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Volume 9, no. 4, Dec. 6, 2000 FREE
Kaboom! Kabang! Ka-Wow!
The spectacular, superlative pyrotechnical display in the sky over the Anna Maria City Pier followed the biggest, best-ever
lighted boat parade in the waters of Anna Maria last Saturday eve. Jim Taylor created the fireworks performance with help
in the form of a donation to pay for the combustibles from Jim Toomey, developer of Bayview Plaza across from the pier.
(See more inside the Holiday special section.) Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Holmes Beach project could
return Pete's to glory days of old
By David Futch
Nick Easterling's idea to trans-
form the once grand, now run-down
Pete Reynard's Yacht Club Restau-
rant, could return the Holmes Beach
property to its glory days and make it
a centerpiece attraction.
There was a time 25 years ago
when folks would drive from Pinellas,
Hillsborough and surrounding coun-
ties to dine at Pete's, one of the finer
eating establishments in the Tampa
Bay area for more than three decades.
Pete's was built in 1954.
Current city officials say
Easterling's idea to build a condo-
minium/hotel on the four-acre site on
Marina Drive could be the future
jewel of the city.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said
Easterling seems to have done his home-
work in the wake of two failed attempts
to make the 650-seat restaurant a win-
Crabby Bill's went under in less
than a year and it didn't take much
longer than that for Bill Zalla of St. Pe-
tersburg to close the doors.
"I think Nick's project would be an
asset to the city because the area is
blighted right now," Whitmore said.
"This could be a jewel and a focal point
of the community like Pete Reynard's
used to be. Unfortunately it doesn't look
like we'll ever have another Pete
The fact that Easterling lives on the
Island and has for 22 years, while the
last two owners were from out of town
will make a difference, Whitmore said.
Because he lives here, he's going to do
the right thing, she said.
"Nick's done his homework and I
think the commission will try to do
what's best for the city and will re-
spond positively to this project,"
Whitmore said. "All the other projects
Nick has ever done on the Island or
Longboat Key have been first rate."
Joe Duennes, the city's superin-
tendent of public works, reflected
Whitmore's feeling about the pro-
posed project that tentatively includes
40 condominium units of one, two or
three bedrooms with all the conve-
niences, a 120-seat restaurant and
about 60 existing boat slips.
Easterling said he plans to sell the
units and then help owners recoup their
investment by renting out the condos as
motel units. Easterling said he estimates
the cost of the project at $14 million.
That includes tearing down Pete's,
buying two duplexes at the east end of
the property and building the condo with
deck and swimming pool.
"We met with Nick and he told us
here's what I want to do," Duennes said.
"I think it's a dandy idea. The situation
over there with Pete's has been a drag.
It's not very appealing."
Duennes said once Easterling
comes in with a final drawing or site
plan, the project will become a planned
unit development, or PUD.
The PUD designation allows
flexibiltiy with regard to setback, allows
for a mixture of commercial and resi-
dential usage and a meandering layout,
The city's staff and attorneys then
will look at the plan to make sure it com-
plies with the city's comprehensive
SEE HOLMES BEACH, PAGE 2
By Paul Roat
What started as a marathon meeting
stumbled at the starting line and ended
up being postponed.
The issue is a proposed 44-unit con-
dominium project at 17th Street North in
Bradenton Beach. Developers of the
Bradenton Beach Club are requesting
that the city vacate much of the street for
the project, plus grant a batch of special
exceptions. Planning commissioners
have OK'd the project but did not ad-
dress the street vacation, which is solely
under the purview of the city commis-
However, Manatee County officials
pointed out that 17th Street North has
been designated as "available public
parking" for the ongoing beach
renourishment project. The 15 parking
spaces along the street are included in
the formula for providing federal and
state funds for the renourishmnent.
Phil Flood, with the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection, said
the parking at 17th Street North was
placed in the funding contract between
the county, state and federal government
"and the parking must be maintained for
the life of the contract" about 60
"If you take that parking out of
there, you are looking at $50,000 to
$55,000 more the county would have to
contribute to the project" to offset the
state dollars, Flood said.
County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann added that the loss of 15 park-
SEE BRADENTON BEACH, PAGE 2
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Stranded sea turtles on beaches puzzle experts
By Jim Hanson
A rash of sea turtles stranded on area beaches
have experts somewhat at a loss, though there are
Twenty-eight loggerheads and three green
turtles have turned up on Manatee and Sarasota
counties' beaches in the past couple of weeks, only
six of them alive.
Three have washed ashore on Anna Maria Island
and two on Longboat Key, said Suzi Fox, who holds
the state marine turtle preservation permit for Anna
Turtle butcher guilty of
By David Futch
Janine Robinson of Anna Maria has been fined for
mutilating a dead loggerhead turtle that came ashore at
Bean Point in April.
County Judge Douglas Henderson found Robinson
guilty after she pleaded no contest in the case, accord-
ing to Manatee County Clerk of the Court records.
Henderson fined her $161 court costs and a $50
court facility fee, records show.
In accordance with Florida law, Henderson ordered
her to pay $300 to the Marine Biological Research
Fund that funds the Florida Marine Research Institute
at Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg.
She could have received as much as 60 days in jail
and fined up to $500.
According to the 1973 U.S. Endangered Species
Act, federal violators may be assessed a civil penalty
up to $25,000 or a criminal penalty of up to $100,000
and up to one year in jail.
On April 7, the macabre scene unfolded at Bean
A North Shore homeowner called Anna Maria's
state turtle protection permit-holder Suzi Fox and told
her a woman came to her door to borrow a saw to cut
up a turtle she found on the beach.
Fox met Manatee County Sheriffs Office Patrol
Deputy Jules Dengler at the beach where they found a
250-pound loggerhead straddled across a mover's dolly.
Witnesses said the woman asked them to watch
"her turtle" while she went home and got a hacksaw
to cut it up.
Robinson told another witness that she wanted the
shell because she could get up $1,000 for it.
Jeff Pecce of Atlanta and his nephew Jordan
Gainey, 8, said they saw Robinson drag the turtle from
a sandbar to the beach. They said they saw the turtle the
day before and it was intact.
They said when they saw the turtle the following
day, its head and front flippers were missing.
annexation of Perico
The Bradenton City Council plans to annex
Perico Harbor Marina and a convenience store
next door in a move that could make both prop-
erties available to Arvida Co. to incorporate into
its plans for an 898-unit condominium immedi-
ately north of the two properties.
Council members Nov. 29 unanimously ap-
proved the first reading of an ordinance providing
for the annexation.
They then set a public hearing for Dec. 27 at
6 p.m. in their city hall chambers to hear public
comments and vote on the proposal.
ManaSota-88 attorney Dan Lobeck said he had
no idea why the marina and convenience store own-
ers asked the city to annex the properties.
"It's going to deserve scrutiny," Lobeck said.
"Neither the marina or the convenience store are
part of the Arvida development. Perhaps the ma-
rina wants to expand beyond what the county will
let them. That's just speculation."
"That's like a year's worth of strandings, ordi-
narily," she said.
Jerris Foote agreed. She is the scientist who is in
charge of the sea turtle program at Mote Marine Labora-
tory and oversees Sarasota County's turtle program. This
is the worst season for turtles since the red tide of 1995-
96 decimated the turtle population in the Gulf of Mexico.
"There are signs of a gastrointestinal infection in
some of them," she said, but no indication of the cause
of death in others. She has sent tissue samples from
autopsies to the University of Florida pathology labo-
ratory for investigation.
Of the half-dozen live turtles stranded, she said.
one was entangled in a diver's locator and one in
monofilament fishing line. The other four showed no
indications of trauma.
Anna Maria's Fox voiced concern that some of them
may have drowned after being entangled in nets of shrimp
fishermen out in the Gulf. Shrimp thrive in cool water, she
noted, and the shrimp netters are busy now.
Collier County to the south recorded 17 stranding
deaths in a week, she said, and Turtle Watch people
there suspect shrimp nets.
Turtles must be autopsied very soon after death,
she noted, for their bodies are not fit for examination
after only a short time.
Luis Coria is lucky to be alive as he explains to paramedic Vic Accurso how electricity jumped from a power
line to his chainsaw Dec. 2. Paramedic Joe Ingrain checks the burns on Coria's right hand. Coria said he was
trimming an oak tree at the First National Bank of Manatee in Holmes Beach when a bolt arced to his
chainsaw from a power line. "I was 20feet away from the wire and the shock just came over. It knocked the
chainsaw out of my hand and into the tree. The chainsaw was still in the tree and running minutes after the
accident. Coria suffered an eight-inch burn on his left side and a large burn on his right hand and along the
inside of his right forearm. Islander Photo: David Futch
Holmes Beach project proceeds
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The land will have to be rezoned and the maximum
density in Holmes Beach is 10 units per acre.
"Any more would be a special exception,"
Duennes said, "and that's highly unlikely."
Parking appears to be adequate with what
Easterling wants to do, Duennes said.
"The boat slips could even be credited as park-
ing spots, but it looks like he has plenty for 40 units.
The restaurant would impact the parking equation,
but there are 650 seats there now and he only wants
City ordinances require one parking space for three
restaurant seats and one parking space for every two
employees. Each condo unit would require 1 1/2
spaces, which would make 60 more spots, he said.
If need be, the boat basin can be dredged as long
as the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of
Environmental Protection agree.
"Dredging doesn't seem to be a problem,"
Duennes said. "It's maintenance dredging. It would be
a problem if he was trying to build a new marina. The
state's not real big on those right now."
In terms of building height, city ordinances prevent
any new buildings in the city from being higher than 36
feet above the crown of the road.
"This could be a real nice draw, a real jewel for the
city," Duennes said. "It looks like he wants to build a
nice looking spot."
Easterling said he's had nothing but positive feed-
"Everyone seems to think it's a great idea,"
Easterling said. "I've already had a lot of people call
me and even one person said they wanted to buy the
Bradenton Beach project stalls
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ing spaces would represent about an additional
$300,000 from the federal funding share to the project.
Emily Anne Smith, representing Bradenton
Beach Club developers Harry Nikias and Lynn
Hazlett, said she was informed of the parking prob-
lem only a few hours before the meeting. She pre-
sented commissioners with a plan that would pro-
vide public parking for 15 spaces within the pro-
posed development which would be deeded to
Bradenton Beach "in perpetuity."
However, the 1 Ith-hour flurry of paperwork and
the question of jeopardizing the beach
renourishment project prompted city commissioners
to delay the public hearing on the Bradenton Beach
Club project by continuing the meeting to another
"I don't want to threaten our scenic highway and
beach renourishment projects," Vice Mayor John
"I don't want to risk this," Mayor Gail Cole con-
The public parking proposal was presented to
state and county officials for review, and the public
hearing was continued to Dec. 13 at 5:01 p.m. in city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The 44-unit development as proposed will have
36 townhomes at 2,823 square feet and eight "flats,"
at 1,250 to 1,500 square feet. Parking for the units
is proposed to be under the building and in an adja-
The development will feature a clubhouse, pool,
meeting room and office for the project manager. The
project is proposed to have a gated, private entrance,
the only one of its kind on Anna Maria Island.
I I I I I I I
By Paul Roat
The three Island mayors have agreed to endorse
construction of a "megabridge" in Sarasota, despite the
objections of officials with the city of Sarasota.
The mayors agreed that Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore should endorse the funding amend-
ment planned before next Monday's Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization. The MPO is be-
ing asked to approve additional funds for the bridge
linking mainland Sarasota with Bird Key since con-
struction costs skyrocketed.
Originally planned to cost about $39 million, bids
for building the span now range from a "low" of $56.3
million to $61.5 million.
Florida Department of Transportation officials
have located funding to make up the difference, but
MPO officials must approve the extra expenditure.
Ironically and similarly to the megabridge
The trolley, by golly, may finally come to the Is-
At least five years in the talking-about stage, a
bunch of rubber-wheel trolleys operated by the Mana-
tee County Area Transit system is well into the works,
with a projected 2002 start-up date.
Manatee County Community Services Director Fred
Loveland told the three Island mayors Monday that the
service would be free for passengers at least at the begin-
ning, and perhaps long after the system is operational.
Funding is through a complicated set of grants
balanced and leveraged by local county funding
for services already provided.
"The fong and the short of it is that, for little local
operating funds, we can put this trolley system in
battle on Anna Maria Island Sarasota City com-
missioners have objected to the DOT proposal to
replace the Ringling Bridge with a 65-foot-at-center
fixed-span structure. Sarasota officials have taken
the DOT to court over the proposed big bridge, with
a hearing scheduled before a Tallahassee judge early
Islanders successfully fought DOT in court to halt
construction of a similar high, fixed-span bridge to re-
place the Anna Maria Island Bridge at Manatee Avenue.
in the early 1990s.
In other bridge-related news, the three mayors also
objected to a study on the feasibility of building another
bridge across Sarasota Bay from the mainland to the
barrier islands between Cortez and Sarasota. A similar
study was done several years ago, and environmental
impacts were determined to be too severe for such a
bridge to receive permits.
place," Loveland said. "We're really looking forward
to doing it."
Proposed is a system that would operate seven days
a week from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a 20- to 30-
minute "turnaround time," or length of time a rider
would have to wait for a bus.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash has
led the charge to get the trolley service going on the Is-
land. He and other local transportation officials lobbied
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Tom
Barry this spring on the idea of having the mass tran-
sit system, and Barry seemed receptive.
This is the third time in five years a trolley service
has been proposed for the Island. The first was success-
ful in getting funding but the grant was rejected when
Megabridge OK for Sarasota,
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Anna Maria City
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., historical society meeting at city
Dec. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Dec. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
park-and-ride presentation, various forms of municipal
government presentation, city pier budget amendments
discussion, scenic highway resolution discussion, con-
tinuation of public hearing for street vacation at beach
end of Bridge Street by GPS Development, election
results certification, fireworks request for New Year's
Eve by Beach House Restaurant and public comment.
