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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 8, no. 9, Jan. 12, 2000 FREE
New Anna Maria post office in design stage
By Susan K. Kesserling
A new year. A new Anna Maria City post office
later in the year.
Gary Sawtelle, district spokesperson for the U.S:
Postal Service, says the new post office will set up shop
toward the end of summer.
The proverbial Island cash register
is ringing up big bucks!
The $40,000 community challenge
posted by Holmes Beach residents
Chuck and Joey Lester to raise funds for
the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
Ster is a rousing success.
The Lesters put up $40,000 against
donations from the community between
Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 1999, with The Is-
lander being the lone source of public-
ity and co-sponsor for the fundraiser.
This year's Island challengers
chimed in with $49,530 to bring the to-
tal contribution, all designated for the
Center's endowment fund, to $89,530.
The Lesters' annual fundraiser be-
gan in 1997 with a $25,000 challenge L
and individual contributions soared to
more than $36,000.
While the principal remains un-
touched, interest earned by the per-
petual fund, which the Lesters also
helped establish, will eventually help
sustain the Center's operating costs.
And, thanks to the Lesters' generosity
and impetus, the fund's principal now
stands at almost $2 million.
Way to go Anna Maria Island.
The postal service announced its desire to look for
an alternate location in March 1998 with postal offi-
cials saying the current location at 9908 Gulf Drive has
outgrown its present facility.
After narrowing its choice from four proposals re-
ceived, the postal service announced in October it
would move the post office from its current location to
Bayview Plaza across from the city pier.
The space at the plaza must be built out according to
postal specifications. While the post office is still in the
process of designing the building, according to Sawtelle,
the next step is to go out to bid for a contractor.
PLEASE SEE POST OFFICE, NEXT PAGE
Is that a "V"for
victoryfor FSU, or
for the strike that
would make him a
fame thrower, or
both? "None of the
Abovee" says Bob
football legend Joe
told me to put up
two fingers for $2
in the nationally
Moderhak was the
star of the Jan. 4
Sugar Bowl half-
time show, racking
up a $500,000
prize for his
football toss, dead
center at a 9-foot
Courtesy of Sue
Flame thrower Moderhak hits $500,000
By David Futch
Former All-Pro quarterback Joe Theisman was
one-for-four for 15 yards at the national championship
Armchair quarterback Robert "Bob" Moderhak of
Holmes Beach was perfect in his Sugar Bowl debut.
After watching Theisman make him $50,000,
Moderhak threw a strike from 15 yards out through the
dead center of a 2 foot by 2 foot hole.
For that, Moderhak got to add a zero at the end of
$50,000 for a $500,000 payoff Tuesday night at the
Superdome in New Orleans.
Moderhak threw his strike on national television
to win the money in a Nokia-sponsored public rela-
Florida State University won the game. Moderhak
got the cash. Well, he gets the $50,000 right away that
Theisman made for him. The remaining $450,000 will
be paid out in an annuity over 20 years.
About 30 minutes before Moderhak threw his
$500,000 bullet, ABC broke away from the game and
showed Theisman and Moderhak on the sideline.
The former educator from Colorado promptly
flashed a peace sign.
Or was that a "V" for victory for his adopted FSU
football team, or for the strike that would make him a
fame thrower, or both?
"None of the above," Moderhak said. "Joe was tell-
ing me to put up two fingers for $2 million.
"Theisman felt bad about only making one throw.
On the other hand, the thing that comes back to me was
the day before the throw I was not having much suc-
cess and Joe gave me some advice. He said 'Move a
step to your left and throw the ball higher.'
"After he had given me that information, later that
day I started hitting the shot. I warmed up around 7:30
p.m. the night of the game and hit three shots in a row.
Then had to wait three hours to take that one shot. That
If Theisman was nervous, he didn't show it, he said.
"I know Theisman was excited," Moderhak said.
PLEASE SEE MODERHAK, NEXT PAGE
Longboat Key arts,
The annual arts and crafts show sponsored
by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 and 16,
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Bay Isles Road.
The street will be closed to traffic from 5
a.m. Saturday until the show closes next day.
People attending religious services on Bay Isles
may circle around the arts and crafts show by
using Bay Isles Parkway.
In addition to 100 or more crafters, the fes-
tival will feature live music and an international
Details may be obtained at 387-9519.
PAGE 2 0 JAN. 12, 2000 0 THE ISLANDER
Royal palm removal produces royal sadness
By David Futch
It was a sad day for Ed and Lee Callen when the
City of Anna Maria dug up their royal palm tree so the
city could put in a drainage ditch.
"It broke our hearts, but we had no choice," Lee
Callen said. "We planted that tree as a baby 20 years ago."
She added that they tried to sell the tree but finally
had to give it away when they couldn't find a buyer.
The tree was in the right of way and had to go, city
Anna Maria City officials decided they had no
place for it in the city. One option they were looking
at was to cut the tree up and have it hauled off.
"If they'd done that," Lee Callen said, "I would
have gotten a gun and shot them."
City officials are lucky they found a willing taker
in Holmes Beach and the 20-foot tree was transplanted
to the entrance at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Lee Callen said she was told by the city that the
tree couldn't be planted at Bayfront Park or bayside
because royal palms can't take saltwater.
Not necessarily, according to Ward Reasoner, owner
of Ward Reasoner & Sons Landscaping Inc. of Bradenton.
Reasoner, whose family has been in the nursery
and landscaping business for more than a century, said
royal palms are not considered "front-line plants."
"By that I mean they're not like sea oats and other
beach plants that can take a lot of salt blowing on them.
There aren't a whole lot of plants that can take it,"
Reasoner said. "Royal palms can take some saltwater
spray, but not directly.
"Now if a royal palm were behind a building or an
Australian pine where it wouldn't get a direct hit from
saltwater, then it would perform. You just need some-
thing to buffer them."
Reasoner applauded Holmes Beach for taking in
"Unfortunately, when trees are in the rights of way,
this happens a lot," he said. "Still, moving a tree is a
benefit to everyone. The tree gets a new lease on life
and that's a good thing for everyone."
For Lee Callen, it's enough to know her palm tree
has a good home.
"We had two little dwarf royal palms there when we
first moved here 22 years ago and some drunk ran them
over," she said. "Then we planted this one and now it's
gone. And that's the story of the poor palm tree.".
SPost office in Anna Maria planned to open in Bayview this summer
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Sawtelle said a lease contract was awarded to Jim
Toomey, the developer of Bayview Plaza, Dec. 23, but
details of the contract the amount and term of the
lease will not be made available until after the build
He said Toomey will also have an opportunity to
bid on the build out.
The postal service presently pays $48,408 annually
for the space it leases from Ted Cole.
Anna Maria Postmaster Ron Smith said he and the
other employees at the Anna Maria post office are
happy they won't have to contend with cramped con-
ditions much longer. The size of the present office is
2,821 square feet. The new facility will have 3,250
The current post office, at what many folks refer to
as "Post Office Plaza," has been at its present location
since the early 1950s, Smith said.
Since that time two stores have been converted so
that more mail boxes could be installed.
The most recent remodeling work was performed
in 1994 a $65,000 project that added 239 boxes and
brought the 31-year-old facility more up-to-date, Smith
said at that time.
Presently there are 2,128 boxes. "As it is now,"
Smith said, "employees can't roll the mail carts through
the work room.
He said the new location will feature a drive-thru
mail box so folks won't have to get out of their cars to
drop off mail.
'Service with a smile' always awaits community
From left, Anna Maria Postal employees Judy Adams, Gail Husbands and Ruth Koci receive roses from a
local garden in appreciation of the service they provide. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Moderhak winds up, pitches, scores on national TV
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"He responded at a press conference the day before the
throw that he was as nervous about this as he had been
about playing in the Super Bowl."
On the other hand, Moderhak said throwing a ball
in front of 80,000 people didn't make him nervous.
He said he didn't suffer from that queasy, knot-in-
the-stomach feeling most athletes say they experience
before a game.
"I didn't feel the type of anticipation I thought
I would. I began to feel excited about the time the
game started," he said.
"The interesting thing about this was at the be-
ginning of the game wife Sue and I were sitting in
the end zone in about the third row. The great thing
was the first two FSU scores happened right in front
of us and we could have reached out and touched Pe-
ter Warrick's shoulder pads."
Before the end of the first quarter the people from
Nokia took Moderhak and his wife onto the field.
"We were so enthalled with being on the sideline
and at a national championship game it took the focus
off what I was doing and I calmed down."
As far as New Orleans goes, the Moderhaks didn't
Ssee much of it.
"I think Sue and I spent one hour in the French
Quarter. There were press conferences, different
meetings and social events. A whole lot of entertain-
ment at night. We had a great time doing what they
had us do."
No one who is serious has asked for a loan, yet. No
long-lost cousins or friends.
"The family is really excited. Really excited,"
Bob Moderhak winds up on national television to
win $500,000. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Moderhak said. "My son said the quality of my throw
would be determined by whether or not the throw
ended up as the play of the day or on 'Bloopers and
We didn't see it, but someone told us it was the
CNN play of the day Wednesday."
Moderhak said he's going to buy a boat right off
the bat. Then he and Sue will travel and put some
money in an education fund for the grandchildren.
Prior to the throw, ABC sports analyst Brent
Musberger introduced Theisman and Moderhak and
gave the rules for the contest.
Theisman told the on-field announcer, "I want to
make this man some money."
Moderhak responded with, "I've seen him throw
the last couple of days and T want him to keep it up."
Unfortunately that's exactly what Theisman
The former All-Pro quarterback for the Washing-
ton Redskins missed left on his first attempt and 79,280
football fans let out a chorus of boos.
Theisman answered with a throw that made
Moderhak $50,000. He then missed his last two, the
final one just a bit low, bouncing it off the lip of the 2
foot hole in the 9-foot-tall inflatable Nokia telephone.
Theisman's advice prior to Moderhak's throw,
"Aim a little higher."
Moderhak calmly stepped up, raised the ball over
his head and put it square in the middle of the target.
The Superdome crowd went wild and Moderhak,
his wife Sue and Theisman all hugged and danced
"I was concentrating on that darned telephone and
putting the ball through. When I was on the field, or
going out on it, I was surpirsed the crowd noise didn't
bother me more. I think it was because I was concen-
trating on the shot. When I hit the shot, I didn't hear the
loud reaction from the crowd."
At a press conference afterward, Theisman apolo-
gized for his performance.
"He told the sports writers, 'I really feel bad, espe-
cially with Bob making the shot.'
"The thing about it was, he just missed each shot,"
"The day before Theisman hit like 10 in a row. Sue
and I had talked about the 'what ifs' and thought if I
was to make the shot all we needed for Joe to do was
make one and he did."
For Moderhak, that was perfect $500,000 worth
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 12, 2000 0 PAGE 3
PotentiaLIHolmes Beach candidates Meetings
By Pat Copeland
At least one resident has thrown down the gaunt-
let to challenge Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore's bid for re-election.
On Friday, Jesse Mullen, co-owner of Marco Polo
Pizza and Ice Cream and Pro Island Water Sports, an-
nounced that he will run for the mayor's seat.
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and Roger
Lutz are also up for re-election. Haas-Martens took two
packets one for herself and one for Lutz, she said.
Others who have taken packets are residents Joan
Perry and Luke Courtney and Commissioner Don
Maloney, who is not up for re-election.
Perry said she is considering running for office but
won't divulge whether she will seek a commission seat
or that of mayor. Courtney said he is undecided on
whether to make a bid for office, and Maloney's being
tight-lipped about who requested the packet he ob-
Challengers have until noon Jan. 25 to qualify for
the two-year terms which will begin March 27. The
mayor's salary is $9,600 per year and each
commissioner's salary is $4,800.
A candidate must be a citizen of the United States,
a registered voter and a resident of the city for two
I I I
Mayor Whitmore seeking Commissioner Haas-
re-election Martens pulled packets
years prior to qualifying for office. Qualifying packets
are available at city hall. Packets include financial dis-
closure forms, a loyalty oath, an oath of candidate,
petitions and affidavits.
A candidate can qualify by paying an election as-
sessment fee equal to one percent of the annual salary
of the office, submitting petitions with signatures of 15
voters residing in the city and filing a candidate resi-
dency affidavit. The election assessment fee is $96 for
mayor and $48 for commissioner
A second method of qualifying is for the candidate
to file an "Undue Burden" oath which eliminates pay-
ing the election assessment fee and collecting the 15
Candidates must file three campaign reports.
The first is due Feb. 25 and covers the period from
Jan. 11 to Feb. 18. The second is due March 10 and
covers the period from Feb. 19 to March 9. The third
is due June 12 and covers the period from March 10
to June 12.
In addition to electing a mayor and two commis-
sioners, voters will be asked to decide on two referen-
Lengthening officials' terms of office from two
to four years. If this is successfully passed, it will not
be effective until the March, 2001 election.
Changing the elec-
Stion date from the first Tues-
day in March to the first
Tuesday in November.
S-, Both changes were ap-
proved by ordinance last fall
and according to the city
charter, they must be ap-
proved by voters at a general
election before taking effect.
Voters have until Feb. 14
to register for the election
and may register at city hall.
Commissioner Lutz isn
s dAbsentee ballots are avail-
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Martin Luther King Day closings
The administrative offices of the Town of
Longboat Key will be closed.
The Island Branch and Tingley Memorial librar-
ies will be closed.
Special note: Waste Management garbage and
Bradenton Beach yard waste collection will take place
as regularly scheduled.
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Voting will take place at Gloria Dei Lutheran
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PAGE 4 M JAN. 12, 2000 u THE ISLANDER
Drug forum a bust, police enthusiasm still high
By Pat Copeland
About a dozen people attended a drug forum pre-
sented last week by officer Eric Kuusela of the Holmes
Beach Police Department.
The sparse attendance prompted resident Joan
Perry to point out, !"I came tonight because I thought
my whole community would be here and I'm ap-
Kuusela said he won't be discouraged by a poor
showing from parents, community members and
elected and school officials. Mayor Carol Whitmore
was the lone elected official present. Police Chief Jay
Romine and Det. Sgt. Nancy Rogers also attended the
Kuusela, Anpa Maria Elementary School's
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer
and the department's community police officer, has
served in the department for three years.
"I'm 25 years old so I can relate to the kids better
than the older officers," he explained. "The chief's re-
ally let me go out hnd explore the drug situation. I've
spent time with thd Tampa, Miami and Orlando police
departments. I've also been able to go to some raves
(all-night dance parties) to see what my generation is
The D.A.R.E., program is a joint effort between
schools, parents aind police, Kuusela said. The focus is
on fifth and sixth graders who generally haven't been
exposed to drugs..
"For D.A.R.E. to work, we have to have the coop-
eration of parents to make the circle complete," he said.
