Island trolleys will be replaced in about a year. In the meantime, mechanical problems may force Manatee County Area Transit to put more buses in service on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Five new 35-foot diesel trolleys will roll along Anna Maria Island’s north/south transit route within the next year.
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners Sept. 28 voted unanimously to purchase the trolleys using federal funding. The cost, according to finance director Jim Seuffert, is $2,295,565, with each trolley from the California-based Gillig Corporation costing $459,113. Gillig currently provides buses for the Manatee County Area Transit.
The trolleys would replace the current fleet, which includes vehicles prone to breakdowns, according to Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker.
“In the long run, what we need is different trolleys,” Hunzeker told commissioners last week.
The existing open-air trolleys are operating seven days a week, from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“They just weren’t designed for that,” Hunzeker said. “Thee trolleys are not rugged enough for that type of service. The long-run fix is we just need better trolleys.”
MCAT director Ralf Heseler, in a brief memo, wrote, “The present fleet of trolleys which have passed the life cycle.”
Replacement vehicles would arrive in about a year.
In the meantime, Hunzeker said, the existing trolleys may be held in reserve to operate during the busiest tourism periods.
“These trolleys are worn out,” Hunzeker said. So one approach is to use more buses on the Anna Maria Island route and “then, during the peak season, we put the trolleys back in service.”
County Commissioner John Chappie, who represents Anna Maria Island, suggested that at least one open-air trolley be kept in operation.
“If there’s any way possible,” he said. “I hate to lose what we’ve gained all these years.… The trolley is a real asset.”
Commissioners also briefly discussed the replacement trolleys.
Commissioner Joe McClash requested photographs and other details to review at a future meeting and asked that practicality be considered in submitting the final purchase order.
Cloth seats, for example, might not be best for beachgoers in damp swimsuits or the passengers who sit down after them, McClash said.
He also said MCAT drivers told him the trolleys are more difficult to drive than regular buses.
Hunzeker said he’d present more information to the board at an upcoming meeting, as well as bring to commissioners a proposal to compensate the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, which sold contracts for advertisements on the trolleys.
Last year, in an effort to avoid the institution of a fare on the trolleys, the Island community, led by the chamber, committed to raising at least $60,000 for the transportation service.
There were three revenue streams — an Islandwide festival, donation boxes on the trolleys and an advertising campaign on the vehicles.
The festival did not generate money, and with trolleys either off the road because of mechanical problems or because they are held in reserve, people cannot drop money in the donation boxes.
Additionally, said Hunzeker, it’s not fair for Island businesses to pay for advertising that isn’t being seen.
“My recommendation to the board at the next meeting will be that we put the program on hold for one more year,” Hunzeker said, referring to the advertising campaign administered by the chamber.
The county would offset the loss of revenue from the chamber with revenue from its new concessionaire at the Manatee Public Beach.
The money the chamber gave the county would be refunded, Hunzeker said.
“Your agreement is with the Island chamber,” Hunzeker said. “Their agreement is with the advertisers. We’re trying to be fair about this.… Rather than nickel and dime it, let’s just admit that it didn’t work right and come back with a solution.”
A Holmes Beach public works crew and Manatee County Utilities Department workers returned for more repairs to the water service at 2 p.m. Oct. 3. Jerry Brower, left, and Mark Coarsey, both of MCUD, and Dave Forbes of HBPW survey the damage from the early morning crash that took out a fire hydrant and water service to most of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
The north end of Anna Maria Island remained under an advisory to boil water Monday, Oct. 4, after Jason Bond, 24, of Bradenton, crashed his vehicle and wiped out a utility pole and fire hydrant at Gulf Drive and 73rd Street at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.
A Manatee County Utilities Department notice Oct. 4 alerted residents and businesses to boil cooking or drinking water for a minute prior to use. The precautionary notice remains in effect until a bacteriological survey determines the water is safe, usually 24-48 hours.
The crash disrupted water service for some eight hours for areas of Anna Maria Island north of 54th Street.
Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale Stephenson said Bond told him he thought he fell asleep as he was heading southbound on Gulf Drive, and he’d already hit a mailbox when he was awakened. Bond said he then hit the fire hydrant and pole, according to Stephenson.
Bond turned himself in Oct. 3 and was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and careless driving. He was released on a summons to appear in court.
