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FREE WEEKLY NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING SPORTS REAL ESTATE DECEMBER 21, 1995
Marathon session driven by Gulf Boulevard
By Cynthia Finn
"We've learned through history in the city of Anna
Maria that one of the issues that always creates a stir
is you don't take people's parking away. When we did
this we said try it. Now we have to say oops, it didn't
Those were the words of Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Doug Wolfe halfway through an hour-long
verbal melee at the three-and-a-half-hour city commis-
sion work session Dec. 12.
The issue: tiny Gulf Boulevard between Magnolia
and Palm avenues. To park or not to park. Split-rail
fence or no fence.
Almost 30 residents were in the chambers, many of
them not regular meeting attendees. Most apparently
were there to challenge the commission's late-summer
decision to eliminate parking at the popular one-block
beach access and install a fence at road's edge to pro-
tect the dunes.
Those opposed to that decision say the result has
hampered their rightful access and the access of those
who can't walk even half a block due to age and dis-
abilities. There is also a cry against the elimination of
sunset watching from one's car.
The citizens waited quietly for nearly two hours for
the agenda to reach their issue. When it did, heck did
break loose. There were challenges directed against
Mayor Dorothy McChesney's "attitude" and Public
Works Director Phil Charnock's failure to approve the
fencing "in writing."
When the hour was up, McChesney called for a
five-minute intermission, that turned into 10, before
other business could be completed. By break time it
was 10:25 p.m.
Resident Ellen Trudelle, one of several activators
of a petition against the new no-parking law, opened
discussion with a presentation of petitions signed by
"over 400 people."
"We'd like you to reconsider," said Trudelle.
"We'll have to check all the names," responded the
"What's to check?" asked Wolfe. "It's not a legal
petition. It's an opinion poll."
McChesney maintained that "there are 1,570 vot-
ers in the city. A lot of people do enjoy what we've
PLEASE SEE GULF, PAGE 2
Chairman of fire
By Pat Copeland
George Jackson, chairman of the Anna Maria Fire
Control District Commission, resigned from the board
at last week's meeting.
Jackson, who has been with the district for 16
years, said he recently moved to Sarasota, where he
works as a full-time firefighter, making him ineligible
to remain on the board. He said he will serve until the
governor appoints a new board member.
During annual board elections, members elected
Sandy Haas chairman, Glenn Bliss vice chairman and . "
John VanOstenbridge secretary-treasurer.
Commissioners also approved the hiring of four
new firefighters, pending the completion of medical
tests Tim Hyden and Donna Braun, who are both
district volunteers, Brent Kruse from Westside Fire
District and Ken Treffinger, a medic with the county Joyce and Bob Swicegood ofAnna Maria have gotten into the holiday mood with this lighted Dickens era
EMS. The four will begin work on Jan. 2. village featuring more than 50 illuminated windows and streetlights. For more house decorations, see inside.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Landmark Anna Maria market changes hands
By Cynthia Finn
The Islanders' Market known for decades as
Ernie's IGA was sold Dec. 13 by the estate of
Ernie Cagnina to Tampa food-service entrepreneur
Albano was hard at work at the north end's main
grocery business on Dec. 14 and says he will be a full-
time, on-site owner who is looking forward to becom-
ing a part of the Island community.
For the time being Albano will commute to his new
store and says he is not planning any staff changes. He
does have plans to expand the deli department.
Albano and John Cagnina son of the late Ernie
Frank Albano dug right
in during his first day as
the new owner of the
Islander Photo': ,
Cagnina who purchased the store with Benny Scanio in
1946 became connected through a lot of common
friends and Cagnina relatives in Tampa, reported
Ernie, known for his community involvement and
dedication as well as for his seven-day-a-week stint at
the market, died at the age of 84 in August 1994.
The younger Cagnina has "mixed feelings" about
the transaction considering the store's place in his per-
sonal and family history. But he confirmed to The Is-
lander Bystander many months ago that he was ac-
tively seeking a buyer. Neither he nor Albano wished
to disclose a purchase price which covered the business
only, not the real estate.
Cagnina says he and his family "are very optimis-
tic that Frank is the right man for our store and that his
ownership will be a positive change. We know he'll do
Albano grew up in the grocery business and was
the owner of a Tampa establishment, the Claibourne
Restaurant. He says it "feels like coming home to be
back in the family grocery business."
The Islander Bystander will be closed
Classified ad deadline for the Dec. 28
issue is noon Friday, Dec. 22.
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ISLAND MAP ............................................ 20
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Tops at Tingley ........................................... 33
Crossword puzzle.......................................... 40
THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
[( PAGE 2 E DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
New pier operating contract approved, questioned
By Paul Roat
Georgia McKee has received unanimous endorse-
ment of her operation of the Bradenton Beach Fishing
Pier franchise from the Bradenton Beach City Council.
Council members gave McKee the go-ahead for
another three-year contract to operate the city pier, with
two one-year extensions possible.
Her proposal calls for a one-time franchise fee of
$1,500, monthly payments to the city of $1,000 or 12
percent of gross receipts, whichever is greater, from the
bait and tackle shop plus the restaurant, the Bradenton
Beach Pier and Cafe.
Minimum requirements called for by the city in-
cluded a one-time franchise fee of $1,500 plus a $410
monthly fee or 12 percent of the gross receipts, which-
ever was greater.
Some residents questioned the council's actions in
light of another bidder's higher monthly percentage.
John Home and Gary Trudelle, operators of the
Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Anna Maria City Pier,
submitted a proposal that would have netted Bradenton
Beach 15.5 percent of the gross or $1,000 per month,
whichever was greater.
Home said his projections of revenue indicated the
city would have netted $57,300 a year if he had re-
ceived the bid versus $44,700 a year from McKee.
Horne also agreed to pay the total electric bill on
the pier, something that currently is split between the
city and the franchise holder.
"Are you basing your decision on emotional or fi-
nancial reasons?" resident Dan Goodchild asked the
council members. Goodchild was a candidate for
mayor during the Dec. 5 city elections.
"This is a council decision," Mayor Leroy Arnold
said. "The election was over last week and we don't
have to give any reasons to the public."
Goodchild's "emotional" question was prompted
by intense construction at and near the pier earlier this
year. Nearly $400,000 of federal, state and city funds
has been spent to replace the rock revetment at the
pier's entrance and to replace decking, handrails and
lights. New electric service has also been added, as
have fish cleaning stations, and the entire pier has been
painted using volunteers headed up by Councilwoman
McKee appeared before the council several times
to complain of revenue shortfalls due to the construc-
tion and accompanying loss of business.
City officials have requested an additional
$150,000 state grant to continue improvements to the
pier. The results of that grant request should be known
The request for proposals to manage the pier states in
part, "The city reserves the right to reject any and all pro-
posals without cause." It also states, "A major point of
consideration by the city council in determining a success-
ful proposal for the purpose of beginning negotiation will
be the amount of such revenue to the city...."
Councilman John Kaufmann made the motion to
enter into negotiations with McKee. The motion was
seconded by Vice Mayor Dick Suhre.
"There certainly were a nuinber of things that led
to our selecting [McKee]," Kaufmann said after the
meeting. "The past history of what they've done, and
the fact that they've gone the extra mile to make the
pier an economically successful area. I thought they
deserved [the franchise]."
The council ranked the bidders as McKee, first and
Home and Trudelle, second.
Trinacria Corp. of Bradenton was ranked third.
Owned by Al Rossi, who also operates the
Howzaboutaburger restaurant in Sarasota Square Mall,
the corporation proposed to pay a $3,000 franchise fee,
$600 a month minimum or 12 percent of gross receipts.
Rossi also said all fishing fees would be remitted to the
city, something currently split between the city and the
Evan Bordes and Melinda Davis were ranked
fourth. They proposed to pay the city $410 per
month or 12 percent of the gross receipts, whichever
Kurt Klemen also submitted a bid to operate the
pier, but his proposal was judged non-responsive by
the council due to not meeting the minimum bid re-
A committee comprised of Kaufmann and resident
Emily Anne Smith will begin negotiations with McKee
this week. The current franchise agreement expires
Dec. 31, and a new contract is expected to come before
the council for approval by the end of the month.
Wyndham Riter of
Holmes Beach, top
left, celebrated her
Dec. 13 birthday
the one that
takes her into
double digits -
with an evening of
at DeSoto Square
Mall. Joining in
the fun, from left,
GULF, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
done at Gulf Boulevard. We'll look all the names on
the petition over and verify them."
By week's end City Clerk Peg Nelson was doing
Commissioner George McKay said of the current
Gulf Boulevard status, "I think we have something
started that is beneficial to all of the city."
After comments had begun from the audience
McKay said he was "definitely going to take your re-
action into consideration."
He also said, "I don't want to see the fence come
down. If that's a political gun to my head, so be it."
Six residents spoke vehemently against the current
status of Gulf Boulevard and about "the way and the
time of year" in which the commission made the
The seventh told commissioners, "We had 1,521
registered voters last February of 1995. We had 762
people voting. We've got a petition with over 400
names against this. That's over half the people that
The eighth citizen wanted to know, "Who got you
to do this?" He said "three or four" people who live on
or near Gulf Boulevard wanted it. "Now over 400
people say no."
McKay said the citizens who originated the action
had a right to their concerns also. "We need to work
together as neighbors."
Judy Adams, owner of property at the west end of
Magnolia Avenue near Gulf Boulevard, spoke as she
has previously in favor of the commission's action. She
said the berm was built to protect the road years ago
and "people climbed all over the dunes."
"We have 34 beach accesses in Anna Maria and all
of them have limited or no parking," said Adams. "You
should be congratulated for restoring it to what it was."
Commission candidate Elaine Burkly said,
"There's no doubt that it looks nicer." She suggested
that "we find another street for people to watch the
Gulf Boulevard resident Harry Boothe, whose
complaints initiated the action last summer, stood. "I
am the dirty dog. You don't live there. Come and look
and see who's parking there. They're not city resi-
Visibly shaken, Boothe also said, "If we've got 400
people so interested in that beach, come on down at 6
a.m. tomorrow and help me clean up the garbage they
Discussion went on for another 30 minutes in a
In the end, Charnock was directed to meet with a
sheriff s deputy and a committee of citizens from both
sides and to bring back a recommended compromise to
Thirteen citizens met with Charock and deputy
Jules Dengler for an hour and a half Dec. 15. No com-
promise was reached. Committee members were going
to re-examine the scene of the controversy over the
weekend and get together again in the near future. A
recommendation was not expected in time for the
commission's Dec. 19 meeting.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER I DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 PAGE 3 I(B
Anna Maria man sentenced in
arson, burglary charges
A man accused of setting fire to a Holmes Beach and smashed liquor bottles.
bar and vandalizing a liquor store has been committed Circuit Court Judge Scott Brownell ruled that
to a psychiatric hospital. Spadoni was not guilty of the charges by reason of in-
Steven Spadoni of Anna Maria had been charged sanity.
with arson, burglary and criminal mischief in Septem- Police reports at the time said Spadoni was trying
ber after he set fire to the roof of the Anchor Inn and, to "cleanse the Island of alcohol" and wanted to "rid the
two days later, broke into the Island Package Liquors world of alcohol."
Police seek suspect in jewel theft
By Pat Copeland
If you wear expensive jewelry be cautious, warned
Holmes Beach Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers, who is-
sued a warrant for a man suspected of stealing $45,000
in rings from a woman after entering her home on Dec.
Fire inspector gets
Fire Inspector Jane Guthrie of the Anna Maria
Fire Control District
has received commen-
dations from Chief
Andy Price of the dis-
trict, Chief Julius Halas- *-
of Sarasota Fire/Rescue
and Holmes Beach Po-
lice Chief Jay Romine
for her diligent work on 's
the Anchor Inn fire of 'a ,
Sept. 8. .
In that incident,
Steven J. Spadoni, 32,
of Anna Maria, was charged with setting fire to the
building using a can of gasoline. The fire was ex-
tinguished before any damage was done. Spadoni
was also charged with setting his parents' house on
fire in Sarasota.
The fire destroyed the house. Guthrie alerted
fire officials in Sarasota about Spadoni.
6 under a ruse.
The 73-year-old victim identified Al Mitchell, 34,
of North Miami Beach, in a photo lineup last week and
told police he posed as a pest control man who ap-
peared at her Westbay Cove condominium to spray for
ants. Rogers said he probably followed the victim home
after seeing her wearing the rings.
Once inside her residence, the suspect asked for
water to fill his sprayer. As she accompanied him to the
sink, he accidentally sprayed her hands with liquid
from the sprayer. He became very excited and told the
victim the liquid was acid and would bur her skin and
ruin her rings.
He frantically washed the victim's hands with
soap, sliding off her rings in the process. He went to the
refrigerator and got milk to pour on her hands, saying
it would neutralize the acid. At the same time, he pre-
tended to put her rings in the freezer to prevent further
damage to them.
He told the victim he would go to his truck and get
some powder to further neutralize the acid. He then
disappeared with the rings.
Rogers said Mitchell is a suspect in similar crimes
in other parts of the state. He is described as 5 feet, 11
inches tall, 180 pounds with black, balding hair and
brown eyes. The warrant charged him with home inva-
sion and grand theft, both second degree felonies.
Rogers is investigating a similar case that occurred
on Dec. 7 in which more than $100,000 in jewelry was
taken from another Holmes Beach woman's residence.
She said such thieves target people wearing expensive
jewelry because it's virtually non-traceable.
Four juveniles charged in
Holmes Beach burglary
Holmes Beach police arrested four juveniles and
charged them with armed burglary and grand theft,
both first degree felonies, in connection with a residen-
tial burglary Dec. 13.
The four are Joseph Conover, 17, of Anna Maria;
Joshua Perkins, 17, of Bradenton; Zack McIntyre, 17,
of Bradenton; and Clyde Walker, 17 of Bradenton.
Police said the suspects pried open a door at the
residence which was locked and bolted, causing severe
damage to the door and frame. Once they entered, they
ransacked the residence, then broke into a bedroom
which was locked.
The suspects reportedly took six guns valued at
$4,350, a stereo valued at $200, a bow and arrows valued
at $200, ammunition valued at $100 and a gun safe val-
ued at $350. A witness who saw the suspects leave in a
Camaro described the suspects and vehicle for police.
The vehicle was located by Bradenton police a few
hours later. The suspects told police they had committed
a burglary in Holmes Beach, and the firearms taken in the
burglary were in the vehicle. The suspects were brought
to the Holmes Beach Police Department where they con-
fessed to planning and committing the burglary.
Anna Maria City
12/21, 3 p.m., City Christmas party
12/26, noon, Election qualifying ends
12/26, 7:30 p.m., Commission meeting
12/21, 1 p.m., Council meeting
Holiday closings: Anna Maria city offices will
be closed on Dec. 22 and 25, Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach city offices will be
closed on Dec. 25 and 26.
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IE PAGE 4 A DECEMBER 21, 1995 I THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Bridge hearing Phase I ends with no clear winner
By Paul Roat
The sun set literally on the first phase of the
administrative hearing to determine whether a new
bridge should be built to replace the span at Manatee
Avenue in Holmes Beach.
Parties on all sides of the dispute agreed to rest the
environmental element of the proceedings at sunset last
Thursday. The hearings will resume Monday, Jan. 8,at
9 a.m. in Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Involved in the issue are: attorneys from the
Florida Department of Transportation, who want to
build the replacement bridge; attorneys from the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who
first denied, then issued a dredge and fill permit to build
the bridge; Save Anna Maria attorney David Levin,
arguing the bridge should not be built due to adverse
environmental impacts and that proper public notice
was not given; and Robert VanWagoner, an "interve-
nor" questioning both the environmental and public
notice aspects of the matter.
Robert Meale, the Florida Division of Adminis-
trative Hearings officer presiding over the case, said
he should have a recommended order prepared by
The bridge plan
Originally proposed as a pair of two-lane bridges,
DOT scaled back the idea of the second bridge and
instead intends to build one two-lane bridge with safety
lanes and a sidewalk.
The bridge would be located about 20 feet to the
south of the existing bridge and would be 3,372 feet
long, 243 feet longer than the current structure.
It would be about 54 feet wide and be comprised
of two 12-foot-wide "travel" lanes, two 10-foot-wide
emergency lanes and a six-foot-wide sidewalk on one
side. The current bridge is 37 feet wide.
The structure would have a center clearance of 65
feet at the Intracoastal Waterway. The roadway would
be about 74 feet high at its peak and have a four per-
The construction technique proposed is called
the "Florida Bulb T" design. Pilings would be driven
into the bay bottom. At the waterline, a concrete
"footer" roughly 20 by 30 feet the size changes
depending on water depth would be poured out of
concrete. Rising from the footers would be "piers"
of varying height. Atop the piers would be girders
that would support the roadway.
DOT officials said 24 piers would support the
To build the bridge, a work platform would be
constructed about 40 feet south of the southern edge of
the new bridge. The platforms would be 1,100 feet long
on the west side, 1,200 feet on the east side. They
would be 40 feet wide, supported by "H"-shaped steel
beams. The work platform base would be made of
metal grates similar to the platform of a drawbridge.
The central span of the bridge crossing the Intracoastal
Waterway would be built from barges.
