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These Island tots will be one of the many performing dance groups at Island Fitness dance instructor Darlene
Friedrich's "Gotta Dance" showcase of students ages 3 to adult. The dance performance will begin at 7 p.m.,
Friday, June 3, at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St.- W., Bradenton. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9for"
children. For more information, call 748-4476. Pictured are students from Friedrich's toddler dance class,
from left, Annie Walter, Katie Krokroskia, Mylee Tisdale, Cayden Perry, Tori Walter and Lauren Hart.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Former Trader Jack's for sale -
at Island record $25 million
By Rick Catlin
Got a spare $25 million sitting around the house
not doing anything? For that and the price of the doc
stamps, you can own a piece of Island history.
Mike Norman Realty in Holmes Beach has listed
the Bradenton Beach property formerly known as
Trader Jack's for sale for a cool $25 million. The prop-
erty, now vacant, has more than 400 feet on the Gulf
of Mexico and is located just south of the Gulf Drive
The property became part of Island history when
Gwynne "Trader Jack" Pearsall purchased the Mira
Mar restaurant in 1968 and renamed it Trader Jack's.
After extensive remodeling, many personal
touches and the addition of a lot of nautical antiques,
the restaurant soon became the Island's favorite water-
ing hole, in addition to attracting the rich and not-so-
famous from throughout Tampa Bay.
Trader Jack's was the first area restaurant to offer
early-bird specials, and introduced an annual Hallow-
een party, a St. Patrick's day party, a Christmas in July
party and an annual employee talent night.
A sign in the famous Wheelhouse Lounge said
Trader Jack's was "where everyone knows what every-
one else is doing, but still reads the local newspaper to
find out if they got caught at it!"
In 1977, Pearsall sold the restaurant to Vermont
businessman Phil Fayette and moved to Madeira
Beach, where he operated another restaurant until re-
tiring in 1993.
Trader Jack's had a few more years as the Island's
No. 1 attraction before Fayette ran into trouble with the
I.R.S. and was forced to close the restaurant in 1985
following his conviction on tax evasion charges.
The property was auctioned off in 1986 and bought
by the State of Vermont for $850,000. In 1987, an ar-
son fire gutted the building and the remaining structure
PLEASE SEE TRADER JACK'S, NEXT PAGE
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Volume 13, No. 30 June 1, 2005 FREE
'Best season ever'
shown in vehicles,
sales, not numbers
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island's apparent "best tourist season"
since Sept. 11, 2001, isn't reflected in the occupancy
figures reported by the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau and Susan Estler of the CVB is
"This was absolutely the best season in the past
four years, according to many of our members," said
Estler. "So, I was a bit surprised to see the [occupancy]
numbers slightly down. Everyone had told us this was
a great season, the best since 9-11."
Occupancy rates for all of Manatee County for
April 2005 were at 67.9 percent compared with 72.1
percent for the same month last year. March 2005 oc-
cupancy was off .5 percent from 2004 (93.1 percent
against 93.6 percent), while February occupancy .this
year was reported at 83 percent versus 85.5 for Febru-
"Sometimes, we have these little ups and downs,
but overall, the tourism industry was very pleased with
the season," Estler maintained. "Our average daily rate
was up and continues to climb."
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Execu-
tive Director Mary Ann Brockman was surprised by the
CVB's occupancy report.
"All of our members have been saying this was the
best season in the past four years, and we still have
some accommodations full," she observed. She found
it hard to believe the CVB had accurate data because
it uses the same properties every month to compile its,
"The CVB only contacts a few properties for oc-
cupancy levels and they are the same ones each month.
If they're off, that's reflected in the report. I don't un-
derstand how they got a downturn in occupancy, but we
haven't had any negative feedback. We've heard noth-
ing but good things about the season from our mem-
The "best season" for the Island holds up when
compared with chamber figures for inquiries.
During April 2005, the chamber handled 1,775 walk-
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, PAGE 3
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PAGE 2 0 JUNE .1, 2005 M THE ISLANDER
Island beach renourishment may be delayed
By Rick Catlin
The emergency beach renourishment project on
Anna Maria Island scheduled to start in June may be
Bids for the contract were opened May 17, said
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Barry
Forge, but no contractor has yet been selected from the
The Corps is currently reviewing the bid amount
against what it had estimated the project will cost, he
indicated. A contractor could be selected this week,
Forge noted. If not, the bid process begins all over
Either way, Forge said, the project probably won't
be starting in June,
"We're reviewing the bids against our estimate
and determine what's the best course of action,"
Trader Jack's up for sale
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
was demolished, leaving only the foundation.
Several years later, the property was purchased by
George and Wendy Kokolis of Williamsburg, Va.
Hopes to rebuild the restaurant were dashed in the
early 1990s when the Bradenton City Commission
declined to help them sponsor a Community Develop-
ment Block grant for $460,000 to help finance con-
The property is zoned for a hotel, motel or restau-
rant, according to Mike Norman.
He noted that Manatee County has lost more than
300 motel rooms and upwards of $70,000 in bed tax
revenue the past several years and there is a growing
need on the Island for a resort offering short-term stays.
"This is a prime location for a hotel or motel.
There's a definite need and demand for this type of
property," he said.
For more information on the property, call Mike
Norman at 778-6696.
The Corps will give the selected contractor 120
days to complete the project, although the actual time
should be no more than 10 weeks, he indicated. The
Corps had originally expected the project to start in
mid-June and finish by the end of August.
The .6 mile portion of the project in Anna Maria
should take no more than a few days to complete, ac-
cording to Corps project coordinator Charlie Stevens.
Sgt. John Kenney, head of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation in Anna Maria, was named MCSO
Deputy of the Month for May for his part in a May 5 incident at the Bradenton Beach Sandpiper Resort
mobile home park. Kenney was able to persuade a man to surrender peacefully after he had barricaded
himself in a room and threatened to shoot officers. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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THE ISLANDER M JUNE 1, 2005 0 PAGE 3
coming down in
By Rick Catlin
Seeking to dispel rumors and misinformation
about removal of Australian pines in Anna Maria,
Mayor SueLynn made an impassioned speech at the
city commission's May 26 meeting that she hoped
would clarify the city's intentions at its Gulffront Park
"There is so much misinformation and rumor," the
mayor said, and a letter full of such misinformation was
recently sent by a pro-Australian pine group to every
city resident, imploring the city not to cut down any of
"Since before I was mayor, the city has been re-
ceiving grants to remove exotic species [including
Australian pines] from alleyways and rights of way,"
There is a federal law requiring the city to "pre-
vent" the spread of invasive trees that destroy native
vegetation, she noted. In addition, she said, the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection prohibits
planting invasive species such as the Australian pine.
According to a number of studies done by the Univer-
sity of Florida Department of Agriculture, Australian
pines and other exotic plants destroy natural Florida
vegetation. They are easily uprooted by hurricane
winds, create problems for electric lines, and cause
considerable damage to property when they fall.
S"So, the city is going to continue to remove exot-
ics from city property," the mayor said. That includes
Gulffront Park, which runs from Palm Avenue to Oak
Avenue along the beach.
"This area is not the same as Bean Point," SueLynn
observed. It's city property and the city is required to
remove invasive plants.
She dispelled a "rumor" that the city was going to
remove the Australian pines at Bayfront Park, noting
that park is run by the county and she has heard noth-
ing about any county plan for such removal.
But Gulffront Park is not a rumor.
Anna Maria Elementary School
first-grader Rebecca Hinds was
sent to the principal's office by
her own mom. Hinds was the
recipient of the "Principal for a
Day" auction item won by her
mom, Sandra Victor, at the
"Luau for Learning." With AME
Principal Kathy Hayes by her
side, Hinds conducted morning
and afternoon announcements,
gave out raffle tickets to students
who were reading during lunch,
visited all the classrooms,
attended an AME construction
meeting and had lunch with
Hayes. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Based upon a recommendation from the city's en-
vironmental education and enhancement committee,
the mayor asked the commission to approve a $3,000
contract with Environmental Affairs Consultants to
remove Brazilian pepper trees and all Australian pines
that are six-feet or less in height from the park.
"It's not wholesale removal" of Australian pines at
Gulf Front Park, she said.
But city resident Carl Hoffman was against any
removal of Australian pines, noting they serve as a
habitat for many birds and the city's own Web site pro-
motes Anna Maria as a bird sanctuary.
He said a picture of the mayor cutting down an
Australian pine would look good in the local and na-
Commissioners, however, voted 5-0 to authorize
the removal from Gulf Front Park, provided the work
is completed by June 30.
In other business, the commissidh set June 14 as
the date for a special meeting with Steve Minnis of the
Southwest Florida Water Management District to dis-
cuss Swiftmud resources and availability for
Planning board to hear
AMICC site plan Monday
The Anna Maria planning and zoning board
will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, June
6, to review the preliminary site plan for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center renovation and
The Center has been planning the project for
the past four years and has raised nearly $2 mil-
lion to support its effort.
In previous discussions about the project,
however, residents living near the Center have
objected to portions of the parking plan, par-
ticularly along Palm Avenue at the rear of the
The commission also approved a letter supporting
efforts by Bradenton Beach to obtain water-taxi service
that would originate from the Manatee County-owned
Crosley Mansion. Magill dissented.
Tourism up, or down?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in visitors looking for accommodations or tourist informa-
tion, took 781 telephone inquires and received 3,989 e-
mails looking for information on the Island.
"That's the most e-mails we've had in a single
month," Brockman said.
While she doesn't have exact figures, she said the
vast majority of those who asked about the Island,
came to the Island.
Even CVB occupancy figures for the Island don't
reflect how busy the season was on the Island.
The CVB reported occupancy atIsland accommo-
dations for April 2005 was 64.8 percent against 75.4 for
April 2004. March occupancy figures were about the
same as last year, with a 94.3 percent occupancy re-
ported for this year compared with 94.6 for March
2004. February occupancy on the Island was down this
year, with a 77.9 percent level reported in 2005 against
90 percent occupancy last year. January was even
worse, with Island accommodations reporting just a
37.5 percent occupancy in January 2005, while a 72.9
percent occupancy was reported for January 2004.
"Those figures just don't jibe with what our mem-
bers are saying," Brockman reiterated.
Barbara Rodocker of the BridgeWalk Resort in
Bradenton Beach agreed. The resort opened in mid-
2001, just prior to Sept. 11. Since then, the hotel has
gained occupancy ever winter season.
S"This past season was our best ever. We're start-
ing to get a lot of repeat visitors and those who stayed
away for a few years. It was a great season," she said.
Island restaurants also reported a "good" winter
season, better than last year.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and the
Mar Vista on Longboat Key, said February and March
were better than last year at the restaurants.
"March business was the same as last year, but we
had some rough weather to contend with. Many of our
patrons enjoy outdoor dining," he said. "It was the best
season for us in the past four years."
Likewise, the vacation rental industry appeared to
enjoy an excellent winter.
"It was a really good season," said Alan Galleto of
Island Real Estate in Holmes Beach. "It was certainly
one of the best'the past few years."
Retailers were also singing the praises of the 2005
"It was fabulous," said Ginny of Ginny and Jane E's
Antiques and Arts in both Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
"We had a great three-month season and we're
looking forward to a good summer, and let's pray there
are no hurricanes," she said.
Island law enforcement officials agreed that based
upon traffic volume, tourism this past season was well
aboye that of last year.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine has been
on.the Island 19 years and this past season was "way
above average," he said. "Definitely the busiest I've
seen on our streets since I came here."
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale con-
"This season the traffic was way above average for
a winter season," he said. Traffic along Gulf Drive,
particularly coming from Longboat Key, was "the
heaviest I've ever seen during any recent season," he
said, and often backed up along Gulf Drive from the
Cortez Road intersection to the Longboat Pass Bridge.
While the CVB does not have an actual count of
visitors to the Bradenton area or Anna Maria Island, it
has estimated that about 1.8 million people visit the
area every year, with the vast majority of those visitors
arriving during the winter season.
"It's fair to say that if they're not staying on the Island,
sooner or later, they all find the Island,'" said Estler.
Anna Maria City
June 2, 6 p.m., special "shade" meeting closed to the
June 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 6, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting on
Anna Maria Island Community Center site plan.
June 7, 3 p.m., capital improvement advisory commit-
June 7, 6 p.m., special stormwater design review meet-
ing on Gladiolus-North Shore drainage basin improve-
June 8, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
June 9, 6 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Villa Rosa condominium project.
June 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
June 1,5 p.m., board of adjust meeting.
June 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 7, 2 p.m., city commission work session.
June 7,4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 1,7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
June 8, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
PAGE 4 M JUNE 1, 2005 M THE ISLANDER
Tidemark increases lease offer by 1,110 percent
By Rick Catlin
In an offer that brought a smile to Holmes Beach
City Commissioner Roger Lutz, developers of the
Tidemark hotel/condominium/marina project in
Holmes Beach offered to raise their annual lease pay-
ments for the city-owned portion of the boat basin
along Marina Drive from $100 to $11,200, an increase
of 1,110 percent.
Attorney Bob Greene, representing Reliance-Tide-
mark LLC, owners of the Tidemark property, told the
city commission at its May 24 meeting that the lease
would cover 22 boat slips that would utilize city prop-
erty for access. The remaining.40 boat slips would be
on Tidemark property.
Lutz, who had said three months ago that he would
not accept another $100-per-year lease from Tidemark,
said straight-faced that the offer "is a start."
Greene also presented a copy of Tidemark's title
insurance showing evidence that it owns the submerged
land in the boat basin. The Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection "clearly states" that it is not
state-owned submerged-bottom lands, he said. Lutz had
previously requested that Tidemark provide evidence
it actually owns the bottom land.
Lutz also suggested that Tidemark provide slips for
transient boaters who might want to dock at the marina
to walk around the downtown area or visit one of the
many restaurants in the immediate area.
Greene said that after the first 40 slips are sold to
the condominium owners, there will be an opportunity
to set aside some slips for transient boaters. One slip at
Teachers vs. students
Anna Maria Elementary fifth-graders faced off against teachers and staff members in a game of volleyball in
an end of the year tradition. The teachers beat the girls at volleyball, but the fifth-grade boys rallied back with
a win. Students also challenged teachers to a game of Wiffle ball but graduated without breaking the staff's
'winning streak. Each year the teachers beat the students and this year was no exception with the final score of
8-5. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
No city help for Anna Maria
City Pier improvements
By Rick Catlin
After nearly one hour of discussion at their May 26
meeting, Anna Maria city commissioners were just
about to approve a measure that would have paid City
Pier operator Mario Schoenfelder up to $10,000 for
him to build a ramp onto the pier that would meet the
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Commissioners were originally against voting any
funding for Schoenfelder because City Attorney Jim
Dye's opinion of three years ago was that under the
terms of the lease, the tenant is required to comply with
all local, state and federal laws, including the ADA.
In January 2003, the commission had voted to give
Schoenfelder half of the estimated $20,000 it would
cost for all pier improvements. That commission later
reversed course after Dye made his opinion.
Since that time, however, commissioners said the
tenant has failed to make any improvements to meet
ADA requirements and Commissioner Carol Ann
Magill was concerned about city liability and public
safety at the entrance.
Mayor SueLynn said Schoenfelder agreed in a re-
cent meeting to bring the pier up to ADA standards, but
he was "disappointed" that the commission did not live
up to its $10,000 pledge of 2003. Neither Schoenfelder
or his representatives attended the May 26 meeting.
Commissioner Dale Woodland reluctantly agreed
with Schoenfelder. "We should do the right thing and
pay the $10,000. Our word and our character are worth
Commission Chairperson John Quam, however,
observed that Schoenfelder has had three years to do
something about improvements but has not moved for-
"Then $10,000 should be enough to get him mov-
ing," said Commissioner Duke Miller.
SWhile Commissioner Linda Cramer wanted all
pier issues, including an ADA-compliant ramp, dis-
cussed at a commission workshop, other commission-
ers agreed to move forward.
They were just about ready to approve a motion to
give 50 percent up to $10,000 to Schoenfelder to build
the ramp when Dye intoned that if the city agreed to
give him money, that would require an amendment to
Armed with that information, commissioners were
reluctant to approve the measure and it failed, as only
Woodland favored paying the money.
Cramer was then successful in getting the commis-
sion to place discussion of pier improvements on its
June workshop agenda. She said the commission needs
a timetable of repairs, a structural report and to have
the mayor "enforce the lease."
In other business, the commission approved a
motion allowing the mayor to hire certified planner
Alan Garrett parttime to review the city's land devel-
opment regulations. Garrett has worked for the city in
the past on a part-time basis, reviewing the Sandbar site
plan and the Anna Maria Island Community Center site
plan for comprehensive plan and LDR compliance.
Pine Avenue purchase
SueLynn asked commissioners to consider pur-
chasing one of the five lots on the site of the former
Island Marine. She suggested the city acquire the lot
adjacent to the current city-owned property. However,
given the "activities" since the May 23 planning and
zoning board meeting, she said such discussion might
not be appropriate at this time. (See separate story.)
Quam and the commission agreed to visit the is-
sue in the future after a special commission meeting
on Pine Avenue and the Island Marine property on
the marina will be available for law enforcement patrol
vessels, he added.
Greene will now prepare a formal lease agreement
and have City Attorney Patricia Petruff review the
document and return it to the city commission for dis-
cussion and adoption.
"It's not a bad start," quipped Lutz of the $11,200-
Tidemark's original lease was voided by the city
commission after the company developing the property
went into bankruptcy. The property has since been sold
to Reliance-Tidemark LLC, headed by Connecticut
real estate developer Ken Dardis.
Police Chief Jay Romine gave commissioners an
overview of traffic calming efforts for the Marina
Drive-Gulf Drive intersection and north along Marina
Drive to 56th Street.
"But don't call it 'traffic calming,'" he said, "call
The city "needs to take a hard look" at the traffic
problems in the area as the roads were not designed to
carry the current vehicle loads.
"Our goal is to make the area pedestrian-friendly
and more attractive," he said.
Of particular concern are the crosswalks and vis-
ibility in the area, but he's not in favor of speed bumps
or reducing speed limits.
"We could go to lighted crosswalks" to reduce the
potential for a pedestrian-vehicle accident in the area,
"but you can't police common sense," he observed.
Fluorescent stripes would be a lot cheaper and could be
done quicker, he suggested.
"There are some quick-fixes," he said, but the
overall project, including landscaping, could cost the
city up to $1 million.
Presently, he's waiting on a report from Banks
Engineering on the cost to do a traffic study and pre-
pare the engineering for a "street-scaping" plan.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said the city might be able
to obtain some grants for the project, but private busi-
nesses such as the planned Tidemark hotel/marina/con-
dominium have shown an interest in providing some
The Holmes family, owners of the Island Shopping
Center, have also expressed an interest in assisting the
city with the project, Whitmore said, and she'll contact
the S&S Plaza owners to see if they are also willing to
Romine said he'll bring back the Banks Engineer-
ing report to the commission once it's completed.
"This issue has been around a lot longer than the
Tidemark," he noted. "We could easily get over-
Sunrise boat docks
Petruff said that if commissioners have no further
changes, she's ready to present the ordinance govern-
ing the city's lease of dock space in the Sunrise subdi-
vision boat basin at the commission's June 14 meeting.
