VOLUME 18, NO. 6
Privateers deck the
streets with holiday
cheer. Page 16
the news ...
ers meet on water-
front. Page 4
Bridge Street pier
work. Page 5
Op/Ed: The Island-
er's opinion, your
opinion. Page 6
Anna Maria seeks
rep's help. Page 9
to celebrate holiday
season. Page 10
Bank seeks to
foreclose on resort
property. Page 12
What to do, plus the
when and where.
AME: Kids learn the
art of retail. Page 18
Mt. Vernon man
grateful for war
experiences. Page 20
Sports: MHS stuns
football fans. Page 24
Manatee Beach 700-foot pier possible
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach city commissioners at
their Dec. 8 meeting at city hall again dis-
cussed what type of pier they want to see
replace the newly demolished one at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore, who chairs the county Tourist
Development Council, said that Charlie
Hunsicker, director of the county natural
resources department, has identified fund-
ing for a 700-foot-long pier.
At a previous meeting, a majority of city
commissioners said they were in favor of a
T-end 300-foot-long pier. That was under
the assumption that funding was not avail-
able for a longer pier.
"There's a bid coming up on the con-
cessions," Whitmore said, "and the extra
money from there could go to pay for it."
"I say 300 feet," Commissioner Pat
Morton said, "and if you don't want to go
300 feet, then nothing at all."
"I do prefer the 700-foot pier," Commis-
sioner John Monetti said. "If the money's
there, all the more in my opinion."
"Just because the money's there doesn't
mean you have to spend it and waste it," Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino said. "I think
Looking toward Bradenton Beach from the Seafood '/,..,. .- near Cortez Bridge, Barbara and
husband Don Capron enjoyed a closeup view of the congregation of mullet fishers working
their trade. Islander Photo: Courtesy Barbara Capron
what's important is, big bridge, big pier, looks
like every other place in the state of Florida.
It's not primarily a fishing pier, and it's not a
good fishing spot anyway."
"It might be a good fishing spot at 700
feet," Monetti said.
PLEASE SEE PIER, NEXT PAGE
Mullet run 'on'
By Nick Walter
Steve Parker represents the fourth gen-
eration of his family working in the Cortez
fishing village, and he's seen decades of
But few have been as tough as this
Parker has received 60 cents for a pound
of red mullet roe, and until last week, action
had been slow. But the run is on now.
"I mean, back in 1995 we were getting
$2.60 before the net ban," Parker said of the
price paid to fishers for mullet roe before
the statewide ban on gill nets. "Actually, it
was the second day after the net ban when
the price really went up high, then the prices
turned around and went back down. Now it's
He said he's getting only 10 cents a
PLEASE SEE MULLET, PAGE 3
Anna Maria finds DOT pot of gold
By Rick Catlin
Who says there's no pot of gold at the
end of the rainbow? And who says the rain-
bow can't be found in Anna Maria?
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford believes
there is a pot of gold, particularly after Florida
Department of Transportation community liai-
son Manon Lavoie informed her last month
that the DOT had available some transporta-
tion enhancement grant funding.
The city already has a $358,000 grant
from the federal government through the
DOT that it will use to construct a board-
walk at the city pier and for landscaping
improvements in that area.
But City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick,
who heads the city's transportation enhance-
ment grant committee, said Manatee County
planning officials were worried there was
not enough money to do a 360-foot-long
boardwalk and new landscaping at the city
pier, as well as put in picnic benches and
pavilions and a covered trolley stop.
Lavoie, however, tracked enhancement
grants in the state and found $602,000 unal-
located for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The city
moved quickly to apply those funds to its
already approved grant.
If the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization approved the request
at its Dec. 14 meeting as expected, the city
will have nearly $1 million for the boardwalk
project. The meeting was taking place as The
Islander went to press.
Thanks to Lavoie, "We can now do the
project with all the improvements originally
proposed," Mattick said.
"Manon really is our advocate," Barford
More good news is that the DOT will
perform the design and engineering for the
project. The city will not have to continue
its effort to sign a planning agreement with
Manatee County for those services.
Work on the agreement was "getting cum-
bersome" for both the city and county, Bar-
On the down side, the new funding can't
be used for infrastructure improvements to
the city pier or any new projects in the retail-
office-residential district The money is spe-
cific to the approved application for the pier.
Mattick said she was delighted to learn of
the additional funds.
"We can have a better boardwalk, more
like a nature trail," she said. "It won't be like
an Atlantic City boardwalk."
Mattick said the next step will likely be
a meeting between the DOT design and engi-
neering team and the Anna Maria transpor-
tation enhancement grant committee. That's
expected by late January, she said.
DEC. 16, 2009
2 0 DEC. 16, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Beach pier excavator lands in Gulf
Pier CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
By Nick Walter
From his tower at Manatee Public Beach, life-
guard Matt McNitt watched the excavator as it
worked away, removing decking at the end of the
Suddenly, the road of pillars that led to the
pier's end crumbled and the excavator tipped into
"Oh, oh," McNitt said. "I'm going to have to get
in the water, because it's about to roll over."
Fortunately, the operator of the Komat'su exca-
vator owned by Forristall Demolition, the contractor
on the job, was able to keep the vehicle from tipping
sideways or slipping farther into the water. And he
exited the vehicle without any harm.
Rolph Huband of Holmes Beach was watching as
well. "I just said to my wife, 'Let's go see him getting
the end of the pier.'" Huband said. "So we went out
there and suddenly it fell off."
The excavator quickly became stuck in the sand
as an incoming tide eventually put the vehicle in about
10-foot deep waters. That night, a Forristall Demoli-
tion crane lifted the excavator out of the rubble and
"There was a pretty hefty current that day," said
Mary Forristall, president of Forristall Demolition.
"We didn't recognize that. The current must have
undermined some of the road and created a void that
caused the collapse."
Forristall said there was no damage to the exca-
She said she expects the end of the pier to be
removed by the end of the month.
"We're three weeks ahead of schedule," she
A crew from
Dec. 7 to
"I'm not on top of this," Commissioner Al Rob-
inson said. "If the fish are out there at 700, I say take
it out there to 700."
Discussion on funding for the new pier was on
the agenda at the Dec. 14 TDC meeting, which took
place as The Islander went to press.
In other business, an in-house estimate for a
possible sidewalk along the north side of Manatee
Avenue from the intersection at East Bay Drive to
the public beach came in at $21,000. The Florida
Department of Transportation, however, will conduct
its own estimate. Commissioners said federal stimu-
lus funding for the project is not available.
Robinson spoke on the DOT plan to spend
$170,000 to replace traffic signals at the intersec-
tion of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue with
new equipment that is able to withstand higher wind
Robinson called for a resolution against the sig-
"Don't we have an obligation at the city of
Holmes Beach to say, 'This money is being wasted
and we the commissioners do not put a stamp of
approval on this waste of funds?"'" Robinson said.
"We don't stand behind it."
But Monetti told Robinson, "Here in Holmes
Beach, if we go after what the state is doing on state
roads, it's really not the best use of our energies,"
Monetti told Robinson.
Monetti then addressed a complaint from a city
resident about raccoons.
"We don't have funding or a department for that,"
He called Manatee County Animal Services and
learned that they do not have funding for relocating
The commission canceled its Dec. 22 meeting
because of the holidays. The next meeting will be
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Mullet CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
pound for white roe.
Karen Bell, office manager at A.P Bell Fish Co.
and owner of the Star Fish Co. market and restaurant
in Cortez, said demand is low.
"We just don't really have a buyer for sure yet,"
Bell said. "It's kind of a scary way to buy stuff.
Mostly it's exported, but we'll just do the best we
She said that Africa and China have recently had
exceptional harvests of roe.
Mullet fishermen typically spend six to eight
hours on the water to bring back 5,000 to 10,000
pounds of mullet, according to Bell.
The workers may be fishing until 2 a.m., shovel-
ing ice into buckets and mending holes in nets.
"They have to see when the fish are bunched
together and that's when they target the mullet," Bell
said. "They just touch base with each other."
The fish are harvested by throwing cast nets from
a boat into a mullet school, and it takes many suc-
cessful attempts to gather enough mullet to make a
The mullet roe must be rinsed, put in tube-shaped
bags and weighed into 5-pound boxes.
Parker, who takes his roe to A.P Bell Fish Co.,
hopes ideal weather conditions line up soon.
"We need a good norwester [wind]," he said.
"Some good rain and a little lightning, and when the
wind comes from the northwest and starts blowing
20-25, the barometer starts dropping, that's what
helps the mullet lay eggs the barometric pressure
- especially on a full moon."
Anna Maria City
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Dec. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Jan. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
Dec. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meet-
Jan. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 17, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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4 0 DEC. 16, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Waterfronts managers meet on waterfront
By Lisa Neff
Waves crashed against the shore, a Gulf wind
cooled, and attendees of a meeting of the state's
Waterfronts Florida program were in their element.
The meeting took place Dec. 7-8 mostly at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, where
city officials, with the assistance of representatives
from Cortez, played host.
The Waterfronts Florida program is managed by
the state department of community affairs and funded
in part by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-
istration. The program exists to help communities
preserve and promote working waterfronts. Both
Bradenton Beach and Cortez are Waterfronts Florida
"It's gone very, very well," said Bradenton Beach
project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips, who
coordinated the event and is a member of the Water-
fronts Florida managers group. L\ c ybody has been
Waterfronts Florida program managers from
around the state discussed the challenges facing
their communities, especially in regards to dimin-
ished funding due to shrinking or tightened municipal
But they also discussed opportunities, especially
the potential to secure state, federal or nonprofit
grants for projects.
Program managers also learned from a number
of speakers about opportunities to beautify byways,
minimize hazards before a disaster, improve storm-
water systems and eradicate non-native plants.
"There is so much value to these meetings," Phil-
lips said, counting 30 attendees.
On Dec. 7, attendees learned about low-impact
development and smart growth, toured the waterfront
in Cortez and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and
received "swag" bags stuffed with souvenirs and
coupons before dining at the BeachHouse and play-
ing a round of mini-golf at the Fish Hole.
On Dec. 8, attendees, while eating breakfast at
the BeachHouse, learned about hazard mitigation,
creating "communities for a lifetime," environmental
stewardship and scenic highways.
The scenic highway discussion involved a series
of speakers, including Lynne Marie Whately, who
explained the state's role in the scenic highway pro-
There are currently 24 state-designated scenic high-
ways, four of which are in the area the Palma Sola
Scenic Highway on Manatee Avenue from 75th Street
in Bradenton west to East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach;
the Gulf Drive Scenic Highway that runs the length of
State Road 789 in Bradenton Beach; the Tamiami Scenic
Highway on U.S. 41 in Manatee and Sarasota counties
and the Lemon Bay/Myakka Scenic Highway.
The program, Whately said, was created in the
mid-1990s to go beyond promoting a scenic route
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"with a sign by the side of the road."
