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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Mayor gives up
By Pat Copeland
Bicyclists will have to wait until
2001-02 for completion of the city's bi-
cycle lanes, Mayor Carol Whitmore told
commissioners last week.
"I tried every way possible to move
the grant funds that Anna Maria gave up
to Holmes Beach," Whitmore said. "It's
a major, major process."
Anna Maria forfeited $250,000 in
grant funds, but Holmes Beach can only
get $204,000, Whitmore said. The city's
engineering firm, Zollar, Najar and
Shroyer, gave Whitmore a quote of
$54,000 to serve as construction project
The $54,000 would include:
Fees for serving as project man-
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Anna Maria homeowners to get more bang for their buck
By Susan K. Kesselring
Planning to pound a nail in Anna Maria any time
soon? If so, it may be possible finally to do so
without having to first obtain a building permit.
Bantering aside, the city has come under attack by
homeowners and contractors because of strict enforce-
ment of its ordinance requiring a permit and, of
course, its permit fee for minor home improve-
Under the present ordinance, residents wishing to
What's not clear is
how much money
the city will forfeit
in permitfees by
changing its policy.
lay a tile floor, put
new carpet in, or re-
screen a lanai are re-
quired to get a per-
It wasn't al-
ways so. Three years
modified the city's
after state statute,
making its law stricter by doing away with a provision
that exempted homeowners from having to get a per-
mit for certain repairs under $1,000.
Prompted by resident discontent with the city's build-
ing department, commissioners plan to discuss modifying
the present ordinance later this month to become more in
tune with the other Island cities and Manatee County.
Both Vice Mayor Bob Barlow and Commissioner
Jay Hill researched the policies of surrounding munici-
palities and submitted memos based on their findings
to their fellow commissioners.
They say the city's building department should follow
Manatee County's guidelines for issuing permits.
According to a sample proposal submitted by
Barlow, contractors and homeowners will no longer be
required to obtain a permit for ordinary household and
non-structural repairs so long as the valuation of work
to be performed doesn't exceed $1,000 in laborand
materials and conforms to the adopted codes.
The following components would be exempt under
Aluminum/vinyl soffit and facia.
Aluminum/vinyl and all non-structural siding on
Roof repairs covering less than 10 percent of to-
tal roof area.
Screen enclosures of existing single-family car-
Aluminum/vinyl enclosure of existing screen
Above-ground spa and pool packages.
Window and door replacement without modify-
ing the opening size.
Painting and patching of drywall and plaster in-
terior and exterior.
Replacement of existing plumbing and electrical
Wall coverings such as paneling, wallpaper and
Moldings and millwork of a decorative nature.
Replacement of existing driveways and walk-
ways with the same materials.
Floor covering replacement with carpet, tile,
wood and vinyl.
The current fee schedule for Anna Maria is $50 for
work valued under $1,000 and an additional $19 for
every $1,000 thereafter. Residents have been paying a
$50 permit fee for non-structural improvements cost-
ing as little as $150.
What's not clear is how much money the city will
forfeit in permit fees by changing its policy. Building
Official Phil Charnock said changes to residential prop-
erties have been grouped together and include non-
structural and structural improvements.
He said he'd have to look at past applications to
determine which ones wouldn't have required a permit
under the proposed policy.
For fiscal year 1999, the city issued 151 permits for
home improvements, amounting to $24,650 in permit
fees. It received $127,766.10 for all permit types.
With only five months into the current fiscal year, the
city has come close to matching last year's figures. It has
collected $19,086 in permit fees and issued 109 permits.
Charnock said he thinks the proposed change is a
good idea for everyone involved, but wants to make
sure the city is protected. He is in the process of review-
ing state statutes to see if some improvements can be
eliminated without compromising the city.
PLEASE SEE PERMITS, NEXT PAGE
Island chamber's dance
starts at 8 tonight
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce dance featuring the Tony Zollo Big Band
will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the
American Legion Hall, 2000 75th St. W.,
Tickets may be bought in advance for $15 at
the chamber office, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, or at the door for $20. A table of 10 may
be purchased for $150. Further information may
be obtained at 778-1541.
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Path project advancement halts
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Fees for developing detailed engineering plans.
Permitting the work through federal and state
Another $10,000 would be required for bidding,
construction and engineering services.
"Based on the available grant, it appears unlikely that
there is sufficient funding to construct a bike path on both
sides of the roadway for the full two-mile length of the
project," Leonard Najar noted in a letter to the city.
"The Florida Department of Transportation only
allows 15 percent of the total project cost for adminis-
trative-type things and that's $30,000," Whitmore said.
"There's no way we can do this."
Chairman Roger Lutz observed, "I can't under-
stand why you need so much expense and engineering
when all they're doing is black-topping a three-foot
strip along the road."
Also impacted by the decision is another bike path,
this one in Bradenton Beach. Officials there had hoped
the advancement of funds from Anna Maria to Holmes
Beach would allow them to use the Holmes Beach
funding in fiscal year 2001-02 rather than 2004-05, as
DOT officials currently propose.
Permits may drop in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said the change will go
a long way toward improving relations between the city
and its residents.
However, city officials are concerned that illegal
and potentially dangerous conditions will occur with-
out regulatory control.
The city plans to implement a tracking system.
Prior to beginning improvements, homeowners or con-
tractors must fill out a form at city hall detailing the
type of job to be performed, which would then be re-
viewed by the building official.
More discussion on this subject will take place at
the April 13 city commission work session.
Honoring Mrs. Tingley
Volunteers, friends and officials were presentfor the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the naming of
library founder Beulah Hooks Hannah Tingley to the state's listing of Great Floridians 2000. Pictured, from
left, are Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Berneitta Kays, Mayor Gail Cole, Anna Fried, niece of Mrs.
Tingley, and Library Clerk Carol Sandidge. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Tingley Library namesake
Bibliophiles, volunteers and officials gathered at
the Tingley Memorial Library to honor Beulah Hooks
Hannah Tingley, a Great Floridian 2000 member.
Mrs. Tingley, who died in 1985, willed more than
$600,000 for the construction and operation of a per-
manent library in Bradenton Beach. The library which
bears her name opened its doors in 1994.
Last year, the Florida League of Cities and the
Florida Department of State began a search for out-
standing men and women who made significant contri-
butions to the history and culture of Florida. Through
her contributions, Mrs. Tingley was named a Great
honored as Great Floridian
Floridian. A plaque commemorating her achievements
was unveiled at the library and will be installed outside.
Her work was more than just giving money to
found a library, though. Mrs. Tingley was a powerful
voice in the Democratic Party of Florida. She was one
of the first women to address a Democratic National
Convention. She seconded the nomination of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt for president in 1932.
She moved to Bradenton Beach in the 1950s and be-
gan volunteer work with the then-small library housed in
two small cottages. Her bequeath allowed for the construc-
tion of "a quiet place where books could be enjoyed."
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Pregnant Anna giving it another try
By Jim Hanson
Anna, maybe the best-loved turtle of all this year,
will get another chance to do what she apparently has
been trying to do all along nest.
She is the rare leatherback turtle found wallowing in
the surf in Holmes Beach with one flipper fishing line-
bound and infected. Turtle Watch volunteers wrestled her
into a van that took her to the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium for treatment. The left front flipper was ampu-
tated and she was named Anna for Anna Maria Island.
She became so restless in a tank at the aquarium
that scientists there, fearing further harm, took her to
sea and winched her off the boat into the Gulf of
Mexico. She swam vigorously away.
Within days she came ashore again, apparently in
distress. Rescuers took her back to the aquarium, where
suspicions formed that her problem was pregnancy.
Her human mentors pioneered a turtle sonogram.
It wasn't easy. The staff at Morton Plant Hospital
managed to get the testing machinery out to the hospital
parking lot and aquarium staff managed to get Anna
into an open trailer, where eight humans wedged in
with her. Presto: Sonogram.
Aquarium scientist Glen Harman said Tuesday that
Anna had dropped one egg in her tank. It was yolkless,
but that's normal among leatherbacks. Of the 100 to
120 eggs a female lays in a nest, up to 20 are infertile.
No one knows why.
So her problem all along, he reasoned, was that she
kept trying to get ashore so she could nest and the dam-
aged flipper threw her and her rescuers off. So many
people were milling around trying to help her that she
couldn't get up the beach to get the job done, Harman
guessed. So Friday, April 7, she again will be rolled
aboard a boat and taken offshore and put into the Gulf.
Cortezian given 17 months for illegal fishing
By David Futch
A Cortez fisherman has been sent to federal prison
for 17 months after pleading guilty to using illegal fish-
ing equipment in a restricted area and then trying to
destroy the evidence, according to the U.S. attorney for
the middle district of Florida.
Daniel Patrick Gilliland lied to National Marine
Fisheries Service agents and conspired to cover up the
incident, the Justice Department said.
He destroyed fishing gear to keep the U.S. Coast
Guard from seizing it, assistant U.S. Attorney David
Gilliland is scheduled to serve all 17 months with-
out parole, followed by two years of supervised release
and 50 hours of community service. Additionally, he
has to pay the National Marine Fisheries Service
$2,000 for the cost of its investigation.
In the stipulated facts of his plea agreement,
Gilliland said he was the captain of the commercial
fishing vessel "Lisa M. Belle" that used illegal longline
fishing gear in a restricted area known as the "Reef Fish
Longline and Buoy Gear Restricted Area."
The area is federally protected because it serves as
a fish spawning spot and nursery site in the Gulf of
Mexico. It is closed year-round to longline fishing.
Hoping to avoid arrest, Gilliland ordered his crew
to cut the buoys off the longline gear so it would fall
to the Gulf bottom.
Gilliland then lied to a special agent of the National
Marine Fisheries Service by giving false written docu-
ments indicating where he had been fishing.
Agents with Marine Fisheries later discovered that
Gilliland recorded the true positions of the illegal gear
on another piece of paper. Gilliland had crumpled the
paper and hid it in the finger of a work glove.
With the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, the
Fisheries Service recovered the 3.5 miles of illegal fish-
ing gear from the sea floor.
When the gear was brought to the surface, at-
tached to it were a number of dead fish, including
juvenile grouper, and two dead juvenile loggerhead
turtles, which are protected under the Endangered
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Anna Maria City
April 13, 7 p.m., Commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 6, 7 p.m., Commission meeting. Agenda: second
reading and public hearing on vehicle impound ordinance,
second reading and public hearing on Time Warner Com-
munication cable television franchise, first reading on
amending employee benefit procedures ordinance, special
exception discussion on Capri Motel setback request, di-
saster re-entry hanging tag discussion, public works bud-
get amendment, discussion of charter review committee
issues, city pier maintenance discussion, recycling update,
commemoration for World War II veterans discussion,
dock license at 400 Bay Drive S. discussion, consent
agenda and public comments.
April 12, 6:30 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board.
April 13, 5 p.m., Commission second continuance on
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 6, 10 a.m., Stormwater Study Group meeting.
April 11, 7 p.m., Commission meeting followed by
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 6, 7 p.m., Homeowners association meeting on
proposed Perico Island development, Perico Island
Clubhouse, 11000 Perico Way, Palma Sola Causeway,
April 11, 5 to 7 p.m., Presentation by Arvida repre-
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Anna Maria parking: one resident despises the concept...
By Susan K. Kesselring
One side is taking up arms to thwart a future attack,
the other is defending its position.
Calling it a "parking war zone," Anna Maria resi-
dent Diana Milesko says something has to be done
about the "congestion, dirty and potentially dangerous
conditions" in front of her home at 832 S. Bay Blvd.,
across from Galati Marine and Rotten Ralph's restau-
South Bay Boulevard dead-ends just past Galati
Marine and the area is bounded by commercial estab-
lishments on the west and residential homes on the east
and south, creating an impasse among some
homeowners and business people.
Milesko planted a miniature palm tree and placed
large garden pots now broken along the city's
right of way to deter drivers from parking on the right
of way in front of her home.
She is enlisting the city's help by asking officials to
put up "No Parking" signs along the east side of the street.
But Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh says that by placing
items on the city right of way, Milesko is in violation
of a city ordinance.
Milesko says a concrete wall bordering her prop-
erty was knocked down two years ago, as was a drive-
way pillar located at a neighboring property, 840 S.
The driver of a recreational vehicle unable to en-
ter the commercial parking lot attempted to turn around
on the narrow street and ran into the pillar without stop-
ping, according to Milesko.
Large service trucks also have no where to turn
around and often back down the street, she said. Install-
ing "No Parking" signs would free up room for cars
and trucks to turn around.
Ralph Russell, owner of Rotten Ralph's restaurant, is
on the defensive. In a letter sent to the city, he said he is
being singled out by Milesko as cause of the calamity.
He acknowledges using the city right of way in
front of Milesko's home for staff parking to allow pa-
trons some of whom are elderly to park closer to
the restaurant, but says he only does this during season,
Russell says he resents Milesko's implication that he's
claimed the right of way.
Milesko contends Russell's use of the street is
conducting business on the right of way, which is
against city ordinance.
"What's the definition of conducting business on
the right of way?" Russell counters. "Do you see a hot
dog stand out there?"
Galati employees, customers and residents of the
marina also park on the right of way out of necessity
during tourist season.
Russell states he's not responsible for the "property
damage," as he's not the only one using the road. He
states other people use the road, such as neighboring
business owners and their employees, boat owners and
their visitors, charter boat businesses and their custom-
ers, garbage trucks, delivery trucks and sightseers.
Milesko said the commercial area has "outgrown"
the neighborhood. The restaurant traffic, delivery
trucks supplying the businesses and boats being deliv-
ered to the marina make it difficult for her and her
neighbors to enter or leave their driveways. She says
they sometimes have to wait 20 to 40 minutes before
a boat is unloaded from its trailer.
Milesko also worries emergency vehicles won't be
able to access the street.
Residents in the area contend the problem is wors-
ening. Milesko's neighbor, Mary Martin, whose pillar
was knocked down, said she's troubled by the situation
and the problem doesn't go away when season ends.
The area is busy in the summer months as well. She
said on many occasions she has almost been hit com-
ing out of her driveway.
She thinks parallel parking, and not the present diago-
nal parking, would help solve some of the problem.
"It's tangled down here," she said. "Boats as wide
as the street block traffic," she said.
In a formal complaint letter sent to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Phil Charnock, Russell asks that
Milesko's plantings and broken pottery be removed
from the right of way as they are causing people to park
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Diana Milesko placed barriers in front of the wall at
her 832 S. Bay Blvd. home to prevent public parking
in the right of way.