The ordinance governing the boat docks along the
T-end canals should be ready immediately after the
commission deals with Sunrise, Petruff said.
The commission has been dealing with the Sunrise
docks and canal issues for the past four years.
Following the collapse of some seawall sections in
the Sunrise boat basin, the city learned that it owned the
basin and accompanying seawalls and was obligated to
repair the damage. At issue was ownership of the ca-
nals and seawalls and how the city can lease dock space
to homeowners, while absolving the city of liability.
Commissioners gave consensus to Whitmore to
continue discussions at the Coaliation of Barrier Island
Elected Officials about Island consolidation, but Com-
missioner Rich Bohnenberger indicated he was against
any consolidation that would not give Holmes Beach
a majority on an Island governing board. The city, he
noted, has about 5,000 people, more than Anna Maria
and Bradenton Beach together.
Lutz, however, said that discussions now are just
about a non-binding referendum to Island voters in the
November 2006 election.
"Non-binding is non-binding. I say, let the Island
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 1, 2005 M PAGE 5
Holmes Beach vacation requests still pending
By Rick Catlin
Two vacation requests in Holmes Beach that have
been before the city commission since last summer
again went undecided at the commission's May 24
meeting, prompting City Commissioner Don Maloney
to say he'd "like to settle this in less time than the T-
end canals." That issue has been around the city com-
mission for-the past 10 years.
The first request was from Mary Menendez of 407
42nd St., who wants the city to vacate its right of way
on Fourth Avenue between 41st Street and 42nd Street.
Menendez owns property on both sides of the right of
way at this intersection.
Attorney Mark Barnebey, representing Menendez,
said his clients will make a $50,000 donation to the city
for stormwater improvements, install sidewalks and
provide landscaping and enhance existing swales in
exchange for the vacation.
The right of way currently "serves no benefit" to
the city, Barnebey claimed, and the only question for
commissioners is "do you have a reason to keep it?"
Commissioner Roger Lutz, himself an attorney,
pointed out that vacating the land would give the
Menendezes enough land to build an additional unit.
They could presently build a nine-unit structure with-
out the vacation, he noted. He indicated he would be
favorable to the vacation if no units could be added to
any future project.
Mayor Carol Whitmore suggested Barnebey ask
his clients if they would be willing to agree that they
could not add an additional unit if they obtained the
vacation from the commission. Barnebey said he would
speak to the Menendez family and bring the answer to
the June 14 commission meeting. The family has no
plans to build on the property at this time, he said.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger, however,
pointed out that under the city's comprehensive plan
and land development codes, the Menendezes would be
entitled to build 10 units per acre if they obtained the
"So, why make a stipulation?" he asked.
Yvonne and Richard Faldon, who own property at
400 and 404 Manatee Ave., claimed that if the right of
way were vacated, they would have limited access to
and from their property when they decide to build.
Joan Perry, a city resident and member of the en-
vironmental group ManaSota-88, said her organization
opposes the vacation because it would eventually in-
crease density and intensity and is at odds with the
city's comprehensive plan.
The offer to donate money and services looks good
at first, said Perry, "but sounds like extortion" upon
She suggested the commission resolve the issue at
the meeting, noting the commission has been dealing
with the request since last August without a decision.
It sounds like the applicant is receiving "favored sta-
tus," she claimed.
The commission took no action and continued the
public hearing until June 14, when Barnebey will
present the commission with "further information" on
drainage issues and whether or not his clients will ac-
cept a stipulation to not add another unit to their cur-
rent nine-unit allowance if the vacation is granted.
Barnebey also represented Moreland Marine at the
first public hearing of its request to the city to vacate
eight feet of city right of way on 52nd Street, where it
has a condominium project currently under construc-
tion. The vacation would allow the project to build one
additional condo unit.
Barnebey pledged that his clients would donate
$30,000 to the city for infrastructure and beautify the
area with a stucco wall.
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at
its May 23 meeting reviewed the recommenda-
tions made by the city's ad hoc committee on
recreation, inter-governmental coordination,
capital improvements and coastal and conserva-
tion for the new comprehensive plan the city will
eventually have to adopt.
The board will review the future land-use ele-
ment considered to be the most controversial of
all the ad hoc committee's recommendations at
a 6 p.m. June 27 meeting.
Following presentation of the FLUE, the last
But Lutz was unimpressed.
"I don't see a compelling reason" to grant the va-
cation. "They just want to increase density," he said.
If Moreland Marine would agree not to build an-
other unit and assume responsibility for all landscap-
ing, he might agree to the vacation.
Basically, he said, Moreland Marine just wants to
build another unit and ensure that the condominium
buyers see nice landscaping by the Haverkos
stormwater retention pond at the site, rather than just
a plain pond.
Maloney, however, wondered why it seems that
the commission is against a property owner just be-
cause they want to make money.
Some adjacent property owners on Peacock Lane
said they favored the vacation if the city will give them
the same eight-foot vacation on the ether side of the
Perry was also opposed to the vacation because the
city would be increasing density in a coastal high-haz-
ard zone, which is against the comprehensive plan. She
noted the city has already increased density on the
Moreland Marine property.from zero units to 10 units
The first reading passed 3-2 and the commission
set June 14 for the second and final public hearing. Lutz
and Commissioner Pat Morton opposed the measure,
while Maloney, Bohnenberger and Commission Chair-
person Sandy Haas-Martens voted in favor.
element of the comp plan, the board will schedule
public hearings to decide what recommendations
in the draft comprehensive plan it will send to the
The commission will then schedule its own
public hearings to formally approve the compre-
hensive plan and forward it to the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs for approval, ordenial
with recommended changes.
A revised comprehensive plan is required by the
DCA every 15 years. The deadline for Anna Maria's
comprehensive plan to reach the DCA is March 2006.
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Yes, it's hurricane season again, and as emergency
planners have urged, better plan for your evacuation -
and your return after the storm -. right now.
While most of us have likely stockpiled batteries,
a roll of plastic drop cloths, drinking water and some
non-perishable foods along with assorted battery-pow-
ered electronics, there's a list of"to dos" in this week's
"severe storm" section that merit your attention.
Is your boat ready for the "big one?"
How about your pets? Do you have a pet-friendly
shelter arranged and their food and medications packed
and ready to go?
And how about those storm shutters? Roof tarps at
Will you keep your car ready "to run" all season.
Have you cleared space in the garage to store your
grill and lawn furniture?
Don't forget to plan for what you may face on your
return home, too.
Oh yeah, and get some duct tape.
Here's some of our factoids to press the prepared-
ness point home.
In 1972, an East Pakistan cyclone killed 200,000-
Worst in history
In 1900, a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, and
basically washed the city away. About 15 percent of the
In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert had recorded winds of
218 mph when it made landfall in Northern Mexico.
The pressure in the storm was the lowest ever recorded.
MEOW and SLOSH
Storm surge is the biggest threat hurricanes pro-
duce in Florida. Two computer models are used to de-
termine risk for coastal areas. MEOW is Maximum
Envelope of Water, and used to gauge the amount of
water likely to be pushed ashore by a storm. SLOSH is
the Sea, Lake and Overland Surge from Hurricanes and
is used to produce maps showing what degree of flood-
ing is expected from storms.
Hurricanes can intensify very, very quickly. In 1992,
Hurricane Andrew went from a Category 1 to a Category
4 storm in 36 hours. In 1969, Hurricane Camille went
from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in 48 hours.
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Anna Maria Canyon?
Over and over in public and private discussions
regarding our city, it is abundantly clear that we all
want the same thing to maintain its charm and
"small town" character.
As more public statements are made by some of the
members of the city commission and planning and zon-
ing board regarding "buildable lots" throughout the city
in general and Pine Avenue in particular, I have come
to believe that their opinions/decisions undermine the
very thing that we all desire.
I would like to specifically address the comment by
Doug Copeland that the maximum residential density
permitted in the ROR district is five units per acre. This
is a standard that cannot be met in the ROR district or,
for that matter, elsewhere in the city.
If you take 7,500 square feet and multiply it times
five you come up with 37,500 square feet. An acre
contains 43,560 square feet, therefore you would have
to require the minimum size lot to be at least 8,712
square feet. Since every lot on Pine Avenue is less than
8,712 square feet, does this mean that existing struc-
tures could not be rebuilt if torn down or lost in a hur-
Even if it were possible in some instances to com-
bine lots, it would be disastrous as this would create
building sites with 100-plus feet of frontage versus the
more common 50-plus feet.
The result will be ostentatious monstrosities (like
those on Longboat Key) which could be as much as 80
feet wide by 37 feet tall and would dwarf the surround-
Such an outcome would truly result in the "can-
yon" effect that has long been discussed regarding Pine
Avenue and would forever change the character of our
city. I for one hope City Attorney Jim Dye's opinion is
the correct one.
Let's think this through more carefully. A small-
size lot forces the owner/builder to be more creative in
the design and use of the space and many times results
in architectural details which add to the charm and
character of the structure.
My belief is the smaller the lot the more likely we
are to attract creative, community-oriented businesses
and homeowners who have the same vision for this
paradise on earth that we all share and wish to preserve
as much as possible.
Jo Ann Mattick, Anna Maria
Help the feral cats
I'd like to make Island residents aware of a pro-
gram offered by the Manatee County Humane Society
to help reduce the numbers of feral and abandoned cats
on the Island.
Every Manatee County resident can pick up two
certificates each year for a free spray/neuter of a fe-
ral cat. The MCHS will lend you the cages for hu-
mane capture (deposit required) and a certificate to
use at the vet to get the cat neutered, vaccinated and
There are many good-hearted people feeding strays
and feral cats, but we must get the cats neutered in or-
der to keep the populations from exploding. Please do
your part and get any cats you are feeding in your yard
neutered as soon as you can.
When a cat is ear-tipped, it helps others in the com-
munity identify the altered cats and keeps them from
having the stress of getting captured by other feral res-
As you might be aware, the MCHS is not currently
accepting any new animals until they get their numbers
down.. This means the Animal Control is the most
likely destination of an unwanted cat or dog, with eu-
thanasia the likely outcome for that animal.
The problem of strays and ferals throughout Mana-
tee County (and across the country) is staggering.
Please help by neutering your pets and the strays you
might be feeding on your property.
Vick Vercauteren, Bradenton
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Shop up a storm,
12 days worth
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
Now through June 12, in order to help citizens prepare
for our 2005 hurricane season, no tax will be collected on
the sale- of certain items related to preparedness during.
those 12 days, items like generators, NOAA weather ra-
dios, flashlights and batteries, gas canisters, tarps, first-aid
kits, a non-electric food storage kit (cooler), and anchors
for tying down boats and sheds. Local hardware stores
likely have a complete no-tax list.
The Red Cross has suggestions for how you might
spend those 12 days:
Day 1 Buy a water canister since water may be
hard to come-by.
Day 2 Buy a NOAA Weather Radio, costing.
about $30. As a voice of the National Weather Service,
continuous broadcasts will keep you informed of
storms' progresses and issue watch and warning mes-
Day 3 Buy a fire extinguisher if you don't al-
ready have one. Best is an A-B-C type, and make sure
all know how to use it.
Day 4 Get some plastic sheeting. It's a vital part
of your disaster supplies kit.
Day 5 Purchase a good supply of canned food,
three days worth, at least.
Day 6 Consider buying a generator.
Day 7 Don't wait any longer to get a flashlight
Day 8 Check that your disaster supplies kit for
toiletries and medicines is packed. Again, pack at least
a three-day supply.
Day 9 Depending on where you're heading if
evacuated, you might want sleeping bags. And by all
means decide now where you're going
Day 10 You better be sure to have a first-aid kit.
Day 11 Have you thought about shuttering your
Day 12 Like never before, duct tape is more
than just somewhat helpful to have on hand in emer-
And while preparing for hurricanes is more than
just a good idea, recovering behavior after such a disas-
ter is equally important. During our four 2004 storms,
more Floridians died after than during the storms.
Older folks, for instance, thought they could still
climb up ladders to roofs to put on some plastic sheet-
ing over. leaks; others were sure there was little risk
entering damaged homes and buildings. Some learned
neither was a good idea. With patience, plenty of pro-
fessional Emergency Management assistance will be
available if needed.
Once again: PREPARE!
At the recent Governor's Hurricane Conference, one
speaker's plea pushing preparedness ended with his ob-
servation that, "Since we had four hurricanes hit Florida
in 2004, it's not a good idea to feel that we cannot expect
five in 2005. So, don't wait until you see the first photos
of that small white cloud swirl in the South Atlantic on
your TV, pack up your preparedness now."
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney
was certified in both "Hurricane Decision Making
Training" and "Evacuation and Re-Entry Planning"
following training sessions at the Governor's
Hurricane Conference this year. He also attended
workshops dealing with "Florida Prepares,"
"Florida Responds" and "Florida Recovers."
THE ISLANDER E JUNE 1, 2005 E PAGE 7
THE BES 3 YEARS
Ten years ago in the June 1, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola told members
of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials that
parking fees'at Coquina Beach and other beach locations
would be a "gold mine" to help fund beach renourishment.
The driver of a pickup truck was seriously injured
when he slammed his vehicle into the bridge tender's
building on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, tearing out 15
feet of guard railing and damaging some equipment. The
bridge was still able to operate, while the driver was flown
to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission was con-
sidering a ban on private boats near the city's fishing
pier in the "wake" of two recent boating accidents in-
volving the pier. The proposal would keep private boats
a minimum of 30 feet from the pier.
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Graduation ceremony recognizes student achievements
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders gath-
ered in the school auditorium for their final elementary
school assembly to recognize student achievements -.
during the school year.
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison and
Principal Kathy Ha es- a%% arded students who earned
high marks all year. had perfect attendance and for
participation in the school speech contest and Sunshine
Harrison recognized each member of her student lead-
ership team, a-new program enlisting the help of fifth-,
graders in volunteering service to their school. Some
members authored a school pledge, which will be printed
as a poster, framed and hung in the entry of the new school
building on completion. Other members were responsible
for raising the American flag each school day, planning
a tour map for future visitors to the new school, and as-
sisting with other schoolwide projects
Chandler Hardy and MollykMcDonougph ere this
year's recipients of the Sons and Daughters of the
American Revolution Outstanding Cii zensl' p Award,
given to a boy and girl with strong leadership skills, "
upright character, patriotism and dependability.
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Member Birgit
Se'sterhenn also presented the Service Above Self
Award, based on citizenship. Students learned about
the Rotary Club motto -throughout the school year and
the award-is meant to e\clnplif\ the characteristics
.upheld by Rotarians worldwide.
The 2004-05 recipients of the AME Rotary Club
award are C;onnoi Chloherty and Rachel White. Their
names willbe engraved onto a plaque, which will be n Presidential Fitness Awardsfor fifth-graders performing in tie top 15 percent of their class went to an
displayed in the new school office. all-girl crew: Kelly Guerin, Molly McDonough, Abi Van Ostenbridge, Shelby Shinn and Breslyn Reiber. On stage to
displayed in the new school office.
Also awarded at the ceremony were certificates for present the awards are AME Principal Kathy Hayes and Coach Gene Burr. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
those students achieving outstanding scores on the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Students
who scored a level 5 include Kelly Guerin, Justin Suca,
Trina Rizzo, Matt Danziger, Alexis Mitchell; Dylan -
Riley, Kara Nelson, Max Staebler, Erin Dolan, Daniel O
Janisch and Abi Van Ostenbridge.
At the end of the awards ceremony, Parent-Teacher
Organization President Lynda Hicks passed out scien-
tific calculators purchased by the oi 'aniziath m for each
of the graduates.
Then fifth-grade members of the Island Hobbit F
band, Tommy Price, Jay Beard and Trina Rizzo, per-
formed a revised version of John Lennon's "So This is
Christmas," for fellow graduates. The band members .
rewrote the lyrics of the Lennon tune, calling it "So
This is Fifth-grade," as a special remembrance of their
time at AME.
The Hobbits wished classmates "A very- merry 7
fifth-grade, and a happy new school," but added, "Let's
hope it's a good one, without any mold."
AME thanks yearbook sponsors -
This year all Anna Maria Elementary School stu-
_dents received a free full-color yearbook thanks to the
following sponsors: A Pine Avenue Salon, Amy Dodge -
Aveda Salon, Anna Maria Coastal Rentals, Annie's
Home for the Elderly, Autoway Ford, Barb Sato of Revolutionary awards
Betsy Hills Real Estate, Elinor N. Boddie, the Burgess Rotary award Fifth-graders Chandler Hardy and Molly
family, Chap'ae "A Unique Boutique," Green Real Anna Maria Island Rotary Club member Birgit McDonough were AME's recipients of the outstand-
Estate, the Hardy family, the Hendrickson family, the Sesterhenn presented Connor Chloherty and Rachel ing citizenship award sponsored by the Sons and
Hicks family, Island Fitnessj The Islander newspaper, White with the Service Above Self Award. This is the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award is
Kern Construction, Kumon Math & Reading Centers, third year for the Rotary-sponsored award, which is for demonstration of dependability, leadership,
Mike Norman Realty, RPM Accounting, the Scheible given to a student whose leadership and character patriotism and upright character through ones words
family, Smith Realtors and the Walstad family. serve as an example for others. and actions.
Bright So, this is
Talking their way Members of the.
into the top of their IldH b
class were fifth- band, Tommy
graers Shelby Price, Jay
Shinn, Trina Rizzo, Beard and
Molly McDonough, Trina Rizzo,
Breslyn Reiber, performed their
Kara Nelson and own rendition
Glenn Bower, who of
were awarded Lennon's "So
ribbons for their '. This is Christ-
achievement in the mas for fellow
Tropicana Speech .- AME g-raduates
.at their class
Writing Contest a rce
held annually at the award cer-
school. .illl -_-I-. emony.
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Grades 3, 4 awards recognize student achievements
Anna Maria Elementary School third- and fourth-
graders gathered in the school auditorium at the end of
the 2004-05 school year to honor their academic
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi. Harrison and
Principal Kath\ Hayes awarded students who earned
high marks all year in class, had perfect attendance and
participated in the school speech contest and Sunshine
Among ,AME's healthiest students no days
missed are third-graders Sam Albon, Hunter Parrish,
Andrew Crowton, Taylor Smith, Chelsea Perez,
Nichole Pierce, Chase Stripling and Courtney Schmidt.
Schimdt also received a medallion for having perfect
attendance since kindergarten.
Earning recognition for earning the top three scores
within their classroom on the school's Sunshine Math
program were third-graders Kim Houston, Hunter Parrish,
and Max Moneuse in Karen Newhall's class, Reina
Glavan, William Hellen-Brusso and Jonah Caster in
Kathy Grandstad's class, and Ryan Gilman, Chelsea Perez
and Grant Bower in Janie Ensworth's class:
Several students were awarded for achieving a
level five on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test in reading or math. A level three is considered a
grade level achievement.
Thirty percent of AM IE third-graders scored a five,
said Ha. es, including Zack Guerin. AI ssa Bosch. Rachel
Webb, Joel Hart. ZacharN Landman, NMax Nonuese, Noell
Niemann, Jennifer Walstad, Olivia Roemer, Sarah Rappe,
Max Miller, Ryan Gilman, Grant Bower, Daniel Absten,
John Mattay and Jamie Meisch.
