Islander Vacation Guide

Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: November 10, 2010
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Volume ID: VID00327
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Astheworld Terns
celebrates 19 years.
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Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3
Op/ed: The Islander
editorial, reader let-
ters. Page 6
County dock on the
bay gets OK. Page 9

ArtsHOP arrives.
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Island 16
Community events,
Pages 10-16
Gateway to get 2011
makeover. Page 17

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AME news, calendar.
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Island police reports.
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Perico Island project
begins. Page 21

Sports: Soccer tour-
nament begins.
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Fishing: The cool
transition. Page 23
Island Biz

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19. NO. 1

NOV. 10. 2010 ,,

Bayfront removed from nourishment plan

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After eight years of waiting for beach
renourishment, Anna Maria resident Joan
Dickinson of North Shore Drive may be
waiting another eight years or longer -
for renourishment her bayfront property.
Manatee County natural resources
director Charlie Hunsicker said that the
time it would take the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to properly survey the bayside
of Anna Maria and some portions of Bean
Point for inclusion in the next full beach
renourishment "requires more extensive
study than we are prepared to wait for."
Hunsicker explained that if the next
Islandwide beach renourishment project is
going to begin in 2014-15 as planned, it will
exclude the northeast coast of Anna Maria
and some portions of Bean Point.
Dickinson began complaining to
authorities in 2002 that the beach at her
North Shore Drive residence, as well as at
other houses along the Tampa Bay shore,
was disappearing.
Seven years later, she and Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Barford obtained about
$300,000 in federal funds to pay for the sal-


ballot brings

eager, early

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Voters in the Nov. 2 election seemed
eager to avoid midterm madness at Anna
Maria Island polls, casting ballots early and
absentee in strong numbers.
The trend also was witnessed at the
statewide level, with the state Division of
Elections reporting that nearly 2.3 million
voters cast ballots before the polls opened
at 7 a.m. last Tuesday.
In Anna Maria, where there are 1,331
registered voters, 935 votes were cast in the
mayoral race, including 265 by absentee and
32 in early voting. Overall, turnout was at 73
percent, according to the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office.
In Bradenton Beach, polling took place
at Tingley Memorial Library. There are 923

Anna Maria has long sought nourishment for bayfront property owners along North '/s. .i..
Drive, north of the Rod & Reel Pier and on Bean Point. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

aries of engineers to perform a renourishment renourishment project.
impact study. The Corps did a survey of Anna Maria's
Dickinson said then she was "crossing my Gulffront beach areas, but not the northeast
fingers" in hopes the northeast Anna Maria beaches that face Tampa Bay. A full Corps
coast beaches would be in the next Islandwide PLEASE SEE RENOURISH, PAGE 3

Anna Maria
Mike Selby,
in green,
waves to
motorists on
Pine Avenue
on Election
Day. Selby
won the may-
or's seat by
83 votes over
Sandy Mat-
tick. Islander
Photo: Rick

registered voters in the city 455 of them
cast ballots in the commission race, including
347 at Tingley, 78 by absentee and 30 in early
In Holmes Beach, there are two precincts
- Precinct 92, with polling at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, and Precinct 93, with poll-
ing at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
In Precinct 92, where there are 1,611
registered voters, the overall turnout was 62
percent. There were 696 people who voted at
the church, 248 who voted absentee and 62
who voted early.
In Precinct 93, where there are 1,707 reg-
istered voters, turnout was 58 percent. There
were 675 who voted at St. Bernard, 261 who

voted absentee and 55 who voted early at the
supervisor's office.
While early and absentee balloting was
heavy, election judges still found lines when
they opened polling places on Election Day.
"It's been pretty busy," said election judge
Larry Leffew, stationed outside St. Bernard
in Holmes Beach. "There was a line at the
start of people waiting to get in and then, from
there, a constant stream."
One voter in the stream, Carla Kuizon,
said she has never missed an election: "Not
even when I was overseas."
She added, "I always vote. I was taught
that. And I've taught that."

2 E NOV. 10, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Island voters cast ballots in local, state and fed-
eral races from fire district to U.S. senator, from
city commission to governor.
In the races at the top of the ballot, the Island
votes were in line with the rest of the state.
For U.S. Senate, Republican Marco Rubio won
with 49 percent of the vote, followed by Independent
Charlie Crist with 29 percent and Democrat Kendrick
Meek with 20 percent.
On the Island, Rubio polled as high as 54 percent
in Holmes Beach Precinct 92 and as low as 47 per-
cent in Bradenton Beach. Meek, meanwhile, barely
reached over 10 percent on the Island, but Crist's
numbers were higher than the state percentage 37
percent in Anna Maria, 36 percent in Holmes Beach
and 38 percent in Bradenton Beach.
For the U.S. House, incumbent Vern Buchanan
again won his district, defeating James Golden 69
percent to 31 percent.
On the Island, Buchanan polled the highest in
Holmes Beach's Precinct 92, 70 percent, and the
lowest in Bradenton Beach, 65 percent.
For governor, Republican Rick Scott defeated
Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 48 percent state-
On the Island, Scott did slighter better than the
statewide stats, polling more than 50 percent.
In the Legislature, the Island's new representative
will be Republican Jim Boyd, who defeated Indepen-
dent Dave Miner overall with 62 percent of the vote.
On the Island, Boyd polled 61 percent in Anna
Maria, 58 percent in Bradenton Beach and 62 percent
in Holmes Beach.
In the race for an at-large seat on the Manatee
County Commission, incumbent Republican Carol
Whitmore won easily, with close to 70 percent of the
vote countywide and polling above 70 percent on the

Tim Bennett,
Zack Fer-
nandes, 9, and
Beach Com-
Jan Vosburgh
greet motor-
ists and
potential voters
- early Nov.
2. Vosburgh
campaigned to
keep her seat
on the com-
mission and
she succeeded.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

Key races,
Anna Maria Mayor
Sandy Mattick: 45.56 percent
Michael Selby: 54.43 percent
Bradenton Beach Ward 4 Commission
Michael Harrington: 40 percent
Janet Vosburgh: 60 percent
Holmes Beach City Commission (vote for 2)
Sandy Haas-Martens: 40.69 percent
John Monetti: 38.08 percent
Jean Peelen: 21.22 percent
Manatee County Commission, District 6
Carol Whitmore: 68.85 percent
Sundae Lynn Knight: 31.14 percent
Manatee County Commission, District 4
Robin DiSabatino: 60.52 percent
Roger C. Galle: 39.47 percent

at a glance
Manatee County School Board, District 3
Julie B. Aranibar: 55.89 percent
Jane Pfeilsticker: 44.10 percent
Florida House District 68
Jim Boyd: 62 percent
David Miner: 37.97 percent
West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 2
Michael Mulyck: 40.79 percent
Scott Ricci: 59.20 percent
West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 3
Michael P Carleton: 43.33 percent
Larry Tyler: 56.66 percent
West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 4
Monther Kobrosly: 29.53 percent
John Rigney: 70.46 percent
Source: Manatee County Supervisor ofElections.

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survey is more than just an impact study and costs a
lot more than $300,000, Hunsicker said.
"That only covers salaries, not the cost of the
extensive study," he said.
The Corps told Hunsicker it would take about
six to seven years to fund, prepare and complete the
Anna Maria survey, and a Corps survey is required
for federal funding.
"We would need a lot more time to do (Anna
Maria)," he said, "and other Island beaches can't wait
another decade for renourishment. Additionally, it
takes years to get state and federal permits, and the
county does not have the money to pay for all the
costs of beach renourishment."
Without a Corps survey and accompanying
authority for federal funds, there's no way the county
can afford funding for the renourishment of those
portions of Anna Maria beaches, Hunsicker said.
He added the survey will be expensive, as well
as time-consuming.
"I doubt if there is enough (federal) funding in
the next 15 years for the survey," he said.
The 2014-15 Islandwide beach renourishment
will include Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, a .6
mile portion of Anna Maria and some of the Bean
Point area that the Corps surveyed in the late 1980s,
Hunsicker said.
Two years ago, Hunsicker announced a plan to
renourish nearly all of Anna Maria's shoreline after
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
changed its designation of the waters north of the Rod
& Reel Pier to the tip of Bean Point to be "critically
eroded by wave action from the Gulf of Mexico."
That placed the area that includes Dickinson on the
Gulf of Mexico, according to DEP standards.
The change was critical to obtain state and federal
funding. At that time, Hunsicker estimated the next
beach renourishment, not including Anna Maria's
northeast shore beaches, would cost about $16 mil-
He said he was planning to include the north-
east beaches in the next renourishment project by

installing about six or seven groins along that shore-
line. Recently, however, he learned from the Corps
that those Anna Maria beaches had never been sur-
That's because in the mid-1980s, when the beach
renourishment project that began putting sand on the
shore in late 1992, was first proposed for the Island,
Anna Maria city commissioners opted out of the plan,
Hunsicker said.
The Corps surveyed all Island beaches except
those in Anna Maria. The islandwide beach nour-
ishment project that began in 1992 included federal
and state funding, along with revenue from Manatee
County's bed tax.
Hunsicker said he knew all along that most Anna
Maria beaches had never been surveyed, but origi-
nally thought the impact study would cover the Corps
Dickinson said it's a question of money, not sur-
"Each groin would cost about $900,000 and the
county has not allotted money (for the groins) and
state and federal money is not enough," she said.
"I know Charlie had hoped to include the whole
Island in the next renourishment plan, and I had
thought this was a 'done deal.' But he's changed the
plan. It's going to take political action, now," Dick-
inson said.
She's asked that the issue be placed on a com-
mission agenda, and that the city invite Hunsicker
and county commissioners to discuss strategies
to obtain funding to include the city's northeast
beaches in the 2014 islandwide renourishment
Hunsicker said the planned beach renourishment
of Coquina Beach should start in about three to four
months. This project is to complete the ill-fated
emergency renourishment project begun by Good-
loe Marine of Apollo Beach in 2005. That project
was halted by the Corps in mid-2006 before Coquina
Beach or the .6 mile of Anna Maria beaches were

THE ISLANDER U NOV. 10, 2010 E 3

Anna Maria City
Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Nov. 16, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meet-
Nov. 17, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 15, 1 p.m., swearing-in ceremony.
Nov. 17, 1 p.m., CRA meeting.
Nov. 18, 1 p.m., commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 15, 8 a.m., swearing-in ceremony, fol-
lowed by organizational meeting.
Nov. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Nov. 18, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m., The Islander will host a
Veterans Day program outdoors at 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, 9:30 a.m., Barrier Island Elected offi-
cials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.

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Selby is new Anna

Maria mayor
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Political newcomer Mike Selby was elected
mayor of Anna Maria over opponent Sandy Mattick
509-426 on Nov. 2.
Selby, along with unchallenged commissioners
Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mattick, was scheduled to
be sworn into office at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.
A reported non-presidential year election record
of 73.3 percent of the city's 1,331 registered voters
cast ballots on Election Day. The tally for the mayor's
race included 265 absentee ballots, along with 32
ballots in early voting.
A survey of voters found several who voted for
Selby because Mattick's mother, Jo Ann Mattick, is a
sitting commissioner. There was some concern about
conflicts of interests and views. Others, however, said
they voted for Selby because they agreed with his
stance on several issues.
Some Mattick voters said they supported her
because they believed she had the experience and
time to devote to the office of mayor.
Voters surveyed agreed both candidates ran good
campaigns and stayed away from underhanded tactics
or statements.
Selby said he was pleased with the turnout, and the
confidence the voters placed with him. He congratu-
lated his campaign volunteers for their hard work, and
thanked Mattick for a clean, honest campaign.
Selby said his work begins now, but he planned
no major changes in the city's administration.
"I'm not going to re-invent the wheel," he said
the day after the election, as he and wife Mary made
their way to city hall to meet the staff.
Mattick was gracious in defeat, offering congratu-
lations to Selby, as well as members of her campaign
Mattick also thanked her supporters and voters.

"I shook hands with Mike before the results, and
we congratulated each other on running a good, clean
Anna Maria's mayor draws an annual salary of
$9,600, while a commissioner earns $4,800 yearly.

Vosburgh wins BB

Ward 4 race
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Ward 4 voters went status quo
- sort of in the only city office up for election on
the Nov. 2 ballot.
Voters retained Janet Vosburgh for city commis-
sion in Ward 4, which runs from First Street North
to the city's southern boundary. Vosburgh was the
incumbent in the race. However, she also was cam-
paigning for her first elected office.
The Island businesswoman was appointed to the
Ward 4 commission seat in June, replacing Bob Bar-
telt, who was appointed mayor following the resigna-
tion of Michael Pierce.
Bartelt will continue to serve as mayor he ran
unopposed Nov. 2.
Also unopposed was Ed Straight for the Ward
2 commission seat held by outgoing Commissioner
Bob Connors, who decided not to seek re-election.
The three newly elected officeholders will be
sworn in during a brief ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 15, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive.
Vosburgh's opponent was Michael Harrington, a
member of the city mooring and anchorage commit-
tee and frequent attendee of city meetings.
Vosburgh received 273 votes 60 percent -
to Harrington's 182 in the contest for the two-year
When election judges Nov. 2 unlocked the door
to Tingley Memorial Library, the city's only polling
place, about a dozen people waited to vote.

Vosburgh was among the early voters. She then
moved to the 100 block of Gulf Drive North and
joined supporters waving signs.
She said, with hesitation that morning, that friends
assured her that she would be the day's winner.
"You never know," she added. But by the end of
the night, voters proved her friends correct.
Vosburgh is a former member of the city's charter
review commission. Within weeks of her appoint-
ment to the city commission, she was in the Nov. 2
race for the seat.
The 12th Street South resident who owns an
accommodations business on the Island, campaigned
with the motto, "Taking action, getting results."
She emphasized her fiscal conservatism and busi-
ness acumen as she sought citizen support for her
candidacy throughout the city.
"I have an extensive business background," said
Vosburgh. "I have excellent people and management
skills. I enjoy problem solving through listening,
utilizing my organizational skills and implementing
a plan to resolve."
In her former home state of Utah, Vosburgh ran
a successful furniture store and served as vice presi-
dent of the Utah Chamber of Commerce work that
helped her earn a Utah Citizen of the Year Award.
Harrington, a resident of Church Avenue, is a
retired law enforcement officer and facilities man-
Like Vosburgh, throughout his campaign Har-
rington stressed his business experience.
He also demonstrated his fiscal restraint with
a low-key campaign, refusing to accept campaign
contributions. His most recent finance report shows
$700 in contributions his own to Vosburgh's
Harrington campaigned with a promise to be a
dedicated representative. He told The Islander, in a
candidate Q&A, that citizens should vote for him
because "I have the experience for just this type of
position and feel that experience is very important in


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dealing with the issues."
On Election Day, Harrington said he ran the cam-
paign he wanted to run.
"It's been a fun trip," he said, adding that he
waited out the day and the results at home.
"I ran a very clean campaign and said nothing
derogatory about my opponent," Harrington said.
He added, "I felt that the important thing was to
get elected on our merits and experience. I had noth-
ing to hide. I still think Jan is a very nice woman."
Bradenton Beach is the only city on the Island
to elect commissioners from geographic wards. A
charter review committee earlier this year explored
a possible change to the ward system, but decided
not to make a proposal.
Vosburgh, as a member of the committee and
later as a commissioner, stressed her faith in the ward
"It's much better to have someone right in your
neighborhood" as a representative, she said.
In Bradenton Beach, the commission salary is
$4,800 a year and the mayor's salary is $9,600 a

Incumbents returned

to HB offices
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Voters turned out in Holmes Beach to re-elect
incumbents Sandy Haas-Martens and John to the
city commission.
First-time candidate Jean Peelen challenged them
for one of two open commission seats on the Nov. 2
ballot. The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Office reported 2,949 ballots were cast from among
the 3,319 registered voters in the city.
Haas-Martens topped the voting at 1,200 and
Monetti received 1,123 votes to Peelen's 626 in the
three-way race two two-year terms.