"It is a program of prevention rather than intervention.
We want to keep kids from using drugs and getting
arrested. Having a record could affect their lives."
The program .consists of a series of 17 lessons
taught by a uniformed police officer. The lessons help
students recognize and resist the pressures that lead
them to experiment with drugs, gangs and violence.
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"I don't tell the kids if they smoke one joint (mari-
juana cigarette) they'll die," he said. "They may have
older brothers and sisters who smoke marijuana and
they know it's not true. D.A.R.E.'s philosophy is to tell
the truth. We stand a better chance of convincing them
not to try drugs."
Lessons also include developing self-esteem, com-
munication skills, decision-making strategies and posi-
tive alternatives to drug use.
"There's more to it than 'Just Say No,'" Kuusela
said. "That's too simple. We try to give them some
other reasons they can believe in."
One of the most popular features of the program is
a message box in which kids can place written drug
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freely because it gives them anonymity, Kuuselalsaid.
Kuusela presented statistics compiled by theU.S.
government showing that since 1991, student drug use
has increased from 5.7 to 12.1 percent in eighth grad-
ers, 11.6 to 21.5 percent in 10th graders and 16.4 to
25.6 percent in 12th graders.
Synthetic drugs favored by youths
While most adults are familiar with drugs such as
marijuana, cocaine, LSD and heroin, the favorites
among today's youth are synthetic drugs, Kuusela'said.
Rohypnol "roofies" or the "date rape drug,"
which produces sedative/hypnotic effects including
muscle relaxation and amnesia.
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DRUGS, FROM PAGE 4
GHB "liquid ecstasy" or "grievous bodily
harm," taken for its euphoric, sedative and anabolic
(body building) effects.
Methamphetamine "speed" or "meth," an ad-
dictive drug that stimulates brain cells and enhances
mood and body movement.
MDMA "ecstasy" or "XTC," a mind-altering
drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like prop-
"GHB is a big drug in the club world, because
when you take it you want to dance for hours and
hours," Kuusela said. "It's a liquid and users put it in
water bottles. It dehydrates the body, so users also mix
it with alcohol, which can cause strokes."
GHB is illegal only in Florida, Kuusela said. In
other states it can be purchased in health food stores.
"The biggest drug right now for people ages 16 to 30
is Ecstasy," Kuusela said. "It also makes you want to
dance for hours and hours. The real problem is, when it's
mixed with cocaine and heroin, it can cause overdoses."
Kuusela said raves, clubs where youths stay up all
night dancing to techno music, are a problem because
drugs are easily accessible there. The drugs enhance
mood and body movement and increase stamina.
"Drugs are very prevalent in the rave culture,"
Parents should be on the lookout for parapherna-
lia used by synthetic drug users, such as:
Pacifiers to prevent grinding the teeth.
Blow pops and water bottles to combat dryness
of the mouth.
Nasal spray to heighten euphoria.
Body massagers to enhance the effects of the
"Ifyou put all these together, it may say something
to you," he said.
Parents should also learn other signs of drug use in
their children including a drastic change in attitude or
their type of friends, a drop in grades, truancy, posses-
sion of large sums of money and physical signs such as
red eyes, slurred speech and poor coordination.
Toughlove for parents
Mona Upp, executive director of the Women's
DOT truckin' with bicycle lane construction
The Florida Department of Transportation wasted no time in installing bicycle lanes in Holmes Beach, but at
least one official isn't any too pleased with the quality of work. Mayor Carol Whitmore said she plans to ask
the DOT to inspect the work done to see if it meets construction standards. The bike lane is uneven, she said,
and "is an embarrassment Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
Resource Center of Manatee, serves as coordinator of
Toughlove, a support group for parents of drug users
and problem children.
"There are two different types of kids easy love
kids and tough love kids," Upp said. "With tough love
kids we're dealing with children with different attitudes
Upp said one of the most difficult things in the
world to do is admit you are the parent of a drug-ad-
dicted child, which is what originally led her to attend
"My son did it all," she said. "He was kicked out
of school when he was a junior in high school. I have
bailed him out of jail in 10 states. He is such a druggie
now that he is a paranoid schizophrenic. On some days,
my son with an IQ of 162 cannot talk. He can-
not remember how to spell my name."
She said she started the local group after moving
to the area.
"If you think drugs are not in your community,
you're wrong, because I see the parents every Wednes-
day night," Upp stressed. "The D.A.R.E. program
should be mandatory for parents as well because they
have no clue about drugs."
Upp said parents need to be more vigilant and also
learn how to deal with children who are using drugs
and creating problems.
"We're losing a generation of bright, beautiful chil-
dren to the most vile disease in the world," she said.
"Toughlove is not about being mean to your children or
throwing them out in the street. It's about trying to save
the thing we love the most in the world, our children."
Toughlove meetings are held on Wednesdays from
7 to 9 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center of Mana-
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The only solution in sight for parking problems in
Anna Maria will have to come from a new commission
after the Feb. 8 election.
Lots of folks have solutions they've certainly
written to us with a variety of harebrained schemes and
sensible ideas. But, there's no consensus on the park-
ing committee where even they apparently disagree
over what they've agreed to.
Anna Maria officials have long looked to limit the
prolific parking on its Gulf Drive rights of way, and
they'll have a perfect chance to do so when the post
office makes its move to South Bay Boulevard and
other businesses there remain closed.
In any event, the other two Island cities should
watch closely. Anna Maria doesn't often "break
ground" on issues, but with visitors and beach traffic
from east Manatee County increasing, as east county
grows in leaps and bounds, it's certain to become a
For Bradenton Beach, ordinances prevent street
parking and Gulf Drive rights of way are often crowded
by car bumpers. Businesses and accommodations are
without sufficient parking, and lax enforcement makes
for fewer complaints than the outcry we're hearing
from Anna Maria.
At the county-maintained Manatee Beach in
Holmes Beach, the crunch is on. Brisk business during
season pushes parking out in all directions to resi-
dential streets and it doesn't help that the county
keeps whittling away parking on its side of the "fence."
In all three cities, plenty of resort and restaurant
employers encourage staff to park on side streets to
make room for "guests."
There's a parking crunch now and it only stands
to worsen in the future.
Officials on all sides should remember public park-
ing is essential to beach renourishment dollars.
Up to the challenge
We couldn't be more thrilled as promoters of
Chuck and Joey Lester's annual community challenge
to raise endowment funds for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center to announce that, once again, we've
risen to the occasion.
The Lesters' $40,000 is surpassed by the commu-
nity donations of $49,000-plus and they too,
couldn't be happier.
The principal in the fund they helped establish to
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perpetuate an income from secure investments three
years ago has grown to more than $420,000.
From 20 or more years ago, when we scraped to-
gether meager dollars to buy soccer goals, we can look
forward to fund growth that will offset operating costs
at the Center and provide stability for staffing and im-
Hooray for Anna Maria Islanders.
At the rate we're "giving," in five more years we
may have an investment of $1 million.
For the record
Regarding your September 1999 report on charges
brought against us: We are now at liberty to categori-
cally deny those false and vindictive charges.
This letter is to advise you that all charges have
been dropped. It's unfortunate that a POW mother with
long-standing and serious psychiatric disorders, whom
we tried to help, could make false accusations with
However, we would like to take this opportunity to
thank our many family and friends who stood by us
during this difficult time. We look forward to a happy
Patty and John Parsels, Orlando
We can see clearly now
No one asked but since nearly everyone else is, in
one way or another, casting their vote for the person
and/or invention of the millennium, I want to cast mine.
Basic, simple eyeglasses and the person or persons
who invented them, get my vote. Without them it was
virtually impossible for the vast majority of people over
40 years old to engage in most intellectual activities. With
simple eyeglasses average people over 40 with years of
knowledge and experience have the ability to see details
and continue to read and write. Therefore they can con-
tinue to acquire detailed knowledge and information from
the writings of the preceding generations. Without the
ability of the people with the most experience and knowl-
edge to pass it along in detail would most of the medicines
and machines that we now have exist? I doubt it.
on what I think was the most important event of the
millennium. Who knows, maybe someone around 70
years old will put on their glasses, see something in a
microscope, and do something that will let us live to be
more than 1000 years old.
Roger Lutz, Holmes Beach city commissioner
Parking solved in Anna Maria City
On the surface the solution to Anna Maria City's
Gulf-side parking problem seems simple.so I'm obvi-
ously missing something.
Let residents and their guests (identified by a win-
dow sign provided by the resident) park west of Gulf
Drive and everyone else east of Gulf Drive.
As former winter renters in Holmes Beach and
south Anna Maria City, we became comfortable with
that area. Now, as winter owners in Bradenton, we re-
turn and park east of Gulf. It's a five-minute walk
to the beach but, believe it or not, enough people will
be so unwilling to make it that the parking burden east
of Gulf Drive will not be heavy on homeowners there.
Put up appropriate signs at the Gulf Drive entrance to
cross streets both ways, and that should be it. Incidentally,
the same approach should work all the way down to the
Cafe on the Beach at 40th Street in Holmes Beach.
And as long as I'm writing: Regarding the newspa-
per boxes on traffic islands, why not condense them by
backing them up to each other rather than spreading them
side by side, then screen them with four-foot-high bushes?
Most people who use them know where they are
and, landscaped properly, they still could be visible
from the road, just not "as" visible.
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Pat 1, Mabe an Wilan lay
Part 1, Mabel and Will and Gladys
repeated from 1997
Mabel Williams' tale ofspying for Uncle Sam dur-
ing the Spanish-American War concluded with her
marriage to George W. Bean, the handsome son of
Anna Maria Island pioneer George E. Bean. They hon-
eymooned in Havana and 14 months later in Tampa, on
March on Dec. 30, 1899, Mabel gave birth to a daugh-
An only child, Gladys grew up to be a New York
stage and movie dancer, eventually settling down as the
wife of a Tampa dentist. When she was interviewed in
her gracious home on Davis Island in 1988, she told an
amazingly frank story of her parents'far-from-idyllic
As soon as the recorder was turned on, Gladys
Bean Holdstock slim, attractive and still fond of
dancing in ballroom competitions at age 89 came
out with a startling declaration:
Never was there a couple more unsuited to one an-
other than my parents. My father, he wanted crowds
around him all the time he was highly entertaining
and fun-loving. My mother was anti-social, didn't care
much for people, had no sense of humor.
Mother was what the world thinks of as a good per-
son, a church-going person, but the kind of old-fash-
ioned wife who thinks that after they've married a man
they don't have to do anything any more. She didn't
keep up with my Daddy or go anywhere with him.
. .. ..'
Thousands of times he'd ask
her to go with him, but she'd
say, "I don't want to waste my
time with those people," and
after a while he started to take
Now, my Daddy loved my -'
mother but she did nothing
whatsoever to entertain him or '
to be nice to his friends. If it '--
was Tuesday, the day the win-
dows got washed, she didn't
I remember I was eight
years old when he was Tampa
postmaster and we were in his
office and he was saying to
Mother, "I want a wife, not a
housekeeper." I decided then
and there that when I married if
my husband wanted me to do
something I'd park my vacuum
cleaner in the middle of the
floor and go. 1898 wedding picture
Q. It makes you wonder, developer of Anna Ma
how was it they got together, He married her tofulf
Well, you see, it was just before the Spanish-Ameri-
can War, and Daddy was in love with Mother's sister Ber-
tha. They were the daughters of Mr. A.T. Williams, the
postmaster of Port Tampa, a well-to-do, respected citizen
SMy Daddy was a young fellow and he had no mother, she
died when he was 12, and he was in and out of the Will-
iams house. Mrs. Williams was like a mother to him and
she adored him. But Bertha fell off a horse and was badly
injured. When she was dying she asked him to marry
Mabel. So they got engaged. He was only 20 or 21 at the
time what did he know about life then?
Q. What did your father do in the war?
of Mabel and George Wilhelm "Will" Bean, future
aria Beach. Mabel Williams was not Will's first choice.
Till a deathbed promise to Mabel's younger sister.
He was in the Merchant Marines. He took troop
supplies to Cuba. When the war was over [August
1898] and he was only 23, he organized ships and
took food over to Cuba, canned milk and things for
the children. When he was an old man and sick the
Cuban authorities had been looking for him for many
years they came to Washington and gave him a
beautiful award for what he did for the Cuban
Next: Grandma Bean's sad fate
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man was eating. The rest of his party was having the "All-You-Can-Eat"
Fish & Chips, which is available for $6.95 every day.
Very few people even realized the man was eating chicken because
the beautiful view from the outdoor deck of dolphins frolicking in
Bimini Bay distracted them.
Police were shocked that no one noticed, although there were a lot
of people there at the time, dining on myriad specialties from salads
and sandwiches to seafood, ribs, steaks and steamer pots. No charges
will be filed, as it appears everyone had a load of fun, no one got hurt
and everyone left with full stomachs and change in their pockets.
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By Paul Roat
Personal watercraft have again come into the news in
Ralph Cole, owner of Bradenton Beach Boat Rentals,
has requested permission to operate his business next door
to where he's rented sailboats and personal watercraft for
years. He rented the boats from the beach at 1325 Gulf
Drive, formerly the Catalina and now the Tortuga Inn, but
new owners have asked him to leave the property.
Cole relocated his business next door on the beach, at
1301 Gulf Drive at the Silver Surf, but Bradenton Beach
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon cited him for
operating on the property without city permission, spark-
ing Cole's request to relocate the rental location.
There's just one problem: No one at city hall has ever
been able to find the documentation that allows the busi-
ness to rent personal watercraft at any location, and a
change of location may require a new special exception.
So far, city commissioners have balked at permitting
personal watercraft rentals at the beach, turning down one
application in May 1998 and another in 1994.
Cole has produced documents proving he bought the
business from Everett Butler in 1982, and has minutes
from city commission meetings dating back to 1980 prov-
ing Butler received approval from the city commission to
rent sailboats at the beach at 1401 and 1325 Gulf Drive.
However, there appears to be no documentation about
personal watercraft rental approvals on the beach, and city
zoning laws have since been changed to require a special
exception for their rental or use on the beach.
"Bradenton Beach Boat Rentals has operated openly
and notoriously for the past 20 years," Cole said. "We've
moved several times. Our business enhances tourism and
attracts people. All I'm asking for is an extension of our
existing license to 100 feet south on the same sandy
By Jim Hanson
Vacant for the five years since its owner's
death, the old Cortez school building finally is in
Manatee County's hands and ready for work to
begin on turning it into a major public facility.
The county bought the historic building for a
total project cost of $416,885.55, including the
costs attendant upon a real estate transaction. Of
that, the Florida Communities Trust is providing
$347,147.28 and the county $69,738.27, said
Maggie Marr, county financial manager.
