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Chamber execs propose trolley fare options
By Lisa Neff
Chamber of commerce board members
are seeking a meeting with county officials
to explore ideas to address a proposed $1-a-
day trolley fare.
"We are kind of realizing, due to a variety
of situations the economy, the grants having
run out the necessity," Cindy Thompson, a
member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce executive board said, referring to a
proposed trolley fare.
But, Thompson added, chamber officials
also believe that if the county enacts a fare,
there should be some exemptions and dis-
The chamber does not "want" a fare and
"we've always voted against it. Always,"
Thompson said, but "unfortunately, we real-
ize it may be inevitable."
Presenting a preliminary budget for
fiscal year 2010, which begins in October,
county administrator Ed Hunzeker recom-
mended a series of spending cuts and some
The county must slash $33.7 million
while dealing with a significant decline in
One source of new revenue for local tran-
sit would be a $1 day pass for the Island trol-
ley, which currently operates without a rider
fare and at a budget deficit.
The fare would help subsidize the trolley
operation, as well as allow local governments
to discontinue their contributions to help fund
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, NEXT PAGE
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The Anna Maria Elementary School graduating class of 2009 parties and poses on the beach June 4 at the Sandbar Restaurant follow-
ing their last day of classes on the Island. The grads and theirfamilies dined and enjoyed refreshments, swam and danced to tunes spun
by fifth-grade parent DJ Chris Grumley. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kyra Valadie
13 Good luck grads
The graduating class of preschoolers at
d: The School For Constructive Play in Anna
Page Maria celebrate with an outdoor ceremony
June 4 in the school playground. Before
BiZ heading off to kindergarten, each student
takes one last slide on the jungle gym to
receive a certificate from the teachers.
Islander Photos: Courtney Call
From the trade and
nity. Page 16-18
What to do and
when. Page 19
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in bay. Page 21
Rule the roost Alphabet song
This gathering of 4-year olds will rule the Graduating students at School for Construc-
roost as the incoming Voluntary Pre-Kinder- tive Play demonstrate their knowledge with
garten class at School for Constructive Play an alphabet song at the school's graduation
in the fall of 2009. ceremony.
County seeks to expedite pier demo
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County is working with Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and state agencies
to negotiate a plan to expedite the demolition
of the deteriorated Manatee Public Beach
County officials learned months ago that
the pier, constructed in 1990, had deterio-
rated to a point where it needed to be demol-
Work has been ongoing to secure per-
mits for the demolition, as well as to prepare
to build a 300-foot to 400-foot replacement
County commissioners learned June
2 from Coastal Planning and Engineering
consultant Rick Spadoni and county natural
resources department director Charlie Hun-
sicker of a hiccup in efforts to speedily remove
the problem pier.
"It's in such bad condition it cannot be
salvaged," Spadoni said.
Officials with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, the lead permitting
agency on the project, are concerned about
work taking place during sea turtle nesting
However, AMITW, which collects data on
nesting turtles on the Island, reports that only
five nests have been found within 300 feet of
the pier during the past 10 years.
PLEASE SEE PIER, PAGE 3
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2 0 JUNE 10, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
In the beginning...
In March 2002, after nearly six years of plan-
ning, Islanders celebrated the startup of the fare-
free trolley operated by Manatee County Area
The trolley, at the time, was to be free at
least for the first year, according to The Islander
archives. County commissioners had hoped to
pay for the trolley in future years with grants and
revenue from advertisements.
The county trolley began operating on the
Island March 18, 2002, the day after a ribbon-
cutting celebration at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Trolley fare options offered
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the transportation line, Hunzeker said in a message
he presented to county commissioners in late May.
County Commissioner John Chappie, who rep-
resents the third district, including the Island, said he
wants the trolley to remain free to passengers and has
requested statistics on ridership and tourism.
"I know people in the rental business and it is a
big selling item for them," Chappie said, adding that
the trolley also is vital for Island workers.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said she too
wants to explore options to continue a free service.
"I'm trying to think of a creative way
to do it," said Whitmore, an at-large com-
missioner and former Holmes Beach mayor.
"I'm trying to see if I can get it funded without people
having to pay."
But some local business leaders have doubts
about that possibility.
Chamber executive board members, meeting last
week, discussed the trolley and focused on concepts
to soften the impact if a fare is implemented.
Thompson said students and seniors should be
eligible for free passes and that perhaps a discount
pass could be sold to those who ride the trolley every
day, such as workers on the Island.
Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said
a meeting is being scheduled with county officials,
including Hunzeker and some commissioners, and
chamber executive board members.
"We' re trying to find a time to meet," Brockman
In the days following Hunzeker's budget presen-
tation, citizens began weighing in on the proposed
fare, drafting letters to elected officials and newspa-
per editors, and sharing their opinions while riding
"I don't mind paying a buck to ride the thing,"
said Cortez resident Dave Schuckert, expressing an
opinion shared by a majority of those The Islander
interviewed on the subject last week. "But I don't
For the record
Do you support or oppose a $1 day fare on the
Island trolley? Share your opinion online at www.
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ted its new
l Island Trolley at
City Hall before
it began opera-
tion on Anna
in March 2002.
think the kids should. I bet you the ridership in the
summer is 50 percent kids."
Islander Bette Chesbro said trolley riders are still
getting a good deal.
"I ride the bus to work in Bradenton," said the
Holmes Beach resident. "And I have to pay to do it.
Nobody is giving me a free fare, and I work as hard
as anybody who uses the trolley to get to work."
But trolley-rider Brad Vernon of Bradenton
Beach said he barely covers his monthly expenses
with a minimum-wage job on the Island.
"A dollar probably doesn't mean much to a lot of
people, but, end of the month, I don't have an extra
buck, and no way an extra $30," he said.
Asked about the proposed fare, trolley-rider Mary
Proctor of Rhode Island said, "I was surprised I didn't
have to pay."
The county budget process will continue this
summer, with commissioners delving into Hunze-
ker' s proposals.
The trolley costs about $1 million a year to oper-
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By Lisa Neff
Beach renourishment on Coquina Beach is on
track to begin late this year or early next year, but
county officials say permitting hurdles remain.
"Manatee County has never done an offshore
renourishment to help Coquina Beach rebuild its
shores," county natural resources department director
Charlie Hunsicker told county commissioners June 2
Hunsicker referred to the county-managed prop-
erty in Bradenton Beach as "our most valuable rec-
reational beach south of Tampa Bay."
And he described the effort to secure renourish-
ment permits as taking a "tortured course."
As a result of discussions with state permitting
agencies, the scope of the project has been scaled
back and mitigation added.
When the county embarked on the planning for
the project two years ago, about 400,000 cubic yard
of white sand was to be removed from Longboat Pass
to be placed on Coquina Beach.
But the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, concerned about stability, made the pass
off-limits as a sand source for the project, according
to Coastal Planning and Engineering consultant Rick
The DEP also disproved of the amount of sand
proposed for renourishment.
So project designers looked to a source of white
sand off the north end of Anna Maria Island and
scaled back the project.
"We were again rejected," Spadoni said.
The sand source apparently was all right with the
DEP, but the scope of the project was not because the
sand would cover near-shore rock habitat.
Spadoni said the size of the project was reduced
to add about 30-40 feet to the width of the beach,
but leave some near-shore rock habitat exposed. The
project also was amended to include the creation of
an artificial reef of limestone rocks to mitigate any
near-shore rock covered by sand.
"We've saved 1.8 acres of hard-bottom from
being covered by the beach project," Spadoni said.
He added that DEP officials had a tentative look
Pier demo speed-up sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Spadoni said that information, along with
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox's partnership
in the project, could help the county secure a permit
for demolition this summer.
Spadoni said he told Fox that contractors would
not conduct any work at night and that no equipment
would be left on the beach overnight to interfere with
The DEP, he said, indicated it would defer to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
on the issue.
"We're working with FWC," Spadoni said,
adding that he thought the county had found "some-
one sympathetic" within the agency.
"I won't promise an\ thing because I never know
what's going to come out of that sausage grinder,"
Spadoni said, but he added he is optimistic.
Once the state issues a permit for the demolition,
work can begin and would take about a month, he
at the scaled-back plan, and "they were happy with
what we were presenting.... We believe this will be
Commissioner Joe McClash questioned whether
the project still called for too much sand on Coquina
"I' ve never seen it as wide as you're planning
on making it," he said, adding that he remembers the
jetties always being exposed. "I remember snorkeling
Hunsicker said the beach is so seriously eroded
that it creates safety problems for the county's marine
rescue division the lifeguards on the beach.
"This is the worst beach they' ve seen in 25 years,"
he said, adding that the state actually petitioned the
county to make renourishment a priority.
Commissioner Larry Bustle added that years ago
"the beach used to go out a lot farther than those
groins than most of us realize."
"Now is the wrong time to re-engineer this proj-
ect," he continued.
In addition to securing a permit from the DEP,
the county needs approval from the Army Corps of
If the process moves forward without delays, the
county will seek bids in late summer and a contrac-
tor may begin pumping sand 7 miles from off the
Island's north tip to Coquina as early as November.
However, January or February 2010 may be more
likely, Spadoni said.
The estimated cost of renourishment is $13.6 mil-
lion, with the West Coast Inland Navigation District
covering 15 percent of the cost, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency paying 16 percent, the
county contributing 27 percent and the state provid-
ing 42 percent.
The county's contribution would come from tour-
ist development funds.
FEMA is involved because the Coquina project
will be coordinated with a smaller, federal renourish-
ment project on the northern end of Anna Maria.
After this project, Hunsicker said Coquina Beach
will be included in Islandwide renourishment proj-
ects- the next Islandwide project could begin in
The estimated cost of demolition, based on three
bids, is about $250,000, which is less than the county
The $200,000 savings, Hunsicker recommended
and the commissioners seemed to agree, could be put
toward extending the new pier by 100 feet to 400
Hunsicker said a longer pier could provide better
The existing structure was not built as a fishing
pier but rather to control erosion.
