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T Anna Maria
Bench press results, inside.
"The Best News on Anna Maria
By Diana Bogan
Approximately 50 parents attended an
informal meeting last week on the status of
the future Island Middle School, some
with kids in tow, hoping to find out if the
school will become a reality.
Loggerhead Junction, located between
the new Eckerd building and Duffy's Tav-
ern on Manatee Avenue. has been selected
as the site for the new charter school, the
board members announced.
The founding board is still working
through the list of items the Manatee
County School Bo:iidl asked them to com-
plete before it makes a decision on the Is-
land group's application April 2.
The board members announced they
are well on their way to completing all the
requirements needed to fulfill the school
Charter school board members have
completed the incorporation process and
have filed for a nonprofit status with the
state of Florida. The process for the non-
profit status is expected to be completed
by mid-April, which will allow the char-
SEE SCHOOL, NEXT PAGE
A special section this week promoting the eighth annual Tour of Homes
benefits the Anna Maria Island Community Center with proceeds from
advertising sales donated on behalf of the tour by The Islander.
Volume 9, no. 17, March 7, 2001 FREE
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria City is without a vice
mayor. That's the opinion of City Attor-
ney Jim Dye.
Dye issued the opinion late last week
after being asked to research the matter by
Mavor Gary Deffenbaugh.
According to the city charter, "The
mayor shall nominate and the commission
elect a vice mayor who shall serve at the
pleasure of the commission."
:\t the V:cb. 22 mccting. XIa\:or Gary
DeffeInbaugh nominated newly elected
Commissioner Linda Cramer as vice
mayor. When her nomination came to a
vote, Deffenbaugh and Cramer supported
it; Commissioners Jay Hill, John Michaels
and Tom Skoloda opposed it.
There then ensued a discussion about
the charter and who has the right to nomi-
nate the vice mayor. Dye read from the
charter, after which Hill made a motion to
nominate Skoloda as vice mayor.
Michaels seconded the motion. Hill,
SEE VICE MAYOR, NEXT PAGE
Early sea turtle nesting
looming on Anna Maria Island
By Jim Hanson
With the Gulf of Mexico warming up, the sea turtle
nesting season could begin weeks early this year.
Suzi Fox, who holds the state sea turtle preserva-
tion permit for Anna Maria Island, said that early this
week the water along the Island registered 76 degrees
"and loggerhead turtles start laying eggs at 80."
She's ready for them, though, energized by an in-
ternational meeting in Philadelphia and by the enthu-
siasm of her Turtle Watch volunteers. Nesting normally
starts about the first of May, but Anna Maria volunteers
already are walking the Gulf beach alert for any turtle
What they've found in the past few days have been
three "strandings," disabled or dead turtles washed up
on the shore. Two in Bradenton Beach were dead on
arrival, and were buried by city workers.
The third was found Monday in Cortez and was
presumed dead. But when a Turtle Watch volunteer
touched it to paint a red X to identify a corpse in case
it washed out to sea, it raised its head, said Fox.
State specialists trucked it to the Florida Marine
Institute in St. Petersburg, where it he, rather was
still alive and under treatment.
The Philadelphia gathering indicated to Fox that
"we are ahead of most other places in turtle preserva-
tion, especially in protecting turtles during beach
renourishment." Such projects pump sand on the shore,
including turtle nesting places, disturbing the natural
course of incubation.
Fox said she and fellow Islanders Debbie Basilius
and Joann Meinler attended days of workshops on
lighting, strandings, distress permits, public education,
grants, renourishment and the Florida Keys, where a
mysterious disease is killing turtles.
In the courtesy van from the hotel to the airport on
their return journey, she said, she commented to the other
Islanders, "I'm worried that the state won't help with our
lighting problems," and another passenger said:
"Your problems are serious, all right, but where
I'm from in South Africa we don't even have electric-
ity near the sea and people butcher turtles on the
"So," Fox said pensively, "things could be a lot
worse than they are on Anna Maria."
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Big weekend events
Tops on the list this week of things to do
has to be the Tour of Homes and Springfest,
two big attractions to Holmes Beach and Anna
Saturday's home tour patrons may pur-
chase advance tickets for $10 or $12 day of
tour at any of the four homes.
Springfest is a two-day arts and crafts
show, Saturday and Sunday, on the grounds
adjacent to Holmes Beach City Hall and the fire
Monday is the deadline for reservations for
the fourth annual Anna Maria Island St.
Patrick's Day breakfast March 17.
And Monday is the deadline for applica-
tions for the AID Easter food package forms.
Get the application and drop it off from the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
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PAGE 2 N MARCH 7, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
By Jim Hanson
Cortez wants roundabouts considered instead of a left
turn lane in the middle of Cortez Road, but time is becom-
ing its enemy bids on the project are due in July.
The Florida Department of Transportation proposal to
widen the road enough for a left turn lane has aroused fears
of faster traffic, of danger to pedestrians, and of the high-
way crowding private property along its shoulders.
DOT would put in some concrete "pedestrian ref-
uges" to help those walking across the road, expand the
road's shoulders on both sides for sidewalks and bicycle
lanes, perhaps install a traffic signal and crosswalks.
Now Cortezians, through the Cortez Waterfronts
organization, has suggested that instead of a turn lane
the state build roundabouts in the road.
These are widened rings in a road that send ve-
hicles in a half-circle before continuing, designed to
calm traffic. Bradenton Beach has one at Gulf Drive
and Bridge Street.
"The roundabout in Bradenton Beach works well,"
said Janet Hoffman, manager of Waterfronts Cortez.
"There's never been an accident there.
"It's too small, which is a design flaw, but the ones
in Cortez would be larger."
Official Cortez has asked the DOT to consider
roundabouts, and Hoffman said people from the
department's traffic safety and community planning divi-
sions in Tallahassee have agreed to look into it. They are
the same people who designed similar installations at
Mayport, another waterfront community, she said.
It is too early to tell just how it would work in
Cortez or whether it could be done there at all, said a
department spokesman in the Bartow district office.
But a contract for the Cortez Road project, third lane
and all, is to be let in July, a DOT spokesperson said, and
work is tentatively scheduled to begin in October.
Arson suspect arrested
in wake of DeSoto fire
An arson suspect has been arrested in the
wake of a fire Feb. 20 at Desoto National Me-
morial that caused $14,000 worth of damage to
the Living History Camp.
Arris "Bo" Chandler, 19, was arrested
March 2 and charged with second degree arson.
"This was truly a multi-agency cooperative
investigation," said West Manatee Fire & Rescue
Capt. Ernie Cave. Beside the fire department, of-
ficials with the state fire marshal's office, the Na-
tional Park Service, the U.S. Department of the
Interior, Manatee County Sheriffs Office,
Bradenton Police Department and school resource
officers at King Middle School and Manatee High
School were involved in the investigation.
"The residents of the area aided officials by
coming forward with important information,"
School finds a home on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ter school board members to finally sign a lease on
property to house the school.
"We've met with the Loggerhead Junction owner
and we have an agreement on the price and our inten-
tions to use the land," said board member John
The location offers 9,000 square feet and can hold
up to 150 students, he said, and the buildings on the
property are currently set up to accommodate class-
rooms. As the school grows there will be room for ex-
"This option would allow us to occupy one of the
buildings immediately and would offer a campus-style
setting," said Monetti.
The school is set to open in August for sixth- and
seventh-grade classes. In 2002, the school would also
include eighth grade.
"We don't want to pull an eighth grader out of a
Deshay Eurice, Brady Bannigan, Bailey Bannigan and Lindsey George sell a popular item at the Lou
Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship Fund benefit March 3. The four are hawking tie-dye T-shirts with a likeness
of the late Fiorentino. More than 300 people attended the benefit at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
and came away with silent auction gifts ranging from art work to fine wine and fishing trips, even Lou's old
bike that was refurbished by "Critter" Ritter. The benefit raises money to send children to summer camps.
Fiorentino spent much of his time as a Little League umpire and coach until his death four years ago. He was
known as a virtual encyclopedia of baseball. Islander Photo: David Futch
Vice mayor in air in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Michaels and Skoloda voted for the nomination,
Cramer and Deffenbaugh against.
After the meeting, the mayor asked Dye to render
an opinion on whether or not the election of Skoloda
as vice mayor was legal and to put it in writing.
Dye wrote. "In my view, section 3.05 of the char-
ter sets forth the exclusive way for the nomination and
election of the vice mayor. Federal and state law do not
address the election process for vice mayor and I can
find no other discussion of the subject within the char-
ter or in the city's ordinances. Accordingly, section
3.05 controls the nomination and election of the vice
"The charter authorizes only the mayor to nomi-
nate the vice mayor candidate, and in my opinion, that
would hold true even if the first nominee is defeated.
Since I can find no authority for a commissioner nam-
ing a vice mayor candidate, I must state that my opin-
ion is that Commissioner Hill's nomination of Com-
missioner Skoloda and his election was not authorized
by the charter.
"Since the election was not authorized by the char-
ter, the commission should consider the office of vice
mayor as still unfilled until another election can be
held," Dye's letter goes on to say.
The city attorney recommends that Deffenbaugh
name another nominee for vice mayor at the next regu-
lar meeting of the commission on March 8.
Deffenbaugh said Dye's finding did not surprise
school in their last year," said board member Noranne
Student applications are being accepted through
March 30, and resumes are being accepted for teach-
ers, paraprofessionals and the school's administrative
"Earlier we took pre-registration applications to
help us determine community interest for a middle
school," said board member Marlene West. "Anyone
who filled out a pre-registration application needs to
complete the new application to be counted."
If more than 60 applications are received, students
will be selected through a lottery system. There is no
guarantee that Island residency will automatically
qualify for a space in the school, although siblings of
students who are accepted will also be eligible to attend
The school is open to children throughout Mana-
tee County, and transportation will be provided to stu-
dents who live west of 75th Street in Bradenton and
more than two miles from the school, although the
him, because he was sure that was the way the charter
He said he is not sure whose name he will place
into nomination. "I might nominate Linda Cramer
again. I have looked at the charter and the ordinances,
and I can find nothing that says I can't do that. I can
find nothing that says I can, either, but it will be an
entirely different meeting, so I think I can do it. I'm still
deciding," the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Skoloda said he thinks the city
attorney's opinion creates a problem. "The charter is
clear that the vice mayor shall be elected at the next
meeting following the election. This creates a violation
of the charter," Skoloda said.
And in further developments at the beginning of
the week, Hill, who is an attorney, wrote a letter to Dye
disagreeing with the city attorney's opinion.
Hill questions Dye's interpretation that only the
mayor can nominate a vice mayor.
Hill says he thinks if the mayor doesn't nominate
a vice mayor that is acceptable to the commission, then
there is a "vacancy on the commission (that) shall be
filled by the remaining members of the commission."
Hill states in his letter that the charter calls for the
mayor to nominate a vice mayor, but only at the first
regular commission meeting after the city election.
Hill asks Dye to advise him "in writing, at your
earliest possible convenience, what procedure should
have been followed that was not and what procedure
should now be followed."
At press time, Dye was unavailable for further
method of transportation has not been finalized.
In some cases, parents who are willing to drive
their children to school may be reimbursed for mileage.
Teachers in the core curriculum areas of math, sci-
ence, language arts and social studies at the new school
are required to hold an valid Florida teaching certifi-
cate. However, if persons have in interest in teaching
visual and performing arts or elective courses, selection
will be based on experience.
Plans are also being made to work with local organi-
zations such as Turtle Watch, Mote Marine Laboratory
and the Island Players to broaden students' learning.
"We will still follow the county's curriculum
guidelines and provide all the standardized tests," said
Hutchison, "but we also plan to take advantage of our
environment and provide hands-on learning with an
To apply for a position with the school, fax a re-
sume to 778-6582.
For a student application or information, call 778-
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach Boat Rentals has received official
approval to continue to operate on the beach in the 1300
block of Gulf Drive.
Actually, the operation has been in the vicinity for
almost 20 years. However, when owner Ralph Cole
moved from in front of the Tortuga Inn to in front of the
Silver Surf Motel, a new special exception was needed for
his rental business of watercraft and small sailboats.
That approval was unanimously granted last week by
the Bradenton Beach City Commission with Mayor Gail
Cole abstaining due to a conflict of interest Ralph is
Fence may spawn
A pair of lawsuits may be pending in
Bradenton Beach, the result of a fence that en-
croached on the sidewalk at the intersection of
Gulf Drive and Bridge Street.
Patricia Porio of Connecticut and Mark
Shepler of Bradenton Beach both were injured as
they attempted to navigate past the fence, which
was installed to safeguard the public during
demolition of the former Key West Willy's res-
taurant and to protect the construction site.
Porio tripped while walking on Gulf Drive and
injured her nose Feb. 13, according to police reports.
Shepler ran into the fence while on a bicycle
Feb. 20, according to police reports.
Police met with property owner Barbara
Rodocker last week and the fence has been relo-
cated off the sidewalk. However, both Porio and
Shepler have contacted the Florida League of
Cities, Bradenton Beach's liability insurer, and
legal activity is expected in the incidents.
Commissioners granted the special exception to "op-
erate a rental establishment for motorized and non-motor-
ized watercraft from a location other than a marina or
commercial dock." Cole received the OK to rent up to
eight sailboats and eight personal watercraft.
Historically, city commissioners balked at permitting
personal watercraft rentals at the beach, turning down one
application in May 1998 and another in 1994.
Cole bought the business from Everett Butler in 1982,
and has minutes from city commission meetings dating
back to 1980 proving Butler received approval from the
city commission to rent sailboats at the beach at 1401 and
1325 Gulf Drive. Motorized vessel rental began in the
Among the code requirements of the special excep-
tion are no fueling on the beach and no motorized vehicles
used to transport the vessels onto the sand.
An issue that was presented during the planning and
zoning board hearing on the matter apparently will be re-
solved by the city commission in the future. City codes
call for personal watercraft to be a certain length. How-
ever, the watercraft Cole rents are slightly longer than the
Attorney William Galvano, representing Cole, said
the technology of watercraft today has changed from
when the little craft first came on the market: the boats are
bigger and allow more people to ride them now.
"We believe the larger craft are safer," Galvano said.
Commissioners agreed to change the code to accom-
modate the larger craft.
There was no comment from the public on the issue.
One letter on the matter was submitted into the record that
supported the rental business from neighbors Tim and Sue
"This business is not only a boost to the very local-
ized economic area but also is an extremely appropriate
business venture to the local families in the area," they
wrote. "Many families cannot or choose not to invest in
jet skies/sail-type crafts because of the cost of mainte-
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Anna Maria City
March 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
public comment, nomination and appointment of vice
mayor, resolution to request variance from water re-
strictions, special use permit for Sign of the Mermaid
restaurant, renewal fee for special use permit, home oc-
cupational license request by Kevin Hutchinson at 211
Archer Way, line-item budget transfer for records codi-
fication, acceptance of audit, discussion of policies and
procedures for administrative actions, discussion of
prioritized public works projects, status of job descrip-
tions, discussion of public comment prior to adjourn-
ment, discussion on procedure of adjourning meetings
and discussion of elimination 0f building permits for
projects of less than $1,000.
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March 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
March 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
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March 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting followed
by work session.
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Mini.Watergate in Anna Maria resolved amicably
By Laurie Krosney
Well, it wasn't really a full-blown Watergate incident.
There was no break in, no nefarious deeds and dirty tricks,
no evil intent, but there was an audio tape erasure.
It was an innocent mistake, but one that was per-
haps inevitable given the equipment the city uses to
make copies of the official audio tape of meetings.
This tape was from the Feb. 22 meeting, and City
Clerk Alice Baird had several requests for copies.
Baird made copies for everyone on the only equip-
ment she has a dual tape deck-radio on loan from
City Commissioner Tom Skoloda.
"There used to be one we used that was left here by
a previous city clerk. It was so long ago; no one remem-
bers who originally gave it to the city. It finally just
quit. Then Commissioner Skoloda kindly loaned us
his," Baird said.
Skoloda said he originally loaned a professional
dubbing machine to the city, but he needed that at
home, so he loaned but another one.
The machine takes a long time to copy tapes. Baird
said if it is a two hour meeting, it takes two hours to
copy the tape. Then she has to rewind the original and
the copied tapes separately, because only one side of
the tape deck is capable of rewinding.
Deputy City Clerk Diane Percycoe said there are
usually at least two requests for duplicate tapes of the
meetings, but sometimes there are as many as four of
Baird made three duplicate tapes, then put the
original away. Then Commissioner John Michaels
asked for a copy of the meeting tape.
When Baird started to make Michaels' tape from
the original, she realized it had somehow been erased.
"I felt awful," she said. "I think I must have put the tape
in the wrong side. It is so cumbersome, I have been
afraid something like this would happen."
Baird readily accepts responsibility for the acci-
dental erasure, saying she wishes the city had better,
more professional equipment.
In order to provide Michaels with his copy, Baird
checked with the other tape recipients to see if she
could borrow a tape to make a duplicate for the city and
one for Michaels.
But the plot thickens. Both of those tapes were also
It turned out Carol Ann Magill's tape actually had
been recorded. She loaned her tape back to the city and
Baird made copies to fill the other requests and re-
turned Magill's tape to her.
"We really need better equipment," Baird said.
Late last week, with the mayor authorized the pur-
chase of a new $199 recorder that will automatically
make a tape and a backup tape of each meeting.
That way, Baird said, the city will just put away
one of the tapes so nothing can happen to it. The other
can be used for making duplicates.
And that's the story of the almost mini-Watergate
in Anna Maria City.
... while dissension continues over Anna Maria meeting minutes
By Laurie Krosney
Another chapter has been added to the ongoing
saga of getting the minutes of Anna Maria City Com-
mission meetings approved.
Commissioners voted to postpone acceptance of
the minutes from the Jan. 25 meeting after Commis-
sioner Jay Hill raised questions about their accuracy.
"I think items in the minutes appear to be out of
order," Hill said, referring to the section of the minutes
under "Old Business" dealing with the purchase of two
Hill noted that the minutes refer to some discussion
of the issue after the vote on the purchase was taken -
something that would not normally occur. "My recol-
lection was that those comments occurred after the
motion, but before the vote," Hill said.
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after the vote has been taken."
Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone ap-
proval of the minutes until Baird has a chance to listen to
the taped recording of the meeting to verify in what order
the motion, the comments and the vote occurred.
