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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 8, No. 7, Dec. 29, 1999 FREE
Welcome new times, a grand year 2000
A sunrise over Anna Maria Sound inarks a new beginningfor the new year. This is a view from Holmes Beach looking to the southeast. Notice the exposed flats,
occurring during the winter solstice and a fill moon to make for lower-thn -normal tides. Flood tides and ebb tides are Mother Earth's way of inhaling and exhaling,
breathing new life into her soul. Islander Photo: David Futch
Anna Maria's parking jam may be around bend
By Susan K. Kesselring
Since banding together in September, the 12 mem-
bers of Anna Maria City's parking committee keep
arriving at the proverbial fork in the road.
They have been divided on the best way to solve
the city's parking dilemma. Some in the group favor
residential parking only with designated parking for
visitors. Others on the panel want parking to remain
open to everyone with'some limitations.
The driving force for the committee came after
commissioners got themselves into a tight spot earlier
this year when they closed Beach Avenue and Gladi-
olus Street to parking.
Commissioners were responding to complaints
from homeowners about beachgoers littering, making
excessive noise and blocking their driveways.
Closing the streets brought increased traffic to
nearby streets, exacerbating the problem, and many
residents felt their right as taxpayers to park along the
beach accesses were being impinged upon.
In response to the outcry, Mayor Chuck Shumard
formed a committee of people who have a deep inter-
est in seeking a long term solution to an old problem.
Without having a record, city officials say most beach
access streets are closed to parking. Committees have
been formed in the past without arriving at a unified so-
lution, but the present committee hopes to make a dif-
Coming from the opposite sides of the track, the
panel is composed of members who initiated and
signed a petition to have parking returned to residents
and those who requested the commission close their
streets. It seemed they would forever agree to disagree.
Though progress has been slow, committee mem-
bers are making headway. After meeting for the sev-
enth time, members agreed to draw up a plan by begin-
ning with a proposal deemed by some on the panel as
being the most "fair" and building on it.
Submitted by Dale Woodland, the proposal advo-
cates wiping the parking slate clean. Woodland sug-
gests all streets be open to parking, including those
previously closed. If a majority of homeowners on a
street request their street want it to be closed to park-
ing then the city would provide them with parking re-
According to Woodland's plan, streets would
never be totally closed. If they requested it,
homeowners would take turns at relief because park-
ing would be allowed on.odd number days at odd num1-
bered addresses and vice versa. The odd/even measure
would be employed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. "No Park-
ing" signs would be revised to include the restriction.
It would not apply to major thoroughfares such as
Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and North Shore, Gulf or Bay
In order to carry out the plan, Gladiolus Street and
Beach Avenue would be re-opened for a six-month trial
period leaving all other streets untouched. Afterwards,
streets which allow no parking would have a three
month transition period to request relief.
Woodland's plan doesn't discriminate all park-
ing would be open to residents and non-residents un-
less relief is requested.
Woodland's plan makes some people on the com-
mittee uneasy. They believe residential parking should
be designated in some areas such as on beach accesses.
Though she's not a proponent of barring non-resident
parking, Georgia Van Cleave said, "Let's take care of
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE
Christmas trees can be put
out with yard waste
Now that the pine needles have turned brown
and the ornaments are boxed and ready for storage
for another year, what do you do with the poor old
Christmas tree? Residents of Anna Maria and
Hlolmes Beach can put the tree out with other plant
material for recycling on their regular yard waste
collection date. Bradenton 13each residents can
leave their trees roadside for trash collection.
Please, first remove all ornaments, lights, tin-
sel and stands.
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Parking in Anna Maria
may be resolved soon
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the citizens of Anna Maria."
The plan also doesn't come close to being a happy
medium for those who have their streets closed now. In
an effort to assuage committee members who want
their streets to remain closed, discussion ensued as to
designating a certain number of parking spaces for resi-
dent and non-resident use near or at beach accesses.
Playing devil's advocate, Vice Mayor Robert
McElheny, who oversees the committee, said he sees
holes in that method. He wondered how it would be
determined who gets the open parking in front of their
homes. He said driveways will dictate where those
parking spaces will go and fears implementation would
create a proliferation of parking signs in the city.
Committee members haven't totally ruled out the
idea of permitted parking for residents and property
owners. Members discussed providing additional park-
ing permits for residents and allowing non-residents to
obtain permits to park.
While the issuing of permits would bring income
into the city coffers, Ellen Trudelle said it would place
limitations on people who would have to visit city hall
while it's open to obtain the permits.
As another alternative, Van Cleave suggested the
city be selective in restricting parking by looking at
areas of the city where parking restrictions are most
needed such as on streets north of Pine Avenue.
Elizabeth Moss said she thinks Woodland's plan is
fair and should be given a chance.
Moss also said the city could make more room for
parking along the gulffront by reconfiguring the area.
Joe Beverly thinks the 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. restriction
poses a problem for those who have company after 10
Finding an equitable solution is a hard avenue to
pave for the committee members. Critics of
Woodland's plan say it creates a problem where there
is none, though supporters say they wouldn't be at
these crossroads if a problem didn't already exist.
Woodland acknowledges his plan will be unpopular
with some, particularly those who live on closed streets.
Fencing in or fencing out?
This black plastic environmentalfence was installed prior to construction of the Holmes Beach bicycle lanes.
The fence is a state requirement to keep construction dust out of local waterways, said Assistant Public Works
Supervisor Bill Saunders.
However, his proposal would make the closing of
streets a more diplomatic process instead of an arbitrary
one. Owner of three properties on Gladiolus Street,
Steve Albert, called the closing of his street a "trav-
esty," and would like to see parking restored there,
according to a letter received at city hall Nov. 29.
He said he was never contacted about the closing
and feels commissioners shouldn't have removed the
parking "without at least the input from. the immedi-
ately affected property owners."
Parking committee members did agree their plan
should provide handicap parking at beach accesses and
stiffer fines for illegal parking.
Committee members will come back to the table
next month with a modified version of Woodland's
proposal to include other issues they deem important.
McElheny said the committee will then build a
parking plan by combining suggestions that appear
regularly in the individual proposals.
Whether the outcome of their efforts will be a park-
ing policy or an ordinance is still being debated, but a
rough draft of a plan is on the horizon. McElheny said
the plan will be presented to the commission after the
440,000 Matching-Fund Challenge
EVERY CENT COUNTS!
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are offering
up to $40,000 in matching funds for contributions made by
Dec. 31, 1999, to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Trust.
And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Endowment Trust was established in 1994 to ensure stable funding for the Anna Maria Island Community
.Center. Gifts to the Trust are held under perpetual trust, which prohibits the expenditure of the principal investment.
The interest income paid to the Center will eventually result in stability in both programs and staff.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to more than 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please make your contribution payable to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Endowment Trust, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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Have no Y2K fears: EOC is here
Private New Year celebrations aside, a few Is-
landers will celebrate "officially" when the calendar
rolls over from 1999 to 2000.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management
has requested Emergency Operation Centers in the
state to activate on New Year's Eve -just in case.
Most officials agree that potential emergencies
have been alleviated with preparation for the
changeover from 1999 to 2000, but the state evi-
dently isn't taking any chances.
Assurances of Y2K readiness from local gov-
ernments, power companies, phone service provid-
ers, banks, water and other utility companies appar-
ently hasn't eased fears completely.
"We'll be monitoring the situation," Fire Chief
Andy Price said. But, he added, the Island Emer-
gency Operation Center will not be activated. "No
one is designated from IEOC to man the county
operation center. If something happens, our fire ser-
vice representative will be right there. They would
notify us and we'd turn around and put it out through
our pager system."
Price says, "We have a plan in place to double
manpower on New Year's Eve, but if nothing hap-
pens we'll let our people go."
Are you ready?
Longboat officials question scenic road
By Pat Copeland
How will it affect us?
That's what Longboat Key commissioners asked
about designating Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach as a
Florida Scenic Highway by the Florida Department of
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie
sought support for the designation at a recent meeting
of island officials. Longboat Key commissioners said
they were concerned about traffic issues.
"One of the big things I see for Bradenton Beach
is the partnering opportunities with Manatee County,
especially the parks and recreation department,"
Chappie explained about the designation.
Chappie said the designation would enable the city
to apply for grants to improve parking, curbing, land-
scaping, sidewalks and the Coquina Beach area. The
designation would apply to the entire length of Gulf
Drive from the border with Longboat Key to the bor-
der with Holmes Beach 2.8 miles.
"One of the things that concerns me is the traffic
increase," Longboat Vice Mayor John Redgrave noted.
"We have enough trouble on Longboat Key with
people just touring from one end to the other. It's 50
percent of our traffic in the winter and we're not a com-
"I don't see it as bringing in a lot of traffic, no more
than what we have now when it's gridlock at certain
times of the year," Chappie replied. "I hope to see more
people walking and using the bicycle lanes. I think it
will increase the quality of life we have here. I don't see
any disadvantages for Longboat Key."
The scenic highway program was initiated by the
DOT about three years ago to preserve and protect
Florida's outstanding cultural, historical, natural and
recreational resources. Benefits include community
recognition, economic development and safety im-
Redgrave said he is concerned that the designation
will appear on state maps, attracting people who would
not normally come to the area.
"If we make it nice enough they'll stay in
Bradenton Beach rather than coming to Longboat
Key," Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole pointed out.
"We are commercial compared to you. We're a differ-
ent type of community."
Chappie said the designation will help maintain the
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 29, 1999 0 PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
1/6, 7 p.m., Commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
1/5, 7 p.m., Parks and Beautification Board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
1/6, 7 p.m., Holmes Beach Police Department forum
for parents on drugs and drug abuse, Holmes Beach
The administrative offices of the City of Anna
Maria, the Town of Longboat Key and the Anna Maria/
West Side fire districts will be closed Jan. 3.
The administrative offices of the cities of
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be closed
The Island Branch Library will be closed Jan. 1
The Tingley Memorial Library will be closed Jan.
Special note: Waste Management and Bradenton
Beach waste collection will take place as regularly
old Florida ambience of the community.
"We'll do everything we can to help you as long as
it doesn't adversely affect us," Longboat Key Mayor
Hal Lenobel said.
At a city work session, Holmes Beach commis-
sioners agreed to support Bradenton Beach's request.
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DOT considers closing causeway park for 1 year
By Pat Copeland
Florida Department of Transportation officials
want to hear Islanders' concerns and comments
about a planned project to replace two bridges on the
Palma Sola Causeway.
The project, which will take more than a year to
complete, is slated to begin in March 2000 and end
in May 2001.
The work includes raising the Palma Sola and
Perico bridges five-and-a-half feet, widening the two
traffic lanes, adding emergency lanes on each side of
the traffic lanes and adding a sidewalk/bicycle path on
the north side to the Anna Maria Island Bridge, DOT
Project Administrator Tony Russo said.
Police and fire officials have expressed concern
about concrete barriers that will line the project area on
both sides of the road. From east to west, the barriers
for the Palma Sola Bridge will be in place from the boat
ramp to just past the picnic tables. The barriers will
begin again for the Perico Bridge just past the Reef
restaurant and end at 107th Court West at Perico
Police and fire officials said motorists will have no
place to pull over during vehicle accidents or to allow
passage of emergency vehicles and that it will be dif-
ficult to evacuate injured motorists and move damaged
vehicles after accidents.
They requested that openings be made in the bar-
rier system so that motorists can pull over and that
DOT officials designate two helicopter landing
zones for removing injured motorists.
They also asked that DOT contract for a tow
truck to be on call during peak traffic including all
day Saturdays and Sundays.
Due to the large amount of equipment and stor-
age areas needed for the project, as well as for the
safety of motorists and emergency vehicles, local
emergency officials suggested that the causeway
beaches and sidewalk/bicycle path be closed for the
duration of the project.
"The department is looking at ways to alleviate
emergency officials' concerns about the barrier wall
and still maintain safety," DOT's Russo said. "If we
close the beaches, the wall won't be needed."
One major concern is that the DOT must provide
handicap access if the sidewalk/bicycle path is left open
during construction, Russo said.
To comment on the project, call DOT Public Infor-
mation Officer Gene O'Dell toll free at 1-800-292-
3368 or Russo at 359-5696 in Sarasota.
Newspaper boxes to remain on traffic islands
By Pat Copeland
Leave 'em alone, said Holmes Beach city commis-
sioners, referring to outdoor newspaper vending ma-
chines on three of the city's traffic islands.
"I don't want to move them just because three
people want us to move them," Mayor Carol Whitmore
stressed. "We have 5,000 residents and in season we
have 10,000 people and many of those people use the
newspaper boxes. I really feel strongly about this."
The city's parks and beautification board asked
that the boxes be removed to facilitate beautification of
the islands. Last year the board initiated a program for
residents to adopt, plant and maintain the islands, but
maintained that the boxes are an eyesore and residents
won't want to beautify around them.
