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case headed for
By Laurie Krosney
The investigation into charges that
the mayor and an Anna Maria com-
missioner violated the Florida Sun-
shine Law is headed for the state
Manatee County Sheriff's Detec-
tive Roscoe Rozamus was expecting
to conduct interviews in Anna Maria
"I expect to have my end of things
wrapped up by Dec. 15. Then I'll pass it
on to the state attorney," Rozamus said.
He added that he hasn't decided
yet whether or not he will recommend
charges be filed. "In any case," he
said, the final determination is up to
Rozamus said the state attorney's
office may do some additional investi-
Sgating, or it may make its decision based
on what's already been done.
The investigation began as a result
of complaints filed Nov. 12 by Commis-
sioner Jay Hill and resident Edward
Rost of Pine Avenue.
Both Rost and Hill charge that
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and Com-
missioner Bob Barlow violated the
Sunshine Law when they allegedly
discussed the possibility of remodel-
ing city hall.
Dennis Hendrickson of Gladiolus
Street and Carol Ann Magill of Spring
Avenue also filed complaints.
Hendrickson went to Bradenton to
SEE SHERIFF, NEXT PAGE
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Ringing in the spirit of giving
In Weldon Frost's 11 years as a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army, he
says he's heard a lot of heart-warming stories about how the organization has
helped people. Dec. 8 he could be found ringing the bell at the Holmes Beach
Publix. Frost is from Longboat Key. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
no. 5, Dec. 13, 2000 FREE
By David Futch
A $9.5 million beach renourishment
project scheduled to start in February
has been delayed six months because
county officials are waiting for the right
time to go to bid on the project.
Charlie Hunsicker, ecosystems ad-
ministrator for Manatee County, said
Sarasota recently went out to bid on a
Lido Key renourishment project and re-
ceived only one bid.
That prompted Manatee County to
wait until at least June or July before
testing the waters on Anna Maria
Island's 5.19-mile beach renourishment
project, he said.
"The Lido Key incident is an indi-
cation that the major companies
around the United States who are large
enough to successfully complete a
project of this magnitude are fully en-
gaged in working renourishment
projects along the east coast of the
United States," Hunsicker said. "So
much so, that it is our belief they
would be unable to mobilize to start
our project in February."
Under that assumption, Hunsicker
said that by waiting the competitive bid
climate will be such that the county
should get the lowest possible price for
the best quality project.
The renourished beach is expected
to last eight or nine years before another
renourishment is needed, he said.
Renourishment will be an ongoing
SEE BEACH, NEXT PAGE
Wolfe cites animosity, hatred
in decision not to run
By Laurie Krosney
Citing a negative climate on the Anna Maria City
Commission, Doug Wolfe announced he would not
"I have served my city for 12 years and I think I
have done a good job, but the animosity, the hatred, the
distrust up there on the commission are not worth be-
ing there any more.
"Since they took office, Commissioners Jay Hill
and Tom Skoloda have done anything they could to
drag the city into a mire of distrust and paranoia," said
The commissioner went on to say that Hill and
Skoloda "are followed by a pack of about 15 naysayers
who will do anything they can to disrupt the commis-
sion meetings and the running of the city government."
Wolfe said Hill and Skoloda "are doing a grave
disservice to the people who elected them.
"Their fiscal knowledge will lead the city to bank-
Wolfe said he decided he just couldn't continue to
serve when worries about his city began to awaken
him at 3 a.m.
"It seems like abuse to me up there on the commis-
sion, and the impact on me impacts my wife," Wolfe
An emotional Wolfe said the decision not to run
was difficult, because he has really enjoyed serving his
He added that he might run for mayor in 2002.
Qualifying for the two seats opened Monday and
will close at noon Dec. 22.
For more information on the election, see inside.
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Bethlehem Walk again
Roser feature Saturday
The fifth annual Bethlehem Walk, recounting
the Holy Night of Christianity, will start at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 247 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
A variety of live animals will accompany
the Island's walkers as they "experience the
mystery and joy of the most Holy Night when
Mary and Joseph went in search of lodging,"
said the church's Edna Sinnott.
Participants should come in their own bib-
lical costumes or select them early from a lim-
ited supply at the church, she said. The event is
open to the public.
Everyone will then join at "the stable" to
hear the Christmas story.
Details may be obtained at 778-0414.
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Beach renourishment pending
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
project until 2050, Hunsicker said.
The Bradenton Beach-to-Holmes Beach segment
of the project is 4.6 miles long, while the Anna Maria
segment is 2,970 feet.
Another problem with the project has been solved.
Developers who wanted Bradenton Beach to va-
cate 17th Street North in Bradenton Beach so they
could build a gated condominium were told they
couldn't do it because 17th Street North is required for
parking to give people access to beaches paid for by the
The developers have agreed to provide a parking
area within the boundaries of their property facing Gulf
Drive, but the approval of the project is pending.
In Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, the beach access
points and parking spaces available are sufficient to meet
the criteria for state and federal funding for renourishment.
The Anna Maria segment is being renourished with
state and local funds.
The sand will come from a borrow area that is rect-
angular. It lies between 1,500 and 7,000 feet offshore
of the Sandbar Restaurant and is four miles across,
There is a smaller area on the shoals north of
Sheriff's deputy wrapping up Sunshine Law investigation
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to file his com-
plaint; Magill filed hers at the sheriff's substation at
Anna Maria City Hall.
Magill said, "I just said please look into this. I
mean, if the city attorney said there was a violation,
then this should be looked into."
Detective Rozamus said complaints filed subse-
quent to the original would be treated as supple-
ments to the affidavit filed by Hill and Rost.
Barlow and Deffenbaugh maintain the only con-
Longboat Pass, he said. Both sites are in areas of high
shoaling, which is favorable for its beach-quality sand
and a very low silt content.
"It's not white sand, but it's sand without a lot of
silt," Hunsicker said. "Our test drillings show that this
is some of the best sand on the west coast and there is
an abundant amount one we can go to for the 60-
year life of the project."
The last renourishment took place from December
1992 to March 1993 and "washed away a little quicker
than anticipated because of a severe storm.
"So, we're back again seven years later instead of
10," Hunsicker said.
tact they had about the remodeling was when the
mayor asked Barlow to look into the possibility of
remodeling city hall. They maintain it was merely a
request and no discussion was held regarding how to
remodel the offices or how much money could be
They say the request was made in the city clerk's
office with city employees present and where the
public and other commissioners are free to come and
Florida's Sunshine Law states that elected offi-
cials can't privately discuss what may later require
The complaint alleges that during the Nov. 9 city
commission meeting, Barlow admitted he had a pri-
vate conversation with Deffenbaugh outside a pub-
Deffenbaugh did not attend the Nov. 9 meeting.
MCSO deputies seized the tape of the Nov. 9
meeting on Nov. 12.
If the state attorney decides to pursue the case,
both Deffenbaugh and Barlow will have to hire at-
torneys at their own expense.
If found guilty, they could face fines of up to
$500 and up to six months in jail.
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Sworn into office in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach City Commissioners Dawn Baker, left, and John Chappie were sworn back into office Monday by
Deputy City Clerk Nora Idso. Baker and Chappie were unopposed in their re-election bids Nov. 7 and officially
resumed office during a brief ceremony. In other city commission news, Commissioner Bill Arnold was selected as
the city's vice mayor during a special meeting Tuesday morning. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
Qualifying begins for Anna Maria election
Qualifying for the Anna Maria City Commission
election began Dec. 12 and will continue to noon Dec. 22.
The election will be held Feb. 13, 2001.
People wanting to run for city commission must
meet certain requirements: They have to be at least 18
years old, have lived in the city of Anna Maria for at
least six months and be a registered voter.
Two commission seats are up for election. The
terms of Bob Barlow and Doug Wolfe are expiring.
Both Barlow and Wolfe said they are not seeking
Qualifying papers are available at Anna Maria City
Hall, but they will have to be turned in at the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections Office at 305 15th St.
W. in Bradenton.
City Clerk Alice Baird, citing an overwhelming
workload, received permission from the city to have the
county handle the election qualifying at no additional
cost to the city.
The county will bill Anna Maria for the cost of the
election itself. Assistant Supervisor of Elections Nancy
Bignell said her office hasn't calculated the actual cost
THE ISLANDER DEC. 13, 2000 U PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Dec. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
P&Z board recommendation to deny two variance re-
quests, appointments to a committee to study adminis-
trative policy, request to ban parking on Coconut Av-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Dec. 13, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Dec. 13, 5:01 p.m., city commission special meeting on
continuation of public hearings for Bradenton Beach
Club development, including street vacation request at
17th Street N.
Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Dec. 19, 5 p.m., continuation of street vacation public
hearing for Bridge Street and Second Street South, re-
quested by GPS-Noriega.
Dec. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 14, 1 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Holmes Beach City Hall.
SPECIAL NOTE: Qualifying for two Anna Maria City
Commission seats continues until noon Dec. 22.
yet, but the city will pay for the cost of poll workers,
printing ballots and legal advertising.
City Clerk Alice Baird said the February 2000
election cost the city a little more than $2,800.
People who want to vote in the Feb. 13 city com-
mission election have until Jan. 16 to register.
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Traffic light will replace three-way stop in Holmes Beach
By Ann McGrath
Finally the long-awaited traffic light will be in-
stalled at Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Construction will start Jan. 4 and take 45 days to
complete at a cost of $101,431.63, according to Project
Engineer Jill Henshaw-Guadagno of the Florida De-
partment of Transportation. PDG Electric is the con-
During construction, the intersection will remain
open to traffic, said Henshaw-Guadagno.
The signal will be mounted on a mast-arm solid
pole which will extend half-way across the intersection.
The project will include a pedestrian crosswalk and
a concrete traffic island.
The light was approved by Holmes Beach city com-
missioners last year after considering three options a
traffic light, a roundabout or leaving the intersection as is.
In addition to the DOT's recommendation for a light, com-
missioners sought an opinion from a Manatee County traf-
fic engineer, who concurred with the DOT.
The DOT recommendation was the result of a
study of traffic volumes, turning patterns and accidents
and the resulting economic loss at the intersection dur-
ing January and February 1997.
According to the study, most vehicles going
through the intersection were southbound, turning east
from Gulf Drive onto Manatee Avenue, and north-
bound, turning right through the current yield from
Manatee Avenue onto Gulf Drive.
There were 16 collisions in the intersection from
January 1994 to December 1996. Eight were angle
collisions, seven were front-to-rear collisions and one
was a single-ehicle collision. The economic loss was
$352,000, or $117,333 annually, based on an average
Traffic signal to clarify stop-or-go situation
Construction of a traffic signal is set to begin Jan. 4 at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue
(State Road 64) and will be completed by mid-February 2001. The signal will be a welcome addition to some
who say the three-way stop currently in operation causes confusion. Presently, traffic traveling south on Gulf
Drive has the right of way, while traffic traveling north, east, and west have stop signs, and traffic northbound
from Manatee Avenue onto Gulf Drive must yield. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
of $22,000 per collision.
After hearing the engineer's recommendation, Po-
lice Chief Jay Romine said he also favored a light at the
intersection. Drivers, especially visitors, are confused
about who has the right of way "and it takes only one
person to be confused to cause a problem," Romine
Deborah L. Snyder, traffic operations engineer for
DOT, said the cycling can be controlled to keep the two
main traffic lanes flowing smoothly. She said DOT will
cycle the light at the city's direction and that pedestri-
ans will be able to trip the light.
In the event of a traffic disaster, or a sudden storm
that causes hundreds of beachgoers to flee the beach at
one time, police will be able to go to the intersection
and manually control the light, Snyder said.
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Innovative, alternative solutions sought to solve traffic woes
By Paul Roat
Traffic on the Island is bad and will only get worse.
Regional transportation planners have estimated
that to meet the demands of motorists in the year 2025,
Gulf Drive should be a four-lane road.
However, to accomplish that feat would require ac-
quiring additional land for the road. With houses abutting
Gulf Drive, that means buying the homes. One estimate
- perhaps tongue-in-cheek calls for right of way ac-
quisition costs of more than $2 billion for four-laning Gulf
Drive from Manatee Avenue to Cortez Road.
So with cost constraints, transportation planners
are looking for innovative methods to accommodate all
those cars. Or, perhaps, cut down on the number of cars
on the Island.
