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FREE WEEKLY NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE DECEMBER 17, 1997
Tower referendum topples in Holmes Beach
By Pat Copeland
The cell tower referendum petition toppled last
week when the Holmes Beach Commission voted that
the referendum process does not pertain to resolutions.
The petition was seeking a repeal of the commis-
sion vote to permit GTE to construct of a cellular phone
tower at Smith Realtors, 5904 Marina Drive. The pe-
tition was declared sufficient on Oct. 16.
According to the city charter, the commission had
30 days to repeal its action. If the commission did not
do so, the question would go to voters in a regular or
special election 60 to 90 days after the petition was
determined sufficient. If the majority of the voters op-
posed it, the ordinance would be repealed.
The 30 days was up in November and residents de-
handed that the commission complete the process as re-
quired by the charter. Commissioners tabled the petition
issue after it was added to the lawsuit filed by GTE and
Smith Realtors against the city and three officials.
Commissioners had also declined to rule on the issue
of whether the referendum process applies to resolutions.
The tower construction was approved by resolution and
the referendum process refers only to ordinances.
The petition committee again last week asked
the commission to hold a special election as stated
in the charter.
"I am convinced that tabling is in the best interest
of the city and the petitioners," Chairman Don Maloney
said. "Unfortunately the petitioners disagree. I ask for
a motion to remove the petition from the table."
The issue was removed from the table, and
Maloney asked for a motion that the referendum pro-
cess in the charter applies only to ordinances. That was
done by a vote of four to one. There was no discussion
on either motion.
"I thought that the rules of procedure were to allow
for discussion on any motion," Mayor Bob
VanWagoner protested. "This action was taken with-
out an invitation to the commission to debate it or the
public to take part in the discussion."
"I can't believe you believe there was no discus-
sion on that," Maloney retorted.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff said that according
to Robert's Rules of Order, once a motion is made and
seconded, discussion is limited to commission mem-
PLEASE SEE TOWER, PAGE 4
With almost six inches of
rain Friday and Satur-
day, many of the Island's
streets turned into rivers,
drowning weekend events
and providing a soggy
and chilly holiday
shopping spree for
visitors and residents.
forecasters predict more
of the same wet, windy
and cold weather for the
rest of the winter, thanks
in part to Pacific Ocean
conditions called El
Nino. For more about the
weather on the Island
last weekend, see inside.
Ball field agreement revised
By Pat Copeland
The Holmes Beach Commission last week reviewed
and revised the interlocal agreement with the county on
the ball field behind city hall.
The agreement details the maintenance, use and con-
trol of the field and has been revised by the city and county
numerous times since it was drafted.
The county pledged to spend $50,000 to refurbish the
field but came under fire in May when it was slated for
approval by the county. Mayor Bob VanWagoner and
several residents felt the county had too much control over
the use of the field.
Commissioners made several revisions including
making the field multi-use, changing the length of the
agreement from 30 years to 10 years, guaranteeing open
time for residents to use the field and giving control of
scheduling to the city.
Another revision si.ig'ge'-Led by a resident was to
amortize reimbursement of the $50,000 to the county if
the city terminated the agreement. This payment is to drop
10 percent per year starting Dec. 31, 1998.
"They made some of the changes that we requested
but not all of them," Commissioner Luke Courtney ex-
plained. "It does include the amortized schedule but it
does not include any changes for control of the field."
He said the commission can authorize the mayor to
approve the agreement or revise it to give control to the
city. It would then be returned to the county for approval.
The agreement states that the "parties shall coordinate
the use of the baseball field," Commissioner Carol
"Doesn't that mean the city and the county?" she
"It's all in the interpretation," Courtney replied. "After
the meetings we had with Danny Hopkins (the county
director of parks and recreation) on the use of the field, I
don't think there's a problem. But if we want to clarify it
totally, we should ask for a change."
"It doesn't say what will happen if there's a con-
flict between the parties," City Attorney Patricia
Petruff pointed out.
VanWagoner said the county left out the words, "pri-
marily for the use of the citizens of Holmes Beach" and
the request for open time with no activities scheduled.
Commissioners instructed Petruff to return to
Courtney's original language, 'The county shall coordi-
nate the use of the baseball field with the city and shall
provide the city with a written request for games and
events 30 days prior to the activity with scheduling coor-
dinated by the City of Holmes Beach."
*This would replace the county's proposed lan-
guage, "The parties shall coordinate the use of the field
during open times and shall provide each other with a
written schedule of games and events 15 days prior to
John E. Holmes Jr.,
son of pioneer, dies
John Holmes was born in Anna Maria City in
October 1925 with the help of a midwife. The
doctor didn't make it out to the Island until nearly
12 days later to sign the birth certificate.
Holmes died Dec. I I at his mountain home in
Clayton, Ga. He fought a battle with cancer, in-
tending to return to the Island following treatment
in January. He will be interred at Skyway Memo-
rial Garden with a private service.
PLEASE SEE HOLMES, NEXT PAGE
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THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
[IB PAGE 2 0 DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
By Paul Roat
What was once approved is again on track insofar
as improved stormwater drainage along Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach is concerned.
Officials with the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation have said the drainage work originally scheduled
to be completed about now will really, really start Jan.
5. Work is scheduled to take about 90 days, but lane
closures will be kept to a minimum, according to DOT
Project Engineer Albert Rosenstein.
The holdup was due to better design efforts at
Fourth Street South, Rosenstein said. Design engineers
came up with a better way to get water off the road in
that often-flooded area and literally went back to the
drawing boards to make the design improvements.
The nearly $500,000 project will be built by Pep-
per Construction. Work to be done includes construc-
tion of stormwater pipes and creation of a retention
pond for stormwater runoff near the Gulf Drive/Cortez
DOT representatives have said no businesses will
be impacted during construction.
The project boundaries include Gulf Drive from
Third to Seventh Street South and from Fourth Street
South to the bay. A pipe will be installed on the west
side of Gulf Drive, with an additional pipe running
along Fourth Street South eastward to allow
stormwater to flow off the streets.
Another element of the project will stretch from
Second to Sixth Street North. There, the pipes will be
on both the east and west sides of Gulf Drive. There
Incumbents, 2 others pull
packets for Anna Maria election
By Andrew White
Anna Maria City's three incumbents have all
taken out packets to qualify for re-election in Feb-
ruary. They are Mayor Chuck Shumard and Com-
missioners Elaine Burkly and Robert F. McElheny.
McElheny is committed to running for another
term. "We have made some good progress in the
past two years with issues that weren't previously
addressed" he says, "and I hope to continue with
them in the future."
Burkly did not return phone calls by press time
and Shumard said he is still considering his cam-
paign for re-election.
Max Znika and Dale Woodland have taken out
qualifying packets with hopes of challenging the in-
cumbents. Znika, a former commissioner, spent
seven years in office and says in that time he never
voted for a tax increase.
"While I am not against spending, or improve-
ments, we must stay within a program on such is-
sues," Znika said.
He is also a proponent for having cash reserves
on hand in case of disaster.
"If a storm comes through and causes damage,
I want to have the money there to restore power
and clear the roads without having to wait for re-
Woodland said he is still considering whether
he will run or not.
Qualifying packets are due at city hall by noon
Tuesday, Dec. 23. The city election is Feb. 10.
Community Christmas carol sing at Key chapel
The public is invited to a Community Christmas
Carol Sing at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m.
The location will be the new gazebo at the rear of the
chapel where song sheets will be given out and everyone
will join in singing many favorite Christmas carols.
Attendees should bring flashlights. Refreshments
will be served outdoors. Children are encouraged to
come with or without their parents.
will also be a stormwater retention pond at the south-
east corner of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road to hold
water during heavy rains, plus a pipe north of Cortez
Road to the bay near the Bridgeport Condominiums.
The Rev. Dr. Bill Grossman will welcome the
guests and from then on it will be an informal sing-a-
long, led by Ralph Hunter. Christine Ortiz supplied the
tree and the decoration and also the refreshments, along
with Helen Elliott.
A generous donation toward the event was given
by the Charles Dibert family.
This is the first time the chapel has organized a
Community Christmas Carol Sing.
Additional drainage improvement will be made at
the S-curves in the 1900 Block of Gulf Drive.
Rosenstein said the work would begin at the south-
ern boundaries of the project and continue north.
Holmes was lifelong Island resident
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
He maintained a summer home in northeast Geor-
gia for eight years, having been a lifelong resident of
the Island. He found in Georgia a quiet lifestyle and the
sense of a small community he experienced as a youth
on Anna Maria.
He spent only two years in the Boston area as a
child and military service away from the Island.
Holmes was born in a home across the street from
the Islander's Market in Anna Maria. His father, John
Holmes Sr., purchased the
house, built by Mitch Davis,
two years earlier in 1923.
In March 1996,
Holmes was featured
speaker for the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society be-
Holmes, circa 1960 fore a full audience at Anna
Maria City Hall. He spoke
of his early memories on Anna Maria Island.
He recalled walking with his brother to the beach
on Magnolia Avenue for their daily bath in the Gulf.
Holmes went to first grade at the Anna Maria
School, but when his mother became ill, he and younger
brother Hugh lived with an aunt in Weymouth, near
Boston. His mother died and when his father remarried,
the family returned to the Island.
"He came up to South Boston and he had a second-
hand REO Speedwagon," Holmes said. "We got all
loaded up and came down the Blue Ridge Parkway. It
took seven or eight days to get to the Island."
He attended Anna Maria School from third to sixth
grade and recalled "they had a hard time every year get-
ting enough kids to go to school. People from the north talk
about how hard it was to get to school. I lived two-and-a-
half blocks from the school and I had to walk through the
snow ... I mean sand spurs to get to school."
Holmes said boys worked on their neighbors'
lawns for 10 cents an hour pulling sand spurs. On Sun-
day afternoons kids played baseball and football in Fid-
dlers Flats (behind the Anna Maria Island Community
Center toward the bay).
"When you were 12 years old, you got a bicycle
and a .22 rifle." Holmes recalled. "That was the rite of
passage as a man. We had one pair of shoes a year to
wear to school. In the summer we went barefoot and
our feet had thick calluses."
The Holmes family was involved in Roser Memo-
rial Community Church. His stepmother was an organ-
ist and his father was a church trustee. He and his
brother cleaned the church early Sunday mornings,
ushered and took up the collection. After the congre-
gation left, they picked up the hymnals and stacked
them for the next week.
"Prior to air conditioning, the electricity wasn't too
steady," he said. "We had kerosene stoves, ice boxes and
a fireplace. In the summer it was awfully hot and the
mosquitoes were so thick they covered the screen door. If
you walked outside, they would walk off with you."
Keeping cool meant sitting on the Anna Maria
dock at night and swimming at the pavilion (the site of
the Sandbar restaurant) in the daytime. Their diet relied
heavily on grits and mullet, and everyone had a garden
In the '30s and '40s there was no police depart-
ment, so the sheriff's deputies patrolled the Island.
There wasn't much crime and neighbors watched out
for each other, sort of an early Neighborhood Watch
program, Holmes said.
"People say those were the good old days," he
noted. "They're full of baloney. I'll tell you, these are
the good old days."
After high school graduation, Holmes entered mili-
tary service. The year was 1943 and the population of
the City of Anna Maria was 13 1. He returned to the
Island in 1946.
"When I first came home, I went to work for State
Farm as an insurance agent and starved to death," he
said. "I sold my brother, my father and my father's
partner policies. I didn't have any cousins. When I ran
out of relatives, I was out of business."
Holmes' father was in the construction business with
Melvin Davis and built the original Anchorage bar in
1935. His brother Hugh joined them in the construction
business while John opened a store selling paint, hard-
ware, groceries, lumber and gas in central Holmes Beach
where the BP station is located now. During this time, the
population of the Anna Maria City jumped to 345.
"Mine was the only store between Silver's Grocery
(in Bradenton Beach) and the
Anna Maria IGA," he noted.
"I was more like a hardware
store and lumber yard."
Holmes Beach got its
name in 1950.
"Karl Francis Karel, who
put in our first water system, '
was the founder of Holmes .
Beach," he said. "Holmes
Beach was founded because Holmes, 1996
people wanted it zoned.
"Everybody got together at Anna Maria School for a
meeting. They were going to name the city Cobb's Beach,
because it was the original Cobb homestead. Then people
suggested Palm Beach and Palm City. Finally, Francis
Karel noted that my dad was the largest land owner and
said, 'What's wrong with Holmes Beach.'"
Holmes was one of the first city aldermen, serving
for 13 years in the 1950s and '60s. His father built the
city's airport (now the empty field behind city hall). His
family, along with Karel and Peder Mickelsen, later
donated the land to the city including the site of city
hall and the fire station.
In 1962, Holmes went to work for Manatee Sav-
ings and Loan. He sold his store and became an ap-
praiser and loan officer for the bank. He retired from
the bank as president after 17 years and continued to
serve on an advisory board.
With his brother Hugh, the two developed property
known as Shell Point and Marina Isles in Holmes
He earned a Purple Heart in service during World
War II. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1953
and was a private pilot.
He was a member of Roser Memorial Community
Church and a life member of the V.F.W.
He is survived by his wife Betty; four children;
John E. Ill of Holmes Beach; John R. of St. Petersburg;
Patricia of Bradenton: and William P. of San Francisco,
Ca.; a brother, Hugh G. of Holmes Beach: four grand-
children; one great-granddaughter and many nieces and
The family requested memorial donations be made
to I-ospice of Southwest Florida, 3355 26th St. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205, or the American Cancer Society,
4806 26th St. W. Bradenton. FI, 34?07.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 DECEMBER 17, 1997 N PAGE 3 EI
Marina rezone request draws hundreds of complaints
By Jim Hanson
Vowing to fight to the bitter end, some 500 north-
ern Cortez residents are preparing for a hearing into a
proposal to rezone a large portion of their waterfront.
Manatee County says a rezoning doesn't matter.
The Cortezians ask then why bother'?
At issue is an application to rezone Kris Gannon's
Sunny Shores Marina property from Residential to
Planned Development Waterfront. Gannon says he
wants the change so he can repair his docks. Residents
say it's so he can expand and/or sell the property.
Island Christmas set up to make
Jeanette Cashman, chairwoman of All Island Christ-
mas, displays some of the early contributions to the
program. Island Christmas is sponsored by All
Island Denominations, composed of all seven Island
churches. Donations of new gifts, food and cash can
be dropped off or requests for assistance can he
made to the program located at 314 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria City, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Distribution of the Christmas packages will be
on Saturday, Dec. 20.
A meeting by the county last Friday, Dec. 12, drew
an overflow crowd of more than 100 despite a torren-
tial rainstorm. The meeting was in the Sunny Shores
Mobile Home Park recreation center.
Ken Bates said 257 households in Sunny Shores
and the adjacent Sagamore Estates are served by one
two-lane access, 115th Street.
"It's the only way in or out," he said, "and there are
children and old people on tricycles along that little
road." Bates is president of the park's homeowners'
association, but emphasized he is involved in this con-
troversy strictly as an individual.
Gannon claims his property has been primarily a
marina since the 1950s and should not be limited to
residential use. He can't run his business under such
restrictions, he said.
Bates challenged this, saying the boat service was
strictly seawall docks until a storm wrecked even those,
that it stayed out of service for the next 30 years and
that any rights to treatment as a marina lapsed during
the long hiatus.
Residents fear Gannon plans a restaurant and boat
repair shop, Bates said, and 115th Street just couldn't
handle the traffic.
Gannon maintains that he needs the zoning change
to give him freedom to repair and run his marina busi-
ness, with its three docks and three dozen boat slips,
and has no plans for expansion.
Robert Pederson, the county's community plan-
ning administrator, pointed out that even with rezoning,
no changes could be made without Gannon going
through the normal exhaustive permitting procedures.
"The chances are slim and none that he could ex-
pand there," Pederson said. "There is no infrastructure
and no physical room to expand and provide the things
required by the code."
He characterized a rezoning to planned waterfront
development as merely "the intent to have zoning in
concert with what already exists," that is, a small ma-
At the meeting Friday night he was told Gannon
has done work without permits, that the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency has levied thousands of dol-
lars in fines against him. He was asked in exasperation,
"Why don't you just grant him a pardon for what he's
done instead of rezoning?"
That's essentially what is afoot, Pederson said, a
pardon by rezoning to bring the zoning current with the
property's use as it has existed for years.
The matter now goes back into government limbo
pending a hearing before county officials in February.
