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Holmes Beach 50th anniversary


celebration set for May 20


By Pal Copeland
Islander Reporter
It's a party and e\vre nc's invited.
Holmes Beach officials will celebrate the city's
50th anniversary on Saturday, May 20, with music,
food and fun.
The fun will begin at 11 a.m. with the Manatee High
School Jazz Band performance. A color guard presenta-
tion is slated for 11:15 a.m. followed by remarks by Mayor
Carol Whitmore and U.S. Rep. Dan Miller.
Members of the Mlanasota Chapter-North American
Butterfly Association (NABA) will present an engraved
brick commemorating the anniversary. The brick will be
installed in a walkway in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Garden now under construction adjacent to city hall.
Everyone will be invited to participate an anni-
versary contest sponsored by The Islander. Partici-
pants can use the coupon in this issue (please see
page 2) to guess the number of votes each suggested
name for the new city received at the incorporation
meeting held March 13, 1950.
Entry forms will also be available at the event. The
winner will receive a personalized brick in the butter-
fly garden and a "More-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt
from the newspaper.
Following the ceremony, visitors can enjoy free
hot dogs and sodas donated by Duffy's owner/Com-
missioner Pat Geyer and served by the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, tour city hall and enjoy entertainment


by the Anna Maria Island Orchestra's string quartet and
Waste Management's Garbage Man Band.
Throughout the event, Privateers will distribute
buttons commemorating the anniversary.
NABA members will have a fundraising booth
selling butterfly T-shirts, accessories and engraved
bricks for the butterfly garden. Bricks are $40 for two
lines and $50 for three lines and are a tax deductible
donation. Members will also sell $1 tickets for rides in
the city's electric car. All sales will benefit the garden.
City hall festivities will end at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m.
visitors will be invited to a play celebrating the history
of the city, produced by the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society. It will be presented in the auditorium of the
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive.
The play depicts the development of Holmes
Beach from 1896 to its incorporation in 1950. High-
lights include the accomplishments of settlers Sam and
Annie Cobb, who started the first business; Jack
Holmes, who built the first housing development; and
Dr. Ed Huth, who built the first medical center.
The vivacious By-The-Sea Dancers will perform in
1920s bathing attire. The production will close with a
group sing-a-long of the Anna Maria Song led by the
Holmes family singers.
Play tickets must be purchased in advance at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
PLEASE SEE HOLMES BEACH, PAGE 2


Volume 8, no. 26, May 10, 2000 FREE


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By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
They've been around the block more than a few
times. Now parking committee members will bring to
the table suggestions for steering future parking policy
when the Anna Maria commission meets May 11.
Parking committee chair and former commis-
sioner Robert McElheny said five proposals will be
submitted to the commission for their review.
The group of 11 has been meeting since August.
McElheny said they were unable to arrive at one recom-
mendation. Coming from opposite sides of the issue, the
panel comprises members who initiated and signed a pe-
tition to have parking returned to residents and those who
asked the commission to close their streets.
The closing of Beach Avenue and Gladiolus Street
last year to parking brought increased traffic to nearby
streets exasperating the parking problem and many
residents felt their right as taxpayers to park along the
beach access streets were being impinged upon.
In response to the outcry, former Mayor Chuck
Shumard formed a committee of people looking for
long-term solutions to old problems. The committee
agreed there would be no closed parking.
Among the variables to be presented are opening
all previously closed streets to resident and non-resi-
dent parking unless a majority of property owners re-
quest relief, which will be given by imposing alterna-
tive restrictions for odd and even addresses.
Another proposal advocates establishing a morato-
rium on any closing of parking for one year. Following the
moratorium, if permitted parking is the desire of a majority
of residents on any particular block, those residents would
then be required to purchase parking stickers.
Additional topics discussed among members in-
cluded:
Allowing landscaping and painting of driveways as
a parking deterrent providing plants are less than 14 inches
high.
Increasing parking fines from $15 to $20 with incre-
ments for subsequent tickets by repeat offenders so long
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE



Iappenings

Saturday May 13
Postal Service food drive put
non-perishables out with the mail or deliver
to Anna Maria Post Office lobby.
Affaire to Remember Anna
Maria Island Community Center auction-
dinner (sold out).
Butterfly garden tour at six
Bradenton locations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday May 15
Anna Maria Island Historical
Society meeting: Officer installation and
volunteer recognition, 7:30 p.m. at Anna
Maria City Hall.
More information inside.

Happy Mother's Day!





PAGE 2 0 MAY 10, 2000 N TIHE ISLANDER

Postal workers collect food Saturday


Postal workers on Anna Maria Island will collect
food for the needy Saturday, May 13, in the eighth
annual nationwide drive by the National Association of
Letter Carriers.
The carriers pick up food while delivering mail
around the Island, a chore they really like though it
means extra work, said Joe Petruzzo of the Bradenton
Beach Post Office.
That Postal Service office, under Postmaster Bob
Willis, delivers mail door to door in both Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach.
Anna Maria has no home delivery, but puts barrels
in the lobby of the post office at 9980 Gulf Drive, said
Postmaster Ron Smith.
Where there is home delivery, residents may put
their contributions in bags in or near their mailboxes,
said Petruzzo. "That's all we ask," he said, "just leave
it where the letter carrier can get it or drop it off at the
post office."
He urged people who will be out of town on the
13th to bring their contributions to the post office any
time. It is at 112 Bridge Street. The contributions must
be non-perishable foodstuffs.
"Last year we did great here," said Petruzzo. "Our
food goes to the Manatee County total, and last year we


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filled the whole warehouse there.
"It all stays around here," he noted. "It goes to the
Manatee Food Bank for the Meals on Wheels and other
programs. The reason it is in the spring is that this is
when Food Bank supplies are depleted, and have to be
restocked for the summer when kids are out of school."
The goal this year is one million pounds of food for
this district, from St. Petersburg to Port Charlotte. The
district contributed 1,036,800 pounds last year. Nation-
ally the program collected 58 million pounds of food.


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solicitation alert
Be wary of solicitors seeking money on behalf
of the Manatee County Emergency Medical Ser-
vices, Lt. Larry Leinhauser warned recently.
"The caller advises he is either a Manatee
County EMS employee or representing the em-
ployees," Leinhauser explained. "He further ad-
vises citizens that their donations will go directly
to and benefit our employees. Manatee County
EMS does not solicit money in any fashion."
Leinhauser said funds raised by the solicitors
do not benefit the county or its EMS employees.
"Some citizens who did not want to donate
were told their services may be impacted,"
Leinhauser said. "This is totally false."
The county's EMS is funded by property
taxes.


Parking plan discussion Thursday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
as a tracking system is implemented. Holmes Beach
charges $20 for a parking ticket that increases to $25 if the
ticket is not paid within three days. Bradenton Beach
charges $25 for a parking ticket.
Setting in place parameters for towing illegally
parked vehicles on city property.
Designating a handicap parking space at every
beach access that has a walkover.
Prohibiting parking from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. if a ma-
jority of persons living on a particular street wish to do so.
Holmes Beach bash May 20
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Anna Maria. The donation is $1. The museum is open
Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event's rain date is May 21.
The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, Anna Maria Island Historical So-
ciety, Anna Maria Island Privateers, City of Holmes
Beach, Duffy's Tavern, The Islande,; NABA and Publix.


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By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Daryl Phillips, 41, of Holmes Beach can thank his
lucky stars that Gary Hirshberg of Bradenton was in the
right place at the right time.
On May 4, Phillips was driving down Marina Drive
at 56th Street when he suffered a heart attack and passed
out. Phillips 5-year-old son was in the van with him.
"I had just pulled out of Jessie's Island Store and
was headed north to work at Galati Marine where I'm
a yacht salesman," Hirshberg said. "I saw this van
slowly pulling out of the parking lot where Domino's
Pizza is and the van was half on and half off the road.
"It didn't look right and I had a funny feeling so I
turned around. I saw this young boy standing up in the
van and he was screaming and the van was still mov-
ing and I didn't see a driver. I ran down the road and
opened the passenger door and this man was slumped
over in the passenger seat. I got in and stopped the van.
It happened real quick.


"I got the man propped up and started working on
him to get him breathing. It was scary. I was afraid for
the little boy. I did what I could do. I'm just happy the
man is alive."
According to Capt. Ernie Cave of the West Mana-
tee Fire District, Hirshberg started performing CPR on
Phillips and Emergency Medical Service personnel
then spent about 15 minutes trying to bring the man
around before they were able to get a pulse and take
him to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Cave said Hirshberg did all the right things and
likely saved Phillips' life.
Phillips was in the cardiac unit at Blake Medical
Center on May 9. His condition was listed as stable by
hospital personnel.
"Mr. Hirshberg's quick reaction of stopping the
van may have saved the young passenger's life," Cave
said. "And certainly his role as the first link in the chain
of survival played a big part in the victim having a
pulse prior to EMS leaving the scene."


THE ISLANDER E MAY 10, 2000 0 PAGE 3

Meetings

Anna Maria City
May 11, 7 p.m., Commission meeting. Agenda: May
2000 civility month proclamation, discussion on spe-
cial event permit, discussion on former city pier
lease, resolution for filing documents with the
Florida Department of Insurance and Treasurer,
parking committee recommendation, charging a fee
for evacuation car tags, home occupational license
requested by resident Jason Cimino and planning
and zoning board recommendations for Galati Ma-
rine, April Lane and Dr. Henry Stevens.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
778-0781.

Bradenton Beach
May 11, 6:30 p.m., Commission work session,
CANCELED.
May 15, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Advocacy Group.
May 18, 1 p.m., Commission meeting.
May 18, 6 p.m., Charter Review Committee, Tingley
Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
None scheduled
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
* May 15, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
ganization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
* May 17, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Anna Maria City Hall.
* May 18, 6:30 p.m., Anna Maria Fire District tax rate
hearing, Fire Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
* May 18, 7 p.m., West Side Fire District tax rate
hearing, Station 4, 407 67th Street W., Bradenton,
followed by Anna Maria/West Side fire commission-
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Residents want to preserve city's recreational land


By Pat Copeland
Islander Reporter
Saving the city's remaining recreational land be-
tween 75 and 81st streets has become a top priority for
a group of Holmes Beach property owners.
Fearing that a recently issued building permit for a
recreational clubhouse at 101 75th St. will set a precedent,
the group is hiring an attorney to aid in their fight.
"We're afraid that if a clubhouse is constructed on
the property, it will be difficult to stop anything else,"
Anthony Tripolino explained. "We're learning what
steps we need to take to stop the clubhouse and to pre-
serve the recreational land."
The property at issue is owned by Patrick and
Angeline Kabris, who want to build a clubhouse to be*
used by visiting children and grandchildren. Plans also
include a swimming pool.
The Kabrises originally hoped to add onto their
residence and purchased an adjacent beachfront parcel
that was zoned recreational. They requested a rezone
of the property to R-2, or two-family residential.
The planning commission recommended denial of
the rezone request and due to the resulting outcry from
nearby residents, the Kabrises withdrew their applica-
tion and opted to build a clubhouse.
Assistant Public Works Supervisor Bill Saunders
said a clubhouse is an allowed use on the land, which
does not provide open access to the beach. In March the
city issued the permit and Kabris submitted the request
to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Private recreation facility is defined in the city's
land development code as "A recreation facility pro-
vided as an accessory use on the same lot or parcel as
the principal permitted use and designed to be used
primarily by the owners or occupants of the principal
use and their guests."
According to the code, uses for private recreation
land include parks, playgrounds, tot lots, golf courses,
beach frontage, nature trails, lakes, bikeways, recre-
ational clubhouses, swimming-pools, tennis courts and
similar facilities.
At their last meeting, city commissioners asked
City Attorney Jim Dye for an opinion on the issue.


"The Rec-1 zoning district is intended for recre-
ational use exclusively by the residents of a particular
development," Dye said. "A single-family home, by
code definition, qualifies as a development."
Dye recommended that the city administer the per-
mit application through the site plan review process
because the zoning district's allowed uses are listed in
the city's code by example and not specified.
Dye also said the city should require the Kabrises
to acknowledge that the clubhouse:
Is a secondary use and supports the primary use,
the existing single-family home.
Cannot exist independently of the single-
family home; therefore, the property will not be
split by ownership.
Cannot be open to the general public or on any
kind of fee or dues-paying arrangement to persons
other than owners, occupants and guests.
Is for day use only and shall not be converted to
include bedrooms or sleeping quarters.
Residents are afraid they'll lose the beach accesses
between 77th and 81st Streets. In 1956 developer Peder
Mickelsen had a 10 percent interest in the property and
granted buyers in certain subdivisions the right to use


The Manasota Chapter of the North American
Butterfly Association will hold its first butterfly
garden tour on May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Six local butterfly gardens will be featured and
guided tours will be conducted on an hourly basis.
Participants can learn how to attract butterflies to
their yard or garden and view various stages in the
life cycle of a butterfly.
Tour gardens are at the following locations:
6707 28th Ave. E., Bradenton serving lem-
onade and cookies.
4009 Third Ave. E., Bradenton.
7004 40th Ave. E., Palmetto.
923 Arlington Road, Palmetto.
636 Park Drive N.W.,Bradenton.


the beach as a sales incentive, Saunders said.
The wording granting this right appears in owners'
deeds and Saunders said Dye is currently doing a title
search on the property.
The Mickelsen family still retains the 10 percent in-
terest. The remaining 90 percent interest was shared by the
Karel and Holmes family members, at 45 percent each,
and has since been sold to the upland property owners.
"No one could build on that land without getting
the consent of all the interested parties," Saunders said.
"That would include property owners in.Bay Palms and
Holmes Beach Development subdivisions and owners
who have the right wording on their deeds."
Pat Kabris took issue with residents' concerns in a
letter to commissioners.
"The primary concern we have heard is that this
would somehow set a precedent that would cause a
Hilton Hotel or something to be built on other Rec-1
property in the future," Kabris noted. "We think it's
very unfair to deny us the use of property because of
irrational concerns about future use of totally unrelated
property owned by others."
Residents plan to present the issues to commission-
ers for discussion this week.


1115 71st St. N.W., Bradenton Butterfly
aviary, butterfly plant sale and butterfly boutique,
live caterpillar displays, butterfly crafts and butter-
fly "tattoos" for children.
Tickets are $10 in advance and children under
12 are admitted free. Island locations for advance
ticket purchase are Crowder Bros. Hardware,
Ginny's in Holmes Beach and Geraldson's Farm
Store in Bradenton Beach.
Tickets are $12 the day of the tour and may be
purchased at each tour site.
Proceeds will benefit the local NABA and the
Manatee Opportunity Council, a private non-profit
corporation that aids local low-income families and
individuals.


