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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
By Susan K. Kesselring
A computer glitch caused a delayed
count of ballots for the election in Anna
Maria Tuesday night, capping what has
proven to be one of the most eventful
campaigns in city history.
The outcome was announced at ap-
proximately 9:20 p.m. after most candi-
dates had gone home. Gary Deff-
enbaugh was the winner in the mayor's
race with 346 votes. George McKay had
302 votes and Jason Cimino received
252 votes for mayor.
Deffenbaugh said, "I'm happy I'll
have a chance to make a difference."
Jay Hill and Tom Skoloda were
elected to two-year commission terms,
receiving 582 and 485 votes respec-
tively. Bob Barlow will serve one
year, the remainder of McKay's for-
feited commission term, garnering the By
the third highest number of votes, 353.
Runners up in the commission race Spend
were Frank Almeda with 90 votes, Justin position, A
McNesky with 262, Shirley McNulty 100 Vogel ann
votes, John Michaels 351, Dale Woodland fective Ma
235 and Max Znika 65 votes. Vogel,
Voter turn out was high in the non- nual salar
partisan race. Of Anna Maria's 1,609 was leavir
registered voters, 910 votes were cast sumes circ
including 53 absentee ballots. In a Fe
Voters said an overwhelming "Yes" Shumard,
to the alcohol referendum, paving the way thought ai
to allow restaurant owners to serve beer cided to r
and wine with meals. The results of the clerk/treas
referendum were, yes 638 votes, nay 244. Maria."
The mayor and commissioners will be Vogel'
officially sworn into office at 7 p.m. Tues- until Feb.
day, Feb. 22 at Anna Maria City Hall. lowing twc
A recount is expected Wednesday but not had a
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat said he the city's 1
does not expect the tallies to change. 1998.
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City Clerk Vogel
iuits in Anna Maria
Susan K. Kesselring
ing less than a year in the
knna Maria City Clerk Laura
bounced her resignation ef-
,who earned a $30,285 an-
y, would not say why she
ig. She did say she had re-
eb. 7 letter to Mayor Chuck
Vogel wrote, "After serious
nd deliberation I have de-
esign my position as city
;urer with the City of Anna
's letter states she will work
18 and take vacation the fol-
o weeks. Vogel said she has
vacation since being hired in
building department in June
She said Shumard approved her
Vogel thanked the mayor for his
Vogel's resignation will leave the
new mayor and commissioners with-
out a clerk when they are sworn in to
office Feb. 22.
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny
said of Vogel's leaving, "I hate to see
her leave because of the continuity she
can give the new commission."
She was appointed city clerk May
11, earning $29,000 per year. The
commission approved a 5 percent
raise for Vogel during this year's bud-
Vogel applied for the position after
it became vacant on March 26 last year.
Former clerk Peg Nelson resigned citing
health problems and a desire to spend
more time with her family.
Wind insurance underwriters blow up rates
By Jim Hanson
Rates for insuring thousands of bar-
rier island homes against wind damage
are cleared to nearly double, though spe-
cifics are still to be ironed out.
Veteran Anna Maria Island insur-
ance executive Jim Mixon said the cov-
erage affects all areas within 1,000 feet
of the Gulf of Mexico, which includes
most of Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key as well as the coastal
Policies affected are those pro-
vided by the Florida Windstorm Un-
derwriting Association, an insurance
pool operated by the state it is like
an individual company despite its gov-
ernment overtones, said Mixon.
Late last week an American Arbi-
tration Association panel overturned
Florida Insurance Commissioner Bill
Nelson's rejection of a rate hike.
Nelson had charged that the proposed
increase would boost premiums by an
average 128 percent.
With the new ruling, rates will in-
crease an average 96 percent for the
424,000 policies totaling $86 billion
written by the association in Florida.
The rates now vary county by county,
and that variance is expected to con-
tinue. The increases will be incremental:
20 percent the first year, 30 percent the
second, the rest in subsequent years. The
first rises can take effect in 120 days.
Windstorm claims the increases
will increase competition with com-
mercial insurers and reduce the num-
ber of Windstorm policyholders. In a
separate development, more than
40,000 policies were transferred last
week from Windstorm to Qualsure In-
surance Corp. of Sarasota.
Mixon recalled that the pool was
set up originally for Monroe County in
the Florida Keys, then extended by the
Legislature to others areas, reaching
Anna Maria Island in 1986. Demand
for the association's product jumped
after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Volume 8, no. 13, Feb. 9, 2000 FREE
A bevy of
Anna Maria candi-
' dates staked out
-- a voters at the Anna
SMaria Post Office
S -" in the days before
the election, hoping
for an ear.for their
soap box pleas and
a vote on Feb. 8.
Skoloda is speaking
to voters as candi-
McNesky looks on.
Big Band dance
The eighth annual Big Band
Benefit Dance of the Kiwanis
Club of Anna Maria Island has
been scheduled for 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 10.
It will be at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
Tony Zollo's 18-piece band
of Sarasota will provide the big
band music, with Diane Christy
Proceeds will go to the
Center's children's activities
fund, which has benefited from
the dances to the tune of
$18,000 over the past seven
Bob LoPiccolo, dance com-
mittee chairman, said that last
year's dance raised $2,650 for
the Center, with 350 attending
"Our goal after expenses is
to give at least $2,000," he said.
"We have exceeded this goal
every year so far."
LoPiccolo said tickets are
$10 each, preferably sold by the
table for 10 or 12 persons.
Soft drinks and snacks will
be available as well at the an-
nual popular event.
Reservations may be made
with him at 794-3459 or Russ
Olson at "'S-6746.
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PAGE 2 1 FEB. 9, 2000 N THE ISLANDER
Mayor Shumard eclipsed by 'Sunshine' law
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard reacted bit-
terly last Friday to city commissioners' refusal to spend
$2,277 of public funds for his legal expenses resulting
from a violation of Florida public records law.
After the vote, Shumard, flushed with anger,
glanced sideways to where Commissioner Doug Wolfe
sat and with clenched teeth said, "You'll be hearing
from me," as he waved a thick, manila envelope at the
The bitter division between Wolfe and Shumard
culminated when Shumard abruptly ended the Feb. 4
commission meeting by banging his gavel in yet an-
other attempt to silence Wolfe.
Wolfe got the last word, however, saying "You
better watch your ass."
This isn't the first time Shumard and Wolfe have
exchanged caustic words, but Friday's meeting marked
the last time the two men will sit on the same panel.
Wolfe has a year remaining of his commission term.
Shumard chose not to run for re-election.
Before the vote, Wolfe said to the mayor, "You
have been taken to court. The mayor's office is morally
and ethically bankrupt and you say, 'I would still do
City Commissioner George McKay made the motion
to deny payment of Shumard's legal bills saying, "If I was
sitting in your position I'd take the consequences."
After Shumard excused himself from the vote due
to a conflict of interest, the final vote was 3 to 1.
He will have to reimburse the city due to the fact
the bill has already been paid with public funds.
Following the meeting, Shumard said he will con-
sider filing a lawsuit against the three commissioners
who voted against him.
The special meeting was called to discuss payment
of Shumard's private attorney fees and the fine levied
by the court relating to the state charge, separate and
apart from city attorney bills which have been ongoing
during the course of a lawsuit over the same records.
Following Shumard's hearing last year, he said he
would ask the commission to reimburse him for his
legal defense, but instead submitted his bill to City
Clerk Laura Vogel.
Vogel said she paid the bill Dec. 17 because "it was
signed by the mayor. He asked me to pay it and I paid it."
Settlement negotiations for the public records law-
suit filed by The Islander in April 1999 culminated at
the Feb. 4 meeting with unanimous approval of a settle-
ment proposal from the newspaper. The suit arose from
Shumard's refusal to release copies of resumes for a
city clerk position.
Retribution came on two fronts. Newspaper Pub-
lisher Bonner Presswood first filed a criminal com-
plaint with the Manatee County Sheriff s Office against
Shumard when he refused for a third day on April 9 to
release the clerk applications.
A suit naming Shumard and former Deputy City
Clerk Jerice Wing was filed April 13 when the mayor
tagged an illegal service fee onto the provision for re-
leasing the applications. The first count was a writ of
By the Sea
Dancers perform S
From left, Ginger
White, Joyce Karp,
Denise Johnson, Chris
Shaw and Sandy Haas-
Martens, also known
as the By the Sea
Dancers, will be one of
the highlights at the
upcoming Remember ..
When dinner and .
pageant sponsored by
the Anna Maria Island .
Historical Society. The
event will be held
Saturday, Feb. 19 at
6.:30 p.mn. at the Anna
Maria Island Conmmu-
nity Center. Islander
Photo: Courtesy of
mandamus which resulted in the judge ordering the city
to release the documents, less the service fee. The
records were received by The Islander the next day.
The second count was a request for injunctive re-
lief to prohibit the city from repeating its Sunshine Law
Shumard pleaded no contest to a non-criminal
charge of violating public records law in Oct. 27. The
judge withheld adjudication and fined him $200.
Shumard also paid $50 to the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office for an investigation fee.
While the commissioners refused to pay
Shumard's private attorney fees related to his defense,
they voted unanimously to accept the settlement pro-
posal from the newspaper including payment of the
newspaper's legal fees of $3,400.
City Attorney Bob Hendrickson, present at the
meeting, recommended the package to the commission
saying it was "good policy and in the best interest of
The terms of the lawsuit require the city to pur-
chase and distribute copies of Florida's Government-
in-the Sunshine Manual and Public Records Law
Manual to the mayor, commissioners and each em-
ployee whose duties relate to the maintenance of pub-
The same officials must also view a video-taped
version of the county attorney's seminar on public
records within 45 days of receipt of the video tape. An
orientation session for newly appointed or elected city
officials must also be conducted by the city attorney
annually or within 45 days of election or employment.
After accepting the terms of the lawsuit, the com-
mission discussed paying Shumard's legal fees.
Shumard also requested that his fine and investigation
fee be paid.
Then he provided residents and the commission with
his explanation as to why he kept the documents from
public scrutiny. Shumard said, "I personally didn't feel
that the people applying for the position should fall under
state statute until they became employees of the city. All
the names were published in the paper and one person lost
theirjob and two others withdrew their applications. I was
trying, in a way, to protect them."
Shumard also said the law was changed after 1998
to include applications and resumes as public docu-
ments, but that he wasn't aware of the change.
In fact, public records law as it pertains to person-
nel records has not changed. The 1998 and 1999 manu-
als state that personnel records are open including, as
stated in the first paragraph, applications for employ-
ment. Limited exemptions include medical records and
home addresses and telephone numbers of police offic-
According to Barbara Peterson of the First Amend-
ment Foundation in Tallahassee, publisher of the
manual, there have been no significant changes pertain-
ing to personnel records for many years.
After the meeting, Shumard said he could not re-
member the name of the person who lost his or her job
or the people who withdrew their applications.
"They would have had to take them back before
they [applications] got to me," he said.
He also said he did not want Wing to have access
to the resumes because she was also applying for the
When the newspaper first requested the applica-
tions, Shumard said he was concerned Wing would use
information from the other resumes to enhance her own
Shumard did not reveal until this week his claim
that one of the applicants was fired and that applica-
tions were withdrawn. Applications withdrawn from
consideration would necessarily be public record as
As it turned out, Laura Vogel, then the building
department clerk, was charged with preparing copies of
the applications for the press, a hiring committee and
commissioners and was eventually hired for the posi-
tion of clerk.
Commissioner McKay asked Hendrickson for
Hendrickson said he couldn't cite a specific case
law that was directly on point with Shumard's situation.
It's customary for expenditures related to the case to be
paid if the person is found not guilty and the opposite
would apply if the person was guilty, he said.
Hendrickson said Shumard falls somewhere in
between because he pleaded no contest to the charge,
which means there was no admission of guilt.
"We're in between a finding and a non-finding of
guilt," he said. "The facts of the case must be looked
at and a determination must be made whether Shumard
was acting in good faith in his capacity as mayor and
with the public purpose being served," Hendrickson
With the exception of Commissioner Max Znika,
who spoke only to state his nay vote, the other commis-
sioners stated their views.
Wolfe said the mayor was not acting in the public
interest and equated paying Shumard's legal bill to
"throwing public money to the wind."
McKay said the commission should have had an
opportunity to discuss payment of the bill before it was
paid. He said it was yet another instance where the
mayor acted of his own volition without bringing infor-
mation to the commission's attention.
Shumard had only one vote in his favor, that of
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny, who claimed the suit
doesn't name the mayor individually. It is in fact
Presswood versus Shumard in court documents.
Speaking to Shumard, McElheny said, "While I
agree with Mr. Wolfe that sometimes your judgment
was not correct and that you were hard-headed on some
issues, I think that it takes two people to be hard-headed
to get into a lawsuit."
"A job application is a pretty private thing,"
McElheny said, "I don't know that I would want my
job application or resume presented to the world before
I would be hired. It is reasonable that we should pro-
tect people's job applications until they become a pub-
lic official or work in a public facility."
McElheny said he worried about the precedent it
would set for people seeking public office. "I think the
city has a responsibility to protect and defend anybody
that's acting in that public official's position.
Resident Steve Kring said, "I want to send the mes-
sage to the people who are going to be elected that we'll
stand by our public officials. We're not perfect. We make
mistakes. I think we should pay the mayor's legal fees."
Resident Carol Ann Magill noted that this isn't the
first time Shumard has violated public records laws and
that pleading ignorance of the law is no excuse. She
told the mayor he had an obligation to be aware of the
law and abide by it no matter what his personal belief.
Shumard responded, "What about the $875,000
I brought in to the reserve fund. Don't I get a bonus
Holmes Beach negotiating
new waste collection contract
By Pat Copeland
Holmes Beach residents will pay a slightly higher
fee for waste collection but the city will receive about
$20,000 in franchise fees if a proposed contract with
Waste Management is approved.
This week commissioners will continue their dis-
cussion on the proposed contract presented by Com-
missioner Don Maloney.
According to the contract, the total for residential
collection of solid waste, yard waste and recyclables
will increase from $12.49 to $12.87 for residential
curbside, from $15.10 to $15.56 for residential rear
door and from $11.13 to $11.64 for multifamily.
Commercial can collection will increase from
$9.59 to $9.88. Commercial accounts will increase
from $5.08 to $5.49 for loose waste and from $6.72 to
$7.28 for compacted waste. Roll-off accounts will in-
crease from $4.86 to $5.26 for loose waste and from
$7.21 to $7.43 for compacted waste.