Anna Maria City
12/18, 11 a.m., Commission work session
12/18, 12:30 p.m., Citizen fair housing meeting
12/18, 1 p.m., Commission meeting
12/19, 2 p.m., Holiday open house
12/18, 2:30 p.m., Holiday open house
S12/20, 10:30 a.m., Holmes Beach Civic
Association, Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
S12/22, 9:30 p.m., Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization,
12/18, 1 p.m. Agenda: contract approval for next Com-
munity Development Block Grant cycle, Fair Housing
public hearing, public hearing date setting for street va-
cation request, presentation on concerns at Avenue C
and Gulf Drive, resolution on sidewalk maintenance
agreement with Florida Department of Transportation,
city seal discussion, liaison duties and responsibilities,
GTE phone system discussion, parliamentary proce-
dure and Sunshine Law class scheduling and public
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Em PAGE 4 N DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Two actions follow death of tower referendum
By Pat Copeland
A Holmes Beach resident is threat-
ening to sue the city after its
commission's vote on the cellular tower
Referendum committee chairman
Joan Perry notified the city and all other
interested parties "that a declaratory
rights or mandamus action may be filed
in the Circuit Court of Manatee County
to preserve the rights of the citizenry of
In another action, Mayor Bob
VanWagoner lifted the suspension of the
resolution that approved GTE's special
exception application to construct the
tower. The 150-foot tower will be built at
Smith Realtors, 5904 Marina Dr.
However, VanWagoner said the
building permit on the tower remains
halted because of his Sept. 27 memo in
which he refused to sign the permit.
VanWagoner maintains that the
commission's tie vote on July 1 on
GTE's special exception application,
which includes the site plan, had the ef-
fect of denying the application.
In making his decision, he cited the
city's code's criteria for site plan review
which states, "An application for site
plan review may not be submitted for re-
consideration for a period of one year
after the date on which the application
for site plan review has been denied by
The commission reconsidered the
vote in August after a protest by GTE of-
ficials, and the special exception was ap-
proved by commissioners in a 3-2 vote.
After VanWagoner refused to sign
the building permit, the city,
VanWagoner and two building officials
were sued by GTE and Smith Realtors.
City attorney responds to referendum questions
Before last week's commission
decision on the cellular tower referen-
dum, Holmes Beach City Attorney
Patricia Petruff issued her opinion that
the process only includes ordinances.
Petruff also replied to David
Levin, an attorney retained by oppo-
nents of the tower. Levin maintained
in a November letter that because of
legislative intent, the resolution must
be treated as an ordinance when con-
sidering the referendum process.
He also maintained that the power
of initiative and referendum is not a
grant of power from the city govern-
ment to the citizens, but is rather a res-
ervation of power by the citizens and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"Knowing the commission, if any of
us wanted to debate we would have,"
Commissioner Carol Whitmore noted.
Commissioner Ron Robinson said
he was uncomfortable about not taking
According to the city's legislative
procedures act, when non-public hear-
ing item is presented, each commis-
sioner can speak, then "at the discretion
of the presiding officer, comments from
the public in attendance may be solic-
ited," Petruff explained. Once public
comment is taken, the commission may
act on the matter.
The commission voted to rescind
the second motion in a unanimous vote.
.Referendum committee chairman
Joan Perry asked that the commission
set a date for a referendum, and commit-
tee member Jane Early said the commis-
sion must go through the process as re-
quired by the charter.
Whitmore said she agrees with
Petruff's opinion that resolutions are not
included in the referendum process.
"You're not entitled to tell us that's
not the truth," Early stressed. "You ac-
cepted everything from us. Everything
was legalized. Then after the time ran
out, you decided that the process does
not apply to a resolution."
The committee was made aware of
the resolution versus ordinance issue
before initiating the referendum process,
Maloney noted. Petruff agreed.
'"We've tried desperately to explain
to you that your resolution was an ordi-
nance because it was legislative in na-
ture and changed our land development
code," Perry r'- :!Oninlded. "When vyou de-
ciatic(l cclLi ii; : i.:i c -' :i ,l services,
should be liberally construed.
Addressing Levin's first point,
Petruff said, "The land development
code specifically provides certain cri-
teria which must be met before a spe-
cial exception may be granted. To sug-
gest that new legislative policy is es-
tablished any time the commission
applies this criteria by approving an
application, especially in instances
where the subject of the application is
you opened the door for the placement
of towers in any zoning district in
Perry also noted that "you may not
like the fact that we brought a petition
before you. We really believe in the
right of the citizens and when a public
policy is changed, we have the right to
Petruff disagreed with the
committee's arguments, and noted that
essential services are allowed in all zon-
ing districts. She said when the commis-
sion drafts its ordinance to address the
citing of cellular phone towers in the
not expressly mentioned by name in
the code, is an illogical reading and
application of the code."
As to the citizens' rights to chal-
lenge a resolution, she said, "The clear
weight of the authority of the state
stands for the proposition that, absent
an express reservation for such power
in the citizenry, the people do not have
the power to initiate referendum pro-
ceedings for a resolution."
residential zoning districts.
"I think any legislative act can be
questioned by the public," Commis-
sioner Luke Courtney said. "I feel the
resolution was a legislative act. I don't
think we can deny them the right to a
In a vote of four to one, commis-
sioners again agreed that the referen-
dum process does not include resolu-
"All of our rights as citizens were
given away this morning - trounced
and thrown out the window," Perry de-
c:ir'dl "We \ A'( tY hlv'e 11o choice but to
She further noted that as long.as
the language in the charter is clear and
unambiguous, the words must be
given their plain and ordinary mean-
"It is quite clear in its references
to 'ordinance' and 'resolution,' and
nowhere in this charter are these terms
used interchangeably so as to give rise
to an argument for ambiguity," she
She further noted that the terms
cannot be synonymous because there
are different procedural requirements
for the adoption of each and that an or-
dinance is legislative and a resolution
"Resolution 97-7 is simply the ad-
ministrative vehicle for effecting and
carrying out the regulatory and legis-
lative policy of (in this instance) the
land development code. It does not
apply city wide and does not regulate
the affairs of the municipality. Rather,
it has specific application to a specific
Members, guests and friends of the
Holmes Beach Civic Association are
invited to attend the group's holiday
gathering to be held on Saturday, Dec.
20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Island Branch
Library, Holmes Beach.
A short meeting will be held to dis-
cuss plans for the trip to and tour of the
Manatee County Jail and farm sched-
uled for the third Saturday in January.
The tour will be conducted by Capt.
John Potts, work programs director,
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Holiday refreshments will be
... and holiday open
house at city hall
Holmes Beach officials and staff
will hold a holiday open house on Dec.
18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in city hall.
The public is invited to meet city of-
ficials and staff, enjoy refreshments,
tour city offices and preview plans for
the new city complex.
Wildlife new and
used sale this
Wildlife, Inc., has rescheduled its
New & Used Sale.
The fundraiser will be held Satur-
day, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Island Foods prokil' !lt in Holmes
$25,000 Matching Fund Challenge
Every dollar up to $25,000 contributed from
now until the end of 1997 to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center Endowment
Trust Fund by individual donors will be
matched by Holmes Beach resident Charles Lester.
Mail your tax deductible gift to Anna Maria Island
Community Center Endowment Trust today.
Mail to Anna Maria Island Community Center,
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
This advertisement is sponsored as a community service by The Islander Bystander.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 PAGE 5 EP
Anna Maria zoning board tough on changes
By Andrew White
The Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board told a
homeowner's representative that if he made revisions to
dock plans they'd be more inclined to grant approval.
But the changes suggested by the board would eliminate
the necessity for a variance and prohibit the homeowner
from accomplishing her goal boat dockage.
Steven Wojculewski represented owner Gertrude
Steinburg, 104 Los Cedros Drive, in requesting a vari-
ance for a dock on the canal bordering the property to
reach a depth for safe dockage and navigation.
In a second appearance before the board,
Wojculewski presented a new survey showing
Steinburg's property, the proposed dock and the canal
area. He also presented a letter from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection stating the project
qualifies for a general permit to trim mangroves in the
Wojculewski stressed that the unique design of the
dock would enhance the natural setting provided on the
property and thus have little impact on the environ-
The board felt more research was required to verify
the need for a variance from the allowed five-foot
width of the dock to the requested seven feet, and to
extend the dock longer than allowed by the code. It
voted for a continuance until the next meeting and
Wojulewski was asked to modify his plan.
Real estate agent Agnes Tooker spoke on behalf of
owner Mary Bracey to request a rezone of two lots at
301 Pine Ave., on the southeast corner of Pine and
North Shore Boulevard.
Tooker claimed she has been trying to sell the ROR
(residential, office, retail) property for more than two
years with no success. She said the present zoning is
unattractive to buyers and since there is little or no traf-
fic flow in the area, opening a business at this location
would be impractical.
She asked to have the zoning changed from ROR
to R-2. residential duplex zoning.
Tooker also requested a plat change to reposition
the configuration of the two lots, presently facing Pine
Avenue, to face North Shore
Boulevard. She claimed that a
North Shore address would be / see re
more attractive to residential buy-
The board's concern was to
keep a continuity to the area and
avoid "spot" zoning that might
mix business and residential ar- North
eas in a manner not beneficial to
City Attorney Jim Dye first advised the board that
the lot sizes do not meet the requirements of duplex
zoning and recommended a change to single-family
The board told Tooker that the present ROR zon-
ing allows for a higher use since the lots can presently
be developed as residential or retail/office.
The reconfiguration to allow the lots to be ad-
dressed on North Shore brought additional concerns
from Dye. He suggested that under the present zoning
the corner lot could go to a residential buyer while the
second lot on North Shore could go commercial and be
a prime example of "spot" zoning.
Dye repeatedly advised the board to retain ROR
zoning on the corner lot, reasoning the current zoning
allows for a single-family home, and urged the board
to consider single-family zoning for the "interior" lot
facing North Shore Boulevard.
After discussion the board moved to recommend
approval to the city commission of the lot configura-
tion change, keeping the corner lot ROR and changing
the second, interior lot to R-2.
The city commission will hear the P&Z board's
recommendation for Bracey's property at the next
Anchorage restaurant buyer Robert Byrne and his
attorney Garrett Barnes presented a zoning change for
lots 103. 105, 107 and 109 N. Bay Blvd. from C-l,
commercial, to R-2, residential duplex.
The property stretches from the corner of Pine
Avenue at North Bay to the canal at the humpback
bridge over the Lake LaVista channel. Originally plat-
ted as six lots, it is combined on the
tax rolls and an existing triplex is
I on three contiguous lots.
It was purchased by Byrne
Ynt Bill Worth with the now demolished Anchor-
9n a proposed age restaurant. Byrne now wishes
ng change on to build six single-family resi-
zy Boulevard. dences on the northern portion of
the commercially zoned property.
Attorney Barnes said the up-
scale type of community which
Byrne plans to build would, "in effect, be cleaning up
P&Z Chairman Tom Turner expressed concern
there would not be enough room for a driveway to ac-
cess the lots that border the bridge and that-plans for a
new bridge are in the city's future. He said a new bridge
could take up even more space and further limit what
can be done on the property.
Turner and board member Doug Copeland both
expressed concern that if the requested zoning change
took place, there would be too much freedom to change
the proposal and the door would open to a higher den-
Resident Bill Worth addressed the board on the
matter, and pointing to the city's colored zoning map
said, "I look at that map and I see red."
The commercial area formerly occupied by the
Anchorage and the lots in question are mapped in red,
surrounded by green for open space/recreation on the
bayfront, white for single-family residential to the
north and orange for multi-family residential to the rear
of the property.
Worth spoke in favor of the rezone in hopes it
would enhance what he considers a blighted area.
Barnes requested a conditional approval of the
zoning change which was denied by the board on the
basis that there were too many conditions and the rec-
ommendation was too broad.
The board arrived at a consensus to allow the city at-
torney to work with Byrne and Barnes to draft a change
to the city's comprehensive plan that will pave the way for
the zoning change from commercial to residential.
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Political wannabees and those wishing to further
existing political careers in Holmes Beach should take
note. At least one mayoral hopeful intends to make is-
sue of the fact that the city has not addressed the need
for a soccer field in the open space behind the existing
At the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
there were more than 250 participants in the youth soc-
cer program just ended and the Island Football Club,
formerly an adult team, now boasts its own league with
three teams of kids totaling more than 100 participants.
That's a big kick in the grass. And there is no full-
size regulation soccer field on the Island. Not even at
As the Babe Ruth field, now proposed to be multi-
purpose Babe Ruth/Little League, moves forward at the
site of the existing "practice" field in Holmes Beach
behind city hall and the fire station, the soccer need is
ignored for the most part.
The plans drawn by architect Pat Fletcher for the
new city hall complex indicate a soccer field and little
doubt exists that there will be room adequate open
space for the field. That is, if planning begins now.
But a first-class soccer field (and don't these con-
sistently winning players deserve better than second
class?) takes money to develop. There's grass to grow,
irrigation to plan for and portable goals to purchase.
And not to impede the baseball field one season
more, there needs to be foresight in planning the out-
field which will necessarily have to be combined with
the soccer field.
In August, Danny Hopkins, Manatee County Di-
rector of Parks and Recreation, told us "Holmes Beach
just asked us to build a baseball field. We have no prob-
lem with including a soccer field in the plans, though
like all requests, it is subject to approval by the county
commission." Hopkins said then it would cost an ad-
ditional $6-8,000 to make the field a combination base-
At the same time, news of this was met by Mayor
-Bob VanWagoner who said, "There are no plans to
build a soccer field."
Mixed signals. Depending on who you ask, there
is or is not a soccer field in the city's future plans.
But before an outfield fence obstructs nearly every
activity routinely held there for community benefit
including art shows, a circus, flea markets, etc....
Before the agreement for the county funded base-
ball field is signed and sealed ...
Perhaps before the March election ...
Speaking for children and soccer lovers of Anna
Maria Island, we respectfully request a soccer field.
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To all my friends
Season's Greetings to all of you from me and my
family up here in snowy Vermont! We really miss all
our friends anm hope the New Year finds you all happy
I had hoped to return to the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office and Anna Maria; and I actively pur-
sued reinstatement to my former position. However,
the Sheriff's Office would not reinstate me at my
former salary (I would have had to start at the begin-
ning), and I simply cannot afford to do that at this time.
Stowe is a very nice place to live, however I know
I will never find a community like Anna Maria. I hope
that one day I can come "home."
Best wishes for the Christmas season and 1998!
Jules Dengle,; Stowe, Vt.
Islander helps boat parade to
light up Island's shores
The committee, skippers and crews of the 10th
annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade wish to take this
opportunity to personally thank The Islander Bystander
for its unwavering support of this year's event.
Hundreds of hours of effort by the committee and
the participants go into producing an event of this type,
but it is only when the business community and the
local press support the endeavor on an annual basis
does it truly become a highlight and festive holiday
feature of Winterfest for all of Anna Maria's citizens
and visitors to enjoy.
Your generous editorial coverage was truly appre-
ciated and contributed immensely to our being able to
present this year's colorful 14-boat parade to the thou-
sands of families and individuals who lined the
parade's shoreline route.
Thank you. We'll see you next year.
Robert Byron, Frank Derfler, Don Schroder and
Chuck Stealey, 10th annual Christmas Lighted Boat
Water 'toys' prey on
peace of residents
In response to Jim Hanson's article about the new
Hovercraft business in Cortez, I would like to enlighten
him a little.
That business, which he finds so wonderful, has
added to the unwelcome proliferation of extremely
noisy toys being foisted on the residents of and visitors
to Cortez and Anna Maria Island.
More prevalent this year is the constant loud drone
of ultra lights and air boats. Add to that a Hovercraft
rental business and the situation is becoming intoler-
able. The motors are extremely loud and intrusive to
those of us who live along the Bay side.
We expect the hum of motor boats because of
where we live. What we didn't expect to have to endure
was this new headache producing a din that closed
windows and doors cannot muffle. While one is annoy-
ing enough, a number of these crafts buzzing the Bay
at one time is unbearable.
On Dec. 9 for instance, there were three sets of
these noise producers on and over the Bay at one time.
The night before that, an air boat droned away long
after midnight. (I wonder how many missed sleep over
that little "joy" ride?)
Why is it that one person's plaything can be allowed
to disrupt the peace of so many? I understand Mark
Ibasfalean wanting to succeed in business now that the net
ban is in effect, but his business is not contained at
dockside, it intrudes on everyone along the bay.
One more addition to depreciate the value of life in
Mollie Sandberg, Bradenton Beach
Kentucky home of crowing hens
This is in response to Otis Sparks' remarks about
"hens don't crow."
I was raised on a farm in Kentucky. Maybe if Mr.
Otis had crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky he
would have heard a hen crow. Maybe proud hens in
Kentucky are the only ones that do.
It is a rarity for a hen to crow but over the years we
had three or four that did. It was bad luck to have a hen
that crowed. My dad would kill the old proud hen and
we would eat her.
By the way, I am in my 70s and still have two
farms in Kentucky. I don't raise chickens anymore but
if I did I would probably have one proud hen.
Maurice layes, Holmes Reach
THOSE WERE THE BAYS
Part 6, The Drowsy Thirties
by June Alder
Taking care of the town dock and other boom-time relics nearly bankrupted the
community of Anna Maria in 1933.
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As the Great Depression of the
1930s deepened, Anna Maria's first
mayor, Mitch Davis, strove mightily to
keep the cash-starved
town going. He succeeded
in working out a deal with
an outfit called Harvey In-
vestors to satisfy a $7,000
tax lien by turning over to
the city what was left of
the assets of G.W. Bean's
defunct 1914 resort.
