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Volume 8, no. 39, Aug. 9, 2000 FREE
Gambling boat 'nightmare' in Venice, Island next?
By David Futch
You could almost feel Venice City Manager
George Hunt's pain when he was asked about his city's
dealings with a gambling boat operation.
And it was easy to tell that a Venice City Hall re-
ceptionist had been equally troubled by a controversial
boat to nowhere that took hundreds of people three
miles offshore to play slot machines and black jack.
She was told an entrepreneur was looking at Ma-
rina Bay restaurant in Holmes Beach as a home port for
a 110-foot gambling boat.
"Oh, no. Oh, no."
City Manager Hunt's reply was along the line of
"do what you can to stop it."
"Our boat had two major problems from the begin-
ning," Hunt said. "The bay they were having to navi-
gate was too shallow. From day one they were on the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
watch list because they were churning up bottom con-
stantly in Roberts Bay. The boat had a draft of 6.4 feet.
"We fought the boat initially even though we knew
we would lose. We finally decided to let the market
take its course and it lasted a year. In the end, the mar-
ket took care of itself. The boat had a poor reputation.
"There were no portholes below deck and when
you start mixing cigarette smoke and alcohol in an
enclosed area, a lot of people got seasick. They
couldn't get a steady clinetele to patronize it.
"We had problems with regard to crime. A couple
of times big winners were mugged in the parking lot.
And the boat operators had a practice of giving drinks
away or selling drinks for next to nothing so that when
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Bradenton Beach fire fought
with help from friends
Thanks to Jason Imfeld's neighbors, disaster was
averted at his Bradenton Beach duplex early Sunday.
Imfeld fell asleep on his couch in his apartment
at 2209 Avenue B with a lit cigarette, according to
West Manatee Fire Rescue Fire Inspector Tom
Soleau. He awoke to find the couch smoldering and
called his neighbors for help.
When firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:45 a.m.,
they saw neighbor Mike Clyatt manning a garden hose
in an attempt to douse the blaze. Another neighbor,
Terri Dielman, had gone into the smoke-filled house to
retrieve a cat and was performing "kitty CPR" (rescue
breathing mouth to nose) on it.
Firefighters removed the smoldering couch and
damage was limited to the living room.
"By awakening his neighbors and alerting them to
the danger, Imfeld started a chain reaction that prob-
ably saved the structure," Capt. Ernie Cave of West
"Mike Clyatt called 911 and slowed the fire's
spread with the garden hose," Cave said. "Dielman
rescued the cat. The cat was alive and seemed to be
doing well when firefighters left the scene."
A smoke detector in the structure was missing bat-
teries and did not sound an alarm.
Cave said situations such as this could be pre-
vented by a smoke detector, which West Manatee of-
fers at no charge to district residents. Call the district's
fire prevention specialists at 741-3995 for more infor-
mation on free dectectors.
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Road resurfacing begins
A $115,000 road resurfacing project affect-
ing 14 Holmes Beach streets gets under way
Wednesday, Aug. 9.
The following roads are affected: Marina Drive
from Palm Avenue to 85th Street, 85th Street, 75th
Street from Marina Drive to Palm Avenue, 71st
Street from Marina Drive to Palm Avenue, Bay
Palms from 71st Street to Marina Drive, 56th Street
from Marina Drive to Gulf Drive, 47th Street from
Gulf Drive to 3rd Avenue, 3rd Avenue from 45th
Street to 46th Street, 3rd Avenue from 47th Street to
48th Street, 45th Street from Gulf Drive to 3rd Av-
enue, 36th Street from 4th Avenue to 6th Avenue,
100 block of 30th.Street, 28th Street from Avenue B
to the east end and 54th Street from Holmes Boule-
vard to Gulf Drive.
PAGE 2 0 AUGUST 9, 2000 0 THE ISLANDER
Sheriff's investigation 'not over,' mayor says
It's all about who put tree trimmings in the city's
mulch pile, but it escalated to a sheriff's department
internal investigation and threats of a recall.
Anna Maria resident Richard DeFrank says he
was unjustly accused of dumping tree trimmings at
the city's storage lot on May 6.
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Allen
Johnston was called to the city storage lot at Pine
Avenue and Crescent Drive that day, where public
works employee Bud Bailey alleged someone had
illegally dumped tree trimmings.
Johnston was reluctant to write a report due to
the fact there were no witnesses, but Bailey and
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, also present, insisted,
according to Johnston.
DeFrank says he was out jogging that morning
and moments after he observed the mayor and
Bailey conversing with Johnston, he waved Johnston
over to find out about a noise disturbance he'd re-
DeFrank says Johnston asked if he'd had any
trees trimmed recently and that Johnston told him
the mayor suspected him of illegally dumping trim-
mings at the city storage site.
At the insistence of DeFrank, Johnston filed a
second report on June 2. That report submitted
nearly a month after the original incident includes
what Johnston claims as verbatim remarks of the
mayor and Bailey regarding DeFrank that morning.
According to Johnston's version of the conver-
station, the mayor and Bailey used highly inflamma-
tory language, including cursing and name-calling.
The report was read by DeFrank at the June 8 city
commission meeting, to the surprise of the mayor.
Deffenbaugh said he was unaware of the report
until it was read at the meeting and that sheriff's office
Sgt. Jim Tillner later said he had not turned the report
over to the city in the hope it would be ignored.
Deffenbaugh requested an investigation of what
he termed a "false report" from Johnston by the
The results of the investigation are inconclusive,
according to sheriff's spokesperson Dave Bristow,
because there were no collaborating witnesses.
Sheriff's Lt. John Sixbey conducted interviews
with Bailey, the mayor and Johnston. Johnston de-
nied that he made false entries in his police report
and the mayor and Bailey denied making accusations
In the conclusion, based on his investigation,
Sixbey states "there is insufficient evidence to war-
rant a sustained finding."
DeFrank, who initially said "I think it's grounds
for a resignation or recall," continues in his belief
that he was maligned by the mayor.
DeFrank said several weeks ago he will initiate
a recall at the end of Deffenbaugh's first six months
in office (July 22), as required by law.
"There's a whole ton of people, a bunch of
people that are very concerned. These are people
concerned because they think Gary did it. They be-
lieve the sheriff's deputy," DeFrank said.
Deffenbaugh is dissatisfied with the findings and
says he will ask Sheriff Charlie Wells to reopen the
The mayor believes Johnston's notebook was al-
tered to include notes regarding the conversation
with him and Bailey and that it is false.
The deputy notes jump from a February entry to
the May 2 entry regarding the meeting at the city
Deffenbaugh said there were other witnesses to
the conversation on May 2 who will collaborate his
story, including Public Works Director Anne Beck,
who monitored the conversation by radio, and Com-
missioner Bob Barlow.
DeFrank said, "I have no problem with the con-
tinuation of the investigation. The mayor was of-
fered a polygraph test but he refused until the inves-
tigation was closed.
"People I don't even know, people older than
me, people who stop me in the street, say they don't
know why he lied."
Island charter middle school
takes big step; officers named
Defining a clear identity and finding a name
that reflects its purpose occupied most of the
agenda of a meeting Monday night supporting an
Island charter middle school.
The organizational session at the Island
Branch Library didn't reach a firm conclusion on
either matter, but set another meeting at the library
for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, that may get those
A board of directors was chosen to take
charge of what until now has been largely the
potent ad hoc efforts of two Anna Maria Island
women, Marlene West and Noranne Hutcheson.
On the board are Pam Fortenberry, Dean
Holstrom, Kimberly Holstrom, Cindy Jennis, Dr.
Scott Kosfeld, Sugg Middle School teacher
Michele Timpanaro, Tracey Powers and Susan
The problems have taken a new edge with the
change in deadline for applying to the Manatee
County School Board for a middle school. It has
been moved up from Nov. 15 to Oct. 1.
"By then we have to have a feel for a clear
identity of what the school will be for the chil-
dren," said West. "What we say in our vision
statement and what we name the school must be
reflected in everything the school does."
Two themes that seemed to strike a response
with the two or three dozen people attending
were "Marine Science" and "Applied Life
Skills," and those will be discussed along with
others at next Monday's meeting.
An Island middle school must offer differ-
ences from other middle schools already in ex-
istence "and not just a different location," said
A delegation from the Island will find out
more at a middle school information meeting
from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Sarasota
County School Board headquarters in the Land-
ings, 1960 S. Tamiami Trail. It is being spon-
sored by the Florida Department of Education.
Further information may be obtained at 778-
8366 and 778-8571.
Fiesty funnel cloud
A water spout formed off Holmes Beach last week,
delighting passersby from as far away as the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. Fortunately for all, the funnel
cloud dissipated shortly after informed and never
made landfall. Islander Photo: courtesy Jim Taylor
Gambling boat proposal for Holmes Beach similar to Venice's 'nightmare'
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
people got back to shore, they were tanked. When the
ship got back to the dock, hundreds of drunk people
stepped off. It was all our police could do to try to es-
cort these people home."
Marina Bay owner Bill Zalla closed his Holmes
Beach restaurant in July and started looking for a
buyer. Zalla was out of town and could not be reached
for comment at his St. Petersburg home.
When a gambling boat operation approached Zalla
about taking over, they wanted to know if Zalla could
find out if Holmes Beach ordinances would prevent a
gambling boat from operating out of the restaurant.
According to Bill Saunders, the only problem
seems to be a lack of parking. That's a problem Marina
Bay has always had, Saunders said. Other than parking,
there's nothing that prevents a gambling boat from
docking in the basin.