"Board members looked at the islands to see what
can be done and found that three islands had newspa-
per boxes on thenn" Commissioner Don Maloney said.
"They asked if it's possible to move them to some other
city rights of way."
City Attorney Patricia Petruff said she did some
preliminary research on the issue based on the beauti-
fication board's request and comments by commission
members about unsightly newspaper boxes at recent
"It appears that you can regulate the placement of
newspaper racks within your rights of way provided
everyone is treated the same and the regulation does not
constitute any restraint on freedom of speech," Petruff
Whitmore said she told board members that she
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would not allow any new machines because "we have
to figure out a way to regulate and control them." But,
she said, the ones currently in place have "been there
as long as I can remember."
Petruff said the city can charge vendors for the cost
of regulation, such as obtaining a use permit, but cannot
charge for an occupational license permit for the racks.
Whitmore said a use permit would let the city track
the location of the boxes.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger said when he
.?, Newspaper boxes on
this traffic island at
37th Street and Fifth
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S Beach were the target
of beautification board
i;. t Members said the
boxes on this and two
other traffic islands
are an impediment to
-. the board's efforts to
b"eautify the islands.
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sioners disagreed and
refused to have the
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Photo: Pat Copeland.
was mayor an issue arose over the boxes on the traffic
island in front of Eckerds.
"I simply wrote a letter to all the newspaper ven-
dors and they moved the boxes," Bohnenberger said."
The other issue is safety. Here are objects that are to-
tally unsecured and if one is struck by an automobile
it becomes a missile and yet we seem to have no con-
trol over them."
Petruff said the city can regulate height and setback
and require a certain type of machine.
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cially for them at Holmes Beach City Hall.
City commissioners recently approved a public but-
terfly garden between city hall and the Island Branch Li-
brary to be planted by the Bradenton-Sarasota Chapter of
the North American Butterfly Association.
Association members have been working with the
city's parks and beautification board to select a location
for the garden. Work will start in January.
"We will go ahead and start to kill the grass natu-
rally," explained Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach resident
and secretary of the local NABA chapter. "We don't want
any pesticide used around the garden, so rather than kill
the grass with chemicals we would like to put down heavy
layers of newspapers then put bark chips over them."
Ambrose said the grass will take several months to
die, then members can work the ground and begin
planting flowers and plants in the spring.
In addition to providing land visible from the main
road and convenient to parking, Ambrose said the city
will provide water to irrigate the plants and mulch for
the garden and promise not to use pesticides on grass
or bushes near the garden.
Ambrose said the NABA will plant and maintain
the garden and provide a sign about the garden, a bro-
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will also conduct educational workshops in the garden.
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an outdoor classroom to promote butterfly conservation
"We would love it to be a nice size, so we could
have walkways for school children to go through,"
Ambrose said. "The children will get a lot out of it by
learning the life cycle of a butterfly. Children are fas-
cinated when they see the process. It can be quite an
Ambrose said once the butterfly garden is estab-
lished the city can take "starts" from the plants for other
locations around the city.
Commissioners also approved the construction of
a pavilion in the area of the old city hall and police sta-
tion. Board members asked for official approval so they
can begin raising funds for the pavilion's construction.
"All we're asking is, 'Is this what the city wants?"'
Jim Gloth, beautification board chairman asked. "If so,
we'll help raise money for it."
When the idea was first discussed, individual com-
missioners donated $4,000 toward the cost of the construc-
tion of the pavilion. In the past, commissioners discussed
a pavilion design by city hall architect Pat Fletcher.
Fletcher's design shows bathrooms on either side
of the pavilion, walls constructed of moveable acous-
tical panels, a roof and a concrete floor that can hold
up to four picnic tables or 40 folding chairs. The esti-
mated cost to construct this design is $40,000.
Commissioners said they want to approve the final
design and location of the pavilion.
Fundraising ideas include selling bricks engraved
with the purchaser's name to construct walkways and
fill in the area around the pavilion, selling plants and
holding a social function.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 29, 1999 U PAGE 5
Eleven Kemp's Ridley turtles are slowly re-
covering at Mote Marine Laboratory from "cold
stun," an often fatal condition resulting from un-
seasonably early chill in the Atlantic.
They were paralyzed by the cold and floated
ashore on Cape Cod, where volunteers rescued
them from the beach and got them to New En-
gland facilities which were already overloaded.
Some 150 sea turtles have been found stranded
over the past month and a half, an unusually high
number, said a Mote spokesperson.
Thirty-five of the ill turtles ended up in
Florida, 11 at Mote. The first four arrived in No-
vember and now are swimming 24 hours a day,
eating on their own a diet of shrimp, squid and
The other seven came here this month and are
doing less well. Six are swimming, three are eat-
ing well, two are starting to show interest in food,
and the other two are still being fed by tube.
The seventh had damage to one eye and is
anemic and lethargic, said Mote. It is being kept
out of the water until it improves. Most of the
turtles have flipper damage. All 11 are on antibi-
Kemp's Ridley turtles are rarely seen, and are
one of the most endangered of turtle species.
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Yesterday, today and tomorrow
So here we are: just days until the 1999's finale.
The year 2000 awaits and, whether you believe it's the
start of a new century and millennium or just the "00"
year, it's a time to reflect on where we've been.
At this year's end, we naturally focus upon the past
Who was the best? The brightest? Who made the
. most change? Made the biggest difference?
With this issue of The Islander, we urge you to
think back upon this Island's history, its background,
its movers and shakers.
We've offered you a starting point in our special
section: Islander of the Year, Century, Millennium.
There are prominent figures: people like Bean .and
Roser, and other luminaries in the early 20th century
history of Anna Maria Island.
There are others to consider and weigh for their
achievements and accomplishments, too, names and
faces we may have overlooked. We'd like to know of
them, and what you remember of their time here.
Consider our 1999-00 feature as a starting point
from which to tickle your memory about the way we
were and the way we are as a result.
Take, for instance, the irascible Harry Varley, one of
the early editors of Island newspaper history. He often
served as an extra member of each of the Island's city
governments, haranguing commission members both ver-
bally during the meeting and in writing in his paper.
Capt. John Savarese who, although not often re-
membered, brought the first ships to the Island and as
a result the first visitors and eventual settlers -
from Tampa for the first 20 years of this century.
And does anyone remember Irma Cox, the first post-
mistress (the politically correct term at the time) in
Bradenton Beach, whose pleasant hello and friendly smile
helped soften even the worst postal-delivered news?
There are also important events that helped guide
our Island into the"2000s" events brought about by
collective efforts, linking us to what we are today.
Without the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges,
how would our Island have evolved today? What if
Key Royale was still a mangrove swamp called School
Key? What if Coquina Beach was in residential or
commercial use instead of our largest recreation area?
The people and things of the past made us what we
are today. We'd like to hear what you have to say about
the past that helped shape our today ... and tomorrows.
And we'd like to thank the Islander special section
advertisers as well as all the others who make it
all possible. After all, the best news is free!
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Simches's vision vanished
in Anna Maria
It angers me less than it saddens me to read of the
rejection of the state grant that my late husband Ray
worked so hard to negotiate for the community when
he was mayor of Anna Maria City.
Perhaps the pier restoration can be part of the leas-
ing contract. Certainly improving drainage is within the
purview of a state grant rather than of the expense of
But particularly dear to both Ray and me was pro-
viding a bicycle path, duplicating in part the existing 12
mile path on Longboat Key and one planned in Holmes
Prior to the grant application years ago one of the
commissioner's wives felt we had no need since people
here ride in the streets.
Those "people," however, include children and
elderly whose safety would surely be better assured off
the streets. Not only does a path encourage enjoyable
exercise, but also is ecologically empathic by reducing
dependence on automobiles for brief runs.
I speak for Ray, who, though he could no longer
bicycle, had a dream.
Betty Simches, Anna Maria
Support makes parade
The captains, crews and committee of the 12th
annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade thank you for
your generous support and sponsorship of this year's
While hundreds of hours of effort go into prepar-
ing the boats and producing the parade, it is the support
of the business community that makes it possible to
provide this spectacular start to the holiday season on
Anna Maria Island.
This year's parade was produced by the following
committee members: Roger Byron, Merritt Fineout,
Ken Guscott, Millie Saunders, Don Schroder and Bruce
Thank you again and Merry Christmas.
Chuck Stealey, Chairman
Thanks for a life
I think congratulations are certainly in order for the
fire department and ambulance service of Holmes
I suffered a severe asthma attack, my wife dialed
911 and five minutes later I was receiving oxygen. A
short time later they had me at Blake Medical Center's
emergency room. The staff there were also outstanding.
The people of Holmes Beach are lucky to have
such competent people in these departments. Forever
grateful for saving my life.
James Palmer, Holmes Beach
As good as Macy's
We have been fortunate to view the Macy's Fourth
of July fireworks from a boat in the East River, and
they were indeed spectacular.
However, considering that Manhattan Island is a
bit larger than Anna Maria Island, we must say that
Anna Maria's two fireworks displays (the pre-millen-
nium celebration in October and following the Christ-
mas Lighted Boat Parade) were absolutely beautiful,
and as lovely and enjoyable to look at as Macy's. A
A big "thank you" to the folks that made these
Andy and Siegrid Danzo, Anna Maria
A loving community
To my friends and neighbors, thank you most sin-
cerely for your concern about my accident. It is very hum-
bling to know so many of you cared enough to call or ask
about my well-being after reading about the incident in
The Islander. Not only am I grateful to be unharmed, but
also because I live in such a loving community.
Piroska Kallay, Holmes Beach
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Part 11, Wartime Anna Maria
The news was grim in 1942 as this sampling from
the wire services shows:
* WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 The Federal Bureau of
Investigation is being swamped with sabotage and es-
pionage rumors and tips at the rate of an estimated
5,000 a day since the war on the Axis was declared.
Many of them are from crackpots, grudge-bearers and
victims of the jitters and are weeded out in the prelimi-
nary rounds of investigation.
Attorney General Francis Biddle has raised a calm-
ing hand and called upon the public to stop, look and
listen before going overboard with vague suspicions
and half-baked clues.
* COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 22 A 9-year-old school girl,
killed by an automobile as she collected waste paper for
defense, was portrayed as a heroine today by Gov. John
Mary Ann Covacs of Cleveland, he said, "died in
the service of her country and she should be honored
the same as a soldier who died on the battle field."
* BRADENTON, Jan. 25 Plans have been made
by. the defense authorities for the schools of
Bradenton, Manatee, Palmetto and Oneco. Teachers
and children are to be evacuated from the school
buildings when and if an air raid alarm is sounded.
They would take cover beneath designated trees and
shrubbery near the schools and lie prone on the
Those were the days
In 1942 emotions ran high against the "Japs" and
the "Krauts. The rising sun and the swastika were
favorite symbols on targets used at Tampa Bay
ground to escape bomb fragments.
The county's school buildings, while substantial
enough for ordinary conditions, are not considered of
sufficient strength to withstand big bombs."
* PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2 A pair of newspaper
reporters who dressed as Nazi U-boat commanders
paraded through this "cradle of liberty's" busiest streets
without being stopped.
Clad in full Nazi regalia, complete with swastikas
and affecting pronounced German accents, the news-
men passed thousands of people, ate in a crowded res-
taurant, asked questions of policemen and spoke to
soldiers and sailors without once running into dif-
"We prowled the waterfront with its costly, vital
defense shipping," they wrote, "and nobody thought we
were a menace."
* SANTA MARIA, Calif., Feb. 19 More than 250
enemy aliens, chiefly Japanese, were seized by Federal
Bureau of Investigation agents in raids in five Califor-
nia counties yesterday.
More than 200 Japanese were arrested near Santa
Maria, in San Luis Obispo County. The FBI seized
guns, cameras and radios but gave no details.
The Japanese cook of the Santa Maria Club, a fa-
vorite of army officers, was among those taken into
custody in the midst of a luncheon meeting at which
civic leaders were discussing formation of a home
* JAVA, March 10 As communications were cut
last night, the military situation was reported as fol-
Allied defense lines ripped to shreds; tatters of re-
sistance centered in neighborhood of Bandoeng; arse-
nal and military headquarters abandoned. Allied tank
units apparently were making a stand at the outskirts of
the once-powerful U.S. naval base.
* BOSTON, May 10 If she were a few years
younger, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt would like to take a
job in a factory to aid the war effort.
She offered the comment after interviewers asked
her what girls could do for their country.
"Well," said the president's wife, "I ought not to be
telling young people what to do. I'm 57. But produc-
tion is so important that if you have the strength and
some skill, it seems to me that's as useful as anything
you could do."
Mrs. Roosevelt was here to address the Interna-
tional Student Service.
