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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 9, no. 13,
Feb. 7, 2001 FREE
Flock unveiling to benefit MHS art students
The Islander invites the public to a flock-viewing "Flamingos for Art" reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at its office, 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holnes
Beach. Local artists will display embellishedflamningos at the reception, which will include a silent auction, all to benefit Manatee High School's art department. Flamingos are
still available for purchase by contacting The Islander. Cost is $20 each or seven for $100. Artists and w'anna-be artists are encouraged to decorate the plastic birds and return
them for the reception. Among the founders of the event are, left to right, MHS Principal Dr. Linda Boyer, art students Will Glennon of Hohlmes Beach and Angie Diamant of
Anna Maria, and Art Department co-head and Island artist Rob Reiber. For more information, see inside. Islander Photo: Cynthia Finn
Bradenton now OKs Perico project mediation
By David Futch
Bradenton city officials have agreed to mediation
over whether the city improperly approved Arvida's
898-unit condominium project on north Perico Island.
The mediation was ordered Friday by an adminis-
trative law judge at the request of the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs.
Attorneys for Bradenton and Concerned Citizeins
for Manatee County hope to hash out an agreement at
a Valentine's Day meeting.
Both parties would like to get something going be fore
Feds must approve
By David Futch
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked
Manatee County to stop issuing dock permits for
Ron Silver, chief of the Corps' West Permits
Branch, said the Corps asked some Florida counties to
stop issuing SAJ-20 permits for docks because of a
lawsuit by the Save the Manatee Club and other envi-
A judge ruled in favor of the club and other groups,
who charged that more docks mean more boats and
more manatees run over and killed by boats, Silver
The Corps' Regulatory Division Chief John R.
Hall sent a letter Jan. 23 to George Devenport of the
an administrative law judge, who likely would upset one
or both sides with his decision, hears the case.
Bradenton will be represented by City Attorney
Bill Lisch and Gary Sams and Doug Roberts of the
Tallahassee firm of Hopping, Green and Sams.
Dan Lobeck is representing Doris Schember of
Concerned Citizens for Manatee County, the group that
challenged the city.
Both sides were scheduled to go before administrative
law Judge J. Lawrrence Johnston. That hearing, scheduled
for Feb. 13-16, has been postponed until March 20 to see
if the parties can agree on a compromise.
Manatee County Building Department.
In the letter, lHall said the identification of "height-
ened scrutiny" areas for manatees has changed as a
result of the lawsuit.
"For Manatee County, the entire shoreline has been
identified as a 'heightened scrutiny' area," Hall wrote
in the letter. "As a result, we are hereby requesting that
Manatee County no longer issue SAJ-20 permits on our
For homeowners to get a dock built now, they'll
have to jump through more bureaucratic hoops, hoops
which are getting smaller and smaller.
"For someone to get a permit for a dock at their
house means we at the Corps have to consult further
with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service," Silver said.
"It's going to be more difficult."
Concerned Citizens filed its challenge based on
objections of density, building height, traffic, hurricane
evacuation, compatibility, coastal hazards and the en-
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
Pack a bag
There's so much to do and see, you'll need
to pack a bag to cover it all this week.
Put on your dancing shoes
The big band sound of the Sophisticates
will have feet tripping across the dance floor at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center
Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. Call in advance for
tickets at 778-1908.
Book sale, book sale
Book sales at both Island libraries will take
place this weekend. Stock up on cookbooks to
thrillers, audio books, music CDs and more.
Tingley Memorial Library's sale is Saturday
and Sunday. Island Branch Library's sale is
St. Bernard Catholic Church volunteers of-
fer their popular pancake breakfast and bake
sale again Sunday morning, Feb. 11.
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Street land swap proposed to clear record
By Paul Roat
A right of way transfer is being proposed for much
of 17th Street North in Bradenton Beach in an effort to
clear up a 15-year-old legal glitch.
According to city attorney Alan Prather, city com-
missioners in 1986 agreed to a relocation of much of
17th Street North at the request of the former owners,
Herbert Hall and Craig Hall, trustee.
The roughly east-west street would dogleg to the
north and then again east along the northern property
line under the 1986 request, and the remainder of the
east-west street would be vacated. The city would also
receive an additional five feet of right of way along the
remaining east-west street.
Commissioners in 1986 granted the land swap,
"but the city failed to carry out the next few steps, and
there is nothing in Manatee County records that per-
tains to the vacation or easement," Prather said.
"This is not a street vacation," Prather said. "It
appears the city failed to follow through. Once in a
great while the government makes a mistake."
Current city commissioners agreed for Prather to
proceed with the necessary paperwork to correct the
problem and directed him to bring the matter back for
commission approval Feb. 15.
This is the latest in the continuing saga of 17th Street
North. This story began last year, when current property
owners Harry Nikias and Lynn Hazlett requested city
approval to build 44 condominium units on more than
three acres of land north and south of the street.
Part of their development application for the
Bradenton Beach Club included vacation of much of
the street. City commissioners in December rejected
the street vacation, thereby halting the project. Another
application for another development is expected to
come before the city commission in March.
In the meantime, the developers erected a fence
around much of the property, thereby thwarting efforts
of nearby Island Inn Restaurant patrons to park on the
Tow trucks have been called for those who park
next to the fence or on other property within the
Bradenton Beach Club parcels. One Bradenton resi-
dent, Lonnie Piper, said he and his wife went out from
the restaurant to find their car on the back of a tow
"It cost us $100 cash," he said.
"No parking" signs have been erected in the area.
tion started prelini-
nary work Jan. 30 on
seawall repair at the
canal at 75th Street
and Marina Drive.
Islander Photo: Ann
Perico Island mediation afoot
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
vironment, Lobeck said.
"We will continue to carry all those concerns to the
mediation table," Lobeck said. "There could be a settle-
ment based around building heights and density and
modifications in the development and city procedures.
The focus needs to be on the development.
"Bradenton weekend the land-use restrictions pre-
viously applicable to North Perico Island under the
Manatee County plan and even under its own plan.
They weakened regulation with the amendments
they're trying to push through on their own comprehen-
Bradenton city attorney Bill Lisch said last week
that he would like to see Schember's challenge along
with lawsuits filed by ManaSota-88, Manatee County
and the Island cities of Bradenton Beach and Anna
Maria mediated at the same time.
"That's what will save time and money," Lisch
said. "These challenges and lawsuits are all interre-
lated. You have the same people involved in the same
challenges. Let's have everybody there."
However, the city relented and decided to go to
mediation when pressed by the DCA and the adminis-
trative law judge.
ManaSota-88, the environmental group also
represented by Lobeck, has filed two lawsuits against
the city over the Perico Island development. Those law-
suits are expected to be heard in circuit court.
Bill Webster, Concerned Citizens of Manatee
County president, said his grass-roots group has
spent $60,000 on its legal challenge filed early last
"A tremendous number of people are opposed to
the project," Webster said. "We've had everything
from $5 donations to $ 1,000 donations to pay our le-
"We're all in an optimistic mode headed into the
mediation process. We want the city to observe the
law as far as its comprehensive plan is concerned re-
garding how it was amended and the amendments.
We're willing to go into mediation with an open
mind. The DCA initiated this mediation. We can't
predict the outcome, but we're willing to give it a
shot. Another review of the project would be the best
thing that could happen and is what should occur."
Arvida wants to build an 898-unit condominium
project on north Perico Island complete with 10-,
eight-, six- and four-story condominiums in one of
the last pristine coastal areas left in Manatee County.
Schember, a member of Concerned Citizens of
Manatee County, said the city failed to give proper
notice to the public about the project.
The Bradenton City Council sent the Florida De-
partment of Community Affairs amendments to its
comprehensive plan, amendments which allowed the
city to approve the Arvida project.
Schember and attorney Lobeck claim the city ille-
gally approved the project because DCA had yet to
approve of the amendments to the city's comprehen-
The north portion of Perico Island is owned by
Manatee Fruit Co. and was previously zoned agricul-
tural, but has not been farmed in years.
Perico's shoreline and grass flats are renowned for
their snook and redfish.
Lobeck said if the parties can't agree on anything
at the Feb. 14 mediation hearing, they will meet again
on Feb. 15.
"The city agreed to this in a last-minute change of
heart," Lobeck said. "I think it was due to public pres-
Bridge Street Festival
Saturday, Sunday in
Vendors of food, crafts and art, plus music and
games for children will all be featured this weekend in
Bradenton Beach's "downtown."
The Bridge Street Festival will take place from
noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and from noon to 6
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.
A highlight this year will be a "dunk tank,"
where festivalgoers may toss a ball at a target and,
if successful with their throw, send a city notable
into the drink.
Dunk tank participants include Bradenton Beach
officials Mayor Gail Cole, Commissioner John
Chappie, Police Sgt. Chuck Sloan and others.
Also new this year is parking at the corner of Gulf
Drive and Bridge Street for a nominal fee. Proceeds
from the parking will go to the Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Other parking is available at Cortez Beach.
More than 40 vendors will be showcasing their
wares, said Wanda Sloan, one of the organizers of the
event. "We want to showcase the local community and
show people what it's like to live in Bradenton Beach,"
She added that the Bayshore High Jazz Band,
which performed for former Vice President Al Gore,
will also be among the musical groups performing dur-
ing the festival.
Other music will be provided by the Hazen Hunter
Band, Reid Frost, Sue Griffin, Connie & Scott, Koko
Ray and the Soul Providers, Dave Videl, Dave
Ferguson and the Tommy Harter Band.
Admission to the festival is free.
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 7, 2001 M PAGE 3
By Ann McGrath
As early as December 2000, Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore discussed landscaping the city's Sec-
ond Avenue right of way with Aquarius Beach Resort
owner John Pace and his landscape architect, she told
the commission Jan. 23.
But when Commissioner Pat Geyer reported Jan.
9 that Pace had landscaped the right of way, the com-
mission appeared surprised. Whitmore was absent.
The discussions took place after Pace approached
Whitmore with the idea of turning the Second Avenue
right of way into an Adopt-A-Spot for the Parks and
Beautification Committee, Whitmore said.
The mayor is authorized to grant permission for
Adopt-A-Spots, said Commissioner Rich Bohnen-
"We don't need to be micromanaging the affairs of
the mayor," said Bohnenberger.
"Pace showed up unannounced at the Jan. 10 Parks
-Privateers Thieves' Market
Privateers are opening up spaces for vendors in the
group's Thieves' Market, scheduled Feb. 17 at the
Holmes Beach City Hall field.
The market is open to vendors of collectibles,
books, bric-a-brac, furniture, jewelry, antiques, cloth-
ing, crafts and "just about anything," said a spokesper-
The spaces are 10 by 20 feet, $15 each or $25 for
a double, and vendors must provide their own booth or
table. Reservations may be made and further informa-
tion obtained by calling 747-7778 or 794-6972.
The market will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
at the city hall field, 5901 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. It is a fundraising event for the nonprofit civic
service organization's support of local youth programs.
and Beautification Committee meeting and asked the
committee to approve the landscaping after the fact,"
said Commission Chairman Roger Lutz, the liaison for
the commission to the P&B Committee.
The P&B Committee referred Pace to the city com-
Since December, Pace has placed plants and beach
chairs in 12 feet of the city's Second Avenue right of
way behind the Aquarius at 105 39th St.
The city commission denied Pace's street vacation
request Nov. 24.
Whitmore said Jan. 23 that the landscaping can
stay, but the plastic beach chairs must go, though she
will consider replacing the chairs with a city bench.
At the Nov. 24 meeting, Whitmore and the com-
missioners agreed to grade and shell Second Avenue
south of 39th Street, add stop and speed-limit signs, and
review the matter in three months.
Fernando Torres, who owns beachfront property
southwest of the Aquarius and south of the Manatee
County Public Beach, requested last summer that Sec-
ond Avenue remain open to traffic. He reported that
Pace was using the undefined Second Avenue as a
lounge area for the Aquarius.
Pace countered with a request that the city vacate
Second Avenue, which was denied.
"This is almost vacating the street without proper
legal action," Torres told the commission, noting that
only a 10-foot-wide strip remains open to traffic.
"You can fit a Mack truck through the area that was
cleared." said Pace. "We beautified a 12-foot area. We
did a good deed."
Pace said Torres lives in Tampa, and that he
doesn't know why Torres "goes back there" to access
his beachfront property.
A mail box on the Torreses' property facing Sec-
ond Avenue was removed after Pace and the city com-
mission objected to its presence there.
The Torres family has owned the property from
Gulf Drive and 38th Street fronting the Gulf of Mexico
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Feb. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Quiet title action; state funding for S.R. 70 improve-
ments; second newsletter; special event applications for
Lou Fiorentino benefit and historical society event.
Feb. 13, Election Day. Poll opens 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Poll-
ing location: city hall.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting on set-
back request, 104 Fifth St. S. CANCELED.
Feb. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Feb. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Feb. 15, 2 p.m., code enforcement board meeting
Holmes Beach Ciot Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
for many years.
"We take exception to the lack of notification of
this meeting," said Torres' daughter. Alice Sutton. "We
feel all of this was done behind our backs, even after
Mayor Whitmore promised that she would contact us."
"I take exception that you and your father are al-
ways taking exception," exclaimed Chairman Lutz.
"You're wrong about it and if you go on, you're lying
about it. Now lie!"
"I am not going to lie," said Sutton. "I will issue a
request for public records for any and all comments
concerning Second Avenue."
PAGE 4 0 FEB. 7, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria forum draws big crowd
By Laurie Krosney
It was a full house at The Islander's candidate fo-
rum Thursday, Feb. 1, at Anna Maria City Hall.