The southern-most unit, formerly a Shells restaurant, and three other stores are to be demolished at the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza at 3200 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach to make way for a new Walgreens. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
Holmes Beach commissioners last week approved a site plan that will allow a stand-alone Walgreens at 3200 E. Bay Drive in the Anna Maria Centre shopping plaza.
But the vote Sept. 28 at city hall came with stipulations.
The current Walgreens is north of the proposed site at 3248 E. Bay Drive in the shopping center.
At the request of Anna Maria Island Centre LLC, Benderson Development completed a site plan that proposes to demolish the old Shells restaurant building and build a 16,510-square foot building with a drive-through pharmacy lane and a liquor store.
Benderson proposes to knock out the three adjacent units to create room for the drive-through and for expansion of the old Shells building.
Benderson has not yet applied for a permit.
As he considered the likely increase in traffic from the drive-through lane, Commissioner David Zaccagnino was concerned about the safety of pedestrians who would be accessing Walgreens on the south side of the center. Also, he said, there is no sidewalk or crosswalk running from neighborhoods across Gulf Drive to the Walgreens.
So one stipulation to the site plan requires Anna Maria Island Centre LLC to complete a plan providing safe pedestrian access with sidewalks and crosswalks.
Also, the possible addition of the drive-through lane prompted concerns from Holmes Beach resident Margarita Fernandez, who lives on Sixth Avenue just beyond an alley that runs west of the proposed Walgreens and north-south behind the center.
Fernandez was concerned that the 4-foot-high fence separating her home from the 30-foot-wide alley that would accommodate traffic for the Walgreens drive-through would not buffer the increased noise and pollution.
Her concern prompted another stipulation to the plan, which calls for a buffer running about 240 feet along the west side of Walgreens. It could be a fence or landscaping.
The site plan also includes 331 parking spaces, which would is 14 spaces less than required. The code does not provide a way of waving the 14 spaces.
The city is currently in the process of passing an amendment to the code that would lessen the parking requirement. If adopted, the shortage of 14 spaces would be acceptable. If not, the company would have to present a revised parking plan before Dec. 15.
In other business, Commissioner Pat Morton said he received about a dozen complaints about residents setting yard waste at the curb on Mondays with their garbage. He said residents requested the commission amend its trash ordinance so that yard waste could not be set on the curb until Tuesday morning for the Wednesday pickup. But the commission kept the ordinance so that people can gather their yard waste on Sundays.
The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Jenna Duvall, Sarah Howard and Mackenzie Kosfeld pose with the Manatee County Volleyball tournament championship trophy after their Manatee High team won the tourney by defeating Southeast High Oct. 2.
Jenna Duvall with her Ashley Morrison Jr. Referee award and former Sports Illustrated editor and N.Y. Times best-selling author Don Yaeger.
Islander wins volleyball award
Life-long Island resident Jenna Duvall recently earned the 2010 Ashley Morrison Jr. Referee award for her outstanding work as an R2, or down referee, during her club volleyball season. Jenna, who plays club volleyball for the Manatee Area Volleyball, was one of two players recognized in the state by the Florida Region USA Volleyball organization for her great work refereeing club volleyball matches.
In club volleyball, players have to referee, be a line judge or keep score during other team’s matches. A lot of players try to worm their way out of this important responsibility, but not Jenna, who gladly acted as the R2 for many matches and was justly rewarded for her dedication and hard work by Florida Region USA Volleyball.
Jenna also is a member of the recently crowned Manatee County championship Manatee High volleyball team and serves as a team captain. Coach Jessica Hinkle raved about Jenna’s leadership abilities: “Jenna brings stability and leadership to the team while showing honor and respect to the game and her coaches. She basically demonstrates all of the character traits you would want in a daughter or captain.”
Jenna, in her second varsity season for the Hurricanes, has come into her own this season and is playing a prominent role. Hinkle said Jenna’s play has changed from her junior year to her senior year. “Jenna really came alive during her junior club season,” Hinkle said. “And it has carried over and helped her develop confidence and more court awareness.”
When Jenna was asked how she felt playing such a prominent role, she said, “It feels awesome and makes me feel proud to wear the MHS uniform.”
