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VOLUME 17, NO. 48
OCT. 7, 2009
the news ...
Mainsail sets sight
on new design.
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ion. Page 6
Popc rn, politics and
straw poll voting.
Bradenton Beach to
weed out overgrown
properties. Page 8
The Doors to open
ArtsHop. Page 10
end of term. Page 11
for boat cover allow-
ance. Page 13
AXLE: Bumper stick-
ers promote peace.
What to do and
when. Page 18
Sports: Island soccer
heads into full
season. Page 19
weapons of mass
destruction. Page 20
Fishing is good.
Island Biz: Moveable
Feast on the move.
Gulf Drive Cafe site work begins
By Lisa Neff
"Those can't be telephone poles," Rich
Holcomb asserted, watching a construction
crew plant a pole in the ground south of the
Gulf Drive Cafe.
Nearby, a half dozen other cypress wood
poles were piled on the ground.
No, not telephone poles, but signs of
construction for the restaurant, 900 Gulf
Drive N., which has embarked on a major
The cafe, owned by George and Wendy
Kokolis, plans a $500,000 expansion that
includes a new parking lot, chickee hut, tiki
bar and gift shop.
An artist's rendering of the improve-
ments show the existing restaurant at the
north end of the site, then, moving south, a
gift shop, Bamboo Jack's Tiki Bar and Grill,
and on the south end of the property, a chickee
On its Web site, the restaurant already is
christened Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki and is
promoting its amenities for large gatherings,
such as wedding receptions.
The city commission, with a number of
stipulations, approved a preliminary design
for the restaurant last summer.
That vote followed a recommendation
from the city's planning and zoning board,
which, when reviewing a preliminary design,
focused on the chickee hut.
"Chickee" or "chiki" is the Seminole word
for house and the structures are considered
by many Florida engineers to be among the
simplest but most durable in hurricane-force
A part of Native American tradition and
culture, chickee huts built by members of the
Seminole or Miccosukee tribes of Florida are
exempt from the permitting process, though
rules such as setbacks do apply. State and
federal policies define a chickee hut as an
open-sided wooden hut with a thatched roof
of palm or palmetto or other traditional mate-
rials, devoid of electric, plumbing or other
non-wood features and constructed by the
Miccosukee or Seminole tribe.
The restaurant's chickee hut will be used
for special events, such as wedding receptions
or group lunches.
The commission, in its preliminary
approval, stipulated that the chickee hut would
not be supplied with electricity or water and
that no food or drink service would take place
PLEASE SEE CAFE, NEXT PAGE
Reeling good time
Dave Russell, owner of
Rotten Ralph's on the Pier,
and his son, Tyler, at left, and
Rutger Langley, 9, of Longboat
Key, far left, wait for a nibble
during the Kids' Free Fish-
ing Tournament Oct. 3 on the
Historic Bridge Street Pier in
Bradenton Beach. Bradenton
Beach merchants, community
groups and the city joined to
sponsor a contest to encourage
children to fish. Organizers
included Rotten Ralph's at the
Pier, the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association,
the Fish Hole and the Braden-
ton Beach ScenicWAVES com-
mittee. All kids caught a prize
in the contest. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
Bridge comment deadline nears Crabbers
rescued in Gulf
By Rick Catlin
Although any plans by the Florida
Department of Transportation to begin
construction of a replacement for the Anna
Maria Island Bridge are years away at
least 10 years for the next budget cycle -
the U.S. Coast Guard is inviting public com-
ment on the DOT's proposal.
Comments are due to the Coast Guard
Seventh District office in Miami by Oct. 9,
a Coast Guard public notice stated.
The Coast Guard wants comments on
the DOT's environmental assessment of a
replacement bridge, along with its recom-
mended alternative of a high-level fixed-
span bridge to replace the existing struc-
The Coast Guard said it has "made a
tentative determination that the proposed
action will not have a significant impact for
the purposes of the National Environmental
While review is continuing, the Coast
Guard asked mariners and other interested
parties to "express their views, in w i itine. on
the proposed bridge project, including its pos-
sible impact on minority and/or low income
Randall Overton of the Coast Guard Sev-
enth District office in Miami said the request
for comments is a routine requirement for the
Coast Guard's review.
If the DOT submits plans for a replace-
ment bridge, public hearings will be held and
more public comment will be solicited, he
The Coast Guard has jurisdiction over a
replacement bridge as the waters under the
bridge are part of the Intra-coastal Waterway
At present, the DOT has no allocation for
a replacement bridge in its five-year plan that
extends through 2014.
Comments for the record may be mailed
to: Commander, Seventh Coast Guard Dis-
trict, 909 Southeast First Ave., Room 432,
Miami FL 33131.
Comments may also be e-mailed to
A crabber from Holmes Beach and his
mate were headed out in the nearshore Gulf
of Mexico waters the morning of Oct. 7 to
place traps in advance of the stone crab season
opening Oct. 15 when their boat sank.
Capt. Mike Greig said he and Adam Ellis
were carrying a full load of traps aboard his
24-foot Carolina Skiff and the waters were a
"little rough" when his pump quit working.
"We started taking on water and the boat
sank within 10-15 seconds," he said. "It rolled
over and we were under water."
Greig credited the quick action of Trek
Hackney, a fellow crabber who "came right
to my aid."
The U.S. Coast Guard out of Cortez
responded within about 15-20 minutes, as did
the Coquina Beach lifeguards and the Long-
boat Key police patrol boat, although "we
were never in danger," he said.
He said John Banyas of Taylor Boatworks
brought out a large boat within a half hour,
righted Greig's boat and towed it to Cannons
2 H OCT. 7, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
In the bag: Volunteers clean up coast
By Lisa Neff
Dozens of volunteers arrived to Anna Maria
Island's beaches by car, bus, bicycle and foot to make
a clean sweep of local shorelines Oct. 3.
The volunteers, some of them Island residents,
some of them members of community groups and
many of them students, collected litter in the annual
"It's about community service," said Kevin
Friedman, a volunteer with the Anna Maria Island
Privateers, which cleaned up along Marina and Gulf
drives in Holmes Beach.
"We found mostly wrappers," said Friedman's
Cafe expansion work starts
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in the hut, with exceptions for private or permitted
In the year since the commission approval, the
owners have sought a series of permits at the state and
local level for the project, and a few hurdles remain.
Jeff Higgins, who will co-manage the tiki bar with
Michael National, said current working taking place is
under a demolition permit to remove the concrete slab
where Trader Jack's restaurant once stood.
"We got that, and then we got going," said Hig-
gins, who hopes the bar can be opened by February.
At the site last week, passersby watched con-
struction workers with Seminole Tiki Huts work on
the expansion project and shared an excitement for
the coming amenities.
"I think this might be the next new big thing
on the Island," said Bradenton resident Joe Craemer.
"What a fantastic idea. And what a great place to
kick-back after work."
"Or all day Sunday, for that matter," said wife
daughter, Alannah, 9. "I think it's rude that people
trash this wonderful world. I think it's wrong."
The local event, organized by Keep Manatee
Beautiful, is part of a much larger anti-litter effort, the
International Coastal Cleanup, which involves Keep
America Beautiful and the Ocean Conservancy.
The campaign annually unites about 390,000 vol-
unteers in more than 100 countries to collect about 7
million pounds of trash.
Last year, volunteers in 42 states collected the most
trash, followed by volunteers in the Philippines.
More than 32,000 volunteers in Florida col-
lected more than 400,000 pounds of litter from the
state's shores last year, including 1,195 volunteers
that worked in Manatee County to pick up 22,304
pounds of litter and debris.
Statistics for the 2009 cleanup will be available
later this week.
KMB reported that volunteers turned out to Anna
Maria City Hall, the Kingfish Boat Ramp, Coquina
Beach, Cortez Beach, Leffis Key, the Palma Sola
Causeway and the Florida Maritime Museum in
Cortez to register for cleanup assignments.
Some workers, KMB volunteers who regularly
collect litter through Adopt-A-Shore and Adopt-A-
Highway programs, such as members of the Priva-
teers, got started at sun-up.
Others began at about 9 a.m. and collected until
their bags were full and the area cleared of trash.
What did volunteers find?
They found some heavy debris, but mostly ciga-
rette butts, plastic bags, straws, food containers, plas-
tic bottles, aluminum cans, ropes and fishing line.
Students with Johnson Middle School science
club, which cleaned up at Coquina Beach, found a
lot of cigarette butts, especially near the concession
stand and parking lot.
L\ N.ly time you see litter you should pick it
up," said 11-year-old student Scott Boisvert.
Students with the State College of Florida Earth Club
cleaned up Leffis Key and Coquina Bayside and found
discarded plastic grocery bags to fill their litter bags.
Volunteers from the Bradenton Health and Rac-
quet Club found an abundance of wrappers on the
beach in Anna Maria near Pine Avenue, but also a
$1 coin, proving that volunteerism pays.
Kevin Friedman and his daughter, Alan-
nah, 9, lead a parade of Anna Maria
Island Privateers in a cleanup along
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. On Oct.
3, the local anti-litter group, Keep Man-
atee Beautiful, organized the Coastal
Cleanup in Manatee County. For more
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By Lisa Neff
Nancy Ambrose went to Washington.
And though she does not hold elected office,
she represented a constituency cancer survivors,
cancer patients, caregivers and relatives of those of
who have lost loved ones to disease.
Ambrose joined a delegation of citizen lobbyists
for the American Cancer Society's leadership summit
and lobby day on Capitol Hill.
"Our message was non-partisan," said the Holmes
Beach resident on a recent weekday morning at Cafe
on the Beach. The message was a demand for afford-
able, accessible health care and insurance.
"We pulled a lot of heartstrings.... Cancer
patients can't wait," said Ambrose, who knows first-
hand what it feels like to worry about adequate care
and adequate coverage.
Her COBRA a temporary continuation of
health care insurance expires this fall but, due to
pre-existing conditions, insurance companies repeat-
edly have denied Ambrose coverage.
Ambrose, like constituents she represented in
Washington, D.C., is a cancer survivor, having been
diagnosed with breast cancer and skin cancers.
Back in 1999, Ambrose was dealing with another
medical issue that she gave top priority. Not a priority
for her was her annual mammogram.
"I opted not to go," Ambrose said.
She thinks that mammogram might have found
During preparations for exploratory surgery for
another concern, a nurse told Ambrose, "There is
something there.... You need an ultrasound."
Based on the result of the ultrasound, Ambrose
was told, "You need a biopsy."
And based on the results of the biopsy, Ambrose
was told, "You have cancer."
"When you hear those three words, your life
really changes," she said last week. "I didn't think,
'Why me?' But your life changes."
Ambrose was diagnosed with two forms of breast
cancer days before Christmas 1999. A doctor, she
said, "told me I didn't have any options."
However, she recalled that holiday as a happy
She had been committed to helping a woman
in need with paying for rent, utilities, groceries and
"It was one of my best Christmases ever,"
After the holidays, came the breast cancer treat-
ment and a five-year recovery battle, which involved
Ambrose in research programs at the H. Lee Moffitt
Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.
"I really didn't like the 'don't have any options'
thing," Ambrose said. "So I went to Moffitt. They
Treatment involved daily drives to Moffitt, about
60 miles from the Island.
\ ly car got to know the way," she said.
Ambrose was ailing. Friends remember. But
Ambrose looked back and said, "I did very well with
treatment. I count myself very, very lucky."
"I actually feel like I graduated," said Ambrose,
who considers herself a nine-year almost 10-year
- survivor. She now goes to Moffitt once a year for
an examination from daily to annually.
