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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 11 Jan-. 19, 2005 FREE
Real estate sales, land values continue to boom
By Rick Catlin
Real estate values on Anna Maria Island continued
their upward spiral the past six months, according to
several local real estate agents, and with the demand for
Florida living from baby-boomers, the end of the quest
for Island living is not likely in sight.
Gail Tutewiler, the top sales agent for Wedebrock
Real Estate in Holmes Beach the past two years, said
starts this week
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach's first murder trial is ongoing this
Jury selection was scheduled to begin yesterday,
\ ith opening comments by defense and prosecuting
attorney s slated to being today, Jan. 19, in the death of
Carol Foreman allegedly at the hands of Kim Bean.
Foreman. 56, was found dead in the home she
rented on Third Street North Feb. 4. 2004. b\ her e,.-
boyfriend. After a 36-hour investiga-
tiion, Bradenton Beach Police Det.
SSgt. Lenard Diaz said Kim Bean, 46,
of Second Street, confessed to him
of killing Foreman.
Cause of death was "blunt force
Trauma to the head," according to
Bean the report at the time. State attor-
neys charged Bean with second-
Based on his investigation, Diaz said Bean, Fore-
man and others were in Foreman's home smoking
crack cocaine the night of Feb. 3. The other people in
the home left, and Bean and Foreman were alone in the
home when the two allegedly got into an argument.
Bean described the incident to Diaz, saying Fore-
man had picked up a wine bottle and struck out at him.
"He grabbed it from her and struck her on the forehead
once," Diaz said, "and she fell to the floor. He grabbed
his things and as he was leaving, she grabbed at his leg
and tried to bite him. He said he kicked her once in the
face, and said she was still alive when he left."
Diaz said Bean then went to a friend's house in
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said
Diaz contacted Bean in the course of his investigation
and, after a four-hour interview, Bean confessed to the
Bean later recanted his statement and claimed that
someone else committed the murder. He was then
charged with second-degree murder.
Foreman had been a cook at the Bridge Street Pier
and Cafe for about five years, and was popular in the
neighborhood, according to her landlord, Gale Carter.
"She was trying to bring her life back around," Carter
Bean was a commercial fisherman, working as a
stone crabber in Cortez.
Defending Bean is Assistant Public Defender Pe-
ter B. Belmont. Prosecuting him is Assistant State At-
torney Brian Iten. Diaz said the case should last at least
through this week.
SThe last homicide in Bradenton Beach was the Feb.
27, 1990, stabbing of Melanie Wright in the 2400 block
of Avenue A, a case that remains unsolved.
inquiries and sales have been brisk and the real estate
appreciation is continuing. Land values ha\e risen an
estimated 30 percent the past year, she said.:
"People talk about the bubble being reached, but
people are still moving to Florida and the babN
boomers keep coming," she said. A lot of people are
inquiring about purchasing a business or vacant prop-
erty, she added.
While some people might think a $2 million con-
dominium or $3 million beachfront home is a bit high,
Tutewiler said that her colleagues in Fort Lauderdale
Beach, Marco Island and Sanibel still consider Island
real estate a bargain.
Fact is, said Tutewiler, two-bedroom condomini-
ums off the water can still be found for under $400,000
and she recently listed a two-bedroom condominium at
PLEASE SEE PROPERTY, NEXT PAGE
Welcome home, finally
Rick Schluederberg relaxes with a cup of coffee aboard "Sea Wolf" the 35-foot sloop he sailed around the
world. He recently dropped anchor in Anna Maria Sound near where his parents Dick and Ann Schluederberg
live. For more on his adventures, see page 14.
DOT pushes back Key Royale Bridge construction
By Rick Catlin
Seems like the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion is trying to drop construction of a new Key Royale
Bridge in Holmes Beach in its future plans.
The DOT had already moved construction of the
bridge to its 2008-09 budget year before the Holmes
Beach city commission last year took the bridge by
its handrails and voted to spend the city's own
money for a new bridge and be reimbursed in a fu-
ture DOT budget.
That sounded like a good plan as the commission
expected construction to begin this year, but Mayor
Carol Whitmore told commissioners at their Jan. 11
meeting that the DOT won't start until January 2006,
a full year away.
That despite the fact that the city has funded con-
struction of the bridge in its 2004-05 budget.
Whitmore said DOT officials claim it will take that
long to get a U.S. Coast Guard permit for construction.
Efforts to get DOT to build a new Key Royale Bridge
have been ongoing for the past five years.
In other business, Whitmore told commissioners
that a contract to remove mold from city hall has gone
out to bid, Manatee County traffic engineers will assist
the city with planning some traffic calming measures
for Marina Drive by the Wachovia Bank, and Banks
Engineering is designing a plan to relocate the city's
leaking drainage system underneath the Pure Oil sta-
tion at the Gulf Drive-Marina Drive intersection.
Commissioners also heard from County Com-
missioner Joe McClash about the proposed county
charter (see separate story), but McClash also
brought good news.
The deal for emergency beach renourishment of
much of Anna Maria's shoreline by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers is back on track after the Corps said
the beach needs renourishment desperately and it
would follow quality control guidelines for the
"They can't completely guarantee the quality,"
said McClash, but County Environmental Systems
Manager Charlie Hunsicker, who had originally op-
posed the Corps plan, was satisfied with their efforts.
McClash also said'commissioners will look at pur-
chasing Leverock's restaurant at the east end of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge for a boat ramp, although he
understood that the land is only leased.
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Property values, sales still soar
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Bayview Terrace for $249,000. "I don't expect that one
to last very long," she observed.
But prices continue to rise. Just two years ago,
some single-family homes were selling in the upper
$200,000 to lower $300,000 range. "Now," said
Tutewiler, "there's nothing below $400,000 for a
While values might not continue to rise at 30 per-
cent each year, Tutewiler doesn't foresee appreciation
dropping below 10 to 12 percent annually.
"This Island is still a good value for real estate and
prices are never going to be lower," she concluded.
Likewise, said Mike Norman of Mike Norman
Real Estate in Holmes Beach.
"There are still a lot of good value properties avail-
able and I see nothing to indicate values will not con-
tinue to increase," he said. Indeed, for 2004, his office
increased sales by.53 percent.
"Last year was a banner year for us," Norman
While he has seen a slight slowdown in the num-
ber of real estate inquiries recently, those who are look-
ing are serious buyers, particularly people looking for
-Longtime real estate agent Brenda Boyd-May of
Boyd Realty, with offices in Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach and Bradenton, said business has been outstand-
"I don't see any slow-up. I'm very busy and con-
tinuing to get inquiries. We're still in a very good sales
market," she said.
But there's a downside to the Island real estate
boom. Some longtime Island residents are selling:out
at fantastic prices and taking their profits inland, where
homes are cheaper.
"Iworry that our retirement is now in our homes,"
said Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney.
"We came here to die on fixed incomes. We're not
dying and our incomes are no longer fixed and the
money is in the house we bought 20 years ago."
The temptation to sell that house purchased a few
years ago for $100,000 to the investor today for
$600,000 can be o\ erwhelmin .g he acknowledged.
Indeed, one longtime Island resident, who asked -
not to be identified, said she sold her Holmes Beach
house two years ago for $550,000 and pocketed
$450,000. after paying off the mortgage. She then
moved to a new housing de ellopment in Bradenton,
-paid $250,000 cash for her brand'new residence, and
still had $200,000 left in the bank. "And that was in
2003," she said.
Holihes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, who grew
up on the Island, said she's concerned that the Island
is losing its population and its flavor.
"Every week we see more people selling out, more
'mom-and-pop' businesses selling to investors and
condominium developers," she said. "How can we re-
tain our old Florida charm when people keep leaving?"
Norman himself has noticed that in his Bradenton
Beach neighborhood, about 80 percent of the houses
are owned by non-residents, while just a few years ago,
every house was.homesteaded.
Figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce
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census bureau indicate that the Island's permanent
population has remained stagnant since the 2000 cen-
sus, while that of Manatee Count\ has climbed to more
than 300,000 in just four years.
Overall, the Island's population increased by only
84 people bettteen 2000 and 2002, according to the
census bureau estimate, climbing from 8,162 to 8,346,
a gain of just 1 percent.
The bureau estimated Holmes Beach went from
4,966 residents to 5,008, a jump of less than 1 percent,
-while Bradenton Beach rose from 1,482 people to
1,500, an increase also under 1 percent. Anna Maria
had the biggest percentage gain at 1.3 percent, climb-
ing from 1,814 people to 1,838 people in two years.
During the same two-year period, the population of
all of Manatee County rose 6.7 percent, from 264,002
to an estimated 281,000 residents. The census bureau
now estimates more than 300,000 people live in Mana-
tee County. New estimates for the Island population
will be available later this summer, according to the
bureau's Web site.
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By Rick Catlin
Members of the Coalition Against Runaway Taxa-
tion group founded on Anna Maria Island last year will
head to the Manatee County Commission Jan. 25 ask-
ing to present their proposal for an entirely new taxa-
tion system for the Island.
Organizer Don Schroder, who is also president of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, told
members at their Jan. 13 meeting that the organization
has to get permission that day to be on the county's
for waste collection
The current contract between the City of
Holmes Beach and Waste Management Inc. is up
for renewal soon and with a new contract will
come a new method of collecting solid household
waste and recyclable materials.
The proposed automated pickup system in-
volves new containers that will be supplied by
In order for the commission and city residents
to understand how the new plan will work, a 10-
minute video describing the system will be shown
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the city commission
The public is invited to the showing and Waste
Management personnel will be available to pro-
vide additional details and answer questions.
For more details, call Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner Don Maloney, the commission liaison to
Waste Management, at 778-4865.
Feb. 5 agenda.
The proposal is that the county refund to certain
Island business owners any taxes paid above the 2003-
04 tax rate.
Schroder credited Manatee County Commissioners
Joe McClash and Jane von Hahmann, along with
County Administrator Ernie Padgett, x ith devising that
plan that could maintain count. ta\ revenues from the
Island, but provide some relief from high taxes.
"They've certainly given us a positive response on our
problems," he said.
CART and a number of Island elected officials
have claimed that rising property values and accompa-
nying taxation on the Island are driving away many of
the "mom-and-pop" businesses'that are a feature of
Anna Maria Island and have been for decades.
To preserve the Island character, Island businesses,
depending upon the type and ownership, should be
taxed at a different, lower rate, CART claims.
Schroder said CART needs a budget analysis by
March 1 to present to the county that will show how the
county can maintain tax revenue under the CART plan.
The group is also looking at hiring a lobbyist to get a
change in Florida law allowing a reduction in property
More than 80 people attended the initial CART
meeting in November 2004 at the Holmes Beach City
Hall to vent their anger and frustration with the rising
taxes and property values on the Island. They, along
with Schroder and CART co-founder Nigel Brown, are
upset that many business properties such as rental units
and small motels are valued as condominiums under
the "best use" of land valuation system used by the
Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office..Taxes
for non-homesteaded property such as a business have
doubled and tripled in just four years in some cases,
CART members have said.
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 19, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Jan. 24, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Jan. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, presentation on charter government, anchor-
age update, establishment ofCRA committee discussion,
approval of agenda backup procedures, appointment of
Michael Pierce as alternate to code enforcement board,
hometown democracy discussion, process for recognition
of city stewards, waterbore transportation ordinance dis-
cussion, asset disposal discussion, city attorney invoice
approval, Erickson Consulting Engineers invoice ap-
proval, consent agenda, commission liaison reports and
calendar scheduling and review.
Jan. 25., 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Jan. 26, 5 p.m., Citizens Advisory Committee for the
Review and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Jan. 24, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Jan. 25, city commission meeting with work session to
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 19, 6 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 20, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
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McClash outlines county charter to Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
In biblical times, Daniel went into the lion's den
and came out a winner. The same might not be said for
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, who
entered.the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting
Jan. 11 to give a presentation on the proposed county
charter to a bunch of lions ready for their evening meal.
While McClash didn't get eaten up, he didn't seem
to come out a winner. Commissioners and Mayor Carol
Whitmore were clearly opposed to any charter that
would take away home rule from Holmes Beach, or
any other Manatee County municipality.
McClash, however, explained patiently that this is
just a draft document, that the commission wanted in-
put from the municipalities and a day-long discussion
forum on the charter has been scheduled for Jan. 27.
"We have to have something to start with. Nothing
is rubber-stamped, but we need to clean up issues" of
growth management, he observed. The proposed
county charter, if approved by voters, calls for a 14-
member planning council that would establish a county
land-use plan for adoption by the county commission.
The planning council would be composed of the seven
county commissioners, one school board member, and
a representative from each of the six county municipali-
The county plan would include provisions to estab-
lish maximum density and intensity of developments,
building height limitations and concurrency standards,
among other requirements. The municipalities would
have to comply with the plan under the proposed
The charter is needed, claimed McClash, because
countywide development issues are difficult to deal
with and the "Accord" agreement reached three years
ago between the cities and county over such issues has
"no binding obligation."
He did.agree that part of the downside for munici-
palities is that the city must comply with the county
uniform land-use plan when approving their compre-
hensive and land-use plans. The city can be more strin-
gent than the county under the proposed charter, he
added, but not more lenient.
With the charter and uniform land plan, cities such
as Bradenton and Palmetto could not annex land with-
out county and planning council approval.
In addition, added McClash, a 1977 study by the
Florida Legislature suggested that counties should es-
tablish "home rule" through a charter. Polk County,
which includes Lakeland, recently passed a county
Commissioner Don Maloney agreed the county
needs a uniform land-use plan, but not one that governs
the municipalities. He suggested a charter similar to
Sarasota County, where the charter and land-use plan
do not apply to municipalities.
Mayor Carol Whitmore, a strong opponent of the
proposed charter, agreed the county needs a charter, but
not at the expense of home rule for the cities.
"Use the Sarasota example as a 'starter charter' for
growth management," she said.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger was a bit more
vocal. "You have a legal right" to bring the charter to
a countywide vote, "but do you have a moral right?"
Hold on a second, said McClash. "Don'tjust be on
the 'no' side. Give us your input and make this better."
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, whose
district includes Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key,
said that if her constituents "do not support this, it will
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be difficult for me to support, so I need citizens to tell
me how they feel."
Whitmore suggested that her constituency was al-
ready speaking because everybody she's talked to in
Holmes Beach is opposed to the charter if it affects the
Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles Hack-
ney presented figures to show that 88 percent of all new
construction in 2004 was in unincorporated Manatee
The message was clear to Whitmore. "The county
needs a growth charter, not municipalities."
The proposed charter is just "Joe McClash versus
Wayne Poston all over again," she said, referring to the
controversial 686-unit condominium development by
the Arvida-St. Joe Co. approved by the City of
Bradenton for Perico Island over the protests of
McClash and other county commissioners.
