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Tnee trimming invoices troubling
for Anna Maria commissioners
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for Anna Maria commissioners
By Laurie Krosney
Usually, when a tree service does some work, it
submits a bill and gets its payment. You do the work
- you get paid.
That's what Maxine Clements, one of the owners
of John's Tree Service in Bradenton,
said about invoices she submitted to the
City of Anna Maria for work done Feb.
"It's a simple kind of business, re-
ally. There's nothing complicated,"
But in Anna Maria, apparently it
doesn't work that way.
John's Tree Service submitted six
invoices to the city for work at numerous
locations throughout the city including
tree trimming and removal on Feb. 12.
The city commission must authorize
any expenditure greater than $2,500, so the
$6,300 bill came up at the April 12 meeting for approval.
Commissioner John Michaels said he was con-
cerned about the bills because all the work was done in
one day, but there were separate billings that together
exceeded the total that can be spent without commis-
"It was all done in one day and then parceled out
- a practice that defeats the controls we built in,"
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said the work was done
and it was done properly, so the bill should be paid.
The bills contain written notations made by former
Public Works Director Anne Beck to the effect that the
work was authorized by then-Vice Mayor Doug Wolfe.
Reached at his home following the meeting, Wolfe
said he remembers authorizing the tree work. He said
he OK'd the job.
Further, some of the work may have been done on
private property rather than on the public right of way,
the commissioners complained.
Resident Tim Eiseler said that he believes some of
the work performed by the tree service in the Jacaranda
alley was on private property.
"I don't like tax dollars spent for removal of trees
on private property," Eiseler said.
There was further discussion about
why the vice mayor authorized the work.
Wolfe said he remembers authorizing the
job and that the mayor wasn't immedi-
ately available to approve the work.
Commissioner Jay Hill asked Vice
Mayor Tom Skoloda if he remembered
assurances they got from the mayor
about tree projects.
"You and I were both assured that all
tree projects and tree trimmings would
,be brought to the commission and then
we have this $6,500 bill and it's par-
celed out," Hill said.
"This happens all the time, but we can't stiff the
poor guy if the controls are not in place or if the chief
is not at the helm," Hill continued.
Skoloda said, "Mr. Mayor, this was your respon-
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank said he sees all
this as a ploy. He asked the mayor why Wolfe was put
in charge if he was in town at the time.
"I called up John's Tree Service," DeFrank said. "I
spoke to Maxine Clements, who is the owner. She said
she had been told to break up the bill."
He also asked why the bills from February were
only surfacing now.
DeFrank urged the commission to consider the char-
ter and dismiss the mayor for not performing his duties.
"Under no circumstances did I do anything you
PLEASE SEE TREES, NEXT PAGE
Volume 9, no. 23, April 18, 2001 FREE
Lots of people,
lots of traffic,
few problems on
By Paul Roat
Balmy weather and the white sand at Coquina
Beach drew a lot of people Easter Sunday. A big mess
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale esti-
mated 40,000 people were at Coquina Sunday. Offic-
ers turned away another 10-15,000, he said, because
there just wasn't any place left to park.
Special said there were no violence-related arrests
during the day. "We arrested one guy for having a sto-
len tag, we had a half-dozen minor car crashes and
about a dozen lost kids," Speciale said. "Except for the
traffic, it was a good day."
It was the traffic that upset at least one Islander.
Jane Grossman said she and friends were going to
Longboat Key mid-Sunday afternoon when she ran
into a traffic snarl.
"It took more than an hour to get mid-way down
Longboat Key," she said, "and two-and-a-half hours to
"The traffic was one thing, but the amount of trash
was incredible. People were parking on the right of
way, they were barbecuing along the road. It was an
abuse of the park. I've never seen our beautiful little
Island with so much trash on it."
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole said he believed
advance-warning 'signs are needed to advise
beachgoers when the parking lots are full.
"They cuss the police officers when they can't get
in the lot," Cole said. "Easter was crowded, and we
need something to handle turning people away."
To ensure that a good time was had without any un-
ruly behavior, Speciale said the usual full complement of
city police officers was by the Manatee
PLEASE SEE HOLIDAY, NEXT PAGE
Ready, set, busy weekend
Start off the weekend with an old-fashioned
fish fry in Cortez from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.
Mullet and all the fixin's are on the menu at a
fundraiser to help pay for a preserve east of town.
Saturday morning is the Great American
Cleanup on Anna Maria Island beaches and water-
ways. Volunteers are needed on foot and in boats
to scour selected areas for trash. The cleanup gets
underway at 9 a.m. in all three cities.
Sunday afternoon you can be entertained by
the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra
and Chorus at its season finale concert, begin-
ning at 2 p.m. at the Island Baptist Church.
On Monday you can relax with the members
of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society at a
program centered on five centuries of ship
wreckers, pirates, swindlers and tycoons at 7
p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall.
More inside ...
DeFrank is going to
make out like there's
some kind of con-
spiracy. Mr. Con-
seems like he's
trying to start
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PAGE 2 M APRIL 18, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
Chair flops on Island transportation planning board
As scheduled, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore has stepped down as chair of the Island
Transportation Planning Organization.
Not as scheduled, Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole
will take her place on the advisory board to the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Normally, the two-year term would rotate from
Holmes Beach to Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh.
However, Deffenbaugh said his schedule would
not allow him to attend MPO meetings, and the chair-
manship fell to Cole for the next two-year term.
"I'd rather see it go to Bradenton Beach,"
Deffenbaugh said. "I can't get to the MPO meetings."
Cole will chair the meeting, and host the group in
Bradenton Beach, beginning with the May 21 meeting.
The next two years promise to be contentious for
the ITPO. Florida Department of Transportation offi-
cials will be holding public meetings and the MPO will
be making a decision as to the fate of the aging Anna
Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.
DOT officials have said they are open-minded
about what to do with the span, whether to repair it or
replace it with another structure.
Those meetings are tentatively scheduled for late
summer or fall.
Whitmore said she enjoyed the two-year term as
ITPO chair and wished Cole luck in his tenure as head
of the organization.
"Congratulations, good luck, have fun," was her
advice to Cole.
Fallen firefighter honored
Hundreds offirefighters and police formed a procession to pay respect to fallen firefighter Brian Reed follow-
ing services at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center.
Family, friends, firefighters mourn Brian Reed
Hundreds of firefighters and more than 200 fire
trucks and vehicles from throughout Florida came to
Manatee County on Monday to pay their respects to
firefighter Brian Reed, who died in the line of duty
Tuesday, April 10.
Family members and friends, 120 honor guards
from as far away as Miami and Orlando, elected offi-
cials and Manatee County sheriffs deputies gathered
Bridge inspection Friday;
one.lane traffic anticipated
Florida Department of Transportation work-
ers will be inspecting the Anna Maria Island
Bridge at Manatee Avenue Friday, April 20, and
one-lane traffic during dayhght hours is antici-
"Only one lane will be closed at a time," said
DOT spokesperson Gene O'Dell. "and we antici-
pate only momentary interruptions in the flow of
traffic across the bridge."
Bridge inspections are done annually.
Trees trImming trouble
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
said I did," Deffenbaugh said..
"I had nothing todo with the bills at all. Ms.
Beck was sick for many months and the bills were
lying on her desk. I had nothing to do with the bills,
nor did I instruct Mr. WQ1fe .tQ. break up the bills,"
Deffenbaugh said. L ,
DeFrank said again, "I called the tree service and
they indicated they sent an original bill to the city and
then they were told to break it up."
Although not present for the meeting,,Clements
later .aid DeFrank'.sremarks were-incorrect.
"He misrepresented himself. He said he was with
the City of Anna Maria and asked all kinds of ques-
tions. He was told the billing was broken up because of
the different addresses."
She said her daughter, Yvonne Clements, takes
care of billing and that she said she was under the im-
pression DeFrank was calling to pay the bill.
at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center in Pal-
metto to mourn.the loss of a man who could fix any-
thing and was affectionately known as "McGyver."
Reed's nickname was based on the television char-
acter who could seemingly make anything out of any-
thing, such as a crane from paper clips or a laser made
from a diamond ring.
Reed was working at West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District Station No. 2 on Cortez Road when he fell 12
feet from a ladder while fixing a lighting outlet in the
ceiling of the station house. He sustained fatal head in-
juries in the fall.
