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Locals to lose Geraldsons vegetable market
By Pat Copeland
Plump crimson tomatoes, shiny oval eggplants of
traditional purple as well as lavender and white, succu-
lent red strawberries and ears of Silver Queen corn as
sweet as any this side of heaven, some say.
The list of farm fresh vegetables offered in bins and
baskets and boxes at Geraldson's vegetable stand could
go on and on. For many years Islanders have made a
tradition of stopping at the family's produce market on
Palma Sola Causeway.
There are no strangers there, as easy-going Eric
Geraldson or one of his friendly employees greet ev-
eryone with a smile, ready to chat about everything
from the weather to local politics.
The tradition will soon come to an end. The
Geraldsons have been given orders to vacate the farm
by the end of the month from Whiting Preston, repre-
senting property owner Manatee Fruit Company.
However, the Geraldsons have asked for an ex-
"When I received the notice to leave about a month
ago, I notified Whiting that I had crops in the field,"
Geraldson explained. "He had said previously that I
could harvest any crops I had planted, but I haven't
heard anything yet. The tomatoes won't be ready until
the end of July."
Geraldson said he saw the beginning of the end
In April 1998 five owners of the majority of the prop-
erty petitioned the city to annex their parcels from Mana-
tee County to establish a Planned Development Project
classification. In June 1998 the Bradenton city council
voted in favor of the annexation, which included 416.42
PLEASE SEE FARM, PAGE 4
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria city commissioners met '
June 9 to work out kinks in a pier lease
draft and found other issues to contend
At a previous meeting in April to
address the pier lease, commissioners
reviewed the current lease line by line
for changes so the draft could be for- .
warded to the city attorney for review.
The draft was then supposed to be
presented to the pier's restaurant operator,
John Home, for the start of negotiations..
Instead Horne sat silently on the
Public Works Director Phil Charnock
and Planning and Zoning Chairman Toml
Turner went to work on the lease, con-
densing it from 37 paragraphs to 27 and
in the process deleting items the commis-
sion deemed important.
Charnock's intent was to save the ,
city time and money. He said, "Why ". l
should the city pay the expense of the
attorney to draft it when the city wasn't .
sure it was going to enter into a lease ,
agreement with the current tenants?"" I
In addition, if the tenants don't
agree to the terms, then the city would
have to incur the expense of re-drafting
a new version, Charnock said.
To date, the city attorney has not
reviewed the draft lease and much of the
evening was spent putting back what
was taken out by Charnock and Turner. Summer solstice splash
Adding to the confusion, there were two Joselin Presswood, 2. says "Stay cool" with a hose and a pool when
PLEASE SEE PIER, PAGE 2 day of 1999 occurs on June 21. The summer solstice marks the first
ner and daily temperatures topping 90 degrees. Islander Photo:
Snooks Adams kids day Saturday
A 45-year-old tradition rolls around again this
weekend, when Island youngsters celebrate Snooks
Adams Kids Day.
It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19,
at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria City under sponsorship
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Free hot dogs, pizza and sodas are on the menu,
and games, a treasure hunt, pirate dress-up contest
and prizes are on the program, said Rick Maddox,
president of the Privateers.
Adult family members can eat and drink too,
said Maddox, though the affair is mainly for young-
sters. All youngsters from the Island communities
and others all over Manatee County are welcome, he
said, adding that a donation to the Privateers'
fundraising efforts will gladly be accepted.
The event was started in 1954 by W.H. "Snooks"
Adams, then deputy sheriff for Manatee County. He
handled all of Anna Maria Island, the Manatee half of
Longboat Key, Cortez, and all of west Bradenton.
In 1962 Holmes Beach organized its own police
force and Adams became its first chief. He was alone
for awhile, but gradually built the department, retiring
in 1978. The new Holmes Beach police facility is
named for Adams.
He also built the Kids Day celebration into the big-
gest and most popular youth event on the Island. What
started as a day at the beach for local kids with the chief
- no parents allowed turned into hundreds of kids
over the years and Adams turned it over to the Priva-
teers in 1980. Adams will be present.
The Privateers are a nonprofit civic organization
that sponsors many youth-oriented programs. Details
may be obtained at 778-1238 or 794-2599.
day of suim-
'show me the
By Pat Copeland
After weathering the storm the past
few months regarding new city hall's
mismatched roof panels, Holmes Beach
city commissioners last week agreed to
take a $10,000 settlement offered by the
Commissioners said they hope the
color of the panels will even out during
the aging process.
After the roof was installed in De-
cember, it became apparent the panels
were different shades of gray. Architect
Pat Fletcher said 40 percent of the pan-
els were affected.
Contractor Jon Swift Inc. offered
Replace the panels that don't
*Paint the existing roof and provide
the city with a five-year warranty on the
paint. The original 20-year warranty on
the roof would remain in effect.
Give the city a $10,000 credit to
accept the roof "as is."
In January commissioners asked
that Swift paint the roof to match the
green lights in the parking lot, plus give
the city enough money to have the roof
painted several times in the future.
In February Swift replied that the
company would paint the roof gray at a
cost of $21,330.
Jon Aycock, the company's vice
president, noted in a letter, "We have not
offered to paint the roof patina green.
nor can we afford to offer the city a
credit equal to three additional paint-
PLEASE SEE ROOF, PAGE 2
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JUNE 16, 1999
iE PAGE 2 0 JUNE 16, 1999 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Old Holmes Beach City Hall demo Monday
They'll be razing the roof Monday in Holmes
The controversial demolition of the old
Holmes Beach city hall and police station is sched-
uled to begin June 21.
Workers will begin by emptying old city hall
of asbestos and taking down the cop shop.
Pier lease debate continues
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
draft leases, both containing numerous changes.
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny said, "I thought we
were going to get this to the attorney after the first meet-
ing. I didn't think we were going to rewrite sections of the
The second draft had sections deleted from it that
were determined insignificant by Charnock and Turner.
McElheny said it was risky for the city to pull them
out. "Just because we think they don't mean anything, they
may have some very valid language in the litigation field,"
As noted by McElheny and Commissioner Doug
Wolfe, among items deleted were those passages referring
to an inspection process, hours of pier operation and abate-
ment of rent during construction.
A section on default, in reference to the failure to pay
rent or failure to meet other obligations, was changed. The
city amended the default time in 1993 the time period
the landlord must wait before it can terminate the lease for
nonpayment reducing it from 60 and 30 days to 30 and
15 days. The commission decided revive the longer time
frame for default.
Maintenance issues were clarified. Previously it was
determined the city would be responsible for maintaining
the exterior of the structure and buildings and the tenant
would be responsible for interior maintenance.
The commission further stipulated Home would be
responsible for maintaining the rest rooms and the city
would make repairs to the restaurant's roof.
Shutting the pier down during renovation was ad-
dressed by McElheny, who said the city should make
Demolition opponents wanted the city to keep old
city hall so the Anna Maria Island Community Center
could use it as a satellite building.
Others wanted the city to remodel city hall and save
money over the $1.6 million cost of the new buildings.
However, city commissioners and some residents
felt the buildings were an eyesore standing next to the
every effort to keep the restaurant open while the pier
Commissioner Max Znika asked if the tenant would
have to pay rent if the restaurant is shut down.
Mayor Chuck Shumard said a paragraph should be
added dealing with that issue.
However, a passage outlining the abatement of rent
during construction was deleted from the second draft.
Commissioners agreed it should be put back in.
McElheny suggested the section dealing with the
inspection process be put back in because the city is
responsible for maintenance. Inspections are needed
to address problems that may otherwise get out of
hand, he said.
Residents were allowed an opportunity to comment
on the new lease.
Diane Canniff said she would like to see something
done about the restaurant's dumpster. She said it's an eye-
sore with the lid on the dumpster and doors on the enclo-
sure frequently left open.
She said more care should be given it and recom-
mended relocating it across the street to Roser Memorial
Community Church or Bayview Plaza.
Georgia Van Cleave asked if the city is pursuing pur-
chasing the property on North Bay Boulevard and Pine
Avenue across from the city pier.
Shumard said, "Not at this time, but it's being consid-
The current lease, entered into in 1987, expires Sept.
30. The city presently receives $2,375 monthly for rent
and is asking for a minimum of $5,000 per month and six
percent of sales above the base rent.
Shumard said a draft lease will be forwarded to the
city attorney for review.
new city hall and said it must go.
In place of the buildings, some folks are hop-
ing the city will build a picnic pavilion or put in
a butterfly garden.
The city's old, useless business equipment
and fixtures were sold last week and brought in
Roof on Holmes Beach
City Hall settled at last
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ings. The roof as it exists is within industry standards,
the manufacturer's warranty is in effect and the city is
in full use of the building."
In a subsequent letter Aycock said Swift would
provide a 20-year warranty with the material being
warranted by Sherwin William's Paint and the labor
warranted by the applicator.
In April Swift offered another color option similar
to that of the green lights in the city hall parking lot.
Commissioners asked the contractor to paint a sample
panel so they could see how the color actually looks.
"I wanted to see how the paint looked on the vari-
ous panels and see how it weathered," Commissioner
Don Maloney said. "Then I got a note that the panels
have been painted and they're in the garage. What are
they going to prove there?"
Chairman Roger Lutz said the contractor couldn't
get anyone to paint a roof panel and asked what com-
missioners would do if they didn't like the color.
Maloney said the painted panel should have been
laid on the roof.
Fletcher advised commissioners to make a decision
and not stall the contractor any longer. Lutz was the
dissenter in the vote to accept the settlement.
"I think we're making a big mistake," Lutz said.
"There's different colors now and as it ages, I think
they'll be hugely different. The amount of money is
about half the price of a paint job and I'd rather have
one full paint job than half the value of one."
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 JUNE 16, 1999 M PAGE 3 E]
Tying up loose ends in Anna Maria
By Susan K. Kesselring
If there's a discrepancy in the amount of money spent
for a recent stormwater project, the city of Anna Maria
doesn't know it.
The 1998-99 budget reflects $156,196.10 spent of
$180,000 budgeted for stormwater projects. The city
claims other funds came from the 1997-98 budget.
Resident Georgia Van Cleave contends the true
amount spent is not reflected in current totals and the city
is over budget on its project.
The storm-drain system installed from Magnolia
Avenue to Spring Avenue connects a section of existing
pipe that was completed in January.
The total project encompasses 25 acres including an
800-foot easement from Magnolia to Spring avenues,
according to Public Works Director Phil Charnock.
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Over or under budget?
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Over or under budget?
Islander Photo: Susan K. Kesselring
According to a letter Van Cleave sent the city Aug.
18, 1998, expenses incurred during the 1996-97 fiscal year
include $16,438 for culvert work performed on Magno-
lia Avenue and $38,000 for swale construction, new street
and driveway culverts in the 500 block of Spring Avenue.
Engineering fees paid to Zoller, Najjar & Shroyer
totaled $9,900, bringing the total expenditure to $64,338
which, according to Van Cleave, is not in the budget.
Van Cleave also asked the city if the developer of the
shopping center at Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard
would have to pay any part of the drainage project since
the scope of drainage work encompassed more than one-
third of that property.
At a commission meeting June 8, Van Cleave submit-
ted another letter asking a second time whether the devel-
oper would be responsible for any of the cost of the drain-
age work done on his property. She also said the budget
doesn't reflect money spent on plants, a watering system
and a water meter which were installed.
Charnock said 17 trees and 34 bushes were planted.
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny also questioned the
amount of money spent on replacing trees and bushes on
the swale. He said he did some phone shopping and the
city could have saved a considerable amount of money.
He questioned whether the trees were put out for bid.
Charnock said he obtained quotes and the best price
he got for the quantity, quality and size he needed was
$2,465. Jonathan Landscaping installed water regulators
at a cost of $500, according to Charnock.
McElheny said he called a nursery and based on their
prices the city would have saved $850.
Charnock said money spent for the plants is from the
1997-98 budget. He said the amount Van Cleave refers to
is from the previous budget year, with the exception of
$9,900 spent on engineering fees.
He said in the four years he's been public works di-
rector, the city has never asked its citizens for an assess-
ment and he doesn't plan on asking the developer to shoul-
der any of the cost of the drainage project.
Charock said previously the easement would remain
clear and no parking would be allowed over the storm
drain. The plans changed when the city signed an agree-
ment with AMI Holdings, allowing the developer exclu-
sive use of the easement for Bayview Shopping Plaza.
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FARM, FROM PAGE 1
acres of upland and submerged bottom land.
Opponents of the annexation maintained develop-
ment of the property would endanger the ecosystem
and archaeological sites there, create evacuation prob-
lems on Manatee Avenue and increase traffic on the
causeway. They asked that the city consider purchas-
ing the property as a natural preserve.
At the time Bradenton Mayor Bill Evers noted,
"Anyone thinking this land is not going to be devel-
oped is not living in the real world."
At the same meeting Preston said his family has
owned property on Perico since the 1940s and it has his-
torically been farmed. He noted, "We've looked at the
long-term viability of the property and given its existing
use, I would say that's in question as it stands today."
Geraldson said he received notice in January that
the road-frontage property would continue to be
rented from month to month. He and his brother
Greg have farmed the land and operated the veg-
etable stand for the past 11 years. They also have a
30-acre farm and vegetable stand at 9800 Ninth
Avenue in Bradenton.
"My parents bought the farm in 1958," Geraldson
said. "We moved to Florida from Wisconsin and my
Dad was a soil chemist at the Gulf Coast Research and
Education Facility. We started with tomatoes and dad
would experiment with some of his ideas in our fields."