Holmes Beach voter Carla Kuizon emerges from
the polling place at St. Bernard Catholic Church on
Election Day. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Throughout the campaign, Monetti pointed to his
common-sense approach and a belief in serving one's
community as his strengths.
While the news of his re-election to a third-term
came as a relief, Monetti said he also finds himself
with a renewed sense of responsibility.
He anticipates the greatest challenge facing the com-
mission over the next term will be the budget. "I must
stress though that we are fortunate in Holmes Beach
to be on very solid ground and I have the utmost con-
fidence in our abilities to continue to provide excep-
tional service to our citizens," said Monetti.
\ ly greatest thanks go to the citizens, who so
strongly recognized my past efforts on their behalf
by allowing me to continue to serve them," he said.
Haas-Martens begins her seventh term on the city
commission. "I feel the citizens who re-elected me

THE ISLANDER U NOV. 10, 2010 5 5
have been happy with the job I've done and in repre-
senting Holmes Beach," she said. "I thank them for
the faith they continue to have in me. I look forward
to another two-year term and whatever it brings."
Haas-Martens anticipates that the next two years
will be much like the past couple of years. "We will
continue trying to serve the citizens of our city on less
money coming in and trying to keep the taxes down
as we've been doing," she said.
Haas-Martens also looks forward to working with
newly elected officials throughout the county.
Election results for first time candidate Peelen
were "sad, but not surprising." She said she is grateful
for the 626 votes she received. "I only campaigned
for a month and, as a newcomer, people didn't know
Peelen, an Island resident for three years, said
she enjoyed the experience of going door-to-door and
meeting so many Holmes Beach residents.
She ran on the desire to bring a new voice to city
leadership, and she doesn't intend for the election
results to quiet her voice. "I would like to see the
city establish a guiding principle that is applied to
its actions and decision-making process that enables
Holmes Beach to be a truly sustainable community,"
she said. "And I believe I can help achieve that goal
as an annoying member of the public and I mean,
an annoying member of the public."
In the meantime, Peelen plans to continue her
efforts with the Dining For Women chapter she
founded on the Island and to take in another foster
dog something she put on hold during the election
Holmes Beach Maybe Rich Bohnenberger was
re-elected on Nov. 2. He ran unopposed.
The newly elected city commissioners and mayor
will be sworn into office at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15,
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, with an organiza-
tional meeting to follow.
The next regularly scheduled commission meet-
ing and work session will take place at 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Nov. 23.

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"tooting" our horn. Newsies just don't like to do that.
The news is not about us, it's about you. The commu-
It's our unbiased report of what's happening
around us. Unlike "gonzo" journalism, in which Hunter
Thompson set a standard for putting himself in the
story, most reporters believe as we do, that we're just
the messengers.
As it happens in a small community, we often get
blamed for the woes of our subjects but, truth be known,
we don't create the news. It happens. We didn't cause
the storm, death, disappearance, DUI or the problems
people encounter in government any more than the tri-
umphs, births, weddings, record runs, or the generosity
of our fellow Islanders.
We proudly do our part to contribute to serving the
community on Anna Maria Island, joining hands and
reaching out when and where we can. It's how we relate
to you, our readers, and to the place we call home.
It's why we produce the Wish Book every year -
all but the year we started up in November 1992. But
every year since in our Thanksgiving issue, we've col-
lected from nearly every service organization that serves
people on AMI, their wishes and needs to succeed in the
coming year. And we ask you to fulfill those needs by
adding whatever items might suit you to your holiday
shopping list. We ask our community of businesses and
advertisers to sponsor the Wish Book, and together we
aim at making the holidays better and the coming year
beneficial for many, many people.
We've seen the needs large and small of
many community organizations and our elementary
school met with the help of you, our reader.
In fact, Chuck and Joey Lester first went to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center with the Wish
Book and their gift in hand, and later a challenge for
others to join them in giving. Eventually they helped
establish an endowment for the Center, and sought to
fund it with help from The Islander and its readers.
We proudly join hands with the Lesters in offering
their challenge to make a donation of any size to the
Center to be matched by them up to $50,000.
The Lesters have surely shown us how to make our
gift worthwhile and our gift is our readers.
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Election thanks, praise
I want to express my deep gratitude to the voters
of Anna Maria who had the confidence to elect me
mayor. It is truly an honor to represent everyone in
our wonderful city and I will do my very best to per-
form my job as well as I possibly can.
Thank you to my committee members and my
contributors, without whom I could not have even
begun this campaign. I also want to applaud everyone
who worked on both my campaign and on Sandy
Mattick's campaign for running them not only with
passion, but also with civility. I admire Sandy for
the time and dedication she devotes to the city, and
I know we will work well together, as we share the
same love for Anna Maria.
I would be remiss if I did not thank outgoing
Mayor Fran Barford for the devotion, time and effort
she has put in over the past four years. I can only hope
that she will not only assist me in the transition so it
will be a smooth one, but also will continue to share
with me her expertise in all areas of city govern-
I hope everyone will work together to bring Anna
Maria back to be the "best of the best," truly our para-
dise. May we agree to disagree, but still be respectful
of one another. We are all here to enjoy life, so let's
work together to that end. We can learn from the past
but must live and work toward the future.
Please, feel free to call me at city hall, 941-708-
6130, with any questions or concerns.
Thank you to everyone who loves Anna Maria.
Mike Selby, mayor elect

And another thanks
It's the day after the election and I would like to
thank all of the folks who elected me a fire commis-
sioner in the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
Special thanks to my wife Anne and all of the
many, many folks who helped me get the word out.

I'll try to live up to the trust you put in me.
Scott Ricci, Holmes Beach

And yet another thanks
Bradenton Beach voters, thank you for trusting
in me to continue to serve as city commissioner in
Ward 4.
You can be assured that I will be looking after the
best interests of the citizens of Bradenton Beach.
It is my honor and privilege to serve this com-
munity, and I will work hard and honorably for all of
Jan Vosburgh, Bradenton Beach

Many thanks
We would like to thank the mayor, commission-
ers and city staff for the kindnesses and condolences
extended to our family.
We also would like to thank Dr. Scott Kosfeld,
Mr. Ed Chiles, Mr. Dale Powers and Mr. Frank Davis
for their help and support at this difficult time.
Randall loved the city of Anna Maria and was
always grateful to live in paradise.
To his friends and neighbors, we extend our heart-
felt gratitude for their many expressions of caring and
The Family of Randall Stover: Brenda Stover,
Marjorie Stover, Victoria and Lynn Hineman

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
notices and photographs with detailed captions
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Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester
again are issuing their challenge to the Island com-
munity, with the goal of raising money for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
In the final two months of each year, the Lesters,
in partnership with The Islander newspaper, revive
the Lester-Islander Challenge to boost donations for
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The challenge amount is $50,000 Islanders
contribute $50,000 to trigger a substantial contribu-
tions from the Lesters.
Last year, with the economy sputtering, the chal-
lenge fell short of the goal even after the deadline
was extended from Dec. 31. 2009. to Jan. 31. 2010.

Islanders contributed about $39,000.
So Center staff, along with sponsoring newspa-
per publisher Bonner Joy, urged a strong community
showing this year.
To support the Lester Challenge, drop off a dona-
tion at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
or mail a donation check to the Center, PO. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216. Donations are tax-deduct-
Also, in December, the spirit of the challenge, the
purpose of the Center and the Lesters' love of family
fun will be celebrated with the annual Lester Family
Fun Day.
Fun day also is co-sponsored by The Islander.

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In the Nov. 8, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton teenager Amanda Vancott, 16, died
when she crashed her car into an Australian pine at
the corner of North Bay Boulevard and North Shore
Drive around 5:15 a.m. Nov. 7. Police said the vehicle
was traveling at such a high speed when it struck
the tree that Vancott died instantly. Vancott was the
mother of a 6-month-old child.
Manatee County School District assistant Super-
intendent Bill Horton said he would attend a meeting
with Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tim
Kolbe and parents about a planned $2 million school
renovation. Kolbe's concern was for the nine-month
construction time when the school would be closed.
Several parents suggested the school district build a
new school, rather than renovate.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
and local transportation officials lobbied the Florida
Department of Transportation for additional funding
for fare-free Island trolley services to make up for a
grant of $470,000. Each trolley was $235,000 and
five were needed. A federal grant would cover 90
percent of the funds needed to purchase three more
trolleys, McClash said.

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More action expected in Stoltzfus recall

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The disposition of ex-Anna Maria Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus' appeal of his Sept. 7 recall is likely
to take longer than first expected.
On Nov. 2, Stoltzfus filed a
motion with the Florida 2nd Dis-
trict Court of Appeal requesting
more time to file his initial brief.
A spokesperson for the DCA
clerk's office said the Stoltzfus
case calls for a brief, which is not
Stoltzfus to be confused with the response
Stoltzfus filed Oct. 6. That response answered the
DCA's Sept. 16 order to show why Stoltzfus' appeal
should not be declared moot.
Also on Sept. 16, the DCA lifted the circuit
court's stay of certification of the recall vote. Stoltz-
fus was recalled 362-333 in the Sept. 7 election.
Following Stoltzfus' Oct. 6 response, Citizens for
Sunshine Inc., a transparency in government watch-
dog organization, filed its response to the DCA.
The ex-commissioner then filed a motion to strike

CFS's response because, he claimed, CFS did not
have legal standing in the case. CFS replied Oct. 27,
citing case law that gives it legal standing in such
The DCA official said she did not know when the
court would act on Stoltzfus' request for an exten-
Either way, the DCA is not likely to issue a ruling
soon, the official indicated.
No date for oral arguments in the case has been
scheduled, according to the DCA website. An oral
argument could be the next step following the brief
from Stoltzfus, or the court might decide to render a
decision without hearing arguments.
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, some of them
inflammatory, prompted Anna Maria resident Bob
Carter to form a Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
Committee and proceed through the various legal
steps required to remove Stoltzfus from office.

Gone native
Horticulturalist Joan
Bowling worked last week
on the grounds at Anna
Maria City Hall, blend-
ing in the vegetation and
the non-native plants she
was clearing from the
area. Bowling and her
crew worked with volun-
teer Mike Miller, who has
been assisting the city for
several years with remov-
ing non-native plants from
city property. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

Island road advisories
The Florida Department of Transportation is con-
tinuing striping of State Road 789/Gulf Drive through
Nov. 22 and advises motorists to expect some lane
Temporary lane closures and other construction
will occur between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., a DOT
press release said.
The project should be completed before Thanks-
giving, the DOT said.
The DOT also said a flagging operation would be
in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 8 through
Nov. 12 at the intersection of S.R. 789/Gulf Drive
and 29th Street in Holmes Beach.
Crews are repairing utility lines, the DOT said,
and motorists are advised to use caution in this

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 lisaneff@islander.org.
And, on publishing the special section in
November, The Islander encourages readers to
support these groups that enhance lives and com-
munity on the Island by adding a needed item to
his or her holiday shopping list.

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
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County dock on the bay gets OK

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County got its OK to build a boat dock
on the bay.
The Bradenton Beach Commission approved a
special exception application for the dock during its
regular meeting Nov. 4 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Marine
Rescue Division will use the dock, which will be
built just east of the new marine rescue headquarters
at Coquina Beach Bayside.
The county sought a special exception for the
project because the dock, as proposed, exceeds the
65-feet maximum length provided for in Bradenton
Beach's land-development code.
The dock, at about 2,750 square feet, will extend
238 feet from the shore into the bay.
That length was necessary to avoid impacting
seagrass closer to shore, said Darin Cushing, project
manager for the county.
"It needs to get out that far to get to water that's
deep enough for boats and it was required by DEP
... to get beyond the seagrass beds, he said.
The special exception application went to the city
commission with a recommendation from the plan-
ning and zoning board. The P & Z, however, also
proposed two stipulations:
That the city police department have access to
a boat slip and boatlift on the dock.
That the MCSO not limit public use of the water
around or under the dock, which is in a popular loca-
tion for fishers and crabbers.
The commission, after hearing from Cushing and
Sheriff Brad Steube, did not include either stipulation
in its unanimous vote.
On the first stipulation, Steube promised the
BBPD would have a slip on the dock, but he said
plans are to install only four lifts that will be used by
MCSO. If BBPD wants a lift, he said it would have

Manatee County '1,.. i ijfBrad Steube addresses the
Bradenton Beach City Commission Nov. 4. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

to be on the city's tab.
Regarding public access to the water around and
under the dock, Steube said that open access would
be a problem for the MCSO.
"I'm going to have in excess of half-a-million
(dollars) worth of boats on the dock," the sheriff said.
"I don't need people around that dock."
He said the MCSO likely will post trespassing
signs, as well as install a keypad gate at the dock
"The bottom line is public safety," Steube told
commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt.
There was no disagreement at the dais.
Bartelt said a gate was a good idea. "Obviously
it is going to be an attractive pier at 238 feet out in
the water," the mayor said. "And there's going to be


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a lot of expensive equipment."
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection already has issued a permit for the dock, which
will be built by Shoreline Marine Construction. The
DEP, in fact, required the longer facility.
In other business Nov. 4, the commission:
Approved a special exception for the operation
of a gift shop as an accessory use at Club Bamboo/
Dream Inn, 2502 Gulf Drive N.
The exception application again went to the com-
mission with a recommendation from the planning
and zoning board with stipulations that the size of
the store space be limited to 252 square feet, the cur-
rent footprint; and the business serve as a traditional
motel gift shop, catering specifically to residents and
During the P&Z meeting, some board members
expressed concern that the gift shop, in a Residen-
tial-3 zone, would advertise for customers outside the
Dream Inn.
Commissioners, however, approved the applica-
tion without stipulations on a motion made by Jan
Vosburgh, who said, "I don't see how we can dictate
to business owners who they can sell to and how they
can advertise."
Vosburgh noted that the inn has more on-site
parking than is available at many other businesses
in Bradenton Beach and, with a nod to P&Z board
member Jo Ann Meilner's objection to limits on the
gift shop, said, "This is America."
Vosburgh's motion to approve the application
without stipulations passed unanimously.
Approved payment of an $8,765 invoice to M.T.
Causley for building department services.
Approved payment of a $7,302 invoice to city
attorney Ricinda Perry for legal services in Septem-
The commission's next regular meeting will be
at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at city hall.

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Bridge Street celebrates the return of the popular Bridge Street Market Nov. 7 with a street fair. High-
lights included musical performances, an array of arts and crafts vendors, other merchants, kayak
demonstrations and a variety offood and beverage sales. The regular market begins Nov. 14. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

BB mayor marries Mixon Fruit Farms
on beach celebrates fall harvest

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt turned from
civic affairs to civil affairs Oct. 23.
The mayor, appointed to office in June and elected
to office last week, exchanged wedding vows with
Kim DuPont on a late October Saturday at sunset.
She's now Kim Bartelt, and he's now not only Mr.
Mayor, but also husband Bob.
The couple, in a joint statement, thanked "our
families and friends who attended the ceremony to
make sure that Bob didn't run away."
They also thanked local business people hired
for the wedding, including Karen Greenley, who
sang at the ceremony; the Cicerones band, which
performed at the reception; Silvia's Flower Corner,
which provided "elegant" flowers and decorations;
Joe Cuervo and the Drift In, responsible for the
libations at the reception; Peter Barreda, who
catered the reception; and Mike and Michelle of
the Tropical Isle Inn, where the reception and wed-
ding took place.
"What a fabulous way to start a life together,"
the couple said.
The Bartelts had the dream beach wedding expe-
rience that the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce promises newlyweds and promotes annually
with a wedding festival in February.
The Bartelts said they celebrated with "beautiful
weather all week long," exchanged vows during a
"gorgeous sunset" and then danced under a "mag-
nificent full moon."
The Patricks and the inn staff "worked from the
moment we checked in on Thursday to the moment
we checked out on Sunday to make all of us feel like
we were home," the couple said. "In fact, they did
such a good job that both of our families decided they
wanted to do this every year."
Not an annual wedding, they noted, but an annual
family reunion.

