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High-rise bridge approved for Island
Anna Maria Island will receive a new, 65-foot high,
fixed span bridge crossing Anna Maria Sound between
Holmes Beach and Perico Island.
A two-county transportation planning group, the
Metropolitan Planning Organization, voted 10-4 Monday
to endorse the controversial bridge design.
There is a question regarding notification require-
ments being met by the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation. Save Anna Maria attorney Claflin Garst, Jr. said he
did not believe the notification requirements for nearby
residents, nor the properly advertised public hearing
requirements, had been met by the FDOT.
No decision was made Monday, bringing up the
possibility that the whole issue may begin again. SAM
has adamantly opposed the high bridge, favoring rehabili-
tating the existing bridge.
Residents packed the meeting, most offering their
vocal opposition to the bridge.
Few issues have split the Island more than the
bridge proposal. Officials in the cities of Anna Maria and
Bradenton Beach have opposed the high bridge, while
Holmes Beach council members have endorsed the
bridge, citing evacuation safety.
More than 40 people spoke to MPO. Tony Ratner,
a spokesman for the special task force that held hearings
on the bridge earlier this month, briefly explained how
that group arrived at its 4-3 vote against the high bridge.
Manatee County Commissioner Kent Chetlain, who
Official candidate forums, sponsored by the re-
spective cities and the Islander Bystander, will allow
an opportunity for voters to meet and confront the
candidates prior to the upcoming elections in Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach.
In Anna Maria, the forum will be held at City
Hall on January 28, commencing promptly at 7:30
p.m. Questions from interested citizen's will be taken
from the floor, but should be submitted in advance at
the door. Arrive early to submit questions in advance,
to ensure the evening's flow of questions and to
eliminate repetition. There are three candidates run-
ning for two seats on the council.
The Holmes Beach forum will be held at the
How they voted:
Against the 65-foot, fixed-span bridge:
Manatee County Commissioner Kent Chetlain
North Port Councilman Ben Hardin
Anna Maria Commissioner George McKay
Sarasota City Commissioner David Merrill
For the 65-foot, fixed-span bridge:
Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown
Venice Vice-Mayor Dean Calamaras
Sarasota Mayor Jack Gurney
Palmetto Councilman Bill Jelen
Sarasota County Commissioner Eugene
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
Sarasota County Commissioner David Mills
Sarasota County Commissioner Charley
Bradenton Councilman Fred Runnels
Manatee County Commissioner Stan Stephens
chaired the task force meetings, said that about 90 percent
of the speakers who appeared before the group opposed
the new bridge.
No, no Pierola! Holmes Beach
takes stand on beach fees
By Joy Courtney
The Holmes Beach City Council workshop be-
came animated when it turned its attention to composing
a City resolution in opposition to beach user fees at
Manatee County public beaches. These fees are currently
being considered by the Manatee County Commission
with Mayor Katie Pierola of Bradenton Beach avidly
pursuing the installation of such fees to help pay for
It was a matter of stand back and let Council-
woman Kathleen Q. Mitchell blow. "There is no way
Katie Pierola could be elected as dog catcher in our city!
She doesn't represent our City in any way!" she said
loudly. Mitchell's further comments strenuously ob-
jected to Pierola's activities with the Manatee County
Commission as if she and only she represented the entire
Island on this issue.
None of the other members of Council had any-
thing to add, except to agree to prepare a resolution to
forward to the Manatee County Commission against any
beach user fees.
To build a new city hall complex or not to build is
again being addressed by the Holmes Beach City Coun-
cil. This time, discussion is being forced by the federal
government's American Disabilities Act. The Act man-
dates accessibility by handicapped persons to and in pub-
lic buildings within the next two years. The Council
faces small, medium and large renovation choices. It
could just do the minimum to meet the mandate, meet
the mandate but add some funds to expand work space
already needed by the city, police and public works de-
partments, or use every cent that now must to be spent
and put it towards giving the city a complex that would
meet its facility needs for the next 20 years.
Council members leaned towards the small and
medium solutions to comply with the act and directed
bid specifications for both levels of the project to be pre-
pared in order to procure a architect.
In other business, the Council listened to a presen-
tation by Steve Minnis from the Southwest Florida Wa-
ter Management District in reference to the Southwest
Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA) which includes
Anna Maria Island. He informed the Council his agency
would be coming to Holmes Beach, as well as all city
governments in the SWUCA, with new water usage or-
dinances and water conservation plans within the coming
year. It was necessary the Council understand there was
a lot of water available to the area, but the amount of
usable water was decreasing at an alarming rate. The de-
crease was due to the District's growth and demand, and
because water quality was being affected by nature.
Fire Station, adjacent to City Hall, to accommodate
the large number of candidates, as well as an antici-
pated large turnout. The last Holmes Beach election
forum overflowed the commission cham rs. For this
election, there are 10 candidates vying for three seats.
In Holmes Beach, the forum will be held on
Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. The same format
of written questions, submitted at the door, and read
aloud by the questioner will be followed.
Moderator for both events is Bonner
Presswood, publisher of the Islander Bystander, with
assistance from the staff, and from the co-sponsoring
cities and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
A $250,000, three-year study for an additional
bridge linking the mainland with the barrier islands
between Cortez Bridge and the Ringling Causeway
was also approved by the MPO. The study will look at
all possibilities for an additional bridge even one to
Chetlain also said the Manatee County Commission
had voted to support the 65-foot bridge.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash pro-
duced a petition, signed by 252 people, endorsing the high
MPO Executive Director Mike Guy explained that
the staff recommendation was for the high level bridge.
Florida Department of Transportation District Director
David May said his department also approved the high
"We need to look into the future," Holmes Beach
Mayor Pat Geyer told the MPO members.
SAM spokeswoman Louise Lockwood said the
group had six objections with the high bridge: they chal-
lenged whether the new bridge was needed, a new bridge
would be an invitation to a "traffic nightmare", the struc-
ture would be a "visual disaster", the plan for the bridge
by FDOT is "insufficient and insensitive" the residents of
the Island, the residents were being treated like "second
class citizens", and there was resentment by the commu-
nity in dealing with the FDOT.
Dee Zambito spoke in favor of the high bridge,
charging the MPO "consider our kids".
Beach Brouhaha brewing
by Bonner Presswood
The question of parking may pit a Bradenton
Beach business man against an adjacent property
At press time, the Islander Bystander learned
that Tom Chipain, owner of Gulf Drive Cafe, 900
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, may be involved in a
legal battle with the owner of much of his parking
Our source indicates that the owner of the park-
ing lot, the former Trader Jack restaurant site adjacent
to Gulf Drive Cafe on the west side of Gulf Drive, as
well as the parking lot immediately east across Gulf
Drive, was threatening to fence in the two areas and
set up a paid parking lot.
The owner of the lots, whose identity was un-
available at press time, has been painted by some as
taking unfair advantage of visitors to the recently
renourished beach by charging for parking.
Allegedly, Gulf Drive Cafe holds a lease with
the owner of the two parking areas for the use of Gulf
Drive Cafe patrons.
Officials in Bradenton Beach have recently
drawn criticism from other island officials for their
support of beach user fees at Manatee County
beaches. Those user fees, Manatee County officials
have said, would be used for beach landscaping and
other improvements. Officials in Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria have opposed the fees.
Political forum planned Thursday
for city candidates
SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
Rental law...................................page 2
Letters ........................................page 3
A.M. City Commission Profiles ...page 4
Fire & Police.............................page 10
School Menu ............................page 13
Outdoors ..................................page 15
NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE
JANUARY 28, 1993
ANNA MARIA ISLAND'S FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
[(g THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER 0 JANUARY 28, 1993 0 PAGE 2
Bradenton Beach traffic circles first in state
Bradenton Beach will be the recipient of a firs
of-its-kind traffic circle within the next few month
thanks to the Florida Department of Transporation.
The "roundabout" design will allow greater tra
fic flow without a traffic signal at the intersection
Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, FDOT Engineer Geral
Lott said last week.
The traffic circle will allow vehicles to travel
a slower but more constant speed, Lott explained t
the city's Community Redevelopment Agency. One
in the circle, a vehicle would have the right-of-way.
Roundabouts are popular in Australia, Ne,
Zealand and throughout New England, but have ni
been tried on state roads in Florida, Lott said.
A similar roundabout is scheduled to be place
at the intersection of Bridge Street and Bay Drive.
Cost of the circles would be "less than $50,000'
Lott predicted, with the funding coming from the FDO0
The circles one element in the $500,000 project
to redevelop the Bridge Street area of the city. Corn
munity Redevelopment Agency Chairman Clem
Dryden explained last week that preliminary design
have been approved and work could start as early a
April to improve the area.
Preliminary sketches and a budget for th
project, Dryden said, stress the "old town tradition" o
Bridge Street. People are encouraged to get out o
their cars and walk down the street on the wide, tree
shaded sidewalks a total of 96 trees are bein
By Bonner Presswood
The Holmes Beach Council requested their legal
staffs presence at the January meeting and even moved
the meeting up a day to accommodate scheduling con
The legal dilemma was posed by the controversial
R-4 ordinance limiting rental properties in the city.
The first reading of the ordinance passed by a vote
of 3 to 2, with Councilman Don Howard and Counci
Chairman Aaron Van Ostenbridge opposed. Minor
changes and clarification will be made to the proposed
law prior to a second, final vote by Council next month.
The ordinance affects only the R-4 district, an area
south of Duffy's Tavern, with a small patch between
42nd Street and Manatee Avenue and another patcl
which includes Seaside Gardens. The law would allow
for restricted seasonal rentals under seven days for quali-
fying units, and unrestricted rentals over seven days
Qualifications will include compliance with the state "bed
tax" and other criteria applicable for hotel/motel owners.
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planned for the street.
ie Benches, bike racks, streetlights and banners ar
)f proposed, according to-project planner Richard Fawley
)f There is also a special element that CRA mem
e- bers hope can be added if additional grant funding cai
g be found and the necessary state permits procured -
I law tightening
as well as proof of similar rental activity on or before
il cut-off date of June 30, 1992.
d Attorneys Stephen Dye and Patty Petroff com
a- mented on many questions presented in advance by
Councilperson Carol Whitmore.
al Whitmore's questions were the result of
lengthy letter she received from Dolly Young, a strong
e and vocal opponent of the ordinance.
il A report by Howard based on the City's renta
)r licenses revealed many more seasonal rental units ir
d the City than previously thought-. And the license
. leaves much room for doubt, since it often is not com-
a pleted as to whether a unit is seasonal or not, and does
n not require information about length of rental. The
h attorneys and Council members agreed that a map pin-
V pointing the rental units would be very helpful in con-
- sidering the impact of the R-4 district, as well as the
. remainder of the City.
d "This report shows how out of control we are
, and we .need to resolve it with this ordinance,"
Attorney Dye stated that "as soon as the next
step can be accomplished, the better." He recom-
mended the mapping for Council to see the extent ot
the problem, and noted that according to the 1989 cen-
sus documentation, of 3,654 rental units, the report
now gives us an idea of the seasonal rentals as ap-
proximately 30 percent.
Howard recommended engaging a separate study
group to enhance the "visionary process."
Dye stated that stricter standards established by the
overlay district are to protect full-time residents from tran-
sients and season renters. And Petroff added that at the
time the comprehensive plan was being developed, "it
was clear that they were protecting full-time residents
from whatever problems may be associated with seasonal
housing. You must be comfortable that whatever you do
is consistent with the comprehensive plan."