The new bridge would take about 21 months to
build. Once open to vehicular traffic, the current bridge
would be demolished. Total construction and demoli-
tion time is estimated to last two years, and the cost of
the new bridge is estimated at about $13 million.
The first seven days of testimony on the bridge's
impact on the environment pitted DOT and DEP ex-
perts against one another. DOT officials said the miti-
gation efforts to replant seagrasses and mangroves
would offset the impact the bridge would have on ma-
rine life. DEP experts, during cross examination by
Levin, reluctantly said that the mitigation could result
in a net loss of marine life in the area near the bridge.
Former National Hurricane Center Director Dr.
Robert Sheets said the winds aloft on a 74-foot bridge
would not be significantly greater than on the surface
during a hurricane.
His statements, as an expert witness for the
DOT, conflict with the contents of a 1993 letter, in
which he stated, "The lower you can build your
bridges where they still clear all other hazards such
as the storm surge or shipping, the more likely they
are to stay open during high wind events with the
exception of extreme events."
Summation of the testimony during the last few
days of the bridge hearings is listed below.
Hearing officer Robert Meale, pictured in front of a depiction of a high, fixed-span bridge that at one time was
proposed to replace the Cortez Bridge, during the first phase of the hearings on whether a replacement bridge
at Manatee Avenue should be built. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Rose Poynor, an environmental scientist with the
DEP, toured the area several times during the environ-
mental agency's assessment of the dredge and fill per-
mit. She testified that her site visit indicated bridge's
placement area "had dense seagrass beds that would be
impacted by the bridge."
George Craciun, another DEP scientist who had
at first issued the intent to deny a dredge and fill per-
mit to the DOT, then was overruled by his immediate
supervisor, Ken Huntington, said his initial denial of
the bridge was made "because it appeared the project
was not in the public interest."
He too agreed that seagrass beds to the south of the
existing bridge "were lush and full, very prolific, and
very advantageous to fish, wildlife and endangered
Craciun said about 3 1/2 acres of seagrasses would
be impacted by the bridge and the work platforms.
Although the DOT proposed to replant seagrasses else-
where in the area to offset the loss caused by the bridge,
"the mitigation plan benefits did not meet the suffi-
"I described the DOT mitigation plan as a 'pig in
a poke' because we did not know what we were get-
ting," Craciun said.
Scott Purcell, a yacht broker and licensed boat
captain, said many of the sailboats he delivers in the
area have masts too high to go under the proposed 65-
foot-clearance new bridge. He said that sailboats in the
45- 55-foot-long range have masts in excess of 65 feet
Leonard "Geoff" Wood, an engineer with a
stormwater consulting firm who was contracted by the
DOT to provide the stormwater runoff system for the
bridge and approaches, said about 300 feet of the
bridge and approach would have a stormwater treat-
ment and collection system.
The rest of the bridge would have drainage outlets
that would allow runoff to flow directly into Anna
Maria Sound, he said, something allowed by Southwest
Florida Water Management District officials.
Larry Davis, a DOT engineer specializing in
bridges, said the criteria used for replacing bridges was
structural deficiencies or functional obsolescence.
There was little structural problem with the current
bridge, he said, but design plans for bridges now call
for emergency lanes to be built on all bridges. Without
the emergency lanes, Davis said, the current bridge was
Movable drawbridges such as the existing bridge
"are inherently dangerous for workers doing mainte-
nance on the structures." Davis said a Dade County
drawbridge was rehabilitated two years ago and the
bridge tender's house already had 23 bullet holes in its
bullet-proof glass windows.
Bunny Garst of SAM said she was a regular user
of the bridge, and saw many fishers, bikers, joggers and
roller bladers using the bridge. She said the proposed
bridge would be too high for fishers to use, and walk-
ing, jogging or biking across it would be difficult.
Robert Crim, a DOT engineer directly involved
in the development of the new bridge, said the
bridge's emergency lanes were not developed as
travel lanes and "I can envision no plans in the fu-
ture for such a use."
Asked about rehabilitating the existing bridge to
bring it up to current design plans of the DOT such
as adding emergency lanes Crim said "it wasn't
considered to be a viable option."
Crim said the rehabilitate the bridge would require
a total closure for about one year. The draw span would
have to be totally replaced, and the additional piers
would almost be as expensive to build as a new bridge.
Crim said the New Pass Bridge was a bascule
bridge that had been built within the last 10 years, in-
dicating that the DOT did build bridges other than high,
Mary Janet Everett, an engineer hired by DOT as
a consultant, said a high-level fixed-span bridge would
not increase traffic to Anna Maria Island. "People make
a route choice based on the length of travel time, not
whether they are going across a bascule or fixed-span
bridge," she said.
Dr. Francis Smith-Williams, a Holmes Beach
resident, said a recent Island-wide needs assessment
indicated transportation and crime were among the top
concerns of residents.
She said the new bridge would increase the num-
ber of "day-trippers" to the Island, and more people
would also increase the amount of crime on the Island.
Smith-Williams said the bridge would be too high
to comfortable walk or bicycle across, adding "the
bridge we have is perfectly adequate to the citizens
Early Sorenson, a DEP engineer, said "he was not
satisfied the safety aspects had been correctly ad-
dressed by the DOT."
Virginia Smith, a Holmes Beach resident and
president of the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization, said she was concerned with
traffic increases on the Island if the new bridge was
built. "The traffic in front of the school is horrendous,"
she said. "The Island is becoming more young-family
oriented, and it's getting dangerous with the increased
traffic. I'd like to see our bridge fixed with emergency
VanWagoner said "if the bridge is permitted, I
believe it will be a bridge looking for a mate" and the
added traffic congestion would destroy the character of
the Island. "I believe a drawbridge is a good entrance
to a barrier island," he said, "and I believe we need that
kind of emotional transition to go onto a barrier island."
VanWagoner said he was "staggered with the con-
struction schedule proposed. I don't think our commu-
nity and our environment can withstand two years of
A former resident of Westbay Cove Condomini-
ums, adjacent to the bridge in Holmes Beach,
VanWagoner said the dirt and noise of the bridge
would be excessive.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER E DECEMBER 21, 1995 m PAGES 5IE
Homes Beach to get new city complex
By Pat Copeland
The City of Holmes Beach will move into the 21st
century in style if council approves the construction of
a new city complex at its next meeting in January.
At last week's work session the council discussed the
two options presented by Architect H. Patterson Fletcher.
The first option is a renovation of present city buildings
to bring them into compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act at a cost of $267,000. The second is the
construction of the new city building to house all three
departments at a cost of $1.2 million.
The renovation would decrease livable space in the
city's present buildings, said Council Chairman Luke
Courtney. The new building would meet the needs of
the departments and provide for future growth.
"My feeling is to go with the new building," he
said. "It's not wise to throw away $267,000 to fix
something that's probably unfixable."
Councilwoman Pat Geyer agreed and added,
"We're in this spot because we've used this band-aid
fix all these years."
Councilman Don Maloney also agreed.
"It's a waste of money to spend $267,000 for a band-
aid," said Councilwoman Carol Whitmore. "We need to
comply with the ADA but this (renovation plan) has other
things besides making it handicapped accessible."
The plan includes new roofs and wall repairs to
alleviate leakage, said Fletcher.
"We have to justify this to the taxpayers," said
Whitmore. "They're going to say, 'Why didn't you dredge
the canals? You only thought of yourself building that new
city hall.' So I have mixed feelings about this."
"In the five-year capital improvements plan we are
Bird Man of Sandy Pointe
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with that ol' beach attitude. "We never saw birds this friendly in Michigan," says Bob's wife Elaine. "Holmes
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addressing the canals and infrastructure needs," said
the mayor. "The concept of constructing a new city
complex is not to benefit us. It's to benefit the commu-
nity for the next 25 to 30 years and we're not going to
use ad valorem taxes to pay for it."
How would the new structure fare in a hurricane?
asked Dr. Francis Smith-Williams.
"We went with hip roofs and masonry structure
that are ideal in a hurricane," replied Fletcher. "It will
be one of the better built buildings here."
Public Works Supervisor John Fernandez rein-
forced what Fletcher said.
After discussion was completed, Whitmore said
she would favor the new building over the renovation.
Once the plan is formally approved, Fletcher said
he would need six to seven months to finalize the build-
ing plans, followed by a year of construction.
Service station to
reopen as convenience
store, gas station
The Holmes Beach gas station formerly owned and
operated by the Huffine family since the 1950s appears
destined to come back to life in the form of a convenience
The Holmes Beach City Council reviewed a site
plan for new owner Earl McCarley which includes a
convenience store with gas pumps. According to Terry
Huffine, McCarley owns 12 other such locations.
Council will vote on the plan at the Jan. 2 meeting.
The new plan will decrease the intensity of use,
because there will be no mechanic's garage and the
produce and citrus businesses will be gone, said Pub-
lic Works Superintendent John Fernandez. However,
the hours of operation will be longer.
"The rear of the property abuts residential prop-
erty," he said. "There is currently a six-foot fence on
the residential side. I recommend the fence or another
fence always be in place to buffer the adjoining prop-
erty. Mr. McCarley has also agreed to install a small
hedge along the property line."
Thanks a 10
from Jim, Pidge, Courtney,
Nicky & Kelsey
BUILD or REPAIR:
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1B PAGE 6 0 DECEMBER 21, 1995 1 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
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Dr. Seuss revisited?
If you thought the good ship lollipop landed in
Bradenton Beach with the recent election, your candy
is already turning sour. The new mayor and council
members in Bradenton Beach left a bad taste in our
mouth last week for what's to come.
First of all, they turned down a considerably higher
bid for the pier lease to opt with the current franchisee,
Bradenton Beach Pier & Cafe, Inc. The pier is currently
run by Georgia C. McKee, managing partner and vice
president of the corporation.
A bid by John Home and Gary Trudelle, operators
of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Anna Maria City
Pier, called for a higher percentage 3.5 percent
higher or a $12,600 projected increase in revenues paid
to the city and they included full payment of the
The city now picks up 30 percent of the electric at
the pier and forfeits 40 percent of the fishing fees
- an amendment from the original contract.
Admittedly, McKee's business suffered over the
summer and throughout the renovation period and she
let everyone know about it. She sought sympathy ev-
erywhere including council members while her
monthly rent was remarkably low only $410 a far
cry from her $1,000 a month bid for the new contract.
(The same rent was offered by Home and Trudelle.)
With sympathy in hand, and petitions reportedly
signed by more than 300 people including Council-
woman Connie Drescher, McKee unanimously won
over the new mayor and council and has at least another
three year lease with the city to operate the pier.
But not without a question from Dan Goodchild, a
mayoral candidate in the recent election. He asked if
the decision was based on emotions or finances. An
appropriate question considering the city's request for
proposals to manage the pier states the major consid-
eration will be the amount of revenue to the city.
Mayor Leroy Arnold replied, "The election was
over last week and we don't have to give any reasons
to the public."
We find we must remind Arnold and the citizens that
Arnold's campaign literature promised he would, "Protect
your right to be heard in all government decisions."
The loss of revenue in the pier negotiations is
enough for the city to bear without suffering the greater
loss of government involvement.
Remember the tale of the Grinch this Christmas
season, Mr. Arnold.
Best wishes to all from the staff
of The Islander Bystander
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Chamber says thanks to
As another year draws to a close, we reflect upon
ourselves, family, friends and special memories. It is a
real pleasure at this holiday time to say thank you for
your continued support.
We wish you good health, safety and fulfillment
board of officers and directors, volunteer staff,
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
HBPD: Be part of the solution
The Holmes Beach Police Department urges the
residents of Anna Maria Island to take a stand against
impaired driving this holiday season.
"Take a Stand Against Impaired Driving" is the
theme for this December's National Drunk and
Drugged Driving Prevention Month. The Holmes
Beach Police Department joins a coalition of national
organizations, including the National Highway Safety
Administration, in kicking off the month by issuing a
call to action to Anna Maria Island residents.
A decade of combined efforts by the Federal
agency, media and many public and private organiza-
tions has demonstrated that a combination of education
and enforcement works to reduce impaired driving.
In 1994, 16,600 Americans died in alcohol-related
crashes, the lowest figure in 31 years, but still unac-
ceptably high. The age group of drivers that affect that
statistic are primarily males 21 to 34 years of age. This
population is over-represented in all crash data, includ-
ing deaths and injuries.
S The Holmes Beach Police Department requests
that when hosting a holiday party make sure that a va-
riety of beverages are available for guests, including
non-alcoholic drinks. Give your guests something else
to do beside drink.
Make sure you serve food, dance, and play games.
All this activity will help stop that person from having
one too many and hurting himself or somebody else.
Pay attention to how much your guests are drinking.
Take away the keys and arrange a ride for those who
have had too much.
These are just a few tips of safety during this holi-
day season because one crash could mean the loss of
a friend, neighbor, a family member or another human
life. Do your part to take a stand against impaired driv-
ing this holiday season and throughout the new year.
The Holmes Beach Police Department wishes to
extend to everyone a safe and happy holiday.
Lt. Dale Stephenson,
Holmes Beach Police Department
Nonsense money on nouishment
So the Anna Maria City commissioners have spent
$2,500 of taxpayers' dollars, with more money to come,
to pay for and mail a write-up about why the citizens of
Anna Maria should vote for beach renourishment.
Those of us that have lived here a while know very
well that beach sand comes and goes, and comes and goes.
I think the taxpayers of Anna Maria City would
like the recent raise in pay that the mayor and commis-
sioners gave themselves to go to a vote in February!
Thelma Weeks, Anna Maria City
Peace should win over parking
I would like to commend the mayor and city
commission of the City of Anna Maria for taking
steps to help preserve the natural beauty of the area
along Gulf Boulevard.
I walk along this strip of land at least once a day
as I'm sure many others do. In the past, this area of-
ten resembled the minivan section of a used car lot.
It was not unusual to find a dozen empty cars over-
flowing with beach paraphernalia. The natural
beauty and solitude of Gulf Boulevard has been
greatly enhanced by eliminating parking.
I understand that some individuals with health prob-
lems may be inconvenienced by this change since they
must either walk a half block or arrange to be dropped off.
Certainly these minor inconveniences are greatly out-
weighed by the additional peace, tranquillity and beauty
that result from the absence of motor vehicles.
For those who wish to sit in their cars and enjoy a
view of the water, I suggest you simply drive down Mana-
tee Avenue a few times. You'll more than likely have
plenty of time to contemplate the natural beauty of the
water while you wait for the bridge to open and close.
James De Porre, Anna Maria City
THOSE WERE T1HE AYS
Part 14, Turn-of-the-Century Anna Maria
by June Alder
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It was fun watching the turn-of-the-century Cortez fishermen pulling in their nets.
Born on Sept. 1, 1898, to settlers
Mary and Wilbur Hall, Bertha Hall is
believed to be the second Caucasian
child born on Anna Maria. Some time
before her death in her Island home in
1984 she wrote this charming sketch of
what it was like for the five Hall children
growing up here nearly 100 years ago.
By Bertha Hall Ennis
Oh, the excitement of it! Living on
Anna Maria, a place so isolated, com-
pletely surrounded by water, with a
population of about 20 (three families,
spaced three miles apart), some mosqui-
toes and that's about all.
My earliest recollections of exciting
experiences at the turn of the century
Hurricanes. We called them "un-
settled weather." Storms were thrilling
to us, with the wind howling and the
waves crashing. After they were over
the beaches were strewn with beautiful
shells which we'd sell to visitors. The
money looked good to us and was
stashed away for spending when we
went to Tampa to visit relatives.
Besides shells we picked up many
strange things small barrels, boxes,
etc., which were our playthings. At one
time a loose buoy washed ashore.
Climbing over and around it, imagining
it to be all sorts of unearthly things, was
Boats. The steamer "Mistletoe" and
others from Tampa and Manatee ports
regularly brought visitors to the Island
for swimming (called bathing) and fish-
ing. At the first blast of the whistle we
would rush down to our dock to watch
Our big house had an ell with two
rooms one for men and one for
women to change into their bathing cos-
tumes. The women's room had a knot-
hole and we curious kids did some peek-
ing. We were fascinated with the ladies'
underwear with all the lace, embroidery
and ribbons. Such a contrast to ours,
which had faded letters on them, such as
"Pillsbury's Best" and "Gold Medal."
Fishermen. Watching the fishermen
from Cortez was exciting. Some good-
eating fish and other curious creatures of
the sea came up in the nets. Occasion-
ally we heard some new (to us) and col-
orful words when a stingray, a shark or
Bertha Hall, age about 7.
a swordfish ripped their nets. But the
fishermen were very kind to us in spite
of us getting in their way.
Christmas. As everywhere, Christ-
mas was the highlight of the year. The
population of 20 gathered one year
with the Cobbs, and the next with us.
Mr. Cunningham (a bachelor) would
come as Santa Claus. He was wonder-
ful at playing the bells. Gifts were ex-
changed and then the entertainment
was given by the small fry.
I'll never forget my first contribu-
tion. Mother coached me diligently to
speak slowly with proper expression.
This was all that came out: "Christmas
Day has come at last sorry, no talent
scouts." We'd sing Jingle Bells on the
way home in our wagon pulled by
Bonnie, our beloved horse, who was
our only transportation.