The public is invited to attend the Jan. 27 discussion
on the charter.It will start 9:30 a.m. 3 t the Manatee
Civic Center on Haben Boulevard in Palmetto.
McClash plans to attend the Jan. 27 Anina Maria
City Commissio0n meetiri to discuss the charter with
Regional artists are coming together
to hold a silent art auction to benefit
victims of the Asian Tsunami.
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nationally recognized artists, while
directly responding to the disaster.
All proceeds from this event
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6860 Longboat Drive South
1 pm 4 pm on Saturday, January 22
For more information, or to make donations,
please call Susan Curry at 761-9220.
Sponsored by The Longboat Key Center for
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Daylight plane law prompts pros, cons
By Paul Roat
.A rare meeting of members of all of Bradenton
Beach's advisory boards drew one conclusion: There
are a lot of opinions regarding a proposed daylight
plane law to regulate the size and scale of buildings in
Daylight plane laws are not new. In fact, similar
laws have been enacted throughout the state and coun-
try. Basically, it calls for greater building setbacks on
upper floors of buildings, creating what some call a
"wedding cake" design. The style provides a reduction
in scale in construction.
Opponents of the design, though, say it takes away
square footage and thereby reduces the value of prop-
And those concerns and more were voiced last
Thursday by city board members.
Planning and Zoning Board Chair Bob Dale facili-
tated the meeting, which also had representatives from
the city's board of adjustment, code enforcement
board, the ad hoc committee reviewing the city's com-
prehensive plan and even a few members of the city
commission. Dale posed the issue that eventually ech-
oed the theme 'of the discussion.
"It's very difficult to have any living space on a
third floor ofa house on a 50-foot lot with the daylight
plane law in place," Dale said. "On larger lots, yes, you
can do the setbacks, but not on a 50-by-100-foot lot."
Board of adjustment member John Burns con-
curred with Dale, with some additional caveats.
"The big shocker last year wasn't the four hurri-
canes," Burns said, "but the notice from the tax collec-
tor with our taxes. And the next shocker will come
when we get our insurance notice. The question is, if
you reduce the square footage, will you reduce the in-
come from the property. Tiered levels will tie into
Architects Mike McCaleb and Ernest Clay both
said they like the "wedding cake" style of construction,
but agreed it could be more challenging to the design-
ers and could cost more to build than a more conven-
"But there are a lot of people who don't like the
inset look," McCaleb admitted. "Some people say it
looks like a house with a little hat on it."
The daylight scale-designed house "has air, venti-
lation, light character there are a lot of things going
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for it," Clay said.
But not all favored the design. Dan Debaun, a
structural engineer, said he "was not a fan of wedding
The Anna Maria Village Merchants Association
met for breakfast Jan. 12 as guests of Rotten Ralph's
with several members expressing concern that the city
government doesn't seem to be helping businesses.
Ed Chiles of the Sandbar restaurant, Jason Suzor of
the Waterfront Restaurant and Bob and Nicki Hunt of
303 Pine Ave. all discussed their particular difficulties
in dealing with the city commission.
Several AMVMA members said the city commis-
sion appears to be trying to restrict zoning on Pine Av-
enue with a proposed ordinance that would devalue
property and diminish use.
Chiles said he believes the city is trying to decrease
commercial property and put in residential. Addition-
ally, he said the city is making it difficult for him to
comply with a lawsuit-against the Sandbar for non-
compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act.
He's already spent $70,000 to come up with a compro-
mise plan that addresses the ADA lawsuit and solves
the city's drainage issue. Chiles praised the efforts of
Mayor SueLynn to help solve the problem.
But not enough business owners attend city com-
cake design, and I'm not convinced it would be more
Even Building Official Ed Mc Adam voiced some
doubts about the feasibility of the style in some areas
of the city. He said that setting back upper floors in
homes in most of the residentially zoned portions of the
city would dramatically reduce the square footage,
perhaps adversely so. In commercial zones, he said it
"could work, provided you offer some incentives, like
perhaps increasing the footprint of the building."
All agreed on one thing: More discussion would
In other matters, board members agreed to further
discuss the city's vision plan. Mc Adam said that although
the city had a visioning document, it had never been
adopted by the city commission and, in his opinion, such
adoption was needed. Board members agreed to. review
the document and discuss it at a later meeting.
mission meetings on a consistent basis, the mayor said.
"You need to lobby each and every one of the commis-
sioners. Make -your voice known and be consistent,"
she urged AMVMA members.
Kent Davis of the Siam Gardens Resort suggested
members should tell customers about other member's
businesses. "Refer friends and actively tell people about
other Anna Maria businesses. Encourage people to stay in
Anna Maria and give exclusive offers," he told members.
The AMVMA will meet again at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at
the Sandbar restaurant.
Longboat chamber awards
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
announce winners of special honors at the 46th an-
nual awards breakfast Thursday morning, Jan. 20.
The event will be at the Radisson Lido Beach
Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, on Lido Key, from
7:30-9 a.m. Details are available at 383-8217.
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Let the sunshine in
Is the daylight plane going to fly in Bradenton
Officials are weighing the merits of establishing an
enhanced setback policy in which multi-story buildings
would have greater setbacks for upper floors than called
for in the current codes. Some land use planners call the
design a "wedding-cake" style.
The argument is that such a building requirement would
enhance the quaint, Island bungalow style that Bradenton
Beach residents indicated they liked during the visioningg"
process they went through several years ago. The staggered
design would allow more light, more air, more open space
and better vistas to the Gulf of Mexico or Anna Maria Sound
hence the daylight plane moniker.
The problems are that the vast majority of lots in
Bradenton Beach are pretty small. Take a 50-by-100-foot
lot, factor in current setbacks on all sides, and you've got
a small house (by current mega-standards). Go up a floor
and apply the greater setback and you're looking at a
pretty small space.
So one issue is, how much is quaintness worth?
Would visitors be willing to pay more for the quaint-
ness of the "wedding-cake" home?
Another issue lies in the old question of, "What's in
it for me?" In a perfect world, we would have a level play-
ing field where all the properties out here would be va-
cant and a new start would provide the quaintness factor
everyone would like.
Reality is that we've got a huge mix of architectural
styles on this small Island, including solid block homes
that distinctly lack style, and during the visioning process
that sort of untraditional tradition was favored.
So even if we have a wedding cake requirement on
new construction, it will apply slowly to few and far be-
tween and probably mix well into the current hodgepodge
of housing on the Island.
As mentioned last week in a work session with many
of the city's advisory board members, a relaxation of the
*setback on the ground floor could be offered as an entice-
ment to cut back on the upper space. And most first-floor
construction is pilings and parking so it shouldn't pose
much of a problem. Almost all the daylight-plane ordi-
nances elsewhere have this incentive included within their
And then the vista concept of upper floors could be
It's time that daylight plane regulations come out of
the dark and become law. It's just a shame that such rules
didn't become law before the huge building boom and
the condo canyon effect on Gulf Drive struck
Cheers for the tiers.
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Memo to the Anna Maria City Commission:
It appears that we were not entirely clear in our
letter of Jan. 6 as to why the proposed traffic ordinance
is relevant to the parking issue.
In an effort to better explain our case, we will use Fern
Street to make our point, mainly, of course, because our
vested interest lies there, but also because there is no more
egregious example to be cited north of Pine Avenue. We
understand that there are some salient examples south of
Pine as well, but we are not familiar with their details.
In brief, our line of reasoning is this:
North of Pine Avenue there are relatively few park-
ing spaces available within one block of the Gulf
'beach. That is because parking is, mostly prohibited
there through the posting of signs. But it turns out that
these "No Parking" signs are invalid. The proposed
ordinance will legalize them.
In the Bean Point area, all of the available parking
spaces within one block of the Gulf beach are on Fern
Street. Thus Fern is carrying a disproportionately large
part of the beach parking burden, and over half of that
is in front of our house.
Once all existing "No Parking" signs are validated
by ordinance, it is unlikely that they will ever be
changed. Consequently, those with "No Parking" signs
currently posted on their properties will have a signifi-
cantly reduced need to continue petitioning for a com-
prehensive parking plan.
That will leave a relatively small number of prop-
erty owners bearing the brunt of the parking burden for
the indefinite future. In fact, we will be too few to ex-
ert any effective political pressure for a subsequent
change in the parking policy.
Our point is that the city already has a restrictive
parking policy in place, but with some of us left out.
The ordinance will make it permanent. We contend that
the ordinance should protect not only those with "No
Parking" signs currently posted at their properties, it
should include provisions for the rest of us as well.
Either that, or it should cover. oly those "Na Parking". .
signs that are posted for clearly defined safety reasons
and hold the remaining ones in abeyance until such
time as the commission is able to deal with the park-
ing issue in a comprehensive manner.
J. W. and Patricia S. Cunningham, Anna Maria
Not charter, thanks
Manatee County Commissioners Joe McClash and
Jane von Hahmann attended the Holmes Beach City
Commission meeting to discuss the proposed "starter"
charter to our board.
Mr. McClash stated that this would be a good thing
for the Island communities because the Island would
have input in Manatee County and assistance to fight
any legal challenges affecting growth in the future. We
have that now. We just demonstrated that in the legal
challenge with Perico.
The commission and myself do not agree that we
need Manatee County's help. Our city has had a char-
ter for 50 years that is reviewed by a charter review
board and updated or changed every five years by citi-
zen ballot. Our citizens do not need or want Manatee
County controlling the destiny of our city.
I have said this in the past and will continue to say
that the growth problem in Manatee County is located
in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The county property appraiser, Charlie Hackney,
attended our meeting to present facts regarding the
large amount of growth that has occurred in our county.
New construction has run 89.48 percent in 1999 con-
sistently to 88.13 percent in 2004 in the unincorporated
areas of the county versus 2.4 percent to 5.85 percent
in the incorporated areas (cities) in 2004.
Unfortunately Mr. McClash left our meeting when
.Mr. Hackney presented facts that show the issue is the
county, not the cities.
Manatee County needs to control its own growth and
vision of what it wants to see in the county, which can be
done very easily in the comprehensive plan and land de-
velopment codes. We do not need a charter in the county.
Carol Whitmore, mayor, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 19, 2005 0 PAGE 7
Islander Dunnigan honored by Manatee County
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette
Dunnigan, a resident of Anna Maria Island, has been
twice recognized this month for her achievements with
Manatee County's Drug Court Program.
First, the Board of Manatee County Commission-
ers proclaimed Jan. 4, 2005, "Honorable Janette
Dunnigan Appreciation Day" for her work with the
drug court program, which began in January 2003.
According to the proclamation,
during Dunnigan's tenure there have
been five drug-free babies born to
drug court participants, saving the
taxpayers approximately $1.5 mil-
lion in treatment had they been born
addicted to drugs.
During her tenure there have been
Dunnigan more than 2,500 hours of public ser-
vice work performed and more than
$40,000 in restitution paid.
According to the proclamation, 88 percent of drug
court graduates have stayed "crime free and drug free"
for at least 18 months.
In light of these achievements, Dunnigan was also
honored last week at the 11th Annual Humanitarian
Awards Banquet held at the Palmetto Youth Center to
kick off Manatee County's Martin Luther King Jr. holi-
Dunnigan was one of nine local leaders recognized
for achievements in community service and humani-
tarianism. She received the Outstanding Citizenship
Award Administration of Justice.
Dunnigan is both an undergrad and law school gradu-
ate of Florida State University. Before her appointment to
the bench, she worked as an assistant public defender in
both Manatee and Sarasota counties, as a private practi-
tioner in Sarasota County and an assistant state attorney
in both Manatee and Sarasota counties.
As a circuit judge, Dunnigan previously served in
the Family, Juvenile, Civil and Felony Divisions. She
is currently assigned to drug court, probate, guardian-
ship and domestic violence contempt cases.
She has served the community as a board member
for Manatee County's Children's Services and the
American Cancer Society.
Island resident Barbara Zdravecky is being hon-
ored at the National Council of Jewish Women's
"Women in Power" luncheon today at Michael's on
East in Sarasota.
Zdravecky is the President/CEO of Planned Parent-
hood of Southwest and Central
Florida, which currently operates six
nonprofit women's health centers
S throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Zdravecky is a longtime proponent
.! of omen's health issues in the
Sarasota-Manatee area as well as at
the state and national levels. She has
Zdravecky, worked in the nonprofit sector as a
social worker, counselor and regis-
tered nurse in community mental health and.women's
and children's healthcare.
She has been at the forefront advocating for
women's health issues in Tallahassee and before local
governmental boards for moie than 10 years. Last April
she led a 200-member delegation to Washington, D.C.,
to represent the Tampa Bay area at the historic "March
for Women's Lives."
Prior to heading the local Planned Parenthood affili-
ate, she served in several administrative positions at Mana-
tee Memorial Hospital directing women's health, psychi-
atric and community relations programs. She also worked.
as a counselor at the Community Mental Health Center.
She is an.appointed member of the Florida Com-
mission on the Status of Women, Manatee County
Commission on the Status of Women, the Manatee
Center for Women's Health Advisory Committee and
Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County's board of
Her expertise on women's health issues is well re-
spected by area news media, evidenced by her frequent
guest appearances on many radio,and television pro-
Ten years ago in the Jan. 19, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria residents along North Shore Drive com-
plained to the city commission that beachgoers are using
the Rod & Reel Pier parking lot late at night, littering the
area, making excessive noise and disturbing residents.
The Save Anna Maria organization, dedicated to
halting plans by the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation for a new, 65-foot-high, fixed-span bridge to
replace the two-lane Anna Maria Island drawbridge,
began fundraising efforts to pay an attorney to repre-
sent SAM at the DOT public hearings. Bunny Garst
donated $1,000 to the fund to start the effort.
A stuck electrical switch caused a power outage
in Bradenton Beach that left the Cortez Bridge span in
the upright position for nearly two hours until Florida
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Center construction plans ready for P&Z review
By Diana Bogan
Preliminary plans for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's renovation project are set to go before
the Anna Maria City Planning and Zoning Board Mon-
day, Jan. 24.
The review by the P&Z is the first step in gaining
approval and permitting for proposed plans to renovate
the Center's existing facilities and add a second story,
increasing the overall space by 13,000 square feet.
Currently, the staff operates out of one main office
shared by multiple personnel, a second office shared by
four staff members, and the athletic office, which was
a former store room, is shared by two staff members
and also houses sports equipment. The program office
is another former storage area and two counselors share
space in the family library room.
Assistant Executive Director Scotf Dell said the
additional space will not only provide staff with ad-
equate office space, but also provide enough room to
meet the needs of the entire community especially
the young working adults and teens currently
The designated uses for rooms in the preliminary
design plan reflects feedback from the community on
current programming interests, but Dell says rooms
will be multi-functional and adaptable to meet future
needs of the community.
