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Skimming the news ... Happy Holidays to all from the staff of The Islander!


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Special section this week.


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"


Beach buildup to


occur at height


of turtle season
By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island's beach renourishment project
- which has been delayed until summer 2001 -
comes at the height of marine turtle-nesting season, a
prospect turtle watchers say has them concerned.
For Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch President Suzi
Fox, the delay means her group of volunteers will be
spending many sleepless nights watching for turtle crawls.
It also means they may have to relocate as many as
200 turtle nests while the dredging and beach buildup
take place over two or three months.
Renourishment will take place from Fifth Street
South in Bradenton Beach to 78th Street in Holmes
Beach. Then from Maple Avenue to near Sycamore
Avenue in Anna Maria.
None of the beach north of Sycamore is part of
the project and there is a gap from Seahorse Lane to
Maple because homeowners there refused to sign off
on the project easements, fearing they were giving
away their land.
"Turtle Watch will be up and running April I be-
cause we've had turtles come ashore as early as
April 15," Fox said. "With beach renourishment
pushed back into the middle of nesting season, we're
going to need some money for relocating the nests.
We're going to need money for an all-terrain ve-
hicle, fuel, cameras and more. If we have to relocate
200 nests, we'll need volunteers day and night."
Fox said she would ask Manatee County for
$40,340 to pay for a digital camera ($1,000), a video
camera ($700), film ($300), a scanner and program-
ming for the digital camera ($400), 10 cell phones
($600), 10 walkie talkies ($400), an all-terrain ve-
hicle ($5,000 to $8,000) and maintenance and fuel
($250). Another $12,260 request includes money to
cover inflation, insurance and gas mileage.
Digging up turtle nests for relocation is not like
tilling a garden. No shovels are allowed, Fox said.
Volunteers must use their hands to carefully uncover
the 100 or so eggs each female loggerhead lays when
she makes a crawl.
Unlike the first renourishment eight years ago, Fox
said the company widening the beach next summer will
be required to build a dune system.
The dune system won't just protect the beach
from erosion, it will also act as a barrier to block
out light from streetlights, motels and homes.
Lights on the beach have always been a problem
for turtles. They become disoriented because they
think the lights are stars or the moon.
"Lights from parking garages at condos and motels
were a big problem last year," Fox said. "Garage lights
accounted for 40 percent of the disorientations,
streetlights were to blame for 50 percent and house
lights about 10 percent.
"A dune system would eliminate a good part of the
problem."
Fox and the Turtle Watch board of directors have
sent letters requesting a dune system be concentrated
from 50th Street to 72nd Street in Holmes Beach and
from Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach to 31st Street
in Holmes Beach.
Dunes were rejected by residents during the first
renourishment project in 1992-93.


ISLANDER


Volume 9, no. 6, Dec. 20, 2000 FREE


Bethlehem Walk a family affair
Kelley and Dean Tribble posed as Maryi d and Joseph in the Roser Memorial Conlmmunity Church presentation
of the Bethlehem Walk Saturday night in Anna Maria. IThey and a group of costmned followers. including a
donkey, llama, goats and a sheep from Repasy's petting zoo in Sarasota, walked the area around the church
looking for room at local inns (neighboring homes). On return to the church, Kelley entered the "inn and
returned to place baby Jesus, her son Dylan Tribble (18 months, in the manger) as the Rev. Gary Batey read
the Bethlehem story. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch



Foundation unstable,


home to be demolished


By Ann McGrath
Islander Reporter
When a contractor began taking steps to remodel a
house at 527 56th St. W. in.Holmes Beach, he discovered
serious structural damage in the walls and foundation.
After purchasing the house last spring, the new
owner, Sara Falk, asked Eatman & Smith Architecture
to draw plans for renovation.
The plans were accepted, construction bids were
taken, and Bob Dale Construction was chosen as the
contractor.
Falk planned a $275,000 remodel to the property,
which was valued at $400,000, and the City of Holmes
Beach granted a permit, said Assistant Superintendent
of Public Works Bill Saunders.
Everything appeared to be in order until pre-con-
struction preparations revealed large cracks in the walls
and the foundation.
As soon as the cracks were found, Dale called
Emily Anne Smith of Eatman & Smith.
"'You need to come look at this,'" Dale said.
The cracks were hidden under sheet rock which
had recently been installed prior to the purchase of the
house, Smith said, and that led the new owner to be-
lieve there had been something to hide.
Smith immediately called the Holmes Beach build-
ing department, and a stop work order was issued.
Further inspection revealed the house had been
built on a filled lot.
In the 1940s or '50s waterfront areas were filled


with dredge material, covering trees and other plant
growth, Smith said, and over time the vegetation dete-
riorated beneath the foundation.
"There was nothing underneath. Vegetation rots,"
said Saunders.
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Happy

Holidays!
Look in our second section this week for
special services and times at Anna Maria Is-
land, Longboat Key and Cortez churches and
Temple Beth Israel.
You'll also find plenty of holiday cheer and
1 Ith-hour gift ideas in the second section.
Next week, look for our year in review,
prospects and resolutions for the coming year
2001 beginning the 21st century.
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PAGE 2 0 DEC. 20, 2000 0 THE ISLANDER

Street vacation request rejected by Bradenton Beach


By Paul Roat
A request to vacate 17th Street North has been
denied by the Bradenton Beach City Commission.
Commissioners cited the need to preserve water-
front access as one of the reasons for rejecting the pro-
posal to vacate the street offered by developers Harry
Nikias and Lynn Hazlett. The pair, through agent
Emily Anne Smith of Eatman & Smith Architects, pro-
posed to build a 44-unit gated condominium project on

Falk house has serious problems
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
On canal lots behind seawalls, Smith recommends
soil testing prior to construction or purchase.
In this case, the existing house will have to be demol-
ished, Smith said.
At presstime, the owner could not be reached for com-
ment.
Falk is currently seeking legal compensation from a
previous owner, Smith said, and the house stands vacant.
Eatman & Smith Architecture is in the process of
designing another home for the lot a raised home on
pilings.


the property, complete with 15 public parking spaces
adjacent to Gulf Drive.
Smith argued that the development would greatly
benefit Bradenton Beach. "This is our city's last der-
elict street," she told commissioners. "It has empty
.rundown houses, potholed, irregular paving, a sea of
weeds and unkemptness. It has never been an acces-
sible bayside street end."
She added that building permit fees to the city


Large cracks discovered in
interior walls, foundation
\WI'i th sh / it'eet rock ca(Iin' down in ,prclparatio.i for a


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Photo: Bonner IFut'ch


would amount to more than $275,000 if the project
were approved.
However, citizens and commissioners were less
than receptive to the development and the street vaca-
tion.
Resident Ron Therrion said he was concerned
about drainage in the area if the development were
built.
Resident Mollie Sandberg said the "gated commu-
nity and loss of access is not the atmosphere of
Bradenton Beach."
"I never thought a gated community could be a part
of Bradenton Beach," resident Harry Brown said.
Resident Susan Brown concurred. "It's disturbing
to have a gated community in Bradenton Beach," she
said. "It just doesn't fit in the community I live in."
"Derelict property is an issue between the owner
and the city code enforcement officer," resident Susan
Kehne said, "but it should not be an excuse to give
something up. like bay access."
Smith countered that bay access would be main-
tained for pedestrians if commissioners would vacate
the street and approve the project. Commissioners
balked at the proposal, though.
"I cannot support the sale, lease of vacation of any
city land which cannot be replaced," Commissioner
Bill Arnold said.
"Our city's greatest asset is our open, unobstructed
street-end views to the Gulf and bay," Commissioner
Dawn Baker said.
"The idea of Bradenton Beach with a gated com-
Inunii \ doesn't sound like Bradenlon Beach to nme,
said (Conmlissioner Berntitta Kay.
"I'm uncomfortable with the street vacation,"
NMaor Gall Cole said. "You can't get back what you
give a\\ a. and I don't know what our needs will be in
the future."
Onl\ Commissioner John Chappie favored the
project. "I see it as a benefit to the city." he said as he
cast tile 1lone vote in favor of the street vacation.
Sm iith said development of the area will be re-
worked b\ the developers, and "hopefully we can come
back \\ ih a plan thia is acceptable to the cil\."


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By Laurie Krosney
Islander Reporter
Candidates have begun qualifying for Anna
Maria's city commission election.
Two seats are up for grabs. The terms of Commis-
sioner Bob Barlow and Vice Mayor Doug Wolfe are
expiring, and both commissioners have said they will
not seek re-election.
The books foi election, which officially opened at
noon on Friday, Dec. 12, will close at noon on Friday,
Dec. 22.
Manatee County Assistant Supervisor of Elections
Nancy Bignell said that as of the close of business
Monday, Dec. 18, three candidates had qualified to run
in the election.
They are Jason Cimino, 519 Pine Ave., John
Michaels of 410 Poinsettia, and Diana Milesko of 823
S. Bay Blvd.
Milesko is a newcomer to Anna Maria politics,


with Michaels and Cimino both having run unsuccess-
fully for office in the past.
All three candidates filed as his or her own cam-
paign treasurer and all have their campaign accounts at
First National Bank and Trust of Manatee.
One other Anna Maria resident had begun the pro-
cess of qualifying.
Bignell said Charles Webb, 502 Magnolia, has
opened up his campaign account and indicated he
would be returning to complete his qualification.
Qualifying packets are available at Anna Maria
City Hall and at the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office, 305 15th St. W., Bradenton.
Qualifying papers must be filed at the county elec-
tions office.
The election for the two-year terms will be held at
Anna Maria City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Anyone wanting to cast their ballot in the city com-
mission race must register to vote by Tuesday, Jan. 16.


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collision Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the 6200 block of Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach. The rainy-day wreck sent two
young girls and their mother to the hospital, none of
them injured seriously. According to witness Alan
Szakacs, a man driving a white truck south on Marina
Drive stopped to ask directions as Szakacs stood on the
northbound shoulder talking to a friend. The
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Meetings

Anna Maria City
None scheduled.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting CAN-
CELED.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.
Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.
Of Interest
Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Holmes Beach City Hall CANCELED.
Dec. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue district
board meeting, Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
SPECIAL NOTE: Qualifying for two Anna Maria City
Commission seats continues until noon Dec. 22.
Holiday Closings
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
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Anna Maria Commission backs up board decision


By Laurie Krosney
Islander Reporter
Denying one variance and remanding another back
to the city's building official, Anna Maria City com-
missioners left no question that they are backing their
city's planning and zoning board.
Robert and Lamania Van Housen were asking for
a variance to the front and side setback requirements to
add a second story to their home at 220 Gladiolus St.
At the planning and zoning board hearing Nov. 27,
the Van Housens were represented by their architect,
Paul Glaser, who said the main reason for the variance
request was aesthetics.
Zoning ordinances dictate that variances can only
be granted in cases of hardship, and the hardship gen-
erally must be inherent in the property.
For example, a pie-shaped lot might present prob-
lems for a house unless setback requirements are
waived.
In the case of the Van Housen residence, the exist-
ing structure was built before the current codes came
into effect and it's outside the current setbacks.
At the Dec. 13 commission meeting, Van Housen
told commissioners he didn't understand why his sec-
ond story couldn't be parallel with the ground floor of
his home.
He was told new construction had to conform to
the current code.
Van Housen then presented commissioners with a
letter from a neurologist outlining some health prob-
lems of his wife.
"We need room for a treadmill because of my
wife's health problems, and I can't walk on pavement
for long, so I need to use it, too. That's a hardship," Van
Housen said.
He also said if the second floor has to come in two
feet from the existing walls, there will have to be sup-
port beams in his garage. They'll be in the way, which
is also a hardship, Van Housen said.
Commissioner Tom Skoloda sympathized with
Van Housen, saying "We are caught within our laws
here. We have a comprehensive plan.


