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Bradenton Beach tree trimming: 'It probably won't die'
By Paul Roat
The calls started just after the tree trimmers left.
"Incredible pruning job" was one comment. "Slaugh-
The issue was a huge strangler fig on city right of
way at the corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street in
Bradenton Beach. The tree is the only native specimen
in the ficus family found in Florida, and this particu-
lar tree is between 50 and 100 years old. The tree was
to have been pruned, mostly just a couple of branches.
But when workers with Barefoot Ben's Tree Ser-
vice finished, the Florida native tree had been given a
dramatic pruning to put it mildly.
"The tree will probably survive, because strangler
figs are very resilient, but the pruning was excessive for
regular maintenance," according to Allen Garner. He
teaches Master Gardener classes through the Manatee
County Cooperative Extension Service, and visited the
tree both before and after the pruning.
"There was a big canopy over the road, and they
took that off,",Garner said. "It's odd to do that, and it
will probably take five to 10 years for it to regain its
PLEASE SEE TREE, PAGE 3
seeks fix to
By Susan K. Kesselring
Some Anna Maria residents are say-
ing "not so fast" to the city handing over
$89,000 for services associated with a
canceled drainage project.
The money would come from tax-
payers' pockets not from the
$500,000 grant intended for the project.
Awarded in 1997, the Community De-
velopment Block Grant was sought to
improve the city's drainage by adding a
series of open swales, pipes under drive-
ways and culverts to collect excess wa-
ter. The work was to be completed along
Rose Street and Spring, Palm and
Hardin avenues. It also included the
placement of sidewalks along some of
The $345,363 contract was awarded
to Erdman T. MacKenzie of E.T.
MacKenzie Company of Florida Inc.
The work began in October. Spring Av-
enue was nearly completed when the
project was canceled.
What began as part of the city's
comprehensive plan to improve drain-
age in the city turned sour fast. Resi-
dents criticized that there wasn't a drain-
age problem in the area and they didn't
like the unsightly swales that were cre-
ated on Spring Avenue.
Commissioners voted 3 to 2 at a
special meeting Dec. 13 to cancel work
in the remaining service areas and com-
plete work on Spring Avenue.
In a Jan. 5 letter to the city, project
engineer Joseph Mittauer said the grant
will most likely fund work completed on
Spring Avenue, but the city will need to
assume the cost of preparatory work
completed in the other service areas.
Swales were not carved along any
of the other streets and taxpayers are not
being asked to pay for work done on
Yet residents are reluctant, and
some are unwilling, to pay for any por-
tion of the project because they say it
was done poorly and incorrectly. They
claim the swales on Spring Avenue are
larger than what was promised and de-
Residents spoke their mind at a
A view of Bean Point
Jay Parker of Anna Maria and wife Barbara Harrison beached their kayak and snapped this striking photo from the sandbar
off the north point of Anna Maria Island looking back at Bean Point. "A new island for the new year" Harrison says. The
sand bar has been accruing for some time and shore fishers frequently report sightings of a pink flamingo, escaped last year
from Sarasota's Jungle Gardens. Historically, the swift current between the beach and the sand bar has proven to be treach-
erous definitely not recommended for swimming.
commission meeting Jan. 11, nearly one
month after the project was canceled.
Richard DeFrank called the project
"botched." He said, "If you did this at
my house, I would be looking at you to
Carol Ann Magill said, "The design
is flawed. Pain and suffering should be
paid to the citizens of Anna Maria."
"The swales were supposed to be a
3 to 1 ratio," Jay Hill said.
Public Works Director Phil
Charnock said they are close to being 3
Mittauer, who attended the meeting,
said what is important is the grade and
The contractor and engineer dis-
cussed the project's shortcomings at
Mittauer, responding to accusations
the project was poorly designed because
of the size of the ditches, said the con-
tractor was given specifications for the
PLEASE SEE DRAINAGE, PAGE 4
Bridge Street Festival this Saturday,
Sunday in Bradenton Beach
Arts, crafts, music and food will
be featured this weekend in
Bradenton Beach for the annual
Bridge Street Festival.
The event will go from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Proceeds from the suggested dona-
tion of $2 per person will benefit the
Tingley Memorial Library in
New this year will be "Tadpole
Town," a little tykes' collection of
rides and games.
Organizers also hope to have a
50-foot-high Ferris wheel and a
For more information, see in-
ANNA MARIA VOTERS:
Don't forget to cast your ballots Tuesday for city commission,
mayoral election. Voting will be in Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive. For more information, call 778-0781.
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Before and after TREE, FROM PAGE 1
Before and after-----------
Below is the way the stranglerfig at 23rd Street and growth, and even then it won't be as nice."
Avenue C looked prior to getting pruned. Above is Another factor is the mass of new shoots that will
the way it is now. Islander Photos: Paul Roat sprout up in the next year or so. Garner said the tree
will probably have to be pruned again in a year or so
to remove the proliferation of new growth. It will also
be prone to develop more rotten spots because of the
WE; "excessive pruning."
"I wasn't happy about the way it turned out,"
.' Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole said. "It was too se-
". vere. I probably erred by not asking Mr. Garner to be there
'* when the trimmers were, but the responsibility is mine.
S" "We all learn from our mistakes," he said. "I hope
S. this is not an egregious one and I hope the tree will
ij ~come out of it all right."
r As Garner summed the trimming of the strangler
S"- fig: "It's the equivalent of been devastated by a hurri-
cane, except it wasn't taken out of the ground."
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 2, 2000 U PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
2/4, 9 a.m., Commission special meeting.
2/8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., City election.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
2/3, 7 p.m., Commission meeting. Agenda: charter re-
view committee discussion, street vacation discussion,
selection of pier piling survey bid, Tingley Memorial
Library fund request, banner discussion, approval of
1998-99 audit, discussion of short-term disability of
employee, consent agenda and public comment.
2/9, 1:30 p.m., Commission work session.
2/9, 6:30 p.m., Commission special meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
2/8, 7 p.m., Commission meeting followed by work
2/9, 7 p.m., Parks and Beautification Advisory Board.
2/10, 3 p.m., 50th anniversary committee meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
2/9, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center, Fire
Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wild fundraiser in Holmes Beach
A fundraiser arts and crafts sale will be held to ben-
efit Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center Inc. this
weekend, Feb. 5 and 6, at the Holmes Beach city hall field.
The Bradenton Beach-based nonprofit organiza-
tion feeds, houses and provides medical care to injured
animals. It also provides educational presentations at
schools and for other groups and organizations.
The event is produced by Sunset Boulevard Promo-
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DRAINAGE, FROM PAGE 1
size of the swales.
In defense, the contractor said the area between the
road and city's rights of way is too narrow to meet the
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny defended the city
saying the project was not botched and was done ac-
cording to specifications. He said the Southwest
Florida Water Management District said they couldn't
bury the pipes. The city worked within the parameters
of the different agencies, he said, and while the project
was not appealing, the system would have worked.
Following the cancellation of the project, Mittauer
met with the contractor and submitted two change or-
ders totaling $90,000 to the city.
The first change order reflects removing the pipe
that was installed on Palm Avenue and restoring the
driveways and surrounding landscapes. A portion of
the money, $12,000, would be left over from the money
allocated for Palm Avenue.
The second change order charges the city for the
contractors cost of mobilization, scheduling of crews,
shop drawings, material ordered and other costs asso-
ciated with work canceled on Palm and Hardin avenues
and Rose Street.
The total of the two change orders will cost the city
close to $89,578.60.
However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Rick
Stauts, a planning manager with the Department of
Community Affairs, said during the Dec. 13 meeting,
the agency will pay the $147,000 for work completed
on Spring Avenue, but the city would be responsible
for reimbursing to the state funds already paid to the
engineer and grant writer.
The city has not heard back from the DCA follow-
ing the meeting.
And it's still not known whether Swiftmud will
have a change of heart and issue a permit to the city for
installing pipe in the swales when it stated it couldn't
issue the-permit before because of water quality issues.
McElheny asked if the pipe on Palm Avenue could
be left in the ground, and if removed whether it could
be used for future projects.
Charnock said leaving the pipe buried may be a
liability issue because it could be crushed and leave a
'X' marks mayor's parking spot
Someone scribbled an "X" on the curb near the mayor's parking spot at Anna Maria City Hall presumably
signifying ex-mayor. Mayor Chuck Shumard will hold office until his replacement is sworn in Feb. 22. Is-
lander Photo: Susan Kesselring
void in the ground. He also said the pipe could be used
for other improvements.
Residents living on Spring Avenue want their
street restored to its former condition. The commission
has discussed two options. With agency approval, they
would either install pipe in the swales and bury it, hope-
fully with grant funds, or refill and re-sod the swales
using city funds.
McElheny said there is still $238,000 of the grant
money available. "If the city is allowed to pipe Spring
Avenue, the contractor may agree to do the work and we
may have some bargaining power with him," he said.
Commissioner George McKay said, "We'll get it
straight. The question is do we have what's been sold
and have the plans met what was in the plan specifica-
McKay suggested the city get a second opinion
about the area.
Commissioners agreed to have Swiftmud walk the
area and verify the work was done to specifications.
Meanwhile they await word from the DCA about
whether it will fund the installation of pipe on Spring
following the approval of Swiftmud.
McElheny made a motion to table the discussion
until the commission gets the information it needs. It
was unanimously passed.
He said he would rather wait another week than
pay out $89,000 that may not need to be paid out.
Following the meeting, Charnock said the city is in
violation of the contract. He said when the contractor
heard word that the commission didn't approve the
change order, he pulled his crew from Spring Avenue.
"Residents who live on Spring are calling and com-
plaining about the mess they left behind and wonder-
ing when it will be cleaned up," Charnock said. "At this
point they're not concerned about the swales."
Charnock said an official from Swiftmud will
come out to the job site this week.
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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 2, 2000 U PAGE 5
Fourth grader finds Lester the Smoke Detector
By Pat Copeland
Lester, the runaway smoke detector, was located in
record time by Jay Rawe, a fourth grader at St.
Stephen's Episcopal School.
Rawe decoded a series of six clues to find Lester
hidden in the wheel of a truck at Fairway Pharmacy,
5115 Manatee Ave., Bradenton, at 8 a.m. Jan. 22.
Rawe received a $1,000 savings bond for his ef-
forts. His sister Cara, a St. Stephen's first-grader, also
received a savings bond for her aid in the search.
The campaign, "Where's Lester the Missing
Smoke Detector?" was sponsored by the Anna Maria/
West Side Fire District to promote the use of working
smoke detectors in the home.
Lester, who was neglected over the holidays when
his battery wasn't checked and no one cleaned him, ran
away from home. Students in kindergarten through
eighth grade who attend schools in the fire district par-
ticipated in the hunt for Lester by following series of
Rawe said he interpreted the clues and concluded
that Lester was "in front of a hospital or medical place."
He then narrowed the location to the pharmacy.
"I walked up and looked at the truck because it was
neat," Rawe said. "I'm interested in cars and trucks.
Then I looked at the wheels and I saw Lester."
Rawe is the son of Teresa and Jim Rawe of north-
west Bradenton. Teresa, an emergency room physician,
said she understands the importance of instilling fire
safety in children.
Students who participated in the search were re-
quired to perform a fire safety check in their homes
including 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 plan.
"It's the kids who make their parents aware of the
need for fire safety and smoke detectors," Teresa Rawe
"We target the kids to get to the adults," agreed
Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop. "I think we did very
well considering that it's the first time we've tried the
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Student receives $1,000 savings bond
Assistant Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop presents Jay Rawe, a fourth-grader at St. Stephen's School, with a
$1,000 savings bond for finding Lester the Smoke Detector. Barbara Kinsey, First National Bank branch
manager, congratulates Rawe. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland
program. Look at how many people we reached. Our
goal is to take it county-wide."
Lathrop, who coordinated the campaign, said he
learned about it while he was on vacation last year. The
program was developed by the Plymouth, Minn., Fire
District which gave Lathrop permission to use it here.
Prize money was donated by local businesses and
the Anna Maria and West Side volunteer organizations,
Lathrop said. First National Bank provided the savings
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Looking for change
At the start of the race, 15 Anna Maria residents
announced their intentions to run for public office. In
a city with 1,610 registered voters, that amounts to a
little more than 1 percent of the electorate.
If the same were true of Bradenton's recent hotly
contested mayoral race, of the 29,707 voters they would
have 300 candidates which is, of course, preposterous.
At election time last year, Anna Maria had 1,592
voters, and factoring attrition, this year's big ticket
brought in a few more voters.
The choices are many and good for a change.
Two years ago Mayor Chuck Shumard had no
challengers, but turmoil throughout that time has
brought forth the volume of candidates, all with a
promise for change.
If there is a cycle to elections, Anna Maria's in a
"throw the bums out" mode and Shumard wouldn't likely
have won a race as dog catcher. Thankfully, he didn't try.
What he often told disgruntled residents has come
to haunt him this year, that being "If you don't like it,
you can run for office."
Three candidates have come forward seeking
Shumard's "hot seat," Jason Cimino, Gary Deffenbaugh
and incumbent commissioner George McKay.
We'd like to recommend McKay, if just for his
years of service to the city and a winning attitude. Af-
ter all, he forfeited a year remaining of his present term
on the commission because, he says, he believes he can
make a difference and bring pride back to the city.
But his reluctance to make decisions on some mat-
ters and for what seems a difficulty understanding
some issues makes us hesitant. It seems every election
McKay's detractors cite his lack of time at city hall, and
a commissioners' job description does not include put-
ting in regular office hours, but the mayor's job re-
quires just that. It takes time to administer and run a
city, and unfortunately McKay's a busy man.
