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SAnna Maria



The


Islander


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"


ISLANDER


Volume 8, no. 14, Feb. 16, 2000 FREE


New Anna Maria City Commission ready to roll


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Super Tuesday in Anna Maria City is now a
memory.
Political signs edging the roadways have mostly
been removed. The problems facing the city before the
election still remain. There is a city pier to get re-
opened, a drainage project to correct, an alcohol ordi-
nance to amend.
The newly elected mayor and commissioners will
have a couple weeks of rest before having to deliver on
their campaign promises. The swearing-in of elected
officers takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at city
hall.
Commissioner-elect Jay Hill took the lead with 23


percent of the votes. He said he plans to make a motion
to reopen the city pier and another motion to amend the
building code so that a permit wouldn't be required for
home improvements less than $1,000.
Mayor-elect Gary Deffenbaugh said the agenda
may be sparse for the evening, but he plans four or five
work sessions close together in order to get down to
business.
Commissioner-elect Tom Skoloda said, "We have
our work cut out for us. The citizens did their part, now
it's up to us to do ours."
Collecting 19 percent of the vote, Skoloda said he
is grateful for the opportunity to serve and wants to
thank voters for their hospitality while he was on the
campaign trail. He said he visited 70 percent of resi-


dences in three weeks which gave him an insight into
where people stand on issues.
Commissioner-elect Bob Barlow, who edged can-
didate John Michaels by two votes, said voters spoke
loud and clear for a mandate for change.
He said he was very pleased and excited when
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat called him the fol-
lowing morning to confirm he had won after a recount
was conducted.
He was just as pleased going into election because
of the caliber of candidates on the ticket, he said.
The commission must move forward very quickly
and get the city pier reopened and drainage dilemma on
PLEASE SEE COMMISSION, NEXT PAGE


'Exotic' pigeon

feeding leads

to Bradenton

Beach code

violation
By Paul Roat
What began as an act of kindness
has resulted in city action and may drive
a longtime Bradenton Beach resident
out of the city.
Josephine Hodge is a 33-year resi-
dent of 23rd Street. She has been cited
by the city's code enforcement officer
with "maintaining exotic animals" -
feeding pigeons in her backyard.
"Somebody complained about my
feeding the pigeons," Ms. Hodge, who
is 80 years old, said. "There are stupid
people in Bradenton Beach. It makes me
mad."
She said a neighbor began feeding
the feathered creatures, and when her
neighbors moved she continued the
practice. She said the flock numbers
about 100.
"I don't feed them now," she said
after Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon sent her several letters telling
her to cease and desist. Rathvon's ad-
vice was for Ms. Hodge to "stop feeding
the pigeons. The pigeon droppings are
creating a public nuisance and a health
hazard."
Rathvon said the pigeons are consid-
ered an exotic animal under city codes.
"When I used to feed them they
would eat and then go away," Ms. Hodge
said. "Now, they stay around all day.
"I called the mayor, and he said there
was nothing he could do. I said I'm going
to sell my house. They're ignorant in the
city, they think they know it all. I'm going
to put my house on the market."
Mayor Gail Cole said he believed
the city's action against Ms. Hodge was
"an overextension of government." add-
ing, "t seems to me it's an intrusion.


The 18th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is
this Saturday and Sunday in Cortez. Food, games, mullet
and more are planned. For more information, see inside.


Drainage public hearing set


A public hearing to receive citizen
comments will be held at 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22, at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, to
discuss amending the Community De-
velopment Block Grant received for
drainage improvements, sidewalks, en-
gineering and administration.
The city commission voted in De-
cember to stop the project. The grant
will be amended so money from the un-


completed service areas is rerouted to
Spring Avenue. The street will be rede-
signed to reduce the swales.
The city will also be asking for a
six-month extension to provide adequate
time to complete the additional work.
A citizen's advisory task force will
meet at 3:15 prior to the meeting.
For information concerning the
public hearing, contact City Clerk Laura
Vogel at 778-0781.


Hurst drops out of Holmes Beach race


Holmes Beach City Commission
candidate Sheila Hurst announced Fri-
day that she has dropped out of the race.
Hurst, who is studying psychology
at the University of South Florida, said
candidate forum dates conflict with her
school schedule.
"I have an oral presentation due and I


have tests at the time of the forums," Hurst
said. "There's no sense in running if people
can't see my face and hear my issues."
Remaining candidates include Joan
Perry and incumbent Commissioners
Roger Lutz and Sandy Haas-Martens. The
two candidates with the most votes in the
March 14 election will take the seats.


Tappenings

Sidewalk art show,
sale set by
Artists Guild
Saturday
The Artists Guild of Anna
Maria Island will celebrate Island
arts and crafts at a sidewalk art
exhibition and sale from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at its
gallery, and throughout the Island
Shopping Center at Gulf and Ma-
rina drives, Holmes Beach.
The guild will host an open
house with refreshments at its gal-
lery, 5414 Marina Drive, during
the event. Setup time is 8:30 a.m.
with a fee of $10 per exhibit
space. Further information may be
obtained at 778-6694.


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Holmes Beach delays development request


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners last week put
the brakes on two requests to develop streets in the
Casanas Subdivision until they can study traffic im-
pacts.
Requests came from Ian Perryman and Reed
Mapes to develop platted but unimproved streets in the
subdivision between Westbay Cove and the Manatee
County Public Beach. These include Fourth, Fifth and
41s streets.
"I'm sure all of you have seen the work going on
at Manatee and Sixth avenues the whole area is in-
volved," Assistant Public Works Supervisor Bill
Saunders told commissioners. "The streets were plat-
ted in 1905. The question is how much of the streets do
we want to develop?"
Perryman wants to develop Fifth Avenue from the
dead end at Manatee Avenue to a point midway be-
tween 41st and 42nd streets and 41st Street between
Fourth and Fifth avenues. Saunders said 41st Street is
already paved between Gulf Drive and Fourth Avenue
and 41st Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues would
be a dry retention area.
"We,would not want to develop Fifth Avenue or
41st Street straight through because there's going to be


a traffic light at the intersection of Manatee Avenue and
Gulf Drive," Saunders explained. "If we allow any
straight-through streets, traffic will go through there to
duck the light and create a raceway."
Mapes has asked to develop Fourth Avenue be-
tween 41st and 42nd Street. Saunders said Fourth Av-
enue between the dead end at Manatee Avenue and
41st Street is already paved.
In addition, 42nd Street dead ends before intersect-
ing with Gulf Drive, eliminating the possibility of
through traffic there, Saunders said. Access to the prop-
erties in the area that are slated for development will be
from Sixth Avenue to 42nd Street to Fourth Avenue to
41st Street.
"Isn't it going to create a problem if people pull in
and out at 41st Street and Gulf Drive?" Mayor Carol
Whitmore asked.
"The point is we cannot legally deny access to
these properties," Saunders noted. "Nothing is good but
the police and fire departments looked at it and ap-
proved this plan.
Anna Maria/West Side Fire Chief Andy Price said
his department has OK'd the plan because none of the
dead-end streets is more than 300 feet long and a fire
truck can back out. If a dead-end street is more than 300
feet long, the department requires a 90-degree turn-


around.
Whitmore said she can't support the plan without
exploring alternatives first.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens asked how
many units the two developers want to construct.
Saunders said Perryman is planning 16 units and
Mapes is planning nine units. The entire area is zoned
R-4 or medium density residential.
Perryman's units include his residence under con-
struction at the corner of Manatee and Sixth avenues
and the following:
Four lots in the block bounded by Fifth and Sixth
avenues and 41st and 42nd streets two units per lot
or a total of eight units.
Two lots on Fifth Avenue between Manatee Av-
enue and 41st Street three units.
Two lots on 41st Street between Fourth and Fifth
avenues two units per lot or a total of four units.
Mapes plans to construct four townhouses with a
total of nine units on four lots in the block bounded by
41st and 42nd streets and Fourth and Fifth avenues,
Saunders said.
Commissioner Don Maloney suggested commis-
sioners visit the site before proceeding further. Com-
missioners plan to continue their discussion at the Feb.
22 work session.


SKINNED, DUMPED RIVER OTTER WASHES ASHORE ON ANNA MARIA BEACH


This freshwater river otter somehow found its way to
saltwater and by the looks of it was dumped by
someone who skinned the littler critter. Freshwater
river otters are common to Florida, according to the
Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission.

Commission ready to roll
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Spring Avenue solved, he said.
Barlow said in the city clerk's absence, he hopes
Deffenbaugh and Mayor Chuck Shumard can support
one another during the transition period so business of
the city can continue uninterrupted.
An overwhelming 72 percent of voters paved the
way for the commission to amend its current alcohol
ordinance to allow restaurant owners to serve beer and
wine with meals.
Stephen Barnes said he and his wife Vivienne are
"delighted" with the results.
"I don't think it will detract from the charm of this
community," he said. "It was a vote for progress tak-
ing us out of the dark ages. It was an issue that was
close to my heart and close to my checkbook."
The only thing that would make it better, Barnes
said, is if the city pier were to open soon.
As for a few of the main players who politicked
against changing the ordinance, John and Karen
Trivers, Barnes said they were "gracious in defeat."
Trivers joked, "If I knew we were going to get beat
so bad, I wouldn't have taken up the side of the oppo-
sition."
Andrea Spring, who owns Sign of the Mermaid
restaurant with her husband, Ed, said she was surprised
at the results. She felt the restaurant owners would pre-
vail, but only by a slim margin.


Beachwalkers, from left, John Hawker of England, Jack Gray, Leslie and Steve Atkins of Pennsylvania, Joe
Haynes of North Carolina and Keith Normanton of England gathered at the site of an otter carcass near Sea
Grape Lane in Anna Maria. It was discovered Thursday morning. Gray, a longtime Island resident, measured
the skinned otter to be 45 inches in length. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann



Pool cage removal creates Catch 22


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Bring us documents to prove your case, Holmes
Beach city commissioners recently told a woman who
wanted to rebuild a non-conforming pool cage.
Patricia Bergen, 502 72nd Street, told commission-
ers that prior to purchasing her house in May 1995, of-
ficials at the bank financing the purchase removed a
screened lanai that they considered dangerous.
"After I bought the house, I came to the building de-
partment to get a permit to rebuild the lanai," Bergen said.
"John Fernandez (the building official at the time) said I
couldn't rebuild it because it's too close to the water."
Bergen said her insurance company notified her
that it was canceling her insurance because there was
no screen around the swimming pool.
"I came to city hall and found out that I could have
replaced the lanai within six months," Bergen said.
Bergen was referring to a city ordinance on non-
conformities which states that if a non-conformity is
discontinued for a period of 180 days, it cannot be re-
instated unless it conforms to current regulations.
Mayor Carol Whitmore suggested Bergen appeal
to the city's board of adjustment for a variance.
"The board cannot grant what's being re-


quested," Assistant Public Works Supervisor Bill
Saunders explained.
Saunders pointed out that according to the criteria for
a variance, "If the application is a request for a variance
to the minimum yard requirements, any variance granted
will not permit the building or structure on the property to
encroach into any one required waterfront yard ..."
Saunders said Bergen has erected a four-foot fence
that fulfills the insurance requirement.
"I tried to replace the lanai within six months but
John Fernandez wouldn't let me," Bergen protested.
Chairman Roger Lutz said Bergen should have
appealed Fernandez's denial at the time, but Bergen
said no one told her she had that option.
"Unless you're charged with a crime, the govern-
ment doesn't have a duty to advise you of your rights,"
Lutz noted.
"If there's some documentation that there was less
than 180 days between the removal of the cage and her
application to replace it, she could come back before
you," Saunders said.
Lutz told Bergen to obtain affidavits from bank offi-
cials documenting the date the cage was removed and find
receipts, photos or other documents to prove her case and
return to the commission with the documents.


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Rezone issue comes up


Wednesday in Bradenton Beach


The evening of Feb. 23 promises to be a lively one
in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners will hold a special meeting to
hear and discuss the fate of two proposed duplexes in
the 1400 block of Gulf Drive on the beach fronting the
Bermuda Bay condominium.
The lot at the 1402-1404 Gulf Drive address is
owned by Island Inc.; owners of the 1410-1412 Gulf
Drive site are Beach Development. The property is
currently zoned as a preservation area; the request is to
change the zoning to multi-family residential.
City planning commissioners voted last month to
approve the rezoning with stipulations that the city
commission look into the "significant environmental or


ecological importance" of the area's sand dunes and to
study aerial maps and photographs to determine if there
really is a need to preserve the area from development.
The city land use map calls for the area as a pres-
ervation district because of the type of sand there. City
officials have said the map is in error and the soil there
is no different than anywhere else in the city.
Adding fuel to the debate are more than 40 letters
from nearby residents opposed to the two duplexes
being built. Many of the letters stressed assurances
from Bermuda Bay sales staff that the beachfront lots
would never be built upon.
The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.


Variance request put on hold until March


By Paul Roat
A complicated land use issue has prompted mem-
bers of the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment to
postpone action on a variance until more information
may be provided by the city's planner and attorney.
At issue is a new two-story home owned by Rob-
ert and Janet Grover at 2214 Avenue A. The house was
built by Doug Meilner and a certificate of occupancy
was issued in January 1999 by then-building official
Bill Sanders.
However, when adjacent neighbors Robert and
Mary Connick complained about their carport flooding
due to stormwater runoff from the new home, current
building official Roger Titus determined the house was
in excess of the permitted lot coverage of 40 percent.
The house, driveway and a sidewalk total about 42
percent of the total coverage of the lot.
Meilner applied to the board of adjustment for a
variance on behalf of the Grovers. He is requesting a
variance to allow up to 45 percent of lot coverage.
That's when the questions started.
"The building permit and certificate of occupancy


appear to have been issued in error," City Planner Bill
Brisson said. Brisson said to totally correct the prob-
lem, a sidewalk and about 100 square feet of concrete
under a second-story porch would have to be removed.
Brisson added that there are no provisions in the
city's land use laws to allow a variance to be granted
for lot coverage in excess of 40 percent.
The Connick's attorney, Mark Barnebey, argued
that almost all of the eight criteria the board of adjust-
ment must judge the variance upon cannot be met.
"This has been a comedy of errors from day one,"
Barnebey said. "This is a standard house in a standard
subdivision with no unique circumstances."
Board of adjustment members, apparently puzzled
by the conflicting information provided, wanted more
time to review voluminous documents on the issue and
tabled the matter until March 9.
In other board of adjustment matters, the board:
Approved a side setback variance to allow a first-
floor porch to be enclosed at the Duncan House Bed
and Breakfast, 1703 Gulf Drive, owned by Joe and
Becky Garbus.


