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FREE WEEKLY NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE DECEMBER 31, 1997


ISLANDER


IB YSIAUN--D


Islander of year: Lester's generosity grows


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Charles Lester loves Anna Maria Island and its
Community Center, and he puts his money where his
heart is.
For this, and for the foresight to establish a perma-
nent investment for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, for his altruistic, unselfish willingness to put
himself at the foreground of a major fundraising cam-


Doves signal
holiday peace
For the second year in a
row, a mourning dove
returned to the home of
Lucy and Norman
Larzelere of Anna Maria
to lay eggs in the
Larzeleres' pine cone
holiday wreath. Hung in
the same spot each year
near the front door, the
wreath became the birth
place of one baby dove this
holiday season. The
Larzeleres dove brings a
message of peace and
good will to the neighbor-
hood where friends,
neighbors and early
morning pedestrians tiptoe
to the nest to praise
"Mama" dove's dedica-
tion. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann


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paign, we honor him as The Islander Bystander's 1997
Islander of the year.
He has brought the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center a long way toward financial stability, and
asks nothing in return except that other Islanders
bear a hand too.
He said it began three or four years ago when he
was talking with Pierrette Kelly, executive director
of the Center, and found "it was doing all kinds of


Fire district negotiates on tower


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
While the City of Holmes Beach remains em-
broiled in a lawsuit over a cellular phone tower, the
Anna Maria Fire District is moving ahead with one of
its own.
Anna Maria Fire Commissioners recently gave Fire
Chief Andy Price the nod to negotiate with Bell South
Mobility Inc. for the construction of a cellular
communications monopole at Station 2, 10350 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton.
"I was approached by representatives of LCC In-
ternational Inc. representing Bell South," Price said.
"They have determined our location is in the exact cen-
ter of their target area. Since we already have an exist-
ing tower there, they're proposing to take our tower
down and put up a monopole."
Bell South wants to lease the property for the
tower, which will be in the same location and at the
same height as the present 150-foot frame tower on the
north side of the building. The cell tower equipment
building will be about 10 by 12 feet. It will be placed
near the fire station with matching brick.
"The funds we receive from leasing the site will be
used for our training facility," Price noted. "It will ben-
efit district residents because we won't have to use tax
money [for that purpose]."
"There are some real questions to be answered such
as liability and whether the leased property is taxable,"
Fire Commissioner John VanOstenbridge said. "I have
no objection to going ahead with it and seeing where


it all ends up when its brought back before the board."
Fire District Attorney Alan Prather looked over the
"boiler plate" lease and offered comments for commis-
sioners to consider, Price said. Prather made the fol-
lowing points:
It does not contain specific rental or option fees.
It authorizes Bell South to potentially relocate to
other district property if the site is not acceptable or ap-
proved. Rather tI'-.-t.,c'ed clarifying thle language to
restrict or reduce the district property available for such
usage.
It requires the board not to register any written or
verbal opposition to the zoning or permitting process
as it relates to the property. Prather said that according
to Florida law, "such a restriction is not proper if its
effort is to restrain individual board members from
commenting or acting independently."
It requires the district to grant additional rights of
way to Bell South or certain utility companies for en-
trance and access to the property and contains detri-
mental remedies against the district for certain actions.
"This paragraph places the district operations in a
subservient position to Bell South's utilization of the
property,'" Prather noted. "1 would strongly suggest that
you review this paragraph with the board."
It seeks total lease extensions of 25 years which
Rather felt would place significant restrictions on the
property. IHe suggested that any extensions he autho-
rized by the board and not be given automatically or by
PLEASE SEE TOWER. NEXT PAGE


great things on about one-third of a shoestring. I
couldn't believe it."
He started set about to establish an endowment,
seeding it with annual gifts amounting to $120,000
on his own. The fund is near $200,000 now, with
help from other donors and more from him. It's
about to get another boost a big one more than
PLEASE SEE LESTER, NEXT PAGE


Holmes Beach

election qualifying

begins Tuesday
By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Qualifying for the March 10 Holmes Beach elec-
tion begins at noon Jan. 6 and ends at noon Jan. 20.
Three seats are up for election Mayor Bob
VanWagoner's and those of Commissioners Carol
Whitmore and Ron Robinson.
Candidates must be residents of the city for two
consecutive years and sign a residency certificate. The
signatures of 15 registered voters are needed on an
election petition.
Before collecting petition signatures or accepting
campaign fund:;, candidates must file a form appoint-
ing a campaign treasurer and designating a campaign
depository with the city. Simultaneously or within 10
days of filing, candidates must file a candidate state-
ment with the city. Candidates must file both forms be-
fore opening a campaign account.
The mayor receives $1 per year plus $800 per
month for expenses for a total of $9.601. Commission-
ers receive $1 per year plus $400 per month for ex-
penses for a total of $4,801. The filing fee is 1 percent
of the total annual compensation or $96 for mayor and
$48 for commissioners.
Candidate qualifying information may be obtained
at city hall. 5901 Marina Drive. All candidates must
comply with the Florida Public Disclosure Law at the
time of filing.
Unregistered or new residents have until Feb. 9 to
register in order to vote in the March 10 election. All
registration is by mail and mail-in cards are available,
at city hall, public libraries and at The Islander By-
stander office. All precincts in the city vote at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive.


The year in review
Old '), \waited until it was almost gone to spring
a great gain ,nd a great loss on Anna Maria Island.
In late I)ecember Publix confessed that it was indeed
going to build a full-tledged supermarket on the old Island
Foods site at 3900 Fast Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
And aboul that time the Island lost John F. Holmes
Jr., son of thle pioneer for whom I lol nes Beach was
named. John Holmes the younger died of cancer at 72
at his summer home in Georgia.
The intriguing details begin inside this edition of
The Islander Bvstander for the first six months of 1997
and will conclude next week with the last six months
of 1997 reviewed.
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SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
Opinions .................... ............ ................ 6
Those Were the Days .................................... 7
S tir-it-up ...................... ............... ..... ......... 10
Streetlife ............. .......... ... ... .. ....... 18
Anna Maria Island tides .......................... ... 22
Crossword puzzle.................................... 32


THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND






EI PAGE 2 0 DECEMBER 31, 1997 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER

High waves claim

Lakeland surfer

off Bradenton

Beach
A Lakeland man apparently drowned Monday after-
noon while surfing off Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Ray Trapnell Clark, 23, was surfing with friends in
the five-foot swells when he either struck his head on
his board or the bottom, emergency rescue workers
said. He was in the water about 15 minutes before
friends and onlookers pulled him out and began trying
to resuscitate him.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported
him to Blake Medical Center, where he was pro-
nounced dead.


Garage going up

at city hall
By Andrew White
Islander Reporter
The City of Anna Maria needs a new garage.
First proposed as part of the Capital Improve-
ment Program, this structure will be used to house
mowers, beach sweepers and other city equipment.
In the current plan it is a basic 30-by-60-foot
structure that encompasses 2,100 square feet.
There will be several entrances to the building
including an eight-foot garage door in the back.
Originally, a location at Crescent Street and
Pine Avenue was researched. However this area
is a 37-foot-wide dedicated public park and does
not have the square footage necessary to house
the new garage.
The commission decided that city hall is the
best possible location.
The commission and the Public Works De-
partment are in the process of enlisting an archi-
tect and working the new building into the bud-
get, but don't look for an advertisement for archi-
tects or bids for the project.
Since the fee is expected to be less than
$10,000, the city is not obligated to advertise or
get sealed bids, according to city officials.



Tower in Cortez?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a failure of the board to give notice.
"Numerous matters may occur during that time (25
years) which could adversely affect the district in its
determination on how to utilize the property for the
public's benefit in relationship to the obligation placed
on it by the lease," he pointed out.
It gives Bell South the right to sublease the tower
and retain the profits. It also places the district in a sub-
servient position to Bell South with relation to interfer-
ence between the district's communication uses and
those of Bell South, Prather noted. He advised the
board to remember that the property's primary use is
for the benefit of the public.
The district's property is tax exempt when used
for a proper public purpose. If a portion of the property
is used commercially, ad valorm taxes may be as-
sessed. He stressed that Bell South should be respon-
sible for any taxes.
All facilities and structures placed on the property
are owned by Bell South and may be removed at its dis-
cretion. Prather said the board should look at this closely
and also make it clear that if the facilities are damaged,
Bell South must be responsible for removing them.
Prather advised removal of a paragraph which
says the board cannot publicly discuss, publish or ad-
vertise the terms or conditions of the agreement.
Prather noted that this is in conflict with Florida's pub-
lic records and open meetings laws.
The board also approved a waiver to allow Bell
South to perform tests, surveys and studies on the pro-
posed site and proceed with zoning and permit appli-
cations.
Once Price completes negotiations, the lease will
come back to commissioners for comments and revi-
sions.


Happy Santas!
Joey and Chuck Lester of Holmes Beach extended their last week, delivering 25 turkeys, bread and candies to
the All Island Denominations Christmas program. Albertson's offered the fare at pennies above cost for the
Lesters' generous annual donation. Christmas packages of gifts and food were delivered to needy Island
families by AID volunteers from the seven Island churches. Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood


Lester is Islander of year


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


$50,000 worth.
He issued a challenge in October: He'd match
anything raised through individual contributions to
the endowment fund, up to $25,000, by Dec. 31. His
challenge was announced and publicized in The Is-
lander Bystander every week since November with
great results.
Lester's $25,000 goal has been exceeded with
more coming in and he hopes for still more before
it's over.
There's only one day, Dec. 31, remaining to match
the original challenge but endowment donations are
welcome anytime, he reminds us.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center En-
dowment Fund, with Lester as chairman and First Na-
tional Bank of Manatee as administrator, is set up with
the "corpus," the principal, untouchable and the most


$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.
Tils advortisonant is sponsored ns n comntunly service by The Islander Bystander,

This ad in The Islander Bystander helped spark
Islanders to contribute $36,455 to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center to match Charles Lester's
challenge of $25,000, bringing the total to the
Center's endowment fund from this campaign to
$61,455.


liberal controls over spending.
The money it earns is designated "for functions of
the Center as needed."
Lester said that ideally the Center should not be so
heavily dependent on the Island's three cities for fi-
nances. It still will be, but it can do much more with
endowment money added.
His money comes from his insurance business in
Wisconsin, he said, a business sufficiently successful
to support his expansion into other ventures including
agriculture.
He and his wife JoAnn have contributed gener-
ously to libraries in McMillan and Nekoosa in Wiscon-
sin, the latter institution now named the Charles and
JoAnn Lester Library.
For many years, Chuck and Joey as they are
known to friends, wintered all over Florida East
.Coast, South Florida, Siesta Key, Longboat but
"we found nothing nearly as nice as this Island with
no fast foods, no high-rises. We bought our house in
Holmes Beach in 1988, moved here the next year
and now it's our home.
"We're from small towns, and we're comfort-
able with a small community. This Island is the best
of them all."


Royal winner
This tiny )purple bear with an embroidered rose over
its heart is the coveted limited-release Royal Beanie
Baby honoring Princess Diana. It was donated to the
Anna Maria Island Conmunity Center by Anything
Goes I)olls and Bears of Anna Maria, raffled and won
by Ben Murphy, 8, of Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Bonner Presswood





THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER I DECEMBER 31, 1997 I PAGE 3 lj


Bicyclists seek support for lanes, facilities


By Pat Cope!and
Islander Reporter
Bicycling enthusiasts recently appealed to Mana-
tee County commissioners to support a system of bike
lanes throughout the county.
"We put a proposal together showing the benefits
of bike lanes versus bike paths," Islander Mike Tyrrell,
coordinator of the county's bicycle/pedestrian advisory
board, explained. "The commissioners were very posi-
five. They instructed their staff to get together with
board members to do a road inventory in order to de-
termine how many roads can support bike lanes."
The board's goals are to make bicycle transporta-
tion a safe and realistic option, promote bicycles as an
alternative means of transportation and to link the


county's activity areas and communities with a system
of bicycle facilities.
Florida began to advocate bicycle lanes in 1982,
Tyrrell said. In Gainesville, after 75 miles of bicycle
lanes were added to roadways, bicyclist fatalities de-
creased 80 percent.
Tyrrell said bike lanes are superior to sidewalk bike
paths and would accomplish the following:
Increase the physical separation between bicy-
clists and motorists.
Create added border width between motorists and
pedestrians.
Make passing easier and less confusing.
Reduce conflicts between bicyclists and pedestri-


Historical society holds Christmas party
Members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society enjoyed performances hy the Anna Maria Repertory'Singers,
shown, and magician Jack Kendall at their annual Christmas party Dec. 15. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.


Create a safe location for bicyclists to ride.
Reduce sidewalk bike crashes.
Reduce problems at intersections.
Increase motorists' awareness and acceptance of
bicyclists.
Improve bicyclist predictability with motorists.
Reduce wrong-way riding.
"Bicycle lanes define the roadway for both bi-
cycles and cars," Tyrrell said. "They know where
they're supposed to be."
In addition, the board recommended a change in
the county's comprehensive plan to require, where fea-
sible, the inclusion of either:
Five-foot paved shoulders on rural section road-
ways.
Four-foot bicycle lanes on both sides of urban
section roadways in all roadway improvement projects
involving major widening or new construction of road-
ways on major thoroughfares.
Wherever bicycle lanes are not feasible, alterna-
tive routes shall be designated in accordance with the
American Association of State Highway and Transpor-
tation Officials' Guide for the Development of Bicycle
Facilities.
"In studies in the 1970s and 1980s, people wanted
amenities such as golf and tennis facilities in their com-
munities," Tyrrell said. "A recent study shows people
now want bicycle and pedestrian lanes and trails and
natural areas."



