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WEEKLY NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE
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Coastal problems focus of special committee
By Pat Copeland
Island officials shared concerns about growing
problems associated with patrolling coastal waters at
last week's meeting of Barrier Island Elected Officials.
A representative of the sheriff s marine patrol unit
said the state statute governing watercraft is a "catch-
all statute careless or reckless operation of a vessel"
but the real problem is manpower to enforce it. He said
two officers are responsible for 153 miles of shore, plus
freshwater lakes and rivers.
Holmes Beach Councilwoman Carol Whitmore
said the city's police boat has begun regular weekend
patrols and the boat's presence causes pleasure boats
to slow down dramatically. She suggested the three
cities share the cost of an officer for weekend patrols
to cover the entire Island.
Anna Maria Commissioner Dottie McChesney said
the sheriff s department is considering the purchase of
a jet boat for coastal patrol.
Other suggestions included using buoys to define
swimming areas and designating points where personal
watercraft can enter the water. A committee was
formed to study the issue and seek solutions. Commit-
tee members are Luke Courtney of Holmes Beach, Jim
Kissick of Bradenton Beach, Doug Wolfe of Anna
Maria and Ray Metz of Longboat Key.
Mayor Katie Pierola asked if Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach would consider hiring and sharing the services of
a planner at a cost of $34,000 to $38,000 per year. The
other mayors said they felt it would create unnecessary
expenses, such as retirement and insurance benefits for the
cities and that paying per use is more practical.
Code violations GOV. CHILES MEET
Catalina Resort ..
Code violations against Bradenton Beach Sailboat D''
Rental and the Catalina Beach Resort were dismissed & I ., I
by the city's code enforcement board.
The Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Board
unanimously voted to dismiss charges of "operating
boats for hire from a zoning not appropriate for this
type of operation" at the business after Code Inspector
Joe Romano said he believed the action was permitted
by previous city councils.
The question appears to be one of what type of boat
rental, and whether the number of boats that are avail-
able to be rented, has been expanded. The technical
phrase is "expansion of a non-conforming use," since
the boat rental is not conforming to the existing zoning
of the property.
Sailboats are okay, as long as they match the num-
ber of sailboats rented when a special exception was
originally granted to Ralph Cole of Bradenton Beach
Sailboat Rental. Cole operates his rental business at the Outside the campaign kick-offparty, Governor Chiles
Catalina, 1325 Gulf Drive North. and surprised protestestors by immediately crossing ti
Questionable is whether the rental of Jet-skis is bridge at Manatee Avenue with a 65-foot fixed span.
permitted. Romano said he is researching the matter,
conferring with other people and, if he does cite the
business, would do so under rules that the business has
expanded a non-conforming use.
The Catalina Beach Resort is owned by Mayor
Katie Pierola and her husband, Gil. They have said they '.
do not receive any compensation from Cole in allow-
ing him to conduct.a business at the resort.
"It's really a question of apples and oranges in this
case," City Attorney Alan Prather said. "The question
is about an expansion of a non-conforming use. The
activity permitted there was sailboats, and that was
okay then. But to expand the number of sailboats, or
add Jet-skis you can't do that."
Another Jet-ski rental operation, Wet Willies, Inc.,
in the 300 block of Gulf Drive South, has also been
cited with violation of city codes. The business has also
requested a hearing before the city code enforcement
board, which has been continued until July 25.
Council approves parking lot purchase
Bradenton Beach is on its way to becoming the
first Island city to purchase land exclusively for use as
a municipal parking lot.
Last week the city council unanimously approved
the purchase of two lots at 105 and 107 First St. N.
from Bronick Plitcher for $100,000. A $5,000 deposit
is to be made upon execution of the agreement and the
balance is due within 90 days.
The purchase grew out of the need for additional
parking following renovations to Bridge Street funded
by a $500,000 grant from the state.
Clem Dryden, chairman of the Community Rede-
velopment Agency (CRA), noted, "We're getting a
good buy on this. We're buying an appreciating asset
that's going to go up in value. If we ever decide we
want to sell it, we wouldn't have to worry about los-
ing our money on it."
Dryden said the city is responsible for clearing the
lot at a cost of about $3,000.
Vice Mayor Herb Dolan said, "We have a CRA
board that has some money in their account which is
dedicated for the blighted area. Is it possible to have the
CRA pay for clearing the property?"
Dryden said he would be willing to make that
motion at the next CRA meeting.
"I think it's an integral part of what we want to
have done," Dryden said.
Councilman Jim Kissick addressed adverse com-
ments on the purchase.
"The feeling from the north and south ends of the
city is that if this goes, it will benefit the center of the
city with everybody's money," he explained. "I would
like to point out to those citizens that they are not for-
gotten and it is the commitment of this board to balance
PLEASE SEE LOT PURCHASE, PAGE 2
S, GREETS ON ISLAND
exited his car on arrival at the Beach House restaurant
he road to address their concerns about replacement of the
Chiles said "Governor's can't decide where bridges go."
Inside the campaign
kick-off party, Gover-
nor Chiles walked
throughout the crowd
seated for lunch,
greeting each person
briefly. Here Blue
Walter and Charley
Bell of Cortez took an
opportunity to plead
with the Governor on
behalf of the commer-
cial fishing industry.
Early July 4 deadline
Classified ads for the July 7 issue are
due by Noon, Saturday, July 2. The office
will be closed Monday, July 4.
SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
O pinions ......................................................... 6
Those Were the Days .................................... 7
Stir-it-up.................................. .............. 14
Anna Maria tides ....................................... .. 17
Real estate ................................. ............ 23
THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
JUNE 23, 1994
I]] PAGE 2 a JUNE 23, 1994 A THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Governor says bridge decision out of his hands
By Mark Ratliff
"It's great to be home." With these words, Florida
Governor Lawton Chiles launched his bid for re-elec-
tion to the applause of a crowd of about 200 who turned
out to have lunch with him Friday at the Beach House
restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Just a few minutes before, Chiles faced a welcom-
ing committee of a different kind.
Learning of the governor's visit, about 20 members
of Save Anna Maria (SAM) staged a protest outside the
restaurant to let Chiles know how they feel about the pro-
posed fixed-span, 65-foot-high bridge project. Waving
signs from across Gulf Drive, many of the protesters were
surprised when Chiles got out of his car and walked over
to talk to them even before he shook hands with
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola and Anna Maria
Mayor Ray Simches, who were waiting under the
restaurant's canopy to greet him.
The governor spent about five minutes listening to
the protesters' gripes. Chiles headed into the restaurant,
which he owns with his son, Ed, after telling the SAM
group that decisions concerning the proposed bridge
are out of his hands.
"As long as I've been involved with the Island,
which goes back to when I was in high school, there's
always been controversy," Chiles said in an exclusive
interview with The Islander Bystander following the
luncheon. "And especially in relation to bridges. This
is not something that is new to me."
Chiles then reiterated the position he had stated to
the SAM protesters earlier.
"As governor, I don't make decisions about where
bridges go," Chiles said. "And thank goodness I don't -
In appreciation for his efforts to obtain funding for
the Island's beach renourishment project, Governor
Lawton Chiles was presented with a plaque from
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola at the
governor's campaign kick-off luncheon at the Beach
House restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
"There's one thing I want to remind this audience
of," Pierola said. "Way back in the 1970s it was U.S.
Senator Lawton Chiles and Mayor Cagnina who were
trying to get the sand. I went to the governor about two
years ago to thank him and to let him know that his
efforts were not in vain."
Pierola then gave Chiles the plaque, noting it was
from "the mayor and council, and the citizens of
Chiles had his own laurels to bestow, and from a
room full of supporters that included a number of dig-
nitaries, Chiles singled out one man Ernie Cagnina.
Cagnina, the affable owner of the IGA store in
Anna Maria, and that city's longest-serving mayor,
stood as the governor recognized him.
"I just want to say a word about my mayor Ernie
Cagnina," the governor said. "I don't go anywhere
without my mayor Ernie has been my mentor and
spiritual leader for as long as I've been coming to the
Island. He looked after me and he looked after my kids.
If they were ever starting to get in trouble, I'd say, 'I'm
going to send you down and let Ernie deal with you.'
Now, he's looking after my grandchildren."
The crowd applauded, and joined Chiles in a heart-
felt sentiment as the governor said, "Ernie, I'm de-
lighted to see you here today."
Water off in
Don't expect to get a drink of tap water Thurs-
day morning in southern Bradenton Beach.
Manatee County utility workers will be shutting
off the water at south of Cortez Road June 24 be-
tween 2:30 and 5:30 a.m. while valve replacement
takes place. There may be some excessive noise
taking place while work goes on, Bradenton Beach
Public Works Superintendent Buddy Watts warned,
but the work would be a one-night effort.
I shouldn't be doing that. There is a procedure and a
policy, and I certainly intend to make sure that procedure
is followed and everyone gets their day in court."
Chiles said that it would be impossible for anyone
in public service to please everyone, and that he's just
trying to do his duty as governor.
"My job right now is to try and see that we build roads
as cost-effective and efficiently as we can, and that we
follow all of the orderly procedures that we have set up as
to where they go," Chiles said. "This bridge started in
planning before 1990, before I became governor."
The governor said he appreciates the viewpoints of
people for and against the proposed bridge, and that a
certain amount of compromise is necessary all around.
"When you get into those kinds of areas, there are
always tradeoffs," Chiles said. 'There's the tradeoff of
danger what we have now in emergency situations that
happen to the Island. I'm sure some people don't want the
bridge to be so high, and want it to be in a different place,
so there are a lot of things that come up. You just try to
see that it works through a proper process so that you try
to take everybody into consideration."
The governor said that process, as it relates to the Is-
land bridge project, will be given another look by him.
"Some of them said they never had an opportunity
to express themselves I want to check into that,"
Chiles said. "They may have good reason I don't
know that but I know I can't stop the bridge."
In a short speech to the invited Beach House gath-
ering, Chiles stressed his commitment to see the enact-
ment of a health care package that would provide cov-
erage to all Floridians. The legislature recently killed
the bill the Chiles' administration had offered to ac-
complish this, but the governor said some progress has
already been made.
"We're now leading the nation in what we're try-
ing to do in health care by allowing small businesses
to pool their health insurance purchases and be able to
buy like a Publix or a Winn-Dixie," Chiles said.
"I'm proud about certain things we've been able to
do one is our 'Healthy Start' program," Chiles said.
"We're the first state in the nation to give prenatal care
screening to every woman in our state, regardless of her
Chiles said that early care may pay off in long-
"A lot of people want to talk about how tough they
are on crime, but I really think our best crime preven-
tion is our Healthy Start," Chiles said. "You deliver that
baby healthy and you're well on the way."
The governor said that another program, known as
"Life Line" will pick up at that point to ensure that
children from disadvantaged conditions are enrolled in
developmental day care and prekindergarten programs.
"When we take them to the first grade, they're
going to be emotionally and physically healthy and
able to learn," Chiles said. "That's the best drop-out
prevention there is."
Although conservative Republicans in the legisla-
ture including some who are challenging Chiles for
the job of governor were successful in defeating
Chiles' "Florida Health Security Plan," he remains
optimistic that the bill will pass.
"Yeah, I am hopeful," Chiles told The Islander By-
stander. "As they (Republican candidates) get out and
start running, and find out how many people are uninsured
in their district and could use some help, I think they'll
Remember that 50-foot, 1955-vintage Chris-Craft boat that sunk off the Sixth Street pier in Bradenton Beach
four weeks ago? Well, commercialfisherman James Lee took this photo of the boat about three miles off the
Island recently. So much for towing the boat away ... By the way, derelict vessels may be removed from the
waters off the Island ifa state grant application by Manatee County is approved later this year.