About $94,000 more must be spent on termite
damage and asbestos and lead abatement, said Bob
City commissioners, with the abstention of
Mayor Gail Cole, Ralph Cole's father, referred the
matter to the city attorney, city planner and building
official for review and recommendation. In the
meantime, City Attorney Alan Prather advised
Rathvon to "hold everything at bay until I can get a
chance to look at this."
Welch, county Facilities Management Department ex-
ecutive, who will manage the building. Considerable
interior renovation also will be necessary, he said.
Here from Michigan for the closing was Jim
Sailors, an heir of his brother Robert, the internation-
ally renowned artist who used the building as a stu-
dio and home until his death in 1995.
Along with the 1912-built brick building at the east-
ern edge of Cortez, the county gets 4 1/2 acres of
grounds that Sailors had cleared and turned into a park.
Down the road is the county's process to deter-
mine just how it will use the building, said Marr, but
it will be turned to public use with the village and its
needs in mind.
CHARITY ART AUCTION
Saturday, January 15 at 6pm
Art Preview and Registration at 5pm
Proceeds benefit the United Way Paul Salter Fund
H'ors-d'oevres and beverages available
Hundreds of artists works including
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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts offers instruction in
painting, pottery, jewelry, sculpting, glass and fiber arts.
Students may begin attending classes at any time during The Center's
season, October through April.
All Media, Creative Painting Leona Sherwood, Mary DuCharme
Experimental Art Lee Mears
Pastels Ken Snyder
Pen and Ink with Watercolor Liz Davis
Printmaking Jean Blackburn
Sumi-E Hide Drew
Watercolor Anne Abgott, Gus Argandofia, Herbie Rose
Drawing Gus Argandofia
Ceramic Sue Carol Benson, Carla O'Brien
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Discount Tackle parking variance OK'd for Bradenton Beach spot
Bradenton Beach city commissioners have unani-
mously approved the expansion of a bait and tackle
shop in the city.
Bill Lowman of Island Discount Tackle in Holmes
Beach requested a parking variance in order to expand
his business to Bradenton Beach at 2219 Gulf Drive.
His request to reduce the number of parking spaces
from the required 14 to three was approved by planning
and zoning board members last month, and endorsed
by the city commission last week.
The decisions were based on parking studies
Lowman conducted that indicate that only one or
two customers at a time are in the store in Holmes
Beach at any one time. Lowman started the Holmes
Beach business in 1988. He plans to take the 2,200-
square-foot Bradenton Beach building and convert it
into retail use.
The building is currently used as an office, plus
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Sunshine law seminar
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Anna Maria Island's three mayors are invited to
attend a seminar Friday, Feb. 4, on legal issues of
concern to local government officials.
The invitation comes from the county attorney's
office as directed by the Manatee Board of County
Commissioners and has been extended to the public,
all public officials and key personnel countywide
and in each municipality.
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Thanks to obliging Island sponsors and customers
aplenty, the Game of Anna Maria Island-Millennium
Edition, is a success.
The game features a "Monopoly" board with Is-
land businesses and sponsors. Proceeds from the
$15.99 game, and funds paid by sponsors, benefit
Rotary's charitable projects locally and worldwide.
Gene Moss of Anna Maria has headed up a team
of Rotary Club volunteers marketing the game at local
businesses, including daily sales at Publix Super Mar-
ket. Games will be available through Jan. 15 at Publix's
The games will remain for sale while supplies
last at the Historical Museum in Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach locations Dee's Boutique, the Beach
Shop at Manatee Beach, West Coast Refrigeration
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For game or Rotary information, call Gene Moss
Drummers finding beat
on Manatee beach
The Sunday Evening Drumming Circle is growing
fast and has openings for as many drummers as wish
to take part and as many spectators as wish to visit, said
Joan Voyles, an organizer of the weekly event.
The circle is open to the public to observe and/or
participate in "joining in finding the pulse, the beat,"
she said. It starts at 5 p.m. each Sunday at the Mana-
tee Public Beach and continues for two or three hours.
Voyles has full details at 778-1788.
Books being sought for
Friends of the Island Branch Library are seeking
donations of books for a substantially expanded annual
book sale. In past years the sale was limited to cook-
books, but this year it also will include just about any
other books as well.
Contributions may be taken to the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, during business hours
until Feb. 3. The sale will be Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10
a.m. Proceeds will go to the library's facilities and ser-
vices. Information is available at 778-6341.
Hall to sign books Wednesday
at St. Armands
Mystery author James W. Hall will sign copies of
his new book, "Rough Draft," on Wednesday, Jan. 12,
from 7 to 9 p.m. at Circle Books on St. Armands Circle.
Hall, who has written 11 Florida-based mystery
novels, lives south of Miami. He will kick off a 19-city
book tour at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., St.
Other Hall books include "Bones of Coral," "Gone
Wild." and "Body Language."
Information, call 388-2850.
Anna Maria Garden Club
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet Wednes-
day, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Naturalist Leah Wilcox will discuss attracting birds
with native plants. Refreshments will be served and the
public is invited.
Auction of art objects
Saturday on key
Works by Tony Curtis, Jonathan Winters and many
others will be among artworks auctioned Saturday, Jan.
15, at Longboat Framing Gallerie Inc., 6824 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, in Whitney Beach Shopping Center.
Oils, watercolors, lithographs, sculpture, photo-
graphs, collectibles and antiques will be sold, with
profits going to United Way. Registration is at 5 p.m.
with the sale to begin at 6. Details may be obtained at
Linscott concert to benefit
A jazz concert to benefit the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center will be presented by
Diane Linscott and Her Trio at 1 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 13, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The trio includes Fred William, piano; Barry
Bockus, bass; and Stan Levine, drums. Linscott's
performance will include music from Gershwin,
Porter, Ellihgton, Waller and Van Heusen.
Proceeds are earmarked for the replacement
of the 17-year-old linoleum floor and cabinets in
the Center's youth and adult activity room. De-
tails may be obtained at 778-1577.
Dancing, bridge lessons
starting at Center
Dance classes and bridge lessons are coming to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria City.
The dance classes are for age 3 to adult, said in-
structor Darlene Friedrich. The schedule: Children,
9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday; adults, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday; beginning tap for adults, starting Feb. 7.
The bridge lessons for beginners will be from 9:45
to 10:45 a.m. Friday and for intermediate players from
11 a.m. to noon Fridays, Larry Awerbach, instructor.
Complete information may be obtained at 778-1908.
Two workshops scheduled at
"Portraiture in Clay" and "Watercolor" workshops
are being offered in January by the Longboat Key Cen-
ter for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive.
The clay course will be taught by Charlie Myerick
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-16. The water-
color sessions will be taught by Linda Lucas Jan. 29-
31. Further information may be obtained at 383-2345.
Yoga, meditation classes
will begin Monday
Yoga and meditation classes will begin Monday,
Jan. 17, and continue for eight weeks at the Anna Maria
Island Art League quarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Instructor Harmony Feldman said there will be
four classes, from beginning yoga through intermedi-
ate meditation, starting at varying times each Monday.
Interested persons may register and receive further in-
formation from her at 921-0074.
Duplicate bridge club plays
The Monday Bridge Club will play duplicate bridge
at 1 p.m. each Monday during visitor season at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Details may be obtained at 778-3390.
Island Garden Club
meets Jan. 20
The Island Garden Club January potluck dinner
meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, beginning at
6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Speaker will be David Flanders, a hibiscus special-
ist. All are welcome. For more information, call Art
Koelsch, membership chair, at 778-4432.
to meet Saturday
The Holmes Beach Civic Association will meet
Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members
and guests are invited, as is the public. Refreshments
will be served as well.
to meet Jan. 20
John Bacich of Anna Maria invites all his Minne-
sota friends to the Minnesota Club luncheon Thursday,
Jan. 20, at noon at the American Legion Hall, 2000
75th St., Bradenton.
The Anna Maria Island Singles Club, for 50s and
older, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, and
succeeding Wednesdays at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. De-
tails are available at 778-5179 or 778-4181.
'Florals and Pottery'
group show coming
A group show of "Florals and Pottery" is scheduled
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14 and 15, at the Longboat
Framing Gallerie Inc., 6824 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The show will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and
,9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Watercolorists featured will be Bonnie Adams,
Suzanne Boeck, Judy Gilbert, Hans Ketelaar, Ann
Levere, Dwight Rose and Doris Schroeder. Potters will
be Neal Adams and Lucille Blankenship. Details are
available at 383-8914.
Islander receives fifth-degree black belt
Vic Caserta, left, received his fifth-degree Kukkiwon
black belt in Tae Kwon Dofrom Grand Master Chae
T. Goh. Caserta, of Holmes Beach, had to travel
more than 2,800 miles to achieve the title from Goh's
Dragon Gym in Pennsylvania, and has been studying
Korean Tae Kwon Do for 27 years. Islander Photo:
courtesy Kathy Caserta
Troy Pederson, Bryan Pitt and Eve Caballero are
featured in the musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman,"
opening Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Manatee Players'
Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
The play will be presented Tuesdays through Satur-
days at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan.
31. Further information and tickets may be obtained
Youngsters will audition
for '101 Dalmations'
Auditions for "101 Dalmations" will be held at the
Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, at 2
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.
The cast will consist of 13 local boys and girls for
the play to be presented Feb. 11-13. Also sought are
volunteers between ages 8 and 14 for the play's the
production team. Further information is available at
'Dixieland and Jazz' Tuesday
The seasonal "Dixieland and Jazz" concerts will
resume Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, 6890 Longboat Drive.
New Orleans-style music will be performed by the
Hot Dogs, featuring Joe Bruno. Details may be ob-
tained at 383-2345.
Demonstrations in artforms
slated on Longboat
Gus Argandofia will demonstrate watercolors in
the first of January's art demonstrations at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan.
Other demonstrations will be Lee Mears in mixed
media Saturday, Jan. 22, and Linda Lucas, watercolors,
Jan. 24. Details may be obtained at 383-2345.
Art demonstration Saturday
at Gallery West
The artist cooperative Island Gallery West will
present an art demonstration from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 15, at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Betty Ash will demonstrate hand-painting tiles and
Betsy Smith will demonstrate "Granny Girl" dolls.
Details are available at 778-6648.
Anna Maria Democrats
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will hear
ex-Mayor Connie Drescher of Bradenton Beach when
it meets at noon Monday, Jan. 17, at the Beach House
restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Drescher will detail some of her experiences as
mayor. The meeting is open to all Democrats and
guests. The lunch will be Dutch treat. Further informa-
tion may be obtained at 778-9118.
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Find Lester, win $1,000
By Pat Copeland
Neglected over the holidays, when his battery wasn't
checked and no one cleaned him, Lester the Smoke De-
tector ran away from home and a local student will be
$1,000 richer if he or she finds Lester.
It's all part of the Anna Maria/West Side fire district's
new campaign, "Where's Lester the Missing Smoke De-
Participating students must fill out an application, then
use six clues to find Lester, hidden somewhere in the fire
"The campaign is a great way to promote the use of
working smoke detectors in the home," Deputy Fire Mar-
shal Kurt Lathrop explained.
Lathrop said he learned about the campaign while on
vacation last year. It was developed by the Plymouth,
Minn., Fire District. He inquired about using the campaign
in Florida and was given permission to do so.
"It was a very successful program and I felt it would
work here," he said. "We target children to get to the adults
and help them understand the importance of smoke detec-
tors," he said. "It's both fun and educational."
Local businesses donated prize money and the Anna
Maria and West Side volunteer organizations donated
$250 for up-front costs, Lathrop said.
At school, students receive applications to join the
campaign as search team members. Applications include
a fire safety checklist and a pledge that their home has at
least one working smoke detector on each floor and that
their family has developed and practiced a fire escape
"One father brought the application back and told us
it was a real eye-opener for the family," Lathrop said.
"That's just the effect we want."
Participating schools include Anna Maria, Stewart
and Palma Sola elementary schools, St. Stephen's lower
grades, Sunshine Academy, the Manatee Schools of Arts
and Sciences and King Middle School a total of 3,600
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Applications were due Jan. 7. Next week students will
receive six clues through the schools and in local news-
papers on the whereabouts of Lester.
"Lester will be in his hiding place in a safe, central
location in the district Saturday, Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. and the student who finds him first will receive a
$1,000 check," Lathrop said. "This is another way to in-
volve the parents, because they'll have to transport their
kids to find Lester. It's like a scavenger hunt."
If Lester eludes discovery on Jan. 22, he'll be in his
hiding place again on Sunday, Jan. 22. Once he's found,
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Bermuda Bay controversy
Planners will ask the advice of the city attor-
ney Thursday in Bradenton Beach as to what to
do about a sticky zoning issue that has blocked
development of two beachfront duplexes.
Planning and Zoning Board members first
heard the request by owners of Gulffront property
to build two duplexes at 1402-1404 Gulf Drive and
1410-1412 Gulf Drive in December. However,
confusion over the city's land use map caused the
board to table the matter until Thursday, when City
Attorney Alan Prather will offer his advice.
Adding to the confusion are the more than
40 letters from nearby residents opposing the
construction of the four units.
Thursday's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
in city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
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commission meeting to propose "a friendly wager," on the
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Prather, a fervent Gators fan, would buy the library a
book if the Seminoles won. Sandberg would provide
Prather with a lifetime membership in the library if the
"You're on," Prather said with glee.
He wasn't so gleeful after the Gators got stomped by
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Island fire district to hire 2 firefighters
By Pat Copeland
Struggling with high overtime costs for vacation,
school and sick time, Anna Maria/West Side Fire Com-
missioners recently voted to hire two additional
"We have a problem now because we're spending
a lot of money for overtime, we're having a hard time
finding people to come back and work overtime and
people are having to work a lot of overtime," Fire Chief
Andy Price told commissioners. "People are also hav-
ing a hard time getting off for training and vacations."
Price said the department has reached the point where
it is more cost effective to hire two firefighters. And as
employees' longevity increases, vacation time increases
proportionately, creating even more overtime.
"We've been discussing this for some time," Price
explained. "Last year we had to implement a 'holdover
policy,' that required one person on each shift to be
designated as the holdover person in case someone
called in sick and no one volunteered to work."
Price said that policy was revised to include the
entire day because of several incidents when a
firefighter came to work but got sick later and had to
leave. However, some firefighters felt the policy was
unfair because they had to be available all day without
After reading about another fire department's so-
lution to the problem, Price and his management team
adapted it by creating a new shift in which two
firefighters work on a rotating weekly schedule.
"The salaries will be paid with existing funds allo-
cated for payroll in both districts' budgets," Price said.