To correct some of the problems, Petroff suggested
it would be possible to redefine dwelling to 31 days or
more and include a definition in the Land Development
Code (LDC) to cover transient and seasonal use. At
Young's urging, Petroff said this would possibly elimi-
nate the ned for the overlay by acting on complaints
only, but iA looks like full-time residents need to be pro-
tected from this "phenomenon of seasonal rentals."
Petroff continued to address Whitmore's ques-
tions. On legal conformities, it would be up to the City
to set up a cut-off date, but she cautioned Council to
"be very careful. They have to have been complying
with existing tax rules and regulations. Be very care-
ful not to reward people for breaking the law."
Petroff advised that the cut-off date for compli-
ance should be the same as adoption of LDC, but that
The plan for a renovated Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach includes
some innovative traffic circles the
Florida Department of
Transportation calls "roundabouts".
Two of the traffic circles are
planned, one at the Bay Drive
intersection, another at Gulf Drive.
Cost is estimated to be less than
$50,000 apiece, and will come from
FDOT coffers. The other work on
the street is part of the $500,000
grant the city received to spruce up
the business district.
special gateway on the beach to lead beachwalkers to
e Bridge Street. This "focal cultural feature" could in-
Still to come are easements for the increased side-
n walks and a finalization to a parking problem at the Beach
a Barn the new design for the area could cause.
a it was a policy decision for the board. She disagree
with Young over the purpose of the overlay, not su-
perseding the underlying requirements, but to put
y more requirements over it.
Council had previously agreed on a cut-off date,
a believing that the 1989 LDC was too far to go back.
Q The question arose again regarding loss of legal
conformity if a seasonal rental is unrented for 180
1 days, and both Dye and Petroff believed that as long
as the rental license remained in effect, it showed in-
2 tent and would not lose its rental status. However, they
conceded to clarification if Council agreed.
There's still a
hole in the beach
The dredge "Illinois" is slowly working its way
north along Anna Maria Island.
But it's leaving more than a wide beach in its wake.
There is one hole in the beach fronting the Shell
t Cove Condominium, 2310 Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach, left there when majority condo owner Glen
Watkins refused to sign a property easement.
A smaller hole more of a trench is located in
front of Dan Wiersema's house at 3220 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach,. Wiersema's hole is the gap between
his property and the area of beach that was con-
demned and purchased by governmental officials.
And at 1301 Gulf Drive, another area that should
not have been filled was covered with sand by acci-
dent, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said.
If the volume of complaints heard at the Braden-
ton Beach City Hall is any indication, lack of sand is
much less desirable than improperly placed beach.
More than 20 residents plead with city council
members to do something about Watkins "hole in the
beach". They cited health and safety problems becom-
ing imminent in the area, and many said they were
fearful someone would drown in the 100 by 45 by 5-
Help may be on the way. John Adams, Anna
Maria Island Chapter President of the Florida Beach
and Shore Association, said he anticipated a lawsuit
would be filed any day against Watkins in order for
the hole to be filled at Watkins expense.
If legal action does not remedy the problems,
Adams had a slightly tongue-in-cheek solution: "I
suggest a 1,000 person bucket brigade. We can fill it
in an eight-hour party, and I think the city should pro-
vide the beer."
Manatee County health department officials in-
spected the crater last week and determined there was
no health hazard.
Ii THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER M JANUARY 28, 1993 0 PAGE 3
The Grandfather Game:
Tourism 10, Neighborhoods 0
We frequently refer to them as "grandfathers," but in
reality they are no ones relative excepting maybe the city.
With the proposed resort housing overlay ordinance pro-
gressing toward approval in the Holmes Beach R-4 district,
earning legal status for existing tourist rental properties will be
crucial if they are to remain tourist rentals.
When the Land Development Code (LDC) was adopted
in 1989, and the R-4 district, mostly south of Duffy's was
made residential, those properties that could prove they were
operating as a motel prior to adoption, were declared legal non-
conformities. Essentially, able to exist legally although non-
conforming to the adopted residential designation.
With the new concept of an overlay district to address
the City's hundreds of illegal rentals, comes legalization of the
existing units for seven days or more and the possible legaliza-
tion of units which can meet the City's criteria for rentals less
than seven days. Although many of the units are privately
owned, some managed by real estate offices and property man-
agement services, they are operated as motel rooms.
According to the City attorney, the Mayor and some
members of the council, it is rampant illegal activity and the
only solution is to make it legal. At the most recent. Council
meeting, Patty Petroff, the City's attorney when the LDC was
drafted, stated that the intent was to protect the City's lar-
round residents and their neighborhoods. If the neighborhoods
are to be protected, the R-4 ordinance falls short of the mark.
Prior to the evolution of Manatee County's advertising
campaign for "our little secret," many of the rental units in
question were occupied year-round, and that too is good for the
economy of the Island.
Before we reward illegal activity with legal status simply
because it is overwhelming, spreading "grandfather" tourist
rentals throughout the residential neighborhoods in our City,
the City's Planning Commission should take a good, close
look at neighborhoods and develop a map of all rentals, both
seasonal and annual, noting those that existed prior to the adop-
tion of the LDC.
The Planning Commission needs to reach out and talk to
neighbors of these soon to be "grandfather" rentals. The City
should decide when rental activity constitutes a business, and
get a grip on the existing rentals with licensing that defines
seasonal and produces the income to manage it.
Or, they can change the LDC and accept the change in
the character of our community. But surely there are more resi-
dents than just those in Key Royale that feel this activity is in-
appropriate to the character of their neighborhood.
Fire department comments
In regard to your article of December 31 ... My concern
regarding response time is to calls in the eastern portion of the
Fire District, which runs from the Intracoastal Waterway east
to 85 St. West. The times to which I referred (at the meeting)
were seven to eleven minutes. To my best recall, the only "four
minute" response the Board called to my attention occurred the
day of the meeting during which I learned that volunteers and/
or full-time fire/rescue personnel were already east of the
Waterway when they received the call. There is rapid response.
when they are in the area.
I do not feel that the "only" way to improve response
time is to continually man Station 2 located opposite 10315
Cortez Rd. W. I know it would be too expensive to have per-
sonnel at the same level as at Station 1.
During the hours that volunteers living east of the Water-
way are unavailable to run on calls, perhaps they could sched-
ule those who are willing to stand-by at Station 2 (it is approxi-
mately half-way between the Waterway and 86 St. West).
I have brought the need for improved coverage before
the Board. Once I was told they used to have stand-by, but
someone has left the room(s) a mess, so it was stopped. An-
other time I was told it was stopped because someone put a
double bed in the quarters. Why didn't they send the offenders
back to clean-up, or remove the double bed and discipline the
violators, instead of not covering the district?
The problem is not with the volunteers! They stand
ready, well-trained and do respond to calls. But they have their
regular jobs which may be out of the district.
Maybe one answer would be a drive to get more volun-
teers who live in this area, or to extend the area in which vol-
unteers may reside. But, one answer would be to better distrib-
ute those who do standby.
EMS is now using using Station 2 as headquarters for
one of their ambulances. This is great! But EMS doesn't man
the fire trucks!
There have been no casualties (as far as I am aware)
from the delayed responses. But, it could happen; there re-
cently was a minor fire call at a business about a half-block
from Station 2. The first trucks on the scene were there in five
to six minutes and came from Stations 3 and 4.
I feel confident that the current Board (two new mem-
bers took their seats in December) can work out District cov-
erage in a more equitable manner without increasing staffing
costs. IF, they work together on this.
Karen B. Leek, Bradenton
The Holmes Beach City Council has taken the second
step in a series that will lead to economic loss for all Islanders.
First, a 31 day minimum rental was imposed on property in R-
1AA zoning, and second, the council has approved the first
reading of an ordinance which will mandate a 7 day minimum
rental in R-4 zoning. On Feb. 2 the council intends to approve
the second reading of this ordinance, which will make it law.
Council intends to mandate minimum rental periods for
R-1. R-2 and R-3 also. Minimum rental for the rest of Holmes
Beach will be somewhere between seven days and 31 days.
Imposing minimum rental periods will:
1. Decrease the desirability and feasibility of purchasing
2. Decrease property values.
3. Decrease the number of tourists visiting the island.
4. Decrease profits for restaurants, gift ships, gas sta-
tions, food stores and all businesses in general.
We urge all concerned citizens to contact us for more
information, contact the city council members to voice your
opposition to these ordinances, and attend the February 2 coun-
cil meeting which will approve the second step in this chain of
unnecessary and detrimental ordinances.
Island Real Estate
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Anna Maria citizen Dorothy McChesney is seek-
ing election to one of the two Commission seats up for
grabs on February 9, 1993.
McChesney has served on the Board of Directors of
the Island Players; chaired
its Play Selection Commit-
tee for two years and has di-
rected and acted in numer-
ous productions. She helped
found and currently serves
as chairperson for the
Chapel Players at Roser Me-
S. morial Community Church.
_y A :. She spearheaded the estab-
lishment of the group's
Summer Drama Youth Workshops.
McChesney is currently a member of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society, the Artist's Guild of
Anna Maria Island, The Island Players, Roser Memo-
rial Community Church and Save Anna Maria (SAM).
McChesney stated her main reason for running
was to stop the proposed 65' fixed-span Manatee Av-
enue Bridge. "Even if the bridge cannot be stopped, I
want to be in a political position to put pressure on the
Metropolitan Planning Organiiation (MPO)'to be
more sensitive and aware of the Island's needs in any
future projects. I want to preserve and enhance the
unique small town ambiance of our Island community.
The existing bridge qualifies to be and should be reno-
vated and improved rather than replaced at more ex-
pense to the taxpayers," said McChesney.
McChesney also wants to encourage and pro-
mote physical, mental, spiritual and cultural activities
in the community. "I plan to work with and encourage
not only the efforts of our Beautification Committee,
but also help the Historical Society in their efforts to
preserve our past for future generations. I want to
work closely with the Community Center to make sure
it is able to provide its existing programs and add
more," she explained. McChesney also stated she
would like to see more community events involved
with the arts such as "Art in the Park" programs and
community opportunities to celebrate holiday and sea-
sonal events together.
She and her husband, Roy, have four grown sons
and have lived in Anna Maria City for seven years,
though their family has vacationed here since 1957.
McChesney is a former real estate salesperson from
Ohio. She majored in speech and drama at Ohio
Wesleyan University and taught acting at the Living
Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio, and at the Adult School
of Kettering, Ohio.
Anna Maria City Commissioner George McKay is
seeking his third term in office as a City Commissioner.
During his previous and current terms, he has served as
the City's vice mayor, represents the City of Anna Maria
on the Island Transportation
Planning Organization, and
has been the City represen-
tative involved with the
Va Community Center. Addi-
tionally, McKay is part of
the hurricane evacuation
planning project through the
Island Emergency Commu-
d' fnity Operations and part of
Manatee County Chamber
Transportation Committee and the Manatee County
Chamber Transportation for the Disadvantaged.
McKay's main desire is to keep the three Island
cities working together, but especially on "big ticket
items." "We can still have three separate municipali-
ties with three sets of zoning laws as well as maintain
each city's diversity, but the future holds a financial
need for us to cooperate on big ticket items such as
police protection and/or maintenance."
McKay continued, "I want to keep Anna Maria
City government close to the people. Anyone who
comes screaming to the City about a particular matter
means an issue has been ignored and that the Commis-
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As an aid to our readers, Islander Bystander's
Editor Joy Courtney interviewed the three candidates
for the Anna Maria City Commission.