A trolley bus service is apparently in the works for
the Island that should reduce the number of cars trav-
eling back and forth on Gulf Drive. The trolleys may
be rolling by 2002.
But trolleys will only work if there's a place to park
your car. Parking is at least as much of a problem on
the Island as traffic. Not for residents, but for visitors
- Coquina Beach, with its mile-long stretch of park-
ing lot, has been closed several times this year because
there was no way to shoe-horn another car into the lot.
So transportation planners are trying to come up with
a means to keep cars off the Island as much as possible.
That's where the park-n-ride system comes in.
George Mendez is a Bradenton Beach resident and
the commuter assistance coordinator for the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. He
spoke to the Bradenton Beach City Commission last
week about the proposal.
"Park-n-ride lots are parking lots located where
people can park their cars and take transit for the rest
of their commute," Mendez said. "They are also park-
ing lots where people can park their cars and carpool."
A total of 15 sites have been selected in Manatee,
Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties that would
serve as park-and-ride lots through a study conducted
by the MPO. Of interest to Islanders are lots at Cortez
Road and 75th Street and Manatee Avenue and 75th
Street. The existing Paradise Bay Plaza and Beachway
Plaza sites would be enhanced with trash receptacles
and perhaps landscaping to accommodate all the new
The hope, Mendez said, is that people will drive to
the lot, hop on a trolley or bus, and then go to the beach.
Florida Department of Transportation officials are
expected to develop the top five sites within the next
five years, and the others are time and money permit.
Mendez said that in Pensacola, Fla., a trolley featur-
ing a trailer is used to ferry people to and from the beach.
People put their coolers, chairs and other beach parapher-
nalia in the trailer, jump on the trolley, and go to the beach.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole appeared en-
thusiastic but cautious about the proposal.
"There were 25,000 people at Coquina Beach last
Easter," Cole said. "I think a trolley, if done right, and if
people make an effort to make it work, will alleviate the
beach parking problem. But it will take an effort."
Sarasota County made that effort several years ago,
but beachgoers apparently did not. Park-n-ride lots
were established on the mainland and hourly bus ser-
vice was provided free on weekends for
beachgoers to Siesta Public Beach, one of the busiest
stretches of sand in the region.
The service was in place for about three years be-
fore being discontinued for lack of ridership. On one
Sunday during February, the bus only carried two pas-
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board to recommend land use
policies to the City Commission
and to conduct reviews required
by the Land Development Code
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at Holmes Beach" at the Dec. 5 city commission meeting. The proposed nine-unit residential structure will
be located on Sixth Avenue between 38th and 39th streets behind Publix. The project will come up for a
vote at the Jan. 9 meeting. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
PAGE 6 E DEC. 13, 2000 E THE ISLANDER
Slow speed ahead
for Bradenton Beach, please
There are a pair of pending issues before commis-
sioners in Bradenton Beach that will have repercus-
sions throughout the city for years to come.
It's the dreaded request for vacation of public prop-
erty for private interests.
Street vacations, in other words.
A bayside developer is asking for approval to va-
cate most of 17th Street North for an upscale condo-
minium project. Projected benefits to the city include
a small fortune in permit fees and tax revenue from the
$20 million project.
The threat to the city is that a Holiday Inn will fol-
low if this developer doesn't get his wishes.
Commissioners have delayed a hearing on the project
because of the resulting reduction in public parking -
parking required by the upcoming beach renourishment.
The other project involves two beach ends at Bridge
Street and Second Street South. There's no formal request
yet, since it's been continued each time it's come up.
However, it would appear from comments made
that the developer is looking to maintain the street-ends
as right of way, but vacate the street-ends to allow cir-
cumventing setback requirements.
Each project has merit.
For these vacation requests, commissioners can
vote as they please or follow the pleas of citizens.
We aren't going to say whether the projects are
right or wrong for Bradenton Beach. We aren't even
going to go into the general philosophy of city moth-
ers and fathers having some idea of what they were
doing when they came up with all those streets, be they
paper, asphalt or shell.
But we are urging caution and a slow approach to
any street vacation proposals. These streets have been
on the record for almost 50 years.
In Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, elections have
been won based on who would hold the line on vacat-
ing city property and changing existing zoning.
Developer-driven requests for speedy decisions to
the contrary, some deliberation beyond the norm is due
in any matter that is pretty much giving/swapping pub-
lic property for private gain.
Citizen attendance at the street vacation hearings
has been high, indicating there is more than passing
interest in these matters. We urge the city to give
people a chance to speak and contemplate their sugges-
tions in a statesmanlike manner.
Make sure the gain is worth the loss. And, remem-
ber, you're giving away your children's inheritance.
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ful service of thanks. An offering was taken and will be
given to the Manatee County Food Bank. This organiza-
tion provides many Island people with Meals on Wheels.
Karen Pendergast, one of this year's Hutchinson
Scholarship winners, reviewed her program at Mana-
tee Community College and her goals and extended her
appreciation to the congregation. Pamela Taylor, an-
other recipient, attends Toccoa Falls College in Geor-
gia and was unable to attend.
Islanders wanting to support the organization's
programs should send their checks to All Island De-
nominations, P.O. Box 305, Anna Maria FL 34216, and
designate it for either scholarship or general revenue.
Robert Meylan, president, All Islands Denominations
Good 01' Boy operation?
The 11 bridges from Anna Maria south are being
managed differently from those to the north and around
the state of Florida.
A Good 01' Boy operation is resulting in an in-
creasing number of unnecessary openings. Power boat-
ers are being catered to, to such an extent that road traf-
fic is being stopped for the entertainment of passengers,
for equipment unnecessary to navigation, and at times
simply for over-inflated egos.
As a relief bridge tender on Anna Maria, Cortez,
Longboat Key and Ringling bridges, I have for the past
three years been participating in this folly, which has
been contributing to road rage, increasing accidents and
the pollution of our air.
Unsigned orders come to these 11 drawbridges
instructing tenders to violate the Coast Guard's sen-
sible guidelines. The rationale for this misguided prac-
tice is that minimum wage earners are incapable of
judgment and tact.
I can share this information now as I was sum-
marily fired over a misunderstanding with an inexpe-
rienced power boat operator who decided (wrongly)
that he had to travel two hours out of his way. My take
on the incident was never solicited.
It seems that bridge tenders are not to be trusted ex-
cept with millions of dollars of publicly owned equipment,
the safe passage of boats, cars and emergency vehicles,
and the lives of operators and passengers.
We forget who.serves us best...
Today the fabric of our flag is being rent by "insid-
ers" busy only with themselves. We have indeed "met
the enemy and he is us."
Barry Neill, Bradenton
One more Wish Book listing
Charlie Guy has a wish list to add to the others in
The Islander. He has devoted his life to rescuing cats,
kittens and other animals in need. He drives every day
from Parrish to feed his cats, give them medication and
work on capturing them for spaying or neutering.
It does not matter if it is 100 degrees or pouring
rain, he is out there every day feeding and caring for
these special cats that other people have abandoned.
Charlie does all of this because he is an extraordi-
nary human being. He lives on a meager income and
spends more than $300 per month just on cat food. He
receives little or no money or outside donations.
Charlie has rescued and placed 56 cats in homes.
Those were just ones he took care of here on Anna
Maria Island. He has rescued and placed cats from
other areas as well.
Charlie needs the following, please:
Dry cat food, preferably Purina Cat Chow.
Canned cat food, preferably Klan Kan large cans.
Plastic pet carriers.
Financial help: Make checks payable to Charlie
Guy, P.O. Box 380, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Or donations may be dropped off at 214 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria City.
Jennifer Dagher, Anna Maria City
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 13, 2000 0 PAGE 7
Please consider printing the following as a re-
sponse to Mr. Crawford's "Traffic Thoughts" letter,
which appeared in your Dec. 6 opinion column.
I agree with Mr. Crawford that we need to protect
our barrier islands against the developers. I, too, do not
wish to see high rises, fast food joints, crime and over-
crowding. I also agree that a bridge from 53d Ave to
Longboat would help eliminate some traffic on Anna
I disagree strongly with Mr. Crawford's suggestion
that an admission charge be assessed visitors to the
Island. If I am not mistaken Captiva and Sanibel are,
indeed, closed communities that are privately owned.
While Mr. Crawford may own the plot of land upon
which his home is located, he does not own the
beaches, the roadways, or the Gulf of Mexico. The
amenities Mr. Crawford enjoys as a barrier island resi-
dent are also supported by the taxes of residents in
Manatee County, the State of Florida and the USA.
One need only consider the co-payments made for
beach renourishment and bike trails on Anna Maria.
Transforming the Island into Fortress Anna Maria
may have some undesired results. Obviously a toll
charge will eliminate some congestion you can
count on getting rid of the poor and the elderly on fixed
incomes. You may find that businesses on Anna Maria
suffer as visitors take their dollars elsewhere. You may
also find that other towns seek to retaliate by making
Anna Marians pay to leave the Island and enjoy the
goods and services provided by the City of Bradenton.
While traffic delays on and around the islands are
sometimes annoying, they in no way resemble the kind
of congestion that exists up north, where the New Jer-
sey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway turn into
parking lots on summer Sunday nights. The replace-
ment of the drawbridge on State Road 64 with a fixed-
span bridge might help diminish a bit of congestion.
Toll booths at the Manatee and Cortez bridges
wouldn't help much with traffic jams. The truth is we
still enjoy a relatively free flow of traffic. That may not
be the case in five or ten years, and there are plans to
alleviate this problem.
I do not believe that the rush to exclusion is really a
benefit for our island neighbors. I do believe that Mr.
Crawford and other Island residents should do all they can
to prevent fiascoes like Bradenton's callous and under-
handed annexation of the Perico Island properties for the
Arvida developers. Don't let your town councils change
the zoning laws. Continue the great work of maintaining
a low-profile community. Not everyone who lives off the
Island is your enemy. Those of us who live close by and
enjoy what nature has provided all of us do share your
concerns and do contribute to maintaining the beauty and
lifestyle of the islands. During the recent Island Cleanup
seven of the eight people I worked with were non-Island-
ers. The last thing in the world that I would like to see
happen is that Anna Maria turn into Clearwater or St. Pete
Beach, or for that matter, Longboat Key. Perhaps we can
do more good for each other by being good neighbors
rather than medievalist castle owners who seek to survive
by pulling up the drawbridge. (Most of those castles did
Ed Siemaszko, Perico Island and Belle Meade,
Fireworks, boat parade praised
We would like to say that we thought Jim
Taylor's fireworks were great. Our favorite part was
the grand finale. We loved the way the fireworks
went off inside each other. We thought these were
the best fireworks we have ever seen. We also saw
the boat parade. That was great, too. We enjoyed the
way the lights and colors blended together. We hope
that next year the boat parade and fireworks will be
just as good or even better!
Rebecca Loh, 10, and Trina Rizzo, 7, Holmes
provided by developer?
Who in the world allowed a contractor to install
a drain system in the middle of the drive-in entry at
the East Bay Drive shopping area?
It is note only an eyesore, but a disgrace and a
hazzard to driving in and out of the new Gulf Drive
entrance. It seems that the system was installed with-
out any planning whatsoever.
Why didn't they do a professional job from the
beginning like installing a pipeline under the as-
phalt and directing it to one of the drain ditches? The
owners of the property should make these people
come back and finish the job correctly.
Paul N. Heins, Holmes Beach
'Lester Challenge' help draws
thanks from Center
Thank you so much for being a part of our 2000
Endowment Trust Match campaign. We truly appre-
ciate The Islander and Ooh La La! Restaurant host-
ing the Lester Challenge 2000 kickoff.
Everyone certainly seemed to enjoy themselves
tremendously. On behalf of the children we are serv-
ing today and future generations, please know that
the dollars raised during "The Lester Challenge" will
touch the lives of thousands of children and bring
benefits beyond measure to their lives.
Once more, from the bottom of my heart, thank
you for caring about the children in our community
and making our community a little bit of paradise.
Every good wish to you and your loved ones for this
the last year of the millennium and beyond. May
God bless you abundantly in the new year and al-
Pierrette Kelly, Executive Director, Anna Maria
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Land-swap deal meets resistance in Holmes Beach
By Ann McGrath
A Holmes Beach commission meeting that opened
with anticipation of finalizing a 79th Street land swap
was recessed after discussion of the matter and re-
opened. Anticipation faded when the vote was post-
A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
Commissioners are anxious to finalize the land
swap because beach access at that location will affect
the city's ability to obtain federal grant money for the
2001 beach renourishment.
