last
week notified Bradenton Beach that a civil rights suit
was being prepared and alleged the city is responsible
for claims that his clients suffered grief, embarrass-
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Mike Norman Realty
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N., Holmes Beach, turned
30 years old last week, *. . -
and owner Mike Norman -
pledged that the company
would be here 30 more -.7
years. ___
Mike works with his
daughters, Marianne Nor-
man-Ellis and Sally Greig, and all are committed to
keeping up the agency's standard of excellence and
customer service.
"We've both grown up on the Island in real
estate," Marianne said. "We're going to keep run-
ning the agency with an eye to customer service and
good client relations, just like dad."
To reach Mike, Marianne, Sally or any of the
Mike Norman staff and agents, call 941-778-6696.

Freedom day for bridge
Freedom Village at 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton,
will host a day of bridge from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 15, for all interested card players.
Prizes will be awarded to winners and the event
comes includes a complimentary lunch and refresh-
Admission is free, although space is limited.
For more information or to make a reservation,
call 941-798-8122.

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100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, are celebrating their
sixth year in business this week with a special party
at the store from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.
Raffle prizes, discounts and food and refresh-
ments will be available and the public is invited to
attend the celebration.
It's been wonderful these past six years," said
Debbie. "We'v e made wonderful friends and we just
want to show our appreciation to everyone.
For more information on Bridge Street Interiors,
call 941-782-1130.

Great Scott
Singer Janine Elise Scott will be at the Gulf Drive
Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, to debut songs from her
new album, "Out of the Blue," which was released
July 24 in her hometown of Reno, Nev.
During her performance, Janine Elise will also
sing a selection of songs from her repertoire of popu-
lar artists, such as Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Carole
King and Bonnie Raitt and others.
For more information or to make a reservation
for dinner and the show, call 941-778-1919.

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Anna Maria Elementary calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome, including:
* Oct. 10, Parent-Teacher Organization meeting
at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Oct. 10, Gift-wrap fundraising sale ends.
* Oct. 14 and 16, all-day estuary project on the
school's bayfront.
* Oct. 15, deadline to submit student art for Hal-
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Soccer's Bones take 'Panoramic' view at first place

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It was an early-season match Oct. 3 of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Soccer League's
unbeaten. Mr. Bones, 3-0, and Panoramic, 2-0, bat-
tled it out for first place in Division II.
Mr. Bones won the game by a 3-2 score, though
the game didn't seem quite that close. Mr. Bones com-
pletely carried the play in the first half, but had trouble
putting the ball past Panoramic goalie Joey Altachoff,
who played a stellar first half between the pipes.
Michael Latimer put pressure on the Panoramic
defense from the start, dribbling past several defend-
ers before deftly laying the ball off to teammate Ben
Connors, who ripped a shot that had goal written all
over it, only to see Altachoff make a diving save.
Moments later, the Bones received a corner kick,
but the Panoramic defense had some trouble clearing
the ball away from its goal. The ball eventually ended
up at Latimer's feet and he ripped a rocket from 15
yards, but again Altachoff was there to make the save

Mr. Bones forward Ben Connors pressures Pan-
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Mr. Bones finally broke through in the eighth
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Latimer dribbled to his right before cutting back to
his left, where he unleashed a rocket that found the
back of the net for a 1-0 Mr. Bones lead.
Mr. Bones added to its lead five minutes later
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Panoramic halved the score in the 18th minute
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Panoramic, spurred on by Rose's goal, raised its
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Yavalar found some space up the middle and dribbled
in towards the Mr. Bones goal, but defender Gabby
Gallo stepped in with a great tackle to deny Yavalar
as the half came to a close.
Mr. Bones added to its lead early in the second
half when Connors threw the ball in to Latimer, who
unleashed a rocket that was blocked, but Latimer fol-
lowed his shot and poked in the rebound for a 3-1 Mr.
Bones lead.
Yavalar tried to answer for Panoramic on a break-
away, but Mr. Bones defenders Gabby Gallo and Kayla
Thiel combined to tackle the ball away from him.
Mr. Bones almost added to its lead three minutes
later when Cortni Wash threw the ball into Latimer.
Latimer carried the ball in and fired a cannon of a
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Oct. 8 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Jessie's
Oct. 9 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Sand Bar
Oct. 13 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Jessie's
Oct. 14 7 p.m. Sand Bar vs. AM Glass
Division II (ages 8-9)
Oct. 9 6:30 p.m. Orthopedic vs. Bones
Oct. 10 6:30 p.m. Orthopedic vs. Panoramic
Oct. 13 6:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Bones
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Wednesday, Oct. 8
Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
7:45 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. - Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.

