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FREE WEEKLY NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE


$1.1 million estimated to repair Island Bridge


By Paul Roat
Costs to keep the Anna Maria Island Bridge in "a
safe operating condition" have been estimated at $1.1
million by the Florida Department of Transportation.
No allocations in the DOT's five-year budget
have been made, but DOT District Secretary David
Twiddy said he hoped to find funds and repair the
span in 1998-99.
"We do have repairs that are needed on the bridge,"
Twiddy has said. "We have been keeping the bridge in
safe, efficient working order and will continue to do
what repairs are needed to keep it safe and open."
Twiddy said he would ask for help in Tallahassee
to find a funding source to keep the bridge operational.
"We will ask Tallahassee officials to find money
from another district so we can do the needed repair
projects in the next year," he added.


Cortezian dock

owners probably

owe state money
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Ninety-nine percent of the docks on the Cortez
waterfront extend over state-owned lands and their
owners owe the state retroactive to 1991.
That is the result of extensive title searches by the
state, said Ted Murray, the official in charge of en-
forcement of such things for the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection.
Owners of docks and other commercial structures
built over the water in the historic fishing village will
get. letters by Jan. 31 advising them to pay up or show
proof that they received title to the lands sometime in
the past.
The fee is 11 cents per square foot per year, but
rates have changed over the years so the retroactive rate
will be 7 or 8 cents, Murray said.
"That's ridiculous," said Karen Bell, speaking for
one major waterfront operator, her family's A.P. Bell
Fish Co.
The state has filed a lawsuit against the Bell com-
pany for refusing to pay lease fees, with a preliminary
hearing tentatively planned sometime in April in Tal-
lahassee.
A.P. Bell will fight that suit all the way, said Karen
Bell.
"We have owned the land here since the 1920s and
'30s, long before the law went into effect in 1955," she
said. "We have proof that we have guaranteed access
to the water.
"It would be double taxation we already pay
higher taxes because the property is on the water."
Murray said Bell had a lease for the submerged
lands at the company property but refused to renew it
when it expired in 1996.
"When an owner won't pay the lease fees, we can
seek removal of the property from state-owned land
under an ejectment suit, which is the same as an evic-
tion action under the landlord-tenant law," he said.
Realistically, if the state prevails it will seek a lien
against the property.
The requirement for a lease applies only to com-
mercial docks, he added. And fish houses that are not
docking boats may not be liable.
Homeowners generally get a "consent of use" for
their docks and pay no fee unless they rent dock space
to others.
The state inaugurated an enforcement program last
year, starting with Cortez because it "seemed to have
quite a few" docks and other properties that qualify,
Murray said. The title search grew out of a survey of
the waterfront there.
Anna Maria and other barrier islands are on the list
for a close look by the enforcement branch, but not
until next summer at the earliest as Murray put it,
"It will take awhile to resolve all the issues in Cortez."


In 1995, total rehabilitation of the Cortez Bridge
'took place at a cost of a little more than $2 million.
In a Dec. 15, 1997, memo to Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairman David
Mills, Twiddy said "limited closures to lanes of traffic
and closure of one sidewalk" would need to take place
during the estimated eight-month repair period.
"In addition," Twiddy said, "partial or complete
closure of the navigation channel may be required for
several days."
DOT officials have been fighting for years to replace
the Anna Maria Island Bridge with a 78-foot-high, fixed-
span bridge. Although environmental permits for the re-
placement bridge have been denied DOT by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, no final deci-
sion on the replacement effort has been made by the DOT.
As Twiddy put it, "the Anna Maria bridge replace-


ment project is pending the issuance of a final recom-
mended order from the administrative hearing process"
from DOT Secretary Thomas Barry.
Twiddy has said he expects that final order to be
issued by the end of this month.
Work to be done includes the following:
Repair cracked and spalled concrete on the bridge
span decking, curbs, bridge railings and bascule pier
machinery floor columns.
Repair bascule span structural steel.
Clean and paint draw span.
Repair bridge fender system.
Replace bridge power and control submarine cables.
Twiddy said repairs to the Ringling Bridge in
Sarasota will total about $2.1 million, with the same
delays, timetable and state funding problems as the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.


Pretty as a picture
Bradenton artist Herbie Rose, formerly of Jamaica, stopped at the Rod and Reel Pier to create another of his
renowned watercolors. Rose's work with its vivid Caribbean colors is well known throughout the state.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann


More legal action in cell tower battle


Another lawsuit has been filed in the contro-
versy over building a cellular phone tower in
Holmes Beach.
Joan S. Perry filed suit to force the city commis-
sion to repeal its decision to allow GTE to erect a
tower at Smith Realtors, 5904 Marina Drive.


And now, the rest

of the story

of 1997
If this new year is anything like the one just past,
Anna Maria Island will be a lively and lovely place
to be.
The Islander Bystander covered 1997 in all its an-
nual Anna Maria-style seriousness and hilarity, its joy
and grief, its earnestness and daffiness. We will do the
same for 1998, we promise.
To remind you how it was on our always fascinat-
ing, never dull home Island, we bring you the grand
finale of the two-part year-end review of news through-
out 1997. It begins inside.


Earlier GTE Mobilnet of Tampa sued the city
and Mayor Bob Wagoner over delays in construction
of the 155-foot tower.
Perry's suit said she wants to maintain Holmes
Beach's ambience and character. The city commis-
sion in August voted 3-2 to allow construction of the
tower, but declared six-month moratorium on per-
mits for such installations.


SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
O pinions ........................... ........................ 6
Those Were the Days ................................. ... 7
Announcements ....................................... 8
Island Poet ................................ 10
Streetlife ................................. .......21
Anna Maria Island tides ............................... 23
Crossword puzzle ........................ .. 32


THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND


JANUARY 7, 1998






j] PAGE 2 0 JANUARY 7, 1998 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER


Who owns dock at Lake LaVista?


By Andrew White
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria citizens who use a city-owned dock at
Lake LaVista need a new one. The current structure on
the property is in such a state of disrepair that it is
downright dangerous. In recent city commission meet-
ings residents have asked officials for direction on how
to proceed with repairs or replacement of the structure.
This has brought up a question of ownership.
While the dock is adjacent to the property owned
by Lake LaVista residents, the city has the most recent
title to the dock. Residents have claimed they have an
abstract showing ownership in their favor.
So what exactly is an abstract, and how does it re-
late to property ownership? In a nutshell, an abstract is
a change of title, including the copies of all the docu-
ments that have affected the property for as far back as
the abstract was taken. While the document is good
evidence of ownership, an abstract on its own proves
nothing.
"Someone would have to read through it and come


to a conclusion as to the state of the title," said City
Attorney Jim Dye.
As to the title the city holds it, too, is somewhat
questionable. "We have the best title going," said Dye
"but to be absolutely sure would take judgment of the
court."
The city commission board seems willing to build
a new city-owned dock at the site. As city property, it
would be available to all citizens of Anna Maria, but
since it is a somewhat remote location some board
members feel that usage will not change.
"As long as we don't build a boat ramp, or some-
thing that would attract a lot of people, I don't think it
would be used any different than it is right now," said
Commissioner Robert McElheny.
Property owners in the area would like something
a little more private.
The residents at Lake LaVista have expressed a
desire to form a homeowners association of people
willing to contribute money to build a new dock on the
site. They would prefer to spend their own money and


have a private dock which would seem to favor both
parties since a city-owned dock brings up liability is-
sues that Anna Maria would prefer to avoid.
If the homeowners association is allowed to build
the dock privately, it will have liability issues of its own
to deal with.
"If the homeowners association is formed they will
not be able to endorse (the dock) into their homeowners
policy, they will have to go into the private market and
buy a liability policy for the homeowners association,"
said Tom Turner of the Planning and Zoning Board,
"and those things don't come cheap."
It was agreed to table the issue in order to research
the options available to both parties, although the di-
lapidated state of the dock dictates that something
should be done soon.
"I would recommend that we as the city tear that
bad dock down right away so that we don't have the
liability of knowing there is a bad dock there," was how
McElheny put it. "We know that now and I really think
that puts us in a bad situation."


A bunch of trash
Garbage piles up at the city dumpster near the Anna
Maria City Pier, probably in relation to the holidays
and a skewed trash collection schedule.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann


Legal demand issued for final DOT bridge order


By Paul Roat
Where's that final order to squelch plans for a high-
rise Anna Maria Island Bridge?
That's the question Save Anna Maria's attorney,
David Levin, has posed to the Florida Department of
Transportation through a writ of mandamus (demand
for action) to the Second District Court of Appeals.
Levin has requested the head of the DOT, Secre-
tary Thomas Barry, to "issue a final order canceling the
proposed project to replace the Anna Maria Island
Bridge with a fixed-span, high-level bridge."
SAM took the DOT and the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection to task in 1995 over plans to
build a high, fixed-span replacement bridge for the
structure linking Holmes Beach with the mainland at
Manatee Avenue. The issue went to the Florida Divi-
sion of Administrative Hearings in December 1995-
January 1996 for a series of lengthy hearings.
DOAH Administrative Law Judge Robert Meale
issued recommended orders that blasted both state
agencies' replacement bridge plans and vigorously
objected to the new replacement bridge's construction.
From the DEP view, Meale questioned the pro-



Holmes Beach mayor
to hold forum
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner will
hold a forum on Jan. 8 at 10 :30 p.m. in the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
He will discuss an Island bicycle path project
and the GTE cellular phone tower lawsuit. The
pubic is invited. Refreshments will be available.


posed seagrass replanting process as outlined by the
DOT, calling it unworkable. He also questioned bridge
construction impact on ambient water quality in Anna
Maria Sound.
From the DOT view, Meale questioned the DOT's
planning process for the bridge. He said the department
had preconceived plans for building a megabridge and
did not adequately address alternatives to the 78-foot-
high structure, such as rehabilitation or a lower struc-
ture.
The DOAH process required that Meale issue rec-
ommended orders, then have the agencies write final
orders within 90 days. DEP Secretary Virginia
Wetherell wrote final orders denying environmental
permits to build the megabridge in mid-1996.
Then-DOT Secretary Ben Watts was silent on that
agency's final order. His successor, Thomas Barry, has
also been mute on the final orders on the DOT's side
of the issue.
As Levin puts it, "In excess of 19 months have
elapsed since the hearing officer issued his recom-
mended order. The failure of the DOT to comply with
the recommended order and issue the final order con-
stitutes bad faith on the part of the DOT and is em-
ployed for strategic purposes which will irreparably
harm [SAM's case.]"
DOT's District Secretary David Twiddy said in
November he expected a final order to be written by the
end of January.
In other bridge news, Levin unearthed a July 7,
1997, unsigned internal DOT memo that brings to light
further questions. The memo, labeled "Briefing -
Sarasota/Manatee Bridge," provides background infor-
mation on DOT's proposed replacement bridge plans
for the Anna Maria Island Bridge and the Ringling
Bridge in Sarasota.


DOT acknowledged in the memo the citizen
ground swell opposing the two megabridges, stating,
"Local groups are opposed to 'high-level bridges.'
They are concerned that these replacements will be 'out
of scale' with their communities and ruin the 'ambi-
ence.'"
Of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the memo says,
"Direction remains to redesign (to narrow structure and
address stormwater quality), re-initiate permit process
and proceed to construction. Planning case final order
is pending since it may effect re-evaluation process."
Of the Ringling Bridge, DOT offers several com-
ments: "District has been working with the City of
Sarasota since summer 1994 to build consensus on an
'aesthetic' design. All efforts to date have been unsuc-
cessful."
For both bridges, the DOT has offered four op-
tions: "Stay the course, rehab (no build), functional
transfer and design-build."
"Stay the course" refers to the DOT's continued
efforts to build the replacement bridges despite local
opposition.
"Rehab (no build)" would drop replacement bridge
plans and, as the DOT memo states, "$41 million of
bridge replacement dollars would be returned to the
program" cost of constructing both bridges.
"Functional transfer" would "transfer the Ringling
Bridge and portions of State Road 789 from U.S. 41 to
New Pass to the City of Sarasota. Would require mu-
tual agreement and possible legislative action. May
have to 'grant' funds to city to complete rehab work ($3
to $5 million.) May leave a stub on the state highway
system. Transfer option for Anna Maria could also be
considered," the DOT memo continues.
"Design-build" apparently calls for the DOT to
ignore all complaints and build both bridges.


I






THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 JANUARY 7, 1998 0 PAGE 3 E3

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By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Island high school students will not be rezoned under
the current school choice plan but will attend their tradi-
tional schools Manatee for the north end of the Island
and Bayshore for the south end of the Island.
This news had one set of parents breathing easier
last week. During Christmas vacation, Manatee High
Student Lucina Courtney of Holmes Beach received a
notice that she would be attending Bayshore next year.
After checking with the school board, her parents
learned that it was a mistake and she will be attending
Manatee after all.
Island students should have received notification
from the school board indicating that their schools will
remain the same. If students are happy with this choice,
they should do nothing.
However, any student has the option of changing
schools under the plan. Those wishing to attend a pub-
lic high school other than their zoned choice must com-


Bridge Street
vandalized; reward
offered for perpetrator
A New Year's Day vandal went through a
kicking spree in Bradenton Beach's Bridge Street
area, causing an unknown amount of damage to 19
benches.
The damage prompted Mayor Connie
Drescher to offer a $250 reward for the arrest of
the vandal.
"We are investigating to assertain who the
perpetrator was," Police Chief Jack Maloney said.
He added that additional foot patrols would be
made on Bridge Street and at the Bradenton Beach
City Pier.


plete a choice option application. Applications are
available at all middle and high schools, and the school
board's Office of Student Accounting.
Applications will be accepted at the Office of Stu-
dent Accounting, School Board Administration Build-
ing, 215 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton, from Jan. 5
to Aug. 21.
Applications received during the month of January
will be processed first. Applications received in Feb-
ruary will be processed second. Applications received
between March and August will be time and date
stamped and processed on an individual basis.
Student assignment will be determined by a point
system. Once students receive notification of their
choice request, they must immediately contact their
choice school to complete the registration process by
the deadline in the notification letter or their choice
option will be forfeited.
Transportation for students exercising the choice
option is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.


Privateers Flea Market

at Holmes Beach

City Field Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will pack the
Holmes Beach City Hall Field with booths containing
great "stuff' on Saturday, Jan 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arts and crafts, what-nots and a variety of flea
market items will be available for purchase. The Priva-
teers will be selling hot dogs and sodas for hungry
shoppers to enjoy.
The field is located behind Holmes Beach City
Hall at 5901 Marina Drive.
All money raised with benefit the Privateers youth
programs on Anna Maria Island and Cortez.
For further information, call 778-5777.


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Anna Maria City
1/13, 7:30 p.m., Commission
work session

Bradenton Beach
1/8, 7 p.m., Commission meeting
1/9, 6:30 p.m., Citizens Advisory Task
Force
1/14, 7 p.m., Citizens meeting with code
enforcement officer on sign ordinance

Holmes Beach
None scheduled

Of Interest
1/8, 10:30 a.m., Holmes Beach Mayor
Bob VanWagoner's forum on Island
bicycle paths and GTE lawsuit, Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
1/12, 7 p.m., Anna Maria Fire Commis-
sion, Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
S1/14, 7:30 p.m., Anna Maria Island
Community Center Board of Directors,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.