Citizens heard from the seven candidates running
for two seats on the commission in the Feb. 13 election.
The candidates are Jason Cimino, Linda L.
Cramer, George McKay, John Michaels, Diana
Milesko, Jeff Smith and Chuck Webb.
The forum was moderated by Islander Publisher
The candidates each got a chance to make an open-
ing statement and then answered questions submitted
at the forum by the members of the audience and from
The candidate's position were often similar, but
there were some differences, especially regarding a
proposal to establish a designated dog beach in the city.
All of the candidates except Michaels are opposed
to the idea because of concerns for health and public
safety, though Webb said he's waiting for the facts
before making up his mind.
Michaels said he would "not dismiss the idea out
of hand." He said he'd favor giving a dog beach a trial
period provided it was open to Anna Maria dogs only
and that the "people selling the idea could check the
papers of the dogs and put a tag on them."
Michaels would also like to see the people propos-
ing the dog beach be responsible for checking to make
sure people were picking up after their dogs.
He said he would like to see a limited test period.
The next question concerned the proposed devel-
opment of Perico Island by Arvida Co.
All seven candidates were opposed and felt the city
should do everything it can to assist in the attempt to
block the proposed 898-unit high-rise development.
McKay said he would like to see a land-trust pur-
chase of the property with Manatee County or
Bradenton assuming stewardship of the site.
"No one wins with a lawsuit," McKay said.
Cimino expressed concern about the safety of Is-
landers in emergency situations.
"The traffic would create a big problem for emer-
-gency vehicles," he said. "Two to three minute delays
can mean all the difference, in a life or death situation
like a heart attack or a stroke, and some people won't
make it if the traffic is that bad."
Webb said he fears the area will suffer a similar
fate to that of Biscayne Bay where Arvida develop-
ments in Hollywood and North Miami essentially
killed the bay.
"Tampa Bay had big pollution problems in the
1980s." Webb said. "It's coming back now, but the
stormwater runoff from a development like this will
just kill the grass beds."
Futch next asked the candidates if they favored
reinforcing the turtle protection ordinance and possibly
giving some enforcement powers to Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers with regard to the marine
All seven candidates had high praise for the work
of the volunteers, but none favored giving them en-
Cramer said she thought the volunteers should be
able to report problems to the sheriff's office, which
should then follow through with any complaints.
Questions about the candidate's positions on a
high, fixed-span bridge to replace the bridge to the Is-
land on Manatee Avenue were next.
Futch said, "You may think the issue is dead, but
the Florida Department of Transportation has budgeted
$700,000 to begin discussions this summer about re-
placing the existing bridge."
All the candidates agreed something would need to
be done, because the existing bridge is in disrepair, but
the candidates differ about what to do.
Cimino said, "I know it's not what everybody
wants to hear, but it's going to come eventually."
Cramer said she felt an additional emergency lane
would be a good idea, but she is opposed to a fixed-
Both Michaels and Milesko said they were op-
posed for a number of reasons not the least of which
is that a high bridge is unsafe to high-profile vehicles
when wind speeds are at 40
mph or greater which, they
said, would present serious
problems in the event of an
Updating the city's
comprehensive plan was
All of the candidates
said they favored helping
the city stay similar to what
it is now.
Milesko said she thinks
the existing plan is good and
that it just needs to be up-
dated with current facts.
Smith said he thought it
was important to have citi-
zen input in the plan.
The next question con-
cerned speed bumps on
Magnolia Avenue and the
idea of burying utility lines.
Several of the candi-
dates Cramer, Cimino
and Smith said they
would need more informa-
tion to have a position on
Michaels was opposed
to speed bumps. He said he
thinks just putting a "Ja-
maica policeman a sleep-
ing policeman at the end
of the street is not a good
way of controlling traffic."
McKay said the speed
bumps were already de-
bated and rejected. He said
he would favor relocating a
stop sign and letting the
sheriff's department moni-
tor the situation.
Webb said, "Magnolia
is a residential street that is
used as a thoroughfare. I am
all in favor of speed
On the issue of burying
utility lines, only Cimino
was outright opposed.
"That's what's done in
Longboat. This isn't
Longboat. I'm not sure we
need to dig everything up."
The other candidates all
expressed concern about the
expense of burying utility
Smith said, "It would be
a mess. Just look at the mess
Time Warner made when
they upgraded their lines.
They made big holes every-
where, and that was just a
little wire. Besides, the city
can't afford something like
that. Holy Moses."
McKay said, "The city
has more pressing things to
pay for. If FPL pays for it,
they'll just pass it on to their
Futch next asked the
candidates to state their
views on the idea of the city
using grant money for parks,
bike trails or other projects.
Most of the candidates
expressed concerns about
the strings attached to
Cramer said she thought grants might be worth-
while, especially if used to purchase any kind of prop-
Michaels said he wouldn't be opposed. "You could
stick your neck out and get a grant as an easy way for
purchasing property we couldn't afford to purchase
On the question of remodeling city hall to bring it
into compliance with the requirements of the Occupa-
tional Safety and Health Administration and the Ameri-
cans With Disabilities Act, all the candidates except
Cimino were in favor of some remodeling and updat-
ing of the facility.
Cimino said, "I never heard any one official say we
are out of compliance. I thought that was just for indus-
trial workers, and anyway, we never heard from city
employees about what they think they need."
Milesko said she didn't have all the details, but
good systems management was important. "But I don't
want to see anything like Holmes Beach City Hall," she
Webb said he thought it was a good idea to get an
expert in who would understand what needed to be
done and then to go out to bid.
McKay said he thought the sheriff's area could be
smaller and that space could be used more efficiently.
"What about funding for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center?" was the next question Futch
Each candidate said he or she felt the Center is an
important part of our community.
Webb, Smith, Michaels and McKay pointed out
the city is required to provide for the recreation of its
citizens, and the Center is a cost-efficient way to do so.
Milesko said she favors volunteers and donors to
support the Center, but she would like to see what
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach contribute to the
Cramer said, "It fills a necessary part of our com-
prehensive plan. It is not a contribution or a donation.
It serves the needs of our community. Every dollar we
give them is for our children and our seniors, for every-
All of the candidates said the newsletter, The
Record, was a good way for the city to keep its resi-
No one, however, was for spending $6,000 annu-
ally on the newsletter.
Similarly, no one but Michaels was sure if a Web
site was a good idea. Michaels said he thought it would
be a cost-effective and efficient way for the city to
communicate with its citizens. The other candidates
said they thought the issue was worthy of further study.
Futch asked the candidates how they felt about tak-
ing an inventory of the rights of way in the city and
how they felt the city should allow property owners to
use the right of way adjacent to their property.
McKay said the inventory had been tried a little at
a time, but everyone tired of the $2,000 to $3,000 sur-
Webb pointed out that most property owners have
a survey of their property. He said, "The real issue is
use of the right of way."
Webb said he feels homeowners shouldn't be al-
lowed to place any permanent structures or fences on
the right of way, but he thinks vegetation is not a prob-
lem and even adds to the attractiveness of the city.
Milesko said she things it adds to the beauty of the
city when property owners plant on the right of way.
Cramer is in favor of keeping all public rights of
The other candidates said plantings on the right of
way are OK.
Parking vs. no parking
On the hot-button issue of parking in Anna Maria,
Milesko supports letting each resident determine
whether or not there will be parking in front of his or
McKay favors instituting no parking on a street-by-
street basis. "If all the residents on a street say they
want no parking, then OK, we will put up 'No Parking'
signs," McKay said.
"The parking committee had good input, but no
output," he said.
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PAGE 6 0 FEB. 7, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
With Anna Maria's city election falling on or near
Valentine's Day every year, we can't help but think of
it as a sweetheart vote.
"How sweet it is" to be a winner. At least until
things heat up, as they tend to do in Anna Maria.
There are lots of campaign issues, great and small,
although none has been so hotly debated this year as the
proposed dog beach.
Candidate Chuck Webb made possibly the most-
reasonable statement put forth by any of the flock of
seven candidates vying for the two available seats on
the city commission when he said, "I've heard a lot of
opinions, but no facts."
That's true at the onset with any issue, and we ap-
plaud his offer to consider all the facts before making
a decision for or against the dog beach, or anything
And remember, it's not that he's an attorney, but
how he handles issues and constituents. It's not the
degree it's the person behind it that counts. The only
thing going against Webb is a short residency in Anna
Maria, but he's a "longtime Florida boy" with the ac-
cent to prove it.
Candidate Jeff Smith came at us from left field.
He's certainly not one of the "usual suspects" at city
meetings. He appears to have a reasonable outlook on
keeping the quaint atmosphere of the city and other
issues, but we'd like to see more involvement from him
before we cast a vote his way.
Diana Milesko came forward looking like a one-
issue candidate don't park on my (the city's) right
of way. She's pro-resident, she says, but she comes
across as "anti-business" and "anti-tourism." As a past
educator, she showed she'd done her homework at the
newspaper-sponsored forum, although we sensed a
lack of warmth for the community beyond the lectern.
John Michaels lost by only two votes in last year's
12-way commission race. He is professional in his de-
meanor and up to date on the workings of the city, hav-
ing served on the code enforcement board and the plan-
ning and zoning board. But we have concerns over
what we perceive as a close alliance to the "anti-re-
gime" clique those folks who oppose nearly every-
George McKay has a great deal of historical per-
spective to offer the commission, but he has suffered
in the past from an inability to make decisions. Too
much study, discussion and conversation can delay
solutions to recurring problems, just as not enough of
the same can cause mistakes. McKay can be a rea-
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soned, seasoned asset to the current commission, and
he'll work hard at t i f elected.
And just for the record, it's not grants that are bad.
The city can still benefit from funding for programs.
purchases and infrastructure needs if someone
knows how to read the fine print.
Linda Cramer oughta be a shoo-in. She's been
tuned in to city issues for 20 years, and decided that
with all the bickering in the recent past, she could of-
fer some common-sense reasoning and a no-nonsense
attitude to the commission. She can be a strong leader,
offering (to women in the community in particular)
someone to whom to look for solutions.
(Out with the good ol' boys, in with the 21st cen-
Fees for on-demand
The following excerpt from an article in a local
newspaper expresses our feelings and those of many
here on Longboat Key:
"Today, Saturday, Jan. 27, we left the Island to
go to breakfast in Bradenton Beach, one mile from
our home on the north end of Longboat.
"We were stopped for the bridge for eight min-
utes for one sailboat with two people aboard going
out to sea.
"We went to breakfast and headed back to
Longboat 45 minutes later to wait again for eight
minutes for another sailboat to pass out to sea with
only two people aboard.
"On our way back we were second in line, but
we counted 36 cars behind us. On the outgoing side
of Longboat, we counted 45 waiting cars.
"The two people in the sailboat mean more to the
Coast Guard than the tax-paying citizens waiting.
"The solution seems simple. Make all sailboats
pay a fee for opening the bridge on demand, or they
wait for the opening once an hour."
Which brings us to Jason Cimino, up to bat for the
third time for political office in Anna Maria. He wants
credit for producing a festival with partner/city gadfly
Rick DeFrank a good event that caused a vast un-
dercurrent of quibbling. Both were assisted by Com-
missioner Jay Hill, who himself has proven to be less
than an asset.
We are loath to give credit, or credibility, to
Cimino and his cohorts, considering their demeanor at
city meetings, constantly heckling the mayor and com-
mission from the rear of the room.
We recommend Cramer and Webb to mold the
future of the city. Birds of a different, kinder feather,
we hope. Vote Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Then enjoy a happy Valentine's Day.
Perhaps if the boaters had to pay a sizable fee,
they would become more aware of the sailing times
Susan D. Fiore, Longboat Key
'I never said any such thing,'
In the Jan. 31 edition of The Islander I was
quoted as saying "thinks the commissioners we had
the last few times were pretty bad."
I never said any such thing and am offended that
such a statement was attributed to me. More impor-
tantly, it reflects unfairly on the people who have
given of their time and effort to serve this city.
Any comments I made were in reference to the
way issues were handled by the commission as a
body and never directed at any specific individuals.
John Michaels, Anna Maria City
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Whose right of way is it?
Here is a summary of the letter and third formal
complaint to the City of Anna Maria by Rotten Ralph's
Restaurant regarding the obstruction of the right of way
in front of 832 Bay Blvd. S.
I quote from the Anna Maria Code: "With the ex-
ception of the planting of grass or other ground cover
that will not impede the parking of motor vehicles, no
encumbrances of any kind, such as trees, bushes, rocks,
stones, plantings, etc. shall be placed of constructed on
the right of way within eight feet of the edge of pave-
ment without the written approval or the building of-
ficial and a majority of the members of the city com-
I believe the owners of that property kept a boat in
Galati's Marina before they bought the property. As
boat owners, I am sure they were aware of the fact that
during "season," many, many visitors come to the
marina and Rotten Ralph's. Now that they are resi-
dents, they object to allowing tourists to park on the
right of way in front of their home. Isn't this the same
as buying a house at the end of an airport runway and
then complaining about the noise? Come on now!
We're talking three months of the year! As any busi-
ness owner will tell you, if we don't make enough
money during "season" to get us through the year, we
don't survive. The restaurant business has the highest
mortality rate of all.
When a large boat is being delivered to Galati's,
the road is blocked, making it necessary for cars to
drive on the right of way in order to get into the park-
ing lot. Trees and branches were obstructing this right
of way so I trimmed them back. I admit it was a pretty
big job. It was hot, I was tired and I didn't clean up after
myself. Shame on me! I thought maybe the city would
clean up for me since it's their job. It didn't happen. A
complaint was made and I was asked to clean up the
mess. I paid $100 to have it done the next day. I obeyed
the law, but those flower pots and plants are still ob-
structing the right of way.
