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Volume 8, no. 3, Dec. 1 1999 FREE
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard
has put up a gate at the entrance to the
city pier, closing it around the clock to
fishers and strollers.
The restaurant has been vacant since
the beginning of October after lease ne-
gotiations between the former tenant
and the city proved irreconcilable.
Shumard said he made a promise to
keep the city pier open as long as pos-
sible, but now he is forced to close it
because it's unsafe and there have been
numerous problems with vandalism.
Shumard said the city's charter
gives him the authority to do so, but he
said he solicited the opinions of Com-
missioners Robert McElheny and Max
He said they supported him in his
PLEASE SEE PIER, NEXT PAGE
'No Trespassing' by order of the mayor
Signs and a gate bear witness to the present state of the Anna Maria City Pier. Resident Brent VanWinkle carried his message
Sunday in front of the pier where he spent the afternoon picketing. VanWinkle says his sign, "Mayor and commissioners hang your
head in shame," drew "thumbs up" and horns blaring from passersby. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Layla Copeland
Anna Maria officials may ditch
$500,000 drainage project
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard is buckling
from pressure by residents and has temporarily de-
layed a $500,000 drainage improvement project.
The project has been a drain on residents and offi-
Residents affected by the project say they don't
have a drainage problem, but presently they're most
concerned with the size and depth of newly installed
swales in front of their homes.
They say the large, open swales pose a danger to
bicyclists, children and animals.
City officials agreed with residents at a Nov. 23
meeting that the swales are larger than expected.
But the commission's concerns run deeper than the
size of the ditches. They are particularly concerned
with what it's going to cost each taxpayer if they de-
cide to scrap the plans.
The project is funded by a $500,000 Community
Development Block Grant and the city will be required
to meet its contractual obligations if it stops the project.
Work has already been completed on Spring Av-
enue and workers have started digging swales on Palm
Avenue. Improvements are planned for Rose Street and
Spring, Palm and Hardin avenues.
The move could prove to be a costly one, as evi-
denced by statements from the engineer and contrac-
tor. Both wrote letters to the mayor pointing out reper-
cussions to the city if it decides to stop the project.
Shumard is not comfortable with delaying the project.
He said, "I think it's a mistake, but I'll do it. We'll hold
off until we can come to some type of agreement."
Following the meeting, Shumard said he would
attempt to determine what it will cost the city to drop
The city employed Mittauer & Associates for a
survey prior to beginning the project and Jordan and
Associates to assist in the writing of the grant.
Barbara Jordan was paid $9,600 and Mittauer re-
ceived $50,800. Much of the remainder, $345,000, is
allocated to a contract with E.T. MacKenzie Company
.of Florida Inc. for drainage improvements and a side-
walk awarded in August.
Harvey Davis, the company's division manager,
wrote a letter to the mayor Nov. 17 because he heard
the city was considering stopping the project.
He said his company has made commitments of its
labor force and equipment as well as obligations to
manufacturers and suppliers.
Davis stated, "If the city chooses to terminate this
contract, please be advised that we would be forced to
seek payment in full in order to meet our obligations.
In addition, any removal of work already in place
would be viewed as an extra to the contract and ad-
dressed accordingly, as would any stoppages or delays
to our planned construction activity."
Davis said his company will continue to be as help-
ful as possible with changes to accommodate the citi-
zens of Anna Maria.
A letter from Mittauer dated Nov. 18 followed the
letter from MacKenzie. The firm has put three years'
PLEASE SEE DRAINAGE, PAGE 4
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Parades, arts fest,
fireworks this weekend
There's a whole lot happening' on the Island
On Friday night from 5-8 p.m., you can
enjoy music and fun at the Sixth Annual Open
House at the Island Shopping Center, Gulf and
Marina drives, in Holmes Beach. Businesses,
shops and galleries will be open, and there will
be magic and music by the Manatee High
School Chamber Orchestra and the Anna Maria
Orchestra's String Quartet.
On Saturday, the 11th Annual Anna Maria
Island Winterfest Festival of Fine Arts and
Crafts starts at the Holmes Beach City Hall
Park. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free
and continues on Sunday.
Also Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., the Pri-
vateers parade runs from Anna Maria's
Bayfront Park to Coquina Beach. When the
crewe and other participants reach Coquina,
Santa will hand out goodies to all the kids.
That night, decorated and lighted boats will
cruise around Bimini Bay. out the pass to
Tampa Bay, and continue to ,e Anna Maria
and Rod and Reel piers. The festivities will
begin at 6 p.m.
And there will be a fireworks display from
the Anna Maria City Pier just after the last boat
passes the pier to end another great day in para-
dise on the Island.
For more about these events, see inside.
T Anna Maria
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Pier closed in Anna Maria
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decision to close the pier.
Shumard said residents and visitors shouldn't be
too put out because the pier was scheduled to be shut
down soon for extensive remodeling.
Shumard said a woman fell at the pier and this af-
fected his decision to close it.
According to a report filed by the city's Manatee
County Sheriff patrol deputy, Karen L. Murray, 49, an
Anna Maria resident, fell at the entrance to the pier in
the early morning hours of Nov. 22.
The report states she stubbed her toe on a raised as-
phalt portion of the walkway at the entrance to the pier.
She suffered an abrasion to her right leg, bruises to her
right arm, and a bump/bruise on her right temple.
Resident Brent VanWinkle is upset the pier is
closed, but primarily he feels the mayor deceived the
residents. He said vandalism isn't a good enough rea-
son to keep people from enjoying the pier's amenities
or denying access to the people who go there to fish
daily for food to put on their table.
The city doesn't want to maintain the pier and the
mayor was looking for an excuse to close it, he said.
VanWinkle said the "trip-and-fall accident" was
just the excuse the mayor needed to close the pier. A
sign posted at the foot of the pier states it's closed due
to dangerous conditions, but VanWinkle contends the
city ordered the sign before the accident occurred.
VanWinkle said he was told Murray didn't want to
file a police report, but was urged to do so by the
deputy present when she fell.
VanWinkle wondered why the city couldn't post a
sign that allowed people to enter at their own risk, re-
leasing the city from liability.
"It's a clear example of government lacking the in-
novation to solve a problem," VanWinkle said.
The pier's condition has been a sore subject for the
city. This is the second time a person has been injured
in the same location.
Alfred Lloyd Haines, now deceased, was injured
while visiting the city pier in December 1996.
According to the complaint filed in the Twelfth Ju-
dicial Circuit Court, Haines was hurled forward on the
pavement after his right foot became trapped under an
unsecured plank at the entrance to the pier.
Haines' wife Mary is listed in the lawsuit against
the city and Anna Maria Oyster Bar Inc. for injuries he
sustained from the fall. The suit filed May 26 by Paul
& Singer, a Tampa law firm, asks for damages exceed-
In addition to the numerous bruises, scratches and
scrapes Haines received, his right shoulder, elbow and
hip were fractured.
The complaint alleges the city had a contractual
duty to perform the required monthly inspections and
the tenant was bound to the terms of the lease to main-
tain the pier in a safe condition.
Shumard said he doesn't know how the case is pro-
gressing and referred questions to Public Works Director
Phil Charnock. According to letters received at city hall,
the case has been batted around by attorneys for the
Florida League of Cities and the former tenant's counsel.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Inc. has refused to indemnify the
A letter dated Oct. 1, addressed to the mayor from
former lease holder Phil Seay, requests the city return
to him a deposit on the pier lease. The $2,400 initial
deposit has grown with interest to $6,484.88.
Though not included on the lease, John Home, of
Holmes Beach, managed the pier restaurant and was
listed as president of Anna Maria Oyster Bar Inc.
Shumard's not sure if the city will return the secu-
rity deposit, saying, "We'll shake the covers and see
what falls out."
He said Home and Seay are disputing ownership
of the bait tanks.
They say the bait tanks are theirs, Shumard said.
Shumard said he can't locate a log of the items
spotted at Anna
which belong to the city.
Following the tenant's departure, Commissioner
Doug Wolfe said the pier shouldn't be in substandard
The tenants were obligated to maintain the complete
pier, including the deck, pilings and rest rooms, accord-
ing to the lease and Wolfe says the city should sue Anna
Maria Oyster Bar for money it's spent on repairs in the
past and for future costs the city will incur for repairs.
Shumard said he doesn't want the city engaged in
McElheny said the security deposit should be re-
tained by the city for repairs the city was forced to do.
Charnock said numerous nails are protruding from
the pier decking, fan blades are torn off and lights have
been bashed in.
In October, someone put dead fish through the
grate in the ladies rest room, he said.
The city had an opportunity to open the bait shop,
receiving offers from residents and a local business-
man, but opted to keep it closed due to the expense of
bait tanks and other equipment needed.
Charnock said the toilets in the rest rooms are in-
operable. He said he recently installed a $700 pump
that was vandalized and jammed with paper towels a
He said he saw someone urinating from the end of
the pier after the rest rooms were closed.
Charnock said having liability insurance is not good
enough. The city may not be covered under the policy if
it knowingly allows visitors to use an unsafe pier.
City officials plan to borrow money to restore the
pier. It will remain closed until construction is com-
pleted. Bids for the pier's renovation will be officially
opened at city hall Friday, Dec. 3.
440,000 Matching-Fund Challenge
EVERY CENT COUNTS!
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are offering
up to $40,000 in matching funds for contributions made by
Dec. 31, 1999, to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Trust.
And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Endowment Trust was established in 1994 to ensure stable funding for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. Gifts to the Trust are held under perpetual trust, which prohibits the expenditure of the principal investment.
The interest income paid to the Center will eventually result in stability in both programs and staff.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to more than 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please make your contribution payable to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Endowment Trust, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
WE'RE COUNTING ON YOU.
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Two of the Island's biggest parades will kick off
the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 4.
First will be the Privateers annual Christmas pa-
rade down Anna Maria Island, at 7 1/2 miles long be-
lieved to be the longest such parade in the U.S. Al-
though it is more of a procession, concedes Privateers
Treasurer Stanley Weyman, since nobody walks in it,
It will assemble at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
City and start its long tour at 10 a.m., down Pine Av-
enue to Gulf Drive, on Marina Drive to the traffic light
at Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, back on Gulf Drive
through Bradenton Beach to Coquina Beach.
Santa will be aboard the Privateers' ship, sur-
rounded by costumed pirates, and at Coquina will
board a sleigh to give treats to the youngsters. Hot dogs
and sodas there will be free to the kids; Privateers hope
hungry, thirsty adults will pay a little something. De-
tails are available from Privateers President Rick
Maddox at 794-2599.
Later Saturday, boats will gather at 5:45 p.m. in
Bimini Bay for the 12th annual Christmas Lighted-
Boat Parade starting at 6.
It will head down the "grand canal" to Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, past Rotten Ralph's to Tampa Bay,
past the piers, back to the bridge and to Bimini Bay.
Lights will be judged near the bridge in four categories,
power boats under 25 feet, power over 25 feet, sailboats
and commercial craft.
To top off the evening a fireworks show will fol-
low the lighted boats at the Anna Maria City Pier. The
fireworks sponsored by Bayview Plaza, Coast Bank
and paid for in part by funds raised at a Celebrate 2000
street party held last month in Anna Maria.
Boat parade winners will be announced at a party
the following evening, Sunday, at 6 p.m. at the Marina
Bay restaurant, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Participants, families and friends are welcome. Further
information may be obtained from Chairman Chuck
If that isn't enough, Islanders may warm up their
lighted vessels at an earlier boat parade near downtown
Bradenton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Manatee River,
part of a Winter Wonderland Celebration.
Spectators may see the parade from either bank of
the river between DeSoto Point and to the Green
Bridge and Regatta Point Marina and back to the
Bradenton Yacht Club.
Island's art Winterfest Saturday, Sunday
A hundred or more artists and craftspersons are
expected to show their talents and wares at the 11th
annual Winterfest in Holmes Beach this weekend.
The juried Anna Maria Island Winterfest Festival
of Fine Arts and Crafts will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
both days at the City Hall Park on Marina Drive in
downtown Holmes Beach.
The sponsoring Anna Maria Island Art League said
the family event will feature continuous live music on
stage and a large food court.
Exhibiting besides the artists will be community or-
ganizations including wildlife, historical and environmen-
tal groups with information about their interests.
Live animals are featured in some exhibits.
Artworks donated by festival exhibitors will be
raffled, with proceeds benefiting the league's scholarship
fund. This provides free art classes for school-age children
and adults. Tickets are $5, winners needn't be present.
The Winterfest and its companion festival in
March are the major fundraisers for the nonprofit
league. In addition to children's classes, festival funds
go to operation of the art center, exhibits and related
Further information is available at 778-2099.
Two festive Island parades,
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Anna Maria City
12/3, 1 p.m., Bid opening for city pier.
12/6, 7 p.m., Commission special meeting on pier bids.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
12/2, 7 p.m., Commission meeting.
12/9, 6:30 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
12/7, 7 p.m., Commission meeting followed by work
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
12/6, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Organiza-
tion, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Bradenton Beach, Dec. 2, city commission. Agenda:
public hearing on property maintenance code ordi-
nance, public hearing on technical codes ordinance,
contract discussion for post-disaster cleanup, Dec. 4
parade discussion, scenic highway letter of intent
discussion, special event request for New Year's Eve
fireworks at Beach House Restaurant and Sixth
Street groin, special events request for Feb. 5-6
Bridge Street Festival, special events request for
April 21-22 Coquina Beach Arts & Seafood Festival,
consent agenda and public comment.
A story in the Nov. 24 issue of The Islander
gave an incorrect phone number for Anna Maria/
West Side Fire District. The correct phone num-
ber is 741-3900.
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Drainage dilemma in Anna Maria
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work into planning, designing and securing the neces-
sary permitting for the project.
Joe Mittauer said, "The city may be required to
reimburse the state for funds which have already been
approved and distributed, as well as fund the remain-
ing portions of the contract."