Bradenton Beach parking lot purchase approved
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
this out at some future date and further underscore that
this is an appreciating investment where the city can
hardly lose money."
Councilman Dick Suhre added, "Whatever is put into
the core of the city indirectly comes back to the entire city.
In addition, they do get things done, for example the park
at 25th Street We put $15,000 into the park in two years
and there's more going into it this year. Let's face it, if
Bradenton Beach doesn't do something like this, it won't
be here 20 years from now."
The council also voted to approve the sublease of
the city pier between Margaret "Mickey" Mims and the
Bridge Tender Inn. Mims, who decided to relinquish
her business due to health reasons, recently signed a
contract with Mike Norman, representing the Bridge
Tender Inn. Norman agreed on behalf of Bridge Ten-
der owners to pay Mims $10,000 for the franchise,
pending council approval.
Resident Dick Griffin registered his objection to
the agreement prior to council's vote. He felt council
should have taken bids on the operation.
Mayor Katie Pierola defended the city's action.,
'"his was an agreement made by Mickey and it was
her choice," she stressed. "Council approved it and all we
have to do now is go through the mechanics. I think you
missed the point here. Sometimes you have to have feel-
ings for people. Mickey's been very sick. She is in dire
straits and she needs the money. That's why we're hurry-
ing. We've tried to do this fair and honest"
Dolan backed Pierola saying, "Mickey could have
given it to anyone for $1. I think it was only the aggres-
siveness of the Bridge Tender going to Mickey and
saying, 'I'11 give you $10,000.' You have to realize,
they're taking a gamble, too."
In a third approval, council agreed to waive a lien for
$3,071.75 on one of the four beach lots being purchased
by the state at the S-curve by the El Bandido Motel. The
lien is the result of a lawsuit won by the city in 1983 con-
cerning demolition of unsafe structures on the property.
The lots, being purchased under the state's Save
Our Coasts program, will become a neighborhood
FATE OF THE SUNKEN CHRIS-CRAFT
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 JUNE 23, 1994 M PAGE 3 BIJ
Postal investigators are continuing their review
of finances of the Holmes Beach station of the U.S.
Postal Service under the franchise of Tom and Janet
Huffine lost his franchise effective April 2 af-
ter postal inspectors discovered what they called
"serious breaches in security in regards to stamp
stock, and a consistent failure to follow correct ac-
Joseph Breckenridge, postal representative in
Atlanta, told The Islander Bystander the investiga-
tion has taken longer than expected because the
matter was more complex than investigators at first
The office, at 5346 Gulf Drive, has been open
in the interim, operated by U.S. Postal Service em-
The search for a new franchise holder is continu-
ing. Bradenton Beach Postmaster Bob Willis said the
deadline for submitting applications for the contract
has been extended to July 1. Applications are avail-
able at the Holmes Beach office. Willis said he hoped
to have the contract awarded by October.
Huffine and his wife were awarded the con-
tract to operate the substation in November 1986.
They were paid $40,790 a year. Huffine served on
the Holmes Beach City Council in 1984, ran un-
successfully for the Manatee County Commission
in 1992 and was unsuccessful in a campaign to
serve on the city council in 1993.
Bridge meeting tentatively set for mid-July
July 13 appears to be the next date for a meeting
which may end the controversy between two state
agencies regarding the fate and location of the proposed
replacement for the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Representatives from the Florida Department of
Transportation, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, the Florida Marine Patrol, and oth-
ers are tentatively set to meet on that date to discuss the
alignment of the bridge.
The DEP has steadfastly stated an intent to deny
permits for construction of the 65-foot, fixed-span
bridge just south of the existing bridge between
Manatee County Commissioner Kent Chetlain has
reversed his retirement plans and will seek re-election
to the commission.
Chetlain will face incumbent Commissioner Pat
Glass. The two, both Republicans, will face-off on the
Sept. 8 primary ballot.
Chetlain had said in April he planned to retire from
public office. "I was hoping that some qualified candidate
would challenge the incumbent at-large commissioner.
Holmes Beach and the mainland, citing environmental
damage to seagrasses and mangroves.
DEP officials have said they want the new bridge
built to the north.
DOT officials have said a northern alignment
would adversely impact boaters trying to use the chan-
nel into Galati Perico Harbor Marina, and have con-
tested the matter.
FMP has been called in to offer advice, and Maj.
Kent Thompson will be representing the agency.
No location or time has been set for the July 13
opts to seek re-election
"Since that time, no one has come forward to give the
voters a choice for this important race," Chetlain said.
The veteran commissioner said "after 12 years
serving on the county commission, fighting to preserve
our quality of life through managed growth, impact
fees and an ecological awareness, I feel it is imperative
that the county have a commission willing to espouse
these causes, as well as serving as a fiscal conservative,
striving to keep down taxes."
Holmes Beach postal substation.
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food to goat Ato's
By Mark Ratliff
From the description of what the burglar took, it
appeared he was hungry and in a hurry to eat.
Ato's Restaurant, 111 South Bay Blvd. in Anna
Maria, was broken into sometime between midnight and
6 am. on June 18, according to Manatee County Sheriffs
Deputy Gary Sellitto. No money was taken, but a quan-
tity of food including ham and sausages was miss-
The thief also made off with a microwave oven and
a number of other kitchen utensils. Stellitto estimates
the value of the stolen items to be approximately $600.
Sellitto's report says that the burglar(s) entered the
restaurant by the south door which was secured with "a
simple lock latch which can be opened with a credit card."
Sellitto reported a window on the north side of the
building was used to load items into a vehicle. Tire
tracks were found outside that window.
Although Sellitto dusted for fingerprints, his report
says he found none. Detectives continue to investigate.
Anna Maria City
6/28, 7:30 p.m., Commission meeting
6/29,9 am., Planning Commission
6/27, 1 p.m., Tanner appeal board hearing
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ijB PAGE 4 a JUNE 23, 1994 M THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Chiles' attorney says commissioner
biased on Sandbar issue
By Mark Ratliff
The attorney representing a group of
property owners opposed to the Sandbar
alley vacation said he was there to listen.
The attorney representing Ed Chiles and
his Sandbar Restaurant had something
"In 35 years of legal practice, I've
never seen a case where the client's right
to due process was so disregarded,"
William Strode, Chiles' attorney told the
Anna Maria City Commission at its June
14 work session. Strode then listed sev-
eral reasons for his opinion, with an ac-
cusation of bias topping the list.
Strode objected to City Commis-
sioner Chuck Shumard having spoken
against the requested alley vacation at a
meeting of the city's planning commis-
sion. Although that board unanimously
recommended the city commission ap-
prove Chiles' petition, Shumard remains
opposed to it.
"I was greatly surprised that Com-
missioner Shumard appeared at the
planning commission meeting," Strode
said. "This city commission sits as a
quasi-judicial tribunal ... and he has
obviously prejudged the case." Strode
then asked that Shumard excuse himself
from voting on the issue when it comes
before the commission at its next meet-
ing on June 28.
Shumard said he would not remove
himself from the commission's delibera-
tions unless asked to by the mayor.
Shumard was defended by City Attor-
ney Jim Dye who said Florida law re-
quires an elected official to vote on an
issue unless the official has a financial
interest in the matter being debated. Dye
said this is not the case with Shumard,
and that he saw no reason why he should
refrain from voting on the Sandbar alley
When the commission met May 24,
it was expected to either approve or
deny Chiles' petition asking the city to
give up its claim on the alley that runs
north and south along the east wall of his
restaurant. The commission came to no
decision after declaring it needed more
time to study amendments to the peti-
tion. With that, the commission tabled
the matter, and Chiles and Strode left.
A few minutes later, however, the
commission reopened the issue to pub-
lic comment after a number of citizens
in the City Hall audience objected to not
being allowed to speak to the matter.
Strode voiced his dismay that a por-
tion of the previous city meeting had been
conducted without him or Chiles present.
"I was shocked that after we left that
meeting the matter was reopened,"
Strode said. "It's an unbelievable denial
of due process, and a clear violation of
the Snyder case." The Snyder case refers
to a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling
which prohibits any party having an in-
terest in a quasi-judicial matter such
as a change in land use as in the Sand-
bar question from discussing the is-
Pathway to controversy Islander Photo: Mark Ratliff
This photo shows the much-debated alley at the Sandbar Restaurant. Looking
north along the north-south alleyway, an enclosure surrounding a dumpster can
be seen at left, jutting into the right-of-way the City of Anna Maria claims as its
own. Sandbar owner Ed Chiles says the alley where some of his patrons now
park, was long ago abandoned by the city, and should be given to him. In ex-
change, Chiles has offered to give the city an easement that would function as an
alley about 80feet away from this location.
sue with municipal officials outside of a
Strode also suggested there might
by a violation of the state's Government
in the Sunshine Law. That law requires
that all public business not just that
dealing with land use be conducted in
meetings which are open to the the pub-
Strode reiterated his arguments in
favor of Chiles' petition. Among these
were that the city had long ago vacated
the alley, that when Chiles purchased
the restaurant he acted in good faith in
relying on city records showing the city
no longer claimed the alley, and that
court decisions in similar cases would
support Chiles' right to claim the land as
his now even if the public records
Chiles consulted years ago were in error.
Strode concluded by saying the city
should grant Chiles' petition because it
would be a winning situation for every-
one. According to Strode, Chiles would
merely take legal ownership of an alley
that appears only on paper and has no
real-world existence, and the public
would get a usable easement on another
portion of Chiles' land which would
serve as a truly functional alley.
On every point Strode made, some-
one had an argument to counter it. More
often than not, it was Shumard who re-
butted Strode's efforts.
"This alley vacation is not in the
best interest of the public," Shumard
said. "I speak for the public who lives
here these are the people I'm con-
Shumard then proceeded to recite
his own litany of reasons the petition
should be denied. He began by saying a
1993 survey commissioned by Chiles
showed the disputed alley as having
been vacated, and that the survey cited
a particular public record to support this.
But Shumard says he checked those
records and found the vacated alley is
not the one in question, but another one
on an adjoining piece of land.
"There is no record showing the al-
ley has been vacated," Shumard said.
Shumard then went on to restate an
argument that is consistent with a vocal
group of people opposed to the petition
- if the alley is unusable, it's only be-
cause the Sandbar has unlawfully en-
croached upon it.
Shumard said he realizes Chiles wants
to improve the Sandbar's kitchen and to
expand restrooms, but he says there is no
need for the alley to be moved 80 feet to
the east to accomplish this. Shumard says
that last year the city was willing to move
the alley a sufficient distance to permit the
improvements Chiles wants, but Chiles
turned it down.
"We made an offer for an alley 25
feet away from the current one,"
Shumard said. Shumard said Chiles had
rejected the offer because Chiles felt this
would not provide adequate setbacks for
an expansion to the restaurant he indi-
cated he wanted.
"When Mr. Chiles opened the door
about expansion, that gave the people
the right to discuss the same thing,"
Shumard was referring to the May
18 planning commission meeting and
the May 24 city commission meeting at
which a number of people were not al-
lowed to voice objections to the petition
if their objections related to future ex-
pension of the Sandbar. According to
Attorney Dye, these comments were not
allowed because they were not relevant
to the narrow question of whether the
petition meets specific criteria set forth
in the the city's codes.
Bill Merrill, the attorney represent-
ing about 20 landowners near the Sand-
bar, also rejected Strode's arguments.
Merrill said there had been no problems
relating to due process, and the reopen-
ing of discussion at the May 24 meeting
after Chiles and Strode left was okay
because it was not a public hearing.