We have stated that we will clean up any debris left
by parked cars, and we will pay the deductible on their
insurance should their wall be damaged.
The owner of the property, Mrs. Milesko, is run-
ning for a seat on the city commission. Her stance on
parking has been stated as follows: "Any request by a
resident to have 'No Parking' signs put up on the right
of way in front of his or her home should be granted.
Traffic, congestion, litter and noise that result from
parking on the right of way in front of homes should
not be allowed to distress the city's residents. Residents
must come first. We are a community of residents. We
are not a parking lot for tourists."
I guess that says it all. Businesses should not ex-
Rotten Ralph's has been here for more than 12
years. The Mileskos have been residents for three
years. Long before we were here during "season," cars
have been parking up and down the streets around the
city pier. If every resident put in a request for no park-
ing, would you grant their requests and put the city pier
and the Waterfront Restaurant out of business?
The excuse I heard from the previous code enforce-
ment officer for his inaction on this matter was, "If I
went after them about it, I would have to go after about
90 others for the same thing."
My answer to that is you do not have a formal com-
plaint about the 90 others, but if you did, it's your job
to enforce the code.
True "season" starts within the next week, so I am
asking you for some action now.
Ralph Russell, owner, Rotten Ralph's Restaurant
Dog beach needs
We heartily support the designation of a dog beach on
the bay side of Anna Maria. Back in the 1950s, dogs were
not banned from the beaches, but they only went to swim.
Then some irresponsible dog owners began walking their
dogs on the beaches and leaving their deposits. So the
decree went out, "No more dogs on the beach."
Dogs should always be walked and picked up after
before they swim. Our golden retriever loves the water
year 'round and would love to romp in the bay waters.
Either side of the city pier would be an excellent choice
for a dog beach, since few people swim there.
Thank you for considering this proposal. Our
thanks to Cindy Moller for spearheading this project.
George and Carolyne Norwood, Anna Maria
Let's nuke dolphins
How foolish of me to favor the concept of a doggie
beach! Until I read your latest reader opinions, I had no
idea that my pooch's discharge would contaminate the
surf from the historic city pier to Bean Point. I now see
that the pollution would extend out into the Gulf, in-
fecting the waters from Tampa Bay to Corpus Christi,
Texas, and on over to Mexico, probably destroying life
on this planet as we know it. Wow, all that from my
dog piddling on a beach on Anna Maria Island.
Well, now that I am enlightened about the hazards
of animal effluents, I am converted and ready to do my
part to save the earth.
I have seen all of those porpoises out there and
know that they are not coming up to use the facilities
at the Bayfront Park. Let us campaign to have the Navy
nuke those inconsiderate creatures.
While we are at it, I believe that those lovable mana-
tees are probably doing the dirty deed in the water as well,
so we should hire the Mafia to eliminate them also. Per-
haps we could even change the mission of the Turtle
Watch volunteers who patrol the beach and equip them
with size-18 Wellingtons, so they could stomp the little
critters into the sand before they can make it to the water
and do ... well, you know what.
Boy, do I feel good just thinking of all that we
could do to keep bacteria from invading our world.
Meanwhile, my dog will just have to make do with my
backyard or the Palma Sola Causeway beach.
AMe/l Y'ofsk,. Holmes Beach
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Election Tuesday in Anna Maria
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Cramer said because the city gets state funds for
beach renourishment, parking must remain open from
Oak to Sycamore streets. She favors looking into the
purchase of some land for parking, but she is opposed
to putting up "No Parking" signs at random.
Webb favors charging for parking tags one fee
for residents, one for nonresidents.
Michaels said, "It's high time we tackle this issue.
Make a policy, don't appoint another committee.
That's a copout."
He also said he thought the $ 15 fine people now get
for illegal parking is too low. "Make the fine $150 and
it'll be a real deterrent," he said.
Cimino wants to set up a specific meeting to deal
with parking. He said he favors limiting the number of
spaces on each road and making use of under-utilized
lots around the city, referring to lots like the one near
Green's Real Estate on Gulf Drive that is owned by the
Sandbar Restaurant, but is rarely used.
Smith said he has seen the mess people leave when
they park to go to the beach and he thinks if parking is
allowed the city will have to be responsible for clean-
ing up the mess.
The next topic concerned consolidation of the Is-
No one was in favor of consolidation, but all can-
didates felt some level of cooperation is a good idea.
Cimino thought negotiating for group health insur-
By Jim Hanson
Approval of MCAT's proposal for an Island
trolley system could come from the state "any day
now," but the trolley bus itself is further off.
That is the word from Susan Hancock, market-
ing manager of Manatee County Area Transit,
which runs bus service on Anna Maria Island as
well as Bradenton and the rest of the county.
She said Joe McClash, chairman of the Mana-
tee County Board of Commissioners, has suc-
ceeded in pushing the trolley proposal through the
Florida Department of Transportation to the verge
of final approval.
"Congestion on the Island, and getting on and
off the Island, won't go away," is his argument.
"We can't pave any more lanes on the Island, so
we have to find other solutions. Better, attractive
public transportation is a big part of the solution."
Also on McClash's agenda are two additional
ance for the employees of all three Island cities was a
Michaels, while against total consolidation,
thought it might be a good idea to share some re-
sources, such as special tools or vehicles or specially
But all seven candidates believe each Island city is
trolleys, which would give the Island service every
20 minutes, as opposed to the present hourly bus
service and the hourly service one trolley would
The first-phase trolley already has tentative ap-
proval from DOT, Hancock said. There are no firm
cost figures because DOT has yet to figure out
what kind of trolley it wants on which bus frame.
With three trolleys, MCAT would anticipate
providing its 20-minute schedule seven days a
week, said Hancock, probably cutting back to 30
minutes in the evening.
Whether its mainland connection would be at
the Gulf end of Manatee Avenue or Cortez Road
is up to the state, she said. "We'll go where DOT
Regular bus service, meanwhile, continues at
the same fares MCAT has charged for years $1
per passenger, with discount rates for monthly
passes, seniors, handicap persons and students.
distinct and different. They want to see Anna Maria
maintain its own identity.
The two top vote getters of the seven candidates
will be elected after the voters go to the polls Feb. 13.
The polling place is at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
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Controversial variance request resolved in Anna Maria
By Laurie Krosney
David and Marilyn Dries will be able to build their
home addition just as they planned.
The Anna Maria City Planning and Zoning Board
voted to recommend that setback requirements be
waived on two sides of the Dries property at 900 N.
Since three streets border the property, setback
requirements normally required for such a property
would squeeze the Dries' structure into too tight a
Further, some members of the board believed that
a variance granted in 1986 was still in effect.
Problems arose when contractor Steve Kring re-
moved the existing second story of the house in prepa-
ration for replacing it with a larger room.
Building Official Bob Welch issued a stop-work
order because he could find no record of a construction
permit being issued.
Kring said he had been granted verbal permission
to begin construction before Welch assumed the build-
ing official's job.
Kring then made formal application for the permit,
which was not granted, because the addition was con-
sidered an enlargement of a non-conforming structure.
At that point, the Dries home was considered a
duplex in an area zoned for single-family dwellings.
When the case was appealed to the city commis-
sion, Kring and David Dries said the structure was not
They pointed out that the property has always been
carried as a single-family home on the tax rolls.
When the Dries family agreed to remove one of the
two kitchens in the house and one of the two electric
meters, commissioners, the building official, and the
planning and zoning board all agreed the residence was
In the latest twist, the board was told of the grant-
ing of a variance in 1986, which some members felt
was still valid.
Additionally, the board voted to recommend the
variance because of the hardship that goes with an
oddly configured lot such as one that is bordered on
three sides by streets.
The city commission voted to uphold the recom-
mendation of the P&Z board at its Jan. 25 meeting.
Construction of the Dries addition is under way.
Anna Maria's new trucks hit streets in spite of protest
Anna Maria's building official and public works
employees are breathing a little easier as they drive
around the city.
Two new medium-duty 4-by-2 Ford pickup trucks
have replaced aging, deteriorating vehicles that were
stalling out and having numerous mechanical prob-
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said the total price for
the two trucks was $30.222.
The vehicles were purchased from Gator Ford af-
ter commissioners voted 3-2 to make the purchase.
Controversy swirled around the truck issue for
months as Commissioner Jay Hill urged the city to
purchase under the state purchase plan or to purchase
used vehicles from Manatee County.
He asked for a listing of all vehicles in the city fleet
with a timetable for replacement and recommendations
on what to purchase.
Building Official Bob Welch presented the report
to the commission at the Jan. 25 meeting.
With Hill and Commissioner Tom Skoloda dis-
senting, the commission voted to follow the staff rec-
ommendation arid purchase the two Fords from Gator.
Former Anna Maria Commissioner Robert
McElheny is general manager at Gator and he and
Deffenbaugh negotiated taking an additional $860 per
vehicle off the original price.
McElheny explained that no dealership makes any
profit on a municipal deal. He said the price through the
state purchase plan might be a little less, because there
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the vehicle a city wants.
Welch will drive one of the vehicles around the city
when he is inspecting building sites and working code
enforcement. The public works department will use the
other truck and will also be using Welch's truck when
Pelicans flock ashore
When Gulf of Mexico water temperatures go
below 60 degrees, there is no food for the brown
pelicans, which dive for their meals, because the
fish retreat to warmer water.
The month of January has had such a protracted
spell of unusually cold weather that Dale Shields, the
Pelican Man, and his staff and volunteers have been
busy feeding the wild birds on the bay.
At this time of year, many of the calls sanc-
tuary rescuers respond to are for birds that are
weak and malnourished due to lack of food and
the unseasonable weather.
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Laboratory and the Sea Turtle Survival League have
announced that Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
businesses have won the first Coastal Friendly Awards
for their efforts to protect sea turtles and coastal habi-
Island winners include the Breaker's Guest House,
Econo Lodge, Imperial House condominiums and
Oma's Pizza, all in Bradenton Beach; the city of
Bradenton Beach; and Publix Super Market in Holmes
Beach. On Longboat Key, the Starfish Motel was hon-
Award categories include hotels with fewer than
100 rooms, rental condos, retail stores, restaurants and
coastal developments. Nominations were based on the
business's commitment to reducing beach lighting dur-
ing sea turtle nesting season, use of native landscaping,
the health of beach dunes and involvement in coastal
The awards were initiated to encourage responsible
management of coastal properties and focused on five
Florida counties including Manatee, Sarasota, Lee,
Brevard and Volusia.
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Campaign and the Sea Turtle Survival League, call toll
free to 1-800-678-7853 or visit online at
www.cccturtle.org. For AMI Turtle Watch informa-
tion, contact President Suzi Fox at 778-5638.
Islander and pals to sing
for your Valentine
Charles Caniff of Anna Maria will bring three of
his buddies wherever you wish and deliver a singing
Valentine to the heartthrob of your choice.
He is part of a group of barbershop quartets with
the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys who offer to appear in
costume on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, and present a
rose, candy, a card and sing a love song or two to the
The singing Valentines are presented for a dona-
tion of $35 to the Chorus of the Keys.
Caniff is taking the "sweetheart" orders at 778-
Pancake breakfast Sunday
at St. Bernard Church
St. Bernard Catholic Church is sponsoring a pan-
cake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Featured will be homemade pancakes, sausage,
orange juice and coffee, $2.50 for adults and $1 for
children. A homemade bake sale will be held in con-
junction with the breakfast. Details may be obtained at
Valentine dessert card party
Tuesday at St. Bernard
The annual Valentine dessert card party sponsored
by the Ladies Guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church
will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Desserts will be served and card games of choice
will be played by the guests, with door prizes and
raffles included on the agenda. Those attending are to
bring their own cards.
Reservations for the $5 event may be made and
information obtained at 778-6372 or 792-7433.
Williamson art exhibited at
"Simply Stated," an exhibit of works by Holmes
Beach artist Betty Williamson, has opened at Tingley
Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Williamson is a member of the Virginia Watercolor
Society and the League of Roanoke Artists. Her exhibi-
tion here includes watercolors, oils and pastels.
The show may be seen through March during li-
brary hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 to 5
p.m. Thursday. Further information may be obtained
Book sale this weekend
in Bradenton Beach
The annual book sale at Tingley Memorial
Library will be Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and
11, as a parallel event to the Bridge Street Festi-
val in Bradenton Beach.
The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-
urday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will be in the
meeting room of the library, which is at 111 Sec-
ond St. N. next door to the Bradenton Beach City
More hardcover, paperback and audio books
are needed for the sale, along with videos and
music CDs. Materials may be dropped off during
library hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Fridays; and 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Thursday.
This library draws no funding from tax dol-
lars but is supported by donations and volunteer
staffing. Further information is available at 779-
Big book sale Saturday
at Island Branch Library
The annual book sale sponsored by Friends of the
Island Branch Library will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 10, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Fiction, non-fiction, scholarly works, periodicals
and other publications, audio books, videos, CDs and
cassettes may be donated to the sale through Thursday,
Feb. 8, during library hours. Proceeds are to go to the
library's facilities and services.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Further information may be obtained at 778-6341.
Mellon reviewing 'Plainsong'
at library on Tuesday
Dr. John Mellon will review the Ken Haruf novel
"Plainsong" on a twin program, at 10:30 a.m. and 3
p.m., at the Island Branch Library Tuesday, Feb. 13.
A business meeting of
the sponsoring Friends of
the Island Branch Library
will be at 2:30 p.m. to elect
members of the
organization's board of di- !