Dec. 11, 1:45 p.m., swearing in of Ward 2 and Ward 4
commissioners, followed at 2 p.m. by special meeting
to select a vice mayor.
Dec. 13, 5:01 p.m., city commission meeting continu-
ing public hearings for Bradenton Beach Club devel-
opment, including 17th Street North street vacation.
Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 7, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, Sudakoff Hall, USF-New Col-
lege campus, Sarasota.
Dec. 12, noon, qualifying begins for Anna Maria City
local support for matching funds dissolved. The second
time the grant was not even sought when local oppo-
sition became too heated.
Trolley system chugging along;
2002 may see the buses
PAGE 4 0 DEC. 6, 2000 T THE ISLANDER
Building permit denial leaves family out in rain
By Ann McGrath
After the second story of their home was removed
last summer in preparation for replacement with a more
space-efficient structure, an Anna Maria couple learned
they had no building permit.
David and Marilyn Dries will ask for a variance for
their partially demolished home at 900 N. Shore Drive
at the Dec. 14 city commission meeting.
In the meantime, a portion of the home is covered
by a tarp.
And the code enforcement board told commission-
ers its members will quit if the commission continues
to override its decisions.
The Dries' house was built before the current
building codes were enacted. It is a duplex in an area
zoned for single-family residences, and it sits too close
to surrounding streets and other structures, according
to Anna Maria Building Official Bob Welch. At the
time the home was built, duplexes were allowed in that
area, and no setbacks were required, Welch said.
The couple planned to replace the 698-square-foot
second story, enlarging the space to 1,300 square feet.
They say plans for the new structure maintain the
building's footprint it does not go outside the bound-
aries of the original structure.
"It's a non-conforming use and non-conforming
structure," said Anna Maria Building Official Bob
Welch. "It's not allowed to be enlarged or added to."
The need for a permit first came to Welch's atten-
tion Oct. 17 when he received a set of corrected plans.
Prior to Oct. 2, Welch's first day on the job, the city
of Anna Maria had been without its own building of-
ficial for several months.
Contractor Stephen Kring of Steve Kring Con-
struction Company of Anna Maria said the Dries' plans
were first presented to the Anna Maria building official
in May 2000. Then in late July or August the plans
were returned to Kring for clarification.
"Each time we were assured a permit would be
forthcoming shortly. We were told in June or July we
could begin the demo-prep work, which we have
done," Kring said in an Oct. 23 letter to Welch.
Kring said when his company did an "investigative
demo," he discovered "the existing second story was
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The Dries' house at 900 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria with a tarp covering the area where contractor
Stephen Kring removed the second floor. Islander Photo: Laurie Krosney
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Anna Maria Pier Restaurant opens Dec. 16
By Laurie Krosney
The restaurant at the Anna Maria City Pier will be
opening this month.
It'll be called the Pier Restaurant, and it's all set for
a Dec. 16 opening.
Mario Schoenfelder, who has a contract with the
City of Anna Maria to operate the restaurant on the city
pier, said equipment is arriving on schedule and every-
thing is "almost ready" for the restaurant to open its
Schoenfelder was at city hall last week doing the
final paperwork for the restaurant's alcohol license.
He said beer and wine will be served in the restau-
Variance request draw ire
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functionally obsolete" because it had not been attached
properly and it came down in four hours.
Welch discovered work had been started on the
house without a permit when he visited the site during
a zoning regulation review in October.
"I tried to find permits, but could not," Welch said.
Welch denied the Dries' building permit Oct. 20
and issued a stop work order. He advised them to ap-
ply for a variance.
They appealed Welch's decision at the Planning
and Zoning board meeting Nov. 27.
The P & Z board is only allowed to grant variances
based on hardship, and they felt no hardships have ex-
It agreed with Welch that the building could be re-
stored to its original condition.
Planning and Zoning Chairman Doug Copeland
told the Dries they had the right to appeal the decision
to the city commission.
They have asked to be on the Dec. 14 commission
"We're going to try to get a variance and move
forward with this," said Kring.
rant and at the bait shop at the T-end of the pier.
The Pier Restaurant will be serving lunch and din-
ner from 11 a.m. until 10 or 11 p.m., at least initially,
The hours may be lengthened as the staff sees how
things go during the first few weeks of operation.
"Primarily, I see it as a family restaurant,"
Schoenfelder said. "It'll be a tiny bit upscale, but noth-
ing like the Beach Bistro, which I very much like, but
the Pier Restaurant will be more relaxed, and the prices
will be lower," he said.
The menu is still being worked on, but
Schoenfelder said the restaurant will serve sandwiches,
steaks and seafood, including lobster.
"We are going to have a burger for about $6 and
then the lobster will be at the market price, so you can
see that the prices will be moderate," he said.
The newly remodeled bait shop will also open Dec.
The hours there will be from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
A light breakfast will be available at the bait shop,
according to Schoenfelder, so people will be able to get
a cup of coffee and a bagel while they cast their lines.
Schoenfelder, who also owns and operates the Rod
& Reel Pier in Anna Maria, is from Berlin.
He said he was excited about the opening of the
Pier Restaurant, and he was especially happy to be a
part of it.
"I love this Island," he said.
"We've been coming here since 1995, and we
bought our place Key Royale not long after that,"
He said he hated to see the Oyster Bar close, but he
was really excited when he heard that the lease for the
pier was available.
"It was always a place my wife and I loved to go.
We liked to take our kids there and our visitors," he
Dave Sork will manage the new restaurant, and he
and his kitchen manager are currently putting the fin-
ishing touches on the menu.
Schoenfelder said there are still some job openings,
but the hiring is coming right along.
"It was amazing. As soon as word got out that I
was leasing the space, I got many, many calls from
morning to night from people wanting to work there.
"It was like a family, the staff there. A lot of them
will be back, and I think it will be like a family again,"
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Life is like a box of chocolates
Sometimes you get the only caramel-filled milk
chocolate in the box. Sometimes you get one with icky,
Seems some of the folks in our quaint little northern
city are upset that mayors of the other Island cities voiced
an opinion in the newspaper about recent complaints filed
by citizens and Commissioner Jay Hill against the mayor
and another commissioner.
Their message: Who cares what others think?
The point they missed: Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore and Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole were
saying that it's tough being a public official, especially in
light of what's happening in Anna Maria. They're saying
the liability might be too great in the future if this is the
path of city government.
Meddling? Not really. We live on a tiny Island in a
small, small world. Our public officials are faced with
cooperating as city governments on a multitude of fronts
- at the Island Transportation Organization, as delegates
to the Barrier Island Elected Officials, and for numerous
applications for state and federal funding. And we have
common ground in opposition to the proposed Perico Is-
land development and the mega bridge.
A remark we heard from one of Anna Maria's
naysayers, "Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are just
the slum that separates us from Longboat Key," is horri-
From the gentler side of Anna Maria, a resident who
has served many years on volunteer boards seems to be
equally fed up, but far less contentious.
"What's the point?" she asked. "I worked hard at my
career and at this time in my life I should be enjoying
She suggests what was touted as a new attitude, that
of devil's advocate, has turned into a "thorn in the side."
And it's leaving an icky taste, far worse than bad
chocolate, all over the Island.
Thanks for the memories
It was a grand holiday weekend, filled with grand
holiday events, one after the other.
Throngs of folks visited the Holmes Beach business
district for an open house Friday night that included holi-
day music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and
lots of shopping.
Saturday was time for the annual Privateers parade
followed by Santa and toys for all the kids, a lighted boat
parade of extraordinary proportions and then, the piece de
resistance, the biggest fireworks display for Island.
It goes to show it truly can be a wonderful life.
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After reading this week's editorials in the Islander, I
still wonder why it is so difficult for the powers to be, not
to see that the only way to ease the traffic situation on our
Island is a two-fold plan.
First of all, we should take a lesson from other popu-
lar island resort areas and charge admission to our island.
Why is it that no one thinks a thing about paying to be on
Captiva or Sanabel, but oh my, NOT Anna Maria! Our
northern neighbors charge for the use of their barrier is-
lands, why not us? It would a rather simple way to gen-
erate revenue that is badly needed by all three of Anna
Maria Island's communities.
Those who live on the Island year 'round would pay
so much a year. Those who live in town but work on the
island year 'round would pay an annual cost for a sticker
The six-month, seasonal, monthly, weekly or daily
visitors would pay a higher amount than the year 'round
residents. In other words the longer you are on the Island
the less you would pay for a permit.
Permits and/or stickers could be purchased through
the tax office. For the weekly or daily visitors, a toll booth
at the eastern end of the Manatee or Cortez bridges would
generate that revenue.
Secondly, hasn't anyone ever thought of building an
additional bridge from 53rd Street to the northern potion
of Longboat Key? Why is it that our neighbors to the south
are so reluctant to have a bridge on their barrier island, but
would vote to have Anna Maria Island overrun with their
cars and their visitor's cars?
Wake up, Anna Maria. Longboat is not our friend! If
you have ever tried to cross the Cortez Bridge into
Bradenton Beach and see the line of cars turning south,
you can see where the gridlock is occurring. Stand up to
the Florida Department of Transportation and the planning
boards, demand that a study is done on building Longboat
its own bridge. I can almost guarantee that if all the folks
from Longboat that utilize our roads to get on and off their
island had to pay a toll, they would happily decide that
having a brj~iget link them to the mainland at 53rd Street
wasn't such.a bad idea after all.
What we have is very fragile and special. Please, let's
not lose this oneness for the sake of the almighty dollar.
Let's protect what we have by making it just a little bit
more difficult to access. If we don't do something now,
in fice years we will be another sad, sad example of high
rises, fast food joints, crime and overcrowding.
D.M. Crawford, Holmes Beach
Slacks make tennis enjoyable again
Tennis players of the area would like to thank Pete
and Margaret Slack, who have adopted the tennis courts
at the end of 63rd Street.
Previously, by the time pine needles were cleaned off,
a lot of tennis energy was gone.
The gate had very malicious metal wires sticking out
of it that have torn tennis shoes as well as drawn blood.
Pete repaired the fence.
Last but not least is the accumulation of trash, which
some spew and others dispose of in the readily available
Thank you for your efforts, Pete and Margaret, for
adopting the courts.
Rosemary Heger; Holmes Beach
Don't let our mayor down
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and Commissioners Doug
Wolfe and Bob Barlow have served our community hon-
orable and professionally since their election.
I encourage all residents of Anna Maria to voice their
support for our mayor and commissioners Wolfe and
Barlow. Without your support they may lose the will to
fight the divisive actions of a minority of commissioners.
If commissioner Wolfe and Barlow do not take out re-
election papers by December 22, and win re-election, the
city runs the risk of having a commission with a majority
of self-serving and reckless commissioners who do not put
the best interest of the city in the forefront.
Don't let serving our public interest be a thankless job.
Say thanks and encourage our elected officials to continue
Gerry Slavin, Anna Maria
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 6, 2000 0 PAGE 7
Anna Maria school renovation plans discussed
By Ann McGrath
A meeting Dec. 1 was the first step in a long pro-
cess to renovate Anna Maria Elementary School.
During a meeting at the Manatee County School
Board's Department of Construction Services, Staff
Architect Darrell Phillips told Anna Maria Elementary
Principal Tim Kolbe and School Advisory Council
President Joyce Karp that items on their list for reno-
vation at the school will be evaluated and a budget
dollar amount will be assigned before an architect
draws the plans.
Testing air and water quality in the school will take
place early next year, Phillips said.
And he assured Kolbe and Karp that all outdated
electrical wiring will be replaced during the remodel-
The school will be getting new windows also, if the
Kolbe said he wants the school to have a defined
But if enlarging the school means cutting the cen-
tury-old trees on the property, Kolbe and Karp said
they will have to reconsider the plans.
Officials originally said the remodeling would take
18 months, and require the students to be bused to an-
Now Phillips says the renovation process may take
longer than 18 months, but the students can remain on
campus and classes will move into portables while con-
struction is taking place.
Kolbe said some parents had expressed concern
after learning there children might be bused to another
"We want to make as little impact on the school
as possible," Phillips said. "The end result is what is
important. My goal now is to put the team together,
get it all in the same package and get the process
A list from the school's staff included these top
priorities for remodeling and construction: air condi-
tioning system, air quality, new classrooms (no por-
tables), cafeteria and kitchen, music room, auditorium
Very important areas listed by staff were remodel-
ing or enlarging existing rooms, new electrical through-
out, new plumbing, more custodial storage space, staff
workrooms, windows, media center and Exceptional
Student Education rooms.
SAC listed similar needs, but included the need for
more parking and better drop-off and pick-up areas.
Biggest Winterfest ever this weekend
By Jim Hanson
Winterfest has outdone itself, grown from a
small event 12 years ago to 109 artists and a spec-
tacular raffle of 109 works of art this weekend.
It will be on the Holmes Beach City Hall
grounds on Marina Drive from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10. It is the big-
gest Winterfest in the history of the fine arts fes-
Ginger White, director of the event host, the
Anna Maria Island Art League, said there will be
a food court, music, many booths showing arts
and crafts, cash prizes for winning artists, and a
new Richard Thomas-designed T-shirt.
A special repeat attraction will be the annual
raffle of artworks donated by the artists in the
show: Each entrant donates a piece, and they are
disbursed in a gigantic raffle with tickets selling
for $1 at the event.
This year's 109 artists and craftspersons make it
the biggest Winterfest since it began in 1989. The en-
trants are selected by ajury which decides which works
qualify for Winterfest.
Each entry application is accompanied by $110,
which is refunded if the artwork doesn't make it into
the show. There is also a $10 non-refundable jury fee
and rental for the 12-foot-square booth space.
