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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 8, no. 2, Nov. 24, 1999 FREE
Officials say bridge policy will endanger lives
By Pat Copeland
Lives over property.
That's the position of Manatee and Sarasota offi-
cials in opposing the Coast Guard's new policy of
bridge openings during a hurricane warning, said
Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. St.
Denis met with Island elected officials last week to
explain the issue and seek their support.
"The current policy for Manatee and Sarasota
Counties is that the bridges are closed down at the time
we have a hurricane warning," St. Denis explained.
"What the Coast Guard is trying to do is change that so
there are bridge openings at 20 minutes intervals until
four hours before gale force winds hit."
St. Denis said 30 representatives of local govern-
ments from both counties recently met with Coast
Guard representatives to discuss the issue.
"We were very frustrated," St. Denis said. "We
went through our presentation. We calculated that if a
major storm hit, a couple thousand people would not
make it off Longboat Key as a result of those proposed
openings and closings."
Reasoning that there wouldn't be a great many
boaters in the Gulf wanting to enter the intracoastal
waterway for safety from a storm, officials offered a
compromise to the Coast Guard, St. Denis said.
"We agreed to open up the bridges for boaters
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
By Susan K. Kesselring
Three complaints of violation of
Florida's public records law were filed
against Anna Maria City Commissioner
Doug Wolfe Monday, Nov. 22.
They were filed by two restaurant
owners, Ato Kelly of Ato's Island Res-
taurant and Ed Spring of Sign of the
Mermaid, and city resident Jason
Cimino. They contend Wolfe has vio-
lated the Florida Sunshine Law that re-
quires government conduct its business
The complaints stem from state-
ments Wolfe made at a special commis-
sion meeting Nov. 17 held to address
amending the city's alcohol ordinance.
The new ordinance was intended to al-
PLEASE SEE COMPLAINTS,
Vehicle versus house: Paul Sterner, 37, of Bradenton, ran Piroska Kallay off the road in her Mercedes, plowed over Paula
Surprenant's mailbox at 513 Key Royale Drive and mowed down bushes in Roy Phillips yard at 509 Key Royale Drive
before his 1985 Chevrolet finally came to an abrupt halt when it struck the corner of the garage at 505 Key Royale Drive.
Holmes Beach police retrieved crack cocaine and other drugs from the front seat of Sterner's car. He was treated at the
scene and then transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. Charges are pending blood test results.
Amending alcohol ordinance loses fizz
with commission, infuriates supporters
By Susan K. Kesselring
Seats and support were sold out at Anna Maria city
hall last week.
Amid protest, unbridled comments and a discern-
ible aura of disgust from attendees of a special work-
shop, commissioners reached a consensus not to move
forward on revising the city's alcohol ordinance.
A proposed amendment would have allowed the
owners of Sign of the Mermaid and Ato's restaurants
to sell beer and wine.
In the imminent drive of the political process,
Commissioner Doug Wolfe turned on a dime, chang-
ing his position at the eleventh hour. Only a week ago
he supported the change to allow restaurant owners Ed
Spring and Ato Kelly to serve beer and wine to their
He came to last week's meeting a half hour late and
promptly revealed himself as its staunchest critic.
Wolfe's shift was unexpected and maddened many
attending the meeting because he tipped the scales
against the two restaurants.
Attendees were perplexed, even shocked, by
Wolfe's sudden departure as an ally for their cause.
During an October commission meeting, Wolfe
said he's been on record since 1992 saying the city
needs to add provisions to its ordinance for the sale of
beer and wine.
Wolfe said then that citizens have a right to peti-
tion the government for change because government
can sometimes be over-protective. He recommended
the city look into the legality of meeting both restau-
rant owner's requests.
"Why the change of heart?" Spring asked.
Wolfe said he received more phone calls on this
issue than about any other previous issue in the city in
PLEASE SEE ALCOHOL, PAGE 4
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musical event Thursday
The third annual Christmas Prelude musi-
cal event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, in
Musical groups from Anna Maria Island
and the mainland will present holiday music,
with Keyboards and More youngsters opening
the program and Island vocalist Michele Bishop
capping and concluding the singing.
The event will be at the clock tower where
Bridge Street and the city pier join. It is orga-
nized and financed by Vice Mayor John
Chappie; Lee Ann Bessonette, deputy city
clerk; and businesswoman Emily Ann Smith.
Chappie advised concert-goers to "bring your
own chairs, there is no seating arrangement.'
PAGE 2 0 NOV. 24, 1999 0 THE ISLANDER
Longest parade in U.S. here next week; on water, too
By Jim Hanson
The longest Christmas parade in the U.S. will be on
Anna Maria Island Saturday, Dec. 4.
It is the annual Island-long festival of the Priva-
teers, the organization of men from all over the area
devoted to charity and fun.
Privateers Treasurer Stanley Weyman is sure this
is the longest route in the U.S., 7 1/2 miles from Anna
Maria City to Coquina Beach.
"Well, it's maybe not strictly a parade but a proces-
sion, to a picky purist," he said. "Nobody marches or
walks in it, it's all vehicular, although Privateers are on
and off our ship giving gifts to youngsters all along the
The big event begins at 10 a.m. in Bayfront Park
in the north, winds down the Island on Gulf Drive to
Holmes Beach, down Marina Drive to pick up Gulf
again, then through Bradenton Beach to Coquina.
Santa Claus will be busy aboard ship throughout
the parade and especially afterward in Coquina, where
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
coming in from Gulf but not open the bridges for boat-
ers to travel north and south," he said. "Our philosophy
was lives over property. We're not going to open all the
bridges so someone can try to outrun the storm at the
risk of everybody else."
However, the Coast Guard representatives at the
meeting said they had no power to make a decision on
the matter, St. Denis said.
"It was pretty clear in our discussions that they're
looking at property over lives, because their whole
thing is moving boats and making sure the bridges are
open," he noted. "We think they're trying to do it to
such a point that they're being beyond reasonable but
our arguments are falling on deaf ears."
Sgt. John Cosby of the Bradenton Beach Police
Department said emergency officials in both counties
are drafting a letter to the Coast Guard official in Mi-
he will board a sleigh with children coming and going.
The Privateers' ship will lead the parade as it tradi-
tionally has done, and 15 to 20 units are expected to par-
ticipate from around the Island and the western mainland,
said Weyman. He asks that anyone with a parade entry call
him at 747-7778 or Privateers President Rick Maddox at
794-2599 for registration and details.
An added feature this year will be up to 25 units
joining the parade from the Millennium 2000 organi-
zation in Sarasota, which volunteered its most welcome
interest, Weyman noted.
The Privateers ship will be fully manned and armed,
with other costumed Privateers surrounding the vessel be-
cause Island ordinances prohibit throwing gifts off a mov-
ing vehicle. So they have to be hand-delivered by pirates.
At Coquina, Santa and his helpers will deliver the
goods for youngsters, and hot dogs and sodas will be
served free to children age 12 and under. Adults will be
encouraged to "put a little something in the pot," ac-
cording to Weyman.
That money and other funds raised by the Priva-
ami who is in charge of bridge operations.
"If they'll let us present our position the counties
will send a team of delegates to Miami," Cosby ex-
plained. "If we fail at that level, we have to go to Wash-
ington, D. C., and Manatee County is prepared to do
Cosby said the two local counties and Monroe
County in the Florida Keys are the only three that
haven't signed contracts agreeing to the new schedule
"Monroe County will be allowed to do what we are
asking for because it has only one way on and off,"
Cosby said. "All the other counties that have signed
contracts have at least one fixed-span bridge, so there's
always a way off no matter what happens.'
St. Denis said currently it takes 13 hours of good
weather conditions to evacuate Longboat Key.
Cosby noted that the way several storms have
shifted this season at the last minute, there may only be
eight hours for evacuation.
teers throughout the year will go to the organization's
programs Anna Maria Island and Cortez Commu-
nity Centers, scholarships and other programs benefit-
The celebration will wind down about 2 p.m.
Later that day, starting at 6 p.m., boats with deco-
rative lights ablaze will move through Bimini Bay to
the Key Royale Bridge, up and down the "grand canal,"
and along the bay, passing both piers in the annual
Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.
Winners of the boat-decorating contest will be an-
nounced at festivities Sunday night at 6 o'clock at
Marina Bay restaurant.
Chairman Chuck Stealey said there is room yet for
more boats, whose skippers may call him for full infor-
mation and registration at 778-3907.
Members of the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, along with agents of the Florida Division of
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, executed a
search warrant at Marco Polo's Pizza, 3244 East
Bay Drive, Nov. 20.
Bartender Shawn Randal Waters, 39, of
Holmes Beach, was charged with willful and un-
lawful use of a slot machine for gambling, a sec-
ond degree misdemeanor. Waters was issued a
notice to appear.
Police Chief Jay Romine said the warrant and
subsequent citation were the result of a combined
investigation by HBPD and FDAB&T into illegal
gambling within the establishment. During the
course of the execution of the warrant, two
Cherrymaster slot machines were seized.
The case has been under investigation since
TO A PARTY...
.. to kick off the 1999 Chuck and Joey Lester Community
Challenge for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Endowment Trust Fund.
Hosted by Islander Publisher Bonner
Futch and Damon Presswood, owner of Chez Andre.
Guests of Honor: Challengers Charles and JoAnn Lester
$20 at the door includes wine and hors d'oeuvres ...
Wednesday Dec. 1 4-6 p.m.
at Chiez Andre, Island Shopping Center,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Please bring your checkbook. Pledge cards will be accepted.
If you cannot be present, please mail contributions to
Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Trust
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216
$40,000 Community Challenge
Every dollar up to $40,000 contributed from
now until the end of 1999 to the Anna Maria
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Please mail your tax deductible gift to Anna Maria
Island Community Center Endowment Trust TODAY.
Mail to Anna Maria Island Community Center,
Community Challenge, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
This advertisement is sponsored as a community service by The Islander.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
low Kelly and Spring to sell beer and wine at their es-
Kelly and Spring have pursued a change to the ciy
code for years, beginning their latest request in Novem-
Throughout the year they thought they had an ally in
Wolfe, who's been on record.since 1992 saying some-
times government rules and regulations are too stringent.
He said he thinks relief should be provided to restaurants
wanting to profit from beer and wine sales.
However, Wolfe announced a change of heart at
last week's meeting, stating he could not approve to
amending the ordinance because of the many phone
calls he received in opposition.
Resident Norton Niss asked Wolfe how many of
the people he talked to were for and against amending
the ordinance and Wolfe said 50 percent each way.
Kelly said she filed the complaint because she has
serious doubts about the authenticity of Wolfe's sources.
She said she went to city hall the day after the
104 and planning
Anne Goodrich of
Holmes Beach cel-
ebrates her 104th
birthday while visiting
with her family in
Anna Maria Islanders
sharing the day are
daughter Anne Jones,
Bannigan and wife
Rene, and their
children Bailey and
Brady. Ms. Goodrich
said she's looking
forward to her next
birthday, which will
mark the third century
in which she will have
meeting to request names of individuals who Wolfe
spoke to and was told there was no such list.
Wolfe declined to talk about the phone calls,
though he did say he was misunderstood.
He says that when he said public opinion was di-
vided on the issue, he meant that all the people who
called him were against the city changing the ordinance
and the rest were sitting in the audience.
Cimino says he filed his complaint because Wolfe
should have to be accountable for his statement.
The commission was attempting to reach a consen-
sus on directing the city attorney to write an ordinance.
Spring presented a proposal to the city which, if ap-
proved, would allow restaurants in the city to obtain a
beer and wine license if they derive 60 percent of their
revenue from food sales.
The state regulates the issuance of alcohol licenses,
but local governments can place restrictions on location.
Anna Maria's ordinance prohibits post-1987 estab-
lishments from selling alcohol if they are within 2,500
feet of another establishment selling alcoholic bever-
ages, or a church.
City Attorney Bob Hendrickson told commissioners
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 24, 1999 0 PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
11/30, 6:30 p.m., Board of Adjustment.
12/2, 7 p.m., Commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
12/1,7 p.m., Parks and Beautification Advisory Board.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Thanksgiving holiday schedule
* The administrative offices Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed Nov. 25 and 26.
* The administrative offices of the Anna Maria/West
Side Fire districts will be closed Nov. 25 and 26.
* The Island Branch Library will be closed Nov. 25 and
26 and the Tingley Library will be closed Nov. 25.
* There will be no Waste Management garbage collec-
tion on Nov. -25. The alternate collection date is Satur-
day, Nov. 27. Bradenton Beach garbage collection will
be as regularly scheduled on Nov. 26.
they can regulate place of operation, but not the person.
Wolfe told the The Islander some of the people
who called identified themselves and some did not. He
said, in any case, Florida law does not require him to
keep a log of his phone calls and he will not release
what names he does have.
Wolfe cites a specific court case, Seigle v. Barry,
as his reason for denying the list of names.
But that 1983 Florida Supreme Court ruling deals
with parties who claim they were denied access because
they wanted the information in a format not provided by
the governmental body a computer program.
Wolfe's situation comes on the heels of a complaint
filed against Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard in
March when The Islander charged him with withholding
employment applications for a vacant city clerk position.
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Alcohol ordinance remains same in Anna Maria
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his 10 years on the commission. He said he couldn't
vote in good conscience for a change.
Later during the meeting, when questioned, he said
opinions ran 50-50, for and against changing the ordi-
Residents pressed Wolfe about his sources, asking
who is opposed to changing the ordinance.
With the exception of two residents, the makeup of
the audience at past commission meetings has been de-
cidedly in favor of changing the alcohol ordinance to
allow restaurants to serve beer and wine.
Beating against the heart of the community, the
mayor banged his gavel to silence the frequent out-
bursts from the more than 90 people attending the
meeting who are tired of the city prolonging the issue.
He repeatedly gaveled speakers quiet.
Why it's an issue
Spring offered up a solution to the city to alter what
Wolfe once called the city's "stringent regulations." He
asked the commission to amend its current ordinance
to allow restaurants to sell beer and wine so long as the
owners derive 60 percent of their sales from food and
40 percent from wine and beer sales.
The Florida Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire-
arms regulates the issuance of alcohol licenses, but cit-
ies are able to impose additional criteria.
The major obstacle faced by Kelly and Spring is
the city's distance requirement.
Anna Maria's current ordinance, last amended in
March 1996, prohibits post-1987 establishments from
selling alcohol if they are less than 2,500 feet from any
other business that sells alcohol, or less than 2,500 feet
from an established church, in this case Roser Memo-
rial Community Church.
"The ordinance is a good law," Wolfe said, refer-
ring to a past lawsuit which was decided in the city's
The city's 2,500 distance requirement was chal-
lenged by Pat and Pete Cain, previous owners of Candy
Cain's, who sold their restaurant to Edgar and Ato
Kelly in 1994. The Cains sued the city over its "loca-
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tion" restriction and lost.
At least one resident, Kevin Snyder, says, "The
2,500-foot restriction came into being to allow Ed Por-
ter (past owner of the now defunct Fast Eddie's and
former pier leasee) a monopoly on alcohol service in
that area of the city." Snyder was a manager of the city
pier restaurant when it was operated by John Home.
Throughout the endeavor- with the latest round
beginning November 1998 members of the city
commission have been consistent on where they stand,
with the exception of Wolfe.
Mayor Chuck Shumard and Commissioner Max
Znika favor the change, Vice Mayor Robert McElheny
has been opposed all along and Commissioner George
McKay is consistently on the fence.
McKay is on the record as saying, "I'm open to
both sides," saying he'll vote with what the people
Following last week's meeting, McKay said he
doesn't think government should help private busi-
ness to make a profit a statement reiterated by
Commenting after the meeting, Wolfe said he was
in favor of the change when he thought it involved
making an exception for two individuals, but when he
realized it would alter the city's ordinance, he changed
He can't be sure what negative consequences it
could have down the road, he said.
McElheny shares Wolfe's perspective. Following
the meeting, he said the restaurant owners knew they
couldn't sell beer and wine when they opened up shop.
He said, "If their businesses are not prosperous, it's
not the city's fault."
Wolfe said he made an oath as an office holder
never to change the city's zoning laws and has voiced
this at political candidate forums.
"We represent the voters of this city. If you don't
like it, then there's an election in February, Wolfe
said. Many in the audience applauded his suggestion.
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What others think
Resident Bill Worth op-
poses the change and told
commissioners not to be in-
timidated by people in sup-
port of the restaurant own- Wolfe
He said many of the players are not local residents.
It is "commendable" for the commission to hold the
line, Worth said.
Both owners are on record saying they just make
ends meet without a beer and wine license. Both func-
tion as a bottle club, where residents are allowed to
bring their own alcoholic beverages, but Spring says
this method only increases alcohol consumption be-
cause people usually finish any beverage they bring
because it's illegal to take an open container out with
Anna Maria business owner Loretta Yearwood
said it's "tacky" for those who "dress to the nines" to
go out to dinner and be told they must purchase their
own beer or wine down the street.