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Pet definition revised in Holmes Beach


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Commission last week revised
its proposed pet ordinance by adding recommendations
from its attorney and commission members.
The city commission is in the process of adding
definitions of house pet, fowl, wild and exotic pets to
the code. City Attorney Patricia Petruff suggested add-
ing a new portion to the current code after commission-
ers became upset over a recent code enforcement board
ruling.
In November the board ruled that two chickens
owned by Tom and Sabine Buehler, 512 72nd St., are
house pets, are not a nuisance and are not being raised
for consumption and may remain at the home.
The city's current ordinance states, "The raising of
cows, chickens, pigs, horses or any other item or fowl
is prohibited for either private or commercial use, ex-
cept nothing herein should be construed to prohibit the
keeping of house pets, provided they do not become a


Commission


supports


suggested


constitutional

revisions
By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner is urging
the city commission to pass a resolution supporting the
Florida League of Cities' suggested revisions to the
Florida Constitution.
The revisions are a variety of proposals that could
affect municipal home rule and a municipality's abil-
ity to respond to the needs of its citizens.
The positions and amendments:
Oppose any change to the constitution that would
unreasonably infringe upon the rights of all property
owners in order to expand the rights of some property
owners.
Prohibit the legislature from enacting unfunded
mandates relating to salary and benefits for municipal
employees or prohibit legislative action if such benefit
is a mandatory subject of local collective bargaining.
Oppose any changes that would limit constitu-
tionally sound forfeiture procedures.
Endorse fairness in municipal hiring practices and
support an amendment that recognizes that employment
policies are a matter of local concern and dependent upon
the unique circumstances of each municipality.
Ensure the prudent expenditure of taxpayer dol-
lars by requiring state environmental regulations be
supported by sound scientific data, satisfy a cost/ben-
efit test and achieve a benefit derived from the environ-
mental regulation rationally related to the costs to
implement the regulation.
Ensure fairness through procedural and substan-
tive due process for municipal officials and restructure
the commission on ethics.
Close loopholes in the mandates provision of
Article VII, Subsection 18 of the Florida Constitution.
Authorize municipalities to levy any tax the state
and its political subdivisions can levy if the tax is ap-
proved by the electors of the municipality.
Assure that municipal property is not subject to
ad valorem taxation.
Codify the courts' definition of taxes and assure
that municipalities retain the home rule authority to
levy fees.
Sunset state mandates that have been imposed
since 1990.
Provide that a municipal ordinance prevails over
a state law.
Allow a municipality to annex unincorporated
property expeditiously.
Assure a municipality's right to manage its rights
of way and to receive fair compensation for the use of
its rights of way.
Assure that municipalities are vested with the
authority to control zoning and land use decisions.


public nuisance."
Petruff suggested replacing the word "raising" with
"The keeping, possession, raising or ownership of...."
"We need to go further and clarify that a pet
chicken is not allowed," Commissioner Luke Courtney
said. "It says that horses, cows, chickens and pigs are
not allowed but it doesn't mean you can't have a house
pet. This was the whole crux of the case that allowed
chickens in the back yard to be house pets."
Courtney said there should be a period after the
words "commercial use."
"My interpretation is that you can't have cows,
chickens, pigs or horses," Courtney continued. "How-
ever, the code enforcement board says this comma in
here says you can. I think we have to change that."
Commissioners agreed.
Commissioner Ron Robinson said the word "own-
ing" should be taken out because a resident can own
one of the listed animals but board it off the Island.
Commission Chairman Don Maloney suggested


By Andrew White
Islander Reporter
Citizens of Anna Maria don't seem interested in
their city government. Public attendance at recent city
meetings has been minuscule and most issues have
passed without comment excepting drainage plans.
Now, as a result of the public's indifference toward
city government, public works reports could become a
thing of the past.
Staring in 1998 there will no longer be a verbal pub-
lic works report at regular city commission meetings.
"I've been doing the public works report for the
past two and a half years and for the most part no one
has ever asked any questions about anything on the
report," says Public Works Director Phil Charnock.
Citizens can still receive a written report at city meet-


Eliminate taxation of citizens of municipalities
for services that are rendered by the county and require
that in unincorporated areas, all municipal-type ser-
vices shall be funded solely by Municipal Service Tax-
ing Units or Municipal Service Benefit Units, while all
other county-wide services be negotiated with the af-
fected governing jurisdictions.
Ensure that the right of citizens of any municipal-
ity not be subjected to involuntary municipal abolition
or merger by general or specific law.
Assure that charter county ordinances do not ap-
ply within municipalities without the consent of the
municipality.


instead of taking out the word "ownership," add the
words "ownership in the City of Holmes Beach." The
others agreed.
Definitions in the proposed ordinance are as fol-
lows:
House pets any animal domesticated by man
so as to live and breed in a tame condition. The term
house pet includes the keeping of domesticated animals
such as dogs, cats, birds and the like but does not in-
clude farm, livestock, fowl or wild and exotic animals.
Fowl Any of various birds of the order
galliformes, especially the common, widely domesti-
cated chicken (gallus gallus).
Wild and exotic All wild or non-domestic
birds, mammals, reptiles, fish or amphibians which are
identified either as Class I or II wildlife or poisonous
or venomous reptiles by the Florida Game and Fresh
Water Fish Commission and which require FGFWFC
permits for their possession or exhibition. The ordi-
nance contains a complete list.


New logo OK'd for Bradenton Beach


It's mostly official: Bradenton Beach will have
a new city seal to adorn business stationary, ve-
hicles, official documents and other trappings of
government that can use the logo.
City commissioners earlier this year began the
search for a new city emblem. After holding a con-
test with more than 40 entries, commissioners ap-
proved a logo created by Bradenton Beach graphic
artist Betsy Lyle. The artwork is of the newly com-
pleted clock tower on Bridge Street with the motto
"Blessed With History, Hospitality, Spirit."
"I thought of sailing or birds," Lyle said at the
time, "but that's not really indicative of Bradenton
Beach those elements could be anywhere. I
didn't want the seal to look like something from a
country club. I wanted something that looked warm
and inviting."
Lyle is the owner of Island Printery in
Bradenton Beach.
However, although commission members ap-
proved her entry as the winner of the contest, they
did not take the extra step of proclaiming her de-
sign as the official city seal. That last step ap-
peared to have been accomplished last week
when the board unanimously endorsed the design


as the new seal for the city.
The design will have to be approved by an ordi-
nance before the action is fully ratified. The ordinance
will be the subject of a public hearing, expected to take
place early next year. Commissioners also requested
cost estimates for retrofitting everything that has the
old seal on it with the new emblem.


ings and are free to ask questions during that time,
Charnock said. They can also stop by the public works
office where there are schedules detailing daily activities.
Charnock believes that omitting the report will
save time and money. He said, "It takes a full day of
computer time and compiling the data to develop the
report. With the lack of public interest, it just doesn't
seem worth it."
Commissioner Robert McElheny sought to keep the
reports on the city agenda. "I think it gives accountabil-
ity to everyone and it's a way for the community to come
to meetings, pick up a report and have something that
shows them what they have spent their tax money on," he
said.
According to the mayor and Charnock, it doesn't
appear that citizens care where that tax money is going.


Assure that the sovereign immunity of munici-
palities is the same as the state and its agencies and
political subdivisions and oppose any provision that
will expand the tort liability of municipalities.
Ensure the rights of municipal citizens by pre-
cluding any limitations on the powers of municipalities
through legislative or citizen initiated proposals that
amend the constitution.
Affirm the principal of municipal home rule and
oppose any proposal that restricts or limits the powers
of municipalities to respond to the needs of its citizens,
including the authority of municipalities to raise rev-
enues.


Public works reports


a thing of the past





THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 DECEMBER 31, 1997 I PAGE 5 I[S


Liaison positions

awarded in

Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher has named
liaison positions for commissioners for the next year.
Purpose of the positions is to allow city department heads
to deal directly with one commissioner on issues that arise
or to handle problems within individual departments.
All members of the commission are charged with
serving the Island Emergency Operations Center, the
multi-agency organization that goes into action in the
event of a disaster such as a hurricane or torrential flood-
ing.
All members of the commission are also charged
with reviewing the city's budget and serving on the
Island Elected Officials Forum, a group of elected of-
ficials from the three Island cities and Longboat Key.
Drescher will be responsible for the city's admin-
istration, primarily the clerk's office; the police depart-
ment; representation to the Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization; and the Sarasota-Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization.
Vice Mayor John Chappie will serve as commis-
sion contact for: public works department; Citizen
Advisory Task Force, the group that oversees payment
and process of city grant tasks; stormwater runoff and
drainage; grants; parks; bicycle paths; and sanitation.
Commissioner Dan Goodchild is responsible for:
planning and development department; Manasota
League of Cities; monitoring of Manatee County Com-
mission; Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program; and
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Commissioner Gail Cole: Recycling; a newly
formed revenue-seeking committee to identify and
develop funds other than taxes to augment the city's
budget; Island Transportation Planning Organization
alternate; and Anna Maria Island Historical Society
representative.
Commissioner Berneitta Kays: Beautification
committee; city volunteers; Keep Manatee Beautiful
with citizen volunteer Linda Sanders; Bradenton Beach
City Pier; Tingley Memorial Library board of directors.

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History fair projects on display at museum
From left, Manatee County History Fair winners Matthew Barnes, Kyle Bachman and Jess Mooney display
their projects at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through the month of
January. Barnes, of Anna Maria, is a seventh-grade student at the Center for Education in Bradenton, and his
project is on the history of Roser Memorial Community Church. Bachman, of Bradenton Beach, is an eighth-
grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School. His project is on the history of Anna Maria Island. Mooney, of
Bradenton, is an eighth-grader at Palmetto Christian School, and his project is also on the history of Anna
Maria Island. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.

Island Branch Library hosts three exhibits in January


Floral art, oils and acrylics and watercolors will be the
topics of three exhibits to be featured at the Island Branch
Library in January
"Floral Art" by Rosemary Fleck is the first exhibit to
be on view. Fleck is a 21-year resident of Anna Maria
Island and a fourth-generation florist. She and her hus-
band, Todd, own the shop Essence of Time in Holmes
Beach where shells, flowers, driftwood and sea grass are
used to create arrangements.
Holmes Beach resident Rudy Spinoza will display his
oils and acrylics as the library's second exhibit for the
month.


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A display of watercolors by Audrey MacEachem will
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Way to go,

Anna Maria Island
Optimistic? Yes. Skeptical? Yes. Ecstatic? Very
much so.
When Anna Maria Island Community Center Ex-
ecutive Director Pierrette Kelly told us Holmes Beach
residents Charles and Joey Lester were committing
$25,000 to the endowment fund we were thrilled.
Our enthusiasm waned a little as Kelly told us that
the contribution had a string attached. "Mr. Lester says
we have to advertise a challenge to the community
every week until the end of the year to match him dol-
lar for dollar up to $25,000."
We first announced the challenge on Oct. 29 and
we sponsored a quarter-page advertisement promoting
the campaign in The Islander Bystander every week
since November with grand results.
It's been a secret thrill to check the contributions
with Kelly, especially when the total surpassed Chuck
Lester's $25,000 matching offer and then the dol-
lars raised went beyond the zenith. The donations sur-
passed our wildest dreams.
Individual contributions now stand at $36,455,
with a little more than 24 hours to go on the original
challenge. With Lester's $25,000, the endowment fund
is enriched by $61,455.
We're very proud of our little community.
It all began, according to a history written for the
dedication of the Anna Maria Island Youth Center in
July 1961 by noted author Wyatt Blassingame, when
the Anna Maria Beach Development Company, G. W.
Bean, president, gave the Manatee County School
Board two lots on Magnolia Street on Oct. 1, 1913; and
the school board contracted to build a one-room school.
In the 1950s, the school moved to its present loca-
tion and the Center evolved. For a time, the old school
served on Saturdays as a youth center, on Sundays as
a church, and on Monday nights it housed some fancy
poker games.
Also about this time, the late Fred Hutchinson
(baseball great), his wife Patsy (still residing in Holmes
Beach) and Bennie Scanio alerted the city that land for
a playground was getting scarce. The commission
agreed.
A deal was made with the school board. City land
used as a garbage dump was swapped for land adjoin-
ing the school. Walter Hardin donated a lot. Captain
Bill Davis swapped a lot he owned for one elsewhere
and the entire block containing the old school build-
ing was set aside as a youth center.
In late summer 1959, following the tragic death of



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his son, Scanio began what was by no means a one-man
drive to improve the center. Blassingame called it the
greatest single contribution ever made to the Center.
Backed by Hutchinson and Dr. Roy Gunther and by
various Center sponsors, Scanio worked at raising
money by every means from auctions to fish fries.


It's a shame Blassingame, Scanio and Hutchinson
- and all the others aren't here to witness Chuck
and Joey Lester's chapter in the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's history. And it ain't over.
It's looking like a very happy new year.
Pat yourselves on the back.


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Islander and Islanders deserve
thanks from Community Center
I would like to thank The Islander Bystander for its
ongoing support of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center and, therefore, the more than 1,200 children
ages 4 through 18 that we served last year.
Your paper deserves a special thank-you for your
help in publicizing Charles Lester's matching-fund
challenge for contributions to the Center's Endowment
Trust Fund by Dec. 31, 1997. Support of this and the
Center's other annual fund drives are the backbone of
quality programming and affords us the ability to serve
more children and families.
Eight years ago this month I began to work at the
Center, with a special mission on behalf of Island chil-
dren to improve funding and developing-term commu-
nity support. I believe we, as a community, have made
progress. I also believe we must keep striving in our
efforts to provide opportunities for all Island children
to develop into healthy individuals capable of achiev-
ing success in school, with their families and in their
careers.
One of our most successful programs is our el-
ementary-age after-school program, which is licensed
by the Florida Department of Children and Families to
serve up to 60 children per day, including service on
school holidays and throughout the summer. Our cer-
tified teachers, assistants and volunteers offer a nurtur-
ing, safe environment bolstered by educational-enrich-
ment and recreational activities.
We have also expanded our services for teenagers,
involving more adolescents in responsibility-oriented
activities. Community-service projects like our boys'
beach-cleanup commitment and job-training opportu-
nities such as their work as scorekeepers and timers


during basketball season are new this year. Our teen
girls did a special job decorating the Center for the
holidays and are supporting the development of our
new cheerleading program.
A tax-deductible gift to the Endowment Trust ben-
efits these Island children this year and for generations
to come. Interest from the trust helps support our
present children's programs and enables us to offer
scholarship assistance to ensure that no child in need
is ever turned away. The trust's board of directors over-
sees the principal to ensure those funds will be used as
our donors wish.
The Endowment Trust is a major facet in our com-
mitment to helping our children prepare for the chal-
lenges they will face in the next century. To all who
have given of their time, talent and financial support,
thank you for making a positive difference in the lives
of so many children. Their future can be our vision.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, Anna Maria
Island Contunnity Center

Driver offers Island moms
an eye-opener
Dear Island Moms:
Just a note to tell you I almost killed your son to-
night.
I was driving north up Gulf Drive near the mall at
night and by a blessing from God, 1 saw him just inches
before my left front fender wiped him out.
He was riding in the center of Gulf Drive and had
on a navy or dark jacket and jeans! His bike had abso-
lutely no reflectors or lights on the back. My best guess
is he was a teenager or pre-teen.
Please go look at your kids' bikes. Talk to them!
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THOSE WERE THE BAYS
Part 8, The Drowsy Thirties
by June Alder


To Dorothy
Whittaker harvest-
ing shellfish was a
way of life.


