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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 13 Feb. 2, 2005 FREE
Project costs rising while city stalls
By Rick Catlin
If the City of Anna Maria ever intends to imple-
ment its long-awaited and long-planned capital im-
provements project list through either a bond. line of
credit, other borrowing methods, or even a storm after
utility\ fee, it better act soon to save taxpayers' money.
The city's capital improvements advisory commit-
tee learned at its Jan. 26 meeting that the estimated total
cost for the 19 projects on the committee's priority list
have risen 10 percent since the list was first formed in
The combined cost in 2003 was $2.2 million, but
Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc.. the citY's
engineering firm. told the committee that construction
costs have gone up 10 percent since then, and the ne\\
Dirt flies finally at
Anna Maria school
S By Diana Bogan
I.- land ilReporter
The dirt finally started fl\in at Anna Nlaria El-
Sementary School as students, staff, neighbors and dis-
trict representative\ es.celebrated the official start ofcon-
strction at the Island campus.
Oer the past few months, construction crews have
been actiiel depositing fill, laying the grid work and
support footers and putting up concrete block for the
'new two-story building.
But, Tuesday. Jan. 25, was the official ground-
breaking ceremony for the Island school.
The ceremony was well attended not only b\ the
AME community but also Holmies Beach City Com-
missioners Don Maloney.and Sandy Haas-Martens.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, Holmes
Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson and Holmes
PLEASE SEE GROUNDBREAKING. PAGE 2
figure is clhosei to $2.45 million. And that does not in-
clude an estimated 6 to 10 percent for engineering in-
spection ser ices, he said.
CIAC member Bill Sno%\ complained that the city
commission continues to stall on funding an\ of the
"We tried to get them to borrow la \ ear when the
increase was just 3.5 percent. but the\ didn't listen.
No\\. costs are up 10 percent. Boy, the city sure sat ed
some money by not doing an thing." he said \ ith sar-
The total cost estimates include all road repairs,
including those not associated ~iith drainage, said
\\'lco\ The estimates for drainage \\ork have risen
from $929.0( i to $ 1.02 million.
Resident Chris Collins. who along with Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland is preparing a storm\\ater util-
ity fee plan for the commission to consider implement-
ing. attended the meeting to get an idea of how much
money\ is needed
"Ifi ou can decide on some projects, Iwill go to the
commission \\ith this and ask them to borrow money"
against re enues generated by the stormwater utility
fee, he said.
But the commission has consistently maintained it
will onlf fund projects based on a single year's fee rev-
enues, plus any nionhe available in the general budget
fund. The CIAC wouldd like all projects completed in
a three-year period b\ borrow ing the moneN against
future revenues. During the past two years, the com-
PLEASE SEE COSTS, PAGE 3
Singing Valentine surprise barbers
The "Forgetful Four" barbershop quartet dropped by
thc Holmeis Bieach Bariber Siop this week to ,proniit
their "'Singing \ alenitine i" off. Ir andl .L ,itL'Irdedltt par:
""with "Heart ofMy Heart." As members ,j'the
Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus, the local
barbershop singers and other quartets are offering to
deliver two songs and a box of chocolates for $40 on
Feb. 12 or Feb. 14. Singing here are baritone Tom
Lennon, bass Harvey Baird, lead Charley Caniff and
tenor Will Little. Barber Don Madden, left, and Larry
Michalski carry out their work in the foreground.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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PAGE 2 FEB. 2, 2005 E THE ISLANDER
Groundbreaking held at school
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Beach Community Resource Officer Pete Lannon.
School board members attending the ceremony
included Barbara Harvey, Larry Simmons, Frank
Brunner and Harry Kinnan. Also present was former
AME Principal Tim Kolbe and his family, and Mana-
tee County School Superintendent Roger Dearing was
the keynote speaker.
Prior to breaking ground, there was an hour-long
presentation in the auditorium that.included comments
by AME Principal Kathy Hayes. Dearing, Brunner,
Kinnan and parent representatives Suki Janisch and
Lynda Hicks. The highlight of the presentation in-
cluded an opening ceremony featuring fourth-grader
Lindsey Bell singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and
sisters Holly and Trina Rizzo singing the duet "Defy-
Students also performed several songs as a group
and recited the student pledge, which was written by
AME's fifth-grade student leadership.team.
Hayes told the audience that the "journey" [to the
-new school] has made people examine their attitude
towards change. "We want to be on the cutting edge yet
stand firm and embrace our legacy and tradition," she
She said the community is vital to AME and this
was a welcome day as the community celebrates a
new vision for AME. "It's a long-awaited day,"
Dearing also gave kudos to the tight-knit Island
community, acknowledging that a stronger sense of
community at AME makes it a real neighborhood
school. He thanked the community for working with
the school board to make this day happen.
Speaking on behalf of School Board Chairman
Walter Miller, who was unable to attend, Frank
Brunner addressed the packed auditorium.
Brunner said since the last time he addressed the
community two summers ago, we have all "grown a
little and tightened our belts."
"The commitment from the school board to the
community has been there a long time," he said, "and
Representatives digging in at the school
groundbreaking include AME Principal
Kathy Hayes, school board member and
former AME Principal Larry Simmons,
Superintendent Roger Dearing, AME parent
and construction team member Michael
Pierce, school board member Frank
Brunner, school board member Harry
Kinnan, AME School Advisory Committee
member Don Schroder, school board
member Barbara Harvey, Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore, Holmes Beach
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, and
parent/construction team member Suki
Janisch. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
I'm confident as people drive by AME they will say
what a wonderful school it is."
"No community deserves a new school more than
this one," added Kinnan. "No other community has
more diligently and passionately waited."
Parent-Teacher Organization President Lynda
Hicks said she is often asked if the wait has been worth
it. "It will be when we walk through the door and see
our kids learning in a healthy, loving atmosphere," she
Following the presentations, the officials present
ceremoniously broke ground behind the existing
school on the site where the new facility will stand.
The construction team will be meeting soon to
discuss renovations to the auditorium and an exist-
ing classroom. Hayes said she is advocating that the
auditorium and classroom building be linked by an
enclosed corridor. Since the classrooms will be reno-
vated to house the art and music rooms, an enclosure
would make it easier to transport props, scenery and
costumes without being affected by the weather.
Hayes also said the anticipated opening for the
new school has been pushed back from October to
December 2005. She said this would actually make
the transition into the new building less disruptive to
students because teachers could move in over the
Youngster from Anna Maria Elementary School
couldn't help but take a closer look at the shovels
and hard hats needed to set things in motion for a
new building on the Island campus.
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Feb. 25 Burgundy Wine Tasting,
featuring dinner paired with
tasting and special guest,
Brian H. Smith, author of
"The Sommelier's Guide
to Fine Wine."
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 2, 2005 0 PAGE 3
Water taxi concept clear sailing continues
By Paul Roat
The concept of a water taxi has again reached clear
seas in the Manatee-Sarasota County area, with the
only rough water being financial in nature.
A group of more than 40 officials and citizens met
Monday to hear a report by a consultant retained to
assess the feasibility of a waterborne mode of transpor- :
station in the region.
Whit Blanton, with the Renaissance Group of Or-
lando, said research on the proposal indicates the ini-
tial target group of users for the service would be tour-
ists and visitors. Commuters would probably use the
vessels as an alternative mode of transportation in later
years, he said.
He described several possible "terminals' where
the boats could pick up and drop off passengers, among
them Bradenton Beach's Bridge Street area, the
Bradenton and Palmetto riverfronts, downtown
Sarasota, City Island near Mote Marine Laboratory,
Siesta Key, and the Venice-Nokomis area.
Blanton said possible routes would be between
Palmetto and Bradenton on.the Manatee River, from
Cortez to sites on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key, downtown Sarasota to Mote, Venice Airportito
the train depot to Nokomis Beach, and the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport to Longboat Key.
He estimated the vessels could cost anywhere from
$ 150,000 for an electric-potered boat that could seat
25 people to upwards of $2.5 million for a super-fast
catamaran capable of accommodating 150 passengers.
Annual maintenance and payroll costs were pegged at
$2 million, Blanton estimated.
Fares of between $2 and $5 were anticipated to
help defray costs, and Blanton indicated a hist of fund-
ing options are possible to handle initial capital:outlays
and ongoing maintenance and insurance -- federal or
state grants, local funding. and e\en public-private
partnerships with local businesses. Operation of the
vesselss could also be leased to private companies as
well, he said. ,
Governmental assistance could also be used
through retaining docking space or maintenance yards,
The keys to success, he concluded, were dedicated
docking space and maintenance, having the terminals
or hubs contain what Blanton called a "rich. mix of de-
velopment with excellent pedestrian connections," an
aggressive marketing and promotion program, and re-
liable service and dependable travel times with a low
Blanton and colleagues held several "focus
groups" among participants to further refine the water-
taxi' concept. A draft feasibility report will be produced
by mid-February, with a final report scheduled togo to
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation by March.i
MPO Chair Nora Paiterion, also a member of the
Sarasbta Counti Commission, \\ as enthusiastic about the
proposal. "If tourism is the primary market," she said,
"then its efforts must be to bring the tourists from where
Berm me up, Scotty
Construction of the berm on the Anna Maria shoreline between 755 and 761 North Shore Drive began last week as
crews from the Huffinan Trucking Co. of Bradenton began dumping material for the berm: The berm is being funded
through an emergency Federal Emergency Management Agency program. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Costs for construction soaring
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Mission has declined to approve borrowing funds for
Capital improvement projects.
SCIAC chairman Larry Albert noted that under the
"no borrowing" guidelines from the commission, only
About $400,000 worth of drainage projects can be done
Annually, assuming the stormwater fee is passed.
S Public Works Director George McKay noted that
S$400,000 was only for drainage. Road improvements
Sand upgrades would "lag behind" those projects, he
Snow suggested that the commission consider us-
ing the stormwater fee for road repairs, but Wilcox said
the fee can only be used for road repairs or restoration
associated with drainage work.
Collins said he would take the revised list and
stormwater fee projections to the commission for con-
The current Top 10 CIAC prioritylist for road and
drainage projects, with the cost estimate in parenthesis,
1. Crescent Drive from Palm Avenue to Pine Av-
2. South Drive from South Bay Boulevard to the
3. Pine Ave. from North Bay Boulevard to the Gulf
4. Spring Avenue from South Bay Boulevard to the
5. Bayview Place from South Bay Boulevard to the
6. Loquat Drive from South Bay Boulevard to the
7. Crescent Drive from.Pine Avenue to North Bay
8. Willow Avenue from the city park to the north-
east end ($135,200)
9. Poinsettia Road from North Bay Boulevard to
10. Gulf Drive from the city limit to Pine Avenue
they're going to the attractions they want to go to."
MPO member-and Manatee County Commissioner
Joe McClash, a proponent of the idea for several years,
predicted that the water taxis "should be just as much
of a success as the trolleys on Anna Maria Island."'
Similar projects have been done for Pinellas
County, Miami-Dade C6unty, Ft. Lauderdale and Jack-
"Ft. Lauderdale began as a tourism program, then
the government stepped in and expanded it for com-
muters," Blanton said. "In Jacksonville, officials had
proposed a new bridge across the river, but realized the
cost was prohibitive. Officials got an old ferry and re-
furbished it, and eliminated a 25-mile car trip with a
three-mile ferry trip. It has become a very effective
CART meeting tonight
The Coalition Against Runaway Taxation citizens
group formed to fight rising property values and taxes
on Anna Maria Island meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the
Holmes Beach City Hall.
CART president Don Schroder said he and other
CART officials will discuss an upcoming meeting with
officials from tihe county administrator's office to pe-
pare adiaft tax relief plan for Islaiid businesses that will
be on a future county commission agenda.
Schroder said CART addressed the commission
Jan. 25 seeking approval to be on the Feb. 8 agenda, but
the group was told to first prepare a draft document in
conjunction with the administrator's office to present
at an upcoming commission meeting.
"This is a giant step forward in our efforts to ob-
tain real property tax relief for the Island tourist busi-
ness community," he said. Schroder noted that county
commissioners were unanimous in passing a motion to
place CART on an upcoming agenda.
"We should be on the [county] agenda within 30
days," said Schroder, "certainly by mid-Nlarch."
The publicist irvi'tf d to attend-tonight's meeting.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Feb. 8, 6 p.m., ad hoc committee on comprehensive
Feb. 9, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., city commission workshop.
Anna Maria City Hall;
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Feb. 3,7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, ordinance re: small scale plan amendment
regarding 1400 block Gulf Drive land-use change, dis-
cussion regarding pier concession, re-appointment of
Ernest Clay to comp plan committee, appointments to
code enforcement board, approval of major develop-
ment applications for 102 Second St. S. and 105 12th
St. S., approval of architectural services for city pier,
approval of invoices for land use planning and GIS
mapping services, trolley shelter plan revision, code
enforcement issues, consent agenda, commission re-
ports and calendar scheduling.
Feb. 9, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 2, 5 p.m., parks, beautification committee meet-
Feb. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee forum.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 15, 9 a.m., Manatee County Commission work
session on charter, County Administration Center,
PAGE 4 M FEB. 2, 2005 THE ISLANDER
Parking ordinance, not plan, approved in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
One issue guaranteed to draw a divided crowd to
an Anna Maria city commission is parking. The prob-
lem of where to park has only been ongoing in the city
for the past 80 years without resolution.
Despite assurances from Commission Chairperson
John Quam at its Jan. 27 meeting that the commission
was only passing an ordinance that "legalizes"' existing
parking, no parking, stop signs and speed limits, a ca-
pacity crowd attended the meeting to voice objections
to the ordinance.
"This is not a parking plan," Quam said. That
comes later. This ordinance "only legalizes what is al-
ready in place," he added. "There is no new parking
plan," he re-emphasized.
Without the ordinance, parking tickets could be
easily challenged in' court, and Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies in Anna Maria have said pre-
viously they wouldn't issue tickets without.an accom-
panying ordinance. An emergency ordinance passed in
December to legalize no parking zones, parking tick-
ets and other road violations expires in mid-February.
But Commissioner Carol Ann Magill was opposed
because the ordinance is "unfair." Some residents, she
claimed, got "no parking" signs from previous admin-
istratiohs and simply placed them in front of their prop-
erty without any accompanying ordinance.
"I believe in fairness. Those no parking locations
should not be-part of this ordinance and I'm not going
to support this," she said.
SGreat idea, Quam-had said previously, except the
city doesn't know which locations were approved by
the city commission. And no residents are stepping
forward to say they got "no parking" signs in front of
their property illegally.
Quam and Commissioner Duke Miller noted dryly
that the current commission has tried without success
the. past three years to adopt a parking plan agreeable
to all factions of the issue..
"We have to, do something tonight," pleaded
Miller. The parking issue "hasn't changed in the past
50 years. There is no 'win-win' situation. It.doesn't
exist. I've had more letters and phone calls on this is-
S i -li ii 't s -,
Say it ain't so, Joe
Manatee County Commissioner Joe AcClan s~
explained the proposed Manatee County charter to
skeptical Anna Maria city commissioners ai their
Jan. 27 meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
sue than any other and that tells me we need to follow
up \% ith a plan. Even though this [ordinance] has ineq-
uities, we need to pass this now and address those in the
very near future."
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Linda Cramer
agreed with Quam and Miller, but some members of
the public were outraged and demanded no parking
signs for their streets if other locations were going to
be in the ordinance.
"This is.a plan by default," said Bill Cunninghan
of Fern Street. "It will lock in inequities permanently
with only a slim hope a future commission will resolve
it. A few of us are left to carry the [parking] burden and
the only issue left is to take it to court. I don't know the
law, but I know right and wrong. This policy is unfair."
Commissioners agreed to reconsider the current
parking arrangement in the city in yet another parking
plan, but passed the ordinance in a 4-1 vote.
The first parking committee established by the city
Charter debate sparks feud between cities, county, others
By Paul Roat
What is historically the best way to bond Island-
Give 'em a common enemy.
To bond all the cities in Manatee County to-
Maybe a bigger common enemy.
So, for the first few months of 2005, is that en-
emy the Manatee County Commission?
After last week's three-hour-long discussion by
40-plus elected officials from all governmental en-
tities in the'county regarding changing the form of,
government in Manatee County, the apparent con-
Leave us alone. Keep everything as is. No
change. Go away. Now.
In an often contentious session, elected officials
from all six municipalities, five county constitu-
tional officers, some school board members and the
county commission discussed changing the county's
current form of government to that of a charter
Probably the greatest change in management un-
der the proposed charter is the establishment of a
"Countywide Uniform Land Use Plan," that would
be administered :by a Manatee County Planning
Council which would consist of all seven members
of the county commission, a school board represen-
tative and a member from each of the six cities.
The MCPC would have the authority to deter-
mine land-use decisions throughout the county, in-
cluding property within the cities, including density
of development, intensity, height and annexation
And it's that land-use authority within munici-
palities that has caused the rift between the county
commission and almost everyone else who holds
elected office in Manatee County.
Municipal leaders have blasted the proposal,
stating it will remove home rule from their cities.
Longboat Key town commissionersthrough a con-
sensus have objected to any charter proposal, and
other city leaders have also voiced their objections
to the plan.
Palmetto Mayor Larry Bustle said the charter
proposal "puts haste before due process. We cannot
have an educated electorate in a few months on this
issue. I think \tou are rushing to throw out something
we have had and have something new. It's clear-to
me that the battle lines have already been drawn, and
I don't want that."
