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The owner of Rotten Ralph's restaurant rescued a toddler from a burning car while vacationing in Ireland.
The newspaper there featured Ralph Russell's feat as a "Miracle." Ralph is more modest.
Islander, business owner
lauded for heroic rescue
By Ann McGrath
When Ralph Russell of Anna Maria vacationed in
Ireland recently, it never occurred to him that he would
become an international hero.
It happened when the owner of Rotten Ralph's res-
taurant rescued a toddler from a burning car Aug. 26 in
County York where Russell was traveling with family.
The next day under the headline "Miracle," the
Irish Sunday Mirror reported: "An American tourist
was hailed as a hero yesterday after plucking a toddler
from a blazing wreck."
Everything happened so fast, Russell said of the
incident. As traffic approached a curve on a narrow
road, he saw the impact of a head-on collision between
a red Mitsubishi and an oncoming delivery truck. The
Mitsubishi was two cars in front of the one in which he
"Within five seconds of the crash there were
flames beneath the truck," Russell said.
"My first thought was to get the people out of the
car, if they were alive, before there was an explosion,"
Russell said he desperately worked to rescue a sur-
viving toddler, a boy thought to be 3 or 4, from the
With the help of his stepson and brother-in-law, he
forced open the car's hatch-back, but could not free the
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Volume 8, no. 44, Sept. 13, 2000 FREE
By Ann McGrath
Holmes Beach Commissioner Roger Lutz is pro-
posing a non-binding referendum to approve consoli-
dation of Anna Maria Island's three cities.
The purpose of the referendum is to find out if Is-
land citizens would approve of having Island govern-
ment centralized into one entity rather than having
three different entities, Lutz said.
Lutz told The Islander he would ask the Holmes
Beach City Commission at the Tuesday, Sept. 12,
meeting to approve a non-binding referendum to con-
solidate the Island's three cities.
If the commission approves the referendum, it will
be presented to the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections for placement on the ballot in November,
"It will give the voters a chance to say 'yea' or
'nay' as to whether they want the towns to seriously
consider the possibility of consolidation," Lutz said.
The major benefit of consolidation would be eco-
nomic, Lutz said. In the event of consolidation, for
example, there would only be one mayor, one building
inspector, and one police department, but the Island's
political influence would be stronger with consolida-
tion, he added.
"There would be a lot more political influence with
the county and the state if we spoke with one voice,"
The non-binding referendum reads as follows:
"Should the cities of Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria seriously consider and study the
effect of consolidating the cities into one entity and
proceed towards consolidation subject to final approval
by the citizens of the entities if the benefits of consoli-
dation clearly outweighs the detriments?"
Wednesday ..............Sept. 13
Nature's Bounty exhibit at Island Gallery
West through Nov. 2, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Saturday ................. Sept. 16
Kids Fishathon at Bradenton Beach City
Pier from 8 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 12.
Prizes and fun for all. Sponsored by the VFW.
Island Democratic Club luncheon at
noon at Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton
Beach. Open to the public.
Monday..................... Sept. 18
Candidate qualifying for two seats on the
Bradenton Beach City Commission opens at
Anna Maria Island Historical Society
open meeting with speaker Doris Wright
discussing the Crosley Estate at Anna Maria
City Hall, 7:30 p.m.
More inside ...
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PAGE 2,1 SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 T THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach working to create anchorage
By David Futch
Gustavo Antonini motors along in his Avon dinghy
near the Bradenton Beach Pier, dropping a lead line in
the water and looking at the readings on his global po-
It's all part of the city's attempt to create a boat
anchorage south of the pier where a dozen vessels al-
ready call home.
What the city is trying to avoid is what happened
to Sarasota a decade ago when the anchorage area off
Marina Jack filled with more than 200 boats. The city
had no control over it and when officials tried to do
something about regulating the boats, it was too late.
John Stevely and Antonini, both extension specialists
for the University of Florida Sea Grant program, said what
they are doing is an effort to manage the anchorage.
The two have already have mapped 26 anchorage
areas from Tampa Bay to Naples where for years boats
have anchored up for a night or two and in many cases
for months at a time.
Now these boaters know where to dock simply by
looking at the aerial photos of the anchorages where the
grass beds have been declared off limits.
These maps can be accessed over the internet by
calling up Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.
"We're real concerned about boats anchoring on
seagrass beds," Antonini said. "We're trying to make
boaters aware of these seagrass beds and improve the
stewardship of Florida waters. We've produced aerial
maps to help boaters choose the right spot to anchor.
Boaters want to make the right decisions and these
There are large areas of seagrass beds south of the
city pier, but there also are sand and mud areas where
boats could anchor without damaging seagrasses.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole asked Antonini
and Stevely to map the area and determine the right
spot for boats.
"This is a good idea as long as we can control it.
The problem we're having is that we find human waste
and trash along the shoreline and I don't like it," Cole
said. "In terms of numbers, I think a substantial num-
ber could anchor in here. Personally I think boats in an
anchorage look attractive. As long as we can do this
responsibly, it will be fine."
Cole said the next step is to approach Manatee
County with the idea because the city's jurisdiction
Gustavo Antonini of
the Florida Sea
Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale on a
tour of the anchor-
age south of the
city's pier. Antonini
is charting the
anchorage for water
depths and seagrass
beds so the city can
determine a bound-
aryfor boaters who
want to stay over-
Photo: David Futch
ends at the shoreline.
If the city can extend its jurisdiction, then
Bradenton Beach police can enforce any rules regard-
ing anchorage, he said.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said
he feels it's important for city police to patrol the an-
"It's the obvious thing to do," Speciale said. "We
saw the anchorage coming and decided to do some-
thing now. Last year there were three boats. Now there
are a dozen and next year who knows? We have the
opportunity to do something now before it gets out of
hand. We want to do this in a responsible manner."
... and city limits may extend into water in Bradenton Beach
Extending the boundaries into the water sur-
rounding Bradenton Beach has again resurfaced.
City limits currently reach the mean high tide
line along the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Sound
and Longboat Pass. City officials are considering
extending that boundary into the water in an effort
to control an anchorage that has evolved just south
of the Bradenton Beach City Pier.
Still to be decided is whether the entire length
of the city will have its boundary expanded, or if it will
only involve Anna Maria Sound waters.
City commissioners will discuss the matter at their
Oct. 5 meeting.
The boundary issue first arose in 1994 when a
problem with dangerous interactions between swim-
mers and personal watercraft developed. At the time,
commissioners shelved the expansion proposal due to
police concerns involving enforcement of city laws into
the new city area without benefit of a boat.
Now, with a personal watercraft at the police
department's disposal, those concerns appear lifted.
The city boundary expansion proposal is com-
plicated. The local legislative delegation must ap-
prove the measure and agree to sponsor legislation
in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida
Senate. If both bodies approve the bill next spring,
Gov. Jeb Bush must then sign it into law.
'Rotten Ralph' saves youth's life while vacationing in Ireland
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
boy because the opening was blocked. The second at-
tempt was successful when Russell reached through the
side of the car and pulled the child out past another
How long did the rescue take? Russell isn't sure.
"Time doesn't mean anything when you're work-
ing on adrenalin," he said.
As soon as the little boy was rescued, a nurse who
happened to be traveling the same road helped the child
to breathe, Russell said, and according to the Sunday
Mirror, the child was later taken to Cork University
Russell said he saw three other victims in the car
who appeared "out of it," but at the time of the rescue
he was unaware that there was a fourth victim, a child,
who was thrown over the front seat and onto the floor.
An autopsy report later revealed all four victims
remaining in the car had died on impact and not as re-
sult of the fire, he said.
Russell said it was important to note that the children
were not secured in safety seats, no seatbelts were in use
at the time of the accident, and the car had no airbags.
And the fact that the accident occurred 12 miles
away from the nearest fire department made the situa-
tion even more tragic, Russell said.
In an attempt to stop the fire, Ralph's wife Doreen,
and his sister-in-law tried to locate a fire extinguisher
from people in other cars, while his brother-in-law and
others asked for water at nearby pub. But the fire was
already out of control, he said.
The Sunday Mirror reported that it took more than
two hours to contain the fire after the fire department ar-
rived at the location between the towns of Mitchelstown
International hero Ralph Russell at his waterfront restaurant. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
and Mallow, and the vehicles weren't removed from the
scene at Skennakilla Cross until 5 p.m.
The driver of the "lorry," a truck transporting pigs,
walked away from the accident and was treated for shock,
according to the Sunday Mirror. The victims in the car
were vacationing from Wales when the accident occurred.
After the surviving child was released from the
hospital, his aunt and uncle took him to their home in
Wales, Russell said, and they phoned Russell's stepson
at his home in England to thank him.
Doreen is from England and although he's been to
there several times, this was his first visit to Ireland,
"Talking about the accident brought it all back,"
Russell said. "It was horrendous, and I was left with the
helpless feeling that I couldn't do more."
Still, a little boy in Ireland has much to thank
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 E PAGE 3
Help needed to scour coast Saturday Meetings
By Jim Hanson
Anyone and everyone who likes clean water and the
coast to go with it should gather Saturday morning for the
14th annual Coastal Cleanup.
Most of Manatee County's Coastal Cleanup will take
place on Anna Maria Island and the Palma Sola Cause-
way, since that is where the coast happens to be. So the
cleaner-uppers here had best get their mustering place well
in mind and hit it early.
Early enough will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, and
it will last only three fun-filled hours, not to mention trash-
filled. The reward is a truly important job well done.
The 9 a.m. meeting places will be:
SAnna Maria City, check in at City Hall.
Qualifying starts Monday
for Bradenton Beach seats
The qualifying period for two seats on the
Bradenton Beach City Commission begins noon
Monday, Sept. 18 and will close at noon Friday,
Representation on Ward 2 and Ward 4 will be
filled. The Ward 2 seat is held by Commissioner
Dawn Baker; Ward 4 by Commissioner John
Chappie. Both have said they will seek re-election.
Ward 2 is from the center line of 23rd Street
to the center line of Seventh Street North.
Ward 4 is from the center line of First Street
North to the center line of Church Avenue, then
south to the center line of Bridge Street, then east
to Anna Maria Sound and south to Longboat Pass.
Candidates have to live in the ward they repre-
sent, but are elected by all voters in the city.
Candidates have to fill out several forms,
prove they have lived in the city for nine months,
have signatures of 10 registered Bradenton
Beach voters and pay a $48 filing fee. Commis-
sioners are paid $400 a month.
The election will be Nov. 7.
Holmes Beach, check in at King Fish Boat Ramp.
Bradenton Beach, check in at the Beach House Res-
taurant parking lot.
Palma Sola Causeway, check in at the pavilion.
From those starting points, volunteers will fan out
along the beaches and shorelines, equipped with trash bags
they are expected to fill. It's OK to fill more than one bag,
too, said Ingrid McClellan, executive director of the spon-
soring Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Cigarette butts are the reigning fiend of this event,
accounting for 36 percent of all the trash picked up in
Manatee County every Coastal Cleanup day. And a full
22 percent in the state overall.
No other chunk of junk comes near, although they
always try hard. The next pest on the icky ubiquity list is
plastic caps and lids, 6.81 percent. And so on down the list
of the "dirty dozen," said McClellan, ending with foam
plastic cups, 2.19 percent.
She emphasized that trash and yard waste needn't be
separated this day, but it's a different story with hazard-
ous waste, construction debris and those old favorites on
the crud roll, old tires.
Stuff that is unacceptable includes paint thinner, tur-
pentine, other solvents, paint of any kind, pesticides and
herbicides, household or any other chemicals, ammuni-
tion, home and auto waste oil, batteries and waste fuel.
Residents can dispose of hazardous waste free on the third
Saturday of each month at the Lena Road landfill from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. And this just happens to be the third Satur-
day, so stand by for two trips one to your assigned
cleanup headquarters, the other to Lena Road.
As for used tires, some Dumpster sites may have a bin
for tires. If there's no bin for tires and no hope of one near,
tires can go on top of all the waste in the general-debris
Dumpster when everything else is aboard.
Once the trash is bagged, it goes to the Dumpster of
choice. They will be at the King Fish ramp at the Island
end of the Manatee Avenue bridge, Coquina Beach and
at Palma Sola Causeway. In addition to a Dumpster in
each place, each will have two recycling carts.
There is a contest this year, too, for the most cigarette
butts. The volunteer group that ends up with the biggest
collection of butts will win a prize. The dirtiest of the
Anna Maria City
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Celebrate Anna Maria update, discussion of Galati
Marina channel dredging costs, discussion on Hardin
Avenue parking, discussion of trucks on Spring Av-
enue and public comment.
Sept. 21, 5:01 p.m., special city commission meeting
and final public hearing on 2000-01 budget.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., special city commission meeting on
proposed land development code amendments.
Sept. 20, 7 p.m., special city commission meeting and
final public hearing on 2000-01 budget.