Vacations. After we moved to
Tampa about 1907 so we children
could get good schooling, we still spent
our vacations here and we looked for-
ward to them all year long. The Island
began to grow. People moved in,
houses were erected, a new pier, hotel,
store and sidewalks were built which
we are still using.
It was exciting in those days so
long ago. It was exciting when I moved
back to the Island many years later.
It is exciting living on the Island
today. Don't you think?
Next: A parting gift
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Councilwoman disagrees on bridge referendum wording
By Pat Copeland
Although the Holmes Beach City Council plans to
hold a referendum on the Anna Maria Bridge at its next
city election, the wording is up in the air.
The wording used in Bradenton Beach and to be
used in Anna Maria is: I support rehabilitating and
adding one or more safety lanes to the present Mana-
tee Avenue Bridge instead of replacement with a 65-
foot-clearance fixed-span bridge.
It offers no choice for those who favor a 45-foot bas-
cule span, said Councilwoman Carol Whitmore at last
week's work session. Several residents agreed with her.
"We got snowballed," she said. "People said they
didn't want the big 65-foot bridge, but they wanted a
45-foot bridge. Now all of a sudden they want to reha-
bilitate the bridge. I don't think the wording is fair for
people who want a new bridge (of any height)."
I want two choices, so I can put an X on one or
the other," said resident Jim Bell.
Council members Billie Martini and Don Maloney
said they were happy with the wording used by the
other two Island cities.
"This is a non-binding referendum," noted Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger. "It's a survey process. The DOT
has not offered you a choice."
"Never has rehabilitation been considered or of-
fered by DOT, nor will it be," said resident Bill
Saunders. "I think offering the voting public that choice
"How do you vote no to the wording on that ques-
tion?" asked another resident, "If you vote no, you're
just voting no to the small bridge. How do you vote for
the 65-foot bridge?"
"If you vote 'yes' you support rehabilitating the
present bridge instead of building the big bridge," re-
plied Council Chairman Luke Courtney. "If you vote
'no' you favor building the big bridge."
Councilwoman Pat Geyer asked for "with safety
lanes" to be added after "65-foot fixed span bridge,"
and no one objected.
A vote to place the referendum on the ballot will
be taken at the Jan. 2 meeting. Courtney said anyone
who has an alternate suggestion for wording can bring
it to the meeting.
City to develop capital improvements and drainage plans
The Holmes Beach City Council recognizes that
the city needs to develop capital improvements and
stormwater management plans; however, members dis-
agreed on priorities at last week's meeting.
Council members Carol Whitmore and Billie Mar-
tini said alleviating drainage problems should be the
priority, while the others favored starting with im-
provements to city buildings.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger pointed out that the two
are not mutually exclusive. He said improvements to
city buildings will be funded by the city's portion of the
one-cent school tax, and as soon as the council agrees
on a funding source for stormwater improvements,
work can begin.
Bohnenberger presented his six-year plan for capi-
tal improvements and told council the city's compre-
hensive plan requires a capital improvements plan but
the city has never developed one.
The plan includes the following;
Year 1 and 2 Finalizing plans for city build-
ings, letting contracts and beginning construction.
Year 3 Dredging of the pass and silted canal
Year 4 Constructing sidewalks and bike paths.
Year 5 Overhauling or replacing the Key
Year 6 Encouraging the county to extend its
re-use water line to the city.
"I would like council to establish a permanent in-
frastructure trust fund," Bohnenberger said. "This
would present an opportunity for us to provide for fu-
The second facet of Bohnenberger's presentation
was a five-year stormwater management plan.
"The needs addressed are primarily those iden-
tified by the Southwest Florida Water Management
District,"he said. "Those are the areas that are
flooded on an annual basis. The estimated cost of
these improvements in today's dollars is $1 million,
but that's just to address those flooding areas. It has
nothing to do with upgrading the entire stormwater
Bohnenberger gave the council several options for
funding the plan. He said he favors a stormwater util-
ity fee to be applied equally to all residential property
owners in the city. The fee would be relatively low, the
revenue would be dedicated and the fee could be eas-
"We haven't raised taxes in three years," said
Whitmore. "We're going to have to do something to
pay for infrastructure and everybody's going to have to
pay for it. What do we need to do first?"
Bohnenberger said improvements to the city
buildings should come first. Council Chairman Luke
Courtney said if the city does not bring the buildings
into compliance with the Americans with Disabili-
ties Act, it could be charged a tremendous amount in
"Drainage, dredging canals and repairing seawalls
are more important to me," said Whitmore.
Martini agreed and noted, "Before pouring
money into building in the middle of a lake, which
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Anna Maa 18-month-old
election looms Anna Maria motel
By Cynthia Finn request still not
Islander Reporter ,
Seven city residents have picked up qualifying decided
packets to be candidates in the city of Anna Maria's A reet t ild th seaare
Feb. 13 mayoral and commission races. A request to build themselves a separate resi-
Two city-politics newcomers Robert dence and convert the current office/manager's
Mclheny and Elaine Buy have turned their apartment into another unit still hasn't been decided
Mclheny an Eln De 14 have turner theih cosectve year ofvtfor Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Colon, owners of the eight
packets back in to qualify for the commission race. for Mr. and Mrs. Aold Colon, owners of the eight-
The mayor's seat and three out of four com- unit, eight-lot Anna Maria Motel on North Bay Bou-
mission seats will be in the hands of the city's levard.
1,570 voters. The city commission tabled the latest proposal
Mayor Dorothy McChesney has picked up the Dec. 12 and was expected to discuss the matter with the
papers to run again for that position. Incumbent com- city attorney present at its Dec. 19 meeting.
missioners Doug Wolfe, Chuck Shumard and Max The Colons began the application process with the
Znika have picked up papers for commission seats as city public works department in the summer of 1994.
has Planning and Zoning Chairman Tom Turner. Four building officials and several suggested routes
Shumard also has mayoral-seat papers in his later, they now have an attorney who speaks for them
hands. He told The Islander Bystander he still has not at city Planning and Zoning Board and commission
decided which race he will enter. Commissioner discussions.
George McKay is the only currently seated official The attorney told the commission Dec. 12 that her
clients "have now spent in excess of $10,000 on this
and they have acted in good faith all the way down the
Candidate qualifying will close at noon Tuesday,
Dec. 26. City Hall will be closed for a four-day week- line
end from Friday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Christ- The planning board voted 3-to-1 in favor of the
Most recent variance proposal in November. That pro-
The mayor's term is for two years at a salary of ,posal stemmed from city suggestions in late Septem-
ber, when the commission turned down a different type
$800 per month. The two top vote-getters in the com- of variance the planners had approved.
mission race will take office for two years. The third In other action, the commission heard a report from
man or woman in the tally earns a one-year term. Islander votes for 75th public works administrative assistant Anne Beck re-
public works administrative assistant Anne Beck re-
Commissioners are paid $400 per monthstraight year garding the lengthy five-year report she has prepared
Salary increases were approved in the 1995-96 s
Rose "Susan" Strahm of Pines Trailer Park in to meet federal regulations for flood-insurance dis-
budget last September and take effect after the Feb- Bradenton Beach celebrated her 102nd birthday counts for city residents.
ruary elections. Seated commissioners cannot vote Dec. 14 and her 75th consecutive year of voting Dec. Commissioners also had a report from a Florida
themselves a pay increase.
McKay, who voted against the increase, will re- 5 at the Bradenton Beach ballot box. Islander Power and Light Co. representative who determined
main at a $300-per-month salary until his seat opens Photos: Courtesy of Connie Drescher. that proposed Bahama shutters for City Hall at a cost
in February 1997. of $4,300 would only save the city $75 per year worth
Voters who wish to participate in the Feb. 13 Horseshoe winners of energy efficiency.
balloting must be registered by Monday, Jan. 16. Winners in the Dec. 16 horseshoe games At 10:40 p.m. John Home, manager of the Anchor-
Referendums on trying to join the federal beach- were George Landraitis and George McKay, age Oyster Bar on the City Pier, addressed commis-
renourishmentproject thatmaintains the Gulfbeaches both from Anna Maria. Runners-up were Lee sioners regarding his agenda request for the city to
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Manatee Avenue will also be on the February ballot. Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall, Commissioners couldn't agree on a location suited
For information, call City Hall at 778-0781. 10005 Gulf Drive. to the bayfront environment. Public Works Director
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Virginia 'Ginny' Guthrie
Virginia "Ginny" Guthrie, 64, of Cortez, died
Dec. 14 in Hospice House.
Born in Crisfield, Md., Mrs. Guthrie came to
Manatee County from there in 1959. She was a home-
maker. She was a member of Manatee Baptist Church
and Bethel Baptist Church. She was a former member
of Cortez Fire Department Auxiliary.
She is survived by a sister, Doris Nelson of Bal-
timore; three brothers, Norman Bell of Virginia
Beach, Va., C.F. Bell of Severna Park, Md., and John
Bell of Linthicum Heights, Md.
Services were held at Brown and Sons Funeral
Home in Bradenton with Pastor Don Windmiller of-
ficiating. Burial was in Palmetto. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Manatee Baptist Church Gen-
eral Fund, 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, Fla.
Jane Anna Wincze Kopp
Jane Ann Wincze Kopp, 59, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 14 in Columbia Blake Medical Center.
Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kopp came to Mana-
tee County from Maple Grove, Minn., in 1994. She
was a mother and homemaker. She was a former
member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple
She is survived by her husband, Welton; a daugh-
ter, Suzanne Sillman of Chinquitin, N.C.; three sons,
Mark of Amery, Wis., David of Catonsville, Md., and
Peter of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; a sister, Virginia
Cosans of Amherst, Mass.; two brothers, Richard of
Audubon, N.J., and Robert of Atlanta; and seven
A service was held at Church of Annunciation in
Holmes Beach. A Requiem Mass was said at the
Church of the Annunciation with the Rev. Richard
Fellows officiating. A memorial service will be held
at 2 p.m., Jan. 6, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church,
Maple Grove, Minn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church
Mabel A. Lee
Mabel A. Lee, 83, of Cortez, died Dec. 14 in
Columbia Blake Medical Center.
Born in Clinton County, Mich., Mrs. Lee came to
Manatee County in 1965 from DeWitt, Mich. She was
Grandma Nellie celebrates
Nellie R. Esckilsen grandmother of Anna
Maria Elementary School teacher Lynne McDonough
- celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 13.
Born Nellie Ruth
Osgerby in Tuscola
County, Mich., in 1895,
Grandma Nellie moved to
;a, .** Longboat Key nine years
ago to reside with her
daughter, Ruth Henderson.
Since last March, after her
first hospitalization in 65
years, she has resided at
Nellie Esckilsen Emerald Oaks in Sarasota.
Nellie and her late
husband, Lawrence W. Esckilsen, a U.S. Marine officer
in World War I, also had two sons. Gordon, a bombar-
dier-navigator, served in the U.S. Army Air Force in
a homemaker. She attended Roser Memorial Commu-
She is survived by her husband, Avery; four daugh-
ters, Phyllis Doucette of Palmetto, Audrey Smock of
Dansville, Mich., Margery Wenzlick of Lansing,
Mich., and Ruth Lee of Alma, Mich.; two sons, Keith
of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Vernon of Westville, N.J.; 11
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Sunny Shores
Clubhouse, 38th Avenue West and 115th St. Cortez.
John T. Madigan
John T. Madigan, 88, of Alexandria, Va., formerly
of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 4 in Alexandria.
Born in New York City, Mr. Madigan was a resi-
dent of Manatee County for several years. He was a
special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and served in Cincinnati; Charlotte, N.C.; Newark,
N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y.; New Haven, Conn.; Boston; and
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He left the FBI in
1943 to join Bell Aircraft and later Continental Insur-
ance, where he was employed until retiring. He was a
member of St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach and the Society of FBI Agents.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon, of Alexan-
Memorial services and burial will be held in the
spring in Penn Yan, N.Y.
Bobby G. Richardson
Bobby G. Richardson, 62, of Holmes Beach, died
Dec. 12 at home.
Mr. Richardson came to Manatee County from
Tampa in 1954. He was a retired Class A electrician
and general contractor. He was the former owner of
RECO Electrical Co. and Richardson Contracting. He
served in the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; two daughters,
Cynthia Jones of Clearwater and Lisa Beth Richardson
of Tampa; a son, Jeffrey of Tampa; a brother, Billy of
Wilson, N.C.; three grandchildren; and one great-
Services were held at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
in Holmes Beach with the Rev. Hank Lindstrom offi-
ciating. Memorials may be made to Calvary Commu-
nity Church, 4811 George Rd., Tampa, Fla. 33634.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of the
World War II and was killed Dec. 7, 1943. Larry, a Ma-
rine officer during the Korean War and an attorney in the
General Adjutant Corp., resides in Michigan.
In addition to her two surviving children, Nellie's
family has grown to include two great-great grandchil-
dren, eight great grandchildren and seven grandchildren.
Writes daughter Henderson, "I think everyone who
knows Grandma Nellie thinks she's very special and
loves her. We're.lucky to have her for so many years."
Galletta to wed
Jerry B. Shell of Bradenton announces the en-
gagement of his daughter Starloe Melissa to Robert
James Galletta of Holmes Beach, son of Benjamin and
Lucille Galletta of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Miss Shell will graduate in January from the
American School. She is a clerk at Peaches Ice Cream
and Deli in Holmes Beach.
The bridegroom-elect is a 1981 graduate of
Brooklyn High School. He is night manager for a lo-
cal grocery store.
The Island Poet
It's Christmas morning and the tree is aglow,
And there is more happiness beneath it than you will ever know.
For Dad has unwrapped his sweater, his tie and his socks,
And carefully put them all back in the box.
And if you are blessed with a couple of boys,
They are down on the floor breaking their toys.
And mom has her nightie and her fluffy big shoes,
And no one in the house is singing the blues.
So before you sit down to your Christmas meal,
Thank God He has given you such a wonderful deal.
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Humpback bridge walkover
gets '96 green light
By Cynthia Finn
"The dirt will be turned" on a $96,000 pedestrian
and biker walkover/walkway on the east side of the
humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria by next June.
So says Florida Department of Transportation En-
hancement Program Manager Marshall H. Dougherty
The 8-foot-wide walkover with guardrails will be
45 feet from the center of Bay Boulevard at approxi-
mately the same height as the existing vehicular-traf-
fic bridge. Including 8-foot-wide concrete sidewalks to
the north and south, the project will extend from the
City Pier at Pine Avenue north to Lakeview Drive.
Dougherty appeared before the Anna Maria City
Commission Dec. 12. He came to pick up the city's 10-
percent portion of the project, $9,604, and a resolution
signed by Mayor Dorothy McChesney authorizing the
execution of a joint project agreement between the fed-
eral government, the state and the city.
The federal government pays 80 percent of the to-
tal cost and the state pays the remaining 10 percent.
The city first applied for the enhancement funding
for the walkover in May 1993. The application was ap-
proved later that year and funding was expected in
Dougherty and the city's Public Works Depart-
ment administrative assistant Anne Beck described "a
compounding of communication and lost-mail errors"
since last June that resulted in Dougherty's last-minute
must-have appearance for money and signatures.
Also, the FDOT project design is not what the
city originally requested and expected. The walkway
was supposed to be on the west side of Bay Boule-
Dougherty explained that the humpback bridge is
scheduled for replacement around 2018. Considering
,current standards for such bridges, a walkover on the
east side has a better lifespan.
Resident Dale Woodland expressed concerns
about walkover aesthetics and potential boat naviga-
tion hazards. He had suggestions for a different de-
sign. The U.S. Coast Guard has approved the project
design and location, said Dougherty.
Commissioner George McKay said, "People out
here are wondering what it will look like." A 26-page
FDOT "final submittal" contract plan does not in-
clude a lay-person's image of the final project.
McKay also wasn't pleased with the city's lack of
input into the design and the sudden haste to move
forward. He asked if the city would lose the 90-per-
cent funding if the process were slowed down and the
Dougherty responded, "If you change the design
now, the funding might be lost. From a design stand-
point, there can be no changes now."
The commission voted unanimously to cut the
check and authorize the paperwork to be drawn up, in-
cluding a 20-year maintenance agreement. Dougherty
can now initiate the six-month bid-to-contract pro-
Administrative hearings on Orimulsion concludes
By Pat Copeland
State administrative hearings on Orimulsion, came
to a conclusion last week with rebuttals from witnesses
called by Manasota 88, the environmental group op-
posing a plan by Florida Power and Light to use the
The hearings are part of the permitting process for
the use of the controversial new fuel at FPL's Parrish
plant. The fuel is a mixture of bitumen from Venezu-
ela, water and an emulsifying agent.
The burning of Orimulsion will result in emis-
sions of high levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) which
contributes to the formation of acid rain and ozone and
will increase nitrogen loading in Tampa Bay, depleting
its biological community.
Orimulsion would be very difficult to clean up if
spilled in the Bay because it disperses in water rather
than floating to the top and forming a slick as does oil.
Truck trips required in the transportation of by-
products will clog local roads, making them more
dangerous for residents.
Water withdrawals by FPL from the Little Mana-
tee River will negatively affect the marine habitat.