City Attorney Jim Dye told commissioners Dec. 5
they could vote to accept the deeds of two 79th Street
landowners who want to deed land to Holmes Beach in
exchange for land the city plans to vacate at that loca-
tion. But 79th Street residents showed up at the meet-
ing to protest the swap, prompting commissioners to
decide to delay the vote.
Before vacating city land for the swap, Holmes
Beach is required to hold a public hearing and two
readings of an ordinance, Dye said.
Chris Landkammer of 106 79th St. said she first
learned of the impending land swap from The Islander.
As spokesperson for 79th Street residents,
Landkammer voiced objection to the proposed swap.
Conditions in the land swap will affect the covenanted
"common recreation areas" in landowners' deeds, resi-
dents said, adding that the area is "unique" the only
street like it in Holmes Beach.
Residents affected by the swap received a phone call
from the city clerk at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 to inform them of the
7 p.m. meeting. The phone call was made after city offi-
cials received a letter from the residents' attorney oppos-
ing the land swap, said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
"We've not done anything sneaky," said Chairman
William H. Roe and Elizabeth B. Cole, and John F.
and Kathleen R. Robuck, owners of the two lots adja-
cent to 79th Street between the Gulf of Mexico and
Holmes Beach Development have offered the swap if
three conditions are met, Dye said.
The conditions are that the city will agree to help
remove an old structure at the location; place a barrier
to denote private property and public property; and va-
cate an unpaved portion of the right of way on 79th
Street, retaining a 10-foot access at the center.
The agreement also states the access would be for
pedestrian use only, and no bike racks or garbage cans
Stepping stones to the beach
Holmes Beach commissioners hope a land-swap deal at 79th Street will go through, granting the city public
access to the beach at this location. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
would be allowed. The residents ask that pilings with
ropes designate the public access.
"We are offering to establish permanent public
access," Roe said.
Landkammer lamented that the 50-year-old shelter
beneath the trees would be torn down if the deal goes
Roe countered that he wants the shelter, which is
half on his property, removed because it is in disrepair
and poses a potential liability.
Mayor Whitmore said that for many years the city
thought there was public access at that location. A t -
torney Dye told commissioners at a June 27 work ses-
sion in June that he had a title company research beach
accesses from 75th to 82nd streets.
"In a nutshell," Dye said, "we found there were no
public beach accesses along that stretch."
Dye suggested the city talk to the current property
owners to see if they would be willing to formalize
these strips of property to get the paperwork in order.
Commissioners received two favorable replies
from landowners in that area.
When parcels A-G along that stretch were sold by
the Holmes family decades ago, the land was conveyed
to the new owners with a provision that said "the con-
veyance was subject to a 10-foot-wide, non-exclusive
walkway easement parallel to the boundary line," Dye
When that description is plotted out, it describes
20-foot strips centered on 81st, 79th and 78th streets,
while 77th doesn't have one, Dye said.
"I concluded these are not public easements be-
cause it says 'subject to,' and in real estate terms that
doesn't create an easement. It simply says the property
is 'subject to' an easement," Dye said.
"It doesn't say who the easements are in favor of.
It doesn't say whether it's for the parties, whether it's
reserved for the Holmeses, whether it's for the public,
or whether it's for the people who bought the land from
"The language is seriously flawed in figuring out
whether the easements are valid," Dye said.
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Street vacation again continued in Bradenton Beach
In what is becoming a steady occurrence, a request
for a street vacation has been delayed in Bradenton
Steven Noriega, acting as agent for Richard J.
Hickey, is asking city commissioners to vacate Bridge
Street and Second Street South west of Gulf Drive. An
easement would continue on the two street ends, attor-
ney Steve Thompson said on behalf of Noriega, and
parking would continue to be provided.
"We want to put in additional landscaping and pro-
vide pedestrian access to the beach," Thompson said.
Noriega explained that his hope was to have the
street ends vacated to allow him to avoid the setback
requirements for a development he is proposing there,
Key West Club condominiums.
"It will let me build a little larger building,"
Noriega said. "I could get nine units in instead of eight,
and beautify the area with lights and landscaping. I
think it's a win-win for everybody."
However, the presentation was slowed, then
stopped when Commissioner Dawn Baker, who was
out of the country last week and attempting to join
in the discussion by telephone, admitted technical
problems were causing her to miss parts of the con-
Commissioners, and the petitioners, agreed to con-
tinue the meeting to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.
The continuation is the second time the matter has
been postponed. The previous delay on deliberation of
the project was to allow county officials to determine
the impact the street vacation and its associated park-
ing spaces would have on the upcoming beach
Parking and public access are required throughout
the beach renourishment area to allow federal and state
funding for the beach project.
Parking has also been a bone of contention with
another street vacation, this one at 17th Street North,
and has also caused that request to be tabled twice.
Ringling Bridge replacement OK'd with $67.7 million price tag
Regional transportation planners have called charrettes agreed on a bridge with wider side- the lesser figure, but it just won't be the same."
given the Florida Department of Transportation walks, more landscaping and other amenities. The MPO heard 16 people speak on the
the green light to a 235 percent increase in fund- The $39 million was scaled up to $47 million ear- bridge replacement funding, most supportive of
ing to replace the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. lier this year when DOT officials realized the bridge the megabridge. Of the 14 MPO members
If a judge in Tallahassee doesn't deny per- couldn't be built for less. Come to find out, it couldn't present, 12 voted in favor of spending the ad-
mits for constructing the bridge early next year, be built for the increased figure, either: bidswere re- ditional money. Only the two MPO members
of course, ceived in the $56-$64 million range. who serve as Sarasota City commissioners op-
Members of the Sarasota-Manatee Metro- The $67.7 million figure includes a $2 million bo- posed the bridge allocation.
politan Planning Organization Monday ap- nus if the contractor finishes the two-and-a-half-year Sarasota City has taken the DOT to court to
proved funding of $67.7 million for the high, construction project ahead of schedule. block the replacement bridge on environmental,
fixed span megabridge, which will have the "If we do not approve this," MPO Chair Joe aesthetic and other grounds. A judge is ex-
same number of lanes four as the current
Original funding was estimated at $29 mil-
lion to build the bridge, then increased to $39
million after residents in a series of workshops
McClash said, "the fixed-span bridge will be built, but
it will not be the 'charrette' bridge Sarasotans wanted."
"This is a one-of-a-kind bridge," DOT District 1
Secretary David Twiddy said. "It is not something we
normally do. We can go ahead and build the bridge for
pected to hear the case next year.
In the meantime, the DOT is proceeding
with plans to replace the current bridge. Con-
struction is scheduled to begin by next summer,
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The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra &
Chorus will perform the Christmas and Advent por-
tions of Handel's Messiah in its traditional holiday
concert Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director and principal
conductor of the Island ensemble since 1993, will con-
Soloists include Lorraine Murphy Sheeler, so-
prano; Douglas Renfroe, bass; Martha Di Palma, alto;
and William Kelley, tenor.
Sheeler is a soloist at Saint Boniface Episcopal
Church on Siesta Key and appeared in the debut con-
cert of the Island Community Orchestra & Chorus.
Renfroe has performed at the Boston Opera,
Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Di Palma and Kelley are permanent members and
soloists with the Island group.
There is no admission charge and seating is on a
first-come, first-serve basis. A free-will donation of
$10 is suggested.
For more information, call 758-5886 or 756-1087.
Center benefit party
Cheered by "a wonderfully successful evening, at
Ooh La La! European Bistro last month, the beneficiary
of "the Lester-Islander Match" will have another party
Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The party will be at the Bistro at Island's End, 104
Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. The door admission pro-
vides for appetizers and a contribution, said Sandee
Pruett of the Center's staff.
The hope is to equal the $3,100 raised at Ooh La
La Nov. 15, she said, with the total raised so far more
Charles and JoAnn Lester have pledged once again
to match the funds raised before Dec. 31, up to
$25,000. The challenge is in partnership with The Is-
lander newspaper, which has promoted the fundraiser
single-handedly for four years. The funding all goes
into the Lester Endowment Trust to help fund the Cen-
ter in perpetuity.
As Pruett put it, "Your gift held in trust, plus the
interest earned, will ensure programs, a facility and
staff of highest quality for generations to come." De-
tails may be obtained by calling the Center at 778-
'Nutcracker Suite' performance
next Wednesday at library
A reading performance of "The Nutcracker Suite"
will be presented at the Island Branch Library Wednes-
day, Dec. 20, in a special program designed for young
Monique Chauntay Fox, who owns First Position of
Dance in Sarasota, will have students ages 3 and up to
provide dance interpretation to the seasonal favorite.
The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reserva-
tions are not necessary, and seating will be first come,
first served. Further information is available at 778-
Lorraine Sheeler, soprano, and Douglas Renfroe,
bass, will be soloists in concert Dec. 17.
Four-week craft workshop
A workshop on useful and decorative crafts is open
for more participants at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. Called "Kim's Krafts," it will be held
Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
It will be taught by Kim Steenstra. Cost is $25 per
person. Interested persons may register and obtain fur-
ther information by calling the Center at 778-1908.
'Day at the Races' tickets
on sale at St. Bernard
The Ladies Guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church
has opened ticket sales for the annual "Day at the
Races" at Tampa Downs, with a Dec. 24 deadline for
The cost is $27 per person, which will include bus
transportation from the church parking lot, entrance fee
for the race track complex, a program and a buffet
lunch. The big day will be Jan. 16.
Reservations are required and may be made and
tickets purchased with Dolly Holmes at 778-5954.
Longboat town exhibit's works
to be received
The works to be exhibited in the Town of Longboat
Key Exhibit will be received Monday and Tuesday,
Dec. 18 and 19, at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6890 Longboat Drive.
The 10th annual exhibit will open with a reception
at 5 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Joan M. Durante Pavilion and
continue through Jan. 27. Further information may be
obtained at 383-2345.
From left, Cub Scout
Webelos Billy Krokroskia
and Mickey O'Bannon, with
Bears Brendan Poirier and
Garrett Secor, help raise
approximately $700 selling
plants and household items
to benefit Anna Maria
Island's Pack No. 7. The 27
members of the Cub Scout
pack will use the money to
S finance the upcoming "pine
wood derby." The derby is
an annual event in which
Scouts carve a car out of a
block of wood and compete
A bit of Island history
came together with the
marriage of Eva Lee
Smith and Jesse Edward
Everett Buri at Roser
Church chapel, itself a
church pioneer built in
1923. The Rev. Gary
Bates performed the
nuptials. The bride is
daughter of Carol and
Terence Smith and grand-
daughter of the late Eva
and John Yerly of Cortez.
The bridegroom is son of
Mari Holland of North
Carolina and the late
Peter Fredrick Buri and
grandson of the late Ruth
and Pete Drachman of
Holmes Beach. The couple
will live in Manatee
Frank and Alice Szakacs
of Holmes Beach
celebrated their 50th
with 50friends and
family at the home of
Roger and Pat
Cappello. The Szakacs
lived in Franklin Lakes,
N.J., before moving to
Holmes Beach in 1989.
They have two sons, a
daughter and six grand-
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Anna Maria soldier finishes basic training in Kentucky
Army Specialist Robert B. Decker of Anna High School, he is the son of David Becker of
Maria City has completed basic combat training Anna Maria and Robin Topley of Oceanside,
at Fort Knox, Ky. A 2000 graduate of Manatee Calif.
Gerald J. Diehle
Gerald J. Diehle, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
6 in Blake Medical Center.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. Diehle came to
Manatee County from Detroit in 1974. He was a tool
and die maker. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. He was a member of the Masonic
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Holmes Beach Chapel, was in charge of ar-
He is survived by wife Patricia; son Larry of
Lapeer, Mich.; stepdaughter Pamela Rosiek of
Bradenton; six grandchildren; and three great-grand-
Frances R. LaSpina
Frances R. LaSpina, 71, of Bradenton Beach, died
Dec. 12 at Blake Medical Center.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. LaSpina moved to the
Island 23 years ago from Pennsylvania. She was co-man-
ager of Sand Piper Mobile Home Park in Bradenton
Beach. She was a candidate for the Bradenton Beach City
Commission in 1999. She was a member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 14, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Mansion
Chapel, 1400 36th Ave. E., Ellenton. Services will be
at 2 p.m. at Mansion Chapel.