We gave some thought to endorsing Cimino. His bid
for a commission seat last year was unsuccessful, but we
thought he'd put in some effort learning the ropes and try
again. Instead, he's running for mayor. Being of a
"younger" generation, we think he needs more experience
- experience in business, city affairs and proper conduct
becoming to a city official. Cimino's demeanor at our
forum sharply contrasts what others report of his behav-
ior at a local tavern he frequents.
That brings us to our choice for mayor: Gary
Deffenbaugh, former Anna Maria patrol officer, business
owner and city resident for 24 years. He's promised to run
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city hall as a business, to improve relations between city
employees and residents, to abide by public records laws
and operate the city's government "in the sunshine."
He's not proposing to make radical changes and we
trust he won't act in haste on the many difficult challenges
the city faces in the immediate future. He's been encour-
aged in his bid for office by many of the city's old guard,
and we hope he can make the difference we all seek.
As for city commissioners, we endorse Bob
Barlow, Jay Hill and Tom Skoloda.
Barlow is best qualified to oversee public works
for the commission. He has well-thought-out opinions
and good suggestions for implementing improvements.
Hill offers what Roger Lutz brought to a then-
troubled Holmes Beach commission: the logical think-
ing and practical solutions of an attorney and the abil-
ity to advise on legal matters before committing the city
to needless costs. Hill's experience would be of par-
ticular benefit in reviewing the city's legal representa-
tion in due time.
As a psychologist, Skoloda has tempered, logical
reasoning on his side. His positive suggestions for ac-
tivities and events to involve residents and revamp the
city pier singled him out from the opposition.
As alternatives, John Michaels presently serves on
the city's code enforcement board and served in the
past on the planning and zoning board. He's profes-
sional in his demeanor and up to date on the workings
of the city.
Dale Woodland is also qualified for the job and has
served the city as a volunteer on boards and commit-
tees. He keeps up on the issues, but his opinions run
strong and we don't see a lot of compromise from him.
Frank Almeda's sincere interest is to reopen the
city pier for his group of retirees, the Pier Regulars. He
and the city may best be served if he is chosen to spear-
head volunteers with the same goal.
Justin McNesky agreed with almost every idea
presented at our political forum, but hasn't come forth
with initiatives of his own. He's up front about support-
ing amending the city's alcohol ordinance to allow two
existing restaurants beer and wine licenses, but we're
troubled that he didn't disclose his familial relationship
to owners of Sign of the Mermaid.
Shirley McNulty lost our support when she stated at
the forum that she does not believe commissioners should
have to adhere to government-in-the-sunshine laws.
Last but not least, we come to incumbent commis-
sioner Max Znika. Poor decision making and a lack of
involvement during his most recent term in office lead
us to believe it's time for new blood. Officials can't
lead if they're willing to turn their backs on issues.
Looking for change? Vote for Deffenbaugh,
Barlow, Hill and Skoloda.
Vote 'Yes' for referendum
If not just to move forward from prohibition and
prudish temperaments, we believe properly licensed
and zoned restaurants should be allowed to offer beer
and wine with food.
For those who don't care to see any more such es-
tablishments in Anna Maria, we suggest returning the
remaining commercial zoning that which is not yet
in commercial use to single family residential. That
would cut to the crux of "the problem" and eliminate
the need to amend ordinances.
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Are all non-native species
Your editorial opinion (Islander Jan. 26) resonates
positively for thoughtful and informed folk everywhere
in its call for thinking "before sawing."
But that label "nuisance exotics" needs thought, too.
Most of us now enjoying the beauties of our Anna
Maria Island are non-natives or foreigners, and hence
are "exotics. One dares hope we are not "nuisances."
Thoughtless action and destruction, like unin-
formed bias, is a real societal nuisance and a threat to
Perhaps all "foreigners" or non-native folk should
just be shipped off our Island? Hardly!
Let's carefully re-think before before slashing
away at "green and growing things" or at people.
The ethic of "respect and awe or reverence for all life"
(Dr. Albert Schweitzer) can help us "first think, then
Rev. Arthur Denues, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 2, 2000 U PAGE 7
Part 4, Will and Mabel and Gladys
The story thus far: In an interview given in 1988,
Gladys Bean Holdstock told how at the turn of the cen-
tury her father Will Bean was on his way to business
success. He helped build the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1890,
served in the 1898 Spanish-American War, married
into a well-to-do family, and in 1904, at the age of 29,
became postmaster of the city of Tampa. In 1910 he
began developing his father's 160 acre-plus homestead
on Anna Maria Island, dreaming of making it the "pre-
mier" resort of Florida's Gulf Coast and of making
a lot of money.
First he built a long pier to which steamers from
Tampa were soon bringing crowds of tourists. He put
up a bath house, a pavilion, a grocery store, rows of
cottages and even a church. He sold Gulffront lots
for $75 and lots near the Bayside for $50. For a time
sales were brisk, but by 1914 the year Europe ex-
ploded into war his dream was souring.
Now, to go on with the story:
Q. Tell me about your little red wagon.
Oh, that was after we left Pioneer cottage. Daddy
built that house across the street from the church on the
corner of Pine and Tarpon, that funny little concrete
block house Mother called "Cozy Corner." Mother and
I moved in while my Daddy was working back in
Tampa. Daddy would come down from Tampa and
bring the groceries. I had a little red wagon, and Daddy
had a bird dog, a pointer. I would hitch him up to the
wagon and go to meet him at the boat.
The ship came from Tampa on excursions twice a
week, bringing loads of people. That's when Daddy did
his promoting. They went swimming at the bath house
and dancing at the pavilion and he squired them
around. Ijust adored my Daddy.
We had a pond in front of our house, and Daddy
put an alligator in it. Daddy was a show-off, a show-
man sort of man, and he got some peacocks to parade
around for the tourists. And, of course, the alligator ate
the peacocks. He ate two of our cats, too.
Q. Your father had business problems about this
time, didn't he?
Oh, he had a terrible time! He borrowed money and
had to get another partner. Mr. Charles Roser, from St.
Petersburg made his money with Fig Newtons. Well,
The Anna Maria
pier with its adjoin-
ing houses was
almost new when
this blurry picture
was taken for
The little girl was
Bean, Will Bean's
S daughter, who loved
to dance and do
W- stunts for the
tourists. But it would
take more than
stunts to keep the
resort in business.
he and daddy didn't always get along. Mr. Roser was
a very proper, staid man and my Daddy was always, uh,
carrying on a bit and so they didn't get along too well.
And his wife, she hated Anna Maria.
Then there was another partner for a while named
"Chap" Tedder. Mr. and Mrs. Tedder had a cottage
there and he worked with Daddy and old-timers like
Mitch Davis [later mayor of the town of Anna Maria]
and different ones.
Daddy put out about 400 coconut trees. But a lot
of them froze. They didn't have any water there, so he
drilled an artesian well. And oh it smelled so bad. That
artesian water would make the basins of the sinks
brown, you know, but at least we had water.
Daddy worked hard, but it was just not a good time
for real estate.
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Please give me your vote on Feb. 8. In return, I'll give you dedication, a
business-like approach to city government and an ear for your needs.
Here's where I stand on some of the issues facing our city:
Get the City Pier back into operation as quickly as
Stop the squabbling in City Hall. Let's put the City's
business back on a business-like basis.
Institute an effective planning process so we'll know
where we're going and how we expect to get there.
Place new emphasis on finding solutions for our
drainage problems. Schedule the work on the basis of
urgency over the next few years.
Eliminate special interest parking restrictions, but
step up enforcement of parking, littering and noise
Develop bike routes along quiet streets.
No additional asphalt.
Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for by the campaign of John Michaels. Approved by John Michaels.
The Referendum Question: An Open Letter to the Voters of Anna Maria
From Vivienne and Steve Barnes, The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd. S., Anna Maria
As frequent visitors to Anna Maria for the past 10
years, we always looked forward to living here full time.
We moved here permanently in November 1998. Since then
we have been active in the community and take a keen in-
terest in current affairs.
We became involved in the discussion over whether to
grant a license to sell beer and wine for Ato's and Sign of
the Mermaid months before we considered buying a restau-
rant ourselves. We were vociferous in our support and dis-
appointed when the city commissioners turned down the ap-
plications from these two restaurants.
We took over Ato's on Dec. 15, renaming it the Wa-
terfront. We went ahead with the purchase knowing we did
not have a beer and wine license, but vowing to continue the
fight for a license on the same basis we supported Ato's ap-
plication that the law as it stands is discriminatory
against two businesses.
When the city commission voted on this issue in De-
cember, they turned it down. However, public opinion
would not let it rest and it is now the subject of a referen-
dum. Voters are being asked to say "Yes" or "No" to a ref-
erendum question which is badly written and difficult to
understand. The purpose of this letter is to try to clarify the
question and the implications of the vote, which may not be
The city commission is asking you to indicate whether
or not its alcoholic beverage ordinance should be amended
by removing the 2,500-foot distance limitation.
As it stands, other than those establishments
grandfathered by a 1987 ordinance, no establishment is al-
lowed to sell alcoholic beverages if they are within 2,500
feet of another establishment selling alcohol or a church.
This means Tip of the Island, the Sandbar, Bistro at Is-
lands End and Bortell's Lounge can carry on their business,
but because Sign of the Mermaid and Ato's were not in ex-
istence in 1987, they are prohibited from selling alcoholic
It is the distance limitation which you are being asked
to amend nothing else. You are not being asked to throw
open the doors to a proliferation of bars and restaurants in
Yes, there is a wider implication in removing the distance
limitation. It would mean that other establishments may open
in the city's commercial district.
However, restrictions have been built into the referendum
question to insure there will not be an increase in the number
of bars. These restrictions are that only beer and wine would be
sold (no spirits) and the ratio of food to drink sales would be
limited to 60/40. A proposal that establishments could not have
stand-alone bars was omitted from the wording of the referen-
dum, despite both restaurant owners and the commissioners
agreeing it would be sensible.
If the outcome of the referendum is a "Yes" vote, it is
incumbent on the commissioners to rewrite the ordinance.
They will have an opportunity to build in any restrictions
they see fit to ensure the special character of Anna Maria
is not compromised, while enabling two small businesses to
operate on a level playing field with others.
The city already has stringent laws, meticulously imple-
mented by its public works director whereby any restaurant
must provide one parking space per three seats, with additional
parking spaces for staff. We have 45 seats for our restaurant.
Our building is on a large lot and we have enough room to pro-
vide the required parking spaces
We feel any new restaurant opening on Pine Avenue (with
or without a liquor license) would be very small in size there
just isn't spare land to accommodate parking lots, and current
zoning ensures that parking restrictions are closely imple-
mented. It is worth noting that no one has opened a new restau-
rant on Pine Avenue for as long as we can remember, so there
can't be much demand.
If parking is the main concern of those inclined to vote
"No," we believe parking is a major concern for all of Anna
Maria Island, not just the commercial district of our city. The
solution is to look at the problem, island-wide, and formulate
a long-term plan that deals with the whole parking issue.
In a Dec. 6 article in The Herald, Mr. Jonathan Trivers,
spokesman for the "No" campaign, states that if the ordinance
is changed, the city "would go from eight restaurants to ap-
proximately 20 in five years," and "where there's 20, surely 30
will be successful." -
Three of the establishments originally grandfathered by the
1987 ordinance are no longer in existence Fast Eddie's,
Islanders' Market and the Oyster Bar so, in fact, the num-
ber is decreasing.
The source of information for Mr. Trivers' argument is
dubious, there are no facts to support his claims, and indeed
you only have to look at the situation in Holmes Beach to
realize what he says is not true.
There is no restriction on the number of bars/restaurants
that could operate in the commercial area of Holmes Beach,
nor are there distance limitations. Theoretically you could
have any number of bars in the commercial district. How-
ever, this is not the case, as today there is one less bar in
Holmes Beach than there was 10 years ago.
It is not a novel idea that restaurants are able to serve
an alcoholic beverage with meals. The days of prohibition
are long gone. It is the individual's choice whether to fre-
quent or avoid such establishments. People should be able
to choose for themselves whether to have a glass of wine
with their steak.
The argument that changing the ordinance would be the
start of Anna Maria's decline into another Miami Beach is
scaremongering. Everybody living in Anna Maria lives here
because they enjoy the quality of life and because of the
unique character of our Island. Who would want to change
that? Surely people would like to have a prosperous, good
looking main street, where you might stroll and look at the
shops or have a cup of coffee, possibly bumping into your
neighbors, stopping for a chat.
The pier is closed, the grocery store is gone and there
are countless empty buildings on Pine Avenue. Our com-
mercial district is in a sorry state. Let's encourage two ex-
isting businesses rather than drive them away, by voting
"Yes" on the referendum.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to welcom-
ing you to our restaurant. Whatever your view, we appeal to all
those Anna Maria voters to use their vote on Feb. 8.
VIVIENNE AND STEVE BARNES
Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for by Steve and Vivienne Barnes
independently of any candidate or committee.
Steve and Vivienne Barnes, 513 Kumquat Drive, Anna Maria, FL.
CITY OF ANNA MARIA
City Pier- Would not be closed if our city government had
been more cooperative. I will work to repair and open the pier as
soon as possible.
Drainage This fiasco should never have occurred. Prop-
erty owners affected by projects such as this should be personally
notified. Our citizen's property and privacy should always be one
of the commissions first concerns.
Bike Path There is too much paving on our Island already,
instead, let's establish a safe bike route.