Ambrose, a part-time representative for The
Islander, is perhaps Anna Maria Island's most promi-
nent spokesperson for cancer survivors and patients.
She's well known for her active role in rallying walk-
ers and sponsors raising big dollars for the annual
ACS Island Relay for Life in May.
Ambrose also is a private confidant and advisor
to many who are battling cancer and surviving after
cancer, as well as to relatives of the fighters.
"I want to talk about it and I think, hopefully, I
am making a difference," she said.
The morning of and the day before her Islander
interview, Ambrose was calling on business owners
to place ads in The Islander's Pink Pages to promote
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
)se goes to Washington
Just while talking about the Pink Pages, she
encouraged two women to get mammograms. Talk
is not cheap, but priceless for Ambrose.
"Early detection makes all the difference,"
Ambrose said. "And if we can save just one life with
awareness. Well, then, wow."
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
observed each October, is important for multiple
reasons, according to Ambrose. The month helps
organizations raise money for research into cures
and causes of breast cancer and money for support
programs and treatments.
But the month also has intangible benefits.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, said
Ambrose, leads to awareness that may encourage
women to get mammograms and conduct self-exams
and may inform men that they too can develop breast
The month also brings about camaraderie and a
celebration of life.
"It causes us to pause," Ambrose said, "and cel-
ebrate those who are alive and remember those who
Holmes Beach resident and cancer survivor Nancy
Ambrose with cancer survivor and network news-
man Bob Schieffer in Washington, D.C. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
An activist's journal
Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose traveled
to Washington, D.C., in September for the American
Cancer Society's leadership summit and lobby day.
The timing was crucial, as U.S. lawmakers con-
tinued to debate health-care reform.
Here are some of Ambrose's notes from the
It was incredible to be on the cusp of a piece of
history with 560 people survivors, caregivers and
those who care about cancer and who are committed
PLEASE SEE JOURNAL, PAGE 5
Anna Maria City
Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Oct. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m., forum on federal stimulus
Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Oct. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 26, 5 p.m., code enforcement organiza-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Oct. 14, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 22, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meet-
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Oct. 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Oct. 15, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Oct. 12, Columbus Day.
Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., The Islander Popcorn and
Politics event, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 3, municipal elections in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 0 OCT. 7, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
IgLNDeRg iN TH@ PiNK FOR BRe6ST CfcNCOR
O To Linda, Jan, and Wes, To dear friends,
strong fighters, and amazing people. Love,
a Thank you, fighters for a cure, research-
ers seeking a cause. Fight on. Lisa and
a Island Fitness offers group classes from
yoga, dance fusion, pilates, step and many
O Michele Coppin: Painter of golden light
and color. Reverse painting on glass., www.
* "Congratulations to all cancer survi-
vors. Prayers for complete recovery for
those suffering with the disease."
Rotten Ralph's supports breast cancer
research and celebrates survivorship.
a Acqua Salon and Spa. Hair, nails, skin,
massage. 5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Happy birthday, Annie Close. We celebrate
your life! Here's to many more birthdays.
- St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
Beach celebrates cancer survivors and
prays for continued recovery. 941-778-
a Remember to do self-exams monthly, get
your clinical breast exams and mammo-
grams! Early detection saves lives!
a Island Riders: Your good time motorcycle
company supports yearly breast cancer
O AJ's Island Network at The Loft. Re-defin-
ing weddings and supporting breast cancer
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Serving Anna
Maria Island since 1913.
a Timeless Treasures has moved. 315 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Specializing in shabby
beach furniture. 941-730-9117.
a Holmes Beach Barber Shop: Don, Larry
Patsy. 5320 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SBaybreezebodyworks.com. Mobile mas-
sage therapy. Massage benefit special,
$40/hour. Call or text, 321-262-3905,
*6BR/48A, on 2 parcels thealec pool.
doubleca garage. ilI wirli TNoDeacw,
good rental history. $1.450.000 .
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sterling shop. 20 percent off any one item.
The Paw Spa: Pet grooming, pet sitting.
Joyce Akins. 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Three Island Monkeys: Funniest gift shop
on the Island. 9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Silvia's Flower Corner: 9801 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. www.annamariaflorist.com.
Future pink ribbon pages: Oct. 14, 21 and
O 28. Have your personal message of cel-
ebration or remembrance here. Proceeds
benefit the ACS Island Relay for Life. Call
The Islander, 941-778-7978.
I miss my friend Michelle every day and
support breast cancer research. Lisa.
A Head Quarters Salon: Free haircut with
any color. Manicure, pedicure special, $40.
Expires 10/30/09.5376 Gulf Drive, Holmes
S Sweet Pea's: Anna Maria Island Tervis
Tumblers, Florida wine, teas, chocolates,
gifts. 5350 Gulf Drive, Homes Beach. www.
Gagne Construction: Building paradise on
Anna Maria Island. 214 Pine Ave., Anna
Beach Bums Island attitude neighborhood
rental shop. All different rides for making
strides in the fight against breast cancer.
427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-
Oa Cafe on the Beach: Casual breakfast, lunch
and dinner. 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
a John's Tooth and Tackle: John Norman
DDS since 1976.5372 Gulf Drive, Holmes
-n The Color of Coconut. We are living life in
full color! Clothing, jewelry, gifts and more.
5352 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-
First time clients, be my guest. Receive $15
off combined cut-and-color service at Cuts
A and Color 2DYE4. Existing cut and color
clients receive in-salon Duragloss treat-
ment. $25 value, free. Builds body, shine
and locks in color. Specializing in color cor-
rection and rejuvenation. 5386 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-704-5392.
Beach Bistro encourages your donations
for cancer research.
Bark and Company Realty recognizes
A breast cancer awareness month on behalf
of our surviving associates, friends, family
members and clients and in remembrance
of those we lost too soon.
A Gulf Drive Cafe, Gulfview waterside dining,
breakfast, lunch and dinner. 900 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. 941-778-1919.
Featured Drink for the 1
Month of Octoer!
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Have fun and save a life! Through the
M month of October, 10 percent of our "pink"
scooter rental will be donated to the Relay
for Life. Island Scooter Store. 941-778-
Minnie's Beach Cafe serving breakfast
Sand lunch. "Let's find a cure." Wear pink
on Friday for a free beverage. 5360 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-4140.
A West Coast Air Conditioning. Let's work
together for cure! 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes
- Sand Dollar Home Accents: Join us for
the Hunt for Pink October, Oct. 5-23. www.
Bridge Street Interiors in Bradenton Beach
O gladly supports our Breast Cancer Aware-
ness programs. We are a full-service inte-
rior company. Come visit our showroom,
114 Bridge St., or call 941-782-1130.
Let everyone know your business cares
O about the cause. Place your message
in future pink ribbon pages, Oct. 14,
21 and 28. Call The Islander, 941-778-
7978. Proceeds benefit the ACS Island
Relay for Life.
A Back Alley, wild treasures for funky souls
supports the fight against breast cancer.
A Bridge Street Bazaar, Island Bazaar
and the Fish Hole support breast cancer
A The Sailor's Knot, organic clothing com-
pany. 110 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Gulf-Bay Realty supports breast cancer
The Islander is fundraising and promoting
breast cancer awareness by publishing
special pink pages of advertising. Short
acknowledgements, up to 15 words with
a pink "awareness" ribbon, costs $15.
Display advertisers also are welcome
to acknowledge awareness, encourage
survivors of cancer and memorialize loved
ones lost. Ten percent of all ad sales will
go to Nancy Ambrose's American Cancer
Society Relay for Life team.
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Journal of Ambrose's trip
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
to make a difference who are as compassionate
about the fight against cancer and getting our voices
heard as I am.
We were there to be the voices of all people
touched by cancer when the health care debate was
entering a new and critical phase.
I am optimistic that our presence and voices
made a difference.... There was so much passion,
so many emotional stories and so much hope. There
were laughs, tears, cheers, learning, sharing and much
caring. We were ordinary people trying to achieve
extraordinary results in our fight against cancer.
Each year, 565,000 people in the United States
die from cancer, accounting for one of every four
deaths in this country. Cancer has become one of
the most preventable and increasingly curable life-
threatening diseases, but only if we take the steps
necessary to prevent it outright, detect it early and
provide access to care.
The nation's health care system has a direct bear-
ing on our ability to fight cancer. So the American
Cancer Society Cancer Action Network believes that
greater access to care, achieved through comprehen-
sive health care reform legislation, must be a top pri-
ority this fall.
Coaches vs. Cancer was held with speeches from five
compassionate national college basketball coaches: Oliver
Pumell of Clemson, Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Tubby
Smith of Minnesota and John Thompson III of George-
town. Brey said we have to press full court to beat this
dreaded disease. Smith reminded the crowd that we must
look at this issue through the "cancer lens."
Cancer survivor Bob Schieffer of "Face the
Nation" and "CBS News" was a dynamic keynote
speaker and inspired us to tackle our visits on the
hill. Josh Sundquist, cancer survivor and paralympic
By Rick Catlin
Mainsail Development plans to scrap the
50-unit design for lodging units at the former Tide-
mark Resort in Holmes Beach and come up with a
new plan that calls for a 40-unit facility.
Marketing director Joe Brown of Mainsail said
he was meeting with three architectural firms this
week, and Mainsail will soon select a new architect to
design something "really exciting" for the property.
"We are not going to take the plan from Tide-
mark and use that" at newly named Mainsail Lodge
and Marina, Brown said.
Mainsail purchased the Tidemark property,
including the Tidemark Beach Resort on 66th
Street in Holmes Beach in July. The 12-unit beach
resort is now marketed as Mainsail Beach Inn.
Brown said Mainsail plans to have a full-color
brochure for the Mainsail Lodge and Marina, includ-
ing the new design, ready by Jan. 1 for prospective
buyers. Brown declined to comment on pricing.
"We've had a lot of people call and say they are
interested in Mainsail Lodge. They say ',\n thi ng you
do there, let me know about it,'" Brown said.
Mainsail continues to sell the units at its
"We've sold five of the 12 units and have about
ski racer also gave a motivational address. Both men
made us want to make the most of our visit to the Hill
and of our lives.
It really hit home how blessed I was when I called
a friend who was having a biopsy while I was away.
50 to 60 people interested in the remaining units,"
he said. "Europeans are very bullish on Mainsail
Brown said Mainsail's goal is to sell out the
beach resort units, but to maintain managing rentals
at the property.
At the Mainsail Lodge and Marina, Brown said
the plan also is to sell units and continue to manage
the property as rental accommodations. The marina
portion will be owned by Mainsail LLC.
Holmes Beach building official Joe Duennes
said he would have to inspect any plans submit-
ted by Mainsail for a lodge before he could com-
ment on whether or not the company would have to
submit and obtain approvals for a new site plan.
Efforts to construct a hotel/condominium/
marina at the Mainsail Lodge and Marina property
have been ongoing since August 2001.
At that time, then-developer Nick Easter-
ling obtained permission from the Holmes Beach
City Commission to construct a 50-unit property
including a lodge, townhouses and accompanying
In 2004, Easterling went into bankruptcy and
was forced to sell the project. Reliance Tidemark
LLC bought in and was unable to complete the
original plan, but did construct the beach resort.
It made my day when she told me it was benign. She
lost her husband to cancer and is a multiple cancer
survivor herself. When she thanked me for going to
Washington, D.C., and being her voice, it hit me just
how important the trip was for her and for all cancer
survivors, patients and their families.
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Commission. It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens
of our cherished community. While serving on the commission alongside the
exceptional leadership of Mayor Fran Barford, I have been pleased to work
diligently to enhance all aspects of our community life. From the comprehensive
plan process and adoption to my fourth budget session without raising taxes, to
beach renourishment and supporting our Community Center, much important
work has been done. I feel a duty to continue working for our citizens and
I'm asking for your vote on Nov. 3.