According to "Tomato Ties and Growers," a book
on the local tomato industry by Katherine "Kay"
Kermode of Palmetto, Dr. C. M. Geraldson experi-
mented with plastic mulch in the 1960s. Shortly after,
farmers began using it in their fields.
"We started selling tomatoes to local grocery stores
and restaurants and then expanded," Geraldson contin-
ued. "If we thought we could put it on the shelf, we
grew it. We grew about 40 different vegetables at dif-
ferent times of the year."
In the mid 1980s, the brothers bought the farm
from their dad, who retired as professor emeritus from
the research facility and was later honored as Manatee
County Agriculturist of the Year.
Soon they expanded to the causeway, leasing land
from the Manatee Fruit Company. There they grow
about 15 different vegetables at different times of the
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"We started our retail sales in the late 1980s be-
cause we weren't able to sell to grocery stores any
more," Geraldson said. "The market was changing and
they were getting produce from warehouses. We
couldn't compete with that."
The brothers continued to build their business at
both locations. Considering recent developments,
Geraldson said they have been trying to find an alter-
nate location to replace the-Perico business.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of closing the
farm at Perico is the loss of another coastal farming
area, Geraldson said. Coastal farming, which began in
the area in the late 1800s and spread from the Tampa
Bay to Naples, is unique for several reasons.
"With coastal farming we can plant earlier, plant later
and plant more often," Geraldson pointed out. "The land
is frost proof, unlike farms in the east part of the county.
We can supply the consumer with a greater variety of farm
fresh vegetables throughout the year."
Coastal farms are rapidly disappearing as land be-
comes more valuable and more people want to live on
or near the coast. A few small farming areas remain in
Ruskin, Terra Ceia and Cortez.
"It's a real shame for residents, who will be losing
their source of locally grown vegetables," Geraldson said.
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 JUNE 16, 1999 0 PAGE 5 IlJ
Commission dickers over city clerk's salary
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard is seeking com-
mission approval for the $29,000 yearly salary he's al-
ready paying City Clerk Laura Vogel.
Vogel was appointed city clerk May 11. Shumard
increased her pay retroactive to that date and requested the
requisite commission approval after the fact at a work
session June 8.
Before being promoted, Vogel was an administrative
assistant in the city's building department for less than a
year with an annual salary of $18,252.
At the start of discussions, Shumard asked Vogel to
leave the room, a noticeable courtesy not afforded former
Deputy City Clerk Jerice Wing when Commissioner
Doug Wolfe sought her appointment to the position.
Shumard informed the commission that he started
Vogel with $29,000 per year and said the quality of work
Vogel has since produced makes the increase justifiable.
He brought their attention to a comparison chart of
what other cities are paying for the same position. He said
the city of Malabar, with a population of 2,395, is paying
its clerk $29,245.
Without comparing experience and certification,
Holmes Beach Treasurer Rick Ashley said the city clerk
there earns $34,944 yearly. City Clerk Pat Grizzle in
Bradenton Beach said she is paid $39,000 per year.
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny said the comparison
doesn't give a complete picture because it gives no indi-
cation of how long the clerk has been employed and
whether that person is accredited.
He said that also absent from the comparison is the
city's tax base.
Most critical is years of service, McElheny said. "It's
not good fiscal responsibility for this city to give an em-
ployee a $10,000 raise because she moved from one po-
sition to another."
Shumard would not waver from the $29,000 he had
in mind, saying the city was fortunate to know what she
was making before and therefore was at an advantage.
"We can't ask someone from the outside how much
they made," he said.
Commissioner George McKay said $29,000 is a little
steep. He proposed $25,000 for a starting rate and said
benefits make the position worth more.
McElheny said Vogel is deserving of a raise because
Blooming plants that once delighted motorists passing traffic islands at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue
are dead, or dying, due to lack of water. According to Holmes Beach Public Works Supervisor Joe Duennes,
irrigation is supplied by the owner of the adjacent property: NationsBank. Duennes is working with the bank's
property maintenance company to have the irrigation system repaired. The islands were adopted last year by
Everything Under the Sun Garden Center. Duennes said he released the owners of obligation for maintaining
the island due to the lack of water. Once irrigation is restored, the city will remove all dead vegetation and the
garden center will replant and maintain the islands. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
her responsibilities and duties have increased.
He said she should be given a 25 percent increase.
Planning and Zoning Chairman Tom Turner said he
spends a great deal of time at city hall and can vouch for
the quantity and quality of work Vogel produces.
He said the job was advertised at $28,000 plus.
However, the advertisement in the local daily news-
paper did not list a salary range.
Turner said former deputy clerk Wing was making
$27,641 and the city wouldn't consider cutting her salary
to give her a promotion to the clerk's position.
But Wing's deputy clerk salary included pay for serv-
ing as a technical advisor.
Turner said the commission would be grossly under-
paying Vogel for her capabilities if it starts her at $25,000.
He said, "She should be taken care of and given a decent
Turner suggested she be paid $28,000 per year.
Resident Norton Ness said a person should be paid for
the position he or she is hired for. What Vogel made pre-
viously is irrelevant to the salary she should be paid for the
work she is performing, he said.
Resident Georgia Van Cleave asked if the advertise-
ment for the position stipulated the applicant be certified.
Shumard said it didn't.
McElheny said the commission had no input in adver-
tising the position.
Commissioner Max Znika made a motion that Vogel
be given $29,000, but it lacked a second.
Resident Georgia Van Cleave said she thought the
commission couldn't vote at a work session. She asked
why the vote wasn't postponed until the next regular
Shumard said, "I set the agenda and I prefer to get it
out of the way."
Wolfe, the only commissioner who had no input on
Vogel's salary, made a motion to table the discussion until
the next scheduled meeting.
Shumard said the discussion would be postponed
until the next regular commission meeting Wednesday,
June 23, at which time more figures would be presented.
Former City Clerk Peg Nelson, who resigned March
29, started out at $21,797 and made $33,152 before resign-
ing seven years later.
Vogel said Nelson completed her final week of clerk
training in 1998 and was close to receiving certification.
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What's up? I
We've come to a slow, painful realization that af-
ter three-plus years of Mayor Chuck Shumard's admin-
istration of the City of Anna Maria, something offered
in one hand most often translates to something hidden
up the sleeve.
It also means arbritary decisions and commission
concurrence after the fact, contrary to the city's charter.
Consider the pipeline drainage project from Pine to
Magnolia. We doubt the $160,000 project would have
ever been initiated if not to facilitate AMI Holdings'
shopping center development but it took more than
a year to make it obvious. Granting the developer ex-
clusive use of the easement with parking facilitated
by the presence of underground drainage rather than
the swale system prevalent throughout the rest of the
city was the clincher. And not a dime, nor a discus-
sion of impact fees, from AMI.
Then there's the mayor's negotiations for a new
pier lease. He appears more concerned with making the
tenant happy than he is with negotiating the best deal
for the city. We can't understand why the people of
Anna Maria should be asked to accept less from the res-
taurant operator than what he offered to run the
Bradenton Beach pier three years ago.
Shumard's authorization of the new clerk's sal-
ary, retroactive to her appointment date, at a rate de-
serving of a certified, experienced clerk, prior to
commission approval is typical. Once again he acted
outside his authority.
Yet for months on end he chose to disregard his char-
ter responsibility as administrator of city employees and
ignored glaring, persistent problems. Problems consis-
tently pointed out by commissioners and the public.
We wonder what happened to the city's quest to
purchase property on North Bay Boulevard opposite
the city pier, which at one point seemed agreed on as
necessary for open space and a possible trade-off for
waterfront pier parking.
Shumard says essentially, we're not interested in
that any more maybe later.
Could these lots be another ace up the mayor's sleeve,
held out for Bayview Plaza's future needs rather than the
city's long-term interest? We've heard on the QT the plaza
will have a restaurant and we were told during planning
it lacks the necessary parking for that use.
Other examples of arbritary control: Stop signs on
North Bay Boulevard's humpback bridge. Parking
eliminated on Beach Street. Committee appointments.
Withholding information, resulting in three lawsuits.
This is no way to run a business. It translates to
even poorer methods in government.
Does anyone else join us in asking: Will the mayor
please put the cards on the table and play fairly?
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For shame to thief
who stole flags
The American flags we placed on our "adopted
island" [the traffic island just north of Manatee County
public beach] for the Memorial Day weekend was our
patriotic way of remembering the American service-
men and women who so courageously fought and died
for their beloved country.
We planned to display the flags again on Flag Day,
July 4 and the Island's Millennium Day celebration.
To those of you who stole the 50 American flags
from our "adopted island," you are most disrespectful.
E.B. Briggs, Holmes Beach
Golf course dangerous
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners has
approved a plan for a golf course to be built on the
Manatee River estuary. This development not only
threatens the life within the estuary, but also will have
adverse effects upon the surrounding bays, the Gulf of
Mexico and the entire world fisheries.
Pesticide and fertilizer runoff will poison our wa-
terways. Sand will be dumped over submerged land
(smothering life) in order to allow elaborate land-
scapes. Environmental regulations protecting man-
groves will be manipulated. These measures undermine
and/or violate the Endangered Species Act, important
Florida statutes and environmental regulations.
This act of unjustified environmental destruction
will take full effect if our county commissioners give
up certain county lands. Those county lands will take
away our public rights of way, and particular access
points to the bay may be given up for this development.
Please voice your opinion by writing to our county
commissioners. If you want to support opposition to
this vacation of public lands, stop by your local
Geraldson's fruit stand.
This excess development or uncontrolled experi-
:p .;lnt ,' ".V p i ,. .V -' i-.h t
e"r\ Cloubl that a sl-;! i Ilu ,! ca '. cti .. ;1ii
zens can change the world. Indeed, it is only this that
ever has," Margaret Mead.
Michael Gallen, Bradenton
Why the secrecy on
Regarding the closure of Gladiolus Street to
parking, I would like to know why this action was
not made known to the public until it was a "done
If there had been an opportunity for comment on
this proposal, it could have been pointed out that
many who enjoy visiting the beach at Bean Point are
local people, Islanders who previously thought they
were welcome on and entitled to use any of our
beaches and who drove to the area because of the
relative distance involved.
Bad enough that "outsiders" should be prohib-
ited, but when did those of us who reside in Holmes
Beach or Bradenton Beach become second-class citi-
zens of Anna Maria Island?
I cannot understand the mentality behind this de-
cision and look forward to hearing about its prompt
Marcia Denham, Holmes Beach
Parking meter problems in
Lay off the Bradenton Beach "brains," those vi-
sionaries. It's not the parking meters that need to be
addressed, it's the fines. It's not the nickels and dimes,
it's the dollars from not plugging in the meters. And
then with the revenue comes creation of parking struc-
tures, which will bring more fines for scofflaws. And
I bet there's no moratorium or height restriction spe-
cific to parking garages, so up, up and away maybe
even higher than the Martinique.
Perhaps, and it could be awhile, revenues will al-
low for a cloverleaf intersection at Cortez Road and
Gulf Drive, too.
In all their "wisdumb," don't they realize the van-
dalism the meters will face? After all, it is Bridge
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"bandits" and mn up costs for repair way over revenue.
David Reid, West Hollywood,
formerly Bradenton Beach
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THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Part 3, A Soldier's Story
by June Alder
While Private Clair Jones waited to go overseas his thoughts were about his
family back home. Left is "kid sister" Kathleen boating with a friend and the
The news from Europe in the sum-
mer of 1917 scared the American
people. The Germans were driving to-
wards Paris. Their U-boats were taking
a dreadful toll on Allied ships, including
American transports. And German air-
ships were bombarding London.
Where were the Yanks? The first
American detachments had landed in
France in June but so far had not faced
the Germans on the battlefield. The Brits
and the Frenchmen welcomed American
money and supplies, it appeared, but
weren't eager to have the doughboys
next to them in the trenches.
Private Arthur St. Clair Jones of
Anna Maria Key, who had joined the
army in April, was still drilling under
the broiling sun in the red clay fields of
Georgia in July. This letter to his mother
shows his frustration:
July 8, 1917: I've been trying to get
a chance to write for a week. But we
have had a strenuous time and I haven't
had a minute to myself till today. The
weather here has been fierce. Very hot,
and heavy rains every day. The mosqui-
toes have been so bad that for several
nights we hardly got any sleep at all.
Now that they have issued us mosquito
bars things are a whole lot better, but I
will be glad when we are moved from
here. We have been here longer than I
Yesterday I received your letter
with the Kodak pictures enclosed. I cer-
Air raids on London by German
Zeppelins in 1917 demoralized Britons
and alarmed Americans who wondered
when U.S. troops would go into action
and get the war over with.
tainly was glad to get them. Miss
Chiquita [Clair's dog] looked very
happy. And so did you. Kathleen
[Clair's sister] in her haymaker's hat
looks like a thin picture of Aunt Polly.
Somehow I think that Kathleen and I
never will be heavyweights. But fat or
lean, I generally feel just about the
We have had no pay day yet, and
we don't know why it is they delay so.
It is hard even to get stamps now. And
tobacco is at a premium.
Enclosed for Kathleen is a noble
picture of my company. I am on the
end, like the comedian at the Minstrel
Show. We had just finished a 12-mile
march and I think we look pretty good
There is very little news. My little
Edith [his fiancee in Canada] still loves
me and writes nice letters to her rag-
time soldier man. She is working hard
and is greatly worried about me and the
war. Harry Nicholson, her sister
Alice's brother-in-law, was killed
"over there" last week. And after her
friend's sweetheart was killed-why it
seems to Edith that everyone who goes
over gets killed.
But Clair won't. Believe me.
The old Key must look very nice.