That was how the city
got title to Bean's dock
(city pier), a strip of land
along the Bay (now
Bayfront Park), what is
now the Island Playhouse
and the original 1913
But maintaining the
decrepit structures es-
mount. In F
ary 1933 the
ers asked Fi
the city strec
getting the s
lit up was or
town was in
rated in 192
pecially the dock nearly did the town
When Davis ended his two terms as
mayor in 1930, an astute fellow named
Fred D. Havens took his place. He be-
gan his campaign to solve financial
problems by selling off some of the lots
acquired from the Harvey interests and
other delinquent taxpayers. It seemed to
be working out.
Unfortunately, in the early summer
of 1932 Havens' health gave way. He
died that June.
The only woman on the town
board, Frances Warttig, became acting
mayor for a short time while the vice
mayor, Professor Charles H. Gordon
(what kind of professor he was we don't
know), was away from town.
From here on the commission min-
utes are confused. By August 1932
Havens' widow, Netta, was in the
mayor's chair. The three other commis-
sioners were two Charleses Profes-
sor Gordon and Charles M. Reno -
plus Mrs. Warttig.
Money problems continued to
mount. In February 1933 the desperate
commissioners asked Florida Power
and Light to dismantle most of the city
street lights. (Ironically, getting the
streets lit up was one reason why the
town was incorporated in
ued to Things were in such a
,ebru- mess by the summer of '33
e des- that the circuit court inter-
mission- vened. Old minutes indicate
lorida the judge issued an order to
Light to force the city to clean up its
iost of act.
Faithful town chroni-
cler Marion Colman wrote:
cally, "The little city of Anna
streets Maria was having its ups and
ne downs. A Massachusetts man
the had been promised the job of
corpo- city clerk if he would come
3. down and settle here. Some
thought that this was a pretty
high-handed way of doing
business and that someone who had been
living here for some time ought to have
the job. It was a tense moment when we
held the caucus (there was no general
election in those days) and the newcomer
was defeated by two or three votes.
"After that the men commissioners
refused to serve, and we elected an all-
woman board. Mrs. Frances Warttig
was the mayor and she made a good
one. Hers was a crusading spirit and she
did a lot to improve the aging water
system and other aspects of city life."
Marion's mother Lula, a capable
woman (she was treasurer of Roser Me-
morial Church for many years), was the
"This amused her relatives," wrote
Marion, "as she was a very small per-
Mayor Warttig got Florida Power
and Light to turn the streetlamps on
again the next year, 1934. What's more
she charmed the company bigwigs into
doing it for free. Her all-women board
brought stability to the town.
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Local authorities no help with
Picture this if you can: It's 1 a.m. and suddenly you
are awakened out of a sound sleep by a horrible, loud
noise that drones on and on and on.
You curse, get up, and pace until it finally goes
away only to get a few hours sleep before being awak-
ened again by the same, obnoxious noise that goes on
and on and on all day long.
A nightmare? You bet. A living nightmare cour-
tesy of the Hovercraft and air boats which have invaded
So, you call the Florida Marine Patrol. Eventually
you talk to a nice young man who tells you that they
have received "many calls" about the noise nuisance,
but there is nothing they can do unless the craft are
observed without running lights after dark. He suggests
you call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office or the
Bradenton Beach Police Department.
The sheriff s office says they are aware of the prob-
lem but there is nothing they can do and shuffle you off
to the Bradenton Beach police.
You speak to an officer at the Bradenton Beach
Police Department who claims he hasn't heard the
noise at all but, then again, he doesn't live here so why
would he? When you remind him of the calls you and
your neighbors have made, he skirts around the issue
and says he might send someone down to talk to the
"boys," but, there is nothing they can do and why don't
you call the Coast Guard or marine patrol?
The Coast Guard also knows about the "little prob-
lem" of noise pollution and how many Cortez and
Bradenton Beach citizens are outraged by it. They'll
take your name and number, but there is really nothing
they can do. They do, however, assure you that your
complaint will be passed along.
It's the same old royal run around. The citizens of
Bradenton Beach and Cortez have their hands tied. The
residents who live on the Bay must endure the outra-
geous noise from these craft day and night.
Who do we call next? Federal and state agencies
who might be persuaded to come in here to evaluate
current noise pollution ordinances and laws because
for odo dChristmYis corsdsY
none of the local authorities are able to do anything
about a couple of people who could care less about the
peace and quiet for the rest of us?
This situation is a nightmare that will only get
Please, to the Bay-side residents of Cortez and
Bradenton Beach if you can hear me over the
noise your peace and quiet has been forfeited for
the benefit of a few out to make a buck. We need to
do something now before the Bay becomes a three
Adale Coutant, Bradenton Beach
Citizen offers solutions for better
Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher offered
sound advice for encouraging public attendance at city
meetings saying, "We need to ... explain what we're
talking about ... give some background."
Often the subjects under discussion have long be-
hind-the-scenes histories, yet questions from the pub-
lic are not infrequently met, at least in Anna Maria
City, with defensive hostility by the mayor, commis-
sioners, board chairmen, public works director and city
Chuck Shumard, mayor of Anna Maria City, is
disturbed that more people don't attend Anna Maria's
meetings. His solution is to impose microphone, po-
dium and time limits on speakers. One might ask
whether these measures, inconsistently enforced, en-
courage or inhibit dialogue.
Rather than imposing edicts on the public, perhaps
some changes on the part of the mayor, commission-
ers, board chairs and employees would help to create
an atmosphere more conducive to public attendance.
Suggestions for possible consideration follow.
The mayor might learn the rudimentary rules of
The commission could insist on using standard
rules of parliamentary procedure rather haughtily reit-
erating, "We make our own rules."
Mayor Shumard and Commissioners George
McKay and Doug Wolfe might make an effort to speak
clearly (enunciate and project), thus including the au-
dience, rather than speaking to each other, making un-
der-the-breath comments to each other, mumbling or
automatically putting hands or papers in front of their
mouths when they speak. An occasional foot in the
mouth is usually appreciated.
The mayor might treat all commissioners equita-
bly and politely. The same courtesy could be extended
to speakers from the audience. Expressions of his per-
sonal likes and dislikes of individuals or their opinions
have no legitimate place at the meetings he chairs.
The vice mayor's use of sarcasm and arrogance
might be considered as a possible reason for lack of
attendance. Most people find such behavior distasteful
enough that they avoid witnessing it at meetings or
being confronted by it in the city office.
The mayor could let the public know when a citi-
zen committee is to be formed, rather than simply an-
nouncing who has been appointed to it.
The meetings could be videotaped. An instant
replay of commission and board actions could be
shown. It might be instructive to require that all offi-
cials watch a full rerun and write self-evaluations of
how they contributed, positively or negatively, to the
Simply put, background on the issues, courtesy,
competence and openness on the part of.the elected and
appointed officials and city employees might help to
make city meetings in Anna Maria what Mayor
Drescher calls more "user friendly."
D. Canniff Anna Maria City
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Critters, rights of way spared perhaps
By Paul Roat
Modifications are in the making through a series of
proposed rules that describe what kinds of land devel-
opment may take place in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners Monday listened to rationale
and response to a series of changes in the city's land
development code. The workshop was the first step in
a lengthy process, which will eventually undergo at
least three public hearings where citizens may com-
ment on the proceedings before final changes are rati-
fied or rejected by the commission, probably before
spring of next year.
Probably the most controversial, or at least the
topic that is nearest and dearest to the hearts of many
Islanders, is a section regarding animals.
New language in the LDC defines "Animals, Do-
mestic," "Animals, Farm/Livestock/Poultry," "Ani-
mals, Exotic" and "Wildlife Rehabilitation Center."
The wording comes in the wake of earlier contro-
versy regarding Wildlife, Inc., an animal rehabilitation
center in the 2200 block of Avenue B. A neighbor com-
plained about what he called the "zoo-keeping facility"
in March 1996.
Cortez Center sale again
The Trash & Treasure Sale planned by the
Cortez Community Center has been rescheduled
for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-20. It
was rained out on Dec. 13.
Hours Thursday and Friday will be 3:30 to 6
p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bake
sale items will be available Saturday.
The sale will be held at the Center, 4517 123
St. Ct. (the old fire station) in the historic fishing
Donations of items for the sale may be
dropped off at the Center between 3:30 and 6 p.m.,
Thursday and Friday.
The matter came before the city's Board of Adjust-
ment in November 1996, but was stalled in the face of
a letter from General Counsel James Antista of the
Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, who
said that a state permit issued to Wildlife, Inc., super-
seded city codes on the matter.
Antista said at the time the city's laws pertaining
to what animals could or could not be kept in the city
was "overbroad, vague and should be struck down as
an encroachment of [Fish Commission] authority over
wildlife. It is not a zoning ordinance; it is a complete
prohibition of the possession of wildlife.
The change in the land development codes being
proposed recognizes Wildlife, Inc., as an existing facil-
ity, defining the group as being "a facility for the tem-
porary care of injured or sick exotic animals with the
intent to return such animals to their natural habitat or
appropriate zoological park. Such use may also provide
for the permanent boarding of not more than 12 perma-
nently impaired exotic animals."
Bradenton Beach City Attorney Alan Prather said
the language was "a compromise worked out with the
city planner, building official and Ed Straight of Wild-
No Holmes Beach chickens here
City Planner Bill Brisson, who drafted the sug-
gested land development code language, has defined
domestic animals as customary household pets -
dogs, cats, birds and the like is how it is phrased.
Farm animals are "horses, ponies and any animals
or fowl customarily raised or bred for food or product."
Exotic animals are those other than farm animals
that "normally live in a state of nature and are not or-
dinarily tame or domesticated."
And the final change in the LDC: "No farm ani-
mals, livestock, poultry or exotic animals shall be kept
or maintained in any district in the city except as oth-
erwise specifically allowed in this code."
"That's not to say that someone won't challenge a
citation given by the building official," Prather said.
"The city's Code Enforcement Board will have to deal
with that on a case-by-case matter, and they will make
their determination based on the factual evidence pre-
sented by both sides."
But both Prather and Brisson said the controversy
that has erupted in Holmes Beach regarding a couple
claiming and that city's code enforcement board
agreeing that two chickens are pets, not farmyard
fowl, will be avoided in Bradenton Beach.
Right of way restrictions:
prune those plants!
City commissioners have wrestled for the past few
months with the problem of residents landscaping city
rights of way. On the one hand, it makes the city more
attractive. On the other, it is a taking of public property
for private use and could cause a danger to motorists
or others who might ram into planters, landscape lum-
ber or large trees that are on city property.
Brisson proposed changing the land development
codes to allow greater flexibility to what may be placed
in city rights of way while protecting the public inter-
Basically, the new language would permit less than
one-foot-high shrubs in the first three feet of city prop-
erty adjoining private land, then calls for building of-
ficial approval of any other plants in the rest of the right
of way through a right of way use permit.
"Much of the permit issuance would be a judgment
call on the part of the building official," attorney
Prather said of the changes.
Other LDC changes
Other proposals in the land development code in-
clude the following:
Planning and Zoning Board meeting, as well as
Board of Adjustment meetings, would be publicly no-
ticed 10 days in advance. Current codes call for three
days advance notice.
Dumpsters within the city would have to be
screened from public view.
Flood damage estimates would change to meet
new federal and state guidelines that generally give
property owners more leeway in the amount of reno-
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the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The Center is now selling $3 raffle tickets for a
chance to win the Princess. The winning ticket will be
drawn 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the
Center's Endowment Trust matching fund challenge.
To purchase a ticket, stop by the Center at 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
For more information, call 778-1908.
Island Garden Club to
The Island Garden Club will host an old-fash-
ioned turkey dinner party at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
18. at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Entertainment will be provided by local guitarist
Russ Adams with singing led by Art Elliott.
New members are welcome. For information call
Jon Thornburg, president, at 778-2424.
St. Bernard's hosts
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach
will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 21,
from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
The menu will include homemade pancakes, sau-
sage, orange juice and coffee. Baked goods will be
available for purchase.
Tickets are $2.50 for adults and $1 for children.
Anna Maria Pier Regulars
to celebrate the holidays
The Anna Maria Pier Regulars will hold a Christ-
mas party at Maggic's Buffet, 4848 14th St. W..
Bradenton, in the Fountain Shopping Center.
The party will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec.
19. with a seafood buffet at the cost of $7.99 plus tax
Gifts will be given to all attendees. Bring business
cards to exchange for future discounts.
For information, call Frank Almeda at 778-7062.
Island Singles Club meets
The Island Singles Club will meet on Thursday,
Dec. 18, at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee County
Supper is to be purchased at the cafe at 7 p.m.
All working singles are encouraged at join and to
discuss future programs to be sponsored by the club.
Call Wil Little at 778-6929 for more information.
Holiday flags flyin'
Following critisim last year for not having decora-
tions 'round town, Holmes Beach public works
employees spread 10 banners throughout the city
last week. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce re-
cently elected the following members to three-year
terms on the board of directors: Jim Seaton, Longboat
Limousine/Suncoast Sedans; Lou Strazzere, Longboat
Key postmaster: Terry Uphaus, Publix Supermarkets;
Jim Everhart. Cedars Cafe; and Gary Rogers, vice
president of operations for Shannon Hotel Group.
The board of directors elected W. Andrew Vac.
Michael Saunders & Co., president; Jo Ann Wolverton,
Wolverton Financial Services, president-elect; and
Sandy Tull, Barnett Bank, treasurer.
Longboat Key Chamber to
host two events
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
hold a "Business Before Hours" on Thursday, Dec. 18,
in the upper court office complex on St. Armands
Circle, 310 John Ringling Blvd., from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Chamber will hold a
New Member Coffee in the Whitney Beach Plaza,
6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from 8 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast will be provided.
For cost and reservations to both events, call the
Chamber at 387-9519.
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Susan Rose Strom, Bradenton Beach's oldest citizen and the only Island resident not to miss casting her
ballot in a single election since women received the right to vote, just turned 104. In honor of her birthday,
commissioners in Bradenton Beach decreed her mayor for the day of Dec. 12. Pictured, from left, are Henry
Drescher, Mrs. Strom and Mayor Connie Drescher.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 PAGE 11 E
Local artists to hold
holiday yard sale of art
In celebration of the season, 20 local artists will
hold a Holiday Yard Sale of Fine Art on Sunday, Dec.
21, from noon to 5 p.m., at the home of artist Woody
Candish, 207 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City.
Artists displaying a wide variety of original works
include: Richard Thomas, Linda Molto, Laura Avery,
Ted Camp, Zoe Von Averkamp, Jean Blackburn, Layla
Copeland, Ines Normand and Susan Curry.
Art will be displayed in the garden and under the
trees among Candish's own sculptures of steel and
wood. Holiday refreshments will be served and there
will be live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
The event is being sponsored by the Beach Bistro
of Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 778-9230.
Fine art on sale
This piece created by Island
sculptor Woody Candish will be
one of the many fine art pieces
offered at the Holiday Yard Sale.
Services scheduled for
Island Poet Bud Atteridge
William "Bud" Atteridge, 96, "the Island poet,"
died Dec. 8 in the Louisiana retirement home where
health problems had confined him since August.
A service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, at 10 a.m. A
memorial service was held last week in Arcadia, La.
Bud Atteridge was born Oct. 2, 1901, in Lake For-
est, Ill., and moved to Anna Maria in 1954. He retired
as division manager of Bowman Dairy, Highland Park,
He and his wife of 60 years, Laura, first came to the
Island in the 1940s. Despite warnings that heat and
bugs would would drive them off, they chose to settle
in Holmes Beach. She died in 1986.
Atteridge said many times that he had traveled to
56 countries, could live anywhere he chose, and
couldn't imagine being anywhere but Anna Maria Is-
His published poetry career began in 1980 in the
Beachcomber after he became famed for the risque
verse he wrote for friends. He subsequently wrote thou-
sands of poems, including his weekly contributions to
The Islander Bystander, the St. Bernard bulletin and
Pine Country Backroads, a northern Louisiana news-
He explained himself thus: "All Irish are poets or
kings. I'm no king."
He also revealed, on his 95th birthday, his secret
for a long and happy life: "You can't go wrong if you
keep smiling. Don't ever lose your sense of humor."
Atteridge went to Baptist Retirement Center in
Arcadia, La., to be near his son Bill.
His poems dealt gently and humorously with the
human condition, including the aging process which he
often found hilarious. Anna Maria Island shone
through in almost every rhyme as he touched on every
facet of life.
His survivors are sons Bill of Arcadia, La., and
Bob of Plano, Tex.; four grandchildren and six great-
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
FL 34217, or to Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria, FL 34216.
Helen M. Fitzgerald
Helen M. Fitzgerald, 83, of Sarasota and formerly
of Bradenton, died Dec. 7, in Hospice House of
Born in Queens, N.Y., Mrs. Fitzgerald came to
Manatee County from Cup Saw Lake, N.J., in 1961.