The show is open to the public free of charge and
there is ample free parking, said Winterfest spokes-
woman Peggy Menendez.
Entertainment will feature the Anna Maria Island
String Band playing bluegrass, western swing and hill-
billy jazz, and Rock Bottom and the Cutaways with
blues and harmonica music. String will play mornings,
Rock Bottom afternoons.
The artists' party and awards ceremonies will be-
gin about 5 p.m. Saturday on the Winterfest grounds,
with cash awards of $400 for two works judged best
in show, two $200 first places and $100 merit
awards in each of the 12 categories: Oils/acrylics,
watercolor, graphics/pastels, photography, mixed
media, glass, wood, fiber/paper, sculpture, crafts,
pottery and jewelry.
Menendez said the nonprofit league was
founded in 1989 by a small group of artists and art
lovers to "bring art to the Island." In 1993 it opened
the art center where the league still headquarters,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
This is one of two major fundraisers for the
league, the other being Springfest in March. The
money goes to community programs and art schol-
arships for children and adults, she said.
A schedule of events, memberships and other
information may be obtained at the league office by
phoning 778-2099, or at the league's Winterfest
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disappearance. This is not a common occurrence."
Several people close to Ralph tried to explain that the man eating grouper is
just a man who's eating grouper, but the confusion lingers.
The disappearance of key employees has opened positions for people who
have been waiting for a job at Rotten Ralph's, which can be as hard as getting
season tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning games.
Ralph is expecting people to line up for jobs.
"I hope the police are looking into this man eating grouper before we lose more
people," Ralph was overheard to say to Mrs. Rotten as they relaxed on the restau-
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Anna Maria City planning board gets tough
Members of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning
Board rejected two requests for variances at its meet-
ing Nov. 27.
The first was for a second-story addition to the
property of Robert and Lamania VonHousen, 229
The VonHousens asked for a variance to the front
and side setback requirements.
Paul Glaser, the builder for the project, represented
the property owners at the hearing.
He told board members that the VonHousens
wanted the variance because it would be a better-look-
By Paul Roat
Planners have recommended approval of a
parking lot just south of the Bradenton Beach Ma-
rina on what is now residential property. The issue
will be decided by the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission, probably in January.
Marina owner Allan Bazzy is requesting the
special exception for parking on two lots he owns
off Bay Drive adjacent to the marina. The lots have
two older homes on them, Bazzy said, which he
would raze to provide for about 18 parking spaces.
The parking lot would be heavily landscaped,
he said, and fenced.
"This is a straightforward proposal," Bazzy
said. "There is nothing commercial proposed it's
use is just for parking."
Bazzy said the marina has sufficient parking
most of the time for its customers and employees,
but at times on weekends and holidays there is a
need for more parking spaces.
"Parking is valuable," Bazzy said, "and when
you need it, you need it. It's a problem throughout
He added that "we park 10 cars there now. This
isn't much of a difference."
ing addition if he could make it line up with the walls
of the existing structure.
"It would add to the ambience of the neighbor-
hood," Glaser said.
Board member Charlie Caniff said, "The terms 'lined
up' and 'setback' have been discussed at great length.
"A roof overhang is part of a structure. A deck is
part of a structure, and these can't be out past the set-
backs, but an air conditioning unit is not part of a struc-
ture, so it can," Caniff added.
In order to be granted a variance, the property
owner must show a hardship, and board members
Residents in attendance at the planning and zon-
ing board meeting were mixed on the proposal.
"I'd rather see homes there than a parking lot,"
said Paul Georges.
"The houses are in good shape, they've just been
let go," said Patty Banyas. "I'm against it I'd
rather see single-family homes there."
"If he makes any promises, make sure they're in
writing," Laura Hinds said of Bazzy.
"I'm not against a parking lot," said Rosemary
Planning board member Todd Andrews seemed
to sum up the opinion of the board with his com-
ment: "There's not going to be a whole lot of change,
it's just that those ugly houses will be gone and there
will be a nice parking lot there."
Planners recommended to the city commission
approval of the special exception with several stipu-
lations. Parking will be for vehicles only, with no
boat storage in the lot. Lights will be 36 inches in
height. Ingress and egress for the lot will be from
both Bay Drive and Church Street. The fence sur-
rounding the lot will match the present marina fenc-
ing and the landscaping will be a fast-growing shrub.
No trees will be cut down on the site.
pressed Glaser to define the hardship in this case.
Glaser replied, "It would just look better and be a
little cheaper to construct. If we move the walls of the
second story in, then we have to support them, and that
might end up meaning there would be some support
posts in the living space downstairs."
Caniff said he agreed the property would look bet-
ter if the walls of the second-story addition were lined
up with the existing structure.
"But that doesn't mean there's a hardship. A hard-
ship is when there is a corner lot or a pie-shaped lot,
and the setback requirements are just not practical and
would render the lot useless," he explained.
Board members agreed that granting the variance
would make for a more "aesthetically pleasing struc-
ture," but they said they were concerned about open-
ing "Pandora's box."
Board member Chuck Webb, who is an attorney, said,
"If you continually grant variances without a hardship
being present, you can't deny requests for variances."
Webb said, "This ordinance is designed to stop the
wholesale issuance of variances. Variances are sup-
posed to be very hard to get."
Other board members agreed.
Chairman Doug Copeland said, "This request is
not based on hardship. I can go along with this look-
ing better but that's starting down a path we don't want
to go down.
"We as a volunteer board need to be consistent,"
The board voted 4-1 to recommend denial of the
request for the variance. George McKay voted to ap-
prove the request.
The recommendation goes to the city commission,
which may vote to deny or approve the request based
on the P&Z board's recommendation.
In another matter, the board denied a request for a
variance from David and Marilyn Dries for a second-
story addition to their duplex at 900 North Shore Drive.
Copeland advised both parties that the planning
and zoning board is advisory in nature. He explained
that property owners had the right to appeal to the city
commission when it considers their recommendations.
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Players 'Divorce' puts new twist on mating game
By David Futch
The Island Players production of "Divorce South-
ern Style" begins with Frank Sinatra's recording of
"Love and marriage, love and marriage, it's an institu-
tion you can't disparage."
But in this comedic farce, the lead character
Eleanor Bander played by Jo Kendall certainly tries. Or
at the very least, puts a new twist on the mating game.
Set in one of the more lovely southern cities of
Charlotte, N.C., "Divorce" brings to mind the kind of
ruse Philip Wylie wrote about in his novel "Generation
Wylie's work is an unflattering look at American
motherhood and how women bring up their daughters,
a sort of "how to" in terms of picking a mate and keep-
ing him in line. It was written post-World War II, went
through 47 printings and is considered one of great
books of the 20th century.
Fortunately "Divorce," written by Jennifer Jarrett,
is a kinder, gentler version of "Vipers," allowing the
I'm leaving No, you're not!
Elizabeth, played by Debron Keller-McCartney,
right, tells her mother Eleanor Bander, played by Jo
Kendall, that she's leaving the fold. Now that
Elizabeth is 36, it might be time. In the meantime,
Elma Blue Williams, played by Laura Morales,
center, struggles to wrench the trunk away from
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audience a chance at some fun.
In the case of "Divorce," Eleanor is running out of
money quickly as she approaches late middle age. She
says to her friend Elma Blue played by Laura Morales,
"There's only one possibility before the well runs dry.
I have to get married again."
Eleanor's scheme is a dirty one, as she works and
connives her ex-husband into remarriage. Walter
Bander, played by Bill Nixon, who became wealthy
after the couple divorced and he moved to New York
City, is the perfect pigeon.
As "Divorce" director Geoffrey Todd puts it in his
notes, "Helping her case with what is not quite a little lie,
but as someone once said, by being economical with the
truth, the plot is laid. Complicating matters is the younger
Ms. Bander's own marital plans. Money does buy happi-
ness, doesn't it? Uh, well, OK, sure, but..."
As Elma Blue says to her friend early in the play,
"People shouldn't marry to make money." Eleanor's
answer, "Why? Marriage is ajob.... I'm getting older.
Not year by year, but minute by minute. I'm being at-
tacked by gravity."
The striking part of this production is evident in
how the actors hit their lines on cue. This is a comedy
involving timing and if it's not there, it doesn't work.
This one works and the laughter spills into the aisles.
Kendall is the shrew. Morales the logical, objective
foil to her friend. Sam McDowell is Dr. Fred
Abernathy, the unwanted suitor who'll never impress
any woman. Bill Nixon plays the sensible, suspicious
Walter, Debron Keller-McCartney is Eleanor's daugh-
ter Elizabeth, who'll do whatever she pleases, and John
Durkin is Vince her hopeless fiance.
Each of the actors shows the kind of timing years
of stage experience bring. Kudos to director Todd for
bringing out the best and worst of this cunning group.
And Mona Upp as Gretchen Hiller, Walter's girl-
friend, steals the show with her portrayal of the aging
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Pat Bergen designed another wonderful set, mak-
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I will not
Jo Kendall as Eleanor Bander squares off with her
ex-husband Walter Bander, played by Bill Nixon, in
the Island Players Production of "Divorce."
with French doors. There's a prize rose garden outside,
but it's only in the mind.
It's one of the things to look forward to when at-
tending an Island Players' production: the attention to
detail in the set design. In this case, from the crushed,
red-velvet chair to the standup, amber-colored ashtray.
The play runs through Sunday, Dec. 10, at Island
Players Theater at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Av-
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Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. and the theater is dark on Mon-
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers will raise funds
for their new boat-float at a mullet smoke in the Publix
parking lot, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, on
Saturday, Dec. 9.
Fresh-caught mullet will be smoked on the spot by
experienced mullet-chef Privateers, said Mitch Stewart,
president of the nonprofit social service organization.
It will be served from 8 a.m. until the cooks run out of
Mullet smokes are a major source of funds for the
Privateers' programs for children, including scholar-
ships, and to finance the building of the boat-float. The
old one is nearly worn out, said Stewart, and work is
ongoing on its replacement.
The volunteers are doing as much of the work as
their many skills permit, but some has to be done by
specialists and materials have to be bought. A 65-pas-
senger school bus is being stripped of whatever doesn't
fit on a boat-float, and other items are being added to
make it a fit vessel for Privateers. It is expected to be
in service in January.
Details on the mullet smoke and other Privateers
matters may be obtained from Stewart at 748-2143 or
from the vice president, Paul Allgire, at 778-1179.
Pancake breakfast Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have a pancake
breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the
church, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Served with the pancakes will be sausage, juice and
coffee, adults $2.50 and children $1. A homemade bake
sale will be held in conjunction with the breakfast.
Details are available at 778-4769.
Butterfly Park personalized
brick program on the web
The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park personalized
brick program has gone on the web, where order forms
for the bricks may be obtained at
Nancy Ambrose, who has spearheaded the drive to
establish the park on the Holmes Beach City Hall
grounds, said the bricks carrying donors' messages will
build the park's patio. The cost is $40 or $50, depend-
ing on length of message on a brick.
Further information may also be obtained from
Ambrose at 778-5274.
Duplicate bridge players
set schedule for season
The Duplicate Bridge Group has arranged its
season's schedule of play starting Wednesday, Dec. 13,
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Play will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and starting
Jan. 10 will resume on the second and third Wednes-
day each month at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per person.
Players may register and obtain further information at
'Coffee and Conversation'
set for widowed persons
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a "Coffee and Conversation" session for widowed
persons at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
The gathering is open to all widowed persons on
the Island, Longboat Key, Cortez and northwest
Bradenton. It is sponsored by the American Associa-
tion for Retired Persons. Details may be obtained at
Yoga workshops are Monday
Two workshops are scheduled Monday, Dec. 11, in
"Restorative Yoga and Pranayama" at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Led by Harmony Feldman, the tension-relieving
workshops will be from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Regis-
tration is required and there is a fee for the workshop.
Call Feldman at 921-0074.
St. Bernard's Pancake Breakfast
Men from the Holy Name Society prepare and serve
the breakfast to raise fundsfor St. Joseph's School,
the youth club, the soup kitchen in Bradenton, and
other parish needs. Here, Jim Caprio produces his
perfect pancakes. Islander Photo: Laurie Krosney
'Muscles and More' classes
scheduled at Center
An exercise program titled "Muscles and More"
will begin Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Led by Sherry Fideler, the one-hour classes will be
at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and on Tuesday mornings
from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $4 per person and registration
is required at 778-1908.
Fideler has led fitness programs for many years in the
area, most recently at Longboat Key Recreation Center.
Christmas play on program
for Off Stage Ladies
The Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers theatrical group, will see a Christmas play at a lun-
cheon meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.
13, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island
Reservations may be made with and further infor-
mation obtained from Roberta Barner at 761,1599.
Toys collected for tots
The Toys for Tots Christmas campaign is
well under way on Anna Maria Island, with
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home stockpiling gifts for
It is the only toy drive on the Island.
A spokesperson for the funeral home, which
has been the collection point for several years,
said "they're already coming in, a lot of them,
and I know many more Islanders will be by with
their presents, as they have in years past."
The toys are kept under a Christmas tree in
the firm's lobby at 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. About Dec. 22 men and women of the
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will pick them up,
take them to a central point for wrapping, and
distribute them to needy children for Christmas.
What's needed, said the spokesperson, are
toys that are unwrapped "so we can tell if they're
for boys or girls," dropped off during business
hours at any of the funeral home's locations, on
Anna Maria or the mainland.
Further information may be obtained by-call-
Holiday Hobby and Craft show
Saturday on Longboat
The annual Holiday Hobby and Craft Show at
Gulfshore on Longboat Key is scheduled from 8:30
a.m. until noon Saturday, Dec. 9.
It will be at the Gulfshore mobile home park at
3719 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Hand-crafted jewelry,
needle crafts, boat models, shell crafts, stationery,
paintings and other craftworks will be available.