I promise to:
1. Protect and preserve the comprehensive plan as written, which I
helped write and voted to adopt.
2. Continue to advocate for residential property rights, for ALL citizens,
as evidenced by my recent vote, defending the equal rights of existing single-
family and duplex property owners and residents against those who would
have them relinquished to "second-class citizen" status. When the landscape
ordinance was debated, I voted to protect the rights of residents to plant what
they want in their own yards, rather than be governed by a city ordinance.
3. Insist that the business district remain within the bounds of the existing
ROR (Residential Office Retail) and commercial districts. I will vigorously
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increase building heights within the city.
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Subject: "I love Anna Maria," an original story by
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Comment: OOOOOH my God...I see I am
not alone to think like him. My husband and I are
Canadians, and we spend our winter since five
years in beautiful and peaceful Anna Maria Island.
We can't wait for the moment to come back as soon
as we get in Quebec. We call her our little piece
of heaven, because I seriously think it is heaven
for us. And when people ask where in Florida we
spend the winter, we say "euuuuh somewhere on
a small island on the west coast" not too loud
because we only want to share that paradise with
people like us, a little fool and crack! You will see
us with a beige VW Beetle convertible and our
precious yorkie Gustav.
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Subject: Bradenton Beach budget approved
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Islander to host candidate night
The Islander will host Popcorn and Politics at
the newspaper office Monday, Oct., 19, providing an
opportunity for voters to meet candidates for office in
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The
Islander storefront in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voters are encouraged to attend and participate in
straw polls in the three races to be decided on election
day Nov. 3.
In Anna Maria, five people are running for three
two-year terms on the city commission. The race
includes incumbents John Quam, Christine Tollette
and Dale Woodland, as well as first-time candidates
David Gryboski and Harry Stoltzfus.
In Bradenton Beach, William Shearon is chal-
lenging incumbent Michael Pierce for mayor, a repeat
lineup from the city's last mayoral race.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Rob-
ertson faces no opposition in Ward 3, and newcomer
Gay Breuler faces no opposition to succeed Commis-
sioner John Shaughnessy in Ward 1.
In Holmes Beach, five people are vying for three
two-year commission terms: incumbents Pat Geyer,
Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino and challengers
Andy Sheridan and Al Robinson.
For more information about the Popcorn and Pol-
itics forum, call the newspaper at 941-778-7978.
City considers solicitation ordinance
By Lisa Neff
With concerns about "aggressive" panhandling
on the beaches, Bradenton Beach officials are con-
sidering the adoption of a solicitation ordinance.
"We're seeing a large influx of..." Police Chief
Sam Speciale said, pausing to consider his next word
to city commissioners during a recent meeting.
\ giantnt," answered Mayor Michael Pierce.
Special then continued.
He said police officers are seeing an increase in the
number of people asking for money on the beaches, and
on other public property in Bradenton Beach.
"We don't have an ordinance prohibiting them
from doing that," Speciale said.
He also referred to a letter from Manatee County
public safety director Bill Hutchison regarding pan-
handling on the beaches.
Hutchison, in the letter, wrote, "In recent weeks
our marine rescue lifeguards have reported a note-
worthy increase in the number of homeless individu-
als and vagrants out at the beach.
"It had not posed a particular problem until
recently when they increased their aggressive 'pan-
handling' activity and the lifeguards began to receive
complaints from beachgoers."
Hutchison suggested that if the city did not have
an ordinance covering solicitation, that the city con-
sider adopting the county ordinance.
"It would be very helpful to us if your agency
can find a way or means to enforce this ordinance,"
He added, "This would get us synchronized
and will enable a more effective law enforcement
response to the problem."
Special recommended the Bradenton Beach Com-
mission to authorize city attorney Ricinda Perry to review
Manatee County's solicitation ordinance to see if it is
appropriate or needs modification for the city.
Commissioners agreed to the authorization.
The county ordinance, adopted two years ago
and applying to unincorporated areas of the county,
seeks to prohibit "aggressive solicitations," defined
as threatening, intimidating or harassing behavior.
In the Oct. 6, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria residents were outraged to learn
that sand dredged from Bimini Bay had to be hauled
to the county landfill rather than city beaches because
tests revealed that the sand was not beach compatible,
public works director Phil Charnock said.
Anna Maria/West Side fire commissioners
agreed that five of the 10 members of the combined
commission would serve on the new fire district
board, once the Florida Legislature passed a bill
authorizing the merger of the two districts. The five
commissioners were Larry Tyler, Chuck Stearns, Rob
Elliott, Jack Emery and Jesse Davis.
For the second time in a year and the ninth
time in two years, fire erupted at a home in the 300
block of North Bay Boulevard. In each incident, the
tenant was out of town. Officials of the Anna Maria/
West Side fire district said they were investigating
the incident as an arson fire. The eight prior incidents
were all determined to be arson. No one was arrested
in connection with the fires.
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Overgrown properties prompt vegetation rules
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners Oct. 1 approved
tougher regulations to combat a growing problem -
Mayor Michael Pierce said with an increase in
vacant properties due to a rise in foreclosures, the
city is dealing with more overgrown properties.
The old regulations, he said, "didn't have bite."
The commission, with Janie Robertson absent
after breaking her hip trying to avoid a fall during a
visit to Grand Haven, Mich., voted unanimously to
adopt the ordinance covering landscaping on public,
private and abandoned property.
The ordinance states that failure to maintain
vegetation constitutes "a menace to life, property,
the public health or public welfare by creating a fire
hazard and providing a nest or breeding ground for
sand flies, mosquitoes, snakes, rats, mice and other
rodents or types of pests or vermin."
The six-page ordinance, making exceptions for
conservation areas, identifies a variety of situations
that would lead to the city deeming a property a public
nuisance and taking enforcement action, including:
Failing to maintain a yard to the point that it
"causes diminution of value of property in the vicin-
Any condition that provides "harborage for rats,
mice, snakes, other vermin ... or furnishes a breed-
ing place for flies, mosquitoes or wood-destroying
"Excessive growth or accumulation of weeds,
grass, undergrowth ... reaching a height of 12 inches
or more on an undeveloped property and 7 inches or
more on a developed property."
The lack of maintenance of property abutting a
right of way or easement.
The ordinance provides for an alleged violation
to go through the code enforcement process, includ-
ing a possible hearing before a special master who
can levy a fine and also authorize the city to clean
up the property work that would be billed to the
In other business, commissioners:
Approved payment of invoices, including
$5,234.38 to M.T. Causley for building department
services and $3,860 to USTI for technology ser-
Approved a proclamation for Pancreatic Cancer
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Approved the displaying of banners for Sand-
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from Nov. 13-15.
Approved a recommendation to appoint Mayor
Michael Pierce to the Accord Joint Planning Com-
mittee. The other Island cities must also approve the
appointment, recommended at a Coalition of Barrier
Island Elected Officials meeting.
Approved a recommendation from the advisory
ScenicWAVES committee that the city seek to host a
Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program Managers'
meeting Dec. 7-8.
The city is partnering with Cortez residents and
the Maritime Museum on hosting the meeting, which
would involve representatives of Waterfronts com-
munities around the state, as well as state officials.
Discussed recycling the old decorative street
lights in the Bridge Street area, which are to be
replaced with solar-powered decorative lights.
The lights will be recycled as scrap metal by
Scrap-All in Sarasota.
Approved the installation of pet waste stations at
the corner of Avenue C and 22nd Street, the bayside
end of 26th Street North and the corner of Avenue C
and 23rd Street North.
Also, Pierce said Robertson, who was returning
to the Island this week, "seems to be doing quite well
and in good spirits. She's tough, and she sounded
Robertson was visiting her mother in Michigan
when she suffered a bone fracture. Robertson's son,
Steve, flew north on Saturday to escort her home.
The commission's next regular meeting is Thurs-
day, Oct. 15, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Panel OKs draft floodplain plan
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city officials are wondering: How
low can they go?
The city is working on a floodplain plan with the
goal of lowering flood insurance premiums for prop-
erty owners and lowering the risk for major damage
On Sept. 30, a panel of city staff and elected offi-
cials signed off on a draft floodplain plan presented
by planning consultant Bill Brisson.
The next step, said Brisson, would be a city com-
mission review, which will take place at a meeting
If the draft passes the commission-test, commis-
sioners likely will adopt the plan Oct. 27, said Chair
The city began working on a plan over the
summer, part of a larger effort to improve Holmes
Beach's rating under the National Flood Insurance
Program. The NFIP conducts a community scoring
system that leads to discounts on insurance premi-
All three Island cities participate in the national
program. On a scale of 1-10, Anna Maria's rating is
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a 20 percent discount for SFHA properties. Holmes
Beach's current rating or class is 7, with a 15 percent
City public works superintendent Joe Duennes
said the city has taken a number of steps to improve
its rating in the next FEMA audit, which is scheduled
for this fall.
One step is the writing of a floodplain manage-
The plan presented to the panel last week con-
sisted of 34 pages, but Brisson said it would grow
with the inclusion of relevant ordinances and other
stormwater management documents.
The plan contains:
An outline of how Holmes Beach will coordi-
nate best practices with other communities.
Flood hazard maps that show repetitive loss
locations property that has suffered repeat flood
A map of elevated structures in the city.
A listing of past floods and damages.
A list of critical or significant buildings in the
city, most of them public sites.
An assessment of drainage problems, which
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states, "Substantial areas of city right of way experi-
ence significant ponding for several days after nomi-
nal storm events."
"In almost all cases, these areas can only be
improved by installation/maintenance of local drain-
age swales or culvert systems and are generally not
a result of fundamental drainage system deficien-
A key section of the plan contains the city's goals,
some continuing current efforts, but new goals as
One recommendation in the plan is that the city
amend its code to do more to encourage new com-
mercial construction to reduce impervious-surface
Brisson suggested changing the code to reduce
the allowed impervious-surface coverage from 70
percent to 60 percent, unless new techniques and
technologies are employed to collect runoff.
Duennes suggested, and the panel agreed, that the
city should seek the goal, but instead of an impervi-
ous-surface coverage cap, the city require a minimum
- 40 percent or 50 percent pervious surface area,
and provide developers with the option to accomplish
that with an engineering system or by minimizing lot
coverage, or both.
The panel also agreed to a recommendation from
Brisson to eliminate a provision in the land-develop-
ment code that exempted single-family and duplex
construction from stormwater management require-
The planner said he would write the change to
allow city staff some leeway.
Duennes said the change would not be signifi-
cant. "In spirit, we're doing it now," he said.
Another approved change, which would only
apply to new construction, would increase the current
requirement for retaining the first 1/2 inch of rainfall
in a 25-year storm to retaining the first inch.
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Lane closure in Anna Maria City
southbound lane of South Bay Boulevard During the closure period, the north lane will
View Place to Blue Heron Drive in Anna have a single-lane control light for traffic.
is closed off to vehicular traffic Oct. 2 and The closure is needed to allow the county to
pen until late November, a Manatee County repair the sanitary sewer lift at 805 S. Bay Boulevard,
Department press release said.
the release said.
