VOLUME 18. NO. 52
Opinions. Page 6
NOV. 3, 2010 ,,
set at BB city hall.
Meetings: The gov-
ments. Page 4
The Greatest Gen-
eration: A WWII
pioneer. Page 14
What to do. Where
to go. Page 17
Turtle Watch ends
season. Page 20
Island police reports.
Mystery remains 2 years after
Islander's disappearance, motel fire
By Lisa Neff
Nov. 4, 2008. A memorable night.
Islanders, like those elsewhere in the
nation, in the world, sat up late to watch
the election returns, to see the broadcast of
Barack Obama's victory speech from Chi-
cago's Grant Park.
Some Islanders remember blasting car
horns, trumpeting an election day victory.
Some Islanders remember taking a
solitary stroll after learning of their party's
What else do Islanders remember about
a night that was a watershed moment in U.S.
history and also the night Haley's Motel co-
owner Sabine Musil-Buehler likely died?
"Is there anything that people recall
about that night? About her disappear-
ance? About her actions before?" asked
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube.
.. "Did they have any inter-
4' actions with our person of
49 at the time of her disap-
)i pearance and had a reputa-
' vtion as an active volunteer
Musil-Buehler on the Island a doer
involved in promoting the business commu-
Anyone with information on the
November 2008 disappearance of Sabine
Musil-Buehler is asked to call MCSO at
941-747-3011 or to call Crime Stoppers
Information related to the arson fire
at Haley's Motel in November 2008 can
be reported to Crime Stoppers or West
Manatee Fire Rescue at 941-741-3900.
Election day arrives
Island voters were set to head to the
polls Nov. 2 to cast ballots from 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. for candidates at the local, state and
In Anna Maria, balloting was to take
place at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave. There are 1,332
voters in the city, where absentee and early
voting already was strong, according to
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elec-
Voters in Bradenton Beach were to
cast ballots at Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N. There are 923 voters in
And, in Holmes Beach, voters,
depending on their precinct, were to cast
ballots at either Precinct 92, Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, or
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive. There are 1,613 voters in Precinct 92
and 1,706 voters in Precinct 93.
Each Island city was hosting a single
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 3
nity, protecting the environment and wildlife,
rescuing pets and caring for children.
"Sabine is just a very wonderful person,"
one friend said days after Musil-Buehler dis-
appeared. "She's an upstanding citizen, an
outstanding person.... Sabine thinks she can
save the world."
In February 2007, the Holmes Beach
Police Department recruited Musil-Buehler
as a volunteer for its missing-child program.
"I think that it is important to start a search
at the earliest possible time, to get the word
out and have people look for missing chil-
dren," Musil-Buehler said at the time. "The
chances to find them are a lot bigger when
things happen fast."
Law enforcement officials believe that by
the time word was out that Musil-Buehler was
missing, she was dead.
"We believe that she's no longer with
us," Steube said in a recent interview with
The Islander. "That this is a death investiga-
The first MCSO notice about Musil-
Buehler in November 2008 indicated she was
missing that she was last seen Nov. 5 in the
area of 14th Street West in Bradenton and that
foul play was not suspected in her disappear-
Missing person notices that went into
national and international networks described
Musil-Buehler as petite, about 120 pounds, 5
feet, 5 inches tall, with silver hair, braces on
her teeth, a German accent and possibly wear-
ing a floral-print top and Converse sneakers.
Foul play suspected
While an intensive search for Musil-
Buehler was under way in those first weeks
of November 2008, law enforcement officials
PLEASE SEE MYSTERY, PAGE 8
Drowning victim's family seeks trial
By Lisa Neff
9 Islander Reporter
s down, The family of a Deltona man who
tarts up. drowned near Longboat Pass in July 2009 is
demanding a jury trial in its wrongful death
suit against Manatee County.
cks on The family of Jose H. Medina, 30, also
has sued McCulley Marine Services, Pine
Bit Island Towing Co., Tug Champion, John
McCulley and Michael Hollingsworth in
Manatee County Circuit Court.
Three people Medina, wife Christie
gr Soto and a friend were riding a Jet Ski-
26 type watercraft about 2 p.m. July 4, 2009,
when the accident happened, according to
Manatee County Emergency Medical Service
Medina was on his wife's watercraft when
its engine failed. He attempted to restart the
craft, but, according to the suit filed by Soto
on behalf of herself and her five children,
Medina "was swept by the strong outgoing
ebb tidal current within the waters towards
Authorities said witnesses saw Medina,
who was wearing a lifejacket, trying to pull
the watercraft to the shore at Coquina Beach
Bayside, but then he was no longer visible.
Medina was swept toward a barge and
forced underneath, where he was trapped
"rather than being allowed to drift freely with
the channel of water pushing through Long-
boat Pass, thereby causing his tragic death by
di n\\ Ili1i ." the suit alleges.
Soto, represented by the Faddis and
Warner law firm of Casselberry, is seeking
unspecified damages in the suit, which com-
plains that the defendants used the location as
a staging area for a Manatee County artificial-
The complaint states, "It was absolutely
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Cottage conversation set at BB city hall
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelop-
ment Agency plans Nov. 9 to explore the fate of the
Monroe Cottage, a city-owned structure on property
that may become a parking lot.
The cottage, built circa
1950 and used until earlier this
year for the now defunct city
B department, is on Church Avenue
Just south of a public parking lot
and the city public works depart-
Earlier this year, the CRA
began looking at ways to expand the use of the
parking lot, which stretches from Church Avenue
to Highland Avenue, where the police department is
The CRA reviewed several concepts for expand-
ing parking in the area.
Two that involved reconfiguring or eliminating
a city park on Highland Avenue have been rejected.
One remaining option in exhibit one involves
reconfiguring the existing parking area with a row
of angled parking spaces, as well as added spaces
adjacent to the park and on Church and Highland
avenues. The preliminary plan shows a total of 38
public spaces, as well as some city staff parking.
Another option, one the CRA favored during a
meeting two months ago, involves the changes pro-
posed in exhibit one, as well as the demolition of the
cottage, a shed and garage at 304 Church Ave. The
preliminary plan shows a total of 47 public parking
spaces, as well as city staff spaces.
The city purchased the 304 Church Ave. property
several years ago for about $300,000 with plans to
renovate the cottage, which is not up to local or state
code and fails to meet access requirements under the
The city-owned Monroe Cottage on Church Avenue
in Bradenton Beach is the topic of a city hall dis-
cussion Nov. 9. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, city commissioners have since said that
a renovation would be too expensive and that there
is no good city use for the structure.
The Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
has assessed the value of the land at 304 Church
Ave. at $155,330 and the value of the structures at
Before the city can proceed with any parking
expansion in the area, the CRA, a board made up of
the city commission and mayor, must decide what
to do with the cottage. That will be the discussion
topic at a 1 p.m. meeting Nov. 9 at city hall, 107
Have an idea for what should become of
Bradenton Beach's old Monroe Cottage and
how a proposal might be funded? E-mail The
Islander at firstname.lastname@example.org with sugges-
tions by Nov. 8.
Gulf Drive N.
"We never got through the disposition of the
Monroe cottage what was going to be done with
it," said Mayor Bob Bartelt. "We need to have a work
session on that."
While there has been commission consensus to
raze the cottage, Bartelt said there has been no direct
vote on the matter, and there also has not been any
conversation with citizens.
"If someone would desire to have the building,
if they would move it, we want to know those pos-
sibilities before we just ... tear it down," the mayor
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foreseeable that if barging operations occurred within
Coquina Beach and Bayside Park at times when the
boating public would be expected to heavily popu-
late the park, such barging operations would present
an inherent danger to those members of the public
taking advantage of the park's amenities, including
the park's public boat ramp and the navigable waters
immediately adjacent thereto."
Soto first filed suit last December, but has
amended the complaint several times.
Each complaint has produced a series of motions
to dismiss and other challenges to the allegations
from the defendants the county, barge operators
and the towing and tug companies.
The county, in its most recent filing, acknowl-
edged that Medina was operating a personal water-
craft on navigable U.S. waters and died as a result of
drowning. But the county denied any wrongdoing.
Further, the county's response states, "Defen-
dants allege that the decedent's damages, and there-
fore plaintiffs damages, were caused either in whole
or in part by the decedent's own acts of negligence,
including but not limited to the failure to exercise
reasonable care for the decedent's own safety."
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In Anna Maria, voters were to decide between
Sandy Mattick and Michael Selby for mayor. Mayor
Fran Barford chose not to seek re-election.
In Bradenton Beach, voters were to elect a Ward
4 commissioner either appointed Commissioner
Jan Vosburgh or challenger Michael Harrington.
Ward 4 is from First Street North to the city's south-
In Holmes Beach, two commission seats were
up for election, with three candidates in the race -
incumbent Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and
John Monetti and challenger Jean Peelen.
A number of other races were to be decided in
the intensely monitored midterm election, includ-
ing county commission, school board, fire district
commission, judicial retention, state representative,
statewide offices, U.S. representative and senator.
Additionally, voters across the state were to
decide several controversial constitutional amend-
ments and, at home on the Island, Bradenton Beach
voters faced a series of charter amendments.
For more information about voting, including to
view sample ballots or to check voter registration
status, go to www.votemanatee.com.
For more information about the issues and can-
didates, as well as the newspaper's endorsements, go
There is no contest in several elections on the
Island, resulting in automatic returns to office.
In Anna Maria, incumbent Commissioners
Jo Ann Mattick and Chuck Webb will remain at
the dais for another two years.
In Bradenton Beach, Bob Bartelt, a former
commissioner appointed mayor in June, will con-
tinue to serve as mayor for two more years. Also,
Ed Straight will replace Bob Connors as Ward 2
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
will serve another two-year term.
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 3, 2010 3 3
Gulf Drive road work, lane closures planned
The Florida Department of Transportation
began the permanent striping of State Road 789/
Gulf Drive Nov. 1 and advised motorists to expect
some lane closures.
Temporary lane closures and other construc-
tion will occur between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.,
a DOT press release said.
