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Islander


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"


IISLANDER


Volume 8, no. 6, Dec. 22, 1999 FREE


15 seeking office in Anna Maria City election


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Spurred by a multitude of issues facing Anna
Maria City, a record number of candidates will run in
the Feb. 8 election.
According to City Clerk Laura Vogel, 15 people
filed to run for office as of noon Dec. 21 when quali-
fying officially ended.


The terms of Mayor Chuck Shumard and Commis-
sioners Robert McElheny and Max Znika will expire.
Only Znika will seek re-election. Shumard and
McElheny announced at the start of the qualifying pe-
riod they would not be seeking another term.
Commissioner George McKay has resigned as
commissioner and will run for mayor, forfeiting the
remaining year on his current term.


Other candidates vying for the mayor's seat are
Jason Cimino, who was defeated in a commission bid
a year ago, and political newcomers Gary
Deffenbaugh and Mike Appleton.
Those seeking commission seats are incumbent
Znika, political newcomers Frank Almeda, Robert
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, NEXT PAGE


Gone:


Anna Maria


grants
By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
It's only money.
Anna Maria City officials will return
to the state three-quarters of a million dol-
lars in funds and grant money earmarked
for the restoration of the city pier, improv-
ing drainage and building a bike path.
Last week. Commissioners George
McKay. Doug Wolfe and Max Znika
voted to scrap plans for a long-awaited
bike path and cancel a drainage im-
provement project begun in October.
Residents affected by the drainage
project and those who own businesses
along the proposed bike path's route
leaned heavily on the commission to put
the brakes on both projects because they
viewed each as poorly planned.
By some projections, the drainage
work already completed will cost tax-
payers upward of $200,000 to meet con-
tractual obligations and to bury pipe and
fill in the ditches already dug along
Spring and Palm avenues.
Mayor Chuck Shumard said the
money will have to come from the city's
reserve, which has a balance of $772,000.
This comes on the heels of a costly
undertaking to renovate the city's pier.
The city received a $100,000 matching-
funds grant in June for pier renovation,
which it returned because of what com-
missioners called "strings attached."
The commission voted to have taxpay-
ers shoulder the cost by securing a loan.
Recent estimates to repair the pier are


SANTA LEARNS SPANISH Second graders at Anna Maria Elementary School peformed in a gleeful
production. "A Sombrero for Santa, before their holiday break. Unable to read the Christmas wish lists and letters from
Spanish children, Santa and his elves went to Mexico to learn the language and customs. Upon leaving, the Mexican chil-
dren gave Santa gifts, a tamale and a sombrero, saying, "Here's something to remember us by. Wear this sombrero as you
fly through the sky." Santa donned the sombrero as he drove out of sight saying "Feliz Navidad and to all a good night."


between $500,000 and $800,000.
Shumard said the fallout and true
cost of the commissions' action will not
be known for years to come. Shumard,
along with Vice Mayor Robert
McElheny, voted against canceling the
bike path and drainage project.
The mayor said it takes years for the
city to collaborate with agencies, engi-
neers and contractors for projects and the
city may find itself blacklisted if it decides
to apply for future grants.
For more on this issue, see inside.


... and other cities scramble for

Anna Maria's lost bike path funds


Officials in Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach are scrambling after Anna
Maria's $246,000 in bike path funds, now
freed up after city commissioners there de-
cided to pass on the path project.
Holmes Beach, just finishing the
first phase of a bike path project in the
southern part of the city, is slated for
another bike lane project from Manatee
Avenue north to 85th Street in fiscal


year 2001-02 at a cost of $204,000.
Bradenton Beach has a bike path
from its northern limits to the Longboat
Bridge on tap for fiscal year 2004-05 at
a cost of $270,000.
Both cities want Anna Maria's now-
available funds.
A meeting is planned for 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Holmes Beach City
Hall to discuss the matter.


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Island's bird count next Wednesday


Avian census takers will count
birds around Anna Maria Island on
Wednesday, Dec. 29, as their part of
the 100th international tally.
Charles Pead will lead the Island
count this year, duties he shared in
the past with Carlton Martin, who is
homebound with a health problem.
Pead said the volunteer bird
counters and he welcomes any and
all volunteers are to meet at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach about 7 a.m. "or
in time to get started at 7:30."
From there they will pool ve-
hicles and head north and south,
Pead leading the southern contingent
and Ed Blagdon and Carmine
Kellers the northerners. The division
between the two is the public beach


at Manatee Avenue.
The count will take in every-
thing between and including Beer
Can Island and Egmont Key, he
said, and stretch across the bay to
Cortez and Perico Bay. Boats will
take counters to Egmont and Pas-
sage Keys, assuming boatable
weather.
The volunteers are to identify
each species sighted and count the
individual birds in each.
A favorite of many volunteers
over the years has been the Star Fish
Co. dock in Cortez, from which
great flocks of wading birds are fre-
quently seen.
In last year's census, the volun-
teers counted 5,823 birds in their Is-
land territory.


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PAGE 2 0 DEC. 22, 1999 0 THE ISLANDER


Election in Anna Maria
sets record: 15 candidates
seek office Feb. 8
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Barlow, Pam Buttocovla, Richard DeFrank, Jay
Hill, Justin McNesky, Shirley McNulty, John
Michaels, Thomas Skoloda, and former com-
mission candidate Dale Woodland.
Not since 1982 has interest been as high for an
Anna Maria election. Nine people sought office
that year, according to the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections office.
The candidate who wins the mayoral elec-
tion will serve two years. The two top vote-get-
ters in the commission race will serve two years
and the third top vote-getter will serve the year
remaining of McKay's term.
The mayor has an equal vote on the commis-
sion and serves as the city's administrator.
Members of the commission set spending and
enact laws that affect the quaility of life for all
residents.
The mayor earns $9,600 per year and com-
missioners earn $4,800 annually.
Candidate profiles and positions on issues
will be discussed in a Jan. 29 story in The Is-
lander.
The Islander will sponsor a candidate forum
Jan. 27 at a location to be announced. The event
begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "meet and greet the
candidates" followed by the forum at 7 p.m.
Publisher Bonner Futch will be the moderator.
Presently there are 1,595 registered voters in
Anna Maria. Those residents not registered to
vote must do so by Jan. 10 to vote in the Febru-
ary election. Applications are available at city
hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, or can be
picked up at the newspaper's office, 5404 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Winners will take office Tuesday, Feb. 22.


Cortez taking grip on its future


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
A visioningg day" for all Cortez residents is
planned for a January Saturday when Cortez Water-
fronts Florida hopes to learn where it will be going.
The new organization has already adopted a mis-
sion statement, assigned a subcommittee a large task,
and heard a Bradenton Beach speaker outline the situ-
ation there as it could apply to Cortez in the future.
Larry Hines of Bradenton Beach, just across the
bridge from Cortez, discussed the legal issues involved
when Alan Bazzy expanded his Bradenton Beach Ma-
rina two years ago.
During a heated controversy he sued the city, some
city commissioners and some residents over zoning is-
sues regarding the marina.
"We just wondered what kind of neighbor he
would be" if Bazzy should buy the long-vacant Sigma
fish house on the Cortez waterfront, as has been ru-
mored, said a committee member.
The visioningg day" will be set up sometime in
January, said the manager of the organization, Janet
Hoffman. On that Saturday every resident of Cortez


will be welcomed to the old fire house to tell the com-
mittee what he or she wants Cortez "to look like in 10
years." The Cortez group was formed under the Wa-
terfronts Florida program which aims to preserve his-
toric waterfront areas around the state, and the local
group's "mission statement" follows that goal:
"The mission of the Cortez Waterfronts Florida
Committee is to protect and maintain the values and
neighborhood spirit of the village of Cortez by guiding
change in a way that preserves our community and our
commercial fishing heritage."
Earlier the committee's first subcommittee was
assigned the task of bringing commercial fishing and
fishermen a more positive image than the one left dur-
ing the bitter battle over net fishing five years ago.
Then, voters in a statewide referendum prohibited tak-
ing fish with gill nets within three miles of shore.
Hoffman has set up offices in the old fire house,
which is to be renovated and turned into a community
center under a $10,000 state grant. Work probably will
start about March.
The committee will meet again in the building at
7 p.m. Jan. 13.


Ramp parking defined
Holmes Beach city commissioners
hope the newly defined parking
area at the 63rd Street boat ramp
will alleviate complaints from
neighbors. After learning that the
ramp area was plagued by over-
sized boats and uncontrolled
parking, commissioners agreed to
focus on enforceable suggestions
S such as restricting hours of
4 operation, defining parking,
- enforcing parking rules and
posting better signage listing rules
and regulations. Islander Photo:
Pat Copeland.


$40,000 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.


This advertisement is sponsored as a community service by The Islander.


YES, COUNT ME IN!
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Holmes Beach to hold


'shade meeting' in Pasco case


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
For the first time since the GTE lawsuit over the cel-
lular phone tower, Holmes Beach city commissioners will
hold a "shade meeting" this week.
Shade meetings, or meetings that are closed to the
public, can be held for the purpose of discussing litigation
strategy. The meeting involves a lawsuit between the city
and resident Pauline Pasco, 201 73rd St., who is charged
with excessively remodeling her home.
After several discussions at open meetings, commis-
sioners continued to hold fast on a $5,000 fine and
attorney's fees, alleging that renovations to Pasco's home
exceed the Federal Emergency Management's 50 percent
rule. According to the rule, renovations or improvements
to a nonconforming, ground-level structure cannot exceed
50 percent of the structure's value.
In last month's commission discussion on the case,
Assistant Building Official Bill Saunders reported that the
Florida Department of Community Affairs supported the
city's action. However, in a recent meeting Saunders said
a representative of FEMA contacted him and asked that
action be withheld until the agency reviews the case.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff then told commission-
ers that Gregory Hootman, the city-appointed attorney for
this case, requested a shade meeting to discuss the case
and options available to the city. Commissioners in-
structed Petruff to contact FEMA about its concerns prior
to the shade meeting.
The issue first came to the city's attention when Pasco
and her remodeling contractor had a disagreement result-
ing in lawsuits between them. Pasco reported the contrac-
tor to the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulations.
During the investigation, two contracts were discov-
ered one which was used to obtain the building permit
and a second one for $20,000 more than the first. The
DBPR notified the Holmes Beach Building Official Joe
Duennes, who was advised by FEMA to enforce the 50
percent regulation.