How are the mosquitoes now? I guess
they are pretty fierce as they surely are
here. But taking it all around Fort
Screven is not such a bad camp though
I am rather tired of it. I hope that when
I get to my regular company I will get
along as well as I have here. I'm squad
leader and acting corporal-Supreme
Judge of the Kangaroo Court. What
more honors can I win?
I hope you are not working too
hard, Mother. For heaven's sake if you
must take in boarders, remember grub
has gone up and set prices accordingly.
The people in Miami used to stick ev-
erybody. So why not you?
Thank Sister Jerome [the Sisters of
the Holy Names in Tampa had a retreat
house on Anna Maria] for being good
to Chiquita. Tell her I will bring her
something from Berlin, if it's only a
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Milly Arnold, 67, of Bradenton Beach, died June
12 in Manatee Memorial Hospital.
A gathering of family and friends was scheduled
at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Dr.,
Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be
made to the Arthritis Foundation, 6221 24th St. W.,
Suite 305, Bradenton, FL 34207.
Born in Blue Diamond, Ky., Mrs. Arnold came
to Manatee County from Miamisburg, Ohio, in 1981.
She was a hostess and waitress at the Hilton,
Longboat Key. She was Protestant.
She is survived by her husband Leroy Sr., former
mayor of Bradenton Beach; two daughters, Iris Kay
Perry, of Bradenton Beach, and Oleda Weng, of
Cortez; six sons, Leroy Jr. and Larry, both of
Bradenton Beach, John and Paul, both of Bradenton,
Timothy, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Herbert, of Day-
ton, Ohio; brother John Clifford Clouse of Kettering,
Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchil-
Marian L. Hoyt
Marian L. Hoyt, 93, of Holmes Beach, died June
7, in Blake Medical Center.
There will be no service. National Cremation So-
ciety, Sarasota Chapter, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Kid-
ney Foundation, Palmetto Building No. 119, 1040
Woodcock Road, Orlando, FL 32803.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Mrs. Hoyt came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1966. She was a homemaker.
She was Methodist.
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of Bradenton; close friend Judith Church, of
Bradenton; three grandchildren; and a great-grand-
Hugh P. O'Doherty
Hugh P. O'Doherty, 73, of Aldan, Pa., a nine-year
winter resident of Anna Maria Island, died June 4 at
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby, Pa.
Born in Chester, Pa., Mr. O'Doherty lived in
Collingdale before moving to Aldan 37 years ago. He
was a retired transportation director at the University
of Pennsylvania, where he was employed for 25 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in
Collingdale, the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph's
Council, the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Phila-
delphia Ceili Group. He was a member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and taught Irish danc-
ing to its members.
Services will be held up north. Contributions may
be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 210 Harry St.,
Conshohocken, PA 19428.
He is survived by his wife Sally A. O'Brien
O'Doherty; two sons, Patrick, of Drexel Hill, and Dan,
of Upper Darby; four daughters, Bridget Guinnane, of
Havertown, Sally O'Doherty, of Rutland, Vt., Eileen
Shockman, of Washington, and Cecilia O'Doherty, of
New Milford, Conn.; two brothers, John, of
Havertown, and Bill, of Drexel Hill; sister Hannah
Spellman, of Rosemont; and 14 grandchildren.
David J. Seaver
David J. Seaver, 69, of Sarasota and a long-time
resident of Anna Maria, died May 16 at home.
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He is survived by his wife Patricia J. Seaver of
Sarasota; two step-daughters, Patricia Kenyon, of
Sarasota, and Melynda Graham, of Bradenton; and two
sisters, Patricia Adams, of Lake Wallon, Ill., and Carol
Stewart, of Fredonia, N.Y.
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Everett Taylor "Bubba" Wadford, 83, of Holmes
Beach, died June 13 at home.
Born in Largo, Fla., Mr. Wadford moved to
Manatee County from Silver Spring, Md. He was a
Montgomery County committing magistrate in
Rockville, Md. He served in theU.S. Navy during
World War II.
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From $9 to 598 stores: Publix story
By Paul Roat
A favorite Publix story is how founder George
Jenkins, then 17 years old and fresh from his home
in Georgia, came to Florida with $9 in his pocket to
make his fortune.
Jenkins opened his first store in Winter Haven in
September 1930. Now, 69 years later, the newest
Publix grocery store in the multi-million-dollar chain
will open in Holmes Beach later this summer.
Things have come a long way for the Florida-based
food stores, one of the nation's largest.
Jenkins was born in Harris, Ga., in 1907. His fa-
ther ran a successful small-town general store that
sold virtually everything "from needles to cof-
fins," Jenkins recalled in his book, "50 Years of
Pleasure." The young Jenkins began working in the
family store when he was 10.
Things prospered for the Jenkins family until the
early 1920s, when the Harris community and its cotton
farming was wracked by an infestation of boll weevils.
The elder Jenkins carried the farmers in the area on
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credit for years until he was forced to move to Atlanta
to start another story, selling off the stock in the Har-
ris general store for 10 cents on the dollar.
Young Jenkins finished high school in Georgia and,
in June 1925, decided to visit Florida. He and friends vis-
ited a man who owned 14 Piggly Wiggly food stores and
decided to work in Florida for the summer. It was the
beginning of a career that would change his life.
From Piggly to Publix
Jenkins worked hard at his job, and went from
"broom pusher" to store manager in two months, work-
ing in St. Petersburg at one of the smaller stores in the
chain. "There I was, 17 years old and managing a store
at $35 a week plus one-fourth of the one percent of
gross sales!" Jenkins wrote.
Gross sales picked up dramatically during Jenkins
tenure, too, and he started what would become a Publix
tradition of keeping his stores well stocked and clean
and treating his customers with respect and friendship.
In eight months, Jenkins' gross sales at his little
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He was promoted to a larger store in Winter Haven,
and worked there for four years. The Piggly Wiggly
chain was sold, and Jenkins found the new absentee
owner was too absent for his liking. He "turned in his
apron" and rented a vacant store right next to his former
place of employment with a goal to open his own gro-
His customers followed Jenkins, and the rest is
history today, the chain numbers 598.
... and about that name
By the way, Jenkins said he named his store
"Publix" because there were a chain of motion picture
theaters in the state with the same name and he just
"borrowed" it. "I liked the sound of the name, so I just
took it for my store," he wrote.
George Jenkins died in April 1996, but the stores
that are his legacy remain a dominant force in the re-
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mation, call Maggie at 778-1908. The Center is located
at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Kent G. Chetlain, historian, former Manatee
County commissioner and former Anna Maria Island
newspaper columnist, will address the Longboat Key
Historical Society Thursday, June 16.
He will be the premier speaker for the society's
"speaker series" of four programs. The program will
begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bayfront Recreation Center, 4052
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Chetlain is a longtime area newsman, and was edi-
torial columnist on the old Islander newspaper, prede-
cessor of The Islander Bystander.
'Tales of Cortez' video
"The Tales of Cortez" will inaugurate the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society Museum's free public
program of historical videos at 11 a.m. Saturday, June
19, at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
The Cortez video tells the story of the old fishing
village through interviews with oldtime fishermen.
Further historical videos will be on succeeding Satur-
days. Information is available at 778-0492.
Business after hours
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce's June
"business after hours" will be at the Maureen Restau-
rant & Martini Bar, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17. Cost is $5 for
chamber members, $10 for guests. Details may be ob-
tained at 387-9519.
Big wrap commences
Joe Benoit and Jerry Forrester of Genesis Extermi-
nating of Bradenton wrap Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church in a bug tent. Genesis owner Benoit said
strong winds hindered the process on Tuesday, June
1, and doubled the amount of time it took to install
the fabric. Island Pest Control assisted in the wrap
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By David Futch
It's evident when laying eyes on Michael Swindle
that he is a mullet believer.
Swindle likes to wear a T-shirt bearing this state-
ment: "In Mullet We Trust."
The mullet. Who ever would have thought it would
warrant its own book? Swindle, that's who.
The Birmingham, Ala., native has written a book
called Mulletheads, detailing the legends, lore, magic and
mania surrounding the humble but celebrated mullet.
Swindle is scheduled to discuss his latest non-fic-
tion on the docks behind Star Fish Company in Cortez
on Saturday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m.
The author said he decided to write the book after
learning about the annual mullet toss along the Florida-
Intrigued with the event, Swindle began an adven-
ture in learning along the Gulf Coast. One of his stops
turned out to be Cortez, a place he honored with a chap-
ter in Mulletheads.
This is without question the most authoritative
body of work on the mullet. It includes not only a sci-
entific analysis of what they are, but also contains some
funny stories about "sucker heads."
There are chapters on "The Melville of Mullet,"
"Blue in Cortez" (a place he describes as "vortex of
mullet") and "The Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss."
In the "Mullet Toss," contestants toss foot-long
mullet from one side of the Florida state line down a
200-foot-long "alley," crossing the Alabama state line.
For the record, the world-record is 178 feet by Spring
Hill, Tenn., native Michael "Woody" Bruhn.
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these parts has to get one of these books. It's a hoot.
Leash-free areas topic
MCOLA, the organization dedicated to dog leash-
free areas, will host a meeting of interested persons and
representatives of the Manatee County Parks and Rec-
reation Department Monday, June 21.
The session will be at 7 p.m. at the facilities of Eye
Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton.
Spokesperson Laurie Crawford explained that Mana-
tee Citizens for Off Leash Areas wants to provide en-
vironments "which allow animal companions to exer-
cise without physical restraints." Details may be ob-
tained at 755-3507.
Recent Manatee High
School graduate Nicole
Brockway was awarded a
$500 scholarship by the
Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society. Brockway, the
daughter of David and
Marcia Brockway of Anna
Maria, plans to study art and
art history at the University
of Central Florida. Brockway
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 JUNE 16, 1999 0 PAGE 11 
By Susan K. Kesselring
Katharine Wight is the first recipient of a college
scholarship from The Islander Bystander.
Publisher Bonner Futch awarded Wight a $4,000
four-year scholarship at Wight's graduation ceremony
from St. Stephen's High School, June 9.
Wight was in sixth grade at King Middle School
when she and Bonner Futch became acquainted.
Wight's mother, Janet Aubry, called the newspaper to
ask if her daughter could hang around the office for a
day "Bring Your Daughter To Work Day."
Aubry explained to Futch that her daughter had
aspirations of being a writer and since Aubry wasn't
working and her husband's architectural office wasn't
appealing to Katharine, Aubry hoped the newspaper
could ac .ommodate.
Aubry said Futch was a little reluctant at first, say-
ing, "What will we do?" But when quitting time rolled
around, Futch had taken a liking to little Katharine
Wight, and vice versa.
Wight said she answered phones that day and while
it was slow, she wrote an article about her summer
"Bonner really liked it and hired me on the spot. I
wrote other articles the following two years," she said.
Futch, recognizing Wight's talent from the start,
said she has enjoyed watching her writing mature.
"Katharine couldn't type yet, but she was eager to
do anything at the office. We threw her right in the
middle, literally between myself and another staff
member at the big work table in the middle of the of-
fice, and as she watched and listened, it was obvious
she learned, too. She went home with a typing lesson."
Futch said the articles Wight wrote were entertain-
ing and insightful. In one called "Dining at Dad's,"
Wight gave her recipe for "upside down pasta." Seems
she and sister Suzanne didn't like pasta very much, so
her dad would place a big helping of meat sauce in a
bowl and a smidgen of pasta on top.
Another story gave Katharine's "Personal Recipe
for Pandemonium." There were others on subjects
ranging from bad hair to baseball.
"Katharine called to ask if she could write the
obituary for a teacher from Anna Maria Island Elemen-
tary School who died suddenly," Futch said. "I said
'Yes,' and thought, 'How will we work this in?'
Katharine brought it in on disk, on deadline and it ran
virtually unedited. It was a beautiful, touching tribute
and showed incredible maturity for a seventh grader."
Wight appreciates the scholarship. She said she and
her family are overwhelmed by Futch's generosity.
Futch said, "Janet wouldn't allow Katharine to
accept payment for her writing then, so I thought all
along that when the time came a scholarship would be
appropriate. After all, mom couldn't nix that."
Wight is jumping right in she's registered for
summer session at the University of Florida.
As most English majors do, Wight detests math
and would like to get those classes out of the way, she
"I love to write. I would like to be a novelist, write
screenplays or perhaps teach English," Wight said.
Keep in touch Katharine. Wherever your pen
falls, we're rooting for you.
A reflection from Katharine...
Wight recipient of
By Katharine Wight
Special to the Islander
As I turned my tassel and walked down the steps
for the first time as a high school graduate last Friday
night, I couldn't help thinking about how far I've come
over the years.
I remembered my very first time touring Saint
Stephen's, and far before that, my first day at Anna
Maria Elementary School, two of the many pivotal
events that mark the path of my childhood like so many
road signs. I remembered the turns my life has taken
and thought about how much my education has shaped
me and allowed me to grow and change.
I started out at Anna Maria Elementary School as
a scared and shy child of five. I can still recall that first
day, walking down a hallway that seemed a thousand
miles long. When I finally made it to the room, there
were other children my own age to interact with and
lots of them.
My first instinct was to hide. For the first few hours
I did just that, hiding behind the wall of silence I built
around me. But soon I found myself drawn out by the
careful, kind questions of my very first teacher, Billie
Mrs. Coles helped me to become not quite so
afraid. While I was still wary about interaction with
other children (simply because of my immobilizing
shyness), I found that school helped me express myself
through a different outlet.
Though I couldn't use the spoken word, even at
that young age I discovered the magic of the written
word. I read everything I could get my hands on. I read
in the car, at the movie theater, in line at Disney World.
At the dinner table I devoured more books than food.