Workers were busy Oct. 2 installing traffic control lights on South Bay Drive in Anna Maria that will be in
operation until late November, while the Manatee County Utilities Department repairs the sanitary lift sta-
tion at 805 S. Bay Boulevard. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Also, the panel approved a statement in the plan depth and eliminates "wash board surfaces which
that says, when practical in the overlaying of streets, result from folds in the road surface. This creates a
the city will use a milling process. more even riding surface and helps to reduce street
Milling is a process where old existing road sur- ponding."
face is removed by a machine to expose the road base The city, said Brisson, should receive points to
for a new surface. improve its community rating on flood insurance for
Milling, according to the plan, gives greater curb embarking on the planning process, as well as for
initiating the changes in floodplain management.
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and a howling good time Oct. 30!
The Islander newspaper will host a critter corral in front of the newspaper office
from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Prizes will be offered for pets in the scariest,
most original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-owner look-alikes. Contestants
will gather in a corral outside the office, 5404 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach, with
registration beginning at 5 p.m. and judging scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Trail of Treats begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
office with a kid's costume contest and then a trick-or-treating adventure in downtown
Holmes Beach. All trick or treaters are welcome to visit the corral and view the
promenade of costumed animals.
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rises on AMI
By Lisa Neff
Preliminary reports from coastal communities in
Florida indicate declines in sea turtle nests this year,
but an exception is Anna Maria Island.
The latest statistics for nesting on the Island's
shorelines indicate an increase from 2007 to 2008
and an increase from 2008 to 2009.
The nesting season officially ends Oct. 31, and
AMITW still, as of last week, has a few nests to
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive direc-
tor Suzi Fox reported 154 loggerhead nests on the
beaches this year compared with 147 nests in 2008
and 134 nests in 2007.
Also higher this year than last is the number of
false crawls 138 false crawls in 2009 compared
with 104 false crawls in 2008. The number in 2007
False crawls are incidents in which an adult female
turtle emerges from the Gulf to nest, but aborts the
attempt for some reason possibly a human intru-
sion, an encounter with an obstacle such as beach
furniture or distractions from nearby lights.
Fox reported 20 disorientations this year com-
pared with nine last year and 20 in 2007. Disorienta-
tions are incidents in which turtles lose their way on
the beach. For hatchling turtles, which need a lot of
e ii .\, for their trek to the sea, disorientations can be
This year, nesting started earlier than in 2008 and
took place later than in 2008.
The first nest of the year was laid May 8, com-
pared with May 19 in 2008, and the last nest was
laid on Aug. 13 this year, compared with Aug. 2 in
While nesting numbers are up on Anna Maria
Island, other locations in Florida, especially in South
Florida, are reporting declines.
Volunteers on the beaches in Boca Raton, for
example, are reporting the lowest numbers since the
Official numbers for the state will not be avail-
able until later this year.
Aye, I do
Cindy "Bubbles" li..../ly and "Big John" Swager,
both of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, went to
Bedford, Texas, Sept. 5-6, for a barbecue competi-
tion, followed by a Labor Day wedding ceremony
in Mansfield, Texas. Back home, on Sept. 19, Priva-
teers gathered for another marriage ceremony.
Chiles, Root marry
_J[,, ...' C/,,/.. and Josh
Root, both of Louisville,
Ky., married there Oct. 3.
I.,, .., is the granddaugh-
ter of Joe and Louise ( h,,/.. ,
of Anna Maria. The couple
honeymooned in the family
beach house, as did her
late parents. AI., ,/..* is a
nurse at Kosair Children's
Hospital in Louisville. Josh
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The Doors to open
By Lisa Neff
The Doors, a public art exhibit organized by the
Island-based Cultural Connections, will serve as a
prelude to the annual ArtsHop.
The exhibit, a collection of doors designed by
local artists, will preview at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce Bayfest on Oct. 17.
"So far we have one completed door," said
exhibit coordinator Marsha Bard. "Many others are
in various stages of completion from what the artists
are telling me. I've seen a few of them and they're
Bard said at least 18 artists are presently
Their doors will be placed at Island businesses
for people to visit before an auction Nov. 15, the third
and final day of ArtsHop weekend.
ArtsHop will begin with a gallery walk from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 13.
Gallery walkers can pick up ArtsHop "passports"
and those who get stamps from six of the eight par-
ticipating businesses receive a discount coupon for
a Chiles Group restaurant and entry into a raffle for
$150 in art supplies.
Participating businesses include the Back
Alley in Bradenton Beach; Island Gallery West,
the Anna Maria Island Art League, the Artists
Guild Gallery, the Tide and Moon and Emerson
Quillin in Holmes Beach, and the Studio at Gulf
and Pine and Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA in Anna Maria.
Additional ArtsHop activities, some free and
some not, include a one-woman performance of
"The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the
Universe," starring Kelly Wynn Woodland, at
the Island Players theater Nov. 13-14; an arts
and crafts festival benefiting the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Garden in Holmes Beach City
Hall Field Nov. 13-14; palm frond weaving and
a sock hop at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society in Anna Maria Nov. 14 and a concert by
the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra in Holmes Beach Nov. 15.
Businesses interested in hosting a door or spon-
soring ArtsHop can call Bard at 941-778-9503.
There are five levels of sponsorship, from $25 to
Proceeds from The Doors auction will benefit
Cultural Connections and the Manatee Performing
St. Bernard to hold sale
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a rummage sale on
Saturday, Oct. 10.
The sale, the church's first of the 2009-10 season,
will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church activity
hall. Shoppers will find clothing, jewelry, books, toys,
home goods and other items, including lunch and
bakery items for sale.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
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Shaughnessy ending term at dais
By Lisa Neff But he was encouraged to
Islander Reporter run, collected some endorse
John Shaughnessy usually ments and found his family -
settles in for a Bradenton Beach which today includes four chil
commission meeting with a dren, 17 grandchildren and eigh
riddle, a one-liner, a quip. great-grandchildren eager for
And before Mayor Michael a campaign.
Pierce bangs his gavel to open
a meeting, commissioners, city
staff and citizens usually share
"I'm going to miss him a
lot," Pierce said, of Shaugh-
nessy, 75, and his exit from the
commission dais later this year.
The three-term commissioner
cannot seek re-election in
November due to a term-limit
provision in the city charter.
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John \h.,.uih.. "' and his wife, June,
before an Oct. 1 meeting at city hall.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Pierce praised Shaugh-
nessy's good humor, good nature and good speech-
making skills, as well as his commitment to the
Shaughnessy, in turn, praised his colleagues -
past and present at the dais.
"The past years, the people on the commission
have just been great," Shaughnessy said.
He also praised city staff "who run the city on a day-
to-day basis.... They have Bradenton Beach at heart."
Shaughnessy took Bradenton Beach to heart
more than 25 years ago, when he and his wife, June,
began vacationing on Anna Maria Island.
The city, he said, "is the star of the Island as far
as I'm concerned."
The couple eventually moved from Enfield,
Conn., to retire in Bradenton Beach, where they live
at Sandpiper Mobile Resort.
In 2003, Shaughnessy decided to run for city
commission in Ward 1 against Rick Bisio, a member
of the city's planning and zoning board.
Getting into politics had not been an ambition. "I
thought more of used-car salesmen than politicians,"
"That first campaign, it was
great great to meet all the
people," said Shaughnessy, who
won and then was re-elected to
two more terms without opposi-
The commissioner said
highlights during his six years
in office include the completion
of several capital improvement
"The pier, done," said
Shaughnessy. "Sidewalks, done.
The multi-use path, done. Wow. It's unbelievable what
can get done. It's good-working relationships."
Shaughnessy's term will expire with the Nov. 3
"I'm really in favor of term limits," he said. "As
the city progresses, it needs new blood.... But this
has been a good experience for me, and I'm going to
The new Ward 1 commissioner will be Gay
Breuler, another Sandpiper resident, who is unop-
posed on election day, as is Ward 3 Commissioner
At a recent meeting, Shaughnessy joked that he's
looking forward to "getting into the shade," a refer-
ence to a more private life apart from the Govern-
But Shaughnessy doesn't know whether he'll
remain in the shade or get involved in local govern-
ment in another way, perhaps by serving on a board
"I moved down here to retire," said Shaughnessy,
"to sit on the beach and drink beer, but that didn't
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By Lisa Neff
Organizers plan to bring the popular Bridge
Street Market back in November to the same vacant
lot on the commercial street in Bradenton Beach as
the past markets.
The event is sponsored by the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association.
Organizer Nancy Ambrose said tentative 2009
dates for the market, which went on a hiatus during
the warmest summer weeks, include Nov. 7 and Nov.
21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.
Market hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While vendors are sought, organizers expect to
again host a variety of food and retail vendors, espe-
cially arts and crafts and produce merchants.
Organizers were exploring locations other than
the vacant lot where prior markets took place because
owner Jim Toomey has plans to develop the property
at 107 Bridge St.
A potential site that organizers discussed with
city officials and Rotten Ralph's restaurant owners
was the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
But, with the number of markets planned for the
2009-10 season, there were concerns from city offi-
cials about closing the pier parking lot and interrupt-
ing traffic to the facility.
Ambrose said she received notice from Toomey
that his lot could be used for the market until ground-
breaking for his future development project.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission still
needs to OK the plans for the market for the remain-
der of 2009.
Ambrose said she planned to file a special event
application and request approval at the Oct. 15 com-
Meanwhile, organizers are encouraging vendors
to register by calling Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Privateers plan markets, parade
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are readying
for the 2009-10 winter season with a series of markets
and the annual Christmas parade.
Representatives of the non-profit group of do-
good privateers presented applications for a series
of special events to the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission last week.
Commissioners signed off on Thieves Markets
at Coquina Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on
the following Saturdays Nov. 14, Jan. 9, Feb. 13,
March 13 and April 10.
Commissioners also approved an application for
the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade at
11 a.m. Dec. 12. The parade will travel from Coquina
Beach north to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
After the parade, the group will host a reception
with Santa Claus, who, seated aboard the AMIP ship
at Coquina Beach, will hand out presents to chil-
For more information, call Wayne Collins at 941-
An older building that could not be refurbished
at the Tropic Isle Inn at 22nd Street North and Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach was demolished last week,
and there are no plans to rebuild or replace the build-
ing. Owner Michael Patrick said that according to
regulations, the building could not be replaced or
restored. The Tropic Isle Inn remains open. Patrick
and wife Michele have owned Tropic Isle since Sep-
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Kayak fest to return to Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
The channel is open for another kayak fest to take
place in Bradenton Beach.
This one, part of the larger Real Florida Festival
planned for next April, would be produced in part
by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association and
Florida Gulf Coast Sports, with the cooperation of
Organizers met with Bradenton Beach staff Sam
Special, Lisa Marie Phillips, Tom Woodard and
Steve Gilbert in September to discuss details of the
The Real Florida Festival, proposed as a fund-
raiser for the Island trolley, is scheduled to take place
April 16-17, with events in each of the Island cities.
On April 16, the focus will be in Holmes Beach,
where the city will celebrate its 60th anniversary with
a Founders' Day party and a karaoke contest.
On April 17, a festival, with food vendors and live
music, will take place on the field north of Holmes
Beach City Hall.
During the evening April 17, the Real Florida
Festival highlight will be a joint production of the
chamber and the Anna Maria Island Community
Center a Jimmy Buffett-influenced "Parrothead"
party, according to organizer David Teitelbaum.
"It's all very exciting for us," Teitelbaum said.
On April 18, the focus will be in Bradenton
Beach, where organizers are preparing for an eco-
inspired celebration that will feature a Sunday set-up
of the Bridge Street Market, Earth Day programs,
kayak demonstrations and races, a scavenger hunt,
live music and numerous vendors.
"Sunday is really when we cap it all off," Teitel-
Festival organizer Nancy Ambrose, who coor-
dinates the Bridge Street Markets, said, "Sunday is
Bradenton Beach's day.... We will bring thousands
and thousands of people to Bradenton Beach."