There has been ongoing controversy regarding the
minutes of the commission meetings. Members of the
commission and the public have questioned the accu-
racy of the minutes in the past. There were questions
about why the minutes didn't reflect everything that
was said during the meetings.
In an effort to lay the issue to rest, Baird ordered a set
of verbatim minutes from the Jan. 11 meeting.
Deputy City Clerk Diane Percycoe prepared the
41 -page transcript at a cost of $294.21.
Percycoe also prepared a six-page version of min-
utes of the meeting of the type normally prepared by
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commission at the Feb. 8 meeting.
Percycoe explained that the minutes are normally
prepared in accordance with "Roberts Rules of Order,"
which is to record motions and the names of the people
who seconded motions.
"Then you are supposed to focus on recording the
action, avoiding detail that is not really relevant to the
action," Percycoe explained at the Feb. 8 meeting.
The original controversy over minutes arose follow-
ing the Nov. 9 meeting during which Commissioner Hill
and resident Edward Rost say Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh
and then-Commissioner Bob Barlow "admitted" viola-
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At the Feb. 8 meeting, the commission voted to order
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Anna Maria postmaster going' fishing'
By Laurie Krosney
Ron Smith, who spent his last day as Anna Maria's
postmaster March 2, isn't sure just what he'll do next,
but he's sure that come each workday morning, he
won't be setting his alarm to get up at 5 a.m.
That's the time Smith got up each morning for the
last 13 years so he could be on the road by 6 a.m. from
his home in Thonotosassa to Anna Maria City.
"I won't believe it until I wake up Monday morn-
ing," he said.
Smith said for the immediate future, he plans to
work on the "punch list" his wife made for him. The list
is an itemization of what she wants him to do to pol-
ish off a recent remodeling job to their house.
Then this summer, Smith said he plans to be spend-
ing a lot of time with his 13-year-old son going fishing '
We both love to fish, and we love to fish together,"
One of their favorite places to throw out their lines
is on the Anna Maria City Pier and on the Island's
beaches. "We'll be coming here a lot," he said.
Smith's in-laws Bill and Elnora Worth live in Anna
Maria, so Smith said his family will be on the Island
often for visits.
After the summer fishing season is over and his son
returns to school, Smith said he's not sure what he'll
do. "I might get a job at Home Depot," he said. "I'm
there all the time anyway."
Smith said he thinks of himself as a handyman, and
he has to go to Home Depot "to support my habit." He
said he might also go back to school and get certified
to service computers.
Smith is hanging it up after 30 years with the postal
service. He began working there as a "contract laborer"
while he was an undergraduate student at the Univer-
sity of South Florida. He stayed on while he completed
his master's degree in political science.
After that, Smith said he decided to become a ca-
reer employee. "It wasn't what I had originally planned
to do," Smith said, "but I found I really liked the work,
so I decided to make it a career."
Wednesday, Feb. 28, found Smith standing near a
festive table in the post office lobby at a reception thrown
for him by his clerks, Judy Adams, Gail Husbands and
Ruth Koci. There was punch and cookies, a banner wish-
ing Smith a happy retirement and balloons.
He donned a hat given to him by his colleagues that
said, "Retired. No work required."
Since there is no home delivery of mail in Anna Maria
City, a steady stream of Anna Maria residents dropping in
for their mail and to offer congratulations to Smith.
One of the most-asked questions was "Do they
know yet who your replacement is?"
Smith said Joe Petruzzo, a supervisor with the
Bradenton Beach Post Office, would serve in the in-
terim. A permanent replacement should be named in
about six weeks, he said.
Smith said he knows everyone who applied for the
position. "They are all good people," he said.
Another frequently asked question was, "What will
you do with yourself?" Smith's most frequent answer
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ter Ron Smith retired
last week after 13
g years on the job. He
spent most of the day
at the reception in his
Feb. 28, in the post
office lobby. Here, he
holds up an Islander T-
shirt, one of his many
was, "I'm goin' fishing. "
When asked if he would miss Smith, part-time resi-
dent Bill Ogden, a regular visitor here six months a year
for the past 16 years, replied, "Absolutely. The main
reason is that he keeps rein on the three blind mice."
Ogden said that's his affectionate term for the three
postal clerks in Anna Maria.
Resident Tom Turner stopped by to wish Smith
well, saying, "I hate to see you leave. We work pretty
Turner explained he had worked with Smith on a
committee exploring front-door mail delivery. "We ran
a poll on it, and ended up remodeling the old post of-
fice and then building this new one," Turner said.
As more and more people approached Smith and
told him, "Congratulations" and "We'll miss you," the
longtime postmaster finally admitted he was feeling a
Smith said he wanted to thank the people of Anna
Maria for "making my tour very enjoyable."
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Burp! Have a good time
at this weekend's fun
We've been filled to overflowing with folks in re-
cent weeks. This weekend will task our temperaments
- or transmissions for those who bravely venture
upon Gulf Drive.
Hey, it's a big weekend for Anna Maria Island.
Springfest in Holmes Beach offers arts, crafts,
music and food on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tour of Homes to benefit the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center will be Saturday, with four
homes spread from Key Royale to Anna Maria.
The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and
Chorus will perform at Island Baptist Church in Anna
And, of course, if the weather is as good as it has
been in the past few weeks barring Sunday's short-
lived front and resulting mercury dip we'll have all
the usual beachgoers out for a frolic on the sand.
Oh, and don't forget the already-at-capacity Island
accommodations due to the usual winter visitors and
All this means that this is going to be a congested
weekend for Islanders.
So, hey! Relax! Don't be in a hurry!
A colleague pointed out not too long ago that we
have the area all to ourselves for months and months.
Sure, our summer season has picked up and people are
starting to fill our roads, shops and restaurants in the
summer as well as winter, but we've pretty much got
the Island to ourselves for a pretty long time.
Our merchants, hoteliers, restaurateurs and others
who are not yet retired actual working folks need
those extra people to pack our roads now to make it
through the drier, tighter times.
If you're grumpy while sitting through innumer-
able traffic signal cycles without getting through the
intersection, or tired of waiting in line to get into a fa-
vorite store or restaurant, think what would happen if
we didn't' have this sudden influx of people for a few
No favorite store.
No favorite restaurant.
Call it a trade-off we accommodate the visitors
for a few months out of the year, they accommodate the
needs of our business friends for the rest of the year.
With our help, of course.
As Jack Egan's cartoon points out, we are bulging
at the middle at this time of the year.
We can always wait 'til summer to shed excess
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weight and bask in the sun.
Enjoy the weekend's festivities, and don't worry
After all, you can make life easier this weekend by
bicycling away the gridlock blues and the pounds at the
Thanks, Anna Maria
I've lived in Bradenton Beach for quite a few
years. This ugly duckling of a city is developing into
a beautiful swan. There was, however, a period of
time that the Bradenton Beach City Council (now
commission) was frequently the lead-off headline in
our weekly paper.
Now, Anna Maria has taken over that role. I'm
writing to encourage you, the Anna Maria City Com-
mission, to keep picking at each other. The more
mean things you can say about each other, the more
headlines you can claim. It won't do much for your
city, but we in Bradenton Beach are happy to have
you making the headlines for a change.
We're happy to live in your shadow.
John Sandberg, Bradenton Beach
'YouthArt 2001 kudos
The art show for young folk, "YouthArt 2001,"
held at the Pines Trailer Park recreation hall as a fea-
ture of the Bridge Street Festival, drew an audience
of over 300 persons. Five schools plus the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts participated in the event that
included cardboard sculpture, pottery, papier-mache,
pointillism, pen and ink, watercolor and oils. Art
works of 170 students were displayed.
Comments such as "Wow," "I'm envious" and
"There are a lot of good kids out there" were heard
from enthusiastic viewers. One cardboard sculpture
of an airplane realistically created by a teenager
caused a World War II pilot to remark, "I flew a
plane just like that during the war."
All artists, including 97 from Anna Maria El-
ementary School, received either a blue ribbon or a
This show was made possible by the cooperation
of Susan Swanson of Bayshore High School, Sue
Perry of the Electa Lee Middle School, Brad
Ballanger of Sugg Middle School, Kathy Howard of
Moody Elementary School, Tracy Raesel of the AMI
Elementary School and Mary Maza of the Longboat
Members of the arts committee who contributed
time and effort were Larry Smith, Henry Drescher,
Dorothy Gilvear, Hazen Hunter, Frances Roche,
George Sinclair, Josie Freshwater and the Pines
Trailer Park Association.
General chairman Wanda Sloan deserves kudos
for encouraging this cultural event as an important
part of the Bridge Street Festival. Donations to
"YouthArt 2001" were given to the Tingley Memo-
rial Library fund.
Frances Roche, Bradenton Beach
Another odd ticket
comes from Anna Maria City
This is in support of Edna Busselle, who was
shocked to receive a parking ticket in the City of Anna
Maria. 1 recently had a similar experience. When I fi-
nally found someone at the police station to question,
I was told my wheels were on the pavement.
Where do these strange laws come from?
Shouldn't they be posted?
It's apparent the police target any area where there
is an activity that requires parking. It's too bad that the
business owners, etc., will suffer the consequences.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but there's no
excuse for ignorant laws, either.
A Sullivan, Hohnes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 7, 2001 0 PAGE 7
Island's Longboat traffic
The bumper stickers read "Longboat, get a bridge!"
My window is exactly 104 feet from SR 789 right of way,
and as I write, northbound Longboat traffic has been
bumper to bumper moving at 5 mph for many hours.
This afternoon's bike ride to Leffis Key revealed it
solid, out of sight across Longboat Pass Bridge, and it's
been this way most of the day for many days. Everyone
is creeping toward Cortez Bridge and the mainland.
About eight years ago, as one of 22 delegates, I rep-
resented our Island on a seminar sponsored by the
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
and Florida Department of Transportation entitled the
"charrette." At a cost to the taxpayers of $50,000 it was
designed to last eight hours to consider another bridge to
serve Longboat Key. Even then Cortez Bridge was han-
dling more than 20,000 vehicles per day in season and the
described traffic chaos was horrific.
Having flown for Mote Marine, attended some 40
bridge replacement events and traveled and researched/
studied megabridges through NOAA and the Hurricane
Center, I attempted to make Island best interests known.
Fundamentally it was implied I should sit down and shut
Obviously the "charrette" was established with a pre-
determined conclusion. A paid speaker, a naturalist, how-
ever, with the aid of a blackboard used $3,600 worth of
time to identify 27 species of seabirds to be adversely af-
fected by any additional bridge.
The conclusion: "Another bridge to Longboat is not
needed. The subject may be reconsidered in five years."
The title, colloquially, became "charade" and with ever-
worsening conditions for eight years, reconsideration has
Now to be pondered is the project to turn SR 70 into
a mid-state Alligator Alley. So what is to happen when all
those east coast visitors come across to look at our Gulf
beaches and reach 53rd Avenue and 75th Street West? But
of course! They will come through Cortez, through
Bradenton Beach and add another 500,000 vehicles to our
annual vehicular chaos.
DOT should get real and look into the only location
where bay bottom would probably not incur the wrath of
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection due
to massive seagrass destruction, and which would indi-
rectly serve Coquina Beach, north Longboat Key and all
those who will invade via SR 70.
It will also allow our two bridges to remain at levels
where hurricane evacuations can continue safely, rather
than become entrapments by wind-closed, 83-foot-high
The primary necessity, however, is to replace politi-
cal objectivity with realism.
Jim Kissick, Bradenton Beach
Dog beach meeting is suggested
The following letter is addressed to the mayor and
commissioners of Anna Maria City:
At various times, members of our community require
special considerations. These could be health-related,
parking-related or a variety of other issues.
There are some members of our community that re-
quire that special consideration now. They don't pay taxes
or vote, but they are still members of the community,
Perhaps there are a few of us that think they should
be left in cages or perhaps used for medical experimen-
tation and research. These are few in number and for that
I am grateful.
Because of our superior intelligence and ability, we
have a sacred responsibility to those affected by our ac-
tions. We are custodians of our world, so to speak.
The people who have chosen to take that responsibil-
ity a step further and give of their time, energy and re-
sources to guarantee that some of these creatures have a
decent chance to survive should applauded, not criticized.
And all that can be done to aid them in this extended re-
sponsibility should be undertaken without hesitation.
I urge you, my elected officials, to take the right and
just course of action and allow a small swimming area for
dogs in Anna Maria.
Secondly, with all due respect to Dr. Cella, I find no
evidence that pollution of any bay can be blamed directly
on dog feces. Dogs don't defecate in the water birds
and fish do. Dogs don't urinate in the water-people do.
I have conferred with Mote Marine Laboratory,
Manatee County Health Department and Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection and no studies can point
to dogs as a specific cause of bacteriological contamina-
tion. Dogs play a very small part, if any. Most point to
water runoff, lack of tidal action and drainage capacity. It
is, in their opinion, a combination of rain water, storm
sewers, sewer leaks, fish, birds, lizards, other marine life,
raccoons, pesticides, people, and possibly dogs.
Extensive studies with DEP, etc., would have to be
conducted to prove or disprove the most likely culprits.
But, since there were high readings only three times -
these after huge rain storms and during large wave action
that resulted in the stirring up of the sandy bottom of the
bay we would conclude that something other than dogs
is the major villain.
Thirdly, in their opinion, the area we are considering
has a much better tidal flow and does not present the prob-
lems of the shallow and slow-draining Palma Sola Bay
that Dr. Cella refers to. Therefore, none of these contami-
nants would be a factor, regardless.
Fourth point: To assuage those that feel we would be
overrun by dogs from other areas, I have received the as-
sistance of two persons from Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach that have begun a course of action in
their areas for a dog beach.
I feel we have addressed all concerns adequately and
that it is time to move forward with a plan to establish a
dog beach just south of Bayfront Park for our four-footed,
non-voting, non-taxpaying dependent citizens.
If further discussion is deemed necessary, I suggest a
town meeting with the experts from the county and state
available to consult, so all citizens can have a chance to
ask questions,bring up concerns and offer suggestions.
Cindyv Moller, Anna Maria City
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Springfest extravaganza this weekend on Island
Springfest, a spectacular annual festival of fine arts
and crafts, will bring its 2001 edition to the field at Holmes
Beach City Hall Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11.
More than 100 artists from around the U.S. and
Canada are lined up to participate in this juried show from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are
free in the 5900 block of Marina Drive.
It's a family affair with live animals, live music con-
tinuously on stage and a large food court, in addition to
rows and rows of the arts and crafts booths.
Many of the live animals will be part of exhibits by
community organizations that include wildlife, historical
and environmental organizations.
Music will be by the Anna Maria Island String Band
and Rock Bottom.
Art works donated by participating artists will be
raffled, with tickets available at the hospitality booth for
$1 each or $5 for six. Proceeds will go to sponsoring Anna
Maria Art League's scholarship fund, which provides free
art classes for youngsters and adults of the Island. Raffle
winners need not be present to win.
Judges are two artists from the Ringling School of Art
and Design faculty: Larry Gorgard, professor of drawing,
and Mark Anderson, professor of drawing and sculpture.
They are judging entries in 12 media competing for
$2,400 worth of cash prizes. Top prizes are $400 for best
in show in two-dimensional and in three-dimensional art.
First prizes in the same categories will bring the artists
This festival is paired with December's Winterfest to
fund the art league. In addition to the free art classes for
children and adults, festival funds underwrite the league's
center at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
... with 'Messiah' presentation Sunday at Island Baptist Church
Starring some familiar names, the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel's
"Messiah" on the Island Sunday, March 11.
The Easter portion, parts II and III of the beloved ora-
torio, will be sung and played at the Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City, starting at 2 p.m.
Admission is free, seating first-come, first-served.
George Frideric Handel, an Englishman bor in Ger-
... and antiques/art shop hurries to open for home tour
Owners of the Museum antiques and art outlet in
Anna Maria City are working virtually around the
clock to get their new shop open for the Tour of Homes
Saturday, March 10.
Ed and Florence Hall, newly wed and newly in
business here, said famed marine artist Michael Keane
is to be at the Museum on opening day. Twenty-nine
of Keane's paintings are hanging on the Museum's
walls awaiting the opening.
Being carefully wrestled into place in the shop are
rare pieces of English and early New England antique
furniture, Ed Hall said. Some are from the collection he
has assembled over 40 years, some are being brought
in especially for the opening.
The shop will donate to the Tour of Homes 10 per-
cent of all sales Saturday.
For a couple of weeks the Museum will do busi-
ness by appointment 779-0273 and then it will
have regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. five or six
days a week. It is above the new Post Office at 101
South Bay Blvd.
Artist Keane has to struggle through the East's
winter storm to be here for the big day, Hall said.
Keane drew his first picture at age 4 of a boat. He
hasn't slowed since.
His works won for him the appointment as official
artist for Operation Sail 2000, a gathering of tall ships.
His original works and limited edition prints have been
in museum exhibitions, especially along the United
many, composed the masterpiece in two weeks while liv-
ing in Ireland.
Maestro Alfred Gershfeld will direct the performance.
Gershfeld is a violinist and teacher who lived in this area
until going to Miami to be professor of conducting and
director of orchestras at the New World School of the Arts.
Chorus master of the large singing aggregation, which
will bear much of the responsibility for the presentation,
will be James Forssell.
Soloists will be Lorraine Murphy Sheeler, Douglas
Renfroe, William Kelley, and Martha DiPalmo.
Sheeler is Sarasota's leading soprano and a frequent
soloist with the Key Chorale. She works extensively in
sacred music, opera, operetta and dinner theater.
Renfroe has lent his deep bass voice to such presti-
gious entities as the Boston Opera, Carnegie Hall and Lin-
coln Center, is a soloist with the Key Chorale and has
taken tour recitals to Germany, France and many parts of
this continent. Tenor Kelley and alto DiPalma are perma-
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Islanders face lower emergency survival rates
By Laurie Krosney
If you have a heart attack or a stroke on the Island,
your chances of survival may be diminished by a traf-
That's the word from Anna Maria Commissioner
Jay Hill after attending the Manatee County Council of
Governments meeting at the Civic Center in Bradenton
Hill and the rest of the Anna Maria commissioners
attended the meeting and then each attended break-out
sessions. Hill was in the session on fire and emergency
"We can be proud of the people who deliver those
services. They are as dedicated a group as you will ever
find," Hill said.