"I would submit the case (Strode)
cited is not on point," Merrill said, argu-
ing that the legal precedent Strode
claims would favor Chiles is not appli-
cable in the Sandbar issue.
"Instead," Merrill said, "there is
case after case (showing) that errone-
ously issued permits do not, by any
means, provide the foundation for such
Merrill cited his own case law,
showing that in the 1990s alleys have
been used as a tool for growth manage-
ment. During an intermission, Merrill
spoke to Attorney Dye about this, and
Merrill says Dye agreed.
Whatever the case law may be,
those opposed to Chiles' petition have
come back again and again to the sub-
ject of Sandbar expansion. It is their
contention that although Chiles says he
only wants to enlarge the Sandbar's
restrooms and make some improve-
ments to the kitchens, his agenda actu-
ally includes much bigger plans.
Strode has said this is not true, and
last week the few words Chiles spoke on
his own behalf were in reply to ques-
tions about expansion.
"If the city vacates this alley, this
would pretty much allow Chiles to do
whatever he wants to do with his prop-
erty," said resident John Shirk, address-
ing Mayor Ray Simches. "That would
mean a bigger restaurant similar to the
Beach House. I think that would be a
detriment to the city. If he gets control
of this alley, is there going to be an ex-
pansion? Will you ask him that ques-
tion? I mean, truthfully."
"Mr. Mayor, we've made no secret
during this whole process of our intent to
remodel and expand our bathrooms and
kitchen facilities," Chiles said. "I have no
intention at this time of doing anything
other than remodeling and expanding the
kitchen facilities of the restaurant"
Attorney Dye's last word on the
Sandbar issue at this meeting was also
on this subject.
"There is no petition for expansion
- and I know Mr. Chiles mentioned it
- but if we get into expansion, and
what may or may not go there, we're
going to start chasing invisible bears,"
Dye said. "That's not going to take us
anywhere. We've either got to get a pe-
tition that includes expansion plans, or
we've got to limit the comments to the
Island With the situation changing by the minute in Haiti, Although the annual budget is under $30,000, finding
I la an urgent appeal has been made by an Island mission- money is never easy. With the United State's embargo tight-
m ssr ary working there. Dorothy Tolle, a Roser Church mem- ening, Tolle says she needs more help than evert.
m missionary ber who visits Anna Maria, cut short her vacation and With the help of Roser Memorial Community Church,
made a quick return to the beleaguered country last Sun- Tolle is hoping to raise $4,000 for House of Help of Haiti,
seeks m money to day. Inc., a non-profit mission registered with the state of Florida.
Tolle's visit to the Island was notjust for pleasure, but Tax deductible donations may be made to House of Help of
aid H aitians was also to raise funds to ensure that the school and clinic Haiti, Inc., and should be sent to Dorothy Tolle in care of
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Center wants cities to double contributions
By Mark Ratliff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
(AMICC) is always grateful for whatever support it is
given by the three Island municipalities to help run its
programs, but if it has its way it will be twice as
thankful next year.
"We are going to go to the cities and request a do-
nation of double the amount of last year," says Luke
Courtney, a member of the Center's board of directors.
"Our budget is $300,000, and we're getting $30,000
from the three cities that supply the people who use the
Center." Courtney says this works out to a municipal
donation of approximately $15 per year for each of the
more than 1,800 people who used the Center or partici-
pated in programs last year.
"This is ridiculous," Courtney says. "How many other
community centers are supported to a much greater extent
by their city governments? The cities on this island are not
supporting that center like it should be."
In the current fiscal year, which began October 1,
1993 and ends September 30, 1994, Anna Maria bud-
geted $10,000 for the Center, Holmes Beach donated
$15,000 and Bradenton Beach kicked in $5,000 toward
the Center's efforts. These figures were up from the
1992/93 budget year in which the Island municipalities
donated $8,580, $9,500 and $4,104, respectively, for a
total of $22,184.
"We're trying to expand programs," Courtney says,
"and to expand programs we need more money." If the
AMICC board is successful in its pitch for greater fund-
ing, it will take in $60,000 from the three Island cities next
year about one-fifth of its projected budget.
Fundraising has been perennial task for the Center's
board practically since the day it opened its doors more
than four decades ago, but Courtney says the challenges
facing theCenter now are greater than any time in the past
He says the Center has a responsibility to the community
to guide young lives and point them in a direction which
will produce good citizens.
"I'd rather invest in the kids than the police force,"
says Courtney, who is also a councilman in Holmes
Courtney said that at the AMICC board's June 8
meeting it was discussed that the cities might pledge a
specific millage each year to cover their contributions
to the Center.
"When you'd get your tax bill from Manatee
County, it would list the percentage millage for the
Community Center," Courtney
In other AMICC board In the current
business, Courtney told the Anna Maria bu
board that the present baseball for the Anna M
field in Holmes Beach is not a Commun Ce
regulation facility, and sug- Community Ce
gested the Center sponsor ef- Beach donated
forts to make it so. Bradenton Bea
"I'm going to have Scott $5,000 toward
Dell, Little League President
and Center Program Director, efforts. The pre
design a Babe Ruth League Anna Maria co
field there," Courtney says. "A $8,580, Holmes
Babe Ruth League field is a
high school league or profes- and Bradenton
sional field it's 90 feet be-
tween the bases, not 60 feet as in Little League."
Courtney says it's important to have the larger,
improved field as a facility for older players to enjoy.
"This is something for the teenagers to use on this
island," Courtney says. "After 12 years old these kids
have nothing to do we want something to keep them
busy from 12 to 16, or even longer." Courtney says the
new field could also be used for Little League practice
sessions, which would relieve some of the load the
Center's Magnolia Avenue field endured as 17 teams
with 225 youngsters competed for use of the diamond
this past season.
Courtney says grants have already been received
which will pay for new bleachers, lights and a batting
cage. He says he would also like to see soccer fields as
a part of the planned sports area northeast of Holmes
Beach City Hall.
"This is all for adult education through the Com-
munity Center, through the city," Courtney says. The
funding for these projects will come from the recently-
passed one-cent school tax, Courtney says, noting that
while Center money would not be spent, the projects
would benefit the Center.
"This is the time to go after increasing the capabil-
ity of the Community Center through Holmes Beach,"
Courtney says. He says the
school tax is expected to bring
iscalyear, approximately $2 million into
dgeted $10,000 Holmes Beach's coffers during
aria Island the next six years, and recre-
Holmes national projects are approved uses
ter, Holms of the money.
$15,000 and Another item the AMICC
ch kicked in board discussed is expanding its
he Center's ranks. The Center is now accepting
applications for new board mem-
vious year bers, as the 17-member board is
ntributed presently four members short.
Beach $9,500 Courtney says prospective
board members must fill out an
Beach $4,104. application form and be nomi-
nated by a current board member.
Not surprisingly, the board wants people who have the
time to help with fundraising projects among other
"(A board member) should be good at fundraising,"
Courtney says. "Going out and contacting people who will
donate things to the auction, going to different (AMICC)
functions and helping to park cars, collecting tickets, cook-
ing, selling cookbooks whatever it may be."
There is no specific background that Center board
members must possess other than a willingness to put
in 20 to 40 hours per month, Courtney says.
"Most of the board members do not donate a lot of
money," Courtney says. "They donate much more in
time. We're looking for people who will work to help
the Center, to work to help the kids."
Persons who are interested in becoming an
AMICC board member should contact AMICC Execu-
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I O R e
Just do it
The new city motto in Anna Maria needs to be "just
do it" People are saying that's the only way to get any-
Ato's is doing it.
Sign of the Mermaid is doing it.
Word is builders, contractors, and just about any-
one remodeling does it.
If the Sandbar did it, they'd have an expanded kitchen
and new restrooms and who would even care or notice.
Or, if Ed Chiles had bought Ren Glanz's lots next
door to the Sandbar and requested permission to put in a
parking lot, would anyone complain that his customers
would walk across atree-cluttered, city-owned alley to get
to his place? After all, the lots are zoned commercial and
presently have vehicle access from Pine Avenue. It would
be a done deal, most likely.
If Chiles requested a variance for the "forever-ex-
isting" encroachment of the Sandbar building on the
north-south alley instead of offering to replace the al-
ley further east on his own property, would we still be
having four-hour meetings on the subject at City Hall?
It seems Ed's big mistake was in his own words
- "putting the hay down where the goats can get at it"
He exposed himself to his detractors when he an-
nounced plans to add 70 seats to the deck at a planning
commission meeting last year.
Ato's restaurant is operating without proper city
and state restaurant licenses and serving rum punch
without an alcohol license. The folks at the state office
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tell us that's ok -
as long as anyone (proper age, of course) can have rum
punch for free. But you have to pay $18 or so to attend
the once a month luau. Are party crashers welcome?
At Sign of the Mermaid, diners can partake nightly
of free beer and wine. No charge for the alcoholic bev-
erages no license needed.
What is the city doing? Avoiding.
The commission is avoiding adding liquor estab-
lishments with the old argument that the residents in
Anna Maria don't want any more. Bur residents there
are more than pleased to patronize the unlicensed wa-
tering holes. Ato's is booked up for its June luau.
Commissioners have avoided dealing with problems
in the building department where property owners know
it's easier to avoid the permit "web" with after-the-fact ap-
provals if they get a permit at all.
What Anna Maria needs to do is license, permit, le-
galize and charge for it. The city and state are both
missing out on license and permit fees as well as tax
dollars especially on the booze.
Select members of Snooks Adams' "Sons of the
Beach Club" have new membership cards that jokingly
permit "excessive drinking" but only at unlicensed
drinking establishments. Look out Ato's and Mermaid,
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You see her every day in Anna Maria riding
a three-wheel bike. She is tall, blonde and beautiful.
Her name is Angela and she cannot walk, but on the
bike she is mobile and independent.
Except on Sunday.
She turned her bike over near the IGA. Someone
saw her and because she could not walk, they thought
she was drunk and called 911. Not only that, they took
her bike away and she could not get to it.
To me, you committed a crime. Who gave you the
right to do that?
She cannot walk because seven years ago she was
in a car accident because of a drunk driver.
Couldn't you tell she was not drinking? And to
remove her bike and call the police was unforgivable.
If you want to apologize come my house. She is my
Thanks to one lady who recognized her and took
Inez Hansen, Anna Maria
Thanks for benefit success
We would like to thank everyone who supported
the Tommy Tanner Benefit and those that provided the
We would also like to thank all local businesses
who sponsored the benefit. Special thanks to Walter
Bell for his donation of 500 pounds of mullet, smoked
by the Privateers. Special note of thanks: "Mullet
cleaned by Patrick Cogan."
Also we would like to thank Mayor Katie Pierola
for her generous donation and the cooperation from the
Bradenton Beach City Council and Police Department.
Your participation was greatly appreciated.
Vicki Baker, manager
Pete Pampanin, assistant manager
Grant Thormier, president
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Hopes to receive Islander at
A much belated congratulations on taking on the
responsibility of the new Islander Bystander. I have
been watching closely these last 18 months and you are
doing a really terrific job.
Soon I hope to fulfill my nine-year dream of buying
home on Anna Maria. I've enclosed a check for athree-
month subscription hoping to be living there by then.
Keep up the great work. I see the potential for The
Islander Bystander to be the best local paper Anna
Maria has seen in a long, long time. I know some of the
challenges you face, I used to be news editor for a
weekly in Illinois many years ago.
Ali Capps, Sarasota
Weather director gives kudos
Thanks for the paper (The Islander Bystander, June
26) and fine interview. You seem to have all the quotes
right on target.