DEP environmental specialist Lauren Milligan said
that a year ago Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet
instituted a moratorium on gambling boats that are docked
over sovereign Florida submerged lands.
"The problem was these boats were churning up
the seagrass beds," Milligan said. "The political re-
ality is that Florida residents who have voted against
gambling in Florida objected to having these boats
using sovereign Florida lands for gambling activi-
However, if the boat is docked at privately owned
land, then the moratorium is totally irrelevant and
there's nothing the state can do to stop it, she said.
However, if the gambling boat owners need to
dredge a canal or basin to get the boat in, they have to
go through DEP to get a permit.
Due to the shallow nature of the basin, that may be
Bob Stetler, environmental administrator with DEP
in Tampa, said he recalls Vegas 'N Venice and his
They included two documented groundings on
seagrass beds by DEP and two more documented by
the U.S. Coast Guard. A lawsuit is pending.
Primary to the problem was the boat's draft, which
could be as much as six feet depending on load, includ-
ing passengers and fuel.
"Prop dredging was a problem. The boat caused
water quality problems with regard to suspension of
mud in surrounding waters," Stetler said. "It was a
nightmare for us. It was a boondoggle. There was
never any request on the part of gambling boat opera-
tors to ask the state if it would be all right to dock there
or modify the lease."
Stetler said even if the proposed gambling boat
were to dock in the Holmes Beach basin which is
private- his office would have jurisdiction if the ves-
sel doesn't fit or causes prop dredging.
"Even if it's not on state submerged lands," Stetler
said, "the turbidity problem is under our jurisdiction."
City Manager Hunt said gambling boats to no-
where aren't the same as Caribbean cruise liners.
"To me you have to make it luxurious and spacious
with good food and people will come," Hunt said.
"This is a completely different experience than a trip
to the Bahamas. Then again the more luxurious you
want it to be the bigger the boat has to be."
Holmes Beach in jeopardy
of losing Grassy Point project
By David Futch
A two-year attempt by the state of Florida to buy
37 acres of pristine mangrove wetlands on Anna Maria
Sound is in jeopardy of collapsing.
Holmes Beach has asked for an extension on an
$840,207 grant from the Florida Communities Trust in
hopes a state negotiator can convince one of the three
property owners to lower their price.
But at this point, that doesn't seem likely.
Delbert Harvey, the Trust's senior acquisition
agent, said "at this point we can't come to an agreement
on a price for the primary parcel, which is 22 acres.
That about sums up the situation. I'm not allowed to
discuss price. Right now we're in a last ditch situation
to get this project. There's always hope."
Holmes Beach City Treasurer Rick Ashley sent a
--TefF ieJuTy 27 to the Florida Coirriuinifies Trust asking
for the six-month extension.
He thinks the city may have to reapply for a grant
to buy some of the property because the primary prop-
erty owner wants too much money.
"The project is based on a core parcel and this par-
ticular project seems dead in the state's eyes," Ashley
said. "We've had a lot of discussion with the state about
the other two parcels but the state only wants to talk
about the primary parcel first."
But the state only wants the other two pieces of
property if it can get the one that's been designated the
primary parcel, a 22-acre site owned by Martha and
Lawrence Van Wald..
Ashley said the 12 acres owned by the Nora
Hames estate is the waterfront piece of property and
more appealing than the other two pieces including
the primary parcel.
Even if the deal can be reworked to get hold of the
12 acres of waterfront property owned by the Nora
Hames family, the deal could still be off because appar-
ently they're "asking for the moon," Ashley said.
"I've seen the offer to the Hames heirs and the kids
think they're sitting on a gold mine," Ashley said. "There
is always hope the property owners see this deal going
away and will sit down and negotiate in good faith."
Ralph Cantral, acting executing director of the
FCT, said the city's request for a grant extension is
scheduled to be heard Aug. 23 at a meeting of the gov-
erning board of the FCT.
"It's a pretty standard situation to extend unless there
are insurmountable problems," Cantral said. "There has
been some question about whether the primary piece will
be bought because the owners want too much money. That
seems to be the insurmountable problem here.
"We can proceed on the other pieces of property if
the community wants to proceed. In other words, are
the other parcels important to the city?"
Extensions generally are granted for up to six
rhonths aT a time though they could extend it to any
length up to six months, Cantral said.
However, this year the Florida Legislature directed
the Trust to spend the money on projects in a timely
fashion, Cantral said.
"The reason we're strictly enforcing the deadline
is because the Legislature asked us to spend the money
faster," Cantral said. "The Legislature said spend the
money within at least a two-year period after the money
has been designated and this project will be at its two-
year end in January, 2001."
Mayor Carol Whitmore said the city could come up
with extra money if it had to, citing the city's $1.2
million reserve account.
She said the city could be willing to kick in another
$100,000 toward the purchase of the primary piece of
"The problem is there are three property owners,
but the one who has the biggest piece is involved with
a trust, a family and attorneys," Whitmore said. "I just
can't believe these people wouldn't do this for the com-
munity because this land is unbuildable. It's all wet-
THE ISLANDER E AUGUST 9, 2000 E PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Aug. 10, 7 p.m., commission meeting on CDBG
changes, payment and Spring Avenue punch list, reso-
lution for paying checks and contracts, home occupa-
tion license request, city newsletter, rights-of-way care.
Anna Maria City Hall, -10005 Gulf Drive,
Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning commission
meeting on proposed land development code changes.
Aug. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Aug.. 17, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 8, 8 a.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Aug. 9, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Fire Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Aug. 16, 2 p.m., Island Elected Officials meeting,
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lands. If they don't sell it to the state, they may never
sell it. That's why I can't believe they're holding out
for more money."
If the state can't come to an agreement by the end
of the year, the money disappears or will go to some
other project, negotiator Harvey said.
And that's if the Florida Communities Trust agrees
to give the city an extension.
"The state doesn't tell us anything about the nego-
tiations," Whitmore said. "I know there is one holdout
and maybe two. The state gets sick of dealing with
these people. They'll just go on to another project and
leave this one behind."
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Meeting may relieve future turtle problems
By Jim Hanson
There's little to be done about it now. The turtles
are dead and no one can change that.
But city, state, contractor and conservationists will
meet in the near future to determine what went wrong
with turtle protection in Bradenton Beach, how to cor-
rect it and how to keep it that way.
The meeting is a result of an incident last week
where Spectrum Construction demolished a concrete
wall behind the Capri Apartments, 210 and 300 Gulf
Drive. Several Australian pines were removed as well.
Removal of the wall and trees exposed hatchlings
that night from a nearby nest to city street lights, Suzi
Fox, marine turtle permit holder said, and 40 of them
were crushed on Gulf Drive while scrambling toward
those brighter lights instead to the sparkle of the Gulf
of Mexico, as instinct dictates.
Four youths from Texas, Chris Watson of Fort
Worth, Joey Skirchak of Arlington, Ron Wise of
Longview and Justin Edwards of Mesquite, were on the
beach around midnight Aug. 1 looking for something
to catch with their net. The youths were here compet-
ing in a national in-line skating hockey tournament at
J.P. Igloo in Ellenton.
"We were looking for crabs when we saw all these
small turtles on the beach," Watson said. "They were
going towards the road and we picked about 20 of them
up and put them in the water."
Wise said they found another 10 turtles trying to
climb up a Gulf Drive curb.
"Then we saw 20 or 30 smashed ones in the road,"
Claudia and Glenn Wiseman of South Lyon,
Mich., visit Anna Maria Island every year for a month
and volunteer their time to Turtle Watch. They were on
the beach the night of "turtlecide."
"We come down for our anniversary and helping
Turtle Watch is what we do," Glenn Wiseman said.
"It's a shame, especially after the warning about the
nest Suzi Fox gave the contractors."
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hatched behind the Capri Apartments, 210 and 300 Gulf Drive, around midnight Aug. 1. They confused street
light for starlight and crawled to their death. Islander Photo: David Futch
Fox tried to stop the project on July 31 because
turtle nests were endangered by the work, she said.
"We knew there were nests on the beach in that area,
and that they'd hatch very soon, but the contractor went
ahead and tore down the wall and graded the area
against our objections."
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No one is sure at the moment whether the people
who left their flip flops on the beach were killing baby
loggerhead turtles or trying to save them.
What is certain is that humans got into a nest on
Coquina Beach at the south end of the Island and re-
moved an estimated 100 hatchlings as they emerged
The act was at one end or the other of the behavior
spectrum, said Suzi Fox, who holds the state marine
turtle preservation permit for the Island. "It was either
malicious vandalism or unselfish rescue, taking the
little turtles to the Gulf."
Either way, it was illegal. Touching a turtle or even
a nest is against state and federal laws, with heavy pen-
And either way, the visitors went away barefoot,
leaving three pairs of flip flops at the scene. Welcome
With 40 nests already hatched, more are expected Holmes B
to come out this week, said Fox. There are very few cutting At
new nesting turtles coming ashore now, and when the Sandy Ha
rate slows to one a week Turtle Watch will stop night Whitmore
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The egg count is way up this year, Fox said. All Islander i
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TURTLES, FROM PAGE 4
official told him there would be no problem, he said.
He had been on the project since early this year and
nobody told him about turtles, he added.
Still, his crews worked on the landward side of the
wall when they took it down because they had noticed
nests on the beach, he said.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 9, 2000 N PAGE 5
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e and landscape architect/King Fish project manager Kimber Bereiter of Swan, Moody & Associates
radenton. Holmes Beach Public Works employees and others are crowded behind the officials.