At the meeting, Bustle, Bradenton Mayor Wayne
Poston and some officials from other cities and as
well as some county commissioners, lobbied for im-
provements to the Accord, a 3-year-old non-binding
planning document that was agreed to by all cities,
the school board and the county.
However, as Bradenton City Councilman James
Goldman said, a principal tenet of the Accord was
the passage of a sales-tax increase, a proposal that
Manatee County Area Transit director Ralf
Hesseler said his department is currently in negotia-
tionsto purchase up to four new trolleys to replace the
current trolleys that operate the Island trolley route.
Hesseler said the county is trying to "piggy-
back" on a California contract with Trolley Enter-
prises of Deerfield Beach.
The new trolleys will definitely be a lot quieter
than the existing ones, Hesseler promised, but be-
fore any purchase is approved, MCAT will hold a
series of public meetings on Anna Maria Island in
the very near future for input on what residents
.was rejected by voters. Without that revenue, he ar-
gued, the Accord was void.
Others, including County Commissioner Pat
Glass, argued for the Accord to become a binding
planning document that could address height, den-
- sity and annexation issues throughout the county.
Poston even suggested that all elected officials
back away from the charter and the Accord alto-
gether and allow planning staffs from all agencies to
meet and work together on a plan to control growth
in Manatee County.
We need an interlocal planning team, Poston
said. "Bring the city and county planning staffs to-
gether and look at the county and density and height
and urban sprawl and schools and the urban overlay
district. I'd like to put the politics out of the equa-
tion and let the planners make a first run at this."
That "first run" will be discussed by the county
commission Feb. 15 in a work session, the first time the
board will meet to discuss the draft charter since it was
first presented to the community last December.
would like for the proposed trolleys.
If all the paperwork goes according to schedule
and the county commission approves the purchase,
the new trolleys could be in service by the end of
2005, he said.
While the trolleys have reduced the amount of
vehicular traffic on Island roads, particularly during
the winter tourist season, Islanders have long com-
plained about the noise generated by the current die-
sel engines used by the trolleys.
The estimated cost of each new trolley is about
$175,000, Hesseler noted.
Kinder, quieter trolleys planned for Island
commission to resolve the issue was formed in 1977.
The commission decided by a 3-2 margin to give
the BelleHlaven Cottage to the Anna Maria Island His-
Mayor SueLynn said the city gains an advantage
without the cottage because it won't count against the
city's flood insurance rating and will not need to be
insured by the city.
Magill and Woodland were opposed to the city
giving away any property and voted against the mea-
The commission heard a presentation from Mana-
tee County Commissioners Joe McClash and Jane von
Hahmann on the proposed county charier, but were un-
impressed with the arguments in favor of such a bold
It's a good idea if it were restricted just to land
development issues, said Miller, but he's concerned
that a future county commission could gain control
over the cities.
But it's obvious that the commission intends to
bring the proposal to a countywide vote and it will most
"We have 5 percent of the population and pay 20
percent of the taxes," Miller said of the Island and
Longboat Key. "We are just a squeak in the wind"
compared to the entire population of unincorporated
Manatee County, estimated at approximately 240,000
"Once it's on the ballot, we are going to lose," he
McClash promised a new draft charter in mid-Feb-
ruary for further review by the cities.
Pile driving ban ordinance
Commissioners deferred the first reading of an or-
dinance banning the use of pile drivers for construction
to the Felruary worksession because of some legal
concerns raised by City Attorney Jim Dye.
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 2, 2005 U PAGE 5
Court orders parking
spaces to Tidemark;
Southstar fights back
By Rick Catlin
The embattled Tidemark hotel and condominium
project in Holmes Beach moved a step closer to real-
ity last week, at least for a few days.
Federal bankruptcy Judge Alex Paskay signed an
order Jan. 25 compelling Southstar LLC of Coral Gables
to give Tidemark a lease of 20 parking spaces that it holds
with Wachovia branch bank in Holmes Beach.
At the same time, Paskay ordered Tidemark and its
new partner, Reliance Property Group, to pay Southstar
$160,000 for.administrative and lease assignment fees.
The judge also required RPG to provide financial in-
formation to Wachovia after the lease is delivered to
But Southstar has refused to quietly accept
Paskay's ruling. Attorneys for the company filed a
motion Jan. 28 for a rehearing, claiming the company
was owed more than the $160,000 and it was entitled
to further compensation.
Paskay will have to first rule on whether or not to
accept the Southstar motion before setting a new court
date. If Paskay declines to order a new hearing,
Southstar could pursue the issue in a federal court.
Southstar had attempted to partner with Tidemark
last year in a financial deal to bring Tidemark out of
bankruptcy, but Tidemark managing partner Nick
Easterling eventually rejected Southstar's offer in fa-
vor of RPG.
During the Southstar alliance, that company had
obtained a lease from Wachovia of the 20 parking
spaces for Tidemark for its site plan. In October 2004,
Paskay ordered that lease turned over to Tidemark, but
Southstar refused, claiming it was owed compensation
by Easterling and RPG.
Easterling saidthe project is now moving forward
and he expects to develop the marina first before con-
struction of the condominiums begin. However, he
added that di -cus.ion_, on the sale of the condo units are
under way and those could be offered for pre-sale by
the middle of the year, if not sooner.
The 40-unit Tidemark hotel/condominium/marina
project was approved by the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion in August 2001, but ran into financial difficulties.
Anna Maria's EEEC is 'Citizen.of the Year'
Members of Anna Maria's Environmental Education and Enhancement Committee were honored collectively
as the Anna Maria Citizen of the Year prior to the city commission meeting Jan. 27. EEEC members are, from
left, Chairperson Tim Eiseler, Jamie Walstead, Diane Canniff, Robin Wall, Vice chair Cindi Mansour and
Cindy Miller. Absent from photo is Karen DiCostanzo. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach court case started yesterday
Oral arguments in the long-awaited court case of
Holmes Beach property owners Ruth McLean and
Barbara Coloney against Holmes Beach and its board
of adjustment were scheduled to begin yesterday af-
temoon, Feb. 1, in the Manatee County Circuit Court.
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Bigger, bolder, better?
As the Island turns, the soap opera of events and
people on Anna Maria Island, is buzzing still or is that
reeling? over escalating real estate prices and the
Island's ever-changing landscape.
Recently an Anna Maria city commissioner expressed
concern over the large homes being built in that city so
large they take up two lots. But back in the "early days" of
the 1970s, when homes were being built on the Island faster.
than cars in Detroit, many northerners purchased two "too
small" lots and plunked the house in the middle. They were
looking for more-outdoor "space."
Those "doubles" are being "scarfed up" by "prospec-
tors," who build two units where there was once one. In
some cases, two three-story replacement units "joined" by
the foundation replace a '70s duplex. Most of those units
are "condo-ized" (is that a word?) and sold separately.
In Holmes Beach, the sale of "half. a duplex was
eliminated after the debacle know\ n as Seaside Gardens
proved two owners of one duplex to be undesirable. But
once they've gone condo, the rule is apparently put the
Contiguous lot is a thing of the past, erased by time
and demolition equipment.
And so it goes, and e\en though most elected offi-
cials vow to neler increase density, give away public
land, sell city property or change zoning, it's almost as
common as apple pie.
It's apparently all part of progress. And with that,
suddenly, the Island is "supersizing."
Put yourself in these shoes
Socked with super-huge costs and potential fines
due to a.complaint regarding noncompliance with the
Americans with Disabilites Act, Ed Chiles has found
solution for his ADA issues at his Sandbar restaurant,
resolve a 10-year-old alley encroachment problem, and
fix his parking lot drainage problems along with the
city's drainage crisis on the streets and alleyways sur-
rounding the Sandbar.
His proposal amounts to a win-win-win for the city,
surrounding residents and businesses and for the Sandbar.
The Sandbar plan for brick paths and "village-style"
lighting should be a template for the city to follow in the
Gulf Drive-Pine Avenue area rather than a bone of conten-
It's time to move forward and consider the Sandbar like
any other neighbor in need of some regard for their future.
The alleyway swap and the proposed improvements
at the Sandbar are part of progress for the landmark busi-
ness and there is no acceptable alternative. No status quo,
no condos, no million-dollar homes.
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Control the budgets
This is an open letter to elected officials:
During one of the recent tax relief meetings, an
elected official voiced surprise when someone com-
mented on the increased budget. My inference to the
elected official's comment: Hey, if you do not show up at
our budget hearings, you have no gripe.
OK, today I am paying my property taxes and I have
a comment. Our last few annual property assessments
have provided a windfall in tax revenues and, I expect,
provided far greater monies than anticipated.
Our elected officials, recognizing this windfall, could
and should have decided not to increase their budgets, a
saving to me of over $600 in 2003 and over $600 in 2004.
Those dollars translate, in just those two years, a cost to
me of $600 times three, or $1,800.
Let me suggest a few possibilities: Voters on three
occasions have voted "no increase" for our firefighters.
From my perspective, the firefighters' request to provide
extra services was valid. Is it just possible that the voters
just took out their tax frustration on the firefighters? Shout-
ing loudly "No" to any increase in taxes? If my reasoning
is sound, our elected officials are indirectly responsible for
the pending scale-back of future firefighting services..
I sense that there are fewer tourists than normal on the
Island, resulting in lower occupancy rates and no lines at
our restaurants. Is it just possible that the rents we are and
I am asking have reached a point that our prospective ten-
ants are balking and going elsewhere?
Is it possible that my higher rent is tied to the in-
creased taxes? You bet it is. My taxes have risen an an-
nual average rate of 22 percent for the last two years. So
.in order to survive I have raised my rent by 5 percent.
In order to help this situation, my elected officials
raised my costs by $1,800. This is up and above the prop-
erty assessment increased valuation which, to my under-
standing, we have no control over.
I refuse to believe that our elected officials could not
administer their responsibilities in an acceptable manner
without constantly raising budgets. The assessment wind-
fall alone should satisfy all the needs. Just perhaps our
elected officials, and others formally seeking tax relief,
should demand we stop raising our budgets.
I'll assure you, mn \\ ife and I eat mostly at home be-
cause our elected officials have made a conscious decision
to take $1,800 from my pocketbook in the last two years.
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach
Thanks from soldier
I want to thank everyone from the Anna Maria Is-
land community who wrote notes and Christmas cards
for Chad Cook, who is serving our country in Afghani-
stan. A thank you from him follows, but it doesn't ex-
press the real thanks he felt. I talked to his mother and
he was overwhelmed by all the cards-from people he
didn't even know. It really made his day.
This young man had a rude awakening when he got
his first leave and came back to the United States right into
a squalid controversy over whether he should continue as
high school football coach when he returns from service.
It was all over the TV stations, radio and newspapers, how
his community had treated him. He kept his chin up, how-
ever, as he returned to Afghanistan and he has been go-
ing the extra mile for the people who did not treat him
well. I knew his family and mentioned the matter at my
church, Harvey Memorial in Bradenton Beach, and fellow
members wrote him with cards.
My hat is off to Chad for.all he is doing and the
way he is handling the situation that arose and for the
Anna Maria Island community for showing him that we
as Americans do appreciate our soldiers and the free-
doms they are preserving. You really made a difference
in his life at this time.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
The soldier's letter
Dear Nancy: Thank you and your community for the
Christmas cards. They were a nice surprise. Now it's
seven months down, four months left. We're starting to get
vehicles cleaned and ready to send back. Our replace-
ments will be here by early May and I'll be in Iowa for
good by early to mid-June. Thanks again, say hello to Doc,
and take care.
Chad Cook, in Afghanistan
Privateers creative in seeking
sponsors for golf tourney
THEISLANDER M FEB. 2, 2005 M PAGE 7
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria Island Privateers are coming up with
some unusual and imaginative ways to find sponsors
for their 11th Annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf
They are enlisting insurance companies, marinas,
corporations, businesses and just plain folks to put to-
gether finances for the tournament. The possibility of
a $24,000 grand prize is dangled before sponsors, as
well as golfers.
Scheduled May 15 at El Conquistador Country
Club, it is named -for a longtime Privateer who was a
noted golfer. Proceeds from the tourney go into the
vendor spots in
There are a few spaces left for vendors in,
the Feb. 12 Thieves' Market of the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, according to spokesman Tim
It will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the south end
of Coquina Beach. Typical items.in the vendor
booths are arts, crafts, i ud, jewelry, some that
resemble garage sales, face painting for young-
sters and.the like. There will be entertainment
and live music throughout the sale. Another
Thieves' Market is planned for March 12, Th-
Details may be obtained by calling him at
Privateers' scholarships funds for Manatee High
School graduates, Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, the Island Butterfly Park, Snooks Adams Kids Day,
and other youth activities.
Top prize for the tournament and for the ingenuity
of its financing is a $24,000 boat. What the Privateers
need is a sponsor willing to donate $900 to pay the in-
surance premium for the $24,000 the premium is the
cost of getting an insurance company to bet against
anyone making a hole-in-one on a golf hole not yet se-
If a golfer does sink a shot in one stroke, a check
for $24,000 will be presented for the boat. The boat will
be on display at the tournament, though they don't ac-
tually have it yet persuasive Privateers will visit ma-
rinas and boat-dealers until they find one willing to put
up a boat for a day on that basis.
The sponsor _x ill get to enter a foursome in the
tournament, signage, banquet tickets and publicity ga-
There are four holes \\ here holes-in-one will win
something grand, but only one will have the boat.
The others are par-three holes of 170-185 yards,
$575 sponsorship, winning golfer gets aLas Vegas
\ weekend for two; 150-169 \ardJs. $325, two round-
trip tickets to aniiy here served by Southwest Air-
lines; and 130-149 yards, $175, Sony camcorder.
Another major prize is $5,000 cash to the winner
of a 60-yard putting contest, with sponsorship priced at
$600. This too is an insurance-premium situation.
There are other forms of sponsorship, too, from
'individual hole sponsorships $500 for gold, $250
silver and $100 bronze; cart sponsorship at $75; and
greens sponsorship for $50.
Privateers are concentrating on companies for
sponsorships this year, said spokesman Tim Thomp-
son. Anyone interested may call him at 729-9039 or
Privateers President Eric Rushnell at 721-4075.
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in connection with a multi-million-dollar illegal gam-
bling operation based in Bradenton. Police from five
area law enforcement agencies raided a Holmes Beach
business and two residences in connection with the
Longboat Key town. officials are considering
the possibility of assuming ownership of Gulf of
-Mexico Drive from the Florida Department of Trans-
The Holmes Beach City Commission held a
worksession to discuss ownership of the T-end canal
docks along Marina Drive, reigniting a 10-year contro-
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Cortez Festival features mullet galore Feb. 19.20
By Jim Hanson
Cortez will celebrate its life in a spectacular festi-
val 10 days from now, and it is inviting the world to
join the fun.
It is the 23rd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20. at the his-
toric village at the mainland end of the Cortez Bridge.
It will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, arnd
shut down at 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $2.
Befitting a village whose life has been spliced to
the sea, this celebration will be strongly maritime -
from the displays to the games to the activities to the
food. It will fill the streets along the waterfront and spill
back into the adjacent residential areas.
"Caught Up in Cortez" is the theme of this year's
festival, and Cortezians aren't kidding there will be
a raid from the sea, a place where kids and adults can
pet a shark, nautical arts and crafts among the booths,
boat rides, and, of course, great rations of the seafood
for which Cortez is famed.
There will be live music throughout both days,
with Cortez musician Richard Culbreath assembling
groups from the area. Fifty-two artists and crafters will
show and sell their creations in booths along the water-
Sfront "midway," and many will feature maritime
Twenty-two restaurants had signed up by midweek
to bring to Cortez the most popular items from their
menus, and there will be seafood by the platter fresh
from the commercial fishing boats tied up at the fish
Especially mullet. This is the fish that did so much
to make Cortez a fishing capital from its beginnings in
1882 until right now, though its production %\as dras-
tically reduced with the ban on commercial net fishing
imposed by state referendum in 1995. There t ill be
smoked mullet, fried mullet, mullet spread, mullet
sandwiches, and mullet on a stick.
The "raid" is an outgrowth of the Florida Gulf
Coast Maritime Museum, which is growing steadily in
the village. Organized there among many activities is
the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Asso-
ciation, whose members build wooden craft with hand
tools, traditional boats by traditional methods for tra-
A fleet of these will gather at Coquina Beach
across Anna Maria Sound from Cortez, and from there
launch a raid on the old village to take place around 11
a.m. Saturday, expected to hit the village by 1 p.m.
"There is even a chance an owner may take you for a
test spin, if you ask nicely," said Roger Allen, museum
director and sparkplug of the association.
Also on the program is launching of a volunteer-
built replica of a Bat Fogarty skiff, shaped from origi-
nal patterns and a mold last used in 1937 at the historic
Fogarty Boat Works.
This Saturday, Feb. 12, volunteers will paint 60
oversize cardboard boxes for use as trash receptacles
during the.festival, and painters are needed, said Karen
Bell, treasurer of the sponsoring Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage. They should showli p about 1 p.m.
at the:A:P. Bell Fish Co. with any old kinds of paint and
Some 15,000 visitors attended the festival each of
the two days last year; festival officials said, and the
proceeds were enough, combined with donations, to
make the final $63,000 payment for the FISH Preserve.
That is the 95 acres of wetlands and some uplands at
the east side of Cortez, converted now to a nature pre-
This year's funds are planned to go toward the
purchase of additional lots to buffer the preserve.