Hill said one of the things he came away with was
the jeopardy people on the Island are in when they are
stricken with a life-threatening situation.
"There are well-known statistics on the length of
time a person can survive a stroke or heart attack be-
fore they get to the hospital. The longer it takes to get
the patient to the hospital, the less chance there is the
person will survive," Hill said.
"With more and more traffic clogging our roads, it
is more and more difficult for emergency personnel to
get us off the Island."
Newly elected officers of the
Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island are, left to
right, Bill Tester, vice .
president and president- '
elect; Phyllis Bohnenberger,
secretary; Robinson "Skv"
King, president; Larry
Cory, treasurer; and past
i' ohnenberger, president of
the club's foundation.
Hill said the officials in the session looked at ways
to resolve this issue.
They came up with two ways, according to Hill.
The first is to upgrade the level of paramedics who care
for people on the Island.
"Manatee County holds the license to deliver emer-
gency care," Hill said. "There are several grades or
levels of training for paramedics. We'd have the high-
est level, so they could deliver the best care in the time
it takes to get us to the hospital."
"We have the potential of the Arvida development
on Perico Island and the effect of the added traffic in
a hurricane evacuation, but the bigger impact is the
increase in the number of people, a little at a time, who
die because they did not survive a heart attack or a
stroke because they couldn't get to the hospital in
time," he added.
Hill said he feels it is very important to do every-
thing that can be done to increase the chances of sur-
vival in the event of a life-threatening health emer-
The assignment of the highest level of emergency
medical technicians to the Island should be complete
in about a year, according to Hill.
Hill said the second thing people attending the fire
and emergency meeting decided would help would be
to equip local police departments with automatic
"This would cost something, but it is something we
should look into for the next budget year," Hill said.
"Anything that would add to the survivability of
people on the Island should be done."
Other commissioners attended the meeting as well.
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda said he found it fascinat-
ing to learn that there are only six cities in Manatee
County, and three of them are on the Island.
Skoloda said he attended the meeting on density,
building height and urban sprawl.
"Each city needs to have a vision of what it wants
itself to be in the future. Some cities see themselves
growing, annexing surrounding territory and building
high rises. Others see themselves remaining as commu-
nities of single-family homes," Skoloda said.
Commissioner John Michaels said he attended the
same session as Skoloda and came away with a respect
for what County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann
does for Anna Maria. "I am much impressed with her.
I think she will be more accessible than the represen-
tative we had previously," Michaels said.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh attended the session on
emergency preparedness. He said the commission
needs to get into the issue during the next two or three
"We need to get the county out here to explain,"
Deffenbaugh said. "Apathy sets in when we have few
storms that don't amount to much, and people decide
they might as well stay home."
The mayor said, "There are several things we are
mandated to do that we haven't been doing, and we
need to get prepared."
Commissioner Linda Cramer attended the session
with Deffenbaugh. "I enjoyed the session and found it
quite enlightening," she said.
"I'm concerned about our evacuation plan. I think
we need to have the county come and explain its plan
to us," Cramer said. "I am looking forward to partici-
All the commissioners agreed the workshop had
been a worthwhile.
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Deadline for St. Patrick's
breakfast reservations Monday
The "absolute deadline" is Monday, March 12, for
reservations for the fourth annual Anna Maria Island
St. Patrick's Day breakfast.
Don Maloney of the sponsoring Ancient Order of
Hibernians said all previous breakfasts "have been sell-
outs, with many turned away." For that reason, he said,
only paid reservations will be accepted.
The $5.50 ticket covers the whole affair, he said,
and payment should be sent to wife Sarah Maloney,
615 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach FL 34217. She also
has complete information at 778-4865.
The breakfast will be when else? Saturday,
March 17. Irish stories will be plentiful and a perfor-
mance by the Island Irish Ceili Dancers is planned.
Held at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach, the 9:15 a.m. breakfast will feature
scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, Danish, and cof-
fee or tea.
The main event of the morning will be naming of
the Anna Maria Island Irishman of the Year, who will
join those in honor named in previous years, the Priva-
teers, Pat Geyer and Hugh Holmes Sr.
Deadline Monday for AID Easter
food package forms
People who need an Easter food package from the
All Island Denominations SHARE program must ap-
ply by Monday evening, March 12.
Completed applications are due at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, said Jeanne Maschek of
AID. The forms may be obtained at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
SHARE is Self Help And Resource Exchange, a
nationwide private nonprofit organization whose pro-
grams bring savings in food and medicine. AID partici-
pates at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Island organization pays $14 as its share of the
large package of food for each needy family, said
Maschek. The packages will be distributed at the Cen-
ter between 9 and 11 a.m. March 24. Easter is April 15
For more information, call 778-1908.
Island Branch Library sets
programs through March
Events from family storytime to origami to a book
sale fill the March calendar at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
On display at the library all month is a mixed-me-
dia exhibit by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
and Zoe Van Averkamp.
On Monday, March 12, 19 and 26, from 5 to 7:45
p.m., assistance will be given free by VITA experts to
taxpayers filling out their income tax forms.
On Tuesday, March 13, 20 and 27, from I to 4
p.m., a veterans service officer will interview clients by
appointment, arranged through 749-3030.
Tuesday, March 13, at 1 p.m., Jane Morse, master
gardener with the Manatee County Extension Service,
will speak in the Friends of the Library's Focus on
Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 7 p.m.,
will be Family Storytime for young and old.
Thursday, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., the American Association of Retired Persons
will give tax assistance free of charge.
Friday, March 9, 16, 23 and 30, from I to 4 p.m.,
VITA will offer its free tax service.
Saturday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., a class in origami art is offered.
Saturday, March 24, at 2:30 p.m., Jim Hyndman
will present "England's Beautiful Countryside" in his
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.
Minnesotans getting organized
A reunion of all Minnesotans on the Gulf Coast is
being organized for 12:30 p.m. March 16 at the Moose
Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Anyone
interested in attending is to make reservations at 778-
Meet the artists
This bronze sculpture by Kimber will premiere at an
opening reception at 3 p.m. March 10 when the
public is invited to meet the artists for the "Secret
Garden" show at Anna Maria's L'Attitude Gallery.
Sculpture garden opening
Showing from March 10-24 at Anna Maria's
L'Attitude Gallery is "Secret Garden," featuring bronze
sculptures by Kimber.
A new sculpture garden, which has taken the place
of the outdoor loading dock at the old Anna Maria Post
Office behind the main gallery, will debut at an open-
ing reception to meet the artists March 10 from 3 to 6
The "Secret Garden" will also feature work by
Marlo Bartels, Whitmore Boogaerts, Paul Braun,
Russell Vogt, John Turula and others.
The gallery and garden, located at 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 1 I a.m. to 3 p.m. on
For more information, call 779-1600.
'Creating a Florida Yard' topic
of library program Tuesday
Jane Morse will detail "Creating a Florida Yard"
at the sixth of the season's program series at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, at
3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13.
She is an agent for the Manatee County Extension
Service and manages the county's Master Gardener
program. She has overseen the Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program, and is "interested in promot-
ing environmentally friendly Island horticulture."
She has produced presentations for local, national
and international medical conferences.
The program, sponsored by Friends of the Island
Branch Library, is free and open to the public. Tickets
are not necessary, with seating on a first-come, first-
served basis. Details may be obtained at 778-6341.
St. Patrick dinner dance
planned at St. Bernard
Tickets are available now for a St. Patrick's Day
dinner dance at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, on March 17.
The $12 tickets are being sold after each mass, or
may be arranged by calling 778-4769. The dinner
dance will be in the church's activity center.
Live music will be featured. Home-cooked corned
beef and cabbage will be served, along with beer and
Cruise to Cozumel being raffled
Tickets are on sale now for the raffle of a four-
night cruise for two to Cozumel, Mexico, by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
The cruise, donated by Regal Cruises, will be April
12 to 16. Tickets at $10, three for $25, are available
from any chamber member or at the chamber office,
5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The drawing will take place at the chamber office
on March 28. Further information may be obtained by
THE ISLANDER N MARCH 7, 2001 0 PAGE 11
Longboat chapel's annual
spring sale Saturday
The Longboat Island Chapel's annual spring sale,
a tradition on Longboat Key, will be from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Admission is free, there's plenty of parking space,
and "bargains galore" are promised by the sale's orga-
nizing committee. Proceeds will be donated to local
Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and
lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A bake sale is sched-
uled in conjunction with the sale and food service.
For sale will be clothing, linens, books, paintings,
furniture, housewares, electrical appliances and crafts.
Further information may be obtained by calling 383-
Bloodmobile on Island
The Manatee County Bloodmobile will be back on
the Island Monday, March 12, to receive blood dona-
tions at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The mobile clinic will be
there from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Details may be obtained
Pancake breakfast Sunday
at St. Bernard church
A pancake breakfast is planned from 8 to 11 a.m.
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and
coffee are on the menu for $2.50 for adults, $1 for chil-
dren. Baked goods will also be offered for sale. Details
are available at 778-4769.
Butterfly group to hear
of monarchs, caterpillars
The Manasota Chapter-North American Butterfly
Association will hear Gil Daigneau discuss migrating
monarch butterflies, how to raise caterpillars and mak-
ing a carrying case for a chrysalis at a meeting at 2 p.m.
Sunday. March 1 1, at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Daigneau is owner of Go Native Plants in Lakeland
and a butterfly expert. Everyone is welcome at the
meeting. Further information may be obtained by call-
Dixieland to Duke
coming to key in jazz concert
Promising jazz from Dixieland to Duke Ellington,
"Duke's Dud6s" will bring music to Longboat Key in
a concert/lecture from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday,
The affair will be at the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts, 6890 Longboat Drive, admission $10 for
members of the center and $12 for non-members. Tick-
ets may be obtained at the center or by calling 383-
Performing Tuesday will be veterans of the musi-
cal world who have played with such luminaries as the
Duke himself, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton,
Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic and others.
They are Buster Cooper, trombone; John Lamb,
bass; John Laporta, saxophone and clarinet; Werner
Lutz, trumpet and fluegelhorn; Johnny Varro, piano;
and Al Hixon, drums.
Mullet fisherman memorial
being developed for Cortez
The artist has been chosen, the design provi-
sionally worked out and the money in hand for
the monument to Cortez commercial fishermen
who have died at sea.
Waterfronts Florida, a state agency, has con-
tributed $25,000 to the project and its subsidiary
Cortez Waterfront organization is putting to-
gether matching funds, mainly from Manatee
County and in-kind contributions.
A subcommittee of Cortez Waterfronts se-
lected John Ward from among the three final
contending artists to create the memorial. He is
working on a model now at his Georgia studio,
said Cortez Waterfronts Manager Janet Hoffman.
The concept is for a bronze creation of a
Cortez fisherman bringing in mullet in a net.
Mullet was the main contributor to the Cortez
economy for a century or more. A statewide ban
on gillnetting ended that phase of Cortez' life in
The monument is to be erected on the public
right of way where 123rd Street Court runs into
the water between the A.P. Bell and Star fish
Off Stage Ladies meet
The Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers theatrical troupe, will have a luncheon meeting at
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March.14, at the Bradenton
Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Res-
ervations may be made with and further information
obtained from Roberta Barner at 761-1599.
Jackson will be speaker
at meeting of guild
Brenda Jackson will discuss and demonstrate how
to present artwork at the meeting of the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
The public meeting will be at the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jackson is owner of Phoenix Frame Shop, which is
celebrating its 10th anniversary. She will give guide-
lines on how members may "make the most of their
artwork for their own pleasure and to sell." Details are
available at 778-6694.
Pottery, old Chinese study
at Longboat workshops
A workshop in the ancient Chinese practice of feng
shui is scheduled in March at the Longboat Key Cen-
ter for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive.
Feng shui will be taught from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, by Katrine Karley. It is described
as "the ancient Chinese involving common-sense de-
sign principles for harmonious placement and color in
homes or businesses."
For information on fees and enrollment, call 383-
Shell club meets Thursday
The Sarasota Shell Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 8, at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy. on City Island, off the south ramp of
the New Pass Bridge. Details are available at 739-0908.
Amanda K. Arndt
Amanda K. Arndt, 74, of Anna Maria, died
Born in Wurzburg, Germany, Mrs. Arndt came
to Manatee County from Newport News, Va., in
1995. She was a librarian for 20 years in Eustis, Va.
She was a member of the German American Society,
Services and burial will be in Hampton, Va. Me-
morial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239.
Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Barbara L. of
Bradenton and a grandchild.
Betty Johnson, 82, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Evanston, Ill., Ms. Johnson came to Mana-
tee County from Dallas, Texas, in 1999. She was a re-
tail manager. She was Protestant.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA of
Manatee County Inc., 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton
FL 34209. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
'She is survived by daughter Dorothy Suca of
Longboat Key; son Bruce of Crown Point, Ind.; sis-
ter Ruth Wills of San Diego, Calif.; and four grand-
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Birdie Tebbetts Field opening ceremony March 17
The long-awaited Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Beach is set for a grand opening March 17 from noon
to 2 p.m.
The new field is ready for play, complete with
new bleachers and team dugouts. Yet to come is a
scoreboard, scorebox and
some details to be worked
out, such as providing a
Tebbetts family mem-
bers will be on hand for ,'.
the festivities, including
the unveiling of a new sign
with the likeness of Birdie
Tebbetts, former major Tebbetts
league baseball player and
Cincinnati Reds manager who was once.National
League manager of the year.
The sign features a likeness of Tebbetts that
originally graced the cover of Time magazine on
July 8, 1957. It is being paid for with a generous do-
nation from Anna Maria resident and Tebbetts friend
The Islander newspaper-sponsored grand opening
event will include a ribbon-cutting for the field with
Tebbetts' three daughters and son and their families,
Dolphins, whales will be
discussed in Mote program
Two senior biologists at Mote Marine Laboratory
will discuss dolphins and whales in the Monday Night
at Mote series to be presented at 7 p.m. March 12.
The program will be in the Martin-Selby Science
Education Center on the Mote campus, 1600 Ken Th-
ompson Pkwy. on City Island, off the south ramp of the
New Pass Bridge.
"Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico"
will be the topic of Dr. Robert Griffin.
"The Mystery of Dwarf and Pygmy Sperm
Whales" will be explored by Dr. Nelio Barros.
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Four Islanders sing Irish in
annual show at MCC
Four Anna Maria Island men will join in the
St. Patrick's season salutes when the Gulf Coast
Barbershop Chorus presents "It's a Great Day for
the Irish" Saturday, March 10.
The program will be at 2 p.m. at Neel Audito-
rium on the Manatee Community College campus,
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Singers from the Island will be Charley
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Tebbetts joined the 1934 Detroit Tigers as a
catcher, replacing the legendary Mickey Cochrane be-
hind the plate.
He played 16 seasons with the Tigers, Boston Red
Sox and Cleveland Indians.
He'd spent a lifetime in baseball and collected
memorabilia he knew would be worth something to his
children when he passed on.
When all the bidding was done last year through
Mastro Fine Sports Auctions, his children found out
just how valuable his collection was.
The autographed baseballs, World Series rings,
photographs, jackets, bats, hats and the rest of his col-
lection fetched more than $272,000.
For lots of Islanders, for whom Birdie generously
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baseball field, and,
Whereas Birdie Tebbetts, a 60-year member of major-league baseball, contributing to the sport
as a player, manager and scout, and having been recognized for his last professional scout-
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Island city staff to be involved with emergency readiness
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Island officials are moving toward a unified plan
for the Island's emergency operations center.
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District Chief Andy
Price presented the Island Emergency Operations Cen-
ter representatives with an operation plan he wrote al-
most three years ago and the group discussed plans to
update the information.
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby said he
developed a plan for his city based on the one that
Longboat Key uses. He says he is currently in the pro-
cess of revising it, but that he would give copies to the
other Island cities if they want to use it as a foundation.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole stressed the
need for "one unified plan."
New business on Island
offers pet services plus
A new business organized around pets and prop-
erty has been established on Anna Maria Island, offer-
ing pet-sitting and other services to property owners
The business is owned by Jane and Steve Futch,
who boast an aggregate of 54 years' experience with
Publix supermarkets. They said they serve Anna Maria
Island, Longboat Key and western Manatee County.
The pet service includes daily or twice-daily vis-
its to take care of cats, dogs, birds or exotic pets, plus
Property services are checking homes in the owner's
absence for plumbing, plants, air conditioning, water
heater and refrigeration inspection, security and pool.
They offer 'welcome home services' as well, seeing
to it that the house and services are in order upon an
owner's return from out of town. An absentee can even get
groceries stocked and airport and auto connections.
The Futches have named their business
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their initial contacts are by mail at P.O. Box 265,
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Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine pointed
out, "We're not trying to recreate the wheel. We have
something we can work with to create a good working
"We need to get the staff involved in building on
what was written a few years ago," suggested Price.
Officials agreed that the best way to train staff and
get them involved in the emergency operations process
is to give them direct involvement in the planning.
Staff members from all three cities will meet with-
out the elected officials March 13 to put together the
first draft of the updated IEOC plan. They will then
make a report to their city commissioners.
"I think we're on the right track," said Price. "It's
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Classic case variance or classic greed debated
Both sides left Anna Maria's Feb. 26 planning and
zoning board meeting with homework.
The board heard a request from property owners
for a variance from the setback requirements at 107
The Gulffront property is part of the estate of John
R. Rogell, and daughter Susan Negele is trustee for the
estate. She came before the board after a long battle
with state and federal agencies with her attorney, John
Moore of Brigham Moore Gaylord Schuster Merlin &
Tobin of Sarasota.
Board Chairman Doug Copeland asked Moore for
clarification of the building permit filed in 1995.
Moore led the board through a history of the prop-
erty and the efforts to obtain a building permit.
Negele explained that the property on Elm Avenue
has been in her family for many years, but with the
death of her father, none of the five siblings is in a
position to maintain the property or to live there, so
they are liquidating it.
"We made application to build on the site, with a
contract to sell the property, but the city had issues. We
satisfied them, but the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection had concerns about the protection of
the coastline," Negele explained.
She said there was a dispute over whether they
could build there because of the DEP's interpretation
of the regulations protecting the dunes and vegetation
along the coast.