The election will be held Feb. 9, and is a non-
partisan election. All registered voters in the City of
Anna Maria may vote.
sion did not have its hand on the pulse of the needs of
"As well, I want to keep the distinctive qualities
and uniqueness of Anna Maria City. No matter who
gets into office, our City is headed into the 20th.cen-
tury. There are going to be challenges that come with
that. We need to work closer with our sister cities and
SManatee County in order to get into and share re-
source pockets. We can go into the future without de-
stroying our past," stated McKay.
McKay is also interested in obtaining county, state
and federal grants. He believes grant money will be the
life blood of all communities in the future in order to keep
property taxes down. He would like to see a commitment
by Anna Maria City to become pro-active in supplement-
ing the City's income by involving itself in the grant pro-
cess. "It (grant procurement) is time consuming,. but once
the commitment is made, many grants-especially from the
federal government, contain money for managing the
grants. It is not inconceivable to develop a department
dedicated to obtaining grant money, paid for by the grants
McKay has lived in Anna Maria City with his
wife, Linda, while raising their grown children,
George and Timothy, for 20 years. He is a general
contractor with L&M General Construction with of-"
fices in Bradenton.
Current Anna Maria City Code Enforcement
Board member, Tom Turner, is seeking election to the
City of Anna Maria Commission on February 9, 1993.
Turner has been ac-
tive in City government
for many years through
various city committees.
-l : He has served on the Code
Enforcement Board for
five years; chairing for
four of those years. He has
e been on the Financial Ad-
ur visory Committee, Com-
mittee to Select the City
Attorney, chaired the Alcohol Beverage Committee as
well as the Advisory Development Committee which
has been successful in obtaining two grants to help
finance the publics works park area. He also served
the City on its committee responsible for reviewing all
new City employee applications and resumes to rec-
Turner stated he was running for City Commis-
sion because he felt, through his on-going committee
work, he had a handle on the pulse of the community
and what the people want from their government.
He said his main goal is to maintain the present
residential quality and character of the City through
zoning ordinances. "Zoning issues are an on-going
challenge. They need to be updated and changed to
meet the times, but it is imperative they maintain the
low-key residential atmosphere of the community,"
In that same vein, Turner would like to see more
public amenities throughout the City, such as bike paths.
He admits projects like this would be difficult, mostly
because of finances, but not inconceivable if the City
would continues pursuing grant money. He also said he
was very concerned and, therefore, interested in South
West Florida Water Management District's (SWFWMD)
current study of controlling surface water run-off from
heavy rain and minor flooding.Though the results of the
study may take years, Turner stated he wanted to be in-
volved because, "this project needs to be done properly
from the start because of the dollars involved, and it must
also be done in a manner that protects the character of
Turner believes all City ordinances need to be
reviewed and updated, if necessary. He stated he
would be a full-time Commissioner and help with con-
trolling City expenses.
Turner with his wife, Angie, have owned prop-
erty in Anna Maria City for 24 years, lived in Florida
for 27 years and have resided in Anna Maria for 9
years. He is a retired Flight Engineer Superintendent
from the U.S. Air Force With 12,000 hours of logged
flying time. He also has 20 years experience in prop-
erty and casualty insurance.
[I] THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER E JANUARY 28, 1993 0 PAGE 5
By Joy Courtney
According to Mayor Ray Simches
of Anna Maria City, the Coalition of Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials was formed to
help break down misunderstanding be-
tween the four cities of Anna Maria,
Longboat Key Members of the
and to address,
as a unit, prob- concerned over b
lems common to individually purs
them all. At the fees for Manatee
last meeting, the
Coalition's in- through the Man
formal cohesive- Commission. Bot
ness appeared to and Anna Maria
Members against such fees
of the Coalition
Beach individually pursuing beach user
fees for Manatee County beaches directly
through the Manatee County Commis-
sion. Both Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria City governments are against such
fees. These members felt a better solution
could be found to the benefit of the entire
Island if they worked as a unit in lieu of.
one city going off alone.
Mayor Pierola responded firmly.
She said for the last seven years she has
been trying to find other kinds of
sources for funding and nothing has
come of it. She left no doubt in
anyone's mind that she will continue to
pursue user fees for the public beaches
in Bradenton Beach through the Mana-
tee County Commission.
The Coalition did form a committee
to look into the matter, but, according to
statements made by Mayor Pierola, the
edict establishing the fees could be put in
effect by the County at any time.
The next subject was brought up by
Mayor Pierola. She voiced concern about
the current plan to replace the one Island
Transportation Planning Organization
(ITPO) seat on the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) board with a board
member from each city. (Currently Com-
missioner George McKay from Anna
Maria City represents the ITPO on the
MPO). The original concept was to show
a united Island. She was afraid such an act
uing beach user
th Holmes Beach
would be con-
strued by the
MPO as a mark
of dissension be-
tween the Island
as Mayor Pierola
was about the
beach user fees,
so was Mayor
Simches over his
reasons for the
reason was the
tive from the ITPO was simply out
numbered by the votes of other board
members. Also, the ITPO member on
the MPO was having a hard time repre-
senting all three cities when they funda-
mentally disagreed on a issue.
Mayor Pierola questioned if gain-
ing three seats on the MPO could be le-
gally done. Mayor Simches stated he'd
take "the battle to the governor's of-
fice" if he had to.
Commissioner Max Znika of
Anna Maria City advised the Coalition
that the Manatee County Commission
was considering changing its recycling
and garbage collection method and ven-
dor. The changes could mean as much
as an $18 per quarter increase in the
cost of garbage collection for residen-
tial pickup in Anna Maria City and
Though Bradenton Beach has its
own sanitation department, it wanted to
be kept abreast of the Commission's
changes. The Coalition appointed Com-
missioner Znika to be their watch dog
and report back at the next meeting.
cracks over beach
Not our problem
It looked like a duplex.
It sold as a duplex.
Citizens often come to City Hall
to rectify problems they incur with
property lines, building permits and
other zoning matters. But surely
Claudia Barron wishes she-had never
asked Holmes Beach for a second elec-
tric meter at her recently purchased du-
plex in the 5600 block of Guava.
As it turned out, John Fernandez,
superintendent of public works while in
the process of authorizing the meter -
learned that Barron's duplex was not a
duplex, at least legally. At the Council's
request, Fernandez checked further, in-
spected the unit, and collected whatever
information he could from Barron and her
real estate agent regarding the conversion.
He reported that the structure would not
comply as a duplex.
It would require a fire wall be--
tween the units and the added unit
would require 44 additional square feet
of space to bring it to the 600 square
feet presently required by the Land De-
velopment Code (LDC), as was re-
quired prior to the LDC and the conver-
sion. The lot size would have been cor-
rect prior to the LDC adoption, but is
The property was listed and sold by
Evelyn Mitchell of Neal & Neal, Realtors,
as a duplex. It was FHA mortgaged as a
duplex, it was appraised as a duplex, but it
is listed on Manatee County tax rolls as a
single family residence.
Holmes Beach Council dismissed
Barron's request for a nonconforming
duplex, based on the fact that it was a
civil matter, and could not qualify un-
der any standards as a duplex.
Never mind that electric meter,
The next meeting of the Anna Maria Fire District will be Monday, February 8,
at 7 p.m. at Station #1 in Holmes Beach.
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Retired Air Force, 23 years active duty. 20 years experience in property
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Anna Maria property owner 24 years. Permanent resident 9 years.
PLATFORM: Maintain the present residential quality and character of the City
through Zoning Ordinances. Review all City Ordinances and update when necessary.
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participation. Full-time Commissioner. Monitor City expenses.
QUALIFICATIONS: Regularly attend meetings and feel the pulse of the City
Government. Active in City affairs serving on a number of City Boards and City
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Financial Advisory Committee; Committee to Select City Attorney; Committee to
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told bridge is
By Joy Courtney
David May, District Secretary for the Florida De-
partment of Transportation (FDOT), made it perfectly
clear to the officials, citizens, press and Channel 40 News
attending the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Official
meeting that there IS going to be a new 65' fixed-span
Manatee Avenue bridge.
Though May attended the meeting to meet the Is-
land officials, and to outline FDOT's overall 1.5 billion
dollar, five-year Manatee County transportation improve-
ment plan, the meeting quickly zeroed in on the bridge
issue. Since May's appearance conjured up a modem
time version of the Roman Empire's pastime of throwing
a Christian into a lions' den, Mayor Ray Simches of Anna
Maria City quipped, "I admire you for coming and I wish
The first question to May was asked by Council-
woman Carol Whitmore of Holmes Beach. She wanted to
know what the chances were of the Island Bridge
Committee's, chaired by Manatee County Commissioner
Kent Chetlain, "no" vote in opposition to the Manatee
County Bridge influencing the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) to stop the project.
May stated the final design of the Manatee Avenue
Bridge was 100 percent complete. When a project's final
design has been completed (in this case, at the cost of 1
million dollars), it would take a simultaneous "no" vote
from both the MPO and FDOT to stop the project. "So
even if the MPO says 'no,' it would be up to FDOT," he
When a citizen asked why a new bridge to Long-
boat Key was opposed by FDOT when, in her opinion,
the bulk of Anna Maria Island's traffic problems stem
from Longboat Key, May explained FDOT did not op-
pose the study. "Any study done must have alternatives
such as something going to Longboat Key and something
being done to the Cortez Bridge. If the alternatives are not
acceptable, in any project, there is no basis to get funding
and, therefore, no study, he answered.
Councilman Jim Kissick of Bradenton Beach ques-
tioned why the bridge must be 65 feet high when "we
insist it will hurt hurricane evacuation." In the past,
Kissick stated, he had been told the 65-foot height was
mandatory according to U. S. Coast Guard regulations,
but he had in his possession a document from the Coast
Guard stating it was desirable in this area, but not manda-
tory. May responded the Coast Guard was right. The
height of the bridge is not regulated by them, but, what
was not stated, was that the Coast Guard will not approve
anything less than a 65' bridge in this area.
On the issue of hurricane evacuation safety, May's
facial features hardened as he adamantly told the audience
the 65' design is safe in a hurricane. One unidentified citi-
zen backed May up. He said in the late 70's he lived in
Gulfshore, Alabama, an island community served by two,
65' bridges. When, in 1978, a serious hurricane came
through, everyone got off the island, and the bridges were
the only structures left standing..
May addressed the rehabilitation of the existing
Manatee Avenue Bridge a couple times. Basically, he
said it was more cost effective for FDOT to put in a new
bridge with a 50 year life span and minor maintenance
costs then to support the maintenance of a deteriorating
structure with a limited life cycle. "At present, the current
bridge is structurally OK, but its safety rating is quickly
decreasing. It is not as safe was we would like. It is start-
ing to show its age," said May.
The meeting came to a close with a final plea from
the majority of the audience. Summarized, their plea
questioned FDOT's stubbornness in pursuing the project
when the Island community, as reflected through a straw
vote and the efforts of such groups as Save Anna Maria,
did not want the new bridge.
In May's opinion, FDOT obeyed all regulations in
notifying the public seven or eight years ago when the
project was started and continued to do so before and
during the design stage of the project.
He vocalized FDOT's belief that all the current anti-
bridge activities including the straw vote were and are
based on falsehoods and nuisinlorirnation. "There are no
factiua reasons or flaws il the oi -icina! documents or the
dexsi l to substanIial' making a change ended May.