And, she added, Florida in recent years has done
well in securing grants through the federal scenic
highway program for projects, including funding for
Bradenton Beach to update its management plan for
The scenic highway discussion highlighted the
city's unique approach, which involved blending
its scenic highway committee with its Waterfronts
Florida committee to create one volunteer advisory
"In Bradenton Beach, the scenic highway was
tied closely with the waterfront," said Bob Her-
rington, a liaison to the ScenicWAVES committee
from the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization. "You can probably stand on one side
of the Island and throw a rock to the other.... So [the
city] thought it might be a good idea to put these
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State authorizes pier repair work
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection gave Bradenton Beach the OK needed to
move ahead with fixing the Historic Bridge Street
"The city has received authorization from the
district office of FDEP to stabilize the landing at the
day dock, replace two damaged concrete pilings and
install two permanent pilings under the landing of the
day dock," said city building official Steve Gilbert.
The pier was temporarily closed earlier this
month following a storm that brought little rain, but
heavy winds to Anna Maria Island.
Strong wave action associated with the Dec. 2
storm damaged the pier. A cantilever connecting the
day dock to the ramp twisted, which tilted the ramp
and cracked two concrete pilings.
"It didn't seem like much of a storm to me,"
said frequent pier fisher Bob Naylor of Cortez. "But
I came out here to the pier the next morning and it
was blocked off. No fishing."
The city temporarily closed the boardwalk, but
did not the close Rotten Ralph's restaurant at the
entrance to the pier.
The city reopened the pier Dec. 4, but kept the
ramp to the day dock closed.
City officials, in consultation with dock build-
ers, decided that a temporary fix estimated to cost
$1,000 would involve installing two 16-inch wood
pilings and removing the cantilever and the concrete
Last week, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection authorized repairs.
"DEP issued the authorization for the work to
repair some pilings and install additional pilings
to repair the pier through a deminimus exemption
- minimal potential for adverse environmental
impacts," said Doug Tobin, an external affairs man-
ager with the DEP
Tobin added, "The city does not need any further
authorization from the department as long as the work
is within the scope of what they told us they were
going to do."
The pier, a major attraction on the Island,
reopened in September 2007 after a $2.2 million
renovation. The pier had suffered structural damage
during the 2004 hurricane season.
The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton
Beach was open last week, but the ramp to the
day dock remained closed due to storm damage.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Swiftmud requires permit for BB shore project
By Lisa Neff
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict is requiring Bradenton Beach officials to secure
an environmental resource permit for a shoreline sta-
Swiftmud, responding to a city inquiry, notified
Bradenton Beach of the need to go through the permit
process last week.
The city had applied for an exemption from the
permit process, according to city project/program
manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
"We were not anticipating a full ERP -environ-
mental resource permit," Phillips said.
However, added project consultant Dianne
Rosensweig of Scheda Ecological Associates, "The
engineer will be meeting with Swiftmud this week,
and we are hoping to ascertain the type of permit
required. Since the plans are already in house, we do
not anticipate any major delays."
Bradenton Beach is working on the shoreline
stabilization project with the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
and Scheda Ecological Associates.
The project involves a kayak launch on the shore-
line near Herb Dolan Park at Avenue A and 25th
Street, a kayak rack nearby, the removal of rip-rap
along the shore and, to stabilize the shore, the instal-
lation of geoweb netting, soil and spartina grass.
The nutrient-absorbing plants near the intersec-
tion will be in a swale a "vegetated bio swale" -
so that, in addition to preventing people from parking,
the swale will serve as a stormwater filter, according
"The project appears to need an environmental
resource permit particularly due to the stormwater
treatment structures pipe and swale mentioned
in the plans and possibly for the canoe launch," said
Swiftmud spokesperson Robyn Felix.
Phillips said the project partners had expected
to be exempt from the permit process, but now must
"pay a fee and the engineers have to do a whole appli-
Rosensweig said, "We knew it might not qual-
The city commission has reviewed the plans,
which are not yet final.
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6 E DEC. 16, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Yes, Virginia, it's beginning to look a lot like
Christmas. And for kids on Anna Maria Island, Santa
Claus has certainly made a lot of visits and listened
to lots of wishes.
The visit this past weekend was thanks to the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, the benevolent, parad-
ing, partying pirate crew that has embraced the hearts
of many, young and old.
If anything symbolizes Anna Maria Island better
than the Privateers, please, let us know.
The Christmas parade Dec. 12 brought out the
holiday spirit for the folks in the parade as well as
the merrymakers collecting beads, candy and assorted
handouts. And by the way, how many parades have
you been to where the floats pass out fresh home-
grown grapefruit? Yes, on Anna Maria Island it's
possible, thanks to Bob Slicker of Americom.
As the holiday spirit progresses, where else can
you go to walk the biblical path of Mary and Joseph
with friends and family in period attire accompanied
by a donkey, sheep, goats and a llama standing in for
The Rev. Gary Batey and Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church serve the "reason for the season"
along with a gathering at the end of walk when the
pastor reads the Christmas story from an aged scroll
and the baby Jesus and three wise men look on.
For the celebrants of the Bethlehem Walk and the
fellowship that follows, it's a beautiful and memo-
And don't forget to appreciate the simple things,
too, such as a ride around the Island, maybe on the trol-
ley, to enjoy holiday lights on homes and businesses.
Plan your tour to coincide with the holiday open
house on Bridge Street Dec. 19, and you can hop off
the trolley, visit Santa and enjoy the hospitality of the
merchants in the historic shopping district.
And if you have room in your budget for just one
more Christmas gift this year, consider a donation to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center before Jan.
1, and your gift will be matched by Chuck and Joey
Lester, who each year challenge others to match their
Sometimes it helps to take a deep breath, put any
squabbles aside, and appreciate the wonderful com-
munity that puts the joy in our holiday season.
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Clean and green
I want to express my gratitude to the city of
Holmes Beach for the work it has done with the
green spaces at the intersection of East Bay Drive
and Manatee Avenue.
It is a treat to sit at a light and admire the beauty
of the handiwork. You may also notice a sign there
from Manatee River Garden Club identifying this area
for their Beautification Award. Congratulations.
The lush green plantings, small palm trees, yellow
beach daisies and bright red poinsettias make such a
positive statement. They say, "Welcome, we're glad
you're here" to those coming on the Island. To those
going off the Island, it says, "We hope you enjoyed
your visit, come again."
The landscape work of our city workers provides
a great first impression for visitors. Much like the
entries to our homes, the handiwork is visible evi-
dence of the love and pride we have in our small
Thank you, Holmes Beach city workers, for
making our holidays so much more beautiful.
Midge Pippel, Holmes Beach
To AMI representatives: Please keep your eye on
yet another tax hike. Last year it was just a penny,
and I ended up raising our rental apartment tax from
10.5 percent to 11.5 percent for some critical need
identified by a tourist board.
Now, just a year later, another critical need -
If this follows a pattern, Manatee County will
soon be asking for just another penny; hiking the tax
I must charge our tenants to 12.5 percent.
Well, I have a critical need for you all stop
government from raising taxes. Enough is enough.
Your effort to stop this tax, before it gets rolling,
would be greatly appreciated and, I submit, smart for
business on Anna Maria Island.
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach
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Make unfamiliar occupants of vehicles and other
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down type of vehicle and registration numbers.
They'll quickly go elsewhere and not come
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FERC OKs pipeline hookup
By Lisa Neff the state's pipeline system 4 miles inland from Port
Port Dolphin En i.yv continues to secure federal
approval for its deepwater port and pipeline project
in the Tampa Bay area.
The Federal Enll i _.' Regulatory Commission last
week issued a certificate for Port Dolphin to build
and operate an on-shore pipeline to connect to the
deepwater port in the Gulf.
The FERC order marks another successful mile-
stone in the project. In November, the U.S. Maritime
Administration and U.S. Coast Guard gave approval
to the Port Dolphin project. This action followed the
formal approval of the proposed project in September
by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Located 28 miles off the shore of Anna Maria
Island, the new deepwater port, with its specially
designed LNG vessels, will deliver liquefied natural
gas through an underwater pipeline to connect with
Susie and Lynn Kruse, right,
receive volunteer apprecia-
tion certificates from Anna
Maria Island (C i.,,i..i of
Commerce officials Cindy
Thompson and Mary Ann
Brockman during the cham-
ber's Christmas party at the
Harrington House Bed and ,
Breakfast in Holmes Beach. ..
The chamber presented cer- 4
tificates to 146 volunteers.
Nancy Ambrose .
The LNG will be returned to a gaseous state
onboard the vessels and fed into the pipeline to serve
customers across Florida.
"We are extremely pleased with the positive
response to this project by the Federal iEn i .,'v Regu-
latory Commission," said Sveinung J. St0hle, presi-
dent and CEO of Hoegh LNG. "The port will be an
important new solution to bring much-needed natural
gas for the state of Florida."
Port Dolphin's deepwater port will have peak
send-out capacity of up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per
day, enough to power more than a million homes,
according to a news release.
When fully operational, Port Dolphin will have
enough capacity to meet 15 percent of Florida's natu-
ral gas needs. Construction of the port is set to begin
in 2012 with completion in 2013.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 16, 2009 0 7
In the Dec. 15, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria City Commissioner George McKay
announced he would resign his seat on the commis-
sion to run for mayor after Mayor Chuck Shumard
said he'd "had enough" and would not seek another
term. Commissioner Robert McElheny also said he
would not seek a return to office in the city's February
Florida Department of Transportation offi-
cials announced they plan a $690,000 study in the
2000-01 fiscal year to determine an appropriate
replacement and design for the Anna Maria Island
Bridge. David Twiddy of the DOT said the study
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Florida State-Virginia Tech football game. Should the
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Nally lawyers seek Dye's parking opinion letter
By Rick Catlin
A law firm that previously has represented Wil-
liam and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, Anna
Maria, has requested a copy of an opinion on parking
made by city attorney Jim Dye prior to the commis-
sion's Dec. 3 meeting on parking safety.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson, of the Sarasota law
firm of Lobeck and Hanson, wrote to Anna Maria city
clerk Alice Baird Dec. 9 requesting a copy of "the
document prepared by Jim Dye for meeting held on
December 3, 2009."
Anderson did not indicate if he was acting on
behalf of a client.
Anderson has represented the Nallys at commis-
sion and planning and zoning meetings on numerous
occasions the past few years.
The Nallys, who own a home on Spring Avenue
adjacent to the Sandbar Restaurant, have been outspo-
ken opponents of the restaurant, which is owned by
Ed Chiles. And Chiles is a principal in Pine Avenue
PAR and its Pine Avenue projects have been the
target of debate over parking recently.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus has said the two
ROR projects approved for PAR by the P&Z board
violate city land-development regulations and the
comprehensive plan and are unsafe. Dye has opined
that PAR met all requirements of the city in its appli-
Stoltzfus has further claimed that PAR is attempt-
ing to "beat the system" by submitting for approval
three site plans in November in anticipation that the
commission will amend either the parking ordinance,
the site-plan review procedures, or both.
Dye's opinion is that any site plan approved
before the commission amends regulations or
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Dec.
17 meeting are each going to nominate a member
to an ad hoc committee that will examine parking
safety and site-plan procedures in the city.
But some commissioners might not approve
Among those expected to be nominated are
Mike Coleman, Gene Aubry, Larry Albert and
former City Commissioner Tom Aposporos.