Beach Mayor
Bob Bar-
telt and Kim
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and their wed-
ding party.
Islander Photo:
Courtesy Bob

Island residents Janet and Dean Mixon, owners
of Mixon Fruit Farms, kick-off the 2010 Harvest Fes-
tival Nov. 11 with a free concert in the grove by New
The following day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fes-
tival features a health and business fair offering free
health screenings, door prizes and wellness tips. At 6
p.m. family fun night begins with a free screening of
a Tom & Jerry cartoon followed by the movie "Swiss
Family Robinson" in the Garden Oasis Pavilion.
On Nov. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., longtime rivals
Southeast and Manatee High Schools will face-off
in a Culinary Arts Cooking Competition. The public
will have an opportunity to taste the student creations
and seven local chefs will judge the competition.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, another concert in the
grove is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring
the Dr. Dave Band.
The festival grand finale takes place the weekend
of Nov. 20-21 and includes a craft fair, music, rides and
food. This year, Florida Agventure associates will be on
hand with animals, Lipizzan Stallions and baby calves
from Dakin Dairy Farm.
Parking and entrance to the events are free. Tickets
for food and rides will be available for purchase.
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A three-day Veterans Day sale will be held from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov.
13, at the Bradenton Beach Fire Hall, 201 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach.
Sale items will include antiques, nautical-themed
items, holiday items, furniture, computer desks and
outdoor accessories.
Coffee will also be available. For more informa-
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Author and journalist Carolyne Norwood has
completed her second book in history of Anna
Maria Island "Tales of Three Cities: From
Bean Point to Bridge Street."
The book, which Norwood will sign copies
of as part of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society's artsHOP events, spans the years from
1940 to 1970. The historical society serves as the
publisher of the book that Norwood dedicated to
her husband George and faithful friends.
Norwood's historical work is influenced
by her career as a journalist 25 years during
which she says she "met and interviewed many
old timers on the Island."
Their homes, she remembers, were filled with
photographs and artifacts from the early days.
"I realized when they died or moved away,
most of these valuable items would be lost," Nor-
wood says, explaining the impetus for the found-
ing of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
A project she began with another Island reporter,
Pat Copeland.
"In 1990 we opened a temporary museum
and two years later we moved the growing col-
lection into the old ice house at 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria," Norwood writes in her biography.
Norwood, who moved from Baltimore to
Florida in 1956, also wrote 'The Early Days," an
Island history now in its fourth printing.
Then, in 2005, she began work on 'Tales of
Three Cities: From Bean Point to Bridge
Street," which Norwood's colleagues
have described as a "must read," a
"snapshot of small town Americana
at its best." 4
The cover of the 284-page '
book features an aerial view of
Anna Maria Island from Bean
Point south circa 1940. The
Rod & Reel Pier had not yet
been built, nor had the draw- .
bridges that span Anna -
Maria Sound, but the Anna
Maria City Pier, which .
will turn 100 next year, o, *, e
extended far into the ::,.." o
Chapters are short
and plentiful featuring ir, -
ollections of old AMI, tribute to nl iat,,
AMI and stories about the development of Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach govern-
ments, institutions, schools and places of some
notoriety sure to spur an "oh yeah, remember
when" from longtime Islanders and some cocked
eyebrows from recent transplants and vacation-


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'Tales of Three Cities' published
Author Carolyne Norwood will talk about her
new history ofAnna Maria Island, "Tales of
Three Cities-Bean Point to Bridge Street," on
Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave.
Norwood also will sign copies of the book at
the museum from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m., part ofAMIAHS's involvement
in the artsHOP cultural celebration. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Melissa Williams

The book also features a collection of black-
and-white photographs an early image
of the old IGA at Gulf and Mag-
,_ 'nolia in Anna Maria; the
S t ,< '- Martinique, billed as the
i first and last high-rise on
the Island; the original
Sandbar; the famed Trader
Sack's taking a hit by a pow-
iI lul wave; restaurant owner
P te Reynard greeting a newly
ni ned Miss Florida Chris-
tlie I'orgeson; renowned Anna
\ ,ii iV Mayor Ernie Cagnina at his
C, ll I'li uLible in the back of the IGA
Hd* ld \ly young "Johnnie" Cagnina
di.-ccd the Phillip Morris mascot
,. at tlh. I ilnt of the store.
I Ic h .ok concludes with a poem,
ude to Anna Maria," by the late Gen-
evieve Alban, an artist who founded the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island.
She wrote, "Of all the places here on earth/Of
every kind and style. The one that nature blessed
the most/Is Anna Maria Isle."
The book retails for $20.

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Dust off your decorations and sparkle up your
vehicles and trailered boats for the for the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce-Anna Maria Island
Privateers Lighted Parade.
The parade is a prelude to the Downtown Holmes
Beach Holiday Open House Dec. 3.
The chamber is seeking entries for the parade.
All entries must be on wheels boats, trailers, and
anl thing else to which you can attach holiday lighting
and decorations and participants should keep in
mind this year's "Winter Holiday Fun" theme. Entry
into the parade is free.
The parade will organize at 4 p.m. and depart
promptly at 5 p.m. from CrossPointe Fellowship
Church parking lot, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, and it will end with the Privateers ship
delivering Santa Claus and his sleigh to The
Islander office in the Island Shopping Center.
For parade application or more information, call
the chamber at 941-778-1541.

Center hosts murder-mystery dinner
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
be the scene of a murder-mystery Saturday, Nov. 13.
Dinner guests will be invited to play along as the
fictitious character Marshal T. Pott falls dead after
arriving at the Center "saloon" for a lavish party in
his honor.
"Who Shot the Sheriff?" is the Center's second
annual murder mystery dinner with proceeds benefit-
ing center programs.
The event at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and guests are asked to
dress in character: cowboy hats, boots and jeans.
Lee Roy Selmon's will provide dinner and a cash
bar will be available.
Tickets cost $30 per person, or $200 for a table
of eight.
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Islanders dived into a campaign four years ago to
showcase the arts and culture community and stimu-
late increased support local artists.
That dive created a big splash.
The ambitious plunge gave rise to artsHOP, a
three-day celebration of arts, culture and Island
living. This year's artsHOP, again organized by the
Cultural Connections collaborative, is Nov. 12-14
and jumps off with an Islandwide gallery walk.
Other artsHOP activities include a series of one-
act plays, a book launch and author signing, a silent
auction of turtle-themed art, an orchestral perfor-
mance, an arts and crafts festival and a sunset drum
"We hope that participants will become aware of
the many unique shops, businesses and cultural orga-
nizations that are here on AMI and then plan to return
and share their discoveries with others, especially
for the upcoming season," said artist Joan Voyles, an
artsHOP coordinator. "We feel for our Island's size,
it is most special to have not only the arts galleries
and businesses, but a museum, a theater, an orchestra
and chorus, and a writers' group, along with the great
beaches and superb restaurants. Anna Maria Island is
a special place."

Hop happenings Friday, Nov. 12
Eleven venues are participating in the gallery
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"The gallery walk ... has been in existence one
more year than the whole weekend artsHOP concept,"
Voyles said. "This year we have the largest number
of gallery walk participants 11."
Stops on the walk include:
In Anna Maria The Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive; Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old
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coupons to hoppers.
At various Holmes Beach venues, a trio from the
Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra will per-
form show tunes during the walk.
"I love the gallery walk because it's the first
event of the weekend, and you find yourself look-
ing at people you haven't seen in many months,"
said Melissa Williams, another artsHOP coordinator.
"Either they've been socked away in the air-condi-
tioning or they've been summering up north. I love
this time to reconnect."
Also on Nov. 12, the Island Players perform a
series of one-act plays vignettes, sketches and
monologues directed by Russ Carthy and featur-
ing Carthy and several other actors.
The performance begins at 8 p.m., and tickets
can be purchased at the playhouse box office at Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue.
The Island Players' artsHOP performances, said
Williams, "are usually something very different from
what they do during their regular season."

Hop happenings Saturday, Nov. 13
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park at Holmes Beach City Hall takes place in the city
hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature vendors
from around the state, as well as local artists and
non-profit representatives.
Several other events also are planned.
From 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum,
402 Pine Ave., hosts author Carolyne Norwood read-
ing from and signing copies of her new Island history,
"Tales of Three Cities from Bean Point to Bridge
Street." Sales of the book, priced at $20, benefit the
historical society.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Studio at Gulf and
Pine hosts a reception and silent auction for Call-
ing All Turtles, an art exhibit featuring turtle-themed
pieces. The Studio also welcomes the State Road 64
bluegrass band.
The Calling All Turtles exhibit is new to artsHOP,
with the auction benefitting Cultural Connections and
the group's goal of building an "arts and cultural rep-
utation for Anna Maria Island," Voyles said.
"Rhea Chiles, owner of the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, proposed the concept and offered to host this
exhibit," Voyles said. "We are delighted and amazed
with the quality, the quantity and the diversity and
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advantage of the opportunity to purchase these col-
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At 8 p.m., the Island Players repeats its evening
of one-act plays.

Hop happenings Sunday, Nov. 14
ArtsHOP concludes on Sunday with three
The arts and crafts festival continues from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. in Holmes Beach.
Also, at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra gives its first performance of
the 2010-11 season.
AMICCO performs a 2 p.m. concert featur-
ing show tunes and other music. Featured vocal-
ists include Douglas Renfroe, Robert Lischetti, Joy
Leitner, Chalyce Sullivan and Martha DiPalma, as
well as sisters Holly and Tina Rizzo, finalists in the
2010 AMICCO Young Artist Solo Competition. Also,
Daniel Andai, concertmaster of the Miami Symphony
will perform Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto."
AMICCO "is doing something very different
from their usual program," Williams said. "I'm really
looking forward to it this year."
ArtsHOP concludes at 5:38 p.m. with a sunset
drum circle led by musician Scott Blum at Mana-
tee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Drumming enthusiasts should arrive about 4:30 p.m.,
about an hour before sunset, to get into the Island
Last year's artsHOP resulted in sold out events
and brought 650 hoppers to Island galleries, many of
the visitors coming from off-Island locations.
"There is a tremendous draw," Williams said.
And, she added, "We just keep getting better and
better and stronger and stronger."

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Sandblast workshops
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Team Sandtastic, a professional sand-sculpture
team, will offer free clinics from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 19, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach.
The team will share tips, tricks and techniques to
successfully shaping sand.
Team Sandtastic will be joined by WIL-MATH
Metal Art Studio at the clinics to also offer tips for
sculpting metal. The art studio plans to display sam-
ples of its recycled metal artworks.
Team Sandtastic also will sculpt its 80 ton sand
sculpture showpiece for Keep Manatee Beautiful's
annual Sandblast Competition, which takes place
outside the BeachHouse Restaurant Saturday, Nov.
During the Sandblast, teams will compete by
creating a sculpture fitting one of three themes: free
form, holiday or nautical. To enter a team into the
Sandblast competition, call Keep Manatee Beautiful
at 941-795-8272.
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Rotary lunch
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will wel-
come Drew Kesse, whose daughter Jennifer was
abducted in 2005, to its Tuesday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Kesse will share his personal story and how
he has since dedicated his life to finding missing
The club meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the Beach-
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dents of a coastal habitat. The program is suitable for
all ages and will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday,
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Award-winning painter Marie Garafano will
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2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Artists Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Exhibited in the gallery this month is the work
of landscape photographer Phil Jensen.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.

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Attention community organization representa-
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and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs to news@islander.org
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will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
13, at Coquina Beach on the south end of Bradenton
It will be the first market in a year-long 40th
Anniversary for the Privateers.
The Thieves Market is a flea market hosted
monthly by the Privateers through the winter-spring
tourist season. Vendors at the market offer c \i hing i
from housewares to produce at bargain prices.
This month the Privateers will be selling their
smoked mullet in addition to holding a bake sale of
homemade goodies.
Future market dates are: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12
and April 9. Vendor booths are available for all market
dates. For vendor applications and information, call
Mary Zuchniewicz at 941-722-3212.
Proceeds benefit the Privateer's community and
children's programs, including youth scholarships.

Dining for Women to meet
The Anna Maria Island chapter of Dining for
Women will gather at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at
the Sandpiper Resort Clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
Dining for Women is a giving circle in which
participants gather for a potluck dinner and make a
monetary donation equivalent to the cost of an aver-
age meal at a restaurant. The proceeds are donated
to an established organization providing educational
and economic support to women around the globe.
In October, the Island chapter raised more than $200
for 13 Threads in Guatemala.
November's non-profit recipient will be Rubia,
a women's sewing cooperative in Afghanistan.
For more information, call Jean Peelen at 941-

Club to hold plant sale
The Anna Maria Garden Club will hold its annual
plant sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.
17, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
The club will be selling a variety of plants,
including holiday plants, native plants and but-
terfly garden plants, as well as special root cut-
For more information, call 941-795-2370.

Islander honors veterans
Nov. 10
All veterans of the armed services are
invited to The Islander newspaper's fifth annual
Veterans Day ceremony.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 10, at the Holmes Beach City Hall But-
terfly Park and Veterans Memorial with coffee
and pastries.
Speakers and ceremonies honor 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 Generation" and "Forgotten Genera-
tion" columns.
Guest speakers include ex-Marine Ralph
Bassett of Perico Island and Islander reporter
Rick Catlin, who writes the columns.
Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24
in Palma Sola will present the colors followed by
the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of the
national anthem. There also will be a rifle salute
and taps will be played to end the service.
Coffee service compliments of the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe begins at 8:30 a.m.,
while the official program starts at 9 a.m.
Nov. 10 also is the U.S. Marine Corps 235th
birthday. Semper Fi.
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Holly Berry Bazaar to feature
pickles for sale
The women of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation are making final plans for their Holly
Berry Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
13, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The bazaar features handmade items such as baby
sweaters, stuffed animals, aprons and floral purses.
There will be gently used and new jewelry, collect-
ibles, china and glassware, books, Christmas decora-
tions and holiday apparel.
Rada cutlery will be available also in gift sets as
well as individual pieces. There will be baked goods,
calamondin jam, and canned sweet pickles, for which
the church women are locally famous.
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Discover Egmont Key
Egmont Key's "Discover the Island" event will
be held Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, with
shuttle boat rides provided by the Egmont Key Ferry
departing regularly from Bay Pier at Fort DeSoto
Park in Pinellas County.
The shuttle boats will leave from Fort DeSoto
on a schedule from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last shuttle
boat will depart at 4 p.m. from Egmont Key to the
Egmont Key is visible from the north end of
Anna Maria Island.
The weekend offers the public an opportunity to
learn about the key's cultural and historical signifi-
Visitors can tour the island and see the
102-year-old lighthouse. There will also be Civil
War re-enactors from the Union Marines giving
demonstrations, and the Confederate "Seventh
Florida Infantry Company K" will present a living
history program.
The event also features pirate games for kids, a
silent auction, hot dogs and souvenirs. Tickets are
$15 and may be purchases online or at the gate. Chil-
dren 11 and under are free accompanied by an adult.
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SOS hosts birthday party
Save Our Seabirds, a non-profit organization
dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating migratory
birds, is celebrating its second birthday with a "Just
Desserts" party from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 13.
The event includes a bake sale, raffles, face paint-
ing, facility tours, music by Jim Morris and Sunny
Jim White, as well as a visit from Carlee the clown.
Donations are requested at the door. For more
information, call 941-388-3010.

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The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Nov. 15, for lunch at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach.
Everyone is welcome and reservations are not
required. The fee for lunch is $15.
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Wednesday, Nov. 10
8:30 a.m. The IslanderVeterans Day remembrance ceremony at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discussion group meets at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-
11:30 a.m. The Off-Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon
at Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill, 12012 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.

Thursday, Nov. 11
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans Day yard sale at the old Bradenton
Beach Fire Hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-

Friday, Nov. 12
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans Day yard sale at the old Bradenton
Beach Fire Hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
5 to 9p.m. -ArtsHop: Artist reception for photographer Joe Fletcher
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
5 to 9p.m. -ArtsHop: Jean Peelen will be sign copies of her latest
book "Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50," at the Back
Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800.
5 to 9 p.m. ArtsHop: Opening reception for "Island Gems" all-
media juried show at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 9 p.m. ArtsHop: Meet and greet with jewelry artist Amy
Culbert and watercolor artist Nancy Hossbach at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
8 p.m. -ArtsHop: An evening of one act plays at the Island Play-
ers, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3094. Fee

Saturday, Nov. 13
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans Day yard sale at the old Bradenton
Beach Fire Hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateers Thieves Market and mullet smoke at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holly Berry Bazaar at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Arts and craft show to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
6:30 to 11:30 p.m. "Who Shot the Sheriff?" dinner theater at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
8 p.m. An evening of one act plays at the Island Players, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3094. Fee applies.

Sunday, Nov. 14
10 a.m. to 3p.m. Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-581-4431.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -Arts and craft show to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
2 p.m. ArtsHop: The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra presents Broadway show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein
and Irving Berlin at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
Dusk-ArtsHop: A drum circle gathering an hour before sunset at
Manatee Public Beach near the cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1788.

Monday, Nov. 15
Noon The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet for lunch
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-779-0564. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas
Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-78-0444.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Noon Drew Kesse will speak on abduction and missing persons
at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-

Wednesday, Nov. 17
11 a.m. Joe Kerata discusses "Evolution: Only a Theory?" at
the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 502 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
1 to 3 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Garden Club plant sale at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 502 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
5 to 6 p.m. Sand-sculpting workshops with Team Sandtastic at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8272.

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.