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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 10, 2000 0 PAGE 5

Bradenton Beach pier franchise bids due May 30


By Paul Roat
The restaurant and bait shop operation at the
Bradenton Beach City Pier is going out to bid, and pro-
spective franchisees have until May 30 to make offers
to the city.
Manager Georgia Meier's franchise agreement
with the city expires June 30. She is expected to bid for
renewal of her operation, Bridge Street Pier & Cafe,
serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.


The pier operation also includes a bait and tackle shop,
and pier operators collect $1 from fishers who wish to
cast a line in the water off the structure.
Proposals will have to meet some basic guidelines,
according to a consensus of city commissioners:
The winning bidder must pay a one-time $2,000
fee to the city upon selection.
Bidders must agree to pay the city a minimum of
12 percent of the gross sales of the restaurant and bait


shop monthly, or $1,000, whichever is greater. The
city's request for proposals states that "a major point
of consideration by the city commission in determin-
ing a successful proposal for the purpose of beginning
negotiation will be the amount of such revenue to the
city over the above-required minimum."
Minimum hours of operation for the bait stand
and restaurant must be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 365 days
of the year.
The pier lease will be for three years, with an op-
tion of two two-year extensions.
Meier's contract has been in effect since 1995. She
operated the pier for approximately one year prior, as-
suming the final year of Bridge Tender Inn's contract.
Proceeds to the city have steadily climbed in that time.
The city's portion of the proceeds of the operation
are placed in a special fund for repairs or improvements
to the pier. The pier has also received upwards of
$500,000 in the past few years for improvements, with
most of the funding coming from federal or state
grants.


Coming home
The Anna Maria Island Privateers prepare their boat-float for "docking" at Holmes Beach city hall last
week. City commissioners recently invited the Privateers to park their parade float on city property near
the public works department. The city will provide water, electricity and space for a shed and equipment.
After 20 years of parking the float on the Island, the Privateers were forced to leave the city during the
tenure of former mayor Bob Van Wagoner in 1997. The float has been parked in Cortez since then.
Islander Photo: Pat Copeland


From left, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pete
Calcatera, President Rick Maddox, Vice President
Mitch Stewart and Greg Luzier.and Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore, at center, celebrate the
return of the non-profit organization's parade float
to Holmes Beach.


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It was a dark, stormy, uh, morning
How many writers long to use similar words, trite
as they seem?
During a break in squalls passing from the Gulf across
Anna Maria into Tampa Bay, a dart between rain clouds
from near the Rod & Reel Pier down North Bay Boule-
vard to near the city pier produced alarming results.
Three people on the shore at the city pier were
grabbing at a single pair of binoculars, pointing excit-
edly and looking toward the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
I looked toward the bridge, but saw only gray sky.
Islander photographer Paul Roat was a car ahead of me
and we must have simultaneously turned on the radio.
"Skyway disaster ... bridge down ..." the radio
announcer shouted.
Roat screeched to a halt, yelled back at me to alert
everyone at the (former) Islander that he was "on my
way to the scene."
But ... but ... but .... I really wanted to tag along,
but he was too fast.
It was the worst disaster imaginable for the Tampa
Bay area and it hadn't begun to sink in yet for Island-
ers or anyone else in the world, for that matter.
May 9, 1980.
Thirty-five people died, and the crumbled span
became fishing reef debris and shyster souvenir sales.
The only survivor of the plunge off the bridge
never told his terrifying story to the news media, but he
was in the first car that crossed the new span linking
Manatee and Pinellas counties when it opened.
The new bridge took seven years to build and the
two fishing piers constructed from the old approaches
- well, one of them may not be completed yet.
If you were here to feel the impact, can you yet
drive north over the bridge without looking over to the
left and feeling that eerie feeling of the first time you
crossed after the accident? The view of the gapping
hole.and the flailing span from the northbound span
was an abrupt reality.
And Roat's photo of the bodies, the car clinging to the
edge of death, the freighter in the fog they're indelible
images. The Islander was there the former newspaper
including many of the staff of this current Islander. The
photography staff did an incredible job, with at least two
shooters in the water and Roat on the northbound span.
Someday, ask him how terrifying it really was.
And, as you drive north over the beautiful, massive
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, looking left to view Anna
Maria Island, thank your lucky stars you weren't there 20
years ago.
Bonner Futch


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Wake up Islanders
It seems to have taken a vitally intrusive event to
wake me into civic action!
I only recently became aware of the planned high-
rise development on Perico Island. In fact I think most
of us learned of it almost too late.
There are two concerns. The most obvious being
that once such a project is developed the beautiful land
it occupies is probably lost forever. Steel and concrete
impact land and destroy sensitive open space.
The impact upon the residents of our island will be
horribly affected. The lovely low-key, unpretentious
lifestyle we have chosen will be inundated with people
of wealth; their cars crowding our access to the main-
land; their boats intruding upon our placid waters, their
needs crowding our already overtaxed Publix and res-
taurants. All the local stores and services we use will
be likely to become more "upscale" (expensive!) to
cater to a wealthy influx.
So very many new residents all at once will impact
everything: postal service, garages, health care and so
on.
Please urge the City of Bradenton and especially
our own Island governments to oppose this.
Linda Sweeney, Holmes Beach

Urging: Speak out
As a nine-year resident of Anna Maria, I have be-
come increasingly concerned by the build up of traffic
to and from the Island. The causeway, already con-
gested during tourist season, would make evacuation
impossible given the additional number of cars gener-
ated by the proposed development on Perico. Could
EMS even reach us?
Water is, and will continue to be, a cause for con-
cern in Manatee County. Already we have watering
restrictions. With our water source coming from the
mainland, we might well have no water at all if an ad-
ditional 898 units are supplied before it reaches Anna
Maria.
Perico has no public beach and Longboat has very


limited access. Out of owners naturally head to the
lovely beaches on our island. As residents we will be
carrying a larger and larger tax burden for police, beach
patrols and maintenance. There is, additionally, the
potential of increased theft and crime spilling over into
residential areas, making this no longer the community
we chose when we moved here.
The City of Bradenton seems to be without ad-
equate concern or realistic plans for the island commu-
nities that already provide the many tourists dollars.
Our safety, security, access/egress, water and lifestyle
need to be a consideration.
I urge you to speak out strongly against this pro-
posal. The needs and voice of this Island must be heard
and represented.
Nancy Gilchrist, Holmes Beach

Arvida threatens Island
EDITOR'S NOTE This letter was addressed to
Mayor Wayne Poston of Bradenton and is reprinted
here by request.
Mayor Poston, please be sensible to the future of
Anna Maria Island. Protect us by rejecting this Arvida
monster. Realize the devastating impact it creates in
traffic and safety for us residents here on the Island.
Don't let avarice blind you. Why destroy nature,
the pristine character and beauty of Anna Maria?
Arvida makes a killing monetarily and we lie in the
aftermath of perpetual problems they leave behind. I've
lived on Anna Maria since 1953 and we never leave the
Island on weekends because of the present traffic con-
gestion soon to be a nightmare.
When elected you took an oath to uphold the best
interests of our entire community and ensure the qual-
ity of life we enjoy now and ad infinitum.
I expect and demand you to live up to your oath of
office.
Clarence E. Gehrke Jr., Anna Maria

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Causeway, Arvida project
a planned coincidence?
EDITOR'S NOTE The following letter was
addressed to Mayor Wayne Poston of Bradenton and is
reprinted here by request.
Just before our return to Vermont we learned about
your projects with Arvida and the planned improve-
ments on the Palma Sola Causeway, or Manatee Av-
enue West. We wonder how it will be next year when
we come back.
It is not just our family that is asking you about
this, but also the many visitors, tourists and snowbirds
that want to enjoy, together with their local friends, the
Island beaches people you and all the local busi-
nesses are' trying to keep coming back and are so
heavily depending on.
To us it seems both projects are conveniently sort
of connected and the question arises if this coincidence
was planned all along and that the improvements as
planned are really necessary. Our main concern how-
ever is the road improvement that should be finished
before the big trucks and heavy equipment are starting
to roll.
Then we understand that you plan to close the
beaches along Manatee Avenue. Is this correct?
We have recently counted up to 200 cars along this
stretch of beach, with dogs running around and all sorts
of motorized boats and scooters. Where do you plan to
send these people?
Anna Maria City cleverly started to put up no park-
ing signs along the beach roads. Will Holmes Beach
and Bradenton Beach follow? Please let us know your
plans.
We are concerned about our vacation in Bradenton
and the future quality of life and when we learn about
the planned changes on Manatee Avenue as well as
Arvida on Perico Island, we hope the addition of new
beach areas will follow.
We think Arvida should be required to open


beaches at its development, even when they will remain
private.
Anna Maria should open additional parking di-
rectly at the beach at the most northern end of the Is-
land.
The foregoing are suggestions we really wanted to
bring forward, have them resolved and answered. With
a bit of foresight and planning, you are working for a
better future and not just for today.
Hans Irion, North Fayston, Vt.

A blatant untruth
coming from Arvida
This is my open letter to Wayne Poston, mayor of
Bradenton:
I'm really confused as to why the City of
Bradenton plans to approve the 120-or-so-foot-high-
rise development immediately across the sound from us
on Perico Island. If the Arvida plan goes through as
proposed, it will irrevocably change the beautiful face
of Manatee County.
A highly important reason why we, and thousands
like us, came to the Bradenton area is because of its
relatively unspoiled beauty. We could go to Pinellas
County or Sarasota or Miami Beach to visit and spend
our hard-earned money but we don't like the de-
pressing sight of high-rises everywhere (or seemingly
so).
If high-rises do go up on the northwest Perico
shore, this non-compatible precedent will be set in
stone. It will be a camel's head in Manatee County's
tent. There will be nothing to stop developers from
Making this beautiful area into something downgraded
aesthetically and different.
We all know that Arvida has done many good (and
a few not so good) developments. But claiming that this,
particular project requires high-rises is a blatant un-
truth.
True, they might not be able to come up with the


handsome bottom line they must certainly envision for
this project, but they can and should scale back the
high-rise development to make it compatible with ex-
isting two-story buildings on Perico Island, and be con-
tent with a bottom line that would make the entire un-
dertaking friendly to all.
W. Brummal Webster, Anna Maria

Privateers boat.float
a Holmes Beach eyesore
I find it very difficult to believe that Holmes
Beach residents would seriously consider allowing
the garish Privateers boat-float to once again reside
in our lovely city and particularly within a short dis-
tance of our new city hall on the main street.
Bob VanWagoner may have made some mis-
takes during his tenure as mayor but his decision to
rid the city of the Privateers float was not one of
them.
With all the funds and hard work contributed re-
cently by many of our citizens to beautify the city
and the decision to tear down the old police station
so as to improve the area's appearance, it is incred-
ible to me that our elected officials would even con-
sider allowing such an eyesore to reside permanently
in the center of our city on our most visible street.
What a joke it would be for tourists and other visi-
tors.
Also, the present mayor's willingness to find a
way around the alcohol "obstacle" is very upsetting
while at the same time suggesting that the float
would be "accessible" to its members 24 hours a
day, subject only to complying with the city's noise
ordinance, even at 1 a.m. in the morning.
I fear Holmes Beach residents would pay a
heavy price in civic esteem to allow the Privateers
boat-float to once again reside in our city whether on
private or public land.
Donald S. Schofield, Holmes Beach


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By Paul Roat
Twenty years ago today, newspaper readers across
the country read the grim news of the Skyway disaster:
a freighter had struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
collapsing a quarter-mile of the span. Eight cars and a
bus hurtled through the opening and plummeted 150
feet into Tampa Bay.
It was one of the worst bridge disasters in the
nation's history. Thirty-five people lost their lives that
morning.

The 'Summit Venture'
May 9, 1989, dawned but barely on Tampa Bay. A
heavy fog dropped visibility to only a few yards, and a
fast-moving squall was heading toward the mouth of the
bay when Harbor Pilot Capt. John Lerro and Bruce
Atkins, co-pilot trainee, boarded the "Summit Venture" in
the Gulf of Mexico to guide the ship to the Port of Tampa.
The freighter was en route to Tampa to on-load
28,000 tons of phosphate, then on to the.Orient. It was
empty as it passed Egmont Key, its 608-foot-long hull
riding high in the water.
Lerro and Atkins boarded the ship at 6:25 a.m. The
ship's master, Capt. Hsuing Chu Lui, relinquished con-
trol of the "Summit Venture" to Lerro, who let Atkins
take the helm.
As the Sunshine Skyway drew near, the squall hit.
Visibility dropped, and a trio of lookouts went to the
bow to watch for the markers that guide ships through
he S'')-foo-wide opening .of the bridge. Lerro took
over fro'm- Atkins.
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in lihe chuanneL he storm hiti \w li a vengeance. The
empty shi.p- kit'ered across the water under the force
of the \wind. estimated at 50 mph. A break in the rain
provided one of the most horrible sights a ship captain
could imagine a bridge abutment loomed out of the
darkness dead ahead, fully 800 feet from where it
should have been.
Lerro ordered the anchor dropped and the engines
full astern. It was too little too late, and the 19,734-ton
ship hit the southern bridge piling, crumpling the metal
roadbed into the water, at 7:38 a.m.
Car after car after truck after bus drove off the edge
of the bridge until one car, creeping through the storm,
screeched to a halt only 14 inches from the yawning
gap. Its four occupants scrambled for safety and begin
stopping other vehicles.
Of the eight passenger vehicles and one Greyhound
bus that went over the edge, only one person survived
the plunge and was pulled to safety aboard the "Sum-
mit Venture." On board the ship, the lone lookout who
remained at the bow survived the bridge span's col-
lapse by ducking between two huge stanchions and
crawling out from beneath the 90 feet of roadbed that
came to rest only inches above his head.

The recovery
Recovery of the 35 bodies claimed by the bridge
took almost a week. The twisted debris required explo-
sives to break and cranes to lift the vehicles to the sur-
face. The force of the crash ripped the top of the bus
along its length.
Divers recovered many bodies and transported
them to Mullet Key's Fort Desoto Park. Others washed
ashore days later. Clearing the channel of debris so
other ships could pass through the bridge took weeks.