She is survived by sons Larry J. of Bradenton and
Steve of Bradenton Beach; brother Louis Valente of
Staten Island, N.Y.; two grandchildren: and three great-
Harold J. 'Bud' Protiva
Harold J. "Bud" Protiva, 92, of Anna Maria Island,
died Dec. 7 in Germantown, Wis.
Born in Amory, Miss., Mr. Protiva moved to Anna
Maria Island from Tampa in 1971. He was a graduate
of Kirksville State Teachers College in Kirksville, Mo.,
and coached football at Kirksville and Hannibal, Mo.,
before moving to Tampa in 1938. He was associated
with the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Tampa for 32 years.
He was a lifelong member and past president of the
Kiwanis Club of Tampa, a former president of Plant
High School Dads' Club, and a former member of Ye
Mystic Crewe of Gasparilla.
Services were Dec. 13 in Mequon, Wis. Memorial
contributions may be sent to Willow Springs Scholar-
ship Fund, Willow Springs High School, Willow
Springs, MO 85793.
He is survived by daughters Harriet Bunn Foster of
Germantown, Wis., and Frances Protiva Kruse of
Odessa; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchil-
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P&B committee members rally for uniformity
By Ann McGrath
Holmes Beach Parks and Recreation Committee
Chairman Jim Gloth said during a meeting Dec. 6 that
he will ask the mayor and city commission to define the
criteria for landscaping new or remodeled businesses.
SThis decision came after members and citizens
voiced concern about the committee's need for more
power in matters concerning uniformity of city appear-
Two citizens attending the meeting made com-
ments that reinforced a need for uniformity.
"I urge you to increase the scope of this commis-
sion so things have to go through you," said Pat Kabris
of Holmes Beach and Minnesota.
"Your committee has the right initiative for what
you're doing, but I would like to see some uniformity
in landscaping," said Jim Sardegna, a Florida certified
landscape contractor. "Some of the landscaping will
not be uniform when it reaches maturity."
Sardegna worked in Palm Beach for the last few
years, but recently returned to Anna Maria Island,
where he grew up as an eighth generation Manatee
Kabris brought up three points: the need for an ar-
chitectural input plan, the need for uniform size, color
and placement of real estate signs and newspaper
boxes, and the need for criteria regarding mailboxes
At the mention of unsightly newspaper boxes, the
committee almost broke into applause. This issue has
been simmering for quite some time.
The committee has long considered newspaper
boxes an eyesore, but was unsuccessful in its attempts
to remove them or reduce the number. Committee
members said Mayor Carol Whitmore and some com-
missioners were in favor of keeping the newspaper
stands, saying newspapers have first amendment rights.
"In Palm Beach, newspaper rights end with the
contents of the paper and not the box," Sardegna said.
Kabris noted that newspaper boxes at St. Armands
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"I encourage you to take the full leap on that one.
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Chairman Gloth agreed, saying anyone adopting a
spot for landscaping has the right to remove the news-
Kabris said an architectural committee made up of
professional builders and architects could act as a fil-
tering process for the city commission.
The proposed gazebo or pavilion in Holmes Beach
would add more uniformity to the city, Kabris said, if
it were designed by Pat Fletcher rather than Eatman &
"Pat Fletcher, who does signature work, designed
Holmes Beach City Hall," Kabris said. "An Eatman &
Smith and a Pat Fletcher design side by side are not
Committee member Sarah Maloney agreed with
this idea. The park structure should be what the people
want, she said, not a design chosen by two or three in-
dividuals who have offered to fund the project.
"I resent the fact that commission liaison Roger
Lutz never brought the gazebo plan before the Parks
and Beautification Committee. What are we here for?"
Lutz was absent from the Dec. 6 meeting.
"As citizens of Holmes Beach we should go to the
commission meetings and voice our opinions," said
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Anna Maria's Building Department clerk resigns
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria Building Department Clerk Andi
Dusseau has resigned.
Though Friday, Dec. 8, was her last day at city hall,
Dusseau had some vacation time coming, so her last
official day as a city employee is Dec. 18.
City employees had a going-away party for
Dusseau at their expense during the lunch hour at city
hall last Friday.
Building Official Bob Welch, Dusseau's supervi-
sor, said he's sorry to see her go. "Andi has been a great
employee and a benefit to the City of Anna Maria. I
wish her well in her new endeavor."
Dusseau said she liked some aspects of being a city
employee, especially working with her colleagues, but
she said some things were difficult.
Anna Maria to
By Laurie Krosney
City of Anna Maria residents will soon be getting
a newsletter about their city government.
Commissioners budgeted $6,000 this fiscal year to
fund the project, which is aimed at providing citizens
with better communication.
At a special meeting Nov. 29, commissioners voted
unanimously to spend $1,042 to produce the first news-
letter and deliver it to property owners and residents of
The first issue will be placed in every box at the
Anna Maria Post Office, and copies will be mailed to
out-of-town property owners sometime around the
middle of December.
Subsequent newsletters will be available at city
hall and at the Anna Maria Post Office and will be
mailed to out-of-town property owners who express an
interest in receiving copies.
A volunteer citizens group comprised of Diane
Caniff, Bunny Garst, Mike Miller, Georgia Van
Cleave, Joan Voyles and Bill Worth produced the
Commissioner Bob Barlow was the city's liaison
with the volunteers.
He said, "The group has worked hard so that city
hall can do a better job of communicating with its citi-
The group created the format, checked into print-
ing costs and composed the first issue.
Caniff said the goal of the newsletter is to inform
the citizens without editorial slant.
She and her committee wrote the first newsletter
and then gave it to each commissioner and each city
department head for correction and input.
Caniff said the volunteer committee put together
the prototype and it is expected that other volunteers
will step forward to continue the project.
In the first issue, the newsletter asks for feedback
from people who read it.
Commissioner Tom Skoloda asked if the city
should do some sort of formal survey to measure how
the newsletter is received by the residents.
Randall Stover, who said he thought it was inap-
propriate for the city to get into the publishing business,
suggested, "One way to survey your newsletter is to
check the 55-gallon trash barrel at the post office and
see how many copies are in there."
Stover said the information, such as the minutes to
the commission meetings and correspondence of and
between commissioners and staff, is already available
to anyone who wants to look at city hall.
Caniff replied, "With all due respect to Mr. Stover,
it's not that the information is being withheld, but it's
hard for lots of people to get here during business
"We are saying, 'It seems to us to be worth trying.
If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Let's just see,'"
Ganiff said. ...
"Some of the citizens come in and are very rude to
us. They think since we are paid out of tax dollars that
we should take orders from anyone who walks in the
"It's hard in Anna Maria, because certain little
groups get together and create problems that weren't
"When you're an employee, you feel in the middle
when one commissioner tells you to do one thing and
another commissioner tells you to do something en-
"We are not supposed to do what certain citizens
tell us. We are not supposed to do what this commis-
sioner or that commissioner tells us to do. We are sup-
posed to be told what to do by the mayor or by our
supervisor. It's in the charter," Dusseau said.
"Morale around here is terrible," she said. "Some
of the commissioners complain about us in the public
meetings. They say 'staff did this' and 'staff did that.'
We all know who they mean and we feel bad. If they
have a problem, they need to go to the mayor and tell
him and try to work it out, for goodness sakes,"
The soon-to-be-former building clerk said she was
surprised she had lasted this long in a difficult situation.
Dusseau said she kept hanging on, thinking things
would certainly get better, but they haven't. She said
she finally decided she needed to move on and better
Dusseau declined discussing what her future em-
ployment will be.
Applications are being accepted for the position.
Welch said he expects a short list will be formed some-
time this week, and then interviewing will begin.
Proceed with caution
Marine officer Vern McGowin of the Holmes Beach Police Department gets ready to tack up caution signs to
let people know it's the time of year when manatees start moving into canals to stay warm. The signs warn
boaters to be alert to the slow-moving creatures that each year die in great numbers after being hit by speed-
ing boaters. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
Neighbors say 'no'
By Ann McGrath
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore received an
anonymous letter from a White Avenue resident Dec.
8 protesting the placement of a plaque there in memory
of the surfers killed in an Aug. 22 auto accident. The
letter states the neighbors say "no" to the placement of
a permanent plaque.
Commissioners recently approved the plaque by
making an exception to the city's sign ordinance.
In August, friends of the surfers placed a cross with
candles, flowers, sodas, snacks, notes, T-shirts and surf
boards on the path to the beach near White Avenue and
that memorial has remained.
White Avenue residents worked and saved for
years in order to afford their homes there, the letter
states, and before the memorial was placed, took pride
in walking their visiting friends down the canopied
path leading to the breathtaking view of the Gulf
through the small opening. Now residents complain of
a littered path.
"Perhaps it is time to honor the Holmes Beach
to surfer memorial
White Avenue residents complain that the path
leading to the Gulf has been spoiled by a "soggy
memorial" to surfers killed in an Aug. 22 auto
accident. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
good students, good drivers, good athletes, our young
people who attend school and follow rules instead of
high surf," the letter states.
PAGE 14 ) DEC. 13, 2000 U TIlE ISLANDER
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports were available.
Dec. I, 1200 block of Gulf Drive South to 200
block of Gulf D)rive North, DUI, .20 or higher, flee-
ing to elude a police officer. Branislav B1ulavic of
Bradenton, formerly of Yugoslavia, was arrested for
DUI and taken to Manatee County Jail.
An officer clocked the vehicle traveling 60
mph in a 35-mph zone. The vehicle traveled north
on the wrong side of the road at the B1ridge Street
roulndabout. The officer stopped lile vehicle at
Third Street North and Gulf Drive, hut the driver
speed away when the officer walked up. The ve-
hicle was stopped again at Cortez Road when one
patrol car passed it, and another pulled in behind.
Officers said the suspect told them lie was a
diplomat, said they were prejudiced against non-
American born persons, and threatened theCm us-
ing profane language. Tile suspect was taken to
the Manatee County Jail.
Dec. I, 100 block of Sevenlh Stiree North,
Bradenlon Beach Coin Laundry, theft. A Holmes
Beach woanii said her towels and wallet were
stolen while she was doing laundry.
Dec. 1, 1301 Gulf Drive N., domestic distur-
bance. An officer responded to an anonymous re-
port of domestic violence at the Silver Surf Mo-
tel. An officer was called in the morning after a
man and a womanai from Philadelphia, Pa. had
been arguing. They told police they had been
transported by law enforcement the previous
night to tlie Silver Surf from (lthe Cortez Village
area where they had been in a quarrel, and thal
they had separate rooms. They had beeli drinking
and did not rememlcber all the events of the previ-
oLIs night, they said. Both agreed they would
leave the area together and no further disturbance
Dec. 2, 1300 block of Cortez Beach, auto bur-
glary. A woman said someone broke out the pas-
senger side window of the car and stole her purse,
containing $80, checks, credit cards, driver's li-
censC, social security card and an apron contain-
ing $45. The car was locked.
Dec. 2, 2500 block of Avenue B, theft. A woman
reported a bicycle missing from its usual parking
place at the back of her dI uplex. She noticed the bi-
cycle was gone when she wen lto her neighbor's
garage sale at the back of the residence.
)Dc. 2, 300 block of Gulf l)rive North, at-
(ached tag not assigned. A man's car tag was at-
tached to his girlfriend's car, which lie was driv-
ing. The couple both from Bradenton, work in
Bradenton Beach. The officer was familiar with
the tag from previous traffic stops and a traffic
crash. The man said his tag had expired in No-
vemiber. The officer learned there was no insur-
ance on the car and that the woman had a sus-
pended license for failure to pay a traffic fine.
The man was transported to the Manatee County
.Iail and the car was lowed.
Dec. 5, 300 block of Gulf l)rive North. driv-
ing while license suspended with knowledge, fail-
ure to notify lepartlment of llighway Safely and
Motor Vehicles within 20 days reflecting address
change on registration. An officer saw\ a car Irav-
eling on Gulf Drive with a headlight out of ad-
justment and a missing tail light. The driver, a
Bradenton woman who works in Bradenton
Beach, whose license was suspended since a Nov.