"People decided they wanted a community with
room between the houses for drainage and runoff and
so we didn't have houses built right next to each other,"
Skoloda said.
When Van Housen pointed out he was not asking
to change the footprint of the house, Skoloda re-
sponded, saying granting the variance would be "ex-
tending a non-conforming structure."
Skoloda said, "It's hard sitting up here and deny-
ing people, but if we encroach on these ordinances,
there's no way to stop. That's the bind I feel caught in."
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said it was difficult to
understand so many variance differences in Anna
Maria.
Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Doug
Copeland said, "A non-conforming structure can be
enlarged as long as the non-conformity is not en-
larged."
One problem Commissioner Jay Hill said he had
was that the commission was hearing an entirely dif-
ferent set of circumstances than the planning and zon-
ing board heard last month.
He said it's always hard to think of what the plan-
ning and zoning board would rule if they heard the
same evidence that is presented to the commission.
Commissioners voted 3-2 to uphold the recom-
mendation of the board with Mayor Deffenbaugh and
Commissioner Bob Barlow opposed.
In another variance request, commissioners heard
from builder Steve Kring about the house of David and
Marilyn Dries at 900 N. Shore Drive.
The request heard by the planning and zoning
board on Nov. 27 was for relief from the setback re-
quirements for the addition of a second story.
There was confusion over whether or not Kring
had permission to begin work, which began before a
permit was issued.
Kring maintained he was given permission to start
work before Anna Maria's new building official, Bob
Welch, came to the city in late October.
Welch said he couldn't find a permit anywhere in
the records.


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Welch said he could issue an emergency permit so
Kring could either replace the small second-floor room
.that had been removed or put a roof on the existing
structure.
He would not issue a permit to enlarge the room,
because it violates city codes.
One problem is the proposed enlargement doesn't
meet the current setback requirements.
The other insurmountable problem is that the Dries
house is a duplex in an area zoned for single-family
dwellings.
This makes it a non-conforming structure which, as
with the previous case, cannot be enlarged.
In a surprise move, Kring told commissioners the
Dries house "is not now and never has been a duplex,"
not according to Anna Maria records and not accord-
ing to Manatee County property records.
"It is carried on the tax rolls as a single-family
house," Kring said.
He added that it has never been used by anyone
other than the Dries family. Kring said David and
Marilyn Dries had relatives living there, but no one
else, and they have never collected rent.
After discussion about what constitutes a duplex
and what constitutes a single-family dwelling, Welch
agreed that if one of the two kitchens is removed and
one of the two electric meters is removed, then the
Dries house could be considered a single-family resi-
dence.
Commissioners concurred, which left only the
problem of the side setback, for which the Drieses still
need a variance.
Commissioners decided that since they had heard
an entirely different case than the planning and zoning
board, and since the circumstances had changed so sig-
nificantly, the best thing would be to remand the case
back to the building official and then to the planning
and zoning board, if necessary.
Hill said this was another instance of if the plan-
ning and zoning board hears one case, and then when
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 20, 2000 0 PAGE 5


Pine Avenue beach access to get sand


By Laurie Krosney
Islander Reporter
Some of the final vestiges of the close brush with
Hurricane Gordon will be erased when the Pine Ave-
nue beach access in Anna Maria City is restored.
Public Works Director Anne Beck asked city com-
missioners at their Dec. 14 meeting for authorization to
spend $3,200 to put back the sand ramp that was swept
into the Gulf of Mexico by the storm.
Since Gordon was never declared a federal emer-
gency, the federal government will not help pay for
storm damage, Beck said.
"The Pine Avenue access is heavily used," she
said.
"I've had almost 300 calls from people complain-
ing that they can't get to the beach there without climb-
ing over rocks placed there in the 1950s and uncovered
by the storm."
Beck said that because of the rocks, there is not
enough room to put in stairs or a walkway, and the only
thing the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion will allow there is a sand ramp.
Anthony Manali of 105 Pine Ave. lives across the
street from the access and he asked when the ramp
work would be completed.
Beck said she had the permit already and as soon


as the commission authorized the purchase of the sand,
she'd make the arrangements.
She said she thought the sand could be put in some-
time during the first week in January.
Manali said the access is "one big accident waiting
to happen. If somebody gets hurt, we'll be in really big
trouble."
He questioned why it was taking so long to put the
sand back.
"I'll bet you're running out of that red tape you've
been putting there," Manali said to Beck. "The Sand-
bar Restaurant had the same damage and they had sand


g' Pine Avenue
l'" beach access blocked
Hurricane Gordon swept the sand
S* : covering these rocks where Pine
Avenue meets the Gulf of Mexico out
S to sea when it brushed by Florida's
'!i; Gulf Coast last summer. The City of
,, A Anna Maria plans to spend $3,200
S adding sand at the location to make
S the public access there safer. Islander
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within a week."
Beck explained that the Sandbar has an ongoing
beach renourishment permit.
Commissioner Tom Skoloda suggested the city
should get an ongoing permit so Anna Maria wouldn't
have to go through the emergency application process
every time there's a big storm.
Beck said, "After renourishment, if we get enough
beach, we'll put in for a solid structure there."
Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize
Beck to order the sand and install it on the Gulf end of
Pine Avenue.


Commission backs up board
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4

the situations is appealed to the commission, there is an
entirely new set of circumstances.
Hills said it makes it awkward for commissioners
to back up the planning and zoning board when they
have to second-guess what the board would have done
if it had heard the same appeal.
Commissioners voted unanimously to have City
Attorney Jim Dye draw up an ordinance giving the
planning and zoning board the power to allow or deny


requests for variances.
At present, it serves as a recommending body.
Glenn Neuman of 427 Pine Ave. had serious objec-
tions to the change.
"I have no problem with the people who serve on
the board," he said. "They do their job as it says in the
charter when they make a recommendation.
"I have a problem with non-elected officials mak-
ing decisions about our property, our livelihood and our
welfare."
Hill said maybe the answer is to have the same pre-
sentation made to the commission as \\as madlc to the
planning and zoning board.


Dye pointed out that citizens always have recourse
to the courts.
Edgar Horton of Gladiolus Street said Skoloda
suggested the best thing when he asked for a basic re-
view of the ordinances.
The city's comprehensive plan is slated for review
and revision in 2001.
Skoloda pointed out that the current comprehen-
sive plan, crafted in 1989, is based on 1980 census fig-
ures. It projected that the average house in Anna Maria
would cost $66.000, and the average annual income
would he $S15.000.


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Opinion

If wishes were kisses ...
We could smother the Island.
We've had wonderful, heartwarming news from
our Island community service agencies and non-profit
organizations about results from our annual "Wish
Book." It was published Thanksgiving week with
needs and desires to better enable those groups to ac-
complish their goals in serving the Island.
The Charles and JoAnn Lester-Islander commu-
nity challenge, which it's hoped will top $50,000 this
year, is well under way. The Lesters promise up to
$25,000 to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
Endowment Fund if... and every year since 1997, it's
been the "Big If."
If the community matches their donation.
If the newspaper does a top-notch job of promot-
ing, writing and advertising the challenge as it has
done since the beginning, with fabulous results, we
might add.
Turtle Watch reports it's received several fax ma-
chines, with several more needed for next year's turtle
season and the bevy of morning reports from coordinators.
But still, it's hard not to wish for more.
Such as all the wishes in the Wish Book being ful-
filled.
Peace among city officials and their constituents.
A finished bike path from Anna Maria City to
Longboat Key and beyond.
Sidewalks/bike paths on Cortez Road and Manatee
Avenue that actually connect across the bridges to the
Island's counterparts.
More pedestrian crosswalks and drivers who will
stop for the folks trying to make use of them.
Exotics removed from the Holmes Beach gateway on
Manatee Avenue and the Palma Sola Causeway and a
new welcome sign at King Fish Boat Ramp completed.
No more unnecessary mangrove trimming.
SPurchase approval of a pristine mangrove wetland,
known as Grassy Point Preserve, to become a 37-acre
public nature preserve in Holmes Beach. (Two land-
owners have refused to sell.)
A healthy, productive bay.
A beach renourishment project that's safe and suc-
cessful for property owners, beachgoers and logger-
head turtles.
No street/alley vacations, no increased density or
zoning changes that aren't for the betterment of all.
(And Bradenton Beach should take a serious look at the
density currently allowed.)
Serious dialogue with the Florida Department of
Transportation and consideration for the quaint,



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cottage atmosphere of Anna Maria Island with re- Maria City February election.
gard to replacement bridges when the issues come to Meanwhile, we wish you a Merry Christmas and
the planning table. everything wonderful that goes with the season.
No further Perico development and no further
loss of Manatee County shoreline (read that: no addi- Special thanks for the editorial cartoon this week to
tional waterfront development), cartoonist Jack Egan's granddaughter Mackenzie
No hanging chads or dimpled cards in the Anna Kosfeld, 8.


Let memorial stand
An open letter to Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore and The Islander:
There is no greater loss on earth than for a mother
to lose a child. Yet three Island mothers cry themselves
to sleep each night and young friends taste the bitter
loss of innocence with each passing day.
My wife lost her teenage son more than 10 years
ago and I have seen the emptiness in the darkness of her
eyes and the eyes of his friends. A void that is never
filled, even years later.
Young lives are forever scarred by that brief mo-
ment in time when the music stops. As I see the young
boys surf the waves off the beaches of White Avenue,
I remember the days past of my own youth when the
thrill of flying down hills on our Huffy bikes took our
breath away. But for the grace of God, I, too, could
have been taken by one of those nail-biting rides down
Kendall Avenue in 1965.
Yet it seems one cowardly neighbor, hiding behind
his anonymity, claiming to speak for all and really for
none, opens the still fresh wounds with his cutting
words in your article last week regarding the memorial
at the end of White Avenue.
Let the children grieve. Allow their healing to con-
tinue. Respect the memories of the fallen youth as their
peers struggle to find meaning in their deaths. And pity
the anonymous author, who for years gathered his gold
to build his island palace, yet acquired none of the
riches that come from sharing the lives of others, un-
derstanding their pain and giving of oneself to rebuild
shattered dreams,- which are more precious than his
mortar and stone.