The aftermath: Capt. John Lerro
Lerro was no stranger to problems in his career as
a Tampa Bay harbor pilot. In his 42-month tenure he
had had seven accidents. Less than three months ear-
lier he was piloting a 720-foot freighter toward the
bridge when the huge ship failed to respond quickly
enough and its stern nudged the bridge, causing
$40,000 of damage.
For all the mishaps, though, Lerro was never found
to be at fault and no charges were ever brought against
him until the "Summit Venture" May 9.
Lerro's harbor pilot license was revoked by a spe-
cial panel, which said in part that his action "amounts
to incompetence and neglect.
"Capt. Lerro took no action to halt the ship, change
the course of the ship or drop anchors until the ship was
in immediate peril of striking the bridge. Capt. Lerro

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had no idea where he was, rno idea of how to get
through the bridge and made no effort to stop. He took
unnecessary risks and the bridge was struck."
Lerro appealed the license'revocation, and was
reinstated later in .1980 after the U.S. Coast Guard de-
termined the accident was an act of G6d. He continued
to pilot ships into Tampa Bay until a year later, when
he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He moved to
New York and taught at his former alma mater, the
Maritime Academy, then later moved back to Tampa
and enrolled at the University of South Florida, where
he eventually received a master's degree in counseling
and worked with paroled criminals.


Eventually, though, the disease caused him to stop
work, and today he spends much of his time bedridden
or in a wheelchair. He lives on a pension and disabil-
ity payments.
There were also charges against the harbor pilot
association for lax training. And the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation was taken to task as well for not
providing adequate protection around the bridge pilings
that could have halted a ship before it struck the bridge
itself. Also, the bridge opening was too narrow for
modern ships to safely navigate, critics charged.
Even the channel leading to the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge took some heat, as its odd dogleg eastbound was
less than a mile from the span. The marker where the
turn takes place is only seven boat lengths from the
bridge, leaving scant time to make any last-minute


course corrections.

Final aftermath
The $240 million Sunshine Skyway Bridge of to-
day was finished in 1987. It does have a sturdy fender
system around its pilings, a wider opening for ships to
pass through, and with the new construction has a chan-
nel that is more user-friendly.
Much of the old Skyway was retained as fishing
piers, and the central span's debris used as artificial
reefs near those piers.
Yet there are few who drive under the bright yel-
low girders supporting the graceful new Skyway who
don't peer anxiously left and right to see if another
freighter is bearing down on the bridge and wonder
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Be a winner
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's benefit auction-dinner may be a sell out, but there's still time to
purchase $5 raffle ticketsfor one of the event's top prizes a personal watercraft. Tickets are available from the
Center, Air & Energy, Beach House, Bistro at Island's End, Bridge Tender, D.Coy Ducks, Drift In, Duffy's, Hurri-
cane Hanks, Island Discount Tackle, Island Kitchen, Marco Polo, Mr. Bones, Native Rentals, Rotten Ralph's,
Sandbar, Tip, Home Hardware and Westbay Athletic Club. It's all for a good cause, and you could be the winner.

Angels sought to bolster Center's auction


The advertisement could read: Sold out auction
seeking angels.
The 16th annual auction and dinner to benefit the
Anna Maria Island Community Center is a sell out, but
planners don't give up there.
There's still a lot of room for angels at An Affaire
to Remember 2000.
Trudy Moon, fifth-term chair of Anna Maria
Island's biggest annual event, said tickets for the
Affaire are long gone, at $75 each. This is not unusual,
for it sells out early every year, she says.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Center,
said "angel donations" from benefactors help supple-
ment the the money raised at the auction, and she's
receptive to a lot more.
The event will be held in the large activity center
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, where decorations lit-
erally transform the space into "the grand ballroom" for
400 eager guests. It will begin with a champagne recep-
tion and silent auction, then move on to a catered din-
ner and live auction for almost uncounted items.
Auction items include a week in Maine, a Green

Island Democratic candidate
at Monday lunch
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for a dutch treat lunch noon Monday, May 15, at the
Beach House restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach.
Arlene Sweeting, candidate for the Florida House of
Representatives from District 68, will be the speaker. The
meeting is open to the public, with no reservations neces-
sary. Further information may be obtained at 778-9118.

'Centering prayer' workshop
Robert Fasulo of Anna Maria City will present a
workshop on "centering prayer" from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church,
6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Joining him as presenter
will be Janet Gallagher. Details are available at 778-3091.
Parenting workshop scheduled
Tuesday at Center
A "parenting workshop" will be conducted by fam-
ily therapist Shirley Romberger and Island Elementary
School guidance counselor Cindi Harrison at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
Bridge club to meet
The Monday Duplicate Bridge Club of Anna Maria
Island will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, May 15, and on sub-,
sequent Mondays at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Players may make reserva-
tions and arrange for partners at 778-3390.


Bay-style tailgate party for 20, three days and two
nights at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, a business
package including Islander advertising, donuts, logo
shirts, and a soda machine.
In addition, will be a raffle for attendees and oth-
ers around the Island who bought $5 tickets over the
past several weeks and they're still available at lo-,
cal businesses. The prize is a Sea-Doo GTX personal
watercraft with trailer and cover, sponsored by Lutz,,
Webb & Bobo, P.A.
For auction goers, there's a diamond tennis
bracelet drawing sponsored by Breiter Capital Manr
agement.
The proceeds will go to the Center's children's
programs, and that's where the "angels" come in.
Angel donations may be mailed to the Center, P.O.
Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216, or brought to the Cen-
ter at 407 Magnolia Ave.
Last year's Affaire to Remember brought more
than $100,000 to the Center, and Moon and her aides
are shooting high hoping for $125,000 from this
year's party.



Historical museum
volunteers to be honored
Volunteers of the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society will be honored at the final sea-
son meeting on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Anna
Maria City Hall.
Officers for 2000-01 will be installed.
Each volunteer will receive a memento for the
year of service. Refreshments will be served.
Summer hours are now in effect at the his-
torical museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through
Thursday and Saturday.
For information, call the museum at 778-
0492.


'The Lure of Color' exhibit at
Island Gallery West
Local and regional artists are featured in "The
Lure of Color". exhibit now at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The exhibit, open through June 29, includes wa-
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Indian beadwork, quilting, stained glass, mosaic,
fabric art, and sculpturepin wood, stone and clay.
Hours for the gallery are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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By David Futch
Islander Reporter
A hurricane study indicates it could take almost a
day to evacuate everyone who lives.on or near Anna
Maria Island and get them to high ground in the event
of a category-five storm, the worst kind.
Should the City of Bradenton approve plans sub-
mitted by Arvida Corporation for 898-unit develop-
ment, evacuation from Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key would be further impacted.
The problem in the future will be the cumulative
affect of Perico, Heritage Sound, Lakewood Ranch and
other huge developments on evacuation times, accord-
ing to a senior planner with the Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council.
Evacuation during a mid-level or category three
hurricane, packing winds from 110 to 130 mph, would
take 14 to nearly 17 hours with 119,000 persons need-
ing to move out of the lowest-lying areas of the county
stretching from the Island to Palmetto.
If the "Big One" comes and threatens a direct hit,
it would take almost 20 hours to evacuate Sarasota and
Manatee county islands and 36 hours to evacuate the
Tampa Bay area.
To evacuate all of Southwest Florida from Naples
to Tampa would take four days, according to the
"Tampa Bay Region Hurricane Evacuation Study
2000," which was prepared by the TBRPC and released
last week.
And the importance of SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) in
an evacuation can't be stressed enough, said Betti
Johnson, principal planner of emergency management
for TBRPC.
Manatee Avenue is crucial to evacuation efforts.
The road dictates how long it will take to get people to
Interstate 75 and headed north or south depending on
the whim of whatever hurricane is headed this way.
Even in a minor hurricane, it's expected to take 11
hours to get people off the barrier islands, the study
states.
ManaSota-88 attorney Dan Lobeck said his group
asked the Bradenton Planning Commission to curb de-
velopment in low-lying areas such as Perico Island.
"We're talking about the risk of life and limb,"
Lobeck told city planning commission members just
before they approved Arvida's Perico project. "How
can you possibly in '', od conscience live with a vote
to put more people in harm's way by cramming them
into this .i,,i', '
The Bradenton City Council is scheduled to con-
sider .ippl-.i.'ii i the Arvida-Perico Iijcjl at an 8:30
am, meeting May 10 at city hall in downtown
Bradenton,
Johnson said inadequacies in Souili\l c-. Fho idl.i
road svsle msi, combined with iliv fright factor of a hur-
ricane strike demands at least four dl.iv advance warn-


ing to get everyone out.
The problem with that scenario is that a four-day
advance warning of a hurricane strike never happens,
Johnson said.
Forecasters are lucky to predict where a hurricane
will go in a 48-hour period and such a prediction would
still be pushing the envelope of probability, Johnson
said.
At 50 hours out, a storm usually isn't even in the
Gulf of Mexico, she added.
This revelation in the TBRPC study has opponents
of Arvida's proposed 898-unit condominium project
even more focused in their effort to stop the project or
at least get the developer to scale back.
Arvida's project is planned for 353 acres just north
and east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee
Avenue and continues north to the mouth of the Mana-
tee River.
Gloria Rains, chairman of the environmental group
ManaSota 88, said the TBRPC's report makes some
alarming claims.
"One would think that politicians who are elected
to protect the welfare and safety of the people would
limit increased density in high-hazard, low-lying spots
such as Perico Island," Rains said. "I think it's morally
indefensible for a politician to knowingly put people in
a situation they will be lucky to escape from.
"I think city and county officials should limit build-
ing permits until such time as there are adequate hur-
ricane shelters and roads to get people out of here and
to safety."
The most frightening scenario just happened with
Hurricane Floyd, where everyone thinks they have to
outrun it, Johnson said.
Nearly 40 percent of the people who evacuated
during Floyd lived inland.
"When you factor in those people, they increase the
evacuation time so greatly it's beyond the realm of
decision making on the part of emergency management
teams," Johnson said. "When these inland people start
filling up roadways, this impedes people who do need
to evacuate.
"We have a public information job on our hands.
People need to know the risks, but not everybody who
lives in Florida can outrun a storm. There's no place to
go in Florida to outrun it. The evacuation of Floyd
caused traffic problems in three states."
Johnson thinks the best line of defense if you're in a
home with a solid foundation and made of concrete is to
secure it and stay there. "But, if you're in a mobile home
or in a low-lying area, get out," he says. "You might be
without power, but you won't be stuck on a roadway."
TlI)PC's main message is goingg to be: If you have
friends who live in town, go stay with them. "Reverse
the trend so that instead of your town friends coming
to the beach, you go to their house," Johnson said.


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New Anna Maria post office under way


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
Slated to open late August, the new Anna Maria
post office is being outfitted.
Housed in the smaller, rear building at Bayview
Plaza, 101 S. Bay Blvd., the plaza will include a mail
drop-off box at the main building. Traffic will enter the
post office on Pine Avenue and exit on South Bay
Boulevard.
District spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service,
Gary Sawtelle, said the architectural firm of Ruyle,


Masters and Jennewein forwarded its building plans to
Jim Toomey, the plaza developer who was awarded the
contract for the 3,250-square-foot build-out.
Anna Maria Building Official Phil,Charnock said
the city received a site plan April 18. The only prob-
lem with the plans submitted, Charnock said, is the
placement of a flag at the front entrance. The height of
the proposed flag pole is 50 feet, but the city's ordi-
nance restricts height to 37 feet above the grade.
Bandes Construction Co. Inc. of Dunedin will be
doing the outfitting of the building, which will cost


$298,724. Charnock said the permit fee is $5,706.76.
Sawtelle said in December Toomey entered into a
20-year lease with three five-year options for renewal.
He would not say what the postal service would pay
Toomey for rent, only that details of the lease.will be
made available after the post office sets up operation,
or 180 days after the acceptance date of the lease,
which will be in June.
The postal service presently pays $48,408 annually
for its space 2,821 square feet from Ted Cole at
9908 Gulf Drive.


Island officers of the year named


Officer Chuck Stearns of the Holmes Beach
Police Department and Lt. John Cosby and Det.
Matt Duffy of the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment have been named Officers of the Year.
"Officer Steams is an excellent officer because
he possesses a combination of common sense, in-
tegrity, good work ethics and a positive attitude,"
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said. "He
takes pride in himself, his job and his community."
Stearns has been with the police department
for nearly 10 years and is one of its most visible
and pro-active officers, Romine noted. Stearns,
known and trusted community-wide, is often


called "Officer Friendly" by residents.
"Officer Stearns has recently been instrumental in
precipitating policy changes that benefit all city em-
ployees," Romine said. "He often 'goes to bat' for the
good of his colleagues in a productive, constructive
manner. He is loyal to both colleagues and command
staff, serving as a reasonable intermediary when nec-
essary."
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
praised Cosby and Duffy for initiating a four-month-
long narcotics investigation.
"As a result of their investigation, three subjects
were arrested, charged and convicted of possession of


a controlled substance with intent to sell," Speciale
said. "A fourth subject has active warrants for his ar-
rest at this time."
The investigation resulted in the seizure of 50
illegally obtained prescription pills, 233 grams of
marijuana, 20 grams of cocaine, $2,250 in cash and
an $18,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
"The success of this investigation was due to the
professionalism and investigative skills of these two
officers," Speciale noted.
All local Officers of the Year will be honored
at a dinner given by the Manatee County One Hun-
dred Club.