"They said we could build a structure with a
350-square-foot triangular footprint in the southeast
corner of the property," she said. "We checked and
found that because of the shape of the area where we
could build, we would never be able to sell, so we
had an administrative hearing before a judge,"
"The judge had concerns and agreed to move the
structure back to the vegetation line and reduced the
size to protect the dunes, the vegetation and the nest-
ing turtles," she said.
"So, if we follow the code without any setbacks,
we would have a structure that isn't viable, but if we
can have a variance to the 10-foot setback to one foot
at the rear of the property and one from seven feet to
three feet on the side, we could put up a two-story
structure with a 952-square-foot footprint. This makes
the building 16 feet at its widest instead of the one foot,
which is what it would have to be without the setback,"
Negele said the lot was platted in 1914 and there
were two small houses on the lot, which had originally
been U.S. Coast Guard barracks. Her father put the two
houses on a barge and moved them because he wanted
to live closer to Palmetto. "But the family always saw
the property as a homeplace," Negele said.
More professionals retained
Negele said she found it surprising how difficult it
has been to sell the property. "We have spent close to
$40,000 from the money in the estate that was sup-
posed to go to pay taxes. We had to do this to get help
figuring out how to sell the property," Negele said.
She said upon the advice of Moore, her father's
estate hired Charles Rose, an-engineer whom Moore
said has "an extensive background in working with
coastal topographical surveys.
"We now plan a proper structure in its proper
place. We've done everything the DEP asked of us,"
Rose told the board the proposed structure on
Elm Avenue "meets the Florida Administrative
Tickets are available for the "Remember
When" dinner and pageant, to be presented by the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society March 31.
The tickets, $12 for adults and $6 for chil-
dren under 12, are being sold at the society's
museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. The
dinner and pageant will be at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The event is the revival of the Old Timers
Code, Florida Statute and the coastal statutes. We
have satisfied the DEP and the U.S. Army Corps of
"In 1996, we first made application for the build-
ing permit. We went to the DEP to figure out what we
needed to do from their standpoint, and now we have
come back to Anna Maria," he said.
"We have been told by the administrative law
judge ihat what we need now is a variance from the city
to approve the structure," Rose said.
Moore then asked Rose if he thought there would
be any harm to neighboring properties, and Rose said
that since the DEP requires raising the dune about a
foot on the southeast and northeast sides of the exist-
ing dune line, there is actually increased protection for
Board member Charles Canniff asked how close the
roof edge was to the property line. He said it looked to him
as though the extension of the roofline was within one foot
of the property line on the northeast side.
Moore agreed with that assessment.
Then board member Ellen Trudelle questioned the
elevation of the proposed structure.
Moore answered the structure conformed to code
in height. It is 42 feet high, but it is only 37 feet above
the crown of the road, which is what the code requires,
Moore said the structure meets all existing codes
with the exception of the requested setback variances.
Copeland said that if the plans are left as presented,
another variance will be needed for the driveway.
Moore said the driveway could be narrowed to the
line of the building.
Trudelle questioned who said the smaller structure
was not marketable and real estate appraiser Frank
Tillis of Sarasota came forward with a reply.
Tillis said he has been "in the business for 24 years
and has extensive experience with barrier island ap-
"I looked at the surrounding neighborhood and the
entire Island. I researched single-family Gulffront lo-
cations. This is a challenging lot. If the 10-foot setbacks
were required all the way around, the resulting struc-
ture would be almost triangular in shape, coming to a
point of only one foot in width.
"That's not even adequate for a walkway, let alone
a livable residence," Tillis said.
Canniff then asked whether the sole purpose for the
variance request was to make a marketable residence
that would then be sold.
"No one from the family plans to live there, do
they? Is there a contract to purchase based on the DEP
permit and the architectural drawings?" Canniff asked.
Moore said that was correct, although he pointed
out that the variance goes with the property and really
shouldn't be affected by who will ultimately live there.
Copeland said he had questions about fire safety.
He pointed out that if the owner of a nearby lot decides
to build, the fire department might have problems get-
ting access to the structures with the building at 107
Elm so close to the property line.
Trudelle, McKay and Canniff also expressed con-
cern about emergency access to the home.
Board member George McKay was concerned
about stormwater runoff with the structure so close to
the property line. Rose responded that rain water would
be controlled by gutters, which would bring it to
ground level and direct it away from any structures.
Randy Brown of 104 Pine Ave. questioned why the
Reunion of days gone by, the society said, and the
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district 50 years ago. A play, written by the
society's director, Carolyne Norwood, traces
firefighting from bucket brigade days to the for-"
mation of the district in 1951.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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property is not marketable. "I come here all the time
from my home in Tampa to use our beach house and
my wife and I and our four children do very well in just
under 900 square feet," Brown said.
He also objected to the height of the proposed
structure. "It will be three to three-and-a-half times the
height of our houses. It doesn't conform to our house
or the other houses in the neighborhood."
Brown went on to say, "This is not about existing
property owners, it's just about money and greed. I'm sure
they've had lower offers, but they refused. They should
conform to the existing codes and existing setbacks."
Rebecca Smith of Tampa spoke for Lisa Schrutt,
the owner of an adjacent property.
"Lisa has concerns about this. This is an Island of
pristine beauty," Smith said. "The nearby homes are 40
to 50 years old. You should deny this request."
"You would not be denying them the right to build.
They can just be creative and build something smaller,"
Smith, who told the board she has a degree in architec-
ture and construction, said. "There are more sensitive
ways to allow residential activity to take place. The
reasons here are solely financial."
Smith said she couldn't fault Rogell's heirs for
wanting to maximize their profit, but she hoped it
wouldn't be at the expense of "the quaint ambiance of
Lisa Blanton, whose father owned the home imme-
diately east of the subject property, said there have been
administrative hearings on those lots as well. She said
the DEP regulations have been successfully challenged
on behalf of her father's estate.
Blanton was upset because she heard about the
7:30 p.m. meeting only 20 minutes before it began.
She said the notice was sent to a post office box that
is no longer rented by her family and it was not for-
She said she learned of the meeting too late to re-
quest her attorney and her environmental consultant
attend the meeting.
Another neighbor, Robert Burke, who owns prop-
erty at 110 and 112 Elm Ave. said, "I lived there and
went to school here. These properties have been in my
family since 1935. It behooves the council before they
act to go and take a look at the site," he said.
"It seems to me there just isn't room to build a
house like this there. You have setbacks to protect ad-
jacent property owners," he added.
Ed Blanton tasked, "How could you even think
about building on a lot closer to the Gulf? I would
barely be able to see the water from my house."
Jerry Slaven of 108 Elm said he heard about the
meeting at 8:10 p.m. after it had already started.
"Be careful about setting precedents here," he
warned. "You can expect others will want the same
Moore said, "If the issue were whether the house
should be built in front of you, it would not be a vari-
ance issue, that would not be appropriate. It would
be a legal issue. This issue is a setback variance."
Copeland asked Moore whether his clients would
consider a "lesser variance. Our code makes us grant
the minimum modification, and I am not convinced this
is what's being asked here."
Moore said that hadn't been considered, but they
could certainly do so.
Canniff said he thinks this is a classic case for a
variance. "With the applicant losing a large portion of
their standard lot because of DEP regulations, they
have been squeezed into a small part of the southwest
portion of the lot.
"If the fire-safety issue can be dealt with, then I'm
leaning toward the property owner," Canniff said.
The matter was continued until March 26 when
Moore and Negele will know if their architect can
come up with new plans.
West Manatee Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Chief
Kurt Lathrop said this week, "We have concerns about
variances to setback requirements. If you want a vari-
ance, the only way the department can approve it is
with a trade-off.
"With this particular property, we would need
them to have a sprinkler system in the structure. If we
can't have two side accesses, then that would be ac-
ceptable," Lathrop said.
'Remember When' tickets available at museum
Grant OK'd for boat
Bradenton Beach police may be getting a new ve-
hicle a 24-foot-long boat.
City commissioners have approved the application
for a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation
District for the vessel, powered by a 200 hp engine, to
better patrol the waters off Bradenton Beach.
Police Lt. John Cosby said the grant request is for
$30,000, which will include the boat, motor, trailer and all
other necessary equipment. Cosby estimated annual main-
tenance at $2,000 for the vessel, which will be stored near
the police department building when not in use.
Also involved in the process will be "boat school"
for the officers who will patrol on the vessel.
"The problems that face our city within our water-
way limits are reckless operation of boats and personal
watercraft, illegal fishing and netting of marine life,
illegal drug activity and destruction of seagrass beds
and other ecosystems," Cosby said.
"We will need a boat to deal with the anchorage,"
Mayor Gail Cole said, referring to the area south of the
Bradenton Beach City Pier, site of a burgeoning boat
Not everyone was enamored with the boat idea,
"I don't think this city can afford the luxury of
having a boat," Vice Mayor Bill Arnold said, casting
the lone vote against the grant application.
'Coffee, conversation' coming
for widowed persons
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a "coffee and conversation hour" for widowed
persons at 9 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.Details are available
Bridge sessions at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will be
taught by Larry Auerbach at 10:30 a.m. on eight con-
secutive Fridays, the first of which was March 2, not
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Sally Adkins of Holmes Beach tries
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when a truck turning a corner on
Marina Drive rode over the curb
and hit her scooter, throwing
Adkins and her 2-year-old son to
the pavement. Adkins, who is
quadraplegic, was in the habit of
making daily trips from her 67th
Street home on the scooter with her
youngster on her lap and her only
means of mobility after the accident
was a manual wheelchair in disre-
pair. The scooter rental is a gift
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 27, 9900 block of Gulf Drive,, alarm compliance.
Officers responded to an alarm and secured the area. A
mail-in compliance card was left at the property for the
Feb. 28,9800 block of Gulf Drive, alarm compliance.
Officers responded to an alarm and secured the area. The
key holder responded to the alarm and said the problem
would be fixed.
Feb. 21, 2300 block of Avenue C, information. Two
roommates called police when a third roommate's girl-
friend entered their apartment unannounced. She said she
was out drinking and decided to use their bathroom be-
cause she felt ill. Her boyfriend returned to the apartment
shortly after her, also intoxicated. The roommates fought
over the girlfriend's access to the apartment. The third
party and his girlfriend left the apartment before police
Feb. 23, 1500 block of Gulf Drive South, Coquina
Beach, auto burglary. An unknown suspect gained entry
to a rental car by damaging the keyhole on the passenger
side front door. The trunk of the car was opened using a
lever mounted on the floorboard. Approximately $836
worth of property'was stolen.
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of cocaine and failure to change address on registration.
William Limburg, 42, of Bradenton Beach, was stopped
for driving 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. He consented to a
search of his vehicle and was arrested for failure to change
his address on his driver's license and registration. Upon
searching the car, officers found a substance in the center
console that tested positive for cocaine.
Feb. 23, 120 Bridge St., Drift Inn, theft. A woman
reported that her wallet was stolen from her purse while
she spent time at the bar. The total value of missing items
Feb. 25, 1800 block of Gulf Drive South, Coquina
Beach parking lot, found property. An elderly man turned
over a clear plastic bag containing a possible narcotic to
the lifeguard on duty. The man said he found it on the
ground in the parking lot. The substance in the bag ap-
peared to police officers to be a drug, and tested positive
Feb. 25, 1700 Gulf Drive South, Leffis Key parking
lot, auto'burglary. A man from Tampa found the window,
of his rear passenger side door smashed in. A diaper bag
containing no valuables was stolen from the car. Officers
searched the area but nothing was found.
Feb. 25, 2000 block of Gulf Drive South, Coquina
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len from a parking lot while he walked the beach. Offic-
ers found the vehicle parked at the south end of the lot. The
man didn't recall moving the vehicle but admitted that he
had been drinking. He was warned against filing false
Feb. 24, 100 block of 52nd Street, larceny. A woman
reported that her cell phone was stolen. She placed the
phone on the roof of her car and forgot it was there when
she walked to the beach. Upon finding the phone missing
she called her cell phone number from another phone and
a man answered. There is no other information on the per-
son who answered her phone or the location of the phone.
Feb. 25, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
criminal mischief. A police car left in the Manatee Pub-
lic Beach parking lot as part of the police department's
"ghost car" program was vandalized. Someone bent the
driver's side windshield wiper arm up and scratched the
Feb. 25, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, drivers li-
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Feb. 25, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious inci-
dent. Upon her niece's request, a woman offered two ju-
veniles a place to stay. The woman later discovered that
sonie prescription medications were missing from her
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It is gratifying to see that in our communities the
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March 1, 248 S. Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Catholic
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Sarasota Bay. I know that if the pioneers of the past
were here they would be supporting in both words and
In Cortez, the members of the FISH. board are do-
ing it. In Myakka City it is the group who are raising
money for the renovation of the school. This would not
be happening in Cortez if our beloved village historian,
Doris Adams Green, had not inspired us to value and
appreciate our heritage.
In Myakka City, the school would have become a
pile of rubble if there had not been an Emily Putnal. In
Palmetto, there would have been no weddings in the
chapel if there had been no Jo Harrison. Most of us
would know little about our Manatee ancestors if Joe
Warner had not written his book, "Singing River."
Would the Crosley Estate be the site of celebrations if
there had been no John Patterson to keep- at it?
I shudder to think where the county would be with-
out the dedication, knowledge and stubbornness of our
Gloria Rains. The contributions of my dear friend, the
multi-talented Marge Peters, have made this a better place.
I guarantee you that all of the above would be send-
ing checks and letters of support to those who are making
sure that the work goes on. They did time and time again
when the residents of Cortez were up to something.
Let's not forget the ones who built the foundation
on which we build. Let's just make sure that the work
does go on. Thanks to all the younger generation who
are making a commitment for the benefit of all of who
call this place "home." That, perhaps, should be our
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Island students take home tips to conserve water
By Diana Bogan
Island students are joining the effort to conserve wa-
ter. Bob Killian of the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District swore students in as "water rangers."
The first part of ranger training involved under-
standing the need for water and how much is available
to fulfill those needs.
Students learned that of the three percent of freshwa-
ter on Earth only one percent is available for human con-
sumption. Killian explained how we recycle groundwa-
ter, but that when there isn't enough rainfall, people need
to conserve how much they use to help it last longer.
Rangers were surprised to learn that three gallons
of water flow out of the sink faucet per minute when
they hand wash dishes. They use five gallons of water
per minute in the shower and 10 gallons per minute
watering the lawn.
Simple activities use more
water than you think
Do you know how much water you use on a daily
basis? Students at Anna Maria Elementary School were
given the following guidelines to help them chart how
much water they use at home.
Hand Washing Dishes
Water use information
2 gallons per use
13 gallons per load
3.5 gallons per flush
36 gallons per tub full
35 gallons per load
2.5 gallons per minute
2.5 gallons per minute
3 gallons per minute
5 gallons per minute
10 gallons per minute
is courtesy of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District.
Wet behind the ears
Bob Killian of the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District gave students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School thefacts on water and tips on how to
Killian gave his rangers a water-use survey to
gauge how much water they use at home and he also
gave them some tips on how they can help conserve
Rangers can help by turning off the water while
they brush their teeth. They don't have to let the water
run while they wash their hands, and they can turn the
shower off while they shampoo their hair.
To learn more about water conservation, log on to
Killian has been an environmentalist for more than
20 years and brings his knowledge to schools through-
out Manatee County free of charge.
Family night concert Tuesday at Anna Maria school
Recording artist Timmy Abell will present his reper- concertina, penny whistle, and the hammered and lap
toire of songs and stories at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at dulcimers. During his program, he will introduce young-
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes sters to the history and origin of each instrument.
Beach, Abell is the recipient of the "Parent's Choice Gold Tickets for the show are $3 in advance and are avail-
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Island Players bring back classic in Sunshine Boys
The Island Players are offering up one of Neil rehearse, but, at the same time, cling to their alienation.
Simon's classics when "The Sunshine Boys" opens Fri- As Willie points out, "You're a funny man, Al, but
day, March 16. you're a real pain in the ass."
Al Lewis and Willie Clark performed as a vaudeville Director Phyllis Elfenbein said, "This is a classic
team in "The Doctor and the Tax Examination" for 43 comedy that reminds those of us too old to remember
years. vaudeville just what it was we've lost.'"
In the process, they grew so irritated with each other Sam McDowell plays Al Lewis and Gabe Simches is
that for the last 11 years, since the breakup, they have been Willy Clark. Ben is played by Mark Woodland, Edie by
estranged. Sally Ostarnder, the TV director by Dick Rosse and the
Now CBS wants them to appear together in a televi- patient by Hugh Bailey. Jo Kendall plays the part of the
sion show, "History of Comedy." Nurse, while the registered nurse is played by Marge
These stubborn old codgers make a valiant effort to McKeever.
Sunshine Boys to benefit
Perico Island legal fund
There will be a benefit performance at 8
p.m.Monday, March 26, of the Island Players pro-
duction of "Sunshine Boys," including a cham-
pagne reception following the performance cour-
tesy of Anna Maria Island Wine & Spirits.
The Island Players and all involved in the
production are donating their talents to the
Perico legal fund sponsored by Concerned Citi-
zens of Manatee County.
The group is fighting to stop an 898-unit
development on north Perico Island and will use
the money to pay its legal bills.
Tickets are $50 for the benefit performance.
The deadline to purchase is Monday, March 19,
with tickets available at Ginny's Antiques and
Art, 5600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Call
Davye-Dawn Carter 794-6636 for information
or to purchase tickets by mail.
The benefit performance tickets will not be
sold at the Players' box office.
The stage manager is Ruth Stevens, the set was de-
signed by John Flannery, costumes by Don Bailey. Light-
ing is by Geoffrey Todd and sound by Walt Schmidt and
The Island Players theater is located at the corer of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Curtain times
are 8 p.m. except for the the two Sunday matinees, which
start at 2 p.m. There is no performance Mondays. Tickets
are $12. For ticket information, call the box office at 778-
5755. The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
the week before the show and throughout the run and one
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Record number show for Island Fitness bench press contest
By David Futch
Seventy-five contestants including teenagers, men
and women and those who looked like they never leave
the gym showed up March 3 for the fifth annual bench
press contest to benefit Manatee County Special Olym-
The Island Fitness Center, which runs the contest,
set up shop on the beach in front of the Beach House
Restaurant and soon realized this would be an all-day
More than 300 people came to see the action and
they were not disappointed when 309-pound Miguel
Rodriguez of Lakeland, who was competing in the
Super Heavy Weight class, pushed 600 pounds off his
chest and into the air.