Also on the schedule are a bake sale, a drawing,
and pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30
a.m. for $3.50 per person.
The affair is a benefit for charities, especially the
Adopt-A-Family program. Details may be obtained at
'Hope, Peace, Joy, Love
and Advent' women's program
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of.the
Annunciation will meet at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec.
7, after the 9:30 a.m. Eucharist and have a luncheon im-
mediately following the meeting.
The women will conduct an Advent program titled
"The Candles of Christmas: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love
and Advent" and it will be in the church, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Therluncheon, a salad/dessert pitch-in, will be in
Lowe Hall following the program. Those wishing to
attend may sign up in Lowe Hall or call the church at
Islander Knode leads library
Donald Knode of Holmes Beach will be the star of
the Friends of the Island Branch Library program Tues-
day, Dec. 12, along with an ensemble from the Asolo
Knode is a member of the Playreaders group and
will lead the cast in a perfor-
mance of a scene from "The
Cocktail Hour" at 3 p.m. at
the library, 5701 Marina
SDrive, Holmes Beach.
The program is free
S and open to the public.
-" Tickets are not necessary,
but seating will be first
-come, first served. The
sponsors ask that all guests
Knode be in their seats by 2:55 p.m.
The reading from the
A.J. Gumey play will be the third event in the Friends of
the Library 2000-01 Program Series. The Asolo
Playreaders are former professional and community the-
ater actors who give their time and talents to support the
Asolo's education youth program, Access to the Arts.
Further information is available at the library or at
778-6341. The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sun-
day, closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Two Chefs can take over
A personalized chef service with cost-conscious
packages has been launched on Anna Maria Island to
serve Sarasota, Bradenton and Longboat Key as well
as the Island's cities.
It is Two Chefs, featuring, well, two chefs. They
are Jason Morell and Bill O'Neal, both with long re-
sumes listing several top restaurants, including the
Beach Bistro for O'Neal.
Their service offers to prepare meals in the home
from an extensive menu. A special feature is their pack-
age deal a single person may have 10 meals with 10
entrees and side dishes prepared for $175 plus cost of
groceries. The meals are packaged individually so the
buyers can warm up gourmet meals at their leisure.
Cost for a 10-meal package for two is $275.
A five-entree package comes to $100 for one, $180
for two, plus grocery costs. Bigger groups may be ac-
commodated at $30 to $50 per additional person.
Aside from the packages, barbecues, custom par-
ties, specialty trays, business parties and in-home cook-
ing instruction are available.
Both chefs live in Bradenton Beach. They arrange
orders by phone at 778-4532,or e-mail at
Scouts' Saturday sale
to help 'pine wood derby'
Youngsters in Anna Maria Cub Scout Pack
7 will have all kinds of stuff for sale Saturday at
the Anna Maria Elementary School grounds at
their garage and plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for youngsters in
the annual "pine wood derby" in January. It fea-
tures race cars carved from a block of wood. The
funds will help buy items needed for the cars and
will go toward award trophies for entries such as
fastest car, most creative, ugly ducking and most
Donations for the garage sale are being
sought, with John and Carrie Secor handling the
collection. They can be reached at 779-0712.
The Secors said they also are receptive to any
boys interested in becoming Cub Scouts.
The school is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Cecy Richardson shows Betty Ash techniques in
watercolor mono-printing that she will be demon-
strating from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9,
at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday. Further information is
available at 778-6648.
Workshop schedule established
for Longboat art center
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts has an-
nounced a schedule of workshops in various media for
the 2000-01 season.
Reservations are being taken for the following:
High Contrast Transparent Watercolor, Saturday
and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
each day, Helen Burkett instructor.
Painting on Furniture, Jan. 19-21 from 9:30 a.m. to
4 p.m., Sabrina Harris.
Oil Painting, Jan. 20-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
There are fees for all classes and reservations are
required. Further information obtained at 383-2345.
'Techniques in Clay'
at guild Thursday
A demonstration of "Hand Building Techniques in
Clay" by Regina Faya-Rishavy will be featured from
11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive,
Subtitle of the demonstration is "Watch Island
Critters Come to Life Before Your Eyes."
During December, holiday watercolors, oils,
acrylic works and photographs by guild members will
be on display at the guild's gallery, showcasing works
by 75 local artists.
Details may be obtained at 778-2424.
Gift sale this weekend
at center for the arts
The annual holiday gift sale and silent auction of
the Longboat Key Center for the Arts will be from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10,
at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive.
The gifts have been made by the center's faculty
artists. Further information is available at 383-2345.
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Registration opens for crafts
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is tak-
ing registration now for a four-week workshop starting
Jan. 6, with classes from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the
center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Called Kim's Krafts, it will be taught by Kim
Steenstra of Anna Maria. She will teach papier-mache,
picture framing, decoupage jewelry and decorative boxes.
Cost for the-workshop is $25. Those interested may reg-
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During the school's televised announcements Dec. 1, Anna Maria Elementary School students heard that
Santa Claus was once a student at their school and that because Santa loved to surf the "WAVE" awards
were initiated. Students recognized for civic achievements last week at the We Are Very Exceptional "WAVE"
awards include, from left, Kealoha Phillips, Clayton Carnell, Nichole Pierce, Taylor Smith, Jessee Hurst,
Jennifer Galicia, Shea Dusseau, and Matthew Sain. Back row, from left, Franky Koons, Amy Costa, Kelley
Ice, Nicole Carbone, Celia Ware, Chris Romeo, Nicolas Sato, and Hannah Crowe. Staff members receiving
certificates were volunteer Beth Ann Scheible and custodian Tom Widner. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
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show honored historical
heroes such as Betsy Ross
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 25, 200 block of 79th Street, warrant arrest.
A officer arrested a man on an outstanding felony war-
rant out of Arizona for drug and weapons charges. He
was taken to the Manatee County Jail pending extradi-
tion by Arizona authorities.
Nov. 28, 700 block of North Shore Drive, Gulfside
on the beach, information. An ultralight aircraft flipped
over after landing when the front brakes were applied,
the pilot said. Neither the pilot nor the passenger was
injured, but the aircraft was damaged.
Nov. 29, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, aban-
doned vessel. The broken hull of a boat was found on
the beach at Bayfront Park. The boat had been aban-
doned and stripped. Deputies were not successful in
contacting the owner. The boat was towed.
Nov. 23, 2500 block of Avenue C, burglary. A man
reported $1,200 was stolen from a dresser drawer. The
suspect may have used a hidden door key to get inside
Nov. 23, 100 block of Bridge Street, disorderly con-
duct, resisting arrest with violence, driving while license
suspended with knowledge.'Guests at a holiday festival
told police a man had been driving recklessly and threat-
ened them after he parked his car. Officers said the intoxi-
cated man threatened them with physical violence and
used profanity. The suspect was pepper sprayed. His li-
cense had been suspended in September after a DUI ar-
rest. The man told officers he drank all day because he had
been depressed about Thanksgiving.
Nov. 24, 100 block of Fourth Street West, domestic
violence. An officer responded to a residence where a
mother and daughter were screaming. The mother said she
did not want the daughter in the house because she would
not listen. The daughter said the mother is often drunk and
abusive. The daughter went to a family shelter.
Nov. 24, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, violation of
trespass warning. A man stood on the front steps asking
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were afraid to walk past him, the officer said, because of
his intoxicated behavior and threatening language. The
man had been issued a trespass warning Aug. 13. He was
arrested and taken to the Manatee County Jail.
Nov. 25, 2300 block of Avenue C, possession of
altered driver's license, possession of alcohol by a
minor. A 20-year-old woman was stopped for speed-
ing and running a stop sign. She was arrested for alter-
ing the birth date on her driver's license, and having a
two-thirds-full bottle ofvodka on the back seat. She
was taken to Manatee County Jail.
Nov. 25, 2000 block of Avenue C, information. A
woman's husband, along with her father, asked an of-
ficer to take the woman to a hospital because she was
in need of the Baker Act, they said. The officer could
not determine that need, and transported her to Blake
Memorial Hospital at her request.
Nov. 25, 120 Bridge St., Drift Inn, information,
waiver on battery. A victim said two people hit him in
the head when he walked out the door of the Drift Inn.
The victim told police he had previously gotten mad at
another man when that man complimented his wife in
a derogatory manner, and thinks he was hit in the head
Nov. 26, 1800 block of Coquina Park Bayside,
Leffis Key, lost property, information. A woman told
police she lost a cellular phone at the beach. The phone
is valued at $200.
Nov. 28, 200 through 1900 block of Gulf Drive
South, possession of controlled substance, driving
while license suspended, careless driving. Officers
stopped a car for traveling 50 mph in a 25-mph zone.
An 18-year-old Venice man, the driver of the car,
was arrested and taken to the Manatee County Jail. His
driver's license had been suspended two years ago and
he's had five other suspensions, the officer said. In his
pocket, officers found a bottle of class III narcotics.
The bottle had a woman's name on it, and the man said
he had recently purchased the drug, the officer said.
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license tag belonged to an unidentified trailer.
Nov. 28, 2100 Coquina Park, possession of mari-
juana, possession of paraphernalia, information.
Ronald D. Braden, 42, of Sarasota was arrested after an
officer saw him smoking a marijuana cigarette at the
beach. When the' officer questioned him, he retrieved
from his pickup an eyeglass case which contained a bag
of marijuana, a marijuana cigarette, a package of roll-
ing papers and a roach clip. The man was taken to the
Manatee County Jail and the truck was impounded.
Nov. 24, 100 block of Sunrise Lane, criminal mis-
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were broken down, a man told an officer. Only one of
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a parking garage and took a black nylon bag and $4 in
Canadian currency. Papers were scattered and a bicycle
helmet which had been in the bag was on the floor of
the van. A man stated he saw three teenage boys enter
the garage. Two of the suspects wore black T-shirts,
and one wore a camouflage T-shirt, the man said.
Nov. 25, 5608 Gulf Drive, Sun Plaza Condominiums,
criminal mischief. The manager reported that someone
entered the locked lobby, tore down bulletin board items,
scattered newspapers across the floor, broke a sign stating
the manager's address, and took the elevator key.
Nov. 25, 5608 Gulf Drive, Sun Plaza Condomini-
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of a 2001 Toyota was scratched while it was parked in
the garage, the trunk lid of a rented 2000 Toyota was
scratched while it was parked in the garage, a car was
scratched while it was parked in the garage. It was
parked adjacent to the other scratched cars.
Nov. 25, 6500 block of Marina Drive, criminal
mischief. A mailbox had been knocked off its post.
Nov. 27, 200 block of 54th Street, domestic bat-
tery. A man was arrested for domestic battery and
transported to the Manatee County Jail. An officer re-
sponded to the location twice in the same day. First, a
man left a woman's apartment after she called 911. He
told the officer he would not return. Later the man re-
turned to the woman's apartment, beat on windows and
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Deborah Kay Fiecke, 41, of Bradenton Beach,
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Bradenton Beach; daughter Heather of Bradenton
Beach; stepdaughter Nicole of Lester Prairie, Maine;
and father Marty Ernest of Bradenton.
Ralph E. Huetger
Ralph E. Huetger, 54, of Holmes Beach, died
Nov. 25 in Integrated Health Services of Bradenton.
Born in Olympia, Wash., Mr. Huetger came to
Manatee County from Olney, Md., in 1995. He was
a maintenance worker in the hotel industry.
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Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Kowalski was a win-
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from there in 1983. He was a plant engineer for
Budd Company of North Baltimore, Ohio. He served
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 6, 2000 0 PAGE 15
Island Gallery West artists dress up downtown
By former Islander reporter Cynthia Finn
Special to The Islander
Members of Holmes Beach's Island Gallery West
artists cooperative took to the mainland Nov. 10 for the
opening of their invitational exhibition in the Kellogg
and Reid Hodges Galleries at the Art League of Mana-
tee County on the.riverfront of downtown Bradenton.
The show will be on view through Monday, Dec.
S1, and includes scores of traditional and unique, func-
tional and decorative, fine arts and crafts by 26 mem-
bers of the local group.
The exhibit is "a perfect complement" to the Art
League's annual Holiday Gift Gallery Invitational in
the Searle Gallery, says Art League Director Pat Rich-
"Both shows offer not only an opportunity to ex-
perience the many talents of dozens of area artists but
a large selection of really unique gift ideas for differ-
ent tastes and price ranges," Richmond says.
"We're so pleased to have Island Gallery West as
our guest this month," she adds. "We have a mutual
commitment to the arts in our community and as with
so many of the arts agencies in this Tampa Bay area,
we all share so many member artists."
The Lee & Bill Show
Island Gallery West "activists" Lee and Bill Mears
- who either do or don't hold "official" Gallery West
titles, depending on whom you ask put in many
hours over many months coordinating the presentation
of this "Island Gallery West Goes East" traveling show.
The Mears are also instrumental in the 64-year-old
Art League's doings. Bill is first vice president of the
Art League board of directors and is currently coordi-
nating the league's participation in a first annual Lake-
wood Ranch (that's out east, Islanders) arts event next
March. Bill is famous as one of the league's most pro-
lific students, enrolling in one visual medium course
after another, ever trying to keep up with wife Lee's
long-proven multi-media talent.