Soon I was writing too everything that came
out of my head. My diary became famous around the
house, not so much for my scathing comments about
family members but because I would leave the diary
open in the living room for my family members to
see. I couldn't talk to them sometimes, but I could
always get my message across.
My shyness remained through elementary school.
I made a few very close friends including Julie,
Amanda and Tiffany. In middle school I made an-
other close friend, Brittany, and through her got
drawn into a circle of more friends.
But when high school hit, we all sort of moved
our separate ways. I came down with a nasty case of
mononucleosis and missed a lot of school. By the time
I was back on my feet, new interests had developed
and I didn't feel a part of the group anymore. I didn't
have a lot of time to further a new social life, either.
So many absences had created a black hole where my
grades had been. I spent the rest of the year catching
up and passed into 10th grade by the skin of my teeth.
When I finally had time to sit back and take a look
at my life, I didn't like what I saw. I was miserable
and had very few friends. High school hadn't turned
out great and it wasn't anyone's fault. When I thought
about school, it got all tangled up with being sick.
I began to dread going anywhere until my mother
suggested a change of scenery might be what I
needed. We went to tour St. Stephen's Episcopal
If you can fall in love with a building, that's what
I did. I loved the open atmosphere, the square of class-
rooms set around a library in the center. I could see
myself in that building. It was small, not as intimidat-
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Katharine's column then...
Not enough time
By Katharine Wight
Islander School Correspondent
Has 24 hours ever seemed like a short amount of
time to you?
When you think about it, time becomes very short.
We middle school students have to endure much
hurrying around in a short 24-hour time period. A six-
hour school day (not to mention a 20-minute bus ride
there and back), homework, plus about seven and a half
hours for sleep ... takes care of about 15 hours alto-
gether, which only leaves nine hours to have fun. Now,
add in a few extra-curricular activities, and your life
can turn chaotic!
(Editor's note: This column ran in The Islander
Bystander in January 1994.)
MOVING ON, FROM PAGE 11
ing as Manatee's vast campus.
When I began school that fall I didn't worry about
getting lost in a maze of hallways. I did, however,
worry that I'd still be lost socially. I hadn't learned yet
how to be fearless when approaching people. I still
worried that I was inferior to everyone else.
But there were some amazing girls who ap-
proached me. They talked to me, even though I was
still utilizing my barrier of silence. They befriended
me when I was afraid to have and then ultimately
lose friends again. Soon they had opened me up. I
could talk to them, share with them. I wasn't afraid
of being viewed as someone inferior. I was an equal.
We had sleepover parties, went to movies, made
prank calls all the sorts of things that girls did in the
movies. I had never thought I'd belong to any group
like that and I treasure every moment of it.
My junior year I joined just about every club in
school. Lunch every day was filled with club meet-
ings. My weekends were booked with Key Club ac-
tivities and YSLC meetings. As March rolled
around, I found myself caught up in the school mu-
sical and practice for French competition. I was so
My Own Personal Recipe for Pandemonium
(Guaranteed to turn kids into raving lunatics)
Add one drop of after school math tutoring (have
to keep up the old grades, right mom?); one cup of
baseball games; two tablespoons of baseball practice,
one half cup of teen court, and stir in a few weekly
newspaper columns. Then, boil until steaming and
ready to explode! This meal will leave you dizzy, con-
fused, and anxious.
By over-burdening yourself, you don't stay fo-
cused on anything. Your mind is constantly wandering
and the next thing you know you could be giving your-
self a hairdo that looks like a "before picture" in the
Hair Club for Men catalog.
Luckily, scientists are working on a cure a day
with more than 24 hours!
busy I rarely slept, and barely even found time to
And I was so indescribably happy because I finally
My senior year was a balancing act of a few ma-
jor activities, school work and every spare moment
possible with my friends. I know it was hard on my
family I was NEVER home. But my life had finally
clicked into place. I wanted to enjoy every moment to
I was thinking about that as I walked down those
stairs in St. Stephen's church. How, as a child, my
best friends were books and I lived in my room. And
how now, my mom would be so happy if she walked
into my room late at night and I was actually home.
I thought about the people I have met who have
encouraged my growth and helped me to become the
person I am today. I smiled at my best friend Kimmie,
as I thought about the profound impact that she, Amy
and Marii and others have brought to my life.
And finally I realized I was the last person in my
class to receive a diploma and I had better move for-
ward down the rest of the steps or the Saint Stephen's
Class of 1999 would never graduate.
And so, I moved forward.
Meanwhile, I have found a few solutions of my own:
Relax! You're having a good time and that's
what really matters, right?
Take things in stride. So what if you hit a few
little snags. Nothing is ever going to be perfect. You
can handle it. Repeat these reminders over and over to
yourself in a chant, until you believe them.
Variety really is the spice of life. If you really
love all the different things you're doing, then try to
figure out a way to do them!
Quit. But only if all else fails. Temporarily drop
one thing but only try this if nothing else works.
Follow my simple rules and perhaps you can
manage your time more effectively and make the rest
of your life fairly peaceful.
Got to go time to feed the cats!
Bradenton Beach's David Kelly received an award
from the Bradenton Beach City Commission for his
near-perfect attendance at commission meetings
presented here by Mayor Connie Drescher. Islander
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'School by the bay'
Anna Maria Elementary School welcomes
Cheryl Bennett to the staff.
She will replace Marlene Fletcher as the
school's senior secretary. Fletcher retired in June
after 23 years of service.
Bennett said she waited until the last of her four
children were in school before going to work.
She volunteered in the school clinic at Oneco El-
ementary School before accepting a teachers aide
position working with physically handicapped chil-
dren in 1982. She worked in that position for eight
years and then accepted an office position.
Principal Tim Kolbe and Bennett have a long,
inseparable history. She's worked in the school sys-
tem for 17 years and has worked everywhere Kolbe
has worked. She said she is excited to come aboard
and to have another opportunity to work with Kolbe.
Bennett comes to Anna Maria from Bashaw El-
ementary School where she worked for the past
seven years and where Kolbe was previously princi-
She and her husband of 29 years, Jake, moved to
East Bradenton from Massachusetts in 1977. They
have four children, Jason, Jodie, Julie and Joshua
and are known as the "J" family.
She likes to spend free time with her two grand-
children and come fall she's expecting another
Most people are a collector of something and
Bennett is no exception. She's a clown collector. So
don't be surprised if you step into the Island's school
office feeling gloomy and step away in a cheery
mood. Clowns and nice people can have that affect.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N JUNE 16, 1999 M PAGE 13 JIB
Island students save day
Two separate acts of heroism took place at Anna
Maria Elementary School during the Memorial Day
Fifth-grade students Jackie Stump, Lillie Marie and
Angelina Lee were walking through the school's court-
yard on the way to the playground when they noticed glass
on the sidewalk and a classroom door ajar. Lee said she
called Mr. K Holmes Beach Police Officer Eric
Kuusella. The thief, or thieves, pilfered two computers and
a printer, entering the classroom through the broken win-
dow. Third-grade teacher Kathy Granstad, whose class-
room was robbed, said the girls keen observation and
quick thinking may have averted the thieves from return-
ing for more goods. She showed her appreciation by buy-
ing each of the girls a cookie.
Thanks to fifth-graders Shawn Koerber and
Esteban Reyes, there's a college student from New
Jersey who won't have to endure standing in line to
obtain a driver's license when he returns following an
Koerber found a wallet at the public beach over the
weekend containing $21, two credit cards, a college
identification card and a blank check. He said he ran in
to Esteban who supported his decision in returning the
wallet. Holmes Beach Police are returning the wallet to
Koerber, who deserves a medal for his honesty,
was asked if he considered keeping the cash and toss-
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"Yes, but only for a split second," he said. Then,
he said, he remembered his good upbringing and the
positive adult influences in his life.
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Jackie Stump, from left, Lillie Marnie and Angelina
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 3, possession of alcohol on the beach, Gulf
beach at Park Avenue.
June 4, possession of alcohol on the beach, Bean
June 8, DUI, 9600 block of Gulf Drive. The
deputy observed three subjects in a truck yelling at
passing motorists and creating a disturbance. He
stopped them and learned they were the same subjects
who had started a fight in Bortell's Lounge earlier in
the evening. The deputy said the driver, Julian B.
Cadena, 52, of Mulberry, FL, had a strong odor of al-
cohol on his breath. The deputy administered field per-
formance test and placed Cadena in custody.
June 8, petty theft, 300 block of Iris. The victim re-
ported the suspect took $760 in cash, a bracelet valued at
$100, a necklace valued at $300 and a blood pressure
machine valued at $115 from the residence.
June 9, possession of alcohol on the beach, Bean
June 9, retail theft, 9801 Gulf Drive, AMI West.
The complainant reported after the suspect was in the
store looking at clothes, several articles of clothing
June 9, possession of paraphernalia, allowing an
underage operator to drive, 10000 block of Gulf Drive.
The deputy stopped the subject for exceeding the speed
limit and found the subject was underage. He issued a
written warning and a citation to the subject. Upon
searching the vehicle he found two bongs and placed
the vehicle's owner, Mark A. Wiandt, 18, of
Bradenton, in custody.
June 6,Baker Act, 1325 Gulf Drive North, Tortuga
Motel. The complainant reported the subject was attempt-
ing suicide. The officer found the subject with both wrists
cut and bleeding. He placed the subject in custody under
the Baker Act and transported him to the hospital.
June 6, theft, 2408 Gulf Drive N., Via Roma Resort.
The victim reported she left her purse containing $200 in
Holmes Beach Police issued capias requests
with the state attorney's office for three men ac-
cused of spray painting graffiti on the Air and
Energy Building, 3018 Avenue C.
On May 30 business owner Stewart Moon
reported the building had been spray-painted with
graffiti. Moon turned over a videotape of the in-
cident to police.
Detective Nancy Rogers took the videotape to
a production company where it was slowed and
enhanced. As officers studied the videotape, one
cash, credit cards and identification unattended in the pool
area and an unknown person removed it.
June 6, possession of marijuana, possession of para-
pheralia, Cortez Beach. The officer observed two sub-
jects at the beach after hours. He said when they saw him
one subject stuffed items down the front of her shorts and
the two returned to their vehicle.
The officer said he asked the subject, Mary Roxanne
Luby, 24, of Bradenton to remove the items and she re-
moved a bag of marijuana and a pipe. He said he searched
the vehicle and found two lighters, a jar with marijuana
residue, a bottle of eye drops, and a makeup bag contain-
ing a bag of marijuana. He issued a summons to Luby.
June 7, loitering and prowling, 100 block of Bridge
Street. The officer on patrol observed the suspect walking
from behind a closed business that was burglarized earlier
in the week. The officer questioned the suspect, who re-
fused to answer questions, and placed him in custody. The
officer obtained the suspect's identification from his
June 8, burglary, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queen's Gate
Motel. The victim reported an unknown person removed
a wallet containing $300 in cash, credit cards, a bank card
and identification from the room.
June 9, retail theft, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle
K. The complainant reported the subject removed
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officer recognized the vehicle used by the suspects
and located it.
The vehicle belonged to Ethan Cantin, 20, of
Holmes Beach, who was brought in for question-
ing and admitted to the vandalism, said the report.
Cantin then named Lee Schmidt, 22, of Holmes
Beach and Andreas Fenzil, 26, of Bradenton, as the
other two suspects.
According to the report, Cantin admitted "it
was a stupid thing to do" and offered to pay
at $16.87 and fled.
June 4, traffic, 3300 block of East Bay Drive. The
officer stopped the subject for traveling 51 mph in a 35
mph zone and issued a written warning. A check showed
the subject's driver's license was suspended and the of-
ficer received instructions to seize the tag.
June 4, found property a miniature U.S. flag with
hate and racist messages written on the stripes, 7600 Gulf
Drive, Gulf Place.
June 4, lost property a wallet, 71st Street beach.
June 4, burglary, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water
Beach Club. The victim reported an unknown person en-
tered the room and removed a purse containing $7 in cash,
credit cards and a wallet. The empty purse was later found
on the north side of the building.
June 5, burglary, 7100 Gulf Drive, Nautilus. The
victim reported an unknown person entered the room and
removed a purse valued at $35 and containing a check
book, $40 in cash, a credit card and a broken watch val-
ued at $50. Later the purse was found at Tiffany Place
condominiums with the cash and watch missing.
June 5, assist Bradenton Beach police, Longboat
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while fishing near the bridge. He had cuts on both knees
and his legs and feet began to swell. He was unable to
drive due to medical problems and alcohol consumption,
said the report. The officer transported him to his residence
and brought his wife back to retrieve his vehicle.
June 5, theft, 5610 Gulf Drive, Hidden Cove. The
victims reported while they were moving luggage into
their room an unknown person opened a suitcase and re-
moved a leather makeup bag and a wallet containing credit
cards, a driver's license and personal papers.
June 6, fraud, 2900 block of Gulf Drive. The com-
plainant reported he delivered a pizza and the subject said
the friend who ordered the pizza went to the store and
would return shortly. The subject asked the complainant
to leave the pizza in exchange for his identification card.
The complainant returned for payment and said the
subject would not open the door. The officer spoke to the
subject who said he returned home and found a pizza box
in the residence and his identification was missing. The
complainant responded and identified the subject as the
one who took the pizza. The subject borrowed money
from a neighbor to pay for the pizza.
June 6, suspicious, 503 Manatee Avenue, Anchor
International. The officer on patrol observed a misplaced
ceiling tile and a damaged blind but noted the building was
secure. Upon investigation he found a baby raccoon had
fallen out of the ceiling. A keyholder responded and the
officer captured and released the raccoon.
June 6, disturbance, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The lifeguard reported a subject
was swimming and playing with a manatee. He said when
he advised the subject that he was breaking the law and
his actions could result in a stiff fine, the subject swore at
him. The lifeguard issued a trespass warning.