Spadoni said the county also wants to expedite
the permitting process for the construction of a new
Construction would take about six months "at
least," he added.
Commissioner Donna Hayes said she felt doubt-
ful the new pier would be in place for the 2009-10
tourist season on the Island.
Spadoni replied, "Possibly the later part of the
The total cost of the project is about $1.5 mil-
A map of the proposed beach renourishment sched-
uled for Coquina Beach later this year or in early
M t in.gs
Anna Maria City
June 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhance-
ment, education committee meeting.
June 11, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
June 15, 4 p.m., City Pier Centennial Com-
mittee meeting at Bayfront Park.
June 16, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
June 17, 2 p.m., open house for retiring
MCSO Sgt. John Kenney.
June 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
June 15, 1 p.m., city commission work ses-
sion on a proposed cell tower.
June 17, 9 a.m., special master session.
June 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
June 25, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
June 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
June 10, 3 p.m., facilities committee meeting.
June 18, 6 p.m., district commission monthly
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
June 15, 8 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Holmes Beach City
June 15, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Father's Day is June 21, which also is the first
day of summer.
Independence Day is July 4, when govern-
ment offices are closed, as well as many business-
es, including The Islander. Government offices also
will be closed July 3.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
Islander seeks photo contest entries
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4 0 JUNE 10, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
County commissioners push pipeline agreement
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners called for a
meeting to reach a mutual agreement over a proposed
natural gas pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico to Port
"The only way that this is going to get resolved
... is to get into a room," said Commissioner Joe
McClash after listening to various positions on the
pipeline during a work session June 2 in Bradenton.
However, commissioners did not sound overly
optimistic a mutual agreement could be reached as
the Port Dolphin application is reviewed at state and
"The testosterone levels are high out there,"
Commissioner Carol Whitmore said after hearing
from Port Dolphin Enc. i .'v LLC project development
manager German Castro and Longboat Key town
manager Bruce St. Denis.
But both St. Denis and Castro said they would
participate in a meeting, as well as the county
administrator or county attorney and representa-
tives of the Florida Department of Environmental
Port Dolphin's project involves a natural gas
deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico about 28 miles
off the shore of Anna Maria Island.
A pipeline to carry natural gas will run from the
deepwater port along the bottom of the Gulf into Tampa
Bay and arrive on the mainland at Port Manatee.
There are two deepwater liquefied natural gas
port facilities currently operating in the United States
- one in Boston Harbor and another in the Gulf
of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. A third, near
Boston, is to begin operating this year.
Facing concerns from local officials about the
pipeline path making beach-quality sand off-limits
for renourishment projects, Port Dolphin changed the
alignment of the pipeline last December.
However, the new route did not satisfy Longboat
Key officials, who maintain that the realigned pipe-
line will interfere with their renourishment projects
in the future, and that local governments could end
up competing for a scarcity of sand.
Studies from Longboat Key and Port Dolphin
contain contrasting estimates of the amount of sand
the pipeline, as proposed, would impact -711,000
cubic yards according to Port Dolphin or 2,900,000
In the pipeline
The Port Dolphin Enli.l'. LLC proposal
A deepwater natural gas port about 28
miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island.
Ships carrying gas from other areas will
anchor next to buoys at the deepwater port to
deliver natural gas.
Gas will be transported through a pipeline
running from the deepwater port into Tampa Bay
to Port Manatee.
The pipeline will continue several miles
inland, where it will connect with other natural
The proposal is online at www.regula-
tions.gov. The docket number is USCG-2007-
according to Longboat Key.
St. Denis suggested an alternative route that cuts
across Tampa Bay and then runs parallel to the Gulf-
stream Natural Gas pipeline or even connects with
the existing pipeline offshore.
Port Dolphin, however, maintains that, for sev-
eral reasons, Longboat Key's alternative route is not
First, said Castro, the Gulfstream Natural Gas
pipeline is already filled to capacity about 1 billion
cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Second, he said the regulatory agencies previ-
ously considered the route Longboat Key proposed
for another pipeline and dismissed it for environmen-
"Sensitive areas that's the main reason not to
go in that direction," Castro said.
Third, there are pressure differences between Port
Dolphin's operations and the Gulfstream operation.
The Gulfstream pipeline was designed to operate at
higher pressures than the plan calls for at Port Dol-
"We'd like to work with the alignment that we
have," Castro said.
Commissioner Ron Getman stressed that he did
not want the dispute to cost the county the Port Dol-
phin project and its economic benefits.
The company maintains the pipeline will help
Florida utilities move away from a reliance on coal,
will supply clean-burning natural gas to meet 15 per-
cent of the state's needs or one million homes a
The company also maintains the project will
PLEASE SEE PIPELINE, PAGE 5
'Top Notch' photo contest under way June 24
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will begin pub-
lishing weekly winning photos on June 24. Six weekly win-
ning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander
and one photo will be a grand prize winner with $100 cash
prize from The Islander and other prizes and gift certifi-
cates from local merchants. Weekly winners will receive
a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 19.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
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Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 10, 2009 0 5
Anna Maria Elementary FCAT results released
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
scores in reading and math for Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders were
released just days before summer vacation began.
The scores are representative of all students who
took the FCAT exam.
While AME scores remain above district aver-
ages, AME principal Tom Levengood said there is
room for improvement.
And, although AME's percentages only slightly
dipped, there is a chance that later this summer
when letter grades are awarded to schools, AME
could see it's grade drop.
"When scores are up there year after year," said
Levengood, "all it takes is a little dip for a grade level
PIPELINE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
generate $42 million in economic benefits during
construction, including the creation of 82 jobs, $1.5
million in local and state revenue taxes.
Over the life of the project about 20-30 years
- Port Dolphin estimates the economic benefits will
total more than $85 million, as well as spur competi-
tion that could reduce e niv i costs for consumers.
St. Denis stressed that he did not want to block
Port Dolphin from operating in the area, but empha-
sized that the current proposal is a problem not only
for Longboat Key, but also the Island and county.
"You have as big a stake in this as we do," he told
County staff then proposed scheduling a meet-
ing that included county and DEP staff, Port Dolphin
officials and St. Denis.
"We really want you to sit in a room and talk,"
Whitmore urged, "even if the clock is running."
Commissioner Larry Bustle added, "I do agree
- put people in a room and say, 'Don't come out till
you have a solution.'"
Still, AME had some shining moments with the
2008-09 FCAT test.
The students are first administered the FCAT
as third-graders and AME had several students who
earned perfect scores this year, including Luke Vala-
die, Michael Wood and Marlin Ellis in math, while
Jean-Paul Russo aced the reading FCAT.
Overall this year's third-grade class did well with
85 percent scoring a proficiency level in reading and
92 percent proficient in math.
In fourth-grade, 82 percent of students achieved a
proficiency level in reading and, in math, 80 percent
achieved proficiency levels. Comparing the fourth-
grade results with their 2007-08 third-grade scores,
the class average dropped 9 percent in reading and 3
percent in math.
Fifth-grade students took the FCAT reading
and math tests as well as a science test. And fifth-
grader Maddy Valadie excelled with a perfect score
In reading, 93 percent of AME fifth-graders scored
3 or above, an improvement from their class' 87 percent
average in fourth-grade. However, in math, the percen-
tile dropped to 77 percent of fifth-graders achieving a 3
or greater, down from 88 percent last year.
AME fifth-graders also took a science portion
of the FCAT. At AME, 81 percent of fifth-graders
achieved a level 3 or above, far outreaching the dis-
trict average of 41 percent.
Levengood attributes the school's ability to
exceed all other Manatee County schools in science
to the good fortune of being located on a barrier
island. "Our teachers, students and community have
a high interest in science," he said. "AME teachers
incorporate science into teaching other subjects like
reading. We write grants for estuary projects, students
learn in the gardening projects they tend.... And in
every way possible, we capitalize on our location and
Scores for the Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test are in and the Anna Maria Elementary
School students pictured here earned a perfect
score in at least one academic subject. From left,
the "perfect kids" are, third-graders Luke Vala-
die, Jean-Paul Russo, Michael Wood and Marlin
Ellis and fifth-grader Maddy Valadie. Maddy and
Russo aced the reading FCAT, while Luke, Wood
and Ellis received perfect FCAT math scores.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
our parents build upon that at home by taking the kids
fishing or to the aquarium."
The subject area Levengood believes AME needs
to concentrate on next year is reading. "Other schools
have put a huge effort into improving reading with
daily one-on-one instruction, so a number of schools
have higher scores than we do. Seeing the rise in
gains other schools have made I do think we may
need to start doing more too."
Overall, Levengood said the teachers worked
hard this year and the kids are top notch. "We are
fortunate in having high scores so we can afford for
our kids to have fun while learning," he said.
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Ride free, or not?
It's time to heat up the pipes to speak for or against
the trolley to someone who matters. It won't help to
chat it up with neighbors or coworkers.
It's government that pays, and it's government
that will make the decision about the Island trolley.
Manatee County government, the county administrator
and the commissioners, need to hear from you the
people who ride and encourage trolley use by friends,
family, guests and visitors to Anna Maria Island.
As a service of Manatee County Area Transit, the
trolley budget and all county revenues and spending
are under tight scrutiny.
And you would be the bird with its head in the
sand if you weren't aware that government revenues,
including the Island cities' projected incomes, are
Expect cuts in spending and services.
The ride-free trolley may be no exception.
Elsewhere in the county, even the most needy
people pay to ride the transit routes. Sarasota County
Area Transit now operates a Longboat Key trolley to
Sarasota and southward that links up at Coquina Beach
with our service, but riders pay.
Many months of talks with officials about pro-
moting the Island-Key service including a fair fare
- came to a halt when a Longboat chamber official
The talks, at least, brought MCAT and SCAT
together, and all agreed the service the big loop
of service from Anna Maria Island to Siesta Key -
should be better promoted. All also agreed that two
government departments, each with limited resources,
would struggle to accomplish that.