Sept. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Sept. 18, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Sept. 20, 2 p.m., Island Elected Officials meeting,
Longboat Key Town Hall.
Beginning Sept. 15, Island residents may recycle phone
books by placing them in a drop-off box behind
Holmes Beach City Hall.
"dirty dozen" may be weighed at each of the Dumpster
stations plus at the Beach House parking lot.
Recommended after the cleanup is complete are (1)
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PAGE 4 0 SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 N THE ISLANDER
Angry residents storm out of budget hearing
By Laurie Krosney
Irate at a long-established process, some of the al-
ways-vocal Anna Maria city residents stormed out of a
budget hearing Sept. 6 evening at city hall.
The occasion was the first reading of the proposed
budget for the 2000-01 fiscal year. The meeting was con-
ducted based on Robert's Rules of Order and the agenda
was available to everyone in the audience. It called first
for city commissioners to discuss the budget among them-
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh announced at the begin-
ning of the meeting that following the commission discus-
sion, the floor was to be opened to public comment.
Several members of the audience became angry when
they were not allowed to speak during the commission's
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank came into the
meeting a few minutes late and did not hear
Deffenbaugh's opening remarks. After several attempts to
be recognized, DeFrank stood up, walked to the door and
shook his index finger at commissioners, saying he
wanted to be able to have his say.
Deffenbaugh attempted to silence DeFrank with his
gavel, telling him he was out of order.
"No, you're out of order." said DeFrank.
"There seems to be some confusion about the rules of
order. You are out of order," the mayor told DeFrank. "We
want to listen ..." the mayor was saying, but before he
could finish, DeFrank began shaking his finger again.
DeFrank said loudly, "The mayor is out of order.
You're going to run this whole thing." And then he added,
"Thank you. I'm done." With that, he stormed from the
room and slammed the outside door to city hall.
Voices could be heard muttering, "Recall, recall," and
several members of the audience got up and slammed out
Commissioner Jay Hill said, "I thought when we were
elected, we were going to have public participation. I
apologize to the citizens for the way your government is
With order restored, commissioners continued dis-
cussing the proposed budget, using a memo prepared by
Commissioner Bob Barlow that outlined the changes he
wanted to make to the tentative budget. Commissioner
Tom Skoloda was not at the meeting.
The millage rate was set at 2.0 mills, the same as last
year. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property, less any exemptions.
The rollback rate was calculated to be 1.8912 mills.
The rollback rate is the rate at which the same amount of
revenue is generated to the city if the tax rate remains the
same as the previous year.
Since the total value of assessed properties has in-
creased, the 1.8912 rollback rate would generate the same
amount of money as last year, so the 2.0 millage rate ac-
tually will result in a 5.75 percent increase in revenue to
To a homeowner with a house worth $125,000, the
2.0 millage rate means that the tax on his or her property,
less the $25,000 homestead exemption, would be $200.
The 2.0 millage rate is projected to generate $539,468.
Additional revenue will come from franchise fees, license
fees, county shared revenue, state revenue, court fines, and
various miscellaneous sources, including rental of the city
The budget for the next fiscal year is projected to be
The commission discussed the proposed expenditures
presented by Barlow, who said he thought the budget cre-
ated in the workshops was an "Alice-in-Wonderland,
Barlow proposed changes in nine areas. The first was
salaries. The commission voted 3-1 to increase salaries by
5 percent and to add a clerk position at city hall. He said
staff is seriously overworked and he is worried about
keeping people unless they get relief in the form of addi-
tional personnel. He also proposed adding a maintenance
position, which is actually an existing position the city has
been unable to fill.
Hill opposed the additional staff positions.
It was at this point that DeFrank and a few others
stormed out of the meeting.
When order was restored, the commission voted 3-1
in favor of the staff changes. Hill was opposed.
The next point of contention was on the $2,400 cloth-
ing allowance and $1,500 safety equipment allowance for
the public works department, which Barlow proposed
Public Works Director Anne Beck pointed out that
uniforms wear out and that the safety equipment is re-
quired by the Occupational Safety Health Agency and the
Florida Department of Labor.
The clothing and safety equipment amendments to the
budget were approved by a 3-1vote, with Hill again vot-
After much discussion, commissioners voted to put a
$1,000 line item into the budget for communications. The
funds will be used for a web site, a newsletter, or some
other means of communicating with the citizens of Anna
Another item added back into the proposed budget
was funding for the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
Commissioners voted unanimously to give $9,000 to
the Center. Hill questioned the amount given to the Cen-
ter by other Island cities. He said he felt Anna Maria was
bearing a disproportionate amount of the Center's support.
City Attorney Jim Dye pointed out that the city is re-
quired to fund recreation for its residents. It is a required
part of the city's comprehensive plan, he said.
Dye said when the next round of planning comes
around, the city will have to report how it's kept up the
existing plan. He said the state will look to see if the city
is meeting its obligation.
Commissioner Doug Wolfe said he opposed all do-
nations to organizations. He said the commission is "not
Santa Claus. If people want to donate, they can reach into
their pockets and get out their checkbook."
Wolfe said he voted for the Center donation for the
sake of moving the process forward.
Other donations in the new budget included the rein-
statement of $500 for the Anna Maria Art League, Anna
Maria Historical Society, and Keep Manatee Beautiful.
A motion to donate $1,000 to the Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch organization died for lack of a second.
A $30,000 capital improvement fund was approved
by a 3-1 vote with Hill opposed. The fund was established
at the urging of the mayor, who said the city needs to at-
tend to its infrastructure and have a long-range plan. For
example, he said the flooding problem on the Island is
serious and needs attention. He also suggested a shed
should be built to house city equipment.
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What the money is to be spent on has not been de-
cided, but commissioners said they felt if the fund was not
established, nothing would get done.
At this point, on a humorous note, Wolfe clipped his
microphone to his beard when members of the audience
complained they couldn't hear him.
Commissioners later added a $2,000 line item to the
budget for an upgrade to the commission chamber sound
Commissioners then discussed acquisition of one or
two trucks for the public works department. Several ideas
were tossed around, ranging from purchasing a new truck
or trucks by piggybacking on a state or county contract,
or purchasing a used truck from FPL, the state or county.
After a first reading of the ordinance directing the
tentative millage rate, the meeting was opened to public
First to speak was Tom Turner. He said he supports
leaving the tax rate at 2 mills, and he said he thinks the city
should buy two trucks.
Turner suggested forming a citizens' committee to
make recommendations for the use of the capital improve-
Carol Ann Hill of Spring Avenue was concerned
about the cost of the proposed employees' health plan. She
urged the city to get different quotes.
The amount budgeted for insurance is $41,403. It
works out to about $500 a month per employee up from
$236 this year. City Clerk Alice Baird said the quote was
from the Florida League of Cities. She said the adminis-
tration felt the figure was high, so she is looking into other
possibilities for insuring the nine city workers budgeted
THE ISLANDER E SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 E PAGE 5
After further discussion, commissioners voted 3-1 to
go forward with the tentative budget. Hill cast the lone
The final public hearing on the budget is scheduled
for Thursday, Sept. 21, at 5:01 p.m. at Anna Maria City
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PAGE 6 M SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 E THE ISLANDER
Not so 'Rotten' after all
Restaurateur Ralph Russell has made his reputation
on Anna Maria Island being "rotten." His restaurant is
named Rotten Ralph's and he makes no bones about his
attitude when folks don't like the heat on the deck, the
music in the bar or the food on the table.
He just tells folks like it is, more often than not -
that if they don't like it, they can leave.
But folks around Anna Maria Island appreciate
Ralph, his sense of humor and his restaurant for what
they are and no one will call Ralph rotten anymore.
He's a hero.
He saved the life of a young toddler in Ireland,
where he was vacationing with wife Doreen.
He witnessed the crash of a car and delivery truck
in the road ahead of his vehicle and his first thought,
he said, was to get the people out of the car.
There were flames within seconds of the impact, he
With the help of relatives traveling with them,
Ralph forced the hatch open on the rear of the car but
couldn't free the boy. He then reached through the side
of the car and pulled the child out past another victim.
The boy was the only survivor from the car. Four
other victims died on impact, including another child
who had been thrown over the front seat onto the floor.
Autopsies revealed the victims died from the acci-
dent, not the fire that broke out seconds after the im-
Ralph acted quickly and did what all of us are left
to wonder about whether we could react so quickly
and without thought for our own safety.
The fire at the accident scene was out of control
within moments, but Ralph was able to overcome any
fear of his own to help the young victim.
It was very gory, he said. Sad. Horrendous. It was
hard even for him to talk about. Reporter Ann McGrath
said he teared up at the interview, which was several
weeks after the event.
As the Irish Sunday Mirror reported, it was a
A miracle the boy survived.
A miracle Ralph happened along.
And aren't we lucky to have such a hero in our
History repeats itself
Beach renourishment will come around again in
2001. What began with a garganuan project in 1992
will be a "maintenance" program this time around.
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New sand will be pumped from Coquina Beach to 78th
Street in Holmes Beach.
And Anna Maria will get a share of sand this go
'round, at least from Oak to Sycamore avenues, where
enough easements were signed for the project to pro-
Once the subject of a referendum in Anna Maria,
with the majority of voters giving the prospective new
beach the nod, it spiraled back into controversy when
the majority of beachfront property owners failed to
sign necessary easement forms.
Within a month of the 1993 nourishment,
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach saw the benefit of
the new beach first hand. A storm washed away nearly
200 feet of the new 300 foot wide beach, sparing what
might have been a huge property loss. The sand slowly
came back about half of it and it's held up fairly
There's hardly a property dangling in the Gulf-
except on the north end of Anna Maria where no sand
will be pumped.
Bridge hearings to come.
It ain't over 'til it's over, they say.
But the Florida Department of Transportation
promises new hearings regarding replacement of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge will not be a rehash of the
Certainly, they wouldn't want a repeat of the past
failure of the agency to replace the bridge with a 65-
foot- clearance, fixed-span bridge.
Whether they're willing to consider other options
remains to be seen. Last go 'round, Islanders were
overwhelmingly opposed to the high, fixed-span op-
Not to be shortsighted, many favored a lower bas-
cule bridge option with safety lanes added. But it was
environmental problems that put the stake through
Is there any bridge they can build that will satisfy
the concerns for the environment?
Consolidation talks resurface.
Not that again! We're nearly 8 years old the
newspaper, that is and we've heard talk of consoli-
dating the three Island cities and/or city services with
every new slate of officials over that time. That's pert
near every year.
And nearly every time the subject resurfaces, we
say consolidation of some common city services wouid
be a great asset for all.
Consolidate legal issues, planning, grant writing
and all ordinances concerning environmental and beach
We can see from the building department situation
in Anna Maria, and the cooperation they're receiving
from other cities' departments, that this might be an-
other area where consolidation could work.
That is, if all goes well. While things have been
running smoothly in Holmes Beach for some time,
Bradenton Beach had a past building official who said
he didn't care what people did to their homes and Anna
Maria had an overzealous official who chased people
down with lumber in their pickup trucks.
The Island's volunteer fire departments consoli-
dated to become one fire district with paid personnel
years ago and just this year completed a successful
consolidation with another district.
No hoopla. No crying over lost identity.
But start talking police consolidation and the talks
go down the tubes.
We are three Island cities. Three identities. Three
very different personalities, economies and attitudes.
We share, but do we want to be one?
Well, if there's a referendum, a mandate one way
of the other, maybe the talks will progress. Maybe not.
That's the way it goes. And comes. And goes.
Thanks from Mike Haupt
I would like to thank the staff at H. Lee Moffitt
Cancer Research Center, the town of Longboat Key,
the Longboat Key Fire Department and all my friends
and family for their support over the past 10 weeks.
Michael A. Haupt, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER N SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 E PAGE 7
Island charm record to be sold by historical society
By Jim Hanson
History goes on sale Monday, Sept. 18, including
12 months of charming reminders of the good old days.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will put
its 2001 calendars on sale at a meeting that day, and
will sell them until January or until all 1,000 in stock
The meeting will be the society's first of the sea-
son at 7:30 p.m. at Anna Maria City Hall. The calen-
dars will be sold for $6 each, plus tax, with an added
$1.50 each for mailing anywhere. Orders will be taken
The cover starts the calendar off with full-color
charm. It is a photo of the "Excursion Steamer Favorite at
Anna Maria Key, Fla., 1911." The boat, loaded to the gun-
wales with visitors, is pulling into the Anna Maria City
Pier years before the first bridge to the mainland.
That first solid link to the rest of the world was being
built when the hurricane of 1921 drastically interrupted
work. That is covered on the second page of the calendar,
which is followed by "Anna Maria, the Early Days" just
before the postcard-picture months.
There is a wealth of intriguing and warm material
in addition to those illustrated months, themselves a
photographic record of life on the island.
January has the city pier loaded with fishermen and
women of every age during the mackerel run.