The next three heaviest lifts were by Sam Beckwith
in the 275-pound class who pressed 550 pounds.
Michael Allocco, also in the 275-pound class, pressed
500 pounds. Ray Lademan in the 242-pound class also
topped out at 500 pounds on one of his three lifts.
Equally impressive in the teen division, 123-pound
class was Terry Jenkins, who finished first with a 235-
Here are the different divisions and the first-place
contestant in each weight class.
Novice 114-pound class Scott McClung lift 85;
181-pound class Bobby Beanland lift 345; 198 Jamie
Hamilton lift 350; 220 George Shuback lift 400; 242
Kevin Wood lift.425; 275 Brett Fortenberry lift 375;
Super Heavy Weight John Balzar lift 320.
Women --Nancy LeGrand lift 115; Jennifer
Coburn lift 100; Lisa Comkowycz lift 125; Pam
Winners in the March 4 horseshoe games
were Doug Cooper of Holmes Beach and Ohio
and George McKay of Anna Maria. Runners-
up were Chris MacNamara of Bradenton and
Tom Markley of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Feb. 28 games were Kim
Cooper of Holmes Beach and Indiana and Al
Norman of Bradenton Beach. Runners-up were
Doug Cooper and Adii Shank of Anna Maria.
The weekly contests get under way at 9
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Terr, Jenkins, in the 123-pound weight class, lifted 235 pounds and took first in his division. He's
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Teens 114-pound Scott McClung lift 85; 123
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Masters II 148-pound Sim Shortman lift 190;
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Masters I 165-pound Jim Comkowycz lift 300;
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Snowbird factoids; looking forward, backward in time
Snowbirds I'd better add "the folks affection-
ately called" to that title are here in flocks. Whether
the Island population doubles, triples or in some other
huge way increases during high season of January-
April is pretty much without question.
But where do they all come from?
A vacation rental company has compiled some data
on visitors to Southwest Florida. Florida Vacation
Accommodations surveyed its rentals and came up
with some interesting results. Granted, these numbers
are from a relatively small sample, but I would guess
they are pretty representative.
Snowbirds prefer to drive, not fly. A whopping 84
percent of visitors surveyed drove to the Sunshine
State, versus 16 percent who took the plane. Only 3
percent used a train to transport themselves and their
cars to Florida.
Why drive and not fly?
Snowbirds' average visit is 28 days. Hey, until
the trolley gets up and operational on the Island next
season, how can a visitor get around without a car for
a month? Most prefer to stay in a home or condo for
their visit, too, rather than a hotel.
Could the "worst" be over? Florida Vacation
Accommodations checked the check-ins for the first
three months of this year. There were 350 reservations
for January, 500 for February, and 350 expected for
March. February appears to indeed be the vacation
month of choice.
Northeast, not midwest, is the starting place for
visitors. In the past three years, the company has cal-
culated who comes from where. In order, visitors come
from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Massa-
chusetts. Michigan, Indiana and New Jersey.
That's a surprise to me. I'd always had the belief
that everybody that came to Southwest Florida came
from Michigan or a state that begins with a vowel.
Somebody once told me that if you look at a map you'll
see that Interstate 75 comes from the midwest, hence
the midwestern visitors, and 1-95 starts in the northeast,
thereby bringing folks from up there to the east coast
I guess I was wrong. Somehow, I don't think it will
be the last time.
Congratulations are due to Dr. Randy Wells at
Mote Marine Laboratory. He was a consultant to an
IMAX film called "DOLPHINS," which was nomi-
nated for an Academy Award for "Best Documentary,
The big-screen film tells the tale of two young
dolphin researchers who go from the Bahamas to
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It's certainly appropriate that Randy or, Dr.
Wells, now that he's become famous was involved
with the production. He started studying dolphin be-
havior as a teenager from his Siesta Key home more
than 30 years ago, and his findings during all the years
have led to the Mote-Brookfield Zoo studies being the
longest-running dolphin research in the world.
"DOLPHINS" features footage from Mote's dol-
phin and whale hospital and also features some com-
mentary from Dr. Charles Manire, the lab's staff vet-
erinarian and animal care program manager. Islanders
will remember Manire as the "attending physician" for
loggerhead turtle Sadie during her long recovery from
a broken shell. She was released back into the Gulf last
Check out the Academy Awards March 25 and
let's see how "DOLPHINS" does in the running.
When I grow up, I want a job that entails sitting on
the beach thinking about things that may happen. It
apparently is indeed a viable profession there's
something called the World Future Society out of
Maryland that has 30,000 members that has produced
a book called "Fifty Trends Now Changing the World."
Authors of the book say "Nothing on our list is
based on imagination; we go where the data lead us."
Here's where some of the data go, as reported in
the Tampa Tribune:
By the middle of the century, global agriculture
will need to supply as much food in one decade as has
been produced during all of human history.
The sinking water table in China will set off one
of the world's first major water shortages, and by 2040,
some 3.5 billion yes, that's billion people world-
wide will be faced with dwindling water supplies. It
would appear that our drought is a harbinger of things
Time will become the world's most-precious
Students will conduct a large portion of academic
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study through Internet courses.
Telecommunications and transportation advances
will create a tightly integrated global culture.
Accidents will be reduced as cars and trucks are
separated by law on different highway lanes.
In the United States, super-fast trains will com-
pete with and possibly replace commercial airlines for
shorter trips. Bring on the Florida high-speed rail and
the Island's trolleys, eh?
Memory-enhancing drugs will reach clinical use
within a decade.
Low-cost preventive medicine will compete with
traditional medicine (and the memory pills will help us
remember to take our medicine, I guess).
Some 6,000 new schools and 190,000 new teach-
ers will be needed by the end of this decade.
Technology-rich countries will draw more and
more skilled workers from around the world, creating
a brain drain and adversely affecting the economies of
As the pace of technology accelerates, more in-
dustries will face tighter competition, making low-
wage jobs scarce.
Advanced weaponry and ethnic and religious
hostility will intensify global conflicts. I sure hope that
need for soldiers won't replace those low-wage work-
The relatively lower cost of publishing on the
Internet will lead to the demise of printed encyclope-
dic works. When was the last time you saw an encyclo-
pedia in someone's home versus a computer?
After looking ahead, let's look back a bit.
Researchers say that the "mother of all extinctions"
came about 251 million years ago and wiped out almost
90 percent of life on Earth.
Apparently a space rock, either an asteroid or
comet between three and seven miles across, hit the
Earth way back when. The superheated space rock cre-
ated superheated vapor that rolled for hundreds of
miles, killing everything in its path. There were also
huge tidal waves and millions of tons of dust sent into
the atmosphere that blocked sunlight and chilled the
The scientists say that 90 percent of all ocean spe-
cies perished and 70 percent of land species were killed
in a short period of time due to the impact.
Species prevalent on Earth back then, by the way,
were sharks, reptiles, ancestral dinosaurs and sea crea-
Dinosaurs are thought to have vanished in the wake
of a similar impact "only" 65 million years ago.
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Warm weather brought tarpon early, cold may send 'em back
By Capt. David Futch
Unseasonably warm weather in the 80s fooled
some fish into believing spring had sprung.
Several fishing guides reported tarpon catches off
Island beaches and in Tampa Bay. The current cold
front and another right behind it should make any tar-
For now, however, there's a lot of bait around.
Spanish mackerel are in the bays and offshore and tuna
are 20 miles and farther out and feeding.hard.
Tom Marsik at Annie's Bait & Tackle said Capt.
Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II reported large
schools of Spanish mackerel showed up along the
"Most of them are in close," Zacharias said. "Co-
bia showed and are off the beach. We lost a 40-pounder
close to the boat. Sheepshead, trout and mangrove
snapper remain good. Snook are coming on early."
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend said he landed
cobia to 37 pounds using shrimp. He said he was fish-
ing around rocks and the near-shore reefs.
Several gag grouper were caught in 45 feet of wa-
ter. Mackerel are everywhere and they're up to 3
pounds and Kimball caught mangrove snapper to 2
pounds. A trip to deep water produced amberjack.
Kimball also led one lucky angler to a 100-pound
tarpon and another to a big kingfish.
Kimball placed third Feb. 24 in a Southern King-
fish Association Tournament held off Fort Myers
The team, using a 35-foot Donzi supplied by Perico
Harbor Marina. caught a 34.6-pound king.
With Capt. Kimball were Capt. Glenn Gee and Ray
Ciemniecki and Scott Toedman.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
offshore fishermen at night are finding a lot of tuna.
"Blackfin tuna are in the 20-mile range offshore,"
Lowman said. "Permit are on the artificial reef. Three
of my customers said they caught kingfish and two of
them were big. Spanish mackerel are showing up with
all the bait around. Whitebait and shiners are near the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge and snook are moving into
their normal haunts. It's a red-hot spring thing. Snook
are in Miguel and Palma Sola bays.
"For sheepshead fishermen, there are a lot of them
around and they're just busting loose."
--.Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
said fis~iTrgh-hee for sheepshead, pompano, mackerel,
snook and lots of ladyfish. As soon as the weather gets
out of here, Kilb said things will be back to the way
Capt. Mike Greig with Capt. Mike's Charters
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Allen Engle of Gardner. Kan., wrestled and hog-tied
this 24-pound hog of a gag grouper while fishing in
Tampa Bay with Capt. Ric Ehlis.
"The tarpon showed up early," Greig said. "We
also caught plenty of snook. In that nice weather last
week, the snook were feeding. Redfish showed up. I'm
starting to get a lot of calls. People weren't able to get
out fishing when the weather was bad. Now that it's
good, they all want to go."
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dream in
Holmes Beach said the snook are sneaking back to their
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typical haunts around mangroves. Look for them there.
Chaya said trout and redfish also are giving good ac-
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
Spanish mackerel and whiting are on the beaches.
Trout, redfish, snook and cobia are hitting on the flats,
while grouper and snapper are in water 50 to 60 feet
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide in Holmes
Beach said he's been catching gag to 20 pounds and red
grouper to 23 pounds from 100 to 120 feet of water.
"None of the grouper were under 20 pounds,"
Denham said. "The blackfin tuna are thick offshore.
We caught them to 30 pounds free-lining pinfish while
we were grouper fishing. We also caught amberjack to
Capt. Curt Morrison on the Neva-Miss said he's
catching amberjack 25 miles offshore.
"They're in fairly good numbers," Morrison said.
"Grouper fishing is slow. It doesn't mean you can't
catch them, you just have to move around. Mangrove
snapper are on wrecks. Flounder are around the wrecks.
We're seeing mackerel and the kings should be right
Capt. Steve Salgado of Compleat Angler char-
ters said the cobia are thick off the beach.
"We've been sight casting for them," Salgado said.
"People like it because they can see the fish take the
bait. We had five the other day to 30 pounds. Doesn't
get any funner. There's nothing like fishing with white
bait instead of shrimp. Trout, snook and redfish are
Capt. Roy Salgado on the Grand Slam said he
slammed mangrove snapper from 6-8 pounds last
"They were on the surface spawning and we
chummed them up. We had seven big ones," Salgado
said. "The gag grouper were 10-15 pounds. We were
out about 20 miles and tuna are still thick."
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair said he's
catching Spanish mackerel to 24 inches west of the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. There is a large concentra-
tion of bait threadfin herring and white bait in the
bay, he said.
"Once we get whitebait, it gets the snook going,"
Smith said. "Trout fishing has been decent up to 21
inches. The cold fronts will slow things down a little.
For now, mackerel are everywhere."
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Lowman breaks out
in a big way
It was only a matter of time before Greg Lowman
came through big for the West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District team in the Anna Maria Island Little League.
Against Kiwanis March 1, Lowman clubbed three
- home runs, a double, a single, nine RBIs and scored
five times as WMFD thrashed Kiwanis 29-5.
Two of Lowman's home runs came in the third
inning, one of them a grand slam. He also had a single
in the third for three hits in one inning.
WMFD coach Andy Price put Lowman's hitting
display into perspective.
"It's without question the best offensive game any
player has ever had in the Anna Maria Little League,"
Price said. "It was phenomenal to watch. These were
not home runs that just cleared the fence. These were
shots that you knew were out as soon as Greg hit
The game was halted after four innings because of
the 10-run mercy rule. Who knows what Lowman
would have done with two or three more at-bats.
As an aside, Lowman was the winning pitcher in
the game, striking out four in three innings work and
giving up five hits and four runs.
In all, WMFD scored 29 runs on 16 hits and 17
Kiwanis errors. WMFD's Zach Geeraerts had two
singles and a pair of walks and three runs batted in.
Sean Price had a double, a single, a walk and two RBIs
and Estaban Reyes had a double and two runs batted in.
For Kiwanis, Eric Whitley provided most of the
punch with a double, a single and a run batted in.
But it was Lowman's night. And as one fan said,
"No one's ever seen anything close to that out here."
In WMFD's game against Quality Builders Feb.
27, Patrick Cole and Sean Price combined to throw a
five-hitter in a 11-4 victory.
Chris Klotz had two doubles, three RBIs and
scored twice for WMFD. while Mike Porter doubled
and singled and Lowman added a double, a single, a
walk and two runs scored.
In two games last week. Lowman was seven-for-
seven with three home runs, two doubles, two singles
and 10 RBIs.
Haley's nips Kiwanis
on Pritchard's double
Jordan Pritchard slashed a double down the right
field line in the bottom of the fourth inning against
Kiwanis Feb. 26 to drive in two runs and give Haley's
a 3-2 squeaker.
Ben Murphy of the Bistros AAA division team stays low and shows the proper fielding technique on a one-hop
ball. Murphy had a double, two singles and three RBIs in a 13-7 win March 3 over the team from Air&Energy.
Islander Photo: David Futch
Pritchard knocked in Tanner Pelkey and C.J.
Wickersham, both of whom had walked. Steve Faasse
was the winning pitcher, giving up five hits and strik-
ing out eight. Faasse also had a double and two singles
in the game. Matt Bobo had two singles for Haley's
while Mike Schweitzer pounded a double.
In a March 2 game against Quality Builders,
Haley's came up short when Quality Builders scored
four times in the bottom of the sixth to gain a 5-4 come-
Dylan Mullen drew a walk and Tyler Schneerer
reached on an error to start out the bottom half of the
Sean Pittman doubled home Mullen. Schneerer and
Pittman then scored on two consecutive errors by the
shortstop. Chad Richardson scored the winning run
after he walked and got into scoring position on a
fielder's choice by Alex Phillips. Richardson scored on
a pass ball.
Pittman also doubled in the first inning and walked
in the fourth. He was the winning pitcher, scattering
four hits, walking seven and striking out 10.
Waterfront stays unbeaten in AAA league
The Waterfront restaurant team stayed undefeated
with a 7-5 win over Air & Energy in AAA division
Little League action at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
Pitcher Ryan Guerin handcuffed A&E most of the
night, limiting A&E players to four hits. Waterfront
catcher Miles Hostetler had a double and two walks
and Lauren Barth had a two-run single to right field in
the top of the second to get things going for Waterfront.
Shaun Culhane scored twice for Waterfront.
Justin Dcarlove, Wade Risha, Severin Walsted and
Kenny Burns had hits for A&E.
In other AAA action, the Bistros squad beat Air &
Energy 13-7 March 3 behind a strong outing on the
mound by pitcher Stephen Thomas.
Thomas also had two singles, a walk and two RBIs.
Bistros first baseman Ben Murphy slapped a double,
two singles, had three RBIs and made two fine defen-
sive plays that ended A&E threats. Bistros second
baseman Alisha Ware slugged a long double into right
center and teammate Max Marnie responded with two
Anna Maria Island
I i.l I n- ck-rlhIla Island Little League
_- March 10
Quality Builders vs. Kiwanis
WMFD vs. Haley's
Kiwanis vs. Quality Builders
Haley's vs. WMFD
Games at 7p.m.
Waterfront vs. Bistros
Air & Energy vs. Waterfront
Bistros vs. Air & Energy
Games at 5:30 p.m.
Home True Value vs.
Anna Maria Spirits
Sandbar vs. Betsy Hills
Spirits vs. Home True Value
Betsy Hills vs. Sandbar
Games at 5 p.m.
Harry's vs. Dr. Danziger 10 a.m.,
Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter vs.
Harry's 11 a.m., Longboat Key
Home team is listed second in all divisions.
Greg Lowman, WMFD
Sean Pittman, Quality Builders
Andrew Royals, Kiwanis
Patrick Cole, WMFD
Tyler Schneerer, Quality Builders
Alonzo Price, Kiwanis
Steve Faasse, Haley's
Matt Bobo. Haley's
Kevin Kirn, Haley's
Keith Reynolds, Kiwanis
Tanner Pelkey, Haley's
Doubles Pittman 4, Royals, Tanner Pelkey, Eric
Whitley, Lowman 3 each, Estaban Reyes, Chris Klotz,
Chad Richardson, 2 each
Triples Alonzo Price 1
Home runs Lowman 3
RBIs -Lowman 15, Klotz and Royals 6 each, Sean
Price and Matt McDonough 5 each, Whitley, Pelkey
and Kirn 4 each
Walks Spencer Carper 10, Zach Geeraerts 9, Jor-
dan Pritchard 6
Pittman 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 20 Ks; Cole 2-0, 2.73 ERA, 14
Ks; Lowman 2-1, 3.86 ERA, 29 Ks; Faasse 1-2, 3.88
ERA, 21 Ks; Connor Bystrom 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 24 Ks.
singles and three RBIs.
Carmine Galati made a good catch of a pop-up
behind the plate to stop an A&E rally.
For A&E, Risha and Walsted had two hits each,
John Gregory doubled and walked twice, Coty Wash
singled and walked twice and Justin Dearlove singled.
Stingers get surprise visit
from real Pirate
Kevin Young is a Pirate who likes to swing at base-
Young is the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman
whose penchant for mashing baseballs into space is
only outdone by his generosity.
He's a throwback who likes to spend time teach-
ing children how to play the game.
Last month, Young came the Community Center
and spent almost two hours with Ron McDonough's
Kiwanis Little League team.
Kiwanis coach Anna Marie Shurina, who is
Young's massage therapist, said Young wanted to
come out because he likes giving back to baseball what
it gave him.
He spent time practicing with the outfield, although
his most important contribution may have been the talk
he gave Kiwanis players.