Thursday, Oct. 9
8:30 a.m. - Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - "Theatre for the Soul," a six-week class, begins
at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 941-383-6491.
7 p.m. - Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Aquarium,
1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-492-5296.

Friday, Oct. 10
6 p.m.- Potluck dinner and film screening of "Sea Biscuit" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.
6:30 p.m. - Humane Society of Manatee County presents "Animal
House," a party featuring the Billy Rice Band and food by Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, 9800 17th Ave.
N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8808, ext. 311. Fee applies.

Saturday, Oct. 11
8 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers smoke fresh mullet and
sell it at Publix on the Island, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-720-0426.
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts guest
speaker Manatee County commissioner-elect John Chappie at a breakfast
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Trolley Scavenger Hunt begins at the Sandbar
Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-713-3105.
Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Sarasota-Bradenton Home Show at the Sara-
sota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sara-
sota. Information: 941-355-9161. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Family origami class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

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10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Sarasota-Bradenton Home Show at the Sara-
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Monday, Oct. 13
Today is Columbus Day.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Job fair sponsored by the Manatee Chamber of
Commerce at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

* Oct. 9-19, the Island Players preform "The Cocktail Hour." Informa-
tion: 941-778-5755.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
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Bayfest lineup set
Anna Maria's Pine Avenue again will be the site
of the annual Island Bayfest, set for 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.
The eighth annual block party will take place on
Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to Bay Boulevard and
featuring numerous arts and crafts displays, a Taste of
the Island food court, a classic-car show, a children's
play area and lots of entertainment.
Bands scheduled to perform include the Dr. Dave
Band, Koko Ray and the Soul Providers, the Blues
Alternators and Kettle of Fish.
Restaurants planning to participate include the
Sun House, the Sandbar, the Waterfront and Paradise
For more information about the celebration pre-
sented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce as a fundraiser, call organizer Cindy Thomp-
son at 941-761-4766.

* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Oct. 16, Plein air painting demo at The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
* Oct. 17, "Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie" at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
* Oct. 18, Plant and antique sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park.
* Oct. 18, Bridge Street market.
* Oct. 18, Island Bayfest, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
* Oct. 21, Twilight Teen Halloween party at the Central Library.

Save the date
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival.
* Oct. 26, Outdoor Kayak Festival.
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival,
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student reunion picnic.
* Nov. 8-9, Discover Egmont Key.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various venues on the Island.
Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, Cortez Folk Festival at the Maritime Museum, Cortez.
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Kings show off Island beaches

The fall kingfish run is in high gear, with the big,
fast fish being caught about a mile off the beaches in
the Gulf of Mexico. Sizes run up to 20 pounds, with
bigger fish being caught farther from shore.
Snapper also are still around both inshore and
offshore. Grouper are also still coming on strong in
the Gulf.
Mackerel are almost jumping on the dock at the
Island piers, or so the jubilant reports proclaim. Seri-
ously, macks and jacks are thick, with silver spoons
serving well to bring in the catch.
Backwater fishers are catching lots of redfish and
snook. Flounder are starting to show up, too, as are
some early sheepshead.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said it's been
a mixed bag of fish for anglers there - mackerel,
snapper, snook, redfish and small flounder.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
the biggest mackerel he's ever seen came to the dock
last week, a 28-inch monster. There are lots of "mack
attacks" taking place at the pier, although not all mea-
sure up to the big one, plus bluefish and catch-and-
release redfish - the release being the result of reds
over the slot limit. Sheepshead are starting to show
up around the pilings, but snapper action has slowed
a bit at the pier, Dave added.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road,
reports included good catches of big snapper, bar-
racuda, big sheepshead and lots of mackerel coming
to the docks.
Danny Snasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the kingfish
run has begun, with fish in the 10- to 20-pound range

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 147
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls on the
beach as of Oct. 5.
AMITW also reported 6,575 hatchlings emerged
from nests.
Nesting season is nearing completion, with no
new nests expected to be made this year.