The new:Center was designed with concerns in
mind that were raised by neighbors in previous public
meetings. Executive Director Pierrette Kelly said dis-
cussions are ongoing with neighbors in an effort to be
a good neighbor.
To help alleviate traffic concerns and congestion
on Magnolia Avenue, the plans call for a dropoff area
that will allow at least three cars to line up in front of
the main entrance. Dell said the dropoff should elimi-
nate the need for people to pull into a neighbor's drive-
way or stop in the middle of the road.
The plans include a minimum of 20 additional park-
ing spaces at the current playground and near the stadium
press box where there are concrete bleachers now.
The bleachers will be replaced, in part by parking
spaces, and downsized to smaller stadium-style aluminum
bleachers. The new bleacher seating will also be covered.
There will also be park benches and picnic tables near the
new playground overlooking the ball field.
The new building is designed to allow the Center
to provide more programming for adults in addition to
after-school programs for elementary-age children on
the first level at the same time after-school activities are
provided for teens on the second floor, adhering to
Florida's licensing requirements.
The redesign of the existing Center's ground-floor
space includes one main entry. Once inside the build-
ing, secure access to the playground will be relocated
to a courtyard adjacent to the ball field.
Upon entering the building, there will be a recep-
tion area for staff and a learning center. The large learn-
Preliminary drawings of the Center renovation show
a stage, culinary arts kitchen, cafe louh'ge andda
Anna Maria Island Community Center Executive
Director Pierrette Kelly displays plans for future
reconstruction of the Center facilities. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
ing center can be divided into two separate meeting
spaces, Dell said, which will allow two programs at
once, or separation of groups for different activities.
Across the hall from the learning.center, a 29-by-
42-foot activity room replaces the existing counseling
room, kitchen and bathrooms. This room will be con-
nected to the gymnasium to increase the amount of'
space available for special events.
Dell said the staff is very excited about the activ-
ity room. It will permit an organization to. carry on a
meeting at the same time a sports event is taking place.
It will also provide an additional reception area for
weddings or banquets.
The gym will not only be getting a new roof, but
it will also be transformed into an auditorium with a
permanent stage. By adding to the rear of the existing
building the stage will be built onto the existing gym
and will be equipped with professional lighting.
Dell said the addition of a stage was spurred by,
feedback from community 'organizations with a need
for performance space. He said, for example, the stage
would give the Island Orchestra and Chorus a venue.
The gym can seat 300 people and the activity room
could serve as a lobby during intermission.
Dell said he is also working on the prospect of hav-
ing a retractable movie screen installed along with the
stage so the Center could offer movie nights.
The ground floor of the new Center will also fea-
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The new second-story addition to the Center may
house a computer lab, conference room and gamne
room for teens.
ture larger bathroom facilities,a large kitchen designed
to accommodate culinary education programs, and a
Center cafe. The proposed cafe will provide conces-
sions for indoor events, said Dell, and a place to con-
gregate and relax.
The second floor will be accessible by elevator or
stairs. There will be an office for Center staffto moni-
tor activities upstairs.
In addition to office space for center staff, and ad-
Sministrative center and additional bathrooms, there will
be a conference room.
The second floor will also house a computer learn-
ing center equipped for computer education classes.
Dell said during the after-school program, the comput-
ers may be used by students to aid with homework and
Internet research. Otherwise, the computers will be
available for public use.
There will also be a designated technology learn-
ing center for courses on electronics. The largest room
upstairs is the performing arts center. This room \ ill be
soundproof and used for dance and theatrical classes as
well as available to musical groups looking for re-
Island teens will also find a home for thememil es
in the proposed game room and lounge. Dell said this
room will have large glass \ifiidows, pool tables,
couches, games and, most importantly, be a space teens
can call their own. Dell said the game lounge would be
designated as a teen gathering place during the Center's
hours of operation.
S Finally, the second floor will provide two private
Counseling offices near the rear of the building and will
have a private entry to provide clients more privacy.
The proposed building phase is November 2005 to
April 2006, although Kelly said the team hopes to start
earlier in the summer when there would be less disrup-
tion to everyone.
During the construction phase, the Center opera-
tions will move to the Island Baptist Church. Kelly said
the church board has approved the Center's use of the
classrooms previously occupied by the Island Middle
School and, more recently, by Anna Maria city staff.
Dell said he is still working on securing space for
the athletic programs to continue uninterrupted during
construction. He said plans have not been finalized, but
he hopes to use the athletic field adjacent to Holmes
Beach City Hall.
THE ISLANDER N JAN. 19, 2005 U PAGE 9
Bradenton Beach asks: 'Where's Gulf Drive?'
By Rick Catlin
Plans for a multi-use path along Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach may be on hold for quite some time
after a survey of the road by the engineering firm of
Wilson Miller found that the city rights of way around
the Gulf Drive-Fifth Street South intersection do not
match with the Florida Department of Transportation
What that means, said surveyor Jennie Brannon of
Wilson Miller, is that some private property owners
have unknowingly been using city right of way for
some time without realizing the error because their
surveys were not based upon the DOT monuments.
Brannon made her presentation Jan. 11 to the
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor
Management Entity, the group spearheading the drive
to get the multi-use path constructed. A new survey
was needed by Manatee County to determine exact
ownership of all property that the multi-use path would
go through along Gulf Drive.
Brannon said every property owner's survey she
looked at in that particular area was different from what
the DOT has for its survey. What's needed now is an
agreement between the city and the DOT on where the
road line and DOT monuments should be. The city also,
has to decide what to do about any encroachments by pri-
vate property owners and utilities in the rights of way.
"The best choice is to establish a permanent survey
line first," said Brannon, but the DOT could stall the
project by saying it wants what it claims is its right of
way, not what the city says it should be.
She said she would prepare a scope of work that
outlines what each party should do to solve the issue
and present that to City Commissioner Bill Shearon, the
along with surveyor
Jennie Brannon of
an fu- aEngineering, center,
and members of the
city's scenic high-
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ponder a new survey
of Gulf Drive done
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commission liaison to the CME. Shearon will then take
that-document to the commission for discussion. Re-
maining funds authorized by the city for the survey
should cover the expense of the scope, Brannon said.
Holmes Beach code board revisits unfinished business
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board has
what appears to be a lengthy agenda for its Thursday
meeting. However, it won't be hearing any new cases.
The agenda is stacked with followups to hearings
held in November. The majority of the cases involve
Island businesses in violation of the city's Dumpster
regulations. The board will be reviewing cases against
Beach Townhouse, Castnetter Resort, Alamanda Vil-
las, Domino's Pizza, Air & Energy and Bank of
America to ensure that the properties have been
brought into compliance.
Also back before the board is the case brought
against the Elefterios and Kassiani Stefantos property
at 524 74th St. The owners are deceased but the execu-
tors of the estate agreed in November to bring the dis-
repair into compliance.
The only new business on the agenda involves-a
case considered by the board at its November meeting.
Property owners William and Dana Holmes of 107
47th St. were found in violation of the floodplain man-
agement ordinance due to the existence of a third unit
located on the ground floor of the duplex.
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the Naples Museum of Art in January and February.
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includes transportation, lunch, museum admission and
The first trip, Saturday, Jan. 22, departs at 8:30
a.m. from the Education Center and returns at 4:30 p.m.
from Largo. Participants will view the Gulf Coast
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On Feb. 19, a bus will leave the Center at 8 a.m.
and return at 5 p.m. from the Naples Museum of Art.
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Bingo is back at
Annie Silver Community Center
Enjoy a game of bingo in a smoke-free environ-
ment at the Annie Silver Community Center in
Bradenton Beach every Thursday at 7 p.m. through.
Refreshments are available and prizes are donated
by local businesses for bingo winners.
Everyone is welcome to attend. The center is lo-
cated at the corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C.
For more information, call Kit Redeker at 778-
Affaire '05 ready for reservations
Reservations are being taken now for the 2005
version of An Affaire to Remember, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center's premier social event and
It will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the ball-
room of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost is the same as last year,
$125 per person, $1,000 for a table of eight.
Reservations may be made at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, or by phone at 778-1908.
Items are being sought for the auction in conjunc-
tion with the Affaire, said Trudy Moon, who again this
year is chairing the event. Proceeds go to support the
Center's educational, recreational, cultural and social
programs for all ages, she said.
Last year more than 350 attended the Affaire and
it raised some $300,000.
largest with more than 200 competitors. There were
165 Shetland sheepdogs competing, more than any
other breed of the 91 represented from 44 states.
Twisster's division was winnowed to 60 to compete in
the finals, and he then took the 10th place spot.
"In my opinion, we were the underdog," Tw is- said.
And will Twisster make an appearance at next
"We do it for fun," Twiss said, "We may go again,
but right now I just don't know."
Tsunami-donations topped by 'outsider'
Nationally recognized outsider artist Ruby C. Williams
has contributed three ofher paintings to the event
organized by local artists to raise funds for victims of
the tsunamis. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday
at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive S., Longboat Key. Williams delivered her paint-
ings this week because she will be traveling from her
'home in Bealsville to Washington, D.C., for a reception
for "On Their Own," including her works at the
Smithsonian Institution. Williams was featured at a
fundraiser hosted last year by The Islander. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Thrift shop clearing storage
The thrift shop of Roser Memorial Community
Church wilt clear out excess items from storage with a
yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 22. The sale
will be at the thrift shop's quarters, 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Details may be obtained by calling 779-2733.
Classes -in writing, photo offered
Classes in writing and photography to be led by An-
drew Little are being prepared by, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The creative writing class is open for scheduling,
with participants being consulted so a program accom-
modating everyone can be established, said Little. It
will be in an informal weekly workshop format.
The photography class will be in digital photogra-
phy from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Cen-
ter. Little said it will be quite basic, designed for begin-
ners of the new digital form and as well as for those
more advanced. Cost is $10 per person.
Those interested in either course may call Little at
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 19, 2005 0 PAGE 11
By Rick Catlin- '
The federal bankruptcy court in Tampa has sided
with the Tidemark development group and ordered
Southstar LLC of Coral Gables to gile Tidemark its
lease of 20 parking spaces that holds \ ith Wachovia in
Homes Beach, according to Nick Easterling of Tide-
But Judge Alexander Paskay has not yet signed the
official order and Easterling and his new.partners, Re-
liance Property Group, are still awaiting that decision
to proceed to the ne\t phase of the project.
"That's going to be the marina first," said
SIsland police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 12, 400 block of Tarpon Street, information.
A vehicle caused damage to a cart and garbage cans in
front of a residence.
Jan. 8. 2500 block of Gulf Dri\ e. drug arrest. Gayla
Griffiths, 47. of Bradenton. \\as arrested for possession
of crack cocaine, a marijuana cigarette. and two crack
pipes during a routine traffic stop. Griffiths told police
the items belonged to another passenger in the van, but
that she was aware he had placed the items in her purse.
According to the report, officers also found more than
$1,600 in Griffiths' purse.
Jan. 13, 2300 block of Avenue B, warrant. Offic-
ers executed, a court, order to take a juvenile into cus-
tody for failing to appear in court.
Jan. 13, 12400 block of Cortez Road, driver's license.
A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
SJan. 8, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Beach Club,
drug arrest. J6ffrey Varnadore, 18, and Jesse Hanna,
18, both of Bradenton, were arrested for possession of
marijuana. According to the report, Varnadore was
stopped for a routine traffic citation and was found to
be in possession of 6.8 grams of marijuana. He also
consented to a search of his rental unit, where police
recovered more marijuana and paraphernalia. The re-
sort manager notified officers that Varnadore was the
only person authorized.to be staying in the unit and an
additional vehicle parked in front of the unit belonging
to Hanna was not authorized to be kept on the property.
Officers searched Hanna's vehicle and found a total of
Lifeline health screening
Life Line Screenings will offer four health
evaluations at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach, Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Screenings will be available for stroke/ca-
rotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneu-
rysm, peripheral arterial disease and
Life Line will offer a vascular package that
includes the first three screenings for $135 and
a wellness package of all four screenings for
Pre-registration is required, and appoint-
ments can be made by calling toll free (800)
Easterling. At the same time, however, plans for con-
dominium presales at the 40-unit hotel/marina complex
are under way, he said.
Southstar had attempted to partner with Tide-
mark last year in a financial deal to bring Tidemark
out of bankruptcy, but Easterling eventually rejected
Southstar's offer in fa\or of RPG.
During the Southstar alliance, the company had
obtained a lease of 20 parking spaces for Tidemark
from Wachovia. In October 2004, Paskay ordered
that lease turned over to Tidemark; but Southstar
refused, claiming it was owed compensation by
Easterling and RPG.
Q Bad Friday
The heavy rains last
Friday caused havoc with
Island motorists, as
S evidenced by this crash at
I = Bthe Al Manatee Avenue-East
S Ba\ Dor ve intersection.
r('ird 8:40 a.m. Another
accident around the same
11it rook place at the east
Cd i i t r ite Anna Maria
Levert'Ok's. No serious
injuries were reported in
either mishap. Islander
PhoWtoI Keith Barnett
78 grams of marijuana, packaging materials and what
appeared to be a distribution list of customer names and
Jan. 9, 3500 block of Fourth Avenue, burglary.
According to the report, three cell phones, two digital
cameras and two baseball caps were reported missing
from a rental unit.
Jan. 11, 100 block of 30th Street, abandoned ve-
hicle. A vehicle left in the right of way appeared to be
abandoned and was tagged with a 72-hour notice of
Jan. 11, 100 block of 30th Street, abandoned vehicle.
While in the area on another abandoned vehicle call, the
officer observed another disabled vehicle parked in the
right of way and within 30 feet of a stop sign. It was also
tagged with a removal notice.
Jan. 11, 100 block of 49th Street, burglary. Resi-
dents returning home for the season reported dam-
age to the garage door of the residence. According
to the report, it did not appear access was gained to
Jan. 11, 400 block of 28th Street, juvenile runaway.
- A woman reported her 17-year-old daughter as a run-
away after she did not return home for two days. While
on patrol, an officer saw the teenager on the phone at
the gas station and returned her home to her mother.
Jan. 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported a credit card and cash stolen
from his vehicle.
Jan. 13, 3246 E. Bay Drive, Old Hamburg Restau-
rant, fraud. A couple reportedly left the restaurant with-
out paying for their meals.
University women's fundraising
The Manatee County Branch of the American As-
sociation of University Women will sponsor a fashion
show luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the El Conquis-
tador Country Club.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and fashions
will be presented by Chico's of St. Armands Circle.
This event is the annual fundraiser for the organiza-
tion and the proceeds are used to provide scholarships for
local women and girls furthering their education.
Furthering women's education is only one of the
purposes of AAUW. The organization also promotes
equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth
and development of opportunities for women and girls.
Membership is open to all graduates who hold a
baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally ac-
credited college or university.
For more information or reservations, call Jane
Cheatham at 741-9645.