With Islander's Market closed, patrons of the Mer-
maid and Ato's must travel further to buy a bottle of
wine or other alcoholic beverage to accompany dinner.
No convenience store in Anna Maria offers wine for
Robert Hinsch, owner of 307 Pine General Store,
addressed his own dilemma in a letter to the city Oct.
13. He requested he also be considered for wine sales
in addition to beer.
In the letter Hinsch states he approached the city in
1991 asking to sell wine and was denied.
In the public eye lobbying for a change on behalf
of Spring and Kelly are Sean Murphy, owner of Beach
Bistro and Bistro at Island's End, Bradenton lawyer
Mark Shapiro and State Rep. Mark Ogles, who com-
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Anna Maria/West Side firefighter Brian Braun installs
one of two smoke alarms in the home ofCarolyne and
Scott Doig of Cortez as part of the fire district's
Operation 100. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
THE ISLANDER M NOV. 24, 1999 0 PAGE 5
Call ifyou need a smoke detector
As part of the Anna Maria/West Side Fire
District's Operation 100, firefighters Brian Braun and
Jeff Lonzo installed two smoke detectors in the home
of Carolyne and Scott Doig of Cortez last week.
"Through this program, we are trying to ensure that
100 percent of our district residents have one working
smoke detector," explained Assistant Fire Marshal
Kurt Lathrop. "Please call the fire district if you need
one and we'll come to your house and install it."
Doig said he became concerned for the safety of
his two children, Heather, 7, and Savannah, 2, after
ALCOHOL, FROM PAGE 4
mented at a recent meeting in favor of the 60-40 rule.
The 60-40 rule would limit licenses to establish-
ments selling 60 percent food, versus their percentage
of alcohol sales. It has been offered as a limitation to
amend the ordinance and to prevent a proliferation of
taverns or clubs.
What's to come
"What about the license on the city pier?" Will the
'Secret Shop' for kids
to be Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Art League's "Secret
Shop," where youngsters may shop alone for inexpen-
sive hand-crafted Christmas gifts for adults, will be
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the
league's quarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Younger children are accompanied on their shopping
spree with teens and experienced youthful shoppers, while
parents and adults must wait outside the shop.
While they're waiting, adults may enjoy purchases
from a bake sale offered in conjunction with the Secret
Shop. Details may be obtained at 778-2099.
The league's offices and gallery will be closed
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26, said director
learning about the death of a child in St. Pete. The girl's
home did not have a smoke detector.
"I called the fire department to ask about smoke
detectors and they told me about Operation 100," Doig
said. "There's no excuse if someone is willing to come
and do it for you. Maybe other people will see this and
"The death of the little girl was very unfortunate
but it is our role to take that tragedy and turn it into a
positive," Lathrop said.
For information, call the fire district at 749-3900.
city "appease itself" and violate its own ordinance,
Spring was referring to a 120-day rule that is part of
Anna Maria City's Code regarding alcohol beverages.
A city ordinance states a business closed for 120
days loses any grandfathered exceptions. The city
pier's alcohol service was just such a grandfathered
The temporary closing of an establishment for a
"reasonable time" for remodeling and reconstruction is
There are also rumors a restaurant is in the works
at the new Bayview Plaza across from the city pier.
Under the present zoning, it would be denied alcohol
Wolfe and McKay think the matter should be de-
cided by referendum, saying if the people vote in favor,
"We'd be obligated to change the current ordinance."
Kelly said she's been strung along by Shumard,
who told her the commission would take a vote on the
matter a few weeks ago.
Shumard said he couldn't instruct the attorney to
begin working on the ordinance at taxpayers' expense
if the commission didn't agree to go forward.
Supporters of the restaurant owners complain their
efforts fell on deaf ears, but Kelly said she's not giving up.
She said she will request the city place the issue on the
ballot for a referendum in the February election.
If that's not possible, she hopes for new blood on
the commission, she said.
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PAGE 6 M NOV. 24, 1999 M THE ISLANDER
It is the time of year to think wistfully of our
friends and, as in the past, this issue of The Is-
lander contains our "Wish Book."
This seventh annual special section contains
many of the needs for the service organizations
near and dear the Island. All groups are, of course,
wishing for peace on Earth and goodwill to men
and women. Nearly all wish for more volunteers
There's a challenge from Holmes Beach resi-
dents Chuck and Joey Lester to match or meet
their donation of $40,000 to the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center's Endowment Trust
Fund, a perpetual funding source established for
the Center by the Lesters with donations over the
Last year our community was shy by just a
few thousand dollars after all the pledges and
stocks were counted up. But, there's a tremendous
source of pride in knowing Anna Maria residents
from all walks of life, all origins of the world, can
come so near accomplishing such a lofty goal.
It's a big, big wish.
But sometimes there are more pressing, mun-
Office supplies. Medical supplies. Pencils.
Music CDs and cassettes. Paint. Glue. Puzzles.
File cabinets. Staples. Hand tools and power
tools. An answering machine. Stuff that isn't very
glamorous or exciting but is something an orga-
nization needs to get through the year.
Please, take a few minutes to read the "Wish
Book" and keep in mind the items your favorite
Island organization needs. While you're out shop-
ping for family members and friends, shopping
for just one item from the wish list could mean a
big difference to the school, the community cen-
ters and the service clubs in fulfilling the needs of
Some items are small, inexpensive and simple
to shop for and you're sure to pass by them in
stores wherever you go.
Please find the spirit of giving in your heart.
The joy of the season will be your reward.
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Referendum on consolidation:
are officials afraid?
The recent article in the Islander, "Island-wide
consolidation again takes a nose-dive," was most inter-
esting but extremely disappointing.
It appears to me that both mayors, Bradenton
Beach and Anna Maria, are making a decision that does
not necessarily reflect the opinion of the residents. Why
not a referendum? Are the officials afraid of the out-
Consolidation seems to be a very sensible way to
go. Since all three communities are really small and
have common interests, it certainly would be cost-ef-
fective and much more efficient to have one police
force, one fire department, one set of regulations and
perhaps one governing body with representatives from
the three municipalities.
Not only would consolidation be more efficient,
but it would solidify Anna Maria Island and would
enhance an even better environment.
Dr. Henry L. Pearlberg, Bradenton Beach
How can powers let
great asset wither?
Having just returned to the Island I felt compelled
to put my thoughts down on paper after learning that
the Oyster Bar had closed.
How can the powers that be have got it so wrong
that they have allowed one of Anna Maria's greatest
assets to wither? What was once a pearl on the Island
is now a rotting carcass.
The Oyster Bar on the city pier was a wonderful
place for visitors and locals alike, a kind of social cen-
ter catering for the majority.
My family and friends have been visiting Anna
Maria for a number of years and love the place so much
that we have recently purchased a home here.
The city pier is where my husband and son would
cycle to and where my son was learning to fish. It was
where we would like to walk to in the evenings to en-
joy a beer and a chat with others.
The food, the service and the setting were what
made it such a special place and it was a privilege to be
able to go there. The place now has such an air of deso-
lation and sadness about it that I cannot see many
people wanting to visit it.
What I would like to see is the city pier right back
to exactly how it was. Perhaps the city officials should
go back to the proprietors of the Anna Maria Oyster
Bar and try to get them to reconsider. Perhaps that is
too much to ask for.
One thing I do not want to see is a fast food outlet
on the pier. One can go anywhere for that experience.
Pauline Maclean, Anna Maria City
Picture perfect party
The millennium celebration was just the breath of
fresh air the City of Anna Maria has needed for such a
long time. To see families and friends and all the busi-
nesses come together for fun made us smile. The only
thing better was the weather.
Marie Palella, Anna Maria
'No more traffic'
I believe everyone on the Island will agree that our
worst problem is traffic. Now, instead of trying to find
a solution, Bradenton Beach is going to increase it by
applying for "Scenic Highway" status.
Their reasoning? They will be able to receive full
funding for bicycle paths, sidewalks, etc. These funds
are not county or state, but federal.
Between Bradenton Beach and the county, who
plan to do the same for Palma Sola Causeway, the rest
of us Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key
- are going to suffer the consequence: More traffic.
Can't the Island Transportation Planning Organiza-
tion dissuade them from this rash move? If not, then it's
up to the public to say, loud and clear, "No more traffic."
Billie P. Martini, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 24, 1999 M PAGE 7
Those were the days
Part 6, Wartime Anna Maria:
"The coast was clearly visible. Houses, trees, the
dunes of the beautiful beach, the slender lighthouse
beyond it, everything could be seen without binoculars.
One of my bridge lookouts suddenly said, 'Herr Kaleu
(Lieutenant Commander), Can you see the little girl in
the third beach chair from the left?' He was kidding,
but if there had been beach chairs we would have seen
them. We were that close to the shore."
That was a German submarine captain talking. He
was describing how beautiful St. Augustine looked to
him on a peaceful April day in 1942 as he cruised along
the coast of Florida searching for another ship to sink.
Reinhard Hardegen was 28 years old and making
a name for himself in Germany's first assault against
the United States. The Fuhrer had assigned Hardegen
and five other young U-boat commanders to inflict as
much damage as quickly as they could on United States
Hit hard. Hit quickly. Like a kettledrum. "Opera-
tion Drumbeat" it would be called.
Hardegen began in mid-January with a Norwegian
tanker off Long Island's Montauk Point. Regrettably it
took five torpedoes to do the job. He had no problem
with his next target, a British oiler except that the
U-boat nearly went aground in the New York Harbor
channel. The oiler exploded so close to Long Island
A British tanker sinking off Long Island, New York,
in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 1942. It was
one of the first of hundreds of vessels destroyed by
Nazi U-boats in U.S. coastal waters during World
that people seeing the smoke and flames phoned the
police about it.
Hardegen was jubilant about these trophies but
puzzled that the Americans were making his work so
easy for him by keeping New York City lit up so
brightly at night.
Over the next month U-boats of Operation Drum-
beat ranged from Boston and New York down to Vir-
ginia and the Carolinas. In that time the toll was 13
ships and many lives lost. But not one German sub was
hindered by U.S. forces.
Where was the Navy? People were wondering.
It was the height of the tourist season when a U-
boat first scored a hit in Florida waters. On the night of
Feb. 19 Hardegen sank the tanker Pan Massachusetts
40 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral. The explosion
set the ocean ablaze for a mile.
Five days later another tanker out of Houston went
down off Jupiter inlet, taking five crewmen down with
her. Twenty-eight survivors were brought ashore where
they were comforted with sandwiches, coffee and
Reading in the papers about one sinking after an-
other, Tampa Bay residents shuddered, thinking what
a tempting target MacDill Field and the Tampa ship-
yards would be. On Anna Maria Island, the small Coast
Guard unit quartered in Bradenton Beach trudged the
beach in the darkness with additional alertness, and
civilian observers got little sleep.
What really got the public's attention was
Hardegen's exploit at Jacksonville Beach on April 11,
a few days after his first glimpse of St. Augustine. It
was a typical "spring break" kind of weekend at the
resort town, with servicemen, vacationing students and
partiers of all ages enjoying themselves hugely.
Hardegen knew nothing of this when he aimed a tor-
pedo at a passing oil tanker. At 10:20 p.m.the tanker
broke apart with a blinding explosion that brought
merrymakers surging out of the hotels and bars onto the
There was explosion after explosion, making a
terrific display of "fireworks." Hardegen commented
in his war diary: "All the vacationers had seen an im-
pressive special performance at Roosevelt's expense.
A burning tanker, artillery fire, the silhouette of a U-
boat-how often had all of that been seen in America?"
It was this episode that induced Florida Gov.
Spessard Holland to declare a statewide coastal
dimoutt," something he'd previously resisted in defer-
ence to the resort industry.
But the sinkings would go on for many more
Next: Who can stop the insanity?
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system completed at Playa-Encantada-
By Pat Copeland
After a devastating fire roared through the Playa
Encantada March 14 destroying one wing of the con-
dominium, residents learned that the building did not
have a fire suppression system.
The fire, started by lightning and aggravated by
strong winds, burned through six of the condo's top-
floor units at 6006 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. An-
other eight units were severely damaged by water. The
fire caused more than $3.5 million in damage.
The building had no standpipe or sprinkler system
and firefighters on the scene were hampered by the
configuration of the building, the strong wind and the
lack of access to the building.
After the fire residents voted to retrofit the remain-
ing building with fire and smoke alarms and a stand-
pipe system. A standpipe system is a water pipe run-
ning the length of the building with connections in the
Assistant Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop shows a stand-
pipe, one of several that have recently been installed
in hallways at Playa Encantada. In the case of a fire,
firefighters will hook their hoses up to the standpipe
and turn the valve for instant pressurized water.
Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
stairwells and a main connection in front of the build-
The standpipe system was completed last week and
tested by Assistant Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop of the
Anna Maria/West Side Fire District.
"There are four connections in the hallways- one
at each end on both floors," Lathrop explained. "We're
within 150 feet of any point in the building. It's like
having a fire hydrant on each floor."
Lathrop said arriving firefighters will hook up the
hose from the truck to the main standpipe in front of the
building. Then they can carry packs with smaller hoses
up the stairs and hook them up to the standpipes in the
"The water's right here and already pressurized,"
Lathrop added. "We just turn the valve and it's instant
water. We no longer have to pull hundreds of feet of
hose into the building and up the stairs."
In the wake of the Playa fire, Fire Chief Andy Price
said many off the Island's condominiums do not have
adequate fire protection. The majority df the Island's
The March 14fire
at Playa Encantada
in Holmes Beach
was started by
strong winds. Six of
the condo's top-
floor units at 6006
Holmes Beach were
eight units were
by water. The fire
caused more than
$3.5 million in
4,000 condominium units were built before 1986, when
the Uniform Fire Prevention Code was adopted by all
of Manatee County's fire districts.
According to the code, a structure with 12 units or
more, or three stories tall, must have a sprinkler system
on all levels, including the parking level, and have an
automatic fire alarm system that alerts a monitoring
station, which then alerts 911.
Other condominium associations are now consid-
ering additional safety measures, Lathrop said. At
Water's Edge, 5808 Gulf Drive, there are plans to in-
stall a standpipe system and upgrade the fire alarm
system and Westbay Point and Moorings, 6500 Flotilla
Drive, is considering the same action. The association
at Gulf Place, 6700 Gulf Drive, has recommended up-
grading its fire alarm system.
"Since the fire we've had eight condominium as-
sociations inquire about upgrading or installing sys-
tems," Lathrop noted. "We're always ready to meet
with any association to evaluate its buildings and make
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--Over millennia to Bradenton Beach
By Jim Hanson
It took thousands of years, but a hunter's stone ar-
rowhead finally found its way into Larry Matzen's
It is a small, inch-and-three-quarter "Marion
point," Matzen said, pre-Columbian for sure, pre-ce-
ramic, perhaps dropped or left in a carcass 3,000 to
5,000 years ago.
It was chipped patiently from a piece of agatized
coral. The agate forms a gray design along the point.
"The coral material may have been around 100 million
years," Matzen said. "There is a lot of it in Tampa Bay,
so much that some points are called Tampa Bay
A fossil hunter who walks the beach daily, Matzen
said three or four years ago he found there a Bolen
point made of chert, a form of flint.
"That was a small mammal point, about the right
size for the end of a spear," he said. "This new one is
smaller, light enough to be used on an arrow."
Matzen is a retired electronics store owner from
East Marion, on Long Island, New York. He has a
condo at Gulf Watch in Bradenton Beach, just across
from the beach, and spends the season here.
He said that the beach was renourished in 1993
with sand from offshore, and the dredge dug through
a fossil bed offshore and brought many artifacts to the
He has found mammoth teeth and even a fossilized
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horse's tooth, the only one he's ever seen.
"Ten thousand years ago," he noted, "Florida was
one huge forest and at one time was probably the most
prolific place on earth for animal life."
'The Unexpected Guest' a familiar Christie who-done-it
Richard Warwick is a five-star murder victim and
Agatha Christie's play "The Unexpected Guest" pro-
vides a large cast of would-be killers.
Everyone wants a shot literally at this guy
and Island Players will give its audience a chance to
figure out who-done-it Friday, Dec. 3, when the play
premiers at their Anna Maria theater.
Warwick is a former, well-known, big game hunter
who was noted for his kindness and generosity. That was
until he was mauled and partially crippled by a lion.
Now he has become cruel, vindictive and miserly. He
drinks to excess and has become irresponsible.
His joy of the hunt consists of sitting in his easy
chair and plugging innocent wildlife hanging out in his
yard. He has a particular fondness for shooting his
Where he was once loved and respected, he is now
the target of a number of people who want him dead.
And someone does the dastardly deed.
The police have a large field of suspects from
which to draw.
According to director Goeffrey Todd, "This is one
of Agatha Christie's classic period pieces, big in imagi-
nation and perhaps giving us a welcome rest from
Charles Guy plays Richard Warwick, Michelle
Strauss is Laura Warwick. Michael Starkwedder is
played by John Durkin, Miss Bennett by Laura Mo-
rales, Henry Angell by Sam McDowell, Jan Warwick
by Rob Sparks and Mrs. Warwick by Sara Marshall.