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tee Public Beach
Nov. 6. The image,
taken in Holmes
Beach just south of
43rd Street, is The
Islander's contribu-
tion to the Great
Visit Florida Beach
Walk. It's mile
No. 276 on www.
walk.com. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

Walk showcases Sunshine State beaches

Local groups such as Volunteer Manatee and
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
joined Nov. 6 in a statewide campaign showcasing
the Sunshine State's shoreline.
Participants in the Great Visit Florida Beach
Walk were assigned to walk a mile of beach
between sunrise and 11 a.m. Nov. 6, taking photo-
graphs along the way to upload to a Visit Florida
Local participants checked in for the assign-
ments in the walk early Nov. 6 at The Islander in
Holmes Beach.
The walk on 825 miles of beach in 34 counties
involved service groups, children's organizations,
schools and universities and a number of busi-
"It's a very eclectic group of volunteers,"
said Wendy Spencer of Volunteer Florida, which
worked with VISIT FLORIDA, the state's tour-
ism marketing organization, to create the Beach
Visit Florida marketing chief Will Seccombe
said the purpose of the walk was twofold Florid-
ians get to show off their favorite spot on the shore,
as well as prove to potential vacationers that the
beaches are clean.
"By sharing thousands of photos of every one
of Florida's 825 miles of beaches, we will put to

Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
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-
tion: 941-708-6130.
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 the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, Holmes Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 10
7 to 9 p.m. Exploring the Future of Energy: "Shocking Ideas"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:

Thursday, Nov. 11
6 p.m. World Music Film Series presents "War/Dance" at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
746-4131. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Concert in the Grove featuring New Justice at
Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-

Friday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health and Business Fair at Mixon Fruit Farm,
2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.
6 p.m. Family fun night featuring the outdoor screening of "Swiss
Family Robinson" at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton.
Information: 941-748-5829.

Saturday, Nov. 13

rest any lingering concerns from this summer's oil
spill," Seccombe said.
To see the Great Visit Florida Beach Walk pho-
tographs, go to www.visitflorida.com/beachwalk.
Site visitors can vote on their favorite photo-
graphs and register to win a Mazda Miata convert-
ible and $5,000.

Adriane McKell registers Vista volunteers in
clown face Bridgette Halliburton and Joyce
Whitworth for the Great Visit Florida Beach
Walk on Anna Maria Island Nov. 6. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

9 to 11 a.m. Nature tour through DeSoto Memorial Park and
Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
Information: 941-722-4524.
1 to 3p.m. Cooking contest at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave.
E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Manatee High School Sugar 'Canes "2010 Mr.
Sugar 'Cane" show at Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941- 714-7300, ext 2153. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
10:30 a.m. to noon Dr. Miguel Rivera will speak about maintaining
a healthy memory at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat
Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:

Wednesday, Nov. 17
10:30 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild meeting featuring arias by
Sarasota Opera principal artist, tenor Hak Soo Kim at IMG Academies
Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy,
Bradenton. Information: 941-755-7426.

Coming Up:
Nov. 18, Dining for Women, Sandpiper Resort clubhouse.
Nov. 18, Dr. Dave Band, Mixon Fruit Farm.
Nov. 19-21, Save the Gulf concert, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 20, Canine Christmas Festival, Bishop Animal Shelter.
Nov. 20, Cortez Village Folk Art Festival.
Nov. 20-21, Harvest Festival, Mixon Fruit Farm.

Save the Date:
Dec. 1, West Manatee Fire Rescue food drive.
Dec. 1-8, Holidays at the Crosley/Festival of Trees.
Dec. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lighted Parade
and Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.
Dec. 4, Taste of Music Champagne Gala.
Dec. 4, Quilter's holiday bazaar, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Dec. 4-5, Decorator Showhouse.
Dec. 11, Privateers Holiday Parade.
Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.

Group to ge

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
ScenicWAVES members, setting aside frustration
over past delays, say 2011 is the year they want to
beautify the city's gateway at Cortez Road and Gulf
The Bradenton Beach advisory committee is
working on its goals for the next year and improv-
ing the gateway is a priority, said chair Pat Gentry.
Meeting Nov. 1 at city hall, the committee dis-
cussed hurdles that slowed the process in the past -
questions about private property ownership near the
intersection, questions about what the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation would allow in the right of
way and questions about whether funding is available
for any improvements.
'This has been on the table forever," said Gentry.
"It's been discussed time and time again."
After a lengthy review of past struggles at
the meeting, the committee approved a motion
by member Ed Chiles to quickly investigate the
details of ownership and city access near the inter-
"We need to know what our envelope is to work
in," Chiles said, who proposed the information be
collected before December.
Presently, the city has wooden posts used to dis-
play vinyl event banners on the west side DOT right
of way near the intersection.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt said the
gateway has a "honky-tonk" look that he's eager to
see go away.
"We've been messing around for eight years,"
Bartelt said. "All we want to do is pretty up that street
The city commission specifically tasked Scenic-
WAVES to pursue gateway improvement plans with
a vote last December.
At the time, ScenicWAVES was discussing two
approaches improving the area at the west termi-

t going

nus of Cortez Road or create
over Cortez Road east of G
Cost and construction i
impossible at this time.
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'The cost of it will be ii
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Currently ScenicWAV
$3,000 funding that e
Several members said

THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 10, 2010 0 17

on 'scenic' gateway

ing a streetscape-like arch project would not only serve as a gateway to the
1ulf Drive. city but as a showcase of the Gulf of Mexico just
issues likely make the arch beyond.
Such probably would involve the removal of
et the money?" Bartelt banner posts. So, at a recent city commission meet-
ing, Commissioner Janie Robertson suggested the
immense added Bob Her- city hold off on approving banners for events after
WAVES for the Sarasota/ March 2011.
inning Organization. Also, the city is seeking residents to serve on the
ES has a budget of about ScenicWAVES advisory committee, as well as appli-
exists in a certificate of cants for the mooring and anchorage committee.
Volunteers can apply from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. week-
Sthey hoped the gateway days at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Scenic highway extension possibly

The freeze has been lifted, and Palma Sola
Scenic Highway committee members learned at
their October meeting they may, once again, be
able to extend the scenic highway.
The Florida Scenic Highway Program earlier
this year put on a statewide freeze.
Committee members learned the freeze has
been lifted, and they plan on submitting an appli-
cation to extend the Palma Scenic Highway's des-
ignation to the Holmes Beach intersection of East
Bay Drive on Manatee Avenue west to the Manatee
Public Beach and south to the Bradenton Beach
The plan must be submitted by February 2011.
Scenic highway extensions, members say, often
lead to more grant opportunities.
In other business, the committee presented a
status report for a Perico Bayou parking area that
would provide safe access in and out of the south-
ern entrance to Robinson Preserve.
The project calls for a 30-vehicle parking lot, a
right-turn lane off State Road 64/Manatee Avenue,
as well as a sidewalk, boardwalk and drainage to

the preserve entrance on Manatee Avenue. The
main entry to the preserve is at 99th Street and 17th
Avenue in northwest Bradenton.
By adding a parking lot on Manatee Avenue, the
county is solving the problem of pedestrians park-
ing in state rights of way on Manatee Avenue.
The project is budgeted for $410,000.
Based on a Florida Department of Transportation
review in September, county workers increased the
width of the driveway to the parking lot by 50 feet.
The increase in land used for the driveway made it
necessary for the county to acquire more land.
The county's property management department
acquired a quit claim deed on May 13 from the
corporation for $10.
Revised plans were re-submitted to the DOT
for approval.
Pending approval, the next step for the county
will be to acquire a permit to begin work on the
parking lot.
The committee's next meeting is scheduled for
4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the county adminis-
tration center in downtown Bradenton.


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18 0 NOV. 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
School hosts food drive
Anna Maria Elementary School students are col-
lecting non-perishable food items in support of the
Mayors' Feed the Hungry program. Collected items
will be distributed to families in Manatee and Sara-
sota counties for the holiday season.
Donations may be dropped off in the school
administrative office, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, until 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.
For more information on the Mayors' Feed the
Hungry Program, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.

Giving spirit
Anna Maria Elementary School registrar Amy
Slicker donates blood for the first time Nov. 5,
when the school invited the Florida Blood Ser-
vices bloodmobile to collect donations on campus.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Anna Maria Elementary calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School happenings:
Through Nov. 18, food drive benefitting the
Mayor's Feed the Hungry program.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day holiday, no school.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 16, Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization dinner.
9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Nov. 16, second-grade per-
1:30 p.m., Nov. 18, Birthday book club celebra-

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Arts funding
The Artists Guild of Anna ofAnna Maria Island-
presents Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary School
$200 to support fine arts programs for students.
The guild also provides scholarships, workshops
and exhibitions for Manatee County high school
senior art students. Pictured are art teacher Kathy
Kushmer, left, Guild president Joan Voyles and
assistant principal Greg Sanders. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Karen Ellsworth

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Dog owners, pups enlist in preserve project

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A pilot program under way at Robinson Preserve
aims to make a "scoop that poop" message as familiar
to outdoor walkers as "take only pictures, leave only
This month, Manatee County's natural resource
department, working with the Tampa Bay Estuary
Program, launched AmbassaDogs at Robinson Pre-
serve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton.

Mr. Sugar 'Cane Show Nov. 13
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will be named
"Honorary Mr. Sugar 'Cane" at Manatee High
School's 2010 Mr. Sugar 'Cane Show Saturday, Nov.
13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Neel Auditorium,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Poston will announce the winner of the 2010 Mr.
Sugar 'Cane title.
Candidates for this year's title include: Mike
Blakely, Xander Chawi, Jake Fannin, Wyatt Hoff-
man, Tyler Leppek, Tommy Price, Matt Sanchez,
Chase Sandberg, and Matt Stephens.
Candidates are Manatee High School juniors and
seniors. Each candidate has been campaigning and
fundraising to support the Sugar 'Canes with their
Nationals competition expenses. They have sought
sponsorships, held car washes and hosted fundraising
Former Sugar 'Cane Krystal Weaver is organiz-
ing a fashion show featuring styles by Rusty Crickett,
Bealls and the Memory Maker. And, the nationally
ranked Manatee High School Sugar 'Canes will per-
Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
For more information call or e-mail Lori O'Leary at
941- 714-7300 ext 2153 or olearyl@fc.manatee.kl2.

The pilot program promotes proper disposal of
dog waste, which keeps soles clean but, more impor-
tantly, prevents water pollution, according to TBEP
A kick-off for AmbassaDogs took place Nov. 6 at
the preserve, a popular destination for Islanders and
Island vacationers.
Under AmbassaDogs, volunteer dog owners and
dogs who frequent the preserve engage others on the
Robinson trails in conversations about picking up
after their pets, both in the park and at home.
Two-legged volunteers wear blue backpacks
and four-legged volunteers wear blue vests with the
AmbassaDogs logo.
The program will be tested for its effectiveness
during the next six months.
"I think it's much needed," said Amanda Kiah of
Perico Island, who on Wednesday walked the Rob-
inson trails with her black lab Tosh. "A lot of people

here are very, very good about picking up after their
dogs. But some aren't."
Melanie Freehan of Bradenton Beach regularly
rides through Robinson Preserve with a terrier in the
basket of her bicycle. "I've been guilty of not picking
up after Kitschy," she said. "I know, my bad. Remind-
ers about the rules are always good."
TBEP estimates that each day, 26 tons of pet
waste are deposited on the ground in Sarasota and
Manatee counties..
The waste that is not removed can wash into
stormwater systems and end up in canals, bays,
streams and rivers. Bacteria in the untreated waste
can cause illness 95 percent of a disease-causing
fecal coliform comes from animals.
Additionally, pet waste contains nutrients that
can produce severe algae blooms that deplete oxygen
in the water, killing fish and other marine animals.

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20 E NOV. 10, 2010 U THE ISLANDER

Trial in Cramer home

invasion begins
Jury selection in the trial of the second defen-
dant charged with the April 2008 home invasion
robbery and false imprisonment of former Anna
Maria Commissioner Linda Cramer began Nov. 1,
more than two-and-a-half years after the incident
Defendant Michael Gam-
buzza, who has been in custody
Since his May 2008 arrest, had
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Defendant Christopher Drescher
changed his plea from not guilty
to guilty July 6.
Gambuzza Drescher received a 15-year
sentence for home invasion and a
five-year concurrent prison term
for the robbery charge. He was
given credit for the more than
two years he had been imprisoned
pending trial.
Following Drescher's plea,
Gambuzza maintained his inno-
Drescher cence. His trial was first moved
to Aug. 30, then Nov. 1.
The two men were arrested May 3, 2008, and
charged with the April 17, 2008, home invasion and
robbery at the home of Cramer's boyfriend, Joe Pan-
dolf, on Crescent Drive in Anna Maria. Pandolf was
not at home when two men entered the house with
Cramer inside.
Cramer was beaten and left tied up on the floor.
She suffered multiple facial bruises and some minor
injuries in the incident.
Gambuzza and Drescher have been in custody
since their arrests.
According to the Manatee County Clerk of the
Circuit Court website, the trial is scheduled for 10
days, although it could end earlier than that with a
verdict from the 12-member jury.
Cramer said she would withhold comment until
the trial is over.


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Katharine B. Hale
Katharine B. Hale, 93, of Anna Maria, died Nov.
1. She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and moved
to Manatee County in 1944.
Visitation and service were at Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Burial followed at Gillette Cemetery. Memorial
donations may be made to Florida United Methodist
Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise FL
Mrs. Hale's survivors include her son, Tim Hale


Island police reports
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
Oct. 23, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, theft.
Bradenton Beach Police Department received a report
of a tandem bicycle stolen from the Dream Inn.
Oct. 23, 2600 block of Gulf Drive South, prop-
erty damage. BBPD responded to the report of a fallen
tree branch that damaged a car at Coquina Beach.
Holmes Beach
Oct. 29, Marina Drive, traffic stop. A Holmes
Beach Police Department officer pulled over the
driver of a pickup truck pulling a trailer with an
expired Florida license plate tag. The officer also saw
the driver swerve into a concrete sign post at 72nd
Street and Marina. The driver also had a suspended
license and was given citations.
Oct. 31, 5400 block of Marina Drive, theft. An
HBPD officer saw a man kick a locked bicycle free
from outside the Sun & Surf shop and then walk away
with the bike. He was taken into custody.
Nov. 1, 100 block of 30th Street, theft. HBPD
took a report of a bicycle stolen from a residence
sometime between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.
Nov. 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, past theft. A man
reported the theft of two fishing rods and two fish-
ing reels from his pickup truck.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
tives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
police departments and the Manatee County /,.. i If's
Office as of Nov. 5.

of Columbia, Ky.; daughters Patty Burns and Kay
Crews both of Bradenton; sister Mary Grace Mason
of Seagrove, Fla.; seven grandchildren and six great-

Anna Maria McDonald
Anna Maria McDonald, 73, of Bradenton, for-
merly of Anna Maria Island, died Oct. 19. She was
born Feb. 21, 1937, in Breezand, Holland.
She was the daughter of a tulip grower and immi-
grated to the United States with her family when she
was 16. They settled in Terra Ceia to start Brouwer's
Flowers. She was homemaker and active with the
Lady's Knights of Columbus where she served as
president. She was a musician and entertainer, and
the leader of several musical groups.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20, at Holy Cross Catholic Church,
505 26th St. W., Palmetto. Donations may be made
to Holy Cross Church in the care of Rev. Teofilo
Useche, or to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. McDonald is survived by her children,
Emmett of Huntsville, Ala., Joseph of Bradenton,
Mary Levesque of Orlando and Richard of Atlanta;
eleven grandchildren; four sisters, Alberta Rudrow,
Nellie Greene, Corrie Harmo and Maria Byers; and
four brothers, Frans Brouwer, Hendrik Brouwer, Pete
Brouwer and Marius Brouwer.

Rose Mary Roberts
Rose Mary Roberts, 74 died Oct. 1 in Gallup,
N.M. She was a long-time Bradenton resident.
A memorial service will be held at 1p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

Jerry Whitfield
Jerry Whitfield, 78, of Santa Fe, N.M., formerly
of Anna Maria, died Oct. 26. He was born in Okla-
homa in 1932. He moved to Anna Maria in the late
1990s and resided there until May 2007.
Mr. Whitfield served in the U.S. Armed Forces in
the 1950s. He graduated from the University of Lou-
isville. He engaged in a number of occupations, most
notably in aluminum sales. While in Anna Maria, he
was a patron of local artists.
Mr. Whitfield is survived by wife Norma, sons
Greg and Paul, daughter Mary and several grandchil-

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Phase one under way at Perico Island Harbour Isle

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound is the new
name for Minto Communities of Florida's condo-
minium project on Perico Island. The first phase, now
under construction, is Mangrove Walk, said Minto
vice president Mike Belmont.
Minto purchased the property in 2009 for $10
million from the St. Joe Co., which had planned a
686-unit condominium complex known as Seven-
Belmont said Mangrove Walk is the initial phase
and each phase will have 96 units.
Belmont said the current construction plan calls
for 48 two-story, three-unit buildings and will include
a recreation center, pool, summer kitchens, amd a
kayak launch and storage facility on the 36-acre inte-
rior lake.
Plans also call for a putting green, although Bel-
mont said there are no plans for a golf course.
Belmont said the project is a condominium devel-
opment, but units will have the look and "feel of a
single-family floor plan."
Construction of the second 48 units of Mangrove
Walk will begin shortly, he said.
Mangrove Walk will offer five varied floor plans
along with an option for a third-floor viewing tower.
The architectural style will be "Southern coastal
resort," he said, with batten stucco and tile and metal
An information center is currently under con-
struction and Belmont said the company hopes it
can open by Thanksgiving. Harbour Isle could begin
completing sales of Mangrove Walk units as early as
January if construction proceeds on schedule and the
condominium documents are issued by the state.
"We hope to be open for sales by mid-January."