Beer and Wine- The two restaurants in question should
have received a variance. I am in favor of establishing stringent
guidelines to protect the ambiance of our city.
Public Works Department- This branch of our city
needs to be reviewed and, if necessary, completely overhauled.
"I am determined and fully prepared to work for you
and I will always be at your disposal. I am an efficient
leader and more importantly I am an efficient listener.
Our community is too small and too precious to have
the secretive type of government that has brought
about the myriad of difficulties that we presently
face. If you have any issues you would like to dis-
cuss, please feel free to call me at home, 778-5245."
Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for by Justin McNesky campaign. Content approved By Justin McNesky
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 2, 2000 0 PAGE 9
Anna Maria City resident for 24 years
On Feb. 8,
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The following are a few of the issues I will address
in the year ahead as your mayor ...
Return Anna Maria to a city where it is a pleasure to visit city hall, where you will find a
polite, courteous and completely OPEN government. As your administrator I'll guar-
I feel Anna Maria needs a business approach to government and not a political agenda.
Resident involvement will be essential and appreciated if you elect me. With my
background, you can be sure city hall will finally be run as a business.
The city pier should be up and running at the earliest possible time. We must look at all
aspects of repair and immediately correct any insurance or liability problems. This will
be one of my priorities.
Completion of Spring Avenue drainage project subject to the concerns of residents.
We should establish bike routes throughout the city without increasing asphalt on the
roadways and work on beautification, cleaning up vacant lots and improving our parks.
I will conduct periodic informal town hall meetings throughout the year so residents can
express concerns and chat with the mayor and commissioners.
I will be respectful of all residents, businesses and business owners in our city.
I will separate the public works and building departments and add personnel if needed.
Code enforcement must be addressed and I will immediately relax requirements for
permits and fees for small home repairs.
I will implement the wishes of the public on the alcohol issue depending on the outcome
of the referendum.
Anna Maria needs a mayor who has experience in all phases of police and fire protection,
construction and administrative supervision. I have all the above requirements. My wife Elaine's
family moved to the City ofAnna Maria in the 1940s. Elaine and Ifirst lived in Holmes Beach
and moved to the City ofAnna Maria 24 years ago. We've raised our children here and we 've
successfully operated our businesses, Deffenbaugh Enterprises, Painting by Elaine and Island
Lock and Key all this time. I want to bring back the quaint character we've always enjoyed and
with your help I can do that as your mayor
"You can be sure your vote will be appreciated."
A vote for Gary is a vote for a professional
to administer our city government.
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Shhhhhhh! Don't let the secret out of the bag, but
siblings of Jackie Webb are hosting a big surprise 75th
birthday party on Saturday, Feb. 5, for mom and you're
Friends of Mrs. Webb, known best for many years
as co-owner of Webb's Pharmacy in Holmes Beach
with her late husband pharmacist J.D. Webb, are asked
to arrive by 6:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center in anticipation of her arrival at 7 p.m.
Ben, Paulette and Joe Webb are providing refresh-
ments including hors d'oeurves, beer and wine, music
and lots of fun reminiscing. "No gifts, please," Paulette
says. "Just come for fun."
But please, don't let Jackie know. They're keeping
the newspaper out of her hands hopefully and a
ruse is planned to get her to the event.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Smoke-free bingo Thursday
in Bradenton Beach
Promising that it will be smoke-free, bingo re-
sumes for the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the
Annie Silvers Community Center, 23rd Street at Av-
enue C in Bradenton Beach.
The sessions will continue every Thursday at 7
p.m., with prizes donated by the city's merchants plus
cash prizes from the charge-per-card bingo income.
The bingo group is making plans for a garage sale,
with the date not yet set. Further information is avail-
able at 778-4400.
Sweet Adelines Saturday
A limited number of tickets are still available for
the 2 p.m. show and plenty of tickets remain for the 7
p.m. show of the Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines
chorus Saturday, Feb. 5, at Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th
S. W., Bradenton. The presentation, "A Century of
Song," features music from the past 100 years.
Off Stage Ladies set
The Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island
Players will celebrate Valentine's month at a luncheon
meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at
the Waterside Room of the Sarasota Quay, Tamiami
Trail at Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Reservations are to be made with Ruth Stevens
(794-2188) for members, friends and "significant oth-
ers" to note the Valentine season. Hostesses will be
Dorothy Simches and Phyllis Effenbein.
Dick Hennessey will discuss his novel, "Few Are
Chosen," during the meeting.
Longboat exhibition opening
The ninth annual Town of Longboat Key Art Ex-
hibit will open with a free public reception from 5 to
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the key's Center for the Arts,
6890 Longboat Drive S., in the village at the north end
of the key. The exhibit will run through Feb. 26.
Episcopal Church Women
to hear rector Friday
Father Richard G. Fellows, rector of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, will speak to the Episco-
pal Church Women at a meeting Friday, Feb. 4, at
The meeting will be in Lowe Hall of the church,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A "pitch in" salad
luncheon will be served at noon.
The members will put the final touches on their an-
nual white elephant sale, which will be there Feb. 12.
Tai chi chuan classes at Center
Classes in tai chi chuan, Chinese mental and physi-
cal discipline, will begin Thursday, Feb. 3, and con-
tinue on seven consecutive Thursdays at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City.
This exercise program is open to all ages, said instruc-
tor Karen Fain. The classes will be from 10:30 a.m. until
noon. Cost is $60. Details are available at 778-1908.
Handmade jewelry, such as this necklace made by
Jane Perry and worn by Adrienne Logue, will be
featured at the Wearable Art and Fashion Show of
the Art League of Manatee County from 11:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the new Speak Easy
Grille, 1012 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Details
may be obtained at 746-2862.
Artist Garrison will address
Artists Guild Monday
Neil Garrison will speak to the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 7, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Garrison is an Island artist, sculptor and writer, and
he will discuss his handmade books at the meeting.
Further information may be obtained at 778-6694.
Longboat art center
A demonstration on papier-mach6 by Pat Morrisey
at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, will inaugurate the
Longboat Key Center for the Arts workshop schedule
for February. Others on the schedule:
Feb. 12, pastels demonstration by Ken Snyder, 10
Feb. 12-13, two-day glass beadmaking workshop,
Feb. 14, printmaking demonstration by Jean
Blackburn, 7 p.m.
Feb. 19, surface dyeing with natural dyes on fab-
ric, half-day workshop by Joan McGee.
Information may be obtained and reservations
made at 383-2345.
'Have a Heart for Arts' show
The Anna Maria Island Art League will launch
its "Have a Heart for the Arts" exhibit with an open-
ing reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4,
at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
It will be an open exhibition, open to members
and non-members of the league, and awards will be
presented at the reception. The exhibit will run
through March 2.
At the same time the Anna Maria Island Photo
Club will open its exhibit in the League Members
Gallery, with entries accepted from 8:45 a.m. until
2:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. There is a limit of three
pieces per entrant, with $5 per piece entry fee.
Hours of the league's galleries are 8:45 a.m to
2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Details may be
obtained at 778-2099.
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Bridge Street Festival this weekend
Bradenton Beach will see the arts, hear the music
and smell the food of the Bridge Street Festival this
weekend as the celebration once again enlivens the
The festival will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday, Feb. 5 and 6, with historic Bridge
Street closed to vehicles for the event.
New this year will be "Tadpole Town," with an
antique Ferris wheel and a carousel with swings for
youngsters. It is added in response to questions from
last year's festival patrons, "What's for kids?"
And Tingley Memorial Library will be conducting
its annual book sale from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 111
Second St., behind city hall two blocks north of Bridge
Street. The festival is donating its proceeds to the li-
brary, as well no admission charge, but a $2 volun-
tary donation will be sought.
Other features of the festival include "Vertical
Adventures," a 30-foot-high climbing wall, and local
gift and specialty shops spilling out onto Bridge Street.
Live music will be featured in the parking lots of
Key West Willys, the Bridge Tender Inn and the Drift
Foods with a Bradenton Beach flavor will be avail-
able through most of the city's restaurants.
Dozens of local artists will be featured along the
city's "midway," plus artists and craftsmen from
around the country.
"Tadpole Town" will be at the far end of Key West
Weekend book sale, too
The Tingley Memorial Library will have its
annual book sale at the library, 111 Second St.,
Bradenton Beach, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Feb. 5 and 6, in conjunction with the
Bridge Street Festival.
The sale will include fiction and non-fiction,
kids books and cookbooks, history and futuristic
novels, most priced at 25 and 50 cents. First edi-
tions and other current books will be $4 and up.
Books may be donated for the sale from 3 to
5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at
the library, which is behind city hall. Details are
available at 779-1208.
Willys parking lot. It will feature a 1950 era, 50-foot-
high Ferris wheel which Hal Tobin found in a barn near
Buffalo, N.Y., and revamped. Tobin, owner of Phoe-
nix Carousel Co., said it took six gallons of silver paint
to finish the job of refurbishing the 50-year-old wheel.
Tobin also is bringing his "Family Swing" to the
festival. It is a 1948-model carousel originally outfit-
ted with horses, but swings replaced the ponies during
Also new this year will be park-and-ride trolley
service between the festival and free parking at Co-
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Black History Month display at Island museum
In celebration of Black History Month, the Anna
Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, will exhibit "Black Florida in Pictures"
throughout the month of February. The display is
sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Af-
Of special interest are stories and pictures of the
legendary pirate, Black Caesar, who had a passion
In the late 1600s Black Caesar raided ships sail-
ing off the Great Florida Reef near present-day Mi-
In the early 1700s Black Caesarjoined Capt. Ed-
ward Teach, alias Blackbeard, operating along the
East coast of the United States. Their partnership
ended abruptly when Teach was killed by the Brit-
ish Navy and Black Caesar was captured, taken to
Virginia for trial and hung.
The exhibit traces the Colonial Period with pic-
tures and documentary, including details of the Ne-
gro Fort on the Apalachicola River, a black man
named Estevan who was with Ponce de Leon when
he landed in Florida in 1513, and Fort Mose, the first
free black community from 1738 to 1763.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. Admission
is.free. Call 778-0492 for information.
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Commission discusses pavilion designs
By Pat Copeland
Most agree there will be a gathering place, such as
a pavilion or gazebo, in Holmes Beach, but what shape
it will take remains a mystery.
After being quizzed by Parks and Beautification
Advisory Board members in December, city commis-
sioners agreed that they want some type of pavilion
constructed near the site of the old city hall.
Beautification board members said they sought
confirmation so they could start a fundraising cam-
paign. Commissioners gave the OK for fundraising but
reserved the right to determine the design and location
of the structure.
When the idea was first discussed, individual com-
missioners donated $4,000 toward the cost of the con-
struction of the pavilion. In the past, commissioners
discussed a pavilion design by city hall architect Pat
Fletcher's design shows bathrooms on either side
of the pavilion, walls constructed of movable acousti-
cal panels, a roof and a concrete floor that can hold up
to four picnic tables or 40 folding chairs or card tables.
The estimated cost for this design is $40,000.
At a recent meeting, Mayor Carol Whitmore threw
out another idea for the pavilion.
"A Holmes Beach citizen who has donated money to
the city in the past wants to donate the services of a local
architect for a design for a pavilion," Whitmore said.
"Emily Anne Smith of Eatman and Smith, Bradenton
Beach, would meet with the commission to find out what
we want and then come up with a design."
Commissioner Roger Lutz said he has spoken with
other citizens who are interested in funding the entire
project, but they want to remain anonymous.
Whitmore said she plans to form a committee that
will include a commissioner, a representative of the
beautification board, residents who have offered fund-
ing and other interested residents to discuss ideas for
Beautification board members have expressed
other ideas about a pavilion, with one member suggest-
ing that the city hold a straw poll on the issue during
the March election.
Resident Margaret Art addressed the board at its
last meeting and said, "I would like to have a gazebo
in a park situation where we could have concerts and
a grassy place for gathering, rather than a pavilion with
a tin roof and picnic tables. We don't need picnic
Board member Donna Toner said there is no need
for any type of structure.
"I think we should fix what's wrong with the city
before we build anything else," Toner said. "This city
doesn't take care of what it has. People get these gran-
diose ideas to build these fancy buildings and there
they'll sit with that hideous sculpture that was foisted
on this city. A tin-roofed pavilion is the last thing this
"We have been asked to generate funds to pay for
it, so they should be interested in our ideas about the
type of structure," Chairman Jim Gloth noted.
Public Works Supervisor Joe Duennes said he has
been seeking a master drawing of the area, including
locations for a gazebo or pavilion and other proposed
facilities such as a basketball court.
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Bus route revamping favors Island service
Anna Maria Island will get "the most goodies" of
any area served by Manatee County Area Transit buses
when changes go into effect in early March.
Susan Hancock, MCAT marketing manager, said
the service is "trying to make it the best system possible
in increasing traffic," especially the heavy traffic on
Manatee Avenue to the Island.
Another bus will be added to Route 3, enabling
passengers to ride uninterrupted on Manatee Avenue
all the way from the Manatee Public Beach on the Is-
land to Interstate 75. Better yet, from the Island's busi-
ness standpoint, she said, is that guests at hotels at the
1-75 end can ride to Manatee Public Beach without
transfer, making that a quicker trip than has been pos-
sible in the past.
Route 5 will run from the Island on Cortez Road to
71st Street W., the Paradise Bay Shopping Center, in-
stead of going all the way to 75th Street and Manatee
Avenue as it does now. It will connect with Route 6,
which will serve Cortez Road to U.S. 41 and give two-
way service to Blake Medical Center and Hospital at
Route 5 will run up and down the length of the Is-
land, but will discontinue its service along the two
blocks of Bridge Street. This is being done at the be-
hest of merchants and residents who complained that
the street already has enough traffic without adding
buses. Instead, a major bus stop at Bridge and Gulf
Drive will serve that area.