Negotiations in the case began last year when
Hootman and Pasco's attorney Donald Yetter agreed to re-
duce the original fine from $10,000 to $5,000. Twice
Pasco has petitioned commissioners to reduce the fine to
$2,500 and allow her to make monthly payments, saying
she can't afford to pay the full amount.
Hootman then made a counter offer for Pasco to make
an initial payment of $2,500 to be credited toward either
the attorney's fees or the fine. According to the offer,
Pasco would then make installment payments to satisfy
the remaining balance. In addition, $2,500 plus the bal-
ance of the fine or fees would be established as a lien on
her property.
On Nov. 15 Yetter informed Hootman that Pasco,
who is handicapped, has retained an attorney to represent
her interests with regard to the violation of Title III of the
Americans with Disabilities Act by the city. Yetter said
Pasco is making several allegations including:
The city's ordinances and FEMA's regulations de-
prive handicapped and disabled persons of the right to use
and enjoy their property because the ordinances don't
provide for their special needs or additional costs associ-
ated with those needs.
Construction improvements which exceed the 50
percent rule were the result of Pasco's special needs and
should not be figured into the calculations of the value of
the improvements.
Because of their knowledge of construction, city
employees should have known that the construction costs
may have exceeded the construction costs set forth in the
original contract.
According to the letter, Pasco's claim arises out of the
city's failure to provide access to handicapped persons to
government buildings, particularly city hall. [The events
of the case occurred prior to a new city hall being built.]
Pasco maintained that because of this she was unable to
review the records in her construction file.
According to Hootman, during a mediation confer-
ence on Nov. 18 Pasco "agreed to a consensual lien be-
ing placed upon her property in the amount of $13,835,


THE ISLANDER DEC. 22, 1999 U PAGE 3

Meetings

Anna Maria City
12/27, 7:30 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board,
CANCELED.
12/28, 7:30 p.m., Commission meeting, CANCELED.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
778-0781.

Bradenton Beach
None scheduled.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
12/28, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Organi-
zation, Holmes Beach City Hall.

Holiday schedule
The administrative offices of the City of Anna
Maria will be closed Dec. 23 and 24 and Jan. 3.
The administrative offices of the cities of
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be closed
Dec. 23, 24 and 31.
The administrative offices of the Town of
Longboat Key and the Anna Maria/West Side fire dis-
tricts will be closed Dec. 24 and 27 and Jan. 3.
The Island Branch Library will be closed Dec. 23-
26 and Jan. 1-3.
The Tingley Memorial Library will close at 12:30
p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Special note: Waste Management and Bradenton
Beach waste collection will take place as regularly
scheduled.


representing a $5,000 fine and attorney's fees incurred by
the city prior to the mediation conference."
Hootman noted that he has no authority to negotiate
a settlement other than on the terms demanded by the city.


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Anna Maria officials say thanks, no
y Susan K. Kesselring keeping the grant would stall the project because work
Islander Reporter would have to be completed in phases and completion
What took more than five years to unfold took only would be dependent on future grants.
two days to undo. The commission reached a consensus Oct. 26 to re-
In back-to-back meetings, Anna Maria city commis- turn the money to the state and pursue other options.
sioners voted 3-2 to kill a bike path and drainage improve- The city is presently trying to secure a loan for the
ment project to be funded by a combined $750,000 in state pier's renovation. Recent repair estimates are between
dollars and grant money. $500,000 and $800,000 and, according to bids received,
In October, city officials decided to return an addi- the work is expected to take five months to complete once
tional $100,000 of grant money applied for last year to it gets under way.
help with restoration of the city pier. A contract has not been awarded.
What began as a vision of former and present leaders In the meantime, the city pier is closed and awaiting
to enhance the city's infrastructure by securing grants and reconstruction and the restaurant at the end of the pier is
3tate funds will end up costing the city and its residents. empty. City officials budgeted $60,000 this fiscal year for
By some accounts, the now defunct drainage project be- expected rent.
gun in October will cost upward of $200,000 to satisfy
contractual obligations. Drainage improvement project
Following is a brief overview of the projects and is- Not all of the $500,000 awarded the city in 1997 for
sues facing each. a drainage and sidewalk improvement project will be for-
feited, but most of it will be.
Anna Maria City Pier The Community Development Block Grant was
In September 1998 the commission applied for a sought to improve the city's drainage by adding a series
$100,000 matching-funds grant from the Florida Recre- of swales, pipes and culverts to collect excess stormwater.
ation Developnrent Assistance Program. It was approved The planned improvements stemmed from a compre-
in June. hensive study undertaken by engineers with the Southwest
In a 3-2 v te Aug. 10 the commission accepted the Florida Water Management District in 1995.
state contract from FRDAP for the Anna Maria Pier and Responding to outraged residents on Spring, Palm
Park project, with Commissioners George McKay and and Hardin avenues and Rose Street, Shumard in Novem-
Doug Wolfe dissenting. ber temporarily halted the three-phase project begun a
Wolfe and McKay had reservations about accepting month earlier.
the grant because it contained stipulations they found un- Shumard called a special meeting Dec. 13 in hopes a
acceptable. In particular, the contract for the grant required compromise could be found by bringing together the key
the city use a portion of the funds toward a "pier park," players involved. More than 80 residents, many taking
which the city vould have to maintain in "perpetuity." time off from work, attended the daytime meeting.
Following several discussions on how to proceed with Present at the meeting were the contractor, planning
the renovation 9f the pier, Mayor Chuck Shumard decided engineer, grant writer, government officials from the grant


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thanks to money
agency and engineers from the Swiftmud.
Having seen the result of ditches dug on Spring Av-
enue, the other homeowners to be affected were intent on
keeping the bulldozers from their streets.
The uprising began shortly after the project was
awarded to Erdman MacKenzie of E.T. MacKenzie Com-
pany of Florida Inc. in August. Little red flags were placed
along the path of the project's scope to mark the area
where the swales would be cut.
Homeowners immediately stormed city hall question-
ing the need for drainage improvements, stating they
weren't experiencing flooding on their streets.
Residents repeated their concerns at the meeting, also
citing dangers the large ditches pose and the decreased
property values of their homes.
Adding to their frustration was the size of the swales/
ditches dug on Spring Avenue after they were told by city
officials the swales would be unobtrusive.
According to Anna Maria's Public Works Director
Phil Charnock, the pipes couldn't be buried because of
water quality issues.
Darryl Flat, senior professional engineer at
Swiftmud's Venice office, said it may be possible to bury
pipe in the new swales and cover them on Spring Avenue
by adding a water retention pond at the end of the pipe-
line.
Rick Stauts, a planning manager with the Florida
Department of Community Affairs, said the agency will
pay $147,000 for work completed on Spring Avenue, but
the city will be responsible for reimbursing state funds
already paid to the engineer and grant writer.
He said it might be possible to deploy funds
from the other two areas to reconstruct Spring Av-
enue and bury the pipes, but the city would have to
reapply with the DCA.
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ANNA MARIA, FROM PAGE 4
Questions from residents concerning the project's
design were responded to by the city's planning engineer,
Joe Mittauer of Mittauer and Associates.
Mittauer, responding to accusations the project was
poorly designed because of the size of the ditches, said the
contractor was given specifications for the size of the
swales.
In defense, the contractor said the area between the
road and the city's rights of way is too narrow to meet the
engineer's specifications.
Shumard said the city is working with all the agencies
involved to come out of this with as few scars as possible.

Bike path
Although it's not grant money, $246,000 in state
funds is also being returned.
Not wanting a repeat of what residents deemed "the
drainage fiasco," city leaders were pressed at the Dec. 14
meeting to back out of a bike path more than five years in
the planning.
Commissioner George McKay sided with bike path
opponents, saying. "Let's not dig up any more soil."
Leading the fight against the bike path, resident Ri-
chard DeFrank, owner with his wife of Autumn's Whims
on Pine Avenue, corresponded with officials from the
Florida Department of Transportation, the source of the
funding.
DOT is spearheading the project through the
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of
1991. The city was notified in May 1994 its bike path
would be funded in the budget year 1999-00.
DOT construction plans show the path winding from
Gulf Drive to Willow, up North Shore Boulevard to Mag-
nolia and Pine Avenue and then along North and South
Bay boulevards.
A portion of the bike path has already been laid from
the city limits to Willow Avenue because the city was
replacing asphalt and it made more sense to add the bike
path while the streets were already torn up, according
to officials.
During previous discussions on the bike path,
Shumard said the city would be forced to pay back
$40,000 for an engineer study.
DeFrank said he spoke with an official from DOT
who told him the city wouldn't be responsible for pay-


THE ISLANDER N DEC. 22, 1999 0 PAGE 5


Holmes Beach gets royal gift from Anna Maria


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Some people are calling it a royal .
screw-up, but the folks at Holmes
Beach city hall are ecstatic over an
early Christmas gift from the City of
Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach planted a mature,
20-foot royal palm in front of city hall
Monday after Anna Maria city com- "
missioners decided they didn't want it
and had no place for it.
The palm came from Spring Av-
enue in Anna Maria where the city's
contractor E.T. MacKenzie Co. of Florida is putting in
a drainage project.
The tree, which has an estimated value of $2,000,
was on the right of way and had to be removed to make
way for a drainage ditch.
Anna Maria Public Works Director Phil Charock
said unless you can take care of a royal palm like
Holmes Beach is doing with the ones in front of its city
hall, they don't have a good survival rate.
"We had no use for it and no place for it,"
Charnock said. "Rather than cut it up and throwing it
in a dumpster I contacted the mayor of Holmes Beach
and they moved it (Monday)."


ing that money back.
"There isn't one positive impact for the proposed
project," DeFrank said.
DeFrank said a bike path going down Pine Avenue
would wipe out street parking and add to parking prob-
lems in the city. He said the bike path through the
mostly residential-office-retail zone would destroy its
"village atmosphere."
According to Commissioner Doug Wolfe, the vi-
sion for a bike path in Anna Maria was that of a
former mayor, the late Ray Simches. Wolfe said
Simches went after the funds for the project, but
when he and Simches learned the bike path would
have to be designed according to specifications by
the government agency, they let it die.


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According to reports in The Islander, Simches re-
signed for health reasons on Dec. 5, 1994, and the city's
public works director announced funding for the bike
path at a meeting later the same month. The only ques-
tion that remained was to determine the route of the
bike path through the city.
Supporting the bike path this week were Shumard
and Vice Mayor Robert McElheny, who said while the
route may not be the best, the intent of the project is
good.
Tom Turner, chairman of the city's planning and
zoning board, also supported the project. He said there
was no opposition when he sat on a committee to push
the bike path through as part of the city's five-year
capital improvement plan.


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S Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore couldn't be happier. The
S city already had received two royal
palms and a Canary Island date palm
from Island residents for the city hall
landscaping and this one is the icing on
the cake, Whitmore said.
"It's a good deal. All we had to do
is pay for having it moved," Whitmore
said. "I don't know why Anna Maria
didn't find another place for it. There's
got to be right of way up there where
they could have put it. That tree is
worth at least $3,000. It's a loss to
Anna Maria and a plus for Holmes Beach."
Al Reigle of Timber Toppers Tree Service in
Myakka City said the tree is worth a minimum of
$2,000 and $2,500 planted.
"It's a beautiful tree. A really fine specimen,"
Reigle said. "It's a good thing they moved it here be-
cause royal palms need to be near water, not for the
salinity, but because they don't tolerate cold very well.
If you moved this tree 15 miles east, it would probably
die. Even a move to St. Petersburg or Clearwaterjust
a few miles to the north could devastate this palm."
Merry Christmas Holmes Beach from your
friends in Anna Maria.