Beer, wine sales tabled for Bridge Street restaurant


By Paul Roat
What's a French restaurant without wine?
That's the question members of the Bradenton
Beach Board of Adjustment are weighing, faced with
a request for a variance to allow beer and wine at the
Pier Walk Cafe on Bridge Street.
The city's land development laws require a minimum
of 200 feet between establishments that sell alcoholic bev-
erages in that area of the city unless the establishments
were in operation before the codes were approved.
The law was enacted to prevent a recreation of the
past reputation of Bridge Street establishments for ex-


cessive drinking at troublesome night spots.
The Pier Walk Cafe, at 127 Bridge St., is less than
the minimum distance from two bars across the street
and a restaurant with alcohol service next door.
Christ and Geraldine Bush, new owners of Pier
Walk, have said financial constraints caused their de-
cision to seek the variance. The restaurant, currently
open for breakfast and lunch only, would like to expand
to dinner a few nights a week and offer patrons beer or
wine with meals.
"On Bridge Street, you have an American restau-
rant, a German restaurant, an Italian restaurant -


there's a little bit of everything," Geraldine Bush said,
"But people always say they enjoyed restaurants in
France that served wine with meals. Wine does accom-
pany French food."
She said no stand-up bar is proposed.
The restaurant's request received the endorsement
of several neighbors on the street.
The board of adjustment, with only three members
present at its meeting April 20, opted to table the mat-
ter until May 25 for a full board to hear the request and
decide the Pier Walk Cafe's future alcoholic service
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Another retirement for Margaret Chapman


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Margaret Chapman is through meeting and greeting
for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, but she
is far from through with her first love people.
After 10 years volunteering as the chamber's anchor,
she has retired to her Anna Maria home, "catching up on
things and fighting Arvida."
She is strongly opposed to that company's plans to
build nearly 900 condo units in high rises on Perico Island.
It's her third retirement. Her first was from the
DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Del., 20 years ago. Her sec-
ond was from the pioneer family motel business in Anna
Maria in 1989.
She had been an Island visitor for 50 years, she re-
called, since her parents settled here in January 1950. They
bought the Anna Maria Motel first on the Island -
from Carlos and Irene Wells a year after it was built.
Her parents, Paul and Norene Carlisle, got $5 a night
for a room, she said, and it was a good business. Her fa-
ther was president of the brand new Island Chamber of
Commerce in 1952-54, and was Anna Maria's mayor
from 1954-56.
Paul Carlisle was the original "Mr. Bridge," fighting
for bridges to the mainland and to Longboat Key. He was
especially determined to replace the rickety old wooden
bridge between Cortez and Bradenton Beach.
He never saw the fruits of his vision, his daughter said.
He died in 1956.
Margaret meanwhile married a fellow DuPont em-
ployee, chemist Forrest Chapman, whom the company
promptly sent to Bogota, Colombia, and various other
garden spots.


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Their two daughters were born in Bogota, their two
sons in Puerto Rico, after one of several transfers. Alto-
gether they spent 17 years in South America and she be-
came fluent in Spanish, a handy asset at the Anna Maria
chamber. In 1965 they returned to Wilmington.
Her mother meanwhile ran the motel after Mayor
Carlisle's death in 1956, and she continued to do so until
her death in 1982 at age 91.


Margaret came here to help long before that, and
brought daughter Christine with her. Chris worked for the
former Islander newspaper in 1975, her first job out of
school.
When "I found myself in the motel business,"
Chapman said, she also found that the property needed
work so she had it extensively remodeled. That was so
successful that it attracted more business than she could
handle, she recalled, and she sold it in 1989. It had been
in the family 40 years.
She quickly found herself missing all the interaction
with people, and in 1990 volunteered at the chamber.
"I was with the chamber in four locations," she said..
"At first it was where the walk-in clinic is now on Mana-
tee Avenue near the public beach. Then we moved to the
other end of that line of buildings, then another place there,
and finally we ended up at Gulf Drive and Holmes Bou-
levard."
She answered the phone, wrote letters, dispensed in-
formation "anything that needed doing."
Her favorite thing was meeting and greeting people
from all over the world. She enjoyed German visitors.es-
pecially, she said, and "I knew about 10 words of the lan-
guage, but I learned a lot more."
A few weeks ago she had "a really big thrill" when
some people came into the office from Chile, where she
had been not long before on a cruise. Her Spanish must
have been persuasive, for "they kept bringing in more
people to shake hands. I felt I had been waiting for them
for 10 years. I never heard them speak a word of English."
"For all she did for us at the chamber," the organiza-
tion awarded her special recognition at its annual fashion
show this year.


Historic sites in Holmes Beach honor city's past greats


Residents and visitors can take a short driving tour to
view a few of the historic sites that remain in Holmes
Beach.
S3716 Gulf Drive This house was built by Frank
Escalante, a Tampa cigar manufacturer. Escalante had a
young son who was very ill and the Tampa doctors he
visited were unable to cure him. One doctor suggested he
try regularly bathing in salt water and the family came to
Anna Maria. The cure worked and the family established
residence here.
4700 Gulf Drive to the Manatee Public Beach -
This was the homestead established by Capt. John R.
Jones in 1896. The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
has a photo of his house in the area of Sportsman's Har-
bor in 1957. It was torn down shortly after that.
4700 Gulf Drive The bell tower from the Island's
first school sits on the grounds of the Anna Maria Elemen-


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land Community Center now stands.
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Beach Marina is the site of the old Cobb's Marine Ways.
founded in 1907 by Sam Cobb. It was the first commer-
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on the homestead and continued the business, followed
by his son "Humbug." It was sold in the 1980s and razed.
5626 Gulf Drive This restored home is now
called Harrington House, one of the Island's two bed and
breakfast establishments. Built in 1924, it was the long-
time residence of Maxwell Ingham, the second mayor of
Holmes Beach.
After Ingham's death, his widow donated the small
triangle of property across the street to the city as a park
and installed a large rock with a bronze plaque in her


husband's memory.
7405 Gulf Drive Called an Island Colonial, this
house resembles a typical Southern plantation house with
its pillared portico. The house was built from 1924 to 1929
with construction materials shipped from Tampa by boat.
It sits on a three-and-a-half acre site, the largest on the
Island.
The exterior walls are travertine, a stone found only
in Italy and Florida and now considered too valuable to
use in any surface larger than a fireplace facing. Some of
the heavy beams used in construction were taken from an
earlier structure and were supposedly 100-years-old when
used.
5607 Flotilla Drive A.E. Wimpy built this house
in 1948 or 1949 and commuted to work in Georgia using
a four-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza. He stored the plane
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Obituaries


Virginia Baird Coldiron
Virginia Baird Coldiron, 92, of Reidsville, N.C.,
and Holmes Beach died in Ocala after a brief illness.
Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, at the St. Thomas Columbarium in
Reidsville with Rev. Nelson Hodgkins officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478-
4860.
A native of Darlington, S.C., she was a retired
school teacher. She was a member of St. Phillip's Epis-
copal Church in Brevard, N.C.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Emily B. Giles of
Reidsville and Holmes Beach, and four nieces, Emily
Giles of Reidsville and Holmes Beach, Barbara
McGuire of Cheverly, Md., Mildred Baird of Ocala,
and Joan Homey of Sparr, Fla.

Charles Phillip Fallon
Charles Phillip Fallon, 66, of Bradenton, died May
3 in Bradenton Hospice House.
Born in Quincy, Mass., Mr. Fallon came to Mana-
tee County from Weymouth, Mass., in 1999. He was
in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was
a retired foreman at B.P. Oil Co. He was a member of
the Moose Lodge, Anna Maria island. He was a mem-
ber of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles. He
was Catholic.
Services and burial at Bourne National Cemetery,
Bourne, Mass., will be at a later date. Memorial con-
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Robert J. Marshall
Robert J. Marshall, 75, of Palmetto, died May 4 at
home.
Born in Topeka, Kan., Mrs. Marshall came to
Manatee County from Eustis in 1950. He owned a law
firm in Palmetto for 50 years and served as a Bradenton
Beach city attorney, a Palmetto municipal judge and a
Manatee County prosecuting attorney. He served in the
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an Eagle Scout. He was a member of First United
Methodist Church of Palmetto.
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8. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL
34238, or Library for Manatee School of Arts, 700
Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL 34221. Palmetto Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Cynthia M. Willis of Palmetto, Janis P. Malone of
Ferron, Utah, Heidi E. Tidd of East Hamstead, N.H.,
and Lisa of Tampa; stepdaughter Kelly J. Pridgen of
Valrico; sister Elizabeth Ann of Eustis; brother Dr. C.
Durfee Marshall of Port Charlotte; 20 grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.


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Manatee County from Michigan in 1979. He was a
machinist at A.C. Spark Plug. He was a member of
the Masons and the High-Twelve Club of Anna
Maria Island. He attended Christ United Methodist
Church.
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Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207, or
Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was
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He is survived by wife Maurine; daughter Sue E.
Gerbig of Flint, Mich.; two grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Sue Plough
Carolyn Sue Plough, 62, of Bradenton, died May
1 at home.
Born in Parker City, Ind., Mrs. Plough came to
Manatee County from Lakeland three years ago. She
was a salesperson. She was a member of the Elks and
the Moose Auxiliary.
Services were May 4. Shannon Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sons Jeffery of Holmes
Beach, Bradley N. of Lakeland and Greg of Fort
Wayne, Ind.; daughter Joy Lynn-of Bradenton; sis-
ter Marilyn Hines of Parker City; brother Bobby
Garringer of Parker City; eight grandchildren; and a
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 10, 2000 N PAGE 15


Dog park scheduled to open on mainland May 18


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
It might be presumed that the star at the dedica-
tion of a dog park would be a dog or two. There
should be stars aplenty.
But the hero of "Happy Tails Canine Park" May
18 grand opening will be Anna Maria's own Laurie
Crawford.
She's an attractive brunette woman who ran a
hair salon in Anna Maria City for many years and is
about to embark on a new business. More important
to this event, she is founder .and president of the
Manatee Citizens for Off Leash Areas Inc., the driv-
ing force for the new dog park.
She initiated meetings in February 1999 where
a dozen people agreed to push for a park where dogs
could run free, formed a group and ultimately saw
100 people or more at a meeting.
She distributed fliers at veterinarians' offices,
the organization launched a petition drive at pet
markets on weekends and collected 2,500 signatures,
and sold a "pawtition" for $1 a copy to raise funds.
The 100-person meeting was with the Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department where a
dog park site was up for selection. The department
had four possibilities, Buffalo Creek in Ellenton,
Rye Wilderness east of 1-75, a park on 66th Street to
be developed in four or five years, and G.T. Bray
Park on 51st Street south of 21st Avenue West.
Hands down, G.T. Bray was the choice for its
central location. "I've researched this," said
Crawford, "and found that dog parks go largely un-
used unless they're central. Bray is central."
The county fenced three acres at the park with
benches and tables for pet owners, a doggy fountain,
"poop bags" for cleanup "after your own pet and
take an extra for others' oversights."
Like other parks devoted to canine liberty, it is
expected to become a popular social meeting place.
It opened unofficially recently but attracted so
much use that it had to be closed, Crawford said. The
official opening May 18 will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
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She helped organize another pet group, SNAP,
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Island graduates, DARE officer part ways


By Susan K. Kesselring
Islander Reporter
They said good-bye in more ways than one.
Fifth grade students at Anna Maria Elementary
School recently graduated from the Drug Abuse Resis-
tance Education program. A small reception for stu-
dents and guests with cookies and punch was held af-
ter the students received their diplomas.
In spite of all the sugar, the moment was bitter-
sweet for students, teachers and staff who have become
fond of the school's resource officer, Holmes Beach
Police Officer Eric Kuusela.
That's because Officer K, as he is known to stu-
dents, is leaving the police department and will no
longer head up the DARE program at the school.
Police Chief Jay Romine and other personnel from
the department also attended the event. He thanked
Kuusela for his dedication to educating the students on
the importance of staying away from drugs.
"There isn't anything he wouldn't do for these kids,"
Romine said, "and with him it comes from the heart."
Romine said he's pleased with the way the DARE
program has evolved at the school. "I don't think it
could have turned out better," he said to those attend-
ing the event.
The program, once administered by the county,
was undertaken by his department after some creative
financing and grants, he said.
At the graduation, three students were recognized
for their essays on the subject of DARE, which they
read in turn. Brick Barlow took first place and received
two tickets to Busch Gardens. His essay will be sent to
Governor Jeb Bush.
Jordan Pritchard won second place and Lauren
Titsworth third place. Both received $50 savings
bonds.
Officer K hopes the lessons they learned will stay
with them. "Keeping off drugs is a life-long goal," he
told them. "It will only get harder as you get older," he
reminded his students.
Recapping the lessons learned throughout the year
and taking the opportunity to drive home the message


one last time, Officer K spoke about self esteem and the
many ways students have of saying no to drugs.
He also told students the importance of staying in
school. He said he's having to quit something he loves
in order to finish his education. He suggests students
get an education before starting a career.
An only child, Officer K grew up in Nashville,
Tenn., and moved to Florida in 1984. He attended
Riverview High School in Sarasota.
Kuusela, 25, is returning to college this summer to
complete his bachelor's degree-in criminal justice. He
would like to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency
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He remembers becoming interested in law enforce-
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SDrug Abuse
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at the
graduation
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Anna Maria
.a Elementary
School.



tigative agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, and also as an Explorer with the U.S. Cus-
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drug busts in the state's history. He has a photograph
of himself sitting on 200 kilos of cocaine valued at
millions of dollars.
"That's when I knew I wanted to fight the war on
drugs," he said.
Kuusela graduated from the Police Academy at
age 20. He spent two years with the University of
South Florida Police Department before coming to
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He spent two of those years as DARE instructor
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good-bye during the school's morning broadcast.
The students became attached to their fearless
leader as well. Essay winner Pritchard said he thinks
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Officer K is cool and hates to see him leave. Heath
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doesn't want to see him leave.
Cindi Harrison, the school's guidance counselor,
likens Officer K to one of her students. She said, "It
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less-steel cup holder engraved with the words, "How
DARE you leave AME."

First place winner of
DARE essay contest:
'Drug use and its effects'
By Brick Barlow
Fifth Grade, Anna Maria Elementary School
"Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha," I heard the school druggies laugh-
ing during lunch. "Look at those losers. They actually lis-
ten to the crud the stupid DARE officer says when he
comes in every Tuesday. We've been sucking back beer
and smoking since fourth grade and look at us."
But they were indeed very wrong. They challenged
us to a basketball game once and they couldn't even
hold on to the ball. Right now they are in fifth grade but
are all 14 and we all know its due to the drugs.
With the drinking (we learned from our DARE of-
ficer) they couldn't learn, which led them to be held back
so much. The smoking made their heart work harder so
they were worn out before the first period. Other kids their
age -- some in sixth grade are on marijuana. They have
the same problems with school and sports plus when it's
9:30 in the morning at school, they think it's time to go
home. Along with those drugs there's also cocaine and
inhalants. Cocaine is very addictive. It can be sniffed, in-
jected, or smoked. It is also called crack or rock. This drug
makes users become confused, short tempered and they
can't think straight. It causes heart problems, breathing
problems and death to children.