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The simple memorial at the end of White Av-
enue carefully tended by the friends of the fallen,
harkens back to the small wooden box left for the
Christ child by the littlest angel. Simple treasures,
reminders of times shared and lives touched. An
opportunity for friends and family, as well as casual
passersby, to reflect on the preciousness of life and
the rewards that come from sharing it with others,
whether it be for a few moments or for a lifetime.
Please, do not let the words of one speak for all.
The Island community belongs to all, not just the privi-
leged. And let us not forget what it is like to be young
and full of life, and to have that life taken away.
Let the memorial stand. It gives us cause for reflec-
tion each time we pass, and helps us appreciate each
day of life on this Island we call home.
Rick & Betty Call, White Avenue, Holmes Beach

'The fat lady' sang, so all support Bush
The election is over with "the fat lady" singing her
song. The president-elect, George W. Bush, will surely
bring morality and dignity back to the White House
where it belongs. No more renting out the Lincoln bed-
room to Hollywood sleaze bags for fast bucks.
As for that leftist bunch who swore that they would
leave our country if George W. Bush were to win, well,
now is your chance to live up to your promise. And by
the way, good riddance.
President-elect George W. Btrsh has a long and
difficult task in reuniting all the American people, as
well as running our great country, so let's all support
him, all the way.
Paul N. Hewns, Holmes Beach

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First-time author Ric Gatehouse is going live online


By Diana Bogan
Islander Correspondent
Ric Gatehouse has met a lot of characters in his
life. Now he has written a book about them.
Characters in "Millennium Drive," the first of four
action/adventure novels Gatehouse has written, are com-
posites taken from people he has come across in his trav-
els across the United States and Canada. The local colors
of places he has lived -Toronto, Vancouver, Cortez -
set the scene for his fast-paced thriller.
"I always knew I had a book in me. Having lived
in three major cities, I've met a lot of weird people,"
said Gatehouse. "I had the characters, I just needed a
vehicle for them."
That vehicle came to him when The Learning
Channel aired a 50th anniversary piece on Roswell, the
New Mexico town where some believe an extra-terres-
trial craft crashed. The show featured an interview with
a rancher who made the comment "Everything we have
today, the new inventions and technology, came from
that spaceship (the one presumably hidden by the gov-
ernment at Roswell)."
"That, I thought, would make a great story,"
Gatehouse said. "A story that would pit the underdog
street guy against the government. I used this as my
background and started writing the very same day. And
then I rewrote. And I rewrote again."
Finally, after all his effort emerged "Millennium
Drive," a tale in which Millennium Industries has
tapped into the technology derived from the
government's research from the UFO kept at Roswell.
It's a story of greed and power, of loyalty and friend-
ship that plays out in an entertainingly quick read.
Publishing the story of lead character Roy
Gallagher and his dance with danger has been a rather
slow waltz for Gatehouse until now. Teaming up with
the online publisher 1st Books Library, Gatehouse is
set to have his e-book version published and for sale at
www. Istbooks.com by Friday, December 22.
"The advantages of publishing online make it a
win-win situation for everyone." says Gatehouse. "It's
good for the publisher, the consumer and, naturally, the
author."


Cortez is one of the sites of the new thriller by author Ric Gatehouse.


For one thing, online publishing offers a faster
turn-around time than traditional book publishing. Not
only that, but through the Internet "Millennium Drive"
will be instantly available to an audience worldwide.
Obtaining the e-book is simple for the consumer,
and cheap. The e-version will cost $5.95 and can be
viewed on your home computer using Adobe Acrobat
Reader. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, the program
can be downloaded free from the Adobe website
(www.adobe.com)
A paperback version will also be available in mid-
January through Ingram Books, so customers can place
an order at any bookstore.
"Print-on-demand publishing is great for new au-
thors and because they are printed as ordered. there are
no shelling anid shipping costs." explained Gatehouse.
"Your copy will be printed especially for you!"
Early in the next year Gatehouse plans to promote


his book at local retail stores and, he is working with
Ist Books on a plan to hold the first-ever online book
signing.
Knowing it may take some time to set up,
Gatehouse says he wants "to hold an online chat and
offer anyone who orders the book an extra file with my
comments and digital signature."
Meanwhile, Gatehouse is halfway through the
prequel to "Millennium Drive" and asks everyone who
downloads the first book to spread the word to his or
her friends.
"Online publishing needs the support of word-of-
mouth advertising. It takes a grassroots interest to de-
velop into a national presence," he says.
The first three chapters of "Millennium Drive" can
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Beautification committee sets guidelines, reviews efforts


By Ann McGrath
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee met Dec. 6 to discuss guidelines concerning the
committee's purpose, goals and priorities for the com-
ing new year.
The purposes of the committee are beautification,
upkeep and appearance of the city.
The power of the committee within city govern-
ment is limited to suggestion, Chairperson Jim Gloth
said.
Landscaping of "adopt-a-spots" was chosen as a
goal. Matching funds are available for those wishing to
take the responsibility of landscaping areas along state
and county roads, said Gloth. Two spots currently in
need of adoption are at the Eckerd drug store and south
of Duffy's Tavern on Gulf Drive.
Priorities for beatification in the year 2001 are
landscaping along Manatee Avenue at the entrance to
the city, along Gulf Drive south of Anna Maria El-
ementary School, along Gulf Drive south of Manatee
Avenue and toward Bradenton Beach, around the lift
station building at the north end of the Manatee County
Public Beach parking lot and the field by city hall; and
obtaining some uniformity in the appearance of news-
paper boxes and signs.
Some of the funding for beautification efforts at
least on Gulf Drive south of Manatee Avenue will
come through expected funds from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
It was agreed that each committee member would
monitor one priority for the year and report on it at each
meeting.
Members decided on the following basic guide-
lines for the committee:
There will be six members plus Public Works Di-
rector Joe Duennes, and the committee's liaison to the
city commission, Roger Lutz. The commission liaison
will retain the right to vote.
Tenure of each member will be two; two-year
terms retroactive to January 2000.
Members will be required to attend seven meetings
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and Beautification Committee's "Adopt-A-Spots"
while Chairman Jim Gloth pointed out successful
efforts.
Next year the P&B Committee will present
awards for best landscaping, Gloth said.
This year the Island Branch Library received a
second-place award from Keep Manatee Beautiful
for landscaping around the parking lot.
Other areas receiving praise from the P&B in-
cluded the addition of 75 cabbage palms surrounded
by beach daisies and pampas grass lining the en-
trance to Holmes Beach along Manatee Avenue be-
tween the Anna Maria Island Bridge and East Bay
Drive. The project was funded 50 percent by the city
of Holmes Beach with 50 percent funding from a
Florida Department of Transportation grant.
P&B also praised planting of 78 new parotis
palms donated by Nick Baden of Bradenton with in-


stallation funded by Gloth; a spot adopted by Hugh
Holmes in the 500 block of 56th Street; a spot
adopted by the Martinique at its entrance; the
Hagens' spots at the intersection of Gulf and Palm
Drives and 5600 Gulf Drive; Ella Briggs spot north
of the Manatee Public Beach; Roger Lutz's spot at
Key Royale and Marina drives; and the butterfly
garden near city hall, which continues to grow.
It should be noted that Jeb Stewart designed,
planted and maintains the Hagens' and Biggs'
Adopt-A-Spots, said Joe Duennes, Holmes Beach's
superintendent of public works.
In the spirit of uniformity, Gloth said landscap-
ing will be redesigned on the median he and wife
Kathy adopted along Marina Drive at the traffic
light at Gulf Drive. The new design will comple-
ment.one installed by Debra Heger, which Sandy
and Terry Huffine adopted on Marina Drive in front
of Jessie's Island Market.


Residents' group forming; meeting set for Jan. 8


A new residents' group is organizing in Bradenton
Beach and is seeking members.
The group, the South Bay Property Owners Asso-

Children's clothing sought
for needy in Belize
David Romberger and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center have launched an appeal for
clothing up to 8-year size for destitute youngsters
in Belize.
Romberger, of Holmes Beach, said clothes
must be lightweight, clean and ready to wear, with
shoes also in demand. Clothing may be dropped
off at the Center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City. Further details may be obtained at
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founder Ken Lohn. "Several residents have brought
serious concerns forward regarding the manner in
which they would like to see conditions improve in the
area," Lohn said.
"Their primary concerns focus on ways to improve
and maintain the neighborhood. They hope to be able
to find ways to maintain values in the South Bay area.
Most of all, they want to be able to enjoy a quiet and
private residential community," Lohn added.
The group is to comprise residents from Third
Street South to 13th Street South.
An organizational meeting will be held at 6:30
p.m., Monday, Jan. 8, at Bradenton Beach City Hall,
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 20, 2000 0 PAGE 9

,,ANNA MARIA CITY PIER RESTAURANT REOPENS WITH HOOPLA


Proud to be back
Anna Maria Pier Regular President Frank Almeda, second from left, was moments late to
lead the procession as promised when the city pier reopened Saturday. But he was
hosting his group's holiday bash one pier north at the Rod & Reel "Just in case, he
said, "the city pier didn't open. He plans to spend lots of time there now with "Regulars"
Vice President Tony Valentine, left, and Gwen McKay. City Commissioner Tom Skoloda is
on the right. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch


At long last, the Historic Anna Maria City Pier opens
Much talked about, ever so much debated at city chambers and long
awaited by residents, fishers and visitors lesee Mario Schoenfelder,
left, officially opened the Anna Maria City Pier on Dec. 17. Following a
short speech by Schoenfelder, Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, second from left,
made it official by cutting the ribbon and opening the gate. Pier Manager
David Sork is holding the scissors and Pierrette Kelly, executive director
of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, awaits a gift from
Schoenfelder $1,500 to commemorate the event.


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Holiday camp for children
under way at Center
The annual holiday camp for children is at full
throttle at Anna Maria Island Community Center and
it will continue until Dec. 29, with room for more
youngsters.
Cost of the camp was $65 for the opening week,
Dec. 18-22 and will be $52 for the closing week, Dec.
26-29. Registration is required at 778-1908.
The camp is at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City, and some activities go beyond there.
Some field trips scheduled during the camp are to
Pirate's Cove, G-Wiz, Florida Wheels, Bishop Plan-
etarium and Sarasota Jungle Gardens.


Center's party to thank
volunteers next Wednesday
A party to express gratitude to "all of the wonder-
ful volunteers who have so graciously given their time
and talents" to the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-'
ter will be Wednesday, Dec. 27.
The Volunteer Appreciation Party will be at 5 p.m.
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Children in the Center's TLC After School/Holiday
Camp will present a play of their own production, "The
Red Ribbon."
Further information may be obtained at 778-1908.


Handmade paper
demonstration
Island Gallery West, an artists' cooperative at 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has scheduled a free art
demonstration for Saturday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Lee Mears will demonstrate making paper.