THE ISLANDER FEB. 16, 2000 U PAGE 3

Meetings

Anna Maria City
2/17, 3:45 p.m., Public hearing on drainage grant.
2/17, 7 p.m., Code Enforcement Board, CANCELED.
2/22, 7 p.m., Swearing in of newly elected officials.
2/22, 7:30 p.m., Commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
778-0781.

Bradenton Beach
2/17, 1 p.m., Commission meeting. Agenda: report of
manufacturer's response on street lights, discussion of
Bridge Street Art Festival, discussion of upcoming
Bradenton Beach Arts and Seafood Festival, extra person-
nel request for public works department, banner request,
special event request for upcoming Coquina Tides Art and
Craft Festival and public comment.
2/17, 6:30 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board.
2/23, 7 p.m., Public hearing on two small scale devel-
opment plans.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
2/22, 7 p.m., Commission meeting followed by work
session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
2/17, 7 p.m., Anna Maria/West Side Fire Commission
meeting.
Fire Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
741-3900.
2/22, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Organiza-
tion, Holmes Beach City Hall.

Presidents' Day Feb. 21
The administrative offices of the Cities of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key and the Anna
Maria/West Side Fire District will be closed.
Tingley Memorial Library will be closed.
Special note: Waste Management garbage collec-
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Cart use to be allowed for travel to, from golf club


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
It will soon be legal for Holmes Beach golfers to
travel from their homes to the Key Royale Golf Club
via golf cart.
The 435-member private club, located at 700 Key
Royale Drive, does not offer golf carts or golf cart storage
and only disabled golfers are permitted to use carts on the
nine-hole course. It is the Island's only golf course.
Club President Bob Reppenhagen said members
must offer written authorization stating the need to uti-
lize a golf cart from a certified physician before permis-
sion from the board is granted.
The ordinance permitting golf carts to travel to and
from a golf course on city streets passed on first read-
ing last week and is slated for a second reading Feb. 22.
The ordinance was required by a recent change in
Florida State Statutes.
Resident Luke Courtney, who brought the issue to
the commission's attention, said a change in state law
made it illegal to operate golf carts on city streets un-
less the city designates the streets safe for travel by golf
carts.
Chairman Roger Lutz presented two ordinance
versions for commissioners to consider.
In the first version, golf carts traveling to or from


Beautiful blooms
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adopted by Everything Under The
Sun Garden Center after the
irrigation system was repaired
and the poinsettias, which grow
here year 'round, were planted
just in time for Christmas. Is-
lander Photo: Pat Copeland.


a bona fide golf course would be allowed on streets
with a maximum 25-mph speed limit within a one-mile
radius of a golf course.
Due to the large area a radius would encompass, in
the second version "one-mile radius" is replaced by
"within one road mile of a bona fide golf course."
However, Commissioner Don Maloney pointed
out that it is 1.3 miles from the club to Marina Drive
and Lutz suggested amending the distance to 1.5 miles.
Speaking for the club, George Luckman said, "Ap-
proximately 35 people are qualified to operate golf
carts at Key Royale Club. Everybody who has permis-
sion from the club to operate a golf cart is disabled.
That's why they're allowed to have a cart."
Luckman said he lives two miles from the golf
course and commissioners agreed to change the dis-
tance in the ordinance to two miles.
Luckman then pointed out that the ordinance lim-
its golf cart travel to the hours between dawn and dusk
but that he travels before dawn to avoid cars on the
road. Luckman said he has lights on his cart.
Lutz said traveling outside of those hours would
not be a problem if the ordinance is amended to require
lights on the carts.
"I have a problem with this proposed ordinance,"
Courtney said. "It is an attempt to say these streets are


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safe for use by golf carts, but when you go further to
say that only people that belong to a private club can
use the public streets, I think you're going a little bit too
far. I think it's discrimination."
"Disabled people operate other types of vehicles,"
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger noted. "What's the
difference whether it's a golf cart or some other type
of mobility vehicle?"
Lutz said golf carts only travel 14 mph and are
more stable that other types of mobility vehicles.
"I still think we would be hard pressed to cite
someone for using a golf cart versus one of the electric-
powered scooters."
Courtney also asked commissioners to consider
allowing any resident to operate golf carts on city
streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less as an alter-
nate means of transportation.
Lutz said that would be considered if there is pub-
lic support for it. Bohnenberger said the use of other
mobility vehicles should be considered at the same
time.
What's the difference between golf carts and elec-
tric cars, resident Gloria Bell asked.
Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said electric cars have
identification numbers like other vehicles, a certain
amount of brake power, can go up to 35 mph and are
certified as vehicles.
Luckman noted that Key Royale Golf Club mem-
bers don't use the carts for general transportation. They
use the carts to travel to the course and play golf be-
cause they can't store them at the club.
Police Chief Jay Romine said he has no problem
with allowing the use of properly equipped golf carts
within the bounds of Key Royale.
However, Romine noted, "I'm uncomfortable with
allowing the use on other city streets as I feel, it is a
safety hazard to the operators of the carts and it would
restrict the flow of vehicular traffic.
"If the intent is to allow people to operate the carts
as they travel to Publix or other shopping centers, it
would be difficult to travel to these areas from many
areas of the city without having to travel on or cross our
major streets with 35 mph speed limits."
Romine said he is opposed to allowing the use of
the carts anywhere except in Key Royale.


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THE ISLANDER N FEB. 16, 2000 0 PAGE 5


Natural gas pipeline to Port Manatee on schedule


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
A $16 billion merger by two of the largest suppli-
ers of natural gas in the United States is not expected
to delay construction of a natural gas pipeline from
Mobile, Ala., to Port Manatee.
Construction of the pipeline, which has the en-
dorsement of such environmental groups as ManaSota-


88 and the Sierra Club, is scheduled to start in early
summer 2001 and be completed in June 2002.
The line will supply Florida power companies with
more than one billion cubic feet of clean-burning natu-
ral gas every day by 2007, a company official said.
John Shafer, executive director of environmental
affairs for the company building the pipeline, said the
recent merger of Coastal Corporation and El Paso En-


Kaboom!
Jim Taylor of Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics in Holmes Beach wowed the crowd Friday at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School's Parent-Teacher Organization outdoor dinner. Taylor put on an aerial fireworks display as well
as the array shown above on the ballfield backstop for the PTO in concert with its Count-Your-Blessings
Bonfire. Folks noshed on the Sandbar restaurant's catered dinner of steak and pasta, green beans and a
garden salad before getting to the piece-de-resistance, s'mores and hot chocolate. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Gary Wooten


ergy Corp. will be known as El Paso Energy Corp. with
headquarters in Texas.
"The merger won't do anything to delay the
project," Shafer said. "Management for both compa-
nies have made the announcement that we're commit-
ted to the project and our customers."
The project will maintain the name Gulfstream
Natural Gas System.
The merger still needs Securities and Exchange
Commission approval. But that doesn't appear to be a
roadblock.
"This is a combination of two strong companies
and when complete will make us the second-largest
gatherer of natural gas in the United States and the
third-largest producer," Shafer said from his office in
Detroit. "All of our permitting is on track and we plan
to start on time."
The pipeline, which will be buried when it reaches
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One line will shoot off to Fort Pierce in Martin
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the other spur will head northeast to Polk County.
The two companies combined will have 58,000
miles of natural gas pipeline, Shafer said.
"We're going to be huge," he said. "And very
strong."
The appealing part of the proposed pipeline to en-
vironmentalists comes in what the pipeline will carry.
According to Shafer, the Gulfstream System will
carry what is called "dry" gas, a critical point with en-
vironmentalists. "Dry" gas is called dry because all liq-
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Shafer said liquids will be removed in Mobile be-
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in the line, the gas would filter into the atmosphere. No
"liquid" gas would be spilled into the Gulf, Shafer said.
Environmentalists have long lauded the use of
natural gas to produce electricity because it burns
clean. With recent announcements that some Tampa
Bay power plants produce some of the worst pollution
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Mad as hell again
Believe it or not, we've been collectively biting the
proverbial tongue in the hope this issue would go away
on its own.
But the beautification vigilantes in Holmes Beach
have taken things too far to be ignored any longer.
A few months ago, one of us took a ride with the
committee's commission liaison, Commissioner Roger
Lutz, hoping to direct some beautification efforts to-
ward the commercial district. We toured sites of rubble
behind shops, looked at overgrown and ignored land-
scaping and discussed having the committee encourage
businesses to spruce up.
Instead, they've focused their effort on Avenue E,
hoping to encourage homeowners there to beautify
their properties.
And, they've focused on outdoor news racks -
sacred ground to newspaper publishers and all manner
of publications.
Only slightly alarmed by a call from the distribu-
tion manager of a Bradenton shopper who said his rack
was removed, we thought, "This couldn't be true."
But it is. It seems the committee, vis-a-vis the com-
mission, directed the mayor to order public works de-
partment crews to remove all but bona fide newspapers,
"the paid kind, and The Islander," according to Mayor
Carol Whitmore, "because it's local."
We're left to scratch our collective heads and won-
der where the First Amendment takes its departure
from newspapers to shoppers with regard to free
speech.
While talk of an ordinance prohibiting outdoor
news racks on city rights of way has been ongoing of
late, the effort to "clean up" the city and rid itself of
what is considered to be non-bona fide racks is inex-
cusable.
The U.S. Constitution does not discriminate
against publishers when it comes to free speech, as
anyone familiar with United States vs. Flynt (Hustler)
would know.
According to the Florida Press Association, a news
rack is tantamount to a person speaking from a soap
box as in days of old in front of city hall.
So, before we gather up the guns and money to go
into battle, we're calling out our lawyer and notify-
ing all manner of publishers, the St. Petersburg Times,
Tampa Tribune, Keels and Wheels, Homes and Land
Guide, the Toronto Sun, corporate owner of the Shop-
ping Guide and others.
We're not willing to risk losing your rights or ours.



The Islander


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Sinion


Thanks to all
Thank you to my kids Paulette, Joe and Ben and all
my family and friends and everyone who helped cel-
ebrate my 75th birthday.
I had relatives arrive from Macon and never had a
suspicion there was a party awaiting me at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center until I walked in the
door and 80-plus of my dearest friends and family
members shouted "Surprise."
Surprise! I'm so thankful to you all!
Jackie Webb, Holmes Beach

Finish cleaning house
Congratulations to Gary Deffenbaugh et al. Now that
Chuck (Mayor Shumard) has decided to relinquish his
post of "honest and faithful service" (apologies for my
defamation of the phrase to all currently serving and/or
military veterans) it is time to finish cleaning house with
the immediate dismissal of Phil "Jesse James" Charnock.
Yes, he will find some attorney to sue the city for $2
million under the guise of some inarticulate law pertain-
ing (probably) to discrimination of one sort or another, in
his own updated version of a train robbery. After all, this
Island has plenty of rocks under which one can unearth a
shyster lurking for the express purpose of filing spurious
litigation in order to obtain their 33 percent fee.
One can only hope that ourjudicial system, usually
quite equitable, will prevail and toss this charade of a
case out of court for the trash that it will so obviously
be based upon.
Thomas Wright, Holmes Beach

Just say yes
It was suggested that the people (the Trivers in-
cluded) supporting a "No" vote on the Anna Maria al-
coholic beverage referendum were part of a well-oiled
political machine. Some machine. Some oil.
We hope our newly elected officials will devise a
\: ,iu thalt i\vep the Iwo redstiupith 1 t et iilitv In sell be-er,


and wine and at the same time protects the unique qual-
ity of our end of the Island.
And if someone wants to advance a political cause,
they now know where they can go if they want to lose
by a 2-to-1 count. We're here to serve.
Jon and Karen Trivers, Anna Maria

Goodbye, good riddance Chuck
Realizing this is the last couple weeks of your ten-
ure as Anna Maria's mayor, I wanted to point out at
least one person's view of your accomplishments and
your ability to make fast exits.
A bike path is started with taxpayers money. When
state funds are to be used to complete the project, the
bike path dies because you change its route, sending it
down a commercial street.
No care or afterthought is given to the city pier. Once
state funds and involvement is concerned for renovating
the pier, the funds are returned to the state, the restaurant
negotiations fail, the lessor walks out and the pier is closed
for fishermen and the public in general.
Grants are received for stormwater improvements.
Under your guidance the project proceeds so poorly the
public gets in an uproar who would want 4 foot wide
and 4 foot deep trenches? and the city reacts again,
reversing and stopping the project and returning all mon-
ies. Taxpayers once again misled, duped and made to pay.
Special exceptions for alcohol sales for certain res-
taurants dragged on, caused more uproar and anguish
to no avail. A lot of verbiage with nothing accom-
plished. The idea died until residents demanded their
voices be heard by placing the issue on a referendum.
On a more personal note, you headed up the Turtle
Watch and made a quick exit when the state got in-
volved to tell you how it should be done. If it isn't your
way, it's obviously no way.
But one thing you've recently pointed out is that
"we now have three beautiful blondes working at city
hall. Now that's an an colplishincnt.


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Part 6, Will and Mabel and Gladys


MR. BEAN


GOES TO

WASHINGTON
Mabel and "Will" Bean's unhappy marriage
ended in divorce in the early 1920s after Will moved to
the nation's Capital, leaving Mabel and his daughter
Gladys behind in New York City. Though his dream of
turning Anna Maria Island into a ritzy resort came to
naught, he had an important behind-the-scenes career
in Washington politics. If he lived today, chances are
Bean Point would be his showplace. Now continue the
story as Gladys related it in 1988:
Q. Gladys, how did the break-up of your folks'
marriage affect you?
Well, it was inevitable. I wasn't surprised. As I
said, they simply weren't suited to one another.
Daddy was from the old school. To him, when a
man marries a woman he takes care of her the rest of
her life. He liked flowers, beautiful things. He bought
most of Mother's clothes and give her things and she
didn't even want them. I remember one time he gave
her a beautiful pearl pin. She said, I don't like pearls.
He was very generous. She was just as opposite as
a human being could be. You have to work at marriage
like a partnership in business. You have to make sac-
rifices and meet on common ground and Mother never
did.
When Daddy had the chance to go to Washington


nominated [Warren] Harding in 1920 when there was
a deadlock in the convention. So in Harding's admin-
istration in Washington he had anything he wanted. He
had a post office department appointment and he and
Mr. Dupont and Will Hayes ran the Harding headquar-
ters.
Q. And your mother? How did she get along?
She was bitter, the most bitter person I ever saw in
my life. She lived with my husband and me [a dentist]
to the end. She had a good mind, she was prominent in
her church here in Tampa. But she was a cold fish, she
almost ruined my life. She cried all the time and talked
and talked about Helen taking Daddy away from her.
Helen didn't do it- it was my mother's fault.