There are also inhalants. They are fumes caused by
certain substances such as glue or gasoline plus 2,000
others. You sniff or huff it. Some side effects of it are
permanent damage to the liver and brain or other body
parts.
Almost all drugs can kill on the first try except for
marijuana.
Meanwhile, back at the lunch table, my friend
Johnny said, "I'm tired of them laughing at us all day
long. I think I'll start smoking. They look cool doing
it and they look fine."
"No Johnny, I said, "They look cool on the out-
side but on the inside they're not. And you remember
the time when we played them at basketball. They were
horrible."
"How do we know it was from the drugs. Maybe
they're just bad basketball players," he replied.
"OK. Then what about their schoolwork," Anna
across the table from me said back.
"So they're having a hard time in school. Big deal."
Finally, Mikey sitting next to Johnny reached for
his backpack to get his DARE book. He opened it im-
mediately to the page that told all about drugs. "Read
that page," he ordered him.
"Oh." he said. "I guess taking drugs wasn't the
brightest idea I've ever had. Thanks for getting me out
of it."
All of a sudden our DARE office came to our table.
"How's everything going,?" he asked.
"Fine," we said.
"Officer K," Johnny said "What would happen to
a kid under 18 who started drinking or smoking.?"
"They could go to jail for a long time. Plus there
would be a lot of medical problems. Not only that but
their breath would smell bad, their teeth would loosen
up, cause gum disease, tooth decay and white patches
in the mouth. Not only that, people smoking or drink-
ing at your age would probably move on to drugs that
are illegal for everybody and they could have even
worse medical problems."


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guys around the corner there and they are drinking and
smoking," he said with a bit of tremble in his voice.
"Thank you, Johnny. Now because of you, those boys
will probably become better people when they get older."
When the officer finishes that and walked over to the
boy druggies, you could see a small smile on his face.


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Krauss takes checkered flag
at Soap Box Derby
Mark Krauss of Holmes Beach placed 15th out of
40 racers in the Soap Box Derby trials May 7 in down-
town Sarasota.
Krauss won two heats that have two races each and
lost one, but his cumulative times weren't enough to
send him into the next round.
According to his father Gary Krauss, Mark missed
going to the next round by .538 seconds.
"He was pretty excited about it and had a great
time," Gary said. "He did better than we thought he
would and he wants to do it again next year. There were
some racers who had it down to a science. Their cars
weighed in at exactly the limit of 200 pounds and they
had ball bearings in their axles. It was competitive."
Also competing in the race were Shane and Tan-
ner Pelkey of Bradenton Beach. They weren't quite so
lucky as Mark. They ran up against some stiff compe-
tition and lost in the first round.

Faasse pitches no-hitter against Bali Hai
Steve Faasse of Haley's Motel made short work of
Bali Hai Resort May 5 when he pitched the third no-
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first place.
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game. The next to last batter of the game, Dominic
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The game was called after four innings due to the
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Of the 12 Bali Hai batters who came to the plate,
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Faasse, 11, has come on in the last two weeks to
show he's one of the best in the league and deserves a
nod for most valuable player.
In one game last week he was four-for-four with a
homerun and seven RBIs and now the near-perfect
game.
In the May 5 game Faasse also helped his cause
with a two-run double to left in the first inning and a
single to right in the second.
Kyle Schweitzer of Haley's contributed a two-run
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The win gave Haley's a 10-7 record on the season,
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Anna Maria Island

Little League schedule
Major League
All games are played at 7p.m.
May 11 Haley's vs. Bali Hai
May 15 Championship series 4th vs. 3rd place

AAA League
May 10 Bistros vs. Quality Builders at 6 p.m.
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SPORTS, FROM PAGE 22
batted in), Zach Geeraerts (a triple, a single, three walks
and three runs scored), Anthony Rosas (two singles, a
walk, hit by a pitch, scored three runs and knocked in
four), Greg Lowman (a triple, two singles, two walks,
three runs scored and three RBIs), Michael Cramer (a tow-
ering double that hit the top of the fence in center and
knocked in.two, a single, two walks and three runs scored),
Patrick Cole (three singles, an RBI and three runs scored)


and Sean Price (three singles and two runs scored).
WMFD jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the
first and Haley's Motel player Kyle Schweitzer, who
was operating the scoreboard, said, "This isn't over yet.
Too many times this season teams have come back. It
happened to me."
Schweitzer could not have been more prophetic.
Kiwanis came right back and tied the game at four
in the bottom of the first. Kiwanis pitcher Evan Hunt


Little League Major division
standings as of May 7
Bali Hai and Haley's play Thursday, May 12,
at 7p.m. to determine season champion.
Major League
WMFD 11-7
Bali Hai 10-7
Haley's Motel 10-7
Kiwanis 4-14

AAA League
Air & Energy 10-6-1
Waterfront 10-5-1
Bistro's 7-9
Quality Builders 5-12

AA League
Betsy Hills 12-6-1
Bridge Street 8-9
Sandbar 7-8-1

shut out WMFD in the top of the second then went
ahead 10-4 after sending 10 batters to the plate.
WMFD answered the challenge in the top of the
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and a walk.
WMFD's Greg Lowman pitched the third against
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In the top of the fourth, WMFD broke out. Twenty-
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SPORTS, FROM PAGE 23

eight walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice to score 17 runs,
another record.
Lowman relaxed with the big lead and Kiwanis
took advantage of it with four runs on four consecutive
singles and a walk.
Kiwanis was paced at the plate by Matt McDonough
with a double, a single and two RBIs, Chris Klotz who had
a triple, two singles, five runs batted in, three runs scored
and, on one of those, he stole home and Daniel Miller with
a sacrifice, a single and a run batted in.
Lowman was the winner and evened his record at
2-2.

WMFD trips up Kiwanis 10-4
Several WMFD players contributed hits to pace
their team to a 10-4 victory over Kiwanis May 4 with
Greg Lowman topping the list with a triple, a single and
two runs scored.
WMFD showed why baseball is a team game.
Michael Cramer hit a pair of singles, Eric Whitley and
Anthony Rosas, the winning pitcher, each had a double.
Brad Milks had a pair of singles and Sean Price singled.
Kiwanis' Chris Klotz had two hits as did Daniel
Miller.

Mattay limits Haley's to one hit,
Bali Hai wins 8-5
Joey Mattay allowed a first-inning, RBI double to
Kyle Schweitzer of Haley's Motel as Bali Hai beat
Haley's 8-5 on May 2.
Mattay ran his record to 8-2 on the year, tops in
Anna Maria Little League. The other four runs scored
against him resulted from seven walks and a sacrifice
by Haley's.
Mattay helped his own cause in the third inning
with a RBI triple. Tim Bouziane had an RBI triple two
batters later and knocked in Mattay. He also had a
single in the first.
Bali Hai's Sean Pittman hit a run-scoring single in
the fourth inning, Dominic Termini and Mattay walked
and then Lorenzo Rivera brought them all home with
a double to the fence in right.
Josh Wimberley added a triple and a run scored for
Bali Hai in the same inning.



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Little League batting

averages through May 7
Player Avg.
K. Schweitzer, Haley's .488
Cramer, WMFD .463
Faasse, Haley's .442
Rosas, WMFD .428
Pittman, Bali Hai .408
Bouziane, Bali Hai .396
Lowman, WMFD .386
DeBellevue, Kiwanis .348
Schneerer, Bali Hai .343
Pritchard, Haley's .333
Mattay, Bali Hai .326
Rivera, Bali Hai .317
Miller, Kiwanis .315
McDonough, Kiwanis .312
Sato, WMFD .312
Bobo, Haley's .300

Doubles
Faasse 9, Pittman 6, Bouziane 5, Rosas and Mattay 4,
Sato, DeBellevue and Lowman 3, Miller, Wallen,
Pelkey, Cramer, Price and Rivera 2

Triples
Lowman 6, Mattay 4, Miller, Wallen and Cramer with
2, six tied with one

Home runs
Pittman 1, Eric Whitley (WMFD) 1, Faasse 1

Runs batted in
Faasse 24, Rosas 19, Cramer 17, Mattay 16, Wallen
and Schweitzer 15, Pittman 13, Bouziane 12, Lowman
and Schneerer 11, Bobo 10, Hunt (Kiwanis) and Rivera
9, DeBellevue 6, Richardson and Sato 5

Bali Hai stays in the thick with 10-8 win
Bali Hai Resort stayed in the thick of the race to see
who finishes first in the major division of Anna Maria
Island Little League with a 10-8 victory over Kiwanis
May 7.
Joey Mattay of Bali Hai slugged two doubles and
a triple and knocked in five runs to lead the Resort
team. He also picked up the victory.
Sean Pittman had two singles, a walk and scored three
runs and came on in relief of Mattay to get the save.
Kiwanis was led by Matt McDonough who doubled
and Daniel Miller who tripled in a run and then scored.

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Bernard pummels Buffalo Creek
Sunday's Sunrise Tour golf tournament at Buffalo
Creek Golf Course in Ellenton had everything.
Keith Bernard pummeled the course and beat 23
other players with a plus-12 on a modified-Stableford
scoring system. Chuck Daniels was second with plus
seven and Rick Morash came in third at plus six.
Morash also had the shot of the day when he made
eagle on the long, par four second hole. Sitting 140
yards out in the middle of the fairway, Morash lifted a
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Skins were won by Ackles, Rick Weaver, Mark
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Bernard and Huffman tied for medalist with 82.
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Know Your Rules
Here are a couple of rules of golf that always seem
to cause some confusion.
During a practice swing a player accidentally hits
his ball off the tee. Is this a penalty stroke and does the
player get to re-tee his ball?
According to PGA Tour rules official Mark
Russell, a ball that is on a tee is not considered in play,
therefore it is not a penalty infraction to accidentally
touch it or even knock it off the tee.
If however the same thing were to happen in the
fairway or rough, the ball must be replaced and there
is a one-stroke penalty. If the ball is not replaced, there
is a two-stroke penalty.
Here's a good one. It has to do with pin placement.
How close to the fringe can the pin placement be?
Is there a rule?
PGA's Russell said there is no rule.
"You can put the pin as close to the edge as you
want to," Russell said. "But a guideline we use on the
PGA Tour is no closer than 12 feet or four paces. It's
a guideline, not a rule."


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My first year and a lesson for freshmen


By Katharine Wight
As I sit in my small, dingy dorm room, sur-
rounded by books, in the midst of an onslaught of
finals and term papers, I take a moment to recall the
same time last year. In many ways, I was in the same
situation. Back then I still had too much work and
too little time to do it all.
However, I had my own room, without omni-
present roommates, and I had parents who would
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my head above water all year.
Many friends who are going away to school next
year ask me how I made the adjustment. I'm hon-
estly not sure. I think that when you're thrown into-
a wholly unfamiliar situation, you need to play it by
ear.
I've made a list of valuable lessons things I
learned this year. I hope that by sharing my experi-
ences this year's graduating seniors will realize that
leaving home isn't so scary, and as difficult as it may
seem to make adjustments, we all need to be flex-
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her sophomore year at the University of Florida in
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1) If you break up with your bby-
friend, don't despair that your friends are
too far away to come over and hug you.
Instead, climb into bed in your favorite
pajamas with your two favorite men
(Ben and Jerry) and run up huge long-
distance phone bills talking to those
friends, and let them tell you that all men
are jerks.
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wish to continue being financially subsidized by
your mother. Either ask permission, or seek to fash-
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3) The friends that in high school you thought
would be around forever well, sometimes they
won't be. People change and grow, and sometimes
the defining bond of a particular friendship changes
into something too tenuous to connect over the
miles. On the other hand though, casual friends can
turn into the best people you know in town. When I
was miserable in the dorm during first semester here,
I began to hang out with a group of guys I vaguely
knew through other friends. Now, when there is
something amazing, sad or pivotal going on in my
life, they're the first ones to find out about it.
4) Your family will forget to tell you things; they
won't be trying to exclude you, but they won't real-
ize that you're not home to hear about it and they
just won't remember to inform you. Don't let your
feelings get hurt. Instead, make them feel guilty for
neglecting you. This can sometimes be good in or-
der to help you extort Guilt Money.
5) No matter how much money you have, it will
never be enough. (See lesson 1, i.e. Huge Phone
Bills.) Everyone, at some point, is tempted to sell
their own plasma. Be sure to eat lots of protein be-
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in there.
7) Speaking of classes, don't be
afraid to sit next to that cute guy in class.
Even if he has a girlfriend, he might take
really good notes. When it comes to
classes, the most important thing to re-
member is that sitting up front and taking
good notes are a good thing.
8) No matter how late you schedule
your first class, it will be difficult to get


out of bed. I had serious issues with my 11:45 a.m.,
class this semester. Next semester, all my classes are
scheduled for after 3 p.m.
9) Your parents will call you at 9:00 in the morn-
ing, and they'll think this is a reasonable time of day.
They don't realize you just got home three hours
ago. Don't get mad. It's been awhile since they were
in college. They just don't realize. Talk, snack, go
back to bed.
10) The college meal plan may seem like a good
idea. If you feel like walking 20 minutes for over-
priced, mediocre food, go for it. Otherwise, cook in
the dorm to the best of your ability. Pasta, macaroni
and cheese and mashed potatoes in a box will be
your dietary staples. You'll know all the phone num-
bers for all the pizza places in town by the end of the
first month. I don't care if you don't even like pizza,
you will eat it. The number for Domino's in
Gainesville is the easiest: FRE-BEER.
I'm not saying college is a piece of cake. College
is crazy. It's something different for everyone. My
lessons, well, they're my unique experiences. I can't
tell you what your experience will be like.
I guess the only real advice I can give is to not
only expect the unexpected, but to make room for it.
And, oh yeah, on those few weekends through-
out the year when both your roommates go home at
the same time, stay in bed with the curtains closed
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Indoor cats, manatee deaths, urban lessons to learn


To borrow a favorite expression from Mianii
columnist Dave Barry, "I am not making this up:"
Saturday is "National Keep-Your-Cat-Indoors
Day."
According to a press release from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, "Sci-
entists estimate that each year, free-roaming domes-
tic cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, reptiles,
amphibians and small mammals in the U.S., some of
which are rare, including endangered species."
The FWCC says domestic cats are "physically
and instinctively equipped to be among the most
highly successful hunters on earth. Cats have claws,
- sharp teeth, the ability to stalk prey quietly and slink
in a low profile. Couple all that with the cats' in-
stinctive attraction to movement and drive to take
prey, and it would be hard to improve on the cats'
design if engineers tried to create a hunting ma-
chine."
The summation, according to the FWCC, is "if
people kept their pet cats indoors, it would be of
great benefit to wildlife around neighborhoods."
Duh.
All this reminds me of a book with a character
named Wonko the Sane. It seems that Wonko real-
ized the world had gone totally mad the day he read
the following on a box of toothpicks:
"Hold stick near center of its length. Moisten
pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt
end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion."
As Wonko the Sane puts it, "It seemed to me that
any civilization that had so far lost its head as to
need to include a set of detailed instructions for use
in a package of toothpicks was no longer a civiliza-
tion in which I could live and stay sane."
I believe I can share Wonko's sentiments when
I think about "National Keep-Your-Cat-Indoors
Day" and those wacky folks at the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.