Coleman is a principal in Pine Avenue Res-
toration LLC, while Albert is a former chair-
man of the city's capital improvements advisory
committee. Aubry is an architect who has per-
formed work for various contractors and build-
procedures does not have to follow the new
rules, but any site plan being processed and not
yet approved would have to follow any new
At the Dec. 3 meeting, Stoltzfus attempted to
have Commission Chairman John Quam declare an
emergency meeting to pass a moratorium pending
changes to site-plan approvals and parking regula-
tion changes, but Quam and Dye rejected the sug-
ers in the city.
Albert resigned from the CIAC in February
2009, indicating in his resignation letter that his
view of the city appeared to be incompatible with
that of the mayor and city commission.
Aposporos, a licensed real estate broker, is
a former commissioner and chaired two charter
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chal-
lenged the actions of Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus at the Dec. 1 parking safety committee meet-
ing he chaired, will not be present at the Dec. 17
meeting, but has submitted Aubry's name for the
ad hoc committee.
P&Z member wants respect, authority
By Rick Catlin
Mayor Fran Barford has been scrutinizing a
number of applicants to fill a vacant position on the
Anna Maria planning and zoning board.
Board member Randall Stover had asked the
mayor to appoint someone who's non-political to
fill the vacancy created by the
resignation of Doug Copeland.
In a Dec. 8 letter to the
mayor, Stover presented sug-
gestions on a replacement board
member, outlined how the board
should operate and provided
information on his personal
The board has been an "under-utilized entity in
our city for sometime," he said, and called upon the
board to be the city's local planning agency as stated
in the committee handbook.
Long-range planning for the city should be done
by the P&Z board, he maintained. That has not hap-
pened in the past, Stovall added.
Planning should not be done by "professional
planners or a commission-appointed citizen's com-
mittee," he wrote.
"The planning and zoning board must also receive
the respect and authority, inherent in that responsibil-
ity, from the mayor and commissioners."
Stovall asked Barford to appoint a new member
who will "help us plan the future of Anna Maria with-
out bias or personal goals."
While Stovall said he has no political ambitions,
he campaigned unsuccessfully several years ago for
a seat on the city commission.
Stovall, who was diagnosed with tongue cancer
in 2006, said he is "doing well." He said he has to
speak softly, but can "usually make myself heard."
The board faces a major task. It must rewrite
some land development regulations to pair up to
the 2007 comprehensive plan and, at the same time,
amend a number of LDRs that
are considered unclear.
-- Additionally, the P&Z
board met Dec. 15 to begin the
process of re-zoning 24 parcels
from commercial to retail-office-
"A residential to correspond with
S, the future land-use map in the
Barlow comprehensive plan.
Meanwhile, Barford said she plans to recommend
Bob Barlow for the P&Z vacancy. Her nomination is
on the consent agenda for the Dec. 17 city commis-
sion meeting at city hall.
Barlow is a former city commissioner who lost
a 2008 election bid for a commission seat.
TBEP awards grants
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program recently
awarded $123,000 to 25 community groups for proj-
ects that directly involve citizens in restoring and
improving Tampa Bay.
The Bay Mini-Grant program is funded by the
sale of the Tampa Bay Estuary license plate, also
known as the "Tarpon Tag."
Manatee County recipients included:
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which received
$2,913.15 to reprint two turtle activity books for ele-
mentary-aged children. The turtle books are distrib-
uted through AMITW to local schools.
The Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation in
northwest Bradenton received $4,000 for volunteers
from Bradenton-area schools to remove invasive
plants and replacing them with native plants.
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Anna Maria committee choices questioned
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Tom
Aposporos recently sent a letter to Mayor Fran Bar-
ford and Commission Chairman John Quam disclos-
ing his business dealings with
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC.
Aposporos sent the letter
after informing the city commis-
sion at its Dec. 3 meeting that he
is willing to serve on an ad hoc
committee to examine the city's
site-plan review procedures and
Aposporos land-development regulations
pertaining to parking in the city.
He said he wrote the letter asking the mayor and
commissioner if the relationship would "question my
service to the committee."
A real estate broker, Aposporos said he had
recently proposed a lease tenant to PAR for one of its
retail-office-residential facilities on Pine Avenue.
He said there is a "strong possibility" that PAR
and the tenant will agree to a lease and he will receive
a commission if that happens.
Additionally, Aposporos said he may provide
some marketing and communications services
to PAR and he anticipates compensation for his
Aposporos has twice headed up charter review
committees for the city and currently is the executive
director of the Longboat Key-St. Armands Circle-
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.
While acknowledging that Barford and Quam are
aware of his business relationship with PAR, Apos-
poros said he believes it "appropriate to provide you
with a written document describing that relationship
so that you may place it in the city of Anna Maria
PAR was the subject of debate at a Dec. 1
meeting of the city's parking safety committee
and also the subject of much discussion among
commissioners and public comment at the Dec. 3
The company, with Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman
among the principals, recently submitted site plans
for three ROR projects. PAR has completed one ROR
complex on Pine Avenue and another, also on Pine
Avenue, is under construction.
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Bank foreclosing on
By Lisa Neff
A bank has filed papers in Manatee County court
to foreclose on a Holmes Beach property co-owned
by an Island woman missing more than a year.
Sabine Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach, disappeared in November
BankUnited, through the Van Ness Law Firm of
Deerfield Beach, filed foreclosure papers in Manatee
County earlier this month.
The bank alleges that mortgage payments on the
residence at 512 72nd St. in Holmes Beach have not
been made since August.
The bank approved the mortgage for Musil-Bue-
hler and husband Thomas Buehler in January 2005
and recorded the mortgage in February 2005.
"There has been a default under the note and
mortgage held by plaintiff in that the amount due
Aug. 1, 2009, and all subsequent payments have not
been made," the foreclosure complaint stated.
The bank is demanding full payment of
$574,293.03, plus interest and legal expenses.
Musil-Buehler's last known whereabouts were
late Nov. 4, 2008, when she left the apartment on
Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria that she was sharing
with boyfriend William J. Cumber.
Cumber, now serving a 13-year prison sentence for
violating parole in an unrelated case, has said he and
Musil-Buehler argued that night in November about his
smoking a cigarette and she left in her car.
Musil-Buehler's estranged husband and business
partner reported her missing Nov. 6, 2008, after learn-
ing that her vehicle was involved in a high-speed
pursuit in Bradenton.
While the criminal investigation into Musil-Bue-
her's disappearance continues, a civil court judge has
been asked by Buehler to declare his wife dead.
The defendant in the civil suit, a company that
sold Musil-Buehler a life insurance policy, has filed
a motion to dismiss Buehler's request, which will be
heard Dec. 22.
AM seeks Rep. Buchanan's help
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford has asked
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, for
help in getting a study to determine the extent of
beach erosion on Anna Maria's bay side.
The study is needed for the planned 2014
Islandwide beach renourishment project, and
Barford wants to have the survey ready before
the project begins in earnest.
She told Buchanan that the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection has re-desig-
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the mayor wrote in a Nov. 19 letter.
Barford said she anticipates Buchanan will
make a push to obtain funding as soon as pos-
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Bradenton Beach to
celebrate holiday season
By Lisa Neff
The Historic Bridge Street Mer-
chants Association will deck the
street for a holiday open house from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
Christmas on Bridge Street, co-
sponsored by The Islander, will fea-
ture a visit from Santa, music and
opportunities to win gift baskets,
Christmas wreaths and two bicy-
Raffle tickets will be sold at a
number of Bridge Street businesses,
including the Back Alley, Bridge
Street Bazaar, Bridge Street Interi-
ors, the Sailors Knot, BridgeWalk
and the Bridge Street Market.
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The night before Christmas on Bridge Street, the
city of Bradenton Beach will judge its annual holiday
lighting contest, which offers first-place awards of
$150 for commercial and residential lighting displays,
Pier Regulars host
The Pier Regulars will gather with friends and
family at the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, 100
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, for a Christmas party at 9
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
The party, organized each year by Frank Almeda
and presented in cooperation with the restaurant and
manager David Sork, will feature breakfast, as well
as raffles for prizes donated by local merchants.
For more information, call Almeda at 941-778-
sought for 'yard sale'
Artist Woody Candish and The Islander will
again host an annual pre-holiday "yard sale" on the
sidewalks of the Island Shopping Center in Holmes
4 s The annual sale will take
place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat-
urday, Dec. 19. Participating art-
ists and crafters, including asso-
ciates of Restless Natives, the
Anna Maria Island Artists Guild,
Art League, Island Gallery West
or any other art organization are
Candish invited to have a booth at the
There is no fee to enter and all area artists are
welcome to get in the holiday spirit and participate
in the outdoor sidewalk sale. The deadline to register
and take part in the sale is Dec. 18.
For holiday shoppers, the sale is a call to pur-
chase quality original art and crafts, some at bargain
prices, directly from local artisans.
To participate in the sale, contact Bonner Joy
or Lisa Williams at The Islander at 941-778-7978,
e-mail either firstname.lastname@example.org or lisaw@islander.
org, or stop by the newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Moose hosts holiday
brunch, Santa Claus
The Women of the Moose will host a Christmas
brunch for children and their parents from 10 a.m. to
noon Saturday, Dec. 19.
The event at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Braden-
ton Beach, will feature a visit with Santa and gifts
Admission for children is free; $3 for adults.
The Women of the Moose also will host a plant
and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration for the brunch is required by Dec. 15.
For more information, call the lodge at 941-778-
and second-place awards of $100 for
commercial and lighting displays.
City Commissioner Janie Robertson,
who organizes the contest and serves
as a judge, said she will look for effort
Judges will tour the city "at least
twice" to make sure they see all light-
ing displays, Robertson said.
Last year's winners included Linger
Longer and the Drift In in the com-
mercial category and 201 Bay Drive
and 2214 Ave. A. in the residential
The city also will host a holiday
party for staff, elected officials and
volunteers at noon Dec. 18 at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Artist Robert Johnson lent his image of the clock-
tower and trolley on Bridge Street to promote the
holiday open house. Islander Graphic: Bonner Joy
Bridge Street Market
set for Dec. 19
Bridge Street Market vendors are preparing to
provide shoppers with holiday gift ideas during the
market, which is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
Vendors will be selling arts and crafts, plants,
produce and other fare, household goods, apparels
and pet accessories.
The Historic Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion sponsors the market at 107 Bridge St.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
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Celebrating the 30th
Judy and Mike Kelly of Holmes Beach and Orlando
will celebrate their 30lth anniversary on Dec. 28
with a renewal of vows on the beach at the end of
48th Street. After a champagne toast, the couple
will gather with family and friends at Da Giorgio
restaurant in Holmes Beach.
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Keith and Patricia Stansell of Sarasota married at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach Nov. 22.
Stansell gained international attention when, under
contract to conduct anti-narcotics work in Colombia,
his plane went down. He and others were taken hos-
tage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Stansell was rescued in 2008. Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Michael C(-,. 1/..
Churches celebrate Christmas
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will host two Christmas Eve
programs Dec. 24 in the
sanctuary a celebrational
candlelight service with
music and prayer at 5:30
p.m. and a traditional can-
dlelight service at 9 p.m.