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Op1111inion



The Grinch takes a pinch
Overheard on the radio while surfing for holiday music
in traffic, running hither and yon in search of the perfect
baby doll ...
"Life is what's happening while you're listening to
music."
Hmmm. Maybe, "Life is what's happening while you're
relaxing on Anna Maria."
Sometimes it's tough to concentrate on world issues
when there seem to be more pressing matters in our water-
surrounded confines.
Too many times we tell people we can't publish stories
about the national budget or other news because it is too
broad in scope for our small community weekly.
Our news policy is simple. If it doesn't happen on Anna
Maria Island or involve someone from the Island, it isn't
newsworthy here.
So. while world events and national budgets are criti-
cal news, we have more important local issues to concern
ourselves with more sometimes than we can fit in the
space allowed.
This week comes the sad news that taxpayers in Anna
Maria may have to cancel Christmas. They need to tuck
away any spare change in anticipation of increased taxes.
Never mind gobs of gifts under the holiday tree or a stuffed
Christmas stocking.
Their city commission took costly actions in the past few
months culminating in the waste of five years' effort by other
commissioners and mayors before them. Free money sought in
the past for worthwhile projects has been forfeited and will
wind up costing taxpayers in the long run.
The long-awaited bike path funded in 1994 by the
Florida Department of Transportation has been laid to waste.
There will be no connecting path through Holmes Beach to
Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key. No long trail for lei-
surely rides, and no safe path in Anna Maria to businesses
on Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue or Bay Boulevard and beyond.
While the same commission spent six months, some-
times a year deliberating other issues, they took action on the
bike path following one resident's adamant complaints over
the course of two meetings.
Slash. $246.000 gone. The late Mayor Ray Simches'
legacy to the city was laid waste without consideration for
all those who came before including county and state
transportation officials desperately seeking alternative trans-
portation methods for beleaguered Island roads.
The bike path opponent went so far as to state there
were no "positive impacts" for such a project.
Well, safety does come to mind. One of the worst bi-
cycle accidents in Island history occurred when a youngster
darted on a bike from a sidewalk across the road. Would a
bike path and safety education on its use have made a dif-
terence? Who's to sa\.
It's just a crying shame we couldn't have had an elec-
lion before this hasteful, wasteful decision swa. made it
may have made a difference.


Thle Islander
I Dec. 22. 1999 Vol. 8. No. (i
V Publisher and Editor
Bonner J. Futch
V Editorial
Paul Roat. News Editor
June Alder
Pat Copeland
Jack Egan
David Futch
Jim Hanson
Susan K. Kesselring
V Contributors
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Doug Dowling
Mary Fulford Green
Edna Tiemann
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It's us
We are the elves you refer to on the front page of
the 12/15 Islander. My wife Debra and I, along with the
most dedicated employees possible (Sandy, Peggy and
Sandy) make the particular ornaments you featured.
Thank you very much for recognizing our crafts-
manship.
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Bradenton Beach

Is it apples or oranges?
There have been several town meetings to discuss
the condition of the city pier in Anna Maria. On Oct.
26 the commission voted to request bids from marine
contractors to determine what was needed to make the
pier safe and serviceable.
When the bids were reviewed on Dec. 6 the whole
process had changed and the contractors had been asked
to bid on complete renovation of the pier. This change was
not what was discussed in the town meetings and voted on
by the commission. In defense of this change, the state-
ment was made that it would not be fair to contractors to
ask them to submit different bids since it would be like
comparing apples to oranges. That comparison was incor-
rect. In fact the intent of all of the town commission dis-
cussions and the motion voted on was to find out whether
the city needed apples or oranges.
What the commission requested, what the citizens
supported, and what was voted on in the public forum
was to request bids from experienced marine contrac-
tors to determine how much renovation was needed on
the pier. Instead, fours bids were submitted for com-
plete demolition and reconstruction of the pier. As a
result, we still have no idea from professionals about
what degree of reconstruction or repair is really needed
on the pier.
I have two major concerns regarding this issue. The
first concern is the City of Anna Maria is embarking on
another expensive and misguided project without ad-


I Pnlnite informnlinn


My second concern is about the process. It appears
that decisions are made without public discussion and
changes are implemented in private. This process has
backfired on the commission several times in the past year.
This process has also antagonized and irritated
many citizens and earned the commission a bad
reputation. From my observations. I do not think the
commission intended to antagonize the citizens or to
make misinformed decisions but that is what hap-
pened. The pier renovation appears to be another
project which may backfire and end up becoming a
major financial burden on the taxpayers of Anna
Maria City.
Thomas E. Skoloda, Ph.D.. Anna Maria

Do you have your game?
Mayor Carol Whitmore, your name appears in the
city hall corner on the Game of Anna Maria Island.
Have you stopped by an outlet to buy a game board?
Judy Duncan, your name appears in the Islanders All
list. Same question. Jim Dunne your name is in the list
of Rotarians. Do you have your game yet?
The Millennium Edition of the game is sponsored
by the Island Rotary club and a number of Island busi-
nesses. Past editions in 1984 and 1992 were a great
success with and one again, spaces on the board are
named for the sponsoring businesses and individuals.
You can get the game board from Rotarians in the
entry of the Island's Publix supermarket on East Bay
Drive. They may also be found at 1st National Bank,
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Joe's
Eats and Sweets, Dee's Boutique, The Beach Shop at
Manatee County Public Beach, Mixon Insurance, and
West Coast Refrigeration.
By the way, the game recognizes inflation. Previous
games had $50,000 the value for the top property. On this
edition the same property sells for $100,000. Each player
also starts with $100,000, somewhat snazzier than other
board games. The games will be available to the end of the
year first week of January or until sold.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 22, 1999 U PAGE 7


Alder


Part 10, Wartime Anna Maria:
1941-42


A WOMAN'S


TOUCH
In 1942 Gen. Hap Arnold the man largely re-
sponsible for turning Florida into a gigantic air corps
training ground had a big problem at MacDill Field.
Young men training there were dying at an alarm-
ing rate. Their planes were killing them off.
Volunteer observers on Anna Maria Island found
themselves watching out for downed aircraft in the
Gulf as well as for enemy submarines.
"One a Day in Tampa Bay," the saying went.
The twin-engined B-26 Martin Marauder, a me-
dium bomber with a crew of six, was intended for
medium altitude bombing attacks at high speed. It was
supposed to get to its target undetected, drop its pay-


Jackie Cochran pins AAF wings on a new graduate
from flying school.


Gen. Henry (Hap) Arnold gave Jackie Cochran her
Distinguished Service Medal of Honor in 1945.
load then streak back home. Experienced pilots loved
it for its speed and power.
But the B-26 had some hazardous defects. Propel-
lers stopped in mid-air. Sometimes they fell off. And
if that wasn't bad enough, landing them was a terrify-
ing proposition because of their stubby wings and 140-
mph landing speed.
"Widow maker" and "Baltimore prostitute" the
men called them (many of the planes were built in
Baltimore). In the fall of 1942 there were 34 accidents
from which 56 young airmen never came back.
Gen. Arnold sought advice from his pals. Jimmy
Doolittle did a test flight but couldn't come up with any
recommendations to fix the problems. Then Hap turned
to his longtime ally, Jacqueline Cochran, who grew up
poor in the Florida Panhandle but became a record-
breaking pilot and founder of the WASP (Woman's Air
Force Service Pilots).
She took the plane up, realized it needed fixing but
liked its style. Her reaction was: I can handle this baby.
So can my gals. Give 'em a chance. Hap did. Jackie's
gals gained fame for ferrying the temperamental B-26s


across the Atlantic.
Bragged Jackie, "One hundred and fifty women
ended up flying the B-26 with only one minor accident,
not a single fatality, and over 75,000 operational hours
to their credit. They were a marvelous bunch of
women."
But bad luck followed the B-26 flyers to Europe.
Flying at low altitude on an important mission bomb-
ing power plants in Holland, they were raked by anti-
aircraft guns. Only one of 11 planes returned. Thirty-
eight out of 67 crewmen were killed, 20 captured.
The situation got so serious that a congressional
.investigation was held at MacDill Field in 1944. It was
headed up by then Sen. Harry S. Truman.
Eventually the air force found ways to get around
the B-26's problems. Flying at medium altitude with
fighter escort, the plane gave a good account of itself
striking selected targets.
As for Jackie Cochran, in 1945 she was awarded
the Distinguished Service Medal for her outstanding
service to the nation. After the war she looked for new
challenges. She became the first woman to break the
sound barrier in 1947. At her death in 1980, she held
more aviation records than any other U.S. pilot male
or female.
One more B-26 story:
Two Hollywood movies were made at Tampa's air
bases. "A Guy Called Joe" starring Spencer Tracy was.
filmed at MacDill Field. "The Air Force Story" with
John Garfield had scenes shot at Drew Field.
The Garfield saga featured an air raid by B-26s
painted to look like Japanese bombers. The Army was
careful to alert all Tampa Bay area defenses about the
fake attack. But, continuing the B-26's unlucky streak,
the disguised planes were shot at by a Coast Guard
battery.
Possibly one on Anna Maria Island.

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Anna Maria voters to cast ballots on alcohol licenses


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Whether beer and wine service will be expanded at
restaurants in Anna Maria next year is still being debated.
The issue will be on the ballot in the Anna Maria
election Feb. 8.
Mayor Chuck Shumard asked Manatee County
Supervisor Of Elections Bob Sweat to let Anna Maria
voters decide through a referendum whether the own-
ers of Ato's and Sign of the Mermaid restaurants,
should be allowed to serve beer and wine to their cus-
tomers.
Anna Maria's current ordinance restricts post-
1987 establishments from applying for a license from
the state to sell alcohol if the establishment is within
2,500 feet of a church or a business licensed to sell al-
coholic beverages.
Ed Spring, owner of Sign of the Mermaid, pre-
sented a proposal to the commission which would cur-
tail the amount of beer and wine sold by requiring
newly licensed restaurants to derive 60 percent of gross
income from food sales.
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Steve and Vivienne Barnes have an interest in the
process as new owners of Ato's Restaurant.
Steve Barnes said the referendum is hard to read
and ambiguous and he's afraid residents won't know
what they are voting for. He reworded it into two para-
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Shumard said there wasn't time to have the city attor-
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This would be only the third time Anna Maria's had
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Port expansion deadline making folks nervous


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
The expansion of Port Manatee is making some
folks nervous, including the state watchdogs charged
with making sure the dredging project goes off with-
out a hitch.
George Henderson is a Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection senior research scientist with
the Florida Marine Research Institute at Bayboro Har-
bor in St. Petersburg.
Henderson said he thinks the port and the engineer-
ing firm Gee & Jensen, which is charged with seagrass
mitigation is pushing it if they think they can get 12
acres of seagrass to take hold by the August 2002 ex-
pansion deadline.
What if it doesn't?
"Then it dies and they have to do it all over again.
They can't just walk away from it," Henderson said.
"'Most of these mitigation projects have a 48- to 60-
month time period that the DEP requires they monitor
until the grass does take.


In keeping with the spirit of the season the
last minute spirit of the season here's an eleventh
hour gift suggestion from the folks at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
They're hoping you'll join in the spirit of a
fundraiser for the Center's Endowment Fund and
make a gift for someone you love that will instantly
double in size.
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn
Lester have generously offered to match all dona-
tions to the fund until the year's end up to
$40,000.
Yes, your gift of any amount doubles.