"Overtime, which is now approximately 12 percent,
will be reduced to 4 percent. We have $120,500 bud-
geted for overtime and the cost for the two firefighters
will be $79,600, which will leave $40,900 for unex-
In addition to reducing costs, advantages to the
Allowing supervisors greater control of vacation
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Reducing the amount of time spent finding cov-
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Gennaro Anthony Cucci
Gennaro Anthony Cucci, 68, of Bradenton, died
Jan. 8 at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Oak Park, Ill., Mr. Cucci came to Mana-
tee County from Libertyville, Ill., in 1972. He was a
real estate broker and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul
the Apostles Catholic Church.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. He
was a member of the American Legion and the South-
east and Manatee high school booster clubs, a founder
and coach of the Manatee County Youth Football
League, and a former Rotarian.
A visitation and mass were held Jan. 11. Burial will
be at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton. Shannon
Funeral Home, Town Chapel, is in charge of arrange-
He is survived by wife Olga, of Bradenton; two
daughters, Maria Cucci Smith of Bradenton and
Johanna Cucci Glavan of Holmes Beach; five sons,
Gennaro Anthony Jr. of Holmes Beach, Pat of Winter
Springs, and Stephen, John and Anthony, all of
Bradenton; three brothers, Patrick E. of Fort Lauder-
dale, and John B. Jr. and Ronald, both of Melrose Park,
Ill.; nine grandsons; and nine granddaughters.
Josephine Carr Goodman
Josephine Carr Goodman, 76, of Longboat Key,
died Jan. 4 while visiting the intercessory prayer group
at the Church of the Nazarene, Bradenton.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Goodman was a
teacher. She was a Christian. She was a volunteer for
Polka-Dots Ministry for the Blind, a volunteer with
Children' Ministry at First Baptist Church, Bradenton,
a volunteer for Hugging Ministry and a driver for
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She is survived by a daughter, Donna Davis of
Holmes Beach; a son, Conant Carr of Las Cruces N.M.;
a brother, Michael D'Asaro of California; and seven
Evelyn E. Klipping
Evelyn E. Klipping, of Holmes Beach, Lake
Okobogi, Iowa, and Freeport, Ill., died Dec. 10 in Blake
Mrs. Klipping moved to Holmes Beach from
Freeport in 1974. She was a graduate of Iowa State
Teachers College. She taught sixth grade for 10 years.
She was the owner of Treasure Chest Gift And Antique
Shop, Lake Okobogi. She was part owner of the
"Queen Boat" in Lake Okobogi. She was the author of
"The Queen Boat," a book based on the lake and the
boat's history. She served as president of the Pink La-
dies for many years at Dickerson County Hospital,
Spirit Lake, Iowa. She also served on the hospital's
board of directors.
She taught Sunday School at the Methodist
Church, Spirit Lake, of which she was a member. She
was also a member of Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria.
Mrs. Klipping was a member of Eastern Star, Spirit
Lake, past president of Professional Educators Organi-
zation chapter in Bradenton and Spirit Lake, the Yacht
Club in Spirit Lake and the Brooks Country Club.
A private memorial service will be held at a later
date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is in
charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Oakland
Cemetery and Mausoleum, Freeport.
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Lana Passwater, 93, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 29.
Born in Arkansas, Mrs. Passwater moved to Mana-
tee County 47 years ago. She was a homemaker. She
was a member of the Eastern Star.
Burial is in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery,
Anderson, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made
to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Cremation & Funeral
Home, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruby Delph and
Tellie Roberts; and two brothers, Calvin and Russell
Higginbotham, all of Bradenton.
Lois Robbins, 77, of Cortez, died Jan. 9 at Inte-
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Born in Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Robbins came to Mana-
tee County form Highland Park, Ill., in 1987. She was
retired as director of the learning Center at Sherwood
School, Highland Park. She was a member of the Con-
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1707 15th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208.
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Coquina painting star of art exhibition
"Morning Star," an oil painting of Coquina Beach, is featured at the annual All Members Exhibition of the
Art League of Manatee County, which opens Friday, Jan. 14. The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. at the league's gallery, 209 9th St. W., Bradenton, with live entertainment by flutist Graciella Giles, who
will play native American music. The Coquina painting isfrom the brush of Roy Nichols of Sarasota, who
said he worked on it for a year and a half using only three colors and white. He is a graduate of the Ringling
School of Art and member of the Florida Artists Group. The exhibit will run through Feb. 8. Details are
available at 746-2862.
Artist work featured at library
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Island library happenings
On display at the Island Branch Library during
January are watercolors by Kim Attwooll, oils and
watercolors by Genevieve Alban and an Island
Branch Library history by Bob Jones.
The Friends Book Club will meet from 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Family Storytime is at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
There will be a meeting of the Holmes Beach
Civic Association at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. In
addition, a veterans service officer will be available
to interview clients from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. An
appointment can be made by calling 749-3030.
An AARP "55 Alive" driving class will be held
from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday,
Jan. 27 and 28. Registration is required.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in
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Golden Spoon dinner
Sean Murphy is flaunting a new feather in his cap
with the announcement that Florida Trend's restaurant
award dinner will be held at his Holmes Beach restau-
rant, Beach Bistro.
The usual winning suspects are expected to show up
Jan. 31 at the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach to collect
their Golden Spoon award as a top 20 Florida restaurant.
You know the drill. The Forge in Miami, Chalet
Suzanne in Lake Wales, Sean Murphy's Beach Bistro,
Mis en Place in Tampa, Michael's on East in Sarasota,
Bern's in Tampa, Mark's Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale,
all of them past multiple winners of the award Robert
Tolf of Florida Trend magazine bequeaths each year.
The above is mere speculation because the
winner's list won't be official until Florida Trend's Jan.
25 issue appears on newsstands. But history often re-
peats itself in this competitive drive to be not just the
best, but other-worldly.
Each of the above restaurants have established
reputations for phenomenal food, service and ambi-
ence, a Tolf prerequisite to even be considered for the
Tolf was in town over the holidays to go over what
Murphy plans to serve approximately 60 gastronomes
and epicures at the private affair.
When Tolf shows up at a restaurant, waiters and
owners stumble over themselves hoping for Tolf's dif-
Tolf also has a top 200 list and an up-and-comer
list restaurant owners seek with a vengeance.
The top 20 is a hard nut to crack and Tolf takes
personal responsibility for who gets the little goldplated
spoon on a nondescript wood plaque about the size of
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When it comes to the top 200 list, Tolf told Murphy
he gets input from "people in the business."
At a recent "tasting" session at the Bistro, Murphy
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of attack to overwhelm the expected discriminating
"He thought it was a great plan," Murphy said.
"We are going to serve a medley of seafood appetizers.
The dinner will last five hours."
A different wine, an apparent "Who's Who" of
wines, will be served with each course.
The Bistro isn't like many restaurants, especially
in the kitchen, where the chef's job is performed by
And although it's a "Gang of Four" behind the
lines at the Bistro, Chef Andrea Rasmussen Goyette
wields significant influence. Chefs Jesse Cooper, Mac
DeCarle and Peter Arpke bring styles all their own to
complement Goyette's wizardry.
Guests will start the evening with caviar, smoked
salmon, lump blue crab and creme fraiche.
Pan-seared foie gras will be followed by bouilla-
baisse and domestic lamb rack.
Chocolate truffle terrine for dessert and cheeses
and fresh berries will top off the night.
According to Bistro wine master Bob Valentino,
some of the wines include Pinot Des Charentes, a for-
tified wine from Bordeaux, that will be served with the
foie gras and a 1997 Paspou Pouilly-Fume to accom-
pany the bouillabaisse.
DECO, a blend of 75 percent California port and
Australian port with an essence of chocolate, will ac-
company the chocolate truffle terrine. Dow's Ruby
Porto is planned with the fruit and cheese plate and a
fine Armagnac will finish off the night.
Valentino said he's trying to snag several bottles of
Paul Barra champagne to go with the salmon and caviar
course. This is a difficult-to-come-by bubbly from a
small winery in France. According to Bob, "It's 100
percent chardonnay grapes, nothing else blended in.
It's a really creamy, soft champagne."
Encore, we say.
And, congratulations to Beach Bistro for the coup
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Go ahead, Sean, show off.
Patrons of Ato Kelly's restaurant "Ato's" in Anna Maria gathered Dec. 14for a farewell party. The luau was
attended by more than 40 guests who wore leis around their necks and danced Hawaiian style. Ato and her
late husband, Ed Kelly, bought the restaurant in 1994. Kelly admits she's a little burned out, saying she'll
return to her native Hawaiifor a rest. The restaurant was sold to Steve and Vivienne Barnes of Anna Maria.
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Looking like a miniature version of .'I
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and dress shirt to assume his duties .
as "principal of the day." Galati, a
third-grader in Angelica Mannino's .
class, won the privilege at an auction .
during the school's annual Fall
Festival. Galati said he and Kolbe .
spent the morning becoming better
acquainted and then he followed .
Kolbe on his morning rounds to the
classrooms. He also said they made t
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their field trip and had a stray dog
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So many career choices
In order to help children decide who they want to be when they grow up,
Kathy Granstad, third-grade teacher at Anna Maria Elementary School,
organized a Job Fair as part of a series of events to highlight American
Education Week Nov. 15-19. Members of the community spent the
morning speaking to students about what their jobs entail, how much
schooling was required and types of curriculum studied. Students
learned that many careers are interrelated and dependent on one an-
other. Granstad put together an interesting mix of people including an
architect, builder, lawyer, foot doctor, firefighter, government represen-
tative, newspaper publisher and reporter, Chamber of Commerce
director, emergency medical technician, Coast Guardsman
and two restaurant managers.
THE ISLANDER E JAN. 12, 2000 0 PAGE 17
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Congressman Miller visits Island school
By Susan K. Kesselring
Flying in from Washington D.C., U.S. Rep. Dan
Miller arrived a tad late to Anna Maria Elementary
School saying he was delayed by the bridge.
Smiling, Don Shroder, president of the school's
World of Work program who extended the invitation
to Miller, said he, too, uses that excuse on occasion.
Wearing a navy blue tie with teddy bear Santas,
Miller was met by Principal Tim Kolbe and was imme-
diately whisked away to the school's broadcasting cen-
ter where Monday's Magical Morning crew was busy
The purpose of his visit was to become better ac-
quainted with the school's four-year-old broadcasting
studio and brand new technology center utilized by the
school and public for adult computer classes.
"No pressure, but you're live in three minutes,"
Pidge Taylor, a studio-parent volunteer, said.
Fifth-grade students from each of the three classes
take turns rotating as director, anchors and technical as-
sistants. Crews broadcast from the school's studio each
morning five days of the week. They conduct inter-
views, inform the student body of school happenings,
relate the weather, tell a joke for the day and announce
student and staff birthdays.
With Miller on screen, the anchors made their in-
troductions. "Hi I'm Clay." Miller playfully joins in
saying, "Hi, I'm Dan."
Miller is busy preparing to count heads this year as
chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Census,
a position he says was bestowed on him because of his
years as a college professor of statistics.
Having done their homework, the anchors prepared
a series of questions for Miller. He was asked why the
census was an important undertaking.
Miller explained the census is only undertaken
once every 10 years as mandated in our constitution.
It's important, he said, because it's how power and
money are doled out in Washington. He said Florida
may be gaining more people because of people mov-
ing here, while Michigan may be losing people, and
thus there needs to be a balance of representation
Special guest appearance on Channel 6
Anna Maria Elementary School's Magical Monday Morning Crew interviews U.S. Rep. Dan Miller in the school's
broadcasting studio in December. They are from left to right, front to back, Kelsey Taylor, Gabrielle Westerman,
Stephanie Gift, Katie O'Neil, Morgan Billings, Clay Barlow, Josh Schieble, Nick Taylor, Miller and Brick Barlow.
among the American people.
Miller was then asked what was one of the most im-
portant issues he was involved in during his time in office.
He said there was a horrible murder that occurred
in Sarasota in which a man by the name of Jose Del
Toro killed a mother in front of her children and fled
Miller said Florida had a hard time getting him
returned to the U. S. to stand trial because of Mexico's
extradition laws, but eventually it succeeded.
Miller, a Manatee High School graduate, said he
has fond memories of the Island school. During one of
his visits, he said he delighted in a mock 1996 presiden-
tial election performed by students in Joyce Ellis' fifth-
The candidates dressed the part and acted like the
real Ross Perot, Bill Clinton and George Bush, he'said.
Following the taping, Miller presented Joan
Sackett's fourth-grade class with a U.S. flag that flew
over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
At the computer center where an adult education
class was in session, Miller sat down at a computer and
brought up the studio's web page.
It was there also that the Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club presented Shroder and Kolbe with an
additional $1,000 toward the Kronus Technology Cen-
ter, named after former principal Jim Kronus who
served for 25 years.
Miller then joined teachers and staff members in
the school's auditorium for conversation and the
school's famous chocolate chip cookies and punch.
Caught up in the moment, he left the school as he
arrived, running late for his next appearance at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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THE ISLANDER M JAN. 12, 2000 M PAGE 19
The plywood home of Miss Harris. Her son Clinton, 14, goes to Belize Friends
Boy's School (Quaker). When it rains, Harris sends some of the children next
door (on right) to her mother's home because the roof doesn't leak as bad.
suffering in Belize
By David Futch
Little has changed in the 300 years
since British Honduras was a stopover
on the slave-trade route.
In the country now known as
Belize, children are out of their homes
before they reach their teens and on the
street to fend for themselves.
David Romberger of Holmes Beach
and a group of Quakers who have estab-
lished a Christian missionary in Belize
City are trying to ease their struggle.
Romberger teaches construction at a
school that provides 40 young boys a
continuing education for a year or two to
give them a chance to pass a test that
moves them on to high school.
"Belize City, the capital, is a dirty,
crime-ridden place where most kids are
on the street by the time they're 12 be-
cause education stops for them,"
Romberger said. "But education there is
far different than what we have in the
United States because it's not consid-
ered a right to go to 12 years of public
"First through sixth grade in Belize
is mandatory. After that you must pass
an exam and then pay. Language is an-
other problem. Creole is so heavy and
thick that there is somewhat of a lan-
Children are everywhere, with 57
percent of the country's population un-
"We're reaching out to kids who are
ready to fall through the holes. There
aren't cracks for them to fall through in
Belize. They're gaping holes. If they
weren't here (at school), they'd be on
Blacks make up about 80 percent of
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BELIZE, FROM PAGE 19
Belize's population, Romberger said.
But there are a significant number
of Mennonites who migrated from
Canada four generations ago. They farm
a good portion of the country.
Then there are the Chinese who are
upper-middle class shop owners who
have amassed a great deal of wealth.
And five percent of the people are
Mayan descendants or Garuffino, the
original Caribbean Indians.