Bill's own talents are definitely evident in his im-
pressive selection of pottery works on display in the
current Art League show. The perfect glassy glaze of
his green vase is indeed stunning and almost worth the
high price tag. Word is if you find a piece you like, you
Opening night entertainment was provided by Island
Gallery West member/artist Graciela Giles, pictured,
and Rene Tatem. Watercolorist Giles and her water-
color artist/instructor husband Herbie Rose are
founding directors of the Artists Guild of Manatee/
Village-of the Arts community in downtownrBradenton..;
All dressed up
Island Gallery West artists dressed up for the opening reception of their invitational and fullfilled The
Islander's special request for image capture. Pictured, back row from left, are Shirley Dean, Don Wilson,
Kathy Storm, John Bonser, Cecy Richardson and Bill Mears, and front row from left, Caroline Whitmore,
Barbara Orear and Lee Mears.
might want to do a make-him-an-offer thing. Accord-
ing to one anonymous Island Gallery West source, his
eternal attempts to catch Lee on the Sara-Mana arts
track "will only finish in his dreams."
"Yes," says Lee, "Bill should stick to his arts 'busi-
ness' talent. That's where he truly excels. I personally
love his artwork, too, and think if he keeps at it he will
develop his own following of collectors. I really do
think someday his high prices now will look like a bar-
Lee often appears as an instructor of several differ-
ent media on the Art League's year-round schedule of
classes, workshops .nd demonstrations. She will teach
basic draw ing on the ~l ague's w inter/spring schedule.
In addition to her involvements at Island Gallery West
and the Art League, Lee also teaches at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts.
Dozens of framed and shrink-wrapped samples of
Lee's paintings are available for viewing and purchase
in both the Island Gallery West and the Holiday Gift
Gallery shows at the Art League, and in the permanent
collection at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't forget to scope out Bill's stuff.
Calling all watercolorists
More than a few Island artists are also likely to
be included in the Art League's next exhibition, a
juried "transparent" presentation by the Florida
Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS), which stages
a guest show at the Art League every two years.
There's still time for watercolorists to submit work
for this exhibition. Entry, scheduled Monday and
Tuesday, Dec. 11 and 12, is not limited to FSWS
members. For entry information, call Douglas Teller,
The Watercolor Society show will open with a
free "holiday party," wine-and-hors-d'oeuvres re-
ception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. As
with all Art League events, exhibits and classes, the
public is always welcome. Accoustic guitarist Bill
Bullard of Random Hearts will provide live enter-
tainment. Art League President Monty McMullan
will have finished with her energetic involvement in
the Dec. 2 Crosley Estate event and will be on hand
to oversee her coordination of holiday food platters
and to greet both artists and arts viewers. The Art
League's Holiday Gift Gallery will still be on dis-
play. The FSWS exhibit and the gift display will be
up through Jan. 22.
As for the Island Gallery West Invitational, Islanders
have one last chance to go off-Island to support the local
arts cooperative's venture to the long-established Art
League. The League is located at 209 Ninth St. W., adja-
cent to Rossi Waterfront Park at the southeast base of the
Green Bridge that crosses the Manatee River to Palmetto.
It's that building you've driven by a million times that's
been thi since 1952 and is currently sporting a really
classy'-jen"-fl~ g-Bilr Meafsfouind af Flash Flightslii
Holmes Beach. Way to go again, Bill!
You won't believe the Art League's interior spa-
ciousness: four exhibition galleries with shows that
change monthly, a fully equipped pottery studio, a print
studio mostly stocked by donations from the estate of
the late Holmes Beach artist Barbara Neustadt, three
other classroom/studios and probably the area's most
extensive arts reference library. Annual Art League
membership, which offers discounts on class and ex-
hibition-entry fees and other privileges, is available to
anyone at any time, but is never a requirement for par-
The flamingos are coming
Islanders like Richard Thomas, Joan and Carl
Voyles, Laurie Adams, Woody Candish (Woodman,
your membership renewal is past due!) and Zoe Von
Averkamp are Art League members and exhibition
Island watercolorist and Manatee High School Art
Department teacher Rob Reiber will teach adults at the
Art League this season and is working with the Art
League and The Islander on a really cool pink-fla-
mingo fundraiser for MHS art department supplies and
field-trip funds. Look for more on the flamingos next
If the athletic departments can generate community
dollar support (not that there's anything wrong with
that, I'm a big Bucs and 'Canes fan), perhaps it's time
for a move to support our kids' cultural development
as well. MHS Principal Dr. Linda Boyer confirms what
Reiber says (somebody's got to vouch for the boy):
Official school funds provide only $3.50, three dollars
and fifty cents!, per student per year, for arts supplies.
Forget any fields trips even though the Tampa Bay area
is loaded with opportunities.
While most of the Art League's fall exhibitions
have been invitationals, the New Year starts the annual
round of open, all-media shows, some juried just for
hefty cash awards, some juried for entry as well. Ev-
ery new show opens with a free Friday night reception
open to the public.
Admission to the Art League galleries is always
free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The galleries are
also open for informal viewing on evenings when the
doors are open during classes. For more information,
call the Art League at 746-2862 or pull up the league
website (designed and maintained by Anna Maria resi-
dent Marsha Rivera) at www.almc.org.
As a former Island resident, Islander reporter,
daughter of a Grandma Moses-like landscape painter
and assistant to Mrs. Art League, Pat Richmond, I'm
grateful for this opportunity to visit with you again on
the pages of The Islander.
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Cooper leads Island Real Estate
Bobby Cooper scored 10 points in a furious final
quarter to give the Island Real Estate basketball team
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Smaid in age 14-16 action Dec. 2.
With his team trailing 37-31 at the end of three
periods, Cooper scored eight points in the first three
minutes to get his team back in the game.
Cooper's final basket with a minute left made the
score 49-46 and put the game out of reach for the Mer-
maid team. Two baskets by Tyler Kraus, one of them
off a steal, along with baskets from Diego Felipe and
Josh Sato ended the game.
The Mermaid looked like it would run away with
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VanAndel, Taylor Manning, Preston Copeland and
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of the game, a three-point shot from deep in the comer.
Copeland had the hot hand in the second quarter
for Mermaid with six points, while Tyler Krauss of
Island Real Estate matched him and helped his team
claw its way back as the half came to a close with
SMermaid on top 28-17.
In the third, Island Real Estate nipped away at the
lead. Felipe scored by getting an offensive rebound and
putting the ball back up for two.
Sato hit a three-point basket from downtown after
launching it from the top of the key. He then stole the
ball, driving the length of the court for two more.
Island Real Estate got within six points at the end
of the third and nearly within three as a last-second shot
by Sato from half-court bounced off the rim.
Carlson gave Mermaid a 40-31 cushion with a
three-point shot to start the final quarter.
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Cooper would have none of it and banged the of-
fensive boards, sinking short jumpers to get Island Real
Estate a point away from tying the game.
Krauss of Real Estate came up with a good play
when he stole the ball and passed it to Felipe, who laid
it in to put Real Estate on top for good 43-42.
The Real Estate team scored 20 points in the final
period to nine for Mermaid.
Coach Joe Roberts thanked his players for their
"It was a good effort," Roberts said. "We just try
to wear teams down. The other team was huffing and
puffing at the end of the third quarter."
In another Saturday game, the Police Athletic
League team from Palmetto eked out a 34-31 win over
Anna Maria Glass & Screen.
PAL's Sylvester Kelly led his team with 11 points,
while Ryan Bradley of Glass & Screen topped all scor-
ers with 17.
PAL's quickness made it tough for the Glass team
to penetrate to the basket, forcing them to shoot longer
shots from outside.
Glass players B.J. Keim and Will Langston hustled
on defense, diving after balls and harassing PAL play-
ers into mistakes.
But because the Glass team played with just five
players, they were worn out as the game progressed and
were unable to play catchup as PAL substituted freely
to keep the lineup fresh.
PAL's Curt Leaks and Jerry Brevil had six points
each and Courtney Allen chipped in four.
Coach Ralph Bryant, a deputy with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, had the same game plan Rob-
erts likes to use. Run the other team until they drop.
"You can see what's going on," Bryant said. "My
team is quick. We wear you down and don't give you
a chance to rest."
Little League coaches needed
The Anna Maria Island Little League is looking for
coaches, managers and volunteers for the upcoming
2001 spring-summer season.
Coaches are needed at every level from T-ball
through major league.
Little League baseball depends strongly on quali-
fied adult volunteers and community participation.
Managers and coaches must possess leadership
ability and the know-how to work with children.
This year candidates are required to attend a coach-
ing clinic offered through the Little League board.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are sponsoring one of
the coach's clinics at Tropicana Field and the other is
through the Little League Education Program for man-
agers and coaches by well-known coaches and authors
"Big and Little" Al.
Volunteers also are needed for many positions in-
cluding scorekeeper, umpires, concession stand and
For more information, call Island Little League
president Evan Bordes at 778-3337 or player agent
Nichole Pelkey at 778-9637.
Indoor Frenzy 2000
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is spon-
soring the seventh annual Indoor Soccer Christmas Tour-
nament, one of the quickest games you've ever seen.
The tournament at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, runs from Dec. 16-23 and offers six divi-
sions each for both male and female players. The six
divisions include Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under
14, Under 16 and Under 18.
Entry fee is $75 per team and the deadline for en-
tering is Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. and each team needs a mini-
mum of six players and a maximum of 12. No players
may be added after Dec. 12. Any non-registered play-
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Age determination is based on the players age as
of Aug. 1, 2000.
Due to the increased popularity of the tournament,
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Every player gets a T-shirt and there will be tro-
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a most valuable player award for each division.
For more information, call tournament director
Scott Dell at 778-1908.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 6, 2000 I PAGE 19
Anna Maria Island
Instructional League age 5-7
Dec. 8 Dr. Danziger vs. Oyster Bar, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9 Oyster Bar vs. Island Physicians, noon
1st Natl. Bank vs. A.M. Sun, 1 p.m.
Dec. 11 Oyster Bar vs. 1st Natl. Bank, 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 Dr. Danziger vs. Physicians, 6 p.m.
Division III age 8-9
Dec. 7 Island Spirit vs. Pearson A.C., 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 Galati vs. Marco Polo Pizza, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 Pearson A.C. vs. Marco Polo, 2 p.m.
Island Spirit vs. Galati, 3 p.m.
Division II age 10-11
Dec. 7 Air&Energy vs. Publix, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 Bryant's Treasures vs. Sharks, 8 p.m.
Dec. 9 Air&Energy vs. Jessie's Store 6 p.m.
Bryant's Treasures vs. Publix, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 Bryant's vs. Air&Energy, 7 p.m.
Division I age 12-13
Dec. 7 EconoLodge vs. Wireless, 8 p.m.
Dec. 9 EconoLodge vs. A-Paradise, 4 p.m.
Wireless vs. Discount Tackle, 5 p.m.
Dec. 12 Wireless vs. A-Paradise, 8 p.m.
Premier League age 14-16
Dec. 9 P.A.L. vs. Island Real Estate, 10 a.m.
Glass&Screen vs. Mermaid, 11 a.m.
Dec. 11 Glass&Screen vs. P.A.L., 7 p.m.
Mermaid vs. Island Real Estate, 8 p.m.
Dec. 7 Kings vs. Raptors, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9 Heat vs. Jazz, 6 p.m.
Spurs vs. Pistons, 7 p.m.
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Annual Secret Shop attracts crowd of little shoppers
By Ann McGrath
Imagine a shop filled with sparkling treasures rang-
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Clutching money and gift lists, each child carefully
selected surprises, while their parents waited outside.
The gifts were wrapped by Art League volunteers.
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as a way of protecting the migrating manatees.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
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THE ISLANDER N DEC. 6, 2000 0 PAGE 21
Looking for payday
Fishing boats cluster in the Gulf of Mexico off
Bradenton Beach as their occupants seek mullet,
whose valuable eggs pack the fish between Thanks-
giving and Christmas. But treasure is late this year,
said longtime fisherman Thomas "Blue" Fulford of
Cortez, and anyway prices are low. "They're not
ripe yet, he said, and when they are they'll be
elusive. Capt. James "Wyre" Lee blames low prices
on new fish farms raising mullet in the Orient, where
the roe is a delicacy sometimes bringing $80 a
pound; here, fishermen currently get about 80 cents
a pound for the whole fish, including the roe; the rest
ends up on the dinner table or is used for bait and
nothing is wasted, said Karen Bell of the Bell Fish
Co. in Cortez. The best is yet to come, though -
tradition has the "fat" mullet run starting Dec. 10.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Mote would renew red snapper
Mote Marine Laboratory planned to release 450 more
red snapper babies along reefs in the Gulf of Mexico this
week in the first program of its kind in Florida.
Mote put the snapper into the sea from the "R/V
Eugenie Clark" to join 400 others released the previ-
ous Tuesday. The fish were reared by Mote's research
partners at the Gulf Coast Research Lab of the Univer-
sity of Southern Mississippi.
The experiment follows a similar planting last year
from Mississippi. The experiments "are designed to
develop a new fishery management tool for replenish-
ing red snapper," said Dr. Ken Leber, director of
Mote's Center for fisheries Enhancement.
Weekly tracking trips are scheduled through De-
cember and monthly tracks will take place all next year,
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More factoids than you could possibly want
An editor with the Tampa Tribune and I had
lunch a while ago. The paper had just started some-
thing called "team reporting," and I was interested
in what she had to say about the new, trendy method
of covering news.
I became less interested when I discerned that
"team reporting" was an acronym for getting report-
ers together in a meeting to talk about how their
various beats courts, government, education, en-
vironment could converge on one particular ar-
ticle or series. It sounded too much like having a
meeting for a meeting's sake and, since I'm stuck in
meetings most of the time as it is, I decided "team
reporting" was simply a corporate mechanism to al-
low reporters to avoid reporting.
So we spent most of the lunch doing what jour-
nalists do best, which is gossip.
A college classmate of mine has worked at the
Trib for a long, long time, and my editor friend and
I got talking about her stuff. My old friend seems to
only write a half-dozen stories a year, but they're
always front page pieces and really interesting.
There seems to be a journalism law that says you
have to write about a pet every once in a while, and
the death of her dog was a classic that brought tears
to my eyes.
She also did a terrific piece on the phone book.