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Wednesday, Jan. 19
7:15 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society field trip with
Jeanne Dubi to the Sarasota Celery Fields departs from the
downtown Bradenton Post Office parking lot, 824 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 778-7975. Bring a bag lurch.
9a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" volun-
teer planning meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 497-4309, ext. 39.
6 to 7p.m. "Parenting with Love and Logic" workshop
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies,
babysitting available if registered by noon.
Thursday, Jan. 20
7:30 to 9 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
awards breakfast and annual meeting at the Radisson Lido
Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Beach. Information:
387-9519. Fee applies.
3:45 to 4:45p.m. Power Yoga for Kids ages 6 -
Cindy Phillips at the Island Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Luve,
Holmes Beach. Information: 224-0292. Fee applies...
6 p.m. Authentic Greek dinner at the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1638. Fee applies.
'6 to 7p.m. Neighborhood Enhancement Grant informa-
tion meeting at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrotta Blvd. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 749-3070.
7p.m. Manatee Conservation Committee meeting at
United Bank, Northeast corner of Manatee Avenue and 26th
Street, Bradenton. Information: 752-3200.
7:30 p.m. Manatee County Audubon Society meeting
with guests Rose Poyner and Judy Ashton of the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Protection Restoration Program will
discuss Felts Audubon Preserve projects at First Presbyterian
Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 758-
S8 p.m. Opening night "Over the Tavern" at the Island
Players, comer of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. In-
formation: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 21
10 B.m. to 3 p.m. Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 2p.m. Family caregiver support group at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, Jan. 22
8a.m. to 4:30p.m. Boat Smart class at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 714-0449. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting at Fit to Eat
Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 to 11 a.m. "Corals: Underwater Construction Workers"
family program at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
9a.m. to 3p.m. Hazardous waste/E-scrap collection at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Red Cross first-aid class at the Anna
Maria island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1904. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manatee River Orchid Society sale
and show at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. Information: 792-0153. Fee applies.
11 a.m. Guided nature walk at the Crowley Museum &
Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota. Information: 322-
3 p.m. Matinee performance of "42nd Street" at the
Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
5p.m. Catfish dinner at the American Legion Post No.
24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489. Fee
Sunday, Jan. 23
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-4769. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Manatee River Orchid Society sale
and show at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. Information: 792-0153. Fee applies.
4.p.m. Sarasota Opera studio artists perform at the First
United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "Beau Jest" at the Island Play-
ers, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 778-
Monday, Jan. 24
9 a.m. Widowed persons support group at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
11 a.m. Volunteer's coffee at the Island Historical iMu-
seum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1514.
7 p.m. An evening of classical music with Barbara
Nissman at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road
W.; Bradenton. Information: 794-6229. Fee applies.
7:30 to 8:15p.m. Jazz dance for ages 11-14 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Tuesday, Jan. 25
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 p.m. 'The Luck of the Draw" dessert card party and
fundraiser at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stella Maris
Activity Center, '4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. In-
formation: 383-5923. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appointments: 749-
3:45 to 4:45p.m. Power Yoga for Kids ages 6-11 with
Cindy Phillips at the Island Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 224-0292. Fee applies.
4:30 p.m. Groundbreaking ceremony at Anna Maria
Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
6 to 7p.m. Neighborhood Enhancement Grant informa-
tion meeting at the Manatee County Utilities Operations Depart-
ment, 4410 66th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 749-3070.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat Key", at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall Park,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Landscape painting workshop with
Jean Blackburn at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center,
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16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota. Information: 322-1000. Fee ap-
"42nd Street at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through Jan. 23. Information: 748-5875. Fee ap-
Meditation class with Sandy Taylor at the Education
Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through Jan.
26. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
One-stroke painting class with Jo Gustavsen at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,'Anna
SMaria, through Jan. 28. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
"Portraits, Pictures & Sculpture" exhibit featuring Lloyd
Singer, Ann Terhardt and Richard Pollock at the Glern Gallery,
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key, through Jan. 30. Information: 751-0266.
Photographer Lou Divita, artists Josephine Vegina and
Bettina Sego exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31. Information: 778-6694.
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 1. lnformation:'778-2099. Fee applies.
Basics of interior design class wilh Bettina Seg' at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Marie, through Feb. 3. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
"Over the Tavern" at the Island Players, corner'of Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through Feb. 6. Iriforma-
tion: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Youth Traditional art class for ages 5-12 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class with Paul
Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 9. Information: 778-2099.
German language class with Bettina Sego at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through Feb. 14. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Power Yoga for Kids ages 6-11 with Cindy Phillips at the
Island Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Feb. 17. Information: 224-0292. Fee applies.
After-school theater training at the Riverfront Theatre, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton, through Feb. 24. Information: 748-
0111. Fee applies.
Saltwater fishing course with Capt. Ric Ehlis at the Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key,
through Feb. 24. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
Classical figure drawing with Ginger White at the Anna
Maria IslandArt League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes:Beach,
through Feb. 25. Information: 778-2099; Fee applies.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin al the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, througn Feb. 28.
Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 17. Information:
Jazz. dance for ages 11-14 at the.Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.; Anna Maria, through
May 2. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Creative dance class for ages 4-6 ai ihe Anna Maria ls-
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Jazz dance class for ages 8-10 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Jan. 27.
Longboat Key Chamber ol Commerce Business After
Hours at Mattison's Culinary Emporium Jan. 27.
Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks at Neel
Auditorium Jan. 28.
Tibetan Buddhist Monk teachings at Zia Walker's
Bradenton Beach home Jan. 28-29.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 19, 2005 0 PAGE 13
At long last, a variance for Anna Maria's Sandbar
By Rick Catlin
It may have taken $70,000 and a year's time, but
Sandbairrestaurant owner Ed Chiles finally got a nod from
the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board Monday. In
a 4--2 vote, the board agreed to recommend to the city
commission that it approve an alleyway exchange with
Chiles that will allow him to comply vith an American's
with Disabilities lawsuit and solve the long-standing
flooding problems in the parking lot of the restaurant.
The alleyway exchange will give Chiles the 10 feet
he needs to install a handicap-accessible rest-room fa-
cility at the Sandbar that will satisfy the ADA lawsuit.
Chiles will install and maintain a paved walkway to the
restaurant in the new alleyway at his own expense.
But in Anna Maria, nothing comes easy.
More insinuations, accusations, personal opinions
and presumed insults were traded during the two-and-
a-half hour meeting than at the O.J. Simpson trial.
Board members Margaret Jenkins and Chris
Collins were firm in their objections.
Chiles noted that when his family bought the prop-
erty 26 years ago, the city said the alleyway alongside
the restaurant had been vacated.-In 1993, however,
then-Mayor Ray Simches told Chiles that the city had
no record of a vacation order and asked Chiles to re-
apply. The it\ commission, however, rejected that
application amid an uproar from residential neighbors
of the lesLtadiraIi.
Chiles said he's already spent $70,000 on this site
plan, incIuding $22,000 for a drainage study that, when
implemented; will benefitjthe area surrounding the restau-
Business owners in the city were in favor of the
application,, while several adjacent landowners voiced
Resident Robin Wall brought up the fear among
Flu shots Friday at Center
Flu shots will be administered from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia:Ave., Anna Maria.
S-, :Cost per shot is $20 for those 50 and older, or free
yvith Medicare Part B, said the Center. Flu Misf is avail-
able for ages 5-49 at $35 each.
many residents that the restaurant could eventually be
sold for condominium development, but Webb pointed
out that it is zoned commercial and the city has control
over any zoning change, in addition to a number of site
Board chairman Charles Canniff said the issue
seems to be that he and some board members weren't
convinced that the alleyway exchange was the only
way Chiles could become ADA compliant, but Canniff
voted for the swap, as did Webb and board members
John Conoly and Doug Copeland.
But the P&Z recommendation is just the beginning
for Chiles. The board will next review Chiles' site plan
for the walkway and rest rooms at its Feb. 7 meeting.
That site plan will also eventually reach the city com-
mission for a final decision.
Prudence Catherine Gebbia
Prudence Catherine Gebbia of Holmes Beach died
Ms. Gebbia was born in Bronx, N.Y., and moved
to Holmes Beach in 1978. She was a longtime em-
ployee of the Anna Maria City Pier and the former Pete
Reynard's restaurant in Holmes Beach. She was Chris-
Visitation and services were Jan. 16. Memorial
contributions may be made to American Cancer Soci-
ety, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Ste. 136, Bradenton FL
34207. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by brothers Guy and Paul; sister-
in-law Maria; and nieces Kathryn Gebbia-MaGee,
Cheryl, Kathy Quatromani, Barbara Robinson and
Cecil 'Burt' Burton Haynes
.Cecil "Burt" Burton Haynes, 11, of Bradenton
Beach, died Jan. 11 from injuries he suffered after be-
ing hit by a van while riding his bicycle on Cortez Road
He was a student at Sugg
Middle School and previously at-
tended Anna Maria Elementary
School. He was born in Memphis,
Tenn., and moved with his mother,
Constance "Connie" Cordle, to
Haynes Bradenton Beach in 1998.
A memorial service with the
Rev. Allan Bazzy officiating will be held at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22, at Harvey Memorial Community
Church, 300 Church Ave,, Bradenton Beach.
Memorial donations are being collected on be-
half of the family by the Moose Lodge No. 2188,
110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach FL 34217. For
information, contact Ernie Casali, lodge administra-
tor, at 778-4110..
He is survived by his mother; aunts Pamela Allen
of Bradenton Beach and Cynthia Coffman of North
Port; uncle Michael Cordle of Lake Worth; and cous-
ins Carrie Jowers of North Port and Jessica Smith of
Raymond Lawrence LaPointe
Raymond Lawrence LaPointe, 87, of Holmes
Beach, died Jan. 13.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. LaPointe moved to
Holmes Beach from Reisterstown, Md., 15 years ago.
He retired as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy. He
served in the Navy. He worked on the Apollo 11 space
flight and his name is engraved on a plaque left on the
moon by the astronauts. he was a member of the Cafe
on the Beach Breakfast Club and a former board mem-
ber of Westbay Cove condominium association.
There will be no memorial services. Memorialcon-
tributions may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, P.O. Box 1632, Anna Maria FL 34216, or to
Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota FL 34236.
He is survived by daughters Jeanne Hammond of
Westminster, Md., and Suzanne Rohrbaugh of
Lovettsville, Va.; son Larry LaPointe of Tampa; sister
Helene Griffeth of Belaire Bluff; five grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
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Around the world... in about 6 years
By David Futch
Rick Schluederberg wasn't real keen on telling his
story about circumnavigating the globe by himself in.
a 35-foot sloop.
"My parents thought people might be interested,"
he said. "I just thought I would bore people."
Anything but boring, his adventure sailing the great
oceans of the world is filled with enough stories to
make a travel agent jealous.
Almost six years to the day he embarked from Fort
Lauderdale on an around-the-world cruise, Schluederberg
dropped anchor in Anna Maria Sound near where his par-
ents Dick and Ann Schluederberg live.
Asked why he would attempt such an arduous ven-
ture, Schluederberg, 51, laughed before answering that
he and his family had been around sailing all their lives,
mostly on Lake Erie, Long Island Sound and Chesa-
"I've wanted to circumnavigate since I was 16 and
Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay were great
training grounds for what I was getting ready to do," he
said. "Growing up on the water prior to the day of cel-
lular phones, sailing was a great way of leaving every-
thing behind. To me, it's always peaceful when you're
sailing. To me, sailing is a way of communing with
Porpoise were almost daily companions regardless
of where he was on earth. There were many whales
near the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of
Africa "where they sometimes got up close and per-
Or the time a fellow sailor caught a nine-foot black
marlin in the South Pacific and when they presented it
to villagers and their chief, Schluederberg and friends
were welcomed with a ceremony befitting a king.
Other adventures included riding elephants in
Indochina, seeing Komodo dragons on the island of
Komodo, orangutans on Borneo (now called
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partying until dawn with natives from an island off the
coast of Venezuela.
He described New Zealand as a magical place with
all the combined beauty of the United States but fitted
into an island nation the size of California.
"You'd be playing on the beach," Schluederberg
said, "and look up and see snow-capped mountains."
"The best places to go were the places where there
were no tourists," he said. "I purposely sought out those
places and I always seemed to run into them just often
enough to make me keep looking for another one."
There also were portions of Indonesia, Sri.Lanka
and Africa showing the dismal parts of the world,
mostly due to "poverty and squalor that took away a lot
of the enchantment."
Many of the world cruising crowd he met often
carried pencils and Bic pens they would give to chil-
dren in the worst places.
"Pencils were welcome more by children than
candy," he said. "The things we take for granted here
are precious and. valuable to people in third-world
Going it alone wasn't that difficult a decision for
Schluederberg because as he explained, he's the kind
of person who enjoys his own time and space and can
go long periods of time without need of contact with
other human beings.
"I didn't originally plan to go it alone but my part-
ner at the time was not as interested in going out in the
deep-blue sea as I was and it was a combination of fear,
leaving family behind for an indefinite period of time
and giving up a career," he said.
"So my thought was I would rather do it alone than
not do it at all. And it wasn't entirely single-handed.
Sometimes I would meet someone who was willing to
share a small space seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
This can be difficult for any couple to do. Often people
who have been married for years get on a boat for six
months and find things out about their partner they
never knew or were willing to ignore on land.
"When you're on a boat, there's no going any-
where. There's no going to the other side of the house
to be alone. You're there. Patience and the ability to
compromise are important when you're sailing with
Schluederberg has a word of advice for anyone
planning a long journey: Don't wait.
"I meet so many people who want to do what I've
done," he said, "but they invariably tell me they can't
because there's something else to fix on the boat. Their
answer seems to be they're going to wait until next
"And there's something else about long-distance sail-
ing. I often describe it as sailing from one exotic repair
yard to another. You spend a reasonable amount of time
repairing your boat and preparing for the next passage
which can often be sailing thousands of miles before see-
ing land again. So between repairing and preparing, you
try to get in as much sightseeing as possible."
The typical route for a circumnavigation is across
the South Pacific because of the prevailing currents and
winds. The first leg is 1,000 miles from the Panama
Canal to the Galapagos Islands, then 3,000 miles to the
Marquesas Islands. For Schluederberg, his Taiwanese-
made, fiberglass Baba sailboat "Sea Wolf," could reach
a top speed of about 5.5 knots (6 mph).
So how does one plan for a trip that would take
years to complete?
"I had no plan except tormake it to New Zealand
in time to see the America's Cup (sailboat race). The
only plan I had was to try to make 125 miles a day. The
timing of my departure was to leave Florida at the end
of our hurricane season and arrive in New Zealand at
the beginning of theirs.