Fourth-graders were also recognized for their indi-
vidual FCAT scores. Scoring a five in reading were
William Annis, Christian Diaz, Dalton Hicks and
Mallory Kosfeld. Scoring superior levels in math were
Kayla Aritt, Dalton Hicks, Mallory Kosfeld and
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A seminar to go into financial matters affecting the
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Raymond James & Associates will present the free
program, along with the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce. Michael S. Vejins, Raymond James fi-
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seminar call 779-9412 with RSVP.
Other chamber events next week are a ribbon-cut-
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in Bradenton Beach at 5 p.m. Monday, June 6, and a
sunrise breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 8,
sponsored by Oswald Trippe & Co., at the Sun House
Restaurant & Bar, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach,
with reservations to be made at 778-1541.
new president of sorority
Pat Higinbotham of Anna Maria has been in-
stalled as president of Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae
Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota sorority.
Installed along with her in ceremonies at Free-
dom Village, Bradenton, were Mary Webb, vice
president programs; Erna Munsell, vice president
yearbook; Marilyn Allen, vice president ritual;
Alice Moerk, recording secretary; Mary Jett, trea-
surer; and Mary Beth Gelsleichter, editor.
Proceeds from the Pat Stenberg scholarship re-
cital which the organization sponsored will be di-
vided among the Florida West Coast Symphony
music festival and education programs, Sarasota
Archives, Sarasota Opera apprentice artists and
youth opera, Venice Symphony youth program,
Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Florida Voices, and
Manatee Concert Band. Details may be obtained
by calling 755-3432.
$47,000 grant goes
to FISH Preserve
By Jim Hanson
Just in time to bring a glow to the annual.meet-
ing next evening, Cortez's Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage was notified that it will get a $47,000
grant to help rehabilitate its FISH Preserve.
The grant comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and is effective for one year beginning July
1, said Roger Allen, manager of the restoration project
at the 1912-built schoolhouse adjacent to the Preserve.
It is for use in clearing debris from creeks and
ponds in the 95-acre- mostly untouched "old
Florida" land, and restore the watershed's natural
flow of water to Sarasota Bay.
Joining FISH in this phase of the project will
be the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, which has
partnered on other projects in the Preserve.
This brings to nearly $130,000 the grants FISH
has received to spruce up the Preserve, including
$50,000 from the Selby Foundation and $30,000
from the Ocean Trust, Allen said.
And, he told the annual meeting last Thursday at
the Cortez Community Center, Fish & Wildlife's
Gary Pridgeon encouraged FISH to apply for another
$50,000 USF&W grant for the next phase of the Pre-
serve program when the $47,000 stage is completed.
Allen came in for lavish praise at the membership
meeting, but he waved it off by reminding the FISH
members that "everything that's been done since I
arrived was based on work FISH and Cortez people
have done over the past 10 years."
Allen in turn said the historic fishing village owes
"massive gratitude" to Chips Shore, Manatee County
clerk of the circuit court, who is in charge of every-
thing historic in the county and has "moved moun-
tains for us" in helping get money and official support
for the organization and its projects. He is a member
of the FISH board of directors.
The members filled two vacancies on the board
by electing Plum Taylor and David Zaccagnino.
The vacancies were created by the resignations of
Judy Breuggman and Tim Caniff, who said they
had trouble finding time to give the volunteer jobs
the attention they deserved.
Re-elected were Patty Banyas, Linda Molto,
Maxine Myford-Jenkins and Zach Zacharias. Of-
ficers of FISH have a year to go in their two-year
terms. Allen Garner is president, Richard
Culbreath vice president, Karen Bell treasurer, Jeri
Culbeath corresponding secretary and Debra
Hoffman recording secretary.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 22, 100 S. Bay Blvd., City Pier Restaurant,
open door. Deputies responded to an alarm and secured
a door leading to the kitchen.
May 26, 100 block of North Bay Drive, drug arrest.
Two juveniles were arrested for possession of mari-
juana and alcohol when a deputy observed them drink-
ing beer in a running vehicle parked at the city pier.
Both subjects were released into the custody of their
May 21, 200 Gulf Drive N., BeachHouse Restau-
rant, defratiding an innkeeper. A couple left without
paying for their meal.
May 21, 135 Bridge St., BridgeTender Inn, tres-
passing. Officers responded to a report of an intoxi-
cated woman causing a disturbance. According to the
report, the woman refused to leave the bar after she was
May 21, 2400 block of Avenue B, criminal mis-
chief. A property owner reported that the PVC fence of
his second-floor balcony was removed.
May 23, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, traffic
arrest. A man was arrested for driving with a suspended
May 23, 1600 block of Gulf Drive North, drug ar-
rest. Austin Gallop, 19, of Bradenton Beach, was ar-
rested for possession drug paraphernalia and three
grams of marijuana during a routine traffic stop.
May 21, 100 block of White Avenue, alcohol vio-
The driver of this vehicle in
the Anna Maria Island
Centre Shops on East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach
; meant to back up when
exiting her parking space
::' last Friday around noon, but
instead put the car into drive
6i N: and wentfbrward with near
disastrous results. The car
lurched onto the curb, just
Missing some gas lines on
S the other side. No one was
l.i! cited in the incident, Holmes
'* Beach police said, although
there might have been some
Photo: Rebecca Barnett
lation. A man was arrested for drinking alcohol in a
May 21, Marker No. 1 Sarasota, assist other
agency. The Holmes Beach Police Department's ma-
rine patrol officer was assisting the Sarasota Police
Department on routine vessel inspections for safety
equipment violations. According to the report, a pow-
ered watercraft was stopped for being unregistered and
in violation of a restricted area. The passenger was ar-
rested on Sarasota County warrants and charged with
intentionally giving a false name to avoid arrest.
May 22, 800 block of Manatee Avenue West,
driver's license. A man was arrested for driving with
a revoked license and without a vehicle registration.
May 22, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, drug ar-
rest. Raul Gomez, 41, of Holmes Beach, and Heather
Todd, 30, of Bradenton Beach, were arrested during a
routine traffic stop. Gomez was charged with posses-
sion of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and
resisting arrest without violence. Todd was charged
with possession of a scheduled drug not prescribed to
her and obstruction. -
May 22, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A 43-
year-old woman was arrested for threatening her ex-
husband. According to the report, she came to his resi-
dence and began throwing rocks at a bedroom window
and shouting. When her ex-husband came outside, she
reportedly attempted to hit him with her car.
May 24,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported that some cash and credit
cards were stolen from his wife's purse, which was
secured in the trunk of their vehicle.
May 26, 3600 block of Gulf Drive, driver's li-
cense. A man was arrested for driving without a
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Wednesday, June 1
7 to 8 a.m.- Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
8 to 9 a.m. Good morning Longboat Key networking
breakfast at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
10a.m. to noon Volunteer recruitment coffee.at Mote
Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Thursday, June 2
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gentle yoga with Jasmine Boss at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908: Fee applies.
Friday, June 3
6 to 10p.m. Village of the Arts open studio walk be-
tween Ninth Street West and 14th Street West, Bradenton.
7 p.m. "Gotta Dance" student performance at
Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 748-4476. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen night at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
9p.m. -Cortez Yacht Club "Catch 'em and Cook 'em"
Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry begins with a Captain's
meeting at the Bayside Banquet Hall at 7 p.m., 119th St. W.,
Cortez. Information: 761-3300. Fee applies.
Saturday, June 4
7:30 a.m. Guided nature walks at the Felts Audubon
Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club presents "All About Hurri-
canes" with Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney at
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. Yoga with Jasmine Boss on the beach be-
tween Spring Avenue and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Infor-
10 a.m. to 5p.m. "Selby Saturdays: Tapestry of Giv-
ing" free family admission and children's activities at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training class at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village of the Arts open studio walk
between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West, Bradenton.
4 p.m. Cortez Yacht Club Fish Fry at the Bayside
Banquet Hall, 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 761-3300.
Sunday, June 5
10 a.m. to noon Sierra Club outing at DeSoto Na-
tional Memorial, 75th Street, Bradenton. Information: 748-
1668. Fee applies.
Monday, June 6
8 a.m. to noon Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
presents "The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus" with Tom
Davenport at the Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
8 a.m. to noon "Hooray for Hollywood" summer en-
richment program at Miller Elementary School, 4201 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 741-3300. Fee applies.
9 a.m. to noon- "Serengeti Trek: Where Kids are Wild
about God" vacation Bible school at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
0414. Fee applies.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "How Not to Market Your Business" with
Andy Fox at the Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
5 p.m.- Ribbon cutting at Jessica's Beach Lounge,
Seventh Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541.
6:30p.m. -Artists Guild of Anna Maria general meet-
ing at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, June 7
2p.m. Open Circle Players children's program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce 'Business.After Hours Showcase" at the Lido Beach
Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key. Information: 383-
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Wednesday, June 8
7:45 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
sunrise breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541.
8 to 11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "Everything You Wanted to Know About
Small Business and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask" at the
Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-2466.
10:30 a.m. Book club meeting at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "A Road Map to Success" with Larry Face
at the Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.
"Serengeti Trek: Where Kids are Wild about God" va-
cation Bible school at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through June 10. Information:
778-0414. Fee applies.
Art Smart summer camp at the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, through
June 16. Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.
Art by Ruth Cade at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, through June 30. Information: 778-
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at Miller Elementary School, 4201 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, through July 1. Information: 741-3300. Fee ap-
"Bioquest" summer camp at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Aug,-5. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Small Business
Person of the Year Award breakfast at the Hilton Longboat
Key June 9.
"Will You Outlive Your Financial Assets in the Face of
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Chamber of Commerce June 9.
"Do Ya Do Ya Do Ya Wanna Dance" at the Bradenton
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Blood drive Islandwide, including The Islander office,
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Pine Avenue battle escalates, special meeting set
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board has come
under fire from an attorney representing a home builder
who has purchased two lots of the property on Pine Av-
enue formerly occupied by Island Marine.
The board at its May 23 meeting had questioned
a Feb. 18 opinion by City Attorney Jim Dye that five
single-family homes could be built on the five lots
representing the former Island Marine, despite the
fact that none of the lots are a minimum 7,500 square
feet as required by the city code. The board had rec-
ommended the city commission amend the ordi-
nance pertaining to lot size in the city's residential-
office-retail district and have Dye look at language
in the comprehensive plan regarding lot size in the
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing Centurion
Home and "other clients in the city who could poten-
tially be affected by the proposed amendment,"
claimed in a letter to City Commission Chairperson
John Quam that one issue raised by the P&Z board "is
Special meeting tomorrow on
Pine Avenue-Island Marine
Anna Maria City Commission Chairperson
John Quam has scheduled a special meeting for
7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, to consider the request
from the planning and zoning board that the
commission review and amend the city ordi-
nance pertaining to residential homes in the re-
The P&Z request also notes that it disagrees
with City Attorney Jim Dye's opinion that five
single-family homes can be built on the five lots
that comprise the former Island Marine property
on Pine Avenue.
Since Dye's Feb. 18 opinion letter, at least two
of the five lots are under contract for purchase.
the potential liability the [board's] proffered amend-
ment would create for the city."
While he said the proposed amendment is about
No date for Viens trial as defendant leaves Holmes Beach
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Viens was originally arrested Jan. 6 on state
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favor of the federal case. Viens was re-arrested on
March 31 by federal authorities and posted a lien
against his house at 129 49th St. to satisfy the
With permission from the U.S. District Court
in Tampa, he has since relocated to Okeechobee
City on Lake Okeechobee.
According to Manatee County Sheriff's Of-
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1993 in Vermont of violation of the Federal Nar-
Viens and wife Dawn operated the Beach City
Market & Grille in Bradenton Beach, which opened
in April 2003, but closed shortly before Viens'
January arrest. The property is currently for sale.
The Viens also operated the Island Kitchen in
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Pine Avenue, a number of other properties in the city
could be adversely affected by changing the code.
In his opinion and that of "other attorneys" in his
law firm's land use department, the amendment would
"potentially create an immediate cause of action" un-
der Florida's Bert.Harris Property Rights Act.
He also claimed that the city charter allows for lots
that became nonconforming because of the city char-
ter to be "grandfathered."
Comprehensive plans, said Rudacille, are "broad
land-use planning tools," and "single policies cannot be
taken out of context and applied rigidly on a lot-by-lot
Rudcacille also blasted the board over its "treatment"
of Dye, saying such "criticism" is "inappropriate."
The city charter, said Rudacille, a former Island
resident, states that the city attorney will provide legal
advice to all city departments.
Dye's Feb. 18 letter to the building department that
gave the opinion that Rudacille's clients could build
five single-family homes on the five lots was just Dye
doing his job.
"His proactive approach in issuing the opinion in
a timely manner has likely protected the city from un-
necessary liability to this point," said Rudacille.
Peter Petres of Centurion Homes, who has a pur-
chase contract for two of the Island Marine lots, added
to the fire by asking what assurances Dye could give
them "that we can close on these two parcels and pro-
ceed with our plans to build residential construction on
The P&Z board, said Petres, "does not share your
thoughts. It appears they are vehemently opposed to
residential construction on these particular lots," and
that's obviously a cause for concern as "we plan to
permit and construct residential homes."
Petres asked Dye for assurances and Dye for-
warded that request to Building Official Kevin
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Joy Virginia Anderson
Joy Virginia Anderson, 86, of Santa Rosa, Calif.,
and formerly Holmes Beach, died April 29.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Anderson was raised
Philadelphia, Pa. She attended college at Stanford and
graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in
1940. She trained for secretarial work and was given a
position by the U.S. State Department in Bogota, Co-
lumbia, in 1942. There she met and married career for-
eign service officer Daniel Virden Anderson, of Dover,
Del. Together they served in Valencia, Spain; Havana,
Cuba; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; Norfolk, Va.;
Saigon, Vietnam; Washington, D.C.; and Marseille,
France; He retired in 1968. She was active with the
Foreign Service Women's Association where she
served a term as president, the United Nations Associa-
tion, and the Phi Beta Kappa Association where she
served as president of the chapter in Sarasota in 1997.
She was active in the Holmes Beach Garden Club.
Private services will be held in Delaware later this
She is survived by son Scott Virden of Ukiah, Ca-
lif.; daughter and Joy Greer of Pacific Grove, Calif.;
and six grandchildren.
Dr. George Curry
Dr. George Curry, 88, of Bradenton and formerly
of Holmes Beach, died May 23.
Born in Dover, En-
gland, Dr. Curry retired to
Holmes Beach from Colum-
bia, S.C., and lived there for
25 years. He served in the
r intelligence corps of the
British Army from 1939-47,
S attaining the rank of major
S and serving in France,
SNorth Africa and Italy. He
earned his Ph.D. at the Uni-
4. e versity of Chicago and
Curry served as professor history,
assistant to the president
and secretary of the board of trustees at the Univer-
sity of South Carolina for 30 years. He spent a year
as a charter professor at New College in Sarasota. He
performed one-man shows of Charles Dickens Read-
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, June
4, at Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
He is survived by wife Ruth; and stepsons Alex
and Boradus Thompson and Gene Andress.
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Restored Belle Haven Store open
The historic Belle Haven General Store, re-
stored by the Anna Maria Island Historical So-
ciety, is open for business in Anna Maria City.
It is 85 years since the building was built at
the end of the City Pier, and 79 years since it fell
off the pier into Tampa Bay. Lyman Christy
bought it then for $125, dried it out and restored
enough for use.
It has been used as a residence and a store
since, until the historical society acquired it for
restoration and use as a historic artifact.
Now it is as good as new probably better
- and open for business on the grounds of the
Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Hours are the same as the
museum's, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday. Details may be obtained
-by phoning 778-0492.
Very historic society
Members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society board of directors gathered at the recently restored
Belle Haven Cottage in Anna Maria May 31 to celebrate the opening of the home to the public. From left are
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Ladies of the theater
Island Players held its annual fete at the Bradenton
Country Club May 27 following its 56th season of
performances in the playhouse in Anna Maria. Presi-
dent Linda Davis, right, presented Bonner Joy the 2005
Igo Award, named for Island Players founder Harold
Igo, for outstanding service to Island Players. Joy and
her staff at The Islander produce the playbillfor the
theater, numerous flyers and other materials, sell "tons
of pecans" and sponsor Shakespeare on the Island.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
New yoga class starting
next week at Center
"Gentle yoga" taught by Jasmine Boss will be
Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center has announced.
The program will begin this Thursday, June 2. Cost
is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. The Center is
at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Further informa-
tion is available at 778-1908.
'Signs of God's Love' theme
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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will sponsor a free
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crafts and other attractions, the church said. It will be
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Tarpon coming on strong off Egmong Key; trout inshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Tarpon are starting to show up off Egmont Key and
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in some numbers and
size. Sharks, as always, are following the silver kings
and bonnetheads are a good bet for a good catch.
Inshore action continues to be excellent for trout,
redfish and catch-and-release snook.
Offshore fishing for snapper is also good, and there
are some reports of wahoo and dolphin while trolling
out in the Gulf of Mexico.
And don't forget the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center fishing tournament June 17-19, with lots of
prizes and goodies. There is even more good stuff
available if you register by June 6. Call 778-5900 for
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he and his charters reeled in a bunch of red-
fish and trout last week, using live and artificial baits,
plus some catch-and-release snook. Most of the best
action came from Sarasota.Bay, he added.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said inshore fish-
ers are still catching redfish and trout in great numbers
right now. Offshore action includes lots of dolphin and
wahoo while trolling out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Wayne Jenthner ofWolfmouth Charters
out of Longboat Key said his offshore charters are pro-
ducing lots of grouper, snapper and blackfin tuna,
Cortez fishing tourney
The Cortez Yacht Club will hold its Second An-
nual Catch'em and Cook'em Fishing Tournament and
Fils Fr\ next Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.
Fishing can start anytime past 9 p.m. Friday but
must be weighed in by 4 p.m. at Bayside Banquet Hall
Saturday, according to event organizers.
Entry fee is $75 per boat, with fishers under the age
of 16 allowed to enter at no charge. Cash prizes will be
awarded for both offshore and inshore boaters, with
$1,900 total offered for the top finishers $500 for
first place, $250 for second, $50 for third. Junior divi-
sion has a $150 first place award, $100 for second, and
$50 for third.
A captains meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at
Bayside Banquet Hall on the Bay next to Cortez
Kitchen at 119th St. W. in "downtown" Cortez. There
will also be a fish fry and BYOB cookout party there
-from 4-11 p.m. Saturday with live music for a fee of
$10 for adults, $5 for youths, reservations required.
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Joe Mitchell of Tampa caught and released this 36-inch snook while fishing, with Capt. Tom Chaya last week.
while inshore action includes trout and large, large tar-
pon. He's also.doing some nighttime charters and pro-
ducing lots of mangrove snapper to 7 pounds and gag
grouper to 15 pounds.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been a little slow at the pier; but there have been some
hookups of blue runners, spadefish, mackerel. and
catch-and-release snook at night.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there were a few mackerel caught last week, plus some
small bonnethead sharks, flounder and catch-and-re-
lease snook caught at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of catch-and-release snook
from Terra Ceia Bay, some mangrove snapper along
the shipping channel in Tampa Bay, and mackerel out
in front of Terra Ceia Bay. There are also reds coming
from Miguel Bay, Dave said.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching
lots of redfish and catch-and-release snook, plus some
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, the best word
in fishing was trout from the seagrass flats in the back-
waters around Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound.