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promotional event for the company and the Manatee-
Sarasota area.
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although the approved site-plan allows for those uses
in a designated area. The site plan also allows Minto
to rebuild the marina, which was demolished last
Minto has no current plans for a marina, Belmont
said, but it's probable that a new marina would be
built as more phases become successful.
The site plan approved for Arvida's SevenShores
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Tournament play starts for Island soccer league

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Throughout the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Soccer League season, the youngest players in
the instructional divisions of players ages 4 through 7
have been working to improve their skills and team-
Teams in the 4-5 age division play on a small
field with no goalie, while the 6-7 division teams
play on a field twice that size with five players and
a goalie. The focus of both of these divisions is skill
development and fun, not wins or losses.
That all changed this past week with the 6-7 divi-
sion end-of-season tournament where, if your team
wins, there's yet another game to play, but if the team
loses, the season is over.
The tournament got started Nov. 1 with LPAC
taking on Island Pest Control. Island Pest Control
edged LPAC 3-2 behind a pair of goals from David
Daigle and one goal from Julius Petereit to advance
to the next round of the tournament. LPAC was led
by Javier Rivera's two goals in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Sandbar
sneak past Dojo Athletics by the same 3-2 score.
Tyler Brewer notched a pair of goals to lead Sandbar,
which also received one goal from Ashton Pennell in
the victory. Dojo Athletics was led by two goals from
Daniel Fritz in the loss.
Island Real Estate advanced to the tournament
final with an impressive 3-0 victory over Island Pest
Control Nov. 5. Jaysen Berzowski got the scoring
started when he slid and knocked in a loose ball in
front of the Island Pest Control net for a 1-0 lead.
Island Pest appeared ready to tie the game, as David
Daigle and Sam Bowers both had several good scor-
ing chances, but they were unable to capitalize on
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notched a goal in the second half to complete the 3-0
In the second game of the iiiin,'. Sandbar
advanced to the finals with a 9-2 victory over Beach
Bums. Tyler Brewer and Avery Carnes scored four
goals apiece, while Ashton Pennell added one goal
in the victory. The Beach Bums were led by Luke
Marvin's two goals in the loss.
Wash Family Construction battled to an 8-8 tie
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WFC, which also received a goal apiece from Gar-
rison Clark and Elijah Clay-Chapman. Julius Gomes
scored four goals to lead Beach Bistro, which also
received three goals from Phillip Bidddulph and one
goal from Hunter Parrish in the tie.
WFC rebounded from the tie to take a 5-2 win
over West Coast Surf Shop Nov. 2. Kyle Parsons and
Elijah Clay-Chapman scored two goals apiece, while
Garrison Clark added one goal in the victory. The
Surf Shop was led by Helio Gomez and Chandler
Hardy with a goal each.
Mike Norman Realty stayed on top of Division I
for ages 12-13 with a 5-1 victory over the Gathering
Place Nov. 2. Morgan Greig led the way with three
goals, while Michael Duffman added a pair of goals
in the victory.
Autoway Ford stayed three points behind Mike
Norman Realty thanks to a 6-0 victory over the Gath-
ering Place Nov. 3. Henrik Brusso led the way with
three goals, while Neil Carper, Francesca Parkin and
Sydney Cornell each contributed one goal in the vic-
Sparks Steel Art clinched the top seed for the
division II, age 10-11, playoffs with a 4-1 victory
over Mr. Bone's BBQ Nov. 3. Tyler Yavalar and
Dylan Joseph scored two goals each to lead Sparks
in the victory. Jake Miller scored one goal for Mr.
Bones in the loss.
Southern Greens showed that they're a team to
watch out for once playoffs start with a pair of wins,
including a 9-2 thumping of Wash Family Construc-
tion Nov. 1. Michael Latimer scored seven goals to
lead Southern Greens, which also received single
goals from Aiden Grumley and Reese Helvey in the
win. Michael Datolli and Gavin Sentman each scored
one goal for WFC in the loss.
Southern Greens second impressive showing was
to defeat Sparks Steel Art 6-5 Nov. 5 behind four
goals from Reese Helvey and two goals from Michael
Latimer. Dylan Joseph paced Sparks Steel Art with
three goals, while Tyler Yavalar added two goals in
the loss.
Wash Family Construction defeated Mr. Bone's
BBQ 4-1 Nov. 5 behind three goals from Nico Calleja
and one goal from Gavin Sentman. Leo Rose scored
one goal to lead Mr. Bones in the loss.
Connie's Landscaping rode a four-goal game
from Corbin Greg to edge Jessie's Island Store in
Division III, age 8-9, action Nov. 5. Daniel Sentman
scored twice to lead Jessie's, which also received one
goal from Hannah McCracken in the loss.
Fran Maxon Realty shutout Jessie's Island Store
5-0 Nov. 3 to move within three games of an unde-
feated-untied Division III regular season. Allie Con-
nelly led the way with two goals, while Josh Class,
Taro de Haan and Joey Theil scored one goal apiece
in the win.
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Cool transition: sheepshead move onto structures

James "Wyre" Lee of Cortez Bait and Seafood
retail market in Cortez by the Cortez Kitchen restau-
rant says he has plenty of stone crabs this week.
He said the annual November mullet run is
coming. He said fishers are only getting 30-40 cents
a pound wholesale for mullet this week. "There's no
market here this year for the roe, not in China," Lee
said, "where they say they are growing their own,
and there's plenty of it produced elsewhere. The
wholesale store is cutting fish for smoker orders, but
most aren't mature enough yet to have roe." But it's
coming on."
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters reports the past week was one of his best
weeks for fishing in area waters. "On a scouting trip
with sister Cindy McClure, we netted bait in two
throws with both live wells filled to the brim with
a nice mix of shiners and thread fins." Then, while
trolling the hard-bottom areas of Tampa Bay, Howard
reports they caught 10 grouper, four of legal size and
"ready for the grill."
He said the lure of the day was a gold Bomber
Long A Magnum with a broken back. "We literally
left the fish biting," he said.
"Switching gears, we moved up to the flats for
some spectacular catch-and-release speckled trout
fishing (out of season until Jan. 1) with a few going
over 20 inches." "As the tide continued to rise, we
moved to the potholes and mangroves and chummed
with shiners. The redfish bite turned on and McClure
landed a nice redfish in the 30-inch club. Don't
forget to use the dead shiners in your live well as
chum because the predators of the flats will be drawn
to the smell of the bait."
Looking forward, Howard said, the "transition
from the fall to winter pattern has begun," noting that
sheepshead have started to move into the waterways
around pilings, docks and structures. "It's a sure sign

Jeremiah Victor-Smith and Patrick Herbest, both 7,
both from Anna Maria Island, show off gag grou-
per caught on their first offshore trip. The grouper
were caught in about 60feet of water offshore of
Anna Maria using pinfish on a charter trip with
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of the seasonal change."
Kingfish and cobia should stay in our area as the
cold fronts come through, Howard said, but not if the
water temperatures drop dramatically.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters reports offshore fishing is heating up. "On
our parties, we are catching gag and red grouper,
mangrove snapper, lane snapper, amberjack, king-
fish, Spanish mackerel, barracuda and a variety of big
sharks." McGuire says weekend trips are seeing limit
catches of large American red snapper. "But don't
wait too long to catch yours, they're out of season
after Nov 21," he added.
The best action for McGuire is still out past the
100-foot depths, "but as the water temperature drops
and the days grow shorter, my very best friends, the
gag groupers, move closer into shore in droves,"
in around 50- to 60-foot depths. "Last year in mid-
November and December, we experienced some of
the best gag grouper fishing I had seen in 10 years,
and I forecast this year to be even better."
McGuire said this time of year he fishes between
the cold fronts. "As I am writing this report, our
weekend forecast includes a small-craft advisory.
The first boats that hit the Gulf after the front will be
rewarded with some wild and crazy action as these
storms push lots of new fish in on the reefs, wrecks
and rock piles and bunch them up. It's like hitting a
gold mine. Now's the time to come on out and get
your catch of a lifetime."
At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach,
Jonny Keyes said fishers looking for beach action
this week will see mostly Spanish mackerel, ladyfish
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"Inshore fishers on the reefs are finding nice
grouper, snapper and some decent cobia cruising with
sharks. The kingfish bite is good south of Longboat
Key and, in the bays, there's plenty of redfish and
trout on the bulkhead and at Long Bar." Keyes said
there's black drum schooled up inside the bay closer
to Anna Maria Island, and they can be targeted with
shrimp or sand fleas.
Cold weather will clear out by mid-week and
turn warmer, so Keyes suggested getting offshore to
target grouper "while we still can."
Capt. Warren Girle reported finding some nice
grouper and snapper offshore in 50-70 feet of water.
Closer to shore, "almost on the beach," Girle said,
"we found kingfish to 30 pounds. Spanish mackerel
were everywhere on the beach and, on rock piles
close to shore within 3 miles, we found some nice
flounder and cobia, one 38 inches in length and some
other shorts."
Girle said inshore fishing, before the cold front, he
found redfish up to 32 inches in north Sarasota Bay,
trout in 2-5 feet of water, although the trout is out of
season until Jan. 1, and scattered bluefish and macks.
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said "fish-
ing's been lousy." He said the bay water's so dirty
from the stormwater runoff, the macks don't come in.
He's seen some drum caught, as well as a half-dozen
early winter sheepshead.
Jesus Rosario from the Anna Maria City Pier
said there's better luck to be had on his deck than
at the Rod & Reel. He's seeing lots flounder being
caught, and they're still seeing mackerel and some
tarpon in the very early morning hours. Some redfish
were observed cruising by, but they were too big.
Also, sheepshead are showing around the pilings but
no bite yet. Rosario said they've seen a few large
snook cruising the pier waters and they're hoping to
see a comeback from the winter freeze. They make
for a great catch and release as snook remains
closed until Sept. 1, 2011.
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Safe boating program offered
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 is
offering a safe boating program at 8 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 13.
All materials will be included in the $35 cost
per person for the program.
A second session will be held Saturday, Nov.
Flotilla 81's training center is at G.T. Bray
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce was to present its annual
small, medium and large business of
the year awards at its Nov. 8 installa-
tion banquet at the Key Royale Club,
Holmes Beach.
Nominated for the small business of
the year award were Classic Event Man-
agement, La Playa Gulf Front Condo-
miniums, Beach Bums and Always and
Forever Photography.
Medium business of the year nomi-
nees included Grayhawk Systems, Anna
Maria Beach Cottages and the Island
In the large business of the year cat-
egory, Air and Eii.'I.y, Wagner Realty
and Waste Management Manatee were
nominated. Winners will be noted in
next week's business news.
Newly elected members of the cham-
ber's board of directors were installed,
including Lois Gift, Lynn Zemmer,
Eric Cairnes, Larry Chatt and Amy Van

Challenge for
Chiles Group
The Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar
Vista restaurants are competing against
each other in a weight-loss competition
at AMI Health and Fitness Center,

5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Modeled after the television show
"The Biggest Loser," the competition
began Sept. 16 with staff members
from the three Chiles Group restaurants
entered in "slim-down," "bulk-up" and
sculpt-and-tone" divisions.
Prizes will be awarded to top con-
testants in the three categories, and one
restaurant will be declared the over-
all winner. For its efforts, the winning
teams gets a party hosted by the last
place team.
Ed Chiles of the Chiles Group said
the company was always looking for
incentives for the staff and he has been
"very impressed" with the response to
the challenge.
"Their enthusiasm and commitment
have been magnified by the great staff at
Island Fitness," he said.
For more information, call 941-778-

Chamber breakfast,
biz exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its monthly
sunrise breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9
a.m. Nov. 10 at Harry's Continental
Kitchens, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Long-
boat Key.
This is the second consecutive
month Harry's has hosted the sunrise
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 17, the chamber's monthly busi-
ness card exchange will be held at Island
Mortgage Services, 6000 Marina Drive,

Holmes Beach resident Lisa Baker, second from right, with out-of-town guests at
the Beach Bistro recently. The group is celebrating with a Beach Bistro BP Mar-
tini. With sales of the specially contrived drink, the restaurant, 6600 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, has already raised $1,000 for the Greater New Orleans Founda-
tion's Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lisa Baker

Holmes Beach.
Cost of the exchange is $5 and mem-
bers are invited to bring guests.
For more details on either the break-
fast or exchange, call 941-778-1540.

New to the chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce welcomed the following
new members in October:
Coastal Cottages AMI, 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, Sue Carlson, 941-

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach,
Mark Enoch, 941-778-0784.
Martiniville, 5337 Gulf Drive No.
500, Holmes Beach, Debbie Hynds,
Conch Shell House Sea-rami LLC,
215 Elm Street, Anna Maria, Debbie
Cerami, 908-868-8344.
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Kaboom sponsorship includes a premium, reserved custom plank at the
landside base of the pier, custom plank certificate, sponsor recognition in
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City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for four people.

Firecracker sponsorship includes a custom pier plank and certificate, sponsor
recognition in Islander online promotions and 2 VIP seats at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for two people.

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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 10, 2010 0 25

Beach Bistro celebrates silver

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sean Murphy and wife Susan Timmins are cel-
ebrating the 25th anniversary of opening the Beach
Bistro restaurant, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
and are inviting everyone to join with joy.
But the Nov. 1, 1985, opening got off to inauspi-
cious start. It was scheduled for the day after Hur-
ricane Juan passed by Anna Maria Island.
"We and some of our friends had been up most
of the night, bailing the Gulf of Mexico out of our
small, beachside bistro," Timmins recalled.
On Nov. 1, shortly before noon and just after
the last bit of sand was swept from the floor, the salt
scrubbed from the windows, and the final drop of
water vacuumed, the Beach Bistro opened its doors
as planned and received its first customers.
Timmins said the 25 years since were great.
"We've been graced by wonderful patrons. We've
had the wondrous privilege of helping people cele-
brate their engagements and weddings, anniversaries
and birthdays.
"We have staff who met each other at the Bistro,
married, had children, and we are now lucky enough
to be watching those beautiful children grow up here,
on our island. We are grateful for the small commu-
nity of Anna Maria Island. The community has been
gracious and generous, and a safe and kind place for
us to raise our children."

Mission trip
Representatives from
Bradenton's First Presby-
terian Church traveled to
the Dominican Republic
and Haiti in early August.
Travelers on the mission
included Mileen Li, left,
Laine Gordon, Tate Jerni-
gan, Betti Li, Dixon Jerni-
gan, Stacey Jernigan,
Patricia Zalo, Hunter
Jernigan, Mark Jernigan,
Jan Milligan and Ange-
lina Rosa. Gordon is from
Holmes Beach and the
others from Bradenton.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
Jan Milligan

Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy speaks on the
beach during the restaurant's 25th anniversary
party Nov. 1. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The Bistro has received numerous culinary
awards and high ratings from restaurant reviewers the

past 25 years, including repeated listings in Zagat's
"Top Restaurants of America," along with Zagat's
highest rating.
Timmins said the Bistro would celebrate its silver
anniversary throughout the year with events that will
raise funds for charities, including the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and All Children's Hospi-
tal in St. Petersburg.
"We will keep everyone updated throughout
the year on all our anniversary events," Timmins
She also asked that patrons become part of the
celebration by sharing their memories or photos of
the Bistro for a digital book that will be posted on
the Bistro's website.
For more information on the Beach Bistro, visit
www.beachbistro.com or call 941-778-6444.

Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an anniversary,
a new hire, or an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your news to 866-362-
9821, or e-mail us at news@islander.org.

Tail of Dale
Joey Dale, co-owner of The Feast restaurant in
the Island ',/. TiT,"'o Center, 5406 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, turns his tail of hair into a benefit
for cancer patients with a cut by Lorie Hagele at
Cuts & Color salon in Holmes Beach. Dale's cut
hair will go to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organi-
zation that makes wigs for children who have lost
their hair due to a medical condition. Dale said his
new cropped style won't last long. "I'm growing
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The Manatee
High School
Hurricanes won
41-0 at home
Nov. 5 against
North Port,
bringing their
season to 10-0
with only one
game remaining
at home. Canes
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Canes QB Cord Sandberg out runs the defense for a long gain with
Islander Nick Galati, 54, backing him up.