February's photo is Harry "Uncle Sam" Ditmus and his
old car as he was becoming the Island's postman.
March offers the Gulf Trailer Park, April a picnic, May
Jack Holmes' Seaside Gardens apartments with docks
in the rear and airstrip in front.
And on into December and 2002. with reminders
of those delightful and difficult times along the way -
if you weren't on the Island already, this would entice
you to come.
The calendars will be available at the Historical
Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria; Home
True Value Hardware, 5324 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; Ginny's Antiques & Art. 5600 Marina
Drive, Holmes-Beach; Island Package Liquors, 5508
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Neumann's Island
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Beach Store, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria; Essence of
Time, 5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach and other
outlets to be announced later.
Historical society's season
opens Monday evening
Doris Wright, founding member of the Crosley
Estate Foundation and a leader in other Manatee
County historical organizations, will speak at the
season's first meeting of the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society Monday, Sept. 18.
The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Anna
Maria City Hall, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Sales
of their 2001 calendars at $6 will be inaugurated at
Ms. Wright chairs the Manatee County Historical
Commission, is past president of the Manatee County
Historical Society and the Judah P. Benjamin Chapter
of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
She was appointed to the Crosley Estate Advisory
Committee by the Manatee County Board of Commis-
sioners in 1992 and now is director and chair of the
Crosley Speakers Bureau. She will discuss the Crosley
Estate at Monday night's meeting.
Details may be obtained at 778-0492.
abroad where he visited
England, Ireland and
Lake Wales in search of
new recipes to use in
He found many
interesting and innovative recipes but he won't be
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Twylah R. Strickland
Twylah R. Strickland, 90, of Holmes Beach, died
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Burial will be in Eden. Toale Brothers Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by nephews Howard Strickland of
Cattaraugus, N.Y., and Arthur B. Smith of Eden.
Jay Francis Van Velzen
Jay Francis Van Velzen, 47, of Holmes Beach and
Minneapolis, Minn., died Aug. 31 at Blake Medical
Born in Sioux Falls, S.D., Mr. Van Velzen attended
Washington High School and the University of South
Dakota. He worked within the Burger King corporation
and was also a franchisee.
Services will be in Sioux Falls Sept. 15. Services
in Holmes Beach will be announced at a later date. A
memorial account for animal rescue and rehabilitation
has been established: the Jay Van Velzen Foundation,
Bank of America, 699 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach
FL 34217. Brown and Sons Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Catherine; mother Grace of
Sioux Falls; brother John of Sioux Falls; and sister
Jacquelyn Kuehn of Baguio City, Philippines.
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Jay Francis Van Velzen
Jay Francis Van Velzen, age 47, of Minneapolis, Minn.,
and Holmes Beach, Fla., died unexpectedly Aug. 31 at Blake
Medical Center, Bradenton.
He was preceded in death by father, Cornelius J. Van
Velzen; and brother Jimmy Dale Van Velzen.
He is survived by wife Catherine Van Velzen of Minne-
apolis and Holmes Beach; mother Grace Van Velzen of Sioux
Falls; brother John (Lois) Van Velzen of Sioux Falls; sister
Jacquelyn (Rick) Kuehn of Baguio City, Philippines; in-laws
John and Ann Whitaker of Plymouth,
Minn.; brother-in-law John (Deborah)
Whitaker Jr. of Eden Prairie, many lov-
ing nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles
and cousins; and his special family
dogs, Mattie and Callie.
Jay was born on September 20,
1952 in Sioux Falls. He attended
Washington High School and gradu-
ated from the University of South Da-
kota where he was a member of Beta
Theta Pi fraternity. Van Velzen
Jay spent his career with Burger
King Corporation; the first half within the corporation and the
last half as a franchisee. He served on many national franchise
Jay will be remembered for his kind and giving personal-
ity, his love of life, sense of fun, practical perspective and love
of family, friends and animals.
He was a wonderful marriage partner, a god son and the
best friend someone could have. He was much loved and will
and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service is scheduled in Sioux Falls Friday,
Sept. 15, at I p.m. at the Christian Reform Church, 26th Street.
Memorial services in Minneapolis and Holmes Beach will be
announced at a later date.
In remembrance of Jay and his love and concern for ani-
mal rescue and rehabilitation, please send memorials to the Jay
Van Velzen Foundation, Bank of America, 699 Manatee Ave.,
Holmes Beach FL 34217. Attn: Michelle Putnam.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes, 43rd Street Chapel,
Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.
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Bradenton Beach proposes 3.5 percent tax hike
By Paul Roat
Budget fine-tuning has lowered the property tax
increase proposed for fiscal year 2000-01 in Bradenton
Bradenton Beach city commissioners unanimously
moved the city spending and revenue plan ahead to a fi-
nal public hearing and adoption scheduled for Sept. 20.
The proposed budget is $1.94 million, up from the
current $1.615 million.
Property taxes will go from the current 2.5925
mills to a proposed 2.6820, a 3.5 percent increase. A
mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of prop-
erty less any exemptions.
For an owner of a $125,000 home, less the home-
stead exemption, Bradenton Beach property taxes will
amount to $268 for the next fiscal year, which begins
Although there was some spirited discussion
among commissioners regarding the budget, no formal
public comment was offered.
Commission comments mostly centered around a
"profession services" item in the building department
budget. Led by Commissioner Dawn Baker, commis-
sioners debated dismissing planning consulting firm
Adley, Brisson, Engman and replacing the firm with
the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Agency.
Bill Brisson, a principal with the firm, charges the
city $85 an hour for consulting work. Baker said
TBRPC would charge the city $50 an hour and that the
other two Island cities use the services of the regional
Mayor Gail Cole agreed with Baker, stating the
city "was duty bound to reduce costs. The planning
agency has a service that is available to us, and they
have the staff."
Other commissioners were not as receptive. "I feel
this is premature," Commissioner Bill Arnold said.
"We have a contract with Brisson."
Vice Mayor John Chappie concurred with Arnold.
"I would like for us to discuss this, but this is not the
place to do it."
S The professional services item was retained in the
budget, with a breakdown of the various services pro-
vided within the category to be provided by the next
The department with the largest budget is police at
a projected $565,000 for next year, up from the pro-
jected expenditures this year of $540,000, a 5 percent
increase. Most of the hike comes from increased costs
for employee insurance. The city receives $70,000
from Manatee County for city patrols of Coquina
Beach, which offsets the police budget.
One of the biggest increases in city departments is
in the emergency operations budget category, which
went from a current projected budget of $4,000 to a
proposed $16,000 for next year. Much of the increase
is earmarked to pay for the nine cellular phones used
by city officials and department heads.
The administrative budget for next year is
$299,000, up from the current projected budget of
$284,000, a 5 percent increase. The administrative
budget includes salaries of the three clerks, the five-
member city commission, travel and related items in-
volving city hall.
Streets and roads budget is proposed to be
$275,000, up from the projected $216,000, a 27 percent
increase. Much of the increase is represented by the
proposed hiring of an additional employee and in-
creases in health insurance costs.
Sanitation has a proposed budget of $242,000 next
It took better than two years, but the leaky
streetlights in the Bridge Street area of Bradenton
Beach have been replaced and surprise! the
new lights don't seem to leak.
That's the word from Public Works Director
Buddy Watts, who said all of the lights have been
replaced and are up and working.
The city has an extended 18-month warranty
on the new lights which calls for replacement,
again, if they prove faulty.
When the streetlights were installed more than
year versus the current projected budget of $260,000.
The city's planning and building department bud-
get is projected to be $151,000 for next year, up from
the projected current budget of $148,000. Much of the
building department budget is derived from building
permit fees and other charges levied against construc-
tion in the city.
The community redevelopment agency budget for
next year is $96,000, up from the projected current
budget of $76,000. Revenue for this budget is derived
from increased property value of the historic old town
district surrounding Bridge Street.
Other departments in the city receiving funds is
parks, with a projected budget next year of $16,000, up
from the current projection of $1,200. The increase is
planned for improvements to the city's two parks.
Major capital improvements for next year include
$40,000 for street paving and $7,000 for city hall
records room improvements. The revenue to pay for the
improvements comes from the reserve of one-cent lo-
cal-option sales tax revenue.
Officials may reduce the property tax rate when tlhe
final public hearing and budget adoption process is
completed, but they cannot increase the tax rate.
The final public hearing on the 2000-01 budget
will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20.
two years ago, it was discovered that rainwater leaked
into the globes housing the light bulbs. The bulbs
often shorted out as a result. The city and general con-
tractor Mega Force Construction began the lengthy
process of dealing with California manufacturer Sun
Valley Lighting to get the lights replaced.
However, the city and Sun Valley were at odds
over the design of the replacement lights. Sun Val-
ley eventually shipped 55 replacement lights to a
Tampa company, and the lights were eventually
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Young fishing enthusiasts, from beginners to fa-
natics, can spend four hours at the sport Saturday
morning at the Bradenton Beach City Pier and come
away winners no matter what.
The annual Fishathon sponsored by Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8199 will begin at 8 a.m. and flail
onward until noon for youngsters ages 6 to 12. At
noon the catches will be weighed, measured, counted
and otherwise judged and prizes will be awarded.
There are enough awards to go around so every-
one gets a prize, said Robert "Poppy" DeVane, who
is chairing the event for the 14th year.
"We sign them in and there's a box for each
youngster, and a bag of tackle," he said. "Beyond that
there are drawings and prizes for the catches.
"Bring your own fishing gear and bait will be
provided unless you want something fancy. Then it's
up to the kids to bring it."
There's a prize for the youth with the most fish
and others for largest fish, oddest fish, heaviest and
so on in seven categories, DeVane said. There also
will be T-shirts in varied sizes commemorating the
The VFW post is Island-wide and meets at 8 p.m.
the second Tuesday of each month at the Bradenton
Beach fire hall, 200 Second St. N.
Further information is available at 778-4400.
Registration for Art League
Classes is under way
Registration has begun for classes conducted by
members of the Anna Maria Island Art League for the
2000-01 season, which begins officially Sept. 26. In-
formation on the fees which apply in most classes
may be obtained at 778-2099. Classes are:
Oil painting, Pegi Clark Pearson instructor, be-
ginning and advanced, Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Open studio with live model, no instruction, all
media, second and fourth Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Watercolor, Julia Claudel Stewart instructor, 10
Watercolor, Barbara Singer instructor, 10 a.m.-
Photography, Bob Smelser instructor, beginning
and advanced, by appointment through 756-8004.
Yoga, Harmony Feldman instructor, classes at
three levels from 3-4:30, 5-6:15 and 6:30-8 p.m. Sept.
25-Nov. 13, register through 921-0074, Sept. 25-Nov.
Calligraphy, Radi Nesbitt instructor, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday from Oct. 12-Nov. 16.
Silk painting, Radi Nesbitt instructor, 3:30-5:30
p.m. Thursday from Oct. 12-Nov. 16.
Children's mixed media, Stacia Dine-Aze in-
structor, 3:30-4:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 8 and 5:30-6:30
p.m. for ages 9 13 on Tuesday from Oct. 17-Nov.
Stained glass, Sandy French instructor, 10 a.m.-
noon Wednesday Oct. 18-Nov. 22.
Quilting, Brenda Holland instructor, 9:30 a.m.-3
p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and 27.
Winners in the Sept. 9 horseshoe games were
Jack Cooper and George Landraitis, both of Holmes
Beach. Runners-up were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and
Jim Spencer of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Sept. 6 games were Herb Ditzel
and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria. Runners-up
were Cooper and Landraitis.
The weekly contests get under way at 9 a.m. ev-
ery Wednesday and Saturday at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership
fees and everyone is welcome.
Longboat Key chamber
A "Nooner" luncheon of the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Buccaneer Inn, 595
Dream Island Road. Further information on the net-
working event may be obtained at 387-9519.
Democrats meet Monday
for Dutch treat lunch
Members and visitors of the Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club will meet at noon
Monday, Sept. 18, at the Beach House Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Speaker at the no-reservation Dutch treat
affair will be Anna Maria City Commissioner
Tom Skoloda who will discuss activities of the
Alzheimer's Association of which he is pro-
gram director. Further information may be ob-
tained at 778-9118.
Sadie award debuting
at banquet Saturday
The Sadie award, based partly on the Emmy and
Oscar and partly on Sadie the turtle, will start an an-
ticipated long career Saturday evening.
It will go to the individual or entity judged to
have contributed most to Anna Maria Island sea
turtle preservation during the current nesting season.
The winner will be announced at a Sept. 16 ban-
quet for this season's hard-working Turtle Watch
volunteers. Volunteers who haven't been reached or
responded to invitations are asked to call JoAnn
Meilner at 778-3875.
Hopefully, it will mark the beginning of the
Sadie Fund, dedicated to sea turtle rehabilitation,
said Suzi Fox, who holds the state marine turtle pres-
ervation permit for the Island.