Mittauer states, "This project is not the result of
you, city staff or consultants dreaming up something to
do, but is in fact the addressing of identified infrastruc-
ture needs within the community.
"In summary, the project, which is underway, is
going very smoothly other than the comments from a
few local citizens ... any change in the project will put
all of this in jeopardy."
Public Works Director Phil Charnock said it's not
just a "few local citizens." Almost everyone who is
affected by the project has been come forward to voice
After receiving the letters, Shumard wrote his own
letter Nov. 22, to Dr. Susan Cook of the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs.
He assured her the city had every intention of pro-
ceeding with the project even though there is currently
strong opposition in some areas.
Shumard's letter to Cook angered resident Jay Hill.
Hill said the city is going against the wishes of the
community and recalled when the mayor said if the
residents don't want improvements, then the city won't
force the issue.
Hill said, "If you have to use city funds to stop it,
then stop it."
Commissioner George McKay doesn't see a prob-
lem with stopping the project. "It will not kill the city
if we stop and take over the project ourselves," he said.
He said some of the material can be substituted in
other areas of the city.
"We can button up Spring Avenue as much as pos-
sible," McKay said.
Residents have put pressure on city officials to
cease the project since August by organizing petition
drives, sending letters to city hall protesting the project
and speaking at commission meetings.
Carol Ann Magill, who was in favor of the project
moving forward said, "When I saw the size of the
swales,'it scared the hell out of me."
McKay said the contractor made a mistake on the
size of the ditches and will correct hem.
Resident David Mizrihi said if the project was not
doneright, then the city will ihot be liable because it's
funded by a federal grant.
McElheny said he has to put his faith in the engi-
He was referring to the "City of Anna Maria
Stormwater Runoff Investigation Report," dated De-
cember 1995, prepared by officials from Southwest
Florida Water Management District. The study ad-
dresses areas of the city which will benefit from drain-
Many residents don't agree with what's contained
in the report. Tim Eiseler said the study isn't good
enough."People can see with the naked eye that some-
thing is not right," he said.
Resident Rick DeFrank invited a field investigator
from Swiftmud to the area. He said he met with an in-
vestigator who was disturbed by the situation.
Seigrid Danzo vouched for DeFrank's statement,
saying she also met the investigator, who was shaking
his head at the improvements made on her street.
Danzo said the swale in front of her home is
"humongous" and there isn't a shoulder to it, which
makes it dangerous to bicyclists and children.
She said she's afraid her dog will fall in and not be
able to get out, while husband, Andy, calls the swale
in front of their home a moat.
"Seems like officials are telling the city one thing
and the residents another," McElheny said. He sug-
gested putting all the key players in one room to have
a meeting and work things out.
Hill said it won't matter because people don't want
the ditches period.
Shumard responded to the anger directed at him
from residents who say he doesn't care and is going
against their wishes.
He said the people in the audience are not the ma-
jority of the people in the city.
"It isn't that we're fighting it, it's been in the works
for a long time and it's hard to stop," Shumard said.
However it's resolved, people who have already
been impacted by the project want the city to return
everything to "normal." They want their streets re-
stored to the former conditions, driveways re-paved
and rights-of-way filled and re-sodded.
Enter at your own risk
Andy Danzo props a welcome sign on the path
leading to his front door at '302'Spriiig Ave., the
walkway having been carved away by a swale. He
and wife Seigrid are only two of dozens of resi-
dents affected by a drainage project encompassing
four city roads. The project is now stalled due to
an outcry from residents opposed to the improve-.
ments. Islander Photo: Susan Kesselring
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Saturday December 4
Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach
i DEWALK ART SHOW
Buy it, sell it! Find it in The Islander
Anna Maria City Hall hosts art exhibit.
An exhibit of many of local artist Joan Voyles' The prints highlight scenes in the city as well as-
watercolors titled "I.Love Anna Maria" wiHllrun the lighthouse on Egmont Key. The artisT now is
through December at the Anna Maria City Hall, adding "the Piers of Manatee County" to the series
10005 Gulf Drive. she said. Informationrmay be obtained at778-1788.
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 1, 1999 0 PAGE 5
Lighthouse, land likely to join Egmont refuge
By Jim Hanson
The Egmont Key lighthouse is all but certain to
become part of the 380-acre island's wildlife refuge.
It belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard, which doesn't
want it any more. The U.S. General Services Admin-
istration has it for disposal. Now the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service says it wants the light and the land.
Other federal agencies have first call on anything
declared excess to its federal owner's needs, so it is a
foregone conclusion that Fish and Wildlife gets the
At this point the GSA has in hand a "letter of in-
terest" from its sister agency, said LeRay McBay, GSA
real estate specialist in Atlanta. Such a letter is one
small step shy of a commitment to acquire.
The lighthouse is on the northern 55 acres of
Egmont, surrounded by the wildlife refuge, a-small
state park, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and
Tampa Bay. Only the park is open to the public.
The Coast Guard would retain access to the light
for its maintenance, said McBay, and continue to op-
erate the light as an aid to marine navigation.
The Florida Park Service is expected to expand its
jurisdiction to the lighthouse property. It already is day-
to-day manager of all of Egmont Key under an agree-
ment with Fish and Wildlife.
Egmont is host to sea turtles, gopher tortoises and
great numbers of federally protected migratory birds.
Its small public part has housing for maritime pilots
between guiding ships in or out of Tampa Bay.
The entire island is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It was a military base for the defense
of Tampa during the Civil War and the Spanish-Ameri-
can War, and troop training in World War I.
The island has eroded drastically, and the facilities
and gear the sea didn't overwhelm have weathered and
worn to decrepitude. Last May the crumbling power
plant, mess hall, munitions bunkers and mining case-
ment were demolished by explosives experts. Gun bat-
teries are now mere blocks of concrete in 10 feet of
water hundreds of feet off the island's southwest shore.
The lighthouse is the second one the first was
an 87-footer built in 1847 of brick which was wrecked
by a storm in 1855. Its replacement was built three
years later, and no storm has breached its 16-inch-thick
walls. Its 200,000-candlepower light is visible for 22
It is one of eight lighthouses that the Coast Guard
is getting rid of in Florida.
GSA's McBay said it is not known just when the
property will be transferred, but its movement between
two federal agencies with no money involved will
eliminate the time-consuming appraisal process.
Welcome sign unwanted in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
The "Welcome" sign at one time planned for
Bradenton Beach may be better lettered "R.I.P."
City commissioners voted 3-2 to drop the concept
of the big sign at the foot of Cortez Road at Gulf Drive.
Now under consideration is a smaller sign on Cortez
Road just west of the Cortez Bridge.
Discussion of the sign brought some harsh words
among commissioners. At one point, Vice Mayor John
Chappie an ardent supporter of the welcome sign -
briefly left the commission chambers after remarks
made by Commissioner Bill Arnold.
"I never saw the drawings, the plans," Arnold said.
"The first time I saw the plans was when I read about
them in The Islander."
"But when it was brought up last summer, you
Holmes Beach Officer McGowin helps talk jumper off bridge
When Holmes Beach Police officer Vernon
McGowin left the city on a routine mission Nov. 19, he
never thought he would end up helping to save a
About 3 p.m. McGowin was to meet a Florida
Highway Patrol Trooper at the north rest area of
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to retrieve a blood
sample taken at Bayfront Hospital from a subject
involved in a car crash in Holmes Beach that
morning. Just as the trooper arrived, he was dis-
patched to the top of the bridge in reference to a
subject attempting suicide.
McGowin located the subject sitting on top of the
guard rail with one foot over the rail and one foot on
the fender of his vehicle. McGowin and the trooper
began talking to the subject and convinced him to come
down from the rail.
Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies responded,
took custody of the subject under the Baker Act and
transported him to the hospital.
suggested we add poles for banners," Commissioner
Bereitta Kays told Arnold. Kays has worked for about
two years to get the sign installed.
"I never saw the plans," Arnold repeated. "I am
only here to vote 'yay' or 'nay' and get my $400 a
month. I am not allowed to participate in anything."
Commissioner Gail Cole also said he did not re-
member seeing the plans for the sign and was uncom-
fortable with approving the $5,625 expense for its con-
struction, landscaping and irrigation.
"It's 20 feet wide," Cole said. "I've had people tell
me they'd rather see the Gulf than a sign."
In the end, it was Chappie who moved to drop
the plans for the big sign in lieu of a smaller version.
He was joined by Arnold and Cole in rejecting the
sign; Kays and Mayor Connie Drescher voted in the
The former sign would have been framed by palm
trees, have shrubs around its base and an irrigation sys-
tem. No plans have yet been designed for the new,
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What are Anna Marians to do?
What the heck is goin' on in Anna Maria?
It's a redundant question. It's been goin' on, and on, and
Basically it's bad administration. Or lack of it.
It's bad memories and a narrow focus.
Some of the problems are cited by newcomers, or folks
new to the band wagon. Other issues linger among oldtimers
due to an archaic fear of change.
The solution: Stop. Quit. Pay. Default. Do nothing.
It stands to cost taxpayers nearly three years worth of
property taxes and the loss of a long-awaited bike path that
would provide safe transit and alternative transportion link-
ing the way south to Longboat Key, and beyond.
So, what is it?
The pier. The drainage project. An alcohol prohibition.
The bike path.
The pier needs repairs. In spite of the fact that the
former tenant was responsible for all maintenance and re-
pair, the mayor says he doesn't want to sue for the damages
left by the former tenant. We're not surprised. The mayor
favored giving the tenant another lease without even raising
the rent, yet taking over maintenance. When the consensus
was to ask for more money, the tenant walked. Repair cost:
The grant sought to fund the drainage project in 1997
- not the project was the subject of citizen ire. Anna
Marians didn't want government charity, calling it an insult
to be considered "needy." Now, with work under way, they
want to can the project. Cost: $500,000.
Ed Porter, owner of the defunct Fast Eddie's restaurant,
got his way in the 1980s when a then-receptive commission
banned future restaurants from serving alcohol. Commis-
sioners now say they shouldn't help business thrive in Anna
Maria not theirjob. Or, no changes, ever. Two restaurants
licensed and properly zoned, meeting all state criteria for
alcoholic beverage service, are prohibited from doing so.
Bike path money was eagerly sought by past adminis-
trations and residents as long ago as 1994 from the Florida
Department of Transportation. It was awarded and is forth-
coming, finally, in the 2000.budget. In 1995 a Manatee
County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee recom-
mended four-foot bike lanes from Pine Avenue to the
Longboat Pass bridge.
Now a Pine Avenue business, located in a former resi-
dence, threatens to halt this project, claiming it will be de-
prived of street parking.
But businesses on Pine Avenue, or any other street in
Anna Maria, don't own the right of way and should be re-
quired to provide their own parking. The bike path promises
safe, alternative transportion for lots of folks, and it makes
sense it should.
What's the loss to Anna Maria? In dollars, nearly three
times this year's ad valorem taxes. And, a city run amok.
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On thwarting felonies
This letter is in response to the Nov. 17 article
about Anna Maria Building Official Phil Charnock.
As a lifetime, card-carrying member of the Na-
tional Rifle Association, I know that thousands of felo-
nies are thwarted each year by the display of a firearm
by law-abiding citizens.
Here in Anna Maria, our predominately left-wing,
carpetbagger government fear guns as the Jews fear
Martin E. McGuire, Anna Maria
Out of curiosity, I question the outcome of the
charges filed against Anna Maria Building Inspector
According to everything I have read and seen on
television, the use of a gun in the commission of a
crime now carries mandatory sentencing (10-20-25-
Mr. Charnock pled no contest (Nolo Contendre, "I
will not contest it," a plea in a criminal case which has
a similar effect as pleading guilty Black's Law Dic-
Judge Thomas Gallen withheld adjudication,
placed the defendant on probation a year and stipulated
that Mr. Charnock is not allowed to possess a firearm
while on probation.
If Mr. Charnock violates his probation, I must as-
sume the court will exercise all due process of law and
remand this megalomaniac to prison for 10 years. I'm
sure he'll meet many like-thinking people at Raiford.
Tom Wright, Holmes Beach
No clue to art
As we all should know, there are many different
types of art. Different styles can be interpreted in many
I personally did not see any type of pornographic
message from Dr. Andre Renard's painting that was in
your paper. I also viewed the artwork at the Bistro and
found it to be wonderful and very intriguing. His style
is unique, and anyone who has any type of eye for art
I was appalled that some people could be so petty
and judgmental. This only showed me that these people
have no clue to or understanding of art.
Desiree Tymeson, Bradenton
Make the job safer
in Bradenton Beach
It is wonderful that the city of Bradenton Beach
now has a new garbage truck.
The bad news is damages are being done to this
new truck by overgrown trees. Scratches, broken lights
and endangerment to the collectors are some of the
I hope that the residents of Bradenton Beach who
currently have overgrown trees on the roadway or al-
leys would cut them back and make these guys' jobs a
little safer and easier.
Debbie Pinkley, Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria parking solutions
With regards to parking, I have been coming to
Anna Maria Island for more than 35 years. It seems that
every year it is a little harder to find parking areas near
Could a possible compromise agreement run some-
thing like this: allocate two or three parking spaces on
some of the streets near the beaches. These spaces
could be rotated if necessary, "Public Parking 8 a.m. to
8 p.m." or "Beach Parking 8 a.m. to 8 p.m."
I respect the rights of property owners, but if pub-
lic streets are paid for by taxes, some consideration
should be given to their use by the public.
Signed by an 80-year-old Minnesota non-resident
who rents for five months and would like to walk on
Bean Point once in a while. Beach renourishment partly
paid for by federal funds is another reason the beaches
should be available to the public.
R. Blanding, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 1, 1999 0 PAGE 7
ose were the davs
Part 7, Wartime Anna Maria: 1941-42
The first four months of the U-boat war of 1942
was a "turkey shoot" for Hitler. The score: Germans 40,
Americans 0. The U-boat skippers sank at least 40
freighters off our Atlantic coast while the six subs do-
ing all the damage went unscathed.