"We think it's a large project with some interest-
ing construction aspects. They have to pull down some
of the elevation (of spoil islands near the port). I think
they're pushing it for a 2002 completion."
Tom Reese, former attorney for the environmental
group ManaSota 88, said the mitigation program re-
quired during the port's expansion is laughable at best.
"Even if mitigation takes, we're still losing 42
acres of bay bottom less than six feet deep where his-
torically seagrass flourished," Reese said. "I always
thought mitigation was a joke. Transplanting grass
where it historically grew is no benefit to the public.
Cleaning the area up and better water quality will al-
low that to happen anyway."
DEP environmental specialist Lauren Milligan with
the office of Beaches and Coastal Systems is charged with
overseeing the project on behalf of the state.
She, too, is concerned about the accelerated sched-
ule to complete the port expansion.
"Yes it's scary. The port's deadlines are going to
be difficult to meet. We would like them to complete


The Lesters helped the Center found the endow-
ment fund several years ago. It's a fund that pro-
vides an everlasting investment principal on which
the Center builds and earns interest with a goal of
becoming self-supporting.
The Center and the Lesters are counting on the
Island community to pitch in and match this gener-
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Please mail your gift, a gift for a friend or fam-
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construction of seagrass mitigation before doing any
dredging. Some success criteria must be met before
they dredge.
"It takes about a year to tell if the transplanted
seagrass will take. We have a dilemma because we
don't know if the grass will take. They want to plant in
April and that's a pretty short time period for them to
get permits. Things may or may not get worked out by
April. We don't even know if April is the best time for
planting seagrass."
Port Manatee spokesperson Steve Tyndal said the
deadlines are tight.
"It's scary because the timeline demands that we
have it finished because we have customers who are
going to want berthing space by the end of 2003," he
said. "The success of the mitigation is necessary to
meet demands of our potential customers. And if we
miss important segments of the timeline, that business
could go away."
The port's permit requires it to start planting
seagrass in April.
"The success of the mitigation is the No. 1 prior-
ity," Tyndal said. "We know we can't build anything
until we meet DEP's success criteria. So we're giving
this the priority it deserves."
Gloria Rains, chairman of ManaSota 88, said the
whole project is scary.
"This thing is ultimately going to be a fiasco from
the word go. They're rushing to get this thing done,"
Rains said. "Not only is the expansion going to mess
up Tampa Bay, it's going to negate all the millions of
dollars we've poured into Tampa Bay to clean it up. I
think you'll see that after a couple of years the seagrass
won't be alive. And a 'Ho Ho Ho' during this Christ-
mas season. We [ManaSota 88] feel like we're stand-
ing out blowing in the wind."
The planned port expansion would require digging
up some bay bottom that is a prime area for snook.
"That snook hole is not going to be productive,"
Rains said. "It's going to affect sport fishing."

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extra attention
By Jim Hanson
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Bugs and carcinogen are adding about $94,000
to the cost of the old Cortez school building.
The 1912-built brick building at the east end of
the village has termite damage that will cost $38,561
to repair and asbestos and lead abatement, another
$55,850, Manatee County has been told.
The damage estimates were made by Bob
Welch, the Facilities Management Department
staffer who will manage the building when it is in
the county's hands.
The Florida Communities Trust is granting the
county $390,000 to buy the historic building and its
4 1/2 acres of land, to turn it to public use by the
village and other entities the county deems worthy.
Termites, asbestos and lead are "normal for a
building nearly 90 years old," Welch said, "espe-
cially one with wood floors like this one."
He said lead paint has been used throughout the
building.
"In fact, 25 or 30 years ago painters mixed their
own paints from the basics, including raw lead,"
Welch said. Since both lead and asbestos have been
deemed to be cancer-causing, the paint all has to be
stripped off before anyone can work there without
protective gear, he said, to comply with federal stan-
dards.
The asbestos is in the compound the artist
owner, Robert Sailors, used to seal joints when he
built walls and closets in turning the big building
into a studio and living quarters.
Sailors was an internationally known textile art-
ist who.lived and worked there until his death in
1995. Many believe his heirs are being quite gener-
ous, selling the building for the price negotiated by
the county and the Communities Trust.
Welch said all the interior walls will come out
and some of the flooring will have to be replaced.
That will be expensive, he noted, for the flooring
must be heart of pine to match what's there now, and
that runs $9 to $11 a square foot.
Dec. 29 has been set as the date of closing the
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The market will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at the
Manatee West Shopping Center, Manatee Avenue at
75th Street, Bradenton. Vendors must supply their own
table or booth, with 10-by-20-foot spaces available for
$15 each.
For information and reservations, 747-7778, 792-
4642 or 794-6972.


Holiday Camp production,
field trips featured
The Holiday Camp program is well under way at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, with the
presentation of the theater appreciation group's produc-
tion, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 22.
The play will be presented at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria City. It is for parents and
.friends of the participating children. A dance produc-
tion and Christmas carols also are on the program.
Holiday Camp field trips for youngsters are sched-
uled until year's end, all starting from the Center.
Transportation and entry fees are included in reg-
istration. For trips starting in the morning, participants
must be at the center before 9 a.m. And, they are re-
minded, bring lunch.
The schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Planet Fun.
Dec. 27, 1 4 p.m., Mote Marine Aquarium.
Dec. 28, 9 a.m. 2 p.m., Classic Car Museum.
Dec. 29, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., ice skating.
Dec. 30, 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Sarasota Players The-
ater; 1 4:45 p.m., roller skating.
Details are available at 778-1908.


Ace tailgater
Scott Hillabrand grins happily over $500 worth of
Dewalt tools he won in a national drawing for the
Crowder Brothers Ace Tailgate Sweepstakes.
Hillabrand works at Smuggler's Cove Beach Resort in
Bradenton Beach.


Obituaries

Robert M. Kaekel
Robert M. Kaekel, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
15 in Northwest Care Center, Bradenton.
Burial will be in Mansion Memorial Park,
Ellenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Bradenton, 3355 26th St.
W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
Born in East Grand Rapids, Mich., Mr. Kaekel moved
to Anna Maria Island from there in 1948. He worked as
a window and door maker for Alcan Aluminum. He at-
tended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
He is survived by a daughter, Julie Farmer of Myakka
City; a son, Robert, of Bradenton; a brother, Harvey E.
Kaekel, of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and three grandchil-
dren.
Robert Lee Proctor
Robert (Bob) Lee Proctor, 79, of Evart, Mich. and
Bradenton, died Dec. 18.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.22
at the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home; Island Chapel,
6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contri-
butions may be sent to Hospice of Southwest Floirda,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Mr. Proctor served his country as a young man in
the U.S. Army at Pearl Harbor and in Guam. In 1956
he joined the Military Attache System where he served
for 10 years in France, Ethiopia and Algeria.
He then joined the Church World Service where he
directed philanthropic agricutultural and food distribution
programs in Malawi, Nigeria, Greece and Madagascar.
He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1971. He was the
co-founder of Marion J. Smith Realty in the 1970s and
Gulf-Bay Realty in 1992 with daughter Robin Kollar.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Jo
Ann Nelson and Robin Kollar; five grandchildren,
Danielle Neslon, Jennifer Nelson Oliver, Attila, Zita and
Zoltan Kollar; and great-granddaughter Olivia Oliver.

Victor C. Reinel
Victor C. Reinel, 81, of Palmetto, died Dec. 11, in
Integrated Health Services at Braden River.
Burial is in Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National
Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119,
Orlando, FL 32803.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Reinel came to Manatee
County from there in 1959. He owned and operated
Reinel Roofing in Chicago. He was mayor of
Bradenton Beach from January 1962 to June 1963. He
owned and operated The Pine Trailer Park in
Bradenton Beach, Bridge Street Apartments and the
Neptune Apartments in Sarasota and built and operated
Casa Del Ray Trailer Court in Bradenton. He was a
member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Lodge No. 2449 in Palmetto and American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post No. 24 in Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; a daughter,
Karen Stiglich of Fort Myers; three sons, Victor, of
Palm Bay, Richard, of Sarasota and John, of North
Port; a sister, Shirley Schneider of Bradenton; four
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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soon in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach officials hope to have their
pesky, leaky streetlights fixed early next year.
The city has been wrestling with the contractor who
did the work of upgrading the streetscape near Bridge
Street to get the decorative lights repaired. The first set of
Bridge Street lights, with their graceful arched globes
under wide hoods atop deep green posts, never really did
work right.
When the city received a second $500,000 state grant
in 1998 for more streetscape work, everyone agreed that
the problems of the previous lights would not be repeated,
and decided to fix the old lights at the same time.
However, the streetlights that the city selected and the
lights that were eventually shipped and installed were not
the same. The lights at First Street and along northern Gulf
Drive proved to be just as faulty as the first set of lights,
but for a different reason: the attachment between the
globe hoods and the arms leaked, causing the glass globes
to fill with water and once again short.
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie said re-
placement lights are scheduled to be shipped next month.
However, the proposed streetlights are destined to be dis-
assembled by Mayor Gail Cole to try and figure if they
won't leak before being shipped.
Cole said he wasn't too pleased by the lack of a
schematic for the new lights, but he would offer a re-
port back to the commission on the status of the bro-
ken sample light he has and offer a status report.


Getting in the spirit
Captain Larry Revell andfirefighter Donna Braun
get in the spirit of Christmas by decorating Anna
Maria/West Side Fire District's Station 1 building in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.


Christmas poem found after 25 years


Barbara Wright of Holmes Beach has gotten
many fine things from her lifelong association with
Anna Maria Island, and this particular one goes
back 25 years.
She visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac
Colvin. as often as possible from her home in
Michigan the Colvins had been living here at
least part time on Beach Avenue in Anna Maria City
since 1946.
On her Christmas visit in 1974 daughter Bar-
bara was charmed by a poem in the Beachcomber,

Christmas Eve on Anr
'Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the isle
No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered wild
No children in flannels were tucked into bed ...
They all wore their shorty pajamas instead.

To find wreaths of holly was not very hard
For holly trees sprouted right in the back yard!
In front of the houses were Daddies and Moms
Adorning the bushes and coconut palms!

The slumbering kiddies were dreaming in glee
And hoped they'd find water skis under the tree!
They all knew that Santa was well on the way
In a Mercedes Benz instead of a sleigh!

And soon he arrived and started his work
He hadn't a second to linger or shirk.
He whizzed up the highway and zoomed up the roads
In an S-L 300 delivering his loads!

The tropical moon gave the Island a glow
And lighted the way for old Santa below.
As he jumped from the auto he gave a weak chuckle
He was dressed in Bermudas with an Ivy League buc

There weren't any chimneys but that caused no gloor
For Santa came in through the Florida room.
He stopped at each house, stayed only a minute
And emptied his sack of the stuff that was in it!

Before he departed he treated himself
To the glass of papaya juice left on the shelf.
Then he turned with a jerk and bounced back to the c
Remembering he still had to go very far.