Todd takes the part of Sergeant Cadwallader, Mark
Schelstrate is Julian Farrar and Michael Cuttler is In-
Curtain time is 8 p.m. except for two Sunday mati-
nees which start at 2 p.m. There are no performances
on Monday. Tickets are $12.
Island Players theater is located at the corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
The box office is open daily 9 to 2 p.m. (closed
Thanksgiving and Sunday) and also an hour before the
performance during the run of the play. Phone 778-
5755 for information.
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Director Tom Kolodziey and his Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra will again delight patrons at the
Island Shopping Center open house, Friday, Dec. 3. The musicians are the guests of The Islander newspaper
for the event. Businesses in the Center offer refreshments and entertainment also includes carolers, a magi-
cian, face painting and, of course, Santa Claus. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
Nature walk next week
at Tingley Library
A nature walk sponsored by the Tingley Memorial
Library in Bradenton Beach will be guided by natural-
ist Karen A. Fraley Wednesday, Dec. 1. Interested per-
sons may meet at 10 a.m. at the library, 111 Second St.
Details are available at 779-1208.
Hacienda luncheon planned
by Womans Club
The Womans Club of Anna Maria Island will have
a charity luncheon for the Hacienda Girls Ranch at
noon Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia St., Anna Maria
The Hacienda is a home for abused girls from all
parts of the state. Luncheon hostesses are Virginia
Smith, Betty Holloway, Lynn Kline, Grace Cooper,
Blanche Chombo, Virginia Kraner, Alice Andux,
Beverly Long and Winifred Sumner..
Members are to bring their own and guests' luncheon
service. Information may be obtained at 778-7865.
'Reading and doing' art
for kids at Tingley
Bradenton Beach artist Radi Nesbitt will conduct a
"reading and doing art experience" for elementary school
children at Tingley Library, 111 2nd St. N., Bradenton
Beach, Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Reservations are required since space is limited,
said librarian Carol Sandidge, and those interested may
register by calling 779-1208. Membership in the library
is not necessary.
St. Bernard pancake
Members of St. Bernard Catholic Church will
serve a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday,
Nov. 28, at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
A homemade bake sale will be held in conjunction
with pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for
$2.50, children $1. Details are available at 778-4769.
Attention Deficit Disorder group
The Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) support
group will meet each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 519 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria City, through Dec. 14. Topics will include deal-
ing with procrastination, organizational skills and how
to stay focused. Information is available at 778-6940.
Island's needy get holiday
help from AID
All Island Denominations, coordinator of a
seven church member program for the needy, is
urging Anna Maria Island businesses and families
to "adopt a family" for Christmas.
AID will provide a Christmas celebration for
the needy again this year, and he says, the "adop-
tion" project eliminates much of the duplication
of effort that has prevailed in the past.
"By working through a central agency such
as AID we can avoid duplication of efforts," said
Bob Meylan, who heads the organization.
People who wish to participate in the adop-
tion project may call 778-0048 or 778-6445, with
a new number being activated Monday, Nov. 29
779-1294. The same numbers may be used to
advise AID of any needy family or individual,
Islanders who wish to help with gifts, food or
money may mail checks to AID Christmas, P.O.
Box 305, Anna Maria FL 34216 or drop items off
at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria City.
"We are anxious that all on the Island have a
happy holiday season," said Meylan. "and by work-
ing together we'll be able to better meet the need."
Curtain opens for puppet show
"Puppeteers" are being recruited at the Island
Branch Library for a puppet workshop Saturday, Nov.
27. Joan Joffa and Gerald Little of the Tampa-based
Acme Puppet Co. will show participants how to design
and create puppets.
Those attending the workshop will write, rehearse
and perform with their puppets in a show based on the
best-selling Harry Potter books by British author J. K.
The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due
to limited space, potential puppeteers age 8 and older
are required to pre-register at the library. The first 30
participants will be accepted. Lunch will be provided
during a 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. break.
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-6341.
Early Settlers Bread sold
Wednesday at museum
Early Settlers Bread is on sale every Wednesday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Island Historical Museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
The bread is $2.50 a loaf, and bread-buyers are
urged to come early to get a fresh-from-the-oven taste
of Island history.
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Cortez group assigned image job
Bringing commercial fishing and fishermen a posi-
tive image is the assignment of the first subcommittee
of the Cortez Waterfronts Florida Committee.
Meeting at the old firehouse which it will occupy
after refurbishment, the committee selected 11 of the
group's members to serve on the promotion subcom-
mittee. They range from the young Karen Bell to life-
time fisherman Blue Fulford.
The full committee concluded that it is necessary
to overcome the false negative image assigned to fish-
ermen during the sometimes nasty campaign for a ban
on gillnetting near shore, which was adopted in a state-
wide referendum in 1995.
"Giving the fishermen and their livelihood the
positive image they deserve is vital to the health of
Cortez," the committee said in a statement.
"The health of the fish houses is just as significant.
If all of the fish houses were to close, it would change
Cortez beyond recognition and beyond acceptance."
The committee's original preference was, and is,
repeal of the net ban but for its initial program it de-
cided to concentrate on improving the commercial fish-
ing image, not only in this area but across the state.
The goal toward which all the group's actions are
directed was reaffirmed during a "round robin" sugges-
tion period, when each member was asked what kind
of Cortez he or she wanted to see in 10 years.
That goal is to have the same type of community
they live in today, and the committee's job was deter-
mined to be guidance of change so Cortez remains
Cortez. With that in mind, the full committee pledged
to begin formulation of a "vision plan" in January.
Named to the subcommittee were Bell, Fulford,
Capt. Zack Zacharias, Bob Groothand, John Banyas,
Mary Ann Norman-Ellis, Plum Taylor, Harry Howey,
Linda Malto, Ralph Fulford and Mary Fulford Green.
The group scheduled its next meeting for 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 at the firehouse.
Cortez out, but pines have future
By Jim Hanson
Marty Ervin will get her wish to spread her giant
Norfolk pine around, although not where she thought
to begin with.
More like all over Manatee County, and more like
She and her husband, Edward K., started it all
when they moved to Longboat Key 30 years ago. For
their first holiday season on the Gulf Coast, they
bought a young pine in a pot for their Christmas tree.
They were quite taken with the little tree, whose
forebears Ms. Ervin said were first brought out to civi-
lization from Norfolk Island by Captain Bligh.
They liked it so well that they planted it in their
yard at 5850 Gulf of Mexico Drive, on the bank of
Harris Bayou. That was in 1969, when they bought the
Dunes apartment complex, half of which they sold to
become Cabana Beach Club.
The tiny tree prospered. Today it is full grown and
propagating. The little ones grow up all around the area
and it's a shame to waste them, Ms. Ervin said.
She spotted a story in The Islander about the dif-
ficulties Manatee County was, and is, having landscap-
ing the medians in the newly widened Cortez Road.
The county was abandoned by its first-choice contrac-
tor, who said he couldn't get the trees specified in the
Alice Louise Sawyer Bailey
Alice L. Sawyer Bailey, 86, of Manchester,
Conn., formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Nov. 12
in Windsor, Conn.
Born in Tampa, Mrs. Bailey came to Manatee
County in 1913 and lived on Anna Maria Island until
the 1940s. She was a school teacher in New Britain,
Conn. She was Protestant.
A graveside service was held Nov. 17 in Whitaker
Cemetery, Sarasota. Carmon Funeral Home, Windsor,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Sondra B. Bufis
of Fayetteville, N.Y., Sue B. Shea of Meriden, Conn.,
and Christina B. Edelwich of Manchester; one brother,
Samuel T. Sawyer of St. Petersburg; five grandchil-
dren; and four great-grandchildren.
contract and never started the project.
Why not plant Norfolk pines there? reasoned Ms.
Ervin. The price is certainly attractive she is offer-
ing seedlings free to the county. And not just the
Janet McAfee, county contract administrator who has
lived with the problem for many months, said it's a grand
offer and she'd like to take Ms. Ervin up on it, but not for
Cortez Road. That would mean changing the bid specifi-
cations, getting the state Department of Transportation
involved again, and it's just not feasible, she said.
She would like to have some of the little pines,
though, to plant elsewhere in the county. She and Ms.
Ervin will be talking about it.
Meanwhile, McAfee is trying to get the county's
Purchasing Department to dig the Cortez Road land-
scaping bid call out from "a three-foot stack" of such
documents, and call for contractors to do their stuff.
And Ms. Ervin is jumping the season by a tiny bit
by offering her pine's babies to anyone who wants
some of these budding stately giants. They make fine
Christmas trees, she said, and she would know. To be
sure of the right time and place, it would be best to call
her at 383-5425, she said.
One thing: Bring your own pots and dirt "We
can get plenty of pots, all right, but we only have just
so much dirt, and none to spare."
Not enough candles
Four generations of the
Spicerfamily joined with
friends Nov. 7 at Spicer's
SCottages in Anna Maria to
celebrate six November
birthdays. The celebration
S included a cookout and lots
William A. Mayville
William A. Mayville, 67, of Hamburg, Mich.,
and Anna Maria Island, died Nov. 15 in Blake Medi-
Born in Delray, Mich., Mr. Mayville came to
Manatee County each winter from Michigan. He re-
tired in 1987 as a supervisor in safety research and
development for General Motors after 32 years of
service. He was Catholic. He was a member of Holy
Spirit Catholic Church, Hamburg, and Knights of
Columbus. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Burial was in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery,
Southfield, Mich., Nov. 20. Covell Cremation & Fu-
neral Center was in charge of local arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; two daugh-
ters, Linda Cocola of Boca Raton and LouAnn
Alberts of Kenessaw, Ga.; one son, Michael, of
Hamburg; one sister, Thelma Weismiller of Anna
Maria Island; and four grandchildren.
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Replacement of causeway bridges means traffic tizzy
By Pat Copeland
A necessary nightmare.
That's what emergency officials are calling a
planned project by the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation to replace two bridges on the Palma Sola Cause-
way on the Manatee Avenue approach to Anna Maria
Island. The project will take more than a year to com-
plete, starting in March 2000 and ending in May 2001.
"It's not going to be a pretty sight from an emer-
gency responder's standpoint, but it's a sacrifice we
have to make for road improvements," pointed out
Brett Pollock, deputy fire chief of the Anna Maria/West
Side fire districts.
The work includes raising the Palma Sola and
Perico bridges five-and-a-half feet, widening the two
traffic lanes, adding emergency lanes on each side of
the traffic lanes and adding a sidewalk/bicycle path on
the north side to the Anna Maria Bridge, DOT Project
Administrator Tony Russo said.
Concern about barricades
Emergency officials learned of the project at Sep-
tember meeting of the Community Traffic Safety Team
(CTST), a group of law enforcement and emergency
personnel who work on local traffic safety issues. At
the meeting DOT officials asked for their comments.
Their concerns center around the concrete barriers that
will line the project area on both sides of the road.
"If you are traveling west toward the Island the
barriers for the Palma Sola Bridge will be in place from
the boat ramp to just past the picnic tables," Russo
explained. "The barriers will begin again for the Perico
Bridge just past the Reef restaurant and end at 107th
Court West at Perico Shores."
Pollock said emergency officials are concerned
that motorists will have no place to pull over when
vehicle accidents occur or when fire trucks and ambu-
lances are on runs across the causeway. In addition, it
will be difficult to evacuate injured motorists and move
damaged vehicles after accidents, he said.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson agreed
with Pollock and said members of the CTST have re-
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"We also want to designate two helicopter landing
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Stephenson said. "In the case of disabling accidents
when other motorists can't get by, we asked for a tow
truck to be on call during peak hours and all day on
Saturday and Sundays."
Stephenson said because of the large amount of
equipment and storage areas needed for the project, as
well as for the safety of motorists and emergency ve-
hicles, officials suggested that the causeway beaches
and sidewalk/bicycle path be closed for the duration of
"We asked the emergency officials to write letters
outlining their concerns," Russo noted. "We need in-
put from local people who have knowledge of the area
and how the project will impact them. We want to
make as many people happy as we can."
Russo said all of the suggestions have been for-
warded to DOT's Bartow office and will be reviewed
and evaluated. With respect to the barriers, officials
must determine "the safety of leaving them intact ver-
sus the potential of someone having an accident be-
cause the barriers are not there," he said.
Stephenson pointed out that the construction will
also affect boaters traveling to the 63rd Street and King
Fish ramps and Galati's and Island marinas. He said
larger boats will have to be moved in the early morn-
ing hours or by way of Cortez Road.
"There's no way around the construction," Pollock
noted. "We just have to grin and bear it and realize
there will be traffic delays. People must be very aware
of what's going on around them, pay close attention to
the traffic conditions and be on the lookout for emer-
Hurricane evacuation will be affected
The project was the topic of discussion at a recent
Island Emergency Operations Center meeting where
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how it will affect hurricane evacuations.
"No only will it affect our day-to-day operations,
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than deal with the construction."
"We'll need more lead time than in the past,"
Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher added. "It
might mean we'll have to call for evacuations when we
don't really need them in order to get people off in
Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas said DOT
should give emergency officials an estimate of "how
the traffic flow will be affected because it could add
two hours to an evacuation."
Drescher said officials should have been notified
much sooner about the project. She suggested that of-
ficials request that DOT notify officials well in advance
of any future projects involving the Island's bridges or
"The project has been on the MPO's (Sarasota/
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization) list for
quite awhile," Russo noted. "It's an issue of providing
access and one of the main objectives is to compete the
sidewalk/bicycle path to the Anna Maria Bridge."
Other DO'T projects that will affect Island traffic
include the construction of the Holmes Beach bicycle
path, slated to start at the end of November and finish
by the end of 1999, and the Anna Maria bicycle path,
slated to start next February and finish in late March.
Anna Maria Bridge repairs are slated for comple-
tion by the end of next summer.
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City-of Anna Maria parking committee idling
By Susan K. Kesselring
In what direction will Anna Maria's parking
Maybe not backward, but after five meetings
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny wonders if it's pos-
sible to move forward.
The city's parking committee was formed in an
effort to find a comprehensive plan for resident and
non-resident parking in the city. In the past the com-
mission has arbitrarily closed streets to parking, in-
cluding Beach Avenue and Gladiolus Street this
The commission's decision outraged some resi-
dents and sparked a petition drive to return parking
on city streets.
In an effort to find a solution, Mayor Chuck
Shumard decided to form a parking committee and
asked McElheny to be its chairman.
The composition of the committee contributes to
the impasse among its members. Both sides are rep-
resented on the committee persons who requested
closed parking as well as persons who demanded the
city rescind the no-parking orders.
Member Georgia Van Cleave said it's not the
first time a committee has been brought together to
fix the city's parking problems and wound up empty
There is no method to the closing of streets to
parking. Public officials and the city's public works
director can't say with certainty how many beach ac-
cesses and streets are closed to parking because there
isn't a record.
Commissioners do say with some degree of con-
fidence that most beach accesses are closed.
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Karen DiCostanzo asked Tillner if he thought
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a sore subject no matter what the fine and that per-
sonally he didn't feel it would make a difference.
Kathy Granstad asked for Tillner's comments
on eliminating parking on all streets in the city at
night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Tillner said the department would enforce what-
ever the city legislated.
Recently McElheny divided the 12-member
panel into two groups those who want to restrict
parking and those who don't and asked a mem-
ber of each group to make a proposal.
Dale Woodland proposed the city wipe the slate
clean and open up all previously closed streets to
parking, excluding Gulf Drive, North Shore Boule-
vard, Pine Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.
Woodland said if a majority of property owners
on a residential block request relief from the city
they should be given it. His plan would entail odd/
even parking from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., so on odd
dates, Dec. 1, 3, 5, etc., people would be allowed to
park on the side of the street with odd addresses and
on even days, vice versa.
Woodland suggests using Gladiolus Street and
Beach Avenue for a six-month trial period and al-
low three additional months for residents to request
relief from the city.
He said those requesting relief wouldn't need to
come before the city commission.
Woodland said he knows his plan won't be
popular with people who already have their streets
DiCostanzo, who lives on Gladiolus Street, said
the residents who wanted streets closed to parking
had to go through a process which included writing
letters to the city and presenting their cases to the
"It wouldn't be fair to take that away from
them," she said.
Resident Chuck White, not on the committee,
said it's not really a process. "They got their streets
closed because they screamed more loudly than the
rest," he said.
"Besides," Barbara Moerk said, "it would be an
Anyone who came into the city who didn't know
the plan would be very confused, she said.
Moerk said she is leaning toward eliminating all
non-resident parking in the city and isolating the
traffic to designated parking lots, pointing to the
success Sanibel Island has with closing parking to
Granstad said, "The difference between Sanibel
and Anna Maria Island is they had the foresight to
implement it 25 years ago and we did not. It will not
Van Cleave feels closing all streets to parking
would be a compromise to the two factions.
Woodland said, "As a group, we're no closer to
arriving at a solution than we were the first day we
Another meeting is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Tues-
day, Nov. 30, when the other group will present its
McElheny said it's possible both proposals
could be combined and given to the commission for
consideration, but a solution is not in sight.