[I THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER 0 JANUARY 28, 1993 E PAGE 7
Resort Complex George McKay
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Photo: Joy Coui'lnt-ey
Author and director of Heritage Day make plans
Islander Dorothy Whittaker, author of the Island saga, "Angles of the
Swamp," works with director Dick Hennessey. Scenes from Whittaker's
book will be enacted by Island children and adults as part of the Historical
Society's program on Heritage Day, February 20. Advanced tickets, for the
program and chicken lunch, are on sale now at the Island Museum in Anna
Mayor Katie Pierola has an-
nounced board assignments for council
members in Bradenton Beach.
Those appointments include:
Vice-Mayor Jack Charlton: li-
brary liaison, budget, streets and roads,
stormwater drainage, Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center.
Councilman Herb Dolan: sanita-
tion, parks, Bradenton Beach Fishing
Councilman Bill Campbell: police
liaison, emergency management, beau-
tification of 540-foot stretch of Gulf
Drive north of Cortez Road.
Councilman Jim Kissick: city
charter, ordinance overview, parking on
the south end of the Island, comprehen-
Mayor Katie Pierola: administra-
tion, beach beautification, Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce liaison,
transportation, Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society, Florida Beach and
Shore Preservation Program, shoreline
liaison, Manasota League of Cities,
community redevelopment liaison.
Appointments are annual.
'Katie Pierola Sunset Park'
to honor the mayor
"Speechless" was Mayor Katie
Pierola's only comment at the designa-
tion of a special plaque and re-named
beach in her honor in Bradenton Beach.
The "Katie Pierola Sunset Park"
is "dedicated to the Mayor of Braden-
ton Beach for her vital contribution in
the restoration of these beaches", ac-
cording to Mike Norman.
The Realtor was the moving force
behind the designation of the park, lo-
cated in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive.
The plaque will be silver-gray in
color, and made of granite.
Norman said no public funds
would be needed for the plaque, which
is two feet square and about three feet
Mayor Pierola's remarks about
the plaque: "I'm speechless."
On a recent rainy afternoon, Firefighter Rick Gamin (left to right) and volunteers
Asher Michon and Earl Bowen check the flow on fire hydrants in the City of
Holmes Beach. Gamin holds a Pitot Guage in the water as it runs through the
diffuser attached to the hydrant. State law requires checking the hydrants
annually, but Anna Maria Fire District checks twice a year, for assured safety.
The flow quantity determines what color the hydrants are painted.
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Going to tell it like it was Photo: Joy Courtney
Manatee County Commissioner and local historian Kent Chetlain (center in
white shirt) sits with members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
prior to his presentation of antidotes of Island history.
Chetlain tell tales about
Anna Maria Island
By Joy Courtney
Former Island news journalist Kent
Chetlain spoke at the Historical Society's
meeting about days gone by on Anna
Maria Island. An ardent Island historian,
Chetlain earned laughs when he suggested
a statue honoring the Fig Newton cookie
should be erected in Anna Maria City.
Chetlain went on to
explain his unusual
John Roser way 'There is not
back in the mid
1800's in Elyria, call for a ne
Ohio, started making Captain Toni
a cracker that became of Anna Mar
famous the Fig 1917. 'Ther
When his sons, pre- horses, two 1
dominantly, Charles wagons and
Roser, took over the
business, John and
his wife, Caroline,
moved to St. Petersburg.
In 1910, Charles and his brothers
sold the family's interest in the Fig
Newton to Nabisco. After the sale,
Charles came to St. Petersburg to spend
time with his parents, and, through his
enjoyment of taking boat trips, found
Anna Maria Island and met George
Wilhelm Bean, son of the first home-
steader on Anna Maria Island, George
The Bean's development com-
pany, Anna Maria Land Company, had
fallen on hard times. Charles, flush with
cash, bought the Anna Maria Land
Company, and he, with George
Emerson Bean, in 1911, formed the
Anna Maria Beach Company. The
Beach Company planned the division
now known as Anna Maria.
One aspect of the development was
to name all the streets going east and west
after trees, as they remain today, and for
those running north and south after fish.
Tarpon is the only north to south street left
with its original name.
As a footnote, Gulf Drive was
named Snapper. As you can see, Anna
Maria City owes a lot to the Fig Newton.
With the bridge issue on so many
people's mind, Chetlain brought the au-
dience back to the Anna Maria Island
of the early 1900's when there weren't
bridges or even roads.
An attempt to build a bridge was
stated in approximately 1915 by selling
bonds to raise the funds. There wasn't
enough interest, so the pro-bridge
people decided on another tact. They
petitioned the County to build a road
running the north/south length of the
Island thinking a County road would
eventually have to be connected to the
Island in some way, some day.
As the political machine moved on,
Captain Tom Jones,
who in 1905 planned
his subdivision that
ny traffic to now runs between
Sa r Anna Maria Elemen-
of a road," tary School and the
!ones wrote Gulf of Mexico,
I Island in wrote the County in
ire three June, 1917 (remem-
ber, World War I was
les, a few going on) that he was
ne vehicle.' against the road stat-
ing he was sure most
people were opposed.
"There is not
any traffic to call for a need of a road
... there are three horses, two mules, a
few wagons and one vehicle," he wrote.
Constructing a road aside, a bridge
was built and opened in 1921 only to be
destroyed by a hurricane the same year.
The structure was rebuilt and in the spring
of 1922, a rickety, 2,212 foot long, 16 foot
wide bridge connected Cortez with what
is now Bradenton Beach and was also the
first bridge ever to be built over the Sara-
sota Bay. The "old wooden bridge"
served the Island until March, 1957, when
the Cortez Bridge, as Islanders know it to-
Chetlain also told a story about an
adventure shared by the lighthouse op-
erator on Egmont Key and his family.
In 1848, a fierce hurricane, strong
enough to break open New Pass and
John's Pass in St. Petersburg, hit the
area. With the light house damaged, the
family's only shelter was their boat.
They stabilized their craft by looping a
free moving line around a tall palm
tree. As the water went up and down,
the family's boat was able to rise and
fall with the swells using the palm tree
as an anchor. They all survived.
For Island historical buffs: see if
you know this tidbit of Island history,
compliments of Mr. Chetlain. Captain
John Stone founded the first post office in
the area in 1893. Where was the post of-
fice located? See Page 19 for the answer.
by naming the
CITY PARK ...
The City of Anna Maria recently received a grant to improve a new
park on Pine Avenue between the Island Museum and 5 O'Clock
Marine. The infamous City Jail and the adjacent museum were
significant factors in the award by the Tampa Bay National Estuary
Program. Walkways will enhance the natural environment and link
the park to the musuem. The passive park will also feature
Xeriscaping with local, drought tolerant plants. Those are the
basics, now what do you suggest the City name the park? Bring
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want its Island readers living in condo-
miniums, large apartment buildings, or
mobile home parks to miss their copy
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All we need to know is in what
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The Chapel Players of Anna
Maria Island have scheduled auditions
for the courtroom drama, "The Night of
January 16th" by Ayn Rand.
Casting for the 10 women and 20
men of various ages will take place in
the chapel/theater of Roser Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, on
Sunday, February 7, at 7 p.m.
A script of the play is available at
the desk of the Island Branch Library.
Performance dates are scheduled for
March 26 through April 4. Dottie
McChesney, director, (778-3045) is
planning rehearsals for four nights a
week beginning February 15.
An interesting feature of the play
is the selection of a jury from the audi-
ence, who determine not only the guilt
or innocence of the defendant, but the
ending of the play.
Free help with tax preparation will
be available to all Anna Maria Island citi-
zens by members of the Volunteer In-
come Tax Assistance program. The mem-
bers are volunteers who have been trained
by the Internal Revenue Service.
Island resident and volunteer Rich-
ard Ross stated IRS statistics show the
number of errors of VITA volunteers are
less than many paid tax preparers.
The volunteers will be at the Anna
Maria City Hall every Monday and
Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., start-
ing Monday, February 1, and ending
Wednesday, April 14. They will also be
at the Island Branch Library every Fri-
day starting February 5, and ending Fri-
day, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Women to meet
The Episcopal Church Women of
the Church of the Annunciation will
meet Thursday, February 4 at 10:15
a.m. in Lowe Hall for the general meet-
ing and lunch at noon.
Altar Guild members will explain
the function of the Altar Guild. Peggy
Potter will be in charge of the program.
For luncheon reservations, call the
church at 778-1638 by Monday, Feb. 1.
The White Elephant Sale will be
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Maria Island, a member of the National
Federation of Women's Clubs, will cel-
ebrate their Annual International Char-
ity with a covered dish luncheon on
Wednesday, February 3, starting at
noon at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
A Manatee Community College
Foreign Exchange student will be the
guest speaker. Members are reminded to
bring a covered dish and their tableware.
Tickets on sale
The Historical Society will sponsor
Heritage Day on Saturday, February 20.
The day's events will include a lunch and
a Living History Pageant. Advance tickets
are $4.50 for both the dinner and the
show. Tickets will be on sale at the door
for $5 the day of the event.
The lunch will include half a
chicken with all the trimmings served
by the Island Rotary from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. The Community Youth Chorus
will sing at 12:30 p.m. prior to the 1
p.m. Living History Pageant.
The pageant will be a dramatiza-
tion taken from the exciting adventure
story written by Islander Dorothy
Whittaker, "Angels of the Swamp."
All proceeds will benefit the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society. Tickets
can be purchased at the Island Museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria on Tues-
days, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sat-
urdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or from
any member of the Society.
Reader's Theater Courtney, Kelly to
program speak to Hi-1 2
The Artist's Guild of Anna Maria
Island will present a program at its Gal-
lery on Monday, February 1.
The program will feature Marilyn
and Peter Hawkins' Reader's Theatre
with selections from "The Diaries of
Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain.
The evening will begin with re-
freshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by the
program at 7 p.m. The regular meeting
of the Artist's Guild will be held after
the program. The Gallery is located at
5414 Marina Drive in the Island Shop-
ping Center. The public is welcome
Information, call 778-6694.
The Anna Maria Hi-12 Club will
hold its regular meeting on Thursday,
January 28, with a luncheon at Pete
Reynard's Restaurant in Holmes
Beach. Social hour will begin at 11 a.m.
with the luncheon at noon.
Luke Courtney, Anna Maria Island
Community Center's Little League vice-
president, will speak about the function
and organization of the Little League pro-
gram at the Center. Pierette Kelly, execu-
tive director of the Community Center,
will describe what the program means to
the children who participate.
All Master Masons and their
guests are invited. Reservations for La-
dies' Day must be made with John
Lasson at 778-0115.
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6300 Flotilla Dr Emergency Medical
5350 86th St False Call
9707 Gulf Dr N Good Intent Call
10777 Cortez Controlled Burning
10611 Cortez Rescue Call
4704 Coral Blvd Emergency Medical
875 N Shore Dr System Malfunction
2601 Gulf R D Emergency Medical
611 Gulf Dr N Emergency Medical
2817 Avenue C Emergency Medical
5400 Gulf Dr N Emergency Medical
611 Dundee Emergency Medical
4104 Bamboo Emergency Medical
2601 Gulf Dr False Call
205 Highland Emergency Medical
4216 Marina Ct Emergency Medical
201 Tarpon St Emergency Medical
10777 Cortez False Call
9600 Cortez Vehicle Fire
Island Police Reports
Jan 19 4:05 p.m. Theft, 300 blk of Tarpon St, boat theft.
Boat recovered 1/25.