With some of the right moves, low-cost passes for
some and advance purchase discounts, the $1 a day
fare won't be such a bite.
Many visitors are surprised to find the trolley ride
free, and say they would gladly pay for the pleasurable
ride and convenience.
One Islander says government should spend less
on overseas campaigns for visitors to AMI and keep
the trolley free.
Maybe the tourism tax will provide tourism the
services needed trolley, better beach facilities and
a welcome center at the beach.
But we have to get it started.
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For the record
It is with much sadness that I have to defend my
words and actions due to the false information that
Katie Pierola is putting in local media.
Pierola says that as mayor and county commis-
sioner I have "slammed bascule bridges." What she
has forgotten to tell you is I supported Bradenton
Beach in keeping Cortez Bridge a bascule. In those
efforts, we all agreed and said publicly that there is
no place for Cortez Bridge to be an\ thing other than
a bascule bridge. We all won that battle with com-
ments made by us that if a replacement bridge was
necessary, it made sense to build a replacement at
Also, Pierola states that I am requesting $140
million to construct a new bridge. The county com-
mission, with Commissioner Joe McClash speaking
on our behalf, requested the money for a replacement.
Yes, we all verified to our congressman that this is
what it would take, max, if we have to replace the
current bridge with a 21-foot bridge, build a 45-foot
bridge or build a 65-foot bridge.
If Pierola had attended the last commission meet-
ing that the Save Anna Maria president attended
regarding this, she would realize we needed $140 mil-
lion even to rebuild a bridge at the current height.
I have joined SAM and am looking forward to
attending when we are notified of a future meeting.
I am sorry Pierola feels she has to single me out
in her letters regarding most anything that I have been
doing to represent this county. My love is for the
citizens of this county and I will not let one person
portray me incorrectly.
Carol Whitmore, Manatee County commis-
Fair fare for some
I have to write in regards to the budget proposal
to charge $1 per day for the trolley service.
Knowing the free ride has to come to an end, I
agree on the charge, except for our teenage or student
riders on the Island.
My grandchildren have used the trolley on their
visits as a safe and efficient, l nc ., saving, trans-
portation method from one point or another on the
It just makes no common sense to me to charge
the students for their only source of public transporta-
tion on Island trips.
I am a senior citizen and would gladly give the
$1 per day transportation charge and give the kids a
Noise and all, they are entertaining, and I feel
the trolley is a safe means of getting from the beach,
shop, school, home, community center. We should
not have to require them to foot the bill.
There is surely a way to finance this small con-
venience for the kids.
Dave Schuckert, Cortez
Thanks for the story
We again wish to thank reporter Rick Catlin for
making our lives seem more meaningful because of
The article about my wife Harriet and myself was
sent to our church in W',,rini_'. Mich., by friends
who were visiting in Florida at the time the article
appeared in The Islander, and it was posted on the
church bulletin board for all our friends to read.
It so happened that our church was celebrating
its 60th year, and we being charter members were
also celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary. We
received many cards, phone calls and personal con-
gratulations from friends and others we didn't know
even realize knew us.
It has been a humbling experience for us and we wish
Catlin and The Islander great success as they endeavor to
honor people from the greatest generation.
Jacob and Harriet Diehm, Holmes Beach and
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 10, 2009 0 7
Island Blood Drive June 13.14
The annual Island Blood Drive will take place
June 13-14 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Last year's drive raised more than $22,000 for
five Anna Maria Island nonprofit groups.
The drive also drew 248 donors, who provided
242 "good" units of blood for Florida Blood Ser-
The blood drive will again raise money for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club, the West Manatee Fire Rescue Association and
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education.
The dollars are generated by an anonymous donor
foundation, who each year pledges $100 to charity
for each "good" unit contributed. The blood donors
get to chose which charity their contribution assists
or share the funding among the five charities.
FPL to trim trees
Arriving with the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season
are tree-trimming crews working for Florida Power
& Light Company.
FPL notified Island residents recently that crews
will be clearing power lines the next few weeks.
"We will be clearing threatening branches and
limbs that can potentially cause safety hazards and
power outages by brushing against or falling upon our
power lines during windy weather," read a statement
from FPL's vegetation management department. "The
trees will be trimmed in a manner that directs new
growth away from power lines."
The utility company stated that it is committed to
"protecting and maintaining our environment" while
trimming the trees.
For more information, residents can go to www.
Residents with questions about anticipated on
their trees can call FPL at 866-274-9098.
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Anna Maria Island Privateer Tim "Hammer"
Thompson shows off his blood donor badges during
last year's Island Blood Drive. This year's drive
will take place June 13-14. Islander File Photo
Father's Day tribute
The Islander invites readers children and
adults to participate in its Father's Day tribute
Tell, in 500 words or less, your favorite story
about your dad.
The Islander staff will chose three stories
to publish June 17, and those writers also will
receive Islander gift bags.
Stories will be judged on appeal, uniqueness
and the age-appropriate quality of writing.
Entries must be received by noon Thursday,
Send entries to the newspaper via mail at
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217;
via fax at 866-362-9821 or via e-mail to lisan-
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The Islander, headlines announced:
Islanders were preparing for the doors to open
at the Island Publix grocery store in Holmes Beach.
The store was set to open on East Bay Drive on June
17 at the site of the former Island Foods.
Anna Maria received approval for a $100,000
matching federal grant to restore its city pier. The total
restoration project was estimated to cost $300,000.
One commissioner, citing a clerk's report that she
tripped over a protruding nail, said the pier needed
Island officials met with representatives from
the Florida Scenic Highways Program to explore
the availability of federal funding for Gulf Drive
improvements, including bikes and sidewalks along
the state-maintained road.
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Anna Maria outlines stimulus smorgasbord
By Lisa Neff
Work likely will begin this summer on a smor-
gasbord of federally funded stimulus projects in Anna
The city hopes to receive more than $1.2 million
in federal money for infrastructure improvements,
including sidewalk, bridge and street work.
City public works director George McKay
recently briefed city committees and commissioners
on the projects.
Repairs are planned to both the Crescent Avenue
and Bay Boulevard bridges, with the total cost esti-
mated at $775,169.
McKay described the work as "a smorgasbord of
Resurfacing, estimated to cost $186,264, is
planned for Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to Bay
Resurfacing of Gulf Drive from Pine Avenue to
Willow Avenue is expected to cost $112,229.
Sidewalk work is planned along Bay Boulevard
from Hibiscus Avenue to North Shore at a cost of
Sidewalk work also is planned along Gulf Boule-
vard between Magnolia and Palm avenues, $15,437,
and along Gulf Drive between Pine and Spring ave-
The new sidewalks planned for Gulf Front Park
are estimated to cost $30,513.
McKay said he would explore what type of
material can be used for the sidewalks, following
encouragement from commissioners to use pervious
Work on the sidewalks will begin first, possibly
in July or August, McKay said.
Boating plan nears completion in Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
A final draft of a plan to establish a non-motor-
ized boat launch at a Bradenton Beach park is com-
plete, one of two major elements in the city's master
recreational boating plan.
The other key element, a plan for the creation and
operation of a mooring field south of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier, is under review by the city attorney
"We should be done by the end of the month,"
Bradenton Beach project/program manager Lisa
Marie Phillips said of the boating plan during a brief
outdoor meeting June 2.
The meeting took place in a picnic shelter at Herb
Dolan Park, steps from where the city wants to establish
a non-motorized boat launch for paddling enthusiasts.
The meeting did not attract a crowd one
member of the public, nearby resident and planning
and zoning board chairman Rick Bisio, attended to
talk with Phillips and consultant Dianne Rosensweig
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Marie Phillips look at a design for a non-motorized
boat launch at Herb Dolan Park in Bradenton
Beach. Dianne Rosensweig consulted on the plan.
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about the project.
The plan shows the kayak launch on the shore-
line at the east end of 25th Street near Avenue A. A
kayak rack will be erected nearby, and the city plans
to better delineate parking along 25th Street, as well
as plant vegetation along a nearby alley and Avenue
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people from parking, the swale will serve as a storm-
"It treats the water before it washes in," Phillips
Rosensweig said federal and state officials have vis-
ited the site, reviewed the plans and "love the ideas."
The city hopes to secure a grant for the project,
possibly through the national estuary program.
A preliminary estimate put the project cost at
Center seeks supplies
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
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The request list includes: markers, construction
paper, scissors, glue, glue sticks, Play-doh, paint,
paint brushes, board games, notebooks, poster board,
beads, paper towels, toilet paper, fabric, floral wire,
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BB commission OKs pier ordinance
By Lisa Neff
The city commission June 4 approved an ordi-
nance containing a long no-no list for people using
the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The unanimous vote took place during a meeting
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The pier ordinance states:
No swimming or diving.
No operation of autos, scooters, motorcycles or
No carrying or discharging of firearms, fire-
crackers, torpedoes, rockets or other explosives.
No domestic animals, with an exemption for
the use or training of a service animal.
No igniting gasoline, kerosene, charcoal,
No dumping or littering.
No manual bleeding of fish.
No loitering, sleeping or "protractedly lounging
on the seats."
No indulging in riotous conduct or abusive lan-
No selling of merchandise without the consent
of the city commission.
No soliciting for any trade without the consent
of the city commission.
The ordinance also requires adult to accompany
children under age 15 years old from 8 p.m. to 7
Additionally, the ordinance prohibits sailors
in the mooring field from using the pier's floating
day dock to tie up their dinghies. Instead, mooring
field boaters are to use the recently repaired dinghy
Violators could face up to a $500 fine and 30 days
In other business, commissioners:
Approved a special event application for Snow-
birds Arts and Crafts shows at Coquina Beach next
year, but denied a request for show signs in the right
Approved payment of an invoice for $3,311.50
from attorney Greg Hootman for work on a board of
Approved a special event application for the
Bridge Street Market in July.