The U.S. Navy was unprepared to grapple with the
U-boat problem. What's more, top Navy brass, with
few exceptions, seemed to be heedless of the danger the
country was in.
Beginning in May, Hitler's brilliant submarine
warfare genius, Admiral Karl Donitz, began to move
his deadly undersea hunters into the Gulf of Mexico
and the Caribbean. His aim was to cut off the flow of
oil and other war materiel to Britain. '
The first sign of the Germans' activity in the Gulf
came on May 4 when the freighter Norlindo sank near
Key West. That month ships went down in the Gulf at
a rate of almost one a day, mostly near the mouth of the
By the end of June the score was Germans 147, the
U.S. incredibly still zilch.
It wasn't that there weren't those who itched to
take on Hitler's U-boat whizzes. Army Air Corps Chief
Hap Arnold was one. Fiorello LaGuardia,World War
I air ace and World War II national civilian defense
director, was another. They spurred the formation of
two civilian anti-submarine outfits: the Civil Air Patrol
and the Coastal Picket Patrol.
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) actually began opera-
tions the week before Pearl Harbor but saw little action.
The Navy couldn't see its way to use them until the
.... . -.. -, -
In the early days of 1942 planes of the Civil Air
Patrolflew out of Peter O. Knight Airport on
Tampa's Davis Islands to look for U-boats lurking in
situation got desperate.
When CAP was finally accepted as an auxiliary
to the Coast Guard it performed magnificently. From
daylight to dark CAP planes flew back and forth in
their little yellow one-engine aircraft patrolling the
shipping lanes, searching for enemy submarines,
rescuing survivors of the German attacks. The U-
boat captains made fun of the planes, calling them
"yellow bugs." But they were effective in doing
what needed to be done keeping the subs trapped
underwater where they could do little harm.
Tampa Bay's CAP unit was at first stationed at
Davis Islands and then at the new Sarasota-Bradenton
Army Air Base. CAP flyers rescued many a fledgling
MacDill Field pilot from the Gulf when his plane
conked out (as frequently happened).
One time a fleet of 35 planes flew in from Daytona
Beach to "attack" Tampa. The planes dropped several
thousand paper bombs on the city. They were filled
with flour, which must have made quite a mess.
CAP pilots also did target-towing over the Gulf, a
dangerous duty. The Army equipped the planes with
reels to wind and unwind the cables attached to the tar-
get sleeves, many of which were decorated with cari-
catures of Hitler and Tojo. It must have taken strong
nerves to keep the small planes steady on course while
fighters roared around them with guns blazing.
Ninety aircraft went down with 26 fatalities and
seven serious injuries. One hundred and twelve CAP
pilots were inducted into the "Duck Club" for surviv-
ing dunks in the drink. (Walt Disney designed the em-
blem for the so-called "Donald Duck Navy.")
The 75,000 or so CAP flyers 10 percent of them
women flew nearly 24 million air miles, sinking two
German submarines, saving vital war materials and an
untold number of lives before they were phased out in
The members of the Coastal Picket Patrol were
likewise a varied lot, ranging from wealthy socialites,
yacht club champs, businessmen, professors to deep-
sea charter captains, college boys, beach bums and ex-
rum-runners from Prohibition days.
They used all sorts of vessels, both power boats
and sailing craft, from elegant to awful, to do the rug-
ged work. But there was a certain panache to being in
what they called "the Hooligan Navy." Novelist Ernest
Hemingway and super-wealthy Vincent Astor were
among their number.
Historian Samuel Eliot Morison said of them: "The
Coastal Picket Patrol is another of those things which
should have been prepared before the war came to
America. More of the Dunkirk spirit, 'throw everything
you have,' would not have been amiss."'
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Turtle hatch over, not arguments
By Jim Hanson
Holmes Beach is going to have to be more turtle-
friendly next incubation season or face heavy penalties,
says Suzi Fox, who holds the sea turtle preservation
permit for Anna Maria Island.
Holmes Beach is already turtle-friendly and has
responded quickly and positively to every Turtle Watch
request, says Mayor Carol Whitmore.
Fox said the other two Island cities, Anna Maria
and Bradenton Beach, did very well during the hatch-
ing season just concluded. Holmes Beach, however,
never cited anyone despite many lighting violations.
Turtle hatchlings instinctively go from the dark-
ness of their nest on the beach to the twinkle of light on
the water, so lights visible inland lure them to their
death, primarily from dehydration but also from car
tires in roads and parking lots.
She said Turtle Watch, which patrols the beach and
cares for turtles during the hatching season, can only
tell people their lights are a problem and it's up to the
cities' code enforcement officers to cite violators.
"Holmes Beach doesn't do it, it just lets people break
the law," she charged.
Whitmore denied that, saying Code Enforcement
Officer Walter Wunderlich and Police Chief Jay
Romine work with Turtle Watch all season long, re-
sponding to every problem.
Wunderlich said he understood Turtle Watchers'
plight and sympathized, and that he had gotten resorts
to turn off offending lights and Florida Power & Light
to handle street light problems every time an issue was
identified by the turtles' protectors. "I thought every-
thing was going along fine," he said ruefully.
Fox said her aim next year is to "help code enforce-
ment people recognize problems" early on and act upon
Bradenton Beach was "unbelievable" this season,
she said. 'They made their own system and their own
enforcement procedures, and walked the beach every
night." Anna Maria City people did a good job too, she
said, and had few problems.
Most problems up and down the beach involved
street lights, she said, and they led to overwork among
Turtle Watch volunteers.
"Of 243 nests on the Island, we had to cage 114,"
that is, erect cages to contain hatchlings until volunteers
could guide them to water away from the onshore
"That's far too many," she said. "It takes about 45
hours work to set up a cage and keep watch over it for
15 days, and that times 114 divided among only 24
permitted people ... well, it left us all just exhausted.
"The up side is that from those caged nests, 9,989
hatchlings survived, so you could say we saved nearly
10,000 turtle lives this year," Fox said.
While visiting the annual Art and Craft Show in
Holmes Beach this weekend, take a walk across the
street this year and visit Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
for an artists' showing.
The funeral home is undergoing a complete
makeover, which includes brightening the chapel
and plans for a large mural to be painted on the out-
side of the building.
A large part of the home's transformation includes the
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Islanders and visitors joined together to ring in
the holiday season in Bradenton Beach during the
third annual Christmas Prelude on Bridge Street
The event drew upwards of 5,000 people, or-
ganizers said, all of whom joined in singing carols
and sharing the holiday spirit.
Organizers Lea Ann Bessonette, John Chappie
and Emily Anne Smith also handed out prizes for
winners in the holiday lighting contest.
Commercial winners were a tie between the
Sports Lounge and the Drift In, both on Bridge Street.
Second-place awards were also a tie between Bridge
Street businesses Bridge Wear and Chapae Boutique.
Residential awards went to the Williams and Lisk
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 1, 1999 0 PAGE 9
Cities pursue contracts for disaster recovery aid
By Pat Copeland
If a major hurricane ever turns the Island's build-
ings into rubble, the cities are responsible for cleaning
up and carting off the debris.
That's why both Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria
are pursuing contracts with Grubbs Construction Com-
pany for disaster recovery services. Longboat Key has
already signed a contract with Grubbs.
Don Madio, representing Grubbs' emergency ser-
vices division, highlighted the company's services at a
meeting of Island elected officials
"We specialize in disaster relief, providing both
technical support and' the actual debris removal,"
Madio explained. "We've been in this business since
shortly after Hurricane Andrew. We're pioneers in the
business of the pre-event contract."
Madio said the contract includes getting reimburse-
ment for debris removal expenses by working closely
with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Island officials who are concerned about compet-
ing for the company's services in the event of a wide-
spread disaster should rest easy, Madio said. The com-
pany owns its own equipment and recently worked 21
jobs, stretching from Key West to Virginia, in 70 days.
"Our priorities are onr contracts," Madio said. "It's
like an insurance policy. If you need us, you issue the
notice to proceed and direct us to your highest priori-
ties. We cannot take away your sovereign duty."
The company's technical support team comes to
the city prior to the event to get all the federal forms in
order. All forms have been approved by FEMA and
other federal government agencies.
"This is a relationship we're building," Madio
said. "We'll be with you every step of the way -
prior to the disaster, during the disaster, until the last
stick is picked up and afterwards during the auditing
process. Everything is documented to provide a de-
tailed audit trail."
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney said
he spoke with officials in other cities who had experi-
ence with Grubbs and they were very pleased. In addi-
tion, Key West officials said they received 97 percent
reimbursement for their city's expenses within 90 days.
Lt. John Cosby of the Bradenton Beach Police
Department said the cleanup will be much smoother if
all four cities use the same company.
"When their equipment is here, they're here,"
Cosby noted. "We'll all be getting the service and we'll
be getting more of a commitment from them."
Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said
the town was very pleased with Grubbs' performance
during a recent "oil spill."
"We were in the process of signing their contract
when we got a call that there was an oil spill," St. Denis
explained. "We called Grubbs and within 18 minutes
there was a helicopter in the air and the crew found the
spot. They dropped their expert off at the rec center and
we picked-him up and took him to the site. He identi-
fied it as an algae bloom."
Anna Maria election race is off and running
By Susan K. Kesselring
The face of the Anna Maria city commission will
change in 2000, but who's up to the challenge? Of the
five seats, four are up for grabs the mayor's seat and
three commission seats and though qualifying
hasn't officially begun, two people have already turned
in the necessary forms to open a campaign account.
It's a sign of what's to come. Word on the street has
it that more people are expected to run in the upcoming
election than of any previous election in the city.
In elections held since 1972, the biggest race was
in 1982-when nine people sought office.
Those interested in running in the Feb. 8 election
have to meet certain criteria to qualify.
Each candidate must be a citizen of the United
States, a registered voter and a resident of the City of
Anna Maria for a period of six months prior to quali-
fying for office.
The mayor's job pays $9,600 per year and commis-
sioners earn $4,800 annually.
<-.Candidates will have two weeks to qualify beginning
at noon Tuesday, Dec. 7, until noon Tuesday, Dec. 21.
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collecting 10 petition signatures of voters residing in
the city, or by filing an Undue Burden Oath, which
eliminates the fee, and collecting signatures.
Presently there are 1,595 registered voters in Anna
Maria. Those not registered must do so by Jan. 10 in
order to vote in the upcoming election.
SAnna Maria City Clerk Laura Vogel said two
people have returned election packets to city hall. They
are Dale Woodland, who is running for commissioner,
and Gary Deffenbaugh, a candidate for mayor.
The terms of Mayor Chuck Shumard, Commis-
sioners Max Znika and Robert McElheny will expire
Feb. 22. Shumard and Znika have declared they intend
to seek re-election. McElheny says he will not seek an-
other term. McElheny has served the voters since 1996.
Commissioner George McKay has resigned as
commissioner to seek the mayor's job. Because he has
one year left in his present term, the third highest vote
getter among the commission candidates will serve out
the one year remaining in his term. The two top vote-
getters will each serve a two-year term.
A candidate forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2.
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magician and above all Santa Claus will herald the fes-
tive season at the sixth annual Holiday Open House
from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.
The celebration kicking off the Christmas season
centers at the Island Shopping Center, Gulf and Marina
Drives in Holmes Beach, and spreads to neighboring
businesses throughout the city's business district. Busi-
nesses and galleries will present open house all
throughout the area, with entertainment and refresh-
ments, in addition to center events.
Scheduled at the family-type celebration will be:
Strolling carolers from Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church and the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
Magic and comedy by John Waltz.
For the fourth year, the Manatee High School
Chamber Orchestra will be sponsored by The Islander.
The orchestra students will be treated to a pizza party
by the newspaper and commence their concert at 5:30
p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the office. New this
year, the chamber orchestra will accept donations to
defray the cost of a celebration 2000 performance in
April at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Anna Maria Orchestra's String Quartet and
flautist Graciela Guiles will perform throughout the
Guild plans sidewalk art show
Saturday in Holmes Beach
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will have
a sidewalk art show and gallery open house at the Is-
land Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
The show will feature Island and other local artists.
There will be refreshments in the gallery. Details may
be obtained at 778-6694.
Learn a new hobby
An art demonstration featuring hand-loomed bead-
ing by Irene Murphy and print making by Cecy
Richardson will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 4 at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, contact Reda
Reynolds at 747-2938.
Dance exercise class
starts at Center
A dance exercise class will convene Tuesdays at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center for "ener-
getic adults who always had a yen to move and groove,
or perhaps pirouette and pli6."
Leader is Darlene Friedrich, who said she plans
jazz, ballet, fun and "a whole lot of stretching" at
classes from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Further information
is available at 779-1108 or 792-0750.
Drummers start own circle
at Manatee Beach
Drum circle enthusiasts who have tired of driv-
ing to Siesta Key beach every Sunday to ply their ob-
session, are starting their own family-based drum-
beating on the public beach at the foot of Manatee
They gather an hour before sunset each Sunday,
bringing bongos or other drums or percussion instru-
ments plus a beach chair or blanket, and the group is
growing, said one enthusiast, Joan Voyles. She invited
others interested to join the circle, or call her for infor-
mation at 778-1788.
Santa Claus is coming to
Island Branch Library
Children won't want to miss the delightful display
of more than 100 Santas showcased at the library this
month. Santa Collectibles by Janet Fittro is a collection
of "old-world" varieties of Santas made from wood,
coal, porcelain, papier-mach6, cast iron, shell, blown
glass and fabric.
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
For more information call 778-6341.