There were also some good reports of good-size sharks
coming out of Tampa Bay, with one 6-foot bull shark
coming onto the dock.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes-Beach out of Catchers said he's catching some
mackerel and mangrove snapper offshore, plus trout
and redfish in the backwaters.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's putting his
charters onto snook to 40 inches in length, redfish to 25
inches, trout to 25 inches, plus flounder and jacks. The
beach fishing has been producing a slew of mackerel
to 28 inches as well as a few small kingfish.
On my boat Magic, we've caught lots of redfish -
up to 20 per trip on most outings as well as a 20-pound
cobia and seven snook that could have been keepers if the
season had permitted on one trip-last week.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Please.
include identificationforpersons in thepicture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.
Nesting turtles arriving on Anna Maria Island ... slowly
By Jim Hanson
The turtles are coming ashore on Anna Maria Is-
land, but their numbers are far behind last year's at this
time and last year was a bummer, only 96 nests-
instead of an expected 200.
Four loggerheads have succeeded in nesting so far
this year, and four others didn't make it but left their
tracks, said Suzi Fox, who holds the state sea turtle
preservation permit and directs the Island Turtle
Watch volunteers who monitor turtle activities.
All four nests are on an Anna Maria City beach,
all of them moved by Turtle Watch to get them clear
of the perils of the beach renourishment project. Two
were originally in Holmes Beach, two in Anna Maria.
Adult marine turtles return to nest on the beach
which incubated them and sent them to sea, and Fox
can't quite figure out why there are so comparatively
few at this point in the nesting season, which runs from
"I guess it's because of the cold," she said, "but
"the last few days have been fairly warm. The water is
slower to warm up, so that's probably a big factor."
Fishermen, boaters, divers and pilots.report seeing
quite a few of the big reptiles on the surface of the Gulf
offshore, so Turtle Watch volunteers' hopes are high
for a rush of nests.
There have been two strandings, dead turtles that
have floated ashore on the Island. A resident called
Sunday to report that a boater had seen a motionless
loggerhead floating off the tip of Anna Maria, but a
search proved fruitless. Then Monday morning there
was a dead turtle on the beach at Willow Avenue to add
to the obituary list; another had been found earlier.
The latest one was emaciated and had other prob-
lems similar to those that nearly killed "Sherlock" last
year, but it was too old to be Sherlock returning, said
Fox. Sherlock was nearly dead when found, and Turtle
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Laboratory collected it, nursed it to health and sent it
back to the Gulf. This one, too, is going to Mote for
Fox reminded the public to be careful on seeing a
turtle on the beach: "Be very quiet and don't approach
it. And call,me at 778-5638."
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 1, 2005 M PAGE 19
Widespread wetland loss in Florida ongoing issue
It would appear that what has long been suspected
has been quantified we are losing wetlands in
Florida at an alarming rate despite so-called legal pro-
tections, and that mitigation efforts are woefully inad-
equate to restore the vital ecosystems.
St. Petersburg Times reporters Craig Pittman and
Matthew Waite have reported that the state has lost
84,000 acres of wetlands in the past 15 years to devel-
opments. The process was approved by federal, state,
regional and local agencies in the form of 12,000 per-
mits and only one denial.
Florida is second only to Alaska in sheer volume
of wetlands, with 11.2 million acres. You look at the
total and then the acreage lost to development and it
doesn't look all that bad, until you think about 84,000
acres as a lot of downed mangroves, cypress stands and
To replace a wetland with a housing development
or shopping center, a whole slew of permit applications
taking up to a year or more for approval must be ob-
tained. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the final
arbiter in the permitting scheme.
In the early 1970s, the Corps began following a
policy referred to as "no net loss." The key element of
the policy was mitigating destroyed wetlands by build-
ing new wetlands in another location. In theory, it
seems to make sense. In practice, it's another matter.
See, wetlands can take decades to develop. They're
pretty fragile, easily disturbed by salinity changes in the
water, water table changes due to drought or flooding,
and myriad other factors.
Wetlands are also a slow-growing enterprise. In the
case of mangroves, figure a 10-foot-high tree is about 10
years old. Contrast that with, say, an exotic Brazilian pep-
per tree, which seem to grow about an inch a minute.
The Corps requires something like a 1.5 to 1 ratio
of restored wetland to lost wetland, and requires the
developer to monitor for something like five years, is-
suing the government a periodic report on how the
spindly little plants are doing.
But the Corps seldom does its own inspections on the
mitigation projects, and the projects don't generally do so
well. And if a mangrove forest takes decades to develop
into something of environmental worth, five years is. a
pretty paltry time for a new growth attempt to make any
type of a foray into the good of Mother Nature.
So what's the good of a swamp, anyway?
Well, its worth plenty to a lot of bugs, birds, fish,
crabs and other critters.
Besides providing homes, food and places to hide
for all our little finny, scaly and feathered friends, wet-
lands can help protect the shoreline from erosion.
Marshes also do an excellent job of filtering man-
made and man-produced nutrients like fertilizer and
pesticides carried by stormwater runoff from reaching
the bays and Gulf of Mexico. Imagine a marsh as a big
A/C filter that never has to be cleaned.
Wetlands also offer a buffer to floodwaters and
serve as a windbreak in storms. No, a 50-foot man-
grove probably won't withstand 140-mph winds in a
hurricane, but its chances are a lot better than a 50-foot
Australian pine. A whole lot better.
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Then and now
In "A Historical Geography of Southwest Florida
Waterways, Volume Two, Placida Harbor to Marco
Island," Dr. Gustavo Antonini, David Fann and I wrote
and illustrated the changes that took place in that region
of the state, following up an earlier book that included
the channels and waterways from Anna Maria Island to
Dredge and fill \as a fact of life for Florida for de-
cades. Muck from bays and creeks was pumped over
\ etlands to make \ a\ for waterfront t homes. Canals were
dredged through mangro\ es, with the fill dumped on the
banks behind seawalls to allow more houses. Key Royale
was created thus on a spit of land called School Key.
But it was much, much more extensive at points
"Historical Geography," states, "The peaceful com-
munities and cities of today give little indication of recent
conflicts in the region. In fact, few locations in the nation
have received as much attention from federal, state, re-
gional and local managers and regulators of waterway and
coastal development as has Southwest Florida.
"Pressure from developers to dredge and fill vast
tracts of land for home construction behind seawalls
and embankments prompted statewide attention and
federal actions, which resulted in the curbing of permits
that allowed growth and caused massive changes in the
way Florida's leaders and the developers viewed
and permitted development.
"Some interests favored waterway construction to
benefit navigationand riverine commerce. Meanwhile,
land-oriented interests advocated waterways as great
drainage ditches for quickly removing unwanted water
from valuable agricultural acreage. The result was
heated debate and dramatic changes."
Maybe-not all that dramatic a set of changes after all.
'Hoot' bust for us, boon for Boca Grande
The movie "Hoot," based on Florida author Carl
Hiaasen's children's novel of the same name, appar-
ently will be filmed in Boca Grande later this summer.
Location scouts were looking at Anna Maria Island and
Cortez as a possible locale for the film.
Hiaasen and Jimmy Buffett are producing, Wil
Shriner will direct. Yes, it's that Jimmy Buffett, and the
fact his sister lives in Boca probably had something to
do with that island getting the location win.
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travails as he tries to fit into both the new class and his
new adopted state of Florida. It's a good read for those
who've missed it.
Filming in Boca Grande is set to begin in July and
should run about a week, producers estimate.
A library without books
According to a news report in the Tampa Tribune,
the University of Texas library in Houston is getting rid
of its books in order to make room for a "24-hour elec-
tronic information commons, a fast-spreading phenom-
enon that is transforming research and study -on cam-
puses around the country."
In lieu of books, the library will feature something
called "software suites," which are "modules with'com-
puters where students can work collaboratively at all
hours, plus art expanded center for writing instruction
and a center for computer training, technical assistance
Sounds like one big computer class, doesn't it?
It's not like the books are being burned, though.
They'll find a new home within the Texas university
system and reference texts will remain.
The move to a computer world is one that is
needed, if not demanded, by students. And the 24-hour
day is also a reflection on the study habits of college
kids. As one library administrator put it, "They live in
an electronic world. We talk about a 9-to-5 day, but
they work on a fundamentally opposite schedule 9
to 5 at night."
According to Pittman and Waite of the Times,
"Three years ago the Corps approved requests by lime-
stone mining companies to destroy 5,400 acres of wet-
lands at the ends of the Everglades. What's left are life-
less lakes 90 feet deep that are 'probably not nearly as
valuable as the wetland that was there before they dug
the hole,'" one official said.
Why issue the permits, then?
As another Corps official put it, "The regulatory
program doesn't say we're out here to deny permits. It
says we're out here to process them."
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Season ends for Anna Maria Island Little League
By Kevin Cassidy
Another season of Island Little League baseball
came to an official end on Wednesday, May 25, when
the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted its
league awards banquet. Pizza and soda along with tro-
phies being handed out to all participants in T-ball and
AA started out the festivities. AAA league ended the
evening with WMFD players receiving their trophies
for finishing in first place and the announcement of the
individual award winners for sportsmanship, rookie of
the year, batting title and league MVP.
Jordan Sebastiano, who led the league in hitting for
. most of the year, earned the prestigious Bill Ogden
Sportsmanship Award, while Shawn Conover and
William Brusso shared rookie-of-the-year honors.
Tommy Price earned the batting title, hitting a robust
.659 for the season, which broke a modern-day Center
record for highest average.
The Joe Maggio Most Valuable Player award went
to Morgan Stanley's Zach Even, who beat out challeng-
ers like teammate Matt Bauer, Tommy Price of WMFD
and Duncan Real Estate's Jordan Sebastiano.
In last week's column, I misidentified a Duncan
player who came through with a big hit. It was Patrick
Edwards who hit a three-run triple on Friday, May 20,
to help Duncan defeat Morgan Stanley by a 12-9 score.
Speaking of Duncan Real Estate, the team defeated
WMFD 15-8 on Monday, May 23, to finish 7-7-2 and
alone in second place. Edwards again did his part scor-
ing two runs as did Jake Rappe, Glenn Bower, Austin
Wash and Trevor Bystrom. Troy Kozewski led the way
for Duncan, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while
Bystrom added three singles in four trips to the plate.
Wash and Glenn Bower each had two hits for Duncan,
including a double by Bower, while Jordan Sebastiano
also added a double and one run scored. Daniel Janisch
had two singles and a double and Grant Bower added
a single to complete the hit parade for Duncan Real
Tommy Price led WMFD at the plate with a pair
of singles and three runs scored while Blake Wilson
added two hits and two runs scored. Shawn Conover
singled and scored for WMFD who also received
singles from Michael Dolan and Jonah Castor in the
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The Manatee High Her-icanes girls' soccer team is
hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the esteemed
Bradenton Country Club on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1
p.m. For only $100 per golfer, you can test your golf
skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging
layout in a four-person scramble.
All players who register before the Aug. 1 deadline
will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a ban-
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raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first
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The Her-icanes are also looking for sponsors for
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the Hat Trick package, which consists of a foursome in
the tournament including the banquet, a tee or green
sign on the course and a banner which will be displayed
at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games, A golden
goal sponsorship package includes a foursome and a
tee or green sign on the course for $500, or you can
simply purchase a tee or green sign for the tournament
To sign up your foursome, list your four players
and their phone numbers with a check written out to
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York Drive, Bradenton FL 34205. For more informa-
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Not too late for Dolphin football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still
accepting applications for Dolphin football.
Approximately 25-30 players and parents showed
up for the May 18 meeting at the Center, which was
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www.flrealtour.com/mls031305/realtor. fore remodeling continues. Investors and builders bring your
Rwww.flrealtour.com/mls03l305/realtor. imaginations. Gulfviews possible. 2BR/1BA on large corner lot.
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302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with 300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA"
1BR/1BA apartment. Five-car garage, duplex with five-car garage. Private
one short block to beach, direct beach open decks, large picture windows,
access, peeks of Gulf. Move-in condition, great views of lake. Asking
Seawall and dock. Zoned duplex. Extras! $750,000. MLS 502297.
Asking $850,000. MLS 502321.
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156, or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
HEATHER HILLS Affordable, spacious, open, bright and well
maintained 2BR/2BA home with large kitchen and breakfast
bar. Newer appliances, air-conditioner and hot water heater.
offered at $82,900. For more information...
Call Piroska Planck 941-730-9667
or Laura McGeary 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 1, 2005 M PAGE 21
KEY ROYALE HOME
Beautiful Key Royale home with
family room, formal dining
room and eat-in kitchen.
Located on the end of canal and -.
across the street from Bay. New
tile flooring and kitchen com-
pletely remodeled with cherry
wood cabinets, corian counter tcpE .i:l .-,r.,ar.t In rbth Hm t.e p':.:.l
overlooking canal with two-car garage. Fantastic bay view if second
addition was added. $1,200,000.
SARASOTA BAYVIEW! SUPER LOCATION
Duplex or single family home
located on Sarasota Bay with
gorgeous open water views of
mangroves, Intracoastal and
bay. Home consists of 4BR/
4BA, newer kitchen and master
bath with jacuzzi tub and two
boat docks with vacant lot on
bay. Offered at $959,900.
ISLAND CONVENIENCE STORE WITH GAS
Super opportunity to own Island business! Offered at:
$199,500 & Inventory.
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IS ISLAND C
REAL ESTATE LLC
2BR/2BA Elegant condo in superb Gulffront com-
plex. Beautifully turnkey furnished, totally renovated.
This is an outstanding unit in one of the Island's fin-
est condominiums. Jacuzzis, tennis, secured heated
pool, under-building parking. Gorgeous walking
KEY WEST-STYLE POOL HOME
2BR/2BA Spectacular home with very private in-
ground pool. Beautifully desi nd decorated.
Ceramic tile, gourmet ast bar, sepa-
rate bedro P 1ing, walk-in closets,
screened p 5'oking pool area. Really elegant!
Large garage could accommodate several cars, boat or
motor home. Fenced yard, very private. Immaculate,
North Holmes Beach. Short walk to private beach.
GULFFRONT MARTINIQUE NORTH
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo. Beautifully renovated, all
new! Ceramic tile, turnkey furnished, deluxe kitchen,
new windows, power storm shutters and garage. Pan-
oramic view of the Gulf, the beach and from the east
balcony, the Skyway bridge! Walk to restaurants and
shopping center. Elegant! $969,900.
TERRA CEIA WATERFRONT
2-3BR/3BA Waterfront home on Terra Ceia Bay.
Updated, open floor plan, new kitchen and master
bath, ceramic tile, caged in-ground pool, metal roof,
boat dock. Gorgeous view. $739,900.
2BR/1.5BA courtyard-patio town house. Central
Holmes Beach, very close to shopping, restaurants and
beach. Open plan, breakfast bar, front and rear
porches, balcony, renovated. Excellent rental. No
condo fees. $469,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo. Turnkey
furnished in intimate, private complex with gorgeous
view of Gulf. Very nicely furnished, Sautillo tile, beau-
tiful walking beach, heated pool, excellent rental.
PERICO ISLAND CONDO
2BR/2BA Turnkey condo. Nicely furnished in great
Westside location. Close to Anna Maria Island
beaches. Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse with fitness
room, carport. Short drive to shopping and restau-
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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GULFVIEW LUXURY ISLAND HOME Executive Anna
Maria home with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience
paradise in luxury one house off of the beach on a quiet,
desirable location. This home offers 3BR/2BA, hardwood
flooring, quality doors, windows and fixtures, custom
cabinetry, Corian countertops, custom lighting, dumbwaiter
and plenty of storage. Tastefully furnished with a touch of
island flavor. Offered at $1,495,000.
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BEST BUY IN BRADENTON BEACH Great investment
property in a wonderful neighborhood. This 2BR/2BA el-
evated duplex boasts tile floors, cathedral ceilings, skylights'
and balconies! Close to everything, 2 blocks to the gulf. One
block to bay or park. Low maintenance and newer appliances.
Plenty of storage. $549,000.
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SPECTACULAR INTERIOR UPDATES No detail was over-
looked in this 3BR/2BA island home! This home offers
awesome granite counters, beautiful travertine natural
stone floors, all new appliances, paint, furniture, landscap-
ing and much more! And, it'- all less than a block to the
beach! Call today for an appointment. $649,900.
GULF VIEW TOWNHOME Fabulous Gulf views from this
well maintained 2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished
townhome. Large balconies overlook the Gulf from both
floors, watch the sunsets every evening! Weekly rentals
are allowed and the property has storage and covered
BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEYIII 2BR/2BA freestand-
ing villa with wood floors. Private beach access, marina,
boat slips. 55-plus. $349,000.
THE TERRACE A tastefully done 2BR/2BA turnkey condo
with a heated pool, beautiful landscaping, private garage
and only a block to the beach on the west side of Gulf
Drive! Great income potential! $459,000.
DELIGHTFUL ISLAND DUPLEX Great location just one block
from the beach on a quiet street. Each side has 2BD with
screened-in lanai. New landscaping and a fresh look! Great in-
vestment or seasonal home with rental unit. $589,000.
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
ROYAL GARDEN ESTATES Great location, just
five minutes to the beach. Quiet, 55-plus subdivision.
Turnkey furnished, nice corner lot. "Triple-wide" 1-
2BR/2BA with spacious enclosed lanai and spectacu-
lar fragrant jasmine over carport. Perfect winter re-
CUTE AS A BUTTON Remodeled 2BR/2BA. Short
walk to beach. Tile floors throughout, large living
room and heated pool. $685,000.
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. $895,000.
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called to share information about PAL football and to
gauge the interest level among Island youth.
Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke was encour-
aged by the turnout. "The turnout was pretty good con-
sidering there were 24 potential players playing in a
Little League baseball game." Jonatzke said the Cen-
ter will continue accepting applications for the next
three or four weeks.
PAL has four age/weight divisions starting with
flag football for ages 6-7 (as of September 1). Flag
football carries no weight restrictions. Mighty Mites
must be age 8-10 and under 125 pounds, while JV is for
11- to 12-year-olds under 145 pounds. The oldest di-
vision is varsity for age 13-14 players who are under
For more information, call Jonatzke at 778-1908.
AMICC basketball heats up summer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's sum-
mer basketball camp is now accepting applications.
Players ages 9-13 are encouraged to sign up for one of
two sessions at a cost of $35 for members and $50 for
Players receive a camp jersey and trophies will be
awarded for various categories such as shooting, de-
fense, sportsmanship and most improved. Session 1
runs Monday-Friday, June 6-17 from noon-2 p.m. ex-
cept the first day, which starts at 11 a.m.