Photo: Pavid Futch
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hatchlings see lights it had previously shielded,
Noriega said there was an opening in the wall anyway
and hatchlings surely would have found it.
An angry Fox later tried to stop Waste Manage-
ment from delivering a Dumpster to the construction
site. Waste Management agreed to return later and Fox
went directly to city hall with her complaints.
The squabble was aired briefly at a city commis-
sion meeting last week, but the contractor was not
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cussion until Noriega and everyone else involved could
"I'm tired of finger pointing," Fox said. "Trying to
find someone to blame doesn't solve the problem. We
need to make sure this never happens again.
"I would very much like to prohibit any construc-
tion along the beach during the nesting season," May
through October, she said.
The meeting, planned for Aug. 9, was postponed
indefinitely because several city commissioners would
not be present for a quorum.
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Say it ain't so
The far-out-from-left-field proposition from Ma-
rina Bay restaurant owner Bill Zalla to the city attor-
ney with regard to operating a gambling boat in
Holmes Beach is hopefully just that. Far out.
Knowing Holmes Beach and its residents as we
do opposed to cell towers, high bridges, develop-
ment on Perico and just about any other change -
we think there'll be a little opposition.
Zalla tells the city he's got a buyer interested in
operating a 110-foot gambling boat from his defunct
Marina Bay location, which includes a lease with the
city for the adjoining boat basin on Marina Drive.
The city boat basin snakes along a canal past
Captain's Marina to the eventual outlet to Anna
Maria Sound, a waterway that we feel fairly confi-
dent in stating unequivocally will not accommodate
a ship of that size.
So the idea sounds fairly preposterous. Unless
perhaps they'll ferry passengers to a waiting gam-
bling boat with faster, more agile speed boats.
Time will tell. Until then, it's the "talk of the
And we hope a viable business lands at the old
Pete Reynard's, Shuckers, Crabby Bill's, Boathouse,
Marina Bay location.
Something that "works" for downtown Holmes
Wow! Our phones were ringing off the hook last
week when a water spout was spotted in Tampa Bay.
"It's heading your way!" It's gonna hit Key
Royale." It's so close I can't tell if it's on the beach."
Calls came from "alert Islanders" traveling across
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, fishing in the bay and at
work and at home.
Then came pictures. Digital ones from Vicki
Jarratt at Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria. Some
from Islander salesperson Rebecca. Barnett who
pulled off the road at King Fish Boat Ramp in
Holmes Beach to snap a few shots. And a series from
beginning to end from the "excitable" Jim Taylor,
owner of Taylor-Made Marine and Taylor-Made
Taylor went shooting nature's "fireworks" from his
front yard, where he first spotted the water spout, to his
back yard, and finally east down his canal for a better
perspective across Key Royale as the spout dipped far-
ther and farther into the bay.
He said one his neighbors came out to ask what
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they should do if it came their way. No need, though. Water spouts rarely come ashore.
"We're gonna break into that vacant house right The equivilant of a tornado, the water spout's'energy
there and hunker down in a concrete-block corner!" source is water.
Taylor told him. But it was exciting for the four minutes it lasted.
Volunteers were working
I am a typical West Manatee Fire and Rescue volun-
teer. I work a full-time job and make a comfortable living.
I donate a minimum of 30 hours of my family time a
month to serving a community of fine people, without ex-
pectation of compensation.
During my span I have spent hundreds of hours away
from my loved ones training to serve the community as a
professional. I have learned how to comfortably operate
every piece of apparatus should the need arise. I have
memorized every compartment and every piece of equip-
ment on the apparatus.
I have learned to safely and quickly navigate the
streets and the waterways on sunny days, dark nights, tor-
rential downpours and even through fog. I have taken the
necessary medical courses to enable me to keep someone
alive until paramedics arrive. I have become a CPR in-
structor and taught numerous Island and mainland resi-
dents how to keep a loved one's heart beating until help
can arrive. I have undertaken these duties on my own time.
I have been hot, cold, wet and tired and still had to
function clearly. I have been in burning buildings listen-
ing to the support trusses above me groan as the metal
expanded due to the heat. I have doused the flame of bum-
ing vehicles as combustible products stored inside ex-
ploded. I have comforted people who just lost a home or
family member. I have performed CPR on numerous
people as their family members looked on. I have treated
victims of accidents too ghastly to recount.
I have stood in the hot sun roaming your festivals and
fairs, knowing how difficult it would be to get a medic unit
there quickly to help if need be. I have stood out in front
of your markets, taking your blood pressure. This is my
gift to you.
M. DeMarinis's letter "Work Boat or Excursion
Craft?" in the July 26 edition of The Islander really hit me
hard. Volunteers were manning the boat and they were in
jurisdictional waters acting in official capacity at all times
and at all the events he mentioned.
Senior officers and paid personnel donate their time
to train us to handle the boat during day and night opera-
tions. It is our goal to put trained medical and fire volun-
teers on the water during as many events as we can. We
have proven the boat is an asset on several occasions. We
are there to provide fire and rescue to any in need of us.
The other fireboats he mentioned are not patrolling.
They are not manned and ready to go. We are, thanks to
the men and women of the West Manatee Fire and Res-
I am proud to be a volunteer. Anyone interested in
becoming a volunteer may call us at 741-3900.
Mark Paloski, Longboat Key
Teenagers fire volunteers too
To M. DeMarinis of Holmes Beach: I read your opin-
ion and your assumption about the new boat purchased by
West Manatee Fire Rescue and the teenage boy on board.
Did you ever assume that the boy was a volunteer for
the fire department? Do you have any idea how many
teenage boys and girls volunteer their time to the depart-
ment without pay?
They could be out having fun on a holiday weekend
but they're more interested in saving lives like yours or
your family. I left a Holmes Beach dock that weekend
with my little boy on my boat and saw the Holmes Beach
rescue boat and felt great knowing they were around.
Sure, the fireworks were in Sarasota, but a lot of us
leave here to get there, and knowing that Holmes Beach
is there for us. What's your problem?
D. McKenzie, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER M AUGUST 9, 2000 M PAGE 7
Passion for music runs in Crawford family
By Diana Bogan
Finding success in entertaining late night bar room
crowds with his raunchy antics, Jay Crawford has made
his living as a musician. His daughter Tasha, although
not a musician, has entered the music business as well.
After graduating three years ago from Florida State
University with a communications degree, Tasha got a
job with VH1 as an associate producer and moved to
California. Viewers will see her name credited on the
"Behind the Music" programs that have featured Bette
Midler, Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joel. Tasha is cur-
rently involved with production of a feature on Bon
"I'm very proud of Tasha, she's done a fantastic
job all on her own," says Jay.
Tasha grew up on the Island and from the time she
was age 5 or 6 she loved to hang out at her father's gigs.
While the evenings were still early, Tasha would join
her father on stage and sing.
"She has a good voice and when she's home for a
visit she still comes out and sings," Jay says. "Her pas-
sion is film making though and California seems the
right place for her to be."
Tasha was recently promoted to the title of seg-
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Tasha Crawford is right in the mix of things at VH1, where Stevie Wonder is just one of the musicians she has
met through her California job.
Jay. Crawford gets rowdy and raunchy late nights at
D.Coy Ducks in Holmes Beach.
ment producer, and will continue work on Behind the
Music for VH1 as well as specials such as Hollywood
& Vinyl. Many of the musicians profiled, such as Va-
nilla Ice, may not pique her father's interest, but he's
still thrilled that she has made her own foray into the
"I don't think it's any coincidence that Tasha is
working for VH1," brags Jay. "I'd like to think my
music had something to do with sparking her interest."
Jay isn't worried about his daughter being star
struck. He says she's well grounded and isn't awe-
struck by the people she is fortunate enough to work
with on a daily basis.
Jay himself is pretty grounded. He knows his mu-
sic material is not for an upscale venue and people have
come to expect his act to be a bit off-color.
"I'm not trying to be controversial," he says. "It's
all done in good fun and hopefully people have a good
Jay credits himself with playing on the Island long
enough to close down his share of clubs and to be old
news to most Islander readers.
Next time you catch his show let him know it's not
just the fish & chips you love. Jay says that "if you're
really enjoying the show you might buy me a concoc-
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Arvida Co. development on Perico Island is jockey-
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The Perico Eight, a group of eight Manatee
County residents who filed a legal challenge to
Bradenton's comprehensive land-use plan, are giv-
Those depositions are being conducted by the
Tallahassee law firm hired by Arvida to defend the
city's land-use plan.
The environmental group ManaSota-88 is in the
middle of filing a response to the city's response to
its verified complaint with the city regarding the le-
gality of how the development was approved.
That complaint is expected to be before Manatee
County Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan within 30 days.
For the moment, there is posturing aplenty.
The Perico Eight's hearing before an administra-
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City Council chambers.
Joan Perry, spokesperson for the Perico Eight at
least until Ken Crayton gets back Sept. 3, said things
are at a stalemate.
"We're into depositions and interrogatories,"
Perry said. "It's out of the hands of the petitioners at
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Holmes Beach artist takes first place in art show
By Diana Bogan
Rick Grice likes to work spontaneously, but for
ARTarget's "Hot Summer Cool Art" exhibition he had
to paint by the rules.
Using a mixed media of ink, charcoal and photog-
raphy, Grice's collage "Window With Ball" finished
first in the juried show. All entries had to fit the show's
theme of "Black and White."
Less of a spontaneous endeavor, Grice, of Holmes
Beach, spent a week to plan out the concept and then
one night to create the winning entry.