Sean Murphy was surprised to open the front door at
his Bistro at Island's End especially since the
door is new, a gift from the staff for his birthday and
the one-year anniversary of the restaurant. The
stained-glass portdl is the creation of Island artist
Sissy Quinn. Islander Photo:. Bonner Futch
Gulf Coast Writers group
meets Monday at library
The Gulf Coast Writers organization has scheduled
a meeting at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Officers for the year 2000 will be elected, and
members will present readings. Information may be
obtained at 761-9036,
Key Royale Association
to elect officers
Officers of the Key Royale Resident Owners
Association will be elected at the association's semi-
annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6,
at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive,
AARP seeking volunteers
to help taxpayers
The American Association of Retired Persons is
signing up volunteers to help taxpayers complete their
forms next year through the Tax-Aide program. Train-
ing from the Internal Revenue Service will begin Jan.
4. Details may be obtained at 727-7553.
The more the merrier
The Whitney Beach Merchants Association will hold
its annual Holiday Walk About and Open House from 5
to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Whitney Beach Plaza,
6800 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Sponsoring stores will open their doors to friends,
neighbors and visitors for an evening of holiday cheer
featuring music, refreshments, gift specials and a visit
from Santa Claus.
For further information, call 387-9519.
1,000-pound holiday gifts
A bargain gift for those who have everything is
offered this year by the Save the Manatee Club -
The club advises that under its unique adoption
program, prospective "parents" will get an adoption
certificate for a manatee, photo and biography of their
adoptee, membership handbook and holiday gift card,
all for the club's $20 annual membership fee.
The program is the primary funding source for the
club. Three adoption programs are located in Florida,
including one in the Tampa Bay area. Details are avail-
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Islanders and visitors found great bargains at the Nov. 13 yard sale held by the Roser Church Mission
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Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
This pelican by artist Ernest C. Simmons adorns the
1999 holiday gkeetirig card of the Pelican Man's
Bird Sanctuary. Other holiday suggestions there are
gifts such as "Hannah Mae, the Little Pelican of
Sarasota Bay" child's book by Gladys Dortma, gift
memberships and special recognition symbols at the
sanctuary, and, after Dec. 1, poinsettias. The sanctu-
arv is at 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., on City Island
just off the southern ramp of the New Pass bridge.
Red tide unit honors 3 at meeting
Three area luminaries were honored and Chairman
Ed Chiles noted START's progress when the organi-
zation met at the Longboat Key Holiday Inn.
Solutions to Avoid Red Tide is a citizen's group
concerned with means of mitigating red tide's effects,
noted Chiles, Anna Maria Island restaurateur.
State Sen. Lisa Carlton and Rep. Rudolph Bradley
received START's gratitude at the meeting for their
legislation that funded red tide research.
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, executive director of Mote
Marine Laboratory, was honored for his leadership in
developing a strong algae bloom research team involv-
ing Mote, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and
Historical museum offers
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum has
taken delivery of the organization's 1999 Christmas
cards and has them on sale at the museum, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria City.
Featured is an original picture taken in 1920 of a
couple on the beach, which became the logo of the soci-
ety. Packets of 10 cards and envelopes sell for $7.42.
The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details may
be obtained at 778-0492.
Featured speaker 'up a tree'
Dr. Margaret Lowman, director of research and
conservation at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will
speak at the Island Branch Library at 3 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 14. It's the third of the 1999-00 Program Series
sponsored by the Friends of the Island Branch Library,
Lowman's book, "Life in the Treetops," was featured
on the cover of the Aug. 8 edition of The New York Times
Book Review where it received a favorable review. The
program is free and open to the first 75 people who reg-
ister. Tickets are available two weeks prior to the program
at the library's circulation desk. The library is located at
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For information, call
Matthew S. Dziagwa
Matthew S. Dziagwa, 80, of Anna Maria, died
Nov. 28 at home.
A service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at St.Bernards
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island chapel is in charge
Born in Chicago, Ill., Mr. Dziagwa move to Mana-
tee County from Des Plaines, Ill., in 1980. He worked
as a quality -control technician for Klein Tools. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was
a life member of D.A.V. No. 18, American Legion, No.
24, VFW No. 8199.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; two sons,
James M. of Addison, Ill., and David W. of Prospect
Heights, Ill.; three daughters, Helen Krupa of
Schaumberg, Ill., Gladys Kaczkos of Northbrook, Ill.,
and Bernice Tyrpak of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Walter
J. Dziagwa of Chicago; six grandchildren and six great-
Mary Wardrope, 85, of Moncton and Bradenton
Beach, died at Moncton Hospital Nov. 25.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Mrs. Wardrope was the
daughter of the late Jona and Elizabeth Ross.
There will be no visiting hours or funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Friends of
the Moncton Hospital, (Geriatric Unit).
She is survived by two sons, Jack Ross Halcovitch
of Bradenton Beach; William Wardrope of Glendale,
Ariz.:; a sister, Grace Lilliman of Grimsby, Ont.; five
grandchildren andsix great-grandchildren.
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want relief with
By Susan K. Kesselring '
Islander Reporter 4
An impasse in the City of Anna Maria could be .'
broken if the city hurries to catch the train. '
Recently the commission voted against changing Y "-
its alcohol ordinance, a change which would have al- .
lowed Ato Kelly, owner of Ato's Restaurant, and Ed -
Spring of Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant to sell beer
and wine in their establishments.
Throughout the year-long stalemate, Commis-
sioner George McKay called for a referendum and re-
cently Commissioner Doug Wolfe said, "If the people
vote in favor, we'd be obliged to change the ordi-
Time is of the essence for the owners and residents '
seeking relief. Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat said normally he requires municipalities A M s s f
give him 90 days advance notice of a referendum. Anna Ma a stockpiling sand for rainy day
He said three months gives his office time to pre- Anna Maria resident Elnora Worth observes the abundant sand piles at Bayfront Park. Sand, approximately
pare and the city time to advertise and hold public hear- 4,000 cubic yards, from the Bimini Bay dredging project is scattered throughout Anna Maria. Some is at the
ings. northern end of Bayfront Park and some is along the city pier on South Bay Boulevard. Phil Charnock, Anna
The Anna Maria election is Feb. 8, 68 days away. Maria's public works director, says he hopes the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will permni
Sweat said the city would be under a time crunch with locating the sand on the beach. He said he didn't have much success the first time out because regulatory
preparation for a referendum, but he didn't rule it out. agencies determined from samples that the sand was incompatible with the beach. The ongoing project began
At a Nov. 23 commission meeting, resident Steve in September and was expected to take only two weeks. Much of the dredged sand went to the Manatee County
Barnes reminded the commission the majority of landfill, but Charnock said he was directed to alter that plan after residents expressed a desire to keep it in th4
people want action taken on this matter.city. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
A referendum would be a means to resolve this
issue, Barnes said. Off-Stage Ladies meet at Bradenton Yacht Club Dec. 8
Mayor Chuck Shumard said the commission hasn't The Early American Music Society of Palmetto.
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By Paul Roat
What a difference a few percentage poi-nts
Officials in Bradenton Beach learned that les-
son last week when faced with how and where to
invest $500,000, the endowment left the city by
Beulah Hooks Hannah Tingley upon her death in
1986 and earmarked for the library that today
bears her name.
After more than a year of deliberations, city
commissioners and library board members had
agreed to invest the funds in the Florida League
of Cities Intermediate Fund. However, the rate of
return plummeted between the decision and the
action of moving the money into the account.,
Library Board Chair John Sandberg offered a
suggestion to the commission: invest in a certificate
of deposit through a local bank and the interest rate
will be higher than through the League of Cities. A
lot higher the library will reap an additional
$7,350 annually from the higher rate of return.
Total interest from the CD at American Bank
is $31,350 per year, with a 6.27 percent interest
rate. The League of Cities interest would be 4.8
The interest is used to pay the salary of part-
time library clerk Carol Sandidge, plus overhead
and upkeep of the Second Street library.
The funds had previously been in a U.S. Trea-
sury five-year note, which paid about seven per-
cent interest annually. That investment market
dropped its rates to about 5.9 percent, though, and
the CD was judged the best source of investment
for the endowment funds.
The endowment may only be used for library
operations. The funds are under the joint control
of the city and the library board of directors.
Another account, under the control of the library
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Holmes Beach park board
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By Pat Copeland
After a summer of vacationing members and
stalled plans, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beauti-
fication Board is back on track.
The board recently discussed pursuing a high-
way beautification grant from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation to beautify the city's traffic
islands. It is the same grant the group successfully
pursued to help fund the Gateway to Holmes Beach
"It's a 50 percent grant," Public Works Super-
visor Joe Duennes said. "We need to have plan and
a cost before pursuing the application. The applica-
tion is due Feb. 1."
Chairman Jim Gloth said the grant could be
used to provide irrigation to the traffic islands.
Last year the group promoted a program for
residents to adopt, plant and maintain the islands.
However, the lack of irrigation and the cost of in-
stalling meters at $1,800 per island has been a de-
Duennes said there are about nine islands re-
maining to be adopted and the total cost for irriga-
tion would be about $16,000.
"I have two people who are willing to adopt
islands but won't do it without water," Gloth noted.
Commissioner Roger Lutz, liason to the com-
mittee, suggested the city use the DOT's portion of
the grant to provide irrigation, the city's portion to
plant the islands and residents to adopt them.
We're nuts for
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Duennes said DOT officials will expect the city
to hire a landscape architect to design the islands
and there's no money budgeted for that. He said the
design cost for the Gateway project was $6,000.
"We'll have to depict every triangle and exactly
what goes where," Duennes said. "The DOT wants
a professional job and wants to be guaranteed that
it will be done right or it won't put forth the money.
That's the problem with residents adopting islands.
It will be a helter-skelter thing that the DOT won't
buy into and on the other side, residents won't want
to plant by prescription."
Lutz suggested the board survey and rank the
islands. Duennes said the board could develop a
three-year project to complete three islands per
year, then pursue a grant.
"The city could design and maintain the islands
and the adopters could pay for plants and get their
names on the plaques," Duennes said.
"I don't want to leave the islands the way they
are for two years while we're waiting to hear
whether or not we're going to get a grant, then wait
another two years to get the money," Lutz said.
Donna Toner suggested that a couple of board
members visit each island and see how they can be
improved immediately and report back at the next
In other business Gloth said the Anna Maria Is-
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drives from 52nd Street to Haley's Motel. The offer
was later approved by the city commission.
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standing in for Joe Vona) in the Island Players
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Rookery telescope in store for old Cortez dock?
By Jim Hanson
A telescope for viewing the huge rookery on
Kitchen Key, just off Cortez, may be in the future for
the old dock at the foot of 123rd Street.
Rehabilitation of the old dock is high on the wish
Hail the soon-to-be-new chief
Bradenton Beach mayor-elect Gail Cole celebrated with friends and supporters of his campaign at the Moose
Lodge. He, along with Commissioners Dawn Baker, Bill Arnold and Berneitta Kays, will be sworn in follow-
ing a reception for outgoing Mayor Connie Drescher on Dec. 13. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland
list of Cortez Waterfronts Florida, formed recently and
now settling in for the long haul toward assuring that
Cortez will remain Cortez.
The organization has applied for a $10,000 state
grant to restore the old village firehouse so it may be
used for the famed Cortez fish fries, for community
events, and probably to house an office for Waterfronts
manager Janet Hoffman.
The vice chairman of the group, Thomas "Blue"
Fulford, has suggested that the dock and the area
around it be cleaned up and outfitted with tables and
benches so visitors may picnic there in the shade along
But the big attraction could well turn out to be
a telescope, which Fulford proposes to install on the
The location is just across the water from Kitchen
Key, a quarter to half mile out into the bay. The scope
would give people a close-up intimate view of the birds
that live there.
Fulford said the islet is held to be one of the big-
gest pelican nesting sites in the state. It is, in addition,
a very large rookery for such seabirds as curlews,
egrets, frigates and blue herons.
Such a development hinges on a further funds
pending from a state coastal grant. It would be for
$25,000 and would have to go to a specific project, said
Waterfronts manager Hoffman.
Whether the dock/telescope project will be the one
desired for development is up to Cortez Waterfronts
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Board: motel owner can keep unit but not rent it
By Pat Copeland
Perhaps displaying the wisdom of Solomon, the
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board came up with
a palatable compromise in its toughest case to date.
The case of the Aquarius Beach Resort, 105: 39th
St., began more than a year ago when owner John Pace
appealed to the city commission to be allowed to le-
gally continue to rent an 11th unit at his resort. The city
maintained that the rental was an illegal use.
The code board found Pace in violation and ruled
that the unit cannot be legally rented, but Pace may
keep it as an owner/manager residence.
The issue has it roots in 1981 when a previous
owner added the 11th unit. However, the city commis-
sion ruled at the time that the unit was not to be used
as a motel room. It was allowed as a model for time-
share unit sales and then it was to be converted into a
Pace and several previous owners have lived in the
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case to go to the code enforcement board.
Code Enforcement Officer Walter Wunderlich
explained to the board that Pace was cited for violat-
ing the density provisions of the land development
code. The density in the R-4 district where the motel
is located is 10 units per acre.
Pace presents case
Pace explained the background of the case to board
members and noted, "This area is the most commercial
parcel of real estate that exists on this Island. We are com-
pliant with every rule and regulation. In the 18 years the
unit existed, nothing has been changed. I've been honest
and consistent and I've run a legitimate business."
Pace said for the past year the city commission has
led him to believe that the issue would be resolved and
as a result, he has booked the unit through the season.
"This unit represents $30,000 a year in revenue to
me," he said. "It would have a catastrophic effect on
my financial status [to lose that]. It would be fair and
just to see that this should be permissible."
Pace's attorney William Merrill made three main
points in his legal argument.
"The first is an issue of gross density," Merrill said.
"Under the land development regulations, hotel and
motel units are not governed by the residential density
definitions and regulations. Hotel/motel units are lodg-
ing units, not dwelling units."
Hotels and motels are considered non-conforming
uses in the R-4 district, which allows for multi-family
dwellings. If hotels and motels were considered resi-
dential, they would be permitted uses, Merrill said.