Next: The end of Gladys's story


Will Bean when he was in his 40s and a politician in
Washington, D.C. It was there that he died in 1950
at the age of 74.
and he took it. Mother wouldn't go, oh no. So they di-
vorced and Daddy married a woman he had met sev-
eral years before in New York City.
Q. How did you get along with your stepmother?
I hated Helen at first and would have nothing to do
with her. I loved my Daddy so much, I worshipped
him. But later I made up with her and I saw that she had
made Daddy very happy. She really made him a won-
derful wife. They were well suited to one another. She
loved the party life and the glamour of living in Wash-
ington.
Daddy was very prominent in Washington in the
1920s, almost a maker of presidents. He's the one who


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Cortez hosts thousands this weekend in festival


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Upward of 20,000 visitors will get a glimpse of life
in an old-line Florida fishing village this weekend at the
Cortez Fishing Festival.
Mullet, the fish that helped sustain so many Cortez
fishermen in years past, will be the theme of this 18th
annual event -it bills itself, in fact, as the Mulletium
happening, and the results of a mullet cookoff last Sat-
urday will be a delectable feature.
The festival will be spread all over Cortez, on the
mainland end of the Cortez Bridge, but mostly along
the waterfront with its venerable fish houses. It will run
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday. Last year's edition attracted some 15,000
people "but it rained that Sunday," said principal orga-
nizer Karen Bell.
It will have just about everything except mechani-
cal rides and games; the organizers ruled out any car-
nival connotations, since there is a lacing of seriousness
in this frolic.
It celebrates more than a century of Gulf Coast
work and play, the heritage of fishing commercially by
strong and conscientious men and women beginning in
1889. That's when "Cap'n Billy" Fulford and a few
other pioneer fishermen came to what was then
Hunter's Point from North Carolina.
Their descendants made a hard living from the sea
until 1995, when inshore net fishing was prohibited.
Most of the fishing is gone now, but not the heritage of
which Cortezians are proud. The village hasn't
changed, and neither have its 500 warm and rugged
people.
They will show the world their heritage and their
spirit this weekend with music and dance and food and
displays of what fishing was all about. It will open with


a blessing of the fishing fleet at 10 a.m. Saturday.
A "mullet-off" last Saturday pitted cook against
cook and recipe against recipe, the four winning dishes
to be duplicated and served at the old firehouse on
123rd Street Court West. The four winning cooks re-
ceived a $50 prize apiece.
Other locations will serve seafood in any number
of styles Cajun, Creole, fried, raw, steamed, and in
salads and chowders. And there will be mullet smoked
the Cortez way by old-time mullet smokers, accepted
at least locally as world champions. Non-seafood will
be available, and a lot of desserts.
Headlining the musical fare once again will be
Goose Culbreath, who has been fiddling for a good 75
years. He's the star of the "Cortez Grand 01' Opry,"
prize-winner at every competitive event he's entered
over the decades, still playing the second-hand fiddle
he bought for $12 as a child in Cortez.
Musical aggregations in addition to the Cortez
Grand 01' Opry Band are the Gumbo Boogie Band,
Classic Country Band, Bobby G Band. The Sunshine
Express Cloggers will perform between bands.
TV personality and Sea Grant extension agent Don
Sweat will tell of the mysteries of mullet biology and
fishing practices and reveal his secrets of cooking the
"chicken of sea," so termed for its having a gizzard. On
the waterfront, Sea Grant agent John Stevely will ex-
plain the history of fishing and Cortez.
Many booths will dot Cortez with nautical arts and
crafts and other items for sale, especially the festival's T-
shirts with the "Into the Mulletium" theme as designed by
Mace P. Thirtle of Manatee Community College.
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significant for Cortez area watermen.
An exhibit showing how to farm clams and
fresh-cooked proof of their tastiness has been
planned for the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val Feb. 19 and 20. But now it is teetering on the
brink of "no show."
Tim Wade, who has been clam farming for two
years along with 50 other ex-commercial fishermen
in Charlotte County, still may come to the festival
with "acres of clams" to show and cook.
But red tide came and went and came again and
he may not be allowed to harvest clams for local
delectation. Red tide, an algae bloom that haunts the
Gulf of Mexico, doesn't harm the shellfish, he said,
but harvesting of anything is prohibited during red
tide. Wade said the prohibition extends from the Big
Bend to the 10,000 Islands.
He and his fellow clammers in the Placida
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could, rather, if they had the seeds "Without har-
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Jenkins family takes top spots in mullet cook.off


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Cortezian artist and mullet lover Linda Molto said
it best when describing the Cortez Mullet Cook-Off
held Saturday in Cortez.
As Molto put it, "There's more to mullet than just
smoked and fried."
Indeed. Of the 10 entries in this year's contest
sponsored by A.P. Bell Fish Co., just one was good old
fried mullet. That happened to be Pop's fried mullet
and it was superb.
But the judges were looking for innovation and
they got it.
There were three criteria judges considered: pre-
sentation, originality and taste.
For her colorful Tropical Mullet Salad, Anita
Jenkins took home the best-of-show award, just nip-
ping her husband Ken Jenkins who whipped up a great
Smoked Lisa Spread. Mullet also are known as Lisa.
Jeri Culbreath came in third with her baked mullet in
a tomato sauce and baby onions while Adam Ellis' most
excellent smoked mullet spread came in fourth.
Other entries included Cuban baked mullet, mul-
let patties with a cold Dijonnaise sauce, spicy mullet
fingers and Asian mullet fingers.
The judges were diligent in their job, going around
the table two or three times to taste the entries.
Judges were in agreement that it was almost impos-


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For their efforts, the top four won $50 each cour-
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A forum where audience members will question
city commission candidates will be the highlight of a
meeting of the Holmes Beach Civic Association Sat-
urday, Feb. 19.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Officers of the association will be nominated also.
Details may be obtained at 778-9529.

Center joins Albertson's
benefit program
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is look-
ing for individual, family and business shoppers at
Albertson's stores to join a program that may bring up
to $7,200 annually to the Center.
The program tracks participants' purchases at any
Albertson's store and the Center receives benefits up
to $1,800 per quarter on a sliding scale.
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the Center to receive benefits.
Details are available at 778-1908.

Ocean explorer Dr. Earle
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Dr. Sylvia Earle, famed ocean explorer who for-
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"Sustainable Seas" in the Monday Night at Mote series
on Feb. 21.
Her presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Martin-
Selby Science Education Center at Mote, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy. on City Island, off the south ramp of
the New Pass Bridge.
Dr. Earle is founder of Deep Ocean Exploration
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National Geographic Society. She is a graduate of
Florida State and Duke Universities and has published
more than 100 publications on marine science. In 1970
she led a team of women scientists in the Tektite II
project, an underwater living experiment sponsored by
government agencies.
The Mote aquarium will open at 6 p.m. for those
attending the lecture. Admission is free for Mote mem-
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be obtained at 388-4441.

Roser Men's club hosts
spaghetti dinner Feb. 26
The Roser Men's Club of the Roser Memorial
Community Church will host a spaghetti dinner Satur-
day, Feb. 26, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are
$5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 years of age and
under. Funds from the function will be used to purchase
a tractor for grounds maintenance at the church.

Historian John McCarthy
to speak on Longboat
Local historian John McCarthy will headline the
third in the four-program "The Speakers Series" when
the Longboat Key Historical Society meets at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, at Bayfront Recreation Center, 4052
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
McCarthy is former curator of the Sarasota Ar-
chives and is past president of the Sarasota Historical
Society. He will show slides of early days of Longboat
Key and Sarasota. Details are available at 383-4066.

Bromeliads will be topic
S at garden club meet
Walter Berg of Selby Botanical Gardens in
Sarasota will speak on his experiences as a worldwide
collector of bromeliads at a dinner meeting of the Is-
land Garden Club Thursday, Feb. 17.
The session will be a potluck dinner meeting at
6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Details are available
at 778-4432.


Center tour date set,
volunteers sought
The seventh annual Tour of Homes to benefit
the Anna Maria Island Community Center will be
held March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of
the tour. Five homes in Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach are included on the tour along with a lun-
cheon and gift boutique. Tours are self-conducted
with the ticket/brochure serving as a guide to the
locations.
Ticket outlets include the Sandbar restaurant,
AMI West, the Center, Two Sides of Nature and
Lor-Els in Anna Maria; The Islander newspaper
office, Crowder Bros. Hardware, LaPensee Plumb-
ing, First National Bank, Ginny's Antiques and
Art, Island Discount Tackle, Home True Value
Hardware and Tiffany Place condominiums in
Holmes Beach; Longboat Key Video on Longboat
Key; and Westbay Athletic Club, Lively Kitchens
and Flowers by Don in Bradenton.
The Center is looking for volunteers to arrange
and guide guests through the homes.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this
community-wide benefit program should call the
Center at 778-1908.

Patton vet tells of return trip
to France Feb. 23
Mel Brenner will detail his bicycle trip through
France, more than half a century after his first visit
there during World War II, at the Island Branch Library
Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Brenner was an infantry staff sergeant with Gen.
George Patton's Third Army during the war, and on his
bike trip talked with many most welcoming people in
northern France. His talk here will be augmented with
photographic slides.
There are no reservations needed for the program,
which will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at the li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program
starts at 10:30 a.m. Details are available at 778-6341.
Two island chambers join
for card exchange
The Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Chambers
of Commerce will have a joint "Business After Hours"
card exchange on Longboat Key Wednesday, Feb. 23.
They will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cafe on
the Bay, 2630 Harbourside Drive, at Longboat Key
Moorings. Reservations may be made and information
obtained at 778-1541 or 387-9519.

Gershwin music featured
in Longboat concert
The music of George Gershwin will be the focus
of the second seasonal jazz concert/lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive.
Drummer Al Hixon will lead the jazz group includ-
ing Alan Vache, clarinet; Dave Pruyn, trumpet; Paul
O'Conner, trombone; Paul Mastriani, piano; and Sonny
Annis, bass. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-
members. More information may be obtained at 383-
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By David Futch
Islander Reporter
The ancient Egyptians cultivated mullet as a food
source and mullet often are mentioned in Roman writ-
ings.
The Calusa tribe of 5,000 years ago and Florida's
original natives who lived from Tampa to the Keys cre-
ated huge weirs at the mouths of canals that could hold
tons of live mullet.
Some folks like my late and very Southern Meth-
odist grandmother Nellie would tell you that Jesus fed
mullet to the multitudes.
Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Church in Anna Maria
City said although there is no direct reference to mul-
let in the Bible, feeding thousands of people with just
a few fish is an interesting tale.
"The story is called the 'feeding of the 5,000' or the
'feeding of the multitudes' and took place after Jesus
had spoken all day," Batey said. "The people were
hungry and the disciples said to send them away but
Jesus said, 'No, we will feed them.'"
Who exactly netted the mullet is unknown. But
Batey said the Gospel of John states that "a little boy
came forward with five barley loaves and two fish."
After that, it was all miracle.
Now for a story Batey probably hasn't heard.
This little-known ditty came from my not-so-very-
Southern Methodist grandfather Dan whose father
fished in Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay in the late
1800s.
Many in the Futch family have been commercial
fishermen and my grandfather said that holds true for
relatives who lived 2,000 years ago.
Grandpa Dan would often say to me, "Son, do you
know why Jesus quit fishing' and turned to preachin'?"
"No sir, granddaddy. Why?"
"Because the Futches stole the mullet out of his
net."
Yep. These are the kind of stories you'll hear when
you attend the "Mulletium," at the 18th Annual Cortez
. Commercial Fishing Festival on Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 19-20.
Because this year's theme for the festival is "Into
the Mulletium," here's a little sampling of mullet facts
,,t told to me by my grandfather.


Education center starts
registering for term
The Longboat Key Education Center is regis-
tering students for its third term, which begins
March 3. The nonprofit center also has announced
the March program in its Lecture 2000 series. All
activities will be at the center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive.
Classes are available in yoga, watercolor,
mixed media, Tai Chi, bridge, drawing, antiques,
Victorian art, baroque art, movies, jazz, Italian lit-
erature, French and Italian conversation.
The Lecture 2000 schedule calls for opera and
classical guitar March 7, archaeology in Sarasota
March 14, poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
March 21 and Carl Abbott travels and works
March 28.
The lectures will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Further information is available at 383-8811.


Holocaust survivor
speaks to Democrats
Eve Kommel will tell the Anna Maria Island
Democratic Club of "An 8-Year-Old Girl's Remem-
brance of the Holocaust" when the club meets at
noon Monday, Feb. 21.
Ms. Kommel was born in Germany and spent her
early childhood there, coming to the United States in
1940 when her family fled Nazi persecution. Her
grandparents did not get away and died in the
Auschwitz concentration camp. She has lived on
Longboat Key since 1974.
The Democratic luncheon will be Dutch treat at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. It is open to everyone, said the
club's Norton Niss, and no reservations are neces-
sary.
Details may be obtained at 778-9118.