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Milesko said the flower pots act as a buffer to pro-
tect her wall from being knocked down. She said the
fact the flower pots are broken shows they are needed.
Milesko said there used to be three "No Parking"
signs on the right of way.
Charnock remembers taking them down two years
ago in his former capacity as public works director be-
cause he couldn't verify the city installed them, he said.
He said Russell informed him they were put there il-
It's a tight spot no matter what side you're on and the
mayor is proceeding cautiously. Deffenbaugh said he has
met with Milesko and is trying to think of an amenable
solution for all, but he won't install signs without a good
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... while another resident wants 'parking' in front of house
By Susan K. Kesselring
It's rare for Anna Maria residents to request "No
Parking" signs be.removed from in front of their
homes much more common are requests to stop
parking on city streets.
However, Anna Maria business owners Richard
and Autumn DeFrank operate a business from their
home at 217 Pine Ave., on the southwest corner of
North Shore Drive, and they've requested a "No
Parking" sign be removed from Pine Avenue in front
of their home to provide parking for their customers.
At a March 23 commission meeting, Richard
Defrank said, "I'm requesting permission to park in
front of my home as everyone else is allowed to park
on Pine Avenue."
At a previous meeting, DeFrank said his efforts
at having the sign removed last year were not well
received by former Mayor Chuck Shumard.
Vice Mayor Bob Barlow wrote a memo to
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh March 13 requesting the
sign be removed, noting it's the only "No Parking"
sign from the intersection of Gulf Drive and Pine
Avenue heading east to Roser Cottage and Bayview
The sign is located between the DeFranks' home
and their neighbor's home. It's attached to a "No U-
Deffenbaugh appeared hesitant to remove the
sign because of the narrowness of the intersection at
North Shore Drive and Pine Avenue.
"The sign was there previous to somebody mov-
ing there. It wasn't put up to aggravate a particular
business." the mayor said.
City officials are not sure when, or why, the sign
was installed. Deffenbaugh said it's been there for at
least seven or eight years.
Public Works Director
Anne Beck said city signs
are stenciled on the back
with Anna Maria Public
Works and dated. They also
bear an "R" or an "N" desig-
nation, which signifies
whether the sign was re-
placed or was installed new.
She says this particular sign
was a replacement and does
near wrecks at
not give a history, but a "No
U-Turn" sign there is fairly new.
Deffenbaugh said at the same time the
DeFranks' are requesting the sign to come down, a
"No Parking" sign is going up across the street in
front of the day care center. It was requested by the
city's patrol officers, he said, because drivers at the
stop on the north side of Pine at North Shore Drive
can't see to enter the intersection if cars are parked
along Pine Avenue.
The mayor had numerous reasons for wanting to
leave the sign in place at DeFrank's location. He said
he's concerned the city would be infringing on the
rights of DeFrank's neighbor who shares the sign.
He also said a driver would be more likely to get a
ticket at the corner location of DeFrank's home be-
cause cityordinance requires cars to be parked 20
feet from the intersection.
"The city will assume a certain liability for not
maintaining parking spaces in the area,"
He said if a car is parked within 20 feet of the
intersection and an accident occurs, the city may be
liable. "With the sign there, the city is protected."
Beck said there have been several near wrecks
at this intersection from drivers making a U-turn.
There are two intersections competing for the worst
in the city, she said. One is at North Shore Drive
and Coconut and the other is at North Shore Drive
and Pine Avenue.
Beck said there are 18 other intersections in the
city that need attention.
Recently the stop signs atop the Humpback
Bridge on North Bay Boulevard were removed.
Deffenbaugh said he was told by an official from
the Florida Department of Transportation that they
were installed illegally.
The former mayor had them put there for pedes-
trian safety because there is limited visibility on
both sides of the bridge and a crosswalk at the base
of the north side of the bridge.
Commissioner Doug Wolfe recommended the
city give DeFrank the relief he seeks. He said,
"Who knows, in a few months he may come back
and ask to have the sign back."
Following a lengthy discussion, and in spite of
the mayor's concerns, the commission unanimously
approved the removal of the "No Parking" sign.
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It's always something
If it's not one thing it's another, as the saying goes.
For those who thought Anna Maria would settle into
quiet oblivion with the change in political tide, think
Parking problems persist.
For what was thought to have cost Dorothy
McChesney the mayoral election a few years ago,
when she opted to eliminate parking on the one-block
length of Gulf Boulevard, the latest fracas over park-
ing is up to comparison.
First, we have the DeFranks, owners of Autumn's
Whims on Pine Avenue, a business at a residence, who
want a no-parking sign removed from their Pine Avenue
front. Their "customer" parking consists of one space di-
rectly in front of the shop on Pine. A driveway leading to
the workshop in the rear off North Shore Boulevard serves
the residence, but is not advantageous for customers.
Apparently unwilling to sacrifice yard for parking
in front of the shop, their impasse was solved last week.
The commission agreed to remove the sign on Pine in
spite of the mayor's reasoning to the contrary.
On South Bay Boulevard, the battle over right-of-
way use is a heated affair.
Residents in the vicinity of Galati Marine and Rot-
ten Ralph's restaurant, mainly Diana Milesko, whose
home is directly opposite the parking lot entrance, want
no parking on the right of way fronting their homes.
While we sympathize over the fact it's a congested
area and the popularity of the restaurant and the impact of
a busy full-service marina with live-aboard slips makes for
less than a "quiet ambience," which came first?
Did Milesko not notice the commercial area across
the street before she purchased her home two years ago?
Has the intensity of use increased so dramatically since?
It's tough to mix commercial and residential use -
butting heads over the business's popularity and fami-
lies wanting privacy is inevitable.
Especially in Anna Maria.
And, it is the city's right of way. Customers of the
marina and the restaurant are not parking on the
resident's private property.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh hit the nail on the head,
saying he wouldn't make a change unless the health,
safety and welfare of the residents was affected.
"The city is not everyone's salvation," he said.
Although he admits enforcement asking Milesko to
remove barriers she placed in the right of way "may
spark other wars in the city."
There're plenty of other folks hoping to lay claim
to "their right of way."
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Commissioners should look before
leaping into a pier partnership
I write in response to your article and Mr. Bacich's
letter in the March 15 edition of The Islander concern-
ing the renovation and subsequent lease for the restau-
rant on the city pier.
I was at the city meeting March 9 when the bids for
the pier restaurant were discussed. There seemed to be
some reluctance on the part of certain commissioners
to table the letter submitted by Mr. Schoenfelder, but
it was read, which in turn prompted a debate on the
current situation regarding bids etc.
Commissioner Wolfe's comment "Let's go for it"
is yet another example of the previous commission's
propensity to act first, think later on many occasions
after significant money has been committed, damage
done and the views of interested parties being ignored.
At the meeting I reminded the commission of the
old adage, "What seems too good to be true probably
is too good to be true." Whilst at face value Mr.
Schodenfelder's proposal seems to be the answer to
everybody's prayers, I would ask the commission to get
this out in the open by publishing the process for sub-
mitting bids for the pier restaurant, give a deadline by
which bids must be submitted and a proposed date for
a decision to be made. That way all interested parties
will be.able to submit their bids within the given time
and not just those with insider knowledge.
I would also urge them to award the contract to who-
ever will do the best job in the long term for both the city
and its residents, not just the person who has the most
money up front. They need to consider what strings may
be attached and whether they will be in any way morally
indebted to the winner for the next 10 years.
I'm not suggesting Mr. Schoenfelder's bid is a bad
thing. I just don't want the commission to be blinded
by the dollars, and for all of us to regret their actions
in the future.
Finally, Jay Hill is Mr. Schoenfelder's attorney, and
as such he should have no part in the bidding process.
Vivienne Barnes, Anna Maria
Awaiting an accident
An accident is waiting to happen where Manatee
Avenue meets Gulf Drive and the entrance/exit to the
Manatee County Public Beach.
Although there are three-way stop signs, one going
north on Gulf Drive, one at the exit from the beach, and
one at Manatee Avenue for making a left turn onto Gulf
Drive or going to the county beach, there is no stop sign
on Gulf Drive going south, and Manatee Avenue has a
yield sign which few people observe.
We have seen so many close calls going north on Gulf
Drive that we now go to East Bay Drive and make a left
on Manatee in order to go to Holmes Beach.
We have been told that a traffic light has been pre-
sented to the town board many times, but was denied. We
were also told that the local merchants objected to a light
as it might be bad for business.
What does it take? Does someone have to be killed or
mauled in order to correct this hazard?
At least, install four-way stops or better yet install a
traffic light. I am sure that our good mayor, Carol
Whitmore, can convince the county to foot the bill.
Paul N. Heins, Holmes Beach
Editor's note: A traffic light was approved last year and
awaits installation by the Florida Department of Trans-
The Anna Maria Island Community Center Senior
Tennis Group's annual tournament and awards dinner
March 18 was a great success, with prizes and gift certifi-
cates donated by Island businesses:
Sun & Surf Shop, J & J Graphics, Home True Value
Hardware, Island Liquors, The Islander, American Car
Wash, Rod's Rackets, Here's to Your Health, Crowder
Brothers Ace Hardware, Island Nursery, Publix, Gulf
Drive Restaurant, Joe's Island Deli, Island Fitness Center;
Brian's Cafe, Jessie's Island Store, Marina Bay Restau-
rant, Paradise Bagels, Island Kitchen and Market, Rod &
Reel Pier Restaurant, Mr. Robert's, Irene's Shop, Water-
front Restaurant, Bob's Hair Salon, Walgreen's.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 5, 2000 0 PAGE 7
Scenic highway forum draws many in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach City Hall was packed with resi-
dents Monday curious about the designation of Gulf
Drive as a Florida scenic highway.
A group of citizens, called the citizen advocacy group,
have been meeting for months to start the process of re-
ceiving state designation of the road in the city. If ap-
proved by state officials later this year, it could pave the
way for state grants for improvements like enhanced
drainage, sidewalks, bike paths and the like.
The CAG has drafted a "vision statement" which
stresses a pedestrian-friendly highway which pro-
vides "pleasant places for residents and visitors to
interact with the natural environment and the Island
Monday's meeting, led by Florida Department
of Transportation consultant Gary Warner, was
aimed to answer resident questions and provide
CAG members direction in their further delibera-
tions on the Gulf Drive corridor.
Colorful board were set up around the chambers
depicting various architectural and land use plans.
Residents filled out surveys indicating their preferences
in a wide range of topics: sidewalks, street lights, natu-
ral areas, crosswalks and signs.
The surveys and boards will remain in city hall for
the rest of the week, and residents are urged to stop in,
look at the various options and complete the short form.
Holmes Beach gateway bid approved by commissioners
By Pat Copeland
Despite reservations about limited parking at King
Fish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach city commissioners
approved spending $30,000 on a matching grant to
beautify the city's entrance.
The Gateway to Holmes Beach project has been in the
works for three years and the Florida Department of
Transportation awarded the grant last year. It will be used
to beautify the area from the Anna Maria Island Bridge to
the traffic light at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue.
The city received two bids for the project -
Marvin's Garden and Landscaping Service Inc. for
$46,824.16 and Turner Tree and Landscape for
However, at the commission's last work session
Commissioners Rich Bohnenberger, Pat Geyer and
Don Maloney balked at approving a bid. They said they
were concerned the gateway landscaping would exac-
erbate parking congestion at the boat ramp.
"In the proposed project, there are no plantings in
the shell parking area," explained Project Manager Kim
Bereiter of Swan, Moody and Associates Inc. "There-
fore, there is no improvement of the traffic situation
there now. The plants have protective bollards around
S-Geyer said she counted 130 vehicles parked at the
fimp the previous weekend and 90 of those vehicles
"I still have a problem with parking." Geyer said.
"We're going to have illegal parking because people
don't like to back in with trailers. Maybe we can get the
county to change the parking."
Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said drivers don't like
to back into the parking stops and they are the last ones
taken. He said the parking spaces nearest the road are
the taken first.
"There's so many trucks out there on weekends it
looks like a scene from a Mad Max movie," Chairman
Roger Lutz noted. "It's not a good way to enter our
"There are no guidelines for the level of parking
that's required for a boat ramp," Holmes Beach Pub-
lic Works Supervisor Joe Duennes. "To some degree
the helter-skelter parking will be somewhat more lim-
ited. I don't know whether we're obligated to provide
a certain amount of parking."
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger asked who will
maintain the site.
"We've really expanded the work load of the pub-
lic works department with the ball field and the land-
scaping around the city complex," Bohnenberger
noted. "This project will add more."
Duennes said it will be the city's responsibility to
maintain the site.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said that in the next bud-
get cycle she plans to add a full-time public works
employee to be in charge of landscaping.
"The baseball field offers alot more headaches
than this," Duennes said. "It requires more expertise for
turf management and we currently have no one on staff
who is qualified. However, the Gateway will require
"It's nearly a done deal," Lutz said. "I really think it's
an important thing to do because everybody that comes to
our town goes by there. It's our front door and I think it
really could make the town look a whole lot better."
Commissioners approved Turner's bid. Bereiter
said it would take three weeks to get the project back
on Turner's work schedule and work should begin in
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Group developing strategies to oppose Perico project
By Pat Copeland
Get a lawyer.
That's the advice Manatee County Commissioner
Amy Stein gave to representatives of 14 organizations
uniting to oppose a proposed development on Perico Is-
"The ball is in your court," Stein told the group. "I
would get together with my neighbors and hire a law-
yer. There are issues that appear to have merit. A pre-
sentation by an attorney is clear, focused and concise."
The group met for the first time last week at the home
of Jerry and Tom Messick in Palma Sola Park to discuss
strategy to oppose Arvida Corporation's plans to build 868
units on the 353-acre parcel on Perico Island. Buildings
include six-, seven- and 10-story condominiums, 74
single-family homes, a recreation center, a swimming
pool, tennis courts and two commercial structures.
"If you work hard enough anything's possible,"
Jerry Messick told the group.
Tom Messick told representatives each group must
select a spokesperson and decide if they want to con-
tribute funds to hire an attorney.
"Time is of the essence," Tom Messick said. "We
only have a couple of weeks and that means we have
to get all our ducks in a row."
Stein said she was at the meeting to give the group
guidance at the request of Manatee County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash who was unable to attend. She said
county staff reported on the issue to county commis-
sioners last week and is doing further research for a
more detailed report.
"This [Arvida] plan is required to meet Manatee
County's' comprehensive plan requirements since it
was a change from the county to the city," Stein said.