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Anna Maria Island topic of history fair winners
Stewart J. Moon, a fifth grader at St. Stephen's
School in Bradenton, participated in the Manatee
County History Fair in November. He and three other
students were awarded a history prize sponsored by
The Islander newspaper.
Other recipients of the newspaper-sponsored prize
include Matt Martin and Keith Walter, eighth graders
at the Center for Education, who did a joint project
called "The Airport Nobody Knew About."
Sarah Samler also received a prize for her exhibit
titled "Anna Maria Island."
Moon's prize-winning report
Did you know that Anna Maria Island was
charted and named before the State of Florida be-
came part of the United States? Spanish explorers
around 1530 first discovered this small barrier island
that protects Bradenton.
The first settlers were the Bean family who came
in 1893 and built their home at the north end of the Is-
land. This area is still called "Bean Point" today. Mr.
Bean's son continued to develop Anna Maria through
the years. The Beans built a large dock in 1911 for large
steamers from Tampa to bring more people.
The Island kept growing. I'n 1913, John M. Roser
built a church in memory of his wife, and it is still used
today. It was Mr. Roser's son who made the Fig New-
ton cookie recipe and sold it to Nabisco for a million
dollars in the early 1900s.
The only way people could get to the Island was by
boat until 1921, when the shaky, wooden Cortez Bridge
was built. It brought many settlers, because people
could get on an off the Island easily.
At one time there was even a landing strip on the
Island. Mr. Holmes, who settled here in 1920 built it.
I interviewed Mr. Holmes' son, Hugh Holmes Sr., and
he stated "the landing strip was built by my father in the
mid-1940s and was made for small plans. Once the
planes got bigger the strip closed down, because it did
not meet the necessary standards." He also said that
Holmes Beach was named in honor of his father, an
early settler who developed much of the island. Many.
of the buildings and houses he built still stand today.
All the streets were named after fish, like Grouper,
Tarpon and Snapper. Now only Tarpon Street remains,
and I used to live on that street.
This beautiful Island used to have acres and acres
of clear space and a lot of wildlife. It is still beautiful
now, but overcrowded, and the early settlers would
have found it shocking to see the difference from 1893
to 1999 106 years.
Even though the Island was charted a long, long
time ago, it is still standing strong and still bringing
tourists and new people today as it has for more than
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"Put the Leaves Back in Your Family Tree" heads
the list of classes in January at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
The weekly creative writing course "is designed
for those who want to leave more than just faded
memories for succeeding generations.
"Each family has its own unique collection of sto-
ries, too easily lost if they are not written down," said
the course's leader, Andrew Little.
Little is a Canadian journalist and longtime winter
resident of Anna Maria. He won his master's degree in
English this year from Carleton University in Ottawa,
his thesis a novelized family history, "Before Whispers
The class will meet at the Center from 9 a.m. to
noon Tuesday mornings starting Jan. 4. Class size is
limited to 10.
A "scaled-down and slowed-down version of
Riverdance suitable for retirees" will be offered by
Irish Ceili dance instructor John Corbett Mondays from
1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday from Jan. 10 through March 1.
Kripalu instructor Dolce Little will continue yoga
classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m Mondays starting Jan. 10
and running through April.
The three-a-week aerobics class will continue to
meet Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fri-
days from 9 to 10 a.m. with Tanya Slack as leader.
Line dancing, also with Slack in charge, meets at
11 a.m. Tuesday.
Karate with Frank Koelbl will be from 6:15 to 8:30
p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays.
Qi-gong meets Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. with
Roy Bellas as instructor.
Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
Artists Guild to hear
Herbie Rose, watercolor artist and president of the
new Village of the Arts of Manatee County, will speak
at a meeting Monday, Jan. 3, of the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m., following refresh-
ments at 6:30, in the meeting room of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Details may be obtained at 778-1788.
Jeanne Maschek, charter member of the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island, was presented the Genevieve
Novicky Alban Award at the guild's Christmas party.
The award is for service to the organization. She has
been guild historian for 10 years.
Birds topic of Woman's Club
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will hear
a Pelican Man's volunteer at a meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Stuart Hill will discuss "How You Can Help Save
Our Birds." He is a longtime volunteer worker at the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary and Hospital.
The meeting will be at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City. Hostesses will be Janet Clarke, Delores Lopac,
Bonnit Chestnut, Erma Lynch, Wendy Hendrix,
Lillian Beiling and Mercedes Thornburg.
The club has scheduled a public benefit card party
at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Center. Details may be obtained
Tingley xeriscape tour next week
A free tour of the xeriscape demonstration site at
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St., Bradenton
Beach, will be led by naturalist Karen Fraley at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Details may be obtained at 779-1208.
Artists Gallery director steps down
By Jim Hanson
Zo6 Von Averkamp, who helped double the Artists
Guild Gallery in her five years as director, is retiring
to become an artist once again.
She is succeeded by co-directors Jon and Mercedes
Thornburg, regarded as a fitting choice because of the
number of couples who are members of the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island.
"It was the best nonpaying job I ever had,"
Averkamp said. "It took me six months to make up my
mind to leave it, but I want to get back to my own art."
She works in pre-Columbian artifacts and creates
her own works in mixed media. "All the members are
artists too, so they understand why I'm leaving," she
She joined the guild in 1993 and immediately be-
came assistant director. In November 1994 she took
over the top part-time position and turned it into a full-
time job. Still unpaid.
In the intervening five
years she has overseen re-
modeling and enlarging of
the gallery space at the Is- .---
land Shopping Center at "
Marina and Gulf drives in
Parallel with the physi-
cal growth has been dou-
bling of the gallery's art,
with 75 artists participating Von Averkamp
now compared with 35 to
40 five years ago, and a near-doubling of membership
It's strictly a membership gallery, Averkamp ex-
plained, with members hanging their artwork in spaces
they rent from the guild. They get the full sale price -
there's no commission to the guild, the ex-director said,
instead of the 30 to 60 percent commission most galler-
"That's one way we keep the prices reasonable," she
said. "It also may be a big reason artists like to hang there."
During her tenure several innovations were added to
the artworks: Poetry Night, Art on the Walk shows in the
shopping center and Gypsy Artists Sidewalk Shows.
She has always been busy, designing 500 products
a year for 10 years as director of the design department
of an international importer headquartered in Milwau-
kee. The job kept her traveling in the Orient for 10
years, visiting artists and artisans in Japan, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, wherever there were
Husband Jerry meanwhile was running his own
company in Milwaukee, a firm devoted to fundraising
for nonprofit organizations and institutions. He still has
the company, commuting regularly to Wisconsin.
The couple moved here 18 years ago, first to a
condo and later to a picturesque home on Key Royale
they're still restoring.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 20, fraud, 400 block of Spring Avenue. The
victim reported she hired the suspect to remodel her
garage. She said she sent him $3,500 of the $7,000
estimate in September. She said the suspect reported
the work was nearly complete in October and she sent
The victim arrived in Anna Maria in November to
inspect the work and found a hole in the garage floor,
but no other work done. According to the report, the
suspect had left town and was last reported to be in Key
West. The victim checked with the city and found the
suspect was not a contractor and never obtained a per-
mit for the work. The case is under investigation.
Dec. 16, grand theft, Coquina Bayside. The com-
plainant reported an unknown person removed a 50-
gallon fuel tank valued at $65 and control knobs from
a front-end loader valued at $1,500 from a construction
Dec. 19. possession of paraphernalia, 2500 block
of Avenue B. The officer observed a juvenile subject
walking by the side of the road smoking from a pipe.
The officer said he confronted the subject who admit-
ted he was smoking marijuana. The subject was placed
in custody and released to a family friend.
Dec. 19, criminal mischief, Coquina Beach. An
unknown person broke into a soda machine and re-
moved change. Damages were $5,000.
Dec. 21, trespass warning, Cortez Beach. The
marine rescue officer reported the subject had a dog on
the beach and was drinking beer and refused to leave.
The officer issued a trespass warning.
Dec. 17, noise, 3800 block of Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported loud music and yelling and the
officer advised the subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 17. suspicious phone calls. 200 block of 30th
Dec. 17, found property a bicycle, 5341 Gulf
Drive. Sterling Anvil.
Dec. 18, suspicious, 200 block of South Harbor
Drive. The complainant reported a suspicious person
was asking questions about a boat parked in the yard.
Dec. 18, noise, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported loud music from a party and the
officer advised the subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 19, animal, 5600 block of Flotilla. The com-
plainant reported the subject's dogs ran after her as she
was walking her dogs. The officer advised the subject
to correct the problem.
Dec. 19, robbery, 699 Manatee Ave.,
NationsBank. The victim reported he was making a
deposit at the night drop box and the suspect ap-
proached him, held a gun to his neck, took the bank bag
The suspect is described as male, 5 feet 9 inches
tall, of medium build. wearing a black motorcycle hel-
met with a tinted visor, a black long-sleeved shirt, black
gloves and blue jeans. The area was searched and a
BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued. The case is un-
SDec. 19, suspicious, 3601 East Bay Drive, Sandy
Pointe. The complainant reported a water leak under
one unit. The fire department responded and turned off
the power because water was coming through the elec-
trical outlets. The officer made entry to the unit and
found several appliances had been removed, causing
Dec. 19, found property a pick ax. 200 block
of 72nd Street.
Dec. 19, suspicious vehicle, 4101 Gulf Drive,
Castnetter Beach Apartments. The complainant re-
ported she observed five subjects working on a vehicle
parked on the property. They told her they had a flat tire
and were repairing it. Later the complainant said she
observed the vehicle still on the property but missing
all four tires and the tag.
Dec. 20, noise, 400 block of Clark. The com-
plainant reported loud music and the officer advised the
subjects to be quieter.
Dec. 20, warrant. 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The officer on patrol observed
a juvenile subject he knew to have a warrant. He placed
her in custody and transported her to the Juvenile As-
Dec. 20, burglary. 100 block of 49th Street. The
complainant reported an unknown person removed two
jalousie window panes, entered the residence and threw
expanding foam and hair conditioner on the walls.
Dec. 20. assist Manatee County sheriff's office,
5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store. The deputy re-
quested that a Holmes Beach officer respond to the store
to check on a subject with an outstanding warrant. The
subject was present and the officer placed him in custody.
Dec. 20, assistance, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
County Public Beach. The officer responded to assist a
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Joyce H. Alpaugh
Joyce H. Alpaugh, 73, of Bradenton, died Dec. 25,
at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Services will be private. Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of
Born in Plainfield, N.J., Mrs. Alpaugh came to
Manatee County from Branchburg, N.J., in 1980. She
was a homemaker who attended First Presbyterian
Church of Palmetto.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; two
daughters, Joyce G. O'Halloran of Holmes Beach and
Jean DiDario of Bradenton; five grandchildren and five
Roy M. Phillips
Roy M. Phillips, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
25 in Blake Medical Center, Bradenton.
Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 5624 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Service will be at 3 p.m., and burial will be
at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Florida National Cem-
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Mr. Phillips came to
Manatee County in 1957. He was a Protestant and life
member of Camden Masonic Lodge. He served in the
U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Schlemmer
of Bradenton; son David of Bradenton; sister Dor-
othy Asher of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and
Ruth Shallit, 88, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 20 in
Memorial services will be held in January. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Holmes Beach Chapel, is in
charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or to the Manatee County
Girls Club, 920 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
Born in Seattle, Miss Shallit came to Manatee
County from Woodstock, N.Y., in 1990. She was a
social worker and a business woman.
She is survived by two nephews, Mike Piercey of
South Salem, N.Y., and Bob, of Sacrameto, Calif.; and
several grandnephews and grandnieces.
Avery B. Wynn Sr.
Avery B. Wynn Sr., 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 23
Born in Jasper, Mr. Wynn came to Manatee and
Sarasota counties in 1933. He was a carpenter and
served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was Baptist.
Burial will be at Manasota Memorial Park in
Bradenton. Giffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter Barbara J. Taylor of
Arcadia; four sons, John Wiley "J.W." Wynn of
Bradenton Beach, Avery B. Wynn Jr. and Joe Wynn,
both of Sarasota, and Richard Wynn of Bradenton; two
sisters, Nora Jones of Limestone and Trudie Harris of
Sarasota: five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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STREETLIFE, FROM PAGE 11
marine rescue officer who reported a subject was video-
taping children on the playground. The subject was gone
on arrival. A patrol request was issued. The subject's ve-
hicle was described as a brown 1985 four-door
Dec. 20 theft, 5325 Marina Drive, Marina Bay
restaurant. The victim reported she left her purse at the
restaurant and when she returned, it was gone.
*Dec. 21, noise, 5606 Gulf Drive, Holmes Construc-
tion. The complainant reported loud music from a party
and the officer advised the subjects to be quieter.
The Island Branch Library will show exhibits
by Bob Jones, Genevieve Novikcy Alban and Kim
Attwooll during January.