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A suggested solution
from Palm Harbor
The water wars are at an end. What has been the
obvious answer to relief was and still is too many
people, too fast. That means our legislators all lev-
els could not (or would not because of money) con-
I have a solution. Take 50,000 people each from
Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties and trans-
plant them up to Sopchoppy. I will be happy to lay out
development plans for a successful move ... after all
I'm a 'crack' land developer. No charge.
Just make me mayor for the first year, so no future
mayors can make a fast buck. Bet a lot of us would go.
No Republicans or Democrats allowed.
Pat Imperato, Palm Harbor
Will the Island float away?
After Tuesday's rainstorm,
I'm anxious to stay
To see if this Island
Will fast float away.
She'll rise from the run-off,
Trees pointing the way,
And tear off the moorings
From Perico Bay!
Michele Dassett, tourist from Golden, Colo.
THOSE WERE THE BAYS
__ Part 13, Anna Maria Island and the Seminole War, 1835-1842-
by June Alder
Chief Osceola, painted by famed artist George Catlin just before the charismatic
Seminole chiefs death in prison in 1838.
THE FINAL SOLUTION
The kidnapping and deportation of
the wives and children of the fishermen
at William Bunce's Anna Maria Island
rancho was Gen. Thomas Jesup's final
infamous act as American commander
in the bloody Second Seminole War.
Six months earlier Jesup had
shocked the public by his despicable
treatment of Seminole Chief Osceola.
Jesup had seized him under a flag of
truce and imprisoned him at Charleston
where he died of a "fever" on Jan. 30,
1838. Consequently, President Martin
Van Buren relieved Jesup from his com-
mand and he left Florida in disgrace
shortly after the Anna Maria Island
The fishermen who had petitioned
Secretary of War Joel Poinsett for the re-
turn of their families naturally hoped
Jesup's downfall would mean the end of
his cruel policies.
The entire Tampa Bay-Charlotte
Harbor Anglo-Spanish civilian commu-
nity of about 400 souls rallied around
Bunce and the fishermen. Not only for
humanitarian reasons. They knew if
Jesup's policy was allowed to stand, it
would doom the fishing community and
wreck the economy of the Gulf Coast.
Testimonials were given as to the
good character of Bunce and the loyalty
of his people to the United States. Judge
Augustus Steele, Bunce's long-time
friend, made a special trip up to Charles-
ton to plead their case to Secretary of
War Joel Poinsett.
But these efforts were in vain.
Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor (later to
be elected President) was summoned to
Fort Brooke as temporary replacement
for Jesup. On May 14 he received a let-
ter from Acting Secretary War Samuel
Cooper with a message for Bunce.
The Department of War was satis-
fied with Jesup's policy "at least, for
the present," he wrote. "The return of
the families in question may become a
subject of future consideration, but un-
til a final pacification of the territory,
they must remain away."
He added.this outrageous state-
ment: "And it would be better for the
peace of the country, if the petitioners
would accompany them."
The constitutional convention that
would lead to Florida statehood in 1845
was to take place in the fall. The future
of the fisheries was sure to be an issue.
The people of Tampa Bay elected
Bunce to be their delegate to the meet-
ing. He was the last delegate to arrive
for the meeting at Christmas time.
Sure enough, there was a hot de-
bate about the fisheries. The old argu-
ments were trotted out that they were
flaunting revenue laws and smuggling
arms to the Seminoles. But the question
was moot. What happened on Anna
Maria Island was to end a way of life
that had endured for three centuries.
And what about Bunce? When
Florida's first constitution was ap-
proved on Friday, Jan. 11, 1839, he was
one of the signers. He may have been
ill when he put his pen to the document.
For he died not long afterwards.
Bunce was never to know that
within a year his Anna Maria rancho
would be no more put to the torch
by American soldiers.
Conclusion of the
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Snooks Adams' Kids Day. This year it was no
different as hundreds of kids trekked to Bayfront
Park to be the guests of the Anna Maria Island
Former Holmes Beach Police Chief Adams
started the tradition and turned over festivities to
the Privateers on his retirement in 1980.
This year, lots of food, hot dogs and pizza, and
gallons and gallons of soft drinks were served up
between games and activities hosted by the
Island's favorite pirate crew.
Brittany Parker, 9, puts the finishing touches on
a sand castle that earned her and sister, Lind-
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The man himself- Snooks Adams shares a
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Bradenton Beach budget far
By Pat Copeland
Bradenton Beach department heads further re-
fined their budgets at a second work session last
Salaries are still up in the air as department heads
continue to work on a salary step plan. One sticking
point is determining in which step and grade to place
each employee, and department heads are scheduled
to meet prior to the next budget work session to try
and finalize these matters.
Vice Mayor Herb Dolan and Councilman Dick
Suhre said they had a problem with the salary in-
creases in the step plan and suggested working into
the plan over several years.
The group set tentative amounts for the city's
annual donations. These include the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, $7,500; Florida Shore and
Beach Preservation Association (membership), $300;
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, $500; Manatee
Chamber of Commerce (membership), $180; League
of Women Voters, $50; and Anna Maria Island Priva-
The group also prepared a list of tentative capital
projects which include pier dock repairs, $13,000; pier
erosion control (city's matching funds for grant),
$30,000 to be added to this year's $25,000 for a total
of $55,000; sanitation vehicle replacement, $55,011 to
be placed in reserve from sanitation fees; north and
south parks, $10,000; city hall improvements, $10,000;
and police department improvements, $15,000.
On capital improvements, Dolan noted, "We have
to present this to the taxpayers and ask them if they
want these improvements."
Officials are unsure what portion of the capital
improvements can be offset with the city's share of the
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Council amends occupational
By Pat Copeland
In an effort to slow a growing controversy over
issuance of occupational licenses, the Bradenton Beach
City Council amended its license application form last
The controversy arose when the city issued an oc-
cupational license to Wet Willie's, Inc, a Jet-ski rental
business, then cited the business for code violations.
City Attorndy Alan Prather maintained that such li-
censes are issued to generate revenue, not regulate
businesses and do not grant city approval of the activ-
"I'm very concerned about what we're doing in the
city," noted Mayor Katie Pierola. "We need a new
policy, because things aren't going to slow down. We
have a big beach out there that's bringing in more
people and businesses. My fear is we're going to end
up with Coney Island if we're not careful."
Councilman Dick Suhre observed, "We don't issue
a building permit without plans, yet we issue a license
to do business without knowing what the business is
and then say no. It may be legal but I don't think it's
right. I think the license application should explain
what the business is before it's issued."
Pierola said she suggested a moratorium on issuing
licenses but Prather nixed the idea. Instead, he suggested
the council establish and declare the existence of an emer-
gency, then amend Section 10-9, location, zoning, of
Chapter 10 of the code of ordinances as follows:
"Before any occupational license is issued or re-
newed, each person seeking an occupational license
shall indicate each location within the city from
which the business is to be conducted and shall ob-
tain from the building/planning department a written
confirmation that the locations(s) within the city at
which that occupational use will be conducted con-
forms with or has all necessary zoning and land use
approvals or authorization pursuant to the city's land
Councilman Jim Kissick said he would prefer to
study the issue at a work session before making any
major changes to the license application.
Pierola suggested placing the issue on the agenda
for the first council meeting in July.
Mollie Sandberg, code enforcement board chair-
woman, asked, "Meanwhile, couldn't you leave out
the address or put in something that says 'pursuant to
planning and zoning permission' or something that
gives me a little leeway on the code enforcement
Suhre said where the license reads "is hereby li-
censed to engage in" and is followed by the business
activity, the council should add "pending council ap-
After some discussion, Suhre's suggestion was
amended to read "pending meeting city requirements
and written city approval" and passed unanimously.
In other business, council approved advertising
for a building official in Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa
and St. Petersburg newspapers on June 19 and 26,
with resumes due on June 30.
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Restrooms with a beachfront view
Construction began June 6for the new restrooms at Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton Beach. The toilet
facility encompasses 144 square feet and will cost taxpayers approximately $50,000.
Mayor Pierola learns city
tapes can be erased
By Pat Copeland
When Mayor Katie Pierola learned that 438 city
meeting tapes covering the time from Aug. 10, 1984 to
Dec. 20, 1990 had been erased, she was surprised. She
was further surprised to learn that cities are mandated
by Florida statute to systematically dispose of records
no longer needed.
Pierola brought these revelations to the city council
last week and asked if council would like to set its own
policy on the disposal of records, but council seemed con-
tent to leave it to the discretion of the city clerk.
City Clerk Alice Baird explained that in the ab-
sence of city policy, she followed the statute, receiving
permission form the Florida Department of State's Bu-
reau of Archives and Records Management to dispose
of the tapes.
Baird was supported by a letter from City Attorney
Alan Prather which stated, "Pursuant to section 286.01,
Florida Statutes, the only requirement for memorializ-
ing the actions taken of a public body at a public
meeting are the requirement that minutes be prepared
promptly, placed in the record and be open for pub-
lic inspection concerning the related meeting. Audio
tapes of those meetings are not required, but are per-
He also referenced an opinion from the state's at-
torney general that "if you do tape a meeting, those
tapes are public records and can be disposed of in
compliance with the provisions of then applicable
Section 267.051, Florida Statutes."
"The reason tapes were chosen to be erased was
for the financial savings to the city by re-use of these
tapes,' said Baird. "By supplying tapes at a cost of
approximately $3 per tape and an average of two
tapes per meeting, this reflects a considerable ex-
pense for the city."
Baird said tapes can be erased every two years
and were erased under the supervision of a city po-
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June brings to mind brides, weddings
"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship,
communion, or company than a good marriage."
By Tomara Kafka
Islander Features Editor
June weddings can be traced back to
the ancient Romans, who named the
month after the goddess Juno, who ruled
over young people.
"June is a very popular time to get
married," admits Kim Taylor, deputy
clerk of Manatee County Marriage Li-
cense and Passport Department. "De-
cember is also busy and any time
around the holidays is always busy."
Douglas James Thompson and
Cynthia Jean Estes were married June 5
on the Gulf of Mexico in a beach-side
ceremony. They planned to have a tradi-
tional-type ceremony but added their
own individual Island-style ideas to both
wedding and reception.
They both dressed traditionally. The
bride wore a white silk and beaded bro-
cade long dress. The groom wore a
"But we told our guests how the Is-
land is everything is acceptable," says
Cindy, "so some dressed formally and
some came in shorts and wore thongs."
They wrote their own vows and had
a good friend, Albert Aronvitz of
Tampa, a notary, perform the ceremony.
While both are Catholic, neither are
"Our ceremony was based on rela-
tionship, not religion," says Cindy.
Another untraditional touch was to
have their friends build them a sand
castle on the beach especially for the
ceremony. Debbie Spence, Cindy's best
friend, is a member of the "Castle Mas-
ters" who build big, elaborate sand
Cindy chose to have the marriage
ceremony in the month of June because
Douglas James Thompson and Cynthia Jean Estes were married June 5 on the
Gulf ofMexico in a beach-side ceremony. They planned a traditional yet Island-
style wedding and reception. Some guests dressed formally, others came in shorts
and flip-flops. They had their "Castle Master" friends build them a sand castle
on the beach especially for the ceremony.
of the traditional aspect.
"It's the month people get married,"
she says, "and it's a nice, pretty month.
I liked the idea of being a June bride."
And the weather was cooperative
for the ceremony which took place at the
"75th Street Beach Club Cabana," on
the street where Cindy used to live.
The site had particular meaning for
"My aunt, who died of breast can-
cer, lived here. She was one of our
neighbors and I thought about her. And
my sister was married here two years
ago," she says.