Literary critic Mellon, a
retired academic, has devel-
oped a wide following on
the Island with his earlier Mellon
reviews of "Angela's
Ashes," "Cold Mountain" and "The Professor and the
Madman." His popularity has necessitated the double
presentation of the program, the sponsor said.
The programs are free and open to the public, with
seating on a first-come, first-served basis to fill the
seats by 10:25 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. Details may be ob-
tained by calling 778-6341.
Longboat's Turtle Watch
gets Clayton successor
Gillian S. Busard has been named primary marine
turtle permit holder for the Longboat Key Turtle Watch,
succeeding the "top turtle" of many years, Orville Clayton.
A resident of Longbeach Village at the north end
of the key, Busard has been involved with the sea turtle
preservation organization for three years. She is a fi-
nancial adviser with Legg Mason.
Valentine party is Wednesday
for Off Stage Ladies
The Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers theatrical troupe, will have a Valentine party at its
luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 14.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Bradenton
Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Res-
ervations may be made and further information ob-
tained from Roberta Barner, 761-1599.
Big one coming
The Sophisticates will return to Anna Maria for the Kiwanis Club's annual Big Band Dance Thursday, Feb. 8,
from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City. Tickets
at $10 are available at the Center. Leader of the band is Don Roberts, one of the musicians who founded the
band in 1960. He promises the 17-piece aggregation will deliver "old wine in a new bottle, big band ar-
rangements from long ago plus some newer music. Judi Edwards will appear with vocals.
Cortez Fish Festival on horizon; goal
is 'Preserving Our Shoreline'
By Jim Hanson
The 19th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival is just a couple of weekends away, and it
boasts a doubly meaningful theme: "Preserving
Not only is the festival devoted to showing
visitors a terrific time and letting them know what
this picturesque seaside village has to offer, this
year's event is dedicated to fundraising for the
purchase of shoreline property for preservation.
Proceeds from the festival will help villagers
buy 95 acres of pristine mangrove wetlands be-
tween Sarasota Bay and Cortez Road for the
avowed purpose of keeping developers out.
It is being bought by the festival's sponsor,
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, or FISH,
from Louise Schewe of Illinois for a bargain
$250,000, which the festival will help raise -
plus donations from anybody, anywhere, any
time, especially at the festival. FISH is made up
of Cortez residents and friends from all over.
The big event will be Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 17 and 18, spread over virtually the whole vil-
lage, which is at the mainland end of the Island's
It is designed to encourage visitors to help
Cortezians celebrate their love of marine life and
pride in their heritage. The 1 10-year-old Cortez was
a commercial fishing capital of the state's Gulf of
Mexico shores until Florida voters banned most
inshore fishing with nets in 1995.
There will be music and dance and entertain-
ment in abundance, games and nature walks and
marine life and birds and history all around and lus-
cious seafood everywhere visitors turn and for
everyone that spectacular sea view.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to
6 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $2, children
under age 12 are admitted free. Parking is on Cortez
streets and lots, with shuttle-bus service from the
Coquina Beach parking lot on Anna Maria Island.
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Alma A. Brooks
Alma A. Brooks, 91, of Bradenton, died Jan. 26.
Born in Dillonvale, Ohio, Mrs. Brooks came to
Manatee County from Ohio in 1948. She was a host-
ess at Pete Reynard's Yacht Club Restaurant, Holmes
Beach, for many years. She was a hostess at Manatee
River Hotel, Bradenton. She was Baptist.
Services were held privately. Burial was at Skyway
Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Bradenton Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sister Pauline McIntosh of
Braddock Heights, Md., and brother Paul Silke of
Jane M. Hare
Jane M. Hare, 91, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 28.
Mrs. Hare was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. She
was a homemaker.
There were no services. Private burial will be in
Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Ter-
race, Ill. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Av-
enue Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sister Lenore Van Loo of Grand
Rosemary E. Harter, 78,
of Bradenton and formerly
Bradenton Beach, died Jan.
Born in Chatsworth,
Ill., Mrs. Harter came to .
Manatee County from Os-
wego, Ind., in 1958. She Rosemary Harter
was a cosmetologist. She was a member of St.
Anne's Society and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Auxiliary. She attended St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Church, 833 Magellan Drive, Bradenton.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Rob-
ert F.; daughters Mary K. Harter and Alice E.
Brewer, both of Bradenton; sons John W., William
R., and Thomas J., all of Bradenton; sister Eileen
Westra of Apache Junction, Ariz.; brothers Robert
Kurtenbach of Piper City, Ill., Ray Kurtenbach of
Joliet, Ill., and Joseph Kurtenbach of DeKalb, Mo.;
and six grandchildren.
Joan Joyce Slobodzian
Joan Joyce Slobodzian, 63, of Sarasota, died Jan.
Born in Trenton, N.J., Mrs. Slobodzian came to
Manatee County from there in 1958. She was a book-
keeper. She was a member of the Woman's Club and
9-Holers at Palm Aire Country Club. She was Catho-
Services were Feb. 5 at Our Lady Queen of Mar-
tyrs Church, Bradenton. Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Robarts Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Leon; daughter
Kathleen M. Smith of Bradenton; sons Charles Michael
Gallagher and Christopher Thomas Gallagher, both of
Bradenton; mother Madeline Snyder of Bradenton;
brother William F. Snyder Jr. of Holmes Beach; and
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Tickets still available
for butterfly event
There is still room for more diners and buyers at
the Anna Maria Butterfly Park Sunset Dinner and Si-
lent Auction Feb. 17, said Nancy Ambrose of the spon-
soring North American Butterfly Association-
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Bradenton
Beach Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S. Proceeds will
go to help complete the butterfly park at 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets at $10 must be bought in advance at
Ginny's Antiques and Art, 5600 Marina Drive, at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach,
or by sending a check payable to NABA-Manasota
Public Garden along with stamped self-addressed en-
velope to Nancy Ambrose, 264 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
To learn more about butterfly gardening, plan to
attend the Feb. 11, Sunday, meeting of the NABA at 2
p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave.
W., Bradenton. A guided tour of the Callaway (Ga.),
Gardens via video will be presented.
Details are available at 778-5274.
Police station landscape raffle
tickets go on sale
Chief Sam Speciale is "specially" pleased with a
new proposal for the Bradenton Beach Police Station
a butterfly garden.
Nancy Ambrose with the North American Butter-
fly Association-Manasota Chapter hopes to landscape
thegrounds of the city police station into a butterfly
In an effort to raise money for the project, a raffle
is being held. Tickets will go on sale during the Feb.
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Artist shows works at
Island Branch Library
Watercolor paintings by Leslie Robbins, who is
holding one of her works in progress, will be fea-
tured in February at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive. Robbins is a resident of Holmes
Beach and Wells, Maine. Islander Photo: Ann
10-11 Bridge Street Festival $1 for one, $5 for six
tickets and there will be a host of prizes.
Among the businesses offering prizes:
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'Muscles and More'
adds Thursday class
Fitness instructor Sherry Fideler will offer a Thurs-
day morning "Muscles and More" exercise class from
9 to 10 a.m. beginning Feb. 8 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
With a focus on balance and flexibility using resis-
tance tubing, the class is also offered at the Center from
9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday. Cost per class is $4 for Center members
or $5 for non-members. For more information, call
Seminar on intangible tax forms
A seminar on preparation of the forms for the
Florida tax on intangible assets is scheduled from 10:15
a.m. until noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Heading the session will be Robert Noring of the
Florida Department of Revenue. Reservations are not
required for this free public program. Details are avail-
able at 778-6341.
The correct schedule for free assistance on income tax
forms, from now through the end of the tax season April
15, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach: VITA-sponsored help Mondays from 5 to
7:45 p.m. and Fridays 1-4 p.m.; AARP help Thursdays 10
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Valentine dance update
Due to an error on the church bulletin, a new date
and time has been announced for the St. Bernard
Catholic Church Valentine dance and potluck dinner.
It will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. at St.
Bernard's Activity Center, 248 N. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Tickets are $6 per person.
Those attending should bring a dish to share. Tur-
key and ham will be provided. Party planners say pa-
trons may "bring your own booze" and complimentary
setups will be provided.
Bob Dewart will be filling in with musical enter-
tainment for Leon Merian, who was hospitalized re-
For more information about the dance, call 778-
Invitational art exhibition
features Island artists
Two Island artists are featured in the Selby Library
Invitational Art Exhibition in Sarasota, with an artists'
reception on Thursday, Feb. 8.
Woody Candish and Richard Thomas are among
only seven artists invited to exhibit their works in the
show, which continues through February at the library,
1331 First St., Sarasota.
The free public reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Thursday at the library. The show may be seen
during the library's regular hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, I to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Sponsoring this third annual invitational are
Friends of Selby and the Sarasota County Arts Coun-
cil. Details may be obtained at 316-1181.
Longboat author Cunningham
to sign books Saturday
Frank Cunningham, Longboat Key author, will
autograph copies of his "Key to Longboat" from 1 to
3 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 10, at Circle Books, 478 John
Ringling Blvd., on St. Armands Circle.
Combining historical vignettes with guidebook
information, the book has proven particularly popular
with seasonal visitors, Cunningham said. He and wife
Beth have lived on the key since 1986, when he retired
from his law practice in Cincinnati. Details may be
obtained from Circle Books at 388-2850.
Anna Maria to elect new
commissioners Feb. 13
Anna Maria voters will go to the polls Tues-
day, Feb. 13, to choose two new commissioners
from among seven candidates.
Jason Cimino, Linda L. Cramer, George
McKay, John Michaels, Diana Milesko, Jeff
Smith and Chuck Webb all want the seats being
vacated by Vice Mayor Doug Wolfe and Commis-
sioner Bob Barlow.
The two top vote getters will be elected to
serve two-year terms on the commission at an
annual salary of $4,800.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Voters should bring their voter registration
card and photo identification to the polling place.
Corbino noting anniversary
with Wojtkiewicz exhibit
Corbino Galleries is celebrating its 15th anniver-
sary on Longboat Key, with an exhibit of paintings by
Dennis Wojtkiewicz, with an artist's reception at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9.
Another feature of the showing will be a slide lec-
ture by the Ohio-based artist at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
10, at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 23 at
Corbino, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Details are available at 387-9132.
Women's Resource Center
fashion show, luncheon due
A fashion show and luncheon, first of what its
sponsor plans as an annual event, will start at 11:30
a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at El Conquistador Country
Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton.
Jennifer's, South Porch of Kesten's and Dress Me
Up Children's Shop will provide the fashions. A spe-
cial feature will be a raffle with a prizes including a
weekend getaway at the Tortuga Inn in Bradenton
Tickets at $35 are available from Cindy Daughtery
at the Women's Resource Center, 727-0131.
Help from Kiwanis
The annual December Salvation Army Red Kettle
bell-ringing program on Anna Maria Island netted
$4,500 from the efforts of more than 20 Kiwanians
and 25 other volunteers. Presenting the $4,500 check
is Russ Olson, left, co-chairman of the event, with
Major Allen Satterlee, commanding officer of the
Bradenton office of the Salvation Army, and
Robinson "Sky" King, president of the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island.
'Love, Sex, I.R.S.' auditions
scheduled at Riverfront
Audition for the comedy "Love, Sex and the
I.R.S." will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 11
and 12, at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Roles are available for four men and four women
aged 20 to 50. Brett Lassiter will be the director. Per-
formance dates are March 15 to April 1. Further infor-
mation may be obtained by calling 748-0111.
Calling all Chicagoans
for coffee, memories
Robert B. Jones of Holmes Beach doesn't miss
Chicago's weather this time of year, but he does miss
the people there. So he wants to get ex-Chicagoans and
Chicago snowbirds together for coffee, reminiscence
and so on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Cafe on the
Beach, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Jones will provide details at 778-9333.
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Sculpting 'L'attitude' in Anna Maria City
By Cynthia Finn
Much-collected Longboat Key sculptor Lincoln
Seitzman chooses a gray February afternoon to make
the drive to the north end of Anna Maria Island. He'd
read about the new gallery in Anna Maria City where
the post office used to be.
Already enticed by the rich mosaic tiles of glossy
ceramic benches and airy steel sculptures garnishing
the exterior courtyard of Oak Plaza, Seitzman pauses
in the entry to L'attitude Gallery. The life lines on his
bronze face cast a warm, cerebral smile. His ears perk
to the muted water-flow of free-standing and table-top
fountains in diverse media.
Large south-facing windows and subtler northern
lights showcase dozens of multicolored large and small
sculptures, some traditional, some theoretical.
Gallery co-owner Sue Smith, who lives in
Bradenton, graciously greets Seitzman. They converse,
gliding from piece to piece.
Holmes Beach partner Betty Bothereau, a former
community-gallery developer and director, developed
her first love of art in her native northern California.
The L'attitude owners knew each other some years
ago in Minnesota. They've remained in touch, fastened
by a joint passion for sculpture, each continuously ex-
panding her list of up-close-and-personal sculptor
Late last year their shared passion transformed a
portion of the old post office and a gift shop into an up-
scale, contemporary fine-art gallery at 9908 Gulf
Drive. Featuring 90 percent three-dimensional artwork
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THE.ISLANDER 0 FEB. 7, 2001 0 PAGE 15
Flock together for Manatee High art students
By Cynthia Finn
When Manatee High School Art Department co-
head Rob Reiber joined the faculty in 1989, he and then
co-head and fellow Islander Kathy Linn received a to-
tal $1,950 in formal arts supplies and field-trip funding
for all students for the year. .
They each taught 120 students per semester or 480
total during the year. The supply fund broke down to
a touch more than $4 per kid.
Twelve years later, with Bradenton artist Rich Von
Ende as unit co-chief, the art department receives the
same $1,950. Counting the upward population of about
600 art students per year, the breakdown equals less
than $3.50 per student.