Authorized city attorney Ricinda Perry to draft a
The Historic Bridge Street Pier as seen from the recently rebuilt dinghy dock owned by the city. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
letter to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key,
regarding the Port Dolphin Energy pipeline route pro-
Commissioners are concerned about the impact
of the pipeline on sand sources for future beach
Perry suggested the letter be broadly written to
ask Buchanan to encourage, during the government's
application review, consideration of all possible
routes for the pipeline.
Approved a letter to the Florida Department of
Transportation asking that a resurfacing job planned
for 2010 take place in November after turtle nest-
ing season and at night.
Appointed Nancy Ambrose, organizer of the
Bridge Street Market on behalf of the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association, to the ScenicWAVES
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Approved replacing a 1995 Chevy F150 truck
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Heard from a citizen concerned about property
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By Lisa Neff
A Tampa company is eyeing two Island com-
mercial developments, both now in foreclosure with
The interested company is Mainsail Development
Group LLC, which is based in Tampa and gained
recognition in the tourism industry with the recent
creation of Scrub Island Resort & Spa, a $100 mil-
lion resort community on Scrub Island in the British
Mainsail's president is Joe Collier, a native Flo-
ridian, who graduated from Florida State University
with a bachelor's degree in hotel management and
marketing and spent 15 years with Marriott Inter-
national in sales, marketing and development. He
formed Mainsail in 1998.
Tidemark, 5325 Marina Drive, and the Beach
Inn, 101 66th St., are owned by Reliance Tidemark
and Beach Inn LLC.
Two of the Beach Inn buildings opened last year
as the Tidemark Beach Resort and the project was
being marketed as a fractional-ownership develop-
ment, with two- and three-bedroom units. But the
properties currently are being rented on a weekly
basis to vacationers.
The Tidemark Marina Resort is a stalled develop-
ment. Initiated eight years ago, the dream of devel-
oper Nick Easterling, the site now contains lots of
concrete, rebar and a fence. The 62-slip marina is
open, but no vertical construction has taken place.
Easterling filed for bankruptcy in 2004, three
years after the city commission approved the plan
for the controversial project.
Reliance Realty Partners became involved a year
later and, by 2007, Easterling had exited the project.
On April 30, Mercantile Bank, a division of Caro-
lina First Bank, filed papers in the circuit court system
to begin foreclosure proceedings on three proper-
ties, naming as defendants Beach Inn Partners LLC,
Reliance Tidemark LLC and, individually, Joseph R.
Gaudio, Kenneth C. Dardis, Lawrence McNeill Jr.
and Charles L. Starr III.
On May 8, Freedom Holdings began foreclo-
sure proceedings, naming Reliance Tidemark, Starr,
Gaudio, McNeill and Dardis as defendants.
In its complaint, Mercantile Bank demanded
immediate payment from Beach Inn LLC of
$9,378,941.14, including a $9.147 million principle
on a loan and $215,809 in accrued interest. The com-
plaint also demanded payment of $8.5 million from
The Freedom Holdings complaint alleges that
Starr, Gaudio, Dardis and McNeill personally guaran-
teed repayment of a $2.4 million loan from Freedom
and, later, a $100,000.
Collier and other associates with Mainsail met
with Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe
Duennes recently to discuss whether, if the Tidemark
property is purchased, a new site plan process would
Duennes said that depends on whether a new
owner wants to change the use or plans.
"If you go with the same plans, in the same foot-
prints," he said, "there's no reason why they can't
pick up and go."
Court records placed Gaudio in Rowayton, Conn.;
Dardis in Stamford, Conn.; McNeill in Lakeland and
Starr on Longboat Key. None of them returned The
Islander's phone calls as of press time.
Center hosts first
Pat Gentry welcomes
people to the first
gathering for the Anna
Maria Island Com-
munity Center's new
Program June 5. The
social hour will take
place Fridays from 9
a.m. to 10 a.m. at the
Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. For
more information or
to arrange transporta-
tion, call the Center
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Participants in the first Senior Social Hour at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. The group will plan outings, activities, schedule speakers, share resources and stories,
according to organizer Pat Gentry.
Tampa company takes up
interest in Tidemark
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Holmes Beach Police Department Officer Brian
Copeman readies for the fifth-grade Anna Maria
Elementary School Drug Abuse Resistance Educa-
tion graduation June 3. With the help of the Parent-
Teacher Organization, the celebration included
a large, decorated cake. Copeman joked that his
presentation would be short to allow students time
to load up on sugar sending them back to class.
"I've got lights and sirens on my truck to make a
speedy getaway," he said.
Four firms in running for
WMFR facilities study
And now there are four.
The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District facili-
ties committee has winnowed the field to four firms to
conduct a needs assessment for the various facilities
in the district, which includes Anna Maria Island,
Cortez and northwest Bradenton.
The firms will be charged with offering the dis-
trict proposals for the architectural, engineering,
needs assessment and design services for the district' s
station and administration building.
Nine firms responded to the proposal. In a meet-
ing last week, committee members Rosemary
Backer, Fran Barford, Dave Spicer, Kerry Ward and
Andy Price reviewed the proposals and selected
four firms to give oral presentations on their plans.
The firms selected include Totems Architecture of
Sarasota, Architect Design Group of Winter Haven,
Design Team West of Bradenton and Jerry N. Zoller
The committee was to meet at 9 a.m. June 9, after
Islander press time for the June 10 edition, to discuss
the proposals. Oral presentations will be offered to
the committee beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June
10, at Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Final ratification of the selection process will be
made by the district board of commissioners.
The next fire district commission meeting will
be at 6 p.m. June 18 at Station 1.
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HBPD Officer Brian Copeman asked fifth-graders
at AME to write essays about lessons learned
through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
program he teaches, and he announced at the June
3 graduation celebration the winners to be Emma
Peery and Alexandra Salinas.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 3,300 block Magnolia Avenue, information.
Deputies responded to a medical call where the man
died at the scene.
May 31, 135 Bridge St, BridgeTender Inn, defrauding
an innkeeper. No further information was available.
May 31, Bridge Port condominiums, criminal
mischief with damage from $201 to $999. No further
information was available.
May 29, 7400 Marina Drive, theft. The male
complainant said someone took his 16-foot boat,
"Bandit II," with a 30-hp Yamaha outboard engine
from his dock.
May 30, 300 block 63rd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a satellite radio and GPS
from his unlocked vehicle.
May 30, 300 block 61st Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took five packs of cigarettes
from her unlocked car.
May 31, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took his bag from the beach containing
towels, clothing, sunglasses valued at $1,000 and his
rental car keys.
June 1, 6200 block Holmes Boulevard, domestic.
Officers responded to a domestic dispute in which
the woman said her boyfriend struck her, then left.
Officers located the man and he was arrested.
June 2, 200 64th Street, domestic. Officers
responded to a domestic dispute. Officers were called
back later, and the man became belligerent and was
restrained by officers after a scuffle. He was arrested.
June 4, 4900 Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers stopped
a bicyclist driving at night without lights on his bike.
Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana from Pres-
ton M. Pollock, 19, of Bradenton, and large bulges
in his front pockets. He pulled out numerous items,
including a bag that police determined contained
marijuana. He was issued a citation for the drugs.
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By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford came across a
crazy turtle crawl" while walking on the beach June
The crawl indicated that an adult female logger-
head emerged from the Gulf, crawled east, went under
a tent left overnight on the sand, and then turned to
travel several blocks south before returning to the
Later that day, Barford explored sea turtle protec-
tion at the dais in the city hall commission chambers,
but not with her regular lineup of commissioners.
Instead, Barford sat with members of Girl Scout
Troop 590 to discuss enforcement of the city's turtle
She found the youngsters eager to protect the
"The law is the law," said Rebecca Hines, scout
and mock commissioner.
The scouts participated in the mock commission
meeting after taking a tour of city hall, including a
visit with administrative assistant Annmarie Thorpe,
who talked about the "happy calls, sad calls and mad
calls" she receives, and Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Deputy Gary Sellitto, who found an audience
eager to learn about handcuffs.
Walking past the city clerk's office, Barford told
the scouts, "When you are in government, you have
to do everything right ... and public."
Barford then led the group into the commission
chambers, where three troop members took the roles
of concerned citizens and five scouts took roles as
Barford led the meeting, hoping to encourage
some of Anna Maria Island's non-voting citizens to
someday run for office.
"I would like every one of you to consider run-
ning for office someday," the mayor said, after field-
ing questions from one girl about what the commis-
sioners "did to get elected" and from another about
who she ran against to get into office.
The mayor also wanted to explore with the girls
the city's rules for protecting sea turtles. Each year,
Commissioners for an hour Sarah Quattromani, Simone Hostetler, Rebecca Hines, Jewel Martinez and
Franceska Akel with Mayor Fran Barford. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
from N Li,\ hi tiugh October, female o1 '*,, il, iad turtles
lumber ashore to leave eggs in a nest. Beginning in
mid-summer, hatchling turtles emerge from the nests
and crawl to the Gulf.
Island youth get some tutoring on turtle protec-
tion from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox and AMITW volunteers.
AMITW representatives go into classrooms to
talk about endangered species and the efforts to keep
lights shielded from the beaches to prevent turtle dis-
orientations and to keep obstacles off the beaches to
prevent turtles from becoming trapped.
"We play a game, discuss what they can do to
help," Fox said, adding that she also talks with stu-
dents about shorebirds and efforts to protect threat-
The Girl Scouts seemed familiar with the reasons
for turtle protection, if not the details of Anna Maria's
"We have a quorum," Barford said, opening the
meeting and asking all to stand for the Pledge of Alle-
She then asked if members of the public wanted
to address the commission.
"Why do I need special lights?" said Alexia Yav-
alar in her role as a property owner who is building
a new waterfront home.
Because, said Rebecca Hines, the turtles crawl
toward light, and bright lights on homes can disorient
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Girl Scout Amanda Bosch, pretending to be an
annoyed beachgoer, next stepped to the podium to
ask why city officials removed the furniture she left
overnight on the beach.