Manasota 88's attorney called witnesses who said
a spill could create long-term damage to the Bay and
burning the fuel would increase NOx pollution creat-
ing a health hazard to humans as well as damaging
Bay habitats and endangering marine life.
FPL attorneys spent little time rebutting
Manasota 88's witnesses and the hearings ended two
days ahead of schedule.
The hearings were administered by state hearing
officer Lawrence Johnston. Johnston will study all
the documents, studies and arguments presented at the
hearings and make a recommendation to the governor
and cabinet, who will make the final decision.
City establishes new
retirement plan details
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Holmes Beach is on its way to leaving the Florida
Retirement System after passing an ordinance on pro-
cedures for the opt-out process on first reading at last
The city will adopt a retirement plan developed by
the Florida League of Cities. The council passed a mo-
tion establishing the city's contribution and vesting for
the new plan.
"The Florida League of Cities tells us cities that are
participating are opting to pay between six and 10 per-
cent of payroll with the new plan, with the average
being eight percent," Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told
council. "Employees can put in up to 10 percent as a
Bohnenberger also recommended the vesting
schedule begin at five years with 50 percent. The fig-
ure would go up 10 percent per year until the employee
reaches 10 years.
The council agreed on an eight percent contribution
by the city and the vesting schedule recommended by
Due to a change in legislation, government entities
may opt out of the system for the first time since its
inception. The FLOC has been lobbying for the change
for more than 10 years. The opt-out only covers em-
ployees hired after Jan. 1, 1996.
The state system is $35 million in debt, said
Bohnenberger. In the system the city is paying 18 percent
for each employee and half of this amount is going into
the unfunded liability of the state. In addition, if an em-
ployee leaves the city before working 10 years, the city
forfeits all the money it paid into the system for that
employee, and the employee gets nothing.
Benefits of the FLOC plan are as follows: The
money stays in the city, the employees can take the
plan with them, the plan gives control to the local
government and the plan offers mobility to the city
The second reading of the ordinance will be Jan. 2.
Senior men's softball in the area has be-
gun, with Shells Restaurant sponsoring the
Island's 55-and-over team. Games are played
Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m.
In the Dec. 5 game, Shells beat Patrick's
Restaurant 1-0 in an eight-inning match. Dec.
6, Patrick's beat Shells 11-7.
In the Dec. 12-13 match-ups, Patrick's
beat Shells 7-6 and 14-11.
Due to the holidays, the next games will be
played Jan. 9.
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Christmas gifts date back to 'We Three Kings'
By Cynthia Finn
Please forgive the judgment. But sometimes the
spirit of Christmas peace, hope and good will and,
to many millions around the world, a celebration of the
birth of Christ seems to get buried in the frantic
Where did this notion of gift-giving at Christmas
time as a measure of our caring come from? Surely we
can't blame it all on mega-retailers and electronic su-
per-station messages which, after all, are late-20th cen-
Actually, the notion comes from the pages of the
Bible that first announce the birth of Jesus the first
book of the New Testament, the St. Matthew, Chapter
2 the visit of the Magi.
Let's pause for a moment put down the scissors
and forget the tape you can't find, crumple up that dar
piece of wrapping paper that doesn't cover the backside
of the box and for gosh sake's don't worry that Suzy
spent more on her gift for you than you did on hers -
and let's take a journey to the Middle East some 2,028
We begin our adventure against the sound of the
Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jr.'s 1857 carol, "We Three
Kings of Orient Are."
Following yonder star
The daytime high temperature of 59 degrees had
dropped into the mid-40s by nighttime as Joseph
searched the streets of Bethlehem for a resting place for
his adored wife Mary. She was a lovely teenager who
was suffering, without complaint, the pains of labor.
A young man, Joseph felt helpless and afraid. The
least he could do, there being no room in the inn, was
to find a place, some place, for his wife to be comfort-
able. That he did. And prayed to his God for the
strength and wisdom to stay at his wife's side and help
her with the unknown process of childbirth.
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their winter outergarments, Mary gave birth to a son.
Overcome then with exhaustion and overwhelmed by
love for each other and for their tiny newborn son, the
young couple wrapped their infant in swaddling clothes
and laid him in the manger.
In nearby fields shepherds kept watch that night over
their flocks. From the dark, star-filled sky appeared an
angel who immediately calmed the shepherds' fear and
proclaimed good news of great joy. And with the angel
came a multitude of the heavenly host singing glory to
God. In enthusiastic haste the shepherds rushed into town
to find their savior and to carry the message.
In faraway lands to the east, three wise men did
what they did every night they studied the stars,
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sessing occult powers.
These men of ancient science did not know each
other; their homes were hundreds of miles apart. But
they had one thing in common that chilly and crystal-
clear night. They each saw and documented a hereto-
fore unseen star high up in the vast heavens a star
so bright, surely they would have seen it on another
night ... if it had been there.
Each Magus rushed to consult his papyrus bibles,
searching for some text to cover the phenomenon of
this new beam of light. With great zeal, each discov-
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This house at 207 84th St., Holmes Beach, provides the rooftop Santa with a
lighted pathway to find the chimney.
Holiday lights on palm trees seem strange, but this house at 218 85th St. has
almost a dozen decorated palms to lend a festive Island flair to the holidays.
CHRISTMAS, FROM PAGE 12
Each Magus hurried to pack a bag and follow that
guiding light to where such a king may lie. Already
awestruck, each took a moment to pack a treasure to
take on the journey, a gift to pay homage to the one
who had come to save the world.
After many days and nights of traveling, these
Magi who hundreds of years later came to be named
Melchior of Arabia, Gaspar of Tharsis and Balthazar of
Saba came upon each other traveling then on the
same road, chasing the same star. The rest of the way
they journeyed together.
On a cloudy night the Magi entered Jerusalem. Their
star was hidden and they were lost. They thought if they
stopped at the palace of King Herod he could surely tell
them how to get to the home of the newest king.
Herod fled from the strangers and their news to
speak with his chief priests who, much to Herod's dis-
may, confirmed that much had been written about such
a child-king. He would be at Bethlehem in Judea.
Herod gave the Magi directions to Bethlehem and
urged the wise men to return to his palace after they had
found the king, that he would know exactly where to
go to offer his worship.
The Magi left the palace. And behold, the star that
they had seen at its miraculous rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child
was, cuddled in his young mother's arms. The golden
guiding light had led them to the king of kings. The
date was Jan. 6, Epiphany.
The wise men threw themselves at Mary's feet
and uttered praise to the infant. Then they opened
their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frank-
incense and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return
to Herod's palace, the Magi returned to their home-
lands by a different route. Their gifts remained, a sym-
bol of their heart-felt adoration.
Grand artists for grand opening
Well-known Florida potter Lucille Blakenship was
one of 23 artists who displayed work at the recent
grand opening of the Longboat Framing Gallerie at
Whitney Beach. The festivities included live music
and art awards. Islander Photo: Courtesy of
Longboat Framing Gallerie.
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Library needs cookbooks
for annual sale
The Friends of the Island Branch Library are seek-
ing donations of cookbooks for the organization's
Annual Cookbook Sale to be held on Saturday, Jan. 27,
beginning at 11 a.m.
Proceeds will directly benefit the Island Branch
facility and collection.
Gift contributions of cookbooks should be depos-
ited at the branch during the library's regular business
hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations will be accepted until Thursday, Jan. 25.
For more information, call the library at 778-6341
or stop by at 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.
The Lettermen holiday
show comes to Van Wezel
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall invites you
to celebrate the holiday season with the Lettermen
when they bring their holiday show to Sarasota at 8
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.
These three young men in letter sweaters took the
record charts by storm over 30 years ago, earning "Best
Vocal Group" or "Best New Group" in every major
music poll. Today they play in theaters and concert
halls in every corner of the globe proving that love
ballads have a timeless and universal appeal.
For ticket information, call the box office at 953-
3368, or stop by at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Famed Suncoast concert
band in performance at
The legendary 60-piece Suncoast Concert Band,
under the direction of conductor Leo Laier, will per-
form in the Grover Yancy Banyon Grove at Sarasota's
Selby Gardens on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Guests will be admitted at 5:30 p.m. and are invited
to bring picnic baskets, collars, chairs and blankets. A
two-hour performance of holiday music will begin at
Admission is $5 per person with children under 12
Rain date is Friday, Dec. 29.
For information, call 366-5731, ext. 10.
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The popular seven-piece Melody-Booth Orchestra
will return to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
for three Friday night Big Band dances this winter, reports
arranger, pianist and former Islander Ernest Booth.
Formed in 1979, the Sarasota-based orchestra is
composed of all former "name-band" Big Band era
professionals except for soloist Lisa Rojas. Noted for
its expertise in playing the old Big Band favorites,
Melody-Booth has also updated its book with contem-
porary arrangements and is well known at more than 50
venues across the state of Florida.
Community Center dances will be held Jan. 19,
Feb. 23 and March 22. They will be B.Y.O.B. affairs
for couples and singles, large parties and small.
Tickets will be $10 per person for single dances or
$50 per couple, $25 per individual for a series ticket to
all three dances.
Tickets will be available at the Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or through Joan
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For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
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By Jim Hanson .
Editor's Note: In honor of the
Anna Maria Island Historical
Society's historical fishing exhibition
during December, The Islander By- I .
stander is featuring one of the Island's
most notable fishermen.
Sol Fleischman's love affair with
Anna Maria Island is 75 years old, and
there is still a lingering fondness on
"Salty Sol," whom one longtime
associate describes as "the fishing
dean of all time," loved it here in 1920
and loves it today and loved it when he
lived here and commuted to his TV
show in Tampa in the 1970s.
He was never without a smile, never without a
fishing cap on his balding head, never at a loss for
words, recalls veteran area reporter Dora Walters. TV
star Fleischman hired her at Channel 13 a good 35
years ago, she says.
A happy man
"He was so great working with people, so kind and
supportive to everyone he met. He was very happy on
Anna Maria. He lived at Fern Street and North Shore
Road in a house designed by Sol Jr., who is an archi-
tect," Waiters said.
Fleischman recalls that he first saw the Island in
1920 from one of the Favorite Line's steamers that
sailed on Sunday excursions from Tampa to St. Peters-
burg to Anna Maria to the town of Manatee, up the
Manatee River in what is now East Bradenton.
He remembers coming here in 1923 as a Boy Scout
attending a Tampa Bay area Merit Badge Camp at the
old Ilexhurst Lodge, which burned nearly a generation
ago in Bradenton Beach.
On that July 4, Florida Gov. Carey Hardee dedi-
cated the first bridge between Bradenton and Bridge
Street in "Cortez Beach."
By 1930 young Sol was playing drums in a dance
band at the old pavilion on the Island, then in a small
orchestra at the Manatee River Hotel in downtown
Bradenton. He ended up with the Florida Symphony.
But all that was by the way. His real love was
He started that vocation in 1928 at age 18 at
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WDAE, which seven years earlier had become
Tampa's first radio station. Simultaneously he was
outdoor editor of the Tampa Times, the dominant daily
that owned WDAE.
And he fished a lot.
After World War II with the U.S. Coast Guard, he
went back to radio and the Times. He broadcast the
University of Florida football games over 50 stations.
And fished, of course.
"Salty Sol" was a natural for television when
WTVT brought the new medium to Florida's West
Coast in 1956. He became sports director, as well as
outdoor guru and company public relations director.
Always he weaved fishing into the rest of sports.
For many years "Big 13 dominated the market,"
Walters remembers. "Nothing else was even close. And
Sol dominated Channel 13 in the public mind. Public
Walters worked for him for many years. She still
remembers when Fleischman hired a young fellow
named Andy Hardy and "trained him to be as unflap-
pable as he was himself. The building could be burn-
ing down around them and they'd stay calm. And talk-
In 1974 a wartime heart murmur grew up and put
Fleischman into a slower lane. He retired and moved
to Anna Maria.
That was too easy. The station's owner, Oklahoma
oil billionaire Ed Gaylord, missed "Salty Sol." In ad-
dition to publishing the Daily Oklahoman, running
TNN network and dozens of other businesses, he was
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER E DECEMBER 21, 1995 N PAGE 15 Ir
an old fishing partner of Fleischman's.
He talked Sol into unretiring.
Sr For the next seven years Fleischman
commuted to Tampa every Friday and
taped five shows plus specials for airing
,.- throughout the week.
He kept the family boat, named
"Helen J" after his wife, at Galati's
Marina, and fished mightily. He cited
redfish and snook from Savarese Bayou
and tarpon from Crane's Bayou.
S He remembers vividly the 48-foot,
/ 72,000-pound sperm whale that beached
S near the Anna Maria City Pier. His
"Helen J" and another boat tried to tow it
off with lines around its tail and "it flipped
and nearly turned the boats over," Sol said. They couldn't
free the monster, but "that night it floated and then landed
again on a bar near the Key Royale Golf Course. The
Coast Guard towed it away and buried it on the mainland
across from Egmont Key."
Sol remembers too when Capt. Frank Cavendish,
retired Tropicana executive who bought the Rod and
Reel Pier, landed his record 17 1/2-foot, 1,386-pound
By 1981 Sol had enough of commuting. He retired
again and moved to Sun City Center, where he lives
today at age 85. With his wife, who is, he adds gallantly
if hastily, "much younger than I."
He's on a strict doctor-ordered regimen now, the
wild days of radio and live TV far behind him and his
industry. But not forgotten.
"He always did his best to make everyone look
good," Walters says fondly. "He enjoyed it all and
wanted everyone to enjoy it as much."
Poetry Night at
Coffee and poetry among the art will be of-
fered at the Artists Guild Gallery on Thursday,
Dec. 21, beginning at 7 p.m.
Favorite poems and original works will be
presented by local artists and resident poets. An
open mike will be available for aspiring poets.
The gallery is located at 5414 Marina Dr.,
Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
For information, call Zoe at 778-7216.
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Anna Maria Island MASSAGE THERAPY
Same Shopping Center as
Shell's Resfaurant Holiday Gift Certificates Available
Massage Therapy is a healthy & Invigorating way to remove stress,
tension & sore muscles. Give yourself a treat today with a relaxing
massage from The Workout Center, you deserve It!
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Naughty or nice
Open or closed? Open early? Close late? Open
Christmas eve? Christmas day?
These are the questions that haunt us. We being
the ever-late procrastinating shoppers.
What to do? What to do?
I feel more like the rabbit in Alice in Wonder-
land than one of Santa's elves as I race around the
Island, stopping here and there for the few items I've
been able to decide upon as "perfect gifts" from my
long, blank, remainder of a list. I'm late, late, late.
To assist you in shopping and dining respite
if your efforts leave you "drooping" lots of Island
businesses and restaurants have extended hours and
This glimmering abstract
of an entry in the lighted
boat parade by Islander
Bystander news editor ^:--
Paul Roat may be pre-
sented on plaques to the ."
winners next year if the
new chairman of the event,
Frank Derfler agrees. The
Islander Bystander will
cosponsor the event again
and hopefully a date that
does not conflict with
other lighted parades in
the area, a commercial
category and cash prizes
will encourage more '
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Red Current Glazed Roast Duckling
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525 St. Judes Dr. (Behind Circle K) Longboat Key
many of the eateries offer holiday dining specials.
Santa is even making appearances at some of the
Island's restaurants like Sign of the Mermaid in
Anna Maria. Anyone can appreciate a brunch this
delicious along with a few personal words with
Santa on Sunday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A visit to Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee
County Public Beach in Holmes Beach will reap a
visit with Santa Claus, live music by keyboardist
Bob Capen and their now famous all you can eat
pancake breakfast thanks to USA Today's Dec. 15
report on "Florida's Feeding Frenzy."
Cafe on the Beach figured prominently in the
story with two full-color pictures, one taken of a
group of four women obviously delighted with their
breakfast and the surroundings and another of the
pancake flipper. A third photo included in the feature
also ran as a promo for the story the previous day.
According to Jerry Shriver, USA Today writer,
"Patrons pour themselves a bottomless cup of coffee,
then flip-flop over to a screened-in cage where
griddlemasters dole out endless stacks of thin and
Call for our selection 24-Hr. Notice
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Choose from our Special Menu with all the flxin's.
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Butter Basted Turkey ......$12.95
Honey Glazed Ham ......$12.95
Seasonal Fresh Catch ......$16.95
Shrimp and Scallops Provencale ...$13.95
Salmon in Puff Pastry with
Lobster Creme Sauce ......$14.95
Prime Rib Au Jus ......$11.95-$13.95
Apple Pie a la Mode ......$1.50-$1.95
fluffy pancakes and rounds of Jimmy Dean sausage.
Then, diners take their plates to palm-tree shaded
tables at the sand's edge and stare out at the water of
chat about their bypasses."
I guess that secret's out of the bag. The story was
complete with a map of the Gulf Coast.
This accounts for the second notice from USA
Today for a Holmes Beach dining establishment.
You may recall a listing among top cheeseburgers in
the U.S. a few years ago for Duffy's Tavern, coin-
cidentally across the street from Cafe on the Beach.
For all the honors and awards among area fine din-
ing establishments, this recognition is a credit for good
food and service that is affordable for everyone.
As Shriver says in his Frenzy article, "'all U can eat'
on a marquee makes your gizzard tingle, doesn't it?"