Anna Maria City
Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m., swearing-in ceremony.
Nov. 9, 6 p.m., joint commission/planning and
Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Nov. 16, 6 p.m., P&Z meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Nov. 4, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m., website team meeting.
Nov. 4, 7 p.m., commission meeting.
Nov. 8, 4 p.m., mooring committee meeting.
Nov. 9, 1 p.m., Community Redevelopment
Authority meeting on Monroe Cottage.
Nov. 15, 1 p.m., swearing-in ceremony.
Nov. 17, 1 p.m., CRA meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meet-
Nov. 9, 7 p.m., commission meeting and work
Nov. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Other improvements during the three-week
construction period involve removing old asphalt
and resurfacing the roadway, installing highway
signs, marking pavement and some sidewalk
Weather permitting, the project should be com-
pleted by Nov. 22, the DOT said.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Nov. 18, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Nov. 4, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
meeting, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Nov. 7, Daylight saving time ends.
Nov. 9, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
meeting, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m., The Islander will host a Vet-
erans Day program beginning outside Holmes Beach
City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, when government
offices are closed.
Nov. 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
meeting, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Nov. 17, Barrier Island Elected officials meet-
Thanksgiving is Nov. 25. Government offices
are closed Nov. 25-26.
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Another response follows St
By Rick Catlin Citizens for Sunshine Inc., a transparency in govern-
Islander Reporter ment watchdog organization, filed a response Oct. 27
The responses continue to be filed in former Anna with the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal. That
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus' appeal of his response answered Stoltzfus' Oct. 18 motion to strike
Sept. 7 recall, but conclusion of the case may be in the CFS Oct. 14 intervenor's response to the court.
sight. Mogensen filed the CFS Oct. 14 intervenor
Attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen, representing response in reply to Stoltzfus' Oct. 7 response to the
Holmes Beach reduces parking requirements
By Diana Bogan
In an effort to become a more walkable com-
munity, the Holmes Beach City Commission unani-
mously passed an ordinance that reduces the number
of parking spaces required for some businesses.
"We want to encourage the use of more green
types of transportation, like walking, biking or taking
the trolley," said commission chair Sandy Haas-Mar-
The ordinance allows business owners to demon-
strate their business requires fewer off-street parking
spaces to operate in Holmes Beach.
Barry Grooms is one prospective business owner
for whom the ordinance is key to opening a barbecue
Speaking to the commission at its Oct. 26 meet-
ing, Grooms said the city's parking requirements of
one parking space for every three seats in a restaurant
has been the biggest hurdle for him to turn the auto
repair site at 5608 Marina Drive into a restaurant.
The new ordinance changes the off-street parking
requirement to one space for five restaurant seats.
"This is the difference that will help my family
turn an eyesore into a restaurant that provides for
my family and keeps my dad's dream alive," said
Grooms. He also noted that the ability to open his
restaurant also meant creating jobs on the Island. "I
think it's a positive stride."
According to the ordinance, applicants seeking to
reduce parking spaces must furnish a parking study
that demonstrates the number of proposed spaces will
Resident Andy Sheridan spoke in favor of the
ordinance, saying he agrees with the changes and
reasoning behind them. "This community is bike,
trolley and pedestrian friendly," he said.
In other developments, the commission is work-
ing on providing a definition for the term "city-owned
docks" and what is considered a "vessel" to clarify
what types of boats and watercraft can be moored on
the city's T-end canals. Commissioners plan to again
discuss the issue at a work session Nov. 23.
Also planned for the Nov. 23 work session is
discussion on Manatee County's proposal to create an
ordinance allowing film crews one-stop shopping.
Holmes Beach city commissioners will review
the proposal, as well as its current fee structure for
use of city services, such as police security and traffic
City attorney Patricia Petruff suggested that the
city's current fees are lower than other municipali-
ties. She suggested that prior to the next work ses-
sion, commissioners take a look at how Anna Maria
handles requests to film on its beaches.
The city commission's Nov. 23 meeting will
begin at 7 p.m. in the city hall chamber, 5801 Marina
DCA's Sept. 16 order to "show cause" why his appeal
of the recall should not be dismissed.
The request from the court
came with the order to certify
the Sept. 7 vote that resulted in
removal of Stoltzfus from office.
Stoltzfus maintains that,
under Florida law, CFS has no
legal standing in his case, and the
t, .h:, CFS response should be stricken
from the record.
CFS next asked the appeal court to dismiss
Stoltzfus' motion to strike.
A spokesperson for the DCA in Lakeland said the
court did not request further response from Stoltz-
The Stoltzfus appeal is now with the judges.
"It's gone back to the court for a decision," the
spokesperson said. "It's not on the calendar, so I don't
know when a decision will be reached. It could be
tomorrow, it could be some time in the future."
Stoltzfus' recall began in March following a
public records request that resulted in the release of
more than 1,200 of Stoltzfus' personal e-mails per-
taining to government business.
The contents of those e-mails prompted Anna
Maria resident Bob Carter to form a Recall Com-
missioner Stoltzfus Committee and proceed through
the various legal steps required to remove Stoltzfus
The committee's two recall petitions were even-
tually accepted by the circuit court and a recall elec-
tion was ordered for Sept. 7.
On the same ballot, voters would cast a vote
for one of the two qualified candidates to succeed
Stoltzfus. Both Stoltzfus and Aubry qualified for the
Stoltzfus was recalled, 362-333, while Aubry
won the seat, 363-333.
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By Rick Catlin
Some long-time Anna Maria residents might have
said the commission's Oct. 28 meeting was a far cry
from other commission meetings the past year. There
were plenty of awards, honors, hugs and standing
ovations at this meeting.
Not only was the meeting a farewell to outgoing
Mayor Fran Barford, it was an opportunity to honor
Tom Turner as Citizen of the Year.
Commissioners surprised Barford with a plaque,
which was presented to her by Commission Chair
John Quam, for dedicated service to the city.
Both Barford and Turner received standing ova-
tions from the audience, and commissioners all took
time to shake hands with both Barford and Turner.
The new mayor and commission will hold an
organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
9, followed by a commission work session.
City clerk Alice Baird said the one-week delay
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ors, tears in Anna Maria
in swearing-in ceremonies and organizing is because
the Manatee County Elections Office has to check all
provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election, and
that process may take a few days.
The commission scheduled the November regular
meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, after city
attorney Jim Dye said he would be unavailable Nov.
18, the regularly scheduled meeting day.
The December regular meeting was set for 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 16, a week earlier than usual to avoid
interfering with the Christmas holiday.
Commissioners approved a new lease of city
property for the Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety's museum and adjacent land at 402 Pine Ave. The
new agreement gives the society a five-year lease
with an option for another five years.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he had second
thoughts about a five-year lease after talking with a
number of people. He suggested a 10-year lease.
He found no support among other commission-
ers for changing the lease terms to 10 years amd the
agreement was approved, 4-1, with Woodland dis-
In her final report as mayor, Barford said there
has been a recent increase in the number of auto bur-
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies on
patrol have been looking for anyone or anything
unusual, particularly during the night hours.
The mayor also announced improvements at the
beach access between 787-789 North Shore Drive
are completed and the access is re-opened to the
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Anna Maria's Citizen of the Year at the city com-
mission's Oct. 28 meeting. Turner has lived in Anna
Maria more than 25 years and serves on the plan-
ning and zoning board. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford receives a plaque
from Commission Chair John Quam at the commis-
sion's Oct. 28 meeting. Commissioners honored Bar
fordfor her service to the city during her four years
as mayor. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
A new city of Anna Maria seal is digitally displayed
on a flag. The enhanced seal was commissioned by
Mayor Fran Barford and was designed at no cost
to the city by resident Mike Thrasher.
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Houdini, houdun it?
All fooling aside, on the tail of All Hallow's Eve
comes the election. We'll have at least one new offi-
cial on Anna Maria Island after Nov. 2, and that will
be a new mayor for the city of Anna Maria. He or she
- depending on the vote will follow in the foot-
steps of a seasoned veteran, one who demonstrated
great calm in the past year's distraction.
Mayor Fran Barford kept her cool, maintained
decorum and moved forward the business of the
city, in spite of some pretty tough odds. You might
recall that in the private-then-publicized e-mails of
ex-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, he wrote that he
had been walking around the city before his election
with a tail in hand, looking for where to pin it. He
added, I found my donkey, it's Mayor Barford.
Yep, he said it. But Barford kept on task, leading
the staff through what seemed the insurmountable
task of providing to the public more than 1,200 pre-
viously withheld Stoltzfus e-mails. And she kept the
city running through the recall. Head held high.
Can we continue to go forward? We hope so, but
we have some trepidation and a little anticipa-
The mixed emotions come from the need for
the city to distance itself from Stoltzfus and his
We trust the voters to make the right decision.
While this edition of The Islander hits the streets,
the polls are just beginning to open and we're left to
wonder: What will the day produce for the Island
We suggest you make sure your vote counts.
And check in with us at www.islander.org after
7 p.m. Nov. 2 for the local results as they become
available from the elections office.
Meanwhile, this week, we recall Sabine Musil-
Buehler. A free spirit, free thinker and, for two years,
a lost soul.
She disappeared from the lives of those who knew
and loved her on election night 2008. And there's an
eerie feeling that comes reading Lisa Neff's recount
of the circumstances of her disappearance, thinking
of her whereabouts, wondering what might have hap-
pened, and the arson fire at Haley's Motel shortly
after her disappearance.
It was Haley's, the small, older motel in Holmes
Beach she owned and operated with her husband,
where she hosted 1950s and '60s parties, European
body-painters, pool exercise classes and elaborate
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Halloween and Christmas parties with goodwill over-
She fought city hall to keep her pet chickens and
loved her many animals and birds.
She answered causes for sea turtles, cancer and
And there's no trace of her. She disappeared.
Houdini would say, "Will wonders never
Hope, vote, wait and wonder.
For the cause
What a beautiful day.