While you're snickering about what a goofy subject
the phone book is for an article, remember that
phone books are perhaps the most useful reference
tool reporters have going for them. I remember a
year when I wore mine out.
Anyway, the article my classmate wrote dealt
with this guy who had the dubious distinction of
having the last listing in the Tampa phone directory
until some other "Z" guy came to town. The article's
subject got so upset he went out and changed his
name to add a few more "Zs" to retain his honored
spot as dead last in the book.
It was a weird piece, weird enough that I re-
marked on it almost a year after it was published.
"Yeah," my editor friend said, "it was a real
Seems in the Trib world they call articles that
you talk about to your friends "Hey, Mabel!" be-
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cause that's what the guy says to his wife over cof-
fee in the morning when he sees something that's
really interesting. Or "Hey, Laverne!" or "Hey, ..."
- you get the idea.
Back in my college days it was the Water Cooler
Story, the one you talked about while avoiding work.
Sorta like a meeting.
When the "Sandscript" column began a few
years ago, I decided to add a "Hey, Mabel!" at the
end although I didn't call it that then but the
"factoids" will perhaps give you a pause or chuckle.
Here's a bunch of 'em.
We tend to avoid any national news here at The
Islander unless it directly impacts Anna Maria Is-
land, so don't expect any long-winded discussion
about vote counting or ballot mangling. But I did
like a political cartoon the other day:
"If it's a pregnant chad, what about its right to
New York City's rat problem appears to be
reaching epic nay, Biblical proportions. Some
NYC "big cheeses" are declaring an outright war on
the rodents, or so they proclaimed at a "rat summit"
held in the city.
The city has two "rat hotlines" set up to deal
with the varmints, and the city's mayor has even
gone so far as to designate a rat czar to deal with the
Here's what a "rat consultant" don't you love
that! has to say about the vermin.
Seems that the estimate of 8 million rodents in
the city is an exaggeration, "as in tales about foot-
long monsters roaming the sewers and coming out at
night to feed on stray cats and lost puppies."
He says the way to deal with the dilemma is not
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to put out all that rat bait, but to kill the food source,
"particularly grease from restaurants.
"For rats, grease is a high-protein food source.
Grease allows them to kick up their sex drive. You
know the rest."
The headline: "Suburban males hit hard by tur-
The statement: "The practice of deep-frying a
whole turkey has been a growing culinary trend in
The quote: "There's something that just tickles
your testosterone when you have massive flames
shooting out of a propane burner."
The aside: "The cook must pay constant atten-
tion to the temperature of the oil, lest it catch fire.
Last year a man left his backyard turkey pot unat-
tended for a few minutes. 'When he came back, he
noticed the back of his house was on fire,' says a
New Orleans Fire Department spokesman. The.de-
partment now dispenses safety tips for frying tur-
Yes! Bring on more heat ... or not.
I spent the weekend dog sitting, an avocation
I'm finding is more and more in demand as people
get mutts and then decide to travel.
It's not bad duty. I get to spend time in some real
nice houses, and I like dogs. They're easy to take
care of as long as you feed 'em every few days and
let 'em out every week or so. (The preceding sen-
tence is written to avoid any additional calls from
readers who want me to dogsit. I really do feed the
dogs regularly and let them outdoors often. Really.)
Anyway, my most recent charges were grey-
hounds, which may be the most gentle, peaceful, re-
ally big dogs known to dogdom. They seem to sleep
23 hours a day, they don't pace or pant or whine, and
if I were to pick a breed to adopt, greyhounds would
be it. And no, I'm not hyping the mutts for the dog
racing industry, but as retirees go ...
The "lifespan" of a $1 bill the time it retains
its viability as legal tender before having to be de-
stroyed because of wear and tear- is about 18
months. For a $100 bill, expect between seven and
nine years. It's all in the circulation, don't ya know?
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 6, 2000 0 PAGE 23
Gag grouper species to target, millions of mullet offshore
By Capt. David Futch
It's official. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission has increased the minimum size
limit of gag and black grouper to 22 inches for recre-
ational fishmen in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
The rule goes into effect Jan. 1, 2001. The 22-inch
minimum has been in effect in federal waters since
June. For commercial fishermen, the rule is a 24-inch
minimum in state and federal waters.
Offshore fishing for most guides has centered
around gag grouper as they continue to move closer to
shore. In most cases, guides are catching keeper gags
in 50 feet of water or less.
Sheepshead is always a popular fish this time of
Kim Shearer at Annie's Bait & Tackle reporting
for Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II said sheep-
shead have taken over as the No. I catch inshore. Trout
are biting good, but out of season.
"I'm still picking up some snook and redfish,"
Capt. Zach said. "Flounder have peaked. There are a lot
of ladyfish for pure fun. Pompano and cobia should still
be available unless we get a really hard cold front."
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend out of Annie's
said he's had some good days offshore fishing. The gag
grouper are still in close and hungry.
"We've been getting gags to 32 inches, but not as
many snapper as we had been catching," Kimball said.
"The flounder are up to five pounds, but the gags are
the main bite."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said gags
offshore are the best bet. The kings are gone, but the
mackerel are here in great numbers with pompano
around for the taking.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are a
lot of bonita around, some black drum, the occasional
mackerel and redfish will bite and small snook are
available along with sheepshead.
Bait buyers at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
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Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams out of
Holmes Beach said trout fishing is good even though
they're out of season. And of course there are plenty of
snook backed up into the canals as the water tempera-
ture drops. Problem is, according to Chaya, they go into
a hibernation mode.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said gags are the dominant species
to target. There are some snapper and flounder, but pri-
marily gags to 15 pounds in 65 feet of water.
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said he's getting gag grouper, lots of mullet, sheeps-
head and trout and flounder.
Mullet fishermen report some of the biggest
schools of mullet seen in years. Approximately 60
boats were fishing one pod Sunday and Monday off
Capt. Roy Salgado on the Grand Slam said he has
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"There are a lot of mackerel in the passes. We
thought they were mullet they were so thick. There
were herds and herds of them.
"There's a world of gags out there," Salgado said.
"I heard someone caught three kingfish, but they're just
about gone. The water's too cold for them."
Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said the wind and low tides have not been good
for the fishing.
"I'm in my winter mode and that means I'll con-
centrate on sheepshead. We caught some flounder and
catch-and-release trout with bouncing jigs. There are
some silver trout. We're seeing loads and loads of
snook, but we just can't them going. They're packed
into the canals. The water is so clear they can see your
leader. I'm going to try to fish some deeper docks to try
and get a redfish. The sheepshead are where it's at. You
have to take what's available. As long as you can bend
a rod for a customer, you're OK."
Capt. Matt Denham on Rip Tide charters out of
Holmes Beach has been doing well on gags and said he
expects it to continue through much of the winter.
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Gag me with a gag
T.S. Muldoon, Tom
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landed this 30-inch gag
grouper on board the
Legend with Capt. Sam
Kimball, who said he
was fishing in 45feet of
water. This is the time
of year to catch one of
the best-eating fish
around because they're
in a migratory pattern
that brings them close
to shore, he said.
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love seat
$399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129; futons
(sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress $199;
daybed (white with brass finials) including two mattresses
and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call 753-7118.
DINING TABLE oval, solid, pine top, antique-white
frame and legs. Two leaves, six chairs, $1,900.
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT for sale. All Macintosh
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LARGE WOOD BAKER'S cabinet. Holds full-size
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$600. 921-6654 or 778-1381.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
J/22 SAILING BOAT with cabin, 1983. 22.5 feet, fixed
keel, four-foot draft. Great for racing or day sailing. Very
good condition. 3hp outboard motor, newer sails, many
extras. $11,000. Call 778-0608 or 725-1895.
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NEWLY REFURBISHED 1996, this charming and
immaculate home includes 2BR/2BA and almost
1,200 sq. ft. living area. Open plan features spacious
living room and dining area plus Florida room. Attrac-
tive 19 by 24 ft. deck and 12 by 12 ft. patio comprise
back yard to enjoy outdoor entertaining and lovely
tropical foliage provides privacy. Located a few steps
to public tennis courts and few more steps to choice
beach! Call TODAY for appointment won't last long
priced at $229,900. Turnkey furnished!
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MARIE LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
REAL ESTATE SALES AND RENTALS
ISLAND AND MAINLAND PROPERTIES
11 new rental properties
Available weekly and monthly
Many openings for this winter season
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER IS NOW THE ISLANDER!
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
723 Key Royale Dr. North Point Harbour.
Incredible panoramic view of Tampa Bay and
Skyway Bridge. 128 ft. of seawalled Bayfront
beauty. 3 bedrooms (two master suites) and 3.5
baths. Gourmet kitchen, dock and boat lift.
720 Key Royale Dr. North Point Harbour.
Under construction. 5BR/3.5BA, formal dining
room, library, elevator, deep-water seawalled
canal access to Tampa Bay. January occu-
201 Spring Ave., Anna Maria $125,000.
808 North Shore Dr., Gulfview. $300,000.
REAL ESTATE, INC.
REAL ESTATE, INC.
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Gloria Schorpp Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
4BR/4BA contemporary Island home. Tropical set-
ting with lush landscaping. Three decks, cathedral
ceilings, wet bar, wood floors, custom carpeting, boat
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey furnished condo. Gor-
geous Gulfview, beautiful beach, heated pool, excellent
rental income. $475,000.
3BR/2BA furnished home on sailboat water with di-
rect access to Tampa Bay. Split plan, two-car garage,
caged pool, nicely landscaped. $ 419,900.
4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of
Gulf Drive in historic Anna Maria City. Large lot,
great rental. $589,000.
SEASIDE GARDENS PRIVATE DOCK
1 BR/1 BA turnkey furnished villa with your own private
dock. Very nice water view, central location, convenient
to everything. Covered parking. $142,500.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Mariijeren
ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS
Were you satisfied with your seasonal rental income?
We will be glad to give you a rental income projection
on your property, just call us at 1-800-732-6434.
7104 MARINA DRIVE
3BR/2BA house, pool. $2,000 mo.
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
NEW LISTING 6812 Palm Drive
1BR/1BA duplex, garage $600 mo.
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
MS S Coast
REAL ESTATE, INC.
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
CANALFRONT. This inviting 3BR/3BA Island
hideaway is situated on a natural mangrove canal.
Deep lot with fruit trees, room for a pool. Priced at
$339,000. Call Marion Ragni 761-1451 eves.
PRICE REDUCTION CANALFRONT. Impec-
cable 2BR/2BA home with vaulted ceilings, spa-
cious open plan, dream kitchen, seawalled lot with
dock and boat lift. Reduced to $379,900. DIAL
THE DUNCANS! Judy or Marion 778-1589 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Mit uns koennen Sie deutsch reden
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK MLS J i
Ann (Harmon) Caron
LIC. Real Estate Broker
Accredited Residential Manager
12 years of Anna Maria
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941 778-6849 800 778-9599
Fax: 941 779-1750
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NEED A PLACE to park your boat and/or trailer?
Private ramp, wash down area. Long/short term.
Capt. John's, 792-2620.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT position in local real
estate office. Real estate license required. Send re-
sume to P.O. Box 814, Anna Maria, FL 34216.
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.
NEED DISHWASHERS. Top pay and benefits. Ap-
ply in person at OOH LA LA, 5406 Marina Drive,
MAN FRIDAY NEEDED. Mechanically handy, gen-
eral knowledge of grounds care and odd jobs around
rental properties. Must be in good health, dependable
and honest. CallT.,H, qole 779-1213 for an interview.
PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPER for Island Maintenance
Co. Must be reliable, dependable, trustworthy and able
to work weekends. Call 713-1723 or 778-5419.
Reach Richard at 1-800-865-0800
or Log Onto ReachRichard.com
For a Real Estate Adventure!
CARETAKER for elderly gentleman three days a
week on Longboat Key. References. 383-5045.
CASHIERS full-time or part-time, 1:30pm-11:00pm.
Deli help full-time or part-time, 5am-3pm. Good pay,
employee discounts, health insurance available.
Apply in person at Jessie's Island Store, E.O.E.,
5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
COOKS/PREP PERSON needed Hurricane Hanks,
5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-5788.
DAY HOSTESS and day/night dishwashers needed.
Apply in person at Ooh La La! or call Chef Damon
778-5320. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TWO SIDES OF NATURE, Anna Maria Island's larg-
est little beach shops has immediate part-time retail
sales positions available. Great pay and great fun.
Flexible hours, weekends 9am-5pm and possible
weekdays. Evening shift also available, Thursday-
Sunday, 5pm-9pm. Apply in person at the Bayview
Plaza location. Two Sides of Nature, 100 S. Bay
Blvd. Unit A-1, Anna Maria.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT position in local real
estate office. Real estate license required. Send re-
sume to P.O. Box 814, Anna Maria FL 34216.
BARBERS, HAIRDRESSERS, MANICURISTS,
good deal, part-time or full-time, flexible. Two loca-
tions on Cortez Road, excellent opportunity, busy
areas, make a move. Call Danny, 761-8135.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
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Enjoy the gorgeous view from this 3BR Flamingo
Cay pool home. Call Gayle Schulz for details,
in I REALTORS
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
ISLAND TRIPLEX. Located on the north tip of the Island
on 2 1/2 lots, this triplex offers three spacious apartments
and a three-car garage. Excellent opportunity. $325,000.
Call Dave Moynihan at 778-2246 or 778-7976 eves.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT. Direct bayfront condo with
fabulous views of bay. Heated pool, spa, covered parking
and elevator! $ 279,500. Call Dave Moynihan at 778-2246
or 778-7976 eves.