Parking for the festival will be along village streets
if you're very lucky, and at Coquina Beach on Anna
Maria Island and Winn-Dixie Plaza, 75th Street and
Cortez Road, shuttle bus back and forth for $2 round
Additional details may be obtained by calling 708-
4935 or at www.cortezfishingfestival.org on the
The history of commercial fishing in Cortez
Edited by John Stevely
Florida Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent
Fishing has been a tradition in Cortez for over
1,000 years. Native Americans depended on the local
abundant marine life, and were followed by Spanish
fishermen that established fishing camps called
ranchos. The fish were salted, dried and shipped to
Cuba,and the Bahamas.
The U.S. Fish Commission report of 1879 cites the
Hunters Point fishery as one of the most important sup-
pliers of seafood on Florida's west coast. The 1857
Follett map of Manatee County shows the point on
which Cortez is now located labeled Hunter Point.
Permanent settlement of Cortez was established in
the 1880s with the purchase of property on Hunters
point by fishing families from Carteret County, N.C.
These original settlers included William "Capt. Billy"
Fulford, Sanders Fulford, Nathan Fulford, James
Guthrie and Charles Jones.
Fish were salted there and sent by boat to Tampa
and other markets. By 1890, run boats, operating be-
tween Tampa and Cedar Keys, stopped at Cortez, sup-
plying ice and loading fish. All supplies and ice were
still transported by water.
New fishermen recruited from North Carolina
came to Hunters Point by train to Tampa and then pro-
ceeded by boat to Cortez. The boats then left with the
iced fish caught by local fishermen, which was loaded
onto trains in Tampa to provide fresh fish to northern
The U.S. Post Office came to Hunters Point in
1895 and named the point Cortez. During the, early
1900s, more fishermen came to Cortez. Shortly after
1900, Nate Fulford installed a four-horsepower, water-
cooled Barker engine on one of his skipjacks, a harbin-
ger of the end of sailboat fishing in Cortez. Soon all
fishermen were pulling the engines out of their cars and
putting them into their fishing boats.
In 1906, a sawmill was installed on newly shelled
Cortez 'Road, which ran from the county seat,
Bradenton, to Cortez. In 1922, a wooden bridge was
constructed to Anna Maria Island,o opening the Island
A monument to commercialfishers is installed in
Cortez. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
up for leisure development. In 1910, the village popu-
lation was 110 people. In June 1912, the village voted
for incorporation, calling itself Cortez.
In 1921, a devastating hurricane struck Cortez,
destroying much of the waterfront development. Boats,
fish camps (where nets were hung to dry), homes and
docks were destroyed. However, the industrious com-
munity quickly began to rebuild.
During the 1940s, several fish houses were con-
structed and are still standing. Some fishermen were
deferred from the military draft because they were con-
Ssidered essential food producers.
Young women in the village worked in the fish
houses and other traditionally male jobs to make up for
the loss of-the young men to military service. From
1940-45, the fishing industry revived with the return of
In 1947, a catastrophic red tide-hit the area. Mil-
lions of fish were killed. It took several years for fish
stocks to recover.
In 1967, the Organized Fishermen of Florida wasi
founded and Cortez fisherman Thomas "Blue" Fulford
served as the elected president for more than 20 years.
About this time monofilament nets were invented.
Kicker boats with outboard motors replaced inboard
motor craft. Outboard motors allowed fishermen to fish
shallower waters. Innovations in packaging arid con,
struction of large freezers allowed for de\ elopinent of
new markets, with fils shipped to markets as far aw\ ay
In the 1980s, a new fishery for threadfin herring
and sardines was developed. These small, densel
schooling fish \were har-ested for use as bait bN both
recreational and commercial fishermen.
However. decades of rapid coastal development
beginning in the 1950s took its toll. Approximately half
the vital fisheries nursery habitat was lost. More and
more boaters and recreational fishermen plied-local
waters. The result: More and more fishermen chasing
In 1995, a net ban amendment to the Florida Con-
stitution was passed that prohibited the use of tradi-
tional nets in bay waters. Fish production declined 60-
80 percent. Cortez, which once supported five fish
houses, now has only two.
In order to help preserve the fishing heritage of
Cortez, the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val was organized 23 years ago. For the past five years,
all festival proceeds have been devoted to the purchase
of the FISH Preserve, 95 acres of mostly mangrove
wetland immediately east of the Cortez village.
This year the festival will be held Feb. 19-20.
Cortez fishing festival seeks supporters
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is make an excellent medium for getting messages out to
right around the corner and that means it's time festival-goers.
to paint your message on a festival trash recep- It has become a tradition to help out and paint a vat.
tacle. Some are covered with beautiful fishy designs and oth-
Trash from the festival for the past few years ers display quotes or messages.
has been collected in large cardboard containers that Painting will take place at the A.P. Bell Fish Corn-
are placed on pallets throughout the village. Aside pany parking lot, 4600 124th St. W., Cortez, at 1 p.m.
from helping to keep the event tidy, these large bins Saturday, Feb. 5.
Painters are advised to wear old clothes and
bring paint supplies. Helpful items include paint,
brushes, trays, cleaning supplies, bug spray and
There will be 60 large "vats" ready to paint. If
it rains, painting will take place Saturday, Feb. 12.
For more information, call 708-4935 or 794-
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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 2, 2005 U PAGE 9
Kabris sells controversial Holmes Beach property
By Rick Catlin
It's likely that Holmes Beach won't have to con- ..
tend with a lawsuit filed last year by Patrick Kabris
over the city commission's denial of a zoning change
Bradenton for $2.369 million, according to Manatee
County property records. V
Kabris had requested a zoning change to accom-
modate a duplex for that portion of his property zoned 7 St .....
Recreation-1. The zoning change would have allowed
him to construct up to two duplexes on the site, when I
combined with his existing property. But the commis-
sion turned down the request and he subsequently filed
a legal action against the commission.
Efforts to reach Kabris for comment on the sale -
were unsuccessful. .
Robinson and his family are Manatee natives and* .
were formerly in the sporting goods business. Two ..
years ago, the Robinsons sold'some 375 acres they .
owned in northwest Bradenton to Manatee County for
a nature preserve and park rather than developing the
property for single-family homes. Robinson is devel-
oping a golf course adjacent to the preserve.. .. .,.
Efforts to reach Robinson for comment about the .. ". .
future of the Holmes Beach property were unsuccessful. 1' '' : .
The R-l zoning allows the property to be devel-
oped as a clubhouse for a condominium or Worth a few million
homeowner's association where food and alcohol could Patrick and Angela Kabris of 101 75th St. in Holmes Beach recently sold their beachfront property to William
be served to members. and Margaret Robinson of Bradenton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Citizens' Advisory Committee applicants sought in Holmes Beach
The City of Holmes Beach is seeking an Island monthly meetings of the CAC and the monthly Island The ITPO is an advisory board of Island officials
representative to serve on the Citizens' Advisory Transportation Planning Organization. to seek consensus on issues of the MPO, of which only
Committee of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan The MPO is comprised of elected officials from one appointed Island official may vote on the board.
Planning Organization. Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The organization Applications are available at Holmes Beach
The representative may reside in any of the members plan and prioritize how federal and state City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For
three Island cities and will be expected to attend transportation funds will be spent in the two counties. more information, call 708-5800.
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Graciela Giles is the Island Galler It lte ".iAris't of the Aloul. Her Iwork will be' teaimtcd
at the Holmes Beach ,ialliety litroultghtl February.
Giles exhibit at Island Gallery West
Members of Island Gallery West have named
Graciela Giles their "Artist of the Month."
Giles paintings ha\e been selected for numerous
juried and invitational exhibitions and her twork is in
private collections throughout the United States.
Canada, Jamaica and Argentina.
Her love of art and music blossomed early and the
,two have always formed a creative duet in her l i fe Her
affinities for art and music came together when she and
Friends of Library have
busy February schedule
The Friends of the Island Branch Library, the or-
ganization devoted to helping the library and using its
facilities as they were designed to be used, has a busy
program on its February menu.
The big book sale which raises money annually for
the library % ill be Feb. 4-5, the Friends Lecture Series.
will host critic Dr. John Mellon in two appearances
Feb. 8, the Friends Book Club will meet Feb. 9, and the
organization's board will have its meeting Feb. 18.
The book sale Will have thousands of books of all
kinds. Members of the book club \% ill ha\ e first run at
it from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. The public will get in
on the sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. next day. The sale will
be in the library's meeting room.
Another special program during February will be
assistance with taxes. The AARP will help with tax
forms and advice from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 and
23. A special seminar on taxation of intangible income
will be at 10:15 am. Feb. 23.
Still another February feature will be the exhibits
in the library: Pottery by Nina Ransohoff. oil and
acrylic paintings by Joan Valenza, and "sharing
quilters" by Albertine Deensira.
The February program at the library:
Feb. 8, 15, 22, veterans sert ice officer \ ill inter-
view clients by appointment (call 749-3030), 1-4 p.m.
Feb. 5, Friends of the Island Branch Library pub-
lic book sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 7, 28, Internet class for beginners, advance
registration required (call 778-6341), 8:30 a.m.
Feb. 8, Friends Lecture Series, Dr. John Mellon, 11
a.m.. and 2 p.m.
Feb. 15-16, AARP driver safety class, noon-4 p.m.
Feb. 18, Friends of the Island Branch Library board
meeting, 9:30 a.m.
The library opens daily except Sunday at 10 a.m.,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The phone number there is 778-6341.
Off stage ladies
Valentine luncheon Wednesday
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers will meet at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, for a
Valentine luncheon at the Anna Maria Island Moose
All are invited to bring their spouse or special
Sam McDowell and Miriam Ring will perform an
excerpt from "Mixed Emotions."
The lodge is located at 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. For more information, call Sarah Maloney at
another artist/rmusician created the Paintiin Mlusic/
Playing Art torkshops.
Gile-' love of the natural world is also readily\ ap-
parent in her \tatercoldrs, \thfich are on e\liibit at the
Island Gallerd West throughout February.
The gallery. a cooperative of more than 30 local art-
ists, is located at 5368 Gulf Dri\ e, Holmes Beach, and is
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. N londa\ to Saturday.
For more information. call 77S-664-1.
Beac- a.m. to nn on S y,,
Questions .Bo. avi .will in.
Catch a great sunset photo,
Jcien, Boigit'r till dioracu "Digital Photogra
phy a the Island Gallery West in Holmes
Beach from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb.
5. Participants should bring cameras and
q/eIsitions. Boner, ah'iiws. "I will ilivtt iic : -
some'great resources" for digiltal plhiotog phv.
he said. The free course is for novices and
I anOveto. cottlelhplatiii a digital camera
.'' jpurcliase. as well as lith person who is profi-
cient in digital plhoographv. The gallery is .
located at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p:m., Monday-Saturday.
Call 778-6648for information.
New one-stroke painting class
being offered at Center
A new one-stroke painting class is being offered by
the Anna Maria Island Community Center with Jo
Gustavsen as instructor, the Center announced.
The class will meet at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on four Fri-
days beginning Feb. 4. It is open to high school-age
students, adults and seniors. Cost is $60 for members,
$65 for nonmembers, and $50 for materials. Deadline
for registration is Feb. 3. Details may be obtained by
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Parks plays Bach to full house
Carl Parks, organist and choirmaster of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, paid tribute to his favorite composer,
Johann Sebastian Bach, at a packed house Sunday afternoon. Parks has been at Gloria Dei since 1995 and
the church's pipe organ, the only one on Anna Maria Island, was installedfor the first worship at the Marina
Drive location in 1962. Parks drew inspiration from for the recital from his recent twhdv tour to the Saxony
region of Germany and the Bach Festival in Leipzig. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Valentine Big Band
By Jim Hanson
Tickets are going fast for the 13th annual Valentine
Big Band Dance sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club, chairman Bob LoPiccolo said.
"The limit is 350 people," he said, "and every year
but the first one, some last-minute arrivals have had to
be turned away."
The dance \ ill be S-11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolla Ave., Anna Maria. The Center is beneficiary of
the dances, and so far Kiwanis has raised $30,000 with
the dances. The goal is always $2,500 and that has been
exceeded every year, LoPiccolo said.
Music will be by the Bob Zimmerman Orchestra,
which has 16-18 instruments plus vocalist Claire
Louise. LoPiccolo, himself an accomplished musician,
has joined the band on the piano at some past dances
and may do so again at this one, he said. He also
"threatens" to join Louise as a vocalist for a song or
Tickets are $10 each and preferable sell by the
table of 10 or 12, he said. They may be obtained
from Kiwanis member Sandy Haas-Martens at 778-
She has accepted the ticket responsibility from
LoPiccolo and Russ Olson, who in years past beat the
bushes from end to end of the Island to fill the dance
hall. Now they've successful sold themselves out of
the job, LoPiccolo said "We're not needed for it
now, and Sandy does a better job than the two of us
There will be concessions for chips and soft drinks,
and "bring your own bottle" is allowed. A raffle is
planned, with cash as the prize.
"There are very few chances for people to dance to
a big band," LoPiccolo noted. "That's why the hall fills
up every Valentine's time.
"Though this is primarily a fundraiser for the Cen-
ter, it's equally an outlet for the surprising number of
dancing feet around here. It's for fellowship and fun
and music, music, music. If there wasn't any money in
it, we'd still do it."
Flu shots available at chamber
The Manatee County Health Department will be at
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce from 2
to 5 p.m., Feb. 8, administering flu vaccinations.
Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot should
call 779-9412 to reserve a space. There will be a $20
fee for those not covered by Medicare.
The chamber is located at 5315 Gulf Drive,
Book signing at Mama Lo's
Local author Gene Ciliberti will sign copies
of his book "I've Never Been Old Before" from
1 to4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Mama Lo's by the
Sea, 101 S; Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 705-2757.
Week-long revival series;
starts Sunday in Cortez
Revival meetings will start Sunday, Feb. 6, at the
Cortez Church of Christ building 12011 45th A e. W.,
and continue every evening through Friday.
Michael Prestininzi will conduct the gospel meet-
ings at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. the
rest of the week.
Titles of his lessons will include "Saved by Grace,
Saved by Faith," "Are You Believing in God or Believ-
ing God?'" "Let's Go Fishing" and "The Hope of
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Literary critic lectures
at Island library
Friends of the Island.Branch Library welcome lit-
erary critic John Mellon as its guest speaker at the Is-
land Branch Library Tuesday, Feb. 8.
Mellon is a literary critic, retired college professor
and, according to a spokesperson, a favorite guest
speaker in the Friends' lecture series. He has enter-
tained audiences for the past seven seasons with in-
sightful and absorbing book reviews.
This year, he reviews Edward P. Jones' Pulitzer
prize-winning, best-seller "The Known World.", This
book is a work of historical fiction depicting a true
view of 18th century America.
The program is free but seating is limited. Mellon
will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the audience must
.be seated five minutes before the program begins.
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-6341.
Historical society offers
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is offer-
ing a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school se-
nior who lives on the Island.
Applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 for
a four-year college or 2.5 for a community college. Dead-
line for applications is April 1. Forms are available at high
school guidance offices and the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Additional information may be obtained at 778-0492.
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Social notes are welcome ...
Your news about social events, anniversaries,
weddings, births and "interesting Islanders" is
always welcome at The Islander.
Call 778-7978 to learn how to be included in
"the best news on Anna Maria Island."
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Exotic, native plants in our Island landscape
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee will offer a public forum on "Under-
standing Exotic & Native Plants in Our Island Land-
scape" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. .
The forum is an effort to help local property .
owners and residents understand the difference be-
tween exotic and native plants, the effects of --.
invasive plants on ithe environment, alternatives to
Australian pine trees and present a discussion of
common goals and solutions. J.-
The forum will feature a panel of six landscape
professionals who will each give a 10-15 minute pre-
sentation. After all the presentations are completed,
panelists will answer questions from the audience.
The first speaker will be Ken Langeland, profes-
sor at the University of Florida and a national au-
thority on aquatic invasive plants. He will describe
the long-term effects nonnative plants have on the
Steve Schield, environmental officer for
Longboat Key, will also give a presentation. He will
describe the extensive program under way in his .
municipality to eliminate invasive growths. .. .,
Other panelists include Ed Flowers of the
Florida Division of Forestry; Ed Freeman of the
Exotic Pest Plant Council and the Nature Conser- '
vancy; Karen Fraley, president of the Florida Native
Plant Society; Tom Heitzman of Sweetbay Native
Nursery and the National Audubon Society.. <
"Besides the presentations, each speaker will
provide extensive literature for the participants to
take home and study," noted committee chairman
The forum will take place in the Holmes Beach
City Hall chambers located at 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. -
"I certainly hope that everyone on Anna Maria Native expert
Island and Longboat Key will take advantage of this Karen Fraley, president oj
extensive array of invasive plant experts to clear up Society, will be one of seven
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Police pension plan increase difficult to understand
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach city commissioners were ready at
their Jan. 25 meeting to approve the first reading of an
ordinance that would increase benefits and add some
benefits to the Holmes Beach Police retirement pro-
gram by linking funding for the proposed "extra ben-
efits" to the availability of the premium property insur-
ance tax revenues. The state, collects those revenues.
from city homeowners through property insurance poli-
But after two hearings and %e erail orkessions., a
number of commissioners'admitted they still don't
understand how retirement from the HBPD works, nor
the difference between regular retirement benefits and
"extra" benefits as proposed in the ordinance.