Longboat Key remains without MCAT service,
discontinued last year because of lack of ridership.
Two "free ride days," when patrons can go any-
where in the system without paying, are planned in
March the 14th, which is presidential primary elec-
tion day, and the 17th, St. Patrick's Day when Sarasota
Former Holmes Beach resident Russell Cripe,
50, of Valrico, last week was sentenced to six
months in the Manatee County Jail on witness
tampering, forgery and grand theft charges.
The judge withheld adjudication and credited
Cripe for time served. Cripe was also ordered to
pay court costs, have no contact with two wit-
nesses, receive psychological counseling and take
Cripe was charged in August with sending a
County Area Transit joins in. Under that arrangement,
a rider can go from the north end of Manatee County
to the south end of Sarasota County without spending
Monthly discount passes will still be available at
the Cafe on the Beach, at the beach terminus of Mana-
Hancock said specific schedules are not set yet be-
cause much depends on traffic density along the routes.
They are expected to be completed by mid-February.
fax to the victim threatening to revoke his business
license if he did not pay $5,000. The fax appeared
to be on letterhead from the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation.
According to reports, the victim became suspi-
cious after noting discrepancies on the faxed docu-
Police allege that Cripe, who originally re-
ceived the DBPR document, altered it and sent it to
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Anna Maria candidates confront issues at forum
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria voters are looking for a "handyman."
At the heart of the Anna Maria candidates forum
Jan. 26 were responses relating to how candidates pro-
pose to fix what many perceive is broken in the city.
Included on the list for repair are issues familiar to
residents: the city pier, Spring Avenue drainage and
parking. But the item drawing the most questions -
and applause from the forum audience dealt with
mending the day-to-day operations of the city's build-
It was obvious a large number of residents in atten-
dance considered it flawed.
Candidate Jay Hill received a great deal of ap-
plause from the 230 attendees with his possible solu-
tion terminating the building official.
For what promises to be an outstanding Feb. 8 elec-
tion in the city's history, many of Anna Maria's 1,610
registered voters turned out at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center for the forum. It was held at the
Center due to what was expected to be an overflow
crowd at city hall.
At the event sponsored by The Islander and mod-
erated by Publisher Bonner Futch, attendance topped
230. Many submitted questions and all listened intently
to opinions of the three mayoral and nine commission
Answers to most questions, ranging from support
for the Center to reopening the city pier, sounded simi-
lar. The candidates agreed on what needs to be fixed,
and often on how to fix it.
But the majority of questions submitted by the
audience concerned the city's building department. It
was nearing the two-hour mark when Futch asked can-
didates how they would improve operations in the
Anna Maria voters packed the Community Centerfor a political jorum sponsored by T he Islander, where the
12 candidates for mayor or city commission answered questions from citizens. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
building department and the audience livened up.
Approximately one-fourth of the audience left af-
ter hearing the candidates' solutions for the city's be-
Mayoral candidates Jason Cimino, Gary
Deffenbaugh and former Commissioner George
McKay were the first to respond to the question.
Cimino said, "I'm for no one working for the city
who is rude to anyone. I'm for consistency.... I know
we have problems and I know that there's a lot.of
people 'ery upset with some of the things that go on,
and I'm qet, but I'm not going to run on the platform
of firing l e. I think that would be wrong. But I
would, as .r, sit down with the building depart-
ment and say this is how it's going to be."
Deffenbaugh said, "What I would do is split the
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building department from public works and this would
give the building inspector more time.... We have a
problem with attitude, we have a problem with de-
meanor towards the public and that would be dealt
McKay said he wants to see the department be-
come more "user friendly."
Commission candidate Frank Almeda said,
"People have come to me and asked me if you have to
have a lawyer to get a permit. I don't understand.... I
feel that somebody has got to do something about this.
It's been going on and on."
Bob Barlow said one of his goals is to bring stabil-
ity and restore harmony to city government. "I think the
first place we need to start is in the public works depart-
ment. It's been very ineffective. It's been an embarrass-
ment to the community and as someone else here said,
'You get real tired of seeing people's legs cut out from
underneath them' anytime they go to do something
fairly easy and fairly simple. It should not require that
kind of treatment by anyone in city government."
Hill said, "There is a significant problem in the
building department. When people go there, they feel
that they meet arrogance.... I'm not sure you can
change that attitude quickly and overnight. If it can't
be, I have no problem terminating."
Justin McNesky said, "We have some very serious
problems. People have been treated very poorly. ... If
you are all registered voters and citizens of this com-
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FORUM, FROM PAGE 15
munity and we are too, people in the public works de-
partment also should be citizens of our community."
Shirley McNulty said, "If this were a private com-
pany would any of us tolerate this? The only answer is
'no.' They should be here to serve the people and
they're are paid by us ... if they're not doing their job
they should be terminated just like any other business,
but they should be looked at carefully."
John Michaels said, "As you know I've been walk-
ing around the city knocking on doors. When I started
a few weeks ago I was under the impression that the
problem with the building department was lack of su-
pervision on the part of the mayor.... [The director]
needs to be terminated or put under strong control."
Tom Skoloda said, "In addition to the removal of
some of the problems, I would eliminate some of the
nuisance ordinances and permits required to do the
Dale Woodland said, "We've been using the term
public works department synonymous with public
works director. We have a lot of good employees in our
public works department. Our problem is our public
works director.... We need a public works director who
works for us."
Incumbent Commissioner Max Znika said, "The
current public works director has to go unequivo-
cally.... I don't think the public works director should
report to the mayor. I think a commissioner should
overlook the department."
Overall, candidates shared similar thoughts on
many other pressing issues.
Candidates were asked where they stood on the
issue of increasing the number of establishments in the
city serving alcohol.
Almeda and McKay were the only two candidates
to speak out against amending the city's alcohol ordi-
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Some Anna Maria voters may struggle to make
sense out of a referendum question on the Feb. 8
ballot. This is only the fifth referendum since the
city's incorporation in 1926 and it concerns amend-
nance, stating they worry about long-term implications.
McKay doesn't want to alter the city's zoning and
Almeda fears it would create an influx of bars. The
other candidates favored a change to allow restaurants
to sell beer and wine with meals, but with possible fur-
All candidates agreed the pier should be open as soon
as possible. Woodland favored pulling from community
resources to fix the pier through fundraising and volunteer
labor, while McNesky supported going outside the com-
munity and looking to other cities, as well as federal and
state grants, to help subsidize the cost of repair.
Deffenbaugh said the city would need to deal with its in-
surance coverage first because of the present condition of
the pier. He suggested determining what needs repaired to
meet insurance specifications.
Just as the ideas for solving the city's parking di-
lemma vary among the appointed parking committee,
they also varied among the candidates. Candidates Hill
and McNesky said there shouldn't be a blanket ap-
proach to solving the problem and streets need to be
looked at on an individual basis. Michaels and Skoloda
echoed the need for better police enforcement for com-
plaints such as illegal parking, littering and noise.
Woodland supported allowing people to park on all
streets, while McNulty favored restricted parking for
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The referendum question is stated as follows:
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On the subject of remedying the ill-fated drainage
project on Spring Avenue, most candidates agreed it
should be returned to its former state and the ditches
covered. Barlow's idea of filling the ditches with river
rock and covering them with landscape fabric was well
received by the candidates.
Some candidates said the contractor should be paid
for the work he completed and others said the area
should be surveyed first to insure the work was done
to specification. Almeda said the workmanship was
shoddy, saying inferior pipe was laid. McKay said he
supported canceling the project, but the difficult part is
getting all the agencies involved off the city's "back-
sides" to rectify the situation. Deffenbaugh said it's a
slow process because government is involved. He said
he favored utilizing some of the grant money from the
other service areas to fill the ditches on Spring.
Many of the candidates agreed sending the bike
path down Pine Avenue was a bad idea. They would
like to see a separate area for bicyclists, but in the form
of a bike route, which wouldn't require additional pav-
ing or loss of rights of way. Barlow was in favor of a
bike path for the safety of children and families. He
said it was a "poor decision" to send the funds back to
the state. "Cooler heads should have prevailed."
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Holmes Beach plans 50th anniversary celebration
By Pat Copeland
Holmes Beach officials are planning an anniver-
sary celebration to commemorate the city's incorpo-
ration 50 years ago.
The city was officially incorporated on April 1,
1950, but due to several events planned for the
month of April, officials set the city's celebration for
May 6. The event will include a ceremony honoring
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REFERENDUM, FROM PAGE 16
coholic beverage ordinance excluding commercial es-
tablishments which sell only beer and wine and derive
at least 60 percent of their gross revenue from the sale
of food and non-alcoholic beverages from the distance
limitation which prohibits the operation of such estab-
lishments within 2,500 feet of an established church or
any other establishment where alcoholic beverages are
sold or dispensed?"
Voters who mark "Yes" support allowing restau-
rants to sell beer and wine with meals to patrons so long
as a minimum 60 percent of the restaurant's sales is
derived from food.
Voting "No" will mean you do not support the city
amending its alcohol ordinance to allow additional res-
taurants to sell beer and wine based on a percentage of
Whether heads or tails, the outcome of the referen-
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Important events in the history
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Sam and Annie Cobb homesteaded 160 acres
from Gulf to Bay in mid-Holmes Beach. Their
daughter, Anna Maria Cobb, was the first Caucasian
child born on the Island in 1897.
ing officials direction on how to proceed with an issue
that has resulted in indecisiveness among commission-
ers for years.
Most recently, the commission reached a consen-
sus not to pursue amending the ordinance but at the
public's insistence, commissioners agreed to add the
question to the ballot for the mayoral and commission
Anna Maria's current ordinance, last amended in
March 1996, prohibits post-1987 establishments from
selling alcohol if they are less than 2,500 feet from any
other business that sells alcohol or less than 2,500 feet
from an established church, in this case Roser Memo-
rial Community Church.
Commissioners and most candidates said they
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Capt. John Jones became the third settler on the
Island, taking the land south of the Cobb homestead.
Jose Casanas came from the Canary Islands
primarily to fish for mullet and settled south of
The first island post office was established in
Sam Cobb's house in 1902.
At the end of World War II, Jack Holmes cre-
ated a 600-acre community in the center of the Is-
land and by 1950 had 180 homes for sale.
In 1948 an airstrip for small planes was built on
land now known as the Holmes Beach city field. Part
of the area is now under construction as a Babe Ruth
baseball field and the other portion is the site of an-
nual art and craft shows.
The city was incorporated in 1950 and Halsey
T. Tichenor served as its first mayor from 1950 to
The Anna Maria Elementary School was built
in 1950 with Lena Phelps as its first principal.
The Island's first shopping center was built by
Jack Holmes in 1952.
The Island's first doctor, Dr. Edgar Huth, built
the Island Medical Center in 1953. The Island's first
dentist, Dr. Rex Lee, established a dental practice in
In 1954 Jack Holmes built the Yacht Club res-
taurant, later known as Pete Reynard's.
The Manatee Avenue Bridge was built in 1957
and the bridge toll was retired in 1964.
Jack Holmes developed Seaside Gardens on
63rd street in the early 1960s.
The Key Royale Bridge was built in 1960, con-
necting School Key to the Island and Peder
Mickelson, William B. Lee and Howard Adams de-
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William J. Campbell
William J. Campbell, 71, of West Palm Beach and
formerly Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 29 in West Palm
Mr. Campbell moved the Island 33 years ago. He was
a veteran from the U.S. Army and served in the service for
20 years, including the Korean War. He owned
Campbell's Market in Bradenton Beach, was postmaster
in Anna Maria, and was a Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sioner. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of the
Apostles Catholic Church, Royal Palm Beach.
Services were in Royal Palm Beach. Palms West
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marge; son
Walter of Palm Beach Gardens; and two grandchildren.
Edna L. 'Edie' Daugaard
Edna L. "Edie" Daugaard, 60, of Bradenton, died
Jan. 25 in Tampa General Hospital.
Born in Austin, Minn., Mrs. Daugaard came to Mana-
tee County in 1978. She founded Flowers by Edie in 1979.
She attended Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Visitation was Jan. 28 at Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, Bradenton, and services were Jan. 29 with the
Rev. Albert W. Keyser officiating. Memorial donations
may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311
Third Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209.
She is survived by husband William A. Sr.; sons
Michael of Holmes Beach and William A. Jr. of Chi-
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Duane Thur of Milwaukee; and four grandchildren.
Madeline F. Gray
Madeline F. Gray, 88, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 20
in Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation.
Born in Concord, N.H., Mrs. Gray came to Mana-
tee County from Ledyard, Conn., in 1977. She was a
medical business secretary. She was Catholic.
There will be no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Holmes Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Jackson D.; daughter
Patricia Howard of Tolland, Conn.; son Joseph Haynes
of Castle Hayne, N.C.; two grandchildren; and a great-
Catherine Parrish Lamb
Catherine Parrish Lamb, 93, of Palmetto, died
Jan. 26 in Mariner Health of Palmetto.
Born in Parrish, she came back to Manatee
County from Tampa in 1975. She was retired from
Eli Witt, Tampa, where she had worked for 20 years
in the business office. She was a charter member and
Sunday School teacher at the former Trinity United
Methodist Church, Tampa, and a member of Parrish
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Church Guild in Anna Maria for more than 20 years.