Mullet are a prized food throughout warm climates
of the world. There are more than 120 species of which
ours on the West Coast of Florida is the striped or black
mullet. It is prized as a delicate food and for its golden
roe.
Striped mullet are caught primarily from Tampa
Bay south to Naples and the 10,000 Islands. Once you
travel beyond the 10,000 Islands, schools of mullet
consist mostly of inedible silver mullet which are used
primarily for bait.
The height of spawning season is November and
December when large schools of mullet leave bays and
travel up to 20 miles offshore to spawn. A typical fe-
male produces about 2 million eggs. Mullet live to be
about 6 years old, but some have reached 13 years.
They generally are two feet long but some have
reached three feet and weigh up to nine pounds.
Mullet are considered to be fowls because they
have a gizzard. A famous Florida case involves a man
caught illegally fishing for mullet. Legend has it he was
acquitted when he proved he was catching fowl, not
fish.
Mullet also are vegetarians and catching them on
a hook is virtually impossible.
This fish also has the unusual habit of jumping out
of the water. Scientists still debate as to why.
Some scientists say it's because they are escaping
predators. Several biologists have suggested they jump to
"gulp" air to augment oxygen dissolved in surrounding
water. They can be found in both fresh and saltwater.
Schools of mullet have long been the backbone of
Florida's inshore bay fishing industry, at least until a
net ban was passed a few years ago.
Cortez fishermen have caught them since the 1880s
and Cuban fishermen who were here in the 1850s
salted their catch to send back to their island.
Currently only hand-thrown cast nets are used to
harvest mullet. The roe is highly prized in the Far East.
Due to the net ban amendment, it is highly unlikely
that the mullet fishery will ever regain the prominence it
once held. However, mullet will remain one of Florida's
unique seafood delicacies for generations to come.
Thanks go to John Stevely of the University of
Florida Seci Grant Extension Program in Palmettofor
supplying many of the information in this article.


Longboat center offers
workshops in arts
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts has work-
shops and demonstrations in the arts scheduled for
February at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, at the
north end of the key in the village. The schedule:
Feb. 19, workshop on surface dyeing with natu-
ral dyes on fabric, taught by Joan McGee.
Feb. 21, silk painting demonstration by Snoopy
Gates of Holmes Beach.
Feb. 25-27, three-day workshop on glass fusion,
Laura Vincenti.
Feb. 26, watercolor painting demonstration by
Herbie Rose.
Details on these and other center activities are
available at 383-2345.


Caregiver Support Group
at Center Friday
The Island Caregiver Support Group will meet at
1 p.m. Friday, at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
The group was launched last year under the aus-
pices of Neighborly Senior Services of Manatee
County. The meetings are open to family caregivers
for adults suffering from memory loss or chronic
health problems.
Details are available at 748-3001.


Center seeking volunteers for
T.L.C. in afternoons
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is look-
ing for volunteers and interns for its T.L.C. after-school
program, said education director Maggie Rosario.
Hours for T.L.C. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City, are usually Monday through Friday
from 1 to 6 p.m., she said, "but we can be flexible."
Details are available at 778-1908.


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Easy come, easy go with Anna Maria finances


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's recent election left candidates with
less money in their pockets, but some say the experi-
ence has made them richer.
Winners of the election will have a chance to re-
coup out-of-pocket expenses from the Feb. 8 elec-
tion. Anna Maria's newest mayor, Gary
Deffenbaugh, will earn $800 per month. Commis-
sioners Bob Barlow, Jay Hill and Tom Skoloda each
will earn $400 per month.
The second of two carripaign treasury reports was
due at city hall the first of the month. Candidates col-
lected $13,048.22 in contributions for the period begin-
ning Dec. 16 and ending Feb. 3. They spent $10,382.45
for the same period.
Of the money collected, $5,370 came from outside
contributors, $740.45 was from in-kind donations and
personal loans to campaign accounts amounted to
$6,937.77.
Most of the money was spent on mailers, political
signs and newspaper advertisements. All candidates
were required to pay a fee to run for office $96 for
those candidates seeking the mayor's office and $48 for
those running for a seat on the commission.
Frank Almeda received no outside contributions
and loaned himself $553.12, which he spent on-politi-
cal signs, flyers and newspaper advertising.
Barlow received $450 in outside contributions and
$600 loaned to himself. His contributors include James
and Chris Callahan of Anna Maria, $100; Noah's Ark
Enterprises, Holmes Beach, $50; Fred Adkins of Anna
Maria, $100; Betty Adkins, $100; and Mr. and Mrs. J.
C. Tucker of Lakeland, $100.
He was the only commissioner who didn't adver-
tise in a newspaper, spending his money on voter infor-
mation, postage and signs.
Mayor hopeful Jason Cimino received the most
contributions. He collected $1,645, only loaning him-
self $96. Contributors include Kevin and Elizabeth
Tattam, of New Vernum, N.J., $250; Robert Vogel of
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James and Lori Toomey, $250; Don and Karen
Schroder of Holmes Beach, $75; Stephen and Jana
Samuels, $20; Carole Lynn Marler of Lakeland, $25;
Frances Marler of Anna Maria, $25; Rudy Kratz of
Anna Maria, $150; Samuel F. McDowell of Anna
Maria; $50; Joseph M. Baker of Anna Maria, $50;
Lawrence Scott of Anna Maria, $100; James Sackett of
Anna Maria, $25; John Home of Holmes Beach, $100;
Bistro at Island's End, Anna Maria, $100; Joe Vona of
Anna Maria, $25; and Larry Moshini of Holmes Beach,
$125.
Cimino spent his funds on newspaper advertising
in The Islander, T-shirts, political signs, and a cam-
paign party.
Deffenbaugh gave himself $950 and received $670
in outside contributions. Contributors include Joe and
Faye Kee of Anna Maria, $100; Burrell Maschek of
Holmes Beach, $20; Bob and Thelma Weismiller of.
Anna Maria, $50; E. Rowen and Barbara
Steinschneider of Bradenton Beach, $100; James C.
Krumme of Anna Maria, $100; James F. Deffenbaugh
of Warren, Ohio, $100; Gerry Slavin of Woburn,
Maine, $100; and John Fara of Anna Maria, $100.
Most of Deffenbaugh's money went for signs and
newspaper advertising.
Hill collected only $100 in outside contributions,
financing $1,634.36 himself. He received money from
Shirley O'Day of Anna Maria, $50; and Winifred M.
Whalen of Anna Maria, $50.
Hill used his money for voter information, on elec-
tion copies, advertising, signs and election information.
Former commissioner and mayoral candidate
George McKay collected $30.29 from Bunny Garst of
Anna Maria for an in-kind donation of ink for 500 fly-
ers. He gave himself a personal loan of $774.
McKay spent his money on a voter's list, signs, and
newspaper advertising in The Islander and The
Bradenton Shopping Guide.
Justin McNesky gave himself $100 and collected
$250 in outside contributions. Contributors are Jeff
Morrison of Anna Maria, $50; and Matt Mong of
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Spring of Anna Maria gave $176.92 and Gene Cloud
of Anna Maria donated $353.84.
McNesky spent most of his money on newspaper
advertising.
Shirley McNulty financed her campaign with $100
of personal funds and received no outside contribu-
tions. She used the money to purchase stationery and
leaflets.
John Michaels gave himself $1,000 and received
$400 in outside contributions. His wife, Elvira, donated
$178.80 in-kind which was used for signs. Contribu-
tors include Phyllis Bohenberger of Holmes Beach,
$100; Elvira Michaels of Anna Maria, $150; Mr. and
Mrs. R. Niessner of Germany, $100; Mr. and Mrs. J.P.
Pogue of Anna Maria, $50; Robert and Brenda Holland
of Anna Maria, $50; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Grant of
Anna Maria, $50.
The money was used for signs, stamps, voter infor-
mation, T-shirts, photographs, mailers and newspaper
advertising.
Skoloda collected $385 in outside contributions
and gave himself $200. He also received $10 for an in-
kind donation from Printing Professionals and Publish-
ing Inc. for 100 copies of political advertising. Con-
tributors include Sissy and Thomas Quinn of Anna
Maria, $100; John and Irma Lanning of Anna Maria,
$100; Linda Green of Anna Maria, $20; Carrie
McCrary-Skoloda, his wife, $115; Bunny Garst of
Anna Maria, $50.
Skoloda used the money for newspaper advertis-
ing, signs, copies, voter information and mailing la-
bels.
Dale Woodland collected $620 in outside contribu-
tions and financed $400 himself. Contributors include
Jack and Betty Dietrich of Anna Maria, $100; Jerry L.
Gieske of Anna Maria, $25; Steve and Jana Samuels of
Anna Maria, $20; Charles Canniff, $25; James A. Pettee
of Anna Maria, $25; Georgia Van Cleave of Anna Maria,
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Ledley, built the home on two lots in the 1940s. She plans to retain one of the lots and sell the other lot, but contiguous lots can't be separated and sold
until encroachments arre removed. She said it was one of the first homes built on the north end of the island. The home was remodeled in the 1980s, Wear
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Fundraisers planned for Holmes Beach butterfly garden


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Nancy Ambrose of the Manasota Chapter of the
North American Butterfly Association told beautifi-

ELECTION, FROM PAGE 12
Woodland spent money on voter information,
newspaper advertising and signs.
Former Commissioner Max Znika collected $450
from outside contributors and contributed $500 him-
self. Contributors include Waste Management of At-
lanta, $250; Paul Znika of Crown Pt., Ind., $100; wife
Dorothy Znika, $100. He also received $50 from Darco
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Znika spent the money on voter information, news-
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but we wanted something that would be really nice
in our beautiful garden," Ambrose. "We're going to
buy three, four-foot, cast aluminum benches at $700
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The benches are being made by the same com-
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color of benches will match the lights. The group
also plans to purchase two matching trash recep-
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"The first fundraiser is a buffet dinner on Feb.
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"We'll also have a silent auction during the din-
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In addition, the group will sell butterfly T-shirts
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From left, Kimberly Kuzion and Stewart Moon, of Holmes Beach, and Keith Walter and Matt Martin, of
Bradenton, were named winners of Anna Maria Island prizes in the Manatee County History Fair. Winner
Sarah Samler was unable to attend. The contest is sponsored by The Islander. The students presented their
projects to members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society last month. Kuzion built a replica of Roser
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the balcony of her home. The business, Marco Polo
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 16, 2000 0 PAGE 15


Big condo project proposed on Perico Island


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
The pristine nature of Perico Island is in for a
drastic change in the wake of a proposed 868-unit
project.
And that has Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore hopping mad but for a different reason
than the way the landscape on the island will be
transformed.
The 353-acre parcel immediately north of Galati
Marine Perico and Leverock's restaurant will be-
come home to another 2,000 or so people.
Adding that number of people and their cars to
the mix during an evacuation could spell trouble for
Anna Maria Islanders trying to get away from a hur-
ricane.
Holmes Beach Planning Commission Chairman
Sue Normand voiced opposition seven months ago
to Bradenton city commissioners who were getting
ready to annex the parcel that had for decades been
in agricultural use.
When Normand told commissioners that Holmes
Beach was opposed to the annexation, Bradenton
City Commissioner Gene Gallo said Holmes Beach
had nothing to say in the matter, Whitmore said.
"Gene Gallo just blew her off and I wrote him a
letter expressing my displeasure at how he treated
Sue Normand," Whitmore said. "I really don't think
there's anything the city or anyone else is going to
do to stop this project because Arvida is behind it.
"This is a project that was pre-approved when
the city annexed the property. They bulldozed this
project right by us."
Arvida Co. is owned by Jacksonville-based St.
Joe Co., Florida's largest private land owner with 1
million acres. Arvida built a number of develop-
ments on Longboat Key including the Longboat Key
Club.
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officials in Bradenton salivating. The valuation of the
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Ed Vogler II, who represents Arvida Co., said
the developer also is concerned about evacuation.
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"The market we've identified are first-time, sec-
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early in the event of a hurricane."
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Other amenities in the Perico Island project in-
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Obituaries


Rose 'Dolly' Barnes
Rose "Dolly" Barnes, 88, of Bradenton, died Feb.
4 in Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Marietta, Ohio, Mrs. Barnes was the man-
ager of a vacation resort on Anna Maria Island. She
was a member of the West Bradenton Baptist Church
and was a member of the Super Seniors.
Services were Feb. 11 at West Bradenton Baptist
Church. Memorial donations may be made to the
church, 1305 43rd St. W., Bradenton FL 34209.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.

Margrit Schmid Brunner
Margrit Schmid Brunner, 82, of Holmes Beach and
Switzerland, died Feb. 7 in Holmes Beach.
Born in Switzerland, Mrs. Brunner came to Mana-
tee County as a winter resident in 1980. She was a
farmer.
There will be no services. Kicliter Funeral Home,
Palmetto, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Margrit Barnetta of
Switzerland; son Jakob of Switzerland; sister Frida
Marti of Switzerland, brother Werner Schmid of
Switzerland; nine grandchildren; and two great-
grandchildren.

Rodney W. Grooms
Rodney W. Grooms, 78, of Bradenton, died Jan. 22
at home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 19, at Palma Sola Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
10141, 420 67th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the VFW Post. Services were
in East Liberty Cemetery, Lynx, Ohio.
Born in Manchester, Ohio, Mr. Grooms came to
the area 35 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army Air
Corps in World War II and the Korean War. He owned
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He was past commander and life member of the
American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in
West Union, Ohio. He was past president of the Anna
Maria Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 and the Moose Lodge 1223.
He is survived by wife Ida Faye; sons Mark E. and
Barry; sisters Georgana Phipps and Helen Lawler; two
grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.

Robert W. Hendrickson Jr.
Robert W. Hendrickson Jr., 84, of Bradenton, died
Feb. 7 in Integrated Health Services.
Born in Sea Cliff, Long Island, N.Y., Mr.
Hendrickson came to Manatee County from there in
1957. He served in the U.S. Army during World War
II. He was retired as a sales representative for Metro-
politan Life Insurance Co. in Long Island and Sarasota.
He was a coach for 21 years for the Boys Club of
Manatee County. He was a member of American Le-
gion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton. He attended
Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
Visitation and services were Feb. 9. Burial was in
Palmetto. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County Inc., P.O. Box
280, Bradenton, FL 34206 or to Emmanuel United Meth-
odist Church, 5115 44th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34210.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
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He is survived by wife Margaret L.; son Robert
Wesley III of Holmes Beach; daughter Leslie J. Baker
of Rutland, Vt.; two grandchildren; two step-grandchil-
dren; and a step-great-grandchild.

Marguerite A. Holmes
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in the medical surgical nursing division of the U.S.
Army and served in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. She
worked at Manatee Memorial Hospital prior to joining
the service. She was a member of the St. Bernard's
Guild and attended St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Retired
Officer's Association and the Retired Army Nurses.
Memorial services were Feb. 14 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Bernard's memorial
garden. Memorial donations may be made to the char-
ity of one's choice. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by brothers Roger of Olympia,
Wash., and Jacob of Hudson and Bradenton.