"So there was not a lot of planning. I think it's
more difficult to follow a plan. I suggest going to a
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County celebrates 150 years at fair, starting Thursday
By Jim Hanson
Manatee County will celebrate its first 150 years
during the next week and a half at a fair designed to
outdo anything that has come along in the past.
,. The Manatee County Fair will open at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20, at its fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W.,
Palmetto. The theme is "Manatee County's Sesquicen-
tennial 1855-2005 Celebrating 150 Years." For the rest
Sailor back from solo world trip
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
place and if you like it, stay there awhile.
"It can become dangerous thinking when you ab-
solutely have to be somewhere on a certain date and
common sense goes out the window, particularly when
it comes to the weather.
"People who sail and try to maintain a schedule
haven't left the world behind and sailing becomes too
much like work."
He also suggested that those considering such a
long-term venture make sure they bring plenty of spare
parts for your boat.
"Especially engine parts," he said. "Backup starter,
backup alternator, full set of gaskets, a good supply of
oil and gas filters. You may find the quality of fuel you
pick up in a third-world country is less than good and
you may have to change the filter in the middle of no-
"Also, if you're in a country and you see a food
item you like, buy it and buy all of it. You may or may
not get back there and if you do, what was there before
may not be available on the return trip."
In terms of budgeting, Schluederberg was fortunate
he was able to sell enough Dunkin' Donuts and then
sell the franchise to afford to go. Most. sailors he met
who were doing the same thing were living on a bud-
get -from $500 to $3,000 a month except for the few
-with unlimited cash flow.
"MONst long-distance sailors fish and gather what
nature has to offer, like coconuts and bananas," he said.
"Sonme people sail for si\ months then work for six
of the festival the gates will open at noon, sometimes
a bit earlier for special events, with the daily closing
show starting anywhere between 5:30 and 9 p.m.
An abundance of traditional fare is programmed
every jammed day and night, with some new and dif-
ferent-twists added. A baby pageant will be there, and
a youth talent show and cheerleading competition and
science and engineering fair. And animals galore, and
competition, and music and food, food, food.
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Rick Schluederberg aboard his 35-foot sloop "Sea
Wolf" Islander Photo: David Futch
months so they can sail for six months. I'm getting
ready to go back to work so I can do it all over again."
For Schluederberg, it's about getting away from it all.
Admission and midway rides are free for the first
hour of the first day, otherwise admission to the
grounds is $13 or $15, depending on special days. Sun-
day, Jan. 23, for example, is Family Day, and seniors
get $1 off the gate price on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Special
consideration is extended to young folks in any num-
ber of ways on many days.
Music will include the Billy Rice Band, James Horak,
the Suncoast Mummers String Band, blue grass specials,
various school orchestras, the Shotgun Red Band, Sammy
Kaye Orchestra, and various strolling musicians.
The Manatee Regional Science and Engineering
Fair will open at noon daily starting Thursday, Jan. 20.
The baby pageant will feature young'uns from a week
old to 23 months at 10 a.m. and boys 2-3 years and girls
2-6 at noon, all on Saturday, Jan. 22. A drill, dance and
flag team exhibition will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23,
and the cheerleading competition at 6 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 24. The middle and high school talent show will
be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.
But animals may well steal the show, as well they
might this is a county fair, after all, and that's mostly
agriculture. Manatee's agricultural history is long and
deep, despite the area's growing urbanization at the
expense of farms.
The animal opener will be the swine show at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20, followed next day by the dairy
showmanship event at 6 p.m. and the dairy show itself
at 7 p.m. The hogs shown earlier will be sold in a ma-
jor sale at 2 p.m. Saturday and a dairy heifer sale will
be at 4 p.m. Saturday. The big event Sunday, Jan. 23,.
will be the fair's dog show at 1 p.m.
A goat show will highlight Senior Citizen Day at 7
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, and the steer showmanship event
will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, with the steer show
the next night at 7 p.m. The much-anticipated beef breed-
ing and showmanship event will be Friday, Jan. 28, at 7
p.m. and the big sales will be the next day, Saturday, Jan.
29 the steer sale at 2 p.m. and the breeding sale at 4 p.m.
The annual horse show will climax the animal
events at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. The fair will end
with a laser light show starting at 5:30 p.m. that day.
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Manatee school choice begins; deadline Feb. 4
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County School District will be ac-
cepting school-choice applications now through Feb. 4.
School choice provides an opportunity for elemen-
tary school students to apply to attend any school in
their "cluster area."
The cluster that includes Anna Maria Elementary
School also includes Ballard, Miller, Moody, Orange
Ridge-Bullock, Palma Sola and Stewart elementary
Middle-school students are ableto apply to any
school in their region, including magnet schools.
High school students may apply to any school in
the district, but may not participate in school choice
Anna Maria Elementary menu
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Players open 'Over the Tavern'
A bright 12-year-old convinces a tough old nun
teacher that he's not hopeless and provides his wobbly
family hope too in the Anna Maria Island Players' pre-
sentation "Over the Tavern," opening Thursday, Jan.
The play will be staged at the Island Players' the-
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three Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.,and no performances
Monday. Tickets at $15 may be arranged by calling
778-5755 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily except Sufidays,
or at the box office,10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Director Preston Boyd, who has a fine track record
at the Island theater, said the play by Tom Dudzick is
"a really fine piece of humor and drama, and fortu-
nately I have actors who are well up to the challenge
especially the four juveniles."
It focuses on an apartment above a tavern, occu-
pied by a couple rearing four kids there in 1959. They
are being educated in a strict Catholic school and the
precocious boy raises the roof by questioning some of
the dogma being taught by a 70-year-old nun of the old
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Glass & Screen runs past ReMax in Premier b.ball
By Kevin Cassidy
In Anna Maria Island Community Center basket-
ball action, Anna Maria Glass & Screen defeated
ReMax Gulfstream Realty 68-51 on Saturday, Jan. 15,
behind the scoring duo of David Buck and Jake
Stebbins. Buck, who finished with a game. high 22
points, was unstoppable, scoring on jumpers or drives
to the basket seemingly at will. Stebbins added 18
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Glass & Screen jumped out on top early by con-
verting several ReMax turnovers into easy layups on
the way to an 18-6 first-quarter lead. ReMax opened
the second quarter in a full-court press, resulting in a
couple of steals and a9-2 scoring run topull to within
19- 15. Spencer Carper had two steals and two layups;
Shile Jordan Graeff hit two baseline ju mpers during
the ReNla\ scoring run.
Glass & Screen put an emphatic end to the ReMax
rally when David Buck swished a three-pointer from
the wing to spark a 14-6 Glass & Screen scoring run to
close the half leadinL 33-21.
RelMa\ made one last-gasp attempt to get back into
the game hen a baseline jumper by Graeff and a short
jumper in the lane bN Carper brought ReMax to within
nine points the last time ReMa. was within single
dig ts in the game.
A three-pointer bi Gla,-s & Screen guard Derrick
Gargett at the 2:36 mark of the third quarter gave Glass
& Screen a 12-point lead the\ would not relinquish.
SZach Schields added 12 points to the Anna Maria
Gla.s & Screen total. \ while Gareett finished with seven
point, and Chad Reed scored six. Matt McDonough
and Sarah Lanzillo completed the scoring with two
points apiece in the \ ictor\.
Carper scored 15 points to lead ReMax, which also
recei ed 13 second-half points from Franklin-Moore.
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A&E 46, LPAC 32
Corbin Kitchen exploded for 32 points to lead Air
& Energy past LPAC on Tuesday, Jan. 11, in a battle
of air conditioning specialists. Garrett Secor supported
SKitchen down low with 10 points, while Kyle Sea"\ all.
Will Osborne and Chelsea Crowton each added:two
points to the victory.
Eleven points from Whitney Bauer and 10 points
from Matt Shafer paced the LPAC scoring output.
Broderick West added seven points, while Ryan Guerin
and Flannery McClung completed the LPAC scoring
with two points apiece.
Division II: STGC 11, Galati 4
Steve Titsworth General Contractors tore down
Galati Marine by an 11-4 score Wednesday, Jan. 12, in
the Center's Division II basketball action. Ally
Titsworth led STGC with four points, closely followed
by Kelly Guerin's three points. Chandler Hardy and
Molly McDonough completed the STGC scoring with
two points each.
Kayla Aritt and Martine Miller scored two points
apiece to lead Galati Marine in the loss.
Duncan 18, Oyster Bar 17
Duncan Real Estate outscored Anna Maria Oyster
Bar 6-4 in the fourth quarter to earn a close Division II
victory Monday, Jan. 10. Duncan's Chris Callahan
Scored 12 points to lead all scorers,:'while teammate
Ashley Waring added six points to the victory.
Nine points from Matt'Bauer and four points from
Blake Rivers paced the Oyster Bar in the loss. Zach
Evans and Sarah Howard completed the Oyster Bar
scoring with two points apiece.
Danziger 26, Galati 18
Danziger Allergy & Sinus received 10 points from
Emma Barlow and eight points from Glenn Bower to
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vision II action. Sarah Falls added four points, while
Wyatt Hoffman and Raphaeil Kasser scored two points
each to complete the Danziger scoring,
Martine Miller scored 10 of her game-high 14 points
in the second half as Galati Marine fought hard to get back
into the game.-Kayla Aritt and Connor Cloherty com-
pleted the Galati scoring with two points apiece.
Division III: Bistros 17, Dips 14
Two free throws by Becca Butler'sealed the victory
for the Bistros in its 17-14 Division III triumph over Dips
Ice Cream on Thursday, Jan. 13. Butler finished with a
game-high 10 points, while Hailey Dearlove added five
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Justine Gargett's nine points all in the third
quarter led Dips Ice Cream in the loss. Johnny
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points to complete the Dips scoring in the loss.
Harry's 10, A Paradise 5
Taylor Wilson's four second-half points sealed the
win for Harry's Continental Kitchens over A Paradise
Realty on Thursday, Jan. 13, in Division III basketball.
Zach Facheris, Cliff Pascal and Savannah Schield"
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Courtney Schmidt and Logan Reiber each scored
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Jessie's 18, A Paradise 4
Jessie's Island Store utilized a balanced scoring
attack led by Daniel Pimental's six points to an easy
Division III victory on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Max Miller
and Grant Bower each added four points to the Jessie's
offense that also received two points apiece from Jonah
Castor and Jack Titsworth.
Josh Schmidt's four points paced A Paradise Re-
alty in the loss.
Manatee Hurricanes announce 'Steakout'
SIf you like steak and baseball, the sixth-annual
Manatee High School Hurricanes baseball "steakout"
is for you. For the low price of $25 per adults and $16
per child, you can enjoy a delicious steak barbecue and
provide financial support to the Hurricanes baseball
The must-attend event takes place 5-8 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 4, at Molter Termite & Pest Control, which is lo-
cated at 5306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Barbecue
host is Dan Molter, along with former and current
Hurricane players, coaches and parents.
S For ticket information, please contact Molter at
747-8525, Manatee High varsity coach Al Melnick at
714-7300 ext. 2012, or Bruce Braithwaite at 954-5100.
Come out and enjoy a great steak dinner while
helping support the team.
The Hurricanes annual alumni game is scheduled
for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at G.T. Bray Park. Go
Standings as of Jan. 15.
Team Wins -Losses
West Coast Air 4 0
IRE 2 2
Glass & Screen 2 2
ReMax 0 4
Observer 3 1
Publix 3 1
A&E 2 2
LPAC 0 4
Duncan Real Estate 3 0
Oyster.Bar 2 1
STGC 2 1
Danziger 1 2
Galati 0 4
Bistros 4 0
Dips 3 1
Jessie's 2 2
Harry's 1 3
Paradise 0 4
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Clay Orr, West Coast Air
David Buck, Glass & Screen
Josh Elsenheimer, IRE
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Spencer Carper, ReMax
Corbin Kitchen, A&E
Grant Lukitch, Observer
Justin Dearlove, Publix
Celia Ware, Observer
Garrett Secor, A&E
Chris Callahan, Duncan
Martine Miller, Galati
Ashley Waring, Duncan
Matt Bauer, Oyster Bar
Glenn Bower, Danziger
Hailey Dearlove, Bistros
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Jan. 24 8 p.m. IRE vs. West Coast Air
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 20 8 p.m. A&E vs. Publix
Jan. 22 4 p.m. Observer vs. Publix
Jan. 22 5 p.m. LPAC vs. A&E
Jan. 25 8 p.m. Observer vs. A&E
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 19 7 p.m. Danziger vs. STGC
Jan. 21 7 p.m.. Galati vs. Duncan
Jan. 21 8 p.m. Danziger vs. Oyster Bar
Jan. 24 6p.m. Danziger vs. Galati
Jan. 24 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Duncan
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Jan. 20 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 2 p.m.
Jan. 22 3 p.m.
Jan. 25 7 p.m.
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Paradise vs. Bistros
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Jessie's vs. Paradise
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Wave warning system approved; mysterious bat deaths
George Maul must be a happy guy these days.
Maul is a professor at Florida Tech in Melbourne.
At least'since 2002 he has been one of the few voices
declaring that the east coast of the United States is in
danger of severe damage from a tsunami. He was fi-
nally able to convince the Intergovernmental Oceano--
graphic Commission to install a series of monitoring
devices in the Atlantic and Caribbean to warn of any
big wave's approach, but it was a low-priority project
destined to take years and years to finish.
That was up until Dec. 26, 2004, when a series of
tsunamis killed more than 160,000 people in coastal
areas ringing the Indian Ocean. Officials said the loss
'_ of life could have been less if some warning system
were in-place there.
SLast week, U.S. officials agreed to spend $37.5
Million to install detection buoys in the Atlantic, Pa-
cific and Caribbean to detect the threat of a tsunami
before it strikes shore. The system should be in place
Also vital in the funding are plans for heightened
public awareness of tsunami threats, plus more research
and improvements and enhancements in gauges and
other monitoring equipment already in place.
Tsunamis are usually created by earthquakes, un-
derwater avalanches or after a meteorite strikes the
ocean. The undersea disturbance creates a bubble of
water only a few inches high that moves at speeds of
upwards of 500 mph across the ocean. When the wave
reaches shallower nearshore waters, the water starts to
stack up, reaching heights of up to 20 feet.
S The greatest tsunami threat in the States is in
Alaska and Hawaii. There is an established warning
system in the Pacific, though, which even includes
speakers on some beaches in Hawaii to warn people to
get to high ground.
However, severe tsunamis hit the western Atlantic
every 100 years or so, and our time is up for another,
In 1755, an underwater landslide can there be an
underwater landslide? took place off Portugal, kill-
ing 10,000 people there. The wave reached Florida
eight hours later but, since the state wasn't much of a
tourist mecca then, the damage was minor.