Do Reiber and Von Ende spend their own money
on supplies for their pupils?
"All the time," responds Von Ende, a multi-media
artist and 27-year member of Manatee County's high
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 27, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, assault and battery. Two juveniles
became involved in a verbal altercation during a bas-
ketball game. One male was asked to leave the Center.
The mother of the other juvenile followed the male out
to tell him not to threaten her son. She stopped the ju-
venile by grabbing the hood of his sweatshirt, which he
claimed caused him to choke.
Jan. 27, 700 block of Jacaranda, theft. A large
metal iteim the owner had cabled down in his front lawn
Jan. 28, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier,
found property. An unknown female riding a bicycle
dropped off a wallet she found at the city pier restau-
Jan. 26. 300 Gulf Dr. N. An intruder entered the
Capri apartment building under construction through a
ground-floor window late at night and did approxi-
mately $1,000 worth of damages to the bathtubs and
Jan. 27, Cortez Bridge, 100 and 200 block of 22nd
Street, information. A woman driving westbound over
Cortez Bridge was accosted by another driver follow-
ing her vehicle onto Gulf Drive. A white female driv-
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Jan. 27, 202 52nd St., Marina, theft of others. An
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from a 38-foot boat and two steering rams from another
boat. The suspects gained entry by cutting a 3-by-3-
foot hole in the chain-link fence. An officer obtained
footprints from the area.
Jan. 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Beach, burglary
of a vehicle. A woman's purse was stolen from the
trunk of her car while she and her husband had a pic-
nic lunch at the beach. An officer found the passenger-
side door lock had been punched out and found a dis-
tinctive tennis-shoe print in the sand.
Feb. 1, 43rd Street and Gulf Drive. reckless driv-
ing and fleeing to elude. A young motorcycle driver led
Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach
police officers on a chase along Gulf Drive at speeds
in excess of 70 mph. The motorcycle was weaving in
and out of traffic, the officer said. The man was ar-
rested and taken to Manatee County Jail.
Feb. 1, 8100 block of Gulf Drive, arrest on out-
standing warrant. A woman was arrested on an out-
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school and elementary school arts faculty.
From 1973 to 1975, he taught at Anna Maria El-
ementary, where he met wife Beth, still a music teacher
in the district. They have two children in college.
When asked the same question, Reiber, whose
math-teacher wife Robin left MHS a few years ago to
raise their two young children, interrupts his eagle fo-
cus on a young woman's colored-pencil portfolio.
"You don't want to ask me how much money I
spend, have spent, out of my own pocket," says the 16-
year instructor and well-known watercolorist.
Hence, Reiber's late-2000 foray into the
fundraising arena: The Great Flamingo Fundraiser,
which raised $450 in December.
For his part, Von Ende hates "the begging" aspect
of soliciting money. He joins Reiber in hoping that
parents and businesses will step forward to create an
annual booster fund for the visual arts students similar
to what they have for the athletes.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The Islander jumps in
As business sponsor of a second Flamingo
Fundraiser, The Islander invites art lovers and fun lov-
ers of all ages to an opening reception for "Flamingos
for Art" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the
newspaper offices, 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shop-
ping Center, Holmes Beach.
Refreshments will be served with all the ambiance
of a "professional" gallery opening. On display: The
Island flock of pink plastic flamingos dressed up in a
multitude of colors and textures by local visual artists.
The flamingos will. also be up for bidding in a si-
lent auction to raise more money. All proceeds go to
the MHS Art Department.
Naked birds are still on sale at The Islander for
$20, or a flock of seven for $100. Deadline for landing
the decorated birds at The Islander for the fabulous
flock display is noon Feb. 16.
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Island students sharpen pencils, skills for FCAT exam
By Diana Bogan
There is a lot riding on how students perform on
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
in reading, writing and math. Not only do students'
scores help determine whether they are promoted to the
next grade level, but they also determine what the
school's performance ranking is in Manatee County.
This year Anna Maria Elementary School Princi-
pal Tim Kolbe is focused on improving his students'
writing skills. Last August he brought in consultants to
help teachers understand the FCAT scoring process and
to offer some new techniques in teaching writing.
Now, teachers are taking steps of their own. A
writing committee has been formed with one represen-
tative from each grade level.
"Our purpose," said committee member Joan
Sackett, "is to create some consistency so each teacher
knows what is expected at each grade level."
In order to develop this consistency the committee
is developing a writer's manual. This will include their
own list of requirements for what the average child
should know before proceeding to the next grade level.
In addition to developing a game plan for teachers,
the committee is also building the student's comfort
level with the FCAT exams by holding mock testing
Students endure all the same conditions they would
during the actual test, which will be held Feb. 21.
Fourth- and fifth-graders, for example, have 45 minutes
to plan, write and rewrite their essay.
"The writing committee has created a mock exam
that looks just like the real one," said Sackett. "We give
them the same type of paper, the same amount of time
and we come up with a similar writing prompt."
The writing prompt for the first of two mock exam
days was, "winter is a season. Do you think wintertime
is good or bad? Think about your choices. Explain why
you like or dislike wintertime."
According to Sackett, students are expected to plan
briefly what they will say and then answer the question
with details to support their answers. And, although
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students are given a planning sheet, the person scoring
the exam will not take the planning sheet into account.
They will only be scored on what is written as the ac-
Sackett has taken preparations for the exam a step
further by providing her students' parents with samples
of past prompts and responses. She recently held a par-
ent night in which she gave parents a crash course what
the FCAT writing test involves and how to work with
their child at home.
"There is tremendous pressure involved," Sackett
admits, "but the advantage is that kids are becoming
A second mock test will be given on Feb. 8. The
actual FCAT writing exam will be on Feb. 21.
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Island Real Estate nips
Mermaid for title
Island Real Estate's Diego Felipe made both ends
of a one-and-one foul situation with nine seconds left
in the game to clinch a 55-52 see-saw victory Feb. 3
over Sign of the Mermaid and claim the Premier Divi-
sion basketball championship at the Anna Maria Island
The age 14-16 teams battled back and forth
throughout the game with lead changing hands eight
times in the final period.
Island Real Estate's Josh Sato led all scorers with
20 points including three, three-point baskets that
brought his team back after Mermaid had taken a lead.
Felipe and center Bobby Cooper had 15 apiece for
Island Real Estate and Mick Cripe scored five points.
Leading the Mermaid Magic were Charlie Sauer
with 18, Preston Copeland with 17, Ryan Carlson with
8, Taylor Manning 5 and Daniel VanAndel 4.
The Island team, which ended its season 11-3,
came out smoking, taking leads of 11-4 and 13-6 be-
fore Mermaid started clawing back to pull 14-10 at the
end of the first stanza.
Island Real Estate tried to put some distance be-
tween them and Mermaid in the second period, but
could manage a 28-24 lead at the half.
In the the third period, Island pulled away again
33-26 only to see Mermaid knot the game at 33 each
when Copeland made a pass across his body to Man-
ning who laid the ball in for two, a Carlson two-point
shot and long, three-point shot from Copeland.
Island went up 38-35 at the end of the third, but
Mermaid's Manning hit a fould shot and Sauer hit a tres
for a 39-38 Mermaid lead.
It was a furious struggle to the end for Coach Joe
Roberts' Island squad until Felipe made a comeback
nearly impossible as a long Mermaid three-point at-
tempt fell short at the buzzer. Mermaid finished the
season with a 10-4 record.
Premier Division, age 14-16, Champions Island Real Estate
Left to right, Diego Felipe, Brandon Roberts, Coach Joe Roberts, Tyler Krauss, Bobby Cooper, Josh Fleming,
Mick Cripe, Josh Sato and Coach Gary Krauss.
Econo Lodge takes Division I
Whether nervousness or just poor shooting was to
blame, the first quarter of the Division I basketball
championship for players age 12-13 was a low-scoring
affair with the first basket coming four minutes into the
In the end, Econo Lodge prevailed 46-39 over A-
Paradise Realty to take the championship trophy be-
cause of more well-rounded scoring from several play-
The teams combined to miss the first 20 shots in
the game. Jeff Wehling of Econo Lodge scored the first
basket of with 3:01 left in the first period.
A-Paradise never made a shot in the first as Econo
Lodge took a 6-0 lead headed into the second period.
Wehling led the way for A-Paradise with 22 points
including four for five from the charity stripe. Courtney
Taylor had 14 points including two, three-point baskets
for Econo Lodge, Brett Milks scored six and Phelps
A-Paradise was almost a one-man team as Chase
Parker scored 31 points, Evan Hunt had four while
Amanda Smith and Josh Wimberly had two each.
A-Paradise didn't score until there was 5:40 left in
the second period when Parker hit a basket. The night
before in a playoff game, Parker had 36 points.
Econo Lodge led 18-8 at the half.
When Parker got untracked, he got his team within
seven points, 32-25.
From there on out, Econo Lodge cruised to give
Coach Mike "Paco" Paukovich his first basketball
championship and an 11-3 record on the season.
Bryant's smokes Publix to win Division II
All season, the Bryant's Recycled Treasure basket-
ball team in Division II for players age 10-11 showed
the most balance.
Coach Jerry Stover's team spread the ball around
and played tough on defense to win the Division II
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Division I, age 12-13, Champions Econo Lodge
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Tracy, Amber Sackett, Jeff Wehling. Kneeling, Brad Milks, Heath Fiecke and
SPORTS RAP, FROM PAGE 20
munity Center, beating Publix 41-25.
Chad Richardson led the way for Bryant's, which
finished 13-1 on the season, by scoring 19 points.
Bryant's center Steve Faasse had a double-double with
21 rebounds and 18 points, while Shane Pelkey and
Brad Bryant scored two each.
Publix never got untracked as Bryant's smothering
defense blocked shots, stole ball after ball and con-
verted them into points. Faasse was particularly strong
on the offensive boards. At one point, he grabbed five
offensive rebounds before laying the ball in for two.
Publix was led by Matt McDonough, who scored
11 points, Nick Sato with nine. Tyler Schneerer, who
had a downtown three-point shot and Ananda Morano
with two points.
Division II, age 10.11, Champions Bryant's Recycled Treasures
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Faasse, Laura Barth. Kneeling, Brad Bryant, Shane Pelkey and Anne Staebler.
baskets for LPAC.
Dearlove started the scoring with a basket from the
baseline, then Mullen hit a three-point shot from the top
of the key and Dearlove added another basket for a 7-
0 Marco Polo lead, game, set and match.
It was 15-2 at the end of the half and the game was
Coach Tracey Glarner led her team to a 13-1 record
on the season and Marco Polo's first championship tro-
LPAC, Galati in wild playoff game
While the championship games provided their own
share of excitement, they paled compared to a furious
PLEASE SEE SPORTS RAP, NEXT PAGE
Marco Polo's annihilates LPAC
Dylan Mullen was head and shoulders above the
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In fact, Mullen is exactly one head taller than any
other player in Division III, making life miserable for
Mullen scored 11 points Feb. 3 to lead Marco
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Mullen's teammate Justin Dearlove scored eight
points and Will Osborne had six.
Broderick West and Miles Hostetler had the only
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Feb. 1 playoff game between Larry Pearson Air Con-
ditioning and Galati Marine of Division III for players
With 23 seconds left in the game, LPAC's Miles
Hostetler sank the second of two free throws for a 16-
LPAC pressed on the inbounds pass, but Galati
beat it with a long heave pass from Carmine Galati.
Two seconds were left on the clock when Celia Ware's
desperation shot hit the rim and rolled off.
Most of the action took place in a furious second
half. Carmine Galati put his squad ahead 10-4 with
5:20 left in the third period, but Hostetler drained two
baskets in a row to get LPAC within two at 10-8.
Galati responded with a long shot he sank from the
top left of the key for two points and a 12-8 lead.
Broderick West for LPAC hit a foul shot to pull within
It was West's turn to fire it up in the fourth period,
scoring three quick baskets to make it a 15-12 LPAC
lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Hostetler had nine points and West seven, while
Galati countered with eight and 18 rebounds, Celia
Ware had four and Garrett Waiters had a pair.
The second game of the night between Division II
age 10-11 Bryant's Recycled Treasures and the Darcie
Duncan.com.sharks teams showed why Bryant's only
lost one game during the season.
Bryant's throttled the Darcie team 40-28.
Mark Templeton was a force for Darcie's Sharks,
scoring 24 of his team's 28 points including three,
But it was the steady play from every member of
the Bryant's team that made the difference.
Chad Richardson showed he wasn't shy, throwing
up shot after shot and leading Bryant's with 18 points.
Center Steve Faasse pulled down 20 rebounds and
scored 14 points while the Bryant brothers Brad and
David had six and two and played good defense.
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nity Center where a jamboree will be held.
Dressed in their uniforms, players should show up
at the Baptist church parking lot no later than 8:45 a.m.
The baseball jamboree begins at 10:30 a.m. at the
Community Center field. Teams from each league from
T-ball to Majors will play each other for one inning.
For more information, call Little League at 778-
3-on-3 basketball tournament
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounced it will hold a three-on-three intramural basket-
ball league for ages 8-16.
Teams will consist of no more than four players and
players may sign up individually or as a team. Registra-
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Games will be played on Saturday mornings and
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Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 19 with
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There will be boys' and girls' divisions. Players must
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So you think you know baseball?
Now that baseball season is almost upon us, Sports
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the Call" quiz.
The answers can be found in the Official Baseball
Rules if you look hard enough.
Here's the first play of the season dealing with
players, field and equipment.