Session 2 runs runs noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday,
July 18-29. Registration deadline is May 31 for both
For more information, contact Jonatzke at-778-
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria Island
Little League AAA final standings
Team Name Won Lost Tied
WMFD 9 7 0
Duncan Real Estate 7 7 2
Morgan Stanley 6 8 2
WMFD AAA Little League Champs: Alex Burgess, Jonah Caster, Connor Cloherty, Shawn Conover, Michael
Dolan, Joseph Fara, Joey Hutchinson, Max Moneuse, Trent Marshall, Hunter Parrish, Tommy Price, Justin
Succa, Elijah Toussaint and Blake Wilson.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
A i' beach front
I y;" wet bar with
Plus a high t
_-, has hand-
some white lacquered cabinets,.black
granite countertops, subzero refrigerator
and handy butler's pantry with deep sink
and extra refrigerator. There are 12-foot
ceilings with delightful Casablanca fans
throughout and beautifully tiled floors
and bathrooms with first class fittings
and fixtures. The master suite is nothing
short of luxurious, offering a 6-foot
jacuzzi plus deck side hot tub, spacious
sitting area with fireplace and built-in
entertainment center, his and hers walk-
in cedar closets with built-in drawers and
shelves and a raised platform bed with
fabulous Gulf views. Other features
include a paneled elevator, lovely
curving staircase with tile and marble
steps, security system, 4-zone central
air and heat system and electronically
controlled storm shutters. The distinctive
brick driveway is designed in a pretty fan
pattern and the beautiful double front
door boasts an etched blue heron and
Showings by appointment only.
R OC UR Visit our Web site
uous 4BR/3.5BA Gulffront masterpiece offers
g views of sea, sand and sky on Anna Maria's
r north end! First class construction, quality
hip, superlative appointments and stunning
line to form this splendid showcase. The living
sliding glass doors opening onto the dazzling
veranda. Other appointments include a striking
refrigerator, ice maker and Corian countertops
:ech built-in entertainment center with a six-foot
and surround sound. There is a lovely
Seated fireplace. The cheerful, gourmet eat-
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GULFVIEW ARCHITECT'S DREAM HOME
Executive Anna Maria home with views of the Gulf of
Mexico. Experience paradise in luxury one house off the
beach on a quiet, desirable location. This home offers 3BR/
2BA, hardwood flooring, quality doors, windows and fix-
tures, custom cabinetry,Corian breakfast bar, custom light-
ing,dumbwaiter and plenty of storage. Tastefully furnished
with a touch of island flavor. Offered at $1,495,000.
BRING YOUR BOAT SHOES
AND YOUR FLIP-FLOPS!
300 feet from the beach! Completely renovated home
with heated pool surrounded by lush, tropical land-
scaping. Beautiful flooring, natural stone and red Oak.
Tastefully turnkey furnished. Perfect beach house!
Separately deeded deep water boat dock included!
Great location. 2BR each side, screened lanai, new land-
scaping and a fresh new look. Just one and a half blocks
from the beach! Great investment property or seasonal
home with rental potential. $589,000.
yTfulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. 5309 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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Property Management, Sales, Vacation Rentals
office (941) 798-9191 toll free (888) 774-6880
fax (941) 778-0595 e-mail SurfsideRealty@aol.com
Scott and Tammy Barr 713-7200
Jonathan Wright 812-0239 Robin Cox 730-3169
THE ISLANDER M JUNE 1, 2005 0 PAGE 23
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Key Royale Golf news
Penny Williams shot a 28 to win the Key Royale
Golf Club's low net Class A women' golf tourney on
Tuesday, May 24. Williams, who also won the "tee-to-
green" competition with a 19, beat out Dorothy
McKinna who finished with a 30. Diane Miller shot 32
to finish in third place while also garnering a 22 in the
Class B winners were Ruth Williamson and Sally
Keyes, who tied for first with a 37, while Dolores
Jorgenson finished in second with a 38.
World's largest 3v3 soccer tourney.
Local athletes are invited to participate in Kick-It's
3v3 Soccer Shootout at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Com-
plex in Clearwater. The complex, located at 2450 Drew
St., will host the tournament Saturday and Sunday,
To register for the tourney or to get more informa-
tion, go to www.kickit3v3.com or call 1-888-997-7529.
The Kick-It tournament provides local soccer aficiona-
dos with fast, high-scoring soccer coupled with music,
games and other activities. Teams also ha\ e the oppor-
tunity to qualify for the World Championships at
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Anna Maria Island Little
League AAA hitting leaders
1. Tommy Price
2. Jordan Sebastiano
3. Blake Wilson
4. Zach Even
5. Trevor Bystrom
5. Matt Bauer
6. Troy Kozewski
6. Austin Wash
7. Zach Evans
8. Glenn Bower
Matt Bauer, Nicole
Evans, Zaihi Evi.
Katie Hunt, Daniel
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spent more than 20 years
, in the computer world as
a high-level consultant
and IT professional to
Fortune. 100 companies
But he always
wanted to share his
knowledge with small
business owners and con-
sumers. That's why he
and wife Patty started
at 4405 14th St. W. at the
Cortez Road-U.S. High-
way 41 intersection.
seldom have, an IT de-
partment or even an indi-
vidual assigned to sys-
tems maintenance," said
Mike. "That's where we
come in. We can fix or
prevent spyware and vi-
rus problems in addition
to ongoing hardware and
But Computer Re-
naissance is much more
Than just IT for the small
business owner or indi-
Owners Mike and Patty Hershberger at right along
with Sarah Keiser solve computer problems every
day at Computer Renaissance at 4405 14th St. W in
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
"We do a lot of
things here. We provide
computer upgrades, sell
custom-built and manu-
factured computers, buy
and sell used computers
and provide professional
on-site computer sup-
port," said Mike proudly.
A lot of professional
support comes from in-
formation systems spe-
cialist Sarah Keiser, who
assists Computer Renais-
sance clients with train-
ing and management of
their business computer
software and needs, and
has worked with owners
in business forecasting.
"We don't just sell
computers," added Mike.
"We create solutions.
Through our insight into
sales, service and sup-
port, we make sensible,
powerful solutions to
Meet your computing
For more informa-
tion on Computer Re-
naissance, call 753-8277
or visit the Web site at
Senior day care
The Anna Maria
Care assisted living fa-
cility at 2202 Avenue B
in Bradenton Beach is
now offering short-term
senior day care in addi-
tion to its full-time living
Senior day care is
available days, for the
evening and on week-
ends, said Monique,
Sapienza, owner of
Anna Maria Care.
"We can also take
someone for one or two
weeks, if the normal care-
giver is going on vacation
or has to be away,' she
added. "We give excep-
tional care to our guests.
We have activities, exer-
cises, full meals and a fam-
ily setting in a large resi-
dential home in a quiet
Monwique Sapienza and
Jenny Zawistoski of the
Anna Maria Care
assisted living facility in
Bradenton Beach serve
lunch to the facility's
family of guests. The
facility now offers day
and weekend care in
addition to selected
nights. Islander Photo:
neighborhood. We strive
to make this a family at-
For more informa-
tion, contact Monique at
The Re/Max Gulfstream real estate team hosted the May Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce businit exchange. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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nilLes this month, this 2BR/2BA home is
like new. Just move in and avoidjthe
remodeling drudgery. Great Village
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(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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front home w/spacious eat-in kitchen,
formal/informal living areas, fireplace &
heated pool: $895,000. 748-6300.
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 725-0781. 507913
SHAWS POINT Great 2BR/2BA ranch
style home on a large lot w/caged'pool,
circle drive & fenced backyard. This
home has great potential. Owner/
Agent. $309,000. Jason Suzor, 748-
6300 or 725-3660. 507882
RIVERS RIDGE 3-4BR/3.5BA pool home
w/luxuries abound. Offering wood floors,
crown molding, granite countertops, gas
fireplace. Spacious lanai w/garden court-
yard & fishpond. $684,500. Jody Shinn,
748-6300 or 705-5704. 507994
CHARMING 3BR/1BA home w/designer
touches. Infinite expansion possibilities.
Ceramic tile, separate attached artists
studio, 2 screened porches, wooded
backyard. $252,900. Victoria Horstmann,
748-6300 or 518-1278. 508204
ENJOY GORGEOUS SUNSETS over the open water from this'elegant 5BR home directly
on Palma Sola Bay. $3,500,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767.50,7665
SERENE 10+ acre waterfront estate on Terra Ceia Island. Elegance.& breathtaking views
from all decks. $1,950,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 502892,
CANAL FRONT 3BR/5BA home w/large pool. Solarium above the garage. $1,300,000.
748-6300. Judy LaValliere, 504-3792 or Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 504175
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME on this lot w/views of Palma Sola Bay. Being sold under
recently appraised value. $550,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 507880
WATERFRONT HOMESITE overlooking Terra Ceia. Approx. 1.4-acres on serene aquatic
preserves w/pond. $475,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 507350
LOVELY 3BR/2.5BA home in a unique waterfront community w/many amenities.
$459,900. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 508200
FULL PANORAMIC VIEWS of beautiful Terra Ceia Bay. 2BR/2BA condo in a gated golf
course community. $375,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 508210
LOCATION- LOCATION Large 3BR split plan home in The Crossings w/an enclosed
Florida room. $288,000. Bill Stufflebeam, 748-6300 or 730-1858. 506283
PROFESSIONALLY UPDATED 3BR/2BA pool home in Casa Del Sol. New kitchen,
master bath & pool deck. $269,900. Elizabeth Gardini, 748-6300 or 356-0096. 507939
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GENERATOR: WACKER, industrial-quality 5,600-
watt emergency power for hurricane preparedness.
New, never used. Below retail and available now!
$2,000 contractors or.homeowners. (941) 779-0360,
City of Anna Maria.
FISHING EQUIPMENT: Mimnkota saltwater series
trolling motors, 65-lb. thrust, $325; Atlantis underwa-
ter camera, $300; lots of Star rods and cast nets in
good condition. (941) 778-4498.
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, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always sales
racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
SALE AT NIKI'S Gifts & Antiques. Weekly specials:
gold pelican 50 percent off-; all sterling jewelry 50
percent off; select gifts, art and antiques 25-70 per-
cent off. Open seven days 9:30am-5pm. (941) 779-
0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, June 4. Clothes,
household items, china set, sofa bed and more! 598
N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experi-
ence the Island on your computer desktop. Available
at The Islander, or purchase online or order by mail.
$12 ..: PC or $15 Mac.
LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licicnsed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo loans.
1st and 2nd mortgages.
SNo closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
Residential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
L .(941) 779-2113
S 502 72nd Street
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CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
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FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
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1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3.500. (941) 723-1107.
CORTEZ WELDING CO. 12111 Cortez Rd. Alumi-
num welding, $45/hour. By appointment only. (941)
737-8667 or 798-3589. Free estimates.
OCEAN KAYAK: sit-on-top, one-seater. Blue, brand
new with seat and paddles. Transport wheels in-
cluded. $600, or best offer. Call Pat Staebler, (941)
WANTED: BOAT LIFT for 25-foot runabout. 8 foot,
6 inch beam, 5,000 lbs. Owner, retired school
teacher. Call (941) 798-3809.
2002 SEA RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6
inches. 190-hp stern drive, seats seven, tons of fun!
Call. (941) 778-6234, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. $12,900 or best offer.
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.
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REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast-paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
franchised." Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
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)
ALL POSITIONS: Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Apply in person.
RECEPTIONIST: PART-time weekend office re-
ceptionist for area motel. Please contact Janet,
_PROPERTY MANAGER: BUSY Holmes Beach
real estate office needs a friendly, licensed prop-
erty manager, full time, flexible hours. Call (941)
778-6849, or fax resume 779-1750. Island Vaca-
tion Properties LLC.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full-
or part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and
dinner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
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.
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BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great
with kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941) 761-
1569. Red Cross certified.
SANDBAGS DELIVERED: Be prepared. Local
teen will make and deliver sandbags to your Island
residence. Spencer, (941) 778-0944 to order.
LPNS/CNAS NEEDED for long-term home care for
lady with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morn-
ing and overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
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
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free ad-
vice. (941) 545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
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CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed.
Pool cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repair/re-
placement. Plus, get your hurricane panels now!
Cut, primed and installed with easy-mount fasten-
ers. $78/sheet, first story. (941) 730-1399. E-mail
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
MIKE & KATHY'S Cleaning Service: Providing a
standard of excellence for all your interior, exterior
and window cleaning needs. Residential or vacation
rentals. (941) 722-4358.
BEST ON THE Island: Immaculate cleaning, detail-
ing, decorating, help with shopping, party prepara-
tion. Call Sandy for unbeatable service. Residential/
commercial. (941) 798-9484.
ELITE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS: Providing
quality commercial and residential cleaning ser-
vices, party help, bartending, etc. Call Maria and
Steven, (941) 753-9906.
VIOLIN LESSONS: GROUP, private, in-home. Start
June 13. Contact Pam, Rowlett School's teacher,
member Anna.Maria Island Orchestra. (941) 794-
3145. E-mail email@example.com.
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YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
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PERIDIA GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY Rutenburg model 2BR/2BA plus
den, ceramic tile, lanai. Super nice! $379,900 firm.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH 1BR/I BA, spectacular view. S629,000.
MANSION IN THE SKY Bayfront 5BR/5.5BA penthouse,
5000+ sf with guest quarters. $6,900,000.
KEY ROYALE LOT 90x105. $795,000. Exclusive:
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three 1 BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $849,000. OWNER FINANCING.
TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open balconies on
greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated. Pool/gazebo. $470,000.
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Alnatnrt ,ILS as of (5/ 11/05 Total Island Properties For Sale: 214
(SFR. Comdo. Duplex) Median Price: $819,500
STotal Pending: 129 Median Price: $699,000
Total Sold Since 1/1/05:158 Median Price: $559,500
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Custom portraits,
weddings, beach photography. (941) 447-8892.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. (941) 447-9637.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning 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
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discourrt. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
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Enlo0 breathtaking jurnetl fromn .,our
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
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)
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. 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,-interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, (941) 795-5100.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
This pampered beauty is only 225 yards from the beach. The main
house is 2BD/2BA, updated with lots of extras, very private patio
with a covered Jacuzzi. Attached mother-in-law apartment, 1BR/
1BA, living room, patio and separate entry. Offered at $649,900.
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305 63rd St Holmes Beach
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3BR/3.5BA. Each villa has an elevator and a pool.
ylls Call Marianne Correll
.. Island Real Estate
; Cell (941) 725-7799
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
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, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
Cindy M. Jones
GRI, CRS, Sale Associate
SReal Estate, Inc.
310 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
The perfect Gulffront cottage in "quaint" Anna
Maria. Charming open plan, beamed ceiling
and offering 2BR/1BA, a bright cheerful
kitchen with breakfast nook and panoramic
views throughout. Lovely deck off living area
provides tranquil spot for outdoor dining and
direct beach access. Own your tropical island
getaway! Owner motivated submit an offer!
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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BAY WEST WILL PICK-UP, LAUNDER AND DELIVER.
Full Service Wash/Dry/Fold/Iron PU/Delivery Self Service
Cool & Clean 627 59th St. W. Bradenton 720-3622
Watts Towing 24-Hour Towing
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European Asian Specialist .
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4901 151h Streel East Bradenton -. -ad .-.o^
Retired Class "A" Building Contractor experienced
in custom tile and light carpentry.
No job is too small.
Creative and easy to work with.
"I love working with my tools"
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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.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall re-
pairs, hand and spray texturing, acoustic ceilings,
painting, tiling and shower doors. Clean, honest,
reliable. Free estimate. Credit cards accepted.
F.A.W. Remodeling, (941) 586-4695.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. (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 dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week,.$975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
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:
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished. Annual $1,150/month, seasonal
$2,200/month. (941) 725-1074.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH: 1BR duplex avail-
able March 2005. Steps to beach and shopping.
Refurbished and nicely decorated. Small pet OK.
Accepting 2006 reservations. (941) 807-5626.
WEEKLY RENTALS: SAN Remo condo, 1BR/1BA,
$500/week; Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA, $700/
week; island duplex, 2BR, $800/week; Northwest
Bradenton home, 3BR/3BA, $950/week; Gulffront
cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton Beach Club,
2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call Cristin Curl at
Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/1BA,
1 BR/1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
ONLINE SERVICE: You can place classified ads
and subscribe online with our secure server. Check
it out at www.islander.org, where you can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety
of condos/houses starting at $1,500/month.Annual
rental 2405 Avenue B, 2BR/2BA, $1,000/month;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, villa, pool, tennis,
$1,200/month; townhouse with garage, $1,500/
month. SunCoast Real Estate,,(941) 779-0202.
FULLY FURNISHED: Ready to move in. 1 BR/1BA
near Bradenton Beach. $750/month, utilities in-
cluded. Six-month lease, first, last and deposit. Call
Jackie, (941) 929-7165.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach wa-
terfront villa with new tile. Fantastic view! Non-
smoking, pet negotiable. $975/month. (941) 778-
2100 or 224-6521.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA furnished condo.
West Bradenton, five minutes to beaches. $2,700/
month. (708) 532-2149.
RENT 2BR/2BA inclusive turnkey, $1,000; 3BR/
2BA pool home built in 2000; 3BR3BA villa, pool,
tennis. Coastal Properties, (941) 794-1515.
PERICO BAY CLUB Villa: Available now. 2BR/2BA
two-car garage, nicely furnished, sunny end unit.
Close to Anna Maria beaches and stores. Owner,
FURNISHED RENTAL for six to eight months,
June-January. Newly renovated and decorated
2BR/2BA. Bradenton Beach condo, Runaway Bay.
$1,500/month. Nonsmoking, no pets. (941) 355-
ANNUAL ANNA MARIA: Two 2BR/1BA upstairs
units in fourplex. Pool or bay view. Community
laundry. $1,150-$1,250/month. (941) 737-4171.
YEARLY RENTALS: 2BR half duplex, washer/
dryer hookup, carport, $900/month; 2BR/2BA,
$725/month; 1BR/1BA, $650/month. Dolores
Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500. No pets.
OLD BRIDGE VILLAGE: Bradenton Beach, third
floor 3BR/3BA. Cable, high-speed Internet, heated
pools, hot tub. A great view! $4,000/month. Please
call (918) 348.0961.
MARINERS COVE: Annual unfurnished 3BR/
2.5BA bayfront unit with fabulous views and 2,158
sf of living area. Gated community with heated
pool, tennis, elevator and protected deep-water
boat dock. Call Dave Moynihan, Realtor/owner,
(941) 778-2246 or 720-0089.
GULFFRONT: FURNISHED updated 1BR/1BA on
the sand with cable TV, phone. Walk to shops and
dining. Weekly or monthly rentals. (941) 713-1983.
ANNUAL RENTALS: ONE month free rent includ-
ing utilities! Efficiency, $690/month, plus $690 se-
curity deposit; 1BR/1BA, $740/month, plus $740
security deposit; 2BR/1BA, $950/month, plus $950
security deposit. Call Jerry 8am-8pm, (941) 524-
5205 or 448-8100.
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5400 CONDO: Annual 1BR/1BA ground-level unit.
Gulffront complex with pools, no pets. $850/month,
plus electric and phone. Call Carla Price, (941) 720-
8746, Bark & Co. Realty Inc.
FURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Modern, clean, comfort-
able. Heritage Village West. Pool, clubhouse, lake.
Very close to Gulf, bay, river, Wal-Mart, hospital.