Another tsunami hit the U.S. Virgin-Islands in
1867 after an earthquake, casting a 20-foot wave into
St. Thomas' Charlotte Amalie and a 30-foot wave into
St. Croix's Christiansted Harbor. Maul has estimated
a similar tsunami today could cause $500 million to $1
More recently, there was a rogue wave that hit
Daytona Beach just before midnight in 1992-that in-
jured 20 and damaged more'than 100 cars. If it had
been the next day the Fourth of July the damage
may have been much worse.
Even Anna Maria Island was victim of a rogue
wave on March 25, 1995. Called a "mini-tidal wave,"
there was no damage, except to soaked towels and
swamped beach chairs.
Island residents reported a 6-foot-high tidal wave
S or a series of waves striking the Island between
Eyewitness Steve Gift literally hit the wave head-on.
Gift told The Islander at the time that he was riding
through the pass near Bean Point on his personal wa-
tercraft when he spotted a huge wave breaking on the
sandbar near the north end of the Island.
"I saw the wave and went to meet it near Passage
Key," Gift said. "I'm 6 feet tall, and I had to look up
at the wave. I'd guess it was at least 10 feet high or
Gift soared over the first giant swell on his 'ski.
Then his small vessel began to "act up" he later
determined the'impact of landing back into the Gulf
had cracked one of the ceramic insulators on a spark
plug and he headed back to the Island.
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"When I got near Cypress Street; I saw chairs and
umbrellas tossed up into the grass, and a lot of people
standing around looking wet," Gift said back then.
"There were tidal pools where there have never been
tidal pools before.
"Believe me, it's one wave I'll tell my grandkids
There was never any clear explanation as to the cause
of the Island's mini-tsunami. There was no seismic activ-
ity in the Gulf, no reports of meteorites striking the planet,
and the chances of an underwater avalanche in the usually
placid Gulf were thought to be slight.
Weather experts were able to determine "ground
zero" to be just south of Apalachicola between 6 and
8 a.m. that sunny morning. At the time, they were lean-
ing toward two'odd weather phenomena: A gravity
wave or a dip in the jet stream that touched down in the
The gravity wave a rise in atmospheric pressure
followed by a sudden drop in that pressure seemed
to move down the state than morning, weather officials
said, with several stations reporting the fluctuation in
barometric pressure. What was odd, though, was that
such a gravity wave usually occurs kith a cold front.
The skies were clear the.morning of March 25.
The other possible option was that the miles-high
jet stream took an unexpected dip down to the surface
of the earth and touched the Gulf. The jet stream is lit-
erally a high-speed current of air that circles the globe.
A gravity wave was attributed to the cause of the
Daytona Beach tsunami.
Early warning systems to notify the public about
the pending threat of a tsunami seem to be a good thing,
but I wonder if they could do more harm than good. If
an earthquake-spawned tidal, wave is detected off Af-
rica and starts moving toward Miami Beach, could the
affected area be evacuated in eight hours? Probably
Is it better to know or not know?
Wind generators fatal to bats
Power-generating wind generators are usually
touted as being one of the greenest energy providers
around, second only to solar power as a way to provide
electricity without the burning of fossil fuels.
But researchers are now faced with a messy and
potentially dangerous problem with wind power: the
deaths of thousands of bats.
According to the Washington Post, a ''wind farm"
in West Virginia has killed thousands of bats, more
than at any other such facility in the world. Environ-
mentalists have claimed that wind turbines ha% e caused
the death of birds, particularly- migratory feathered
flocks, but never to the tune of the number of bat
The fatalities are putting a crimp in plans to expand
wind facilities elsewhere in the eastern United States,
Most wind farms are in the Great Plains or farther \\ est.
Plans are in the works to install about 700 new turbines
in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.in the next few
years. The windmills are on towers about 350 feet high
and catch the wind as it flows up or do\ n mountains.
So what's the big deal about a few dead bats?
Remember that bats can eat their weight in bugs
every night, and the insects they eat are the same bugs
that cause crop problems. Less bats, more bugs, more
pesticides to kill the bugs, more ecological problems
And we're not talking about just a few dead bats,
As the president and founder of Bat Conservation
International in Texas put.it, "Take the most conser\ a-
tive estimates of mortality and multiply them out btv the
number of turbines planned and you get very large,
probably unsustainable kill rates. One year from now
we could have a gigantic problem."
Bats navigate by using a very sophisticated radar
system. Scientists don't know if the turbine sound is
acting as some sort of bat attractor or if the noise is
blocking the radar through some sort of stealth technol-
ogy, making the bats blind to the threat.
This is definitely a story to keep on your radar
Thanks for the memories, Paul_
My old buddy Paul Bergin lost his battle \ ith can-
cer Saturday morning. He was 60.
Paul was a freelance writer and had found a niche
critiquing books, mostly mn series. He had a couple of
bookstores over the years and knew more about the art,
science and trade of book collecting than anyone '\ve
ever met. He was also a \oracious reader \\ ho delighted.
in finding new authors and passing their works along
to others. -
One of the finest honors 'offered to Paul came from
Stuart Kaminsky in his most recent book, "The Last
Dark Place." The dedication: "For Paul Bergin, for his
love and knowledge of the mystery and for his friend-
I wish you well, my friend.
Paul's favorite opening line from any novel ever
was from "The Last Good Kiss" by James Crumley. He
had it memorized and would recite it m without any
provocation. In his honor:
"When I finally caught up with Abraham
Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic biill-
dog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just
outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right
out of a fine spring afternoon."
Household hazardous wastele.scrap collection
Manatee County Utilities Operation Department
has established a free household hazardous waste and
e-scrap collection for Island and Longboat Key resi-
Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Acceptable waste includes solvents, latex and oil-
base paints, garden pesticides, household chemicals,
ammunition, flares, waste oil, propane tanks, fluores-
cent lamps, mercury containing devices, pool chemi-
cals, old gasoline, batteries, televisions, computer com-
ponents, copiers, video and audio equipment, small
electrical appliances, digital cameras, cell phones and
Radioactive items such as smoke detectors ard bio-
hazardous materials such as needles will not be ac-
Small businesses that generate a small quantity of
hazardous waste or e-scrap may bring waste to this lo-
cation for a fee.
For more information, call 708-8561.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 19, 2005 0 PAGE 21
Sheepies rule in backwaters; grouper great offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Here's a heads-up from the state fishing gurus.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission reminds fishers of new rules to manage red
grouper rules in the Gulf of Mexico.
Daily recreational bag limit for red grouper is two
fish per person within the five-fish aggregate grouper
limit in Gulf state waters. The limit also applies in Gulf
Florida state waters run 9 nautical miles offshore
in the Gulf, and federal waters extend beyond state
Minimum size limit for red grouper remains at. 20
inches total length.
Daily recreational bag limit in Atlantic Ocean state
N\ aters is still five fish per person under the five-grou-
per aggregate, limit.
Capt. Larry MtGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing was still good the past week with
gag and red grouper to 15 pounds, mangrove snapper
to 4 pounds, lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, small
cobia, triggerfish, porgies and sea bass. His charters
were fishing in 40- to 100-feet of water off Anna Maria
Island, with live pinfish, frozen sardines and shrimp
serving as the best bait.
Offshore action continues to be excellent for grou-
per and snapper. Inshore anglers are reporting huge
sheepshead catches, plus lots of redfish and trout and
some big catch-and-release snook.
Capt. Thoin Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said redfish and small snook were a popular catch
for his charters out of Terra Ceia Bay last week, with
most fish caught in the 25-inch range with artificial bait
working the best to lure the fish to the hook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore action continues to be great for grouper and snap-
per; Inshore action for redfish seems to be pretty good
Bird count down
for Christmas 2004
The .ountersthave counted and the count was down
this year at the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Data accumulated in-the local census is used to moni-
tor long-term trends of birds across the United States.
The a erage recorded in the one-day census within
the.defined area:included Anna Maria Island, Cortez
and northern Longboat Key is more than 100 species;
this year only 62 species were spotted and 3,624 birds
counted. The most prolific was Brown Pelicans at 300,
followed by Edropean Starlings at 296, Laughing Gull
at ,87,. and American Robin at 256. Of note were
Northern, Gannet. four; Frigatebird, one; Reddish Egret,
six; IRpseatep Spoonbill 13; Snowy Plover, five; Black
Skimmer, two; and Loggerhead Shrike, one.
,,iAtotalof 42 endangered Wood Storks were
counted, as ,well as the less-desirable House Sparrow,
Brown-headed Coi bird and Rock,Pigepn.
. ,i.-L cal counters this year included Ruth Rowland,
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as well, Bill said, and there are still plenty of sheeps-
head around all the structures.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching a few redfish, but sheepshead are the
best catch, and the sheepies are really starting to turn
on with the colder weather. Other action includes a few
black drum, Bob added.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepies are about all the action he and his fishers are
getting at the pier right now, with some of the striped
fish coming in at better than 5 pounds. Other catches
included some small flounder, bluefish and black drum.
An osprey with a snook "almost as big as it is."
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
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'. Maria Island.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are excellent reports of legal-size grouper outside
of Port Manatee, with some catches up to 10 pounds.
Other action included black drum in the cut, and snook
around the dock in the mornings.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
SCatchers Marina in Holmes Beach said legal-size
grouper are a good catch from his boat, plus plenty of
keeper trout and enough sheepshead to keep his clients
very, very happy.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, there are good
reports of trout and redfish up in Palma Sola Bay, with
shrimp and artificial working the best as bait. Bridges
and piers are continuing.to be a good spot to catch those
big sheepshead, too.
At Sunshine Bait & Tackle, reports are coming in
of sea bass, grouper, sheepshead and a few whiting, but
the sheepies are, the best catch by far right now.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said sheepshead and
redfish were his mainstays last week, with sheepies up
to 5 pounds being brought back in the coolers.
On my boat Magic, we caught seven reds up to 26
inches on one trip, plus some keeper-size snook that were
released since the season is again closed. We're limiting
out,on sheepshead every trip, some up to 6 pounds.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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chairs, double beds, bench, foot stools, refrigerator,
stove, linens, clothing, lots and lots of'hand and
power tools, yard tools, glassware, lots of miscella-
neous and kitchenware. 641 Emerald Harbor Drive,
Longboat Key. Sale by Julie McClure. Sale notices
available by e-mail: email@example.com
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Saturday-Sunday, Jan.
22-23. Furniture, clothing, small appliances. 2805
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: Roser Thrift Shop. 9am-noon Satur-
day, Jan. 22. Storage clearance. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
EXCELLENT STUFF: 8am-2pm Saturday, Jan. 22.
Gardening, workshop, recreational, Casio keyboard,
household, office,-computer stuff, TV, toys, craft
supplies. Christmas tree plus decorations. Women's
clothes, size 12. New craft items. 216 Elm at North
Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
HUGE FLEA MARKET 9-4 Saturday, Jan. 22, in
parking lot of Niki's and Islander Market Antiques,
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, next to Timesaver.
Lots of Antiques, gifts, collectibles, jewelry, furniture,
household, art and bizarre treasures.
GARAGE SALE: 8 am-2 pm Saturday and Sunday,
Jan. 22-23. Boating equipment, household items,
golf, Rollerblades. 502 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. -
YARD SALE: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, Jan. 22. No
early birds. Furniture and many miscellaneous items
to mention. 106 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach.
INTERESTED IN JAMMIN'? Tuesday afternoons.
Bluegrass, country, whatever. Any skill level. Lots of
fun! Call Kathy, (941) 778-1086. Please leave mes-
BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. .Every
Thursday through March 31, 7pm. Prizes, refresh-
ments. Everyone Welcome! Smoke free. 103 23rd
St., Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton
Beach. For information call (941) 778-1915.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experience
the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase online or order by mail. $12 PC
or $15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit-orders benefit Island chil-'
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, (941) 778-0355. Order
through May 2005.
P.ILATES AND YOGA at Anna Maria Art League.
Pilates, Monday, 9-10am; Yoga, Thursday, .9-
10:15am. Beginning to intermediate. $6/class. Drop-
ins welcome: Instructor Preston Whaley Jr. (941)
NEED A GIFT? Artists will design and create unique
art, stained glass, paintings, painted furniture and
more! Restless Natives, Island Shopping'Cehter,
5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-2624.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50.-Pick up form at
The Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978:.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care; 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving hbmes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.:
FREE TO APPROVED home! Two black cats; fixed,
litter trained. Five month-old male. Four-year-old fe-
male. Lovable people cats! (941) 778-8677.
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Stop in our office at 5404'Marina Drive, Holmes
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central vacuum system, leaded glass accents, new win-
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3-4BR/3BA Mediterranean style waterfront villa, granite
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REWARD LOST CAT: 8-month-old short-haired fe-
male. Black and-white-face and markings. Name is
Franny. Last seen Tuesday, Jan. 11 Jacaranda
Road, Anna Maria. (941) 779-1165
1995 HONDA CIVIC hatchback. Great condition.
$3,900 or best offer. (941) 778-1072.
2002 GMC SONOMA PICKUP, five-speed, excel-
lent condition, bed liner, great fuel economy, 26,000
miles. White. $7,400 or best offer. (941) 778-1086,
or 708-8770, ext. 2077.
1991 TOYOTA TERCEL. Low mileage, great con-
dition. $2,500 or best offer. (941) 779-0046
2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great!
$1,800, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
LOST BLUE FIBERGLASS dinghy: 9.6 feet with
black mercury, 3.3-hp. FL registration # FL 2804MT.
MODULAR FLOATING DOCK systems: Custom
drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648.
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propellor. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3.500. (941) 723-1107.
MOORING WANTED to rent on Island for a 14-foot
Hobie Cat. (941) 778-1074.
VR L- SUTTON GROUP REALTY
VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX IN HOLMES BEACH
Concrete block, with new air conditioning and kitchens. 2BR/1BA
each side with bright interiors, convenient to everything.
Priced right won't last at $565,000.
Seasonal Rental Available Now: 2BR, one
block from beach. Totally remodeled, includes
washer and dryer. $2,000/month.
Call Anne Hulber, Realtor
for viewing or inf
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
i Competitive rates.
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FINANCIAL CONDITION. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES. PRICES AND GUIDELINES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
2002 SEA RAY 192 Bow Rider. Excellent condition,
kept on lift, detailed and serviced regularly. 19-foot;
190-hp stern drive, custom seat, bimini top, canvas
covers, etc. $14,800. Call (941) 778-6234 leave
message or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. (941) 723-1107.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
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5404 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach FL 34217
941-778-7978 Fax 778-9392
324 108th St. W. Perico Island
(North Side of Manatee Ave)
Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo
q rarely available upstairs unit on
S Perico Island! Clubhouse, heated
I pool, tennis courts and exercise
room. Just 2 miles to Anna Maria's
I while sandy beaches! S259,000.
S .0 SO CLOSE TO THE BEACH
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i illi su oom and lanai in quiei residen-
-ali area of Holmes Beachl Turn-
key furnished. gieal renlal, and
Call Sue Carlson .eo ~!