Bradenton Beach
1/8, 7 p.m., commission meeting. Agenda: spe-
cial exception for tandem parking for major devel-
opment at Bermuda Bay, 1401 Gulf Drive N., GTE
update, Community Development Block Grant up-
date, Florida Department of Transportation drainage
project update, discussion on street ends, city pier
bait shop operation discussion, travel requests, con-
sent agenda and public comments.


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I[ PAGE 4 0 JANUARY 7, 1998 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER


Design a Florida yard by working with nature


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Allen Garner, coordinator of the Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods Program, is urging residents to
"go native."
Garner, a landscape architect, travels throughout
Manatee and Sarasota Counties speaking about the
program, a part of the county extension services. He
assists residents in improving landscape design and
maintenance to increase native habitats, reduce the
use of fertilizers and pesticides and conserve water
supplies.
"The appeal of the Sunshine State has caused a
lot of environmental problems," Garner pointed out.
"Over the last five years studies have been going on
through the Tampa and Sarasota Bay National Estu-
ary Programs. We found out we have way too much
nitrogen going into the bay and we have similar
problems with pesticides and other chemicals."
In addition to overuse of fertilizers and pesti-
cides, people have tried to change the natural beauty
of Florida by bringing in exotic plants, which crowd
out native plants.
They have also covered their yards with concrete
and gravel, causing polluted runoff to drain into the
surrounding waterways rather than percolate through
the soil.
"It was decided to come up with a program to
educate the public about environmentally friendly
Landscaping, because a big component of the pollu-
tion is coming from landscape runoff," Garner ex-
plained. "The whole idea is to do landscaping that
works with nature rather than fighting it."

i Designing, maintaining
a Florida yard
When designing and creating a Florida yard, the
three main considerations are lifestyle, environmen-
tal methods and plant selection, he said.
Lifestyle includes family makeup and how you
use your yard whether it's a pass-through or an
active recreational area. Environmental methods in-
clude reducing runoff, conserving water, planting
the right plant in the right place and using alterna-
tives such as vegetation instead of seawalls
"We're finding that grass is one of our biggest
problems because everybody thinks their yard
should look like a carpet," Garner noted.
"Our conditions here just don't lend themselves
to grass like that. It takes extra water, fertilizer, pes-
ticides and labor. We're trying to get people to think
of alternatives to turf."
Pick the right alternative for the location, he
said. Some hybridized varieties of zoysha, a native
of Asia, can do well. It is extremely salt tolerant and
slow growing and is drought tolerant once it's estab-
lished. It can be somewhat invasive but can be con-
trolled.
Some palms recommended for landscaping are
sabal or cabbage, coconut, date and everglades.
Queen palms are not recommended because they
need supplemental fertilizer, pest control and extra
water.
"It's better to plant something that will thrive
under the conditions here," he advised.
The live oak is the finest shade tree in the south-
eastern U.S., Garner said. It is salt and wind toler-
ant and does well on the Island and inland. Another
excellent tree is the gumbo limbo, which can be
started from a branch planted in the ground. Beach
acacia is a good tree for beachfront areas.
Big shrubs that do well are Walter's viburnum,
several varieties of stoppers, silver and green button-
wood, dwarf shore juniper, hawthorn and dwarf In-
dian hawthorn and mangroves.
Other desirable ground covers and landscape
plants are mimosa, beach dune sunflower, galardia,
portulaca, sea purslane, beach elder, railroad vine,
canna lilies, dwarf holly and coontie.
"The coontie is Florida's only native cycad,"
Garner noted. "At one time it covered much of the
state but now it's hard to find in the wild. It nearly
disappeared because it's a good food source. It has
a root like a big sweet potato and was harvested in
the 1800s and 1900s.
"However, enough survived that it's had a re-
vival in the landscape industry in the past 20 years.
Key factors in maintaining the landscape are


Dr. Susan Keline and
Harry Brown received
this sign to show that
their yard meets the
requirements ofa
Florida Certified Yard.
S. Islander Photo:
r A Doug Copeland.








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Program features


environmentally friendly yards


Dr. Susan Kehne and Harry Brown recently re-
ceived the Florida Certified Yard designation for
their yard in Bradenton Beach.
The designation shows that the residents are
using good environmental practices in their land-
scape. The sign designating the certification was
presented by a representative of the Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods Program.
"We had to take out exotics such as Australian
pines and Brazilian peppers and make sure your yard
doesn't have any invasive plants," Kehne explained.
"We put in an irrigation system, which saves water
with an automatic shut-off, and have the system cali-
brated to show how much water we use."
Kehne said she learned about the certified yard
program while becoming a Manatee County Master
Gardener. She said the program was in place but
people did not know about it and it's now being re-
vived.
"There are a small number of people in the
county who have gotten certified," she said. "Several
Island residents are working on it and we're inter-


conserving water, fertilizing sparingly, using pesti-
cides only as a last resort and recycling yard clip-
pings.
"Mulch is important to keep the soil tempera-
tures cooler, hold in moisture and suppress weed
growth," Garner said. "We generally recommend
that you use a recycled mulch rather than something
like cypress bark. Cypress bark is quite good but
there's so much demand that they're cutting cypress
forests to get mulch."

Assistance available
The FYN program features demonstration land-
scapes such as Florida House Learning Center on the
campus of the Sarasota Vocational Institute, 4600
Beneva Road, Sarasota. It features native, exotic and
edible plants, as well as a water-conserving irriga-
tion system and methods to maximize rainwater use
and produce compost.
Island demonstration landscapes are the Anna
Maria Historical Park on Pine Avenue, Tingley Me-
morial Library behind Bradenton Beach City Hall
and Longboat Centennial Park beside Longboat Key


ested in getting more Island residents certified. A lot
of people stop and ask about our sign and the pro-
gram."
Paperwork includes a checklist which indicates
watering, yard waste, stormwater runoff and recy-
cling practices; use of mulch; provisions to attract
and provide for wildlife; use of environmentally
friendly pesticides and natural fertilizers and design
and proper placement of plants. Once the paperwork
is complete, the resident receives a follow-up visit
by a representative of the FYN Program.
"It really doesn't take too much to do it," Kehne
said. "It's little things that make you pay attention
to details. It's a nice do-able project."
Kehne and Brown's yard is in Old Bridge Vil-
lage on the Bay between Third and Fourth Streets
South. Another certified yard is at the Anna Maria
Motel at North Bay Boulevard and North Shore
Drive in Anna Maria.
For further information call Elissa Mirabelli at
the Manatee County Extension Office, 722-4524,
Ext. 235.


Town Hall.
The program sponsors the Master Gardener
Clinic in which Master Gardeners offer free assis-
tance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manatee County
Extension Office at the fairgrounds in Palmetto.
In addition the program offers Florida Yard Ad-
visors, who are Master Gardeners with intensive
landscape training. They assist homeowners in plan-
ning improvements in landscape design and mainte-
nance.
They also provide instructional programs to
neighborhood associations, clubs and civic organi-
zations.
Numerous publications such as the Florida
Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook, Native
Ground Covers for South Florida, Native Trees for
South Florida, Native Shrubs for South Florida and
Salt Tolerant Plants for South Florida are available
at the county extension office.
For assistance or to inquire about any of these
programs or publications, visit the county extension
office at 1303 17th Street W., Palmetto, or call 722-
4524.





THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N JANUARY 7, 1998 0 PAGE 5 IQ

Developments proceeding in Bradenton Beach


By Paul Roat
A pair of new development projects are moving
from design stage to construction phase in Bradenton
Beach.
La Costa Development has received city approval to
build a five-unit condominium project on the Gulf side of
Gulf Drive in the 1802-1902 block. That area of the city
is zoned to have up to 15 units on the property, but La
Costa President Richard Turner opted for less units.
The project will be "very lushly landscaped," said
Emily Anne Smith of the architectural firm of Eatman
& Smith. She said the five units have all been pre-sold.
Another far larger project received approval by the
city's Planning and Zoning Board but still needs a spe-
cial exception granted by the city commission. Reed
Mapes is the developer of Bermuda Bay Condomini-
ums, on the bayside of Gulf Drive at 1401. Mapes

Multi-lingual docents at
Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum now
has an international flavor. German, French, Friesisch
and Spanish are spoken by four volunteer docents.
Christie Stephens was born in Austria, lived in
Paris and now calls England home. In England, she was
a language tutor. She taught students ages 7- 70 and
was a British First Aider.
She and her husband, Barry, a book publisher in
England, spend six months of the year in Florida.
Birgit Quam was born and raised on an island in
north Germany. She and her husband, John, who is
Norwegian, moved to the United States 40 years ago
and now live permanently on Anna Maria Island.
Birgit was a court administrator in New Jersey
where she was a juvenile conference coordinator.
Elizabeth Moss and Margaret Chapman, both char-
ter members of the Island Historical Society, speak
Spanish.
Moss taught Spanish and Chapman lived in South
America and Puerto Rico for a number of years.
Anyone wishing to visit the museum while a for-


hopes to build a 28-unit townhouse-style condo-
minium.
The development will be two stories in size, with
garages on the ground floor. Mapes said he had more
than 60 people interested in purchasing the 28 units,
which he said would range in price from $220,000 to
$300,000.
Mapes received the approval of the Planning and
Zoning board on Bermuda Bay's major development
request with stipulations that landscaping be increased
from his original plan, additional bicycle spaces be
provided on the property and the project meet all fed-
eral, state and regional construction criteria.
A special exception for parking must be approved
by the city commission. Mapes hopes to have 116 park-
ing spaces with many of them "tandem" one car
parked behind another. The city code calls for 96 park-


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cent of the required spaces.
The matter comes before the city commission
Thursday at 7 p.m.
"This project is similar to North Beach Village in
Holmes Beach," Mapes said, "and we've never had a
parking problem there."
Only one person spoke at the Planning and Zoning
Board meeting on the Bermuda Bay project.
"I think it's growth and I think it's great," said
Bradenton Beach resident Robert Byrne. "Go for it."
Planning board members unanimously approved
the recommendation to the city commission that the
tandem parking be approved as a special exception.
City commissioners are expected to make a decision on
the issue in early January.


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What a tangled web!
What with all the flack over a proposed $100,000
drainage project and the success of an unwanted (by
some) low-income grant application for $500,000
worth of neighborhood revitalization, we thought
surely someone would come forward to challenge the
incumbents up for re-election in Anna Maria.
Apathy is the culprit at work in Anna Maria.
There'll be no election as there were no challengers,
excepting politico Max Znika, who claimed the seat of
Elaine Burkly, who chose not to run for re-election.
Those residents who express concern for the city tell
us they simply have thrown up their hands. They say
they've been shushed and ridiculed into silence. So, in
spite of recent criticism, Mayor Chuck Shumard is re-
elected for lack of a challenger and Commission Robert
McElheny, content to follow suit with the mayor's agenda,
will remain on the commission as well.
Holmes Beach is a different story.
Like in the Marx Brothers movies, we're off to the
races mid-Island.
While only Mayor Bob VanWagoner and Com-
missioners Carol Whitmore and Ron Robinson are up
for re-election, everyone's in the running it seems.
But as we attempt to track who's doing what, the
flow chart of "persons taking packets" (PTPs) goes
somewhat like this: Don Maloney, who has another
year to serve as commissioner may run for mayor. He
has a packet.
Pat Geyer (Maloney's companion on the ticket last
year), also with a year remaining on the commission,
may run for mayor. Geyer has said for months that she
wants to keep her commission seat and her vote -
but she'll throw her hat in the mayoral ring if now-
Mayor VanWagoner up and runs for re-election.
A year ago VanWagoner made comments he could
do anything he wanted as mayor because he was a lame
duck he said he wouldn't run again. (And he is most
certainly at the center of a large lawsuit as a result of
his actions.)
When we published the news he wouldn't run, he
just as quickly denied it to the city staff in a memo,
saying he would reserve his decision.
Now, he's a PTP. Trouble is (according to his more
vocal dissenters), where is home? He housesits in
Holmes Beach but seems to spend much of his time on
Siesta Key. He should satisfy the residency require-
ment with more than a facade.
Carol Whitmore is forfeiting a seven-year commis-
sion incumbancy to run for mayor. She says she looks
forward to the opportunity to administer.
Ron Robinson has filed forms to run for mayor


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following two quiet years on the commission.
Commissioner Luke Courtney, professed a year
ago prior to re-election that he would forfeit one year
of his term to run for mayor, has now backed down,
saying he doesn't think he can beat Whitmore.
Add to that, another possible bid for mayor from
Courtney's wife Joy. He says he is a PTP on her behalf.
The project of her success brings new meaning to poli-
ticians "in bed together." The only positive aspect is
that in Holmes Beach, the mayor only votes in the
event of a tie.


Running from the past, (no pun intended) are
Mercedes Thornburg and Roger Lutz. Both had bids
for commissioner within the past two years.
Last but not least, newcomer Lou Fiorentino is
definitely running for mayor. He's taken out papers,
opened an account (possibly prematurely, but who's
splitting hairs?) and he's determined to fight for a Babe
Ruth/Little League and soccer field behind city hall.
That's just the beginning. To date there are 10
PTPs in Holmes Beach for three seats, and counting.
And the election isn't until March.


Responsible pet owner laments
'no pet' rentals
Four legs too many? I am referring to our four-
legged friends or "babies," as most pet owners call
them.
If I had a dollar for every time I qualified to rent
an apartment until I ask if they take pets, my first
month's rent would be free.
It's discrimination toward animals and their own-
ers. Landlords need to come to grips with the discov-
ery that pets are people, too! And it just gets under my
skin that I've been turned down time after time because
I am a very proud owner of a 40-pound, crate-trained,
English bulldog.
I am an active member of the Suncoast Bulldog
Friends Rescue Program. We've seen too much abuse
and neglect from previous owners who left these crea-
tures outside, alone indoors, sick or flea infested, to
ever place one of our rescues through any abuse like
that again.
And that's my point. I've put in too much time and
love to be told no because of someone else's neglect or
ignorance.
I have a few suggestions for landlords to ask of
future pet owner tenants before they say no:
1. Ask for a pet deposit refundable or not. This
would cover any damages done to your property. In the
past, I've paid a $200 non-refundable fee and as high
as a $600 refundable fee and I received every dime
back.
2. Ask for previous landlord's phone number. That


person will be able to tell you what kind of pet owner
a person is when he does the vacating walk-through.
3. Most important and not very often thought of is
to ask to see the vet's records. A responsible pet owner
has copies of annual vaccinations, heart worm treat-
ment, flea control, etc. A pet owner with none of the
above is to be cautious of.
All I am asking is that before you say no to a fu-
ture tenant with a pet ask a few questions. I'm looking
forward to someday walking my "baby" down your
Island streets to have people stop me and say "he's so
ugly, he's cute."
Rita Nicholson, soon-to-be-Islander-with-dog-in-tow

Island Christmas says 'thanks'
for successful year
Island Christmas was coordinated by All Island
Denominations, an ecumenical outreach organization
composed of all seven Island churches.
Christmas was brightened for 27 families who re-
ceived gifts, toys and food. It all was made possible by
generous gifts of money, canned food, turkeys, cereal,
bread, gifts and toys given by our church members,
Island residents, visitors and the Island business com-
munity.
Thanks to the volunteers who shopped, wrapped
and helped in so many ways. A special thanks to Paul
Horvat for the use of his facility for our headquarters.
You were all angels who brought cheer to many.
Jeanette Cashman, chairperson,
1997 Island Christmas


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THOSE WERE THE BAYS
Part 9, The Drowsy Thirties
by June Alder



Dizzy Dean
in his prime,
the idol of
Bradenton
baseball fans
in the 1930s.