"If you were a turtle," said Simone Hostetler,
"you wouldn't want to get trapped."
"I'd give you advice not to leave anything on the
beach," Rebecca said.
Seated in the audience, troop leader Liza Morrow
and Girl Scout Julia Ware, smiled at the exchange.
Morrow said the girls were earning their com-
munity service badges.
And at least one, Rebecca, was preparing to
someday run for office.
... while turtle walkers
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walkers are
trying their hand at design work.
"I challenged all of the walkers to come up with
the most imaginary, fun flag," said AMITW executive
director Suzi Fox.
The contest will continue until AMITW's mid-
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By Lisa Neff
William J. Cumber is appealing a 13.5-year
prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to
violating his probation on a felony arson charge.
Cumber, 39, whose last address was on Magnolia
Avenue in Anna Maria, was sentenced to prison May
14 after pleading guilty to violating probation on a
2005 arson conviction that stemmed from a house
fire in Bradenton.
In late December 2008, he was arrested for driv-
ing on a suspended license in Marion County. After
pleading guilty to the traffic offense and serving 10
days in the Marion County Jail, Cumber faced a
charge in Manatee County of violating probation for
leaving without permission from his probation officer
and the a new offense.
Cumber is the only person publicly identified by
authorities as a person of interest in the November
2008 disappearance of his girlfriend, Sabine Musil-
Buehler, and the November 2008 arson fire at her
business, Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach.
His attorney, Tom Ostrander, has maintained
that Cumber's relationship with Musil-Buehler and
authorities' interest in what, if anything, he knows of
her whereabouts, resulted in the stiff sentence.
The motel owner was reported missing Nov. 6,2008,
after her car was found in Bradenton containing blood.
Her last confirmed whereabouts were on Nov. 4,
2008, when she argued with Cumber and, according to
him, left their rented home in Anna Maria in her car.
Recently Cumber signed and filed a number of
court papers related to his case, including a request
that the sentencing on May 14 be reviewed, a notice
of appeal to the Second District Court of Appeals, a
demand to transfer all documents in the case to the
appeals court and a motion to compel the state to
produce any evidence favorable to the defendant.
Margaret Ann Evanofski
Margaret Ann Evanofski, of Sarasota and formerly
Holmes Beach, died June 1.
Mrs. Evanofski was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13,
at Incarnation Church, 2929 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.
Visitation will be held in the chapel beginning at 10
a.m. A memorial service and interment will be held in
Wilkes-Barre on June 24. Memorial contributions may
be made to Incarnation Church.
She is survived by two sons, the Rev. Bernard P.,
administrator of Incarnation Parish in Sarasota, and
Peter A., an accountant in Wilkes-Barre, and his wife
Tammy; grandchildren Daniel, Charles, Michael, and
Julie; and great-grandchild Chase.
Martha 'Shirley' Suter
Martha "Shirley" Suter, 79, of Anna Maria, died
Born in Watseka, Ill., Mrs. Suter grew up in Vin-
cennes, Ind., and moved to St. Louis in 1956. She was a
nurses aid, school bus driver, child-care provider, a secre-
tary for Warmann Oil, and one of the first women to work
on the St. Louis assembly line of Ford Motor Company.
She retired from Ford in 1989 as production secretary to
the Ford plant. She worked at Freedom Village for more
than 12 years. She was a Stevens Minister at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June
9, at the Freedom Village Auditorium, 6501 17th Ave.
W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
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Sarasota FL 34238, www.tidewell.org. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Sherry Murphy-Kleine
and husband Chris of Owensville, Mo., Nancy Winton
and husband Doug of Anna Maria, Candy Labovites and
husband Jim of Bradenton, Sandy Becker and husband
Ed of Fort Collins, Colo., Susie Robinson and husband
Justin of Bradenton, Ginne Bailey and husband Steve
of St. Peters, Mo., Jackie Roemer and husband Bruce
of Holmes Beach, and Marty Koenegstein and husband
Jeff of Warrenton, Mo.; sister Bette Owen of Silverton,
Ore.; and many, many grandchildren and great grand-
Kenneth G. 'Buddy' Watts
Kenneth G. "Buddy" Watts, 57, of Bradenton, died
June 3. He was born in Talladega, Ala., and moved to
Bradenton in 1978.
He was the public works director for Bradenton
Beach until his retirement in 2002. He was a member
of the Sarasota Manatee County Bowling Association
Hall of Fame.
There will be no service. Memorial contributions
may be made to Fisher House, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd.,
Bay Pines FL 33744, or the Humane Society of Manatee
County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
He is survived by wife Sandy; son Ken; his service
dog Taz; two brothers; and three sisters.
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the flag she
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the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
AMITW walkers use flags to designate crawl
marks and nests on the beach.
One flag entry, from section 6 walker Lois Hun-
tington, consists of a bright yellow flag with a smiling
green turtle with thick eyelashes.
"This is really a lot of fun," Fox said last week,
while reporting that nesting activity is heating up -
41 nests on Island beaches as of June 5.
Fox also reported that the beaches in all three
Island cities appear clean cleared of beach chairs
and other items at night that might impede a nesting
"It's unbelievable," she said. "I cannot believe
the care that people are hli
watching over our beaches."
Fox also observed that lights, which can disorient
turtles, appear shielded from the beaches, including
in Bradenton Beach, where she noticed problems ear-
lier in the season.
"Bradenton Beach," Fox said, "has really stepped
up to bat.... It's really shaping up to be a good
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
41 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of June 5.
AMITW also reported 23 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31,
with the first hatchlings due about July 1.
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Christie's Plumbing Co., 5508
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, turns
34 this month.
The company, owned by Dennis
Christie with son Paul Christie serv-
ing as a hands-on president, specializes
in residential and commercial plumb-
ing, including repair and remodeling
Dennis opened the business in
1975 on the Island, and the operation
remains a family affair at its Holmes
Paul graduated from the University
of Florida in 1999 and went right into
the field, soon after received his master
plumber's license and has been a major
part of the company since.
Today the company operates far
beyond Anna Maria Island, taking jobs
in surrounding counties as well.
"We go all over," said office clerk
Carol Yerly Smith, who has worked
for Christie's several years. "It's very
The company will mark its anni-
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opened a cafe last week.
Cafe hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
according to owners Jo Ann Meilner
and Ines Norman.
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Week programming with several
forums Wednesday, June 10, at the
Lido Beach Resort.
At 10 a.m., the chamber will pres-
ent a talk by Sara Hand on looking at
the big picture while fine-tuning the
details of a business.
At 1 p.m., Alina Mugford will discuss
marketing to the Latino community.
Programming continues Thursday,
June 11, with an awards breakfast at
the Lido Beach Resort at 7:30 a.m.
For more information, call the
chamber at 941-383-2466.
Koko Ray to open
Popular local entertainer, musician
and music teacher Koko Ray Hansen
is going into business.
Hansen the entrepreneur will open
a studio at 315 58th St., Suite I, Holmes
Beach, where he will record, write a
concerto and provide lessons in flute,
saxophone, clarinet, guitar, keyboard
and music theory.
Music students who register by the
end of June and begin lessons before
August, will receive a 25 percent dis-
count off the usual fee.
Hansen will maintain a flexible
schedule at the studio, dividing his time
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with teaching at the Island Rock School
at Edison Academy, Bradenton, and
performing at area clubs with his band,
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers.
For more information, call 941-
758-0395, or join the Koko Ray fan
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Island real estate
The address for the sale of 6601
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in the
June 3 report in The Islander was incor-
rect, and should have been as follows:
501 67th St., Holmes Beach, a
1,662 sfla / 2,132 sfur 2bed/2'/2bath/2car
home built in 1971 on a 78x100 lot was
sold 05/07/09, Griscom to Kraner for
$329,000; list $389,500.
Sales reported this week include:
1801 N. Gulf Drive, Unit 235,
Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a
1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 05/21/09, Adams to Barga for
$255,000; list $229,999.
1801 N. Gulf Drive, Unit 178,
Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a
1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 05/20/09, Ham to Reyes for
$255,000; list $249,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, can be reached
at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Copyright 2099
Chamber to host
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will host another concert
in its Island Music Festival series on
the corner lot at North Bay Boulevard
and Pine Avenue from 5 p.m. to 10
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Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315
p.m. Friday, June 12.
The event will feature live music,
about 18 retail vendors specializing
arts and crafts, a number of food ven-
dors and services, including free chair
massages, with donations benefiting
cancer research and education.
The concert lineup includes Rory
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Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
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Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive,
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p.m., Highway 41 at 5:45 p.m. and the
Blues Alternators at 8 p.m.
Admission is free.
A portion of the proceeds from the
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For more information, call orga-
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Island Real Estate
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May 27 was spon-
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Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce and
hosted by the busi-
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
recently presented two $1,000 scholarships to col-
lege-bound high school graduates.
One scholarship went to Kelley Ice of Anna
Maria, and a second scholarship went to Kathryn
"Katie" Santos of Bradenton.
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stayed in the top 10 percent of her class while also
volunteering for the humane society and youth Red
Cross, holding a part-time job at the Waterfront Res-
taurant and performing in the high school band.
Kelley is planning to attend the University of
Central Florida to pursue a degree to become an elec-
Kathryn is a new Manatee High School graduate,
and she carried a weighted 4.3 grade-point average
while taking advanced placement and honors courses.
Her list of accomplishments is long, with many vol-
unteer clubs, class board officer, Project VEST, vol-
leyball and soccer. She also worked 20 hours per
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Katie has been accepted at the University of
Florida, where she will seek a degree in business and
Sandbar receives plaque from AMI Preservation Trust
The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust is pre-
senting a plaque to the Chiles Restaurant Group's
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The trust is a grassroots non-profit dedicated to
preserving and documenting historic structures on
Founded by Islander Sissy Quinn, the trust
recently determined that the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., meets the requirements to be included in
the Florida Master Site File of historic properties and
to purchase from the trust a black marble preservation
The plaques cost $100 and can be purchased for
properties at least 50 years old.