"I was tempted to use color while still in the in-
between stages," admits Grice, "but now that the piece
is finally finished I don't feel it needs the color."
One of two collages Grice entered, "Window With
Ball" features a central image of a ball with a cloth draped
over it and rising above it the image of a man depicted as
if he was crucified. Grice says the crucifix is an image that
recurs in many of his paintings, and in this particular work
you will find the image recurs several times as well.
Grice says he will often paint a subject, tear up the
work and reinvent it in another piece without losing
sight of the original image he created. In this case Grice
tore up photographic images and blended them together
so smoothly that the imagery and movement of the
work is balanced.
"It's beautiful, intelligent, creative.... It's my dad!"
says daughter Charlotte.
Grice says he hopes the piece is thought provoking.
"I want someone to think about it after they leave."
At 44, Grice has been an artist for more than 25
years and naturally he has seen his work mature. Some,
he says, is inspired by his poetry, and most are much
larger (6 feet high or more) than the exhibition piece,
Taking home the blue ribbon
Helping Rick Grice celebrate his first place win at ARTarget's exhibition opening are daughters Charlotte,
left, and Austin. The winning entry titled "Window With Ball" is displayed beside them. Islander Photo:
which is only three foot square.
His advice to other artists is to "use their emotions,
be honest with themselves and not to be afraid to attack
a project no matter what the subject is."
His own artistic taste is drawn to surreal and ab-
stract art, as well as innovative realism. His own style
is evolving into works that are three dimensional and,
as he puts it, "leaving the walls."
For now you can catch the art currently gracing the
walls of ARTarget in Sarasota through September 1.
ARTarget, a non-profit organization dedicated to
showing the work of emerging and established artists,
is located at 810-830 Central Ave. and is open from 1
to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information
about the organization and its exhibitions call 953-2482
or visit www.artarget.org.
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The Island Players will hold a sale at the theater
on the wrap-around porch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat-
urday, Aug. 12. The theater is at Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive in Anna Maria.
Items for sale include "trash and treasures" -
theater props, clothing, books, magazines, fresh baked
goods, gourmet homemade dog biscuits, lamps, pic-
tures and more.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to help pay for
a new computerized stage lighting system.
Mote volunteers are named
'Daily Points of Light'
Mote Marine Laboratory volunteers have won
national honor by being named "Daily Points of
Light" by the Points of Light Foundation.
The program was established by then-President
George Bush, who said "Points of Light are the soul
of America. They are ordinary people who reach
beyond themselves to the lives of those in need,
bringing hope and opportunity, care and friend-
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, Mote's executive direc-
tor, said the volunteers "are the greatest asset to the
laboratory and without them our effectiveness and
success would be very limited."
The Points program states in its citation that the
volunteers "remember when the sea and sky were
bluer, the fishing was better, and manatees and dol-
phins thrived ... and they are determined to return
those conditions to the community ... through their
work at Mote."
The volunteers serve as aquarium guides, edu-
cate the community in the marine environment, sup-
port animals in medical tanks around the clock, pro-
cess tissue samples, sort microscopic organisms,
clean tanks and perform other less visible but vital
Mahadevan said that last year they "contributed
the equivalent of more than 100 full-time staff in
hours," the 1,200 volunteers donating 141,000
hours of service.
The volunteer program was founded in the early
1980s by a few people to fill increasing needs of the
expanding laboratory. A board was established,
committees formed and bylaws written, making the
current program possible.
There is room for plenty more, said Andrea
Davis, volunteer/intern coordinator. She asks that
interested persons call her at 388-4441.
Come one. Come all.
Bowling tourney Aug. 19
The 10th annual Billy and George O'Connor
Bowling Tournament sponsored by The Islander
newspaper to benefit the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center will be Saturday, Aug. 19, at AMF
Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road.
The sign-up is an event unto itself prior to bowl-
ing. The only registration is at a party from 5:30 to 7
p.m. at D.Coy Ducks Bar & Grill in Holmes Beach.
There is no other registration and last year all 64 lanes
filled up early.
In addition to bowling fun, there will be a raffle
with top prizes.
The cost is $15 and includes bowling shoes and
Longboat Key Chamber
'Nooner' next Wednesday
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
host a "Nooner" luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Buccaneer Inn, 595 Dream
Island Road. Reservations may be made at 387-5919.
Beach Ball Bash and Barbecue
on Longboat Sunday
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Beach
Ball Bash and Barbecue will be from noon until 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites,
4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Volleyball, tennis, seabiking, kayaking, face paint-
ing, adult and kids' games are scheduled, along with a
reggae band and door prizes. The menu is barbecue,
hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, corn on the cob and wa-
termelon for $15 for adults, $6 for children. Further
information may be obtained at 387-9519.
Artist at work
John C. Bonser, whose photographic exhibit runs
through August at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island, checks a print in his Bradenton darkroom.
The guild's gallery is at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Island Branch Library's
Two programs on Wednesdays highlight the Island
Branch Library's schedule for August.
Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. the Friends
Book Club meets. And Family Storytime is being fea-
tured every Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday throughout the month, a veterans
service officer will interview clients (by appointment
only) between 1 and 4 p.m., call 749-3030 to schedule.
The month's art exhibits are the pottery of Regina
Faya and oils and pastels painted by Daniel Rishavy.
The library, at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
opens daily except Sunday at 10 a.m., closing at 8 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thurs-
day, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Temps 'I I / i
on A.M. I V-.
Date Low High Rainfall
July 30 78 90 0
July 31 78 92 0
Aug. 1 79 93 .20
Aug. 2 80 91 0
Aug. 3 80 90 Trace
Aug. 4 80 95 0
Aug. 5 81 92 0
Average Gulf water temperature 870
Doug Wolfe dons
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh
appointed veteran commissioner Doug Wolfe
to be his new vice mayor this week, following
the resignation of Bob Barlow.
Barlow remains a commissioner, but due
to extenuating family needs, he chose to re-
sign from the vice mayor position.
Deffenbaugh said he nominated Wolfe
because of his experience on the commission
and his willingness to help at city hall.
"He answers phones and does whatever
he can to help out," the mayor said. "He's
been helping by previewing building official
applications and because he's retired, he has
more time to devote to the city than the other
The commission vote for Wolfe was
unanimous at the Aug. 7 meeting.
Wolfe said, "I'm glad the commission
supported me in the vote. I will continue to do
as much as I can for the city as I've done in the
last 12 years."
Wolfe was first elected in 1988 and
served one year. He was elected again in 1990
and has served on the commission since then,
including several years as vice mayor for
mayors Max Zinka and the late Ray Simches.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 9, 2000 0 PAGE 11
Hurricane activity drops slightly
this year; active season still ahead
Here we are, almost a third of the way
through hurricane season with only one .
storm formed in the Atlantic basin.
But the absence of storms so far
doesn't mean we won't get one or more,
although one hurricane prediction wizard
now says it won't be quite as active a year
as was originally forecasted.
Dr. William Gray and his hurricane
prediction team now say that this year,
while active, won't be quite as bad as they
had thought in early June.
In the fourth forecast and final update for the year, the
Colorado State University team is calling for 11 named
storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The
June 1 report at the start of hurricane season was higher
than those numbers by one per category.
The prediction drop is due to recently observed
cooler Atlantic Ocean surface water temperatures and
a weakening La Nifia that should not enhance Atlantic
Basin hurricane formation quite as much as the team's
expectations in early June.
An average year from 1950-90 has seen 9.3 tropi-
cal storms, 5.8 hurricanes and 2.2 major hurricanes
(those with wind speeds above 110 mph).
The fact that two months have passed without so
much as a named storm is irrelevant, Gray says. Last
year's "very active" season produced only one tropical
storm, Arlene, before Aug. 19, generally acknowledged
as the start of the intense part of the season, and hurri-
cane activity in 1998 also started very late.
"The fact that we haven't had an early season
storm doesn't mean anything," Gray said. "There is no
correlation between June and July storms and what
may take place later in the season in fact, there's
some evidence for a slight negative correlation so that
the absence of early season storms is made up for by
late-season activity," according to Gray.
He expects the severe part of the season to occur
about when it usually does, for 60 days beginning
around Aug. 20 and continuing until roughly that date
"Sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Basin
have not warmed quite as much as expected," said
Gray. Because tropical depressions that could grow
into named storms and beyond require
a pool of warm water to draw energy
from, and because estimates say that
S pool must be at least 100-150 feet deep,
S cooler surface water temperatures in
the Atlantic could inhibit storm forma-
La Nifia has also slowly weakened.
This mass of cold water in the equato-
Srial eastern Pacific Ocean, when strong,
produces weak westerly or even east-
erly winds that promote hurricane for-
mation in the Atlantic Ocean. At the beginning of
summer Gray and his team saw evidence that the
cool water would persist, but recent readings indi-
cate that La Nifia has slightly weakened over past
weeks, making it a little less favorable for hurri-
What coastal dwellers should anticipate, Gray
said, is for an active hurricane season, but one likely
to be slightly weaker than those that occurred in 1995,
1996, 1998 and 1999. The five years beginning in
1995 constitute the five most active consecutive years
of hurricane activity in history, producing 65 named
storms, 41 hurricanes and 20 major hurricanes.
Gray and his team's final forecast update for 2000
means a lot of storms will be packed into a relatively
short period of time, August-October.
Last year's forecast, which did not change num-
bers throughout the season, was one of the most suc-
cessful for the Colorado State team, who've been pre-
dicting the number and intensity of Atlantic Basin
hurricanes since 1984.