RETIRED NURSE/caregiver available. No lifting.
References, reasonable. (941) 746-9246.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin,.(941) 778-7244.
QUALIFIED CHEF/SOUS chef for busy continental
restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Apply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or call, (941) 778-1102.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay;
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria or call (941) 778-3953.
EXPERIENCED FISHERMAN wanted to teach be-
ginner. Hourly pay. Call Bill (941) 761-3531.
RESORT MANAGER wanted for Island premier
resort five days a week. Computer and managerial
skills required. (941) 778-1505.
EXPERIENCED ASSOCIATES wanted. Well-es-
tablished real estate company under new owner-
ship is currently seeking new associates. Call Ellen,
(941) 778-0777, for a confidential appointment.
FULL-TIME MAINTENANCE person for Longboat
Key Resort. Must have reliable transportation and
work Saturdays. Good pay and benefits. Call (941)
383-2428 for appointment.
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Real Estate, Inc.
310 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
119 Beach Avenue
FOR BEACH LOVERS
Looking for the perfect beach
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to the beach on Anna Maria's best
street. Two bedrooms, two baths,
room for a pool. Just $789,000.
Christine T. Shaw,
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Call Chris and John
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PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST for expanding vaca-
tion rental company. Friendly, fun staff. Must enjoy
working with people and possess good computer
skills. No grumpy bears. Please, call Anna Maria
Gulf Coast Rentals at (941) 778-3699.
WEEKEND MANAGER/HOUSEKEEPER needed
for Island resort. Additional hours available. Start-
ing pay, $10/hour. Call (941) 778-7153.
BEFORE-SCHOOL COUNSELOR: Earn $50
weekly, Monday-Friday 7-8am. Seeking outgoing
individual to supervise small group of children K-5.
C E-mail resume email@example.com.
SERVERS NEEDED immediately for day shift at
popular Island restaurant. Average $80 per shift.
Apply in person, Fit to Eat Restaurant, 5315 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Next to the Anna Maria
Chamber of Commerce.
WANTED: Helper for elderly lady. Experienced with
bathing and dressing. Call Diana (941) 778-7073.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, Bradenton Beach. Check books, re-shelve,
assist library patrons. Come in or call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
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Offering two lakefront properties in Anna Maria
302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with
1 BR/1 BA apartment. Five-car garage,
one short block to beach, direct beach
access, peeks of Gulf. Seawall and
dock. Zoned duplex. Extras! Asking
$850,000. MLS 502321.
300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
plex with five-car garage. Private open
decks, large picture windows, great
views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
S WEST OF GULF DRIVE -131 White
p CE REDUCD Ave. Duplex on cornerlot, two-car ga-
SPR .. ,, rage, two carports, screened lanai, lots
g L of decks, over 3,900sf. underroof. 150
,. steps to beach access. Would also
make a great single-family home! Ask-
S ing $685,000. For more details call
Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.
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HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS for sale. 18-years
experience. Complete on-the-job certified training.
One full year's support free. Possible earnings of
$100,000 first year, $200,000 with two employees.
Exceptional opportunity for a man or woman to run
from home office located anywhere. $75,000,
$45,000 down and seller will finance $30,000, or
$60,000 cash. (941) 778-4606 or (407) 467-8666.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $30/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf
views and glorious sunsets from this .
2BR/2.5BA townhouse. The beach is a, -
located directly across the street. Soar- -J. -~ y' -.i* i *
ing ceilings in master bedroom, walk-in r.;
closet, updated fixtures, hurricane .
window film, and storage galore. Enjoy
the private heated pool while sitting on
your garden terrace. $449,500.
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Great value at $784,500.
BAYFRONT TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA, tile floors, garage,
heated pool/gazebo, upgrade appliances, pristine setting. Enclosed balconies
plus third balcony. $470,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT1'BR/1 BA, owner financing. $549,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay.view. One 2BR, three 1 BR, room for
pool. Great investment. $870,000. Owner financing.
KEY WEST-STYLE 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors, oak stairs, 30-foot
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CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks; up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, (941) 778-5834.
CALL DAN'S RESCR'EEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
TUTOR: 30 years experience. M.A. reading, M.A.
learning disabilities. Diagnostic/remedial and
supplemental. Call 778-0349 between 4-6pm.
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427
home. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TREE SERVICE: Stump grinding, topping, trim-
ming, removals. Palm trimming. 15 years locally
working on Anna Maria. Phil Brewer, (941) 545-
4770 or 778-7790.
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green, carport. Locked private storage room. Central
Holmes Beach location, near library, shopping and
restaurants. Call to see..$369,900.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/IBA and ,BR., I BA. Great in
vestment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
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porch, balcony. Deeded boat slip with private dock.
Holmes Beach. $699,900.
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Open plan, breakfast bar, dining room, walk-in clos-
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SPERICO BAY CLUB
'Florida living at it's best.
Come see the waterviews!
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
unit, with a screened-in lanai,
S. -- one-car garage, and a deck
*i. ,. overlooking the lake. This
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community offers tennis courts, pools, spas, bikepaths and much
more. This won't last at $327,000.
I BR/1 BA turnkey furnished
condo that is just steps to the
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Sr property. Currentlyrented for
",.. half of Janunary, all of
February and March.
Runaway Bay offers a heated pool, clubhouse, tennis courts,
shuffleboard and a dock with terrific bay views. $345,600.
Ws ISLAND GETAWAY:
0 *" Completely remodeled, 2BR/
2BA half duplex. Turnkey
S- '' furnished with new
,. everything throughout gives
this unit a seaside retreat
P..' theme. This property is in an
:' i-. F. attractive location in Holmes
Beach with a view of Spring Lake and is only a block to the beach.
Not a drive-by. $377,600.
CANAL END-GREAT VIEW WITH DOCK Key
Royale 3BR/2BA, remodeled, new tile throughout,
new carpet in bedrooms. New appliances,' new
kitchen and bathrooms. Laroe lot. $895.000.
BAYFRONT Wonderful open water view with 100-
foot dock, boat lift and deep water, lush vegetation.
Large 3BR/2BA home with decks, two-car-garage.
Rehab or build new. $1,250.000
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ON THE GULF Completely remodeled. Tile floors
throughout. Great views! 2BR/2BA, completely turn-
key furnished. 'Large pool, covered parking.
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vate, lushlandscaping. 2 BR/2BA. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master BA with jacuzzi and walk in shower.
Big garage and workshop, screened porch facing the
bay. Dock with 10,000 lb davits. $1,390,000.
COZY LAKEFRONT CONDO 15 minutes from
the beach! 2BR/2BA, furnished, pool and hot tub
are waiting for you. $175,000.
BRAND NEW DIRECT GULF VIEW Striking un-
obstructed view across from the Gulf and beaches.
3BR/3BA, two-car garage. $1,200,000.
BAYFRONT R2 with deep water. 2,444 sf house,
2BR/2BA with large Florida room and guest house.
New air conditioning, new tile floor, fresh paint.
"La Plage" Anna Maria's newest luxury Gulffront
condos ... All Gulffront, security gates, enclosed ga-
rages, pool/spa, high ceilings. 3BR/2.5BA, up to
4,200 sf. Starting at $1,475,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE
THIS 2BR HOME is just steps
from the beach and on the
west side of Gulf Drive! Build
up for views of the Gulf or just
enjoy this income property as
it is. On a large lot with room
for a pool. $429,000.
SPANISH MAIN: Beautifully
maintained, updated villa. Pool,
clubhouse, boat docks, putting
green, in a very active boating
community. One of the best
buys on Longboat Key, 55-plus
Canalfront home close to the
beach! 3BR/2BA elevated
home Longboat Key just two
blocks from the beach.
Wood and tile floors
throughout. Walk out of
your door and on to your boat-easy access to the bay and Gulf. Build
up for bay views! Call today for your viewing appointment. $625,000.
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Simply the Best
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COMPUTER REPAIR: Maintenance, upgrades,
security, spyware removal, tutoring. Call Ron Lee,
anytime day or night, seven days a week. (941)
WILL CLEAN, COOK, run errands. Experienced.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, (941) 778-7770. References available.
MATRIX PC: Onsite computer service and repair.
Training, maintenance, virus and spyware protec-
tion. Call John Baird, Matrix PC. (941) 708-6541.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelly Ragan. Cus-
tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, inte-
rior or exterior, landscapes and more. Information
at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
'(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
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S Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair ahd/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates 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 ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
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fully furnished and
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dock available. $1,600
-to$1,800 per month.
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February and April.
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community close to
Anna Maria Island.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING. AND MAINTENANCE
.Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call (941)
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
MARKEY REALTY & ASSOCIATES
Brealhraking view of Tampa Bay and 1ie Skyway Bridge.
This bayfront home can be either single family or duplex.
Amenities are identical on both levels. Luxury.features
throughout. Elevator takes you from ground level pool
area to both floors above.
A MUST SEE! 232 S. Harbor Drive, $1,5000000.
JOHN ZIRZOW 778-9171 OFFICE 753-1620
Virtual Tour at www.flreallour.com/mls502440/realtor
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Live in this exclusive, -,
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community of 17: .- '
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of beautiful Anna Maria
Island. Step on your
boat, docked behind
your home on these j
deep-water canals, and frolic with the dolphins in Tampa Bay. Relax
in the tropical surroundings by your private swimming pool. These
custom homes range from 3200 to over 4000 square feet with
soaring ceilings, elevator, designer marble and hardwood floors,
granite counters, gourmet kitchen, barrel tile roof, paver drive and
3-car garage. Included is a designer consultation. Choose sites now
with views of the bay from your living space. Come see our model
at 401 South Bay Drive, Anna Maria. IB256931
ROSA DEL MAR
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watching the orange glow of
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"' "' ."'.,*-* .... your 30 foot balcony. These
1900 st units boast 3 BR/2.5BA, hardwood and marble floors,
granite counters, gourmet kitchen, tray & coffered ceilings, central
vacuum, private elevator, 2-car secure parking and much more.
Currently under construction Buy it now before the prices go up.
Stop by our offices at 2510 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach or401 South
Bay Drive, Anna Maria. www.GulfAndBayParadise.com, IB258448.
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SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates..Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock,-palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. -Repairs and new construction.
Free-estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
. ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from service advertising!
OVER 350 RENTALS
From elegant luxury on the Gulf to
cute little bungalows on the bay,
we've got them all Big & Small.
Norman 310 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC-WWW. MIKENORMANREALTY.COM HOLMES BEACH
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
(941) 795-3034. License #104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
GREAT VIEW!! 2BR/2BA, sauna, fireplace, spacious
wrap-around deck with views of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, downstairs office. 2408 Avenue A, $579,000.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens,
bathrooms, decks. Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years
experience. Yes, I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
RANDY'S REMODELING: Demo, carpentry, dry-
wall finishing and texture. Free estimates. (941)
778-0540 or 320-2506.
STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free
estimates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc Building contractor.
New homes, additions, renovations. Quality work
and fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA $265,000
Large 2BR/2BA unit with a denfamily
room and Florida room. Two-car garage
and steps to pool. IB504218
S VIEWS OF TAMPA BAY $525,000
Enjoy the Island breeze from the large
. screend porch of this 2BR/2BA home.
Open plan with new carpet and paint. New
S roof. Great location close to post office,
S' : shopping and the fishing pier. IB104647
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
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aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or
$6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
FULLY FURNISHED VILLA in beautiful Mt. Vernon,
two miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets, nonsmok-
ing, age 55-plus. Minimum three months. Peak sea-
son, $2,500/month; annually, $1,500/month. (941)
5BR/4.5BA: WALK TO Bean Point beach. Available
January. www.abeachhouse.com. (941) 725-1074.
ELEVATED 2BR/2BA BEACH house, undercover
parking, close to beach, nicely furnished. 210 81st
St., Holmes Beach. $2,250/month. (813) 962-0817.
VACATION RENTALS: Available now through April.
Weekly or monthly. Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941)
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE. Renovated, light
and open, nonsmoking, no pets. $800/week, $1,700/
month. (941) 795-8077.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Baywatch condo,
heated pool, waterview, $1,000/week, $3,000/
month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, pool,. tennis,
small pet OK, $2,600/month; Bayou, 2BR/1BA,
across from beach, $2,500/month. SunCoast Real
Estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: Bradenton Beach 2BR/
2BA modern duplex on Intracoastal. Dock and dav-
its. Washer/dryer, large rooms. First, last, $1,000/
month. (727) 784-3679.
GREAT SUNSET VIEWS. Two 2BR apartments on
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 914-4646
PANORAMIC BAYFRONT RETREAT: Monthly sea-
sonal rental. Large 2BR/1BA newly renovated and
fully equipped. $2,800/month. (352) 267-9187.
SEASONAL PERICO BAY Club 2BR/2BA villa,
January, $2,500; Palma Sola Townhouse, January,
$1,500/month, February, $2,500/month. Call Real
Estate Mart (941) 756-1090.
CHARMING BEACH Cottage. 2BR/2BA. Steps to
Gulf. Available January, February, March. Call (941)
BEAUTIFUL BRADENTON BEACH condo: Just re-
modeled and furnished, 2BR/2BA, beach access,
pool, tennis. Available February on. $1,075/week,
$3,300/month. Also available long term. (941) 355-
ANNUAL RENTAL, 2BR/2BA with Florida room,
washer/dryer hookup, dishwasher, carport, close to
beach, beautiful apartment. $975/month. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500.
RENTALS AVAILABLE: Utilities included, unfur-
nished. Efficiency, $690/month; 1BR/1BA, $735/
month; 2BR/1BA, $950/month. Call (941) 524-5205
SEASONAL WATERFRONT, 1BR or 2BR like
new! $1,800 and $2,900/month. Call (941) 779-9074
or (703) 587-4675.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, furnished 1
and 2BR condos. Cable, microwave, washer/dryer.
Block to beach and shopping. From $1,800/month.
BEACH FRONT CONDO:. Heated pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis courts. Available for two week or monthly
rental. (941) 794-8877 or 730-5393.
101 PALM: Luxury villas. 1BR and 2BR; $3,000-
$4,000. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, (941) 778-0807.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, week-
end, weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private
deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433 pr
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view, newly
furnished. Available monthly, April-December. View
details at http://dale60540.lripod.com or call (630)
GULFVIEW: Available the month of April. Beautiful
2BR/2BA condo, recently refurnished. Martinique
North, 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. No pets.
$800, plus security deposit. (941) 778-6786.;
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTALS: 2BR/2BA duplex
across from beach. Furnished'unfurnished. Great
location. $995/month. Call Mike Carltori~,Smith Re-
altors, (941) 737-0915.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY Holmes Beach .:rental.
Ground-floor 2BR. Available January, February,
March. Across from Gulf. Pool, laundry, private
courtyard. $650/week. (517) 694-3288.