Florida Gulf Coast Sports commissioner Joe
Pickett, who in the past helped organize an annual
outdoor kayak festival at Coquina Beach, is involved
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dors and possibly a runner's club for a footrace on
"This will be a Bradenton Beach marquee event,"
To stage the Bradenton Beach event, organizers
proposed closing Bridge Street and sections of Bay
Drive South, which was a discussion topic.
"This is not a meeting of whether or not we want
to do it," Speciale, the city's police chief, said on
opening the meeting. "We want to do it."
Special said city officials had questions about
details or lack of details in the event applica-
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of the BridgeTender restaurant opposed the plan for
closing Bay Drive South from Bridge Street to Fifth
Street South, the area for the kayak activities might
have to be condensed.
Organizers agreed that, if necessary, they
would seek to close Bay Drive South from Third
Street South to Fourth Street South, leaving open
access to parking along the bay for BridgeTender
Organizers also agreed to work with the city's
public works department on a plan for removing trash
after the event, and thanked Speciale for his offer to
assign to reserve police officers to the event.
"We hope this can become an annual event,"
Ambrose said. "It will be a really exciting day for
With the timing of the environmentally themed
festival, Phillips said Bradenton Beach may not host
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She said there would be duplication of vendors
However, Phillips said, perhaps the city would
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Businessman Eric Craig is lobbying Holmes
Beach city officials to lift a prohibition of covers over
boats on a dock or pier adjacent to residentially zoned
Craig owns Waterway Boat Lift Covers in Punta
Gorda and sells covers.
During the Sept. 22 city commission meeting,
he said the code covering docked boats covers too
Holmes Beach code, dating to 1978, states that
"no boathouses or other covering for any boat berthed
at a dock or pier, which is on and within a public
waterway or portion of a waterway bordering on a
residential district may be installed."
The code is outdated, the salesman said.
And, he added, Cape Coral and Collier County
tried to defend prohibitions of boat covers in court
"I'm not here to threaten anybody," Craig said.
"I didn't bring an attorney.... This is a really good,
tasteful product engineered for today's environment.
And I'm a local businessman that keeps growing my
He also argued that boat owners have a right to
protect their investment: "I'll submit to you this ...
every boat out there is probably more expensive than
the cars we drive. And yet we don't permit people to
protect their boats."
Commissioners agreed have the city attorney
look into Craig's request for reconsideration of the
Commissioner John Monetti said he wanted to
learn more about why the prohibition was adopted.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said more needs to be
determined about current state restrictions on boat covers.
At one time, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection was concerned that canopies and covers would
shade the water and any vegetation in the water.
"I need to know if the state has changed their
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation
in Anna Maria has collected lost or abandoned prop-
erty that it will donate to charity, unless the owners
make claim for items.
A city notice said the MCSO has two swivel bar
chairs, a football, a beach noodle, two children's
floats, two fold-up lounge chairs, a plastic chair, an
NFL folding chair, a tent and nine fold-up beach
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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat
Key) said last week he included $100,000 for
Anna Maria Island beach renourishment in a
bill passed by the House of Representatives
that will provide more than $13 million for
dredging projects in Manatee and Sarasota
The Buchanan bill must still be approved
by the Senate and signed by the president.
The federal funds in the bill will "aug-
ment local tourist taxes" and will be used
for planning and design in the next Island-
wide beach renourishment, a press statement
"This funding will allow the federal gov-
ernment to partner with Manatee County on
periodic beach re-nourishment on Anna Maria
Island," said Buchanan. "This federal support
is vital to the environmental and economic
health of this coastal community."
The planned Islandwide project is esti-
mated to cost approximately $16 million.
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Burglary suspect faces added charge
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 18, 9700 block Gulf Drive, warrant arrest.
A Manatee County man was arrested after a traffic
stop on an outstanding warrant.
Oct. 1, 100 block Pine Avenue, violation of non-
resident requirements. Deputies noted a car with Cali-
fornia license plates with an expired license sticker.
The driver attempted to elude deputies, pulled into a
driveway and stopped, and was arrested.
Sept. 22, 200 Bridge Street, Historic Bridge
Street Pier, trespass. A man was issued a trespass
warning. No further information was provided.
Sept. 26, 300 block Bay Drive South, traffic.
Officers stopped a man on a routine traffic stop and
determined he had a suspended driver's license. He
Sept. 27, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach,
burglary to vehicle. No further information was pro-
Sept. 26, 100 block 11th Street South, Baker Act.
No further information was provided.
Sept. 30, 100 block Second Street North, burglary
to structure. No further information was provided.
Sept. 25, 500 block 72nd Street, burglary. The
complainant, a caregiver of the house, said someone
broke into the house by prying open sliding-glass
doors. Some jewelry boxes kept in the master bed-
room were empty. The owner is scheduled to return
later in October and determine the value of the miss-
Sept. 28, 3800 block East Bay Drive, burglary.
The complainant said someone broke into her
locked vehicle and took $400 worth of electronics
Sept. 28, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America,
forged check. The complainant said she suspected
someone was forging checks on her checking account.
The suspect was located and arrested.
Sept. 28, 3400 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant said a pistol, valued at $100, was miss-
ing from his car.
Sept. 28, 600 block Baronet Lane, burglary. The
complainant said someone appeared to have entered
his house while he was out of town. Missing were
various fishing gear and fishing rods with a total value
Sept. 29, 3230 East Bay Drive, Island Mail, theft.
The complainant said someone took a camera, valued
at $390, from the store.
Sept. 29, 611 Manatee Ave., CVS, theft. The store
manager said he suspected a clerk of stealing $3,079
from the store. Computer checks revealed improper
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A man arrested in a series of burglaries to Island
businesses is now accused of burglarizing an east
Bradenton business in 2007.
The complaint connected to the two-year-old
burglary was filed in court last week and alleges that
Patrick S. Banker, 18, burglarized a business in the
2200 block of 60th Drive East, Bradenton, on Dec.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office affidavit
states that Banker "pried and pulled" a metal wall
away to gain access to the business.
Authorities recently compared a thumb print
collected at the scene to fingerprints now on file for
"The latent impression left at the scene was made
by the right thumb of Patrick Banker," the affidavit
Banker, who also is accused of committing mul-
tiple burglaries on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key
and in Bradenton, is set for trial at the end of this
A second man, John O'Keefe, 18 of Sarasota,
Charles Adam Kenney
Charles Adam Kenney, 72, died Oct. 2.
Born in White Plains, N.Y., Mr. Kenney has
been a resident of the area for 35 years. He was
the original owner of Adams Pub, now D.Coy
Ducks in Holmes Beach. He worked in hotel
management and as a bridge tender, and then
bridge tender supervisor for 12 years. He served
in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 12, at Covell Funeral Home, 4232
26th St., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may
be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by daughters Michele Herman,
Kimberly and Debra Mclnnis; and friends Connie
Collins, Kelly and Pam Green.
Sibyl H. 'Pattie' Stackhouse
Sibyl H. "Pattie" Stackhouse, of Carmel,
Ind., and a winter visitor of Bradenton, died Sept.
transactions at his checkout lane. He was arrested.
Sept. 29, 2900 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a real estate sign, valued
at $20, from in front of a residence he was listing for
Sept. 30, 600 block Foxworth Lane, burglary.
also faces charges of burglary and is scheduled to go
to trial next February.
Both men were arrested May 19 after MCSO
Deputy Alan Judy observed signs of a break-in at
the Waterfront Restaurant. Both men were arrested
fleeing from the area, according to authorities.
Police said Banker confessed to a number of
the burglaries, including break-ins at the Beach
Bistro in Holmes Beach, the City Pier Restaurant
in Anna Maria and Rotten Ralph's in Bradenton
He also allegedly implicated O'Keefe in some of
Recently filed documents with the Manatee
County Circuit Court list evidence in the case the
state attorney's office is building against Banker.
Evidence includes witness statements, war-
rants, police investigation reports, property, video,
a taped statement from Banker and a paper signed
by Banker waiving his right to refuse to talk with
Potential witnesses for the state attorney include
local law enforcement officers, as well as owners and
employees of the burglarized businesses.
Mrs. Stackhouse was a teacher for 25 years
and real estate agent. She was a graduate of
Butler University and received a master's degree
there. She was involved with Habitat for Human-
ity, taught yoga and was an esthetician. She was a
member of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach,
the Anna Maria Garden Club, and involved in
theater groups. She was a member of St. Luke's
United Methodist Church and participated in the
Memorial services were Sept. 29 in Carmel.
Buchanan Funeral Home, Carmel, was in charge
of arrangements. Memorial contributions may
be made to Indiana Cancer Research Founda-
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IN 46250. Online condolences may be made to
She is survived by daughter Marcie Mealia;
sons Rick Sanders and Randy Sanders; grand-
children Tiffany and Zachary Mealia, Rachel
Sanders, Levi, Evan and Colby Sanders; and
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missing was $590.
Sept. 30, Gulf Drive and Carissa Lane, burglary.
The complainant said someone took $300 worth of
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Island Chamber's Bayfest lineup announced
The lineup for the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce's big blast Bayfest includes 12
hours of music Oct. 17.
The entertainment lineup for the festival, which
takes place in Anna Maria along Pine Avenue from
Gulf Drive to Bay Boulevard, includes Marc Anthony
at 10 a.m., Rory Miller at 11:15 a.m., Firedoor at
12:30 p.m., the Human Condition at 1:45 p.m., HWY
41 at 2:45 p.m., The Missing Links at 4:30 p.m.,
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers at 6 p.m. and the
Billy Rice Band at 8 p.m.
Bayfest also will feature food, arts, crafts and
retail vendors, children's activities, a classic car show
and an exhibit of The Doors public art campaign.
A kickoff party for Bayfest will be from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on Pine Avenue with DJ Mike Sales Food Court, as well as arts, crafts and retail vendors.
and the band Bootleg. For more information about Bayfest, including
The festival, a fundraiser for chamber programs, becoming a vendor or sponsor, call Cindy Thompson
will again be free to the public, at 941-761-4766 or e-mail Thompson at islandfesti-
Organizers are seeking vendors forth Tasteof the Island email@example.com.
Studio to host Perfect Health series
The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria will
host Islander Joan Dickinson and her Perfect Health
series beginning Oct. 19.
Dickinson's program, inspired from the Deepak
Chopra Center, promises to bring mind-body balance,
health and nourishment into participants' lives.
The introductory session at the Studio, 10101
Gulf Drive, is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19.
Additional sessions are scheduled for Oct. 26,
Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.
For more information about the series or to reg-
ister, go to the Web site www.studioatgulfandpine.
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Our most recent shopping trip was exciting! We
were amazed at the newly expanded Retro Rosie's
and Cobwebs Antiques. With more space than ever
before, you'd think there'd be plenty of room to move
around, but no, it's wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling
packed with Rosie's wonderful vintage clothing,
including vintage wedding attire and a delightful
variety of antiques and what-nots at Cobwebs. You
must go check it out and see for yourself.
Across the street at Braden River Antiques, Jess
continues to surprise us with some of the coolest home
furnishings ever. He tells us he has "connections" all
around town at some of the area's finest homes and
neighborhoods. Next door, visit his new store, The
Annex, for a wild collection of mid-century home
furnishings and accessories.
And, if you haven't yet visited the Vintage Vaga-
bond, yet, do it! It's only a short drive from Anna
Maria Island and well worth it when you see all they
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they close for the evening. There's nothing worse than
going into a huge shop like this and only having an
hour or so to see it all! It's located in Ellenton, again,
just a short drive from AMI.