"The AMIPT could benefit the whole Island
where, not only history is celebrated but that preser-
vation becomes tantamount," Quinn said.
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles said he supported
Quinn's effort to preserve the history and the char-
acter of the Island.
"The history of people gathering to enjoy rec-
reation and fellowship at the Sandbar dates back to
1911 when the Anna Maria Beach Pier Development
Company built the City Pier and platted the town of
Anna Maria," Chiles said. "They built the bathhouse
on the site where the Sandbar now sits. People prom-
ended down the city's main street, Pine Avenue,
from the bay to the Gulf to enjoy a day at the beach
before returning to Tampa by ferry or staying at one
of the two historic hotels on the Island located on the
bayfront across from the city pier."
Chiles, along with partners in the Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC project, is seeking to maintain the
city's historic business district.
"The excitement of seeing the first PAR proj-
ect completed and looking so much like the origi-
nal Anna Maria Inn encouraged me to applaud their
choice of architecture on this very historic street,"
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Wednesday, June 10
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce "Sunrise
Breakfast" at Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Friday, June 12
9 to 10 a.m. Senior Social Hour at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
5 to 10 p.m. Friday Fest on the Bay along Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
Saturday, June 13
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, June 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, June 16
Noon-Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:20 to 6:30 p.m. Young organists com-
petition at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
7 to 9p.m.- Science Cafe with Craig Watson's presentation "Green
spotted pufferfish" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-746-4131.
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-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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The Key Royale Club men and women teamed
up on June 5 for a coed team-low-net scramble. The
team of Barbara Estok, Sylvia Price, Chaz McMul-
lin and Moon Mullen carded an 11-under-par 21 to
take home first place. Second place went to the team
of Margaret Ksiazek, Erma McMullen, Bob Dick-
inson and Larry Fowler, who shot a 10-under 22.
One shot back in third place was the team of Joyce
Reith, Nancy Grimme, Rosewitha Fowler and Dick
Matt Behan chipped in on No. six, while Charlie
Knopp did the same on hole nine. Moon Mullen won
the closest-to-the-pin contest on hole one, while Bev
Neville captured the closest-to-the-pin contest hole
The men of the Key Royale Club played an
18-hole, individual-low-net golf tournament June 3.
Bob Kral matched the PGA tour record score of 59 by
Al Geiberger to take first place. Second place went to
Bob Jorgensen with a 63, followed by Dick Grimme
at 64 and Vince Mercadante at 65.
The men played a 9-hole, best-ball-of-foursome
game on June 1. The team of Danny Hayes, Austin
Rice, Bob King and Ralph Bassett combined to card
a 7-under-par 25 to earn the day's bi ,,,in, rights.
Three teams carded 27 to tie for second place.
Only two teams managed to emerge from pool
play June 6 with the prerequisite 3-0 record and were
left to battle for the day's bi,.,r''iin' ,I ,'hl in horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City hall pits. Steve Gross-
man and Tom Skoloda edged Bob Hawks and Tom
Rhodes 21-19 to claim first place for the day.
The June 3 games saw Jay Disbrow and Sam
Samuels claim first place for the day after being the
only team to post a 3-0 pool-play record. Grossman
and Skoloda earned second-place honors by defeating
Debbie Rhodes and Dalton Aquilo 22-15.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Danielle Capparelli spent $850 "sand dollars" on
a porcelain purse-shaped bank at the June 3 Anna
Maria Elementary end-of-year auction for fourth-
graders. Students earn sand dollars in recognition
of their classroom achievements throughout the
year and the auction, held the final week of school,
is the last chance to spend their bucks. Islander
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Hurricane numbers drop for 2009, some weird tips
"Slightly above average" has dropped to "slightly
less active" for the 2009 hurricane season in the
Drs. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray are
meteorologists with Colorado State University. Gray
has been offering predictions on storm numbers for
The latest forecast, issued June 2, indicates the
season "will be slightly less active than the average
1950-2000 season," the pair wrote.
"We estimate that 2009 will have about five hur-
ricanes (average is 5.9), 11 named storms (average
is 9.6), 50 named storm days (average is 49.1), 20
hurricane days (average is 24.5), two major Category
3-4-5 hurricanes (average is 2.3) and four major hur-
ricane days (average is 5.0).
"The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall
and major Caribbean hurricane activity is estimated
to be slightly below the long-period average."
Why the change?
Klotzbach and Gray said they expect "weak El
Nifo conditions by the most active portion of this
year's hurricane season, August through October. If
El Nino conditions develop, it would tend to increase
the levels of vertical wind shear and decrease the
levels of Atlantic hurricane activity. Another reason
for our forecast reduction is due to the persistence
of anomalously cool sea surface temperatures in the
El Nino is a weather condition in the Pacific
Ocean that tends to diminish the number and inten-
sity of storms in the Atlantic.
Other factors in the diminishment of the Atlantic
hurricane activity include cooler ocean waters and
stronger trade winds, according to the two experts.
Call this a wakeup call
"It's not the despair. I can take the despair. It's
the hope..." John Cleese, "Fawlty Towers"
There is an urban legend that Manatee and Sara-
sota counties have been spared the brunt of hurricanes
for 100-plus years.
The legend varies from the teller. Indian maidens
have been involved, the unrequited love of Spanish
explorers and, in their dying breath, they beg the
Gods to spare this region from the wrath of deadly
There also is some quasi-scientific data involving
water current patterns in the Gulf of Mexico that adds
credence on the matter of why storms veer from our
In fact, according to what I've pulled together,
we've had at least seven storms of some intensity or
other that have either passed over or so close by to
Anna Maria Island since 1870 that it made no differ-
ence that the storms eye missed us.
We got slammed, in other words.
The difference in our urban myth is that nothing
has happened in most of our memories, so we believe
it to be so: We've been spared. Just because not many
of us remember a thing doesn't mean that the thing
I believe that's what is called history.
Please, please, prepare now for yet another pre-
dictably "slightly less active" hurricane season.
Survey data indicates that those within the
reach of any type of storm in the Atlantic and Gulf
of Mexico apparently are woefully unprepared for
such an event.
Adding to the dilemma of preparation is the cur-
rent economic crisis we're going through. Stocking
up on hurricane supplies is taking a back seat to
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paying the rent or the mortgage or a car payment.
Of course, Islanders are smarter than the average
coastal resident, but for the few who are new, here's
my personal hurricane plan. In order are the follow-
Dig out your insurance policy and read it. Read
it a couple of times. If you've got a question, call your
agent for an answer. Beef it up if need be, but make
sure you've got wind, flood, fire ... all the rest. And
check all your other insurance policies while you're
at it, then put them into your hurricane box.
Get as many of those plastic tubs as you think
you need to store the stuff you cherish. I like the ones
that are carry-able size, not the huge ones that take
several people to lug around. Root around and get the
family albums and important papers or special books
and either put them in the tubs now or have enough
plastic crates to hold all the stuff later.
The smart money lies in taking those tubs and
storing them in a high-and-dry location on the main-
Sit everybody in your household down and talk
through a hurricane plan. Hey, call your neighbors
over, too, and come up with something that works to
keep y'all safe if evacuation is ordered and everybody
has to scurry away to points unknown. Who's going
where? Exchange phone numbers of people out-of-
state with whom you'll be in contact with all of
you. Cell phone numbers for each. Text message info
for each. Once you've worked all the details out,
write it down and make lots of copies and exchange
the information so you can all stay in touch.
There has been some confusion in the media
about for how long one should be prepared to deal
on your own with a disaster. The best advice is to aim
for the long picture seven days on your own. One
gallon of water, at least, per person, per day. Food.
Clothes. Medicine. And don't forget that some drugs
have to be refrigerated to remain effective. Pets and
their special needs also are a consideration. Got Spot
or Fluffy current rabies shots? You're going to need
that information stuffed in your hurricane kit if you're
going to a shelter.
As an aside to the above, think about how
you're going to cook for a week or so. Got a char-
coal grill? Get three times as many briquettes as you
think you'll need, get one of those really big tubs,
and stow them where they'll remain dry. If you have
to evacuate, bring the tub to your friend's house. You
will be thought of as bringing black diamonds come
And speaking of eating, how are you planning
to prepare and serve the food you bring with you if
you've got to evacuate? Pots, pans, knives, forks,
napkins, salt ... you get the idea.
So Hurricane Brillo, as a buddy refers to the
big one that we're destined to undergo one of these
days, is threatening the Island. You've been ordered
to evacuate, and, of course, you do. Walk around the
house a few times and imagine what 100 mph winds
will do to the property. Trash cans? In the garage, or
GuIFGaj is6'mdMi 1c^B
secured in a carport. Garage? Beef up the big door,
which is the most vulnerable part of your house. Shut-
ters. Bracing. Sandbags, or that nifty canned foam
insulation stuff that is a mess to clean up afterwards
but works wonders to keep water from penetrating
Storm proof your house both outside and in.
Shutters? Check. Garage-door brace? Check. Yard
furniture secured? Check. Have you cleaned out your
fridge? A lesson learned from New Orleans is that
anything left in a closed, humid box for six weeks
- or even six days or so turns into a toxic dump.
Empty the fridge and take everything with you.
Regarding "tool-time," there are a few items
that should be in your vehicle. Those cans of "fix-a-
flat" or whatever are invaluable, and more than just
one. Newspaper colleagues in Punta Gorda post-Hur-
ricane Charley were going through cases of the stuff
a week as they drove through roofing nails strewn
everywhere. Buy lots of the stuff, or be ready to be
And there is duct tape. I can't quite come up
with a reason to have a roll of the stuff during a hur-
ricane, which I guess means that I should have at least
two rolls for dealing with unknown problems.