However, they are commercial uses; therefore, the den-
sity limitations do not apply.
Merrill also cited a 1993 letter to the commission
from Petruff that stated, "Please be advised that it is my
opinion that hotel/motel units are not synonymous with
According to Merrill's second point, the 11th unit
is a permitted use in the resort housing overlay district.
He said the overlay district provides for resort housing
dwelling units as permitted uses and sets forth no den-
sity caps with regard to these units.
Merrill's third point was that the Aquarius Beach
resort is a legal non-conforming use and the 11th unit
is a legal expansion of a non-conformity. Because the
motel was constructed long before the land develop-
ment code was passed, it is a legal non-conformity, he
The next three points were constitutional issues.
The board's attorney Jim Dye said the board could not
rule on those, because it would violate separation of
City attorney responds
Attorney William Lisch, representing Wunderlich,
said that Herman Borstelmann, the motel's owner in
1981, received permission from the city council to
build the I Ith unit.
"At the time, the city's zoning committee was con-
cerned about 11 units and said it would recommend
approval if there were never more than 10 living units,"
Lisch said. "Mr. Borstelmann agreed to it, then the
story is that he began quietly started renting out the 10
units. The city had no way of knowing."
He said the present city commissioners considered
passing an ordinance to legalize the unit, but declined
because they felt it might create a precedent.
Lisch then responded to Merrill's three points:
"It was a policy decision of the city commission
that there is no distinction between a residential dwell-
ing unit and a lodging unit," Lisch said.
He said the unit cannot be a legal non-conforming
use because it was never approved as a living unit. A
unit that was never considered legal cannot be
grandfathered or granted non-conforming status.
With regard to the R-4 overlay issue, Lisch said the
unit does not meet the regulations in the ordinance. In
order to qualify as resort housing, the unit must have
been available for rent for time periods of less than
seven consecutive days prior to June 30, 1992. This
unit was not.
"Mr. Pace has been aware of this matter since last
year," Lisch said. "He should not complain that he's
taken reservations and has no place to put the people.
This board is here to decide if there is a violation and
if so, what to do about it."
Pace pointed out that someone has lived in the unit
steadily for 18 years or 6,570 days.
"That's a profound number of days to accumulate
before saying, 'Poof! Sorry you can't have this any
more,'" Pace noted. "The purpose of law is to serve
justice. When any sound mind puts himself in this po-
sition, he would see clearly that this is just."
Merrill said he would not concede that the unit was
"This city has indicated that it approved for
Borstelmann to live there, but once he sold off the time
shares, he had to quit occupying that unit," Merrill said.
"That condition subsequent never occurred, so the con-
version never occurred. Therefore, it was a legal unit
from the outset."
As far as the policy issue of whether lodging units are
the same as dwelling units for density purposes, Merrill
said that policy was determined by the 1983 city council
but never ruled on by the present city commission.
Board faces dilemma
"This is the first time in my experience that we are
being asked to interpret the code," Chairman Chuck
Stealey pointed out. "In most cases we can make a fac-
tual decision on the evidence presented as to whether
or not there was violation."
He said the board heard two interpretations of the
code one from the city and one from Merrill. He
asked if the board has the authority to consider a dif-
ferent interpretation from the city's.
"You are a free-standing body, that's why deci-
sions of this body go directly to circuit court for ap-
peal," Dye replied. "Interpretation falls squarely into
the authority you have."
Member Joe Bracken said the board is being put in
a position of trying to solve a problem that the city and
planning commissions could not solve.
"Merrill makes a very compelling case but there
are fundamental issues of density and this is where I'm
having a big problem," Bracken said.
Stealey said he is concerned about setting a prece-
dent but Merrill said it is not appropriate for the board
to consider that issue.
"Mr. Merrill is correct," Dye replied. "You need to
decide this case and let the chips fall where they may.
There's an elected body to take care of bigger policy
Dye said the board should consider three points:
Is the board clear on the factual background and
Is the property in violation of city code as it ex-
Do any issues that were raised by Merrill excuse
Merrill added that the board should not consider
the city or planning commission's rulings in the case.
Stealey said the motel is in a residential zoning
district and must abide by the requirements of the dis-
trict, but he didn't think the board should get into the
argument of dwelling versus lodging units.
"The fact is that you have only turned the unit into
a rental unit within the past year, member Don
Schroder said. "Prior to that you were within the 10
units the city said you could maintain, so I feel the
decision that you made put you in violation. The board
has only one choice to find you in violation because
you are in a residential district."
The others agreed.
After the board members found Pace in violation,
they ruled that he may continue to rent the unit for 90
days to have time to take care of his obligations. They
further ruled that if Pace fails to come into compliance,
the fine will be $100 per day between 91 and 120 days
and $200 per day after that.
Lisch later notified the mayor and city commis-
sioners that the city has the right to appeal the decision
in circuit court.
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Islander Brick Barlow reaches for stars
By David Futch
Not since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon has
another astronaut been blessed with an All-American
name befitting hero status.
That is until fledgling sky pilot Brick Barlow of
Anna Maria came along.
You can almost hear it: "Commander Brick
Barlow calling mission control. Come in mission
"Permission to land on Mars, Commander
It could happen.
Barlow of Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade class at Anna
Maria Elementary spent almost a week of his summer
at U.S. Space Camp in Titusville.
Space Camp was started in 1965 by the state of
Alabama, empowered by the U.S. Congress and is sup-
ported by NASA.
Barlow's most important assignment put him in the
captain's seat of the space shuttle simulator.
"I helped fly it and made sure everyone was safe.
I was the one with the joystick and throttle for the two-
hour flight," Barlow said. "We had to take off, release
a satellite, dock with a space station and land."
Pretty heady stuff for a 10-year-old.
But the best part was the anti-gravity wall, where
"they strap you to a chair and there are weights in front
of you and several bars like a ladder and as you pull on
one you go to the top. You're not going fast. You just
feel like you're drifting up, or floating."
Or, how about the multi-axis trainer that spins you
in three directions at once. Or the anti-gravity chair
where you can jump as high as you want.
More than 400 children from around the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico attended the Space Camp with the
ultimate in theme-park rides. Space Mountain has noth-
ing on this place.
It also costs a lot more. It's $635 for tuition or $700
if you opt for a NASA uniform.
"I didn't get much for Christmas last year. That
was part of the deal for getting to go," Barlow said.
"I'm interested in space and becoming a pilot. They
told me I'd have to work hard in school to become
an astronaut. They told me I'd have to become good
in science and math. I'm really good at science.
Math's another thing."
Next summer, Barlow plans to attend Aviation
Challenge in Alabama where they'll teach him the ins
and outs of becoming an F-15 fighter pilot.
"You know," Barlow said, "things like escape and
evasion, survival, jet simulators."
Oh, yeah. The normal stuff.
So what was the bad part of Space Camp besides
"We got to taste space food," Barlow said. "Little
cubes of ice cream and carrots and peas. Awful stuff."
Any way you slice it, a 10-year-old boy doesn't like
peas and carrots no matter what shape they come in.
Unless he's going to another planet.
Capt. Barlow, if
U.S. Space Camp
prepare the space
at the camp's
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Carlin and Romberger wed
Heather Colleen Carlin and William Harold
Frederick James Romberger, both of Bradenton
Beach, were married Oct. 2 at Saints Peter and Paul
Catholic Church. The Rev. Edward Moretti offici-
ated. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Rose-
mary Carlin of Olney, Md. The groom is the son of
David and Shirley Romberger of Holmes Beach. The
maid of honor was Melissa Carlin of Olney, Md.,
sister to the bride. Bridesmaids were Christie Nylen
of Avon, Colo., Erika Zorr of Gaithersburg, Md.,
Meredith Byerly of Charleston, S.C., Trish O'Neill of
Knoxville, Tenn., and Amy Clanton of Savannah, Ga.
Ring bearer was Shea Sullivan of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Best man was David Romberger of Portsmouth, R.I.,
brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Tom
Creegan of Baltimore, Md., Kevin Raymer of Char-
lotte, N.C., Chad Rassette of Raleigh, N.C., and
Jason Osborne of New York, N.Y. A reception was
held at the Tropic Isle Inn, Bradenton Beach. The
couple honeymooned in Barbados. They live in
Sherry Chapman Grizzel celebrated her 50th
birthday at a Latin-style fiesta arranged by her
husband Ralph in the Hartseld National Country
Club in Hockessin, Del. She was reared in Colom-
bia, Puerto Rico and Anna Maria Island. Her
grandparents Paul and Norene Carlisle operated
the Anna Maria Motel in the 1950s, Paul Carlisle
being mayor of Holmes Beach 1952-54. Her
mother, Margaret Carlisle Chapman, took over
the motel from 1982 to 1989 and currently lives in
Anna Maria City and volunteers at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Sherry
attended Island Elementary School.
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Antique Road Show brings out a crowd
Last week's Antique Road Show sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society was a huge success with a fill house at Anna Maria City Hall. Guest
speaker Julie McClure appraised more than 70 antiques brought by Island
residents and charmed the audience with her knowledge and humor. This beauti-
ful quilt, circa 1823, brought oohs and aahsfrom the crowd as it was unfolded.
McClure said it's an example of an album quilt with squares similar to pages in a
photo album and is from the Baltimore, Md., area. She said the quilt could be
worth as much as $5,000 to $10,000. She cautioned people with heirloom quilts
not to store them near wood or in plastic, but to roll or fold them in clean cotton
sheets. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
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Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteers were treated to a coffee held
recently at the Anna Maria Island Museum. The annual event is to show the
society's appreciation for the volunteers' many hours of service in the museum, at
events sponsored by the society and by baking Early Settler's bread offered for
sale in the museum each Wednesday. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
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Please pass the ketchup in this learning lesson
By Susan K. Kesselring
Many kids are used to being served food and drinks,
but how many have had the opportunity to do the serving?
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Giving students this other perspective is the reason
Anna Maria Elementary School and the Sandbar Res-
taurant have joined hands at the table. The idea was
first introduced four years ago by second-grade teacher
This school year students in the second through
fifth grades will have an opportunity to experience first
hand the satisfaction one gets from preparing food and
being gracious waiters, waitresses, hosts and hostesses.
During a recent field trip to the Sandbar Restau-
rant, Karen Paul's third grade class was greeted by their
chief host. Gary Wooten. Wooten has worked 10 years
at the restaurant, the last four as its general manager.
He said he is very impressed with the students, in
that they're well behaved and really seem to enjoy
learning about the intricacies of the restaurant industry.
This may or may not have anything to do with the
free lunch Wooten treats them to, the menu consisting
of a choice of soft drink, hot dog or hamburger, French
fries and Italian Ice for dessert.
Of course, they have to work for that lunch. Stu-
dents first enter the kitchen area where they learn the
skill of filleting an amberjack and where important life
long habits such as cleanliness is taught.
Students then learn Martha Stewart cooking tech-
niques of how to make food look appealing and festive.
To accomplish this, Wooten shows them how to pierce
small squares of cut up green melon and strawberries
with toothpicks and attach the fruit to a whole skinned
pineapple. Stewart would be proud.
The pineapple becomes the centerpiece for the
table and students learn the proper placement of uten-
sils; forks on left, knife and spoon on right.
After table etiquette is digested, students take turns
wearing the Sandbar uniform, in this case a polo-shirt,
and wait on their classmates.
Though they learn the importance of table manners
early on at home, its importance is reiterated by
Wooten who politely reminds them to say please and
thank you. They also learn about not eating with their
mouths open, which means they have to keep quiet
while chewing a difficult task for some of them.
With the dexterity of a seasoned waiter, Ryan Guerin
delivers a drink order to his classmates' table during
a recent field trip to the Sandbar Restaurant. Mom,
Lori Guerin, is trying to help. The restaurant is
teaming up with the Anna Maria Elementary School
to provide students with hands-on education in the
food service industry.
Wooten visits students in their classrooms before
they visit the restaurant where he teaches them about
the hiring process, such as how to fill out an applica-
tion and how to conduct themselves in an interview.
It's obvious Wooten enjoys the children as much
as they enjoy him. Wooten has fun with them and in
turn the students discover an appreciation and respect
for the people who work in the restaurant business.
The Chiles restaurant group, including the Sand-
bar, is being recognized by the Manatee County School
Board as one of its State Business Partners of the Year.
They'll receive an award at a special event in Orlando
next year. Wooten said its quite an honor because only
two businesses per county are chosen each year.
These students may be adept and agile on the base-
ball or soccer field, but watching them balance a tray
of drinks is food for the soul.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 19, petty theft, criminal mischief, 100 Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier. An unknown person re-
moved a fan valued at $20, a flood light valued.at $2, an
exit sign valued at $30, a speaker valued at $30, a speaker
mount valued at $2, three signs valued at $20, a picture
valued at $30 and the hand set from the pay phone. The
door was also broken, said the report. Damages were $70.
Nov. 21, harassing phone calls, 100 Spring Ave.,
Sandbar restaurant. Employees reported receiving ha-
rassing phone calls.
Nov. 22, fall information, 100 Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria City Pier. The victim reported she was walking
from the pier and stubbed her toe on the raised asphalt
portion of the walkway where the pier meets land. The
victim suffered an abrasion on her right leg, bruises on
her right arm and a bump on her temple and her glasses
were scratched, said the report.
No reports available.
*Nov. 19, animal, 100 block of 48th Street. The com-
plainant reported a loose dog and the officer took it to the
police department where the owner responded to retrieve
Nov. 20, disabled vehicle, 4300 block of Gulf
Drive. The subject's vehicle was disabled and the of-
ficer transported him home.
Nov. 20, battery, 3212 East Bay Drive, Marco
Polo Ice Cream. The victim reported he owed the sub-
ject money and went to the subject's place of employ-
ment to pay the debt. The victim said the subject be-
came angry, claiming the debt was considerably more,
and pushed him down, hit and kicked him in the head
and ripped out his hair.