being caught about a mile off the beach. The farther
out you go, the bigger the fish seem to be, he said.
The grouper and snapper catch is still great offshore
as well. Backwater fishers are catching snook and
reds on the higher tides near mangroves. Mackerel
and jacks are thick by the passes, Danny said, with a
fish coming on the hook on almost every cast. "The
mackerel bite is off the chain right now," he said, and
silver spoons are the best bet for the best hookups.
He's also seen a few small pods of tarpon off the
beaches, probably a part of what some call a resident
population of silver kings in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding fishing "fantastic off-
shore of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. We
are catching lots of big gag and red grouper, scamp,
amberjack, kingfish, large sharks, barracuda, cobia
up to 60 pounds and all the mangrove, yellowtail
and Vermillion snapper you want to catch." Capt.
Larry said his best action is out around 35 miles in
the Gulf, "but there are keeper grouper, snapper and
kings closer in." He said "catch-of-the-week" honors
go to Larry Bethke for a 60-pound cobia.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said the early kingfish run is
on. "Numerous kings up to 40 inches have been taken
mere yards from the beaches of Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key," he said, adding that "mixed in
with the kings are truly large Spanish mackerel up
to 27 inches, sharks and bonito. It will not be long
before some departing tarpon schools will join the
fray, with cobia coming in as well. Bait is thick all
along the beaches and all you have to do is fish near
the bait to be successful. A low-range tide early in
the morning seems to be the ticket to success." On
the inshore scene, northern Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola
Bay and around the mouth of the Manatee River have
been providing his charters with good catches of red-
fish, trout, snook and snapper. He's also finding a
few flounder, "but they are scattered and big ones
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WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
offer. 941-794-2312.

FISHER PRICE SMART Cycle, used once,
includes one game and all directions, cords,
etc. $70 or best offer. 617-733-6528.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.

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

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursdays, 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
11. Lots of good stuff! 209 Chilson Ave., Anna

Seville. Four tickets, Sunday matinee, Nov. 9.
Discount price. 231-947-1871.

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, 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 news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Don't be sorry, be safe.

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

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


Lot Zoned Duplex 11,400 sq.ft. with small home
included which requires TLC, OR allow this
beautiful lot to conform to duplex use. Located in
quiet Holmes Beach Bay Palms and choice lot to
construct contemporary attached townhomes.
NEW PRICE only $379,000.

Offering Discount Rental Rates during bridge
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to enjoy our Island! Wide selection of properties
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All appli-
cants screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

June 7. Would love to stay together. Call
941-778-4360 on Anna Maria Island.

FOR SALE: 1991 F-350 bucket truck. Excellent
condition. $6,000 or best offer. 863-528-7296.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental
and instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian,
DOCK FOR RENT: Direct to Sarasota Bay
and Gulf of Mexico, in San Remo subdivi-
sion. $185/month. Storage in or out of water.

INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout
with Capt. Jim Savaglio. License, bait, tackle
included. 941-238-7597.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours,
rotten pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront
Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or
call 941-778-3953.

HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
income potential. Ad experience helpful. Com-
puter knowledge a must. E-mail info to bonner@
HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m.,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on
strategic Longboat corner. Many business
uses possible: gas/convenience store, bank,
restaurant, etc. $1,300,000. Longview Realty:
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at

ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School
sophomore 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 babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
fied child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red
Cross training, seven days a week. Maggie,
941-447-4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Ken-
dall! First-aid certified, great with kids and ani-
mals! Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.

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.

help a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid,
CNA certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island refer-
ences. Flexible scheduling. Personal/household
care, driving, companionship. 941-778-5958.

lent professional references. Flexible scheduling.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.

computer solutions for business and home.
Installation, repairs, upgrades, networking,
Web services, wireless services. Richard Arda-
bell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell

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Sandpiper Beauty
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
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New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900

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
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.