The city's police pension board wants the city to
guarantee funding of the extra benefits such as the
proposed increase in the city's contribution for an in-
dividual police officer's retirement from 34 percent
of salary to 36 percent. The commission, however,
wants funding for the extra benefits to come from
Commissioner Roger Lutz, who is also an attorney,
noted that "the way [the ordinance] is drafted, if the
funds are not there, the city is not obligated. So, my
question is, what happens if the state funds aren't avail-
able that year? Can an officer still retire?"
The answer, apparently, is that certain aspects of
the benefits will be funded, but not the extra benefits,
according to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson, who is on the police retirement board. The
board does not want the extra benefits funded from the
premium tax revenues, but wants the city to guarantee
He said if the tax revenues are unavailable in a
particular year, an officer retiring that year would only
get the "regular benefits," not the "extra" that's pro-
posed. But an officer retiring the following year might
get those "extras" if the state money comes through.
That c6uld create a problem, he observed.
"It's confusing," said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
Lutz agreed. "We could talk about it for the next
eight years and I'm still not going to fully understand
it, but let's let it go for the second reading."
He also suggested the city could decide to fund the
extra benefits in those years when the state funds are
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basis every year.
Wait a minute, said Whitmore. Remember, the rest
of the city staff only gets a 9 percent retirement contri-
Sbution from the city treasury. .
"Well, let's not wait for 20 years to decide.this is-
sue," quipped Commissioner Don Maloney. "Let's do
it at least before Lt. Stephenson retires." '
The first reading of the ordinance was continued to
the Feb. 8 meeting for more discussion.
The commission agreed to draft an ordinance that
would allo\ the cit) to "'opt out" of the earl\ \p:ting
plan approved bN the Florida Legislature.
Commissioners:also got their first draft of the pro-
posed ordinance that gould govern the Sunrise boat
basin docks. :
In essence, said Petruff, the city is proposing to
Lease the docks to the property owners. This ordinance'
would "maintain the status quo," she contended. A fee
structure will be adopted by the commission, but is not
part of the ordinance.
81st street beach access
Petruff told commissioners that upon research,
there are two avenues the city might wish to pursue in
court to resolve the dispute about public access to the
beach at 81st Street.
The city can challenge the property owner over a
prescriptive easement right or through implied public
dedication, she said. The public has traditionally used
a pathway to the beach at this location, but recently has
been denied access by the property owner.
The property owner has offered the land to the city
for $60,000 and Lutz thinks that's a good deal as op-
posed to legal action. "I don't think we could do.the
lawsuit for less than $60,000. They say horse racing is
the sport of kings, but I say it's litigation."
Representatives of Waste Management Inc., the
city's trash, recycling and yard waste collection ser-
vice, presented a video on its proposed automated ser-
vice, but did not discuss a new contract. A WMI pro-
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the current WMI contract expires this year.
He noted, however, that in the past, a number of
other companies have expressed interest in the contract,
but quickly lost interest when they learned the city's
Whitmore reported that the Manatee County
Transportation Department is drawing up plans for traf-
fic calming measures at the Gulf Drive-Marina Drive
intersection and those should be ready for the commis-
sion by the end of February.
Trolley shelters in the city should be installed by
March 1, she said, and the bid package to move the
city's underground drainage pipes at the Pure Oil sta-
tion at the Gulf Drive-Marina Drive, intersection has
been sent to prospective bidders.. .
Whitmore also reported that the city will help the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society with three free
showings in Februar of movies filmed in \ears past on
Anna Maria Island. The movies will be shown at city
The.1920 film' Isle of Destin\" will be shown at
4 p.m. on Feb. 4.
The 1947 color film, "On an Island with You" star-
ring Peter Lawford, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante
and Ricardo Montalban will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7
p.m. Feb. 21.
In March, the historical society hopes to show the
movie "Great Expectations," which was filmed partly
in Cortez and at Island locations..A possible movie for
April is "Out of Time," starring Denzel Washington,
also partly filmed in the aqrea.
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citywide referendum to add density and height restric-
tions to the city charter, but commissioners favored
placing those limits in the on-going comprehensive
plan review that will eventually be adopted by the com-
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on Gulf Drive
right of way
By Rick Catlin
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee
Corridor Management Entity got some good news
about Gulf Drive at its Jan. 25 meeting.
Surveyor Jennie Brannon of the engineering firm
of Wilson Miller had originally reported to the CME
that some of the city rights of way along Gulf Drive
around Fifth Street South did not match with the
Florida Department of Transportation monuments
(The Islander, Jan. 19). That news had sparked fears
that construction of a long-awaited multi-use path
along the west side of Gulf Drive to Coquina Beach
might be in jeopardy because of right-of-way and en-
Not to worry, said Brannon. After further investi-
gation, she reported that the DOT said it did not take
rights of way using the centerline of the road, "and
there are no buildings in the right of way."
Although there are still some minor issues to be
resolved with the DOT and the new permanent survey
line and accompanying survey prepared Wilson Miller
recorded. "The situation is not as bad as we thought,"
Mike Sosadeeter of the Manatee County Parks and
Recreation Department added his own good news.
He had originally thought the path would cross a
DOT right of way, making the path ineligible for grant
funding. After discussions with the DOT, however,
Sosadeeter doesn't believe there's goingto be a right
of way issue.
In other CME business, Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Comrperce Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman
reported that the sign at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive in-
tersection that will welcome people to Anna Maria Island
and its three cities will be installed between Feb. 7 and
Feb. 11. The chamber is donating the sign.
Bradenton Beach Building Official Ed Mc Adam said
he would have a letter to the CME ready for its next meet-
ing outlining his concerns about certain areas along Gulf
Drive that might be violating city codes.
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Arts, craft fun in Holmes Beach
An arts and crafts show at the Holmes Beach City Hall field Saturday and Sunday to benefit the Bradenton
Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation Center saw sunny weather, large crowds and lots offolks enjoying the day and
shopping. Lou Quigley gave patrons of the show a bromeliad lesson at his booth. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
AARP will have volunteer tax counselors available
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Island Branch
Library to provide free tax help to all low and middle
Service will begin Thursday, Feb. 10, and continue
through. April 15.
Clients need to bring a copy of their 2003 tax re-
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2004 tax-related documents, cost and purchase date for
all investments sold or exchanged, a picture identifica-
tion and Social Security cards for any dependents.
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John Henry Bingler
John Henry Bingler, 96, of Bradenton, died Jan. 26.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. Bingler came to
Bradenton from there in 1973. He worked for the In-
ternal Revenue Service, retiring as district director in.
western Pennsylvania, from 1934-65. He became a
member of the Masonic Lodge in 1946 and served as
Master in 1954. He was a member of the Shriners and
the Syria and Sahib Temples.
Memorial services were Jan. 29 at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to the church, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach FL. 34217, or to the Shriners
Hospital for Children in Tampa. Manasota Memorial
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Wilda; son John H. Jr. of.
Pittsburgh; two grandchildren; and two great-grand-
James 'Herb' Mulroy
James "Herb" Mulroy, 83, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in New Hamburg, N.Y., Mr. Mulroy mio ed
to Manatee County from Pownal, Vt., in 1982. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was
a former member and past president of Southern Duch-
ess Country Club of Beacon, N.Y., a member of the
Key Royale Golf Club, and the Taconic Golf Club in
Williamstown, Mass. He was a member of the Civil
War Preservation Trust and Pownal Vermont Histori-
cal Society. He was a member and resident of the Ver-
mont Outing Club of Pownal. He was a lifetime fly
fisherman and a lake and stream fisherman and
woodcarver of birds, fish and ducks. He was a student
of the history of golf and the Civil War,
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of
He is survived by wife Marian.
Carrie McCrary Skoloda
Carrie McCrary Skoloda, 66, of Anna Maria City,
died Jan. 29.
Born in Erie, Kan., she retired to Anna Maria Is-
land in 1999. She left Erie and worked as a secretary
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in Kansas City, Kan., where she met and married her
Robert E. Fries Jr. They lived in several parts of the
country before moving to Malvern, Pa. She was wid-
owed at a young age and raised her two children. She
owned "The London," a restaurant in Philadelphia. She
met and married Thomas Skoloda in 1974, and lived in
Lyndell, Pa., until moving to Florida. She was an
award-winning artist, exhibiting in galleries in Pennsyl-
vania, Maryland and Delaware, and was a collector of
art and antiques and operated her gallery, the Lyndell
Gallery and assisted in her husband's practice for more
than 20 years.
In Anna Maria, she renovated and operated Yellow
Bird. Cottage and was an' active member of the set
crews at the Island Players theater. She.was an avid
athlete and competed in tennis, racquetball, running,
triathlons and canoe and kayak races.
Friends are invited to gather at her home from noon
to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 775 North Shore Drive,
Anna Maria. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Thomas; sister Janice
McCoy of Erie; daughter Elizabeth Rene Fries of
Kenneut Square, Pa.; son Robert Eric Fries of Jackson-
\ ille; grandchildren Rylan Caspar of West Chester, Pa.,
Charlotte Casper Grady of Wolcott, Vt., Robert and
Nathan Fries of Whing, Ill.; and great-grandchild
Annabelle Grady of Wolcott, Vt.
Ralph F. Thayer
Ralph F. Thayer, 106, of Longboat Key, died Jan.
Mr. Thayer moved to Longboat Key from Bethel,
Conn., in 1999. He was a mechanic in the automobile
parts industry, then a plumber before joining Dolan Co.
in theheavy equipment industry in Bethel for 18 years.
He was an owner of a Ford automotive agency in
Bethel from 1949-65. He was a member of the Masonic
Order and the Eastern Star. He was a member and past
president of the Annie Silver Community Center in
Bradenton Beach. He was a member of the Methodist
Church in Bethel. ..
Memorial services were held in Bethel and on Jan.
16 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
He is survived by wife E. Muriel; daughter Patricia
T. Walberg of Brookfield, Conn.; 16 grandchildren; 37
great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
THE ISLANDER N FEB. 2, 2005 0 PAGE 15
By Jim Hanson
A concert entirely of American music will be pre-.
sented by the Anna Maria Island Community Orches-
tra and Chorus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
It will be the first program exclusively of music by
American composers for the Island orchestra and cho-
rus. The concert is open to the public and free, although
an offering of $15 or more per person is suggested.
Alfred Gershfeld will be conductor, Donald Thompson
associate conductor, Jay Kimpel chorus master.
Centerpiece of the program will be "Rhapsody in
Blue," the George Gershwin classic. It will feature the
talents of a young pianist whose earlier performance
convinced the orchestra leaders that he was the premier
musician for this concert. He is Matthew Harrison, who
is attending the Manhattan School of Music in New
"His brilliant performance in the Beethoven 'Cho-
ral Fantasy'" in the orchestra and chorus concert a year
ago "led us to invite him back for the current season,"
said Louise Adler, artistic coordinator for the Island
aggregation. He will be soloist for "Rhapsody in Blue,"
a role that has been filled by the greatest of perform-
ers, not only in the United States but throughout the
Another special feature of the Gershwin number
will be supplementation with saxophones, trombones
and extra percussion for this jazzy piece.
Other American composers up for honors are
Jerome Kern, whose overture to "Showboat" will be in
concert; Richard Rodgers, "Carousel Waltz;" Cole Por-
ter, "Begin the Beguine;" Aaron Copland, "Saturday
Night Waltz" from "Rodeo;" MacDowell, "Woodland
Sketches;" and a medley of "Simple Gifts," "At the
River," "Zion's Walls" and "Shenandoah."
The chorus will join the orchestra for marches
from three eras "Chester" from the Revolutionary
War by William Billings, "We Are Coming, Father
Abram" from the Civil War, by Stephen Foster; and
"El Capitan," more contemporary march by John
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Desiree Watton, left, and Pansy Heger, right,
recently brought their cosmetology and hair removal
services to Hair's to You salon at 3218 E. Bay Drive
in the Anna Maria Island Center. Mary Ann
Special, center, is the salon owner.
at Hair's to You
When Pansy Heger and Desiree Watton met Mary
Ann Speciale of Hair's to You salon and spa at 3218
E. Bay Drive in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops
in Holmes Beach, ideas clicked and a new addition to
the salon's already wide range of services was created.
Pansy is a certified electrologist specializing in
laser hair removal, while Desiree is a licensed-
aesthetician. Both were working in Sarasota at a spa,
but wanted to join forces with an office on AninadMaria
"It was just a dream until we met Mary Ann," said
Pansy. "She invited us to join her and we immediately
began the process of setting up shop."
But their Island dream is now a reality and Pansy,
Desiree and Mary Ann are thankful for the new ser-
vices offered at Hair's to You.
"Laser hair removal treatments have become quite
popular because they provide permanent hair reduction
compared w ith temporary methods such as shaving,
tweezing, waxing or depilatory creams," said Pansy.
She also removes "razor bumps" which are a com-
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"The results have been great," Pansy said, "and
we're really making a lot of new friends out here."
Desiree has worked with several plastic surgeons
in the Bradenton-Sarasota area and is a perfectionist for
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Pansy and her husband moved to Holmes Beach
four years ago from Illinois, but have vacationed on the
Island for the past 15 years.
"It was time to trade the snow for the sand," said
Pansy with a laugh. "We don't regret it for a moment."
Desiree moved to Holmes Beach last year after
nine years in Sarasota. "It's the beach. I love every
minute of it here," she said enthusiastically.
"And we're delighted to be on the Island," chimed
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Mike Norman Realty in Holmes Beach has named
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Feb. 5-but hurry. The event features casino-style
Gaming tables and, although no cash changes hands,
participants receive chips that are tallied at the close of
the evening for prize awards. Live music, a buffet dinner
and an open bar highlight the evening for the $50 ticket
price. Both live and silent auctions add to the fun, and
this year's door prize is an a one-night cruise forfour
persons. For tickets or information, call chairperson
Don Fernald at 779-0429, or club president Steve
Schlueter at 779-0502. Islander File Photo.
Women veterans honored
"Salute to All Women Veterans," to honor women
of the military past and present, will be staged in cer-
emonies starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Ameri-
can Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24.
It will be a six-hour program paying tribute to "all
women veterans in Manatee and Sarasota counties,"
said a post spokesperson. Admission is free to women
veterans, $3 for their guests, $5 for other veterans, $7
for their guests. Reservations may be made by calling
Keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Wil ma L.
Vaught, retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who is
president of the board of directors of the women's me-
morial in Washington, D.C. A USO-type show will
follow\ her. itfen a closing flag ceremoi at -4:30 p.m.
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 2, 2005 i PAGE 17
Historic film festival continues on Island
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society contin-
ues its film festival with the 1920 film "Isle of Destiny"
at Holmes Beach City Hall this weekend.
The black-and-white silent film starring Paul
Gilmore will start at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in city hall
The second feature film in the festival is the 1947
Parenting workshops under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center work-
shop on "Parenting With Love and Logic" has begun
a winter schedule at the Center, with the next meeting
from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Cost of each workshop is $5 per adult. The work-
shops will continue on Wednesday evenings through
March 16. Details may be obtained by calling 778-
'Growing Our Community'
project being launched
The first annual "Growing Our Community"
project will continue through March 31, including a
number of Manatee County arts groups and the Anna
Maria Island Art League.
The object of the project is to "showcase and pro-
mote all of the wonderful things that are growing in
Manatee County," said spokesperson Rose, von
Perbandt. "We would like everyone to enter a flower
pot or planter filled and decorated to show who they are
and what they do."
The entries may be taken to a participating art cen-
ter for display and judging will be in April.
In addition to the Island Art League, participants
include the Arts Council of Manatee County, Art Cen-
ter Manatee, Artists Guild of Manatee, Village of the
Arts, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Creative Arts
Association of Lakewood Ranch and the Manatee Play-
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film "On An Island With You," starring Jimmy
Durante, Xavier Cugat, Peter Lawford, Esther Will-
iams, Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalban.
In this film Lawrence Kingslee (Lawford), a young
Navy lieutenant, is brought in as a technical advisor on
a musical film being shot in- Hawaii by movie stars
Rosalind Reynolds (Williams) and Yvonne Torro
Kingslee is deeply in love with Reynolds, and is
convinced that she should be his wife. After shooting
a sequence in which he doubles the young Ricardo
Montez (Montablan) in an airplane, he kidnaps
Reynolds and flies to a deserted island.
Anna Maria Island is featured and additional
scenes were shot at Cypress Gardens.
There will be a matinee at 4 p.m. and evening fea-
ture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, of "On An Island With
You" at Holmes Beach City Hall.
The film festival, which runs through April, is free,
although seating is limited and tickets must be procured
at Holmes Beach City Hall or at the Historical Society
Holmes Beach City Hall is located at 5801 Marina
Drive. For more information, call the Anna Maria His-
torical Society Museum at 778-1514. Hours for the
museum are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dracula comes to town of
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, in
conjunction with the Island Players, is bringing
"Dracula" to town this weekend.
There will be three showings of the play
"Dracula" at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami
The first showing is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4,
followed by a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 5 and
'On An Island With You'
The 1947film "On An Island With You" starring
Jimmy Durante, Xavier Cugat, Peter Lawford,
Esther Williams, Cyd Charisse and Ricardo
Montalban will be the second film featured in the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Film Festival
at Holmes Beach City Hall Feb. 21.
Longboat Key this weekend
final show at 8 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a cocktail reception with the cast
following the two evening performances. The recep-
tion will be catered by A Moveable Feast, a new
eatery and catering company on Longboat Key.