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a candle-
light service on Christmas
Eve at 7:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will cele-
brate on Christmas Eve with
music programs at 6:30 p.m.
and 10 p.m. and candlelight
services at 7 p.m. and 10:30
The Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, will
celebrate on Christmas Eve
with services at 5 p.m. and 11 Roser Memorial Corn
p.m. and the singing of carols Photo: Bonner Joy
at 10:30 p.m.
St. Bernard Catholic
umunity Church. Islander
Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach,
will hold family Mass
at 4 p.m. on Christmas
Eve and Christmas Eve
Mass at 10 p.m. The
choir will sing carols at
Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton
Beach, will hold a ser-
vice at 7 p.m. Christmas
which is Dec. 25, Roser
will hold a service at 10
a.m. in the chapel.
Gloria Dei will hold
a worship service at 9:30
hold a service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard will
hold Christmas Day mass
at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
By Lisa Neff
Birding enthusiasts will not likely count a par-
tridge in a pear tree, but Christmas Bird Count vol-
unteers probably will see some pelicans on a pier.
The Audubon Society's Manatee County chapter is
organizing the local Christmas Bird Count, which will
take place on Anna Maria Island Dec. 29 at sunrise.
The National Audubon Society annually sponsors
the Christmas-time counts. Now in its 110th year, it
is the longest-running wildlife census in the world,
and has become an annual tradition for citizen vol-
unteers and scientists in communities throughout the
Getting in on the count
For details about joining the Christmas
Bird Count, e-mail David Williamson of the
Manatee County Audubon Society at david@
localbirder.com or call the Audubon hotline at
Local band to hold
St. Pete CD party
The Holmes Beach-based band Bootleg will hold
a party for the release of a third CD, "Season."
The event will take place at the State Theatre in
downtown St. Petersburg Saturday, Dec. 19.
Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Tickets, which include admission to the all-ages
concert and a copy of the CD for $16, can be pur-
chased at the State Theatre box office.
For more information, call the theater at 727-895-
Kayak tours offered
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is offering its
free Bay Wise kayak eco-tours in the area this month
and next month.
SBEP citizen advisory committee member Jack
Taylor will lead the tours, which begin at 9 a.m. and
last about three hours.
Space is limited to 15 people per trip, and regis-
tration is required.
Saturday, Dec. 19, Neal Preserve, with paddlers
meeting in the preserve on the west side of Manatee
Avenue just east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Wednesday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan 16, Leffis
and Jewfish keys, with paddlers meeting at Coquina
Beach Bayside in Bradenton Beach.
For more information or to register, call the SBEP
The first Christmas Bird Count involved 27
conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist and
writer Frank Chapman. On Christmas Day 1900, the
small group considered an alternative to the "side
hunt," a Christmas day activity in which teams com-
peted to see who could shoot the most birds and small
mammals. Chapman proposed that rather than hunt
animals, they identify, count and record all the birds
they saw, founding what is now considered to be the
world's most significant citizen-based conservation
effort and a more than century-old institution.
"When Frank Chapman started the Christmas
Bird Census, it was a visionary act," said National
Audubon president John Flicker. "No one could have
predicted how important the CBC would become as
a resource and tool for conservation. It allows birds
to send us a wake-up call about the importance of
addressing the warming of our climate and the loss
of vital habitat through action at every level."
Nationally this year's count will begin Dec. 14
and will continue through Jan. 5, depending on the
location and resources.
Anna Maria Island is part of the Gulf Circle
Count that will take place Dec. 29, with birders reg-
istering in the days before the event.
Last year in the Gulf Circle, birders counted peli-
cans, cormorants, herons, egrets, wood storks, vul-
tures, hawks, plovers, willets, sanderlings, skimmers,
terns, gulls, parakeets, woodpeckers, gnatcatchers,
mockingbirds, starlings, sparrows, blackbirds and
"The Christmas Bird Count is all about the power
of citizen science," said Geoff LeBaron, the Christ-
mas Bird Count director. "Our theme is 'I Count'
because the work of tens of thousands of volunteers,
extending 110 years, really adds up for the conserva-
tion of birds and our environment."
Orchestra to perform
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert at
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program, An Island Christmas, will feature
the work of Vivaldi, Mozart, Boccherini and Handel,
including a portion of his "Messiah."
The concert schedule continues with "From
AMICCO With Love" Feb. 14 and "An Invitation to
the Opera" March 21.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
www.amicco.org on the Web.
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BB stormwater improvements deemed success
By Lisa Neff
With a flood advisory issued for Anna Maria
Island Dec. 2, Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael
Pierce was watching water levels on Avenue B, a
To his satisfaction, the water did not threaten
properties in the southernmost city.
"Avenue B, I watched it and the water went down
fast compared to other days," Pierce said. "Today, it
was maybe only 6 inches. So, I was impressed."
Earlier this year, the city public works depart-
ment oversaw the installation of two sump pumps in
"What we've done is, I put in two relatively pow-
erful sump pumps into the catch basin in the alley,"
said public works director Tom Woodard. "We're
diverting that water into the canal through hay bales
and silt screens. And the water is going out.... Before,
we had some serious problems with flooding."
The public works department also contracted
By Lisa Neff
A bank is seeking to foreclose on a Bradenton
Beach resort claiming nearly $3 million is owed on
Manatee County court records indicate that Fifth
Third Bank is suing to foreclose on the Bungalow
Beach Resort, 2000 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The bank alleges that Luper Enterprises has failed
to make mortgage payments on a loan since March
and that $2.88 million is owed on the mortgage and
for interest and penalties.
The bank complaint, filed Nov. 24, seeks to fore-
close on the property and to seize other assets, such
as the resort furnishings.
Defendants in the complaint are Luper Enter-
prises and Albert and Alta "Gayle" Luper.
A statement from the Lupers read, "We feel
badly that the bank has taken this action at this
time. We have been working together on a coop-
erative plan. The banking industry is under great
stress. We are fine. We will work this out with the
Earlier this year, the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society presented a historical marker to the Bun-
galow Beach Resort, commemorating the property's
for an annual cleaning of some stormwater catch
A motion to approve an invoice $3,034 from
William Testing LLC for the clearing of catch
basins led to a discussion on stormwater improve-
ments in the city during a Dec. 3 city commission
The basins become 1 --'.d. mainly from sand
and other material washing into them during rains,
but also because of landscaping projects.
"Pine needles easily wash away," Woodard
He said the cost to clean the catch basins was
about $7,000 less this year than last because the proj-
ect did not involve clearing out all 122 catch basins
and the spoil was deposited in the city yard for public
works use this year.
"I had use for it this year," he said.
The city has long-term plans for stormwater
improvements, but Woodard, who last week attended
a conference on the issue, proposed a simple aid.
long history on the Island.
The property was originally purchased by Mar-
garet Reid and the Reid family in 1931, according to
the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Web site.
In 1935, the Reid family built two buildings
on the property and completed what was then their
compound in 1945 with a third bungalow. Not long
after, Reid's Motel was formed and started doing
Through the years, subsequent surrounding prop-
erties were sold and additional buildings were erected
while the motel flourished.
After decades of doing business, the Reid family
sold the motel to Christopher Dubs, an architect based
in Sarasota and New York City, in December 1993.
Dubs, who renamed the motel Bungalow Beach
Resort, spent three years restoring the bungalows
and shortly after completion of the work, he sold the
property to Luper Enterprises.
The resort Web site states, "Reminiscent of a
bygone era, the Bungalow Beach Resort has much
to offer those seeking Anna Maria Island's premier
Gulffront resort accommodations. Our gracious reju-
venated classic 1930s island-style resort is nestled
amongst the white sand dunes, sea oats and swaying
coconut palms of Anna Maria Island."
"It's like a skimmer basket for pools but it fits
inside catch basins," Woodard told commissioners. "I
have some pretty good fabricators, and I think that's
something we're going to work on.
In other business during the Dec. 3 meeting, com-
Approved payment of an invoice for $9,187.51
from M.T. Causley for building department services
in October. As well as approved payment of a Novem-
ber invoice from M.T. Causley for $6,148.44.
Approved an application for an event Jan. 9 at
the Drift In, 120 Bridge St.
Canceled the regularly scheduled Dec. 17 city
Approved a request to close city hall at noon
Dec. 18 for the city staff holiday party.
A U.S. Defense Department agency is
making plans to thank the Bradenton Beach
City Commission for adopting a pro-National
During a meeting in mid-November, the
commission unanimously pledged to honor
policies for employing and re-employing work-
ers called to duty in the National Guard or a
military reserve branch.
"The city of Bradenton Beach is an
employer who provides unconditional support
for the Guard and Reserve and recognizes that
the National Guard and Reserve are essential
to the strength of our nation and the well being
of our communities," the resolution read.
Though federal law generally requires that
employers re-employ people called to duty in
the Armed Forces, reserves, National Guard or
other uniformed services, there is a national
campaign under way to encourage employers,
to pledge to return people to their jobs when
they return from military duty.
To thank Bradenton Beach officials for
their commitment, a DOD representative said
there are plans for a presentation during the city
commission's Thursday, Jan. 7 meeting, sched-
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BB holds session in sunshine, open government
By Lisa Neff
The forecast for Bradenton Beach Dec. 1: Sunny
City attorney Ricinda Perry hosted the city's
annual mandatory seminar in open government,
exploring Florida's Sunshine Law and Public Records
And, with about two dozen people in attendance,
she wrapped up the course in just over 30 minutes.
The Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, enacted
in 1967 and found in Chapter 286 of the Florida
Statutes, establishes a basic right of access to most
meetings of boards, commissions and other govern-
ing bodies of state and local governmental agencies
The Public Records Law, in part, states, "It is the
policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal
records are open for personal inspection and copying
by any person. Providing access to public records is
a duty of each agency."
In late October, city commissioners adopted a
new records policy to cover the handling of a vari-
ety of communications deemed public records by the
Florida Attorney General's Office.
Violation of the city's policy on open government
can result in the dismissal of a person from a board
Failure to complete a course on the Sunshine Law
and Public Records Act also can result in expulsion,
said Perry, adding that those who missed the meeting
will be required to listen to the tape or provide proof
that they attended a similar session elsewhere, such
as a recent meeting in Anna Maria.
Perry explained the history, purpose and scope
of the statutes and then fielded questions from the
audience, which included elected officials, city staff
and appointed board and committee members.
Audience members noted the rules, including:
An audience gathers Dec. 1 at Bradenton Beach City Hall for an annual session in open government law.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Two or more people on a government body ful."
discussing city business constitutes a meeting that She added that in addition to possibly violating
must be noticed to the public and documented with the Sunshine Law with stating positions on policies
minutes. and projects, an official could become vulnerable to
Perry lightheartedly said when two members of an accusation of bias.
a board encounter one another, "don't discuss the "We go through major hoops to make sure every-
business [of the board] unless you have a sign on the one has a fair hearing," Perry said. "It would kill me
door and you're taking minutes." to know that we ... shut off that opportunity."