Thank you to all the participants and donors who
supported Causeway For The Cause, raising $2,910
for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
More than 90 people rode bikes, ran or walked
the causeway on a perfect Saturday for a perfect goal,
a cure for breast cancer.
Thank you to Beach Bums Island Attitude, Dojo
Athletics, Island Rockers, Ellenton Animal Hospital,
Holmes Beach Police Department and the Boobie
Patrol for making the event a pleasurable endeavor.
Thank you to the young women of Reinaunce
service club of the Manatee High School for their
support and to everyone for extending a friendship
to all women facing cancer.
We hope you can feel the love, you wonderful
Looking forward to next year.
Eleni Romeo and Jamie Walstad, organizers
I would like to thank the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce for a lovely evening at its
most recent business-card exchange. This month it
was held at the beautiful Tortuga Inn in Bradenton
Beach. I went as a guest of my daughter, who has just
opened a new business, Anna Maria Island Concierge
Services. It was her first event as a new chamber
member and mine as a guest.
Everyone was warm and welcoming.
It was a pleasure to meet David Teitelbaum,
owner of the Tortuga Inn, and, to my surprise, I was
the lucky winner of the grand prize of the evening
- a stay at his resort.
Again, thank you to all and to the staff at the
Ron Arbanas, Holmes Beach
Bradenton Beach is confirming its commitment
to settle a long-standing lawsuit regarding a parcel of
beachfront property, which the current owners have
sought to develop since acquiring the property in
The city commission voted on Aug. 31 to accept
the owners' monetary settlement offer of $350,000 to
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owners and city have been conducting a due diligence
investigation regarding the property and working on
the terms of a settlement agreement.
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By Lisa Neff
Manatee Public Beach will see about $19,000
in landscaping improvements beginning this month,
followed by about $31,000 in landscaping improve-
ments at Coquina Beach beginning in December.
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners,
meeting Oct. 26 in Bradenton, unanimously approved
$49,966 in spending from the county's tree trust fund
for the projects at the public beaches, sites of ongoing
improvements in recent years.
At Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, the parks and recreation department
plans to install irrigation upgrades and to plant three
gumbo limbos, two pigeon plums, one red bay and
40 sabal palms to spruce up the parking lot, trolley
stop and concession area.
due at Man-
At Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, the parks
department plans to plant six gumbo limbos, seven
pigeon plums, three Florida red bays, three sand live
oaks and 60 sabal palms, along with the installation
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county-run beaches, include the construction of a
new marine-rescue headquarters at Coquina Beach
Bayside and the addition of game tables, rest stops,
recycling receptacles and solar-powered lights at
At Manatee Public Beach, where a new conces-
sionaire is operating the restaurant, gift shop and
beach amenities, improvements have included some
painting and the renovation of the pancake shack into
a tiki-style hut where pancakes are still grilled and
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MYSTERY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
increasingly began to talk about the likelihood of foul
play, for various reasons.
The witness who reporting partying with Musil-
Buehler Nov. 5 in the 14th Street West area had lied
to conceal his theft of her white Pontiac from the
parking lot of the Gator Lounge.
Robert Corona, according to authorities, told at
least two accounts of how he came into possession
of Musil-Buehler's vehicle.
In one account, he said an acquaintance gave him
the keys to go buy drugs.
In another account, he said he found the car
parked outside the Gator Lounge with the doors
unlocked and the key in the ignition.
In a search of her vehicle, investigators found
some of Musil-Buehler's possessions and blood-
stains, but no IDs and no cell phone.
Friends and family hadn't seen the motel owner
since Nov. 4 and wondered why she a devout
Barack Obama enthusiast wasn't rejoicing loudly,
There were compounding questions about the
I nomas iBuenier, nusbana oJ missing savine AMusi-
Buehler, in a preliminary hearing to have his wife
declared legally deceased. Islander File Photo:
Courtesy Tiffany Tompkins-Condie/ttompkins@
William Cumber is led into a courtroomfor his sen-
tencing hearing on a probation violation. Islander
File Photo: Grant Jefferies/Bradenton Herald
man who provided the details of Musil-Buehler's last
known whereabouts a rented cottage on Magnolia
Avenue in Anna Maria on election night.
Musil-Buehler, estranged from husband Tom
Buehler, had rented the cottage with boyfriend Wil-
liam J. Cumber, an ex-convict released two months
earlier from prison after serving time for arson.
Cumber, who was operating a woodworking shop
in Holmes Beach at the time, said he and Musil-Bue-
hler were watching TV election coverage when they
"She got mad because I was smoking cigarettes,
and she left," Cumber said in an interview with The
Islander in November 2008.
She left angry, he said, and he tried for days after-
ward to reach her on her cell phone.
"She normally leaves and goes home," Cumber
He added, "It's not like her to take off, not to call
anybody, not to respond to calls that are going out to
On Nov. 16, 2008, the mystery intensified. Flames
broke out in a two-story accessory building at the
Haley's Motel complex, drawing a crowd of onlookers
to the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives in Holmes
Beach on an unseasonably cold November night.
The fire began sometime after 7 p.m. Two 911
calls were received at 7:17 p.m., with the dispatch
going out at 7:18 p.m. and firefighters were on their
way by 7:21 p.m., according to West Manatee Fire
Rescue Capt. Tom Sousa.
WMFR deputy fire marshal Kurt Lathrop remem-
bered thinking, when he arrived to the scene, "'How
did this fire get going to that degree so fast?'... It was
going through the roof when the guys got there."
The Holmes Beach Police Department investi-
gated the fire, along with WMFR and the state fire
The morning after the fire, HBPD Chief Jay
Romine said that due to the totality of damage and
the circumstances involved, the fire "has to be con-
Authorities quickly determined the fire was set
by human hand arson.
But, as with the investigation into Musil-Bue-
hler's disappearance, no one has been charged with
"It is what it is," said Lathrop. "It was a set fire....
If the intent was to make that building go away, the
fire did what it was intended to do."
It seemed everyone had a theory as word of the
fire spread, the WMFR official said, remembering "a
lot of finger-pointing."
Today, Lathrop, stressing he's a fire investigator
and not a law enforcement officer, declines to discuss
persons of interest or name potential suspects.
"Short of someone standing there with a match"
an arson case can be difficult to solve, said Lathrop.
"Was anybody standing there with a match in the
hand? Unfortunately not."
In the days and weeks following the fire, inves-
tigators conducted a number of interviews, including
with Haley's co-owner Tom Buehler, Cumber and
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Lathrop, two years later, still wonders how the
fire was set on a Sunday evening so close to motel
guests and so close to a busy traffic intersection.
"At that building, on that corner, at that time of
the day, somebody probably saw something," Lath-
An arrest and conviction
While authorities have not made an arrest in the
disappearance and likely slaying of Musil-Buehler or
the arson fire, there have been convictions related to
Corona, a tile-setter from Bradenton, pleaded no
contest to grand theft auto in August 2009 and was sen-
tenced to four years in prison for stealing Musil-Bue-
hler's car. In a letter to his attorney, Corona confessed,
"I used the car to joy ride around the neighborhood."
Cumber, too, is in prison, for violating the terms
of his probation on the 2005 arson conviction. He was
arrested in late December 2008 driving a pickup truck
with expired tags and under a suspended license in
By May 2009 he was on his way to prison for
violating the terms of his probation, which required
him to get permission to leave Manatee County and
forbade the commission of another crime.
In court, Cumber claimed that he fled Manatee
County because he was getting "cold shoulders" on
the Island and the media had portrayed him as "an
"I wasn't able to put up with anything.... I was
just running because I had no future.... Bradenton
was dead to me," Cumber said.
In the days after Cumber's arrest in Marion
County, MCSO supervised a search on the beach near
Magnolia Avenue. The MCSO repeatedly would go
back to search the area, as well as other locations in
Manatee County, using dogs, sonar equipment and
MCSO investigators have characterized Cumber
as a "person of interest" in Musil-Buehler's disap-
pearance and have repeatedly interviewed him.
"And we have plans to interview him in the
near future," said Steube, adding that Cumber, in
the weeks just after Musil-Buehler's disappearance,
offered information to the press that he did not pro-
vide to the MCSO.
Two years later
Two years after Musil-Buehler disappeared,
Steube said his team doesn't have a cold case.
"We're still doing things," the sheriff said. "I
can't tell you what we're doing. I can't say. But I
wouldn't categorize this as a cold case."
Two detectives are permanently assigned to the
investigation, still following up leads and tips, still
conducting interviews when necessary.
"It's a case where we run to the end of every
lead," the sheriff said.
The leads and the tips, however, do not come as
often as in the earlier days of the investigation.
An arson fire
"We haven't had one in quite some time, months,"
With the anniversary at hand, authorities are
hoping that Islanders and vacationers again will
reflect on November 2008.
"Maybe this, going over the case again, will jog
memories," Steube said. "Maybe there was someone
here then who is just now returning, who left and
missed a lot of the publicity and is back."
A new witness could break the case.
So, too, could the discovery of Musil-Buehler's
remains, a development that would provide closure
for family and friends but also likely provide forensic
evidence that could lead to the identity of a killer.
"It would be wonderful if we could find her,"
Steube said. "She's out there somewhere. We would
certainly like to locate her."
And, of course, Steube said, the MCSO certainly
would take a confession.
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Local artists are warming up for the three-day Beach; a concert by the Anna Maria Island Concert
ArtsHop celebration that kicks off the fall/winter Chorus and Orchestra at Crosspointe Fellowship,
season on Anna Maria Island. 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at 2 p.m.; and a
The fourth annual ArtsHop takes place at vari- sunset drum circle at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
ous venues Nov. 12-14 and includes art exhibits, a Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
dance, a book-signing, a music concert, an art auc-
tion, a festival and two evenings of one-act plays.
Many of the Island's arts and culture organi-
zations and businesses are involved in ArtsHop,
coordinated by the Cultural Connections collabora-
The ArtsHop calendar, at a glance, includes:
Nov. 12, a gallery walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
at numerous locations in Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach; and an evening of one-
act plays at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Nov. 13, a book-signing during the day at
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, followed by a sock hop outside
the museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; an arts and
crafts festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive; a silent
auction of the "Calling All Turtles" art exhibit at
the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and another
staging of the one-act plays at the Island Players
theater at 8 p.m.