June 6, suspicious, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The victim reported the subject was
harassing and threatening her. The officer advised the
manager to speak to the subject.
June 6, burglary to an automobile, 5300 block of
Gulf Drive at beach access. The victim reported an un-
known person smashed the window and removed a purse
containing credit cards, $80 in cash, a checkbook and
June 6, consumption of alcohol under 21, 2700
block of Gulf Drive on the beach. The officer cited two
underage subjects drinking beer.
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Man tries to jump out window
during Bradenton Beach arrest
Shane A. Mason, 29, of 2601 Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach had half his nostril cut off and
sustained other injuries when he tried to jump out
a window while being placed in custody June 3.
Bradenton Beach Officer William Knight and
Holmes Beach Officer Andy Glenn arrived at the
trailer in the Sandpiper Mobile Home Park at the
request of Mason's girlfriend who wanted to re-
move her belongings.
When they entered the trailer, the officers said
they found Mason sitting on the bathtub drinking
from a bottle of rum. They found a crushed soda
can containing crack cocaine and another soda can
containing cocaine residue and burn marks on the
floor beside Mason. They said they also found a
bag of marijuana and a pack of rolling papers in a
duffel bag and a pipe in a trash can.
June 6, suspicious, Manatee Avenue and East Bay
Drive. The victim reported a subject threw a rock hitting
June 7, assistance, 56th Street and Marina Drive.
The officer observed a child fall off her bicycle scraping
her elbow. He transported her to the elementary school
where the school nurse treated the wound.
June 7, theft, 7500 block of Gulf Drive. The victim
reported an unknown person removed two sets of tools
valued at $360 from his truck bed.
June 7, harassment, 3300 block of Sixth Avenue.
The victim reported the suspect has been making obscene
and harassing phone calls to her since May. The officer
took possession of her phone tape and requested a capias
from the state attorney's office.
June 8, 8102 Gulf Drive, Haley's Motel. A sheriff s
deputy observed the subject walking along Gulf Drive
carrying a flamingo from the motel. He contacted the
motel owner who took possession of the flamingo and
signed a waiver. The subject was a guest at the motel and
appeared to be under the influence, said the report.
June 8, vandalism, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The complainant reported an un-
known person broke the door and hand rail. Damages
The officers said as they placed Mason in cus-
tody, he beat his head on the wall and kicked a
window. Officers pepper-sprayed Mason in an
attempt to subdue him and Mason jumped head
first out the window breaking it, said the report.
EMS was summoned to treat Mason who had
cut off half his right nostril and sustained cuts to
his forehead and shoulder during the jump. Offic-
ers said when they took Mason outside to decon-
taminate him and meet the ambulance, he began to
struggle and kicked Knight in the leg.
EMS transported Mason to the hospital where
he received 17 stitches before being taken to Port
Manatee Jail. Mason was charged with possession
of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, posses-
sion of paraphernalia, battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and resisting with violence.
June 8, burglary to an automobile, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Manatee County Public Beach. The victim reported an
unknown person removed a beach bag containing a radio,
a set of keys and clothes.
June 8, trespass, 248 S. Harbor Drive. The complain-
ant reported juveniles trespassed on protected wetland
behind the church. The complainant said the church will
install signs there because the Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection has banned people from the area
and threatened to fine the church if anyone enters.
June 9, disturbance, 3340 East Bay Drive, Manatee
County Tax Collector's office. The complainant reported
a subject was yelling and using profanity. The subject left
before the officer arrived.
June 11, DWLS, open container, warrant. The of-
ficer stopped the subject for traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph
zone. A check showed the subject's driver's license was
suspended and he had a warrant from Manatee County.
The officer issued a summons and a citation and placed
the subject in custody.
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M PAGE 16 0 JUNE 16, 1999 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
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Birdie Tebbetts outfield,
Island soccer players scored a last-second goal
when Holmes Beach commissioners agreed to a plan
calling for a soccer field at Birdie Tebbetts sports com-
Following what Mayor Carol Whitmore said was
a top-shelf presentation by Danny Mitchell of the Is-
land Football Club, the commission decided to ask the
county to add the field.
Whitmore said she sent a letter to Danny Hopkins
of Manatee County Parks and Recreation asking for
construction changes to allow for play in the outfield.
Crucial was the decision to go to a removable out-
field fence giving soccer players a chance to run with-
out danger of crashing into a permanent fence.
"I wrote a letter to Danny Hopkins and County
Commissioner Stan Stephens indicating the commis-
sion wants to make sure there is no problem including
the soccer field in its plans.
"Danny Mitchell put together a first-rate report,"
she said. "In it he detailed that over 400 children and
adults play soccer on Anna Maria Island, almost twice
the number playing baseball."
Mitchell said this isn't the first time baseball out-
fields have doubled as soccer fields.
On at least two occasions Mitchell, who has
coached soccer at Bayshore and St. Stephens high
schools and Bollettieri Sports Academy, said his teams
have played on soccer fields laid out on Manatee
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County baseball outfields.
FIFA, the international organization charged with
enforcing soccer rules worldwide, requires the minimum
size for a soccer field to be 50 yards by 100 yards. That
dimension fits neatly into a baseball outfield, he said.
"Having a soccer field on the Island has been long
awaited. It's not as much for the adults as it is for the kids,"
Mitchell said. "I'm glad the commission was willing to see
this was needed and they went along with it.
"Now we have a chance to really develop Island
soccer players up to the level of players off the Island.
When you haven't got facilities, it's difficult to develop
the good players correctly and get the kids excited."
He said he expects existing players will rise to a
higher level. In addition, coaches will be willing to
come out more to train the kids and you'll get more
Whitmore said grading the new outfield has been
put on hold for two weeks because of a soccer field
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"As long as it's not going to cause a problem to the
county commission we said the soccer field is okay,"
Whitmore said. "Danny Mitchell said they will need
soccer goals but we didn't vote on buying them. We
can probably find the money for the goals but we want
to make sure we can get the field done through the
Mitchell said two official goals would cost $5,000.
The original estimate to build a soccer field was pegged
at $35,000. The math shows Mitchell's plan saves the
city about $30,000.
The city's cost for the Babe Ruth baseball field has
been pegged at $54,000. That figure includes $15,000
for handicapped-access bathrooms and $9,000 for
handicapped sidewalks, $2,000 for a parking lot,
$16,000 for fill dirt and $12,000 for dugouts.
The county's cost to build the field, including grad-
ing, clay, irrigation and fencing, is $47,000.
The city and county said the baseball and soccer
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Fishing the Islands Tournament this Saturday
The popular Fishing The Islands Tournament is
scheduled for Saturday, June 19 and is sponsored by
Island Discount Tackle.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Anglers may still enter, but the late entry fee is
increased from $200 to $325.
As in the past two years, there will be two divi-
sions: offshore and inshore. First place for inshore will
net the winning team $5,000, second is worth $2,000
and third $1,000.
In the offshore division, first gets $2,000, second
is $1,500 and third through seventh will receive $1,000
each. These prizes are guaranteed regardless of the
number of boats entered.
All inshore division fish must be released alive. A
Polaroid camera will be issued to each team to record
the teams' catch.
SPORTS, FROM PAGE 16
field, which is to be named for the late Island resident
and lifetime professional baseball player/executive
Birdie Tebbetts, is scheduled to be completed Oct. 1.
The soccer field has the backing of Babe Ruth organiz-
ers, Mitchell said.
"By making this field multi-purpose, the end result
is Island kids get a soccer field and the city [or county]
doesn't have to spend $35,000," Mitchell said. "The
same kids playing baseball are playing soccer and the
same baseball parents are also soccer parents."
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
sponsoring a summer youth indoor soccer league.
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from 5-8 p.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. A representative from each boat must attend.
All crew and family members are invited.
There will be entertainment and the Bridgetender
Inn and Dockside Bar will be carving roast beef sand-
wiches from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Fishing in the one-day tournament begins at 6:30
a.m., June 19. Fish may be weighed in until midnight
that night at either of two weigh stations. One station
will be at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Anna Maria
City Pier. The other is Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
and Pub located at the north end of Longboat Key.
Observers are welcome at both weigh-in locations.
An awards ceremony will be held Sunday, June
20, at the Center. Doors open at noon with the first
prize giveaway at 12:15 and then every 15 minutes
This will be a coed league in three divisions: 5-7
year olds, 8-10 and 11-13. Playing age is determined
by how old you are on June 16.
Games will be played in the Center's air-condi-
Individuals may sign up or teams may enter with
a minimum of six players,
Registrations will be accepted until Friday, June
18, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
There is a $30 registration fee for Center members and
$35 for non-members. The league will provide jerseys.
Games will be scheduled every Saturday beginning
June 26 and cQntinue until Aug. 14, with a one-week
break for the July 4 holiday.
Don't miss out. Indoor soccer is a fast-paced game
for all ages and improves soccer skills, preparing you
for fall's competitive outdoor league play.
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handed out beginning at 2 p.m.
June is boat
Don't forget that June is the month to renew
your boat registration.
All boats with an engine must have a registra-
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Class 2 26 feet or more and less than 40
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Class 3 40 feet or more and less than 65
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Class 4 65 feet or more and less than
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Florida Panhandle more than 'redneck Riviera'
A Panhandle beach has been named the best beach
in the continental United States. I went there last week
to take a look.
A professor at Florida International University in
Miami, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, comes up with new
rankings every year. Known as "Dr. Beach," he is re-
ferred to as "the nation's foremost beach expert."
His rankings are based on 50 criteria, including
sand softness, wave size, current strength, water color,
water quality, presence of pests, lifeguard protection,
and a slew of other factors.
Now, I may not be known as "Dr. Beach," but I
like to think I know beaches. Bean Point in Anna Maria
Sis just about the best beach I know of, and it isn't on
"Dr. Beach's" list, so I figured what can he know about
beaches that I don't know?
Was I wrong.
If St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, just off Port St.
Joe, is only the third best beach in the U.S., I've just got
to get to Hawaii and see the top two. And although I'll
probably invoke the wrath of chamber of commerce
executives, the state park puts Bean Point to shame.
Sand at St. Joseph is the same sugar consistency as
at Bean Point, except there is about 20 miles of it. Some
of the sand is heaped into dunes at least 40 feet high and
crested with graceful sea oats. The beach is wide and
perfect to walk on. Sea turtle nests dot the sands, gulls
wheel overhead, and deer scamper through the under-
brush in the interior of the park.
And there's nobody there. No scampering kids, no
rock 'n' roll music, no personal watercraft, no
parasails. There wasn't another soul as far as the eye
could see up and down the beach the first week of June,
and not a single boat dotted the Gulf horizon.
The park has no facilities to speak of, planners
opting instead to allow it to remain in a natural state.
Oh, sure, there are some rest rooms and picnic areas
and camping sites and there are even eight cabins you
Wide, white sand
beaches and 40-foot-
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that kind of stuff, it's perfect.
Oh, this is their "busy" season too, so imagine what
it would be like during the fall or winter.
Bring in whatever you think you'll need for the
day, because there are no convenience stores or fast-
food places at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.
East of the park is St. Joseph Bay, a newspaper
from nearby Port St. Joe described it as "the most pris-
tine bay in the state," something I doubted until wad-
ing the shore. Fish were schooling and splashing in
deeper water just beyond the luxurious seagrass beds,
and the grasses were alive with scallops. I counted
about a dozen in the 50 feet or so we walked, and to my
eye it wasn't prime scalloping water, either. It may not
be THE most pristine bay in the state, but I haven't seen
clearer water or more marine life in a long, long time.
Call 850-227-1327 for more information about St.
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Another nice beach
St. George is a barrier island that reminded me a lot
of Anna Maria. It's just south of Apalachicola, and is
reached by a long, narrow bridge/causeway. You can
see scores of oyster fishers pulling up the bivalves with
long-handled tongs as you cross the bridge, and we had
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Unlike St. Joseph, there are motels, shops, restau-
rants and beach bars on St. George. If I hadn't gorged
myself on oysters at Apalachicola, I would have been
tempted to try the "biggest, baddest burger on the Is-
land" at the Blue Parrot restaurant. It was about the
same diameter as a Frisbee and looked and smelled
almost as good as a Duffy burger, but I restrained my-
self and indulged another adult beverage.
And like St. Joseph, the state park on St. George
was great. It lacks the high dunes and sparse beachgoer
population of its neighbor to the west, but still has
wide, white-sand beaches and clear, azure water.
Perhaps I've been too snobbish about my feelings
for Anna Maria Beaches that I viewed Panhandle
beaches as being nothing but a vacation spot for Ala-
bama. True, the natives' southern twang takes some
getting used to, and the license plates on pickup trucks
and beat-up Chevys attest to the area being the
"redneck Riviera," but it's a beautiful region of Florida
well worth visiting. I'll give you a better report later
this year after time spent in a cabin at St. Joseph.
Another barrier island that will get visited another
time is St. Vincent. A wildlife refuge, the island is ac-
cessed only by boat. The island is a naturalists dream:
Ten different types of habitat are used by a whole
bunch of native and exotic wildlife.
The island once was a private hunting area, where
previous owners imported something called sambar, a
Southeast Asian elk that grows to 600 pounds. They're
still on the island, apparently thriving with native
white-tail deer and a breeding population of endan-
gered red wolves, once abundant in the southeast but
now virtually extinct.
St. Vincent looks to me like a perfect place to boat.
Oh, and speaking of critters, there seems to be a
real problem in Panama City Beach with coyotes. Yep,
the coyote, which seems to be very fond of house cats,
has migrated into north Florida where a few mauled
kitties prompted trappers into action. The lucky coyotes
are hauled off to less-populated areas of the Panhandle.