17 traffic crash, had an expired license tag since
J.lanuary 2000. The registration showed a Panama
City address which she moved from a year ago,
the officer said. She was taken to Manatee County
Jail and the car was towed.
Dec. 5, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queen's Gate Re-
sort, domestic disturbance. A Maine woman
called police to report that she anid her boyfriend
got into an argument. The man agreed to sleep in
the car for the remainder of the night. The couple
was intoxicated, the officer said.
Dec. 5, 2400 block of Avenue B, abandoned
vehicle. An officer was dispatched to the location
where a vehicle had been parked in the street,
causing traffic obstruction for a month. The ve-
hicle was issued two parking tickets and towed.
Dec. 5, 1800 Coquina Park, possession of bur-
glary tool, tampering with a coin-operated vend-
ing machine, driving with license suspended with
knowledge, warrant. An officer stopped a vehicle
at Gulf Drive and Fifth Street when an officer at
Coquina Beach tipped himn off to suspicious sus-
pects. Officers searched tie vehicle and found a
tire-iron type pry bar. Paint missing from the pry
bar matched paint found on the vending machine
and the floor of the Coquina Beach concession
Two suspects were arrested for tampering
with a vending machine and possession of a bur-
glary tool. The driver of the vehicle was arrested
for driving while license suspended with knowl-
edge and on a warrant from Polk County after he
told officers the other suspects had attempted the
Dec. 5, 500 block of 58thl Street, harassing
telephone calls. A woman said she has received
harassing telephone calls. Sometimes the caller
hangs up after she picks up the phone, she said.
Once the caller said "'hello," and she recognized
the voice as that of her ex-husiband who lives in
the Chicago area.
Dec. 6, 500 block of 68th Street, theft. An an-
tique alabaster lamp was stolen from her home, a
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Anna Maria decides on health-care plan
By Laurie Krosney
City commissioners in Anna Maria have chosen to
contract with Blue Cross-Blue Shield for employee
When the rates for the city's current health plan,
which was through the Florida League of Cities, nearly
doubled, the commission decided to take a look at other
Commissioners asked why they couldn't self in-
sure, as Manatee County and Holmes Beach do.
City Clerk Alice Baird said she had checked into
the possibility and learned that Anna Maria is too
Historical museum gears up
for holiday shopping
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society has fin-
ished stocking its museum with items aimed at the
holiday season, for sale during regular hours at its gift
shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
For sale are 2001 calendars featuring old Island
postcards, Christmas cards, books, aerial photos of the
Island, T-shirts, hand-painted coffee mugs and Island
posters, as well as other items.
The World War II display is still in place in the
museum, with memorabilia from the war.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Details may be obtained at 778-0492.
In the Dec. 6 edition of the Islander the article entitled
"Building permit denial leaves family out in rain" stated
that the code enforcement board had threatened to quit if
the commission continues to override its decisions. It was,
in fact, the planning and zoning board.
She said she had checked into piggybacking with
the Holmes Beach self-insurance program.
"I was told by their city attorney that it would sub-
ject Holmes Beach to unacceptable risk," she said.
Gene Cloud of the Cloud Insurance Agency of
Bradenton told commissioners he contacted Blue
Cross, Aetna, United Healthcare and Pacific Life for
Cloud said he was recommending one of two Blue
Cross plans, because the plans allow access to most of
the Island health care providers and all Manatee
The plan chosen by commissioners at a special
meeting Dec. 4 has a $300 annual deductible per em-
ployee for the cost of seeing a physician.
If an employee sees a physician on the approved
list, the insurance will cover 80 percent of the visit. The
coverage is 70 percent for a physician not on the ap-
There is no deductible for hospitalization. Pre-
scriptions will cost the employee a maximum of $7 for
generic drugs and $20 for name brand drugs.
The health care plan will cost the city close to
$38,000 annually for nine employees. The cost of the
current plan would have been nearly $56,000 for the
City employees can choose to enroll family mem-
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Pier Regulars Yule party at Rod & Reel this year
By Jim Hanson
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It's been around since
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Once there was a
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of all 150 or 200 members
enshrined under polyure-
thane, but it was moved off Almeda
the pier, then back, and
"someone got rid of it," Almeda said. "The last time
I saw it was in the dump."
He wants to install a name-bearing plaque at the
foot of the reborn pier, more permanent than a table.
Not long ago it was a "men only" outfit, the first
woman brought up for membership having been re-
jected. Some time before he became president four
years ago Almeda just told his mates "Today's the
day, I'm putting Patty Webber on the list as a mem-
ber," and there was no argument.
Now there are 25 to 30 women "and we're just
as happy," he noted.
A retired plumber who started visiting the Island
with his family when he was 7, Almeda notes with
regret that "we've lost so many of our comrades.
Twenty or more members have died in the last three
or four years."
Their absence is noted at periodic memorials,
with the Rev. Jim Meena, a member, officiating.
Saturday, the mourning will be respectful but
brief, for that will be a time of holiday merriment
and camaraderie. And not only for Pier Regulars,
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Anna Maria City Pier restaurant
By Laurie Krosney
For the first time in more than a year, the city will
again have a restaurant on its pier.
The grand opening is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh will cut the red ribbon and the
restaurant's operator will present a donation to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center for $1,500.
City officials will then be given a private tour of the
pier, the bait shop and the restaurant, which is to be called
The Pier Restaurant.
At 2 p.m., the pier will re-open to the public.
Mario Schoenfelder, who owns the Rod & Reel Pier
and Motel in Anna Maria, is leasing the pier from the city
for $5,000 a month.
Schoenfelder said he was really happy to be able to
get the lease for the pier.
"I was so sorry to see the Oyster Bar close. I loved
taking my family and our guests there," he said.
The lease became available when negotiations with
the Anna Maria Oyster Bar fell apart and John Home,
operator of the pier, loaded his equipment and vacated the
pier and bait shop.
Tim Murray was the contractor for the remodel
project, which included replacing planking, pilings, floor-
ing and the roof.
The buildings have been fixed up, painted and fur-
nished with all new equipment, including new bait wells
at the bait shop.
"Tim Murray did just a great job," said Schoenfelder.
"He was the right man for the job. No question."
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Author moved off Island, but characters remain
By Jim Hanson
Frances Beard wrote her new mystery novel else-
where, but her protagonists stay where they started, on
Anna Maria Island.
"The Ties That Bind," her just-published third novel,
"is the best I've done, I like the story better" than the first
two, the author said.
Her solidly plotted tales include a lot of family and a
lot of family history, where it helps the story. This one got
its impetus from physical notes from the past.
Frances and husband Joe moved to Sarasota from the
Island two years ago, "it's not the same as it used to be,"
and during the move she sorted out a box of cards writ-
ten long ago. They were penned by one of those fascinat-
ing characters every family has somewhere.
This charmer was the
author's grandfather-in-law, a '
poet and amateur historian
who made a living selling
gunpowder for the DuPont
company. As a traveling "" "
salesman, perhaps long
enough ago to have been '
called a drummer, he spent a
lot of time in hotel rooms.
Before radio and televi- Frances Beard
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writing cards to his daughter, Beard's mother-in-law.
"The cards were the inspiration for this book," the
author said. "I've used some of his writing, some of his
thoughts and comments. And there's another book or two
in those cards."
She writes what she knows. Her heroine is a real es-
tate agent on the Island, as was Beard. Her husband is an
architect, close enough to her own builder of utility plants
in Kentucky. Her locations range from Anna Maria and
Lexington to Longboat Key and Sarasota and Marco Is-
It is published by FJ Co., which Beard formed for
novel No. 1 when things didn't move fast enough with
New York publishers. Though she has helped several
other local authors get going on the long road to publica-
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"The Ties That Bind" is available for $13.95 at Home
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Mary Frost and Mark Feingold of Anna Maria and
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 13, 2000 0 PAGE 23
ISLANDERS TRAVEL AROUND WORLD
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uare-riggedfive-masted Royal Clipper in the Atlantic en route to Spain.
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May I purchase this book, please?
Robert Castle, left, and granddaughter Ariana
Castle discuss their book selections, while Patrick
Edwards, right, is busy browsing. Islander Photo:
Karen Newhall's third-grade class wrapped up its
segment on plants and nutrition by preparing vegetable
soup. Each student brought in a vegetable and helped
peel, dice and cook the healthy brew that they ate at the
end of the day. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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Mischievous Berenstein Bear sneaks into book fair
Jay Beard, Taryn Sczyrba, Nicole Sczyrba and Joshua Scheible are delighted that a Berenstein Bear sneaked in to
check out the book fair last week at Anna Maria Elementary School. The book fair sponsored by the Parent-Teacher
Organization raised $6,601.91. Rather than receiving a check, Anna Maria Elementary School will receive books
for its media center and classrooms from Scholastic Book Co. Islander Photo: Ann McGrath
Caught in the WAVE
Anna Maria students recognizedfor civic achievements Dec. 8 at the We Are Very Exceptional "WAVE"
awards include, from left, front row, Jay Dee Jackson, Erin Dolan, Cana Sylvester and Tommy Matney. Back
row, from left, Carly Bartlett, Megan Cook, Marisa O'Brien and Kenny Burns. Not pictured are Pidge Taylor,
Dr. Phelps Tracy and the second-grade moms. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Stopping for directions
Armed with a compass, Daniel Connelly and Stephen
Thomas got a little help from Shawn Carper in
finding their way around the playground.
Orienteering was one of the six activities third-grade
students at Anna Maria Elementary School enjoyed
during desert day. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 13, 2000 0 PAGE 25
New beach signs put litterbugs on notice
By Diana Bogan
Islander Hillary Edester and classmate Danielle
Reynolds are putting beach goers on notice that trash is
harmful to marine life.
Given the choice between doing a traditional science
project or a service project, the two eighth-graders from
Manatee School for the Arts decided to put into action
their environmental interests with a service project that
educates the public about beach pollution.
"We want people to think more clearly about what
they do with their garbage," said Edester. 'Turtles are one
of the most endangered species and pollution harms them.
People may think 'it's just a turtle,' but it's not. It's a turtle
that needs help surviving."
In an effort to help change attitudes Edester and
Reynolds developed colorful signage that serves as a re-
minder to dispose of trash properly. They plan to post their
signs at all of the beach accesses on the Island. Holmes
Beach is first on the list to receive the signs because it has
the highest number of beach accesses.
Part of the service project also included a beach clean-
up. Edester and Reynolds set out from the Rod and Reel
Pier in Anna Maria with the intention of walking as far as
Manatee public beach, picking up trash along the way.
"We actually only walked two to three miles,"-said
Edester, "but we filled four large garbage bags twice.."
Discarded fishing lines, plastic baggies and the plas-
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rine life. Edester explained that turtles will eat the plastic
bags because they look like jellyfish in the water. Pelicans
can get tangled up in discarded fishing lines, and the plas-
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killing our fish.
"I didn't realize how many plastic rings are left on the
beach and how much they impact wildlife or the length of
time it takes for them to biodegrade," Reynolds said.
In an interview with Daniel Bebak, director of Mote
Marine Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, one of the
things Edester and Reynolds learned about is the marine
biodegradation timeline. According to an informational
chart they received, it takes 400 years for soda can rings
- to biodegrade and 600 years for fishing line to biodegrade.
Edester said one of the most interesting things she
learned from Beback is the high rate at which animals are
dying due to pollution. "These are senseless deaths," she
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The AC team took a quick lead on baskets by Scot-
tie Steenstra and Broderick West. And with Miles
Hostetler and West playing good defense, Marco
Polo's was having a difficult time scoring.
That's when Mullen took charge, scoring eight
straight points including driving the length of the court
for a layup to tie it at four each and then taking a feed
from Justin Dearlove to put the Marco Polo Rockets in
front 6-4. And finally an unanswered basket to make it
Dearlove blocked a shot at the buzzer to keep it 8-
4 Rockets at the end of the first half.
In the third period, West stole the ball and scored
to get AC within two.
S Alex Wright of the Rockets answered the challenge
with a basket of this own and a 10-6 lead. Mullen tight-
ened the noose around AC's neck with a long shot from
just inside the top of the key that was nothing but net
and a 12-6 third period score.
In the final stanza, defense was the key for the
Rockets as they held AC scoreless with their relentless
pressure. Mullen made both ends of a 1-and-I foul and
Wright finished off AC with a sweet jump shot.