Jenna, who carries an impressive 4.5 weighted grade-point average plans to major in pre-med at the University of Florida and hopes to become a dermatologist. She said she has no plans to play volleyball in college other than maybe playing intramurals, but she definitely plans on getting certified to referee volleyball matches to make some money.
Oct. 1-2, Jenna and her MHS teammates, including Island residents Sarah Howard and Mackenzie Kosfeld, captured the Manatee County volleyball tournament championship by defeating Southeast High 25-19, 25-16. In addition to being a part of the championship team, Sarah also was honored by being named to the all-tournament team along with tournament MVP and teammate Hailey Hall.
Soccer week 2
It was another exciting week of soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. With only the second week of play completed, there are two undefeated teams in the four age divisions: Fran Maxon Realty in Division III and Sparks Steel Art in Division II, though Sparks has two ties on its record.
The Premier Division is either very competitive or teams treat defense like they do in the Big 12 of college football, as Wash Family Construction and West Coast Surf Shop again engaged in a shootout Sept. 28. WFT outlasted the Surf Shop 9-6 behind an incredible seven goals from Daniel Pimental and a pair of goals from Austin Wash. Chandler Hardy paced the Surf Shop with three goals, while Helio Gomez added two goals and JT Goode chipped in with one in the loss.
The other Premier game had a more modest score, as Beach Bistro edged WFC 5-3 Sept. 27 behind three goals from Julius Gomes and two goals from Phillip Biddulph. WFC was led by Daniel Pimental’s two goals and a single goal from Austin Wash.
Division I has a pair of teams tied for first place, though Mike Norman Realty may have gained the upper hand in defeating Autoway Ford by a 4-2 score Sept. 29. Logan Reiber, Morgan Greig, Michael Duffman and Adam Clark each notched a goal to lead Mike Norman in the victory. Autoway Ford was led by Francesca Parkin and Neil Carper with one goal apiece in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty earned another victory on the week when the team rolled past The Gathering Place by a 6-1 score Sept. 28. Morgan Greig led the realty team with three goals, while Michael Duffman chipped in with two goals and Lauren Sapienza added one goal in the victory. Kieran Grumley led The Gathering Place with one goal in the loss.
There was a bevy of battles in Division II, which appears to be the most competitive division with four ties through the first two weeks of the season. Sparks Steel Art appears to be the class of the division, but they’ve tied twice. Sparks rolled past Southern Greens by a 6-2 score behind four goals from Dylan Joseph and two goals from Tyler Yavalar. Michael Latimer led Southern Greens with a pair of goals in the loss.
The second Division II game of the evening saw Wash Family Construction defeat Mr. Bones BBQ by a 3-1 score. Nico Colleja led WFC with a pair of goals, while Gavin Sentman added one goal in the victory. Jake Miller paced Mr. Bones with one goal in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art and Wash Family Construction battled to a 4-4 tie Sept. 29. Colleja led WFC with two goals while Madison Gunn and Leo Tilelli each added one goal in the tie. Dylan Joseph scored a pair of goals to lead Sparks, which also received a goal apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Morgan Burns in the tie.
Southern Greens earned a 4-2 victory over Mr. Bones BBQ on Sept. 27 behind a pair of goals from Michael Latimer and single goals from Reese Helvey and Abby Achor. Jake Miller and Miles Fischer scored a goal apiece to lead Mr. Bones in the loss.
Connie’s Landscaping earned its first Division III victory of the season, defeating Jessie’s Island Store 5-2 Oct. 1. Roli Zeledon led the way with three goals, while Clayton Wilkinson and Corbin Greg each notched one goal. Jessie’s was led by Gerardo Serrduo, who scored both goals in the loss.
Fran Maxon Realty remained undefeated thanks to a 5-0 victory over Connie’s Landscaping Sept. 29. Josh Class scored four goals and Taro de Haan added one for Fran Maxon in the victory.
Look online at www.islander.org for schedules and standings in the soccer league.
Parity was the word of the day during Oct. 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits as no teams earned the required three victories. Three teams managed 2-1 records and battled it out for the day’s bragging rights. In the first playoff game, Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow rolled past the team of Tom Skoloda and Ron Slagh by a 22-5 score. Samuels and Disbrow then dispatched Jeff Moore and Ron Pepka 22-14 in the finals.