"Any record, e-mail, blog, Blackberry message, As her audience listened and made notes, Perry
twittering all of that is considered a public made another point: Meeting notes are public docu-
record," Perry said. "Anytime you are on a committee ments.
and you send out an e-mail, you must copy the city "If I write a list of questions that I want to ask, are
clerk." my questions public record?" Commissioner Janie
E-mail communications should be one-way, Robertson asked.
not back-and-forth discussions, which becomes an "Yes, more likely than not," replied Perry. "When
unnoticed cyber-meeting. you have a list of questions, they are almost always
"I don't like the idea of anybody trying to share pointed toward making a decision. That is the criteria
policy through e-mails," Perry said. "Be very care- that turns it into a public record."
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Linda and Larry Scott, left, portray Mary and Joseph in the traditional Bethlehem Walk a re-enactment
of Joseph and Mary's search for a shelter and the birth of Jesus Dec. 12 at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Costumed participants and animal visitors proceeded through the
neighborhood, visiting homes and singing carols, and returned to the church activity center where the Rev.
Gary Batey read the Christmas story to the gathering. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Rev. Batey, front, reads to the gathering following
the Bethlehem Walk, and as the holy family, Linda
and Larry Scott, rear, introduce Linda's grandson,
Finn Duytschaver, 8 months, as baby Jesus. Finn is
the son of 'l,.,i ,a and Julia Duytschaver.
Joy to the guild
The Bradenton Bunch performs for the Women's
Guild Christmas luncheon Dec. 8 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. The entertainers perform at a number of
area events. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
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Alleged burglar set to stand trial
By Lisa Neff
A man arrested in a series of burglaries on Anna
Maria Island is scheduled to go to trial this month,
but his attorney is questioning the state's ability to
care for him if he's sent to prison.
Patrick S. Banker was arrested May 19 while flee-
ing from the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria,
which he allegedly had broken into moments earlier.
Banker, according to authorities, then confessed to a
series of area burglaries.
A second man, John O'Keefe, 18 of Sarasota,
also faces related charges of burglary and is sched-
uled to go to trial next February.
Banker is scheduled for trial in the next two
Meanwhile, defense attorney Varinia Van Ness
of Sarasota filed a motion questioning the Florida
Department of Corrections ability to treat a potential
inmate needing integrated care for mental health and
Van Ness asked the court to "take ... notice"
of an FDOC statement that "there is no integrated
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The class will take place from 10 a.m. to
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The Islander also plans to sponsor a session
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department of corrections and that, based upon infor-
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The FDOC does have separate programs to treat
mental health and substance abuse.
In addition to charges that he burglarized the
Waterfront twice, Banker is accused of burglarizing
the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach April 13, two
Bay Boulevard shops in Anna Maria May 8, Rotten
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Banker also faces an unrelated charge of mari-
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said he's not planning on a return to the authority,
even though the state Legislature has re-energized
the idea of a high-speed rail system to link Miami,
Orlando and Tampa.
Mansour, who left the authority in 2005, is now
involved with the Center for Urban Transportation
located at the University of South Florida.
Last week, the Legislature authorized funds to
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agencies to plan a high-speed rail system connecting
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By Lisa Neff
With cannons blasting and booming shouts of
"Merry Christmas," the Anna Maria Island Privateers
threw their traditional holiday party Dec. 12.
The celebrating began with an all-Island parade
that traveled from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
through the Island cities to Coquina Beach, where
the Privateers' guest for the day, Santa Claus, visited
"I gave him a pretty long list, so I don't know,"
Christine Callaghan said of her expectations for
Christmas toys from Santa.
"Oh yes," the 8-year-old added, "I' ve been pretty
good. Ask my mom."
The parade featured the privateers on the float-
boat, which was held up near Manatee Avenue and
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach for the emergency
treatment of an ailing passenger.
The parade also featured Santa in his sleigh, local
elected officials and representatives from numerous
local businesses and community groups.
Most participants in the parade tossed beads into
the crowds of people along Pine Avenue, Gulf Drive,
Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive. Some tossed
candy and toys.
Examining his loot, Gus Bayard, 7, said he enjoys
all the Island parades.
"I've been to a lot," he said, "I've lived here all
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Elaina Bayard, 5, said her favorite
Christmas parade was seeing Santa
"I like that," she said, adding tha
had a visit with him. "I wrote a good
At Coquina Beach after the parade, dozens of
e moment in the children stood in line to visit with Santa on the Pri-
ride past in his vateers' ship and accept early gifts.
They also lunched on hot dogs and soda pop.
at she'd already "After this, I think we're going to the mall," said
I list." Kyle Hannetty, 11.
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Wednesday, Dec. 16
Noon Anna Maria Elementary School students
entertain at the Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting
held at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
Saturday, Dec. 19
9 a.m. Pier Regulars holiday party at the Anna
Maria City Pier Restaurant, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-7062.
9 a.m. Bay Wise kayak eco-tours with Jack Taylor
to Neal Preserve departs from the west side of Manatee
Avenue just east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Infor-
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plant and bake sale at the Anna
Maria Island Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-5630.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to noon Learn CPR at the West Man-
atee Fire and Rescue Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-741-3900. Fee
10 a.m. to noon Children's brunch with Santa at
the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Registration: 941-778-5630.
4 to 8p.m. Holiday open house centered around
Bridge Street and the Historic Bridge Street Pier, Bra-
Sunday, Dec. 20
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra presents "An Island Christmas" at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-727-9886. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists
Guild of Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton,
hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
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Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
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Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the
Anna Maria Island Garden Club meets at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players
pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club meets at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Artists Guild Gallery Holiday Boutique at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach,
through Dec. 24. Information: 941-795-7805.
OFF ISLAND EVENTS:
Wednesday, Dec. 16
7 p.m. Tim Zimmerman and the Kings Brass in
concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-6229. Fee
Thursday, Dec. 17
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
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The Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island
honored Mary Ham-
ilton as its December
artist of the month.
Hamilton's work was
introduced during a
reception Dec. 4 at the
Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. An
work will remain at the
gallery throughout the
month. Her paintings
also can be viewed
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sota. Information: 941-383-2466.
Saturday, Dec. 19
7 p.m. Bootleg "Season" CD-release party at
State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Infor-
mation: 941-727-895-3045. Fee applies.
Dec. 29, Manatee Audubon Society Christmas bird
Dec. 29, Wagon tour through Robinson Pre-
Save the date:
Dec. 31, New Year's Eve fireworks at Beach-
Jan. 1, Shamrock Shiver Coquina Beach Swim
sponsored by Clancy's Irish Pub.
Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal
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1996, and never thereafter missed an opportunity to watch for dolphins
or to eat, his two lifelong canine passions. He was a common sight at
the water's edge, keeping careful watch over his dock and announcing
the passage of boats. His devotion to Bob and Denise was tried and
true. In his last years, to paraphrase the poet: "He had lived out his
life, but not his love; Daily up steep and weary stairs he came, His big
heart bursting with the strain, to prove His loneliness without them."
Sully was a wise and loving mentor to his young protege Sassy and had
been a long and faithful companion to his late sister Jessie. His gentle
good nature and innate dignity endeared him to all he met: family,
friends, neighbors and strangers. Sullivan gave joy, love and comfort
to those he knew. He is missed and mourned by many.
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an annual event they call Mini Mall. The Mini Mall
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Anna Maria Elementary students Lexi Deleon and
Lucky Schmidt decorated seashells to sell. Hunter
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Artists, shoppers toast Winterfest
By Lisa Neff
Patty Ruehlmann left Winterfest with a treasured
watercolor and Jared Heckman left with an old Key
West treasure map.
Mimi Prince left with a fish taco for the road and
Mary Anne Hanson left with a pocketful of raffle
"I'd like to win something of course, but it's for a
good cause," she said as she made her way to her car
parked alongside the Holmes Beach field that housed
the 22nd annual Winterfest festival of fine arts and
The event Dec. 7-8 was presented by the Anna
Maria Island Art League, which was founded in 1989
to promote the arts and artists on the Island.
The festival drew more than 100 artists who work
in paper and textiles, glass and metals, photography
and mixed media, pottery and wood, and oils, acrylics
Jack King, a professor of art at the University of
Tampa, judged Winterfest, walking from tent to tent
early Dec. 7.
At Cracked Up Jewelry, he introduced himself to
jewelrer Lori Rosenberger and wished her luck.
Rosenberger was participating in her first Win-
"Another artist told me about it, so I applied,"
the Clearwater artist said. "It's nice to find an event
Peggy Giblin and Howie Banfield of the Anna
Maria String Band perform for the morning audi-
ence at Winterfest.
like this that's close to home."
The timing of the event, in the midst of the holi-
day season, was a plus, Rosenberger said.
"And," she said, "the weather is always a plus,
and the nice mix of artists."
Nearby, Peggy Engsberg Furlin, demonstrated
her "watercolor outside the lines" technique. Furlin
spends half the year showing her work at festivals in
Wisconsin and the other half in Florida.
The demonstrations help draw attention to her
work, Furlin said.
Winterfest also showcased the work of local non-
profits, as well as the talent of young artists, area
restaurants and musicians, including the Anna Maria
String Band, the Gumbo Boogie Band, the Hurri-
canes and Koko Ray.
"It's a great festival," said Pat Ervin of Nashville,
Ind., as she stepped into an artist's tent to browse.
The winners of the juried festival include:
Best of show: Jinsheng Song, oil.
Awards of distinction: Rosalia Riera, sculpture;
Michael Weber, watercolor; Linda Molto, graphics/
pastels; Bill Darrah, mixed media.
Awards of merit: Nels Johnson, photography;
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Katheryn Chernik and sister Runa join their mom,
artist Echo Chernik, in her booth at Winterfest.
Susanna Spann, watercolor; Rob Kozmits, metal,
Autumn DeFrank, jewelry; John Bayalis, watercolor;
Marilyn Vaillancourt, jewelry; Tripp Gregson, metal;
Ward Siegler, jewelry; Gregory Jones, mixed media;
Jim Smith, wood.
20 E DEC. 16, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Mt. Vernon man
grateful for war
Billy Muntz of Mt. Vernon never had any doubts
he would be in the military during World War II.
\ ly dad was in the service during WWI. Even
though we were farmers and might have been able
to get a deferment, I knew I was going. I wanted to
go," said Billy.
Billy grew up in Nappanee, Ind., and had just
graduated from high school when the Japanese
attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
"There were a lot of guys who joined up right
away. I told my dad I wanted to get in the Air Force
and be a pilot, but he said I should just wait. He talked
me out of enlisting right away. So I worked in a fac-
tory until I went for the draft in March 1943," Billy
Billy was assigned to the U.S. Army tank corps
and trained on the 105-mm howitzer cannons.
At the same time, however, he took and passed
all the examinations for flight school.
"I went to an interview with a board of officers
and, after I finished, they said that I'd have orders
for flight school in a short time. I even told my com-
pany commander I wouldn't be with him long," Billy
Prior to flight school, however, Billy was sent into
the Army Specialist Training Program and attended
Louisiana State University, where he studied engi-
"The idea was that we would study for a few
years, then be commissioned as officers," said
But by March 1944, the Army was running out
of foot soldiers.
"One day, the orders came down that the ASTP
program was being disbanded and we were going to
the infantry. I tried to find out what happened to my
flight school assignment, but I never heard anything.
I never got called."
Billy was sent to tank training in Texas as part of
the 395th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division.