The Pirates first baseman stressed team play and
above all respect for the game.
"He talked to them for more than 30 minutes and
told them baseball doesn't have as much to do with
talent as it has to do with heart," Shurina said. "He told
them he had been cut from his high school freshman
and sophomore teams but didn't give up.
"Young told them they can't be throwing helmets and
they have to respect their coaches. After he hung out with
them for an hour, he signed their jerseys and gloves.
"One of the best things he said was to not worry
about striking out because it happens to everyone and
then he told them how many times he struck out last
"He said it's a game where most players fail 70
percent of the time."
Tackle football comes to Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces that beginning this summer it will offer a 2001
Police Athletic League tackle football program for Is-
Players may be ages 9-12 and any weight, or age
13 and less than 120 pounds.
There will be a mandatory parents meeting at 7
p.m., March 7, for anyone interested in getting in-
volved. Call Tom MIoore at the Center at 778-1908 if
vou have any questions.
The Center is offering adult basketball every
Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. beginning this week.
You must be age 18 or older and the cost is $2 to play.
Little League standings
as of March 2
Quality Builders 3-2
Haley's Motel 1-4
Air & Energy 1-3
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love
seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129;
futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress
$199; daybed (white with brass finials) including two
mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call
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
distressed treatment. 778-1102.
COINS FROM Royal Mint, non-circulated, presenta-
tion case with Princess Di and Prince Charles silver
crown, $45; Elizabeth II 25th Jubliee Crown $10;
Festival of Britain 1951 silver crown $20; silver 50
nobles, celebrating Drakes conquest, $10. 792-4274.
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. 792-4274.
88-INCH SOFA, loose pillow, cream and rose, $75.
Three occasional tables, cream formica, $35. One
small-size swivel rocker, aqua, $10. Call 778-7601.
REFRIGERATOR BRAND NEW from model home,
21.9 cubic feet, ice maker, white with warranty, $850
value, sell for $620. 794-5345.
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Incredible panoramic view of Tampa Bay
and Skyway bridge. 3BR(2 master suites)/
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gorgeous circular brick driveway, double porte cochere,
superlative seaside patio with a distinctive stone balus-
trade and a magnificent elevated master suite with private
46 ft. s sundeck. Truly in a class by itself! $1,450,000.
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ANTIQUE WICKER SOFA, Large painted teak
chairs. Phone 778-9746.
BINGOI Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd and
Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Refreshments, smoke
free. Every Thursday, 7 pm, now through March.
SAVE PERICO from Arvida's high rises/killer density.
Send tax deductible donations: Save Anna Maria Inc,
P.O. Box 906, Anna Maria 34216.
HOUSE RICH but cash poor? Convert equity in your
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72nd St., Holmes Beach.
ESTATE SALE THURSDAY & Friday, March 8 & 9,
7am-3pm. Many items, a variety of electronics,
computer, photography, tools, motors, collectibles,
furniture, bookcases, 1969 BMW motorcycle, many
useful items. A great sale for guys! 606 84th St. NW,
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CHARMING AND IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA home
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1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
GARAGE SALE Saturday, March 10, 1-5 pm. Furniture
and household items. 238 Oak Ave., Anna Maria.
TINGLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY Porch Sale. Satur-
day, March 10, 8am-lpm. Treats and treasures,
household, books, miscellaneous 111 Second St. N.,
INSIDE/OUTSIDE ART SALE! Saturday March 10,
10am-?. Conglomeration of Island artists showing and
selling original works. 121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach.
YARD SALE, Saturday, March 10, 9am-? Furniture,
clothes, tools, bike, microwave, airwalker, engage-
ment/wedding ring and more. 2701 Gulf Drive,
FIFTH ANNUAL 530 Key Royale garage sale! Satur-
day, March 10, 8-11:30am. Toys, golf equipment,
kids and adult clothing and more. Free refrigerator
magnets this year, too. 530 Key Royale, Anna Maria.
No early birds!
ANNIE SILVERS COMMUNITY CENTER SALE. Fri-
day-Saturday, March 9-10, 9am. Furniture, white
wicker vanity, nice miscellaneous. Refreshments.
MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK, Heritage
Days Open House. Saturday, March 17, 10am-4pm.
Gigantic trash and treasures sale. Entertainment,
food, family fun! Free admission. State Road 64 and
15th St. East, Bradenton.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER IS NOW THE ISLANDER!
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LONGBOAT KEY LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE.
New luxury single-family home in nine-unit
exclusive subdivision. 3BR plus office or den,
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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. See it to believe it.
4518 119th St. W., Cortez Village red light, end of
road. Friday-Sunday, 7:30am-3:30pm.
LOST WHITE DWARF RABBIT on Key Royale
before bridge. Child's pet. Call 778-2515.
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.
-- TWO MALE PUGS ready to go on March 10. Ador-
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1996 SUBURBAN 4WD, green/silver, 42,000 miles,
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50,000 miles, $20,000. Both outstanding condition.
1995 TAURUS. Above average mileage below av-
erage price. Runs great. 778-1523.
1992 LEXUS 300, 5-speed stick. 71,450 miles, all
service records "cherry." 778-0631. $11,500.
NEED A PLACE to park your boat and/or trailer?
Long/short term. Capt. John's private launch ramp.
Wash down areas 792-2620.
WANTED BOAT SLIP, Longboat Pass area, summer
months only. Responsible adult. 748-0430.
OFFSHORE AND BAY fishing, nature and special char-
ters aboard Zulu MaMa. Contact Captain Paul at 778-3013.
DAVITS WANTED! One set in working condition. If they
are still installed I will remove them. Jim 778-4873.
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY An artist's paradise in downtown
Anna Maria across the street from city hall and a stone's throw
from the Sandbar restaurant. Two huge (1,400 sq.ft.) work
bays downstairs with a mighty Gulfview upstairs (1,200 sq.ft.).
Two full baths upstairs with two one-half baths downstairs.
Parks 8. Asking $500,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
FREE 18-FT. TRAILER. Frame in excellent condi-
tion, springs, axle and wheels need work. Free for the
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
CUSTOM BUILT SAILBOAT. New nylon sail. Oars,
oarlocks, deluxe beach wheels included. See at 616
Fern St., Anna Maria. $800, call 778-7666.
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.
DINING SERVERS wanted for fine dining restaurant.
Call Chef Damon or apply in person at Ooh La La!
Tops in tips! Call 778-5320 or stop by 5406 Marina
Dr., Holmes Beach.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED. Beloved nanny retiring.
Mature lady with genuine interest in managing a house-
hold including cooking, cleaning and caring for two
school-age children. Live-in. Must have references, ex-
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travel. Speak English, driver's license a plus. Located
in Holmes Beach/Anna Maria. 228-5291.
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2BR/2BA overlooking bayou and bird
sanctuary. Private dock, screened lanai,
two-car garage and heated pool.
Children and pets welcome. Lower level
has additional 24 by 15 not included in
square feet. $174,900. IB72646.
ISLAND CONDO. Easy access to
the beach and to town. Partial Gulf
view from this turnkey furnished
2BR/2BA with elevator, heated pool,
extra storage and underbuilding parking. Close to restau-
rants and shopping. $184,900. IB72169.
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 January Denise Langlois
Top Listing Agent for January Carol Heinze
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Total rehab., ceramic-tile throughout, fiberglass exterior doors,
paint and much more. You have to see it to believe the value you
will get at $369,000.
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Mary Ann Schmidt
4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of
Gulf Drive in historic Anna Maria City. Large lot,
great rental. $495,000.
SEASIDE GARDENS PRIVATE DOCK
1BR/1BA turnkey furnished villa with your own pri-
vate dock. Very nice water view, central location, con-
venient 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 CITY
4BR/2.5BA canalfront home. Close to beautiful
beach. Two fireplaces, boathouse, many upgrades,
dumbwaiter, residential area. $574,900.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey-furnished condo.
Gorgeous Gulf view, beautiful beach, heated pool,
excellent rental income. $475,000.
3BR/2BA furnished home on sailboat water with
direct access to Tampa Bay. Split plan, two-car ga-
rage, caged pool, nicely landscaped. $ 419,900.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEXES
3BR/2BA and 2BR/1BA duplex west of Gulf Drive.
Near gorgeous beach. Large shaded yard. New roof,
washer and dryer, three refrigerators. $285,000.
2BR/2BA each side. Central Holmes Beach. Close
to library, beach, shopping and bus line. Garages
and work area. Great rental. $285,000.
2BR/2BA each side. Close to beach. New roof and
carpeting. Fruit trees, large lot, residential area.
Excellent rental history. $299,900.
3BR/3BA luxuries home with 280-foot seawall and
gorgeous Bimini Bay open-water view. Pool and
cabana, new seawall, metal roof, new kitchen. Open
floor plan, fireplace, large lot, private setting. Boat
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.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Marijeren
7104 MARINA DRIVE
3BR/2BA pool, fireplace, unique
Available now! $1,500 mo.
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northern Holmes Beach. Owners home features
2BR/2BA, 1,400 sq.ft., large screened porch and two-
car garage. Greenhouse/workshop building is perfect
for artist, nursery or keep as a workshop. Incredible
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HLWANTD oninedI*EL ANTE Cntiue-I ERIC S Cnine
MAN FRIDAY NEEDED. Mechanically handy, gen-
eral knowledge of grounds care and odd jobs around
rental properties. Must be honest, in good health.and
dependable. No floaters! Call T.H. Cole 779-1213 for
HIRING AM AND PM cooks with experience or will
train right person, AM dishwasher, Tues.-Sun., prep
and pantry person, Tues-Sun AM. Chef/owner-great
place to work and learn. Apply to Ooh La La!, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 778-5320.
PERSON FRIDAY NEEDED, who is creative prob-
lem solver, bookkeeper and computer literate. Full-
time winter, some weekends, part-time summer.
Send resume by March 15 to: Executive Director,
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive South, Longboat Key, Florida 34228.
SALES CLERK NIGHTS part-time. Apply Shell Land
Gifts, 301 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
CLERK TYPIST, part-time, could become full-time.
Medical terminology and dictaphone helpful, New
start-up medical consulting firm. Salary negotiable.
Send CV to: Independent Physician Services Inc.,
PO Box 1186, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
OFFICE MANAGER with computer skills. Medical
terminology and basic bookkeeping helpful. Market-
ing experience a plus. New start-up medical consult-
ing firm salary negotiable, send CV to: Independent
Physician Services Inc., P.O. Box 1186, Holmes
Beach FL 34218.
WE NEED HELP! Line cooks, servers and patio staff.
Work full-time or part-time and enjoy the beach. Ap-
ply in person at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
WE NEED HELP! We are looking for a mature, re-
sponsible individual who will help our company grow.
Call The Anna Maria Island Coffee Company for an
.- '- Your Guide to Gulf Coast Living
If waterfront and "Island-style"
S living appeal to you, talk with
Sylvia Marnie today. Originally from
Britain, Sylvia Marnie is a Realtor-
Si Associate with Michael Saunders &
Company. She can help you make
your dream a reality with her unsurpassed dedication
and knowledge of the area.
Find out about:
Property values and current market information
Call: (941) 920-1562
DELI HELP WANTED. Experience preferred, but we will
train. Apply at Jessie's Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or call Jessie or Jimmy at 778-6903.
JANITOR WANTED for minor maintenance. Five and
one half days per week. 383-5565.
THE COCONUTS is looking for housekeepers, week-
ends a must. Call Corrinne 778-2277 or 747-5099.
MONEY TO LOAN Commercial Debt/Equity, 795-
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.
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. Reliable- over 20
years experience. Fred 752-7758, cell 545-6141.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
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." 778-1022.
MANGROVE TRIMMING: Time to trim your man-
groves? Licensed, professional mangrove trimmer.
Over five years experience. Call Dan 792-7016 for
THE PERFECTIONIST is back! Cleaning with perfec-
tion. 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.
INCOME TAX SERVICES, Ohio and Michigan our
specialty, electronic filing available. Call Pat at
Kenney Tax Service. 761-8156.
GOLF LESSONS. Call Carol, USGTF certified in-
NEED TILE? Professional tiling by Bear. Phone Greg
or Ruth, 761-3053
"HANDY ANTHONY' Jack of Most Trades! 20-year Island
resident. Home refurbishing and detailing. 778-6000.
ANNA MARIA APPLIANCE & TV SERVICE. Honest,
reliable repairs for major appliances, home electron-
ics, computers, garage-door openers, marine elec-
'THE PERFECTIONIST" is back! Cleaning with per-
fection! (Interior only). Call Sharon at 778-0064.
Each office independently Ramlona Glanz, Railtor
owned & operated Ich Spreche Deutsch
941 778-7777 800 486-0897
Make a marvelous move to this custom-built
Mediterranean, 4BR/2BA, 2,425 sq.ft.
Open floor plan, pool, Jacuzzi, fruit trees,
circular drive. $349,900.
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
LARGE BAYFRONT CONDOMINIUM in
guarded community with spectacular pan-
oramic view of Sarasota Bay and Longboat
Key. Loft provides extra living space. Live in a
resort-style atmosphere. $286,000. Bob and
Penny Hall, 749-5981. 73366
INCREDIBLE WATERFRONT PROPERTY
with sweeping view of the Manatee River. Vin-
tage home with vaulted ceiling, terrazzo floors,
fireplace and lanai. Located on quiet lane,
$399,900. Sandy Drapala 749-5797 or Kathy
Marcinko 252-1618. 70844
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
DRAMATIC CONTEMPORARY HOME on Anna
Maria Island. Captivating Gulf view from this cus-
tom-designed home by renowned architect Gene
Leedy. Just steps to white sandy beaches of the
Gulf of Mexico. $999,000. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797
or Kathy. Marcinko 252-1618. 44232
PALMA SOLA PARK. This elegant residence
is unique. Loaded with charm, character on
almost an acre of land. Offering 5BR/5.5BA,
fireplace and large rooms. Private pool and bay
view. $729,900. Janet Orr, 792-7363. 72038
BEAUTY & SERENITY are yours in this tropi-
cal retreat at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.
3BR plus den, pool and community dock.
Steps to Palma Sola Bay. $425,000. Sandy
Drapala, 749-5797 or Kathy Marcinko,
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Newly renovated 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Beauti-
ful waterfront views. Call Gayle Schulz 778-0770.
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
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Our beautiful locations are filling quickly.
Call now for the best selection!
"Better than the best!"
Ann (Harmon) Caron
LIC. Real Estate Broker
Accredited Residential Manager
T* 12 years of
\ Anna Maria Island Experience
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941 778-6849 800 778-9599
Fax: 941 779-1750
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SERVICES *I S S CniudLW N ARE otne OEIMPRVEMNT ontnue
COMPUTER HELP! In-home tutoring, purchasing con-
sultation, hardware/software problems. For anything to
do with computers, call Ryan, 794-6361. Low rates!
ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN Irma Nussbaum, AP,
RN, MS, GSA. have a happier new year-ad acupunc-
ture to your health care. Mobile unit, weekend and
evening appointments available. 794-0852.
BAMBI PRE-SCHOOL. A pre-school learning expe-
rience, come see us at work and play. Register 12
months to 5 years. Telephone 778-2967.
DELPONTES' CLEANING SERVICE now has open-
ings for commercial and residential cleaning. Ask us
about the "clean sweep guarantee"! Weekly and bi-
weekly schedules available. Leave your dirty work to
us, 792-7613 or 504-9426.
ACCOUNTING BY BEVERLY, 6678 Cortez Road
West, Suite C, Bradenton FL, 34210. 941-761-0164.
Personal services will come to your home or busi-
ness to organize your records, reconcile bank state-
ments, pay bills, etc. Income tax service, free pick-up
and delivery upon request. Call for appointment.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
TAXI ON THE ISLAND For the Island (anywhere in
two counties.) $1.50 to get in, $1.50 per mile. Cheer-
ful, clean service, 7am-3am, 7 days, including holi-
days. Island Transportation 737-0336.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife Service. Call us
for problems with raccoons, snakes, possums or any
nuisance animals. Lic. by F.W.C. On call 24-hours,
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen
to you! Special $10/hopi'r,.free advice! 545-7508.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE Residen-
tial/commercial, full-service maintenance, landscaping in-
t: clean-ups, tree trimming, ponds, native plants,
butterfly excellent references. 778-5294.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL Shell, dirt, mulch or stone
delivered and spread for a small fee. Yard clean-up.
Dump truck for hire. Free estimates. Call Dave
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. Island Resident.
Call Chris 778-2837.
CODY'S CARPET AND upholstery cleaning. Need
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#
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.
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.
CHRIS ROGERS, Tile setter/handyman. 24-hour
phone service. Quality guaranteed, 745-5066.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic and
vinyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
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.
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.
STEPS TO THE BEACH 3BR/2BA totally
remodeled home. Move-in condition, one-
car garage and pool. Great Island getaway
or investment rental. Only $249,000. Ed
Oliveira 778-4800 or 778-1199.
BEST BUY ON ISLAND Direct Intracoastal
and canal views from living room, kitchen and
bedroom of this new 3BR/2BA home. Boat
lift, davits and hurricane-strength tinted win-
dows. $389,000. Call Lynn Hostetler 778-
4800 for showing. MLS#71225
AND SANDWICH SHOP
(Business only) Owner will finance.
$35,000. Lynn Hostetler, 778-4800.
Commercial or duplex zoning. Call Lynn
Hostetler 720-5876. $149,900.
TOP CONDITION 2BR/2BA ground-level
duplex in quiet dead-end street. Location is
a five-minute walk to beach, split bedroom
plan a must see! $219,900. Ken Rickett
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Sndy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
awn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Service We Monitor Irrigation Systems
INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
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Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778.4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
ANNA MARIA STORAGE
CLIMATE CONTROL UNITS
-- 413 PINE AVE. ANNA MARIA 778-5354
Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
W STEUE fiLLEn I
A wide range of carpet, ceramic tile and vinyl for
all your flooring needs. Shop at home from our mobile
showroom. Islander owned and operated.
Residential Commercial Licensed Insured
Call for a free estimate 383-5381 or 506-3297
A TO Z INTERIOR FINISHING
Painting Kenny Smith
Custom Finishes John Kreiter
Trim Installation 941-730-6422
Door Hanging Free Estimates
Cabinet Installation 50-Years Total
Ceramic Tiling Experience
Light Remodeling State Registered
AWARD WINNER #1
Best Pest Control
in Manatee County!