SPRINGTIME IN


BRADENTON


The Great Depression wasn't fun
and games. Except for kids on the sand-
lots, baseball fans in the stands and ev-
eryone with a radio set.
Baseball was heaven-sent to ease
the economic pain of the 1930s.
Bradenton and Anna Maria Island
fans were especially favored by the
baseball gods in those days. "Someone
.upstairs" granted to them the most col-
orful team in the major leagues to watch
at spring training games and a spectacu-
lar star to idolize through the long, hot
summers.
His name was Jay Hanna Dean,
known to everyone as Dizzy Dean.
A St. Louis Cardinals scout spotted
the skinny Arkansas hillbilly pitching
for a semi-pro team in San Antonio in
1930 and promptly signed him. Dizzy
was 21 in the winter of 1932 when he
first stepped onto the diamond at "City
Park" (built by Bradenton for the Cards
in 1923 and later renamed McKechnie
Field). His managers sent him down
early to "keep him out of trouble in St.
Louis" that is, to discourage his as-
sociation with his older though not nec-
essarily wiser colleagues.
The ploy didn't work. Pepper Mar-
tin and Dizzy Dean became the Martin
and Lewis of "Gas House Gang"
zaniness on and off the field.
The team hotel was the opulent
Dixie Grande in downtown Bradenton
(where a high-rise office building is to-
day). It made a splendid setting for the
gang's hijinks. Besides the usual wine,
women and song nonsense, there were
a lot of pranks and pratfalls.
Diz enjoyed the company of young-
sters playing ball with them and tak-
ing them fishing. But he also indulged
himself in such risky business as hold-
ing a nephew by the heels outside his
sixth-floor hotel window.
On the mound, however, he per-
formed faultlessly. From 1933 to 1936
he won 102 games in spectacular fash-
ion. In his greatest year, 1934, he
capped off 30 regular season wins with
two victories over the Detroit Tigers in
the World Series, gaining for the Cards
another World Championship and for
himself the coveted Most Valuable
Player award.


Bradenton fans, as to be expected,
went wild as Diz rode around town in
his yellow Auburn convertible waving
his cowboy hat.
Besides the car, with his World Se-
ries earnings Dizzy bought a home in
Bradenton's poshest neighborhood -
Palma Sola Park. He said he bought it
for his wife he really preferred a
hotel room. But the location sure was
nice, being so close to Anna Maria Is-
land and its fishing spots. The Island is
a favorite haunt of ballplayers to this
day.
Dean also bought a gas station at
the entrance to Bradenton across the
street from the Manatee River Hotel.
Tourists halted their cars hoping for a
glimpse of the World Series hero. Oc-
casionally they did see him pump gas,
posing for photographers with a big
grin.
Sadly, the team said goodbye to
springtime in Bradenton and left for a
greener pasture in 1936, and two years
later Dizzy was wearing a Cub uniform,
having been traded for three players and
$185,000. Despite an injured foot and a
strained pitching arm he helped the
Cubs to nose out the Pittsburgh Pirates
for the National League pennant in
1938. But they lost to the great New
York Yankees in the World Series, four
games to zip.
Diz had a few more baseball years
in him, but the magic seemed to have
been left behind in the late-afternoon
shadows of smalltown McKechnie
Field. In 1941 he found a new calling
- broadcasting St. Louis Browns
games. Dizzy got another whack at ce-
lebrity with his knack for Southern-
style sports talk, his mastery of baseball
English being second only to the elo-
quence of Yogi Berra.
Dizzy Dean will never be forgotten
by the old Bradenton area fans, what's
left of them. He'll surely be remem-
bered to the end of time by a wide-eyed
Cub' fan named June whose Dad took
her to see him pitch one beautiful day in
Chicago when the world was young.

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Memorial tree planting to
be held by SAM
A tree in memory of Kay Hoey, founding vice
president of Save Anna Maria, Inc., will be planted on
Saturday, Jan. 10, on the grounds of the Bridgeport
Condominiums, 501 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, at lao r
10:30 a.m. da .
SAM members and the community are invited to
attend. Parking is available at Bradenton Beach City
Hall.
Speakers will be Tom Hoey, Jim Kissick, Donna
Wright and Bunny Garst.
Call Barbara Lacina at 778-6810 for additional i, e
information.



Competition at Island
Fitness Saturday
The third annual Island Bench Press Competition
will be held at Island Fitness Center in Holmes Beach,
on Saturday, Jan. 10, with lifting beginning at 10 a.m. .
Trophies will be awarded to the top three lifters in t
each class. Classes are Teens, Women's, Open, Nov- 'Everybody Loves Opal' opens Friday at Island Players
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A Best of the Best competition composed of three- The Island Players' presentation of "Everybody Loves Opal" by John Patrick will open Friday, Jan. 9, and
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Friends of library hold
fourth lecture in series
The Friends of the Island Branch Library invite the
public to the fourth of their 1997/98 Program Series on
Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. The featured speaker will
be Dr. Kelly Reynolds.
The veteran actor and poet will appear in cos-
tume as self-made man and empire-builder Henry
Plant, a Florida pioneer who exemplified the
"American Dream" in the largest terms. The railroad
tycoon was responsible for many of the changes on
Florida's west coast during the latter part of the 19th
and the early 20th century-- changes that in many
cases are still visible.
Dr. Reynolds, a former professor of English at
USF, now teaches a creative writing program spon-
sored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. He
has also appeared as an actor in various community and
college playhouses and festivals.
Admission is free and seating is on a first come,
first served basis.
For further information, call the Island Branch Li-
brary at 778-6341. The library is located at 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Aerobics class added to
Island Center's programs
Longtime area exercise and dance instructor Tanya
Slack will add a Saturday morning gentle aerobics class
to her schedule at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center starting, Saturday, Jan. 10.
Class will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Slack also of-
fers gentle aerobics at 10:30 a.m. every Monday and at
9 a.m. on Fridays. She teaches line dancing at the Cen-
ter at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
For more information and cost, call Slack at 795-
4799, or the Center at 778-1908.

Women's Guild to meet
The Women's Guild of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, for a 12:30
p.m. luncheon meeting.
The program will be drama readings and skits by
Marilyn Hawkins of Anna Maria City.


Evening ballroom dancing
class to begin at Center
Dance and theater professional Robin Rhodes will
offer an adult ballroom dance class from 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday starting Jan. 8, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
The class is open to couples and singles. Instruc-
tion will include learning to lead and follow, guidance
in graceful floor movement, development of one's own
style and becoming comfortable enough to have fun on
the dance floor.
For cost and more information, call Rhodes at 778-
6115 or the Center at 778-1908.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria.

Saltwater fishing course
at Education Center
Capt. Ric Ehlis, winner of many Tampa Bay fish-
ing tournaments, will teach a course in saltwater fish-
ing at the Education Center on Longboat Key every
Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. for eight classes beginning
on Thursday, Jan. 8.
An active captain, Capt. Ric will provide an in-
depth study of the various aspects of saltwater fishing.
He draws on some 50 years of experience to present
basic and advanced procedures for rigging, baiting and
catching fish in the bays and close to shore, especially
around Longboat Key.
To register and to obtain other information includ-
ing tuition, call the center at 383-8811. The facility is
located 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive and is open Mon-
day through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Island Singles to meet
weekly at beach
The Island Singles Club will meet weekly on
Thursday beginning Thursday, Jan. 8, for dinner at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee County Public Beach, at
6 p.m. and for breakfast every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at
the same location.
All singles are encouraged to join and to discuss
future programs to be sponsored by the club.
For more information, call Jan Robinson at 778-
7412.


Jack and the papaya-stalk
Islander Jack Gray, left, explains to Island visitor
Mary Borgwardt of Old Saybrook, Conn., how it
takes two years from seed to harvest of his approxi-
mate dozen trees in "Jack's Papaya Plantation." In
the past, two of his trees have produced 40 papayas
each which is an exceptionally good crop, said Gray.
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Walking a dream
Tedd Lester, son-in-law of Tom and Lois McGann of Holmes Beach, takes a breather to catch up on Island
news at Walden's Pond during his 2,138 mile walk over the Appalachian Trail. Lester wrote a postcard to his
in-laws during his "dream walk" saying, "Hello from Damascus, Va. Had to walk in the snow over the Roan
Mountain, 6,275feet. Loved every minute of it. Ha ha! Huff and puff! In about 470 miles I'll be in W. Va.
Walk. Walk, walk, eat, eat, eat. Wish I had an extra pair of feet." The trek took Lester from February to
September. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Tom and Lois McGann


Bridge 'bridge' strategy at
Island Community Center
Bradenton bridge professional Larry Auerbach will
offer instruction for beginning and intermediate level
bridge players form 10 to 11 a.m. Friday beginning
Jan. 9.
The course will be held in an eight-week session.
Call Auerbach at 758-2017 or the Center at 778-
1908 for cost and further information.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City.

The Island Poet
The clock of life is wound but once to make
those hands go round,
And no one will ever know when that clock
will run down.
So why do so many of us let those hours slip
away,
When there is so much good we could do
every hour of the day?
I wonder how we will have fared when it's
time for our clock to unwind,
When there are so many chances to please
our Maker that are so very easy to find.
How about our friends in the nursing home
who sit there all alone,
Do you feel you can't be bothered because
there's so much to do at home?
Did someone ask for a helping hand and you
gave them a lame excuse,
'Cause they never did anything for you so
you figured what's the use?
But can we afford to let those hours slowly
tick away?
Because we may only have today.
Bud Atteridge


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Make reservations now
for Off Stage Ladies meeting
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players will
meet at the Twin Dolphin Restaurant, formerly the Pier
in Bradenton, on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Reservations must be made by Friday, Jan. 10, by
calling Ruth Stevens at 794-2188.
Social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by
luncheon. The program will be a silent auction. Mem-
bers are asked to bring one or two of their fine things
no longer needed.
Membership inquiries may be made to Marilyn
Maroni, president, at 778-0030.

Cookbook treasures on
sale at Island Library
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will hold
their annual used cookbook sale to benefit the library
on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations of cookbooks have been accumulated
for months. The variety will please the choosiest to the
newest of chefs.
The Island Branch Library is located at 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 778-6341 for more
information.


Anna Maria

Elementary

School menu
Monday, 1/12/98
Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Juice
Lunch: Hamburger or Hot Dog, French
Fries, Lettuce & Tomato, Peaches
Tuesday, 1/13/98
Breakfast: Breakfast Bar, Juice
Lunch: Tacos or Burrito, Lettuce & Tomato,
Fresh Fruit, Juice
Wednesday, 1/14/98
Breakfast: French Toast w/Syrup, Juice
Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese or McRib
Sandwich, Green Beans, Roll, Strawberry/
Banana Cup
Thursday, 1/15/98
Breakfast: Pretzel w/Cheese, Juice
No Choice
Lunch: Chicken Noodles, Mixed Vegetables,
Roll, Fruit Mix
Friday, 1/16/98
Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Juice
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Nachos & Cheese,
Corn, Salad, Ice Cream
All meals served with milk.





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'Listen Honey:'


I love Anna Maria Island


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Emerson Quillin wanted to become a cartoonist.
So he did.
Not just like that, maybe, though it was a straight
line from high school to what you see on this page.
There were a few lumps in the road, but no detours.
He'd like it to lead to Anna Maria Island for good.
He has strong roots here, by marriage. His wife's
parents were John and Heather Blane who, starting
in 1952, spent asmuch time as they could arrange at
their Tiffany condo and later at their beach house
near there. They were from Hopkinsville, Ky.
Their daughter Claire married Quillin 12 years
ago, introduced him to Anna Maria and has had dif-
ficulty keeping him home in Lexington instead of
the Island.
Quillin graduated from Indiana State University


and the Rhode Island School of Design, designed tex-
tiles for manufacturing companies for awhile, then 14
years ago sold his comic strip "Listen Honey" to the
Cincinnati Post where it still runs. A year later he went
freelance. He draws the comic strip, cartoons, cards,
whatever comes naturally and remuneratively.
He's always been a water person, he says, and
even in Kentucky he draws beach scenes from Anna
Maria. Some of his textile designs, greeting cards
and similar productions would strike a chord with
Islanders, he says.
As an independent artist he can live anywhere
he wishes, and he wishes Anna Maria Island. But
his banker wife thinks it's better at least for now
- to come and go. And he "Listens Honey."
However things turns out, Quillin considers
himself one of the world's lucky people. "I get to
make a living doing what I enjoy most."


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concert at Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria City,
on Sunday, Jan. 11, beginning at 7p.m. The public
is invited to attend. The ensemble hails from
Georgia's Toccoa Falls College, an interdenomina-
tional college dedicated to preparing men and
women to serve Christ in their vocations. Members
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A look back at the year that was


By Michelle Timpanaro
Islander Reporter
If 1997 and Anna Maria Island sometimes seemed
a quiet time and a quiet place, the following reminder
of life as she was lived here then is offered. This is the
second of the two-part recap of the news of 1997; the
first appeared last week.

July
Garden destroyed: The native plant garden in
front of the Anna Maria City Hall, tended to by volun-
teers for seven years, was ripped out to make way for
a manicured lawn:
The xeriscaped section contained all the plantings
by the late Commissioner Mary Ross and, according to
volunteer Mike Miller, the garden was considered an
informal memorial to Ross since her death in 1994.
Mayor Chuck Shumard took many by surprise
when he ordered city workers to remove plants even
though no vote had been taken on the issue at any com-
mission meeting. Miller said 75 to 80 percent of the
plants native to barrier islands were represented in the
garden.
Field of bad dreams: The agreement to refurbish
the ball field, signed by the city of Holmes Beach and
the Manatee County Commission, was put on hold yet
again when the city commission asked the county for


more time to make revisions.
The new terms include limitations of the field's use
and an amendment to the length of the agreement, all
of which must be approved by the county commission.
A perfect 1600: Paul Esformes, a Manatee High
School student and son of Robin and Abby Esformes
of Anna Maria, was the second local student to score
a perfect 1600 in the 1996-97 testing year.
Out of nearly two million tests taken nationwide,
545 perfect scores were recorded.
Paul began taking the SAT in the seventh grade for
Duke University's national talent search. He has spent
a portion of each summer studying at Duke.
Chicken, pet or peeve? What started out as an
anonymous complaint to Holmes Beach Commissioner
Don Maloney about a resident of 72nd Street who had
been keeping chickens in her yard quickly ran "afowl"
when Mayor Bob VanWagoner told Maloney to stop
trying to become the Herr Goebbels of Holmes Beach
and have the complainant to go to the code enforce-
ment official.
And when Code Enforcement Official Bill
Kepping and VanWagoner made a visit to 512 72nd
Street to see if resident Sabine Buehler was in viola-
tion, VanWagoner concluded the chickens were in fact
pets and told Kepping not to pursue the issue further
unless he received another complaint.