Annual $950/month; seasonal $1,900/month. Oth-
ers on golf course available. Call (941) 750-0648 or
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT: Holmes Beach. Near
beach, shopping, library. No pets. First, last, secu-
rity. Call (941) 778-7039.
FURNISHED EFFICIENCY WITH utilities. 300 feet
to beach. Suitable for one person with references.
$635/month plus $800 deposit. (941) 778-1379.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2BBR/2BA canal home, unfur-
nished. Also, 2BR/2BA, Gulfview, top-floor apart-
ment. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., (941) 778-
2291, or e-mail Jason@ betsyhills.com.
CANALFRONT HOME WITH boat dock: 3BR/2BA
with two-car garage in Coral Shores. $1,550/month,
includes lawn care. (815) 351-5052.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA bayfront condo.
Light and bright, community pools, tennis, guarded
gate, assigned covered parking. Annual, $1,200/
month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/1BA Anna Maria, $875/
month; 2BR/1BA Anna Maria, $765/month; 2BR/
2BA Gulffront condo, $2,000/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, (941)-778-2307 for details.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: Pine Bay Forest,
2BR/2B8A condo with vaulted ceilings and screened
Slanai. Annual, $1,000/month. Island Real Estate,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
DOWNTOWN SARASOTA: 2BR/2BA bayview
condo on eighth floor. Wonderful location and great
amenities. Annual, $2,900/month. Island Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED: Local pastor and wife
(no children, pets) will lovingly care for your home.
Prefer furnished. (941) 778-5097 or 778-0719.
RECENTLY REMODELED unit in heart of Holmes
Beach. All new interior. $650/month. Call Island
Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, each
level with parking underneath. Views of Gulf and
bay from large covered balconies. This property
has great investment potential. Top floor has wood
cathedral ceilings, open-floor plan, tile and oak
flooring. $795,000. (941) 778-3875.
RECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake
condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach.
Starting at $309,900; Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car
garage. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $495,000.
Excalibur Realty Inc., (941) 792-5566.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY 1BR or possibly 2BR mo-
bile home. Close to beach and completely remod-
eled. Low lot rent. $79,900. (941) 704-6947.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY Mobile home. Steps from
the Intracoastal. 1-2BR/1.5BA. Low lot rent.
$59,900. (941) 704-6947.
WESTBAY POINT & Moorings: Anna Maria's
finest and most private community. Near Gulf, next
to pool, tennis. First-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA,
updated.. Bay view. Principals only. $479,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/1BA condo, one
block to beach, pool, newly decorated. $299,995.
MOUNT VERNON CONDO: 2BR/2BA, kitchen,
baths upgraded. Lake and bay views. Boating com-
munity. Clubhouse, pool. $325,000. (941) 761-8477.
TOMMY BAHAMA SAILBOAT waterfront home.
Heated pool, 2BR/2.5BA, dock, 100 percent de-
signer tile and Jacuzzi. Northend Anna Maria. Sale
by owner, $979,000. (941) 778-8464.
WEST OF GULF Drive,"eight homes from beach.
Large 2BR/2BA home, master with den/study and
bath has whirlpool tub with separate shower. Guest
bedroom has a bay view. Elevator, furnished, lots
of storage, low maintenance yard with room for a
pool and much more! 140 50th St., Holmes Beach.
$699,500. (941) 388-5238 or 778-3203.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: RARELY available 1BR
for buyer who wants direct Gulffront at lowest
price. $629,000. T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Must see the
beautiful, peaceful mountains of western moun-
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ATTENTION INVESTORS: Waterfront lots in the
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miles of shoreline. 20 percent redevelopment dis-
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one year. Call now for best selection.
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TENNESSEE LAKE PROPERTY Sale! Parcels
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estate $124,900. Cabins available. Call toll-free
(866) 770-5263, ext. 8, for details.
LAKEFRONT BARGAINS: Starting at $89,900.
Gorgeous lakefront parcels. Gently sloping, pristine
shoreline, spectacular views. Across from national
forest on 35,000-acre recreational lake in east Ten-
nessee. Paved roads, underground utilities, central
water, sewer, excellent financing. Call now (800)
704-3145, ext 617. Sunset Bay, LLC.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Mountains Where
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cabins, acreage. Call for free brochure of Mountain
Property Sales. (800) 642-5333. Realty of Murphy.
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DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
with spacious open floor plan. Large kitchen
with breakfast bar. Master suite on main floor,
Tile floors, screened lanai and a large open
deck-great for tanning! Oversized four-car
Larry Albert ropcal
Broker Realtor T 0pic l
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TRIPLE TREASURE Breezy, beachy income
producing triplex across from the beach. Up-
stairs, a cozy 1BR/1BA with great reading
porch and massive sun deck. Downstairs are
two 2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of
Mexican tile, newer kitchens and baths. A
must see. $659,000. Call Nicole Skaggs at
778-4800 or 795-5704.
BREATHTAKING 2BR/2BA condo with
breathtaking view of Gulf and beach. Deeded
beach access. Upstairs unit with parking be-
low. $925,000. Contact Quentin Talbert,
LAKE LOT SALES: Fishing, hunting, golfing, boat-
ing, all here! Recreational area hidden in the coun-
try of northeast Georgia. Visit today
www.lakerussellproperties.com (706) 213-6734 or
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Mountains.
Gated community. Spectacular view and river
homesites. Clubhouse, mountain spas, paved
roads, view tower, riverwalk. New phase just
started! www.bearriverlodge.net. (866) 411-5263.
FIVE MINUTES to Greenbrier Resort mountain
land bargains. 20 acres and up. www.liveinwv.com.
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by 60 to 100 by 200 foot. Example, 50 by 100 by 12
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... .. '- So close to the
S beach! This cute
S" duplex, currently
S ii! i'" vacation rental
remain as is while
you make plans to
build two new units on this duplex property.
$749,000. Visit: www.annamariaparadise.com
To view "Stone's Throw" and "Shooting Star!"
Call Sue Carlson for more
S 1f.9 information on this great listing!
S An Island Place Realty
S 411 Pine Ave Anna Maria
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DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Completely remod-
eled island duplex. 3BR/2BA on both sides.
Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy
floorplan. Kitchenspnd baths newly updated,
too. Turnkey and already rented for the sea-
son. $1,400,000.. Call Dave Jones at
SPACIOUS ISLAND CONDO 2BR/2BA with
freshly painted and new carpet. Heated pool,
tennis courts and boat access. Close to
beaches and shopping. $349,000. Contact
Cindy Grazar, 778-4800.
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NEED A VACATION? An investment? 1BR/
1BA condo. New kitchen and new tile floors.
Balcony overlooking pool. Comes furnished,
ready to move-in. Weekly rentals allowed. Re-
sort-like atmosphere and close to the beach.
$325,000. Call Denny Rauschl, 725-3934.
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SPECTACULAR BAYVIEW CONDO. 2BR/
2BA turnkey furnished with good rental his-
tory. Large fishing pier and community boat
dock. Laundry room in unit. $589,000. Contact
Dave Vande Vrede; 778-4800.
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FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf views and glo-
rious sunsets from this 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
The beach is located directly across the street.
Soaring ceilings in master bedroom, walk-in
closet, updated fixtures, hurricane window film,
and storage galore. Enjoy the private heated pool
while sitting on your garden terrace. $439,500.
Paul T. Collins, PA ,
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three verandas. granite counterops, wood flooring, nine-foot ceil-
Ings, crown molding and two-car garage. Grand master suite with
private retreat, his/her walk-in closets. dual sink vanity, glass-block
shower and Jacuzzi tub. Two to choose from starting at $795,900.
Recently renovated and tastefully decorated 2BR/3BA
townhouse with hardwood floors and carpeted bedrooms.
Cook's kitchen with lots of storage. Extended living area has
huge screened deck overlooking large heated pool and garden
with stairs to pool. Open decks on all levels Stunning water
views! Come see this one' A good buy at $645,000.
Call Liz Codola, Realtor
Real Estate Inc.
310 Pine Avnue P.O Bo 1299 Arnna Mrta, FL 34216
Office 7790304 Fax 779-030B Too Free 8t.6t179-0304
Para ise ealt 778480
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Spectacular Interior Updates
ede No detail was over-
Se. looked in this 3BR/
acKuP p- .. 2BA island home!
This home offers
slone Iloors, all new
appliances, paint, furniture, landscaping and much
more! And, it's all less than a block to the beach! Call
today for an appointment. $649,900.
.Kimberly L. Clark, P.A.
Sales Associate Realtor
,/- gGulf-Bay Realty
5309 Gulf Drive
No wonder in 34 years of
international Real Estate, I have
never had a property not sell!
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
NORTH END-Location, Location, Location! Great beach
house at north end of Anna Maria. Steps to white sandy
beaches of Bean Point. Two wood-burning fireplaces, one
in living/family area, one in master suite that has Gulf views
from screened porch. New first floor roof in 2000. Pice re-
duced. Seller will look at offers. $400 credit to buyer at clos-
ing for replacement refrigerator. Asking price $699,000.
Please call Susan Hatch/Realtor, (941) 778-7616, evenings.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217 .
Call (941) 778-07.77 otz.Rentals-7-7t:0770
1 -800-7Z4-&1872-OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
SWeb site: www.smithrealtors.com
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4005 4TH AVE. 4003 4TH AVE.
VILLA ROMA VILLA MILANO
4004 5TH AVE. 4006 5TH AVE.
The Jewel in the crown completes the most successful residential/investment development in the Island's history. Pre-con-
struction prices with permanent financing available lor qualified buyers. These magnificent 4 bedroom. 4 bathroom Villas
feature: expansive great rooms with fireplaces, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with granite finish, elevator and private
swimming pool. A half block to public beach, restaurants, boutiques and market with partial Gulf and bay views. S1.250.000.
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condo including tech area granite tile. bal-
cony, screened patio, melal roof landscape,
sprnkler system and a rtwo car garage No
expense spared for this condol I is quality
built and ,ery luxurious $829 000 MLSK
THIS BEAUTIFUL TWO STORY TOWNHOUSE
ha. 3BR/3BA and is just steps to the beach
Gorgeous views of the Gulf and Bay from the
lop deck Newly remodeled master bedroom
has Gulf vie> and marble fireplace maoser
bath has marble floors Sold furnished v.lh
4ome exceptons $1,099,000 MLS# 508572
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on Key Royale Dock and bool lib already in
place .A11i thi updaies done and read, for
0o1i to mo'e-in Room for a pool al;o has
newer roof Great for reni.ng or lo Ilve in )ear
round $739 C(00 MLS# 507272
NEW 2BR/2BA CONDO on the Manatee THESE EXQUISITE PRIVATE RESIDENCESare
Ri'.vr in dowvnown Bradenion Many ameni brand ne.- 3BR.'2 5BA units some with
Ies including heated pool ele..alor 4eparole portal and others '..tlh direct ,e.-'s of the
storage gale iecurt,r and flrnei; center Gulf $ 5 300 000 $2 650 0001
$289 000 MLS# 504827
3BR/2BA TURNKEY FURNISHED CONDO .n WONDERFUL LOCATION to erlo, i..land I.. BEAUTIFUL NEW TOWNHOUSE acr..:. Ihe
Gullf rornt cmrple, Feaire:- include Grornite i.nq 'Walk to Ihe beach ,ond en1o, Ivnjrel, street roarm he beach 3R 2 5B" ..lth
cojunertop; ,in kil.:len anrd both 9 f t:.o cei.l .cer the Gull of t.h .:c. Duple/ h-a been r-..o:or garage Se-:urir, i delem and pri.alte
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SUPERB DUPLEX one block to the b
Completely renovated 2BR/2BA on eac
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and low mainter.n.:e $639 000
LOVINGLY CARED FOR HOME in North
Harbour S.-..mming pool in back ,ard
lifi and do.:k This hc-me is large on I
side 3BR, 2 5BA large kitchen r..i
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Wlhen you choose Chase you
VV are guaranteed by a variety
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nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
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So, whatever.your mortgage
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Large remodeled home. 2BR/2BA, new dock and
sailboat water. Also features a guest cottage or
mother-in-law apartment. Zoned R-2. $1,350,000.
Mike an 941-778-6696
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BREATHTAKING SUNSETS AWAIT YOU. Northwest Bradenton Estate home with
expansive water views. 4,300 sf of pure luxury are yours in this 5BR/4.5BA home
situated on .87 of an acre on the north side of Palma Sola Bay. This well-designed
1997 split-plan home has an oversized master suite with a seating area which over-
looks the caged pool and spa facing the bay. Enjoy the water views from the formal
living room or the kitchen. The kitchen features a center island with a breakfast nook
and opens into the family room with a gas fireplace, where your family and friends are
sure to gather for casual entertaining. Tara Gilt, 727-2800. #505622. $1,830,000.
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A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246.
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BREATHTAKING VIEW! A full view of the
Sunshine Skyway bridge from your own
private master suite. Gourmet kitchen, maple
cabinets with granite counters. Two electric
boat lifts. Tracey Hurley, 741-2500.
SPECTACULAR RENOVATION Located on
a canal with partial bay views, this well
designed home. will feature 4BR/4.5BA. A
grand foyer is one of many amenities. Call
agent for details. Karen Day, 778-2246.
SNEAD ISLAND RIVERFRONT LOT Sailboat
6' depth-140' Dock. Imagine Old Florida in
quiet private setting on the Manatee River.
Thousands in impactffee credits. Flood A-10.
Sandy Harmon, 722-1347. #507417.
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BIMINI BAY VISTA Sensational view of Bimini
Bay. Pristine home features lanai with pool.
Updated throughout. Deep water docking for
multiple boats. Karen Day,778-2246. #502323.
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REAL ISLAND LIVING! Key West home offers WARNER'S BAYOU HOME Great family
open plan with 17-foot ceilings and decks home with 4BR/4BA. 3,415 sf. Enjoy the
spanning both sides that overlook gardens and 15'x30' pool, ready for summer fun and fish
pool. Plus a dock! Karen Day, 778-2246. off the sea wall. Two boat docks, one with
#50"777.2 *.84.'i:":I da ,ils Janr- Til'(rlrih 7. -3:.3 10 : .n5' 977
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end-unit offering spacious floor plan with eat-
in kitchen, breakfast bar, walk-in closets,
fireplace and two balconies. Dave Moynihan,
782-2'46 #507333. $675,000.
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SPECIAL SECTION: STORM READINESS
PAGE 2 M 2005 STORM SPECIAL THE ISLANDER
like to forget
The 2004 Atlantic hurricane season was historical.
to say the least. Florida saw\ an unprecedented four
major hurricanes make landfall in a six-week period.
Virtually no portion of the state was spared damage
from Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan or Jeanne.
Power losses were staggering. Loss of property
as immense. Loss of life front the storms w as daunt-
By the numbers, last year's hurricanes killed 117
people in Florida and caused an estimated $17.5 billion
The following recap of the 2004 season comes
compliments of "CQ clone" Jim Leonard, a hurricane
chaser. His Web site, cyclonejim.com, is full of some
pretty great pictures and descriptions of the storms. He
has chased 62 hurricanes in the last 54 years, with his
first experience, Hurricane King in the Miami area,
when he was only 8 months old.
Hurricane Charley began as a tropical disturbance
that emerged from the west coast of Africa during the
first couple of days of August: On Aug. 7, the distur-
bance began to show signs of organization. Two days
later, the system began to develop further and was up-
graded to a tropical depression as it moved across the
southern Windward Islands. The next day, Tropical
Storm Charley was created.
Charley had throughout its life cycle a very tight
inner core. On Aug. 11, the small tropical storm was
approaching Jamaica and made a zig-zag track, bypass-
ing the island as the storm intensified into a hurricane.
During the next 24 hours. Hurricane Charley made a
gradual turn to the north as it headed toward the cen-
tral Gulf of Mexico and steadily intensified.
During the hours just after midnight of Aug. 12, the
now-major hurricane crossed the western part of Cuba
just w est of Ha\ ana. Wind gusts at Havana were mea-
sured at 121 mph.
On Friday the 13th. Charley was on a steady course
tow ard the \% est coast of Florida, with a predicted landfall
at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Toward midday, the al-
rrbst-straight-north-course began to lean slightly east of
due north. During this time period the hurricane began to
rapidly intensify into a Category 4. The eye shrank from
12 miles across down to 5 miles across at landfall.
After making landfall in the Punta Gorda/Port
Charlotte area, the hurricane moved rapidly across the
state and emerged near Daytona Beach. A weakened
hurricane Charley rapidly moved up the Atlantic sea-
board and gradually lost its tropical characteristics.
Hurricane Charley was the only one of the season's
four severe storms that caused the evacuation of Anna
Maria Island. Fortunately, the Island received little
wind or rain from the strong storm, although power
outages lasted for several days in some locations.
In Florida, 33 people lost their lives to Charley,
which caused $6.8 billion in damage and forced 2.7
million people to evacuate.
Hurricane Frances was a classic Cape Verde hur-
ricane. The disturbance which developed into Frances
can be traced back to the west coast of Africa around
Aug. 21. Early on the 25th the system organized into
a tropical depression. During the next 36 hours,
Frances developed rapidly into a hurricaneThe next
two days the hurricane continued to steadily intensify
Damage to structures in Arcadia. like this church, was ,massive last summer in the wake of Hurricane Charle'.
to major hurricane status.
Frances became a Categor% 4 hurricane on Aug.
3 The hurricane reached its peak strength at a point
of about 150 miles north of the westernn end of Puerto
Rico on Sept. 1.
As Frances mo\ed into the central Bahamas. the
upper level anticyclone. whichh was well established
over the hurricane during the previous few days, began
to de-couple from the hurricane and \\ as re-positioned
just to the east of the storm and caused a southerly
shear over the hurricane as it approached the Western
Bahamas and Florida. This re-arrangement of the sys-
tems caused a once Category 4 hurricane to weaken to
a Category 2.
Hurricane Frances was a slow-mover of a storm,
just the opposite of Charley. It took nearly two days for
the storm to move from just offshore the east coast of
Florida to a point near Tampa.
After crossing the central part of Florida, Hurricane
Frances briefly moved into the extreme northeastern
Gulf as a tropical storm, then turned north and crossed
the coast just south and east of Tallahassee.
The Island suffered some roof damage and beach
erosion from Frances and it ruined Labor Day plans for
Statewide. 38 people died as a result of Frances,
which caused $4.1 billion in damage and caused 1.8
million people to evacuate their homes.
Hurricane Ivan was the most intense and destruc-
tive hurricane of 2004. The precursor to Hurricane Ivan
moved off the \\est coast of Africa during the closing
days of August. During the afternoon of Sept. 2, the.
disturbance was classified as a tropical depression. The'
system steadily developed and increased in strength to
hurricane status on Sept. 5. During the next 12 hours
it rapidly increased into a Category 3 hurricane.
Ivan is probably the first storm in recorded history
to reach major hurricane intensity as far south as it did.
During the next two days, the hurricane fluctuated
in intensity between Category 2 and 4. On Sept. 7,.