She owned Bayview Villas motel, Bradenton Beach,
for 10 years. She was a Catholic.
She is survived by two daughters, Eileen of
Sarasota and Joan Marshall of Bradenton; a sister, Sis-
ter Adele Rueth of Franklin, Square, N.Y.; and one
Services were held at St. Martha's Catholic
Church, Sarasota, with the Rev. Vincent Clemente of-
ficiating. Burial was in Mansion Memorial Park,
Ellenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34238. Hawkins Funeral Home, Sarasota,
was in charge of the arrangements.
Charlotte H. Schwebel
Charlotte H. Schwebel, 70, of Holmes Beach, died
Dec. 12, in Blake Medical Center.
Born in Lancaster, Pa., Mrs. Schwebel came to
Manatee County from Kissimmee three months ago.
She was employed in sales at Seaworld in Orlando. She
was a Lutheran.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Scheid of
Kissimmee and Donald Scheid of Holmes Beach; and
a brother, Floyd Hinden of Lancaster.
Services and visitation were private. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Heart
Fund, 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243. Covell
Cremation Center was in charge of the arrangements.
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And all the prices have gone up so high,
You wonder how on earth you will ever get by.
And just how far your checkbook will bend,
Or if the bank will clear those checks at the end.
But believe it or not, we have a reason to be merry,
Because we won't get all those bills until January.
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AND THEN THE
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South Bay Boulevard turned into a shallow pond over the weekend thanks to heavy rains.
Face it the weekend
was only for the birds.
Many of the outdoor
events were canceled or
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Park in Anna Maria Saturday, what with the flooded
parking lot and playground.
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Pennies for school being collected
By Jim Hanson
Gather up your pennies, folks. John Bacich will be by.
The Anna Maria City resident and his longtime
friend are collecting pennies again this year for supplies
the school budgets don't provide.
"I was talking with the principal [Anna Maria El-
ementary School Principal Jim Kronus] one day and he
said there were some things the kids need, extra pen-
cils and small stuff, that the school didn't buy.
"I talked it over with my friend Manuel Huerta and
we just decided to help, penny by penny."
They collect pennies the year around, and so do
several other friends around the Island.
"I pick pennies up off the street, especially around
a service station where people just toss them, or at the
take-out window of a McDonald's," Bacich said.
They take their pile to school at Christmas time.
Bacich has about $50 worth now and Huerta nearly that
much. They'll give the school $100 from their joint
Bacich hopes others will help the kids, too. It
doesn't take many people's collections to provide a lot
of pencils and such for the youngsters, he said. Just call
him (778-1626) and he'll come pick up the loot.
Bacich is just back on the Island from a cruise that
could have been improved upon, he said.
He and his wife and 98 other American Automo-
bile Association members from the Tampa area flew
the Concorde to Paris, then a less spectacular plane to
Lisbon where they shipped aboard the Dutch cruise
liner Maasdam through the Azores and across to Ft.
"I wanted to see Paris but you can't do it in a day,
which was all they gave us; the rest of the time in
France they hustled us around some big shots' castles.
My wife is an artist and wanted to see the Louvre, and
she got a whole three hours there."
Bacich fought through Europe in World War II and
served in Paris with Army counterintelligence after
fighting ended. He retired as a major and was a busi-
nessman in Minneapolis until coming to Anna Maria.
As far as the cruise was concerned, "the big eaters
On board the Concorde to Paris, the captain took afew minutes
to peruse The Islander Bystander. Watch out for that other
plane! Islander Photos: Courtesy John Bacich
liked the ship. If you want to know how it was for me,
take three friends and get in a car and stop only for gas
and meals on a drive from New York to Los Angeles
at 21 miles an hour."
corde flight attendant was all
when she received an Islander
Back at home, Bacich spent some time in the hos-
pital with a heart attack. But none of it has discouraged
him from collecting pennies for the Island's young
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Island singles group counters loneliness
By Jim Hanson
Dr. Wil Little had been coming to Anna Maria Is-
land from 20 years before it turned out to be, for him,
a hard place to know people.
So he decided to change that.
He was a physician with a dermatology practice in
Tampa when he first came here and bought a house in
Anna Maria City in 1978. He and his wife came down
most weeks to spend Friday through Sunday here, con-
centrating on fishing.
Two years ago she got sick and he retired and they
moved here permanently. Last May she died.
"I don't know how many people realize it, but the
Island is a hard place to get acquainted unless you like
to drink and smoke and hang out in bars," he said.
"Houses next door or down the street are likely to be
vacant much of the time, their owners in Europe or up
He got quite lonely, he said, and was talking about
it offhand with Ato Kelly in her restaurant, Ato's. She
agreed, Anna Maria isn't easy.
She is a Polynesian singer and dancer, Little said,
who came here with her husband from Hawaii and
opened a restaurant to keep busy. When he died, she
kept on with the business. That Pacific connection led
to Don Early, who retired here from a career as an air
traffic controller in Hawaii.
All of them were lonely, and on the spot they
formed a club that might just widen their circle of ac-
quaintances. They called it the Island Singles Group.
It worked better than anyone really expected. Three
weeks after their decision to organize, they had an or-
ganizational dinner dance at Ato's and 18 singles
"Well, we don't have any teenagers," Little chuck-
led. "But there are several in their late 20s and early
30s. And many seniors."
They decided to meet every Wednesday morning
at 9 a.m. at the Cafe on the Beach, but younger work-
ing members have trouble with a morning get-together
so evening meetings are being arranged.
"The way we look at it is as a wheel," said Little.
"The Wednesday meetings are the hub, and we're
building more and more spokes".in the form of outings
and dances and dinners and parties "we're open to
One spoke is line dancing every Thursday at 7:30
p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Another was watching the Christmas parade of boats
from a member's home, and another will be a potluck
party New Year's eve at the home of Don Matele, 232
Oak St., Anna Maria. All events are open to singles
who may wish to join up, Little emphasized.
Trips are becoming other spokes, from a New York
City excursion to events in Ybor City, St. Augustine,
Everglades City, Tampa, Sarasota, and so on.
One of the better dividends is not having to be alone
all the time, he said. "Breakfast alone, that's all right. But
I don't like dinner all by myself. Now I can call a mem-
ber and arrange to dine with someone I know.
"It's a new slant on life on the big Island."
Sanford to sing in 'Messiah' with Anna Maria music group
Area residents can hear Bradenton tenor Charles
"Chip" Sanford as soloist with the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Orchestra & Chorus in their annual
holiday production of Handel's "Messiah" on Sun-
day, Dec. 21.
Sanford, who in 1997 was the first Manateen to
be chosen for the Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Art-
ist Program, became the surprise recipient of a spe-
cial $1,000 award from the Bradenton Opera Guild
at their April meeting.
He is a graduate of St. Stephen's, Bradenton, and
obtained advanced musical training at Westminster
Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
Sanford is currently a member of the Orlando
Opera Resident Artist Program where he is prepar-
ing a number of major tenor roles as well as singing
in on-going productions. In 1998, he will perform in
the Orlando Opera's production of Verdi's
"Falstaff" along with Metropolitan Opera star
The concert begins at 5 p.m. at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
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Islander joins AmeriCorps
By Pat Copeland
Amanda Parks says she's excited about her new
The 23-year-old Anna Maria resident left Nov. 24
to join AmeriCorps. Parks, the daughter of Molly and
Bill Parks of Spring Avenue, will be working with a
family literacy program in Frankfort, Ky.
"I've always wanted to go into the Peace Corps,
but this sounded like a better option," Parks said.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Florida, Parks
majored in political science and minored in mass com-
munications. She said she learned about AmeriCorps
through a college roommate.
AmeriCorps was established by President Bill
Clinton in 1994. Its emphasis is on public service and
getting youth involved in their communities. Volun-
teers receive a monthly allowance for living expenses
and a small stipend to pay off college loans or attend
"There are two national AmeriCorps programs -
VISTA or Volunteers in Service to America and the
National Civilian Conservation Corps," Parks ex-
plained. "I'm in VISTA where volunteers are placed in
Parks said she researched AmeriCorps on the
Internet, then sent in the application. She was inter-
viewed by the Southeast regional placement officer and
given a list of possible positions in Alabama, Tennes-
see and Kentucky.
"I was interested in working with children, so I
took a position with the Thornhill Learning Center in
Frankfort, Ky," she said.
"When my family went to
Ohio on vacation, we
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Parks They can serve up to three
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"I'm going to use the credit to help pay off my
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unite to give thanks
Island worshipers gathered under one roof to give
thanks at "A Service of Thanksgiving," sponsored by
All Island Denominations last week. Held at the
Island Baptist Church in Anna Maria City, more than
370 Islanders attended the service led by the religious
leaders of our community. Pictured from left are the
Revs. Richard Fellows, Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation; Dr. J. Clement Walker, Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church; Patrick Farrell, St. Bernard
Catholic Church; James Meena, Island Baptist
Church; Donald Baier, St. Bernard Catholic Church;
Danith Kilts, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; Wayne
Kirk. Roser Memorial Community Church; and not
pictured, Charles Reed, First Church of Christ
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Third-grade teacher Angelica Mannino, left. teaches a group of third-grade students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary how to do the toe-heel dance, as children their age did during Colonial times. All three third-grade
classes shared lessons in dancing, beading, baking cranberry bread and quilting during their celebration of
Holiday indoor soccer tournament kicks off Thursday
The Islander Bystander-sponsored indoor soccer The tournament is expected to wrap up on Dec.
tournament begins Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Anna Maria 23.
Island Community Center. A complete game schedule will be posted at the
Game times for the fourth annual Indoor Soccer Center following the draw on Wednesday. Dec. 17.
Christmas Tournament vary on weekdays from 5 to 10 Additional sponsors of the tournament include Allen
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The double elimination tournament includes male and Holmes Beach.
female teams in age groups under 8, under 10, under 12 For information call Center program director/tour-
and adults, 18 and up. nament director Scott Dell at 778-1908.
Canning it for charity
Chase Parker, left, and Evan Wolfe, fifth-grade
students at Anna Maria Elementary School, pack up
donations of canned goods. More than 500 cans of
non-perishable food were donated by the student
body to help the Salvation Army.
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Sunday Dec. 21 5PM
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Refreshments will be served.
SBring flashlights. In case of rain,
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[E PAGE 18 0 DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
John Holmes Jr. will be missed at The Islander
Bystander. I know his wife Betty would agree with me,
that John and I held a mutual admiration.
Since I heard Monday about his death, I've tried to
remember one of his many stories about the "old days,"
to little avail.
When he first introduced himself to me, we chat-
ted awhile and I showed him an old copy of a newspa-
per from the 1950s. I inquired about his father's real
estate advertisement. The "L" in Holmes on the real
estate business logo was bigger than the other letters
and I was curious as to why.
John ha'd no explanation for the logo design, but he
did tell me a story about one time when he and brother
Hugh were kids and his father, John Sr., gave the two
of them a batch of bumper stickers with the curious
logo design advertising the real estate business.
"He told us to go out and put them on every car we
could find so we headed over to the Island Shopping
Center," John said. "We put them on all the cars at the
shopping center and immediately got tired of our job.
We buried the rest of the stickers under a tree."
He was forever a kid in my mind.
We didn't meet until the newspaper began publish-
ing in late 1992 with the office in that same Island
John came walking toward the door from across
the drive, probably from the barber shop which I later
learned he also frequented. He looked to me just like
Walter (father of director John) Huston in the 194;8
movie "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
Old felt cap, flannel shirt, worn jeans and a
chewed-up cigar. Just before he cracked open the door
and stuck his head in, I thought, "Oh boy, what is this!"
"Nice job with the paper." he said.
A week or two later, he popped his head in the door
again to say, "Keep up the good work."
Eventually that winter I learned who he was. I was
pretty thrilled when he came in for a mail subscription
to Georgia, his summer home.
I thought I'd "arrived" with a for-true Holmes sub-
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scribing to the paper. Within a week or two came
brother Hugh with a subscription to his summer home
in North Carolina and my confidence was building.
For the next four years John visited regularly when
he was in residence on the Island. I got to know wife
Betty, bubbling with enthusiasm, and even his dogs.
John was an early bird at the office every Wednes-
day, waiting with me for the truck to arrive with the
news and he always took two copies, one for himself
and one for Betty.
He gave my dog Mr. Wizard special treatment and
shared many tales of Anna Maria. Sometimes Snooks
Adams would arrive at the same time and the discus-
sion would carry on and on.
I frequently threatened to put rocking chairs and a
cracker barrel out front for the two of them.
When I learned of his cancer, we spoke by phone
and in October he assured me he was working up a
repertoire of stories for his return in January.
I'm sorely disappointed he didn't make it home.
He symbolized so many characteristics of Anna
Maria to me.
I sure did love that old man.
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 17, 1997 N PAGE 19 II
Fast Eddie's art going to subjects free
Traces of the past for maybe 100 people are Frank
Davis's Christmas gift for Anna Maria Island.
He bought that many drawings of Fast Eddie's
patrons in the Charter Members Club, an informal or-
ganization set up by Ed Porter, owner of the former
Anna Maria restaurant.
Davis said he heard that the old artworks were
found when the restaurant building was being readied
for demolition by its new owner, Robert Byrne. They
had been stored upstairs in the old building.
"Rather than have them end up in a trash barrel, I
thought a lot of people would like to have them so I bought
them all," Davis said. "They can have them free."
Porter had an artist make pencil portraits of favored
patrons in the early days of Fast Eddie's, Davis said,
and the drawings were a feature of the restaurant. When
it closed, new owners planned to reopen it under its
original name, Anchorage, and removed the drawings.
That deal fell through and the property was sold to
Byrne in August in foreclosure.
Davis belonged to the Charter Member Club, and
said Fast Eddie occasionally gave members a free drink
or other special note of appreciation for their loyalty
over the years.
"The artist did a good job," Davis said. "It would
cost big money to have this all done at that high qual-
ity. I regret that I don't remember his name and haven't
been able to find it." Only one of the drawings is signed
and only the first name, Jerry, is decipherable. It is
"Maybe friends or relatives would appreciate
Some of the artwork that is availablefor Fast Eddie's "Charter Members Club" from the 1980s.
drawings of loved ones," said Davis. "These are part of
the heritage of the Island, and any that are left over I'll
give to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society."
Anyone interested will find the collection at
Davis's Island Real Estate, 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Or call Davis at 778-6066.
Griffith-Cline, Shells accept gifts for Toys for Tots
Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes are serving as
drop-off locations for the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve's 1997 Toys for Tots campaign, including
the Holmes Beach location at 6000 Marina Drive.
Also participating in the program is Shells res-
taurant, with an Island location at 3200 East Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Accepted are new, unwrapped toys through Sat-
urday, Dec. 20.
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"Toys for Tots is an extraordinary program to
help youngsters enjoy this very special holiday sea-
son," said Jim Goodall with the campaign.
"We hope residents of this area will join us again
this year in making the holidays brighter for Mana-
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ideal opportunity to participate in the season's vital
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER E DECEMBER 17, 1997 N PAGE 21 IE3
Helpers for taxpayers being sought
A few good men and women are being sought to
help Island taxpayers do their returns right and keep the
Internal Revenue Service at bay.
Getting started now for the 1998 tax season is the
National Association of Retired Persons tax assistance
program. The hours are good, three hours a day one day
a week, and the pay is bad. Zero.
Ruth Valine, Manatee County coordinator of the
program, said volunteers should let her know (727-
7553) of their interest in helping out and she will put
them into the training program in January.
No expertise is necessary, she said, but people with
knowledge of the business world have proven ex-
tremely valuable to the program. People of any age are
eligible, but seniors have more time, she said.
They will learn how to help taxpayers complete
Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040ES for estimating
taxes, and 1040X which is an amended return correct-
ing past errors. Also handled are Schedules A, itemiz-
ing; B, interest and dividends; D, sale of assets not
businesses; E, a complex combination of other sched-
ules; EIC, earned income credit for low-income people;
and 2441, child and dependent care.
The program does not touch Schedule C, which
covers sole-proprietor businesses or services, or the
sale of a business. And, not especially welcome news
for this area, the program will not handle Schedule F,
which covers farmers and fishermen.
The service will be offered to taxpayers from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday from Feb. 3 to April 14
.at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Volunteers will be trained at the Manatee County
Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. Bradenton, Jan.
9, 12, 13 and 14, then will join returning volunteers
from past years Jan. 16 at the main library and the
South Branch, 6081 26th St. W. Bradenton, on Jan. 21.
Valine emphasized that all tax information is ab-
solutely confidential and all records are returned to the
Volunteers are assigned to the taxpayer assistance
site nearest their homes, she said.
Some 75 to 80 volunteers are expected
countywide, with an anticipated 60 successfully com-
pleting the course. This is the 30th year of the AARP
Chanukah, "The Festival of Lights" will be-
gin on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and continue for eight
days and nights thereafter at Temple Beth El, 2209
75th St. W., Bradenton. Chanukah commemorates
the re-dedication of the Second Temple by Judah
Maccabee in the year 165 B.C.E. Information: 792-
From Tuesday, Dec. 23, to Wednesday, Dec.