Still plenty of historical
calendars to go around
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
still has a good supply of historical 2001 calen-
dars for sale going into the new year, society
director Carolyne Norwood says.
The main outlet for the calendars is the
society's museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
City. Other Anna Maria outlets are Neumann's,
Mama Lo, Autumn's Whims and Fine Things,
and Rosa's Fine Imports; in Holmes Beach,
Ginny's Antiques, Chapters, Essence of Time,
Home True Value Hardware and Crowder
Brothers Ace Hardware; in Bradenton Beach,
the Magnolia Shop.
Cost of the calendar is $6.36 including tax,
and for $8 the society will mail it anywhere in
the U.S. It features postcards from the past,
along with historical notes and anecdotes.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Satur-
day. Further information is available at 778-
0492.


Community Center cancels some
classes for holidays
The holidays will interrupt some classes at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, Sandee Pruett
of the Center announced.
She said these classes have been canceled for the
rest of December, to resume in January: Tuesday's
bridge sessions and adult exercise/dance class;
Wednesday morning sewing group and evening
Muscles & More class; Thursday's qi-gong class.
Details are available from Pruett at 778-1908.


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The mullet run is well under way, but it isn't im-
pressing anyone.
It started a week and a half ago and will continue
into the new year, and mullet fishermen will make a
fair thing as opposed to last year's good thing of
it. And that's all.
Karen Bell, executive with the A.P. Bell Fish Co.
in Cortez, said the fishermen "aren't catching as many
this year as they did last year." The fish are fat with roe,
sacs of eggs, of high quality but she feels the fishermen
aren't trying as hard as they might because of prices.
As a result her family's company, which handles
most of the mullet and its roe for this area, is "not very
busy, compared." The fish house processes 4,000 to
5,000 on an average day, she said, considerably less
than in a good season.
Price is a large part of the reason, she figured. It's
80 cents a pound for the whole fish, compared with $2
or more some seasons. The roe is removed and sold for

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premium prices. The fish itself is fried, broiled or
smoked for the table, or used as bait.
The principal roe market has been the Orient,
where it is a valued delicacy, especially Taiwan, where
much locally produced roe traditionally has ended up.
This year it is going mostly to Italy, Bell said.
It is not widely consumed in the U.S., though some
parts of the South find it very nice indeed.
The mullet is vegetarian and can't be enticed with
baits or lures but has to be netted. Its main harvester
was the big net strung by boats in the Gulf until 1995,
when offshore netting was prohibited by a state consti-
tutional amendment approved by Florida's voters.
Now mullet are taken legally by castnets, a strenu-
ous form of fishing that makes an off-and-on living for
some stalwart men of Cortez and Anna Maria Island,
but more from the east coast who trailer their boats here
for the season.
Usually in the course of a season one week will be
outstanding in the mullet harvest, Bell said, but that
week hasn't arrived yet.
Away in the
manger
Kelly Nudd Tribble
(Mary) places son
Dylan, portraying
baby Jesus, hin the
manger at the door of
the cointlunlity room
at Roser Memorial
Community Church
During the perfor-
mance of the
Bethlehem Walk
Saturday eve. Dylan's
father, Dean, (Jo-
seph) looks on from
behind, while angels,
,wise men and follow-
ers observe as well.
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Gus and Stevie
Aposporos of Anna
Maria select impatiens
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Community Church.
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Island Garden Club
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Elizabeth Casey, 90, of Littleton, Colo., and for-
merly of Bradenton, died Dec. 17 in Littleton.
Born in Longford, Ireland, Mrs. Casey came to
Manatee County from New York City in 1980. She was
a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and St. Ber-
nard Womens Club.
Services will be held at a later date. Drinkwine
Mortuary, Littleton, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Charles G. (Jerry);
daughter Mary Loughlin of Littleton; sister rose Allan
of Longford; and three grandchildren.

Alice E. Christner
Alice E. Christner, 94, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
12 at home.
Born in Thornburg, Pa., Mrs. Christner came to
Manatee County from there 29 years ago. She was a
homemaker. She was Presbyterian.
Visitation and services were Dec. 18 at
Hershberger-Stover Funeral Home, Pittsburgh. Burial
will be in Chartiers Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
She is survived by daughters Mary C. Mullins and
Ellen C. Linsley; sons Alan S. Jr. and Richard S.; sis-
ter Mildred Hunter; brother Richard Christ; 15 grand-
children; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Helen M. Dorsey
Helen M. Dorsey, 94, of Bradenton, died Dec. 15
in Blake Medical Center.
Born in Danville, Ind., Mrs. Dorsey came to Mana-
tee County from Connecticut in 1973. She was a home-
maker. She was a member of the Island Garden Club,
the Anna Maria Power Squadron, and the Coast Guard
Auxiliary. She attended Longboat Island Chapel.
Services were Dec. 19 at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Holmes Beach Chapel. Burial will be in
Rosehill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, Conn. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Seaside Gardens Civic As-
sociation, P.O. Box 1603, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
She is survived by daughters Carol Surko of
Holmes Beach and Southington, Conn., and Patricia
Gronpack of Temecula, Calif.; sisters Garnet Burleson
of Pembroke Pines and Betty Lu DeRocco of Silver
Springs, Md.; brother James Breen Ford of Bradenton;
five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Dorothy Gibbons
Dorothy Gibbons, 82, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 13
in Blake Medical Center.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Gibbons came to Mana-
tee County from Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1991. She was
a retired director of admissions for New York Univer-
sity, New York City, for 40 years. She attended St.
Bernard Catholic Church.
Memorial services were Dec. 19 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, Holmes Beach Chapel, was in charge of
arrangements.
She is survived by son Robert of Anna Maria and
three grandchildren.

Sandra Lee Gruber
Sandra Lee Gruber, 59, of Bradenton, died Dec. 13.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Mrs. Gruber came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1975. She was a homemaker.
Services will be noon Friday at Manasota Memo-
rial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to American Fibromyalgia
Syndrome Association, 6380 E. Tanque Verde Road,
Ste. D, Tucson, AZ 85715.
She is survived by son Steven Cusack of Bradenton
Beach; daughters Vicki Cusack and Christine Fritz,
both of Bradenton; sister Sherry Moore of Bradenton;
and two grandchildren.

Dori Lou Handzel
Dori Lou Handzel, 72, of Holmes Beach and
Ocean City, N.J., died Dec. 12 in New Jersey.
Mrs. Handzel attended West Chester, PA, public
schools, Southern Seminary Junior College of Virginia
and received degrees from both Penn State University
and West Chester University. She was a member of the
Shore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, DAR, Royal Or-
der of Jesterettes, Delta Gamma and Penn State Alumni
Association.
Services will be held at a later date. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Shore Memorial Hospital, 1
East New York Ave., Somers Point NJ 08244.
She is survived by husband Joseph L.; son Steven
J. of West Chester, PA.; daughter Marcia L. Cleason of
Palmyra, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.


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Anna Maria City to revisit street parking


By Laurie Krosney
Islander Reporter
The issue of banning parking on streets with beach
access in Anna Maria has reared its head once again.
John and Lynda Thomas of Coconut Avenue sent
an appeal to the commission to eliminate the three
parking spaces directly in front of their home.
In the letter, the Thomases say that on most week-
ends they experience problems with people who park
near their home.
"We constantly have to pick up trash, including
disposable diapers, condoms, beer cans and food wrap-
pers," they state.
"Often the occupants of these parked cars change
their clothes in full view of ourselves and our guests.
"Since there is no commercial facility nearby,
those car owners use the bushes as a place to relieve
themselves. Many days there is commotion and noise
with mostly out-of-town people. This is truly an intru-
sion on our privacy."
The letter continues with the observation that since
the traffic has to make a 90-degree turn there, the
Thomases feel parking by their house makes for a dan-
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The letter was discussed at the Dec. 14 Anna Maria
City Commission meeting.
Carol Ann Magill of Spring Avenue told commis-
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"I've never seen any problem there," Magill said.
"It's not a heavily traveled road. There has never been
a problem before.
"I would ask that the commission carefully review
before they take another parking place away," Magill
said.
Georgia Van Cleave of Magnolia Street said she
objects to "piecemeal closings. We need an all-over
plan and not just these dribs and drabs," she said.
"Everybody would like to have the space reserved
in front of their house. Even Magnolia gets lots of
parking during the fireworks. Please carefully con-
sider," Van Cleave said.
Commissioner Bob Barlow said that the city had a
parking committee that met over the course of several
months.
He asked commissioners to review the reports of
that committee and come up with an overall plan.
"We need to look at the recommendations of the
parking committee. We owe it to the city," he said.
Commissioner Tom Skoloda said, "I attended
those parking committee meetings. There were 11 or
12 people and 11 or 12 proposals.
"There was difficulty coming up with any kind of
plan."
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city governments contribute to the beaches, and we
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Pink flamingos stage a 'Canes arts revue


By Cynthia Finn
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When are plastic pink flamingos not tacky'?
Answer: When they're strutting their skinny legs
and fluffy stuff to help raise money for the Manatee
High School Art Department.
The Islander is joining MHS mom Cynthia Finn in
sponsoring the Great Flamingo Fundraiser 2001 to ben-
efit the Art Department's student supplies and field-trip
account, which generally sports a goose-egg balance.
Holmes Beach watercolor artist Rob Reiber, who
heads the MHS Art Department with long-time district
teacher and Bradenton artist Rich Von Ende, reports
that "formal" funding for the kids' creation materials
and any visits to cultural attractions amounts to ap-
proximately $3.50 per student per year. But in the real
world, just one sheet of Arches 125-pound watercolor
paper runs $4 plus tax.
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Reiber's guesstimate is reality. She wasted no time in
backing Reiber's notion that "in the red could go in the
black with in the pink."
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People hey, you don't even have to like art, let
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Streetlife


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 5, unknown location, lost tag. A man reported
that the tag was taken or fell off his moped.
Dec. 8, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant, open
door. While on a routine building check, an officer discov-
ered a door was unlocked.
Dec. 8, 10000 block of north Gulf Drive, burglary to
auto. A man reported that someone broke the rear passen-
ger window of his vehicle and took cash and a compact-
disc player.
Dec. 10, 200 block of Archer Way, attempted bur-
glary of trailer. A man reported seeing a suspect run from
his utility trailer after he heard the door open. The man left
in a red pickup with another suspect. Tool marks were
discovered on the trailer's door latch and the door was
open.
Dec. 10, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. Some-
one entered a man's shop through an unlocked door and
took several items.
Dec. 10, 800 block of North Shore Drive, grand theft.
Three items were stolen from a construction site.
Dec. 10, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary of an
auto. Items were'taken from a vehicle through an unlocked


door.
Dec. 10, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary of an
auto. Suspects broke out the passenger-side window and
took items from a vehicle.
Dec. 10, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, burglary.
Items were taken from an unlocked, detached garage.
Dec. 10, 800 block of North Shore Drive, auto bur-
glary. Someone unzipped the convertible top of a vehicle
and took a stereo from the dash.
Dec. 1, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, burglary of an
auto. A woman reported that items were taken from her
vehicle.
Dec. 13, 400 block of Pine Avenue, information. A
deputy confiscated a BB gun after a business owner com-
plained that someone was shooting BBs at his business.
Juvenile told the deputy he shot in another direction and
the BB ricocheted toward the business.
Dec. 14, 8601 Gulf Drive N., Island Baptist Church,
open door. During a routine business check, a deputy
found a door open.
Dec. 14, unknown location in Manatee County, lost
driver's license. A woman lost her driver's license while
she was on vacation in the area.
Dec. 14,9903 Gulf Drive N., Club Video, open door.
A deputy responding to an alarm found the door unlocked.