"The new contract will be for five years and will
be effective March 1," Maloney said. "In order to save
us some legal fees, I've asked Waste Management to
prepare the new contract."
Maloney said because the city has lost $400,000 in
revenue from the defeat of the renewal of the one-cent
sales tax and will lose approximately $15,000 in rev-
enue from FPL's fee reduction, he has proposed a three
percent franchise fee from Waste Management.
"Waste Management's gross income from Holmes
Beach is between $700,000 and $715,000," Maloney
noted. "Our three percent cut of that, which would be both
collected by Waste Management and paid to us on a quar-
terly basis, would be in excess of $20,000 annually."
In addition, the contract calls for free pick-up of
recyclable paper from city hall.
SIsle of beauty
S This traffic island at the
intersection of Palm and
Gulf drives in Holmes
S Beach was recently
cleared of vegetation,
S including a diseased
orchid tree, in preparation
S ; for new planting. The
Island was adopted for
"- beautification by Holmes
Beach residents Rex and
Helen Hagen. Jeb
., Stewart's Lawn Service did
-- the work for the Hagens.
: Islander Photo:
:..'A .' .' Pat Copeland
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 9, 2000 U PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
2/15, 7 p.m., Parking Committee.
2/17, 7 p.m., Code Enforcement Board.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
2/10, 6:30 p.m., Board of Adjustment.
2/11, 9 a.m., Commission, department head work session.
2/14, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Committee.
2/ 15, 2 p.m., Bid opening for community development
block grant consultant.
2/17, 1 p.m., Commission meeting.
2/17, 6:30 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
2/10, 3 p.m., Anniversary committee meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
2/16, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
2/17, 7 p.m., Anna Maria/West Side Fire Commission
meeting, Fire Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Voter registration closes Monday
Voters have until 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 to reg-
ister for the Presidential Preference Primary and the
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key municipal elections,
which are March 14. Voters may register at their re-
spective city hall or pick up a mail-in registration form
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voters may also register at the supervisor of elections
office, 305 15th St. W., Bradenton, Monday through Fri-
day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours offered this
week are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Absentee ballots may be obtained by calling the
elections office at 741-3823.
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the Holmes Beach path's condition, prompting Mayor Carol Whitmore to complain to the Florida Department of Transportation. She said DOT officials inspected the
path and said it is what was designed years ago and it needs regular sweeping. Other paths in other locations were constructed in concert with street repaving, hence
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THE ISLANDER a FEB. 9, 2000 U PAGE 5
Excess sand from Bimini Bay channel dredging
By Susan K. Kesselring
The sand saga in Anna Maria continues.
For what seemingly required an act of Congress to
place sand from the Bimini Bay dredging project on the
beach, a permit was issued and much of the sand was
hauled off to the dump. Some of it was accepted by the
City of Holmes Beach. And some more of it was used
by residents to make sand bags.
While the dredging operation was completed in Janu-
ary, the saga continues because of a misdiagnosis in the
amount of sand in Galati Marina's "dog leg" channel.
Excess sand in the pass was the reason for Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria making application for a grant
from the West Coast Inland Navigation District under
its Waterway Development Program.
Approximately 2,500 residences were affected by
the routine maintenance dredging of the main inlet of
Bimini Bay. The 1,800-foot channel was dredged to a
depth of 7 1/2 feet below mean low tide.
Galati hitched on to the Key Royale dredging
project in order that its 300-foot channel remain navi-
gable and because it would save the marina money to
tag on to the project.
Public Works Director Phil Charnock said a survey
of the Galati channel was done in 1997. It was deter-
mined 1,059 cubic yards of sand was to be removed.
Charnock said he divided the cost of the project
into total cubic yards to come up with a price per unit.
Galati's share of cost was expected to be $23,000.
The computation was a little off, however, and the
contractor removed an additional 3,042 cubic yards of
sand from Galati's channel at an added cost of $40,189,
The city is now going to bat for Galati and is ask-
ing the contractor to provide additional surveys, or
cross sections, of the area dredged.
Charnock said at issue is the method by which the
contractor measured the amount of sand removed from
the channel. The contractor based his data on the num-
ber of truck loads, he said.
He also said the contract requires the contractor to
submit cross sections of the channel every 100 feet.
In a Jan. 20 letter to the city's engineer, contractor
Paul Reinhardt of Energy Resources Inc. said he would
submit the additional cross sections, but it would cost
the cities $7,590.89.
Recently, Charnock said he will ask for cross sections
of Galati's 300-foot channel only at a cost of $985. A cross
section of the other channel is not needed because the
contractor hasn't exceeded the volume, he said.
Reinhardt stated the additional cross sections the
city is requiring were not included in the contract and
not required by the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, which permitted the work.
Reinhardt further stated he was not making a claim
for additional volume under the original Galati con-
tract. He stated he and Galati worked out another con-
tract for the extra sand before any work was done on
the channel and the city was made aware of the addi-
Now the city is holding back final payment until
the cross sections are completed in order to verify
4,101 cubic yards of sand were removed.
Charnock said the city's engineering firm, Zoller,
Najjar & Shroyer Inc., has stricter requirements.
Vice President Robert Gause stated in a Jan. 12 let-
ter to Reinhardt, "Since the difference is significant, I can-
not approve your final invoice without this information."
The pass to Bimini Bay splits the Anna Maria-
Holmes Beach city lines and is therefore considered a
In May 1998 the cities received a $150,000 grant. The
project was expected to cost $269,000, Charnock said. It
has cost $248,000. Each city has earmarked $50,000 to-
ward the cost and will split the engineering costs.
Anna Maria City was handling operations and the
City of Holmes Beach was in charge of the administra-
Charnock said 1984 was the last time the area was
dredged. Plans to dredge the pass have been underway
since the beginning of 1997.
It took an inordinate length of time to get the
project under way two years after securing the grant
- partly because the city had difficulty obtaining a
permit for placing sand on the beach near the dredging
on the bay side.
Charnock attempted to pump the dredged sand via
pipes across the bay to the Gulf beach for placement
because it wasn't welcomed on the bay side. This was
due to the theory it would harm the benthicc commu-
nity," according to information from state officials,
Instead the pumped sand was hauled to the city
dump because samples of the sand were at first deter-
mined "inferior" by state agencies for placement on the
Gulf side. All the while, plans for a beach
renourishment project are under way and after recon-
sideration it turns out the sand is compatible, although
that was halfway into the project.
It seems the bulk of the confusion was contributed
to too many agencies having their hands in the sand.
Now there seems to be more than enough sand to
go around. Charnock says he hasn't heard from the
contractor as to whether he completed the additional
Owner presents site plan
for Loggerhead Junction
Holmes Beach city commissioners reviewed a
site plan for Loggerhead Junction, 101 Manatee
Ave., last week and plan to approve it at their next
Property owner Bill Shearon presented the site
plan to commissioners last week. It calls for reno-
vation of three existing buildings and the addition
of parking and landscaping.
The existing buildings include a medical of-
fice and it was formerly utilized by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
The C-1 zoning allows for professional offices.
Assistant Public Works Supervisor Bill Saunders said
the plan meets all the city's requirements.
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Anna Maria regime vacates
Ex-mayor Chuck Shumard's revenge continues in
Anna Maria with at least one staff resignation and va-
cations authorized pre-election, coincidental or pur-
posely undermining the transition at city hall to a new
administration following Tuesday's election.
Bearing in mind that City Clerk Laura Vogel may
have overstepped her bounds by scripting a payment to
Shumard's private attorney for legal fees and a fine -
before authorization to pay the bill from the commis-
sion perhaps she merely saw the writing on the wall.
She has resigned, virtually on the eve of the election.
Hand-picked by Public Works Director Phil
Charock termed his "right-hand man" by Shumard
and "quasi-mayor" by his detractors Vogel mis-
aligned her loyalty from the beginning. Better she
served the public the charter of the city and its citi-
zens than to facilitate the outgoing mayor.
Charnock himself has announced to all who will
listen his intention to sue the city for $2 million if he's
fired. Meanwhile, rumors circulate that he is applying
for jobs with other cities and agencies, hampered, we
presume, by his criminal record following a gun-wav-
ing road rage incident last year.
As one Holmes Beach resident remarked in the
past week, "Isn't it just disgraceful?"
It is a disgrace. And best we get over it quickly and
go about the business of setting things right in Anna
Maria regardless of the power structure.
New Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh will be
a good leader for the city with experience in police and
fire departments and business. He's ready to jump in
and hire a new clerk, get the pier open and straighten
out tensions in the building department.
He'll have three new commissioners to support
him in his tasks. Builder Bob Barlow can assist public
works, attorney Jay Hill will offer his expertise and
psychologist Tom Skoloda a thoughtful process.
Going back several years to Shumard's bitter ousting
from the turtle protection group to now, we believe he will
long be remembered as the mayor who closed the historic
city pier in retaliation against citizens who demanded a
better deal for the city from the restaurant tenant the
soul entity responsible for the pier's repair.
He'll also be remembered for two costly public
records lawsuits and for unleashing what some believe
is an obsessive public works director on unsuspecting
homeowners and businesses.
.Now, on to an election for two city commissioners
in a more civilized arena: Holmes Beach.
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Clarification on sunshine
By the time this letter is published, the results of
the election wli be known, decided by the good people
of Anna Maria City at the polling station.
I do not wish to get into a dispute with The Is-
lander, but would like to clarify my views regarding
the Sunshine Law.
First, if I did not express myself in a clear manner
at the candidate forum, I apologize. Open records and
open politics are the best possible asset for those seek-
ing truth and fairness. I could wish for no better system
of government. However, in trying to make sense of the
often-criticized mayor and city commissioners regard-
ing their lack of agreement on many subjects and each
of them off on their own track, I looked at this from a
business standpoint and realized that without being
allowed to discuss agenda matters prior to a public
meeting, the appointed officers appear to the public of
being in a state of disharmony and dissension.
If today I am a city commissioner, I thank all of
you for your support. If I am not, I shall continue to
attend city meetings and work for the good of the city
and with your support try again next time.
Shirley McNulty, Anna Maria
Where's the beef?
With three or four new faces on the Anna Maria
City Commission almost a certainty, I find it quite
ironic that after being told nearly one year ago by
Building Official Phil Charnock that I will never re-
ceive another building permit in Anna Maria until a
"final" on a previous permit was resolved to his un-
reasonable demand, I received a permit Feb. 2 for
dock construction after waiting in excess of 10
This action caught me by surprise, since I did not
submit to his resolve on the previous permit, nor do I
the dock permit application (not by Mr. Charnock, of
course) that the department was not that busy and I
would probably have the permit in a day or two. So
much for that!
After attending the candidates' forum at the com-
munity center, I believe an addition to Mr. Barnum's
adage about "fooling people" rings true at this time.
Mr. Charnock can't fool anyone ... any more.
Godspeed to the new administration. Good luck
getting a permit to fix the city pier.
Joseph Kennedy, Holmes Beach
Tommy will be missed
Moving tributes to the life of Thomas "Tommy"
Tanner were given as about 150 people gathered at the
Drift In on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach last week.
Among his many friends and acquaintances were two
The former city employee, who was without fam-
ily, died Jan. 31, after suffering the ravages of diabe-
tes miletus, the disease he never gave in to.
Tommy was praised by Ray Wilson for his ability
to teach the techniques of fishing, and by Kenneth
Freshwater for his incomparable sense of humor. Wes
Stump cited the loyal friendship of his fellow worker.
Former mayors praised him for his hard work and sense
Floral tributes in abundance were displayed and a
collection was served to the group that filled the room
to capacity and overflowed to the sidewalk.
A substantial contribution to the Diabetes Founda-
tion is to be made by Tommy's many friends in his
name. Tommy Tanner will be missed.
Frances Roche, Bradenton Beach
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Your Opinion, see page 9
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 9, 2000 0 PAGE 7
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Part 5, Will and Mabel and Gladys
George Wilhelm "Will" Bean's dream of a posh
resort on Anna Maria Island crashed in 1917. The U.S.
had been engulfed by World War I and people were in
no mood to buy lots in Florida. Bean lost everything to
bankroller C.M. Roser and his marriage was failing,
too. In an interview in 1988, Mabel and Will Bean's
daughter Gladys Holdstock spoke candidly of her
father's financial and personal troubles.
Q. Why do you think the Anna Maria Beach Com-
There was a depression that came along around
1915. It was not a good time for real estate. Daddy was
way ahead of his time in everything he did. And then
he decided to promote Belle Aire Estates in Clearwater.
I remember the coral-colored sidewalks he laid out. But
he lost money on other developments.
I think when he pulled out of there and moved to
New York City, he didn't have 50 cents to his name -
he either had a couple of million, was very rich, or he
only had nickels in his pocket. He made about four for-
tunes in his life and lost every one of them.
While he was Tampa postmaster and the Republi-
can committeeman, anyone who wanted a
postmastership anywhere in Florida would have to go
This photograph in Mabel Bean's collection shows how
downtown Anna Maria at the crossroads of Spring
Avenue and Shad (now Crescent) looked in 1914.
Mabel's comments scrawled on front and back reveal
her attitude toward her husband and his partner.
Barely identifiable on the front are her words: "Pio-
neer Cottage belonged to me, M. W.B., as Cozy Comer
did later. Both built with my money." On the back of the
old photo she wrote: "Everyone came to this store to
get the mail soon after the ship came in with it around
the noon hour. It is me on bicycle, Mabel Williams
Bean." Finally she scribbled: "Cozy Comer and the
house on Bay Beach were built with money I inherited.
Mr. Roser and G. W.B. beat me out of everything."
through him. He finally lost his job because he was
selling them, the postal jobs, you know. Oh, that's poli-
~ tics. I hate politics. It's really hard for
S r a man to be honest.
By that time, I wasn't having too
happy a life because Mother and
Daddy weren't getting along. I think
my Daddy always had women on the
SQ. When did you move to New York
I guess it was when I was about 16.
We lived in a lovely hotel. He'd take
these beautiful girls to the theatre, and
After a while I started to go with them,
especially the one he later married -
she was secretary to an important New
York family. I had loads of fun, they
S always liked me.
-' Now, Mother, she didn't like par-
ties, or party games or party food or
> anything. She was very militant. She
went to classes at Columbia University and preferred
to stay in her room and write. She was working for
votes for women with Carrie Chapman Andrews. I re-
member her marching up Fifth Avenue. And she was
a WCTU person.