The victim refused medical attention. The officer
noted that the victim had been drinking and advised him
to come to the police department later to sign an affida-
Nov. 21, noise, 500 block of 56th Street. The
complainant reported loud noise and the officer advised
a subject having a party to tone it down.
Nov. 21, occupied burglary with assault, aggra-
vated assault, 3600 block of Gulf Drive. The victim
reported the suspect was looking for her roommate and
kicked in the door, made threats, ripped the phone out
of the wall and threw a chair at her before leaving.
The officer spoke to the suspect who had blood
coming from his nose. He said he was beaten by the
victim's roommate but denied breaking into the resi-
dence. The victim identified the suspect and he was
placed in custody.
Nov. 22, noise, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn. The
complainant reported loud music coming from the bar
and the officer advised the bartender to close the win-
dow and door and turn down the music.
Nov. 22, DAV, Anna Maria Island Bridge. The
officer pushed the disabled vehicle off the bridge.
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On the rocks
Carlton Martin of
Foxworth Lane was
s traveling east on Key
N Royale Drive Nov. 24
c when he reported that he
passed out and his vehicle
collided with rocks in the
S- median. Martin was taken
to the hospital; however,
responding officer Sgt.
Dave Gidden reported
there were no injuries due
to the accident. Islander
Photo: Elaine Stroili
Nov. 22, noise, 300 block of 56th Street. The
complainant reported loud music and the officer ad-
vised the subject to turn it down.
Nov. 22, noise, 29th Street and Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported loud music and the officer ad-
vised the subject to turn it down.
Nov. 22, assistance, 500 block of Key Royale
Drive. The complainant reported a barge broke loose
from its mooring and drifted into a dock. The officer
secured the barge to its mooring.
Nov. 23, noise, 100 block of 29th Street. The
complainant reported loud music and the officer ad-
vised the subject to turn it down. The subject said he
met two girls from England and was trying to impress
them. After being advised of the fine for excessive
noise, he agreed to turn it down.
SNov. 23, vandalism, 5353 Gulf Drive, Timesaver
convenience store. The victim reported an unknown
person broke her windshield.
If you have information that may help solve crimes,
contact Crime Stoppers at 747-COPS. You may be eli-
gible for a reward up to $1,000.
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- PAGE 24 M DEC. 1, 1999 THE ISLANDER
Wonka wins football contest
2 weeks in row
Nancy"My Name Is Not Willie" Wonka is prog-
nosticator of the month for November for winning The
Islander's football contest two weeks in a row.
No one has ever done that before and Wonka is
expected to change her name to Nancy the Greek and
move to Vegas to do a little handicapping for the bet-
For games played the weekend of Nov. 20-21,
Wonka was a perfect 10 out of 10 in guessing the win-
ners. For games played Nov. 27-28, she missed one.
"I thought I was going to go 10 out of 10 again but
Kansas City messed me up," Wonka said. "They had
the game won and let Oakland back in.
"I've been playing The Islander's contest for a
few years and won once six years ago. I'm a big
football fan and I watch a lot of the games and read
up on the different teams and keep an eye on how
they play from week to week. But it's like the old
saying, on any given Sunday one team can beat an-
other team. You can't count on your predictions too
Wonka said she is a Tampa Bay Bucs fan and
hopes new starting quarterback Shaun King who
helped defeat Seattle on Sunday can continue to play
She is, however, a little concerned.
"It may be a different story when he has to face
Minnesota, Detroit and Green Bay defenses. The NFC
Central is a tough division."
Sounds like Nancy knows her football.
As an aside, there's the matter of the University of
Florida and Florida State football game of Nov. 20.
Of all the people who entered The Islander foot-
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Center basketball schedule
Division 1 (Ages 11-13)
Dec. 2 Anna Maria Glass & Screen vs. Island Discount Tackle at 8 p.m.
Dec. 3 Sign of the Mermaid vs. Bell South at 7 p.m.
Econo Lodge vs. Tree of Life at 8 p.m.
Dec. 4 Anna Maria Glass & Screen vs. A-Paradise Realty at 7 p.m.
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Dec. 7 A-Paradise Realty vs. Tree of Life at 8 p.m.
Division 2 (Ages 8-10)
Dec. 2 Publix Super Market vs. Air & Energy at 6 p.m.
Bryant's Recycled Treasures vs. Anna Maria Oyster Bar at 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 Jessie's Island Store vs. Flash Flights at 6 p.m.
Dec. 4 Publix Super Market vs. Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream at 3 p.m.
Bryant's Recycled Treasures vs. Flash Flights at 4 p.m.
Jessie's Island Store vs. Island Real Estate at 5 p.m.
Air & Energy vs. Anna Maria Oyster Bar at 6 p.m.
Dec. 6 Island Real Estate vs. Flash Flights at 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 Anna Maria Oyster Bar vs. Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream at 6 p.m.
Bryant's Recycled Treasures vs. Air & Energy at 7 p.m.
Division 3 (Ages 5-7)
Dec. 4 H.E. Inc. vs. Bridge Street Pier & Cafe at 1 p.m.
Papa John's Pizza vs. Galati Marine at 2 p.m.
First team is home team
ball contest featuring that game, 70 percent of those
correctly predicted that FSU would beat the Gators.
But as FSU fan Tim Lease said, Virginia Tech,
who FSU likely will face in the national championship
game, is the next test "and that Virginia Tech quarter-
back is scary."
I'd be surprised if Tech even made the game close.
FSU is the best team in college football. And that
comes from a big Florida fan.
Another aside to the Gator-Seminole battle. FSU
alumnus and Islander cartoonist Jack Egan told me this
"You know how after the game, losing UF coach
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the only ones who pay full retail price."
Center basketball starts
The Anna Maria Island Community Center basket-
ball league begins play this week so remember to watch
out for the dribblers running around the Center.
This is a much-anticipated part of the year, on a par
with the start of Little League and soccer.
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Get out and support your favorite teams.
This hole-in-one stuff is starting to become old hat
for folks who live in Holmes Beach.
The same week Max Marnie, 8, of Holmes Beach
aced a'127-yard, par 3, Tony Dalia got one at Key
What makes Dalia's Nov. 20 shot so incredible is
that he got his on a par 4 hole.
Using a driver and playing from the blue tees,
Dalia crushed his ball on the 240-yard No. 4 hole and
the ball hopped in the cup for a one.
Dalia, who is applying for membership in the club,
was a guest of Bob Elliott. The shot was witnessed by
John Atkinson, Lew Winegarden and Jim Meena.
THE ISLANDER N DEC. 1, 1999 0 PAGE 25
Community center cheerleading schedule
Dec. 2 Fran Galati's Squad vs. Trisha McKee's Squad at 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 Nicole Buky's Squad vs. Susan Powers' Squad at 6 p.m.
Dec. 4 Amy Niedkwick's Squad vs. Lindsey Ellsworth's Squad at 3 p.m.
Fran Galati's Squad vs. Susan Powers' Squad at 4 p.m.
Nicole Buky's Squad vs. Lisa Griffith's Squad at 5 p.m.
Dec. 6 Lisa Griffith's Squad vs. Susan Powers' Squad at 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 Trisha McKee's Squad vs. Lindsey Ellsworth's Squad at 8 p.m.
First team is home team
Fournier, Daniels tie in Sunrise Tourney
Matt Fournier and Chuck Daniels tied for first
place at Sunday's Sunrise Golf Tournament held at
Palma Sola Golf Club. There was a field of 24 playing,
the most ever for the weekly event.
Neal Curtis came in second and was medalist with
a low round of 77.
Bob Darling and Daniels had two skins each and
Curtis had one.
Closest-to-the-pin greenies went to Curtis who had
two on the back nine while Daniels got his on No. 4 and
George Wonkka took the one on No. 6.
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From Panama to Paris plastic, all in one week
I've spent a week trying to come up with a local
angle upon which to hang some comments about the
Panama Canal. As you may know, the United States
walks away from the canal at noon Dec. 31, giving
Panama $5 billion worth of waterway, military bases,
buildings, hospitals, schools and other amenities.
Well, Anna Maria Island has canals, and so does
Panama. The Island has (door) locks. The Island has
boats, and so does Panama, so maybe there's some kind
of tie-in, however faint.
I'll avoid the politics of the transfer of land. which
has been under debate for about 22 years since former
President Carter agreed on the gift. What I found fas-
cinating was some of the statistics about the Canal it-
The 50-mile Panama Canal was completed in
1914. By using the Canal, a ship can avoid 3,000 miles
of travel to pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific or
the other way around. A Canal passage takes about 10
More than 50,000 workers built the Canal. More
than 30,000 people died during construction.
Ships rise and fall 64 feet during the transit of the
Canal through a series of locks. It takes 52 million gal-
lons of fresh water to raise or lower each ship through
Ships are charged by their weight and volume.
Average cost is $44,000 for an average-sized ship. The
most paid by a vessel was $165,000 for a huge cruise
ship. The cheapest transit was by adventure-traveler
Richard Halliburton in 1928. who swam through the
Canal at a cost of 36 cents. It took him 10 days to do
So maybe it's reaching to write about the Panama
Canal, but don't you love Halliburton's transit?
Here are a few rules for writers, just in time to re-
mind us all what not to put on holiday cards:
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Be more or less specific.
Do not be redundant; do not use more words than
necessary; it's highly superfluous.
Don't use no double negatives.
DO NOT use exclamation points and all caps to
Understatement is always the absolute best way
to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
Puns are for children, not groan readers.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid collo-
Days long past
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a World War II observation tower at the north point. To see more pictures of days past, visit the Island Mu-
seum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. Information is available at 778-0492. Photo courtesy of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
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Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
There's a new boaters' directory out for Southwest
Florida that bills itself as "the most complete marine
directory in the country." If the M.P.C. Boaters Direc-
tory is the most complete, I'd hate to see an incomplete
Take the section on Tampa/St. Pete as an example.
Tampa Bay is described as "a large natural indentation
about midway along the west coast to (sic) Florida.
Entrance to Tampa Bay is 4.5 miles wide and lies be-
tween Mullet Key to the north and Anna Maria Key
(sic) to the south."
What about Egmont Key and Passage Key,
though? Imagine some poor boater reading the guide
and, oblivious to those islands, piling onto the beach in
the dead of night. Even the little map for this section
of the "most complete guide" fails to point out either
island in conjunction to the channel. Oops.
There are more typos than I care to mention, but
some are memorable.
For Apalachee Bay: "Shoals extend more than
three miles off shore at West Pass. The approach is
marked by a lighted buoy and several shifting buoys
which change depending on."
Yes, the sentence really does just end there.
For Cedar Key: "Roughly midway between
Anclote Keys and Carrabelle, Cedar Kay (sic) makes
i. convenient stopping place fopr (sic) skippers who
want to real (sic) the long open-water Gulf crossing."
I'm sick of the sicss," but there is one more that's
too good to miss ...
Here's one more for the address of the Bradenton
Beach City Pier it's at 200 Bridge, Palmetto.
Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Sarasota residents
have joined forces to try to change a state law that pro-
hibits the interstate sale of wine to individuals.
The six wine drinkers have filed suit in federal
court inlTampa stating that a 1997 state law violated the
U.S. Constitution on commerce. Breaking the law is a
At issue is the state prohibition good word, pro-
hibition, huh? that says you can't order wine by the
bottle or case from a vineyard and have it shipped
home. Instead, the adult beverages have to go to a
wholesaler or warehouse in Florida, then to your table.
Wine and spirit lobbyists in Tallahassee rammed
the law through in order to allow them to continue to
rake off a few bucks per case for "handling" the bev-
The problem with the law is that the hundreds and
hundreds of different, small vineyards in California or
Oregon or elsewhere don't always market their prod-
ucts through local distributors, leaving consumers with
a limited selection of products from which to choose -
those chosen by distributors. Anyone who's surfed the
Internet and seen all the wines available, although not
to Floridians, can see what we're missing.
We'll keep you informed of the status of the case.
Speaking of wine, did you know that wine stains
prompted the creation of cellophane, precursor to
today's plastic wrap? Seems that Jacques
Brandenberger came up with the plastic-like concept in
1912 to keep wine and coffee stains off Parisian cafe
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 1, 1999 M PAGE 27
Grouper fishing at its peak, snook, reds, flounder hitting
By Capt. David Futch
I've always found that after a cold front passes
through and the wind dies down, that's the best time to
go grouper fishing. They seem to be real hungry and
will move closer to shore with each passing front.
When the current front's wind subsides, the days
following should be optimum for going after gags and
On your way offshore, try trolling a gold bomber
lure to see if a kingfish bites.
Here's another option. If you know how to use
planers, you're likely to catch a mess of grouper. If you
don't, Matt or Bill at Island Discount Tackle can show
you how to rig them.
Planers are real handy in finding concentrations of
grouper in new spots you've never fished. If you pick
a grouper up while trolling a planer, do a 180 and go
right over the same spot and you're likely to pick up
another, and another, and another.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, fishermen are slamming
the sheepshead, the snook, redfish, a permit some pom-
pano and quite a few black drum and a couple mack-
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
three key words for this week are grouper, grouper and
grouper. Bill said this is it. It's time to get a gag. There
are a lot of pompano in Longboat, New and Big passes.
Grouper fishing 10-12 miles out is outstanding, while
small snook and redfish are inside and flounder are on
a roll. Holmes Beach canal fishing for snook is turning
on right now. Redfish on a high tide near the oyster bars
and mangrove islands is a good bet. Long Bar, a rocky
shoal crossing the bay from Sister Keys to the main-
land, may be a great place to start.