"If the county's requirements are more strict, it's my
belief that the county's requirements have to be met."
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Presentation is everything, a Manatee County
planner last week told opponents of a proposed 868-
unit Perico development.
In the second meeting on the issue, Paul Say-
ers of the Manatee County Planning Commission
county last year.
Stein said that according to the city's amended
comprehensive plan concerning annexed property, "It
shall be compatible with Manatee County's compre-
hensive plan in regard to density, intensity and level of
Stein said the Florida Department of Community
Affairs is currently reviewing the comprehensive plan
amendments regarding this property that were recently
approved by the Bradenton City Council.
"Contact the DCA while that 45-day review pro-
cess going on," Stein advised. "After those 45 days,
there's a 21-day period for any interested party to ap-
peal DCA's determination."
Stein said there are three issues to raise with DCA
- hurricane shelters, access to the property and com-
mercial development on the property.
"The shortage of adequate shelter space is an overrid-
ing public safety concern in the state right now," Stein
noted. 'This property is entirely in an evacuation zone and
there would have to be shelter accommodations for a
project like this, especially when you're talking about
high-rise construction. DCA could attach a condition that
development requires shelter construction off-site."
Concerning access to the property, Stein said it is
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tion detailing their opposition for Bradenton city
"Each of you should pick a specific area of
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very limited with the entire population for the site fun-
neled through one small area.
"The other situation you might ask for a clarification
on is whether commercial development is allowed on this
parcel," Stein said. "Neighborhood commercial such a
convenience store or doctor's office would be allowed
under the Manatee County code but not shopping center/
intense commercial that is being proposed here."
Stein said other areas to research are city require-
ments regarding setbacks, buffer zones and develop-
ment in a flood plain.
Jerry Messick asked members of the group to at-
tend the following meetings on the issue:
April 11, Arvida representatives will present the
development plans from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bradenton City
Hall, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.
April 19, City of Bradenton Planning Department
meeting on development plans at 3 p.m. at Bradenton
May 10, Bradenton City Council meeting on de-
velopment plans at 8:30 a.m. at Bradenton City Hall.
In addition, Manatee County Commissioners plan to
continue their discussion of development plans after staff
completes reports on concurrency issues and a compari-
son of city and county comprehensive plan requirements.
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County commissioners take swipe at Perico project
By David Futch
Manatee County commissioners criticized Arvida's
proposal to build an 868-unit development on Tampa Bay,
calling it a blemish on the Manatee shoreline.
At last week's Tuesday meeting, Commissioner Joe
McClash condemned the development, which features 10-
story condos on the north point of Perico Island.
"In terms of the visual impact of 10-story buildings
along this shoreline, I really doubt the county would ap-
prove a project like this," McClash said. "This is a natu-
ral-looking environment and this would be something that
looks like Pinellas County. I find it totally unacceptable
in terms of approval."
It's not just the unsightly blemish 10-story buildings
pose, according to state biologists at the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection.
Runoff is the insidious hidden part of the equation of
building on an estuary that leads to most of the most of
damage, the Bayboro Harbor scientists said. The part of
the equation that spells death for the estuary is called ni-
trogen from stormwater runoff.
Nitrogen is the primary cause of seagrass destruction.
Seagrass and mangroves provide homes, breeding and
feeding grounds for snook, redfish, trout and other sea life.
Stormwater runoff carries nitrogen from automobile
exhaust, fertilizer and septic tanks. Nitrogen then feeds
algae which blocks sunlight seagrasses need to survive.
Approximately 75 percent of the nitrogen that enters
Florida's bays comes from stormwater runoff.
McClash said he's also concerned about the issue of
access to the Perico property.
The county's comprehensive land-use plan calls for
two means of access to a development of this size. The
city's comprehensive plan requires just one.
The mayors of the three Anna Maria Island cities and
representatives of 14 homeowner associations along the
Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road corridors have voiced
concerns about evacuating during an emergency and how
another 2,000 people living in the development would
create havoc during an evacuation.
McClash urged county commissioners.to send a let-
ter to the Florida Department of Community Affairs pro-
testing the project.
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston likes Arvida's plans
for Perico. Primarily, he looks forward to the city reaping
more than $1 million a year in property taxes.
County planners have been looking into Arvida's
plans and have found at least three areas where the devel-
opment violates the city's rules for development.
At least two of the buildings violate the city's require-
ment for a 35-foot setback from wetlands.
The city's codes demand that only buildings such as
marinas can be built on land that is less than eight feet
above sea level. The entire development is below the
eight-foot mark. City planners say the sea-level restriction
is two feet.
The density may be more than is allowed by city
codes. If more than 20 percent of the land is wetlands, then
the city demands calculated denstiy be scaled back.
Prepare for Perico fight
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
Sayers said. "Show them what's there now versus
what's proposed. Show them what the developer's
going to make you look at. Our planning commission
responds strongly to communities that come in, and
they prevail if they make a good presentation."
Sayers said an attorney can advise the group on the
local and state laws and codes that govern the develop-
"I suggest looking at the list of attorneys who make
presentations to planning commissions," Sayers said.
"They've been on the other side of the fence. They
know all the arguments to get a plan approved, so they
should know how to get it rejected."
Members of more that a dozen neighborhood asso-
ciations are opposing Arvida Corporation's plans to
build 868 units on the 353-acre parcel on Perico Island.
Buildings originally included six-, seven- and 10-
story condominiums, 74 single-family homes, a recre-
ation center, a swimming pool, tennis courts and two
commercial structures. Arvida last week revised its
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Sayers said from a planing viewpoint, he would
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"When you get beyond 800 feet (in road length),
you get into emergency access problems," Sayers said.
"This road (into the development) is roughly a mile.
That's out of the question. It shouldn't happen without
some other means of access."
Another issue is the planned commercial develop-
ment. Sayers said he doubts it would be permitted un-
der the county's comprehensive plan.
"Who is it going to serve?" Sayers asked. "How far
would you have to go for the same services?"
A third area county planners would scrutinize is net
density versus gross density and whether it is compatible
with the surrounding communities. He said although the
gross density is three units per acre, the net density of the
project is four units per acre because approximately 200
of Arvida's 500 acres are unbuildable.
In addition members of the group reported on their
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Joy Courtney of Save Anna Maria read a draft let-
ter to the Florida Department of Community Affairs
outlining several concerns. She said due to new DCA
rules the development is not considered a development
of regional impact; therefore, it does not require DCA
review and approval.,
Jane VonHahmann of Cortez said she contacted the
DCA and learned that the three top state issues are protect-
ing and conserving natural resources, improving disaster
preparedness and developing efficient transportation sys-
tems. She said all of these come into play in the Perico
Both Courtney and VonHahmann said specific issues
that the group should focus on are the lack of emergency
shelters to serve area residents, limited access to the
project, the planned commercial development, density,
buffer and setback zones, height restrictions, impact on
traffic and compatibility with surrounding developments.
Courtney has developed a web site for the group.
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6, at 7 p.m. at the Perico Island Clubhouse, 11000
Perico Way on the Palma Sola Causeway.
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Performance artist Leroy Mitchell Jr., will be the
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senior finance advisor
Michael LaBreen, senior finance advisor, will ad-
dress the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players when
they meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the
Reef Restaurant on the Palma Sola Causeway.
Hostesses will be Frances Funk and Connie
Newcomb. Guest reservations are to be made with
Ruth Stevens at 794-2188.
Great American Cleanup on
Island April 15
Anna Maria Island joins the 2000 Florida Great
American Cleanup on Saturday, April 15, with teams
organizing in each of the three municipalities.
The annual effort will be from 9 a.m. until noon on
that day, following up on Bradenton's April Fool's
Follies Cleanup last Saturday.
Volunteers can just show up at 9 o'clock on
cleanup morning at three locations. Bradenton Beach
workers may meet at the Beach House Restaurant for
instructions and assignments; Holmes Beach volun-
teers will gather at King Fish Boat Ramp; city hall will
be the focal point for Anna Maria City.
Dumpsters will be placed for the litter collected,
with locations to be announced to the volunteers when
All Islanders are invited to participate, said Ingrid
McClellan, director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, which
is spearheading the cleanup. Singled out for emphasis
are people from Adopt-a-Highway/Road/Street/Shore
programs, businesses, civic groups and families, with
students and scuba divers welcomed.
"Make your community more livable for the new
millennium" is the watchword for this year's cam-
paign. More than two million Americans nationwide
are expected to participate. Last year 68,000 volunteers
in Florida collected 14 million pounds of litter.
$2,000 scholarship planned
by Longboat Garden Club
Applications are being accepted for a $2,000 schol-
arship established by the Longboat Key Garden Club,
said Elaine and Bill Rose, co-chairs of the club's schol-
Eligible is any Florida resident who is a junior or
senior in an accredited college majoring in horticulture,
environmental sciences, landscape design or a related
Applications are available from the Roses, 383-
2458. Deadline is May 1.
The funds come from the club's annual home and
garden tour and from individual donations.
La Musica de Asolo concert
to close season
A special concert by La Musica de Asolo Saturday,
April 8, closes the Longboat Key Center for the Arts
The concert will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the center,
6890 Longboat Drive.
Under the direction of Bruno Giuranna, La Musica
will present excerpts from the Mendelssohn String
Quintet an A Major, Opus 18.
Details may be obtained at 383-2345.
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Parishioners celebrate Founder's Day
Jean Taylor and Ruth Burkhead were among parish-
ioners who celebrated in period costume at Roser
Memorial Community Church's Founder's Day
March 26. The church, built in 1913 by John Roser
in memory of his wife Caroline, was the first church
on the Island. Islander Photo: Pat Copeland
Women's retreat scheduled
by St. Bernard's Guild
St. Bernard's Guild will sponsor a women's retreat
from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 15 at the activity cen-
ter of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Theme of the retreat will be "From Sin to Recon-
ciliation Mary, Our Hope." Sister Susan Willis will
The retreat is open to all women of the community.
Reservations and a $2 registration fee are required, and
attendees are to bring a brown bag lunch. Reservations
may be made and information obtained at 778-4865,
778-4769 or 761-3986.
All-media 'Artist Expressions'
show entries sought
The Art League of Manatee County is seeking en-
tries in its "Artistic Expressions" exhibition scheduled
April 14 through May 9 at the league's galleries, 209
Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Juror will be Evelyn Craft Chittenden, executive
director of the St. Petersburg Arts Center. Artists may
submit one piece and all works will be hung.
Receiving dates are Monday and Tuesday, April
10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are avail-
able at 746-2862.
'Business Before Hours' Tuesday
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will host
"Business Before Hours" Tuesday, April 11, from 7:45
until 8:45 a.m. at the Upper Office Complex, 310 John
Ringling Blvd. on St. Armands Circle. Reservations may
be made and information obtained at 387-9519.
Episcopal Church Women
to see Naomi playlet
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will see a playlet depicting the life of
Naomi, presented by Dee Terjesen, when they meet
Thursday, April 6, at 10:15 a.m.
The event, open to all Episcopal women, will be at
the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A "pitch
in" salad-dessert luncheon will be served at noon. In-
formation may be obtained at 778-3359.
Students from kindergarten through high school are
sought for auditions for parts in the Missoula Children's
Theater production of "Rumpelstiltskin," to be presented
at 3 and 7 p.m. April 15. Auditions begin at 4 p.m. Mon-
day, April 10, at the Bradenton Auditorium, 101 Old Main
St., Bradenton. For further information call 748-0111.
FUN FOR ALL AT FIORENTINO SCHOLARSHIP BASH
Rockin' with Rock
Rock Bottom and the Cutaways rock the crowd at the third annual benefitfor the Lou Fiorentino Scholarship
Fund. Rock and his band donate their time to headline the fundraiser each year and also donate funds from
their CD sales at the event. Additional entertainment was provided by Reid Frost, Brian Beebe and Connie
and Scott. Islander Photos: Pat Copeland
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Supporters flocked to the third annual Lou Fiorentino Scholarship Fund benefit April 1 to enjoy top-notch
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ships for Island youths. Food was provided by Mr.B's Bar B Smoke. The benefit raised more than $8,000 for
the scholarship fund.
Auction tables popular at scholarship benefit
Participants perused nearly 70 items donated for a silent auction at the third annual Lou Fiorentino
Scholarship benefit. The fruit and vegetable basket donated by Geraldson's Farm Store in Bradenton
Beach made an eye-catching centerpiece for the auction table and also attracted some serious bidding
from hungry participants. The auction brought in nearly $4,000 of the $8,000 total raised at the event
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Bayside post office set to open no later than August
which will be June 2000.
He did say it's a 20-year lease with three five-year
options for renewal.
The postal service presently pays $48,408 annually
for the space it leases from Ted Cole at 9908 Gulf
The architect has finished the plans and has for-
warded them to Toomey, who was awarded the con-
tract for the build-out of the 3,250-square-foot facility,
Sawtelle said. The size of the present office is 2,821
Sawtelle said the new post office will open sooner
because Toomey is doing the work to get it retrofitted.
By Susan K. Kesselring
Gary Sawtelle, district spokesperson for the U.S.
Postal Service, said Anna Maria's new post office
would be up and running by August at the very latest.
This past December, the postal service entered into
a lease agreement with Bayview Plaza owner Jim
Toomey to relocate its facility to the shopping center
at 101 S. Bay Blvd.
Sawtelle would not elaborate on what the postal
service will.pay for rent, saying details of the lease will
be made available after the post office sets up opera-
tion, or 180 days after the acceptance date of the lease,
Grassy Point alive, moving slowly
Grassy Point is still firmly in the works, but the
works are slow.
That is the general word from the state and the city
of Holmes Beach regarding the move to buy 37 acres
along Anna Maria Sound and turn it into a public na-
ture preserve similar to Leffis Key on the south end of
Anna Maria Island.
The Florida Communities Trust agreed in January
1999 to provide $847,167 and to handle negotiations
for the purchase. It arranged for appraisals of the tracts'
value and made an offer a few months ago based on the
The initial offer is for the 24-acre "core parcel," said
Holmes Beach Treasurer Rick Ashley who handles the
city end of the project. "It's the key," he said. "If we can't
get the core parcel, there can be no project."
The Grassy Point acreage is pristine mangrove
wetlands on the Sound south of the Manatee Avenue
Bridge across East Bay Drive from Publix.
'101 Dalmatians' brought back
A 45-minute adaptation of "101 Dalmatians" is being
brought back for a three-day run by the Manatee Players
at the demand of youngsters of Manatee County.