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3/2 Waterfront. Large lot. Lush landscape. Upgrades including cherry
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Sliding-glass enclosed lanai. Like new. Ready to move in.$279,000.
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Famous Holmes Beach house a foreclosure sale

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Liz and Bob Lang of Tampa didn't realize they
were buying a house with a reputation when they pur-
chased the canalfront property at 5601 Flotilla Drive
in Holmes Beach two weeks ago at a foreclosure auc-
tion for $630,000.
They had heard a few stories about a week of
parties there when it was owned by Scott Hopp, but
had no idea a photograph of the house had appeared
recently in The New York Times.
"We didn't know this house had been in the
national media," said Liz Lang, a licensed real estate
broker and decorator. "We had heard some stories
about the parties, but didn't know the full history.
"It doesn't matter. We're calling this our' Flotilla
Villa,' and plan on making this our retirement home,"
she said.
The Langs have been property owners and part-
time residents of Anna Maria for a number of years.
When the Hopp property was put up for auction, they
decided the time was right for a move.
"And I think the community will be happy with
us," Liz Lang said. "We're the perfect couple for this
house. I'm a decorator and designer and my husband
is a general contractor. We're going to keep the origi-

nal flavor and design of the house, but really fix up
the landscaping and interior.
"We really fell in love with the Island when we
first came here. We just love this place and we really
like this house. It's perfect. We've got a lot of kids
and grandkids. This is our dream," said Liz.
Liz Lang is a native of St. Petersburg, while her
husband Bob has lived in Tampa all his life. In addi-
tion to being a successful businessman, he is chair-
man of MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry
in Tampa.

Sex and the Hopps
The house at 5601 Flotilla Drive was the scene of
a week-long sex party in May 2006 that was adver-
tised on the Internet.
In addition to numerous Islander stories about
the parties, the house also was featured June 6 in The
New York Times in a business column, and in a June
11 Fox Business TV network segment, "America's
Nightly Report," about the mortgage crisis as an illus-
tration of "house-flipping" gone bad and mortgage
companies that participated in the crisis.
According to available public records, Scott
and Deanne Hopp purchased the home in 2003 for
$750,000 and eventually refinanced the property

Bob and
Liz Lang
of Tampa
are the new
owners of
this Holmes
at 5601
Drive - a
home that
was once
the focus
of media
Rick Catlin

with Countrywide for $1.1 million. On the surface,
Countrywide lost about $500,000 on the property.
Countrywide has reported losses of more than $1.1
billion in its real estate mortgage programs and is a
part of the current federal government bailout plan
for banks and mortgage companies.
The Flotilla Drive property gained the nickname
\ kindi ng< House" after a Tampa company held par-
ties at the house in May 2006 to obtain photos and
live video for its \lkindingo" Web site. More than
200 guests attended one night's party session.
Scott Hopp denied any knowledge of the sex par-
ties, claiming the property was rented by his wife as
a vacation accommodation.
Times senior financial editor Floyd Norris men-
tioned the house and The Islander newspaper story
exposing the parties in his "High and Low Finance"
column of June 6, 2008, and printed The Islander's
picture of the property.
Norris described the homeowners at that time,
Scott and Deanne Hopp, as an example of the prac-
tice of "house flipping" prevalent during 2003-06
and the questionable lending policies of mortgage
companies such as Countrywide, which financed the
Hopps purchase.
According to Norris, the Hopps made no down
payment to buy the Flotilla property and others
because they received 100 percent or greater financing
from Countrywide using highly inflated appraisals.
Although Norris said he was unable to locate
the Hopps, they have relocated to the Florida Keys,
where Scott Hopp operates Fish Monster charting
fishing service.
After Norris's column appeared, The Islander
was contacted by a producer at FOX Business TV
network for permission to use the newspaper's pho-
tograph for its story on mortgage fraud and defaults.
David Asman's "Buy and Bail" aired June 11 and also
included the newspaper's photograph of the Flotilla
Drive home.
Asman's guest on the show, financial writer
Michelle Leder of, had previously lived
in Holmes Beach and her interest peaked when she
saw the Flotilla address among Countrywide's 1,400
Florida foreclosures.
The Hopps originally paid $750,000 and refi-
nanced up to $1.1 million worth of Countrywide
loans before bailing on the property, said Leder.

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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
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Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
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and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
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and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
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LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
team serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and
Maria, 941-345-2162.
alterations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed,
many colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local
references. 407-467-0629.

STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel bud-
dies and poly buddies in stock for quick install.
Professional installation available. Metro Home
Supply, 941-758-5828.

worthy, flexible scheduling. Personal and
household care, errands and appoint-
ments. 941-705-0706 or 941-545-3369.