Hurricane Ivan crossed the island of Granada in the
southern Windward Islands as an intensifying Category
3 hurricane. The hurricane moved over the island with
winds of 120 mph and gusts over 150 mph. Once Ivan
entered the southeast Caribbean, the storm intensified
steadily to Category 5 during the early morning hours
of Sept. 9. The hurricane continued on what appeared
to be a direct path of impact on Jamaica. Just in the nick
of time or what could be called a miracle for Ja-
maica the track of the storm made a dramatic change
away from the island.
During the period of Sept. 11-12, the hurricane
reached its peak strength with winds of 165 mph, mak-
ing it the strongest hurricane since Mitch in 1998 in the
same region with a pressure of 905 millibars.
On Sept. 12, the center of this Category 5 hurricane
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passed \w within 30 miles of Grand Cayman Island. The
hurricane continued to move slowly northwest toward
the westernn tip of Cuba. and the eastern eyewall mo ed
across the western tip of the island Sept. 13. Once en-
tering the southeast Gulf of Mexico the hurricane be-
gan to decrease some hat in strength at the same time
began tracking almost straight north. On Sept. 16. the
storm made landfall at the Florida-Alabama border.
The hurricane continued north, causing extensive dam-
age across eastern Alabama. During the next few days.
the remnants of I an became a big rain and flood event
over the eastern portion of the I nited Slalcs.
Ivan killed 29 people in Florida, caused $3.8 bil-
lion in damage and forced the evacuation of 545,000
people from their homes.
While Category 5 Hurricane Ivan was on its de-
structive rampage near western Cuba, an area of dis-
turbed weather began to organize just to the east of the
Leeward Islands. On the afternoon of Sept. 13, satel-
lite and surface reports from the Leeward Islands indi-
cated a closed low pressure system had developed. The
next day, the depression intensified into Tropical Storm
Jeanne. Jeanne moved directly across Puerto Rico
Sept. 15 as a strong tropical storm with hurricane-in-
tensity wind gusts: Early on Sept. 16, Jeanne was
briefly upgraded to hurricane status. As the small hur-
ricane turned to a more.westward course it began to
encounter the high mountains of Hispanola and dra-
matically weakened to a depression.
During the next few days, the redeveloping tropi-
cal storm moved slowly in a northerly direction in re-
sponse to a digging mid-latitude trough over the east-
ern United States.As this trough moved slowly east-
ward, it appeared it would take Jeanne out to the east
or northeast away from land. Because of the slow-
movement of Jeanne and the failure of the trough to dig
any farther south, the hurricane began a slow ariticy-
clonic loop which allowed the high pressure ridge be-
hind the trough time to build over the north side of the
hurricane and steer it westward toward the northern
Bahamas and the east coast of Florida.
During the time the hurricane was on its westward
heading, Jeanne intensified into a major Category 3
hurricane. The hurricane's eye made landfall near the
Stuart'Fort Pierce area just before midnight on Sept. 25,
with winds to 115 mph. Jeanne's path followed the
same general course as Frances six weeks earlier, but
unlike Frances, Jeanne's destructive winds and heavi-
est rains were more concentrated closer to the center of
The hurricane continued toward Tampa, then
turned north just inside the Gulf coastline toward Geor-
gia, where it eventually dissipated.
Jeanne killed 17 people in Florida, caused $2.8
billion in damage and forced 4.4 million people to
evacuate their homes.
THE ISLANDER M 2005 STORM SPECIAL M PAGE 3
'Active' storm season predicted for 2005
By Paul Roat
Hurricane experts predict another "active" storm
o season for 2105, with 13 named tropical storms form-
ing between June 1 and Nov. 30. Seven of those storms
are expected to produce 74 mph winds, and three of the
storms are predicted to be severe.
That's the word from Dr. William Gray, a Colo-
rado State Uni\ ersir, meteorologist who has been pre-
dicting the outcome of hurricane season in the Atlan-
tic and Caribbean for the past 22 years, based on a
variety of weather conditions around the globe.
An average hurricane year sees nine-10 named
storms, six of them becoming hurricanes and two of
"A landfalling hurricane is the greatest natural di-
saster the United States faces," he has said. With ram-
pant gnro \\ i and development in the state, a hurricane
hitting the state's shores "will see 9/11-t\ pe shocks in
terms of economic loss," he said. In the next 35 years,
hurricane landings."will produce 10 times the eco-
nomic loss of that in the last 35 years."
Gray said that a "ne\" era" of stonns began in 1995.
An active hurricane season is predicted again for 2005, but will it be active for Islanders? Only time will tell.
"In the past few years, we've had more storms than in
any period on record."
Gray and his team of researchers study global fac-
tors to determine Atlantic hurricane activity. Much of
the basis of their predictions comes from what he calls
the "great ocean conveyor belt," a Mobius strip-like
series of surface and deep-ocean currents that upwells
in the South Atl.ntic, 1fi'i s along the surface to the
Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic, then dives deep and
flows southeast until upwelling in the Indian Ocean.
The conveyor belt mixes salinity of seawater.
Greater-salinity means warmer temperatures and more
Atlantic storms; lesser salinity means colder seawater
and fewer storms.
The salinity, and water temperature, of the North
Atlantic has been rising in the past few years, hence the
increase in storm activity.
Another element of the global weather pattern that
Gray and his team monitor to make storm predictions
is weather patterns in Africa. When the region there is
wetter than usual, hurricane formation in the Atlantic
is generally increased.
Other key elements in Gray's forecasts are the tem-
peratures of the waters off the United Kingdom and in
the western Pacific Ocean.
Gray said the North Atlantic was warmer in the
1950s and 1960s, a period of time that saw more tropi-
cal storms in the Atlantic. Starting in the 1970s, those
water temperatures dropped, as did storm activity.
In the mid-1990s, though, the water began to warm
and storms began to form.
"It's shifting again," Gray said, "and we're enter-
ing a higher mode of hurricane activity, especially with
Other factors Gray and his group take into account
in the forecast include a high-pressure ridge located
near the Azores in the North Atlantic, temperature and
pressure readings in West Africa, Caribbean sea-level
pressure readings, temperature readings about 54,000
feet above Singapore and global wind speed at about
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Ivan the Terrible's impact on Grand Cayman
By Rick Catlin
Most Islanders and Manatee County residents have
never experienced a major hurricane.
You do not want to go through a Category 5 storm
such as Hurricane Ivan last year when it struck Grand
I lived in the Cayman Islands for 11 years and
spoke to friends who survived. Most simply lost every-
thing they had. Homes, cars, businesses just vanished
in the face of 150-mph winds.
After the storm, there was no running water and the
sewer system didn't work. Electricity and phone ser-
vice were cut off for nearly six weeks in most areas.
There was no Internet and only limited cell phone ser-
vice. Food was rationed. People had nothing to do but
wait and pray, because all the businesses were either
gone or destroyed.
My former home at the Ocean Club condominiums,
on the island's south shore was literally blown apart.
Nothing left but a few pieces of wood and some bare
trees. The Mariner's Cove apartment complex just
north of Ocean Club was actually lifted off its founda-
tion b\ the stirnm surge and moved 100 yardss north,
blocking the island's lone north-south high\\i\.
The tenen-foot storm surge that engulfed the island
destroyed nearly 8)0 percent of all vehicles The salt%\ a-
ter rendered the engines useless and beyond repair.
The storm caused an estimated $2 billion n idam-
ages on the upscale island, and the official estimate is
that it \t ill take 10 ears to rebuild the island, not to
mention regaiiing the lost tourism.
Your worst nightmare come true.
On Grand Cayman, you had nowhere to go. At
least on Anna Maria Island, some people will have
sense enough to go to the mainland to a shelter.
It is beyond belief that some Islanders chose'to remain
with their property when Hurricane Charley, a Category
4 storm, threatened the Island in August 2004, before turn-
Big storms can mean big trouble for boat owners.
The best advice to secure your boat, be it large
or small make sure your boat insurance is up to
Other precautions to take include the usual advice for
anyone used to Florida's often-stormy summer storms:
Is your bilge pump operating correctly?
Is your battery fully charged to run your bilge
If your boat is stored out of the water; have you
removed the drain plug?
After Hurricane Ivan struck Grand Catini. the 144 units of the Ocean Club condominiiums on the island's
south coast were reduced to nothing more than foundation by the 150-mph winds.
ing at the last minute to devastate Port Charlotte.,
Had it not turned, this Island would have looked
like a war zone. Don't say it can't happen here.
Sure, you see hurricane reporting on the Weather
Channel, or hear about the effects, but until \ ou'\ e lived
through such a storm, you probably don't really take those
precautions at the start of the hurricane season to heart -
until the hurricane warning flags go up, that is.
ps for boaters
If your boat is on davits, do you have the boat
high enough out of the water to ensure it won't float
away even in extreme high tides?
Have you secured your boat with extra lines to the
dock or seawall, with adequate fenders and rub-protec-
tion to ensure the boat won't break free?
Have you removed all extra gear from the boat?
Extra stuff can become missiles in high wind, or could
collect in the bilge and foul the pump.
Don't try to trailer your boat off the Island dur-
ing an evacuation do it well ahead of time.
Many people will put off stocking up on canned
goods, water, batteries, Sterno, first-aid supplies, lan-
terns and all the other goodies in a hurricane kit, and
some won't even bother. Most people probably don't
even know where they would evacuate to if such an
order -were issued for the Island.
After the hurricane season of 2004, do you still
- think it can't happen here?
Ask the,people on Grand Cayman what to do if a
Category-4 or 5 storm is headed toward Anna Maria
In 1960, the entire population of Manatee County
was only about 20,000 people, and roughly 3.5 million
people lived in Florida. Today, there are nearly 18
million folks in the Sunshine State and more than
300,000 just in this county. It's a safe bet that at least
60 percent of them, if not more, have never experienced
a hurricane directly or indirectly.
Let's hope those people don't get that opportunity
this year, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
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It's holiday time for many hurricane supplies
A sales tax holiday is ongoing for some hurricane
The Florida Legislature has negated sales tax from
June 1-12 for the following items.
Qualifying items selling for $20 or less:
Any portable self-powered light source.
Qualifying items selling for $25 or less:
Any gas or diesel fuel container.
Qualifying items selling for $30 or less:
Batteries, including rechargeable, listed sizes only,
which are AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-yolt (excluding
automobile and boat batteries), 9-volt (excluding auto-
mobile and boat batteries).
Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical).
Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical).
First aid kits, although first aid kits are always ex-
empt from sales tax, regardless of the sales price.
Qualifying items selling for $50 or less:
Radios (self-powered or battery powered).
Two-way radios (self-powered or battery powered).
Weather band radios (self-powered or battery pow-
Flexible waterproof sheeting.
Ground anchor systems.
Qualifying item selling for $750 or less:
Portable generator that will be used to provide light
or communications, or to preserve perishable food in
the event of a power outage due to a hurricane.
By the way, battery-powered or gas-powered light
sources and qualifying portable self-powered radios
will qualify for the exemption even though they may
have electrical cords.
How hurricanes came o be named
Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne are familiar
names to hurricane w watchers. but the naming of storms:
is a relatively new aspect in the science of studying
An Australian weatherman, Clement Wragge. was
the first to use female names in describing tropical
storms in the late 1800s. although he also named se -
eral after politicians \ hom hle particularly disliked.
Meteorologists in the U.S. military picked up the prac-
tice during World War II, naming storms after their
wives and girlfriends.
In 1951, weather officials began.to use names to
designate storms, using common military titles of Able,
Baker, Charlie and the like. Two years later, female
names became the norm, with the first two hurricanes
dubbed Alice'and Barbara.
Complaints poured into the National Weather Bu-
reau from women upset that they were being singled
out in describing wicked weather, but the practice con-
tinued until 1978, when hurricanes in the eastern Pa-
cific were alternately named for men and women. In
1979, nomenclature for Atlantic hurricanes followed
suit with Hurricane Bob the first "male" storm.
Six bisexual lists of hurricane names have been
developed by the World Meteorological Organization.
The names are short. easy to remember and commonly
used names from the English. French and Spantish lan-
guages. To receive ai name. a tropical lo\i-pressure
center must develop at least into a full-fledged tropical
storm \\ ith \ ind speeds at 3 n mph.
The lists are repeated ever) si\ ears, although the
names of killer storms are retired from use.
By -the way, 2004's Charley, Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne have all been "retired" from use.
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.By Paul Roat
Mention tropical disturbances or hurricanes like
Donna or Andrew or Opal or Charley or Jeanne arid
everyone has a story:
"We looked out on the flooded golf course and
saw one of the tees moving. Literally moving, squirm-
ing, wriggling. With binoculars-you could see that the
tee was covered with snakes trying to get away from
the flooded roughs onto higher ground."
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Beach. The waves crested somewhere inside the build-
ing and washed onto the road in:a rush of swirling
"We were awakened to a peaceful sound with
frightening overtones: the gentle lapping of waves -
against the side of our bayfront house as the storm
surge, greater than anticipated, inundated the Island."
"We went out to check on the storm and, going
out the front door, stepped in ankle-deep water. One
more inch and it would have been inside the house -
and this was a storm that no one expected to amount to
"We didn't get our power back for five days."
Storm stories are as numerous as the people on the
Island. And therein lies the biggest problem we've got
to face when not if, but when Southwest
Florida's own Hurricane Andrew or Isabel comes call-
Some of the aftermath in Arcadia after Hurricane Charley visited last August.
We had our \ ake-up call last year when four hur-
ricanes hammered Florida and, although all more-or-
less bypassed Anna Maria Island, there was still dam-
age from the near-hits.
There are too many of us living in too many vul-
We've been playing Lotto with our houses on the
beaches, going against the odds year after year with our
property and savings lodged on a barrier island that is
not meant for humans in times of high winds and
Hurricane experts warn us not to test the elements
with our lives.
We've all watched the devastation that Homestead
and Cutler Ridge suffered after their own version of
Hell, Hurricane Andrew, came ashore in 1992. The $20
billion in damages, 200,000 left homeless and 15 dead
are a grim reminder of what can happen here.
Closer to our Gulffront homes, Hurricane Opal
cleared a swath of shoreline in the Panhandle in 1995.
And don't forget that Hurricane Charley was fore-
cast to make landfall at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
on Aug. 13,2004, before it veered to the right and dev-
astated Punta Gorda.
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But don't let objects or property take the place of
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Hurricane safety tips for now, before the blow
Right now, before the season begins:
Enter the hurricane season prepared. Recheck
your supply of boards, tools, batteries, non-perishable
foods and other equipment you'll need to secure your
home and prepare yourself for evacuation from the
area, if necessary.
Prepare or update \ oiur Hurricane Sur\ it al Kit.
The kit should include: MAedicines l eat east a t\, o-\ eek
supply'); special dietarN foods that are non-perishable;
blankes.. pillo\\ s. and sleeping bags; flashlight and lots
of batteries: portable radio and lots of batteries; extra
clothing: lightweight folding chairs, cots; personal
items; infant necessities; quiet games or favorite toys
for children; important papers; and snacks.
Develop a plan for where you'll go if you need
to leave the Island. Friends on the mainland or hurri-
cane shelter locations should be identified and a route
to the safe shelter plotted.
If hurricane advisories list Southwest
Florida as a threatened region, pay
attention to local weather broadcasts
for further updates, arid:
Fill your vehicle with gasoline and be sure to
check the oil, tires and wiper blades.
Gather your Hurricane Survival Kit.
Moor your boat securely or evacuate it to a safe
Be prepared to board windows or protect them
with tape or storm shutters. Remember, damage.to
small windows is mostly caused by wind-driven debris;
damage to larger windows may come from debris as
well as wind pressure.
Bring indoors' all outdoor furniture, plantings,
lawn ornaments and anything that can be moved. Se-
cure outdoor objects that can't be taken inside. Garbage
cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture and
other harmless items become missiles in hurricane
Stock up on drinking water. Bathtubs, jugs,
bottles or pots can be used, or buy bottled water. Re-
Safety tip No. 1: Don't drive rhrough1 stIandin, water.
member, water ser' ice may be disturbed for daN s or
longer after a hurricane. You should have one gallon of
water per person per day, and you should have at least
a three-day supply.
Stock up on non-perishable food. Remember that
electricity may be off for days or longer and cooking
may be difficult, so make plans to prepare food or have
food that can be eaten cold. Check to make sure you
have a can opener that can be operated without electric-
Check all battery-powered equipment and stock
up on batteries. Hurricane experts are recommending
you not use candles due to the threat of fire. An un-
tended flashlight won't start a fire, but a candle or lan-
Stock up on cleanup materials: mops, buckets,
towels, cleansers and the like.
Make arrangements for boarding your pet. Re-
member, shelters do not allow pets, so animals will
have to be-kept with friends or at a vet.
If hurricane advisories list Southwest
Florida as a possible landfall for a
hurricane, begin making preparations
for the storm:
Board all windows, or secure with security shut-
SBe prepared to leave. Remember, traffic leaving
the Island will be worse than you can imagine. Hurri-
cane authorities predict it will take 12 to 17 hours to
evacuate the Island, so plan to,leave early.
Watch or listen to local news broadcasts for shel-
If officials order an evacuation:
Leave your swimming pool filled and super chlo-
rinate. If possible, remove the pump, otherwise cover
Turn off electricity and water to your house.
Turn off gas valves at the appliance, not at the
Let your friends and relatives know where you're
Check with neighbors to make sure they have a
safe, timely ride out of the area.
After the hurricane passes:
Be patient. Access to damaged areas will be lim-
ited and you may not be able to return to your home
immediately. Roads may be blocked by trees and live
power lines, and emergency crews will need time to
make the area safe.
Expect security checkpoints, so make sure you
have yalid identification showing your proper local
Do not drive unless you must, and don't sightsee.
Roads should remain clear for emergency vehicles.
Avoid downed or damaged electrical wires.
Beware of snakes, insects and animals that may
have sought higher ground to avoid flood waters.
Re-enter your home with caution. Open windows
and doors to let air circulate and dry out the house.
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Don't plan to
weather any of
Hurricanes are categorized based on the power of
the storms. Storm categories allow emiergencN manage-
ment officials to determine time and need of evacua-
,The Manatee County Emergency Management
Division notes that "a Category 1 hurricane will kill
you just as fast as a Category 5 storm, with the excep-
tion that in a Category 5 storm you will be under a lot
Hurricane veterans have noted it is extremely dif-
ficult to walk around in winds in excess of 50 mph -
24 mph less than even a Category 1 storm.
There's also a good chance officials will be forced
to close the bridges to vehicles due to high winds be-
fore evacuating Anna Maria Island is completed, pro-
viding yet another reason Island residents should plan
to evacuate, early.
Hurricane-forecasters use a "disaster-potential
scale," called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, to
assign storms into five categories. Rated from least to
most powerful, the five categories and damage poten-
tial are detailed below.
It's important to note, though, that Tropical Storm
Gabrielle in 2001 caused massive flooding, power out-
ages and damage to the area with winds of about 70
mph not even a hurricane.
And don't forget all the damage on Anna Maria
Island caused by the four hurricanes of 2004 which
didn't come very close to our shores.
Winds of 74-95 mph. Damage is primarily to
shrubbery, trees, foliage and unanchored mobile
homes. Some damage may occur to poorly constructed
signs. Storm surgeis expected to be four to five feet
above normal. Flooding is expected on barrier islands.