It will feature 22 young people 8 to 15 years of age,
selected by the theater group through auditions. Perfor-
mances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 7 and
8, and in matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April
8 and 9.
Tickets are $5 for all performances at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. De-
tails are available at 748-5875.
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"It's not unusual for the lessor to do the build-out,"
The postal service proposed a change of scenery
last March, saying it had outgrown its present location.
It received four bids last fall.
Postal officials solicited opinions from residents as
to where they wanted the new post office. Many resi-
.dents responded they would like to see the post office
stay at its present location, or move to the former
Islander's Market grocery store.
Police warn consumers about water safety scam
The Holmes Beach Police Department has is-
sued an alert to residents concerning companies
that try to persuade consumers that their water is
not safe to drink.
Some companies use names that sound as if
they could be affiliated with government or pub-
lic entities. Some companies target older residents
and offer free gifts.
Companies often solicit business through the
mail and ask that residents contact them for a free
drinking water test. Sales people will often use a
test kit to which they add chemicals to change the
color of the water sample.
Sales people then tell customers the problem
is in the water in the area and attempt to persuade
them to purchase filtering systems or water soften-
ers. Prices range up to $4,000.
Sales people will start with a high price then
ask the consumer what he can afford, offering dif-
ferent models in various prices ranges. They say the
company will finance the sale, which is done with
a revolving credit account with high interest rates.
If you are contacted by a representative of one
of these companies:
Find out how he got your name.
Make sure the company has proper credentials.
Check the company with the Better Business
Call your government or water supplier for in-
formation about your drinking water.
Never respond to pressure to purchase a prod-
Ask a family member of friend to listen to the
sales pitch to help you make an informed decision.
Do comparison shopping before making a
If you think the company is not reputable,
contact your local law enforcement agency.
Author Zemel to sign books Saturday on St. Armands
Island author Dr. Linda Chalmer Zemel will be nings of life as well as the psychological ones, "Zemel
signing copies of her book "Dreaming Your Dharma: said.
Beyond Intuition" Saturday, April 8, at Circle Books Zemel splits her time between Anna Maria and
on St. Armands Circle. Pittsford, N.Y. She is on the faculty of the National
The book describes her discovery of chronicling Guild of Hypnotists and has a private practice where
dreams and using the information to track "your own she specializes in chronic symptoms.
life path, sometimes years in advance, in startling de- She will be signing her book Saturday from 3 to 5
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 22, DUI, 9200 block of Gulf Drive. The
deputy said he observed Rafael Paul Sackett, 28, of
Anna Maria, traveling at a high rate of speed and run
a stop sign. He stopped Sackett, administered field
performance tests and placed Sackett in custody.
March 27, theft of a bicycle valued at $200, 800
block of North Shore Drive.
March 25, leaving the scene of an accident with
damage, 117 17th St., Bay View Terrace condomini-
ums. Witnesses reported the suspect was towing a boat
and hit a large cement pillar and fled. The officer lo-
cated the suspect's vehicle at the Coquina Boat Ramp
and the suspect was picked up by the Manatee County
Sheriff's Marine Unit. The suspect was placed in cus-
tody and the boat was towed. Damages were $800.
March 25, possession of marijuana, possession of
paraphernalia, 1900 block of Gulf Drive South. On a rou-
tine traffic stop, the officer said he was patting down driver
Kevin Lee Grimmer, 19, of Dover, Fla., and found a bag
of marijuana and a pack of rolling papers. He issued a
notice to appear and seized Grimmer's driver's license
which was broken in half.
March 25, resisting without violence, battery on
a law enforcement officer, domestic battery, criminal
mischief, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North. The officer
was dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute and
reported he observed the suspect punch the victim. He
placed the suspect in custody. He said while at the po-
lice department, the suspect damaged the wall by
punching it and kicked him in the legs.
March 26, possession of marijuana, obstruction,
no vehicle registration, 100 block of 22nd Street. The
officer said he stopped Thomas Edward Padgett, 22, of
Lakeland, Fla., for not displaying a vehicle tag and
Padgett said he just purchased the vehicle and it was
not registered. The officer said that while he was re-
turning to his patrol vehicle, Padgett fled.
The officer said he inventoried the vehicle and
found five burnt marijuana cigarettes, a black duffel
bag containing a pair of black gloves, two black flash-
lights, a crow bar, a pair of bolt cutters, a large and a
small screwdriver, two black hooded jackets and a
black shirt. He issued a capias for Padgett.
March 26, reckless driving, no proof of insurance,
1100 to 800 block of Gulf Drive South. The complain-
ant reported he observed the subject driving at a high
rate of speed, then fishtail and lose control of the ve-
hicle, hitting two poles at Cortez Beach. The subject
was placed in custody.
March 27, accident, 2519 Gulf Drive, Sharkey's
restaurant parking lot. The victim reported an unknown
person hit his vehicle causing $200 to $300 in damages.
March 27, battery, 2400 block of Avenue B. The
juvenile victim reported he was walking with friends
when the suspect came upon him and accused him of
picking on the suspect's son.
The victim said the suspect ripped his necklace from
his neck and struck him in the left eye before leaving the
scene. The officer located the suspect and placed him in
custody. Damage to the necklace was $185.
March 29, information. 200 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach City Pier. The complainant reported he was walk-
ing off the pier after fishing and saw smoke coming from
the men's bathroom. He said he called 911 and then re-
turned to the pier where flames were coming out the sides
of the bathroom door. He found a garden hose and put out
the fire before the fire department arrived.
March 29, found property a cellular phone,
1100 block of Gulf Drive North.
March 23, found property a bicycle, 5300
block of Marina Drive.
March 23, criminal mischief, 6800 block of
Marina Drive. The victim reported an unknown per-
son cut the starter rope on his outboard motor. Dam-
ages were $100 to $200. On March 26 the victim
reported an unknown person set his boat adrift and
removed two cushions and two life jackets.
March 24, burglary to a vehicle, 100 block of
52nd Street. The victim reported an unknown person
entered the vehicle and removed jewelry valued at
$200, a wallet and $50 in cash.
March 24, found property a bicycle, 300
block of 61st Street.
March 26, theft of a vehicle valued at $3,000,
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March 26, Baker Act, 200 block of 66th Street.
The officer reported the subject threatened suicide
and he placed the subject in custody under the Baker
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March 27, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn. The
victims reported they got into an argument with
three suspects and when they left the bar, the sus-
pects attacked them and fled.
March 27, criminal mischief, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria Elementary School. The complainant
reported an unknown person broke two classroom
windows, cut down numerous ornamental palm trees
and cut the water line to a portable classroom.
March 27, recovered stolen vehicle, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church. The of-
ficer located a vehicle in the parking lot and a check
showed it had been stolen in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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The annual Anna Maria Island Little League Fun
Day party begins 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Benji
Scanio Memorial Field at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
In addition, players will have team pictures taken
throughout the day until 4 p.m.
There will be food and games and a dunk tank
where players can drop their coaches into a watery pool
by throwing a strike at the target.
McNamara, Kipp perfect
in Fiorentino horseshoe tourney
Chris McNamara of Holmes Beach and Roger
Kipp of Bradenton were the perfect match Saturday at
the third annual benefit Lou Fiorentino Horseshoe
Tournament at Anna Maria City Hall.
McNamara and Kipp spanked the competition,
winning seven games in a row without losing to take
the championship and the coveted Fiorentino tie-dyed
The T-shirts are as synonymous with this tourna-
ment as the green jacket is at the The Masters golf
Garry Rooney of Holmes Beach and Bill Wilson of
Oneco came in second, putting up the stiffest challenge
McNamara and Kipp would face all day.
Both teams were undefeated going into the finals
of the double-elimination tournament. However,
McNamara and Kipp won both games by scores of 21-
11 and 22-9 to take the tournament.
The first game was a see-saw battle tied at 10
points each when Kipp put some distance between the
teams with a ringer and a point to go up 14-10. From
there on out, McNamara and Kipp wearing "good-guy
white" chipped away at the boys in black for the vic-
In game two, the first two throws resulted in a 4-4
score. But McNamara put the pressure on with his next
two tosses, hitting two ringers for a 10-4 lead, while
sending a message to Rooney and Wilson. And the two
They got to within 10-9 when Kipp made a pres-
sure ringer for three points and McNamara came back
with two points followed by another Kipp ringer. All
of a sudden the score was 18-9 and the black team was
McNamara, who works for Holmes Construction,
put an exclamation point on the tournament when he hit
a ringer and a point in his final throws to win 22-9.
Kipp said he changed the way he throws horse-
shoes and credited the change with winning the tour-
"I switched from a flop shot to a throw where I
make the shoe make one turn sideways," Kipp said.
"But it really was all the double ringers that Chris threw
that won the tournament for us."
The pair also won a $50 gift certificate to Bortell's
Wilson and Rooney won second-place and with it,
white T-shirts with the Fiorentino drawing, and two
$10 gift certificates to Marina Bay Restaurant.
The tournament led off a day of celebration in
memory of the late Fiorentino, a long-time Island Little
League coach and umpire and Island bartender who
gave of his time to children and friends.
Money raised from the tournament and Saturday's
"Island party" at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center benefits the Lou Fiorentino Memorial Scholar-
In all, over $8,000 was raised for the fund which
pays for various summer camps for Island children.
Rock Bottom and the Cutaways headlined the
party program and were joined by Connie and Scott,
Reid Frost and Brian Beebe.
Mixon, Williams win
Key Royale Club golf titles
Jim Mixon and Penny Williams won the 2000
Men's and Ladies' Tournaments on March 23 at Key
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 5, 2000 0 PAGE 15
h center, of Holmes
Beach and Roger
Kipp, right, of
Bradenton can't wait
to put on the coveted
Lou Fiorentino tie-dye
ST-shirt they received
Sas winners of the third
annual Lou Fiorentino
n B Championship in Anna
Maria on Saturday.
Chairman of the event
S wAlan "Zack" Szakacs,
left, makes the presen-
tation. Islander Photo:
It was the 32nd annual event for the club.
Mixon won the 18-hole club championship trophy
with Joe Funk runnerup on the par-62 course in Holmes
In the men's nine-hole club championship, Ralph
Husband came in first and Charlie Knopp was second.
Williams was 18-hole women's club champ, while
Grace Sayles was the nine-hole winner.
Russ and Fran Olson won the 2000 Mixed Couples
Tournament with Lew and Jane Winegarden second.
Tom Burke took the 18-hole 2000 Men's
President's Cup. Bob Kral won Flight II and Bob Elliot
was first in Flight III. In the nine-hole event, Jim
Meena was first and Charlie Knopp won Flight IV.
The ladies nine-hole flight winners were Grace
Sayles in Class AA, Gloria Doudera in Class A and
Nell Bergstrom in Class B. In the handicap tournament,
Joyce Brown was first and Phyllis Lamp was runnerup.
In Men's 18-hole Flight A Merritt Fineout was the
winner and Tom Saxton was second. Flight B went to
George Luckman with Bob Elliot the runnerup. In the
nine-hole Flight C, Blake Graham was the winner and
Bill Keough the runnerup.
Riccardi wins in sudden death
Carol Riccardi of Ellenton fired an eagle on the
first hole of a sudden-death playoff Saturday to win the
first Ladies Championship at the Woodlands Golf
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Holmes Beach, Riccardi drove the green on her drive and
sank a 25-foot putt to win with about 30 people watching.
"It was pretty dramatic," Ricci said. "She nailed it
205 yards with a new thick-shafted driver her husband
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hit a low, long drive that hit about 20 yards in front of
the green and it rolled on."
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Mixon tops Funk
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President's Cup champions
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Some amazing things, through another's eyes
Some friends visited the other week, and it was an
enlightening experience for us all. It always amazes me
how people from out of town can help you look at other-
wise commonplace and ordinary things in a new light.
Joe Bird and I have been growing up together for
more than 20 years. He's been all over the place as
a graphic artist specializing in computer imagery for
television. He even did all the computer graphics for
the non-American stations around the world for the
His wife Susan is an architect who put the word out
she's available to a builder and suddenly has :more
work than she knows what to do with. They both live
near Clearwater, where their back yard abuts the
Pinellas Trail, that wonderful 30-mile-long biking and
blading path that runs through the heart of St. Peters-
burg to Dunedin and eventually Tarpon Springs.
As a long-time, frustrated land-use planning fiend,
Susan and I got talking about spaces and how humans
use, or mis-use, the areas around us. She pointed out
something I guess I'd known but never given much
thought to: the user-friendliness of back yards.
I asked them about what it was like to have all
those strangers parading by their backyard. Both Joe
and Susan said they liked it a lot they wave at people
biking past, and the bikers or bladers always smile and
Is it the same for people passing on the street in
front of their house? I asked.
Well, uh, no, they both agreed.
The same front yard-back yard feel takes place for
people on canals. If a stranger comes boating down
your canal, you probably give him or her a wave. But,
when was the last time you waved at a car coming
down your street?
Aren't we people strange creatures sometimes?
Prices ... wow!
Regular readers of The Islander are familiar with our
Real Estate Transactions section, where real estate broker
Doug Dowling compiles the sales of property on the Is-
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land, listing both asking and sale price. In fact, subscrib-
ers to the paper say the transactions and the police reports
are their favorite sections of the newspaper hey, I'm not
surprised, 'cause I read them first, too.
Anyway, we'd been watching the prices for prop-
erty climb and climb for the past few years, but one a
couple of weeks ago hit home to me since it was a lot
next to my old home in Bradenton Beach.
That vacant lot off Bay Drive North had been va-
cant for as long as I could remember, which means
better than 40 years. My folks always talked about
buying it to keep it from being developed, but I seem
to remember way back when that the owner wanted
$5,000 for it, and $5,000 was a lot of money back then.
It sold a while back, and I have to admit my.jaw
dropped when I saw that a 65 by 100 foot bayfront lot
in Bradenton Beach could sell for $199,000. Yikes!
I was still a little stunned when I ran into a buddy
a few days later working on a renovation of a canalfront
home in Key Royale. It's a standard Island house: con-
crete block, two bedrooms, garage, small pool on the
patio overlooking the canal. My buddy said the owner
plans to rent it for $4,000 a month.
There went my jaw again.
The grand finale was when I read a writer buddy's
review of the renovation of Sarasota's Orange Blossom
Hotel in the Tampa Tribune. The Orange Blossom is in
downtown Sarasota, at the corner of Main Street and
Palm Avenue. It was the city's first skyscraper at 10
stories, built in 1926, and was bought by a local notable
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And the price? Base is $825,000 figure a cool
million or so by the time everything is finished.