Visitation and services were Jan. 29 in Parrish. Shan-
non Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parrish
United Methodist Church, 12140 69th St. E., Parrish,
She is survived by daughter Dorothy Sue Lamb
Davidson of Palmetto; sisters Elizabeth P. Myrick of
Holmes Beach, Jeanette P. Keever of Ellenton, and
Cleo P. Amlong of Glenwood, Ala.; brother K.C.
Parrish of Ruskin; two grandchildren; six great-
grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Thomas Lee Tanner
Thomas Lee "Tommy" Tanner, 62, of Bradenton
Beach, died Jan. 29 at home.
Mr. Tanner came to Bradenton Beach from Lan-
sing, Mich., in 1959. He served in the U.S. Merchant
Marine. He was a fisherman and worked in the sanita-
tion department for Bradenton Beach for seven years
until he left city employment in 1994.
Memorial services will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 3, at the Drift Inn, 120 Bridge Street, Bradenton
Beach. The Good Earth Crematory, Bradenton, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sister Marsha Hershoren of
Northville, Mich.; and brother Kirk of Clarksville, Mich.
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City may legalize golf carts on some city streets
By Pat Copeland
Holmes Beach commissioners are considering an
ordinance that would legalize the use of golf carts on city
streets leading to and from the Key Royale Golf Club.
Resident Luke Courtney recently told commissioners
that due to a change in Florida statutes, it is no longer le-
gal to operate golf carts on city streets unless the city has
designated the streets safe for travel by golf carts.
Courtney said commissioners should also consider
allowing residents to operate golf carts on city streets with
a speed limit of 25 mph or less as an alternate means of
According to the proposed ordinance, "A golf cart
may only be operated on streets located within a one-mile
radius of a bona fide golf course and only when being used
to transport the owner or operator between his residence
and the golf course."
Commissioner Don Maloney asked about people
riding golf carts into Key Royale.
"This ordinance is designed to get us back to where
we were before the state law changed, then we can appoint
a committee to look at other options," Chairman Roger
Mayor Carol Whitmore told commissioners that Po-
lice Chief Jay Romine has concerns about the term "one-
mile radius." Romine wants a clarification as to whether
it means roadway distance or as the crow flies, she said.
"As a radius it's a little more liberal," Commissioner
Rich Bohnenberger noted.
Courtney said a one-mile radius from the golf course
would go north as far as the corner of Pine Avenue at
South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria and south to the el-
Bohnenberger suggested adding that golf carts may
be operated only on streets with a speed limit of 25 mph.
The proposed ordinance also includes provisions that: reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror
A golf cart may be operated only during the hours and red reflectors on the front and rear.
between sunrise and sunset. Commissioners plan to consider the ordinance at their
A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, next meeting.
Cortez to draft its vision
By Jim Hanson
All of Cortez is being drawn into a visioningg plan"
to outline what the village wants to be in 20 years.
It's the job of Cortez Waterfronts Florida, as envi-
sioned by the committee that forms the organization's
nucleus, and it is well under way with a mailing planned
to all residents of Cortez.
The committee, with two respected Cortez leaders in
charge, has set its schedule of steps which it promises will
lead to a guideline for anyone particularly governmen-
tal entities doing anything that involves Cortez.
Jane Von Hahmann is chair and Blue Fulford vice
chair of the committee, and they expect a draft of all
projects of concern to the village to be compiled at the
committee's next meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the old
That rough draft will be mailed to all residents and
property owners of the village. It will detail what the com-
mittee has done, the mission statement it wrote last fall,
and prospects for the immediate future.
It will include a stamped envelope addressed to the
committee for comments, and an invitation to a meeting
March 16 when a full discussion of the vision plan is
April 1, a Saturday, will be devoted to gathering all
opinions and suggestions from all of Cortez for the vision
plan, determining how to handle issues of concern and
presenting "just how Cortez wants itself to be 20 years
down the road," said Cortez Waterfront manager Janet
.Those results will be mailed to all residents in early
April and by May 15, "hopefully, just hopefully," the plan
will be completed, she said.
It will be presented to the Manatee County Board of
Commissioners for adoption as a county document, with
three results anticipated:
It is to be a guideline for the county and all of its
departments, plus all other governmental levels, to be
considered in any activity affecting the village.
It will be a "road map for the committee" to guide
its activities from then on.
More broadly, it will be a guide for everyone with
any interest in the historic fishing village, "and it will re-
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Laughs abound in Players' 'Moon Over Buffalo'
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There are plenty of laughs to go around in the Is-
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And none more poignant than when Charlotte's
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Later on the Hays' daughter Rosalind adroitly
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grandmother, "Have you seen daddy?" to which Ethel
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"Moon" is about a highly mixed-up and impulsive
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Charlotte Hay (Jo Kendall) and husband George
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In an effort to raise money for a historical school
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23 engaged in a Read-A-Thon. Miller said that besides
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students interest in reading.
Students need sponsors to achieve their goal of rais-
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The deputy said while he was investigating the in-
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a pipe, a bong, a box containing two bags of marijuana
and a scale. The deputy said Pasquantonio admitted
ownership of the items. Due to injuries Pasquantonio
sustained during the altercation, the deputy issued a
notice to appear.
Jan. 24, burglary, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Waterfront
restaurant. The victim reported an unknown person
removed cash from a locked cash drawer.
Jan. 25, domestic battery, 200 block of Willow. The
victim reported she and the suspect had an argument and
the suspect pushed her and twisted her arm before fleeing.
The suspect was located and placed in custody.
Jan. 20, sexual battery, Coquina Beach. A juve-
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high rate of speed. The officer said the suspect crossed
the center line and forced him off the roadway.
The officer said he pursued the suspect and when
he stopped the vehicle, the suspect charged at him as
he reached into a fanny pack. When the suspect refused
to stop, the officer drew his weapon and ordered the
suspect back into the vehicle, said the report. A backup
officer arrived and the suspect was placed in custody.
Jan. 23, criminal mischief, 300 block of 22nd
Street. The victim reported an unknown person spray-
painted a word on his vehicle. Damages were $250.
Jan. 24, burglary, 2219 Gulf Drive, Sugar Sands.
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comforter valued at $100 were missing from a room.
Jan. 21, suspicious, 5600 block of Gulf Drive.
The complainant reported she was missing a bag con-
taining picture frames and a make-up kit.
Jan. 21, harassing phone calls, 500 block of Key
Jan. 21, theft of a watch valued at $3,000, 500
block of 77th Street.
Jan. 23, criminal mischief, 6300 Flotilla Drive,
Shell Point condominiums. The victim reported an un-
known person scratched the side of his vehicle.
Jan. 23, theft of a four-wheel bicycle/buggy val-
ued at $1,200, 3607 East Bay Drive, Sandy Pointe.
Jan. 24, theft of a 14-foot boat, 300 block of
Jan. 24, theft, 202 block of 52nd Street, Holmes
Beach Marina. The complainant reported an unknown
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moved motors valued at $16,000 from two boats.
Jan. 24, suspicious, 600 block of Manatee Avenue.
The victim reported an unknown person scratched and
dented the hood of the vehicle. Damages were $300.
Jan. 24, gas drive off of $14.53, 3015 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 24, attempted theft, 500 block of 81st Street.
The victim reported an unknown person attempted to
steal her vehicle by punching the door lock and forc-
ing the ignition. Damages were $400.
Jan. 24, harassing phone calls, 600 block of
Jan. 25, theft of a weedeater from a carport, 6800
block of Palm Drive.
Jan. 25, lost property a cellular phone valued
at $350, 6600 block of Gulf Drive.
Jan. 25, underage possession of tobacco, 500
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Jan. 25, suspicious, 6500 block of Holmes Boule-
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ing rocks at vehicles. The subjects were not found.
Jan. 25, spouse battery, 700 block of Manatee Av-
enue, King Fish Boat Ramp. The officer said he observed
the victim walking from a vehicle parked at the boat ramp
and the suspect standing beside the vehicle yelling at the
victim. The victim said the suspect hit her in the face. The
suspect was placed in custody and a warrant check re-
vealed several outstanding warrants.
Jan. 28, disturbance, 4500 block of Gulf Drive.
Three subjects were having an argument and the officer
warned them of the consequences of their actions, said
the report. One subject left for the night.
Jan. 28, battery, 4900 block of Gulf Drive. The
victim reported the suspect punched him in the head
and squeezed his head in a headlock the previous night.
He said he didn't know the extent of his injuries until
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Thursday at Center
Roundball champions will be crowned Thursday
night, Feb. 3, as teams from the Premier League and
two other divisions clash on the Anna Maria Island
Community Center court.
In the first game at 6 p.m., the first-place Anna
Maria Oyster Bar team with a 13-1 regular-season
record likely will meet second-place Bryant's Recycled
Treasures (11-3) for the Division 2 (age 8-10) title.
Division 1 (age 11-13) teams Bell South (11-1) and
Sign of the Mermaid (11-1) are expected to meet at 7
The much-anticipated Premier League (age 14-16)
championship the same night will feature the first-place
First National Bank Bulls (8-1). They play the winner
of the Feb. 1 matchup between Westbay Athletic Club
Heat vs. Police Athletic League with an 8 p.m. tip-off
for all the marbles.
First National is led by Gerard Ciarleglio and
Adam Pear while the Heat brings Joey Kerns, Tyler
Krauss, Adam Wall and Mick "Downtown" Cripe to
the fray by the bay. This should be a high-scoring af-
fair with "fast break" the key phrase and phase of the
Little League tryouts set for Saturday
Tryouts for the Anna Maria Island Little League
are scheduled Saturday, Feb. 5, for boys and girls age
The event gets under way at 9 a.m. for 7-year-olds
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center baseball
field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Players will be given a chance to hit, field, throw
Cheerleaders for the Anna Maria Oyster Bar & Restaurant Hornets rally their team at a recent game at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center gym. Left to right, Molly McDonough, Christina Zash, Anna Termini,
Kim First and Kelly Guerin cheer the players to victory. Islander Photo: David Futch
and run the bases.
The 8-year-olds try out at 10 a.m., age 9 tryouts are
set for 11 a.m., 10-year-olds at noon and players age
11-12 go off at 1 p.m. at the field.
The only exceptions are returning major league
The draft will follow the Feb. 5 tryouts with teams
chosen for T-ball, the AA pitching-machine league,
AAA and major leagues.
Anyone who applied for Junior Little League (age
13 and up) will be contacted by league President Bob
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Gerard Ciarleglio scores two points for the First National Bank Bulls as Joe Beebe of the Westbay Athletic
Club Heat takes a swat at the ball. Ciarleglio was a force in the second half and had 20 points in the game but
the Heat won 77-62. Islander Photo: David Futch
Bird rescue class set, volunteers sought by Pelican Man
A wild bird rescue training class is planned for pital, welcome center, gift shop, rescue team and
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Pelican Man's tour guide program, said Betty Anthony, volunteer
Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., City coordinator.
Island, off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
Registration is not necessary. She asked interested persons to call her at 388-
The sanctuary also needs volunteers for its hos- 4444 for information.
3-on-3 basketball tourney March 11
Gerard Ciarleglio, 16, an honors program student
at Southeast High School from Holmes Beach, is put-
ting on a three-on-three basketball tournament for play-
ers 13 and younger.
The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March
11, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City and is free to all com-
Ciarleglio is organizing the tournament for the In-
ternational Bachelorette Program, a group he belongs
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Anna Maria Island
Community Center final
Premier league (age 14-16)
First National Bank 8-1
Westbay Athletic Club 5-4
Police Athletic League 3-6
Island Family Physicians 2-7
Division 1 (age 11-13)
Bell South 11-1
Sign of the Mermaid 11-1
A Paradise Realty 7-5
Tree of Life 5-7
Econo Lodge 4-8
Anna Maria Glass & Screen 4-8
Island Discount Tackle 1-11
Division 2 (age 8-10)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar 13-1
Bryant's Recycled Treasures 11-3
Island Real Estate 9-5
Marco Polo's Pizza & Ice Cream 8-6
Flash Flights 7-7
Air & Energy 4-10
Jessie's Island Store 2-12
Publix Supermarket 2-12
Winners in the Jan. 26 horseshoe games were Rick
Hemsteger of Bradenton Beach and Walt Swift of
Anna Maria. Runners-up were Bob Hitchcock and Bill
Starrett, both of Anna Maria.
Winners in the Jan. 29 games were Hemsteger and
Ron Pepka of Anna Maria. Runners-up were John
Crawford of Bradenton and Gary Hart of Anna Maria.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day 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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SPORTS, FROM PAGE 28
to at Southeast High. The IBP allows students to earn
college credits for being leaders at their school in vol-
Ciarleglio lives in Holmes Beach but attends
Southeast High because it is the only high school in
Manatee County that offers the IBP.
Ciarleglio said each player will get a tournament T-
shirt. There are no age groups. This is a come-one,
For more information, call Ciarleglio at 778-5770.
Pritchard scores winner with
6 seconds left
Jordan Pritchard had missed several layups in a
When it really counted, however, he made the
game-winning basket with six seconds left in a Divi-
sion 2 playoff game Monday night at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center gym.
With three minutes left in the game for boys and
girls age 8-10, Pritchard of Bryant's Recycled Trea-
sures Spurs hit a shot that seemed as if it would hold
up for a 12-11 victory.
However, Ethan Struber of the Flash Flight Flyers
knocked down two points to give his team a 13-12 lead
with 20 seconds left in the game.
That's when Pritchard worked his magic.
The swift little guard took the ball in bounds and
drove the length of the court, passing up four defend-
ers and scoring the winning layup with just a few ticks
The crowd went nuts, some of them coming out of
the stands as Pritchard drove for the final play. Some
Flash Flight parents and fans who came out of the
stands fell to the floor when Pritchard scored, while
Spurs fans jumped up and down.