Low-lying coastal roads may be inundated. Expect
minor pier damage and small craft to be torn from ex-
Hurricane Agnes in 1972 was a Category 1 storm,
leaving in its wake 122 deaths and $2 billion in dam-
age. Hurricane Erin in 1995 was also a Category 1
storm, causing 11 deaths and $700 million in damage,
mostly to central Florida. Also, Hurricane Allison and
.Hurricane Noel of 1995 were Category 1 hurricanes at
Winds of 96-110 mph. Damage caused by wind is
considerable, with some trees blown down. Major dam-
age expected to exposed mobile homes and poorly con-
structed signs. Some damage to roofs, windows and
doors of buildings expected. Considerable damage to
piers, marinas and small craft in unprotected anchor-
ages. Storm surge is expected to be six to eight feet
above-normal with accompanying flooding.
Hurricane Cleo-in 1964 was a Category 2 storm,
devastating Florida's east coast and causing $500 mil-
lion in damage. Also, hurricanes Erin and Marilyn in
1995 were both Category 2 hurricanes when Erin's
ee\e all hit the Florida Panhandle coast and when
Marilyn passed through the Virgin Islands.
Hurricane Frances in 2004 was a strong Category
Winds of 111-130 mph. Large trees will topple.
Practical all poorly constructed signs will be blown
down. Expect structural damage to small buildings.
Many mobile homes may be destroyed. Storm surge
nine to 12 feet above normal. Serious flooding along
barrier islands and coastal areas. Large exposed build-
ings will be damaged, and smaller structures will be
destroyed by wave action and floating debris.
Low-lying escape routes will be cut by rising wa-
ter three to five hours before the arrival of the hurricane
center. Terrain continuously lower-than 5 ft above
mean sea level may be flooded inland to a distance of
eight or more miles.
Hurricane Betsy in 1965-was a Category 3 storm
that killed 75 people and caused $1 billion in damage.
Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 was a Category 3 storm,
killing eight people and causing $1.5 billion in damage
to eastern Caribbean islands. That same year spawned
Hurricane Roxanne as a Category 3 storm at landfall on
the Yucatan Peninsula.
Hurricane Jeanne last year was a weak Category 3
Winds of 131-155 mph. Shrubs and trees gone.
Extensive damage to roofs, windows and doors, with
most roofs on small homes destroyed. Complete de-
struction expected of mobile homes. Storm surge 12-
15 feet above normal. Major damage is expected to
lower floors of structures near the coastline or on bar-
rier islands due to flooding, waves and floating debris.
Terrain lower than 10 feet above sea level may be
flooded, requiring massive evacuation of residential
areas as far inland as six miles.
Hurricane Donna in 1960 was a Category 4 storm
that killed 50 people and caused $500 million in dam-
ages to Florida. Wind gusts were estimated at 180 mph
in Donna. -
Hurricane Opal in -1995 was also a Category 4
storm, killing 59 people and causing $3 billion in dam-
age, mostly in the Panhandle, although some damage
occurred on Anna Maria Island as the storm tracked to
the north. Also in that year, Hurricane Luis was a Cat-
egory 4 hurricane while moving over the Leeward Is-
lands, as was Hurricane Felix. Hurricane Georges in
1999 was at one point a Category 4 storm, killing more
than 500 people and causing more than $2 billion in
damage. Hurricane Floyd, also in 1999, was at one
point a Category 4 storm as it passed through the Ba-
hamas, but had weakened before its eventual landfall
in North Carolina.
In 2004, both Hurricanes Charley and and Ivan
were powerful Category 4 storms, with winds of 145
and 135 mph, respectively.
Winds in excess of 155 mph. No trees, shrubs or
signs. No windows, doors, small buildings, mobile
homes. Storm surge more than 15 feet above normal,
resulting in extreme damage to structures less than 10
feet above sea level.
There will be major damage to lower floors of all
structures located less than 15 feet above sea level and
within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation
of residential areas on low ground within 10 miles of
the shoreline may be required.
A 1935 hurricane on Labor Day struck the Florida
Keys with winds in excess of 200 mph. A total of 408
people died as a result of the hurricane. Hurricane Camille
in 1969 was a Category 5 storm, and Hurricane Gilbert of
1988 was a Category 5 hurricane at peak intensity,
Hurricane Mitch was a Category 5 hurricane, and
was the third-deadliest storm on record, with more than
10,000 deaths in Central America.
Hurricane Andrew, recently reclassifed from a
Catagory 4 to Category 5 storm, came ashore on
Florida's east coast August 25, 1992. Sustained winds
topped 155 mph, with gusts more than 175 mph. More
than 60,000 homes were destroyed, 200,000 people left
homeless, more than 2 million people evacuated, 15
people died and damage was estimated at $20 billion.
Hurricane Andrew was the third most intense hurricane
last century, and caused the greatest property loss of
any hurricane in the United States.
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/ proofing windows
slow going process
SBy Jim Hanson
You still have time to get your windows protected
against hurricane damage if you hurry now and then
Hurricane-proofing installers a are behind, two to
three months in most cases. That's if thde can be sure of
getting the materials to work with, which are in short sup-
It's important an\ \ here there ae \\ indstorms. es-
pecially on an exposed Island or mainland shore, for
flying glass inflicts terrible damage to people in every
*But right now even the giants that usually lead the
field, any field, are short: Home Depot said it expected
to have materials in six to eight \ weeks, and that's with-
out installation, v.hich the store doesn't do.
Lowe's has some steel shutters in stock, but no
aluminum and no clear plastic-at all and who knows
when those more popular materials will arrive?
If those big guys are over-extended, how about the
littler guys? Well, they're struggling lo cover the de-,
mand just like the biggies.
That's for the shutters and for the plastic panels, all
needing professional fitting. \ indo\\ b) \ indo\%. Ho\\
about film and laminate t which stick to the window's
Well, it's fine, the next best thing to shutters and
quite a.bit cheaper, said Kurt Raible of Key Storm Pro-
tection, a subsidiary of Solar Vision on Manatee Av-
enue West in Bradenton.
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glass together so it doesn't cut people.
-Other than film, the curse this year is supply.
Even a company with strong ties to shutter makers,
such as Armored Dade just east of Cortez, which deals
\ ith a firm that has made shutters for 27 years in Mi-
ami. Joe Degilio, co-owner, said that with delay s in
delivery of materials, it would be at least two months
from order to installation. "Clear panels used to take
three weeks, now it's five and more," he said, and some
suppliers are six months behind in orders.
Save millions, trim trees now
By Jim Hanson
Those lovely trees for which Florida is envied.
around the country can become our deadly en-
emies in a heavy storm. So trim them beforehand.
Laurie Feagans, chief of emergency manage-
ment in Manatee County, likes trees and other
plant life, but she likes safety more. Downed trees
and their boughs get in the way of emergency
crews in a storm, interrupt electric power and they
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Companies and business places and
homeowners need to start right now trimming vul-
nerable parts off trees. Especially branches that
stretch over houses, Feagans said, for they are very
There are other aspects to falling trees elec-
tric power interruptions, for example, and stalled
emergency vehicles and the possible reduction of
the life of the county's landfill.
So prepare now. Keep trees trimmed.
Call our communications number
for evacuation assistance:
If you need further information,
call city hall at 778-1005.
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Lainie Daiis of Shutter Vue on Cortez Road finds
himself booked 12-14 weeks ahead for e\ ern thine -
shutters. panels. accordion assemblies, lanai
windscreens. Prices trouble him, too, for it's hard to
quote a job price when suppliers keep changing prices.
Anna Maria Island's John Agnelli, whose office is
just across Marina Drive from the Island Shopping
Center, has as much supply trouble as anyone else.
Order now and by September he can probably install
the clear panels Islanders seem to prefer. He has a va-
riety of products up to and including rollers, which he
doesn't recommend in salt air. Do his suppliers' prices
fluctuate too? "Yeah, up and up," he said.
An old-timer in the business doesn't have any edge,
according to Tom Coughlin, CEO of Metro Home Sup-
ply, which has been doing this kind of work since 1977.
His outfit puts in any kind of protection when it can get
materials, but right now manufacturers are running two
months behind. He said if your home is really. high-end,
you may want to look into Kevlar window protection, but
he warned that it's quite high-end in price, too.
There's always plywood, of course. Well. not always:
Last year even the giant lumber stores ran out before the
hurricane season was over. Plywood is effective, these
professionals concede, but it has to be put up and taken
down every season, and-it doesn't look good, and you
can't see through it and it keeps the house dark. .. in other
words, they admit it's acceptable in the absence of better
ways, but their ways are better.
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* All the emergency shelters are on the mainland,
much of which is unfamiliar to Islanders and West
Bradenton residents. The locations of shelters, the best
routes to them, and the order in which they are likely
to open, are good things to know before they're needed.
Barrier islands such as Anna Maria and Longboat.
are the first to be evacuated, their residents the first to
need shelters. Nobody wants to need one, but it's reas-
suring that one will be available if the need arises.
Laurie Feagans, Manatee County's chief of emer-
gency management, and her staff have identified shel-
ters and seen to their preparation for an emergency.
Feagans strongly advises people not to go to a shel-
ter until officials announce through the media that it is
open. She noted that shelter openings may vary with
each emergency, so stay tuned to local media.
People with special needs in assistance in evacua-
tion should register with the West Malnatee Fire &
SRescue District, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
by calling 741-3900.
The shelters are:
Bayshore Elementary, 6120 26th St. W., Bradenton
Johnson Middle, 2121 26th Ave. E., Bradenton.
Lee Middle School, 4000 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
Lincoln Middle, 305 17th S. E., Palmetto.
Manatee High, 1000 32nd St. W., Bradenton.
Oneco Elementary, 2000 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.
Prine Elementary,' 3801 Southern Parkway W.,
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Sea Breeze Elementary, 3601 71st St. W., Bradenton.
Tillman Elementary, 1415 29th St. E., Palmetto,
Bashaw Elementary, 3515 Morgan Johnson Road,
Braden River Elementary, 6215 River Club Blvd.,
Braden River Middle, 6215 River Club Blvd.,
Braden River High, 6545 State Road 70 E, Bradenton.
Freedom Elementary, 9515 State Road 64 E.,
Haile Middle, 9501 State Road 64 E., Bradenton.
Kinnan Elementary, 3415 Tallevast Road, Sarasota.
McNeal Elementary, 6325 Lorraine'Road, Bradenton.
Mills Elementary, 7200 69th St. E., Bradenton.
Myakka City Elementary, 37205 Manatee Ave.,
Nolan Middle, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Bradenton.
Pier is not
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On the planet Jupiter, a whirlwind-looking
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seen by Galileo 300 years ago. It is about three
times he diameter of the Earth.
North of the equator, hurricanes spin counter-
clockwise. South of the equator, they spin clock-
wise. So the question is: Which way does a hurri-
cane spin if it originates right on the equator?
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Checklist to get you ready for the worst
If a hurricane strikes the coast of Southwest
Florida, expect to be away from home if there is a
home to come back to for at least three days. Maybe
a week, or longer.
There won't be power, water, telephones, ice or a
nearby convenience store. You'll need to stock up on
what you need to survive and wait it out.
Here's a list of items experts suggest you have to
weather a storm, in no particular order.
Clean containers to store water, one gallon per person
Food, canned or dry.
Manual can opener.
Hand tools: hammer, nails, ax,knife, pliers, handsaw,
Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for
Unscented bleach to purify water (eight drops per gal-
One flashlight per person with spare batteries.
First-aid kit: bandages, gauze, scissors, petroleum jelly,
antiseptic spray, hydrogen peroxide, antacids, aspirin,
Before the start of hurricane season is defi-
nitely the time to check on your insurance poli-
cies, especially if you have a boat.
And according to attorney John W. Merting,
you should review not only your insurance policy
but-also your marine-insurance application.
Merting, a maritime attorney, said, "Marine
insurers usually issue policies to all who apply
and in general only 'underwrite' and thoroughly
investigate an application and policy when there
is a claim. Florida dramatically restricts this prac-
tice of 'post-claim underwriting' for other types
of coverage, but maritime policies can be gov-
erned by federal law, which permits a policy to be
voided if the insured doesn't accurately disclose
certain information in the application.
"Florida marine insurance policies are not
subject to statutory minimum standards like other
types of policies," he continued, "and many ma-
rine policies are written through substandard
companies and surplus lines companies. This
means the Florida Insurance Guaranty Associa-
thermometer, rubbing alcohol.
Extra prescription medicine.
Matches, preferably wooden.
Disposable eating utensils and plates.
Below are some things that will prove useful, but
are deemed to not be essential.
Gallon-size plastic freezer bags to fill with water to
Needle and thread.
Whistle and air horn.
Grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel.
Lantern with extra fuel.
Rope or heavy cord, 100 feet.
' Tarpaulin to make temporary roof repairs.
And finally, here are some items classed as "luxu-
Chainsaw and extra fuel.
Backup generator and extra fuel.
tion doesn't cover the company if it becomes in-
solvent. Florida law requires a 'notice' be
stamped on the declaration page of policies writ-
ten through a 'surplus line' insurer; avoid such
policies unless you have literally no other op-
Merting said there are also some exclusions
in many policies, which include alcohol
consumption, sinking ships and "acts of God."
"Another consideration to keep in mind is
your policy's description of who is included in
the term 'insured,'" Merting said.
"Some policies include everyone in the
owner's household and everyone who is operat-
ing the boat with the permission of the owner.
Others limit it to only the named owner and no
other family members unless they are at least as
old as the named owner. That means that if a
husband owned the boat and his wife was one
day younger, she would not be covered. Obvi-
ously, children and anyone outside the household
would likewise be excluded from coverage."
Doubt the power of a hurricane? This piece of
lumber went though a palm tree during Hurricane
Andrew in 1992.
Fast, agile teams of experts have been developed
in Manatee County to be the first ones at a disaster site,
with the tools to relieve the initial strains of the emer-
Fittingly called First-In Teams, they include people
from the various emergency disciplines who can
swiftly and expertly assess a situation, render initial
aid, and determine what is needed for full relief.
They know what kind of help is available from all
governmental and private entities, and how to apply it
to any given disaster. It has been determined that up to
six First-In Teams are needed to cover "clearance
routes" to a site in any kind of emergency, whether
natural disaster or terrorist-inspired. They are to assure
first of all that "hospitals, special needs shelters and
critical roadways are cleared of debris" and kept pass-
able for vehicles. Designated critical roadways are SR
64, SR 70, U.S. 41, U.S. 301 and Interstate 75.
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A great deal of time and effort is spent on prepar-
ing for hurricanes, but little thought is given to the af-
termath of a storm. As Floridians learned in the wake
of four hurricanes last year, the ordeal of post-storm
disasters can be more horrible than the winds, waves
and rain of the storm itself.
The Emergency Preparedness Educational Institute
has found that "a majority of citizens living in hurri-
cane areas not only lack a plan to prepare for a hurri-
cane, but also lack a plan to deal with the aftermath of
The Illinois-based group found that "only 11 per-
cent of residents and businesses have even the most.
basic plans to deal with the aftermath of a storm. Based
upon research conducted following 2004 Hurricanes
Charley, Frances, Jeanne and Ivan, EPEI surveys indi-
cate that for a majority of individuals it was the lack of
preparation for the aftermath of the hurricane that was
the most devastating."
Norris L. Beren, executive director of the EPEI,
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Lines for basic necessities such as food, water and other supplies stretched on and on in Wachula after
Hurricane Charley. This photo was taken a week after the storm at a Salvation Army relief station.
said, "We found that it is after the hurricane hits rather
then before the storm that people must be most pre-
pared to cope with. Mlan\ thingss that would appear
common sense are overlooked in the aftermath of these
Among the steps that EPEI found had been over-
looked and now urges citizens prepared for are:
Have a three-day supply of clothes, supplies, food
and water, batteries, cleaning supplies, medicine, cash
and portable radio on hand;
Make sure your gasoline tank is as full as possible
when you return.
Have alternate shelter plans if you cannot remain
home because of flooding-or other damage.
Plan ahead what type of meals you can serve if you
have no power and purchase food. supplies appropri-
Buy an inexpensive power inverter that you can
plug into your car cigarette lighter to create enough
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THE. ISLANDER 0 2005 STORM SPECIAL E PAGE 15
Living in a post-
disaster world on
Anna Maria Island
By Paul Roat
"There is little doubt about it sooner or later,
another big hurricane will come. Atmospheric scien-
tists and emergency planners agree that it's just a mat-
ter of time before some portion of Florida is struck by
another catastrophic hurricane..No one knows when or
where it will strike, but we do know that eventually it
Swill blast ashore somewhere and cause massive de-
Sstruction perhaps even greater than that caused by
SAndre\ Since there is nothing an\ one can do to alter
that foreboding reality, the question is: Are we ready
for the next great hurricane?"
That quote is from Jay Barnes' book, "Florida's
SHurricane History." Unfortunately, his -assessment is
True, especially for residents of Anna Maria Island.
The challenge will come through redevelopment.
Do Islanders want to rebuild the Island as it looks to-
day, or is there a better way to live on this narrow strip
Those questions have been partially answered in
the "Islandwide post-disaster redevelopment plan for
Anna Maria Island," prepared by the Tampa Bay Re-
gional Planning Council.
Taking into account existing land uses and poten-
tial redevelopment, transportation, drainage, and other
issues, officials have produced a document that will
serve as a springboard for rebuilding the Island.
After the storm
When the winds have abated and the water has re-
ceded, post-disaster planning begins. There are three
stages to this process:
SImmediate emergency period. Debris will be
cleared, search and rescue operation undertaken and an
initial assessment of damages to the Island will take
place. This process is expected to take several days.
Powe 'i'i. Ot!eIs' will be maina he at~er ca ia, r .stonu strike.
Short range restoration period. Minor or moder-
atel. damaged structures mia\ be repaired plus damage
assessment of all buildings. This process is expected to
take several xieeks or nioinls.
Long range reconstruction period. This period-
will allow for full restoration of services, reconstruc-
tion of-all structures, and total infrastructure repair.
This process could take several years.
Among the thoughts to be considered are:
Consider the overall redevelopmentof the Island,
rather than just one community or one neighborhood.
Planning after storm critical
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
Make sure you have a current picture ID to gain
access to your home or business locations.
Notify family members outside the storm area
when you have arrived.
Check outside of home, roof, walls and chimney
and see if it all appears safe before entering your home.
Open closets and cupboards carefully and watch
for falling objects.
When resetting circuit breakers. \\ear dr\ .rubber-
soled shoes and stand on something dry such as a wood
Use only one hand when touching a circuit.breaker.
After the storm. be careful of poisonous snakes,
insects and other \ wildlife that ma\ be dislocated by the
storm and relocated in hour home.
Assume all stairs, floors and roofs are unsafe un-
Avoid turning on power if there is floodwater
Always ask for identification before allowing any-
one to enter your residence.
Prevent mold by sanitizing personal property,
clothes, furniture and shelves that hold food and
clothes, including areas where children play.
Steam clean carpeting and upholstered furniture.
Use bleach with water, one cup of bleach to five
gallons of water, and other disinfectants to neutralize
"It cannot be emphasized enough that preparation
for after one of these deadly storms is just as critical as
preparing for the storm," said Beren.
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