The column summed it up, "As an urban residence
in the small-town atmosphere of downtown Sarasota,
it's a spectacular place to live."
Almost as spectacular as Anna Maria Island.
It seems hard to believe that once upon a time there
weren't any weather satellites to provide us with pic-
tures of storms and cold fronts. Believe it or not,
though, the first weather satellite sent its first picture
from space 40 years ago last weekend.
That picture wasn't much, I guess, compared to the
incredible image intricacies we get today. In fact, the
folks at Mote Marine Laboratory are excited about a
satellite that can detect and track red tide blooms, the
technology has progressed that far.
Satellites are given the credit for predicting the
path of Hurricane Andrew and saving countless lives.
Although Andrew caused $30 billion in damage, only
40 people lost their lives. As a comparison, the same
size storm hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900, killing more
than 8,000 people.
And even with all of today's computer modeling
programs and state-of-the-art equipment linked glo-
bally, weather gurus say that satellite imagery is the one
tool they really can't do without to predict where the
storms are coming from and where they're going.
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Grouper, snook fishing as good as it gets
By Capt. David Futch
Fishing guides and anglers are pinching themselves
lately to see if they're asleep and/or dreaming.
Fishing has been so phenomenal that one guide
returned a 30-inch snook to the water despite the pro-
tests of his charter customers.
Capt. Tom Chaya of the Dolphin Dreams out of
Captain's Marina in Holmes Beach said they released
the big breeder.
"I don't like to take big snook anyway and the
snook fishing has been so good I told my clients we
would catch more," Chaya said. "We did and they
got to take one home."
Chaya said there's so much bait around that snook
are in a feeding frenzy. He also said the redfish, trout,
kingfish and cobia are on the bite.
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said,
"Yes, I would have to say the fishing is very good right
now. People tell me they're spanking a lot of trout, red-
fish and snook in the potholes and along the mangrove
islands. Palma Sola Bay mangroves, in particular, have
"Kings are offshore along the whistler buoys near
Egmont Key. There are permit showing on the artifi-
cial reefs and grouper fishing is good in 60 feet of
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
there have been a number of successful tarpon fisher-
men working Tampa Bay from the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge to Egmont Key.
"Tarpon are definitely there. They're not on the
beach, but back in the bay in deeper water where the
bait is schooled," Lowman said. "Pompano fishing gets
better every day especially on the west side of Egmont
and on the flats at Passage Key. There are sharks in the
clear water on the west side of Passage. Black tips
mostly and black nose. They're similar in appearance,
but the black nose has a mustache on his snout.
"Snapper fishing is real good on just about any
structure. There are yellowtail, lane and mangrove
snapper. Grouper fishing is still productive, but further
out. Kingfishing is still dramatic. And with the wind
like it's been the last couple of weeks not many people
have been fishing them. As the water clears there will
be Spanish mackerel and kings working pods of bait."
Rod & Reel Pier baitmaster Bob Kilb said action
has been limited to a few sheepshead and mackerel.
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Leonor Salgado of Bradenton likes the look of this
12-pound permit she caught with Capt. Steve
Salgado of the charterboat Compleat Angler in
Cortez. They were offshore fishing a wreck when the
There was a big catch at the pier in Anna Maria City.
"Pompano fishing has been pretty slow and
snook's slow. My stepson, D.J. Miller, 21, caught a 51-
pound black drum a week ago on a shrimp. We thought
it was a cobia at first."
Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he had to face some wind Friday, but it
didn't seem to affect the fishing.
"The wind was a little problem. We still got some
good white bait and caught 20 to 30 snook each trip.
Most of them are undersized with some keepers thrown
in," Smith said. "Redfish and big trout are in Terra Ceia
Bay and Joe Bay, along with a few flounder."
Capt. Curt Morrison of the Neva-Miss charter
boat in Cortez said he's been catching red grouper to
18 pounds, gags to 15, mangrove snapper to three and
lane snapper to two in 55 to 68 feet of water.
"The grouper seem to like live pinfish and theadfin
herring. We've been doing well on grouper using
both," Morrison said. "The snapper like the threadfin
and we're still seeing kingfish from eight to 12 pounds
in 45 to 50 feet of water. You can troll for them with
spoons or free line a bait to them."
Capt. Matt Denham and first mate Rodney
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keeper red and gag grouper Friday. The Serienos fished
with Don Walz of Evansville, Ind., and the group
caught approximately 40 grouper, keeping the 12 larg-
Joe Jr. had the hot hand and was credited with
catching six of the keepers while dad Joe brought in a
15-pound gag and a big red.
Capt. Mike Greig of Capt. Mike's Charters in
Holmes Beach has been catching snook and plenty of
them. Bait has been plentiful and the snook bite should
continue right along as long as the bait holds up.
There's also the occasional pompano, redfish and trout
Bruce Shearer at Annie's Bait & Tackle in
Cortez said that Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay
II has been getting snook, a few redfish and he's still
catching a lot of sheepshead. Off the beach Zach is
catching cobia, mackerel and some small kings.
Shearer said Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend,
also out of Annie's, caught red and gag grouper.
"But he's pounding the mangrove snapper. He has
a sense for those snapper," Shearer said. "He's catch-
ing small kings closer to the shore and bigger ones fur-
ther out. It's the same old story though, the deeper you
go, the bigger the fish. There are big kings out there,
but they're getting harder to come by."
Capt. Joe Webb on the Old Florida out of
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on north Longboat Key
said he's been catching gag grouper trolling near shore
within a few miles of the beach. He's still catching
kingfish from six to 20 pounds from a mile to 15 miles
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said he caught snook to 30 inches, trout, cobia and
"Snook is the big thing right now. When the winds
lay down a little, we'll be catching permit on the reefs.
They're just starting to get here in numbers."
Steve's brother Capt. Roy Salgado on the Grand
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grouper Saturday, catching 10 red grouper in 110 feet
of water, 29 miles out, and just to the south of Anna
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Island real estate sales
514 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,625
sfla 3bed/2bath/lcar/pool home built in 1963 on
a95x117 lot, was sold 2/3/00, Vanwinkle to Ames, for
$225,000; list $249,000.
519 56th St., Holmes Beach, a bayfront 2,884 sfla
3bed/2&l/2bath/4car/pool home built in 1996 on an
85x132 lot, was sold 1/31/00, Moon to Howe, for
$635,000; list $695,000.
5200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 301 Martinique S.,
a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 1970,
was sold 2/4/00, Durham to Nolin, for $235,000.
604 N. Point Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,848 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1989 on
an 82x100 lot, was sold 2/2/00, Galati to Hibbs, for
$300,000; list $339,000.
6500 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 198 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a canalfront 985 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979, was sold 2/3/00, Falk to Rice, for
701 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 1,354 sfla 3bed/
2bath/lcp home built in 1969 on a 60x85 lot, was sold
2/1/00, Lockwood Holdings Inc. to Frank & Montgom-
ery, for $285,000; list $293,000.
901 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, 5 Pelican Cove
Resort 2, a 962 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1983,
was sold 2/4/00, Blackmore to Depperschmidt, for
311 Magnolia, Anna Maria, a 1.512 sfla 4bed/
2bath duplex built in 1972 on a 73x114 lot, was sold
2/8/00, McDowell to McNulty & Cienik, for $185,000.
5400 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 5436 Gulf Drive
Apts., a 1,188 sfla 2/3bed/2bath condo built in 1969,
was sold 2/11/00, Shallit to Wohlfahrt, for $290,000;
5808 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 207 N. Waters
Jerry Martinek won the honors for listing
properties and Jane Grossman was tops in sales
during February at the Anna Maria Island office
of Wagner Realty. Other top listers were Ralph
Button of the Manatee Avenue office, Dorothy
Cook at Longboat Key and Roy Watters of the
commercial division. Other leading sellers were
Shirley Vincent of Manatee Avenue and Cook
Edge, a 1,184 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1975, was
sold 2/10/00, McCann to McGivern, for $300,000; list
2811 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a 1,431 sfla 3bed/
2bath/3cp home built in 1980 on a 50x100 lot, was sold
3/8/00, Amaro to Hanson, for $185,000; list $196,500.
313 Poinsettia, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,698 sfla
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1991 on a 75xl 10 lot,
was sold 3/7/00, Sims to Moser, for $350,000. An un-
listed brokered sale.
3805 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 11 Sunbow Bay
2, a 1,121 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1974, was sold
3/8/00, Chaudhry to Batchelder, for $183,500.
525 68th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,803 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1971 on an 85x107 lot,
was sold 3/9/00, Howard to McClarren, for $324,000;
526 69th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,209 sfla
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1968 on an 80x115 lot,
was sold 3/8/00, Bell to New Castle Development, for
$208,000; list $229,500.
6500 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 201 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a canalfront 1,114 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979, was sold 3/6/00, Keith to McMillan, for
806 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a bayfront two-
story 2,353 sfla 3bed/3bath/cp home built in 1964 on
a 59x147 lot, was sold 3/10/00, Sommer to Bayard, for
$520,000; list $575,000.
119 46th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,180 sfla 4bed/
2&l/2bath duplex built in 1971 on a 100x100 lot, was
sold 3/16/00, Barbera to Harrison, for $248,500; list
1401 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 12 Bermuda Bay
Club 3, a new townhouse condo, was sold 3/14/00,
Bermuda Bay Development to Kraus, for $268,933.
238 Willow, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,414 sfla
2bed/2bath/cp home built in 1977 on a 75x139 lot, was
sold 3/14/00, Smith to Hinds, for $230,000; list
509 Kumquat, Anna Maria, a 42x204x192x139
canalfront lot, was sold 3/17/00, Galati to Bryant, for
531 75th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,869
sfla 2bed/2&1/2bath/lcar/pool home built in 1967 on
an 87x162 lot, was sold 3/17/00, Desmarais to Chiles,
for $545,000; list $585,000.
634 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a double-lot
canalfront 1,933 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1969 on a 140x173x154x108 lot, was sold 3/14/00,
Bums to Harris, for $390,000; list $419,000.
799 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a Gulffront 2,617
sfla 2bed/2bath2cp home built in 1987 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 3/17/00, Hunt Club to Vangundy, for
$950,000; list $990,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
CAREFREE LIVING IN NORTHWEST BRADENTON. This charming condo is close
to everything. Recently updated with new ceramic tile, new appliances, new A/C unit
and fresh paint. Lovely corner unit in a relaxed complex and just steps to the pool. Don't
miss this opportunity for truly affordable living! $64,900.
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! Offered at $319,500.
2001 SEASON Do you have your place reserved for next winter season? Stop by
for our rental brochure and complete list of available rentals for next year. We still
have rentals available for April 2000.
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Exclusive Anna Maria location zoned for nightly rentals. Two
pools, spa and full kitchens in a tropical paradise. Steps to the-
white sandy beach. Excellent rental history. Offered at $725,000.
Ann Martin 953-7717
Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
(941)388-4447 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
Rentals and Property Management with a Personal Touch!
Sue Carlson & Teresa Gallagher
941.779.2555 800.770.6057 www.islerentals.com
WANTED! Perico Bay Club March 2001 Rental!
Also: Jan-April 2nd floor condo unit! We have tenants!
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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.
ANTIQUE WOOD office chairs. Only two left, dark
wood, $100 each. 778-1102.
ONE OF A KIND!
Gulffront lot on a quiet dead-end street! There are
no more like this! For sale by owner. 31st St. and
Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
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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.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA, waterfront, boat dock, pool. $85,000.
BAY PALMS 3BR/2BA, stone fireplace, 1,960 sq. ft. living area. $184,500.
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.
4503 Gull Dr. LARGE IBR/IBA complete remodel.1/2 block to Gulfl
Beachfiont condos, homes with
waterfront or pools available for vacation rentals
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, heated pool, tennis.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
AVON CALLING COSMETICS, gifts and Christmas
items. Anew, Skintrition, Skin-So-Soft. Free gift. Calls
returned promptly. Call Alison at 383-6201.
SPORTCAT SCANNER: 800mhz 100-channel
portable radio scanner by Uniden Bearcat. Fully
programmable. One-touch weather. 100 channels, 12
bands. Rechargeable. $99. 778-1102.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
Call Gayle Schulz and Liz
Codola ... experienced
agents who will assist you
with all of your Year 2000
rental and property needs.
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
REAL ESTATE, INC.
Gloria Schorpp Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT
3BR/4.5BA contemporary cedar home. Pan-
oramic view of Palma Sola Bay. Over 5,000
sq.ft of living area. Cathedral ceiling, elevator,
loft, family room, den, pool and spa, deck,
boat dock. $795,000.
OFF-ISLAND POOL HOME
3BR/2BA family home. Palma Sola area.
Caged pool, nicely landscaped, very good con-
SABAL PALMS CONDO
2BR/1.5BA furnished condo. Westside, con-
venient to everything. Pool and clubhouse.
Close to golf. $59,900.
Unique waterfront condo with a Florida lifestyle.
Choice of carpet, tile, cabinets. Forty-foot deep-
water dock, heated pools, tennis, covered park-
ing, elevators. Waterfront condos: 2BR/2BA
plus den, $249,000; 3BR/2BA $279,000; el-
egant townhouse 3BR/3BA, elevator, $325,000.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Marifjeren
1BR/1BA Duplex $500 month
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA condo, pool. tennis $825
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $700 week / $1500 month
Open 7 Days a Week
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ML, r SinCoast
REAL ESTATE, INC.
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
RATTAN FURNITURE: sofa, three chairs, coffee
table, two end tables, lamp. $150. 407 South Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. 778-0059.
RED LEATHER SEATS fit 1991 Oldsmobile Silhouette.
Like new, sold separately. $150 each. Call 725-4025.
ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs., Fri.
9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. Donations only Wed. 9-
11am. Sale racks. 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
2501 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach 778-3377
DUPLEX $172,000 Holmes Beach, each unit 2BR/2BA
tenant occupied. Drive by 2906 Ave. B. Call Ryland
Hall 778-6010 for inspection.
BUILDING LOT vacant 70 by 100 ft. $38,500 drive by
8518 43rd Ave. Drive West. Call agent Ryland Hall for
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
This affordable 4BR/3BA home features vaulted
ceilings, stone fireplace, above ground deck with swim-
ming pool and lovely tropical landscaping! Priced at
$279,000! Short walk to fine beach!