Mother would fuss at my Daddy so much, if he had
a bottle of beer, he was half way to hell. That would
make him so mad he'd go down to his club or some-
place else and he'd really drink. He'd get sick, he'd
have those terrible headaches.
Mother was a church-goer and I guess you'd call
her a do-gooder. Daddy preferred his social club rather
than a church and preferred politics to religion he
was a founder of the Florida Republican Party. Mother
and Daddy, they just didn't have much in common.
Next: Mr. Bean goes to Washington
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What is this world coming to?
Every so often I drive up to Anna Maria Island, to
have a burger and beer at Duffy's, check out the beach
and see what's happened to the little Island since the
last time I was there.
Much to my surprise when I drove down Pine Ave.,
past the old Islander newspaper office, and on to the Anna
Maria City Pier last Saturday, I couldn't believe my eyes.
The pier had a gate across its entrance and a "No Trespass-
ing" sign tacked up over the entranceway.
Unthinkable! How could this be?
I stopped in at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society's office, a block away, and learned that the city
had lost its restaurant tenant late last year, the pier
needed some work and the city fathers decided to close
the old dock until they could figure out what to do.
Now that Anna Maria City and the Island in gen-
eral has a glut of well-heeled people all year long and
a tax base many times what it was when I was a re-
porter and later editor and publisher of The Islander
newspaper in the 1960s and '70s, the city can't afford
to keep the pier open? Unbelievable.
For a kid who spent a lot of wonderful hours on
that dock in the 1940s and many more as an adult in
later life, seeing the pier closed to the public and little
more than a refuge for gulls hurt. I can only remember
a handful of days in the almost 60 years I've lived on
or been associated with the Island that the Anna Maria
City Pier hasn't been open to the public.
Those few days were usually after a bad storm
when the pier was damaged by waves and needed re-
pair. The repairs were made promptly and the dock was
always reopened within a few days.
Whatever it takes, the city needs to get that old
dock operational again. It's been the focal point of the
Island for almost as long as anyone now living can re-
member more than nine decades.
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notables are probably whirling in their respective
graves over the closing of the Anna Maria City Pier.
No Anna Maria City Pier! What is this world com-
Don Moore, North Port and formerly Anna Maria
Correcting the record, thanks
Wow! We reached our goal! But it wasn't the $2
million reported in the Jan. 12 Islander. Presently the
endowment trust of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center has a principal of just over $400,557 and we
couldn't have done it without you.
In addition to Charles and JoAnn Lester, our
$40,000 challengers, we thank The Islander and Pub-
lisher Bonner Futch for publicizing the challenge, Lee
and Carla Edwards, Chef Damon Presswood and his
staff at Chez Andre, and many other important friends
who wish to remain anonymous.
Because the Center works with a fluctuating cash
flow, we feel that the best hope we have for meeting
our financial needs is through the endowment trust.
Gifts to the trust are presently invested in government
securities and it is the interest from this that provides
funding for our programs. The principal is never
touched; therefore, your donation to the trust becomes
a gift that just keeps on giving.
No gift is too small and a gift to the endowment
trust is a great way to remember and honor family and
friends. Please call the center at 778-1908 if you would
like to make a donation.
Once more, I would like to thank everyone in-
volved in this year's very successful campaign. All
donations to the trust make such a positive difference
for the children. And truly, this investment in our chil-
dren is an investment in our community.
May God bless you abundantly in this very special
year and always.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, AMICC
How could this happen?
As a first-time visitor to lovely Anna Maria Island,
I feel compelled to comment on The Islander's "Our
Opinion" of Jan. 19, "Preserve our wide-open spaces."
My own city of Longbeach, Long Island, N.Y., was
once a beautiful beach community with our pristine miles
of white sand and ocean, home only to the dunes, the
beach grass, the shore birds and the beachgoers.
Gradually over the years small inroads were made
by developers with the innocent complicity of our city
council, zoning board and city planners.
Today, most of our beachfront is literally a wall of
nine-story condos, co-ops, townhouses and hotels.
Many of us who remember how beautiful it used to be
wonder "How did it happen?" The answer, of course,
is "Little by little."
We hope that the city says "No" to the possibility
of rezoning the southerly portion and Bradenton Beach
areas and keep this land as a preservation zone. If not,
you too will be wondering in a few years' time, as you
gaze at your canyon of condos, "How did this happen?"
Carole Condon, Longbeach, N. Y.
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search of political character assassination; such infor-
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Aquarius owner seeks extension of enforcement order
By Pat Copeland
Minutes after the Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
ment Board signed its final order regarding the
Aquarius Beach Resort, owner John Pace asked the
board to extend the effective date of the order.
Board members told Pace he could file for a re-
hearing following the board's criteria or take the case
to circuit court.
The case of the resort at 105 39th St. began more
than a year ago when Pace appealed to the city commis-
sion to be allowed to legally continue to rent an 11th
unit at his resort.
The issue has it roots in 1981 when a previous
owner added the 11th unit. The city commission ruled
at the time that it could not be used as a motel room but
could be used as a model for sales of time share units,
then converted into a recreation room.
Pace and previous owners have lived in the 11th
unit and city officials have been aware of the unit's
existence and use. However, when Pace and his fam-
ily moved from the property and attempted to rent
the unit, the city maintained that the rental was ille-
After several unsuccessful attempts at drafting or-
dinances to resolve the issue, the city attorney said the
only feasible option was for the case to go to the code
Pace was cited for violating the density provi-
sions of the land development code. The density in
the R-4 district where the motel is located is 10 units
In November the board found Pace in violation and
ruled that the unit cannot be legally rented but Pace
may keep it as an owner/manager residence.
Board members found Pace in violation and
ruled that he may continue to rent the unit for 90
days to have time to take care of his obligations.
They further ruled that if Pace fails to come into
compliance, the fine will be $100 per day between
91 and 120 days and $200 per day after that.
After board members signed the final administra-
tive order establishing Feb. 18, 2000, as the cut-off
date for the unit's rental, Pace made his request.
"Most all reservations for season are made a year
in advance," Pace said. "Guests have purchased air-
plane tickets to come here will have no other available
accommodations on the Island to rent. Not only will it
do harm to me as a business person but also harm the
reputation of Homes Beach."
Pace said he has spent $9,000 in legal fees and
because of the order, he will suffer a $33,000 loss from
the next rental of the unit.
"I want to honor reservations until April 30," Pace
continued. "It would be an extension of about 40 days."
"The rules we operate under are very clear,"
Chairman Chuck Stealey explained. "Your attorney
read this order. In my opinion, you have not said
anything different from what we heard from you at
the last meeting. You may request a rehearing before
this board under certain circumstances or take the
case to circuit court."
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Island's orchestra, with the Bernstein promise fulfilled
Sunday, Feb. 13, as part of a totally American concert.
The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and
Chorus will present its midwinter concert at 2 p.m. at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. No admission is charged for this pub-
lic presentation, but a $10 donation is encouraged.
Theme of the millennial concert season is "From
Bach to Bernstein to Bach," with Johann Sebastian
Bach's Cantata No. 34 featured in November, Leonard
Bernstein's overture from "Candide" this Sunday, and
back to Bach for his St. John Passion in March.
The February concert departs from the group's
customary repertoire of mostly baroque music, featur-
ing not only Bernstein but fellow Americans Samuel
Barber, George Gershwin and Edward MacDowell.
Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director of the orchestra
and chorus and a widely recognized interpreter of
American music, will conduct the concert.
James Forssell, chorus master, will lead the 50-
member chorus in a trio of traditional American songs
adapted by Aaron Copland and sung a cappella the
Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" plus "At the River" and
Further information may be obtained at 779-2155
Show this weekend at
Longboat Framing Gallerie
A group show featuring multi-media art, oils and
watercolors will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at
Longboat Framing Gallerie, 6824 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
The show will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday a char-
ity art auction to benefit the United Way will be held.
Registration is at 5 p.m., and the auction will begin at
For more information, call 383-8914.
Trash/Treasure sale off
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island has can-
celed its annual Trash and Treasure rummage sale
scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. Further information is
available at 778-3397 and 778-2380.
Thieves' Market Saturday
by Privateers group
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will sponsor a win-
ter Thieves' Market Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. in the parking lot of the Manatee West Shopping
Center, at Manatee Avenue and 75th Street, Bradenton.
It will feature collectibles, books, bric-a-brac, fur-
niture, jewelry, antiques, clothing, crafts and other
items. Vendor space is available by calling 794-6972,
747-7778 or 792-4642.
This is a fundraising event for the nonprofit Priva-
teers, whose charities include scholarships and other
Valentine party is Tuesday
for Catholic women
The Woman's Guild of St. Bernard Roman Catho-
lic Church will have its annual Valentine dessert card
party at noon Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the church, 248
South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Persons attending are to bring their own cards or
games. Tickets are $3 per person. Reservations may be
made at 778-6372, 778-4769 or 792-7433.
'Giant Octopus' is topic at Mote
Dr. Sidney K. Pierce will discuss "The Giant Oc-
topus of Florida" at the Monday Night at Mote lecture
at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mote Marine Laboratory on City
Island off the south ramp of New Pass Bridge.
Professor Pierce directs research into biochemical
and molecular mechanisms regulating cell volume re-
covery in his laboratory in the University of Maryland
Department of Zoology. He has collaborated on a book
on the giant octopus that will be the focus of his lecture.
Tickets are free to Mote members; $5 for non-
members. Admission includes entrance to the
aquarium. Information is available at 388-4441.
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Muriel Price, Jean Tourt and Bonnie Gulbranson
collect items for the White Elephant Sale of the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation to be held
Saturday, Feb. 12.
White Elephant Sale
due Saturday morning
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will
have its annual White Elephant Sale from 9, a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the church, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Rosemary Carter of the church said white el-
ephants are "things too good to throw away," and the
sale also will have a "good stuff booth collectibles"
as well as books, appliances, plants, linens and jewelry.
"Peggy Potter is directing the Episcopal Pickle
Putter-Uppers," Carter said, "and Phyllis Locke will
have a lot of Dammit Dolls (throw them across'the
room instead of saying "dammit") available."
The women of the church are seeking items for the
sale, to be delivered to the church before the sale or call
Seminar scheduled here
on state intangibles tax
A seminar on "The Florida Intangibles Tax" is
scheduled from 10:15 a.m. until noon Wednesday, Feb.
16, in the Walker-Swift meeting room of the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The seminar will be conducted by Robert Norring
of the Florida Department of Revenue, who will an-
swer questions and have printed information for attend-
ees. He said the seminar will be especially useful to
people who own stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other
types of intangible property.
Registration is not required, and no fee is charged.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. De-
tails are available at 778-6341.
'Cooking With Herbs' topic
of garden club
The Anna Maria Garden Club will hear a discus-
sion of herbal cooking when it meets at 1 p.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 16, in the fellowship hall of Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
Katherine Apple of Mother Earth Herbs will talk
on "Cooking With Herbs." Further information may be
obtained at 778-0256.
Pancake breakfast Sunday
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church will host a
pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13,
at the church, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children and in-
cludes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. A
bake sale will be held in conjunction with the breakfast.
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A mullet cookoff or a "mullet-off," as one wa-
terfront wag put it on Saturday, Feb. 12, will lead
events heading into the Cortez fishing festival the fol-
The "mullet-off" is new this year, fitting in with the
festival's theme "Into the Mulletium," itself a takeoff
on the Manatee County Fair's "Into the Moollenium."
If Moolennium reflects the rural nature of county
fairs, Mulletium is a sure representation of the commer-
cial fishing heritage of the old village of Cortez, said
Karen Bell, a prime mover in getting the 18th annual
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival under way.
For the mullet cookoff, men and women should
cook up their favorite mullet recipe and take it to the
old Cortez firehouse, 4517 123rd St. Ct. W., the morn-
ing of the 12th for judging, results to be announced at
Heading the judges will be Nancy Konesko,
Bradenton Herald food critic. Lending her a gourmet
hand will be experts on the subject from Cortez.
There will be four $50 prizes for best mullet dishes,
and during the festival copies of the winning recipes
will be handed out to one and all, and at least some of
the dishes will be cooked in volume and samples dis-
The festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20
will be spread around Cortez but mostly in front of the
fish houses along the waterfront. There will be music,
arts and crafts, entertainment, a lot of food, and the
famed-Cortez hospitality, said Bell.
The nationally famed Ski-a-Rees, consistent win-
ners of top honors in show-skiing competitions, will
present a full-dress exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
13, on Sarasota Bay.
Unless the weather is impossible, the aquatic show
will be just offshore of the club's facilities next door to
MoteMarine Laboratory on City Island, off the south
ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
Admission is free, refreshments are available, and
there is plenty of room in the parking area the organi-
zation shares with Mote and the Pelican Man's Bird
The skiers, ranging in age from 6 to 50 years, will
be in new costumes this year and are shaping a new
show for the national competition in Rockford, Ill.,
Aug. 11-13. The local athletes compete in the U.S.
contests about every other year, the $20,000 cost pro-
hibiting every-year entry.
At their last national competition two years ago,
the Ski-a-Rees nailed down sixth place, competing
against dozens of teams from around the nation.
On the winter schedule are an exhibition at the
Punta Gorda Seafood Festival in Lashley Park there on
Feb. 26-27 and the Ski-a-Rees annual fish fry and
chicken dinner, along with a skiing exhibitions, at the
club grounds March 26.
June 17 and 18 the organization will host the
Southern Regional Water-Ski Show Tournament.
The organization has about 80 members, said
Michele Bennett, a member for 15 years, and 60 par-
ticipants in the water-skiing events. It is a family orga-
nization and a family sport, children following their
parents into competition and several generations par-
ticipating in any given year, she said. The club was
organized in 1957.
It has won nearly every event it has entered over
the years, consistently winning state, regional and na-
tional honors, she said.
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On display at the Island Branch Library during
February are watercolors by Dee Engler and quilts by
The Friends Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Family Storytime is at 7 p.m. every Wednesday,
Feb. 9, 16 and 23.
Tax assistance is available through American
Association of Retired People and Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance. Representatives from AARP will be
available 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 18 and 25.
VITA representatives will be available from 5 to
7:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 21 and 28. In addition,
'Dinner With the Stars'
benefits Mote hospital
Mote Marine Laboratory's first "Dinner With the
Stars" is scheduled Saturday, Feb.12, to benefit Mote's
dolphin and whale hospital.