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into Palmetto on your way to see The Bag Lady and
her ever-changing selection of bags and purses. From
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Local actors check into 'London Suite'
By Lisa Neff
The Island Players theater group begins its 61st
season with "London Suite," a Neil Simon piece
directed by Gareth Gibbs.
"London Suite" opens Thursday, Oct. 8, and
continues through Oct. 18 at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Performances will be Tuesdays
through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
with the theater dark on Mondays.
Simon's comedy consists of a series of couplets
set at a hotel just as in Simon's "Plaza Suite" and
"California Suite." This time the hotel is an old, but
fashionable one in London.
The cast checking into "London Suite" includes
Peter Ruscoe, Mark Woodland, Barbara Fleming,
Chelsey Paniseh, Michelle Kienzle, Robin Rhodes,
Judy Glynn, Miriam Ring and Vinnie Conte.
Meet some of the cast...
The Islander: How long have you been acting?
Vinnie Conte: Since birth. No, no. Since concep-
tion. No. Wait. Since 1995.
The Islander: Can you recall your first acting
Vinnie Conte: Yes, actually it was a musical. I
was Mathew in "Godspell."
Miriam Ring: High school. \ ly Sister Eileen."
Cast as the call girl.
The Islander: What's the 1;*, ,.. \ hand you've
ever received? And why do you think you got it?
Miriam Ring: As Mother in "Come Blow Your
Horn" at the Venice Theater. I got it because the role
is funny, and so was I. Great reviews.
The Islander: The biggest hand you've
Michelle Kienzle: I was the Good Fairy in a
British pantomime version of "Cinderella." I sang
L\ c .ything's Coming Up Roses" from "Gypsy" to
encourage Cinderella, and the audience seemed to
really like it.
Mark Woodland: Playing one of the gunmen in a
production of "Kiss Me, Kate." The two of us brought
the house down with our rendition of "Brush Up Your
Shakespeare," and completely stole the show. Prob-
ably because we played every sexual innuendo in the
The Islander: Is acting on the Island Players
stage unique in some way?
Judy Glynn: The stage is perhaps the smallest
I've ever worked on and the division of the "London
Suite" set into two rooms leaves very little space to
maneuver. Plus, they have candy at rehearsals.
Peter Ruscoe: For me, yes. The theater is not only
small, but very shallow, so I am playing very much
closer to the entire audience than I am used to.
"London Suite" tickets cost $15 and can be pur-
chased at the box office, which is open from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour
before show times.
For tickets or more information, call the box
office at 941-778-5755 or go to www.theislandplay-
Judy Glynn and Vinnie Conte are in the ensemble cast of
"London Suite," the first production in the 61st season of
the Island Players. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
song to the hilt."
Barbara Fleming: I'm not sure how to answer
that. A standing ovation is a thrill that's hard to beat,
and I've been fortunate enough to have received a
few. I think it happens when that magic give-and-take
between actors and audience really clicks, because
of the combination of good w it Iinig. good direction,
good audience and the actors having a really good
night. The serendipity factor.
The Islander: What's one play you'd like to try
on stage in Anna Maria?
Barbara Fleming: Oh, I'd like to do A.R. Gur-
ney's "Love Letters" at the Island Players. I did it in
upstate New York and it is such a beautiful play.
Robin Rhodes: "Come Back to the Five and
Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."
The Islander: What's one line you'd like to deliver
on stage in Anna Maria?
Robin Rhodes: I did deliver, "Mother, you're not
Judy Glynn: I guess I'm delivering it in "London
Suite." "I won't be screamed at."
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Miriam Ring and Peter Ruscoe star in "London
Suite," opening this week at the Island Players
theater in Anna Maria.
Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players of Anna Maria will resume its monthly lun-
cheon meetings at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W,
Hostesses are Carol Heckman and Beverly
Gareth Gibbs, James Thaggard, Phyllis Elfenbien
and Kelly Wynn Woodland will talk about the new
season, which opens Thursday, Oct. 8, with "London
Lunch is $15 per person and reservations must
be made by Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Contact president Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 7, 2009 0 17
Bumper stickers for peace at Island school
By Kimberly Kuizon
While Anna Maria Elementary School students
and guests gathered to celebrate Peace Day at Sept.
21, one boy helped spread the word of "peace" to the
Island from a faraway place.
Nine-year-old Axil Kollist lives with his family
in Hawaii. Axil's mom wrote a song, \\ i Id Peace
Before 2021," and ever since Axil and his mom have
been working to spread peace.
On Peace Day at AME, students were given
peace pins and bumper stickers from Axil that state:
N\\,iId Peace Before 2021."
It's just one of the ways that Axil campaigns for
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison first
contacted Axil over the summer, and soon after her
first contact, Axil sent 100 buttons and 400 bumper
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Axil, who received the Little Humanitarian of the
Year Award in 2007 from the state of Hawaii, sends
these items to whoever asks for them.
To thank Axil, Harrison and AME students will
be sending him a miniature peace pole and letters and
will declare him a honorary Distinguished Dolphin
- the school mascot for AME. Distinguished Dol-
phins are AME students who are observed for doing
For more information on Axil, visit www.world-
peacebefore2021.com or call Harrison at 941-708-
AME Literary Lunches
By Kimberly Kuizon
A select group of fourth- and fifth-grade boys
are embarking this week on a new program at Anna
Maria Elementary School.
The Island Branch Library is partnering with
AME to start Literary Lunches, a program that pro-
motes reading during student lunches.
The program began with a boy who was deter-
mined to get through high school without ever read-
ing a book. But after his school librarian handed
him a book at lunchtime, he read it and changed his
Literary Lunches promotes reading a book a
week to boys while they eat. The school plans to
have members of the community read to the group
"First we are starting out small, but we plan to
expand the program to all age groups, both boys and
girls," said AME guidance counselor Cindi Harri-
Literary Lunches also is being tied to the Rotary
Club reader program. Rotary's program awards
patches to students after they read books from dif-
Kevin Bergquist, of the DOJO Academy of
Martial Arts, will read an adventure book this week.
Others participating in Literary Lunches are Scott
Dell of the Anna Maria Island Community Center
and members from the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 941-708-5525.
World peace before 2021
Anna Maria Elementary School guidance counselor
Cindi Harrison holds one of Axil Kollist's bumper
stickers. Axil is being honored by AME as a Distin-
guished Dolphin. Islander Photo: Kimberly Kuizon
AME school calendar
Oct. 8, health screening.
Oct. 9, fire drill.
Oct. 12-16, fire prevention week.
Oct. 15, picture retake.
Oct. 15, Domino's pizza day.
8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Parent Teacher Organization
5 p.m. Oct. 20, PTO dinner followed by third-
Oct. 23, blood drive.
Oct. 26, no school.
Oct. 27, Bone-Zone program for second-and
Oct. 28, early out.
Oct. 29, report cards and teacher conferences.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Wednesday, Oct. 7
11 a.m. Einstein's Circle group discussion on marriage and gov-
ernment's role at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business lunch at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m.- Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. Book club meeting at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Noon Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of Com-
merce networking lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Opening night of "London Suite" at the Island Players,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 9
9:30 a.m. Senior Adventures group meets at the Southeastern
Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-962-8835.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing,
followed by dinner, both at IMG Academies Golf & Country Club, 4350
El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the "Faculty Exhibit" at
the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
6:30 p.m. Film presentation of "Scooby Doo" at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Saturday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Family origami at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 to 5:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds non-denominational study of the
Old Testament at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
6 p.m. American Cancer Society Anna Maria Island Relay For
Life kick-off party at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-745-1214.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. 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.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Off Island Events:
Wednesday, Oct. 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce business after hours at the Longboat Key Club
& Resort, Harbourside Dining Room, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat
Key Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
Thursday, Oct. 8
6 p.m. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Film Series presents "The Thin
Man" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Aquarium,
third floor Buchanan Room, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Infor-
Monday, Oct. 12
7 to 8 p.m. College Tour: How to find, finance and succeed at
the right college presented at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5555.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
6 to 9:30 p.m. The Cinema Experience: Films of the 1950s featur-
ing "Sunset Boulevard" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Pianist Joyce Valentine at Neel Performing Arts Center,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
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October 28 Greece
* Spanakopita, Greek Salad,
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* Chopped Duck Liver, Crispy
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"We are looking for teachers, retired pro-
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and youth programs," said Center business
manager Sandee Pruett.
For more information about teaching at
the Center, call Pruett at 941-778-1908, ext.
9204, or e-mail her at spruett@tampabay.
For more information about the Center, go
to the Web site www.islandcommunitycenter.
Oct. 15, Book discussion group at the Island Branch Library.
Oct. 15, "Eat, Drink + Be Merry Film Series" presents "Babette's
Feast" at the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 16, Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Oct. 16-17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.
Oct. 17, plant and antique sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park.
Oct. 17, Viva Las Vegas masquerade party at South Florida
Oct. 19, Popcorn & Politics with The Islander, meet and greet the
candidates and straw poll voting at the newspaper office.
Oct. 20, "A Star is Born" 1950s Film series presentation at South
Oct. 21, Spooktacular Halloween kid's program at Palmetto
Oct. 21, "Have Humans 'Beaten' Evolution" discussion at South
Save the date:
Oct. 23, Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Park.
Oct. 30, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats
and kids' costume contest.
Oct. 30, The Islander Canine Costume Contest roundup.
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Island soccer: Autoway quick-start dooms Wash
By Kevin Cassidy
Michael Latimer scored three goals in the first
eight minutes of the match to lead Autoway Ford to
a 5-1 victory in Division I soccer action at the Anna
Maria Community Oct. 1.
Sibella Glavan got things started for Autoway in
the fourth minute when she made a nice defensive
tackle on Tyler Yavalar. Glavan then made a nice pass
to Latimer, who then carried the ball up the right side
where he hit a nice shot that just got under a diving
Keegan Murphy for a 1-0 Autoway lead.
Latimer's second goal, which came in the sixth
minute, was almost a carbon copy of his first goal.
Glavan again made a nice defensive stop and a smart
pass to Mikey Ellsworth. Ellsworth hit a nice pass
ahead into space and Latimer split the defense and
finished for a 2-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Autoway goalie Mikayla
Kane hit a booming punt that bounced over the Wash
defenders and Latimer outran them to the ball for a
breakaway goal, giving Autoway Ford a 3-0 lead.
Autoway Ford almost added to its lead two min-
utes later when Miles Fischer gathered in a throwing
and beat a Wash defender around the corner, but was
denied when Murphy dove to his right to make a solid
Latimer had a hand on Autoway's next goal when
he smartly noticed the Wash defense cheating to the
throw down the wing so he threw it to a wide-open
Ellsworth. Ellsworth hit a blistering shot from the 18
that just kissed inside the near post for a 4-0 Autoway
Late in the first half, Latimer took at throwing
and out ran the defense for a break-away goal and
an insurmountable 5-0 lead.
With Autoway using a more defensive-oriented
lineup, Wash Construction started creating some
offensive chances. Jacob Talucci gathered in an errant
header by an Autoway defender and quickly dribbled
into the box and fired a shot, but goalie Nico Calleja
was there with the save.
Two minutes later Talucci got loose on a break-
away up the middle, but he carried the ball a little
too close to the goal and Calleja came off his line to
smother the scoring chance.
Wash Family Construction continued to carry the
play for most of the second half, but the Autoway
defense continued to hold on until the 48th minute,
when Joplin Davis retrieved the Autoway goal kick
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carried in and beat Latimer in goal to pull to within
Latimer was the obvious player of the game
with four goals and one assist, but Autoway defend-
ers Glavan, Sarah Quattroma, Julia Ware and Katie
Rose Dell played well in front of goalie Kane.