The Jones exhibit will be "A Pictorial Display
of the Library's History," coordinated by the board
member of Friends of the Library.
It will chronicle the history of library service
on Anna Maria Island from a small storefront to
the present building, constructed in 1982.
Alban's exhibit will be in mixed media. She is
a retired teacher and treasurer from Ohio and she
and several other local artists founded the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island in 1989.
Attwooll will show watercolors. Her work has
been accepted in many juried shows and has been
displayed in galleries from Florida to North Caro-
lina to New York to England.
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Information may be obtained at 778-6341.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 29, 1999 U PAGE 13
1999 year in review a look back
By Paul Roat
1999 was a year unlike many on Anna Maria Is-
land, with the City of Anna Maria being the focus of
much of the news. Below are some of the highlights of
the first six months of Island history for the year taken
from the pages of The Anna Maria Islander.
Fireworks: The year began with a literal bang as
the sky over the Beach House restaurant in Bradenton
Beach lit up with the annual fireworks display on New
Year's Eve. Thousands lined the beaches to watch the
Flooding: The Island awoke on Jan. 2 to a soggy
mess: a strong winter storm coupled with high tides
inundated much of the Island including the lower level
of the Holmes Beach Police Department. No injuries
Cable controversy: Cable television transformer
boxes began sprouting along roads in Holmes Beach,
causing aesthetically minded citizens to complain to
city hall about the unsightly five-foot-high contrap-
tions. Time-Warner Communications officials said the
boxes are needed for future upgrades to cable TV ser-
vice for the Island.
Center success: Thanks to Island support, the
Anna Maria Island Community Center received
$80,000-plus in endowment funds. The money in-
cluded matching dollars from Holmes Beach residents
Chuck and Joey Lester plus other Island contributions.
Sports accolades: In the annual review of the
Island's sporting life, Islander columnist Kevin Cassidy
picked the Anna Maria All-star 11- to 12-year-old
Little League baseball team as the best of 1998, finish-
ing only two games behind the best in the county -
and the best-ever season for an Island team.
Pier proposals: In a story that will stretch out
throughout 1999. the Anna Maria City Pier lease nego-
tiations began in mid-January. Phil and Ben Seay hold
the lease with the city of Anna Maria; John Horne is the
manager/operator. The trio want to extend the lease
beyond the Sept. 30 expiration, but sticking points
seem to be the amount of money they pay to the city
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and the question of who will do maintenance on the
Grassy Point: Holmes Beach received word they
will get at least $847,917 to buy 37 acres of wetlands
south of Manatee Avenue and east of East Bay Drive,
known as Grassy Point, from the Florida Communities
Trust. Owners of the property still have to sell the land,
which city and Trust officials hope to turn into a nature
Cortez history, too: A historic restored fish house
is finished off Cortez in Anna Maria Sound. The fish
houses were used to store nets in the village for years.
Holmes Beach election: Six candidates qualify to
run for three Holmes Beach City Commission seats:
incumbents Luke Courtney, Pat Geyer and Don
Maloney, plus challengers Rich Bohnenberger a
former mayor, Sheila Hurst and Walter Stewart. The
election is March 9.
Principal named: Tim Kolbe was named to re-
place Anna Maria Elementary School principal Jim
Kronus, who retired at the end of January after 25
Holmes Beach City Hall opens: The seats of
power in Holmes Beach became more luxurious Jan.
15 as officials moved into their new facility. The new
building, incorporating offices for commissioners,
officials and police, cost $1.4 million. There's just one
problem with the building the metal roof panels are
variegated colors, and some residents and officials are
incensed the new building's roof doesn't match.
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1999, FROM PAGE 13
Anna Maria election: Candidates in Anna Maria
geared up for a Feb. 9 election. Four candidates are
seeking two seats: incumbents George McKay and
Doug Wolfe faced challenges from Jason Cimino and
Anna Maria incumbents win: George McKay
and Doug Wolfe are re-elected to the Anna Maria City
Commission in February. The votes: McKay, 327;
Wolfe, 281; Ellen Trudelle, 272; and Jason Cimino,
Holmes Beach lights up: Florida Department of
Transportation officials announced plans to install a
traffic light at Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue just east
of the Manatee Public Beach. The light is needed,
transportation planners say, because of congestion at
the busy intersection. It will be installed in the year
Gridlock: A two-car crash on the Anna Maria Is-
land Bridge late one Friday afternoon backed up traf-
fic on the Island for miles and miles. One person was
hospitalized, and things weren't back to normal traffic-
wise for hours.
Beach parking: Beachgoers were banned from
parking along Beach Avenue in Anna Maria by Mayor
Chuck Shumard because of resident complaints of trash
and "inappropriate behavior."
Merger negotiations: The friendly merger of the
West Side and Anna Maria fire departments continued,
with approval of the plans for the two departments to
become one by the Florida Legislature expected in
2000. The two boards will have to hash out who will
serve on the soon-to-be-single board, plus how to tax
residents on the Island, in Cortez and in Northwest
Kudos: The Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach celebrated 40 years of worship in Feb-
Holmes Beach City Hall redux: Officials in the
city wondered if they should use one-cent sales tax
funds to pay off the note on city hall. The city decided
to borrow money to pay for the construction. As of
Sept. 1, the city would owe about $1.1 million on the
bank loan. The commission instructed the city treasurer
to look into the matter and come back with a report
Cell tower on-line: Cell towers, the topic du jour for
1998, resulted in the creation of a huge tower in Holmes
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Island come into being in late February.
Playground drive: Anna Maria Elementary
School's Parent-Teacher Organization announces plans
to raise funds for new playground equipment at the
Bridge news: Florida Department of Transporta-
tion officials let it be known that repairs on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge, scheduled to start later this year
at a cost of more than $1 million, will only keep the
bridge in safe operating condition for five years. Some-
thing else will have to be done with the bridge after that
point, they say.
Building blues: Bradenton Beach Building Offi-
cial Bill Sanders announces he plans to leave the city
to work in Charlotte County. He says he was disap-
pointed that he was not given adequate input by com-
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Cortez fun: The 17th annual Cortez Fishing Fes-
tival drew the largest crowd ever. Festival goers en-
joyed games, pony rides and lots of fish sandwiches.
No merger: An issue that has arisen in the past
came up again in Bradenton Beach: merging public
works and building into one department. City commis-
sioners decided to keep things as they are. The board
also heard from Public Works Director Buddy Watts
that he and his staff have too much work to accomplish
without more manpower and equipment. Commission-
ers agreed to continue to discuss the matter.
No paperwork: Anna Maria Mayor Chuck
Shumard refused to turn over a personnel file of a city
employee to The Islander Bystander, stating the file
contains information that should not be made public.
Murder?: An argument in an area used by home-
less people in Cortez led to the death of Lonnie Poole,
54. Manatee Coutny sheriff's deputies arrested Lance
Richison, 54, for the shooting and charged him with
second-degree murder. Richison said he shot Poole in
self defense. The argument was spurred by a lover's
quarrel involving a third man.
Winners: Incumbents Pat Geyer and Don
Maloney, and former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, were
elected to the Holmes Beach City Commission. Vote
tallies were: Geyer, 655; Bohnenberger, 589; Maloney,
483; Luke Courtney, 471; Sheila Hurst, 471; and
Walter Stewart, 205. The three took office March 22.
Beach news: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush placed the
beach renourishment of Anna Maria Island in his 1999-
00 budget, and sand could be placed on eroding
beaches by late 2000 or early 2001. Total cost of the
project is either $9.5 million or $7 million, depending
on whether the City of Anna Maria is included in the
rest of the Island's renourishment effort. There is a
quarter-mile stretch in the northernmost city where
residents have neglected required easements for the
sand to be placed adjacent to their property.
Post office moving: The Anna Maria Post Office
appeared to be relocating from its long-time home at
9908 Gulf Drive. Rumors call for it to relocate at the
under-construction Bay View Plaza at Pine Avenue and
South Bay Boulevard, but postal authorities are mum
on the final site of the facility. The current post office
has outgrown its site, postal officials admit.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 29, 1999 U PAGE 15
1999, FROM PAGE 14
Fire: Lightning sparked a fire at Playa Encantada
condominiums in Holmes Beach March 14, causing
more than $3.5 million in damage to 14 units. High
winds hampered firefighters in fighting the blaze, as
did the lack of sprinklers and standpipes in the build-
ing. No one was hurt in the fire. The fire was the worst
in the Island's history.
Seawall, anyone?: Bradenton Beach officials
mulled over the idea of putting in a $1 million seawall
in the southern part of the city. The current mixture of
seawall and rubble is at least 30 years old. Still to be
decided is who would pay for the seawall, whether or
not the structure is wanted by residents, and where the
money would come from.
Condos unsafe: Fire Chief Andy Price said many
condos on the Island were built before codes requiring
sprinkler and alarm systems and are therefore unsafe.
He urged condo owners to look into adding the protec-
tive devices in order to avert a disaster such as occurred
at Playa Encantada. By the way, the 14 burned units
will be rebuilt after the fire there earlier in the month.
Pier update: Anna Maria City commissioners
continued their discussions about renewing the fran-
chise with operators of the Anna Maria City Pier. Is-
sues still to be negotiated are how much the city will
receive from Phil Seay, Ben Seay and John Horne and
who will be responsible for maintaining the structure.
Island loses a legend: Islander Birdie Tebbetts,
86, died March 24. Tebbetts was a baseball catcher
with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland
Indians. He was also a manager with the Cincinnati
Reds, Milwaukee Braves and the Indians, and served
as a baseball scout in a career that ended with the
Florida Marlins and a fifth World Series championship
Clerk gone: Anna Maria City Clerk Peggy Nelson
resigned her position March 29 without advance notice,
citing health and personal reasons. She had been with
the city for seven years.
Fee, not tax: Commissioners with West Side and
Anna Maria fire districts agree to charge residents a fee
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for fire service when the two districts merge, perhaps
in the year 2000. The fee would be based on use: resi-
dential, commercial, travel trailer or vacant property.
New police digs: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners agreed to a $3,300 contract to renovate the po-
lice department inside and out. Funding to do the as-
yet-unknown renovations is not secured, though.
Kronus kudos: 25-year Anna Maria Elementary
School Principal Jim Kronus's namesake, the Kronus
Community Technology Center, opens with 15 com-
puters and other electronic equipment. The center will
be used by students and Island citizens.
No records: Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard
refused to turn over public records to The Islander
Bystander. The newspaper requested a copy of the ap-
plications for the city clerk position, and Shumard re-
fused. A complaint was filed with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office demanding the records be turned over
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Days later, the city agreed to turn over the records, but
charged for staff time to make copies of the records,
another alleged violation of open records laws. The
Islander Bystander refused to pay the service charge
and filed a request for relief with the court.
Parking meters: Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale proposed adding 40 parking meters in the
Bridge Street area of the city.
Groin opens: The Manatee County Public Beach
erosion control groin fishing pier to most reopens
to the public after $190,000 worth of work. Damage to
the groin was caused by storm damage over the years.
The new pier is used by fishers and strollers.
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1999, FROM PAGE 16
Two-step: Bradenton Beach officials took one step
forward and two steps back when they decided to re-
ject bids to replace aged pilings at the Bradenton Beach
City Pier. The action took place after commissioners
decided to get a survey done to figure out which pilings
need to be replaced, a survey they rejected a few years
ago as unnecessary.
Cleared: Lance Ritchison, charged with second-
degree murder in the shooting death of Lonnie Poole
in March, is cleared by investigators who determined
the shooting was self defense.
Now records: A judge ruled the city of Anna
Maria and Mayor Chuck Shumard should turn over
records to The Islander Bystander without a service
charge. The newspaper's criminal complaint is
turned over to investigators with the State Attorney's
Clerk controversy: Mayor Shumard narrowed the
field of clerk applicants to two Homer Knox and
Paula Shipley and says he will bring the matter to
the city commission later in the month. He and Com-
missioner Doug Wolfe get into a verbal brawl over the
clerk appointment during a city commission meeting
after Wolfe makes a nomination to hire current Deputy
City Clerk Jerice Wing and Shumard gavels him down.
Wolfe later drops his nomination.
Affaire to Remember: The annual fundraiser for
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Affaire to
Remember, again bested its goal and raised $102,000
for the Center.
Now no records: Jim Conoly filed criminal
charges against Mayor Chuck Shumard when he, too,
was denied access to applications for the Anna Maria
City clerk position.
Pipe up: A 700-mile natural gas pipeline was pro-
posed to run from Mobile, Ala., to Port Manatee just
north of Anna Maria Island under a proposal by Coastal
Corp. With federal and state approval, the project could
begin by June 2001.
Pier continuation: Anna Maria City Pier negotia-
tions continued, with Mayor Chuck Shumard propos-
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centage of their business. Talks continue.