Let's say we're off the Island for a week or
more. There's no electricity, no TV, no entertainment
that we haven't brought to our shelter. What is that
entertainment going to be? I like books, kids like
electronic game toys, but they gobble up batteries
like kids on candy. It seems to me that the tedium of
riding out the post-disaster days is going to be about
as disastrous as any storm. Parents will understand
And remember that your nifty little battery-
operated cable-dependent TV won't work without
cable later this month as the world switches from
analogue to digital. Get a radio.
The whole point of this exercise is for you to
think a bit about the worst-case scenario in a "storm
event." Think now.
Please think about what coulda/woulda/maybe
I've had to deal with more than my share of the
storms that have aimed and missed the Island in
recent decades, and even a few that didn't miss all
that much. Survival wasn't so much an attribute of
planning as dumb luck, and that luck like what
Anna Maria Island has gone through in the past 100-
plus years can't keep on keeping on.
I hope to see you all on the other side of this
Here's a tool you need to have in your kit you
may not have considered: heavy work boots and
You get home, half your roof is lying on the yard,
and you start the cleanup in your sneakers. First thing
that happens is you step on a rusty nail. Or you grab
a board and a splinter jabs your hand.
Now you've hurt yourself, you're limping, your
hand is bleeding, and you've got all that work to
Invest in the heavy shoes and gloves.
A June 3 story on a landscaping ordinance in
Anna Maria incorrectly identified Robin Wall as a
member of the city environmental enhancement and
education committee. She is a former member.
ACTION FLATS FISHING
HALF-DAY FUL -DAY TRIPS
apt. Kevin Hartman
USCG Licensed Inshore Fishing
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 10, 2009 E 21
Tarpon thick along beaches, in Tampa Bay
By Paul Roat
It's still tarpon time off Anna Maria Island.
The big fighting fish are to be found and caught
off the beaches, in the passes and near Egmont Key,
and even on the seagrass beds in the bays.
Trout and catch-and-release snook also are
moving from beach to bay right now. Redfish action
is somewhat sporadic, but there are still some big
spotties to be had by the piers.
Offshore fishing for amberjack, snapper and
grouper is great in the Gulf of Mexico. The grouper
bite is moving farther from shore as the water warms,
but the hits keep on coming.
There are also some cobia mixed in around the
tarpon pods, and reports of dolphins being caught
Capt. Logan Bystrom said tarpon fishing has
been great. "We've been getting plenty of hookups
in the morning incoming and evening outgoing tides
using shiners and crabs," he said. "We've been catch-
ing a few cobia here and there while tarpon fishing,
so keep an eye out for them. This week there will
be prime outgoing tides in the evenings, perfect for
tarpon fishing, so be ready."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said tarpon have really
turned on of late. Silver kings are being caught off the
beaches, in Tampa Bay and even in the backwater on
seagrass beds. "Guys are telling me they're in the bays
fishing for trout and 'boom!' they've got a tarpon on a
trout rig," he said. Trout fishing also is excellent, with
some captains reporting anywhere from 50 to 80 fish
hooked per trip. Redfish action is sporadic, Danny said.
Offshore fishing is excellent for amberjack, with lots
of schooling AJs spotted. Red snapper season is again
open, and lots of fish are coming to the docks from the
100-foot depths. Grouper fishing is decent, he added,
but the big fish are starting to move into deeper waters of
the Gulf. The kingfish run is mostly over for the season,
Danny said, although there are still some king mackerel
being caught. There also are some dolphins the fish,
Keegan and Brendan Murphy, in a joint effort,
caught this 3-foot-long blacktip shark just off Bean
Point. The lads plan to cook shark steaks for their
dad on his birthday that week. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Grandpa Dan Murphy
Glad for grouper
BJAmero and mom Kim Amero from Rockport, Mass., with their first red grouper. The family caught more
grouper and a variety of snappers in 135feet using live pinfish and sardines. The family was on vacation
visiting Anna Maria Island and fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire of I/,. -ir Me the Fish Charters.
not Flipper being caught in about 75 feet of water.
The fish are small, but still fun to catch. He warned that
hammerhead and bull sharks are finding hooked tarpon
to be a tasty treat, with more than a few fishers reporting
hookups only to reel in a tarpon with a big shark bite.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said he's
finding snook to be "really chewing" right now. He
said he caught a couple catch-and-release linesiders
per trip in the past few weeks, but the action has
really picked up in the past few days, both in the bays
and along the beaches.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, the bait-
master said fishing is pretty good, with lots of mack-
erel, snapper, over-size redfish and lots of catch-and-
release snook being caught. The kids are loving the
blue runner catch, he added, as well as the jacks.
Anna Maria City Pier reports that fishers there
are catching lots of mackerel. Best time to fish is in
the mornings or late afternoons. There also are a lot
of dolphins putting on a show around the pier.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said the morning
squalls put the Gulf pretty much off limits for his char-
ters during for a few days last week, but an early week
trip produced non-stop action for Spanish mackerel,
mangrove snapper, grouper, cobia and sharks. "A young
lady from London, England, did battle with one of the
biggest cobia I've seen in years on 15-pound test line,"
he said. "When she passed the rod off to her hubby, he
sadly applied too much pressure on the big fish and
that was all she wrote." Capt. Zach said he's also been
fishing in northern Sarasota Bay, catching trout, blue-
fish, mackerel and big ladyfish. Fishing for sharks is
"jammed" in the mouth of Tampa Bay to the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge. "There's an unbelievable array of bait
around right now" adding to his success, he said, "from
King for a day
Craig Fox caught this monster kingfish while fish-
ing with Capt. Larry McGuire. It was Fox's first
kingfish excursion, which also produced blacktip
sharks, grouper and snapper.
fry pilchards to big slabs, pinfish, finger mullet, shad,
thread herring and Spanish sardines. The bait is all over
the inshore flats, on the beaches, and out in the Gulf."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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less, 15 words or less. FREE. Deliver in person to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
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COMPUTER: COMPAQ EVO D300V Pentium 4,
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30x60, glass top. $40. 941-756-6728.
KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s vanity,
triple mirror, $99.1950s electric lift chair, modern
Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
WOMAN'S 14K GOLD diamond ring. Size seven,
no scratches. $90. 941-773-6109.
E-Z-GO FOUR-SEAT golf cart. New batteries,
lights. $1,500. Small dorm-size refrigerator, $25.
Solid-oak drop-leaf table, $35. Mosquito magnet
with propane tank, $40. Seven-foot, four-door
entertainment armoire, $175. 863-712-3167.
WEBER 18.5-INCH KETTLE grill/smoker,
black, $15. Great condition, 941-794-1225.
SMALL KITCHEN TABLE and two chairs. $20.
BISTRO CHAIRS: TWO, wrought-iron, $10 each.
Wrought-iron coffee table, white, $25. Black rattan
GREAT DEALS! RATTAN sleeper sofa, $65. Sealy
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RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
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HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
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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
KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
sions. For more information, call 941-758-0395.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
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Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
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A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
LOST: TUNGSTEN MEN'S wedding band. Lost
after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at the beach
near 64th Street. Engraved: NEF JLM 10-18-08.
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LOST: CANON CYBERSHOT slide-front camera
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LOST: MAN'S GOLD bracelet, initials GES, sen-
timental value. Contact The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: GOLD RING with red and white stones,
flower shaped. Found on beach near Spring
Avenue, Anna Maria. Claim at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST CAT, white with black and brown striped
patches. Both ears are bent forward and he has
bad eyes. Over-weight, old and friendly. Answers
to Stout, has pink collar with bell. Last seen
Wednesday, May 27, near Beach Bistro. Please,
call 617-733-6528, 941-224-3423, or come by
The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
LOST: ONE-YEAR old female black cat. Spayed,
snipped left ear. Name is "Baby Kitty." Sadly
missed. Please, call if seen. 941-778-1201 or
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
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screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
NURSES: LONG-TERM home care assisting
lady with spinal injury. Sleep-over shifts available
Friday/Sunday night, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Also, Sat-
urday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity for some
DAY SPA NEEDS massage therapist part-time.
Rent or commission. 941-746-8448.
& Property Services Inc.
PO Box 265, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Quality Pet Sitting Bonded Insured
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH
X A PASTOR
PO Box 243, Bradenton Beach, 34217
300 CHURCH AVE. BRADENTON BEACH
2 BLOCKS NORTH OF BRIDGE ST. CLOCK TOWER
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
S- Fellowship follows
Celebrate with us!
778-1813 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach www.gloriadeilutheran.org
Board Certified, Experienced Doctors
Adults and Children
John Cella, M.D. Elaine Waters, M.D.
Allergies Asthma Sinus
SERVING TWO AREAS
Tanglewood Professional Center 5309 SR 64 E, Bradenton
5701 21st Ave. W., Bradenton 1 mile West of 1-75
Convenient to W. Bradenton & the Beaches Convenient to East County
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FOR HIRE: PART-time housekeeper for local
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL, long
history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good cuisine
would work. Confidentiality agreement required.
$160,000 plus inventory. Longview Realty, 941-
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
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.
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-
3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: Island
resident, excellent references. Call Becky at 941-
778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
PEST CONTROL: LOCALLY owned. Call for a free
home pest inspection. The company that keeps
your lawn healthy can also keep the bugs out of
your home. Southern Greens, 941-747-6677.
AN HONEST AND dependable woman would like
the opportunity to clean your home. Call 941-746-
PIANO, ORGAN, VOICE lessons: Children's
classes. Music exercises the brain and keeps
thinking skills sharp. In children, music lessons
help develop the brain and increase math and
science skills and music lessons are fun! Call
Marilyn today, 941-773-6301.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
BEACH TEACH: CERTIFIED teacher providing
weekday home childcare with enrichment activi-
ties. Tutoring available. Brittany, 330-805-7399.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
OB'S PAINTING: "You call ... we come!" Profes-
sional and courteous. 24 years experience. Resi-
dential/commercial. Jon, 941-962-3383.