Predictions continue to place the probability of
one or more major hurricanes coming ashore some-
where along the U.S. coastline from Brownsville to
the Maine-Canada border at 60 percent. The long-
term mean is 52 percent.
The probability of one or more major hurricanes
making landfall on the east coast, including the
Florida peninsula, is 39 percent, compared with an
average the past century of 31 percent. The Gulf coast
faces a 34 percent probability of facing one or more
Saffir-Simpson 3-4-5 storms. The last century's av-
erage is 30 percent.
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Alma J. Bland, 82, of Bradenton, died Aug. 4 in
Integrated Health Service in Bradenton.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y., Mrs. Bland came to
Manatee County frdm New Milford, N.J., in 1979. She
was a retired bank manager. She participated in the
Woman's Club of Anna Maria. She was a member of
St. George's Episcopal Church.
Services were Aug. 8 at St. George's Episcopal
Church. Memorial contributions may be made to
Bradenton Hospice House in care of Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of ar-
She is survived by brother Thomas A. Sobe of
William H. Kayser
William H. Kayser, 85, of Bradenton, died May 31
Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mr. Kayser came to
Manatee County from there in 1978. He was employed
in the management department at General Electric Co.
for 40 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge,
Bradenton Beach, and Elks Lodge, Palmetto. He at-
tended Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.
Services were Aug. 7 in Fort Wayne. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Cremation
and Funeral Center was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Vivian; daughter Sharon of
California; son Gary of Clearwater, two grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Harold 'Smitty' Smith
Harold "Smitty" Smith, 80, of Bradenton, died
Aug. 2 at Hospice House of Bradenton.
Born in Howell, Mich., Mr. Smith came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1978. He was employed as
a supervisor at General Motors Truck and Coach Di-
vision, Michigan, for 36 years. He served as a ser-
geant in the National Guard. He was a member of
Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach.
Services were Aug. 6. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrange-
SHe is survived by daughter Susan Swan of
Auburndale, Fla.; sons Richard of Howell, Fla., Chris-
topher of Littleton, Colo., Robert of Bradenton and
Jimmy of Sarasota; sister Geraldine Janson of Mason,
Mich.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchil-
E. Frank Wentworth
E. Frank Wentworth, 94, of Berlin, Vt., and
Holmes Beach, died July 31.
Born in Connecticut, Mr. Wentworth was a
Rutgers Law School graduate and a member of the
New Jersey Bar Association. He joined the legal de-
partment of the engineering-construction firm Foster
Wheeler in 1941, was appointed vice president in
1962, president in 1965 and, in 1968, chief executive
He is survived by wife Doris, daughter Patricia
and son Barry.
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'Reality Check' leaves Manatee
County anglers shaking heads
Jeff Cobb of Bradenton had one of the more extraor-
dinary offshore fishing trips around these parts in some
Cobb, who fishes the Island Discount Tackle Fishing
the Islands Tournaments every year, won the raffle prize
a lot of folks wanted at the tournament celebration.
The winners got a full day and I mean a full day
- of fishing with Capt. Tom Butler on his boat "Reality
If you've ever seen "Reality Check," you know why
fishermen drool when they see this one-of-a-kind vessel
and its potential for going out deep.
It's a stiletto-looking 45-foot boat with an eight-foot
beam and a cabin outfitted with airplane pilot seats. "Re-
ality Check" can cruise through just about any sea at 40
That allows Butler to take his clients 100 to 120 miles
offshore in a hurry. That's where the big dawg grouper
live, not to mention American red snapper and huge am-
So Cobb and his fishing buddies Mike Ferris of Anna
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The "Reality Check" left the dock at 2 a.m. and
around sunrise, Cobb and company were fishing in 250
feet of water.
"We fished all day and got home 24 hours later,"
Cobb said. "We caught at least 40 amberjack to 50
pounds, 32 gag groiper with one of them topping out at
54.2 pounds, a Warsaw grouper that was 77.8 pounds and
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deep. There couldn'thave been a better day. It was good
weather, flat-calm even 100 miles out, and we caught all
Not a bad day.
"It's the best fishing trip I've ever been on," Naeher
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weather. I've got nothing but good things to say about it.
"Jeff Cobb and Mike Ferris caught the most but ev-
erybody caught a bunch. When Mike caught that Warsaw
grouper, I looked back and the big, fat pole was wrapped
around the boat. I had to go help him get the fish off the
bottom. Pretty amazing."
Fall soccer season registration, tryouts
Fall soccer season begins next week when boys and
girls age 5 through 17 must register.
Players must be age 5 by Aug. 23, 2000, and no older
than 17 by the same date.
Registration will be at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and Monday, Aug.
21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee for Center members is $35
for the first child and $30 for each additional child in a
family. The non-member fee is $40 for the first child and
$35 for each additional child.
Scholarships are available for those children who
qualify. The Center does not turn away any child for lack
Shin guards are required for play and are available at
the Center for $10.
There also will be mandatory tryouts at the Center and
every child must attend at least one tryout date to be placed
on a team. Children who do not try out will be placed on
a waiting list.
Tryout dates are set for Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7
p.m. for children age 5-to-7. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the
same day, tryouts will be held for children ages 8 to 9.
Children age 10 and 11 must try out Thursday, Aug.
24, from 6 to 7 p.m., while those age 12 to 14 try out from
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, there will be try outs for chil-
dren who missed the Wednesday and Thursday try outs.
Age 5-7 is from 10 to 11 a.m., age 8-9 is from 11:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., age 10-11 is from 1 to 2 p.m. and age 12-
14 is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Players age 15 to 17 need not try out. They only need
to sign up.
A draft will be held following the Saturday, Aug. 24,
The Kick-Off-the-Season Soccer Banquet is sched-
uled for Friday, Sept. 8, at in the Center auditorium begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m.
The Soccer Jamboree is set for the next day, Saturday,
Also, volunteers are needed to help coach. Even if
you've never coached soccer before, your help will be
appreciated and the Center staff can train volunteers.
For more information, call Scott Dell at the Center at
Eastman, Richards tie at Rolling Green
Sonny Eastman and Russell Richards tied for first in
the Sunday Sunrise Tournament at Rolling Green Golf
Club as fast greens played havoc with golfers.
Eastman and Richards were plus six on a modified
Stableford scoring system. Jim Sarapede was second at
plus one out of the 32 players who participated.
While the fairways at the Sarasota course were soggy
from summer rains, the greens proved to be quick and took
Closest-to-the-pin greenies were won by Bob Darling,
Dennis Spates, Eastman and Richards.
Skin winners included Mike Kennard, Spates,
Richards, Scott VanOstenbridge, Julio Duarte, Marc Skin-
ner and myself.
Next week the tour returns home to Palma Sola Golf
Club. Call Jon Huffman at 778-4622 for tee times.
Curtis birdies 18th hole to win
Neal Curtis sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole
at Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club to squeeze by
George Wonkka and win the July 30 Sunday Sunrise golf
Curtis scored four points with his birdie to go to plus
nine on a modified Stableford scoring system to beat
Wonkka who also birdied No. 18 to get to plus eight.
Mike Manning was third at plus six.
Greenies went to Mark Kimball, Mike Aura, Man-
ning and Richard Bergquist, while skins winners were
Wonkka and Bergquist with two apiece and Rob Canada,
Kent Bell, Curtis and Aura with one each.
Fall baseball tryouts for ages 13.16
Anna Maria Junior and Senior League Baseball try-
outs are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12, and Saturday,
Tryouts are open to players who were between the
ages of 13 and 16 by Aug. 1, 2001.
Call Bob Gibbons at 778-7431 for more information.
Games will be played at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton and
Lakewood Ranch in east Manatee County and begin by
the middle of September.
Fishing college scheduled
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
scheduled inshore and offshore fishing guides to speak
THE ISLANikERb AUGUST 9, 2000 PAGE 13
Center TLC after-school
program starts Monday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
TLC program for children after school begins with
the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 14, said the
center education director, Maggie Rosario.
The "Time for Learning Creatively" program
will focus on academic improvement, she said,
working closely with Anna Maria Elementary
"Each individual child's needs will be targeted
to help with homework, character development and
other academic activities," she said.
It is open to children kindergarten through fifth
grade for $30 a week, with some scholarship help
possible. It will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday, with transportation and a daily
snack provided. Further information is available
from Ms. Rosario at 778-1908.
Aug. 30-31 at its "fishing college."
The guides are expected to give recreational anglers
hints about where to go and how to catch the big ones, or
even the small ones.
The two sessions cost $25 for one night and $35 for
both and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.
Speakers include Capt. Roy Salgado of Grand Slam
charters. Salgado is a top deep-water guides and special-
izes in grouper, permit, tarpon and snapper.
Please register by Aug. 23 by calling 778-1908.
Full Moon sailor alert
The Third Annual Full Moon Overnight Sailboat
Race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12. Sailboaters who
want to go need to show up around 6 p.m. at the Seafood
Shack in Cortez for pre-race registration.
This is a different race, a little more relaxed than most.
Espin Bullock and other folks who live aboard their
vessels at the Seafood Shack are the race organizers.
On a full-moon night, sailors will start from just out-
side Longboat Pass and head for the sea buoy in Egmont
Channel, then to Southwest Pass to buoy No. 1 on the
south tip of Egmont Key, and then back to Longboat Pass.
It's a 40-mile run and sailing at night under a full
moon is a sight to behold even if you don't win.
There is no entry fee. For a good time, show up at the
Seafood Shack dock this Saturday around 6 p.m. and
check in with Bullock and friends.