Sadie is the loggerhead turtle that fell off a jetty
in Bradenton Beach in July 1999 and cracked her
bottom shell. Turtle Watch rushed her to Mote Ma-
rine Laboratory where doctors repaired the break
and nursed her back to health. Late in August she
was returned to the Gulf of Mexico, complete with
a tracking device that revealed she was off Venice
late last week.
Another mishap that didn't turn out as well in-
volved Anna, a giant leatherback that came ashore
with monofilament fishing line wrapped around her
neck and left front flipper. Named Anna for the Is-
land, she died despite desperate efforts to save her.
Fox said Turtle Watch raised about $1,500 for
Sadie and $2,500 for Anna to defray the expense of
treatments. She plans to raise new money for the
Sadie Fund to pay for future rehab efforts.
The Sadie won't be the only award at Saturday's
banquet at the Moose Lodge. Others are planned for
volunteers, not all of them serious for biggest
nest, first nest, least number of nests found, and
Books being reserved now
for Women's Bible Study
Books are to be reserved by Monday, Sept. 18, for
participation in the All Denominations Bible Study,
which will resume in October.
The books are a four-volume guide for the study
and may be reserved with Gail Patsios at 778-4642.
They are by Max Lucado in his studies of Revelations,
Genesis, 1 and 2 Peter and 1 Corinthians, said Patsios.
Price for the set is $15.
The Bible study class will begin Oct. 5 and con-
tinue at 9:30 a.m. on succeeding Thursdays at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Details may be obtained from Nancy Ambrose
'Nature's Bounty' exhibit
opens at Island Gallery West
An exhibit featuring works of local and regional
artists is open and will continue through Nov. 2 at Is-
land Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Titled "Nature's Bounty," the exhibit will include
watercolors, acrylics, porcelain, raku, photography,
Indian beadwork, quilting, stained glass, mosaic, fab-
ric art and sculpture in stone, wood and clay.
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The Anna Maria City Pier is closed again, and this
time the closing is good news. Construction is under-
way on the new restaurant and fishing area.
Jeff Murray, contractor for the project, said sup-
plies have been off-loaded at the pier. He said he's
working on scheduling a full crew at the pier beginning
this week. The roof should go on the restaurant build-
ing, half the decking should be completed, and work on
the pilings should start as well.
The pier has been open for fishing out to the "T-
end" since the first week in March. The restaurant
building, the bait shop, and the rest rooms have re-
mained closed since December when former mayor
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The pier had deteriorated during the lease with
Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Lease negotiations with opera-
tor John Home fell apart and Horne vacated the pier.
Murray said his people are right on schedule. "My
piling people are almost done with another project," he
said. He expects them to be on the pier project some-
time this week.
Anna Maria has a lease with Mario Schoenfelder
to repair and operate the city pier. Schoenfelder is also
owner of the Rod and Reel Pier and Motel.
Schoenfelder is under contract to open the new
restaurant on or before Jan. 1, 2001, or he forfeits
$30,000. He will rent the pier from the city for
$5,000 a month.
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By Ann McGrath
The bike lane through Holmes Beach will be com-
pleted soon if Superintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes has anything to do with it.
He told the Parks and Beautification Board at its
Sept. 6 meeting that he has been working to get the city
certified to use Florida Department of Transportation
grant money which is currently available for construc-
tion of the bike lane.
"If the city does the work it will happen three years
earlier. DOT doesn't have people available. If it goes
to bid soon, we can start construction in October or
January," said Duennes.
Duennes also wants to give city benches a new look.
He wants to even them up, pour concrete under each, add
metal roofs, and paint them all seafoam green.
Board liaison and City Commissioner Roger Lutz
suggested doing an audit to see how many benches are
actually used and how much each is used.
As an item pertaining to planning for next year,
Lutz said that the city needs part-time gardeners to
water and trim, and the tentative plan for next summer
is to hire twelve high school-age kids on a flexible
schedule of 20 hours a week at minimum wage.
The vote for summer gardeners and for bench re-
pair was tabled until the next meeting.
"Weeds" always seem to come up in a discussion
about the ballpark.
The city has sprayed for weeds four times, said
Duennes, adding that a salinity problem with the wa-
ter used for irrigation has delayed the growth of new
"And the infield is in terrible shape. It's really not
draining well," said Duennes.
Manatee County accepted bids for the fence sev-
eral months ago, but when it was time to buy the ma-
terials, it was discovered that no county money had
been earmarked for the fence and the contract expired,
After the county rebids the fence, the pitcher's
mound will be added, but according to Duennes,
completion of the park is not expected until next spring.
Gloth asked each member of the board to arrive at
the next meeting with a list of things to discuss as "new
Lutz suggested bringing a list of signs that can be
"Why does a business need more than one sign?"
asked board member Mary Strickland, referring to the
multiple signs displayed at some businesses.
Lutz said in order to limit sign usage, the city
would need a new sign ordinance.
"Longboat Key did a model sign ordinance," Lutz
said. "But it took them three years to change it, even
though they had unlimited lawyer funds," he added.
During the comments and questions part of the
meeting, board member Sarah Maloney asked why
there was a mound of sand by city hall.
"It is a carryover from last year's hurricane season,
for sandbags," Duennes explained, adding that only
two-thirds of it had been used.
Lutz said the gazebo, when constructed, will screen
city storage from view.
The city received a thank-you letter from the Ro-
tary Club for its $1,000 contribution toward a welcome
sign and for its agreement to maintain lighting for the
sign, said Gloth.
The Rotary Club has clearance to place the sign on
state property, Lutz explained, and has promised to put
the city name on it. "They have the green light from the
state to do it," Lutz said.
The board agreed that Chairman Gloth would pho-
tograph the 13 landscaped areas designated as "adopt-
a-spots," in order for the board to review a plan to
"bridge" the areas together.
"There has to be continuity as you drive down the
street," Gloth said.
A review of "adopt-a-spots," and "new year priori-
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Arvida project cat.and.mouse legal contest
By David Futch
Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan has asked to be
removed from a case involving Arvida's planned 898-
unit development because friends own the property
where the project will be built.
Dunnigan was assigned the case pitting the envi-
ronmental group ManaSota-88 against Bradenton.
ManaSota-88 charges the city gave the project a
green light and did so improperly.
Dunnigan found out last week the owner of the
land is Manatee Fruit Co. executive Whiting Preston,
a friend who stands to profit from selling the land to
Dunnigan will submit a sworn motion to the chief
judge and another judge will be appointed, according
to ManaSota-88 attorney Dan Lobeck.
The time frame for hearing the case should not be
delayed, Lobeck said.
Sept. 24 is a crucial date in the on-going fight.
Bradenton city officials have until then to file a re-
sponse to ManaSota-88's writ of certioari.
ManaSota-88's writ of certioari is an appeal of the
city's approval of the development on procedural
grounds. ManaSota-88 contends there was inadequate
evidence before the council to merit approval of
After the city files its response to the writ, Lobeck
said he will file a short reply to the city's response to
"Then I anticipate oral arguments before a judge,"
Lobeck said. "In the other action, we have 120 days to
file before risking dismissal. But we expect to serve it
some time this month. We have no incentive to accel-
erate or delay the pace of this legal action. We're pro-
ceeding in the normal pace of events. We anticipate
there will be a flurry of litigation once that is done. This
is moving like litigation normally moves."
Jane Gordon, attorney for eight Manatee County
residents known as Concerned Citizens of Manatee
County or the "Perico Eight," said she filed exceptions
Sept. 1 to an administrative law judge's ruling that
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"We filed the exceptions with the Department of
Community Affairs and hopefully DCA will take a
hard look at those and modify their final order or reflect
the exceptions we made," Gordon said. "Joan Perry and
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made timely comments about the project prior to the
Feb. 23 deadline. Six of the other Perico Eight group
did not make comments about the project until after
Feb. 23 and the judge ruled their participation in the
challenge is null and void.
Gordon added that the only reason Schember was
knocked out by the judge was because the judge didn't
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Von Hahmann win makes planned growth possible
By David Futch
The next majority block vote on the Manatee
County Board of Commissioners is expected to be
committed to planned growth.
In the past, developers generally got what they
wanted. When the new board convenes in November,
things are likely to change.
Challenger Jane von Hahmann's decisive victory
in district 3 over incumbent Stan Stephens in the Sept.
5 primary had some environmentalists giddy.
ManaSota-88 chairman Gloria Rains said she had
to pinch herself to make sure she wasn't dreaming
when she saw the results in the newspaper declaring
von Hahmann the winner.
Although von Hahmann still has to win the general
election over a write-in candidate, the new board could
be made up of von Hahmann and three other commis-
sioners whose track records show they prefer planned
growth over unbridled development.
Leading the way is Commissioner Joe McClash,
who showed his willingness to tilt at windmills when
he protested Bradenton's approval of the Arvida 898-
unit condominium project on north Perico Island.
McClash, who could become the next board chair-
man, said it would be an honor to be selected, and he
likes the idea of working with von Hahmann, Amy
Stein and Jonathan Bruce toward some better decision
making when it comes to managing growth.
"I think the replacement of Stan with Jane will
mean a call for managed growth and more representa-
tion from the district," McClash said. "In my opinion,
I don't think Stan has been as interested in represent-
ing his district as in helping developers."
In the past, developers could just about expect four
votes out of seven and get their project approved re-
gardless of the impact on the environment or aesthet-
ics, McClash said.
"Now developers will have to deal with each of us
instead of the group of four," McClash said. "(Arvida
attorney) Ed Vogler received a lot of favoritism.
"I've talked to Jane and I think she's qualified and her
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heart is in the right place. She is going to be an asset to the
commission and the county. She's not anti-growth. She's
for managed growth, which is the way I view growth. She
definitely wants to represent her district. For the past eight
years, there's been a gap, or void, for people who live in
West Manatee County and the Islands.
"People have asked me about the chairmanship. I
won't reject it. It's an honor. I've been effective from
my seat on the commission. I'd like to make sure we're
as friendly as possible to people when they come in and
that hasn't been the case in the past."
Von Hahmann said her win over Stephens came as
little surprise to her. If she wins the Nov. 7 general elec-
tion, von Hahmann takes office Nov. 21.
"I was surprised by the numbers, but not that I won,"
said von Hahmann, who trounced Stephens 3,187 to 2,089
votes. Stephens accumulated $134,530 in his war chest,
compared to von Hahmann's $9,600-plus.
Von Hahmann said, "Developers are not going to
be able to walk in and get what they want. Growth is
going to be looked at not just from an economic aspect
but from the aspects of looking after the environment
and quality of life.
"Anything that goes on east of this beach has an im-
pact on this beach and has to be considered. You'll also
see the next commission address the sensitivity of the land
closer to the waterfront when a development is in the plan-
ning. That's something the city didn't take into consider-
ation when it approved the Perico project."
Von Hahmann was at the forefront of protest when
news first leaked out about Arvida's plans for Perico.
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She was involved with the homeowner groups that
initially challenged the city's changes to its comprehen-
sive land-use plan, change that paved the way for ap-
proval of the Arvida project.
"The development as designed is a no go," von
Hahmann said. "I'm not anti-development. Arvida has
a right to develop on Perico, but not in the intensity it
is now. In a perfect world, I'd like to see it bought and
preserved as recreational land. But that's a perfect
world and I don't think we're going to see that happen.
That one development is going to change the county
because it sets a precedent when it comes to building
along the waterfront and the height of the buildings. If
they want to build something that high, build it on the
Sandpile (on the Bradenton riverfront)."
Von Hahmann said throughout her campaign she
would be more people friendly. It's a promise she said
she intends to keep.
"You'll be able to call me on the phone and I'll
return your call. I'll attend meetings," she said. "I'm
going to set up a citizen's advisory board to give me
ideas about how they would like to see development
take place as well as other issues they might have. At
the same time, I can educate the advisory board about
what's going in county government."
For years, the Island, Longboat Key and west
Manatee have been ignored, von Hahmann said, and
she's going to try and stop the bleeding.
The county needs to be more responsive to the
beaches, she said. Things like fixing up the bathrooms
at the public beaches and working on the parking lot at
Manatee County Public Beach. She said she'd like see
the Tourist Development Council give up money to
She and McClash both said they want to find out why
Birdie Tebbetts Field next to Holmes Beach City Hall isn't
finished and why it took two years to get this far.
Continuing beach nourishment is another key item
on her agenda. The Island and the county need to keep
pushing for beach nourishment because of coastal ero-
sion. People, who come to Manatee County go to the
Island's beaches and spend millions in tourist dollars.
"The bottom line," von Hahmann said, "is you're
going to see me and I'm going to represent the islands
and the rest of District 3."
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Condo lights continue to endanger baby turtles
By Jim Hanson
"They're four months out of compliance and
they're not making any move to correct the problem
although the solution is inexpensive," said Suzi Fox.