Jan 23 3:37 a.m. Domestic/Spouse Battery, 400 blk of
Gulf Dr, intoxicated husband violent, damaging items in
home and grabbed wife's arms and held her against her will.
Officer felt further violence would continue. Husband
transported to jail without incident. Wife given Domestic
Violence Packet and Victim's Rights Card. Wife refused to
sign complaint or victim notification telling officer it would
only get worse if she signed. No further action taken.
Jan 23 3:47 p.m. Burglary, 2400 blk of Gulf Dr,
neighbor awakened by pounding noise in nearby apartment.
Observed white male driving away in vehicle and had heard
voices he believed to be former tenants. Manager with key
entered apartment with officer. Drawers were pulled open
throughout apartment. Latch on bathroom window broken
off where suspects entered.
Jan 12 9:10 a.m. Larceny, 100 blk of 47th St, victim
reported bike stolen from carport. Bike is a 26 inch men's
Murray single speed; red in color, black seat with sheep skin
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cover, whitewall tires; painted on male bar "Wild Bill
Jan 20 3:24 p.m. Traffic, 100 blk 48th St, while on
patrol officer observed white vehicle traveling north on Gulf
Dr. Vehicle appeared to be traveling above the speed limit.
Vehicle vanished with left turn on 48th St. Vehicle later seen
parked at residence on 48th St with white male running away
from it. Vehicle did not belong to residence; it was im-
pounded. Investigation located white male at 100 blk of 50th
St. After Miranda, subject admitted being the driver and
stated he ran because he was afraid of getting a ticket in the
USA. Ticket issued, vehicle released after impound fees
Jan 20 9:45 a.m. Battery, 4500 blk of Gulf Dr, victim
reported unknown person stole rear tire off locked bike.
Jan 20 10:35 a.m. Auto Theft, 3800 blk of East Bay Dr,
victim reported her vehicle taken without permission,
vehicle was locked, keys with victim. Vehicle recovered in
Venice, no suspects taken into custody.
Jan 22 4:10 p.m. Burglary Auto, 4000 Gulf Dr, victim's
trunk opened with some type of lock pick, victim's purse
stolen, passenger doors locked and untouched. Officer
believes victim was watched as she put purse in truck and
pick or master key was used for entry into trunk.
Jan 22 7:02 p.m. Burglary, 300 blk of 61st, defendant
broke into residence pushing out screen in kitchen window
and crawling through. Took dog and dog food. Victims
returned during burglary. Defendant seen driving away with
lights off. Defendant located and arrested.
Jan 24 10:29 p.m. Battery, 3000 blk of Gulf Dr, patrol-
ling officer discovered white male lying in parking lot.
Investigation reveled white male victim of assault.
.League to announce
'93 poster winner
The Anna Maria Island Art League will honor
participating artists in the '93 Poster Contest at a re-
ception on Sunday, January 31, between 2 p.m. and 4
p.m. at the Art Center and Island Gallery West, 5348
Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.
Coquina Beach Cafe
On the Gulf at Coquina Public Beach
Relax on our Patio
Delicious Breakfasts Sandwich Specials
Hot Dogs Sodas Burgers Fries Ice Cream
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Full Breakfast & Lunch Menu, Dinner Specials
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Every Saturday & Sunday Rain or Shine
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Salad & Garlic Bread
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Cortez Fish Fry
Islander's and Cortezians'know where to get a
great fried mullet. At the annual Cortez Volunteer Fire
Department's Fish Fry, of course. Three "fries" are
scheduled, the first on Friday, January 29.
The event takes place at the Cortez Village Fire
Station, 4517 123rd Street Court West from 4:00 to
7:00 p.m. Adults are $4 and children under 12 get a
heaping plate of mullet with all the trimmings for $2.
Two more events are scheduled for February 12
and 26, in case you miss the first one. For more infor-
mation, call 778-6621.
Chamber social Jan. 27
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its January social at Neal & Neal, Realtors
on Manatee Avenue on Wednesday, January 27. The
social will begin at 5 p.m. All members of the Island
business community are welcome.
Pancake Breakfast at
Roser Church Saturday
The Men's Club of Roser Memorial Church, 512
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, will hold a Pancake break-
fast on Saturday, January 30, from 8 a.m. to noon in
the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $2.75 and may be
purchased at the door or from Club members.
Women of the Moose to
sponsor card party
The Anna Maria Island Women of the Moose will
sponsor their monthly luncheon Card Party on Monday,
February 1, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Donation is $2.
The Card Party will be held at the Bradenton
Beach'Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Dr.
to speak at Library
Sarasota author Lary Crews, creator of the Veronica
Slate mysteries, will appear at the Island Branch Library
on Tuesday, February 2, at 3 p.m. in the Walker-Swift
Meeting Room. He is a speaker for the Friends of the Is-
land Library Focus on Florida program series.
Crews is writing a new series set in Sarasota and
featuring private investigator Frank Tasker. The first
book about the PI is "Faithhealer" due for publication
in 1993. Anna Maria Island features prominently in
the Veronica Slate books since the heroine's father
lives on the island. Other west coast communities are
included in the plots and real events are often used.
Lary Crews (yes, the one '"r" is correct) has a di-
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verse background in life experiences that provide grist for
his novels. He began a career in radio in 1964 and has
also taught ballroom dancing, been a social director at a
resort, acted in dinner theater, composed folk songs, and
written plays that were produced on-stage.
A close call with cancer in 1982, motivated
Crews to pursue a dream of writing full-time. He has
had over 400 articles published in magazines and is a
four-time winner of the Writer's Digest National Writ-
ing Competition. The Veronica Slate mysteries were
begun in 1987 and have sold over 295,000 copies na-
tionwide. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of
America, American Crime Writers League, and the
Private Eye Writers of America. In addition, Mr.
Crews has taught over 200 writing workshops and is a
regular contributor in "New Writers" magazine.
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get to the heart of February
The Island Branch Library will have a display of
antique valentines at the branch during February.
Collector Barbara Zerby developed an interest
when she inherited a stack of valentines from an eld-
erly aunt who was a great saver. Mrs. Zerby appreci-
ated the quaint messages and old-fashioned gentleness
of the cards and began looking for others at sales and
antique shows. She and husband Jim have lived in one
house on Anna Maria Island for 30 years and consider
Holmes Beach "one of the finest spots on earth."
Island Branch Library is located 5701 Marina
Dr., Holmes Beach. Business hours are: Mon., Tues.,
and Thurs. 10 to 6 p.m.., Wed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
and Fri. and Sat.. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Show ski season
begins Feb. 7
The nationally recognized Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
Water Ski Show Team are giving free performances .
every Sunday at 2 p.m. for ten weeks beginning Sun- I
day, February 7 through April 11.
This year's winter shows will be at the Ski-A-
Rees home site located at City Island directly behind
Mote Marine Lab.
Anna Maria Island families participate in this
Sarasota tradition which has been entertaining locals
and tourists for more than 35 years. The Ski-A-Rees
Water Ski Show team are the 1990, 1991, and 1992
Florida State, Southern Regional and All American -ill-
Show Ski Champions. For the past three years, ESPN .
has featured the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees as seen at the
Show Ski Nationals. Colorful costumes and innova- .
tive skiing always delight audiences and judges.
Specialty acts to look for in this one hour family
show are exciting barefooters, skillful human pyra- :-. .
mids, artful adagio, the graceful swivel and ballet lines
and aerobic tricks and jumping.
Still time to buy your sign
for Little League
All Island businesses are invited to
promote their business through
purchasing advertising signs at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center
to benefit the Little League program.
Pictured is Luke Courtney, vice
president of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Little League
program, displaying the advertising
signs purchased by Air & Energy and
Mixon Insurance that will decorate the
ball field this season. For information,
Photo: Elmo Torres
Admiring talent at Women's Club Silver Tea Photos: Joy Courtney
At left are Islanders Betty Treeger and Jean Barrett admiring a painting by Lillian Beiling. Beiling's painting took
first place in the Nature's Treasure and Best ofArts categories at the Women's Club of Anna Maria Island, a
member of the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs and General Federation of Women's Clubs, Annual Arts
Festival and Silver Tea held at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. At right, Anna Maria City residents Bette
Riordan, quilter Clara Kojak and Blanche Migliore view a counted cross stitch original by Tonya Sawbuck, first
place in Crafts, and a hand-made quilt by Clara Kojack who took first place in the Hand Quilting category.
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Dredge crews continue to work up the beach toward their goal
of completing the Island renourishment project by mid-
February. Pictured above are the bulldozers moving and
joining the lengths of 30-inch-diameter pipe for the beach
building. At left is the trench fronting the Gulf front home of
Dan Wiersema, the result of a condemnation.
Still to come: the pumping of sand under the Manatee Public
Beach fishing pier adding sand to the beach about two-thirds
the length of the pier.
Photos: Bonner Presswood
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For the week ending January 15, these are the "Students of the Week" at
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First row are Charlene Anderson, Angelina Lee, Pamela Tuit, and Kristin
Dashiell. Back row are Kristen Carlos, Kati Trese, Ashley Eannarino, J. D.
Hapner, Myles Cameron, Lucina Courtney and Andy McCarrick.
Anna Maria School menu
Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Milk
Lunch: Ferris Wheel Fiestado, Corn, Tossed Salad, Fruit Cup
NO SCHOOL FAIR DAY
W Monday, 2/1/93
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Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Potatoes, Carrot & Celery Sticks, Mixed Fruit
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POLITICAL DISCUSSION ...
CITY OF HOLMES BEACH
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Wednesday February 24 7PM
Anna Maria Fire District, Station 1
Adjacent to City Hall
10 Candidates for 3 Seats
An open forum with questions
from the audience.
ISLANDER Ili V Al lItI0
Roswr IMmO rial Community Curcj b
The Rev. An Interdenominational Christian Church
Frank W. Serving the Community Since 1913
Pastor 9:00............... FIRST WORSHIP
9:00 ............... Sunday School
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10:30 ...............Children's Church
Sat. 5 PM.......... Seaside Worship
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Tennis is tl
By Jimmie McSwain
Island Contributor -
The Anna Maria Island Senior Tennis Group had a
potluck get-together on Monday, January 18.
These very active and "young-in-heart" Seniors
took over the Anna Maria Island Community Center
courts. After a break from their usual morning rounds of
tennis play at 8 a.m., the group reassembled at 4 p.m. for
Dick Collins and Jimmie McSwain registered the
players and assigned partners for doubles play from 4 to
6 p.m. Organized by their fearless Lee-der (sic) (Watson)
and his Canadian side-kick, Alan James, these tennis
players and their spouses really know how to put on a
great party. Seventy attended the beautifully decorated sit-
Florence L. Clay
Florence L. Clay, 97, of Anna Maria, died Janu-
ary 13 in Freedom Care Pavilion.
Mrs. Clay was born in St. Johns, Mich. She
moved to Bradenton from Battle Creek, Mich. in
She was a homemaker and a member of Roser
Memorial Community Church as well as a former
treasurer of the guild. She was a member of the Anna
Maria Garden Club and treasurer until 1991.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Seine of
Anna Maria; two sons, John H. Clay of Buckley,
Wash., and James W. Clay of Trufuant, Mich.; eight
grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-
No visitation was held. A memorial service will
be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The Rev.
Frank Hutchison will officiate. Griffith-Cline Island
Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may
be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Fla. 34216.
Ervin deBetz, 52, died on January 17.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Mr. deBetz was a
resident of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island for
He is survived by his wife, Linda, and their
Burial was held on January 20 at George Wash-
ington Memorial Park in Parmus, New Jersey. Dona-
tions may be sent to a hospice in decease's name.