He shifted the gears and stepped on the gas
Across the bridge he went very fast
And I heard him exclaim as he went on his way
"Merry Christmas, Anna Maria ... I wish I could stay
Author unknown


an Island shopper long since gone. She clipped it and
took it home with her.
Ultimately she and her husband, retired now,
moved permanently to Holmes Beach and unbe-
knownst moved the poem with them. The other day
she was "going through some old stuff and here was
that old yellowed clipping. I almost threw it out."
She didn't, recovering it in time to share it with
her own children and grandchildren when they visit
over Christmas. And she shares it with her fellow Is-
landers:

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The Whirligig Christmas Tree
As the Cracker was transferred about the country
during his FBI Agent glory days he, on occasion,
planted a live, blue spruce Christmas tree wherever he
was living at Christmas time. One such tree still grows
in Marietta, Ohio, and another in Athens, Ohio, or did
so at last accounting.
Eventually, after his transfer back to FBI headquar-
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Maryland suburbs. How nice it would be, he mused, to
plant some blue spruce trees on the little slope in his
backyard.
As fate would have it, about dusk one cold evening
a few days before Christmas, there came a knock on the
Cracker's door.
Looking out the window before answering the
knock, he spied this flatbed truck chock-full of live
Christmas trees.
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rel, he drew a hard bargain for five of the trees at two
bucks apiece.
The tree seller explained that since the tree roots
had been recently disturbed when dug up from his tree
farm, it was best to replant the tree while still in the
burlap bag tightly pinned about the root ball with 16-
penny nails.
He further explained that by spring the burlap will
have rotted away and the rusting nails would make an
excellent iron supplement for the growing tree.
The Cracker carefully followed the instructions to
the letter even though he already considered himself an
expert on replanting live Christmas trees. He then sat
back to enjoy the beauty of his windfall as a light snow
decorated the trees on Christmas Eve.
Things went well until late February when the
Cracker noticed that one of his prized evergreens was
slowly pinwheeling in the wind like some lawn whirli-
gig.
He was flabbergasted. Upon close inspection, he
determined that none of the trees had any roots. The
trees were all left over, cut Christmas trees recycled to
appear as live trees by nailing a burlap ball of earth to
the trunks.
This FBI Agent had been soundly and convinc-
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He was surprised to see in a recent big-city Christ-
mas ad that a local firm was selling artificial Christmas
trees in a burlap ball made to appear like a live tree.
Perhaps his crafty Ridgerunner friend or his progeny is
still carrying on the family tradition.


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Religious services will

note Christmas on

Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island's churches will celebrate the birth
of Christ in worship services this weekend, following
many special programs during the week. Their schedules:
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, Rev. Father Richard G. Fellows,
rector Christmas Eve, family Mass with children's
participation featured, 5 p.m.: hymn sing 10 p.m.; Solemn
Christ MIass 10:30. Christmas Day, Low Mass at 10 a.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Rev. Danith L. Kilts, pastor- Christmas
Eve, candlelight services at 4:30 and 8 p.m. with Christ-
mas hymn singing at both, the choir and school children
featured at the 8 o'clock service. Christmas Day, worship
service with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m., Christmas
hymns by the congregation.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St.. Bradenton Beach, Rev. J. Clement Walker,
minister- Special Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
Island Baptist church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria City, Dr. William E. Daws, pastor Christmas
Eve. "Lighting of the Candles" service at 6 p.m. Sunday
services at 11 a.m.. Sunday School at 9:45.
Longboat Island Chapel, 4052 Gulf of Mexico
Drive. Longboat Key. Dr. Cleda Anderson, senior min-
ister Christmas Eve, candlelight service with special
music by the choir, 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, worship
service at 10 a.m.
First Church of Christ Scientist, 6300 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Jackie Walker, first reader- Dec.
22, service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, service at 10:30 a.m.
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, 248 S. Har-
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Dec. 24, children's Mass and vigil at 3:30 p.m., vigil
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Historical society
-, celebrates
Christmas
'- From left, Marilyn
Moroni, Marge Ebel
Sand Alice Doeden
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1 the Anna Maria Island
S Historical Society at
their annual Christ-
mas party. The trio
sang a selection of
Christmas favorites,
then led the crowd in a
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Corsi and public works
employee Gary Blunden.
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Kids, families made cozy at Christmas


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Kids love Santa, and fire trucks almost as much.
So when Santa arrived at the Sandbar restaurant
last week on an Anna Maria fire truck with sirens blar-
ing, the delight in their tiny faces was as radiant as
Rudolph's nose.
This is the sixth year Ed Chiles, owner of the Sand-
bar, has sponsored the Christmas for Kids Party. It was
renamed the Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party
this year in memory of his late father and former
Florida governor.
The restaurant organizes a community fundraising
drive to provide underprivileged families with food,
clothes and toys.
Looking like a large Christmas stocking, the
restaurant's interior was stuffed with endless presents,
bags and boxes of goodies to help make this a Merry
Christmas for 50 families and 70 children. Many of the
children are from The Growing Place, a child-care fa-
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Employees of the Chiles Group, which includes the
Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants, do-
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When they first arrived, children had their faces
painted and enjoyed lunch on the outdoor deck deco-
rated with festive green and red balloons.
Before Santa appeared on the scene, a Waste Man-
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However, nothing could hold a candle to Santa.
The children made a beeline for him, taking turns hug-
ging the jolly elf and eagerly following him to the
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to receive their presents.
To the children's delight, Rudolph. Frosty and
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Other's played Santa as well. Former Holmes
Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams was seen passing
out $1 bills to all the children present.
Sandbar Manager Gary Wooten was everywhere at
once, his face flushed with good will.
The Growing Place's Carlyn Spencer said many of
the families who have children enrolled at their facil-
ity are single parents, or the families are large, so the
extra help is so much needed and appreciated.
"The restaurant covers everything a family needs,
from toys to clothes and shoes as well as a full meal for
the holiday table," she said.
Her facility has been coming to the Sandbar each
year since 1994. She said many of the children have
grown up with memories of the Christmas party. She
said when they hear of their destination, they beam and
excitedly say, "We're going to the Sandbar."

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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 22, 1999 0 PAGE 15


Streetlife


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 8, found property a bicycle, Magnolia
and Maxine.
Dec. 11, possession of marijuana less than 20
grams, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton
Beach. The complainant reported an illegally parked
vehicle in front of a residence. The deputy said he ob-
served a pipe in the ashtray and asked the vehicle's
owner, Linda Mae Martinez, 25, of Holmes Beach, if
she had any marijuana. He said she pulled a bag of
marijuana out of her pocket and was placed in custody.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 13. lost property a ring valued at
$2,100, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K.
Dec. 13, information, 2200 block of Avenue C.
The complainant reported juvenile subjects threw
trash into his yard, threw rocks at his vehicle caus-
ing scratches and broke a tree. The officer spoke to
the mother of the subjects who said she was aware of
the damage and would pay for it.
Dec. 14, criminal mischief, 1600 block of Gulf
Drive North. The victim reported an unknown per-
son cut two tires and damaged the driver's side of his
vehicle. Damage were $1,500.
Dec. 15, burglary of an automobile, Coquina
Beach. The victim reported an unknown person
smashed the passenger side window and removed a
purse, $400 cash, a credit card, a credit union debit
card and identification. The victim said when she
called to have the debit card canceled, she learned
that someone had used it.
Dec. 15, lost/stolen boat decal, 500 block of
Gulf Drive South.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 10, trespass, 3600 block of East Bay


Drive. The complainant reported he arrived at his
condominium and found the subject had changed the
lock and his belongings were inside. The complain-
ant said he would work it out with the subject.
Dec. 10, noise, 2900 block of Avenue E. The
officer on patrol observed a large party with numer-
ous juveniles present and beer bottles on the lawn.
He shut down the party.
Dec. 10, Marchman Act, 2800 block of Gulf
Drive. Several complainants reported an intoxicated
subject was walking in traffic. The officer located
the subject who was barely able to walk and said lhe
had nowhere to go. The officer placed him in custody
under the Marchman Act.
Dec. 11, noise, Holmes Boulevard and 56th
Street. The complainant reported a loud party and the
officer asked the subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 11, noise, 100 block of 49th Street. The
complainant reported loud music and noise and the
officer asked the subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 11, burglary to an automobile, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Manatee County Public Beach. The victim re-
ported an unknown person broke the window and re-
moved a purse, $10 in cash, a credit card, checks,
and identification. Damages were $50.
Dec. 11, theft, 200 block of Peacock Lane. The
victim said he was advised by a Palmetto police of-
ficer that he had recovered three of the victim's per-
sonal checks from a suspect apprehended during a
traffic stop. The victim checked and found his check-
book was missing.
Dec. 12. warrant, 100 block of Seaside Court.
The officer stopped the suspect operating a vehicle
with an expired tag and a check showed her driver's
license was suspended and she had an outstanding
warrant. He issued two citations and placed her in
custody.
Dec. 12, vandalism, 100 block of 52nd Street.


The victim reported an unknown person slit two tires
on his vehicle.
Dec. 14, suspicious, 100 block of 31st Street.
The complainant reported a subject outside her apart-
ment had tried to open her door. The officer located
the subject, who said he just moved in next door a
few days ago. The subject said he got drunk at a
Christmas party and lost his keys. The officer located
his keys on the ground.
Dec. 14, harassing phone calls, 600 block of
Concord Lane. The officer contacted GTE security.
Dec. 14, suspicious, 200 block of 54th Street.
The complainant reported the subject's blind dog
wvas in the street and she was afraid it would get hit
by a vehicle. She said she attempted to contact the
subject to no avail. The dispatcher was able. to con-
tact the subject to retrieve the dog.
Dec. 15. noise, 400 block of 77th Street. The
complainant reported noise from a loud party and the
officer advised the subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 15, weapons, 4600 block of Gulf Drive.
The complainant, a school bus driver, reported two
juveniles came from behind a hedge and threw a
large orange at the bus, shattering the driver's side
mirror. The juveniles were not found.
Dec. 15, suspicious, 5404 Marina Drive. The
complainant reported an unknown person broke a
bench in front of a business. Damages were $300.
Dec. 16, animal, 300 block of 72nd Street. The
complainant reported a loose dog barking all night.
The officer retrieved the dog and contacted animal
control.
Dec. 17, noise, 3800 block of Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported loud music and yelling. The of-
ficer advised the subjects to be quieter.
If you have information that may help solve
crimes, contact Crime Stoppers at 747-COPS. You
may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.


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THE ISLANDER DEC. 22, 1999 U PAGE 21


Days long past
The Anna Maria beachfront
Yelvington property in the 1930s
shows cottages facing the Gulf of
Mexico. To see more pictures of
days past, visit the Island Mu-
seum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria City, Tuesdays, Wednes-
days, Thursdays and Saturdays
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Infor-
mation is available at 778-0492.
Photo courtesy of the Anna
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Bystrom, Smith lead IFC team
The Island Football Club under age 10 soccer
team knows how to apply pressure.
With Connor Bvstrom, Nick Smith and Donnie
Anderson leading the way, the IFC team crushed the
previously undefeated Bradenton Sharks 9-2 in the
Sixth Annual Islander Indoor Soccer Christmas
Tournament.
It was the first game Wednesday for both teams
in the popular tournament played at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
More teams than ever were in the tourney as 29
soccer squads from throughout Manatee County en-
tered. The event was open to both male and female
teams in six age groups starting with under 8-year-
olds and topping out with the under 18-year-olds.
The under-10 IFC squad led by Coach Danny
Mitchell allowed only two shots on goal in the first
half, keeping the Sharks backed up in their own half
of the gymnasium playing field the entire time.
IFC led 5-0 at the end of the first half and the
score would have been worse had it not been for
some good saves by the Sharks goalie.
Bystrom and Smith each had a hat trick with
three goals apiece while Anderson pounded home