31, the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium
and Parker Manatee Aquarium, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, will offer an array of special activities
for adults and children. Events include "Holiday
Story Time," "Snakes! Snakes! Snakes!," "Discov-
ery Place," and "Holiday Trains." Program informa-
Manatee A.R.C., a non-profit organization
serving people with disabilities, will present the
Glenn Miller Orchestra at a benefit dance and con-
cert on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the
Manatee Convention Center. Free coffee and a cash
bar will be available and attendees should bring
their own snacks. Pre-show dance music will be
performed by Cuttin' the Mustard from 1 to 2 p.m.
Tickets and information are available at South Trust
Bank of the Suncoast, 404 53rd Ave. W., 755-1212,
or the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben
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I- PAGE 22 0 DECEMBER 17, 19977 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Meet the winners of Islander's
Island history prizes
With every issue of the Islander Bystander a week
of Island history is preserved.
In its effort to encourage student involvement in
local history, the newspaper became one of the spon-
sors of the 13th annual Manatee County History Fair
held in November. Islanders may view the award-win-
ing projects, including models, drawings and photo-
graphs, produced by the young Island historians at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Museum. The full report
of several award winners will be published over the
next few months.
More than 400 projects were entered in the fair
with a total of approximately 700 elementary, middle
and high school students county-wide participating.
The students displayed projects, exhibits, media pre-
sentations and reports in fields of Manatee County,
Florida, American and World History.
All winners received plaques including three do-
nated by the Islander for a new category -the Anna
Maria Island History Prize.
The plaques for the Anna Maria Island History
Prize were awarded to Kyle Bachman, an eighth-grade
student at St. Joseph's, for his project "The History of
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Matthew Barnes, a seventh-grade student at the
Center for Education, took the second plaque home for
his preservation of "The History of Roser Memorial
Jess Mooney, an eighth-grade student at Palmetto
Christian School, received a plaque for his project
"Anna Maria Island History."
The award winners of the Cortez History Prize,
given by the Cortez Village Historical Society, were
Adam Blumenthal, an eighth-grade student at
Bradenton Academy, for "The History of the Coast
Guard Station, Cortez, Florida," and Matt Martin, a
sixth-grade student at the Center for Education, for his
"Wood and Concrete, Cortez Bridge" project.
Islander Peter Dowling, a sixth-grade student at
Bradenton Christian, earned the Judah P. Benjamin
Prize given by the United Daughters of the Confed-
eracy, Judah P. Benjamin Chapter, for his work entitled
"The Confederate High Tide." Eighth-grade Islander
Kris Smith earned the Longboat Key History Prize for
a report on Passage Key. Smith attends King Middle
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A History of Roser Memorial Community Church
By Matthew Barnes
Seventh grade, Center for Education
In the late 1880s, John Roser and his oldest son,
Charles Roser, bought a cookie and candy factory in
Kenton, Ohio. In 1904, John and his wife, Caroline, retired
and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Not long after that
Charles and his wife, Ruth, sold the family business and
the famous Fig Newton recipe to the National Biscuit
Company (NABISCO) for a $1,000,000. Then they
moved to St. Petersburg, also.
With part of the money from the sale of the business,
Charles Roser and developer George W. Bean formed the
Anna Maria Beach Company in 1911 to develop the north
end of the island. They set aside a plot of land for a church.
John Roser built a cottage across the street from the land
that was reserved for the church. Caroline Roser died in
1912. At this time, Charles talked with his father about
building a church as a memorial to his parents, John and
One day John Roser had been thinking this proposi-
tion over when he fell asleep and had a dream. In his
dream he heard a voice say, "Why wait until you are dead?
Why not live to see your good intentions performed and
commence now?" After waking up he was very impressed
with the voice and agreed.
John didn't waste any time making plans for the
church. He contacted Fred James, a Tampa architect, and
began drawing up the plans immediately. Captain Mitch
Davis was assigned the job of building the new structure.
John Roser had $3,100 in cash sent by boat to him in an
iron safe which was stored in Mr. Roser's cottage. This
money was paid out to the contractor as different stages
of the building were completed. The total cost of the
church was about $5,000.
Mr. Roser wanted this church to be a union place of
worship. He had in mind that pastors of different denomi-
nations would have appointments for preaching. Pastors
would come from St. Petersburg and Bradenton.
On a bright sunny morning in 1913, about 160 people
came to the dedication ceremony of the Roser Commu-
nity Church. Charles Roser had chartered the boat Gypsy
to bring people from St. Petersburg to Anna Maria Island.
At the close of the dedication, John Roser said to his
Some important Roser Church dates
1911 George W. Bean and Charles Roser formed the Anna Maria Beach Co. to develop the north end of the
island and they set aside a plot of land for a church.
1913 John Roser, father of developer Charles, contracted with Mitch Davis to build a church (today's chapel)
in memory of Roser's wife, Caroline.
1931 Marion Colman and mother, Lula Colman, revived the church which had closed during part of the late 1920s.
Song "Church on the Island," by Mrs. Fannie Herron Wingate, became a favorite hymn.
1933 Regular Sunday school started.
1939 Organization of the non-denominational church under the guidance of Dr. Colwell and Mrs. Luckinbill.
Founders Day celebration. Fifty-nine charter members received into the church.
1945 The church was incorporated as a body, legally entitled to hold property and receive bequests. Charter
was recorded in Tallahassee.
Transepts were added on the chapel.
Purchases of property across the street and adjacent to church.
Women's Guild formed by Mrs. Theodore Patzke, president.
First vacation Bible School.
Educational Building completed.
The Rev. Charles Lease became a full-time pastor. Dedication by Rev. Lease of a lighted cross above the church.
The Rev. Richard Wiggins began two services.
Parsonage built $21,000.
Roser joined Florida Fellowship of Churches.
Roser Men's Club started with 31 members.
First air conditioning was installed
Rev. Wiggins resigned and Rev. Sam Beaty became pastor.
Stained glass windows added in memorial to deceased members. Perpetual sanctuary lamps provided
and music receives new impetus.
Worship service during "Hallelujah Week" began in old sanctuary and completed in new present sanctuary.
Rev. Frank Hutchison became pastor.
Rev. Frank Hutchison retired.
Rev. Mike and Rev. Jan Smith served as interim ministers.
Rev. Wayne Kirk became minister.
1997 Remodeling interior of sanctuary began.
friend, "I wish my wife knew about this" and his friend re-
plied, "I think she does."
Through the years, the "Little Grey Church" has gone
through many transformations. In the late 1920s, an eco-
nomic depression set in and many Island residents left
Anna Maria. The church was abandoned and neglect and
decay set in. This was only a temporary setback for the
church because 1931 brought a revival of activity.
From this point on. Roser Memorial Community
Church has continued to grow. As church attendance has
grown, there has been the need for expansion. In 1954, an
educational building was added to the rear of the church
and a new sanctuary was built in 1975.
The "Little Grey Church" still continues to grow to
this day. Currently, expansion of the sanctuary is under
construction to allow for more seating. The recent pur-
chase of two lots will allow for more parking space.
It is safe to say that John Roser's dream has more that
come true in this beautiful memorial to his wife and him-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports provided.
Dec. 3, trespass to a structure, 1325 Gulf Drive
N., Catalina Resort. The complainant reported the sub-
ject has a trespass warning and walked into the office
Dec. 6, domestic disturbance, 100 block of Eighth
Street South. The complainant reported she got into a
verbal dispute with the subject and he locked her out
of the house. The officer spoke to the subject who
agreed to leave for the evening.
Dec. 8, attempted burglary to an occupied dwell-
ing, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Catalina Resort. According to
the report, the subject unlocked the door handle and
bolt lock to a unit but couldn't open the door due to a
security chain. The unit's occupant jumped out of bed
and ordered the subject to leave. The subject said he
was looking for someone named John. The occupant
observed the subject leave the premises.
Dec. 9, disorderly intoxication, 107 Gulf Drive
N., Key West Willy's. The officer responded in refer-
ence to a subject causing a disturbance and observed
her yelling at the entertainer. When she saw the officer,
she ran to him yelling, "She won't give me my keys,"
referring to the bartender.
The bartender said the subject was yelling and
throwing things at her and refused to stop or leave. The
bartender took the subject's keys to keep her from driv-
S ing due to her intoxicated state. The bartender said the
subject also attempted to throw a chair but was stopped
by patrons. The officer placed the subject in custody.
Dec. 10, driving with revoked license, warrants,
600 block of Gulf Drive South. The officer on patrol
observed a motorcycle parked in an area that was
closed for the night. He issued a citation and a check
revealed the subject's license was revoked. He found
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nal defibrillators for use on the department's ment to have defibrillators on each of its first line
trucks, fire trucks, the rescue unit and the pumper and lad-
Defibrillators are used during cardiac arrest der truck.
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the subject also had two warrants. The officer observed
the subject return, get onto the vehicle and pull onto
Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the vehicle and placed
the subject in custody.
Dec. 5, code violation, 2900 block of Avenue B.
The complainant reported illegal dumping and the of-
ficer found two subjects with yard debris. They said the
owner of the residence told them to dump the debris in
an open area at the end of the street. The officer advised
them to remove the debris or be cited.
Dec. 6, trespass warning, 2900 block of Avenue
E. The complainant reported the subject was harassing
him about belongings that subject thinks are in the
apartment. The complainant issued a trespass warning
to the subject.
Dec. 7. suspicious, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The complainant said he found
a photo of an older nude male lying under a swing on
the children's playground. A date on the photo led the
officer to believe it might be of European origin. The
photo was placed in property.
Dec. 7, assist sheriff's department, 400 block of
Magnolia. The officer responded to assist a sheriff's
deputy at a burglary alarm call. The deputy placed a
juvenile in custody.
Dec. 8, suspicious, 500 block of 68th Street. The
complainant reported a small boat drifted up to his
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Dec. 9, found property a bicycle, 3000 block
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Dec. 10, disturbance, 11000 block of Manatee
Avenue. The complainant reported that he was attempt-
ing to pull onto Manatee Avenue and was cut off by the
subject traveling at a high rate of speed. He said he
pursued the subject in a reckless manner, attempting to
get the subject to pull over.
The subject drove to the police department to re-
port the complainant. The subject said the complain-
ant displayed a yellow light from his dashboard and
he was unsure whether to pull over. The officer cau-
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which may lead people to mistake him for a law en-
Dec. 10, burglary to an automobile, King Fish
Ramp. The officer on patrol was stopped by the victim
who said a person unknown removed 600 pounds of
fish valued at $960 from a cooler in his truck.
Dec. 10, Marchman Act, 3610 East Bay Drive,
Dry Dock. The complainant reported an extremely
intoxicated subject was at the bar causing problems
and refusing to leave. The officer found the subject,
who was sitting in a friend's vehicle in the parking
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By Kevin P. Cassidy
up and running!
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
basketball league is under way. I took in a couple of
games Thursday night, Dec. 11, pitting Air & Energy
Raptors against Anna Maria Oyster Bar Marlins in
'Division II, which consists of players ages 8 through
10. The second game had Sign of the Mermaid Mav-
ericks taking on Cafe on the Beach Knicks in Division
I, which has players ages 11 to 13.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Marlins took a 22-5 deci-
sion over Air & Energy Raptors. Joey Mattay led the
Marlins with 10 points while Michael Wallen added
six. Aaron Stark led the Raptors with three points.
The Marlins got off to a quick start by playing pres-
sure defense and giving the ball to Mattay on the point.
He repeatedly beat his man off the dribble to penetrate
the Raptor defense. Once in the paint, he either dished
the ball to an open team mate or shot.
One sequence in the first quarter saw Mattay steal
the ball, push it up court and stop and pop from the
baseline. The Raptors in-bounded the ball and tried to
work it around offensively but the Marlin defense again
stepped up with a steal by Wallen, who then fed
CMattay, who took it up the middle, finishing with a
layup on the way to a 10-0 halftime lead.
The rest of the game followed this same script as
the Raptors were unable to penetrate the Marlin de-
fense, while the Marlin offense had little trouble work-
ing through the Raptor defense in taking the win.
The second game of the evening was similar in that
the result was never really in doubt, even by the end of
the first quarter. The Knicks were led by a tandem of
Preston Copeland and Jim Sebastiano, who looked like
John Stockton and Karl Malone in working the give
and go to perfection.
Up for one
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SPORTS, FROM PAGE 26
who sent it to a cutting Wolfe, who hit the short jumper
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The Knicks opened up a 40-7 lead before their
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Copeland led the Knicks with 24 points and was
strongly supported by Sebastiano, who scored 20
points and easily was in double figures in rebounds
Rudacille led the Mavericks with 15 points with all
but two coming in the second half. He was supported
by Torres with six points and Berra, who had seven
rebounds down the stretch.
Monday's action had Bryant's Recycled Treasures
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Center, Anna Maria City.
All adult Little League members from last
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Sebastiano's 19 points. Jason Loomis led the Hawks
efforts with 17 points.
IFC action rain-checked
All Island Football Club soccer action was called
off due to the inclement WET weather that hit the
suncoast last weekend. These games will be made up
at a later date.
The U-14 team is off next weekend so it won't play
until after the New Year, while the U-12 team takes on
Manatee East Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center at 10:15 a.m. The U-8 team is
set for a match at Abel Elementary at 10:15 a.m., while
the IFC adult team won't be on the grass until 1998.
To report sports news, call me at 778-3153 and please
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Dinner theater comes to Anna Maria Island
Marina Bay Restaurant in Holmes Beach and
Sandcastle Players Inc. will bring the excitement of
dinner theater to Anna Maria Island for the first time
The restaurant and the Sandcastle Players, for-
merly the Chapel Players of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, will present "The Odd Couple," by Neil
Simon. The play will be directed by Jim Lewis and
opens Thursday, Jan. 29, for 10 performances.
Marina Bay Restaurant will provide dinner with a
choice of three entrees prior to evening performances
and a Sunday Brunch before matinees.
"The restaurant is very excited about this project,"
said Guy Lococo, general manager. "What we see is a
quality restaurant coming together with quality theater
to add to the fine arts reputation of Anna Maria Island.
And, from what we can already see, the show is so
funny it will bring a lot of laughter and fun to the Is-
Sandcastle Players is a not-for-profit organization
composed of former board members of the Island's
Chapel Players including Joy Courtney, Pat Hoefig,
Jim Lewis and Martha Stewart. Bill Willis, Ruth
Burkhead and John Durkin have provided support to
the new organization.
"Over a seven-year period, the Chapel Players
earned an excellent reputation for producing quality
community theater by encouraging and teaching per-
sons of all ages to become involved. More than a few
of our alumni, adults and children, can be seen on Is-
land, Manatee and Sarasota stages," said Courtney,
president of the play group.
"We want to continue to expand our love for the-
ater and especially, continue to provide the established
tradition of a summer theater workshop for children."
Anyone interested in joining the Sandcastle
Player's production should call Courtney at 778-
5405. She emphasized enthusiasm is required, not
'A Christmas Carol'
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 18 and 19, will
bring the national tour of Charles Dickens' clas-
sic "A Christmas Carol" to the Manatee Players
Riverfront Theatre, Bradenton, for three perfor-
"A Christmas Carol," which takes place in
19th Century London, is a fantasy told in five
stages, opening on Christmas Eve. Ebenezer
Scrooge had not always been a mean, stingy man.
His love for money had grown as he became older.
After a visit from Marley's Ghost and three other
spirits, he begins to fear the future and to take a good
hard look at himself.
Both dates will feature performances at 8 p.m.
and a matinee performance at 2 p.m.
The theatre and box office are located at 102 Old
Main Street, Bradenton. For ticket information, call
748-5875 during normal business hours or purchase
tickets one hour before each performance.
'The Chanukkah Story'
comes to the Van Wezel
Traditional Jewish melodies and modem Israeli
folk songs will be perfomred a cappella by the West-
ern Wind, brings "The Chanukkah Story" to
Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m.
on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh will nar-
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Wicked weather wreaks havoc on fishing action
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Whether it was the weather keeping anglers in port or
the lack of appetite among the fish themselves, action last
week was off the usual good track. There were some re-
ports of redfish and pompano in the bays, and sheepshead
are starting to show up around the bridges and docks.
Folks at the Rod and Reel Pier have been catch-
ing black tip shark, flounder and a bunch of snook early
last week, but the cold fronts and rain have slowed the
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier are also
finding slow going in the fishing department due to the
Annie's Bait & Tackle said that Capt. Zack on the
Dee Jay II is catching pompano in Sarasota Bay and
redfish in Buttonwood Harbor.
Capt. Rick Gross said he was able to run a couple
of trips last week and caught pompano and some reds.
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's been doing very
well with redfish, some days seeing upwards of 20
caught, as well as some small bonnet sharks.
At the South Skyway Fishing Pier, the weather
slowed the action there too, but a few fishers braved the
winds and rain to catch sheepshead, flounder, man-
grove snapper, small grouper and some small sharks.
