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Date of Issue: October 12, 2006

Landmark funeral home for sale

future condo pic
Future condo site?
The Griffith-Cline Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 6000 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is up for sale and the property is zoned to allow construction of condominiums. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Holmes Beach location for Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes has been on Anna Maria Island at 6000 Marina Drive for the past 40 years.

But rising taxes and the high cost of wind insurance for an Island business are claiming another victim.

Ken Griffith said the Island Chapel property is up for sale because the company had its wind insurance canceled and the high cost of a policy with another company was prohibitive.

Griffith said the decision to leave the Island wasn't easy, but throw in the near 50 percent increase in property taxes on Island business properties the past few years along with the wind insurance problem and the bottom line for the company dictated a tough decision.

Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes is a family-owned business that has operated in Holmes Beach since 1962. The company also has locations on Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue in Bradenton.