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In Premier League action Dec. 9 for players age
14-16, Island Real Estate remained undefeated with a
47-37 victory over the Police Athletic League team
Island Real Estate's Bobby Cooper came tp with
another big game with a double-double. Cooper scored
16 points and had as many rebounds while teammates
Diego Felipe added 1, Josh Sato chipped in 12 includ-
ing a three-point shot as Mick Cripe and Tyler Krauss
tossed in four apiece.
Sylvester Kelly scored I f or PAL. Shorielle Smith
had seven and Curt Leakes added five points.
In another Premier League game Dec. 9, Taylor
Manning led his Sign of the Mermaid team to a 52-43
win over Anna Maria Island Glass & Screen. Manning
scored 16 points. Daniel VanAndel had 14. Preston
Copeland had I Ted Carlson scored eight and his
brother Ryan had four. Brandon Roberts played a stel-
lar game on defense withh five steals and Manning had
seven blocked shots.
Ryan Bradley led the Glass team with 17 points
and Jason Loomis had nine.
In the age 5-7 Instructional League. Island Family
Physicians beat the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside
14-5 with Glenn Bower scoring six. Blake Wilson four
and Jesse Mitchell two. Ally Titsworth and Tommy
Price led the Oyster Bar team with two points each.
Ciarleglio scores 40 for Mooney
In high school basketball action, Gerard Ciarleglio
of Anna Maria scored 40 points Dec. 8 for Cardinal
Mooney High School of Sarasota and hit two foul shots
with no time left to lead his team to a 78-77 district win
over LaBelle High School.
Ciarleglio took over and carried Cardinal Mooney
to victory on his back.
The Catholic high school is building its team
around the senior 6-foot-4 shooting guard who last year
had to play in the shadow of All-America guard A.D.
McPherson of Southeast High School.
According to his father Mike. the Cardinal Mooney
coach wants Gerard to shoot and score until he drops.
"The team is 2-3 but could be 5-0," Mike
Ciarleglio said. "It took a few games to get his feet w\et
and he only averaged 15 points a game. Now that he
knows his role. he should take charge."
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.
anlagecrs and coaches must possess leadership
ability and the know-how to \\ork with children.
This 'ear candidates are required to attend a coach-
ing clinic sponsored by 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 managers and
coaches by' well-kno\\n coaches and authors "Big and
Little" Al. Volunteers also are needed for many posi-
tions including scorekeeper. umpires, concession stand
and other areas.
For more information, call Island Little League
president Evan Bordes at 77S-3337 or player agent
Nichole Pelkey at 77S-9637.
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PAGE 28 0 DEC. 13, 2000 M THE ISLANDER
Taxpayers 'pay through the nose'
for so-called 'freebies'
The Grumpy Old Man always has things that dis-
please him, but during this holiday season he feels he
should count his blessings.
He has a healthy and intelligent loving family, a
comfortable home, a caring attractive wife who is also
an excellent cook and many friends with whom to share
his retirement years.
After those sincere statements, the Grumpy Old
Man can't help himself and slips back into the cynicism
We live in a great country and have just completed
a close presidential election with no rancor on either
side. It has provided extra work and income for hun-
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vide their families with a prosperous and generous
The close election has also convinced many cyn-
ics that every vote does count.
It has also been pointed out to Grumpy that we get
many services at no cost to the taxpayer.
At a recent Kiwanis meeting we were told the
Marine Patrol (also known as the Holmes Beach Navy)
was to get a new $50,000 boat at no cost to the tax-
At its November meeting the Roser Men's Club
was told that the local fire district was going to acquire
two new fire trucks valued at $300,000 each, again at
no cost to the district.
At the next Kiwanis meeting we were informed
that a grant was being approved to provide the Island
with trolley buses worth $600,000. The trolleys would
run on a regular schedule from one end of the Island to
the other. Island taxpayers would not have to pay for
these vehicles. The Grumpy Old Man favors mass tran-
sit but has seen many well-meaning programs fail be-
cause of lack of riders.
"Ain't" it a wonderful country? We get all this free
stuff to make our lives better. Grumpy finds no fault
with our leaders going for the "gold" and applying for
these funds but they can't be naive enough to believe
taxpayers aren't paying though the nose. It is due to the
largess of our state and federal Legislatures who are
blessed with surpluses of-you guessed it-our tax
money. There are those who say that some of this sur-
plus is purely imaginary.
One wonders what faceless bureaucrats are making
the decisions of where and how all our money is dis-
Have a nice Christmas and give 'til it hurts.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 13, 2000 M PAGE 29
Sturgeon farming starts, but farm needed for crop to grow
By Jim Hanson
With $500,000 to help it along and a chief with
notable successes on his record, the Mote Marine Labo-
ratory sturgeon/caviar program is ready to roll.
First it needs a home, and oddly for a sea program,
that doesn't mean the sea: 20 to 25 acres just about
anywhere will do fine.
Steven Serfling, director of aquaculture at Mote,
has brought the program this far and will take it into the
future, adding it to his already substantial credits the
highly successful snook breeding program, for one.
He is undertaking to "demonstrate the commercial
potential for aquaculture of Russian sturgeon in
Florida." The Florida Legislature has $500,000 worth
of faith in the program, the amount it appropriated for
That faith seems well justified on Serfling's record.
He has proven the viability of raising snook on farms,
and has in fact released 40,000 into local waters over
the past four years. He started that project in 1996 and
made it work on limited funding.
The sturgeon is a fish of a different challenge,
though. Serfling believes it will prove very valuable
commercially in Florida.
"Florida already imports 90 percent of the seafood
it consumes," he said. "We get salmon on our tables
that is farmed in Chile and Canada, and 'grouper' could
be anything from anywhere.
"Sturgeon will be an excellent crop, good for meat
and its eggs as caviar, and its skin makes tough and
soft, flexible leather. Even its scrap is saleable as chum
Until fishermen's enthusiasm almost wiped it out,
there was a large sturgeon fishery in Gulf waters off
northern and central Florida. But now those fish are
listed as threatened and the shortnose variety is endan-
gered, so neither can be raised for food.
Serfling's answer is Russian sturgeon for the larg-
est and highest value market. He has been raising a
beluga-hybrid variety known as "bester" for more than
two years, and he is ready to take it uptown.
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They grow very fast, he said, to eight pounds in
two years and 25 to 30 pounds in four years. They con-
vert feed remarkably well, one pound of feed convert-
ing to one pound of fish, and are hardy and disease re-
The males grow bigger faster, but the female is the
star of the farm. A female sturgeon can produce caviar
in four years, and it is a high-yield money crop.
It is not inevitable that the female die with the har-
vest of her eggs for caviar, but it would be quite diffi-
cult to keep her alive. And pointless one female
yields 100,000 eggs, so there is no shortage of eggs for
hatching as well as caviar.
Mote has 10,000 of the beluga-hybrid juveniles
available for a farm right now, and more will be grown
before the farm is ready. Mote is also the first in the
U.S. to raise an "oestra" Russian sturgeon, and it will
be evaluated as a crop prospect.
What Serfling and Mote plan for the farm is a pi-
lot facility inland, a closed-cycle system, tanks inside
greenhouses with biological water treatment. It will be
escape-proof, no pollution, no odor, no discharge, all
These sturgeon can't survive in full-strength sea-
water, Serfling said, and the Gulf's warm waters would
be fatal. So he will mix fresh cool well water with salt
water, and shade the tanks in summer.
The initial plant will require only three acres or so,
but 20, and preferably 25, are needed for expansion to
a much larger system.
Added to the state's half-million will be $250,000
from Mote to build the project and operate it for a year.
Serfling also is anticipating $300,000 additional fund-
ing per year from the state for the following three years,
with $150,000 from Mote each subsequent year.
All that will handle the project "until female matu-
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captive mature broodstock developed," Serfling said.
Since the system will be totally enclosed, it can be
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Season of our weird discontent, MacDonald.isms, too
News junkies will find newspapers in the next few
weeks filled with some pretty offbeat items. 'Tis the
season when, except for the presidential election results
in Florida, not much is happening because of the holi-
But papers have to have news, and historically this
time of year the papers are filled with weirdness, heart-
wrenching accounts of puppies saved from certain
death by an uncanny act of kindness by a passerby,
Virginia being told that yes, there is a Santa Claus, or
children finding long-lost parents.
Here's a weird tale about the latter.
Charles McCorkle died in a nursing home in Au-
gust 1998, 14 weeks after being moved from another
nursing home where he was found by relatives starved,
dehydrated and suffering from bedsores that had be-
An aunt, age 86, sued the nursing home that had
mistreated McCorkle. Last week, a jury awarded her
$20 million because of McCorkle's mistreatment.
Well, they almost awarded her the money.
Seems the nursing home, in fighting the lawsuit,
did a background check on McCorkle and found that
he had adopted a young boy decades ago. McCorkle
and his son became estranged in 1987 after having a
fight over the son's wife, and father and son had not
The son was located in Georgia by the nursing
home's private investigator. Son was shocked to learn
that dad had died. He was more shocked to learn that,
as the closest heir, he was the recipient of the $20 mil-
Part of the irony of the story is that the son had
divorced his first wife and remarried.
The nursing home tried to persuade the judge that
there was some kind of fraud involved by McCorkle's
aunt to try to cut the son out of the award. The judge
rejected the claim, stating "This is an awfully serious
mistake, but I don't see it to be that material in this
The aunt said she brought forward the suit to force
changes in the nursing home industry. She sounds like
a feisty old gal her comment was that "at my age
you don't get up on a witness stand and lie."
Whooping cranes are teetering on the brink of ex-
tinction. Scientists estimate that in the 1940s there were
Only 15 of the four-foot-high birds left in all of North
America. Now, through hatchling programs, the birds
have somewhat recovered. There are about 400 of them
around now, about 75 of them in the Sunshine State.
Well, make that 73 Florida whoopers. Some 18-
year-old idiot shot two of them last week in St. Johns
County near St. Augustine. Wildlife officers charged
him with shooting the birds which is illegal from
a truck window on a highway which is also illegal.
The whooper shooter said he didn't know he was
doing anything wrong when he blasted the birds. One
wildlife officer said the bird killer told him "he thought
they were ducks. Take that for what it's worth."
A four-foot-tall duck?
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You may not be reading this entry, depending on the
editor's decision, since it deals with subject matter prob-
ably not suitable for young readers. "The Spike" ajour-
nalism-ism for having an article rejected for publication
for some reason or another and coined because of the way
the copy used to be impaled on a small metal spindle -
is probably the fate of this factoid, but what the heck:
Florida boasts the nation's highest rate of cosmetic
procedures per capital, and is tops for the highest num-
ber of plastic surgeons per capital.
The number of cosmetic procedures performed
nationwide has mushroomed 275 percent in the last
eight years, and it's now a $3 billion yes, that's with
a big "B" annually.
"People are very exposed here girls are on the
beach all year," said one popular South Florida plastic
surgeon said to create "goddess breasts" for between
$3,000 and $8,000 a pair. He is known as "Dr.
Boobner" and has been christened one of the best breast
surgeons by a national magazine. He does five opera-
tions a day and is booked until late March.
I'm not making up this quote:
"I guess I have a feel for it," he says.
Maybe I should self-Spike this item.
Author to author
Every few years I dust off my old Travis McGee
books and enter into a reading frenzy. John D.
MacDonald wrote 21 of them, beginning with "The
Deep Blue Good-By" in 1964, and they have in my
opinion been able to withstand the test of time.
We had the pleasure of meeting John D. many years
ago. He and his wife were on Longboat Key for a party,
and unfortunately I was so tongue-tied I couldn't do much
but mutter a hello and stand there with my camera aimed.
This was JOHN D. MACDONALD! I remember think-
ing to myself. Wow!
Over the years I've met a lot of authors. All have said
that John D. was a very, very strong influence in their
work. After all, he wrote 78 books over the course of 37
years, everything from mystery to non-fiction to sci-fi.
So I guess it shouldn't be surprising to find a trib-
ute to John D., and Travis McGee, in a sci-fi book by
Spider Robinson called "Callahan's Key."