Stars who are to attend the dinner to support the
marine mammals' treatment center are Rebecca Herbst,
Patricia Healy and Michael Saucedo, all from ABC's
The evening will include a two-hour autograph
session with the actors, a gourmet dinner, auction and
dancing. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Sarasota,
1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Tickets are $75 per person.
Details may be obtained at 388-4441, ext.309.
Saved manatee makes
a fine valentine
The Save the Manatee Club is sponsoring an
Adopt a Manatee program again this year, saying a
manatee makes a fine valentine.
The on-average 1,000-pound, 10-foot "sea
cows" live in Anna Maria Island-Longboat Key
waters and elsewhere around Florida, though they
are endangered and several die each year some of
them violently from boat propellers.
The Save the Manatee Club says that $20 mailed
to the club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, Fla.
32751, will get by return mail an adoption certifi-
cate, photo and history of the adopted mammal, and
a gift card. Details may be obtained at 407-539-
a Florida Intangible Taxes workshop will be pre-
sented by Bob Norring at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday,
A travel lecture, "Bicycling Through France," will
be presented by Melvin Brenner at 10:30 a.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 23.
There will be a meeting of the Holmes Beach Civic
Association at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. In addi-
tion, a veterans' service officer will be available to in-
terview clients from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. An appoint-
ment can be made by calling 749-3030.
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-6341.
Gloria Dei open house to
An open house at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, will
show the public the many activities of the church,
said a spokesperson.
Displays and active participants will "show
and tell" of the Lutherans' community service,
Bible study, worship services, quilters who make
quilts of countries to which they are sent,
women's participation, youth and education, the
Over 39ers, the Golden 50s, Men's Bible Study
and other elements of the congregation.
In addition the church has open friendship
services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 and 10:30
a.m. Details may be obtained at 778-3529.
Glendi celebrates Greek culture
four days in Sarasota
A four-day "celebration of Greek culture," the an-
nual Greek Glendi, will be held Thursday through Sun-
day, Feb. 10-13, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox
Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
The festival will feature live Greek music, dancing,
food and pastries, children's games and a church tour
highlighting Byzantine mosaics. It will be 11 a.m.-9
p.m. the first three days, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Informa-
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Building Official: 'I waived the $200 fee, did I not?'
By Susan K. Kesselring
Anna Maria Commissioner Doug Wolfe felt like
sharing at a Jan. 25 commission meeting.
After hearing that Mayor Chuck Shumard and Pub-
lic Works Director Phil Charnock ignored a grease trap
was installed at Bayview Plaza without a permit, Wolfe
"I never intended to bring this up ever in my entire
life. This past summer I had some remodeling done in my
home. My wife and I were on vacation.... I called the con-
tractor to see how things were going and he said Charnock
wouldn't allow him on the property."
Wolfe said he had to fax the required, notarized pa-
perwork to city hall even though Chamock knew he would
be returning home shortly.
"My wife said, 'It's the rules. You follow the rules,'"
Wolfe said. "But [Bayview Plaza owner] Mr. Toomey
does not have to follow the rules because Mr. Charock
and the mayor said, 'Oh, that's OK'?"
Chamock said to Wolfe, "I waived the $200 fee, did
Wolfe shot back, "Nothing was done to my home
before those papers were filled out, notarized and returned
Vice Mayor Robert McElheny, conducting the meet-
ing in the mayor's absence, interjected, "Mr. Wolfe, the
issue is the grease trap."
Wolfe replied, "The issue is equity."
Resident Diane Canniff, who made the inquiry about
the grease trap, said that at a previous commission meet-
ing Charnock said there wouldn't be a restaurant at the
location because the center lacked adequate parking.
McKay asked Charnock if there was a grease trap
indicated in the original building plans.
Charnock elaborated on events leading up to his and
the mayor's decision. "The contractor, unbeknownst to
me, installed a grease trap of unknown volume and un-
known whereabouts and when I was doing a plumbing
inspection I saw it," he said.
He said he then issued a written statement to Jim
Toomey asking him to remove the grease trap because it
was not permitted. The letter also stated a restaurant could
not be built on the facility because parking was maxed out.
He said he then met with Toomey and his attorney,
David Wilcox. He said at that meeting he made the deci-
sion to leave it in the ground so long as Toomey eventu-
ally complied with city and state codes.
Later, Charnock said he was mistaken on the time
frame of when he discovered the grease trap, but couldn't
pinpoint a date.
Charnock said he made the decision not to make
Toomey remove the grease trap based on his role as build-
ing inspector and according to the Florida Standard Build-
ing Code, which gives him authority to make the decision.
He said he also ran his decision past the mayor and was
"given the direction to allow it to stay."
Charnock said Toomey is in the process of applying
for a permit for the grease trap.
"Toomey didn't have enough parking at the time, he
said, but he has since purchased property to accommodate
the additional parking required for a restaurant," Chamock
said. "Leaving the grease trap in the ground didn't affect
the health, safety and welfare of the residents."
McElheny made a recommendation that Bayview
Plaza owner Toomey be given 60 days to apply for and
receive a permit, or remove the grease trap. He said
Toomey should also be charged the required $200 fine for
not getting a permit to do the work.
Commissioner George McKay said he was concerned
about fining Toomey because Shumard and Charnock,
authorized "by charter," allowed the grease trap to be left
in the ground where it has remained for six months.
"We're doing everything after the fact. That seems to
be a pretty good scenario for the City of Anna Maria,"
McKay asked Chamock, "It should have at least been
documented because we weren't trying to disguise it,
"As with a lot of residents, I try to make it agreeable,"
McElheny said, "Phil, I think we hold our residents
to our code book and I think we've done that very effec-
tively, sometimes to the criticism of our residents. I think
it compromises our position if we hold one group to it and
The Islander asked Charnock if there was a grease
trap on the property and if a restaurant was planned at
the center three times in the past, to which Charnock
replied each time that there was no grease trap on the
property and there was no restaurant on the building
Rev. Clement Walker receives
the Bunnell Humanitarian
Award, given by All Islands
Denominations to an Anna
Maria Islander who has been
most helpful to fellow Islanders
in need of emergency assistance.
Dr. Walker has served in his
ministry for 51 years, 17 of them
as pastor of Harvey Memorial
Church in Bradenton Beach.
With him are Mrs. Walker and
Robert Meylan, presenting the
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A St. Valentine's story
While those of us who live on Anna Maria Island have
the perfect solution for a Valentine's Day romantic mo-
ment at the tip of our toes a walk on the beach with our
sweetheart the day is steeped in ancient history. Here
is where it all started, straight from cupid's mouth.
By St. Valentine
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I
lived in Rome during the third century. That was long,
At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor
named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and
I wasn't the only one.
Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected
men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to
fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and
families. As you may have guessed, not many signed up.
This made Claudius furious. So what happened?
He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not
married, they would not mind joining the army. So
Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages.
Young people thought his new law was cruel. I
thought it was preposterous. I certainly wasn't going to
support that law.
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favor-
ite activities was to marry couples.
Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept
on performing marriage ceremonies secretly, of
course. It was really quite exciting.
Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride
and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of
the ceremony, listening all the while for steps of soldiers.
One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary!
Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in
time. I was caught. I was thrown in jail and told that my
punishment was death.
I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what?
Wonderful things happened. Many young people came
to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up
to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too,
believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the
prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the
cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She
helped me to keep my spirits up.
She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the
Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On
the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thank-
ing her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love
from your Valentine."
I believe that note started the custom of exchang-
ing love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written
on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every
year on this day, people remember. But most impor-
tantly, they think about love and friendship.
More fore sweethearts
Here are some other facts and lore surrounding a
day set aside for lovers.
The date was marked by sending poems and simple
gifts such as flowers and candy. There was often a so-
cial gathering or a ball.
In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given
credit for sending the first valentines and commercial
valentines were introduced in the 1800's.
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Mark your calendars for Friday
Anna Maria Elementary School has a great Friday
evening planned. Everyone is invited to this month's Par-
ent-Teacher Organization's dinner meeting Friday, Feb.
11, followed by a Count-Your-Blessings Bonfire.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the
cafeteria. It consists of steak, pasta, green beans and a
garden salad, sponsored by Manatee Memorial Hospital.
A bonfire will be held behind the school from 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. Students, teachers, staff and guests will share
blessings. Complimentary popcorn, s'mores, hot choco-
late and soda will be provided. Bring blankets and chairs.
Meal tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb.
9. Food is also available for take out. Prices are $6 for
adults and $4 for children. For more information, call the
school at 708-5800.
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Charles A. 'C.A' Boyett Jr.
Charles A. "C.A." Boyett Jr., 80, of Anna Maria,
died Feb. 5 at home.
Born in Terra Ceia, Mr. Boyett was a lifelong resi-
dent of the area. He was the owner of a food-vending
business. He was a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 9, at Palmetto City Cemetery, the corner of 10th
Street and 14th Avenue, Palmetto, with the Rev. James
Meena officiating. Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 3355 26th St.
W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Kicliter Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Virginia; daughter Charlotte
Corder of Holmes Beach; son Charles III of Oxford,
Miss.; sisters Cora Evans of Winter Park, Gwendolyn
Button of Sarasota, and Aileen Maugans of Birming-
ham, Ala.; and two grandchildren.
Eddie G. Callahan
Eddie G. Callahan, 47, of Bradenton Beach died Feb.
2 at Blake Medical Center.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13,
at Garden of Memories, 4207 Eastlake Ave., Tampa, ac-
cording to Good Earth Crematory.
He was born in Lumberton, N.C., and moved here 10
years ago from Tampa. He worked at New Century Signs
in Bradenton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the
Surviving are daughter April Griffin of Tampa;
brother Jerry Wayne Callahan of Tampa; and two grand-
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Jan. 30 at home.
Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Mr. King came to Mana-
tee County from Lakeland in 1970. He was a salesman at
Bill Graham Ford. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an
air traffic controller. He was Episcopalian.
Services were held at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Holmes Beach, with the Rev. Richard Fellows officiating.
He is survived by wife Mary Wheeler King; daugh-
ter Christine Wheeler Watson of Jacksonville Beach; sons
Drew Frederick of Bradenton and Frederick Michael
"Mike" of Sarasota; parents Buddy and Betty King Jr.;
and sister Elizabeth "Beth" King Rulof.
Clovis Gideon Lanois
Clovis Gideon Lanois, 96, of Holmes Beach, died
Jan. 30 in Blake Medical Center.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mr. Lanois came to
Manatee County from Anderson, Ind., in 1960. He was
a retired U.S. Navy officer, serving in World War I and
II. He was a member of the Retired Officers Associa-
tion, the National Association of Armed Forces, and
the National Rifle Association. He was Catholic.
Services were Monday at Palmetto Funeral Home.
Military services will be held at a later date and burial
will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
He is survived by daughter Connie of Holmes
Beach; son Richard of Bradenton; sister Louise Beattle
of Alabama; and two grandchildren.
Selwyn R. Staples
Selwyn R. Staples, 74, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 30
at Blake Medical Center.
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Manatee County from Pine Island in 1997. He was an
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There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Homes, Holmes Beach, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Barbara; daughter Susan
Hannun of Clearwater; sons John of Laguna Niguel, Ca-
lif., and Paul of Marshfield; stepson Stephen Smith of
Sanford; sisters Natalie Henderson and Judith Hubbard of
Marshfield, Winifred Peterson of Wellesley, Mass.,
Cynthia Josselyn of Pembroke, N.H., and Gloria Peterson
of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers Fred of Bonita Beach and Donal
of Holmes Beach; and four grandchildren.
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Manatee County from Ohio
in 1973. She was a wife and
mother. She was Protestant.
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Feb. 12 at the south pavilion Winger
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Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the
O'Bryant family, 2916 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
34217. McDougal Funeral Home, Salt Lake City, is in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Krystal Ann; sons
Krystopher Lee and Benjamin Timothy; parents Timothy
P. and Rayn O'Bryant and Deena Armstrong; sister Keli
O'Bryant Srock; and grandparents Francis C, Frank J.
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Church emergency leads to lifesaving class
By Pat Copeland
When a parishioner had a mini-
stroke during services at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church one recent Sun-
day, a fire chief trained as a paramedic
and two doctors in the congregation
rushed to her side.
However, as they began to adminis-
ter aid the trio quickly learned how un-
prepared the church was for emergen-
"The only medical equipment we
had was what was in my truck," Anna
Maria/West Side Fire District Chief
Andy Price said.
"We didn't have a decent first aid
kit or even a phone in the church sanc-
tuary to call 911," added John
VanOstenbridge, chairman of the
church's board of trustees. "Someone
had to go to the church office to make
The experience led
VanOstenbridge, also a fire commis-
sioner, to seek Price's help in remedying
"It was an eye-opener for us,"
VanOstenbridge noted. "I asked Andy
to help us put together a first aid kit. He
also recommended that we purchase an
AED (automatic external defibrillator)
and train church members how to use
AEDs are used in cases of cardiac
arrest when the heart goes into ventricu-
lar fibrillation and begins quivering like
a bowl of jelly. The AED delivers an
electric shock to the heart muscle to cor-
rect the imbalance in the rhythm.
The AED is very simple to use,
Price said. When it is hooked up to the
patient, it analyzes the heart's rhythm
and tells the operator whether a shock
should be administered.
VanOstenbridge relayed Price's
suggestion to the board of trustees and
received approval to purchase an AED
with $2,850 from a memorial fund.
Then a dozen members of the congrega-
tion took a class which combined using
the AED with learning cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) skills.
The result is that Roser is one of
three non-medical agencies in the
county that have an AED and people
trained to use it. Others are Tropicana
and the Manasota Post Office.
"It was a pro-active step on the part
of the church's leaders," Capt. Barry
Brooks of the fire district said. "They
have shown a lot of incentive and are
setting an example for others to follow."
The Roser class was set up by Engi-
neer Chris Shepard, the fire district's
CPR coordinator, and taught by Brooks,
who received a special certification in
order to teach it.
"It's a new class created by the
American Heart Association with a new
certification Heart Saver/AED"
Brooks explained. "It incorporates adult
CPR with the use of the AED."
Previously the chain of survival be-
gan with early activation of EMS (emer-
gency medical service), then progressed
to early CPR, early defibrillation and
advanced life support, Brooks said.