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Children are counting on you to be aware of school zones, buses and bus
stops! As you hurry to and from work and appointments, kids are hurrying to
and from school. Keep an eye out for youngsters waiting for buses and
walking to and from school. Remember to observe school zone speed limits
and as always, that pedestrians have the right of way. This public service
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Open House reminder
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house. Principal Tim Kolbe says his goals for this school year include upgrading the media program, creating
a safe environment and maintaining high academic standards. Parents and students are encouraged to stop by
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The vehicle had been left on the sidewalk for several
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Aug. 2, giving false name, 2100 block Avenue C.
After a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle said she did
not have her license but gave her name and date of birth.
A computer check revealed no such person existed and
further questioning revealed her real name. She was
charged with giving a false name, driving with attached
tag not assigned, no registration and was taken to jail.
Aug. 2, found property, 500 block Bay Drive South.
The homeowner went to check his mail and found what
appeared to be a bag of marijuana on his mailbox. Police
tested the substance and placed the marijuana in evidence.
Aug. 2, Baker Act, 2400 block Avenue B. Police re-
sponded to a report of domestic violence. The husband
said his wife had become verbally abusive and he agreed
to leave the area after police arrived. The wife became
upset and demanded he be arrested. She accused him of
beating her and throwing hot grease on her, although of-
ficers did not observe any burs, according to the report.
She then began pulling her hair out and threw kitchen
utensils at the officer, according to the report. She was
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Aug. 4, driving with no license, 2500 block Gulf
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the vehicle and discovered $560 in cash on the driver,
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the scene, but no other drugs were found in the vehicle.
The driver was charged and taken to jail.
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July 28, forgery, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn. A
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manner and his driver's license was found to have been
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Aug. 2, criminal mischief, 3007 Gulf Drive, An-
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Weather, technological musings across the years
"I'm sorry, but I'm terrified beyond the capacity
for rational thought.
"There is a very slim chance that we'll survive."
Those are quotes from the original "Ghostbusters"
movie I caught on the tube the other night, quotes that
seem to sum up the way we should/do feel about try-
ing to reason with hurricane season a comment
which, now that I think about it, is another quote.
Hurricane (at this writing) Alberto is chugging its
way across the Atlantic Ocean toward the United
States. It's too early and ol' Al is too far away to know
if the storm will pose a threat to us, but it's time to start
, .paying attention.
One of the neatest ways to watch storms is via the
Internet. The National Hurricane Center has a web page
-www.nhc.noaa.gov/ that provides viewers with
up-to-the-minute satellite photos of what's happening
But my favorite part of the site is the "Discussion"
section. That's where meteorologists discuss the com-
puter models they run on the storm and debate the fore-
cast track. I'm not about to tell you that I can actually
follow all the meteorologic-speak in the discussions,
but after a while you can kind of get the gist of what
And sometimes the discussions are funny. The 4
a.m. discussion Aug. 5 on Alberto, for example, had in
part the following: "The GFDL model has had a sharp
right of track bias the past 24 hours, so I have placed
little faith in that model."
At 11 a.m. that same day, the discussion included this:
"Because of the current weakening trend and the marginal
SST model along the forecast track, the official forecast
keeps Alberto at 50 knots with a slight increase in inten-
sity beyond 48 hours when Alberto approaches warmer
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waters. This forecast is highly uncertain."
Don't you love it when they admit they aren't sure?
Actually, despite all the new bells and whistles
forecasters have at their disposal, the accuracy rate
hasn't changed very much over the years..
Take, for instance, some comments from Mel
Goldstein, a meteorologist, former professor of meteo-
rology and author of a book called "The Complete
Idiot's Guide to Weather."
"Accuracy is around 85 percent today, and it was
85 percent accurate 85 years ago," he told the New York
Times. "We're talking about a 24-hour forecast. Most
of the time it's easy to predict the weather- you look
out the window. But during rapidly developing weather
situations the forecast accuracy falls far below that 85
percent, and unfortunately those are the occasions
when most people are watching."
But some things are getting better. The five-day
forecast today is as accurate as a three-day forecast 15
years ago, according to one meteorologist, and better
equipment is bringing better forecasts to us.
Gov. Jeb Bush has said that by next year about 70
percent of Floridians will be either using the Internet
or will have access to the World Wide Web. With all
of you out there plugged into the world, it makes sense
to keep up to the second with what storms are doing
and where they're going by checking with the source
the National Hurricane Center.
By the way, with the increased Internet activity
during an approaching storm, I've found the National
Hurricane Center site sometimes hard to get onto. A
buddy advises a "back door" approach to get to the
discussions by getting into the Federal Emergency
Management Agency site, then linking to the Hurricane
Center. FEMA's web address is www.fema.gov.
Oh, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration is the umbrella entity for the Hurricane
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Computers are our friends. Really.
I was reminiscing about computer technology with
an elder colleague the other day, especially as it relates
to newspapers. About 10 years ago he and I worked on
sister newspapers and, kicking and screaming the
whole way, were dragged into learning how to put to-
gether the newspaper pages on a computer.
I say "computer" but the Mac Classic we used was
barely a computer by today's standards, what with its
puny hard drive and virtually non-existent RAM. Still,
we put out hundreds of newspapers on those old beige
boxes with five-inch screens before upgrading to
more powerful and faster machines.
When I started into this wacky profession 25 years
ago, stories were typed on typewriters and then re-
typed into huge machines that spit out paper tape with
holes in it that were in turn fed into another machine
that produced photo-quality paper strips of the stories
in long columns. We would then cut and paste the col-
umns on the page.
And when my buddy began his journalism career
50 years ago, it was using a crew of crusty old guys
who sat at huge linotype machines and pounded on the
keys while hot lead type chunked into columns out the
back of the hot, smelly linotype.
I ran into one of those old guys and an even older
linotype machine in a print shop in the Florida Pan-
handle about a year ago and conned the elder operator
into refreshing my memory of how the thing worked.
Yes, I guess we could put a newspaper out on it,
but I'm sure glad we don't have to, and it sure would
take a lot longer than the five or so hours it takes us to
slam the editorial content into each week's Islander.
So I guess the next time the computer locks up or
eats a file or does any of those other annoying things
it seems to delight in, I shouldn't say bad words and
kick the hard drive, but remember the "good old days."
The Weather Channel went on the air in 1982.
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Mangrove snapper everywhere, tarpon still around
By Capt. David Futch
Everyone's talking about catching mangrove snap-
per 'til the cows come home.
Apparently they're everywhere. Big mangrove
snapper are at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, others can
be found at just about any structure inshore or offshore
including docks and reefs.
Tarpon are thinning, but still there's enough
around to make a fun day out of jumping a few.
Neal Jackman at Annie's Bait & Tackle in
Cortez reporting for Capt. Zach Zacharias on the
Dee-Jay II said the number one catch last week was
Zach said they're everywhere and up to 16 inches
long. Big mackerel also are showing and the catch-and-
release snook action is good with the occasional red-
fish, smallish trout and a few flounder.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend said he caught
red grouper to 12 pounds and mangrove and lane snap-
per to three pounds in 80 to 100 feet of water. Bonita
to 15 pounds and mackerel to four pounds are in 30 to
40 feet of water while permit six to 10 pounds are in
40 to 50 feet of water. Flounder and trout can be had
in the bay.
Jason Lette at Island Discount Tackle said a lot
of redfish are hunkered around the tip of the islands.
"The snook are still on the beach and in the passes.
Mangrove snapper fishing is real good around the
bridges at night," Lette said. "The evenings and early
morning seemed to be better. The tarpon are moving
back into the bays. The red grouper have been steady
in 100 feet of water."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier on the north end
of Anna Maria Island said he's seeing a lot of mack-
erel, mangrove snapper and black drum being caught.
A couple of big redfish were taken at night. Snook are
hitting real good for people who know how to fish for
them around a dock.
"And that means you've got to use heavy line like
80-pound test. I usually use 300-pound test," Kilb said.
"If you don't use strong line around a dock, you're just
relieving yourself into the wind."
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle at
Perico Harbor Marina said trout, redfish and snook are
on the flats.
"On the inside, the majority of the redfish are to 30
inches. Mackerel and bluefish are on the beach," Goss
said. "Grouper and snapper are biting in 80 feet of
water and there are some tarpon in the bay."
Capt. Thorn Smith of Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's seeing more and bigger redfish each
"We did real well on reds to 30 inches. We got a
Joe Morris from Rockford, Ill., caught this 20-pound gag grouper while fishing aboard the charter boat "Zulu
lot of them in Miguel Bay," Smith said. "We're catch-
ing trout, but they're small. Catch-and-release snook
are good on the outside of Terra Ceia Bay where the
water is a little clearer. Inside of Terra Ceia is real
"We caught mackerel to 22 inches in Tampa Bay.
According to some of my customers who fish the south
pier on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge they're catching
big mackerel to three pounds and quite a few mangrove
snapper. Big mangrove snapper are around the dol-
phins near the center span of the Skyway."
Capt. Ryan Hackney on Neva-Miss charters said
red grouper fishing remains his top offshore catch with
reds to 18 pounds and plenty of them. Every now and
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then someone catches a gag grouper.
"There are a lot of mangrove and lane snapper to
three or four pounds in 85 feet of water," Hackney said.
"It's been great. Just a lot of fish. In three trips of about
six hours each we caught a lot of grouper with a lot
more snapper mixed in."
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's still jumping tarpon
in Tampa Bay and there is a wealth of mangrove snap-
per everywhere you turn.