She holds the state permit for marine turtle preser-
vation on Anna Maria Island and she was talking about
a fellow Islander, LaCosta condominiums in Bradenton
There are still four loggerhead turtle nests on the
beach in front of LaCosta and Turtle Watch volunteers
"have to work all night long to be sure the hatchlings
live through LaCosta's lights," she said.
Turtles emerge from their nests at night and have an
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
think her comments were specific to the challenge.
"The deadline to submit comments regarding the
comprehensive plan was Feb. 23 and that's the day she
made her comments to the city council," Gordon said.
"While Joan is a resident of Holmes Beach, she is more
substantially affected because she lives on a barrier
"This fight is hardly over because ManaSota-88
also has its two lawsuits. I would like to think your
Sept. 5 election reflects how people feel about the way
their politicians are handling growth in Manatee
Gordon's law firm is based in West Palm Beach.
"Everything is in DCA's hands right now," Gordon
said. "They have 90 days from Sept. 1 to issue a final
order. And if that order goes against us, we will be ap-
"It could be December (before anything is de-
cided). We're not here to meaninglessly delay the
Arvida project. We're here because we don't believe
the amendments to the city-'s comprehensive plan are
in compliance with Manatee County's comprehensive
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lead them upland instead, and they fall victim to traffic or
predators or desiccation trapped in brush. Turtle Watch
volunteers intercept them and carry them to the Gulf, but
at an average of 100 vigorous hatchlings per nest that's a
lot of scrambling in the dark.
As the turtle nesting season began in early May
volunteers met with LaCosta officials to alert them that
the building's lights were in violation of the law and
endangering turtles, Fox said.
The manager accosted two volunteers and told one
to "take your turtle business down the street" and to
park his car elsewhere, she said.
Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
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and he couldn't be doing that.
"From there it got ugly and abusive and I walked
out. Gerry stayed and then one of the LaCosta people
The building can't be cited for lighting violations
until Rathvon returns from vacation, she said.
"They need to get shields on any lights that can be
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and is not expensive. Electrodex Inc. of Bradenton has
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 4, grand theft, 700 block North Shore Drive.
Four rods and reels were taken from an unenclosed rear
deck of a home.
Sept. 4, domestic assault, harassing phone calls, 200
block Periwinkle. A verbal altercation between husband
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her safety. The husband left, but made phone calls home,
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report. The driver, Vincent P. Mannix, 50, of Anna Maria,
was stopped. The officer approached the vehicle and no-
ticed "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage," according
to the report. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was
taken to the Holmes Beach Police Department, where
three breath tests indicated he was above the legal limit of
alcohol. He was transported to Manatee County sheriff s
deputies for transport to jail, and was also cited for fail-
ure to maintain a single lane.
Sept. 3, trespass, Coquina Beach. Two people were
issued trespass warnings after they refused to leave the
water after being told to do so by Marine Rescue.
Sept. 3, burglary, 2100 block of Avenue A. The
complainant said he returned from a fishing trip and
placed four rods and reels in his garage and, the next
day, discovered them missing. Total value of the fish-
ing gear was $550.
Sept. 6, auto burglary, Coquina Beach. The two
complainants said they had put their purses in the
locked trunk of their car when they went to the beach
and returned to find them missing. Gone were the
purses, various driver's licenses and credit cards and
$320 American cash and $30 Canadian.
Sept. 6, possession of marijuana less than 20
grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, 1500 block
Gulf Drive North. The officer noticed a bicycle travel-
ing on Gulf Drive after dark without lights. After stop-
ping the bike rider, the officer noticed a strong odor of
marijuana. The officer asked what caused a bulge in the
biker's right front pocket and the biker said "that's my
marijuana pipe." The officer took the pipe and found
approximately a half-gram of a green leafy substance,
which tested positive for marijuana. Chris Lee
Daugherty, 29, of Anna Maria, was taken to jail.
Sept. 7, trespass warning, 200 Gulf Drive S., Beach
Barn. A store clerk said two people were shopping in
the store and the clerk believed one took a pair of ear-
rings. The suspect returned a pair of earrings and both
left. Police were called, the two suspects were located
at Coquina Beach, escorted back to the store and issued
Sept. 8, driving with license suspended (warrant),
100 block Bridge Street. After stopping a car for a rou-
tine traffic check, the officer asked for and received
driver's licenses from all people in the vehicle. One
passenger had an outstanding warrant from Manatee
County for driving with license suspended, and he was
taken into custody and transported to jail.
Sept. 3, tag not assigned, moving violation, 5200
block Gulf Drive. A traffic stop for failure to stop at a red
light resulted in the determination that the license tag on
the vehicle was not assigned. The driver received a ticket
for running the red light and a summons for the tag.
Sept. 4, burglary to a vehicle, 4000 Gulf Drive. The
complainant said items were missing from her car, parked
at the Manatee Public Beach. Missing was a CD player,
cellular phone, glasses and a radio with a value of $285.
Sept. 4, suspicious, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix.
A suspected counterfeit $100 was used as payment for
items purchased at the store. The complainant said she
had gotten the cash from a money exchange service
from her native country, Hungary. Other bills checked
were not counterfeit. The bill was taken as evidence for
further investigation and will be returned if the money
is legitimate U.S. tender.
Sept. 4, suspicious, 4000 Gulf Drive. The complain-
ant was approached at the beach by a man who said he
would help carry his beach paraphernalia to his car. The
man then began to talk about homosexual activity. The
man then attempted to touch the complainant, according
to the report. Police were called and questioned the man,
who denied talking about homosexual acts or doing any
untoward touching. Marine Rescue officials told police
they had seen the man several times earlier in the day talk-
ing to "kids." The man left the beach.
Sept. 4, stalking, 3600 East Bay Drive. The com-
plainant said she had an injunction against a man stat-
ing no harassing phone calls, and the man had called
her numerous times. The complainant said she fears for
her safety, according to the report. She kept a tape re-
cording of the calls, and the case was referred to the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Sept. 5, criminal mischief, 6300 Marina Drive,
Christian Science Church. Unknown persons damaged
the church sign. Damage was estimated at $150. Patrols
will be beefed up in the area as a result.
Sept. 6, larceny/theft, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's
Island Store. The complainant said while he was wait-
ing to park his car he noticed a man exit the store and
remove a carton of cigarettes from beneath his cloth-
ing. The man then left the parking lot. The witness took
down his license tag and informed the clerk, who called
police. The suspect is described as a white male, aged
mid-30s, medium build with mustache and sunglasses,
driving a white 1988 Mercury Cougar.
Sept. 6, suspicious, 5800 block Marina Drive. The
complainant said she paid for $620.69 worth of Beanie
Babies via the Internet to a Holmes Beach Post Office
box and has not received the goods. Police checked the
box holder information and found it belongs to a
woman with a phone number in Anna Maria and a
Pennsylvania address. The case is under investigation.
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Fifth grade students get closer look at Island environment
Last week the fifth grade students at Anna Maria
Elementary School set off on an estuary field trip to
learn more about our beach-to-bay environment.
Environmental instructors Robert Specker and
June Turner of Manatee County's Environmental Edu-
cation Department guided the daylong trip. Students
were provided with field guides and divided their time / .
between Leffis Key and Coquina Beach in Bradenton -
The field guides helped students classify the types
of shells found on Coquina Beach and the species of -
mangroves growing on Leffis Key. Students also used . .Sl
their field guides to keep track of environmental infor-
mation that may show up on future science tests.
Throughout the day, the kids were quizzed by their' .'
environmental instructors on topics such as beach '
safety, geography, and Florida State symbols like the ...
state tree saball palm) and shell (horse conch). Specker
and Turner also stressed the impact of fishing and tour- -
ism on our community. They talked to the students
about beach erosion, riptides and barrier islands.
Students got their feet wet with hands-on activities'
throughout the day. They were given a chance to net
some water creatures found along Sarasota Bay, as well, "
as dig for sand fleas along the Gulf's edge.
The estuary field trip is offered to all Manatee.
County fifth grade students as an extension of the sci- \ '' \
ence classroom studies. Throughout the month, expect _
to see other schools going "knee deep" into environ- Leffis Key field walk
mental learning at nature's outdoor classrooms, Leffis
Key and Coquina Beach. Students in Anne Kinnan'sfifth-grade class took a peek at the wildlife that finds sanctuary at Leffis Key.
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on Coquina Beach.
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Students peered into the water to search for fish and crabs at Leffis Key.
Open house Friday notes Ringling registration
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THE ISLANDER N SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 0 PAGE 19
Anna Maria School rewarded for excellence
By Diana Bogan
Rainbows point the way to riches and it seems only
fitting that one was arching above Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School last Thursday.
As students and faculty arrived at school, a cam-
era crew from Bay News 9 milled around waiting for
a special delivery from State Rep. Mark Flanagan.
Flanagan traveled to Manatee County Public
Schools rated at an "A" performance level. Last year
the Island school still ranked high at the "B" level, but
through perseverance and hard work, the school soared
to even higher levels of excellence this year.
Principal Tim Kolbe attributes the school's success
to "youngsters that are willing and ready to learn, car-
ing parents and a solid staff."
Criteria used to assess a school's performance are
determined by the results of the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Tests (FCAT) in reading, writing and math
given to fourth and fifth grade students each year.
To achieve an "A" status schools must test at least
95 percent of eligible students, including speech-im-
paired, gifted, hospital/homebound, and limited-En-
glish-proficient students who have been in the English-
Celebrity for a day
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Tim Kolbe
took the spotlight for Bay News 9.
as-a-second-language program more than two years.
Also taken into account are general criteria such
as the percent of students absent more than 20 days
and the percent suspended out of school. Recent leg-
islative changes have removed suspension and atten-
dance from factoring into grades starting with the
Last year Anna Maria Elementary fell short of be-
ing an "A" school because student reading levels were
low. The criteria for becoming an "A" school includes
demonstrating substantial improvement in reading;
maintaining or improving reading scores of lowest
performing students; and exhibiting no substantial de-
cline in math or writing.
After last year's results, Kolbe says the school set
a goal to focus on youngsters struggling with reading.
Apparently the hard work by teachers and students has
paid off in a way bigger than expected.
Flanagan acknowledged the student's scholastic
achievement during a news interview with the student-
run morning television announcements.
Bay News 9 also taped the special visit for its 7
"As a result of the good work Principal Kolbe, the
staff of teachers and students have done, we're giving
you a bonus," said Flanagan. He presented the school
.. Making the grade
S: Mark Flanagan visited
all "A" schools in
S "'Manatee County,
S: bringing a special
bonus to each. At Anna
Maria Elementary he
presented Dr. Dan
Sof schools, and Princi-
"- pal Tim Kolbe with a
Check for $38,216 and
and teachers to keep
up the good work.
with a check for $38,216.00, roughly $100 per student.
"It's a pleasure to represent one of the best elementary
schools in the state. Keep up the good work," he said.
Lynette Edwards, assistant superintendent for aca-
demics and Dr. Dan Nolan, superintendent of schools,
were also "on air" for the presentation.
"This gives the school an opportunity to get things
that are not covered in its budget and support the teach-
ers," said Edwards.
Schools are free to do what they wish with the"
money they earn. Kolbe will meet with principals from
other "A" schools to discuss how the funds have been
spent in the past. Staff at the Island school will help
determine what best suits the needs of the school, and
final approval will be turned over to the School Advi-
sory Council, which includes a large parent constitu-
And, even though the school has reached such a
high level of excellence, there is always room for im-
provement and educational growth.
"Not only will we maintain our focus on reading,"
says Kolbe, "but this year we will also make it a goal
to improve our student's expository and narrative writ-
It seems that even at the end of one rainbow, a
student's journey is never done.
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Close tie, Wizard picks winner
That was close.
After saying I was making The Islander football
contest more difficult this year by throwing in poten-
tial upset college games and then promising no one
would get a perfect score during the 2000 season, two
constestants made it close by missing one each.
We have a scientific way of breaking ties in the
contest. It's a tried-true-method we've been using for
the past three years.
We take the entries from the contestants who tie,
dump them on the floor and the first one that Wizard,
the office cairn terrier, steps on is declared the winner.
Maybe we should elect politicians using this
method. We can have dogs walk over to the candidates
and see which one the dogs lick the most.
Wizard walked over and promptly picked Greg
Hartmeyer's entry with a left front paw.
Only one entrant picked both college upsets of the
week, Notre Dame's victory over Texas A&M and
UCLA's win over No. 3 Alabama in the Rose Bowl. He
missed the Packers-Jets game when he guessed the
Hartmeyer missed the Alabama game, but guessed
correctly on the Notre Dame upset and all 13 pro
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Tebbetts Field in deplorable shape
Holmes Beach continues to water Birdie Tebbetts
Field with water from a well that has saltwater intru-
sion and growing grass continues to be a problem.
Weeds, however, are no problem.