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New pastor coming to Roser Church next year
By Jim Hanson
After a year and a half of interim pastors highly
satisfactory ministers but not permanent, say church
members Roser Memorial Community Church is
getting one of its very own again.
Rev. Gary Batey will be in the Roser pulpit Jan. 2,
said Congregation Chairperson Kay Beverly of Anna
He will succeed Rev. Bill Grossman, who suc-
ceeded Revs. Mike and Jan Smith, who succeeded Rev.
Wayne Kirk. Kirk left a year and a half ago and the
congregation elected to take its time and find just the
right minister to take care of it, Beverly said.
The right minister currently is pastor of the Enon
United Methodist Church in Ohio. He earned his
master's degree from United Theological Seminary in
Dayton after a bachelor's from Heidelberg College in
Ordained in 1974, he has served on the faculty of
his alma mater, United, and as advisor to seminary stu-
dents there. He was chaplain and director of pastoral
services at Grandview and Seaview Hospitals in Day-
He and his wife Karen will be looking for a house
on Anna Maria Island, Beverly said. A dividend for the
congregation is that the pastor's wife is an accom-
plished musician on both piano and organ, she added.
Their two daughters live in Oregon and Clearwater.
After Rev. Batey settles in for a month, Roser will
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Students treated to lunch and limo
Six Anna Maria Elementary School students were transported from school to Oma's Italian Restaurant in a
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down the "grand canal" then out the pass to float mer-
rily past the city pier, Bayfront Park and the Rod &
But we've regressed. Let's partake a little turkey
Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key
and the surrounding area have obviously, gotten into a
If their special Thanksgiving plans aren't enough
to inspire you to make reservations, then you must be
planning to overwork, overheat, overstuff, overcook
and overeat at home.
Get over it.
Traditional turkey tops the bill at nearly every res-
taurant within driving distance of our circulation area
- or biking distance if that's your preference.
Fans and friends of the restaurant at the Manatee
Beach, Cafe on the Beach, won't be disappointed. A
Thanksgiving buffet starting there at 2 p.m follows up
the great all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The weath-
erman has promised a perfect day and a perfect setting
on the Gulf for patio dining.
Harry's Continental Kitchens on Longboat Key
and Chez Andre in Holmes Beach offer fine dining -
dine in and enjoy a traditional gourmet turkey feast or
their regular menus of continental classics. (Euphemia
Haye will be open, but regular menu only.)
At Harry's, they also offer "total turkey take-out."
Individual dinners or whole turkeys with the trimmings
are available, but order quickly. Harry's gift baskets
make a nice hostess gift in case you're lucky enough
to be invited elsewhere.
They offer Willyy great" specials at Key West
Willy's in Bradenton Beach on Thanksgiving includ-
ing all-you-can-eat turkey and ham dinners for $8.95.
Also in Bradenton Beach, Cafe Berlin will offer a
Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Nicki's West 59th is
a popular spot for Islanders
S and they too have Thanks-
giving dinner planned.
Better call ahead to
9 ~ your other favorite
dining spots some
of them are planning a
Quiet day with family.
Whatever you do,
Make sure there's
enough for a turkey
sandwich on Friday. It
can be the best part of the
And, please, just do
it. Don't diet on Thursday.
TIE ISLANDER U NOV. 24, 1999 U PAGE 17
Slave to your stove?
Here's the easiest, fastest and bestest way to ensure
leftovers and a great Thanksgiving meal.
We've got our family feast pared down to essentials:
Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, some-
thing green (sometimes), and pumpkin bread and/or pie.
As son, Chef Damon Presswood's mentor Augie
Mrozowski used to say of the turkey, "Season the
sucker and cook it hot and fast."
Chef Augie taught me to put salt and black and white
pepper all over the bird, inside and out. Place it in a big
roaster upside down with veggie trash (celery tops, potato
and carrot peels, onion skins) all around the bottom.
Bake the turkey at 4250 for the first half hour, low-
ering the heat to 3250 for two hours for the requisite 25-
pound bird. After two hours, flip the bird upright, just
Remove the bird from the roaster to cool before
slicing and to make the gravy. Put the roasting pan on
a burner, add a few tablespoons of roux mix half
butter, half flour and a couple of cups of water, stir-
ring till it thickens. You can dredge out the veggie
stuff before or after adding the roux, but we often add
the nicely browned wings and raw giblets, too.
Augie and Damon both use a Presswood family
recipe for the dressing. Chop a lot of onion and celery,
an equal amount of each. Brown one pound of ham-
burger with one pound of Jimmy Dean-style sausage.
Mix with raw onion and celery and stuffing mix we
prefer one pack of corn bread stuffing mix and one of
seasoned stuffing mix. Add a little mixed poultry sea-
soning and white pepper to taste. Pour some of the tur-
key juice (pre-gravy) over top and some water until just
barely "wet." This conveniently fills one of those alu-
minum throw-away pans. Pop this in the oven when
you take out the turkey and bake to brown the top at
turkey speed a 3250 oven.
Mash your potatoes the old-fashioned way, with a
hand masher. Refrain from trying to make them "light,"
adding lots of real butter and heavy cream.
Ask other family members, friends or anyone you
can con into dining with you, to bring everything else
on the menu, even the potatoes.
Be thankful you're not a turkey.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 14, found property, 900 South Bay Blvd.,
Galati's Marina. The complainant reported he found vari-
ous types of ammunition in the dumpster. The ammuni-
tion was destroyed by the Manatee County Sheriff s Of-
fice hazardous materials unit.
Nov. 12, burglary to a structure, 1325 Gulf Drive N.,
Silver Surf. The complainant reported an unknown per-
son entered the maintenance shed and removed three drills
valued at $375, sockets valued at $25, a Sews All valued
at $225, a skill saw valued at $150 and a tape measure
valued at $10. Damages were $400.
Nov. 13, trespass warning, Cortez Beach. The of-
ficer observed the subject on an erosion control groin bar-
ricaded and marked for no trespassing. The officer issued
Nov. 13, confiscated tag and driver's license, 2400
block of Avenue C. The officer was performing a traffic
stop and a check showed the driver's license was sus-
pended and there was an order to seize the tag.
Nov. 14, recovered runaway, 2100 block of Avenue
C. The officer on patrol observed a juvenile that he knew
to be a runaway. The juvenile was transported to St. Pete.
Nov. 17, burglary to a structure, 2219 Gulf Drive N,
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a television set valued at $350 and a microwave oven
valued at $250 from a rental unit.
Nov. 17, confiscated driver's license, 200 block of
Bridge Street. The subject was in possession of a sus-
pended drivers license which was confiscated, said the
Nov. 12, found property an aluminum cart in the
canal, 500 block of 67th Street. Public works was advised
to remove the cart.
Nov. 12, disturbance, 3000 block of Avenue E. The
complainant reported the subject was yelling profanities
at her. The officer advised her to call if the yelling re-
Nov. 13, theft, 2700 block of Avenue C. The victims
reported they sodded their yard three weeks ago and woke
up this morning to find that an unknown person had re-
moved the sod.
Nov. 13, assault, 2900 block of Gulf Drive. The vic-
tim reported he had drinks with the suspect who was de-
pressed. He said he offered to let the suspect punch him
around if it would make him feel better but the suspect got
carried away. He said he went to his residence to get a bat
to defend himself.
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began hitting him. He said he got the bat back, but the
suspect continued to hit him until police were called. The
victim refused to press charges and signed a waiver. He
was transported to the hospital by EMS.
Nov. 14, damage cracked window, 3214 East
Bay Drive, Island Rental.
Nov. 16, domestic, 300 block of 66th Street. The
subjects were involved in a domestic argument and the
officer advised them of the risk of arrest if they continued.
Nov. 17, suspicious vehicle, 400 block of 63rd
Street. The complainant reported a reckless driver and the
officer located the vehicle with several subjects standing
around it. No one would admit to being the driver. The
officer advised the vehicle's owner of the complaint and
she said it would not happen again.
Nov. 17, suspicious, 3600 block of East Bay Drive.
The complainant reported a subject was putting a ladder
up to a second story window. The subject said he lived
there but had locked himself out. The officer checked his
identification to confirm his residence.
Nov. 18, suspicious, 500 block of Key Royale Drive.
The officer responded to a report of two motorists about
to have a fight. The complainant said the subject was op-
erating his vehicle in a reckless manner behind her and
almost struck her vehicle numerous times.She said when
she stopped for a school bus, he almost rear-ended her.
The officer said he could not.ssue a citation because he
did not see the subject's driving.
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White catches baseballs for fun,
his books catch praise
Randy White's dusty baseball pants gave him
away. This is a man who wears what hardball players
call the tools of ignorance and wears them with
"Had a helluva collision at home plate in
yesterday's game," he said. "I'm so sore I can hardly
throw a ball."
It might have had something to do with his play-
ing 14 ballgames in nine days at the Roy Hobbs World
Series in Fort Myers.
You see, White, 48, is a catcher in a league where
most of the players are grandfathers.
A recapturing of youth if you will, but also satis-
fying to know you haven't lost the bat speed to slap one
in the gap even though making it to second base is
another thing entirely. These guys don't run as fast as
they used to and stretching a double into a triple is just
that a stretch.
Just last week White's Fort Myers Miracle team of
over-40 guys won the whole shooting match.
But this is what White does for fun.
What he does for a living is write books about
Florida's Gulf Coast. He writes them so well that ma-
jor publishing houses are chomping at the bit to get his
This from a guy who looks like he ought to be lay-
ing concrete block or earning a living as a fishing
guide, which is what White did before he invented his
fictional character Doc Ford.
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A marine biologist and former special forces op-
erative, the mild-mannered Ford lives in a stilt home
over the waters off Sanibel Island. The fictional marina
where Ford lives is not too far in the imagination from
White's old-Florida home on Pine Island.
Ford spends a lot of time catching and selling sea
specimens to labs worldwide. Ford also spends a lot of
time chasing assorted bad guys, third-world drug deal-
ers and killers who have wronged him or his friends.
Ford's pal Tomlinson helps him out when
Tomlinson isn't wired on one thing or another.
Tomlinson is a throwback to the 1960s, a wacked-out
freak caught in a time warp of his own making who
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 24, 1999 N PAGE 21
Author Randy Wayne
White plays a mean game
of baseball as well as
writing some pretty
meaningful verse in
novels such as "Sanibel
Flats" and his newest
book, "Sharks of Lake
Nicaragua." White lives
in the Ft. Myers area.
lives on a sailboat and dispenses his own brand of phi-
losophy while giving off intense personal Chi.
White's books include "Captiva," "The Heat Is-
lands," "The Mangrove Coast," "Batfishing in the
Rainforest," "Sanibel Flats" and an assortment of pulp
fiction he wrote when he first broke into the business.
He has become something of a cult figure in read-
ing and writing circles. An unsigned hardback copy of
"Sanibel Flats" fetches nearly $1,000. It can go for
more than $2,000 signed, and as White said, "I wish I
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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 21
When White was pitching the idea behind "Sanibel
Flats" to an agent, he heard, "Don't quit your day job."
That's why White doesn't have an agent, doesn't be-
lieve in them. As he put it, "Agents are scum.
"My next book will be out some time next spring
or early summer. I can never tell a publisher's time
frame," White said prior to his game with a team
whose centerfielder has a white beard and looks like
one of the Seven Dwarfs. "The next one is called
'Ten Thousand Islands' and I just finished it. It's my
favorite so far."
White's writing is an interesting amalgam of other
storytellers. In his books you'll find a good portion of
John D. MacDonald, a dash of Dashiell Hammett and
"-a cup of Ernest Hemingway.
White is a happy man who at one time in the 1970s
was one of the best tarpon fishing guides on the west
coast of Florida.
"I don't fish anymore," he said with some disap-
pointment and resignation. "Now it seems there's a
flats boat every time you round a mangrove point."
Maybe it's not so bad that White doesn't fish any-
more. Now he has more time to write, which means
Ford and Tomlinson will have more time to get out of
whatever jam White creates for them..
Basketball dribbles into season
with banquet Monday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 1999-
00 basketball season starts Monday, Nov. 29, with a
banquet where players will receive uniforms following
dinner with their parents and friends.
Beach Bistro and Bistro at Island's End have do-
nated dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Bistro staff and
volunteers will be serving up spaghetti with salad and
bread. Drinks will be available, and parents are asked
to bring a dessert to share.
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The season starts the following night, Tuesday,
Heaven easier to reach
than the Masters
The dream of many golfers is to reach the hallowed
grounds of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia,
home of the Masters golf tournament.
The reality is, it's probably easier to get into
heaven than step foot on Augusta. We're not even talk-
ing about playing the course, just walking around.
Unless you're a member, it just doesn't happen.
I thought press credentials might get me in. Wrong.
Glenn Greenspan, director of communications at
Augusta National, said he receives more than 7,000
press requests worldwide every year. No weekly news-
papers are considered unless they happen to be in close
proximity to Augusta National.
"We're only open one week a year to the public.
You can play here if accompanied by a member,"
Greenspan said. "The only tickets available to the
tournament are practice round tickets on Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday. The series badges for tour-
nament play Thursday through Sunday have been
held for many years by the same people and they just
"We do encourage people to apply for the practice
round tickets. Everybody has the same chance of get-
ting them because it's a computer-generated lottery.
And the tickets are reasonable, $16 a day for Monday
and Tuesday and $21 on Wednesday. That allows you
to see the Par 3 tournament."
Greenspan said to apply for practice round tickets,
write: Augusta National Golf Club, P.O. Box 2086,
Augusta, GA 30903. Make sure you ask for an appli-
cation for practice round tickets, he said.
Dan Jenkins, the great golf writer whose words
allow the mind to visualize what's taking place, said
this about Augusta National, "Each year that the Mas-
ters reemerSes as such a scented and luxuriant success,
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it strengthens the notion that God must have been a 2-
handicapper from Georgia.... Grandiloquent pines rise
up. Acres of emerald turf appear. Obedient servants
begin stirring around. And suddenly great swarms of
happy people are encircling Arnold Palmer, who hap-
pens to be threshing about in a million or so fresh-
Oh, to see the azaeleas in bloom come spring.
Back-to-back birdies writer to win
It took four months of playing the weekly Sunday
sunrise tournaments but I nipped Chuck Daniels and
Butch Van Ostenbridge in a match at Imperial
Lakewoods Golf Club in northern Manatee County.
The win and two skins almost doubled my score
for the season. However, Tim Lease and Jon Huffman
are running neck and neck for player-of-the-year hon-
ors. Wayne Woods is third.
The other skins Sunday were won by Joel Eastman,
Van Ostenbridge, George Wonkka and Huffman.
Van Ostenbridge, Mark "Dawg" Fransen and Alan
Ackles each won closest-to-the-pin greenies.
This Sunday's match will be held at Palma Sola
Golf Club. To join in, call Huffman at 778-4622.
Young Marnie gets his first ace
A golfer can play his entire life and never get that
Max Marnie, 8, of Holmes Beach, got his early in
a budding golf career.
On the fifth hole at Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
on Cortez Road, Marnie aced the 127-yard, par three.
He used his driver, smacking the ball over water
and landing 20 yards below the hole just off the green.
According to father Allan, the ball rolled gently in
for a one.
Max has been playing for two years.
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looking for my ball in the rough and I wasn't convinced
it was in the hole, but he went to hole and there it was."
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The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron rendez-
voused with its Sarasota counterpart in a boat-to-
boat ceremonial to pass along a special flagth that the
Islanders had just received in their turn.
The Anna Maria group, Sarasota Power Squad-
ron and the Manatee Sailing and Power Squadron are
part of the U.S. Power Squadrons, and the ceremo-
nies were in celebration of the parent organization's
The flag, carrying the anniversary logo of USPS,
is one of five that are traveling to all 450 squadrons,
said Charles Stealey, Island squadron commander.
The flags' voyages began in Puerto Rico in June and
will end at the USPS annual meeting in Orlando in
During the flag-passing in Sarasota Bay, five
boats from Anna Maria met with 13 from Sarasota
and all ended the ceremony with a procession to the
Sarasota Yacht Club for luncheon.
Anna Maria's group had received the flag en-
sign in maritime parlance from the Manatee
Passing the ensign
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron passes a ceremonial ensign (flag) to Sarasota Power Squadron in a
rendezvous in Sarasota Bay, a few days after Manatee Sailing and Power Squadron passed the ensign to
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One woman who found the right thing to do
You probably saw a national news item a while ago
about Oral Lee Brown, the Oakland woman who is
putting 19 students through college. The story moved
me more than anything else I've read of late.
Seems Ms. Brown was approached by a little girl
who asked for a quarter. Ms. Brown decided to let her
pick out what she wanted at a nearby store, and was
stunned when the child picked out staples such as bread
and bologna instead of snacks like candy or soda. The
little girl also wasn't in school.