Cast aways
Tommy Reilly, 6, and brother '1,.. 9, trek down
the deck of the Historic Bridge Street Pier Nov.
6for an annual fishing tournament sponsored by
The Fish Hole and Rotten Ralph's on the Pier,
along with other local businesses and the city.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Canes Chris Pompey goes high to block the pass.
Canes football photo-reports are special to The
Islander courtesy pagemoorephoto.com

Moss scored three goals to lead Fish Hole, which
also received single goals from Ed Moss, Ryan Moss,
Evelyn Saenz and Josh Sato in the victory.
Tony Frudakis and Trevor Flathman scored
one goal each for Beach to Bay Construction in the
Ross Built finally got into the win column with
a 6-2 victory over Sarasota Veterinary Emergency
Hospital. Teddy Louloudes led Ross Built with three
goals, while Greg Ross added two goals and Rich
Bell finished with one goal in the victory. Danielle
Moore and Paul Heyward led SVEH with a goal each
in the loss.
Back Alley moved out of the cellar and into
second place in the standings thanks to a 7-5 win
over the Sun. Zach Gilliland led Back Alley with
five goals, while Tim Tedesco added two goals in the
win. Damir Glavan's two goals led the Sun, which
also received single goals from Zoran Kolega, Ryan
Hogan and former Manatee High soccer player Jamie
Gregorich in the loss.
Center soccer leauge schedules and standings can
be found online at www.islander.org.

Key Royale Club news
Key Royale members gathered for their monthly
men's and women's mixed scramble and luncheon
Nov. 5. Forty-four golfers gathered for the 9 a.m.
shotgun start.

Above right: Ethan McDonnough, 11, of Tampa,
waits for a bite on the Historic Bridge Street Pier
Nov. 6, during the annual kids fishing tourna- .

Left: Cody Davidson, 13, fishes from the Historic
Bridge Street Pier Nov. 6 in Bradenton Beach.
He says he takes the sport seriously.

First-place honors went to the team of Chris-
tina Mason, Dennis Schavey, Barry Martin and
Jim Thorten. Second place was captured by Sally
Martin, Markie Ksiazek, Gino DiClemente and Loren
Hanson. Less than .3 of a point separated the top three
The closest-to-the-pin challenges were won by
Marsha Helgeson on number eight and Chet Hutton
won the honor on number three.
Chip-in honors were shared by Jim Thorton and
Mary Lou Driert, who each managed the feat on hole
four along with Jim Helgeson, who chipped in on
number seven.
Golfers were joined by a dozen luncheon-only
members and enjoyed a seasonal buffet of turkey
with all the trimmings. Club president Terry Schaef-
fer outlined the clubhouse and course improvements
that were completed during the summer months and
additional course enhancements that will be com-
pleted this fall.
The men played an individual-low-net game Nov.
6 that was won by Ed Havlik with a 4-under-par 59.
The team low net was captured by Havlik, Danny
Hayes, Vince Mercadante and Gino DiClemente with
a combined score of 260. Second place went to the
team of Lew Winegarden, Bob Elliott, Jim Thorton
and Gary Harris with a 268 total. Vince Mercadante
chipped in on number 10.
The men played a best ball of foursome match
Nov. 3 that was won by the team of Danny Hayes,

Tom Gallagher and Dick Eichorn with a score of
And the men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-
foursome match Nov. 1. First place went to the team
of Danny Hayes, Austin Rice and Matt Behan with a
score of 21.

Horseshoe news
Canadians Karl Thomas and John Crawford were
the only duo to manage three wins in pool play during
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits on a cold Nov. 6 morning. Four teams then
battled for second place, starting with Jeff Moore and
Sam Samuels, who shut out the John Johnson-Fritz
team 22-0. Debbie Rhodes and Dave Lansaw then
edged Tom Skoloda 22-20 to advance to the finals.
Moore-Samuels then dispatched Rhodes-Lansaw to
second place with a 25-15 score.
Nov. 3 horseshoe action saw three teams emerge
from pool play with the required three victories. Tom
Skoloda and Norm Good drew the bye into the finals
and watched as Karl Thomas and Ron Pepka defeated
Gene Bobeldyke and John Johnson 21-16. Thomas-
Pepka then rolled past Skoloda-Good by a 23-14
score to earn the day's bl.,iiii' rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is

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Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
200 38th St., Unit A, Tropical Sands, Holmes Beach,
a 3,096 sfla 4bed/4bath condo with shared pool built in
2008 was sold 10/14/10, Johnson McCaleb Development
LLC to King for $695,000; list $895,000.
1 Park Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 90x106 lot was
sold 10/21/10, Walker to Hanson for $575,000; list
$799,000; and again sold 10/21/10, Hanson to Gallagher
for $775,000.
710 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,477 sfla / 2,058
sfur 3bed/3bath pool home built in 1956 on a 50x100
lot was sold 10/15/10, Huff to Barton for $690,000; list
632 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,360 sfla /
3,480 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1973 on a 147x157 lot was sold 10/15/10, Dlanor LLC for
$660,000; list $695,000.
5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 5433, 5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 1,188 sfla / 1,269 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1969 was sold 10/15/10, Shelley to
Kuhfuss for $460,000; list $575,000.
505 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,514 sfla / 2,298 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1974 on a
80x115 lot was sold 10/20/10, Vinhage to Mehanna for
$540,000; list $540,000.
305 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,575 sfla / 2,779
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1981 on a 90x104 lot
was sold 10/19/10, Ballmann to Rousseau for $389,000;
6200 Flotilla Dr., Unit 274, Westbay Point & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 1,622 sfla / 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 10/13/10,
Boyd Family Limited Partnership to Tien for $365,000; list
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 307, Martinique South, Holmes
Beach, a 939 sfla 1 bed/1 bath Gulffront condo with shared
pool built in 1970 was sold 10/19/10, Federal Home
Loan Mortgage Corporation to Barden for $235,000; list
1003 Gulf Drive S., Unit 5, Coquina Beach Resort,
Bradenton Beach, a 950 sfla 2bed/1 bath Gulfview condo
built in 1981 was sold 10/21/10, Eagle Nest Botel Inc. to
Bolus for $175,000; list $175,000.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 632, Sandpiper Resort
Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 1,120 sfla 2bed/2bath home
built in 2005 was sold 10/22/10, Schubert to Miller for
111 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 814 sfla / 1,402
sfur 2bed/1 bath home built in 1953 on a 50x87 lot was sold
10/20/10, Wells Fargo Bank to Underthun for $170,500;
list $179,455.
2412 Gulf Dr., Unit 224, Club Bamboo South, Bra-
denton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur 1 bed/1 bath Gulffront
condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 10/11/10,
Polivchak to Fricke for $155,000; list $159,900.
106 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50x100
lot was sold 10/21/10, Mohr to Pracht for $150,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.

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.
HUTCH FOR DESK, gray Formica cabinet. 36 x
42 x 12. $15. 941-795-8359.
BIRD CAGES: PARROT or Cockatiel, with stands,
40 x 34, $40. Sofa sleeper, queen, khaki, $100.
CHEST: FOUR-DRAWER, almond, 28 x 37 x 18,
$20. Call Bob, 734-564-5876.
tyre pine in box, nice. $20. Call Bob, 734-564-
ARMOIRE: CONDO SIZE. Medium oak finish,
ANTIQUE SMALL CHILD'S table and chairs,
pastel colors. $40. 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.
GIRLS BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple,
like new. $85. 941-928-8735.
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
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

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,
Holmes Beach.
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-
food, beverage for Save Our Gulf 3-day festival
in Holmes Beach, Nov. 19-21. Call Joy, 941-545-
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-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
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,
Holmes Beach.
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YARD SALE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, Nov. 12-13. Furniture, household items,
electronics, good condition. 214 69th St., Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, Nov. 10-11. Household and decorative
items. 623 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS: Multi-family yard sale.
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Many home items
including furniture, lamps, bedding, kitchen, etc.
Handmade jewelry. 1801 Gulf Drive north, Bra-
denton Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Nov.13-14. Lots of household items. 236
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
AMY'S PLANT AND yard sale: 9 a.m.-? Saturday,
Nov. 13. Christmas decorations, many miscella-
neous items. Price to sell. 676 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Furni-
ture, Christmas items, antiques, art, DVDs, good
stuff! 709 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 13. Household, furniture, luggage, Christ-
mas, children's goods, men's clothes, miscella-
neous. 403 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

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,

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.

BOATS UNDER $50,000 are selling well. "Big or
small, I sell them all." 15-65 feet. Local resident
15 years. Let's talk about selling your boat. 941-
228-3489 or Yachtingflorida@aol.com.

real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
singer understudy wanted for reggae band. 941-

LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
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.
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broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins,
941-713-0635. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com.
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-

puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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-
8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.941-
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
or 941-730-5693.
NEED NEW DOORS? Fiberglass doors and
frames, glass inserts, patio, storm and Simonton
windows. TDWS. 941-722-7504.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
management in your absence. Holmes Beach
resident. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or
conception to clean up. Don't hesitate, call today!
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resident. $15/hour, $50/minimum. Services
include houses, trailers, pool and wood decks,
store fronts. Removes stains and mildew. Free
estimates. Please, call Bill, 941-896-6788 and

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-

landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.

weeding, mulching, cleanup, property mainte-
nance. 14-year Island resident. 941-951-1833.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

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

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-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience.
New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways.
Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.
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ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.

Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.

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
Realty, 941-794-1515.
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ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-
760-1331. Annamariaislandbeachfront.com.

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.

2BR/1 BA, attached garage. Spectacular water views.
Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. 941-348-9448.

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 efficiency apartment.
Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-

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sauna, pool, walking distance to great restau-
rants, $650/week. Chickenplucker@webtv.net.
Call 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.

Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa, $1,200/month.
Palma Sola townhouse, pool and boat slip, $300/
weekend, $450/week, $900/month. 3BR/2BA
northwest Bradenton home, small pet friendly.
$1,200/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real
Estate Mart.
duplex apartment. Utilities, cable included. 1.3
miles to beaches. $1,020/month. 941-761-2725.
BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views,
private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1BA, garage.
Available Thanksgiving week, December and
January. 941-348-9448.
ANNA MARIA: NEWLY remodeled 2BR/1 BA and
3BR/2BA houses. 20 feet to beach. By week or
month. 941-778-7933.

2BR/1BA, 750-sf 1.5 blocks from Gulf in Anna
Maria. $725/month plus utilities, 941-746-0377.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
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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Big Fish Real Estate
/b welcomes new
REALTOR@, Teresa Gallagher
A Realtor since 1986, Teresa's
expertise in residential sales extends
from as far south as Venice, to Siesta
Key, Sarasota, Longboat Key and Anna
Maria Island. Teresa specializes in
"investment properties," and she is an expert at pairing
buyers with income-producing properties. In 1999, she
founded A Tropical Isle Vacation Properties Inc., which is
still very active today. Teresa is proud to have been voted
a 2010 Five Star Agent for Overall Satisfaction in Sarasota
Magazine and looks forward to speaking with you. Call
direct anytime at 941-779-1995.

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ANNUAL UNFURNISHED OR furnished ground-
level duplex. 2BR/2BA, screened front porch,
private laundry room, steps from beach. Holmes
Beach. $1,125/month plus utilities. Holmes Beach.
LIVE AT THE Beach on Bean Point. 4BR/3BA, 150
feet of private beachfront. Large deck, gazebo,
laundry, double living areas, carport. Annual
rental, $2,990/month. 404-395-5547.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA unfurnished apart-
ment. Three blocks to beach. Quiet neighborhood.
$650/month. 941-778-5143.
duplex. Split plan, huge Florida room, large
screened lanai, washer and dryer, fenced yard,
ceiling fans, carpet, tile, and wood flooring, $895/
month. Annual. 941-720-0793.
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.

distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-
713-0635. www.MyDistressedHome.com.
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

3607 E. Bay Dr.., #105, Holmes
Beach 2BR/2BA, Preserve views,
tandem garage and heated pool.
$175,000 ML#A3927536

email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

uffl (&y KBy of a Maria Inc.
S Fesse (B isson- BroA ociat, Jg
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

2bed/2bath condo
with den and Gulf
3 -peeks. Two pools,
huge storage,
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....e-i / elevator, private
beach & bay
access. Offered
turnkey furnished.

FOR SALE: SANDPIPER Resort mobile home.
2BR/1BA, steps from Bradenton Beach. Com-
pletely renovated. 813-458-3875.
BAYFRONT HOME: RENT to own. Call for details.
Jim, 941-580-0626.
pound with full Gulf views in Holmes Beach.
6,500-sf under roof, just completed in 2009.
Casual elegance in this 5BR/4BA, spectacular
rooftop bar/summer kitchen, resort-style pool,
five-plus car garage and separate in-law unit.
Boat house and two docks. Gated estate offered
at $3,250,000. Tony Andrews of Andrews & Asso-
ciates. 941-921-5999. Sought-after estate will be
an open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
510 58th St., Holmes Beach.
car garage villa, $149,500. Forty-Three West
2BR/2BA, one-car garage, extras, $128,500.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.


(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria

Do you have a house or condo on the beach?
Call to find out if you qualify for grant money from
BP for window treatments.
Call Keith Barnett for free in-home design service
941.778.3526 941.730.0516

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.
LONGBOAT KEY: MUST sell. 2BR/2BA mobile
home, land owned. 55-plus, deeded. Gulf, bay,
turnkey. Reduced, $129,900. 941-706-4809, 941-
465-7134. wt43@comcast.net.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

two-plus acres with great view, very private, big
trees, waterfalls and large public lake nearby,
$99,500. Bank financing. 866-275-0442.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

VILLAGE OF LONGBOAT KEY Secluded home on Broad-
way, this is a must see 2 BR/ 2.5 BT beauty with a den/
study that could be a 3rd bedroom. Cathedral ceiling in living
room with great open beam design. Walk to beach & great
restaurants. $450,000

Mike 800-367-1617
N 1, 1941-778-6696
N r 3101n GULF DR

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4W An Island love affair

Welcome, vacationers to paradise.
Islanders love vacationers, by the way, which
may be contrary to what some people caught in traf-
fic jams or held up at the super market might claim
in letters to the editor.
Islanders love vacationers because they remind
them that they live in a place where people come
day after day to play, marry, party and make merry
memories that last a lifetime.
Vacationers remind Islanders that sighting a dol-
phin in the bay is a thrill, whether for the first time or
the 100th time.
Vacationers remind Islanders to smile when the
sunset's last brush stroke of the day paints the clouds
Vacationers remind Islanders to send Snooty, the
famed manatee at the South Florida Museum, a birth-
day card each July.
Vacationers sporting "TB" caps and talking of
Evan Longoria remind Islanders that the Rays won
some out-of-state fans last fall.
Vacationers remind Islanders that "back home"
there are no brown pelicans flying in formation like
the Blue Angels or striking white pelicans bathing in
the bays.
Vacationers with sunburned cheeks and blistering
red backs remind Islanders that, no matter how tan
they've become, sunscreen is a necessity.
Vacationers remind Islanders to bypass the Cali-
fornia oranges in the supermarket because, hey, Flor-
ida grows its own.
Vacationers remind Islanders that trolley rides
are free, that bicycling is a carefree way to travel and
that a car need not be driven every day.
Vacationers remind Islanders that an ice cream
cone is a better rX than an apple a day.
Vacationers remind Islanders that the lifestyle
they've come to consider routine squeaking into
a city meeting in a pair of wet sandals, dressing down

for a wedding and tracking sand into a five-star res-
taurant or Mom's living room is an extraordinary
way to live.
Vacationers remind Islanders that they live in a
postcard-perfect place that people leave with "I love
AMI" T-shirts tucked in their luggage.
Islanders love vacationers, and the love is recip-
Vacationers love Islanders because they show that
daydreams of living on an island can be fulfilled.
Islanders show vacationers how to nod and phrase
a warm "hello" on the beach.
Islanders show vacationers that the Wrigley Field
bleacher bums and Red Sox nation have far-reaching
Islanders show vacationers how to paddle a
kayak into the canals and navigate a boat out to the
best fishing spots.
Islanders show vacationers how to watch the

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Islanders to
smile when
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last brush-
stroke of the
day paints
the clouds.
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coquinas wiggle into the sand and how to distinguish
anoles from geckos.
Islanders show vacationers how to identify
skimmers, terns and gulls and where to spot painted
buntings, blue-crowned parakeets and pleated wood-
Islanders show vacationers that they can drive 25
mph and still get where they need to go.
Islanders show vacationers that life is good with-
out a drive-through, fast-food operation, and that
smoked mullet is a savory sensation.
Islanders show vacationers that the sunsets are
sensational, but dawn on Anna Maria Island comes
on with splendor.
Islanders show vacationers how to slow down,
loosen up, lessen life's load.
Islanders show vacationers life in paradise.
And vacationers remind them that Anna Maria
Island is paradise.