Nov. 14, an arts and crafts festival at Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Festival for butterfly garden
The Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival
to benefit the Island's butterfly park will be held at
Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive,
The festival will feature fine art, crafts, music
and food with free admission between 10 a.m. and
5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Proceeds benefit the North American Butterfly
For more information, call 352-344-0657.
Island gems featured at league
The Anna Maria Island Art League will be open
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, with a new
exhibit, music and craft activities in conjunction
The league gallery will feature an all-media
juried show of local work called the "Island Gems
Exhibit." The exhibit will feature Island treasures,
and artists are encouraged to incorporate natural or
man-made Island themes.
During the evening there will be music by the
Myakka Band as well as wire sculpture and floor-
cloth painting demonstrations.
Turtle-themed floor cloths will be on sale,
including some created by Island Girl Scout Troop
316 and Cub Scout Pack 7.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
For more details on ArtsHop, including a map
of participating businesses and organizations, go to
www.islandartshop.com and see the Nov. 10 issue
of The Islander.
The Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach hosts
an open house during a prior ArtsHop celebra-
tion. A gallery walk will take place as part of the
fourth annual ArtsHop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov.
12. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
Guild to feature art, music
The Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will feature artists Amy Culbert and
Nancy Hossbach and their work at a reception from
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in conjunc-
tion with ArtsHop.
Culbert, a jewelry artist, will be hosted in a tent
outside the gallery where she will demonstrate her
polymer clay jewelry-making. She will be joined
by bluegrass band StateRoad 64.
Inside the gallery, Hossbach will discuss and
demonstrate her watercolor work with visitors.
The artists will offer a sample of their work
for a raffle. For more information, call 941-778-
Players to host one-act plays
The box office at the Island Players theater is
selling open-seating tickets for two performances
of one-act plays Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, as its part in
the Islandwide ArtsHop. Both performances will be
at 8 p.m.
"An Evening of One-Act Plays" directed by
Russ Carthy promises to be on the light side for
the most part, with a little drama thrown in on the
Pastry and coffee will be available in the lobby
during the 20-minute intermission with three plays
featured before and after intermission.
Tickets cost $15. The theater is at 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. For information and tickets, call
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Inquiring Minds study Islam
The theme for Inquiring Minds study group
beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9, will be "Toward a better
understanding of Islam."
The cross-denominational religious study group
will use a format that includes a 30-minute video
presentation followed by discussion. The approach is
academic, not devotional. All are welcome to attend
free of charge and everyone has an opportunity to
think, to learn and to talk.
Inspired by Anna Maria's All Island Denomina-
tions, Inquiring Minds meets each Tuesday from 4
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Islander seeks holiday wishes
Each year, with the arrival of Thanksgiving and
the season for sharing, The Islander publishes the
Holiday Wish Book containing wish lists from our
local community-support groups.
The Islander encourages representatives of local
groups to submit wish lists by a Nov. 12 deadline.
Send a list of items needed for your non-profit group,
as well as a contact name and number, to reporter
Lisa Neff at email@example.com.
And, on publishing the special section in
November, The Islander encourages its readers
to support these groups by adding a needed item
to his or her holiday shopping list.
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fall back 1 hour Sunday, Nov. 7
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday,
For most of the United States, that means clocks
are turned back an hour for added sleep, more chores
or longer playtime on Sunday.
Daylight saving time was established to reduce
clli.'- y use by extending daylight hours in the
An ce Iin 'y bill signed into law in August 2005
changed the longstanding months for time changes
from April and October to March and November,
adding to daylight saving time by four weeks.
Benjamin Franklin gets the credit for the concept
of daylight saving time, suggesting in a French jour-
nal that Parisians could save thousands of francs by
getting an earlier start on their days in the summer.
The savings would come from using fewer candles.
The United States instituted daylight saving time in
Old-time folk art fest
readied in Cortez
Plans are under way in the Cortez historic fishing
village for a family oriented, old-time Florida Folk
Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
Visitors to the event will be able to tour the
Cortez Florida Maritime Museum, FISH Preserve
and celebrate the folk art heritage of Cortez.
The festival will feature music, arts and crafts,
an ice cream-eating contest, photo portraits in the
museum's secret garden and plenty of food to suit
all tasts and refreshments. The restored Pillsbury
Boatworks also will be open for the festival and will
serve as the location for the festival's boat-building
The festival will be headquartered at the Florida
Maritime Museum, 4415 119 St. W., Cortez. For more
information, call Ted Adams at 941-708-6120.
Center hosts coffee,
conversation for seniors
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
hosting a new activity Coffee and Conversations for
Seniors from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Tuesday,
Nov. 9, in the Center Cafe.
Each Tuesday activities will be planned, with
input from participants encouraged. The coffee hour
is sponsored by M&L Cabinets, making it compli-
mentary to anyone interested in attending.
To register or schedule a ride to the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, call 941-778-1908.
Volunteers interested in walking one beach mile and
taking photos along the way for the Great Visit Florida
Beach Walk must register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.
The statewide event takes place Saturday, Nov.
6, as a rally to celebrate the Sunshine State's sandy
shores and show the world through photos that
Florida's beaches are as wonderful as ever.
Volunteers will walk their official mile between
sunrise and 10 a.m., taking photographs along the
1918 to save c I i .'v during World War I, but the concept
proved unpopular and was repealed in 1919.
Daylight saving time again was tried from 1941
to 1945 to conserve c In.i .i\ during World War II, and,
following the war, many states adopted summer time
In 1966, Congress established a national daylight
saving time program with the Uniform Time Act.
A year-' round daylight saving time was tried in
1974 to respond to the oil crisis of those days, but the
trial was controversial because, through much of the
winter, children were walking to school in the dark.
A 1986 federal law officially set daylight saving
time to begin on the first Sunday in April and end on
the last Sunday in October.
The U.S. E. I _.v Policy Act of 2005 changed the
start to the second Sunday in March and the end to
the first Sunday in November.
Silver hosts spaghetti dinner
A spaghetti dinner will be held at the Annie
Silver Community Center, 105 23rd St. N., Braden-
ton Beach, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to raise funds
for its community garden.
Diners will have a choice between vegetarian
and meat spaghetti accompanied by garlic bread and
Diners who bring their own tableware will receive
a discount on their meal.
For more information, call 941-896-7626.
Island Rotary to host talk
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will wel-
come three members from the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra to its Tuesday,
Nov. 9, meeting.
Guests Jim Bennington, Jeannie Pickwick and
Jim Stolte will discuss how groups can co-host "an
event within an event."
The club meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
For more information, call 941-518-1965, or
e-mail annamariachiropractic @ gmail.com.
Off Stage ladies luncheon set
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players theater
will hold a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednes-
day, Nov. 10, at Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill, 12012
Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Lunch is $15 per person. Members and guests
For more information, call 941-518-4431.
way to upload to the Internet. These will be displayed
in real time for web surfers to cast votes for their
favorite beach mile. Voters will be entered to win
$5,000 and a Mazda Miata.
Register at www.visitflorida.com/beachwalk to
walk a beach mile and upload a photo. The morning
of the event, volunteers will check in at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
and receive a Beach Walk T-shirt.
volunteers turn out
Oct. 23 to sell old
props and costumes
at a rummage sale
held on the Anna
porch and in the
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Longboat Key vet an
unknowing WWII pioneer
Margaret Wierts-Dunnello of Longboat Key never
dreamed that when she joined the Women's Army
Corp in 1942, she was paving the way for the women
of today in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Born in Bay Village near Cleveland, Margaret
Bott was in college when the war started for America
on Dec. 7, 1941.
"We were all very patriotic then. A lot of guys
joined up, and I wanted to do my part. We were just
ordinary people in extraordinary times," she said.
She heard about the Women's Army Auxiliary
Corps that was part of the U.S. Army, and joined
in December 1942. The name was changed to the
Women's Army Corps in 1943.
"I didn't realize at the time we were pioneers for
women in the service," Marge recalled.
Some people thought the idea of women serving
in the military would never work, she remembered.
Many of the regular Army soldiers joked there was
nothing a woman could do in the military.
But the Army needed clerk-typists and a host of
other personnel to take the place of the men who
would be sent into combat, and combat generals such
as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted the women
trained and quickly in place.
Marge did her basic training in Daytona Beach
and, following advanced training, was assigned to an
Army post in Virginia. Her job, however, soon grew
boring. She wanted to be closer to the action, not
spend the war in a comfortable stateside billet.
She volunteered for overseas duty and received
orders to report to Brisbane, Australia, to join the
South West Pacific Ocean Area command, headed
by U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Assigned to SWPOA's ordinance (ammunition)
department, she was required to calculate tonnages
of bullets, artillery guns and shells for placement
on cargo ships sailing from America to Australia.
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Every form had to be exact and the work was long
"We worked so much we hardly ever got any time
off," Marge remembered. She often typed documents
that bore MacArthur's signature. "He was already a
legend then, so it was an honor to work in his head-
MacArthur would say, after the war, that he always
wished he had more WACs to run his headquarters,
because they got the job done smoothly and on time.
After three months in Brisbane, MacArthur
moved SWPOA headquarters to Hollandia in the
Dutch East Indies, closer to the front lines.
"We lived in tents in Hollandia and worked in
fatigue uniforms and wore combat boots. The accom-
modations weren't exactly plush. We often got shelled
by the Japanese and had to jump in our foxholes."
Marge remembered there was no night life in
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London or Paris. We always thought the WACs in
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After the Allied invasion of the Philippines in
October 1944, MacArthur moved his headquarters
again, this time to Tacloban, Leyte.
Marge and the WACs were transported there on
a tiny refrigerator ship.
"We were listening to Tokyo Rose one night
when she said that Japanese submarines were going
to kill all the WACs coming to the Philippines. We
wondered how she even knew we were coming, but
we got there safely."