However, research over the past 10
years pointed to a more effective
"We found out that its more effec-
tive if we use defibrillation before we go
into CPR, because few people come out
of cardiac arrest with CPR," Brooks
noted. "In the new chain of survival,
early defibrillation has been moved to
number one. If we can deliver the shock
in a timely manner, it greatly increases
the patient's chances of survival."
According to the American Heart
Association, sudden cardiac arrest
causes more than 300,000 deaths each
year in the United States because exter-
nal defibrillators arrive on the scene too
late. If defibrillators were more widely
available, 50,000 lives could be saved.
"The trick is to get them out into the
public, and get the public trained to use
them," Price said.
Brooks said all his Roser students
"walked out of the class confident that if
they had to use an AED, they could."
Jimmie and Betsy Nichols of Anna
Maria praised the class.
"The AED is very easy for a non-
medical person to use," Betsy said.
"It was a superb course," Jimmie
added. "It was very valuable because
even if we never have to use the device,
we got a good course in CPR."
One important point she learned
from the course was that "people should
be aware of their location and how to tell
emergency personnel where they are in
case of an emergency," Betsy said.
VanOstenbridge said information
referral was especially important be-
cause during the Roser emergency, the
parishioner who called 911 couldn't re-
member the address of the church.
"We now have the address beside
every phone in the church,"
Dr. John Deam of Holmes Beach was
one of three doctors who took the course.
"I was very impressed," Deam said.
"The instructors did a great job. It makes
the AED usable for non-medical people.
It's like life insurance you hope you
never need it."
Roser participants will be offered a
refresher course every six months,
Brooks said. A second Heart Saver/CPR
course will be offered at the church in
April and 14 parishioners have already
signed up for it.
"Roser Church has taken the first
step in the chain of survival and I hope
the community looks at this," Brooks
said. "We could have AEDs in city
halls, condominiums, businesses, trailer
parks any place where people gather.
It may seem like a lot to pay for one
piece of equipment, but if it saves one
life, it has paid for itself a hundred times
The fire district will train any group
that purchases an AED, Brooks said. In
addition it offers CPR classes monthly.
The six-hour classes are given on Satur-
days and cost $20 per person.
"We are fortunate that we have
people who thoroughly enjoy teaching,"
Brooks said. "The more people we can
train, the easier our job is."
Call Shepard at 749-3915 to sched-
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Stir feels compelled to offer one
more reminder that Monday is
Valentine's Day. It's so easy to let this
holiday slip by, but so meaningful to
make a small effort to send a card or a
It doesn't have to be much, but a
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We got a press release from
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can cope with the confrontation of
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open Chez Andre for a first-ever Mon-
day dinner sure to be a "sweetheart of
an affair." All the regular goodies on the
menu will be offered, but you can be
sure his specials will eclipse those items
- and his desserts will send you home
with love in your heart.
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Homes and Garden cookbook, a 1967
vintage wedding present, disappeared.
With great appreciation, many
cakes have appeared since, and what-
ever it is he does with chocolate and this
old recipe, it's the most melt-in-the-
mouth delectable creation you could
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Wherever you go to celebrate your
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Golden Spoon winners
take to the beach
The best of the best showed up to
dine in Holmes Beach last week and
went home with Golden Spoons. The
annual event was hosted this year by
four-time winner Sean Murphy of
Each year for three decades Florida
Trend magazine and restaurant editor
Robert Tolf have handed out awards to
those restaurants anointed as top fine
dining restaurants in the state. The
awards' ceremony is hosted by one of
the winning top 20.
Conceivably, the more than 35,000
restaurants in Florida according to
the Florida Restaurant Association -
are in the competition for.20 Golden
Spoons, 20 Best New Restaurants and a
spot on the Top 200 Restaurants list
identified by Tolf.
Tolf's criteria seems to demand a
restaurant with innovative food, a menu
that changes almost daily, superior ser-
vice and a wine cellar deep in vintages
Area restaurants that earned the
coveted spoons this year include Sean
Murphy's Beach Bistro, Ray and
D'Arcy Arpke's Euphemia Haye on
north Longboat Key, Michael Klauber's
Michael's on East of Sarasota and Marty
Blitz's incredible downtown Tampa eat-
ery Mise en Place.
Mise en Place serves some mighty
fine food, all innovative and creative,
and its service staff is the most knowl-
edgeable we've found. The bar is known
for its martinis, but Stir has heard from
a number of people that the restaurant
Maureen's on Longboat Key has some
As has been the case since Tolf
started the coveted "spoon" awards 33
years ago, two restaurants stand out in
terms of great food and staying power.
Bern's Steak House of Tampa re-
ceived the very first spoon award and
this year collected its 33rd.
Nipping at Bern's heels is Chalet
Suzanne near Lake Wales, a world-fa-
mous bed and breakfast resort and res-
taurant that has catered to presidents,
astronauts and other luminaries.
The Chalet's gourmet soups are out
of this world, having been served on
NASA flights to the moon. They even
make one called Moon Soup.
Tucked away in the middle of an
orange grove just north of this small
central Florida town known for Bok
Tower and Spook Hill, Chalet Suzanne
offers up a unique experience unparal-
The Swiss-style chalet with its
gingerbread appointments and lovely
rooms take guests back in time. The
dining room is adorned with flowers,
china, crystal and silverware, each
Italian tiled table uniquely set. To be
sure, it is the funkiest and one of
the finest places Stir has ever seen.
The eclectic Swedish bar with its
leather-covered stools and liquor of ev-
ery persuasion from around the world is
reminiscent of the "cocktail hour" prac-
ticed so well in Thin Man movies by
Myrna Loy and William Powell.
And there to welcome friends and
guests is owner Vita Hinshaw whose
mother-in-law created this fascinating
inn and restaurant more than 70 years
Hinshaw, who flew in to pick up her
newest gold spoon at the Bistro, said she
doesn't remember how many the Chalet
"I think this spoon is the 30th,"
Hinshaw said. "Bob (Tolf) brings it up
every year, about whether Bern's won
the first one or we did. I think Bern's got
theirs first and then we won one a year
or two later.
"It's amazing to me that we're both
still hanging in there. It takes some stay-
"I can tell you this, I'm looking for-
ward to returning to Holmes Beach to
eat at Chez Andre where I hear they
have the best sweetbreads anywhere.
My husband Karl loved sweetbreads. It
was his favorite dish."
Now for the 20 Golden Spoon win-
ners plus a category added this year des-
ignating the top five Florida resorts' res-
Two of the five resorts apparently
thumbed noses at Tolf and the award by
not sending anyone to Holmes Beach to
pick up their spoons. Tolf indicated
there would be no spoon next year for
this egregious faux pas.
The no-shows were Manalapan's
Four Seasons in Palm Beach and the
Peabody in Orlando.
The Arpkes, owners of Euphemia
Haye, won their eighth consecutive
Golden Spoon at this year's ceremony.
"The dinner Sean put on for the
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winners was incredible, fabulous," Ray
Arpke said. "Every course was better
than the previous and sommelier Bob
Valentino did a great job matching wine
"My very favorite course was foie
gras seared rare and accompanied by an
Alsatian rose wine. It kicked butt. Of
course the bouillabaisse and the rack of
,amb were wonderful.
"A really neat thing they did was
serve a dollop of creamy sweet potato
topped -- irt-sotrr cream and Beluga
caviar on gold spoons. It was a nice
Now for the few, the proud, the best.
There's something to be said for
starting the name of your restaurant with
one of the first letters of the alphabet.
Murphy should know. His is first on
Tolf's top-20 list printed in the February
2000 issue of Florida Trend.
The others are Bern's Steak House
(Tampa), Brooks Restaurant
(Deerfield Beach), Cafe L'Europe
(Palm Beach), Chalet Suzanne (Lake
Wales), Chef Allen's (North Miami
Beach), Criolla's (Grayton Beach),
Crystal Cafe (Miami Beach), Darrel &
Oliver's Cafe Maxx (Pompano
Beach), Darrel & Oliver's East City
Grill (Fort Lauderdale), Enzo's on the
Lake (Longwood), Euphemia Haye
(Longboat Key), Manuel's on the 28th
(Orlando), Mark's Las Olas (Fort Lau-
derdale), McGuire's Irish Pub
(Pensacola), Michael's on East
(Sarasota), Mise en Place (Tampa and
one of Stir's favorite spots for its won-
derful pate and killer soft shell crab),
Norman's (Coral Gables), Sterlings of
Avondale (Jacksonville), 32 East
(Delray Beach) and Victoria's and
Albert's (Walt Disney World).
In the Luxury Resort Restaurant
category, the three other winners were
the Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables), Re-
naissance Vinoy Resort (St. Petersburg)
and the Ritz-Carlton (Naples).
The resorts were given their own
category because Tolf felt the large, cor-
porate-owned entities "have cash flows
unimaginable to a li'l old restaurateur."
For example, the Biltmore Hotel's
La Palme d'Or imports a French chef
each month for a week of dazzling food
creations. Family-owned restaurants
don't have the bread to pay for that sort
Tolf's picks for the 20 best new res-
taurants in the state include several Bay-
area eateries including Fred's, 1917 S.
Osprey Ave., Sarasota. It's across the
street from the recently renovated
Morton's Market and is the brainchild of
former Bijou Cafe owner Fred Matson.
While you're waiting for your table,
take a stroll through Fred's amply-
stocked wine store adjacent to the res-
taurant. There are some great wines and
buys at Fred's.
Jordan's Steakhouse in the Sarasota
Quay made the best new list as did Zoria
on Hillview Avenue in Sarasota. Chefs
Byan Boeve and Arthur Lopez split
from Ophelia's on the Bay last summer
to open this contemporary American
cafe with menu to match.
Area restaurants in the top 200
restaurant category include Murphy's
Bistro at Island's End in Anna Maria,
the Colony and Harry's Continental
Kitchens, both on Longboat Key, Cafe
L'Europe and David Michael's on St.
Armands Circle, the Bijou Cafe in
downtown Sarasota, Michael's Sea-
food Grille at the Sarasota Quay,
Ophelia's on the Bay and the Summer-
house, both on Siesta Key.
For event host Murphy, it was a
unique moment in the spotlight that
sort of butterfly-in-the-stomach produc-
Preparing a dinner for his peers -
some 60 gastronomes involves a se-
rious stress factor, according to Murphy.
"I couldn't have been more nervous.
The only time I've been more nervous
was when my children were born,"
Murphy said. "You've got the best res-
taurateurs in the state.
"Tolf thought it was an excellent
dinner," Murphy said. "We got to sip
some Cles des Ducs-millesime 1962
armangac after dinner and talk one-on-
one. I also got a chance to talk to Vita
Hinshaw of Chalet Suzanne. She is the
sweetest, most gracious person."
Murphy added that the dinner was
almost secondary to the company on
hand for the event.
"What stands out the most is not the
food and wine, but the fact that we were
in the room," Murphy said. "Everyone
there probably would have been happy
with corned beef and cabbage and a
glass of gewurztraminer."
STHE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 9, 2000 0 PAGE 19
Chez Andre will open Valentine's Day,
Monday, Feb. 14, for a special French-
Continental dining experience. Make
reservations early for an enchanted
evening of fine dining with exceptional
wine and classical music. Special
Valentine's menu as well as all
the Chez Andre favorites.
Breakfast and Lunch
Tues thru Sat 8 AM-2:30 PM
Sunday 8 AM-1:30 PM
Dining in France
Wednesday to Sunday 5:30 PM
Now featuring a fine selection
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Croissants, baguettes and breakfast, lunch and dinner available for take out.
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No reports filed.
Jan. 29, DUI, 2500 to 100 block of Gulf Drive
North. The officer said he observed Randall S.
Beckham, 32, of Longboat Key, traveling south on
the wrong side of the road at an extremely high rate
of speed. The officer said Beckham was driving er-
ratically and overtook and passed several vehicles.
S The officer stopped Beckham, administered field
performance tests and placed him in custody.
Jan. 31, DWLS, petty theft, no registration, at-
tached tag not assigned, 2500 block of Gulf Drive.
Upon making a traffic stop, the officer learned the
subject's tag was reported stolen. A check showed
the vehicle had no tag assigned to it and the subject's
driver's license was suspended. The subject was
placed in custody.
Feb. 2, Baker Act, 200 block of Gulf Drive
North. The officer was flagged down by the com-
plainant who reported a subject in the vehicle ap-
peared to be going into shock, said the report. The
officer said the subject could not respond to ques-
tions. EMS arrived and transported the subject to the
Feb. 3, Baker Act, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K
parking lot. The officer said the subject approached
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him and was making irrational statements and be-
came aggressive. He placed the subject in custody
and transported him to the hospital.
Jan. 28, suspicious, 5400 Holmes Blvd., coin
laundry. The complainant reported four juvenile sub-
jects were running around the laundry and jumping
on washing machines. The officer advised the sub-
jects to leave.
Jan. 28, suspicious, 6000 block of Gulf Drive.
The complainant reported juvenile subjects threw
eggs at his vehicle. The subjects were gone upon the
Jan. 28, suspicious person, 5400 block of Ma-
rina Drive. The complainant reported subjects sell-
ing football bags and signs. The officer advised them
they must have a permit and they agreed to leave the
Jan. 29, suspicious, 48th Street beach end. The
complainant reported juvenile subjects threw objects
at his vehicle. The officer located the subjects and
warned them about their behavior.
Jan. 29, damage, 400 block of Bay Palms
Drive. The complainant reported an unknown person
struck her mailbox causing $25 in damage.
Jan. 29, lost property a cellular phone val-
ued at $200, unknown location.
Jan. 29, suspicious, 300 block of Clark. The
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a paint ball during an argument. The officer advised
the subject's parents to keep him away from the
Jan. 29, disturbance, 6600 Gulf Drive, Beach
Bistro. The complainants reported the intoxicated
subject was arguing loudly, using profanity and dis-
turbing patrons in the restaurant. The officer calmed
the subject and guided him and his party out of the
restaurant. The owner arrived and advised the sub-
ject not to return.
Jan. 29, suspicious, 300 block of 60th Street.
The complainant reported juvenile subjects were
making noise near the residence and awoke her and
her husband. The subjects were not found.
Jan. 30, theft of $19.73 in gasoline, 3015 Gulf
Jan. 30, suspicious, 100 block of 81st Street.
The complainant reported two suspicious persons
dressed in black were in the carport and when they
observed the complainant, they fled.
Jan. 30, battery, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue.
An altercation between two subjects became physi-
cal, said the report. Witnesses identified the aggres-
sor and he was placed in custody.
Jan. 30, disturbance, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo.