Full service exterior and interior
Owned and operated by
Island resident Erny Keller
State Certified/Licensed and Insured
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CALL US FOR
A FREE ESTIMATE
Island 778-1337 or 778-1913
PEST CONTROL, INC.
SERVING THE ISLANDS 20 YEARS
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 fam-
ily. No smoking/pets. $3,000/month. 798-2000.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA canal pool home with bay
view. 3BR/2BA $2,500/month, $1,000 Security. Jim
Piro, Piro and Associates, 923-3900.
ANNUAL STUDIO 1BR/1 BA directly on Gulf of Mexico.
Private beach, water, sewer, garbage included. $900/
month. Assurity/security required. 792-2779.
RETIRED COUPLE SEEKS six-month canalfront
rental starting Nov. 1, 2001. Non-smoker, no pets.
Will consider annual non-furnished. 778-4873.
.1BR/1BA WESTBAY COVE. Turnkey, shopping,
beach, heated pool and tennis. February, March and
April. Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: NEW 3BR/2BA unit with heated
pool and many other extras near the beach. $1,500/
month. Marina Pointe Realty. 779-0732.
APARTMENT FOR RENT. Available April-Decem-
ber, close to beach. 108 77th Street, Holmes Beach.
$950/month plus electricity, not pets. 778-3267.
STORAGE WANTED: Small secure garage-type
storage needed. Low impact, in and out six months.
Close to Bradenton Beach. 778-2820.
ANNUAL, unfurnished, elevated 2BR/1.5BA apart-
ment. Close to beaches and shopping, $825/month.
Wedebrock Real Estate, 778-6665 or (800)749-6665.
MARTINQUE NORTH. 5300 Gulf Drive, on beach,
pool tennis, garage. 2BR/2BA, Feb. 15-April 15,
2002. $3,200/month. (815)436-6542.
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA. Newly decorated on
Intracoastal. Dock, washer/dryer. No smoking, pets
on approval. From $1,400/month. 794-5980,
END-OF-SEASON SPECIAL. 2BR/1BA completely refur-
bished available March 1. Near Rod & Reel Pier. Check it
out at 613 N. Bay Blvd. $1,000/month, 387-8610.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey, beau-
tiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets/smoking.
Priced from $700/month, $350/week. 794-5980.
GORGEOUS 2BR/2BA condo, had cancellation.
March 1-April 30. Direct view of Gulf, heated pool,
elevator. Call 778-2556 or 504-2038.
OPEN HOUSE, FOR RENT. Holmes Beach
Canalfront home, 2BR/2BA, furnished, garage, laun-
dry, dock, many extras. Open 2002 season. Come by
529 67th St. Holmes Beach. Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 24 and 25, 9:30am-5pm. (813)286-9814.
ANNUAL RENTAL Anna Maria furnished, 1 BR/1 BA,
non-smoking, no pets, washer/dryer. $600/month,
plus utilities. Call 778-4161.
ANNA MARIA 2001. Seasonal rental 2BR/1 BA, walk
to beach, non-smoking, no pets, washer/dryer, ga-
rage, minimum three months. Call 778-4161.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1 BR/1 BA close to beach, no
pets, first, last and security. $600/month. Island Real
1BR/1BA APARTMENT with heated pool. Fifty feet
from beach. Available due to cancellation from March
15. Call 739-6814.
ANNUAL RENTAL: neat and clean 2BR/2BA duplex.
Dishwasher, storage, washer/dryer hook-up. $725/
month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
ANNUAL GULF VIEW, large Florida room, 2BR/
1.5BA, $750/month, plus deposit. 792-3226 before
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated, unfur-
nished duplex just renovated, skylights, washer/dryer
hookup, $745 annual. First, last and security. No
pets. 2411 Avenue B. 729-8631.
INDULGE YOURSELF! Spend the summer in
paradise.Gulffront beach house, 1BR/BA, front/rear
deck, central air, available May thru October. $800/
BEST VALUE ON ISLAND! Sandpiper Mobile Home
Park, 55-plus. Fifty-five plus, monthly/seasonal.
Many extras! Steps to bay or beach. Call for rates/
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/1BA spotless
ground level duplex, new appliances, patio area. One
block to beach. No pets. $685/month. 778-8352.
OFFICE FOR SUBLET with optional reception area.
Zoned professional/non-retail. Excellent Holmes
Beach location. Available immediately. 778-4208.
BRITISH COUPLE SEEK to trade home anywhere in
the United States for minimum one month. 779-1112.
ANNUAL RENTAL $600/month. 1BR/1BA ground
level unit close to the beach and pier in Anna Maria.
Marina Pointe Realty 779-0732.
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CONDO RENTAL Gulf Front complete 2BR/2BA,
beach, pool, jacuzzi, tennis. Available April this year,
three month or six month for 2002. 794-8877.
BRADENTON, updated Village Green. 2BR/2BA
unfurnished home. $1,000 per month, plus all utilities
and yard care. No pets. Available April 1, 2001. Call
Gayle Schultz, Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
HOLMES BEACH GULF VIEWS, glassed sun porch,
3103-B Avenue F. Ideal for single. No pets. Em-
ployed with good credit. 1-800-894-1950.
ISLAND RENTAL Charming Anna Maria cottage.
Completely remodeled and delightfully furnished.
Bath with tub/shower (plus hot/cold outside shower).
2BR, one block to bay, two blocks to Bean Point, Gulf
beach. Huge rear deck in tropical garden, rooftop sun
deck overlooking the bay, central AC plus ceiling
fans. One queen, one set of twins (or king), new ap-
pliances. Washer/dryer, cable TV (two sets.) Lots of
extras! Weekly or monthly, May-September, $625/
week, $1,875/month. Small pet considered for longer
term rental with added deposit. (609) 884-1852.
WATERFRONT ANNA MARIA unfurnished annual.
Two blocks to north-end beach. Dock, tropical land-
scape, vaulted cedar interior. Large open plan.
$1,400/month. 795-5980, www.divefish.com.
IMMACULATE WOMAN WANTS seasonal rental.
Jan., Feb., March 2002. 2BR/1BA okay. Clean,
ground-floor, near beach preferable. 778-3686, leave
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA., fiti rloor, upgrades, Jenn-Air
stove, Fre ~o'a'ors to patio, steps to the beach. Had
-cancellation April 1-May 2001. $1,800. (727) 540-9294.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA, great rates! May December 2001. Deal direct
with owner. Frank (716) 454-7434.
. UXURY EFFICIENCY Tropical paradise, 77 steps
to Newly renovated with new appliances,
fixtures, cesa and private lanais. Available
now! Annual only. Sorry, all 228-9070.
FREE MARCH RENT. Annual rental on Longboat
Key. 200 feet. from beach with Gulfview, screened
lanai, laundry room, unfurnished, one block to Publix,
near everything. Pets welcome. 1BR/1BA, $725/
month; 2BR/1BA, $825 per month. 387-0776.
SPACIOUS ANNUAL 1BR/1BA Sunbow Bay. Two
pools, tennis, elevator, parking garage. Includes
water, trash and cable. No smoking. $800/month.
ELEVATED CANALFRONT home. 2BR/1BA newly
remodeled up scale furnishings. Steps to beach.
Available for 2002 seasonal renters. Call (813)920-
3845 evenings, (813)971-1320 day.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH completely furnished,
1 BR/1 BA. $575/month plus electric. References and
deposit required. Sorry, no pets. 778-4044.
BAYFRONT DUPLEX. Annual, unfurnished, 1BR/
1BA, no pets. 109 13th St., S., Bradenton Beach.
$625/month, $300 deposit. 322-2101.
LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL single/couple who
likes to feel like their "sitting on top of the world." The
top floor of this elevated duplex is private, quiet and
has great Gulf-Bay views. Yards of white ceramic tile
makes 1,200 sq. feet seem like more. Large
screened 12 by 15 balcony for sunset watching. Full
kitchen with all appliances, 2BR/2BA, interior laundry
room. $975/month includes water, sewer, trash, pest
control. Sorry, no dogs. Sandy Greiner Wagner Re-
ANNUAL, NEW 3BR/2B DUPLEX, heated pool, ga-
rage, two blocks to gulf, lots of upgrades. $1,500/
month. Marina Pointe Realty, 779-0732.
WANTED! RENTAL for 2002. January, February,
March. One or two bedrooms. Phone 778-4510.
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:
260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5., Re-
duced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
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.
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-
CANALFRONT HOME for sale by owner. 2BR/
1.5BA, 1,750 sq. feet, one stall garage, pool, 125 feet
of canal frontage. Lot. 80 x 100. $300,000. 8305
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 779-2093 to see.
3BR/2BA ELEVATED ATTACHED VILLA. 311 57th
St., Holmes Beach. Minutoe from beach and shop-
ping. Built in 1995. 1,344 sq. feet, $185,ooo.
NEW BAYFRONT OFFERING: Very private,
contemporary Palma Sola Blvd. home 3BR/2BA,
study, two garages, six decks. Elevator and every
room with full bay views. Steel and concrete
construction. Owner/broker. Other brokers protected.
LARGE LOT, 10,400 sq. ft, across street from Bean
Point. Not in coastal zone, corner of Gladiolus and
Jacaranda. $325,000. Owner 778-8585.
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RELETAEe R E STATRAE A
PALMA SOLA BLVD BAYFRONT Mediterranean on
two lots. 6BR/5.5BA. 6,500 living sq, ft., 9,300 total
sq. ft. Six-car garage, triple pool. Three stories with
glass elevator, 24K gold fixtures, lots of marble,
three-zone Air Condition/Heat, etc., etc. Magnificent.
$1,090,000 o.b.o. Term by owner, 795-4432.
PERICO ISLAND second-floor condo. 2BR/2BA, liv-
ing/dining room.combo, lanai. Secluded, turnkey fur-
nished. Recreation center, pool, tennis, etc.
$119,900. Owner 795-7740.
POPULAR PERICO BAY CLUB, 2BR/2BA villa,
garage, screened lanai, turnkey. Mint, $159,500.
TOWNHOUSE HOLMES BEACH. 3BR/2BA, family
room. In small private complex, steps from beach.
Use of heated pool. $185,000. Telephone 371-0500.
CANALFRONT POOL HOME, 3BR/2.5BA, three
walk-in closets, family room, fireplace, three-car ga-
rage, dock and 5,000 pound davits, caged and cov-
ered solar heated pool. All in excellent shape. In
beautiful Coral Shores East just five minutes to the
Island. It's a lot of house for $289,000. Call and see
it today or come to my open house Sunday, 1-4pm.
Yvonne Higgins, Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
STEPS TO THE BEACH! This charming two-story
duplex is 2BR/1BA each floor and in a great north
beach location. Excellent rental property! This build-
ing would also make a great single-family home. Bro-
ker/owner, 941-779-1858. Offered at just $259,900.
EXPANSIVE, OVER 2,500 sq. feet. 3BR/3BA
townhouse. Beautifully decorated, turnkey furnished,
12-by-20 foot storage room, covered parking. Tennis
court, two pools, guest parking, dock on Intracoastal
water. Perfect location, across the street from Publix,
drug store, banking and medical. A must seel Sun-
bow Bay North. $315,000. Call owner at 778-5111.
ATTENTION DEVELOPERS, SALE BY OWNER.
Old Beach Village, Bay Drive South, Bradenton
Beach, .6 acres, zoned R2 and C1 on bay with 1,000
sq. foot, dock, eight cottage units, artesian well with
irrigation system. Beautifully landscaped. Seven plat-
ted lots with potential for 14 residential units plus
several ground-level shops/offices. Offered at
$1,700,000. Call Harry or Susan, (941)778-4625.
CONDO: PERICO BAY CLUB. Beautifully decorated
2BR/2BA, lake view. Furnished with neutral colors.
$144,900. Open house Sunday 1-4pm,or by appoint-
HOME FOR SALE, 2BR/1BA Newly remodeled, steps to
beach. Great location and neighborhood. 5800 Imperiore
Lane, Holmes Beach. $215,000. Call 778-5482.
HOLMES BEACH This duplex is not a drive by. Has
-chained link fence, garden, great investment oppor-
tunity, three-month old roof. Close to the beach,
marina, good restaurants. $279,500. Call Bridget
Spiese, Coldwell Banker Previews, 383-6411.
DIRECT GULF VIEW building lot 50 by 100 feet. 235
feet to water with beach access. 3014 Avenue E,
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BEST BUY'ON ISLAND! Elevated 2BR/
2BA home built in 1991 within walking dis-
tance to the beach. Great starter home or
weekend retreat! Screened porch off each
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terfront locations. Bring your sailboat or
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appointed home has 3BR/2BA, caged so-
lar-heated pool and is tiled to perfection.
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of fruit trees, shell yard, 2BR/3BA home
with new A/C and roof. vinyl windows, over-
sized one-car garage, family room and en-
closed porch. $219,900. MLS#71794
ISLAND DUPLEX west of Gulf Drive! Rare
find, 2BR/2BA each side with garage,
screened lanai and fenced yard with fruit
trees. $324,000. MLS#72525
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Gulf from front lawn and kitchen window. Dennis
Girard, Central park Realty Corp., 809-0041.
DEEP WATER CANALFRONT home. By owner
4BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool, 10,000 Ib. lift. New
A/C unit, completely tiled. Opposite mangrove, tropi-
cal and private. Five minutes to Gulf beaches and
fifteen minutes to four golf courses. $299,900 by
appointment. 761-0510, or open house Sunday,
March 11, 4008 Bamboo Terrace, San Remo
Shores, 101st St., Cortez Road.
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by Greg Staples / Edited by Will Shortz
9 Photo in a magazine
13 Former Communist
19 Giraffe kin
20 Escape (sci-fi
21 River spanned by the
22 Worth more
23 College intro course
26 Words on an airport
27 Simple wind
28 Flower starter
30 Whipped cream
31 Ike's hometown
34 Associated Press rival
41 Converted, in a way
44 Show piece?
46 Letters for a prince
47 Baseballer Slaughter
48 Hit list
52 Hilo hello
53 Casals or Picasso
54 Some plums
55 Dance in 2/4 time
56 Author LeShan
57 Some blowups
59 Places for bases
61 Visited site after site
66 Turn right side up
67 Go a round or two
68 St. Lawrence area
72 no idea!"
75 Some "Angels"
77 Pole, e.g.
78 Pull out
82 Argentine grassland
85 Greek letters
86 Quickly, mailwise
87 Conductor Solti
90 Asian weight units
91 Diminutive suffix
92 Minnesota, promotionally
95 Anarchists' foe, once
96 Wayside stop
97 Baron Richthofen
98 Unpopular camper
99 Singer Bonnie
100 Trident-shaped symbols
102 Large basket
105 They may be made over
107 Astronaut Grissom
109 Bank holding
110 Plateau boundary
113 Fora spell
116 G.M. truck line
121 Part of a body of art?
122 Celtic tongue
123 Prefix with puncture
124 Born yesterday, so to speak
125 Portfolio listings
126 Color close to copper brown
127 Not hold one's tongue
128 Bombeck and others
I Data storage site
2 Letters on a police report
3 Noted Turner
6 Dish usually served with
7 "Don't look at me!"
8 God attended by two ravens
and two wolves
9 Carrier to Copenhagen
10 Legal body
II Provide (save face)
12 Furniture coverer, maybe
14 One year in a trunk
15 Person with a coach?
16 Popular cable program
17 F.D.R. or J.FK.: Abbr.
18 "We Family"
25 Kind of bean
29 Upper arm band
32 Took a refresher course
33 Classic bedtime reading
35 First asteroid landed on by a
38 Hardly princes
39 "Beat it!"
42 Fashion magazine
43 Completely wasted
45 Head-_ (thorough)
48 Kicked (about)
49 Staff associate?
50 Sanders nicknamed
51 Kind of acid
53 Epitome of easiness
58 Eastern titles
60 Prayer books
62 Overly air-conditioned
64 Immigrant's class: Abbr.
65 Pass rejection?
69 One of a kind
70 Prefix with plastic
73 Put on a pedestal
76 Bolshoi rival
80 "- Daughter"
81 First half of an
83 Lincoln, for one
86 Tiny amount
89 No more
93 Smart dresser
94 Hampshire hauler
95 Part of a train, perhaps
99 "Britannicus" dramatist
101 Hotel upgrade
103 More upscale
104 1960's jacket style
108 Lemon producer?
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114 Is no longer
115 Dawn deity
117 Nov. honoree
118 1901 novel set in India
119 It was founded
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Something for everyone, Islanders differ 'at home'
By David Futch
T he striking thing about this year's tour of
homes isn't just the homes themselves.
The stuff that's inside them is what really
counts, providing a window into the lives of
Literally, these homes are museums filled
with art and objects d'art collected by four hus-
band-and-wife teams who have spent a great
portion of their lives traveling.
Each home has its own signature.
The Peduzzi home is an open-air affair de-
signed by husband Tony and decorated by wife
The Quinn home on North Bay Drive in
Anna Maria was once not-so-affectionately
known by neighbors as "the dump." Nearly a
decade of renovations have transformed this
circa. 1920s home. And the view is to die for.
Lyle and Nancy Kuhlmann's "Starfish"
home a street known by most as 79th, but also
known as Starfish Road in Holmes Beach, al-
lows them to see sunsets on the Gulf from their
Herb and Frances Harris have collected per-
cussion instruments from Fiji to Africa to high-
light their Bimini Bay home. If you're lucky,
you may get to hear Mr. Harris, a former per-
cussionist with the New York Philharmonic,
play one of his pieces of art from another cul-
So this year's tour provides a little some-
thing for everyone who wants to see how Is-
landers differ in their ideas of "Island Life."
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's year-round
There are several other things associated
with the tour of homes.
Anna Maria Island
To ir of Homes
There will be a boutique at the Quinn's
where folks can buy "Early Settlers Bread" do-
nated by the Anna Maria Island Historical So-
Or how about some swamp-cabbage relish
or million-dollar relish or Irish soda bread or art
by local artists. There will be a lunch offering of
tea sandwiches and lemonade and tea, all pre-
pared by tour volunteers across the street from
One of the highlights of the tour this year is
a chance to win a stunning quilt that will be dis-
played at the Kuhlmann home the day of the
The quilt "Life on Anna Maria" currently is
on display at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Island Scenes punctuate this vivid quilt not
meant for a bed, but for a wall as art.