OWNER SAYS "SELL"
Wonderful 3BR 2BA satiertron
nideawaj, on Iranquil Lake la
visia with mature royal and
areca palms and 218 t. ol .
seawalled waterfronl with boat
shed coral floors and slone fire-
lace, plus oversizedl screened
ariae Asking $369.500. No rea- f d.
sonable other refused.
NORTH 5HORE DRIVE HIDEAWAY
Listen to the waves from this charming, beautifully
decorated two or 3BR/2BA hideaway! Just steps to the
glorious Gulf beach! Features include cool, white ce-
ramic tile floors, French-style sliding doors, spacious
tile baths with artful faux painted finishes and a cozy
patio surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping. The
cheerful blue and white color scheme is enchanting!
Price reduced $839"56. $329,500 furnished.
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LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon.,
Wed., Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
383-4738. Monday's, seniors 20% off on clothing.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 8am-noon. Yard furniture,
bikes, sofa, bed, loveseat, viola, surfboard, and lots
more. 119 52nd St., Holmes Beach.
CORTEZ STREET SALE, Friday, April 7, 8am-2pm.
Antiques, collectibles, nautical items, furniture and
lots of miscellaneous. 123rd St. West, four blocks
east of Cortez Bridge.
YARD SALE, SATURDAY, April 8, 8am-2pm. 519
70th St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE, Friday and Saturday, April 7-8,
9am-4pm. 206 71st St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE, SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 8-11am. Cloth-
ing, household items, books and boating equipment. 519
South Drive, Anna Maria, on the way to Rotten Ralph's.
WANTED TO RENT. Motor home, three to four
weekends a year. Mature couple, travel 50-60 miles
only. Please call Lynn Elliott, 778-5183.
LOST BLACK CAT, "Satchmo." Medium to long hair
with fluffy tail. Age, seven years. 10 to 13 pounds.
White whiskers and small white star under chin. Yel-
low eyes. Reward. Call 778-6000.
FOUND: Pair of prescription glasses on Anna Maria
beach. Copper wire frame. Pick up at Holmes Beach
LOST: 14K-GOLD bracelet on Holmes Beach Gulfside at
water's edge, between 62nd and 66th streets. Reward, call
778-2577, 9:30am-5pm, White Sands Resort.
,ptt P THE B .
Lisa Rochelle Marianne Sally
... largest selection of
on Anna Maria Island!
3101 Gulf Drive
Realty inc. Holmes Beach, FL34217
"CRITTER SITTER", five years in pet care, 21 years
as Island residents. Tender loving care for your pets,
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
NEEDED: LOVING HOME for five-year old neutered
male Yorkie-poo/Maltese mix. House trained. In need
of loving companion and lots of love and attention. No
young children or other pets preferred. Looking for
right person to give good home. Call 779-1424.
1995 FORD AEROSTAR XLT V6. Excellent condi-
tion, tilt wheel, cruise, air, low mileage, rear wheel
drive. Moving, must sell, negotiable. 778-1711.
1989 LINCOLN TOWN CAR with factory-rebuilt en-
gine, factory-rebuilt transmission, new tires, Reese
hitch. $3,200. 778-4084 or 778-6541.
BOAT DETAILING, hand waxing, hand buffing, teak
conditioning and refinishing. 30 years experience.
Satisfaction guaranteed, fully insured. Ship Shape
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, references.
VISIT HISTORIC EGMONT Key for great family fun,
by boat. We also offer fishing and diving charters.
Call Ocean Action at 794-5980.
1995 39-ft. Trojan Exspress diesel; 1997 Formula
Fastech T500; 1979 Egg Harbor flybridge; 1996
Silverton 310 Exspress; 13-meter Trojan Exspress;
1990 52-ft. Arbormaster; 1996 Mainship motor
yacht; 1986 31-ft. Rampage sportfish diesel; 1997
Baja 322. Call 228-3489.
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PRIME CANALFRONT 3BR pool home. Light, bright, open
floor plan. Walk to beach. $535,000. Cynlhia Darnell 349-
EXQUISITE AMERICAN TRADITIONAL new estate with breathtaking
river views. Late 18th-century styling. Hardwoodred-oak floors, ma-
hogany stained. Extended crown molding throughout. Exceptional
kitchen, study, playroom. Separate guest house. $2,500,000. Sandy
Drapala 252-1632 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. R41740
WATERFRONT LOCATION Quality built, energy efficient home. Dock
and davits, solar heated pool, three-car garage are just some of the fea-
tures.$234,900. Larry and Louise Miller 794-0131. R43509
EXCLUSIVE WATERFRONT COMMUNITY homesite on bay with pri-
vate slip protected boat basin. Good access to the Gulf and Intracoastal.
$209,900. Sandy Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618.
HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE COTTAGE Relax on the pri-
vate deck or enjoy the peace and quiet from your porch swing.
Walk to the bay or bike through the village. $133,900. Marge
Dutton 755-8093. R39901
PRESTIGIOUS AZALEA PARK HOME beautifully landscaped
with outside lighting and screened entry. Solar heated caged pool.
Upgraded kitchen, new appliances and counter tops. $224,600.
Colette Gerrish 720-4584 or Chuck West 374-3211. R42732
CHARMING COTTAGE near the river. Wheelchair accessible,
sun room, stucco roof. Great adult community with numerous
amenities, $88,900. Sandy Harmon 722-1347. R43873
IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY Clean and well maintained 2BR con-
dominium. Updated baths and lots of tile, indoor utility room, dome
kitchen. Age restricted community. $51,900. Hal Gillihan 778-
1999 35HP JOHNSON, electric trim, three cylinders,
oil injector, boat trailer. 778-9240.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
DISHWASHERS/PREP COOK wanted. Will train.
Good work atmosphere. Staff meal. Apply in person
to Chez Andre, 5406 Marina Drive in the Island Shop-
ping Center, Holmes Beach.
INSURANCE CSR. 440 license preferred but will train
team player with good customer and clerical skills. Fax
resume with salary requirements to 778-7071.
BURNS SECURITY, SIX security officers needed for
Bradenton and Longboat Key. 331-2500 for job infor-
PART TIME BOUTIQUE and gift shop sales. Flexible
shifts, retirees welcome. Will train. Buccaneer Inn,
RECEPTIONIST, good opportunity for someone who
wants a part-time job in a pleasant environment. Must
be dependable, have office skills and be capable of
working on your own. Weekends and evenings. Good
wages, paid vacation, health insurance available.
Apply PO Box 1116, Anna Maria FL, 34216.
PART TIME SALES clerk, weekends, nights. Retirees
welcome. Apply Shellland Gifts, 301 Gulf Drive Sotth.
The best snow
removal person in
the whole world
can end your
Nick at Nite 778-4642
2501 Gulf Drive,
Call Ann Harmon
for availability -
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REDUCED CANALFRONT HOME 501 65th Street,
Holmes Beach. 3BR/2.5BA, boat lift, 2,208 sfla,
Florida room, 1.5 car (289 sq. ft.) garage. All in
excellent or new condition for only$265,000. Reduced
BDoug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
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HELP N Cte C ,tuLN DG E-I e
DOCK WORKERS WANTED for jetski and boat rent-
als. Season and part time positions. 792-5263.
SERVERS, DISHWASHERS, full or part time. Buc-
caneer Inn, 383-5565.
WANTED: MOTIVATED SALES associate for real
estate office in high-traffic location. Commissions
negotiable. Please call Robin at 778-7244.
PART TIME, flexible hours for a mature, organized
person to round out our team. Responsibilities in-
clude typical office procedures, some computer ex-
pertise necessary. Call 383-2182.
WORK IN PARADISE on Anna Maria. Part-time
employee, retail sales experience appreciated. 383-
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Longboat Key Center for the
Arts. Non-profit community-based arts organization
seeking candidates for executive director. Detailed po-
sition description available. E-mail email@example.com or
fax Mr. Ronald Johnson, 941-387-7360.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Provide support for
local manufacturer. Self-starter who enjoys customer
contact. Knowledge of MS Office, Access and
Pagemaker a plus. Mail resume to P.O. Box 11,
Bradenton Beach, FL. 34217.
MOTEL NIGHT MANAGER, Monday-Friday, 3pm-
9pm. Will train right person who can work alone tak-
ing care of the public. Friendliness, dependability,
and good math skills required. Duties include work-
ing phones, guest check-in, light yard and mainte-
nance. References required for good paying position.
Haley's Motel, 778-5405.
DISHWASHER WANTED, full or part time. Apply in
person between 3-5pm. Chapters Cafe, 5910 Marina
Dr., Holmes Beach, at the base of cell tower.
C.N.A HOME HEALTH AID, companion. Available for
variety of-duti-s in your home. Call Robert, 748-6236.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
BANKRUPTCY $200, Divorce $150 to $200. Adoption,
corporations, modifications, power of attorney, name
change. Suncoast Paralegal Services 742-4788.
INCOME TAX SERVICE, over 30 years experience.
Ohio and Michigan our specialty. Call Pat at Kenney
Tax Service, 761-8156.
PUT YOUR HOUSEWORK in our hands. "L&J Su-
preme Klean". Free estimates, all work guaranteed.
Call Laureen or John, 753-6843 or 762-4515 pager.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes unsightly
black mildew, salt and dirt from house exteriors, windows,
roofs, gutters, driveways and decks. Call 778-0944.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK. Let me drive: to doc-
tors, shopping, run errands. Light cooking, light
house cleaning. Call Ann, 778-6640.
CLEANING ON ISLAND. Experienced and reason-
able. Call Barbara, 778-0864.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE
Residential/commercial, full-service maintenance,
landscaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming,
ponds, native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING SERVICE, com-
plete installations and maintenance, specializing in
aquatic landscapes. Full delivery service for rock,
shell, mulch, etc. 727-5066.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-four 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.
Residential Commercial/Industrial Property Management Mortgage Loans Title Insurance Vacation Rentals
Carol S. Heinze
ENJOY THE AMBIANCE of our
lovely island from this 2BR/2BA
condo with a direct southwest
Gulfview. Heated pool, tennis, ga-
rage, security entrance and extra
storage. Well-maintained Gulffront
complex. $239,000. IB43941
PRICE REDUCED! Elevated 2BR/
2BA villa with eat-in kitchen, car-
port and large storage room.
Screened porch and sun deck.
Well-maintained corner lot only two
blocks from the Gulf. $164,900.
SPANISH PARK. Fan-
tastic 3BR/2BA home
in immaculate condition
with new tile and car-
peting, large lanai, tile
roof, two-car garage.
Being close to every-
thing makes this home
a must see! $119,500.
TROPICAL HORIZONS. Four
Gulffront units being sold as one
investment property. Turnkey fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condos with
glassed in balconies and great
views. Pool. $880,000. IB42617
JUST REDUCED. Motivated seller
for this 2BR/2BA canalfront home
in Key Royale. Easy access to the
bay, heated pool and fruit trees.
Turnkey furnished. $235,900.
Ich Spreche Deutsch
Condos to cottages,
Gulf to bay,
for the season.
CALL BOB LOHSE 778-0766
VISIT US AT WWW.ARVIDAREALTY.COM
KEY WEST DESIGN
ON TROPICAL ANNA MARIA
IMPECCABLE AND EXPERTISE CRAFTSMANSHIP
describe this lovely Anna Maria home with added improve-
ments and custom features such as:
* New thirty-year Timberline Shingle roof
* New ceilings with crown molding and new imported tile
* New Omega cabinets and designer Karadon counters
* New designer glass tub and shower enclosure doors
* New plantation shutters on glass doors
* New Hunter-Douglas wooden blinds on windows
* New Stainmaster quality carpeting upgrade of Berber
* New 12 by 12 ft. ceramic tile entry and foyer
* New designer glass entry doors
* New washed oak stairways to both floors
* New screen and railing on second floor deck
* New retail top-of-the-line appliances and water heater
* Twelve ceiling fans and doors with Baldwin hardware
* Beautifully landscaped in 1999 with tropical plantings
* Close walking distance to pristine beach
* Priced at only $342,500! Call Today!
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Bookkeeping Services By The Hour
Accounts Payable Accounts Receivable Inventory
Payroll Payroll Taxes Draft Financial Statements
SCOTT HOWRRD INTERIORS
Corpet Window Treatment Furniture Re-Upholstery Finishing Touches
floor Sample Clearance Sale
7443 Manatee Ave. W. (in Albertsons Courtyard)
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From the Anna Maria City Pier is now at the
Farmers Market -- Main St., Sarasota -- Saturday
7 til Noon. Fossils, Shark Teeth, and Unique Jewelry
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since 1992 we've cured the carpet cleaning
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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
778-2882 or 387-0607
5400 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
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DECKS, CLEANING and staining, exterior painting.
I will make it look like new and last. 35 years experi-
ence, 30-year resident. Your satisfaction is guaran-
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.
SCREEN REPAIRS, all home repairs, big or small.
Drywall repairs, painting, tile, ceiling fans. Low prices,
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.
TILE INSTALLATION, 13 years experience, highest quality
work at lowest prices around. Free estimates. True Value
Services. Cellular 321-8938, office 954-0775.
WATERFRONT RENTALS with dock. Turnkey fur-
nished, beautiful views, breezy quiet area. No pets,
owner operated. Prices from $350 week, $800
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
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 pur-
chase price of $18,500 at closing. 778-4523 or 800-
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $450 per week. Winter dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
ANNUAL 3 OR 4BR/2.5BA with beautiful view of bay.
Full-service dock. Air conditioning, dishwasher,
washer. $1,300 month. 888-695-8749.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, 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
ANNA MARIA ISLAND paradise, 3BR/2.5BA canal
home. Heated pool, close to beach. $3,500 month,
$1,000 week. Available Easter. 800-223-4472.
INDULGE YOURSELF. Spend summer in paradise.
Gulffront home. nicely furnished. Central air, front
and rear decks. 1 BR sleeps four. May through Octo-
ber only. Four month minimum, prefer six. $700
month includes cable, water, phone. 779-0095.
ADORABLE COTTAGE, wood floors, renovated,
central air conditioning, washer/dryer. 2BR/1BA close
to beach. $2,000 month Nov.-April. $1,000 month
May-Oct. Weekly available.106 Church St.,
Bradenton Beach. 813-258-2411.
SUMMER COTTAGE, weekly, available. Close to Rod and
Reel Pier, North end of Island. 2BR/2BA. 778-7253.
SURF SIDE STUDIO 1BA $800 per month plus
assurity/security. Available now. Hurry, it won't last!
792-2779. Annual only.
BEAUTIFUL GULFVIEW APARTMENTS. Available
SMarch through August. Weekly or monthly, steps to
beach. 1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA with elevated sundeck.