The complainant reported he and the subject got into
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an argument over a 50-cent refund. The officer ar-
rived and the subject said he overreacted. Both part- ,
Jan. 30, lost property a wallet, 3900 East
Bay Drive, Publix. .
SJan. 30, assist EMS, 5353 Gulf Drive, \. 11
Timesaver. The officer responded and found an in- -. -
toxicated subject had fallen while using the phone. : -' '
He transported the subject to his residence. "
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Drive, Sunbow Bay. ,- A .,--Q
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block of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. J '
Feb. 1, theft of a boat and trailer, 3601 East" -.
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Feb. 2, theft of a vehicle tag and decal, 200
block of 57th Street.
Feb. 2, theft, 699 Manatee Avenue,
NationsBank. The complainant reported the suspect
transferred money from her account and charged it Now you see them, now you don't
to her credit card account. The officer issued a capias At the urging of members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Board, public works employees
for the suspect and forwarded it to the state moved newspaper boxes from the front of this hedge to the side. Board members complained the boxes were
attorney's office, unsightly and an impediment to beautifying the traffic island at the curve in front of Eckerds. Islander Photo:
Feb. 3, assist fire department with a vehicle C y o S
Courtesy of Sarah Maloney
fire, Cortez Road and Gulf Drive.
Feb. 3, assist, 28th Street bayside. The officer
responded to assist the fire department and EMS
with a report of an airplane crash. Nothing was Turtle poster entrants sought
Feb. 3, suspicious vehicle, 100 block of 31st The Longboat Key Turtle Watch program is 11 by 17 inches in size, is $5. Artwork will not be
Street. The complainant reported seeing a suspicious looking for artistic interpretations regarding the nest- returned.
vehicle containing juvenile subjects who appeared to ing and hatching of loggerhead sea turtles. The prize Submissions should be made to Gillian S.
be drinking. The subjects were not found. winner will receive $50 and the honor of having his Busard of Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., 1999
If you have information that may help solve or her art turned into a poster for the group. Main St., Sarasota. Deadline is March 31. For more
crimes, contact Crime Stoppers at 747-COPS. You Cost for submitting artwork, which should be information, call 365-8500.
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Island seashells in big time in big weekend show
By Jim Hanson
Literally millions of seashells are coming to town,
many of them from Anna Maria Island, many of them
picked off the beach here by Fran Schlusemann.
The occasion is the Shell Festival Friday through
Sunday, Feb. 11-13, where shell enthusiasts from the
corners of the world will show off their collections. It
will be at the Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota, opening at 12:30 p.m. on the Friday, 10
a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and closing at 5 p.m. every
Fran Schlusemann can hardly wait. She's been at
it since 1955, when she and husband Hank started va-
cationing and shelling on Anna Maria's beaches. "Our
son was barely old enough to walk on the beach," she
They haunted the beach at the pier at the Manatee
Public Beach, and Anna Maria was one of the best shell
beaches on the Gulf.
She took her beach booty home to Glen Ellyn, Ill.,
until Hank built a house in Sarasota in 1986. They
moved here full time two years later upon retirement,
he from International Harvester and she from a systems
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They haven't slowed down. She has gone deeper
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"You ought to see our garage," said Hank. "It's at
least one-third packed with shells." He makes it easy
for her, doing much of the work around the house while
she labors at her collecting and her art.
She won "best of show" at last year's Shell Festi-
val. And with 19 entries in the show, she and Hank won
17 ribbons. And set records in entries and ribbons.
Some collectors take shells with the live shell-
maker still in them, but Schlusemann stays strictly with
"beached" shells, those whose occupants have died or
otherwise left the shell.
The gem of her collection so far is a lightning
whelk she found here after a major storm a few years
ago. A rare item, it is 15 inches long and six inches
across at one end.
She and Hank will be at the festival in Sarasota,
exhibiting their own collections and her art and admir-
ing the shells of other exhibitors and vendors.
Some shells found near here include, from left,
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Another example of Fran Schlusemann's artwork
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There will be maybe 100 exhibitors, she said, plus
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plus special things for youngsters such as tables where
they can work with shells and take the results home.
And shells, shells, shells. And corals from around
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The big show is sponsored by the Sarasota Shell
Club, which has 85 members now and meets at 7 p.m.
at Mote Marine Laboratory's aquarium the second
Thursday of each month from September through
April. Lynn Gaulin chairs the festival's preparations,
with President Kathy Haller and such devoted members
as Schlusemann helping.
Club members travel the world for shells, said
Schlusemann, to Australia and the Philippines and
Africa and Asia and the countless Pacific islands.
But she stays around the Gulf. Anna Maria is still
pretty good shelling, she said, although far less than in
her early years here "Some species are almost ex-
tinct," she said.
Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is pretty good, but
most of Siesta's configuration doesn't catch many of
the shells washing in the Gulf. Her favorite spot has
become Lido Key's south beach.
Her main interest now is shell art.
She discovered that talent a few years ago when
she began gluing tiny shells to a grapevine.
Now she does flower arrangements with shells and
is partial to roses she creates with "jingle shells," multi-
colored and ranging in size from fingernail to silver
"I just love shelling so much," she said. "You look
at a shell and it's so gorgeous that it inspires you to do
something with it."
She has done many "somethings," and the results
will be at the festival along with the results of 100 or
more other shell collectors at the festival.
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Too weird for sci-fi; leatherbacks rebounding?
Science fiction is becoming science fact at an in-
credible pace, and some of the new technology is even
stretching the minds of the great sci-fi writers. Take
nanotechnology, for instance.
Scientists are making great strides in manipulating
individual atoms and molecules in the science which
measures things to the nanometer. That's one-billionth
of a meter, or 10,000 times narrower than a human hair.
As I understand it, the deal is if you can push at-
oms around you can generate a kind of spark, or the
same thing as throwing a switch. Computer folks are
excited about the technology, which should allow them
to make smaller and faster computers. Current comput-
ers use chips that are something like 200 nanometers
in size; some companies are working to drop the size
to about 20 nanometers in the next few years.
There are other applications, too. Somehow or other
scientists figure they can shuffle atoms so that paint will
change color to match its surroundings, or bricks on a
house can adapt to weather conditions to provide more
insulation by transferring heat and humidity.
There are also plans to create molecular sensors
that can detect poison gas or spoiled meat in your
fridge. The mind boggles, doesn't it?
The feds hope to spend about $500 million to ad-
vance nanotechnology in the United States this year.
Private companies spend about the same annually, and
Europe and Asia about twice as much as us.
"Nanotechnology has the potential to change the
nature of almost every human-made thing," according
to a federal report on the science.
To give you an idea of the hopes behind
nanotechnology, consider that computer giant Hewlett-
Packard is spending half its research funds on
Leatherbacks come back
Leatherback sea turtles have a few unique quali-
ties: at seven feet long they're the largest sea turtles in
the world, and they're also among the rarest to nest on
But there may be a resurgence of these huge turtles,
at least off the shores of the east coast. Turtle watch-
ers in Martin and St. Lucie counties have had back-to-
back record years for leatherback nests in the past two
years. In Martin County, 143 leatherback nests were
counted in 1999, up from the previous record of 107 in
1998. In St. Lucie county, last year saw 60 nests, up
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Scientists and turtle counters aren't sure if the increase
in leatherback turtles over there is a sign that the species
is recovering its historic population or if they're just show-
ing up on the Treasure Coast rather than some place else.
As one turtle watcher put it, "It could be the spe-
cies is enjoying something of a population boom, or on
the other hand, more of them may have come here last
year because of some disruption to their habitat in other
Let's hope its the population boom.
Wine lovers unite
Speaking of booms, a couple of little winemakers
from California are hoping to blow a lot of the big
booze distributors out of the water with a federal law-
suit filed in New York. If they're successful, it will
probably change the way we buy booze here in Florida.
At issue is wine sales by mail, by phone or over the
Florida and 30 or so other states have prohibited
direct mail wine purchases. The argument by the pow-
erful wine and spirits industry is that youngsters would
be able to order wine and consume it as if there are
lots of 13-year-olds out there that want, or can afford,
to buy a case of fine Sauvignon Blanc.
Of course, the real reason behind the wine-order
ban is money. Big state distributors currently have a
lock on what wines consumers may buy, and take a
hefty cut of the proceeds to get the product to the
people. Cut out the middleman, cut out their piece of
Another factor is that since big wine distributors
have the final say in what they will or won't buy, lots
of little vineyards in California or Oregon or Washing-
ton or New York are pretty much prohibited from get-
ting their product to consumers unless consumers come
to their vineyards in person.
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store, you can imagine what you're missing.
If the small California wineries prevail in the New
York test case, it would forecast an end to Florida's
prohibition on interstate wine sales. Another similar
case has been filed in Tampa's federal court by six
Sarasota wine connoisseurs in another attempt to erode
the big guys' power.
I'm rooting for the little guys in this one.
There seem to be more and more authors moving
to Florida, and more and more of them seem to be com-
ing to this part of the state for book signing or lectures.
A good case in point were the back-to-back appear-
ances earlier this year by Tim Dorsey and Jim Hall.
Now, a heavyweight in the writing game has
signed what could be the heftiest book deal ever.
Stephen King, who wrote "The Shining" and "Carrie"
and a whole slew of other books, is rumored to have
signed a three-book contract for $48 million with his
publishing house, Hodder and Stoughton, of England.
Let's see, that's $16 million per book. If you fig-
ure there are about 100,000 words in an average-sized
novel, it means that Mr. King is getting $160 a word for
Hey, boss, how about a raise?
By the way, in related book news, author Les
Standiford will be in town Feb. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., and
Tim McCarver Feb. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., both at
Circle Books on St. Armands Circle. Call 388-2850 for
This isn't so much a factoid as a quote to help il-
lustrate a story. The quote is from Carl Hiaasen's new
book, "Sick Puppy":
"It was a cardinal rule of political deal fixing: The
later the vote, the better. So stultifying was the average
government meeting that not even the hardiest of civic
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the only souls who remained to the wee hours were
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Sheepshead abound, weather to warm, grouper to heat up
By Capt. David Futch
Last week the International Game Fish Associa-
tion, keeper of world records on virtually every fish in
the world, released its list for "Top Catches for 1999."
In the "fish-of-the-weird" category, fisherman Jo-
seph Mrozowski caught one of the rarest things that
While fishing Longboat Pass on July 25,
Mrozowski landed a 5.2-pound houndfish, second only
in size to one caught in Hollywood. Roger Ploneis
brought in a houndfish that weighed 7.5 pounds, which
is up for consideration as a world record.
If you've never seen a houndfish, you don't want to.
They can be dangerous if you're fishing at night
with a light. The houndfish is part of the needlefish
family with a nose like a spear.
At night, when startled by light, they can execute
a series of long leaps. Anyone in the path of these liv-
ing javelins can be impaled on the long-pointed jaws.
People have been injured seriously, some fatally,
after being struck by a houndfish.
Now for the report on the fish we know and love.
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez reports that
Capt. Zack Zacharias is doing good on sheepshead
and getting a lot of trout to 20 inches. Capt. Sam
Kimball, who is also docked at Annie's on the north
side of the Cortez Bridge, said he's fishing in 40-60 feet
SANDSCRIPT, FROM PAGE 24
the emptiest, competition was fierce for space at the tail
of the agenda."
Now for the story: A Sarasota man had requested
permission from the city's board of adjustment to build
a dock 235 feet into Sarasota Bay. The water depth at
the end of the dock was somewhere between 18 and 30
inches, depending on who you believed. The meeting
began at 2 p.m. for the single-issue item and the adjust-
ment board members eventually unanimously denied
the variance --just before midnight.
And who was in the audience? Attorneys, lobby-
ist-consultants, stenographers, and a very sleepy jour-
nalist colleague. One of the attorneys asked my asso-
ciate if he was going to write about the issue, since it
was just a dock permit.
"Are you kidding?" my buddy replied. "I've got 10
hours invested in this story!"
Mark Howard of Holmes Beach landed this fine 20-
pound cobia while fishing within a mile of Anna
Maria Island beaches. Islander Photo Courtesy: Dot
of water and catching reds and gag grouper to 15
pounds. He's also catching huge mangrove snapper in
the four- to five-pound range and some bonita.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said an-
glers can start looking for pompano on the beach. More
pompano are showing in the bays too.
"Try looking for redfish in the cold weather around
marinas near the mouth of the Manatee River and
around docks and channels such as the shoreline chan-
nel north of the old Coquina Beach launch site,"
Lowman said. "Grouper fishing is still outstanding.
"Don't forget the triggerfish when grouper fishing.
Just about every spot where grouper are biting, trigger-
fish will bite. At the end of the grouper bite, go down
to 20-pound-test line with a smaller hook with shrimp
or cut bait and catch those that are surely there. They're
a real delicacy. Big sheepshead are around the docks,
pilings, structure. Any structure near shore."
At the Rod & Reel Pier at the north end of Anna
Maria Island there were a lot of drum caught Friday
morning and some redfish. "There are some other fish
around, but they're not biting. There's a ton of snook
under the dock and they're not going to do anything
with the water as cold as it is. It's going to be a while
before it warms up and anything happens. We've got
another cold front coming through."
Dave Johnson at the Snead Island Crab House
said cold fronts, one after the other, have made for ter-
rible fishing. He said some trout and reds are being
caught in Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Justin Moore on the Primadonna II said
now is prime time for sheepshead.
"We're just tearing up the sheepshead," Moore
said. "There are some pompano along the beach but not
many. Trout are on the flats and my dad (Capt. Scott
Moore) said there are a lot of cobia around Boca
Grande. When the weather warms up, they should
make their way here."
Capt. Matt Denham and his first mate Rodney
Shirley continue to bring home red and gag grouper for
their customers aboard the Rip-Tide.
Capt. Tom Chaya on Dolphin Dreams at
Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach said this year and
last year have been like night and day when you com-
pare the weather patterns.
"Last year by the end of February I had fished 45
days, a banner year for me," Chaya said. "This year the
cold and wind have kept me at the dock more than I
like. But I'm still catching a lot of sheepshead, some
trout and the occasional pompano. I expect fishing will
be better by the end of the week when it's supposed to
Capt. Rick Gross on the charter vessel Fishy
Business II docked at Captain's Marina said he caught
sheepshead to five pounds and trout when he went out
the middle of last week.
"On Friday off the beaches of Anna Maria Island
we caught Spanish mackerel to 22 inches," Gross said.