The girl's plight bothered Ms. Brown to the point
that she went to a struggling elementary school with her
minister and told the principal she wanted to adopt a
class of first graders. The adoption was simple for the
kids, but hard for Ms. Brown: if the children graduated
from high school, she would see they got a college
education at her expense.
It wasn't just an anonymous gift to the kids, though.
There were regular meetings with parents, regular meet-
ings with the children, special tutors if needed, special
field trips, books Ms. Brown's fairy godmother wand
was in almost constant operation to help out the children.
Ms. Brown was far from wealthy, and the University of
South Florida graduate had to scrimp and save $10,000
annually for "her" children's college tuition in addition to
her own two children's school careers.
"There was days I ate beans," she said of the sav-
ing plan, which currently totals $183,000 and needs
another $275,000 to get everybody through college.
Ms. Brown, a real estate salesperson making about
$45,000 a year, was able to see 19 of "her" original 23
students graduate from high school last spring, and has
them all in college now.
Her education plan worked, one child at a time.
She went to eight high school graduations last spring,
and said "I cried until I didn't have no more tears."
Now, she's looking forward to going to 10 different
college graduations in four years, and says, "When my
babies walk across that stage, then they can just lay me
down and let me die."
Many years ago, when I had short hair and worked
for the state legislature, education was of course, it
still is a vital area of concern in Tallahassee. Much
of the education emphasis was on education funding,
and trying to get more money for local districts was
pretty much the name of the game. We needed new
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schools, more teachers, smaller class sizes, better
books, and all the other things that only more money
could provide, I was told.
I kept having this nagging thought that better teach-
ers might make a bigger difference than bigger facili-
ties, and even was able to bring the subject up with a
few of the less-than-zealous money-hunting teachers
and administrators. Yes, they said, better teachers can
make a difference, just like better parents can help a
child through school. But we can't regulate caring.
I can't help but think that Ms. Brown figured a way
to not only sidestep the education system, but to drag
its bureaucracy along with her as she made a difference
to 19 children in that first-grade classroom in 1987, a
difference made one student at a time.
Oral Lee Brown found the right thing to do.
Right whale, wrong outcome
Here's another story about people helping one
creature at a time, but this story doesn't have a happy
North Atlantic right whales currently number about
300, awarding them the unfortunate distinction of be-
ing the most endangered whale on Earth and thereby
the most rare of marine mammals. Scientists believe
that unless every whale is nurtured and protected, the
species will become extinct.
It seems that nothing is going right for right
whales. The whales become entangled in fishing nets,
crippling the 70-ton mammals. Three were caught in
nets this year alone, and scientists were able to free
only one. All three were females of breeding-age, and
the other two are not expected to live. Adding to the
problem is the fact that females don't seem to be repro-
ducing as they should.
Also, about one whale a year dies due to collisions
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north Florida. Since right whales spend much of their
time feeding near the surface, and since they don't
swim as fast as other whales, ship-to-whale mishaps are
more prevalent than with other species.
Scientists say 16 of the known 45 whale deaths in
the past 30 years came from ship collisions. Unless the
right whale mortality rate turns around, the species
could be extinct in about 200 years. Right whales live
up to 50 years.
There is some hope that the whales can be saved.
A new reporting system went into effect in July that
asks mariners to report sightings of right whales off the
coasts of Massachusetts, Georgia and Florida, but the
system is voluntary and usually the whales aren't spot-
ted, or are spotted when it's too late.
Scientists are also approaching whales in distress and
trying to cut fishing line off them, but you can probably
imagine how difficult that little exercise can be.
As one writer put it, "The plight of the right whale
poses a vexing problem: What can society do when an
animal seems unable to adapt to modern industrialized
life? Perhaps the harsh reality is that right whales just
aren't fit enough to survive in today's world. They sim-
ply are unable to cope with how their only enemy -
humanity has taken command of the seas."
That sobering note of the right whale plight is
enough to drive one to drink. Considering some single-
malt whiskey prices, though, and you'll probably be
driven to sobriety.
A bottle of Macallan '46 single-malt whiskey goes
for $2,500. Bowmore 40 brings up to $7,000 a bottle.
The reason behind the high prices is scarcity: there
were only 250 cases of the Macallan made, and only
294 bottles of the Bowmore.
Consumers of this wildly expensive booze are
mostly Wall Street types who are recipients of ob-
scenely huge bonuses. One liquor distributor described
the trend as "the result of a very healthy economy for
six years. This is an indulgence that people can afford."
The "indulgence" is carried to an extreme in one
Manhattan bar, where the Bowmore sells for $980 a
shot. A one-ounce shot.
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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 24, 1999 0 PAGE 27
Reds, snook hitting well; better push-pole
By Capt. David Futch
Kenny Williams of Ruskin has come up with an
invention most flats-boaters have probably thought of
but didn't know how to make.
Williams said after a second push-pole was stolen
off his boat he decided it was time to build one that
could be stored easily in a car or truck.
What he did was build the Multi-Pole that can be
broken down in five-foot sections.
"They're made of marine aluminum and so are the
connectors which have rubber grommets for a tight fit,"
Williams said. "The basic push-pole costs $270 and
comes in three sections. Each section is sealed so if you
drop it overboard, it floats. You can buy more sections
and make it as long or short as you want. I also have
options that fit on the end of the pole."
And boy does he have options.
Williams offers a paddle fitting and a screw-head
fitting that accepts a scrub brush, broom or light-bulb
holder for hard-to-reach overhead bulbs.
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So far, Williams has sold almost 400 poles. For
more information, Williams can be reached at (813)
634-5872. He's also on the Web at www.multi-
pole.com. He also has one on display at Island Dis-
count Tackle in Holmes Beach and another at Turner
Marine Supply in downtown Bradenton.
How's the fishing?
At the Rod & Reel Pier anglers are catching a lot of
black drum, sheepshead and redfish on live shrimp. Bob
Kilb landed a 28-inch snook on a shiner on Sunday.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said inshore
fishing for snook, reds and flounder is good. Offshore, of
course, grouper are the targeted species of choice.
Carl Shaner at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
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with flounder and Key West grunts biting. In the bays,
small snook were the deal and reds are the rule while
flounder and sheepshead are rated good.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's on the
charterboat Legend said his fishing was good despite
the wind. He said he caught gag grouper to 20 pounds
just 10 miles offshore. Mangrove snapper to three
pounds and mackerel to four were biting while on the
close-in reefs, flounder to four pounds were hitting.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
snook and redfish were decent when the tide was right,
or on the drop. He said there was decent mackerel fish-
ing off the beach.
Capt. Rick Gross had the same sort of week as
Chaya, catching reds and snook.
Capt. Matt Denham and mate Rodney Shirley
said they had some exceptional fishing this past week
when they got into a bunch of hungry gag and red grou-
per. On Monday, Denham took his boat Rip Tide off-
shore and came home with a mess of keeper gag grou-
per to 18 pounds and a bunch of red grouper. Denham
docks at Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach and con-
sistently brings home grouper.
Capt. Glenn Corder of the charter vessel Deep
South took a father and two sons out Saturday and
came home with seven keeper gags and several keeper
red grouper. He did the same the day before and said
he expects it to stay this way for some time to come.
Capt. Curt Morrison said fishing for gags has
been good with keepers to 25 inches being found any-
where from seven to 12 miles out. He said there are
some kingfish still around and he caught a 25-pounder
Sunday while trolling a gold bomber.
Morrison said it's beautiful offshore, so get your
pole and go.
Winners in the Nov. 17 horseshoe games
were Adin Shank and Bill Starrett, both of Anna
Maria. Runners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes
Beach and Ron Pepka of Anna Maria.
Winners in the Nov. 20 games were John
Crawford of Bradenton and Starrett. Runners-up
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111 49th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,520 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1963 on a 100x100 lot, was
sold 10/20/99, Donovan to Williams, for $230,000; list
111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a two-story 1,353
sfla duplex with garage built in 1930 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 10/18/99, Horvath & Petlowany to Denmark,
HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME
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time the owner is very serious about selling. The Clay House is
a 3BR/2BA with a single carport and sits on one and one-half
lots measuring 78 X 145. Built in 1910 (see above photo), 1954
and 1994. Asking 1997 price of $219,000.
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but
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1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
MACINTOSH POWERBOOK 520. Laptop model,
ready to use $500. Ericcson cell phone with car and
home charger, manual, $35. Canon Speedlite strobe
attachment, $30. All can be seen at The Islander
Bystander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
or call 778-7978.
SONY STEREO black, very nice. AM/FM receiver,
dual cassette player, five-disc CD changer, turntable
and speakers, with cabinet. Hardly used, excellent
condition. It's a steal! $200 firm. 778-6234.
ISLAND RETREAT on Anna Maria Island. Savor the beauti-
ful sunsets from your own deck. Just steps to the beach, this
3BR home is in a great location. $259,900. Sandy Drapala
794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R40351
JOIN THE DISCERNING PEOPLE who have discovered the good
life on Tidy Island. Superb 2,100 +/- sq.ft. condominium with awe-
some bay view. Close to clubhouse and pool. $229,000. Bob and
Penny Hall 749-8220. R41292
ENJOY NATURE'S BEAUTY in this rare condominium available in
prestigious area on Sarasota Bay. Secured entry and private eleva-
tor. Numerous amenities and conveniences in the area. $274,900.
Carol Greenwald 758-6514. C40116
ELEGANT two-story brick residence located on the Manatee River
on Tampa Bay. Spacious 5BR, light rooms, wood floors, crown
holdings, outdoor kitchen, private beach. $1,200,000. Sandy
Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcnko 792-9122. R39126
PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES, new crop $6.50
pound. Benefit Island players. SunCoast Real Es-
tate. Island Shopping Center, 5402 Marina Dr.,
Holmes Beach. 779-0202.
AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift.
Calls returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.
NORDIC TRAC PRO with computer $100, baby jog-
ger $100, car seats $25, big stroller $100 and potty
chair $10. 795-8769.
COCONUT BAYOU on Anna Maria Island. Tropical hideaway with
4BR/4B, basks in Florida sunshine. Stunning drama in this water-
front residence with 30 feet of glass overlooking bayou. $559,900.
Sandy Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 792-9122. R39180
CHARMING northwest home with cottage like feel. Large private
backyard shaded by majestic live oaks, orange and poinciana
trees. $99,900. Theresa Dayhoff 383-7967. R40783
POPULAR BIMINI MODEL HOME in Village Green with conve-
nient location to many amenities. Newly painted, screened lanai,
eat-in kitchen with dome ceilings. $109,900. Van Bourgois 744-
IMMACULATE HOME in Creekwood, Phase I. Beautifully deco-
rated featuring vaulted ceilings and French doors to screened
porch. Expanded Medallion Aruba Model. $128,500. Janet Orr
792-7363 or Kathleen Slayter 792-8826. R41304
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This superlative 5BR/3BA, plus two half-baths, 7,000 square ft. estate
is located on a secluded bay with access to the Gulf of Mexico and
Tampa Bay and facing the sparkling blue waters of panoramic Bimini
Bay. Marvel at the first class appointments, including Pella windows,
Kohler plumbing fixtures and fittings, marble countertops in all
bathrooms, Corian countertops in the gourmet eat-in kitchen, lovely
imported Italian tiled floors, brick paved walkways and driveway and so
very much more! There is a free form 31 by 15 ft. heated swimming pool,
plus 7ft. circular Jacuzzi, a spacious 35 ft. boat dock with 10-ton
electric lift, sauna and detached exercise room which doubles as an
independent guest quarters. Other amenities include a handsome wind-
ing oak staircase leading to the inviting master bedroom, curved radius
walls, doors, archways and windows, brick fireplace, built-in bookcases
and display shelves, formal music room and so much more! This
extraordinary island retreat
is lushly landscaped, fully -
fenced and offers an
extensive security system,
assuring total privacy. A ". -,l 2
truly luxurious waterfront
estate that will please the
most discerning buyer.
This spacious 4BR/3BA split-level
family home is tucked away on a
natural, mangrove canal offering
lots of privacy, yet so convenient
to shopping. Amenities include a
26 by 11 ft. swimming pool sur-
rounded with lots of pretty deck-
ing, boat dock and boat ramp with
direct bay and Gulf access, and
spacious double carport plus
workshop area. Features of this
unique residence include a
sunken living room, white ceramic
tiled kitchen, comfy waterside
family room with cedar bar area
and French doors and ceiling
fans. Lots of potential to update
this diamond in the rough. Only
$229,900. This one won't last!
This exquisite 3BR/3.5BA, split bedroom designed waterfront pool
home offers the finest appointments throughout, including a gourmet
kitchen with black granite countertops and light, pickled-oak custom
cabinetry, sumptuous elevated master suite with gas fireplace, his
and hers walk-in closets, large oval bathtub and ceramic tiled
shower, plus private den/office with hardwood floors. Other features
include a formal dining room, inviting waterside family room with
built-in bookcases and fireplace, sunny breakfast room and lovely
large ceramic floor tiles. There is a 16.5 ft. dock plus 5-ton electric
boat lift on a deep, seawalled channel with direct bay and Gulf
access plus a sparkling 28 by 15 ft. swimming pool surrounded by
lush tropical landscaping. Priced at $750,000, including a Preferred
one Year Homeowner's Warranty.
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ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.,
9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. In stock children's
clothes. Sale racks. 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon.,
Wed., Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Two
for one clothing sale! 383-4738.
MOVING SALE SATURDAY Nov. 27, 8am-3pm. New
stereo, furniture, washer, dryer, and lots more. Everything
must go. 5008 Gulf Drive. Comer of 51st and Gulf Drive.
KEY ROYALE RESIDENT owner's association an-
nounces its semi-annual membership meeting, Mon-
day Dec. 6 at 7pm at the Key Royale Club.
"CRITTER SITTER" Going away and your pets have
to stay? Daily visits to your home to provide food,
water and lots of TLC! Island Residents 21 years.
Pet Care Service five years. 778-6000.
FREE ADORABLE CAT. Male orange tabby,
neutered. Very lovable! Needs a caring home. Owner
is a college-student who can't have him in the dorm
VW GOLF four door hatch-back, five speed with
air-conditioning. Runs good, needs TLC. $800 or
best offer. 778-5641.
TOO MANY VEHICLES, 1989 Honda Accord, 1975
Chrysler Newport, 1981 Suzuki 650 motorcycle. Call
for details, make offers. 778-2553.
1968 CHEVY CAMERO convertible, white 327 V-8 auto-
matic transmission, matching numbers, unmolested, good
condition, driver car. $9,999. Mike 778-3751.
FORD TEMPO 1987, needs body work. 36,000
miles. $300. Call 778-4883.
1986 MALLARD 29-foot travel trailer. Great shape,
furnished, many new items. $5,500 or best offer. Will
consider trade of fishing boat as partial. 778-7197.
WET SLIPS AND Hi 'N' Dry storage available at com-
petitive rates in modem, full-service marina. 778-2255.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For
information call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.
BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing, hand
buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing. Complete
detailing, 30-years experience. Satisfaction guaran-
teed, fully insured. 794-8844.
CHRIS CRAFT RUNABOUT 1989. 17-foot inboard/
outboard with trailer. New motor, cover, bottom paint
and accessories. $6,100. 778-5924.
BOSTON WHALER MONTAUK, 17-foot center
console, bought new 1999, under 15 hours. Stainless
steel grab life rail total circumference, stainless steel
bimini, console canvas, all custom cushions, Coast
Guard equipment, 24 gallon built-in fiberglass tank,
Hummingbird depth and fish finder, four-stroke 50
H.P. Yamaha, new bottom paint, stainless steel prop
and power-tilt, all under warranty. $15,750. Serious
inquiries only. 941-778-3113.
Anxious to go to work for you.
Specializing in Anna Maria Island
and Perico Bay Club
20 Years Selling on the Island
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Bus: (941) 778-2261
Toll Free: 800 422-6325
After Hours: (941) 778-1532
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC.
605C Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
An independently owned and operated member of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER IS NOW THE ISLANDER!
AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS THE SAME- ITS THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
BOAT SLIP FOR rent, easy access to bay. 778-7039.
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, references.
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.,
HELP WANTED: HOUSEKEEPING, nonsmoker,
own transportation. Part/full-time, 778-9597.
BUSSERS, HOST/HOSTESS, cocktail servers, cooks.
Full and part-time available. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
NEED A COMPANION? I do light housekeeping, cook-
ing, errands. 9am-1pm, Mon.-Fri. Call Jeana 792-1421.
CASHIERS NEEDED, full and part-time, all shifts. $7
hour. Apply Circle K, 2513 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
NURSERY WORKER NEEDED for Island Baptist
Church, Anna Maria. Sunday mornings 9am-lpm.
$8.00 per hour. Call 778-0719.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial
Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
f i REALTORS
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
CANALFRONT HOMES JUST LISTED
This beautiful 3BR/2BA canalfront home with patio pool is
spacious and open with a sunny southerly Florida room. Sepa-
rate dining room, large main bedroom suite with split design
and ceramic tile throughout. Lush landscaping and fenced yard
provide privacy. $362,000.