Longboat Key Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic
Karl Bennett was the honor guard commander. He said
honor guards from fire departments in Miami, Orlando,
Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Longboat Key and Palm
Harbor were present. Also in attendance were honor
guards hailing from departments in Hillsborough,
Pasco, Sarasota, Dade, Orange, Polk and Martin coun-
A trust fund has been established to benefit Reed's
two daughters, Donna, 10, and Elizabeth, 4, at First Na-
tional Bank and Trust. Donations may be sent in care
of the Brian Reed Memorial Fund, First National Bank
and Trust, 5817 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL
"He told her there had been a bill sent to the city
that originally contained all the work, and she had to
find it, because he needed it for the meeting Thursday,"
"Yvonne didn't remember any bill like that, but
this Mr. DeFrank convinced her that if she didn't find
it, we wouldn't get paid, so she thought maybe she had
forgotten. But when she went digging, she couldn't
find anything like that."
When she finally asked DeFrank what position he
held with the city, "He told me he was a concerned citi-
zen," Clements said.
"Evidently this DeFrank is going to make but like
there's some kind of conspiracy. Mr. Concerned Citizen
seems like he's trying to start trouble."
John's Tree Service has been in business for more
than 30 years, she said. "We do work for Palmetto, for
Bradenton, for Manatee County, and I've never heard
of anything like this.
"You expect to give the bid, and if your bid is ac-
cepted, you do the work, you submit a bill and you get
Firefighters gather for Reed
Following services at the Manatee Convention and
Civic Center for Brian Reed, his body was trans-
ported to the grave site in an antique fire truck at the
head of an "apparatus procession" of more than 200
vehicles. At least 70fire engines from around
Florida were in the procession. Islander Photos:
Holiday crowds jam Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
County Sheriffs Office special tactical unit and several
officers patrolling on horses. About 35 law enforcement
officers were present at the beach in all, he said.
As to the trash, Speciale said a crew of prisoners
were out first thing Monday morning to pick up after
the weekend revelers.
Another relatively new element of law enforce-
ment in Bradenton Beach was implemented over the
weekend at Coquina "beer sweeps."
Since alcohol is prohibited on Manatee County
beaches, Bradenton Beach Police periodically go
through the beach areas and check coolers for alcoholic
beverages, confiscating any liquor that is found. The
booze is dumped later at the police department.
Special said the beer sweeps seem to be working.
"We only got about a case on the weekend," he said.
"Last year we got three big trash cans full of beer."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said there
were no real problems in that city over the weekend
either. He said a couple of minor accidents on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge slowed traffic, and there were a
couple of thefts of wallets or purses at the Manatee
Beach, but overall it was "a normal, heavy traffic, con-
gested day that we get on a nice-weather holiday.
"It was quiet except we had more cars than the Is-
land can hold," he added.
paid. Tt always has to go before the council or the com-
rr'sion for approval."
"I've never heard of anything like this in 30 years
in the business," she added.
The commission was originally going to postpone
payment until the situation coi'ld be investigated fur-
ther, but resident Jerse Corri'l asked commissioners to
pay the bill.
"I have been a small businessman myself," he said.
"They have bills to pay and payroll to meet. They can't
keep waiting for their money."
The commissioners voted unanimously to pay the"
bill in full.
Hill asked Building Official Bob Welch to check
and make sure the work had been done properly and to
make sure none of the work was done on private prop-
As to the allegations that someone with the city
asked the tree service to submit a parceled-out bill, Hill
said, "I'm not sure who we would use as an investiga-
tory arm. We should do some individual investigation.":
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 18, 2001 M PAGE 3
Scenic highway designation ceremony Meetin.s
April 26 in Bradenton Beach
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the des-
ignation of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach as a scenic
highway will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26. It will
be held at Coquina Bayside near the southern boat
ramp, and the public is invited.
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach was designated a
scenic highway by state officials earlier this month.
This will make available federal and state funding to
"preserve, maintain, protect and enhance the intrinsic
resources of scenic corridors through a sustainable
balance of conservation and land use," according to thi
scenic highway program's mission statement.
At stake are funds from the U.S. Department of-
'Transportation Federal Highway Administration,
which provides 80 percent of the improvements for
A "vision statement" of the project stresses a pe-
destrian-friendly highway which provides "pleasant
places for residents and visitors to interact with the
natural environment and the Island community."
Among the proposals for improvement are bike
baths, sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting, educa-
tional and informational kiosks and bus shelters.
A master plan for the three-mile stretch of.road will
be designed later this year based on citizen and city
Cleanup of Island's shores is Saturday
The Great American Cleanup comes to Anna rant parking lot, 20(Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,,
Maria Island Saturday morning, April 21, with hun- and at the north'pavilion:on the.Palma Sola Causeway.
dreds of volunteers expected to scoop up a ton of trash. During the big event, the Museum of Science and
The cleaners'are to gather at four check-in points Industry will send its tra eling show from Tampa to the
at 9 a.m. and fan out from there to pick up trash, which Kingfish Boat Ramp where attendants will hand out
will have found its way to the beaches and bay shores. "Tampa Bay Repair Kits."'which outline how to take
Ingrid McClelland, executive director Ofthe spon- care of the bay.
scoring Keep Manatee Beautiful, said that last year 215 __________
volunteers gleaned 2,006 pounds bf trashlon the Island, 'Affaire' Saturday evening
plus 910 pounds of recyclable glass, aluminum, plas-
The 2001 version of "An Affaire to Remem-
tic and .the like.
Elsewhere in Manatee County, volunteers will ber" is sold out, but maybe there'll be a place or two
clean roads, streets, parks and other collectors of trash. left for those who are getting in line for late cancel-
Countywide. 1,524 volunteers picked up 299,509 nations.
pounds of trash last year, along with 1'972 pounds of That's the word from Sandee Pruett of the
recy Anna Maria Island Community Center, sponsor
Boats are especially needed to clean up the neigh- and beneficiary of the annual fundraiser.
boring mangrove i lands and waterways, and boating The event will begin with champagne at 5 p.m.
b ori ng m ang rov e 14 a; is an w ater w ay, and b g QS atu rd ay A p ril 2 1, in th e g ran d b allro o m o f S t.
volunteers should call McClelland at 795-8272 for as Saturday, April 21, in the "grand ballroom" of St.
signm Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Dinner will follow at 6:30, and then
;Cleaners are to check in at 9 a.m. or slightly ear- e .t
lier at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; King. allthe prizes will be won at auction or raffle.
fish Boat Ramp at the Island endof the Anna Maria Those who to et thenames on the wat-
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April 23, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
April 24, 7 p.m., special city commission meeting.
April 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
amended resolution on ratification of 1986 action
vacating part of 17th Street North, action on grant
application for scenic highway master plan, action
on informational flyer for curbside recycling trial
period, authorization to sign supervisor of elections
user agreement, travel request for building officials,
travel request for public works employee, 20th-21st
Place Avenue A storm sewer replacement discus-
sion, consent agenda, commission reports and pub-
lic comment. .. ,
SApril 24, 1 .p.m., scenic highwayconimittee meeting.
April 26, 11 a:m., ribbon cutting ceremony for scenic
highway at Coquina Bayside, southboat ramp.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 19, 2 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
April 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting followed by
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 18, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials Meet-
ing, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
April 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
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Anna Maria gets tough with parking violations
By Laurie Krosney
Toward the end of a nearly five-hour meeting, Anna
Maria city commissioners refused to go home until they
had begun the process to enact higher parking fines.
They also voted to hire a collection agency to enforce
the payment of fines.
Commissioner John Michaels said he was honoring
a commitment to resident Karen DiCostanzo by insisting
that the commission address the issue at its April 12 meet-
DiCostanzo has been asking for the tougher penalties
for a number of years, and she has seen the matter through
committees and meetings and postponements.
Fines for illegal parking have remained the same in
the city since 1983.
Michaels has said he thought raising fines would dis-
courage some of the illegal parking. He said it seems
people don't mind paying a $5 parking fine for a day at
Michaels wanted to see what he called some "ex-
treme" parking fines in the neighborhood of $75 to
"That should discourage some of the flagrant disre-
gard for our parking ordinances," he said.