GROWING UP WILD


No one knows better than Dorothy
Raymond Whittaker what it was like
growing up on Anna Maria Island in the
early days of this century.
This grandniece of 1895 home-
steaders Sam and Annie Cobb was 7
years old when her family moved from
Cortez to Anna Maria Island where her
father had grown up.
In 1924 Elmer "Sugarfoot"
Raymond bought a houseboat. It had no
engine so he had it towed by launch to
his Uncle Sam's boatyard. The
Raymonds' new waterborne home
added four people to the colony of
Cobbs in what is now downtown
Holmes Beach.
Dorothy loves to talk about that
houseboat.
"It was a great big thing with a deep
bilge in it and pretty roomy for a house-
boat. We put in a wood stove and a
built-in toilet and rain water barrels. We
partitioned off the bed with curtains and
things and put in another partition for
the kitchen. The entertainment room
was the dining room with the beds to sit
on and a few chairs. Just one room did
it all.
"My brother Steve and I used to
come home from school up in Anna
Maria, and before we were off the bus
we'd start undressing, everything off
but the bare essentials. And we'd run up
the gangplank and by the time we got
inside we'd grab our bathing suits and
put 'em on and head right off the porch
into the water."
Another subject dear to Dorothy's
heart is the wild loveliness of the Island
as she remembered it in the '30s.
"The Bay was our front yard. The
flats went out for miles to the steamer
channel. All the shorelines were cov-
ered with mangroves and all the grass
flats were the way they were supposed
to be.
"On the bayside east of Gulf Drive
everything grew great. You could drop
a tomato down there by the'bay, right in
the grass, and it would grow. The other
side of the road, the Gulf side, was all
prairie. It was sea oats, cactus, Spanish
bayonets, gopher holes, rabbits, every-
where you looked. And blue lupine, I
miss that blue lupine, it was so pretty."


But it wasn't all paradise.
"The mosquitoes we had! And the
sand flies too. We had to paint our
screens with kerosene to keep those
bugs from crawling in. They'd crawl
right through the screen. We'd keep the
smudges going all the time.
"Rattlesnakes were all over the Is-
land, all over. I don't think I ever went
out of the house on any given day that
I didn't run into one, well, brush el-
bows. We always watched where we
walked. And there were stingrays, too.
in the water. But they were all part of
living on the Island and we loved it."
Dorothy and Steve spent their sum-
mers harvesting shellfish at low tide.
Every day they'd pedal their bikes up to
Anna Maria City to make deliveries to
regular customers. Mostly they caught
scallops because the tourists loved
them. They got 50 cents a quart for the
small, white scallops. Not bad for those
Depression times.
When her father was a boy, the few
Island kids-mostly Cobbs-were
taught in homes. In 1912 Dorothy's
grandmother Mattie Raymond was
chastised by the county school board
for conducting classes for only six pu-
pils (10 was the required number for
board approval). Even after a school-
house was built in 1914, the school
limped along.
About the time Dorothy went into
high school in Bradenton, Sugarfoot-
Elmer got the nickname for spilling a
sack of sugar while unloading a boat-
load of supplies decided to build a
house on 52nd Street about a block
from the Gulf. When the family moved
in, tomboy Dorothy wanted to know
why he didn't build right on the beach.

"We're close enough," he insisted,
knowing the unpredictable ways of
weather. Dorothy and her husband
Charlie Whittaker live there today.
Her novel, "Angels of the Swamp,"
is must reading for true Island lovers.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety has several copies for sale. Check
local bookstores and libraries, too.
Next: An unforgettable
character


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Ho Ho Ho
We were armed with "big-print copies" of holiday
songs and we quickly "mastered" three. Well, we got
them down pretty pat by the end of the evening. "We
Wish You A Merry Christmas," was our strongest ef-
fort, followed by "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls."
We were trolley carolers, on our second annual
tour of Anna Maria Island on Christmas Eve, wishing
all we encountered a very Merry Christmas.
We were a trolley full of guests of the Lesters,
Chuck and Joey. So if you think you've heard enough
of their generosity, turn the page. This is one of the
most Christmas-spirited events I've ever been privi-
leged to enjoy, and I'm certainly pleased to have been
invited again this year.
We boarded at the Sandbar in Anna Maria, ran
down to Rotten Ralph's for a few songs and applause
from a crowd at the bar, and then a ride around the
north end. Practice. Practice.
Next stop. Tip of the Island and Sign of the Mer-
maid. Then it was on to the Beach Bistro, at the insis-
tence of some aboard, but alas they had to be dissuaded.
The Bistro was closed.
We caroled at the "Up and Adams," Snooks and
Liz Adams home in Holmes Beach, and then for a 90-
plus-year-old friend of trolley driver Mike Kelly's who
awaited us on his porch. We made a quick drive-by at
Stewart and Trudy Moon's house, where too many
house guests, relatives and a new puppy kept them cel-
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We continued south to the Beach House, then on
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It's truly a welcome new tradition on an Island
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'Everyone Loves Opal' to be presented by Island Players


The next offering by the Island Players, "Everyone
Loves Opal" by John Patrick, will open Friday, Jan 9,
and play through Jan. 25.
Since comedies often play to sold-out audiences,
early ticket purchase is recommended.
Director Kelly Wynn-Woodland when asked for
comments about the show said, "It is a funny, off-beat
comedy that has played all over the world." This re-
minded her that Stubby Kay, who died recently, played
the part of Sol Bozo in the original production.
"If you love everybody no matter what they
gotta love you back," says Opal Kronkie.
A middle-aged recluse living in a dilapidated man-

Public library to close
for holiday
The Island Branch Library in Holmes
Beach will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, New
Year's Day.
It will also close early on Wednesday, Dec.
31, New Year's Eve, at 6 p.m.
For more information, call the library at
778-6341.

Yoga classes to begin
at Island Center
Certified Kripalu yoga instructor Dolce Little will
return to the Anna Maria Island Community Center for
the winter to instruct yoga classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
on Monday starting Jan. 5.
Call the Center at 778-1908 for cost and additional
information or stop by at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City.

Donations of
cookbooks sought
The Friends of the Island Branch Library are seek-
ing donations of cookbooks for the organization's an-
nual sale to be held Saturday, Jan. 10.
Gift contributions should be deposited at the
branch during business hours. All proceeds from the
sale will benefit Island Branch's facility and services.
The sale will begin at 10 a.m.
For further information, call the library at 778-
6341 or stop by at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


sion near the town dump, Opal collects junk, any kind
that suits her fancy, but she more or less specializes in
old bottles. Gloria, Sol, and Brandy, petty crooks with
a high degree of ineptitude, had used some of her
bottles to package fake perfume. As a result, they are
on the lam and decided to hide out with Opal. Seizing
what they see as an opportunity, they first get her in-
sured and then devise ingenious ways to do her in.
At the Players the part of Opal will be played by
Jo Kendall, Gloria by Teresa Turiano, and Bradford by
Jack Dougherty. Gary Brame will play Sol Bozo and
Douglas Gordon will play Officer Jankie with the in-
surance doctor played by Tom Kocherry.


The stage manager is Anne Fasulo and John
Flannery is set designer. Don Bailey will be featured
as costume designer and lightening will be by Joe
Oshry.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. except for the first two
Sunday matinees which start at 2 p.m. The last perfor-
mance on Sunday, Jan. 25, will be at 8 p.m.
Tickets are now available at the theater located at
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City. The
box office will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
except New Year's Day, and one hour prior to each
performance.
Call the box off at ;T 8-5755.


Education Center to offer 52 courses in 1998


The Education Center introduces its second term
on Saturday, Jan. 3, with an open house from 2 4
p.m. at the center's facility at 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
The open house will provide community mem-
bers A ith an opportunity to meet the center's teach-
ers and learn about its many classes.
Among the new courses are "Antique Furniture:
the Anglo-American Tradition," "Send in the
Clones: the Clash Between the New Genetic Tech-
nology and Human Values," "The Study of Islam,"
and "Creating Highly Decorative Memory Albums."
Second-term classes begin on Monday, Jan. 5,
when the center adds several instructors to its corps

Art demonstrations
Saturday at
Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach will
present art demonstrations on Saturday, Jan. 3. from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Artist Wini Long will demonstrate watercolor
painting, potter Thelma Weeks will demonstrate clay
critters, and Helen DeForge will demonstrate china
painting.
The artists welcome questions about their craft.
The gallery, an artists' cooperative, is located at
5348 Gulf Drive.
Call 778-6648 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, for more information.


of veteran teachers, providing a broad range of
courses "from A to Y antiques to yoga," for the
center's 13th consecutive year of classes.
Registration is open to all adults regardless of
residence and there are no prerequisites for classes,
which meet weekly for up to eight sessions, depend-
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The 52 classes span the arts, science, hobbies
and pastimes, with 14 completely new courses
among the offering.
To obtain a catalog or register for classes, call
the center at 383-8811. The Education Center is
open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
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Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5901 Marina
Drive.
The show will feature fine artists and
craftspeople from the U.S. and Canada.
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offered.
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If puppies and kitties are your favorite friends,
you'll enjoy hearing Ceilie Roll from the Manatee
County Humane Society speak at the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island's monthly social on Monday, Jan.
5.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. among
paintings by member artists of favorite pets. The pro-
gram will begin at 7 p.m.
The guild meets in Lowe Hall at the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The public is invited to attend.

Art League holds James
Pay exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League will hold its
annual James Pay Exhibit with an opening reception
to be held Friday, Jan. 2, from 6-8 p.m.
The exhibit, which honors the late James Pay, a
founding member, will be on view Tuesday through
Friday through Jan. 29, from 8:45 am. to 2:45 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the reception and
view the exhibit.
In addition, the league will begin new classes in
basket weaving, ceramics and writing beginning the
week of Jan. 5-9.
Bambi Furtado will teach basket weaving on Fri-
days from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nancy Sheriff will
teach ceramics on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.;
and Pegi Clark Pearson will teach "Writing the Fam-
ily History" on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. All
three classes are offered in six-week sessions.
For cost and registration, call the league at 778-
2099, or stop by at 5312 Holmes Bvld., Holmes
Beach.

Sarasota Visual Art Center
to begin winter art classes
A six-week session of Winter Art Classes for
adults and children will begin the week of Monday,
Jan. 5. at the Sarasota Visual Art Center.
Registration is open now by phone or by visiting
the center at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Children's classes, ages 6-11, will be held Satur-
days at 9 a.m. Adult classes will be held Monday
through Friday at various times.
Call the center at 365-2031 for a class brochure
and schedule or to register.


Islander to direct choral
workshop on Key
Islander Elaine Burkly has been selected to direct
the 1998 Choral Workshop at the Education Center,
Longboat Key.
Burkly has a Bach-
elor of Music degree from
Boston University with a
minor in piano and voice
as well as a Master's in
Fine Arts Administration.
Before moving to Florida,
S she served as fine arts ad-
ministrator for the
Falmouth, Mass., sc hool
Burk i system.
The class runs from
3 to 5 p.m. for 12 consecutive Wednesdays afternoons
beginning Jan. 7., and auditions and tuition are re-
quired.
Call 383-8811 for registration and information or
stop by at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, during normal
business hours.

Sarasota Opera topic of
woman's club meeting
"Behind the Scenes at the Sarasota Opera" will be
presented by members of the Sarasota Opera Associa-
tion to the Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at I p.m.
The meeting will be held at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City.
Membership inquiries may be directed to Marga-
ret Art, second vice president, at 778-3624.


Education Center opens
1998 lecture series
Are novels becoming politically correct and if so,
what does this mean?
Author/editor Dr. Martin Tucker will examine the
issue in the first of the Education Center's 1998 nine-
week lecture series on Tuesday, Jan 6, at 3 p.m.
In the opening lecture, Tucker will present an over-
view of what's been happening to the novel, particu-
larly the American novel and he will focus on new
Jewish-American and African-American literature,
particularly the writing of Phillip Roth, Cynthia Ozick
and Toni Morrison.
For more information and cost, call 383-8811 or
visit the Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive (above the Centre Shops), Longboat Key, be-
tween 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is open Monday
through Thursday through Dec. 31, and Monday
through Friday in 1998.

Line dancing is back
at Island Center
Popular Canadian line dance teacher Bunny Bur-
ton will offer her seasonal line dance classes from
10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays beginning Friday, Jan.
9, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Singles are welcome. The Center is located at 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
For information, call the Center at 778-1908.

'Belle of the Brawl'
author to speak
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 10:15 a.m. on
Monday, Jan. 5, at the Island Library in Holmes Beach.
Guest speaker will be Tom Reynolds, author of
"Belle of the Brawl," a World War I saga based on pi-
lot Walter Baskin's wartime diary.
Call 792-5295 for additional information.

Van Wezel begins new year
with music and dance
Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall invites
you to spend a swinging New Year's Eve with the 10-
time Grammy Award-winning contemporary vocal
quartet, Manhattan Transfer, and a big band at 9 p.m.
on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
America's New Year's Day "Salute to Vienna," a
live re-creation of the world-famous Viennese New
York celebration, will return to the hall on Thursday,
Jan. 1 at 8 p.m.
"Carousel," Rodgers and Hammerstein's fable of
love and redemption set to one of their greatest scores,
waltzes into the Van Wezel for one performance only
on Friday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m.
Children of all ages will enjoy the Magic School
Bus Live!'s production of "Arnold's Favorite Field
Trip," to be performed on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10:30
a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tap Dogs, the irreverent, rocking theatrical expe-
rience that features six guys who turn tap upside down
on an industrial construction-site set, will pound out a
limited engagement of three performances at the hall
on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 6. 7 and 8.
For ticket information, call the Van Wezel box office
at 953-3368 or stop by at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Register now for women's
Bible study
An Interdenominational Women's Bible Study will
take place at Gloria Dci Lutheran Church in Holmes
Beach beginning Thursday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m.
The nine-week course entitled "Lord. Only You
Can Change Me," will be conducted by Kay Arthur.
lPre-rcgistration is required so materials can be or-
dered. To register, call Dorothy Swanberg at 778-1130.

New Year's Eve family
party at Sarasota Players
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a fun-filled New
Year's Eve bash at the Sarasota Players Theatre on
Wednesday, Dec. 31, following the performance of
"The Wizard of Oz" (approximately 10 p.m.).
The family-oriented celebration is free of charge
and open to the public.
Dancing on stage, party favors and a champagne
toast are compliments of the Players.
The theater is located at 838 N. Tamiami Trail.
Call 365-2494 for more information.






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Constance K.
'Connie' Barbour
Constance K. "Connie" Barbour, 76, of Holmes
Beach, died Dec. 23, at home.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. Barbour came to
Manatee County from Woodbury, Minn., in 1983. She
was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray. She was a
Lutheran. She was a member of the Moose Club,
Bradenton Yacht Club and American Legion.
She is survived by her husband, Henry; a daugh-
ter, Pam Miller of Bennet, Neb.; two sons, John
Gottsleben of Tucson, Ariz., and Jeff of Chicago City,
Minn.; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, Holmes Beach. Service was held
at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Green offici-
ating. Burial was in Manasota Memorial Park.