North Anna Maria Imand Anna Maria Isa
941 778 0444 941 779 2222

North longboat Key
941.383 2191

We are delighted you are visiting what we believe are the best beaches
in the world right here in our own little slice of heaven Anna Maria
Island! As any local will tell you, no visit would be complete without
experiencing the Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants ... a
trio of unique waterfront restaurants loved by locals and visitors alike.
The BeachHouse offers a wide expansive deck and a great atmosphere
for family fun, the Sandbar is known for its relaxed atmosphere and
breathtaking views of the Gulf, and then there's the Mar Vista, favorite for
boaters with our private dock, seating under the 100-year-old buttonwood
trees and spectacular scenery of Sarasota Bay. It truly is the gem of north
Longboat Key. No matter which of our restaurants you visit, and we hope
you visit all three, you will experience a variety of fresh native seafood,
breathtaking views, courteous service and a casual atmosphere, making
it the perfect spot to relax, enjoy a refreshing Pina Colada and a mouth-
watering meal. Watch for dolphins as you sink your toes in the sand,
and revel in the best AMI has to offer! Voted repeatedly by locals as the
best places to watch the sunset, the best overall restaurants and the most
romantic spots. Join us to enjoy your perfect day in paradise!


To do: A vacationer checklist 'F.

Must-dos during an Anna Maria Island visit:
L See a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

L See a sunrise over Anna Maria Sound.

L Take in the panoramic view from the lookout
at Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach.

L Purchase a souvenir T-shirt while stocking up
on shades and sunscreen.

L Ride the free trolley loop from Anna Maria
Island's north end to the south end, or vice versa.

O See the lights of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
from the Anna Maria City Pier or the Rod & Reel

L Watch the anglers at work on the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.

L Hang out for an afternoon on the Cortez water-

L Join the early birds for all-you-can eat pan-
cakes at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe.

L See a dolphin leap a good spot is near the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.

L Roll in the Gulf waves try off of White
Avenue Beach at the Anna Maria/Holmes Beach

L Collect shells anywhere along the Gulf.

L Sample local specialties grouper sand-
wiches and smoked mullet but not at the same

L Take the burger challenge try Skinny's
Place, Duffy's Tavern and decide for yourself.

On the to-do list: Hang outfor an afternoon on
the Cortez waterfront. Collect the variety of shells
commonly found on the shoreline. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff

L Take a charter boat ride.

L Pose for a photograph at the old city jail on
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society grounds.

L Catch sight of a beach wedding usually
around dusk, and bring tissues.

L Look for the peacocks wandering around in
the Longboat Key village district.

L Sing loudly the refrain of Jimmy Buf-
fett's N\kiLaI iLville" over a glass of that frozen

Welcome to Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center

"The Islands Favorite #1 Full-Service Fitness Center and the Home of Lucy"

Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center is Anna Maria Island's exclusive full-service fitness Than ktgvusotn~io
center. Membership includes group fitness classes, cardio equipment, selectorized weight machines, I
free weights and access to personal training for daily, weekly and monthly members. 1 FITN ESS CElTE

The extensive group fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, cardio, step, core training, sculpting and
toning, sit 'n' fit, stability ball, stretching and Zumba. The group fitness instructors are certified and
very knowledgeable.

Personal training is available to all members by certified, professional and very knowledgeable
personal trainers. The Personal Training Program specializes in weight loss, toning and strengthen-
ing, rehabilitative training, flexibility/balance training, core training and sport-specific training. The
personal trainers have numerous success stories and client testimonials can be read online at www.
amifitness.com. Speak to a personal trainer today and you too can become an AMI success story.

The AMI Health and Fitness Center offers in-house massage and skincare. Jen Crady Massage and
Skincare specializes in relaxation Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, active isolated stretching
and skincare treatments. To schedule an appointment, call 941-518-0346. The AMI Fitness Center team.
AMI Fitness has a wonderful reputation in the community, and we're involved in numerous community events. We host weight-
loss competitions, fitness challenges, are active members of the AMI Chamber of Commerce and support the AMI Community
Center and AM Elementary School. We're also proud supporters of the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Our com-
munity contributions are one of many reasons Islanders and their guests join the AMI Health and Fitness Center team!

5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach in the S&S Plaza next to Minnie's Beach Cafe
941-778-5446 www.amifitness.com

If you are looking to lose weight and/or get in shape, stop in today for your FREE fitness consultation.


Fitness Lucy


qi. Seven spots to celebrate nature

Wednesday: Visitors to the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., can
learn a lot about Island life human and otherwise.
The museum contains a collection of early artifacts,
shells, fossils and shark teeth. Outside, surrounding
historic Belle Haven Cottage, visitors will find a quiet
park consisting of native plants and the occasional
osprey, egret, heron and pelican hanging out. Why
go on Wednesday? During the winter season, the
museum sells fresh-baked settlers bread good
nourishment before a stroll.
Thursday: Follow the trail at the entrance of
Coquina Baywalk at Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach
to the lookout atop the coastal ridge mound for a view
of sparkling Sarasota Bay to the east and a glimpse
of the Gulf to the west. Bicyclists and birders make
good use of the trails in the 30-acre park maintained
by Manatee County. Why Thursday? Leffis Key
rarely feels crowded, but on weekends the bustle
from nearby Coquina Beach can infiltrate the peace
and tranquility of the preserve. Watch low in the trees
and bushes for seasonal songbirds.
Friday: Walk along the Cortez waterfront on a
weekday morning and encounter the fishers who
strive to strike a balance between earning a living and
preserving resources. The historic fishing village is
home to the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119 St.

Forecast: warm

and sunny

Anna Maria Island's average temperature in
January is a high of 71.8 degrees and a low of 50
degrees. Compare that with Chicago's average
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W., where visitors can learn about the history of the
Gulf Coast fishing industry, and the FISH Preserve,
100 acres of environmentally sensitive land buffering
the village from development to the east.
Saturday: Coquina Beach on Gulf Drive in Bra-
denton Beach consists of 96 acres of white sand that
gets walked upon by about 2 million visitors a year.
All may not ponder the natural wonders of Coquina,
but most celebrate the hot Florida sunshine and the
warm Gulf waters. Stroll along the beach in the early
morning, when dew lingers on the sea oats, or at
sunset, when the beat of drumming pileated wood-
peckers echoes through the trees.
Sunday: A sign on the property behind St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach, invites people to take a walk along the bay-
front but please cross at the designated spot. The
area is a birder's delight heron, osprey, pelicans,
woodpeckers, warblers, egrets, wood storks, mock-
ingbirds, blue jays and cardinals. The spot is surpris-
ingly secluded from the activities at the church, but
near enough to join a community pancake breakfast
if the syrup is on the table.
Monday: While many people head to work on
Monday morning, many can still be found enjoying
the amenities of Palma Sola Causeway, a stretch of
Manatee Avenue connecting the mainland to Perico
and Anna Maria islands. People with machines built
the causeway, but much of it has gone earthy, assisted
with the planting of more than 700 trees. The cause-

Historic Bridge Street
Shop, Dine & Play from Beach to Bay
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I-I I-I---PA R"... a family favorite
for beachgoers, sunseekers, boaters, fishers
and fun-lovers alike since 1967. Extensive
renovations were completed in 2010, including
complete exterior-interior remodel and the
addition of a new heated pool. New interior
furnishings and designs capture the "at the
beach" atmosphere, yet maintain our "flip-flop
friendly" style.
Kick Back-Relax- Enjoy!

I 4 Located directly across
the street from the
Manatee Public Beach
Gulf Drive at 41st Street
Holmes Beach

Shop, Dine & Play
from Beach to Bay
Historic Bridge Street in Braden-
ton Beach on the south end of
beautiful Anna Maria Island offers
n something for everyone. From
S r ii. island-style dining, boutique shop-
i a ping and first-rate lodging to fun
i'd _'t e.. _11 s activities for the entire family like
parasailing, fishing on the-pier, miniature golf and massage/yoga
on the beach. Find local art, one-of-a-kind items and live music
in this lively, yet laid-back, area.
November through April, the Sunday Outdoor Market fea-
tures fresh produce, jewelry, shell items, arts & crafts, T-shirts,
hand-painted tropical items, plants, soaps, candles, cookbooks,
food, music and more.
Bridge Street Merchants is a 501c6 non-profit supporting its
merchant members and the community. See www.bridgestreet-
merchants.com for details including a calendar of events.
Upcoming 2010: Trail of Treats Oct. 29, Market Kick Off
Street Festival Nov. 7, and Christmas on Bridge Street Dec. 18.

White and
brown peli-
cans can be
found in the
winter season
waiting for a
a handout along
the docks in


way attracts fishers and kayakers, swimmers and
windsurfers, sunbathers and bird watchers.
Tuesday: Stroll through Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria to the city pier, which was originally built
in 1911 as a dock for excursion boats from Tampa.
There, join the pier regulars searching the water for
dolphins and toasting sharks and stingrays. Listen
closely to the old-timers who talk about nature's way
- the impact of tides and winds on the shape of the
island and the disappearance of the Passage Key bird
sanctuary; and about people's way the encroach-
ing high-rise development plans on Perico Island on
the east shore of Anna Maria Sound and the build out
of Anna Maria Island.

Any aay: In imininB ay coaters can see pelicans
sunning and roosting in the mangrove trees beyond
the Galati Marine and around the Key Royale Club.

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Massage & Yoga
Right on the Beach
Relax island-style with a
Massage in a tiki hut right on
the beach. Island Wellness
is the first and only place
on the island offering this
unique service to the public.
Flowing curtains offer
privacy while the gentle breeze, gulf waves and experienced,
licensed massage therapists do the rest. An indoor, climate-
controlled massage studio is also available across the street at
Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive North. Available daily by
Try yoga right on the sand with ongoing classes Sunday
and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Classes offered by
donation on the south side of the BeachHouse Restaurant
across from Bradenton Beach City Hall. Check www.anna-
mariabeachmassage.com or 941-779-6836 for details.


Playtime on AMI 4Aft

Sunday evening pickup games of softball and
Saturday afternoon games of baseball take place at
Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
Nearby, hoopsters shoot for three-pointers on a
public basketball court, skateboarders find air in the
skate park, tennis players volley with dreams of Wim-
bledon and shuffleboard players cue their pucks.
Anna Maria Island's got game.
Shuffleboard. Horseshoes. Tennis. Basketball.
Baseball. Soccer. Beach volleyball. And more...
Golf. The Island is home to a nine-hole golf
course, the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, which
is members-only. Information: 941-778-3055; key-
The Island also is home to an 18-hole adventure
golf course, The Fish Hole, 115 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Informa-
tion: 941-778-3388.
Surfing. The waves are not always swell, but
from time to time surfers gather for short rides in the
breaks near-shore of Anna Maria Island. A first stop
for many of them is Florida's oldest surf shop, West
Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1001.
Diving. The Regina Underwater Archaeological
Preserve is situated about 75 yards off the shore of
Bradenton Beach at 900 Gulf Drive N. The 247-foot
steel tanker barge sank in 1940 and is now a popular
dive site. Information: 850-245-6444.
Fishing. Around Anna Maria Island, with its
canals and access to river, bay and Gulf waters, the
fishing, even on a bad day, is usually pretty good.
Fishers can cast off from the Rod & Reel Pier
and the Anna Maria City Pier in Anna Maria and the
Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, as
well as spots along the shore.
More adventuresome fishing can be found with
local guides check The Islander and www.islander.
org for contacts and licensing information.

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at McKechnie Field, an old-time ballpark that is home -- ~" f
to the Pittsburgh Pirates for spring-training. _
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at McKechnie during the Pirate's off-season. Boet
The Baltimore Orioles played their first spring-
training season in Sarasota in 2010 and will be return-
ing in 2011.

Boating and fishing are two of the most
popular pastimes in the area. Many fish from .-
the Island piers. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Grand Style to Funky Beach your first impression as you enter Island Girl Interiors
Inc. has become the motto of owners Jackie Lepley and Cynthia Langston. They use
their enthusiastic approach to delve into your needs and they offer the best in style and
design. If there is a specialty at Island Girl Interiors, it could be the various sofa styles
with their washable slipcovers in styles from elegant to Shabby Chic.
Partnering with FHM Construction, a renovation expert, Island Girl Interiors can
assist you in every phase of your project from tile selection to kitchen upgrades to out-
door living areas. Their imaginations are endless. Other resources available include an
extensive fabric library, drapery workroom and an upholsterer on staff. The team will
assist you in achieving the vision you have always imagined.
Truly Grand Style to Funky Beach only at Island Girl Interiors, 4800 Manatee
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Vacationers can tour the Island in a variety of
ways, but one of the cheapest and simplest is to hop
on the free Island trolley.
The trolley operates from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
daily, providing service about every 20-30 minutes
between Coquina Beach on the Island's south end in
Bradenton Beach and the Anna Maria City Pier on
the north end. Trolley stops are about every two to
four blocks along the route.
Through a partnership with Manatee County Area
Transit and Sarasota County Area Transit, riders can
board the Longboat Key Trolley at Coquina Beach and
travel as far as downtown Sarasota for 75 cents.
Trolley riders can also connect with other MCAT
routes at the Manatee Public Beach and at Coquina.
Other recommended transportation modes:
Feet. In sandals, tennis shoes, flip-flops or bare-
foot, walking to the beach, the post office, the ice
cream store and, most especially the local tavern, is
a free and easy way to go.
Bicycles. A number of accommodations on the
Island provide bicycles for guests. Several businesses
also rent bicycles two-wheelers and tandems by
the hour, day and week.
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newest additions to the Island transportation system,
can be rented on the Island for tours.
Scooters. Scooters can be a carefree way to
see the Island, put some color on the cheeks and add
some height to a hairdo. A two-hour rental runs about
$30, a full day about $85 and a week about $315.
Golf carts. Golf carts can be rented at various
locations by the day, running about $85. But know
your location and whether you can get around on
carts, which are not allowed on all Island streets.
Car. Well, yes, you can drive, too, but then
you'd have to deal with parking.

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A young trolley rider enjoys the outdoor seating.

A number of businesses and other locations offer
wireless Internet connections, including the Bra-
denton Beach City Pier. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Hot spots off the beach
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Anna Maria
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
Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive.
Bradenton Beach
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.
Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Island Flea, 5704 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
Sand-N-Sudz Coin Laundry, 5400 Marina

Put your name, your message, your memorial
on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier
prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration!

Kaboom sponsorship includes a premium, reserved custom plank at the
landside base of the pier, custom plank certificate, sponsor recognition in
Islander-pier online and print promotions and 4 VIP seats at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for four people.

Firecracker sponsorship includes a custom pier plank and certificate, sponsor
recognition in Islander online promotions and 2 VIP seats at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for two people.

SINGLE PLAMK: Including up to 12 letters, $100. Additional letters $3.
To order visit City Pier Plank Walk at www.islander.org.
For more information, call 941.778.7978.