Annie's Bait & Tackle reporting for Capt. Zack
on the Dee-Jay II said fishing improved after the full
moon. Cobia were more prevalent off the beaches and
flounder thick inside. One party caught 20 flounder in
one trip in the bay and also caught small redfish and
snook. Pompano and sheepshead are starting to show
on a regular basis.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend targeted grou-
per last week and caught plenty of them. Dick Dall and
daughter Diane and her husband Mark and son Sydney
caught eight nice grouper to 12 pounds and mangrove
snapper to three. Also, porgies, lane snapper and bonita
we"e good. Most fish were caught in 70 feet of water
on shines, slrhinp,.iive pinfish and frozen thread her-
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
fishermen are getting quite a few small snook, man-
grove snapper and nice sea bass in Terra Ceia Bay.
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at Bean Point while fishing for pompano. Bywater said it took Harrison 40 minutes to land the jack. She
caught pomano, too, but smaller.
said the wade fishermen in the bay tore up the floun-
der on lead-head jigs tipped with shrimp. They caught
a number of snook but no keepers. People who got
outside off the beach caught cobia around the markers
in Southwest Channel. Sheepshead turned on pretty
good around the bridge pilings.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams
docked at Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach said fish-
ing is getting ready to explode. He said the snook and
redfish bit good last week and mackerel were just off
Chaya said he and Capt. Rick Gross, who docks
next to him, both had good weeks on snook and reds.
Watch for a change in all fishing with the current cold
front dropping through the Tampa Bay area.
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Shirley helped their customers catch gag and red grou-
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ter. They also caught two cobia to 25 pounds, lane and
mangrove snapper, triggerfish and porgies.
Capt. Glenn Corder on the Deep South said his
grouper digging has been successful each time out. The
gags and red grouper are moving close to shore mak-
ing for a smooth day on the water with lots of fish.
Capt Curt Morrison on the Neva-Miss docked at
the Cortez Fishing Center said fishing last week was as
good as it gets and he says it will stay that way for some
time as long as we keep getting this good weather. Capt.
Curt said his people caught red and gag grouper to 12
pounds while landing a number of mangrove and lane
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Home on the range
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, left visits Jackson Hole, Wyo., with Andre Renard and Cheryl
Saunders. Cheryl's husband Neil is the photographer.
Bill and Sue
take a royal
read of The
The only Accredited
on Anna Maria Island
2501 Gulf Drive,
New name. Still
"the best news."
A golfer's Islander
Jim Stewart of Bradenton Beach shows Scot golfers
what his home is all about through The Islander on
the 18th green at the clubhouse of Carnoustie,
niilling out west
Taking cover with The Islander, Jack and Audrey
Smith, owners of Casa Sierra condominiums in
Holmes Beach, enjoy the nip in the air at Glacier
DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
WALK TO BEACH
3BR/2BA home. Very spa- ,
cious greatroom plan with i [
exquisite use of hardwood
and ceramic tile flooring
throughout the home. Kitchen and baths have been redone to
reflect today's designer touches. Landscaped and fenced for
serene privacy and utmost beauty. Ground-level bonus room
and three-car parking too! Incomparably lovely. Immaculately
maintained. Reduced to $196,500.
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BUILT LIKE A FORTRESS Gorgeous 3BR/2BA with solar
heated/caged pool. One block to bay, two blocks to beach.
Wheelchair accessible, hydro tub, double lot (zoned duplex),
tongue-and-groove ceilings, too many extras to list. $286,000.
Robert St. Jean 794-8059 or Carolyn Patrick 331-9201.
CAROLYN PATRICK ROBERT ST-JEAN
331-9201 (941) 794-8059
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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
CALL ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONALLY
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 1, 1999 0 PAGE 29
Not London Bridge
Rich and Debbie Lawrence of
West Seneca, N.Y., as well as
their children, are yearly
visitors to Anna Maria Island
and regular subscribers to The
Islander. Debbie's parents,
Alice and Bill Platt, live in
Holmes Beach. And while they
said they look forward to
spending two weeks each year
in paradise, they also like to
visit less glamorous parts of
the world. Hardly as charming
as our drawbridges, the
Lawrences, nonetheless, pose
for a snapshot at the Tower
Bridge in London, England.
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Cecelia and Rev. Jim Meena of Holmes Beach stand
straight as the Tower of Pisa leans behind them on one
stop onTKeir nine-country, 22-day trip through Europe.
SY MVIA 1VARNIE.
Your Guide to Gulf Coast Living
If waterfront and "island-
style" living appeal to you,
talk with Sylvia Marnie
today. Originally from
Britain, Sylvia is a Realtor-
Associate with Michael
Saunders & Company, she can help you make your
dream a reality with her unsurpassed dedication
and knowledge of the area.
Find out about
Property values & Current Market Information
CALL: (941) 920-1562
ANNA MARIA'S BEST BUY! This great elevated
home in the heart of Anna Maria is close to everything!
2BR/2BA and lots of storage downstairs. Nice family
neighborhood in walking distance to the beach. Just
reduced to $169,900. Separately deeded boat slip with
direct bay access also available.
HOME WITH BOAT SLIP PRICED AT $174,900.
[3 Call Ken Jackson at 778-6986
Agnes Tooker 778-5287
MLS Bill and Larae Regis 779-1858
S Fran Maxon
SALES AND RENTALS
9701 Gulf Drive P Box 717 Anna Maria, FL 34216
Toll Free 800 306-9666
Fax # 778-7035
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Reading for mermaid
Carol and Philip Yetzer of Holmes Beach share their
Islander with the Little Mermaid at the base of the
statue in Copenhagen harbor, Denmark.
r-;a 'ow 9' w1
Closely guarded at citadel
Barbara Vedder of Anna Maria shares her copy of
The Islander with guards during her visit to the
Fortress of Louisborg in Nova Scotia.
ts //& Gff eal state,.
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
AFFORDABLE LAND HIDEAWAY
This charming and inviting 2BR/2BA retreat is located
near Tampa Bay and the Rod and Reel Pier! Ameni-
ties include new windows, Pella sliding door, new heat
pump, cozy family room with Franklin-style
woodburning fireplace and a handy galley style kitchen
with ceramic tiled floors and backsplash, plus butcher
block countertops. The sunny back yard offers a spa-
cious patio and charming screened-in summer house
with brick floor, plus several mature, shady fruit trees
and a stately Royal Palm! Other features include ceil-
ing fans, skylights, washer and dryer. Only $185,000!
Hurry! This one won't last long!
DUPLEX DELqGU !
This spacious 4BR/2BA duplex offers warm Mexican
tiled floors, cheerful white kitchen cabinetry, built-in
bookcases and two sunny patios! Other features
include several citrus trees, thirty-two palm trees,
plus an oversized, enclosed outdoor shower and
utility room. Short walk to wonderful Gulf beach and
Anna Maria Post Office! Asking $229,500. Good
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SANDY POINTE. 2BR/2BA, bright, cheerful condo with
views over pool and mangrove wetlands. Screened lanai
with peek at bay. Parking and storage under building.
Near beach and shops. Turnkey furnished with an
artistic flair. $124,900. Visit us at www.dialtheduncans.net
or call Judy or Darcie Duncan 779-2290 eves.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS. Motel on Holmes Beach
within walking distance of the beach, shopping and
restaurants. Six units plus owner's living quarters. Turn-
key furnished (except owner's unit). Neat and clean.
$450,000. For more information call Zee Catanese
794-8991 or Carol Williams 744-0700 eves.
WILD OAK BAY. View of tropical vegetation and lake
from the lanai of this well-maintained 3BR/2BA
spacious condo. This first floor unit is turnkey furnished
and just steps from the pool. $119,900. Call Zee
Catanese 794-8991 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love
seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129;
futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress
$199; daybed (white with brass finials) including two
mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call
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 By-
stander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES, new crop $6.50
pound. Benefit Island players. SunCoast Real Estate.
Island Shopping Center, 5402 Marina Dr., Holmes
AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift. Calls
returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.
SMALL DISHWASHER,, lady susy make-up table,
comforters, vacuum, curtains, and more. 779-0435.
PVC LANAI FURNITURE, two chairs and lounger
with striped cushions and two end tables, $150.
D.E. POOL FILTER, good for up to 40,000 gallon
pool. Used only a few months. Cost $400, sell $200.
RECLINER CHAIR, grey/blue, excellent condition
SEARS KENMORE apartment size stackable
washer/dryer $275. Call 779-1307 after 3pm.
ANTIQUE BUFFET: Mahogany or walnut. Three
drawers, two storage cabinets. Has open "cubby" in
center, which allows use as a desk or artist table.
Excellent condition $325. Antique wood office chairs.
Several to choose from starting at $100. 778-1102.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
Steps to beach.
Call for rates
5910 Marina Dr* Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
SUPREME ACME JUICER, top of the line. Like
brand new. Includes citrus attachment. New $329.
Sale price $229. Good Christmas present. 778-5433.
WANTED: STEREO RECIEVER with mono/stereo
switch. If you have an old receiver sitting around col-
lecting dust, give a call to Chef Damon at 778-5320.
ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.,
9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. Children's clothes, Christ-
mas items, sale racks. 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon.,
Wed., Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
RUMMAGE SALE FRIDAY Dec. 3, 9am-1pm. Wicker
chairs, luggage, bread maker, ice-cream maker,
lamps, grills, frames and linens. St. Bernard Art Cen-
ter, 43rd St., Holmes Beach.
SATURDAY DEC. 4, 8am. Fishing, boating, lawn
equipment, stereo, TV, pressure washer, vacuum cleaner
and household goods. 2915 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5.
8am-4pm. Lots of Christmas gifts, new toys, costume
and sterling jewelry, rugs, lamps, chairs, air compres-
sor, brass, microwave cart, collectibles, designer
clothes, porcelain dolls and much more. 778-4451.
SATURDAY ONLY, Dec. 4, 8am-2pm. Books, CD's,
household goods and collectibles. 125 52nd St., be-
hind S&S plaza.
BLOCK YARD SALE Saturday Dec. 4, 8am. Plants,
tools, clothes, furniture, crafts, antiques and many
household treasures. 500 St. block.
FLORAL DESIGN CLASSES beginning. Learn to
make your own holiday arrangements. Day/evening
classes available. 778-5814.
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GULFFRONT BEACH HOUSE. Elegant Mediterranean cus- PANORAMIC VIEW of Tampa Bay from this hexagon shaped Anna
tom-designed residence featuring imported tile, arched door- Maria Island residence. This fantastic custom-built home features a
ways and a balcony overlooking beach. $1,350,000. Don wrap-around porch, beach, fireplace and wood floors. $469,000.
Lewis 746-3200. R37566 Jeanette Rampone 747-3364 ore-mail: Jram1207@aol.com. R38938
CYPRESS CREEK BEAUTY overlooking twelve-acre stocked lake.
Enjoy serenity from your screened gazebo, heated pool and dock.
$495,000. Larry and Louise Miller 794-0131. R35539
PRIVACY AND LUXURY are standard here. Ninety families on 240
+/- acres of bayfront and nature preserve land. 24-hour manned
security, plantation shutters, newly decorated in neutral tones.
$329,000. Bob and Penny Hall 749-8220 or www.floridahouse.net.
SPECTACULAR sunsets and magnificent bay view from this rarely
available Pelican Cove townhouse. Amenities include boat slips, ten-
nis courts and six pools. $299,900. Dottle Milne 358-7382. C41422
VILLAGE GREEN. This split design 3BR home is very spa-
cious. Terrific corner lot and only one block from the golf
course. $134,900. Janet Orr 792-7363. R41423
FRIENDLY HOME with big fenced yard. Near schools. Cir-
cular drive, two-car garage. Family room, natural woodwork,
3BR/2B. Lanai, manicured lawn. $129,900. John Koeck 729-
BRIGHT AND CHEERY Lakewood Ranch home. Fantastic
lakeview, gracious floorplan, 2 or 3BR/2B. Numerous up-
grades. $154,900. Maggie Hastings 358-7653 or 752-0101.
LOST NOV. 27, Sun Conure Bird, Elm Ave., Anna
Maria. Family heartbroken. Co-Co is very colorful,
orange and yellow upper body. Call 778-2809.
"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.
AMC SEDAN 1979, runs well, new tires, service
record available. Best offer. 794-2506, 778-5834.
1984 HONDA ACCORD, runs, needs work. Good
1995 CHRYLSER CONCORDE, excellent condition,
3.5L, handling package, anti-lock brakes, one owner.
WET SLIPS AND Hi 'N' Dry storage available at com-
petitive rates in modem, full-service marina. 778-2255.
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. $5,900. 778-5924 or 778-7734.
BOAT SLIP FOR rent, easy access to bay, deep
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, references.
14 FOOT SUNFISH, good condition. 792-5562.
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GREAT "NEAR GULF" PROPERTIES!
This beautiful one-year old home offers glass
enclosed living area with gulf views and split
bedroom design with private master bed-
room and two guest bedrooms. Open deck
adjoins living area plus custom kitchen with
breakfast bar creating a spacious area to en-
tertain and enjoy our casual Island lifestyle.
Two turnkey units features 2BR/2BA, plus den
and 2BR/2BA second floor with panoramic
Gulf view. Residential area location and in
choice Anna Maria beach. Beautifully main-
tained duplex has excellent rental history and
potential to create second floor owner's
home. $419,500 firm.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 1, 1999 M PAGE 31
BOA S B ATNGConined 7 FHEP W NTD oninedI SE VIESCotiue
BOSTON WHALER MONTAUK,17 ft. center con-
sole, 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.
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, bartenders and servers. Full and part-time
available. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
NEED A COMPANION? I do light housekeeping,
cooking, errands. 9am-1pm, Mon.-Fri. Call Jeana
NURSERY WORKER NEEDED for Island Baptist
Church, Anna Maria. Sunday mornings 9am-1pm.
$8.00 per hour. Call 778-0719.
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.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet nt+-esttngpeople from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
YES, it is possible...
to buy or sell real estate
without Denise Langlois.
Call Denise today for
info on homes, condos
p or duplexes and
Sput her to work for you!