On my boat Magic we had vessel problems last
week and didn't make it out, but everything is back up
and running now and I'm looking forward to getting on
the water again.
Capt. Tom Chaya said he is still finding redfish
around the docks, plus a few sheepshead.
Capt. Thom Smith from Angler's Repair said reds
are in Terra Ceia Bay, but they're getting harder to
catch due to the bad weather. With the forecast predict-
ing.clearing weather this week, he said things in the
fishing front should improve.
Bill at Island Discount Tackle said reds are
abounding in the bays around almost any type of struc-
ture. There are pompano in Sarasota Bay and sheeps-
head near the bridges and piers, but the weather kept
most of the offshore anglers at home last week.
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An old-fashioned Cortez Christmas
By Bob Ardren
It sounds like the old days. Thirty-five thousand
pounds of mullet netted in one night.
That's what a crew of eight cast-netting boats from
the east coast pulled out of local waters one night last
weekend, according to Karen Bell of the A.P. Bell Fish
Co. in Cortez. It all ended Monday, however, when the
mullet appear to have moved offshore to spawn.
It's all part of the ancient rhythms along our coast.
Dropping water temperatures cause mullet to school
and winter fronts signal the mass migration offshore.
Cast netting is the last legal way for commercial
fishers to catch mullet and, as usual, some of them have
found a way to do it well. First of all, you have to be
young and strong. Bell says virtually all the cast netters
in that successful group were under 25 years of age.
Then you have to cooperate. Unlike the traditional
netters who all had their secret spots and competed with
one another, these young men worked as a single crew
They circled their boats around schools of mullet,
pointing out to their teammates where the fish were.
And the results were impressive.
Those youngsters probably can't teach our locals
anything about fishing, but it's clear they've figured
out the benefits of cooperation while fishing.
Keep one thing in mind: that was a big strike on the
mullet just before the front passed through here. But
overall, the mullet harvest is still down to a mere frac-
tion of the old days. Estimates range from seven to 20
percent of the days of gill netting.
Holidays and pets
A near-tragedy over Thanksgiving prompts me
to remind you to keep a special eye on your family
pets during the holidays. Christmas may be hard on
our waistlines and pocketbooks, but it can be fatal to
What happened is that an old friend's black La-
brador Retriever nearly died of poisoning the day
before Thanksgiving. The dog became extremely
sick and they took it to a vet, who said it had obvi-
ously been poisoned. Nobody could guess who or
what had done it.
But I had an idea. And it didn't take much brains
to figure it out because the couple's son was stand-
ing there eating some holiday chocolates.
"Does your dog like chocolate?" I asked 5-year-
"Yep," he said. And there's your answer. Choco-
late is simply poison to dogs. And parrots too, for that
matter. Frankly, I was kind of shocked this dog-own-
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Dec 17 12:31 2.2 8:02 -0.3 3:47 1.3 6:47 1.2
Dec 18 1:20 2.1 8:41 -0.2 4:19 1.4 7:53 1.1
Dec 19 2:09 1.9 9:17 0.0 4:47 1.4 9:14 1.0
Dec 20 3:11 1.7 9:59 0.2 5:23 1.5 10:34 0.9
LQ Dec21 4:23 1.4 10:42 0.3 6:01 1.6 11:59 0.7
Dec 22 5:47 1.3 11:24 0.5 6:37 1.8
Dec 23 7:21 1.2 1:09 0.5 7:12 1.9 12:06 0.7
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But judging from the number of folks who buy
dogs and don't bother to take them through a basic
obedience class, we probably shouldn't be surprised.
So as the holidays go by, go easy on your pets and
remember that they too can get indigestion from rich
foods and even be poisoned by things like chocolate.
Plus, cats especially like to play with, and sometimes
eat, tinsel off Christmas trees. The result can be a very
sick cat with serious intestinal problems.
Poinsettia leaves are poisonous to pets and people.
And don't forget to hide those extension and tree light
cords critters sometimes love to chew on. The results,
as they say, can be shocking.
Oh yes, ol' "Box of Rocks" as I call that Tampa
Lab did recover. It was an expensive vet bill, how-
ever, and unfortunately the dog wasn't any smarter
Acid spill proves point
We environmentalists are sometime accused of
being too cautious and "not willing to go along with
progress." Witness the fight over Orimulsion.
But the spilling of 50 million gallons of water laced
with a half-million gallons of phosphoric acid into the
Alafia River last week makes our point. It wasn't sup-
posed to happen, of course, but it did.
And it could take the river many years to recover.
The incident caused the local chamber of com-
merce to postpone their holiday lighted-boat parade. It
wasn't even safe for boaters.
Hillsborough County officials are saying the fish
in Tampa Bay "are probably safe," even though big fish
kills occurred on the river itself. Time will tell.
A final report on the fish kill and other effects of
the spill is due out in January. It will be part of the
material used to determine the fine and restoration
work which will hopefully be required of the Mulberry
Phosphate Co. source of the spill.
Interesting accident numbers
Want to be a safe boater? Well, you can start by
staying home on Sundays. Sunday afternoon is the
most dangerous time to be on the water according to a
recent study by the U.S. Coast Guard.
No boater I know would dispute that.
Boats between 16 and 26 feet in length are in-
volved in the most reported accidents, but boats un-
der 16 feet are involved in the most fatalities, ac-
cording to the Coast Guard. Sure, personal water-
craft are going to pull down the average boat size
involved in fatalities.
The most typical accident, according to the study,
is a collision with another boat. The most often-cited
reason for that collision is a lack of a good lookout or
alcohol use. In other words, drunks make poor look-
outs, or they don't bother to keep a close eye on situa-
Sunday is the day of the week most boating acci-
dents happen, and the period from 2:30-4:30 p.m. is the
worst time of all.
Thanks to Alfred Haleblian at the Coast Guard
Auxiliary for that information.
And here's hoping that your Christmas this year is
spiritually rich instead of just being fattening and shot
through with debt. A real Christmas presence is so
much more important than Christmas presents.
See you next week.
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Island property sales
524 Bayview, Anna Maria, an elevated canalfront
1,072 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1977 on a
60x110 lot, was sold 11/17/97, Edwards to Pettee, for
$177,000; list $199,000.
5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 501 Martinique
N., a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1971, was
sold 11/17/97, Scalzi to Toner, for $100,000; list un-
632 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a canalfront
ground-level 2,023 sfla 3bed/3bath/2car/pool home
built in 1966 on a 72x115 lot, was sold 11/18/97,
Petermann to Walters, for $252,500; list $279,900.
703 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a bayfront
4,080 sfla 3bed/3&l/2bath/4car/pool home built in
1989 on a 100x150 lot, was sold 11/18/97, Gallagher
to Turner, for $785,000; list $974,500.
826 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, an 80x228 bayfront
lot, was sold 11/17/97, Riley to Gaines, for $400,000;
2200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a Gulffront two-
story motel built some years ago and remodeled, 150x 100
land, if memory serves about 11 units [7 efficiencies, I
motel room, and a 3bed/3bath penthouse suite upstairs
converted in 1991 to probably 3 more efficiencies], was
sold 11/26/97, Dubs to Ker, for $1,375,000; list unknown.
Formerly the El Bandido, now Seaside.
428 62nd St., Holmes Beach, Seaside Gardens, a
ground-level attached 936 sfla 2bed/2bath/lcp home
built in 1972 on a 35x93 lot, was sold 11/25/97,
Haaland to Vanhorne, for $89,750; list unknown.
513 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a ground-level
1,340 sfla 3bed/2bath/lcar canalfront home built in
1971 on a 68x105 lot, was sold 11/25/97, Fistere to
Vasilantone, for $190,000; list $219,900.
513 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a ground-
level 1,683 sfla 3bed/2&1/2bath/2car canalfront home
built in 1966 on a 100x104 lot, was sold 11/25/97,
Decker to Surprenant, for $215,000; list unknown.
5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 105 Martinique
S., a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1970, was
sold 11/24/97, Restrick to Breitmeyer, for $122.000;
108 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, an elevated 3bed/
2bath/2car 1,944 sfla home built in 1976 on a 50x 110
lot, was sold 12/3/97, Edmister to Schrutt, for
$290,000; list $325,000.
1801 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 210 Runaway
Bay, a 691 sfla lbed/lbath condo built in 1978, was
sold 12/3/97, Lapsley & Cutchineal to Steibel, for
$89,000; list $94,900.
1801 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 234 Runaway
Bay, a 691 sfla lbed/lbath condo built in 1978, was
sold 12/1/97, Post to Kiess, for $85,000; list $89,000.
3607 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 109 Sandy
Pointe 2, an elevated 1,150 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car condo
built in 1996, was sold 12/1/97, Florida Homebuyers
Insurance to Bernhard, for $125,000; list $99,900.
501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 203 Bridgeport,
a 2bed/2bath 1,000 sfla condo built in 1982, was sold 12/
1/97, Bell to Kornegay, for $127,000; list unknown.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 113
Westbay Cove, a 2bed/2bath 1,400 sfla condo built in
1977, was sold 12/5/97, Rhoden to Spath, for
$136,000; list $142,500.
609 Ivanhoe, Holmes Beach, a ground-level
canalfront with frontage on Key Royale golf course,
3bed/2bath/2car 1,890 sfla home built in 1979 on a
90x118 lot, was sold 12/2/97, King to Hood & Bruno,
for $225,000; list $234.900.
* Compiled exclusively for The Islander Bystander by
Doug Dowling, licensed real estate broker, 778-1222.
on A.M.I. '.
Date Low High Rainfall
Dec. 7 50 61 .0
Dec. 8 61 68 .0
Dec. 9 61 78 .0
Dec. 10 68 75 .0
Dec. 11 69 74 .5
Dec. 12 66 72 1.2
Dec. 13 65 67 4.7
Average Gulf water temperature 67
Cortez Barber Shop
has new owners
Beth Hughes, formerly of Country Club Bar-
ber Shop, and Craig Duke, formerly of Village
Green and Clippers Barber Shops, have recently
purchased the Cortez Barber Shop, located in the
plaza with the Cortez Post Office.
The partners will be offering old-fashioned
barber shop services six days a week Mon-
day through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and
on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shop
will be closed on Sunday.
Cortez Barber Shop is the only one in the
area to be open on Mondays and at 7 a.m. each
business day for early clients.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Inc. has announced the addition of Piroska
Kallay and Doug Newcomer to its Anna Maria
Island office. Gary Larison was the top pro-
ducer and Jan Schmidt the top listing agent for
the firm's Anna Maria Island office.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. has announced
that Mary Ann Schmidt and Helen White were
top listers and sellers for the Holmes Beach of-
fice for the month of November. Mary
Wickersham and Cindy English were top list-
ers for the Longboat Key office. Deborah
Thrasher was top lister for the Longboat Key
commercial division. Top sellers included
Mike Migone, Jim Foster and Jim LaRose,
The Prudential Florida Realty announced
that Karen Lohse was the top lister and Carol
Heinze its top seller for the month of Novem-
ber at the Anna Maria Island office.
Island Real Estate of Holmes Beach has
announced that Christine Shaw was its top
sales agent and Richard Freeman was its top
listing agent for November.
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Three bedrooms, two private baths and one guest bath.
Greatroom with fireplace. Sun room and skylight. Beau-
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kitchen, dining room, screened lanai. Decks and patio
overlook Gulf sunsets. Included is an adjacent second
house with four rented apartments providing monthly
income to the owner. This magnificent one-of-a-kind
package is offered by owner at $895,000. Can be seen by
appointment only. Call 778-2841.
PERICO BAY CLUB
712 Estuary Drive
See this immaculate 2BR/2BA
attractively-furnished condo with
1 i views of bird sanctuary. $123,000.
Call Dick Rowse 778-2003.
"See it Sunday 1-4PM."
Wedebrock Real I Company
crealt-tlig i ,esll since 19!9
Call a Professional Wedebrock Real Estate Agcni rod.'
"Personalized, not frandiised
3BR!2.5BA waterfront home across from golf
course. 70-foot boat dock on wide sailboat canal
Pool, three-car garage, ceramic tile, vaulted ceil-
ings, family room. All new appliances. Exclusive
4BR/3BA waterfront home. Vaulted ceilings, fire-
place, master suite, walk-in closets, custom lighting,
lour-car garage. 35-foot boat dock on sailboat wa-
ter. Community pool and tennis. Special! $549.000.
If you can't find your dream home build it'
Riverfront Community, pool. tennis, $59,900.
Anna Maria City, cleared lot 75x100 near beach
3BR,2BA horne wiilh dazzling view ol Inlracoasl al
Waterway Caged pool boat davils, screened lanai
large lol with room lo expand, v.er, priv:ale, cul-de-
sac Convenienl Holmes Beach area $369,900.
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4BR,3.5BA. three-car garage Stone waterfall Irom
spa to pool. Cathedral ceilings Master bath has six
lixtures including Jacuzzi with skylight, shower room
Dream kitchen over 1 2 acre lot $369,900
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3001 Gull Drive Holmes Beach Florida 34217
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THIS BEAUTIFUL NEW 3BR/2BA custom-built
canalfront home is situated on a landscaped lot.
It is sparkling and bright throughout with light-
beige ceramic tile and deep Berber carpet. The
open kitchen is a dream with skylight and island.
The master suite has its own private deck and
there are two more decks off the living room.
New 24-foot dock. Call Soon! $279.000.
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HISTORIC CLAY HOUSE ON SPRING AVENUE
The part built before the turn of the century is now a loft,
dressing room and bath. The formal dining room is an
enclosed breezeway from the kitchen to this loft. The
Florida room is wide open to the living room. Beyond are
two more bedrooms and one bath. This and more on 1.5
lots with sidewalk. $219,000. Hope springs eternal.
=Doug Dowling Realty
One of the biggest names
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H V en you choose Chase you
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(941) 778-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
Ctmas Dreams Do Come Truel
CARIBBEAN-STYLE "ISLAND HOUSE"
This charming 3BR/2BA tropical hideaway is tucked away
on lushly landscaped grounds overlooking the sparkling
waters of Bimini Bay! Amenities include a cool and shady
verandah, glazed terra-cotta tiled floors and countertops,
maple cabinets and bookcases, wood-burning fireplace,
and spacious master bath with 6-foot Kohler Jacuzzi tub.
Other features include fully insulated walls for soundproof-
ing and energy efficiency, double carports, and deep-wa-
ter dockage. Truly one of a kind. Priced at $595,000. Call
today for your private showing!
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CANALFRONT Spacious 3BR/3BA home with dock,
tropical courtyard, terra cotta tile floors, glass block,
new custom kitchen with breakfast bar, workshop and
over 950 sq. ft. of decking. All this and so much more
amid lush tropical gardens. $295,000. Dial the
Duncans! Judy 778-1589 or Darcie 779-2290 eves.
KEY ROYALE Immaculate 2BR/2BA home with family
room and large, caged pool. Beautifully landscaped. Great
view! $210,000. Call Carol Williams 778-1718 eves.
DUPLEX GULFVIEW Almost new 2BR/1.5BA and
1 BR/1 BA duplex steps from the beach. Open floor plan,
8-foot ceilings, oak cabinets, Berber carpet, laundry fa-
cilities, 46x26 extra high garage, maintenance-free ex-
terior. $189,900. Call Carol Williams 778-1718 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK MLS I
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L A I E D S
LORD'S WAREHOUSE Unique thrift shop, on pre-
mises Longboat Island Chapel. Lamps & Christmas
items 1/2 price. Mon.-Wed.-Sat., 9-3. 6140 Gulf of
Mexico Dr. 383-4738.
COUCH TWO-SEATER very good condition, soft col-
ors $119. Antique chair, original cover $450. 778-7820.
SEARS CRAFTSMAN gas edger $95. Call 739-6559.
BARBIES Never removed from box. Stardust Erte
2, Mattel 50th anniversary, Enchanted Evening, Solo,
others. Priced to sell! 778-3433.
LIGHTED CHINA CABINET with glass shelves, 76"
tall x 30" wide. 778-3433.
LLOYD FLANDERS white wicker full-size sofa $325.
Love seat $225. Call 778-2167.
CANNONDALE RACING BIKE 12 speed, red/white.
Excellent condition. $375. Helmet for sale $20. Call
751-1933 after 1 pm.
HEALTH RIDER for sale $200. Call 795-4680.
AVON New Island representative. Call Carol at 795-
1678 or 778-4787.
PC COMPUTER 386 complete with 5 1/4 and 3 1/2
drives, monitor, keyboard, modem, Windows, mouse.
$350. Call 778-7537.
HONDA SCOOTER 90 CC. Large enough for two.
Good condition. $450. Kneehole desk, 25x50,
fruitwood finish, leather top. $75. Call 778-5817.
GIFT SETS- Aromatherapy, body care and custom
gift baskets made to order with herbal teas, organic
wines, great edibles. Shop Here's To Your Health
Natural Food Store, 5340 Gulf Dr., S&S Plaza,
Holmes Beach. 778-4322. Open 7 days.
PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! Man's gold-cluster
diamond ring, large size, approximately 1.25 carat.