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We would like to express our thanks to the people
and merchants of the Island for your kindness to one of
your own. Your generosity and gifts of love are very heart
warming and appreciated. A special thanks to Patty Prudente
for her tireless efforts. Happy New Year and Grazia.
The Spaziani Family


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Ato's Restaurant
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Bag Lady
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Beach Shop
Bernie Roy
Billy Bryant
Bortells Lounge
Brad Thurston
Bradenton Herald
Bradenton Lanes
Brian Beebe
Bridge Tender Inn
Broken Glass
Budget Golf
Cafe On The Beach
Captain Glenn
Cherl Hoffman


Chuck Douglass
Club Video
Cori & Bob Woods
Danny Unruh
David & Sandy Austin
D Coy'Ducks
Dee's Boutique
Dips
Domino's Pizza
Donna Stewart
Eddie B's
Frances Masselli
Franchion Thomas
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Irv's Painting
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Islanders Market
Jessie's Market
Key West Willy's
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Louise Lockwood
Bob & Diana Lovejoy
Pam & Randy Weaver
Mar Vista
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Michael's Fine Wine
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Mr & Mrs Andre A. Gotti
Mr & Mrs Bill Mullins
Mr & Mrs Bob Bortell
Mr & Mrs Charles Price
Mr & Mrs Harold Clark
Mr & Mrs Napoleone Mazzara
Mr & Mrs Pally Feeney
Mr & Mrs Paul Discoll
Mr & Mrs Steve Szabo
Mrs Stepka
Native Rentals
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Ren Glanz
Robin Bob's Hair
Ron Neill
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Rudy Kratz
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Sports Lounge
Surfside Cafe
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Thomas Garbacz
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But the issue wasn't dropped by commissioners.
Critics questioned VanWagoner's decision to keep the
chickens in view of the fact that in August 1995 the
commission decided to oust a pot-bellied pig that was
being kept as a house pet.
'50 percent rule' eased: Building officials, con-
tractors and homeowners on the Island all let out a sigh
of relief as the easing of reconstruction requirements
allowed more extensive remodeling without falling
under the "50 percent rule."
The rule, developed by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, called for all remodeling of a
home to be less than 50 percent of the total appraised
cost of the house. Go over the halfway mark and you
had to abide by strict FEMA guidelines such as el-
evating your home to meet flood requirements.
The change in the Florida statutes now exempts
"non-structural interior finishings and roof coverings."
So replacing kitchen cabinets, painting, carpeting,
plumbing or any other typical remodeling work will no
longer be calculated in the 50 percent requirement.
Bradenton Beach loses.a leader: Dick Suhre, 65,
lost his battle against cancer on Sunday, July 30. Sur-
rounded by loved ones, Suhre died in his Bradenton
Beach home.
Although Suhre is remembered for his time served
on Bradenton Beach City Council, his dedication be-
gan back in 1987 when he and his wife, Eileen, moved
to their bayfront home off 25th Street.
Suhre was honored in May 1996 when the pavil-
ion at the end of the Bradenton Beach City Pier was

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BI PAGE 14 A JANUARY 7, 1998 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
1997, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13


named for him.
Marina Drive slowdown: Marina Drive mer-
chants felt ambushed after learning their road would be
closed for at least six weeks for a Holmes Beach
stormwater drainage project.
Although Mayor VanWagoner thought it would be a
good time to do the work, business owners in the affected
areas said they didn't get reasonable warning. Steve
Lardas of D.Coy Ducks pointed out "this is the summer
season, September would have been much better."
Michael Smalley, president of S&R Construction,
said the road had to be barricaded at Gulf Drive and at
56th Street due to the liability but agreed local traffic
be allowed access through one end of Marina Drive or
the other as the work progressed.

August
Outdoor drinking: Bill Zalla, owner of Marina
Bay Restaurant (formerly Name That Restaurant, and
before that the Back Bay Steakhouse), decided to ask
Holmes Beach city commissioners to approve the sale
of alcohol for outdoor dining.
"The locals want fine dining and the tourists won't
fill the motels if there is not a good place to eat in
Holmes Beach," said Zalla, whose restaurant seats 525
people. He said he has committed a large sum of money
and wants to give it his best shot, but he's going to need
every possible opportunity for sales.
Zalla asked the commission to issue him a license that
could be revoked if he failed to comply with the terms and
agreed to the 10 p.m. closing for outdoor dining.
Thanks, but no thanks: Bradenton Beach offi-
cials told Holmes Beach commissioners they were not
interested in a proposal for Holmes Beach to take over
police services in Bradenton Beach.
"I think the proposal to go under Holmes Beach is
not good for the city," said Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Jack Maloney. "The Bradenton Beach Police
Department does as good a job in our city as the Homes
Beach Police Department does in its city, and for less
than half their cost."
Bradenton Beach Commissioners agreed by con-
sensus for a letter to be sent to Holmes Beach Mayor
VanWagoner telling him thank you but "not interested"
in the proposal.
Fees more than double: With little comment,
Bradenton Beach city commissioners unanimously
approved a 137 percent building fee increase.
Bradenton Beach used to charge $30 for a building
permit and $8 for every $1,000 of new construction.
But when Building Official Bill Sanders proposed and
commissioners approved the increase, it made permit
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worth of construction.
"Longboat Key is approximately the same," said
Sanders, "and Holmes Beach and Anna Maria are in the
process of adopting similar ordinances and fees."
Fishing fees increase: The cost to fish on the
Bradenton Beach City Pier increased to $1. Officials
approved the increase in hopes to use the revenue gen-
erated by the fishing "tickets" for better security at the
pier, longer hours of operation of the bait shop or on-
going maintenance of the pier.
Of the fishing fees, 20 cents goes to the franchise
holder of the pier concession stand, the Bradenton
Beach Pier & Cafe, for operation of the bait shop.and
the collection of the fishing tickets.
Fishing at the Anna Maria City Pier is free. The
Rod and Reel Pier in Anna Maria charges $1.25 per
adult, and the new Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers
charge $3 to drive out on the pier, plus an additional $2
per adult to fish.
Anna Maria says 'no thanks' too: Anna Maria city
commissioners instructed Mayor Chuck Shumard to send
a "thanks, but no thanks" letter, following Bradenton
Beach's example, in turning down a proposed takeover of
Island police services by Holmes Beach.
"We have learned that the costs of the police de-
partment are not controllable for us unless the services
are subleased from the county," said Commissioner
Robert McElheny.
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agreed that the current year actual cost and the cost
budgeted for 1997-98 appeared to be cost-effective
solutions to the needs of Anna Maria.

September
Holmes Beach officer resigns: Holmes Beach
Code Enforcement Officer Bill Kepping resigned ef-
fective Sept. 18.
The position was to be transferred from the police
department beginning with the new fiscal year, Oct. 1,
back to public works where it originated until a change
by former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger more than two
years ago.
Building Inspector Bill Saunders assumed the du-
ties of code enforcement official.
Anna Maria sued again: For the second time this
year, a court ordered Anna Maria to comply with public
records requests. As in March, a circuit court judge entered
an order for Mayor Shumard and City Clerk Peg Nelson
to furnish records, this time to The Islander Bystander.
After multiple verbal requests had been ignored, the
newspaper requested in writing engineer's reports, Anna
Maria City Pier's financial records and an application for
a building permit on both Aug. 8 and 25. With no re-
sponse, another written request was sent on Aug. 27.
In addition, Building Official Phil Charnock de-
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Mayor Shumard told the newspaper to review the files
and make requests for copies on a "Copy Request
Form." Attorney Don Hadsock filed a complaint with
the court.
As before, the city was liable for the costs of en-
forcement of the "Sunshine Law," including attorney
fees and court costs.
Deputy honored: Manatee County Deputy Sher-
iff Ken Mears was honored as Deputy of the Month for
September by Sheriff Charlie Wells for his part in sav-
ing a potential suicide victim.
To repeal trailer law: Holmes Beach city com-
missioners made plans to draft an ordinance to repeal
the city's controversial trailer ordinance and seek pub-
lic comment.
The ordinance has created dissension since its pas-
sage in 1996 because it restricts trailer and recreational
vehicle parking to side and back yards. Many residents
claimed it would force them to remove costly landscap-
ing and fences
"I think we passed a bad ordinance, and I think
we're all adult enough to understand that," said Com-
mission Chairman Don Maloney.
Coastal cleanup a success: If the Island's coastal
cleanup had been a contest, Anna Maria City would
have won hands down. Ninety-three volunteers there
combed five miles of beach and came up with 532
pounds .of trash, including 43,490 cigarette filters,
deadly to fish and birds.
In Bradenton Beach, 150 volunteers picked up 300
pounds of trash from 17th Street North to Fourth Street
South and in the Leffis Key area, said Linda Sanders,
who coordinated the city's efforts.
Holmes Beach also put uncounted volunteers to
work along the beaches, said coordinator Lynn French.
Running the command post at Palma Sola Causeway,
French registered 65 workers at that site alone.
In total, 26,789 pounds of trash were collected in
comparison to last year's 12,000 pounds. Manatee
County's cleanup coordinator, Ingrid McClellan, said
the reason for the increase in trash collection was not
because there was more trash, but because the cleanup
included many areas that had not been included in the
past.
Police charge elder abuse: Two Manatee County
Emergency Medical Service employees were charged
with elder abuse by Holmes Beach police.
Paramedic Tiffany Gonzalez, 25, Tampa, and
Emergency Medical Technician Jeff Cook, 20,


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Bradenton, were charged with a third-degree felony as
a result of harassing phone calls made to an elderly
Holmes Beach woman.
According to Det. Sgt. Nancy Rogers, EMS re-
sponded to the woman's home on July 22 after she
called 911. During the call, the woman got into a ver-
bal dispute with Gonzalez and ordered Gonzalez from
her house, said the police officer. In addition, the eld-
erly woman received two prank calls, the second of
which was traced to Cook's house.
Both Cook and Gonzalez admitted to the charges
and were placed in custody. Cook, who was on proba-
tion, resigned after charges were filed. Gonzalez did
not resign but was suspended from her job until a pre-
termination hearing to discuss the status of her employ-
ment.
Going, going, gone: Workers and heavy equip-
ment were the final demise of the former Fast Eddie's
Place, once known as the Anchorage restaurant, at the
corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. Assorted
salvage seekers carted off what had value to them and
trucks hauled away the rest.
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sign the site plan application and ordered the building
department to put a hold on GTE's cellular tower per-
mit.
VanWagoner's claim was that the July 1 vote
should take precedence over the September vote which
overrode VanWagoner's veto, thereby making GTE
wait until July 1998 to be reconsidered for the cellular
tower permit.

October
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VanWagoner vetoed the ordinance on contiguous lots,
maintaining it was not consistent with the city's com-
prehensive plan.
The ordinance, passed Sept. 16, would allow own-
ers of contiguous, nonconforming legal lots of record
to split those lots and sell them. And only single fam-
ily homes were approved to be built on these lots.
VanWagoner claimed that by allowing an existing
structure on two contiguous lots to be demolished and
replaced by a dwelling on each of the lots, "density
increases would obviously result, perhaps to a degree
beyond current maximum density clarifications."
Cities drop 'illegal' forms: Call it "Form 100" or
call it convenience, but the judge calls it illegal.
Although it has been the practice in all three Is-
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accommodating public record requests, Florida's
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an open swale with a buried 42-inch pipe, residents
opposed the pipeline and said the swale was more en-
vironmentally feasible, les; expensive and easier to
maintain.
In fear of being steamrolled by the city, concerned
citizens retained Holmes Beach City Attorney Patricia
Petruff as a private lawyer to represent them in the
property easement issue that surfaced as a result of the
pipeline permit application.
What has made this issue into a major controversy is
that the Anna Maria City Commission claimed ownership
of two residential easements. Both lots, plotted in 1986,
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Homeowners Carl and Georgia Van Cleave, of 525 Mag-
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Magnolia, have plans clearly showing their property lines
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Island Foods closes: On Monday, Oct. 6, store
owner Jim Gloth offered a 50-percent-off sale in hopes
to clear out the remaining stock in Island Foods in
Holmes Beach.
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other than to say it was being purchased by a devel-
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had bought the store.
At the same time, the sale of the adjacent property
containing the Dry Dock Inn and a mini-storage facil-
ity and Air & Energy's property on East Bay Drive
were pending, also to an undisclosed developer.
Cell tower lawsuit: GTE Mobilenet and Smith
Realtors served the city of Holmes Beach and three city
officials with summonses. The complaint sought in-
junctive relief and damages.
Named in the appeal, filed with the U.S. District
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individually and as mayor; Joe Duennes, individually
and as director of public works; and Bill Saunders, in-
'dividually and as building inspector.
In addition to asking the court to order
VanWagoner to sign the site plan and the building of-
ficials to process the application and issue the building
permit, the complainant sought compensatory damages
for financial losses, punitive damages against
VanWagoner and costs, expenses and attorney's fees.
No megabridge: The courts bolstered opposition
to the megabridge to Anna Maria Island.
The three-member panel of judges with the Second
District Court of Appeal in Lakeland handed down a
ruling that the Florida Department of Transportation
did not provide reasonable assurances that water qual-
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Referendum petition: Presenting 508 petition sig-
natures to the city clerk, the Holmes Beach cellular
tower referendum committee completed its task.
The committee's petition sought repeal of the special
exception resolution approving GTE's cellular tower con-
struction at Smith Realtors, 5904 Marina Drive. The com-
mittee maintains the tower does not meet all the standards
required for a special exception use.
According to a letter filed with the petition, the
committee also stated its rights under Articles V and IX
of the U.S. Constitution were denied due to the passage
of the resolution.
Contiguous lot veto overturned: The Holmes
Beach City Commission overturned Mayor
VanWagoner's veto on the contiguous lot ordinance.
The ordinance was originally passed by the commis-
sion on Sept. 16.
Owners of contiguous, nonconforming legal lots of
record may now split those lots and sell them. Only
single family homes can be built on the lots.
Owners of homes built on two or more contigu-
ous, nonconforming lots of record may also now
demolish those homes and build single family homes
on each of the two lots.
Another lawsuit: Holmes Beach received a
double whammy when a second lawsuit started the
same day as the GTE lawsuit.
The handwritten lawsuit from resident Heathcliff
Kryszczuk was mailed from the Manatee County jail.
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He also claimed he "had been harassed by the city of
Holmes Beach" and he "suffered physically, mentally and
emotionally" and "was forced to disengage in a profitable
enterprise" and has "suffered significant financial loss."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine refused to
provide information on the nature of the police report
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Turtles fare well: Although deprived of a favor-
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John Defazio, veteran of service with the Turtle
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turtles into the Gulf. The biggest concentration of nests
was from Manatee Beach south to the Bradenton Beach
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This year's hatch was about normal, even with the
dredging in Longboat Pass which discouraged turtles
from coming ashore at Coquina. Although there were
somewhat fewer nests than last year, the number of
eggs in each increased.
League to the defense: A large, collective sigh en-
gulfed Holmes Beach City Hall after learning the Florida
League of Cities would be defending the city and its offi-
cials in two lawsuits recently served on the city.
The first suit, served by GTE Mobilenet and Smith
Realtors, related to the cellular tower issue. The second
was against the police department filed by Holmes
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Pipeline permit said in order: In a letter to the
Southwest Florida Water Management District, Anna
Maria City Attorney Jim Dye refuted the position taken
by opponents of a pipeline drainage plan regarding
ownership and easement rights.
Dye's letter stated, "The developers of the property
governed by the plat dedicated all streets, required utili-
ties, canal, and drainage or other easement shown on
the plat, unless specifically reserved, for the use by the
general public forever.
"The express language of the dedication paragraph
clearly dedicates the drainage easement to use by the
public. When property is dedicated to the public, the
city takes title to it in trust for the public. Persons who
bought platted lots take title to the lots subject to the
city's rights in the publicly dedicated areas. Clearly, the
city has the proper authority to enter the platted right
of way for the proposed work."
Chicken case: On Oct. 8, Code Enforcement Of-
ficer Bill Saunders notified Larry J. and Mary Jo
Schwartz, owners of the property at 512 72nd St. rented
by Tom and Sabine Buehler, that they had 15 days to
"cause the removal of the chickens."
After reviewing the ordinance and defining what a
"pet" is, the commission asked Mayor VanWagoner to
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cited for a code violation.
By Oct. 22, the Buehlers had contracted attorney
Richard Carter to represent them, acting under the au-
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from GTE Mobilenet and Smith Realtors and many
irate citizens hounding the city commission, Holmes
Beach Mayor VanWagoner sought answers from the
Florida attorney general's office. He didn't get them.
Regarding VanWagoner's letter requesting an
opinion of the ongoing cell tower issue, the attorney
general's office declined to reply to the inquiry, noting,
"The attorney general is statutorily authorized to ren-
der opinions on questions involving the interpretation
of state law. Opinions are not issued on questions re-
quiring an interpretation only of local codes, ordi-
nances or charters."
Grant comes to Anna Maria: Anna Maria was ap-
proved to receive $500,000 in Community Development
Block Grant funds for neighborhood revitalization.
City Clerk Peggy Nelson received word from Betty
Jordan of Jordan & Associates, grant administrators for
the city, advising that allocation of the funds will be-
gin shortly.
The program budget and scope of work as out-
lined in the grant application included: Administra-
tive funding ($36,000), engineering ($76,000), flood
and drainage ($336,000) and pedestrian malls and
sidewalks ($52,000).
Anna Maria fees reduced: Responding to citizen
concerns that the revised building permit fees were "too
much, too soon," the Anna Maria City Commission
tempered the impact of the proposed ordinance.
The square footage basis for the fee schedule
now pertains to "conditioned space," which is de-
fined as mechanically cooled or heated. Prior to the
change, decks and garages were included in the cal-
culation.
Another revision was elimination of the "add
on" fee for plan review. Charges for this service will
now be considered included in the $19 charge for
every $1,000 of construction value in the base per-