Commissioners looked at a memo prepared by Sgt.
Ed Norris, Anna Maria's patrol supervisor from the Mana-
tee County Sheriffs Office, that compares the fines in
Currently, Anna Maria charges $15 for a parking vio-
lation. Violation of the handicapped regulations is $50,
and there is a $5 late fee if the fine is paid more than 72
hours after the ticket is issued.
Fines in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Palmetto,
Longboat Key and Bradenton range from $10 to $30 with
$100 fines for parking illegally in handicapped zones. Late
fees range from $5 to $10 with the exception of Longboat
Key, which has no'late fee.
The Anna Maria fines will now be $30 with a $15 late
fee after seven days. There will be a $100 fine for a handi-
capped-parking violation with a $25 late fee after seven
The city also voted unanimously to contract with
Municipal Services Bureau to collect unpaid parking tick-
In a memo to commissioners, City Clerk Alice Baird
said as of April 4 the city had a total of $3,570 in uncol-
lected parking tickets. If the collection company were to
be 100 percent successful, the city would net $2,427.60 at
a cost of $1,142.40.
Hill pointed out that the late fee would cover the col-
Baird said she contacted references listed by the com-
pany. She said, "Steve Michiche of Orlando said they had
tried a half dozen other companies and this one was the
best. They have used them for a year and a half. They are
Palma Sola Causeway bridge replacement work
is ahead of schedule and should be completed be-
fore the Fourth of July holidays.
That's the projection from Tom Thursby, on-site
engineer with Tampa Bay Engineering, the firm han-
dling the project for the Florida Department of Trans-
Thursby said the $4.1 million project is ahead
of schedule. The project began last July and was
originally set to last 15 months.
Work includes replacing the two bridges linking
the mainland with Perico Island with higher spans and
professional, do not offend and have worked out real well
for the City of Orlando."
The vote to go with MSM was unanimous.
The commission asked City Attorney Jim Dye to draft
an ordinance for the new parking regulations and to add
a new category of double parking, which is something the
sheriff's office has asked for to control problems at
After the meeting, DiCostanzo said she thinks the
decisions of the commission are wonderful.
"It took years to get this accomplished," she said. "I
think the fines are fair, and hopefully they will deter the
blatant disregard for the parking laws. You see cars parked
right under 'no parking' signs now, and this should help
DiCostanzo said she thinks the word was out that
Anna Maria couldn't collect on its parking tickets, so no-
body paid any attention to the laws.
She said she sees the new fines and collection efforts
as a good beginning to the parking problems in the city.
elevating the roadway leading to the bridge ap-
proaches. Also in the project is replacing a culvert on
Perico Island just east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and extending the sidewalk-bike lane to connect with
the bridge across Anna Maria Sound.
There is some bad news with the project for mo-
torists, though there will be one more day of one-
lane traffic as final bridge work is wrapped up.
Thursby said that delay day will probably be in May.
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THE ISLANDER M APRIL 18, 2001 M PAGE 5
Holmes Beach planners review changes for city
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission re-
viewed a draft ordinance to amend the city's land-
development code for home occupations, fence
height in commercial zoning districts and building-
The first amendment under consideration applies
to home businesses. The amendment allows the ga-
rage to be used as a work area as long as it is an at-
tached garage. The garage must be included within
the exterior walls of the primary dwelling unit, and
the garage door must remain closed while business
is being conducted.
"Previously a home occupational license only
covered the habitable space, which does not include
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parking area, a popular attraction for sellers and shoppers. Islander Photo: Bonner Futch
the garage," explained Chairman Susan Normand.
"This amendment allows the garage to be included
as part of the habitable space. If the garage is de-
tached, we're looking at a separate building and that
would not come under a home occupational license.
You still have to be approved for a home occupa-
tional license first."
Another amendment was to address the height of
a fence surrounding C-3 zoned properties. The con-
cern brought before the commission regarded fenc-
ing commercial properties used for storage. Fencing
would not only protect the business, but also would
hide materials from nearby homeowners' sight lines.
The intent of the amendment was to allow these
properties to have a six-foot fence. However, com-
missioners discovered that the city's comprehensive
plan already spells out these provisions. Under an or-
dinance for screening, a six-foot fence is required
and it addresses the type of material that can be used.
"We have so many rules and regulations even
the attorney can't keep up with them," said commis-
sion member Joe Kennedy.
The commission also addressed spacing between
multiple dwelling units. When more than one build-
ing or structure is built on a single parcel, the build-
ings must be separated by a minimum of.20 feet for
single-story units and 30 feet if at least one of the
buildings is more than one story high.
For two or more structures to be considered one
building and not subject to the spacing requirements,
they had to be joined by a common roof. With the
proposed change, buildings can also be built upon a
"The intent of this is to make buildings more aes-
thetically pleasing," said Bill Saunders, assistant super-
intendent of public works. "Allowing for a common
foundation breaks up the style line. You don't have to
have a flat plane joined by a permanent roof."
Another recommended change regards language
to restrict homes from having more than two stories
of living space. If approved, there will no longer be
a 25-foot height restriction for livable space, al-
though the restriction will remain for the overall
building height not to exceed 36 feet above the
crown of the street.
The planning commission will pass its recom-
mendations to the city commissioners for final ap-
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Tiny teapot, plenty of steam
Just when you thought the infighting and govern-
mental problems in Anna Maria City couldn't get
worse .,: well, you can read for yourself.
Sunshine Law violations or at least the suspi-
cion of such appear to be everyday circumstance.
Citizens meddling in daily city business aren't
It seems, from what we've heard recently, folks
had better worry about who may be watching and lis-
tening, even in the rest rooms.
Passing notes in the rest room?
Accusations about officials' relatives opening
Scripted motions and prepared statements shared
prior to meetings?
Home phone calls from commissioner to commis-
sioner urging that they ignore the Sunshine Law?
Misrepresentation of citizens as city officials?
There's a conspiracy developing at nearly every
The mayor may feel relieved to relinquish some
responsibility. He recently forfeited his opportunity to
serve at the helm of the Island Transportation Organi-
zation and as the Island's representative to the
Sarasota-Mr.natee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
We expect the steam from the teapot to swirl and
rise to new .heights, perceptible as far away as
Bradenton Beach, as that news spreads through Anna
It appears now the city's charter will be dissected
by grammar experts and possibly head to court for
clarification as to whether it is intended that the mayor
or the vice mayor run city meetings.
From a political-standpoint, the mayor may not be
in the majority now, but political tides change quickly,
and we respect his decision to stay in office in spite of
relentless appeals from dissenters for his resignation or
We'd be disturbed to see the mayor "chuck it all"
for happier days and desert the majority who voted for
So what exactly does the charter say?
Under the heading "Vice Mayor," the charter
states, "The vice mayor shall preside at meetings of
the commission and have such administrative duties
as required to carry out the responsibilities of and act
as mayor during the absence or disability of the
Further on it states, "During the absence or disabil-
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Dog beach unbelievable
I find it absolutely unbelievable that anyone would
even consider putting a dog beach in a bird sanctuary.
And to promote doing so in the name of sharing the
planet with other creatures!
The proponent of the dog beach is totally disre-
garding the relaxed state of mind and safety of hun-
dreds of feathered creatures that are naturally at home
on this Island, just so she can import her idea of fun.
I love dogs and I love many dog owners. Yet in-
considerate dog owners remind me of inconsiderate
smokers. They just don't recognize the way their par-
ticular pastime intrudes on others. They see nothing
wrong with dominating the experience of everyone
By simplifying the issue to only health risk deter-
mination, they neglect addressing other valid rights,
concerns and preferences held by others.
Yes, let's share the planet by being considerate
enough to leave sensitive native animals undisturbed
when possible, and not expecting every place we go to
accommodate our self-indulgent lifestyle.
People who choose to own animals in settings
where they do not naturally fit are only indulging them-
selves at the cost of both the native animals and their
Ellen Koswell, Cincinnati, Ohio
There are dog answers
Yes, the subject is dogs. Those animals you love to
hate. My wife and I spent February on Anna Maria and
were amused by the amount of attention the ill-fated
dog beach received in the media, as well by the atti-
ments that the mayor should run the meetings unless
he's not in attendance.
But, really, what do you think?