Benjamin Thomas Green
Benjamin Thomas Green, 83, of Holmes Beach,
died Dec. 24, in Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Perry, Mich., Mr. Green came to this area
in 1961 from Brighton, Mich. He was a retired main-
tenance technical supervisor for Manatee Memorial
Hospital, serving for 20 years. He was a member of St.
Joseph's Catholic Church, Bradenton. Mr. Green was


a member of the Eagles, Bradenton, and the Ameri-
can Association of Retired Persons. He served in the
U. S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife Madelyn; three sons,
John of Holmes Beach, Robert Meadus of St. Peters-
burg, and Douglas Meadus of Dearborn, Mich.; a
brother, Gilbert of Merman, Mo.; and two grandchil-
dren. .
Visitation and a rosary service were held at
Bradenton Funeral Home, Bradenton. Services will be
held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3100 26th St.
W., Bradenton, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Burial will be in Skyway Memorial Gardens.

Mary E. 'Betty' Phillips
Mary E. "Betty" Phillips, 75, of Holme4 Beach,
died Dec. 26, at home.
Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Phillips came to
the area from Somerville, Ohio, in 1957. She was a
homemaker.
Service was held at Brown and Sons Funeral home,
Bradenton, with the Rev. Russell Crispin officiating.
Burial is at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
She is survived by her husband, Roy M.; a
daughter, Donna Schlemmer of Bradenton; a son,
David, of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and six
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A look back at Island hapenings


By Michelle Timpanaro
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island is always good for a few tears,
a lot of laughter and an outsize share of both the spec-
tacular and the mundane. One thing it never is, is bor-
ing. Here are highlights of our home Island in 1997:

January
Islander of the Year: Willis Howard "Snooks"
Adams, founder of Snooks Adams Kids' Day, was
announced as The Islander Bystander's "Islander of the
Year" for 1996.
Adams came to Anna Maria Island in 1947. He and
Leon Stafford started the first fire department in
Bradenton Beach, where he served as the first assistant
chief.
Adams also was the first assistant police chief of
Bradenton Beach in 1952, and from 1962 to 1978 was
Holmes Beach's police chief.
Joe vs. City Hall: When Holmes Beach resident Joe
Kennedy wanted to sell one of his properties on South
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach officials put up a fight.
Kennedy had purchased the two contiguous lots with
the understanding the properties would remain separate.
Building official Joe Duennes disputed, citing the 1989
comprehensive plan which required single-family lots to
be a minimum of 7,510 square feet.
Since Kennedy's lots were only 5,000 square feet
each, Duennes insisted they should be combined to
comply with city ordinance.
Christmas burglar nabbed: Holmes Beach police
quickly recovered stolen Christmas presents and other
items after following a trail of evidence which led them
to an apartment next door to the victims' home.
Jason Slavin, 18, of Bradenton, was charged with
seven counts including burglary, grand theft, posses-
sion of a burglary tool, possession of stolen property
and possession of a controlled substance.
Per Officer Jim Cumston's investigation, Slavin
had entered the victims' home through an attic access
in the master bedroom.
Helmets now law for kids: As of Jan: 1, all chil-
dren younger than 16 are required to wear helmets
while riding a bicycle.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said
officers handed out warnings to violators in 1997, and
fines will go into effect in 1998.
Dueling groceries? It's hard to believe that a year
ago there was talk of four sites on East Bay Drive be-
ing eyed by investors wanting to originate another gro-
cery store.
The irony of the whole predicament came in Oc-
tober when Island Foods closed down, and no concrete
decisions had been made. Islanders and visitors alike
were left with a few local convenience stores to satisfy
their grocery needs.
It's a commission now: Bradenton Beach elected





Privateers smoked and
sold more than 1,000
pounds of mullet last
January, just in time for
the Super Bowl.


Holmes Beach's on-again, off-again ordinance proceedings prompted cartoonist Jack Egan to put the
commission's actions to song.


officials have a new title as of the first of the year. They
are a commission, not a council.
Part of the changes within the city's charter that
took effect Jan. 1 was the change in name for the city's
elected officials. "Commissioner" is a gender-neutral
title that is less unwieldy than the often awkward
"councilman" or "councilwoman" or "councilperson"
salutations.
Noisy ordinance: When City Attorney Patricia
Petruff warned the Holmes Beach City Council against
passing a controversial amendment to its noise ordinance,
Holmes Beach residents also made their wishes clear at a
January council meeting no new noise ordinance.

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The council instructed Petruff to rewrite the ordi-
nance to include a definition of "plainly audible," re-
turn the 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. restriction on excessive noise
to the ordinance and work with Police Chief Jay
Romine to establish a more acceptable distance than 50
feet to impose a noise violation.
Privateers told to move: Holmes Beach Mayor
Bob VanWagoner sent the Privateers a letter claiming
the boat float, which had been stored on a vacant lot at
the corner of Clark Lane and Clark Drive for many
years, was now illegally parked.
VanWagoner suggested the float be stored at city
hall, but a former mayor, council member and honor-
ary Privateer, Pat Geyer, disagreed with the suggestion.
She said the Privateers spend many hours working on
the float and like to have a beer or two.
VanWagoner said if a compromise cannot be
reached, he would ask Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
ment Officer Bill Kepping to cite the Privateers for a
code violation.
Walkover bridge completed: After five years on
the drawing board and approximately $180,000, the
long-awaited walkover bridge next to the humpback
bridge in Anna Maria City was completed.
The pedestrian bridge was budgeted at $171.000. but
a $9,000 cost overrun resulted when the state decided to
make the bridge six inches thick instead of four.
Next phase for Fishing Pier: TBS Construction
Co. was awarded the contract to make improvements
to the Bradenton Beach Fishing Pier by the city com-
mission.
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bids for the work, which was estimated to cost $126,250.
The improvements are paid from a $100,000 state grant
for pier restoration under the Florida Recreational Devel-
opment Assistance Program. The city also contributed
$33,000 in matching funds for the work.
Mullet mania: In preparation for the Super Bowl,
Privateers John Swager, Mickey Hook and Rick
Maddox began smoking the fish around 2 a.m. the
night before.

February
Teacher of the Year: Lynne McDonough, who
teaches a combined kindergarten and first grade class
at Anna Maria Elementary School, was chosen as a fi-
nalist for Manatee County Teacher of the Year.
McDonough has taught at Anna Maria Elementary
for 10 years. She earned a degree in elementary educa-
tion from Michigan State University in East Lansing 13
years ago and is married to Ron and has two children,
Matt, 7, and Molly, 2.
McDonough was chosen as one of six finalists for
Manatee County's Teacher of the Year. McDonough
also received $1,000 at the Pinnacle Awards Teacher
Recognition Banquet.
McKay and Wolfe reelected: Anna Maria City
Commissioners George McKay and Doug Wolfe were
reelected for two years.
A commissioner for nine years, McKay generated
32 percent of the votes. Wolfe, who has served for the
past seven years, received 26 percent of the votes.
Split 'em, Joe: The Holmes Beach City Council
voted to allow Joe Kennedy to sell or build on his sec-
ond lot on Harbor Drive.
Kennedy, who owns two adjacent lots on one of
which a house stands was told by Holmes Beach
Building Official Joe Duennes he would be unable to
separate the two lots due to the 1989 comprehensive
plan which states a single-family lot must be 7,510
square feet as opposed to the previous requirement of
5,000 square feet.
Stop at the top: Anna Maria Mayor Chuck
Shumard had stop signs installed at the .top of the
humpback bridge on Bay Boulevard despite warnings
from a Manatee County traffic specialist.


Serving the Island since 1966


Shumard said he had the signs installed for safety
reasons. By forcing the cars to stop at the top of the
incline leading up to the bridge, Shumard reasoned,
drivers would be able to see pedestrians using the
crosswalk at Lakeview Drive.
Bradenton Beach blaze: Fire flared on Canasta
Drive in Bradenton Beach during a practice burn for
area firefighters.
Firefighters from as far away as Sarasota used the
house for rescue training much of Saturday morning
before igniting the wooden structure and fighting the
inferno. Finally it was allowed to burn to the ground.
The house was donated to the fire district for the burn.
Charged in burglary: Kevin Higbee, 34, of
Holmes Beach was arrested and charged with three
counts in connection with the Feb. 1 burglary of a home
on Oak Avenue in Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach Det. Sgt. Nancy Rogers said Higbee
called a cab to take him to the residence and told the
cab driver he was picking up items which belonged to
his girlfriend.
The unwitting cab driver helped Higbee load the
items into the cab and unload them at Higbee's resi-
dence.
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More than 12,000 people paid $2 each to see, feel,
taste and touch the village's history.
March

City slow with records: Manatee Circuit Judge
Robert Boylston ruled that Anna Maria City officials
failed to hand over public records within a reasonableof several volunteers with the





time.
Cortez Chapterson of Five O'lok Marine requested who
helped organize the festival. Bell said there was a tre-





records Jan. 17 and agalettin on Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. The
helpdcity finally complied with the request on Feb. 12, which





was 26 days after the original request.
Boylston 12,000ruled in Peterson's favor. Peterson wassee, feel,
entitled to collect attorney's fees for the cost of enforc-
March




ing the Florida public oth records: Manatee Circuit Judge
Cortez Boylston ruled to FISH: The Anna Maria City offstricials
Fire Commission voted to deed its volunteer station in
time.




Cortez to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
records Jan. 17 and again on Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. The
city finally complied with the request on Feb. 12, which



The move was first approved b the originaldistrict's vol-
Boylunteers, who own ruled the building. It was deeded to the
entitled to collect attorney's fees for the cost of enforc-
ing the Florida public open records law.
Cortez station to FISH: The Anna Maria District
Fire Commission voted to deed its volunteer station in
Cortez to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
The move was first approved by the district's vol-
unteers, who owned the building. It was deeded to the


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district and then to FISH and will be used for public
purposes.
Holmes Beach elects: Incumbent Don Maloney,
with 21 percent of the votes, won a second term on the
Holmes Beach City Council.
Former Mayor Pat Geyer returned to the council
after taking a year off. She won a seat on the council
with 20 percent of the votes.
Councilman Luke Courtney was reelected to his
third term with 17 percent of the votes.
The three will serve two-year terms.
Martini honored: Former Councilwoman Billie
Martini was presented with the Holmes Beach Civic
Association's Pride in Community Award for her many
years of outstanding service to the community.
Players seek extension: With extensive renova-
tions right around the corner, the Island Players wanted
reassurances they would be there for a long time.
The Players requested.an extension of their lease
which is good through 2001. "We've been leasing the
building for 47 years and over those years we've put in
over $100,000 in renovations," said Players President
Linda Davis. "With that kind of investment, we're ask-
ing for a 15-year extension."
The lease extension was seen as no problem by
Mayor Chuck Shumard and was approved by Anna
Maria city commissioners.
Cleanup draws hundreds: All over Manatee
County volunteers gathered to spruce things up.
On the Island, volunteers and county workers were
on hand to haul off trash collected from our beaches
and causeways.
Volunteers, including Manatee Community
College's EARTH Club, collected 53 bags of trash to-
taling 1,060 pounds on Leffis Key alone.
Circus comes to the Island: Ginny Mazza, 11-
year-old student at Anna Maria Elementary School,
was chosen honorary ringmaster for the Roberts Bros.
Circus performances on the Island.
Mazza's colorful poster was awarded the grand
prize in what has become an annual contest to promote
the arrival of the Roberts Bros. Circus.
The circus was a benefit for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Islander wins libel damages: Defendants Dennis
Friedel, Mary London and Dolphin Publishing Inc.,
doing business as The Dolphin newspaper, were found
guilty of nine counts of defamation, libel, slander and
interfering with advantageous business relationships of
The Islander Bystander.
Publisher Bonner Presswood said, "It is extremely
unlikely we will receive 1.3 cents of the jury's $1.3
million award, but as one friend put it, at least a jury
of my peers agreed the damages were worth some-
thing."
A unique customer survey: Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine launched a weekly community sur-
vey that seeks the opinions not only of those arrested,
but also of victims and motorists who have received
traffic citations.
"We're customer service oriented, and we're con-
cerned about customer satisfaction," said Romine. "We
don't always do what people think we should, but we
want to know if we're doing things the best we possi-
bly can."
All surveys are maintained in the chief's office and
are public record.
$1,000 building permit cutoff: Residents of Anna
Maria City are no longer required to get a building
permit as long as renovations, such as painting, do not
cost more than $1,000.
Homeowners still must report any work they do
on their houses to the Public Works Director Phil


Surfing World rode its
last wave Wednesday,
June 11, when an early
morning fire destroyed
the landmark shop in
Cortez. More than
$300,000 in damages
occurred. Owner and
lifelong surfer E.L.
"Rocky" von Hahmann
vowed to reopen
the store.


This colorful poster by Ginny Mazza, a student at Anna Maria Elementary, was chosen as the grand prize
winner of the contest to promote the arrival of the Roberts Bros. Circus. As her reward, Mazza served as an
honorary ringmaster.


Charnock.
The $1,000 cutoff only applies to homeowners,
Charnock said. Businesses seeking to do any renova-
tions need a permit regardless of cost.
Longboat Pass dredging: Workers thumped on
steel pipes and connected fittings for the maintenance
dredging of Longboat Pass, a project expected to take
six weeks.
The dredging of the pass separating Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key was estimated to produce
about 125,000 cubic yards of sand, which will be
pumped onto beaches on both barrier islands.
The project's timing was critical due to the sea
turtle nesting season which begins in mid-May. The
work was to be completed by then so as not to interfere
with turtles that come ashore during summer months to
lay eggs in the sand.
Fire districts merge: The Anna Maria and
Westside Fire Commissions agreed to draft an
interlocal agreement to consolidate most of their ser-
vices.
Anna Maria's Fire Chief Andy Price will head the
dual districts. Jay Pinkley, Westside's acting chief
since the December 1996 retirement of Chief Ed Cleve-
land, will be deputy chief. If needed, a second deputy
chief's position has been proposed.
Little League thwarted: The Anna Maria Island
Community Center's Board of Directors thought ap-
proval for putting up a new utility shed and concession
stand would be rubber-stamped by the city, since the
city owns the land.


But the plans were put on hold until after baseball
season, which cost Little League up to $5,000 in prof-
its that would have been made on concession sales.
Holmes Beach record control: You thought it
took a long time to get hold of public records... well,
Holmes Beach decided to implement a new records-
management program. The cost between $20,000
and $30,000 in addition to annual maintenance costs.
The program is to be completed over several years.
The plan is to put all records on microfilm.