Immaculate 2BR/2BA canalfront home close to the beach is now
offered with many new upgraded features. New high energy A/C,
new appliances, new plantation shutters, new sea wall cap, new
dock and two boat lifts. Unbelievable at $239,000.
Call Christine T. Shaw and Marianne Correell, Realtoirs
r 778-6066 or 1-800-865-0800
We ,wish all our friends and family
a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
2501 Gulf Drive,
Don't leave the
taking time to
us at 5404
to charge it
on Visa or MC.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
Steps to beach.
Call for rates 0
The only Accredited
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PIANIST NEEDED for Island Baptist Church, Anna
Maria. Sunday and Wednesdays. Part-time. Call
PROFESSIONAL DISHWASHER, hard worker. Best
wages on the island. Starting wage $8 per hour.
Beach Bistro 778-3575 or 778-6444.
HOUSEKEEPING FULL/PART-TIME. Good benefits,
pleasant working conditions. Resort 66, 6600 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach and Via Roma Beach Resort,
2408 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS maintenance positions
available for condo on Longboat Key. Benefits in-
cluded. Call 383-3571 between 9am and 3pm.
JOIN OUR EVENING and Saturday team. Anna
Maria Island Community Center is seeking staff and
volunteers. Recreation and sports, some office and
light custodial duties at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. Must enjoy working with children,
teens and parents and must be honest, dependable,
responsible and have a positive attitude. Basketball,
soccer, dance, drama, computer skills and talent
welcome. We are a drug free work place. Call Scott
or Maggie, 778-1908. Fax 778-9511.
FULL OR PART-TIME food mart and deli clerk. Ap-
ply in person, Marina Food Mart. 414 Pine Ave.
PANTRY, SALADS AND dessert person wanted
evenings, will train. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
FULL TIME ADMINISTRATIVE assistant/secretary.
Must be energetic, reliable, and have computer skills.
Position available for entry level or experienced can-
didate. Benefits. Call 383-2182.
Available-te-asslst in all areas of home care. Compassion-
ate, reliable. Local references. 778-6443, leave message.
HUSBAND FOR A DAY odd jobs, even jobs, no job
too small. Licensed, insured. 778-2784.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching, trim-
ming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-working and
responsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of attomey, name
change. Suncoast Paralegal Services 742-4788.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.
STUMP GRINDING by Brad Frederick. Fenced yard?
Not a problem! Prices start at $30. Small tree removal
also available 730-0001 or 749-5451.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes unsightly
black mildew, salt and dirt from house exteriors, windows,
roofs, gutters, driveways and decks. Call 778-0944.
RESIDENTIAL HELP house cleaning, errands, shop-
ping, watching pets. Longboat Key resident, honest,
reliable, references. Call 920-0046 or leave a message.
NOTARY SERVICES AVAILABLE, low fees,
bonded. Marriages also. 778-5325.
MAID FOR YOU. Residential cleaning. Weekly, bi-
weekly and monthly schedules. Call today for a free
CLEANING SERVICES, detailed and organized. We
use our own supplies. Free estimates. Longboat Key
IRONING DONE SHIRTS to sheets. Holiday table-
cloths and napkins. Pick-up, delivery. References.
Call "Pressed for Time" at 778-4192. Call early.
DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
A PLACE TO BEGIN
It's not on water but it is on Key
Royale! This freshly painted
home has three bedrooms and
two baths plus a very spacious
air-conditioned Florida room .
that makes it perfect for sea-
sonal or year-round living. It will easily adapt to today's design
changes, or you can move right in as it is. Plenty of room for a
pool or expansion of the house itself. Be a part of a lovely, quiet
community that is just a brisk walk to the beach. $181,000.
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BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing, hand
buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing. Complete
detailing, 30 years experience. Satisfaction guaran-
teed, fully insured. 794-8844.
CLEANING, HONEST RELIABLE, references. Free
estimates. Call Maureen at 778-5717.
LEARN TO OPERATE your computer as easily as
your telephone. Certified teacher, your home or mine,
at your convenience. 383-5372.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in towrl
and the best results from classified ads and service
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
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 discount.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Every-
thing Under the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
Residential Commercial/Industrial Property Management Moirgage Loans Title Insurance Vacation Rentals
LOOK FOR OUR VACATION RENTALS ON THE WEB
www.arvidarealty.com or call Bob Lohse at 778-0766 for a brochure
Carol S. Heinze
WATER'S EDGE Watch the sun-
sets from this totally redecorated
2BR/2BA and den. Up close view
of the gulf from the living room,
den and balcony. Beachfront
complex with heated pool and
tennis courts. $350,000. IB40602
COUNTRY HOMESITE Build
your home on this beautiful 6.78
acres and enjoy the privacy you
are looking for. Only 22 miles east
of 1-75. Additional lots available.
518 SOUTH. DRIVE,
SAT., NOV. 27TH AND
SUN. NOV. 28TH FROM 1-4 PM.
Come see this 3BR/3BA el-
evated, canalfront, Key West
style home. Light and bright
with view down canal from two
decks. $369,000. IB39198
Ich Spreche Deutsch
ONE OF A KIND!
Gulffront lot on a quiet dead-end street! There are
no more like this! For sale by owner. 31st St. and
Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
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Quality home repair and maintenance
+ Steven Kaluza 778-4173
SIsland References and Insured
Painting Drywall Tile Doors Screens Etc ...
NU GLAZE INDUSTRIES
Countertops Appliances Ceramic Tile
Kitchen Cabinets Lifetime guarantee!
Call 926-7127 for free estimate
Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly One Time
Mobile Detailing: Autos Boats RVs
Exterior and Interior Services Availablel 778-1984
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Residential a Commercial
Check our references: i
"Quality' work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
^ PON OOD (ITOIAN
Book Your Parties Now!
Linda Pardy 756-2154 Debble Hewitt 739-1275
Quality Work Licensed-Insured Reliable Service
Painting Carpentry Tile
Longboat Key, Fl
The remarkable window film that turns ordinary
glass into a super-strength protective shield.
24-HOUR PROTECTION AGAINST
Snatch & Grab Burglaries
Violent Weather Sun & Heat
15-year glass breakage warranty.
Lifetime film & installation warranty.
Ron Kilner 778-5193 or Rick Weaver 778-1610
Free Estimates Licensed & Insured
Call us for plumbing, too.
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FULL-SERVICE AIR CONDITIONING and PLUMBING
LIC #CACO 56298 LIC #RF0047797
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 & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 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. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New
homes, renovations, additions. Free estimates and
design service. Quality workmanship. Lic#RR0066450.
CUSTOM TILE DESIGN installed floor tile,
countertops, and backsplashes. Fancy for the price
of plain! Call 795-4995, Terry or Greg.
JAMES MELANSON PAINTING interior, exterior,
pressure cleaning. 11-year island resident, 33 years
LARRY'S BACK Shell delivered, spread $25 yard.
Topsoil, gravel, mulch hauling-all kinds. 779-1529.
PAINTING, STAINING, VARNISHING. Decks,
interior and exterior, 35 years experience, 30 year
resident. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 794-8844.
SCREEN REPAIRS, interior/exterior painting, tile
work, drywall repairs, ceiling fans, and all home
repairs. Full service landscaping and maintenance.
STEVE ALLEN FLOORCOVERING sales and
installation of all major brand names of carpet,
vinyl and ceramic tile. Prompt and professional
in-home service at unbeatable prices. 16 years
experience. Licensed and insured. 383-5381, 506-
3297 or 726-1802.
SEASONAL BAYFRONT COTTAGE with dock.
Turnkey furnished, beautiful view. No pets. $370/
week or $850/month. 794-5980.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA home,
completely furnished, dock, garage, laundry, quiet
street, many extras. Monthly $1,600, weekly $550.
FOR RENT YEARLY 2BR/2BA townhouse, unfur-
nished, near shopping and library in Seaside Gar-
dens, Holmes Beach. $850 month plus utilities. Call
Betty Cole, 779-1213.
SURF SIDE 2BR/1BA. ANNUAL, $900 per month.
Available now. 792-2779.
HOLMES BEACHFRONT RENTAL (near Shells
Restaurant) 2BR/1BA. Rates: Winter, $1,200 per
month, summer $850 per month. Call (813) 264-264-
0639 or (334) 988-8760.
RELOCATION SPECIAL all efficiency units. One person,
$175 per week; two people from $210 per week. Units for
larger group available. Haley's Motel 778-5405.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, great neighborhood in Holmes
Beach. Updated, clean and spacious. Steps to bay,
beach and shopping. $750 per month, first, last and
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL furnished, 1BR/1BA, private
parking, one block to beach, bay and community
center. Great location to new shops. $550 month.
ANNUAL 3 OR 4BR/2.5BA with beautiful view of bay.
Full-service dock. Air conditioning, dishwasher,
washer. $1,300 month. 888-695-8749.
100 STEPS TO BEACH. Seasonal but may rent an-
nual. 2BR/2BA, large family room, large backroom,
cable TV, washer/dryer available. 813-681-9111.
GULFVIEW UPSTAIRS 3BR/2BA, screened porch.
Completely furnished. No pets. Available December
through February. 813-689-0925.
LOVELY ANNA MARIA Gulffront apartments. Choice
2 and 3BR. Fully equipped, sharp interior, sundeck.
Vacation, weekly. No pets. Owner, 778-3143.
VACATION RENTAL Holmes Beach 1BR/1BA with
complete kitchen and living room. Walk to the beach,
completely furnished right down to the towels. Rent
by the week or month. Call 746-0491.
SEASONAL LOVELY MODERN 2BR/1BA single-
story home steps from white sandy beach. Spacious
turn-key furnished. Washer/dryer, cable TV. Utilities
included. $2,800 month. Three month minimum. No
RENTAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT redecorated,
seasonal. Holmes Beach, two blocks from beach,
utilities included. $625 month. 727-466-0666.
GULF BEACH VIEW, community dock, first floor all
new. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, tile. Very
clean. $3,200 month, $1,000 week. 941-778-7820.
HOLMES BEACH WEEKLY vacation rentals avail-
able until Jan. 1. Stone throw to beach. Heated pool,
reasonable, no pets. 778-4368.
of Florida SINCE1948
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1BA. Bright and spacious, cathedral ceilings, great
neighborhood. Must see, beautiful! $725 month,
first, last, security. 778-9798, 704-3171 or (305-
SEASONAL RENTAL Dec., Jan. and Apr. 1BR/1BA
apartment. Very nice and clean. Equipped with ev-
erything you need. Use of heated swimming pool.
300 steps to beach. 778-4499.
SEASONAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, furnished 1BR
upstairs apartment. Washer/dryer, cable, complete
kitchen, linens and utilities included. Beach one
block. $1,600 month. 407-846-8741, or 778-0794.
STEPS TO BEACH annual rental, 2BR/1BA, heated
pool, water, cable, A/C, washer/dryer hook-up. $775
month, first, last, deposit. 778-0100 or Mike Norman
STEPS TO BEACH 2BR/1.5BA townhouse apart-
ment. A/C, dishwasher, covered parking, deck,
Gulfview. First, last, deposit. $750 month. 778-0100
or Mike Norman Realty 778-6696.
WANT TO RENT, storage space on the Island. Ga-
rage or other space. Beach Bistro, 778-6444.
SEASONAL 2BR/1BA, birders haven, spacious
home by bay, Cortez. Available Nov. 28-Dec. 18 and
Jan. 2.-Feb. 12. $500 week. Call 813-277-9193.
HIDEAWAY COVE PANORAMIC bayview. Small
cozy complex with lovely view from every room.
Seasonal one-and two-bedroom. Nice, quiet, tropi-
cal ground floor, fully furnished. Steps to beach and
restaurants. No pets or smoking. Leave message.
WANT TO RENT 2BR/2BA nice house or condo for
Feb. 2000.0Profer beacn. 515-279-3219.
HOLMES BEACH, RARE find due to cancellation.
Lovely 2BR/1 BA near beach. Ground floor, furnished.
Available Dec. 1. Seasonal rental, $1,000 month.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $350 per week. Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
SEASONAL RENTAL CANALFRONT home with
seawall and dock. Newly remodeled large 3BR/2BA
ground level, two-car garage and fireplace. Beautiful
views of Tampa Bay. Three blocks from beach. Pre-
fer one month minimum. Days 941-778-0807, nights
NORTHBEACH VILLAGE 3BR/2.5BA townhouse.
1,800 sq. ft., two-car garage, new carpet, washer/
dryer, three decks. Available immediately. $1,600
month. SunCoast Real Estate 779-0202.
TWO BEDROOM RENTALS, furnished/unfurnished,
minutes away from the Gulf. Shopping, dining and
entertaining venues. Call 794-2225.
TREE HOUSE APARTMENT, 1BR near beach. No
smoking. Jan. and Feb. $1,100 month. 778-4246.
WANTED TO RENT, garage for storage and access
of 18 ft. fishing boat and related equipment. Near
Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key or Cortez. Day:
742-3268, evening: 387-7338.
DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH, furnished 1BR/1BA.
Beautiful location., no pets. Available Jan. 6-31.
2908 Avenue E, Holmes Beach. $1,375. Call 941-
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/1BA apartment with
lovely view. $600 month plus electric and $300 secu-
rity. No pets please. Anna Maria Realty, 778-2259.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canal home with
open view. $1,100 month plus utilities and $500 se-
curity. Available approximately Dec. 1. Anna Maria
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, beautiful spot
across from Gulf, all modern appliances and new
furnishings. By owner, 941-778-6832.
COQUINA REEF 1BR/1BA fully refurbished. Avail-
able Jan. and Feb. $1,700 per month, no pets. Smith
GULFFRONT NORTH SHORE DR. 3BR/2BA cot-
tage. Great location. Available Jan., Feb., Mar.
$2,800 month. 813-752-4235.
LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION available Dec.,
Jan., Feb. and Mar. 2BR/1BA. Walk to beach, fur-
nished, inside laundry. $400 week or $1,500 month.
Call Maria at 778-5908.
WANTED TO RENT 2-3BR/2BA fumished duplex, house
or condo. Holmes Beach, west of Gulf Drive, clean, full
appliances. Two-six weeks, Feb. 1-Mar. 15. Responsible
50s professionals. Call Linda at 716-482-2884, fax 716-
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA Intercoastal view, one
block to beach. Ceramic tile, laundry, cable and water.
$650 annual, $1,300 seasonal. Furnished. 798-3310.
GULFVIEW SEASONAL, 2BR/1BA. 106 31st St.,
Holmes Beach. Patio, washer/dryer, fully furnished.
Three months or more. $1,600 month. 941-293-6131.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/1 BA, steps to beach
and shopping. Large back yard, washer/dryer hook-
up, water and garbage included. $750 month, first,
last and security. References required. 778-3960.
ANNA MARIA GULF views only 100 feet to beach on
dead-end street. Clean 3BR/1 BA ground level home
at $975 month. Yearly lease and security deposit. 1-
800-894-1950 or 508-336-2201 eves.
BEAUTIFUL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT one block
from fabulous beach with great sunsets. Includes
basic cable, local phone service, electric and water.
$700 month. Available Dec. 99. Call 941-778-4611.
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GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
BARK & COMPANY REALTY. Steven M. Bark,
Broker. 383-1717 or 720-3200.
BAYFRONT ESTATE $715,000. 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
CANALFRONT HOME with panoramic view of Sky-
way lights and bay/intracoastal, 2BR/2BA and po-
tential 1BR apartment with Spanish tile floors, ca-
thedral ceilings, cedar closets, oversized two-car
garage with sauna, boat dock, davits, screened
enclosed lanais, A/C, refrigerator, new dryer 1998.
$284,900. Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock
Real Estate Company 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
BUILDERS DUPLEX- well constructed family size
duplex, 3BR/2BA each side. Wood floors, tile, fam-
ily room, large kitchen and oversized garage lo-
cated steps to the beach. Great family home with
rental. Good investment. Call Deborah Thrasher,
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. 383-5543 or 778-3395.
LARGE LOT FOR sale. Canal with boat dock,
quiet street, north end of Anna Maria. $145,000.
HEAR THE SURF and catch glimpses of blue Gulf
waters-all from this newly renovated Holmes
Beach house. 3BR/2BA with 2BR/1BA. rental
cottage. Wood and tile throughout, brand new
kitchens and appliances, vaulted ceiling, French
doors, decks, fireplace. 2813 Avenue E, $279,900.
778-4523, 761-1533, 800-977-0803.
WATERFRONT CONDO Westbay Point & Moor-
ings II. 50-ft. dock, carport, second-floor, end-unit,
2BR/2BA, completely refurbished. Call voice mail,
800-558-9008, ext. 225.
SPACIOUS TRAILER with extra 10 by 20-foot
room. Newly renovated, nice, open, bright. 416 4th
St. in Sandpiper Park. Has wood floors, vaulted
ceiling, washer/dryer. $19,500. 778-4523 or 800-
SEASIDE STYLE VILLAGE on Longboat Key.
Steps to white sand beach. Casual coastal living.
27 single-family homes from $425,000. Call
Conrad Beach, 941-387-9595.