The "comforts" of Tacloban were almost non-
Tired of jumping in a muddy foxhole every time an
artillery round came near the compound, Marge decided
during one attack to stay in her cot. The next day, a Fili-
pino woman pointed to the bottom of the foxhole, where
Marge saw a number of caterpillars crawling around.
"The woman told me they were poisonous and
could have killed me if I had jumped in. To this day,
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By April 1945, MacArthur moved SWPOA to
Manila, the city he had left in December 1941 for
Corregidor Island, after the Japanese invaded the
Marge and the WACs sailed as part of a 75-ship
convoy to Manila and found the city devastated, with
the Japanese still fighting in some areas.
Once again, living conditions meant a com-
pound of tents and a canvas cot. At night, Marge
could hear the sounds of the artillery and gunfire
from the fighting in the Manila suburbs and coun-
Manila slowly was coming back to life as the war
was drawing to a close, but Marge was so busy, she
had little time to enjoy her off-duty hours. By now,
the troops had accepted women in the Army, and she
believes that having the women around did wonders
for troop morale.
"They did their best to look good for us and there
were a few wartime romances in Manila. I didn't
have time to go out much. The rule was no girl could
go out by herself. She had to be accompanied by an
One day, Marge, a girlfriend and a soldier went
for a walk and found themselves in an unfamiliar
part of town. They turned a corner and saw several
GIs firing guns into a building. They had stumbled
into an off-limits area where the Japanese were still
"We made a hasty retreat," Marge remembered
with a laugh.
Although accommodations were sparse, Marge
enjoyed the camaraderie developed among tentmates
"You shared experiences, and we became like sis-
ters. We were all proud of what we were doing, and I
believe we made a positive contribution to the war."
After the war, Marge kept in touch with her
tentmates and, back in the States, many visited each
When Marge and a girlfriend heard on Aug. 15,
1945, that the Japanese had surrendered, they walked
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to the National Church in Manila and spent a few
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Marge stayed in Manila for five months after the sur-
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When her plane landed in San Francisco, it was
greeted by a band and parade for Gen. Jonathan
"Skinny" Wainwright, who was on the flight.
As commander of Allied forces in the Philippines
(MacArthur had been ordered to Australia in March
1942), Wainwright surrendered to the Japanese in the
Phillipines in May 1942. He received the Medal of
Honor when he returned to the United States.
After her discharge, Marge got a job with the
Veterans Administration in Cleveland and, two years
later, attended a veterans organizational meeting,
where she met Capt. William Wirtz. They were mar-
ried in 1947, after he left the Army.
Her husband had custody of two children from
his first marriage, so Marge was an instant mother.
The couple also gave birth to a son, and, when her
husband died in 1957, Marge was left to raise three
children. She remarried 10 years later.
Marge moved to Florida in the early 1970s and
worked for more than 20 years in Sarasota before
She remained active in WAC veterans affairs
and is a past president of the Sarasota chapter of
the WAC veterans. In 2006, she was named Vet-
eran of the Year by the Sarasota County Veterans
"At the end of the war, I felt like I had given
something to my country," Marge said.
As more and more women entered the Armed
Forces the past six decades, Marge realized she had
given more than "something" to America.
"The WACs gave the women serving today a
tradition. We had accomplished something in WWII,
and the women of today in the military have that
tradition to follow.
"I'm proud of my service and the tradition of
women serving their country in the Armed Forces.
A lot of people don't realize that more than 300,000
women voluntarily served in WWII, and some got
Military service for women has come a long way
since the WAC, she noted.
"When I joined, women weren't allowed to carry
weapons. You had to be single with no children, and
at least 21 years old to join the WACs. Now, look
what women have accomplished in the military.
"We didn't realize it then, but we were the patri-
otic pioneers and mothers of the young women serv-
"I wish all serving in harm's way a safe trip
"Thank you and God bless you. God bless Amer-
Islander honors vets Nov. 10
All veterans of the armed services are invited
to The Islander newspaper's fifth annual Veter-
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The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 10, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Butter-
fly Park and Veterans Memorial, 5801 Marina
The event honors veterans of the United
States and its allies in World War II and the
Korean War, and particularly those whose stories
have appeared in The Islander's "Greatest Gen-
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A continental breakfast will start at 8:30
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Market days begin Nov. 7 at Bridge Street Fair
Bridge Street Markets resume this month with a
big kickoff and a Sunday schedule that will continue
weekly into April.
Each market will feature a variety of produce,
arts and crafts, apparel and accessories and entertain-
ment at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Regular market hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while
the market kickoff, the Bridge Street Fair on Sunday,
Nov. 7, will last until 4 p.m. and spill on to the side-
walks on Bridge Street.
The fair offerings will include vendors, kayak
demonstrations, music by Blues Pig and the Hammers
and Adams Band, a yoga class at the BeachHouse
Restaurant and a Walgreens clinic where fairgoers
can arm themselves against the flu with a shot.
Look online at www.islander.org for more about
the festival and market, and an interview with coor-
dinator Nancy Ambrose.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
11a.m. Einstein Circle discussion group meets at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers member Barbara Goff discusses
the Florida Writers Association Convention at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. "After Hours Book Club" will discuss "Three Little Words"
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Friday, Nov. 5
9a.m. to noon Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Sunrise to 10 a.m. Great Visit Florida Beach Walk with check-in at
The Islander newspaper, 5405 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
8 a.m. to noon Monofilament Cleanup volunteers meet at Save
Our Seabirds Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Informa-
10 a.m. to noon Kids Fishing Tournament on the Bridge Street
Pier, Bradenton Beach. Bring your own pole.
5 p.m. Spaghetti fundraising dinner at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-7626. Pro-
ceeds benefit the center's community garden.
Sunday, Nov. 7
8:30 a.m. Yoga on the beach just south of the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bridge Street Fair featuring live music, kayaking
workshops, hula hooping demonstrations, farmer's market and crafts on
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
Monday, Nov. 8
6 p.m. Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas
Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
6 to 10 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce new
officer installation dinner at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
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Noon Jim Bennington, Jeannie Pickwick and Jim Stolte, of the
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, will discuss how to
co-host "an event within an event" at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
1 to 2 p.m. Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
Wednesday, Nov. 10
8:30 a.m. Islander Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11:30 a.m. The Off-Stage Ladies of the Island Players theater
luncheon at Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill, 12012 Cortez Road W., Braden-
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study
group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, Nov. 4
6 p.m. World Music Film Series presents "Afghan Star" at the
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Nov. 11-21, Mixon Fruit Farms Harvest Festival.
Nov. 12, Artist reception for Joe Fletcher, Island Gallery West.
Nov. 12-13, An Evening of One-Act Plays, Island Players Theater.
Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
Nov. 13, Holly Berry Bazaar, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
Nov. 13, Nature tour, DeSoto National Memorial.
Nov. 13, Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market, Coquina
Nov. 13, "Who Shot the Sheriff?" Murder Mystery Theatre, Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
Nov. 13-14, Butterfly Garden Art & Craft Festival, Holmes
Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
Nov. 14, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Cros-
Nov. 15, Turkey Bingo, Sandbar restaurant.
Save the Date:
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Nov. 19-21, Save the Gulf concert, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 20, Canine Christmas Festival, Bishop Animal Shelter.
Nov. 20, Cortez Village Folk Art Festival.
Dec. 4, Taste of Music Champagne Gala.
Dec. 4-5, Decorator Showhouse.
Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.
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Leading the way
Grand marshals Evan
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Lance Valadie, right,
lead the Anna Maria
parade on Gulf Drive
to the school campus,
games awaited. Kids ......
and their families met at
the Anna Maria Island
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parking lot for costume ....... .
judging before parad-
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to AIME to kick off their FALL "
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Fifth-grader Lucky Schmidt haunted the Anna Father-daughter Donald and Logan Bullard team
Maria Elementary Fall Festival, as Ester Ledia, up to haunt AME's carnival house as some wicked-
one of the ghosts thought to haunt the old Curry looking clowns. Bullard was one of the PTO volun-
Mansion in Bradenton Beach before it was torn teers that helped plan the creepy attraction, which
down. According to local lore, Ledia drowned in a is one of the Fall Festival's i.-,,.. t draws.
shipwreck and, unfulfilled by love, barred men from
entering the house.
Heading to the AME costume parade dressed up as
a family offive are Craig Chasky, dressed in pink,
pushing Joey Theil in a baby carriage, and Rich
Bell pushing baby Reese Bell. Punk-rocker Emily
Bell rounds out the family as the big sister.
AME fifth-grader Bradley Buff lost his head at the
school's costume contest and parade.
Pre-school ranger Jack Love has his mind set on
reeling in some prize tickets at the AME-PTO Fall
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AME-PTO Fall Festival Oct. 30. Pictured are first-
grader Angelina Padilla and fourth-grader Fauna
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for the next antique and art fair. It is Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Call Stephanie for information or
to reserve space, 941-383-1901.
Starfish Alley on Cortez Road is full of antiques,
art and home decor items. It maybe a newbie on the
Tiki & Kitty scene, but it has all kinds of collectible
and curiosities. You should include a stop there on
your next outing.
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Community Thrift Shop has tons of new inven-
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20 0 NOV. 3, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
AMI Turtle Watch concludes season
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is finalizing its
data for the 2010 sea turtle nesting season statistics
that get used by local, state and federal agencies in
One such decision, expected later this year from
the federal government, is a change in status for log-
gerhead sea turtles an upgrade from threatened to
the more serious endangered species.
"This will give this animal special protection to
ensure that we don't lose them to extinction," said
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, who recently
shared preliminary nesting season data with the pro-
Fox reported that AMITW monitored 135 nests
on the Island during the season, which began May 1
and concludes this month.
The data indicates that a storm washed out 26
nests. "Though this seems harsh," Fox said, "it is a
natural occurrence. Even though many of those nest-
ing stakes are gone, it's possible many hatchlings still
made it to the sea."
The data also indicates 136 false crawls in the
2010 season. That number might also seem high.