941-778-0766 Ext. 212
II li ng nelirealtor/1078985
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
PANTRY, SALADS AND dessert person wanted eve-
nings, will train. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
ASSISTANT MANAGER and cashiers needed. Full
and part-time, flexible schedules. Apply Circle K,
2513 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 778-4310.
MAN FRIDAY NEEDED, mechanically handy, gen-
eral knowledge of grounds care, willing to do odd jobs
around rental properties. Must be honest, in good
health and like working outdoors. Call T.H. Cole at
941-779-1213 for an interview.
LINE COOK, SERVER and dishwasher. D. Coy
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of attorney, 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-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
HUSBAND FOR A DAY odd jobs, even jobs, no job
too small. Licensed, insured. 778-2784.
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.
NOTARY SERVICES AVAILABLE, low fees,
bonded. Marriages also. 778-5325.
CLEANING SERVICES, detailed and organized. We
use our own supplies. Free estimates. Longboat Key
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.
MOTHER/DAUGHTER CLEANING, fast, reliable and
honest. Island resident, many references. $15 per hour,
two hour minimum. Please page Linda, 215-5956.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
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.
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.
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.
Residential Comimrcial/lnduslrial Properly Manageimenl Mortgage 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
BAY PALMS Southern exposure
and a screened lanai overlooking
nice canal enhances this 3BR/
2BA home with two-car garage.
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
ONE OF A KIND Fabulous tropical
pool area is an added bonus to this
Holmes Beach duplex. Updated
kitchens. 2BR on each side.
KEY WEST STYLE HOME El-
evated, canalfront 3BR/3BA home.
Across from bay. Light and bright
with view down canal from two
decks. $369,000. IB39198
Ich Spreche Deulsch
"Wir Sprechen Deutsch"
OPEN DAILY 804 Gladiolus
NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEWS, upgrades, extras, shaft for eleva-
tor, decks, 2,400 sq. ft. area and three-car garage/storage. $445,000.
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. 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. $110,000.
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 APARTMENTS and home in Bradenton with pool. Ask for Roni or Jane.
SEASONAL/ANNUAL/VACATION TIMES AVAILABLE
SPECIALS: 5400 SEASONAL Direct Gulfview, 2BR/2BA. Like new.
CANALFRONT HOME Seasonal 3BR/2BA fireplace.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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SHauling By the cut or by the month.
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Mobile Detailing: Autos Boats RVs
Exterior and Interior Services Availablel 778-1984
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Antiques and Collectibles
PINK & WHITE ENTERPRISES
(Now Selling Wholesale)
GRAND OPENING SALE
Saturday, December 4 9am 3pm
2150 Whitfield Park Drive, Bldg. F/Unit 10
Bradenton, FL 941 504-5496
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Resi-
dential/commercial, full-service maintenance, land-
scaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds,
native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent references.
MICHAEL B'S LAWN service. Cutting, edging, weed-
eating, trimming. Fast, reliable service. 747-2757.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
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. Call 795-1947.
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 re-
pairs. 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..
BUY IT, SELL IT, FIND IT! Advertising works fast in
The Islander, 778-7978.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, great neighborhood in Holmes
Beach. Updated, clean and spacious. Steps to bay,
beach and shopping. $750 per month, first, last and
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.
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.
AVAILABLE NOW! ANNUAL unfurnished 2BR/
1 BA. Bright and spacious, cathedral ceilings, great
neighborhood. Must see, beautiful! $725 month,
first, last, security. 778-9798, 704-3171 or (305-
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. 776-o0oo
or Mike Norman Realty 778-6696.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $350 per week. Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
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WANT TO RENT, storage space on the Island. Ga-
rage or other space. Beach Bistro, 778-6444.
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.
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.
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/1 BA 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.
GULFFRONT NORTH SHORE DR. 3BR/2BA cot-
tage. Great location. Available Jan., Feb., Mar.
$2,800 month. 813-752-4235.
LASTS MINLi- 6-OANGELLATrON.VAavilable Dec.,
.-ji.'!;,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 furnished duplex, h6 se
or condo. Holmes Beach, west of Gulf Drive, clean, full
appliances. Two-six weeks, Feb. 1-Mar. 15. Responsible
50iprofessionals. Call Linda at 716-482-2884, fax 716-:;
GULFVIEW SEA8U tI~,L,, z. DUA.oA. o10 o31st St.,
Holmes Beach. Patio, washer/dryer, fully furnished.
,Three months or more. $1,600 month. 941-293-6131.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/1BA, 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.
TREE HOUSE APARTMENT, 1BR near beach. No
smoking: Jan. and Feb. $1,100 month. 778-4246.
WATERFRONT RENTAL available now thru April.
1BR/1BA plus queen size sofa/bed in living-room.
New furniture, well equipped kitchen, washer/dryer,
covered patio on canal side and dock. $1,300
month. Claire Tort, Dickman Realty, 813-645-2836
ANNA MARIA GULF views only 100 feet to beach on
dead-end street. Clean 3BR/1BA 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.
2BR/2BA FURNISHED CONDO on Palma Sola Bay.
Has all the comforts of home. Washer/dryer, cable
TV, utilities included. $1,800 per month. 941-293-
7305 or beeper, 941-297-2927.
1 BR/1 BA APARTMENT just steps to the beach. Twin
beds, sleeper sofa, screened patio all included. $575
a week or $2,200 a month. Washer/dryer. 778-6553
ANNA MARIA/HOLMES BEACH, 3BR elevated
house for rent. Cheerfully decorated beach house,
walk to beach and shopping. Very private, on
culdesac surrounded by nature. Available Jan. 1.
$1,850 per month or $1,650 for three months. 29th
St., Ave. B, #2907. 1-513-490-6684.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, ShellPoint. Please
contact Jean Holmes Realty, 778-2924.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA duplex, unfurnished,
Swasher/dryer hook-up, close to beach, no pets. Se-
curity deposit, $750 a month plus utilities, 778-7420.
BEACHFRONT RENTAL Holmes Beach, (near
Shells Restaurant) 2BR/1BA. Rates: Winter, $1,200
per month, summer $850 per month. Call (813) 264-
0639 or (334) 988-8760.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the'best results from classified ads and service
CONDO RENTAL due to cancellation, 2BR/2BA
Gulffront complex, heated pool, tennis. Available now
through Jan. 14. 794-8877.
GARDEN VIEW COTTAGE and extra large studio-
apartment just one block to beach. Sleeps two to.
four. $375 to $420 a week, $1,095 to $1,200 a month.
Both include utilities, cable, weekly maid/lihen ser-
vice, plus use of kayaks and bicycles. Book now. Lim-
ited availability, 778-8470.
ANNUAL 3BR/3BA Holmes Beach townhouse. Two-
car garage with storage, pool, Mexican tild, balco-
nies, walk to beach, beautiful! $1,300 month, in-
cludes water, cable, washer/dryer, security system
and pest. 778-0167.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW COTTAGE, 1 BR furnished with
laundry. 12414 45th Ave., Cortez. $535 one person,
$585 for two, plus electricity. No pets. 795-8077.
ANNUAL 1BR FURNISHED duplex. 5625 Gulf Dr.
$650 per month plus $300 security includes water
and garbage fees. No pets. 778-5114.
DUPLEX FOR RENT Dec., Jan., Apr. 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, walk to beach, beautiful. 779-9074.
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ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2-3BR/2BA house on
canal in Anna Maria City. No pets. $850 month plus
utilities. Call Carol Saulnier at Green Real Estate
1 BR BAYFRONT APARTMENT unfurnished, suitable
for one ortwo mature adults. No pets. $600 month plus
first, last and security. 778-2619 or 795-1243.
BRADENTON BEACH, 1-2BR furnished, newly reno-
vated with balconies and magnificent views on Gulf of
Mexico. Weekly, monthly, seasonal. 941-778-4555.
ROOMMATE WANTED, Holmes Beach. Separate
PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA upscale upstairs
condo. Spectacular view, available Jan. and Apr. Call
795-4762 until Dec. 6 then collect 914-783-1650.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1 BA, one block to beach and
bay, close to shops. Great location. $550 month,
$300 deposit. 203 2nd St. N. #1B4, Bradenton
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 di-
rectly on bay/Intracoastal steps.to Gulf beaches. Cathe-
dral ceilings, fireplace, wood floors, Jacuzzi and boat
docks. Great for investor or family estate! 3BR/2BA
house, 2BR/2BA house and two 1BR apartments. Call
Deborah Thrasher or John Hines, Wedebrock Real
Estate Company 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
BUY IT, SELL IT, FIND IT! Advertising works fast in
The Islander, 778-7978.
CANALFRONT HOME with panoramic view of Sky-
way lights and bay/intracoastal, 2BR/2BA and poten-
tial 1BR apartment with Spanish tile floors, cathedral
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 Com-
pany 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
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-
WATERFRONT CONDO Westbay Point & Moorings
II. 50-ft. dock, carport, second-floor, end-unit, 2BR/
2BA, completely refurbished. Call voice mail, 800-
558-9008, ext. 225.
BUILDERS DUPLEX- well constructed family size
duplex, 3BR/2BA each side. Wood floors, tile, fam-
ily room, large kitchen and oversized garage located
steps to the beach. Great family home with rental.
Good investment. Call Deborah Thrasher,
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. 383-5543 or 778-3395.
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 800-977-0803.
SEASIDE STYLE VILLAGE on Longboat Key. Steps
to white sand beach. Casual coastal living. 27 single-
family homes from $425,000. Call Conrad Beach,
PERICO BAY CLUB condo, second floor, bright and
airy 2BR/2BA, 1100 sq. ft. Priced at $105,000. Call
Marilyn Trevethan, Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
PERICO BAY CLUB condo, beautiful water views
from this furnished second floor 2BR/2BA apartment.
Asking $125,000. Call Marilyn Trevethan, Island Real
120x120 BUILDING LOT located in Croom, FI.,
north of Tampa and south of Bushnell on County
Rd. 656 off 301. Market value $5,000. Will trade for
late model stand-up or sit-down jet ski and trailer.
BY OWNER, ground level duplex, 2BR/1BA each
side. Updated. $199,500. 779-1034.
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10006 Gulf Drive
A two-story, four-unit, Spanish-style building with lots of
design options. 2,740 sq. ft., Two full baths up, two half
baths down. Up currently office and custodial suite;
down is retail. Parks nine. $340,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
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Well-established Island gift shop. 17 years at the same
location. Appraisal and books available.
3BR/2BA home on deep-water canal with direct access
to Tampa Bay. Ceramic tile, caged pool, fireplace, dock.
Great Holmes Beach location. $289,000.
OFF-ISLAND POOL HOME
3BR/2BA family home. Palma Sola area. Caged pool,
nicely landscaped, very good condition. $124,900.
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3BR/3BA Elegance! Mexican tile, den, water view
and boat dock. Carport, tennis, two pools. $178,500.
Julie Gilstrap Patti Marifjeren
3BR/2BA townhouse, two-car garage, pool $1,600 mo.
308 63rd Street 2BR/2BA duplex, garage $800 mo.
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511 Loquat ................... $699,000
613 Ivanhoe Lane ......... $675,000
Broker 726 Key Royale Dr........ $649,000
520 58th Street..... ...... $619,000
4915 Gulf Drive .............. $569,00
516 75th Street............. $539,000
407 20th Place ............. $479,000
621 Ivanhoe Lane ........... $525,000
527 72nd Street ............ $434,800
221 Bird Key Dr............ $425,000
517 74th Street............. $362,000
525 68th Street .................. $339,900
506 Key Royale Dr........... $299,000
607 Emerald Lane ......... $279,000
237 Oak Ave ..................... $198,500
AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Gulf Place Condo ......... $339,000
4706 61st Ave Dr ...... $250,000
6300 Flotilla ................ $199,000
254 Gladiolus ................ $335,000
207 Periwinkle .............. $224,900
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2409 Avenue A (lot) ...... $199,000
455 62nd St .......... NEW $77,900
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
101 25th St .................. $549,000
107 75th St .................. $499,000
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
504 Woodstork Circle .... $141,000
938 Sandpiper Circle............ $125,500
882 Audubon ................ $105,000
1411 56th Street W ........ $79,500
8518 43rd Av.Dr.W. (Lot) .... $32,900
5704 Marina Drive ........ $399,000
310 Pine Ave ............ $299,900
510 7th St E................. $139,000
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Brilge nrd SI Petersburg Largoe Itwo-cr garage
$585,00i0 Rose Schnroerr 778-2261 M1LS.L38192
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BRIARWOOD BEAUTY! Immaculate 4BR.3BA
home on lake with replace large lam.Iy, room
and eati-n kitchen Near 1-75 $1-19.900 Sheila
Kidd 778-2261 MLSS41549
LOTS & ACREAGE
$12,500 ,obile r:r.me lot RidJqewocid Meadows.
Ellenlon, Chard Wrnnem
$24,900 Lot a boat sip Ellenion Chard Winneim
$25,900 Willow Snores Parnin Tony Tibenn,
$89,900 Cortez Rd Commercal Jnny Sutton
$101,000 (each) Two carnallronl lols in Riverdale
Revised. Tony Tibernni
$275,000 Terra Ceia 11 5 acres. Noreen Roberts
$399.500 Bay Harbor Anna Mana. Rose Schnoen
Perico Bay Club ,jaled ,:.:.mmnurni,
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P erico Isles 2 ,2 h- ,:- 131- i ie ..' C enT,
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ANNUAL RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE
Call Missy Laps at 778-9611
Toll Free 1.877-651-0123
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WESTBAY ESTATES 3BR.2BA pool spa home
ail fenced yard Greal family area close to scncols
and shopping Fanily room and wel bar $149.900
Chard Winheim 778.2261 MLS11-1483
ANNA MARIA CITY North end ot Is
from Gull 3BR/2 5BA house. Ilrep
yard Many possibilities $269.0
SUGAR CREEK RESORTS FuniIled I
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Large dec:l. pIlu fIrlr.i p:orcrh Pri.ale dCclc
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