mit fee.
Cell tower moratorium: In an attempt to forestall
a cellular phone tower controversy such as the one that
has erupted in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach city
commissioners began the process of declaring a mora-
torium on the tall towers in their city.
The commission voted unanimously to proceed with
the public hearing process to halt any construction of cell
towers in Bradenton Beach through January 1999.
The moratorium was designed to give officials
time to change the city's land development codes and
comprehensive plan to address the towers, either per-
mitting or prohibiting them.
Two new officers: The Holmes Beach Police De-
partment welcomed two new officers.
Patrol Officer Vernon McGowin came to the de-
partment from the Palmetto Police Department.
McGowin and his wife Rebecca have two children,
Brian, 10, and Amanda, 8.
Eric Kuusela came to Holmes Beach from the
University of Florida Police Department in Gainesville
and was an auxiliary officer in Holmes Beach for a year
before being hired full time. Kuusela serves as the
school crossing guard and the all terrain vehicle patrol
officer.
City shows appreciation: Bradenton Beach, the
city, honored Bradenton Beach, the people, in a citizen
appreciation ceremony at city hall.
Ninety people received certificates of appreciation
for their volunteer efforts on behalf of city activities
ranging from painting and landscaping to serving on
volunteer advisory boards.
Prelude a success: The first Christmas Prelude on
Bridge Street was deemed a rousing success by the
1,500 or so people who attended on Thanksgiving night
in Bradenton Beach.
The Bridge Tender took first place in the business
decorating contest and Robert Byrne and Raul and Susan
Mendonca, 102 2nd St. N., took first for residential.


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Elder abuse case: Charges against two persons in
September as the result of harassing phone calls made
to an elderly Homes Beach woman were dropped or re-
duced.
Charges against Paramedic Tiffany Gonzalez,
Tampa, were reduced to harassing phone calls. Charges
against technician Jeff Cook, Bradenton, were dropped
completely due to the lack of evidence. The charges
against Gonzalez were reduced because the victim was
not considered defenseless, the state attorney's office
said.
New code officers: Both Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach welcomed new faces as both cities
hired new code enforcement officers.
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner appointed
Walter Wunderlich, a retired New York City police
lieutenant and security officer, as the city's new code
enforcement officer. The position had been vacant
since Bill Kepping resigned in September.
In Bradenton Beach, Gerri Rathvon became full-
time code enforcement officer. Rathvon moved from
Lancaster, Pa., where she worked in municipal govern-
ment for 27 years. She also worked in the code enforce-
ment office and was the city project officer for low-
income housing. She and her husband John moved to
the area in July.
Island Poet dies: William "Bud" Atteridge, 96,
"the Island poet," died Dec. 8 in.a Louisiana retirement
home where health problems had confined him since
August.
His poems dealt gently and humorously with the
human condition, including the aging process which he
often found hilarious. Anna Maria Island shone
through in almost every rhyme as he touched on every
facet of life including death, which also gave him
some chuckles.
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Atteridge said many times that he had traveled to
56 countries, could live anywhere he chose, but
couldn't imagine being anywhere but Anna Maria Is-
land.
Hundreds see lighted boats: Chilly temperatures
didn't keep boaters or spectators away from the 10th
Annual Anna Maria Island Christmas Lighted Boat
Parade. Chuck Stealy and Frank Derfler, co-chairs of
the event, said 14 boats participated in this year's pa-
rade, which wound through the waters of Bimini Bay,
through the Anna Maria Channel and past the Anna
Maria City Pier and the Rod and Reel Pier.
Parade a huge success: Despite slight mechani-
cal problems at mid-route, the Island-wide Christ-
Smas parade was fun for all participants, spectators
and, of course, the kids.
Although slightly smaller than in the past in
number of floats and participants, the cool weather
didn't hamper the hundreds of children who flocked
to Coquina Beach to see Santa, munch on hot dogs
and sip cola.
Ball field disagreementt revised: The Holmes
Beach City Commission again reviewed and revised
the interlocal agreement with Manatee County on
the ball field behind city hall.
The agreement details the maintenance, use and
control of the field and has been revised by the city
and the county numerous times since it was drafted.
Commissioners have made several revisions in-
cluding making the field multi-use, changing the
length of the agreement from 30 years to 10 years,
guaranteeing open time for residents to use the field
Sand giving control of the scheduling to the city.
Publix in Holmes Beach: Publix has acquired
Island Foods and should open one of the chain's new
community grocery stores by fall 1998.
Although Publix spokesperson Jennifer Bush de-
clined to disclose the sale price, other sources said
the transaction with Island Foods owner Jim Gloth
was in excess of $3.2 million.
Bush said the demolition of Island Foods, 3900
East Bay Drive, should begin shortly after the new
year. Bush said the demolition should take two to
three weeks, and the.new 27,000-square-foot store
should take approximately eight months to build. Is-
land Foods was about 19,000 square feet.
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positions for another term. In addition, former mayor
and commissioner Max Znika will take the third
seat, succeeding Elaine Burkly.
Burkly said she was not going to seek reelection
"as other interests will require my time and talents."
New year, new city hall: Groundbreaking is
slated for January and total construction costs are
estimated at $1,372,000 for the new Holmes Beach
city complex.
Anita Fletcher, wife of architect H. Patterson
Fletcher, described the bid as a shopping list for the
city with two parts.
In the first part of the bid, the total construction
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local wood trusses instead of metal, interior metal stud
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More for all employees: Christmas came early
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Since the summer's budget session, Mayor
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 30, domestic battery, 400 block of Spring.
According to the report, the deputy spoke to the victim
and determined that her claims and obvious scars were
sufficient to place the subject in custody.
Jan. 2, burglary, 400 block of Poinsettia. A per-
son unknown forced entry into the residence. It is un-
known whether anything was removed.
Jan. 3, information, 307 Pine, General Store. The
complainant reported a person threw eggs at the front
of the business.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 30, criminal mischief, 501 Gulf Drive N.,
Bridgeport condominiums. The victim reported a per-
son unknown punctured two vehicle tires with a sharp
object. Damages were $250.
Dec. 30, criminal mischief, 103 Church Avenue,
Pine Mobile Home Park. The victims reported a person
unknown punctured one tire on each of their vehicles
with a sharp object. Damages were $220.
Dec. 31, suspicious, Leffis Key. The officer on
patrol observed two subjects in a vehicle backed into
a parking space. He watched them for 10 minutes and
they did not leave the vehicle. He asked them what they
were doing, and they said they were waiting for a girl
but did not know her name. He advised them to leave
the area unless they were there to walk the preserve.
Dec. 31, grand theft, 400 block of Church Av-
enue. The victim observed the subject riding a bicycle
that was reported stolen Dec. 28. He and a witness gave
chase and the subject ditched the bicycle, took another
and continued to flee. The officer located the subject
and detained him for the victim and witness to identify.
He was placed in custody.
Jan. 2, criminal mischief, Bridge Street and
Bradenton Beach City Pier. A person unknown broke
the wooden decorative ends off of 19 city benches.


Jan. 2, criminal mischief, 103 Church Avenue,
Pines Mobile Home Park. The victim reported a person
unknown punctured one vehicle tire with a sharp ob-
ject. Damages were $100.
Jan. 2, aggravated domestic battery, 100 block of
Third Street South. The subject said that he and the
victim'became involved in an argument and he began
striking her in the face with his hands. The victim
pulled out a six-inch carving knife from the couch
where she was seated and told the subject to leave her
alone, said the report. The subject grabbed the knife
and cut himself on the hand and the victim cut herself
during the struggle. The subject was placed in custody.
Holmes Beach
Dec. 27, Marchman Act, 5910 Marina Drive,
Bamboo Raw Bar. The officer on patrol observed the
bartender attempting to remove the extremely intoxi-
cated subject from the business. The officer attempted
to speak to the subject who was uncooperative and
could not tell the officer where he lived or of anyone
who could come and get him. He was placed in custody
under the Marchman Act.
Dec. 27, suspicious, Palm and Gulf Drives. The
complainant reported a jogger slammed his fist into the
side of her van, causing a dent.
Dec. 28, theft, 5508 Marina Drive, Gifts Unlim-
ited. The complainant reported the theft of $21 in nov-
elty items.
Dec. 29, vandalism, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria Elementary School. The officer on patrol ob-
served damage to a drinking fountain and boards on a
walkway.
Dec. 29, assistance, 500 block of 69th Street. The
officer assisted an elderly resident turn on the heat.
Dec. 29, disturbance, 3007 Gulf Drive. Two in-
toxicated subjects were arguing about money and the
officer advised them to stop drinking for the day.
Dec. 29, burglary to an automobile, 5325 Marina
Drive, Marina Bay restaurant. The victim reported a
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Dec. 29, theft of $5.26 in gasoline, 3015 Gulf
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Dec. 30, assistance, 6800 block of Holmes Bou-
levard. The complainant reported his canoe came un-
tied and drifted to the other side of the lake. The officer
retrieved it for him.
Dec. 30, assistance, 77th Street and Marina Drive.
The officer responded in reference to a sunken sailboat
and found the boat partially underwater. He contacted
the owner and the fire department responded to help
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Dec. 31, burglary, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive.
The victim reported a person unknown entered his boat
and removed a fish finder valued at $240.
Dec. 31, DUI, DWLS, possession of marijuana un-
der 21 grams, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. The officer on
patrol observed a vehicle driven by Gregory Harazda, 35,
of Holmes Beach, traveling north in the 4000 block of
Gulf Drive in the opposite lane. Harazda then traveled left
of center six times and crossed the line on the right side
of the road seven times, said the report.
The officer stopped Harazda and when he at-
tempted to get out his driver's license and registration,
the officer observed a bag of marijuana in the glove
box. The officer administered performance evaluations
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Mother Nature bares her bottom for New Year


By Bob Ardren
Outdoor Perspectives
What a way to start the New Year tides so low
that I couldn't find anybody who remembered them
ever lower.
Kind of like Mother Nature skinny dipping to cel-
ebrate the New Year. At least she was baring her bay
bottoms.
Alcee Taylor in Cortez, who's watched, worked on
and worried about these waters for more than 50 years,
says he can't remember the tide ever being lower than
on New Year's Day. Being a thoroughly modern guy,
however, Alcee also says with a little tongue in
cheek he thinks maybe El Nino had something to do
with it.
For my part, I believe it was a combination of north
winds, a spring tide, maybe planetary alignment and
certainly an extraordinary high barometric pressure
area (30.6 inches of mercury at noon) over us that day
causing the remarkable low tide. In Sarasota it was so
low that tow boats being called out to pull off grounded
sailboats were themselves often unable to get out of
their slips.

Cortez Museum featured
Speaking of Alcee Taylor, he tells me the current
issue of National Fisherman has an article featuring
him, old Cortez and his museum. National Fisherman
is the main trade journal of the country's commercial
fishing industry.

Panhandle growth
Every Florida newspaper I picked up during the
weekend had an article about growth in the Panhandle
and how communities up there are trying to handle it.
I find that pretty interesting in light of my recent trip
there and seeing all those 18-story condos on what used
to be empty beach.
Empty just a couple of years ago.
The Panhandle's seven westernmost counties grew
at only half or two-thirds the rate of the rest of Florida
during the 1970s and 1980s. But during the 1990s
they've caught up and surpassed the rest of us. For
example, Florida as a whole has grown at 13.6 percent
through 1997, according to the University of Florida's
Bureau of Economic and Business Research.
But growth in those western Panhandle counties is
now 17.4 percent a year. For a longer view, consider
this: since 1970 through 1996, Santa Rosa County, just
east of Pensacola, has grown 171 percent.
Communities like Panama City have reached the
limits of their sewage capacity and Destin just to the
west is in danger of having a building moratorium due
to overcrowded roads. Everyone, including the govern-
ment it seems, is building as fast as they can.


should be aware of.
Unlike the good ol' days when you could find
yourself a nice spot to dangle a hook and never worry
about government bureaucracy, the increasing de-
mands on Florida's fishing resources have prompted
more and more regulations.