The Islander


Island showcases cultural canvatFc

It is not unusual for beachgoers to find an artist's
easel among the umbrellas, towels, chairs and sand
pails on the shores of Anna Maria Island.
AMI is a retreat for some artists, and a home for
many more. They showcase their work at a number
of local art galleries which outnumber gasoline
stations on the Island.
Local arts venues include:
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach; www.amiartistsguildgallery.com
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Blvd.; www.islandgallerywest.com.
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach; www.islandartleague.org.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria; www.studioatgulfandpine.com.
The Island also is home to the Island Players
theatrical group and playhouse at Pine Avenue and
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, and the Anna Maria Island
Concert Chorus and Orchestra, which performs at
Crosspointe Fellowship Church in Holmes Beach.
The local art groups sponsor an ArtsHOP week-
end in November, and AMIAL hosts two juried art
festivals, WinterFest in December and SpringFest in
The nearby village of Cortez also hosts a major
art-themed festival in February, the Cortez Commer-
cial Fishing Festival, and a folk festival in Novem-
Additionally, Bradenton offers riches in the realm
of arts and cultural attractions, including the Village
of the Arts district, the South Florida Museum, Man-
atee Players and DeSoto National Park in Braden-
Sarasota hosts Circus Sarasota, PAL Sailor
Circus, the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Film Fes-
tival, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,

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a simpler kind of beach vacation. Our motto
reflects the many years we've provided
wonderful memories to all who have been
with us. We're located in quaint Anna Maria
City since 1957 and same broker for past 35
years. Our personalized services continue
as in the past, and we offer you Gulf-
front homes and condos as well as more
affordable units within walking distance of
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Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-778-0784.
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach,
Banana Cabana, 103 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach, 941-779-1930.
Bayside Banquet, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez, 941-
Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach, 941-779-2222.
BridgeTender Inn, 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton
Beach, 941-778-4849.
The City Pier Restaurant, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria, 941-779-1667.
Costaville Pizza and Grinders, 101 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, 941-778-6455.
Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W. Cortez, 941-
Da Giorgio, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Domino's, 5600 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 941-
Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-778-2501.
Euphemia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, 941-383-3633.
The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
Gathering Place Family Restaurant, 101 7th St.
N., Bradenton Beach, 941-779-0313.
Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 941-778-7370.
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes
Drive, Longboat Key, 941-383-0777.
Havana Cabana, 5904 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-778-7772.
Holy Cow, 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
Hurricane Hank's, 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-778-5788.
Island Creperie, 127 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach,
Island Gourmet, 5604 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-778-0333.
Joe's Eats and Sweets, 219 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach, 941-778-0007.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760
Broadway, Longboat Key, 941-383-2391.
Melinda's Cafe and Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411.
Minnie's Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes

Beach, 941-778-4140.
Mr. Bones BBQ, 3007 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, 778-6614.
Old Hamburg, 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
Ocean Star, 3608 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
Oma's Pizza, 201 N Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach, 941-778-0771.
Peach's Restaurant, 3240 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-779-0738.
Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez, 941-
Anna Maria General Store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, 941-779-9200.
Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria, 941-778-1885.
Rotten Ralph's, 902 Bay Blvd. S., Anna Maria,
941-778-3953 and on the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1604.
Rudy's Subs & More, 9906 Gulf Drive., Anna
Maria, 941-896-7844.
Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna
Maria, 941-778-0444.
Sharky's Steaks & Sea Grille, 2519 Gulf Drive.
N., Bradenton Beach, 941-779-9151.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-
Skinny's Place, Inc., 3901 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-778-7769.
Solo's Pizza, 3244 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
Starfish Co. Seafood Market and Restaurant,
12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, 941-794-1243.
Subway, 3232 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-
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Tyler's Gourmet Ice Cream & Yogurt Shoppe,
11904 Cortez Road W., Cortez, 941-794-5333.
Waterfront Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd. S., Anna
Maria, 941-778-1515.

To market,

to market

T-shirts, caps, towels, postcards and other sou-
venirs galore can be found on Anna Maria Island.
More than a few shops near the shore sell sea-
shells and other Florida specialties, including state-
produced wine and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Those looking for a "Florida feel" will find ample
shops that specialize in Sunshine State casual and
"shabby chic."
The Island hosts two outdoor markets the
open-air Bridge Street Market on Sundays during the
winter tourist season, and the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers Thieves Markets held monthly in the winter
at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Locals also know to search for deals at the
Roser Memorial Community Church's Thrift Store,
the occasional church rummage sales, the blowout
Friends of the Island Library annual book sale, the
Anna Maria Island Community Center clothes swap
and a series of arts and crafts festivals held through
the winter, and Giving Back, a thrift store that donates
all its proceeds to charities.
Bargain hunters who know their way around also
trek to Ellenton, home of the Prime Outlets with more
than 135 brand-name stores, and to the antique shops
of AMI, Cortez, Bradenton, Palmetto and Ellenton.
For the high-end, to-market experience, shoppers
go south of Anna Maria Island on St. Armands Circle
and find Sarasota's version of Rodeo Drive, including
the French poodles with diamond-studded collars.

Beach Bistro celebrates silver

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sean Murphy and wife Susan Timmins are cel-
ebrating the 25th anniversary of opening the Beach
Bistro restaurant, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
and are inviting everyone to join with joy.
But the Nov. 1, 1985, opening got off to inauspi-
cious start. It was scheduled for the day after Hur-
ricane Juan passed by Anna Maria Island.
"We and some of our friends had been up most
of the night, bailing the Gulf of Mexico out of our
small, beachside bistro," Timmins recalled.
On Nov. 1, shortly before noon and just after
the last bit of sand was swept from the floor, the salt
scrubbed from the windows, and the final drop of
water vacuumed, the Beach Bistro opened its doors
as planned and received its first customers.
Timmins said the 25 years since were great.
"We've been graced by wonderful patrons. We've
had the wondrous privilege of helping people cele-
brate their engagements and weddings, anniversaries
and birthdays.
"We have staff who met each other at the Bistro,
married, had children, and we are now lucky enough

Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy speaks on the
beach during the restaurant's 25th anniversary
party Nov. 1. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

to be watching those beautiful children grow up here,
on our island. We are grateful for the small commu-
nity of Anna Maria Island. The community has been
gracious and generous, and a safe and kind place for
us to raise our children."
The Bistro has received numerous culinary
awards and high ratings from restaurant reviewers the
past 25 years, including repeated listings in Zagat's
"Top Restaurants of America," along with Zagat's
highest rating.
Timmins said the Bistro would celebrate its silver
anniversary throughout the year with events that will
raise funds for charities, including the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and All Children's Hospi-
tal in St. Petersburg.
"We will keep everyone updated throughout
the year on all our anniversary events," Timmins
She also asked that patrons become part of the
celebration by sharing their memories or photos of
the Bistro for a digital book that will be posted on
the Bistro's website.
For more information on the Beach Bistro, visit
www.beachbistro.com or call 941-778-6444.


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Promise Day offers renewals

There is a love-in at the Manatee Public Beach
on Valentine's Day.
It is "Promise Day," a celebration for couples
to renew wedding vows, commitments of love, and
promise anew to love and cherish one another forever
at the beach.
It is put together by The Islander with help from
photographer Jack Elka as a prelude to the Feb. 26-27
Wedding Festival. It will take place again this year
at the new concession at the Manatee Public Beach,
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe.

Some 30 or so couples, some with family mem-
bers and friends looking on, met on the beach with
the Rev. Charlie Shook last year, the first Promise
Day, and their vows were once again sealed with a
One couple was married 56 years. One couple
married on Valentine's Day 40 years ago. Some were
from out of town, or other countries, and they all
came to re-take that leap of faith. All were clearly
near and dear to one another, as they said "I do" once
more with their toes in the sand on the beach.

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Celebrating 30 years on Anna Maria Island

Back at the cafe patio, the couples received cer-
tificates to commemorate the event, shared a cham-
pagne toast, and Tom Mobley started up the music
appropriate for the event and many dined and enjoyed
the patio surrounded by friends and the white sandy
It was a beautiful time, and as we toasted the
lucky couples, we couldn't help but plan another
promise with the participants, "Same time next
Bonner Joy

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People come from all over the world to Anna Maria
Island to vacation and to have a family portrait done
by Photographer Jack Elka. Photographed on the
beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island around sunset,
the quality of light and the spectacular seascape views
make for a picture that you will cherish for a lifetime.


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AMI caters wedding festival 1.f
Island merchants annually take their vows, prom-
ising potential brides and grooms that Anna Maria
Island is a wedding paradise.
Merchants, in partnership with the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, will present the annual
wedding festival for two days this year Feb. 26-27.
"The festival last year was a success beyond our
dreams," said photographer Jack Elka, who worked
to organize the original wedding merchants into a as
group. Elka put in "lots of work and gained lots of
recognition for Anna Maria Island as 'The Beach
Wedding Capital of Florida.' "
More than 700 people attended the 2010 event and N 01
some 50 vendors participated at various locations.
Many festivalgoers begin their tour of the Island
at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, where they pay a registration fee.
From the chamber, free limousines and the trol-
ley take participants to other locations to learn more
about booking caterers, hiring florists, selecting a
photographer and accommodations for the wedding
party or a honeymoon.
At Acqua Aveda, adjacent to the chamber offices,
festival participants can view a fashion show featur-
ing bridal party clothing, as well as hair and makeup
from the salon. Large tents with vendors beckon the t ,,
participants to view their wares and offerings.1 -h, -, /,
The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria hosts a A' .. /i t.
wine tasting with tasty accompanying appetizers for /-" I ,.
The festival concludes with a mock sunset wed-
ding and reception at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Participants leave with tote bags containing bro-
chures and an assortment of Island souvenirs, and
some lucky participants leave with prizes. ..
Festival venders offered more than $15,000 in
prizes, including a wedding package.

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plaza area that's open 6 days a week year-round?
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Come in and have some fun! All kinds
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Living like an Island local

Growing up, my imagination of life on an island
was influenced by literature, classic tales of Long
John Silver and Jim Hawkins, the Swiss Family
Robinson and Robinson Crusoe on his Island of
Long after I first read those books, I moved to
Anna Maria. Tthere are no goats here, nor are there
mutineers or cannibals.
Life for Anna Maria Islanders is much easier
and more comfortable than it was for the fictional
castaways of the classics, as well as less adventure-
But for many of us, especially transplants from the
North, Island life requires some adjustments, as Jimmy
Buffett sings, "These changes in latitudes, changes in
attitudes/Nothing remains quite the same."

To help newcomers learn to live like Islande

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By Amy Welch

Spa Expert



Q What is the best way to relax and revive
while on the island so heading back home
won't require a vacation from my vacation?
A--Here's five tips for Total Island

1.Don't just book a spa appointment and
be done. Make sure to incorporate health,
wellness and fitness into all aspects of
your getaway.

2.Couple your spa treatments with nutritious
cuisine and local independent restaurants
that serve fresh, locally-grown and sourced
foods. Florida's Gulf Islands have an
amazing selection!

3.If renewal is what you're seeking, an Aveda
Body Treatment, Massage or facial will bring
your world back into balance.

4. Get the look the sun's rays can be strong,
so make sure to use sunscreen and take
time to escape the beach for some indoor
pampering. A deep conditioning treatment
is a great way to restore sun exposed hair.

5.Be inspired explore the island and hold
the memory of fresh Florida living when
you return home. Live well and come
back soon.

Stay Fresh and Keep Up With Acqua
On Our Website.
Be beautiful with us at
Acqua Aveda on the Beach.

5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
in the Tidemark Shops
Open 7 days

On Anna Maria Island, the pirates, as in the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, are the good guys and
gals. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

some advice, tricks, cautions and courtesies, in no
particular order:
Keep the butter in the fridge.
Keep all perishables tightly sealed.
The pirates are the good guys, unless you
encounter some 100 miles out in the Gulf. Then, we
can't say.
If the speed limit is posted at 25 mph, drive 25
mph. Motorists might get some leeway in Chicago
- like about plus 20 mph but not on Gulf Drive
in Anna Maria.
If at a stop sign, brake and count to three before
hitting the gas. The California slide not a surfer
term is not popular with Island law enforcement.
No shirt, no shoes is mostly OK.
Smile, be happy and say "hi" on walks.

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The night sky is dark, that's not an eclipse. That
was light pollution back home.
Not interested in saying "hi" on walks? Wear
sunglasses and keep your head down.
Don't be fooled by the Island language. "Beach
cottage" can mean "three-story waterfront mansion"
or "renovated garage.
Don't go shopping at Publix unless you have at
least 30 minutes to chat with acquaintances you run
into in the aisle.
Pick up after a pet because someone will be
watching and rightly waiting to tell you about storm-
water runoff, water quality and the protection of
Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Island's
When the sun goes down, look up the light-
shows in the clouds can be just as spectacular.
If expecting a call on a cell phone in Anna
Maria, wait outside for reception. And smile and
wave kindly at the other cell-phone users pacing
outside their abodes.
You do not need a suit and tie, but you may have
need for one pair of long pants. Likewise, you do not
need a cosmetics case, but you may need a gallon of
The Island air seems to turn people into artists.
Don't fight it. Buy some paint and brushes.
Island folks are Facebooking and T\ c..iint'.
but old-school communication techniques continue
to operate. Listen in on the Coconut Telegraph, but
don't rely at all on the information.
On the Island, you can become anything you
want to become. A former banker might become a
boat captain. A former boat captain might become a
real estate tycoon. A former real estate tycoon might
become a waitress. And a former waitress might
become a banker.
Arm yourself with Avon's Skin So Soft because
the no-see-ums are often on the attack.
"Git er done" apparently is correct Flori-speak,
but don't say it without some practice. And never say
"Anna Marie" to refer to Anna Maria, unless you can
prove you've lived here for decades.
Lisa Neff

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Make way to the Sea Hagg
When you visit the nautical emporium Sea
Hagg in Cortez, you discover a wonderland of
ships and baubles from sea and shore.
Proprietress Jan Holman travels the world
to amass her treasure trove of antiques and
curiosities, from authentic brass port holes to
fish nets to hundreds of mermaids that gussy
up the walls and ceilings of the myriad rooms
at the Sea Hagg.
If you're a sea lover, you won't want to
miss this most unique store. The Sea Hagg is
located on the mainland at 12304 Cortez Road
W., just over the bridge from the Island.


HooDat? He da Privateers president

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Roger Murphree blinked to make sure he wasn't
He had stepped out of Bradenton's DeSoto Square
mall that was all decked out for the Christmas holiday
into the parking lot, where he heard a commotion.
A pirate ship was sailing on wheels down
the street. Aboard were
pirates, laughing and waving
and shouting above the high-
decibel rock 'n' roll.
Murphree was new to
the area, but he was certain
what he was seeing was
Murphree uncommon, if not unreal.
"I blinked," Mur-
phree remembered during an interview at The
Islander office in Holmes Beach. "Then I was
convinced that it was something that I was
really seeing a rock 'n' roll pirate ship."
Murphree used his cell phone to call his wife,
Debbie, who was still back in their hometown of
Dallas. "You won't believe what I'm seeing," he
said, and then informed her of the spectacle. "How
cool would it be to be part of that?"
These days, Murphree is an integral part of that
pirate crew he saw rocking and rolling past the mall
four years ago. Murphree is the new president of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, elected this summer
to a one-year term that coincides with the nonprofit's
40th anniversary.
Murphree took a job transfer in November 2006
from Dallas to Bradenton, where he works in the IT
division for Tropicana. His wife followed about a
year later, after retiring from UPS.
Both became involved with the Privateers soon
after relocating.
After researching pirate crews on the Web and
talking with new acquaintances in the area, Murphree
learned that it was the Privateers he saw that day
outside the mall.
So he attended a Privateers' gathering, where
he met several members of the nonprofit organiza-
tion that is responsible for a variety of events on
Anna Maria Island, including the Thieves Markets
at Coquina Beach, Christmas and July 4 parades, a
kid's day marking the end of the school year and a
scholarship awards celebration.

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"I went out, met some of the people," Murphree
remembered. "Immediately I fell in love with every-
one. I fell in love with the ship. And I fell in love with
the Privateers. I was like a 12-year-old kid. I said, 'I
want to join.'"
He couldn't become a member fast enough.
In fact, Murphree was listed on an
AMIP contact sheet before he
officially became a v

member, which is how he
got his pirate name "HooDat."
Looking at Murphree's unfamiliar name on
the crew's contact sheet, Privateer Tim "Hammer"
Thompson asked aloud, "Who's that?"
The moniker stuck, though Murphree said some
have attempted to change it over the years, including
a push to call him "Gonzo" because of his resem-
blance to the Muppet character.
Last year, Murphree made a run for AMIP vice
president. "I was defeated soundly," he said.
This year, he stepped forward to run for president.
He circulated a 10-point platform among members
that listed, at No. 1, a pledge "to lead the member-
ship forward, with an eye to supporting each person
with respect, both as an individual and as part of an
overall team."
Murphree also pledged to run orderly meetings, honor
the group's traditions and history, encourage new ideas,
increase participation, guard the privateer's reputation as a
can-do club and strengthen the relationship with the Con-
quistadors in Bradenton.
"I struck enough of a chord," Murphree said of his
campaign. He assumed the office Aug. 1.
The president has several official duties: to chair

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the meetings, appoint committees, review books and
reports and sign checks or bank drafts.
Murphree's term is unique in that it coincides
with a historic year celebrating four decades of serv-
ing Island youth and community.
"We have huge plans in mind," said Murphree.
He rocked back and forth in his chair as he con-
sidered what to disclose, and what not to disclose
about the anniversary. "But I hesitate to get into
too much detail," he said.
"We have a committee for the 40th anniver-
sary celebration. At virtually every event that we
normally do, we will tie the 40th anniversary into
the event," beginning with the monthly thieves
markets that start in November.
In addition, the group is planning a big bash
and, said Murphree, there are plans for "some-
thing very special and very huge. It's the mys-
tery event that no one will want to miss, an
event of epic proportions and historic signifi-
S chance.
S It isn't listed in the official duties, but the
president also serves as a promoter.
Murphree said the 40th anniversary year
likely will result in increased funding for the
group's youth programs, specifically the scholarships
awarded in July.
"The Privateers is absolutely all about kids and
community," Murphree said. "And this will be a good
year for giving back."

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