Jan Carl Hunter
Jan Carl Hunter, 57, of Paris, Mo., and formerly
of Holmes Beach, died January 10 in Columbia, Mo.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Hunter was a
former resident of Holmes Beach. He was a meat cut-
ter. He was also a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge in White
Hall, Ohio. He was a Korean War veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; a sister,
Judith Louden of Cleveland; and three stepchildren,
Terry Baker of Tampa, Sherry Ledgerwood of Blue
Springs, Mo, and Kerry Johnson of Palmetto.
Members of the Anna
Maria Island Senior
Tennis Group got
together to share a
potluck dinner. Pictured
above are a few of the
very active and "young-
in-heart" seniors who
enjoy taking over the
Anna Maria Island
A gorgeous display of food was presented, from
appetizers, salads, all'kinds of covered dishes, and a
mouth-watering array of desserts.
John Kamin, John Shirk, and Dick Collins prepared
and cared the turkeys. Carol Collins and her busy crew
were in charge of the food.
Forrest and Marge Higgins, George Norwood, and
John and Mary Oliver set up the tables, place settings, etc.
and everywhere was decorated with fresh flowers and
balloons. Don MacRae kept the hot coffee flowing.
After dinner, prizes of great sentimental value were
presented to all the "winners (too numerous to mention)
of the tennis round-robin.
All the members enjoyed the remainder of the
evening, dancing to the lilting strains of Bob LoPiccolo's
Myron Kuczynski, 64 of Bradenton Beach, died
January 20 in HCA/L.W. Blake Hospital.
Born in Milwaukee, Mr. Kuczynski was a winter
resident of Bradenton Beach for five years. He was a
food service director and a Catholic. He was also a
32nd-degree Mason in Beja Temple in Green Bay,
He is survived by his wife, Deborah; three
daughters, Karen Pariseau of Wales, Wis., Colleen
Thurk of Waupan, Wis., and Robin Konke of Lake
Havasu City, Arizona; two brothers, Leroy, of Mil-
waukee, and Walter, of Green Bay, and six grandchil-
No local visitation was held. Burial was held at
St. John Cantius Cemetery in Little Suamico, Wis.
Shannon Funeral Home was in charge of the local ar-
Anthony T. Rossi
Anthony T. Rossi, 92, died January 24 at HCA/
L.W. Blake Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Rossi was born in Messina, Italy. After
working as an trolley car conductor in Messina and
serving in the Italian Army in World War I, he ven-
tured to the United States. The company he started in
1947 grew into Tropicana Products Inc., one of the
world's largest producers of citrus beverages. Mr.
Rossi was a well-known philanthropist in the Braden-
ton area. He founded the Bradenton Missionary Vil-
lage, a 100-acre retirement park in eastern Manatee
County in 1981. About that time, Mr. Rossi built a
home in Anna Maria City off of Bean Point. and of-
fered his residences as a vacation home to missionar-
ies. He received numerous ciyic awards and in 1977
was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. In
January 1987 he was inducted into the Florida Agri-
cultural Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Sanna; three brothers,
Joseph T. Rossi of Bradenton, Alfredo T. Rossi and
Salvatore T. Rossi, both of Messina, Italy; and one
sister, Elvira Nicosia of Bradenton.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow, January
28, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3006
Ninth Ave. W. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday
and 2-4 p.m. today, January 27, at Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W. Burial will be at
Manasota Memorial Park.
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0I THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER M JANUARY 28, 1993 0 PAGE 15
By Bob Ardren
"Havana Daydreaming" has taken our area by
storm. And more than daydreaming, too.
Boatloads of locals are sailing out our passes
straight down to Hemingway Marina about 10 miles
west of Havana harbor. Over the past week I've spo-
ken with three local captains whose stays in Cuba
ranged from 24 hours to three weeks and all three
reported delightful treatment, bargain prices and the
thrill of seeing Cuba again before the Hyatts and
Each captain also recommended taking along a
friendly attitude and someone with a working knowl-
edge of Spanish. Protocol is to radio the Marque Light
as you approach the 12-mile line, but one boat didn't
know that and had to explain themselves to a Cuban
patrol boat. Once the explanation was given, they
were welcomed by the Cuban sailors.
Dockage charges at Hemingway marina are 45
cents (that's right, cents) a foot per night and visas are
issued dockside as you clear Cuban customs and im-
In case you're worried about it, Cortez Coast
Guard's official comment is, "We're not involved in
Dewey Curtis over at the Rod & Reel Bait Shop
says water conditions have improved greatly since the
wind swung around to the north last weekend.
"They need to get the beach done, so we'll just
go with the flow," he said. "And besides, with the
wind out of the north, everything is fine and we'll just
ride it out."
During the first week of so of dredging, with
breezes out of the south, large amounts of silt were
being blown up into the pass and carried inside by the
tides. As a result fishing, and the bait shop business,
plummeted to near zero. Curtis says things are back to
A couple of years ago I grabbed an opportunity
to take a ride over our local waters in a light plane. I
wasn't sure what I was going to see, but I darn sure
wanted to take a look. What I did see was a real shock.
All of our grass beds, which you can see like a
charm from a light plane, were webbed with prop
scars. Frankly, they looked like the work of a sick
I vowed then and there to personally be more
careful boating around grass flats. But not many folks
get a chance to take a ride like that, and the grinding
damage to the fragile seagrasses goes on and on.
Now a new study by the Department of Natural
Resources says that Tampa Bay presently loses more
seagrass to boat propellers each year than to pollution.
Hey, that's saying something, especially for Tampa
Bay. And of course it reminded me of my little air-
The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program plans
to soon publish the "Boaters Guide to Tampa Bay" in
hopes of educating boaters to the damage they can
cause to grass beds. DNR says that might help. Lets
But some other folks are calling for establishing
sanctuaries in the bay, on the order of the ones pres-
ently in place around Cockroach Bay and Fort
DeSoto. Some areas could only be entered at idle
speed, some only at high tide, and entry near some
heavily damaged flats would not be permitted at all.
Obviously this would mean lots more markers in
the bay and still another enforcement challenge for the
Florida Marine Patrol. But .as we work and spend
money to clean up our waters and save the grass beds,
it makes little sense to have them ground to pieces by
boaters who either don't know or care about them.
Papa would be proud
of these sailors
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REEF REA CHER
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND T
DAY AM HIGH AM LOW PM I
THU 28 2:58 1.3ft 8:24 .4ft 3:23
FRI 29 4:01 1.1ft 8:43 .5ft 3:57
SAT 30 5:28 0.9ft 9:03 .7ft 4:40
SUN 31 12:19 .Oft 5:27
MON 1 1:35 -.3ft 6:25
TUE 2 2:44 -.3ft 7:03
WED 3 3:37 -.5ft 8:29
Cobra Stem Drive
*Cortez High Tides 7 minutes later.
Low Tides 1 hour and 6 minutes later.
Second High Tide may occur on the following day.
Took a hit on pinfish
Steve Salgado, Richard Gupton and Chris Galati caught this catch of grouper, snapper and amberjack
24 miles west of Anna Maria Island in 90 feet of water. The fish hit on live pinfish and sardines with the
selection of grouper ranging from 11 to 19 pounds. The group fished aboard the new team Galati, a 33'
Stratos OMC fishing line offered at Galati Marine.
Love lures luring flounder
By Captain Mike Heistand
Captain Rick Gross reports redfish, trout and
flounder have been his best catches this past week.
Dewey of the Rod & Reel Pier reports that big
redfish between the sizes of 23" and 27" are being
caught in the early morning using big shrimp for bait.
Pompano is being caught using shrimp and jigs, floun-
der being caught with shrimp and love's lures, and
plenty of sheepsheads are still being caught.
Captain Tom Larkin says he has been catching
a few snook, a few redfish with redfish being his best
catches of the week.
Bernie of the Bradenton Beach Pier reports that
in the daytime, black grouper are being caught in the
20" size limit. He said Dave Watts from Akron, Ohio,
caught a 28" black group using a live pinfish in the
daytime. Speckle and silver trout are being caught free
lining with shrimp. Rays are coming in stripping the
lines and breaking rods. Also, he reports that sheeps-
heads are still being caught.
Captain Phil Shields says his charter parties
have had banner catches of amberjacks, and red grou-
per with a few mangrove snapper mixed in.
Trout has been the banner catch this week for
Captain Mark Bradow. Some of the trout has been
coming in at over 24". Mark also says there are lots of
silver trout to be caught also.
Captain Mike Heistand says his clients have
been catching several permit up to ten pounds, lots
and lots of mangrove snapper up to four pounds and
sheepshead up to six pounds.
Captain Todd Romaine has been putting his
clients on scores of redfish with as many as 30 or
more per trip and an occasional snook.
THE G LF SH P
"BIG BIRTHA" $98.50
Special Regrip $1.99 each
All, or just one of your clubs
With island Locksmith in Island Shopping Center
5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach o 778-1661
5608 Marina Drive
Iji THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER M JANUARY 28,
Looking for a Home on deep
water cancl with caged pool? Call
Toni King, Realtor/Associate
Offlice- 113 778-6654
A",tr flour's: 1813) 778-1785
Michael Saunders & Company
L,ensed Real Estate Broker
1 2 4-4 E, B.. Drive, Holmes Beach
l Several Select
Call Lisa or Valerie for rates
and availability ...
1993 E PAGE 16
5340-1 Gulf Drive CAROL HEINZE, CRS
Holmes Beoch, FL 34217 REALTOR-ASSOC!ATE-
(813)778-0766 Million Dollc. Ciub
Fox (813) 778-3035
After Hours (813) 792-5721
C .er Sixty Offices Serving Florido Sttewide o 1 REALO
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CLUB NEWS or FAMILY NEWS
or BUSINESS NEWS?
Contact The Islander Bystander to share
the news with other Islanders. 778-7978
NEW LISTING -4 BEDROOM KEY ROYALE: Quality
custom home shows like a dream. Split bedroom design
with private guest wing, separate dining room, morning
room, parlor, Florida room with hand-loomed carpet.
Other amenities include all appliances, heated pool and
spa, sprinkler system, well, central vacuum, intercom,
circle drive. Priced at $295,000. Call Carol Williams for
showing, 778-0777 office, 778-1718 after hours.
REDUCED CANAL FRONT CONDO: Delightful villa on
deep water canal with boat dock. Direct access to Palma
Sola Bay. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Florida room, carport, pool,
tennis, clubhouse, 10 minutes to beach. Now $69,500.
Call Zee Catanese, 794-8991 eves.
BOLD! BRIGHT! BEAUTIFUL: Model-perfect 2nd floor
unit at Perico Bay Club with wonderful natural views of
lake. Open & airy with vaulted ceilings. Many upgrades
included. What a buy for $99,900. Call Judy Duncan,
5203 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (813) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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HOLMES BEACH! $239,000 #50301 ... 3
bedroom, 3 bath home with master suites,
French doors. West of Gulf Drive! Call T.
Dolly Young now or 778-5427 eves.
MARTINIQUE CONDO! $139,900 #50322
... 2 bedroom, 2 bath direct Gulf front! Call
Carol Heinze now or 792-0758 eves.
GOOD CONDITION! $49,900 $50319 ...
Nice 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with citrus
trees, fenced yard & more! Call Don
Pampuch now or 778-3111 eves.
DUPLEX! $245,000 #50371 ... Across
from beach! Excellent rental history! Call T.