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Nick Smith of the Island Football Club under age 10 team pounds a kick toward goal as a Bradenton Sharks
player tries to block it in the Sixth Annual Islander Indoor Soccer Tournament. Smith's blast got by but hit the
post. Not to worry. Smith scored three goals in the game to help IFC beat the Sharks 9-2. Also scoring for IFC
were Connor Bvstrom with three. Donnie Anderson had two and Joel Mitchell scored one. The tournament
continues through Thursday at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
with the championship games set for a Thursday 5 p.m. start. Islander Photo: David Futch


two scores. Joel Mitchell had the other goal for IFC.
Manatee Magic beat the under-10 team Sunday
forcing the Islanders to play the Terminators Mon-


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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 22
Against the Terminators, IFC scored in the first
45 seconds of the game when Bystrom headed a ball
to Mitchell who shot a bullet into goal. The Termi-
nators came right back, scoring a minute later to knot
the score at one apiece.
Spencer Carper would have none of that and he
and Mitchell put on a passing show for the Termina-
tors as they moved in on goal. Carper passed to
Mitchell who passed it back to Carper who knocked
the ball to make it 2-1 IFC.
Toward the end of the first half, IFC's Mike
Schweitzer found himself in the corner and closely
guarded but was able to make a nice pass to Carper
who scored his second goal.
IFC missed a half dozen shots and the Termina-
tors' goalie made a half dozen saves to keep it close.
In the second half, the Terminators scored in the
first three minutes on a direct penalty kick that
should have been indirect, meaning the Terminators'
player should have passed the ball to another player
before shooting at goal. The referee missed the call
and the Terminators were behind 3-2.
Two minutes later the referee allowed them to do
the same thing and they scored. However, IFC coach
Danny Mitchell came onto to the gym floor to pro-
test. After an explanation from tournament director
Scott Dell, the referee reversed himself and disal-
lowed the goal to leave IFC ahead 3-2.
With 1:47 left, Bystrom put the game away with
a power kick and a 4-2 win.
"We missed a lot of shots tonight," Coach
Mitchell said. "We're not going to be able to that
against the Magic and expect to win."

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move into the championship round Tuesday night.
The Sharks played the Stingrays, the only team
to beat them. The Stingrays topped the Sharks 3-2
Sunday and now the Sharks must win to play for the
title Thursday night at 6 p.m.
In Monday's game against the Rage, Sean
Pittman was all over the floor on defense and scored
at will.
Pittman got his first goal two minutes into the
game when Jordan Pritchard made a perfect pass in
the box and Pittman tapped the ball in.
Then Kyle Schweitzer took a throw in from
goalie Matt Bobo and raced the length of the court
and left foots the ball in goal for a 2-0 lead.
Pittman scored again on a running, driving shot
for 3-0.
A couple minutes later, a Rage player knocked
one in for the good guys after Pittman, Pritchard and
Schweitzer put the pressure on in the box.
The second half was elementary as the IFC
Sharks ran away with the game.

Island teams fight it out
Two Island teams in the under age 14 division
faced off Saturday following the under-10 game.
The Islanders snuck past the Electric Sheep team
4-1 on two goals by King Middle Schooler Joey
Ciasullo and one each by Skyler Purcell of Holmes
Beach and Brian Sconberg.
Islander goalie Taylor Clark kept the Sheep at
bay with some timely saves, one of them a great foot
save with his right foot as he was diving to his left.
Clark preserved a 1-0 lead at the half because of the
save.
Ciasullo made it 2-0 Islanders at 16:53 in the
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However, Purcell sealed the victory when she
snuck a ball past the Sheep goalie. Ciasullo added in-
surance with his second goal to make it 4-1.
Also on Saturday, Santa's Helpers II shut out the
Islanders 4-0 and the Islanders met the Rage Mon-
day to see who would play Santa's team for all the
marbles.
The Rage put on a clinic to win 10-1 and faced
Santa's team Tuesday. Because the Rage has a loss
in the double elimination tournament, they must beat
Santa's Helpers to play for the championship Thurs-
day at 7 p.m.

Northwest cruises in under 14 division
The Northwest team of players from, well guess,
northwest Bradenton cruised through their division
to make the championship game set for tonight at 8
p.m. against the Rage. The Rage has a loss and must
win the game. If they do, the Rage will play North-
west again Thursday night at 8 p.m. to determine the
division winner.

Ruff Riders annihilate Stickers,
will play for title
The Ruff Riders under age 18 soccer team
pounded the Stickers from Bradenton 9-2 Saturday
at the Christmas indoor soccer tournament.
A mix of former islanders and Manatee High
School friends, the Ruff Riders are the team to beat
in the seven-team division.
The Stickers never seemed to be able to figure
out where the Riders were going to pass the ball and
that made the game a runaway scoring slugfest.
Craig Jackson was outstanding in goal for the
Riders, holding the Stickers scoreless until the wan-
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P.J. Sutphin, A.J. Dudley and Seth Shipman seemed
to score at will against a team made up of the Mana-
tee High soccer team.
Sutphin and Dudley scored two goals apiece in
the first 10 minutes of the game to put it away early.
Dudley put on a show in the second half when he
scored immediately then stole a ball and scored
again 30 seconds later for a 6-0 lead.
Another power shot made it 7-0 then some cool
passing between Sutphin, Dudley and Howard out-
maneuvered the Stickers' defense and Dudley sent
another one home.
Jackson came out of goal and a minute later he
scored on a solid left-footer and then went back in
goal.
Schweitzer finished out the game with a penalty
kick and a 9-2 win after two meaningless goals by
the Stickers.
According to Howard, the game plan was to
have "a lot of passing. Nobody can defend our pass-
ing."
The Riders also won a Thursday night game 9-
5 over Evan Purcell's team the Islanders.
On Sunday, the Riders socked the Rockers 11-
6 to gain a berth in the championship game tonight
at 9 p.m. against the winner of the Rockers and
Stickers game played Tuesday night.

Green Girls play tough
in loss to Islanders
The Islanders under 18 soccer team made up of
young men beat a tough, determined Green Girls
team Saturday at the indoor tournament.
Kira Walsh, Carrie Kaiser, Eva Holland and Sh-
annon Bell stayed step-for-step with Purcell's Is-
landers often making the crowd ooh and aah at their
passing skills and the Islanders wondering where the
ball went.
The four young women play for the always-
strong Manatee High School girls soccer team.
Still, the boys showed no mercy, several times
pounding the girls to the floor. The girls often re-
turned the favor.


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we had some more players who knew the game,
we'd be beating these guys."
No fear there.
At the end of the first half, Purcell had scored a
couple and his team went up 6-0.
The start of the final 20-minute period was a dif-
ferent story.
Kaiser, who played goalie in the first half, came
out and started a rally. Walsh got an assist after she
and Kaiser went at it in front of the goal against two


Islanders with Walsh passing to Kaiser who knocked
the ball in goal.
Then Holland scored on a penalty kick from 50
feet away and throwing a scare into the Islanders
who scored again to make it 7-2.
Walsh came through to make it 7-3 on some.fine
dribbling and a shot on goal. Bell scored later for the
Green but the game was out of reach at 9-4.
The final score was 12-4 prompting the never-
say-never Walsh to say, "We should have beaten
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these guys."
The championship games for each division will
be played tonight and tomorrow night at the Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., in Anna Maria.
The games start at 5 p.m. for the six division cham-
pionships from under age 8 to under age 18.

Manatee freshmen take Air-It-Up games
Four Manatee High School freshmen thrashed
the competition in a recent Nike-sponsored Air-It-
Up four-man flag football tournament in Tampa.
The Force Four led by quarterback Adam Wall of
Anna Maria took home the title with Wall throwing to
his favorite targets Garris Joyner, Josh Kswark and
Corey Wilson of Bradenton. Joyner and Wall played on
the Manatee High freshman football teams.
The Force played four games and won them all.
In the first game, Wall and Joyner hooked up for
several long scores on the 50-yard-long field for a
12-2 victory. Each touchdown was worth one point.
Let's do the math. Twelve touchdowns equals a
thrashing.
"We pounded everybody we played," Wall said.
"It makes it easier with six-foot-four-inch Garris
Joyner catching my passes."
The Force has been invited back to another tour-
nament set for January against stiffer competition
from around Florida. More to come.
Speaking of more to come, Wall is headed to
Penn State University this summer for a quarterback
camp for promising players from around the coun-
try.
"They're going to take us to the same fields
where Joe Montana and Dan Marino played high
school ball," Wall said. "That's going to be pretty
special."

Demory comes out of retirement
to win golf tourney
After not playing for eight months, Dennis Demory
came out of retirement to win the weekly Sunday Sun-
rise Golf Tournament at Palma Sola Golf Club.
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Photo: David Futch
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Moon over Anna Maria enlightens Island lifestyle


Be sure to catch the full moon Wednesday, Dec.
22. According to some reports, this year will be the first
full moon to occur on a winter solstice Dec. 22 com-
monly called the first day of winter in 133 years.
Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurs in
conjunction with a lunar perigee, or the point of the
lunar orbit that is closest to Earth, the moon will appear
larger than it does at apogee, or the point in the moon's
elliptical orbit which is farthest from Earth. Since the
Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at
this time of the year, sunlight striking the moon should
make things markedly brighter.
Astronomers seem to be refuting the concept of a
bigger, brighter-appearing moon, but it sure looked big
and bright to me over the weekend, and it wasn't even
full yet. Of course, the holiday cheer may have made
things glitter a little brighter than usual for me.

Villages Florida style
Remember that phrase that goes "it takes a village
to raise a child"? Well, villages appear to be "the new
thing" in land-use planning and, as with many things,
Anna Maria Island is on the cutting edge.
Our three cities, each quite a bit alike but distinct,
make up a special community. We know that, of course,
or we wouldn't live here, contribute to the community.
volunteer for causes or help our neighbors and visitors. We
are indeed a village of caring, concerned people willing
to help one another in good times and bad. We have a
sense of community and place that is unique and special,
a place to be cherished and admired.
So it was with some interest that I've been follow-
ing our neighbors to the south as they wrestle with at-
tempting to mimic our sense of community.
Sarasota County officials, torn with what to do with
the vast tracts of developable land east of Interstate 75,'
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all that currently citrus/cattle/farm acreage.
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The plan is to come up with 5,000-acre villages. I
would imagine the concept would call for central town
squares, with shops, motels, restaurants and all that
type of commercial use, surrounded by homes which
would then be surrounded by open space. "City pods"
could be another way to describe the proposal.
Picture something like Seaside in the Panhandle.
Or Celebration in central Florida, or the village of
Cortez, closer to home or Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach, or Holmes Beach.
But as I mulled over the village idea, I was re-
minded of another Seaside knockoff that already exists
in Sarasota. Rivendell is or was at one point a
highly touted development in Osprey. Developers there
said they were modeling the project on the Panhandle
resort town, with modest homes nestled close to one
another, front porches to facilitate neighbors chatting
with one another, alleys in back of the houses to avoid
having a huge garage door look at the curb, and lots of
tin roofs and funky Florida looks.
I hadn't heard much of Rivendell in the past few
years, so a housing expert buddy and I visited the "vil-
lage" a few days ago to see how it was going. And
guess what? It isn't going at all.
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My shelter expert said the village idea is going
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the nicest things I've seen in years. "National Audubon
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This guide goes into everything I mean everything
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trees, shells, coral even clouds and stars.
At $20, you could stuff the guide in everyone's stock-
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Lousy weather helped make fishing iffy off Island


By Capt. David Futch
Two cold fronts and the accompanying rain put a
damper on fishing last week. There are plenty of fish out
there for the catching when you can get out.
Bob at the Rod.& Reel Pier in Anna Maria said
people were getting a few mackerel and sheepshead last
week. There are a lot of bornita. around but not cooperat-
ing. Some redfish were caught but all in all the weather
sucked and affected the fishing.
BillLowman and Matt Bowers at Island Discount
Tackle said when it's not too rough anglers have been
slaying the grouper in 50-60 feet of water. That's about 8
to 10 miles out. Others who ventured further caught am-
berjack on a wreck 28 miles offshore. One group landed
six AJs. In the bay and around the passes, anglers are
catching trout and pompano. Bean Point at the north end
of Anna Maria Island is a favorite spot for pompano fish-
ing.
Lee and Libby Gause at Perico Harbor Bait &
Tackle said the wade fishermen were catching redfish on
large shrimp, which by the way are available at Perico
Harbor Bait & Tackle.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said the
action around Miguel Bay and in the Manatee River is
picking up with snook, trout and flounder on the upswing.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide out of
Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach said he caught gag
grouper to 18 pounds last week. He said he got one true
black grouper to the boat that tipped the scales at 15
pounds. He also brought home red grouper to 15, lane
snapper and flounder. Capt. Matt said he was fishing 15
miles out when he caught the grouper.
Capt. Glenn Corder on the Deep South charterboat
said he was able to get a mess of grouper when he was able
to get out during last week's bad weather. On one trip he
landed eight keeper gag grouper.
Capt. Tom Chaya on Dolphin Dreams out of
Captain's Marina said his people caught snook, redfish,
trout and mackerel before the front last week. On Monday,
Chaya slayed the snook, trout and mackerel.
Capt. Rick Gross of Captain's Marina had a fine
week with snook, redfish and trout.