There had been no forced entry and nothing inside was
disturbed, the deputy said.
Dec. 14, 300 block of Spring Avenue, information. A
man delivering a package said he was frightened by a
barking dog which approached him. He held the package
between him and the dog, he said, until the owner arrived.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 9, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, Circle K, re-
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from the Circle K. After police got a detailed description
of the suspect and the getaway vehicle, he was stopped by
Longboat Key police. The suspect, who was also wanted
for a warrant out of Hillsborough County, was transported
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Dec. 10, 400 block of 20th Place, information. A
woman reported that she returned home to find that an egg
had been thrown onto her property and an orange had been
thrown against the side of her house. There was no dam-
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Dec. 10, 5300 block to 4700 block of Gulf Drive,
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Department capture two suspects wanted for burglar-
ies in Anna Maria City. When an officer stopped their
vehicle on Guava Street in Holmes Beach, the suspects
fled on foot. One-suspect was tracked to an area behind
Anna Maria Elementary School where he was arrested.
The other suspect was tracked to the Holmes Beach
Marina where he went into the water behind the docks.
The suspect swam from the dock to a pylon and said he
was armed with a gun. After a 30-minute standoff, of-
ficers talked him into swimming to shore, where he was
arrested. The suspects, one of whom was a minor were
charged with burglary. Twenty-one-year-old
Brenden McCaslin of Bradenton was charged with
possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, fleeing to
elude an officer and reckless driving. Items stolen
from several different locations in Anna Maria City
were found in a red pickup truck in which the suspects
had been traveling.
Dec. 11, 1900 block of Gulf Drive South, posses-
sion of marijuana. Daniel J. Gondeck, 27, of
Bradenton, admitted to throwing a bag of marijuana out
the window of a vehicle when the officer turned on his
lights and siren. The suspect threw the bag out the win-
dow in an attempt to avoid being sent back to prison,
he told the officer. The vehicle was stopped because it
was going 23 mph in a 45-mph zone and backing up
traffic.
Dec. 13, 2300 block of Avenue B, information. A
woman reported that a make-up bag containing jewelry
valued at more than $3,000 was stolen.


Holmes Beach
Dec. 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue South, theft. A
man reported a bike and skateboard stolen from his home.
Dec. 10, 5600 block of Guava, assisted with capture
of suspects wanted for burglaries in Anna Maria City.
Dec. 12,400 block of Bay Palms Drive, grand theft.
A Holmes Beach couple filed a complaint that a stock
broker accepted two checks totaling $15,000 for invest-
ment in companies not yet listed on the stock market.
Dec. 13, 100 block of 29th Street, suspicious incident.
A man told police the lock on his mailbox had been forced
open.
Dec. 13, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, counterfeit
currency. An officer picked up a $20 bill from the man-


THE ISLANDER U DEC. 20, 2000 U PAGE 15

Powerhouse
Pat Mullins of Palmetto and Anna
Maria and his springer spaniel Odie
stop at Ooh La La! Restaurant in his
1930 Austin American with itsfour-
cylinder, seven-horsepower engine.
"It's a real power house. It gets up
and goes. We have five Austins I
had one when I was in high school. We
also have a Jeep made by Austin, the
first builder of the Jeep. Austins were
built in Pennsylvania until production
was stopped in 1934. Islander Photo:
David Futch


ager, who said the bill was taken the previous day from an
unknown suspect.
Dec. 13, 6506 Gulf Drive, Plantation House, burglary,
vandalism. A man arrived at an apartment to find the door
open and the contents burglarized and vandalized. Among
the items missing were a 21-inch Panasonic television, a
bamboo table and four chairs. Kitchen cabinet doors were
removed, the dishwasher door was broken, the refrigera-
tor door was damaged and racks were missing, the oven
door was damaged and racks were scattered, a complete
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Holmes Beach lake produced


land-locked grouper, jewfish


By David Futch
Islander Reporter
Dick and Thelma Suman have had some pretty
good luck fishing. in Clark Spring Lake behind their
Holmes Beach home.
Long before environmental laws prohibited such
activities, Mark Clark bought the land that had been a
swamp, filled in the area and made homesites.
When the lake started going down, Clark brought
in a driller who got down 28 feet before his drill came
back at him. The driller had struck an underground -
under-Island stream that ran from the Gulf to
Tampa Bay.
In the 1950s, Suman said, John and Hugh Holmes
would catch grouper offshore, cleaning the big ones
and tossing the small 2- and 3-pound fish in the lake,
which is located almost in the center of the Island.
One day in the summer of 1975, Suman lost a
couple of spotted sea trout he had left on a stringer in
the lake that's about 25 feet deep at the deepest point.
He went back to get the trout to cook them up and they
were gone.
Suman thought he would experiment a little to see
if there were bigger fish to fry. Heck, he said, he fig-
ured he'd been catching trout, redfish, snook and black
drum in the three-acre lake for years; there's got to be
a granddaddy of a fish around.

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315 reel with 80-pound test on it, a 9/0 hook with a
trout on it and waited. Pretty soon this shadow starts
coming up. When that fish took that trout, he never
stopped until he burned up the drag on that reel. I bet I
fed that fish 10 pounds of trout that day and he straight-
ened out the 9/0 hook."
Not to be outdone by a fish, Suman came up with
another plan to catch his "Loch Ness monster."
Suman said he was working at a place that made
trampolines, so he got some 1,000-pound test nylon
parachute shroud the company used for cinching tram-
poline fabric, a trampoline spring, then more line and
a 15/0 hook with trout attached.
"I got up early and went down to check the rig and
saw the trout was gone so I figured it got off," Suman
said. "I was pulling in the line when that fish almost
pulled me in the lake."
When Suman finally got the creature to shore, he
had caught a 52-pound spotted jewfish in the land-
locked lake landowner Clark had dug years before.
In the next six months, Suman said he caught two
more jewfish of 37 and 45 pounds.
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Glass, jewelry, scarves, hand-
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pillows, throws and clothing.
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Unsunken
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Florida.authored books make great holiday gifts


Last-minute shopping panic is starting to set in
with Christmas looming just ahead. Although I'm ar-
guably the worst shopper and greatest procrastinator in
the world, I have to admit that most of my acquisitions
have been made. Hint to friends: expect your lips to get
tired as you read the books I've selected for each of
you.
I'll offer some suggestions if you're scrambling for
something to buy someone who likes to read. Remem-
ber that I stick to mysteries more than anything else, so
don't expect this brief listing to include any self-help'
books, romance novels or coffee table tomes.
The top of my hit parade of books is anything by
Randy Wayne White. I struck up a conversation with
a guy at Circle Books on St. Armands Circle, my favor-
ite bookstore, the other day and was able to turn him
onto Randy's novels. The lucky guy not only was
he able to boast of growing up in Panama, but he's also
got all of Randy's books to read, thanks to a plentiful
supply at CB.
Doc Ford is the character in the White books, a
former government operative who lives in a stilt house
on Sanibel Island. Ford is a biologist who gets ensnared
in helping people out of problems while researching
tarpon or sponges or some other marine life. I like the
mix of mystery and environmental science that Randy
is able to intertwine in his books, and I would think that
any Islander would enjoy 'em, too.


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wishes
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Christmas
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to the holi-
days, so who
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Islands," and I found myself literally panting when I
finished it. Both story-line and writing are superb.
Also superb is anything by James W. Hall. "Rough
Draft" is his newest novel, but probably my favorite is
"Gone Wild." I hear that he should be out with a new
one any month now, and as Hall told me a while back,
"Thorn's coming back!" a reference to his most
memorable character, a Florida Keys native who ties
fishing flies for a living.
S.V. Date is a Tallahassee-based journalist by day,
a novelist by night. His third book, "Smokeout," is just
out; it tells the tale of the antics in the state capital dur-
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confused with the late Gov. Walkin' Lawton Chiles.
Heroine Sen. Dolly Nichols is an awful lot like former
Senate President Toni Jennings. And all the rest of the
cast is made up of not-made-up Tallahassee characters,
even down to the "slimy Sen. Agustin Cruz," who is
obviously modeled after Sen. Al Gutman, now serving
a jail sentence for Medicare fraud.
1 spent a few fun-filled years working for the
Florida Legislature and heard plenty of the stories Date
has used to fill "Smokeout" first hand, so to speak. It's
a pleasure to see them in print. Date should have used
that old Dave Barry line: "Really, I'm not making this
up," because he really isn't making it up at all.

The final book mention I'll make is for "Sarasota
Bay 2000: A Decade of Progress," produced by the
Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program. This little
book contains a wealth of information about Sarasota
Bay and chronicles the accomplishments made in re-
storing and protecting the estuarine system.
Best of all, it's free. Not to mention that "yours
truly" is co-editor. You can pick up a copy, while they
last, at The Islander, or call the bay program at 359-
5841 and they'll get one to you.

Sandscript factoid
Here's a funny quote from "The Red Hot Type-
writer," by Hugh Merrill. The book is a biography of John
D. MacDonald, the Siesta Key mystery writer. There is a
description of the writers' colony that existed in the early
1960s in Sarasota juxtaposed with the circus people who
also lived in the city at the time. Merrill writes:
"In any other small Florida city, a group of writers
would be the town oddballs. A few years earlier, a
small colony of pulp writers spooked the other resi-
dents of Anna Maria, Florida, when they walked up and
down the beach plotting murder mysteries and spicy
sex stories. But in Sarasota, it was different. A bunch
of writers seemed as respectable as Rotarians in a town
populated by clowns and sword swallowers and wild
animal trainers."