Tickets cost $19 for all performances. There will
be an additional charge of $7 for the evening reception.
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Island police reports'
Anna Maria City
Jan. 22, 101. S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier
Restaurant, alarm. Deputies responded to an alarm and
secured the property.
Jan. 25, 12000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A cement
mixer was reportedly stolen from a construction site.
SWAT team practice
The Manatee County Sheriff's SWAT team mem-
bers startled a few Islanders Thursday, Jan. 27, when
they conducted a routine exercise at an empty duplex
on 49th Street in Holmes Beach -adjacent to the Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Manatee Count) Sheriff's Detective Randy
Barnett, who scheduled the training, said the team
trains from month to month at different locations
throughout the county that are offered for use by the
property o\ ners. Barnett said the 49th Street location
t ill soon be undergoing construction and won't be
used for SWAT team training again.
Barnett said he anticipated the concern parents
might have and therefore called the school to notify it
of the training. which \\as scheduled to take place from
1 to 6 p.m. He ad\ ised the school that there would not
be any live fire and everyone would be safe.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes confirmed that she
received a phone call Wednesday regarding the train-
ing, and said she was told that it would not pose a safety
or noise issue. Hayes said even though students did not
raise concerns, she asked School Resource Officer Pete
Lannon of the Holmes Beach Police Department, to
check out the activity.
Barnett said department protocol is to notify the
local police agency, in this case Holmes Beach Police.
Lt. Dale Stephenson confirmed the Holmes Beach
Police Department was notified and noted that training
like this usually isn't announced in the newspapers to
avoid attracting onlookers.
But Mike Norman, grandparent of a student at
AME, was outraged. He received an urgent call at his
real estate office that the SWAT team was "at the
school" and he quickly called the school to find out if
the kids were safe.
He was upset that parents of students were not
notified in advance of the practice event and said bet-
ter notice should be provided when such events take
place near a school.
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empty plastic cocaine bags, rolling papers, 21 lighters,
two pieces of crack cocaine, a marijuana cigarette,
large scale and other paraphernalia. William Wagner,
50, of Bradenton Beach, Fred Gilliland, 46, of
Bradenton, and Sandy Stone, 42, of Bradenton Beach,
were arrested at the scene.
Jan. 22, 2400 block of Avenue B, burglary. A
woman reported that 102 Oxycodone pills were stolen
from her home. The woman told police the. pills were
prescribed for her brother, but he is recently deceased
and some acquaintances may have known where the
medication was stored.
Jan. 23, 1900 Gulf Drive -S., Coquina Beach, bur-
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Jan. 21, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America, hit-
and-run crash. A man reported that another driver
backed out of a parking space and hit his parked ve-
hicle, causing damage to the front grill. The other
driver left the scene, but the victim took down the li-
cense tag number and notified police. Officers traced
the license plate number to a woman in Bradenton and
issued her a citation.
Jan. 25, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach,
Moose Lodge, DUI. Richard Strand, 64, of Bradenton,
was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
after hitting a parked vehicle in an attempt to leave the
lodge parking lot. According to the report, Strand failed
a field sobriety test."
Jan. 27,.2800 block of Avenue C, harassment. A
xoman reported that the wife of a man she has been
involved with is making harassing phone calls.
Firefighters promoted, honored
Two firefighters of the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District receive certificates of promotion tofirefighter
first class from Chief Andy Price, right. The firefighters are Jim Davis, left, and Ryan Moore. Davis has been
with the department since December 2000 and Moore since May 2001. Both are certified emergency medical
technicians, and Davis is in charge of the district's cadet program. Davis also was honored as "Firefighter of
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THE ISLANDER.M FEB. 2, 2005 U PAGE 19
Kiwanis Club BUGs back at elementary school
By Diana Bogan
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club was at Anna
Maria Elementary School last week continuing its pro-
gram committed to encouraging students to Bring Up
Kiwanis club member "Stretch"'Fretwell initi-
ated the program at AME four years ago to give stu-
dents recognition who improve one grade level in
any academic field from one report card period to the
Students who bring up their grade receive a BUG
pin and a certificate designed by the Kiwanis club,
which is suitable for framing.
The Cafe on the Beach sponsors the program and
gives BUG achievers a coupon for a free ice cream
cone at the beachfront restaurant.
AMI Kiwanis members learned about the BUG
program at an inter-club meeting with the Oneco chap-
ter. Their goal is to bring the program to all schools in
Almost every student in DeAnn Davis' fifth-grade class at Anna Maria Elementary School received a Bringing Up Grades
certificate of achievement and pin from Kiwanian "Stretch" Fretwellfor either maintaining an "A" average or improving one
letter grade. Islander Photos: Courtesy Jan Hazewski
Olivia Roemer sports a Kiwanis
BUG pin.. Students in the third-
through fifth-grades at AlE
receive a BUG button, certificate
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free ice cream cone at Cafe on the
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64 days of nonviolence observance begins at AME
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School students have ac-
cepted an invitation from Patrick Davis, president of
the Ballard Elementary Student Council, to join in the
eighth annual observance of "64 Days of Nonviolence
-A Season of Peace."
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said she
received a letter from Davis inviting all schools in
Manatee County to join Ballard Elementary students in
this international event.
Harrison said AME students traveled to Ballard
Elementary School last year to participate in the dedi-
cation of its peace pole, which coincided with the cul-
mination of the 2004 season of peace.
This year Harrison said AME students are going to
participate in some \%ay each day.
-The event is spearheaded by cofounders of the
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and promotes
nonviolence as a way to solve problems.
The 64-day observance begins on the anni ersarN
of the death of Mahatma Gandhi and ends on the an-
niversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., two
of the 20th century's champions of nonviolence.
The purpose of the season is to honor the dignity and
inherent worth of every human being through the practice
of nonviolence. The principles of nonviolence are respect,
oneness, cooperation, compassion, love and peace.
Harrison said students will begin each day by ob-
serving one of the 64 "daily commitments to live by"
compiled by event sponsors on the AME morning
show. These daily commitments include pledges such
as "being honest with classmates," "making healthy
choices for my body," "being an active listener," and
"learning from mn mistakes."
Harrison said she will be consulting with students
from each class to plan activities and hopes to have at
least one activity including Ballard students. Some of
the acti% cities students have already suggested include
a chalk walk displaying peace symbols, hanging a
peace banner at city hall, forming a human peace chain
in the court ard, and making peace lanterns.
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program student intern Vanessa Venturini gives Anna Maria Elementary
School students from Jane Ensworth's class a lesson ortypes of iangroves. wildlife and canal
tides at Joan M. Durante Park on Longboat Key.
S Brie Willett
S efforts to
for Osprey in
placed in the
park a year
Third-grade students from Anna Maria Elementary School take in
the landscape on a trail walk during a class field trip to Joan M.
Durante Park on Longboat Key. Here Vanessa 'enuiriiii, a New
College student completing an internship with the Sara oia Bay
Estuary Program, points out the benefits of the sea grape tree.
Students spent the morning in the park learning about the ecosys-
tem. Islander Photos: Diana-Bog.an
Anna Maria Elementary
'. School menu
Monday, Feb. 7
S Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Super Donut, Fruit
S Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Ravioli, Fresh Baked
Breadsticks, Baked Beans, Steamed Mixed Vegetables,
"Shape-Up" Juice Bar
Tuesday, Feb. 8
S Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter .
and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
S Lunch: Turkey Gravy on Mashed Potatoes, Fish Sticks,
Biscuit, Oven Fries, Steamed Broccoli, Peaches
SWednesday, Feb. 9
S Breakfast: Egg Patty Square with Toast, Yogurt,
.Cereal, Toast, Fruit
S Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas, Spaghetti with Meat
S Sauce, Breadsticks, Steamed Rice, Steamed Green
SBeans, Chilled Pears
Thursday, Feb. 10
S Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
S Lunch: Shrimp Poppers, Egg Rolls, Potato "Smiles,"
S Fried Rice, Fresh Veggies with Dip, Orange Slices
SFriday, Feb. 11
S Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
S Lunch: Pizza, Grilled Chicken Patty on Bun, Celery
S and Carrot Sticks, Tossed Salad, Bananas and Straw-
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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Wednesday, Feb. 2
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
S 9 a.m. -Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
roundtable discussion of future club goals and objec-
tives at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083.
6 to 7:30 p.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 pre-regis-
Thursday, Feb. 3
9:30 a.m. to noon -.Beginning watercolor class
with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
4 to 6p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society
presents the Jazz Preservation Band at the museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1514.
7 p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. In-
Friday, Feb. 4
Noon to 9 p.m. "Instant Karma," an art show
Featuring the work of John Lennon at St. Armands
Circle in the Park, John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 388-1554. Proceeds benefit the Florida Hurri-
can'e Relief Fund.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. One-stroke painting class
with Jo Gustavsen at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
4p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society pre-
sents "Isle of Destiny" screening at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1514. Donation suggested.
5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Opening reception for "Shells:
Gems of the Sea" exhibit at the South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131,
ext. 37. Fee applies.
5:30 to 6:45 p.m. "Personally Speaking" with
actress Carolyn Michel reading selections from "Rose"
and "Dorothy Parker" at the Education Center, 5370
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
8811, Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artists' reception for Artarget's
"Minimal Art/Maximum Exposure" exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 to 10 p.m. Artwalk at Village of the Arts, be-
tween Ninth Street West and 14th Street West,
The Historical Jazz Preservation Band will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the parking lot of
the Island Hitorical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The event kicks off the Anna Maria Historical
Society's 15th anniversary celebration. A $5 donation is suggested. Refreshments will be' served but those
attending should bring a chair. Parking will be available at the former Island Deli on Pine Avenue. For more
information, call 778-1514.
Bradenton. Information: 747-8056.
7p.m. USO Show at the American Legion Post
No. 24,2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
3489. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
presents "Dracula" at the Players Theatre, 838 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 383-2466. Fee
Saturday, Feb. 5
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting at Fit
to Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
'9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
9 to 11 a.m. JASON Live Expedition 2005: Dis-
appearing Wetlands at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friends of the Island Branch
Library-book sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artwalk at Village of the Arts,
between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West,
Bradenton. Information: 747-8056.
11 a.m. to 7p.m. "Instant Karma," an art show
featuring the work of John Lennon at St. Armands
Circle in the Park, John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 388-1554. Proceeds benefit the Florida Hurri-
cane Relief Fund.
1 to 4 p.m. Local author Gene Ciliberti signs his
book "I've Never Been Old Before" at Mama Lo's by the
Sea, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 705-
2 p.m. Sweet Adelines show at Neel Perform-
ing Arts Center, Manatee Community College, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-0218. Fee
2 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
presents "Dracula" at the' Players Theatre, 838 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 383-2466. Fee
8 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber.of Commerce
presents "Dracula" at the Players Theatre, 838 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 383-2466. Fee
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Sunday, Feb. 6
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Instant Karma," an art show
featuring the work of John Lennon at St. Armands
Circle in the Park, John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 388-1554. Proceeds benefit the Florida Hurri-
cane Relief Fund.
2p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Chorus &
Orchestra presents an "All American" concert at the
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1716. Donation requested.
Monday, Feb. 7
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with
guest Louise Brudele, editor/publisher of West Coast
Woman, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 741-9036.
6:30 p.m. -Artists Guild Gallery general meeting
with guest speaker massage therapist Valeri
DuCharme at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Literary critic John Mellon at
the Island Branch Library, 5701. Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
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 to.4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving class with Pam
McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
2 to 5 p.m. Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 779-9412. Fee applies.
6 to 7p.m. Manatee County Neighborhood En-
hancement Grant information session at the South
County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
Wednesday, Feb. 9
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
: 10:30 a.m.- -Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
11:45 a.m. Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Is-
land Players Valentine luncheon at the Anna Maria
Island Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-4865.
12:30 to 4 p.m.-- Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community-Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3 p.m. "Sjogren's TMJ. and Oral Hy-
giene" presentation by dentist Robert Gordon at St.
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Artists guild meeting
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Valeri DuCharme will give presentation on
massage therapy and chair massage demonstra-
tion. DuCharme has been a licensed massage
therapist since 1994 and has a background work-
ing in hospital and clinical settings. She also.
teaches massage therapy at Manatee Technical
Institute in Bradenton.
For more information, call 778-6694.
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 794-1400 ext. 224.
"Over the Tavern" at the Island Players, corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through Feb.
6. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
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
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. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.
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.
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 Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, through Feb. 24. Information: 383-8811.
Classical figure drawing with Ginger White at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Feb. 25. Information: 778-
2099. Fee applies.
One-stroke painting class with Jo Gustavsen at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, through Feb. 25. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 28. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the
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2099. Fee applies.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512-Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 17.
Jazz dance for ages 11-14 at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave:, Anna
Maria, through May 2. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
Jazz dance for ages 8-10 at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community :Center, :407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May-5. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
Opening reception for "Shells: Gems of the Sea"
exhibit at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, through May 8. Information: 746-4131, ext.
37. Fee applies.
Valentine Big Band Dance at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center Feb. 10.
"How to Paint Your Shells" at Mote Marine
Aquarium Feb. 10.
AARP tax assistance at the Island Branch Library
Art demonstration at the Artists Guild Gallery Feb.
Burns Court exclusive at the Education Center
"Sophisticated Ladies" at the Riverfront Theatre
Greek Glendi Festival at St. Barbara Greek Or-
thodox Church, Sarasota Feb. 10-11.
Open house at the Artists Guild Gallery Feb. 11.
West Coast Symphony Valentine Pops at Neel
Performing Arts Hall:Feb. 11.
Herb Harris Jazz Trio at the Education Center
Privateer's Thieves Market at Coquina Beach
French market at Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Leon Merian at the Riverfront Theatre Feb. 12.
Valentine Sweetheart Ball at the American Legion
Post Feb. 12.
American Association of University Women
scholarship dinner and auction at the Holiday Inn Air-
port Marina Feb. 13.
Stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center Feb. 14-15.
"Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of
Bach" at the First United Methodist Church, Bradenton,
"Opera Night" at Temple Beth Israel Feb. 15.
AARP driver safety course at the Island Branch
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Lots of stuff coming up in the next few weeks
Fans of Rick Catlin's "Greatest Generation" col-
umn in the Islander may enjoy the festivities at the air-
port in the next few days.
Tours and flights are being offered-aboard two
World War II airplanes, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a
B-25 Mitchell, beginning today and running through
Friday. The event is part of a "Wings of Freedom" tour.
Tour charges are $7 for adults, $3 for children un-
der 12. For $400, you can get a flight in the morning
or at sunset. Sarasota's Brandy Marine Inc. organized.
the festivities in an effort to "showcase the aircraft and
veterans that helped keep the world free, to honor
World War II veterans, and to educate young people
', about the role of these historic warbirds in U.S. his-
tory," according to organizers.
Tour hours are 3-4:40 p.m. Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. The flights
are scheduled an hour before the ground tours open and
right after the tours close for the day and run about 30
minutes. Tours and flights will be out of Jones Avia-
tion, on the north side of the Sarasota-Bradenton Inter-
Further information is available at 360-1015.
Naked bike ride 2005 scheduled
More fun than you may be able to stand \\ without
many of your clothes on is coming to .our area Feb..13.
The World Naked Bike Ride's Southern Hemi-
sphere version is scheduled to be held at 1:30 p.m. at
Fort DeSoto Park, just north of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Pinellas County.
"The World Naked Bike Ride has many messages,"
according to the group's announcement. "It began as an
oil-dependency protest, but it has taken on the messages
of body acceptance and earth-friendly living."
Apparently more than bikes are allowed, but all
must be non-motorized you can bike, run, walk, in-
line skate, skateboard, and the like.
And organizers add that "keeping in mind that the
legal minimum attire in the park is thongs and G-
strings, [and apparently some form of top] this is a
'bare as you dare' event" so the "Naked Bike Ride"
title is not quite accurate.
The group will gather at 1 p.m. at the last parking
lot at North Beach at the park, then proceed to the
ranger station and back, a distance of about seven
Enjoy, I guess, and although February seems a bit
- chilly for such an event, it does seem to be a good start
to Valentine's Day the next day.
The pearl is real, but the story behind it appears
somewhat wild, to say the least.
The world's largest pearl is purportedly a 14-
pound, football-shaped monster that some have said
dates back 2,500 years to Chinese philosopher Lao-
Tzu, who carved his face and-that of Buddha and
Confucius in the surface.
It began as an amulet, then was placed in larger and
larger clams as it grew bigger and bigger.
The tale goes that it was lost in a shipwreck hun-
dreds of years ago, then turned up in a giant clam in the
Philippines in 1934. The diver who found it drowned
trying to get it to the surface, and the village chief took
possession and named it the Pearl of Allah.
Apparently, a man named Wilburn Dowell.Cobb
saved the chiefs son's life, and ended up with the pearl
as a token of thanks. His heirs sold it to a Beverly Hills
jeweler in 1980 for $200,000. Others joined in a part-
nership to acquire the pearl. One of the partner's wives
was killed in what was described as a contract killing.
Her heirs won a $32.4 million wrongful death suit and
want the pearl as part of the estate package.
The pearl price today is estimated at more than $60
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Seems like a lot of money for something that
started as an irritation in a oyster shell, doesn't it?
Speaking of irritation, there are some statewide
worries that we may be in for a wicked Florida wild-
fire season this spring and summer and, yes, you can
blame it on last summer's hurricanes.