Do you care who runs the meetings?
tudes of many residents, board candidates and govern-
ment officials. It was a clear case of overreaction, nega-
tive thinking and people not having anything better to
do with their time.
An article from the St. Louis newspaper shows
what can happen when positive thinking holds sway,
when a community and a government are honestly in-
terested in providing a healthy, interactive and socially
It shows that there are answers. It shows that dog
owners can be accommodated, if the will to do it ex-
ists. And the world does not end, hordes of howling
dogs do not take over, disease is not rampant nor wild
Your Island is a beautiful island, but it is, unfortu-
nately, an up-tight little island that needs to loosen up,
have some fun, and do something constructive for
many of its citizens. Life is too important to be put on
a short leash.
Gerry Mandel, St. Louis, Mo.
So long to new Texan
The Anna Maria Island Community Center wishes
longtime aerobics and line dance instructor Tanya
Slack the best of luck as she moves on the next chap-
ter in her life. Tanya is moving to Texas in mid-April
where her daughter and new grandchild reside.
Tanya has taught classes here for about 10 years
and has quite a following. She's so energetic and al-
ways sporting a cheerful smile. We love her and will
miss her greatly, as will all of her devoted "students."
Farewell, our friend.
Sandee Pruett, Island Community Center
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2001 N PAGE 7
Growth commission wants to gut state DCA
By David Futch
Dismantling the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs would end any chance for citizens to file
complaints about large developments suchas Arvida
Co.'s Perico Island project, according to the environ-
mental group ManaSota-88.
But parts of Florida's growth management plan are
in dire need of an overhaul, according to the 25-mem-
ber Growth Management Study Commission appointed
by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush put together the growth commission to guide
a proposed reform of Florida's growth management
plan, a 20-page document adopted in 1986 that was
designed to outline the state's priorities and guide
Local governments, environmentalists and devel-
opers have always disliked the state plan, but didn't
know what to do about changing it.
One part of the study commission's report says the
state would r.o longer review local growth plans unless
there were compelling state interests, such as major
roads and hurricane evacuation.
ManaSota-88 Chairman Glenn Compton said even
if there were a "compelling state interest" to review a
local plan, "my understanding is no one in state gov-
ernment would be in charge to listen to any citizen
DCA would become an advisory committee with
no teeth, Compton said. '
Bradentoni Mayor Wayne Poston said any change
in the state comprehensive land-use plan is desirable.
"What Florida did before isn't working," Poston
said. "One thing the commission wants to do is elimi-
nate the development of regional impact. They say it's
gone. I think so, too. It wasn't working well and was
The DRI process forced developers to jump
through a number of government hoops to get approval
for any development of more than 1,000 units.
Each hoop has its own rigorous set of require-
ments to ensure environmental ,and infrastructure
concerns are met.
Poston said the commission's 22-page report,
dubbed the Florida Growth Management Study Com-
mission Third Draft Report and Recommendations, has
its troubling parts.
While it suggests eliminating the DRI, it turns
around and states that the impact of large-scale devel-
opments would be addressed by city, county and re-
gional planning agencies.
"I'm not sure where the study commission is go-
ing with this report," Poston said. "I read the final re-
port twice and they threw everything and every idea out
there. They want to give local government the respon-
sibility to make growth decisions, but there are still
checks and balances.
"I'd like to be more optimistic, but I'd also like to
take more time to study this document. When it goes
to the legislature, there's no doubt it will go through
ManaSota-88's Compton said gutting the DCA
would be the worst of all possible worlds.
"I think it's a terrible suggestion," Compton said.
"I'm not sure you need to gut the entire development-
of-regional-impact process. Doing so really limits the
public's ability to get involved, to comment and to le-
gally challenge large developments. There would be no
avenue for a citizen to file an objection and go to an
Giving local governments control over the growth
The Easter sunrise service attracted 2,000 wor-
shipers to Anna Maria Island's beach and raised a
record $500-plus for each of the Island's seven
Richard Bohnenberger, past president of the
sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island,
said the 2,000 people there didn't quite set an atten-
dance record, but the $4,570 in donations did.
With the total divided evenly among the
issue is no panacea either, Compton said.
When large developments, all over Florida were
being proposed 25 or 30 years ago, local politicians
approved projects without considering the impacts,
according to Compton.
"If the city and the county were doing the jobs they
were supposed to do in the 1970s," Compton said, "they
would not have needed a state comp plan in the 1980s."
Manatee County Commission Chairman Joe
McClash said he saw statements demanding that
growth pay for itself.
The study commission said there are formulas to
decide how much a developer should pay so that there
are enough roads and schools to deal with the popula-
tion a development would bring.
"Developers may frown on a formula," McClash
said. "But most people agree developers should pay for
growth rather than putting it on the shoulders of people
who are already here."
He said he's concerned about the DCA being
eliminated as the reviewing and approving office for
city and county land-use plans.
DCA would be replaced with a department that
would act in an advisory capacity only to local govern-
ments making land-use decisions.
"I am concerned that DCA would be absent during
the review process," McClash said. "Still, I think the
governor has made a commitment to ensure services
were paid for as growth occurs."
churches, that will mean something more than $500
for each, he said.
"We had some fine people helping with the ser-
vice," Bohnenberger said. "The Salvation Army par-
ticipated this year, too, for the first time with singing
and other help, and that was a big plus.
"And we had perfect weather that makes 37
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A dog's best friend?
We would like to warn all pet owners who plan to
travel and leave their pets behind with sitters to beware
and check their references carefully. Call a family who
has used their services.
We have just returned from a much-needed vaca-
tion on a cruise ship and we were gone a week. We
hired a local pet-sitter service with the confidence that
they had been in business for years and appeared re-
sponsible. "lAppeared" is the operative word.
During our trip away a substantial electrical storm
passed over the Island. We all know how dogs react to
thunder and lightning. Wouldn't you think a "respon-
sible" sitter would come by and check the dog during
No. In fact, as far as we can determine, he didn't
come by at all during the storm. Sometime during the
storm our dog panicked and bolted through the gate and
through the screen on our lanai that was retaining her.
She was left to roam the Island alone and scared. Our
pet sitter had no knowledge she was missing because
he didn't check her.
The next afternoon our daughter in Massachusetts
received a message from our pet sitter that the dog was
missing. Her first question to him was "Have you
called animal control or a shelter to see if she has been
picked up?" The response was "No, we've notified the
police, that is all we can do."
Now, I ask you, is that all he could have done? A
10-year-old would have known to call animal control
to report the dog missing. What is wrong with this pic-
We returned four days later to find our garage door
open and our dog missing. No notes or notification
from our sitter as to where our dog was. There were
several messages on our answering machine from a
very nice lady that had picked up our very scared and
shaken dog and called us.to say she had her.
When we did not respond, as we could not since we
were in the middle of the Caribbean, she then called to
say she was calling animal control to have our pet
picked up. This all happened on the day of the storm.
We returned home on Sunday to discover our dog
had been missing four days.
No notes, no explanation from our sitter, just our
dog is gone. We tried to contact him unsuccessfully.
We left a message that he did not return. Due to sev-
eral messages on our answering machine from animal
control we were able to determine they had our dog.
We could not retrieve her until their normal business
hours on Monday. Our family and ourselves were be-
side ourselves, trying to locate our pet.
The sitter finally showed up at our door at 8:45
p.m. (eight hours after our return) to simply say "I'm
sorry about your dog." He did not know we had located
our pet as he had not once called us or animal control.
In fact, all he did was call the police and leave the doors
open in case she returned on her own. Now, I ask you!
It is now Monday and we picked up our dog at 8
a.m. this morning after she spent four days in a won-
derful facility, thanks to a nice lady that knew the dog
was shaken and lost.
We have our pet back now, no thanks to the sitter.
Thankfully this was only a one-week cruise.
Why did she spend four days in a shelter when we
had hired a professional dog sitter, who should have
known to call a animal control as step No. I when our
dog was first discovered missing?
Is this a responsible service? I don't think so.
Is this a service you want to hire to care for your
pet? I don't think so.
Our dog is a member of our family, as are all pets.
She should have been cared for as if she were a child.
Not with the lackadaisical attitude of this service. He
should have called every resource available to him.
This was his responsibility to locate our dog, not ours.