Cost $1,100, sacrifice $350. Call 778-4315.
NEW ALIEN TUTCH Mallet putter complete with club
cover and video tape. Ideal Christmas present.
$40 retailed for $129. Call 778-3470.
#1 IN MANATEE COUNTY!
RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MGMT.
CLOSE TO BEACH!
Elevated duplex, 2BR/
2BA and 1BR/1BA.
Cathedral ceilings, utility
rooms. Covered parking.
$137,000. Call Don
MOVING IN TOWN? 2BR/2BA condo, glass-enclosed lanai with
A/C. Active community with clubhouse, pool, spa and more! Just
reduced to $67,500 furnished. Call Karen Schroder.
Buying or Selling Waterfront Property?
$9,000,000 in closed transactions gives
I us the experience you need to put more
money in your pocket. Call the experts.
DON and KAREN SCHRODER
HOME AND GUEST HOUSE steps to beach or bay. Ceramic
tile, hardwood floors, loft, decks, newer roof and A/Cs. Delight-
ful. $174,900. Yvonne Higgins.
RIVERVIEW BOULEVARDI The right address at the right price!
Open floor plan 4BR/2.5BA pool home. Huge family room opens
into mirrored dining room and updated kitchen with work island.
Only $173,000. Call Barb Turner/Sandy Greiner.
PETS AND CHILDREN welcome in this delightful condo that
has been totally carpeted, painted, and upgraded. Only
$57,900 and overlooks the pool and lake. Near MCC. Call
Barb Turner/Sandy Greiner.
Opposite the Holmes Beach Library
5600 MARINA DRIVE
HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. 4-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love seat
$399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129; futons
(sofa by day bed at night) frame and mat $199;
daybed (white with brass finials) including 2 mattresses
and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call 753-7118.
ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK, beautiful condition, 5'
x 4', 7 drawers per side. $2,000. Lawnmower $75.
PECAN SALE MAMMOTH HALVES, new crop. Holi-
day bags. $6.50 Ib. to benefit Island Players. Call 778-
6956 for information or delivery. Also available at the
Islander Bystander, 5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.
WANTED Your unwanted mounted stuffed fish. Get
rid of it here. Call The Islander Bystander. 778-7978.
PORCH SALE Sat., Dec. 20, 8-12. Many items, sev-
eral families. 526 56th Street, Holmes Beach.
DICK MAHER .,- .
5340.1 G ulfDrie -
it olms*BachFL 421
IMPERIAL HOUSE Affordable 2BR/2BA
condo in excellent area with heated pool,
fishing dock, clubhouse, bayside patio
and deeded Gulf access. Turnkey
furnished. $94,900. #CH20338.
FRESH MEADOWS 4BR/2BA home
overlooking the pool and lake. Beautifully
landscaped fenced-in yard. Great
community with tennis courts. $128,500.
BEACH WALKERS DREAM 2BR/2BA
Island home with a two-car garage, only
a short 1 1/2 blocks to the great
white sand walking beach. Includes an
outside shower and separate storage
shed. $159,900. #CH25051".
JUST LISTED! Rare two-story duplex with a Gulf view in
Holmes Beach! Great corner lot. Partially furnished. Close
to shopping and restaurants. Enjoy many sunsets from the
wood deck. Call Roni Price 778-5585. $350,000. #26217.
SWIM, BOAT, PLAY MVP Seller will entertain offers be-
tween $230,000-$280,000. Enjoy this spacious 3BR/2BA
canalfront home. Dock and davits plus a split-bedroom de-
sign with marvelous family room, fireplace, and wonderful
caged patio area and in-ground heated pool. #23542. To
see this today, call Carol Heinze 778-5059.
READY TO MOVE IN Beautifully turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA
plus den condo in Tara. Separate one-car garage with pull-
down storage. A golf membership is included with deed.
$119,000. #23282. Call Sverre "Steve" Lunder, 753-2474.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA home totally
renovated including electrical work and
plumbing. Fireplace, tile throughout the
home and carpet in master bedroom.
Elegant customized master bath with
bidet, Jacuzzi tub and shower. Heated
pool. Turnkey furnished. Two-car ga-
rage and boat dock. $299,000.
GREAT VIEWS OF BIMINI BAY Dol-
phins playing, birds swooping,setting
sun and newer 55 ft. dock all await you
from this wonderful contemporary
home. Includes 5-6BR/4BA, beautiful
gourmet kitchen with granite
countertops, large indoor pool with en-
tertainment area. Trades welcome. Mo-
tivated sellers! $595,000. #KS21249.
Call for your private tour today. h
2BR/2BA Canal home in Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Pool home in Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Key Royal home
3BR/2BA Key Royale home
2BR/2BA Bayview Terrace, 3 mo. min.
2BR/1BA Across street from the Gulf
3BR/2BA Pine Bay Forest, 3 mo. min.
S wi. thI .usan ..........ll.edverisedo eInt s.
GULFFRONT MOTEL 1.25 acres, 22 units. High value in land
for future development $2,149,000. Compare and you'll buy!
ACREAGE/PDR for 30 homes. Near school/golf $235,000.
DUPLEX + VACANT LOT 100'x90'. Fronts Gulf Drive, $360,000,
or duplex with two 2BR units at $210,000. Vacant lot $150,000.
ISLAND STYLING SALON Six+ stations. Great lease $57,000.
ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE SANCTUARY in this custom-built
3BR/2.5BA home with pool, 12- and 10-foot ceilings, two
greatrooms, fireplace, built ins, ceramic floors. Professionally
decorated. More extras. $378,000.
DEEP CANAL 3BR/2BA, fireplace, family room. $229,900.
GULFFRONT Condo 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna, tennis, elevator.
$320,000. Also Gulf view $175,000.
STEPS TO GULF 4BR/3BA gulf view, furnished. $350,000.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA, decks, furniture negotiable $228,000.
TRIPLEX BAYVIEW 2BR/1BA and two 1BR/1BA $149,900.
DUPLEX with BOATDOCK 2BR/2BA, fireplace, family room.
1BR/1BA, walk to beach. Turnkey furnished. Holmes Beach.
CANALFRONT LOT Anna Maria $129,900.
5351 GULF DRIVE 778-0807 Eves. 778-5427
or Toll Free at 1-800-956-0807
GULF ESTATE SALE
Exclusively listed only with our office! Offering this Gulf
home as an Estate Sale! Charming 2BR with possible
3BR/2BA home. Includes open design with living room,
dining area, kitchen and screened lanai all sharing
Gulf view. Great potential as second home with rental
income, either winter or summer. Turnkey price
$475,000. Call Maria Franklin.
MARIE "LIC, REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
'We ARE the Island.'
9805 Gull Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria. Friday 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
Carol S. Heinze
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ROSER GUILD'S THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.
9:30-2, Sat. 9-12. Clothing, linens, jewelry. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, across from the Chapel.
MOVING MUST SCALE DOWN Sat., Dec. 20, 8-2.
A bit of everything. New and used garden and pool
furniture, housewares, antiques, collectibles, artwork,
plants, weights and bench, bedding, Christmas deco-
rations and much more. 6250 Holmes Blvd. #43,
North Beach Village.
BIGGEST YARD SALE Fri. & Sat., Dec. 19 & 20, 9-
6. Selling old inventory. Bikes, baby goods, playpens,
car seats, cots, folding tables, chairs, ladders, tools,
clothes, lawn equipment, edgers, Yardman riding
mower. Call 778-1472 days or 778-2138 eves. 3214
East Bay Drive, behind Shells.
INDOOR GARAGE SALE Sat., Dec. 20, 8am. Health
Rider, baby items, toys, clothing, kitchen items, mis-
cellaneous. 120 51st Street, Holmes Beach.
ANTIQUES FROM ESTATE Sat., Dec. 20, 8-2.
Bikes, toys, neon signs, furniture, books, records, tool
chest and tools, Disney, plus many rare old items.
Everything must go! 767 Jacaranda, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE Fri., Dec. 19 only, 8:30-4. Toys and
clothes. 515 75th Street, Holmes Beach.
PRIVATEERS' THIEVES' MARKETS Vendor space
available now for Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 21. $15 ea.
For information call 778-5777, leave message.
CORTEZ FISH MARKET 119th Street and Cortez
Rd. (turn south two blocks). We have stone crabs.
798-9404. Cortez Bait & Seafood.
YOGA & MEDITATION with Harmony Feldmann.
Private, group and couples classes on the Island.
Register now for January classes. 778-3892.
JOIN US FOR our new contemporary service, Satur-
days at 7 pm, Roser Community Church Chapel, 512
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
Property Management Team
"We Cover the Island"
Week Month Annual
Cottages Houses* Bungalows
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
ANNA MARIA CANAL HOME
This lovely 3BR/3BA home with boat house, boat
lift and dock is turnkey furnished! Large screened
lanai and 16x30 heated pool. Features include den,
family room and updated tile kitchen plus over-
sized two-car garage with workshop. Just a block
from the beach! $345,000. Reduced.
3BR/3BA Canal Home ....................... $345,000
3BR/2BA Family Home ..................... $169,900
2BR/2BA Sea Crest ............................ $142,000
3BR/2BA Pool Home in Boat Club
Com m unity........................................... $1,275
(941) 778-4800 Toll Free 800-237-2252
VISITOR INFORMATION: "Insider's Guide to
Bradenton & Sarasota" is on sale at The Islander
Bystander. This guide offers more than 400 pages of
information everything you need to know to enjoy
the two-county area. Retail price $14.95, discounted
33% only at the newspaper office. You pay only $10
plus tax at The Islander Bystander, 5404 Marina Dr.,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
"CRACKER'S CRUMBS," is a collection of stories
and newspaper columns guaranteed to delight new-
comers, visitors and oldtimers too, by original Florida
Cracker, Gib Bergquist. This book makes a great gift.
Available for $19.95 at The Islander Bystander, 5404
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
REGISTER TO VOTE: Pick up forms for simplified
mail-in registration at The Islander Bystander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BEN & IRENE'S Dog sitting service. House calls We
come to you cats or dogs Island only. 778-1012.
"CRITTER SITTER" Going away and your pets have
to stay? Daily visits to your home to provide food,
water, plus lots of TLC! Call 778-6000.
1988 RX7 HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLE white, looks
good, runs great! Leather interior, CD player with
surround sound and headrest speakers. Has new
exhaust, catalytic converter, radiator, water pump
and tires. 100,000 miles. $6,700. 778-2832.
CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand
aboard Magic. Half & full day. Reservations please.
WET SLIPS Monthly, nightly. All sizes. Water and
electricity. Full facilities plus restaurant/bar. Priced at
$100 and under. Call 778-7990.
WET SLIPS AND Hi 'N' Dry storage available at com-
petitive rates in modem, full-service marina. 778-2255.
1981 SEARAY CRUISER cuddy cabin, 228 Mercury
I/O, vinyl bimini and camper tops. $6,500 OBO.
10,000 lb. hoist $1,500. Call 778-1901.
BOAT SLIP FOR RENT in Holmes Beach. 778-7039.
COVERED BOAT LIFT for rent. Up to 22 ft. Easy
access to bay and Gulf. Located at 426 63rd Street,
Holmes Beach. 779-1083.
BRIDGE STREET PIER & Cafe is now accepting ap-
plications for part time cooks and full and part time
servers. Please apply in person. 200 Bridge St.,
WAITRESS WANTED full/part time. Call Tip of the
Island at 778-3909.
POSITION WANTED I am seeking a position as resi-
dent manager of vacation/rental complex on Island.
Experienced, references. Frank, (813) 541-5161.
SOUS CHEF, LINE COOKS. Seasonal and part time/
full time opportunities. Also short-order cooks. Want to
upgrade your skills? We will train. Also breakfast/lunch
cook. Call Maureen or Tom, Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
BOOKKEEPER Are you retired or just looking for a
few hours each day or ...? Let's talk about it! Call
Maureen or Tom, Buccaneer Inn, Dream Island Rd.,
Longboat Key, 383-5565.
COMPUTER GURU sought for in-house web site
development. Resume, letter of interest to
email@example.com or write The Islander Bystander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Fax
SEEKING JOURNALIST for award-winning weekly
staff. Must have experience writing features and/or
covering city beat. Web site development opportu-
nity. Resume, letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
or write The Islander Bystander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217. Fax 941-778-9392.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
STATE-CERTIFIED CNA home-health aide and
companion available for a variety of duties. Call Rob-
ert for appointment 749-7944.
Now you can e-mail your Island newspaper!
Our e-mail address is email@example.com
The Islander Bystander will be on the Internet with an
exciting Web site in the near future ...
Look for us at www.islanderbystander.com.
INFORMATION: CALL 941-778-7978 or FAX 778-9392 | I
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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
Duplex with annual tenants. Updated, fenced
rear yard, well landscaped. Good investment
with solid income. $175,000. MLS# 25144. Call
Dick Maher or Dave Jones 778-4800.
* Fourplex Holmes Beach ..................... $315,000
* Duplex Holmes Beach ........................ $175,000
* Office Building Holmes Beach .......... $310,000
* Motel 10 units, Holmes Beach plus 3BR/2BA
ow ner hom e ................................... $1,000,000
* 3 + acres next to DeSoto Mall ............$750,000
5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217
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HOMEHEATH CRE ontiuedSERVCESContnue HOM IMROVEENTContnue
PRIVATE DUTY CNA for your loved ones needs.
Honest and trustworthy.-748-8356.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Planting, mulching, trimming,
clean-up, plugs, odd jobs. Hard-working and respon-
sible. Excellent references. Call Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical app., air-
ports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Cab. Serv-
ing the Islands. 778-5476 or 705-1302.
AUTO DETAILING at your home or office at your con-
venience. Complete detailing includes wash, wax,
shampoo, engine and undercarriage cleaning, leather
& vinyl conditioned, tires & trim dressed and more. Pro-
tect your investment. Call Damon at 320-5662.
CHECK-A-HOME Inspection Services can keep an eye
on your home or rental while you're gone. Free esti-
mate. Licensed builder #RR0066504. Also repairs and
remodel. Island Check-A-Home at 778-3089.
AUTOMOBILE SERVICE AND REPAIR. Call Mark
for appointment at Grooms Motors, 778-6045. 5608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HOUSE PAINTING by Henry. Interior/exterior. Call
WALLPAPER BY MARCIA Commercial/residential.
Fifteen years experience. Insured, references. Free
estimates. (941) 778-0024, leave message.
KIM'S CARPET INSTALLATION repair services on
carpet, vinyl, all tile. 15-years experience, fee
estimate. No job too small. Call Kim, 778-9167.
DOLPHIN CLEANING & MAINTENANCE Licensed,
bonded, insured. Quality cleaning services for
homes, offices, condos, seasonals. Gift certificates
available for holiday giving! Call Rick 778-2864. "Let
us do your dirty work."
DOLPHIN DAY CARE & PRESCHOOL Places avail-
able in Jan. We teach your child social skills along
with good manners and healthy habits. Come visit
where learning is a pleasure. Call 778-2967.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING Snowbird
seeks weekend work great prices! Call too-tall Tom
"THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION Cleaning Services"
established 1993. Residential, commercial, rentals.
Hard worker, dependable, excellent references. Call
for interview, Kimberly, 792-0862.
IF YOU LIKE your home really clean, call Ava.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
"GENTLE GARDNER" will weed, plant, manicure and
water your garden with gentle perfection. Call Bar-
bara at 778-6110.
LAWNS CUT palms trimmed, yards cleaned up. Shell
and mulch delivered and spread. Call David
Bannigan at 778-6972.
SEARS CRAFTSMAN gas edger $95. Call 739-6559.
NO BUGS FOR A YEAR! Guaranteed! Protection
Pest Control Inc. & Lawn Treatment. Call Bob
Bishop, our entomologist at 779-0028 for your free
pest control consultation.
DRY CLEAN YOUR CARPET! Many Island refer-
ences. Call Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning, 778-2882.
VAN-GO PAINTING Residential/Commercial, Inte-
rior/Exterior, Pressure Cleaning, Wallpaper. Island
resident, references. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. State licensed and insured. Many Island
references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
ALUMINUM VINYL CONSTRUCTION. All types.
New installation and repairs. Insured and references.
Lic. #RX-0051318. Rex Roberts 778-0029.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-one year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
MR. BILL'S HANDYMAN Service. Thirty years expe-
rience self-employed in the construction trade. I am
handy to have around. 778-1110.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
BRICK, GLASS BLOCK, stone, pavers, stucco, tile. Lic.
#MC00318. Insured. Phone 778-5183. Dave Elliott.
AVAILABLE JAN, 1998 1BR/1BA turnkey-furnished
apartment, one block to beaches and shopping. $300
wk. includes telephone and cable TV. 778-2832.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS CENTER Rental units
available for commercial, retail and storage. Call
(941) 778-2924 for information.
HIDEAWAY COVE Panoramic bayview, nice, quiet,
first-floor 2BR fully furnished. Walk to beach, restau-
rants, etc. Available now, wk/mo. Also 1997-98 sea-
son. No pets/smoking. 778-7107.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT North Shore Dr. Spacious
3BR/2BA house with large, nicely furnished rooms.