However, according to the state, for every time a
loggerhead turtle nests, she makes one or two prior
attempts in an effort to chose the best spot for the
In the excavation of Island nests, AMITW vol-
unteers counted 8,637 hatched eggs, which made for
an overall 73 percent hatch rate, Fox said.
Nesting numbers, she added, were down slightly
from 2009, but that was a strong year and an apparent
anomaly for the state.
One area where nesting suffered was on the
north end of Anna Maria south of Bean Point to Pine
Avenue, where the shape of the beach has changed
over the past year.
The beach there has grown, but is flat, leav-
ing turtle nests vulnerable to high tides and strong
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch said farewell to the 2010 nesting season Oct. 26just after sunset, when
a quiet but curious crowd of about 20 onlookers observed the release of 72 hatchling loggerheads to the
Gulf in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"I see a huge drop in nests and false crawls," Fox
said. "This section is missing it's slope. It is a huge,
flat surface of sand with water 1 foot down. That's
very bad for turtle nests. Many of the turtles, after
emerging from the water, look for the slope to go up
and nest in, and are not finding that. They are travel-
ing unnatural distances, w. iian. inl.ii looking for the
slope, which is very hard on them."
However, Fox said, the loss of good nesting habi-
tat in the area for sea turtles proved a boon for nesting
least terns, snowy plovers and black skimmers over
the summer. Anna Maria's colony was the largest
colony of black skimmers on Florida's west coast
"Balance is the key word," said Fox. "You lose
and you win."
With a strong bird-nesting season in the record
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Nesting by the numbers
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HBPD bumps 2 fishers from beach
Kamron and Scarlet Reo of Bradenton Beach look up to get a
glance at a loggerhead hatchling Oct. 26. The kids turned out to
say goodbye to the 2010 turtle nesting season and specifically
72 hatchlings that were found in a nest under a lifeguard station
at Coquina Beach. Lacking a lot of sun, the nest was overdue,
so Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers excavated. They
found the hatchlings inside, as well as the hatched eggs of 20
others. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
Mark Benecke collected his fishing gear
and, as Holmes Beach police officers requested,
left the beach Oct. 23.
But he didn't leave happy.
Benecke, of Bradenton, says he doesn't
think he was breaking the law or threatening
endangered animals while fishing in the Gulf
of Mexico from the beach near 31st Street.
But Holmes Beach Police Department offi-
cers were concerned that he and at least one other
fisher at the location were violating the city's
ordinance requiring lights out on beaches during
sea turtle nesting season.
Nighttime fishing is allowed on the shore
in Holmes Beach, but fishers must comply with
lighting regulations during nesting season.
Because artificial light can disorient
endangered nesting and hatchling loggerhead
sea turtles, the city has an ordinance stating,
"It is the policy of the city that no artificial
light illuminate any area of the incorporated
beaches of the city" from May 1-Oct. 31.
Benecke said he and friend Wayne Slusser
were fishing with glow-sticks red lights,
about 4 inches in length, hanging from poles
about 10-12 feet above the surface and
hoping to land some big fish.
"Tarpon were running," he said, adding
that he thought the reddish light was in keep-
ing with the turtle-protection rule.
At about 8 p.m., Benecke said two HBPD
officers approached the fishers.
"Upon arrival, Sgt. Cales and I observed
several individuals fishing with man-made
structures, with artificial lighting attached to
each structure," wrote HBPD Officer Michael
Walker in the report, also indicating the lights
were in a violation of city code.
The officers reported asking the fishers to
leave, also suggesting they contact HBPD Lt.
Dale Stephenson or code enforcement with
Benecke later complained that others were
lighting the beach from homes fronting the
Gulf and beachgoers walked with flashlights.
"He told us to leave," Benecke said. "It
just bothered me."
But the HBPD report refers to another
incident on the beach earlier this year that
In August, some beachgoers complained
to police that Slusser was using lights and
other equipment to fish for sharks and falsely
claimed to be with Mote Marine Laboratory.
Then, on Oct. 23, the officers said they
again were told that the fishing was part of
a Mote project to collect data, and then, in a
backtrack, they were told the fishing was part
of a data-collection project that was accessible
to Mote and other marine labs.
Slusser, according to the report, also told
the officers he had the permission of two city
commissioners to fish with the lights.
Walker said he asked the fishers to leave
because of the inconsistencies in their stories
and the city ordinance violations.
At the time of the incident, turtle season on the
Island was winding down. Two nests remained -
one on Coquina Beach and another at 71st Street
in Holmes Beach.
Suzi Fox, of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, which monitors the beaches during
nesting season and collects data, said of the
incident, "Any and all lights must be shielded,
red or not. And no matter how many nests are
left on the beach, season ends Oct 31. Histori-
cally code officers make no exceptions and nor
do they show favoritism."
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By Lisa Neff
An attorney for a Bradenton Beach man arrested
for pornography has turned to the Florida 2nd District
Court of Appeal with a demand for the suppression
of key evidence in the case.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet,
34, of the 500 block of Gulf Drive
South in Bradenton Beach, was
arrested July 14, 2009, for alleg-
edly engaging in sexual activity
with a minor.
Chiquet Chiquet's defense attorney
has argued for the suppression of
evidence taken from computers because the equip-
ment allegedly was not covered in a search warrant.
The defense further has argued in motions that
the warrant signed by a judge was "overbroad."
In a separate motion, Chiquet's defense attorney
maintains that the defendant's statements to authori-
ties should be suppressed because they were "not
A Manatee County circuit judge dismissed the
motions to suppress in mid-June, as well as denied a
motion for a rehearing on the requests.
Chiquet is facing 27 counts of possessing and
promoting child pornography, as well as a separate
but related charge of witness tampering.
Chiquet, according to a Bradenton Beach police
report, allegedly met the teenager in January 2009
at a skateboard shop he operated in Bradenton.
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No new reports.
Oct. 23, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, nuisance.
Lifeguards at the beach called HBPD about several
alleged intoxicated men disturbing other beachgoers
and patrons at Manatee Public Beach. Two men, who
allegedly verbally threatened officers, were taken into
Oct. 23, 3100 block of Gulf Drive, lighting vio-
lation. HBPD instructed several fishers "with man-
made structures with artificial lighting attached" on
the beach in alleged violation of city ordinances pro-
tecting sea turtles.
Oct. 24, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, theft.
HBPD investigated a report that a man left with
Publix without paying for a cart full of groceries.
A hat found in the parking lot was taken into evi-
Oct. 25, 300 block of 56th Street, burglary.
Police investigated an incident in which a resident
awoke and found a man in his bedroom. The intruder
fled. The resident chased after him, then went to the
home of the man he suspected of breaking in, who
denied the accusation. Charges were not pursued.
Oct. 27, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, coun-
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Benjamin "Ben" Brown, 54, of Holmes Beach,
died Oct. 23. He was born May 22, 1956, in Ports-
mouth, Ohio, and moved to Florida in 1996. He
served in the U.S. Air Force.
The family plans a private memorial, and thanks
their friends at North Beach Village and hospice.
Mr. Brown is survived by wife Diane; sons Wil-
liam and Ryan Anderson; brother David and wife
Tammy of Portsmouth; and sisters Mary, Christie
and Karn, all of Portsmouth.
Paul Thomas Collins
Paul Thomas Collins, of Sarasota, formerly of
Worcester, Mass., and Anna Maria, died Oct. 18 fol-
lowing a battle with cancer. He was born March 8,
Mr. Collins worked in real
estate on Anna Maria Island and
in Sarasota. He was an avid boater
and he loved the beaches of Anna
A celebration of life was
held Oct. 23 in Sarasota.
Collins Mr. Collins survivors
include daughters Emma Collins
of Sarasota, Akela Ribe of Gainesville, Stephanie
Madden of Columbia, S.C., and Aria McKenna
Collins of Jersey City; sons Kevin Paul Collins of
Anna Maria and Colton McKenna Collins of St.
Augustine; grandchildren Lila and Cooper Madden
of Columbia, S.C., and Georgia Conson Collins of
Melbourne, Australia; sister Mary Frances Dona-
hoe of Gainesville; and brother David Paul Collins
of Corona del Mar, Calif. Special thanks to friends
Joe Cirulli, Eric Sobol, Jonathan and Sue Soar and
Tom and Kim Freiwald.
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John Van Ostenbridge
John Van Ostenbridge, 78, of Bradenton, died
He was born in New Jersey and moved to Holmes
Beach in 1949, where he lived for 51 years.
He was a partner in Van Ostenbridge Construc-
tion for more than 40 years and took pride in the
many homes he built on Anna Maria Island.
He served as scout master for six years in the
1950s. He was a long-time member of Roser Memo-
rial Church where he served over the years as Sunday
school teacher, deacon, trustee and chairman of the
congregation. He was a director of the Roser Youth
Fellowship and founded the scholarship commit-
tee. In May, the church council voted to honor Van
Ostenbridge with its first-ever Exceptional Volunteer
In 1954, Mr. Van Ostenbridge joined what was
then the Anna Maria Fire Department as a volunteer
and worked his way up to assistant fire chief. In 1984,
he retired from that position and served on the board
as a fire commissioner. He was chairman of the build-
ing committee that constructed the station in Cortez
and Station 1 in Holmes Beach.
He was an active member of the then-Island
Youth Center for 14 years, coached youth football
and baseball teams and served on the center board
of directors for a number of years.
In 1972, Mr. Van Ostenbridge was the last person
elected to serve as Holmes Beach city marshal. He
was named that year as the Rotary Club of Anna
Maria Island "Man of the Year," recognizing his
outstanding volunteer work in the community.
Mr. Van Ostenbridge was a member of the Man-
atee Senior Babe Ruth League, where he coached
a local team to the Florida State Championship in
In 1990, he was recipient of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Community Service
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24 E NOV. 3, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
By Kevin Cassidy
The regular season is in its final couple of weeks
before Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer
league playoffs and all the division winners are pretty
much decided with the exception of Division I. There
we find Mike Norman Realty and Autoway Ford bat-
tling for the top slot and a spot in the championship
game. Norman currently holds a 3-point lead in the
standings and it doesn't play Autoway Ford again on
the regular season schedule.