The highlight of his time in Texas was when he got a
weekend pass to Dallas and attended a show where
he danced with actress Betty Grable.
Alas, the Army apparently forgot that Billy was
supposed to be trained as a pilot.
Even though the Army was short of pilots in
Europe, it was even shorter on infantrymen. The
99th sailed for England in October 1944. They were
headed toward the war.
Landing at Le Havre in France, the division was
trucked to the front lines in Belgium.
"We were told this was a quiet sector of the
front. A place where green divisions could get used
to combat, without a lot of fighting. We were just a
few miles from a town called Bastogne," he said.
Another green division in his sector included
the 106th Infantry, while the combat-hardened 2nd
Armored Division was also in the vicinity.
"As soon as we got to the front, we were ordered
to dig in and start firing. We started having fire mis-
sions for the 105. I was assigned as a gunner with
Cannon company and we were a couple hundred
yards behind the main line of resistance."
Still, the sector remained fairly quiet until the
morning of Dec. 16, 1944.
"About 5:30 a.m., we thought the world had
ended. The Germans opened up with e \ci L hi ng they
had, then began attacking."
In all the confusion, Billy's company got sur-
rounded by the German Army.
"I remember five guys in American uniforms
walked right through our positions. Only one guy
___% a member
of the 1st
"- War II.
spoke and he had his grease gun aimed right at us.
He said 'You guys are surrounded, you'd better sur-
But Billy smelled something funny.
As soon as the five guys left, he told his buddy
that he thought they were Germans in American uni-
"Only one guy spoke, and I noticed their uniforms
didn't match. And he had his gun trained on us. If we
had said they were Germans, we would have been
But they were surrounded almost.
"The CO said by this time tomorrow, we'd either
be dead or prisoners. We had no orders to go any-
where," Billy recalled.
Then, an Army major showed up looking for
"He said he was giving us orders to get out of
there and head north through the woods. And that's
what we did."
Trudging through the snow and expecting to be
captured at any moment, Cannon company eventually
reached Elsenborn Ridge. There, Billy found most of
the 99th Division.
"We were told we were not going to retreat any
further. We were ordered to dig in and prepare our
guns to fire level with the ground."
The Germans attacked with tanks and infantry
that night. Although Billy could see little of the action,
in the morning he discovered the field in front of his
gun was littered with dead Germans.
The 99th Division and other units held Elsenborn
Ridge. Had the Germans broken through, there was
nothing to stop them from crossing the Meuse River
and reaching the port of Antwerp, Billy said.
For his actions at Elsenborn Ridge, Billy would
be awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Belgian
Croix de Guerre.
"I was very lucky. I said my prayers. There were
no atheists in those foxholes, I can tell you that. Some
of the German shells landed just a few feet from our
By mid-January, the Battle of the Bulge was over
and the Germans began to retreat from Bastogne and
In early March, the 99th Division got orders to
head south toward a bridge across the Rhine River at
the German city of Remagen.
"Just like in the movie 'Bridge at Remagen,' we
were the first division to entirely cross the bridge.
After we got across, we were transferred to the 3rd
Army under Gen. George Patton."
The division participated in encircling the Ruhr
Pocket. By late March 1944, Germans began sur-
rendering in mass numbers.
On one occasion, Billy had guard duty and was
just about to shoot at a jeep driving with its lights on
when he recognized his company CO, Capt. Allen,
as the driver.
"He said he had a whole regiment of Germans
behind him who wanted to surrender and he had to
have the lights on so they could see where they were
By this time, Billy and his buddies began to think
that they just might survive the war.
1.\ %) d,y we took thousands of prisoners. Nobody
wanted to be the last guy killed in the war. We knew it
was all but over, so we were pretty careful. There wasn't
a lot of shooting, but we did our duty."
After Germany surrendered in May 1945, Billy
was ready to return home, but the Army said he might
have to go to the Pacific. However, he could stay in
Germany if he stayed in the Army an extra year.
"I decided I'd seen enough combat, so I trans-
ferred to the 1st Infantry Division and put on the Big
Red One patch. There's a story that 'You don't have
one unless you have a big red one,"'" remembered
Billy with a laugh.
But there was something to the Big Red One
shoulder patch. On a three-day pass to Paris, Billy
said the young Paris girls were more than happy to
welcome a soldier in the 1st Infantry Division, the
unit that had liberated Paris in August 1944.
Billy returned to the United States in February 1946
and was discharged back to Indiana. He took a job in a
factory for a few years and married Norma Jean.
Around 1947, he and three of his buddies pooled
their money and bought a company called Monitor
Coach that made travel trailers and motor homes.
"We were very fortunate. The trailer boom had
just started. We did real well and sold the company
He worked for the Wix Corporation in manage-
ment until 1974 and retired completely in 1983. He
and Jean had vacationed in Bradenton many times
and purchased their Mt. Vernon home in 1982.
He and his wife have two daughters, two grand-
children and six great-grandchildren.
"It's been a good life. I've been blessed. My only
regret is that I never got to flight school, but who
knows what would have happened to me then?"
Billy does know that combat forced him to
become a man real quick. Just 20 years old during the
Battle of the Bulge, he learned quickly how to survive
and how to depend upon the guy next to him.
"A lot of guys talked tough, but most of us were
just worried that we would let our buddies down. You
put their welfare ahead of concern for your own. We
were like brothers," said Billy.
"I was just a lucky soldier. The real heroes are
the guys who didn't come back. I served with a lot
of great guys and we kept in touch after the war."
That included his platoon lieutenant, who called
Billy just a few weeks ago.
"There's not many of us left now, but it was a
great experience. These are things I'd not thought
about in more than 60 years, but I'd do it all over
again if I had to, if I could go with the same bunch
of guys. They were the greatest. I wasn't a hero, but
I served with a bunch of heroes."
Billy Muntz. A proud member of the Greatest
Billy and Norma
..Jean Muntz have
lived in Mt. Vernon
s near Cortez since
moving from Indiana
in 1983. Islander
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Island police blotter
Dec. 10, 9400 Gulf Drive, driving on a suspended
license. The deputy observed a man he knew to have a
suspended driver's license, driving south on Gulf Drive.
The deputy stopped and arrested the driver for driving on
a suspended license.
No new reports.
Dec. 7, 4000 Gulf Drive, burglary of a vehicle. An
officer was dispatched to a woman who stated that some-
one smashed a window in her Lexus and removed a wallet,
a leopard-print bag, and several miscellaneous CDs. The
wallet contained $9 and several credit cards, she said. The
vehicle was parked on the south side of a parking area at
the public beach.
Dec. 8, 4000 Gulf Drive, larceny/theft. A complainant
came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report a bur-
glary to his vehicle. He stated that his Apple MacBook com-
puter was taken while he was at the Manatee Public Beach.
Complainant said he received a call from his stepson, who
asked to borrow $100. The complainant agreed, and the two
met at the public beach at 2:30 p.m. The stepson was on his
bicycle. The complainant said he gave his stepson $100 and
then went to use the bathroom. The complainant said that
while he was walking to the bathroom, he saw his stepson
ride off with his laptop. The complainant tried to follow his
stepson, but lost sight of him. The stepson was charged with
burglary and grand theft.
Dec. 10, 4100 block of Fourth Avenue, larceny/theft.
The victim reported that he witnessed a man operate a
backhoe tractor and dig up a palm tree on his property.
The suspect moved the tree to the rear of the property and
began trying to remove another tree when he broke an
underground water line near the tree. The tree was 20-25
feet tall and valued at more than $1,000, according to the
report. The victim identified the suspect to the officer.
Charges of grand theft are pending.
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Dec.10, 31 Seaside Court, theft. Officer was dis-
patched to a resident when the complainant said someone
took an umbrella, valued at $50, from his backyard. The
victim said the only people he'd seen in the area that eve-
ning were three fishers. The officer searched the area, but
did not locate any suspects or the umbrella.
Vera Mae Lawler
Vera Mae Lawler, 103, formerly a resident of Cortez
Trailer Park in Cortez, died Dec. 10.
Services will be held in the spring in Quincy, Mich.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home-Westview
Mrs. Lawler is survived by two children, James of
Bradenton, Betty Luty of Quincy, four grandchildren and
Margery C. Thompson
Margery C. Thompson, 76, of Bradenton, died Dec. 12.
Mrs. Thompson's great-grandfather, W.M. Davis
was the first mayor of the city of Anna Maria, serving
Service will be graveside at 11 a.m. Wednesday
Dec. 16, at Palmetto Cemetery, 900 14th Ave. W.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory is in
charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be
made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Gene Emerson Snedeker
Gene Emerson Snedeker, 78, of The Villages and
Anna Maria Island, formerly of Willington, Conn., died
Mr. Snedeker was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and
served in the Korean War on the Heavy Cruiser CA 139
USS Salem. He was retired from the Connecticut Depart-
ment of Transportation as a bridge crew supervisor with
29 years of service.
He and wife Joan were active volunteers for the
American Red Cross after moving to Florida, assisting
with several natural disasters as well as at Ground Zero
after 9/11, Meals on Wheels and several other causes.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 16, 2009 0 21
Welcome, Rader mascot
Say howdy to the new pooch at Rader's Reef h, //,' &
Gifts, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Zachary is
a 4-month-old basset hound, and he is successor to
the throne formerly occupied at the Reef by Wilbur.
Zack's proud companion is Tammy Crawford, who
operates Rader's Reef with her mom, Beverly Choui-
nard. For more information, call the Reef at 941-778-
3211 or stop by for an in-person visit. Islander Photo:
Memorial donations may be made to the Villages Hos-
pice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages FL 32162. Online
condolences may be made at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were by Beyers Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, Lady Lake, Fla.
Mr. Snedeker is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Joan (Konopka); three sons, Michael and wife Sharon
and their daughter Jacqueline, Richard and wife Debra,
and Robert and Elizabeth Wehrli, all of Connecticut.
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By Rick Catlin
Erik Slusser has survived leukemia and has ded-
icated his life to helping find a cure for the disease.
Since August 2009, he has focused time and
effort into "Cancer This" as his way of giving back
to those who saved his life.
Using a soccer ball as his logo, Eric has created
a "Cancer This" line of T-shirts and other clothing
items that he sells at Chapae in the Bayview Plaza,
Anna Maria, and the Bridge Street Market on
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This" design on T-shirts and other items that he
sells at the Bridge Street Market, Bradenton Beach.
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Fifty percent of the sale of "Cancer This" items
are donated to cancer research and Eric said it's a
small price to pay.
He wanted to "put a funny and relaxed spin" on
the disease and the saying, "Cancer This," and the
logo were the answer.
"I knew I wanted to do something to give back,"
Many customers who browse the collection don't
make a purchase, Eric said, but provide a donation
to the cause. "Even the slightest amount goes toward
the fight," he said.
Remember, said Eric, "If you believe, you can
For more information, call 941-778-6728.
Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez Road W. makes
kids' Christmas Dreams come true every year, and
2009 is no exception.
The 10th annual Fantasy Travel toy drive is under
way and owner Pieter Hahn and his staff encourage
customers to bring in toys and bikes for Manatee
All toys collected are donated to Manatee Chil-
dren's Services for distribution to local children in
To learn more about the toy drive or to contribute,
call Fantasy Travel at 941-795-3900.