Leo R. Kennedy
Leo R. Kennedy, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Feb.
4 in Integrated Health Services of Bradenton.
Born in Cleveland, Mr. Kennedy came to Manatee
County from Lakewood, Ohio, in 1979. He was an
accountant. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church
and was a member of the Holy Name Society at the
church. He was a member of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and the Ancient Order of Hiberni-
ans and an active volunteer for Our Daily Bread.
Memorial mass was Feb. 12 at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to
Our Daily Bread, 1426 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL
34207. Covell Cremation and Funeral Center was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Jane; daughter Jayne Swemba
of Maumee, Ohio; sons Leo of Fairfax Station, Va., and
Thomas of Boca Raton; sisters Helen Martikan of Cleve-
land and Marie Hotchkiss of Brunswick, Ohio; eight
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John E. Kilburn
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4 in Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Claremont, N.H., Mr. Kilburn came to
Manatee County from East Hartford, Conn., in 1978.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in
Germany under Gen. George Patton in the Battle of the
Bulge, where he was wounded and awarded the Purple
Heart. He was a project engineer and welding develop-
ment lab foreman for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Con-
necticut. He was a member of the Anna Maria Garden
Club, the Anna Maria Kiwanis Club, and the Island
Bridge Club. He was a Protestant.
Services will be in St. Johnsbury, Vt., at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, 1230 S. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34239, or the American Heart Associa-
tion, 2975 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Holmes Beach Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Theodora; son Rodney F. of
Wrentham, Mass.; a grandchild; and a great-grand-
child.

Barbara 'Bobbie' Sikes
Barbara "Bobbie" Sikes, 58, of Anna Maria, died
Feb. 8 at home.
Born in South Carolina, Mrs. Sikes came to Mana-
tee County from Savannah, Ga., 34 years ago. She was
a homemaker. She attended Island Baptist Church.
Memorial services were Feb. 12 at Island Baptist
Church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Holmes Beach
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband W.S.; daughter Julie
Zatkovich of Fort Myers; four sisters; a brother; and
three grandchildren.

Gladys Wohn
Gladys Wohn, 74, of Bradenton, died Feb. 9 at
home.
Born in Chicago, Mrs. Wohn came to Manatee
County from there in 1993.
Memorial mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Saints
Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th
St. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made
to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake
Destiny Road, Ste. 415, Maitland, FL 32751. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by brothers Milan Tatak of Holmes
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1 Artist opens
studio workshop
Friends, neighbors
and passersby
gathered to visit
Island craftsman
Mark Alonso's new
studio/workshop
where he makes
decorative birds and
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Students are beneficiaries of chance encounter


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
If not for a black and white cat, their paths may
have never crossed.
Cindi Harrison, Anna Maria Elementary School's
guidance counselor, vividly remembers meeting
Amelia Gonzales. The two strangers became instant,
life-long friends.
The tale was spun two years ago when Harrison
was out looking for her cat Nuisance, who took a three-
month hiatus from home.
While knocking on neighbors' doors, Harrison saw
her cat. Nuisance was well taken care of, she noticed.
A neighbor said the cat was spotted at Gonzales' house,
so Harrison left a letter on her door asking her to call,
hoping to thank the person taking care of her cat.
Gonzales, then in her late 80s, phoned Harrison
and the two woman found they shared much more than
the cat.
Gonzales invited Harrison to her home where they
talked at great length. In discovering each other,
Harrison learned Gonzales was the author of two
children's books, "Children's-Book of Animal Stories"
and "More Animal Stories For Children." Her husband,
Horace, illustrated the books.
Besides being on the look out for her cat, who of-
ten strays, Harrison is always seeking material or books
which deliver inspiring messages to stimulate learning
in her students.
Harrison's philosophy is well known at the school.
She teaches children to.accept responsibility for their
own choices. Gonzales' stories help to teach, shape and
build children' character, she said.
Harrison has an original Gonzales book which she
cherishes. The gift from Gonzales is a first edition pub-
lished by Vantage Press Inc. in 1973.


Amelia Gonzales reads a story from her book to children in the Grandparent program at Anna Maria Elemen-


tary School in 1998.

The book is aged, the pink paper edges oxidized
and now grayish-white in color from sitting on a shelf
for more than 25 years.
Harrison said Gonzalez enriched her life. "We had
so much in common, it was meant to be. I just fell in
love with her," she said.
Harrison invited Gonzales to join the Grandparents


Program at the school. On occasion, Gonzales would
read the children her stories.
Her first book was dedicated to her daughter
Carmen Ann and all children who love animals.
Carmen Ann preceded Gonzales in death.
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READING, FROM PAGE 20

Her son-in-law, Dr. Kenneth Alonso, a Princeton-
educated.surgeon and former Atlanta pathologist, re-
cently reissued the books and came to the school to
donate two copies to the school's library in Gonzales'
memory.
He presented them at a Grandmother Program
monthly meeting.
Gonzales died at 93. She was an Islander for more
than 80 years. Her family, the Escalantes, were entre-
preneurs in the cigar-making business in Tampa and
owned factories in Ybor City and New Orleans and a
great deal of land in Holmes Beach.
"It was so great to know her," Harrison said. And
Nuisance still hangs out by Gonzales' house when she
strays, according to Harrison.
Children and adults alike admire Gonzales' stories,
Harrison said. They are rooted in a love of nature and
animals, including memories of her days clam digging
near her homestead across from Duffy's Tavern.
Gonzales weaves morals and truth into her parables.
So here's the story of Harrison's cat, who opened
the pages of another chapter for Gonzales and brought
many worlds together.

The following is a short story from
Gonzales first book,
'Children's Book of Animal Stories'

There's always a way
David was sad. Tomorrow was Mother's Day, and he
had no present for his mother and no money to buy one.
"What can I do?" he asked himself. Then he re-
membered something his mother had once said to him:
"When you want to do something good, there's always
a way." Oh, if only he could find it!
Suddenly an idea struck him. He would sell his
rabbit. Tomorrow he would take Fluffy to the market
place and sell him for the money he needed.
But how could he part with his dear little pet? How
he would hate to sell Fluffy with his soft, white fur, his


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Gift to the school
Kenneth Alonso presents Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tim Kolbe with two of Amelia Gonzales'
children's books for the school's library. Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison holds one of Gonzales' first
editions which Gonzales gave her.


floppy ears, pink eyes and puff of a tail! But he would
have to do it. Because he had to get his mother a
present.
The next morning, David got up bright and early.
He put a big red ribbon around Fluffy's neck, tying it
into a beautiful bow. Then, carrying the rabbit under his
arm, he started to the market.
When they were almost there, he looked at Fluffy,
and then looked away. He couldn't bear to see the sor-
row in those little pink eyes.
"I can't do it. I just can't do it," he thought. "There
must be another way." And he turned back toward
home.
When he had gone a little way, he saw a meadow


with a beautiful patch of wild flowers white daisies
dancing in the breeze, yellow daffodils swaying back
and forth, and little purple violets peeping out through
the clumps of shrubbery. It was strange that he had not
noticed them before. Perhaps it was because he had
been thinking too hard about his problem.
He sat Fluffy down and began to gather the lovely
flowers. What a beautiful bouquet they would make for
his mother! He took the ribbon from the rabbit's neck
and tied it around the flowers. Now he had a really
pretty Mother's Day gift.
With his free hand, David picked up Fluffy and
hugged him close. "You see," he said, "there really is
always a way, if you keep looking for it."


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School, Keds lived at Stewart and Lakeland Elementary schools. Her first experiences with people were
with Spanish-speaking students so the guinea pig is bilingual. In keeping with the family tradition, Keds
has siblings named Reebok and Nike.


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Streetlife


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Anna Maria City
Feb. 6, theft of two political signs, 200 block of
Spring Avenue.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 1, trespass warning, 2300 block of Avenue
C. The complainant issued a trespass warning to a
former employee who would not leave the job site.
Feb. 3, domestic disturbance, 2400 block of Avenue
B. Two subjects became involved in a heated argument
and the officer calmed the situation, said the report.
Feb. 4, grand theft of a motorized electric scooter
valued at $693.10, 400 block of Church Avenue.
Feb. 6, retail theft of $7.50 in gasoline, 2513 Gulf
Drive N., Circle K.
Feb. 7, breach of the peace, possession of drug
paraphernalia, 200 block of Bay Drive South. The of-
ficer observed Carl Alexander Adams, 30, of Tampa,
attempting to get his vehicle unstuck from a concrete
block. The officer said when he attempted to question
Adams, Adams appeared nervous and repeatedly
reached down toward the floorboard.
For safety reasons the officer ordered Adams out
of the vehicle. He said Adams became verbally abusive
and would not calm down when asked. The officer said
he checked the floorboard and found a marijuana pipe
and placed Adams in custody.
Feb. 9, domestic disturbance, 2000 Gulf Drive,
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Novel lives 45 years, finally goes on stands


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Anna Maria Island author Dick Hennessey has a
brand new book out that's only 45 or so years old.
If you think you're confused, shake hands with
Hennessey -he wrote and rewrote and rewrote "Few
Are Chosen" for a total of five revisions. And it's been
well worth it, he figures.
It's a novel featuring three young men trying to
make it in Hollywood, "the real Hollywood" of the
1940s and '50s before huge corporations became pro-
ducers and before the vicious infighting in Tinsel Town
became widely known.
It is at least partly autobiographical, for Hennessey
was there doing what his protagonists do in the book,
when they are doing it. He spent the seven immediate
post-World War II years trying to make it in that Hol-
lywood.
Born and reared in Piqua, Ohio, he joined the
Army Air Corp, serving as a flying medic in air-evacu-
ation with what was then called the airborne infantry
in the European theater of the war. H was in the United
States headed for the Pacific, and not eagerly, when the
war ended in August 1945.
He had written school things and a few short sto-
ries during high school and thought he was cut out for
that kind of life, so after the Army he headed for Hol-
lywood.
"I and a bunch of other would-be actors and writ-
ers worked at the old Charlie Chaplin studio on
LaBrea," he recalled. "It was independent, the place
where the studios reshot big-picture scenes when they
didn't turn out right in the original, and didn't want to
tie up the studios' facilities."
He is particularly proud to have been part of one of
the first Theater in the Round concepts there.
But as with so many aspirants then and now, it
didn't work out as he had hoped and he pulled out of
Hollywood in 1952. It was back to Ohio, to his family
and to a job in banking.
And to writing. He wrote many short stories and a
novel, "Few Are Chosen." Publishers didn't buy it,


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He let it mature on a closet shelf until 1958, when
he dug it out and revised it. No sale. Revised it again
in 1965, same result.
Hennessey retired from banking in 1982 and came
to Holmes Beach, where he tried still another revision
of "Few Are Chosen." He said, "It's in about the fifth
revision now and I still couldn't find a publisher inter-
ested in a first novel no matter what. So I published it
myself."


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from banking in
1982 and came to
Holmes Beach,
where he tried still
Another revision of
a book he hadfirst
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1950s. "It's in
about the fifth
revision now and I
still could findd a
publisher interested
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book has been
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from what people
tell me, he said,
and is in Books a
Million stores
under a contract of
specific duration.
When that time
runs out, he will
look for other
outlets.
It has been selling "quite well, from what people
tell me," he said, and is in Books a Million stores un-
der a contract of specific duration. When that time runs
out, he will look for other outlets, he said. He had a
book-signing event Feb. 15 in Key West and one at the
Bradenton Books a Million store at a date not yet set.
Meanwhile, "Few Are Chosen" is available at the
bookstore or directly from the author for $22 (payable
to Dick Hennessey) at Cron PublishLngJ P.O. Box 1251,
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Little League dinner Wednesday
The Anna Maria Island Little League will hold its
annual spaghetti kick-off dinner Wednesday, Feb. 16,
from 6-8 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, where uniforms will be handed out to players and
coaches.
Teams from T-ball through major league will be out-
fitted while players and parents pound some pasta.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m., Island Little Leagu-
ers in uniform will gather at the Island Baptist Church and
march to the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City.
Parents are requested to have their children at the
Baptist church at the Anna Maria-Holmes Beach city
borders at 8:30 a.m. for the parade.
When players arrive, each team will play a scrimmage
against another team in its respective league.
T-ball players play from 10-11 a.m., AA clubs go at
it between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., AAA goes from 12:30
p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and major leaguers battle it out from 2:30
to 4:30.
In past years teams were photographed on this day.
However, this year's team photo day will be scheduled for
another date, perhaps the Little League Fun Day
fundraiser.
With baseball in the air, spring can't be far away.
The first games of the season are tentatively sched-
uled for Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Community Center's
Benji Scanio baseball field.

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Armand's Circle.
McCarver, a baseball announcer with a keen in-
sight into the game, will be at the bookstore at 1 p.m.
on Sunday, Feb. 20. The address is 478 John Ringling
Blvd.

Let's talk football
Now that football season ended two weeks ago, we've
had enough time out and can start talking football again.
Recent speculation has Dan Marino playing Pewter
Man as the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback next year.
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Weather wonders, worries for all Floridians


Although not on a par with Christmas or the Fourth
of July, the Florida Hazardous Weather Awareness Week
will be recognized Feb. 20 to 26. In light of the wicked
weather we often experience here in the Sunshine State,
we should all probably pay more attention to the skies than
usual.
The week is devoted to a batch of nasty meteorologi-
cal hazards we face: lightning; marine hazards; tornadoes
and thunderstorms; tropical weather, excessive rainfall,
flooding and temperature extremes; and the National
Weather Service's strategic plan to deal with that stuff.
To help illustrate the problems weather causes us, the
Florida Department of Community Affairs put together a
pretty nifty booklet about our weather problems. It's got

SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 25
Paul Gruber will be in his 13th season and center Tony
Mayberry is a free agent. Smart 350-pound linemen are
what the game dictates these days and they're difficult to
find.
Coach Tony Dungy doesn't want to pay Marino the
millions he'll demand because he has to stay under the sal-
ary cap to get someone like the 6-foot-5-inch wide re-
ceiver for Michigan State University who riddled
Florida's defensive backs in the Citrus Bowl. The Bucs
have between $14 and $16 million to spend. The salary
cap for all NFL teams this year is $62.5 million.
And face it, Marino is busted up. Bad knees, sore
neck, repaired Achilles tendon. I love Danny Boy and the
Fish, but at 38 going on 58 in the NFL, it's time to go.
Former Bucs and Oakland Raiders All-Pro nose
guard Dave Pear of Holmes Beach disagrees.
He thinks that if Dungy could get Marino to agree to
a back-up job at QB, then King will have the best teacher
imaginable.
But the biggest problem will be trying to convince
Marino to stand on the sideline.
As of Sunday, no one expressed any interest in
Marino. Someone probably will though. Owners can't
resist the allure of Marino, a marquee name that sells tick-
ets. *
Even if someone does want Marino he may have too
many stipulations and want too much money.
The greatest quarterback who never won a Super
Bowl may end up riding off into the sunset without a ring.