Rates vary, starting at $350 week, $1,200 month.
761-9259 or 228-1402.
NEWLY REMODELED 1BR, unfurnished, two blocks
from beach. Annual lease. Call 727-466-0666.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA duplex, $800 month.
Neat and clean, nice area. 722-2742.
ADIRONDACK SUMMER CAMP, lakefront, 2BR/
1BA, large deck, washer/dryer. $450 week, $1,500
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/1BA, very nice
neighborhood, stroll to beach! Cathedral ceilings,
new kitchen and appliances, beautiful! Non-smokers
preferred, small pet considered. $725 month, first,
last, security. 778-9798 or 305-296-1127 collect.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED SPACIOUS duplex,
Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, large rec room, washer/
dryer, sun deck, screened lanai, garage, pest control
and yard maintenance included. 1 1/2 blocks to
beach. $1,200 per month, first, last, security deposit.
References required, no pets, 941-778-9223.
PANORAMIC GULFVIEWS in Bradenton Beach.
2BR/1BA available now. Small pet okay. $350 per
SPEND CHRISTMAS ON the beach! Gulffront, North
Shore Drive home for rent Dec. and Jan. next season.
2BR/2BA, wood floors, new furniture and many up-
dates. One-month minimum. Contact Fran Maxon
Real Estate, 778-2307.
COUPLE SEEKS 2-3BR unfurnished home on an-
nual basis, May 15. Anna Maria Island. No pets, no
children. Voice mail, 508-725-6889 or 508-420-8106.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA Sandy Pointe condo.
Pool, carport, close to shopping and restaurants.
Steps to beach. $965. 778-7456, Sandy.
LARGE 2BR/2BA beautifully furnished and land-
scaped home just one block from the beach. Florida
room overlooks lush rear gardens. $1,400 month,
minimum six-month lease includes all utilities, cable,
lawn service, etc. 778-8470.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR with screened lanai. Steps to
beach. $560 per month includes laundry. Utilities
extra. 778-3379, 11am-3pm.
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CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
IlI Replacement Doors and Windows
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level home, 2BR/2BA, family room, within block of
beautiful Gulf. Call 941-792-8340.
SEASONAL 2BR/1BA duplex, downstairs. Com-
pletely furnished. One house from beach. Four-
month minimum. 813-689-0925.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA luxury furnished apart-
ment, steps to beach. Large screened porch, central
air, full kitchen, TV/VCR, washer/dryer. Available
April 8-15 and from April 29 through summer. Sum-
mer, $550 week, $1,900 month. 2001 winter, $600
week, $2,100 month, plus tax and electric. 778-7741.
1BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, 3BR/3BA beachfront units.
Charming, private home now available. 3BR/2.5BA,
three houses from beach. Quiet street, City of Anna
Maria. Walk to restaurant, theater, City Pier. Easter
available now. Reserve now, avoid price increase.
FURNISHED 2BR/1BA in Anna Maria City. Two
blocks from beach, garage, lanai, patio, washer/
dryer. May through December, $800 month, includ-
ing utilities if six-to eight month lease. 778-8456.
HOLMES BEACH SPACIOUS 1 BR duplex. Washer/
dryer, one-car garage, Florida room, screened lanai.
$800 month plus utilities. 778-3926.
CHARMING ISLAND HOME on deep-water canal.
2BR/2BA completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extras. $550 week, $1,600 month. Call
VACATION RENTAL available April 1. 1BR/1BA,
private parking. One block from beach, located in
Holmes Beach. 778-7098.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 1BR/1BA, one block to beach
and bay, close to shops, great location. $550 month,
$300 deposit. 203 Second St. N., Bradenton-Beach.
Available now. 813-258-2411.
BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOUSE for rent annually. Fur-
nished 3BR/2BA, community pool. One minute walk
to beach. $1,250 monthly. 407-422-5333.
EXTRA LARGE 1 BR/1 BA furnished/unfurnished just
one block from the beach. Nine-foot oak ceilings and
"-alls. Must see. $775 month includes all utilities and
cabre. -ix mIo- nth minimum. 778-8470.
SEASONAL NEXT WINTER, six month, $1,300
monthly. Also available May 1, 2000. 2BR/1BA, two
blocks to Gulf. 778-2891.
1BR/1BA HOLMES BEACH annual. One block to
beach. New tile laundry. $600 month. 798-3310,
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA waterfront villa. Great view, $800/
month furnished. Call Steve, 778-1960.
FURNISHED 1BR APARTMENT, Holmes Beach.
One block to beach, $595 month, $400 security, in-
cludes cable, water, trash. No pets. 407-846-8741.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA waterfront villa. Great view, $800/
month furnished. Call Steve, 778-1960.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal Nov. 2000 through
April 2001. Ground level, 2BR/2BA home. No smok-
NEXT SEASON, affordable 1BR/1BA near Rod and
Reel Pier. Six months preferable. 778-2153.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, new carpet, tile. 400-feet to the
beach, close to Publix. No pets. $675 plus last and
FOR RENT: Sun Plaza West Gulffront condo. Nicely
appointed, completely furnished. Pool and tennis.
$600 week plus tax. Call 778-3231.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT with boat dock.
1BR/1BA, completely remodeled, newly furnished,
sofa-bed in living room, inside utility room, carport.
$675 month plus deposit. Six-month to one-year
lease. Call 778-4659.
GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
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.
FIFTY FEET of Gulf beach with cottage on North
Shore, Anna Maria. Principals only call 941-779-
9233. Leave message, owners will respond.
CANALFRONT HOME, Key Royale. Pool, 15,000 lb. lift,
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. All new: appliances, baths,
kitchen, carpet, tile, windows, doors, sea wall, and dock.
$349,000. Call 941-915-2432 or 941-545-6821.
FOR SALE BY BUILDER, new home under construc-
tion on Bradenton Beach. 1440 sq. ft., 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage, two blocks from beach on quiet dead-end
street. $210,000. Days 920-9631, evenings and
CANALFRONT HOME with view of bay/intracoastal.
Dock with boat lift. 2BR/2BA with cathedral ceilings,
Spanish tile floors, cedar closets, oversized two-car
garage, sauna, screened enclosed lanais. New A/C,
refrigerator, dryer in 1998. Reduced! $270,000. Call
Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 383-
5543 or 778-3395 eves.
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Home True Value Hardware appreciate Post Office Plaza
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Best Properties of the Island
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JASe Master Electrician
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All types of electrical repairs
SMain electrical box upgrades
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WE SPECIALIZE IN REPAIRS!
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David Parrish Owner
Lic # ER0006385
Serving the Beaches Since 1978
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REALS aCtuRAL ATECntneRAL A
LARGE FAMILY DUPLEX! Well constructed 3BR/
2BA each side, wood/tile floors, lanai's, family room,
large kitchen, oversized garage, nice yard and lo-
cated steps to the beach. Both sides rented, good
investment. Great family home with rental. $339,000.
Call Deborah Thrasher, Wedebrock Real Estate Co.,
383-5543 or 778-3395 eves.
ANNA GULFFRONT DUPLEX, 2BR/1BA, double
carport, sun decks, recent upgrades. Good income
producing location, turnkey, by owner. 778-3143.
OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, 1-4pm. Spacious water-
front home, 4BR/4BA with boat dock on beautiful
Coconut Bayou. Four-year new home has 5,920 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.
BAYFRONT ESTATE priced $100,000 below ap-
praised price. 3BR/2BA main house, 2BR/2BA
ground-level house, 1BR/1BA duplex. Best steal on
the island. $660,000 or best offer. 109 13th St. South,-
Bradenton Beach. 322-2101.
WANTED TO PURCHASE by local executive family.
Gulf/bayfront home, three-plus BR minimum. Pool or
room for one. Quick decision, principals only, please
call 941-856-1851. Leave message please, will
Your home has given
you many precious
memories and moving
can be very emotional.
I would be honored to
be the realtor who helps
make this transition.
Call Piroska Kallay at 778-2261
After hours 778-3778
Fax: 778-7944 (800) 422-6325
605C Manatee Ave.
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC. Holmes Beach, FL 217
an independently owned and operated member of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW, Bradenton Beach.
Older two-story stucco building with two remodeled
apartments. Huge sun deck, laundry room.
1 BR/1BA REFURBISHED TRAILER. Covered car-
port and patio. Palm Grove Park, Ellenton, #B4.
$6,900 or best offer. 55-plus, lot rent $303. Chuck,
631 FOXWORTH, one of Key Royale's finest. 263
feet of canal frontage, 3BR/3.5BA, cathedral ceil-
ing, tree-lined landscaping. $895,000. 778-7837 for
32-FT.by12-FT. TRAILER, enclosed lanai, 1BR/1BA,
good appliances. $6,000. Sandpiper Trailer Park.
DUPLEX FOR SALE,'2BR/1.5BA each side. Storage
and parking underneath. Asking $213,000. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 778-7098.
MOUNT VERNON 2BR/2BA villa, extra-wide carport,
storage with workbench, sink, kitchen luminaire,
heated pool. Clubhouse activities, tennis. 9503 Co-
lonial Drive, Bradenton. Two miles to beach, off
Cortez Road. Priced low. $82,400. 941-795-2743.
GULFFRONT CONDO, beautiful views of Gulf and
beach from this 2BR/2BA condo with spacious
rooms, eat-in kitchen, extra storage, garage. Heated
pool, tennis, clubhouse. $234,900 furnished. Call
Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
Hi! I'm Marianne
For any real estate needs,
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Mike Norman Realty
TWO TEN-YEAR old houses, plus 1500+ sq. ft. build-
ing. All excellent condition. Two blocks to Gulf, Holmes
Beach. $359,000. Towne and Shore Realty, Fred Katz,
CANALFRONT THREE-STORY home. Dock with boat
lift, pool, Jacuzzi, 3BR/2BA. 4,720-sq. ft. under roof.
2,504-sq. ft. living area. 105 Pelican Dr., Anna Maria.
PERICO BAY CLUB, 2BR/2BA villa, gated commu-
nity, double garage, hurricane shutters. Open house
Wednesday, April 5, and Sunday, April 9, 1-4pm.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate ad-
vertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race, color, reli-
gion, 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, preg-
nant women and people securing custody of children
under 18. This newspaper will not knowing accept any
advertising for real estate which is in violation of the
law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings
advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal
opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call
HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
ON THE GRAND CANAL
Situated on the widest canal
on the Island, this 3BR/2BA . .
pool home was exquisitely
renovated in 1999. It was to-
tally redone inside and out
incorporating today's finest
design features while never
compromising quality. The
open floorplan separates the master bedroom from the quest wing.
Its kitchen/family room opens to a screened porch which overlooks
the pool and garden. 65 ft. dock with boatlift, water and shore-
power. Furniture also for sale. $449,000...
SM ~IA GULFSTREAM
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DUPLEX. This 2/1, 1/1 duplex is just a short walk
to the beach. Each side has a spacious vinyl en-
closed porch. Two bedroom side has ceramic tile
floor, carport and 10 by 10 ft. storage room. Large
lot with several citrus trees and tropical plants.
$218,000. Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 eves.
COCONUTS CONDO. 1 BR/1 BA condo in small
eighteen-unit Gulffront complex. End, ground-
floor unit on the courtyard. On-site manage-
ment, heated pool, excellent rental history.
$120,000 furnished turnkey. Call Carol Williams
SANDY POINTE 2BR/2BA bright, cheerful condo
with views over pool and mangrove wetlands.
Screened lanai with peek at bay. Parking and
storage under building. Near beach and shops.
Turnkey furnished with an artistic flair. $118,200.
Visit us at www.dialtheduncans.net or call Judy or
Darcie Duncan 779-2290
LOTS OF LOTS
PERICO SHORES Four single-family lots avail-
able, $79,000 to $104,900. Call Judy or Darcie
Duncan 779-2290 eves.
HOLMES BEACH Two lots within walking dis-
tance of beach. $75,000 and $85,000. Call Carol
Williams 744-0700 eves.
GULFFRONT LOT Pristine Gulffront property on
the north end of Anna Maria. $800,000. Call
Susan Hatch 778-7616 eves.
COMMERCIAL LOT prime commercial corner lot
on Manatee Avenue at gateway to new sandpile.
$225,000. Call Clarke Williams 744-0700 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Listing of the Week
SPECTACULAR SWEEPING views of
Tampa Bay are captured from everywhere in
this exquiste 5BR/3BA Anna Maria residence.
Many exceptional design features. Kitchen is a
chef's delight! Pool. Four-car garage.
S $499,000. Adjacent waterfront lot available.
Realtor 511 Loauat ................. $699,000
613 Ivanhoe Lane ......... $675,000
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PAGE 2 0 APRIL 5, 2000 M THE ISLANDER
Boating tips that could save your life
By David Futch
Capt. Keith Barnett broke every nautical
rule in the book when he was 14. It almost cost
him his life.
Living on Grand Bahama Island near
Freeport, Barnett spent much of his time on the
water and as little as possible in the classroom.
The ruse got him kicked out of school more
than once and when he was angry, he took to
the sea. Upset with a cruel world for being sus-
pended from school again, Barnett decided to
cool his heels and took out the family skiff with-
out telling a soul.
Four days and a miracle later, Barnett was
picked up by the Bahamian Air & Sea Rescue
Association in the middle of the Gulf Stream
current. He had given up hope of ever seeing
"It was a very spiritual experience especially
when a bull shark bigger than my 12-foot skiff
came after me," Barnett said. "I had drifted 200
miles before a Bahamian rescue plane found me.
It was a helpless feeling. I was screwed. I mean I
was really screwed."
Barnett said breaking the rules of common-sense
boating safety taught him what to do before you go
offshore for any reason, even if it's to snorkel.
"I took the boat and told no one where I was
going. I had no water or food on board. There
was an offshore breeze which means I was be-
ing blown offshore. When I got to where I was
going to check my fish traps, I turned the en-
gine off before I anchored up then realized
there wasn't enough scope in the line to allow
the anchor to hook up. The engine wouldn't
start and the wind pushed me toward Bimini
for a day or so before the Gulfstream grabbed
me and sent me north.
"The Bahamian rescue team was down to
one plane on the fourth morning and had nearly
given up when I was spotted. It was a miracle
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With plenty of time to think, Barnett learned
some valuable lessons about boating and offers
up what every boater should do before going off-
shore. And that goes for anyone who goes even a
mile or less off the beach. For those of you who go
offshore fishing or boating, here are some things
to think about that could save your life.