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.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one
care. Home cooking, light housekeeping,
appointments, shopping, etc. Five hours or
more. Top references, 25 years experience. Call
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construction projects? A good plan will save
you money. Houses, decks, porches, renova-
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LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.
ISLAND CLEANING: CALL Linda. Now accept-
ing new clients. Call for information before I'm
booked! 941-448-4886.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site? Need
help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! 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
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check. for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call
for an appointment. Now offering in-home pedi-
cure services. 941-713-5244.
studio, certified trainer, 16 years experience.
Specializing in sport-specific training, improv-
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and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance,
landscaping, cleanup, hauling and more!
Insured. 941-778-5294.

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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.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TROY GREER LAWN and palm tree service
accepting residential accounts. Senior discounts,
free estimates. Insured. 941-524-2896.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service land-
scaping and property management. 15 years
Island experience. Licensed and insured. Call
Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
spread, For all your hauling needs, call David
Bannigan. 941-504-7045.
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.

LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch,
top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at
941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. 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, 941-726-3077.

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

Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,

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

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or

K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free esti-
mates. 941-544-8658.

SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, paint-
ing, tile work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light
plumbing. 941-312-2239.

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

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

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

dock, furnished. $1,750/month, $800/week.
$125/night includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
dock, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month, annual.

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ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the
beach. $875/month. 941-746-8666.

corner unit condos with sweeping views of
Tampa bay on Anna Maria Island. Available for
season. Call 818-620-3543.

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

able March 1, 2009. Steps to beach, the-
ater, bakery restaurants, and more. Call now,

bath/living areas. Unfurnished. No pets.

2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.

ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA KEY Royale canalfront
with one-car garage, $1,400/month. One bed-
room with sunroom, Gulffront complex, two
pools, $950/month. Call Sue at An Island Place
Realty, 941-779-9320.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach. Short walk to beach. $900/month plus
utilities. 941-755-4445.

two-car garage plus den. Culdesac. Hot tub,
tile, and fireplace. Fenced-in yard, pets OK.
Washer and dryer. $1,300/month plus security.

Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trol-
ley stores and half block to Gulf. $875/month,
utilities included! Call Jason at 941-778-7200
for more information.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA IN Holmes Beach. Ground-
level duplex. Living room, dining room, den, sun
room, washer and dryer, storage, large private
yard. $1,090/month includes yard maintenance.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2.5BA, 2,200 +/- sf
Holmes Beach home on canal. Pool, boat dock
and lift. Remodeled kitchen and bathrooms.
Garage converted to mother-in-law suite, extra
bedroom or storage. 863-698-9398.

steps to the beach! Oct. 1, 2008-Oct. 1,2009.120
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $1,200/month. First,
last and security. References. 330-758-3857.

NORTH LONGBOAT KEY: Unfurnished ranch-
style house, 3BR/1BA on deep-water canal.
Available immediately, $1,100/month, contact
Barb, 941-713-0116.

city, near Gulf. $850/month, includes water and
sewer. $850 security. 941-778-5439.

washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $900/month. 941-779-1586.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA available mid-Octo-
ber. Meticulously remodeled. Spacious living
room, new Energy Star appliances, super effi-
cient air conditioning, granite countertops, low-
watt lights, washer, dryer. 200 steps to Gulf of
Mexico beach. Back yard dock on Lake LaVista
Bayou. Must see to appreciate. $1,195/month
plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

3BR/2BA, close to beach, available Oct.1.
$950/month plus electric. First, last, security.
585-317-7344 or 585-473-9361.


direct water view, pool, spa, tennis, washer and
dryer. First, last and security deposit. $950/
month. 941-587-1456.

2BR/1 BA: CLEAN WITH private entrance. Com-
pletely furnished. Walking distance to restau-
rants and bars. One-half block to beach. $1,500/
month. 813-892-4768.

ROOM/SHARE WANTED: Looking to share
expensive bills? Professional woman coming
to work in the area, with two well-behaved cats.
No smoking, drinking, drugs. Starting new job
in October, need space to live and settle in new
home. Please, call 847-363-5922.

2BR/2BA, washer and dryer. $400/month
plus utilities. Holmes Beach. 941-704-4591 or

FOR RENT: FURNISHED, seasonal, possibly
annual, 2BR/2BA. Den, living and dining rooms,
kitchen, lanai, near beach. 941-795-8626.