"We also caught a baker's dozen of pompano to three
pounds. One fisherman with the Tampa Bay Flyfishing
Club caught three pompano and two mackerel on flies."
Capt. Curt Morrison on the Neva-Miss out of
Cortez said he's still catching nice gag and red grou-
per from 12-20 miles offshore.
"We've been catching them on live pinfish, thread-
fin herring and cut sardines," Morrison said. "Some of
the gags went to 32 inches and reds were up to 26
Mark Howard of Holmes Beach brought in a
couple of fishing pictures and said he's been slaying
grouper for months now.
"I like to use planers, a No. 2 with a gold bomber
on it is deadly," Harmon said. "I've been fishing all
winter in just two spots and I'll go out and troll, pick-
ing up a couple keepers in an hour or two. Grouper fish-
ing has been phenomenal this year."
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Pritchard runs amok
in basketball championship
Jordan Pritchared made a shambles of the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar Restaurant defense to lead his
Bryant's Recycled Treasures basketball team to the Di-
vision 2 championship Thursday for player age 8-10.
Pritchard, who used his speed and ball-handling
skills, scored 14 points to give Bryant's a 22-11 win
and the trophy.
Michael "Paco" Paukovich, night supervisor at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, said the Oys-
ter Bar was helpless to stop Pritchard.
"Jordan had a couple of superb steals and drove to
the basket all night," Paco said. "That's how he scored
most of his points."
Bryant's did not let the Oyster Bar score in the first
period, taking a 6-0 lead.
It was 8-2 after the second and 12-6 at the end of
the third. The start of the fourth period saw Sean Price
of Bryant's put the game out of reach.
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RARE ELEVATED DUPLEX Just across
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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 26
Anderson, who is 13 and almost six feet tall, scored
at will and missed just two free throws.
"He dominated inside," Paco said. "He and Chase
Parker took control and never let go."
Parker had 19 points for Mermaid and also contrib-
uted two big blocks.
For Bell South, Ryan Bradley had 16 points, Joey
Mattay scored six, Michael Wallen had six and Robby
Dial had four.
Ciarleglio, Pear bring
First National championship
When Gerard Ciarleglio wasn't driving inside for
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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 28
a score, Adam Pear-was putting up another of his re-
bounds for a basket as the pair combined for 52 points
in the Premier Division championship game Thursday.
Ciarleglio had 30 points and Pear 22, including a
three-pointer, to give First National Bank a 70-51
championship win over Westbay Athletic Club.
Taylor Bernard chipped in 16 points for First Na-
Westbay, playing without its leading scorer Joey
Kerns, was led by Adam Wall who had 15 points, scor-
ing under the basket and from the outside, and Tyler
Krauss who had 12 points.
Krauss' baskets were particularly impressive be-
cause he attempted five three-point shots from 18 feet
away and made four of them.
Center Joe Beebe scored 12 points and Joe Ruggy
had 10 for Westbay.
Westbay jumped out to an 18-9 first-period lead
mostly because First National couldn't get a shot to
First National took it to Westbay in the second
period, outscoring Westbay 23-9 and taking a 32-27
At the end of the third it was 48-40 First National
and they closed them out handily in the fourth by sink-
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First thought: It's a joke.
Second thought: Why hasn't anybody picked this
Island artist Snoopy Gates picked it up, a Snapple
bottle with paper inside, and found fascination and
The note read: "Hello from Reddington Shores.
We have a dog named Buster. The Dolphins are great.
Please have a happy new year 2000. Signed Leah and
Chris, sent 11:59 December 31st 1999."
So far, so good, especially with artfully burned
edges. A fascinating find on the Gulf of Mexico beach
not far from Harrington House in Holmes Beach.
But who are Leah and Chris? Where are they, for
that matter? Well, Reddington Shores is near St. Peters-
burg and it's not so small that there are only one Leah
and Chris in town. Especially with no last name listed.
That's frustrating. Gates would sort of like to get
in touch with the note bottlers, even if just to say
The silk painter and pottery artist said she found
the bottle at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 after a few days of
high wind and waves, which may explain why it took
only 19 days to drift to Anna Maria.
She's lived in Holmes Beach for seven years
after coming from her native Belgium, so she's seen
her share of odd Island goings-on. But this is high on
Horseshoe winners in
Winners in the Feb. 2 horseshoe games were Tom
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Winners in the Feb. 5 games were Markley and
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A Minneapolis-based public relations company has
opened an office to service the Bradenton-Sarasota area,
headquartering at 202 67th St., Holmes Beach. Robert P.
Thompson, president of Pierce Thompson & Associates,
said the new office was opened to counsel area organiza-
tions including the Manatee Sail and Power Squadron and
the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island.
For more information, call 778-4748.
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love seat
$399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129; futons
(sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress $199;
daybed (white with brass finials) including two mattresses
and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call 753-7118.
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.
WANTED, USED KEE self propelled mower. Ask for
VITAMASTER COMFORT AIR triple action exercise
bike. Time, speed, distance, calorie indicator. $75.
HAMMOND GRANDE ORGAN, electronic with seat
and pedal assembly. $500 or best offer. Delivered.
Call Jesse, 228-8271.
FURNITURE SALE, nine piece Pine bedroom set,
excellent condition, $2,500. Pine table with two
leaves, six chairs, $600. 52" Hitachi TV and VCR
under warrantee, $1,500. Oak Futon bed and
dresser, $500. 5x7 wool area rugs, $125. Couch, end
tables, TV's. Call Scott at 877-275-9469.
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.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Feb. 11-12, 8am-lpm.
Bikes, boat seats, books, gas caddy, radios, glass-
ware, lots of other treasures. 434 63rd St., Holmes
Beach. Weather permitting.
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Mike t H 778-6696
3101 Gulf Drive
Realty inc. f Holmes Beach, FL 34217
LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon., Wed.,
Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 383-4738.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET at The Budget Box, Feb.
19, 9am-2pm. One block north of Manatee Ave. off
41st St. west.
MOVING SALE, SAT. Feb. 12, 8am. 202 Lake View
Dr., Anna Maria.
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, Feb. 12-13. Men's/women's
golf bags, beautiful oak end tables, shelves, desk,
garden tools, household items and more. 2807 Gulf
Dr., Holmes Beach.
ARTISTS GUILD SIDEWALK art sale, Feb. 19, 10am-
2pm. Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Corner
of Gulf and Marina. Demonstrations, refreshments.
CORAL SHORES 4th annual yard sale. Saturday, Feb. 12,
8am-1pm. Many families participating. 9200 Cortez Rd.
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 12, 8am-noon. Lots
of boating, fishing gear, Evinrude props, kids stuff
and more. 513 71st, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE INSIDE at Ginny's Antique and Art.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 9am. 5600 Marina Dr., across
from the library at Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 12, 8am-1pm. Baby
items, lots of miscellaneous, Ford pick-up truck, and
knickknacks. 505 70th St., Holmes Beach.
SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 9am-3pm. Hundreds of items.
313 Iris St., Anna Maria.
HUGE SALE, FRIDAY and Saturday, Feb. 11-12,
8:30-?. Like'new clothes and shoes, furniture, dishes,
golf, oldies, lots of clean out items. 691 Binnacle Pt.
Dr., in Emerald Harbor, Longboat Key.
LOST GOLD CLADDAGH ring. Vicinity of Holmes Beach
Island Shopping Center or Anna Maria Sandbar Restau-
rant on Feb. 2. Call Sharon at 727-3453, Bradenton.
DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
Just across your private | 'i
bridge and down by the ,
bay rests this fresh and
bright 2BR/2BA condo. r
Two screened porches 1" -
within a split-bedroom
plan. Beautiful pool area.
Under-building parking for two cars. Its mid-Island location is
close to shopping and beach, making it perfect for personal
or investment usage. Florida-contemporary furniture may also
be purchased, if desired. You can own a "piece of paradise"
now for only $124,500!
91 7~ GULF2STREAM
"CRITTER SITTER", five years in pet care, 21 years
as Island residents. Tender loving care for your pets,
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
JEEP CHEROKEE, 1986. Dependable automatic,
four-door, air conditioning, alarm system, am/fm ra-
dio-cassette player. 941-778-9198, leave message.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
BOAT WASHING, compounding, hand waxing, hand
buffing, teak conditioning and refinishing. Complete
detailing, 30 years experience. Satisfaction guaran-
teed, fully insured. 794-8844.
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.
WANTED, BIG FIBERGLASS dock box in good con-
dition. Call 778-3526, leave message if no answer.
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.
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PANORAMIC VIEW of Tampa Bay from this hexagon shaped Anna
Maria Island residence. This fantastic custom-built home features a
wrap-around porch, beach, fireplace and wood floors. $469,000.
Jeanette Rampone 747-3364 or e-mail: Jram1207@aol.com. R38938
MANATEE RIVERFRONT ESTATE Two-story Georgian residence
with new kitchen and baths. Mint condition, wood floors, crown
moldings, French doors, fireplace. heated pool, mature trees. Private
setting. $1,300,000. Sandy Drapala 252-1632 or Kathy Marcinko
CONDO ON THE BAY Gorgeous full bay and Longboat Key view
from the twelfth floor of this popular complex. This 2BR/2B unit is
rarely available. 24-hour guard, pool and tennis. $340,000. Van
Bourgois 744-9495. C42698
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS of bay and Sarasota skyline. 2BR condominium
in guarded community. Cathedral ceilings, cook's kitchen. $225,000.
Bob and Penny Hall 749-5981 or www.floridahouse.net. C36878
HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE COTTAGE Relax on the pri-
vate deck or enjoy the peace and quiet from your porch swing.
Walk to the bay or bike through the village. $133,900. Marge
Dutton 755-8093. R39901
TENNIS ANYONE? Exquisite beauty and design is the hallmark of this
4,238 sq.ft., 5BR/5B residence. Completely remodeled in 1998. Privacy
and impeccable taste. $650,000. Julie DeSear 794-3041. R36645
BRING YOUR HORSES Where can you find over three acres of
wooded land in a convenient location? Beautiful new 4BR/3B home
with plenty of room for entertaining. $265,000. Van Bourgois 744-
PRESTIGIOUS AZALEA PARK HOME beautifully landscaped with
outside lighting and screened entry. Solar heated caged pool. Up-
graded kitchen, new appliances and counter tops. $224,600. Colette
Gerrish 720-4584 or Chuck West 374-3211. R42732
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OPEN DAILY-802 GLADIOLUS-NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEW Up-
grades, extras, decks, 2,400 sq.ft. aea and three-car grage/storage. $445,000.
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. May sell separatly at $227,900 each.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model. Enclosed lanai. $110,000.
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA, golf, glassed lanai. $98.900. New carpet & paint.
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 I BR/IBA 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
(94~1) 748,6300 9 Licensed Real Estate Broker
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Countertops Appliances Ceramic Tile
Kitchen Cabinets Lifetime guarantee!
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Mobile Detailing: Autos Boats RVs
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HLWANTD Cotined 177 AWNAND GARDNonine
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.
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.
TELEMARKETING SALES, first class cruise pack-
age. Great leads, $100 per sale. One seat left. Expe-
rienced only. Call 779-2017.
NURSES NEEDED, live in, weekends only. Guest
house available. Assist healthy lady with spinal injury.
Hoyer lift, travel opportunity. 383-6953.
FOR SALE, RESIDENTIAL cleaning service. Steady
work, reliable accounts. Work for yourself. Start now,
in season. Priced to sell. 798-3139.
QUALIFIED HOME HEALTH caregiver. Shopping, meal
preparation and tender care. 20 years experience. Excel-
lent references. Live-in, part-time. Shellie, 778-4192.
OUR ISLAND HOME, assisted living for the elderly,
license #9577, will have one shared room available
for a lady resident from March 18th. We also have
one vacancy available in our adult day care program
between the hours of 8am-6pm. Call 778-7842.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching, trim-
ming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-working and
responsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
STUMP GRINDING by Brad Frederick. Fenced yard?
Not a problem! Prices start at $30. Small tree removal
also available 730-0001 or 749-5451.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
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.
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 computer can pay
my fee. 383-5372.
EE PROFESSIONAL PAINTING, highly qualified,
reliable, fully insured. Free estimates and reasonable
rates. Ausgebildeter Maler qualifiziert, zuverlaessig,
preisguenstig. Unverbindliche Beratung. 778-5557.
PIANO KEYBOARD LESSONS by professional pianist.
25 years experience. All ages, all styles. Gentle teach-
ing approach. Affordable prices. Call Larissa, 758-6622.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Residen-
tial/commercial, full-service maintenance, landscaping
installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds, native plants,
butterfly gardens. Excellent references. 778-5294.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE service. Installa-
tions and maintenance, specializing in aquatic land-
scape. Dump truck for hire, mulch, rock, shell and
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. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
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-Islanct aer-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, additions and design service. Free estimates
and fair prices. Time and materials or contract. Let me save
you $$$. Lic#RR0066450. Call 795-1947.
PAINTING, STAINING, VARNISHING. Decks, inte-
rior and exterior, 35 years experience, 30-year
resident. 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.
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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, $800
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
NICE 2BR/1 BA DUPLEX, north end of island. $1,350
seasonal, $675 annual, 779-1034.
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 or 813-920-3845.
LEASE OPTION AVAILABLE on trailer with extra 10 by
20 foot room. Newly renovated, nice, open, bright. 416
F-ourth 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 RENTAL.2aBR apartments across form
beautiful beach $450 per week: Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH, 511 71st street. 2BR/2BA, remod-
eled, dock, garage. Three blocks to Cabana Beach.
Unfurnished, annual. 312-2432.
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.
NEWLY REIMODELED office/shop space, approxi-
mately 750 sq. ft. on busy Pine Ave.., Anna Maria
City. $535. Ample parking. 795-5225.
ANNUAL 3 QR 4BR/2.5BA with beautiful view of bay.
Full-service dock. Air conditioning, dishwasher,
washer. $1,300 month. 888-695-8749.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA BAYFRONT apartment suitable
for one to two adults. No pets. $600 month plus last
and security. 795-1243 or 778-2619.
SURF SIDE 2BR/1 BA. Annual, $900 per month plus
security deposit. Available now. 792-2779.
WINTER 2001. Available three plus months. 200 feet
to beach. Spacious 1BR cottage. Private, clean, quiet.
Includes washer/dryer. $1,499 month, 778-8571.