Season summation: "The Season" was a good
one for Island businesses, with most motels report-
ing close to 100 percent occupancy rates during the
winter tourist season.
Tanager tourist: A rare western stripe-headed
tanager bird drew crowds of bird watchers from as far
away as California to Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach.
The bird is a native of the West Indies.
Clerk again: Mayor Chuck Shumard nominated
Homer Knox as his choice for Anna Maria City Clerk.
The motion was defeated by the city commission. City
commissioners decide to each select six applicants
from the field of 18 and discuss them at a later date.
Voters to decide: Holmes Beach city
commissioners decided to let the voters decide the
question of whether city commissioners in the city
will serve two-year or four-year terms come next
Going down: In spite of pleas from community
activists and the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter for use of the building, demolition of the former
Holmes Beach City Hall was approved.
Turtle season: The first loggerhead sea turtles of
the 1999 nesting season lumbered ashore at Bradenton
Beach. The female turtles come ashore to lay about 100
eggs per nest and, about 60 days later, the little turtles
crawl out of the sand and head for the water.
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Renourishment approval: County commis-
sioners approved the second planned beach
renourishment of Anna Maria Island. Beach-compat-
ible sand will be pumped from an offshore area onto
beaches stretching from 13th Street South in
Bradenton Beach to Fir Avenue in Anna Maria, ex-
cluding a stretch of property in that city from about
81st Street to Oak Avenue. Property owners there
objected to signing easements to allow sand to abut
their property. Cost of the project is estimated at
$8.5 million, and work should start in the year 2001.
Bradenton Beach changes: City Clerk Alice
Baird resigned from her 15-year job with the city, cit-
ing personal reasons. She will move to Oregon to live
with her husband. Commissioners hire Roger Titus as
building official. He previously served as building of-
ficial in Lakeland.
Mayor targeted: Anna Maria City Commissioner
Doug Wolfe filed a complaint with the sheriff's office
against Mayor Chuck Shumard, citing a litany of prob-
lems including denial of public access to the media and
Clerk again: Mayor Chuck Shumard appointed
Anna Maria Building Department Clerk Laura Vogel
to the position of city clerk. The city commission ap-
proved his hiring.
One more clerk: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners hired Deputy City Clerk Pat Grizzle to fill the
top clerk position vacated by Alice Baird.
Former Islander sentenced: Holmes Beach resi-
dent Dale Marler, 56, was sentenced to 41 months in
a federal prison on drug charges. Marler was an Island
businessman and community leader for many years
prior to the arrest. Police say he distributed up to 200
pounds of marijuana and 5,000 grams of cocaine dur-
ing the past two years.
Hurricane worries: Weather experts predicted
a "very active" hurricane season this year, with 14
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Play tickets: 17 theatergoers at the Island Players
were given parking tickets while attending the final
play of the season.
Bimini Bay dredging: Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach city commissions approved final plans and a
split payment for the dredging of the entrance to Bimini
Bay. The pass into Tampa Bay and the channel had
filled with silt over the years, making navigation dif-
Alley gone: Anna Maria City commissioners ap-
proved vacation of an alley between Pine and Mag-
nolia avenues, site of the Bayview Plaza. Alley use
in Anna Maria has been a hot topic for decades, with
past commissions refusing to vacate the little-used
roadways. Residents fear the commission's action
will prompt a slew of alley vacation requests.
Mayor charged: Anna Maria Mayor Chuck
Shumard was charged with two non-criminal counts of
public record law violations by the state attorney's of-
Street closed to parking: Parking on Gladiolus
Street was prohibited in Anna Maria. The street was a
popular parking place for beachgoers heading to Bean
Publix opens: The new Publix Super Market at
Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive opened.
Pier funds approved: $100,000 in federal grant
funds were approved for repairs to the Anna Maria City
Pier. The city has to match the grant with $100,000 of
its own money, with total cost for the repairs to pilings
and decking estimated at about $300,000.
Scenic Gulf Drive: Island officials mulled re-
questing designation of Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach as a scenic highway. The designation, if ap-
proved, would provide federal funds for highway
THE ISLANDER E DEC. 29, 1999 0 PAGE 17
improvements such as sidewalks and landscaping,
among other things.
Farewell: Marlene Fletcher retired from her posi-
tion as secretary at Anna Maria Elementary School
after 22 years service.
City hall roof settlement: Holmes Beach city
commissioners agreed to accept a $10,000 settlement
from the contractor who installed the mis-matched roof
panels on city hall. The commission accepted the
money and will leave the variegated metal roof as is in
the hope they will eventually fade to the same light
Scholarship: Katharine Wight is the first recipient
of an The Islander Bystander scholarship. She will at-
tend the University of Florida. Wight volunteered off
and on at the newspaper since she was in sixth grade,
lending her witty insights and a youthful perspective in
Tags, not stickers: Island elected officials agreed
to give residents hanging tags to facilitate re-entry to
the Island after hurricane evacuations.
Key Royale bridge funding?: Florida Department
of Transportation officials hinted they may be able to
fund the replacement of the Key Royale Bridge in fis-
cal year 2003-04, and will decide the matter in Decem-
ber. Cost of replacing the aging bridge was estimated
at $1 million.
Sculpture donation: Artist Linda Howard donated
two sculptures to Holmes Beach. They will be installed
in front of city hall and at the intersection of Marina and
Key Royale drives.
Pier suit: Anna Maria City and the Anna Maria
Oyster Bar Inc., are sued by a couple after the husband
was injured on the pier in December 1996. The man fell
after his foot was caught between planks on the pier.
The suit is for damages in excess of $15,000.
Tune in next week for the rest of
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Howard, Tim Hasse and Nick Schweitzer. Shipman is player/coach.
Under-age-14 champion Palmetto Rage
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Hernandez, Simon Bean, Phillip Esteban, Chris Circharo, Terris Kutschera and
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Under-age-16 champion Bradenton Northwest
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Florida Fishing College just around the corner
By Capt. David Futch
The 24th Florida Fishing College is a month away
and the one-day event at the Manatee Convention Cen-
ter, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto, is sure to attract thou-
sands of anglers.
Every fishermen from around central Florida mi-
grate to Manatee County to listen to "the best of the
best" when it comes to throwing a cast net, a fly line,
an artificial lure and information all anglers need to
It's literally a fishing information fair.
Prizes will be handed out by fishing and hunting
writer Jerry Hill and of course the annual collector's
edition of the Florida Fishing College T-shirt will be
unveiled and on sale.
Parking is free and admission is $2 while children
under 12 are admitted free.
This is a good deal. Get out and see it.
There's also been a change in red snapper rules
courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Beginning April 15 (should be an easy date to re-
member) and ending Oct. 31, there will be an open
season on the harvest of red snapper in the Gulf of
Mexico state waters.
The recreational red snapper fishery is closed un-
til April 15.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
fishing isn't bad.
"Your best chance to catch a redfish is now be-
cause during the extreme low tides like we've been
having they'll come off those oyster bars and go in to
the nearest potholes in deepest water," Lowman said.
"The oyster bars in Terra Ceia Bay and the oyster bar
at Long Bar are good places to look for reds. Trout fish-
ing with artificial lures is real good right now and will
be for a couple of months. There are amberjack on the
deepwater wrecks in 100 feet of water. Grouper fish-
ing good relatively close to shore. Trolling for grouper
is prime time in the Intracoastal Waterway, Tampa Bay
and the ship channels."
Carl Shaner at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle
said it has been quiet. Shrimp are buried in this cold.
Nobody in town has them. Maybe Annie's Bait &
Tackle. Wade fishermen have done good on trout and
some reds. Offshore fishermen have been getting grou-
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Michelle Hill of Holmes Beach is having a difficult
time trying to lift this 48-inch, 26-pound cobia she
caught off a Coquina Beach reef while fishing with
husband Zack. It took her 30 minutes to land the fish
she caught with a shrimp and her trusty Zebco rod
and reel. Zack said he didn't have a landing net or
gaff and had to grab the fish by the mouth to get him
in the boat. IF ander Photo: Courtesy Zack Hill
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
the cold and wind kept people in shore this week. "I just
haven't seen any people going out," Johnson said.
"Let's hope the weather gets better."
At the Rod & Reel Pier, folks have been bringing
in black drum, sheepshead and a redfish and a snook
every now and then.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
there was decent redfishing prior to the nor'westers we
had last week.
Capt. Jim "Zack" Zacharias out of Annie's Bait
& Tackle in Cortez said he caught flounder, a few
cobia and some mangrove snapper in the Gulf last
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glass," Capt. Zack said. "In the bay, we've been catch-
ing pompano in the grass. The pompano fishing is not
as good as it was the last two years but still pretty good.
There have been some scattered redfish. If you can find
them bunched in a hole, you can really do a number on
them. With the cold weather the sheepshead turned on.
But the cold weather is going to make trout fishing
good when the season opens soon because it will drive
them down in the holes."
"During the low tides, redfishing was pretty good,"
Chaya said. "Then the you-know-what hit the fan."
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide out of
Captain's Marina said they've been catching large gag
grouper almost within sight of Anna Maria Island.
Capt. Glenn Corder on the Deep South said fish-
ing is good and he plans to go out every day this week
to grouper fish. "They're going to be in shallow water
for some time," Corder said. "I suggest people get out
and get some."
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend in Cortez said
he's doing real good on grouper and snapper. He
caught one whopper Sunday that tipped the scales at 25
pounds. Kimball said he was within sight of the island
when he hooked the big grouper. As a former fishing
guide I can tell you, that's a whale of a grouper for
Capt. Curt Morrison on Neva-Miss charters con-
tinues to slay the gag and red grouper offshore. Key
West grunts, porgies and mangrove snapper are mak-
ing it to the boat, too.
Capt. Joe Webb of the charter vessel Old Florida
in Cortez is expecting a new boat any day. It's a 54-foot
Carolina-style offshore boat renowned for how dry the
boat stays. Joe said he's planning to take charters off-
shore 50 to 100 miles to "dig" for the big ones. More
on this when Joe gets his boat.
Winners in the Dec. 22 horseshoe games were
Gary Hart and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria. Run-
ners-up were George Landraitis of Holmes Beach and
Ron Pepka of Anna Maria.
Winner in the Dec. 25 game was Chris McNamara
of Holmes Beach. Runner-up was George McKay of
Play is every Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at
Anna Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
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IFC under-12 team captures
indoor soccer title
The Island Football Club under-age-12 soccer team
can thank Matt Bobo and Sean Pittman for its champi-
Bobo made several spectacular saves in goal and
Pittman seemed to score at will during the Sixth An-
nual Islander Indoor Soccer Christmas Tournament.
The IFC Land Sharks team thrashed the Bradenton
Stingrays 5-3 Thursday night to bring the trophy back
to Anna Maria Island.
In an awesome game, the Stingrays took an early
3-0 lead, scoring in the first minute. With six minutes
left in the first half Jordan Prichard scored for IFC for
Then with less than 10 seconds in the half, IFC's
Kyle Schweitzer picked off a Pittman rebound in front
of goal and scored to make it 3-2 at half.
The second half belonged to the Land Sharks.
Pittman tied it up just four minutes into the second 20-
minute period. Half-way through Pritchard scored one
of the sweetest goals in the tournament.
Pritchard took a pass in front of his own goal and
took the ball the length of the 100-foot makeshift bas-
ketball/soccer court, dribbling past three defenders and
drilling one into the left corner. The goalie never had
That proved to be the go-ahead goal.
Pittman capped off a brilliant tournament with the
final goal and was given the Kendra Presswood Most
Valuable Player Award for the under-12 division.
The Land Sharks' Daniel Miller also gets a nod for
his outstanding defense that kept the Stingrays at bay
in the second half, affording Bobo the chance to save
a couple of meaningless shots.
Hats off to IFC Coach Brad Lisk for his first
indoord championship after being runnerup the past
In a must-win game against the Stingrays' from
Bradenton Tuesday, Dec. 21, IFC was facing elimina-
tion from the tournament and came through with a 6-
Two nights later they won the whole shooting
match when they beat the Stingrays again.
Pittman started the comeback Tuesday when he
scored following a beautiful pass from Schweitzer. The
first 20-minute period was a defensive struggle for both
teams and ended with IFC in front 1-0. Bobo made two
fine saves to keep it that way.
The second and final period started on an ominous
note for IFC. The Stingrays scored two goals within a
minute of each other, going up 2-1.
Pittman then started a barrage that would keep the
Stingrays on their heels the rest of the night.
The lightning-quick Pittman stole the ball from a
Stingrays' player and took it the length of the court to
score and tie the game.
Two minutes later, an IFC player banged one
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ahead for good when Pittman passed to Pritchard who
fired one in goal.
On two offensive possessions, the Stingrays fired
shots at Bobo who made two incredible saves.