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Plan ahead, ahead
Oops. A newly released community calendar in
our daily "mullet wrapper" fails to list many Island
events but at least one major conflict is evident.
At least it was a conflict last year when the
Desoto Parade fell on the same night as the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's top fundraising
auction. All the Privateers and all the parents of high
school band members were in town during the auc-
tion and they're normally great bidders and high
rollers. It was an obvious oversight that has occurred
This coupled with the conflict of one of the dates for
the Privateers three thieves markets in the coming year
with the Art League's March arts and crafts show is a
prime example of (or lesson learned) in planning.
Reports that all was settled and compromised be-
tween the Art League and Privateers over the use of the
Holmes Beach field seem to have been premature.
The quibbling centers over food vendors, but
also involves booth fees and locations on the field
for the two groups.
Since the Privateers scheduled their event with
city hall and paid for the permits, it doesn't seem the
Art League has much to quibble over. They have
artists and crafts people locked in for the date but
PLEASE SEE STIR-IT-UP, NEXT PAGE
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BREAKFAST LUNCH EARLY DINNER
6 am to 5:30 pm Daily 7 am to 5pm Sun
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STIR-IT-UP, FROM PAGE 16
they neglected to schedule with the city.
At the art show two weeks ago, the League passed
out questionnaires asking for input from the artists but
verbally informed their members and many show par-
ticipants the Privateers had "stolen their date."
Now someone from the League is contacting lo-
cal food vendors who had committed to the Priva-
teers event saying the League stands to loose $3,000
in revenue if they stay with the Privateers and
worse they'll be stuck in the back of the field.
The League has contracted with a professional
concessionaire in the past, locking out local food
vendors make that local restaurants and commu-
nity service organizations. At the past show, the
Anna Maria Historical Society was even prohibited
from selling their Early Settlers Bread while a class
from Anna Maria Elementary sold baked goods to
raise money for a trip.
What happened to cooperation?
If the squabbling and backstabbing keeps up at
Islander Bystander home-delivery woman extraordinaire Mary Stockmaster, center, invited friends and family
to join her in her flashy red truck in the annual Christmas parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood
Soloist Tim Smith offered appreciation for his
summer music camp scholarship from the Artists
Guild with an a cappella performance before more
than 100 guests at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center tree lighting last week. Islander Photo:
this rate, no one will blame the Privateers for keep-
ing exclusive use of the field for the prized weekend
of March 9 and 10.
Spirit of Christmas
With donations as a result of the newspaper's Wish
Book at an all time high, and All Island Denominations
making sure Island residents have a grand holiday, we
were pleased to hear of more contributions to a Merry
Christmas on Anna Maria Island.
The Community Center was enlisted to deliver 16
Christmas trees donated by the new Anna Maria Gar-
den Center owner Ed Giannuzzi. The recipients were
chosen from members of the Center's Share program.
Meanwhile, the other garden center's new owner,
Ben Webb, visited nearly every business on the Island
(was anyone missed?) with a gift of a poinsettia.
This Thursday, the Sandbar waiters and wait-
resses will be joined by the waitstaff of Beachhouse
and Mar Vista restaurants in hosting 45 "adopted"
children, ages 1 to 9, from A Growing Place, a child
and family center in Palmetto.
The staffs of all three restaurants donated tips
from Dec. 11, matched by Ed Chiles, majority
owner, to purchase gifts for the children. A special
visit from Santa Claus, via parasail to the Sandbar,
is included for the children, all chosen from low in-
come families who benefit from the subsidized child
Thanks to the Chiles family, Southern Grocery,
Kraft Foods and others, the children will return
home with full turkey dinners and all the trimmings
for their families.
There are lots of good things happening over the
holidays and we invite you to share them with us.
Merry Christmas to all.
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The Island churches will offer the following wor-
ship services on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, and
Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, 753-1543. Worship at
10:30 a.m. and candlelight service at 11 p.m. Sunday,
St. Bernard Catholic Church
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-4769. Vigil, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
23. Mass at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and at 8 p.m. and mid-
night Sunday, Dec. 24. The choir will perform at mid-
night mass. Mass at 8, 9:30 and 11 am. Christmas Day.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1638. Rite I at 10 a.m., Rite
-II with Children's Christ Mass and Christmas pageant
at 5 p.m., hymn singing at 10 p.m. and Rite I Solemn
Mass of the Nativity at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.
Low Mass at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 6300 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-4266. Worship service at
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-1813. Communion services at 8
and 10:30 a.m. and candlelight services at 4:30 and 8
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. Communion service at 9 a.m.
Island Baptist Church
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
~Members of the St. Bernard Catholic
Church adult choir, under the direction of
Mary Beth Linden, are among many
Islanders whose voices will announce the
joy of Christmas at worship services this
weekend at all our Island churches.
Islander Photo: Cynthia Finn.
Maria, 778-0719. Worship service and choir participa-
tion at 11 a.m. and candlelight service with choir at 6
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, 778-0414. Worship services at 8:45
and 10:45 a.m. and candlelight service at 9 p.m. Sun-
day, Dec. 24. Choir participation at all services.
Longboat Island Chapel
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf Drive,
Longboat Key, 383-6491. Musical family worship at
10 a.m. and candlelight service at 11 p.m. with full
choir Sunday, Dec. 24.
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Taking the merries to the bank
The fifth-grade chorus of the Anna Maria Elementary School, under the
direction of Marilyn Branny, performed a Christmas concert at First National
Bank of Manatee in Holmes Beach on Dec. 12 as part of the bank's school
partnership. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Sue O'Connor.
Bootsie does decorating to brighten up the season
Employees from Island Foods contacted us to help show their appreciation for
fellow employee Bootsie Coker's display of holiday cheer above the service desk
at the Holmes Beach grocery store. Owner Jim Gloth promised Bootsie the rest of
the year off, with pay, for her golden glow. But then again, Jim is a well-known
Scrooge and will probably deny he even said it. Happy Holidays from Island
Foods. Islander Photo: Cynthia Finn.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
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Pelican Man offers
For people in a quandary for a gift for the person
who has everything, the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
has some suggestions that will solve your problem.
You can give an adoption of a pelican or any other
bird for $25 which will cover food and care for ap-
proximately one month. The recipient will get a history
and photo of the bird in an attractive folder.
Another suggestion to purchase an inscribed brick
to be placed on the sanctuary's Wildlife Honor Roll
wall beside the walkway leading to the Bird of Prey
Center. The cost is $100 and up to 36 characters can be
inscribed. Memberships are also available.
For information, call the sanctuary at 388-4444, or
stop by at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Christmas on the beach
A group of winter visitors from Ohio
befriended Bradenton Beach Officer
John Tsakiri who passes by their group
on his daily beach patrols. Last week
they asked him to pose with their
Christmas tree so they could show
their friends up north how to celebrate
Christmas on the beach.
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EQ PAGE 24 N DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
December brings ordination
Father Richard G. Fellows, left, and Father Richard
Bennett of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
in Holmes Beach celebrate the anniversaries of their
ordinations this month. Bennett marks 30 years on
Dec. 18; Fellows 12 years on Dec. 14. Congratula-
tions. Islander Photo: Cynthia Finn.
Where goes Santa Claus?
Santa Claus (Joe Thiel) was visiting Holmes Beach
on Dec. 3 when he surprised a little girl walking
down the beach with her family. The little girl was so
amazed that she could not even tell Santa her name,
let alone what she wanted for Christmas. Bets are
that this little girl will never forget her walk down
the beach. Islander Photo: Kelly Harrison (Joe
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Fresh Fish Daily Local Catches
Freshly Prepared as you like
Homemade Soups Smoked Mullet
Eat In or Take Out Catering Available
Hours Mon. Sat. 10 am 7 pm 5604 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-0333
V ienna (Camtte
g"erman I[ustrian 3 restaurant
Serving a Special
Holiday Menu on
Christmas Day &
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With a Fine Selection of Qerman Wines and Beer
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101 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach
ninth i street
PIZZA BURGERS FRIES
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(Located in Cortez Commons Shopping Center)
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm
"The best hamburgers and
the coldest mugs of beer
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 PAGE 25 Ii
A mountain of gifts moves off Island to needy
By Cynthia Finn
The fifth grade religious-education class at St. ,.,
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach took on a p..-...
special Christmas project Dec. 11 helping to sort .
and tag more than 1,000 gifts for distribution to 253
migrant-labor families in Manatee County.
Sally Beesley of the Women's Guild oversaw St.
Bernard's part in the annual assistance for her seventh .
year. Her eyes lit up in wonder as she surveyed a moun-
tain of brightly lit packages that covered tables set up
throughout the expansive activity center.
A total of 831 children will have a merry Christmas
thanks to this year's effort which will assist more fami-
lies than ever before.
She says she "works for" Vito Georgio, president of
the St. Vincent De Paul Society, which will distribute food
certificates to each family in addition to the presents.
Other groups who took part include the Sandpiper
Mobile Resort in Bradenton Beach, Holy Cross Catholic
Church, St. Frances Cabrini Church, Garden Lakes resi-
dents, the Bradenton Doll and Bear Club, the Sarasota
Bears Club and the Gobey Reasoner Hibiscus Society.. -..
Christmas recital at
garden club meeting
The Island Garden Club will meet at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes
Beach in Lowe Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
21, for its annual Christmas dinner.
The dinner will be followed by a holiday recital
by Katherine Turner Barlow and Vince Wright.
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Tue Sat 8 to 3 Sun 8 to 1
Get holiday Party Platters ere- Carry out available
Manatee West Shopping Center (next to Albertsons)
7449 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton 792-3782
Among Island children at St. Bernard's who got a special feel for the spirit of Christmas were, from left,
Lindsay Geeraerts, Frances Sullivan, Shauna Kirn, Kim DiPaola, Nicole Buky and Jessica Hoffman. Islander
Photo: Cynthia Finn.
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- PAGE 26 E DECEMBER 21, 1995 a THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Christmas spirit return
The students in Joyce Ellis's fifth-grade class at our
Island school made Christmas special for a family un-
able to do so.
The children collected $50 and adopted a family of
a single mother and eight-year-old son through the
Adopt-a-Family program in Bradenton.
The mother requested a sweater for Christmas and
the boy wanted an educational toy an item right up
the fifth-graders' alley.
Mother and son will receive their gifts this Christ-
mas, thanks to the Island children.
For children of all ages
Santa Claus surprised all the students of Anna Maria
Elementary School by paying a visit to the campus
on the last day of school before winter vacation.
Santa's Island friend, Gib Bergquist, made all the
All Baked Fresh DAILY!
10 BLENDS OF CREAM CHEESE
FINALLY! Bagels on Sunday 8-Noon
Now Serving Lunch
Mon- Sat 7 am-2pm 779-1212
Anna Maria Centers B h ( t
East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach (Next to Shells)
h ,Dec. 22 & 23
KARAOKE NEW YEAR'S EVE!
W* Why ring in the New Year when you /
can sing in the New Year?
Willy Great Christmas Day Specials
All-U-Can-Eat Turkey with trimmings .................... $7.95
Roast Pork Loin with Dressing & Baked Apple.......... $7.95
All-U-Can-Eat Grouper Fingers...............$7.95
Shrimp Monte Carlo.................................... $8.95
10 oz. Prime Rib .......................................... $9.95
Surf & Turf 8 oz. NY Strip & 8 Fried Shrimp ............... $9.95
Golden Crab Claw Dinner ......................... $12.95
KEY WEST WILLY'S
Home of the 250 Oyster
107 Gulf Dr. Bradenton Beach 778-7272
IoTwa l Sun-8 pm NO EXIT/No Cover Charge
B LADIES NIGHT-Drink Free 9-11 pm
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Open Christmas Night Dec. 25 8 pm
with Tim Bamboo No Cover
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Free Champagne Party Favors Drink Specials
NO EXIT 10pm 2 am
We've got the Nightlife & Great Food too!
5702 Marina Dr Holmes Beach 778-5075
The 'how' of
The Pilgrims and Indians
in Karen Paul's third-
grade class at our Island
school came together in
peace to celebrate an
event named "Thanks-
giving. Wearing cos-
tumes provided by mom
and dad, the students
learned to quilt, make
cranberry bread, and to
play games similar to
those played by the
children of our country's
Students in Marcia
Brockway 's fourth-grade
class look over a selection
of books available for
sale at the Anna Maria
recent Book Fair. Open to
all students and the
public, the fair generated
gross sales of $4,200
allowing the publishing
Books to award the
school with $2,100 in
books for classroom and
RESTAURANT & PUB
Sat Dec. 23rd 9pm to lam
THE N.G.B. FREEPORT BAND
Join Annie, Roger, Mike, Lance & Kerina
For Christmas Cheers & Fun
Corner of Gulf Dr. & Palmetto Ave. in Anna Maria
778-3909 Take Out Orders Welcome
NEW YEARS EVE GOURMET MENU
SEATING BEGINS AT 8PM
Your meal begins with Baby Bay Scallops in
puffed pastry with lemon beurre blanc or
Grand Portobello mushroom appetizer.
Enjoy freshly prepared Caesar Salad then
choose your favorite entree from below
Filet Au Poivre
Veal Chop with Veal Glase
Chicken Breast with Sun-Dried
ALL ENTREES INCLUDE LOBSTER TAIL
Your choice of 3 drink tickets per person or a
bottle or champagne of your choice and flaming
banana's foster over vanilla Ice cream.
$80 per couple (plus 15% gratuity)
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 21, 1995 I PAGE 27 ED
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These are the "Students of the Week" at Anna Maria
Elementary School for the week ending Dec. 8. The
children's names are listed left to right. Kneeling are
Jimmy Brainard and Bobby Gibbons. First row are
Kelsey Lee, Nicky Taylor and Katie Dittmeier. Back
row are Lacey Peterson, Cassondra Fatolitis,
Lindsey Geeraerts, Frances Sullivan and Oceanna
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Dinner 6 9
Regular Menu plus turkey
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New Year's Eve
Breakfast & Lunch 8 -1:30
Dinner 6, 8 & 10
New Year's Day
Gift Certificates Available
Breakfast and Lunch
Tues thru Sat
Dining in France
Thur, Fri & Sat: 6-10pm
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5406 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Island
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Lunch Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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[- i PAGE 28 1 DECEMBER 21, 1995 U THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 7, downed phone line, GTE notified, 200
block of North Shore Drive.
Dec. 9, stolen tag, 6608 Marina Drive, Gloria Dei
Dec. 9, possession of marijuana, violation of parole
warrants times two, Coquina Beach. The officer on patrol
observed a van parked after hours. As the officer ap-
proached the vehicle, one of the occupants opened the
door, and the officer smelled the strong odor of marijuana.
He ordered the three male and two female juveniles
out of the vehicle. The three males stated they had just
smoked a joint. The two females said they had not
smoked anything. As the officer was patting the males
down, one said he had a bag of marijuana in his pocket
which he gave to the officer.
The five juveniles were transported to the police
station where two of the males were found to have
outstanding warrants and were placed in custody. One
was also given a summons to appear for the marijuana
charge. A parent responded and took custody of the two
females and third male.
Dec. 9, DUI, DWLS, attached tag not assigned,
3000 block of Gulf Drive North to 3500 block of East Bay
Drive. As the officer was traveling north on Gulf Drive,
Joseph M. Pleines, 34, of Thonotosassa, Fla., came up
behind him traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of
speed. The officer observed Pleines trying to maintain a
single lane and crossing over the center line.
The officer pulled over to get behind Pleines, who
went through the light at Gulf Drive North and East
Bay Drive and crossed over the center line. The officer
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attempted to stop Pleines using his lights and siren, but
Pleines continued two more blocks and turned east on
Manatee Avenue. Pleines then pulled into the Barnett
Bank parking lot.
The officer reported he smelled the strong odor of
an alcoholic beverage. Pleines said his driver's license
was suspended and he could not find his registration or
proof of insurance. The officer administered field per-
formance tests and placed Pleines in custody.
Dec. 12, theft, 200 Gulf Drive, Beach House res-
taurant. Four juveniles ran up a bill of $57.44 and left
Dec. 13, retail theft of $15.52 in gasoline, 2513
Gulf Drive North, Circle K.
Dec. 7, found property a bicycle, 5607 Gulf
Dec. 8, petty larceny of a bicycle, 5400 block of
Gulf Drive. The officer later found the bicycle and re-
turned it to the owner.
Dec. 8, grand theft auto, DWLS, 4501 Gulf
Drive. The victim reported her vehicle was stolen from
in front of her residence and named a possible suspect
who had been staying with her. She said she did not
give him permission to use the vehicle.
Later, the officer observed the vehicle in the 600
block of Manatee Avenue and followed it to the
victim's residence. The suspect told the officer he had
permission to use the vehicle. A check revealed his
driver's license was suspended, and he was placed in
Dec. 9, DUI, 200 block of 59th Street. The officer
responded to a vehicle accident and found the vehicle
sitting in the front yard with its lights on. As he ap-
proached the vehicle, Phillip Ingraham, 32, of Holmes
Beach, exited and almost fell down, said the report.
Ingraham told the officer he lost control of the vehicle.