Where's the water? An unusually low tide New Year's Day caused more dry land than water in Anna Maria
Sound and Tampa Bay. Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood


And lest anyone get uppity about who was here
first, this latest "immigration" crisis really began when
a few tough Spaniards showed up in Florida looking for
gold a long time ago.

A New Year's thought
Yellowstone National Park is a long way from
Anna Maria Island, but some interesting things, besides
Old Faithful, are happening there. The re-introduction
of gray wolves in the park is teaching scientists some
new lessons.
Two years ago, 33 wolves were released in the park
and today there are 97, according to park officials.
Obviously, they're finding plenty to eat if they can
multiply at that rate. Mostly what they eat is elk.
As park scientist John Varley told the New York
Times recently, the wolves "can create an elk carcass
whenever they want." And they seem to do so every
couple of days.
That's no problem as the park's elk herd is big and
healthy.
But as the wolves expand their territory, they're
also killing some of the park coyotes, previously num-
ber two on the food chain, but now number three. Griz-
zly bears are top predator in the park.
Since coyotes eat mostly rodents, not elk, more
rodents are available to allow for other predators, such


as hawks and eagles, to flourish. Even grizzlies seem
to be flourishing a bit more because they too dine on
left-over elk, to build more fat tissue prior to hibernat-
ing for the winter.
Now a federal judge has ordered all wolves "re-
moved" from the park because of objections by nearby
ranchers. In plain talk, that means shooting the wolves.
The New York Times, as you might expect, is
against this. And so are most environmentalists. "It is
no exaggeration to say that since the return of the
wolves, Yellowstone has witnessed an economics of
diversity from which human culture including the
culture of ranching can directly benefit, if only it
chooses to do so," the editorial concludes.
The decision is being appealed.
Thankfully here on Anna Maria Island we don't
have to face many decisions like this. But over the
coming year it would benefit all of us to remember just
how complicated the natural system surrounding us
really is when it comes time to trim the mangroves or
renourish the beaches.
Easy answers are seldom the right ones when it
comes to dealing with nature, and hard, often compli-
cated, answers are seldom what many people want to
hear. But they're generally closer to the truth.
Happy New Year everybody.
See you next week.



by regulations
fish from land or a bridge don't need a license as long
as they are Florida residents and can prove it via a
driver's license or similar paperwork.
The cost for resident license are $11.50 for a 10-
day license, $13.50 for a one-year license. Nonresi-
dents can get a three-day license for $6.50, a seven-day
license for $16.50 and a license that's good for a year
for $31.50. Don't forget that special fish need special
permit stamps snook, tarpon and the like. Check
first to avoid a potential fine.
Here's who doesn't need a license:
Anyone under 16 years of age.
Any Florida resident over 65 years of age.
Any Florida resident fishing in saltwater from
land or from a structure fixed to the land.
Any person fishing from a boat which has a valid
recreational vessel saltwater fishing license.
Anyone fishing from a pier which has been issued
a pier saltwater fishing license.
Any Florida resident who is a member of the
United States armed forces and not stationed in Florida,
when fishing while at home on leave for 30 days or
less, upon submission of orders.
There are a few other exemptions to the licensing
requirement, but these are the most notable ones.
In addition to the county tax and tag offices (one
of which is located at 3340 East Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach) there are a number of subagents where a license
can be obtained.


cense, but unless you are specifically exempted, you'd
best get on down to your nearest licensing location and
.get yourself one.
First, here's who needs a license: Just about any-
one who takes, attempts to take or possess marine fish
for non-commercial purposes from a boat. Anglers who


Power squadron hosts guests from Austria
Visitors from Austria were guests of Anna Maria Island Power Squadron's administrative officer Chuck
Stealey and his wife, Mary, both of Holmes Beach, at the squadron's Cruise & Rendezvous held at the Bucca-
neer Inn Restaurant on Longboat Key. The C&R is a monthly event held by the squadron at various "ports" in
which members and their guests attend either by boat or car. Enjoying the event are, from left, Chuck and
Mary Stealey, Heinz Hoffer and his daughter, Jesse, Mike Schwab, Gitty Hoffer and Sissy Schwab. Islander
Photo: Courtesy of the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron


Going fishing? Don't get hooked I
If you're thinking of dropping a line (to catch fish, In other words, you generally have to have a fish-
that is) there are a few lines in the state statutes you ing license. There are some folks who don't need a li-





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Grouper offshore best bet for angling action


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Grouper remain the best bet for offshore anglers,
with excellent catching being reported in 60 to about
80 feet of water. In the backwater, sheepshead action
is really starting to pickup. Look for trout now back
in season as well as redfish, flounder and the occa-
sional pompano.
Jack at the Rod and Reel Pier said pier fishers
there have been catching redfish and sheepshead.
Bob at the Anna Maria City Pier said anglers
there are catching a few mackerel in the morning, plus
flounder, a bunch of sheepshead and pompano.
On the Miss Cortez Fishing Fleet, four-hour
trips averaged 230 head of Key West grunts. The
six-hour trips averaged 250 head of black grouper,
mangrove snapper, red grouper, lane snapper, por-
gies and Key West grunts. The nine-hour trip caught
red and black grouper, mangrove and lane snapper
and porgies.
Annie's Bait & Tackle said that Capt. Zack on the
Dee Jay II found improved action this week thanks to
better weather. He's putting charters onto lots of reds
up to 32 inches, flounder, lots of trout and sheepshead.
Gag grouper are in the bays up to 19 inches long, and
there are still some pompano around.
Also from Annie's, Capt. Dave Pinkham on the
Legend said grouper fishing has gone crazy. He took
Chris Kaufmann and family from Sarasota out Sat-
urday and caught gag grouper up to 18 pounds in
about 80 feet of water. A Sunday trip with Frenchy
Lafieniuie caught seven 12-pound gag grouper in
about 65 feet of water, plus triggerfish and mangrove
snapper.
Carl at Perico Island Bait & Tackle said wade
fishers are doing good with nice-sized keeper redfish
and fair-sized but scattered trout, but the best bet seems
to be sheepshead.
Capt. Rick Gross said he should get his new boat
any day now. In the meantime, he's bringing in redfish
and sheepshead.
On my boat Magic we're finding sheepshead,
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Capt. Tom Chaya said redfish, trout and sheeps-
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Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair said he's
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head remains the best bet, and whiting are starting to
show up along the beaches.
Capt. Glenn Corder on the Deep South said grou-
per fishing is fair to excellent right now, with the best
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Island Sports

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


Top 10 sports stories
of 1997
With the New Year barely started, I decided to take
a look back on all of the sports stories of 1997 and create
a "top-10" list.
I had a hard time narrowing the list from the 20 sto-
ries that caught my eye. There were several great Little
League baseball games that I watched, not to mention the
fantastic run that Manatee East made in the Little League
World Series last summer, but I omitted them from con-
sideration since they aren't from the Island. I also left out
reports made while on vacation in Chicago since Matt
"Butterfingers" Bowers dropped the ball anyway.
Soccer season also provided a multitude of excite-
ment in both the Anna Maria Island Community Center's
recreational league and the Island Football Club's games.
Bearing all of this in mind, here are my top 10 sports
stories from 1997.

10. Tip of the Island 3,
Haley's Motel 2
Chad Alger and Joey Mousseau matched each other
pitch for pitch as they both pitched complete Little League
games March 27. Haley's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the
first on a RBI single by Alger that scored Brandon Rob-
erts, but Tip came right back as Courtney Taylor tied the
game with a single in the second inning that scored Evan
Smith.
Haley's regained the lead on a long fly ball to right-
center field by Aaron Lowman that Smith barely got a
glove on after a long run from right field. Smith quickly
threw the ball in to the shortstop but the relay went over
the third baseman's head, allowing Lowman to race home
and giving Haley's the lead at 2-1.
Kyle Dale tied the game for the Tip in the fifth inning
when he raced home from third on a passed ball and Jer-
emy LeGrand won it with an RBI ground-out in the fifth
inning.

9. IFC under-8 team makes
smashing debut
The Island Football Club made good on its prom-
ise to provide Island youth an option to play competi-
tive soccer against teams from other areas as they put
together three teams in the under-8, under-12 and un-
der-14 divisions. Their motivation for this venture
stems from the efforts of people like Dennis
Grandstadt, Ken Trent and Loretta Lease, whose efforts
provided Island youth this same opportunity 20 years
ago.
IFC U-8 youth made their debut a great success by
beating Manatee East 15-0, evoking memories of past
Island soccer victories. Nick Smith scored six goals and
was supported by Joel Mitchell with four. Spencer Carper
won man-of-the-match for his stellar defensive play.

8. IFC versus Slovakia act IV
Island Football Club's Division I adult team took on
fierce rivals' SFC Slovakia on Sunday, Nov. 9, at G.T.
Bray park in Bradenton.
The excitement and energy of Sunday's game rivaled
S the last match of the two teams on Slovakia's home field
back in April. Another similarity of last season's game
was the continual "diving" by Slovakian players.
Right from the start, the crowd was gasping and
cheering as Danny Mitchell and Slovakia's Pavel Rusek
collided. Slovakia was awarded a free kick but goalie
Lance Bieker was equal to the task in making the save on
Rusek's shot.
The action went back and forth with the goalies for
both teams having to come up with big saves in keeping
the game scoreless. During this time, IFC lost two play-
ers to red cards which forced them to play short handed
for the final 15 minutes.
Slovakia took advantage in the 77th minute when
some miscommunication and bad luck led to a Slovakian
goal. First Ken Bowers inadvertently heeled the ball back-
wards to brother Matt who missed it, letting the ball roll
into the penalty area where Rusek awaited.
Rusek passed the ball to Garek Szusarek, who rock-
eted it past a helpless Bieker in goal for a 1-0 lead with


IFC goalie Lance Bieker, who was sent out of the game with a broken nose only to return to tough it out for a
30-minute overtime and the shootout, celebrated after the match against SFC Slovakia last April. IFC took the
championship then, only to lose it in November.


little time left.
IFC played the next 13 minutes like they held a two-
man advantage as they just missed on several scoring
opportunities. In the 89th minute the game lasts 90
minutes Ken Bowers beat his man in midfield, some-
how kept the ball in bounds and carried the ball into the
Slovakian goal box. He fired a shot that beat the goalie's
far post to tie the score and set off a wild celebration
among the home field faithful as time expired.

7. Yencho hurls AMFD past Tip
Steve Yencho struck out 16 Tip of the Island batters
during a 10-1 victory Saturday morning at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Peter Dowling took the loss -
his defense letting him down with three errors.
Tip's Joey Mousseau managed to tag Yencho for a
double and a triple but the team was otherwise handcuffed
by Yencho. Jason Sato and Brett Milks led the way at the
plate for Anna Maria Fire District with two RBI's but the
story on this Saturday was clearly Yencho. He allowed
only five hits while recording 16 of a possible 18 outs by
strikeout.

6. Last-minute goal by Courtney
Taylor ties game for IFC
IFC under-12 went up against Benchmark Blueprints
of Manatee East on Nov. 22 at Braden River Park in
Bradenton. IFC was facing their stiffest competition as
their opponents towered over the locals.
Despite the fact that the opposition was physically
bigger and stronger, the locals played fearlessly. In fact,
they were keeping the ball on Manatee East's side of the
field by playing the ball wide and capitalizing on superior
team speed.
Manatee East chose to play long ball kicking it
downfield and giving chase. IFC handled this strategy fine
until the 14th minute when the referee awarded Manatee
East a free kick. Brian Carr took the free kick and and hit
it over the defensive wall and off the fingertips of IFC
goalie Max Gazzo for a 1-0 lead which held until halftime.
The second-half action went back and forth with both
defenses playing extremely well. With time running short,
IFC took the ball down the wing where a Manatee East
player made a defensive tackle giving IFC the throw in.
Michael Mijares took the ball and sent it to Gazzo at left
halfback.
Gazzo carried the ball in toward the goal and sent it
to Sean Pittman at the right wing. Pittman beat his man
down the wing and hit a hard cross that may have actually
been a shot on goal that was off the mark. Courtney Tay-
lor surrounded by two Manatee East defenders
somehow got her foot on the ball to volley it into the back
of the net and tie the score with very little time left.

5. IFC under-14s finish Turkey
Shoot in second place
IFC U-14s won three games by 4-1, 7-2 and 5-0
scores to gain a spot in the finals against West Pasco #4
during the Thanksgiving weekend tournament.
The locals fell behind 2-0 and never really challenged
for the ball in the first half. The second half saw them
come out with a lot more energy and managed to tie the
score on goals by Aaron Lowman and Diego Felipe, but


West Pasco notched a goal late in the game to win the
championship.
IFC just missed scoring off a Matt Losek cross dur-
ing the last minute of action to end a great showing by the
locals.

4. Perseverance pays off for
Dowling Park!
Dowling Park beat Island Pest Control 2-1 in a Nov.
6 Division I soccer game at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. The game had an exciting finish as Josh
Sankey scored the game winner in the 52nd minute in
front of a raucous crowd that cheered every Dowling Park
touch on the ball.
The win which put Dowling Park in the victory
column was a result of hard work as they clearly were
the aggressors in getting on the scoreboard in the third
minute when Mark Sankey received the ball and sent it
forward to a hard-charging Peter Dowling, who just beat
the goalie to the ball. Dowling's shot defected off the
goalie and slowly rolled into the goal for a 1-0 lead that
stood until halftime.
Aaron Lowman took things onto his own feet in the
46th minute when he dribbled around and through two
defenders to find the back of the net and even things up
at 1-1.
With the action going back and forth, oohs and ahhs
were heard from the spirited crowd as scoring chances for
both teams were stopped by nice tackles by the respective
defenses of both teams.
A deafening cheer went up from the Dowling Park
faithful as Josh Sankey beat his man in midfield and went
in against the goalie with two defenders giving chase.
Sankey pushed the ball forward a bit too far, prompting
goalie Luke Jaeger to come out and challenge for the ball.
Sankey just won the foot race that resulted in a collision
between him and Jaeger. The ball somehow squirted
through and slowly rolled into the goal for a 2-1 lead.
Two saves in the closing minutes by Alan Jenkins in
goal put the finishing touches on the 2-1 win by Dowling
Park, which sent parents and fans sprinting across the field
to congratulate the team.
Amid the celebrating, Peter Dowling was asked how
it felt to finally get a win. He succinctly responded, "It's
awesome!"

3. Mousseau dusts himself off,
hits homer
During the major league all-star game, Joey
Mousseau stepped up to bat against Chad Alger and
fouled the ball off his face, cutting the inside of his mouth.
Coach and dad, Roger, wanted to take him out of the game
since he was bleeding and in obvious pain. Joey argued
to let him continue his at bat and he came through with an
inside-the-park home run.