Sept. 29 horseshoe action saw the team of Norm Good and Tim Sofran earn the title of champions with the only 3-0 record. The team of Jerry Martinek and Sam Samuels defeated Tom Skoloda and Steve Grossman 22-9 in the battle for second place.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale news
The women and men of the Key Royale Club joined up for a mixed scramble Oct. 1. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Dennis Schavey and Bob Elliott combined for a 20.8 score to take first place. Second place went to the team of Lorraine Towne, Webb Cutting, Fred Meyer and Bob King with a score of 21. Jim Dunne won the closest-to-the-pin contest on number three, while Joyce Brown did the same on number eight.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Sept. 28 and Penny Williams grabbed the top spot with a 1-over-par 33. Sue Hookem and Diane Miller tied for second place at 34, while Tootie Wagner finished alone in third place with a 35.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Sept. 27. The team of Pieter Thomason, Vince Mercadante and Carl Voyles combined for an 8-under-par 56 to take first place. Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, Chris Collins and Jim Dunne carded a 5-under par 59 to tie the team of Chuck Reed, Danna Cessna and Bob Hanson for second place.
AMICC Soccer League standings
Division III (ages 8-9)
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Maxon 2 0 0 6
Jessie’s 1 2 0 3
Connie’s 1 2 0 3
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sparks 2 0 2 8
Southern 2 1 1 7
WFC 1 2 1 4
Mr. Bones 1 3 0 3
Division I (ages 12-13)
Autoway 2 1 0 6
Norman 2 1 0 6
Gathering 0 2 0 0
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
WFC 2 1 0 6
Bistro 2 1 0 6
Surf Shop 0 2 0 0
Fish Hole 1 0 0 3
SVEH 1 0 0 3
Sun 0 0 1 1
Back Alley 0 0 1 1
Ross Built 0 1 0 0
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Oct. 6 6 p.m. Lapensee vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 6 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Isl. Dental
Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. W.C. Air
Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 6 7 p.m. IRE vs. LPAC
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 8 7 p.m. Sandbar Vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Isl. Pest
Oct. 11 7 p.m. IRE vs. Dojo Ath.
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Sandbar
Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 6 5:30 p.m. Jessie’s vs. Fran Maxon
Oct. 8 6 p.m. Connie’s vs. Fran Maxon
Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 6 6:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 8 7 p.m. WFC vs. Sparks
Oct. 8 8 p.m. Southern vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 11 6 p.m. WFC vs. Mr. Bones
Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Ford vs. Gathering
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Norman vs. Gathering
Premier Division: (Ages 14-17)
Oct. 11 7:30 p.m. Bistro vs. WFC
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Surf Shop vs. WFC
Oct. 7 6 p.m. Fish Hole vs. SVEH
Oct. 7 7:20 p.m Back Alley vs. Ross Built
Oct. 7 8:40 p.m. BTBC vs. Sun
104 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,215 sfla / 1,425 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1971 on a 45×100 lot was sold 09/07/10, Shuttleworth to Wood for $667,500; list $795,000.
2317 Ave. C, Unit 300, Laguna Veneto, Bradenton Beach, a 1,620 sfla / 1,968 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 2007 was sold 09/10/10, Superior Bank to Lundgren for $315,000; list $349,000.
504 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,384 sfla / 2,636 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1961 on a 95×116 lot was sold 09/17/10, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Pinard for $223,000; list $249,900.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 221, Club Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 423 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was transferred 09/17/10, Oakland Partners LLC to Superior Bank for $143,100.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Sept. 27, 200 block of Willow Ave., burglary. Someone entered an unoccupied residence and removed stereo speakers.
Sept. 29, 2400 block of Avenue C, spousal abuse/battery. An officer showed up to a residence, where a woman said she was in the process of breaking up with her boyfriend. The woman said the man became violent and punched her in the head. The man stated the woman became violent and threw a drink at him, so he left the residence. The woman was advised to request a restraining order if she feared further violence.
Sept. 24, 500 block of 67th Street, burglary. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to a burglary. The complainant said someone entered his residence and took a bed comforter valued at $300 and 11 fishing reels valued at $3,000.
Sept. 25, 500 block of 67th Street, burglary. A man called HBPD to report a burglary. The officer arrived and spoke with the complainant, who said his stereo speakers valued at $320 had been taken from the living room.