The story in a capsule is this: about 100 people
decide to flee the cold north and, packed in 24 more-
or-less-purchased school buses, travel to Key West
to start new lives. There were only three places all
of those 100 or so people agreed were had-to-visit
places: Disney World, a space shuttle launch, and
"the shrine" Slip F-18, Bahia Mar Marina, Ft.
Lauderdale, home of Travis McGee's fictional
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Moon Date AM HIGH AM LOW PM HIGH PM LOW
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Dec 14 12:25 2.5 8:14 -0.6 4:15 1.3 6:42 1.2
Dec 15 1:24 2.3 9:07 -0.4 4:54 1.4 8:06 1.1
Dec 16 2:30 2.1 10:00 -0.2 5:32 1.4 9:40 1.0
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Dec 19 7:05 1.3 12:50 0.6 7:24 1.8 12:26 0.5
Dec 20 8:54 1.2 2:11 0.3 8:00 1.9 1:08 0.7
Cortez High Tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later
houseboat "The Busted Flush."
Here's Spider Robinson's description of visiting
"We began to walk out onto the section of the dock
marked 'F,' and then to walk very fast, and then we
trotted, and before we even had time to reach outright
running, we were there. It was there. The place we'd all
spent countless happy hours in, and had never laid eyes
"Not a lot to see, really. A parking space for a boat,
like hundreds of others here. An empty one, at that: no
vessel was moored there now. But there was something
to see. Someone had placed a ceremonial brass plaque
there on the dock, just in front of one of the shoulder-
high wooden pilings, bolted onto a white concrete
plinth that came up to my chest. We stood around like
pilgrims and read it silently together.
"The plaque read: Slip F-18, Bahia Mar Marina,
dedicated to the 'Busted Flush,' home of Travis
McGee, fictional hero and salvage consultant, created
by John D. MacDonald, author, 1916-1986, designated
a literary landmark Feb. 21, 1987.
"I found myself grinning and leaking tears at the
Reading that story it gets much, much better,
but you'll have to get the book for the rest -was al-
most as good as meeting John D.
John D. MacDonald lived and wrote on Siesta Key
for 17 years. The factoid about his life in Southwest
Florida is that he wrote a column in a monthly Sarasota
magazine. The magazine was called "The Lookout"
and the column "Off the Beat," and it began in late
1959. Here's a part of his first column:
"We drove out Bird Key way the other day in a sad
ceremonial mood to look at where the big pines had
been. After driving between the pines for so many
years, it was disconcerting to have them only on one
side. It gave somewhat the same feeling as walking
with a pronounced limp. We parked for a bit. Lovely
morning. The big dredges were contentedly masticat-
ing, while opportunistic birds awaited the goodies
spewed onto the brand new land."
That column, of course, laid the foundation for
MacDonald's book "Flash of Green," which was later
made into a movie filmed mostly in Sarasota with
scenes in Cortez. The story is of evil developers, good-
hearted environmentalists and the dredging and filling
of an island in the bay.
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Winners in the Dec. 6 games were Jack
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 13, 2000 0 PAGE 31
Sheepshead, trout, reds, snook, grouper dominate action
By Capt. David Futch
Best bumper sticker seen this year: "I say we fish
five days and work two."
And how about this way to find your place in the
sun? One of our newspaper carriers said, "I left Cleve-
land, Ohio, 22 years ago with a snow plow on my front
bumper. When I got to Manatee County and someone
asked me what it was, that's when I decided this is the
place I want to live."
Gag grouper fishing and sheepshead are peaking,
but there are a number of other critters to catch such as
mangrove snapper, redfish, trout, some pompano and
flounder. As the water temperature drops, anglers will
find the snook becoming more lethargic and less likely
Don Satiro at Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez
said Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II got a
mess of mangrove snapper at Longboat Pass on Thurs-
day. They were 15 inches. He also boated many floun-
der, snook, redfish, trout and sheepshead.
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend said the story
remains the same with the gags.
"We started in 50 feet and went to 90 feet and caught
a lot of mangrove snapper, gags, banded rudderfish, a half
dozen porgies and caught a couple of flounder to 5
pounds," Kimball said. "I'm not complaining, but the
weather was a little too good last week. The gags like the
weather a little rough. On the rougher days, I've had them
come up and bite bait 20 feet off the bottom. When it gets
calm, the gags get lazy."
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss are slamming the gag grouper in
water 60 feet deep or less.
"Along with the gags we're still catching some
pretty good-sized mangrove snapper," Hackney said.
"They aren't as plentiful as they were a month or so,
ago, but they're still hanging around."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said bonita are
about to pull people off the dock.
"We have bonita all over the place," Kilb said.
"They're fun to catch and peel off some line. Sheeps-
head, flounder, a few redfish and black drum are being
caught occasionally. Snook are about gone. They're
going to go into their hibernation period."
Capt. Justin Moore on the Prima Donna II said
there are more trout around than ever.
"They're everywhere, on the flats, in deep water
and they're big," Moore said. "I'm not sure I under-
stand why they're out of season. Ask my dad. He can
give you the full skinny on trout and why they
shouldn't be out of season.
"The pompano are around, too, and there are
mackerel in the passes. Somebody told me they were
still catching kingfish while trolling in the passes."
Carl Shaner at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle
said anglers tell him they're catching a lot sheepshead
on sandfleas and shrimp. They're catching snook
around mangroves on top surface lures like poppers
and rattletraps, Shaner said.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast out of Holmes
Beach said the past week he had some of the best De-
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"It started off bumpy in the morning, but by noon
the Gulf was like glass," Bowers said. "I've never seen
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days. In a lot of places we stopped we didn't even have
to anchor. We put our marking jug out and pulled the
boat right next to it. We caught 20 grouper, seven of
them keeper gags. We also had mangrove snapper, a
bunch of Key West grunts, a small amberjack and a
world of jacks. The temperature was around 77 de-
grees. It was as good as it gets. On Saturday, we caught
gags in shallow water about seven miles out and
had some to 30 inches."
Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he was in the Manatee River on Friday and
caught redfish around some of the deeper docks.
"They're scattered a couple here, a couple
there," Smith said "Also, we got some sheepshead off
those same docks. We went to Terra Ceia Bay looking
for reds and all I could see were reds scattered, just
single fish. Then we went to the pilot dock at Egmont
and caught sheepshead. We looked for the new Egmont
Reef that's about a mile east of the pilot dock and the
marker was gone. We worked the back side of Key
Royale and got sheepshead off those docks."
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
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"I haven't even tried to catch snook or redfish
lately. I've been catching flounder and gags to 26
inches and we're only going five miles out. This past
week was great. No wind, you don't get blown around,
you're not miserable and you're catching fish."
Capt. Matt Denham and his first mate Rodney
Shirley on Rip Tide charters said they nailed the gags
"We started in 55 feet and it was real slow fishing,"
Denham said. "Then we went into 95 feet of water and
found a freshwater spring where the water was moving
real quick. We got three 30-inch gags right off, man-
grove snapper to 22 inches, amberjack to 20 pounds
and some nice lane snapper to 3 pounds. There are still
a ton of gags in closer and we trolled for them with
some diving plugs when we were coming in and caught
three more on lighter color plugs like blue or green.
They wouldn't touch a black plug. I think they like
them when it's overcast."
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Island property sales
17th St. N., Bradenton Beach, various lands Gulf
to bay, were sold 10/19/00, Two Sailors Corp. to AMI
Bayshore Development LLC, for $1.4 million.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1978, was sold 10/16/00, Szakacs
to Thorsley, for $157,000; list $159,900.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 691 sfla Ibed/
bath condo built in 1978, was sold 10/17/00, Lalama
to Rounds, for $125,000;-list $124,900.
212 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,680 sfla 4bath
duplex built in 1980 on a 54x105 lot, was sold 10/16/
00, Dunham to Ippolito, for $228,000.
2905 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,448 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1999 on a 50x100 lot, was
sold 10/19/00, Tollner to Fletcher, for $255,000; list
438 63rd St., Holmes Beach, Seaside Gardens, an
attached with own lot canalfront 960 sfla 2bed/2bath/
Icp home built in 1969, was sold 10/16/00, Tort to
Donatelli, for $115,000.
529 70th St., Holmes' Beach, a canalfront 3bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1965 on an 85x108 lot, was
sold 10/16/00, Schneider to Szakacs, for $260,000; list
7104 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, a 2,192 sfla 3bed/
Premier homes of Sarasota & Manatee Inc.
has moved to 10601 Cortez Road W., Bradenton,
and expanded its Web site,
www.premierflorida.com, said the company's
chief executive officer, Frank Lambert. The
move will put the design and building company
and real estate brokerage near the waterfront
homes and land in which it specializes, he said.
Robert St. Jean was the top agent for getting
new listings and Rebecca Smith and Elfi Starrett
the top sales agents during November at the
Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real Estate
Co. Other top listers included Susanne Goeldi,
Longboat Key office, and Sharon Oper, Avenue
of the Flowers. Others tops in sales were Lynda
Melnick, Mike Migone and Tina Rudek,
Longboat Key, and Cindy Grazar, Avenue of the
2bath/2car/pool home zoned duplex and built in 1969
on a flag-shaped lot, was sold 10/17/00, Christmann to
Daves, for $245,000; list $255,000.
110 Hammock, Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,424
sfla 4bed/2bath/lcar/2cp home built in 1987 on an
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80x105 lot, was sold 10/27/00, Russell to Seidel, for
3402 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 2 Gulf Beach Place,
a 1,197 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1987, was sold
10/23/00, Vandevrede to Rastorfer, for $195,000.
3601 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 108 Sandy
Pointe, a 1,004 sfla 2bed/2bath/cp condo built in 1994,
was sold 10/23/00, Simon to Jablonski, for $117,900;
101 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,062 sfla Gulffront
triplex built in 1930 on a 100x145 double lot, was sold
11/1/00, Glanz to Weld Inc., for $600,000.
103 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,616 sfla
triplex built in 1950 on a 75x100 lot, was sold 10/30/
00, Steele to Trichter, for $250,000; list $259,900.
205 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,169 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1953 on a 90x90 lot with boat
slip elsewhere, was sold 10/31/00, Fernandez to
Gesten, for $175,000; list $189,000.
309 Hardin, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,280 sfla
2bed/2.5bath/lcar home built in 1980 on a 75x139 lot,
was sold 10/31/00, Johnson to Fernandez, for
$257,500; list $264,900.
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4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of
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3BR/2BA furnished home on sailboat water with di-
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulifront turnkey furnished condo. Gor-
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Realtor 2306 Canasta Dr........... $895,000
631 Foxworth Lane ....... $889,000
527 72nd Street ........... $625,000
524 Key Royale Dr ........ $449,000
5913 Flotilla Dr............. $340,000
5800 Flotilla Dr............. $329,000
203 55th Street......... $309,000
AND ISLAND CONDOS:
Waters Edge Condo ....... $249,000
3706 Gulf Drive ............ $349,000
Realtor 4002 6th Avenue .......... $369,000
2101 Avenue B.................. $229,500
5208 Riverview Blvd NEW $1,999,999
3104 Avenue F ................ $575,000
110 Mangrove ............... $249,000
305 Clark Drive ............. $149,0003
4006 6th Ave .... #1-4 each $149,000
404 Magnolia Avenue .........$125,000
MULTI FAMILY PROPERTIES:
101 25th Street........ NEW $599,000
Realtor 313 62nd Street............ $219,900
6504 Holmes Blvd......... $199,900
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,195,000
1411 56th Street ................. $78,000
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Broker/Realtor 11434 Perico Isles Circle .. $249,000
11319 Perico Isles Circle .. $248,000
1262 Spoonbill Landings.. $189,900
S 11017 Jasmine Circle NEW $185,900
9915 Manatee Ave. .... $1,495,000
812 North Bay Blvd....... $879,900
101 25th Street........ NEW $599,000
310 Pine Ave................ $294,500
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PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES New crop $6.95 per
pound to benefit Island Players. Purchase at
SunCoast Real Estate or The Islander Newspaper.
Island Shopping Center, 5402 Gulf Drive at Holmes
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.
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT for sale. All Macintosh
products. 20-inch Apple color monitor, Power Mac
7100/66 hard drive. UMax Scanner. Pioneer Cd-Rom
carousel changer. Two portable zip drives, one Jazz
drive. Discs for each. 778-1102.