Anna Maria tennis players top-ranked
Andy Gladsden, Jay Parker and Howie Banfield of
Anna Maria finished 1999 ranked at the top for amateur
Florida tennis players in their age groups.
Gladsden and Parker, who play in the men's age 55
and over bracket, are ranked sixth and 11th respectively
in the state by the Florida section of the United States Ten-
nis Association.
Banfield, who plays in the men's age 45 and over
group, is ranked 26th in the state.
Gladsden reached the finals in seven out of 10 tour-
naments he entered in 1999, winning two of the last three
tourneys on the Florida amateur circuit.
Parker won four tournaments including the St. Peters-
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Banfield won an October tournament and made it to
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some good suggestions about what we can do to par-
don the pun weather our weather, plus lots of pretty
grim statistics.
For example, lightning was the major cause of all
weather-related fatalities in the state from 1959 to 1999,
with 47 percent of weather-related deaths attributed to the
big flash of electricity from the sky. Drowning killed 26
percent, wind 24 percent, and extreme heat or cold 3 per-
cent. Seven people from Manatee County lost their lives
to lightning in that period of time.
By the way, Florida has the dubious distinction of
being the lightning capital of the United States, with cen-
tral Florida receiving an average of 90 thunderstorms a
year. And for you trivia collectors, the lightning capital of
the world belongs to Kampala, Uganda, which has 280
thunderstorm days annually.
Tornadoes are another hazard we face, and the period
of time from now to April is when the strongest and most
deadly tornadoes tend to form, although summer is when
we have the most twisters.
In Manatee County, 63 tornadoes have been reported
from 1959 to 1999.
Tornadoes are ranked in six categories through some-
thing called the Fujita scale. The strongest ranking is F-
5, which some wit calls the "Incredible Tornado." The
damage expected from the 261 to 318 mph winds is de-
scribed as, "Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and
disintegrated. Automobile-sized missiles flew through the
air in excess of 100 mph. Trees debarked."
Doesn't sound like fun, does it?
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well for Florida in general and the Island in particular.
We had a bunch of near-misses last year. The scari-
est storm for us in 1999 was Tropical Storm Harvey,
which looked like it was going to slam directly into the
Island until it took a more southerly track and hit the coast
south of Naples.
And 1999's Hurricane Floyd set some records for
causing the largest peacetime evacuation in the nation's
history when it lurched along the Atlantic coast from
Florida to North Carolina, driving 2.6 million people -
including Anna Maria Islanders -from their coastal
homes to seek shelter inland. Parts of 10 states were de-
clared major disaster areas thanks to Floyd.
DCA's booklet has some pretty good suggestions for
how to make it through the different weather seasons. A
lot of the tips are things we've heard before -buy a
weather radio, keep a three-day stock of canned food and
water, make sure you've got enough prescription drugs if
you need them, and the like.
But there were a couple of good tips I hadn't given
much thought to that make some sense. For example, it's
suggested that your family have two designated places to
meet in case people have to leave the house in a hurry, like
some place just outside the house and another farther
away, like a school or nearby church.
Another good idea is to have an out-of-town friend be
the central family contact, someone away from danger
whom anyone in the family can call to relay messages or
information if somebody gets lost or hurt.
I don't know why I didn't think of that stuff.

Some dirty words
You may want to keep your kids or grandkids from
reading the following, since it contains some pretty
graphic dirt.
A group of researchers are of the opinion that Ameri-
cans are too clean. They say that humans evolved over the
course of millions of years in a pretty dirty environment,
and our fetish for cleanliness of late is actually harming
us.--
Bacteria in our intestines outnumber cells, they say,
and when we kill off bacteria we may be putting ourselves
at greater risk for getting allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and
multiple sclerosis. Some of the bugs we kill may play a
vital link in keeping our immune systems up and running,
they add, or even improving our immunity against disease.
But somehow I don't think there are too many moth-
ers or fathers out there who are going to urge youngsters
to go play in the dirt. At least, not on purpose.

Sandscript factoid
Weather watchers have come up with something
called the "30-30 Rule" for lightning. You're in danger if
you see a lightning strike and hear the thunder in 30 sec-
onds or less, and you should wait 30 minutes after spot-
ting the last lightning flash before venturing outdoors
again.
An acquaintance died of a lighting strike a few years
ago by not following that advice. He went for a walk on
Siesta Beach right after a thunderstorm had passed and,
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Sheepshead still biting, wind picking up


By Capt. David Futch
The fishing report for the last few weeks sounds
like a broken record. Sheepshead -and big ones at that
-continue to bite around just about any structure.
Grouper fishing remains as good as it has been in years,
though anglers are having to go a little further out. And
trout are biting around potholes near just about any
grass flat.
The good folks at the Rod & Reel Pier said they're
catching a few sheepshead, redfish and one or two
flounder. The water is just too cold. Maybe in a week
or two it will pick up when the water starts warming up,
Rod & Reelers said.
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there hasn't been an overabundance of anything caught.
"The wade fishermen are catching some small
trout, redfish and sheepshead," Goss said. "There have
been some grouper caught in 35 feet of water when
they can get out."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing is about the same as it was last week. Grouper fish-
ing is good, but anglers are having to go further out.
There is one way to skin a cat, or a grouper in this
instance.
"Trolling in the Tampa Bay ship channels and
rocky ledges using gold bombers, rapallas and rebels
about seven inches long can produce keeper grouper,"
Lowman said. "The idea is to troll as close to the bot-
tom as you can. But grouper will rise to strike one of
these lures."
Lowman added that a good stretch to try is the
rocks east of Jewfish Key near Long Pass.
This also is the most fun time of year to catch trout.
Cotee jigs and Love's Lures work good.
"You can catch big and small ones by throwing
into the potholes in grass," Lowman said. "It's fun to
watch them hit the bait. Surface lures like Rebels and
Yo-Zures work good, too."
"Small sio66k are biting in creeks like Frog and
Biowiwlee's cheeks. AA lot of large five to seven-pound
sheepshead are being caught around structures,
Lowman said.
Annie's Bait & Tackle said Capt. Zack
Zaiharias chartered Kevin Howard and Paul Menoila
of Portlanid, -',re. and led them to snook to 29 inches,
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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
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likes.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide at Captain's
Marina in Holmes Beach had a couple of good days on
reds and gag grouper but seas were rough.
Capt. Glenn Corder on the Deep South said he
has to go out farther to get grouper and with the water
around 57 degrees the fish are not as active.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's slamming some big sheepshead in the
five to seven-pound range. He said he's fishing in the
Longboat Pass area of the Intracoastal Waterway using
pieces of shrimp on a No. 4 Kahle hook.
"It has a nice curve and looks like a Japanese circle
hook," Smith said. "They're bronze and blend in with
the bait and don't shine like silver hooks. And if the
fish breaks it off, the hook will dissolve in a day or two.
We're also getting mangrove snapper to 15 inches in
the same area near Longboat Pass."
Capt. Curt Morrison on the charterboat Neva-
Miss said wind and cold has caused the fishing to slow
down.
"We're still getting gag grouper to 28 inches and
red grouper to 26 inches but we're having to go out 13
to 20 miles," Morrison said. "I was out last week in six-
foot seas and asked my mate what we were doing here.
You can see a lot of fish on the fish finder but you can't
stay on them to get them bite.
"But that's part of it. The weatherman said it's
going to calm down here the next week. If the wind
dies down, the fishing will pick up. I hope so."
Capt. Joe Webb has a new boat and plans to use
it to show people some blue water fishing in the Gulf
with overnight trips up to 100 miles out.
Built by Will Guthrie of Harker's Island, N.C.,
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Condominiums, on the other hand, with win-
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difference is partly due to scam artists who mixed in
with the real helpers when radon first became a
known threat some years back.
Then, householders and business owners were
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RADON, FROM PAGE 28
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property.
The scams were soon exposed and recorded in
headlines, and they made people gun-shy even of the
reliable companies.
No place is immune, Kallotte said. Radon forms
in the soil as a gas and rises, and if there's a house
up there it accumulates. There are pockets of soil
higher than others in radioactive elements, which are
in constant change and end up as radon.
One house may have a high level of radon, its
neighbor very little. One concrete slab may bar radon,
another let it rise through tiny cracks or even cook the
gas within itself if the concrete's ingredients hold ra-
dioactive materials, as so many do in minute amounts.
Florida construction codes now require a vapor
barrier under every slab. That helps impede radon -
if it is properly installed; if there is even a small tear
or hole it lets radon through.
And every sales document in transferring own-
ership of a building is supposed to include the results
of a radon evaluation. If there is no radon present or
if as a threat it has been remedied, that's an asset in
the sale. If you're selling, get the question answered,




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Kallotte advises.
The Manatee County Health Departmrent
strongly backs Kallotte's urging of tests for the gas
in every building, particularly those with a concen-
tration of humans, including homes.
Kallotte has the means for people to learn about
radon and how to test their homes and other build-
ings. He will send an instruction package to anyone
who calls for it at 316-1838.
There are two principal ways to test, he said.
One is by a commercial company qualified to do
the job, with competent laboratory test included.
That takes two or three days, usually, and costs a few
hundred dollars.
The other test is self-administered, and radon
kits are available for a few dollars at many retail
outlets. It takes minimum effort and five days or so
for the test and a couple of weeks for lab results. It
involves putting a tiny glass jar in an unventilated
building and leaving it there for five days. He'll even
provide the test kits free to people who are indigent.
Just call him.
If there is a problem, in nearly all instances some
caulking of cracks and gaps and arranging proper
ventilation will solve it, he said.
The testing and remedy may be inconvenient, he
concedes, "but when it comes to lung cancer, it is not
inappropriate to put up with almost any inconve-
nience."

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ONE OF A KIND!
Gulffront lot on a quiet dead-end street! There are
no more like this! For sale by owner. 31st St. and
Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.


ThI Islander


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JUST LISTED! This great income property close to the Gulf is in a
convenient Holmes Beach location. 2BR/2BA each side updated in great
condition. Don't miss this one priced at just $169,000.


WELL BUILT ELEVATED HOME on
two large canalfront lots on the north end
of Anna Maria. Unlimited potential here
to expand or knock down for two great
canalfront lots. 228 ft. on the water. This
one won't last! Reduced to $319,500.
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.


ItO MLS
PELTOP


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. Reduced to $279,000.
NORTH END OF ISLAND This immacu-
late 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.


Call Ken Jackson at 778-6986
Agnes Tooker 778-5287
Larae Regis 779-1858


- Fwrndaw RealEsta /c.


A4 9701 r ^ D^r,, P.. Box 71 7 ,7 Anfa /ra, F 34216
800-306-9666 941- 778-2307
www.franmaxonrealestate.com


Busy reader
Bobby Pears, formerly of Anna Maria, tucks his
Islander away for the moment while deciding what to
buy or sell in his high-tech trading business in
Bronxville, N.Y.

DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS

A PLACE TO BEGIN
It's not on the water but it is
on Key Royale! Freshly
painted 3BR/2BA home of- ,
fers an updated kitchen
and spacious air-condi-
tioned Florida room that
makes it perfect for sea-
sonal or year-round living. Plenty of room for a pool or house
expansion. It will easily adapt to today's design features, or you
can move right in as is. Be at home in a quiet, golf course com-
munity that is just a brisk walk to the beach. JUST $173,900!

W X REALTY
941-778-2200


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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
call 778-7978.

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.

FITNESS FLYER EXERCISE machine that works all
major muscle groups. Manual. Two years old, $78.
Dining room table, oak finish, 38 by 38, expands to
56. Perfect for small dining area, $275. Coffee table,
solid oak, 23 by 47, three-panel smoked glass top.
Like new, $60. 778-4029.

DOUBLE SLEEPER SOFA, also twin sleeper sofa.
Both neutral stripes. Excellent condition. 778-6774.



ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.,
Fri. 9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. Donations Wed. 9-
11am. Sale racks. 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon., Wed.,
Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 383-4738.

ARTISTS GUILD SIDEWALK art sale, Feb. 19,
10am-2pm. Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach. Corner of Gulf and Marina. Demonstra-
tions, Refreshments.


ANNUAL FLEA MARKET at The Budget Box, Feb.
19, 9am-2pm. One block north of Manatee Ave. off
41st St. west.

MOVING SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, Feb. 18-19,
9am-2pm. Everything must go. 406 77th St. No
early birds!

MULTI FAMILY GARAGE sale, Saturday, Feb. 19, 8am-
? Huge variety, quality stuff. Household, baby, collectibles,
clothing, bedding and more. 3607 East Bay Dr.

GARAGE SALE, THURSDAY, Feb. 24, 9am-3pm.
Multi family, furniture, household items, vacuums,
clothes and much more. 232 85th St., Holmes Beach.


LOST GOLD CLADDAGH ring. Vicinity of Holmes
Beach Island Shopping Center or Anna Maria Sand-
bar Restaurant on Feb. 2. Call Sharon at 727-3453,
Bradenton.

LOST FROM THIRD Street South, Bradenton Beach.
"Satchmo", black kitty, white whiskers, white star, coat
medium length. Weight, 14 lbs. Reward. 778-6000.


"CRITTER SITTER", five years in pet care, 21 years
as Island residents. Tender loving care for your pets,
with in-home visits. 778-6000.


1992 LINCOLN TOWNCAR, Cartier series. Moon roof,
76,000 miles. Excellent condition. $7.600. 778-6329.

1986 VW CAMPER van. 18,000 miles on new en-
gine. Excellent condition. $6,000. 795-7994.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising!