Cindy's mother Jackie Estes-
Melanson also lives there with Cindy's
step-dad Jim, and that is where the re-
ception was held a few houses from
the beach at her mother's house.
"My mother catered the entire re-
ception for 65 guests," says Cindy.
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After June did the county offi-
cials have the wedding tradition in mind
when it decreed this? the price of the
marriage license will go up. As of July
1, it will cost $88.50 to get married in
Manatee County. Until then the licens-
ing fee is $63.50.
Taylor, who has been issuing mar-,
riage licenses for more than a year, says
while lots of young people get married
for the first time in June, the majority of
people who apply for licenses all year
long have tied the knot before.
For Cindy, 28, this is her first mar-
riage, but for Doug, 30, it's his second.
Cindy and Doug met each other
nearly two years ago. Cindy is a youth
activities director for the Celebrity
Cruise Lines and she has traveled all
over the U.S., including Hawaii, and
Europe. Doug is the general manager for
Shells restaurant. He has been with
Shells for five years and was transferred
to the Holmes Beach restaurant two
Though they took a short trip to
Sanibel and Captiva Islands following
the wedding just to get away for a few
days, they are planning a big honey-
moon trip to Europe for their first anni-
And while Cindy loves to travel, she
is thinking about her job which requires
her to be away from her newly-formed
"I don't have to go back to work
until August," she says, "but I'm gone
from two to four weeks at a time."
Her contract is up in December and
she says she is thinking about making
some changes settling down more -
which sounds like another traditional
type of decision.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER M JUNE 23, 1994 M PAGE 11 IlM
Weddings and traditions
By Tomara Kafka
Islander Features Editor
We all know the old sayings and beliefs about
Many traditions remain intact, others have
changed. The following historical trivia is from the
book Wedding Toasts and Traditions, available at the
Island Branch Library.
The old saying ,"Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue," is from the an-
cient Hebrews who encouraged brides to wear blue -
the color symbolic of love, purity and fidelity. And
wearing something borrowed from a happily married
woman transferred joy to the new marriage.
Engagement and wedding rings come from tradi-
tions of sealing important documents with rings. The
diamond engagement ring comes from the superstition
that its sparkle radiates the fires of love. Wedding rings
can be traced as far back as the early Egyptians. The
circle of the ring represents mutual love which flows
in an unending circular pattern representing eternity.
The bridal shower is believed to have come from
Holland when a young woman fell in love with a poor
miller. The father forbade his daughter to marry but the
young miller's friends "showered" the bride with so
many gifts, they could marry without the traditional
dowry which helped brides set up their new house-
The bachelor dinner is believed to have originated
in Sparta where the bridegroom entertained his friends
on the eve of the wedding. The event was called the
The wedding reception is an event celebrated in
virtually all societies as the feast that accompanies the
wedding ceremony and can last from a few minutes to
a week or longer._ In the Western world, the reception
is the time to receive and acknowledge the married
couple, to toast them, share their joy and see them off,
on their honeymoon.
The wedding cake is a direct descendant of the
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Roser Memorial Church. Following the
ceremony the couple rode in a horse-
drawn carriage around the north end of
the Island, stopping off at Bean Point for
moon of honey originating from a time of "marriage by
capture." The bridal couple hid for a month as the
moon passed through all its phases until the angry
relatives gave up looking for them. The couple drank
a wine made with honey called metheglin.
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Chapel Players to hold
The Chapel Players of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church will hold auditions for "Belles on Their
Toes," the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen," on Sun-
day, June 26, 7 p.m. in the Chapel Theatre, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Roles are available for a number of men, two
women and 12 children and youth ages six to 20.
For more information call Director Dorothy
McChesney at 778-3045.
screenings at library
The Eye Associates Sight Mobile will be at the
Island Branch Library on Wednesday, July 6, to do
complimentary screenings for distance vision, glau-
coma, (non-fasting) blood sugar and cholesterol. Re-
sults while you wait.
For more information call Judy at 792-2020, ext. 157.
'Summer Fun' art theme
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
present a new exhibition, "Summer Fun," beginning
June 26 through September with periodic changes.
"Summer Fun" will be a variety of summer scenes cre-
ated by Guild artists in mixed media.
The Artists Guild Gallery is located at 5414 Marina
Dr., Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. For more
information call 778-6694.
Privateers to hold July
4th parade and picnic
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their an-
nual Fourth of July Parade and Picnic. The parade begins
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Jim Gloth of Island Foods and Dan Tyrrell (right) work on raising more funds for the American Cancer
Society's Jail and Bail. More than $4,000 was raised in last week's fund raiser. Island participants were Dan
Tyrrell, Jim Gloth, Bob Hogue, Harry Ott, Rich Pierro, Laura Van Winkle, Tami and Ali Baines, Evelyn
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Maria, where the picnic will be held from noon to 6 p.m.
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scheduled for gallery
The Artists Guild Gallery announces new summer
hours beginning Saturday, June 25. The Gallery, 5414
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, will be open from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information call 778-6694 or 778-3036.
Libraries closed July 4
The Manatee County Public Library System will be
closed July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
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Anna Maria City Hall and
the Island Players public
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sell the native plants as well
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II PAGE 14 0 JUNE 23, 1994 A THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
By Tomara Kafka
Islander Features Editor
There's nothing like a good old fashioned demonstra-
tion to reduce stress, get some sun, fresh air, and make
your beliefs known- really stirs things up. I'm referring
to the Governor's re-election kick-off luncheon held last
Friday at the Beach House in Bradenton Beach. Inside
they served Caesar salad with grilled chicken to approxi-
mately 200 loyal Chiles supporters, while outside a group
of 25 protesters held up "Stop the killer bridge" signs.
The Tommy Tanner Benefit sponsored by the
Drift-In raised more than $2,000 to help Tanner with
medical bills. Lots of people pitched in to help with
food, services and entertainment.
The Bridge Tender Inn is holding a grand open-
ing of their new patio and bar. (Kathy, I bet you're re-
lieved!) Join the celebration on Sunday afternoon from
2:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the Yellow Dog Jazz Band, fea-
turing traditional and West Coast-style jazz.
Meanwhile, in Holmes Beach, Crabby Bill's
(a.k.a. Pete Reynard's will we ever stop calling it
that?) is having some major surgery, not just a face-lift
or beauty make-over, on the inside of the restaurant.
They're promising the bar area will be much bigger and
brighter. Crabby Bill's own contractor, Craig Plath
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Beach, gave me a little tour of the work in progress and
they've already made extensive changes. "We hope to
open in 10 days max," he told me last Friday.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is holding its monthly reception at the S&S Plaza,
Wednesday, June 29, at 5 p.m. Among hosting cham-
ber members are LaPensee Plumbing, Island Canvas,
Prudential Florida Realty, Brain Gym, Island Rental,
Linda's Sunny Side Up Cafe, Island Gallery West and
Ches's Pasta Plus. The reception (and Island map ad-
vertising sales kick-off) is open to the public.
Speaking about Ches's, Norm and Jane Chessmore
just returned refreshed from their vacation, to pick up
where they left off- busy, Norm said. The Chessmores
went on a nine-day excursion around the coast of Florida
including a stay in Key West Although they had a great
time, Norm says, "there's no place like home."
On Tuesday night, June 29, the new band Blind
Side will debut at the Anchor Inn. Former DTs' mem-
bers Roger (bass player) and Terry (lead singer) have
formed the new five-piece band with Griffith & Helm
and one other member. Bobby Tingler, manager, says
the band will be booked in July and August "just about
as regular as the DTs used to be." Tim Chandler hosts
the Monday night jam.
At the Island Branch Library, award-winning pho-
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Turtles Bar & Grill has Wednesday night reggae
with Jam-iya., Thursday and Friday 606 plays, and Friday
is theNo Cover band. Owner Gina Gentiluomo says Blind
Side, will play alternate Sundays with the Hammerheads
and Lifeguard in July for the 7 to 11 p.m. Beach Bash.
The Old Hamburg has a daily happy hour from
4:30 to 6 p.m. Their sauerkraut is every bit as good as
the imported beers.
You can take a trip "South of the Border" at
Peaches. They've turned their salad bar into a taco,
nacho, taco salad bar. If it looks like people are inter-
ested in the new serve-yourself, make-your-own Mexi-
can food, Mr. Peach (Ron Kilner) says he'll add
burritos and more.
Meanwhile, Ato's Restaurant in Anna Maria is
booked solid for their June luau and already taking res-
ervations for July's all-you-can-eat buffet (and all-you-
can-drink-rum-punch). Better make reservations quick
Ato's is turning into one of the most entertaining
hot-spots on the Island.
Rotten Ralph's has a cribbage tournament every
Sunday beginning at noon which includes free wings
and happy hour drink prices for the players; it's a
double elimination game, with first, second and third
place prizes awarded.
The Friends of Florida Folk Music will have
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day at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, City Island, (just
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 10, battery, 9908 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria Post
Office. Two subjects got into a physical confrontation.
June 14, criminal mischief, 200 block of Archer
Way. A person unknown broke a sliding glass door but
did not enter the residence.
June 11, attached tag not assigned, abandoned
vehicle, Cortez Beach.
June 11, burglary, 900 Gulf Dr., Gulf Drive Cafe.
A person unknown pried the clasp of a shed and re-
moved a large tank of nitrous oxide.
June 12, criminal mischief, 1325 Gulf Dr.,
Catalina Resort. According to the report, the son of a
renter broke off a water faucet and the parents refused
to pay for the damages.
June 12, burglary to an automobile, 1300 block
of SR 789. A person unknown punched out a trunk
lock and removed two purses. One contained a check-
book, credit cards and $5 in cash and the other con-
tained a checkbook, credit cards and $350 in cash.
June 12, burglary to an automobile, Leffis Key.
A person unknown broke into a vehicle and removed
a purse containing $750 in cash, a checkbook and
June 13, carrying a concealed weapon, DWLS,
possession of paraphernalia with drug, 100 block of
Bridge Street The officer on patrol reported observ-
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removed a purse valued at $35. The purse contained an
organizer valued at $50, $150 in cash, a bank card,
checkbook, driver's license and social security card.
June 14, grand theft, Coquina Beach. The com-
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son unknown removed her cellular phone.
June 10, petty larceny of a flag, 248 S. Harbor
Dr., St. Bernard Catholic Church.
June 10, animal, 7000 block of Marina Drive. The
complainant reported a snake in her back yard, coiled
up and ready to strike. The officer killed the snake af-
ter realizing it was a copperhead.
June 10, petty larceny of a bicycle, 5700 block of
June 10, burglary to an automobile, 200 block of
35th Street. A person unknown removed a purse con-
taining identification, three prescriptions, credit cards,
a checkbook and $240 in cash.
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June 11, disturbance, 5353 Gulf Dr., Circle K.
The officer responded to a report of an intoxicated
white male causing a disturbance. The subject was
gone upon the officer's arrival.
June 12, 200 block of 56th Street. A person un-
known broke a front window. Damages were $75.
June 12, disturbance, 200 block of 69th Street.
The officer responded to a report of a tenant playing
loud music and throwing things around the apartment.
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complainant said the suspect attempted to hit him with
a baseball bat. The suspect was placed in custody.
June 12, grand larceny of a trailer valued at
$1,500, Kingfish Ramp.
June 12, trespass, Key Royale Club House. The
complainant reported unauthorized persons breaking
into the pool area and using the facilities. The subjects
threw beer bottles and cigarette butts into the pool.
June 13, suspicious, 2900 block of Avenue E. The
complainant advised the officer that two white males were
rummaging through his outside shed. The men told the
complainant they were looking for something they left
before they moved from the house. When the complain-
ant asked them to leave the premises, they became rude.