IFC kept the pressure on. Schweitzer passed to
Pittman who passed to Pritchard who scored for a 5-3
A couple of minutes later, Schweitzer passed one
to Nathan Miller who kicked the ball passed the goalie
to put the game away.
Magic puts on clinic in winning age group
The Manatee Magic under age 10 team is the
cream of the crop in county soccer programs and
showed it Tuesday night when they won their age di-
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The Magic beat the Island Football Club team 4-1
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IFC's Tanner Pelkey made six saves to keep the
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"These are coachable kids who listen and work
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also been playing together for years. Some of them
have on the same team for four years."
Ruff Riders take top age division
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A minute later the Stickers scored again to put
them up by two.
A.J. Dudley of the Riders scored in front after a
tussle for the ball but the Riders were unable to make
another, falling 3-2.
In the final game of the tournament, the Riders
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The Riders and Stickers played back and forth the
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Shipman and Nick Schweitzer combined offen-
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to Riders goalie Craig Jackson who warded off a num-
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The under age 8 champions were the Stingers of
Bradenton who went undefeated in the tournament and
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In the under-14 championship game, the Bradenton
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Bradenton Rage 5-3. They dropped their first game to
the Rage 5-4 and came back to win the championship.
Writer wins for third time in a month
Below-40 temperatures proved a problem at the
weekly Sunrise Golf Tournament at Palma Sola Golf
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after the first hole making it difficult to "feel the
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edge Capt. Glenn Corder by one point to win for the
third time in the last five tries. I scored plus six points
in shooting a 79 on a modified Stableford scoring sys-
tem and Corder had five points.
There was a three-way tie for third place between
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Un-list lists, sub for sale
There seems to be some kind of journalistic law
that decrees that the end of the year signals the com-
pilation of lists of "best" and "worst" things. Any
year that involves a zero spurs even more lists.
Since we're coming up with a year with three zeros,
the lists appear to be cubed.
But having finished the year in review for The
Islander, I'm pretty tired of writing about or read-
ing lists of the biggest, brightest and boldest things
of 1999. Trust me, if you've read the year in review,
you're probably pretty sick of reviewing events, too.
So I'm going to spare us all the eco-treats for 1999.
However, I did stumble on something of interest
and I promise it won't be a listing. Seems that the
Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society reviewed the
environmental accomplishments of the past 100 years
and came up with something interesting: the actions of
presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter to protect
and preserve the environment.
Carter was able to pass a law in 1980 that pro-
tected from development more than 100 million
acres of land in Alaska. Nixon's term in office cre-
ated the Environmental Protection Agency and
signed the Clean Water Act. That act, by the way,
helped create the Sarasota Bay National Estuary
Program, and we all know how that program has
helped protect and preserve the bays.
Makes you think about the two in a different
light, doesn't it?
Sub for sale
Hey, did you see that a Soviet submarine is be-
To all my customers
and clients, there is no
time more fitting to say
thank you and to wish
you a Happy New Year
PANORAMIC VIEW of Tampa Bay from this hexagon shaped Anna
Maria Island residence. This fantastic custom-built home features a
wrap-around porch, beach, fireplace and wood floors. $469,000.
Jeanette Rampone 747-3364 ore-mail: Jraml207@aol.com. R38938
THREE TRACTS SOLD TOGETHER to create exquisite 42 +/- acre
horse/cattle ranch. Directly on the Manatee River, private home fea-
tures fantastic master suite. Charming second home with outbuild-
ings on premises. $1,950,000. Maggie Hastings 358-7653. R41842
ONE-OF-THE-KIND PALMA SOLA BAY LOCATION. Located at
boat basin bridge with deep water, 4,561 +/- sq.ft. pool residence.
4BR/5B, open kitchen and family room with fireplace, game room,
Mexican tile floors, detached two-car garage. $775,000. Don Lewis
746-3200 or 920-3919. R41140
EXPERIENCE THE TRANQUILLITY and security of Tidy Island.
Luxurious townhome with loft, artist's retreat, elevator and new
kitchen. $219,000. Bob and Penny Hall 749-8220. C38315
ISLAND RETREAT on Anna Maria Island. Savor the beauti-
ful sunsets from your own deck. Just steps to the beach, this
3BR/2B home is in a great location. $259,900. Sandy Drapala
794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R40351
POPULAR BIMINI MODEL HOME in Village Green with
convenient location to many amenities. Newly painted and
carpeted neutral, screened lanai, eat-in kitchen with dome
ceilings. $109,900. Van Bourgois 744-9495. R41341
WEST BRADENTON HOME 3BR/2B plus den, tile kitchen
floor, large master suite, new carpet, above ground pool. Well
maintained with great curb appeal. Quiet neighborhood conve-
nient to shopping. $110,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. R40765
VILLAGE GREEN. This split design 3BR home is very spa-
cious. Terrific corner lot and only one block from the golf
course. $134,900. Janet Orr 792-7363. R41423
ing auctioned off on the Internet? And the deadline
for making your bid on it is today.
The boat, docked in St. Petersburg, is owned by
a Finland-based company. The hoped-for tourist at-
traction never generated much income, and with
bills adding up at the Port of St. Petersburg, the com-
pany decided to sell it on-line via eBay.
Minimum bid is $1 million.
The boat is 300 feet long and weighs in at 2,400
tons, so you'll need a really, really big slip if you buy
As one bidder joked in turning down the offer,
"Not enough dock space at the yacht club. Sorry."
Big boat redux
I had a case of deja vu all over again last week
while reading Clive Cussler's new book, "Atlantis
Not to give the plot away, but as with most of
Cussler's novels there is a group of bad guys who
are planning to destroy the world unless our heroes
can stop them in time. Part of the story line involves
some really big boats boats that are like 6,000 feet
long and can house 50,000 people or so.
That sounds awful familiar, I thought. And sure
enough, on page 367, there is a reference to Norman
Nixon and his "Freedom" ship plan. Nixon, a St.
Armands businessman, is hoping to raise $400 mil-
lion in seed money to build a $6 billion megacruiser
that will sail the high seas.
And you read about it here first, last May. I won-
der if Clive Cussler reads The Islander?
Despite Sunday morning's cold snap, here's
another facet to the global warming trend: last
month was the warmest November in 105 years of
record-keeping in the contiguous 48 United
States. Scientists predict the planet will warm 2 to
6 degrees during the next 100 years. As a com-
parison, the Earth has warmed only 5 to 9 degrees
since the last ice age 18,000 years ago.
SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 21
Bob Darling, Mike Manning and Jan Hartmeyer. Each
had a plus four.
The first birdie came after sticking my approach
shot 18 inches from the cup for a tap-in on the first
hole. The second on No. 6 was a 35-footer that went
dead in the heart of the cup.
My third win in the past five tournaments jumped
me from 15th to sixth place (356) on the points list for
Player of the Year honors but a long way from whom-
ever will win the title.
First through fifth on the list are Tim Lease (623),
Jon Huffman (581), Wayne Wood (486), Neal Curtis
(441) and Butch Van Ostenbridge (385).
Mark "Dawg" Fransen won two skins Sunday and
I had two.
Closest-to-the-pin "greenies" were won by Rob
Canada, Hartmayer, Darling and Chuck Daniels.
Darling also was low medalist on the day with a 78.
Sunday, Jan. 2, marks the final tournament for the
1999-2000 season before the big end-of-the-millen-
nium tournament on Jan. 9.
Both Jan. 2 and Jan. 9 tournaments are scheduled
for Palma Sola Golf Club. If you're interested in play-
ing, please call Huffman at 778-4622.
Vitale touts Suncoast at tournament
At the Jimmy V Classic at the Meadowlands last
week ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale was talking about
University of Florida player Josh Hamilton who hailed
from Booker High School in Sarasota. The Jimmy V
Classic is dedicated to the late Jim Valvano who
coached at N.C. State.
What followed Vitale's mention of Hamilton was
right out of a chamber of commerce advertisement.
"Oh, baby. Sarasota, Florida. What a place. White
beaches. Sun. Sand. It's a paradise down there."
I guess we could have expected the PR. Vitale has
a home there. Still, it's nice to hear the area gets some
Now if the Florida Department of Transportation
could figure out how to build a bridge to please every-
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly/ Weekly
Call Gayle Schulz and Liz | .-- l
Codola ... experienced I
agents who will assist you
with all of your Year 2000 ,
rental and property needs.
5910 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
S 2803 Gulf Drive Live in
white shell yard, lush
tropical landscaping. An
opportunity to have a
beachhouse of your own. Priced to sell at
6700 Holmes Blvd.
X-MAS DUPLEX! Excel-
lent condition, two blocks
. -, to gorgeous beach. 2BR/
S-,_ ,... ....? 2BA each side with extra
9 ft. by 22 ft. room. A
_____ must seel
208 81st Street
on large lot. 1BR/1BA
with fireplace and Florida
room, 2BR/1BA with
gJarage. Needs some
SALES RENTALS INVESTMENTS
941-778-0766 Ext. 212
(941) 748-6300 9 Licensed Real Estate Broker
ONE OF A KIND!
Gulffront lot on a quiet dead-end street! There are
no more like this! For sale by owner. 31st St. and
Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
4%%B400 1Manatee AenueW est, BradenL'kI i tIIIIS on, Fluida 36I~i 4209
I w 7 7Vftj, ^cL
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 29, 1999 U PAGE 23
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 fini-
als) 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 Is-
lander Bystander 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.
WANTED: STEREO RECIEVER with mono/stereo
switch. If you have an old receiver sitting around collect-
ing dust, give a call to Chef Damon at 778-5320.
WE'RE NUTS for Island Players. Fresh crop of
Georgia pecans holiday wrapped. One-pound
package $6.50. Available at The Islander newspa-
per. 5404 Marina Drive. Benefits Island Players!
AERAL PHOTOS OF the Islands. Makes a great
gift. Jack Elka, photographer. 778-2711.
MACINTOSH SE SUPERDRIVE. Granddaddy to
the Imac. System 7.0, four mg ram, floppy drive,
keyboard, mouse, Microsoft word version 5.1.
Great for word processing or as a giant paper
weight. $45 or best offer. 748-6222.
ELECTRIC COOKER, KENMORE, apartment size,
clean, in good working order, $100. Microwave, al-
most new, $25. 779-1009.
JANUARY CLEARANCE SALE. 50% off everything
of "Housewarmings by Horigans". Located in Under
the Sun Antiques, Holmes Beach.
SOFA PILLOW BACK, one year old, excellent con-
dition. Beige fabric, 84'. Paid $1,000, asking $300.
Also blue recliner, $75. Call 795-7923.
ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.,
Fri. 9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. Donations Wed.
9-11am. 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, Wednesday, Dec. 29.
YOGA AND MEDITATION classes with Harmony
Feldman, starting January 17th. Monday, begin-
ners 12:30 and 5:00, intermediate 2:30 and 6:30.
Art League 921-0074, pre-enroll.
NOTARY PUBLIC, CIVIL marriages and renewal
vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever. Norman
R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
FIND GREAT DEALS on everything in The Islander
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
lW en you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron local/ for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
S Monhotton Mortgage Corporation
LOST TABBY MALE cat. Neutered, sandy orange
with white chest. Name is Simba, very friendly. Lost
on north end off Anna Maria. Family misses greatly.
778-4996 or 778-9790.
LOST KEYS WITH St. Christopher medal and
cross. Call Bill, 778-8581.
BEST HOLIDAY GIFT: Wheels! Moped, Tomos
1995 Targa model, 2600 miles, runs excellent.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander Bystander, 778-7978.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For in-
formation call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.
BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing,
hand buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing.
Complete detailing, 30-years experience. Satisfac-
tion guaranteed, fully insured. 794-8844.
INSHORE AND NEARSHORE sport fishing. Cap-
tain Justin Moore aboard the Primadona II. Half day
or full day. 778-6983 or cell, 720-6408.
BOAT SLIP with lift for rent. Call Tom or Maureen,
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, refer-
HELP WANTED: HOUSEKEEPING, nonsmoker,
own transportation. Part/full-time, 778-9597.
nTLH T EBES"
MARIANNE LISA SALLY
... largest selection of
on Anna Maria Island!
3101 Gulf Drive
ealty inc. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Residential Comnilercial/Inidustrial Propert) Management Morlgage Loans Title Insurance Vacation Rentals
A HEaLTU, HJPP FND PROSPEROUS NEW EAKR FROM aLL OF' US ATJIRVIDR RERLT SERVICES
JUST LISTED won't last long. Oustanding 2BR/2BA condo with a Gulf view. Impeccably furnished.
Show to your fussiest buyers they will love it! $160,000. Call Denise Langlois, Realtor 751-1155. IB42009
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BAY PALMS 3BR/2BA home
with two-car garage and southern
exposure. Have your coffee on
the screened lanai overlooking
the canal. $249,900. IB41524
JUST REDUCED! Watch the
sunsets from this totally redeco-
rated 2BR/2BA and den.