"Absolutely the most important thing is to
carry plenty of drinkable water. Go overboard
and carry as much as you can," Barnett said. "If
you think one gallon of water per person is
enough, think about it this way. You've been out
all day in the hot sun and you've drunk your gal-
lon of water and the engine won't start. Obviously
you didn't bring enough water. Water will carry
you a long time even if you have no food.
"Always check your fuel and make sure you
have plenty of it. Always top your fuel tanks off
before leaving shore."
Filing a float plan would seem to make sense
A May 28, 1969, issue of
the Grand Bahama
Tribune tells the story of
a boy lost at sea and the
hopelessness that gripped
him. Only a miracle
so family knows where you are going. So many
people don't tell anyone where they're going.
Often the only thing a boater says is that they're
going fishing offshore and they leave it at that.
"Tell a responsible person like your mother
where you are going and I mean exactly where
you are going and when you'll be back," Barnett
said. "Don't tell some friend at a bar you're drink-
ing with about your planned trip. Days will go by
before they finally think to themself, 'Oh, yeah.
He told me he was going offshore and would be
back three days ago.' Tell your mother. When you
don't show up at the time you gave your mother,
she can alert someone to go look for you.
"There should be a national awareness day to
educate people in filing float plans."
Barnett said it's a good idea to add the names
of all the people who are going with you.
One piece of emergency equipment that all
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specific to your boat. It not only tells rescuers like
the Coast Guard where you are but who you are.
Just two weeks ago, Cortez resident Joe
Catlett and his friend Waldo Perdue were 25 miles
off Anna Maria Island when their boat sank. Ac-
cording to the Coast Guard, the EPIRB saved the
two fishermen's lives.
EPIRB is an acronym for Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon. It works off satellites
and sends out a position as soon as it's turned on
and the satellite picks up the signal. It's federally
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Food is another consideration even if you're
going offshore for a few hours. Keeping can goods
on board can be a lifesaver.
"What you need to take for emergency supplies
are can foods that have their own keys, things that
don't need a can opener, things like Vienna sausage,
corned beef or sardines," he said. "Candy is a must
as an emergency food. Always take fishing gear so
you can catch fish if you have to. You can live off raw
fish. But you can't catch them without a hook and
line. Even if you're going snorkeling, take some fish-
ing gear. I won't leave the dock without it. I don't
care if I'm going from Galati Marina (where Barnett
lives with his wife Rebecca aboard their houseboat)
to the Rod & Reel Pier."
Barnett also recommends boaters take a Coast
Guard safety course.
"You might learn something like how to navi-
gate without using your electronics," Barnett said.
"Never, never, ever, ever rely on electronics.
Learn to navigate a boat the old-fashioned way by
using a parallel ruler, dividers, a chart and the art
of dead reckoning. In other words, how to get
from point A to point B. That means you'll need
to learn what set and drift are. That's the proper
way to navigate. Global Positioning Systems or
Long Range Navigation are not the way to navi-
gate. They're just tools or electronics that are good
for pinpointing your position."
Another often overlooked detail is the issue of
It's always a good idea to show people where
they are, better still, get your friends to try them
on and adjust them so they fit. The straps are dif-
ficult to adjust when you're floating around in the
water. This is especially important if there are
children on board. When a boat sinks, it usually
happens pretty quick. With adults and children
panicking, it's no time to show folks how to put
on a life jacket and adjust the straps.
Buying good jackets with reflective tape on
them is a good idea, too, Barnett said. Cheap life
jackets are just that. They fulfill Coast Guard regu-
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 5, 2000 M PAGE 3
Ready to go
Capt. Keith Barnett gathers
his bait casting net for a trip
to the Bahamas. Barnett tells
about being adrift and lost at
sea for four days when he
was 14. "I broke all the rules
in the book. I didn't tell
anyone where I was going. I
didn't take any food or water
had no communications.
After two days, I gave up
hope." Learn what you
should do in preparation for
: an off-shore fishing trip.
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you afloat and your head above water if you hap-
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Checking the weather is always a good idea,
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particularly spotty. Weather can be fine in the
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Cant go fishing 'cause you don't have a boat?
By David Futch
There's more than one way to skin a fish.
If you don't have a boat and even if you do
there are some incredible fishing spots along
roadways and beaches from Anna Maria Sound to
north Sarasota Bay.
Some spots are beautiful, scenic views with
old mangrove stands surrounded by turtle grass
flats loaded with snook, redfish and other critters.
Other favorite local fishing haunts are at the
ends of concrete seawalls in Holmes Beach canals
where snook congregate in the winter and action
*-can be terrific, producing large robalo.
Wade fishing along the east end and south
side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge has been an
angler favorite probably for as long as people
have been living in Manatee County. Thousands
of years, though equipment is a little different
Many wade fishermen like to visit Perico Is-
land Bait & Tackle shop located in the same build-
ing as Galati Perico Harbor. Lee Goss always
seems to have select jumbo shrimp that snook and
redfish dearly love..Lee also tells a good fish story.
Back to the water. With a jumbo shrimp on
your hook, cast on the flats and near mangroves
around the Anna Maria Island Bridge where
snook, reds and trout are known to cooperate.
Serious wade fishermen put on their waders and
stand for hours waiting for a bite.
On the north side of the AMI Bridge is a shore-
line filled with old-growth mangroves that go
around the corner at the north point of Perico Is-
land. It's difficult to get there by foot but if you
can find a canoe or kayak, the journey there is
easy. It too is a favorite fishing haunt and just
about every fishing guide goes there when he's
doing inshore work.
An easier place to get to is the east shoreline
of Palma Sola Bay. Snook, reds and trout like to
hole up there.
It's an easy drive along Palma Sola Boulevard
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The Rod & Reel Pier just north of the city pier has a faithful following and offers up good food and beverages
to slake thirsty fishermen. When the weather's good, they catch it all at the R&R. Islander Photo: David Futch
to a pull-off just south of the humpback bridge not
far from Aces Lounge. Park your car and fish the
flats. You'll often see cars parked on the little,
sandy pull-off surrounded by mangroves.
Anna Maria Island offers a number of places
where people park their car, walk a minute or two
and sometimes only a few feet, and they're fish-
Most notable are the Rod & Reel Pier and soon
the Anna Maria City Pier when it gets fixed. Then
there's the Bradenton Beach Pier where anglers
can fish for a buck.
The Rod & Reel almost always has good bait
and a variety of it including tube worms, shrimp,
pinfish, fiddler crabs and so on.
You can catch all kinds of stuff at the Rod &
Reel. Here's a list: Snook, redfish, pompano,
mackerel, tarpon, shark, ladyfish, sheepshead,
skates, catfish, blue runners, cobia and on and on.
Granted, conditions have to be right, but this is a
fun place just to hang out even if you don't fish.
A big plus is the Rod & Reel's good food and
cold adult beverages.
The pier and two-story combination bait
shop/restaurant was built by John Morgan in
1947 but the late Frank Cavendish owned it for
The best estimate of how long Cavendish
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The Anna Maria City Pier has been a favorite of anglers for decades and remains so in spite of the boarded-up
restaurant. City officials plan to replace pilings to make it safe for fishing again. The T-end remains closed but the
city reopened the pier runway in February and people can now fish to "the T." Islander Photo: David Futch
SHORE FISHING, FROM PAGE 6
owned it came from the sarcastic-as-usual regu-
lars at the R&R who replied, "Until he died."
Hardy har har. Very funny. A laugh a minute this
group. To know them is to love them. Sort of. Or
love to know when someone's coming to take
Floridians refer to the Rod & Reel as "the real
deal" in terms of the way Florida used to be until
Mr. Mouse took over.
The city pier has been around since the early
part of the 20th century. It originally was used as
a ferry dock where day trippers from Tampa
would come to "see the sights" most of which
were the snow-white beaches not to mention
rattlesnakes, palmettos and mosquitos.
The pier is partially closed and the prime fish-
ing area is under repair. When it will be open is
anyone's guess. The city and Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh are trying to get citizens to ante up
to help pay for reconstruction. It's going to be
expensive. Likely more than $500,000. It's
anyone's guess when it will open again to fisher-
Now for the some of the favorite haunts of
Bean Point is a great place to go when the
THE ISLANDER E APRIL 5, 2000 E PAGE 7
pompano are running, late winter or early spring
usually. Casting off the beach with a sand flea can
bring in dinner for four. You have to use a heavy
weight so you can cast your line far enough into
the surf. And the sand fleas will be at your feet as
the surf retreats. A lot of people have little scoops
made of metal mesh to get the little, grayish-white
I'm not going to be specific on the next sug-
gestion because some of the places are either on or
near private property and homes. If you figure
out where they are, be respectful of people and
Many of the ends of canals on the Island offer
some of the best snook fishing in the winter when
snook look for shallow coves where they can stay
Another place to go is the grass flats around
the Coquina Boat Ramp in Bradenton Beach. The
flats around Leffis Key can be good and the view
from the mound at Leffis is breathtaking. There's
a fine boardwalk that allows visitors to walk
through mangroves and buttonwoods and there
are small overlook areas for a look at Sarasota
So if you don't have a boat, not to worry. Fish
are everywhere. You just have to be willing to
search them out.
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It's almost sunm er let's go to the beach
By Paul Roat
Summer is fast approaching well, with 80-
degree high temperatures, it may already be here
and it's time to begin enjoying one of the
Island's greatest attractions, the beaches.
From the white sugar sand beach at Bean
Point to the white sugar sand beach at Longboat
Pass, the Island's Gulf shoreline is the destination
during lazy summer afternoons.
Much of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
received a beach renourishment project seven
years ago, adding about 150 feet of sand along the
shore to fight a long-term erosion trend. Another
renourishment project is planned for next year.
As a result of the pumping of sand from off-
shore onto the beach, some people have com-
plained that the fine white sugar sand has been
covered. The other argument is that without the
renourishment there wouldn't be any beach at all.
You decide which you believe.
Remember that taking live shells, which in-
clude starfish and sand dollars, is illegal in Mana-
tee County. If you think shells would make a
great souvenir, check carefully to make sure it's
dead. Shells without living animals are plentiful,
and if you're looking for something more un-
usual, local shell shops offer specimens from
throughout the world.
Also, be sure to clean up after yourself when
you are leaving the beach. Better yet, clean up
anything not natural to the shore when you're
leaving. Trash receptacles are plentiful at the pub-
Everyone has a favorite spot in the sand. For
some variety, though, why not try another beach?
Here's a brief description of some selected shores
along or near Anna Maria Island.
Palma Sola Causeway
En route to Anna Maria Island is a wonderful
stretch of beach along Palma Sola Bay. The cause-
way is a popular spot for younger folks to park
their cars, catch some rays and let their dogs
roam. There are no lifeguards, but there are pub-
lic restrooms and there's even a boat rental opera-
tion, Palma Sola Boat Rentals,that offers personal
watercraft, windsurfers, small sailboats and
powerboats from a half-hour to a full day.
By the way, there seems to be more women
with skimpy bathing attire at this beach than any
other around. Don't plan to get anywhere quickly
during sunny days, as motorists gawking at
women bring traffic to a crawl.
Northern Anna Maria
At the northern tip of the Island is Bean Point,
thought by many to be one of the best beaches,
A day at the beach can be one of the most
pleasant, relaxing ways to spend some Island
time. Unfortunately, it can also turn into a
painful memory if you forget to take some
Even veteran beachgoers forget just how
brilliant the sun can be, just how quickly dehy-
dration can set in, or how a few dips in the Gulf
can wash off sunscreen.
Here are some of those basic, simple pre-
cautions, the "Oh, I knew that!" variety that
cause lifeguards or paramedics to have to treat
a few people a day on the Island's shores.
Wear sunscreen, and keep lathering it on
throughout the day.
Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water,
while at the beach.
Swim near a lifeguard stand in desig-
nated swimming areas if you're not a strong
but there's a wicked undertow here. The beach
was named for George Emerson Bean, the first
settler to homestead the Island.
To the east is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Look north and you can see Passage Key and,
beyond that, Egmont Key.
A short jaunt from Bean Point is Bayfront
Park. There are rest rooms, courtesy grills, lots of
parking and a playground for youngsters. There
are no lifeguards, though.
Although parking is at a premium, most of the
Streets ending at the beach are public accesses.
Watch out for "No Parking" signs to avoid tickets.
Manatee County Public Beach
If you're worried about parking, head to the
public beaches. Manatee County Public Beach is
in Holmes Beach where Manatee Avenue ends.
There's plenty of parking, lifeguards, a play-
ground, picnic tables, restrooms, beach cabana
rentals and refreshments. The newly reopened
pier into the Gulf is a good place to watch the sun-
set, and fishing is permitted.
Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach is conve-
nient if you want to park your car close to where
you spread your towel, but has no amenities. Be
sure to stay clear of the erosion control groins, too,
since they're closed to the public and unsafe.
Watch the sky for traditional afternoon
thunderstorms, and be ready to gather up your
stuff and leave the beach if things start to look
Remember to do the "stingray shuffle"
when you wade in the water. Stingrays are
shy creatures that don't want to harm any-
one, but they don't like to get stepped on and
can whip a barb at the base of their tail into
a foot or ankle. It really, really hurts and can
ruin a vacation. Shuffle your feet, and the
stingrays will go away. If you get stung, soak
the wound in the hottest water you can stand
for an hour or so, and seek medical attention
if the pain persists.
Never disturb areas designated as sea
Remember that alcohol and glass con-
tainers are prohibited at the beaches on Anna
Coquina Beach has the same amenities as the
Manatee County Public Beach but on a much big-
ger scale, at 96 acres. There are three sets of
restrooms at the northern, middle and southern
parts of the park, and there's a snack stand at the
Pavilions may be rented through the Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department for the
day, and they're popular for picnickers. The Aus-
tralian pines lining the parking lot offer a cool
place to get out of the sun, too.
Leffis Key, although not actually on the beach,
is a good hike just across Gulf Drive from Co-
quina. The area has tidal lagoons, native plants,
educational signs, a footbridge and boardwalks
for people to cross. There is also a 40-foot mound
with a great view of the fishing village of Cortez
and the expanse of Sarasota Bay from the top.
Across the Longboat Bridge is a spot that
many have heard of, but few frequent.
This is a good beach to walk. You can stroll up
to Longboat Pass, then around the point to wade
in the shallows of Sarasota Bay. Watch out for
strong currents along the pass and remember that
swimming is prohibited in the inlet and there are
no lifeguards. The north end is also undergoing
some pretty severe erosion, so you may have to
pick your way over downed trees.
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