Sept. 25, 3000 block of Avenue E, vehicle burglary. An HBPD officer spoke to a complainant, who said someone entered her unlocked vehicle in her driveway and took a GPS device and a bottle of prescription pills.
Sept. 26, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, stolen items. An HBPD officer saw a man walking with several fishing poles. The officer stopped the man and learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant from Sarasota County. The man was turned over to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for transport and the fishing poles were taken to the HBPD.
Sept. 27, 6800 block of Palma Drive, theft. A man reported his garbage can was missing.
Sept. 27, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, shooting incident. A Holmes Beach man apparently attempted to kill himself with a gun. EMS took the man to the Kingfish Boat Ramp, where he was taken by emergency helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
Sept. 29, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft. A woman came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the theft of her garbage can.
Steve Klimke, 85, longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 27.
There will be no Services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Klimke is survived by brother John Klimke of Chicago and sister Laura A. Barry of Bradenton.
The Rev. Greg Dumas, the lead pastor at The Crossing Church in Brandon, caught this cobia in 130 feet of water off Anna Maria Island with Capt. Larry McGuire.
Water temperatures have cooled somewhat with a light cold front last week. Temperatures on the flats around midday had cooled to about 84 degrees. Morning water temperatures at the same areas reportedly were around 79 degrees.
Some fish are beginning to move from deeper water and at times can be found in a couple feet of water.
The bait continues to get thicker off the beaches and there have been reports that kingfish are biting just a few feet off the beaches.
So let the fall kingfish run begin.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters said that with the first passing of a cold front Sept. 30 the fall fishing pattern has begun to take hold. Shiners are all over the flats, on the beaches and around the piers, he said.
“I have been netting shiners floating over grass beds in 2 feet of water,” he said. “Some of the best fishing of the year is about to happen.”
He said speckled trout fishing has been dominating the inshore action with 2-hour rallies common. The key for Howard is to work an area and zero-in on the keeper-sized fish for some rod-bending action and nice fillets for dinner. He said mixed in with the speckled trout have been some nice redfish.
“The redfish have been scattered this past week,” he said. “I have been catching them in potholes, on the edges of grass flats and tight to docks. With the dirty water due to the heavy winds, sight-fishing for redfish has been tough.”
The beach fishing for Spanish mackerel has been hit-or-miss, he said. “Look for diving birds to give up the locations of the mackerel schools to put you in the middle of the action,” he said.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said the bait has been very thick all over the beaches, and that’s where there’s been a bunch of Spanish mackerel, sharks and kingfish. Bystrom said he heard some anglers have caught them a few miles off the beaches. He said there are still large schools of redfish and trout fishing has been good in the morning when it’s cooler.
Capt. Warren Girle said he’s been fishing inshore and early-morning trips using small Rapala Skitterwalk have produced a few dozen trout before the sun comes up. That when he switches to using jigs for trout and redfish. He also has been catching some redfish in north Sarasota Bay on chunks of ladyfish. And he’s catching bluefish. “I was up near the Skyway near Egmont Key and it’s loaded with bonito,” he said. “That water’s cooling off a little bit.” He said the days are getting short and he’s enjoyed top-water fishing early in the morning. “As long as you get out there really early in the morning, you get that first hour and a half of daylight and there’s no one out there,” Girle said.
Capt. Mike Greig said he’s been catching tarpon along the beaches, along with Spanish mackerel, kingfish and sharks. In the bay, he reported plenty of trout. He said redfish have slowed a lot. “The kingfish numbers aren’t that big,” he said. “I’m hoping for some good weather to get out and get them.”
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge south fishing pier said he’s seen some keeper grouper reeled up, as well as pompano, Spanish mackerel and a few keeper snapper to 11 inches. He said anglers have been catching pompano and jack crevalle.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said he had one trip last week that was productive with gag grouper, which he said are starting their fall feeding pattern. “These bad boys are back in town in the 50-60 foot depths and have a voracious appetite,” he said. He said the gag bite will improve and reach a peak at Christmas time.
“We are also catching red grouper, mangrove snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, sharks, barracuda and hooking up some large goliath grouper,” McGuire said, adding there are also lots of
Spanish mackerel off the beaches.
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Wednesday, Oct. 6
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business lunch at the Bridge Tender Inn, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers writing session with Barbara Goff at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
4 p.m. — Fishing class for kids begins at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Thursday, Oct. 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.— “Roguetoberfest” at the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1515. Fee applies.