SEASONAL RENTALS: one month :or more.
Westbay Point and Westbay Cove. Tennis, heated
pools, close in. Old Florida Realty Co., (941) 713-
9096 or 778-3377.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT Cortez 2BR/1BA
condo. Newly remodeled and furnished, no pets,
nonsmoking. $1,500/month. Dockage available.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: Seasonal rental. Now show-
ing for 2006. 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Excellent
condition. $3,400/month. Call (941) 795-7089.
HOLMES BEACH: Unfurnished 2BR/2BA. Steps to
beach.. Excellent condition, very clean. Washer/
dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher. Nonsmoking.
Annual, $1,000/month, plus utilities. (941) 778-5356.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Elevated 2BR/2BA duplex.
Three-car garage, two blocksto beach, unfurnished.
Office (941) 778-3377 or 713-9096.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/1BA Gulffront apart-
ment. Furnished, nicely decorated. Available Feb-
ruary 2005. $2,500/month or $700/week. (941)
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PERICO BAY CLUB villa: Seasonal.or annual. Fur-
nished, 2BR, two-car garage, sunny end unit with
screened porch and deck. Call (941) 387-9702.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA duplex apartment on
Anna Maria. Large screened lanai, half block to bay.
Washer/ dryer hook-ups. $800/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate. (941).778-2307.
FLORIDA RENTAL: Hate snow? You can have the
warm West Coast Florida sun and the ocean right
outside your door.,Wake up to sunshine every day.
1BR efficiency with a sofa bed. Full housekeeping
service. All you need is your towel. Available at Resort
66 located on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island.
Weeks available are Feb. 26-March 5 and March 5-
12. $900/week. Call (315) 868-2813, leave message.
VACATION MONTHLY: Near Bean Point. One
block to beach. 3BR elevated. View from second
floor. No pets, nonsmoking. (630) 279-8305. E-mail
* KEY ROYALE HIGH Standards canal home. Taste-
. fully decorated. 2BR/2BA, waterside terrace, heated
pool, dock. Available seasonally $4500/month.
(863) 860-7407. www.vrbo.com/18876/htm.
1 BR APARTMENT close to beach with water views.
Sleeps four. $500/week or $1,850/month. Nonsmok-
ing. Quiet area, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-0420.
GULFFRONT MARTINIQUE NORTH: 2BR/2BA,
heated pool, tennis, garage. Beautiful Gulfview.
One-month minimum. (941) 779-2701.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH annual: 2BR/1BA plus
Florida room. Central air conditioning, separate stor-
age; $875/month includes water and trash. Security
deposit. Call (941) 778-5391.
CANCELLATION GAIN: beautiful Key Royale wa-
terfront home. 2BR/2BA, terrace, heated pool, dock.
Impeccably equipped. Feb.. 1 through March 15.
$6,,000.(863) 860-7407. www.vrbo.com/18876/htm.
HERONk ARBOUR: Beautifully decorated, furnished,
Tuscan-style, elevator, pool, gazebo, tennis. Seasonal
$2,300/month. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581.
-ANNUAL DUPLEX in Anna Maria across from
%beachI unfurnished 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer con-
nection. Aposporos and Son, 758-3939.
VACATION RENTAL: Available March and April
2005.,Holmes Beach canalfront. 2BR/2BA. Fully
furnished. Garage, laundry, dock, many extras.
.$2,600,'month. Call (813) 286-9814.
AVAILABLE 2005: Sunbow Bay 2BR/2BA, $2,500/
month;:canalfront 3BR/3BA, $4,000/month: Pepper-
SEASONAL RENTAL available now. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished home near water on Key Royale. Must see
to appreciate. (941) 778-5192, (708) 738-2933.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA waterfront condo, fur-
nished, near Anna Maria City Pier. $1,200/month
plus utilities. First, last and security. (941) 778-5192,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA condo, Gulffront com-
plex. Pools, ground level. $850/month. Marina
Pointe Realty, (941) 779-0732.
STEPS TO BEACH and bay. Furnished 1BR/1BA
mobile home with patio and upgrades. 55-plus,
Sandpiper Resort, Bradenton Beach, $1,150/month
seasonally, or $695/month annually. First, last, se-
curity. (941) 778-3051 or (775) 338-9492.
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY Vacation rentals. Brand
new Bradenton Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, $2,400/month; Coral
Shores, 2BR/2BA with pool on canal, $2,500/month;
San Remo, 1BR/1 BA, $1,050/month; Gulffront duplex,
3BR/2BA, $1,300/week; Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1 BA,
$700/week; enchanted cottage, 2BR/1BA, $850/week.
Please call Cristin Curl at Wagner Realty. (941) 778-
NORTHWEST BRADENTON 3BR/2BA two-car
garage home. Seasonal, available now, February-
March, $2,500/month. Five minutes to Island
beaches; Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
3BR/2BA HOME one block to beach. Pool and hot
tub, beautifully furnished and spacious, seasonal or
six-month rental, $3000/month. Also, northwest
Bradenton home, minutes to beaches, 2BR/2BA,
pool, close to everything, available February,
$2300/month. Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Ex-
cellence. E-mail DebMThrash@aol.com (941) 518-
7738 or 383-9700.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
DIRECT GULFFRONT FOR Sale by owner,
$1,490,000, Best opportunity in Holmes Beach 3BR/
1BA bungalow, 1,328 sf. Concrete-pier foundation.
Zoned R-4. Total lot size 50x100 feet. 3306 Fourth Ave.,
Holmes Beach: Contact Ken Ward, (813) 892-3690.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moorings
hard-to-find ground-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA condo.
Excellent condition. $379,900. Call (941) 756-4860.
tree Lane 3BR/3BA, $3,000/$1,000; beachfront ANNA MARIA Ground-floor 2BR/1 BA with two-car
2BR/2BA $1,000/week; beachview duplex $2,400/ garage, 100 feet to beach. Bayview, large lot, fur-
$800. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304. nished. Concrete block. (941) 778-7703.
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HOUSE DEALS ON, off, near the Islands. Northwest
Bradenton, minutes to beach, heated pool, sauna, hot
tub, $324,900; Ellenton, close-in country living, custom
3BR/2BA with two-car garage, 3/4-acre wooded lot,
$329,900; Longboat Key, English cottage with unique
artist loft, Abbaco architecture, 15-foot loft ceilings,
two-car garage, hot tub, $650,000. Call Fred Flis, Real
Estate Mart (941) 756-1090.
2BR/2BA-3BR/2BA DUPLEX: 2511 Avenue C,
Bradenton Beach. Gulf and bay views. 5,208 sf
under roof. One block to beach. Appointment only.
Call (941) 778-2953.
2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view. 3601 E. Bay Drive.
Cove at Sandy Point. Furnished. $295,000. Call
EXCHANGE: BRADEN Riverfront. Contemporary,
all new, 1717 sf home is offered in exchange for
similar waterfront home or condo on the Island.
WATERFRONT HOMES and lots: bay lot, $639,000;
one near tip lot, $459,000; three homes from
$349,000, all seawalled, deep water, no bridges.
Also, bayfront tip lot and direct bayfront top-floor
penthouse flagship condo. (570) 943-2516.
LOT IN CITY of Anna Maria. By owner. One block
to Gulf beach. 52 by 145 sf. $399,000. Brokers pro-
tected. (941) 739-1882.
FOR SALE BY owner: Elevated custom built home
west of Gulf Drive. 2-3BR/2BA. Excellent condition.
$699,500. Call (941) 778-3203.
BAYFRONT CONDO FOR sale: 2BR/2BA. Golf
course, pool, beautiful sunsets. $290,000. Call (941)
OWN YOUR OWN piece of the Island! 1BR/
1BA, -new appliances, newly decorated. 55-
plus. Sandpiper Mobile Resort, Bradenton
TO SETTLE ESTATE: 2BR/1 BA home with garage.
106 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 504-
4199 to see. Being sold "as-is" with right to inspect.
RIVERVIEW LANDINGS: Northwest Bradenton's
most desired neighborhood. 4BR/3BA, pool/spa,
three-car garage, 5,300-sf under roof, renovated/
updated 2003. Spectacular executive home de-
signed for entertaining. By owner, broker protected.
$799,000. (941) 792-2247.
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Fabulous energy ef-
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pilings. Private court-
l yard entry includes a
--' small heated pool.
Each suite offers
pine and Mexican tile
floors, gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, central vacuum,
high-speed internet wiring, one-car garage and fire alarm/
sprinkler system. Office loft in upper suite opens to sun deck
with Gulf and bay views. $975,000.
ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE .
2BR/1 BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month
Marina Poi te
314 Pine Avenue
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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DUPLEX 2BR/1BA and
2BR/2BA, screened porch
and one-car garage each
side. Asking $555,900.
Please call Michel Cerene,
Broker, 778-0777 or 545--
9591 eves or Mike
i. NORTH END Unique
3BR/2BA home on north
end of Anna Maria. Steps
to white sandy beaches of
Gulf/bay. Two wood burn-
ing fireplaces. Master suite
has Gulf view from
screened porch. Oversized
shower, new ceramic tile. New roofs Ist Fl 2000 & 2nd Fl 2002. Ask-
ing price $795,000. Please call Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616 eves.
FOR SALE: WEST Bradenton hair-styling salon busi-
ness. Owner needs to retire due to health reasons. Call.
after 6pm, Monday through Friday. (941) 798-3754.
ANNA MARIA, 3BR/2BA pool home. Sailboat wa-
ter, canal, seawall, dock. Broker/owner. $699;000.
PALMA SOLA AREA: Lovely Pine Bay Forest
condo. 2BR/2BA, 1,300 sf, cathedral ceilings, -car-
pet, tile, lanai, garden. $199,900. (941) 795-5703.
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake con-
dominiums, Bradenton. Close to beach. Starting at
$249,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
LONGBOAT KEY MOBILE home, 55-plus resident-
owned park. 2BR/1BA, immaculate with -many
amenities, fully furnished. Great location. $184.900.
Call owner, (941) 387-1291.
SPECIAL OFFER: $320,000 for a home on a private
island in Sarasota Bay. Everything new in this profes-
sionally styled 2BR'2BA unit. You can have it all,
luxury, privacy, 24-hour security and ad beautiful
waterview. Perfect home for the discerning! Call Vic-
tor Rosenfeld, owner-Realtor, (941) 920-1693. :
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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SOF ANNA MARIA
$112,900. 1,2,3,4br units available now.
Close to beaches & shopping. Limited
introductory pricing! Call
A-i or Pat Bates
ION7AL REALEsTATE INC. or 941-350-4326
Gayle Simson Schulz...
has these fabulous seasonal and
ik vocation properties available for
28R/2BA Martinique Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, S3,300.
3BR/2BA Key Royal Canal Home, S3,000.
2BR/2BA Gulf Sands Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Ground-level duplex with heated pool, steps to the beach, $2,800.
2BR/2BA Ground-level house, close to the beach, $2,500.
2BR/2BA Ironwood Condo with pool, tennis, on golf course. $1,900.
2BR/2BA Condo, close to Bradenton Beach, $1,500.
3BR/2BA Condo in Pebble Springs, pool. $950/month plus utilities.
2BR/2BA House in NW Bradenton, large fenced yard.
$1,000/month plus utilities.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
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MOUNT VERNON Condo. 2BR/2BA waterfront on
canal with beautiful views front and back. $265,000.
WATERWAY CONDO 2BR/2BA waterfront, fur-
nished, totally remodeled, gorgeous views,
boat docks, minutes to beaches, shopping,
$349,900. Bayfront duplex 3BR/3BA, 1BR/1BA
with lot across street on Sarasota Bay with
boat docks, breathtaking views, lots of poten-
tial, $959,900. Triplex, steps to beach, 3BR/
1BA, 2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA, tile and wood floors,
new air conditioner, decks, stairs, super rental
or second home, close to everything,
$589,000. Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Ex-
cellence. E-mail DebMThrash@aol.com (941)
518-7738 or 383-9700.
PRE-CONSTRUCTION HOME located on
northend of Anna Maria Island. This home will have
luxury amenities throughout. Steps to beach with
Gulf views. (850) 324-1811 or (941) 778-9194.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
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ern North Carolina. Homes, cabins, acreage, Invest-
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for free brochure, (800) 841-5868.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. AREA. Spectacular mountain
view and river lots. Paved roads, clubhouse, more.
New release! Possible $5,000 discount! Bear River
Community. Call (866) 411-5263.
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cabins, acreage. Call for free brochure of mountain
property sales. (800) 642-5333. Realty of Murphy,
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with two master suites.
Heated pool, turnkey
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slip. Totally renovated.
Everything brand new.
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A. No wonder in 34
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Wayne Harris, P.A Real Estate, I have
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SHELL POINT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, A LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE. 3BR/2BA
ground level, near pool, covered park- carpel and w.'ood laminate throughout.
ing. putting green, tennis courts and large garage and beautiful landscaping.
heated pool. Being sold as-is with r;ght All in a fabulous location close to every-
to inspect $319,000 MLS# 502484. thing. $550,000 MLS# 502356
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ceilings Enloy the screened lanai with and it s beautiful. Don t miss this, it won't
pond views $269,900 MLS# 503097 last. $695,000 MLS# 502406.
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canal with partial bay views, this designed ANNA MARIA ISAND CLUB Beautifully with two-car garage, exudes elegance and bright, over 2,800 sf, spacious with cathedral
home will feature 4BR/4.5BA. A grand foyer is decorated 2BR/2BA beachfront condo. Watch charm. Dazzling Intracoastal views. Tropical ceiling, gas range, fireplace for both the living
one of many amenities. Call agent for details. the sunsets and dolphins and listen to the setting, pool, gourmet kit, 10,000 lb. boat lift room and bedroom, large loft. Turnkey, war-
Karen Day. 778-2246. #503717. $1,500,000. waves. Owner/agent. Frank Basile. 778-2246. and no bridges to open water. Betty Arnold. ranty. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246.
#501854. $949,000. 761-3100. #501191. $779,900. #103828. $729,900.
ISLAND FOURPLEX Investment opportunity
on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Across the
street from the spectacular Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy rental income. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-
2246. #503697. $649,000.
GULFFRONT Fully furnished 2BR/1BA condo
with fabulous gulf views. In quiet area of
.Holmes Beach. Unit renovated with new
kitchen, appliances, tile floors and air condi-
tioning. Dave Moynihan. (941) 778-2246.
ANNA MARIA CONDO Partial Gulf and bay
views. Great opportunity for owner/investor,
turnkey, furnished, rentals already scheduled.
Approximately 1,300 sf, 2BR/2BA. Laurie
Dellatorre, 778-2246. #502656. $459,900.
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE 3BR/2BA like
new throughout, new wood cabinets and gas
range. Has room for pool. Very near Gulf
beach. Harold Small. 778-2246. #104972.
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