Isn't nature grand?
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More of same fish, plus plenty of them
By Capt. Mike Heistand and Capt. David Futch
Fishing doesn't change much this time of year
when it comes to fish and plenty of them. Like last
week, it's deja vu all over again.
Reports continue to flow from sources saying the
summer of '99 is a great year for anglers. Like last
week the list includes tarpon, grouper, snapper, dolphin
(mahi mahi), black fin tuna, pompano, trout, redfish,
permit and the list goes on.
Anna Maria City Pier reports catching mackerel,
cobia and a few jacks.
The Rod & Reel Pier just up the road said anglers
are landing mackerel, snapper and catch-and-release
Bill at Island Discount Tackle said offshore troll-
ing for blackfin tuna is hot. Kingfish, dolphin and wa-
hoo are also hitting. Inshore, redfish, trout, snapper and
flounder are biting well.
Lee at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said fishing
has been great with a lot of trout on the flats. Also, there
are quite a few reds around Egmont Key, permit are on
the Three-Mile Reef and tarpon are biting along the
Annies Bait & Tackle reporting for Capt. Zack
on the Dee-Jay II said near shore in the Gulf his cus-
tomers are catching permit, tarpon and catch-and-re-
lease snook along the beaches, mackerel and mangrove
snapper. Inshore, Zack is leading them to trout and reds
and he says jack crevalle are the way to go.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sharks were caught in Tampa Bay while trout were
biting in Miguel Bay and black drum in the Manatee
Capt. Kurt Morrison caught a 77-inch sailfish
last week, gag grouper to 24 inches and red grouper to
30 inches as well as yellowtail snapper.
Capt. Sam Kimball with the Legend said Shawn
Barley and friends brought in 25 grouper while fishing
with him. The gag and red grouper were caught in 80
to 120 feet of water. Some of them ran close to 25
pounds. Kimball's crew also caught lane, mangrove
Boy, this fish is heavy!
Kurt Hoefig, 4 1/2 years old, caught this redfish
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Capt. Rick Gross caught tarpon on the beaches,
trout on the deeper grass flats and snapper on the local
Capt. Tom Chaya said his folks caught snapper,
flounder, trout and triggerfish last week.
Capt. Glen Corder said grouper fishing is supe-
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pounds. He also said black fin tuna are offshore.
Capt. Thorn Smith of Angler's Repair said he
has been catching reds off Rattlesnake Key, trout on the
deep grass flats and catch-and-release snook.
On Capt. Mike Heistand's boat Magic catches
included mackerel, flounder, redfish, trout to 24 inches
and several tarpon to 100 pounds.
Congratulations to my brother Capt. Mark Futch
of the charter boat Sitarah out of Boca Grande.
Brother Futch, angler Gene White and teammate
George Melissas of Clearwater landed a 186-pound
tarpon to win the first Miller's Marina Tarpon Tide
Tournament for 1999. The trio fished on Melissas's
flats boat Sidewinder.
The big 'un paid almost $10,000 and set a new
record for a live-bait tournament. Futch also holds the
record for largest tarpon on artificial lure in a Miller's
tournament with a 182-pound fish.
He said he's been seeing bigger and bigger fish
every year for the past decade and credits the increased
size of tarpon to the state's $50 tag required of fishers
wishing to kill a tarpon.
The tarpon tag was the brainchild of the Boca
Grande Fishing Guides Association and was pushed
through the Florida Legislature by Rep. Keith Arnold,
Winners in the June 9 horseshoe games were
Ron Pepka and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria. Run-
ners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes Beach and
George Landraitis of Cortez.
Winners in the June 12 games were Pepka
and Starrett. Runners-up were John Bennett of
Anna Maria and Chris McNamara of Holmes
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
membership fees and everyone is welcome.
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but
never used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa
and love seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159;
twin $129; futons (sofa by day bed at night) frame
and mattress $199; daybed (white with brass finials)
including two mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can
deliver. Call 753-7118.
MACINTOSH POWERBOOK 520. Laptop model,
ready to use. 778-7978.
ANTIQUE REFRIGERATOR Frigidaire, works
great! 24 by 52 inches, 22 inches deep. $95,
MACINTOSH PERFORM 6200 CD. 64 MB RAM,
1 GIG hard drive, 15-in. color monitor. OS 8.5, new
Zoom 56K modem. Loaded with software!
Pagemaker 6.0, Photoshop 3.0, Pagemill 3.0,
Illustrator 5.5, Quark Xpress 3.32, MS Word 5.0,
plus more. $650. Optional Iomega zip drive is avail-
able. All in mint condition. 748-6222.
PRACTICALLY NEW KENMORE portable. dish-
washer, butcher-block top, even as an extra, espe-
cially now kids out of school. $275. 748-1392.
LORD'S WAREHOUSE THRIFT Shop. Open Satur-
Sdays only, 9am to 1pm. Summer sales! 6140 Gulf of
Mexico Drive. 383-4738.
ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday,
Thursday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturdays 9-noon. Dona-
tions Wednesday 9am to 11am. Always sales racks.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, June 19, 9am to 1pm.
Half Price! St. Bernard Activity Center, 43rd Street,
MOVING SALE SATURDAY June 19, 8am to 1 pm,
lots of household and craft items, books, micro-
wave, clothes and cat decor. 114 Beach Avenue,
MOVING SALE FRIDAY JUNE 18, 9am to 2pm.
Two leather chairs from Horchow, Maine sideboard,
nice love seat, Texas end-table, four thumb back
Windsor chairs, two rattan sofas and an end table,
1900's desk, Victorian bed and mirror, Polaris chair,
TV, Jenny Lind bed, bar stools, entertainment cen-
ter, baker's rack, drafting table, computer, desk, four
Richard Thomas paintings, lamps, Coe Ade glasses
and more. 8023 Marina Isle, off Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Sale by Julie McClure 747-3101.
Quality Sales for 25 years. Julie1944@aol.com for
e-mail sale notices.
MOVING SALE SATURDAY June 19, 8am to noon.
Everything goes. 210 Haverkos Court, Holmes
CHILDREN'S SUMMER PROGRAMS Want to
improve your child's reading? Also, programs
proven effective with children with learning disabili-
ties. Free evaluation. Affordable fees. Reading and
cognitive skills therapist. 795-0303.
PREMIERCOM LONG DISTANCE phone service.
7.5 flat rate, Florida 7.1, 800 numbers same rates.
LIKE TO TRADE STOCKS? Your broker too expen-
sive? If you want to trade stocks but are put off by
the costs, call us. We can help you with stock selec-
tion, timing (both buys and sells) and the costs of
doing business. Call John Brownlee at Longboat
Key Investment Services 383-1336.
PRIVATE BALLROOM DANCE instruction. Waltz,
fox-trot, swing, tango, etc. Lessons held at the Art
League, Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Robin
SUMMER TUTOR, continue your child's education
throughout the summer. Certified teacher willing to
tutor on Island at affordable rates. 761-3461.
LOST SUNGLASSES in parking lot between
Walgreens and Subway in Holmes Beach during
rain storm. 383-0602.
LOST DOG Poodle Terrier. Dog is deaf and blind,
eighteen years old, fluffy, whitish-gray, about twenty
pounds. Lost since June 6, 1999, last seen near
Jacaranda and Fern. If you have any information,
please call 778-7264 or 778-4656.
CRITTER SITTER. Going away and your pets have
to stay? Daily visits to your home to provide food,
water and lots of TLC! 778-6000.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander Bystander. 778-7978.
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing, wax,
maintenance programs. 15-years experience. Island
resident. References available. 750-7337.
CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand
aboard Magic. Half & full day. Reservations please.
WET SLIPS AND Hi 'N' Dry storage available at
competitive rates in modern, full-service marina.
FOR FREE HOME DELIVERY OF THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND* CALL 778-7978
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(941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This spacious 4BR/2BA duplex offers warm Mexican tiled
floors, cheerful white kitchen cabinetry, built-in bookcases
and two sunny patios! Other features include several
citrus trees, thirty-two palm trees, plus an oversized,
enclosed outdoor shower and utility room. Short walk to
wonderful Gulf beach and Anna Maria Post Office!
Asking $229,500. Good money maker!
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This spacious 2BR/2BA canalfront hideaway offers deep
sailboat water with davits, opening directly onto Bimini
Bay! Features include gleaming hardwood floors,
skylights, track lighting, ceiling fans, French doors, built-
in bookcases, plus oversized utility room with laundry tub
and pantry. There is an expansive tiled rec room,.double-
car garage, sundeck, plus screened lanai. Offers views
of both Bimini and Tampa Bay! Only $239,900.
Wonderu ec House
This inviting 3BR/2BA beach house offers endless
views of sea and the Sunshine Skyway and Egmont
Key. Amenities include an oversized lot offering a
handy circular driveway and many tropical trees,
including key lime and avocado. Features include
vaulted ceilings with fans, woodburning stone fire-
place, and comfy greatroom plan with spacious
kitchen and breakfast bar. Enjoy walking on the
private, sandy beach! Priced at $499,500, turnkey
furnished. Don't miss it!
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520 58th Street..... ...... $619,000
407 20th Place ............. $529,000
525 68th Street .................. $339,900
703 South Bay Blvd ............ $319,900
226 South Harbor .............. $189,000
726 Key Royale Dr.............. $695,000
613 Ivanhoe La............. $675,000
624 Hampshire Lane.......... $329,500
621 Foxworth Lane............. $319,900
AND ISLAND CONDOS:
6700 Gulf Dr ............... $339,000
Mariners Cove .... $229,900-$297,500
4255 Gulf Dr ................ $134,900
208 75th St .................. $299,000
502 Magnolia ................ $249,000
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2408 Avenue A............. $199,000
6805 Holmes Blvd......... $199,900
2409 Avenue A (lot) ...... $199,000
231 South Harbor ........ $189,000
8314 Marina Dr ............ $179,900
705 North Shore (vacant lot) .. $152,500
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
201 35th St ................
2302 Gulf Dr ................
101 25th St ..................
2219 Gulf Dr ................
203 76th St ..................
5806 Holmes Blvd.........
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1276 Spoonbill Landings .. $149,000
923 Sandpiper Circle..... $133,500
S449 North Shore (Sarasota)... $299,900
1769 Vamo Drive.......... $299,000
1108 82nd St NW......... $214,900
6937 42nd Ct E (Sarasota) ... $98,000
304 Pine Ave ................ $224,000
310 Pine Ave ................ $299,900
5704 Marina Drive ........ $479,000
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OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Captain
Glenn Corder aboard Deep South. Half and full day.
For information call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.
1987 BAYLINER, 20.7-FT, Capri 5.0 OMC I/O, low
hours, cuddy, new bimini, $1,800. (727) 845-5689.
BOAT SLIP for rent, with easy access. Call 778-
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.,
SUMMER WORK FOR college students and 1999
high school graduates. $10.25 per hour/base..
Flexible part-time and full-time. No experience
necessary. Entry level sales/service. Will train.
Scholarships available, conditions apply. 927-8868.
HOUSEKEEPING FULL/PART-TIME. Good ben-
efits, pleasant working conditions. Resort 66, 6600,
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach and Via Roma Beach
Resort, 2408 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
SERVERS, HOST/HOSTESSES, dishwashers,
Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
SALES CLERK, nights and weekends. Seniors
welcome. Apply at Shell Land Gifts, 301 Gulf Drive
KEY ROYALE GOLF course needs kitchen/counter
help, full-time, must be flexible. Apply 700 Key Royal
Drive, Holmes Beach, 8am to noon, Monday Friday.
HAIRSYTLIST CHAIR RENTAL. Newly remodeled
busy NW Bradenton salon. Near 75th Street and
Manatee Ave. 746-6262 or 795-6920.
NAIL TECH CHAIR RENTAL. Private 10 by 10 foot
room, newly remodeled, busy NW Bradenton Salon.
Near 75th and Manatee Ave. 746-6262 or 795-
6920. 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.
PERSON WITH MECHANICAL ability wanting to
learn air conditioning repair and installation. Call Eric
Bergan, Air America. 779-2445 or 778-4483 eves.
KID UNDER 16 wanted for part-time yard work. Call
Clearly the quality choice
CAROLYN PATRICK ROBERT ST. JEAN
WATERFRONT SPECIALIST INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
778-0700 office 794-0007 office
941-331-9201 home 941-794-8059 home
Buy it, sell it! Find it in The Islander Bystander
SALES AND RENTALS EST. 1970
9701 Gulf Drive P 0 Box 717 Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-2307 Fax # 778-7035
Toll Free 800 306-9666
DON'T MAKE A MOVE
We have been renting and selling on
Anna Maria Island for 29 years.
If you want friendly, knowledgeable,
dependable service, call us today!
The Island is our home.
LIST WITH US TODAY -
We also have a large inventory of
rental properties available.
Weekly, monthly, seasonal, annual.
AND RENTAL PROFESSIONALS.
Weekdays 9-4:30PM Saturdays 9-Noon r
KIDS SEEKING summer jobs: Advertise here free.
Up to 21 words free for kids under 16. Three-week
maximum. Information: 778-7979.
WE LOVE PETS! Dog walking and animal sitting
service available. Call Oshy and Gracie at 778-2923
KID WANTED in vicinity of Gulf Drive and 28th St.
to walk two Golden Retrievers. Please call 778-
STATE CERTIFIED CNA/ home health aide/com-
panion available for a variety of duties. Monday
through Fridays, mornings, afternoons or evenings
or eight-hour shifts. For appointment, call Robert
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
A Paradise Rental Management, Inc.