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Islander to throw for $2 million at Sugar Bowl


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Robert Moderhak of Holmes Beach knows how
to throw a football. It's just that he's never tossed
one that could win him $2 million.
After entering a Nokia- and Sprint-sponsored
sweepstakes via the internet, Moderhak forgot about
it because "these things are a one-in-a-million
chance just to. have your name chosen."
That was until Nokia called to tell him he could
win the money by throwing a football through a hole
in a nine-fooi inflatable mobile phone at the college
national championship .game.
Florida State University and Virginia Tech play
for the title at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on
Jan. 4, 2000. Moderhak said his opportunity at star-
dom comes with three minutes left in the half-time
show.
Moderhak will be teamed with former All-Pro
quarterback Joe Theisman in a contest in which
Theisman gets four chances to hit a target 15 yards
away, Nokia spokesman Ron DeFeo said.
Each time Theisman throws a strike, Moderhak
gets $50,000. If Theisman hits all four, Moderhak
gets $200,000 and a chance to parlay that into $2
million by hitting the target with one throw. If he
puts the ball into the target, he gets a zero to put on
the end of Theisman's figure for a potential total of
$2 million.
If Theisman only hits one for $50,000 and
Moderhak hits his, then Moderhak gets to add a zero
for a payoff of $500,000 and so on. If they don't
make any of them, Moderhak gets a "consolation
prize" of $10,000."
Moderhak is hoping for a big payday so he can
travel and set up college trust funds for his grand-
daughters.
"His name was pulled from a bin containing
thousands of entries. I don't even know what the


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Robert Moderhak of
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ing throwing a football."
And practice he has.
His friend and neighbor Brent Holloway made a
replica of the target he has to throw the ball through
and they've been throwing every day. Moderhak
even went to Manatee High School's football
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coaches for lessons.
Moderhak said he feels like a jet-setter. Last
week Nokia and Sprint flew him to Kansas City to
meet with Theisman and the new friends threw foot-
balls and worked on technique for two hours.
Two days later he was in New York City doing
spots on the talk-television show "Fox and Friends"
and then over to ESPN Zone in Times Square for
more photo opportunities.
The best part, Moderhak said, came during the
filming of "Fox and Friends" when he, Theisman
and the Fox anchors got in some practice time.
"After the filming we went into the streets out-
side the studio and they had the people cordoned
off," Moderhak said. "We threw footballs and doing
that in the streets of New York City with the streets
blocked off was pretty amazing."
While they were playing in the street, Theisman
tossed his first pass and missed.
"That's when one of those fine New York City
residents chimed in, 'I bet you five bucks you can't
hit the target,'" Moderhak said. "Theisman took the
challenge and zipped it through three times in a row,
walked over and collected the money, gave it to me
and said, 'There's the first $5 I'm going to make for
you.
Moderhak. 54, is a retired school administrator


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from Colorado who moved to Anna Maria Island in
August. He and his wife, Sue, searched for their re-
tirement home for 10 years before settling here.
They started on Sanibel Island and traveled
north each year looking for just the right spot.
"We felt like when we found Holmes Beach and
the Island we had found a community. Almost all the
other islands along the way felt like a condominium
enclave," he said. "We stayed on Longboat Key one
winter. That was enough for us to make up our
minds."
The Moderhaks are spending most of their free
time renovating their home and traveling.
For 10 years prior to his retirement, Moderhak
served as the assistant superintendent for the St.
Vrain Valley, Colorado, School System near Boul-
der. During his career he was a junior high and high
school principal.
He has been honored with the "Colorado Out-
standing Administrator of the Year Award" and the
"1999 St. Vrain Valley Administrator of the Year
Award."
Although he said he never played organized
football, he said there was some quality time spent
knocking heads playing sandlot and street football.
"I didn't play any high school football. I'm com-
ing in green," he said. "I can throw a football. It's
just that it has been a long time."
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had just moved here from Colorado and they adopted
FSU as their new college team of choice. The
Moderhaks are sports fans and love football.
"When I came across the contest on the internet
I decided to enter because one of the prizes was a
trip for two to the Sugar Bowl and we decided we'd
take a shot at it," Moderhak said. "I had no idea I'd
be playing in the game. It's easy doing this in my
yard or in front of a television camera with just a
couple of people looking on. I think it will be quite
another thing in front of 80,000 people."
He said he understands the probability of hitting
that one pass is pretty remote. Still he works on ac-
curacy and arm strength to give himself the best
chance.
"We've all seen people try to kick field goals or
make putts for $1 million and I know the reality of
trying to do this," he said. "We're just going to go
to New Orleans to enjoy ourselves and watch Florida
State win a national championship."
And though the phone calls and media hype
haven't been too much on him, Moderhak knows
that will change if he makes the throw.
"So far my 15 minutes of fame have been pretty
good," he said. "People tell me if I make it, that 15
minutes will be extended to 20."
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Island property sales
1401 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, #5 Bermuda Bay
Club, unit 7, was sold 11/22/99 to Childers for $276,000.
3502 Fourth Ave., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront bed/
4bath 1,985 sfla duplex built in 1976 on a 100x150 lot,



Horseshoe winners
Winners in the Dec. 15 horseshoe games
were George Landraitis of Holmes Beach and
Bill Starrett of Anna Maria. Runners-up were
Gary Hart and Herb Puryear, both of Anna
Maria.
Winners in the Dec. 18 games were Chris
McNamara of Holmes Beach and Starrett. Run-
ners-up were George McKay and Ron Pepka,
both of Anna Maria.
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Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna
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$610,000; list $725,000.
707 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,092
sfla 2bed/2bath home built in 1976 on a 90x100 lot,
was sold 11/22/99, Nigro to Stockmaster, for $270,000;
list $279,900.
107 Fifth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a multi-family
1,876 sfla residence built in 1940 on a 75x100 lot, was
sold 12/3/99, Chick to Banyas, for $190,000.
108 Eighth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,488 sfla
2bed/l&1/2bath/icar home built in 1920 on a 50x100
lot, was sold 11/30/99, Ferguson to Vincent, for
$146,250; list $155,000.


GULFFRONT BEACH HOUSE Elegant Mediterranean,
custom designed residence featuring imported tile, arched
doorways and an incredible balcony overlooking beach.
$1,350,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. R37566


WATERFRONT
EXCLUSIVE WATERFRONT COMMUNITY Homesite on bay with
private slip in protected boat basin. Good access to the Gulf and
Intracoastal. $209,900. Sandy Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko
252-1618. L36879
SUNRISES, SUNSETS AND MOONLIGHT NIGHTS bird life and
Sarasota skyline. Enjoy all this from like new condominium in presti-
gious area. Walk to private tennis or golf course and dine in beautiful
clubhouse on the bay. $249,900. Carol Greenwald 720-2243. C41759
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Three-story contemporary cedar bayfront
home. Panoramic views of Palma Sola Bay, spectacular sunsets.
Over 5,000 sq.ft. of living area. Poolspa,ffireplace, dock. $890,000.
Linda Asher 792-7365 or Joanne Jenkins 795-3838. R41769


2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 29 Anna Maria
Island Club, a Gulffront 1,179 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1982, was sold 12/3/99, Tollette to Sutton, for
$290,000; list $296,000.
2901 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,720 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2cp home built on a 50x100 lot in 1999, was sold
12/2/99, Murray Builder to Belcher, for $205,000; list
$218,900.
303 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a 56x116 bay view
lot, was sold 12/3/99, Alder to Shank, for $145,000.
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LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model Enclosed lanai. S110,000.
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classified advertising (line ads for items for sale, services, rentals and
real estate, etc.) is the same: Monday, Dec. 27, at NOON for the Dec. 29 issue.

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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love seat
$399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129; futons
(sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress $199;
daybed (white with brass finials) including two mattresses
and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call 753-7118.
MACINTOSH POWERBOOK 520. Laptop model,
ready to use $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
call 778-7978.

PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES, new crop $6.50
pound. Benefit Island players. SunCoast Real Estate.
Island Shopping Center. 5402 Marina Dr., Holmes
Beach. 779-0202.

AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift. Calls
returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.

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.
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.
WE'RE NUTS for Island Players. Fresh crop of Geor-
gia pecans holiday wrapped. One-pound package
$6.50. Available at The Islander newspaper. 5404
Marina Drive. Benefits Island Players!

AERIAL PHOTOS OF the Islands. Makes a great gift.
Jack Elka, photographer. 778-2711.
MAct'NTOSH SE SUPERDRIVE. Granddaddy to the
Imac. Works great. System 7.0, four mg ram, floppy
drive, keyboard, mouse, Microsoft word version 5.1.
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FURNITURE TRADITIONAL, like new. Oak coffee
and two end tables $120, oak dining table and four
high-back chairs $250. 778-3597.

FUTON, light washed oak, southwestern print, up-
graded cushion. $150 or best offer. Artificial Christ-
mas trees and miscellaneous decorations. 778-2536.

CHROME/GLASS ACCESSORY tables and huge
mirror, 978-2988.

TWO SETS OF Pokemon cards. Great Christmas
gifts. Hundreds of cards, hundreds invested, $350.
each set. White side-by-side refrigerator, good con-
dition $75. Antique gas stove $100. Large microwave
$35. Sleeper couch $30. Coin-dryer $60. 761-1533
or 778-4523.


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.
383-4738. Year end clearance clothing sale, two for
one. Monday, Dec. 27, Wednesday, Dec. 29.


ANY PERSON OR Christian church interested in
helping islander missionary to Belize, Central
America to work with the poorest of poor in educa-
tion and construction, contact David Romberger at
fbs@btl.net or at 778-9315 during the holidays.