Up-close view of the Gulf from
the living room, den and bal-
cony. Heated pool, tennis. Now
priced at $325,000. IB40602
,' FONE OF A KIND Fabulous
tropical pool area is an
added bonus to this
Holmes Beach duplex. Up-
dated kitchens. 2BR each
side. $250,000. IB41484
Karin Stephan KEY WEST-STYLE HOME
Ich Spreche Deutsch Elevated, canalfront, 3BR/
924-9000 3BA. Across from bay.
Eves: 388-1267 Light and bright with view
down canal from two decks. $369,000.
F F REALTOR.
/ "Wir Sprechen Deutsch"
RESIDENTIAL OPEN DAILY 804 Gladiolus
NEW 4BI/3BA GULFVIEWS, upgrades, extras, shaft for eleva-
tor, decks, 2,400 sq. ft. area and three-car garage/storage. $445,000.
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. May sell separatly at $227,900 each.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model Enclosed lanai. $110,000.
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA. golf, glassed lanai. First floor. $98,900. Ask for Bob.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA, waterfront, boat dock, pool. $88,000.
STYLING SALON Eight stations. Great location. $39,000 OBO.
LOT C-2 Zoning.Walk to Gulf beach $150,000.
HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET 2,400 sq. 't., three stores, 150 I't.
to Sarasota Bay. Can ad t size. Developing arca. $355,000.
27 APARTMENTS and home in Bradenton with pool. Ask Ior Roni or Jane.
211 71st St. LARGE 1BR/1BA, 1/2 block to beach updated.
116 81st. St. EFFICIENCY 1/2 block to beach access.
LONGBOAT KEY CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA condo
5400 Condo 2BR/2BA GULFFRONT, heated pool, deluxe.
4503 Gulf Dr. LARGE IBR/IBA complete remodel.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, heated pool, tennis.
Call Lu for rates and schedules
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sandy's Lawn Mowing Trimming. Edging
|awn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
lIAic We Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
778-1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
1 LEstablished in 1983
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CONSTRUCTION JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION Remodeling Contractors
CONSTRUCTION Building Anna Maria since 1975
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IQuality home repair and maintenance
Steven Kaluza 778-4173
Island References and Insured
: i Painting Drywall Tile Doors Screens Etc ...
NU GLAZE INDUSTRIES
Countertops Appliances Ceramic Tile
Kitchen Cabinets Lifetime guarantee!
Call 926-7127 for free estimate
Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly One Time
Mobile Detailing: Autos Boats RVs
Exterior and Interior Services Availablel 778-1924
AN II (UNIM PIINTIII
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
PONTV 00U ( WTIl
Book Your Parties Now!
Linda Pardy 756-2154 Debbie Hewitt 739-1275
Call us for plumbing, too.
UfL0 MEM 11778-0773
FULL-SERVICE AIR CONDITIONING and PLUMBING
LIC #CACO 56298 LIC #RF0047797
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5404 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach 778-7978
BARTENDERS, COCKTAIL, SERVERS, gift shop
cashier, bussers, cooks, salad /pantry, help-
wanted. Full and part-time or seasonal. Buccaneer
JOURNALIST WANTED: Award-winning Island
newspaper seeks mass communications major or
experienced journalist for features and/or city beat
reporting. Photo ability helpful. Please submit re-
sume or letter to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach 34217 or fax 778-9392.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
NOW HIRING, GRECIAN Searoom wait staff. $4.
an hour plus tips. Dishwashers also needed.
Please apply in person at 5610 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. 383-0013. Retirees welcome.
PART TIME TYPIST, hours 10am to 2pm. Must
proof read. $8.00 per hour. Apply Island Pest Con-
trol, 3010 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.
NIGHT MANAGER good with people and numbers.
Monday through Friday, 4-9pm, some weekend
work. Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, 778-5405.
HOME CARE COMPANION, full or part-time home
health care. Years of experience and excellent ref-
erences. call Doreen at 778-5754.
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
installation. 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.
NEED PAINTING DONE? Interior-exterior. Call
Ernie and BJ. Also pressure washing, minor re-
pairs, detail cleaning. Insured, 20 years experi-
ence. 755-5258 or 504-8212.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINTING services. Interior/
exterior painting, wallpaper removal/installation
and pressure washing. For reliable quality service
at reasonable rates call Kevin at 778-2996.
HOUSECLEANING, HONEST, RELIABLE, refer-
ences. Free estimates. Call Maureen, 778-5717.
LEARN TO USE your computer as easy as you use
your telephone. Private lessons, your home. In-
home repairs. Certified teacher. 383-5372.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE
Residential/commercial, full-service maintenance,
landscaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming,
ponds, native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-
up. Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it's broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581or 713-0676.
MICHAEL B'S LAWN service. Cutting, edging,
weed-eating, trimming. Fast, reliable service. 747-
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Every-
thing Under the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. State licensed and insured. Many Is-
land references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic &
vinyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, re-
pairs. 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 service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free esti-
mates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118) 778-
3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589, #PE0020374.
Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New
homes, renovations, additions. Free estimates and
design service. Quality workmanship. Lic#RR0066450.
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, drywall,
finish work and small concrete jobs. Free estimates,
very competitive prices. Call Mic at 795-0613.
JAMES MELANSON PAINTING interior, exterior,
pressure cleaning. 11-year island resident, 33
years experience. 779-1463.
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.
GULFVIEW UPSTAIRS 3BR/2BA, screened
porch. Completely furnished. No pets. Available
January and February. 813-689-0925.
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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 fumished. Steps to beach and restaurants. No pets
or smoking. Leave message. 778-7107.
NORTHBEACH VILLAGE 3BR/2.5BA townhouse.
1,800 sq. ft., two-car garage, new carpet, washer/
dryer, three decks. Available immediately. $1,600
month. SunCoast Real Estate 779-0202.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canal home
with open view. $1,000 month plus utilities and
$500 security. 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
renovated with balconies and magnificent views on
Gulf of Mexico. Weekly, monthly, seasonal. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL Jan. or April. $1.100 plus tax.
1BR turnkey apartment, close to beach and heated
SEASONAL GULFFRONT 2BR apartment, com-
pletely equipped. Sun deck, stunning beach.
charming interior. Rare opportunity, affordably
priced. No pets. 778-3143.
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.
FISHERMAN'S DREAM LOCATED at marina.
1BR/1BA seasonal. Dockage or ramp available.
$75o month includes utilities. No pets. 778-1086.
GORGEOUS GULFVIEW Anna Maria home, 100
steps to beach. Brand new two story 4BR/3BA, fur-
nished with fireplace, cable TV and Jacuzzi. Per-
fect location, easy access to everything. Minimum
two month seasonal rental. Day and evenings call
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.
Charming, quiet, old Florida. $1,800 monthly, $950
SEASONAL RENTAL due to cancellation. 1BR/1BA
and 2BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Two blocks to
ocean. Ground floor tropical paradise, 921-0074.
SURF SIDE 2BR/1BA. Annual, $900 per month
plus security deposit. Available now. 792-2779.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT annual 3BR/2BA
home, two car-garage. No pets. $1,100 plus utili-
ties. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1. Annual 1BR/1BA
condo, partially furnished. Screened lanai over-
looking pool. Close to beach and bay. No pets.
$600 month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Holmes
Beach canalfront. No smoking, no pets. $1,500 per
month plus security deposit. 203-934-8596.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, quiet neighborhood in Holmes
Beach. New tile, carpet, paint throughout. Steps to
bay and beach. $750 month, 778-5482.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO, pool, beach ac-
cess, fully equipped. $450 week, 778-1915.
BEAUTIFUL WESTBAY COVE condos available for
January rentals. Call Old Florida Realty, 778-6849.
LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION, Gulffront private
beach, seasonal 1 BR/1 BA turnkey. Walk to shops
and grocery. $1200 month, 778-1086.
2001 SEASONAL RENTAL, four to six months,
$950 month. Large bedroom, kitchen and living
room, heated pool, close to beach. 778-4499.
NOW AVAILABLE 2BR/1BA duplex, turnkey fur-
nished. Florida charm with full appliances and
washer/dryer access. Great yard for bird-watching.
Steps to beach or bay. $1,375 month or $400
week, seasonal includes utilities and tax. $750
month annual, $400 deposit, you pay electric, cable
and phone. Will discuss pets. 778-2991.
GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
BARK & COMPANY REALTY. Steven M. Bark,
Broker. 383-1717 or 720-3200.
CANAL FRONT HOME on Key Royale. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, pool, 15,000 lb. boat lift on deep-
water canal. House completely updated and reno-
vated. $309,000. 941-915-2432 or 941-545-6821.
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HEAR THE SURF and catch glimpses of blue Gulf
waters-all from this newly renovated Holmes
Beach house. 3BR/2BA with 2BR/1BA rental cot-
tage. Wood and tile throughout, brand new kitch-
ens 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.
BIMINI BAYFRONT, beautiful southeasterly open
view. 12x65 dock, 11,000 lb. lift, pool and more.
Principals 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.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH, large duplex. 2BR/2BA
and 1BR/1BA. Fully updated, new kitchen and bath
with dock. $199,500. 795-0413.
DUPLEX, OCCUPY OR INVEST. Ground level,
washer/dryer hook-ups, screened lanai. 2BR/1 BA both
sides. Asking $199,500. Phone 779-1034 for details.
CORNER, DUPLEX, BUSINESS lot. 87th St. Ct.
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units. Great visibility on Gulf Drive!
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BY FRANCES HANSEN / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ
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Islander of 1999 is devoted conservationist
By Jim Hanson
T e Islander of the Year for 1999 has done more for
sea turtles and the people who love them than any
other person on Anna Maria Island.
She is Suzi Fox, the dynamic and challenging chief
of Turtle Watch and principal permit holder on Anna
Maria for sea turtle conservation. She is absolutely de-
voted to her turtles and the people who help her care for
For a basically cheery and upbeat person, the Islander
of the Year came to Florida and Anna Maria Island
through bouts of great sadness.
Born in 1957 in Traverse City, Mich., "which is way,
way north," she was in the university there when her fa-
ther died in 1977. She asked her mother if she could switch
schools and get away from the grief, and she came to the
University of Miami to complete her degree in hotel and
restaurant management, "nothing about turtles."
In 1987 her mother was retiring, and Fox bought a
home in Anna Maria City and brought her infirm mother
here. "Unfortunately, both Mom and Grandma died," Fox
said. "They left me on Anna Maria, and it turned out to be
the best possible place to heal."
She was interested in turtle conservation, but another
party held the permit and there was dissension until the
state yanked his permit because he wouldn't comply with
new ways of handling turtle nests and hatchlings.
Fox took over the permit and found herself short-
handed. A most active activist, she quickly set about or-
ganizing the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and build-
ing it steadily to its present strength, perhaps the premier
Turtle Watch in the state.
During turtle season last summer, more than 100 vol-
unteers manned the ramparts on the three Island cities'
beaches, and all of them apparently were happy. Fox said
she doesn't know how she keeps that many unpaid people
working, "I just go ahead and do it." Nobody gets any pay,
The first mother turtles come ashore in April or May,
digging a two-foot-deep hole in sand above the waterline,
lay up to 120 eggs the size of pingpong balls, cover them
Suzi Fox is
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o years of
up and head out to sea. The Florida sun warms the sand
to form a millennia-old hatchery.
Some 55 days later the youngsters crack their shells,
dig up into the light and head for the Gulf waters, which
are brighter than land and attract the babies.
And there's the rub, or the worst of several. Lights on
land visible to the hatchlings lure them inshore, usually to
their death under tires or in brush or in freshwater pools
or in the claws of predators.
When lights threaten to mislead the young ones, Fox's
volunteers put cages around the nest sites to keep the ba-
bies safely inside until they can be released by watchful
humans to go to sea.
"Volunteers have held a black plastic shield between
the light and a nest all night," Fox said, "just to make sure
the hatchlings get a chance at life. There are enough strikes
against them in the sea, with predators and natural disas-
The volunteers caged 114 nests this season and relo-
cated 10, "always for storms, never for lights."
"We go to the light source, not the turtle source," said
Fox. "Turtles should never have to move for lights, and
we never do it."
Altogether this season 424 turtle "crawls" were re-
corded on the Island's beaches, with 244 of the mothers
succeeding in nesting. That comes to something like
18,000 hatchlings, Fox said.
And she has a favorite turtle, one she and other Turtle
Watchers named Sadie.
Sadie came ashore at Coquina Beach and got misdi-
rected atop ajettie, falling between the concrete wall and
a big rock. Stranded, her bottom shell cracked in the fall,
Sadie wasn't given much chance until Turtle Watch ar-
They wrestled the big, ungainly, raging turtle onto a
truck, hauled her to Mote Marine Laboratory two islands
away, and held their breath.