June 14, vandalism, 3018 Avenue C, Holmes
Beach Storage. The complainant advised that the door
to a unit was vandalized.
June 14, disturbance a couple arguing, 400
block of 80th Street.
June 15, grand larceny of golf clubs, shoes, um-
brella and balls valued at $900, 500 block of 70th
June 15, petty larceny of a bicycle, 4000 Gulf Dr.,
Manatee Public Beach. The victim located the bicycle
at the Anna Maria Island Shopping Center the next day
and claimed it.
June 16, suspicious vehicle, 248 S. Harbor Dr.,
St. Bernard Catholic Church. The officer responded to
a report of a black jeep and a red vehicle driving reck-
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They'd like to see you in Cuba
By Bob Ardren
Sail the Florida Straits to Cuba and you'll have sto-
ries to tell for years to come. And that isn't even count-
ing the experiences in Cuba itself.
Our sail aboard the "Akila," Paul Collins' 32-foot
Ericson, was super. We proudly finished the Sarasota
Sailing Squadron's Sarasota-to-Havana race just as we
started it -under sail. Light air along the way separated
the serious racers from the pretenders, with the latter dis-
qualifying themselves by cranking up the "iron genny."
The more relaxed return sail actually saw better
winds. We left Havana late morning Thursday and ar-
rived at Longboat Key late Saturday afternoon despite
nearly 12 hours of no wind off the Ten Thousand Is-
lands. On the return leg, we gladly ran the engine dur-
ing light air.
But the most ultimately rewarding part of the trip,
at least to me, wasn't the sailboat race it was the
distribution of humanitarian goods to the Cuban
people. Especially the children.
Pencils, paper, soap and toothpaste were the most
popular items. The terrible shortages of these basic
items in a culture that prides itself on education and,
yes, cleanliness, is a heart-wrenching thing. I saw lots
of adults, both Cuban and American, with tears in their
eyes. The distribution of our paltry offerings was about
as "people to people" as you can get in this world.
So I was first shocked and then disgusted this past
weekend as I read the attacks on race organizer Bob
Winters by a couple of reporters from a couple of lo-
cal papers. The funny thing is, they were never around
when the good work was going on. They didn't hear the
thank-yous. They didn't see the tears.
They never mentioned that American sailors are
now probably among the most popular folks in Cuba.
So here's hoping the naysayers lose again. The
Sarasota-to-Havana sailing race has the potential of
putting our area on the big league sailing schedule
again. It can accomplish much more. It has already
shown many, many Cubans we are not their enemy and
has shown us they can be our friends too.
Here's wishing Bob Winters great success in help-
ing the Cubans organize (they've hired him as a con-
sultant) many such events at Marina Hemingway he
has shown he can do it. And every time it happens,
more children will be helped, their parents will make
a little more money, and the world will be a little bet-
And since he lives here, I'd like to publicly thank
Paul Collins. He was a fine skipper who was able to
keep peace among captains (a miracle) and harmony
aboard the boat. On land, of course, he was like all the
rest of us and had too much fun.
Some facts were garbled in my report from Havana
last week and it's important it be cleared up.
Passing over Rebecca Shoal and into the Straits of
Florida for the final leg of the Havana race, it appeared
Akila was running high in its class thanks largely to the
efforts of Captain Bruce Hood of Sarasota. Privileged
to stand watch with him, I watched as he sailed us past
boat after boat many of them significantly larger
than our own.
It was the work of another crew member, who
claimed great expertise in navigation to Cuba but blun-
dered miserably and smashed our hopes and wasted the
majority of Captain Hood's fine work.
Bruce is one of Sarasota's very best sailors, racing
or otherwise. I'm embarrassed some folks got the idea
he played a role in our bad navigation. He didn't, and
in the end, his sailing skills alone rescued us and finally
got us to Marina Hemingway.
It's turtle nesting season again, and that means
Chuck Shumard and crew are working hard. Chuck
reports the nesting is going great so far this year, with
individual nests going as high as 140 eggs. One hun-
dred eggs is considered about average.
The eggs from 36 nests have now been moved into
the hatchery at the end of Willow Street Eggs from an-
other 14 nests are in a similar hatchery at Coquina Beach.
Thus far, 12 nests on the Island have been left in
their natural state.
Should you come across a nest during a stroll on
the beach, please give Chuck a call at 778-1156 and
he'll see that it's handled properly.
And we'll keep you updated on the numbers of
nests and eggs as the season goes on.
Here's a little outing that should be fun for the
whole family the American Littoral Society is spon-
soring a guided snorkeling tour at Point of Rocks July 12.
Learn about the fascinating critters living in the
Gulf of Mexico, with Peggy Williams showing the
way. She'll point out, explain and otherwise make a
great party out of educating you and your family.
Open to all ages, the event is scheduled for 3 to 4:30
that afternoon, and you must bring your own equipment.
Cost is $5 for non members, $3 for members.
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Northern fishing news, hot local redfish action
By Capt Mike Heistand
It's good to be back on the Island after a trip up north.
We caught a good bag of lakers, some tipping the scales
at more than 10 pounds, while fishing with Frank Bull in
Grand Traveris Bay in northern Michigan last week.
For Island fishing news, things are about the same
as in past weeks: backwater anglers are doing well with
big redfish, while offshore fishers are still catching
permit near the artificial reefs.
Jack at the Rod and Reel Pier said anglers there
have been catching a lot of reds, snook that were both
oversized and out of season, sand perch and mackerel.
Dave at the Anna Maria City Pier said pier fish-
ers there have been catching a lot of mackerel, snapper,
a few undersized grouper and redfish.
Capt. Dave Pinkham with the Neva-Miss said Tim
Daily of Anna Maria caught a 40-pound kingfish last
week while offshore. He said his customers have also
been doing well with grouper, snapper and barracuda.
Chris at Galati Yacht Basin said fishers offshore
have been catching blackfin tuna well offshore in about
the 50-mile range. Trolling ballyhoo is the best bait for
these big fighters. Chris said the offshore reefs are
filled with hungry snapper, and grouper are in the 100-
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whopper lakers landed in northern Michigan.
and Anna Fenley were introduced to wade fishing by
Stu Libby last week. It paid off for the Fenleys Tues-
day, when they hooked into 16 reds, and caught 20
more the next day using live shrimp for bait. Quite a
change from their usual bass catches in Indiana.
Toni at the Miss Cortez Fishing Fleet said the
four-hour trip averaged 100 head of Key West grunts,
porgies, trigger fish, banded rudder fish, a couple of red
grouper and lane snapper. The six-hour trip averaged
150 head of porgies, vermillion, lane and mangrove
snapper and Key West grunts. The nine-hour trip av-
eraged 40 head of amberjack, mangrove and lane snap-
per, porgies and grouper.
On my boat Magic we caught catch-and-release
snook up to 15 pounds, some four-pound trout and a lot
of mangrove snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross said he has been able to put his
charters onto snook, reds and trout.
Capt. Tom Chaya reports good catches of permit,
snook and trout, but warns that the afternoon thunder-
showers have dampened more than fishers fish are
slow in biting in the afternoon, too.
Rick at Island Discount Tackle said fishers are still
catching permit offshore near the reefs. Backwater fish-
ermen are catching plenty of redfish. There are also some
sharks making a strong showing in local waters.
Capt. Todd Romine said he's been able to catch and
release some very large snook and plenty of redfish.
Capt Mark Bradow said he has been able to get his
charters onto good catches of trout, flounder and snook.
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Heavy seas produced big winners in
Fishing the Islands Tournament
By Mark Ratliff
Six grouper totaling 79.3 pounds was a large
enough catch to capture the $5,000 first-place prize in
the Second Annual Fishing the Islands Tournament
held Saturday, June 18. Using a point system that
counted points per fish and points per pound, the team
of Bill Mulroy, John Cannon, Charles Braun and Frank
Amadio were the big winners with 259.3 points.
Fishing began at 6 a.m. and continued until mid-
night, with many
anglers going far
offshore in search
of the big ones.
They found them,
but not all were
fish some were
When the boats
back at weigh sta-
tions at the Anna
.Maria City Pier
and the Mar Vista
on Longboat Key,
tales of anglers
"tested by the ele-
Scott Rickert shows off his prize- ments" as they
winning 36.4 pound wahoo. pursued prize-
One team of fishermen who found gold in the deep
water included Steve Kajcienski, Joe Silenzi and Bill
Wasden. The second-place $2,000 prize was theirs for
256.2 points worth of mangrove and American red
Jeff Morrison boated five grouper and a kingfish
for a total of 249.6 points, which he traded for the third-
place $1,000 prize.
Fourth place went to Glenn Corder for his grouper
catch of 238.5 points.
Grouper and tuna combined to make the Tom
Busch team fifth place finishers, while Mark Bradow
won a cruise for two to Key West for catching a 19.5
inch trout on fly-fishing tackle.
Scott Rickert's 36.4 pound wahoo took the honors
for most outstanding offshore catch by an adult and was
weighed in just one minute before the tournament's
midnight closing at the City Pier.
Battling storms all day, Rickert's team suffered
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engine trouble on the 120 mile trip back to the Island,
and when they pulled up to the pier, the gas gauges
were registering nothing but fumes. They only had the
wahoo on board, but it was a beauty.
Kirsten Williams won the most outstanding catch
by a youth with her 8.9 pound grouper, while a 21-inch
trout went on the record books as the most outstanding
inshore catch by a youth, credited to Corey Bozian.
Jonnie Walker caught and released a 24.25 inch
trout to take the adult prize for outstanding inshore
catch, a $1,000 gift certificate at Island Discount
Genevieve Douglas was awarded a $50 savings
bond for landing an 8.5 inch pinfish in the youth divi-
Sam Jackson won a $1,000 gift certificate at Island
Discount Tackle for catching the largest redfish, which
measured 33.25 inches.
The tournament was sponsored and organized by
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Baseball card show features free hot dogs, expert speaker
By Tomara Kafka
Islander Features Editor
The first Island Community Baseball Card Club
sponsored by the Concerned Island Parents will be held
on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fel-
lowship Hall at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
An unusual young and expert guest speaker will be
featured and free hot dogs and drinks will be served.
Lots of prizes will be given away and a door prize
drawing will be held.
Billy Bob Goldschmitt, 8 years old, is the guest
speaker talking on "Getting Autographs and Collecting
Baseball Cards." Goldschmitt is an expert, collecting
cards, autographs and memorabilia such as bats, balls,
hats and pennants since he was two years old. His dad,
Bill, helps him get photographs of players.
Billy Bob has autographs from "old timers" such
as Stan Musial and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Car-
dinals; "new timers" Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and Todd
Ziele also with St. Louis, and lots of Pittsburgh Pirate
"Billy Bob goes to all spring training games," says
Peggy, his mom, "and he has met lots of baseball players."
"Ozzie Smith was my favorite," admits Billy Bob.
"He was nice. He asked my name and now he remem-
bers my name every time I see him and that's about
10 times, so far."
Familiar names in
Anyone who has been following the weekly horse-
shoe matches at Anna Maria City Hall will recognize
these names they just keep ringing 'em in.
Winners in the June 18 games were Chris
MacNamara and Gene Snedeker.
Runners up were Doug King and Ed Callen.
Challengers are welcome at the weekly horseshoe
matches, held Saturdays at 9 am.
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The Anna Maria Island basketball team had
another winning week, chalking up four more
victories over mainland teams.
In the June 17 match-up with the Falcons, the
Islanders won handily 72-67. James Sayko led
the scoring for the Island boys with 21 points.