April
Bean Point plantings sacrificed: The Anna Maria
City Commission scaled back a plan to landscape the
area surrounding the North Bay Boulevard pedestrian
bridge.
At the same time, officials gave a North Shore
Drive homeowner the right to allow trucks to trample
vegetation at the Bean Point beach access so workers
could trim a homeowner's Australian pines.
More than 100 volunteer hours of planting vegeta-
tion and beautification was invalidated as a result.
A sight for sore eyes: The four Pine Avenue recy-
cling bins were supposed to hold aluminum, newspa-
per, plastic, and clear, brown and green glass, but
people weren't separating the items properly, said the
disposal company. Rather, many people mixed differ-
ent colored glass or put plastic with newspapers. When
this happened, Waste Management took the recyclable
goods to the dump instead of to the recycling center.
And people were dumping more than recyclable
goods at the Pine Avenue site. Car batteries, sliding
glass doors and all kinds of unwanted items had been
dumped off.
"We keep harping on recycling and recyclables,"
said Anna Maria City Commissioner Doug Wolfe, "but
practically nothing at Pine Avenue is being recycled
because of contamination. Waste Management comes
and picks it up and takes most of it to the county land-
fill."
Best soccer game ever: The Island Football Club
beat SFC Slovakia 4-3 in double overtime and a
shootout. The Islanders finally took the victory in a
sudden-death shootout at the Sarasota Football Club to
win the Suncoast Soccer League Division Cup.
The man-of-the-match, goalie Lance Bieker, was
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sent out of the game with a busted nose only to return
to tough it out for a 30-minute overtime and the
shootout. The IFC goals were scored by Tim Bugna,
Tim Lease and Ken Bowers.
Noise ordinance revised: The Holmes Beach City
Commission passed its proposed noise ordinance.
The ordinance covers the playing of radios, televi-
sions, musical instruments, phonographs, amplifiers
and similar devices between the hours of 10 p.m. and
7 a.m. The devices cannot create "excessive" or "un-
reasonable" noise across residential property lines or
within noise-sensitive areas or be audible at a distance
of 100 feet from the property line if they are "disturb-
ing or a nuisance to reasonable persons within the area
of audibility."
The ordinance also includes provisions for rhyth-
mic bass vibrations at a distance of 100 feet from the
property line, car radios and stereos, motor boats and
water scooters. The provision for taking decibel read-
ings and standards for a violation using the readings
remains in the ordinance.
Clean up after pets: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners approved placement of seven signs in the
city warning pet owners to clean up after their animals
or face a fine up to $75.
As proposed by Commissioner Connie Drescher,
the city's pet "hot spots" are Bay Drive South, 24th
Street, 25th Street, and the three city parks. The total
cost of the no doggie doo-doo signs was $147.
Drug bust: Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment agents arrested a fugitive wanted in connection
with allegedly flying hundreds of pounds of cocaine to
the Gulf Coast from Miami.
Officers said James Epperson, a former Pinellas
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Snook season boost: Hats off to Mote Marine
Laboratory and aquaculture director Steven Serfling for
the successful release of more than 7,000 young snook.
The nine-month-old hatchery-raised fingerlings, all
between four and 10 inches long, were released at
Bishop's Harbor in Tampa Bay, the Braden River and
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The juvenile fish are the product of joint efforts by
Mote and the Florida Department of Environmental
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Privateers forced to leave: For the first time in
more than 20 years, the Privateers float is gone from the
Island.
The Privateers' problems started in 1996 when
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner told the group
that its float, parked on the corner of Clark Lane and
Clark Drive, was in violation of two city ordinances -
one prohibiting storing anything on vacant lots and the
other prohibiting parking trailers on vacant lots.
The straw that broke the camel's back came when
VanWagoner asked the city's code enforcement officer
to send a 30-day warning to the Privateers about their
boat float.
The citation included the threat of a $250-a-day
fine against the property owner if the float was not re-
moved from the property within the 30-day period.
The Privateers packed up their float and headed to
Cortez, where it was parked on Rick Maddox's prop-
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Cell phone tower OK'd: Over the objections of
Mayor Bob VanWagoner, the Holmes Beach Commis-
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Back to back to back: Three storms in five days
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When a line of thunderstorms swept ashore from
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as well as Australian pines. Vehicles and roofs all
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April was one of the wettest months on record.
Curbside recycling launched: Recycling is a new
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The cost to implement this curbside recycling pro-
gram was a $1.39 increase in each householder's
monthly trash bill, but many residents still don't think
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Whether because they are renting or not residing in
their home year-round, the fee and responsibility to
recycle seem to be major concerns for some residents
who were against the new, mandatory program.
Commissioner Robert McElheny said curbside re-
cycling is the right thing to do and also gets the city out
from under a messy situation at its large recycling bins
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the Anna Maria City Commission met with location
manager Gus Holzer and his team to discuss a film
project which included the city pier in the action.
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nee Woody Harrelson, closed the Anna Maria city pier
and parking lot to the public for 15 hours while actors
took their places and cameramen caught the action all
on film.
In 1994, the city put film guidelines into ordinance
form, creating a filming permit so as to give the city
notice of and control over such operations within city
limits.
Letter carriers collect food: Postal letter carriers
all over the Island asked residents to leave non-perish-
able food by their mailboxes for pickup with their mail
delivery on Saturday, May 10.
Island donations were used to restock the shelves
of our local Meals on Wheels organization.
In 1996, letter carriers from Bradenton Beach col-
lected 3,500 cans of food.
Trio rescued from Gulf: Three Bradenton people
floated in the Gulf of Mexico for more than two days
after their 18-foot catamaran flipped and the mast
snapped.
They were rescued after Bradenton Beach Police
Officer Chuck Sloan noticed their car parked for too
long at the Coquina Beach boat ramp and alerted the
Coast Guard.
Within the hour, a Coast Guard helicopter spotted
the overturned sailboat and rescued the trio. The vic-
tims, who received treatment for dehydration, hypoth-
ermia and skin conditions at the St. Petersburg
Bayfront Medical Center. were found 23 miles off-
shore.

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a bicycle without a light or Rollerblading on the road.
But Islanders such as Anne Mousseau became en-
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for not having a light on his bike.
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Trader Jack always in our hearts: As Island-
ers mourned the death of Gwynne "Trader Jack"
Pearsall, they took comfort in happy memories of times
when Trader Jack's restaurant and lounge in Bradenton
Beach was one of the most popular spots on the west
coast of Florida.
In addition to being an active member of many
local organizations, Pearsall purchased the Mira Mar in
Bradenton Beach in 1968 and renamed it Trader Jack's.
He ran it for nine years, and in 1977 he sold it to Phil
Fayette, a grocery wholesaler from Vermont. Pearsall
then started and operated the Santa Madiera Restaurant
there until retiring to Venice in 1993.
Trader Jack's restaurant was closed in 1985, when
Fayette was convicted of income tax evasion and sen-
tenced to prison. In September 1995, Hurricane Elena
flooded the Island and sent waves crashing through the
Wheelhouse lounge and dining room. In June 1986 the
property was auctioned. It was sold to the state of Ver-
mont for $850,000, and a year later, on June 16. 1987,
an arsonist turned Trader Jack's into an inferno in the
middle of the night.
Bike path on hold: The Anna Maria Island Rec-
reational Pathway Committee and its bike path were
put on hold until officials in Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach decide on what action they want to take.
The committee's focus is to create a recreational
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planned bike lanes, planned along the Island's major
roads.
Elaine Burkly, Anna Maria City commissioner,
explained to committee members that Anna Maria City
officials don't see any need for a recreational bike path
in their city but think the focus should remain on the
primary paths and the major roads.
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Or-
ganization has funded bicycle lanes in Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach in 1999.
Tip of the Island Champs: Tip of the Island won
the Anna Maria Island Community Center's Major
League Little League championship in a dramatic ex-
tra-innings game by a score of 6-5 over Kiwanis.
It was a season-ending thriller in Anna Maria for
fans of Little League baseball.
Free postal office boxes: Anna Maria City and
Cortez residents no longer have to pay $8 to $35 a
month for post office box delivery as they used to.
Anna Maria Postmaster Ron Smith said a new in-
terpretation of the rules by the U.S. postmaster general
effectively eliminated the charge for boxes at the Anna
Maria Post Office as well as many other small towns
around the area. "Everyone is guaranteed one form of
free mail delivery in this country," Smith explained.
In Anna Maria City and Cortez, a post office box is
the only means of delivering mail, and the cities' popula-
tions are too low to have the option of home delivery.
Residents protest: Waving signs and chanting,
about 25 residents protested the site of a proposed cel-
lular phone tower in Holmes Beach. Signs included,
"Welcome to Anna Maria Towerland" and "Cellular
tower-free zone."
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After neighborhood residents began protesting the
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Dec. 21, information, 7500 block of Manatee
Avenue West. The complainant reported the subject cut
him off at the traffic light and the two got into a yell-
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harassing him over damage done to his vehicle, said the
complainant. The deputy checked both vehicles and
found no damage.
Dec. 23, information, 100 block of Tern Road. The
complainant said she observed two subjects with a flash-
light at the rear of a residence. The deputy checked the
residencee and found an unsecured door but nothing dis-
turbed inside the residence. He secured the door.
Dec. 23, violation of domestic injunction, 300
block of Clark Drive. The complainant called to have
a domestic injunction served on Dec. 23, then invited
the subject of the injunction to stay at her residence,
claiming she had changed her mind, according to the
police report. The deputy placed the subject in custody
and instructed the complainant of the proper procedure.
Dec. 24, burglary, 307 Pine Ave., Pine Avene
General Store. The complainant reported an unknown
person pried open a window, entered the store and re-
moved tobacco products.
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block of Gulf Drive South. The officer on patrol at Co-
quina Beach observed the subject's vehicle traveling south
on Gulf Drive at an extremely high rate of speed and forc-
ing other vehicles off the road. The officer followed the
subject over the Longboat Pass Bridge and alerted the
Longboat Key Police Department.
The officer observed the subject pass numerous
vehicles on the right side of the road and estimated the
vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph. Two
Longboat Key officers were unable to catch up to the
subject's vehicle due to heavy traffic but observed the
female driver passing numerous vehicles, nearly crash-
ing into several or running them off the road.
The officer noted that the subject continued to
weave in and out of traffic, nearly causing several ac-
cidents and nearly crashed at the New Pass Bridge.
Upon approaching St. Armand's Circle, the officer
observed the subject force her vehicle between two
vehicles, blocking her path, swerving from lane to lane,
attempting to move through congested traffic.
The subject stopped abruptly at the intersection of
Washington and Ringling boulevards. The officer or-
dered her out of the vehicle but she refused to respond
and he had to force her out. She was placed in custody.
Dec. 25, domestic battery, 2400 block of Avenue
C. The victim reported the intoxicated subject came to
her home, woke her up and began harassing her. When
she threatened to call the police, he pulled her hair and
dragged her around the living room, she said. The of-
ficer said the subject admitted harassing the victim and
pulling her hair but denied dragging or pushing her. He
was placed in custody.
Dec. 28, burglary, 100 block of Church Avenue.
The victim reported a person unknown entered the resi-



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dence and removed a color television valued at $400,
a microwave oven valued at $150, a cordless phone
valued at $200, a television/VCR combination valued
at $300 and a stereo valued at $160.
Dec. 28, grand theft of a tricycle valued at $400,
120 Bridge Street, Drift Inn.

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Dec. 20, domestic disturbance, 200 block of 64th
Street. The complainant reported the subject threatened
to spit on her during a domestic argument. There was
no violence and both were advised to work out their
problems.
Later the officer was recalled to the residence by
the complainant who asked that the subject be removed
because she was upset with him. The complainant was
extremely intoxicated and verbally abusive to officers,
according to the police report. The officer advised her
to stay elsewhere for the night.
Dec. 21, disturbance, 500 block of 83rd Street. The
officer responded to a report of a loud party and found
several subjects standing on a balcony consuming alco-
holic beverages. As the officer approached the residence
on foot, he heard several subjects make rude remarks
about Island police. He contacted the host of the party who
said several guests had become intoxicated and loud.
Two subjects began yelling obscenities, making
derogatory statements toward the officer and attempt-
ing to incite other guests, said the report. The officer
advised one subject to leave immediately or be placed
in custody and the subject left. The officer spoke to the
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SDec. 22, disturbance, 3800 block of Gulf Drive.
The complainant reported she got into an argument
with the subject and he became violent, breaking things
and striking her in the face with his fist. The officer
observed broken items but saw no marks on the
complainant's face. The subject had left the residence
prior to the officer's arrival and was not found.
Dec. 22, assistance, 500 block of 69th Street. The
complainant dropped her cane in the swimming pool
and the officer retrieved it.
Dec. 22. assist fire department, 6300 block of Gulf
Drive. The officer responded to a possible structure fire
and the complainant reported that the subject was
babysitting, saw smoke and sparks in an upstairs bedroom
and removed the children. The fire department responded
and said the cause of the fire was a pair of underwear in a
ceiling light cover. There was no damage and the fire de-
partment said the occupants could remain.
Dec. 22, disturbance, 200 block of 72nd Street. The
complainant reported the subject was visiting and would
not leave. The officer spoke to the subject and said he was
intoxicated but cooperative and advised he would leave.
The officer gave him a ride to a friend's house.
Dec. 23, disturbance, 2900 block of Avenue E.
The complainant reported the subject threatened her.
The officer stood by but did not locate the subject.
Dec. 23, suspicious, 3232 East Bay Drive. Sub-
way. The complainant reported three children were left
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mothers and explained that if they wished to go to a bar
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Island Baptist Church
welcomes pastor
Dr. John Vanderbeck of Bradenton will serve Is-
land Baptist Church as interim pastor while a search
continues for a permanent
replacement for retired Rev.
James Metts.
The announcement
was made by church admin-
istrator Rev. Jim Meena on
Dec. 21. Vanderbeck's ap-
pointment as interim pastor
will be effective at the Sun-
day morning service, Jan. 4.
Vanderbeck Vanderbeck is a
graduate of North American
Baptist Seminary and the Harvard Graduate School of
Business Administration. He also holds a Doctor of
Divinity degree from Judson College and an honorary
degree as Fellow, Royal Geographical Society of Lon-
don, England. He has held successful pastorates in
Texas, Iowa and California.
Vanderbeck retired as president of both the Ameri-
can Baptist Service Corporation and the American
Baptist Management Corporation, since combined as
the National Housing Ministries in 1984. After retire-
ment, he served the Billy Graham Evangelistic Asso-
ciation as associate director.
Vanderbeck and wife Edith, known as "DeDe,"
have been active in Bradenton's First Baptist Church.
They have two children, Kathy and Mark.