Thank God we didn't leave a child with these
Tom and Karen Vetorino, Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Uber Alles?
Thanks be to God that I am not a resident of the
City of Anna Maria. '
History, being one of our most reliable teachers,
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has made me feel as though I'm living in Poland in
I offer myself up to charges of slander, libel or
character assassination from the likes of Jay Hill (attor-
ney), John Michaels (Realtor), Tom Skoloda (I don't
know VICE mayor?), et al.
I am a student of history and oftentimes I see it
Recently the "surprising" manipulations transpir-
ing at the inside and outside "meetings" of the city
council frighteningly bring to mind the machinations of
the political situation in 1930s Germany.
Am I having a nightmare or should I next expect
to see a goose-stepping Richard *** on Pine Avenue
to the inspirational trumpeting of "Anna Maria Uber
Please, citizenry of Anna Maria, do not let your-
selves be led down the primrose path.
Again, please, those of you whom I have "insulted"
here, let's feel free to discuss it in open court.
Tom Wright, Holmes Beach
Challenge for public
face-off with mayor
I am extremely proud of the democratic process as
it exists in America. It allows me, as a citizen of the
United States of America, the opportunity to voice my
opinion, right or wrong, about anything that I want to.
I am proud of the people in the City of Anna.Maria that
have taken the time and energy to get involved with the
operation of our city, whether I agree with them or not.
Many years ago now I answered my country's call:
I volunteered to the draft and, like a lot of others,
wound up in Vietnam. Later I found out that that war
was a creation of our government and could have been
stopped before all those lives were lost. Lives of men,
women and children, on both sides, who were fighting
for the freedom to speak our thoughts.
I learned a lesson from my experience: Never fol-
low anything blindly.
I got involved in the right to protest our involve-
ment in Vietnam as an attempt to right a wrong and
maybe save some lives. I got involved in the function-
ing of our city government because something was not
right, something was wrong. I want to help right that
If Mr. Wolfe chooses to declare that we overthrew
the government, that is his opinion. My opinion is that
we righted a wrong. I would support the peaceful over-
throw of a government that treats citizens in a dictato-
rial fashion. If the charter of our city declares the vice
mayor to be vice mayor of the city council, and not vice
mayor of the City of Anna Maria, and that the vice
mayor of the city council presides over the city coun-
cil, that is how it is to be. So if for 75 years everyone
overlooked the fact that the mayor was not following
the dictates of the city charter, that is their problem and
not my concern. Two wrongs do not make a right, my
mother used to tell me. We know now that it is wrong
and it must be righted. We, the people, especially those
that have been participating in the democratic process,
are simply righting a wrong. Mr. Wolfe was part of that
which was wrong, he participated in it, so I understand
his opinion and his desire to keep the status quo, but it
will never be like it was for 75 years, no matter how
long he holds his breath. You can click your heels two
times and wish but you cannot go back, for the people
I challenge the mayor to a meeting with me, in
front of the citizens of this community. I have a lot of
issues and questions that I personally want answered.
You name the time and the place, by April 25, 2001; I
will be there. If by noon that day you do not respond
with a time and a place, I will set my own. Winner
takes all. If you lose, you resign. If you win, well, I get
to keep on fighting for what is right. That is my privi-
lege as a United States citizen and a proud veteran. The
people will not lose and will not go away. If I fall, an-
other will take my place. You will not win against the
will of the people. The wrong shall be corrected: for the
people are bigger than a mayor and bigger than the
press, will win. We are smarter, do not doubt that. For
we know the definition of democracy.
The ground rules of the meeting are simple: I ask
the questions and you answer them. You do not get to
see them in advance, so be prepared. This is not meant
to be fair. I am calling you out behind the shed, so to
speak. You have to answer to the citizens of Anna
Maria. I do not. It is my right to ask a politician a ques-
tion or questions. That is one of those political quag-
mires that you get when you become an elected official.
You cannot run from it or gavel it away. You either
have to face it or walk away. It is your call, Mr. Mayor.
But the people will not go away. We will let the audi-
ence determine a winner by a show of hands and if
necessary a count. I set all the rules.
William Jesse Correll Jr., Anna Maria
Tank top discrimination
I recently had the misfortune to go to a restaurant
on Anna Maria Island. After telling the host that we
wanted to sit inside as one of our party is allergic to
smoke, we were taken in and were met by the owner
who would not let us sit inside.
One of the young men in our group had on a "tank
top" with a two-inch strap across the shoulder and not
low cut. We were told that the state health department
does not allow men to wear such clothing inside a res-
taurant. There were three tables with women wearing
the same type shirt and one even had a string halter top
This was most embarrassing to my guest and to-
tally unjust. The party was made up of senior citizens
and one young man, all of which were dressed well
enough to go to church, but this upstart restaurant had
the gall to lie about a law that does not exist.
This place will have a hard time staying in business
this summer when they will need the locals and we do
not go there. I intend to talk all about how rude the
owner was and how insulting he is to discriminate
against young people like that. It may be true in the
country he comes from, but we will not tolerate that
sort of behavior in this country.
A phone call to the state health department verified
that no such rule or law exist. You must have a shirt and
shoes on, but nothing says a tank top is not allowed.
Dan Parsons, Holmes Beach
Perico promises ... Bah!
When Perico Island was first developed, both de-
velopers promised they would rebuild the bridge on the
east side (where you can see the old pilings sticking out
of the water) and promised to put a new asphalt road
on the old roadbed that is still there.
Nothing was ever done! Promises, promises. Bah!
John Bacich, Anna Maria City
David vs. Goliath
The Perico Island land-use case has concluded af-
ter nine lengthy days of testimony. The City of
Bradenton was represented by the highly paid legions
of Arvida attorneys and their scurrying assistants. Doris
Schember and the Concerned Citizens of Manatee
County were represented by Dan Lobeck and Manatee
County's Jim Minix. Both performed splendidly
against a large law firm with unlimited resources.
Talk about David and Goliath, yet I think we did
As with any court proceeding, 10-hour days are
very expensive. The Concerned Citizens of Manatee
County group is responsible for these substantial legal
fees. Arvida would not even share the cost of transcript
fees, as is often done. These fees alone will be about
If you believe our quality of life is worth protect-
ing, and 10-story buildings have no place on environ-
mentally sensitive Perico Island, please send a contri-
bution to Perico Island Legal Fund, CCMC, 608
Montezuma Drive, Bradenton FL 34209.
Don't wait until construction traffic clogs the
Palma Sola Causeway! Every penny goes to the legal
costs. No amount is too small, and every contribution
helps. It is not a done deal! Please, help now.
It is only the commitment and generosity of our
community that have made our efforts possible.
Marilyn Stasica, Palma Sola, CCMC
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 18, 2001 0 PAGE 9
Pier work nearing completion in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
A lengthy "punch list" of work to be completed at
the Bradenton Beach City Pier was approved last week
by city commissioners and the contractor doing repairs
to the 25-year-old structure at the east end of Bridge
But approval of the punch list came after some
harsh words were offered by commissioners against
contractor, Larry Connor, president of Commercial
Divers International Inc., over the $184,000 project.
Much of the concern voiced by commissioners was
centered on why nails were used to affix the deck
planks on the pier rather than the screws called for in
the contract and why the electric and plumbing lines
were cut and still not repaired.
"I am dedicated to make you totally satisfied,"
Connor told commissioners, "and I'm committed to
making each and every one of you satisfied with our
He said the nails were used to assure the spacing
of the deck planks, and "we may have put in more nails
and some screws may have been missed." It was agreed
that he would do a board-by-board inspection of the
pier decking and add screws where needed.
Electric service to the pier was also discussed, with
Connor assuring commissioners the power to the lights
on the pier would be restored.
By Monday, the pier was again lighted.
Other work to be done on the pier includes sand-
ing the high spots on the deck, replacing boards where
gaps exist, cutting bolts that extrude, repairing plumb-
ing to fish-cleaning stations and painting replacement
wood on the handrail.
Also, the contractor will repair the posts support-
ing the handrail. Commissioners agreed the work was
unexpected and outside the original contract, and
agreed to split the cost of the lumber needed for the
effort with Connor.
The pier work included piling repair, replacement
of supports to the deck and total replacement of the pier
decking on the 600-foot-long pier.