Harry's on the corner
Harry Christensen of Harry's Continental
Kitchens at 525 St. Jude Drive, Longboat Key,
recently opened Harry's Corner Store at 5600 Gulf
of Mexico Drive.
The comer store opens every day at 7 a.m. to pro-
Fantasy Travel, 6630 Cortez Road W., has begun
its annual Christmas toy drive. Keeping track of the
toys are, from left, '1.. //-y Corbran, Pieter Hahn,
Ben Mixter, Dee Ferreira and Debbie Crissman.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
vide groceries, produce, sandwiches and hot lunches
to those on the go and those looking to relax.
In addition, Harry's Corner Store has coffee and
pastries, beer and wine, tobacco products, lottery
tickets and newspapers.
For more information on Harry's Corner Store,
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Prepaid minimum of $125pp 6-10 p.m.
($75pp before 6 and after 10 p.m.) including
dinner, drinks, dessert, tax and gratuity.
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The Haye Loft spotlights Chicago jazz
pianist Dick Reynolds. Menu includes gourmet
pizzas, home-made desserts, top shelf-spirits,
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just might find it at Bridge Street, which has intro-
duced butterfly jewelry in the form of bracelets, ear-
rings and trinket boxes.
A portion of the sale of each piece of butterfly
jewelry will be donated to the Butterfly Park.
Park representative Nancy Ambrose said the
donations will be used to help plant the garden and
build a long-planned gazebo.
"What a fabulous gift that Bridge Street Jewelers
is giving us this holiday season and throughout the
year. We are so appreciative and want to thank Brad
Smith, Kessandra Quinn and Kevin Shonkwiler
for caring about the butterfly park and the commu-
nity," Ambrose said.
For more information on the butterfly jewelry,
call Bridge Street Jewelers at 941-779-1606.
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Segway by Anna Maria
The popularity of the Segway motorized trans-
porters as seen in the movie "Paul Blart, Mall Cop,"
has come to Anna Maria.
Julie Kirkwood has opened Segway by the Sea
- no relation to the Segway rental operation in Bra-
denton Beach in the Gulf Plaza, 9908 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, former site of the post office.
Segway by the Sea offers a full line of Segway
transporters, including "His" and "Her" models and
smaller versions for youngsters ages 10 to 14, Julie
Two guided tours of north Anna Maria Island
are available daily, or riders can take their own trip
around the city.
Julie also rents Trikkes, stand-up, three-wheeled
bicycles that are powered by the rider. In addition, the
Stepper Bike is available for those looking for a cross-
training workout and bike ride.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
For more information, call Julie at 941-209-
Going, coming, moving
AMI Video at 5604 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, adjacent to Island Gourmet, is having a
going-out-of-business sale. As the video store is
closing, Island Gourmet has plans to expand into the
For more information on Island Gourmet, call
Just 4 Fun, formerly located in the Holmes Busi-
ness Center, Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is moving
next to Minnie's in the S&S Plaza at the Holmes Bou-
levard-Gulf Drive intersection in Holmes Beach.
Julie Kirkwood of Segway by the Sea at 9908 Gulf
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available Segway transporters that can be rented at
the store. Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
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MHS Hurricanes stun prep football fans nationwide
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Nick Galati and his Manatee High
School Hurricanes football teammates shocked the
high school football world Dec. 11 when with a 28-20
win over undefeated Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aqui-
nas, the nation's No. 1 ranked team, in the state semi-
Aquinas saw 13 graduates recruited by Division
I colleges last year and this year's team is projected
to send even more senior players to top schools.
How big is this win for MHS? This is tantamount
to David upsetting Goliath, the U.S. hockey team
defeating the Russians and Buster Douglas knocking
out Mike Tyson all put together!
To demonstrate my point, even ESPN reported
the win for MHS.
St. Thomas Aquinas came into the game having
won consecutive Class-5A state titles and had won
38 consecutive games. They draw players from as far
away as California to their school and boast former
NFL all-pro receiver Chris Carter as the team's wide
To be fair, it's not like Manatee is in uncharted
waters here, having won three state titles. But nobody
saw this coming, except maybe the Hurricane players
Next up for Galati and his mates is the Class-5A
state title game Friday, Dec. 18, at the Florida Citrus
Bowl in Orlando. There they will take on Tampa Plant
High School, which scored an upset of its own when
they rolled past the Lakeland Dreadnaughts 20-0 in
the weekend's other semifinal game.
Manatee and Plant played once this season in
the preseason kickoff class. Manatee won that game
49-33, so next week's game has all the ingredients in
place for an offensive shootout. Plant boasts running-
back James Wilder Jr., the son of former Tampa Bay
Buccaneer great James Wilder, the team's all-time
Manatee counters with University of South Flor-
ida-bound quarterback Brionne Carnes and offensive
playmakers such as wide-receiver Ace Sanders and
running-back Mike Blakely.
Good luck to Nick and the Manatee Hurricanes.
Key Royale golf news
Chuck Montgomery made some news recently at
the Key Royale Club. On Dec. 6 he made a hole-in-
one on the 167-yard par-3 seven hole. Problem was,
he was playing alone and had no witness, so it wasn't
But as luck and good golf would have it, the fol-
lowing day in one of the men's weekly games, he
aced the same hole to receive his due reward.
Also at the weekly nine-hole game Dec. 7, Bill
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team of Dan Hayes, Austin Rice, Ralph Bassett and
Tom Warda with a 7-under 25.
The Dec. 9 18-hole game saw the team of Bob
Sayles and Larry Fowler combine to card an 8-under-
par 54 to win a better-ball-of-partners game. Second
place was a tie with Gary Harris and Bob Elliott card-
ing a 55 to match the score by Jim Mixon and Peter
Fifty players participated in the Key Royale Club
women' Christmas mixer tournament Dec. 8. Cindi
Mansour and Jean Holmes both carded 2-over-par
34s to tie for first place in Flight AA. Flight A pro-
duced a tie as well with Diane Miller, Sara Falk and
Nancy King all finishing with 34s.
Flight B was won by Ginny Nunn, who carded
Captain Mark Howard
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a 1-under-par 31 to finish one shot ahead of Joyce
Reith and four shots in front of third-place finisher
Markie Ksiazek fired a 2-under-par 31 to take
Flight C by three strokes over second-place finisher
Lorraine Towne. Sally Keyes and Sally Martin tied
for third place with 34s.
Nell Bergstrom had the low-net round of the day
with a 5-under-par 27 to win Flight D. Eunice Warda
was second with 34, while Sally York finished in third
place at 35.
The team of Meredith Slavin, Rosemary Knick
Marden Eichhorn and Nell Bergstrom won the team
low-net competition with a combined score of 141.
Diane Miller had the sole birdie of the day on number
six, while Judy Ward chipped in on number four.
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Best bets this week: beach, deep-water fishing
By Nick Walter
Anglers can expect cold fronts blowing through
every five to seven days, which amounts to a winter-
time fishing pattern.
But sheepshead are not around in big numbers,
as some anglers have found them scarce over bay
wrecks and reefs. Within the next few weeks, look
for sheepshead to gather around rocks and bridge and
dock pilings, feeding off barnacles and crustaceans.
Inshore anglers may want to consider fishing
deep-water canals and deep grass flats in protected
areas, as well as docks and channels.
The fishing off the beaches has been top qual-
ity, as Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and
pompano attack bait fish.
Capt. Warren Girle said between 3-7 miles off-
shore there have been plenty of Spanish mackerel,
undersized red and gag grouper, limits of mangrove
snapper, as well as porgeys and Key West grunts.
"You've got to catch 20-30 to get a keeper grouper,"
Girle said he's still getting a decent bite in the
bays on redfish to 30 inches, nice trout, several of
which were over 20 inches, and scattered flounder.
"There's not as many flounder," Girle said. "I think
they' re not catch and release anymore, they' re catch
and grease. A lot are going home."
Girle said he also had a lot of nice pompano to 4
pounds. He said there are a lot of ladyfish and blue-
fish near Longboat Pass.
"There's so many," Girle said, "even if they're
not hi<1% in'. they're on the edges of sand bars."
Girle suggests using a quarter-ounce jighead in
chartreuse. With the toothy bluefish, he's been using
a 25-30 pound fluorocarbon leader.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he hasn't been out
much due to the fog, wind and rain. But he reported
good late-fall and early-winter action out on the open
flats of the local bays with big bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish
mackerel, flounder and occasional pompano in depths
of 5-7 feet over broken grass flats.
"Bait is not necessary, as all the above will read-
ily attack a jig, spoon or small lure," Zacharias said.
"Around the area canals, creeks and bayous, there
has been decent action with reds, black drum, sheep-
Lee Browne of Roanoke, Va., puts up a Terra Ceia
Bay flounder caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail
while fishing with Capt. Ray Markham aboard the
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head shark in about 130 feet of Gulf water. Capt. Larry McGuire snapped a few photos from the boat before
the release, but, he said, "The shark was too big and dangerous to bring in the boat for a pic."
ies and mango snapper. Live shrimp would be the
primary bait to hook up around deep-water docks.
Look for docks with large boats that do not appear
to be used a lot. Fresh-cut bait will work for winter
reds and snook in the same locations. This manner
of fishing will only get better as the weather gets
Zacharias said that the Gulf reefs have been pro-
ductive with grouper, cobia, snapper, flounder, sheep-
shead, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. He said there
also are some hogfish in 30-40 feet of water that can
be hooked with live shrimp or crabs.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said the trout catch-and-release bite was "off the
hook" last week drifting deep grass flats with jigs.
He has been trolling for grouper in the bay, catch-
ing a few. "There are some big grouper in the bay
right now, I'll tell you that," Howard said. "One guy
had a grouper pull the hooks out. It was a big fish,
probably over 10 pounds."
The strange thing, Howard said, was that during
the afternoon, he was able to net some nice shiners in
the Key Royale flats. "Looking at my [fishing] logs,
usually by now I'm not getting shiners," Howard
said. "But they were there and they worked."
Howard used the shiners over a drop-off on some
deep grass for speckled trout, bluefish, ladyfish and
some Spanish mackerel.
He also tried targeting sheepshead over a wreck
in the bay and hooked a few. "We didn't get them like
we thought we would," Howard said.
Capt. Tom Chaya of Anna Maria Fishing
Charters said anglers have caught pompano on the
edges of holes on lower tides with shrimp or jigs,
and when the weather has been calm, nearshore areas
have produced some keeper gag grouper to 24 inches
over hard bottoms, plus a few big flounder and man-
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
south pier said he has seen some keeper grouper,
small Spanish mackerel, and lots of big bonito caught
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
Spanish mackerel are sparse and small in size, and
a couple anglers have landed some scattered bonito.
Finally, he said some shark have been caught both
day and night.
Erica Webb from Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
have caught some sheepshead on live shrimp, a few
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redfish at night, as well as black drum and a few
Aaron Lohman from Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina sad the beach fishing has been abnor-
mally good, with lots of flounder, a few pompano
using Goofy jigs, quite a few Spanish mackerel, lady-
fish and jack crevalle, which have been chasing bait
fish. Anglers can use small silver spoons to imitate
the bait fish.