So much of a problem that unless the city changes
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the way it waters the field, it looks like nothing but
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Former Anna Maria Island Little League president
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Parks and Recreation employees who have been trying
to get the field in shape.
What they had to say is not pretty. It's what most
Islanders who have been keeping an eye on the field's
progress have thought.
Progress is subjective here since we're talking
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about trying to get the grass to grow and not the sched-
uled completion date, which is expected to be Spring
2001 two years overdue.
Gibbons said the two county workers said there
was only one way to make the grass grow properly.
"They said non-salted water is the key to growing
green grass and keeping it green," Gibbons said. "Then
they said that if the city continues to water the field
with this salty water, we'll never have more than a
In other words, without a quality field, no games
will be played at Tebbetts Field.
Gibbons said the workers were confident the
field's fence would be up by the end of the year and
play could start in the spring if the grass will grow.
That means two years after construction started on
the $50,000 field, it could be ready for play. What kind
of play? Who knows?
County Commissioner Joe McClash said he will
look into the matter. He added that he's surprised be-
cause he thought the field was completed and ready for
"It's a shame after all that money we've
spent," McClash said. "What's disturbing is
people lose their respect for government when
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this kind of thing happens."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said the
grass at the field is growing and the city applied
weedkiller four times in the past two months.
Whitmore said the delay in fencing the field oc-
curred because "the county messed up and had to go
out last week and have bids for the fence resubmitted.
I don't know when that's going to be done."
No one else seems to know either.
Wood tops 24 players
at Imperial Lakewoods
Brian Wood topped two dozen other players to win
the weekly Sunday Sunrise Golf Tournament held at
Imperial Lakewoods Golf Course.
Wood was plus seven on a modified Stableford scor-
ing system and nipped second-place finisher Harry
Christensen of Harry's Continental Kitchens by one point.
Jim Sarapede was third at plus four.
There was a tie in the contest to see who finishes
the strongest. Best score on the final six holes went to
Roy Hampton and Wood. They each were plus four.
Closest-to-the-pin greenies were won by Sonny
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Sept. 13 Bistros vs. Harry's Continental Kitch-
Island Animal Clinic vs. Danziger Al-
Sept. 14 Island Animal vs. Oden-Hardy Con-
Bridge Street vs. Anna Maria Island
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Bistros vs. Oden-Hardy
Sept. 20 Danziger vs. Harry's
Bistros vs. Island Sun
first game at 6 p.m., second at 7p.m.
SDivision III Age 8-9
Sept. 13 Anna Maria Island Spirit vs. Galati
SSept. 15 Jessie's Island Store vs. Palm Tree
Sept. 19 Galati vs. Jessie's
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all games start at 6 p.m.
Division II Age 10-11
Sept. 13 LaPensee Plumbing vs. Island Pest
Control at 7:30 p.m.
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Sept. 20 Air America vs. Island Pest Control at
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Island delights, traffic thoughts, sand transfers
Enjoy it while it lasts we've got our Island
mostly to ourselves.
September and October is the time between the
busy summer season and the hectic winter tourist
crunch when Islanders get a chance to catch their breath
and relax. Sure, the weekends are still busy, but week-
days find the beaches nearly deserted and traffic prob-
lems almost nonexistent.
For the first time in memory I was able to drive the
length of Longboat Key with the cruise control set at
45 mph and not have to touch brake or accelerator -
and I did so two days running last week.
Of course, that was after I got pulled over for
speeding the week before. As I told the cop, it's such
an unexpected event to have the road mostly to myself,
I couldn't help but go a little too fast. He seemed to
understand, and just gave me a warning and a sorta
You should probably learn from my lesson and
resist the temptation to creep over the speed limit now
that you can, thanks to a lack of congestion.
And enjoy the Island as it used to be while you
Speaking of traffic, there's some weirdness afoot
at Clearwater Beach.
Our weekend high-season traffic woes pale to the
near inconsequential compared to the nightmares
Clearwater Beach faces. They've got a whole new defi-
nition of gridlock up there, as most of Pinellas County
seems to funnel onto the tiny strip of sand on nice
So the city fathers and mothers hired a consult-
ant of course to look at the traffic problem and
try to come up with a solution that doesn't involve
adding a score or more traffic lanes to accommodate
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The solution? "Rationing" access to the beach.
It seems the consultant proposes designating one
lane strictly for beach residents, beach employees and
trucks doing business on the beach. The other lane
would be segregated to beach visitors.
As he put it, "you either build a bigger bucket or you
stop pouring into the bucket when the bucket is full."
Clearwater Beach already mimicked Anna Maria
Island when they too had a roundabout installed to ease
the traffic flow to and from their beach. Maybe there
are some ideas we can take from them if they come up
with some solution to their traffic morass.
Although I have to agree with one Clearwater com-
missioner, who said, "There may be some permutation of
this that would work, but I don't know what it is yet."
The shoals are coming! The shoals are coming!
And maybe lawsuits, too.
Take a trip to Bean Point, or the north end of
Longboat Key, and you'll see some pretty dramatic
changes in historic patterns of sand and water. Specifi-
cally, there are sandbars where there were none just a
few years ago.
There's a little shoal just west of the north tip of the
Island that's mostly above water that was never there be-
fore. Shoaling in Longboat Pass is pretty extreme too, with
sand almost meeting the old bridge revetment just west of
the current Longboat Bridge. Of course, the sand in the
pass came there at the cost of northwest Longboat Key,
which has lost hundreds of feet of beach and a bunch of
Australian pines in the past few years.
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huge sandbar has formed from Lighthouse Point east
almost to the New Pass Bridge, nearly landlocking the
little lagoon back in there.
As one resident put it, "The end of my dock used
to be 30 feet out into the water, and now it is behind 10
feet of sand."
That's why lawsuits may come into the picture.
Seems the area is considering adding a jetty south-
west of the key out into the Gulf, parallel to New Pass,
to protect the beach to the north.
But nearby Sands Point residents say any jetty
would just exacerbate the sand they've got now and
would effectively landlock their waterfront homes.
The residents are threatening a lawsuit to block
building the jetty.
Seems funny that erosion at one point prompts
accretion just a few hundred yards away, doesn't it?
As one coastal geologist told me years and years
ago, any time you stick anything in the water be it
jetty, bridge or even a channel marker you're going
to change something somewhere else.
No fish sandwiches here
In case you missed it, Earnest Williams lost his bid
for the Florida House of Representatives District 55
seat last week. You may remember him as the guy who
had in his campaign ad that terrific slogan, "Devoted
family man. Active in the community. Enjoys a good
I guess the voters in his district preferred chicken
or beef to fish.
I've been reading a new dolphin book co-authored
by Dr. Randy Wells, who has studied the marine mam-
mals in Sarasota Bay most of his life. My first thought
was to take excerpts from the book for a column, but
since there's so much good stuff in it that it's worth a
score or more columns, I'll just add a fact or two in
Like this one.
"First-time mother dolphins in Sarasota Bay have on
only one occasion successfully raised a calf in the nearly
30 years in which dolphins there have been studied."
The authors speculate that since female dolphins
are able to "unload" toxins in the milk they provide to
their calves, and since they've "loaded up" on toxins
for five to 12 years before they first give birth, the new-
borns may be getting "such a hefty dose of poison that
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Snook, redfish, mangrove snapper action hot
By Capt. David Futch
I'm not sure why charter fishing guides are called
We're not really captains because most of us have
what is called a "six-pack" license, which allows us to
take up to six passengers for hire whether for fishing
or just a boat ride.
The "six-pack" license is issued by the U.S. Coast
Guard after an applicant passes one of the most difficult
tests ever conceived. A quantum physics test is not as hard
as the one the Coasties give for the "six-pack" exam.
If you pass the test, you're issued the six-pack li-
cense and it says the person named on the license is a
"motorboat operator." Nowhere does it say anything
about being a "captain." Where the designation came
from, I don't know. Maybe someone can tell me.
Now for fishing.
Snook, redfish and mangrove snapper are as active
as they're going to be any time of the year. Now's the
time to go after them. Reds are schooling up and if you
find a wad of them you can go back the next day and
the day after and they're likely to be in the same spot.
Snook are moving from the passes and back into the
bay, but they're still everywhere. White bait works good.
Something else that works on snook is a small mackerel.
Mangrove snapper are everywhere there is struc-
ture with some anglers catching monsters to five and
six pounds around docks or on spots where people
grouper dig. That may seem like a big mangrove snap-
per their real name is gray snapper but for one
Steve Maddox caught off Port Canaveral June 14,
1992. Maddox holds the all-tackle world record at 17
pounds, 0 ounces.
Dan Hardy of Holmes Beach said he and some
friends went 35 miles offshore last week and limited
out on red grouper. He said the weather was so good
that the surface of the water was like glass.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers are
catching "all kinds of fish, from mackerel to snapper to
redfish. Snook are biting like crazy, especially if you have
a ladyfish on for bait. Permit are around, but not as plen-
tiful as they have been. Now is the time to catch snook."
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on Neva-Miss deep-sea charters said they caught man-
grove snapper until they got tired of it.
"We're seeing mangrove snapper inshore and off-
shore that weigh up to five pounds," Morrison said.
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"We're catching lane snapper to 2 pounds. If you can get
some shrimp, they'll bite good. White bait is even better.
We're slaying red grouper in 80 to 100 feet of water. We
caught some barracuda that weighed 35 pounds."
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair said he
found schooling redfish this past week, so they seem be
"One school had 150 fish in it," Smith said. "We
were catching them with spoons and live bait. I was
using a Cotee flat spoon, a weedless spoon that has a
rubber tail that wiggles real nice. They were eating
white bait, grub tails and spoons and just about any-
thing else. I've been catching them on low tides, but
this was high tide. We have an abundance of small
snook up to 29 inches. Mackerel are in the bay and
we're picking up flounder to 19 inches."
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams char-
ter boat out of Holmes Beach said he's had good
redfishing action lately and thinks it has something to
do with the low pressure system that hung around.
Snook fishing's also pretty good with some to 36
inches but a lot of them in the non-keeper size of less
than 26 inches, he said.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
snook fishing right now may be the best two weeks of
the year because the fish are moving off the beach, into
the passes and into the bay, so the fish are everywhere.
"In the case of the Island, both passes are loaded
with snook and they're eating," Lowman said. "Red-
fish are schooling on the bay side of the Island.
Sister Key bycatch
Terry Higgins of
Bradenton was fishing
for redfish with Capt.
Tom Chaya when this
35-inch snook took the
bait near Sister Key.
Higgins released the
fish. Chaya said he
caught his clients a lot
of smaller snook last
week as a low passed
over Florida. Islander
Mangrove snapper fishing is terrific on any offshore
structure. If you go out 20 miles or more, be alert for
yellowtail snapper. They like live shrimp, but
they're not picky here like they are in the Keys and
they'll bite cut squid.
"The yellowtail will be in the same places as grou-
per. Mackerel fishing is good off the beaches with fish
more than 20 inches. Shark fishing is a lot of fun this
time of year. It's a simple matter of chumming and the
Capt. Matt Denham of Rip Tide charters in
Holmes Beach said he's been going 25 to 30 miles out,
catching red grouper and a few gags.
"We took out a night trip and nailed the mangrove
snapper," Denham said. "I think we caught 30. We also
went to a wreck about 25 miles out and caught cobia."
Neal Jackman at Annie's Bait & Tackle in
Cortez said Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II
continues to catch mangrove snapper and redfish and
snook are biting real good, while mackerel are in the
Gulf. He's also getting the occasional tarpon, permit
and flounder as well.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend caught mack-
erel and said they're everywhere. Kimball said he took
some folks from Tropicana to one of his honey holes
in 85 feet of water and caught 28 keeper red grouper to
16 pounds and a bunch of mangrove snapper to 4
pounds. Kimball said he also caught barracuda and
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they cannot survive."
Testing of one firstborn calf revealed toxic levels
nearly five times as high as a fourth-born calf.
And scientists found female dolphins off South
Africa got rid of 80 percent of DDT and PCBs in their
system through lactation.
The reason subsequent dolphin young don't get the
hefty dose of poison is because female dolphins give
birth every three years or so, and therefore don't have
as much bad stuff accumulated in their systems to pass
along to the newborn.
By the way, the book is called "The Bottlenose
Dolphin, Biology and Conservation." Authors are
Wells, John E. Reynolds III and Samantha D. Eide. It's
probably stocked at most bookstores, and I happen to
know Circle Books on St. Armands has a few copies.
Unfortunately, the following is NOT a real press
release. It's pretty funny, though, for what it is. A
The Florida State Department of Fish and Wildlife
is advising hikers, hunters, fishers and golfers to take
extra precautions and keep alert for alligators.
The department advises people to wear noise-pro-
ducing devices such as little bells on their clothing to
alert but not startle the alligators unexpectedly. It also
advises the carrying of pepper spray in case of an en-
counter with an alligator.