"From Naples to Pensacola, many once-scenic
stands of trees are now tangled masses of trunks and'
limbs," said Florida Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H. Bronson. "This addi-
tional debris will make wildFires more difficult to con-
trol and more dangerous for our firefighters."
Bronson continued that. "Many trees damaged by
uigh \ ind: or inundated b\ hea% Y rains are expected to
die from insect and disease infestations over the next
two years. This s scenario. combined with tinder-dry
grasses and frost-damaged brush, means conditions in
Florida are conducive to an active wildfire season."
He urges caution-for anyone going out in the
woods, especially smokers.
An additional threat posed by wildfires is reduced
visibility for motorists and the potential for crashes on
the state's interstates.
"Wildfires can occur throughout the year in
Florida, but the most active part of the wildfire season
is usually from January through May," according to
Bronson. He said that Florida averages about 5,000
wildfires each year.
Since Jan. 1, we've had 191 fires that have burned
547 acres, many caused by outdoor yard trash burns
that got out of hand.
Blue crab regulatory workshops set
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has scheduled a series of public workshops
regarding management of blue crabs and is seeking
public input on proposals regarding a draft rule to de-
velop a limited-entry program for the blue crab fishery.
The nearest workshop to the Island is at the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council offices, 4000
Gateway Center Blvd., Suite 100, Pinellas Park, on
Feb. 22. Another hearing is Feb. 21 in Fort Myers at
the East Room of the Old County Courthouse, 2115
Second St.. Both workshops will begin at 6 p.m.
-The blue crab fishery has been in a state of decline
for several years, FWC officials have said, and some
form of regulation has been contemplated, hence the
Fishing college this Saturday
The Florida Fishing College is Saturda), Feb. 5, at
the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, Doors
open at 10 am. and the e\ent \ ill run through 6 p.m.
There will be lectures about fishing from local guides,
plus trade exhibits and educational booths. There will
also be about $5,000 in door prizes given away.
Cost is a whopping $2.
After years of debate, anthropologists have appai-
ently concluded that the hippopotamus is linked to a
branch of prehistoric whales that also has as its descen-
dants pigs and camels.
The anthracotheres date back about 60 million years
ago and have direct links to the oldestwhales, which were
semi-aquatic, four-legged critters in South Asia.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce donated its old photocopier to the Fort Ogden United Method-
ist Church, which was totaled during Hurricane Charley. Chamber Ambassador and Islander representative
Nancy Ambrose, along with husband David, were greeted by an enthusiastic congregation to receive the copy
machine. Ambrose learned that there isn't another available copier in town. The congregation thanked the
chamber for the gift. Pictured from left, Frank Willis and John Epperly of Fort Ogden United Methodist
Church, David and Nancy Ambrose.
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Sheepies out there: Learn how to catch 'em Saturday
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Spring season for American red snapper opened
yesterday. According to fishing regulators, the 2005
Gulf of Mexico commercial red snapper quota is 4.65
million pounds. Commercial fishing season is divided
into spring and fall seasons, with the spring season
calling for 3.1 million pounds available, with the sea-
son running for commercial anglers from noon on the
First of the month until noon on the 10th until the quota
Don't forget the Florida Fishing College from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Manatee Convention
Center in Palmetto. I'll be talking about winter fishing
at 2 p.m., and hope to see all of you there.
Last week's fishing action was a little slow due to
Sthe weather, but there were still some good reports of
sheepshead up to 7 pounds by any of the structures in
the bays or offshore, plus lots of trout and reds.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper remains
good to excellent, with good catches coming in from
less than 1-00 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
And shook season reopened Feb. 1, so good luck
on catching those big linesiders you've been seeing for
the past few weeks.
Capt. Hank Williams said offshore grouper fish-
ing has remained steady, with good catches of red and
blacks to 15 pounds coming to the coolers, plus snap-
per to 4 pounds..
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
offshore bottom fishing is still excellent, with great
catches of grouper and snapper coming back to the
docks almost every day. Grouper action is still great
in less than 100 feet of water in the Gulf, and amber-
jack are thick on the offshore, deepwater artificial
reefs. In the backwaters, trout seems to be making a
good showing with shrimp under popping corks, and
sheepshead are clustered around almost any struc-
ture in the bays or inlets.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his charters onto all the sheepshead you could want
right now, plus some redfish, trout and snook in the
canals near the Iland
Capt. Matt Denham out of Catchers said he's
been offshore most of the week and caught a bunch of
gag grouper to 25 pounds, red grouper to 15 pounds,
mangrove and lane snapper to 5 pounds, plus amber-
jack to 30.pounds. Most of the best action has come
from about 150 feet of water, Capt. Matt added.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting the usual backwater bounty:
Redfish, trout and sheepshead from Terra Ceia Bay, all
on artificial bait.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
lots of small sheepshead coming onto the dock, but
the big female sheepies don't seem to be biting of
late but should turn on any day now. There are a few
black drum being caught, plus whiting, flounder and
reds, he added.
At Skyway Bait & Tackle, reports continue to
come in on nice-sized whiting, sheepshead, plus small
grouper and flounder.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing has been slow but there are still some good
reports of small. flounder, black drum, sheepshead and
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about 55 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
small snapper caught.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
people are.doing well with redfish in Terra Ceia Bay
on higher tides. Black drum are a good bet in the Mana-
tee Ri er, and sheepshead are an excellent catch in the
river or in the bays.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, regulars said
they've been hitting lots of sheepshead around the
bridges and piers, some trout in the canals, with best
results coming when the water is warmer in the mid-
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's finding good
catches of mangrove snapper, sheepshead, trout and
redfish, and summed it up by stating that weather and
wind made last week a pretty good fishing week.
SCapt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing is tougher right now due to red
tide. "Typically, the red tide has been offshore three to
10 miles," he said, "but we've been fishing in the area
without red tide, and the only 'fish kills' we've seen
have been in our boat!" Charters have been "killing"
gag grouper, red grouper, scamp, amberjack, mangrove
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Capt. Zach.Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting
good catches of sheepshead to 7 pounds. Trout fishing
remains excellent, and last week's catch-and-ielease
snook fishing was good. He's also putting his charters
onto lots of redfish.
On my boat Magic, we caught sheepshead to 4
pounds, some trout, black drum to 6 pounds and lots of
redfish up to 20 inches in length.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
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Bistros run past Jessie's in basketball contest
By Kevin Cassidy
Bistros rode a stifling defense and the hot shooting
hand of Hailey Dearlove to a 30-11 victory over
Jessie's Island Store on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Anna
Maria Island Community Center Division III basketball
action. Jessie'.s, which began the day tied for second
place, held one lead in the game early in the first quar-
ter after Jack Titsworth made one of two free throws to
give Jessie's a 3-2 lead.
Hailey Dearlove erased that deficit when she
grabbed a rebound and drove the length of the court for
a layup to give Bistros a 4-3 lead at the 4:50 mark of
Sthe second quarter a lead they would not relinquish.
Dearlove took a pass on an inbounds play from
Becca Butler and scored on a 10-foot baseline shot for
a 6-3 lead and followed that up with a steal and a layup
for an 8-3 lead. Daniel Pimental momentarily stopped
the slide when he banked in a shot from the foul line
with 2:59 to play in the half,-but Dearlove came right
back down the court and banked a shot in from the
wing for a 10-5 lead.
A steal and another layup from Dearlove extended
the Bistros lead to 12-5 with 49 seconds left in the half.
Bistros got another defensive stop and attempted to
pass the ball down low to Butler. Butler missed her
shot, but grabbed the rebound and passed outside to an
open Giorgio Gomez, who banked the ball in for a 14-
5 Bistros lead as the half came to a close.
The second half was more of the same, with
Dearlove maintaining the hot hand, scoring 12 points
down the stretch. Dearlove finished with a game-high
22 points in addition to three steals, three rebounds and
two assists as the Bistros cruised to victory. Butler fin-
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Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
ished with two points, seven rebounds and two assists,
while Gomez had six points and four rebounds.
Pimental led Jessie's with six points and three re-
bounds, while Titsworth hauled down six rebounds and
scored three points. Julian Botero completed the scor-
ing for Jessie's with two points in the loss.
In other Division III action: Dips 13, Harry's 10
Justin Gargett scored five of his game-high 11
points in the fourth quarter to help Dips Ice Cream rally
for a 13-10 victory over Harry's Continental Kitchens
on Saturday, Jan. 29. Teammate Zach Guerin added
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Cliff Pascal scored four points for Harry's, which
also received two points apiece from Zach Facheris,
Danny Krokroskia and Savannah Schields in the loss.
Bistros 18, Dips 14
Bistros cooled off Dips Ice Cream behind 12 points
from Hailey Dearlove and six points from Giorgio
Gomez during its four point victory on Thursday, Jan.
27. Justin Gargett and Joseph Darke scored four points
each to lead Dips in the loss. Zach Guerin, Johnny
Mattay and Jerry Meyer each scored two points to com-
plete the scoring for Dips.
Jessie's 12, Paradise 8
Julian Botero scored four points, while Grant
Bower and Daniel Pimental scored three points apiece
during Jessie's Island Store's four-point victory over A
Paradise Realty on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Jack Titsworth
added two points to complete the scoring for Jessie's
in the win.
Josh Schmidt led all scorers with five points while
A Paradise teammates Ryan Gilman and Tia Borso
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Premier Division: ReMax 71, IRE 60
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during ReMax Gulfstream Realty's 71-60 victory over
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points, while Phelps Tracy and Jamie Urch each added
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West Coast Air 65, Glass & Screen.49
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Cziraky added 19 points for West Coast, which also
received seven points from Anthony Rosas and four
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David Buck's 20 points and 11 points from Jake
Stebbins led Anna Maria Glass & Screen in the loss.
Zach Schield chipped in with seven points, while Der-
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Glass & Screen 73, ReMax 62
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Chase Parker's 33 points led all scorers, while
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to rally for a 33-22 victory on Thursday, Jan. 27, in
Division I basketball action. Publix, which remained in
a tie for first place with the victory, was led by Justin
Dearlove's 11 points and 10'points from Egan
Fridenberg. Ben Valdivieso added eight points, includ-
ing four in the pivotal fourth quarter, while Hunter
Hardy finished with four points.
LPAC was led by 10 points from Whitney Bauer
and eight points from Broderick West. Matt Shafer
contributed seven points to the LPAC attack that also
received four points from Jason Rappe and three points
from Ryan Guerin in the loss.
Observer 31, A&E 26
Grant'Lukitch poured in 10 first-quarter points on
the way to a game-high 19 to lead Longboat Observer
to a five-point win over Air & Energy on Tuesday, Jan.
25. Lukitch received support from teammates Celia
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finished with two points.
Air & Energy was led by Garrett Secor's 14 points,
while leading scorer Corbin Kitchen and Kevin
Callahan each finished with four points. Jordan
Sebastiano completed the A&E scoring with two points
in the loss.
Division II: Oyster Bar 22; STGC 19
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Rivers finished with one point.
Chandler Hardy's eight points and six points from
Ally Titsworth paced the STGC scoring effort. Kelly
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Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball standings
as of Jan. 29
West Coast Air
Glass & Screen
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27
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Beard and four points apiece from Chandler McClung
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Duncan remained undefeated and atop the Division II
SGlen Bower scored 11 points to, lead Danziger Al-
Ilerg\ & Sinus, \ hichi alo received two points from
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STGC 12, Galati 7
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Duncan 16, Oyster Bar 11
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AMI basketball scoring
leaders as of Jan. 22
Name, Team Avg. PPG
Clay Orr, West Coast Air 30
David Buck, Glass & Screen 23.8
Tyler Bekkerus, IRE 21.3
Josh Elsenheimer, IRE 19.9
Spencer Carper, ReMax 13.8
Corbin Kitchen, A&E 14.6
Grant Lukitch, Observer 13.8
Justin Dearlove, Publix 11.6
Garrett Secor, A&E 9.5
Celia Ware, Observer 9.3
Chris Callahah, Duncan 10:1
Martine Miller, Galati 9.1
Matt Bauer, Oyster Bar 9
Glenn Bower, Danziger, 7.8
Ashley Waring, Duncan 6.8
Hailey Dearlove, Bistros 12.4
Justin Gargett, Dips 6.3
Daniel Pimental, Jessies 5
Zach Guerin, Dips 4
Johnny Mattay, Dips 3.4
Galati 21, Danziger 19
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Center basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Feb. 2 8 p.m. ReMax vs. West Coast Air
Feb. 5 Noon West Coast Air vs. IRE
Feb. 5 1 p.m. ReMax vs. Glass & Screen
Feb. 7 8 p.m. WestCoast Air vs. Glass & Screen
Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 3 8 p.m.
Feb. 5 4 p.m.
Feb. 5 5 p.m.
Feb. 8 8 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11
Feb. 2 7 p.m.
Feb. 4 7 p.m.
Feb. 4 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 7 p.m.
III (ages 8-9)
Observer vs. Publix
Publix vs. LPAC
A&E vs. Observer
Observer vs. LPAC
STGC vs. Danziger
Oyster Bar vs. Danziger
Duncan vs. Galati
Duncan vs. Oyster Bar
Galati vs. Danziger
Jessie's vs. Harry's
Bistros vs. A Paradise
A Paradise vs. Dips
Bistros vs. Harry's
A Paradise vs. Jessie's
Jessie's Island Store guard Grant Bowier drives to the basket as Denver Hardy defends during Division III
basketball action at the Center.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
MacKenzie Kosfeld to give Galati its winning margin.
Sheldon Phillips added four points, while Morgan
Welch scored two.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus was led by Emma
Barlow's 10 points and seven points from Glenn
Bower. Matt Danziger scored two points to complete
the scoring for Danziger in the loss.
Little League announces
Anna Maria Island Little League is back and bet-
ter than ever, according to the Anna Maria'Island Com-
munity Center, which runs the program.
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Andy Jonatzke of the Center announced that every
player who signs up by Feb. 12 will receive a free ticket
to the Pirates versus Red Sox game on March 20. The
Pirates ticket is part of AMI Little League's opening
celebration, which includes a weekend parade, pictures
and baseball games starting March 19.
The League is for boys and girls ages 5-17. Cost
will be $55 per player and $50 for additional siblings.
Registrations are now being taken at the Center. Inter-
ested junior or senior league players can call Nichole
Pelkey at 778-9637. Saturday, Feb. 12, will be the last
day to register.
Everyone who tries out will be placed on a team,
but for parity within the league, mandatory tryouts are
at the following times.
S6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 10-12 year olds.
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VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX IN HOLMES BEACH
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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.
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for viewing or injb
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 2 6 p.m. Kumon vs. Cannons
Feb. 4 6 p.m. Island Starter vs. Ocean View
Feb. 5 10 a.m. Cannons vs. Ralph's
Feb. 5 11 a.m. Kumon vs. Ocean View
Feb. 8 6 p.m. Ralph's vs. Ocean View
Winners in the Jan. 29 horseshoe games
were Art Kingstad and Dean Rowe, both of
Holmes Beach. Runners-up were Jay Disbrow of
Anna Maria City and Tom Rhodes of Cortez.
Winners in the Jan. 26 games were Disbrow
and Rowe. Runners-up were Lewis Arnold and
Rod Bussey, both of Anna Maria City.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
membership fees and everyone is welcome.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7-9 year olds.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 5-6 year olds.
Noon Saturday, Feb. 18, 7-9 year olds.
1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10-12) ear olds.'
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908
and ask for Jonatzke.
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
EXCEPTIONAL DUPLEX 2,368 sf of living area with elevator lift. Owner's
side 2BR/2BA, fireplace, great-room,40xl0-foot and 48x6-foot porches.
Large garage and bonus room. Tenant side has 2BR/2BA with screen porch
and extra storage. $784,500.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with boy 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 covered deck, four-car garage, storage rooms. $785,000.
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STERLING SILVER JEWELRY at Cosmic Sense
Jewelry, booth 228-230 at Red Barn Flea Market.
(941) 745-9010. 15 percent off with ad. Visit us at
www.Floridasilverjewelry.com. Free shipping.
STAIRLIFTS FOR SALE by qualified installer. Try
before you buy. Free home demonstration. (941)
LARGE POTTED PLANTS! Moving, must sell to
good homes. Palms, ferns, bananas, all kinds. Must
see! (941) 778-1567.
-. ELECTRIC SCOOTER: NEW 250 lb., 25 mph ca-
pacity. 10-mile range. Cost $400, now $250. (941)
792-8721. 4212 La Costa Cove.
SOFA FOR SALE: Beautiful, comfortable and
just like new! Floral print, jewel tones. $150.
TONY .LITTLE GAZELLE Elite exercise machine
with instructional video. Good condition. Only $120.
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: three-piece, holds 36-
inch television, cream color, Florida style. Lots of
storage. $425. (941) 778-7417.
WALL UNIT: Four-piece Italian glass top, lacquer
bottom, holds 32-inch television, $899; coffee and
sofa tables $175/set; upholstered loveseat, $150.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth halves!
New crop. $7 lb. Now available at The Islander news-
paper. Proceeds benefit the Island Players.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon.
Always sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
PEBBLE SPRINGS Clubhouse: 8am-1pm Saturday,
Feb. 5. Clothing,.jewelry, baked goods, books, rum-
mage and more. Manatee and 59th Street West,
ONE DAY ONLY! 8am-4pm Saturday, Feb. 5. 205
Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria.