BEST HOLIDAY GIFT: Wheels! Moped, Tomos 1995
Targa model, 2600 miles, runs excellent. $650,792-4274.


OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.





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BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing, hand
buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing. Complete
detailing, 30-years experience. Satisfaction guaran-
teed, fully insured. 794-8844.

INSHORE AND NEARSHORE sport fishing. Captain
Justin Moore aboard the Primadona II. Half day or full
day. 778-6983 or cell, 720-6408.
DINGHY FOR SALE, eight foot fiberglass, good con-
dition. $150. Call 778-1930 or 723-7562.

1994 LOWE ALUMINUM 14.1 boat with 9.9 hp
Johnson. $2,500 or best offer. Call 778-2873.

BOAT SLIP with lift for rent. Call Tom or Maureen,
383-5565.


HELP WANTED: HOUSEKEEPING, nonsmoker,
own transportation. Part/full-time, 778-9597.

BARTENDERS, COCKTAIL, SERVERS, gift shop cash-
ier, bussers, cooks, salad/pantry, help-wanted. Full and
part-time or seasonal. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.

ASSISTANT MANAGER and cashiers needed. Full
and part-time, flexible schedules. Apply Circle K,
2513 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 778-4310.

NOW HIRING, GRECIAN Searoom wait staff. $4. an
hour plus tips. Dishwashers also needed. Please
apply in person at 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
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Eves: 388-1267 Light and bright with view
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good tips. Call 779-0010 at Tradewinds Resort. Now
accepting applications.



MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching, trim-
ming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-working and
responsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of 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.
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.

NEED PAINTING DONE? Interior-exterior. Call Ernie
and BJ. Also pressure washing, minor repairs, detail
cleaning. Insured, 20 years experience. 755-5258 or
504-8212.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINTING services. Interior/
exterior painting, wallpaper removal/installation and
pressure washing. For reliable quality service at rea-
sonable rates call Kevin at 778-2996.


JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Resi-
dential/commercial, full-service maintenance, land-
scaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds,
native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent references.
778-5294.
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
Bannigan, 794-6971.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581or 713-0676.

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
Beach. 778-4441.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. State licensed and insured. Many Island
references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic &
vinyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
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.

PAINTING, STAINING, VARNISHING. Decks, inte-
rior and exterior, 35 years experience, 30 year resi-
dent. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 794-8844.

STEVE ALLEN FLOORCOVERING sales and installa-
tion of all major brand names of carpet, vinyl and ce-
ramic tile. Prompt and professional in-home service at
unbeatable prices. 16 years experience. Licensed and
insured. 383-5381, 506-3297 or 726-1802.
HIGHLY SKILLED, METICULOUS, reliable person to
do carpentry, framing, siding, roofing, windows, dry-
wall, finish work and small concrete jobs. Free esti-
mates, very competitive prices. Call Mic at 795-0613.
JAMES MELANSON PAINTING interior, exterior,
pressure cleaning. 11-year island resident, 33 years
experience. 779-1463.
YOUR CARPENTER, QUALITY assured, productive,
reasonable. 35 years experience. Excellent refer-
ences. Skip Enright, 723-0267 or cell, 504-3869.


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.
Call 813-286-9814.

GULFVIEW UPSTAIRS 3BR/2BA, screened porch.
Completely furnished. No pets. Available December
through February. 813-689-0925.

CLEAN, BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, 2BR/1BA annual
unfurnished. Great neighborhood, close to beach.
Available now, a must see. $725 month, first, last,
security. 778-9798 or 704-3171.

HIDEAWAY COVE PANORAMIc bayview. Small
cozy complex with lovely view from every room.
Seasonal one-and two-bedroom. Nice, quiet,
tropical ground floor, fully furnished. Steps to
beach and restaurants. No pets or smoking. Leave
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1,800 sq. ft., two-car garage, new carpet, washer/
dryer, three decks. Available immediately. $1,600
month. SunCoast Real Estate 779-0202.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canal home with
open view. $1,000 month plus utilities and $500 se-
curity. Available approximately Dec. 1. Anna Maria
Realty, 778-2259.
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.
BRADENTON BEACH, 1-2BR furnished, newly reno-
vated with balconies and magnificent views on Gulf of
Mexico. Weekly, monthly, seasonal. 941-778-4555.
2BR/1BA DUPLEX, new kitchen with dishwasher,
wood floors, central heat and A/C, washer/dryer ac-
cess, nice yard, steps to beach or bay. Annual $700
month, $350 deposit plus utilities. Small pet OK with
fee. 778-2991.
SEASONAL RENTAL Jan., April. $1,100 plus tax.
1BR turnkey apartment, close to beach and heated
pool. 778-4499.
SEASONAL GULFFRONT 2BR apartment, com-
pletely equipped. Sun deck, stunning beach, charm-
ing interior. Rare opportunity, affordably priced. No
pets. 778-3143.
LARGE GULFVIEW 2BR/1BA Holmes Beach. All
quiet dead-end street. Washer/dryer, patio. Annual
$750 month plus electric, lease and deposit. $1,600
month seasonal. 106 31st St., 863-293-6131.
GULFVIEW SEASONAL RENTAL, 2BR/1 BA with all
the amenities. Available Jan., Feb. and Mar., $2,000
month. 105 34th St., 778-1747.
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT, two blocks from beach,
newly redecorated, utilities included. Prefer seasonal
rental. Furnished. 727-466-0666.
1BR APARTMENT, unfurnished, two blocks from
beach. Yearly rental. 727-466-0666.
BEAUTIFUL GULFFRONT VIEWS, 3BR/2BA, two
tloors, tropical gardens, decks, 90 feet to Gulf. Janu-
ary, Apri, $3,000 month, $1,000 week. 778-0990.
2BR/2BA home with Gulf views, full garage and great
office. $1,600 per month annual, $2,500 season.
Minimum three months. Robert, 778-8340.
FISHERMAN'S DREAM LOCATED at marina. 1BR/
1BA seasonal. Dockage or ramp available. $750
month includes utilities. No pets. 778-1086.
GULFFRONT PRIVATE BEACH. Seasonal 1BR/
1BA. Turnkey. $1,200 month. 778-1086.
BAYFRONT APARTMENT. 1BR/1BA unfurnished.
Dock privileges. 109 13th St., Bradenton Beach. No
pets. $600 with $300 deposit. 322-2101.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB. Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA available first two weeks of January 2000.
Frank, 716-454-7434.


2BR/1BA DUPLEX, close to beach, $650 month.
2BR/1.5BA home with bay view and boat slip. $1,000
month. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-6849.

SURF SIDE STUDIO 1BA $800 per month plus
assurity/security. Available now. Hurry, it won't last!
792-2779.
GORGEOUS GULFVIEW Anna Maria home, 100 steps
to beach. Brand new two story 4BR/3BA, fumished with
fireplace, cable TV and Jacuzzi. Perfect location, easy
access to everything. Minimum two month seasonal
rental. Day and evenings call 813-949-1125.
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $450 per week. Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
KEY ROYALE HOLMES Beach, 3BR/2BA home.
Boat dock, waterfront garage. Annual lease, $1,400.
792-6029 or 778-4079.
ANNUAL RENTAL 511 71st, Holmes Beach. 2BR/
2BA, three blocks to beach, cabana, canal dock.
$1,250 month, 941-312-2432.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/1.5BA furnished on
canal, private dock, beach access. No pets. Charm-
ing, quiet, old Florida. $1,800 monthly, $950 annual,
383-9291.
FURNISHED VACATION RENTAL steps to beach.
2BR/2BA, garage and pool. Three month minimum,
$2,200. Remax, 741-9658.
SEASONAL RENTAL due to cancellation. 1BR/1 BA
and 2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Two blocks
to ocean. Ground floor tropical paradise, 921-0074.
3BR/2BA RENOVATED beach house on north end
of Anna Maria. $1,200 month unfurnished. 748-6550
or 778-0302.


GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
800-977-0803.

BARK & COMPANY REALTY. Steven M. Bark,
Broker. 383-1717 or 720-3200.

HEAR THE SURF and catch glimpses of blue Gulf
waters-all from this newly renovated Holmes Beach
house. 3BR/2BA with 2BR/1 BA rental cottage. Wood
and tile throughout, brand new kitchens and
appliances, vaulted ceiling, French doors, decks,
fireplace. 2813 Avenue E, $279,900. 778-4523,
761-1533, 800-977-0803.

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.


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BIMINI BAYFRONT, beautiful southeasterly open
view. 12x65 dock, 11,000 lb. lift, pool and more. Prin-
cipals only call 953-6897 to see this 2800 plus sq. ft.
single story home. $429,000.

BAYFRONT! FANTASTIC rental properties located
directly on the Intracoastal/bay with Gulf view. This
property includes a 3BR/2BA elevated home with
wood floors, fireplace, cathedral ceilings, Jacuzzi
and two boat docks. Also 2BR/2BA ground-level
house with large bedrooms and two 1BR apart-
ments. All homes and apartments have panoramic
view of bay. Great for investment or family estate.
Call Deborah Thrasher or John Hines, Wedebrock
Real Estate Co., 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.


CANALFRONT HOME with view of bay/intracoastal.
Dock with boat lift. Property is 2BR/2BA with potential
3BR/3BA. Cathedral ceilings, Spanish tile floors, cedar
closets, oversized two-car garage with sauna, screened
enclosed lanais. New A/C, refrigerator, dryer in 1998.
$284,900. Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real
Estate Co., 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.

LARGE FAMILY DUPLEX! Well constructed 3BR/
2BA each side, wood/tile floors, lanai's, family
room, large kitchen, oversized garage, nice yard
and located steps to the beach. Both sides rented,
good investment. Great family home with rental.
$339,000. Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock
Real Estate Co., 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.


CANAL FRONT HOME on Key Royale. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, pool, 15,000 Ib. boat lift on deep-
water canal. House completely updated and reno-
vated. $309,000. 941-915-2432 or 941-545-6821.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH, large duplex. 2BR/2BA
and 1BR/1BA. Fully updated, new kitchen and bath
with dock. $199,500. 795-0413.
TURNKEY GULFVIEW DUPLEX for sale by owner.
2BR/1BA each side, $279,000. 105 34th St.,
778-1747.
DUPLEX, OCCUPY OR INVEST. Ground level,
washer/dryer hook-ups, screened lanai. 2BR/1BA
both sides. Asking $199,500. Phone 779-1034
for details.


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Copletely remodled duplex w itL tile floors
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GREAT INVESTMENT Priced to sell. One
block to Gulf beaches. One cottage, plus
fourplex. Cottage has 2BR/1BA, each unit in
fourplex has 1 BR/1 BA. All are annual rentals
or could be seasonal. Call lister for details.
$349,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800/778-1751
eves. MLS41886


DUPLEX LOT Rare duplex lot west of Gulf
Drive. Lot size 100 by 100, one block to
beach and located in Gutierrez subdivision.
Walk to shops, restaurants and beach. Call
lister for details. $159,900. Ed Oliveira 778-
4800 Eves: 778-1751. MLS41633


CLOSE TO BEACHES Contemporary 3BR/
2.5BA, open floor plan with many new
features. Master bedroom and two baths on
ground floor with two bedrooms and a half bath
on second floor, with balcony overlooking
greatroom. $185,000. Dick Maher/Dave Jones
778-4800. MLS36165


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