Inshore, there are a lot of big trout, nice redfish
around residential docks in 2-12 feet of water that
can be caught on Gulp shrimp.
There also are snook on the same inshore
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Lynn French shows off a pair of gag grouper she
reeled up while fishing with husband Capt. Tom
Chaya of Anna Maria Island Charters.
CO Licensed Captain Don Meilner
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Call Rick, 941-224-4977.
LIFE-SIZE one-of-a-kind sculptured mer-
BEAUTIFUL MOSAICS FOR sale: $10-$40.
Fish, birdhouses, frames, etc. Beach Mosa-
BOOKS: HARDBACKS. 50, very good condi-
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COFFEE TABLE, ORNATE wrought iron,
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HOOVER UPRIGHT VACUUM cleaner with
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LAMP: WOODEN MODEL A Ford pickup with
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals
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$100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one
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GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are
welcome to come and worship with us!
Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.
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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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ENTERTAINMENT: THE BEST in comedy.
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Island real estate transactions
216 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,113 sfla / 1,149
sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1948 on a 105x110 lot
was sold 11/24/09, Rudacille to Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC for $750,000.
510 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,473 sfla / 2,193
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1971 on a 79x111 lot was sold 11/24/09, RNM Lim-
Featured sale: This home at 210 65th St., Holmes
Beach sold in April 2003 for $425,000 and in
November 2009 for $600,000, an increase of 41
percent. The cost per square foot is $360. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson
ited Partnership to Kaleta for $700,000.
113 Beach Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,789sfla / 2,382
sfur 3bed/22bath/ Icar pool home built in 1966 on a
75x100 lot was sold 11/25/09, Bruckert to Matick for
210 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,666 sfla / 2,218 sfur
3bed/2bath home built in 1976 on a 86x105 lot was
sold 11/18/09, RNM Limited Partnership to Kaleta
409 Poinsettia Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,897 sfla
2,352 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1992
on a 79x107 lot was sold 11/18/09, Sirrine to Meehan
610 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,081 sfla
2,609 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1970 on a 95x115 lot was sold 11/17/09,
Harper to Rivellini for $580,000.
515 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,740 sfla
4,925 sfur 2bed/2bath/ Icar canalfront pool home built
in 1989 on a 90x110 lot was sold 11/17/09, Maclean
to Robinson for $550,000; list $599,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 190, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold
11/23/09, Thorpe to Tabarelli for $340,000; list
313 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 52x145
lot zoned ROR was sold 11/16/09, Antioho to Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC for $315,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 190, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold
11/18/09, Robb to Folkerts for $310,000.
3805 E. Bay Drive, Unit 7, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/25/09,
Bowers to Morel for $160,000.
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit 16, Imperial House,
Bradenton Beach, a 664 sfla 1bed/I bath condo with
shared pool uilt in 1969 was sold 11/17/09, Zigon to
Inda for $115,000; list $149,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
Holmes Beach holiday open house winner's circle
Ethan Valenti, 10, of west Bradenton, takes home Jean Clough was so excited about her package of
a prize, one of three baskets of goodies collected prizes contributed by Holmes Beach merchants for
from area merchants by The Islander and awarded the Islander-sponsored open house that she forgot
during the annual Holmes Beach Downtown and left her keys in the car. Clough said she was
Holiday Open House Dec. 4. Islander Photo: Rick "disappointed in the weather, but we always enjoy
Catlin the event." Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Winner Sheldon Hedges collects his holiday prize
package from the Holmes Beach Holiday Open
House at The Islander office. Islander Photo:
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 16, 2009 0 27
ISA NER CA SIDS
LATE JANUARY: SEMI-retiring Maine resi-
dential maintenance manager needs part-
time job on Anna Maria Island or Longboat
key. Real estate brokerage, lumber/hardware
store experience. Peter, 207-671-9724. Port-
DO YOU RECEIVE monthly payments from
a mortgage? Would you like to turn that into
lump sum cash? Drop me a line. Private
Mortgage Purchasing, 512 71 st. St., Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
OLD COSTUME CLUTTER? No problem,
donate clean, old costumes to ship to Haiti
for Mardis Gras. Please, bag and drop at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for
boaters available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recy-
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Drive, Holmes Beach.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Pri-
vateers are collecting new or used, repairable
fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at
The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
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Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Don't be sorry, be safe.
PERFECT HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE: Pur-
chase a personalized 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 information.
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The Islander. Submit 15 words or less includ-
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firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver in person
to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The
Islander will encourage employers to review
the "employment wanted" ads in The Islander
when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-? Saturday, Dec. 19.
Three-family combination, very nice items.
White sofa, like new, oak bar stools, clothes,
dishes, lots of miscellaneous. 2710 Ave. B,
Holmes Beach. 304-415-3875.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous
office supplies, T-shirts, home treasures, mir-
rors and framed art.
LOST: OSU SILVER bracelet, extremely sen-
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FOUND: COUPON BOOK near Holmes
Beach shopping center, Dec. 12. Apples
on cover. Claim at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All appli-
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BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
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20 YEARS EXPERIENCE in home health
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CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or
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ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certi-
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Cross training, seven days a week. Maggie,
941-447-4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysit-
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I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
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stay. Call 941-504-7986 for all your computer
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For dependable, honest and personalized
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checking services to ensure your house is
secure while you are away. Call 941-928-
8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.
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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20
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a reasonable price, call Sebastian, 941-704-
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
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Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges,
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12-year Island resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service land-
scaping and property management. 15 years
Island experience. Licensed and insured plus
unbeatable prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
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references. Please call 941-778-2335 or 941 -
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and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
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hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
5300 Gulf Drive, #206
6006 Gulf Drive #215
5805 Gulf Drive #109N $699,900
516 Key Royale.
Gulf Place, 6700 Gulf Drive #13
5608 Gulf Drive
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779-0202 (800) 732-6434
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR:
Carl V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches,
decks, remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work.
Fair price! 941-795-1947.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer
supplies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure
washing. Free estimates. New phone number!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW con-
struction or re-paints. Dozens of Island com-
pletions since 1992. Call Venture Services,
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and
more. Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett
for a free in-home consultation. Island refer-
ences, 15 years experience. 941-778-3526
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space.
625 sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799
Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. Off-season rates,
$115/night, $725/week. $1,800 for Decem-
ber. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
KEY ROYALE. Outstanding new 5,000 SF 4BR home
with 3 full baths and two half-baths, two fireplaces,
elevator, heated pool, new dock and loads of privacy.
Truly a gorgeous home!
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Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Suitable for wedding and reunions,
seasonal and vacations..
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA
close to beach, room to store kayak and bike.
On Anna Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, seasonal $2,000/month, monthly or
weekly. Close to beach, trolley and restau-
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria
Island. December, March and April available
at $1,995 plus tax/monthly. 941-778-1098.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club:
2BR/2BA, den, eat-in kitchen, washer and
dryer, two-car garage, great water view,
security with gate, tennis courts, clubhouse,
pools, spas. Perfect condition. $1,300/month.
ENJOY SPECTACULAR WATER view from
huge living, dining area. Plate glass windows,
doors, 30x1 2-foot screened deck fronting bay,
beach and park with Gulf beach an easy walk.
3BR, washer and dryer, unfurnished in north
Anna Maria. A must see! 941-748-5334.
MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully fur-
nished, lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laun-
dry, tennis, heated pool. January-April. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely fur-
nished, washer and dryer, large back deck,
steps to beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-
SEASONAL: NEAR CORTEZ. Sunny Shores
mobile home. Turnkey 1 BR/1 BA, near beach,
clubhouse, newly renovated. $1,200/month.
Available now. 941-730-4078.
Own a unit in one of the
best buildings on the island.
Direct Gulf front condo
on the top floor with Gulf
views from every window!
redone new cabinets,
.t granite countertops, new
u. appliances. New bathroom
vanities and more! This
i. asically brand new. Extremely
wilding with only four units.
P',. -o,1elevator. You must see to
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w ,:-oPs. Asking $749,000.
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market.This propertywillnotlastlong
Owner will pay year of condo dues! $369,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
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ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Bradenton
Beach. Steps to Gulf, clean, quiet. $700/
month. Security deposit required. No smok-
ing. No pets. Call evenings, 219-730-3156.
GULF VIEW! FURNISHED 1 BR apartment,
December through March. Deposit, back-
ground check. $1,200/month. 941-778-0135,
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTA-
DOR Country Club. 2BR condo with garage
in excellent condition and neighborhood. No
smoking. For picture and information, call
MOBILE HOME: 2BR/1.5BA. Furnished,
remodeled, central heat, air conditioning,
gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center,
$1,000/month, four-month special. $695/
month annual. Sale, $49,995, includes share.
Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
ROOMMATE: $125/week, 3BR/2BA includes
utilities. Private bath. Washer and dryer.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1 BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/
monthly rental. $3,500/month. 941-778-
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTA-
DOR Country Club. 2BR condo with garage
in excellent condition and neighborhood. For
picture and information, call 941-545-3097.
RETIRED SWISS COUPLE looking for an
annual rental. 2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island
for March. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE unfurnished bay-
front 2BR/2BA. Wonderful view, washer and
dryer hookups, new laminate, tile floors, cov-
ered parking. $1,200/month. 941-795-1132
JANUARY RENTAL: Furnished 2BR/BA Bra-
denton Beach condo. Washer/dryer in unit,
steps to beach. $1,500/month. 813-245-
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA SPACIOUS elevated
duplex. Block to beach. Small pet considered.
$850/month plus utilities. 941-779-9470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA custom canal-
front home. $2,500/month. Call Lori, 941-
773-3415. Duncan Real Estate.
VACATION RENTAL: AVAILABLE Jan. 5
-March 5, 2010.1 BR/1 BA, upstairs with deck,
clean, block to beach, kitchen, cable, WiFi,
PERICO ISLAND: Jan. 11-April 25.2BR/3BA
townhouse. Amenities, clubhouse, pool,
tennis, workout room. $2,500/month. 941-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from
Anna Maria Island. You own the land. Not a
co-op. No monthly fees. Steps to water. Great
condition. Free boat ramp access. $74,900.
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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA town-
house. Large living room, pool, storm shut-
ters, garage, storage. $399,000, 941-722-
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WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. $550,000 or trade for
house of equal value or income-producing
OPEN SUNDAY: 2-4 p.m. Unit 424. Sand-
piper Resort Co-op. Awesome unit on the
bay. Completely renovated. New air condition-
ing, appliances, siding, tile, private parking
beside of unit. Completely furnished, linens,
dishes, TVs. Screened lanai. Includes share.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA : 2BR/2BA with a
two-car garage, 2,154 sf. 10 minutes to beach,
$129,000. Make offer. Estate sale. Denise
Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA
for sale. Walk to beach, boat lift and dock,
washer, dryer, recently renovated. $550,000.
Possible owner finance 813-245-0428.
WEST BRADENTON TOWNHOUSE for
sale. 3BR/2.5BA, large garage, reduced to
$195,000 with owner financing. 941-778-
9710 or 847-530-8833.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
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8 percent APR. Buy 3BR, $199/month. For
listings, 800-366-9783, ext. 5798.
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