Hours of Telephone Coverage
Amount of Advertising and Promotions
Total Rental Income Per Property
1-800-237-2252 or 778-4800
5201 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Directly on Gulf beach, this newer
S3BR has plantation shutters, Ander-
S._ 3m son windows, solid-oak spiral stair-
case, two-car garage. Wood deck
overlooks white sandy beach. Enjoy
.beautiful sunsets over the Gulf.
102 31st St., Holmes Beach Quality and beauty throughout.
Call Jane Tinsworth R.S. OlSonlBief
at 795-3000 RealEstate, Inc.
"Fresh" Mullet Sale
'ore than a mullet wrapper
Mullet T-shirts ... $10 Mugs ... $7.50
Mail order add $3 s/h. 941 778 7978
5404 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
Residential Commercial/Industrial Property Management Mortgage Loans Title Insurance Vacation Rentals
Carol S. Heinze
LAS CASAS CONDO 2BR/2BA
spacious condo. Near clubhouse
and pool. Formal dining room,
den, split bedroom design with
Murphy bed. Indoor utility plus
two-car garage. IB36915
JUST REDUCED TO $135,000.
Canalfront lot with direct access to
Gulf and bay with no bridges. Near
library and shopping. IB33995
LOVE BOATING? HATE YARD WORK? 2BR/2BA waterfront unit
on a canal overlooking bayou and bird sanctuary with private boat
dock that will accommodate a boat lift. Includes two screened-in
lanais, boat dock and a two-car attached garage. Children and pets
are welcome. Call Carol Heinze, Realtor 751-1155. IB36389
JUST REDUCED TO $329,900 Beautifully-maintained and land-
scaped 3BR/2BA home. Screened and covered patio area by
pool is great for entertaining. Large screened upstairs porch
overlooks pool and has view of the bayou. Lots of storage space
downstairs. Call Pat Thompson, Realtor 751-1155. IB37311
TWO-STORY DUPLEX $174,900. 2BR/2BA with den in each
unit. Central Holmes Beach location. Close to shopping, library
and restaurants. Call Carol Heinze, Realtor 751-1155. IB32512
ONLY 300 FEET TO CHOICE GULF BEACH!
Charming beach home with lots of poten-
tial for expansion. Includes two carports
and 192-sq.ft. screened porch with terrazzo
floors, ideal for enclosure. Includes vacant
75 by 100 ft. corner lot for $400,000. Owner
may consider offer exclusion of this lot.
MARIE LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN R E A LTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
DICK MAHER -
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5 01Gulf,.ie Holm c 3217 Call anytime for a consultation.
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS 941-778-0766
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AUTO DETAILING at your home or office, at your
convenience. Complete detailing includes wash,
wax, shampoo, engine and undercarriage cleaning,
leather & vinyl conditioned, tires and trim dressed
and more. Protect your investment. Call Damon at
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200.
Adoption, corporations, modifications, power of at-
torney, name change. Suncoast Paralegal Ser-
POOL REMODELING, remarciting, cage additions,
poly removal, new deck surfaces, concrete work. Is-
land resident. State licensed and insured. 951-4007.
THE HONEY DO MAN Handyman. Odd Jobs, small
jobs, repairs. Licensed, insured. Free estimates
778-5003 or 726-1067.
HOUSE CLEANING wife and husband team
specializing in vacation turnarounds and residential.
Area residents since 1966. Hardworking, depend-
able, insured. 761-1863.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and
installation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
SILCOX CERAMIC TILE and carpet sales and
service. Have samples, small repairs, regrout. Guar-
anteed. 20 years experience. Call Randy 746-0671.
CHAMBERLAIN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING.
Insured, affordable, dependable, honest. Island
resident, free estimate. 750-4772, leave message.
Hi! I'm Marianne
For any real estate needs,
I am ready and anxious
to serve you. Call me at
Mike Norman Realty
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
W hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
|! CHASE |
Im Manhottan Mortgage Corporatlon
A BIG HOUSE ON KEY ROYALE
BIG PRICE REDUCTION NOW $229,000
611 Gladstone. 4BR/3.5BA/2 kitchen/2 car, 3,895 sq. ft.
under-roof home including caged pool. Next to, but not
on, a canal. Owner anxious. $255,000. Now $229,000.
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes
unsightly black mildew, salt and dirt from house
exteriors, windows, roofs, gutters, driveways and
decks. Call 778-0944.
DAYCARE PROVIDER will baby-sit your child
seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Meals
included. Love children. Please call 778-9693.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE
Residential/commercial, full-service maintenance,
landscaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming,
ponds, native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent ref-
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it's broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Come in and choose from our huge
selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Everything
Under the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
DON & KAREN SCHRODER present...
ON THE INTRACOASTAL
Magnificent sunrises and twinkling boat
lights at night are yours from this -..
3BR/2BA bayfront home. The unique
greatroom floor plan is topped by a
soaring ceiling and the upper-level
master suite has a view to die for! An
additional bathroom adjoins the exer-
cise room. Spacious workshop area -.
and a 3-car garage. Davits. Superb
construction quality and energy
$575,000 GU LFSTR EA M
CASTNETTER APARTMENTS directly across from Public Beach.
Overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Consists of four buildings, NW building
offers owner's unit, rental unit, office and two-car garage. All other build-
ings offer two units. $1,500,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. CM31317
SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT custom-built
home on three +/- acres. Exquisite design,
custom woodwork, fireplace, den. English
gardens, pond, great privacy. For the discrimi-
nating buyer. $999,500. Kathy Marcinko 792-
9122 or Sandy Drapala 794-3354. R24084
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS of the bay and Sarasota
skyline. 2BR condominium in guarded com-
munity. Cathedral ceilings, cook's kitchen.
Low taxes. $225,000. Bob and Penny Hall
IF YOU LIKE TO FISH, then you've just
found your dream home. Along with a
spectacular bay view you get a beauti-
fully updated 2BR/2.5B home on 1/2 +/-
Jenkins 795-3838. R38013
CODY'S CARPET & upholstery cleaning. Dry foam
shampoo and steam cleaned. Living room/dining
room $34.95. Free deodorizing. 794-1278.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. 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.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free
estimates. Thirty-three 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.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
HW i j.l Walk to the beach!
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
WONDERFUL GROUND-FLOOR UNIT in a small complex
right on the beach. Heated pool, lighted tennis courts. Good
investment property, liberal rental policy. Rarely available.
$345,000. Traute Winsor 504-1949. 96002
THREE ACRES more or less of bayfront
property. Exceptional luxury homesite on
Palma Sola Bay. $249,900. Sandy
Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko
Available properties by the
week or by the month from
Anna Maria Island to Venice.
Call one of our rental and
resort Sn -' li --"
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MAGNIFICENT HOME 4BR with office, game
room and craft room. Open plan, light oak cabi-
nets, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, caged pool/spa.
On quiet cul-de-sac. $389,900. Sandy Drapala
794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 792-9122. R38259
CUSTOM-DESIGNED KEY WEST HOME.
Great view of Palma Sola Bay. 3BR/2.5B,
2,970 +/- sq.ft., wrap-around porch, oak floors
throughout. Large open kitchen and family
room, spacious living room, separate dining
room, elegant master suite. $299,900. Don
Lewis 748-6300. R37733
CORTEZ VILLAS, 55-plus community. An ac-
cent on detail describes this one-owner up-
; ? P' '- r O R" -;-I- -7 a -
$64,900. Joanne JenKins 795-3836.
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sands\ Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawi Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Hl Se We Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED* GUARANTEED LOWEST
778-1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
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Quality home repair and maintenance
Steven Kaluza 778-4173
Island References and Insured
Painting Drywall Tile Doors Screens Etc ...
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Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
WILSON WALL, INC
Specializing in Stucco
Water Damage* Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience* Island Resident Cell 650-7871 Eves. 778-9506
Private & Commercial Interior & Exterior
20 Years Experience
Free Estimates Call 778-2139
and MOBILE DETAILING
Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly One Time
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homes, renovations, additions. Free estimates and design
service. Quality workmanship. Lic#RR0066450. Call 795-
SCREEN REPAIRS, interior/exterior painting,
ceiling fans, landscape work, drywall repairs, roof
painting, tile work, low prices 778-0410 office, 504-
TILE, TILE, TILE. Ceramic tile supply and installa-
tion. Quality workmanship, floors and walls. Fully in-
sured, call 387-7153, 750-5985.
BAYFRONT COTTAGE WITH DOCK. Turnkey,
beautiful view, covered parking. Available now.
$350/week or $700/month. 794-5980.
PETS WELCOME. 2BR/2BA, lovely furnished
home on canal, with dock and fenced yard, in Coral
Shores. Available March 1, by the week or month.
FOR RENT ANNUALLY 2BR/2BA townhouse, un-
furnished. Near shopping and library in Seaside
Gardens, Holmes Beach. $850 per month plus utili-
ties. Call Betty Cole 779-1213.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE monthly,
weekly, May 1 through October 15,1999. No smok-
ing, no pets. 2BR/1BA, one and a half blocks to
Gulf. Call 778-0733.
HOLMES BEACH OFFICE or retail space. Approxi-
mately 1,300 sq. ft. Excellent parking with exposure on
main thoroughfare. Call Smith Realtors 778-0777.
ROOM WITH PRIVILEGES 200 feet from beach 50
feet from bay. Washer/dryer, cable, updated. $400
plus half utilities or $125 per week. Deposit and ref-
erences required. 778-2991.
SURF SIDE 2BR/1BA. Annual, $900 per month.
Available now. 792-2779.
BAYFRONT GROUND LEVEL house 2BR/2BA, an-
nual unfurnished, with dock privileges. No pets. 109
13th St. South, Bradenton Beach'. $1,100 per
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across
form beautiful beach $350 per week. Summer dates
still available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA furnished/unfurnished,
adorable cottage with washer/dryer, wood floors,
close to beach, bay, shops and pier. 106 Church,
Bradenton Beach. $800 per month, $500 security.
ANNUAL FULLY FURNISHED 2BR/1.5BA duplex.
Hardwood floors, Berber carpet, washer/dryer, dish-
washer. Steps to beach and bay. $800 per month
includes water. 778-8335.
HOLMES BEACH VACATION rentals. 1-2/BR, furnished
apartments with pool. Low summer rates, stones throw
to beach. Also booking for 99/00. 778-4368.
ANNUAL FURNISHED EFFICIENCY with kitchen-
ette in Holmes Beach. $450 per month includes
cable/utilities. $350 security. Block to beach, no
pets! 778-0794, 407-846-8741.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH on bay. Lovely
1BR cottage, central air, deck, lush grounds,
washer/dryer hook-up, dock privileges. No pets or
smokers. $735 per month. 778-4625.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH 1BR with den, du-
plex, lush grounds, deck, dock privileges. $650 per
month, no pets or smokers. 778-4625.
RENT WITH PURCHASE option. 1 BR with 10 by 20
ft. room. Open, bright, washer/dryer. Must be 55.
$450 month, 778-4523.
LONGBOAT CONDO IN DUPLEX for rent. Ground floor,
2BR/2BA, newly furnished, private backyard, across from
beach, walk to grocery, shops, library. $1,200 per month,
cable and utilities included. 387-8255.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA on canal with dock. No
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, great loca-
tion. $650 per month, first, last, security. 778-2658.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL UNFURNISHED. Bright and
spacious, new kitchen, appliances, tile, washer/
dryer, etc. Quiet, secure neighborhood, close to
beach. $850 per month, first. last and security. Small
pet considered, non-smokers preferred. 704-3171
LIGHT, AIRY, MODERN elevated 2BR/2BA. Spec-
tacular Gulf and sunset views from balcony or deck!
Large kitchen with ceramic tile, lots of cupboards,
plenty of closet space, tastefully furnished, includes
washer/dryer. Game area downstairs plus garden
area (gardeners welcome). Covered parking for two
cars. Convenient to everything. Annual $900 per
month, $900 deposit, own utilities. 778-2991.
HIDEAWAY COVE PANORAMIC BAYVIEW, nice,
quiet, ground floor. One and two bedroom, fully-fur-
nished, steps to beach, restaurants and more. Avail-
able now through December. Also winter season and
consider annual. No pets or smoking. 778-7107.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA in quiet Holmes Beach neighbor-
hood. Clean and updated, steps to bay and beach.
$750 per month, first, last, security. 778-5482.
ANNUAL 1BR DUPLEX, spacious, clean, new car-
pet, two blocks to beach. $500, plus electricity. 2110
Ave. B, 778-6387.
BRADENTON BEACH FURNISHED or unfur-
nished, 2BR/2BA, duplex, one block from beach.
Annual lease, available August 1st. $700 per month
plus utilities and security deposit. Call 778-0787.
1 BR/1BA DUPLEX with Gulfview, $550 per month.
1BR/1BA bayfront cottage with dock $725 per
month. 2BR/1BA duplex with dock, $650 per month.
Contact Ann Harmon with Old Florida Realty
3BR/2BA DUPLEX with garage and private back-
yard. Just steps to the beach. Call Valerie Kruse,
Wedebrock Real Estate 778-6665.
1BR/1BA CONDOMINIUM, fully-furnished condo
with pool. Call Valerie Kruse, Wedebrock Real Es-
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2BR/2BA CONDOMINIUM with dock, vaulted ceil-
ings and screened lanai. Call Valerie Kruse,
Wedebrock Real Estate 778-6665.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA apartment in Holmes
Beach. $535 per month plus security deposit.
Horizon Realty 778-0426.
ONE BEDROOM HOUSE in Cortez near water, with
central air. $500 per month, first, last, deposit. No
smokers or pets. Call after 5pm. 795-0466.
ANNUAL RENTALS, efficiency, 1BR and 2BR units.