FALL RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club, $1,200/
month. Island 3BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $799/
week. Bay townhouse 2BR/2BA, three-day
weekend, $350. Longboat 2BR/1 BA cozy cot-
tage, $499/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

canalfront, $1,400/month. 1 BR/1 BA Martinique
direct-Gulffront furnished condo, $1,300/month.
1 BR/1 BA Gulffront condo, $950/month. Call Sue
at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.

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.

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

No. 0928

'TWAS PUZZLING By Cathy Allis Millhauser / Edited by Will Shortz

1 Butcher shop
6 Some foreign
pen pals
10 Photo paper
15 [How dare you!]
19 Song sung by
Gwen in
20 Radio
host/pianist John
21 Greek market of
22 "The Lion King"
23 When jerks come
26 X out
27 Pertinent to the
28 Kind of dialysis
29 Novice
31 "A Doll's
House" wife
32 Wishes undone
33 Some people or
food at parties
34 Nonkosher
38 String around a
cake box?
41 City near Tel
44 Moistens again
46 Once-in-a-
exchange, maybe

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

47 Texas county,
river or forest
that's a girl's
first name
49 Vinegar: Prefix
50 AOL alternative
52 Bridge
53 Men or women
who pinch?
58 "New Look"
designer of 1947
59 Charity's urging
60 Orbital point
62 Dope
64 Appeal to
66 Penseur's
67 Speck
68 Prefix with -crat
70 Hair stuff
71 Mushroom stalks
73 Dress-up
costume piece
75 Month in a
Faulkner title
77 One of Woody's
stock at
78 Nerd's essence?
82 Unlikely to run
87 Legal eagles'
88 Come up
89 Capital of South
90 French Polynesia
93 Lauds
94 Thrice, in
95 Roast the other
side of the
99 Novelist's need
100 W.W. II gun

101 "Let's just leave
___ that"
102 Teri Garr's
104 Certain
107 Legislative
108 "Praise the
112 A leveret is a
young one
113 Discouraging
comment to a
117 ___ Center,
home of the New
Jersey Nets
118 Pertaining to
119 "Almighty" title
role for Steve
120 Caustic
121 Eye part
122 Desirable places
123 Kind of
124 "Land

1 Monitor type,
for short
2 Jolly laugh
3 Yak pack
4 Big East
team, for short
5 Attach, as a
6 Invitation
7 Gathering points

8 Suffix with book
9 Like some eggs
or cloth
10 They're
attractive, but
not necessarily
to each other
11 Shocked
12 Awl, for one
13 Play about
14 Salary
15 Bamboozles
16 Gyro meat
17 "Others" in a
Latin phrase
18 Crown
24 Apple pocketfuls
25 Transmitter
30 Fencing swords
33 The Flintstones'
34 Uncouth youth
35 Poland's Walesa
36 Moth, perhaps?
37 Altercation
39 Trig ratio
40 Sun Tzu's "The
Art of
41 Fabric that
really breathes?
42 Low tie
43 Strawberry of
45 Off-campus local
48 City near Milan
50 Outback buddy
51 Shooting sport
52 Second-century
54 St. Louis's
55 Nagpur noble
56 Fern germ

57 These, to Juan
61 Rusty on the
62 Utah's lily
63 Pitcher of a
perfect game,
64 "Vigilant ___ to
steal cream":
65 Walked with a
69 Wahine's dance

72 Shooting game
74 Addams family
76 Spaghetti ___
79 Hops kiln
80 Analogy phrase
81 Battery part
83 A large number
84 JPEG or text
85 Score just before
victory, maybe
86 Fall mo.
90 Weeping

91 Rimes with the
1996 hit "Blue"
92 Subjects of many
legal battles
93 Goad
96 Garage container
97 Native American
98 Waiting at the
bank, say
100 Beginnings
103 Localities
104 Dr. with advice
in 0 magazine

105 Level
106 Monopoly game
107 Whine
109 Place to play b-
110 Give orders like
a drill sergeant
111 "Night" author
114 Fact finisher
115 Hydroelectric
116 Mormons,






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BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $440,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

$49,000 OR BEST offer: 8x28-foot mobile,
10x20-foot addition, driveway. All new inside.
Low monthly maintenance fee. Located in Para-
dise Bay, 55-plus park. Price includes land. Call
941-447-9852 for information.

two-car garage, $499,000. Anna Maria 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, waterfront, pool, $675.000. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. Call Ilona
Kenrick, 941-713-3214, or Sherry Sasser at
Sato Real Estate, 941-778-7200.

two-acre homesites, wood, views. Starting at
$59,900. Tennessee River and Nick-a-Jack
view tracts now available! Retirement guide
rates this area no. 2 in U.S. places to retire. Low
cost of living, no impact fee. 330-699-2741 or
866-550-5263, Ask about mini-vacation!