20 0 OCT. 7, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Walls of water add to nature's threats for Islanders all
Natural weapons of mass destruction have hit the
South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
A powerful earthquake spurred four tsunamis
- tidal waves that struck Samoa and American
Samoa last week. The waves were upwards of 30 feet
in height and wiped out homes, businesses, office
buildings and pretty much everything within their
reach, which was a good 2 miles from shore.
Relief workers are pouring into the areas, but are
strapped because there also apparently were unrelated
earthquakes off Indonesia. No tsunamis there, but
Oh, and then there was that huge tropical typhoon,
what in the Pacific Ocean is a hurricane to us, that tore
through an area to the north of the islands. Typhoon
Ketsana hit the Philippines, then continued to work
to the west to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Still to come was super Typhoon Parma over the
weekend, with winds at better than 150 mph.
The villages and towns are generally small and
close to the water in that part of the world. The
advance warnings were minimal. The waves took
place early in the morning.
Combined death toll for all the chaos is prob-
ably going to number in the thousands, cost in the
And there wasn't anything anyone could do to
help avert the disasters.
It is hoped that most of us here have weather
radios. The National Weather Service is pretty good
about letting us know when it's going to rain, how
much it's going to storm and what's happening with
tornados, hurricanes and all the lightning strikes we
tend to get.
The South Pacific weather service for earth-
quakes appears to be in Hawaii and Alaska. By the
time the report of last week's horror was recorded,
analyzed for tsunami threat and warning issued, the
poor folks those who got the word had maybe
15 minutes to run.
Many, many did not get the word.
It really wasn't the weather gang's fault. The
quakes and resulting tsunamis were really close to
the islands. Tsunamis travel really, really fast, like
400-mph fast, and there just wasn't enough time to
Now, for us
Florida's additional weather worry is earthquakes,
On a late Sunday morning in September 2006 an
earthquake categorized as 6.0 on the Richter scale
trembled out in the Gulf of Mexico off Naples.
The catastrophe in the South Pacific measured
on the scale at better than 8.0, by the way.
Paintings on walls shuttered. Windows shook.
Walls trembled, and those who were reclining defi-
nitely felt the tremors from what was described as a
fairly strong earthquake.
There was no damage, but people as far away
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Florida isn't immune to any natural disaster, it
Fortunately there were no tsunami action then,
and chances of such a wall of water erupting from
an earthquake in our part of the world is generally
classed as slight, according to experts.
More, this time a bit farther away
For this commentary, take it halfway around the
world again, and here we could be again.
On April 2, 2007, the Solomon Islands got hit
with a near-8.0 magnitude earthquake. That's a huge
thing to have happen, and 30 deaths have been attrib-
uted to date.
Then there was the tsunami.
The resulting tidal wave was the cause of the
most destruction, inundating the nearby islands and
causing most of the deaths.
Of interest to us, though, was the aftermath of all
the devastation: The island of Ranongga was appar-
ently lifted many, many feet by the force of the quake,
leaving the coral reef exposed.
"The reefs are now exposed above the water and
are dying," according to a Web site. Reporters said
that they saw "exposed reefs bleaching in the sun, and
covered with dead fish, eels, clams and other marine
The island is a favorite haunt for divers, who love
to poke around in the coral and visit with the fishies.
Now, Ranongga is pretty much a Pacific desert in lieu
of a Pacific paradise.
I've been thinking about what would happen if
we get the big blow that we're overdue to receive.
Hurricane experts talk a lot about overwash. We've
all been lectured about storm surge and the height of
water and waves reaching upwards of 20 or 30 feet -
figure the third floor of a condo or the average height
of the power pole in front of your house and the
subsequent damage to house and structure.
But imagine having the whole of Anna Maria
Island reconfigured. Up. Or down. By 30 feet or so.
And one of the "dirty little secrets," as one of our
officials has phrased, is that the storm overwash isn't
just going to be beachfront.
Let's say we've got a huge wall of water that
has swept over our Island, and has ended up at, say,
downtown Bradenton. Then it starts to ebb back to
the Gulf of Mexico.
It's not going to ooze. It's going to flow. Fast.
And the bayfront will suddenly get a whole lot
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side of Anna Maria Island.
Backwash. Big time.
Mother Nature, when she gets angry, can be a
pretty mean woman.
Tsunami to the west, again
An earthquake-spawned tsunami from Japan
snuck up and smacked Crescent City, Calif., in
November 2006, causing about $1 million in damage.
There were some red faces on the tidal wave forecast-
ers as a result of the first Nu ,1 nin e. which came pretty
much on schedule, and then another big wave three
hours later that was not anticipated and to which there
were no warnings issued.
According to the journal Nature, a harbormaster
in the city watched the surprise wave, and commented
that "it looked like the tide coming in really fast. The
water would go from high tide to low tide in the span
of maybe 10 minutes." The waves reached a height
of about 6 feet.
The earthquake was a magnitude-8.1 trembler,
which took place off the Kuril Islands near Japan.
Five hours later, Crescent City got hit by the waves.
Apparently the Pacific Ocean-fronting city has
something of a tsunami history. A wave killed 11
people there in 1964, the only fatalities in the con-
tinental United States from a tidal wave in recorded
We've got all this advance-warning data stream-
ing into the command centers that watch for such
waves. As the Journal article put it: So why was the
warning called off? The decision was based on the
small-predicted size of the surge, said the Alaska Tsu-
nami Warning Center. It was a classic example of
officials struggling to balance the need for warning
with the dangers of a false alarm.
The whole incident is similar to those that hur-
ricane forecasters face every time a storm starts brew-
ing in the Atlantic. If you order an evacuation, and
the storm peters out or changes course, the chances
are good that the next time a storm comes that way,
people will blow you off, not leave, figure you don't
know what you're saying, and people are put in
Unlike our hurricane gurus, it seems that there
isn't much in the way of gray in tsunami warning
circles. It's coming, or it's not, is about the way they
play the game.
Tsunamis apparently aren't the only spawn of
earthquakes. The often-killer waves can come from
the air, too.
About 10 years ago a rogue wave of some sort
hit Anna Maria Island. One personal watercraft rider
got the ride of his life as he surfed the 6-foot swells
off Passage Key.
There wasn't any real damage except to blankets
of beachgoers who were along the shore.
Cause of the mini-tidal wave was never really
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Cut to the chase: just go fishing right now
By Paul Roat
Fall has flown into the fishing scene. Depend-
ing on who you talk to, it's either been good, bad or
The change in season hasn't been that much of a
change weather- or water-wise. Fishing continues to
be good for the most part.
Offshore action saw some king mackerel hit for
a day or two in the Gulf of Mexico, then dropped off.
It's just days until the real run of the kings starts up
along the coast.
Grouper and snapper are still a great catch off-
shore, mostly in 100-plus feet of water, plus a few
amberjack and cobia.
Backwater schooling redfish are scattered, but
appear hungry. Trout are still hitting, but in deeper
seagrass flats. Snook are moving into the bays, but
still can be found off the shallow beaches along Anna
In short, it's a good time to go fishing with cooler
air temperatures early morning and late night and
hotter fishing action.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he caught a burst of
kingfish one day last week during the mini-cold front
that hit Anna Maria Island. The kings got turned on
by the change in weather for a day, then the catch dis-
sipated. A return in a few weeks is expected as the real
run starts, he predicted. Other offshore action is great
with gag grouper, mangrove snapper and cobia show-
ing up in about 100 feet of water in the Gulf. Sharks
are all over, especially off the beaches. Here's a fishing
hint from Danny: Spanish mackerel are thick off the
beaches. Catch a mack, cut it in half, put in on a big
hook with big line and paddle out a couple hundred
yards and drop it on the bottom with a weight. He said
a guy hooked 15 one day off the 75th Street beach last
week. Inshore action is still good for trout in deeper
seagrass flats, redfish are in small schools in almost all
the bays, and snook are moving into flats and canals but
still being caught off beaches.
Capt. Mark Johnston said he's catching large
mangrove snapper by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
plus Spanish mackerel. Black drum and redfish are
thick in Anna Maria Sound as well.
Capt. Sam Kimball said he's catching limit-size
grouper offshore, plus large Spanish mackerel, bonita
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
said fall patterns have appeared for fishing. "The red-
fish bite has heated up with the falling water tempera-
tures," he said. He's been putting charters on lots of
reds more than 30 inches in length, plus speckled
trout, bluefish, pompano and mackerel in the bays.
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At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Bob
Kilb said anglers there have been catching too-big-
to-keep reds, plus snapper.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby
said there are still some tarpon hookups taking place,
as well as Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper and
some big flounder.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he is finding
that "fish don't like pretty weather. The early fall
front last week was really great comfort-wise, but a
cold front is still a cold front and that big old high
with its bluebird skies kind of put the damper on the
bite for a few days." He's been on mostly inshore
trips, catching trout, mackerel, snapper, grouper and
bluefish. "Snook and reds have been favoring the
bottom of the tides and the edges of deeper cuts and
boat channels," Capt. Zach said. He's finding that
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found, but one weather forecaster noted that the jet
stream, that high, fast-moving stream of air that's
usually 30,000-feet-plus above the planet, had dipped
down to the northern Gulf and had lowered its path.
Really low, like maybe hitting the water before
dipping back up.
Figure a 200-mph wind hitting the water and a
resulting bubble of that water would indeed form and,
swoosh, there's a little tsunami.
Bob Lang of Holmes Beach
takes a moment to pause and
ponder the hometown news
while on a cruise with wife
Liz in Greenland. Liz, who
snapped this shot, said
"a picture can never
do justice to the actual
beauty of the fjord."
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S r fishing with
huge amount of ballyhoo in the bays. Hard to keep
alive, but if you don't overcrowd them they have been
keeping good in the well for up to four hours. "The
ballyhoo are killer kingfish bait," he said, adding
that king mackerel are starting to show offshore and
should be thick offshore in the next few weeks. He's
also seeing some cobia, plus bonito and flounder as
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail email@example.com.
players for golf
The Anna Maria Island Community
Center is seeking players for its annual golf
outing Oct. 9.
The event, which will take place at the
IMG Academies Golf and Country Club,
4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton.
Registration is at 11 a.m., followed by a
12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
A dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m.
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By Rick Catlin
on the move
The Moveable Feast gourmet
restaurant and delivery service opens
Wednesday, Oct. 7, at its new location
in the Island Shopping Center, 5402
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Owners Chris and Joey Dale put
in a new state-of-the-art kitchen and
decor, including many of the Ernest
Hemingway memorabillia from their
former location on Longboat Key.
"We want our loyal customers and
new ones to know that we'll have the
same great food, great delivery service
and friendly staff like we had on Long-
boat Key," said Joey.
In addition to its popular home,
office and resort delivery service, Move-
able Feast offers dining in a casual atmo-
sphere for lunch and dinner at the Island
Shopping Center location.
Moveable Feast was formerly
located at the Whitney Beach Plaza,
For more information, call 941-
New to chamber
New members of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce that
joined in September include:
Cold Stone Creamery, 7426
Cortez Road W., Bradenton, Jothi
R&R Heating and Cooling, 3110
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, Richard
ADP Inc., 3547 53rd Ave. W.,
Suite No. 112, Bradenton, Dezi-Rae
Sand Petal Weddings, Sarasota,
Lisa Richards, 877-WED-8699.