OPEN HOUSE BY OWNER, one-half elevated du-
plex, $158,900. Large corner property, 2BR/2BA.
Visit Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28.
12noon-3pm. 6401 A Holmes Blvd., Holmes
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Nov. 27-28, 1-3pm. Du-
plex, 2BR/1BA each side. $199,500. 311 Magnolia
CONDO ON THE Gulf. Building completely reno-
vated, heated pool, tennis courts. 2BR/2BA.
LARGE GROUND FLOOR 2BR/2BA one story con-
dominium, carport adjacent. Manatee at 59th
Street, Bradenton. Tennis, pool, golf courses
nearby. Completely furnished. Low 60's. Private.
792-2093 or 792-5434.
NICE 2BR/2BA apartment, lots of storage, car-
port, central air and heat, dishwasher and washer/
dryer hook-up. $86,000. 432 62nd. Owner. 778-
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advertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing
Act, which makes it illegal to advertise "any prefer-
ence, limitation or discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or
national origin, or intention to make any such pref-
erence, limitation or discrimination." Familial status
includes children under age of 18 living with par-
ents or legal custodians, pregnant women and
people securing custody of children under 18. This
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for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our
readers are hereby informed that all dwellings ad-
vertised in this newspaper are available on an
equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimina-
tion call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the
hearing impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
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SHOREWALK CONDOS Perfect investment! Turnkey furnished! 2BR/2BA unit,
close to everything, walk to shops, etc. Ten minutes to the beaches. Very good
rental history. Lynn Hostetler 778-4800. $63,000. MLS 34352
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OPEN DAILY 804 Gladiolus
NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEWS, upgrades, extras, shaft for
elevator, decks, 2,400 sq. ft. area and three-car garage/
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,00. May sell separately @ $227,900 each.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model. Enclosed lanai. S110,000.
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA, golf, glassed lanai. First floor. $98,900. Ask for Bob.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA, waterfront, boat dock, pool. $88,000.
STYLING SALON Eight stations. Great location. $39,000 OBO.
LOT C-2 Zoning.Walk to Gulf 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.
27 APART IENTS and home in Bradenton with pool. Ask for Roni or Jane.
Seasonal-5400-2BR/2BA. Direct Gulf. Like new. Heated pool.
VILLAS & HOMES available for vacations. Ask for Lu.
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50 Tool points
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66 Actor who plays
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81 Hitter of 660
82 Start of a
83 Mrs. Dithers, in
84 Pull out
89 Actress famous
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104 St. Paul's
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108 Sri Lanka's
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keys to a city?
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79 Fremont 95 Scribe
National Forest 98 Gulf of Finland
83 Midwest city, on 99 Registration
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A VERY SPECIAL SECTION NOVEMBER 24, 1999
Please make a wish come true ...
I It's the holiday time of year time to take
an extra moment to give someone a smile
or send a greeting ... pause to give a quiet
S~ hug or a word of praise.
The holidays are special for friends,
family and Islanders.
In our seventh annual Islander Wish
Book, we take a moment to present sto-
ries and pictures about organizations in
our community that deserve attention.
These community service or-
ganizations are dedicated to providing assistance to
families and individuals, teaching and mentoring our chil-
dren, helping the elderly and less fortunate, making Anna
Maria Island a better place to live for everyone.
With The Islander Wish Book, organizations offer a spe-
cial way for you to share the holiday spirit. We've included
a list of needs wishes from each one. Your donation,
however small or grand, will be deeply appreciated.
Please take a moment to select a gift from these lists to
add to your shopping list.
It's The Islander's way of saying thanks for the support
we've received for the past seven years and a chance for all
of us to give something back to our community. A small
contribution can make a big difference.
We offer a special thanks to the sponsor advertisers for
making this project possible.
We hope you receive something from the Islander Wish
Book ... the joy of giving.
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2000!
The Wish Book is made possible due to the extra effort of Islander staff members
Paul Roat, Pat Copeland, Susan Kesselring, Jim Hanson. David Futch, Edna Tiemann,
Rebecca Barnett, Shona Samuels, Elaine Stroili, Carrie Price and the entire support staff.
Publisher Bonner Futch
PAGE 2 0 Nov. 24, 1999 E Thelicslrude
Anna Maria Elementary School is the
educational home to 398 students in
kindergarten through fifth grade,
serving families from north Longboat Key to
Anna Maria City.
Our "school by the bay" is. a scholastic
dream come true for parents, children and
educators alike. It's an elementary school with
high educational standards, boasting teachers
and staff who are able to find the time to also
develop sound social skills and the desire to
learn in Island children.
Adult involvement is a key element to the
school's success. At any given hour you will
find parents and volunteers from the commu-
nity on campus, "involved" in the learning
process. Most importantly, by sharing their
precious time, they show our children that
each child and their education is truly impor-
tant important enough for them to be there.
Also rewarding, Islanders who are unable to
volunteer on campus and want to let the chil-
dren know they care, can do so by providing
needed "extras" to make something great even
The Islander wish list for Anna Maria
Elementary School is:
Children's books for classroom libraries.
Christmas or classical music CDs.
Dictionaries (grade appropriate).
Discovery science books
Dual cassette/CD music player.
Electric pencil sharpeners.
Elf costumes (by Dec. 5).
Items needed in cafeteria: food proces-
sor, two-burner griddle, steamer, frying pans,
electric frying pan, soup kettle, clear domed
server and tray, stainless steel serving utensils
and an aluminum sheet pan dolly.
Large, empty five-gallon buckets.
Paints and brushes.
Puzzles, Lego blocks and balls.
Sponsor for Geographic World and
Audubon Nature magazines.
Step ladder with three steps.
Student-size magnetic boards and letters.
Apple Stylewriter printer.
Supplies (colored ballpoint pens, paper,
clay, pencils, stationary, white construction
paper, markers, colored index cards, calcula-
Used greeting cards.
Video cameras for classrooms.
White and colored lunch sacks.
Contact Anna Maria Elementary School at
708-5525. (Note: the telephone prefix is not 778.)
REAL ESTATE INC.
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Broker: Kenneth Jackson
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9701 Gulf Dr. (P.O. Box 717) Anna Maria, FL 34216 ''
Sever+hA nmtal/Isla- rer WivShtok 1999
Island Community Center
Through your past support, more than
1,200 youth ages 5 to 18 benefited last
year from the Center.
Island businesses sponsored youth pro-
grams and teams and all the volunteers,
coaches, fundraisers, helpline, peer counselors,
tutors, and the 2,300 adults who participated in
adult and senior programs are most appreci-
ated. Program fees and financial support help
the Center to improve and expand its services to
To meet the needs of the community, the
Center offers cultural, educational, family
support, personal development, recreational
and social activities which promote self-esteem
and develop leadership skills. Programs also
teach the values of respect and responsibility.
The Center maintains a dedicated staff and
board of directors, all committed to making the
Island a better place for future generations.
The Islander wish list from the Anna Maria
Island Community Center is:
Individual donations made by Dec. 31,
1999, to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Endowment Trust which will be
matched up to $40,000 by Holmes Beach resi-
dents Charles and JoAnn Lester.
A 30- to 40-foot Christmas tree and out-
Apple computer learning programs for
ages 5 through 16.
Character building books and reading
materials for children ages 5 to 11 in after-
school and teen programs.
Filing cabinets with two or four drawers
(new or used in good condition).
Hand tools and power tools (impact
wrench, ratchet, impact sockets).
Medium-size executive desk and chair.
Office supplies: storage boxes, colored file
folders and portable desk top file.
Paint (white, blue and dark green).
Teacher supplies: old lesson plans, refer-
ence books, paper, pencils and crayons.
Technical assistance to improve current
Volunteers to assist with improvements
Contact Pierrette Kelly, executive director, 778-
Ooooh! Look at that!
Pre-schooler Micah DeBickero obviously likes what he sees, as sister Renee helps him check out the computer
on a visit to her first grade classroom during open house at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Islander Photo: David Futch
Anna Maria Island Privateers
he Anna Maria Island Privateers was 1
established as a nonprofit organization in
1971 by a group of men interested in
supporting Island youth programs. Its goals are
to promote activities for the betterment of youth
and to render altruistic services to the commu-
Funds raised through the Privateers' special -' '" /Bf
events and Thieves' Markets help support '
youth programs at the Anna Maria Island l .
Community Center, the Rubonia Youth Center, .
the Privateers' scholarship programs and ...... _.
various other community needs. A golf cart.
The Islander wish list for the Anna Maria Stereo system components.
Island Privateers is: Contact: President Rick Maddox, 794-2599.
Jim Mixon Insurance, Inc.
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Holmes Beach 778-2253
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The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is
a not-for-profit organization whose
goal is to protect and preserve sea
turtles which nest on Anna Maria Island.
The group is in service during the May-
to-October nesting season. Volunteers walk
the beaches in the morning to locate turtle
nests, then are present during the hatching
period to ensure that the tiny turtles don't
stray into traffic or become endangered by
man-made obstacles on their way to the
The Islander wish list for the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch is:
People willing to volunteer their time
to walk the beaches to identify and mark
Yellow paint to mark stakes.
Primer paint for cages.
Blank video tapes.
Contact: Suzi Fox, 778-5638.
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Anna Maria Island Historical Society
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is
a non-profit, educational organization
dedicated to the study and preservation
of all materials relating to the early history of
Anna Maria Island.
Volunteers man the Island Museum at 402
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City. The building,
constructed in the 1920s as an ice house, houses
displays of old photos, maps, newspaper clip-
pings, records, books and videotapes of inter-
views with early residents. Admission to the
museum is free and adult membership in the
society is $10 per year.
The society raises money through sales of T-
shirts, books, Christmas cards, art work, photo-
graphs and other museum-related items. Mem-
bers man booths at local art fairs and sponsor an
annual old timer's dinner and program.
The Islander wish list of the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society is:
A matching set of ring binders to preserve
photographs, news clippings and articles.
A lapel pin featuring the society's logo for
Contact: President Marguerite Thompson, 778-
5728 or Executive Administrator Carolyne
Tingley Memorial Library offers
check-out privileges to all
The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach is privately funded and membership is
open to anyone.
The library has a strong following of patrons
from all three Island cities, Longboat Key and
from the mainland, who enjoy reading the
library's collection of fiction, including best
sellers. Opened in 1994, the number of Tingley
cardholders continues to grow from 1,200 in
1996 to 2,600 today.
Tingley also offers three Macintosh comput-
ers for word processing and for use of a grow-
ing collection of CD-ROM programs for adults
and children. Internet access is not available.
The library's equipment also includes an electric
typewriter as well as a television and VCR for
showing educational programs and for use in
the conference room.
The library offers free Xeriscape tours of its
grounds. Sponsored by the Sarasota Bay Na-
tional Estuary Program, homeowners are
shown an environmentally friendly ways to
garden without water or harsh chemicals. The
tour is held at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of
each month from October through March.
The Tingley Memorial Library's Islander
wish list is:
Audio cassette books.
Donated subscriptions to popular maga-
zines such as Worth, PC, People, Biography,
Vanity Fair, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, etc.
Donations in the form cash, stock shares,
paid life insurance policies, bequeaths and
Late model hardcover and paperback
books, especially recreational reading.
Volunteers for morning or afternoon
Contact: Carol Sandidge, library clerk, 779-
Friends of the Island Branch Library
One of the proudest achievements of the village of
Cortez has to be the pending public acquisition of the
old schoolhouse and surrounding property.
An organization formed in the past few
months under the Waterfronts Florida
state program, this energetic outfit is
dedicated to "creating a community vision to
preserve the best elements of Cortez and re-
spond to the needs of the community," said its
The manager is Janet Hoffman of the Manatee
County Planning Department, and she has ex-
pressed commitment to helping Cortez determine
what it wishes to be in the future and helping the
historic village to realize its goals.
The Waterfronts Islander wishes for 1999
Continued community involvement and
Restore the Miller dock at the foot of 123rd
Create design standards for the village.
Bring the old school house into public use.
Contact: Janet Hoffman, 749-3070.
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friends of the Island Branch Library is a
volunteer organization that lends addi
tional support to the branch by purchas-
ing books and equipment and sponsoring
educational programs for children and adults.
Membership starts at $5.
The group is currently aiding in renovation
of the library including painting the interior,
improving the parking area and purchasing
new carpeting, chairs and a circulation desk.
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
sponsors an annual Program Series on the
second Tuesdays of every month at 3 p.m. in the
Walker-Swift Meeting Room. A schedule of
dates and programs is available at the library.
The group holds an annual cook book sale
which will be expanded this year to include
fiction and non-fiction books.
The Islander wish list of the Friends of the
Island Branch Library is:
A wheelchair for use by library patrons.
Donations of new or used books for the
fundraising sale on Feb. 5. Books may be
dropped off at the library after Feb. 1.
Contact: President Mercedes Thornburg, 778-
Popularity of programs
offered at the Manatee
County Island Branch
Library prompted Friends
; of the Island Branch
Library to contribute
.- funds for an informa-
tional sign. Library
Manager Sarah Bicknell,
center, shared ribbon-
.cutting honors with.
"Friend" Joe Vona.
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Dale Shields, "Pelican Man," has de
voted himself to the rescue and reha
bilitation of pelicans and other wild
birds. He is the founder, president and chief
volunteer of the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
Each year more than 5,000 birds and other
wildlife are rescued and more than 60 percent
of these are rehabilitated and returned to the
wild by more than 300 dedicated Pelican Man
volunteers and 20 staff members
The sanctuary is visited by more than
125,000 people each year, including thousands
of school children. The sanctuary's education
programs are presented to hundreds of school
and community groups each year.
Islanders who find an injured bird can call
388-4444 any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or
drop off an injured animal at the sanctuary's
drop off box located by the hospital entrance
next door to Mote Marine Lab at 1708 Ken
Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Anyone inter-
ested in helping can call Betty Anthony,
volunteer coordinator, at 388-4444.
Rescue training and volunteer orientation
classes are held each month on Saturday at
10:30 a.m. at the sanctuary on City Island.
Call the sanctuary for dates.
Volunteers are always needed.
The Pelican Man's Islander wish list in-
Syringes without needles.
A pickup truck (new or used).
Antibacterial hand soap, garbage bags,
sponges and paper towels and tissues.
Dawn dishwashing detergent and tow-
els (new or used).
Dry dog food Science Diet Canine
Maintenance (small bites).
Fishing poles and nets.
Indoor/outdoor carpeting, heavy duty
garden hoses, rakes, shovels, clippers.
Kaytee Eact-hand feeding formula
Kitten milk replacer and Esbilac puppy
milk powder form.
Mixed wild bird seed.
Plastic terrariums, pet carriers, plastic
cat litter trays, heating pads, pet dishes, metal
-or plastic teaspoons, aprons, crockery water
dishes and spatulas.
Rakes, shovels, clippers and power
Stainless steel cabinets and tables.
Video player and camera.
Contact: The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary,
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Real snowbirds flock in
Large numbers of white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorynchus) visit Anna Maria Island each winter. Unlike
their brown cousins, white pelicans do not dive for food. Rather, they round up the bait and take turns scoop-
ing them up at the surface. They have a nine-foot wingspread, almost twice the size of a brown pelican. You
can almost set your watch by these migrating birds because they tend to show up in Florida shortly after the
first fall cold front. The white pelican breeds in summer and can be found as far north as Manitoba and British
Columbia. They also are found in North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, California and on the Texas and Louisiana
Gulf coasts. A number of white pelicans usually winter around the spoil islands south of Cortez in an area
known as "the kitchen." Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center
wildlife Education & Rehabilitation
Center Inc. began in 1984 to help an
injured duck. Today, the Bradenton
Beach-based organization has an annual expen-
diture of more than $15,000 with 100 percent of
contributions going to feed, house and provide
medical care of injured animals. The nonprofit
volunteer organization also provides educa-
tional presentations at schools and for other
groups and organizations.
Rescue and rehabilitation over the years has
included species such as white-tail deer, otters,
wood storks, sandhill cranes, Everglades kite,
bobcats and pelicans. The organizations has also
helped a variety of owls, hawks, kestrels and
caracaras as well as squirrels, raccoons, ducks,
gulls, loons and cormorants.
The Islander wish list for Wildlife Inc. includes:
Contact: Michael Conley or Gail Straight, 778-
Environmental health: ManaSota-88
anaSota-88, an environmental health
organization, has spent nearly 30
years fighting to protect the environ-
ment. Its commitment to safeguard air, land and
water quality is aggressive and uncompromis-
ing. The organization has successfully worked
to reduce the millions of pounds of pollutants
emitted into the air and water each year.
Volunteers are unpaid and 100 percent of
operating revenues are contributions received
from private individuals. ManaSota-88's
attorney is the only person to receive compen-
The Islander wish list of ManaSota-88 is:
A fax machine.
Contact: President Gloria Rains, 722-7413.
Rescued Greyhounds make great family pets
he Racing Dog Rescue Project is a non
profit organization whose sole function is
to rescue racing dogs when they are no
longer of use to their owners, and place them
with caring families.