Cable TV, washer/dryer, large screened porch. Great
neighborhood and beach. Available Dec. through Mar.
$2,800 mo. Phone (941) 778-2541.
ON BEACH 2BR/1BA duplex, sleeps 6, fully furnished,
cable TV', VCR/video library, washer/dryer, microwave,
screened lanai, sundeck. $750 wk. (305) 932-0197.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL Cozy 2BR/2BA steps to
beach and shopping. Great for single or couple. $650
mo. plus utilities. 795-7805.
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BAYFRONT VILLA All new siding. Just reduced to $132,900.
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SAILBOAT WATER. Custom-built 4-5BR/4B Island bayfront
estate. Very private with magnificent sunsets. Gourmet kitchen,
two fireplaces and spacious master suite. Pool, dock, davits and
tennis court. $895,000. Hal Gillihan, 778-2194. R19319
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND GULFFRONT DUPLEX. Gorgeous
view. 2BR/2B each side. Turnkey furnished. Good invest-
ment property. $590,000. Bob Burnett, 387-0048. D20191
NEWER KEY WEST-STYLE HOME. Gorgeous views of LOCATED TWO MILES FROM BEACHES. Lovely
Intracoastal Waterway and Jewfish Key. Garage accommo- canalfront 2BR/2B condominium. Turnkey furnished. Boat
dates six cars and RV. 2BR cottage on same lot. $419,000. slip included. Great for boaters. $110,000. Van Bourgois,
Bob Burnett, 387-0048. R23607 761-0273. C25092
SARASOTA BAY waterfront lifestyle,
3BR/2-1/2B townhouse. Elegant Florida
design, soaring ceilings, six skylights,
open-floor plan. Elevator, two-car ga-
rage, 24-hour manned gate house.
$309,900. Don Lewis, 746-3200. C24581
WARNER BAYOU waterfront home.
Features 4BR, exceptional pool, dock
and 78'x10' screened porch overlooking
bayou. Owner has maintained meticu-
lously. Just minutes to the beach.
$262,900. Sandy Drapala, 794-3354.
MAGNIFICENT contemporary residence
on Sarasota Bay. Soaring ceilings, marble,
granite and Italian tile, outstanding design.
4BR/3B, lower level storage. $1,200,000.
Kathy Marcinko, 792-9122. R25931
NORTHWEST BRADENTON'S NEW-
EST COMMUNITY. Large lagoon with
access to Palma Sola Bay from two
home sites. Priced from $150,000 to
$199,000. Sandy Drapala, 794-3354.
Available properties by the
week or by the month from
Anna Maria Island to Venice.
Call one of our rental and
(941) 951-6668 or (800) 881-2222
Anna Maria Island Centre Shops
LAST AFFORDABLE HOME on
Riverview Blvd. 4BR/3B, formal dining
and living room, coral fireplace, tile
throughout. Master bath with marble tub.
House is loaded with extras. Luxurious
landscaping. $249,900. Van Bourgois,
NEAR PERIDIA. Older 3BR/1B home on
13 +/- acres. Can become your dream
home or develop, zoned A1. $298,000.
Nancy Keegan, 723-3929. R/L68499
WATERFRONT VILLA turnkey
furnished 3BR villa on boating water. New
kitchen and appliances. New dock and
easy access to Intracoastal Waterway.
Pets okay. Tennis and pool. $172,000.
Bob Burnett, 387-0048. C26095
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RENALS oninud ENALSCntne
HOLMES BEACH Pirate's Den. 1BR/1BA apartment
available now and for 1997-98 season. Immaculate,
turnkey furnished, stone's throw to beach. 778-4368.
VACATION RENTALS TURNKEY 1 & 2BR apart-
ments $330 and $390 wk. Fall rates $234 and $294
wk. Some winter/spring dates available. (941) 778-
2374, Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA, wood floors. 203 2nd
Street N. $500 mo., $200 deposit. (813) 258-2411.
HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOUSE condo. 2BR/
2.5BA, across from beach, sleeps six. $585 wk.,
$1,575 mo. 792-6029.
ANNA MARIA CITY Large, beautiful home on canal.
3BR/3BA, quiet and secluded. Available Jan., Feb.,
Mar. Huge garage. Everything included. $3,000 mo.
includes resort tax. Call (941) 778-4010 eves.
ANNA MARIA BEACHHOUSE Nicely furnished 2BR/
2BA, garage. See the Gulf from every room! $2,500
mo. (941) 776-1789, leave message.
RETAIL/OFFICE UNITS on Bridge St. 400 sq. ft.
$350 mo.; 600 sq. ft. $500 mo, plus utilities. Erik
Sconberg, BMC Realty Inc. 795-5722.
AVAILABLE NOW Seasonal 2BR/1BA villa, ground
floor, patio, carport, turnkey furnished. Available
monthly or for season. Call 778-3014.
SEASONALS JAN, FEB, MAR, 1998. North Beach
Village 3BR/2BA furnished. Excalibur Realty 792-5566.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Bay/Gulffront, 1 & 2 BR ex-
cellent location, all new furnishings. Totally equipped;
phone, cable, new pool. Swim, snorkel, fish at your
front door. Walk to local shops, restaurants. $69 day,
$450 wk., $1,600 mo. (941) 778-1322. Fall rates.
ANNUAL 1 BR UNFURNISHED duplex two blocks to
beach. Water and garbage. One person only. $500,
$200 security deposit. 2110 Avenue B. 778-6387.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR apartment, fully fur-
nished and equipped. Available Jan. 4. One and one
half blocks to beach, block to bay. $1,500 mo. or
$425 wk. 778-4981.
SEASONAL $300 WK/$1,100 mo. 1BR, screened
lanai. Two miles to beach. Newman's Corner Apart-
ments, 102nd St. and Cortez Rd.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, fireplace, fully fur-
nished. $1,750 moJ3 mo. minimum. Dec, Jan., Feb.,
Mar., Apr., May. 3BR/2BA, two balconies, two-car
garage. $550 wk./4 wk. minimum. Jan., Feb., Apr.,
1998. Call now. R&B Management 751-2790.
GULFFRONT ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA unfurnished
townhouse. Ground: Covered parking for two cars,
shower to knock sand off your feet. Second floor:
Mexican-tiled living room and kitchen, large balcony.
Third floor: 2BR/2BA, two balconies. All freshly re-
decorated. $1,000 mo; first and security. Magnificent
view of the sun setting over the Gulf. 703 Gulf Dr. just
over the bridge on Anna Maria. Call 351-1596 to see.
SEASONAL RENTALS: Holmes Beach home, 2BR/
1BA, 200 yards to beach. $1,900 mo. Bradenton
Beach 1BR/1BA Gulfview, $1,200 mo. 778-8200.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT available due to
medical cancellation. Two week minimum, 3BR/
2.5BA, pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, beach. 794-8877.
SEASONAL RENTAL neat-as-a-pin 1BR available
starting in Jan. Call 778-7949.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA CONDO with garage, washer/
dryer, new central air, dishwasher, refrigerator. Avail-
able now. $700 mo. 315B 58th St. 798-9118.
N. HOLMES BEACH annual, two blocks from Gulf.
2BR/1BA, central A/C, fenced yard, separate stor-
age. $600 mo. includes water/trash. $400 security.
VACATION/SEASONAL RENTALS from $1,500 mo.
Weekly also. Call Lu at T. Dolly Young & Associates,
ANNA MARIA ISLAND beachfront 3BR/2BA, totally
equipped. Sleeps 8. Sun, swim, snorkel, fish. Avail-
able weekly or by month. (813) 831-6039 or (800)
484-1021 ext. 0387.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA large fenced-in yard, 6x5 storage
area, washer, dryer, living/dining room, patio off mas-
ter bedroom. Available immediately. Newly decorated,
carpet and tiles. $650 mo., first, last, security. 779-2068.
JAN. 1 UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA duplex apart-
ment. Walk to beach, shopping. $650 mo., last, se-
curity. Includes water/garbage. 778-1259.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA steps to beach. Trash, water in-
cluded. $600 mo., $400 deposit. Call 778-3137. 202
56th Street, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA with washer/dryer hookup. New
paint, carpet, vertical blinds. $650 mo. plus security
and utilities. 778-6541, 778-4084 or pager 569-1591.
ANNUAL DUPLEX APARTMENT 3BR/2BA, central
heat/air, near beach, fenced yard. Kids/pets OK. Se-
curity, references required. Available now. $775 mo.
SEASONAL RENTALS Holmes Beach, 1BR/1BA
and 2BR/1 BA, turnkey furnished. 100 yards to beach.
Available after 1/1/98. Call 778-0103.
WATERFRONT MONTHLY/WEEKLY in exclusive
Key Royale. Very nice 3BR/2BA with deep-water
dock. Available Dec., Jan., Apr. 1998. $1,600 mo./
$800 wk. Call 778-4107.
HOLMES BEACH GULFSIDE vacation rental. Beach
privileges, 1BR/2BA, cable, microwave, full kitchen
facilities. Pets welcome. Available Dec. Apr. $1,395
mo. (941) 778-5579.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA, all appli-
ances, washer/dryer. Two blocks to beach. Available
Jan. 1, 1998. Annual $700 mo. plus utilities, first,
security. (317) 823-4999.
WANTED TO RENT for month of Mar., 1998 by re-
tired couple, 2BR house, moderate rental, general
area between 75th St., Holmes Beach and Willow
Ave., Anna Maria. J Fry, E-mail williF@lnterlog.com
or phone eves. (905) 683-2442.
DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT in Anna Maria for sale.
75 x 115. $158,000. Call 778-7127.
TRADE YOUR PROPERTY for 11 acres in Califor-
nia overlooking Big Horn CC, Palm Desert and Indian
Wells. Broker cooperation invited! (630) 257-6367
TAKE A BREAK! Updated ground-level 3BR/2BA
pool home. Great holiday gift. Quiet Holmes Beach
family area. No Realtors. $174,900. 778-0463.
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COTTAGE IN THE WOODS Custom-built country-
style gem nestled in its very own, very private forest.
Instant stress relief! You have to experience the
peace and tranquility of this very charming and
unique property. The best part is it's only 20 minutes
from the beach. This is a very special property per-
fect for single or couple or would make a great sec-
ond home or vacation rental. Must sell now! Sacrifice
$105,000. Owner (941) 795-7805.
OPEN HOUSE 1-4 DAILY Waterfront showplace 2-
years new. Spacious 4BR/4BA, cathedral ceilings,
spa, boat dock, many extras. Appraised at $525,000.
Offered below appraisal. Ted E. Davis, licensed real
estate broker/owner. 130 Hammock Rd., Anna Maria
ELEVATED HOME 2BR/2BA with covered deck and
enclosed garage. Built in 1993. Located in quiet
neighborhood on dead-end street. By owner
$169,900. 778-8205/2112 Avenue B.
ANNA MARIA corner building lot approximately
50x100. If you like great views of Tampa Bay and St.
Pete and serene beach and fishing activity, this lot is for
you. Reduced. $99,500. (941) 778-5842, ask for Walt.
EXCEPTIONAL PRICE $147,500 will buy 3BR/2BA
elevated home on quiet street in great neighborhood.
Covered parking for four autos, much more. Divorce
sale. Call owner (941) 778-5788 or 778-7752.
FRANKLIN NC 3BR/2BA, 2.84 acres, central heat/
air. Quiet, beautiful mountain views, creek, flat, wood
stove, hardwood floors, many upgrades. Immaculate.
$129,900. (704) 369-2141 or (352) 787-3474.
LOT FOR SALE Anna Maria. View of Gulf. Call (614)
BEST ISLAND BUY Mint condition 2BR/1BA, cathe-
dral ceilings, fireplace, new kitchen. Near downtown.
Only $139,900. Towne & Shore Realty. Call Fred or
irenda Katz 778-7980.
ISLAND MINI ESTATE ON the Gulf. Just renovated,
charming, fully furnished Gulffront home. 2BR, 2 pri-
vate baths and 1 guest bath. Greatroom with fire-
place, sun room and skylight. Beautiful old cypress
and cedar paneling throughout. Modern kitchen, din-
ing room and screened lanai. Dock and patio over-
look Gulf sunsets. Included is an adjacent second
house with four rented apartments providing monthly
income to the owner. This magnificent one-of-a-kind
package offered by owner at $895,000. Can be seen
by appointment only. 778-2841.
LARGE CUSTOM-BUILT mini estate directly on the
bay. $585,000. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real
ELEVATED HOME in Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA with
room for boat or RV storage. $219,500. Call Richard
Freeman, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
"A" FRAME HOME in Anna Maria with 3BR/2BA.
$187,500. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate,
OWN YOUR OWN Island waterfront business! $78,500.
Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH 100 yards to Gulf. Ground-level
3BR/2BA house, mother-in-law suite. Appraised at
ISLAND MOTEL with Gulfviews recently totally re-
modeled inside and out. $1,150,000. Call Richard
Freeman, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
DIRECT GULFFRONT home, 2BR/2BA with excel-
lent rental history. $527,500. Call Richard Freeman,
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
PERICO SHORES model home and lots for sale.
Great community ideally located between town and
the islands. Model $269,500, lots from $99,500. Call
Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
3BR/2BA WITH LOFT and super custom-designed
interior a must see! $259,500. Call Richard Free-
man, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
ADORABLE AND AFFORDABLE 2BR/2BA family
home close to canal. $157,500. Call Richard Free-
man, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA home steps to beach or bay!
$217,500. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate,
LARGE 145 X 52 BUILDABLE LOT in Anna Maria.
$82,500. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate,
THANK YOU ANNA MARIA! Because of you, our pro-
fessional team of Realtors have listed and sold over $49
million so far in 1997! We appreciate you calling on Is-
land Real Estate for all your real estate needs ... we are
a success because of great customers like you! Island
Real Estate ... our name says it all! 778-6066.
WATERFRONT VILLA 3BR/2BA, new appliances,
new dock. Deep water, ICW access. $172,000. Call
Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co., 387-0048 or
ANNA MARIA ISLAND waterfront home. 4/5BR plus
office. Pool, deep-water dock. Perfect for large fam-
ily. $399,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co.,
387-0048 or e-mail BOBBURNET@AOL.COM.
MOBILE HOME OWNED LAND on Palma Sola Bay.
1BR/1BA, roof over home and carport. Washer/dryer,
storage. 3619 116th St. W. $35,000. (941) 794-2387.
ANNA MARIA Beautiful 3-story Key West-style home.
3BR/2BA, steps to beach. Tropical setting. Quiet, se-
cure neighborhood. By owner $229,000. 778-5579.
BY OWNER Triplex on large, corner lot. Walk to
beach. 2BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA and efficiency, turnkey
furnished. Many upgrades. $259,900. Call 778-5057.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Fantastic view of Tampa
Bay and Skyway Bridge. Ground-level home in excel-
lent condition. $299,000. Yvonne Higgins, Re/Max
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate adver-
tising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which
makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation or
discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial
status includes children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing
custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing
impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 17, 1997 0 PAGE 39 E.
HEY, IT'S A LIVING 1 1 ,T5 E 1 3 I ,s6 17 1t 11
BY NANCY SALOMON / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ II
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21 Invented wor
24 Job for a
28 Had dinner a
33 Milne marsu
35 Mildew caus
39 Job for a
43 Hurting the
44 Alan and Ada
45 Blinizes. e.g.
50 Player for co
52 Job for a plastic 11
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rd 63 Most like a
64 Worry 1
66 Job fora
72 Plays the siren
73 Quarkantiquark 1:
it 74 Rudolfs refusal
75 Man-mouse link
76 Food on a tray
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pial wheels get
82 Job for a relay
85 Like Mongolia
m 90 Jack
92 Styx ferryman
95 Job for a critic''
99 Rhine feeder
101 Thumbs up
102 Airport info:
03 1978 disaster
08 Job for a
13 Panama party
18 Caught by
20 Lohengrin and
21 Toast opening
3 Bread. maybe
4 Sound of
shutters in the
6 Avon products
8 Word ending in
"o" in Esperanto
9 Compass pt.
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13 Not strong
14 Have a title
15 Scholarly type
16 One to
18 Like the best
19 "Women Who
Run With the
30 Iraqis, e.g.
32 Shackle site
34 Woes of the
36 Dew times
40 It's west of
42 Thev're not free
47 Like carpet
51 Ring holder
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56 Ladvyofa 191S
58 Big name in
59 '- won't be
60 Classic Alan
63 Dish out
65 Place for
66 Delete. 'with
67 Monev n the
69 Wards (off)
70 Manner of
71 Stage of a race
77 1982 Disney film
78 Al from New
81 Marine fliers
83 Chesterfield or
85 Wav off
89 Violate. with
90 Cold symptom
92 Some trim
94 Leaves home?
97 Kind of
98 Buckle opener
104 It'sjust for
106 Shot shooter
111 Letters before
112 "-- Girls"
114 Tackle moguls
116 "-- we having
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