Capt. Mike Greig of Capt. Mike's Charters said
the permit action remains solid. There are a lot of
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People you don't even know tell you they "love that
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If so, you might have a picture that could be a con-
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"The 'wow' factor always plays a role. We're look-
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Judging begins by a selection of pictures from sub-
ject categories that include abstract photos, still life
pictures, landscapes and scenics, candid unposed snap-
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Not to be overlooked are great kid pics, sentimen-
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Complete rules for the contest are published below.
Please attach a photo contest label from this edition of
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while fishing with Capt. Glenn Corder.
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FISHING, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said he's seen a few tarpon up in the bay. A lot of
mackerel to five pounds are just off the beaches where
there's a lot of small white bait.
"We saw big pods of mackerel and big barracuda
on the rock piles off the beach," Salgado said. "There
are sharks around, but I haven't been fishing for them.
But they're definitely around."
Capt. Justin Moore on the Primadonna II said
red fishing is phenomenal.
"There are a lot of fish around and we catch any-
where from 10 to 50 fish a day. Inshore the reds are 25
water view, two
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or 26 inches and the big ones you catch in the Gulf top
out at 35 inches," Moore said. "Trout are in the deeper
grass inshore, permit are still off the beach and there are
Capt. Tom Chaya of the Dolphin Dreams returns
from a trip to the northeast in mid-August while Capt.
Matt Denham of the Rip Tide heads for London and
should return and reopen for charter Aug. 18.
Capt. Matt Bowers on The Outcast is headed for
Chicago for a little R&R and then on to Kohler, Wisc.,
for some golf at Blackwolf Run, one of the premier
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Bowers said when he was out late last week he
caught reds and gags to 15 pounds about 22 miles out
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to four pounds and lane and yellowtail snapper.
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Wit and wisdom by native
The Cracker gets a shiner
The Cracker and his wife Madeleine have just re-
turned from a fun-filled and fattening vacation. He
wants to tell you about it.
The fun part was enhanced by the fact that it was
the first true vacation since Heck was a pup without a
passel of kids in the family wagon. They have all
grown up now.
The northern-most destination was York, Penn.,
with stops along the way to visit friends, relatives and
FBI acquaintances from yesteryear.
A side trip to Gettysburg gave the Cracker the op-
portunity to revisit the Civil War battlefield where on
July 1, 1863, General Robert E. Lee and his gallant
Confederate Army won the first day of a three-day
battle. We true Southerners don't talk about the last two
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While refueling the Jeep somewhere along the
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splash-back that flooded his bare legs and sandaled
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Well, anyway with help from Madeleine he cor-
rected his problem and continued to slowly fill the tank
with his feet firmly in place and his eye on the nozzle.
Much to his dismay, when the tank was full, he
tried to turn to hang-up the nozzle and found himself
firmly glued in his tracks. The gasoline from the spill
had bonded the composition soles of his sandals to the
hot asphalt pavement.
After prying his shoes loose he left some tell-tale
footprints in the direction of the restroom which I am
sure are still there.
On a later occasion, while peacefully dreaming in
bed, the Cracker received a black eye that he still has.
Now shiners are a little embarrassing at best, but
the Cracker has found from experience it is better to tell
the truth rather than make up some cock-and-bull story
to cover the situation.
Well, here's what happened. As he said, he was
dreaming in bed. His dream was about his glory days
at old Mulberry High School. He was engaged in a
football kicking contest to determine who could kick
the ball the farthest.
When the Cracker's turn came to boot the ball, he
kicked all 200 pounds of himself right out of bed. What
He was rudely awakened with his left eye poked by
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 9, 2000 0 PAGE 23
55 years later, Wallace Praskieviscz alive, grateful
By Jim Hanson
Wallace Praskieviscz is happy once again to be
noting V-J Day in Anna Maria, not as everybody's tar-
get in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
He was in the thick of World War II from the at-
tack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, until Japan surren-
dered Aug. 15, 1945, ending the war. He doesn't plan
cial in cel-
I p yond his nor-
Most of his
war time was
in a subma-
Wallace Praskieviscz shipping. The
a submarine was, he noted, that they all look about the
same and U.S. pilots had been known to mistake a
friendly for an enemy.
"You're everybody's target, in a submarine," he
said. "Once you leave port you don't have any friends."
He joined the Navy right out of high school in
Massachusetts and was serving aboard a cruiser, USS
St. Louis, in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese planes
attacked. His ship escaped to sea, but the battleship
fleet took a beating.
A month later he was training for submarine duty
in New London, Conn., where his sub was being built.
He rode her for seven long war patrols off Japan,
he recalls, and she sank one light cruiser, a destroyer
and 10 cargo ships. "We torpedoed a battleship for
Christmas 1944, and she didn't even slow down."
Praskieviscz was chief electrician's mate then. He
was presented a Bronze Star medal, a high military
honor, by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz "for meritorious
service in action ... during a war patrol."
When the war ended the Skate was in the mid-Pa-
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his 20 in, and went to work as a civilian submarine in-
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"The atomic-powered subs came out about then,
and we old-timers didn't have much to do."
He came to Anna Maria in 1979 "to watch the
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In addition to them, the Praskievisczes have
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ANTIQUE WOOD office chairs. Only two left, dark
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LEATHER SLEEPER SOFA, light teal $600; two
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sofa table, coffee table and two end-tables, verdigris
PORCH SALE Island Players. Sat., Aug. 12, 9-1.
Trash and treasures, props. Bake sale. Island Play-
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GARAGE SALE SATURDAY August 12, 8am to
Noon. Kitchen, household, garage and many miscel-
laneous items, 106 49th Street, Holmes Beach.
HUGE GARAGE SALE Friday and Saturday August
11 & 12 only, 8am. Bedroom, living, dining furniture,
new recliner, clothes, office furniture, books,
housewares, toys, lots of misc. items. 515 75th
Street, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE Fri. & Sat., Aug. 11 & 12. Huge moving
sale, everything must go. Cheap, cheap, cheap. 441
63rd Street, Holmes Beach.
LOST SPRAY-PAINTED blue Raleigh Beach Cruiser.
Gold-painted handle bars. Taken from Bridgeport
Thursday, July 20. Reward. 794-1249, Karen.
LOST RING gold wedding band with diamond. Lost
on Saturday August 5, near cabana at 73rd and 74th
streets. Highly sentimental, family heirloom, Reward.
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GULF FISHING, scuba diving and snorkeling aboard
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HOUSEKEEPING/LAUNDRY. Dependable, energetic,
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PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST, recent grad or ex-
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT position in local real
estate office. Real estate licensee required. Send
resume to P.O. Box 814, Anna Maria, FL 34216.
CIRCLE K, Bradenton Beach had immediate open-
ings for sales associates, 2nd and 3rd shifts. Flexible
schedule, good pay and benefits. Call 778-7605 or
come in for an interview. 100 Gulf Drive North.
OFFICE HELP Secretary, file, phones, computer
data entry. Monday thru Friday, call Lucia 383-5565.
LINE COOK, SEVERS, BARTENDERS, Buccaneer
Inn. Call Nick 383-5565.
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY and the planet! Volun-
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seven days available. No experience necessary. Call
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ALL AROUND EMPLOYEE wanted. Maintenance,
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pay, room possibly available. Call Tom 383-5565.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
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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.
ISLAND GIRL WANTS to do child-sitting days, eve-
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given priority. Experienced. Call Hillary at 779-9122.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
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TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, shaping, re-
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WALL & CEILING REPAIR. Drywall, texture, paint,
tiling, all handyman work. Call Fred, Monday-Satur-
day 10am-6pm at 752-7758 or mobile 545-6141.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes unsightly
black mildew, salt and dirt from house exteriors, windows,
roofs, gutters, driveways and decks. Call 778-0944.
CHAMBERLAIN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING. We
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affordable, honest, insured. 750-4772.
SCREEN REPAIRS, drywall repairs, painting, car-
pentry, new/old tile work. Ceiling fans, roof repairs,
all home repairs. Low prices. 504-2027.
DICK FRITZ, REAL ESTATE AGENT with Sutton
Group Properties. Specialty, commercial, water-
fronts. 35-year Island resident. 792-2913, 795-4112.
5910 Cortez Road West. By appointment please.
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
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Resi-
dential/commercial, full-service maintenance, land-
scaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds,
native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent references.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre. 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-four year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building Contractor. New homes,
renovations, additions and design service. Free estimates
and fair prices. Time and materials or contract. Let me save
you $$$. Lic#RR0066450. Call 795-1947.
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town and
the best results from classified ads and service advertising!
WATERFRONT COTTAGE with dock. Turnkey fur-
nished, beautiful view, breezy quiet area. No pets,
non smoking. Priced from $700 month, $350 week.
ANNUAL RENTALS, SEVERAL to choose from. Big
ones, small ones and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
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
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 3BR/3BA townhouse
available summer and next season. Beautiful decor
with pool, garage, and all amenities. Walk to beach
and shops. 941-778-0167.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB: Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA. Low, Low, Low Fall Rates from September 1 -
October 31, 2000. Deal direct with owner. Frank,
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. 863-646-9233.
HOLMES BEACH PIRATES DEN, heated pool, pri-
vate. $350-$450 week. Stones throw to beach.
Weekend/month, no pets. 778-4368.
GULFFRONT REMODELED 2BR/2BA now taking
reservations for weekly, monthly and season. 941-
OLD FLORIDA COTTAGE 2BR/1BA, just remodeled
in bayfront complex. $700, first, last and security.
Water included. 795-1243 or 778-2619.