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Fifteen young people and two adults from the Is-
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Mission, Wimauma, in December to fold clothes, as-
semble food boxes for distribution, and to hand out toys
to the many migrants who are assisted by the mission.
The young people who worked were Chris and
Pam Taylor, Stephan and Andrea Bruce, Rachel Watts,
Barry Andricks, Colt Fletcher, Kenny Schmitz, Matt
Emery, Ben Holt, Andrew and Merritt Emery, Sarah
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The shop offers a selection of ladies, men's and
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The shop is located at 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
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The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will meet Thursday, Jan. 8, in Lowe Hall
of the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Glenda Whitmore representing the Bishop Gray
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registration, tryout
dates set for
1998 season
It's Little League time again at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Players must present
proof of age if not on file at the Center. Registration
is $30, and scholarships are available.
Player registration for all age divisions will
be accepted on the following dates: Saturday,
Jan. 10, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 14, 5-8 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 17, 1-8 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 19,
5-8 p.m.
Player tryouts will be scheduled according to
age. For players aged 10, 11 and 12, tryouts will
be Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon and again Saturday,
Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m.
Players aged 7, 8 and 9: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2-5
p.m. and again Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to
noon.
Coaches and volunteer umpires are also
needed. Coach applications forms should be
completed as soon as possible and turned into the
Center.
The coaches meeting will be Thursday, Jan.
22 at 7 p.m. at the Center. For more information,
call Millie Torres at 778-6767.


Center names 1998

Little League directors
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
announced the 1998 board of directors for its popular
Little League program.
The directors are: President, Millie Torres; Vice
President, Vinnie DiPaola; Secretary, Don Faasse;
Treasurer, Bob Gibbons; Player Representative,
Debbie Oltman. Other- board members are Al
Bouziane, Sam Sato, Steve Schield and Elmo Torres.


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Little League directors start planning for 1998 season
The board of directors for next season's Little League games met last week at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center. Player tryouts are scheduled for February, but registration runs through much of January.
Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood


Coast Guard Auxiliary classes begin Jan. 6


A course in Boating Skills and Seamanship con-
ducted by Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors will begin
Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at Flotilla 81 Training
Center, 4208 129th St., Cortez.
The course includes: basic boating skills and sea-
manship, trailer and trailer safety, legal requirements,
boat-handling skills, navigation and weather and VHF
radio.
Classes will run for seven sessions on Tuesdays


and Thursdays. There is no fee for the course. Materi-
als and textbooks are available at the training.center at
a nominal cost.
The course meets the prerequisite training for those
seeking a personal watercraft license, after satisfactory
completion.
To obtain information about Coast Guard Auxil-
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Panhandle produces balcony-side blues, condomania


By Bob Ardren
Outdoor Perspectives
There's something about Christmas that sends me
northward in recent years. This year the nippy weather
of the Florida Panhandle beckoned.
A highlight of the trip this year was stepping onto
a motel balcony at Panama City Beach one night and
watching two of my neighbors catching big and feisty
bluefish off their balcony overlooking the Gulf of
Mexico. They were both using surf-casting rigs, and
had obviously done this before.
One of the pair who clearly didn't know one
another said the most fun was hooking up with
sharks off that second-floor perch.
The balcony actually hangs out over the rolling
surf crashing under it, and both fishers (one from Tal-
lahassee and the other from Atlanta) said this was one
of their favorite spots to rent a room and wet a line.
Called "Treasure Island," the motel with the fabled
balcony is on the far south end of Panama City Beach,
if you're interested.

Seaside falls
One look at the Panhandle coast these days and
you'll thank your lucky stars you're living on Anna
Maria. In a nutshell, Florida's northern Gulf beaches
are falling to skyscraper condominium builders.
Even Seaside, that nationally heralded high-buck
development near Destin, has succumbed. No, there are
no 20-story condos there yet, but lawyers have gone to
court and defeated'the no-beachside-building rule, and
it's now become just another project waiting for the
next hurricane to come along and wipe it out.
When Hurricane Opal came through two years ago,


Seaside suffered almost no damage because there was
virtually no building on the beach itself. For that fact
alone there was national acclaim for Seaside's forward
thinking.
But that's all changing now as houses are being
built ON the dunes.
Areas both east and west of Seaside are even
worse. Hurricane Opal roared through Panama City
Beach, leveling nearly all the old ground-level and two-
story resorts and condos. Buildings a minimum of 12
stories, and up to 20 stories, are replacing them.
You might say it's beginning to look a lot like
Longboat Key without the green space. A wall of
condominiums, each with a pretentious name such as
Harbour Parke, tower between the beach road and the
Gulf.
Politicians like the high rises, of course, because
they generate loads of tax revenue. But the surround-
ing communities lose a lot in the bargain. Here's thanks
to those who wisely enacted laws in the 1970s to pre-
vent this from occurring on Anna Maria and for the
hope new politicians can't change it.

Next year's fight
As we await the latest decision on the use of
Orimulsion, here's betting that next year's big local envi-
ronmental fight will be over the saltiness of Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay area needs more water and, like
the Ancient Mariner, it's surrounded by water none
of it fit to drink. So the West Coast Regional Water
Authority wants to do the obvious and look into desali-
nation. That process makes sea water, or in this case
Tampa Bay waters, drinkable.
Now the water authority has called for investigat-


ing building a desal plant that could produce some-
where between 20 and 50 million gallons of drinking
water a day. The problem is that the concentrated salt
brine has to go somewhere, and four of the five com-
panies interested in the project want to dump it into
Tampa Bay.
The fifth company would build the plant on the
Gulf and dump the brine, about twice as salty as sea-
water, there.
At the moment, nobody knows what effects that
brine would have on Tampa Bay, and public hearings
are planned to discuss the issue. Obviously the Tampa
Bay National Estuary Program is very interested, but
also admits that it doesn't know the answers.
My own experience is with Sarasota Bay and sci-
entists tell me that it's in need of more fresh, not salt,
water. That's because development has eliminated
many of the smaller bayous and thus decreased the
amount of freshwater flowing into the bay.
So we'll see how the whole situation works out in
Tampa, and we can probably expect plenty of shouting
before a decision is finally made.

Learn Longboat fishing
A series of eight two-hour classes taught by Capt.
Ric Ellis at the Education Center on Longboat Key are
scheduled to begin Jan. 8. A local native with 50 years
of fishing experience, Ellis will present basic and ad-
vanced procedures for rigging, baiting and catching
fish with an emphasis on the Longboat Key area.
There is a fee for the course. The center is located
at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For more information,
call 383-8811.
See you next week.


By Senior Chief D.M. Bucci
Officer in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard, Cortez
Dec. 15, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a 22-foot sailboat aground
in New Pass. A Coast Guard boat and a commercial
salvor responded, and the salvor refloated the vessel
and towed it to safe moorings.
Dec. 16, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a disabled and adrift 44-foot
fishing vessel off Anna Maria Island. A commercial
towing company responded and towed the vessel to
safe moorings.
Dec. 16, Boarding. A 19-foot boat was boarded
and the operator received a written warning for not
having proper navigational lights in use after sunset.
Dec. 17, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a 40-foot sailboat aground
in New Pass. A commercial towing company vessel
responded and refloated the vessel.



Anna Maria Island Tides

Moon Date AM HIGH AM LOW PM HIGH PM LOW
Jan 1 12:21 2.3 7:43 -0.5 3:17 1.3 6:42 1.0
Jan 2 1:13 2.1 8:26 -0.4 3:52 1.4 7:59 1.0
Jan 3 2:09 1.9 9:08 -0.2 4:31 1.5 9:25 0.8
Jan 4 3:18 1.6 9:47 0.1 5:13 1.7 11:01 0.7
FQ Jan 5 4:47 1.3 10:30 0.3 5:53 1.8 -
Jan 6 6:41 1.1 12:34 0.4' 6:37 1.9 11:14a* 0.6
Jan 7 8:50 1.0 1:53 0.1 7:25 2.1 11:56a" 0.8
Jan 8 10:46 1.1 2:59 -0.2 8:10 2.1 12:45 1.0
Cortez High Tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later


Dec. 18, Boarding. A 48-foot power boat was
boarded in Anna Maria Sound. The operator received
a written warning for not having a copy of the naviga-
tional rules on board the vessel.
Dec. 19. Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a 50-foot power boat
aground near Jewfish Key with injured passengers on
board. A Coast Guard boat responded and transported
the injured people to waiting paramedics at Coquina
Boat Ramp.
Dec. 19, Boarding. A 53-foot power boat was
boarded in Tampa Bay. The operator received a notice
of violation for negligent operation of a vessel.
Dec. 20, Boarding. A 28-foot power boat was
boarded in the Manatee River. The operator received
a written warning for not having a garbage placard on
board and having improper spacing of hull registration
numbers.
Dec. 20, Boarding. A 16-foot power boat was
boarded in Palma Sola Bay. The vessel was found to be
in compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 20, Boarding. A 26-foot power boat was
boarded in New Pass. The vessel was found to be in
compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 20, Boarding. A 15-foot power boat was
boarded in Sarasota Bay. The vessel was found to be
in compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 20, Boarding. A 24-foot power boat was
boarded in Sarasota Bay. The vessel was found to be
in compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 20, Boarding. Another 24-foot power boat


was boarded in Sarasota Bay. The vessel was found to
be in compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 21, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a disabled 20-foot power
boat in the Gulf of Mexico. A commercial towing com-
pany vessel responded and towed the vessel to safe
moorings.
Dec. 21, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a disabled 23-foot power
boat in Lemon Bay. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel
21087012 responded and towed the vessel to safe
moorings.
Dec. 21, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a disabled 16-foot power
boat in Lemon Bay. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel
21087012 responded and towed the vessel to safe
moorings.
Dec. 22, Boarding. A 14-foot power boat was
boarded in Terra Ceia Bay. The vessel was found to be
in compliance with all applicable federal laws.
Dec. 22, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a disabled 26-foot power
boat in Anna Maria Sound. A Coast Guard boat re-
sponded, but a friend of the operator of the disabled
boat towed the vessel to safe moorings.
Dec. 22, Boarding. A 20-foot power boat was
boarded in Anna Maria Sound. The operator received
a notice of violation for not having a throwable flota-
tion device, not having a sound-producing device, not
having a fire extinguisher and having no hull identifi-
cation numbers.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!





NOTICE:

The Islander Bystander office will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and will
be closed Thursday, Jan 1. The office will be open on Jan. 2, Friday. The deadline for
classified advertising (line ads for items for sale, services, rentals and
real estate, etc.) will be Monday, Jan. 5, at NOON for the Jan. 7 issue.

Classified advertising must be mailed or placed in person with payment. The Islander Bystander accepts fax orders for
classified advertising with MasterCard or Visa payment. Fax to (941) 778-9392 with complete information including credit card
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 DECEMBER 31, 1997 E PAGE 23 liD,

Get those grouper offshore if you can get out


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Grouper fishing, when you can get offshore be-
tween the cold fronts, is excellent right now. For those
days when you can't get into the Gulf, try trolling for
grouper in the passes. Backwater action continues to
feature pompano, flounder and sheepshead.
Fishers at the Anna Maria City Pier are bringing
in pompano, bonnet-head sharks and sheepshead.
Folks on the party boats of the Miss Cortez Fish-
ing Fleet are finding the four-hour trips averaging 200
head of Key West grunts, black sea bass and porgie.
The six-hour trips averaged 275 head of Key West
grunts, black sea bass, sand perch and porgies. The
nine-hour trips averaged 50 head of black grouper, red
grouper, mangrove and lane snapper.
Annie's Bait & Tackle said that Capt. Zack on the
Dee Jay II is finding fishing not anything to write
home about. With some work, though, he's been able
to get his charters onto some 27-inch redfish, catch-
and-release trout, flounder, sheepshead and bluefish.
Capt. Dave Pinkham on the Legend said Claudia
Vennell and party were able to get offshore last week
and caught black grouper, gag grouper up to 15 pounds,
some nice-sized mangrove snapper, triggerfish and red
grouper when you can get offshore, the fishing is
good, in other words.
Carl at Perico Island Bait & Tackle said wade
fishers are catching sheepshead, catch-and-release trout
and reds.
Capt. Rick Gross said he's order a new boat but
is still in business with his old one, bringing in sheep-
shead, pompano and mackerel.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair said sheep-
shead are coming in on the artificial reefs near the Sky-
way Bridge, as well as some mangrove snapper.
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's getting pompano in
the bay, redfish around the docks and sheepshead near
the bridges.
On my boat Magic we've caught redfish, sheeps-
head, permit, pompano, bluefish, flounder and catch-
and-release trout up to 24 inches long.


Licensed Coast Guard Captain
George Glaser


778-27611


Capt. Tom Chaya said redfish are his best bet,
plus a few catch-and-release snook.
Bill at Island Discount Tackle said grouper fish-
ing is at its peak right now, with most of the action
coming in less than 50 feet of water about 12 miles
from shore. You can also expect a hook-up of a grou-
per by trolling in the basses. Inshore action still features
pompano, and Bill said to stop by and he'll fill you in
on the where and hows of landing those tasty fish.
At the South Skyway Pier, action features sheep-
shead, mangrove snapper, flounder, small grouper,

Capt. Glenn Corder
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31 ft. Bertram and
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All grins for
this linesider
catcher
Nathan Hall has a
smile almost as big as
the 28-inch-long snook
he caught at Perico
Harbor Marina. The
fish was released just
after this picture was
taken.


bluefish and an occasional snook or red.
Vickie at Island Marine said grouper fishing is
good offshore, and backwater anglers are finding
sheepshead, redfish and flounder near Lake LaVista.
Peter at the Cortez Fishing Center said offshore
charters with Capt. Scott Greer are doing well with
grouper up to 20 pounds and mangrove snapper. The
Cortez Kat with Capt. Joe Bernard is catching grou-
per, triggerfish, snapper and Key West grunts. On the
Skinny-Minny, expect to catch jacks up to 10 pounds.
Good luck and good fishing.