LARGE WOOD BAKER'S cabinet. Holds full-size
sheet pans. Glass doors on top, sliding wood doors
on bottom with shelves for storage. Good shape.
Needs paint or decoration. 778-1102.
AVON CALLING ANEW, cosmetics, gifts, Skin-So-
Soft products, etc. Call Alison, 383-6201. All mes-
sages get a prompt response.
COLEMAN TENTS, DuPont sleeping bags with
inflatable mattress, Bushnell 420 telescopes, Swiss
Army watches, Hamilton Beach health grills, Black
and Decker hand can openers, motorcycle-style
leather jackets. 3607 East Bay Drive #107, Holmes
THREE-PIECE, L-shaped, rust/beige/blue-gray sec-
tional. Each side is 108 inches. Good condition. 383-
PORTACRIB and folding playpen from grandma's
house. $15/each. 778-1389 leave message.
NOTARY PUBLIC, CIVIL marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
FIND GREAT DEALS on everything else in
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Thursday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturdays 9am-noon. Al-
ways 50% off rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
FURNITURE SALE: Saturday, Dec. 16, 8am-noon.
Sofa, chests, table, chairs and more. 798 North
Shore Drive at Fern in Anna Maria.
LOST NOV. 2, Holmes Beach area. Black cat, small
white spot on neck, answers to Pooky. 778-9760.
LOST TWO CATS, both large males. One orange
tiger, one black. 80th Street, Holmes Beach. 778-
CRITTER SITTER Six years in pet care, 21 years as
an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your pets
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
WANTED, LOVING home for beautiful one-year-old
make kitty. Light beige with distinct tiger markings on
head, tail and legs. Bright blue eyes. very affection-
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VERY SHARP 1990 Lexus, four-doors, leather inte-
rior and power moon roof. $8,300. 778-9262.
CLASS-C MOTOR HOME. 1997 Ford Coachman 22
feet, rear transmission, kitchen, V-10, 15K miles, air
conditioner, generator, microven, awning, loaded.
Excellent condition. $27,900, interesting trades con-
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For in-
formation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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.
NEED A PLACE to park your boat and/or trailer?
Private ramp, wash down area. Long/short term.
Capt. John's, 792-2620.
1991 DORADO 30-foot Sportfish, diesel, full tower.
1983 Topaz 38-foot sportfish, diesel, full tower. 1972
Hatteras four foot sportfish, 871 S, upgrades. 1988
Phoenix 38-foot sportfish, diesel. 1987 Albin 34-foot
motor yacht, diesel. Dave 228-3489 local.
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,
Holmes Beach. 713-1723 or 778-5419.
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.
THE CITY PIER RESTAURANT. All positions. Apply
101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 2pm-6pm daily or call
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puter and basic math skills required. Salaries com-
miserate with experience. Fax or mail resumes to
Barnes Walker Title Inc., 3119 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205. (941)741-8225.
SALES OPPORTUNITIES. If you have not made
$100,000 this year and are a full-time real estate
agent (40 hours) you should be selling Island prop-
erties. For a confidential interview, contact Michael
Nink, Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 383-5543. Ask
about sign-on bonus.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gardens,
trimming, clean-up, edgings more. Hard-working and re-
sponsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, re-
movals. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Ser-
vice, 746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
HUSBAND FOR A DAY handyman services. Twenty
five years experience. Free Estimates. Licensed and
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This lovely 3-4BR/2BA, waterfront pool home offers a deep
seawalled channel with direct bay and Gulf access, plus
gorgeous bay views! Amenities include ceramic tiled floors,
expansive screened lanai, ceiling fans and more! Short walk
to fine Gulf beach! Priced at $439,000.
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
WALL & CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able over 20 years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service. Over
30 years experience, self-employed in construction
trades. "I'm handy to have around." 778-1022.
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.
NEW FENCE? UPGRADE YOUR HOUSE. We do all
kinds, vinyl and wood, at reasonable prices. Please
call for your free estimate. 778-1098.
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR. Lawnmowers, weed eat-
ers, mopeds, scooters, etc. Call Dave, 778-4728 af-
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.
DON & KAREN SCHRODER, REALTORS
KEY ROYALE GEM
Lush landscaping sets off .
the exterior of this fine '
3BR/2BA home. Its flex- i i1
ible floor plan offers a
family room and a j
Florida room that is
bathed in morning sun. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate
the deep-water canal and the short time it takes to be in the
Bay or Gulf from this home's dock. There's room for a pool
or other buyer-needed expansions. $319,000.
KOM W K REALTY
KEY WEST IS HERE! Just steps from bay and Gulf this
almost new 3BR/3BA home has elevator, fabulous tile,
central vac, zoned A/C. gourmet kitchen, four-car garage,
video security. $449,500. Call Ron Cornette or Jane
Grossman at 778-2246.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT! Direct bayfront 2BR/
2.5BA turnkey furnished apartment with fabulous view of
bay. Heated pool, spa, covered parking, elevator and
steps to the beach! $279,500. Call David Moynihan at
778-2246 or 778-7976 eves.
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
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.
TAXI ON THE ISLAND. $1.50.to get in, $1.50 per
mile. Cheerful, clean, service 7am-3am, seven days,
including holidays. Island Transportation, 737-0336.
BEGINNING Bridge lessons. 778-2665.
PUT YOUR HOUSEWORK in our hands. All phases
of residential and commercial cleaning. Free esti-
mates and all work guaranteed. Call Laureen or John
at L & J Supreme Klean. 753-6483.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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-
WATERFRONT COTTAGE with dock. Turnkey fur-
nished, beautiful view, breezy quiet area. No pets/
smoking. Priced from $700 month, $350 week. 941-
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $450 per week. Fall and winter dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
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.
DECEMBER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA fully equipped
apartment, steps to beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets
welcome. $398/week. 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.
HOLMES BEACH Pirates Den 2BR apartments.
Stones throw to beach. Heated pool. Available until
Dec. 30. $500/week. Very Clean. 778-4368.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA bayside
pool, tennis, Gulf access, unfurnished. Old Florida
Realty Co., 778-3377.
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ANNUAL RENTAL, 1 BR/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.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA.On the beach, large deck, washer/
dryer, utilities included. $1,500/month. One-room effi-
ciency, $800/month. Bradenton Beach, 778-7820.
BAYFRONT DUPLEX, 1 BR/1 BA, 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.
YEARLY 2BR/1BA apartment, upstairs, waterfront,
no pets. $675/month. Call 761-7471.
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.
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.
NORTH SORE DRIVE, Gulf side. 3BR/2BA cottage
available January and Feb. All conveniences,
WATERFPRoi oT 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/1 BA directly on Gulf of Mexico, private
beach. Water, sewer, garbage included. $1,000/
month, assurity/security required. 792-2779.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, washer/dryer
hook-up, fenced yard, covered parking $750/month.
First, last, security. 761-8821.
SEASONAL PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA $2600/
month; Longboat 3BR/2BA house $2,600/month; El
Conquistador 2Br/2BA $1,800/month. Real Estate
SEASONAL FURNISHED 1BR/1BA Holmes Beach,
across from beach. Cable and utilities included. $525/
week, $1,800/month. Available 01/02/01. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL BR/1 BA screened lanai, laundry,
block to beach. $625/month, no pets, 779-1228.
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. Call 778-7976 evenings.
OFFICE/STUDIO/WORKSHOP. Holmes Beach. No
deposit, you paint. $400/month includes water and
trash. Call 778-4010.
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA now available January, Feb-
ruary, and March. Three months for $6,600. Recently
remodeled, fully furnished suite. All amenities, ga-
rage, washer/dryer, pool, cable, VCR. One block to
Publix and beach. One-half block to Duffy's. Excel-
lent location, 778-4560 or 920-4539.
CHARMING ISLAND HOME 2BR/2BA. Completely
furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many extras, on a
quiet street. Available January-December 2001.
$2,400/month, $700/week. Call (813) 286-9814.
SEASONAL OR MONTHLY rental 3BR/3BA in Anna
Maria with canalfront and dock. One-car garage, one
block from beach, large entertainment room with bar.
Completely furnished, singe story, available Novem-
ber-May, no smoking, pontoon boat available.
$3,500/month. Call (863)683-4703 or (863)688-9281.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA plus den, spacious home. Includes
boat dock across the street, screened porch, washer/
dryer and garage. $1,100/month plus utilities. First, last
and security $500. Anna Maria Realty, 778-2259.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA unfurnished condo in
West Bay with boat slip and carport. Up to date. Call
CHRISTMAS WEEK open. Bradenton Beach on bay.
Restored, clean, 1BR and 2BR cottages with dock.
SEASONAL VERY NICE 2BR/1BA unit in Holmes
Beach. 150 yards to white, sandy beaches. Avail-
able December-April, $1,950/month. 203 69th St.
WINTER RENTAL spacious 2BR/1 BA. Large, mod-
ern kitchen, king beds, garage, washer/dryer,
screened porch, patio, gas grill. Steps from sandy
beach. No pets. $2,800/month. (813)985-6765.
IMMACULATE KEY WEST-style 2BR/2BA home.
February, March, April and summer rental. Quiet
street, Bradenton Beach. One-minute walk to Gulf
beach, bayfront park, playground. Enjoy tropical
breezes from large palm-shaded porch. Bright, open,
nicely decorated, furnished. Gourmet kitchen.
Washer/dryer, cable TV, stereo, answering machine.
Spring $2,950/month, summer $1,750/month. Call
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ELEVATED DUPLEX, 2BR/2BA. Garage and stor-
age. One block to beach. No pets. $675/month.
ST. ARMAND'S HOME, short walk to circle/Lido
beach. 3BR/2BA, heated pool, nice furniture. Sea-
sonal/Long term rental. Tele/fax: (941)795-4195.
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., Re-
duced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
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.
BEAUTIFUL 1BR/1BA condo on Longboat Key.
Just reduced to $116,900/O.B.O. Located on canal
close to bay. Newly redecorated and fully fur-
nished. Seller is motivated for quick sale. David
Bass, broker. 778-4611.
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OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
DRAMATIC CONTEMPORARY HOME on Anna
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designed home by renowned architect Gene Leedy.
Just steps to white sandy beaches of the Gulf of
Mexico. $999,000. Sandy Drapala 749-5797 or
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KINDS OF BOWLS
BY ELIZABETH C. GORSKI / EDITED BY WILL SHORT
1 Souvenir item
4 Where to see an
9 t picks up things
with a dish
14 1974 animal
movie with three
21 Rousseau work
22 Lend (listen)
23 Youthful times
24 Boot camp boss
27 Shrub with
29 Tick off
32 British foe,
36 Rugged ridge
37 Before, once
38 Club of song
41 Economy airfare
44 Alcott book"
47 Sombreros and
51 Many new
54 Linking verb
55 More than a
56 Kind of instinct
57 Fruit component
60 Writing no-no
66 Savoy region
74 Cattle call?
played by Gerard
80 Jobs for dentists
82 "Don't let go!"
84 Jackie's hubby
86 Gold digger's
93 Love, to Luigi
94 Easy on the eyes
101 Popular puppet
104 Tipper's needs?
106 Poetic Muse
107 One may be
under a bed
112 Rocker John
114 Not go by foot
115 Salon employees
116 Palace figures
117 Mattress brand
118 Snake's warning
3 Marine plants
6 In the style of
7 Actress Susan
8 Sounds of shock
9 Finally turned
12Veep who's a
13 Illicit cigarette
14Get into hot
15 Touched up
18 Carpet source
30 Bushes are in it
31 Start of the afio
32 Count, in music
33 Tough exams
39 Celebration of
40 Places for
42 Reel's partner
43 Mrs., abroad
47 Florida city.
50 Blue Bonnet, e.g.
53201 on a slab
58 Chicken order
59 Alphabet book
61 Big e-tailing
62 Charged items
65 Stat for Sosa
68 This is a stick-up
71 Participate in
73This earns points:
75 Cub's place
78 Dream land
79 Ginger cookies 91 Most exquisite
81 Enzyme enabler 92 Pianist Watts and
82 Cigar holders others
83 Sitting through a 95 They come and
bad piano recital, go
86 Soldier, often 96Emphatic
87 Rap's Dr. _
88 Gobble up
98 Tatar leaders
107 Skid row woe
108 Neighbor of
109 Relative of
90 "Peel __grape" 101 Not solid-colored 111 Dark horse
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