It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of
alligator activity. People should recognize the differ-
ence between small, young alligator and large, adult
alligator droppings. Young alligator droppings are
smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feath-
ers. Adult alligator droppings contain little bells and
smell like pepper spray.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23
bonita and saw permit, but didn't fish for them.
When Kimball had a day off last week, he went
diving for lobster, but the gag grouper were so thick
they couldn't see any lobster. He said when they got to
the surface they tried to fish for the gags but they
wouldn't bite. What's up with that?
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler said
snook and trout have been biting as good as he's seen
in months with redfish coming on strong. He said
snook should continue to be good for the next couple
of months before cold fronts start moving in and mak-
ing them more lethargic.
Capt. Joe Webb on the Old Florida out of
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on north Longboat Key
said American red snapper and grouper are biting well
40 miles out and beyond.
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Island real estate sales
100 Maple, Anna Maria, a Gulffront 1,940 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1964 on a 106x135
lot, was sold 8/17/00, Protiva to Uhrig, for
$1,200,000; list $1,250,000.
103 36th St., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,008
sfla 3bed/2bath/1car home built in 1940 on a 50x 150
lot, was sold 8/16/00, Prevatt to Olsen & Page, for
$460,000; list $460,000.
112 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,400 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1953 on an 80x80 lot, was
sold 8/15/00, Norton to Brice, for $235,000; list
David Moynihan was tops in both obtain-
ing new listings and sales made during August
at the Anna Maria Island office of Wagner
Realty. Other top Wagner listers were Berndt
Wolpers on Longboat Key and Pat McClary at
the Manatee Avenue office. Others who led in
sales were Dorothy Cook on Longboat and
Barbara Mollanazar at Manatee Avenue.
Robert St. Jean was top lister and Valerie
Hietala top salesperson at the Holmes Beach
office of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. for Au-
gust. Other leading listing agents were Mike
Migone and Tina Rudek of the Longboat Key
office and Vera Freeman of Avenue of the
Flowers. Others at the top in sales were Linda
Melnick and the Migone-Rudek team at
Longboat and Cheri Williamson at Avenue of
1800 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 119 LaCosta,
a 988 sfla 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 1979,
was sold 8/16/00, Carvalho to LaCosta Investors, for
208 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,092 sfla duplex
built in 1973 on a 59x105 lot, was sold 8/16/00,
Granquist to Copeman, for $192,000.
216 Elm, a 70x110 lot, was sold 8/17/00,
Oberhofer to Schoenknecht, for $175,000.
2912 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a 1,130 sfla
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1973 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 8/16/00, McNamara to Pickeral, for
$177,000; list $179,900.
408 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a bayfront 1,676
sfla 3bed/2.5bath/2car home built in 1981 on a
60x85 lot, was sold 8/18/00, Shea to JCW Realty, for
$540,000; list $549,000.
417 Poinsettia, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,404
sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1988 on a 65x111
approx lot, was sold 8/18/00, Aubry to Beck, for
$315,000; list $315,000.
510 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1976 on an 81x112 lot, was
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Under construction. 5BR/3.5BA, formal dining
room, library (office), deep-water seawalled
canal access to Tampa Bay. Still time to pick
your colors. $995,000.
201 Spring Ave., Anna Maria $125,000.
808 North Shore Dr., Gulfview. $300,000.
New taxi service launched by Islander
A new taxi service, billed as "on the Island, Owner of the new service is Dawn Baker,
for the Island," has been inaugurated by Anna who also is a Bradenton Beach city commis-
Maria Island Transportation Inc. Using mini- sioner.
vans, the charge is a minimal $1.50 pick up fee Further information and/or taxi service may
and mileage. Service is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. be obtained at mobile phone 737-0336.
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but
never used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and
love seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin
$129; futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and
mattress $199; daybed (white with brass finials) in-
cluding two mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can
deliver. Call 753-7118.
ANTIQUE WOOD office chairs. Only two left, dark
wood, $100 each. 778-1102.
ALUMINUM/GLASS TOP patio set $80; two wood
lamps $25 each; 2 bikes like new $50 each; white-
wash coffee table and 2 end tables $100 all; VCR
$50; coffee pot $20. 778-1512.
BOAT INFLATABLE 7 FT zodiac-style with very
clean 4 hp. engine $500. Male and female bikes $70
for two. Call 779-0131.
ARMOIRE/ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, Aubusson
black wool, 8 by 11 rug, $275. 22 inch fish bowl vase,
lamps, Oriental rugs. JBL studio speakers $325 pair,
OBO. Glass wrought-iron lamp table. 779-2240.
RESTAURANT CHAIRS for sale. Banquet-style, stack
chairs, upholstered, $5 each for up to 50 chairs. Wood
dining chairs, cane back, upholstered seat, $25 each or
$20 each for 20 or more. 80 chairs total. Call Chef/Owner
Damon Presswood at Chez Andre: 778-5320.
RECLINER, ROCKER, SWIVEL black leather, great
shape, clean, must go swiftly. Was $95, now $75.
SOFA BED WITH rattan arms, 3 cushions $175; com-
puter desk with hutch $40; white wooden crib
$25;printer $50; fax machine $50. 778-0171 before
SOFA SLEEPER with matching wingtip chair, nice condi-
tion pastel color. 778-5433. $250 for set, or best offer.
ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday,
Thursday, 9:30am 2pm, Saturdays 9 12.
Wednesday donations 9- 11. 50% off sales room.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
ONE OF A KIND CANALFRONT
MINI-ESTATE IN HOLMES BEACH
1950's classic with terrazzo floors and pine
paneling. 5BR/4BA home on 2.5 lots. Dock and
grandfathered boat house. Heated 32x40 foot
swimming pool. $599,000.
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc.
5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7244
email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfbayrealty.com
MOVING SALE SUNDAY September 17, 7 am. Some
furniture, small appliances, tools, lots of misc. Every-
thing goes! 611 Gladstone, Key Royale. 778-6127.
AIR CONDITIONED SALE. Saturday Sept. 16, 7:30
am. Bed, chairs, vertical blinds, sheets, women's
clothes, glassware, more. 110 17th Street North,
YARD SALE SATURDAY Sept. 16. 9 am 1pm. 103
Gull Drive, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY September 16, 9 am -
3 pm. Furniture, clothes, housewares, misc and bar-
gains galore. 410 79th, Holmes Beach.
INDEPENDENT ISLAND SECRETARY Word process-
ing, desktop publishing, outgoing faxes and Florida
notary public. Stephanie Cenko 778-1230 or 228-2798.
YOGA AND MEDITATION classes with Harmony
Feldman begin Sept. 25. P.M. mixed levels; P.M.
beginners; P.M. intermediate. Anna Maria Art
BUYING WATCHES, COINS and paper money, jew-
elry. antiques and collectibles. Business in Sarasota,
Commodity Exchange, 1918 Bay Road. 954-1488.
PSYCHIC BY THE beach. Every Sunday 12 5.
Bradenton Beach Hair Salon. 109 7th St. N.
Alexandra 794-1928. Songsoftarot@earthlink.net.
FOUND WOMAN'S WATCH on August 27 on
Bradenton Beach near Beachhouse Restaurant. Call
to identify 778-5476.
CRITTER SITTER Five years in pet care, 21 years as
an Island resident. Tender loving care for your pets
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE TO A good person. 4 year old female cat.
Declawed, fixed, has all shots and great manners.
Call Suzi 778-5638.
I want to be your personal
Realtor. Whether buying or
selling a home, you should
have an experienced full-time
working for you.
call Piroska Kallay
778-2661 or 730-9667
After hours 778-3778
Fax: 778-7944 (800) 422-6325
605C Manatee Ave.
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC. Holmes Beach, FL 3
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
an independenlly owned and operated member of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation
I'LL LOVE THEM while you leave them pet care.
Reliable responsible pet lover to care for and love
your pet. 778-2778.
GULF FISHING, scuba, Egmont Key snorkel trips,
kayaking, waterfront vacation cottages with docks.
Reasonable rates, call Ocean Action (941) 794-5780,
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile
BOAT SLIP for rent, north Anna Maria. Deep water,
up to 26 ft. boat. 778-4431.
BOAT SLIP park right next to your boat! Newly rebuilt
dock on Marina Drive (second canal off Palm Drive)
in Holmes Beach. $95/month. 778-8608.
20,000 LB. ALUMINUM boat lift with remote. $4,500.
Installation available. Call Doug 792-5685.
DIVING SERVICE Under-water boat maintenance.
Hull and props cleaned, zincs replaced. Monthly con-
tract available. Certified diver. Call James, 778-8370.
BOOKKEEPER/CUSTOMER SERVICE needed for
busy newspaper. Must have Excel and/or Lotus com-
puter skills. Fax, mail or drop-off resume to The Is-
lander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 34217.
COOK, APPRENTICE or trained for evening shift.
Call 778-5320 for Chef Damon of Ooh La La!
(formerly Chez Andre) 778-5320.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT position in local real
estate office. Real estate license required. Send re-
sume to P.O. Box 814, Anna Maria, FL 34216.
DIVINE ANNA MARIA
canalfront homes with
pools. Each is 3BR/2BA/
2-car garage with bonus
room and furnished to
the nines. 101 Pelican or
110 Pelican. $350,000
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
(941) 748-6300 Licensed Real Estate Broker
MAGNIFICENT in design and scale. This 3BR home
reflects the classic taste and subtle sophistication of
the most discriminating buyer. Protected anchorage
with 12,000 lb. davits and 264 ft. seawall. $859,000.
Bob and Penny Hall, 749-5981. 44287
ENJOY SOME OF LIFE'S FINEST PLEA-
SURES. Four +/- acres of estate grounds sloping
to 310 ft. of Manatee River frontage. One of the
largest parcels on the river. Classic 1931 Span-
ish stucco two-story home with most rooms over-
looking the river. Thirteen rooms offering 6,000 +/
- sq. ft. $3,500,000. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797 or
Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. 45412
THE INLETS. Fantastic saltwater lot with direct
access to Manatee River and Gulf of Mexico.
$129,900. Joanne Jenkins, 795-3838. 45235
GULFFRONT LOT. Incredible buildable lot on north
end of Anna Maria. Full unobstructed Gulfview.
Some trees, private tropical setting. One of the best
lots on the Gulf. $799,900. Sandy Drapala,
749,5797 or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. 46576
CONGENIAL LIFESTYLE in this adult
community. Spacious living area overlooking
garden and walkway. Close to golf course and
clubhouse. $142,000. Carol Greenwald,
WHY PAY RENT when you can buy? Great
starter home, 3BR duplex, freshly painted, you
choose color of carpet. Updated kitchen.
$55,000. Linda Asher 792-7365. 47223
CLEAN 2BR plus efficiency. New roof, paint and
flooring. $49,500. Dave Barker, 792-8932. 28318
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REAL ESTATE SALES AND RENTALS
ISLAND AND MAINLAND PROPERTIES
We're actively booking winter rentals now.
We're actively looking for new properties to manage.
We're Active, we're dedicated, we're experienced and
we're committed to providing the best service available.
Ann (Harmon) Caron
LIC. Real Estate Broker
Accredited Residential Manager
S12 years of Anna Maria Island Experience
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941 778-6849 800 778-9599 Fax: 941 779-1750
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Hauling By the cut or by the month.
L arice We Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
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SPECIALIZING IN BOATLIFTS, DOCKS AND SEAWALLS
792-5685 Fax 795-4329
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
H Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
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Lawn and landscape watering is limited to
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> Addresses ending in even numbers (or A -
> Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N -
2- Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Irrigation with treated waste water allowed
Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as
long as they use a hand-held hose with a shut-
off nozzle. (Pull the car on the lawn to wash!)
Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is
allowed for ten minutes daily.
> Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is
permitted any day.
Questions or comments? Call the South-
west Florida Water Management District
(Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
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WAITRESS, BREAKFAST 8 am 12 pm. or wait-
ress/housekeeping PT/FT. Harrington House Bed
and Breakfast 778-5444.
COOK BREAKFAST, part time, 6 am to 11am,
Wednesday and Thursday. Please call 778-6335.
NEEDED PART TIME maintenance man. 778-7153.
RELIABLE HOUSEKEEPING HELP required for new
private home in Bradenton Beach. Monday 8 am -
1 pm. References. Please call 779-2298.
DISHWASHER WANTED FULL TIME 5 to 6 days per
week. Good hours 8 am 3 pm. Good pay, good
working conditions. Apply in person at Brian's Sunny
Side Up, 5360 Gulf Drive.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island.His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, mulching,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, and more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING removes un-
sightly black mildew, salt and dirt from house ex-
teriors, windows, roofs, gutters, driveways and
decks. Call 778-0944.
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION now for season or
year round home cleaning service. Also handle com-
mercial accounts. References available. Call Katia,
J&J Cleaning Service, 756-5123.