BLOOMSDAY, too?
Again, I'm not making this up: June 16 is being
celebrated as the commemoration of the James Joyce
character Leopold Bloom's one-day journey through
Dublin, Ireland, as depicted in his book "Ulysses."
According to a press release from Sarasota News
& Books, "The annual citywide celebration in
Dublin, Ireland, has expanded its boundaries to in-
clude literary hot spots around the world. The ever-
widening celebrations of BLOOMSDAY in North
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Seems there will be showings of films adapted
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I've tried to read "Ulysses" maybe 20 times, and
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Manatee death toll
On a much more serious note, Florida mana-
tees have been dying at a rate of about one a day
so far this year. If the trend continues, officials
estimate 10 percent of the manatee population in
the state will cease to exist by the end of the sum-
mer.
"An endangered species can't sustain that
kind of loss," one Florida official said.
Since about a third of the deaths come from
collisions with boats, state officials are increas-
ing patrols to stop speeding boaters and are pro-
viding more educational material in the hopes that
an informed boater will be a safer boater or at
least a more cautious boater.
Although most of the problems are in the Lee-
Collier County area and along the southeast coast
of the state, we still should be careful out there.
I've found in the past that manatees are moving
through Sarasota Bay at about this time of year,
and I really can't think of a worse way to spend
a day on the bay than by hitting a sea cow.
Locally, there's a pair, and frequently a
youngster, periodically in the waters at the
Holmes Beach city basin alongside Marina Bay
restaurant and Captains Marina. They move in
and out often and appear to utilize the same chan-
nels in their travels as the boaters do.
Be careful out there, go slow, and watch out
for manatees.
By the way, scientists estimate there are about
2,200 manatees in Florida waters. In 1999, 269
died; in 1998, 231; in 1997, 242; in 1996, 415,
most caused by a severe red tide outbreak. On
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New-old urbanism
Sarasota has been wrestling with how it wants to
look for decades. I volunteered my photography
skills for a study done in 1983, and there have been
a half-dozen or so more since then. The process there
has been to do a study, then shelve it, and little has
been accomplished except paying lots of consultants
lots of money over the years.
That may be changing, thanks to a dynamic guy
with an abrasive personality who appears to be will-
ing to literally drag Sarasota into a new vision of
itself.
Andres Duany has been acclaimed nationally
and internationally for his innovative thinking on
things urban. He was one of the architects to design
that'nifty little town of Seaside in the Florida Pan-
handle, a town of narrow streets, lush landscaping,
alleys, a town square and lots of sidewalks for walk-
ing.
Duany was hired by Sarasota to look at the city
and offer suggestions for improvement. The first
thing he did was schedule an unprecedented 14 pub-
lic hearings in seven days which drew an equally
unprecedented 1,000 or so people to offer their opin-
ions.
Although Duany's final report won't be com-
pleted until October, one element has been driven
home from his workshops: for Sarasota to thrive, get
rid of the cars and bring on walkers and bikers.
I can't help but think that the Island could learn
a few things from some of Duany's Sarasota lessons.
Actually, the Island is already taking some of the
steps that Duany is proposing by adding bike lanes
to Gulf Drive, landscaping in Holmes Beach and a
more attractive gateway to the city along Manatee
Avenue, and the potential scenic highway designa-
tion for Bradenton Beach.
Let's face it, we aren't going to see a widened
Gulf Drive in our lifetimes, and we really don't want
it anyway. But with tens of thousands of cars stream-
ing onto the Island each weekend to enjoy the sun,
sand and surf, the roadway gridlock will only get
worse, not better.
How better to accommodate the multitudes than
to get them out of their cars and into either comfort-
able walking shoes or on bicycles?
There were a couple good statements made by
Duany during his Sarasota visit. I guess my favorite
was, "Those bastards at the Florida Department of
Transportation and the AAA, too the advantage
I have developing a 20-year plan is that I can imag-
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By Capt. David Futch
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
wind dying down is going to lead a lot of people off-
shore again to look for kingfish.
"Grouper can be found 20 miles and out. Look for
snapper on the wrecks," Lowman said. "Tarpon fish-
ermen need to start thinking about sightfishing for sil-
ver kings. We've seen them near Passage Key and
along the beach.
"The guides are catching big snook. There's a lot
of snook out there. You have to look extra hard for the
big ones and have big shiners to attract them. Anyone
spending a day at the beach will catch some pompano
with a round-headed jig tipped with shrimp. The round
head seems to make a little puff in the sand when it hits.
Looks like the little puff a sandflea makes when it dis-
appears.
"Redfish are along the north shore of Palma Sola
Bay and in Terra Ceia Bay."
Tom Marsik at Annie's Bait & Tackle at the east
end of the Cortez Bridge said Capt. Zach Zacharias
on the Dee-Jay II has had good action with snook,
trout and reds on the inside with flounder showing up
in the Gulf and bay. There are some cobia along the
beach with tarpon and permit coming on soon. Man-
grove snapper have been biting good.
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
snook fishing has picked up dramatically with the
weather improving. Redfish and trout are cooperating
as well.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend out of
Annie's has been getting gag and red grouper to 16
pounds and small kings blended in with Spanish
mackerel. He's seeing mangrove snapper up to four
pounds and bonita in the 12-pound range are in 40-
60 feet of water.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he talked to two or three people who caught some big
reds:.1'They 'were too big. They had to turn them loose,"
Johnson said. "People tell me they're also catching
sinall snook and big trout. Terra Ceia and Miguel bays
are the places to go."
Bob at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers are
"catching a bunch of pompano and mackerel. Snook
are all under the dock. They caught a case of them the
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Capt. Justin Moore, left, with Anna Maria Island
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snook somewhere near the Island.

Marina in Holmes Beach limited out on gags and reds
and caught a legal-sized scamp while fishing 20 miles
off Anna Maria Island.
"The big catch was a blackfin tuna," Bowers said.
"We had a freeline out for about two hours and I didn't
even think there was bait on it. Then a tuna hit it. He
flipped out of the water when he hit the bait."
Capt. Tom Chaya of the Dolphin Dreams at
Captain's Marina had one of the more incredible
catches of the last year:or two last week.
Fishing seven miles off Anna Maria Island with a
large white bait on a free line, Chaya hooked into a
sailfish. That's a rarity so close to shore in such shal-
low water.
"He had to be hungry. He went after it and tore


it up," Chaya said. "That's when the show began. He
came out of the water and tail walked for about 15
or 20 seconds. Then he came right at the boat and my
angler jumped out the way just before it hit the stern.
We fought it for a little while longer but it got off.
Still, pretty amazing for just seven miles out."
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide, also out of
Captain's Marina, said he did real good last week when
the wind laid down.
"We fished between 70-100 feet of water and
caught gags and reds to 18 pounds and got mangrove
and lane snapper," Denham said. "We've been fishing
a lot of wrecks in the afternoon and catching cobia,
kingfish, lemon sharks, barracuda and big gags. These
wrecks are about 25 miles out."
Capt. Ryan Hackney aboard the charter vessel
Neva-Miss said the weekend was perfect for going
out of sight of land and catching big red and-gag
grouper.


Horseshoe winners
Winners in the May 6 horseshoe games were
George McKay and Tom Skoloda, both of Anna
Maria. Runners-up were George Landraitis and
Chris McNamara, both of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the May 3 games were Landraitis
and Ron Pepka of Anna Maria. Runners-up were
Bill Starrett of Anna Maria and Peter Watson of
England.
Winners in the April 29 games were
McNamara and Pepka. Runners-up were McKay
and Starrett.
Winners in the April 26 games were Adin
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and Mario Torres. They were part of a group of 15 on an educational tour that
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High Islander
Young Eric Stahr and his father Mike of Holmes
Beach take The Islander to new heights atop Stevens
Pass on a ski trip to the state of Washington.


Islander mushes
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GULF OF MEXICO DUPLEXAcross
the street from the Gulf of Mexico, both
units 2BR/1BA. Ceramic tile floors, lots
of possibilities for rental or investment.
$210,000. IB43788

DESIRABLE WEST BRADENTON
3BR/2BA split floorplan in Village
Green with ceramic tile, ceiling fans,
screened porch, caged pool and two
car garage. Only ten minutes to the
beaches. $149,900. IB44358
EXCEPTIONAL. Immaculate 2BR/
2BA home in a beautiful neighborhood
with a lovely pool in a tropical setting.
Close to everything, this Village Green
home should be #1 on your list of homes
to preview. $144,900. IB44636


All the way
south
Carol and
Dean
Greathouse of
Holmes Beach
take The
Islander as far
south as they
can without
getting wet, the
southern-most
point of the
U.S. in Key
West.


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419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294










HISTORIC AY VIEW IDEA WAY
WITH APARTMENT
This wonderful 2BR/3.5BA Dutch Colonial home offers the
charm and warmth of yesteryear. Amenities include refinished
pine floors, cozy brick fireplace, built-in bookcases and origi-
nal wainscoting, high textured ceilings with Hunter fans and
a wonderful spacious kitchen with center island, Jennair range
expansive tile top breakfast bar and wooden, glass-front cabi-
nets. There are four tidy, fully furnished 1 BR apartments in a
separate building, bringing in an excellent income. This rare
and wonderful property offers two beautifully landscaped lots
(one buildable) with unobstructed views of Tampa Bay and
Bayfront Park in the peaceful village of Anna Maria. Don't miss
it! Priced at $899,500.











FABULOUS 5400 CLF D RIVE CONDO
This newly remodeled 2BR/1.5BA, poolside apartment is
located in a Gulffront complex, just steps to a wonderful
sandy walking beach! Features include new appliances
and windows, ceramic tiled floors plus new carpeting,
remote controlled ceiling fans and morel Only $179,500
furnished!
Visit our web site at www.betsyhills.com


E mail: smithami@gate.net
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com


WEST BAY COVE SOUTH Outstanding view of Bay-
Intracoastal waterway from this second floor condo.
2BR/2BA, new tile and carpet throughout. All new
kitchen appliances, heated pool, tennis, close to
shopping and beach. Reduced to $195,000. Call Zee
Catanese 794-8991 eves.


NEW LISTING HOLMES BEACH CONDO 2BR/
2BA condo, ceramic tile, walk-in closet, covered
parking, open balcony, heated pool, tennis and club-
house. $175,000 furnished turnkey. Call Carol Will-
iams 744-0700 eves.
GULFSIDE VILLAGE Newly constructed 3BR/2.5BA
townhome, west of Gulf Drive in north Holmes Beach.
Double garage, 1,700 square feet of living area. Pos-
session approximately October, 2000. $368,900. Call
Carol Williams for details 744-0700 eves.




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5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Nous parlons francais
Mit uns koennen Sie deutsch reden
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK MLS [1


5350 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
(941) 778-0766 (877) 924-9001
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Island property sales
6500 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 122 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a bayfront 1,066 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1978, was sold 4/4/00, Box to Davis, for
$215,000.
6700 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 20 Gulfplace, a
1,443 sfla 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 1976,
was sold 4/5/00, Harris to Wentland, for $310,000; list
$329,995.
6700 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, an 1,838 sfla
4bed/4bath/cp duplex built in 1970 on a 76x105 lot,
was sold 4/5/00, Scherer to Morgan, for $210,000; list
$215,900.
103 Newton Lane, Anna Maria, a 58x90 lot, was
sold 4/11/00, Peters to Ancker, for $155,000.
104 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, 204 Gulf View,
a 1,029 sfla 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 1980,
was sold 4/14/00, Perkins to Henne, for $290,000.
1401 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 24 Bermuda
Bay Club 3 condo was sold 4/14/00, Bermuda Bay
Development to Boggett, for $348,121.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 136 Runaway
Bay, a 1,080 sfla 2bed/2bath canalfront condo built in
1978, was sold 4/14/00, Rodriguez to Trapp, for
$146,000.
207 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla 3bed/
lbath/lcar home built in 1960 on a 112x106 lot, was
sold 4/10/00, Sample to Hueber, for $124,000; list
$143,000.
209 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,559 sfla 4bed/
3bath/2car/pool home built in 1963 on an 86x105 lot,
was sold 4/10/00, Porter to Myers, for $263,000; list
$279,000.
214 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,675 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1973 on a 90x100 lot, was
sold 4/14/00, Moses to Ristow, for $200,000; list
$219,000.
2308 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 50x100 lot,
was sold 4/11/00, Ling to Grossman, for $68,000; list
$69,900.
501 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 213 Bridgeport,
a 1,128 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982, was sold



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THE VIEWS LOOKING towards Sarasota are
breathtaking. Elegant homes in guarded com-
munity on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the security,
solitude and beauty of Tidy Island. Excellent
value. Priced from $149,900. Bob and Penny
Hall 749-5981. 40998
WATERFRONT
EXCLUSIVE WATERFRONT COMMUNITY.
Homesite on bay with private slip in protected
boat basin. Good access to the Gulf and
Intracoastal. $219,000. Don Lewis 746-3200.
44722
EXQUISITE AMERICAN TRADITIONAL new
estate with breathtaking river views. Late 18th
century styling; Hardwood red-oak floors, ma-
hogany stained. Extended crown molding
throughout. Exceptional kitchen, study, play-
room. Separate guest house. $2,500,000.
Sandy Drapala 252-1632 or Kathy Marcinko
252-1618. 41740


Realty
Robert St. Jean led listing agents and Mary
Collandra was tops in sales for April at the Holmes
Beach office of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. Other
top listers were Mike Migone and Tina Rudek of the
Longboat Key office and Karen and Dana Ankerstar
of Avenue of the Flowers. Other leading sellers were
Ralph Faillace of the Longboat Key office and Cindy
Grazar of Avenue of the Flowers.
At Arvida Realty Services, Denise Langlois was
top listing agent as well as leading salesperson dur-
ing April for the Anna Maria office. She and Carol
Heinze received special honors, Langlois the Execu-


4/11/00, Randazzo to Venable, for $140,000; list
$145,000.
514 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
2,686 sfla 3bed/2&1/2bath/2car/pool home built in
1973 on a 100x105 lot, was sold 4/10/00, Didriksen to
Cantrall, for $300,000; list $299,900.