The home manager turns in two lineup cards,
which it develops are not identical. The umpire's copy
shows the shortstop batting seventh and the pitcher
hitting ninth. The card that is to be given the visitors'
manager lists the pitcher in both the No. 7 and 9 spots,
an error the umpire fails to note. In the third inning, the
visiting skipper comes to the plate, pulls out the lineup
card and asks for a ruling. What is it?
Answer next week.
Winners in the Feb. 3 horseshoe games were Chris
McNamara of Bradenton and Bill Starrett of Anna
Maria. Runners-up were Bill Martire and Al Norman,
both of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Jan. 31 games were Eric Dorn of
Bradenton Beach and Norman. Runners-up were Dick
Gilmore and Adin Shank, both of Anna Maria.
The weekly contests get under way at 9 a.m. every
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The classes begin March 6, including seven
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AA League: noon to 1:30 p.m.
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1st inning Waterfront vs. Air & Energy
Bottom 1st Air & Energy vs. Bistros
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Majors: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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30.day commercial grouper fishing closure to hike prices
By David Futch
Commercial grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
from Texas to Key West will be closed at the height of
Florida's tourist season and in the middle of Lent, forc-
ing already-high prices even higher.
Grouper currently sells for $10.95 a pound at Star
Fish Co. in Cortez and similar prices prevail across the
counter at other retail markets.
Where the price will go is anyone's guess except
that it's certain to be higher, according to Bob Spaeth,
a member of the Reef Fishery Advisory Panel with the
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
The Fishery Management Council made the deci-
sion a year ago to close commercial grouper fishing
from Feb. 15 to March 15.
"This is an old decision and that's part of the rea-
son why we on the commercial side are screaming,"
Spaeth said. "It was done last year and the focus was
on gag grouper. When the council showed that gags
were in stress, they came up with these regulations: 24-
inch minimum for commercial fishermen and 22-inch
minimum for recreational fishermen and a total shutoff
of commercial fishing between Feb. 15 and March 15.
Safe boating course offered Saturday
Manatee Sail & Power Squadron will hold its sixth,
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Now the council is saying the red grouper are the ones
"In my opinion, there are a lot of things hypocriti-
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allocation or, who's going to get the fish and the
recreational fisherman won."
One thing's for sure. The price of grouper is going
to go up, Spaeth said.
There are deep-water grouper such as yellow edge,
Kitty Mitchells (a red grouper with spots) and brown
grouper still available to commercial fishermen. The
problem with trying to catch those species is that
they're in water 600 feet deep or more, Spaeth said.
"The big boats can go to deep water, but it can be
dangerous," Spaeth said. "These boats are slow and if
a storm comes, you can't get back inshore quick
enough. Smaller boats like bandit rigs probably won't
go out because it's dangerous. But there will be some
who take the chance. They have to feed their families."
Spaeth said closing commercial grouper fishing in
the middle of Lent and during one of the biggest
months of the year for tourists hurts.
"Commercial fishermen don't just lose a month of
grouper fishing," Spaeth said. "They lose the month
where they make their most money. In summer, grou-
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plenty of demand."
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Water tips, grim storm statistics, lightning factoids
Manatee County is trying to embark on a bold, in-
novative water conservation technique.
County water managers are hoping to receive the
blessing of regional water managers to discontinue the
once-a-week watering program mandated last year in
an effort to offset the effects of the ongoing drought.
County officials say the current practice of allow-
ing homeowners with addresses ending in an odd num-
ber to water on Sundays, and those with even numbers
on Tuesday, is actually more water-wasteful than con-
Apparently people tend to just water the bejeezus
out of their lawns on their permitted days if they
' bother to pay any attention to the watering schedule at
all. The result is more water waste than if there were
no set schedule at all, according to Manatee County
Public Works Water Manager John Zimmerman.
There's no question we're in a drought.
Zimmerman said Manatee County rainfall is more than
15 inches under normal. We're going into our real, real
dry season now, too, and things should get very
parched by May.
In fact, Central Florida is classed as having an "ex-
ceptional" drought going on, the worst ranking possible
in the nation.
So why stop the watering restrictions?
Zimmerman said he hopes people will listen to a in-
tensive water education program the county is proposing
to start. "The suggestion is to take people off the restric-
tion, and the hope is they will only water when they need
to water, and that they will use less water," he said.
The county's bold new program is modeled on a
similar pilot program that was tried with great success
in Pinellas County. There, five homeowners embarked
on a less-is-best irrigation program, and more than cut
their water usage.
Zimmerman said a lot of people have set their lawn
irrigation systems to water for hours and hours on the
day allowed, fearing they won't get a chance to water
again for another six days.
Then, the next day, it rains, making their intense
watering regime moot.
County officials are also discussing raising the cost
of water for those high-end users in the hope that if
pleading and explaining don't work, perhaps an extra
hit in the checkbook will.
I'm not sure about either proposal.
Changing an entire county based on a sample of
five homes seems sort of chancy to me. Water rules are
in place through most of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District's area of authority, and I haven't
Water rates in the Wa
region. The chart shows
from left usage, current USAGE MC
Manatee County rates, 5000 $10.56
Manatee County new 10000 $15.94
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seen anybody else asking for fewer restrictions to en-
sure adequate drinking water for their populations.
I'm also not too sure about the rate hike, based on
the chart that accompanies this column. Look at the last
set of numbers, which compare current Manatee
County rates with the proposed rate change yes, it
more than doubles the charge for 50,000 gallons per
month, but look at how much Sarasota County resi-
dents have to pay for water.
Even with the rate hike, Manatee County residents
are getting a heckuva good deal on water. If you're try-
ing to hit somebody in the wallet, you gotta at least give
it a good punch, not a tickle.
I do like the education aspects the county is pro-
posing, though. Zimmerman said the basic concept
is to "create a hearty, healthy, robust landscape in-
stead of a pampered, w\impy, water-addicted, heavily
He says that if you oI veCrater your grass, the
roots don't grow very deep because they don't have
any need to search for water. Less watering g means
deeper roots. deeper roots mean less need for artifi-
cial sources of water.
Cooperative extension service agents say that if
you've got grass with roots that have burrowed 12
inches beneath the soil, you'll need to apply about 1
inch of water every 23 days to keep the grass going.
If you can get 18-inch-deep roots, you need to
water I inch every 44 days.
Stick a rain gauge in the middle of your yard to
figure out how much water is hitting the grass when
your irrigation system is running. \Vith a hefty water-
ing system, it shouldI probably take less than an hour to
get an inch of water on your lawn.
Here's another thing to consider.
Grass is normally dormant now. Hey, it's winter!
Things don't grow all that much now, and grass tends
to turn brown anyway. Why not let it? I don't think
your neighbors will complain.
Perhaps the education program should focus on
convincing people that brown lawns are more in fash-
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ion than green ones. After all, given the choice of hav-
ing a green lawn or having a glass of water to drink, I'll
go for the beverage.
'Bad-weather state' of Florida
leads nation in badness
Although you couldn't tell it from the last few
months, Florida is the bad-weather capital of the country.
We have the highest annual average cost of any
state in terms of damage from hurricanes, floods, tor-
nadoes and lightning. From 1955 to 1999, we've aver-
aged $1.7 billion a year from bad weather. Louisiana
was second with $1 billion.
To get a real feel for the damage totals, though,
take a look at the rest of the top 10 states:
3. Texas $910 million.
4. North Carolina $715 million.
5. Pennsylvania $700 million.
6. California $500 million.
7. Mississippi $460 million.
8. New York $425 million.
9. Connecticut $370 million.
10. Iowa $365 million.
The difference between Florida and Iowa-num-
ber 1 to number 10 is a difference of a factor of six.
Our weather woes go beyond dollars, though.
Lightning killed 345 people and injured 1,000 from
1959 to 1994 in Florida, again leading the nation in
another shocking statistic. North Carolina was sec-
ond in the lightning hit-parade with 165 people dead.
In Manatee County, eight people have died from
lightning strikes since 1959. Monroe County leads the
state with 30 deaths.
Manatee County has had 120 thunderstorms
classed as "severe" since 1959. Again to give you some
comparison, Sarasota has had 111, Hillsborough
County 317 and Pinellas 173.
By the way, much of the above comes from the
"2001 Extreme Weather Source Book." It's on the
Internet at: \www.esig.ucar.edu/sourcebook.
You also might want to check something called the
"Florida Hazardous Weather Awareness Guide." which
is available from the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs Division of Emergency Management. It
too is on-line at: www.floridadisaster.org.
By the way, Feb. 19-23 has been proclaimed by
state officials as Hazardous Weather Awareness Week.
This factoid is from the "Florida Hazardous
Weather Awareness Guide:"
Once positive and negative charges are separated
in a storm, a cloud-to-ground lightning strike begins
as an invisible channel of electrical charge called a
step leader that moves from the cloud toward the
ground. When the step leader nears the ground, a
powerful surge of electricity called the return stroke
moves up from the ground. When the two meet, cur-
rent flows and the entire channel is illuminated.
The estimated diameter of a lightning channel is
about I inch. The length of an average cloud-to-ground
lightning channel can range from two to 10 miles.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 7, 2001 0 PAGE 27,
Trout, reds, grouper starting to turn on as water warms
By Capt. David Futch
Talk about selling like hot cakes.
The lunar phase calendars promoted in last week's
fishing column were a hit.
The Islander received 40 of the calendars that show
moon phases for every day of the year. In 24 hours we
Not to worry. Forty more are in the mail and should
be here by the time this issue hits the streets. Pick yours
up at our office at in the Island Shopping Center at
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Knowing the
phases of the moon and their effect on tides are impor-
tant keys to fishing.
Snook season is open once again and anglers can
take one per day if they can get one to bite. The water
is warming and was 62 degrees Feb. 6. Sheepshead on
the inside of the Island and grouper offshore seem to
be the only thing happening.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach and his brother Kenny had the double-header of
the week, landing a pair of big boys.
Matt's wife Chrissie gave birth Jan. 30 to 6-pound-
10 ounce Brennan Matthew Bowers. The previous day,
Kenny and his wife Bonnie set the standard when 9-
pound-2-ounce Lane Campbell Bowers was born. Matt
said he's "taking some time off from fishing to teach
my son how to rig tackle and clean the boat."
Jason Lett at Island Discount Tackle said trout
fishing has been good. Anglers are catching a lot not
many big ones, but some over 20 inches.
Sheepshead are plentiful and redfish are cooperat-
ing, he said. As the water temperature rises the rest of
the week with an expected warm front, look for all sorts
of fish to get active.
"We're selling a ton of shrimp so there are people
out there fishing," Lett said. "Steve Salgado and Jus-
tin Moore said the trout just turned on last weekend."
Tom Marsik at Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez
said Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II did well
on redfish to 25 inches and caught loads of sheepshead
and trout to 20 inches. Mangrove snapper fishing is
st gng with: snapper to 18 inches biting in the bay.
Some snook are venturing out of the canals and into the
open, and look for mackerel to show up soon.
SCapt. Sam Kimball on the Legend out of Annie's
saidtr-was foggy. "We didn't really fish. We got. It's
still been real sow-,_e fished five miles out Thursday
and caught some shorts. Went ut.to 10 miles and first
bait down caught a 30 incher and a couple of 22
inchers. I did a bay trip and we caught sheepshead and
trout and we were in this little backwater channel I like
to fish and caught 15 snook. It was different."
Capt. Justin Moore on the Primadonna II said
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he's catching sheepshead, trout and some redfish, but
the reds are finicky and biting only when they feel like
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said offshore fishing still produces
gag and red grouper, "just not like it was a month or
Roy Horton at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheeps-
head are starting to show up more regular and pompano
were caught Friday. Catfish are active and that means
the water is warming up.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he was in Joe Bay and Miguel Bay and did
good Thursday on redfish to 22 inches.
"We had quite a few trout to 19 inches," Smith
said. "The water was slick and we worked the potholes
using a gold spoon and Yo-Zuri crystal minnows,
which are working well on reds and trout. Snook will
bite them, too, when they get hungry. These crystal
minnow lures look good and have a lot of nice action.
As the light strikes it when you turn it, it changes color
like live bait will do, from green to blue."
Carl Shaner at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle
said folks caught redfish Sunday and some trout.
"Other than that, not much has been going on,"
Shaner said. "It's been tough. The only thing I tell
people is to grab your pole and go fishing and see what
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you can do."
Capt. Tom Chaya on Dolphin Dreams out of
Holmes Beach said he's starting to catch big trout to 22
"They're not the ultra-gator big trout, but they're
fun," Chaya said. "Sheepshead fishing is solid right
now, redfish too. Look in the deep holes for big trout
and the shallow edges for reds."
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide said grou-
per fishing is picking up in deep water. Gag grouper are
getting more active and should pick up as the week
"We went Sunday 15 miles offshore and caught
quite a few gags," Denham said. "We got 10 or 11
keepers to 15 pounds. A lot of them were around 25
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PECANS-MAMMOTH HALVES New crop $6.95 per
pound to benefit Island Players. Purchase at
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Island Shopping Center, 5402 Gulf Drive at Holmes
BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love
seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129;
futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress
$199; daybed (white with brass finials) including two
mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT for sale. All Macintosh
products. 20-inch Apple color monitor, Power Mac
7100/66 hard drive. UMax Scanner. Pioneer Cd-Rom
carousel changer. Two portable zip drives, one Jazz
drive. Discs for each. 778-1102.
LARGE WOOD BAKER'S cabinet from old restau-
rant. Commercial size; holds full-size sheet pans.
Glass doors on top, sliding wood doors on bottom
with shelves for storage. Good shape. Needs paint or
DINING ROOM TABLE. 6ft. with two leaves, extends
to 8.5 feet. China closet, 5-by-6.5 feet fruit-wood, Ital-
ian provincial, great condition, $250. 778-4793.