DEBBIE DIAL MOVES TO PARADISE!


BILL ALEXANDER AND LYNN HOSTETLER ARE PLEASED TO AN-
NOUNCE THAT DEBBIE DIAL HAS JOINED THE RENTAL TEAM OF LIZ
ANDRICKS AND MARY HOSTETLER, WHO FOR SIXTEEN YEARS
HAVE HELPED BUILD ONE OF THE FINEST RENTAL COMPANIES ON
FLORIDA'S GULF COAST. BETWEEN OUR TREMENDOUS GROWTH
AND DRAMATIC INCREASE IN INTERNET RESERVATIONS WE ARE
ALL GLAD TO WELCOME 18-YEAR VETERAN RENTAL MANAGER,
DEBBIE DIAL TO OUR COMPANY. DEBBIE WILL ALSO ASSIST DAVID
VANDE VREDE IN HIS INTERNATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN, TO
INSURE THAT OUR RECORD VOLUME OF OVERSEAS VACATION RE-
QUESTS CONTINUES AT THIS RECORD PACE. GIVE DEBBIE, LIZ OR
MARY A CALL FOR ANY OF YOUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT NEEDS
OR JUST STOP IN AND SAY HELLO! ...


A Paradise Rental Management Inc.

5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217


778-480U
800 237-2252
www.aparadiserental.com


(941) 748-6300 Licensed Real Estate Broker


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THE VIEWS LOOKING toward Sarasota are breathtaking. Elegant
homes on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the gated security, solitude and
beauty of Tidy Island. Townhouses priced from $169,900. Bob and
Penny Hall 749-5981 or www.floridahouse.net. C40998
WATERFRONT
WARNER'S BAYOU residence. 3BR/2B, well maintained, built
in 1961. 110 +/- ft. on waterfront, boat dock. Lot dimension: 87
x 284 x 110 x 261 ft. $250,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. R42895
BREATHTAKING panoramic view from almost every room.
Immaculate, bright sun-flooded open design. Great outdoor
entertainment area. Dock with electric lift. $425,000. Sandy
Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R42917
ONE-OF-A-KIND PALMA SOLA LOCATION Located at boat
basin bridge with deep water. 4,561 +/- sq.ft. pool residence.
4BR/5B, open kitchen and family room with fireplace, Mexi-
can tile floors, detached two-car garage. $775,000. Don Lewis
746-3200 or 920-3919. R41140


GULFFRONT BEACH HOUSE Elegant Mediterranean, cus-
tom-designed residence featuring imported tile, arched door-
ways and an incredible balcony overlooking beach.
$1,350,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. R37566
MAINLAND
IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY Clean and well maintained 2BR
condominium. Updated baths an lots of tile, indoor utility room,
dome kitchen. Age restricted community. $57,500. Hal Gillihan
778-2194. C42830
GREAT NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME on large lot.
Great for the first time buyer or investor. Florida room, one-
car garage. $79,900. Linda Asher 792-7365. R42876
THIS GREAT FIND offers excellent value in the well-main-
tained, active community of Highland Lakes. Everything as
you like it, with airy interior, volume ceilings and no care land-
scaping. $146,540. Carol Greenwald 758-6514. R42919


1 n Visi our s4 E1 i te on~' the 'Intere tht:/w~ihesudr~o


14 FT. LASER II Sailboat. Fun, fun, fun. Great con-
dition. Extra hardware. New galvanized trailer. Ready
to sail free instruction. Save the environment!
$2,750 or best offer. 941-365-3264.

18 FT. BAYLINER CAPRI, trailer, 120 hp Mercury
outboard, all new May 99. Used 50 hours only. Plus
extras. $10,000.

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

SUNBIRD CORSAIR 19 ft. Bowrider. 115 Johnson
Ocean-runner. Little use, plus trailer as new. $8,999.
941-792-3498, Jack.

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, references.
941-233-7337.

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.



GULFFRONT SHOWCASE
Directly on Gulf heach, this
r.^3. At newer 3BR has plantation shut-
Sr V tears, Anderson windows, -olid
'" oak spiral slt:;icasc, two-car
garage. Wood deck overlooks
white sandy beach. Enjoy beau-
tiful sunsets over the Gulf. Qual-
102 31st St. Holmes Beach ity and beauty throughout.
$695,000 Reasonably Priced!

BOATER'S ISLAND DREAM HOME
Canalfront home with 513R/

teted: water. Oversized four-car
garage, 18x30 free form heated
p ool/spa. GrIeat lhomei for enter-
-, ,.. training. Boating access, sailboat
water.
515 75th Street
$599,000

R.S. Olson Better
Real Estate, Inc. II H and Garden
Call Jane Tinsworth at 795-3000


111111W-: 1 26 Years ofProfessional Service
OPEN DAILY-802 GLADIOLUS-NEW 4BR/3BA GULFVIEW Up-
grades, extras, decks, 2,400 sq.ft. area and three-cu garage/storage. $445,(X).
TWO VILLAS WITH HEATED CAGED POOL. 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq. ft. living area. $440,000. May sell separately at $227,900 each.
CHOICE ISLAND LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT. Boat slip. 90 by 132 feet. $149,500.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA, 1700 model Enclosed lanai. $110,000.
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA, golf, glassed lanai. New carpet & paint. $98,900.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA, waterfront, boat dock, pool. $88,000.
COMMERCIAL
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.
SEASONAL RENTALS
5400 Condo 2BR/2BA GULFFRONT, heated pool, deluxe.
4503 Gulf Dr. LARGE BR/I BA complete remodel.1/2 block to Gulf.
LONGBOAT KEY CANALFRONT 2BR/1.5BA condo. Walk to beach
ANNUAL RENTAL
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, heated pool. tennis.
Call Lu for rates and schedules
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
www.tdolly@bhip.infi.net TDOLLYYOUNGREALESTATE.COM


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
SALES CLERK, Full-time/part-time, must be able to
work weekends and holidays. Retirees welcome.
Apply in person, Beach Shop, Manatee public beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
COUNTER/SERVERS, PATIO bussers, dishwash-
ers. This is a great place to work if you like both
people and work. Cafe on the Beach, apply in person.
4000 Gulf Drive.
SERVERS WANTED, DINING room and cocktail.
Good $$, full or part-time. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
NURSES NEEDED, live in, weekends only. Guest
house available. Assist healthy lady with spinal injury.
Hoyer lift, travel opportunity. 383-6953.
CHAPTERS ON THE Island Cafe and Bookshop
opening soon. Food preparation person needed,
experience helpful. Training by four star chef. Call
941-778-9716.
POOL CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICE, learn from a pro.
If you have the ability to supervise, shovel, read plans, clean
filters, work flexible hours, be dependable and trustworthy,
fax resume or leave message at 778-6587.
CSR/GENERAL OFFICE, light bookkeeping, filing
and basic computer skills. Insurance experience, but
will train for career opportunity. Fax resume and sal-
ary requirements to 778-7071.
COOK FULL TIME, experience necessary. Ches's
Restaurant, Holmes Beach. Call or come by, 778-4949.
BURNS SECURITY, SIX security officers needed for
Bradenton and Longboat Key. 331-2500 for job infor-
mation. DFWP/EOE/M/F/H/V.
HURRICANE HANK'S LOOKING for a few good
people to join our team. We have openings for cooks
and waitstaff. F-r interview call 778-5788 or 778-2336.




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Linda & Ted Davis, serving Anna Maria Island
and the State of Florida with more than 35 years
of combined experience.
Compare our Low Rates and Fees.
Call today. (941) 779-2113 or (800) 226-3351
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Vacation Rentals
HOMES CONDOS RESORT
GOLF COURSE COMMUNITIES
800 211-2323 941 778-2246
RUNAWAY BAY RESORT
800 346-7340 941 778-0000


SUN AND SURF Just a short skip to the beach
from this carefree 2BR/2BA ground-level home.
Florida room opens onto a beautiful patio with
30 ft. solar-heated caged pool. Bright and airy
with tile floors. $289,000. Call Robin.


GulfTBav Realty

ofAnmEai Ic


FOR SALE, RESIDENTIAL cleaning service. Steady
work, reliable accounts. Work for yourself. Start now,
in season. Priced to sell. 798-3139.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing 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 730-0001or 749-5451.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
778-8473.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes un-
sightly black mildew, salt and dirt from house ex-
teriors, 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.




Seabreeze

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3901 71st St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
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2 Bedroom / 2 Bath All electric

Come & See Us!


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.
PIANO KEYBOARD LESSONS by professional pia-
nist. 25 years experience. All ages, all styles. Gentle
teaching approach. Affordable prices. Call Larissa,
758-6622.
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS. Piano or organ, in
your own home. Children, parents, or grandparents.
David Wagner, 748-6996.


JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE
Residential/commercial, full-service maintenance,
landscaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming,
ponds, native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent ref-
erences. 778-5294.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
Bannigan, 794-6971.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it's broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.




RENTALS
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly

VACATION RENTAL

Call Gayle Schulz and Liz --
Codola ... experienced .
agents who will assist you ", ."
with all of your Year 2000
rental and property needs.

CTl I REALTORS
5910 Marina Dr* Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK


Residential Commercial/Industrial Property Management Mortgage Loans Title Insurance Vacation Rentals
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4
VILLA Elevated 2BR/2BA villa (half 518 SOUTH DRIVE, ANNA MARIA
of a duplex) with eat-in kitchen, car- Just reduced! Elevated, canalfront 3BR/
i port and large storage room. 3BA home. Across from the bay. Light
Screened porch and sun deck. Well- and bright with view down canal from two
maintained corner lot only two blocks decks. $345,000. IB39198
Sfrnm thi f, ulIf l Q 9Onn I429Ion K KEY ROYALE OPPORTUNITY Easy ac-


Carol S. Heinze
REALTORO/CRS
778-5059


I eIll U II. 'P I m',zII. H -fr Juo
NEWLY LISTED A wrap-around sun
deck overlooking pool area en-
hances this 2BR/2BA elevated home
in great Holmes Beach neighbor-
hood. Breakfast bar, tile floors, sun
deck and flowing floor plan just add
to the amenities. $225,000. IB42921


i


Denise Langlois
BROKER/SALESPERSON
795-8748


PALMA SOLA WOODS 3BR/2BA
home on quiet cul-de-sac. Open and
spacious, cathedral ceiling, huge
lanai, fenced yard, two-car garage
and only 10 minutes from the beach.
$145,000. IB41536
SPANISH PARK Fantastic 3BR/
2BA home in immaculate condition
with new tile and carpeting, lovely
enclosed lanai, tile roof, two-car ga-
rage, close to hospital, schools and
shopping. A MUST SEE! $124,900.
IB42966


cess to the bay from this updated, 2BR/
2BA, canalfront home with heated pool
and fruit trees. Turnkey furnished.
$259,000. IB42365
TROPICAL HORIZONS Four Gulffront
units being sold as one investment prop-
erty. Large, bright and turnkey furnished
2BR/2BA condos with glassed in balco-
nies and great views. Pool. Excellent
rental history. $880,000. IB42617


Karin Stephan
Ich Spreche Deutsch
924-9000
Eves: 388-1267


LOOKING FOR

VACATION RENTALS?

CALL BOB LOHSE

AT 778-0766


VISIT US AT WWW.ARVIDAREALTY.COM







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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sandy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
awn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
l +_rvice We Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
l 778.1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
Established in 1983
@@ '@'BU@9@-J STATE LICENSED & INSURED
@@N@TRUB@T?!]@ CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED
@@B3 @Va IN~ JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION Remodeling Contractors
CONSTRUCTION In-house plan designs
C@@ VUB@O@N Building Anna Maria since 1975
@@(kDlOU6@D@ (941) 778-2993

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
l Replacement Doors and Windows
n~-- Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755

NU GLAZE INDUSTRIES
BATHTUB REGLAZING
Countertops Appliances Ceramic Tile
Kitchen Cabinets Lifetime guarantee!
Call 926-7127 for free estimate


"The Girls"
5/0/' Residential Cleaning:
Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly One Time
Mobile Detailing: Autos Boats RVs
Exterior and Interior Services Availablel 778-1924


IIN v m II H I TI I v
Residential Commercial
Check our references: '
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900


INVESTORS
Profitable real estate investments
with little personal time required. $100,000 minimum.
Rob Smith 778-9753 home Fortune Real Estate 755-1339





SPECIALIZING IN BOATLIFTS, DOCKS AND SEAWALLS
792-5685 Fax 795-4329








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More than just taxes...
Tax consulting and financial services
Ray Burnett CPA Financial Advisor
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Taxes Estate Planning
Investments Accounting Services
Pension Plans Business Consulting
International Taxation
Deutsch Sprechend
(941) 746-1040
Securities offered exclusively through
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LANDS APIN I RE TALSContiued


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 778-4441.

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#
CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-three year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, additions 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 resi-
dent. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 794-8844.

STEVE ALLEN FLOORING. Carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile.
Sales and installation, prompt professional in home
service. We beat any price on brand name carpeting.
Licensed and insured. 383-5381 or 506-3297.


PROTECT YOUR MOST valuable possession; your
home. Contact ESP Island Shutters Inc. for hurricane
roll shutters or glass sentinel security film. Service
and repairs and free estimates. Licensed and in-
sured. Phone 778-1610 or 778-5193.
B & D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/paper services: Interior/
exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpaper.
For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates call
Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
CUSTOM TILE DESIGN, installed floor tile,
countertops and backsplashes. Fancy for the price of
plain. Call Terry or Greg at 795-4995.


WATERFRONT RENTALS with dock. Seasonal/an-
nual, furnished/unfurnished. Owner operated. Beau-
tiful views, no pets. Prices from $350 week, $800
month. 794-5980.

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.

LEASE OPTION AVAILABLE on trailer with extra
10 by 20 foot room. Newly renovated, nice, open,
bright. 416 Fourth St. in Sandpiper. Wood floors,
vaulted ceiling, washer/dryer. Lease for $1,500 per
month (three months) 100 percent of rent applies
to purchase price of $18,500 at closing. 778-4523
or 800-977-0803.


VACATION RENTALS 2BR 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.
BRADENTON BEACH, LOVELY large ground level
efficiency near beach. All amenities. Available month
of April. $1,200. 778-4625.
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW available March and April.
Furnished 2BR/1BA in Bradenton Beach. $1,400 per
month. Small pet okay. 798-9099.