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_I1j PAGE 24 0 DECEMBER 31,1997 E THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER


Island Sports

The week
that was ...
By Kevin P. Cassidy


Sarasota Football Club
wins indoor title
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
Fourth Annual Christmas indoor soccer tournament :
came to a close Tuesday, Dec. 23, with games played
in five divisions to determine the champions.
The Tornados beat the Blues to win the under-8
division while the Killer Bees toppled Island Animal
Clinic for the second time in the tournament to win the
under-12 division.
The under-14 division was won by the J.R. Play-
ers who beat the Hornets in the final game. Robert
Bonaiuto was voted most-valuable player.
P.F.S. came through the loser's bracket to win the
under-16 division over the Raptors, who had made it to
the finals undefeated. John Cole of P.F.S. won most- Wanna dance?
valuable-player honors. Phat-Cats took the under- 18 IFC player Matt Bowers did the tango with the opposition Hurricane defender during heated indoor soccer
division by beating the Players in the final.
division by beating the Players in the findl. i action at the Anna Maria Island Conmmunitiy Center's fourth annual tournament. Islander Photo: Bonner
Sarasota Football Club successfully defended their
Presswood
adult-division title of last year in a hotly contested
rematch with the Island Football Club. Ken Bowers'
numerous shots bounced in and just as quickly out
of the goal to finish the Islanders down 3-2. Spen-
cer Taylor of SFC was voted the most-valuable player
. in the adult division.
SFC was forced into a playoff when IFC beat them
6-1 the night prior. Goalie Lance Bieker played a stel-
lar game in that shut out, but a repeat for the champi-
onship wasn't in the cards.
MVPs in all five tournament divisions are honored
this year with a new plaque displayed year-round at the
Center. Sponsored by The Islander Bystander, the
award is named for the publisher's daughter, Kendra
Presswood, a former soccer all-star at the Center and
Florida/U.S. regional league player.

It's a girl!
I have always believed the Christmas season is a time
to focus on family and, more importantly, on children.
Over time this belief transcended how commercial
Christmas has become and justified all of the effort and .,
hassle that goes along with the season because kids
(and some adults) really love Santa and everything else ,i
Christmas represents.
I now have renewed belief in the spirit of Christ-
mas as my lovely wife Jennifer and I received the best Twister anyone?
present anyone could ever ask for our beautiful Ryan Quiglev managed to force his under-14 opponent into a game of twister off the boards along the
daughter Gillian. bleacher sideline during indoor socer tournament play. Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood
Gillian Clare Cassidy was born at 10:21 p.m. on
Dec. 23 and weighed in at a robust 9 pounds, 1 ounce.
Gillian and her mother are doing great and we want to
thank everyone for their prayers and kind words in the
days and weeks that led to this very special day.

Just build it .1
Speaking of kids, I heard a rumor the other day that
one of the potential candidates for mayor is talking "
about running on a "build the fields" campaign.
It can't be much of a secret that this writer (and presi-
dent of the Island Football Club) is all in favor the new
Babe Ruth baseball/multi-purpose field at Holmes Beach
a-- and in favor of an adjoining regulation soccer field.
The field is the primary reason Lou Fiorentino, a .r." -
Little League coach for many years, is making a bid for
mayor in the March 10 city election. He's pushing hard .r:
for field construction in time for February's start of
Babe Ruth play. And while kids can't vote, their par- .
ents can.
With this in mind, it's easy to predict the fields will
become a major issue of the campaign for mayor in .
Holmes Beach. I hope at some point they do more than .
talk about building these badly needed fields for the
deserving kids of this Island. . ... .

Sign up now Baby Gillian
SignAttention 13-, 14- and Il5-year-old baseball play- ander ports writer/Dad Kevin Cassidv covets newcorn Gillian Clare atnd the sports page at the birthing

ers. Babe Ruth baseball registration is coming. Players Illhe Po New oth ,fe
are separated into single-year age groups for those Registration is being held at Jesse P. Miller El- 8:3t0 p.m.; Jan. 17. 9 a.m. to noon: Jan. 23rd, 6-
wishing to play serious, competive baseball, ementary School on the corner of Manatec Avenue at 8:30p.m.; and Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.
There is also a league consisting of players aged 13 43rd Street West. Dates and times are as follows: Jan. Please call me at 778-3153 to report any sports
to 15 who want to play on a more recreational level. 9, 6-8:30 p.m.; Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to noon; Jan. 16 from 6- news on the Island.







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PERICO BAY CLUB
712 Estuary Drive
See this immaculate 2BR/2BA
,S ,. attractively-furnished condo with
views of bird sanctuary. $123,000.
S Call Dick Rowse 778-2003.
"See it Sunday 1-4PM."


SREALTORS
941-778-0770


ISLAND MINI ESTATE ON THE GULF
Just renovated! Charming, fully furnished Gulffront home.
Three bedrooms, two private baths and one guest bath.
Greatroom with fireplace. Sun room and skylight. Beau-
tiful old cypress and cedar paneling throughout. Modern
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.






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Call a Professional W'edebrock Real Estaie Agent Toda.'
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$369,900
1#"giicy e3
2BR/2BA condo overlooking greenbelt and pool. Sunny
first-floor comer unit. Well-established Holmes Beach
community. Close to shops, restaurants, doctors, beach
and bus line. Call to see. $129,900


Sunsets And Dolphins For Sale!
Direct Gulllront 2BR 2BA condo. Turnkey-lur-
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Fantastic investment potential $209,900



Feels like home when you enter the lover. Beau-
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$249 000


Stunning bayview. Taslelully furnished, Souih-
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a one-of-a-kind location. Don't miss it! Offered
at just $550,000.
Call Pat Jackson at 778-3301
or Ken Jackson at 778-6986
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SiJ lot with three charming
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Use as investment or fu-
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Call Don Schroder.
MAGNIFICENT LAKE VIEW from this spacious 2BR/2BA
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Lawn care by Association. Reduced to $95,000. Call
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COUNSELORS
If you pay $600 or
more in rent, we
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1997'S BEST BUY on the Island. Comer Holmes Beach resi-
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Bay and Skyway Bridge. Well cared for, nice floor plan.
$299,000. Yvonne Higgins.

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01' HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
941-778-7777


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$141,900
Steps to the beach! Nice 3BR/2BA townhome has
been well maintained and recently re-carpeted.
Also has two-car garage with ample storage.
Excellent rental history. Opportunity knocks! Call
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home with flowing-floor plan, formal
dining room, eat-in kitchen and lanai.
$195,000. Also includes a member-
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2BR/2BA Canal home in Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Pool home in Holmes Beach
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$2,800 mo
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3BR/2BA, 10-foot ceilings, three balconies, over-
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CONDOS
Bayfront Condo Sandy Pointe. Turnkey
furnished, extra nice. $119,000.
Holmes Beach Condo The Fountainhead.
Investor's delight just refurbished. All new kitchen,
tile floors, steps to beach. 2BR/1.5BA. $129,000.
Bayside Complex Imperial House. Easy beach
access, pool, fishing pier. 2BR/1 BA. $77,500.
Perico Ground-floor Kingfisher model. Perfect lo-
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heated pool, secured access. $105,000.
Anna Maria Two canalfront lots, sailboat water,
seawalled and ready to build, 145x72. $154,900
each.
Lots of lots on and off the Island. Call us.






THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 31, 1997 0 PAGE 27 [j


DICK MAHER
AND
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778-4800
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VIEWS OF SPLENDOR
Anna Maria City Pier Tampa Bay
Egmont Key Sunshine Skyway
See these sights and much more from the deck of
301 South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.
Owner offers this custom-built elevated home with
an extra-large buildable lot. Water views from every
window, 3BR/2.5BA. Lushly landscaped with native
plants, newer upgraded appliances and A/C. More
than 750 square feet of enclosed workshop and
storage space. Wrap-around deck, many built-ins.
$396,000. Call 778-6835.







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DUPLEX + VACANT LOT 100'x90'. Gulf Drive front, $360,000,
or duplex with two 2BR units at $210,000. Vacant lot $150,000.
ISLAND STYLING SALON Six+ stations. Great lease $49,000.
RESIDENTIAL
PALMA SOLA Exquisite 3BR/2.5BA, pool, greatroom, family
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$378,000.
GULFFRONT Condo 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna, tennis, elevator.
$320,000. Also Gulview $175,000.
STEPS TO GULF 4BR/3BA gulfview, furnished. $350,000.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA, decks, furniture negotiable $228,000.
TRIPLEX BAYVIEW 2BR/1BA and two 1BR/1BA $149,900.
DUPLEX w/BOATDOCK 2BR/2BA, fireplace, family room.
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CANALFRONT LOT Anna Maria $129,900.
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LORD'S WAREHOUSE Unique thrift shop, on pre-
mises Longboat Island Chapel. End-of-year clear-
ance sale! Mon.- Wed.-Sat., 9-3. 6140 Gulf of Mexico
Dr. 383-4738.
AVON New Island representative. Call Carol at
795-1678 or 778-4787.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS King-size mattress/box
spring $100. Patio set/four chairs and table $100.
Small appliances etc. 778-4036 or (941) 644-2951.
BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-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', seven drawers per side. $2,000. Lawnmower $75.
778-1102.

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.


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.
REGISTER TO VOTE: Pick up forms for simplified
mail-in registration at The Islander Bystander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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.


BEN & IRENE'S Dog sitting service. House calls We
come to you cats or dogs Island only. 778-1012.


1992 CADILLAC Coupe DeVille, vinyl top, loaded,
62,000 mi. $10,900. Call 778-3829.
1985 MERCURY MARQUIS wagon. $300. Call
778-0329. 412 71st Street.
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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander Bystander. 778-7978.


CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand
aboard Magic. Half & full day. Reservations please.
Call 778-1990.

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.


COVERED BOAT LIFT for rent. Up to 22 ft. Easy
access to bay and Gulf. Located at 426 63rd Street,
Holmes Beach. 779-1083.
REMKEN #2000 1988 Walkaround. 130 Mercruiser,
good condition. Owner leaving area. $3,900. Call
778-6021.


BRIDGE STREET PIER & Cafe is now accepting
applications for part time cooks and full and part time
servers. Please apply in person. 200 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach.
WAITRESS WANTED full/part time. Call Tip of the
Island at 778-3909.
EXPERIENCED ISLAND Real Estate agent wanted
for Florida's #1 Real Estate Co. Contact Nick Figlow
for a confidential interview at Prudential Florida-
Realty's Anna Maria office, 778-0766.
FULL TIME KITCHEN help six days a week. Apply in
person anytime. Chez Andre, 5406 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
REAL ESTATE SALES people. Higher commission
split, Windows 95, online, plenty of floor time. Happy
office, #4 in listings on Island. Call 778-1802.
COMPUTER GURU sought for in-house web site
development. Resume, letter of interest to
islander@mead.net or write The Islander Bystander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Fax
941-778-9392.
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 islander@mead.net
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
778-6247.


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ISLAND ELEVATED HOME on large lot CANALFRONT BEST BUY! Great location
close to everything! 3BR/2BA with room to just two lots from Bimini Bayou with new
park four cars! $208,000. seawall cap in 1995, tile floors, updated
baths and room for a pool! $199,900.


ATTENTION DEVELOPERS! C-3 and R-
3 zoning. Large Gulf Drive to bay build-
able lot and building for sale 2.49 acres!
Call for details!


PERFECT ISLAND LIVING! Gorgeous
panoramic views of Tampa Bay from this
custom-built home with open-floor plan,
light and airy accents, waterviews from ev-
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island duplex completely renovated re-
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and carports, shell drive and open porches
on both sides. $194,900.


LOVELY ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT
home recently remodeled. Private backyard
with wraparound deck and meticulous land-
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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. Dick Maher or
Dave Jones 778-4800. MLS 23467.

3BR/3BA Canal I ome .................. $345,000

2BR/2BA Sea Crest .......................... $142,000

31R/2BA Pool Home in Boat Club
Com m unity.................................... $ 1,275 m o
2 or 3 BR/21 A ....................................... 700 mo
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UPDATED UNIT
Zoned for weekly rental. 2BR/2BA with nice
open-floor plan and two large balconies. New
tile, carpeted and A/C. Only steps to the beach
or swimming pool. $142,000. Call
Lynn I losteller. 778-4800. MLS 26221.


* Fourplex Holmes Beach ..................... $315,000
* Duplex Holmes Beach ...................... $175,000

* Office Building Holmes Beach .......... $310,000
* Motel 10 units, HIolmes Beach plus 3BR/2BA
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STATE-CERTIFIED CNA home-health aide and
companion available for a variety of duties. Call Rob-
ert for appointment 749-7944-or 720-2711.


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
estimate. 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
795-5383.
WALLPAPER BY MARCIA Commercial/residential.
Fifteen years experience. Insured, references. Free
estimates. (941) 778-0024, leave message.
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
available 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.

"THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION Cleaning Services"
established 1993. Residential, commercial, rentals.
Hard worker, dependable, excellent references. Call
for interview, Kimberly, 792-0862.






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IF YOU LIKE your home really clean, call Ava,
778-0403.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising!


"GENTLE GARDNER" will weed, plant, manicure
and water your garden with gentle perfection. Call
Barbara at 778-6110.
LAWNS CUT palms trimmed, yards cleaned up.
Shell and mulch delivered and spread. Call David
Bannigan at 778-6972.


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-
nyll 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.
BRICK, GLASS BLOCK, stone, pavers, stucco, tile. Lic.
#MC00318. Insured. Phone 778-5183. Dave Elliott.


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 HOME REPAIR Service. Thirty years
experience 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.


SEASONAL 1 BR/1 BA turnkey-furnished apartment,
one block to beaches and shopping. $300 wk. in-
cludes telephone and cable TV. 778-2832.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS CENTER Rental units
available for commercial, retail and storage. Call
(941) 778-2924 for information.
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 fumished,
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.

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.
SEASONAL VILLA AVAILABLE now. 2BR/1BA,
ground floor, patio, carport, turnkey furnished. Avail-
able monthly or for season. Call 778-3014.