This is a striking quilt with colors that
would make a sunset jealous. It is the work of
some talented ladies who call themselves the
Indeed, some lucky person is going to win
it. The quilt will be raffled and the donation is
$1 per ticket or six tickets for $5.
At 3 p.m. the day of the tour, the quilt win-
ner will be announced. Tickets will be on sale at
the Kuhlmann home.
Prior to the tour, people may buy quilt tick-
ets at the Center, Ginny's Antique Shop, 5600
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, Island Market at the
corner of Magnolia and Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, 5337 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach.
Home tour organizers also invite people to
attend the grand opening of the Maritime Mu-
seum, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, in Bayview
Plaza. It's above the post office and offers ma-
rine art and fine antiques. The Museum is do-
nating 10 percent of all sales that day to the
In addition, the Museum will have on hand
noted marine artist Michael Keane.
Tickets for the tour are $10 in advance ($12 the
day of the tour) and may be purchased at the fol-
lowing locations: West Bay Athletic Club, 6500
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; Crowder Bros.
Hardware, 5409 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
and 3352 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach; Flowers
by Don, 2715 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; The
Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Dr. in the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach; 1st National
Bank of Manatee, 5324 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach;
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria; Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5337 Gulf Dr., Holmes
Beach; Island Discount Tackle, 2219 Gulf Dr.,
Bradenton Beach; Home True Value Hardware,
Island Shopping Center; LaPensee Plumbing,
5348 Gulf Dr., Lor-Els, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria;
Ginny's Art & Antiques, 5600 Marina Dr., Holmes
Beach; Two Sides of Nature, 101 S. Bay Blvd.,
Bayview Plaza, Anna Maria; the White Egret,
Bayview Plaza; and AMI West, Alexis Plaza, 9801
Gulf Dr., Anna Maira.
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Island housing: we've come a long way, baby!
By Paul Roat
Housing trends have come a
long way on the Island in the past
Weekend cottages and
fishermen's shacks have made way
for sleek new megahomes. Condo-
miniums are still sparse on the Is-
land compared to our neighbors to
the south, but are starting to crop
up, especially in Bradenton Beach.
Key Royale is a hotbed of rede-
velopment. Homes that sold for
$45,000 in the 1960s are bringing 10
or even 20 times that amount today.
Anna Maria is the Island leader in
high-priced housing. The Island's
record single-family home sale oc-
curred last November there, when a
North Shore Drive house on a lake
sold for $1,825,000. In fact, there have
been seven sales in the past six months
on North Shore Drive that topped the
$1 million mark, according to Doug
Dowling with Doug Dowling Realty.
Redevelopment of existing
housing is the norm on the Island,
according to Emily Anne Smith with
the Bradenton Beach architectural
firm of Eatman & Smith.
"There is substantial value in
homes on the ground," Smith said,
'so homeowners do as much as they
can under the Federal Emergency
Management Agency regulations to
FEMA rules generally call for
elevating ground-level houses that
have more than 50 percent of their
value renovated or for new home
construction. Homeowners want to
live on the ground floor, Smith said,
so renovation of the existing house
is usually attempted.
Smith estimated that only 20
percent of her business on the Island
deals with "tear-downs," with the
bulk of the work being done in the
form of some kind of renovation of
She's noticed a number of inter-
esting trends in Island housing.
"Last year, 85 percent of the
homeowners we worked with
wanted pools," Smith said, "and
only 2 percent of those pools were
Islanders apparently want to
have their water not only on all sides
but in their backyards, too.
Smith said interior spaces have
also changed in the past few years.
Gone are huge Jacuzzi tubs in mas-
ter bedrooms, replaced today by
Gone is carpet, replaced by
hardwood floors or tile.
And there is a burgeoning trend
for accommodating what Smith
called an "enormous number of
guests. We're all hotels down here,"
she said of the number of visitors
homeowners receive each year, and
guest rooms are a big part of the
renovated houses on the Island.
She's also seeing a trend for pot-
ting sheds, orchid arbors and other
landscaping amenities in the past
year, with again 80 percent of her
work involving the addition of a
space to incorporate the great out-
doors into the home.
Smith agreed with comments
made in Atlanta last month at the
National Association of Home
Builders annual convention.
.The Miami Herald reported the
trends nationally in housing in-
Multiple work stations in the
Shrinking living rooms in lieu
of grand high-styled family room-
kitchen combos. Some homes don't
even have living rooms.
"Trophy offices." Smith said
on the Island she is being asked to
add a pocket office in almost every
home she designs. Usually, she said,
it is an alcove off the greatroom with
built-ins for supplies. Most people
want the room open to the rest of the
house, with built-in cabinetry that
closes to "hide the clutter."
Better functionality in
cabinetry overall is important to
homeowners. Integral in the new
design are special features wine
refrigerators, refrigerator drawers,
instant hot-water connections. "I
think there is more of a trend to have
a furniture look rather than a stan-
dard cabinet," Smith said. "People
Want rooms with nice built-in furni-
ture, rather than clinical cabinets."
Luxurious master suites, in-
cluding big balconies that can seat
Joan McCloskey, editor with
Better Homes & Gardens, has said
that home designers are somewhat
getting their faces slapped by
"We've told them to buy stain-
less steel appliances, hardwood
floors and glass shower doors,"
McCloskey said, "even though some
of these products are hard to clean
... we've made them feel dowdy if
they wanted English ivy wallpaper,
open shelves and a single-car garage
... well, they're about to tell us to
take a flying leap."
Smith agreed. She said she usu-
ally spends at least 10 hours with
the homeowner and "gives them a
huge amount of homework to de-
termine their space needs" before
the design begins.
And, of course, there is the
kitchen, probably the single greatest
home renovation project anywhere.
As McCloskey put it, "The kitchen
has become the measure-of-our-in-
come room. We used to show off the
master bath to our friends. Now we
show off our kitchens."
Smith said kitchen islands are
big and are here to stay, not only
because of the added work station
space but also because it can double
as a serving area for all those guests.
She has found homeowners are
very receptive to built-in dishwash-
ers that are higher off the floor "so
you don't have to stand on your
head to get in them.
"The whole Island is rebirthing
from within," Smith said. "I believe
it will always be laid back and bare-
foot, but property values are in-
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Anna Maria Island a
Tour of Homes
Herb and Frances Harris,
S634 Emerald Lane,
Like the Quinns in Anna Maria, Herb Hlarris
HARRIS HOUSE: Lush landscaping surrounds the house.
HARRIS HOUSE: Masks front around the world
are intermixed with musical instrumnciits.
and wife Frances know what it's like to renovate.
"It took nine months because the house was
virtually gutted," Harris said. "We've been in
about three months now and are just getting ac-
climated. We're starting to feel comfortable. The
location is beautiful."
Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in Key
Royale, the Harris home sits on a point overlook-
ing Bimini Bay.
It's one of those solidly built concrete-block
ranch homes from the 1970s with a wonderful
vista over a pool and an incredible glass and
metal sculpture that acts as the centerpiece of the
The tranquil island retreat reflects the Harris'
appreciation of art and music.
Originally from Chicago, Frances her
stage name was Frances Rainer is a former
dancer with the American Ballet Theater in
New York and has performed on both
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HARRIS, FROM PAGE 4
broadway and television.
Herb, a native of New York City, is a jazz
musician and graduate of the Julliard School of
Music, enjoying a 24-year career as a percussion-
ist with the New York Philharmonic.
They found Anna Maria Island thanks to the
pleadings of his longtime friend and fellow mu-
sician Dick Hyman of Sarasota.
"Dick and I did hundreds of concert and re-
cording dates," Herb said. "He kept saying 'Come
down, come down.' We finally did and we're glad
While touring their home, you'll enjoy the
many collections of percussion instruments,
masks and sculptures that are creatively dis-
played throughout the house.
These are but a few of the things Herb Harris
collected during a life of travel and work. Hun-
dreds more are in the permanent collection at
There are Japaness masks, wooden swords
and clubs, a kava bowl from Fiji, a Bantu south
African drum, Japanese prints, bells and gongs,
pre-Colombian artifacts, a Syrian drum and a
Buddhist temple gong.
An antique Chinese wedding chest sits in the
greatroom where the open concept allows for
beautiful views of Bimini Bay.
And maybe, just maybe, you'll hear Herb play
his west African balimba, a wooden xylophone
complete with gourds for resonance. What a treat.
HARRIS HOUSE: A spectacular view of Bimini Bay is a highlight of the house.
Lyle and Nancy Kuhlmann's
105 Starfish Road
(79th Street), Holmes Beach
The Kuhlmanns already owned a home in
Anna Maria when they happened upon a "Star-
fish" in Holmes Beach.
"Lyle was helping R.C. Nonn of R.C. Nonn
Construction move some countertops into the
house," Nancy said. "We decided if we ever got
a chance to buy Starfish, we would. And we did."
The modern and sleek house featuring con-
temporary and traditional architecture was de-
signed by Michael Patterson, who had it built for
Patterson moved to Atlanta and the trans-
planted couple from Rochester, Minn., moved in.
The grounds are meticulously maintained
with a gorgeous bird of paradise plant outside the
The Kuhlmanns travel extensively, so there
are photos and objects found around the world.
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Anna Maria Island
Tour of Homes
KUHLMANN, FROM PAGE 5
France, Greece and Italy are well represented.
A starfish sculpture by Anna Maria artist
Woody Candish greets visitors. The floor is red
oak and a grape cluster chandelier from the 1920s
hangs over the dining table.
The traditional custom stairway leading to
leaded French doors, the heavy cove moldings
and hardwood floors work beautifully with the
KUHLMANN HOME: The contemporary look of
the house is offset by a "nezw" antique bed.
KUHLMANN HOME: This elevated home of Lyle and Nancy Kuhlmann is on
Peter Maxx prints offer contrast to an antique
rug with a birds of paradise motif. Along one wall
is an antique Chinese chest and an art deco mir-
ror from the 1930s.
"From the patio on the second floor," Nancy
said, "the sunsets are marvelous."
Tony and Jackie Peduzzi,
8317 Marina Court,
Key Royale, Holmes Beach
Tony and Jackie Peduzzi were looking for a
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Anna Maria Island
Tour of Homes
place to build a home on Anna Maria Island when
they spotted a lot overgrown with plants and
"Then we walked to the back of the lot and
saw this gorgeous view of Bimini Bay," Jackie
Peduzzi said. "We looked at each other and said,
'This is it.'"
When you see their home, you'll understand
why the Peduzzi's house is "it."
An architectural designer, Tonv Peduzzi cre-
ated the custom-built home that became his call-
ing card and showcase.
"We built it with entertainment in mind,"
Jackie Peduzzi said. "We wanted an open feeling
and a big kitchen where people could gather. It
took a lot of planning."
The open-air plan the Peduzzis decided on
also showcases the best of what Florida can be
when you open your arms to her. Birds and fish
are constantly busy around the mangroves across
from their home. i,
The living room and kitchen share a large
space at the center of the house with sliding-glass
doors that open to a second-floor patio/pool area,
also large and airy.
Throughout the house are pieces of pottery
Jackie created, giraffes and other animals.
And though the keystone fireplace is the high-
light of the wide-open living area, you might get
an argument from the Peduzzi's Yorkshire terrier
Corky about just what really is the central figure
of the greatroom.
The snail-shaped showers in the two bath-
rooms are a clever design that makes us wonder
why they aren't in more homes. They have those
two essential elements we seek in whatever we
buy form and function.
Skylights found throughout give full views of
the moon in the evenings, one of the features
Jackie loves most about their home.
The Peduzzis moved to the Island from the
Bronx, N.Y., 38 years ago, spending the first 22
years in Bradenton Beach.
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Anna Maria Island
Tour of Homes 0
Tom and Sissy Quinn's
301 North Bay Blvd.,I
Immediately after signing the contract on her
"new" home, Sissy Quinn broke down and cried.
They were not tears of joy.
"I sat on the floor," Sissy said, "and wondered
what I had done."
Tom didn't have to wonder what he had
done. He knew.
"The garage roof was caved in. There was
trash all over the yard. There were bed sheets over
the windows. We bought a dump with a view.
Our neighbor behind us called it the dump up
Now folks will get to see what Tom and Sissy
Quinn have done to an old Florida home.
Just to give people an idea of what they went
through, the Quinns have before and after photos
of the house in stages of renovation.
A stained-glass artist, Sissy's work embel-
lishes corners and windows and rooms.
Tom built a new, "old" table in the new, "old"
dining room. The table has a rustic look and is
accented with friends' initials carved into the top '
like you carve a lover's initials in a tree.
The original iron-belly stove is right behind
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You can also glimpse at Sissy's art studio out
back, the deck with outdoor fireplace and more
And what a view.
"I feel so happy here," Sissy Quinn said. "I
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When Island beautification means less maintenance
Colder-than-normal winter, yes, but the dan-
ger of frost has passed.
Frost-free indeed is Valerie McGannon of . ,B
Holmes Beach, current president of the Island .'. ,
Garden Club of Anna Maria. She's pretty and .- '
petite, friendly and energetic. And, by observa- .
tion and her own self-evaluation, she's definitely .' '
A native of Weymouth on Great Britain's : ;,
south coast, Valerie took money meant for a fur *
coat and headed to New York in 1961. She put her 'r
organizing skills to work as an office manager in, I
the garment and toy industries and later as a per-
sonal bookkeeper and money manager for the
Somewhere along New York's East River she .
connected with husband Tom 30 years ago. His f.
former in-laws owned property on Anna Maria, . "
and he remembers flying into Holmes Beach on ''
the old airstrip in the 1950s. '
Valerie's passion for gardening didn't begin
as a child. There were lovely gardens around her
stepfather's popular restaurant in England, but
they were tended by paid gardeners.
Her green thumb developed over many years,
first adding life to a New York apartment and
then to the home she and Tom built on Fire Island,
a world-famous Atlantic Ocean retreat off mid- '
Long Island's south shore. The McGannons still
own both New York homes and do the May-to-
October northern thing.
Like their home here, Valerie says the Fire Is-
land residence is a lot of house and not much gar-
den on a high-priced piece of property within
walking distance of the coveted beach. .
The Holmes Beach residence features lush
shrubbery and a crimson border of annuals at the
gateways of attached duplex units. Step behind -r .-
the six-foot wooden fence. A Valerie McGannon
Valerie McGannon showsffo of one of her favorite plants, a blue sage (acanthus eranthemunll) that she cuts back
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Time to nominate beautification winners
island Garden Club member Jean Taylor,
who's also a 20-year member and former
president of the Anna Maria Garden Club,
joined the Island club five years ago.
She and husband Bud are head of its Beauti-
fication Committee whose task it is to award six
landscape projects every year: one residence and
one commercial property in each of the three Is-
Taylor laments what the harsh winter has
done to Island gardens and wonders if there will
be enough nominations this year to carry on the
An outsider might nominate Taylor's own
group, the Seaside Gardens Association in
Holmes Beach. New floral, shrub and tree
plantings highlight many areas of the single-story
subdivision. Funding was provided by a memo-
rial contribution from the estate of a late Seaside
Gardens resident specifically for the gardening
"A lot of us are working on this project," Tay-
lor says. "What a lovely way to remember our old
Finalists for the 2000 Beautification Awards
include the residences of Mr. and Mrs. Tony
Gaines, 826 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, Mr. and
Mrs. William Melvin, 528 Key Royale Drive,
Holmes Beach, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brown,
2310 Canasta Drive, Bradenton Beach.
In the commercial category, finalists include
Bavview Plaza in Anna Maria, the residences of
Jean Taylor credits a whole committee of Seaside
Gardens residents for their design and planting work
in the association's current beautification project.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsicano and Mr. & Mrs.
Ron Arbanas at North Beach Village
condominiums, 6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, and Tropic Isle Inn, 2103 Gulf Drive,
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Taylor encourages Islanders out walking and
biking to keep an eye out for notable landscape
additions in their own neighborhoods.
Nominations for the 2001 beautification
awards should be mailed by March 9 to the Island
Garden Club, P.O. Box 1445, Anna Maria, FL
34216. Those making the nomination should in-
clude the address of the beautified residence or
business and their own name and phone number.
For more information, contact Jean or Bud
Taylor at 778-4683.
BEAUTIFICATION, FROM PAGE 10
"signature wheelbarrow" of native greenery
catches southeast sun steps from the pool. A rus-
tic planter.of deep-salmon, double-petal impa-
tiens still sparkles with morning dew.
Follow the sheltered paths all the way around
the house. Planters, glossy emerald climbing
vines, a fragrant southern honeysuckle with
flame-red blooms and a fence-high ficus tree all
add a fertile, tropical tone to several sitting areas.
Think about iced tea and a good book.
Learn about the value of 90 percent "native"
plantings with 10 percent annuals for colorful show.
Discover the do's and don't
Valerie joined the Island Garden Club five
years ago because she wanted to discover what
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does and what doesn't grow here.
Anna Maria Island is home to two garden
clubs. The Island Garden Club is known as the
"night-time one" for its monthly evening meeting.
The Anna Maria Garden Club meets monthly in
The night-time club meets at the Holmes
Beach Episcopal Church of the Annunciation at 6
p.m. the third Thursday of the month, October
The potluck-dinner gatherings feature infor-
mational presentations on Florida gardening by
local professionals. Topics so far this year have
included general gardening tips, growing citrus
trees, the commitment of rose tending and a dis-
cussion about the innovative Earth Box developed
The Island Garden Club's mission reads: "To
increase our knowledge and love of Florida gar-
dening, to plan creative landscaping and water
conservation with the use of native plants and
trees, and to encourage beautification of Anna
Maria with projects throughout the Island."
Valerie McGannon points out that many of
the plants that thrive here are not true natives
to Florida, but over many generations they have
become successful transplants. Many originated
along parallel latitudes in the Mediterranean
and the Middle East, or the more tropical climes
of Central and South America, Africa and India.
The night-time club's membership has grown
over the past few years to about 60 men and women.
Annual dues are $20 for a couple, $10 for a single.
Guests are always welcome at the monthly meet-
ings. The next meeting will be held March 15. ,
For more information about the Island Gar-
den Club, call Valerie McGannon at 778-5538 or
Art Koelsch at 778-4432.
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