"Most of the people are at the bot-
tom of the barrel in a social sense," he
said. "The lighter your skin, the higher
you float down here."
Romberger's concept is two-fold: to
teach construction skills to the boys en-
rolled in the Friends Boy's School and
to engage in a series of construction
projects which will relieve suffering in
Romberger is assisted in these
projects by boys in a construction skills
class, which will give them practical
"Work teams" from U.S. churches
The first project to combat suffering
was scheduled to begin Jan. 5. The aim is
to construct a "house" for Miss Mercita.
The front door of Miss Mercita's
house is behind her "clothes line." There
is no floor. No running water or electric-
ity. No plumbing or even an outhouse.
The ceiling height is about 5 feet 6
inches. The swamp grass in front is
called saw grass and its name implies
what it is. It's as sharp as a razor.
There is a picture of Jesus hanging
on one wall and Miss Mercita "never
complains except about the raccoons
and snakes that come into her house
when it rains."
Romberger said he doesn't try to'
force Christianity or his beliefs on the
people, but rather tries to let their trust
grow out of his continued work in their
Based on that growing trust he
hopes to share that belief.
"Faith is an important part of the
people's lives in Belize," he said.
Romberger doesn't have a televi-
sion or phone and lives in a convent with
Catholic nuns when he's teaching at
Friends Boy's School. His wife Shirley
works as a counselor at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and lives on
Romberger does have a law degree
but decided somewhere along the line
that the rat race was just that and he got
out. It was a matter of discovering
what's really important in life.
Anyone interested in supporting the
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
SJan. 2, found property, 400 block of Magnolia.
The deputy responded to a report of a loud party and
found drug paraphernalia in the back yard. No one
would admit to ownership, said the report. The deputy
ran warrant checks on all subjects in attendance, then
sent them home.
Jan. 3, theft of a wheel barrow, 808 N. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria Motel.
Jan. 7, harassing phone calls, 300 block of Palm
Jan. 1, Marchman Act, 400 block of Gulf Drive
North. The officer located the subject walking in the
middle of the turn lane, causing vehicles to swerve to
avoid hitting him. The officer noted the subject had
difficulty standing and took him into custody under the
Jan. 1, criminal mischief, theft, 701 Gulf Drive
N., Green Turtle Gift Shop. The complainant reported
an unknown person pried open the vending machine
and took cash. Damages were $150.
Jan. 3, burglary, 200 block of First Street North.
The victim reported he left his fanny pack on a table
outside his residence on Jan. 1. On Jan. 3 a witness
located the fanny pack and two tools in a room at the
Econo Lodge and notified the victim. The victim said
he never stayed in the Econo Lodge. The case is under
Jan. 1, vandalism, 6700 block of Gulf Drive. The
victim reported an unknown person threw a rock and
shattered the window of his vehicle.
Jan. 1, battery, 5325 Marina Drive, Marina Bay
restaurant. The complainant reported he had an argu-
ment with the subject, who hit him in the face, cutting
his forehead. The subject reported the complainant
slapped her and threw beer on her. A capias was issued.
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Jan. 1, lost property a travel organizer, 3708
Gulf Drive, Island Paradise.
Jan. 1, suspicious, 300 block of 58th Street. The
victim reported an unknown person removed all the
oranges from a tree in the rear yard.
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Jan. 6, noise, 6200 block of Marina Way. The
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Capt. Shary tells about harbor pilot's life
By Pat Copeland
When your ship comes in, it will have a Tampa
Bay pilot on board.
Capt. Joseph Shary of Anna Maria is one of only
1,000 harbor pilots in the United States. Shary, who
guides ships into and out of Tampa Bay, recently
shared his experiences with members of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society.
"We board inbound ships about eight miles off-
shore and pilot them through 35 miles of channel into
the Port of Tampa," Shary explained. "I go on board via
a pilot boat which comes alongside while the vessel is
moving about six to nine knots. I board on the lee side
of the vessel using a special ladder, meet the master or
captain of the vessel and have a conference with him."
The captain then gives control of the vessel to the
pilot, who guides it into port. On foreign-flag ships this
is mandatory, but on U.S. ships a member of the crew
can be a licensed pilot. However, few U.S. ships have
licensed pilots, Shary noted.
"Typically on the bridge of a ship, there's a helms-
man who does the steering, a pilot who gives the orders
and another deck officer," Shary said. "It's not required
for the captain to be there. I have control of the navi-
gation of the ship but the captain has control of the ship
itself. Oddly enough captains have little ship-handling
experience because they use pilots all the time."
For outgoing ships the procedure is reversed. Pilots
board at the port and disembark in Egmont channel.
"Pilots have been around for over 4,000 years -
back to the time of Abraham," Shary said. "We call it
the second oldest profession. Pilotage had a dark his-
tory around the year 1,000. Some pilots would go on
board and purposely wreck the ship. They had crews
onshore who would come onboard and loot the vessel."
In order to stop the practice, law was enacted in the
12th century. According to the law, if the pilot lost the ship
by default, he was beheaded by the crew. The crew were
not to be answerable to any judge because the pilot had
committed high treason against his profession.
Shary began his career after high school by attend-
ing the State University of New York Maritime College
and graduated in 1974. For 12 years he served in the
U.S. Merchant Marine on 35 different vessels, ranging
from tankers to tuna boats.
"In 1986 I became a pilot," Shary said. "In all the
states except Florida, it's more or less a father-to-son
job. About 20 years ago, Florida decided to examine
applicants for the position."
The applicant must first serve as a second mate for
five years before begin allowed to take the examina-
tion. The examination is 18 hours long and applicants
must draw all the channels, buoys and other features in
"It has required a tremendous amount of study, but I
don't need a chart to move in and out of the bay," Shary
said. "In 13 years, I've made about 3,000 transits."
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valuable information on other vessels moving in the Bay. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland.
In Florida the governor appoints the board that
governs pilots' associations and sets the rates they can
charge. Locally the Tampa Bay Pilots Association has
24 members including one woman and all pilots must
buy into the association.
"Basically, we're all independent contractors," he
said. "The Tampa Bay Pilots Association takes care of
all the business that has to do with piloting mans the
pilot station on Egmont Key, communicates with the
ships, operates the pilot boats and dispatches pilots."
The association takes care of all the group's ex-
penses and once the bills are paid, the remainder is dis-
tributed equally among the pilots. In order to increase
the rate they charge, they must go through a lengthy
procedure, similar to one a utility company goes
through, Shary said.
"Rates are based on fees for gross tonnage, the
ship's draft and docking and undocking the ship," he
explained. "Every ship is different but the average rate
would be $1,600 for one way. About eight to 10 ships
come into the Bay per day, or 3,600 ships per year."
Tampa Bay Pilots guide ships into Port Manatee,
Big Bend, the Port of Tampa, Old Port Tampa, St. Pete
and other channels within the port. About half the car-
goes are related to the fertilizer industry. Other cargoes
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The pilots also guide passenger ships and can guide
U.S. Navy ships.
"Pilotage is not compulsory for U.S. Navy or Coast
Guard vessels," Shary said. "Usually when I board a
naval vessel one of the junior officers will be actually
doing the work and I'll be standing next to him in an
Pilots can purchase one of 20 small cottages on
Egmont Key for overnight accommodations and are
oncall for two weeks and off for two weeks. Pilots have
two hours notice to get to their assigned ship and the
average transit is four hours.
Shary said one of the most important tools for pi-
lots is a differential GPS system developed by a Tampa
engineering firm. At the conclusion of his talk, he dem-
onstrated the GPS system for the group's members.
"It's state of the art and gives us really good accu-
rate information," he said. "We get an image of the ship
in the channel and can get valuable information on
other vessels that are moving in the bay, such as posi-
tion, speed, length, width and draft."
Shary, his wife Sandy and their children Patrick,
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Lifelong Anna Maria Islander Susan Thomas, center, rear row, and her teammates from the Bollettieri Sports
Academy won third place in the annual Orange Classic International Soccer Tournament in Miami over the
holidays. Sarah is in the 10th grade at Manatee High School, where she plays on the varsity soccer team.
Family history course starting Thursday at Island Community Center
"Everyone has heard family stories, often told
over and over, that bring back cherished memories,"
says Andrew Little. "Have you ever wished that
someone had written these stories down so they
could be passed on to your children or grandchil-
"Don't you wish your grandparents had left a
fetrn Dav Feguo
collection of their memories for you?"
Little, retired journalist, put his family history to
work in a master's thesis, and now brings his expe-
rience and enthusiasm to Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center for a four-week course.
His family history workshop, "Putting Leaves
Back on Your Family Tree," will share some meth-
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135 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
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ods and shortcuts he learned while assembling his
story. It will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City. A
preview of the course will be held at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.
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Westbay Athletic Club 2-2
Island Family Physicians 1-3
Police Athletic League 1-3
Division 1 (age 11-13)
Bell South 5-0
Sign of the Mermaid 4-1
A Paradise Realty 2-3
Econo Lodge 2-3
Tree of Life 2-3
Anna Maria Glass & Screen 2-4
Island Discount Tackle 1-4
Division 2 (age 8-10)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar 7-1
Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream 6-2
Bryant's Recycled Treasures 5-2
Island Real Estate 5-2
Flash Flights 4-4
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Basketball highlights, high scorers at Community Center
High scorers in the Premiere League, 14 to 16
years old, featured Gerald Ciarleglio, who scored 19
for First National Bank in a win over Island Family
Physicians. Joe Beebe scored 27 and Joey Kerns 19
for Westbay Athletic Club in a win over the Police
Sign of the Mermaid 39, Tree of Life 37
In Division 1, 11 to 13 years old, Tree of Life led
'Get Into Nature' classes
to begin Thursday
An open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 13, is planned at the Longboat Key Bayfront
Recreation Center, 4025 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
to introduce the season's "Get Into Nature"
classes, which start the following Wednesday.
The series of nature tours and discussions
will be led by Karen Fraley, naturalist with
Around the Bend Nature Tours. Details may be
obtained at 316-1980.
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for most of the game against Sign of the Mermaid
and its offensive scoring machine of Eddie Ander-
son. Late in the third quarter, though, the Tree of
Life defense started to tire. They had shot down the
Mermaid team for almost the whole game but, little
by little, Anderson was finding a way to score. Late
in the fourth quarter, Mermaid took the lead and held
fast to win, 39-37.
Anderson led all scorers with 21 points, while
Taylor Manning and Brian Faasse combined to score
31 out of the total 37 Tree of Life's points.
High scorers for the week were Eddie Anderson
with 38 for Sign of the Mermaid, and Bobby Cooper
with 27 for EconoLodge.
Island Real Estate 18,
Publix Super Market 12
In Division 2, 8 to 10 years old, the Publix Su-
per Market team battled back from an Island Real
Estate 10-point lead midway through the third quar-
ter to finally tie the game at 12-12 with 27 seconds
left on the clock thanks to a Nick Sato basket Thurs-
day, Jan. 6.
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in regulation time, but a missed a foul shot and the
rebound shot failed and the game went into over-
time. It was all Island Real Estate, with Heather
Murray dominating the boards and scoring four
points to Connor Bystrom's two, which capped the
win for Island Real Estate, 18-12.
High scorers in Division 2 were Patrick Cole of
Anna Maria Oyster Bar with 19 points, and Chad
Richardson for Air & Energy with 17 points.
Winners in the Jan. 5 horseshoe games were
Gary Hart and Ron Pepka, both of Anna Maria.
Runners-up were Bob Hitchcock and Bill
Starrett, also both of Anna Maria.
Winners in the Jan. 8 games were Herb
Puryear of Anna Maria and Starrett. Runners-up
were Hitchcock and Pepka.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
membership fees and everyone is welcome.
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Flu bug bites dog, LUST revisions proposed
Perhaps you've noticed that almost everybody
seems to have come down with a cold or flu of late.
Doctors nationwide are saying this winter season may
be the worst flu season they've seen in years.
When you figure that one of out of every 100
people who get the flu end up in the hospital, and eight
percent of those hospitalized die from influenza com-
plications, the flu is something to take seriously.
We've been mostly spared here at The Islander so
far, with only one person coming down with the cough.
At least, that was the statistic until last week.
Add one pitiful female canine to the flu list.
The Doberman pinscher that lets me take care of
her started acting slow and stiff last week, and Satur-
day morning Cayo's throat was swollen to the point she
couldn't lift her head.
A trip to the vet proved she had a high fever and a
flu-like virus. After a shot and some pills, she's well on
her way back to her usual frisky self.
A dog with the flu there's a new twist to almost
everything, isn't there?
By the way, doctors say one of the best ways to
avoid colds and flu is to wash your hands a lot to keep
the germs away from your nose and mouth. I've got a
buddy who swears by massive dosages of vitamin C,
and my boss likes zinc and echinacea. My "wonder
drug" of choice is Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus and a healthy
hit of an adult beverage.
Hey, maybe it doesn't work all that well, but at
least I don't care how lousy I feel.
Egmont ranger to talk at meeting Monday
Ranger Robert Baker, manager of Egmont Key
State Park, will discuss the history of Egmont Key from
the Ice Age to today when the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society meets Monday.
The group also will hear from Manatee County His-
tory Fair student winners at the meeting, which begins at
7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Baker became the first manager of the Egmont park
in 1989 and has won the Environmental Excellence
Award in 1994 and the Davis Productivity Award in 1997.
He will trace the history of the key, in the mouth of
Tampa Bay just north of Anna Maria, and show slides of
all phases of development and changes to the island.
Students who will show and discuss their history
fair projects are Kimberly Kuizon and Stewart Moon
of Holmes Beach, and Keith Walter, Matt Martin and
Sarah Samler of Bradenton. Details are available at
Island Community Center
Premier League (age 14-16)
Jan. 15 Westbay Athletic Club vs. Police Athletic League at 10 a.m.
Island Family Physicians vs. First National Bank at 11 a.m.
Jan. 17 Police Athletic League vs. First National Bank at 7 p.m.
Island Family Physicians vs. Westbay Athletic Club at 8 p.m.
Division 1 (age 1
Sign of the Mermaid vs. Econo Lodge at 8 p.m.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen vs. Tree of Life at 7 p.i'-.
Island Discount Tackle vs. A Paradise Realty at 8 p.m.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen vs. Sign of the Mermaid at 6 p.m.
Bell South vs. A Paradise Realty at 7 p.m.
Island Discount Tackle vs. Econo Lodge at 8 p.m.
Island Discount Tackle vs. Anna Maria Glass & Screen at 7 p.m.
Bell South vs. Econo Lodge at 8 p.m.
2 (age 8-10)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar vs. Bryant's Recycled Treasures at 6 p.m.
Flash Flights vs. Jessie's Island Store at 7 p.m.
Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream vs. Island Real Estate at 6 p.m.
Bryant's Recycled Treasures vs. Publix at 2 p.m.
Air & Energy vs. Jessie's Island Store at 3 p.m.
Island Real Estate vs. Anna Maria Oyster Bar at 4 p.m.
Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream Flash Flights at 5 p.m.
Division 3 (age 5-7)
Jan. 15 Papa John's Pizza vs. H.E. Inc. at noon
Galati Marine vs. Bridge Street Pier & Cafe at 1 p.m.
Jan. 18 H.E. Inc. vs. Galati Marine at 6 p.m.
First team listed is home team
New name. Still
"the best news."
Think happy thoughts
Here's another medical discovery: optimists are
healthier and live longer than pessimists.
Psychologists went back 80 years to review school
records of 1,800 students in California. Through essay
questions, they determined who gave optimistic an-
swers versus those who gave pessimistic responses.
The results showed that optimists lived about two years
longer than their negative counterparts.
According to the author of the study, "Pessimistic
people are in bad moods, and when you're in a bad
mood, you're more likely to do risky things because
you're either distracted or downright reckless."
I guess that glass is half full after all, to quote the
old optimist-pessimist question.
National Arbor Day celebration
Here's something that can make us proud our
neighbors to the south are going to be in the national
spotlight come April 28-29.
Seems that the federal government is planning a
year-long series of events throughout the country to
celebrate the millennium and the environment.
Sarasota was picked as the site for one of these "Mil-
lennium Green" events, and will hold the planting of
"the national tree."
My buddy Jack Gurney got tapped to serve on a
committee to put on the event. Last week, the group
finally hammered out a location for the festivities -
the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Plans are in the works to plant 150 or so trees from
Sarasota Bay to Bay Shore Road, with a path meander-
ing through them to let folks enjoy the scenery. The so-
called Millennium Tree Trail will feature mostly native
Florida species, Jack says, and he hopes to top off the
trees with a cedar of some kind transplanted from Presi-
dent Clinton's hometown of Hope, Ark.
And what's really nice is that the area where the
native plantings will go is currently home to a bunch
of non-native Brazilian pepper and Australian pine,
which will be removed.
Out, bad trees! In, good trees!
Back more than 10 years ago, Tallahassee was
abuzz with LUST Leaking Underground Storage
Tanks, not what you were thinking about.
The deal with LUST was to identify the leaking
fuel tanks in the state and clean up the mess they cause.
A minor glitch in what otherwise would be a great pro-
gram was that oil companies weren't responsible for
the cleanup effort, instead calling for state and federal
dollars to remove the contaminated soil. At the time,
lawmakers figures they'd never get the sites identified
without the oil amnesty provision.
As with a lot of state programs, the LUST effort
wasn't adequately funded, and federal Superfund dol-
lars are also in short supply, so a lot of the 16,000 con-
taminated sites in Florida are still contaminated.
Now, a federal court has said oil companies do-
ing business in Florida are financially liable to clean
up their messes. Apparently the court figured that
federal law supersedes state law, and the feds say oil
companies must clean up the leaks at their own ex-
Do you figure the court decision will be appealed
by the fuel lobby?
According to "A Historical Geography of South-
west Florida Waterways," the area at 14th Street South
in Bradenton Beach -just north of Coquina Beach -
was once an inlet. And, the authors of the book believe
that as the narrowest part of Anna Maria Island, it has
the potential to be a pass yet again one day.
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Grouper action still best offshore, reds in backwater
Grouper continues to be the best bet offshore, with "i
good catches being reported on reds and gags. There-
are also some bonita and nice snapper action out there. fn .
In the backwater, look for reds and a few catch-and- 15 '"
release snook. --
Fishers at the Rod and Reel Pier report things- 1a_ ,
being a little slow, with a few sheepshead, some bonita .-. l,,., ,
and an occasional drum or redfish being brought onto
the planks. .
Annie's Bait & Tackle said that Capt. Zack on the
Dee JayII said he's getting a mixed bag of fish that is :
rarely seen in January: flounder, grouper, grunts,
sheepies and bonita in waters off the Island. He's find-
ing a few cobia inshore, plus trout, reds, catch-and-re-
lease snook, pompano, and a few bluefish.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend said he's getting T., .
lots and lots of grouper anywhere from seven to 15
miles out, and they're good-sized, too, tipping the
scales at 18 pounds. He's also putting his charters onto %a-
nice-sized mangrove snapper to six pounds, lane snap- .. -
per at the two-pound range, plus a few bonita and por-
gies. Fog has been interesting near the Island but dis-
sipating offshore. ., -.
Capt. Matt with the Rip Tide said he's been going
about 18 miles out in the Gulf to catch a bunch of grou- .
per gags to 15 pounds, reds to 20, plus some nice
snapper and flounder. The fog isn't bothering him: Owners of the Sarasota Kennel Club caught a mess of grouper while fishing with Capt. Glenn Corder.
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Capt. Curt Morrison on the Neva-Miss said he put
a charter onto a six-foot-long black tip shark last week,
which tipped the scales at 125 pounds. Other action is
30-pound kingfish caught about 25 miles out in the
Gulf. Kings this late in the season? "Yeah, it's crazy,"
Capt. Curt said. He's also catching red and gag grou-
per and some nice-sized bonita.
Carl at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said he's
hearing of a few pompano off the passes, maybe a mile
or so from shore. Best bet for a hookup is using jigs
tipped with shrimp, Carl said. Wade fishers are seeing
a lot of snook, but not many nibbles, as the linesiders
start to move closer to the mangroves. Waders are also
catching some flounder in Palma Sola Bay. Carl added
that reds are schooled but don't seem to be doing much
Capt. Glenn Corder said grouper is his best bet,
too, catching big blacks about 12 miles out.
Ryan at Island Discount Tackle said there are lots
of grouper out in the Gulf, and all seem hungry for the
hook. Other offshore action features snapper. In the
bays, look for good sheepshead fishing, plus some
pompano, some reds and a few cobia.
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Jan. 3 65 80 0
Jan. 4 69 78 0
Jan. 5 61 66 0
Jan. 6 63 75 0
Jan. 7 68 73 0
Jan. 8 66 72 0
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Island property sales
1401 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 25 Bermuda Bay
Club 1, sold 12/10/99, Bermuda Bay Development to
Bazaire, for $280,602.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 112 Runaway
Bay, a 691 sfla lbed/lbath condo built in 1978, was
sold 12/8/99, Eriksen to Bereman, for $95,000; list
3607 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 205 Sandy
Pointe 2, a 976 sfla 2bed/2bath/2cp condo built in 1996,
was sold 12/7/99, Clay to Murphy, for $108,000; list
505 59th St., Holmes Beach, an 82x119 canalfront
lot, was sold 12/9/99, Viscio to Kelley, for $125,000;
5300 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 308 Martinique
Apts. North, sold 12/10/99, Fernandez to Riddle, for
758 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, an 807 sfla
2bed/lbath/lcp home built in 1971 on a 44x100 lot,
was sold 12/6/99, Anderson to Westport Holdings, for
$150,000; list $169,000.
S100 73rd St., Holmes Beach, 101A Coconuts, a
660 sfla Ibed/lbath Gulffront condo built in 1972, was
sold 12/17/99, Petit to Good.Properties, for $150,000.
1401 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 10 Bermuda
Bay Club 3, a condo, was sold 12/14/99, Bermuda Bay
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Gulf and bay beaches! Lots of room for family, friends
and in-laws! Large rooms, two main bedroom suites
plus three more bedrooms! Four-car garage, RV park-
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Call Christine Shaw and Marianne Correll
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Rebecca Smith and Elfi Starrett were top list-
ing agents at Wedebrock Real Estate Co.'s Holmes
Beach office in December. Top sales agents there
were Don and Barbara Penney. Others leading the
listing were Lynda Melnick, Longboat Key office;
Cathy Meldahl, Avenue of the Flowers; Jim Fos-
ter, commercial. Others leading in sales were Mike
Migone and Tina Rudek, Longboat Key; Meldahl;
and Deborah Thrasher, commercial.
Wagner Realty's top listing and sales agent in
December at the Anna Maria Island office was David
Moynihan. Other top listers were Alice Ohme, Mana-
tee Avenue; Dorothy Cook, Longboat Key; and
Sandy Greiner, Cortez. Others leading in sales were
Helen Barry, Manatee Avenue; Cook; and Greiner.
Development to Donovan, for $259,093.
232 Chilson, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,422 sfla
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1966 on a 75x148 lot,
was sold 12/15/99, Venieris to Bichette, for $239,000;
302 28th St., Holmes Beach, an 894 sfla home built
in 1959 on a 200x50 lot, was sold 12/14/99, Burgess to
McGinnis, for $130,000.
306 Tarpon, Anna Maria, a 2,324 sfla 4bed/3bath/
I Directly on Gulf beach, this
Sewer 3BR has plantation shut-
S ters, Anderson windows, solid
oak spiral staircase, two-car
garage. Wood deck overlooks
white sandy beach. Enjoy beau-
tiful sunsets over the Gulf. Qual-
102 31st St. Hohnes Beach ity and beauty throughout.
$695,000 Reasonably Priced!
BOATER'S ISLAND DREAM HOME
2car pool canalfront home built in 1992 on a 75x115
lot, was sold 12/17/99, Goldsen to Romans, for
$360,000; list $374,900.
313 Iris, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,206 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1970 on a 75x124 (approx.)
lot, was sold 12/13/99, Brown to Bernard, for
$204,000; list $219,000.
3702 6th St., Holmes Beach, 2 Beach View of
Manatee, a 1,047 2bed/2bath condo built in 1984, was
sold 12/17/99, Childs to Hostetler, for $105,000.
402 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 976 sfla 2bed/2bath
home built on a 100x100 lot, was sold 12/16/99, Resh
to Thompson, for $139,900; list $149,900.
405 80th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,961 sfla duplex
built in 1952 on a 90x95 lot, was sold 12/16/99, Lance
to Ewing, for $157,500.
416 Alamanda, Anna Maria, a 57x123 lot, was sold
12/13/99, Lohden to Moore, for $95,000.
506 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,712 sfla 3bed/2&1/2bath/2car/pool home built in
1966 on an 86x112 lot, was sold 12/16/99, Geisberger
to Thornhill, for $275,000; list $299,000.
5300 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 301 Martinique North,
a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1971, was sold 12/
13/99, Amrhein to Morse, for $185,000; list $199,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusivelyfor The Islander. 2000.
BUILT LIKE A FORTRESS! Gorgeous 3BR/2BA with solar
heated/caged pool. One block to bay, two blocks to beach.
Wheelchair accessible, hydro tub, double lot (zoned duplex),
tongue-and-groove ceilings too many extras to lld. $2s6.Q0Q0.
Robert St. Jean 794-8059 or Carolyn Patrick 331-9201.
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One cottage, plus fourplex. Cottage has 2BR/
1 BA, each unit in fourplex has 1BR/1 BA. All are
annual rentals or could be seasonal. Call lister
for details. $349,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800
eves. 778-1751 MLS41886
DUPLEX LOT Rare duplex lot west of Gulf
Drive. Lot size 100 by 100, one block to
beach and located in Gutierrez subdivision.
Walk to shops, restaurants and beach. Call
lister for details. $159,900. Ed Oliveira 778-
4800 Eves: 778-1751. MLS41633
ISLAND HOME Don't dream a dream, buy
one. Enjoy the Island lifestyle. Walk to beach
and bay. 2BR/1BA Island cottage with large
enclosed porch. $169,900. Dick Maher/Dave
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2/1, 1/1 duplex just a short walk to the beach. Call
Liz Codola 778-3098 eves.
410 Clark Dr., Holmes Beach ..........$169,900
3BR/2BA single family home on large duplex
zoned lot. Call Marion Duncan 778-1589 eves.
2306 63rd St. W., Bradenton ............$164,900
Stunning two-story 3BR/2.5BA home in
Capetown Village. Call Wolfgang Dudda 761-
3513 57th Ave. Dr. West, Bradenton $117,900
Lovely 2BR/2BA condo with many upgrades in
Lakebridge. Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 eves.
825 S. Osprey Ave. #308, Sarasota $134,700
2BR/2BA condo, end unit, overlooking lagoon
and large trees. Call Bill Donnelly 778-6392 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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All for a good cause
The result of successful (high) bidding at the Anna Maria Island Community Center's annual auction, the Galati family invited friends and business associates to the
Holmes Beach home of Chuck and Joey Lesterfor an old-fashioned tailgate party. The Lesters' annual donation to the auction includes everything from bratwurst to
booze, including plenty of shrimp, beef tenderloin and desserts, and a roaring good time. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
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OPEN DAILY-802 GLADIOLUS-NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEW
Upgrades, extras, decks, 2,400 sq.ft. area and three-car garage/stor-
DUPLEX half block to beach. IBR/IBA each side. Totally
updated one side turnkey. $174,900.
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. May sell separately 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.
STYING.SALON Eight stations. Great location. $39,000 OBO.
LOT C-2 Zoning.Walk-to Gulf beach $150,000.
HISTORI -BRIDGE STREET 2,400 sq. ft., three stores, 150 ft.
to SarasotaBay: Can add to size. Developing area. $355,000.
.-27.APARTMENTS and home in Bradenton with pool. 100% occupancy.
-Don't-wait.-$ bl 50,000. Ask for Jane or Roni.
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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/1.5BA 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
REAL ESTATE, INC.
Mary Ann Schmidt Helen White
3BR/2BA home on deep-water canal with direct access
to Tampa Bay. Ceramic tile, caged pool, fireplace, dock.
Great Holmes Beach location. $289,000.
OFF-ISLAND POOL HOME
3BR/2BA family home. Palma Sola area. Caged pool,
nicely landscaped, very good condition. $124,900.
SABAL PALMS CONDO
2BR/1.5BA furnished condo. Westside, convenient to
everything. Pool and clubhouse. Close to golf. $59,900.
Smuggler's Landing a unique waterfront condominium
with a true "Florida" lifestyle. Ready for occupancy about
March 1. With a choice of carpet, tile, cabinets, etc. Forty-
foot deepwater dock, heated pools and spas, tennis, dub-
house, private covered parking and storage, elevators,
cose to beaches, shopping, restaurants and movies.
Waterfront condo, 3BR/2BA, beautiful view, $274,000.
Townhouse 3BR/3BA, private elevator, $314,900.
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RUNAWAY BAY 1BR/1BA, screened porch, $700 mo.
3BR/2BA house on canal, caged pool, dock, fireplace, $2000 mo,
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but
never used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa
and love seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159;
twin $129; futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame
and mattress $199; daybed (white with brass fini-
als) including two mattresses and pop-up unit
$285. Can deliver. Call 753-7118.
PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES, new crop $6.50
pound. Benefit Island players. SunCoast Real Estate.
Island Shopping Center, 5402 Marina Dr., Holmes
AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift. Calls
returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.
ANTIQUE BUFFET: Mahogany or walnut. Three
drawers, two storage cabinets. Has open "cubby" in
center, which allows use as a desk or artist table.
Excellent condition $325. Antique wood office chairs.
Several to choose from starting at $100. 778-1102.
WANTED: STEREO RECIEVER with mono/stereo
switch. If you have an old receiver sitting around col-
lecting dust, give a call to Chef Damon at 778-5320.
WE'RE NUTS for Island Players. Fresh crop of Geor-
gia pecans holiday wrapped. One-pound package
$6.50. Available at The Islander newspaper. 5404
Marina Drive. Benefits Island Players!
JENN-AIR GLASS TOP stove/oven with grill top,
Kitchen-Aid quiet scrub dishwasher, Amana Radar
range micro oven, all black, good condition. $400 all
or best offer, 778-3367.
MACINTOSH SE SUPERDRIVE. Granddaddy to the
Imac. System 7.0, four mg ram, floppy drive, key-
board, mouse, Microsoft word version 5.1. Great for
word processing or as a giant paper weight. $45 or
best offer. 748-6222.
RATTAN FURNITURE! Table, four chairs, sofa,
two swivel chairs, end table, floor lamp. $350. 219
SEARS KENMORE APARTMENT size stackable
washer/dryer, excellent condition. $275. Call 779-
1307 after 3pm.
PATIO SET, off white. 48 inch round glass top table,
four cushioned chairs, rust proof aluminum, very
good condition. $430, call 778-0224.
GARAGE DOOR OPENER, Genie model 450, $25.
DOUBLE DRESSER WITH mirror $45. Air compres-
sor $75. New rug $12. New treadmill $10. Stained
glass hanging lamp $20. Table full of kitchen goods,
toaster, mixer and more, 778-4451.
HOT TUB/SPA, 84X79 acrylic, recliner with seating
for five to six people. Jacuzzi pump, new heater,
good cover, excellent condition, $975. 778-7534.
LANAI OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Two seat glider,
round tables, two chairs, chaise lounge. All with
yellow, green, white cushions. $175. 794-5178.
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. Check our furniture and small appliances.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Jan. 15, 8am-3pm.
Lots of miscellaneous, good prices. 216 84th St.,
FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 9am-4pm. Paddle boat, crib,
highchair, playpen, books and much more. 2205 Ave.
A., Bradenton Beach.
HUGE GARAGE SALE Saturday, Jan. 15th, 8am.
Girls clothes, baby items, housewares, maternity
clothes, toys, collectibles and miscellaneous. 417 N.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
YOGA AND MEDITATION classes with Harmony
Feldman, starting January 17th. Monday, beginners
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.
I WILL NOT be responsible for any debts incurred by
Mike Appleton or anyone other than myself, Martha
J. Riley (Marty).
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Boston's Blues Band The Woodbum
Arena Band. Thursday, Jan. 13. D. Coy Ducks.
FOUND, ALL BLACK cat, red flea collar, blind in one
FOUND 1/5/00 ON Holmes Beach. Female cat,
orange with white chest. Beautiful green eyes, front
paws declawed. Call Island Animal Clinic, 778-2445.
LOST MAN'S DIAMOND ring in Holmes Beach area.
Call 778-2883, reward offered.
"CRITTER SITTER", 21 years as Island residents,
five years in pet care. Tender loving care for your
pets, in your home. 778-6000.
83 Jeep Wagoneer Limited 4x4. 95,000 miles, very
clean, leather. $3,500 or best offer. 778-4052.
Your Guide to Gulf Coast Living
If waterfront and "island-
style" living appeal to you,
talk with Sylvia Marnie
today. Originally from
Britain, Sylvia is a Realtor-
Associate with Michael
Saunders & Company, she can help you make your
dream a reality with her unsurpassed dedication
and knowledge of the area.
Find out about
Property values & Current Market Information
CALL: (941) 920-1562
Mc aelSandrs& oman
Liene Real Estate Broke
(941) 748-6300 Licensed Real Estate Broker
ISLAND RETREAT on Anna Maria Island. Savor the beauti-
ful sunsets from your own deck. Just steps to the beach, this
3BR home is in a great location. $259,900. Sandy Drapala
794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R40351
IMMACULATE, bright home at end of quiet cul-de-sac. Built-ins in
family room, French doors to spacious lanai. Beautiful heated pool
anti great pool decking. Electric lift and davits. $259,900. Sandy
Drapala9794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R42066
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Three-story contemporary cedar bayfront
home. Panoraic views of Palma Sola Bay, spectacular sunsets.
Over 5,000 sq.ft. of living area. Pool/spa, fireplace, dock. $890,000.
Linda Asher 792-7365 or Joanne Jenkins 795-3838. R41769
45 +/-~ACRE RANCH directly on the Manatee River. Luxuri-
ous home..features fantastic master suite with parlor, huge
party ,roK Classy five-stall barn and charming second home.
'>1.950,0.00 .Maaaie Hastings 358-7653. 841842
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 or e-mail: Jraml207@aol.com.
EXCEPTIONAL BUILDING LOT Just minutes to Gulf
beaches. Great location on cul-de-sac with lake and preserve
view. $78,000. Sandy Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko
INVITING PRISTINE VILLA Airy, open 3BR/2B unit with water and
woodland views. Entry courtyard, small private pool, great master
suite. $192,900. Carol Greenwald 720-2243. C41861
TRADITIONAL two-story lakefront home in Hawthorne Park
with 5BR plus spacious office. Formal living and dining areas
and eat-in kitchen. $385,000. Sandy Drapala or Kathy
Marcinko 748-6300. R42173
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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.
A BIG HOUSE ON KEY ROYALE .
BIG PRICE REDUCTION NOW $229,000 -
611 Gladstone. 4BR/3.5BA/2 home, two-car garage, 3,895
sq. ft. under roof including caged pool. Next to, but not on a
canal. Owner anxious. $255,00&; Noyv$229,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, F134216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
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BEST HOLIDAY GIFT: Wheels! Moped, Tomos 1995
Targa model, 2600 miles, runs excellent. $650,792-4274.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.
BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing, hand
buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing. Complete
detailing, 30-years experience. Satisfaction guaran-
teed, fully insured. 794-8844.
INSHORE AND NEARSHORE sport fishing. Captain
Justin Moore aboard the Primadona II. Half day or full
day. 778-6983 or cell, 720-6408.
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, references.
25' BAYLINER, 86 Cabin Cruiser. New upholstery,
top and engine. Newly rebuilt inboard/outboard.
Spent $14, 000 in the last year, have all service
records. Asking $9,900. 778-4052, Holmes Beach.
BARTENDERS, COCKTAIL, SERVERS, gift shop cash-
ier, bussers, cooks, salad /pantry, help-wanted. Full and
part-time or seasonal. Buccaneer Inn 383-5565.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like'to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
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.
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... largest selection of
on Anna Maria Island!
Realty inc. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Panoramic North and South Gulf Views from this newly
listed Gulffront lot on Anna Maria's pristine "natural
beach"! 50 foot direct Gulf frontage and 60 foot
street frontage with depth of 125 feet. Plus land to
mean high water line. Cleared and ready for new
construction with lovely tropical foliage. This is a "one
of a kind" lot for the discriminating buyer desiring their
home in paradise. Asking $895,000.
MARIE 0 UC. REAL ESTATE
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'We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria. Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
SALES CLERK, Full-time/part-time, must be able to
work weekends and holidays. Retirees welcome.
Apply in person, Beach Shop, Manatee public beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
COUNTER/SERVERS, PATIO bussers, dishwash-
ers. This is a great place to work if you like both
people and work. Cafe on the Beach, apply in person.
4000 Gulf Drive.
SNOWBIRDS? LOOKING for retired part-time
handy-man helper to work during season. We are a
motel on Longboat Key. Please phone 383-2434,
SOUS CHEF, COOK, WAITSTAFF, busser, dish-
washer. Join a great team in a great spot. Apply
Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar.
ROSE CUTTER WANTED, will train, retiree wel-
comed. Call 778-5909.
MAINTENANCE PERSON, full time for mobile home
park. To set appointment for interview call Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, 778-1140.
COOKS, BREAKFAST, LUNCH and dinner. Full-time
and part-time. Call or apply in person, Ches's Res-
DOG WALKER WANTED, vicinity of 77th and Marina
Dr. Call 778-0073 after 6pm.
ICE CREAM STORE, after school and weekends,
student or retired person, 779-2244.
ISLANDER NEEDED FOR part-time position,
8:30am-1pm, as office assistant, appointment setter.
Please respond to West Coast Refrigeration, 5347
Gulf Drive, #4, Holmes Beach, Fl., 34217. 778-9622.
SOUS CHEF, SAUTE COOK, full time or seasonal.
good pay, benefits available. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
CONDOMINIUM ON LONGBOAT KEY has positions
open in grounds/landscaping and building mainte-
nance. Excellent benefits. References required. Call
383-3571 between 9am-3pm.
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EXCEPTIONAL duplex on large corner lot, two blocks
to gorgeous beach. 2BR/2BA each side with extra 9
by 22-ft. room. In excellent condition. $215,900.
Licensed Real Estate Broker MLS
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MALE NURSE, LICENSED, private duty, 22 years
experience. Anna Maria, Longboat. Contact Jeremy,
HOME CARE COMPANION, full or part-time. Home
health care, years of experience and excellent refer-
ences. Call Doreen at 778-5754.
PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE located on the is-
land. Full or part-time care. Years of experience and
excellent references. 778-0152, the week of Jan. 12
thru Jan. 18.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
STUMP GRINDING by BrAd Frederick. Fenced yard?
Not a problem! Prices start at $30. Small tree removal
also available 730-0001 or 749-5451.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
SILCOX CERAMIC TILE. Foyers, back splashes, floors
and walls. Over 20 years experience. Serving Manatee
and Sarasota counties. Guaranteed. 723-2361.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes unsightly
black mildew, salt and dirt from house exteriors, windows,
roofs, gutters, driveways and decks. Call 778-0944.
RESIDENTIAL CLEANING, weekly and bi-weekly
schedules available. Reasonable and dependable.
Call today for a free estimate. 792-7613.
Kroboth & Helm Mortgage Company, Inc
Fast, Flexible and Always Personal.
I Low Rates
B Zero Point Programs
Second Homes/Investment Properties
> Programs to fit all mortgage needs
SR. LOAN OFFICER
Toll Free: 800-681-4441 IV
2424 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 205 Bradenton, FL 34205
All loans are subject to credit and property approval. Program terms
and conditions are subject to change without notice.
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JUST LISTED won't last long. Outstanding 2BR/2BA condo with a Gulf view. Impeccably furnished, show
to your fussiest buyers they will love it! Call Denise Langlois, Realtor. 778-0766 Ext. 212
Carol S. Heinze
UP CLOSE VIEW Watch
the Gulf from the living
room, den or balcony of
this totally redecorated
2BR/2BA condo. Heated
pool, tennis, covered park-
ing. $325,000. IB40602
ONE OF A KIND Fabulous tropical
pool area is an added bonus to this
Holmes Beach duplex. Updated
kitchens. 2BR each side. $250,000.
KEY WEST-STYLE HOME El-
evated, canalfront, 3BR/3BA.
Across from bay. Light and bright
with view down canal from two
decks. $369,000. IB39198
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SPainting Drywall Tile Doors Screens Etc ...
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778-7074 Financing Available
Photography and Custom Framing
Weddings Beach Portraits
By appointment only 941-778-4365
The remarkable window film that turns ordinary
glass into a super-strength protective shield.
24-HOUR PROTECTION AGAINST
Snatch & Grab Burglaries
Violent Weather Sun & Heat
15-year glass breakage warranty.
Lifetime film & installation warranty.
Ron Kilner 778-5193 or Rick Weaver 778-1610
Free Estimates Licensed & Insured
Call us for plumbing, too.
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FULL-SERVICE AIR CONDITIONING and PLUMBING
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SERICS oninedRETAS Cotiue
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of attorney, name
change. Suncoast Paralegal Services 742-4788.
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, RESIDENTIAL cleaning.
Neurotic attention to detail, clean-outs, clean-ups,
any type of cleaning. 798-3139, Jony.
SENIOR SERVICES, PERSONALIZED professional
services. Do you need assistance with everyday re-
sponsibilities? Give me a call and I will help. Driving,
deliveries, shopping, appointments, household
chores, meal preparation. Honest, responsible, reli-
able. Personal references provided. 813-233-0034.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Residen-
tial/commercial, full-service maintenance, landscaping in-
stallation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds, native plants,
butterfly gardens. Excellent references. 778-5294.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. State licensed and insured. Many Island
references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-three year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, additions. Free estimates and design service.
Quality workmanship. Lic#RR0066450. Call 795-1947.
PAINTING, STAINING, VARNISHING. Decks,
interior and exterior, 35 years experience, 30 year
resident. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 794-8844.
JAMES MELANSON PAINTING interior, exterior,
pressure cleaning. 11-year island resident, 33 years
STEVE ALLEN FLOORING. Carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile.
Sales and installation, prompt professional in home
service. We beat any price on brand name carpeting.
Licensed and insured. 383-5381 or 506-3297.
SEASONAL BAYFRONT COTTAGE with dock.
Turnkey furnished, beautiful view. No pets. $370/
week or $850/month. 794-5980.
GULFVIEW UPSTAIRS 3BR/2BA, screened porch.
Completely furnished. No pets. Available January
and February. 813-689-0925.
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.
BRADENTON BEACH, 1-2BR furnished, newly reno-
vated with balconies and magnificent views on Gulf of
Mexico. Weekly, monthly, seasonal. 941-778-4555.
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.
GORGEOUS GULFVIEW Anna Maria home, 100 steps
to beach. Brand new two story 4BR/3BA, furnished with
fireplace, cable TV and Jacuzzi. Perfect location, easy
access to everything. Minimum two month seasonal
rental. Day and evenings call 813-949-1125.
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
ANNUAL RENTAL 511 71st, Holmes Beach. 2BR/
2BA, three blocks to beach, cabana, canal dock.
$1,250 month, 941-312-2432.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/1.5BA furnished on
canal, private dock, beach access. No pets. Charm-
ing, quiet, old Florida. $925 annual, 383-9291.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Holmes Beach
canalfront. No smoking, no pets. $1,500 per month
plus security deposit. 203-934-8596.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA canal home with
open water view of Anna Maria Sound. $1,000 month plus
utilities, $500 security. Anna Maria Realty, 778-2259.