Residential Sales/Rental Division Licensed Real Estate Broker


SUNBOW BAY CONDOMINIUM. 2BR/2B, freshly painted OPEN BAY VIEWS. 3BR with greatroom overlooking caged
and new carpet. Beautiful bayside complex with two heated pool. Fireplace, wood floors, all appliances. Brick decking,
pools, tennis court and short walk to beaches and shops. courtyard entry, tile roof. $294,000. Kathy Marcinko, 792-
$122,500. Fay Edwards, 778-0015. 9122. R22985
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SPACIOUS POOL HOME on deep-water canal with dock and TROPICAL SETTING surrounds this two-story duplex. Has
davits. 4-5BR plus office/exercise room. Close to beach. Per- den and indoor utility room. Recently renovated. $172,900.
fect for large family. $399,000. Bob Burnett, 387-0048. Colette Gerrish, 794-1024. D17489
R25558


WATERFRONT
LOCATED TWO MILES FROM
BEACHES. Lovely canalfront 2BR/2B
condominium. Turnkey furnished. Boat
slip included. Great for boaters.
$110,000. Van Bourgois, 761-0273.
C25092
NEWER KEY WEST-STYLE HOME.
Gorgeous views of Intracoastal Water-
way and Jewfish Key. Garage accom-
modates six cars and RV. 2BR cottage
on same lot. $419,000. Bob Burnett,
387-0048. R23607
TURNKEY-FURNISHED 3BR villa on
boating water. New kitchen and appli-
ances. Dock and easy access to ICW.
Pets OK. Tennis and pool. $172,000.
Bob Burnett, 387-0048. C26095


MAINLAND
TIMBER CREEK. Turnkey-furnished
1 BR/1B condominium on ground floor over-
looking golf course. Play unlimited golf all
year round with low yearly fee. Immediate
occupancy. $44,900. Van Bourgois,
761-0273. C25891
QUALITY AND ELEGANCE can be found
throughout this exquisite River Wilderness
golf course home. Family room, fireplace,
separate living and dining rooms, 3 or 4BR/
3B. Perfect for entertaining. $449,000.
Nancy Keegan, 723-3929. R24815
PALMA SOLA PARK. Spacious 3BR/2B
with fireplace in family room that also opens
to kitchen with breakfast bar. Separate din-
ing room. $125,000. Kathleen Slayter,
792-8826 or Janet Bellingar, 747-4543.
R23945


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CASUAL ELEGANCE ON BIMINI BAY This 2-
3BR/2BA home in North Point Harbour was cus-
tom built for present and original owners. Great-
room, French doors, 60-foot screened decking
and lanai, dock and boat lift. Impeccably main-
tained. $575,000. Call Marion Ragni, owner/agent
for personal tour, 778-1504 eves.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA canalfront home on ex-
tra-large lot with a view of Bimini Bay. $245,000.
Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 eves.
KEY ROYALE Beautifully maintained 3BR/2BA
canalfront home. Dock with water and electric.
$249,500. Call Susan Hatch 778-7616 eves.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/3BA home located one lot off
Key Royale Pass. Oversized double garage,
sprinkler system, boat dock. $269,000. Call Carol
Williams 778-1718 eves.
BAY PALMS Canalfront home located one lot off
Bimini Bay. 2BR/2BA, dock with boat lift. Great
location. $212,000. Call Zee Catanese 794-8991
eves.
BAY PALMS Executive 3BR/3BA home with
nearly 5,000 sq. ft. Enclosed pool, boat slip and
fishing dock. $625,000. Call Clark Williams
778-1718 eves.


REALTORS


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 rr


LOT
BAY OAKS Featuring seven lots from one
to eight acres in size. Heavily wooded w/
mature oaks and large lagoon. $120,000
to $180,000. 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
resort specialists.
(941) 951-6668 or (800) 881-2222
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Service INSURED* GUARANTEED LOWEST
778-1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
Established in 1983

Darrin Wash CARPENTRY
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Serving the Island communities for
9 years with Island references.
DRY WALL, TEXTURE
& POPCORN REPAIR 778-1353

WILSON WALL SERVICES
Specializing in Stucco & Ceiling Repairs
Building Restoration Water Damage
Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Island References 727-7247


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CONSTRUCTION
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Remodeling Contractors
Building Anna Maria since 1975
(941) 778-2993
ANNA MARIA


Private & Commercial Interior & Exterior
20 Years Experience Husband/Wife Team
Free Estimates Call 778-2139

Paradise Improvements
Quality home repair and maintenance
Steven Kaluza 778-4173
Island References and Insured
Painting Drywall Tile Doors Screens Etc ...

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FAST SERVICE NEW VEhiclES BEST PRiCES
Office (941) 779-0043 PACER (941) 569-2677

Robert's Mobile Detailing
"Where detailing is the difference"
Most Cars $49.95 746-5098
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SEASONALS JAN, FEB, MAR, 1998. North Beach Vil-
lage 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.

SEASONAL $300 WK/$1,100 mo. 1BR, screened
lanai. Two miles to beach. Newman's Corner
Apartments, 102nd St. and Cortez Rd.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, fireplace, fully
furnished. $1,750 mo./3 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.
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.
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. (941) 778-4173 or (317) 823-4999.
VACATION RENTALS Turnkey 1 and 2BR apart-
ments $330 and $390 wk. Across from sandy walk-
ing beach. Some winter/spring dates available. Call
941-778-2374, Almost Beach Apartments.
HOLMES BEACH Beautiful waterfront home over-
looking Skyway Bridge, 1 1/2 blocks from Gulf, 2BR/
2BA, all inclusive. Available Jan. 6 Apr. (941)
778-9522 or (813)347-0951.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex. Newly remod-
eled interior, covered parking, storage area. Great
location. $700 mo. plus utilities. 313 58th St., Holmes
Beach. 778-1599.
YOUR OWN BLUE HERON! 2BR/2BA lakefront
furnished like home. All amenities. Jan. through May,
3 mo. minimum. $1,700 mo. 778-1592.
LARGE 1 BR/1 BA direct bayfront. Very unique down-
stairs apartment. Storage galore, washer/dryer hook-
ups, quiet dead-end street. Also 1BR/1BA poolside
in town. 749-0216.
SEASONAL RENTAL until Feb. 15. 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, short walk to beach. $550 wk., $1,350 mo.
(941) 778-7045, leave message. Email
AMI65ST@AOL.com.
HIDEAWAY COVE Panoramic bayview. Nice, quiet
first-floor 2BR fully furnished. Walk to beach, restau-
rants, etc. Available Dec., Jan., Apr. No pets/smok-
ers. 778-7107.
SEASONAL RENTAL Gulf view from all rooms. 2BR/
1BA upstairs. 104 31st St. Available through Apr.
Everything furnished. $1,600 mo. 778-6050.
HOLMES BEACH Pirate's Den. 1 BR/1 BA apartment
available now and for 1997-98 season. Immaculate,
turnkey furnished, stone's throw to beach. 778-4368.
ANNUAL DUPLEX APARTMENT 3BR/2BA, central
heat/air, near beach, fenced yard. Kids/pets OK.
Security, references required. Available now. $775
mo. 778-7431.
BRADENTON BEACH GULFVIEW. Charming "Old
Florida" beach duplex, 2BR/1.5BA. 2213 Gulf Drive.
$1,400 mo. season or $650 mo. annual. Call (941)
792-3226.

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.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canalfront
single-family home. Enclosed garage. $950 mo. Call
Island Real Estate at 778-6066.


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RENTALS ContinuedANNUAL 1BR one block to
beach and bay. View of Gulf, balcony. Available Jan.
1. 203 2nd Street N., Bradenton Beach. $500 mo./
$250 deposit. (813) 258-2411.
SEASONAL ADORABLE cottage. 2BR/1BA,
washer dryer, wood floors, just renovated. Available
Apr. 1, 1998. 106 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
$1,900 mo., $500 wk. (813) 258-2411.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 1BR furnished apart-
ment, 100 yards to beach. Call 778-0103.
NICE 2BR/2BA apartment. Steps to beach, central
heat and air. Ideal for couple. $650 mo., last, secu-
rity. Includes water and garbage. No pets. 778-1259.
HOLMES BEACH annual or seasonal. 1BR/1BA,
newly remodeled, new carpet and paint. Walk to
beach. Fabulous. (813) 535-9325.

I NEED RENTERS for Jan. make me an offer! 1 BR/
1 BA Gulfview apartment. Will rent weekly. Feb. also
available. 778-8200.

VERY NICE Holmes Beach 2BR/1BA home. 200 yards
to beach. Available Feb. May. $1,800 mo. 778-8200.
RENTALS AVAILABLE NOW Westbay Cove, Sandy
Point seasonal. Westbay Cove annual. Sharon, Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.

ROOMMATE WANTED Anna Maria, 1/2 block to
beach/piers. Central air, washer/dryer, comfortable,
relaxed. $400. 778-2934.

WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA available Jan. in exclusive
Key Royale. $1,600 mo., $600 wk. Call 778-4107.

VACATION RENTAL available Jan., Mar., Apr. 400
feet to beach. 2BR/1.5BA. $1,200 $1,500 mo. Call
778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.


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
SWells. Broker cooperation invited! (630) 257-6367.

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 tran-
quility 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 perfect for single or couple or would
make a great second home or vacation rental. Must sell
now! Sacrifice $105,000. Owner (941) 795-7805.

TAKE A BREAK! Updated ground-level 3BR/2BA
pool home. Great holiday gift. Quiet Holmes Beach
family area. No Realtors. $174,900. 778-0463.
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 FL. 778-6155.
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.
RARE GULFFRONT CONDO! 2BR/2BA top-floor
corner unit, turnkey furnished, panoramic Gulf view.
Fantastic investment potential. $209,900. Call Elfi
Starrett or Becky Smith 778-0700 or (800) 749-6665.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co.


LOT FOR SALE Anna Maria. View of Gulf. Call (614)
866-4244.
BEST ISLAND BUY Mint condition 2BR/1BA, cathe-
dral ceilings, fireplace, new kitchen. Near downtown.
Only $139,900. Towne & Shore Realty. Call Fred or
Brenda Katz 778-7980.
LARGE CUSTOM-BUILT mini estate directly on the
bay. $585,000. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real
Estate, 778-6066.
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,
778-6066.
OWN YOUR OWN Island waterfront business!
$78,500. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate,
778-6066.
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,
778-6066.
LARGE 145 X 52 BUILDABLE LOT in Anna Maria.
$82,500. Call Richard Freeman, Island Real Estate,
778-6066.
THANK YOU ANNA MARIA! Because of you, our
professional team of Realtors have listed and sold
over $49 million so far in 1997! We appreciate you
calling on Island Real Estate for all your real estate
needs ... we are a success because of great custom-
ers like you! Island Real Estate ... our name says it
all! 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH Lovely, quiet area. Cozy remod-
eled 2BR/2BA, patio, screened lanai. Asking
$169,500. Owner 779-1185. Possible owner
financing.
BAY ISLES single-family home. 3BR/2BA, one-car
garage, new roof, deeded boat dock. $174,900.
Owner/broker 778-0159.
BAYFRONT HOME in Anna Maria. 3BR/2BA,
fantastic view, wall-cared for older home. $299,000.
Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty 778-2246.
MOBILE HOME on Palma Sola Bay Sunny Shores
Mobile Home Park. Roof-over carport, washer/dryer,
storage. 3619 116th St. W., Bradenton. 798-9742.
HOLMES BEACH CONDO Island Village 2BR/2BA
with wraparound lanai, heated pool, tennis court. No
Realtors. $110,000. Call 778-3294.

FOUR-PLEX $320,000. Good income, ground floor
three 2BR, one 1BR. 250 feet to bea h. 778-4523 or
(800) 977-0803.


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BY MATT GAFFNEY / EDITED BY WILL SHORT 20 11111 1 1 2


ACROSS
1 Heist gain
5 East German
secret police
10 "StarWars"
princess
14 Attack moves
20 S
23 Alpo
competition
24 P
25 Threatening
finale
26 Clinton has two
27 Buys or leases
28 Miller hero
30 Downed
31 Shakespeare,
e.g.
32 Here on the
authority of
35 Ripken, Jr. and
Sr.
36 "And I Love

37 Had the
know-how
39 Mo. parts
40 Hot
42 Knots
43 "Cabaret"
director
45 Tract
46 1968 track and
field gold
medalist
48 Former Swedish
P.M. Palme
49 J
55 Water around
the ljsselmeer
56 Wrap
58 Medium-range
U.S. missiles


59 Some feasts
60 Dolphin leader
62 She's put out to
pasture
63 Horror film
staple
66 Vocal style
69 Sat at home
70 Either "M" of
M&M's
73 Heroine of
Tennessee
Williams's
"Summer and
Smoke"
74 N
79 Basso Pinza
80 Existentialist
concern
81 From Tabriz
82 Wayne genre
83 Whitish
84 Printed
86 Popular
museum
exhibits
88 Anatomical
cavities
91 Irk
92 Big dictionary
section
93 Break
96 L
101 Pinball paths
102 Hill and Bryant
103 Horseshoer's
need
104 Hostilities
107 Greek
architectural
feature
108 Circus
110 Wheat part
112 Old-time
actresses
Markey and
Bennett
113 Oscar-winning
Gibson


114 Moravian, e.g.
116 Some clouds
118 Bit of fancy
footwork
119 Live
120 Correo--
(airmail)
122 Make eights,
maybe
124 Kind of hotel
127 Unlearned
129 M
133 Made out
134 G
135 Positions
136 The best
137 Call it quits
138 Complete
DOWN
1 "Dog Day
Afternoon"
character
2 Blame
3 Switch settings
4 "The
Crucifixion"
painter
5 Tariff co-sponsor
of 1930
6 Common powder
7 When the sun
goes down
8 Near misses,
maybe
9 "Wie geht es
-?" (German
greeting)
10 Flight
11 Two or more
periods
12 "- be all right"
13 Partner-to-be
14 Toast
15 Alerts
16 "Bravo!"
17 Choctaw for
"red people"


18 Attached, ina
way
19 Derisive
20 Not just any
21 Remnants
22 Ski run
29 "Buddy"
31 Bit of a drag
33 Thin nails
34 Yesteryear
37 King--Trio
(popular 40's
combo)
38 d'amore
39 Baby
41 Actress Harper
42 Bettors bet on
them
43 Dickens alias
44 Traveled
horizontally
46 Cold one
47 Heroine of 1847
50 Alley mewers
51 Loverof
Pyramus
52 The duck in
"Peter and the
Wolf"
53 Armor-plated
warship
54 Black Sea port.
new-style
56 Kindof path or
pay
57 about
(approximately)
60 Karate school
61 Blows away
63 Run for it
64 First name in
bridge
65 Pinup features
66 Over
67 Shah-
Pahlavi
68 Game-ending
pronouncement
70 Have it in mind


71 When shadows
almost
disappear
72 Grand slam
foursome
73 Lawyers: Abbr.
75 Touch, say
76 Largest Greek
island, to locals
77 Rawls and
Reed
78 1968 Chemistry
Nobelist
Onsager
84 Santa-
85 Egyptian
menaces


87 Seemingly 98 R-rating reason
forever 99 Followers
88 Greek cheese 100 Late evening
89 Reaches 101 End in -
90 On-line 105 What to do "in
periodical, for St. Louis"
short 106 An Acura
91 Subject ofa 1982 108 Ingot
best seller 109 Geometrical
93 Mapmaker's solid
aid 110 Major
94 Crackerjacks command
95 They follow 111 Minerva's
signatures domain
96 Underground 114 Full
network 115 English
97 Forum locale university town


117 Took steps
118 Quick holiday
121 Very
123 New Zealander
124 London's-
Square
125 Runner Rosie
126 On the other
side of the
street: Abbr.
128 Alias
130 Unproven
facility
131 Hung.
neighbor
132 Alphabet trio


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