A.M. Island Adventures, 4334
127th St. W., Cortez, Ryan Davis, 941-
A Tropical Affair, 1369 Estridge
Drive, Rockledge, FL, 32955, Brian
Ato's Polynesian Paradise, 620
57th Ave. W., No. F-3, Ato Kelly, 941-
Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton,
950 University Parkway, Sarasota,
Tom Youke/Ashley Giasone, 941-554-
BeachHorses.com, 8400 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, Tim Mattox, 941-
The Plumbing Connection, 2033
60th Place E., Bradenton, Blake Pevy,
United Electric, 2045 60th Place
E., Bradenton, Liliana Ronderos, 941-
After a summer vacation, Harry's
Continental Kitchen at 525 St. Jude
Drive, Longboat Key, reopens Friday,
Oct. 9 with a special four-course dinner
The fare includes a choice of
salmon a la orange, grilled filet mignon
or jumbo shrimp De Jong and all diners
will receive a choice of one of chef-
owner Harry Christensen's desserts.
Dinner hours are from 5 p.m. to 9
p.m. and the prix fixe selection is $29
per person, or $43 per person with
paired wine courses.
Reservations are recommended.
The deli also reopens Friday, and
Harry's catering crew is always at the
ready for planning events.
For more information, call 941-
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat
Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at
Island real estate
615 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes
Beach, a 2,971 sfla / 4,071 sfur
3bed/212bath/2car canalfront pool
home built in 2001 on a 9x105 lot was
sold 09/08/09, Maclean to Brakefield
for $850,000; list $999,000.
4805 Second Ave., Unit A, Second
Avenue and 49th Street, Holmes Beach, a
2,600 sfla / 4,000 sfur 4bed/31/2bath/2car
lando condo built in 2009 sold 09/10/09,
Unit A, Second Avenue & 49th Street
Developers LLC to Krause for $650,000;
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 608, Mar-
tinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,169
sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1970 was sold 09/15/09,
Muratti Inc to Fujiwara for $488,300
7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Tif-
fany Place, a 1,259 sfla / 1,395 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1978 was sold 09/08/09, Ford
to Reed for $43' y"", list $495,000.
111 81st St., Holmes Beach, a725 sfla
/ 946 sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1940
on a 64x80 lot was sold 09/11/09, Fleming
to Kaleta for $425,000; list $440,000.
4200 Gulf Drive, Unit 106, Gulf
Sands, Holmes Beach, a 1,008 sfla
/ 1,104 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold
09/08/09, Johnson to Grossman for
$350,000; list $395,000.
428 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
a vacant 50x145 lot zoned RI was sold
09/09/09, Murray to Handley for $287,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 158, West-
bay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach,
a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 09/17/09, Noor to Cloud for
$232,000; list $279,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 152,
Runaway Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,080
sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1978 was
sold 09/16/09, Garling to Chernak for
$225,000; list $239,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate trans-
actions may also be viewed online at
www.islander.org. Copyright 2009
(HECK OUT OUR FALL HAPPENINGS
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and The Islander will be fundraising
and promoting awareness by publishing
special pink pages of advertising.
SI it acknowledgements, up to
1 5 words (similar to classified
.id, will each publish with a pink
.awareness" ribbon and cost will
be $15. Display advertisers
are welcome to join us in
encouraging survivors of
cancer and memorializing loved ones lost.
Ten percent of all ad sales will go to Nancy
Ambrose's American Cancer Society Relay for
Yee Haw! Round up the pooches for The
Islander newspaper Canine Costume Contest.
Prizes and fun await the canines and owners
and participants in the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of "P
Commerce Trail of Treats in
the Holmes Beach shopping
district. Kids contest at the
chamber, canines coral at
The Islander, and treats all
along the way. Register pets,
advertise your pet friends,
contribute prizes. Call The Islander for more
Veterans Day is Nov. 11
and The Islander will
y ^ w again honor all service
veterans, spouses and family members at the
Holmes Beach Veterans Memorial and Butterfly
Park with a continental breakfast, honor guard
and presentation of colors by the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post and the final salute
to fallen comrades, Taps.
With its Nov. 18 edition,
The Islander will again
publish its Island Vacation
Guide with a special focus
for holiday visitors. Don't
miss the second edition
of this highly acclaimed
special edition. Preview the
e-eduion of the fall Island Vacation
Guide online at www.islander.org.
Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks and
for remembering the organizations that serve the
community and needy individuals on Anna Maria
Island. Special sponsor ads help produce the
annual "Islander Wish Book," which highlights
the needs of nonprofits serving the Island and
allows readers to compile shopping lists to help
meet those needs. It's the "joy of giving" with
some special sprinkles of Island style.
Mark your calendar for the Holmes Beach
Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 4
sponsored by The Islander newspaper, and
be sure to join us at the newspaper for visits
with Santa aboard his sleigh, surprises for kids
and holiday merriment with the Privateers
aboard their ship. Raffle prize registration and
refreshments will abound at the area merchants
and there's always a little holiday magic in the
air for this event.
Dec. 5 will find young and old alike celebrating
the holiday season at the Chuck and Joey
Lester-Islander Fun Day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Prizes, Santa,
games, food and refreshments are offered at
"old-fashioned prices for an old-fashioned good
Next up: Dec. 12 brings
the Anna Maria Island
Parade and Kids'
C Christmas Party. The parade runs
the length of the Island from Anna
Maria Bayfront Park to Coquina
Beach, where Santa greets kids with a hearty
"ho ho ho" and a gift aboard the Privateer ship.
Dec. 19 is the annual "Where's
Woody Candish" Sidewalk Art
Sale outdoors along the walkways
at The Islander newspaper office in
the Island Shopping Center. There
are last-minute shopping bargains
from local artists something for everyone on
your list at this once-a-year sale event.
GET ON THE SPWROI! ...
Stop by anytime or call 941-778-7978 for more information. The Islander, Island Shopping Center, 5404 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach
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ISA N'R CA SIDS
A FULL-SIZE bed with good frame, box springs
and mattress. $50. Call 941-545-9025.
QUEEN BED SET, linens, $100. Barbecue grill
with cover and tank, $25. 941-778-0575.
2005 BOBCAT T300 Track Skid Steer, three
attachments included. $4,200. Need to sell fast,
contact: b45n351 @gmail.com. 850-254-7116.
COLOR PRINTER: $20. HP deskjet 5550 series.
TOMMY BAHAMA-STYLE day bed. As new. Com-
plete frame with trundle. No mattress. $350. 941 -
THREE CUSHION SOFA: Pillows, Khaki, brown,
green. Frame damaged in move, but has support.
$75 or best offer. 941-778-6854.
COMMODE: THREE-IN-one bedside, toilet,
shower. $20. 941-761-1415.
DESK HUTCH for 36-inch desk Cubix collection,
dove grey, $50. 941-795-8359.
SAILBOAT: 14-FOOT. $500.1997 Jeep Wrangler.
55,000 miles with winch. Nice. 269-720-7124.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Several styles of large
mirrors from 4 by 6, to 5 by 8 feet. $250-$400.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great tast-
ing Florida wines! Plus, design your own unique
label. 941-778-8300. www.SweetPeasAMI.com.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to email@example.com
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
YARD SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Loads of really great stuff! 531 69th St., Homes
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9.
Kids clothes, toys, furniture, household items,
miscellaneous. 796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES: All sterling silver
jewelry, 50-70 percent off. Select beach decor,
antiques and art, 20-90 percent off. Open seven
days. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed
FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT, Holmes Beach,
Monday, Sept. 14: Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Call
941-567-4301 to claim.
INDOOR CAT NEEDS home. Black and white,
long hair. Olivia, 941-713-2221.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
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Full Replacement Doors and Windows
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20-plus mile range, no maintenance ever. 850-
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
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 Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
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.
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941-
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.
HELPING HANDS HOUSEKEEPING: Island resi-
dent. From maintenance cleaning to deep clean-
ing, let me help you. Taking new clients weekly
and bi-weekly. Call Christine, 813-781-6215.
HOMES OR OFFICES cleaned by an honest and
reliable woman. Call May at 941-746-3535.
KAY'S CLEANING: RESIDENTIAL. Great atten-
tion to detail. 15 years experience. References
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at 941-778-2824
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
elc an u s ower washing tree trimming a d
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and
brick. Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills,
landscape, patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block.
Licensed and insured, free estimates. 941-792-
CT HANDYMAN SERVICE: Island resident. Any
home improvement needs from remodel, tile,
paint to even changing a light bulb. Licensed. Call
Ted at 813-785-1987.
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1.
2BR/1 BA, furnished, bay water-view, walk to
beaches, carport, No smoking/pets. $675/month.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale.
2BR/2BA pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer inte-
rior, six month to annual rental, $2,300/month.
Available Oct. 1. 941-730-1086.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex, porch.
Anna Maria City, Spring Avenue. $875/month
includes water and trash. 941-778-7003.
STUDIO OR 1 BR/1 BA apartments for rent. Unfur-
nished. Close to beaches. First month plus secu-
rity to move in. No pets. Year lease. 941-792-
0411, after 4 p.m.
GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large
2BR/2BA. Very nice, ground floor, screened porch,
freshly painted, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore
High School, shopping. Annual $725/month. Last
month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
ROOMMATE: $125/week, includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. Off-season rates, $125/
night, $775/week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
4BR/4BA IN NORTHWEST Bradenton for rent.
Two blocks from boat ramp. $1,400/month. Call
320 & 324 64TH ST.
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA, pool, $499,500.
3BR/3BA, pool, $539,000.
415 CLARK ST.
Holmes Beach, new construction,
AMI BecAes Red Esttte
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
2BR/2BA SEASONAL RENTAL: Direct spectac-
ular water views at Westbay Point & Moorings.
Tennis, heated pools, Jacuzzi. Available Decem-
ber 2009 through April 2010. Seasonal only. Call
Ann, 203- 259-4769.
CORTEZ AREA: CLOSE to beach. Available
immediately. 2BR/1BA, carport, nice yard, util-
ity room with washer and dryer. $775/month. 50
percent off first month rent! No pets. Call 513-
WOW! ACROSS FROM beach, remodeled
2BR/1BA annual rental, 707 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. $975/month. 941-567-6409.
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER VACATION rental.
2BR/2BA townhouse, pool and boat dock. $499/
week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
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
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
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NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study,
den, lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected.
215 Chilson, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool
with hot tub, great seawall and 16,000-lb. boat
lift. For sale by owner. Won't last. Call 863-581-
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SACRIFICE: DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA and 1 BR/1 BA,
mid-Island. $260,000. 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes
Beach. Call 813-645-8738.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince
Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
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Turnkey furnished. On-site management and
short-term rentals. Virtual tour, MLS M5807253.
$155,000. Call Pam Edgington, 941 812 6324.
Prudential Florida Realty. www.gopam.com.
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WATERFRONT CANAL HOME in Key Royale,
Holmes Beach. Tastefully remodeled 3BR/2BA
with large caged pool and spa. Boat dock and
xeriscaped lot. Sacrifice at $549,000 or best
offer. Owner, Realtor, 941-356-1456 or 941-756-
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
7998+/-ACRES: TENNESSEE land auctions, 10
a.m. Oct 24. Large tracts. Small tracts. Five acres.
2,699+/-acres. Waterfront, pasture, hunting, lake,
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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
A BANK REPO! 5BR/4BA, $317/month. 3BR fore-
closure, $199/month. Five percent down, 15 years
at 8 percent APR. For listings, 800-366-9783, ext.
OWNER MUST SELL. Four-plus acres, $57,300.
Nice oak trees, private access to lake. All utilities
in. Ready to build when you are! Financing avail-
able. Call now, 866-352-2249. www.fllandoffer.
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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,060.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
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