BAYFRONT 1BR/1BA apartment in bayfront com-
plex. $700 month plus first, last and security. Water
included. 795-1243 or 778-2619.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 1BR/1BA, one block to beach
and bay, close to shops, great location. $550 month,
$550 deposit. 203 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Available now. 813-258-2411.
SELECT LARGE WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA unfur-
nished upper-condominium. 1,750 sq. ft., walk-in
closets, fireplace, cable included. All glass overlook-
ing beautiful water and island view with wildlife for
nature lovers delight. Pool own covered parking,
lighted dock with power and water, own slip with dock
box, excellent storm protection. Tidy Island,
Bradenton/Cortez area, close to all beaches. Adults
only, no smokers, no pets. Quiet and safe. $1,200
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1. 3BR/1BA home south
end of Island only fifty paces to the Gulf or Bay.
Quaint and charming with hardwood floors, central A/
C, fireplace, stained glass window and peek of a
view. Water, sewer, trash, pests, grounds included.
$975. Sandy Greiner, Wagner Realty 794-2246.
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Serving the Islands since 1969. 7785594 After 5Call
Licensed and Insured 778-3468
RICK BOYCE CONSTRUCTION
From the smallest repairs to major overhaul ...
I do it all and you SAVE.
778-5075 798-0078 PAGER
20-years Island experience Insured Lic.# CGC038546
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Island Residents Kenny and Karen Ervin
Acr Family Owned and Operated Full Service 43 Years Experience
SWouldn't that be nice?
I'll make your glass gleam!
Local* Licensed* Insured *725-0399
Wilson Walls IN
Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
news than any
By appointment only
WE SPECIALIZE IN REPAIRS!
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David Parrish Owner
Lic # ER0006385
Serving the Beaches Since 1978
PAGE 26 E AUGUST 9, 2000 U THE ISLANDER
R ENTAL _,S/ CISA
CALL NOW to book your late-summer Island vacation rent-
als. Summer rates from $350 per week. Labor Day is only
a few weeks away! Sandy Greiner, Wagner Realty 794-
2246 or e-mail SandyGsBeaches @ aol.com.
FREE MONTHS RENT on beautiful Longboat Key.
200 feet from beach with Gulfview. Screened lanai,
laundry room, unfurnished. Pets welcome, one block
to Publix, near everything. 1BR/1BA, $725 per
month; 2BR/1BA, $825 per month. 387-0776.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, screened
sunroom, A/C, washer/dryer. Raised, elevated, cov-
ered parking. Two blocks from beach. 778-8408 or
IRONWOOD ON GOLF course. 2BR/2BA, first floor
end. Beautifully furnished, tennis, rec hall and pool.
Five miles to beach. Available Aug. Dec. $750 mo,
3 mo. minimum. 55+. Call 778-5092.
BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA unfurnished annual condo.
Covered parkngoPol. Available August 1. $1,10_ 0
mo. plus elec. No pets. Call Smith Realtors, (941)
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL Gulffront complex. 1BR/
1 BA furnished with pool and covered parking. $700
mo plus elec. and phone. Call Smith Realtors, (941)
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
S t en you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
SM Monhotton Mortgage Corporation
WANTED TO RENT 3+BR/3+BA beachfront. Week
between Christmas and New Years. Responsible
executive couple from Atlanta. (770) 393-0580.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA. Rec room,
washer/dryer, deck. Very clean. $900 mo., first, last,
3BR/1BA ELEVATED for lease: Fully furnished on
canal, pool, walk to Gulf. All utilities included. Sea-
sonal $2000 per month, $1,200 per month. 778-4116.
ANNUAL RENTALS! Several 2BR Island rentals,
prices range $675 $850 per month. None accept
pets. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate for info 778-2307.
BRADENTON BEACH 1BR apartment newly reno-
vated, very private, with ocean view. Daily, weekly,
GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
ISLAND DUPLEX only a few steps from the beach.
3BR home plus carriage house with 1BR/1BA in-
come apartment. $249,900. Sandy Greiner, Wagner
Simply the Best
Rochelle Marianne Lisa Sally
Largest and best selection of
rentals on Anna Maria Island!
3101 Gulf Drive
Realty inc. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
BEACHFRONT COMPOUND Three units directly on
the Gulf! 3BR/2BA main house plus a.duplex with
1BR/1BA each unit. All units are turnkey furnished.
Currently used as a vacation rental with solid rental
history. Sandy Greiner, Wagner Realty 794-2246.
WANTED CANALFRONT HOME in City of Anna
Maria. Prefer to deal owner to owner, no Realtors
LARGE DUPLEX Holmes Beach steps to beach,
2BR/2BA and 1 BR/1 BA, fireplace, boat dock access.
Must see! Asking $218,000. 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, re-
ligion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin,
or intention to make any such preference, limitation
or discrimination." Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspapleTWi iot ibknow-
ing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed
that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are
available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain
of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-
9777, for the hearing impaired (0) 1-800-543-8294.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
PELICAN COVE Turnkey furnished with
gulf and Bay views. Hot tub, heated pool,
tennis courts, boat docks. Great rental
history. $250,000. Lynn Hostetler 778-
JUST A BLOCK from the beach. Recently
updated 2BR Island home. New kitchen,
new bath, vanity and tile. New Mexican tile
floors, new A/C and duct work, new ceiling
fans in every room. $195,000. Dennis
Rauschl 778-4800, 725-3934 anytime.
INEXPENSIVE ISLAND GETAWAY Rare
2BR/1BA with bay view. Turnkey fur-
nished, well maintained with heated pool.
Move-in condition. $109,900. Call lister Ed
Oliveira 778-4800, eves 778-1751.
Top Listers & Top Sales
Dick Maher Denny Rauschl
& Dave Jones
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REAL ESTATE SALES AND RENTALS
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* Friendly New Office
* Decades of Sales
and Rental Experience
Ann (Harmon) Caron
LIC. Real Estate Broker
Accredited Residential Manager
12 years of Anna Maria Island Experience
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941 778-6849 800 778-9599 Fax: 941 779-1750
2BR/2BA and 2BR/1 BA duplex. Heated pool, steps
to the beach. Newly renovated with washers and
dryers. Call Gayle Schulz for details,778-0770.
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THE ISLANDER M AUGUST 9,'2000 M PAGE 27
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.
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
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S 777 N. Shore Dr .............. $1,150,000
2306 Canasta Dr.......... $895,000
Frank Davis 609 Key Royale Dr........ $829,000
511 Loquat ................. $659,000
527 72nd Street............ $599;000
512 75th Street ................. $449,000
407 20th Place .................. $439,000
309 Hardin Ave ............. $264,900
i- -i AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Waters Edge Condo ....... $249,000
107 6th St North.......... $449,500
209 68th Street ................. $369,000
4002 6th Avenue ......... $369,000
5913 Flotilla Drive......... $340,000
6201 Holmes Blvd........... $339,000
Richard Freen 2406 Avenue A............... $274,900
2101 Avenue B..................$229,500
-- 420 Spring ..................... $219,900
4,"1. 110 Mangrove ............... $249,000
Broker/Realtor 4006 6th Avenue Lot #1 ... $149,000
4006 6th Avenue Lot #2 ... $149,000
4004 6th Avenue Lot #3 ... $149,000
4004 6th Avenue M #4 ..... $149,000
404 Magnolia Avenue......... $125,000
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
777 N. Shore Dr. .......... $1,150,000
4109 Gulf Drive ............ $489,000
2912 Gulf Drive ............ $199,000
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
11360 Perico Isles Circle .. $215,000
719 Estuary Drive........... $124,900
9915 Manatee Ave.......... $1,495,000
S 310 Pine Ave ..................... $294,500
We also have rentals!
Marilyn Trevethan Property Management
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- PAGE 28 0 AUGUST 9, 2000 U THE ISLANDER
BY RANDOLPH ROSS / EDITED BY WILL SHORT
1 Stadium walkways
6 Actress Blanchett
10 Something to talk
19 Suffix with sect
20 Woody's role in
21 Kansas City
22 It may be hard to
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25 _, Funeral
28 Party wear, maybe
30 "Sabrina" star Julia
31 Royal Crown brand
32 Winter woes
34 Five-time Derby
37 Western Pacific
38 Dirt expert
42 Big blow
43 _, International
46 End of many
47 A mean Amin
48 Noted Howard
49 Words before
50 Dentist's request
54 _, Travel Agent
58 Boozed (up)
62 Make over
63 Got the message
64 They core after
65 Center of Los
68 Order in the court
69 Some pipes
72 Indian queens
73 _, Children's
75 It's tall when
76 R.PI. grads
77 "Gee whiz!"
78 Torch lighter at the
80 Big diamond
81 _, Charity
86 Work well together
87 Long roads
90 Driving aids
91 Calls off
93 Summer colors
94 Jobs, to friends
95 Hearty cheers
96 1950's tennis star
99 Search party
100 How not to get
106 _, Literary Agent
108 Resembling, with
109 Musical direction
110 It's breaking out
111 Item with a ladder
112 Dosage amts.
115 French beans?
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3 Alcoholic drink
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6 Spiny things
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15 Seafood dish
16 Lawn mower
17 "I couldn't agree
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18 Play area
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32 Had a conscience
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34 "It's !"
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39 _, Shoe
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41 la Paix
44 British actress
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54 Garden needs
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69 Storm preceders
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82 Angel's desire
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84 Popular chocolate
85 Navy men
86 Light, white wine
89 On guard
97 Frightful sounds
99 Swimming site
102 Turn over
103 A Spanish
105 Barry who sang "1-
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