After two surgical procedures, Sadie has a mending
stomach shell that's about one-third metal held in place
with pins. The surgeries were performed gratis, but Turtle
Watch had to raise $1,000 to cover the metal plates. "It
was just a grand feeling, watching volunteers keep vigil
over her all night. I was so proud to be with people like
Partly as a result of Sadie's mishap, partly at Fox's
insistence, the Florida Marine Research Institute plans to
look at all of the substantial armoringg" along the Island's
"We're getting turtles coming back to the beaches
where they were hatched 20 or more years ago, and run-
ning into brick walls and rock and concrete," said Fox.
The year 2000 promises to be a busy one for Fox and
"We'll home in on helping code enforcement offic-
ers enforce the lighting ordinances in their cities and the
state," she said. "Bradenton Beach is very good, but
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria need some help."
Turtle Watch is putting together a web site and a
newsletter, both to be activated about February. And the
Anna Maria program is expected to figure large at the
worldwide Sea Turtle Symposium in Orlando in March,
as an ideal for other programs to shoot for.
Altogether a big year past and a big year ahead for
Anna Maria's chief turtle savior, but absolutely
undaunting. Fox said of Sadie, "She's a survivor."
Huh! No more than Fox.
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Century, Millennium hallmarks are people
Capt. Davis, Beans,
By David Futch
And the winners are: Well, there were a lot
of winners when The Islander started ask
ing folks for nominations for persons of
the century and millennium.
The categories included people from the U.S.,
Florida, Manatee County and Anna Maria Island.
There were the familiar and not-so-familiar
good guys who have made distinctive differences
in our lives.
The Islander-of-the-Century award goes to ei-
ther Capt. Mitch Davis, the first mayor of Anna
Maria, or George E. Bean and his son George
Davis brought electricity to the Island in 1923.
built many of the first homes as well as Roser
Church, the city jail and the ice house, which is
now the historical museum.
The Beans settled the north end of Anna Maria
Island and started Anna Maria City in 1910-11.
Carolyne Norwood of the Anna Maria Histori-
cal Society nominated Davis, while Islander his-
tory columnist June Alder put in a good word for
Other Islanders who received votes included
former Holmes Beach Police Chief W.H.
"Snooks" Adams, the beloved former mayor/gro-
cer of Anna Maria Ernie Cagnina, and restaurateur
We could probably also nominate the late Gov.
Lawton Chiles as Islander of the century since this
Jack Leffingwell, an Anna Maria Island resident
in the 1940s and '50s, brought the county into the
20th century with that marvel of the ages: the tele-
phone. Electa Lee and her husband the Rev. Edmund
Lee received votes for their lifelong ambition to help
others in need. Electa Lee was the county's first
Here are some other countians of importance: Dr.
John Crews Pelot whose drugstore in east Bradenton
still exists, first settler Josiah Gates, early attorney
Jesse Tucker, plantation owner Robert Gamble, Drs.
W.D. Sugg and L.W. Blake, Pliny Reasoner who
brought the first nursery to the county, plant pioneer
Norm Pinardi credited with making the hibiscus
Capt. Mitch Davis, Anna Maria City's first mayor, is
thtouglht by manv to be the Islander o/fthe millenium.
was his second home. So we will.
Without question, the two men who did more
for this state in their long careers than any other
politicians were Chiles and the late Rep. Claude
For the county, Norwood nominated educator
Marge Kinnan who oversaw great advances in the
Manatee County school system as a teacher and
16-year member of the school board. The county
recently honored Kinnan by naming a soon-to-be-
built elementary school after her.
Doris Wright, Manatee County Historical Commis-
sion chairperson, offered up a number of county candi-
dates of the century and some who came prior to 1900.
Stop in and see our updated
Gathering Room and the
work of Kip Ackerman
George W. Bean, another Islander-of-the-
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popular, the first fisher/farmer W.T. Fulford, engi-
neer Freeman Horton, grapefruit growers the Charles
Atwood family, Bat Fogarty of Fogarty Boatworks
and Fogartyville and Warburton Warner.
Also important to early Manatee County were
Pinkey Craig, James Emerson, William Bunce,
Florida Rep. Ed Price, Walter Preston of the Mana-
tee Fruit Co., newspaper family the Sponnenbargers,
the Turner farming and cattle family, Paul and Willie
Mae Turbeville who did charitable work, Bradenton
Police Chief Clyde Gill and community activist G.T.
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Anna Maria's Eie Cagina was loved by all.
Anna Maria's Ernie Cagnina was loved by all.
Former Police Chief Snooks Adams of Holmes Beach was recognized in 1999 by the City of Holmes Beach
with the naming of the new city hall's police facility, an honor for his year's of service prior to his 1975
retirement. Adams is a lifetime resident, having been born in Cortez. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
Last but not least was J. Pope Harlee whose fam-
ily came in the 1870s and started the first big farm in the
county. The old Harlee barn still stands on U.S. 41
Oh, yeah. Snooty the manatee got one vote.
Now for Florida heros and big wigs.
Norwood of the Historical Society thought
Henry B. Plant should get the nod because he built
hotels, casinos, railroads and steamship lines in the
But for our money, the man who perhaps contrib-
uted one of the greatest inventions of all time came
Dr. John Gorrie was credited with inventing in
1851 machines that could produce air conditioning
and ice cubes, both born out of his attempts to cool
and treat patients suffering from yellow fever.
Gorrie is one of two men representing Florida in
the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., the
other being St. Augustine native Gen. Edmund Kirby
Smith, the last Confederate general to surrender to
Sadly, Gorrie died in seclusion at age 53, never
having made a dime from his invention when no one
would loan him the money to build it.
Chiles and Pepper made the Florida list of favor-
ite sons and daughters along with Everglades protec-
tor Marjory Stoneman Douglas and educator Mary
McCloud Bethune, who started the first black univer-
sity in the state.
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Americans recognized for their contributions to
mankind are many.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King,
Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Teddy Roosevelt (according to Gib Bergquist, Teddy R.
"got things rolling and set the pace for the 20th century,
made us a world power and saw to it that the Panama
Canal got built"), J. Edgar Hoover, who Gib worked for,
was the father of modern law enforcement and cleared
out the country's public enemies.
We would like to hear from you about any ad-
ditions you would have made to our list, especially
Islanders we may not have recognized for their
Please submit them in writing: Fax 778-9392, e-
mail email@example.com or mail to 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Snooty the manatee, a resident of the South Florida
Museum in Bradenton, received one vote for
Manatee County's best citizens.
George W. Bean Jr. was another choice for the
ISLANDERS, FROM PAGE 4
Florida authors who were recognized included
Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,
John D. MacDonald, Harry Crews, Tom McGuane
and Philip Wylie, who wrote "Generation of Vi-
A story centered on women's belief systems,
"Vipers" has been through more than 40 printings
and declared by the American Library Association as
one of the major non-fiction works of the first half of
Local raconteur Gib Bergquist named Polk
County native son John Atanasoff as Floridian of the
century because he invented the automatic digital
The late Gov.
as the "Hecoon"
was once an
legacy lives on
here in son Ed, a
owner of the
House and Mar
(The racoon was
a gift to the
Islanders of the
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wishes you and yours a,
Thank you so very much
for your patronage
and support for the
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We look forward to serving
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From our family
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Curie, Gandhi, Elvis, Austin Powers top world list
By David Futch
he top worldwide contributors of ideas and
accomplishments for the last 1,000 years in
cluded the good, bad and ugly.
Radium discoverer Marie Curie received a num-
ber of votes as did relativity theorist Albert Einstein,
missionary Albert Schweitzer, spiritual leader
Mohandas Gandhi, also known as Mahatma or Great
Soul, and his modern-day counterparts Martin
Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
As much as we don't like to mention politicians,
we have to include the father of our country George
'Washington, Declaration of Independence author
Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln of Emanci-
pation Proclamation fame.
We also have to give credence to Ben Franklin
as an inventor and statesman.
The best list of the millennium is a who's who,
including Columbus, bacteriology founder Louis
Pasteur, polio vaccine creator Jonas Salk, French
heroine and martyr Saint Joan of Arc, the Medici
family of Florence who were instrumental figures in
the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo Buonarroti,
Leonardo da Vinci, astronomer Nicholas Copernicus
and mathematician and laws of gravity and motion
discoverer Sir Isaac Newton.
As a note, when the first Americans to step foot
on the moon were circling that heavenly body in
preparation for landing, mission control called and
asked "Who's driving?" Neil Armstrong replied, "I
think Isaac Newton's driving right now."
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and book
"On the Origin of Species" qualifies him while as-
tronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei must be
included as well as geneticists James Watson and
Francis Crick for their discovery of the structure of
deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA.
Thomas Alva Edison is rightly on the list be-
cause he invented not only the light bulb but the
movie camera and projector and the phonograph.
In the mid-1800s about the time Edison was
Clockwise from top left are Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., Albert Schweitzer,
Albert Einstein, Shakespeare and
born, someone suggested they close the U.S. Patent
Office for nothing else could be invented.
When he died, Edison owned 1,059 patents.
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We have to give the Wright brothers their due
for the airplane. James Watt gets a nod for inventing
the steam engine and for fueling the Industrial Revo-
Businessmen changed the world in which we
"Fortune" magazine lists Henry Ford as busi-
nessman of the century because he transformed the
automobile from a rich man's toy into the
The other finalists, according to the magazine,
were Alfred Sloan Jr.. who as General Motors chair-
man organized the basic structure of what would be-
come the largest corporation in the world.
Computer scion Thomas J. Watson is included
because he built IBM into a computer giant.
Bill Gates, 44, made the list for founding
Microsoft and because he's the richest man in the
Now we digress.
French philosopher and mathematician Rene
Descartes makes the list as the father of modern phi-
losophy (I think therefore I am). He founded analytic
geometry and made contributions to optics.
Despots and evil doers Genghis Khan, Napoleon
Bonaparte, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler tied for
first in terms of worst.
A vote has to go to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the
Russian Marxist revolutionary and politician and
first head of the Soviet government.
And Karl Marx must be given his due as the
founder of international Communism through his
writings in "Das Kapital."
Along with these other infamous/famous Com-
munists are Mao Tse-tung, leader and theorist of the
Chinese Communist revolution.
In terms of writers whose works endure we in-
clude James Joyce, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost,
Herman Melville, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre,
Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan
Poe, Victor Hugo and Jane Austen. We're going to
include Tennessee Williams because of the number
of tears his plays have elicited.
Elvis, "The King, was on many famous-person lists.
Number one on the writer's list was William
Shakespeare whose sonnets and plays have endured
500 years and never go out of style either on stage
or in the movies.
Here are the painters we recognized: Pablo
Picasso, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Titian, Rembrandt,
Cezanne and Van Gogh.
For those who have made millions around the
world laugh and cry we include Charlie Chaplin,
Will Rogers, and Mark Twain.
Guess we also have to throw a bone to Laurel
and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges
and the Little Rascals.
And that modern-day hero and randy secret
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agent Austin Powers was nominated for twice sav-
ing the world from the evil clutches of, well, Dr. Evil
and his counterpart Mini-Me, while making people
fall out of their chairs in stitches at his bawdy antics.
Musicians would include Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, Ludwig von Beethoven, Johann Sebastian
Bach and the Bach family of composers, Americans
Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Elvis Presley
along with Britain's Fab Four, The Beatles.
In October, the Arts & Entertainment channel
held their top 100 people competition of the last
1,000 years. They included two names we didn't
even think of and one of them was their No. 1 guy
of the millennium. We're ashamed to say we didn't
come up with A&E's No. 1.
Here's the top 10 starting with No. 10: Galileo,
Copernicus, Einstein, Marx, Columbus, Shakespeare,.
Darwin, Martin Luther (criticism of Catholic Church
led religious reformation, translated the Bible from
Latin to German), Isaac Newton and (I can't believe we
didn't get this) No. 1: Johannes Gutenberg, the inven-
tor of printing from moveable type.
Gutenberg printed 200 copies of the Bible in
1455. At the time, books were hand-written, prima-
rily by monks. It would take one monk three to six
months to make one Bible.
Within 100 years, 200 million books had been
printed. As one A&E commentator said, his inven-
tion meant that "when people have ideas and infor-
mation, they have power. Without Gutenberg, there
would have been no Copernicus or or Newton or
Galileo or Luther. Civilization would have been 500
Gutenberg designed his invention after an olive
He died penniless. Bill Gates probably won't.
If you think we left someone off the lists,
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Don't let time run out!
The chance to match your dollars ends Dec. 31,1999.
440,000 MATCHING FUND CHALLENGE
Please make your contribution to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Trust today.
Every dollar contributed from now until the end of 1999 up to $40,000 will be
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