The officer said he smelled the strong odor of an al-
coholic beverage, and Ingraham could hardly walk. The
officer began to administer field performance tests but
ended them because he was afraid Ingraham would fall
and injure himself. Ingraham was placed in custody.
Dec. 9, petty larceny of two bicycles, 6700 block
of Gulf Drive.
Dec. 10, petty larceny of a bicycle, 5704 Holmes
Blvd. The officer recalled a bicycle recovered on Dec.
7 that matched the description and told the victim to
come to the police department and claim it.
Dec. 10, petty larceny of a bicycle, 5600 block of
Dec. 11, assist EMS, 200 block of 85th Street.
The officer assisted with an Alzheimer's patient who
had been dropped off early from adult day care and
decided to take a walk. The victim fell and injured her
face. EMS transported her to the hospital.
Dec. 11, found property a five-gallon can of
gasoline on the sidewalk, 5400 block of Marina Drive.
Dec. 12, trespass, 100 block of 28th Street. The
complainant reported he heard noises outside and saw
the suspect trying to get in the doors and windows. The
suspect found a sliding glass door open, entered the
residence, stumbled around the Christmas tree, laid
down on the couch and went to sleep. The officer
awoke the suspect and placed him in custody.
Dec. 12, burglary, 100 block of White Avenue.
The complainant reported the French doors of a
relative's residence were pried open and a kitchen ap-
pliance was missing.
Dec. 12, found property two bicycles, 100
block of 73rd Street.
Dec. 14, burglary to an automobile, 100 block of
52nd Street. The complainant reported a person un-
known entered the vehicle and removed a cellular
phone valued at $200.
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 PAGE 29 [
When dolphin appears on the menu at a seafood
restaurant, should you be wary of eating the star of the
old television show "Flipper?"
Not at all, says Marine Extension Agent Bill
Dolphin sometimes called mahi-mahi is a
marine fish that frequently graces our tables. It is ille-
gal to serve the commonly known dolphin Flipper
- in the United States.
Mahan said that dolphins and porpoises are warm-
blooded mammals in the whale family. They have
lungs, breathe air, maintain a constant body tempera-
ture and have young that are born alive and feed on
milk from their mothers.
They are mammals not fish.
The differences between dolphins and porpoises
are subtle. Dolphins tend to have a large, rounded head
with a well-defined snout. They also have a prominent,
broad-based, crescent-shaped dorsal fin that is pointed
at the tip and have rounded, cone-shaped teeth.
Porpoises tend to have a smaller, rounded head and
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a small, triangular and blunt-tipped dorsal fin and flat,
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that love to play. Porpoises tend to be more serious and
spend much of their time feeding, and they steer clear
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December 31st 1995
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Some common traits about both dolphins and por-
They are believed to have evolved from wolflike
creatures that hunted at the edge of the sea more than
50 million years ago.
They use sonar to help them find food. They send
out a series of clicks up to 2,000 a second that tell
them what is in the area around them. They also use
these clicks, combined with body movements and pos-
tures, to communicate.
The basic bottlenose dolphin family consists of
five to 10 members, with two to four adult females and
their offspring. Calves stay with their mothers three to
six years. Females also do double duty as "aunties" to
help protect babies from danger. Small groups of males
swim separately, looking out for each other and hunt-
Dolphins have also been known to help other dol-
phins that are injured or ill. The healthy dolphins swim
along either side of the weak one, supporting it with
their flippers so that it can breathe.
Bridge Tender Inn
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lI PAGE 30 m DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Good news for Island waters
By Bob Ardren
Commercial fishers have until Jan. 1 to turn in their
nets to the state for the buyback deal. Regardless of the
all the squabbles, Jan. 1 is the final deadline to get what
you can if that's what you want to do.
Final hearing finally set
on live shells
The Florida Marine Fisheries Commission has
scheduled a final public hearing on the proposed rule
prohibiting harvest of live shells in all the waters of
Manatee County. Requested by all three Island com-
munities along with some county groups, the rule has
been awaiting official state hearings since last spring.
Regulators say they've been so busy with the net
ban, they've had no time until now for the Mana-
tee County shell rule. Ours is based on a similar rule in
force at Sanibel.
If you're interested in the issue, the public hear-
ing is scheduled for Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Anna
Maria City Hall. That address is 10005 Gulf Drive
in Anna Maria.
You've read about the proposed rule in this space
before and know it's entirely reasonable with zero ef-
fect on folks out walking the beach and picking up
shells. At the same time, it nicely freezes out folks col-
lecting commercial quantities of shells.
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quickly and been as well liked in the communities
surrounding Sarasota Bay as Dr. David Tomasko.
With the possible exception of a few folks in a south
Sarasota subdivision who don't want to believe their
septic tanks are a problem, Sarasota Bay National
Estuary Program Senior Scientist Tomasko was al-
most universally respected and personally liked by
scientists and non-scientists alike in our community.
David has taken his surfboard and wonderful
knowledge of marine science to the Venice office of
the state's SWIM program where, hopefully, he'll be
able to do even more good for our local waters. Here
for several years, Tomasko is the person largely re-
sponsible for the scientific studies then translated
into change and resulting in the improvement we can
all see happening in our Bay during the past few
We all owe Dr. David Tomasko genuine gratitude
for what he's accomplished at the Bay program. Now
that he's been replaced, we can only hope his succes-
sor, Mark Hilton, does as well.
Hilton comes from Bloomington, Ind., and is be-
ing called an Environmental Scientist by the Bay Pro-
gram. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in envi-
ronmental science, an MBA (!) and is working on his
doctorate. He's also a flyer in the naval reserve and has
heavy-duty experience in computer science.
Perhaps he'll be the model we need to finally bet-
ter understand the flows and habits of our Bay. I cer-
tainly look forward to meeting him.
And hopefully, once he has had a chance to settle
in, we'll have a chance to interview Hilton. Judging
from the mail, there are still plenty of questions about
the Bay out there.
Two-county reef program
One of the many outstanding results of the Sarasota
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Spearheaded by the Bay program, the 15-mem-
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Force" also includes folks such as Randy Edwards
and Cliff Truitt from Mote Marine Laboratory, John
Stevely of Florida SeaGrant College, Greg
Glanchard of the Manatee County Dept. of Environ-
mental Management and Kevin Lausman of the
Manatee County FCA.
The group plans to approach artificial reefs, espe-
cially seawall systems and open water reef ball sys-
tems, in a more sophisticated way than ever before. A
meeting of artificial reef coordinators from around the
state meeting in Sarasota last week hailed this new pro-
gram for breaking new ground.
The group will coordinate habitat enhancement in
the two counties, pool funding for joint projects and,
perhaps most importantly, engage in joint monitoring
and data swapping of the various reef projects to find
out what's working best.
It's another nice step forward in restoring Sarasota
Bay and we'll all benefit from that.
Zimmerman named to
Regional Harbor Board
Sarasota Bay sailor Stan Zimmerman has been
named to the newly recreated Southwest Florida Re-
gional Harbor Board and Anchorage Advisory Com-
mittee. Call it the Regional Harbor Board for short.
The 15-member board, headquartered at the South-
west Florida Regional Planning Council in Fort Myers,
is charged with examining and trying to resolve the
Gordian knot created by the many conflicting rules,
ordinances and regulations covering anchorages and
anchoring in Southwest Florida-
Remember the flap a few years back when
Longboat Key decided to ban boats anchoring there?
Obviously both boaters and waterfront folks alike
should wish this new group plenty of luck.
In case you haven't guessed, locally based BAIL
is the driving force behind the creation of the Regional
Harbor Board as BAIL moves forward with its grand
experiment of trying to finally find a way for boaters
and shoreside people to live in peace.
As Stan put it to me, the growing conflict be-
tween people who use the water versus people who
live on the water is something that calls for resolu-
tion. Here's hoping my long-time sailing pal can
help find a solution.
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It doesn't get any better than this offshore
By Capt Mike Heistand .: : ,
Offshore fishing is simply excellent right now, ,7 P"
with tremendous catches of grouper, snapper and am- *
berjack being brought in almost every day. Backwater
fishing features a few redfish, trout and lots of sheep-
shead. Remember that snook season is closed.. 4 -
Capt. Phil Shields said offshore fishing is excellent ..
right now, with grouper, snapper and amberjack all being ;
caught in the Gulf. Kingfish action is still slow, though.
Capt. Rick Gross said he's been doing well with
trout, mackerel, drum, triggerfish and reds in the bays..
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's been catching reds
and sheepshead in the bay and cobia and triggerfish in the
On my boat Magic we've been going offshore a lot
this week and landed lots and lots of amberjack, lane
snapper, mangrove snapper, triggerfish, porgies, '*
margates and grouper. Inshore action featured sheep-
shead, snapper and reds.
Capt. Tom Chaya has brought in several reds and
a few catch-and-release snook.
Bill at Island Discount Tackle said offshore fish-
ing is excellent right now, with grouper, snapper and .
amberjack being caught, but there still isn't much king-
fish action to report.
Tom at Captains Marina said redfish and snook
are being caught from the docks off the marina and
sheepshead and snapper from the new Sunshine Sky- Thomas Troxler Jr., shows off a black grouper he caught while fishing with Capt. Joe Webb aboard "Old
way Bridge artificial reef. Florida."
Good luck and good fishing.
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Officer in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard, Cortez
Dec. 8, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez responded to a report of a domestic disturbance
between a husband and wife aboard a boat on the
Manatee River. The husband was reported to be swim-
ming to shore. Station Cortez launched a boat and lo-
cated the husband on shore.
Dec. 8, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of a 24-foot pleasure craft tak-
ing on water five miles west of the Venice inlet. Sta-
tion Cortez launched a boat to respond and the Coast
Guard's 82-foot Point Countess of Venice was also
dispatched. Point Countess arrived on scene and was
able to pump out the vessel and tow it to port.
Dec. 9, Search and rescue/assistance. Station Cortez
received a report of an overturned sailing vessel with five
people in the water on the southeast side of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge. Station Cortez launched a boat and lo-
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County Fire and Rescue, from the bridge, reported the
barge had the appearance of an overturned vessel, and the
case was considered a false alarm.
Dec. 9, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of four red flares fired near
Bean Point. Station Cortez issued an urgent marine
information broadcast to alert other vessels in the area
of the possibility of a boat in distress. A commercial
salvage company vessel, in the area, located the vessel
disabled one mile northeast of Bimini Bay and assisted.
Dec. 11, Search and rescue/assistance. Station Cortez
received a report of a disabled 19-foot pleasure craft near
the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. Coast Guard Auxiliary
vessel 17084200 located the vessel and towed to port.
Dec. 12, Search and rescue /assistance. Station
Cortez received a report of an overdue 25-foot pleasure
craft enroute from Tarpon Springs to a restaurant at
Terra Ceia Bay. The vessel was located aground near
the bay's entrance.
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Dec. 12, Boarding. A 15-foot pleasure craft was
boarded near the Longboat Pass Bridge. The owner
was issued a boating safety warning for not having a
sound-producing device on board.
Dec. 12, Search and rescue /assistance. Station Cortez
received a report from the fishing vessel Captain Ken of
a disabled sailing vessel 50 miles west of Redfish Pass
near Ft. Myers. The 82-foot Coast Guard Cutter Point
Steele, from FL Myers, arrived on the scene and towed the
vessel closer to shore, when another Coast Guard vessel
took over the tow and brought the boat to port.
Dec. 13, Boarding. A 16-foot pleasure craft was
boarded near the Longboat Pass Bridge. The owner
was issued a boating safety violation for not having
enough personal flotation devices on board, and the
vessel's voyage was terminated due to the infraction.
Dec. 13, Boarding. A 16-foot pleasure craft was
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Wit and wisdom by native
Floridian Gib Bergquist
I heard the bells on
By Gib Bergquist
Special to The Islander Bystander
FBI Agent Walt Troy and his partner, Agent Gib
Bergquist, are seated at the kitchen table in Madam
Maxine's brothel talking to Maxine over a cup of cof-
The time is Oct. 15, 1952. The place is Lafayette,
The assignment of these two young FBI Agents is
to break up a prostitution ring operating between Illi-
nois, Indiana and Ohio.
The federal law being broken is the White Slave
Traffic Act of 1910 which is also known as the Mann
Act. This federal law placed severe penalties on inter-
state or foreign transport of women or girls for immoral
The term "white slavery" is just a synonym for
compulsory prostitution and applies equally to women
of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
"Hired any new girls this week?" asks Walt be-
tween sips of some of the best coffee in town.
S "Yeah. Name's Janet. Came in last Sunday, Claims
she's 21," replies Maxine, and then adds, "She's green
"Please have her drop by the office around 10 to-
morrow morning," instructs Gib.
"Thanks for the coffee," sez Walt. "See you next
The next morning a frightened young girl knocked
on our office door. A facade of too much makeup and
a black dress that was packed with too much in too little
did not hide her glow of youth.
"Come in, Janet," Walt welcomed her, before mak-
ing proper introductions.
"Would you like a cup of coffee," offers Gib.
"No, thanks," answers Janet.
We gave her the kid-gloves treatment by being just
as friendly as we knew how, but you can talk about the
weather just so long.
Then Walt popped the million-dollar question.
"What is a nice girl like you doing in a joint like
"None of your damn business," was Janet's snappy
It was obvious that we were getting nowhere. She
had been carefully watched by her pimp, her fellow
employees and probably by Maxine herself.
"Thanks for coming in, Janet. Look forward to
seeing you again," sez two disappointed agents.
We had enough meager information gleaned from
her health card and other sources to initiate a back-
ground investigation. Teletypes were sent to the FBI
Field Office covering her hometown and to the Chi-
cago Office to cover her last known place of residence.
After the reports came in, we knew that "Janet"
was just her "joint" name. She had just turned 17. She
had been reared in a Christian home by loving parents.
She had been a precocious high school student, gradu-
ating at age 15 after skipping two earlier grades.
She was skilled in typing and shorthand and left her
hometown to seek employment as a secretary in the big
city since jobs were scarce at home.
Info from Chicago reflected that she had recently
been seen in the company of a popular night club singer
named Curt Silver. Could Silver be her pimp?
As we entered the front door of "Maxine's" several
weeks later for our chat and cup of coffee, the girls
were lined up along the hall in their scanty "joint" cos-
When Janet saw us, she turned and ran into her
cubicle, obviously ashamed for us to see her in that
Perhaps Janet was not as tough as she first ap-
Through the next several weeks, we talked to Janet
using her true name. She gradually began to trust us.
She had come to Chicago and had obtained a me-
nial office job. One night in a sleazy southside club she
was introduced to Curt Silver and was mightily im-
pressed when he asked for her a date. For the next sev-
eral weeks he wined and dined her and squired her
around in his big, white Cadillac.
Janet's infatuation quickly turned into a deep com-
mitment. She quit her job and moved in with Silver to
enjoy the good life.
Then the bomb dropped.
Silver informed Janet that if she really, really loved
him, she would hustle for him the classic pimp-pros-
titute syndrome. She was then driven to Lafayette by
Silver and summarily dumped at "Maxine's" with only
the clothes on her back.
We now had all the facts to make a case against
Curt Silver but we needed Janet's testimony. This she
steadfastly refused to give, out of fear and loyalty to
Early on Christmas morning, the Cracker's tele-
phone rang. It was Janet.
"Merry Christmas, Janet."
"Merry Christmas, Agent Bergquist. A wonderful
She continued. "I heard the bells on Christmas Eve
from the church on the corer. I slipped a street dress
over my joint clothes and walked right out the front
door and into that church in time for the midnight
"I have a Christmas present for you and Agent
Troy. I am this day quitting the racket and will testify
The Miracle of Christmas had happened again -
this time, the rebirth of a human being! Tears of joy
streamed down the Cracker's cheeks.
P.S. Based on Janet's convincing testimony, Curt
Silver was convicted and sentenced to five years in a
federal penitentiary. We helped Janet secure a secre-
tarial position in another city near her home and the
Cracker hopes she has lived happily ever since.
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NEW ON THE LIBRARY SHELF
'From Potter's Field' by
Those of you who have read this author's earlier
books have probably looked forward to her latest. It is
a disappointment. The characterizations are not well
developed. In the past books, the main character, Chief
Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, has been por-
trayed with the attributes of strength and intelligence.
Here she seems to be falling apart emotionally. The
plot is heavily laced with incomprehensible computer
jargon which may or may not be realistic. If you have
not read her earlier books, skip this one and read Post-
mortem, Body of Evidence, All That Remains, Cruel
and Unusual or The Body Farm instead.
Reviewed by Mollie Sandberg
'Vertical Run' by Joseph Garber
There is a mystery in a mystery when businessman
David Elliott arrives at work one A.M. to find his boss
trying to shoot him. An extended chase follows with
Elliott drawing on all his Viet Nam military training to
evade his pursuers. An exciting page turner sure to be
movie material starring Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Sylvester Stallone or Harrison Ford.
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
'The Death of Common Sense'
by Philip K. Howard
This book describes how the proliferation of laws
at all levels of society are suffocating America. By re-
vealing how rules have replaced thinking, Howard
shows how common sense has been ignored to the det-
riment of society. He displays a knack for highlighting
the serious yet comical absurdities of some of the laws
that affect our daily activities.