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all items curbside by 7 a.m.
Waste Management will pick up Christmas
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 20, 2000 U PAGE 21


Kingfish make another show; gags, snapper still good


By Capt. David Futch
The water temperature was back on the rise due to
two weeks of 80-degree weather following a couple of
weeks' worth of chilly nights. That made fishing bet-
ter because the fish weren't in a slow, almost hibernat-
ing mode.
Fishing activity is likely to change though with the
current Arctic blast.
Capt. Zach Zacharias out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle in Cortez said last week's fishing was a repeat
of the week before.
"We caught a mess of fish and again slayed a
bunch of mangrove snapper in Longboat Pass," Capt.
Zach said. "Four guys caught their limit in snapper in
a half hour. The fish were on an absolute tear.
"We caught eight snook, but not too large, and caught
that many redfish. We also had sheepshead and flounder.
I'm not sure why the fish were so active. There wasn't a
particularly good tide and we were coming off a full
moon. The only thing I can think is that the water temp has
come back up. It's been a real yo-yo. I bet it's come up five
or six degrees in the last week."
Capt. Tom Chaya on Dolphin Dreams in Holmes
Beach said his charter limited out on grouper and snap-
per Dec. 14 while fishing eight to 12 miles off Anna
Maria Island.
"That was a nice day. We were fishing in the fog
and we could see about 50 feet off the bow, but we
were catching fish right and left," Chaya said. "On the
inside, bluefish bit on shrimp and shiners and we had
a few mackerel, a few pompano."
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters went deer
hunting near Inverness. But before that he said he was
catching gags to 15 pounds and mangrove snapper to
5 pounds. There are banded rudderfish around and
plenty of porgies fishing in water 50 to 90 feet deep.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
inshore pompano are around, but not in the same places
they were last year.
"Last December, the big hit was at the north end of
Longboat and south end of Anna Mhria Island, but this
year you might try down in Sarasota Bay about mid-
Longboat Key and also near New Pass at the south end
of the key.
"In terms of trout, it's turned on and you can catch
a lot of trout on deeper grass flats, especially when
there's a nice moving tide. There are a lot of redfish
being caught around docks. Try Egmont Key, Key
Royale, Bradenton Beach and Cortez. In the 20- to 30-
mile range, there are plenty of gag grouper and man-
grove snapper. Most inshore structure in deeper water
has gag grouper on it, whether trolling or dropping a
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Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
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"They were five to 20 pounds in 55 feet of water,"
Salgado said. "They were jumping all around our boat.
The water temperature was 70 degrees and that's prob-
ably why they were all over the place. We were
freelining live blue runners or cigar minnows while we
were bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. We had
big gags to 32 inches, along with snapper, flounder and
triggerfish."
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they're grouper fishing in wa-
ter 40-90 feet deep and the gags are thick on almost
every piece of hard bottom.
Lee Goss at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle just
returned from a muzzle-loader-only deer hunt near
Coldwater, Miss. He said he bagged a 175-pound, 10-
point buck.
"It was the biggest one shot in the four days I was
there," Goss said. "It's muzzle-loader-only because of
hunter density. There are a lot of hunters in a small area
so you don't want to use a high-velocity rifle with a
bullet that can go a half-mile.
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fish and snook on the inside. Offshore, the kingfish are
in 30 to 50 feet of water and the same with grouper and
snapper."
Capt. Matt Denham and Rodney Shirley on the
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grouper and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Justin Moore on the Prima Donna II said
trout fishing is producing some monsters while redfish
are cooperating around docks on the inside of Anna
Maria.
Capt Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he fished with Capt. Mike Heistand offshore
and trolled with Mann's Stretch 30 lures and caught
grouper to 28 inches. "We worked the hard bottom
from the Three-Mile to the Seven-Mile Reef," Smith
said. We worked the docks on the inside of Anna Maria
and caught some large sheepshead and redfish. There
are some mangrove snapper around those docks, but
they're not very big. We mostly used shrimp."

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West, Hostetler
hustle LPAC to win
Broderick West and Miles Hostetler seem to score at
will when they're on the basketball court.
But it's their hustle that forces teams to make mistakes
and turn the ball over, allowing the pair to score.
West scored 12 points and Hostetler added seven as
Larry Pearson Air Conditioning beat Galati Marine 22-8
Dec. 14 in Division III (age 8-9) basketball at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.


Scottie Steenstra added three points and several steals
for LPAC.
Hostetler started off with the hot hand, driving
through the middle of the Galati defense and scoring a
basket on a short jumper. Then Hostetler stole the ball at
mid-court, dribbled to the foul line, stopped, shot and
scored again for a 4-0 LPAC lead.
Carmine Galati chipped in a shot for Galati, but West
scored to bring the game to 6-2.
That's when Steenstra, West and Hostetler applied the
pressure.
Galati players made the mistake of trying to dribble
through the three defenders and had ball after ball stolen.
On one occasion, West swiped an inbounds pass and
shot the ball. It bounced on the rim at least five times be-
fore falling through for two points.
Hostetler made one of two foul shots and West hit
another from underneath the basket.
The first half ended on a good play from the big three


on defense.
Hostetler got a rebound, tossed it out to West, who
fired it to Steenstra, who shot, scored and was fouled. He
made the free throw and LPAC had a commanding 14-2
half-time lead.
Carmine Galati scored three times in the third period
and Hostetler and West answered with a basket each and
LPAC led 18-8.
The fourth quarter was a way-out West affair as he
scored the final two baskets, one a miracle he shot not
from downtown, but from the suburbs, as LPAC upped its
record to 2-2 in the young season.
The second Division m game Dec. 14 featured the top
two teams. The Marco Polo Rockets (2-1) and the Anna
Maria Island Spirit Kings (3-0) squared off in a defensive
struggle.
Joel Mitchell scored the only basket in the first period

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for a 2-0 Kings advantage. In the second period, Forrest
Sheild had two points for Marco Polo.
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School.
In the second half, bodies were flying and hitting the
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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 23
Hutchinson scored two goals, Ryan Leverenz chipped
in one and Marina Felipe scored the winning goal with less
than a minute to play.
Garrett Waiters scored all three goals for the Island-
ers squad.
With less than two minutes to play, the Raiders held
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by Hutchinson.
Waiters would have none of it, scoring two goals
within 30 seconds of each other.
But Felipe saved the day for the Raiders with a nifty
kick with 30 seconds to go and a 4-3 victory.

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Gerard Ciarleglio of Anna Maria continued his assault
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SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 24
Hampton, Manning, Wood tops
Roy Hampton worked against a strong 20-knot wind
to beat three other players by one point in the Sunday
Sunrise Tour weekly tournament Dec. 17 at Palma Sola
Golf Club.
Hampton was plus six on a modified-Stableford scor-
ing system that awards players one point for a bogey, two
for par, four for birdie and six for eagle.
Three players tied for second at plus five, Alan
Ackles, Vernon Piccolo and myself. Piccolo also won the
"back six" holes with a plus six.
Closest-to-the-pin "greenies" went to Mike Manning,
Ackles, Russell Richards and myself. Skins were won by
Ackles, Hampton, Mike Aura, Richards and myself with
two.
On Dec. 10, Mike Manning escaped with a one-point
win over Paul Bondar at Palma Sola Golf Club.
Manning was plus nine with Bondar sitting at eight.
George Wonkka and Kent Bell were third at plus
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Manning also won the "back six holes" by scoring the
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Real Estate


Island real estate sales
320 Tarpon,. Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,242 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1992 on a 75x100
lot, was sold 11/2/00, Loken to Parking Co., for
$470,000; list $489,000.
518 South Dr., Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,445 sfla
home built in 1982 on a 60x 110 lot, was sold I 1/1/00,
McNulty to Atkins, for $334,000.
6200 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 313 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a 1,314 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979, was sold 11/1/00, Deara to Lacios, for $155,000;
list $157,500.
626 Key Royale, Holmes Beach, a 1,197 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1966 on a 100x96 lot with
boat slip elsewhere, was sold 10/31/00, Althoff to
Bothereau, for $247,000; list $254,900.
6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 56 Westbay Point &
Moorings, a canalfront 1,200 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1978, was sold 11/2/00, Cunninghis to Gross,
for $235,000; list $239,900.
6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 71 Westbay Point &
Moorings, a 1, 14 sfla 2bed/2bath bayfront condo, was
sold 11/3/00, Kamke to Sagert, for $275,000.
703 Gulf Dr. S, Bradenton Beach, 3 Sunset Land-
ings, a 1,080 sfla 2bed/2.5bath condo built in 1984, was
sold 10/30/00, Crowley to Alexander, for $175,000; list
$175,000.
855 N. Shore, Anna Maria, a bayfront 991 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1949 on a
42x101x50x101 lot, was sold 11/2/00, Gill to
Blumenthal, for $475,000.
102 Pelican, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,336 sfla
1336 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1986 on
a pie-shaped corer lot, was sold 11/13/00, Stevens to
Ulanch, for $300,000; list $330,000.
208 Periwinkle, Anna Maria, a canalfront 884 sfla
2bed/lbath home built in 1967 on a 90x125 lot, was
sold 11/14/00, Wilford to Garber, for $299,000.
3601 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 205 Sandy Pointe
4, a 1,035 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1988, was sold
11/14/00, Dorf to Erickson, for $113,000: list
$110,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander. Copy-
right 2000.


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Community Center basketball hanqiet Nov. 7. Islander Photo: David Futch


SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 26


Closest-to-the-pin greenies went to Rich Averill,
Bondar, Scott VanOstenbridge and Ken Pitts.
Skin winners included Manning, Jon Huffman. Mark
Fransen, John VanOstenbridge, Dennis Spates and Bell.
who had two.
At the Dec. 3 tournament, Wayne Wood came out on
top by beating his brother Brian by two points, eight to six.
Brian also took the "back-six" contest that week.
Capt. Glenn Corder was third.
Greenies went to Rick Morash. \Vavne Wood. Mike
Aura and Richard Bergc.qu Lit.
Wayne Wood scored two skins w while the following
players each had one apiece: Brian Wood, Butch
VanOstenbridge, Bergquist and Mark "Dawg" Fransen.


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DO YOU WANT TO BUILD ON A
PRIVATE ISLAND? Here is your chance
5/ ^B to own a little over an acre of land on.1 w-
fish Key, a priv.atc island in Sarasota Bay
that is accessible by boat only. Great bay
IV' I view from one of 13 parcels on this 26
acre island. Water, septic and electric at
site. Community dock, sandy beaches.

OR HAVE A COUNTRY ESTATE? Two
lots over five acres each in the fast-growing
area east of 1-75. Build your dream home on
TOP LISTING
AGENT FR quiet, serene land. For the nature lover in all
AGENT FOR
ofus. $40,680. 1146850.
NOVEMBER

KEY WEST STYLE Views of the Bay
and Skyway from this turnkey lifrnished
3B1R/2.5BA home in Anna Maria. Open
atmosphere with vaulted ceilings. Pool,
skylights and deck. $369,900. B125505.
S ENTERTAIN. Around the wonderful
caged pool and heated pool area. Taste-
fully turnkey lifrnishe(l 2-3BR/2B1A Key
Royale home. Dock anid (avits just add(
to the amcnitics. $399,000. 11170783.

ISI.ANI) CONDO
Bay view 21BR/21BA turnkey lirnsished end nii. I leaied pool
anld isling pier. Steps o lthe heach. l$1.)1 900) Ken Ricli.rds,
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Horseshoe winners
Winners in the Dec. 16 horseshoe games were
Roger Kipp and Ron Pepka, both of Bradenton. Run-
ners-up were John Crawford of Bradenton and Art
Kingstad of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Dec. 13 games were George
Landraitis of Bradenton and Bill Starrett of Anna
Maria. Runners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes Beach
and Herb Purvear of Anna Maria.
The weekly contests get under way at 9 a.m. every
VWednesdaiv and Saturda\y at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
There are no membership fees and everyone is wel-
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with au pair apartment (legal duplex), bayviews and
beach access. NEW metal roof, tile floors and appli-
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Charming "Grand Cayman" model. 2BR/2BA, den,
one-car garage. Lovely views of tropical birds, pond
and woods from sundeck and enclosed lanai. Beau-
tiful courtyard garden. Only $189,900.
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ated on a natural mangrove canal. Deep lot with
fruit trees, room for a pool. Priced at $339,000.
Call Marion Ragni 761-1415 eves.
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tiful well maintained 3BR/2BA home with caged
pool in outstanding area. Split plan, lots of tile,
newer roof, A/C, appliances. $153,900. Call
Michel Cerene 792-6546 eves.