Funds to pay for the pier work come from a special
account, paid into by franchisee George Meier, opera-
tor of Bridge Street Pier & Cafe.
New mural, pirate arrive at Shell Land
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look outside complete with a colorful sunset and a pirate. Working on the pirate scene are, left to right, John
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Please donate any unwanted
men's, women's and children's
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land Community Orchestra & Chorus will be at 2 p.m.
Sunday at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria City.
There is no admission charge and seating is first
come, first served. An offering of $10 to offset produc-
tion costs is requested.
Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director of the orchestra
and chorus, will direct this season's concluding presen-
The orchestra will feature Franz Josef Haydn's
"Concerto for Horn No. 2 in D" with guest soloist
Robert Moore, who has performed with major orches-
$1,000 scholarship candidates
sought by Artists Guild
Manatee County high school students interested in
a college career in fine arts are eligible for a $1,000
scholarship sponsored by the Artists Guild of Anna
The guild administers the Lois Lietz Memorial
Scholarship, which has an application deadline of May
11. The forms may be obtained in high school guidance
The memorial fund honors Lietz, a former presi-
dent of the Guild. She was an artist and teacher who
served as co-chair of the Heritage Festival for several
years. She was also a singer, pianist and visual artist.
Eligible is any senior who is a resident of Manatee
County, a 2001 graduate with 3.0 or better grade point
average, who plans to major in any of the fine arts in
an accredited post-secondary institution. Details are
available at 778-6694.
Cortez fish fry
The first fish fry in many moons will sizzle in
Cortez from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20.
It will help pay for the Cortez FISH Preserve, 95
acres of pristine land between Cortez Road and
Sarasota Bay just east of the historic fishing village.
The dinner will be at the old Cortez volunteer
firehouse, now the Cortez Community Center, at 4517
123rd St. Ct. W., and will offer mullet, grits, baked
beans, cole slaw and hush puppies at $7.50 per plate.
Also for sale will be homemade desserts, soft drinks
and coffee. Take-out is available, too.
The old-fashioned fish fry is a traditional event in
Cortez, and takes on new meaning with the advent of
the Cortez FISH Preserve. It is being bought by the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage for permanent
preservation in its natural state.
The tract was offered for a cut-rate $250,000 by
Louise Schewe of Illinois, whose husband left it to her
in his estate. FISH made its first payment of $61,000
on April 4, and three more payments are due each
In addition to fundraising events, FISH Treasurer
Karen Bell said contributions are most welcome. .
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tras in Germany and France and toured Europe with the
Pittsburgh Symphony. He plays regularly with the
Florida West Coast Symphony and the Naples Philhar-
The orchestra also will be heard in works by
George Frideric Handel and Gustav Mahler.
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Magnificat" will be fea-
tured in the second part of the program. The Anna
Maria Island Chorus will join the orchestra, along with
soloists Rebecca Hill and Martha DiPalma, sopranos;
Chorrellis Charlson, alto; Robert Lischetti, tenor; and
Richard Storm, bass.
Further information is available at 778-5730.
Island Gallery West artist Ron Bernard has made an
arrangement with publisher Seven North Inc. to publish
and sell limited-edition Bernard works in the United
States, the Caribbean and Europe. He is shown signing
some of his works. He and his wife Claudia own
Bernard's Photography and Fine Arts in Bradenton.
Butterfly garden only 27 bricks
short of a load
The butterfly garden of Anna Maria Island is
within 27 bricks of its second order, the first 100 firmly
planted there and the second 100 anticipated by July.
Nancy Ambrose, founder of the Anna Maria Island
Public Butterfly Park, said orders for the special per-
sonalized bricks must be placed in units of 100 and
enough orders for that second increment seem likely
The bricks are made with a message implanted,
$40 for two lines of message and $50 for three. The
completed courtyard includes regular bricks mixed
with the first order of 100 personalized bricks. Funds
from the second order will help to complete the walk-
way through the park.
The park is between city hall and the Island Branch
Library on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Forms for ordering the special bricks are available
at the Anna Ma'-a Island Chamber of Commerce, 5337
Gulf Drive, and The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, both i. '-olmes Beach. Further informa-
tion maybe obtained from Ms. Ambrose at 778-5374.
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easy! Entry is $1 per raffle ticket. All proceeds go to
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. The chair was
created and donated by Jo Ann Meilner. The draw-
ing will be held the day after the first nest is verified
on Anna Maria Island (approximately May 1-15).
Stop by The Islander newspaper offices for a ticket,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
'Good Morning, Longboat'
April 25 on key
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
host a membership breakfast called "Good Morning,
Longboat Key" at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the
chamber office. 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Details are
available at 387-9519.
Characters, crooks seen
at Island museum
Five centuries of ship wreckers, pirates, swindlers,
tycoons and other fascinating characters will be explored
Monday, April 23, by historian/author Dr. Robert Gold.
The program will be at 7 p.m. at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Funded by the Florida Humani-
ties Council and sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society, it is free and open to the public.
Dr. Gold, who lives in Jacksonville, promises to in-
clude a famous or infamous local character among
the famed Floridians. He will discuss Florida's peculiar
attraction for con artists and get-rich-quick schemes.
The memorable practitioners' corruption, cruelty,
cunning and quirks will appear along with their contri-
butions and successes, he said. Further information
may be obtained at 778-0492.
Islander featured in spring
showcase in Bradenton
Eleanor Boylan of Holmes Beach will be featured
entertainer at a spring showcase, "Get Down to Busi-
ness," for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in
downtown Bradenton Thursday, April 19.
The event will be from noon until 9 p.m. along Old
Main Street as part of the Get Down Downtown cel-
ebration. Business displays, food, music, activities,
entertainment and prizes are on the program.
Boylan, a professional puppeteer, will provide en-
tertainment, especially for children, with music by
David Paul Fugazzoto. At 5 p.m. the trade show will
become a party with an island theme, said the sponsor.
Details are available at 748-4842.
Bay Drive South being discussed for vacation is
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Samuel Lauver Bailey
Samuel Lauver Bailey, 89, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Boalsburg. Pa., Mr. Bailey came to Mana-
tee County from Turtle Lake, Wis., in 1963. He was the
former owner of the Anchor Inn Resort in Upper
Turtle, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II and received the Silver Star. He attended Re-
deemer Lutheran Church, Bradenton. He was a Cub
Scout leader for Pack 7. Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April
20, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave.
W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made
to the church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Helen M.; daughter Erla J.
Lee of St. Paul, Minn.; sons Terry Samuel and David
Alan, both of Bradenton; brothers Robert of Tacoma,
Wash., Frank and Dick, both of Boalsburg; 10 grand-
children; and four great-grandchildren.
Doreen Damm, 75, of Holmes Beach, died April
Born in Liverpool. England, Mrs. Damm came to
Manatee County from Centerville. Ohio, in 1999. She
was a homemaker. She attended Church of the Annun-
ciation, Holmes Beach.
There were no local services. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Hospice House of Bradenton,
3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home. Island Chapel, was in charge of ar-
She is survived by daughter Sandra Visser of
Holmes Beach; son William "Bill" G. of Jacksonville;
six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Haskiel 'Hack' Daugherty
Haskiel "Hack" Daugherty, 83, of Holmes Beach,
died March 17.
Born in Warren, Ind., Mr. Daugherty came to
Manatee County as a seasonal resident in 1973. He was
a retired manufacturers representative. He founded and
owned Daugherty Inc. in Warren. He was a charter
member and past president of Kiwanis Club of Warren
and served as district lieutenant governor of Kiwanis.
He was a member of the Key Royale Club, Holmes
There were no local services. Burial was in War-
He is survived by wife Martha; son David of War-
ren; daughter Diane Morrison of Huntington, Ind.; five
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Jeanne S. Smith Longacre
Jeanne S. Smith Longacre, 77, of Bradenton Beach
and Warrenville, Ill., died April 11.
Born in Morrison, Ill., Mrs. Longacre came to
Bradenton Beach as a winter resident more than 20
years ago. She was a homemaker. She was an avid
golfer and collected sea shells.