TRUNDLE BED like new. Excellent for extra guests.
Light wood, $100. 779-0329.
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WILDEWOOD 1800 2BR/2BA, glass-enclosed lanai $117,900.
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WORLD PHILATELIST: More than 50 new pre-
stamped envelopes from the USSR. Each has a
great commemorative picture of a significant person
or event in history. From Tverskaya Post Office. $50.
HOBIE CAT, $200, small sailboat, $200. 778-3106.
ARMOIRE, elegant, oak, antique, original $620. Also,
mirrored dresser, beautiful detail, $220. 779-0029
NOTARY PUBLIC, CIVIL marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd and
Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Refreshments, smoke
free. Every Thursday, 7 pm, now through March.
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YARD SALE Saturday, Feb. 10, 8:30-4pm. Miscella-
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HOUSEWARMINGS BY HORIGANS at Under The
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hand antiques, 50 percent off.
GARAGE SALE Saturday-Sunday. 8am-? Miscella-
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good stuff, some antiques and unusual items.
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Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
S. ; Personal
My 20 years of appraising and 25 years of sales
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landscaping. T5T-r d $625,000.
Ann (Harmon) Caron
LIC. Real Estate Broker
Accredited Residential Manager
12 years of Anna Maria
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941 778-6849 800 778-9599
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CANALFRONT HOME on 15 by 148 ft. lot near mouth of
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of room for pool, expansion, possible second-story would give
nice views of Bimini Bay. $279,000. Call Yvonne Higgins 778-
2246 or 720-3879.
READY TO BUILD IN CORTEZ, this large lot is cleared with
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2BR/2BA each side. Close to beach. New roof and
carpeting. Fruit trees, large lot, residential area.
Excellent rental history. $319,900.
SEASIDE GARDENS PRIVATE DOCK
1BR/1BA turnkey furnished villa with your own private
dock. Very nice water view, central location, convenient
to everything. Covered parking. $142,500.
HOLMES BEACH CONDO
2BR/2BA Beach View Condo. Pool, close to beach,
shopping and restaurants. Under-building parking,
storage, small pets. Good rental. $189,900.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulffront 'turnkey-furnished condo.
Gorgeous Gulf view, beautiful beach, heated pool,
excellent rental income. $475,000.
4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of Gulf
Drive in historic Anna Maria City. Large lot, great
BERMUDA BAY CLUB
3BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished. Bright attractive condo
with view of Gulf from two balconies. Two-car
attached garage. Heated pool and spa. $328,000.
ANNA MARIA CITY
4BR/2.5BA canalfront home. Close to beautiful
beach. Two fireplaces, boathouse, many upgrades,
dumbwaiter, residential area. $574,900.
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gorgeous Bimini Bay open-water view. Pool and
cabana, new seawall, metal roof, new kitchen. Open
floor plan, fireplace, large lot, private setting. Boat
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LOST CALICO CAT, answers to "Cry Baby." Small
head, white paws and belly, orange/black and white.
Lost in vicinity of 3000 Block of Avenue E, west of
Shells Restaurant. Missing since Dec., 31, 2000.
Sadly missed by children. Call Nancie 778-7502.
LOST: ONE PAIR of eyeglasses, Island Player
Theater area. Reward 778-4621.
CRITTER SITTER Six years in pet care, 21 years as
an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your pets
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE CAT, neutered, loving, tested, shots and
1990 FORD E-150 cargo van. V8, auto, shiny white,
140K well cared for miles. $1,800. 778-2882.
1996 NISSAN XE pickup truck. Black, looks good, runs
good. 61K miles, auto air. $5,500. Call 778-3811.
ROADTREK 1994, self-contained, versatile, 19 foot.
Shower, microwave, refrigerator, toilet, AC/heat.
range, great condition, 53K miles. Only $22,000. Call
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
NEED A PLACE to park your boat and/or trailer?
Long/short term. Capt. John's private launch ramp.
Wash down areas 792-2620.
1995 PONTOON BOAT, 25-foot. Crest Family Fisher
with 88hp Evinrude. Live well and tackle boxes. Low,
fresh-water hours. New VHF/stereo, bottom paint,
battery. Steal at $6,000. 792-0401.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
HURRICANE HANK'S. Cooks, kitchen help. All
shifts. 5346 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach. 778-5788.
INTERNSHIP AT AMI Community Center. Seeking
student majoring in education, social work,
psychology or child development to work in
after-school program with children in grades K-5.
Intern to work with family therapist and children
covering life-management related topics. Salary
based on education and experience. P/T hours,
3-5 pm at least two weekdays per week. Call
ATHLETIC ASSISTANT. Part-time position available
at AMI Community Center for sports-minded person
with passion for sports and children. Evenings and
Saturday, 20-30 hours per week. $6-$7/hour, de-
pending upon experience. Call 778-1908.
ISLAND RENTAL AGENT licensed, wanted for
major real estate office. Competitive salary and ben-
efits. Contact: PO Box 336, Longboat Key FL 34228.
All inquiries confidential.
MAINTENANCE PERSON full-time for mobile home
park. Call for an appointment or interview. Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, 778-1140.
RECEPTIONIST Good opportunity for someone
who wants a part-time job in a pleasant environ-
ment. Must be dependable, have office skills and
be capable of working on your own. Weekends
and evenings. Good wages, paid vacations and
health insurance available. Apply at Bluewater
Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, or
WANTED: PRIVATE TEACHER to get my wife and
I going on the internet. We have a laptop computer.
OFFICE HELP NEEDED. Full-time or part-time. Call
Eric at Air America. 779-2445.
SALES OPPORTUNITY. If you are a full-time Re-
altor and didn't make $100,000 plus last year, you
need to call Mike Nink, Broker. Three island offices
to choose from. Sign-on bonus, support help and
latest "tech tools." For a confidential interview, call
et[y ?efl f7/ ffe, a.(
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
INVWN WATERFRONT FAMILY HOHE
This charming and spacious 4BR/3.5BA Island residence
captures the essence of old Florida, featuring hardwood
floors, tongue-in-groove paneling, wood-burning fireplace
with built-in bookcases on both sides, lovely formal dining
room and wonderful high ceilings with fans. The spacious,
free flowing floor plan offers a generous entry hallway,
cheerful country-style kitchen with hand-stenciled cabinets
and a sunny adjoining family room. There are two shady
decks and a fully-fenced back yard. Other amenities in-
clude a 25-foot boat dock with direct bay and Gulf access,
convenient circular driveway with porte cochere and lovely
tropical landscaping plus, rose garden. The ground level
bedroom and bath would make an ideal mother-in-law
quarters. Priced to sell at only $449,000.
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
BEAUTY SALON FOR SALE. 798-3754, eves.
REDUCE YOUR TAXABLE assets up to $10,000
while helping new Island business. Deb's Neat Stuff,
P.O. Box 1623, Holmes Beach, FL. 34218.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
PUT YOUR HOUSEWORK in our hands! All phases
of residential and commercial cleaning. Free esti-
mates and all work guaranteed. Call Laureen or John
at "L&J Supreme Klean." 753-6843.
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
WALL & CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able over 20 years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell
CLEAN WINDOWS Wouldn't that be nice? I'll make
your glass gleam! Local, licensed, insured. 725-0399.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salts. Start exterior spring
cleaning today. Free estimates 778-0944. Lic/ins.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
MANGROVE TRIMMING: Time to trim your man-
groves? Licensed, professional mangrove trimmer.
Over five years experience. Call Dan 792-7016 for
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Call anytime for a consultation.
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ISLAND CONDO. Easy access to the
beach and to town. Partial Gulfview from
this turnkey fiirnished 2BR/2BA wih el-
evator, heated pool, extra storage and
underbuilding parking. Close to restau-
rants and shopping. $184,900. 1B72169.
NEED TO GET AWAY? But not too
far? Only a short boat ride from the main-
land and you have the chance to own a
little over an acre o land on Jewfish Key,
a private island in Sarasota Bay. Great bay
view from one of 13 parcels on this 26-acre island. Water, septic
and electric at site. Community dock, sandy beaches. $225,000.
PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR VACATIONS!
Call Bob Lohse at 778-0766 to make arrangements
for your next vacation on Anna Maria.
Top Sales Agent for December Denise Langlois
Top Listing Agent for December Carol Heinze
5350 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
(941) 778-0766 (877) 924-9001
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com
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SEVIE-Cotnud ERICSCotiue AWN ADFGADE
THE PERFECTIONIST is back! Cleaning with per-
fection. Call Sharon at 778-0064.
ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN Irma Nussbaum, AP,
RN. MS, GSA. Have a happier new year add acu-
puncture to your health care. Mobile unit, weekend
and evening appointments available. 792-0852.
CHAMBERLIN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING We
don't cut corners, we clean corners. Call 750-4772,
INCOME TAX SERVICES, Ohio and Michigan our
specialty, electronic filing available. Call Pat at
Kenney Tax Service. 761-8156.
RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING specializing in
stain, oil and varnish finishes, pressure washing.
Interiors, exteriors. Free estimates. Homeowners
and contractors welcome. Fully licensed and in-
sured. Impeccable references. Mobile 724-0520,
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
GOLF LESSONS. Call Carol, USGTF certified
HIRE A FIREFIGHTER INC. All types of carpentry
and maintenance work. 761-4065.
LOSE WEIGHT, tone up. Certified fitness, low rates.
JILL OF ALL TRADES for appointments, shopping,
errands. House, pet and baby-sitting services. 778-
TAXI ON THE ISLAND. For the island (anywhere
in two counties). $1.50 to get in, $1.50 per mile.
Cheerful, clean service 7am-3am, seven days,
including holidays. Island Transportation, 737-
RESORT OWNERS: All phases of maintenance and
repair and housekeeping in lieu of living accommo-
dations and small salary. Local Islanders, please call
LEARN HOW TO use your computer as easy as your
telephone. Your home, your convenience. Computer
ROYAL MAID SERVICE. Licensed, bonded, insured.
Free estimates 727-9337.
PRIVATE-DUTY NURSE Monday-Friday day shift
Pediatrics or adults. 778-1575.
NEED TILE? Professional tiling by Bear. Phone Greg
or Ruth, 761-3053
"HANDY ANTHONY" Jack of Most Trades! 20-year
Island resident. Painting, masonry, plumbing/electri-
cal repairs. Installation of floors, windows, cabinets.
5-STAR COOKING CLASS. 5-star experience, ACF
certified chef, small morning classes, contemporary/
classical. Dietary restrictions honored. Great
Valentine's gift! Call 779-1716
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Resi-
dential/commercial, full-service maintenance, land-
scaping installation, clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds,
native plants, butterfly gardens. Excellent references.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it's
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $27 a yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 795-7775.
TREES BY BREEZE. Landscapes, tree trimming and
property maintenance since 1988. Call Chris 778-2837.
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BEST BUY ON ISLAND Direct Intracoastal and
canal views from living room, kitchen and bed-
room of this new 3BR/2BA home. Boat lift, dav-
its and hurricane-strength tinted windows.
$389,000. Call Lynn Hostetler 778-4800 for
GREAT INVESTMENT Priced to sell! One
block to beaches. One cottage, plus a fourplex.
Cottage has 2BR/1BA. Each unit in fourplex
has 1 BR/1BA. All annual tenants, but could be
seasonal. $399,900. Ed Oliveira 778-4800 or
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Just steps
from the beach, 2BR/2BA and laundry hook-
up in both units, enclosed storage on ground
level for each unit. $259,900. Denny Rauschl
778-4800. MLS#72393. Easy to show!
WELL LOCATED DUPLEX Enjoy living near the
beach in a single family neighborhood at an afford-
able price. This unique two-story block-construc-
tion duplex offers 2BR/1BA on each floor with a
delightful large shaded backyard. Price of
$224,000 includes new roof and repainting as well
as other interior upgrades. Ken Rickett 778-3026.
ICE CREAM AND SANDWICH SHOP (Business Only) Owner will finance. $35,000.
Lynn Hostetler 778-4800.
ISLAND LOT: Commercial or duplex zoning. Call Lynn Hostetler 720-5876. $149,900
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your carpets cleaned right? Call Cody, 17 years ex-
perience, owner/operator, satisfaction always guar-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
INDUSTRIOUS, highly-skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic & vi-
nyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 34-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIES PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Contractor. New homes, ad-
ditions designs and plans. Free estimates, time and
materials or contract. Lic. #0060450. Call 795-1947.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more by
Hunter Douglas and other major manufacturers. Life-
time warranty. Call Island resident Keith Barnett for
a free in-home consultation. Many Island references,
15 years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, ex-
terior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have sawmill,
will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master carpenter.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Interior/
exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpaper.
For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0045125, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $450 per week. Fall and spring dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2.5BA, one half block to beach,
washer/dryer, microwave, utilities, cable, no pets, no
smokers. Winter only, $2,700/month plus security.
Three-month minimum. (863)646-9233.
MARINER'S COVE, fabulous 3BR/2.5BA, furnished
bayfront apartment available 2/1/2000 for seasonal or
annual rental. Gated community with elevator, heated
pool, tennis, boat dock, park-like setting and beautiful
bay views. End unit with 2,150 Sq Ft., plus porches. Call
Dave Moynihan, Realtor. Call 778-7976 evenings.
HOLMES BEACH canal-front home, 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished, garage, laundry, dock, many extra's. Avail-
able now. Open 2002 season. Call for price and de-
FANTASTIC ANNUAL. Beach view, large deck,
washer/dryer, utilities included. 2BR/2BA. $1,500. One-
room efficiency, $800. 778-7820. Bradenton Beach.