Reviewed by Philip Connolly
by Sarah Lovett
Forensic psychiatrist Sylvia Strange is instrumen-
tal in parole being denied to a troubled young man with
influential relatives. The story progresses to prison riot
atrocities, one-dimensional characters and too many
villains. Author Lovett could have cut down on the
unseemly details she felt compelled to include in this
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
by James Lee Burke
Burke's latest in the Dave Robicheaux mysteries
features his usual great lyrical writing interspersed with
gritty accounts of bad guys, cops and colorful New
Orleans locals. Underneath the detective story are the
author's musings about the generations of complicated
racial relationships in the South. Like a great movie,
there is a sadness to this novel that lingers long after the
last page is read. Burke transcends the genre.
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
'Lightning' by Danielle Steel
Ms. Steel's most recent book is a good read if you
are not as nit-picky as this reviewer. A major concern
of many women is breast cancer. It is likely that in ru-
ral areas there are women who are not aware of breast
self-examination and the value of mammography. But
it is hard for me to accept that the main character, a
bright young lawyer, graduate of a prestigious univer-
sity, who'd previously had a mammogram, would sud-
denly be so ignorant about this disease. The author's
treatment of the husband's fright and denial is more
believable. This is a book that ends well and is a good
learning experience for both men and women.
Reviewed by Norma M. Oldfield
'The Shadow Man'
by John Katzenbach
Holocaust survivors in Miami are being murdered
one by one after seeing a face in the crowd they can
identify as a Nazi war criminal. A black cop teams up
with a Hispanic lady prosecutor and a suicidal geriat-
ric ex-detective to set a trap for the killer. Katzenbach
keeps you intrigued with his quirky characters and fast
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
'L is for Lawless' by Sue Grafton
Detective Kinsey Milhone is at it again taking on
a case for a friend and finding it more than she bar-
gained for. What seems to be a simple case of identi-
fying a former GI becomes a search for the remains of
a 40-year-old bank heist. As usual, Kinsey gets herself
battered and unpaid as she follows the trail. Typical
Grafton, easy reading.
Reviewed by Mollie Sandberg
'The Lost World'
by Michael Crichton
The author is obviously pitching Hollywood with
this one...different names but all the same types as in
Jurassic Park. There's the two computer whiz kids, a
smart and brave lady naturalist, the usual assortment of
dumb scientists and the ever present T-Rex and raptors.
It all takes place on an island and Crichton subjects you
to numerous scientific lectures. My advice: see the
movie again. It's scarier and much more fun than this
predictable and derivative adventure.
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
'Justice' by Faye Kellerman
Author Kellerman (who is also the wife of fellow
mystery writer Jonathan Kellerman returns to solid
detective work by Sgt. Peter Decker of L.A.P.D. Ms.
Kellerman's recent entries in this series have centered
more on Decker's wife, Rina Lazarus, and her Hasidic
Jewish traditions. This time out Decker investigates the
investigates the murder of a high school prom queen,
uncovering the ugly depths of the affluent teenage cul-
ture in Southern California. A well written psychologi-
cal mystery with oddly endearing characters.
Reviewed by Carol Sandidge
I ED PAGE 34 I DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Advance tickets on sale for
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold its annual installation-of-officers banquet
from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Sandbar
restaurant. Tickets will be $15 per person in advance
or $18 at the door. Purchase by Jan. 3 will assist the
Chamber in determining an expected attendance figure.
The banquet will feature a hot-and-cold hours
d'oeuvre buffet "extravaganza" with a cash bar avail-
able. The Sandbar's house band will provide live en-
For more information, call the Chamber at 778-
Neal & Neal Realtors, Island office, has recognized
Rose Schnoerr as its top producer and lister for the
month of November.
Longboat chamber director
Gail Loefgren, executive director of the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce, was named vice president
of the Marketing and Communication Division of the
Florida Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The FCCE is the professional organization of
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Schroders join Island Remax
Don and Karen Schroder, long-term Realtors in the
Bradenton and Sarasota market, have joined RE/
MAX Gulfstream Realty, Anna Maria Island office.
Most recently the Schroders were associated with
RE/MAX Properties in Sarasota where they became
members of RE/MAX International's 100% Club for
their outstanding sales performance. Originally from
Annapolis, Md., they moved to the area 15 years ago
and now reside in Key Royale in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Courtesy ofRE/MAX Gulfstream
LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER
l( x ) SALES AND RENTALS
0 9701 Gulf Drive P Box 717 Anna Maria, FL 34216
- (813) 778-1450 or 778-2307
During the holiday season our thoughts are
directed to those who have made the past year
successful and enjoyable for all of us.
We love our beautiful Island and are happy to
share it with all our clients, customers, property
owners and tenants. Thank you all for your support
We wish you peace of heart and happiness
throughout the coming year.
Nancy, Stephanie, Pat, Ken, Rosemary, Mike, Agnes, Kathy
fanVa 'WW WEEKDAYS 9A.M. to 4:30P.M. F
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SUNSET TERRACE CONDO Direct Gulffront, spa-
cious 1BR/1 BA. $129,000.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Gorgeous Gulffront
condo. 2BR/2BA, 1200 sq. ft. $225,000.
405 73rd St. Elevated new 3BR/2BA home, over
3500 sq. ft. $223,000
6103 HOLMES BLVD. 4BR top of the line Duplex.
Built like two separate homes. $249,000
2403 AVE B. Investors dream, completely remod-
eled. 2BR/1BA home. $129,000.
423 SPRING AVE. Anna Maria City. 2BR/2BA
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A lifelong local resident with
12 years of commercial and
residential experience in
WAGNER REALTY ,
Nice 2BR/1 BA in Key Royale Terrace. Just $139,900.
Lovely landscaping and sprinkler system.Call Jennifer
at 778-7777 or 795-2865.
This cute 2BR/2BA bungalow in Holmes Beach is be-
ing sold "as is". Many updates. Owners are returning
to their homeland, so don't miss this opportunity! Just
$119,900. Just one block to Gulf of Mexico. Call Jen-
nifer 778-7777 or 795-2865.
Estate Sale! 2BR/2BA home on deep water canal only
$129,900! Adjoining lot can be purchased separately at
$84,900. Lot has davits and shuffleboard. Both home
and attached lot can be purchased for $214,800. Right
by C&C Marine. Call Jennifer 778-7777 or 795-2865.
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Wedebrock Real Estate Company
Call Lisa for your
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Lisa G. Varno 941 778-0700
"The best news"- The Islander Bystander
North Beach Village
6305 Gulf Drive
3BR/2BA, 2 big sundecks in a tropical setting.
Turnkey furnished, all new carpet, 1/2 block to
beach. Own your piece of Paradise! $158,900.
Happy Holidays to All?
DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY
Furnished units available
""Now through Season"
778-7777 or 1-800-664-8152
Debbie Dial RK Gulfstream
Leasing Manager 5600 MARINA DR. STE. 8
Leasing Manager HOLMES BEACH, FL.
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HEAVENLY TROPICAL HIDEAWAY
This immaculate and inviting 2BR/3BA Anna
SMaria residence is tucked away near the quiet
end of a secluded street, offering a deep
S seawalled canal with boat dock and davits and
many mature fruit laden citrus trees! Amenities
include a bright spacious ceramic tiled Florida
room with adjoining screened lanai and patio,
airy vaulted ceilings, handsome brick fireplace,
security system, and private well for irrigation.
The Gulf beach is but a short walk away. A truly
marvelous place to call home! Only $210,000.
SECLUDED ANNA MARIA RETREAT
This enchanting 3BR/2BA deep canalfront home
t offers a preferred split bedroom design, 21 ft. boat
dock, and breathtaking views of Bimini Bay! There
S is a pretty courtyard entry, bay window, eat-in
-0 kitchen and lovely seafoam wall to wall carpeting
in the living room. Secluded, quiet street and bright
southerly exposure. Only $260,000.
DELIGHTFUL NORTH POINT
This light and spacious 4BR/2.5BAtri-level home .
offers an electric boat lift and dock on a deep,
seawalled canal plus dazzling panoramic views of
sparkling Bimini Bay! Amenities include airy,
vaulted ceilings with fans, oak parquet floors, solid
hickory kitchen cabinets with birch interiors, 2 wet
bars, 2 central air and heat systems with heat
pumps, and automatic sprinkler system. There is
also a bayside hot tub, handsome stone wood
burning fireplace, formal entry foyer with slate floor-
and fountain, and many interesting room angles,
octagon windows, greenhouse window and more! -l
A truly unique and inviting contemporary home de-
signed for informal Island living. Priced at
$489,000, including use of community swimming-
pool and tennis court.
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KEY ROYALE BAYOU Stunning refurbished 2BR/
2BA home with expansive water views near Intra-
coastal waterway. Over 2,300 sq. ft. of open living area
witn ia- 4 family room, breakfast nook that could be
den or office. Caged, heated pool. dock with boat lift,
updated top of the line appliances, custom window
treatments. Priced at $395,000. Call Carol R. Williams
778-1718 after hours.
RELAX... enjoy this outstanding condo at Island Village.
Very spacious 2BR/2BA with a 10' x 30' porch. Tastefully
decorated, just steps to the beach and view of the Bay.
$119,900. Call Zee Catanese 794-8991 after hours.
KEY ROYALE. Impeccable 2BR/2BA canal front
home with vaulted ceilings, dream kitchen for the dis-
criminating gourmet. Large lot seawalled with dock
and new boat lift. Reduced to $269,900. Call Judy
Duncan 778-1589 eves.
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Wir Sprechen Deutsch
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Mir Rede Schwyzerduetsch
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK MLS ,LI
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SCREENED TOPSOIL, pick up or delivered. Great
landscaping material. $5 per yard. 355-8575.
DAYBED STANDARD LENGTH 29" wide. Plain white
frame in good condition. $100. 778-7473.
DISHWASHER $50. Refrigerator $50.30 gallon water
WANTED: ERIC AID SYSTEM By Osbon. 778-5834
between noon and 1 pm weekdays.
MOVING SALE Furniture: pair of twin beds $150;
tables; dresser $45; China cabinet $100; livingroom
suite $300; Lamps; TV $75. 778-4426.
MAGNEGIZERS FOR PAIN Magnetic foot strips for
pain relief. Perfect gift for that special person who has
everything, including pain. 100% money back guaran-
PA SYSTEM $199, Bass amp $199, NAD power amp
$199, 2 Nahamichi cassette decks $125 each. 778-
2432 or 778-1060.
COMPUTER DESK Custom made. Like new. 778-
2432 or 778-1060.
COMPUTER 386SX with 5 1.4 X 3 1.2 disk drives. 6Mg
RAM & 172 Mg Byte HD includes monitor, modem &
misc. software. $350. 778-6118 or 778-7537.
STEPPER CLIMBER exercise machine, like new. Paid
$300, sell for $175 or trade for? Lovebirds $60 pair.
Week Month Annual
"We Cover The Island"
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
419 Pine Avenue Anna Maria. FL (941) 778-2291
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LUMINARIAS: Set of 12 white bags and candles with
sand and matches. $4 per set. All proceeds to Ameri-
can Association of University Women. Available on the
Island exclusively at The Islander Bystander, Island
Shopping Center, 5408 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.
HOLIDAY PECANS. Christmas bags, new crop,
mammoth halves. $6.50 Ib. Available at Islander By-
stander or call 778-6956 for delivery. All proceeds
benefit Island Players.
MOSER DECANTER SETS for sale. 778-8608.
THINK XMAS! Fuji racing bike, small frame. $100. Bang
& Olufsen stereo, Beocenter 7000 includes tuner, turn-
table & cassette player $600. 778-1102.
WANTED Your unwanted mounted stuffed fish. Get rid
of it here. Call The Islander Bystander. 778-7978.
LOST PRESCRIPTION GLASSES Gold frame. Lost
around 81st and Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. 778-3219.
REGISTER TO VOTE: Pick up forms for simplified mail-
in registration at The Islander Bystander office, 5408
Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center (between D.Coy
Ducks and Chez Andre restaurants), Holmes Beach.
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My 20 years of appraising and 25 years of sales
means I can offer you a qualified service to help
in the disposition of your fine antiques, art, and
household furnishings. I will be happy to send
you a resume and references.
Member of Appraisers Association of America
BEN & IRENE'S Dog sitting service. At our home with
constant supervision. No cages/kennels. House calls
(Island only). Cats included. 778-1012.
1985 JAGUAR excellent condition, new headliner, tires,
brake pads, silver. A must see car. $7,000. 778-1990.
HOUSEBOAT WANTED 35ft. Not working? Not a prob-
lem. $10,000 or less. Will pay $200 per month. 778-8575.
BOAT DOCK $75 month. 620 Dundee Lane, Holmes
CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand aboard
Magic. Half & full day. Reservations please. Call 778-1990.
TIRED OF NOT WORKING? Join me in home based
company. Excel telecommunications, Independent
Rep.Call me at 779-2079. Ginny Dutton.
COOK & SERVERS wanted, full or part time. Good pay
with flexible hours. Apply in person only to Bridge St.
Pier & Cafe. A drug free work place.
GRANDMA TYPE housekeeper/caregiver looking for
live in job. Excellent references. POB 1056, Anna Maria
City, FL 34216.
5600 MARINA DR. STE. 8
HOLMES BEACH, FL.
"JE PAROLE FRANCAIS"
THE CANADIAN CLUB
OF WEST MANATEE
CALL FOR DETAILS 778-6467 after hours
SGreetings of the Season
S and Best Wishes for a
New Year of Happiness
One of the last remaining canalfront lots in Anna Maria
City. Quiet cul-de-sac lot offers 104 ft. on the water. Don't
miss this "buy of a lifetime." Just reduced to $134,500. Call
Ken Jackson eves. at 778-6986 or Agnes Tooker eves.
LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER
SALES AND RENTALS
9l(\ 701 Gulf DrD P OBox 717 Anna Maia. FL34216
(941) 778-1450 or 778-2307
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moments, special times ...
special you ... may the
gifts of Christmas,
happiness and love
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IMR 1957 C EA.L ESTATE
"W. ARE the Island.'
9805 GOlf Dtfva PO Box 835 Anna Maia, Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
Professionell Zuverlassig Unkompliziert
Wir betreuen Ihre Immobilie wie unsere Eigene.
Unser deutscher Kundenstamm spricht daf0r.
Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.
409 Pine Av.
ISAN RALY ROP-SLNDRELT ROP SLNDRELT GOU ILADRELT GOU-ILAD.EATYGRU
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE ,
NOON FRIDAY DEC 22
FOR ADS THAT WILL APPEAR IN THE DEC. 28
EDITION OF THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER.
Early deadline for the issue of Jan. 4, 1996 is
Noon Friday Dec. 29
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This enchanting, fully furnished, 2BR/lBa seaside cottage
offers vaulted ceilings, tile floors, bright, expansive eat-in
kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, garage and lovely
ocean-side screened lanai with additional shower. Ready
for immediate occupancy. $2,500 per month annually or
$3,500 per month seasonal. Call 778-2291 now.
SALES RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Planning to SELL or RENT your property? Please call an ISLAND REALTY GROUP
OFFICEl THREE ISLAND real estate offices working together to provide personal and
professional services. Over 75 combined years of ISLAND business experience shows
we are long established ISLAND offices!
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 DECEMBER 21, 1995 0 PAGE 37 IE
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PART TIME HELP needed to assist with physically
handicapped boy. Exercising and assist after school
Mon/Wed/Fri, 3:30 to 5:30. Must be fairly strong and
dependable. Will train. Call 778-4473. Leave message.
Calling ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to meet in-
teresting people from around the world? Are you inter-
ested in learning the history of Anna Maria Island? Get
involved with the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE NEED YOU! Call Cathi
O'Bannon at 778-4198 if you can give a few hours of
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 778-6247.
JEWELRY REPAIRS custom designs. We can turn
your old gold into beautiful new jewelry. Golden Isle
Jewelers 401A Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 778-4605.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical app., airports,
cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Cab. Serving the Is-
lands. 778-5476 or 705-1302.
MAN WITH SHOVEL... Planting, mulching, trimming,
clean-up, shell, odd jobs. Hard-working and respon-
sible. Excellent references. Call Edward 778-3222.
"SPARKLING CLEAN SERVICES" Residential & com-
mercial cleaning. Homes, condos, rentals and busi-
nesses. Excellent references. Licensed, bonded. Call
for estimate or appointment. Beverly 778-1945.
DEUTSCHSPRACHIGE TAGESTOUREN! Mehr
Spass mit kompetenter Begleitung. Infos von Sabine
unter Telefon 778-4229.
"THE PERFECTIONIST" Cleaning with perfection:
homes, condos, rentals, etc. Call Sharon at 778-0064.
INTERESTED IN SAVING up to 50% on your phone
bill? No gimmicks, no minimums. Call me at 779-2079.
Ginny Dutton, Excel Telecommunications Rep. Inde-
CLEANING ON ISLAND 17 years. Excellent refer-
ences. Please call 778-4284.
CLEANING & ETC. Dependable, reasonable, refer-
ences. 758-8638 Pal/729-8241 Eve.
ISLAND RECEPTIONIST SERVICE Call today for as-
sistance tomorrow. 778-8608.