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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
Beach. 779-0202.

BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but
never used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa
and love seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159;
'win $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.
COINS FROM Royal Mint, non-circulated, presentation
case with Princess Di and Prince Charles silver crown,
$45; Elizabeth II 25th Jubliee Crown $10; Festival of
Britain 1951 silver crown $20; silver 50 nobles,
celebrating Drakes conquest, $10. 792-4274.
LIKE NEW COMPUTER DESK with hutch. Oak
finish, two drawers, 3-feet wide, 4-feet, 3-inches
high, 2-feet deep. $38. 778-7235.


BIRDHOUSE GARAGE SALE. 9am-noon, Saturday
December 23. Some functional, some decorative.
Buy now for Christmas. Butterfly houses also. 5705
Carissa St., Holmes Beach.


ROSER GUILD THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thurs-
days, 9:30am-2pm, Saturdays 9am-noon. Lots of
Christmas stuff. Sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


LOST NOV. 2, Holmes Beach area. Black cat, small
white spot on neck, answers to Pooky. 778-9760.


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.


CLASS-C MOTOR HOME. 1997 Ford Coachman 22
feet, rear kitchen, V-10, 15K miles, air conditioner,
generator, microven, awning, loaded. Excellent condi-
tion. $27,900, interesting trades considered. 794-2334.
1992 SILVER GEO, runs good $1,000 or best offer.
778-8624 or 779-0066.
1990 CADILLAC Sedan DeVille. Four-door, loaded,
garaged, excellent condition 83K. Perfect Island car
$4,200. Call 778-7458.
1995 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL loaded. Excellent
condition. Kellye blue book $11,000, your price
$8,200. Call today, 383-3023.


OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
18-FOOT GRUMAN CANOE, aluminum, four
paddles, four cushions, sail outriggers, electronic
trolling motor and battery. $400 call 761-7268.
KAYAK TWO-SEATER. Yellow Pamlico, used five
times. $350 (cost $737). Call 778-3444.


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. Apply
in person at OOH LA LA, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 713-1723 or 778-5419.
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.
REAL ESTATE CLOSER or trainee needed to assist
in handling real estate transactions. Basic computer
and basic math skills required. Salaries commiserate
with experience. Fax or mail resumes to Barnes
Walker Title Inc., 3119 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
FL 34205. (941)741-8225.
BABYSITTER NEEDED, our home. Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, 2:45pm-6pm for two children ages 8 and
11 years. Beginning Jan. 2, 2001. Call 778-4249.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
778-8473.


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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 BAYFRONTI 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.

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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sandf's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Service We Monitor Irrigation Systems
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Painting I Kenny Smith
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Texturing 941-792-4761
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TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.

HUSBAND FOR A DAY handyman services. Twenty
five years experience. Free Estimates. Licensed and
insured. 778-2784.

WALL & CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able over 20 years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell
545-6141.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 778-1022.

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
roof. 778-0944.

HANDY ANTHONY" Jack of Most Trades! 20-year
Island resident. Painting, masonry, plumbing/electri-
cal repairs. Installation of floors, windows, cabinets.
778-6000

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-
ter, 2pm.

WOODEN DECKS, wooden docks, swimming pool
decks, pebble stones, concrete, paver stones. We
pressure wash and seal it all. Thirty-five-years local
experience. Deck and Docks 761-1681.
www.DecksandDocks.net.

CLEANING GAL residential weekly, bi-weekly. Expe-
rienced, professional, attention paid to detail. 795-
2720. Local references available.

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.

THE PERFECTIONIST is back! Cleaning with perfec-
tion. Call Sharon 778-0064.

COMPUTER TUTOR. Certified professional, forty
years experience. I teach more than anyone. Your
home, your convenience, free software. Computer
repairs. 383-5372.

HOUSE CLEANING weekdays. Experienced, reli-
able and flexible. References available. Cindy Mora
(941)761-2241.


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.
778-5294.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
Bannigan, 794-6971.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 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
Beach. 778-4441.


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.


JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES. Handyman. Free esti-
mates. Carpentry, roofing, masonry, repairs and
pressure washing. Call Jack 721-1958.

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#
CRC 035261.

INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates.
34-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 778-1730.

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.


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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.
www.DecksandDocks.net.

STRAIGHT-SHOT LANDSCAPE SERVICE. Installa-
tions, Koi ponds, clean-ups and hauling. Shell delivered
and installed as low as $26.50 per yard. 727-5066.


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

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 -
600-977-0803.

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 fumished, ground floor, small
quiet complex. No smoking/pets. Steps to beach. Avail-
able now thru Dec. and season. 778-7107.
X-MAS SPECIAL 1 BR/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/
1BA quiet alleyway. Great view. $1,300/month. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.

ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA directly on Gulf of Mexico, private
beach. Water, sewer, garbage included. $1,000/
month, assurity/security required. 792-2779.


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.
921-0074.

ANNUAL RENTAL Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA bayside
pool, tennis, Gulf access, unfurnished. Old Florida
Realty Co., 778-3377.

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 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.

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.

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.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE, Gulf side. 3BR/2BA cottage
available January and Feb. All conveniences,
$2,800/month. (813)752-4235.
WATERFRONT Duplex, Bradenton Beach on
Intracoastal. Docks, davits, walk to beach, 2BR/1 BA,
washer/dryer, storage $900/month annual, $1,100/
month seasonal with furniture and boat. (727)784-
3679 or (727)542-7020.
MARINER'S COVE, fabulous 3BR/2.5BA, fur-
nished 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.

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.


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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
778-0176.

SEASONAL FURNISHED 1BR/1BA Holmes Beach,
across from beach. Cable and utilities included.
$525/week, $1,800/month. Available 01/02/01. Call
(248)760-8661.

WINTER RENTAL spacious 2BR/1BA. 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
Dennis (614)447-9020.

ELEVATED DUPLEX, 2BR/2BA. Garage and stor-
age. One block to beach. No pets. $675/month. 778-
1539.

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.

SEASONAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA, minute walk to
beach and stores. Newly decorated and furnished.
Available Jan. 8. $1,350/month, available weekly.
Call 924-5199 or (941)410-4466.

SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA second floor. Newly decorated
on Intracoastal. Dock, washer/dryer, dishwasher. No
smoking, pets on approval. All inclusive $2,300/
month. December-April. 778-0349 or 794-5980.

WANTED TO RENT: trailer, apartment or condo in
the Bradenton area for March 2001. Call (616)
532-6447.


BEST BUY ON ISLAND Direct Intracoastal
and canal views from living room, kitchen
and bedroom of this new 3BR/2BA home.
Boat lift, davits and hurricane strength
tinted windows. $389,000. Call Lynn
Hostetler 778-4800 for showing.
MLS#71225


GREAT INVESTMENT Priced to sell! One
block to beaches. One cottage, plus a
fourplex. Cottage has 2BR/1BA, each unit in
fourplex has 1 BR/1BA. All annual tenants but
could be seasonal. $399,900. Ed Oliveira
778-4800 or 778-1199. MLS#41886


ANNUAL RENTAL, immaculate 2BR/1.5BA, el-
evated, workshop, screen porch, unfurnished. $825/
month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A. 778-2291.

ANNUAL RENTALS. Beautiful, brand new 2BR/1BA
apartments available now. $950 and $975/month.
Call Island Vacation properties at 778-6849.

ANNUAL RENTAL, spacious and nice 2BR/2BA
ground-level duplex. Nice yard, near beach and
shopping. 308 57th St. Call 713-3098 or 779-1801.

WATERFRONT APARTMENT 1BR/1BA includes
water and cable. $750/month plus $375/security. Call
779-2148.

SEASONAL AVAILABLE NOW. 2BR/2BA condo, walk
to all. Pool, tennis. Call Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.

ANNUAL RENTAL, Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA
bayside, Gulf access, pool, tennis. Call Old Florida
Realty, 778-3377.

BRADENTON BEACH vacation rental 2BR/1.5BA.
One block to beach, turnkey. Available January 2001.
778-7098.

ANNUAL RENTAL, large, new 3BR/2BA unit with
pool close to beach. $1,500/month. Call Jeff Kenrick,
Marina Pointe Realty, 713-5478.

ANNUAL RENTALS! Spacious 2BR/1.5BA, utility
room, washer/dryer hook-up, carport, storage, $800/
month. Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA, storage, washer/
dryer hook-up, $725/month. No pets. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate 778-2307.

SEASONAL PRIVATE 2BR/2BA home, January-
April. Darling, brand spanking new interior and fur-
nishings. Steps to beach at Anna Maria's Bean Point.
$3,000/month or $950/week. Gulf-bay Realty 778-
7244 or 1-800-771-6043.


SALE BY OWNER, Playa Encantada, 6006 Gulf
Drive, 2BR/2BA Gulfview, new construction, unfur-
nished, top floor, elevator. $340,000. 794-5236 for
appointment.

260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5.,
Reduced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
Banker, 321-8323.


WELL LOCATED DUPLEX Enjoy living near
the beach in a single family neighborhood at an
affordable price. This unique two-story block
construction duplex offers 2BR/1BA on each
floor with a delightful large shaded backyard.
Price of $224,000 includes new roof and
repainting as well as other interior upgrades.
Ken Rickett 778-3026.








WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/
2BA updated unit with open water view,
deeded boat dock and carport. $285,000.
Call Dick Maher or Dave Jones 778-4800.


Island lot: Commercial or duplex zoning. Call Lynn Hostetler 720-5876. $149,900

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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.

CORDOVA LAKES 3BR/2BA two-car garage.
Everything new inside. Cathedral ceilings $119,900.
Village Green custom villa, BEAUTIFUL 1BR/1BA
condo on Longboat Key. Just reduced to $116,900/
O.B.O. Located on canal close to bay. Newly redeco-
rated and fully furnished. Seller is motivated for quick
sale. David Bass, broker. 778-4611.

2BR/2BA ELEVATED HOUSE, Holmes Beach. New
siding, paint and carpet. Large screened room with
hot tub. Large sun deck above three-car garage. 300
feet to beach. $235,000. 778-3456 by appointment.

MOVE-IN CONDITION! 3BR/2BA Key West-style home
in Holmes Beach. Two-car garage, no maintenance yarI,
community boat ramp and extra storage. $299,000, Ed
Boothe, Wedebrock Real Estate 383-5543.

ADULT-LIVING FACILITY. 6BR/2BA, over 2,000 sq.
ft., large yard, excellent location, 75th and Manatee.
Available immediately, lease or sale. 778-6441 or
778-7340.

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate
advertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race, color, re-
ligion, sex, handicap, familial status or nationaJ origin,
or intention to make any such preference, limit-aion
or discrimination." Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed
that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are
available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain
of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-
9777, for the hearing impaired (0) 1-800-543-8294.