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SUMMER RENTALS AVAILABLE!
Owners! Individualized Service!


TIh Islander


THE TRUE SPIRIT OF ISLAND LIVING.
Breathtaking view and a dock on the bay. Lush
tropical foliage envelopes five quaint restored
cottages. A short waterfront stroll to historic
area and pier. $1,500,000. Sandy Drapala 252-
1632 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618.
MAINLAND
A RARE FIND.. Immaculate 3BR/2B remodeled
home. Large family room, eat-in kitchen, dining
room, crown molding, wood floors. Large fenced
yard with pool, tastefully landscaped. $123,900.
Jim Sellars 798-3577. R44686
IN THE HEART OF BRADENTON. Exceptional
location on quiet, charming street off Riverview
Blvd. Spacious, bright 3BR/3B home with over
2,500 sq.ft. Large lot, wood deck plus workshop.
$199,900. Sandy Drapala 794-3354 or Kathy
Marcinko 252-1618. 44767


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tive Club award and Heinze the Inner Circle award.
Wagner Realty's winning agents at the Anna
Maria Island office during April were Jane
Grossman for listings and David Moynihan for
sales. Other top listers were Alice Ohme of the
Manatee Avenue office and Dorothy Cook of
Longboat Key. Other leading salespersons were
John Preskenis of Manatee Avenue and Jack
McCormick of Longboat Key.
At Island Real Estate, top selling agent for April
was Rebecca Samler and Alan Galletto was top listing
agent, announced Frank H. Davis Jr. of the company.


6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 43 North
Beach Village, a 1,536 sfla 3bed/2&1/2bath/2car condo
built in 1992, was sold 4/11/00, Maguire to Flynn, for
$229,900; list $229,900.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusivelyfor The Islander. 2000.


Longboat
development
Participants in developing
the last large parcel behind
Harbourside gates on
Longboat Key wield shovels
to break ground for Emerald
Pointe South, left to right,
S-- Bruce Meyer, Roger
Pettingell, Lois Ross, Bill
Kohlhepp, Stephanie Tish
and Bobbi Lyle. The 16
villas will be beside the golf
.-,' :- course there, three bed-
'. rooms, up to 2,462 square
feet, priced to $500,000,
., available by next winter
season.


HISTORIC ANNA MARIA HOME REDUCED!
415 SPRING: The Clay House is back on the market and this
time the owner is very serious about selling. The Clay House
is a 3BR/2BA with a single carport and sits on one and one-half
lots measuring 78 X 145. Built in 1910 (see above photo), 1954
and 1994. Asking 1997 price of $219,000-Reduced to 208,999.
The lowest priced home in Anna Maria.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine-Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~-dougdowling/


2501 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach
941 778-6849
800 778-9599
www.oldfloridarealty.com
gussie@ix.netcom.com

NOW BOOKING
SUMMER
RENTALS.

Call Ann Harmon
for availability -
they're going FAST!


TWO VILLAS w/HEATED CAGED POOL 4BR/2BA each with
2,006 sq.ft. living area $440,000. Separately @ $227,900 each.
LARGE BAYVIEW LOT 9,700 sq.ft., $108,000.
WILDEWOOD 2BR/2BA 1700 model, turnkey furnished. $110,000.
PINEBROOK DORAL MODEL 2BR/2BA, golf course. $123,000.
BAY PALMS WITH BOAT DOCK 3BR/2BA, stone fireplace.
$189,500.
WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA, two fireplaces, much more. $379,000.
RIVERRIDGE LOT Northwest Bradenton, $89,000.
BAYSHORE CONDO Age restricted, near shopping. $32,900.
COMMERCIAL
HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET 2,400 sq.ft., three stores, 150 ft.
to bay. Can add to size. Developing area. $355,000.
STYLING SALON Eight stations, established over 35 years.
$39,000, OBO.
GULFVIEW LOT 100 by 90 ft., zoned C-2. $150,000.
WE HAVE VACATION RENTALS and 2001 SEASONALS AVAILABLE
GULFFRONT CONDOS, APARTMENTS, HOMES.
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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.
REMODELING: NEAR NEW 12,000 BTU room A/C,
metal double bed, dresser, oak chest, two Mexican
hanging lamps, picture frames. Reasonable, 778-3855.
DINETTE SET, light, neutral. Chairs have wheels.
$50. Call Ethel, 778-0000.
NICE SOFA, LOVE SEAT, recliner rocker. Beige,
great fabric, wears like iron. Excellent condition.
$550, can deliver. 778-5522.
USED APPLIANCES: Full- and apartment- size; re-
frigerators, washer/dryers, stoves, dishwashers. All
appliances guaranteed. Beach to Bay Appliance
Service Center, 778-5757.
PEWTER CHANDELIER, six arms, candle lights, $80;
Hamper, 12-in.x21-in.x24-in., old detecto, wood top, metal
base, $50; kitchen sink, double, spray, resin, biscuit, $60;
fan, 21.5-in. square, $30; Carpet and pad, ecru, bound all
sides, 9x12ft., $200. Call 778-2893.
MOVING SALE: Three bedroom sets, $150 and up, bunk
beds with single/double, rattan entertainment center $275,
recliner with massager $195, weight and exercise equip-
ment, computer desk and bookcases $195. 374-0301.


ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tues. and Thurs.
9:30am-2pm, Sat. 9am-noon. Donations only Wed. 9-
11am. Sale racks. 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
LORD'S WAREHOUSE Thrift Shop. Open Mon.,
Wed., Sat. 9am-3pm. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
383-4738. Everything 50% off except fine jewelry
and some selected items.
YARD SALE AGAIN! Saturday, May 13, 9am. Many
more treasures and collectibles. 10-ft. breakfront,
beveled glass, solid cherry, $650. 7805 Gulf Drive.
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 9am-2pm. King bed, Super
Nintendo, western boots, bar stools, furniture and
more. 3601 East Bay, across from Publix.


FOUND: PAPERS with name Marc Conley and old photo-
graph in Holmes Beach. Left at Holms Beach police station.
PRESCRIPTION GLASSES FOUND on beach in
front of firehouse, Holmes Beach. M. Annie Wilson,
O.D., Grand Bend, Ontario. Claim at The Islander,
5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.


"WALK WITH ME..."
II in paradise at


"CRITTER SITTER," five years in pet care, 21 years
as Island residents. Tender loving care for your pets,
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
MOTHER'S DAY SUGGESTION: Wouldn't mom
love a fluffy, eight-week old kitten? We have one
black, one yellow, and one white kitten, all litter box
trained and ready to go. If mom would like a grown
cat, the multi-color mother of the kittens would also
be available. Hurry! Call 778-1880 for details and a
personal look-see.


YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Detailing and wax-
ing. 20 years experience. Island resident, references.
941-233-7337.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or Mobile 713-5900.
DIVING SERVICE: Underwater boat maintenance,
hull and props cleaned. Monthly contract available.
Certified diver. Call 778-8370.
1973 VALKRIE, 26-ft. sailboat. As is, needs work.
$1,000. Cell # 504-7381, home 778-7168.
1989 SEARAY SPORTFISH flybridge, 3208S, a
steal, $148,000; 1998 Cruisers 3175 Rogue; 1994
310 Silverton; 1997 450 Sundancer. Dave, 228-3489.


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.
BURNS SECURITY, SIX security officers needed for
Bradenton and Longboat Key. 331-2500 for job infor-
mation. DFWP/EOE/M/F/H/V.
BARTENDERS AND SERVERS needed. Full and
part time. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
WANTED: MOTIVATED SALES associate for real
estate office in high-traffic location. Commissions
negotiable: Please call Robin at 778-7244.
HOUSEKEEPER for beach motel on Anna Maria Is-
land. Good wages and tips. Paid vacation, health
insurance available. Apply Monday-Friday, 9am-
1pm. Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
ISLAND CHURCH now interviewing for secretary
with computer accounting skills. Send resume to: Box
782, Anna Maria, FL 34216.


RARE FIND FOUND
If Rolls Royce built homes they simply couldn't surpass this
like-new beauty in North Point Harbor. Spacious canalfront
4BR/3BA home has an open design and in-
cludes a fireplace, cozy conversational cen-
ter, a large caged pool, dock and davits. Min-
utes to open water. As close to new as you
can get! Hurry! Call Nick Patsios for an es-
corted tour of real Florida living. Asking
$525,000. Key Royale. Multi-million


618 North Point Drive, Key Royale


dollar producer!
Nick Patsios
Broker/Realtor


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HOUSEKEEPING/LAUNDRY. Dependable, energetic,
non smoking. Part time, full time. Will train. 778-6335.
ARE YOU LOOKING for a challenge? Join the most
successful island rental company. Experience is not
essential and training is provided. We are looking for
one full-time rental agent and part-time clerical office
help. Some weekend work involved. Call Bill Burnley
at Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
NOW HIRING "COOKS POSITION," some experi-
ence preferred. Chapters on the Island, 779-2665.
WANTED, FULL-TIME BARTENDER. Come join the
team at Hurricane Hank's. Ask for Hank or Paul, 778-5788.
KITCHEN MANAGER, experienced or will train good
cook with desire. Also need full and part time line
cook. Hours available. Buccaneer Inn, 383-5565.
CHEF WANTED: send resume to 1707 80th St.,
Court West, Bradenton, FL 34205.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER*SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
778-8473.
ISLAND HOME CHECKING and lawn maintenance
while you are away. Security bonded. Locally owned
and operated. Call 779-0610 for details.
TRUCK AVAILABLE for pickup or delivery, towing
boats, horses, jet skis, errands, small packages, an-
55t5iques, yard sale items and miscellaneous. Call
779-0282. Reasonable rates. Island resident.

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.

HUSBAND FOR A DAY. Odd jobs, even jobs, no job
to small. Licensed and insured. 778-2784.
CLEANING SERVICE: Thorough, dependable, de-
tail oriented cleaning, references, free estimates,
weekly, bi-weekly. Call Laurie at 795-1225 or Linda
at 794-5255.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, shaping,
removals. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree
Service. Pager, 252-3300.




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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 34217
an independently owned and operated member of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation


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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references, one time, weekly, bi-weekly, insured.
Senior discounts, best rates on the Island. Pager
331-4543, leave message for Claudette.
GOLF INSTRUCTION: Do you need help? Island
resident, 30-years experience, results oriented. Be the
best you can be, call GBG! Gib DuBois, 778-7197.
I GUARANTEE TO teach you to use your computer
as easy as you use your telephone. Your home. Cer-
tified teacher. 383-5372.
SCREEN REPAIRS, drywall repairs, painting, car-
pentry, new/old tile work. Ceiling fans, roof repairs, all
home repairs. Low prices. 504-2027.


JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Residen-
tial/commercial, full-service maintenance, landscaping
installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds, native plants,
butterfly gardens. Excellent references. 778-5294.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
Bannigan, 794-6971.
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-
!ation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING SERVICE, com-
plete installations and maintenance, specializing in
aquatic landscapes. Full delivery service for rock,
shell, mulch, etc. 727-5066.
"KURB KING," experts in cosmetic landscaping, spe-
cializing in continues concrete landscape and borders.
Free estimates, licensed and insured. 941-720-1834.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread, $25 a yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 779-1529.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling con-
tractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and insured.
Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-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. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589, #PE0020374.
Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, additions and design service. Free estimates
and fair prices. Time and materials or contract. Let me save
you $$$. Lic#RR0066450. Call 795-1947.
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.


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.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.

DECKS: pressure washing, staining, refinishing. All
work guaranteed in writing. I will make it look like new
and last! 35 years experience, 30-year resident. Your
satisfaction is guaranteed. Decks and Docks Inc.
761-1681.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes un-
sightly black mildew, salt and dirt from house ex-
teriors, windows, roofs, gutters, driveways and
decks. Call 778-0944.

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WATERFRONT COTTAGE with dock. Turnkey fur-
nished, beautiful view, breezy quiet area. No pets,
non smoking. Priced from $700 month, $350 week.
941-794-5980.

ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.

ADORABLE COTTAGE, wood floors, renovated,
central air conditioning, washer/dryer. 2BR/1 BA 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.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA duplex, $800 month.
Neat and clean, nice area. 722-2742.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/1BA, very nice
neighborhood, stroll to beach! Cathedral ceilings,-
new kitchen and-'appliances, beautiful! Non-smokers
preferred, small pet considered. $695 month, first,
last, security. 778-9798 or 305-296-1127 collect.

HOLMES BEACH 1BR with screened lanai. Steps to
beach. $560 per month includes laundry. Utilities
extra. 778-3379, 11am-3pm.
CHARMING ISLAND HOME on deep-water canal.
2BR/2BA completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extras. $550 week, $1,600 month. Call
813-286-9814.
SUMMER RENTAL, available May 1 to Oct. 20,
2000. 2BR/1BA, two blocks to Gulf. 778-0733.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, new carpet, tile. 400-feet to the
beach, close to Publix. No pets. $675 plus last and
security. 778-8352.
2BR/2BA FULLY FURNISHED home. Washer/dryer,
microwave, one block from beach. $800 week, $1,400
two weeks, plus tax. Includes utilities and cable, no pets,
non-smokers. 1-800-484-8775, code 1914.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach $350 per week. Summer dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
UNBELIEVABLE HIDEAWAY, panoramic waterview,
ground floor, fully furnisned. One and two bedrooms,
small complex, available now. Possible annual and
or seasonal, ri.:.rrrhli weekly. Also next winter sea-
son. No pets, no smoking. 778-7107.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA apartment close to beach
and shopping. Annual rental. $700 month, first, last and
security deposit. Available May 1. 795-7805.
SAN REMO CANALFRONT, 2BR/2BA house with
screened lanai, laundry and one-car garage. Unfur-
nished annual rental. $1,175 plus security. Available
now. Please call 795-7805.