The second half of the double-header saw
Sayko score 19 points toward the Islanders' 75-
68 win over the Falcons.
June 18 was another good day for the Island
team, with Islanders winning both games against
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short stop Ozzie Smith
Is Billy Bob nervous about his first speaking en-
"Nah," he says.
Other club meetings are scheduled for Saturdays
on July 9 and 23. The Goldschmitts hope the new club
will attract lots of kids and adults interested in an old-
fashioned, all-American hobby. If the three club meet-
ings are successful the Island Community Baseball
Card Club may become a permanent fixture.
"If it goes well, we'll keep doing it," says Peggy.
The first game was won 70-60, while the sec-
ond contest was a 63-52 victory for the Islanders.
Steve Namach was top gun in the first game,
putting 21 points on the board, while Steve
Wallace was the points leader in the second
The Islanders will be on their home court
Saturday, hosting the Hornets in a double header
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Games start at 2 and 3:15 p.m.
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married on May 7. They held their beach party
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matron of honor, Mitchie Brown was the ringbearer
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And Dad sits and thinks back to his wedding,
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Ralph W. Lewis, 60, of Bradenton died June 13
Born in Anderson, Ind., Mr. Lewis came to
Bradenton from Indiana 37 years ago. He was an
air conditioning technician for West Coast Refrig-
eration in Holmes Beach for 10 years.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean
War. He was a Protestant.
He is survived by his wife, Bette Mae; a daugh-
ter, Janet O'Connor of St. Petersburg; four sons,
Dick Beaudoin of New Port Richey, Terry and Ted
Beaudoin if Zephyrhills; two sisters, Barbara Tay-
lor of St. Petersburg and Carolyn Lewis of
Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; four brothers, John Lewis of
Winthrop Harbor, Michael Lewis and Ronnie
Lewis, both of Denver, and Jack Lewis of Indiana;
and seven grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or service. National
Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, is in charge of
arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent
DePaul, 1426 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
Alf Skaare, 91, of Holmes Beach died June 16
in HCA/L.W. Blake Hospital.
Born in Norway, Mr. Skaare came to Holmes
Beach from Chicago in 1967. He was a carpenter. He
was a member of the Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach.
He is survived by his wife, Mary "May"; two
sons, Alan of Bradenton and Robert Downes of
Columbia, Ohio; four daughters, Marcia Puntel and
JoAnn Van Allen, both of Medina, Ohio, Patricia
Bell of Canyon Lake, Calif., and-Madonna Fox of
Orlando; a brother, Johan of Norway; a sister,
Signe Johnson of.Curonna, Mich.; 13 grandchil-
dren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were held at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, Holmes Beach, the Rev. Dan Kilts offici-
ating. Shannon Funeral Home was in charge of ar-
OPEN SUNDAY JUNE 26 1-4PM
HOLMES BEACH Well kept Island home. Cen-
tral location, short walk to beach. 2BR/2BA with
large screened porch and fenced yard. To settle es-
tate. $134,900. Call Helen White, 778-6956 eves.
Toll Free 1-800-422-6325
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l Walk out
Florida style 1st floor condo on Bay. Glassed
lanai and balcony, 3BR/2BA, garage with stor-
age, tennis, pools and 24hr. security. $197,900.
TOUR OF FINE HOMES
SUNDAY JUNE 26TH
1 to 4 PM
5400 Gulf Dr. #34, Holmes Beach ...... $229,000
What a View! Direct Gulf front condo, turkey fur-
nished. Very spacious 2BR/2BA unit. Inside laundry,
covered parking. Zee Catanese, 794-8991 eves.
251 Gadiolus, Anna Maria ................$179,500
3BR/2BA canal front home close to Bayfront Park.
New carpet, new roof. Neat & well kept. Marion
Ragni, 778-1504 eves.
522 72nd St., Holmes Beach ............$219,000
3BR/2BA canal front home. Completely remod-
eled with new kitchen, carpet, roof. Great room
design. Carol Williams, 778-1718 eves.
310 60th St., Holmes Beach ............$102,900
Attached ground floor villa close to beach. 2BR/
2BA family room plus enclosed porch. do not miss
this one. Jennifer Jones, 795-2865 eves.
504 59th St., Holmes Beach .............$214,900
Carefully kept, top notch, 3BR/2BA waterfront
home, vaulted'ceiling, dock, 3 walk-in closets.
Carla Price, 778-5648.
4909 Gulf Dr., #2B, Holmes Beach ... $74,500
What a bargain! 2BR/1.5BA attached villa, close
to everything, Gulf, Bay and shopping. Sandy
Greiner, 778-2864 eves.
4255 Gulf Dr. #121, Holmes Beach. $109,500
Island Village condo with a peek at the Bay. 2BR/
2BA end unit, tastefully decorated. Frank Migliore,
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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1) #1269 "Grand Cayman" 2/2 + Den + 2
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2) #1255 "Antigua" Turkey furnished 2/
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3) #1230 "Grand Cayman" 2/2 + Den + 2
car garage, faces west. $162,000.
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BAYSHORE CONDO .. clean, neat and
ready to move in! Overlooks the pool. 1 bed-
room, 1 bath. Close to shopping, banks, res-
taurants, bus line! $27,500. #57866. Call
Bruce Skorupa, 795-0303.
WELLS BAY HARBOR ... Two story custom
built canalfront home. Very well kept! 2 bedroom,
2 bath. Hardwood floors thruout. Top deck offers
view of Tampa Bay & Skyway. Rec. (or study)
room on 1st floor. Electric davits. $189,900.
#55209. Call Don Pampuch, 778-3111.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH! Enjoy harmonious views
of Gulf & beaches. Bright & cheerful 2 bedroom,
2 bath condo. Tumkey fumished. Elevator, se-
cured lobby, tennis, pool & 1 car garage!
$164,900. #55723. Carol Heinze, 792-5721.
Lovely, bright & all
updated! Each with
together ($289,900) or
Carol Heinze, CRS
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419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(813) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (813) 778-2294
S 1This beautifully appointed and maintained 3
S- bedroom, 3 bath duplex is located one short
!i block to the beach! Owner's side offers pickled
hard-wood floors, imported wallpapers and bor-
ders, ceramic tiled floors, and French doors
opening onto a sunny screened lanai. Beautifully
landscaped corner lot with easy access and pri-
vacy plus, for both landlord and tenant. Super
Investment for only $198,500. This one has it all.
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RUNAWAY BAY TURNKEY FURNISHED 1ST
FLOOR END. 2Bed/2Bath with view of lake from porch.
Deeded beach access, pool, tennis, sauna, clubhouse.
$94,500. MLS#57769. Call Hal Gillihan, 778-2261 or
ELEVATED HOLMES BEACH HOME. 2Bed/2Bath
with sun deck/sun room, tool room, woodwork shop &
storage room. Non-conforming efficiency has full
kitchen, bath. $122,900. MLS#57791. Owner/Agent
Jan Van Steenburgh, 778-2261 or 778-4796.
LARGE TOWNHOUSE, WITH DOCK ON LAGOON.
Kitchen appliances & cupboards up-graded in 1991,
Berber carpet, fans in every room. Lower level finished
to 2 bedrooms & laundry. $136,000. MLS#57855. Call
Bobye Chasey, 778-2261 or 778-1532.
AWARD WINNING PERICO BAY CLUB 2Bed/2Bath
Villa. $129,900. Lovely lake front villa, see the sunrise
from your large lanai & sun deck. Vaulted ceilings,
court-yard entry, 24 hr. security. Marilyn Trevethan,
778-2261 or 792-8477.
GORGEOUS ELEVATED TOWNHOUSE 3Bed/
3Bath, pool, lush landscaping, 2 blocks to beach. 3
sundecks, 2 car oversized garage with lots of storage,
Brinks security system, central vac., amenities galore
$239,900. MLS#56669. Dick Maher, 778-2261 or 778-
WESTBAY COVE- Downstairs corner unit w/direct bay
view. New carpet & vinyl. Glassed entry and porches.
Three ceiling fans. 2B/2B. $152,900. MLS#57926. Call
Lu or Bob Rhoden, 778-2261 or 778-2692.
WESTBAY COVE REDUCED/OWNER FINANCING.
$152,500 for Holmes Beach direct Bayfront. Great
water view from every room. Tiled lanai. 5 fans, 2Bed/
2Bath, washer/dryer. 2 blocks to beach. MLS#54696.
Rose Schnoerr, 778-7780.
OPEN HOUSES: 1-4 PM, SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH
724 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria
3/3 A-Frame, $199,900. John Green.
864 Audubon Drive, Perico Bay Club
2/2 2nd fl. w/lake view. Marilyn Trevethan
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Just Listed! Two office spaces,
five garages plus one bedroom apartment zoned Residential,
Office & Retail. 100% occupancy and good rental income. Great
corner location in Anna Maria and adaptable to various small
businesses. Attractive and well-maintained structure plus room
for expansion upstairs. Call today! Owner Financing. $275,000.
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$79,900. Nice 1 B, 1B unit with some Gulf views. Lovely
enclosed Florida room overlooking the pool. Call to-
day, eves. Rosemary Schulte 794-6615.
$84,500. Lovely 1 B, 1B condo, fully furnished TURN-
KEY. Steps from white sand beach. Call Ken Jackson,
778-6986 eves. or Pat Jackson, 778-3301 eves.
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GULF VIEW TOWNHOUSE Spacious Gulf view
townhouse with 3BR/3BA, private 2 car garage and
over 3,100 sq. ft. under roof. Complex offers two
pools, tennis, lush grounds and short walk to prime
beach. Offered at $139,900. Call Dave Moynihan.
SPACIOUS 3BR 2BA canalfront home in Key
Royale with a peek of the Key Royale Bayou.
Structurally sound, but in need of modernization
to bring it to the peak of perfection. Priced at
$179,900 to allow you to update in your own
style and taste. Call Pat Thompson for details.
Eves at 778-6439.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA, turnkey furnished unit in prime complex.
Heated pool & spa, secured elevator lobby, wide
walking beach. Well-maintained, prime rental oppor-
tunity. Priced at $227,000. Call Dave Moynihan.
BAYFRONT LOT Central Holmes Beach location
with deep water dockage and fabulous view. Lot
is cleared and measures 85' x 130'. Offered at
$189,500. Call Dave Moynihan.
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3805 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Furnished unit
This conveniently located complex is within walking
distance to everything shopping, Gulf beach and
more. Tennis Court, Two Pools. Excellent Investment
potential. S94-960 Reduced to $89,990.
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WANNA SKATE? Island Rollers In-Line Skates. A
relentless rush! For skating information and sales
WANTED Your unwanted mounted stuffed fish. Get
rid of it here. Call The Islander Bystander. 778-7978.
REFRIGERATOR, 18 cu. ft., white, good condition.
FOR SALE Set of dishes. King size bedspread, $20.
QUEEN SIZE BED, complete with headboard, excel-
lent condition, $100. 9" Sears table saw, $150. 15'
boat trailer, 45hp engine, as is, $400, 778-1740.
DINING TABLE with 6 chairs, custom built sectional
sofa, queen size box springs & mattress w/frame,
coffee & end tables. 779-1500.
BLUE COUNTRY STYLE queen sleeper sofa &
matching recliner, excellent condition, $200. Console
Zenith TV, $100. Washer, $25.2 lawn mowers, $25
each. Large coffee table, country style with storage,
HALF PRICE RUMMAGE SALE. Sat., June 25. St.
Bernard Activity Center, 43rd St., Holmes Beach.
9am to 1pm.