SUPER CLEAN YOUR home: 100 percent reliable
Island resident. I love to clean and will make your
home sparkle! Free estimates. VIP references.
Call "Pa." 941-778-3086.
9tecame ta aur new action
We're pleased to announce the expansion of our business
with the opening of our second office at
315 PINE AVENUE, ANNA MARIA
Owners Mike and Susan Brinson are thrilled to be the first business to open on Pine
Avenue since the Pine Avenue Restoration Project began. "We're delighted to be a part
of this exciting transformation of Anna Maria. Please stop in to see our new office and
meet our friendly AMI vacation-rental consultants"
Pictured from left, Mike Brinson, Sonny Hogue, Julie DeSear, Trish Knoedl,
Gina Hogue, Billi Stuckert and Susan Brinson.
The perfect vacation begins with the perfect vacation rental.
We offer more than 180 beautiful properties to choose from.
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315 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941-779-0733
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
andys Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
wr ni Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
AN'S RESCREEN INE
i'C:L -:-,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C:'P:'oR
rN: 1:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima-:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
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of local businesses!
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Nature's Design Landscaping
Tropical Landscape Specialist
941-729-9381 Design & In:..ii1
33 YEARS EXPERIENCE Residential :. 1 : i, erl: ,.
I RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
S Residential & Condo Renovations
' Kitchens Bath Design Service
g Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
SI' References available 941-720-7519
Marianne Correll REALTOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
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COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
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-
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 when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
email@example.com for details.
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 loca-
tion, flexible, rolling enrollment. For June special
ITEMS FOR SALE:
Individuals may advertise up to three items,
each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less
total, and the ad is FREE. Deliver in person to:
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
fax to 1-866-362-9821
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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.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years pro-
active service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake". 941-
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 $48/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top
soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Also free removal of your unwanted boulders.
Plus we are a complete tree and stump service.
Insured, experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC
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
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Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
POWERUPAUTO.COM SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES FL MV-46219
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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.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. 941-981-5058.
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.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, near Intracoastal Waterway,
west Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastal-
propertiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,300/month, lease option available. Call
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $850/month, water, trash included.
Available now. 941-778-7003.
QUAINT CORTEZ 1BR. Partially furnished,
central air conditioning, washer and dryer, near
Marina. $645/month. 941-545-9025.
ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1BR/1BA. $750/month
includes water and sewer. 503 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.
BRADENTON: MIRROR LAKE, next to IMG Acad-
emy. 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool, direct lake view.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA, Florida room, fire-
place, washer and dryer hookup, $750/month.
1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close to beach, $700/month.
3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer and dryer hookup,
$850/month. Very rustic 3BR/2BA, up/down
on Gulfside in Anna Maria, $850/month. Small
2BR/1 BA older cottage with Florida room, $750/
month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-
LONGBOAT KEY ANNUAL rental: Available
immediately. Charming 1BR bungalow on canal,
30-foot private dock. Screened lanai, canalside
patio, Durante Park. Air conditioned, heated,
comfortable living room, kitchen, dining area, one
bathroom. Tracy, 941-894-0988.
BAYFRONT RENTALS: FULLY furnished
2BR/2BA, close to beach with great fishing dock.
Monthly rent starts at $750. Call for information.
ADORABLE FURNISHED 1BR in Sunny Shores
through Oct. 31. $600-$650/month includes utili-
ANNUAL GROUND-FLOOR duplex, 200 feet to
Rod & Reel Pier, partially furnished, 2BR/1BA,
1BR/1BA ANNUAL FIRST-floor duplex. Pet OK,
pool, washer and dryer, fenced, carport, outside
storage, yard care, water, sewer, trash. $700/
month. First, last, security. 202-A Haverkos Court,
Holmes Beach. 941-720-1006.
WATERFRONT LONGBOAT KEY home: 3BR/2BA
with 10,000 pound lift. Updated home, steps to
Durante Park and beach. Great area, plenty of
families. Dogs OK. $1,650/month, annual. 762 St.
Judes Drive. 941-794-2254.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota CoLiili-: :i. 1'- co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Hol-:rr -:, lii'.: ,p-i,," Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Rshi tt_ s_-_i ni rin ", IL. Permitted/Licensed/Insured
941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .,- I
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup
Call Junior, 807-1015 .
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Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes *
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REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. 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. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
SALES &VACATION RENTALS
Let me help you
navigate the Island to
9 find that perfect Home
or Condo in PARADISE!
WELCOME TO PRADI 778.4800
Capt. Gg Bue 5201 Guff Dr, Holmes Beach
941.592.8373 102 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach
ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $350,000.
BAYFRONT. 2 COTTAGES. One directly on the bay with
a beautiful view, the other on adjoining property and stones
throw from the beach.
Mike Norman Realty"IN
800-367-1617 941-778-6696 f
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH :
OUT THE FRONT door on-the-beach pristine ren-
ovated condo. Gulfview from every room. Priced
to sell at $520,000. Designer turnkey. 941-779-
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.
BARGAIN PRICED: CHARMING canal houses.
Paid $600,000-plus in 2004, selling for $490,000
and $520,000. 941-779-1013.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Mari
Gu6ff Bay f aSty ofAnna Saria Inc.
Jesse Bisson Brokf rAssociat, (gS
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. Built
in 2005 this like new
condo has peeks of the
._ji gulf and a great rental
/ history. Being offered at
$389,000 and coming turnkey furnished,
it's a supreme value in today's market. This
property will not last long. $389,000
Call Jesse Brisson
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
NORRIS LAKEFRONT LIVING: East Tennessee.
Visit NorrisLakeFrontProperties.com or call 865-
278-3900. Vicki, 423-626-6353, Realty group.
4BR/3.5BA: 3,634 sf single-family home situated
on seven acres in Thomas County, Ga. Double
garage, fence, deck, screened porch. $359,900.
Norris Bishop Realty, 229-890-1186.
FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION: Florida state-
wide. Auction starts July 11. 600 homes must be
sold! REDC I. Free brochure. www.Auction.com.
RE No. CQ1031187.
COASTAL GEORGIA BANK ordered sale. One-
plus acre, ocean-access. $29,900. 888-982-8952,
ext. 5192. http://www.oceanaccess299.com/
FOR EXPERT ADlI(E ON ISLAND PROPERTIES
CALL THE ISLANDERS
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Perico Bay Club 3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter
tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos.
Updated kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Spacious building lot with Gulf views, 204 66th St.
$425,000. Owner financing.
Shorewalk Condo end unit 2BR/2BA, off Cortez
Road. Overlooks lake, short-term rentals okay.
Call Robert St. Jean at 941-730-1291
Call me for a full list of foreclosures on the Island.
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LAKE LOT DEAL fell through! 2.6 acres, $19,300.
Free boat slips! Was $39,900. Secluded wooded
lot with deeded access to private stocked bass
lake. Quiet road frontage, utilities, warranty deed.
Excellent financing. Must see, call now! 888-792-
5253, ext. 3038.
DOCKABLE LAKEFRONT: $69,900! Was
$99,900. Wooded homesite with beautiful shore-
line, in gated community. Minutes from Interstate!
Excellent financing. Call now, 800-564-5092, ask
for ext. 1511.
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CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA. Large lot,
trees, room for pool. $165,900
PALMA SOLA 3BRJ2BA, pool,lari e lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $ 99,000.
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,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
PRE-GRAND OPENING sale! Saturday and
Sunday, June 27-28. Eight acres with deep, dock-
able lakefront, only $39,900. Save $10,000. Spec-
tacular eight-acre hardwood setting with deep
dockable waterfront! Prime Alabama location.
Paved roads, county water, utilities all completed.
Lowest financing in years! Call now, 866-952-
5302, ask for ext.1525. Price includes discount.
tacular eight-acre hardwood setting with deep
DEVELOPER SPECIAL: Three-plus acres:
$54,400, was $75,000. Wooded, private, ready
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Getting ready for the lazy days of summer are AME fifth-graders
Emma Bouchard, Taylor Wise, Bryce Smith, Brooke Phillips, Joely
Hernandez, Diana Pimentel, Devon Francisco and Jared Wacaser.
The group met beachside at the annual AMEffiii- ,rade graduation
lunch June 2 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
took to the
wind June 2,
topped off a
P Happy staff
SAnna Maria Ele-
from left, volunteer
Tracy Phelps, fifth-
Sgrade teacher Anne
Kinnan, art teacher
Principal Tom Lev-
at the fifth-grade
S at the BeachHouse
2009-10 AME PTO
New Parent-Teacher Organization officers will take
on responsibilities for the 2009-10 school year.
The new PTO president is Monica Daigle. Work-
ing with her will be Lauren Waite and Gary Wooten
as co-vice presidents, Lisa Woodard as treasurer and
Stephanie Bell as secretary.
One of the first projects for the new school year
will be the sale of school supplies at the annual Back-
to-School event, which will be held Aug. 20. That event
also includes an opportunity to meet the new board, join
PTO and sign up for committees.
The PTO also will host a new parent breakfast in
the cafeteria at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24. The wel-
come breakfast is a chance to learn about school pro-
cedures, meet principal Tom Levengood and mingle
with other new-to-AME parents.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.
beat the summer
heat June 2 with
Italian ice from
Coco Joe's traveling
service van while
left are, Raven
Serio, Paige Tinsley,
and Kailyn Youngs.
Coco Joe's "Real Italian" Water Ice truck rolled onto campus June 2 at Anna Maria
Elementary before the final bell rang June 4 for summer vacation, treating third-
and fourth-graders to a flavored Italian ice treat.
Island Kiwanis members Rich Bohnenberger, Sandy Haas-Martens and
Stretch Fretwell present digital cameras to Anna Maria Elementary School
fifth-graders Jackie Burgess and Max Driscoll. Both students were selected
by their teachers as the two students who made the most academic progress
during the school year. The Kiwanis Bringing Up Grades (BUGS) initiative
recognizes student progress quarterly with more than 100 BUGS certificates
presented this school year. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ralph Bassett