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
941 778-2246 800 211-2323
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH
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LOOKING FOR cheerful morning person for our new
Continental breakfast buffet. Light cooking skills
needed. $8/hour, plus tips. Call Tradewinds Resort,
THE CITY PIER RESTAURANT. All positions. Apply
101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 2pm-6pm daily or call
NEEDED PART-TIME maintenance man. Small re-
sort. Call 778-7153.
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
P F REALTOR.
26 Years of Professional Service
1800 WILDWOOD 3BR/2BA, stunning courtyard. $117,900.
PINEBROOK DORAL MODEL 29R/2BA, golf course.
TARA 3BR/2BA, pool, large, open. Country Club. $289,000.
CANALFRONT/POOL 3BR/2.5BA, beautiful, spacious. $354,900.
NEW LISTING 2BR/2BA, sparking, attractive, garage. $174,900.
STYLING SALON 8 stations, established over 35 years. $39,000.
HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET 2,700 sq.ft.. three stores, 150 ft.
to bay. Be part of tourist related redevelopment. BUY NOW!
GULFVIEW LOT- 100 by 90 ft., zoned C-2. $150,000.
WALGREENS Triple net, AAA, good CAP. $2,700,000.
VACATION AND 2001 SEASONAL AVAILABLE
GULFFRONT CONDOS, HOMES, APARTMENTS
OUR LISTING DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
SHORELANDS 3BR/2BA home in family neighborhood. Great location
for schools and beaches. No flood insurance required. Home warranty.
Reduced to $118,000. Piroska Kallay 778-2261. MLS#46293
Call Piroska Kallay at 778-2261
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, INC.
After hours 778-3778
Fax: 778-7944 (800) 422-6325
3614 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
an independently own= J and operated member of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation
LAKE LA VISTA YACHT BASIN
Expansive water views
SDirect access to Tampa Bay
One block to City Pier
Offered at $275,000
OF ANNA MARIA .
778-0455 C .
9906 Gulf Drive ,,
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HUSBAND FOR A DAY handyman services. Twenty
five years experience. Free Estimates. Licensed and
WALL & CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able over 20 years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell
JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES handyman. Free estimates!
Carpentry, roofing, masonry, repairs and pressure
washing. Call Jack at 721-1958.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 778-1022.
QUALITY CARPENTRY and repairs. Call 795-1947.
SCREENS, WINDOWS AND REPAIR. Board-ups
and hurricane panels. Call Greg Gettinger Glass,
725-1257 or 736-5718.
CLEAN WINDOWS Wouldn't that be nice? I'll make
your glass gleam! Local, licensed, insured. 725-0399.
ALOHA SNOWBIRDS Island Pressure Cleaning's
thorough washdown removes mildew, dirt and
summer's salt from your winter residence, decks and
HANDY ANTHONY" Jack of Most Trades! 20-year
Island resident. Painting, masonry, plumbing/electri-
cal repairs. Installation of floors, windows, cabinets.
NEED A NEW FENCE? We do all kinds, vinyl and
wood, at reasonable prices. Please call for your free
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR. Lawnmowers, weed
eaters, mopeds, scooters, etc. Call Dave, 778-
4728 after 2pm.
WOODEN DECKS, wooden docks, swimming pool
decks, pebble stones, concrete, paver stones. We
pressure wash and seal it all. Thirty-five-years local
experience. Deck and Docks 761-1681.
CONDO CARE, Peace of mind for only $40 per
month. Weekly inspection of your property insured.
Home Watch $50 and up. References 792-9176.
COMPANION, friend, helper. Retired, reliable, mar-
ried, 50 plus. Activities, errands, shopping, household
misc.. Need someone? Call me 778-2464.
JIM'S VIDEO AND COMPUTER SERVICES, wed-
dings, real estate and more. Editing, titles, effects.
Call 778-5057 leave message. jvideo2001 @aol.com.
CLEANING GAL residential weekly, bi-weekly. Expe-
rienced, professional, attention paid to detail. 795-
2720. Local references available.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
PSYCHIC BY THE BEACH every Sunday 12pm-
5pm. Bradenton Beach Hair Salon. 109 Seventh St.
N. Alexandra 794-1928, email@example.com.
AVON CALLING ANEW, cosmetics, gifts, Skin-So-
Soft products, etc. Call Alison, 383-6201. All mes-
sages get a prompt response.
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
Don't leave the Island
without us. Mail order:
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RENT ME... I'M ON THE GULF!
Available January and February 2001, a sea
odyssey at 849 North Shore Drive. 3BR/2BA, loaded
with all the amenities and outstanding! Rent by the
month, or can be rented by the week in January 2001.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941)778-1222
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
SPACOUS ISLANDD HOHE
This newly listed 4BR/2BA home features a free
flowing open floor plan complimented by cool ceramic
tiled floors. Enjoy the quiet north Holmes Beach
neighborhood and stroll to a fabulous walking beach.
The lushly landscaped lot features a mature Canary
Island date palm and orchid tree. What a great buy at
only $245,000. Zoned R2.
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
piJI4~jggYOmUR SO~URCE FR TH
NO BRIDGE TRAFFIC. Here is your
chance to own a little over an acre of land
on Jewfish Key, a private island in
Sarasota Bay that is accessible by boat
only. Great bay view from one of 13
parcels on this 26 acre island. Water,
septic and electric at site. Community
dock, sandy beaches. $225,000. IB45752.
EXCELLENT INVESTMENT. Afford-
able Gulffront complex with excellent
rental history. Quiet location, comfort-
able turnkey furnished. Ideal investment
for all beginning or seasoned investors.
KEY WEST STYLE. Views of the bay
and Skyway from this turnkey furnished
3BR/2.5BA home in Anna Maria. Open
atmosphere with vaulted ceilings. Pool,
skylights and deck. $369,900. IB25505.
ENTERTAIN. Around the wonderful
caged and heated pool area. Tastefully
turnkey furnished 2-3BR/2BA Key
Royale home. Dock and davits just add
to the amenities. $399,000. IB70783.
VILLAGE GREEN POOL HOME.
S Exceptional 2BR/2BA, in lush tropi-
cal setting. $145,900. IB70328.
S ALL MY LISTINGS HAVE
TOPSEUING AGENT-OCOBER SOLD! PLEASE CALL ME TO
LIST YOUR HOME.
Looking for yourself or friends up north? Due to cancellations,
we have a few choice seasonal rentals available. Call Bob Lohse
778-0766 to discuss your needs.
5350 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
(941) 778-0766 (877) 924-9001
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealtv.com
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Mike Norman Realty
Wedebrock Real Estate Company
3224 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665 Toll Free: 1-800-749-6665
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S .Sandy'S Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lan Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Serie We Monitor Irrigation Systems
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Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
l..- Replacement Doors and Windows
ill Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Water Damaged Drywall Hand & Spray Texture
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20-years experience
= Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141 C'
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Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
A TO Z INTERIOR FINISHING
Painting Kenny Smith
Custom Finishes John Kreiter
Trim Installation 941-730-6422
Door Hanging j' Free Estimates
Cabinet Installation 50-Years Total
Ceramic Tiling Experience
Light Remodeling State Registered
AWARD WINNER #1
Best Pest Control
in Manatee County!
Full service exterior and interior
Owned and operated by
Island resident Erny Keller
State Certified/Licensed and Insured
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CALL US FOR
A FREE ESTIMATE
Island 778-1337 or 778-1913
PEST CONTROL, INC.
SERVING THE ISLANDS 20 YEARS
S- A N -A E L-SI--EDS
LANAD ADNCotne: RNASCotne
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
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.
STRAIGHT SHOT Landscape Service. Installations,
koi ponds, clean-ups and hauling. Shell delivered and
installed as low as $26.50 per yard. 727-5066.
DEPENDABLE LAWN CARE, reasonable rates, free
estimates, sprinkler repairs, hauling, mowing, etc.
Call Jason 761-4547.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 34-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIES PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying
backflow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-
3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
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.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Contractor. New homes, ad-
ditions designs and plans. Free estimates, time and
materials or contract. Lic. #0060450. Call 795-1947.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more by
Hunter Douglas and other major manufacturers. Life-
time warranty. Call Island resident Keith Barnett for
a free in-home consultation. Many Island references,
15 years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
QUALITY Carpentry work. Call 795-1947.
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, ex-
terior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have sawmill,
will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master carpenter.
WOODEN DECKS, wooden docks, swimming pool
decks, pebble stones, concrete, paver stones. We
pressure wash and seal it all. Thirty five years local
experience. Deck and Docks 761-1681.
WATERFRONT COTTAGE with dock. Turnkey fur-
nished, beautiful view, breezy quiet area. No pets/
smoking. Priced from $700 month, $350 week. 941-
BEACH RENTALS: Private beach, walk to every-
thing, new kitchens. Bikes, grills, chairs. $375 to $675
week, $995 to $1,950 month. Phone 778-4523 or 1-
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $450 per week. Fall and winter dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
SEASONAL RENTALS 2BR/2BA furnished on canal.
401 28th St., Holmes Beach. $2800, January 2001
3BR/2BA Jan., Feb., March. #21 North Beach Village.
$2,800 per month. Excalibur Realty, Inc. 792-5566.
PANORAMIC VIEW of three bridges from every room.
1 and 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, ground floor, small
quiet complex. No smoking/pets. Steps to beach. Avail-
able now thru Dec. and season. 778-7107.
FALL ACCOMMODATIONS SPECIAL. Efficiency
(cooking) units. One person $200/week; Two people
$250/week. $25 deposit. Larger units available. Ends
Dec. 15. Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive. 778-5405.
AUTUMN SPECIAL 1BR/2BA fully equipped apart-
ment, steps to beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets wel-
come. $298/week, $998/month. 778-1098.
PET FRIENDLY furnished 1 BR across from the Gulf
beach. Available starting in March. Wheelchair ac-
cessible. 778-2940, fax 778-3152.
BAYFRONT COTTAGE in Bradenton Beach. 2BR/
1 BA quiet alleyway. Great view. $1,300/month. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA. Fantastic view, large deck, washer/
dryer, utilities included. $1,500/month. One-room effi-
ciency, $800/month. Bradenton Beach, 778-7820.
CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR 2BR/2BA rental available due
to cancellation. Gulffront complex, condo, heated pool,
beach, lighted tennis courts, Jacuzzi. Call 794-8877.
Get It Together Inc
Need Organization? I can help!
Cheaper than therapy and a lot more tun.
Home Office Confidential
Edie Force, Major Organizer, 778-7916
R.S. Olson 3 Property
Real Este inc. Management
Sharone Y. Martinelli
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Stones throw to beach. Heated pool. Available until
Dec. 30. $500/week. Very Clean. 778-4368.
WALK TO BEACH. Seasonal Holmes Beach 1BR/
1BA duplex available December $1,000, January
$1,400 per month. Small pets OK. 778-0176.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA Martinque South
condo recently updated. Available January through
April, $3,200/month. Call Jeff Kenrick, 713-5478,
Marina Pointe Realty Co.
FURNISHED DUPLEX, Holmes Beach. 1BR/1BA
with lovely lanai and tropical yard near beach.
Ground level. Available December. $1,200/month.
ROOMMATE WANTED for January. Non-smoker
preferred. $525/month, plus utilities. Looking for pro-
fessional adult who is clean. You will have your own
bathroom and a carport. It is a house in the Holmes
Beach area. 778-3693.
ANNUAL RENTAL Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA bayside
pool, tennis, Gulf access, unfurnished. Old Florida
Realty Co., 778-3377.
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA, second floor, newly decorated
on Intracoastal with dock. Washer/dryer, dishwasher,
no smoking, pets on approval. All inclusive $2,300/
month. December-April. 778-0349 or 794-5980.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 1BR/1 BA one block to beach and
bay. Just renovated. $650/month, $650/deposit. 203
Second St. N., #1 and #4. 813-258-2411.
SEASONAL/ANNUAL Holmes Beach, 3BR/3BA
townhouse. Beautiful decor with pool, garage and all
amenities. Walk to beach and shops. 778-0167
SEASONAL RENTAL Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA,
completely furnished canalfront with 34-foot dock,
heated pool and Jacuzzi. Gorgeous landscaping. All
utilities included, plus pool and yard. $3,300/month.
778-3360 or (863)646-0305.
HOLMES BEACH new 2000, nicely furnished 2BR/
2BA steps to Deacn, Iibtdfy, food, shopping. $2,300-
$2,900 available now through April. 779-2168.
VACATION RENTAL 2BR/2BA available now. Short
walk to beach. north Holmes Beach location. 778-
BAYFRONT DUPLEX, 1BR/1BA, furnished seasonal
$1,000/month for December, $1,400/month for Janu-
ary. Annual unfurnished $625/month. 109 13th St.
South, Bradenton Beach. 322-2101.
ANNUAL RENTAL, beautiful 3BR/2BA, pool, unit
close to the beach, is nearing completion. Call Jeff
Kenrick, Marina Pointe Realty, 713-5478.
SEASONAL RENTALS available December through
April. 2BR/2BA canalfront home, or 2BR/2BA
Martinque South unit with great views. Call Jeff
Kenrick, Pointe Realty, 713-5478.
YEARLY 2BR/1 BA apartment, upstairs, waterfront,
no pets. $675/month. Call 761-7471.
HOLMES BEACH efficiency with large, screened lanai.
Close to beach. Furnished and clean. 778-5382.
ANNUAL RENTALS, spacious 2BR/1.5BA, utility
room, washer/dryer hoop-up. Carport, storage, $800/
month. Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA, storage, washer/
dryer hoop-up, $725/month. No pets. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
QUIET, responsible, working, Christian woman seek-
ing 1BR/1BA. Utilities, washer/dryer included. Late
December, annual lease. References. 778-0103 be-
fore 9am, after 7pm.
WATERFRONT APARTMENT 1BR/1BA, includes
water and cable. $750/month plus $375/security. Call
ROOMMATE WANTED to share half of duplex on
bay with 36-year old male, would prefer female, no
smokers and neat. $450/month plus half of utilities.