FURNISHED, REMODELED 1BR/1BA, central air,
washer/dryer. Steps to beach, stroll to Holmes Beach
town center. $600 month. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
FULLY-FURNISHED APARTMENTS, South Bradenton
Beach. Gulfview. Two day, week, month, utilities included.
2BR $160, $500, $1,300. 1BR $120, $400, $1,000. 1303
Gulf Dr. S., 504-6009.
BEACHFRONT RENTAL: Holmes Beach near
Shell's restaurant. 2BR/1BA. Summer $850 month,
$250 week. Weekend rates available. Call 813-264-
0639 or 334-988-8760.
ACCOMMODATIONS TO SHARE. Fully furnished
2BR/2BA beach house. Move in June 1. Non smok-
ing female. Call or leave message, 778-1573.
CHARMING OLD FLORIDA 1BR/1BA with picket
fence. Furnished, annual apartment. One block to Wil-
low Street Beach. $650, first, last, security. 778-3523.
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS, 2BR/2BA, avail-
able from June 1, 2000, until Nov. 15, 2000. End unit,
newly decorated. Call 778-0042 or 616-676-1941.
REMODELED HOLMES BEACH canal home. 2BR/
2BA, garage, dock, three blocks to beach. Annual,
$1,250 month plus deposit. 312-2432.
HOME EXCHANGE: British middle-aged couple
would like to arrange a home exchange. Mid-Nov. to
mid-Dec. 2000. Our home is a delightful 3BR/2BA
residence situated in Kent countryside. London one
hour, Paris direct rail 2.5 hours. Also available is our
home in North Yorkshire. Call UK 01580 852 231, E-
mail: grahamdowse@wadd2000.fsnet.co.uk, fax UK
01622 687216.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT apartments. Lovely fur-
nished interior, porch, sundeck. Vacation rental,
weekly, monthly, season. Great location, no pets.
Owner, 778-3143.
HOLMES BEACH, fully equipped 1BR/2BA apart-
ments. Steps from beach, cable, telephone, micro,
radio, CD. Summer special, $695 plus tax for two
weeks. 941-778-1098. Pets welcome.
JUNE TO DEC., four-month minimum. Choice loca-
tion, splendid view. 2BR/2BA, all comforts. Third
bedroom optional. Swimming, fishing, steps away.
Reasonable rent includes water, monthly house-
cleaning, yard care. Non smokers. 779-2404.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB: direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA. Choice dates, April 2000-Jan. 2001. Deal direct
with owner. Frank, 716-454-7434.

ANNUAL, SEASONAL (six months), 2BR/1BA,
washer/dryer, large deck, very clean. First, last, se-
curity. No pets. Available July 1. 794-2947.
1BR/1BA RENTAL NEEDED for married couple.
No children, no pets. Perfect Longboat Key refer-
ences. Up to $500 month, annually. Call 383-9298
or 920-0046.
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.


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ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA, clean, nice, one
block to Gulf, screened porch. No pets, no smokers.
5611B Guava. $650 month plus utilities. 778-9378.
ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR apartment.
$100 a week includes utilities. 778-3093 evenings.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 2BR/2BA elevated house with
two-car garage, canalfront, Anna Maria City. $1,400
month plus security, includes water and trash. 813-
949-0869 or 941-779-1733.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1BR, Anna Maria City,
Gulfview. $600 month including water, trash. First,
Last, security. No pets, no smokers. 778-5439.
ANNA MARIA CITY, 1BR/1BA, large porch, quiet
area, close to beach. $600 month. 779-1733.
ANNUALS! 3BR/2BA canal home with gourmet kitchen;
2BR/2BA duplex, completely updated with ceramic tile,
new kitchen, washer/dryer; 1 BR/1 BA furnished cottage
across from beach. Isle Rentals, 779-9469.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, new carpet, no pets, washer/dryer
hookup. 305 65th St., Holmes Beach. $725 month.
Walk to beach. 813-689-4135, leave message.
3BR/1 BA HOME, annual rental. Cross one street to beach,
ground level, carport, washer/dryer. Available immediately.
$800 month. 863-984-6447 or 863-585-8897.
WANTED: 2BR rental for February and or March
2001. Retired, married, non-smoking couple. Ap-
proximately $1,450 month. Call 508-540-4001.
HOLMES BEACH, clean, elevated, 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, screened porch, two people, no pets. Yearly,
$750 month. 776-1789.


BEACH RENTALS: Private beach, walk to every-
thing, new kitchens. Bikes, grills, chairs. $525 to $675
week, $1,500 to $1,950 month. Phone 778-4523 or
1-800-977-0803.

HOLMES BEACH, fully equipped 1BR/2BA apart-
ments. Steps from beach, cable, telephone, micro,
radio, CD. Summer special, $695 plus tax for two
weeks. 941-778-1098. Pets welcome.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT, 1BR, quiet vil-
lage. $695 per month. 383-2819.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2.5BA, one-half block to beach,
washer/dryer, microwave, utilities, cable, no pets, no
smokers. Winter only. $2,700 month plus security.
Three-month minimum. 863-646-4233.



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

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
weekends 778-6131.

HOLMES BEACH UPSCALE duplex. 2BR/2BA each
side. 1,400 and 1,050 sq. ft. per side. Full garage and
porch downstairs, plus 1,500 sq. ft. detached work-
shop, greenhouse or studio. $359,000. Towne and
Shore Realty, 778-7980.


KEY WEST ELEVATED 2BR/2BA, two blocks from
beach, covered deck, extra storage. $170,000. 2918
Ave. C. 778-0812.
FSBO: Casco Dorado condo. Furnished 1 BR/1 BA, one
story, beautiful small complex with pool and clubhouse.
Low maintenance fee, boat dock may be available.
9810 Dorado Ave. $55,000. Call 941-794-1169.
EXCLUSIVE ANNA MARIA Gulffront duplex. 4BR/
2BA, decks on three sides, double carport, charming
furniture/interior. Owner, 778-3143.
WANTED TO PURCHASE: 3BR/2BA condo, end unit
preferred, at Westbay Point and Moorings. Cash,
private transaction. Call 828-297-6140.
BRADENTON BEACH, 2BR/2BA full Gulfview
condo. Turn-key, immediate occupancy. $189,000,
by owner. No Realtors please. 778-5344.
TWO DUPLEXES FOR SALE. 2BR/2BA and 1BR/
1 BA with family room on large lot with deeded boat
dock. Asking $245,000. 2BR/1.5BA each side, ask-
ing $199,000. Both duplexes have storage. Owner
may hold second with right offer. 778-7098.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising
herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise "any preference, limitation or discrimination based on
race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national ori-
gin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or dis-
crimination." Familial status includes children under age of 18 liv-
ing with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people
securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in viola-
tion of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings
advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportu-
nity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-
800-669-9777, for the hearing impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.


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THIS IS IT! One-half acre of land on
prestigious Palma Sola Blvd. and a
meticulously maintained historic man-
sion with 4,000 plus sq. ft. of luxury
living. This is a rare opportunity to own
a piece of history and to live in one of
the finest homes in the area. Shown by
qualified appointment only. $799,900.
Call Dennis Rauschl 778-4800. Eves.
730-3619. MLS42963


RARE ELEVATED DUPLEX Just
across the street to Gulf beaches.
2BR/2BA with washer and dryer hook-
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blocks to beach. Handyman special
PRICED TO SELL! Call lister for de-
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better than this 54 by 105 foot lot.
Steps to the beach. Only $159,000.
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DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
A NAUTICAL DREAM G'
On the Grand Canal, this
3BR/2BA pool home was ex- ,, .
quisitely renovated inside and
out in 1999. An open free-
flowing floorplan separates
the master suite from the
guest wing. Multiple boats?
65-foot dock has boatlift, wa- .
ter and electric. Xeriscaped
yards and automated pool
cleaner. So, just move right in
and enjoy the view. $449,000.

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4BR/4BA contemporary Island home. Lush set-
ting, three decks, cathedral ceilings, fireplace,
wetbar, three-car garage. $629,000.
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Unique waterfront condo with a Florida lifestyle.
Choice of carpet, tile, cabinets. Forty-foot deep-
water dock, heated pools, tennis, covered parking,
elevators. Waterfront condos: 2BR/2BA plus den,
$249,000; 3BR/2BA $279,000; elegant
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ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS
Were you satisfied with your seasonal rental income?
We will be glad to give you a rental income projection
on your property, just call us at 1-800-732-6434.

ANNUAL RENTALS
1BR/IBA Duplex $500 month
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA condo, pool. tennis $825
Northbeach Village 3BR/2BA townhouse, pool. $1,500
SEASONAL RENTALS
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $700 week / $1500 month
Open 7 Days a Week
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REAL ESTATE, INC.
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


Frank Davis
Broker 511 Loquat .................. $659,000


Marianne Correll
Realtor


Bob Fittro
Realtor


Richard Freeman
Realtor


Alan Galletto
Broker/Realtor


Hi! I'm Marianne
Norman-Ellis.
For any real estate needs,
I am ready and eager
to serve you. Call me at
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778-6696


2409 Avenue A............. $199,000

505 South Bay Blvd ......... $199,000

501 South Bay Blvd ......... $159,000

Tom Nelson 4006 6th Avenue Lot #1 ... $149,000
Realtor
4006 6th Avenue Lot #2 ... $149,000

4004 6th Avenue Lot #3 ... $149,000

4004 6th Avenue Lot #4 ... $149,000

DUPLEXES/TRIPLEXES
Nick Patsios MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
Broker/Realtor


202 35th Street...........


Rebecca Samler
Realtor


Chris Shaw
Realtor


$895,000


101 25th Street............. $585,000

4109 Gulf Drive ............ $489,000

7301 Gulf Drive ............ $249,000

MAINLAND:

2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000

11360 Perico Isles Circle .. $225,000

1267 Spoonbill Landings ......... $151,900

719 Estuary Drive.......... $124,900

5307 42nd Ave W.......... $92,500

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES


S812 North Bay Blvd ......... $879,900
f 310 Pine Ave................. $294,500
Marilyn Trevethan
Realtor 855 Cortez Rd ..................... $89,900


618 No.Point Harbor..... $525,000

512 75th Street ...............$449,000

407 20th Place .................... $439,000

527 72nd Street............. $479,000

525 Key Royale Dr........ $339,000


WATERFRONT
AND ISLAND CONDOS:

5608 Gulf Dr .............. $399,000

5808 Gulf Drive ............ $249,000


ISLAND HOMES:

509 South Bay Blvd...... $499,000

4002 6th Avenue ......... $369,000

514 69th Street............. $298,000

2406 Avenue A............... $279,500

420 Spring ................... $219,900
2304 Avenue .............. $149,900


VACANT LOTS:


Call Gayle Schulz and Liz
Codola ... experienced
agents who will assist you
with all of your Year 2000
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No. 0430
SHAREWEAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 17 8 9 10 11 12 113 14 15 116 I17

BY CATHY MILLHAUSER / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ18


ACROSS
1 Beer
pasteurization
pioneer
6 French husband
10 You can swear
by him
14 Lady of Portugal
18 An ice place to
live
19 Spanish port
20 Pink-slipped
21 Periods divide
them
22 Madras dress
that's taken up
by hitches?
24 Gown that's lost
in a Florida
town?
26 Uprose
27 "Airplane"
co-star Robert
28 Tree in the
Garden of the
Hesperides
29 Female TV role
played only by
males
31 Overeater's
worry
33 Not so taxing
35 Worldwide
workers' grp.
36 Famed Bruin's
nickname
38 Lexicographer
Partridge
40 Hassle
42 Buttoned
garment that's
central to a 1970
movie?


45 --School
(early
20th-century art
group)
48 Son of Seth
50 [Pardon]
51 Wrap that's
included with a
landlord's sign?
53 Bird that's more
than rare
54 Beloved, in
"Rigoletto"
55 Detach, in a way
56 Arabic for
"reading"
58 Take a chance
59 "Ed Sullivan
Show" mouse
Gigio
61 Squeaked by
63 Cocked, as a hat
65 Borden brand
68 Quaint footwear
70 Big, as a
concerto goes
71 Pursuit
72 Superlatively
decided
73 Ulster, e.g.
74 Frankfurter
link?
75 Brown shade
77 Large-scaled
game fish
80 Brokerage
offerings, for
short
84 Money
exchange fee
86 Underthing
that's part of a
bleeped phrase?
88 Pulitzer writer
Sheehan
89 Spare
90 "Bewitched"
witch


91 Old costume
that enters a
contest like
bingo?
94 Animal's track
96 "Eye of--, and
toe of frog"
98 Raspberry
99 Kirk bench
100 Finishes
103 In harmony
105 Trig calculations
107 "En -!"
109 Doesn't move
111 Adhesive
113 Waistband that's
tucked in pity,
that!?
115 Thong that's
covered with
flaws, among
other things?
118 Cane
119 "Sleepy Time
Gal" songwriter
Raymond
120 Befuddled
121 Strikes out
122 Perry Como's
"- Marie"
123 Hanger-on,
maybe
124 Worked on a bed
125 Commencement
DOWN
1 Information unit
2 Rude review
3 Elides
4 Turns up
5 Avocations
6 They were once
promoted with
the slogan "Ivory
tips protect your
lips"
7 Ta-ta
8 Enigma


9 Final finish?
10 Cup at a diner
11 Kind of daisy
12 Vice-
13 Japan's capital,
formerly
14 Intensified
15 Protective cover
that's found in
an "Ave Maria"
phrase?
16 Table salt,
symbolically
17 Governor for
whom a North
Carolina city is
named
19 Ariz. neighbor
23 Look at, in the
Bible
25 Barbara of
"Mission:
Impossible"
27 Holdup
29 Popular
fragrance
30 Honolulu's-
Bowl
32 Old fashioned
leggings are in
try for the
impossible!?
34 Man with a nice
laugh
37 Dirt
39 It might ring
your neck
41 Alpine refrains
43 Plays it to the
hilt
44 Hither's partner
46 Oafs
47 Dynamic prefix
49 --voce
52 Actress Van
Doren
55 Raises
57 Former
Japanese capital


60 Scraps
62 Homme--
(statesman)
64 Water boy's task
65 Part of E.O.E.
66 Fencing actions
67 Article on a baby
that's snatched
up by a news
anchor?
68 Early trade
union
69 Ebro feeder


70 Geometry
ending
72 Made, as cotton
candy
73 French noble
76 Tinker's target?
78 Theologian's
subj.
79 Thrust
81 Tries for a third
trial
82 Pop singer Mann
83 A load


85 Iroquois Indian
87 Precincts
92 Magnetic
induction unit
93 Big Florida
destination
95 Thomas Gray
works
97 Marinara
ingredient
101 Lexicographer's
concern
102 Gila Valley tribe


104 Doctor's cry
106 City near Salt
Lake City
107 Kind of wrap
108 Husband of
Gudrun
110 Mobile home?
112 "There tide

114 In the know
115 Baby's wail
116 Jeans brand
117 Mil. craft


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