MOVING SALE. Sun., June 26, 1 to 9pm. Antiques,
collectibles, carousel horse, dolls, TV, VCR, CD player,
kitchen items, books, jewelry, clothes, etc. N. Beach
Village at 63rd & Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE. Sat., June 25. Art supplies, darkroom
equip., housewares, tools and new 10 ft. mullet net.
222 Harbor Dr. South, near St. Bernard. 778-1032.
MOVING SALE. All day Friday, June 24. Queen,
sleeper sofa & matching recliner, console TV, coffee
table, washer, lawn owners, books, stands, glass-
ware, clothes and lots of low priced items. 304 61st
St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE. Sat., June 25, 9am to 3pm. Contents
of duplex including beds, dressers, sofas, misc.
household items. 3202 6th Ave., Holmes Beach.
FOUND: ladies prescription glasses during the Tom
Tanner Benefit on Bridge Street, Sun., June 12.
Claim at Bradenton Beach Police Dept.
IRENE'S Dog baby-sitting service. At our home with
constant supervision. No cages/kennels. House calls
(Island Only). Cats included. 778-1012.
FIBERGLASS DINGHY 8 feet $100. 778-7471.
WATCH THE DOLPHINS play from your deck. Wa-
terfront property where ever you are. Nice spacious
40 ft. houseboat, no motor but has been rigged for
outboard. Keep calling, 778-8322.
CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand
aboard Magic. 1/2 & full day. Reservations please.
FULL-TIME Marine yard help. Fork lift operator, boat
detailer, gas dock attendant, etc. Call Ken at 778-
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 778-6247.
STUDENT seeks modeling experience. Photo or
runway modeling. 15 yrs. old. Call Krystal, 778-7187.
STUDENT WANTED Male or female for landscap-
ing upkeep. Holmes Beach. 778-4773.
HOUSEKEEPER Harrington House Bed & Break-
STUDENTS 16 & UNDER: Run free summer job
ads here. Bring your ads in by noon Monday in per-
son for Wednesday publication.
LUMBERYARD & MILLWORK, experience neces-
sary. Part or full time. Apply at Island Lumber, 213
54th St., Holmes Beach. 778-3082.
OUTSIDE SALES. Full-time or Part-time. High in-
come potential. 779-1400.
PINE-SOL PATTY & CO We do everything! Light
cleaning, spring cleaning, windows, moving help,
organizing, whatever! 18 1/2 years on this Island!
(20% discount to Tom Selleck). 778-9217.
HOME REPAIR Kitchen & bath, home repairs. Also
handicap conversions: ramps, handrails, etc. Island
resident, 23 years experience, local references. Call
Mark at 778-5354.
AUTO & BOAT DETAILING at your home, office, or
dock-at your convenience, complete detailing in-
cludes wash, wax, shampoo, engine & underbelly
cleaning, leather & vinyl conditioned, tires & trim
dressed and much more. Protect your investment.
Call Damon on Mobile number 356-4649.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
CPD LANDSCAPING, INC. "Natural by Design".
Design Installation Renovations. Full-Service
Landscape Maintenance. Longboat Key 383-9212.
ISLAND PAINTER: fast, neat, reasonable. Call Big
CUSTOM FIBERGLASS, ETC. Repairs, gelcoat,
gelcoat refinishing, boats, cars, decks & hot tubs. No
job too big or too small. All work fully guaranteed. 15
yrs. exp. 794-8896 for free estimate.
AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE leasing, marine & fresh
water, new set-ups, consultations, residential & com-
mercial. Exp, dependable, references. 795-2185.
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, removal of all
types of trees, including palms. Insured, reasonable,
Island resident. Local ref. Call Brewers 778-7790.
NO JOB TOO SMALLI College student, father of three,
trying to make ends meet. Lawns, tree trimming, etc.
Lifelong Islander, references. Keith, 778-6438.
LOVING CHILD CARE by the hour, mornings or
evenings, fun, safe environment. References. 778-
ISLAND HOME MAINTENANCE. Carpentry to paint-
ing. 20+ yrs. experience. Island resident, Island ref-
HOME REPAIR Kitchen & bath, home repairs. Also
handicap conversions: ramps, handrails, etc. Island
resident, 23 years experience, local references. Call
Mark at 778-5354.
VAN-GO PAINTING ResidentiaVCommercial, Inte-
rior/Exterior, Pressure Cleaning, Wallpaper, Island
resident references. Dan or Bill 778-5455.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodeling
specialist. State licensed and insured. Many Island
references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
MONTGOMERY'S CERAMIC TILE Professional in-
stallation and repair. Fully insured. Manatee Co. resi-
dent 25 yrs. Call today for free estimate. Ken 792-1084.
FAUCET PLUMBING Remodel, service, water
heater, sewer cleaning. 24 hour service. Serving the
Island for 17 years. 778-0181. Lic. #RF0038400.
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING. Call Jim Bickal
778-1730. Free Estimates 28 year.Island Resident.
ALUMINUM VINYL CONSTRUCTION. All types.
New installation and repairs. Insured and references.
Lic. #RX-0051318. Rex Roberts 778-0029.
BRICK, GLASS, BLOCK, stucco, tile, pavers & con-
crete. In business since 1978. Dave Elliott, 778-5183.
AUTO & BOAT DETAILING
We do it all for one low price. Top to
bottom, ashtray to engine! Hand Wash &
Vacuum, Buff Seal & Polish, Armorall, Dress
Rims & Tires, Shampoo Carpets & Seats,
Dress Interior, Satin-Black Under Carriage,
Engine Cleaned & Silicone Protected.
Everything included for $85 on a normal
size car. By appointment, at your home or
office. Call the mobile service number: 356-
4649 or leave a message: 778-9392.
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ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Danish craftsman, free es-
timates, pick-up and delivery. Furniture repair. 778-
4335. 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
WHY GET SOAKED? Dry foam, dries fast! We
never use steam. Fat Cat also cleans tile, wood &
terrazzo floors. Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning. 778-2882.
SCREEN REPAIRS, ceiling fans, painting, carpentry,
roof coating & repairs, drywall repairs, pressure clean-
ing. Work gtd. Low prices. 778-0410 leave msg.
CERAMIC TILE SERVICE. Father & son team. 30+
yrs. experience. Island resident. Repairs & new in-
stallation. We also clean floors. 778-4559.
COMMERCIAL STUDIOS 1sm/llg. Gulf view. Gulf
Drive ideal for small business, office, crafts. Neg.
Anna Maria. Call Frank, 778-6126 Eves. 778-6127.
BUY ITI SELL IT! FIND ITI ISLANDER CLASSIFIED
PERICO BAY CLUB, unfurnished 2BR/2BA with
lakeview, W/D, tennis, pools, 24 hr. security and
covered parking. 794-6472.
2BR/2BA HOUSE annual lease. Vaulted, 1200 s.f.,
storage, W/D & carport. No pets. 2 1/2 blks. to
beach. $800 month includes utilities. 778-4796,
1 BEDROOM fumished apartment for rent weekly or
monthly. Across the street from beach. $600 per
month plus electricity. 778-5035.
GULF FRONT 3BR/2BA. Best on beach. Cancella-
tion special 6/24-7/1, $600. 778-3171.
STUDIO APT. Steps to beach, quiet, W/D, micro-
wave, utilities included. $125 per week, $440 per
month, with 2 week minimum. 778-0727 or 924-
WE HAVE GREAT RENTAL! Short term & long
term! Gulf-front, condos, canal homes, duplexes..
Call Debbie Thrasher for all your rental needs, now
at The Prudential Florida Realty. 778-0766 or 778-
SEASONAL RENTAL LONGBOAT. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished home in village. 730 Fox St. $850. Call Mary,
ROOM TO RENT. All private $75/wk including utili-
ties. Female only. Leave message, 778-1480.
ISLAND CONDO, 2BR/2BA, 2 lanais, pool, walk to
beach, washer/dryer. $900 per month. Call Martha
Williams at Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
BRADENTON BEACH efficiency. Steps to Gulf.
Enclosed porch and private deck. Annual rental
$400 per month includes utilities. Pets maybe. Ref-
MARINERS COVE, annual, 2BR/2BA, loft, fireplace,
jacuzzi tub, boat slip, pool, tennis, views of inter-
coastal. $1,300 per month. Call Martha Williams at
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
SEASONAL OR ANNUAL. 1BR/1 BA, utilities included,
fully furnished in quiet neighborhood. 778-9413.
HOLMES BEACH. Furnished or unfum, 2BR/1BA
house, 100 yds from Gulf, sun deck, large lanai, spa
and carport. Available to January. No pets. 778-5246.
HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/1BA, ground floor duplex,
W/D and steps to beach. Available November to
May. $1,600 per month. 813-681-9656.
ANNUAL single family home, 2BR/1BA, oversized 1
car garage, roof-top deck with beautiful views of
Gulf, private fenced yard, sunny family room. $1,000
per month. Call Martha Williams at Island Real Es-
SEVERAL .5 to 7 month rentals available. Call
Martha Williams at Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
ISLAND CONDO 2BR/2. 5BA lanais, eat-in kitchen,
washer/dryer, pool, walk to beach, low maintenance
fee and owner may finance! 99,900. Call Yvonne
Higgins at Island Real Estate 778-6066 or 795-0105
OPEN HOUSE EVERYDAY. New home, 260 S. Har-
bor Dr., Holmes Bch. 3BR/2BA, quiet street, private'
boat launch, 2 blocks to beach. $179,500. 778-1966.
BY OWNER at Perico Bay Club. $89,500. must see
to appreciate! Gorgeous Lake view. 2BR/2BA with
many up-grades. Security, covered parking, pool,
spa and tennis. 794-5085.
FREE HOT LIST- "By Owner Homes" 100's comput-
erized & analyzed. Free mortgage card. Help-U-Sell
- Realty Counselors. 795-0616.
BY OWNER 4 unit rental complex two buildings -
oversized lot. 150 ft. from beach, flowing well for
watering. Owner operated for 25 yrs. $365,000. 11
& 113 36th St., Holmes Beach. 778-2071.
1105 Gulf Dr. N., 60 ft. to beach. 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, fenced yard & patio, sundeck, ceramic tile/
carpet, asking $135,500. Make offer! Call Yvonne
Higgins at Island Real Estate 778-6066 or 795-0105
PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA Villa on lake. Pools,
tennis, nature walks, clubhouse & security. Owner
will finance or flexible terms. 795-4806.
LONGBOATI Great homes in Historic Longbeach
Village. 2 and 3 bedrooms! Possible boat slips. Du-
plex: 636 Jungle Queen, $165,000. Great Whitney
Beach, 1st floor on Bishops Bayou, $165,000. Call
for information, Neal & Neal Realtors, 383-3708 or
Mary Wickenham, 383-5227.
BEAUTIFUL Gulf views, steps to the beach, 2BR/
1 BA home, oversized 1 car garage, fenced yard and
patio, sundeck, ceramic tile, fresh paint, sunny family
room. $135,000. Call Yvonne Higgins at Island Real
BY OWNER S. Bay Blvd. Elevated 2BR/2BA home.
Large enclosed garage & shop. Rear deck with ca-
nal view. Many extras. 813-778-7070.
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page 7 in this issue
and send us a check.
5408 Manna Drive
Holmes Beach 34217
IE PAGE 24 n JUNE 23, 1994 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
3900 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7 AM to 10 PM SUNDAY 7 AM to 9 PM* PHONE 778-4100
We Welcome Food Stamps
PRICES EFFECTIVE NOW THROUGH TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1994
RIGHT HERE ONTHE ISLAND!
6 1/8 OZ. CANS
6 16/8 OZ. CANS
LIMIT 4 PER
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