Visitation was April 16 and services April 17 in
Wheaton, 11l. Memorial contributions may be made to
the American Lung Association, 1749 S. Naperville
Road, Ste. 202, Wheaton IL 60187. Williams-Kampp
Funeral Home, Wheaton, was in charge of arrange-
She is survived by sons Donald, Steven and Bob;
daughter Susan Longacre; eight grandchildren; and one
Brian Eugene Reed
Brian Eugene Reed, 39, of Bradenton, died April
Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Mr. Reed came to
Manatee County from there. He was a firefighter-EMT
with West Manatee Fire & Rescue, stationed in Cortez.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a volun-
teer with Anna Maria Fire Department. He attended
Elwood Park Baptist Church.
Services were April 16 at Manatee Convention and
Civic Center, Palmetto. Memorial contributions may be
made to the Brian Reed Memorial Fund, First National
Bank and Trust, 5817 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34209. Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, was
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Pamela; daughters Donna
and Elizabeth, both of Bradenton; mother Bonnelyn of
Bradenton; sister Donna Rupe of Bradenton; and broth-
ers William, Jack and Ron, all of Bradenton.
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With vice mayor as chair, Anna Maria gets going
By Laurie Krosney
The discussion at the recent Anna Maria city com-
mission meeting was courteous and direct. Some agree
that the city's charter says the vice mayor should run
the commission meeting; some say it was never in-
tended by the city fathers.
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda opened the April 12
meeting by addressing "confusion about chairing the
The city videotaped the meeting, and television
cameras were present, thanks to a call from a resident
to BayNews 9 television promising "fireworks."
But the discussion, both within the commission
and from the gallery, was courteous and without per-
Skoloda asked City Attorney Jim Dye for "direc-
tion on home-rule authority."
He wanted Dye to specifically address the motions
made at the April 5 meeting in which the commission
voted 3-1 to interpret the charter to mean the vice
mayor was to chair the meetings, and the mayor was to
serve as a chief executive officer, running the daily
affairs of the city.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh asked, "Mr. Skoloda, do
you mean to-tell me that you think 75 years of doing it
with the mayor running the meetings was wrong?"
Skoloda said he did think it had been wrong.
Deffenbaugh said, "We've checked all over the
state of Florida, and in no other city does the mayor not
chair the meetings.
"The vice mayor chairs when the mayor can't be
there.My reFding of the charter is that the mayor chairs
the meetings, plus that's the way it's been done for 75
years. That's precedent," the mayor said.
Deffenbaugh said for the vice mayor to chair the
meetings, it would take a vote of the people, because
it represents a change:iri the charter.
Commissioner Linda Cramer said, "The commis-
sion can't affect the substance or intent of the charter.
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"For the vice mayor to preside overturns our elec-
tive process. How can three people overturn what has
been the process for 77 years without going to a refer-
Cramer was referring to the April 5 commission
vote-allowing the vice mayor to chair the meetings.
With Deffenbaugh absent that day, Commissioners Jay
Hill, John Michaels and Skoloda voted to interpret the
charter in order for the vice mayor to chair the meet-
ings. Cramer voted no.
Skoloda said for the vice mayor to chair the meet-
ings does not change the charter and does not change
the intent of the charter since it is clear that the vice
mayor is to chair the meetings.
Michaels said, "To me it's cut and dried. The char-
ter states the vice mayor shall preside. I don't have a
question. It's perfectly clear to me."
Resident Ed Rost said the precedent issue cut no
ice with him. "A couple of things tradition and pre-
cedent provided for slavery in our country. Now we
have a law against that."
Resident Shirley O'Day asked Dye for his take on
Dye said, "My job as an attorney is to look at the
language and see how it is interpreted legally. There are
two 'ands' in that sentence and where those 'ands' are
placed ... that's a job for an English professor."
Skoloda said, "Mr. Dye, we did have this sentence
diagrammed and discussed at our last meeting. It falls
on the commission if it's unclear."
"That's right," said Dye. "Short of a judicial deci-
sion," he added.
Resident Doug Copeland said, "Back on March 13,
1923, soon after the city was incorporated, when the
charter was adopted and people were elected to the first
commission, those elected were the drafters of our
"They allowed the mayor to call the meeting to
order. Look at what they thought the charter said since
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Anne Fasulo, another resident, asked, "So we were
doing it wrong all those years? I feel stressed by the situ-
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have something to say without having to go to court."
Skoloda said, "Fifteen percent of the citizens can
sign for a referendum about who chairs the meetings."
After further comments, all of them restrained and
courteous, BayNews 9 left, and the commission got
down to business.
Waste Management rate hike approved
Commissioners rubber-stamped a cost-of-living
raise for Waste Management's trash collection rates.
Deffenbaugh said there is a cost-of-living clause in
the contract with Waste Management, and the cost-of-
living went up 3 percent last year, so that's the amount
of the increase.
He said the vote is a formality, but it must be voted
Resident Tim Eiseler asked commissioners if they
could correct an inequity in the billing.
"They are charging double for collecting vegeta-
tion debris in a duplex. It's just one lot, but they charge
twice for vegetation pickup. I've always felt it was
unfair," Eiseler said.
Carol Ann Magill, another resident, agreed with
Eiseler. She said she has had dealings on the same is-
sue with Waste Management, and she thinks it would
be fruitless for him to contact the company on his own.
"The city should do it," she said.
Michaels explained that the issue couldn't be vis-
ited until the contract is renegotiated in about five
Commission considers work sessions
Next, there was discussion about having work ses-
sions immediately preceding the' regular commission
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do this. "It's a time to roll up our sleeves and just have
a conversation in the public eye about the issues. There
is no public input until the formal meeting," he said.
Skoloda added that it would give the commission
a chance to thrash things out without getting bogged
Hill was opposed. "I have some concerns about
shutting the public out. We've had some valuable in-
put from the public,"
Deffenbaugh said, "It's not to shut out, it's just a
relaxed session. There's no voting, just tossing infor-
mation around. The public has a chance to listen and
take notes and make up their minds."
"Part of the idea is to get a flow of ideas, a brain-
storming. Comments from the public intrude on this.
We don't have another opportunity to toss things
around because of the Sunshine Laws," Michaels said.
Most of the members of the gallery were against
having a work session without public comment.
Resident Joan Dickinson reminded commissioners
that during the budget hearings last year there were
times of two to three hours between times for public
"A lot of people left angry and weren't heard. It
was frustrating," she said.
The commission decided to have special meetings
on complicated issues instead of work sessions.
In other action, the commission approved a promo-
tion for public works employee Gary Thorpe from an
entry-level worker to an experienced classification.
Building Official Bob Welch, who is serving as
interim director of the public works department in the
wake of the resignation of the department's director
and foreman, said Thorpe.has shown a great deal of
initiative and has, displayed a good work ethic in the
past weeks as the sole employee of the department.
Michaels said, "I'm. pleased with the way he's in-
-teracted with the public and with what he's accom-
-plished in a short amount of time."
Bob Davis of Holmes Beach, president of Panda Enterprises, joined Mayor Pat Whitesel of Palmetto and
"Destiny the Panda" in presenting a literacy award to administrators of the Palmetto Youth Center. Also
given to each child were Panda books, which encourage literacy, self-esteem and pride, said Davis.
The commission also approved the hire of Wesley
Warren as an entry level employee in the public works
The mayor said he is especially pleased with
Warren's hire because he lives in Key Royale and will
be close at hand to help out in emergencies.
Special meeting set
The commission decided to postpone reorgani-
zation of the public works.department and the orga-
nization of a prioritized list of capital improvements
until a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. April 24
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Anna Maria officials, staff trained in Sunshine Law
By Laurie Krosney
What documents and meetings need to be available
to the public? How should you inform the public? How
fast does a city have to produce documents requested
by private citizens?
These questions and others were answered for
Anna Maria city staff and newly elected commission-
ers at a training session April 3 at city hall.
The training session was mandated by the court as
part of a settlement in an action brought by The Is-
lander against former mayor Chuck Shumard.
Newly elected commissioners must be given the
training as soon as possible after their election.
The city's two newest city commissioners, Linda
Cramer and John Michaels, attended the training, as did
the city staff, with the exception of City Clerk Alice
Baird has been through the training previously.
Michaels had been through it, too, as a member of the
city's planning and zoning board. However, he at-
tended again in his new role as commissioner.
The new members of the city staff- all new Since
February also viewed a videotape produced by
Manatee County covering Florida's Sunshine and Pub-
lic Records Laws.