Steve Faasse had seven points for the Flyers, while
teammate Tanner Pelkey scored four. Sean Price had
four points for the Spurs, Pritchard four and Struber
Magic sinks Lakers
Eddie Anderson of the Sign of the Mermaid Magic
Sunrise players celebrate
Golfers and friends make an attempt to form the word "GOLF" at the 2000 Tournament of Champions pig
roast at Butch VanOstenbridge's home. Roy Hampton won the end-of-the-year sunrise tournament. Tim
"Team" Lease won Player-of-the-Year honors by leading all 50 tour players in the points total. Jon "Sparky"
Huffnan was second.
seemed to score at will as his team pounded the Econo
Lodge Lakers 52-36 in a Division 1 (age 11-13) play-
off game Monday at the Center basketball arena.
Anderson led all scorers with 23 points while
Chase Parker added 15 for the Mermaid team. Whitney
Price, the hero who sunk a last-second basket to get a
Mermaid win 44-43 two weeks ago, had another good
night on defense and also scored.
On the Laker side, Bobby Cooper tallied 13 and
Sean Pittman followed with 11 points and also had a
long, three-pointer from the top of the key.
This is the 12th win in a row for the Magic, send-
ing them into a second-round playoff game Wednes-
day, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City.
The Lakers made a valiant comeback attempt in the
third quarter despite being down 40-15. They played a
half-court press and stole several balls and scored to cut
the lead to 43-28 at the end of the third period.
However, they were just too far behind to catch up
as Anderson and Parker continued to shine and the
Mermaid team won 53-36.
Bulls halt Pacers behind Ciarleglio
Gerard Ciarleglio of the First National Bank
Bulls scored 24 points in a game that ended in for-
feit when the Island Family Physicians Pacers were
left with three players after two of their five players
The Bulls won the Premier League (age 14-16)
playoff game 53-27 with time remaining in the third
Adam Pear had 10 points for the Bulls and Taylor
Bernard had 15 for the Pacers.
The Bulls play for the championship Thursday
Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. when they face the winner of the
Westbay Athletic Club tilt against Police Athletic
League of Palmetto.
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Powering up for a Supreme Court suit: what a gas!
You may have been following the debate on
whether or not a 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipe-
line will be permitted by state and federal regulators
to flow from Louisiana to Port Manatee, then across
What you may not have been following is the de-
bate among electric companies over smaller, natural-
gas-powered power plants in Florida.
Called merchant plants, these relatively small elec-
tricity generators about the size of a Wal-Mart -
are proposed in several spots in the state. The plants
burn natural gas, which is more environmentally
friendly than oil or coal, to create electricity and steam.
The steam is then used to make even more electricity,
and the power is sold on the open market at whatever
the market will bear.
The Florida Public Service Commission, the group
charged with regulating the electricity industry, thinks
merchant plants are great.
The state's power companies don't, and have filed
suit in Florida's Supreme Court to block the creation
of the little power generating plants. The court will hear
arguments later this month.
I'm not sure if the issue will revolve around the
environmental aspects of burning natural gas, but it
should. The Tampa Bay area has some of the worst
air quality in Florida, and the oil- and coal-burning
plants in Tampa are a major contributor to air pol-
Although Tampa Electric has been ordered to clean
up its Gannon Station power plant, and plans to convert
from coal to natural gas in the next few years, more
natural gas generating plants throughout the state run
by private industry means less burning of coal and oil
to pollute the air.
And let's face it cleaner air is a good thing.
Another good thing is the chance that electric bills
will drop if there's a slew of merchant plants around.
Although the exact amount of savings isn't clear, some
of the numbers are pretty astounding: A proposed mer-
chant plant in New Smyrna Beach will cost about $160
Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of Mote
Marine Laboratory, will headline the Monday
Night at Mote program for February.
She will discuss "Sea Monsters I Have
Known" Monday, Feb. 7, in the Martin-Selby Sci-
ence Education Center at Mote, on City Island just
off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
Dr. Clark is trustee emeritus of Mote and pro-
fessor emeritus of the University of Maryland.
Others on the February schedule, with the
aquarium doors opening at 6 p.m. and the program
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million to build, versus the conversion of the Gannon
Station to natural gas at the cost of a whopping $673
And if you're looking for something to invest in,
you may want to think about natural gas. According to
federal officials, the switch from coal and oil to natu-
ral gas is taking place big-time in the United States.
Currently, natural gas is used to generate about nine
percent of the electricity in the country. By 2020, it will
be up to about 29 percent.
Worth every penny?
Let's hope you have had a sudden craving for
Budweiser, Tropicana products, Pets.com pet supplies,
or Pepsi products in thepast few days.
Those products and companies ponied up a record
amount of money to advertise on Sunday's televised
Superbowl game, something to the tune of an average
of $73,333 per second for airtime. No, "per second"
isn't a typo.
One company as-yet unnamed paid more than $3
million for a 30-second TV ad Sunday night for a
And I'm sure you loved the E-Trade commercial
with the jumping monkey followed by the banner at the
bottom of the screen stating, "Well, we just wasted $2
million" for the 30-second spot.
By the:way, viewership was expected to be in the
130 million range, and about eight percent of viewers
couldn't care less about the game they just wanted
at 7 in Martin-Selby:
Feb. 14 Dr. Sidney K. Pierce, professor,
University of Maryland, "The Giant Octopus of
Feb. 21 Dr. Sylvia Earle, former director of
Mote, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc.,
explorer-in-residence of the National Geographic
Society, "Sustainable Seas."
Feb. 28 Dr. Margaret Lowman, executive
director of Selby Botanical Gardens, "JASON X:
Life in the Treetops."
to watch the ads.
Seems we'll have to drink an awful lot of orange
juice to have those ads pay off for Tropicana.
I don't like rats very much. Yes, I know they're
gentle creatures of the field that serve a useful purpose
in the ecosystem, but I still think they're nasty little
rodents that should be bopped on the head with a
Part of my dislike for the varmints probably comes
from a problem I had many years ago, when a pack of
what must have been mutant rats with feet the size of
Clydesdale horses' hooves would gallop through the
air-conditioning ducts in my house every night
promptly at 1 a.m.
We wore out a few traps in what ended up being a
vain attempt to eradicate the problem, and I still wake
up at times cringing, thinking I'd heard the skittering
sound of less-than-tiny feet over my head.
So I had to cringe again when I read this piece
about an Albuquerque, N.M., woman who had her own
"Debra Welsh is feeling better, considering her
brush with bubonic plague. And she has learned a les-
son: don't touch wobbly mice.
"'Those little, drunken, wobbly mice would get
into the house and you could get right up to them and
pick them up by their tails and drop them in the toilet,'
"'And they would die real fast. We found six of
them over the past six months,' she said from her hos-
Seems Ms. Welsh and her mice handling caused
the first human plague case of'the year in New
Mexico. The last wobbly mouse she flushed appar-
ently had fleas that carried bubonic plague, also
known as the Black Death. As you may remember,
the Black Death wiped out about one-third of the
world's population between 1346 and 1351 about
25 million people.
Ms. Welsh is expected to recover, but vows to
avoid drunken mice in the future avoid them like
the plague, as they say.
"Undetermined" is the greatest cause of death for
manatees in Florida, with 31 percent of sea cows dy-
ing by undiscovered means. Other factors causing
manatee deaths are:
Collisions with watercraft 25 percent.
Infant deaths 21 percent.
Natural causes 13 percent.
Entrapment in canal locks or flood gates four
Cold three percent.
Human intervention through monofilament fish-
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Cold, windy weather don't stop fish or fishers
By Capt. David Futch
Capt. Tom Chaya said the pressure was on last
week when his day's charter happened to be a group
of fishing guides from Oklahoma.
Chaya came through in the clutch despite a
strong cold front with winds topping 30 knots.
"I told them it was going to be cold and these
guys said to me, 'Don't be a wimp. We fish when it
snows.' I had no choice but to take them out," Chaya
said. "We caught eight redfish, a lot of sheepshead
and some small trout. And, I never went faster than
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle next
to Leverock's on Manatee Avenue said fishing was
a short story last week.
"Of those who went, some caught flounder,
small sheepshead and small snook," Goss said. "Ev-
erything has been limited to inshore fishing and that
in itself has been limited."
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business II out of
Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach turned Bob
Blalock and friends on to a bunch of sheepshead to
"With the weather as unpredictable as it has
been, we've been able to get sheepshead and the
occasional redfish," Gross said. "We caught one
sheepshead last week that weighed 7.2 pounds."
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria City, an-
glers are catching some sheepshead, redfish and
black drum. Fishing probably won't pick up at the
pier until the weather calms down, according to the
folks at the Rod & Reel.
Dave Johnson at the Snead Island Crab House
said fishermen tell him they've been catching just a
few small trout in Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the charter boat Legend
out of Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said his party
caught mangrove snapper Sunday and lost a bunch
of big grouper. "We got a six-pound flounder in 45
feet of water," Kimball said. "I've caught some that
big in the past but not many. There are some bonita
Capt. Zach Zacharias who fishes out of
Annie's said cold weather may have screwed up
fishing for a while but it will make for better spring
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"There wasn't much to fishing last week, mostly
sheepshead," Capt. Zach said. "The cold weather got
them going. We caught speckled trout to 20 inches.
Trout are in deep holes along the grass flats. You
have to fish them slow with shrimp and maybe put
a split-shot sinker on your line to get the bait down
Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair on
Cortez Road said fishing has been pretty slim.
"I got out late last week and I'm fishing in
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Capt. Justin Moore said last week's weather
forced him to cancel three charters. When he did get
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there are trout on the flats.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide docked at
Captain's Marina said he and mate Rodney Shirley
led their people to red grouper up to 18 pounds, gag
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Island real estate sales
504 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1188 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1961 on a
96x117 lot, was sold 1/6/00, Wikoff to Monford, for
$179,900; list $179,900.
608 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a bayfront two-
story 3,158 sfla 4bed/3bath home built in 1964 on a
60x85 lot, was sold 1/5/00, Beard to Conte, for
$375,000; list $395,000
614 Concord, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,240
sfla 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1966 on a 95x115
lot, was sold 1/7/00, Bennett to Cox, for $191,000.
6200 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 265 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a canalfront 985 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979, was sold 1/7/00, Ritchie to Woodrock,
6500 Flotilla, 168 Westbay Point & Moorings, a
1,377 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1979, was sold 1/
7/00, Woodcock to Lindwall, for $180,000; list
7000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 206 Tiffany Place,
Professional building in mint condition. Mid-island
location. Fully rented, long-term tenant. $335,000.
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a 1,259 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1978, was sold
1/5/00, Peerless Mill Supply to McKendry, for
103 30th St., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,809 sfla
3bed/2&1/2bath home built in 1972 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 1/12/00, Beckman to Lucas, for $572,000; list
1401 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 18 Bermuda
Bay Club 3, a new condo, was sold 1/11/00, Bermuda
Bay Development to Burke, for $238,052 and unit 16
as well, for same price to same folks.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 272 Runaway
Bay, a 1,080 sfla 2bed/2bath condo, was sold 1/13/00,
Haydes to Debo, for $130,000.
216 Elm, Anna Maria, a 70x110 lot, was sold 1/10/
00, Nelson to Sebold, for $125,000.
250 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a 1,104 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1978 on an 85x101 lot, was
sold 1/13/00, John to Cook, for $180,000.
2801 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,404 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car/pool home built in 1994 on a 50x100 lot,
Licensed Real Estat
SALES RENTALS IN
2803 Gulf Drive Live in
paradise in your "Key
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home. 2BR/2BA, spar-
kling white shell yard,
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6700 Holmes Blvd. Ex-
ceptional duplex on large
corner lot, two blocks to
gorgeous beach. 2BR/
2BA each side with extra
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Beach. 3BR/2.5BA, boat lift, 2,208 sfla, Florida
room, 1.5 car (289 sq. ft.) garage. All in excellent or
new condition for only $265,000.
ADoug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
was sold 1/11/00, Hobson to Brown, for $240,000; list
318 Iris, Anna Maria, a pie-shaped canalfront lot,
was sold 1/12/99, Smoyer to Chable, for $180,000.
3214 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach a Gulffront 1,300
sfla 3bed/2bath/2cp home built in 1974 on a 75x150(+-
) lot, was sold 1/14/00, Caron to Golder, for $440,000;
3216 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront two-
story 1,896 sfla 3bed/3bath duplex built in 1972 on a
75x150(+-) lot, was sold 1/12/00, Caron to Levin, for
$433,000; list $479,000.
516 Kumquat, Anna Maria, a 75x142 canalfront
lot, was sold 1/13/00, Bovarnick to Zorn, for $179,000.
520 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,383 sfla 3bed/
2&1/2bath/2car/pool bayfront home built in 1957 on a
96x152 lot, was sold 1/14/00, Perry to Byrne, for
$600,000; list $619,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
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view of bay and Intracoastal. 2BR/2BA with potential
3BR/3BA, includes dock with boat lift, cathedral ceil-
ings, Spanish-tile floors, cedar closets, oversized two-car
garage with sauna, screened enclosed lanais. New A/C,
refrigerator, dryer in 1998. Reduced! $279,000.
LARGE FAMILY DUPLEX! Well constructed
3BR/2BA each side, wood/tile floors, family room,
oversized garage, nice yard and located steps to Gulf.
Both sides rented, great investment or family home
with rental. $339,000.
Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real Estate Company 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
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6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida
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BUILT LIKE A FORTRESS! Gorgeous 3BR/2BA with solar
heated/caged pool. One block to bay, two blocks to beach.
Wheelchair accessible, hydro tub, double lot (zoned duplex),
tongue-and-groove ceilings, too many extras to list. $286,000.
Robert St. Jean 794-8059 or Carolyn Patrick 331-9201.
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OPEN DAILY-802 GLADIOLUS-NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEW Up-
grades, extras, decks, 2,400 sq.ft. area and three-car garage/storage. $445,000.
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. May sell separately at $227,900 each.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model Enclosed lanai. $110,000.
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA, golf, glassed lanai. First floor. $98,900. Ask for Bob.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA, waterfront, boat dock, pool. $88,000.
STYLING SALON Eight stations. Great location. $39,000 OBO.
LOT C-2 Zoning.Walk to Gulf beach $150,000.
HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET 2,400 sq. ft., three stores. 150 ft.
to Sarasota Bay. Can add to size. Developing area. $355,000.
5400 Condo 2BR/2BA GULFFRONT, heated pool, deluxe.
4503 Gulf Dr. LARGE 1BR/I BA complete remodel. 1/2 block to beach.
LONGBOAT KEY CANALFRONT 2BR/1.5BA condo. Walk to beach
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, heated pool, tennis.
Call Lu for rates and schedules
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
.TIhRISLANDFER U FEB. 2, 2000 M PAGE 33
Euphemia Haye, Arpke
win new honor
Ephemia Haye restaurant on Longboat Key and its
owner/chef, Raymond Arpke, have been named "one
of America's outstanding chefs and restaurants of the
The accolade was voted by the International Res-
taurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau, a 50-year-old
organization that rates cuisine, restaurants and chefs
through an international network of diners and travel-
ers who voluntarily evaluate a dozen establishments
each per year.
"An eclectic atmosphere of art and antiques creates
the perfect setting for Chef Raymond's cuisine," said
the bureau. It also cited the HayeLoft Lounge and Des-
sert Room upstairs at the restaurant as an outstanding
president of the
Kiwanis Club of
Anna Maria Island,
presents a $1,500
check from the club
to the Anna Maria
Pierrette Kelly. This
the Kiwanis Club's
total to $4,500.
ONE OF A KIND!
Gulffront lot on a quiet dead-end street! There are
no more like this! For sale by owner. 31st St. and
Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
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NEW LISTING BAY VIEW 2BR/1.5BA immaculate
updated homo with ceramic tile throughout, family
room, Florida room, huge utility room, 10 by 6.5 ft.
walk-in closet, workshop, fenced yard with tropical
landscaping, sprinkler system with irrigation meter
and open floor plan. $225,000. Call Carol Williams
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with views over pool and mangrove wetlands.
Screened lanai with peek at bay. Parking and storage
under building. Near beach and shops. turnkey fur-
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DUPLEX YOUR INCOME with this 2/1, 1/1 duplex
that is just a short walk to the beach. Each side has
a spacious vinyl enclosed porch. Side A has ceramic
tile floor, carport and 10 by 10 ft. storage room. Large
lot with several citrus trees and tropical plants.
$218,000. Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 eves.
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PAGE 34 M FEB. 2, 2000 T THE ISLANDER
Islander recalls inventor grandfather
By Jim Hanson
Her grandfather invented the helicopter, the cotter
key and many other innovations, and he didn't get cash
or credit for any of them, Islander Judy Egan recalls.
The Anna Maria woman said grandfather Jess
Johnson designed and patented the world's first heli-
copter 15 years before Igor Sikorsky's chopper gained
acclaim as the first one ever.
She fondly recalls that as children she and her sis-
ter spent a lot of time on their grandfather's small farm
near Delray Beach, and "he was always there if we
"He never seemed disappointed when others
cashed in on his inventions," she said. She cited the
cotter key as a good example: Johnson invented it and
took it to an automobile manufacturer, who said it had
no practical application, but very soon, became an in-
tegral part of his autos.
Johnson came to Florida with his wife, son and
daughter in 1920 to work for contractors on the Lake
Worth Drainage District, a young genius fascinated
with airplanes. Living near the sea, he focused on a
plane that could pick accident survivors out of the sea.
Inspiration resulted in workable drawings and
models, and he patented the design in 1925. Hamilton
Aircraft in Wisconsin made a full-size model, and on
Nov. 8, 1929, the world's first helicopter was flown
The plane had two engines, a 425-horsepower
Wasp for horizontal flight and a 150-horsepower
Hispano Suiza to power the 19 1/2-foot propellers un-
der each wing for vertical flight.
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The 5,000-pound plane went more than 1,000 feet
above Milwaukee, and Johnson was ecstatic. A week
later it was flown to New York where it caused another
He tried to bring it south to Miami for an air show,
dismounting the lift propellers and flying it as a regu-
lar monoplane. The plane ran into bad weather, over-
shot a landing field in New Jersey and was demolished.
Johnson and friends formed Johnson Airplane Corp. to
raise money and go into development and manufacture
of the revolutionary aircraft. But the stock market
crashed, and with it the national economy and
Johnson's hopes. Helicopter technology marched on
Johnson went to South America and Puerto Rico
on engineering projects, designed toy planes and
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This lovely canalfront home features a casual open floor plan with a large tiled
Florida room overlooking the water. 2BR/2BA, large kitchen with breakfast
nook and bay window. Don't miss this delightful home on a great street. Just
listed at $229,500.
JUST LISTED! This wll Iuilt elevated home
is on two large canalfront lots on their north end
of 'Anna Maria. Unlimitld potential herc to ex-
pl)nd or knock down for two great canalfront
lots. 22i 8 ft. on llic water. This oni won't last!
Offered at S329,000.
ISLAND'S BEST WALKING BEACH This
great fail, be lacll house is just steps to the
Island's best walking beach. Large rooms land
open floor plan make this an exceptional sec-
ond home with great rental history. Completed
with caged pool. Just listed at S295,000.
CANALFRONT LOT walk to the i ach from
your new lihoie built on this large lot in Anna
Maria City! 75 lby 140 ft. with seawall, no
bridges with direct bay access. Build your
tdrelam lhome ihere! Just listed at $149,000.
NORTH END OF ISLAND This immaculate
honie is just steps to the bay, 2BI/21MA on nice
size lot. Large 1Florida room, eat-in kitchen land
garage lare just a fe-w of this home's many invit-
ing features. Just listed at S179,000.
Call Ken Jackson at 778-6986
Agnes Tooker 778-5287
Bill and Larae Regis 779-1858
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2703 QULF DRIVE
204 84TH STREET
Anna Maria's Judy Egan
remembers her grandfather,
Jess Johnson, who came up
with thefirst helicopter. The
5,000-pound plane went
more than 1,000 feet above
Milwaukee. A week later it
was flown to New York
where it caused another
sensation. He tried to bring
Sit south to Miami for an air
show, but the plane ran into
bad weather, overshot a
landing field in New Jersey
S and was demolished.
hunted for sunken treasure. He served as Delray chief
of police and city councilman. But never was he widely
acknowledged as the father of helicopters.
That would have brought him much more satisfaction
than any fortune he might have made from his invention,
contemporary friends felt. But no shadow of bitterness
ever showed in him, Anna Maria's Ms. Egan said.
"He was kind, always had a smile, never had an
argument that I ever heard about," she said. "He was
very family-oriented and was very solicitous of his
wife. He was so good to my sister and me and our chil-
Interviewed by a newspaper in 1968 at age 82,
Johnson said "We've had a lot of fun out of life and lots
of laughs. We proved what we started out to do. That's
the main thing."
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love
seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129;
futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress
$199; daybed (white with brass finials) including two
mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call
ERICCSON CELL PHONE with car and home
charger, manual, $35. Can be seen at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift. Calls
returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.
ANTIQUE WOOD office chairs. Only two left, dark
wood, $100 each. 778-1102.
INSTRUCTOR'S SCUBA EQUIPMENT, one year
old. Small Seaquest Diva QD buoyancy compensa-
tor with integrated weight system and attached dive
knife. Dacor "Extreme" regulator, Dacor "Enduro"
octopus, and Seaquest "Favor" computer console
with compass. Slightly faded from pool use, but in
excellent condition. New $1,520, yours for $675.
Must be certified diver, with card. Must see. Call 778-
1016 for appointment.
THREE BAR STOOLS 30". $200 new, $50 each,
perfect condition. 778-6720.
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, Nordic Track circuit train-
ing exercise, $75. Alpine Flex gym workout bench,
$50. Will take $100 for both. Like new. 778-3484.
1D;iectly on Gulf beach, this
'- newer 3BRl has plantation shut-
,-. ",'- ters, Anderson windows, solid
I b ,. oak spiral staircase, two-car
garage. Wood deck overlooks
white sandy beach. Enjoy I eal-
Stiful sunsets over the Gulf. Qual-
102 31st St. Holmes Beach ity and beauty throughout.
$695,000 Reasonably l'riced!
BOATER'S ISLAND DREAM HOME
Canalfront home with 5BR/
4.snA. New 70-foot dock in pro-
S-.-L- .I tected water. Oversized four-car
garage, 18x30 free form heated
S-- pool/spa. Great home for enter-
S.~ a ..ai aI. 4 t training. Boating access, sailboat
515 75th Street
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ONLY 135 feet to gorgeous beach, this newly
custom built home has been reduced in price yet
offers a spacious glass-enclosed living area with
uniquely designed kitchen, lovely open deck and
all with a Gulfview! A true "Island Experience" and
with split bedroom design providing private guest
bedrooms and master bedroom graced with large
walk-in closet, dressing area and bath. Natural oak
floors, beveled glass entrance doors, glass block
foyer are only a few of the exceptional custom
features. Provisions for two cars under cover and a
covered patio for outdoor entertaining with lush
tropical landscaping. Enhanced with a beautiful
beach access. Now only $649,500.
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FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
"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
OLD ITALIAN MAPLE hutch and buffet. Excellent
condition. Asking $1,300. 778-3395.
EXCELLENT CONDITION, sofa bed and two recliners,
$400. Dinette set with four upholstered chairs on cast-
ers, $200. Three occasional tables, $150. Large
Brinkman smoker, $60. Grill with tank, $50. 795-0047.
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. Two for one clothing sale.
RUMMAGE SALE, FRIDAY Feb. 4, 9am-lpm.
Sweaters, blankets, lamps and luggage. St. Bernard
Activity Center, 43rd St., Holmes Beach.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Feb. 4-5, 9am-lpm.
Books, jewelry, some clothes, tables, lamps, lots of
knickknacks, lots of miscellaneous. 406 72nd St.,
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).
LOST, SMALL THREE year old dark tortoise shell
kitty. Declawed and spayed female named "Sassy".
Yellow/gold eye color. Please call 778-1353.
"CRITTER SITTER", five years in pet care, 21 years
as Island residents. Tender loving care for your pets,
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
DALMATION PUPPY NEEDS a home. Nine month old
spayed female has shots. Elder lady cannot care for
frisky puppy. Please call Mary Shepard at 746-6563.
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, refer-
VISIT HISTORIC EGMONT Key for great family fun,
by boat. We also offer fishing and diving charters.
Call Ocean Action at 794-5980.
1964 SEA KING-14ft. with bimini top and Ezload
trailer, $300. 15hp 1992 Johnson, $600. Bikes $20.
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PALMA SOLA WOODS 3BR/2BA home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Open and spacious with fenced yard.
$145,000. Call Denise Langlois, Realtor. IB41536
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BAY PALMS Southern exposure
and a screened lanai overlooking
nice canal enhances this 3BR/2BA
home with two-car garage.
WEEKEND FARMER Enjoy this
peaceful setting of 5.6 acres on
Gates Creek. Main house plus
separate guest/in-law house. Close
to 1-75 for easy access to St. Pete
and Tampa. $198,000. IB42310.
OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY 1-4
518 SOUTH DRIVE, ANNA MARIA Just
reduced! Elevated, canalfront 3BR/3BA
home. Across from the bay. Light and
bright with view down canal from two
decks. $345,000. IB39198
KEY ROYALE OPPORTUNITY Updated,
turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA with heated
pool and fruit trees. $259,000. IB42365
TROPICAL HORIZONS Four Gulffront
units being sold as one investment prop-
erty. Large, bright and turnkey furnished
2BR/2BA condos with glassed in balco-
nies and great views. Pool. Excellent
rental history. $880,000. IB42617
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LOOKING FOR VACATION RENTALS? CALL BOB LOHSE AT 778-0766.
Michael Saunders.. & Com p* a'n
GULFFRONT BEACH HOUSE Elegant Mediterranean cus-
tom-designed residence featuring imported tile, arched door-
ways and an incredible balcony overlooking beach.
$1,350,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. R37566
FOR THOSE WHO APPRECIATE BEAUTY AND SERENITY
of waterside living this 3BR townhome has unobstructed view
of Sarasota Bay in a 24-hour guarded community. $277,000.
Bob and Penny Hall 749-8220. C42504
A TROPICAL PARADISE. Boat, fish and enjoy the water view
from your own dock or boat. Water access to the bay and Gulf.
This 2BR/3B home features a stone fireplace and fabulous
upper deck view. $249,500. John Koeck 22-9160. R42627
TRANQUIL lakefront and preserve setting from this bright and airy
condominium. Just minutes from the beach. Very spacious 2BR,
two-car garage. Gated community. $144,500. Sandy Drapala
252-1632 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. C41714
BEST BUY ON THE BEACH. Make your dream come true at
this spectacular Anna Maria Island home beach house. De-
signed to see the views. $599,900. Ethel Lovelace 349-3444.