AVAILABLE NOW, TURNKEY furnished. Longboat
Key Club 2BR/2BA beacn, $3,500 month. Longboat
Cottage 3BR/1BA bay, $2,800 month. P-erco Bay
Villa 2BR/2BA, $2,200 month. Palma Solo Bay 2BRI
2BA townhouse, $1,750 month. Real Estate Mart,
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA BAYFRONT apartment suitable
for one to two adults. No pets. $600 month plus last
and security. 795-1243 or 778-2619.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO, last minute cancellation.
Ground floor 2BR/2BA, great location, available
weekly or monthly Jan. 15 thru Feb. 15. 778-2975.
NICE 2BR/1 BA DUPLEX, north end of island. $1,350
seasonal, $675 annual, 779-1034.
ADORABLE 2BR/1BA COTTAGE, hops to beach,
fenced yard. Unfurnished $650, yearly. 3001 Gulf
SURF SIDE 2BR/1 BA. Annual, $900 per month plus
security deposit. Available now. 792-2779.
VILLAGE GREEN unfurnished 2BR/2BA home with
garage. Available now, $1,000 per month, first, last
and $500 security. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
100 FEET TO Gulf Beach with Gulf views. 3BR
ground level home on dead-end street near
everything on Holmes Beach. $975 plus utilities and
security. Annual lease. 508-269-6441.
GULFVIEW EFFICIENCIES, STEPS to beach,
upstairs. One large, $400 per week, one small, $300
per week. Anna Maria City, 778-6126.
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STEPS TO BEACH, annual rental. 2BR/1BA, heated
pool, cable, air-donditioner, washer/dryer hook-up.
Non smoker, no pets. $750 month, first, last, deposit,
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA, annual townhouse on
canal. Boat dock, block to beach, remodeled, beau-
tiful. Water, cable included, $1,000 month, 746-9202
HOLMES BEACH, SINGLE apartment 1 BR/1BA, large
porch, close to beach. $625 month. Call 778-4010.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA home. Garage, open floor plan
on boating canal. Annual rent $1,350 month, lease,
security deposit, references. Call Vinnie at 792-6029.
ANNUAL 307B 66th, Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA
screened porch; central air and heat. No pets, near
beach, excellenticondition. $750 month, garbage, lawn
care included. Security deposit. 779-1307 after 3pm.
BAYFRONT DUPLEX, 1BR/1BA annual unfurnished.
Dock privileges, no pets, nice neighborhood. $600
per month, $300 deposit. 322-2101.
1BR FURNISHED, 100 yards to beach. By week,
month or season Call 779-1318.
WANTED TO RENT, Jan. thru March 2001, by a re-
liable senior couple, 2BR furnished apartment or
home. We have references. 778-1592.
DUPLEX FOR RENT or sale, annual or seasonal. 3
or 2BR/2.5BA garage, excellent condition. Call 941-
GULFFRONT UOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
BARK & COMPANY RFALTY. 3teven M. Bark, Bro-
ker. 383-- 7-1T- or 720-3200.
- SPACIOUS TRAILER with extra 10 by 20-foot room.
Newly renovated, nice, open, bright. 416 4th St. in
-.andpiper Park. Has wood floors, vaulted ceiling,
washer la $19,500. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
BIMINI BAYFRONT, beautiful southeasterly open
view. 12x65 dock, 11,000 lb. lift, pool and more. Prin-
cipals only call 953-6897 to see this 2800 plus sq. ft.
single story home. $429,000.
BAYFRONT! FANTASTIC rental properties located
directly on the Intracoastal/bay with Gulf view. This
property includes a 3BR/2BA elevated home with
wood floors, fireplace, cathedral ceilings, Jacuzzi and
two boat docks. Also 2BR/2BA ground-level house
with large bedrooms and two 1BR apartments. 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 7718-3395 eves.
FIND GREAT IDEALS on everything else in The
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 lo-
cated steps to the beach. Both sides rented, good
investment. Great family home with rental. $339,000.
Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real Estate Co.,
383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
CANAL FRONT HOME, Key Royale. 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage, pool, 15,000 lb. boat lift on deep-water
canal. House completely updated along with all new
appliances. $329,000. Call 941-915-2432 or 941-
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY and Sunday, 1-4pm.
232 South Harbor Drive. Two unit bayfront condos.
Magnificent sunrises, breathtaking view of Tampa
Bay and Skyway Bridge. Recently built, each unit is
a 2BR/2BA. Open floor plan. Amenities are identical
in both units. Luxury features throughout. Elevator
takes you from ground level indoor pool/Jacuzzi to
both units above. Includes deep-water dock and
davits. Truly a must see. Unit A-$365,000. Unit B-
$370,000. Sand Pebble Realty, 753-1620 or John
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY and Sunday, 1-4pm.
1203 and 1205 Gulf Drive, "Key West North". Brand
new 2BR/2BA condos with Gulf and bay views in
Bradenton Beach. Built like a fortress. Too many
amenities to list. Heated pool. Four unit complex.
#1203-$340,000. #1205-$345,000. Can also be
shown by appointment, 778-0396. Sand Pebble
Realty, 753-1620 or John Zirzow, 778-9171.
COUNTRY LIVING midway between Tampa and
Orlando. 130 acres, fenced pasture, ponds, large
trees. Tri-level 4BR home. Inground pool, three barns
and more. $550,000. 863-439-2257.
LARGE GROUND FLOOR 2BR/2BA one story condo-
minium, carport adjacent. Manatee at 59th Street,
Bradenton. Tennis, pool, golf courses nearby. Completely
furnished. Low 60's. Private. 792-2093 or 792-5434.
NORTHERN TIP OF Anna Maria, great neighbor-
hood. 2BR/1BA, lanai, garage, central air. New roof,
stove, carpet, vinyl. 85x100 lot. New paint in and out.
Move in condition. $144,900. 792-8747.
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY and Sunday, 1-4pm.
3803 E. Bay Dr., Unit 7A, Holmes Beach, 778-5847.
CUSTOM BUILT 2BR/2BA home with deeded boat
dock. Home features include red oak flooring, fire-
place, super-size garage, interior stairs from lower
level, family room, central vacuum system. Owner
financing. Asking $294,000. For details call Rich
Bohnenberger, Realtor, 778-0355.
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Wednesday and Sunday.
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SIrrigation with treated waste water allowed any time.)
> Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long as
they use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle.
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REAL SATE-ontnud RAL SATE-ontnud RAL SATEontnue
ENJOY A FANTASTIC Gulf view from this unique
Island cottage. Ideal for a retiree, starter home or
rental. Community dock at the end of the street. This
2BR/1BA home is being offered at $159,000. For
details call Rich Bohnenberger, Realtor, 778-0355.
ENJOY CONDO LIVING in this 2BR/2BA unit over-
looking the 17th tee at Palm Aire. Amenities include
full size washer/dryer in unit, large garage, ample
storage, heated pool, clubhouse. Priced to sell. Ask-
ing $94,500. For details call Rich Bohnenberger,
BUY OWNER, CLEAN Holmes Beach beauty. 2BR/
2BA home, one-car garage. Large back porch, large
indoor laundry room/office. Lot size 75x100. Fenced
yard, nicely landscaped, new roof, kitchen. Must see.
941-956-8999 or 778-5868.
DIRECT BEACHFRONT UNIT overlooking the Gulf.
Enjoy fantastic sunsets from your private screened
lanai. Amenities include storm shutters, covered
parking, heated pool, tennis, extra storage, secure
lobby, elevator. This exceptional turnkey furnished
unit is offered at $192,500. For details call Rich
Bohnenberger, Realtor, 778-0355.
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A PLACE TO BEGIN
It's not on water but it is on
Key Royale! This freshly
painted home has three bed-
rooms and two baths plus a ''
very spacious air-conditioned
Florida room that makes it-
perfect for seasonal or year-round living. It will easily adapt
to today's design changes, or you can move right in as it is.
Plenty of room for a pool or house expansion. Be a part of a
lovely, quiet community that is just a brisk walk to the beach.
Reduced to $173,900.
V- S AA GULFSTREAM
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SEVEN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING lots. North Port
area. Asking $14,000 for entire package. Owner
financing available. Call Rich Bohnenberger, Real-
1/2 ELEVATED DUPLEX, by owner. $158,900.
Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, large living room, and
spacious eat-in kitchen with all appliances, washer/
dryer included. Carport and storage area, screened
porch and sundeck. 1.5 blocks to beach. Call 778-
1821 for appointment.
GREAT LOCATION ON canal with bayview. 2BR/
2BA, boat dock, first floor end unit, partially furnished.
Westbay Point Moorings, $179,000. Call 778-5926.
DUPLEX, NORTH HOLMES BEACH, very large,
2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. Fireplace, dock, fully
updated. 795-0413, $198,500.
SEASONAL GULF FRONT 2BR apartment. Lovely,
fully equipped interior, weekly, monthly, utilities
included. Anna Maria beach, owner, no pets. 778-3143.
CANALFRONT BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA, fireplace, work-
room, garage, lush tropical screened pool and lanai,
boat dock, walk to shops and beach. 778-6177.
Manatee County Island Location
$500K Sales $70K Net
Call Bill Phillips at 941 957-0833
Realty Executives of Sarasota
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
Call Gayle Schulz and Liz -.
Codola ... experienced .
agents who will assist you
with all of your Year 2000
rental and property needs.
Cr" E REALTORS
5910 Marina Dr* Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
3 PLUS BR/3BA, TOTALLY REMODELED townhouse
in Sunbow Bay. Lagoon view across from pool and ten-
nis courts. Broker protected. 2250 sq. ft. Air condition-
ing. Asking $183,000, 778-5847.
OUTSTANDING 2BR/2BA CONDO with a Gulfview.
Impeccably furnished and just walk across the street
to the beach. Won't last long. $160,000. Call Denise
Langlois, Arvida Realty Services, 795-8748.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate adver-
tising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which
makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation or
discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial
status includes children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing
custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
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quality bumit r.nre and pc.'ol o. erlooi.r. lir,
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Moynirian 778-2246 or 778-7976
ISLAND CLASSIC! Well mairiained 3BR
home with open floor plan. nine-I:oOl wood
beam ceilings Eat-in kitchen, new caged pool
area and attached guesl or rental suiies
Large double lor close 0o beach $245- 000
Call Dave Moynihan at 778-2246
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$249 5000 Call Da.te .r.1:.r.ar a '78-2246
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Sealood Shack wiln 628-n frontage. including
Singer piers and emen a 65-t11 deep lisrrng
carter boat E'Ira rental in.:rome Io-o ai iris
unique walerfront opporturnty read/ to de-
velop Call Anne Miller al 778-2246
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My 20 years of appraising and 25 years of sales
means I can offer you a qualified service to help in
the disposition of your fine antiques, art, and
household furnishings. I will be happy to send you
a resume and references.
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(on,- /8-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This bright and spacious Island hideaway offers soar-
ing vaulted ceilings with fans and a comfy great room
plan opening onto a sunny deck. Features include a
wonderful kitchen with greenhouse window and break-
fast bar, oversize guest room, lovely tiled baths, pretty
brass light fixtures and a shady, beautifully landscaped
backyard. There are two electric garage door openers
and a spacious screened porch downstairs. Just steps
to the beautiful Gulf beach and post office. Priced at
This spacious 4BR/2BA duplex offers warm Mexica
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This spacious 4BR/2BA duplex offers warm Mexican
tiled floors, cheerful white ittchen cabinetry, built-in
bookcases and two sunny patios! Other features in-
clude several citrus trees, thirty-two palm trees, plus an
oversized, enclosed outdoor shower and utility room.
Short walk to wonderful Gulf beach and Anna Maria
Post Office! Asking $229,500. Good money maker!
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NORTH END OF ISLAND This immaculate home
is just steps to the bay, 2BR/2BA on nice size lot.
Large Florida room, eat-in kitchen and garage are
just a few of this home's many inviting features.
Just listed at $179,000.
This lovely canalfront home features a casual open
floor plan with a large tiled Florida room overlook-
ing the water. 2BR/2BA, large kitchen with break-
fast nook and bay window. Don't miss this delight-
ful home on a great street. Just listed at $229,500.
This well built elevated home is on two large
canalfront lots on the north end of Anna Maria.
Unlimited potential here to expand or knock down
for two great canalfront lots. 228 ft. on the water.
This one won't last! Offered at $329,000.
ISLAND'S BEST WALKING BEACH
This great family beach house is just steps to the
Island's best walking beach. Large rooms and open
floor plan make this an exceptional second home
with great rental history. Complete with caged pool.
Just listed at $295,000.
Walk to the beach from your new home built on this
large lot in Anna Maria City! 75 by 140 feet with
seawall, no bridges with direct bay access. Build
your dream home here! Just listed at $149,000.
ANNA MARIA'S BEST BUY!
This great elevated home in the heart of Anna Maria
is close to everything! 2BR/2BA and lots of storage
downstairs. Nice family neighborhood in walking
distance to the beach. Just reduced to $169,900.
Separate deeded boat slip with direct bay access
also available. HOME WITH BOAT SLIP
E[l Call Ken Jackson at 778-6986
S Agnes Tooker 778-5287
MLS Bill and Larae Regis 779-1858
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511 Loquat ................. $699,000
613 Ivanhoe Lane ........ $675,000
726 Key Royale Dr........ $649,000
4915 Gulf Drive CP!..... $569,000
516 75th Street............. $539,000
618 No.Point Harbor ..... NEW$535,000
621 Ivanhoe Lane ........... $525,000
407 20th Place ............. $479,000
527 72nd Street.. REDUCED $399,000
221 Bird Key Dr............ $425,000
517 74th Street............. $362,000
525 68th Street .................. $339,900
" 607 Emerald Lane ........ $279,000
507 69th Street............ NEW $279,000
237 Oak Ave ..................... $198,500
an AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Gulf Place Condo ... REDUCED$329,995
Mariners Cove ......... NEW$289,000
4706 61st Ave Dr ........ $250,000
Bayou Condo ................ $119,900
254 Gladiolus.. REDUCED $319,000
701 North Shore Dr. ... CP $293,000
114 Maple ................ CP $289,000
207 Periwinkle .............. $224,900
203 76th St ................. $219,900
2409 Avenue A (lot) ...... $199,000
455 62nd St ................... $77,900
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
101 25th St .............. $549,000
107 75th St.. REDUCED$465,000
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
508 Woodstork Circle.... NEW$158,900
938 Sandpiper Circle............ $125,500
882 Audubon ................ $111,900
1411 56th Street W ........ $79,500
812 North Bay Blvd .. NEW$879,000
5704 Marina Drive ........ $399,000
310 Pine Ave... REDUCED$294,500
Call for details!
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