Dolly Young now or 778-5427 eves.
ANNUAL & SEASONAL RENTALS avail-
able beginning at $500. Call Jack Bachman
778-0769 or 778-5368 eves.
MARTINIQUE 2BR, 2BA Gulf view,
$2,200 (3) month or $2,400/month.
WESTBAY COVE! 1 BR, 1 BA, $1,800/month.
CALL T. DOLLY YOUNG, 778-5427.
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GULF FRONT TRIPLEX
Fantastic Gulf views, 3BR, 1BA upstairs with 700 s.f.
sunceck. Two 1BR, 1BA units downstairs. Over $18,000/
year annual rents. Beach renourishment area. Priced right
with assumable mortgage & possible owner financing.
CONDO GULF VIEW
2BR, 2BA plus loft for den or office. 2 balconies.
Lovely Gulf view. Low maintenance. Furnished.
Best condo buy on the Island.
For Complete Details Call
NEAL & NEAL REALTORS
AFTER HOURS: 794-1994
SALES RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Planning to SELL or RENT your property? Please call an ISLAND REALTY
GROUP OFFICE! Four ISLAND real estate offices working together to
provide personal and professional services. Over 75 combined years of
ISLAND business experience shows we are long established ISLAND offices!
Completely remodeled In 1991 with large master suite
overlooking heated pool & deep water canal. Suite in-
cludes jacuzzi tub, glass block shower, separate exer-
cise room & sauna. 3 large bedrooms downstairs, PLUS
other terrific amenities too numerous to mention. Don't
miss this one! Truly a magnificent home. $395"TO0.
$280,000. Call Ken Jackson (eves 778-6986) or Nancy
Ungvarsky (eves 778-2993).
FRAN MAXON REAL ESTATE
Licensed Real Estate Broker
9701 GULF DRIVE P.O. Box 717
Anna Maria, FL 34216
(813) 778-1450 or 778-2307
ANNA MARIA CONDO
Enjoy a lovely water view from this charming unit
with convenient parking at your building and
boat slip for a dock. Beautifully refurbished with
new furnishings & carpeting. Excellent Winter
rental history. PRICED TO SELL! $83,500.
ANNA MARIA REALTY, INC.
LIC. REAL ESTATE BROKER
(Formerly Blassingame Realty, Inc. Since 1957)
9805 GULF DRIVE P.O. BOX 835
Anna Maria, FL 34216
PERFECT LOCATION ...
Pool, boat dock. Stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bath
plus, plus home. Cathedral ceiling, double
fireplace, beautiful landscaping. $339,000.
OF ANNA MARIA, INC.
420 Pine Ave., P.O. Box 155
Anna Maria, FL 34216
(813 778-0426 FAX 778-1849
202 Lakeview is under review by the owners. One
of four things will happen in two weeks. Repair
defects; reduce price; take it off the market;
change agency. In the mean time, this 2bed/
3bath/2car Whitehead-built canal front home in
the City of Anna Maria is still for sale at the listed
price of $180,000.
DOUG DOWLING REALTY
Lic Real Estate Brokers of Anna Maria Island
P. 0. BOX 1667 409 Pine Ave.
Anna Maria, FL 34216
i.3 THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER 0 JANUARY 28, 1993 I PAGE 17
/ ... eaLr L & neaL8
Richard A. Freeman
Island and Key Specialist
.j' (813) 778-2261 or 800-422-6325 LL
After hours: (813) 778-2284 MLS J
Deep Canal Home
the real estate ads 1/2 Block to Bay &
and classified Intracoastal
for properties 3 Blks to Gulf Beach
for sale or rent 2BR/2BA, about 2,000 sf,
in the 15 x 30 Pool,
ISLANDER 516 56th St, Holmes Beach.
$187,000. Call owner for
BYSTANDER. appointment! 778-2952
(813) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (813) 778-2294 P. 0. Box 2150
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Ft-34216
Associates After Hours
Barbara A. Soto .........778-3509 Christine T. Shaw ......778-2847
Marcella Cornett ........778-5919 Nancy Guilford ..........778-2158
Wonderful Waterfront Homes
Irresistible Iris Street
Don't miss this cozy 2 bedroom, 2 bath home located on
a tranquil bayou within steps of great north end beaches.
Amenities include parquet floors, boat dock, screened
lanai, and many fruit laden citrus trees! Only $162,500.
f -'W i 2 .' -': -', '- .. -. =', .__.-:- --
CANAL FRONT, POOL HOUSE
BEST VALUE IN HOLMES BEACH
This beautifully maintained and inviting 3 bedroom, 2
bath island home is situated in the loveliest of Bay Palms
neighborhoods Enjoy delightful, sunny afternoons
around the 14 x 30 solar heated, caged swimming pool,
overlooking the deep, seawalled canal with boat dock
and davits. The spacious, free flowing floor plan offers
a generous family room and elegant living room, both of
which open onto the cheerful screened lanai. Lovely
landscaping includes a rare and tropical Canary Island
Date Palm. This first rate home is priced to sell at an
affordable $189,900. Call today to reserve your very own
place in paradise!
IMMACULATE AND LOVELY
CANAL FRONT HOME
Beautifully remodeled two bedroom, two bath home on
deep, seawalled waterway. All white kitchen with pass
through, dining area with bay window, new peach wall
to wall carpeting, pebbled landscaping with circular
drive, tiled roof, and more! Only $185,000. Don't miss it!
Possible owner financing.
We still have a few Choice Seasonal
Rentals available for Winter 1993
starting at $1,200 per month.
We also have our charming 1993
calendars. Please stop by for yours!
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Office: (813) 778-0766
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Florida Realty v
5340 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
An independently owned and operated member of The Prudential RealEstateAilate Al s, Inc.
$199-600 Now $187,500
IMPRESSIVE, BIG, BRIGHT BEAUTY
4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS
Vaulted living room, double wide stair case to
master bedroom suite. Dining room, open modern
kitchen, screened lanai, garage. Well maintained
and cared fcr.
Boating canal and dock with davits. Only 4 lots
from Intracoastal Waterway. Drive by 520 56th
Street, Homes Beach, and then hurry and call ...
OF ANNA MARIA
9906 Gulf Drive
NEXT TO THE ANNA
MARIA POST OFFICE
Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
3224 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (813) 778-6654
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127 Hammock Road in Anna Maria. 3 BR, 2 BA.
Secluded area. Dock for small boat. $249,000.
Call Dick Maher ... after hours 778-6791
Licensed Real Estate Salesman
778-2261- 605 Manatee Av West Holmes Beach
778-2244 401 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK -TOLL FREE 1-800-422-NEAL
r -Fran Maxon I
LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER
S/I k ONE OF THE OLDEST REAL ESTATE COMPANIES ON THE ISLAND
-,- FOUNDING MEMBER OF ISLAND CO-LISTING SERVICE
I i FAX # 778-7035
I 778-2307 or 778-1450
INTRODUCING SALES ASSOCIATES: '
Pat Jackson ............................ Eve. 778-3301
Kenneth Jackson ....................Eve. 778-6989 a -
"Your Anna Maria Neighbors Specializing in Island Property!"
Tired of increasing seasonal rents year after year. Invest in a duplex
with good income, walking distance to beach a nd shopping, in the
heart of Anna Maria. $129,000. Owner Motivated.
OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Maureen Dowd, Lic. Real Estate Broker
SreBH~~~iRR^ ~ -'*S
Spacious, elevated home on deep sailboat
water. Direct access to Tampa Bay, room for 45'
boat and a lift for smaller craft make this home
a boater's dream! Three bedrooms, two baths,
sunny porches and a cupola to top it all off with
beautiful views of Tampa Bay!! This is the place
for you and your family to have it all ...
778-6066 Fax #778-4687
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
FORMERLY HENDRICKS REAL ESTATE
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Hire an exceptional
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With integrity, knowledge
and exceptional service, I
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S Longboat Key and Anna
Maria Island's finest
ANNA MARIA'S BEST ...
Choice sought after bayfreont home in Key Royale.
220' on water with private dock, 3000+ s.f. of living
area, 3 bedrooms with sweeping views of the bay and
the Skyway bridge. Extraordinary spot!
Ask for Patty ... $475,000.
LONGBOAT KEY GULF FRONT CONDO
Smashing views of Longboat's best beach! 2/2 condo
on delightful, north Longboat. Fabulous lanai to enjoy
Call Patty ... $210,000.
Please ask for Patty Lance for tese properties and
details on all Island Real Estate today! Work with an
agent that really knows the market.
Office 383-3708 or Evenings 778-5295
REAL ESTATE NOTES ...
Tamara Gilman has joined Smith, Realtors, at 5203
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, as a realtor-associate. She will
specialize in single-family waterfront
Tamara is a native Detroiter and
Graduate of Michigan State University
with a degree in advertising. She is a
member of the Manatee County Board
of Realtors and Women's Council of
Realtors. Tamara and her husband,
Alan, own property on the Island in
North Point Harbour.
Neal & Neal, Realtors, Anna Maria Island Offices,
announce the top listing agent for the month of December
was Rose Schnoerr and the top selling agent for the month
of December was Frank H. Davis, Jr.
Choose the best for your
Real Estate needs .
Michael Saunders Island top producer
for the past 3 years,
UI0 THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER 0 JANUARY 28, 1993 E PAGE 18
Anna Maria Island Real Estate Transactions
DATE ADDRESS TYPE FROM/TO LISTS
12/15 203 76th St Duplex Shank to Wickwire Unk
two story duplex of 4bed/2bath/2car, 1,152 s.f., built in 1952, 90x78 lot.
1/5 793 Jacaranda Home Bridges to Davis $106,900
ground level 2bed/1bath/1car home, 796 s.f., built in 1968, 50x100 lot.
1/5 2400 Avenue C 4-plex Stevenson to Bettoni $239,000
two story 4-plex of 8bed/4bath, 2,880 s.f., built in 1973, 100x100 lot.
1/6 1301 Bay Dr North Condo Merrill to Williams Unk
2bed/2bath condo, 1,100 s.f., built in 1983.
1/7 709 South Bay Blvd Home O'Day to Niss $139,500
elevated 2bed/2bath/2car bayview home, 1,286 s.f., built in 1980, 65x1 00 lot.
1/8 663 Key Royale Home Marin Co. Exc. to Knode Unk
bay front, ground level 4bed/3bath/2car home, 2,100 s.f., pool, built in 1972, 100xi50 lot.
1/8 117 7th St North Condo Muray to Kirkpatrick $45,000
1bed/1bath condo, 600 s.f.
1/10 3702 5th Ave Duplex Pinkham to Moroz $127,500
ground level duplex of 4bed/4bath, 2,000 s.f., built in 1973, 100x100 lot.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, Doug Dowling Realty of Anna Maria City, 778-1222
Sale of the Week
709 South Bay Blvd. in the City of Anna Maria is such a typical transaction
that it warrants our attention. It was on the market for a year which is not
unusual. It is an elevated affair with 2bed/2bath/2car garage which is most
average for a newer home. It was purchased by a couple retiring to the
Island after looking our Island over for more than three years. Two days a
week for three weeks were spent looking for this house. A long period of
negotiations and counter offers led to the unusual closing price of $128,125.
Listing agent was Sharon Finkbeiner, Horizon Realty of Anna Maria;
selling agent was Carol Heinze, Prudential Florida Realty
of Holmnes Beach.