SEASONAL OR MONTHLY rental 3BR/3BA in Anna
Maria with canalfront and dock. One-car garage, one
block from beach, large entertainment room with bar.
Completely furnished, singe story, available Novem-
ber-May, no smoking, pontoon boat available.
$3,500/month. Call (863)683-4703 or (863)688-9281.
BAYFRONT DUPLEX. Seasonal 1 BR/1 BA quiet and
clean $1,400/month. 109 13th St. South, Bradenton
MARTINIQUE NORTH 2002. 5300 Gulf Drive, on
beach, pool, tennis, garage. 2BR/2BA, Feb. 15-April
15, 2002. $3,200 per month. 778-6786.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club. Rental for March and
April. Non-smoking, adults, no pets. $1,200 per
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA duplex one block from beach.
$700/month, walking distance to beach, Publix and
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HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home. 2BR/2BA,
furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many extras. Avail-
able now. Open 2002 season. Call for $ and details.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
FURNISHED, SECURE 2BR/2BA condo. Deep-water
dock, covered parking, pool, spa, tennis, recreation,
workout rooms. Near beaches, perfect for boating
.family. No smoking/pets. $3,000/month. 798-2000.
FULLY-FURNISHED APARTMENTS, monthly,
weekly. $1,600-$600. 2BR/2BA, $1.800-$700.
Washer/dryer, direct Gulf view. South Bradenton
ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1BA, Bradenton Beach, one
block to beach/bay, just renovated. 203 2nd St. N. #4
- $625/month; #2 $575/month. plus deposit. 813-
ELEVATED CANALFRONT HOME. 2BR/1BA, newly
remodeled upscale furnishings. Steps to beach.
Available January & February, $2,500/month. Call
(813) 920-3845, nights.
1BR COTTAGE, Cortez. Furnished, laundry. Annual
$565/month plus electric, one person. $635/month
two people. No pets, possible seasonal. 12414 45th
Ave. W. 795-8077.
VACATION RENTAL Bradenton Beach. Available
March 1. 2BR/1.5BA, elevated duplex. One block
to beach, close to shopping. Small pets welcome.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA canal pool home with bay
view. 3BR/2BA $2.500/montn, $1,000 Security. Jim
Piro, Piro and Associates, 923-3900.
ANNUAL STUDIO 1 BR/1 BA directly on Gulf of Mexico.
Private beach, water, sewer, garbage included. $900/
month. Assurity/security required. 792-2779.
PERICO BAY annual, Jasmine model. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. $1,200/month. No pets. Call Bruce Skorupa,
T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
REThc. COUPLE SEEKS six-month canalfront
rental start-ing-_R-.,.3 2001. Non-smoker, no pets.
Will consider annual non-furnisttd. 77R-4873.
BRADENTON BEACH Imperial House condo, avail-
able February, March, April, three-month minimum.
2BR/2BA furnished with a heated pool. Close to the
beach. Call Gayle Schulz, Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
SEASONAL, nice 2BR/2BA home, March only,
$1,900. Possible lease May-December. Longboat
Key Village, 383-6272.
ANNUAL ELEVATED 2BR/1.5BA. Washer/dryer,
screened porch, undercover parking, adults, no pets.
$850/month, plus utilities. Nice place, nice location.
GULF FRONT, ANNA MARIA, 2BR/2BA available for
month of April 2001, $2,600/month. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate for details, 778-2307.
2BR/1BA CORTEZ VILLAGE. Wood, Mexican tile,
Berber carpet. $800/month, plus utilities. Annual
lease, first, last and security. Non-smoking. Huge
working shed. 795-0466.
UNFURNISHED DUPLEX, ground-level steps to
beach. 2BR/1BA, no pets. Water and garbage fur-
nished. First and last month rent and deposit. 778-5341.
MARCH CONDO RENTAL, Gulf front complex, 2BR/
2BA available March and possibly April. Heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis and beach. 794-8877.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, no
pets, older couple preferred. 305 65th St., $750/
1BR/1BA WESTBAY COVE. Turnkey, shopping,
beach, heated pool and tennis. February, March and
April. Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.
SEASONAL RENTAL, February 1BR/1BA beautifully
furnished, steps to beach, includes all utilities, cable.
$375/weekly, $975/monthly. 924-5199 or (941)410-
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH. Fully furnished, 1BR/
1BA, cable, walk to beach and shopping. $585/
month. Pay own electric. Deposit and references.
HOLMES BEACH, Annual unfurnished 2BR/1BA,
one block to beach, shops. No washer hook-up. Tile
kitchen and bath. $685/month. 778-8352.
ANNUAL 3BR/3BA Holmes Beach townhouse.
Beautiful, spacious interior. Mexican/ceramic tile,
new appliances, heated pool, private garage and
entry. Walk to beach, shopping. $1,600/month in-
cludes water, cable, pest, security system. 778-0167.
PANORAMIC BAYVIEW, cozy one and two bed-
room, fully furnished, ground-floor, small, quiet com-
plex. No smoking/pets. Available April and next sea-
son. Prefer 3-4 months. Consider annual. 778-7107.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. longboat cozy cottage
3BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. Walk to Moore's and Mar
Vista. $2,500/month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT LOT. No bridges, 516
Kumquat. 11,350 sq.ft., $350,000, (just $31 per
sq.ft.!), by owner, email: OliverZorn@web.de, or fax:
NEW GULFVIEW HOME by Don Meilner & Son Construc-
tion. 3BR/2BA, one block to Gulf. 3019 Ave. E., Holmes
Beach. $349,000.778-3875. www.yourcoolhouse.com.
260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5., Re-
duced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
BAYFRONT ESTATE. Two houses and duplex.
Newly painted and re-roofed. Spectacular view. 109
13th St. S., Bradenton Beach. $825,000. 322-2101.
WATERFRONT LOTS & HOMES. 5 direct waterfront
lots from $149,900 and three waterfront homes from
$299,900 on beach and bay. Won't last long owner
selling out! 800-246-4882.
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HOLMES BEACH CONDO First floor, 2BR/2BA, $195
dues, balcony overlooks mangrove preserve. Two
blocks to Gulf. $148,600. Brokers welcome. 779-9549.
STEPS TO BEACH, 3BR/2BA with pool and garage
in Holmes Beach. Completely remodeled. Great Is-
land getaway or rental. Call Ed Oliveira, A Paradise
Realty, 778-1199 anytime.
CONDO 2BR/2BA. Perfect location close to beaches
and shopping. Complete privacy, overlooking man-
grove through huge picture window. $125,000.
-PERICO BAY CLUB "BEST", just listed. 2BR/2BA
end villa. Beautiful turnkey, furnishings included.
Brick courtyard entry. One-car garage. Mint condi-
tion. Call Marilyn Trevethan for details and viewing.
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
CANALFRONT HOME with pool and bay view. 3BR/
2BA. Asking $369,900. Call Jim Piro, Piro and Asso-
CONDO 2BR/2BA. Perfect location close to beaches
and shopping. Complete privacy, overlooking man-
grove through huge picture window. $125,000.
ISLAND HOME, easy walk to beach. 2BR/2BA, en-
closed porch, den, party room with hot tub, sun
porch, three-car garage plus room to park a large
boat or motor home. Newer appliances, siding, car-
pet, decorating. Well-built house in great shape.
$239,000. Call Yvonne Higgins at 720-3879.
CANALFRONT HOME on really nice lot, 75 by 148,
in Anna Maria. 2BR/1.5BA, one-car garage, lanai,
dock, davits. Extra neat and clean. $279,000. Call
Yvonne Higgins at 720-3879.
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west of Gulf Drive! $239,000. MLS#46564
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vestment opportunity offering excellent re-
turn. Four unit seasonal rental property with
pool and direct Gulf access across the
street. Each unit 2BR/2BA completely re-
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Ready for you to build your dream home!
An approved set of plans are available for
immediate use. Great location and great
price. Seller financing possible. $575,000.
BUILD YOUR ISLAND dream home on this
extra large lot located in the City of Anna
Maria. $125,000. MLS#46405
THE MOST FANTASTIC value for the
money on Anna Maria Island. Fabulous
panoramic open-water views. Thousands of
dollars in lush topical landscaping. 80 ft.
deep-water dockage for your yacht. This
4BR/3BA, 2,800 sq.ft., A/C home had a
two-car garage, pool and is beautifully tiled
throughout. Large new kitchen and wide-
open living area. $685,000. MLS#71532.
VERY UNIQUE direct Gulffront property.
110 ft. on Gulf with two beach cottages.
Super views, great beach, fantastic location
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end villa. Beautiful turnkey furnishings included. Brick
courtyard entry. One-car garage. Mint condition. Call
Marilyn Trevethan for details and viewing. Island Real
PERICO ISLAND second-floor condo. 2BR/2BA,
living/diningroom combo, lanai. Secluded, turnkey
furnished. Recreation center, pool, tennis, etc.
$119,900. Owner, 795-7740.
CONDO, PERICO BAY CLUB, Perico Island.
Beautiful 2BR/2BA, neutral decor, turnkey, excluding
guest bedroom. Very sharp, lake view. $154,900.
Open house Sunday, Feb. 11, lpm-4pm, or by
PERICO BAY CLUB by owner. 2BR/2BA villa,
two-car garage, enclosed lanai, tile floor, excellent
condition. Ready for move-in. For appointment,
(941)918-1280. Will co-op.
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OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
DINE ON YOUR PRIVATE LANAI with pan-
oramic view of the lake and preserve when you
own this generous-sized 2BR condominium in
a secured bayfront community. $184,900. Bob
and Penny Hall, 749-5981. 71067
FABULOUS RIVER LOCATION. End-unit with
fireplace. Balcony access from living room and
master bedroom overlooking the river. Secure
lobby, clubhouse, fitness center, sauna, bil-
liards, pool and much more. $150,000. Van
Bourgois, 744-9495. 72665
1.3 +/- ACRES DIRECTLY ON MANATEE
RIVER. 182 +/- ft. waterfront. Beautiful wooded
property, 3BR/2B residence with studio, fire-
place and a wonderful view of the river.
$599,000. Adjacent property also available for
$599.000. Don Lewis 746-3200. 44506
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DRAMATIC cONTEMPORARY HOME on Anna
Maria Island. Captivating Cun view from this cus-
tom-designed home by renowned archiawct Gene
Leedy. Just steps to white sandy beaches of the
Gulf of Mexico. $999,000. Sandy Drapala 749-5797
or Kathy Marcinko 252-1618. 44232
CANAL HOME with great potential. 2BR/2B.
separate dining room, large Florida/living room
combination. Sliding glass windows open to
screened porch. Boat house with new lift and
davit. $165,000. Van Bourgois, 744-949 -
BEAUTIFULLY RESTOCPC 1920's Spanish,
two-story ,AorD'ot home on over 1/2 acre, situ-
ated on a corner lot. Oak and tile floors, wood-
burning fireplace. Approximately 2,800 sq.ft. of
living area. $299,900. Ruth Lawler, 856-0396 or
Cindy Greco, 794-2714. 72633
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outdoor shower, screened porch, open patio and plenty of room for a pool. Ask-
ing $279,900, Dial Darcie Duncan at 779-0304!
UNDER CONSTRUCTION in Perico Shores! 3BR/3BA contemporary with
approximately, 2,150 sq.ft. of living area. Features include large master suite,
family room, great room, lanai, two-car garage and much more. Floor plan is avail-
able. Asking $325,000. For details Dial Darcie Duncan at 779-0304.
HURRY ONLY three lots left! Perico Shores is a quaint subdivision located on a
lagoon within minutes to the beach. Will build.to suit or choose your own builder.
Surveys available. Home sites range from $79,000-$99,000. For details Dial
Darice Duncan at 779-0304.
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19 Novelist Ephron
20 The rain in Spami
21 Enough, for some
22 Pick up
23 Key material
24 Outlying district.
25 Ginza glower
26 Never, in Nordhausen
27 When the American
Academy of Arts and
Sciences was founded
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32 chi (martial art)
33 Eight in a row?
34 Hands-on defense?
35 Patriot, e.g.
36 Flip side?
38 Sorority letters
39 Social reformer
40 14-Down's warning
41 Some annexes
42 No formal discourse
44 Lift, so to speak
45 Like sleep, ideally
47 Where sharks prowl
50 Linguist Chomsky
51 "The Christmas
52 Mrs. Rabin
54 Winter time: Abbr.
57 Destroyers. in brief
by Jim Page / Edited by Will Shortz
61 Prefix with friendly
62 "Knight, Death and the
63 Local forecast focus
66 Tawny thrush
68 Record's end?
69 Germs may grow in it
71 Blender sound
72 Oklahoma state tree
73 Surprise party admonition
74 Lock producer
75 Took a position in the
76 Scott Turow book
77 Kind of day. month or year
79 Least perturbable
87 "H-owdy!" sayer
88 "Sula" novelist Morrison
89 Big clod
90 Famous getting-off spot
92 "Right as the Rain"
93 P.l., e.g.
94 Stanza alternative
95 Trash can on a desktop, e.g.
98 Yawl look-alike
100 1956 Sinatra song
103 Traveller's rider
104 Tennis's Nastas,e
105 Like Dumas's mask
106 Actress Valli
107 Soul singer Thomas et al.
110 Some srs. take them
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112 Skater, at times
114 Derisive laughs
116 Son ol'Seth
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5 "Harper Valley P.T.A."
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46 1,000-pager, e.g. appointer
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88 Some vacuum tubes
92 Magnet alloy
96 Fraser of tennis
101 Dumas's musketeers,
102 Hate group
108 V-mail address
109 Dict. listing
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