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 794-3354 or
Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R42173
HAVE THE BEST of both worlds in El Conquistador. Privacy of single
family with condominium concept. Former model with many extras,
pool, screened lanai. $124,900. Linda Asher 792-7365. C38728
WEST BRADENTON HOME 3BR/2B plus den, tile kitchen
floor, large master suite, new carpet, above ground pool. Well
maintained with great curb appeal. Quiet neighborhood con-
venient to shopping. $102,500. Don Lewis 746-3200. R40765
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outboard, lots of new goodies. $6,000. 779-1015.
1992 FOUR WINDS 325 Exspress. Air conditioning,
generator, v drive, mid/cabin. Just serviced, excellent
condition. Great family boat. Well under book. 778-
7456 or 228-3489, broker.
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.
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.
CASHIERS NEEDED ALL shifts, full time and part
time. Apply Circle K, 2513 Gulf Dr., Bradenton
SERVERS WANTED, DINING room and cocktail.
Good $$, full or part-time. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
PART TIME, WORK at home. Real Estate research assis-
tant. Knowledge of Corel and word perfect. Anna Maria
Island. Call Donna Erickson Appraisers, 779-0088.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, college students, adults and
seniors interested in working with children are needed to
volunteer as tutors/helpers for the after-school program at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. If you are inter-
ested, please call Maggie at 778-1908.
PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST wanted for tax season.
9-12, Monday thru Friday. Call 778-5710.
DISHWASHERS/PREP COOK wanted. Will train.
Good work atmosphere. Staff meal. Apply in person
to Chez Andre, 5406 Marina Drive in the Island Shop-
ping Center, Holmes Beach.
FOOD EXPEDITER, no experience. Evening work,
$7 an hour. Great tips. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
QUALIFIED HOME HEALTH caregiver. Shopping,
meal preparation and tender care. 20 years experi-
ence. Excellent references. Live-in, part-time. Shellie,
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes unsightly
black mildew, salt and dirt from house exteriors, windows,
roofs, gutters, driveways and decks. Call 778-0944.
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of attorney, name
change. Suncoast Paralegal Services 742-4788.
THE ISLAND'S ORIGINAL locksmith has returned!
Once again offering reliable and economic services
for homes and businesses. Safe work too. Call 856-
1136 for an appointment.
TREAT YOURSELF TO a great massage. Housecalls
evenings and weekends. Five years experience. 795-
8243, Jeff Rogers, L.M.T.
LEARN TO USE your computer as easy as you use
your telephone. Your home, your convenience. Cer-
tified teacher, 383-5372.
EE PROFESSIONAL PAINTING, highly qualified,
reliable, fully insured. Free estimates and reasonable
rates. Ausgebildeter Maler qualifiziert, zuverlaessig,
preisguenstig. Unverbindliche Beratung. 778-5557.
COLLEGE STUDENT WILL tutor elementary/middle
school math/reading. Call 778-2243.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Resi-
dential/commercial, full-service maintenance, land-
scaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds,
native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent references.
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.
HAVE SHOVEL. Will remove your palm or other in-
teresting tree to my yard, free. Call Ernie, 778-3.9-6
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
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE service. Installa-
tions and maintenance, specializing in aquatic land-
scape. Dump truck for hire, mulch, rock, shell and
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SHELL DELIVERED AND spread, $25 a yard. Haul-
ing, all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 779-1529.
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. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589, #PE0020374.
Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, adctmoun and design service. Free estimates
and fair prices. Time and materials or contract Let me save
you $$$. Lic#RR0066450. Gaf 795-1947.
PAINTING, STAINING, VARNISHING. Decks, inte-
rior and exterior, 35 years experience, 30-year resi-
dent. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 794-8844.
STEVE ALLEN 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.
PROTECT YOUR MOST valuable possession; your
home. Contact ESP Island Shutters Inc. for hurricane
roll shutters or glass sentinel security film. Service
and repairs and free estimates. Licensed and in-
sured. Phone 778-1610 or 778-5193.
B & D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/paper services: Interior/
exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpaper.
For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates call
Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
CUSTOM TILE DESIGN, installed floor tile,
countertops and backsplashes. Fancy for the price of
plain. Call Terry or Greg at 795-4995.
WATERFRONT RENTALS with dock. Seasonal/an-
nual, furnished/unfurnished. Owner operated. Beau-
tiful views, no pets. Prices from $350 week to $800
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Holmes Beach
canalfront. No smoking, no pets. $1,500 per month
plus security deposit. 203-934-8596.
NICE 2BR/1BA DUPLEX, north end of island. $1,350
seasonal, $675 annual, 779-1034.
STEPS TO BEACH, annual rental. 2BR/1BA, heated
pool, cable, air conditioner, washer/dryer hook up.
Non-smoker, no pets. $750 month, first, last, deposit,
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, Holmes Beach
canalfront elevated home. Completely furnished,
newly decorated, 2BR/1BA. Private dock. Just three
short blocks from the beach. Prefer seasonal renters.
$2,500 month. 216 S. Harbor Dr. Call 813-971-1320
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO, 1BR/1BA with screened
porch overlooking pond. Community pool, tennis and
exercise facilities. Annual $700 month. SunCoast
Real Estate, 779-0202.
LEASE OPTION AVAILABLE on trailer with extra 10 by
20 foot room. Newly renovated, nice, open, bright. 416
Fourth St. in Sandpiper. Wood floors, vaulted ceiling,
washer/dryer. Lease for $1,500 per month (three
months) 100 percent of rent applies to purchase price
of $18,500 at closing. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
BEAUTIFUL GULFFRONT VIEWS, tropical, 3BR/
2BA fireplace. $3,000 Dec., Jan., $4,000 Feb.,
March, April, 2001. Jan, April 2000, $750/$1,000
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $450 per week. Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
SEASONAL GULF FRONT 2BR apartment. Lovely,
fully equipped interior, weekly, monthly, utilities in-
cluded. Anna Maria beach, owner, no pets. 778-3143.
GULFVIEW EFFICIENCIES, STEPS to beach, up-
stairs. One large, $500 per week, one small, $400 per
week. Anna Maria City, 778-6126. Available now.
CHARMING PRIVATE SUMMER home now avail-
able for next season. September to May, 3BR/2.5BA.
Three houses from beach. Quiet street, City of Anna
Maria. Walk to restaurant, theater, city pier. Some
weeks still available for 2000. Also 1BR/1BA, 2BR/
2BA, and 3BR/3BA beachfront units. 941-504-9352,
HOLMES BEACH, 511 71st street. 2BR/2BA, remod-
eled, dock, garage. Three blocks to Cabana Beach.
Unfurnished, annual. 312-2432.
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SEASONAL 1BR APARTMENT, Feb., Mar., Apr.
$1,650 month. No pets. Call 761-9028. 3503 6th
Ave., Holmes Beach.
WESTBAY POINT AND Moorings, furnished 2BR/2BA,
ground floor, tennis and pool. $2,000 month. Choose Nov.
2000 May 2001. Six month rental. 778-5176.
SEASONAL"BAY TO BEACH" three room mobile. $1,190
month, very clean. Six months, $1,050 month. Annual,
$575. Furnished, Holmes Beach. 941-778-4181.
ANNUAL ADORABLE 2BR/1BA unit. Heated pool,
water and cable included. One block from the beach,
fresh paint and washer/dryer hook-up. $750 month.
Call Mike Norman Realty, 778-6696.
SURF SIDE STUDIO 1BA $800 per month plus
assurity/security. Available now. Hurry, it won't last!
792-2779. Annual only.
BRADENTON BEACH, LOVELY large ground level
efficiency near beach. All amenities. Available March
and April. $1,500 month. 778-4625.
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW available now. Furnished
2BR/1BA in Bradenton Beach. $350 week. Monthly
rates available. Small pet okay. 798-9109.
NEWLY REMODELED office/shop space, approxi-
mately 750 sq. ft. on busy Pine Ave., Anna Maria
City. $535. Ample parking. 795-5225.
ANNUAL 3 OR 4BR/2.5BA with beautiful view of bay.
Full-service dock. Air conditioning, dishwasher,
washer. $1,300 month. 888-695-8749.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, CLEAN 1BR/1BA du-
plex. Completely furnished. $1,195 seasonal, $695
annual. Holmes Beach. 779-9178 or 713-1367.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA BAYFRONT apartment suitable
for one to two adults. No pets. $600 month plus last
and security. 795-1243 or 778-2619.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA DUPLEX, washer/dryer hook-
up, covered parking, storage room. Available March
1. $675 month. No pets. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
BARK & COMPANY REALTY. Steven M. Bark,
Broker. 383-1717 or 720-3200.
BIMINI BAYFRONT, beautiful southeasterly open
view. 12 by 65 dock, 11,000-lb. lift, pool and more.
Principals only call 953-6897 to see this 2800 plus sq.
ft. single story home. $429,000.
BAYFRONT! FANTASTIC rental properties located
directly on the Intracoastal/bay with Gulf view. This
property includes a 3BR/2BA elevated home with
wood floors, fireplace, cathedral ceilings, Jacuzzi and
two boat docks. Also 2BR/2BA ground-level house
with large bedrooms and two 1BR 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 778-3395 eves.
WHY PAY RENT when $18,500 will buy your own
place? Spacious trailer home with extra 10x20 foot
room. Newly renovated, nice, open and bright. 416
4th St. in Sandpiper. Has wood floors, vaulted ceil-
ing, washer/dryer. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
CONDO ON THE Gulf. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, ten-
nis courts. $198,000. 956-447-3869.
4BR plus den/3BA townhouse. Living, dining
rooms, private dock, backyard with deck, three
patios. Cathedral ceilings and skylights. 2250 sq.
ft. Tennis and pools. Bay view from patios. Asking
183,000. Call 778-5847.
BAY SHORE GARDENS, 1BR/1BA ground floor,
fully furnished, screened lanai. Condo fee $72 month
including cable. $24,900. 941-727-9129.
OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, 1-4pm. Spacious water-
front home, 4BR/4BA with boat dock on beautiful
Coconut Bayou. Four year new home has 5920 sq.
ft. under roof. 3,420 sq. ft. living area. Asking
$535,000. Come see it at 130 Hammock Rd., Anna
Maria. Owner/Broker Ted E. Davis, Licensed Real
Estate Broker, 778-6155.
SMALL HOUSE, new appliances, air conditioning,
double lot. Exceptional setting across from water.
North end. Tenant occupied. By owner, 779-0016.
PRIME WATERFRONT LOCATION with boat dock
and lush tropical screened pool and lanai. Walk ev-
erywhere. 2BR/2BA, fireplace, workroom, garage.
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$249,900. Lynn Hosteler 778-4800. MLS42624
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DIRECT GULFFRONT! Beautiful turnkey fur-
nished condo directly on the beach in the heart of
Holmes Beach! 2BR/2B with open deck, heated
pool, tennis court, elevator and interior condo
GREAT ISLAND HOME on the north end!
Close to 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 parking or room for a pool.
OPEN BAY VIEWS from this large Island home
on corner of bay and canal. Three large bed-
rooms, den and great room. Over 2,300 sq.ft.
interior. Private boat dock with water and electric.
Ideal for large family! $439,000.
LOCATION, LOCATIONS, LOCATION! A
view and location to die for on beautiful Anna
Maria Island. Bring your boat and you'll never
want to leave! $399,000.
BUILDABLE bayfront lot with great views and
dock. Permits already in place all you need is
your dream home ideas. $199,000.
BOATING AT IT'S BEST and a wonderful
home to go with it! Over 1,800 sq.ft. of living
area, this 3BR/2B condo includes a wood burn-
ing fireplace, vaulted ceilings, glass enclosed lanai
and great sunset views over the intercoastal.
WIDE OPEN water views of Key Royale channel and
bay! Large master suite with double sided fireplace be-
tween bedroom and sitting room/nursey. Features
include MBR Jacuzzi, gourmet kitchen with center
island, extra sink, Italian tile floors, central vacuum and
the list goes on! Call for more details! $895,000.
IDEAL ISLAND DUPLEX in the heart of
Holmes Beach with recent renovations has an
upstairs 1/1 apartment and downstairs 2/2 on
extra wide lot with room for a pool. Large
screened lanai area perfect for enjoying the cool
Island breezes! $219,900.
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MOTEL great business opportunity! This eight-unit
plus owners 2BR/1BA home is steps from the pristine
Gulf beaches at Bean Point. Features heated pool and
spa, umbrella tables, barbecue, bicycles, in room voice
mail system and more. Ideal for an energetic couple
looking for a change in latitude and attitude! $879,900.
610 Mria riv, olesBeah 4177-606 180-86e 000- mai: slnde.
THE EXCITING DESIGN of this newly remod-
eled 4BR/3.5BA North Point harbor home pro-
vides water views from the deep water canal to
Bimini Bay. Dramatic entry, vaulted ceilings, new
kitchen and family room with custom cabinets and
GULF PLACE CONDO overlooks heated pool
with a view of the Gulf beyond. Walk to the sandy
Gulffront beach or play on the lighted tennis court.
Turnkey furnished, perfect for rentals. $339,000.
BIRD KEY BEAUTY! recently renovated 3BR/
2.5BA with brand new barrel-tile roof. Caged 10
by 36 ft. lap pool is heated for year round swim-
ming. Three walk-in closets, A/C store room, Ital-
ian tile floors and much more! $425,000.
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 2, 2000 0 PAGE 39
Hi! I'm Marianne
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