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Located just West of the Island Shopping Center
JJ A, -t -
NAUTILUS Fully furnished 2BR-2BA apartment UPGRADED BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX
located at the desirable Nautilus Condominium. Each side of this 2BR-2BA duplex has a master
Complex offers heated pool, tennis, resident manager bath, disposal, dishwasher, skylights in living
and fabulous walking beach. Excellent rental room. Close to the beach and good rental history.
opportunity. Just reduced to $129,900. Priced at $119,900.
WIDE, SANDY BEACH! In front of this lovely 2BR- NEW BEACH IS GETTING CLOSER 2BR-1 BA fully
2BA, turnkey furnished condo. Many conveniences furnished unit with pool, private patio, and cookout
including eat-in kitchen, washer/dryer, covered area. Convenient to Anna Maria Island Centre for
parking for 2 cars, pool, security entrance. Priced at shopping. Priced at $58,900 with a $1,000 decorating
$139,900. Call Stan Williams. allowance. Call Tom Eatman.
BEST PRICED Island residence with a short walk to SUNSET VILLAS Two duplexes, side by side,
beach and partial view of the Bay. Newly painted exterior only one-half block to sandy, walking beach.
and partial new roof. Open beam ceiling and ample Offered at $194,500 with possible owner
storage. All for only $78,500. Call Dave Moynihan. financing. Call Dave Moynihan.
SEVERAL SELECT WINTER RENTALS STILL AVAILABLE.
CALL LISA OR VALERIE FOR AVAILABILITY AND RATES!
[i] THE ISLANDER/BYSTANDER M JANUARY 28, 1993 0 PAGE 19
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER Classifieds are local! No more 900 or 976
toll numbers for out-of-state solicitors and no escort services. Just local people
advertising local jobs, items for sale, apartments for rent and homes for sale!
DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON at our office 5400A Marina Drive, Island
Shopping Center (on the corner between D.Coy Ducks and the laundromat). Clas-
sified ads must be paid in advance. For more information call 778-7978.
3 LINES = $2.00, Additional lines @ $1, box @ $1, Headlines @ $. 10 word.
WHITE WICKER fumiture-2 love seats, 3 chairs,all with
cushions, 2 tables. Wrought iron patio-4 pieces. All very
good condition. Sectional sofa. Must see. 778-3920
NEW WHIRLPOOL window A/C $130. Cabinet sewing
machine w/all attachments $60. Men's PGA golf set inc.
bag $75. Set of ladies golf clubs including bag $40. Corn-
ing ware dishes (service for 8) $25. 778-3198.
SOFA BED Full beige, gold, rust, green floral. Excel-
lent condition. $200 OBO. Recliner and 2 swivel
chairs, offer. 778-7214
EXERCISE BIKE WANTED in good condition 778-3710.
BEDSPREADS, pillows, blankets and misc dishes.
Excellent condition. Good prices. 778-4269.
TWIN BED SET, head & foot boards w/rails, match-
ing chest of drawers w/small mirror, dresser with mir-
ror and stool. 55 years old, solid wood, need refinish-
ing. Other misc chairs and end tables. 778-7070.
JACUZZI Like new. Seats four. $1500. 778-0078
ask for Jim Wheeler.
GARAGE SALE 211A 69th St. Fri & Sat 8:30-? 2 king-
size beds w/bedding. Double door refrigerator, misc fur-
niture. Rand kitchen table, 4 chairs. 778-7869.
GARAGE SALE Fri & Sat. 8:30-?. No early birds.
211A & B 69th St. Household, clothing, etc.
YARD SALE 508 Key Royale Dr, Sat 1.31. Bedroom
set, tools, misc.
1980 FORD THUNDERBIRD 45,000 orig. miles.
Candy apple red, white landau roof & interior, im-
maculate! AM/FM/cassette. $2,200 FIRM. 778-4084
1985 NEW YORKER Loaded. Estate sale. 1 owner
(non-smoker) $28,000 miles. $5500 OBO 778-7375.
14' DEEP FISHERMAN. 35 hp electric start engine.
Trailer included. $1,200. 778-4084.
14' FIBERGLASS boat. 30 hp, outboard Evinruder
motor w/trailer. $1500 OBO 778-4897.
ANSWER TO HISTORICAL QUESTION:
The first post office in the area was located where
Leverock's Seafood House is today. The building was
located at an end of a pier, allowing people to pick up
their mail by boat.
FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE $110,000 44' Grouper
boat, twin engines 2 heads, lower-cabin, forward
bunks, AC, 15,000 lb ice capacity. Will trade for RE
or topline motor home. 792-8628 for details.
JUST ADD WATER 16' Gulfcraft, bimini top, 2 livewells/
pump, C.G. equp, rod holders, depth/fish finder, igloo
cooler, galvanized tilt trailer, 40 hp Tohatsu engine and
much more! New 1992. Only $4895. Call Bob 778-1247.
PAINTER. Looking for work. 35 years experience.
Also some carpentry jobs. Free estimates. Call Don
PART TIME work wanted. Full time Island resident
looking for any kind of work (no sales please). 778-
CHEERFUL COMPANION, professional service.
Light cleaning, cooking, driving.. Refined depend-
able. Full or part time. 778-9617.
PEACHES ICE CREAM & DELI help wanted full
and/or part-time. Island Shopping Center. 778-7386.
CLEANING HOMES, apartments, condos, seasonal
rentals, boats and commercial. Impeccable service.
Call for free estimate. 778-4381 leave message.
YES, Pine-Sol Patty & Co. is still here!! We do every-
thing- cleaning, windows, moving help, driving, etc.
10% discount to Tom Selleck. 778-9217.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodeling
specialist. State licensed and insured. Many island
ALUMINUM VINYL PRODUCTS Installation, re-
modeling, repairs, screen rooms, soffit & fascia, roof-
overs, carports, etc. LIC #RX0051318. Insured, ref-
erences, reasonable prices. Rex Roberts 795-3757.
PRESSED FOR TIME Call Island Ironing. Beauti-
fully done by a professional with 20 years experience.
Openings available at reasonable rates. 778-1767.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR duplex. Unfurnished, im-
maculate, on ground floor. 1/2 block to beach. Car-
pet, fans, carport and storage. 5606 Carissa Street.
$375 mo. Annual. 778-1017
ISLAND WEST APARTMENTS
GRACIOUS economy vacation apartments with pool.
One short block to beach. Efficiencies, 1 & 2 bed-
rooms. Call Anne Burdorf, owner. 778-6569.
CONDO/VILLA rental. Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA car-
port, private boat dock, tennis and heated pools.
Annual. No pets. 778-6791
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED. 2BR/1BA duplex on
Anna Maria, close to beach. $600/mo. Call Debbie,
Anna Maria Realty 778-2259.
SEVERAL GULF FRONT or close to gulf. Seasonal
rentals. Available monthly or weekly. Please inquire,
Anna Maria Realty 778-2259
94 SEASON 3BR/2BA house across from Rod &
Reel. $1600/mo. 2-3 month minimum. 778-7383.
LOT FOR RENT to park your boat & trailer, $75 per
month, 209 Palmetto Ave, Anna Maria. Days 748-
8665 ask for Sara. Eves 813-685-1473
2BR/2BA FURNISHED condo w/1 car garage. Great
investment opportunity. Near Holmes Beach City
Hall. $59,000 778-5985.
HOLMES BEACH, sailboat canal-direct access-bay
& gulf. 3BR/2BA. Solar heated pool, dock, davits.
Recent renovations. $177,500. By owner. 778-4356.
SALTWATER CANAL front home. 3/2, 2 car garage,
split plan, lanai and fruit trees. $159,000. Great are.
792-8628. Owner is a real estate agent.
CONDO Westbay Pointe & Moorings, Holmes Beach.
Newly painted and carpeted, all new appliances, en-
closed and air conditioned lanai. 2BR/2BA. Move-in
condition at $129,000. By appointment only. 778-2568.
CANAL HOME $141,400 2/2 on deep water canal,
dock and davits. Tile roof and shop with AC. Call
Harold Small Eves: 792-8628. Neal & Neal, REAL-
HOME on deep water canal w/135' frontage. 3 BR,
pool, 2200 sq. ft. Price drastically reduced to
$175,000 for quick sale. Call Harold Small EVES:
792-8628 Neal & Neal, REALTORS 778-2261.
NEAR 1-75 3/2 home w/solar htd pool. 20 X 40 shop
w/bath and AC. Also green house and dog kennels.
1 1/2 acre lot. $169,000. Call Harold Small EVES:
792-8628 Neal & Neal, REALTORS 778-2261.
WEST BRADENTON 3/2 w/above ground pool and
large deck area. 3 years old. Better than new.
$109,900 Call Harold Small EVES: 792-8628 Neal
& Neal, REALTORS 778-2261.
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MEET THE CANDIDATES
VOTE ON FEB.
ANNA MARIA CITY
January 28, 7:30 PM
Anna Maria City Hall
3 Candidates: DOROTHY McCHESNEY,
GEORGE McKAY AND TOM TURNER.
2 Open Seats, 2-Year Terms
Please join us for an open forum,
where questions will be accepted
from the audience.
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Jo & Frank Davis, owners of
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Clean Carpet Lasts Longer & Looks Better
I For fast, thorough, friendly service I
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I number, 745-4723, 8 AM to 5 PM.
MEMBER: ANNA MARIA & LONGBOAT KEY CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS
Rare 3BR/2BA unit with updated appliances,
freshly redecorated. Complete with private carport
and boat dock. All located on canal surrounded by
26 acres of tropical splendor. $171,900
DICK MAHER: EVENINGS 778-6791
Bright, private entrance to this large 3BR/2BA
condo with a feeling of single family home.
Panoramic view of Bay/Bayou. Extra room for
storage/work shop. $147,000
BOBYE CHASEY: EVENINGS 778-1532
3BR/2BA home with upgraded roof and appli-
ances. Great room effect. Beautifully kept yard
with Palm Trees. Wide drive. $135,000
ROSE SCHNOEER: EVENINGS 778-7780
GULF PLACE TWO AVAILABLE
Great view of the Gulf of Mexico from each of
these furnished 3BR/2BA units. Great location
- great income. $179,000 and $179,900
ROSE SCHNOEER: EVENINGS 778-7780
JOHN GREEN: EVENINGS 778-3167
ISLAND HOME SITE
Large lot 3 blocks from the Gulf and 3 blocks
from the Bay. Close and convenient for walking
to shops, restaurants and post office. $90,000
TOM NELSON: EVENINGS 794-1928
DISTINCTIVE, UNIQUE HOME
Charming 3BR/3BA home located directly on
Tampa Bay. Oak spiral staircase leads to second
level area of den with wetbar, bedroom, bath
and large deck overlooking Tampa Bay and sur-
rounding area. $515,000
TOM NELSON: EVENINGS: 794-1928
DICK MAHER: EVENINGS 778-6791
KEY ROYALE CANAL FRONT
3BR/2BA. New carpet and floor tile. Open and
spacious with Florida room and screened lanai.
Beautiful landscaping. Two car garage and new
30' boat dock. $184,500
TOM NELSON EVES: 794-1928
Park your boat at your back door. Great 2BR/1BA
unit with recently replaced roof and upgraded car-
MARY ANN SCHMIDT EVES: 778-4931
JANIS VAN STEENBURGH EVES: 778-4796
View from both levels of this 2BR/2 1/2BA 1/2
duplex. Full balcony on 2nd floor for privacy. 2
car garage. Only 2 years old. Just like new.
MARY ANN SCHMIDT EVES: 778-4931
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