NEWLY REMODELED office/shop space, approxi-
mately 750 sq. ft. on busy Pine Ave., Anna Maria
City. $535. Ample parking. 795-5225.

WINTER 2001! 200 feet to beach. Spacious 1 BR cot-
tage. Private, clean, quiet, near pier. Includes
washer/dryer. Four months only $5,000, 778-8571.
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
calls. 778-2832.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, furnished
2BR/2BA, garage, dock, laundry. Available 4/1 11/
30. Many extras. $1,600 per month, $550 per week.
Call 813-286-9814.


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SEASONAL RENTAL FOR April. $1,200 month plus
tax. Nice and clean 1BR, living room, kitchen, heated
pool. 203 B 64th, Holmes Beach. 778-4499.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA WATERFRONT, furnished villa.
Fantastic view, and good fishing from dock. $800
month. Call Steve, 778-1960 or slloydevans@c.s.
HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/1BA, steps to beach. Annual
or seasonal. 941-778-1193.
VERY CUTE 2R/1BA annual rental with carport
and washer/dryer on quiet street. $675 per month.
795-7089.
SURF SIDE STUDIO 1BA $800 per month plus
assurity/security. Available now. Hurry, it won't last!
792-2779. Annual only.
ACROSS FROM THE bay, 2BR house with fireplace,
screened lanai, attached garage, on a large lot.
Newly refurbished, new refrigerator, stove and cen-
tral air, painted throughout, and bath redone. In like
new condition. 311 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Drive
by, look for yellow trim, then call Betty Cole, 779-
1213 to see the inside.
HOLMES BEACH 4BR/3BA home, one house from
Gulf. Available for April. $2,800. Welcome to para-
dise. 778-1305.
BEACH COTTAGE APARTMENT rental. 104 7th St.
South, in Bradenton Beach. $600 month. Across from
beach, available immediately. Call Russell at 954-
1718 or 387-4530.
YEARLY UNFURNISHED, SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA
with deck and garage, located on north tip of Island.
$550. Call Dave, 778-2246, 778-7976 evenings.
Wagner Realty.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL LEASE, garage plus storage.
Like new, walk to beach. $650. 792-4260.
.LAKE.QIaORGE, NY rental, near Ticonderoga. Avail-
able July 1 to Aug. 19. Great view, lake access. 3BR/
S2BA, washer/dryer, satellite dish, large deck. 778-4944.
LOVELY APARTMENT AVAILABLE in March.
Charming interior, 2BR/1BA fully furnished on Anna
Ma~ia-Qcf beach. No pets. 778-3143.
MUST SELL VACATION package. Includes one
week in house on Gulf of Mexico Drive, boat and bi-
cycle rentals. $600 or best offer. 778-2189.
FISHERMAN'S PARADISE, 1 BR/1 BA apartment lo-
cated at marina. Peaceful, clean, comfortable. Sea-
sonal or annual. Boat space available. 778-1086.
ANNUAL RENTALS. 2BR/2BA condo, pool and ten-
nis, $1,000 month. 2BR/2BA condo, pool, $850
month. 1BR/1 BA condo, canal, Jacuzzi, $650 month.
2BR/2BA condo, canal, pool and tennis, $850 month.
2BR/1BA home, bayview, $950 month. 3BR/2BA
home, Bay Lakes, $1,227 month. Old Florida Realty
Co., 778-6849.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, Holmes Beach canal
front, 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.


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

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

BIMINI BAYFRONT, beautiful southeasterly open
view. 12 by 65 dock, 11,000-lb. lift; pool and more.
Principals only call 953-6897 to see this 2800 plus sq.
ft. single story home. $429,000.

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

WHY PAY RENT when $18,500 will buy your own
place? Spacious trailer home with extra 10x20 foot
room. Newly renovated, nice, open and bright. 416
4th St. in Sandpiper. Has wood floors, vaulted ceil-
ing, washer/dryer. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.

CONDO ON THE Gulf. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, ten-
nis courts. $198,000. 956-447-3869.
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.
WATER ACCESS, EXCEPTIONAL setting, 2BR/
1.5BA. North end Crescent Ave. New appliances,
new heat, air. Double lot, great neighborhood.
$210,000 by owner. 779-0016.
4BR plus den/3BA townhouse. Living, dining rooms,
private dock, backyard with deck, three patios. Cathe-
dral ceilings and skylights. 2250 sq. ft. Tennis and pools.
Bay view from patios. $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.

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.

NEW ON MARKET, beautiful 2BR/2BA canal home,
updated. 517 70th St. $243,000. Won't last long. 778-
4588 to see.


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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.

BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED, SPACIOUS single
story villa, 2BR/2BA. Carport, pool, tennis. Minutes
to beaches, shops, healthcare. Immaculate condition.
$64,000. 792-5434.

VISTA AT PALM AIRE, 2BR/2BA condo overlook-
ing the 17th tee. Full size washer/dryer in unit, two
screened lanai's, extra storage, 1.5 car garage,
heated pool and clubhouse. $94,500. Call Rich
Bohnenberger, Broker, 778-0355.

NORTH END CANALFRONT, 2BR/2BA remodeled home
on Tarpon St. in Anna Maria. Large screened porch over-
looking canal. Offered at just $235,000. Call Ken Jackson
at Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307 or 778-6986.


DIRECT BEACH FRONT condo. Enjoy exceptional
views of beach and Gulf sunsets. Turn-key furnished
1BR/1BA includes screened lanai with storm shutters,
extra storage, heated pool, tennis, covered parking,
secured entry, elevator and on site management.
$192,500. Call Rich Bohnenberger, Broker, 778-0355.


UNIQUE CUSTOM BUILT island home. This extra large
2BR/2BA offers many years of maintenance free living with
Red Oak flooring, fireplace, top of the line appliances, su-
per-size garage, deeded boat dock with water and electric.
Too many extras to list. Price reduced, now $289,900. Call
Rich Bohnenberger, Broker, 778-0355.

CANAL FRONT, 3BR/3BA near the beach in Anna
Maria. 75 by 148 lot, upgraded, in move-in condition.
$279,000. Owner, 941-778-7765.

WATERFRONT FAMILY HOME, private setting, 5BR/
3BA, pool, dock, beautifully landscaped. $349,000. Call
Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., 941-778-2291.




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FAMILY COMPOUND OR investment. Two sepa-
rated deeded homes attached by double breeze-
ways. Each home has 2BR/2BA, porches, garages,
custom designed on large lot. Extra, on rear of prop-
erty, a 60 by 24 building for indoor swimming pool,
greenhouse, workshop, artist studio etc. $379,000.
Owners will sell separately. Financing available. Fran
Maxon R.E., 778-2307. Agnes Tooker, 778-5287 or
Ken Jackson 778-6986.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising 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,
handicap, 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 com-
plain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, forthe hear-
ing impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.


JUST LISTED
THIS IS IT! One-half acre of land on
prestigious Palm Sola Blvd. and a
meticulously maintained historic man-
sion with 4,000 plus sq. ft. of luxury
living. This is a rare opportunity to own
a piece of history and to live in one of
the finest homes in the area. Shown by
qualified appointment only. $985,000.
Call Dennis Rauschl 778-4800. Eves.
730-3619.

DIRECT GULFFRONT 1BR/1BA each
floor. To be sold with adjoining property
which is a 3BR/2BA home. Total of 80
by 100 ft. Gulffront, zoned C-2. Presently
rented seasonally, turnkey furnished.
$850,000. Lynn Hostetler 778-4800.
MLS40129

JUST LISTED
RARE ELEVATED DUPLEX Just
across the street to Gulf beaches.
2BR/2BA with washer and dryer hook-
ups. Parking and storage under build-
ing. $199,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800.
MLS42809. Eves. 778-1751.

JUST LISTED
ISLAND HOME Don't dream a dream,
buy one! Enjoy the Island lifestyle. Walk
to beach and bay. 2BR/1BA Island cot-
tage with large enclosed porch.
$169,900. Dick Maher/Dave Jones 778-
4800. MLS42108

JUST LISTED
PRICED RIGHT Rare 2BR/2BA corner
unit at ground level with pool view.
Turnkey furnished and well maintained
Gulf to bay community with heated
pool. $124,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800.
Eves. 778-1751. MLS42800


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our team. Al is a ten-year veteran Realtor who specializes
in Longboat Key and general commercial real estate.
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WATERFRONT
HOMES:

727 Key Royale .................. $895,000

Frank Davis 511 Loquat ................. $699,000
Broker 613 Ivanhoe Lane ........ $675,000

622 North Point Dr ......... $659,000
618 No.Point Harbor..... $525,000
512 75th Street ......... NEW $449,000

Bob Fittro 540 67th Street ......... NEW $439,950
Realtor
Reactor 407 20th Place ... REDUCED $439,000
S527 72nd Street ................... $399,000
221 Bird Key Dr............ $425,000
-,, "is ME 607 Emerald Lane .................. $269,000

Wendy Foldes 10324 Spoonbill Rd ................ $215,000
Broker/Salesperson
WATERFRONT
AND ISLAND CONDOS:

S 5608 Gulf Dr ........... NEW $419,000
5808 Gulf Dr ................. $399,000
Richard Freeman
Realtor Gulf Place Condo ........ $329,995


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Chris Shaw
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Marianne Correll
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Marilyn Trevethan
Realtor


Mariners Cove ............... $289,000
4706 61st Ave Dr ......... $250,000

ISLAND HOMES:
509 South Bay Blvd.... NEW $539,000
254 Gladiolus.. REDUCED $319,000
207 Periwinkle ............. $224,900
203 76th St ................. $219,900
214 84th Street ......... NEW$219,000
455 62nd St ................... $77,900
VACANT LOTS:

2409 Avenue A............. $199,000
501 South Bay Blvd .. NEW$159,000
518 Bayview Place .... NEW$279,000

DUPLEXES/TRIPLEXES
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:

101 25th St ................ $549,000
203 76th St .................. $219,900

MAINLAND:
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
11331 Perico Island Circle ... $229,900
10324 Spoonbill Road ... $215,900
1411 56th Street W ........ $79,500

COMMERCIAL
PROPERTIES
812 North Bay Blvd ......... $879,000
310 Pine Ave... REDUCED $294,500
510 7th Street ............. $139,000

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PAGE 36 0 FEB. 16, 2000 0 THE ISLANDER


No. 0206


NOW HEAR THIS!


BY RICHARD HUGHES / E


ACROSS
1 Warm over
7 Alexander--,
real-life
prototype of
Robinson
Crusoe
14 Lay away
19 Verdi opera
20 Trample
21 Mount that last
erupted in 1786
22 Baby bottle
23 "The Snake Pit"
director Litvak
24 First name in TV
talk
25 Smog?
27 Betty Crocker?
29 Knuckleballer
--Wilhelm
30 13-Down source
31 Bad thing to
blow
32 Contents of
some sacs
35 Patient's woe
39 Freelancer's
end.
41 Alarm time, for
some
44 Repair the spine
of
45 Plague
46 Not merely
paying attention
50 Stock exchange
figures
52 Grizzly
remains?
55 It's moved in
limbo


56 1975 title role for
Isabelle Adjani
57 Unlike a klutz
58 Support the
Salvation Army
60 Nevil Shute's
"- Like Alice"
63 They have the
best seats in the
house
65 Approach
bedtime
66 Horse?
71 Lobster festival?
73 "Tiny Alice"
playwright
74 Feminist Eleanor
76 Constellation
next to Scorpio
77 Prayer book
79 Supreme Court
justices, e.g.
82 Grateful Dead
leader
86 Printemps
follower
87 Troubadour's
trouble?
89 Some racers
90 Nick
92 Marais
Cygnes (Kansas
river)
93 Drill directive
95 Like Serling
stories
96 Archer of myth
98 Flooring it
100 E.R.
pronouncement
101 1877 Manet
painting
103 "Must be
something--"
106 Have (freak
out)
108 Aerobics
exercise?


STUMPED


:DITED BY WILL SHORT
110 Spice rack? 26 Australia's-
117 Reduced Rock
118 Off base, 28 Johnson's
perhaps "Hellzapoppin'"
120 Rub co-star
121 Madepurely 30 Crashsite?
academic 32 Tasmania's
122 Shea Stadium highest peak
players of 1965 33 Got in the game
123 Decorate 34 Wheel turner
differently 36 Title for some
124 Moore's TV boss bishops
125 "With Reagan: 37 Skewbald
The Inside Story" 38 Setter's warning
memoirist 40 Got rid of, in a
126 Compact way
42 What a family
DOWN film is
1 First name in appropriate for
gossip 43 Track-and-field
2 Needle holder official?
3 What a 45 Elect
Hamburger may 47 Go down
be called 48 Church plate
4 Designer Peretti 4 16th-century
5 Beth preceder council site
6 Lethargy 51 Pythagorean P's
7 Shakeup 53 Aqueduct
8 Sea bird Racetrack,
9 Like some meat familiarly
10 "The Greatest 54 Heel?
American Hero"
star 59 Its capital is
II Liz said it often Pamplona
12 Virginia colonist 61 Walked the earth
12ohn colonist62 '69Series

13 Slow ring winners
14 Some are 64 Cat
animated 66 Having a label
15 Port on the Strait 67 High class
of Gibraltar 68 "Rosmersholm"
16 On the move playwright
17 Firewood 69 Counting-out
measure rhyme starter
18 Repository of 70 Went long
fame? 72 Cartesian
21 Texas sch. conjunction


)?


75 Island ofW.W. II
fighting
78 Italian beach
resort
80 Side by side?
81 Puddin'
83 Firewood
measure
84 Personal prefix
85 Not docked
88 Equip anew


89 For this reason
91 Chemical salt in
some inks
94 Like Anna's
students
97 "The
Executioner's
Song" author
99 Racer, of a sort
101 TheTen
Commandments,
in large part


102 Illegal firing
104 Brick type
105 Strengthened,
with "up"
107 Artist Max
108 Site of a 1929
exhibition by
107-Down
109 Adventure
writer Buntline
110 Head for the
Riviera?


111 Well
112 "Memphis"
director
Simoneau
113 Romainde
Tirtoff, familiarly
114 Phrase starter
115 Work on People
116 Martin
Cognac
119 Maketracks


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