%LANDER CLASSIFIED Early deadline for Dec 28
and Jan 4 issuo o e tho proceeding Friday at noon.
Don't miss out.
AUTO DETAILING at your home or office, at your con-
venience. Complete detailing includes wash, wax,
shampoo, engine & underbody cleaning, leather & vi-
nyl conditioned, tires & trim dressed and much more.
Protect your investment. Call Damon on mobile number
320-0110. Please leave a message for quick reply if not
CARPET DIRTY? Rent a Rug Doctor. $12 for 4 hours.
Crowder Bros. Hardware. Holmes Beach: 778-0999.
DRY CLEAN YOUR CARPET! Many Island references.
Call Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning, 778-2882.
CODY'S CARPET & upholstery cleaning. Dry foam
shampoo & steam cleaned. LR/DR $34.95. Free de-
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town and the
best results from classified ads and service advertising!
VAN-GO PAINTING Residential/Commercial, Interior/
Exterior, Pressure Cleaning, Wallpaper, Island resident
references. Dan or Bill 778-5455.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodeling
specialist. State licensed and insured. Many Island ref-
erences. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
MONTGOMERY'S CERAMIC TILE Professional instal-
lation and repair. Fully insured. Manatee Co. resident
25 yrs. Call for free estimate. Ken 792-1084.
FAUCET PLUMBING Remodel, service, water heater,
sewer cleaning. 24-hour service. Serving the Island 17
years. 778-0181. Lie. #RF0038400.
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING. Call Jim Bickal 778-
1730. Free Estimates 28 year Island Resident.
ALUMINUM VINYL CONSTRUCTION. All types. New
installation and repairs. Insured and references. Lie.
#RX-0051318. Rex Roberts 778-0029.
Th r de tal5401GODiv, ome eah, L341
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CANALFRONT ... charming, well maintained 2BR/
2BA home w/T-dock for boating/fishing. #DY67786.
MARTINIQUE ... Top floor 2BR/2BA with spectacu-
lar Gulf and Bay views. $189,900; 3BR/3BA, 2 car ga-
rage. Owner financing available. DY60737. $96,900.
WESTBAY COVE ... Heated pool, tennis, walk to
beach. 1BR/1BA. $85,900; 2BR/2BA. $138,900.
PINEBAY FOREST ... 2BR/2BA w/loft. Garden win-
dow in kitchen. #DY66540. $92,000.
SUNBOW BAY ... 2BR/2BA. Pool, tennis, elevator
and close to beaches. #DY66992. $95,900.
T. Dolly Young, REALTOR/IMS
Leading Edge Society 778-5427
GREAT LAKE VIEW ...
S2BR/2BA spacious unit close
to shopping. Pets allowed.
Each bedroom has large walk-
Sin closet. #CH66735. $52,000.
Certified Residential Specialist
WOW, WHAT A VIEWI!I 3BR/2BA elevated house with
garage area below. Large deck across back and great
view of the Gulf of Mexico. Vaulted ceiling in living room.
#67898. $375,000. Call Carol Heinze, eves. at 792-5721.
PALMA SOLA HOME ... elegance abounds in this
remarkably renovated, decorated 2BR/1.5BA home.
Large bedrooms, and great room is convertible to 2
rooms. Lot large enough for pool or addition.
#67936. Eves. call Roni McCuddin Price, 778-5585
or T. Dolly Young, 778-5427.
This home belongs in "Architectural Digest". 4BR/3BA,
gas fireplace in family room with oak flooring. A stun-
ning home close to the Gulf. $279,000.
Ich Spreche ..
Fax: 941- 778-3035
MILLION $ NEIGHBORHOOD ... beautiful open floor plan
w/bayview from every room. Elegant master bath, pool w/
WEST WINDS ... 2BR/2BA, Gulfview complex with heated
pool. #KY67250. $179,000.
PERICO BAY ... 2BR/2BA upstairs unit overlooking Palma
Sola Bay. Many upgrades. #66624. $186,000.
KEY ROYALE ... 3BR/3BA with fireplace, fruit trees and
pool. Boat dock w/davits. #63811. $445,000.
ISLAND PARADISE ... luxurious condos on the beach. 2/
3BR with panoramic view of Gulf. $289,000.
ISLAND RENTALS seasonal, monthly, weekly.
Come take a look at the Gulf. Call for a free bro-
chure. 778-2055 or (800) 778-8448. See Debbie
Thrasher or Connie Volts.
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J a y .l Commercial Residential Free Estimates
andy' Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawn Hauling By the cut orby the month.
Service .13 YEARS EXPERIENCE INSURED
77 8.1345 GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES
781 345AND SATISFACTION
Darrin Wash CARPENTRY
"A DOOR EXPERT"
Serving the Island communities for
7 years with Island references.
DRY WALL, TEXTURE
& POPCORN REPAIR 778-1353
MULCH STONE SHELL SOD
Free Estimates 778-1497
HAULING TREE TRIMMING
State Registered Contractor State Reg. RC0043740
RESIDENTIAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR
ALL NEW WORK GUARANTEED
COMPLETED OPERATIONS INCLUDED
N n MILDEW RESISTANT MATERIALS
SINGLE PLY ROOFING SYSTEMS
Free Estimates 748-3558
DECKS & MORE
ARPENTRY CALL KIT WELSCH
LOCKS & SECURITY
ALL TYPES OF LOCKS
Installed Rekeyed Repaired
Bonded Licensed Insured
Serving Anna Maria, Longboat
Key, Cortez, West Bradenton
By Appointment 778-5594
Painting by Elaine
We repair popcom ceilings.
Serving the Islands Since 1969.
Licensed and Insured
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ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish crafts-
man. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
PRESSURE WASHERS for rent starting at $40.
Crowder Bros. Hardware, Holmes Beach 778-0999.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vinyl
tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs. Paul
THE ISLANDS HOME Maintenance Co. All phase of
home repairs, carpentry to painting. 20+ yrs exp. Insured,
island resident, references available. Jim 779-2129.
CARL V. JOHNSON, JR. Building contractor, new
homes, alterations, additions. Free estimates, design
service, quality, fair prices. Reg.# RR0066450. (941)
30 YEARS EXPERIENCE in home repairs and remod-
eling, Island and Bradenton area. Free estimates. 792-
2972 or 747-5808.
PRESSURE CLEANING & EXTERIOR services. Clean,
seal, paint & repair roofs, gutters, walls decks, drives and
more. Free estimates. Arrow Enterprises. 749-1228.
DECEMBER 14 20! Fully furnished beach cottage.
1 BR/1BA, private lot and parking. $300 weekly includes
phone and cable. 778-2832.
SEASONAL DUPLEX 1 BR/1 BA available immediately.
Close to shopping and restaurants, 1 block to nice Gulf
beach in South Holmes Beach. $1,250 includes utilities,
cable and phone. 778-2832.
BEACH RENTALS Daily, weekly, and monthly rentals
available on the beach. Call Debbie Thrasher 941-778-
2055 at Prudential Florida Realty, 5340-1 Gulf Dr.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217.
GULF FRONT 1BR/1BA vacation condo. Screened
lanai, sun deck, private beach, nicely furnished. Avail-
able Mar. & Apr. $1,700 mo. 778-2832.
SUMMER, ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals. Call the
rental specialist, Wagner Realty 778-2246.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2 & 3BR rentals. Unfurnished $625
& $850 mo plus utilities. No pets. Call Anna Maria Re-
alty, Inc. 778-2259.
SEASONAL West Bay Cove, Sun Plaza, Martinique and
River Oaks. Please call T. Dolly Young, Prudential
Florida Realty, 778-0766.
JAN. & APR. STILL OPEN for the season. Completely
furnished 2BR/2BA apartment, washer/dryer, 3 houses
to Gulf beach. $1,700 mo + tax & util. Ground level. Call
Betty Cole (941) 779-1213 or write PO Box 246, Anna
Maria, FL 34216.
SUNBOW BAY Yearly unfurnished. 2BR/2BA apart-
ment w/lovely views. Pool, tennis, elevator, covered
parking. Non-smokers. $775 mo. Call Dave Moynihan,
Realtor. 778-2246 or 778-7976.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB. Apr., May 1996. Mar.,
Apr., May 1997. Available $900 wk. (813) 949-3713.
SEASONAL NORTH BEACH Village condo. Gorgeous
3BR/3BA, 1,500 sq. ft townhouse. Pool, large deck and
designer decor. $2,400 mo. Gulf Bay Realty 778-7244
CHARMING BEACH CLASSIC 2BR/1BA, Gulfview, all
new kitchen, w/d, hardwood floors and double garage.
Perfect winter get away. $650 wk or $1,800 mo. Gulf
Bay Realty 778-7244
2BR/2BA UNFURNISHED apartments. Recently refur-
bished. $600 & $700 mo. + util. Annual. Call Carla Price,
Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNA MARIA CITY walk to everything. Fine Gulf beach
one block. Newer 3BR/2BA with washer/dryer, nicely ap-
pointed interior and covered parking, 2 decks and storage.
Seasonal $2,400 mo. 208 Palm Ave. Owner 779-1801.
HIDE-A-WAY with lovely view on Bay, completely fur-
nished. 1st floor, 1BR $1,000 mo. 2BR $1,500 mo.,
utilities included. Available Dec., Jan., Apr. No pets.
SEASONAL RENTALS Offering nightly, weekly,
monthly accommodations. Fully furnished, walk to
beach, post office, restaurants. Magnolia apartments.
SUNRISE BY THE BAY
Gulf Bayfront level at Anna Maria Island North. Large
enclosed porch, view Skyway, 2BR/2BA, all amenities.
Wk/mo Jan. & Apr. 778-0340.
ANNUAL HOMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA across street from
Gulf. Water/cable included, no pets. $795 mo. 1st, last,
plus deposit. Phone 778-0741.
HOLMES BEACH. Large 2BR/2.5BA modern home.
Available Jan/Feb. Double garage, washer/dryer. 66th
St. (813) 685-1474.
GULFFRONT ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA, 3 floor unfurnished
townhouse. Ground: Pkg. for 2 cars, shower to knock
the sand off your feet. 2nd floor: Mexican tiled living
room and kitchen, large balcony overlooking the Gulf.
3rd floor: 2BR/2BA, 2 balcony, freshly redecorated.
$1,000 mo. 1st & sec. Magnificent view of the sun set-
ting over the Gulf. 703 Gulf Dr. at 8th St. just south of
Cortez. Call 351-1596 to see.
WANTED TO RENT Professional lady seeks house or
apartment to rent. Non-smoker. 779-2004/792-4791.
BRADENTON BEACH COTTAGE Seasonal, 2BR/1BA,
one block to beach or bay. Fishing pier, adorable, close
to shops. $1,200 mo. 813-874-0973.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA Bayfront, great view, 2BR/
2BA ground level home. Turnkey, garage, dishwasher,
W/D, A/C, $2,000 mo. 941-778-2825
3BR HOME Beautifully furnished. W/D, one block to
Gulf, near tennis, Available weekly or from the month
of Jan. only. Leave message 778-4473.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA Unfurnished duplex.
$600mo plus utilities. Will consider pets. Call Carla
Price, Smith Realtors. 778-0770.
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FOR RENT 3 months from 1st of Jan. 2BR/1BA on
small condo complex with heated pool. Steps from
beautiful beach. 941-954-1110.
VERY QUIET, OUTGOING lady wishes to be live-in
companion in exchange for pleasant accommodations.
Willing to provide reading sessions. 778-0990.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL 201 S. Bay Blvd. At city pier on
water. Available now. 1 and 2BR with pool and spa.
Seasonal or year round. Low rates. 778-9188.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA home. Lovely
Holmes Beach neighborhood. Fully furnished, equipped
kitchen. W/D, dishwasher, disposal and cable.
BAYFRONT HOME Turnkey, 2BR/1BA, screened
porch, dock and great view. Off season rate. 778-0349.
LETS MAKE A "DUPLEX" deal! Options: rent, rent-to-
own, sale? Upscale 3BR/2BA, available Jan. 13.1,500
sq. ft., huge family room, wet bar, fireplace, deeded
private beach, garage, carport, plants galore. (Fur-
nished 2BR/1BA is booked.) 110 81st St., Holmes
LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS Westbay Cove and
Westbay Point and Moorings. 2BR/2BA condos now
available for the season. Old Florida Realty Company.
2BR APARTMENT furnished. Anna Maria City near
post office and Gulf beach. Available Jan. and Feb.
$850 mo. 779-1090.
SEASONAL RENTAL Fully furnished 3BR canalfront
home in Key Royale. Old Florida Realty Company.
SEASONAL DUPLEX 1BR/1BA, porch and carport.
$1,100 utilities included. Holmes Beach area. 2 blocks
to beach. No smoking or pets. 746-3376.
FOR RENT 1BR furnished apartment, north end of
Anna Maria. Clean, walk to beach. Call 778-6615.
GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA top-floor master suite. Shel-
tered patio in tropical garden. Private beach at
backdoor. All months open. $2,000/$3,300. 778-0990.
CHARMING STUDIO APARTMENT Anna Maria Gulf
view. Steps to beach. Newly renovated. Week or
GREAT GULFVIEW Watch the sunset from 12x30
porch. 3BR/2BA home in Anna Maria, cathedral ceil-
ings, great room, ceiling fans, wall-to-wall carpet
throughout, new 3 ton A/C, new roof, downstairs den
and office, enclosed 2-car garage. 108 Pine Avenue.
By owner, 813-949-0104 or 813-229-2850.
LARGE ISLAND HOME 2572 sq. ft. under roof, open
floor plan with den, specialty landscaping. 2 blocks to
beach, bayview. $142,000. 749-1695.
WANTED PRINCIPLE desires small, Gulffront or
Gulfview, Bayfront or Bayview home. Call N.Y. (516)
589-3943. Leave message.
LONGBOAT CANAL HOME for 2 or 3BR/2BA,
greatroom plan overlooks wildlife park owned by the
city. Very private. Dramatic modern kitchen. $210,000.
Yvonne Higgins, Re/Max Gulfstream 778-7777 or 1-
CONDOS: 2BR/2.5BA townhouse, walk to beach,
$93,500; 2BR/2BA furnished, good rental, $110,000;
2BR/2BA garden setting, quite, $119,900. Call Yvonne
Higgins Re/Max Gulfstream 778-7777.
BRADENTON COUNTRY CLUB 3BR/3.5 BA, Over
2,700 A.C., 3,800 under roof, 2 car garage. Completely
remodeled. Panoramic view on 14th green. $259,000.
By owner. 798-3981.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised In this newspaper are available on an equal op-
portunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-
669-9777, for the hearing Impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
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27 Seat on the aisle
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GULFVIEW FOR ONLY $83,000. View of
Gulf from every window. This newly painted
1BR/1BA unit has carport, new A/C & refrig-
erator, glassed lanai. Call Bill Bowman 778-
2261, eves. 778-4619.
WESTBAY COVE CONDO Just re-
duced $74,900. Premier Island localion
1BR/1BA Overlooking healed pool LuSh IJand
scape excellent price Call Pob or Lu Rhoden
778.'261 ev.es c 77' .2692
Bill has been an island resident for 7
years and has 24 years e rperence
as a Real Estate Broker Bill formerly
owned his own real eslale business
and we're pleased he is nr.w with
Neal & Neal. REALTORS
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CANALFRONT HOME $238,000. Large 2BR/
2BA Key Royale home designed for entertaining.
Open floor plan, big family room, 2 car garage &
maintenance free yard. Call Dick Maher or Dave
Jones 778-2261, eves 778-6791 or 778-4891.
WHITNEY BEACH WITH BAYOU VIEW.
Spacious I/BR ne Ifloor coverings and pic-
lure .,rndc ..erih.:al s dock our bcal lur-
nished pool tennis BeaCh access Only
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CANALFRONT TOWNHOUSE $72,000.
2BR/1.5BA Gorgeous canalfront unit, totally re-
modeled in beautiful Southwest motif. Bayview
and boat dock available. Turnkey furnished.
Chard Winheim 778-2261, eves. 778-6743.
COQUINA BEACH CLUB $185,000. 2BR/
2BA direclly o.-gerocOking v.idte teaicri Guor
g ous Surnate lurnk','e turrinhed reat rEnrial
pporluniily Call Dick lMaher or Da'e Jonei
a78-2.d6 Wine 778-E.671 cvr 778-64k9
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S202 77th St, Holmes Beach $89,999
517 South Drive. Anna Maria 137,500O
4000B Gulf of r.le'.ico Dr LBK 150,000
i4000IB Gull of ..le-ico Dr LBK 325,000
107 Bay Blvd Anna M.aria 395,000
517 Blue Heron Ann,3 r.Mari 500,000
17th St .& Gull Dr . 950,000
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LONGBOAT KEY direct Gulffront beach
house $585,000. Has up and down separate
entrance apartments. Wide sugar sand walk-
ing beach to Beer Can Island. Call Rose
PLAYA ENCANTADA 2BR/2BA lurrkey fur-
rnihe-d Underground parking healed pocl ,l& spa
on-sile rmarnager, well mrainlained grounds
Locked pool area for exlra secuniil Gull side
e174 3 Terni; side $ 119 iCO Call Helen WViie
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