ANNUAL RENTALS, 2BR/2BA condos with pool,
$750 month. 2BR/1.5BA home with boat slip and bay
view, $1,000 month. Old Florida Realty Company,
UNEXPECTED VACANCY until March 15th. Also
January to March 15th, 2001. North tip, Anna Maria.
Elevated home with tropical garden. 3BR/2BA, lanai,
no pets. $2,500 month, 813-258-4103.
ANNUAL WITH PRIVATE Gulffront beach. 2BR/1 BA.
Works best for one or two people. Best sunsets in the
universe. No pets. $695 month. 778-1086.
SEASONAL RENTALS with private Gulffront beach.
Available March and April. Very nice 2BR/2BA with
great Gulfview. $800 week, $2,500 month. Also 1 BR/
1BA, $475 week, $1,200 month, turnkey. Walk to
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA unit at Sunbow Bay. $750 month
includes cable, trash and water. Call Mike Norman
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED, Anna Maria or Holmes
Beach. Close to beach, 1 or 2BR. Couple, non smok-
ers, no pets. 778-1496.
AVAILABLE WEEKLY MARCH and April. Old Florida
cottage. 1BR, across street to Gulf beach. $500 per
week includes utilities, cable TV and local phone
3BR/2BA ISLAND HOME. Lovely lake views, walk to
beach, spacious floor plan, ceiling fans, washer/
dryer. $1,200 month, annual. Gulf to Bay Moorings,
2BR/2BA, spectacular bay view available. March,
$2,200 month. Sandy Pointe 2BR/2BA, nicely deco-
rated, pool available. March $2,600 month. Wagner
BOATER'S DREAM, SEASONAL 1 BR/1BA apartment
located at marina. Cute, clean, and comfortable, available
March, April. $950 month includes utilities. 778-1086.
THE ISLANDER E FEB. 9, 2000 0 PAGE 33
Yvonne Higgins REALTOR
Call me to find the
BEST PROPERTIES ON THE ISLAND
Homes Investments Condos
Residential-Commercial Interior & Exterior
Serving the Islands since 1969. 778 55 4 After 5 Call
Licensed and Insured 778-5J5 778-3468
RICK BOYCE CONSTRUCTION
From the smallest repairs to major overhaul ...
I do it all and you SAVE.
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Wilson Walls INC
Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
Free Estimates Fully Insured
BRADENTON'S PLACE FOR BOATLIFTS AND SUPPLIES
792-5685 Fax 795-4329
,'L- Photography and Custom Framing
Weddings Beach Portraits
By appointment only 941-778-4365
BRAD STONE SCREENING
Pool Cages Lanai m Repairs Rescreening
BRADENTON BEACH, LOVELY large ground level ANNUAL KEY ROYALLE, immaculate 3BR/2BA,
efficiency near beach. All amenities. Available month double garage, screened lanai, laundry room, dock.
of April. $1,200. 778-4625. Lots of tile. $1,300 plus. 779-2349.
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW available March and April. SEASONAl'RENTAL FOR April. $1,200 month plus
Furnished 2BR/1 BA in Bradenton Beach. $1,400 per tax. Nice anl clean 1 BR, living room, kitchen, heated
month. Small pet okay. 798-9099. pool. 203 Bj64th, Holmes Beach. 778-4499.
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CLASSIFIED RATES BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL: Minimum rate is $9 for up to 21 WORDS. Additional words: $3 for
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ANNUAL 2BR/2BA WATERFRONT, furnished villa.
Fantastic view, and good fishing from dock. $800
month. Call Steve, 778-1960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/1BA, steps to beach. Annual
or seasonal. 941-778-1193.
1BR/1BA, covered parking, utilities furnished, one
block to beach, Mexican floor tiles. 3210 6th Ave.
$600 month. 778-5075.
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, Bro-
ker. 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 apart-
ments. All homes and apartments have panoramic
view of bay. Great for investment or family estate.
Call Deborah Thrasher or John Hines, Wedebrock
Real Estate Co., 383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
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.
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.
EXCEPTIONAL SETTING across from the water.
Double lot, north end, Crescent Ave. 2BR/1.5BA.
$210,000. By owner, 779-0016. Tenant occupied
until July 2000.
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.
BY OWNER, WATERFRONT condo, Flamingo Cay.
Fabulous 2BR/2BA with great views. New custom tile
and carpet. All appliances stay including washer/
dryer. Heated pool, tennis, boat dock included.
$129,000. Call Greg or Terry at 795-4995.
FIFTY FEET of Gulf beach with cottage on North
Shore, Anna Maria. Principals only call 941-779-
9233. Leave message, owners will respond.
OPEN HOUSE Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm. 232
South Harbor Dr. Magnificent sunrises, breathtaking
view of Tampa Bay and Skyway bridge. Recently
built, bayfront home can be either two (2BR/2BA)
duplexes or a 4BR/4BA single family residence.
Open floor plan, amenities are identical on both lev-
els. Luxury features throughout. Elevator takes you
from ground level, indoor pool/Jacuzzi to both floors
above. This nicely landscaped residence includes
deepwater dock and davits. Truly a must see. Re-
duced to $685,000. Call John Zirzow, 778-9171 or
Sand Pebble Realty, 753-1620.
GULFFRONT CONDO, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage,
first level corner unit. Heated pool, tennis, elevator,
clubhouse. Building in excellent shape. $239,000.
Call Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
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The Crown Jewel ofAnna Maria Island
Twenty-Eight Exclusive Townhomes In The Key West Tradition.
S These charming homes offer views of the
beach and bayfront from three balconies. Each
townhouse will include a large enclosed garage
and two living floors above. A maintenance-free
VILLAGE GREEN, section 12, model D. Living room,
dining room, family room with skylights. All appli-
ances, ceiling fans, enclosed lanai, vertical blinds.
Two-car garage. 761-1220 for appointment.
NORTHERN TIP OF Anna Maria, great neighbor-
hood. 2BR/1BA, lanai, garage, central air. New roof,
stove, carpet, vinyl. 85x100 lot. New paint in and out.
Move in condition. $138,900. 792-8747.
PALMA SOLA BOULEVARD bayfront Mediterranean
on two lots. 6BR/5.5BA, 6,500 +/- sq. ft. living. 9,300
total sq. ft. Six-car garage, triple pool, three stories
with glass elevator. 24K gold fixtures, lots of marble,
three-zoned, air/heat. Magnificent. $990,000 or best
offer. Terms by owner, 941-795-4432.
GULF DRIVE, OPPOSITE beach access. Own your
fully decorator furnished, bedroom, living room
ktchenette. Air-conditioned, two-zoned heating, ceil-
ing fans. Fully carpeted, can sleep four. Landscaped,
adjacent covered parking, storage shed. 55 plus re-
sort, clubhouse, laundry. All for $12,500. Call owner
after 6pm. 779-1260.
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EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate adver-
tising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which
makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation or
discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial
status includes children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing
custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
NORTH END OF ISLAND This immaculate home is just steps to the bay,
2BR/2BA on nice size lot. Large Florida room, eat-in kitchen and garage are
just a few of this home's many inviting features. Just listed at $179,000.
ISLAND LIVING This lovely canalfront
home features a casual open floor plan
with a large tiled Florida room overlook-
ing the water. 2BR/2BA, large kitchen
with breakfast nook and bay window.
Don't miss this delightful home on a
great street. Just listed at $229,500.
LAKE LA VISTA CANALFRONT This
well built elevated home is on two large
canalfront lots on the north end of Anna
Maria. Unlimited potential here to ex-
pand or knock down for two great
canalfront lots. 228 ft. on the water. This
one won't last! Offered at $329,000.
ISLAND'S BEST WALKING BEACH
This great family beach house is just
steps to the Island's best walking beach.
Large rooms and open floor plan make
this an exceptional second home with
great rental history. Complete with
caged pool. Just listed at $279,000.
CANALFRONT LOT walk to the beach
from your new home built on this large
lot in Anna Maria City! 75 by 140 ft. with
seawall, no bridges with direct bay ac-
cess. Build your dream home here! Just
listed at $149,000.
Call Ken Jackson at 778-6986
Agnes Tooker 778-5287
Larae Regis 779-1858
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 9, 2000 0 PAGE 35
727 Key Royale ........NEW $895,000
A 511 Loquat ................. $699,000
Broker 613 Ivanhoe Lane ........ $675,000
622 North Point Dr NEW $659,000
726 Key Royale Dr........ $649,000
a 509 South Bay Blvd ...NEW $539,000
Bbi 618 No.Point Harbor..... $525,000
Realtor 621 Ivanhoe Lane ........... $525,000
540 67th Street .........NEW $439,950
407 20th Place ...REDUCED $439,000
a s 527 72nd Street.................... $399,000
221 Bird Key Dr............ $425,000
Broker/Salesperson 607 Emerald Lane REDUCED $269,000
10324 Spoonbill Rd ......NEW $215,000
AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Richard Freeman 5608 Gulf Dr ...........NEW $419,000
5808 Gulf Dr ...........NEW $399,000
Gulf Place Condo ........ $329,995
Mariners Cove ............. $289,000
4706 61st Ave Dr ........ $250,000
254 Gladiolus.. REDUCED $319,000
207 Periwinkle .............. $224,900
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2409 Avenue A (lot) ...... $199,000
455 62nd St ................... $77,900
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
101 25th St .................. $549,000
203 76th St .................. $219,900
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
11331 Perico Island Circle ..... NEW $229,900
10324 Spoonbill Road ... $215,900
882 Audubon................ $111,900
1411 56th Street W ........ $79,500
812 North Bay Blvd .. NEW$879,000
5704 Marina Drive ........ $399,000
310 Pine Ave... REDUCED $294,500
510 7th Street............... $139,000
Call for details!
"FOR SALE" "SOLD"
The 3 Most Important
Words in Real Estate
The #1 Name in
Here are 3 Reasons Why:
1. Coldwell Banker's highest
sales volume in Southwest
2. Highest sales volume Long-
boat Key condominiums in
1999 of all agents.
3. Highest sales volume
Longboat Key real estate
in 1999 of all agents.
he's called "Cheryl with a Sea." But
it's more than just a play on words.
It describes why Cheryl is uniquely
equipped to handle your real estate needs.
Her own experience as a Longboat Key
resident and Realtor allows her to emphasize
features that buyers desire: scenic views,
beach access and leisure opportunities, to
name a few. She uses insights gained from
her business and personal life to design the
ideal marketing strategy for your property.
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COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC. 201 GULF OF MEXICO DR., SUITE 1
LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA 34228
BUSINESS: 941-383-6411 TOLL FREE 800-910-8728 FAX 941-383-3180
RESIDENCE: 941-383-9012 o FAX 941 -383-3661 MOBILE 941- 954-9674
With $34,000,000 in sales
for 1999, Cheryl can be
counted on to help you sell
your home or find you the
EXQUISITE ARLINGTON MODEL...Finished by
leading Sarasota designer, creative lighting, soffits,
sculptured glass walls, surround sound, wood shut-
ters and flooring ....................... $1,750,000
BEACHPLACE Life with Style
Contemporary architecture marks this collection
of units in a private gulf front community.
* 3 bedroom furnished unit with sunny southern lo-
cation ...................................... 510,000
* First floor furnished "1 h-- with stairs to
the beacd ........................... $493,500
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES
A HOUSE WITH A VIEW FROM EVERY
ROOM...7850 sq. ft. 5 bedroom residence on the
south end of Longboat KpV w-I "- id gated in-
cludes 336' .., .. I on each canal with
56' boat basin. Caged pool, entertainment area with
spa and sauna........................... $3,300,000
FABULOUS 2 BEDROOM PLUS DEN... Designer
features throughout. 6th floor unit with a wraparound
terrace to enjoy views of the Gulf, preserve and the
city ............................................ $699,000
TOTALLY UPDATED WATERFRONT HOME...
Includes furnishings and 18' Wellcraft boat. Dock
davits for 5000 lb.+ boat. Spacious 3 bedroom,
wide canal front home is perfect for the Florida
lifestyle ....................................... $479,000
GROUND FLOOR...2 bedroom residence on the
bay with beach access, newer appliances in upgraded
kitchen. Walk to shopping ................ $179,000
GORGEOUS GULF VIEWS...coupled with spec-
tacular bay and rit vi ...- .......thru" condo
very special .:'... ju sophistication and all ameni-
ties in a premier community ........ $1,269,000
FANTASTIC VIEWS of the Gulf, bay and city.
Beautiful designer finishes, many quality upgrades
including wood flooring and plantation
LIDO SURF at SAND
EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY on Lido Beach with
design offering thoughtful convenience. Close to
beach and St. Armands. Unique corner unit with
extra large screened and glassed lanais. Fabulous
views .......................................... $299,000
LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS
The perfect setting for sunrise and sunsets! Exquis-
itely update, "~- i hardwood
flooring............... .... .................. $489,000
Direct Gulf, sabal floorplan with versatile living spaces
and three full baths ................... $1,199,000
PAGE 36 0 FEB. 9, 2000 0 THE ISLANDER
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BY PETER GORDON / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ
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route bus system may have a solu-
tion to their transportation needs.
Manatee County: 749-1739
Sarasota County: 926-0135
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Rider training is available in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Call 747-8621 (Manatee County), 316-1234 (Sarasota County).
Speakers Bureau Also Available.
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Many area employers are dis-
covering that transportation to
and from work often constitutes
problems for their employees.
Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation [MPO) in conjunction with
the Florida Department of
Transportation [FDOT] can help.
The MPO operates the Suncoast
Area Commuter Services
(SACS). SACS exists to assist
both employers and employees in
developing adequate transporta-
tion programs. Hundreds of
employees and many employers
in our area have benefited form
the assistance that SACS can
offer. And, the help that SACS
offers is completely free! For
complete information or to set up
an appointment in your office or
work site please call 359-5772
or toll free at 1-800-379-7627.
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* Manatee County Government
has begun operating two vans
for area employees and others.
One van travels from Tampa to
Bradenton and the other travels
from Sarasota to Bradenton.
Both vans operate along the
1-75 corridor. These vans carry
eight passengers each and help
in reducing traffic congestion,
air pollution and parking
The cost is very inexpensive -
$1.00 per one-way ride. The vans
are smoke free, stopping for
errands is possible. If you cannot
meet the van for the return trip,
a ride home is guaranteed under
For information on these vans
please call the vanpool coordina-
tor at (941) 749-3030 or the
Suncoast Area Commuter
Services at 1-800-379-7627.