TRASH & TREASURE sale: 8am-noon. Saturday,
Feb. 5. Continental breakfast. Recreation hall of
Gulfshore Mobile Park, 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
YARD SALE: 9am-4pm Friday, Feb. 4. Bedroom set,
queen bed, children's clothes, toys, Pak-n-Play,
kitchen items, garage items, day bed, Pottery Barn
stools, pictures, shelves, desk, rugs, books. 317
Tarpon, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, Feb. 5., Holmes
Beach. Clothing, miscellaneous treasures. Come
see! 456 63rd St., Holmes Beach.
ESSENCE OF TIME: January clearance and side-
walk sale! Out with the old stuff, in with the new! Up
to 50 percent off and more. Saturday, Feb. .5.
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.
REPLACEMENT FILTERS and service for
Aquasana Pure Water Systems is available locally.
Call Metro Home Supply, authorized Florida dealer.
WANTED TO RENT: GOLF CART space to in
Holmes Beach. Tom Steele. (941) 792-2185.
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.
PILATES AND YOGA at Anna Maria Art League.
Pilates, Monday, 9-10arn; 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 Center,
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 information.
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.
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D'S BEST VIEW. SUPER, GREAT LOCATION! $539,500.
)E AND OUT. $959,000.
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IEW LANDSCAPING, 2BR/2BA,
COMMUNITY BOAT DOCK.
ON GULF DRIVE. EQUIPMENT,
BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE.
NEW PRICE $650,000.
3BR/2BA, RE-DONE INSIDE
AND OUT. NEW DOCK
AND BOAT LIFT.
3BR/3BA AND 2BR/1BA,
UPDATED, HEATED POOL,
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3BR/2BA GREAT LOCATION. 4BR/3.5BA, STEPS TO THE
BEACH. OPEN PLAN, DECKS
WHAT'S YOURS WORTH?
Reach Richard toll free (877) 778-6066
See more photos at
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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 homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.
2000 DODGE CARAVAN: 68,000 miles, four new
tires, strong air conditioning, power everything,
towing package. Excellent condition. $8,500.
MOTOR HOME: 1995 21-foot Winnegago Rialta,
sleeps three-four. One owner, garaged housed.
Dual air conditioning, new tires, gas/electric refrig-
erator. 15-17 miles per gallon. 58,000 miles.
$19,000. (941) 778-7152.
1999 SATURN WAGON: White, automatic,.19,000
miles, excellent condition. $5,800 or best offer.
(941) 383-2387. E-mail email@example.com
1992 LINCOLN TOWNCAR: 50,200 original miles,
one owner, canvas top, loaded. $6,000. Contact Bill.
1997-FORD THUNDERBIRD: V-8, leather, one
owner, alarm, all maintenance records. 105,000
miles, great car, great condition. $3,950 or best of-
fer. (941) 778-4730.
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.
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, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-i1107.
1976 BUCANEER 32-foot center cockpit sailboat
Florida cruiser. Four-foot draft, new Yanmar engine,
sails,.television, microwave. $18,000 or best offer. Call
Steve (941) 778-2100, e-mail captnse @netzero.net.
1992 HUNTER SAILBOAT: 23.5 foot. 2003 Honda
four-stroke 15-hp with power tilt. Water ballast,
trailerable, walk through transom, swing keel, new
bottom paint. $6,500. (941) 779-2129.
BOAT LIFT AVAILABLE for rent. Access to Gulf,
north end of Anna Maria. Call for more details (941)
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 backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
FISHING FOR a good deal'
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? Look in The
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.
BABYSITTE'R: 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 Jessica
Lord, (941) 747-2495.
RETIRED NURSE/caregiver available. No lifting.
References, reasonable. (941) 746-9246.
'REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two ex-
perienced agents needed for fast paced; high traf-
fic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
ONLINE'SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
Located just four miles from beaches' Updaled,
fantastic 2BR,2BA with vaulted ceilings, new
appliances, enclosed lanai and private back-
yard. Dogs and kids welcome! Top school dis-
trict and convenient to shopping, medical and
banks. Heated pool, spa and tennis. $217,000.
tocfli:cezn 4 i6-e fo/ zppS.
Spectacular direct Gulf views from this 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished beach retreat. Extensive 35-
foot terrace overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Com-
plex allows one to seven day rentals with resident
on-site managers. Miles of gorgeous while sand
beaches. Heated pool, clubhouse and great mid-
Longboat Key location. $859.000.
A quaint, adorable 2BR/1BA home in the his-
torical village of Longboat Key. Properly sits
three homes from Sarasota Bay. Community
boat ramp. $419,000.
Fantastic Anna Maria beach retreat! Updated
2BR/2BA ground floor beach walkout with ex-
cellent location. Desirable complex with two
heated pools. Did I mention Gull view9 Island
A yacht club community with all the amenities
starting a-om the $400's
Longboal Key 2BR townhouse. Mint and turn-
key furnished, garage, pnvate landscaped lot,
exclusive Gulffront beach pavilion, two heated
pools and docks up to a 23 fool boat ai $120!
year. Shows beautifully, A rare find. $465.000.
The La Flamme
Cindy (941) 780-8000
Gary (941) 725-0928
Toll Free (800) 335-5543 ,
Three-level, maintenance-free townhomes,
water views, deeded boat slips,
3,600 total sf, individual elevators
FEE SIMPLE POOL TENNIS HEALTH
Coastine Investmet Realty (941) 359714
or Beth Kefey (941)70S5-750
6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive
S Longboat Key
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QUALIFIED CHEF/SOUS chef for busy continental
restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ap-
ply 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 Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria or call (941)
DISHWASHER/SERVER with experience only.
Also, busperson; 5610 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat
Key. (941) 383-0013.
RETAIL SALES FULL and part time at growing
Bradenton Beach retail store. Computer knowledge..'
(941) 794-8640 or 778-5311.
AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR wanted for Island Fit-
ness Club. Fax resume, (941) 778-7512.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Expand your horizons,
meet interesting people, learn about Florida.history.
South Florida Museum, 10th Street West,
Bradenton. Join us for new volunteer coffee 10am-
noon Monday, Feb. 7. Snow birds, retired educa-
tors, interested people welcome! Call (941) 746-
4131, ext. 27.
HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. Must speak En-
glish, have own transportation, weekends a must.
(941) 778-1010, ext. 0.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.
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HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS for sale. 18-years
experience. Complete on-the-job certified training.
One full year's support free. Probable earnings
$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.
FOR SALE: WEST Bradenton hair-styling salon
business. Owner needs to retire due to health rea-
sons. Call after 6pm, Monday through Friday. (941)
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)
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.
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HALF BLOCK TO PALMA SOLA BAY
You won't find a finer home anywhere near this
S+ price. Total high end remodel. 3BR/2BA. No deed
-9 01, W. 1, q.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, (941) 778-5834.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed.
Pool cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941)
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.
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.
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427
home. E-mail: email@example.com.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, (941) 778-7770. References available.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife service: Critter
problems and nuisances. Raccoons our specialty!
Live trapped and relocated. State licensed by
F.W.C. (941) 778-3455 or mobile 24-hour emer-
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA $265,000
Large 2BR/2BA unit with a den, family
room and Florida room. Two-car garage.and
steps to pool. iB504218
VIEWS OF TAMPA BAY $525,000
'- Enjoy the Island breeze from the large
screened porch of this elevated 2BR/2BA
home. Open plan with new carpet and paint.
New roof. Great location close to post office,
shopping and the fishing pier. IB104647
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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One half block to bay and Gulf. Walk to all trendy
restaurants and boutiques of Bradenton Beach.
Real hip village atmosphere. 2BR/2BA. turnkey fur-
nished. Room for pool. $525,000.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND _.____
2BR/2BA on canal with peak
:4 g"._' Palma Sola Bay! Totally
.... remodeled, decorator furnished,
Ia ll:n ceramic tile, kitchen-aid
appliances, boat docks, heated
Sp.:-:'. jacuzzi and tennis. Minutes
to G alf beaches and shopping!
i Asking $349,900.
BAYFRONT DUPLEX! Serene location on Sarasota Bay
with gorgeous views! 3BR/3BA and 1BR/1BA with two boat docks
and vacant lot on bay! Great for second home or investment!
TRIPLEX STEPS TO BEACH! Super investment or second home
with rentals. 3BR/IBA, 2BR/1BA and IBR/IBA. Tile, wood floors,
new air conditioner, cabinets, decks and stairs. Partially furnished!
Owner/agent. Asking $589,000. gt
Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX Excellence :
(941) 383-9700 DebMThrash@aol.com
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REAL ESTATE LLC
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA Turnkey furnished. Gulffront
complex. Open plan, breakfast bar, dining
room, walk-in closets, screened porch,
washer/dryer. Gorgeous beach, heated pool,
tennis. Great rental. $1,050,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful beach.
One-car garage, patio. One unit turnkey fur-
nished. Appliances both sides. Utility with
washer/dryer, residential area, room for pool.
2,BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA,and 2BR/1BA.
Great investment! Watch the sunset as you
collect rent from these charming units. Easy
to see, call for appointment. Just steps to
beautiful beach. $749,000.
KEY WEST-STYLE WITH
3BR/2.5BA plus den/office. Charming
home, large lot, fenced yard. Breakfast bar,
dining room, large master bedroom and bath
with Jacuzzi tub, screened porch, balcony.
Deeded boat slip with private dock. Holmes
LARGE SHELL POINT CONDO
2-3BR/2BA. Nicely furnished. Spacious pan-
eled den with walk-in closet and mirrored
wall. Indoor utility room with washer, dryer
and sink. Great location in newer section,
near heated pool. Tennis, putting green, car-
port. Locked private storage room. Central
Holmes Beach location, near library, shop-
ping and restaurants. Call to see. $369,900.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
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3BR/2.5BA townhome, completely renovated and
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PERICO BAY CLUB, 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished waterfront
villa. Great location. Minutes to everything! Gated community
with many amenities. $327,000.
RUNAWAY BAY, updated 1 BR/1BA condo just steps to the
beach. Great rental property. Turnkey furnished, heated pool,
'tennis courts and community fishing dock. $345,600.
ISLAND GETAWAY, beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA single
family villa. Turnkey furnished. Quiet Holmes Beach location.
One block to the beach and a view of Spring Lake. $377,600.
BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEYIII 2BR/2BA freestanding villa
with wood floors. Private beach access, marina, boat slips. 55-
LOWEST PRICE CANAL HOME ON LONGBOAT KEYI 2BR/
2BA, large bedrooms, beautiful open-beam vaulted ceilings,
solid wood and tile flooring. No bridges to bay, lots of charac-
ter! Build up for bay views! $625,000.
I (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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SSimply the Best
ON THE GULF Completely remodeled. Tile floors
throughout. Great views! 2BR/2BA, completely turn-
key furnished. Large pool, covered parking.
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BAYFRONT Panoramic view of the bay. Very pri-
vate, lush landscaping. 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.
GULF FRONT 6 UNITS Beautifully remodeled apts.
From 3 BR/3BA to one bedroom. Small heated pool.
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DOLLHOUSE Desirable 'neighborhood close to
Manatee High School. Like new condition. Totally
renovated. Perfect 2BR/1BA starter, retirement, or
rental home. A darling nest for the winter snowbird..
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KEY ROYAL CANAL Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, all new appli-
ances, new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end with
great view to Bimini Bay. Very large lot with room for
pool or expansion.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX Wonderful ground level,
2BR/1BA, each side turnkey furnished.' Large
screened porches and patios. Lots of possibilities.
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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.
BRAND NEW DIRECT GULF VIEW Striking un-
obstructed view across from the Gulf and beaches.
3BR/3BA, two-car garage.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Norm n 941-778-6696
Nor man 3101 GULF DRIVE
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INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. We do all states and electronic filing. Call
Pat (941) 761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
JACKSON HOLMES PAINTING: The Island's hon-
est and dependable painting service. Interior, exte-
rior, faux painting, cabinet refinishing. References.
Free estimates. (941) 795-2771.
HANDY MAN HELPING Hands: No job too big or
too small. Insured. Call (941) 795-7058.
ESP CLEANING: Elite Service Professionals. Resi-
dences and offices professionally cleaned. Gift cer-
tificates! Surprise your Valentine! Insured. Maria and.
Steve (941) 753-9906.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelley Ragan. Cus-
tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. Information at,
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
Sunbow Bay: Live the view! Sun-
splashed setting on waterway just minutes
to beautiful beaches. 2BR/2BA condo.
Casco Dorado: First floor villa on canal.
2BR/2BA. Bring your boat and enjoy the
good life! $135,000.
Ironwood: Rental, 1-2BR/2BA condo.
Great location. Golf course, pool.
CALL TODAY FOR A PRIVATE SHOWING. J ]
ESTATE, INC. 9 1-24-
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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawrn 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) 807-1015.
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)
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
Specializing in outstanding services
in real estate sales
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r Jesse Brisson
Zita Kollar Brisson
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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 Islahd 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.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
Key West-style home on Intracoastal
2BR/2BA with ,656 sf of living space. Huge jacuzzi in second
floor bathroom. Glimpses of the Gulf from second floor. Home
easily converts to two separate units, second floor already
plumbed for a kitchen. $1,400,000.
Call Barb Turner (941) 704-8908
.,, 1036 10th Street West, Palmetto (941) 722-1744
; r -iy Inc. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply the Best
Anna Maria's newest luxury
Gulf front condos...
All units are Gulffront
SEnclosed garage with storage units
Heated pool with spa
Gazebo with gas grill
Brick pavers walkway
Security gate entry
Two high-speed elevators
SBurglar alarm in all units
Impact hurricane glass
SSoundproofing between floors
Central vacuum in all units
* Granite tops in kitchen, bathrooms
SLeaded glass eighl loot entry doors
i Soundproofing between units
Eight foot interior doors on
second floor units
Crown molding in living room,
rhaster bedroom, library and
Nine-foot two inches first floor
ceilings and nine-foot six inches
second floor ceilings
Tile arnd carpet floors
Eight-foot sliding glass doors
SFantex "quiet" bathroom vent fans
SRain shower with body spray in
SBuilt-in closets in master bedroom
Kitchen Aid appliances
K5 computer wired
with this fully rented 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA duplex located one
lot from the Intracoastal Waterway. Close to the Gulf in the
heart of Holmes Beach, near restaurants and shopping. Tile
floors throughout with fireplace.
Call Gayle schulz
toll free 1.800.772.3235
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Mario
6400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beachl
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TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
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,
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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
Cindy M. Jones
S GRI, CRS, Sale Associate
Real Estate, Inc.
310 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo loans.
S1st and 2nd mortgages.
SNo closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
Residential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
ha rd-to-place loans.
502 72nd Street
Sa:"- Holmes Beach
MAKE YOUR MOVE WITH MARILYN
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.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens,
bathrooms, decks. Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years
experience. Yes, I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free
estimates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc Building contractor;
New homes, additions, renovations. Quality work
and fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
JIM MELANSON Painting interior, exterior, pres-
sure cleaning. Free estimates, 18-year island resi-
dent. Call'Jim, (941) 718-9053.
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3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
,I 704-2023 Cell
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
3BR/2BA FAMILY BEACH HOUSE
ALL ON A DOUBLE LOT
Upstairs master suite
makes for nice water views
Unlimited potential on
exclusive North end of Anna Maria,
All this for $775,000.
WINDOW SHAD'ES, 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.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dales 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)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
.Sweeping Gulf views from this
3BR/2BA home with a brand
new pool. Perfect family beach
house on desirable north end.
Just steps to the beach.
Offered at $1,295,000.
1264 Spoonbill Landings Circle
2BR/2BA, tile and pergo floors, mirrors, glassed
lanai.with heat and air-conditioning, two-car
For your private
viewing, call ...
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
ISLAND'S BEST BUY
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OF ANNA MARIA
Completely updated 3BR/
2BA home on the north end
of the island. Split floor
plan wraps around a 17-foot
by 23-foot screened lanai.
Huige master suite with use
of community boat slip.
Priced to sell at $569,000.
941 778-0455 www.greenreal.com
9906 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
Ken Jackson, 778-6986
Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
LaRae Regis, 779-1858
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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)
ELEVATED 2BR/2BA BEACH house, undercover
parking, close to beach, nicely furnished. 210 81st
St., Holmes Beach. $2,250/month. (813) 962-0817.
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.
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.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT, 1BR or 2BR like
new! $1,800 and $2,900/month. Call (941) 779-
9074 or (703) 587-4675.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, week-
end, weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private
deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view, newly
furnished. Available monthly, April-December. View
details at http://dale60540.tripod.com or call (630)
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Elevated 2BR/2BA duplex.
Three-car garage, two blocks to beach, unfur-
nished. Office (941) 778-3377 or 713-9096.
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/1BA duplex apartment in
Anna Maria. Large screened lanai, half block to bay.
Washer/dryer hook-ups. $800/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate. (941) 778-2307.
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.
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.
GREAT SUNSET VIEWS. Two 2BR apartments on
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 914-4646.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
HERON HARBOUR: Beautifully decorated, fur-
nished, Tuscan-style, elevator, pool, gazebo, ten-
nis. Seasonal $2,400/month. (941) 794-9921 or
BEAUTIFUL BRADENTON 2BR/2BA condo on pri-
vate lake. All new kitchen appliances, washer/dryer,
crown molding throughout. Features pool and spa.
February $2,500, March $2,000, April $2,000. All
three $6,000/month. Dave (941) 587-1456.