Bringg Prei p Home Since 1939

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 888-306-4734.

SOUTH CAROLINA: LOW country. Hunting/rec-
reation tracts for sale. Close to 1-95 in Bamberg
County. Peaceful/secluded and loaded with deer,
turkey, hogs and timber value, too. 42 acres, 85
acres, 120 acres, 235 acres, 500 acres, 730 acres,
all on the Little Salkahatchie River. New roads, game
plots, stands. Ready to hunt. Priced below market!
Call now, 803-826-6033. Brokers protected.

LAKEFRONT LIVING AT its finest. Homesites
available nestled in the mountains of North Car-
olina along 150 miles of shoreline. 30 percent
discounts for limited time. 800-709-LAKE.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Two acres on mountain
top near New River State Park, great fishing,
view, private. $29,500. Must sell, call owner,

200,000 properties nationwide. Low down pay-
ment. Call now! 800-817-5434.



(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. * AnnaMaria

All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrim-
ination Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowingly accept any advertising for real estate
which is in violation of the law. Our readers are
hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in
this newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination call
HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing
impaired (0) (800) 543-8294.

HOW TO ADVERTISE in the Islander Classifieds:
DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday publi-
cation. CLASSIFIED RATES for business or individ-
ual: Minimum $12 for up 15 words. Each additional
word over 16-30 words is $20.31-45 words is $40.
Box: $4. Ads must be paid in advance. Classified
ads may be submitted through our secure Web
site: or faxed to (941) 778-9392
or delivered/mailed to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. We are located next to Ooh La
La! in the Island Shopping Center. More informa-
tion:(941) 778-7978.

* Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

5400 Gulf Drive #17, Holmes Beacd
Furnished 2BR/1.5BA condo with
partial Gulf views, new tile, carpet and
updated kitchen and baths. 55+ com-
munity. $389,000. MI#A383220.


REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront
lot. Build your dream home here.
Walk the sugar white sand beach,
watch the stunning sunsets, see
the dolphins swim by. Write your
novel here! Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 941- 778-2246.#M504998.

100 yards from Gulf. Beautiful street
and beach access. Build two homes or
remodel cottage and live in paradise.
2BR/1.5BA. Karen Day, 941-778-2246.
#M5798609. $849,000.

Just one short block to pristine
walking beach. Zoned for single-
family residence and lot is cleared
and ready for construction. Survey
and house plan available. Dave Moyni-
han, 941-778-2246. #M5798220.

FOUR UNITS Remodeled in 2007,
all units ground-level and surround
private heated pool. 2BR unit ideal
for owner. Good rental history and
reservations. Owner Agent. Jacque
Davis, 941-778-2246. #M574658.

NW BRADENTON Exceptional Pine
Meadow pool residence, 3-4BR/2BA.
Separate living-dining areas, eat-in
kitchen, family room, den/office,
vaulted ceilingsand outstanding caged
pool area with summer kitchen. Dave
oynihan, 941-778-2246.#M576374.

DEcUIirpULupIUpeiy IULteuuIIWIUest
part of bayou inNW Bradenton. Dock
with davits. 3BR/2BA all warranted
work done. Ray Hayo, 941-778-2246.
#M558900. $599,000.

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28 0 OCT. 8, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

QW8A 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.
Q: 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 Caf6 Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
nature preserves.
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't

have built our new Caf6 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 Caf6 Collection is real estate's future?
A: I think it is real estate's immediate future. Right now, the
market has contracted and there is a great need for smaller, less
amenitized homes. As the market cycle continues to expand,
buyers will once again want larger homes with more architectural
elements. Neal Communities has added the Caf6 Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.

Introducing A New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family

In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton



Caf6 interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.

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Pred firm $154,90
For information please call Betsy Schutz at

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Neal Communities reserves the right to change floor plans, specifications and prices without notice.All renderings, floor plans and maps are an artist's conception,
and are not intended to be an actual depiction. Please see our sales representative with any questions. Offer expires ????????

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