Available immediately. 778-3320.
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.
AVAILABLE NOW until January, also month of April.
2BR/1 BA, furnished, all utilities, cable included. 778-
BRAND NEW 2BR/1BA units west of Gulf Drive.
Available immediately. $950/month, includes water
and trash pick-up. island Vacation Properties. 778-
STEP BACK IN TIME Historic two-story 4BR/2BA
seasonal, furnished Anna Maria rental with wood
floors, ceiling fans and screened-in porch. Walk to
beach, restaurants, shops, theater and community
center. $3,000/month. (813)251-3105.
2BR/2BA UNITS IN 55-plus condos, available in
Bradenton. Unfurnished, near golf, tennis, pool. $800-
$900/month with annual lease. Call (941)778-2118.
APARTMENT FOR rent, 1BR/1BA completely fur-
nished, steps to beach. No pets. 108 77th St.,
Holmes Beach. Call 778-3267.
2BR/2BA across street from Gulf. New kitchen floors,
quiet, Anna Maria. Available January-June, minimum
three months, $2,500/month. 778-0162.
NORTH SORE DRIVE, Gulf side. 3BR/2BA cottage
available January and Feb. All conveniences,
WATERFRONT Duplex, Bradenton Beach on
Intracoastal. Docks, davits, walk to beach, 2BR/1 BA,
washer/dryer, storage $900/month annual, $1,100/
month seasonal with furniture and boat. (727)784-
3679 or (727)542-7020.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA directly on Gulf of Mexico, private
beach. Water, sewer, garbage included. $1,000/
month, assurity/security required. 792-2779.
ANNUAL NORTH END. washer/dryer hook-up,
vaulted ceilings, screened and tiled porch. One-half
block to beach. $750/month includes water and gar-
bage, small pet ok. 778-4837 or 704-8674.
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ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, washer/dryer
hook-up, fenced yard, covered parking $750/month.
First, last, security. 761-8821.
GULF-VIEW DUPLEX, small pets ok, 2BR/1 BA, fur-
nished, very clean, 10 steps to beach. $2,300/month.
BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT, Anna Maria. Annual 4BR/
3BA plus den, pool, two plus garage, boat, house and
lift. Fenced yard. $2,000/month. 778-1747.
SEASONAL PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA $2600/
month; Longboat 3BR/2BA house $2,600/month; El
Conquistador 2Br/2BA $1,800/month. Real' Estate
MARINER'S COVE, fabulous 3BR/2.5BA, furnished
bayfront apartment available 2/1/2000 for seasonal
or annual rental. Gated community with elevator,
heated pool, tennis, boat dock, park-like setting and
beautiful bay views. End unit with 2,150 sq ft., plus
porches. Call Dave Moynihan, Realtor.
ANNUAL RENTAL BR/1 BA screened lanai, laundry,
block to beach. $625/month, no pets, 779-1228.
2BR/2BA ELEVATED HOME, Holmes Beach, new
siding, paint and carpet. Large screened room with
hot tub. Large sundeck above three-car garage. 300
feet to beach. Much more. $235,000. 778-3456 by
SALE BY OWNER, Playa Encantada, 6006 Gulf
Drive, 2BR/2BA Gulfview, new construction, unfur-
nished, top floor, elevator. $340,000. 794-5236 for
PERICO BAY CLUB condo. 2BR/2BA, vaulted ceil-
ing, one story unit with attached garage. Private, rear
deck faces mangrove trees and bird sanctuary with
water views, $148,500. (941)795-8370.
BAYFRONT ESTATE, 2 houses and duplex. Newly
painted and re-roofed. Spectacular view, $825,000.
109 13th St: S., Bradenton Beach. Call 322-2101.
CANAL HOME no bridges, one block walk to beach.
1,410 sq. ft., one-car garage. $300,000. 226 Chilson,
Anna Maria, Thomas/Smith Associates. 813-220-1269.
260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5.,
$239,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell Banker,
WEST BAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/2BA, up-
dated unit with open water view, deeded boat dock
and carport. $285,000. Call Dick Maher or Dave
CORDOVA LAKES 3BR/2BA two-car garage.
Everything new inside. Cathedral ceilings $119,900.
Village Green custom villa, 3BR/2BA, two-car ga-
rage. Choose your brand new carpet. $145,000. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.
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BEAUTIFUL GULF BEACHES of Anna
Maria Island area steps from this quality con-
structed 4BR home with large pool, lush
landscaping and privacy. Large lot, open
floor plan, fireplace, patio and two-car ga-
rage. $319,000. MLS#70628
SUNRISES AND INTERCOASTAL/BAY
VIEWS! This two year old walled/gated 3BR/
2.5BA elevated Spanish style home
features foam block construction, maple
hardwood floors, solid oak staircase, carved solid
mahogany doors, solar heated pool and much
more! A must see! $895,000. MLS#45129
GULFVIEWS from this newly listed Waters
Edge condo! Turnkey furnished, heated
pool, tennis court and much more. Fabulous
rental property! $299,000. MLS#71219
UPDATED DUPLEX This 3BR/1BA and
1BR/1BA duplex had been upgraded on
both sides with new kitchens, remodeled
bathrooms and new carpet and tile. Another
bathroom could be added to the 3BR/1BA
unit for additional income. Common laundry
room and big yard make this a good invest-
ment. $219,000. MLS#70309
BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED ground level
home at the end of a canal with boat dock
with water and electric. This unique design
had nine-foot beam ceilings throughout, an
open split plan with 3BR/2BA. Bedroom
wings embrace an arbored courtyard.
OWN 8 RENTAL UNITS in one building,
two offices, five garage/storage units and
one apartment on main street in Anna
Maria. $294,500. MLS#40107
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
ELEGANT MANATEE RIVER ESTATE.
8,724 sq.ft. of exquisite luxury with Mediterra-
nean appeal. Manicured lawns and garden
descend to river, gazebo and dock.
$1,750,000. Don Lewis 746-3200. 45683
CHARMING HOME on sailboat water, no
bridges to bay. 2BR, large family room with
vaulted ceiling, tropical lanai with romantic
spa. Xeriscaped yard. $229,900. Bobbie
Banan 383-2659. 45057
THE VIEWS LOOKING towards Sarasota are
breathtaking. Elegant homes in guarded com-
munity on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the security,
solitude and beauty of Tidy Island. Excellent
value. Priced from $189,900. Bob and Penny
Hall 749-5981. 40998
A CREDIT TO ITS NEIGHBORHOOD. This
beautiful home has a fantastic flow with French
doors opening to large lanai and pool area with
panoramic view of lake and preserve. Open
plan for entertaining and amenities too numer-
ous to mention. $310,000. Dave Barker 792-
NESTLED UNDER OAKS. Well built and lovino'y
maintalneo 3a'1 home on comer lot. Quiet, estab-
lished neighborhood. $97,900. Ruth Lawler 856-
0396 or Cindy Greco 794-2714. 70194
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WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS
2BR/2BA updated unit with open water
view, deeded boat dock and carport.
$285,000. Call Dick Maher or Dave
GREAT INVESTMENT Priced to sell!
One block to beaches. One cottage,
plus a fourplex. Cottage has 2BR/1 BA,
each unit in fourplex has 1 BR/1 BA. All
annual tenants but could be seasonal.
$399,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800 or
GULF BEACH PLACE Spacious 2BR/
2BA modern unit. Quiet residential set-
ting, 50 steps to beach. Great rental.
Dave Vande Vrede 778-4388.
BEST BUY ON ISLAND Direct
Intracoastal and canal views from living
room, kitchen and bedroom of this new
3BR/2BA home. Boat lift, davits, and
hurricane strength tinted windows.
$399,000. Call Lynn Hostetler 778-
4800 for showing. MLS#71225
Island lot: Commercial or duplex zoning. Call Lynn Hostetler 720-5876. $149,900
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pants in the family?
5 Gulf war planes
10 Gets back (to)
15 Education grp.
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might get at work
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20 Where "A'da"
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24 Lighter offense?
25 Call out
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27 Cafe lightener
28 Clear dishes
30 Not smart
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32 Bank posting
34 Wallet items
35 Quite a few
39 Heading to the
41 1942 surrender site
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66 Bright, shining
68 Air conditioner
69 Prior to
70 Dietary figures, for
72 Toddlers' rides
73 Notepaper feature
75 Bashed, as a door
77 Wave carrier
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80 Marker's marker
82 Winter expense
84 Oscar winner for
92 Certain sorority
94 Like some oak
95 Like part of the
98 Premium channel
100 Sugar amis.
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103 Confucian concept
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107 Despot Amin
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114 Name in 2000
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29 "South Park" boy
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36 They're poked in
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50 Item in a tent
51 Plow pullers
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'Ooh,' 'Aah' and 'Hurrah' greet lighted boat parade
It was the biggest and best-ever lighted boat pa-
rade, according to this year's chairman Chuck
Stealey, also MC at the award ceremony the follow-
The Lighted Boat Parade organizers were so suc-
cessful this year in attracting more entries and
prize gift certificates that they expanded the cat-
Power boats were divided into three divisions,
30 feet and over, 21 to 29 feet and 20 feet and un-
der. There was also a commercial/business category
and a separate contest for sailboats.
New this year is a best-of-show winner, who was
judged separately from the categories immediately
after the parade. The winner, titled "God Bless
America," was then eliminated from its division for
any other prize.
The 24-foot pontoon boat owned by Merritt '
Fineout was decorated by the "500 Block of Key
Royale Group," including new U.S. citizens Jeff and
Brenda Turner hence the theme. It was
emblazoned with hundreds of red, white and blue
lights with "God Bless America" spelled out on the
boat sides and "I voted for Santa" on the rear.
The captains were all asked to describe their
boats as they collected their awards and then even
the non-winning captains were commended and col-
lected gift certificates.
First-year entrant Keith Kelly, who lives aboard 5P -
his 35-foot "Nauti Cal" at Galati Marine in Anna
Maria, brought the house down with his description:
"My boat was the one with 4,400 lights and two lit [B ''
Power Boats 20 feet and under ... L
First Place K. Guscott, "Solfan" i :
Second Place T. Thompson, "T.E.S.H."
Third Place D. Ueltschi, "Cricket"
Power Boats 21 to 29 feet ...
First Place Bill Saunders, "Dusky"
Second Place T. Miore, "Bonus Baby"
Third Place E. Mullaney, "Mecriki"
Power Boats 30 feet and over ...
First Place B. Wheeler, "Miss Barbara Ann"
Second Place Merritt Fineout, "A Fine Day"
Third Place O. Blake, "Business Too"
First Place Dr. Gy Yatros, "Off Shore Drill-
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K. Guscott took first place in the Power Boats 20feet and under division with his bigger-than-life Grinch
design. The animated Grinch lifted his hat to great applause from young and old alike.
Lighted boat parade captains, crews, family and friends were feted at the Beach
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach compliments of owner Ed Chiles the night
following the parade. The winning captains are pictured here.
Bill Saunders, Holmes Beach's assistant superintendent of public works, and his
crew collected adoring oohss "from the crowd as they toured by with a collection
of polar bears immediately followed by junior bears on ice floats.
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'I love doin' 'em'- Pyrotechnician Jim Taylor is as much like a kid with a new bike or a secret pack of firecrackers as there ever has been. He's jumping-
up-and-down happy whenever he has a chance to put on a fireworks display and everyone at Saturday night's show was just as pleased. Taylor shot off "2,200 some
rounds, he said. "My crew spent 17 hours the day before and worked straight through 24 hours before the show. He thanked all involved, and especially Jim Toomey
of Bayview Plaza for his "extraordinary generosity' in donating toward the cost. The night ended with a bang and an added pleasure for Taylor, as a friend who knew
he has a notably license presented him with a couple from the crowd whose notary hadn 't shown up for their "big event. He pronounced "Cat and Doug" man and
wife and promptly set off a "fireball" to celebrate the occasion. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
Arrgh! Arrgh! Arrgh!
They've a ship
bursting .. ._ .
The Anna Maria Island Priva- V
teers ship's hold is bulging
'All I want /"
with Christmas presents as they '
journey southward toward
Coquina Beach in the Dec. 2 i IV ..
parade. Islander Pho0to.
'All I want
nis my two.
Yo Ho Ho! and toys, toys, toys!
Anna and Rose Carr of England get gifts from a
Privateer aboard the ship while dozens of children wait in line or enjoy hot
dogs and sodas at the pavilion. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
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101 South Bay Blvd. #A5 in the beautiful Bayview Plaza Anna Maria
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Dec. 8 1-7 pm *15% off purchases over $50.
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i ** 4 blocks east of the Cortez Bridge (941)795-5756
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Music Boxes Collectible Dolls Nautical Gifts
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Gift & CUristmnas Shoppe
Anna Maria Island Shopping Centre
between Crowder Bros. Hardware & Walgreens
3324 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 778-4665
Open Mon-Wed 9am-7pm Thurs-Sat 9am-8pm Sun 10am-4pm
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Don't let time run out
Every cent counts from now to the end of the year!
$25,000 Lesteiscknr Challenge
Please make your contribution to the .nna Maria island Community Center Endowment Trust today.
Every dollar contributed from now until the ,d o 2000 up to $25,0000 will be be generously
matched by Holmes Beach residents Chares and JoAnn Lester and an estate gift.
SYES, COUNT ME IN!
Q Amount$ ____
i I would like my gift in honor of:
U Please bill me for my pledge amount.
Please make checks payable to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center and
mail your matching-fund contribution to
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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Don't let time run out for the hundreds
of kids that rely on the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Hurry ... make your contribution today to:
Anna Maria Island Community Center,
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
The Endowment Fund Challenge is sponsored by The Islander in partnership with the Lesters.
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