Wedebrock Ral Estate Company


3224 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665 Toll Free: 1-800-749-6665
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GULFFRONT LOT Incredible buildable lot on
north end of Anna Maria. Full unobstructed Gulf
view. Some trees, private tropical setting. One
of the best lots on the Gulf. $799,900. Sandy
Drapala 749-5797 or Kathy Marcinko 252-
1618.46576
WATERFRONT
ELEGANT MANATEE RIVER ESTATE. 8,724
sq.ft. of exquisite luxury with Mediterranean ap-
peal. Manicured lawns and garden descend to
river, gazebo and dock. $1,750,000. Don Lewis
746-3200. 45683
EXCEPTIONAL RIVERFRONT COMMUNITY
This home has deeded boat slip with electric
davit on community dock. Direct access to
Tampa Bay and the Gulf. Master suite with
separate office area in addition to spacious sit-
ting area. $239,900. Sandy Drapala 749-5797
or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. 70458


THE VIEWS LOOKING towards Sarasota are
breathtaking. Elegant homes in guarded com-
munity on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the security,
solitude and beauty of Tidy Island. Excellent
value. Priced from $189,900. Bob and Penny
Hall 749-5981. 40998
MAINLAND
WOODS OF PALMA SOLA Large family
home with over 2,500 sq.ft. 3BR plus den,
large formal and informal living room with fire-
place. Enjoy entertaining with the open pool
and wood deck. $189,900. Van Bourgois 744-
9495. 70373
MUCH SOUGHT AFTER WESTSIDE HOME
Completely remodeled with parquet floors,
fireplace, all new windows. Fenced yard with
extensive landscaping. $104,900. Chuck West
374-3211. 71267


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INNER CIRCLES
BY RICH NORRIS / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ


ACROSS
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6 Morse bit
9 "This is fun!"
13 Not run
17 It's broken at
parties
19 They're often kept
in
21 Spike
22 Laser alternative
23 Like some vaults
25 Service expert
26 Fairness in hiring,
say
28 One-dimensional
30 River through
Belgium
31 Distress call
recipient: Abbr.
32 Whirl
33 Fancy neckwear
34 Genetic code
carrier
35 Sarcastic
38 Like cedarwood or
cigar smoke
40 Coptic titles
43 Some TV's
45 Cutting tool
47 County north of
the river
Shannon
48 It's outstanding.
49 Geometric figure


50 Rapid growth area
52 Alternative to buy
54 Apr. addressee
55 Computer site
58 Smidgen
59 Extras
62 "Love
(Beatles song)
64 "It Walks by
Night" author
65 Part of E.R.: Abbr.
66 French vineyard
67 Hush-hush grp.
69 Albanian currency
70 Award for "Rent"
71 Toxin fighters
72 Caps
74 Certain duty
76 Dozes
77 Stab
78 It may follow a
dot
79 Fan's opposite
81 Some Broadway
fare
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85 Calls, as a game
88 Clipped
89 Obliged out of
integrity
92 Actress Ward
93 Sacs
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physics
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97 Treat like a dog?
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antiquity


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have them
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Kennedy's
Supreme Court
predecessor
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activity
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Bloomingdale's
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co-host
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coverings
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hunting set
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constellation
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employee
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landowner
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benzene
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others
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included
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output
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title word
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speech
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the words
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78 Syndicate
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VILLAGE WEST. Completely updated, 3BR/2BA/.
Immaculate. Great family community with community
pool. New yard/irrigation, roof, fireplace. Won't last'
$138,500. Shelia Kidd 778-2261. MLS#71804


BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE WEST. Immaculate 2BR/2BA
home with attached garage by Bradenton Christian
School. Community pool. Open living room and eat-in
kitchen. $130,000. Sheila Kidd 778-2261. MLS#71654


VILLAS OF EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA end unit
in perfect condition. Oversized two-car garage, big mas-
ter bath and huge lanai with view of golf course and
lakes. $148,900. Gary Larison 778-2261. MLS#70799


Cheryl Ann Shoullz
Bradenton. FL


Laura McGeary
Buffalo, NY


Noreen Roberts
Cleveland, OH


GREAT ISLAND LOCATION. Five separate of-
fices separate meters and A/C. Recent up-
grades. In mint condition. $280,000. Bobye
Chasey 778-22t1. Mi S#35803


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SEASONAL RENTALS
AVAILABLE


Anna Maria Island, Perico Bay
Club, Bradenton, Terra Ceia.


Call Barbara Parrish 778-9611
Toll Free 1-877-651-0123


Sholia Kidd
Middletown, OH0


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TWO HOUSES ON 7.3 ACRES Lots of potential
and possibilities. 4.8 acres commercial and 2.5
acres residential. $319,900. Chard Winheim
778-2261. MLS#42065


PANORAMIC WATERFRONT COTTAGE on
Braden river. Cypress ceilings, two-car garage
(one drive-thru), seawall. Well maintained.
$149,900. Rose Schnoerr 778-2261. MLS#70562


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this darling second floor furnished unit. Updated
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Holiday worship services on Anna Maria Island


These island churches and temples will offer the
following worship services for the holiday week:
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Worship at 9:30 a.m. and candlelight service with
choir at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. For more information
contact Harvey Memorial, 300 Church St., Bradenton
Beach, 753-1543.
St. Bernard Catholic Church
Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Mass at 8,9:30
and 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Children's Mass at 3:30 p.m. and
Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m., Dec. 24. Mass 8 and 10 a.m.
Christmas Day. For more information contact St. Bernard,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-4769.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. Advent IV service; 5 p.m. fam-
ily service; 9:30 p.m. carol sing followed by solemn
service of the Nativity; Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m., same ser-
vice. For more information contact the church, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1638.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Dec. 24. For
more information contact First Church of Christ, Sci-
entist, 6300 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-4266.


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m. Advent and Christmas service;
Dec. 24, 8 and 10:30 a.m. fourth Sunday Advent ser-
vices; 4:30 and 8 p.m. candlelight services with choir;
Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day service with Holy
Communion. For more information contact Gloria Dei,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1813.
Island Baptist Church
Worship service 10:50 a.m., Dec. 24. Everyone in
the community is invited to a candlelight service with
choir at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more informa-
tion contact Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, 778-0719.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Worship services Dec. 24, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m.;
family candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. Traditional
candlelight service at 9 p.m. with choir. Christmas Day
service, 10 a.m.(no choir). For more information con-
tact Roser, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 778-0414.
Longboat Island Chapel
Regular worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
and candlelight service at 10:30 p.m. with full choir
Sunday, Dec. 24. For more information contact the


chapel, 6200 Gulf Drive, Longboat Key, 383-6491.
Temple Beth Israel Reform
Hanukkah dinner Dec. 21, 6 p.m.; services Dec. 22,
8 p.m., and Dec. 23, 10 a.m. For more information
contact Temple Beth Israel Reform, 567 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key, 383-3428.
Cortez Church of God
Dec. 24, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 10:45 a.m.
morning worship; 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service. For
more information contact the church, 4511 124th St.
W., Cortez, 795-1866.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Vigil Mass, Dec. 24, 4:30 p.m. and Midnight Mass
9 p.m. with choir participation. Christmas Day services
at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. For more information contact the
church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key,
383-1255.
All Angels Episcopal Church
Carols and lessons Dec. 24, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.;
Christmas music 5 p.m.; Holy Eucharist 5:30 p.m.;
Dec. 25, Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m. For more information
contact All Angels, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key,
383-8161.


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Kindergarten and first-grade students at the Island school participated in special activities
to promote the holiday spirit. Students made festive Christmas-tree hats, reindeer cookies
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Dear Santa,
All I want this year is Millenia, Night Scream, a
new toy for Sophie and a scooter. Because I was very
good this year.
Signed,
Patrick L. Facheris

Dear Santa,
I want a scooter because I have worked so hard.
I also want a surfboard because I have been thinking
a lot. I also want a bike because I have been waiting
for a long time.
From,
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Thank you, Dear Santa,
Thank you, Dear Santa, for our school on the bay
Where going to work is a pleasure each day
Where the staff is like family, the children a delight
Where community and parents volunteer day and
night
Thank you, Dear Santa, for this school rich with love
Anna Maria is a gift from above
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Ireeping
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secretary at
Anna Maria .
Elementary
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visitors and
staff with
holiday
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office.
Islander
Photo:
Diana
Bogan


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Beard, 13,
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through last
week's art
show in
Holmes
Beach. Beau
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one lighted for
night wear
and one for
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By Captain Ernie Cave
West Manatee Fire & Rescue
Special to The Islander
With the holidays approaching, many Ameri-
cans are already busy decorating their homes, shop-
ping and getting together with friends and family.
As you make your own preparations, West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue hopes you will also keep fire
safety in mind to ensure that the happy occasions
ahead aren't spoiled by property destruction, injury


or tragedy.
The holiday season and the colder weather that
often accompanies it bring all types of fire hazards
into our homes, workplaces and almost every build-
ing we enter between now and the new year.
From blinking lights and other decorations to a
warm fire in the fireplace, it's easy to see how safety
precautions could be forgotten amid the sights and
sounds of the holidays. But, by heeding a few impor-
tant safety tips, we can enjoy the season and cel-
ebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's Eve
without the fear of fire.
Here are some precautions you can take:
Keep all portable heaters at least three feet
away from flammable items.
Turn off space heaters before leaving a room or
going to sleep. Also, use only manufacturer-recom-
mended fuel in portable kerosene heaters. Shut down
and cool off such equipment before refueling.
If you celebrate the holidays with a live Christ-
mas tree, find a fresh one and give it water regularly.
Also, keep the tree away from any heat sources or


exits. If you use an artificial tree, make, sure it
is labeled as flame retardant.
Purchase only UL-approved lights. Never
use frayed or damaged strings or mix indoor
with outdoor lights. Also, unplug lights before
going to sleep at night or leaving your home.
Do not overload electrical circuits, such as
wall outlets and extension cords; use a circuit
(power) strip.
Keep a screen on your fireplace and obtain
a professional inspection annually before usage.
Have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis.
Never burn holiday wrappings, the discarded
Christmas tree or its branches in your fireplace.
Dry Christmas trees bum very hot and extremely
quickly. The fire could ignite your carpet or,
nearby window coverings. Also, a Christmas tree
is very oily and could damage your fireplace.
For additional information on fire safety
please contact our fire prevention specialists at
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Don't let time run out.

Every cent counts from now to the end of the year!


$25,000 Lester-Ihdkaer Challenge

Please make your contribution to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Trust today.
Every dollar contributed from now until the end of 2000 up to $25,0000 will be be generously
matched by Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester and an estate gift.


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YES, COUNT ME IN!
Name
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Phone
Q Amount $
Q I would like my gift in honor of:
Q I would like my gift to be in memory of:
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mail your matching-fund contribution to
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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Hurry ... make your contribution today to:
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P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.


The Endowment Fund Challenge is sponsored by The Islander in partnership with the Lesters.


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