The only drama that exists in the other divisions
is whether or not Fran Maxon Real Estate can run the
table and complete an undefeated and untied sched-
ule in Division III. Sparks is now in total control
of Division II with a 7-1-3 record and Beach Bistro
appears to have the Premier Division wrapped up
with a 6-point lead and three games to play.
Due to Halloween festivities, it was a short week
of soccer at the Center.
Mike Norman Realty retook the top spot in Divi-
sion I thanks to a 4-2 victory over Autoway Ford
Oct. 27. Morgan Greig notched a pair of goals to
lead Norman, which also received single goals from
Michael Duffman and Lauren Sapienza in the victory.
Autoway Ford was led by Sydney Cornell and Neil
Carper with one goal each in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty had opened the week with
an easy 7-2 victory over Gathering Place Oct. 26.
Greig scored three goals to lead Norman, which
also received two goals from Sapienza and one goal
each from Logan Reiber and Duffman in the victory.
Keiran Grumley and Blaine Jenefsky scored one goal
apiece for Gathering Place in the loss.
Chandler Hardy scored an incredible seven goals
Retired Col. Bob Elliot sets up the "shotgun" start
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5-2 victory over Wash Family Construction Oct. 27
behind a pair of goals from Jim Class. Taro de Haan,
Sean Quattromani and Reese Bell each added goals
for Fran Maxon in the victory.
In adult division action Oct. 28, The Fish Hole
strengthened its position on top of the standings with
a 4-2 victory over the Sun. Josh Sato paced the Fish
Hole with three goals, while Brent Moss added one.
Zoran Kolega and Damir Glavan scored one goal
each for the Sun in the loss.
Back Alley earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory
over Sarasota Emergency Veterinary Hospital, which
knocked SEVH out of a first-place tie. Zach Gilliland
led the way with two goals, while David Green and
Justin Noyes each added single goals in the win. Kris
Yavalar, Toby Wickland and Danielle Moore scored
one goal each for SEVH in the loss.
Beach to Bay Construction and Ross Built played
to a 7-7 tie in a battle of area contractors. Enrico Beis-
sert scored three goals to lead Beach to Bay, which
also received two goals from Scott Eason and one
goal each from Josh Bernet and Sasha Torres.
Teddy Louloudes scored five goals to lead Ross
Built, which also received single goals from Greg
Ross and Rich Bell in the match.
Key Royale Club news
Each year the Key Royale Club holds two stag
days, one to kick off the season in the fall and one to
close the spring season. Oct. 27 was the 77th annual
Stag Day at KRC and the shotgun start for the day
was fired by retired Col. Bob Elliot at 9 a.m.
The field was divided into morning and afternoon
groups with 72 golfers participating.
The winners of the morning flight were Don Led-
ford, Bill Shuman, Ed Havlik and Jim Thorton with a
team score of 135. Vince Mercadante took first place
with a low net of 28 and capped off his day with
the closest-to-the-pin prize on the eighth hole. Jim
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Thorton took low gross honors with 37, while Dennis
Shavey won the closest-to-the-pin on number three.
In the afternoon group, the team of Matt Behan,
Bob Soos, Lance Linderman and Craig Humphries
took first place honors with a 137. Low gross honors
went to Jan Holcomb, while Ed Daley captured low
net at 28. Bob Purcell took closest-to-the-pin on
number eight and Web Cutting was closest-to-the-
pin on number three.
In women's play Oct. 26, Laura Purcell fired a
2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight A in an
individual low-net game. Second place went to Jean
Holmes with a 33.
Terry \T; \tlb\ carded a 5-under-par 27 to take first
place in Flight B, two shots ahead of second-place
finisher Sue Wheeler.
Flight C saw Jane Winegarden, Frankie Smith-
Williams and Jan Jump finish in a three-way tie for
first with matching 1-under 31s.
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Macks 'on fire,' crabbers look for cold weather
Lynda Hicks of Moore's Stone Crab Restau-
rant said crab season for them is off to a slow start.
"The crabs we're getting are of good quality, just not
a whole lot to be had."
Hicks reports eight local crabbers are pulling
traps and delivering their catch to Moore's this year,
"but we're still having a hard time keeping up with
demand." Moore's isn't yet marketing or shipping
retail stone crab orders. "We only have enough to
serve in the restaurant," she said.
"Our crabbers tell us they are few and far
between," Hicks said. What we need, she said, is
"some bad weather to stir the crabs up so they go
looking for food. I know it's not good for tourism, but
for good stone crab catching, the worse the weather
"Crawl crabs, crawl," she pleaded.
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said there's
not been a lot going on at the northernmost Island
fishing pier. He said the fishers there are catching
"quite a few black drum, an occasional redfish and
an occasional mackerel, and not a whole lot of those,
and a few mangrove snapper." Other than that, he
said, "there's just trash fish."
At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach,
Danny Stasny said the "Spanish mackerel bite has
been on fire. If you just wanna bend a rod, as an overall
game fish they're great, and good eating, too. The trout
bite's been good on the flats, although that turns off Nov.
1." Trout season is closed in November and December.
"We've been catching big ones in the morning when the
sun's coming up using top-water lures.
"We're still waiting for the water temp to drop
so the kingfish come on. They were around a little bit
last week, but with another cold front, they'll be back.
You can still find them by trolling around structures
on the beach."
Dave Pate reeled up this 14-pound red grouper
while on a recent "locals charter" with Capt. Mark
Howard of Sumotime Fishing Charters and Kurt
Janisch aboard Howard's boat, "Fights On."
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trout on the nuting_
Stasny said there's been a "decent cobia bite near
shore structures, starting at the 3-mile reef. Lots of
times they swim right up to the boat. So just whip a
pinfish in his face, and chances are he'll bite. They're
curious and stupid. And good eating.
"I've heard the grouper bite is on fire, too, but all
under-size red grouper from 5 to 20 miles out. The
depth-finder lights up, but when they drop a line, the
fish are all small."
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business said he's
still catching some redfish, "one last week was 28
inches, but the bite is scattered," he said. We saw
some small snook and "all the mack action you could
shake a stick at out front." Gross added there are lots
of sharks around everywhere, with plenty of black
tips in the bay waters.
At the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers South
Pier Bait Shop in north Palmetto, the report was lim-
ited, with only macks and grouper for keepers on
Jesus Rosario from the Anna Maria City Pier
said fishers there are seeing "big mackerels and lots
of them, bonita are starting to show up along with
a few cobia, and some tarpon were hooked before
sun-up." And, he said, a "couple of sheepshead
turned up" on the hooks for the first sign of winter
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Positives seen in scallop hunts
An estimated 500 volunteers joined in four bay
scallop hunts in the region conducted this year to
keep population tabs on the recovering mollusk.
Searches were conducted in Tampa and Sarasota
bays, as well as Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island
Sound with the support of the Tampa and Sarasota
Scallops, once abundant in southwest Florida,
became scarce in the 1960s and all but disappeared
in the early 1970s.
Today, dense populations of bay scallops are
found only in the area between Tarpon Springs and
Port St. Joe.
But about five years ago, searches for scallops
in Tampa Bay turned positive. And three years ago,
a search in Sarasota Bay yielded positive signs of a
In August, searchers in Sarasota Bay reported
finding 15 scallops and Tampa Bay searchers found
32. The volunteers said they were excited to have
found any scallops.
A new report for indicates that 163 scallops were
found in Charlotte Harbor, a substantial increase from
the 94 reported in 2009. Also, in Pine Island Sound,
volunteers found 335 scallops.
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Restless no more
Michael Allaman grew up in Bra-
denton and attended Manatee High
School. Following college, he moved
to Tallahassee and spent 20 years there
as a social worker.
But he always dreamed that one day
he' d return to Bradenton and the beauti-
ful beaches of Anna Maria Island.
When the opportunity arose for
Mike, wife Mary Jane and daughter
Aimee Roller to buy Restless Natives,
5314 Marina Drive, in the Island Shop-
ping Center, Mike's restless legs got
They purchased the store and moved
to Cortez, returning once again to the
beauty of the Island.
"It's just great to be back where I
grew up," Mike said.
The trio has plans for Restless
Natives and, in particular, are looking
for new, local artists.
Restless Natives specializes in origi-
nal paintings, handmade jewelry, crafts
and other artistic accomplishments.
"We' re always looking for new art-
ists, so if you have something to offer,
bring it by the store," Mike said.
Restless Natives is open from 9:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Satur-
For more information, call 941-779-
The Acqua Aveda salon and spa,
5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, held a
"Passionately Pink for the Cure" fund-
raiser for breast cancer Oct. 27, with
entertainment and free wine, salon con-
sultations, pink hair coloring and henna
tattoos. The tattoos were provided by
Hair-stylist Lauren Tomasino dyes Morgan Welch's hair pink at Acqua Aveda
salon spa, in Holmes Beach, during the salon's Oct. 27 fundraiser for breast
cancer. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
A free beauty makeover by Acqua
Aveda was raffled and prizes and
gifts awarded. Donations also were
Acqua Aveda owner Amy Welch
said proceeds raised by the event went
to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for
breast cancer research.
real estate office
Island resident and real estate broker
Nicole Skaggs recently opened Big Fish
Real Estate, 5386 Gulf Drive, No. 102,
Holmes Beach, after spending more than
11 years with A Paradise Realty and
Duncan Real Estate.
"Both of these
firms are top notch,"
said Nicole. "In fact,
both have inspired
me to follow my
heart and instincts."
Skaggs Nicole said
Big Fish will offer a
fresh approach to real estate, and she's
looking forward to meeting new clients
and chatting with old friends at her new
For more information, go to the
company website at www.gobigfishre-
alty.com, or call 941-779-2289.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its installation
dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 8, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
In addition to the installation of new
board members, the chamber will present
its small, medium and large Business of
the Year awards, while the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island will introduce its
"Business Person of the Year" honoree.