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 on canal with pool, $2,500/
month; San Remo condo, 1 BR/1 BA, $1,050/mdnth;
Gulffront duplex, '3BR/2BA, $1,300/week;
Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA, $700/week; en-
chanted cottage, 2BR/1BA, $850/week; northwest
Bradenton home, 3BR/3BA, $3,000/month;
Bradenton Beach home, 2BR/1BA, $800/week.
Please call Cristin Curl, Wagner Realty (941) 778-
FURNISHED LQNGBOAT Key annual: Spanish
Main Yacht-club. 55-plus, 2BR/2BA. Includes
cable, water, pool, Gulf access. $1,050/month.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON/Coral Shores,
3BR/2BA completely remodeled home on deep-
water canal. Two-car garage, pool, hot tub, boat and
Jet-Ski hoists. Fifteen minutes to Gulf. $2,500/
month. (941) 587-6135.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON 3BR/2BA two-car
garage home. Seasonal, available now, February-
March, $750/week, $2,500/month. Five minutes to
Island beaches. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
CANCELLATION 2BR/1 BA duplex in quiet Holmes
Beach now available, $2,000/month. See http://
7709.html or call (813) 928-5378.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo with
pool. Pet allowed. $1,400/month. Call Jason, Betsy
Hills Real Estate, (941) 778-2291,. or e-mail
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON home, minutes to
beaches, 2BR/2BA, pool, close to everything,
available February, $2300/month. Call
'Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence. E-
mail DebMThrash@aol.com (941) 518-7738 or
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, furnished 1
and 2BR condos. Cable, microwave, washer/dryer.
Block to beach and shopping. From $1,800/month.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point & Moorings
2BR/2BA newly decorated, beautiful view of Sky-
way Bridge. Access to pool, tennis courts. Dock
available. (941) 778 8499.
ANNUAL DUPLEX in Anna Maria across from
beach, unfurnished 2BR/1BA, Washer/dryer con-
nection. Aposporos and Son, 7"3-3939.
SEASONAL -PERICO BAY Club 2BR/2BA villa,
April, $2,500; Palma Sola Townhouse, available two
weeks in February, $750/week. Call Real Estate
Mart (941) 756-1090.
1BR APARTMENT close to beach with water views.
Sleeps four. $500/week or $1,850/month. Nonsmok-
ing. Quiet area, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-0420.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA elevated, unfurnished
apartment in Holmes Beach. Available now. Lots of
decks, under-building parking, storage. $900/month,
first, last, security. Credit check. Call 730-2606.
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GULFFRONT: DUE TO cancellation, 1BR apart-
ment in Bradenton Beach now available. $500/
week. (941) 778-3805.
LONGBOAT KEY near Cannons Marina: Spanish
Main Villa, unfurnished 2BR/2BA, newly renovated.
Active 55-plus, boat docks, pool, beach. $975/
month, annual. (941) 779-0088.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: Four houses from
Gulf, high ceilings, washer/dryer hook-up, screened
porch, room for boat, pet OK. $875/month. (941)
AVAILABLE NOW! SUNBOW Bay. 2BR/2BA,
$2,500/month; canalfront 3BR/3BA, .$4,000/
month; Peppertree Lane, 3BR/3BA, $1,000/week;
beachfront, 2BR/2BA, $1,000/week; beachview
duplex, $800/week. Duncan Real Estate. (941)
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, large enclosed porch, ground
floor, half block to Gulf. Very clean, no pets. $850/
month plus utilities. $1,000 security. 5611-B Guava,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-9378.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single-family home
in northwest Bradenton, $1,200/month; two 3BR/
2BA single-family canal homes, from $1,600 to
$2,100/month; 1BR/1BA half duplex, one house to
beach, $850/month. Call Island Real Estate (941)
RENTAL WANTED: responsible, hard-working
Holmes Beach native in need of efficiency or 1 BR/
1 BA with utilities included. On or near Island. Leave
message, (941) 448-4122.
2BR/1BA ONE BLOCK to beach. Nonsmoking.
Monthly, starting $1,500/month. Available February,
October through December. (941) 778-3506.
EL CONQUISTADOR COUNTRY Club: 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai
overlooking clay tennis courts. Two-story elevator
building, garage and storage with bikes. 2005-06 sea-
son, available for six months, $8,000. (941) 778-3926.
FREE: SPECTACULAR VIEW every day from your
huge living/dining area, your floor to ceiling plate-
glass windows and 30x12'foot screened deck,
fronting beach. Bay and park just steps away with
Gulf beach in easy walking distance and free-trol-
ley for shopping nearby. 3BR waterfront, unfur-
nished annual in north Anna Maria. See for yourself
by calling (941) 748-5334 for details.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online www.islander.org.
2BR/2BA FURNISHED CONDO: Turnkey, west
Bradenton, carport, washer/dryer, some utilities, no
pets. Annually, $850/month; seasonally, $1,650/
month. (941) 925-9280.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA 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/1 BA bungalow, 1,328 sf. Concrete-pier foun-
dation. Zoned R-4. Total lot size 50x100 feet. 3306
Fourth Ave., Holmes Beach. Contact Ken Ward,
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moor-
ings hard-to-find ground-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA
condo. Excellent condition. $379,900. Call (941)
ANNA MARIA Ground-floor 2BR/1 BA with two-car
garage, 100 feet to beach. Bayview, large lot, fur-
nished. Concrete block. (941)'778-7703.
2BR/2BA-3BR/2BA DUPLEX: 2511 Avenue C,
Bradenton Beach. Gulf and bay views. 5,208 sf
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ANNA MARIA, 3BR/2BA pool home. Sailboat wa-
ter, canal, seawall, dock. Broker/owner. $699,000.
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REAL SAECniudRA SATE Continued- SREAL SATE Continue
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.
RIVER DISTRICT: 4-6BR/4BA, two fireplaces,
hardwood throughout, views of river, private setting,
oaks. $585,000. 223 21st St. W. Open daily by ap-
pointment after 10am. (941) 746-2464.
FOR SALE BY owner: Runaway Bay condo, 2BR/
2BA, second floor, turnkey furnished,,overlooking
pond. New heating and air conditioning 2005,
painted 2005. Many upgrades and amenities. Great
rental. Must see! $399,900. (941) 778-1987.
STEPS. TO BEACH: Elevated duplex, 2BR/1BA
and 1BR/1BA. Covered parking, large utility rooms
on both sides. Well maintained. Located on Holmes
Beach. Rosebay Real Estate (941) 650-0656.
FOR SALE: BEAUTIFUL 1BR/1BA villa. Custom
kitchen with concrete counters. Porcelain tile
throughout. Walk-in shower. Deck and gardens.
$295,000. (941) 778-0597.
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.
FOR SALE BY owner: Key Royale 3BR/3BA home,
deep-water canal, pool. (717) 392-4048. $799,900.
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Toll Free 1-866-587-8559
FULL GULF VIEWS: Magnificent upgrades in this 1,909 sf
condo with 30 feet of windows overlooking the Gulf.
Private beach, bayfront pool and hot tub. $899,900.
CANAL FRONT CONDO: You'll love the space in this
.1,793 sf condo overlooking the canal at Westbay Point
and Moorings. Beautiful 3BR/2BA with light tile and carpet
and glassed-in lanai. Spacious grounds, two pools,
hot tubs ar)d tennis. $525,000. New Listing!
NEAR BEACH: 2BR/2BA corner unit near pool with
redesigned kitchen at Imperial House of Bradenton Beach.
Clubhouse, heated pool, fishing dock plus private beach.
55-plus community. Come join the fun! $349,000.
AFFORDABLE BAY VIEWS: 2BR/1 BA condo at Bayview
Terrace with great views of the ba*jnd views of the Gulf
from the balcony. Won't.last at $249,000.
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HOUSE DEALS ON, off, near the Islands. North-
west Bradenton, minutes to beach, heated pool,
sauna, hot tub, $324,900; Ellenton, close-in coun-
try living, custom 3BR/2BA with two-car garage, 3/
4-acre wooded lot, $329,900; Longboat Key, En-
glish cottage.with unique artist loft, Abbaco architec-
ture, 15-foot loft ceilings, two-car garage, hot tub,
$650,000..Call Fred Flis, Real Estate Mart (941)
FOR SALE BY owner: Tradewinds condo unit #6.
Great investment! Nightly rentals. One bed.
$375,000. See online www.tradewinds-resort.com
or call (773) 472-7440.
HALF-DUPLEX IN desirable Seaside Gardens sub-
division, two blocks from Gulf beaches. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. New bathrooms, new interior and
exterior paint. New large' deck in backyard.
$299,000. For sale by owner, call (941) 705-0123.
BAYFRONT HOME: one year old, excellent income
producer. 5BR/5BA, elevator, swimming pool, pri-'
vate dock, four-car garage. Owner financing,
$1,750,000. (941) 778-5409 or e-mail
NORTHWEST BRADENTON ,oih mome: 3BR/
2BA, two-car'garage, spliltoperi floor plan.
Great location! Great school district. 7309 Sec-
ond Ave. N.W., Woods of Palma 'Sola.
$325,000. (941) 794-6414. .
Fabulous energy ef-
,* ficient Ke/ West--
S. ..style duplex con-
: ... structed on 18-foot:
', piings Privale courn-
i -l i- -yard entry includes a
small heated pool.
.. 3BR/2BA, yellow
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/1BA 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
314 Pine Avenue
SALE BY OWNER: Runaway Bay condo, 2BR/2BA,
ground floor overlooks lagoon. Beautifully reno-
vated throughout with upgraded turnkey furnishings.
All new appliances, heating, air conditioner and por-
celain-tile flooring: Peaceful decor will draw repeat
-rentals. A.steal at $400,000. Don't miss.this beauty!
(941). 779-9367.'-: .-
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: Nicely landscaped,
great condition, 4BR/4BA, privacy fenced backyard
with heated pool. Lots of. storage, garages.
$725,000. Marina Pointe Realty Co., (941) 779-
0732 or (866) 779-0732.
ADORABLE 1BR/1BA unit with outstanding rental
history. Direct beach view, six-unit condo on quiet
street in Holmes Beach. Heated pool. Offered at
$395,000. Barry Gould, Island Vacation Properties,
LLC, (941) 448-5500.
FOR SALE: One owner, 2BR/2BA elevated home.
317 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. $569,000..(941)
HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/2BA home.on 90-by-100-
foot lot. Caged pool, deeded boat slip. $449,000.
Marina Point'e Realty Co., (941) 779-0732 6r (866)
WEST OF GULF Drive: By owner, 2-3BR/2BA, built
1995, elevated with elevator, furnishings remain,
freshly painted in and out. $699,500. (941.) 778-3203.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach. FL 3-4217;..
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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NORTH END Unique 3BR/
2BA home on north end of
Anna Maria. Steps to white
.andy beaches of Gulf/bay.
Two wood burning fireplaces.-
Master suite'has Gulf view
nom screened porch. Over-
sized shower, new ceramic
2002. Asking price $795,000 .
SPECIAL OFFER $320,000 for
a home on private island; with
Longboal view; Everything new
in this professionally styled 2BR/
2BA unt. You can have. it all!
Luury privacy. 24-hour gated
security and a beautiful water
view. Perfect home fdr.the dis-
cerning, Call Victor Rosenfeld,
owner-Realtor. (941) 920-1693.
Gayle SimPson Schulz...
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA. Great rental condo
overlooking a lake and close to pool and beach.
Nicely updated kitchen and ceramic tile. Turnkey
furnished and ready to rent or live in. $379,000.
Call Denny Rauschl at 725-3934.
TRIPLEX Breezy and beachy income produc-
ing triplex across from the beach. Upstairs is
a cozy 1BR/1BA with a great reading porch
and massive sun deck. Downstairs are two
2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of Mexi-
can tile, newer kitchens and baths make this
one a must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or
Jane Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
BRIDGEPORT Serene bay views from the
tropical quiet setting furnished 28R/2BA bay
side unit. Steps to white sandy beach, shop-
ping and dining. Asking $439,000. Call
Cindy Grazar, 504-6176.
BOATER'S DREAM One of the few units with
water view and 42-foot boat dock. All new gran-
ite counter tops, 10-foot high ceilings, trimmed
with crown molding. Florida pastel paints through-
out. Lots of extra storage too. $699,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/2BA
upstairs with covered parking space. Pool, ten-
nis and hot tub close by. Tiled entry and
kitchen. Glass-enclosed lanai. $460,000. Dick
Maher or Dave Jones, 778-4800.
TARA COUNTRY CLUB Extremely well kept
home sitting on a private oversized cul-de-sac
lot on the 10th fairway. Beautifully upgraded
tray ceiling. Corian counters and Merrillat
wood cabinets enhance the model home fea-
tures already available in this home.
$374,900. Call Cindy Grazar (941) 504-6176.
has these fabulous seasonal and
vacation properties available for
2BR/2BA Martinique Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,300.
3BR/2BA Key Royal Canal Home, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Gulf Sands Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Ground-level duplex with heatedipeol, steps to the beach, $2,800.
2BR/2BA Ground-level house, clos t ifhe beach, $2,500.
.2BR/2BA Ironwood Condo with pool, tennis, on golf course. $1,900.
S 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/nibnth plus utilities.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
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GREAT GULFVIEW investment: 20 steps to sand.
Beach cottage resort, hottest investment area on
Gulf coast. Bradenton Beach historic district. Broker
participation. Owner, (941) 779-0018.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Private sale, 2BR/2BA Sand-
piper model, overlooking pool and lake. Great com-
munity. Recently painted, updated appliances. Turn-
key furnished. Keith, (941) 792 9265.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
here! Must see the beautiful peaceful mountains of
western North Carolina mountains. Homes, cabins,.
acreage, investments. Cherokee Mountain Realty
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NEW LOG HOME: 1.6 acres $59,900. Beautiful log
home package and gently laying mountain property.
Off the parkway near Boone. (800) 455-1981, ext. 113.
COURT ORDERED AUCTION 10am Saturday,
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munity weaving throughout Dye designed 18-hole
championship course in breathtaking Blue Ridge
Mountains of South Carolina. Call for package.
(866) 334-3253, ext. 759.
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN $29,900. Free boat slip!
High elevation beautifully wooded parcel. Across
from national forest on 35,000-acre recreational
lake in Tenn. Paved roads, underground utilities,
central water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call
now (800) 704-3154, ext. 608. Sunset Bay, LLC.
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$2,000 per month.
VILLAGE nicely fur-
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NORTH END OF ANNA MARIA, 2BR 2BA
pluJ office Open floor plan remodeled lop to
torom Large backward, room for a pool L.:h
landscape, beautiful '..ood decks on front and
back 1635 000 t.iLS# 5.04700.
BEAUTIFUL KEY WEST-STYLE home, tumr
key Fumrnihed ';ith deeded boao dock and open.
bright spilt plan Large covered front porch,
yard tastefull landscaped v,;th fnjit tree 1800
sF of living, room for a pool 3 short blocks to
beaches $649.000 MLS# 503063
GORGEOUS UNIT .n Walers Edge wrh spec
lacular Gulf Vies This 2BR/2BA unit hao
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nature. Healed pool, tennis courts and covered
parking. Makes a great rental or a second
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3BR 3BA .ith gronide in Kichen .. ood cabin
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Holrre Beach luit a short .-.alk to the Gulf
beach: close lo shopping restaurant and
marina Ne...,. bull in 200C4 38R 3BA home
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garage, "alterfront villa Many fine up.
grades glas enclosed lana. with air & heat
Sunrdeck overlooks lagoon & esluar, Ne,.
rool & siding. M.nutle to the beautiful Gulf
beaches $339.000. MLS 502660
BEAUTIFUL DIRECT GULF FRONT 3BR, 2.BA OWN A POPULAR RESTAURANT and prop
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nished updated from floor to ceiling with
granite counter tops and wood cabinets, ex-
ceptional design and colors. A statement of
perfect;on $825 000. MLS# 105394
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BIMINI BAY VISTA Enjoy a sensational view of
Bimini Bay from this pristine home featuring an
expansive lanai with pool and updated throughout.
Kitchen, family room and living room overlook a
beautiful entertainment area and bay. Deep water
offers ample docking for multiple boats. Tropical
landscaping greets family and friends on this
peaceful island street. Karen Day, 778-2246.
2217 GULF DR. N.
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SPECTACULAR RENOVATION Located on a
canal with partial bay views, this designed
home will feature 4BR/4.5BA. A grand foyer is
one of many amenities. Call agent for details.
Karen Day. 778-2246. #503717. $1,500,000.
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. 778-2246. #504033.
SOUTH BEACH VILLAGE Condominium
Townhomes on Anna Maria Island. Eight Key
West style units with 3300 sf under roof, 3BR/
2.5BA, 2-car garage. Designer furnished, gulf
and bay views, with beach access. Stan
Rutstein.. 727-2800. #104439. Starting at
FABULOUS ISLAND DUPLEX Newly remod-
eled Holmes Beach duplex. 2BR/1BA .each
side, close to beach. A is rented to an annual
tenant, B furnished perfect island retreat.
Owner/Agent. Jay Heagerty. 727-2800.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Beautifully
decorated 2BR/2BA beachfront condo. Watch
the sunsets and dolphins and listen to the
waves. Owner/agent. Frank Basile. 778-2246.
ENJOY FULL BAY VIEWS from this exquisite
2-3BR on Tidy Island. Updated with marble,
granite and hardwood floors. Two-car garage.
Maintenance free lifestyle..24 hour gated se-
curity. Jane Tinsworth. 761-3100. #504783.
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.
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.
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