Most racing greyhounds are killed because
they are not making enough money for their
owners to pay their way.
Greyhounds make great pets, and contrary
to common belief, they are not sickly or high
tempered. Greyhounds do not require a great
deal of space to exist. (Anything is better than
the tiny cages they call home at the track.)
The greyhound very rarely barks, does not
have a big appetite, is extremely friendly and is
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Items from the following wish list will be
graciously accepted at this year's Arts and
Crafts Show in Holmes Beach Dec. 4 where a
few of the Greyhounds will be on hand.
The Islander wish list for the Racing Dog
Rescue Project is:
Blankets, leashes and collars.
Donations to help defray costs of kennels,
food, medical, drug and necessary administra-
Foster homes for dogs awaiting adoption.
Loving and caring families to adopt a
greyhound (or two or three.)
Contact: Michael Advocate, 778-0608.
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The Anna Maria and West Side Fire dis
tricts and its volunteer organizations are
in the process of merging to become the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District. Therefore,
the two volunteer organizations have combined
their wish lists.
The volunteers provide an essential service
to the community by filling in for career
firefighters when they are sick, on vacation or
attending school. Volunteers participate in
weekly training exercises with career personnel
in firefighting strategy and medical first aid.
Volunteers run fire and rescue calls, teach
cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes and
provide a support unit to organize recreational
activities, provide office help and baby-sitting
services for firefighters on duty. Volunteers aid
other emergency departments during major
fires and natural disasters.
Funds are raised through the annual Haunted
House, pancake breakfast and other events. Funds
are used to purchase equipment and supplies
needed to supplement the two fire districts.
The Islander wish list of the Anna Maria/
West Side Fire and Rescue Volunteers is:
Aid in renovating Station 3 in Bradenton
Beach to add hurricane shutters, remodel rest
rooms and install showers, remodel the bunk
room and install a new air conditioner.
Self-contained breathing masks.
Equipment and supplies to complete the
training center at Station 2 on Cortez Road.
Contact: Anna Maria President Mark Paloski or
West Side President John Ingold, 741-3900.
Island Players celebrate 51st season
The Island Players Theater at the corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria is
now in its 51st season. This charming play-
house seats 137 theater-goers at five shows
and more than 100 performances each year.
The building has been remodeled several
times since the original small house was
barged from the mainland many years ago
and served as an office for the developers of
Anna Maria. During the ensuing years it
served as a city hall, community center,
women's club, church and garden club before
it became a community theater with the first
production in 1948.
The Players is governed by a participating
Off Stage Ladies
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at Island Players
T he Off Stage Ladies is a support group for
Island Players in Anna Maria City.
he ladies are a talented and gregarious
group who help paint sets and act as costumers,
make-up artists, ushers, lighting assistants and
stage managers and any other task to help a
director produce a good play.
Improvement of the theater is a goal of the
Off Stage Ladies, who raise money by spon-
soring various fundraising events includ-
ing. the sale of holiday-packaged pecans for
$6.50, available at The Islander office.
A very important endeavor of Off Stage
Ladies is to prepare and serve dinner for the
cast of a show during "Long Sunday." The
Sunday before a show opens becomes a long
day for the technical crew while getting its
part of the show perfected.
The Islander wish list for the Off Stage
Seeking 10 new members.
Cooks for "Long Sunday" are especially
valued and needed this year.
Contact: Marilyn Moroni, president, 778-0030.
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board of directors and made up of actors,
directors, set designers, production workers
and costume designers. Shows are directed
by a rotating group of guest directors. The
theater is supported by local subscribers and
supporters such as the Off-stage Ladies, ticket
sales and grants.
The Islander wish list of the Island Play-
A welcome mat for the front door of the
A coffee pot.
An inkjet printer.
Contact: President Peggy Farrup, 778-7374.
Formed by and for all seven Anna Maria
Island churches, All Islands Denomina
tions acts as a clearinghouse to help
needy Islanders with holiday meals, groceries,
rent payments, prescriptions, power bills and
Acting through pastors or directly with
individuals and families, AID is "the first
resort for help" until other agencies take
over, said the new president, Bob Maylan.
The Islander wish list for AID in addition
to volunteers and donations is:
Toys, food and other helpful items.
Contact: Bob Meylan, 778-6445.
VFW Post 8199
Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 8199 is a not-
for-profit Island organization that offers
Assistance to veterans. The group also
provides service to the Island through sponsoring
of a T-ball team at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, school flag instruction and providing
American flags to the libraries, Boys and Girls
Scouts and the fire departments.
The Islander wish list for the VFW Post 8199 is:
Donations of garage sale items.
Contact: Bob DeVane, 778-4400.
Anna Maria firefighters fought a blaze in March
1999 at Playa Encantada condominium in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
The Anna Maria Art League is dedicated to
making art an active part of the Island commu-
nity. The league is an education and networking
resource for artists of all ages and levels of
ability. It allows them to meet fellow artists,
utilize classrooms and take advantage of gallery
exposure to reach a wider audience whether
it is to teach or take classes.
The Islander wish list of the Anna Maria Art
A fax machine.
Cans of red or orange spray paint.
Art supplies, particularly all-purpose paper.
Contact: Ginger White, director, 778-2099.
Island Rotary Club
Rotary is an opportunity to build life-long
friendships and experience the personal
fulfillment of providing volunteer service
An organization of business and professional
leaders, Rotary provides humanitarian service,
encourages high ethical standards in all vocations,
and builds goodwill and peace in the world.
Rotary began in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 23, 1905,
and flourishes today with some 27,000 clubs and
1.2 million men and women as club members,
providing community service in virtually every
nation in the world.
The Rotary meets every Thursday at noon at
Bridge Tender Inn restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Some Island Rotary projects are literacy
training, offering college scholarships, and Project
Kidprint (a photo and fingerprint identification
program for elementary school children).
The Islander wish list for the Rotary Club is:
Islanders to purchase the club's Anna Maria
"Monopoly" game, due out the first of December
and available at numerous retail locations.
Ideas for Rotary projects based on commu-
Islanders to purchase fundraising dis-
count books with coupons for restaurants,
services, car rentals, fast foods, cultural events
and much more for $30.
Contact: Michael Advocate, president, 778-0608.
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All Island Youth
Since its inception in early 1994, the All
Island Youth Ministry has involved teens
from all three Island communities, as well
as Longboat Key and the mainland. The focus of
the group is to provide teens from grades seven
Through 12 with safe activities.
All youths are welcome and the group has
about 15 regular members. Sponsors include
Carol Clements, Jeanette Rothberg, Tim Horton,
Jerry Perry and the Rev. Dan Kilts.
The group meets every Wednesday from 6
to 8 p.m. at either Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
or Roser Memorial Community Church. The
programs provide dinner, Bible study, discus-
sion of practical topics, activities and worship.
The group participates in various
fundraising activities, service projects, special
trips and events. One current service project is
the cookie ministry, in which the youth bake
cookies and deliver them to shut-ins.
The Islander wish list for All Island Youth is:
Meals prepared and served at weekly
Peace on Earth.
Contact: Rev. Dan Kilts, 778-1813.
he chapel is the oldest religious body on
Longboat Key, founded 42 years ago by a
group of Christians and Jews, said its
pastor, Rev. Cleda Anderson.
The chapel's "holiday wish for all" was
expressed by Rev. Anderson: "At this Christmas
season we stand at the threshold of a new
millennium. May we all enter the year 2000
blessed with those age-old gifts of peace, good
will and love sent to us by the Christ Child of
On a more temporal level, the chapel's
Islander wish is for:
An elevator for those who find stairs
Wiring and a sound system to the garden
for meditation and organ music.
Contact: Rev. Cleda Anderson, 383-6491.
Longboat Key Bayfront Park
The Recreation Center was formed to
provide affordable recreation to the entire
Longboat community, children, adults
and seniors. About 1,000 persons participate in
organized activities ranging from table tennis
-and bridge games to baseball.
The Islander wish list for the Rec Center
Toys, furnishings and other paraphernalia
for the new children's room built at the center.
New soccer goals.
More participants using all of the facilities.
Contact: Sherry Fideler, 316-1980.
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he Episcopal Church Women of the
Church of the Annunciation in Holmes
Beach contribute to various organizations
and projects locally, nationally and internation-
ally with money earned at its annual Holly
Berry Bazaar and White Elephant Sale.
Annual contributions are made to All Island
Denominations, Manatee Community College
Chaplaincy Fund, Church Women United, Meals
on Wheels, The Rev, Benton Wood Scholarship
Fund at St. Stephens Episcopal School, Hospice
and St. Matthew's Parish in Colima, Mexico.
In addition to contributing to church related
societies, ECW participates in the Annunciation
Angel Tree Ministry which provides Christmas
gifts to children of prisoners.
ECW is open to all women of the church.
Luncheon meetings are held the first Thursday
of the month from October to May. There is an
annual ecumenical luncheon with the women of
St. Bernard Guild in May.
The Islander wish list of the Episcopal
Church Women is:
Contributions for St. Matthew's Parish in
Colima, Mexico. Donations may be sent to
Church of the Annunciation, ECW, Box 978,
Anna Maria, Fl 34216.
Participation of younger women.
Customers for fundraising sales.
Contact: President Carol Broden, 794-0797.
Marngaret Art, left, assists customers Mairion Cleveland of Bradeiiton atnd Linlda Mastro of Holmes Beach who
are busy basking in the bargains at the fall re-opening of Roser Memorial Community Church's Thrift Shop.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Roser Men's Club
he purpose of the Roser Men's Club is to
seek the Christian way of life and to hear
witness to this in business dealings and
Proceeds from the group's two annual
pancake brunches are used to support a variety
of activities and organizations including sum-
mer camp scholarships, church needs and
community organizations such as the Pelican
Man, Southeast Guide Dogs, Sheriff's Youth
Ranch, Loving Hands Ministries, Jim Russo
Prison Ministries and All Island Youth.
Roser Men's Club meets at noon on the third
Tuesday of the month from October to April.
Luncheon is served and guest speakers talk on a
variety of subjects. All men of the church and
community and guests are invited.
The Islander wish list of the Roser Men's
Food at reduced prices to help feed those
A new tractor for the church.
Wood to build handicap access ramps.
Contact: President John Williamson, 778-1866.
St. Bernard's Women's Guild
he St. Bernard's Women's Guild is a
Catholic women's organization that
adheres to Catholic principles. The group
meets the second Thursday of the month in
Welsmiller Hall at 12:30 p.m. for a light lunch
followed by a business meeting and program.
New members are welcome.
The Guild raises funds with its annual
From all of us at the Gulf Drive Cafe ..
We wish you a
Happy and Safe Holiday!"-
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Open 7 Days 778-1919 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Poinsettia Bazaar and dinners. Funds are do-
nated to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, Hospice of Southwest Florida, Habitat
for Hlumanity, SOLVE, Mother Theresa and
former pastor Father Welsmiller's orphanage in
The Islander wish list of the St. Bernard
Women's Guild is:
Membership pins for Guild members.
A new Guild banner for the church.
Contact: President Sarah Maloney, 778-4865.
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from your friends Susan, Max, Denise,
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The Annie Silver Community Center, on
the corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C in
Bradenton Beach, is a nonprofit organiza-
tion founded by Island entrepreneur Annie.
Silver in the 1950s. The purpose of the group is
to promote friendship and entertainment for
neighbors and friends in the city and on the
During the winter season the center's activi-
ties include monthly potluck dinners with
music and singalongs, weekly bingo games,
Saturday morning shuffleboard and an annual
All work in and around the center is done
by volunteers. Membership of the center con-
sists of residents and out-of-state winter visitors
ranging in age from the "over 90" group to
"youngsters" in the 50s.
The Islander wish list for the Annie Silver
Community Center is:
Door prize donations from area businesses
for potluck dinners and bingo with guaranteed
recognition of the business.
Contact: Gloria DeVane, 778-4400.
Save the Manatee Club
Save the Manatee Club Inc. is a nonprofit
organization founded in 1981. Its Adopt-
A-Manatee program is its primary funding
source, with proceeds dedicated to manatee
awareness projects, education programs, re-
search and rehabilitation efforts, as well as
lobbying for the protection of the manatee and
To help the Save the Manatee Club continue
its work to protect the manatee and their habi-
tat, the club's Islander wish list includes:
17-inch computer monitor.
Credit card authorization equipment.
Desk top copier.
Office supplies: Gift certificate to Office
Depot, or highlighters, pens, pencils, 3.5 com-
puter discs, small and large paper clips, tape,
post-its, stamp pads, staples, white out, adding
machine tape, copy paper, colored copy paper,
rubber bands, red or black markers, manila
envelopes, business envelopes, padded mailing
envelopes, binder clips, hanging letter-size
folders, chair pads, rulers, Hewlett Packard ink
cartridges, Rolodex, letter openers, three-inch,
three-ring binders and garbage cans.
Ergonomic mouse and wrist pads.
Ergonomic office chairs.
File cabinets all sizes.
Lightweight, solid metal, hinged, six-inch
Microsoft Office 2000 upgrade.
A dot-matrix printer.
Scanner PC Compatible.
Contact: Save the Manatee Club, Inc., 500 N.
Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, 1-800-432-5646.
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Longboat Key Historical Society
F wounded in 1980, the society has been so mercial storage off the island. But that's
successful at collecting and preserving wearing thin, he said, and they need a home.
items from the key's history that it has The Islander wishes include:
created a problem where can it keep all A home, perhaps in the form of an
those valuable records, documents, clip- existing house, a way to move it and a place to
pings, photos and so on? move it to if it must be moved. "We know
Ralph Hunter, who helped found the what to do, we need a place to do it," said
organization and has been its president for Hunter.
years, keeps them in his home and in com- Contact: Ralph Hunter, 383-4066.
Longboat Garden Club
he Longboat Key Garden Club is a 180-
member organization dedicated to
"stimulating knowledge of gardening,
teaching people how to garden in the sandy soil
of a barrier island, preserving the beauty of
Longboat Key, and encouraging the preserva-
tion of the key's wildlife, birds and the purity of
A major program of the club is the annual
Home and Garden Tour, where visitors are
admitted to six outstanding homes on the key.
The club's Islander wish list is directed in good
part to the Longboat Commission:
Continue the beautification upgrade of
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Improve the recycling area, which does
not complement adjacent properties.
Maintain open space as open space, do not
build on it.
Bank land for tomorrow through acquisi-
tion of property for open space.
Better landscaping for town hall.
Contact: JereCmy Whatniough, President, 383-
he Anna Maria Island Low Vision
Group is a support group for legally
blind persons residing on the Island.
Its goals are to support one another,
learn new ideas about helping with eyesight
and mobility in and out of the home, and to
improve independent living. Due to low
vision, most members are home-bound, so
the group also provides a social environ-
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Island Branch
Library in Holmes Beach.
The Islander wish list for the Anna Maria
Island Low Vision Group is:
Professionals from various fields -
such as in the health field or in law enforce-
ment who have knowledge of blind
training to make presentations at meetings.
Volunteer drivers to help members get
to the Sarasota Guide Dogs complex.
Contact: Laura Spaulding, facilitator, 778-
JOHN F NORMAN, DDS
he AIDS Council of Manatee Inc.
serves people with HIV disease and
AIDS who reside in the Manatee
County area or surrounding locales.
The council's mission is act as a community
consortium to assist in the development of a
continuum of health care for AIDS patients that
is easily accessible, cost effective and promotes
a quality lifestyle. Additionally, the council
sponsors prevention and education on HIV
and AIDS in the community.
The council operates a pantry to provide
non-perishable foods and toiletries and a
clothes closet to provide clothing for its
clients. The council's address is 5108 15th St.
E., Oneco Shopping Center, Bradenton.
The Islander wish list of the AIDS Council
of Manatee is:
Donations of non-perishable foods in
regular sizes and hygiene products.
Children's gifts for Christmas party for
children with HIV or AIDS.
Transportation for clients.
Contact: Rick Trifari, 752-4489.
he Cortez Village Historical Society was
organized more than a dozen years ago to
preserve the village. It is most proud of
its success in getting Cortez designated as a
historical district, which hopefully will keep
condominiums and other undesirable "modern
President is Ralph Fulford, a descendent of
"Capt. Billy" Fulford, one of the founders of the
The Islander wish list for the society:
Use of the old school building at the east
edge of the village when the building passes
into public ownership through its purchase
soon by Manatee County and the Florida Com-
Contact: Ralph Fulford, 794-1844.
Longboat Arts Center
F wounded in 1952 as a non-profit educa
tional organization, the center has ex
panded its commitment to Longboat Key
to include.the visual arts as well as fine arts. It
has 1,000 members, a faculty of 30, and 80 to 100
volunteers, said its director, Beth Cunningham.
The center is raising cash and pledges for a
$2.5 million expansion and renovation of the
North Longboat campus, and it is about half-
way to its goal.
The center's Islander wish list:
Eight-foot utility tables.
Contact: Beth Cunninghaim, 383-2345.
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