8 p.m. — Opening night of “The Ladies of the Camellias” at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Oct. 17. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 8
11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at the IMG Golf and Country Club, 5500 34th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Here and New” artists reception at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit runs through Nov. 7. Information: 941-778-2099.
6 to 9 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Fee applies.
6:30 to 9 p.m. — Singer/Songwriter night at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800.
Saturday, Oct. 9
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
Sunday, Oct. 10
3 p.m. — Blessing of the animals at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
7:30 p.m. — Auditions for “Last Train to Nibroc” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
Monday, Oct. 11
11 a.m. — “Life: A History of Life on Earth” with Jeff Rodgers at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Noon — Jerry St. Germain of the Navy League of the United States speaks to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
2 to 6 p.m. — Flu shots at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
6 p.m. — “Opera on the Island” video viewing and discussion at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island Players luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.
Thursday, Oct. 7
5 to 7 p.m. — “Connexions” season opening featuring the “Common Ground” and “Ageless Creativity” exhibits at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-2345.
7 p.m. — “Antigone Now” performed by the Asolo Repertory Theatre in the Spanish Courtyard at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Oct. 9
7 p.m. — Artinsight-Sarasota artists’ reception at Living Walls, 1311 Main St., Sarasota. Exhibit runs through Oct. 23. Information: 941-779-2106.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
7 to 9 p.m. — Exploring the Future of Energy: “The Electric Sunshine State” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 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.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• 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.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
• Oct. 14, “Buena Vista Social Club” screening, South Florida Museum.
• Oct. 14, Old Florida Storytelling, Manatee Village Historical Park.
• Oct. 15, World Party, South Florida Museum.
• Oct. 15, “Coraline,” Reels at Rossi Park.
• Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.
• Oct. 16, Plant sale, Palma Sola Botanical Park.
• Oct. 16, ArtSlam, downtown Bradenton.
• Oct. 16, Mainly Art bazaar, downtown Bradenton.
• Oct. 16, Boating class, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81.
Save the Date:
• Oct. 20, Program for college-bound teens, Island Branch Library.
• Oct. 21, Empty Bowls luncheon for the Manatee Food Bank.
• Oct. 22, Goblin Gathering, G.T. Bray Park.
• Oct. 23, Causeway 4 the Cause cancer walk.
• Oct. 28, Red Ribbon Breakfast, Pirate City Complex.
• Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
• Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
• Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.
AME school calendar
• Oct. 14, after-school meeting of Parent Teacher Organization.
• Oct. 14, picture retake.
• Oct. 15, no school.
• 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, Parent Teacher Organization dinner followed by third-grade play.
• 6 p.m. Oct. 21, science information night.
• Oct. 25, no school.
• Oct. 28, Parent-teacher conference night.
• 9 a.m Oct. 30, Fall Festival parade to school, Fall Festival begins at 11 a.m.
For more information, call the school office at 941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.
ITEMS FOR SALE
QUEEN-SIZE BED: Headboard and frame, $100. Full-size bed, headboard and frame, $75. 941-778-1819.
LA-Z-BOY SOFA sleeper. Excellent condition. 69-inches long. $100. 941-538-4100.
DESK: WHITEWASH WITH hutch. 45 x 26 inches. $60. Coffee table, 44 x 30-inch glass top, contemporary, stone base, $40. 941-795-8359.
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: OFF-white lacquer, three-piece, holds 27-inch TV, 72 x 78-inch, $75. 941-795-8359.
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, 4×6 feet to 5×8 feet. $200-$350. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale at View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
DELL COMPUTER: 3.06 GHz processor, Windows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays 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.bradentonrotary.org.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence 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.email@example.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, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday. Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
NEPTUNE LANE/WHITE AVENUE neighborhood yard sales. 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Holmes Beach.
LOST & FOUND
YELLOW MAINE COON cat lost from 6600 block of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward offered. 941-725-4488.
LOST: PINK CASIO camera. Stayed at Tradewinds Resort.
Many wedding, pre-wedding photos. firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-928-0193.
PETCAT: FOUR-YEAR old, inside only. Declawed. A real lover. 941-993-4909.