Prices range $375-$850 per month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate 778-2307 for details.
SEASONAL FOR 1999/2000, 2BR/1BA duplex,
downstairs, completely furnished, one house from
BRADENTON RIVERFRONT CONDO, fifty-five
plus, next to Library, 2BR/2BA, carport, third floor.
$975 per month. Marina Anderson 756-8931.
CONDOMINIUM 2BR/2BA fantastic view, enlarged
model, washer/dryer, pool, great location! Sandy
Pointe annual, $950, possible six month, available
BRADENTON 2BR/2BA home, furnished, on canal,
excellent location, close to beaches, shops, restau-
rants and golf. Annual, monthly or weekly rental,
don't miss this one. Phone/fax 795-6035.
1BR/1BA HOLMES BEACH, like new, garage, ex-
tra storage. Two minutes to beach, $650. 792-4260.
GULFFRONT, GORGEOUS VIEW. Unique home
3BR/2BA, tropical garden, decks, ninety feet to Gulf.
Require special people. $3,900 per month, $1,300
per week. 778-0990.
GREAT GULF VIEW, really nice, large 2BR/2BA
with covered parking. $850 per month. 778-5075.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA apartment,
groundfloor, unfurnished, Anna Maria. $500 per
month, $500 deposit. 778-2921.
RENTAL WANTED! Established remodeling
contractor, five year Island resident, looking for 1
or 2/BR house, duplex, etc. Will consider fixer-up-
per for reasonable rent. Must have garage or un-
derneath locking storage. Non-smoker, no pets,
no kids. 779-2294.
PERICO ISLAND mint condition, one year old. 3BR/'
2.5BA, 1,726 sq. ft. Many extras $174,500. Call Mr.
Bruno 800-631-2221. 792-8289.
BY OWNER very nice Holmes Beach duplex on
double lot. Plenty of room for additions, pool, etc.
100 yards to beautiful beach. Great rental income!
$199,000. Frank 761-9259.
GULF FRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
GULFFRONT BEACH HOUSE 2BR/2BA ground
floor on a 50 by 150-ft. lot to be completed in June.
Nice, quiet, dead-end street. $525,000, 800-977-
BARK & COMPANY REALTY buyer's broker. Buy-
ers represented. Steven M. Bark, Broker. 383-1717
2BR/2BA CONDOMINIUM on Gulf. LaCosta, 1800
Gulf Drive North. $198,500. 404-463-8505. No Bro-
HOLMES BEACH TIMESHARE unit for sale. On
the Gulf, fully- furnished, 1BR. Week #27, July 3-
July 10, buy now and use this year. No brokerage
fee. $3,000 or best offer. 639-8388.
BIMINI BAYFRONT. Beautiful open view, new sea-
wall and 12 by 65-foot dock, pool and more.
$429,000. Principals only call 953-6897 to see this
2,800 plus sq.ft. single-story home.
KEY ROYALE BY OWNER. 3BR/2BA with large
yard, room for additions, pool, etc. Nice quiet street,
$20,000 under anything else on Key at $189,000.
Hurry will sellquickly! 761-9259.
WHY RENT? 1BR trailer with 10 by 20-foot room,
cute, open, washer/dryer, boat storage. Sand Piper,
416 4th St. $18,500. 1-800-977-0803 or 778-4523.
PUT YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Two commercial
condos, Holmes Beach Industrial Center. Many
possible uses: art studio carpentry, publishing,
repair shop, wholesale Two offices upstairs, two
garages down. $125,000. Yvonne Higgins 761-
3100, Wagner Realty.
BAYFRONT, SECLUDED, CHARMING, updated
Old Florida style home surrounded by huge oak on
one-plus acre. Located in NW Bradenton on Palma
Sola Bay. 3BR/2BA, Mexican tile, private master
suite. Dock, channel to bay and Intracoastal.
Hemingway would love it. Price of $499 ,000 in-
cludes platted buildable lot. Call Helen Barry or
Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty 761-3100.
ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT home 4BR/3BA.
Many quality extras built in throughout. $232,000.
For information or appointment, call 778-5928.
GULFFRONT VACANT LOT on the Bridge Street
circle in Bradenton Beach. Zoned commercial,
could build three condo units. Call Sandy Labarre
at Wedebrock Real Estate Company 383-5543.
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BAYFRONT ESTATE $725,000. Four units located
directly on bay/intracoastal steps to Gulf beaches.
Cathedral ceilings, fireplace, wood floors, Jacuzzi
and boat docks. Great for investor or family estate!
3BR/2BA house, 2BR/2BA house and two 1BR
apartments. Call Deborah Thrasher or John Hines,
Wedebrock Real Estate Company 383-5543 or 778-
CANALFRONT HOME with panoramic view of Sky-
way lights and bay/intracoastal, 2BR/2BA and po-
tential 1 BR apartment with Spanish tile floors, cathe-
dral ceilings, cedar closets, oversized two-car ga-
rage with sauna, boat dock, davits, screened en-
closed lanais, A/C, refrigerator, new dryer 1998.
$284,900. Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real
Estate Company 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
ANNA MARIA CITY. View Bimini Bay from
canalfront home. Custom 3BR/2BA, cheerful spa-
cious greatroom layout. Dumbwaiter to kitchen,
many extras, Garden atrium entry with inside stair-
case. Cozy lanai and pool, dock, boat lift, oversized
two-car garage. $549,000. Broker participation tour
www.annamaria.net/1. For appointment 778-4636.
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Eves. 778-4931 Eves. 778-6956
3BR/2BA family home. Large sunny family room.
Ceramic ile and terrazzo. Private dock, playhouse. $229,000.
PERICO PATIO-POOL HOME
2BR/2BA Perico Island patio home. In-ground pool,
two-car garage, ceramic tile, mirror, fireplace. $159,900.
2BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo. Furnished, end-
unit, heated pool, beautiful beach and view. $225,000.
3BR/3BA luxurious penthouse condo. Private boat dock,
water view, elevator, tennis, heated pool. $259,000.
SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE
3BR/3BA Elegance! Mexican tile, den, water view and
boat dock. Carport, tennis, two pools. $178,500.
SABAL PALMS CONDO
2BR/1.5BA furnished condo. Westside, convenient to
everything. Pool and clubhouse. Close to golf. $59,900.
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Sandy Pointe 2BR/2BA condo $900
3012 Gulf- 1BR/1BA $500
727 Jacaranda -3BR/2BA $1,800
308 63rd 2BR/2BA duplex $800
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DESIRABLE PALMA SOLA Park. Lovely remod-
eled, 3BR/2.5BA home on large lot, screened pool,
oversized two-car garage. Very nice, $179,500.
FOR SALE BY OWNER large four-unit apartment
building at Anna Maria city pier, corner lot across
from Ato's, live in one, rent three, White sandy
beach. Will consider small cottage trade -n or mo-
tor home. Call Enchanted Shores at Margueritaville,
NEW 2BR/2BA LUXURY condominiums. Concrete
and block construction. Views of Gulf and bay,
beach access, pool, elevator, balconies, garage
parking. Model open 11am-4Pm daily or call owner
778-0396. 1201 Gulf Drive North, starting at
ANNA MARIA, NEAR BEACH. 4BR, canalfront,
caged pool, fireplace. $257,500. Call Helen White
and Mary Ann Schmidt. Suncoast Real Estate
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BAYFRONT CONDO WESTBAY POINT AND
MOORINGS. Wonderful views of bay and Intracoastal
from this updated 2BR/2BA second-floor unit. Extended
living room, new tile and carpet, nicely decorated,
furniture included. Heated pool and tennis. $189,900.
Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 eves.
ELEVATED VILLA. Bright and airy 3BR/2BA half du-
plex with greatroom, vaulted ceilings, Berber carpet and
Mexican tile. Parking for four to five cars under build-
ing. Central to everything. $159,900. Dial the Duncans!
Judy 778-1589 or Darcie 779-2290 eves.
CANALFRONT 4BR/3BA home in a tropical island
setting on a natural canal. Tiered dock, boat ramp,
privacy fenced decks off living room and family room.
Updated kitchen and baths. Reduced to $248,900. Call
Carla Price 778-0770 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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SUNBOW BAY CONDO
Super clean 2BR/2BA unit close to
beaches, shopping and restaurants.
Elevator, pool, tennis. Unit is turnkey
furnished. What a buy! Lynn Hostetler
778-4800. MLS 34676. $130,000.
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3BR/3BA open floor plan, hardwood floors,
fireplace, screened balcony, more than 4,000
sq. ft. under one roof. Boat ramp and dock large
enough to accommodate sailboat. No bridges
to Tampa Bay. All this for $375,000. Elizabeth
Andricks 778-4800. MLS 32547
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LAKEFRONT HOME 3BR/2BA home in
Village Green. New A/C, water heater,
washer/dryer. Large patio with caged pool,
fruit trees. $154,900. Dick Maher/David
Jones 778-4800. MLS 37861
Contemporary 3BR/2.5BA large home,
completely updated. Master bedroom and
bath upstairs with balcony overlooking
greatroom with skylights and vaulted ceil-
ing. $185,000. Dick Maher/Dave Jones
778-4800. MLS 36165
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BAYFRONT ELEGANCE Magnificent residence with spectacular bay views. 3BR/2.5BA,
greatroom, eat-in kitchen, separate dining and living rooms, large master bedroom and bath
overlooking bay, ten-foot ceilings, oak floors throughout and a six-car garage. Heated pool
and deep-water dockage. $695,000. Call Dave Moynihan at 778-2246/778-7976 eves.
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bay from this rare bayfront lot centrally
located between the Manatee and Cortez
Bridges. Lot measures 65x100, is
seawalled and ready for construction.
Offered at $215,000. Contact David
Moynihan 778-2246/778-7976 eves.
ISLAND DUPLEX Excellent Holmes
Beach location and short walk to prime
beach. 2BR/1BA each side'with central
heat and air. Drive by 207 76th Street.
$175,000. Call Dave Moynihan 778-
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and airy with workshop for the hobbyist. $272 1.11i.1
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Triplex offers two 2BR/IBA and 1BR/IBA.
Ground floor with garage, fireplace and boat dock.
Upstairs has views, garage and boat dock. Unit
above garage has W/D hookups. $225,000 Becky
Smith/Eli Starrett 795-8095/798-9716 eves.
BRAND NEW MODEL NOW OPEN!
Fri. 10-2PM, Sat. and Sun. 1-4PM. 302 107th Ct.
W., Pcrico Shores. Nature's paradise at your doorstep.
3BR/3BA home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Fireplace,
extras too numerous to list. Ed Furner 798-3268.
It's summer... family and friends coming? Don't have room?
Remember... we have great vacation rentals available.
Call Valerie Kruse at 778-6665 for more information.
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2,300+ living area. 309 65th, Holmes Beach. $229,500.
VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA, 2,006 sq.
ft. living area each side. Extras. Can condo'ize. $440,000
WHITE AVE/BEACH ACCESS. 3BR/2BA, lot 100x130.
Immaculate, attractive, lush landscape. $375,000.
CANALFRONT LOT Anna Maria 75 ft. front. $175,000.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
BRAND NEW KEY WEST HOME 4BR/3BA with Gulf and bay
views. Upgrades and extras. Shaft for elevator. $425,000.
CALL US ABOUT BRAND 32 BRAND NEW HOMES
COMING SOON. From $150,000 and up.
STYLING SALON Eight stations. Great location. $39,000 OBO.
LOT C-2 Zoning.Walk to beach $150,000.
HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET 2,400 sq. ft., three stores, 150 ft.
to Sarasota Bay. Can add to size. Developing area. $355,000.
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TAMPA BAYFRONT Wells Bay Harbor 3BR/
2.5BA home with unobstructed view of Skyway
Bridge and St. Petersburg. Large two-car garage.
$585,000. Rose Schnoerr 778-2261. MLS#38192
LAKESIDE SOUTH super location and price for this
3BR/2BA home. Low maintenance fee includes pool,
tennis, lawn care, cable TV and clubhouse. $74,900.
Gary Larison 778-2261. MLS#38123
TASTEFUL 3BR/2BA home with two-car garage
plus two-car carport. Family room fireplace,
barrel-tile roof, many extras! $153,900. Tony
Tiberini 778-2261. MLS#38239
GARDEN LAKES ESTATES. Great home for
small family. Screen porch and open porch off
bedroom. Fabulous master suite. $165,000.
Shelia Kidd, 778-2261. MLS#35744
SMUGGLER'S LANDING Better than new 3BR/
2BA luxury condo with 40 ft. dock and deck for
serious deep- water sailors! $256,000 Shelia
Kidd 778-2261. MLS#37354
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX Great income opportu-
nity! Short walk to the beach. Annual tenants
until June 13 and Nov. 1, 1999. $239,000.
Piroska Kallay 778-2261. MLS#36510
Perico Bay 2/2/1 Villa, deck overlooks estuary.
W/S/C incl. Gated community, heated pool, ten-
nis. Reduced $1,100.
Tidy Island 2/2/2 condo, great view, fireplace,
extra storage. W/S/C incl. $1,600.
SEASONAL CONDO & HOMES
Call Missy Laps at 778-9611
Toll Free 1-877-651.0123
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TERRACES AT TARA First floor turnkey end unit over-
looks fifth hole and sixth tee. 2BR/2BA, view from ev-
ery room. Covered parking, golf membership included.
$94,900 Noreen Roberts 778-2261. MLS#37105
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SMUGGLER'S LANDING Fabulous 3BR with 40
ft. dock on deep canal. New "Cook" kitchen,
2000 sq.ft. of luxury abounds here! $263,500.
Rose Schnoerr 778-2261. MLS#38237
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