2. Tip of the Island wins
championship
Tip of the Island won the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's Major League championship in a dramatic
extra-inning game by a score of 6-5 over Kiwanis. League

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MVP Joey Mousseau and Ryan Allis were equally effec-
tive on the mound through six innings when they were
replaced with the score tied at 5-5.
Controversy entered the game after Robby Dial struck
out to open the third inning. Andy Rauch chopped the ball
off home plate and started down the first-base line but
stopped when the umpire called "foul ball."
Kiwanis manager Bob Gibbons pointed out that home
plate is fair territory so the umpire awarded Rauch first
base despite Tip manager Lou Fiorentino's protests. The
call proved costly as it kept Kiwanis alive and they went
on to tie the score 3-3.
Kiwanis took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth only to
see Tip come back in their half the inning to tie it up at 5-
5.
Tip thought they had won the game in the seventh
inning when Pocino was called safe at home on Dowling's
bases-loaded grounder, but Kiwanis manager Bob Gib-
bons argued that Christian Bax didn't have to tag Pocino
since it was a forced out.
The umpire reversed his call and the game went on
until the bottom of the eighth inning when, with two outs,
Mousseau hitless for the night ripped a double to
right center to set the stage for Pocino who came through
with the game-winning single to end the marathon game
arfd win the championship for Tip of the Island.

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took victory in a sudden-death shootout last April at the
Sarasota Football Club to win the Suncoast Soccer League
Division Cup.
The team was led by the heroic effort of goalie Lance
Bieker, who was sent out of the game with a broken nose
only to return to tough it out for a 30-minute overtime and
the shootout.
The IFC goals came from Tim Bugna, Tim Lease and
Ken Bowers. Bowers also had two assists.
Boisterous IFC fans outnumbered the "home crowd"
for the Slovakians at the Sarasota Football Club, where the
game became a showcase of intensity and national pride.
Both teams as well as fans battled hard, obviously want-
ing to win the back and forth affair.
Slovakia took the early lead on a header off a
Slovakian corer kick only to see IFC tie it up in the 26th
minute on a Bugna volley off a pass from Ken Bowers.
The 1-1 tie held until halftime.
Early in the second half, Ken Bowers beat his man
down the wing and delivered the ball across the goal
mouth to an anticipating Lease who knifed in front of
a defender to head the ball into the goal for a 2-1 lead.
Slovakia knotted the score at 2-2 when Pavel
Rusek taking advantage of Bieker's absence due to
a broken nose scored on a breakaway goal. IFC
came right back to retake the lead on a scintillating goal
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Bowers caught with his right foot, then volleyed with his
left past the helpless goalie for a 3-2 lead.
Rusek scored on another breakaway to tie the score
at 3-3 and send the game into extra time two 15-minute
halves.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie until IFC was
awarded a free kick just outside the goal box with barely
30 seconds to play. Mitchell curled the ball into the middle
of the box to Matt Bowers who volleyed it off the hard-
charging Slovakian goalie. The ball deflected back to
Kevin Cassidy who hammered it into the back of the net
for the apparent game-winning goal, but the referee dis-
allowed the goal amid the celebration and sent the game
into a penalty kick shootout.
Five players were chosen to participate in alternating
penalty shots to determine the winner with Slovakia hold-
ing a one-goal lead with one IFC player remaining to
shoot. Lease stepped up and beat the goalie to the right
post to tie the score, so three more players were chosen to
shoot, only now it was sudden death.
The Slovakians missed their first sudden-death try and
Neil Fellowes, avenging the ghost of a missed penalty kick
at age 18, calmly hammered the game-winner into the
lower left corner of the goal.
I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and
I look forward to another exciting year of Island sports.
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778-7923.
FURNITURE MAKE AN OFFER Two maple chairs
$15 ea., small wing chair $40, glass-top coffee table
and two matching end tables $175 set, black TV cabi-
net $50, two futon chairs $25 ea. Call 778-4029.


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.


ROSER GUILD Thrift Shop. Open Tues., Thurs., Fri.,
9:30-2 Sat., 9-12. Clothing etc. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, across from Chapel.
GARAGE SALE Sat., Jan. 10, 8-1. Kid's toys, house-
hold items, lots of stuff! 513 71 st Street, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE Sat., Jan. 10, 9-12. Household items.
3215 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
PRIVATEERS' THIEVES' MARKETS Sat., Jan. 10,
8-3. Flea Market, Arts & Crafts, Whatnots. City Hall
Park, Holmes Beach.


BELOVED CAT LOST very frightened gray male,
neutered/declawed. May answer to Smokey. Re-
ward. Call 779-2212.


LOST CAT missing since Dec. 31. "Rusty", orange
tiger. North end of Anna Maria. Please call 779-2143.
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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.
SENIORS AND OTHERS Join us for the summer on
a pristine lake in the mountains of upstate NY. Open-
ings at children's camp for cooks, nurses, secretary,
maintenance, driver, night watchman, and instructors
for: water skiing; sailing; tennis; arts/crafts; dance;
theater; etc. Family accommodations children/
grandchildren warmly welcomed. Pauline 383-9240.
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.


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ANNA MARIA CANAL HOME
This lovely 3BR/3BA home with boat house, boat
lift and dock is turnkey furnished! Large screened
lanai and 16x30 heated pool. Features include den,
family room and updated tile kitchen plus over-
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from the beach! $345,000. Reduced. Dick Maher or
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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
Hostetler. 778-4800. MLS 26221.



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* 3BR/3BA Canal Home ....................... $345,000 Fourplex Holmes Beach ..................... $315,000
* 3BR/2BA Anna Maria Home ............ $198,000 Duplex Holmes Beach ........................ $175,000


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

* Bradenton Beach house steps to beach$700 mo

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* Office Building Holmes Beach .......... $310,000
* Motel 10 units, Holmes Beach plus 3BR/2BA
owner hom e ..................................... $1,000,000
* 3 + acres next to DeSoto Mall............ $750,000
5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217


GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING 3BR/
2BA home located on a deep-water
canal. Boat dock and davits plus in-
ground pool with solar heat and wood-
burning fireplace. #CH24264.
$180,000.
RIDGEWOODS OAKS 2BR/2BA with
20x20 carport and 20x26 shed with
shower. Eat-in kitchen with an island,
formal dining room and family room.
Great community with tennis, heated
pool, clubhouse and shuffle board
courts. $92,500. #CH25150
BEACH WALKER DREAM 2BR/2BA
home only a short one and one half
blocks to the beach. Enjoy the patio
with picnic table and the outdoor
shower. $159,900. #CH25051.


VACATION RENTALS
2BR/2BA Canal home in Holmes Beach $2,500 mo


2BR/2BA Pool home in Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Key Royal home
3BR/2BA Key Royale home

CONDO

2BR/2BA Bayview Terrace, 3 mo. min.
2BR/1BA Across street from the Gulf
3BR/2BA Pine Bay Forest, 3 mo. min.


$2,800 mo
$3,200 mo
$3,200 mo



$1,800 mo
$1,800 mo
$2,300 mo


IMPERIAL HOUSE CONDO Affordable condo in excellent area with heated pool, fishing dock, clubhouse,
bayside patio and deeded Gulf access. 2BR/2BA, pool side. $94,900. #20338. Call Carol Heinze 778-5059.
EXQUISITE RIVER CLUB Home needs new owners. My current owners must relocate. I was built in 1996
with attention to details and I enjoy the view of the lake and the entertainment of the 16-hole golf course. I
offer 3BR/2BA, family room, living room, two-car garage, heated and self-cleaning pool. $216,000. #23787.
Call Katharina Hewlin 758-2118.
FRESH MEADOWS WELCOMES YOU Enjoy this 4BR/2BA home overlooking the lake and the community
pool for only $128,500. Includes a beautifully landscaped, fenced-in yard and tennis courts for your enter-
tainment. Close to Buffalo Creek Golf Course. #24241. Call Carol Heinze 778-5059.


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GULFFRONT MOTEL 1.25 acres, 22 units. High value in land
for future development $2,149,000. Compare and you'll buy!
ACREAGE/PDR for 30 homes. Near school/golf $235,000.
DUPLEX + VACANT LOT 100'x90'. 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
room,fireplace, BONUS greatroom,quality home with extras
$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.
1 BR/1BA, walk to beach. Furnished. Holmes Beach. $189,900.
CANALFRONT LOT Anna Maria $129,900.
"Wir Spechen Deutsch"
5351 GULF DRIVE 778-0807 Eves. 778-5427
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BEN & IRENE'S Dog sitting service. House calls We
cone to you cats or dogs Island only. 778-1012.
"CRITTER SITTER" Going away and your pets have
to stay? Daily visits to your home to provide food,
water, plus lots of TLC! Call 778-6000.


1984 DODGE DIPLOMAT runs good. $400. Call
778-7069.
1972 PINTO STATION WAGON 43,387 actual miles,
excellent condition. One owner car. Call 778-5614.
1988 RX7 HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLE white, looks
good, runs great! Leather interior, CD player with
surround sound and headrest speakers. Has new
exhaust, catalytic converter, radiator, water pump
and tires. 100,000 miles. $6,700. 778-2832.


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


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.Water
views from every window, 3BR/2.5BA. Lushly land-
scaped with native plants, newer upgraded appli-
ances and A/C. More than 750 square feet of en-
closed workshop and storage space. Wrap-around
deck, many built-ins. $259,000. Extra lot available.
Call 778-6835. .


WET SLIPS AND Hi 'N' Dry storage available at com-
petitive rates in modern, full-service marina. 778-2255.

REMKEN #2000 1988 Walkaround. 130 Mercruiser,
good condition. Owner leaving area. $3,900. Call
778-6021.
WANTED TO RENT Rowboat or Jon boat with oars
- Jan., Feb. and Mar. Call 778-4673.


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.
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.
OFFICE HELP 20-30 hours per week. Good office skills
and some computer knowledge. Real Estate license
helpful. Call Robin at Gulf-Bay Realty 778-7244.


JULIE McCLURE

Estate And
Household
Sales

o s y Antique And
Personal
Property
Appraisals

Consultations

My 20 years of appraising and 25 years. of
sales means I can offer you a qualified service
to help in the disposition of your fine antiques,
art, and household furnishings. I will be happy
to send you a resume and references.
(941) 746-2100
Member of Appraisers Association of America


COMPUTER GURU sought for in-house web site
development. Resume, letter of interest to
islander@mead.net or write The Islander By-
stander, 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 By-
stander, 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
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial
Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or
778-6247.


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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ISLAND CHARM 2BR/2BA home offers
much! Beautiful tropical landscaping, boat
space and dock available. $164,500.


STEPS TO THE BEACH! Great 3BR/2BA
townhouse has updated kitchen and baths
and has recently been re-carpeted. New
roof in 1993, ample storage, two-car ga-
rage. Excellent rental history. Reduced to
$141,900.


ROOM TO ROAM! Custom built in 1995
with quality and extras in mind! Large lot
with room to store boat or RV. Spacious
3BR/2BA interior and most furniture in-
cluded. $219,500.


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DIRECT WATERFRONT condo with boat slip
for a 40 to 45-foot power or sailboat in Mari-
ners Cove. Gated community with tennis,
pool, elevators and covered parking. 3BR/2BA
plus den for $264,950.









ISLAND 'GEM! Large home has a real
"beachy" feel! 4BR/2BA with large screened
lanai, wood deck, outdoor shower and
more! Beautiful landscaping tops it off!
$279,500.


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CUSTOM-BUILT waterfront home in se-
cluded area. Features include wraparound
screened and open decking, paver-brick
walk and driveways, two-story coral fire-
place and much more! $525,000.


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ISLAND LAKEFRONT
OPEN HOUSE SUN. 2-4 PM 306 68TH
ST. HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA on spring
fed lake. Fantastic views. Large lot zoned
R-2. Walk to prime beach in Holmes Beach.
$195,000. David Moynihan 778-7976.
R25325.


UNIQUE TRIPLEX Quality constructed
and well-maintained residential triplex with
spacious floor plans, private garages and
storage rooms on 100 x 100 lot with
gulfviews. Unit mix is 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with 3,225 sq. ft. of living area.
$325,000. David Moynihan 778-2246 /
778-7976. T18653.







SEASIDE GARDENS Waterfront 1 or
2BR/2BA with private patio and
community boat ramp. Beautiful water
views from this end unit. $102,000. Call
Gail Gwynne 778-2246 eves: 761-8080.
C25262.


BAYFRONT ELEGANCE Magnificent resi-
dence with spectacular bayviews. 3BR/2.5BA,
greatroom, eat-in kitchen, separate formal din-
ing and living room, master bedroom and bath
overlooking bay. Heated pool and deep-water
dockage. $695,000. David Moynihan
778-2246, eves. 778-7976. #25059.








ISLAND VILLAGE CONDO Excellent
Island complex with two pools, tennis,
covered parking and short walk to prime
beach. Spacious 2BR/2BA open-floor
plan, large screened porch and extra
storage. $116,500. David Moynihan
778-2246 eves; 778-7976. C25094.


SUNNY SHORES
Mobile Homes, turnkey furnished.
1BR/1BA...$22,500 MH26372
2BR/1.5BA...$46,900 MH26371
Great investment potential.
Bill Bowman 794-8482


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5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE
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ITALIAN RESTAURANT for sale! $82,500, possible
owner financing. Busy location, nice friendly bar,
approximately 40 seats and good catering business.
Call Deborah Thrasher 794-0007 or eves. 778-3395.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co.


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.,
airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Cab.
Serving 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.
Protect your investment. Call Damon at 320-5662.

CHECK-A-HOME Inspection Services can keep an eye
on your home or rental while you're gone. Free esti-
mate. Licensed builder #RR0066504. Also repairs and
remodel. Island Check-A-Home at 778-3089.

AUTOMOBILE SERVICE AND REPAIR. Call Mark
for appointment at Grooms Motors, 778-6045. 5608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HOUSE PAINTING by Henry. Interior/exterior. Call
795-5383.

HAULING, SHELLS DELIVERED and spread, trash
removal, tree trimming, pressure washing and
painting. Free estimates. Larry 778-0119.

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

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

COMPUTER TYPING SERVICE Letters, resumes,
brochures, term papers, flyers, labels, etc. Quick,
quality service. Reasonable rates. Free disk storage.
794-5376.





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RETIRED ENGINEER DESIRES repair work. Fixes
everything from computers to dishwashers. Free
consultations, reasonable rates. Call 778-0498.


"GENTLE GARDNER" will weed, plant, manicure
and water your garden with gentle perfection. Call
Barbara at 778-6110.
LAWN CARE Mowing, trim, bushes, weeding, flow-
ers, cleanup. Reliable adult, experienced, refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Personal Touch Lawn
Maintenance 778-6172.
MANATEE MOWERS Island lawn service. In busi-
ness over 10 years. Call Donnie Rivera today for a
free estimate at 778-7508. Thank you.
LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Design,
planting, mulching, shell, trimming. 35-years experi-
ence. 778-8272.
EXPERT LAWN CUTTING/tree trimming. Affordable,
reliable, insured. Call Jeff at 778-1560.


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 &
vinyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
ALUMINUM VINYL CONSTRUCTION. All types.
New installation and repairs. Insured and references.
Lic. #RX-0051318. Rex Roberts 778-0029.


INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-one year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
MR. BILL'S 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.
BRICK, GLASS BLOCK, stone, pavers, stucco, tile. Lic.
#MC00318. Insured. Phone 778-5183. Dave Elliott.


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.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL Cozy 2BR/2BA steps to
beach and shopping. Great for single or couple. $650
mo. plus utilities. 795-7805.

RETAIL/OFFICE UNITS on Bridge St. 400 sq. ft.
$350 mo.; 600 sq. ft. $500 mo. plus utilities. Erik
Sconberg, BMC Realty Inc. 795-9722.
SEASONAL VILLA AVAILABLE now. 2BR/1BA,
ground floor, patio, carport, turnkey furnished. Avail-
able monthly or for season. Call 778-3014.

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.


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3BR VILLA ON BOATING WATER. New kitchen and appli-
ances. New dock and easy access to ICW. Pets OK. Tennis
and pool. $172,000. Bob Burnett, 387-0048. C26095


GULFFRONT ESTATE with its own tennis court. Enjoy fabu-
lous sunsets while tucked away in this very private location.
3BR/3-1/2B. Beautifully landscaped. $1,250,000. Julie
DeSear, 794-3041. R25431


WATERFRONT
SARASOTA BAY waterfront lifestyle.
3BR/2-1/2B townhouse. Elegant
Florida design, soaring ceilings, six
skylights, open-floor plan. Elevator,
two-car garage, 24-hour manned
gatehouse. $309,900. Don Lewis, 746-
3200. C24581
WARNER BAYOU waterfront home.
Immaculate 4BR with screened porch
overlooking bayou. Pool and dock.
$262,900. Sandy Drapala, 794-3354.
R25674
MAGNIFICENT contemporary resi-
dence on Sarasota Bay. Soaring ceil-
ings, marble, granite and Italian tile,
outstanding design. 4BR/3B, lower-
level storage. $1,200,000. Kathy
Marcinko, 792-9122. R25931


ANNA MARIA ISLAND Key West-style 4BR/3-1/2B residence.
Separate dining room, master suite with sun deck and hot tub.
$399,000. Barry and Kimberly Charles, 795-1273. R25701


SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT ESTATE. 4BR/4B, gourmet
kitchen, fireplace. Elegant and spacious. Water views from all
rooms. Dock and davits on sailboat water. $895,000. Hal
Gillihan, 778-2194. R19319


LOT/ACREAGE
BAY OAKS. Seven lots from one to eight
acres in size. Access to Palma Sola Bay from
two homesites. Very exclusive, private setting.
$120,000 to $180,000. Sandy Drapala, 794-
3354. L13569-13572, L13576



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
Located in
Anna Maria Island Centre Shops


MAINLAND
TIMBER CREEK. Turnkey-furnished
1BR/1B on ground floor overlooking
golf course. Immediate occupancy.
$44,900. Van Bourgois, 761-0273.
C25891
RIVER WILDERNESS BEAUTY.
Ideal for great living on golf course.
Huge bonus room, 3 or 4BR, dining
and living rooms, family room, four-car
garage. $449,000. Nancy Keegan,
723-3929. R24815
MANATEE RIVER. Two homesites
plus five apartments. Possible to pur-
chase lot with two homes and one
apartment or two-story home with four
efficiencies. $320,000. Nancy
Keegan, 723-3929. CM23078


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KEY ROYALE Immaculate 2BR/2BA home with family
room and large, caged pool. Beautifully landscaped.
Great view! $210,000. Call Carol Williams 778-1718 eves.


BAYWATCH Rarely on the market. Very well-main-
tained 2BR/2BA second-floor end unit with breathtak-
ing views of Anna Maria Sound. Walk-in closets with
mirrored doors, ceramic tile and plush carpet through-
out. Nearly new appliances. $159,900. Call Susan
Hatch 778-7616 eves.
ISLAND DUPLEX Two-story duplex with outstanding Gulf
views. 2BR/1 BA first floor, 1 BR/1BA second floor. Steps
to beach. $335,000. Call Carla Price 778-0770 eves.
DUPLEX GULFVIEW Almost new 2BR/1.5BA and 1 BR/
1 BA duplex steps from the beach. Open-floor plan, 8-foot
ceilings, oak cabinets, Berber carpet, 46x26 extra-high
garage, maintenance-free exterior. "Reduced to
$177,900." Call Carol 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 r1


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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ANNUAL 1 BR 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.

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.
SEASONAL RESERVE NOW for 1998-1999.
Ground-level 2BR/2BA house with garage, steps to
beach. Non smokers. Call (813) 961-6992.
YOUR OWN BLUE HERON! 2BR/2BA lakefront fur-
nished like home. All amenities. Jan. through May, 3
mo. minimum. $1,700 mo. 778-1592.
SEASONAL RENTAL FOR the year 1999. Nice, very
clean upstairs apartment in Anna Maria City next to
beach and Post Office. Prefer 4-6 mo. rental. Call
778-4499.
SPARKLING, NEWLY CARPETED living room,
Mexican-tiled bedroom, washer/dryer, dishwasher.
Large private patio. Holmes Beach. $550 mo.
Available Mar. 778-7309.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canalfront
home with boat dock. $900 mo. Call Island Real
Estate 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH Pirate's Den. Due to cancellation
we have a vacancy for the month of February in a
roomy 1BR apartment with a queen-sleeper sofa in
living room. Turnkey furnished, stone's throw to Gulf
beaches. 778-4368.
SEASONAL RENTAL now through May. Retired
couple seeking 2-3BR/2BA home or ground-floor
condo on waterfront. Please call 778-2187.
HOLMES BEACH Excellent bay view 2BR/2BA, walk
to beach, new furnishings, washer/dryer, screened
lanai, parking under building. No pets/smoking. $650
wk. in season. Please leave message, (330) 372-3428.

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

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.
NICE 2BR/2BA APARTMENT. Central heat/air, steps to
beach. Ideal for couple. $650 mo., last, security includes
water/garbage. No pets. Call 778-1259 after 5pm.

ANNUAL FABULOUS 3BR/2BA one-year old home
across street from Gulf beach has all amenities.
Available now, no pets. $1,600 mo. plus utilities. Call
Carol at Green Real Estate (941) 778-0455.


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only. 3BR/2BA in Key Royale. $1,600 mo., $600 wk.
Call 778-4107.

SUMMER 1998/WINTER 1999 rentals available
now. Martinique direct Gulffront, three month
minimum. Pool, tennis, security elevator. $2,000 -
$3,000 mo. Call 795-3885.

ANNUAL ANNA MARIA duplex. 2BR/1BA, one half
block to beach. Screened porch. $675 includes wa-
ter and garbage. Call 778-4837.
SEASONAL SMALL 1BR/1BA apartment furnished.
3012 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. $800 mo. Call 778-3906.
ON BAY ANNUAL rental 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA
houses 1 BR/1 BA duplex, dock privileges. Coldwell
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SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, garage, washer/dryer.
Short walk to beach, sleeps 4. Turnkey furnished. Available
Jan. 15. $1,800 mo. plus tax. Call 778-5057.
CHARMING 2BR/2BA ground-level house. Close to
bay, washer/dryer, caged lanai and pool. Near
Catholic church. Available Jan. and Feb. $2,000 mo.
Coconuts, (941) 778-2277, (800) 331-2508.
LUXURIOUS BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA condo. Spec-
tacular view of Gulf of Mexico, washer/dryer, heated
pool and spa. Available Jan. $3,400 mo., Feb. $4,000
mo. Coconuts, (941) 778-2277, (800) 331-2508.
2BR/1BA SPACIOUS private, ground-level house,
steps to beach. North Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer.
Available Jan., Feb., Mar. $2,200 mo. Coconuts,
(941) 778-2277, (800) 331-2508.


DEEP-WATER CANAL LOT in Anna Maria for sale.
75 x 115. $158,000. Call 778-7127.
TRADE YOUR PROPERTY for 11 acres in Califor-
nia overlooking Big Horn CC, Palm Desert and Indian
Wells. Broker cooperation invited! (630) 257-6367.

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.

HOLMES BEACH north end. Quiet location, 3BR/
2BA with glass lanai and pool. Lots of tile. No Real-
tors. $174,900. Call 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.
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 pro-
fessional team of Realtors have listed and sold over $49
million so far in 1997! We appreciate you calling on Is-
land Real Estate for all your real estate needs ... we are
a success because of great customers like you! Island
Real Estate ... our name says it all! 778-6066.
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.


3BR/2BA SINGLE-FAMILY home, central Holmes
Beach location. Close to beach, deeded boat dock.
Owner/Realtor. $174,900. Call 778-0159.

MOBILE HOME for sale. Seven-years old. Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, Bradenton Beach. 1BR, furnished,
shed, carport enclosed. 727-3511 for information.

FANTASTIC BUY! $143,900. Definitely the lowest
priced Island home in its class! 3BR/2BA, open
kitchen, tree-top porch, elevated, 10-years old. Ap-
proximately 1,500 sq. ft. under air. Four-car covered
parking. Short stroll to Gulf beach and bay. Much
more! Phone (941) 778-5788 or 778-7752.

FOUR-PLEX $320,000. Good income. Ground floor
- three 2BR/1BA, 250 feet to beach. 108 39th Street.
Call 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.

DUPLEX $130,000. 400 feet to beach. Good income.
2BR/1.5BA each side. 2503 Avenue C. Call
778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.

BY OWNER Ground-level 3BR/2BA home, 900 feet
to beach. Large lanai with spa. 20x20 wood deck with
wood-burning barbecue. Completely remodeled in
1994. $229,700. 213 70th St. 778-5428.

GROUND-LEVEL 2BR/2BA fully-furnished home.
Fruit trees in yard, small tool shed with yard tools.
One and a half blocks to beach. Turnkey ready.
$175,000. Call 778-4186.

SPECTACULAR DIRECT Gulfviews on quiet beach.
Beautifully turnkey-furnished third-floor 1BR/1BA.
Eat-in kitchen, living room, dining room, balcony.
Sleeps four. Tennis, heated pool, elevator. $150,000.
Principals only. 778-6133.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT $299,000. Fantastic
views, 3BR/2BA, one-car garage. Easy to see.
Yvonne Higgins, Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND four-plex. Gulf/bay views.
Professional remodel, new furniture, appliances,
pool. Excellent money-maker. 4.3% financing.
$650,000 OBO. (941) 778-1322.

HOLMES BEACH 100 yards to Gulf. Ground-level
3BR/2BA house with mother-in-law suite. Appraised
at $228,000. Call 778-0103.
NW BRADENTON Executive pool home. Gorgeous,
5,000 + sq. ft., 6BR/5.5BA, river view. Professionally
decorated, fabulous chef's kitchen. Anxious owner
leaving state. $429,000. Call 795-4576.
HOLMES BEACH Lovely, quiet area. Cozy remodeled
2BR/2BA, patio, screened lanai. Asking $169,500.
Owner 779-1185. Possible owner financing.
LAST CHANCE TO BUY from owner. Duplex, 3012
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. $113,900. Call 778-3906.
OPEN SUNDAY, JAN. 11,1-4. Refurbished through-
out. Priced thousands below appraisal value. No
Realtors. (941) 778-7130. 219 Periwinkle Plaza.


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MM] PAGE 32 M JANUARY 7,1998 M THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER


HEARD AT THE AIRPORT

BY MARK DANNA / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ


ACROSS
1 River name
meaning "where
the goods are
brought in"
8 "Shane" man
12 He's well-sooted
for the job
19 Womb-related
20 Mine, in Amiens
21 Most volatile
emotionally
22 "Hey, babe,
wanna sit with
me on the
plane?"
24 Transport to
ecstasy
25 Game for two of
four
26 "While we're in
the air, write an
essay on
aviation"
28 "Don't waste
your breath!"
31 Still
32 Some M.I.T.
grads
33 Spree
36 Nods, perhaps
37 "I'm an
unattractive
woman who'll
gab the whole
trip"
43 Revolt
45 Burden
48 Deanna of "Star
Trek: T.N.G."




V I W r


49 "Mulholland
Falls" actor
50 One of the clan
51 Bad-mouth
53 "-- out!"
(ump's cry)
55 Manor near
Twelve Oaks
56 "Follow orders
in this plane
area or else!"
62 Court huddle
64 Twice 79-Down
65 Sen. Cochran
66 Roman called
"The Elder"
68 Trackers, e.g.
69 "Prepare to do a
spoof on
airports"
73 Accused's retort
74 Middling
75 Cross letters
76 Sine- non
79 Pilot's wear
82 "Executives,
today's lesson is
on jet financing"
86 Years of Nero's
reign
87 Found groovy
89 Bush, for one
90 Bits
91 Bank deals
93 A Bear
96 Prefix with
biology
98 Housekeeping
99 "First I'll read,
then watch the
movie, then...
101 Fen-- (diet
drug combo)


103 Through
working: Abbr.
104 Astonish
105 Spanish article
107 Lions and tigers
and bears, e.g.
109 "What's that
knitter doing
during air
turbulence?"
114 Rhyme scheme
118 Conspicuous-
ness
119 "My suitcase is
better than
yours"
122 Pollen, e.g.
123 Lake near
Jacobs Field
124 Put into motion
125 North Pole
family
126 Pick-me-up
127 Bums steers?
DOWN
1 Darts' places
2 Siouan speaker
3 Jets, e.g.
4 Gold braid
5 Among, in
poetry
6 "Wheel of
Fortune" buy
7 Used a thurible
8 Wash against
9 Part of a Latin
trio
10 "Indeed!"
11 Examine closely
12 Assemblage
13 Psychoanalyst
Karen .
14 Joy of wild
animals?


15 Split
16 Chow-
17 Secy.
18 Last in line,
usually
21 "Don't blame
voted tor

23 Zeit or polter
follower
27 One telephone
button
29 They're missing
from a roll
30 Contest
33 American finch
34 Beeish
35 Diving bird
38 Lichtenstein, for
one
39 -- condolence
40 Spills the beans
41 Gillette brand
42 Landing-
44 It's "here" in Le
Havre
46 Pitches
47 Greek letters
52 Basic sugar
54 Hardships
57 Discontinued.
with "out"
58 "Wild!" to a dude
59 Ice cream brand
60 Teller
61 Airport monitor
abbr.
63 Lacking
67 Tom Joad, e.g.
69 Harassing
70 Watch chain
71 1997 Rose Bowl
winner: Abbr.
72 50% of Bonn


73 Porch with a
view
76 Doha's land
77 Treatment
78 Plus
79 See 64-Across
80 Hydroxyl-
carbon
compound
81 Small English
coins


83 -- d'Orl6ans
84 Veto
85 First name in
horror
88 Lass
92 Trees, e.g.
94 N.F.L. sacker
Bryce -
95 Poe's "- Lee"
97 Aria area


98 Mayo, for one
100 Pang
102 Jet's home
106 Computer game
pioneer
107 Sire
108 French toast
109 Convention site
110 Stewpot
111 Place


112 Not spec.
113 Pre-weekend cry
115 Canaanite deity
116 Fishing luck
117 Home of the
Cyclones
118 Small pouch
120 Old French coin
121 Change for a
dol.


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