FOUND: BIRTH REGISTRATION card. Missouri. Claim at The Islander office, 5405 Marina Drive, Holmes beach.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
BOATS & BOATING
BOAT PROBLEMS? DON’T delay, have our boat repair specialists fix it today. We offer free towing from dock to marina. Call N.E. Taylor Boatworks bottom pant specialists at 941-794-2802 or e-mail: email@example.com for details.
2002 COBIA: CENTER console with 250-hp Yamaha ocean runner, GPS, radio, bait well, saltwater washdown. $18,500. 813-545-4361.
DRUMMER AND BASS musician wanted for reggae band. 941-779-5246.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOOKING FOR HIGHLY responsible person or couple to move to large home yet to be rented, as house parent(s) to two handicapped people. References, background check and experience required. Call 941-567-4399.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell, broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 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, 941-580-0626.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs, replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, 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. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ALTERATIONS AND CUSTOM home decor, Pillows, cushions. Experienced, dependable. Call Diane 941-778-6373, cell 941-724-6831.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. 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.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail email@example.com for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
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 941-748-2700.
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No job too small. One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA 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.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331. tampabaybeachhouse.com.
WATERFRONT, CANAL, BOAT slip: Annual duplex in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA. Living room, kitchen, storage, washer and dryer hook ups. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer. Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum. 813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.
GULFVIEW 1BR APARTMENT: Unfurnished, annual, $825month. 941-592-6645.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier. 2BR/1BA ground level, washer, dryer, refrigerator, unfurnished, newly remodeled, no pets or smokers. $900/month plus utilities, available now, 941-387-8610.
SEASONAL/VACATION RENTAL: 1.5 blocks from Gulf. 2BR/1BA Furnished, washer and dryer, carport. Call Ed, 303-710-2996.
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus, pool, fishing pier. $1,700/month, seasonal. 813-681-7229.
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home, 3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished. $3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
ON THE BEACH! 2BR/1BA, ground-level, attached garage, patio. Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. October discount. 941-348-9448.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Seasonal or annual, two-month minimum. Furnished or unfurnished, water view, gated, tennis, carport, washer and dryer, remodeled. 24-hour security. 941-545-4033.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA. Holmes Beach. Walk to beach. $800/month plus utilities. First, last, security deposit. 941-376-0541.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA home. New kitchen, granite counters, washer, dryer, garage, fenced yard, small pet OK. Holmes Beach. $3,000/month, November through April. 941-448-6424.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. Walk to beach, ground-level 2BR/2BA duplex, washer, dryer, fully equipped kitchen. $900/month. No pets. 941-778-1819.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, boat slip. Weekly, monthly. Call Fred, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.MyDistressedHome.com.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
AN AMAZING PIECE of property located right in the heart of paradise. Located by I-275 north-south and I-75 north and south corridor. This lot offers 570 feet of saltwater canalfront that totals 1.09 acres and is a very rare find. 2215 Miguel Bay Drive, Terra Ceia, FL, 34250. Call Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-730-9122.
THIS LOT IS in the perfect location to get away from the big city. From Tampa/St.Pete head south over the Skyway Bridge. From the south US 19 or I-75 is an easy off, easy on. Nestled in the middle of Tillits Bayou, Miguel Bay, Terra Ceia Bay and Tampa Bay. 2420 57th St. Ct., Terra Ceia, FL, 34250. Call Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-730-9122.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
OPEN SUNDAY: 1-3 p.m. Waterfront home with panoramic views! Now $825,000. 865 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Lynn Parker, RoseBay Real Estate, 941-321-2736.
SNOWBIRDS CAN LAND here: Modern 2BR/2A, garage. Villa features front and rear caged courtyards. Pet-friendly, recent appliances, new air conditioning, cathedral ceilings. Low maintenance fees. Only $128,500. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
BUY NORTH CAROLINA mountain land now! Lowest prices ever. Bryson City, 2.5 acres, spectacular views, paved road. High altitude. Easily accessible, secluded. $45,000. Owner financing, 800-810-1590. www.wildcatknob.com.
BANK ORDERED AUCTIONS: Oct. 21. 16 +/-acres. Camden County, Ga., Oct. 22, 48 acres and 94 acres. Morgan and Meriwether Counties, Ga. 10 percent. BP – GAL AU-C002594. RowellAuctions.com.