HUSBAND FOR A DAY Odd jobs, even jobs, no jobs
to small. Licensed and insured. 778-2784.
WALL & CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able over 20 years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell
TILE INSTALLATION, 20 years experience on the
Island, Bradenton and Sarasota. Reasonable rates,
free estimates. Call Bob Moore, Moore Tile, 941-751 -
COMPUTER TUTOR. Learn on your computer in
your home. Professional certified, licensed. Operate
your computer as easy as your telephone. 383-5372.
TAXI on the Island, for the Island. $1 off fare if we
don't pick you up in 15 minutes. $1.50 to get in, $1.50
per mile. Cheerful, clean service 7 am 2 am. 7 days.
Island Transportation 737-0336.
JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES handyman. Free estimates!
Carpentry, electric, plumbing, roofing, masonry, re-
pairs and pressure washing. Call Jack at 721-1958.
NEED A NEW FENCE? We do all kinds of wood
fences, new or repair. Call forfree estimate: 778-1098.
IF YOU LIKE your home really clean and organized,
call Ava at 778-0403.
WOODWORKER Thirty years craftsman experience.
Interior/exterior doors, stairs, windows, trim. Have sawmill,
will travel. 745-1043. Dan Michael, Master Carpenter.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
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.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
ST. AUGUSTINE PLUGS, $2.25 per tray or $1 a
piece. Installation available also. Free delivery with
ten trays or more. 761-1971 or 737-2412.
DEPENDABLE LAWN CARE Reasonable rates, free
estimates. Call Jason 761-4547.
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
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $27 a yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 779-1529.
LOGAN'S LANDSCAPING Certified professional
mangrove trimmer with over five years experience.
Serving Manatee County, residential/commercial.
Free estimates. Excellent references. 792-7016.
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.
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.
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ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. Thirty-four year Island resident. Call Jim
Bickal at 778-1730.
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.
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
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.
2BR DUPLEX ON Anna Maria Island near Commu-
nity Center. Annual lease $750 mo. First, last, secu-
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA apartment. Good loca-
tion. Annual. First, last, security. $700 mo. 795-7805.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $350 per week. Fall and winter dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH PIRATES DEN, heated pool, pri-
vate. $350-$450 week. Stones throw to beach.
Weekend/month, no pets. 778-4368.
PET FRIENDLY Furnished 1BR across from white
sandy beach, blue Gulf waters and wonderful sun-
sets. Available September 15. Call (941) 778-2940.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED HOUSE in Cortez. 2BR/
1BA, $600/month plus electric. Call 794-2556.
2BR/1BA FURNISHED Holmes Beach, two blocks
from Gulf. Available November 1, 2000 to May 1,
2001 or longer. Phone 778-0733.
SUMMER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA fully equipped apart-
ment steps to beach. Anna Maria Island, pets welcome.
$298 per week, $998 per month. (941) 778-1098.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 3BR/3BA townhouse.
Beautiful decor with pool, garage, and all amenities.
Walk to beach and shops. 941-778-0167,
HOLMES BEACH ground floor of duplex. Living
room, kitchen, 2BR/1BA, screened porch, w/d hook-
up, central air. 300 ft. to Gulf. $650/month. Call Tom
VIEW OF ANNA MARIA City fishing pier. Nice, fully
furnished, 2BR/1BA cottage. Six months at $1,200/
month. Fall Special $900/month. 779-2143.
ANNUAL RENTALS on Anna Maria. 2BR/2BA du-
plex close to beach, washer/dryer, 2 covered parking
spaces. No pets. First, last and security. $750 per
month; Available OctQber 1, 2BR/2BA condo on the
bay. Washer/dryer, tennis and pool. First, last and
security. $1,150 per month; 2BR/2BA duplex close to
beach, washer/dryer, two covered parking spaces.
Furnished or unfurnished. First, last and security from
$900 per month; Perico Bay Club, available October
1, 2BR/2BA townhouse. Washer/dryer, one-car ga-
rage, no pets. First,. last and security. $1,000 per
month. Call Island Real Estate Rental Department,
BEACH COTTAGE FOR rent. 2BR/1BA duplex
apartment for rent. $800/month annual, $2,800/
month seasonal. Across from beach, access to boat
dock on the bay. 104 7th St. South, Bradenton
Beach. Call Russell 954-1718 or 378-4530.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1BA, one block to beach and
bay. Close to shops, great location, $550/month,
$550 deposit. 203 2nd St. North #3, Bradenton
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH Avenue B duplex.
2BR/1BA, under-cover parking, washer/dryer hook-
up, storage shed, dishwasher, small pet okay. $675/
month plus security. 778-4837.
BRADENTON BEACH Sunset Terrace Gulffront
condo. Beautiful view, turnkey furnished, heated
pool. Winter guests only, $3,000/month plus security.
Two month minimum. (863) 859-2584 available De-
cember on. Plinebar@tampabay.rr.com.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse with washer/dryer, covered parking, partial
Gulfview, pool. $1,075 monthly, across from beach.
Available October. Owner 792-6029 or 730-4061.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA canalfront with private
dock, newly remodeled and furnished. Carport,
washer/dryer, large patio facing water. Available Dec.
or January through April or May 2001. $1,700/month
plus security (includes utilities and cable.) Claire Tort
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S A E R C A A a I
LOVELY ANNA MARIA Gulffront apartment. Fully fur-
nished, porch, sundeck, convenient location, lots of
amenities, no pets, vacation rental. Owner 778-3143.
YEARLY UNFURNISHED SPACIOUS 2BR/1 BA with
garage. Located on north end of Island. $675/month.
Call Dave 778-2246 or 778-7976.
ROOMATE WANTED TO share Island condo. Walk
to beach. $100/week. 778-9748.
2BR/1BA ANNUAL RENTAL in Anna Maria. Fur-
nished or unfurnished, available immediately. $650/
month. Contact Jeff Kenrick at Marina Pointe Real-
ity Co. 713-5478.
ANNUAL RENTALS 1 BR/1 BA duplex apartment un-
Sfurnished $495/month; 2BR/1BA triplex apartment, w/
d hook-ups $695/month; 2BR/2BA duplex apartment
nicely refurbished, great Island location $725/month;
2BR/1BA updated duplex on the bay, includes basic
utilities $1,375/month. Great selection of seasonal
rentals available on and off the Island. Call Wagner
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the best results from classified ads and service advertising!
GREAT INVESTMENT Priced to sell! One
block to beaches. One cottage, plus a
fourplex. Cottage has 2BR/1BA, each unit in
fourplex has 1 BR/1BA. All annual tenants but
could be seasonal. $399,900. Ed Oliveira
778-4800. Anytime 720-3828. MLS#41886.
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. Anytime 720-3828.
GULFFRONT LOT, dead-end street, one of a kind!
There are no more like this. $399,000, 778-4523 or
WANTED TO BUY Canalfront home in City of Anna
Maria. Prefer to deal owner to owner, no Realtors
10 YEARS EXPERIENCE Home, condos, rentals.
Member Manatee Association of Realtors and MLS.
Talley and Associates, Realty, Inc. 753-4375.
BY OWNER Westbay Point and Moorings. 2BR/2BA,
ground level, tiled living/dining rooms. Newly car-
peted bedrooms. Freshly painted throughout. 761-
FOR SALE KEY ROYALE 2BR/2BA, 626 Key Royale
Drive, corner lot, deep-water dock, move-in condition.
$254,900. Open house Sat. and Sun. September 16
& 17, 1 4 pm. Call John Zirzow 778-9171 or Sand
Pebble Realty 753-1620.
THIS IS IT! One half acre of land on prestigious
Palma Sola Blvd. and a meticulously maintained
historic mansion with 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury liv-
ing. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of
history and to live in one of the finest homes in
the area. Shown by qualified appointment only.
$759,000. Call Dennis Rauschl 778-4800. Any-
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.
GOING OUT OF marriage sale. Anna Maria, 2BR/
2.5BA, living, dining, family rooms well maintained.
On the biggest flood-free lot in Anna Maria, end of
canal, no bridges. If you want an Island home, you've
got me on a good week. Open house Saturday Sep-
tember 16, 12 4 pm, free beer, bring your check
books and all offers. Will take part trade: boats, cars,
anything of value. 778-0884.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising
herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it ille-
gal to advertise "any preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or
national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limi-
tation or discrimination." Familial status includes children un-
der age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant
women and people securing custody of children under 18. This
newspaper will not knowing accept any advertising for real
estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are
available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of dis-
crimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hear-
ing impaired (0) 1-800-543-8294.
TOP LISTER AND SALE < .'- -- no each with boat docKing. Iwo ZrIJiDn units
TIO LI ER AD LE plus a 1BR/1BA unit and two-car garage. Of-
FOR AU -... -' fered at $259,900. Call Becky Smith or Elfi
FOR AUGUST... r Starrett 778-0700. Eves. 795-8095.
Ed Oliveira FABULOUS EXECUTIVE HOME. Mr. and Mrs. Clean live in this NW family home
with amenities that include corian counters, pretty breakfast nook with built-in solarium
CAL O NE 3 O URPOF S 3IOl ALS windows, extra fridge in large laundry with two pantries. Offered at $229,900. Call Mary
Collandra 778-0700 or 794-1311.
B A lexand er IBoe/w er)7 9- 2 n *" .. - L Hol e( Br o w BELAIR BAYOU BEAUTY. Well kept clean 3BR/2BA home on corner lot with pool,
b W t r 72 D- a hr 7 7 l l l79302 two-car garage and much more. Furniture negotiable. Offered at $195,000. Call Robert
e-. 6:f I:] :] : St. Jean 794-8059.
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SHIP ON SHORE! BAYFRONT HIDEAWAY This won-
derful 2BR/2BA beach house offers a fun and informal
hexagon design enhanced by nautical accents, including
a porthole in the front door and marine-rope railings. The
comfy greatroom floorplan is enhanced by light oak floors,
a cozy, free-standing fireplace and a wonderful wooden
spiral staircase painted a cheerful shade of red! The sunny
kitchen has pretty butcher block countertops and the
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ONE OF A KIND!
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Ave. F. $399,000. 778-4523 or 800-977-0803.
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SEASIDE GARDENS PRIVATE DOCK
1BR/1BA turnkey furnished villa with your own pri-
vate dock. Very nice water view, central location, con-
venient to everything. Covered parking. $142,500.
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
4BR/4BA contemporary Island home. Tropical
setting with lush landscaping. Three decks, cathe-
dral ceilings, wet bar, wood floors, custom carpet-
ing, boat dock. $629,000.
WEST BRADENTON CAGED POOL
3BR/2.5BA family home. Large caged pool, two-
car garage, lush landscaping, automatic sprinkler
system. Great schools! $169,900.
KEY ROYALE "500"
2BR/2BA waterfront home with beautiful views.
Ceramic tile, central vac system, caged heated pool,
boat lift, direct access to Tampa Bay, oversized
double garage, excellent area. $425,000.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Mariljeren
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX
2BR/1BA. Lots of upgrades. $800 mo.
308 S. Bay Blvd. 3BR/2BA house direct bayfront, furnished $1800 mo
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
NEW LISTING 201 76th Street
Bright, cozy duplex, 2BR/IBA $1,800
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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Fill it with friends! Designed for entertain-
ing, this canalfront home has ceramic tile
throughout. In-ground hot tub surrounded by
spacious wood decking that overlooks
30-foot boat dock. $299,000. MLS#46960
777 N. Shore Dr .............. $1,150,000
2306 Canasta Dr.......... $895,000
609 Key Royale Dr........ $829,000
511 Loquat ................. $659,000
316 Tarpon ......... NEW $599,900
527 72nd Street................. $589,000
512 75th Street ............... $449,000
603 Baronet ............... $299,900
462 63rd Street ... NEW $199,000
AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Waters Edge Condo ....... $249,000
107 6th St North.......... $449,500
4002 6th Avenue ......... $369,000
5913 Flotilla Drive ......... $340,000
6201 Holmes Blvd.......... $339,000
2406 Avenue A............... $269,900
2101 Avenue B.................. $229,500
420 Spring ................... $214,900
2111 Avenue B .... NEW $174,400
110 Mangrove ............... $249,000
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
6504 Holmes Blvd .... NEW $199,900
2912 Gulf Drive ............ $199,000
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
11332 Perico Isles Cr. .. NEW $247,000
11360 Perico Isles Circle .. $215,000
719 Estuary Drive........... $124,900
1411 56th Street ............... $78,000
Aug Top Sales $ e5"t
Chris Shaw COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES
9915 Manatee Ave........... $1,495,000
812 North Bay Blvd .......... $879,900
607 Fem Street......... New $799,900
310 Pine Ave................... $294,500
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WHO WANTS TO BE A QUIZ SHOW CONTESTANT?
BY DAVID J. KAHN / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ
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response among the four choices in the clue. The circled letter in the answer is the correct response.
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