New chamber board members to be
inducted are Lois Gift, Lynn Zemmer,
Eric Cairnes, Larry Chatt and Amy Van
Guitarist Mike Sales will entertain
The chamber will hold its monthly
networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Sun
House Restaurant and Bar, 111 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach.
From 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Nov. 10, the
chamber will host its monthly sunrise break-
fast at Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525
St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key.
Reservations are required for both
For more details, call 941-778-
The Manatee County Chamber
of Commerce along with the Sarasota
and Venice chambers of commerce will
hold a business networking event from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at
the Manatee Civic Center.
Members will display their prod-
ucts and services, while enjoying food,
prizes, entertainment and a cash bar.
More than 1,200 people attended
last year's tri-chamber event, a Manatee
Chamber press release said.
Admission is $10 for chamber mem-
bers and $20 for non-members.
For more information, call 941-748-
4842, ext. 122, or e-mail ElbaV@Mana-
Owner/chef Ray Arpke of Euphe-
mia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will host
the third installment of his fall cooking
classes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the restaurant.
The class menu includes crusted
baked chicken, lavender jasmine rice,
baby spinach salad and infused choco-
Reservations are required as space
is limited, Arpke said.
For more information, call 941-383-
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1-4pm: Blues Pig, Hammers Adams Band
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Other free hot spots on the Island:
Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Museum, 402 Pine Ave.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA,
9807 Gulf Drive.
Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant,
902 S. Bay Blvd.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, 5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Island Flea, 5704 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf
Sand-N-Sudz Coin Laundry, 5400
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Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island recently inducted
Shawn LaPensee, third from
left. A native of Anna Maria
Island, LaPensee is market-
ing director at LaPensee
Plumbing and Pools in
Holmes Beach. She is the
daughter ofRotarian Mike
LaPensee, second from
left, making it the first time
for the club to have father-
Also pictured are Judy Rup,
left, and Tom Creed, right.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
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TWO TWIN BEDSETS: Beds, frames, head-
boards, bedding, comforters with matching
shams, pillows, two nightstands, lamp, two com-
plimenting framed pictures. $450. WestBay Point
and Moorings. 734-552-2109.
DESK: WHITE WASH with hutch, 45 x 26, $40.
Hutch for desk, gray Formica cabinet. 36 x 42 x
12. $15. 941-795-8359.
BIRD CAGES: PARROT or Cockatiel, with stands,
COMPUTER: 1.7 GHz processor, newly loaded
Windows XP-PRO, $75. 941-756-6728.
LARGE 37-INCH Sony TV in perfect condition.
I am moving. 941-383 5372.
6.5-INCH WIZARD of Oz dolls for $25, 1959
Barbie Bride-to-Be plate, $15, Fancy Feast orna-
ments, $5. 941-778-0523.
FISH TANK: 40-gallon complete, fresh or salt
water. Bio-wheel filters, stand, lights, etc. $65.
DECORATOR MIRROR: BEVELED with sand-
stone frame. 40 x 28-inches. Fabulous, $40. 941 -
PENN #85 SALTWATER fishing reel, $15. Call
WOMEN'S LEATHER JACKET: Size large, never
worn, $25. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.
GOLF CLUBS: CLEVELAND CG4 irons, 5-SW,
$150, Callaway Driver FT-3, $75, Cobra 3W, $50,
CG-12 Wedge, $25. All in great condition. 970-
BUNK BED: ALL wood frame painted princess
light pink and purple, includes two twin mat-
tresses. Great shape! $115. 941-928-8735.
YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale.
2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition.
$1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles
and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great
gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really
great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.
ANTIQUE SMALL CHILD'S table and chairs,
pastel colors. $40. 941-928-8735.
GIRLS BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple,
like new. $85. 941-928-8735.
24-INCH SANYO TV. Five years old, works per-
fectly, $25. 614-946-5070.
BEDROOM ARMOIRE: THREE- drawers and
shelves. Solid pine, $100. 941-778-7414.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-
wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames,
4x6 feet to 5x8 feet. $200-$350. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
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purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941 -
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
FESTIVAL VENDORS WANTED: Arts, crafts,
food, beverage for Save Our Gulf 3-day festival
in Holmes Beach, Nov. 19-21. Call Joy, 941-545-
MIDAS: 6712 MANATEE Ave. W., Bradenton. Full
service auto care. Now locally owned. Bring ad
for a $19.99 oil change or 10 percent off other
services and tires. Ask for Mike. 941-794-9080.
DESEAR SERVICES: PAINTING, pressure wash-
ing, lights, hauling, electronics, audio, video spe-
cialist. Six generations serving Manatee County.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@ sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE; 9:30 am.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.
912 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Sofa, occasional
chairs, tables and lamps, dinette, bedroom furni-
ture, glassware, linen, kitchenware, mobility cart,
some tools and more. Sale conducted by Palma
Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday.
Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
HUGE MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 5-6. Lots of furniture, two living
rooms, bedroom, patio set, bedding, linens,
dishes, pictures. 680 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 6. Appliances, furniture, kitchen and
decorative items. 105 78th St., Holmes Beach.
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 7:30 am.-2 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Nov. 5-6. Loads of really great stuff.
531 69th St., Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 5-6. Lots of household items,
furniture, books, plants. 505 69th St., Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 6-7. Downsized, good stuff! 508
65th St., Holmes Beach.
LOST GLASSES ON beach at Oak Street, Anna
Maria. Vera Wang frames. Reward. 941-729-
LOST: WEDDING RING. On beach, between
10th and 11th streets, and Gulf Drive, Braden-
ton Beach. Gold and silver, diamonds. 330-240-
FOUND: SET OF Buick keys. In grass, possibly
lost at garage sale, 216 84th St., Holmes Beach,
Oct. 16. 941-779-2093.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ELECTRIC CAR: PURCHASED October 2009,
warranty until October 2011. Street legal, like-
new, 50 miles per charge. Garage kept. No gas
forever. Perfect for Island transportation. Save
$4,000, $5,999. 813-689-1412.
FOR SALE: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. Automatic,
air conditioning, power windows, custom stereo.
Great ride at great price, just $1,200. Chris, 941-
24-2868 or Rick, 941-224-4977.
50-FOOT BOAT dock for rent. Prime location,
many amenities. Call 941-778-3013.
ONE PERSON KAYAK: 40 pounds, well built, little
used. Extras, quality paddles, $185. Call 941-779-
1993 TRINKA 10 sailing dinghy. Fiberglass with
Nissan outboard, oars, aluminum mast, teak floor-
boards, bronze hardware, custom cover, loaded
boat trailer, extras. Safe for young sailors. Excel-
lent condition. $1,999. 941-778-4360.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
HELP WANTED: MANAGER for retail store. Send
resume, references and salary requirements to
personnel manager, PO. Box 177, Anna Maria
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell,
broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins,
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim,
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed,
present inventory sold or under contract. 941-592-
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
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and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
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Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
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spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
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custom system design. 941-224-1069. tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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OVER 33 YEARS
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3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
WANTED: LANDSCAPING WORK: Trimming,
weeding, mulching, cleanup, property mainte-
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
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references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
....a family favorite since 1967. Complete Interior/
Exterior remodel in 2010. Two Bedroom, Two Bath
"Vacation Rentals" with large private Sun Decks.
Free Long Distance, Wi-Fi, Expanded Cable &
Laundry facilities. Boat & Jet Ski parking available.
Free Bikes and Beach Gear usage for Registered
Guests. New heated pool with outdoor gas grills.
Gulf Drive & 41 st Street at
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience.
New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways.
Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
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SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
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, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
H r/1 Ub Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
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372 sf from $125,000
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Broker-Associate David Bass
David, known to friends simply as
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broker for more than 20 years. A
Florida native, his easygoing, friendly
manner puts his customers and clients
instantly at ease. Plain spoken, Bass
is a man who has learned by doing and over the past 20
years has built and sold a real estate portfolio of more
than 500 properties. He is ready to bring the full force of
his knowledge and skill to the table for you. Contact Bass
directly at 941-565-5788.
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VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA
condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross
street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer.
Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious
3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai,
completely furnished. One house from beach.
Gulf view. No pets or smoking. 813-689-0925 or
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home,
3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished.
$3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: Ground level,
2BR/1BA, attached garage. Spectacular water
views. Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. 941-348-
ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE canal home, 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage, washer and dryer hook-up on Key
Royale. No pets. $1,600/month plus utilities. First, last
and security. Call 941-545-3511 for information.
ANNUAL 1BR unfurnished apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
SGuff ( &eaty of JMa =Maia Inc
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beach & bay
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA NEAR city pier. Steps to bay-
front beach. Clean, spacious, private. Pets OK.
A NICE 2BR/2BA: Steps from the beach. Tennis,
sauna, pool, walking distance to great restau-
rants, $650/week. Chickenplucker@webtv.net.
Call 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER vacation deals.
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa, $1,200/month.
Palma Sola townhouse, pool and boat slip, $300/
weekend, $450/week, $1,100/month and more.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
FURNISHED 1BR/1BA: SPACIOUS elevated
duplex apartment. Utilities, cable included. 1.3
miles to beaches. $1,020/month. 941-761-2725.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED GROUND-level duplex.
2BR/1 BA, north Holmes Beach. $925/month plus
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy
distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
BAYFRONT HOME: RENT to own. Call for details.
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2BR/1BA, steps from Bradenton Beach. Com-
pletely renovated. 813-458-3875.
VILLAGE GREEN OVERSIZE 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage villa, $149,500. Forty-Three West
2BR/2BA, one-car garage, extras, $128,500.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
VILLAGE GREEN CONDO: 2BR/2BA, garage,
tile flooring, enclosed lanai, heated pool. $88,000.
Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
MODEST FURNISHED 1BR trailer. 55-plus park.
Rent, $525/month. Sale $15,000 or best offer.
941-727-5210 or 941-735-1647.
LARGE HOME WITH caged pool, fireplace, two-
car garage, quiet neighborhood just off Island.
Asking $155,900. Make offer. Call John Wize,
914-704-4591. Betsy Hills Realty.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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