After the viewing, the trainees had a chance to ask
questions of City Attorney Jim Dye.
Michaels was interested in finding out to what ex-
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Anyone caring for an adult with chronic health or
memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease, will be
welcomed to a meeting of caregivers at 1 p.m. Friday.
The caregivers support gathering is sponsored by
Neighborly Senior Services of Manatee and will be at
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tent e-mail transmissions are subject to the laws.
Dye said if the e-mails are between commission-
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mation about anything that may come up for vote, they
must become part of the public record. -
"You treat it the same way you treat a one-way
memo," Dye said. "You have to have it available for
anyone to see. In Anna Maria, that usually means it
goes in the reading file kept at city hall."
Dye also explained that members of boards and
committees such as the city's planning and zoning and
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don't want their government operating out of back
rooms," Dye said.
He added that Florida has the most liberal public
meeting and records laws in the nation.
Both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach rou-
tinely train new commissioners, board members and
staff in the Sunshine Law.
Lost and found!
Found objects and mixed media creations are
highlighted in a new exhibit of work by Brad
Devlin, Susan Hersey, Stephen Bauldauf, Corrine
Okada Takara and Rachel Schiro at L'Attitude
Gallery, 9908 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria City from
April 22-May 4.
Brad Devlin is a self-taught artist who likes to
create unique wall sculptures and lamps con-
structed of found objects, such as metal, plastic,
car parts and kitchen utensils.
SStephan Baldauf trained in painting, sculpture
and commercial art. His multimedia work com-
bines painting, wood, clay and various found
items. A lot of the wood he uses is antique wood
from torn-down buildings or old chairs.
Corinne Okada Takara creates wire and paper
sculptures that pay homage to her Japanese-Ha-
waiian heritage. This year she is beginning a series
of large kimono sculptures that depict scenes of
family tales and cultural legends.
Rachel Schiro's three-dimensional art echoes
her love of the ocean. Objects from the seashore
become colorful paintings in Schiro's hands.
The gallery is open from 11-6 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and 11-3 p.m. on Sunday. For
more information call 779-1600.
Objects in orbit
One of the featured works at L'Attitude Gallery
in Anna Maria this month, Brad Devlin's
sculpture "Orbit" is crafted from found objects.
Stephens memorial Sunday
What began as a benefit and pig roast for Jeffrey
Stephens has turned into a memorial for the Bradenton
man who died of kidney and liver failure.
The event will go on as planned by friends and
family from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, but as a
memorial and a fundraiser for his surviving wife and
children, aged 3 and 6.
Stephens was hospitalized in March in need of a
liver transplant, which is very expensive, friends noted.
He died April 11 in Tampa General Hospital. He ran a
drywall company in Bradenton with his brother Chuck
and had many friends on Anna Maria Island, accord-
ing to Islander Gina Spicer, a friend of the family.
Bands scheduled to appear at the affair are Point
of View, Razing Cane, Terry Helm and Unkel Skini,
with a special guest appearance by Fred from the Snow
The event will be at Ace's Lounge, 4343 P lma
Sola Blvd., Bradenton. There will be food, drinks,
raffles, pool and dart tournaments, and an auction.,
Donations may be made there or addressed to the
Jeffrey Stephens Liver Foundation, Republic Bank/
Bayshore, 6204 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34207.
Further details are available at 778-5122.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2001 0 PAGE 15
for Mote programs
Teenagers can learn about marine science in
two summer courses scheduled by Mote Marine
Laboratory, with registration open now and classes
filling rapidly, said a spokesperson.
"Southwest Florida Marine Ecology" involves
study of water quality, shark, manatee and dolphin
biology, and includes snorkeling and field sam-
pling. The one-week course is available in any one
of seven weeks from June to August. Cost is $275
for Mote members and $295 for non-members.
The second course is an excursion in the Ba-
hamas, with eight students each session seeing
marine life on reefs. The program July 9-13 is for
students only and July 16-20 for students individu-
ally or with family. Prices are between $1,000 and
Complete information on registration and
availability is available at 388-4441.
Waterfronts Florida grant request declined in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach officials have opted not to apply
for membership in a special state program that is de-
signed to "help revitalize working waterfronts in
The program. Waterfronts Florida, has been in
place in Cortez for several years. Benefits accrued there
include design suggestions for home construction and
renovation and creation of a memorial statue to honor
fishers lost from the historic fishing village.
Bradenton Beach officials seemed reluctant to en-
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called for by the program. State funding for the first
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Pelican Man will celebrate
Earth Day on Sunday
A public celebration of Earth Day is scheduled
Sunday at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken
Thompson Pkwy. on City Island, off the south ramp of
the New Pass Bridge from Longboat Key.
The event will begin at 11 a.m., said the Pelican
Man, Dale Shields, and will include a special planting
and a rendition of "Trees" by Longboat resident Dick
At noon the Native American Mockingbird Clan
will conduct a ceremony at the habitat of Liberty. the
bald eagle sanctuary. The clan mother will say a prayer
and singers and drummers will honor the earth.
Further information is may .b obtained at 388-
Park's spring garden tour
The annual Spring Garden Tour, a major fundraising
program.of the Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation,
will be Saturday.and Sunday, April 21 and 22.
The tour will include five outstanding gardens in
northwest Bra enton, said Eileen M. Hoffner, execu-
tive director othe foundation and its park at 9800 17th
Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
They are the gardens of Drs. Dana and Susan
Weinkle, 2423 Landings Circle; Dixie and Ted
Armbruster, 512 46th St. N.W.; Margaret and Dick
Dungan, 4307 Riverview Blvd.; Julie McClure, 202
35th St. N.W.; and Buster and Eileen Griffith, 3320
Parking directions will be included with the $10
tickets, which may be purchased at any garden on the
tour. Individuals may begin the tour at any garden, and
the tickets are good for both days. Details are available
at 722-2966 or 761-0627.
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American Mockingbird Clan at noon.
Artists Guild hosts
third-graders this Friday
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host Is-
land third graders from the Anna Maria Elementary
School on April 20. Three groups of students will visit the
guild's gallery at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach
from 9-11 a.m. April 20 to learn about the pottery wheel
from Debron McCartney, oil painting from Ann Terharct
and watercolors from Joan Voyles, all guild members.
Kindergarten registration May 3
Registration for incoming kindergarten students at-
tending Anna Maria Elementary School this fall will be
held from 7:30-9 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. May 3.
In order to register students, parents should bring a
state birth certificate with an official seal, the child's so-
cial security card, immunization records, proof of aphysi-
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at the school from 2- 5:30 p.m.
The school is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information call 708-5525.
Summer classes in arts offered
on Longboat Key
Day and evening classes in various art media will
be offered through the summer by the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts, the center has announced.
Watercolor painting will be taught by Gus
Argandona; pottery, Sue Carol Benson; oil painting,
Jean Blackburn; jewelry making, Sue Simon; all me-
dia painting, Leona Sherwood.
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Merit scholarships awarded to teens with Island roots
By Diana Bogan
It's not the first time Suzanne Wight and Debbie
Tyson will face a new beginning together. The two
girls from Bradenton started school together in Lynn
McDonough's kindergarten class at Anna Maria El-
ementary School 12 years ago.
Since then they have moved through the school
system together and remained close friends. Although
most friends go their separate ways after graduating
from high school, these two have integrated plans.
They have both decided to attend the University of
Florida in the fall.
"We both chose the University of Florida indepen-
dently," said Wight. "We won't be living together on
campus, but we do plan to spend a lot more time to-
gether. We're even trying to schedule some classes
But that isn't all the friends share in common. They
have both been awarded National Merit Scholarships.
In order to be named a semifinalist, students had to
score above 215 on their PSAT exams in their junior
year. The highest possible score is 240.
"As semifinalists, we had to fill out an application
and submit recommendations from our school guid-
ance counselor," said Tyson. "Out of 16,000 semifinal-
ists. only 15 finalists were chosen."
Although they don't share the same career interest
- Wight is pursuing psychology and Tyson is consid-
ering microbiology and cell science they do share
an opinion of each other. Each described the other as
smart, independent and fun loving.
"Suzanne is very easygoing. She is a free spirit
with a great attitude towards life," said Tyson.
"As.long as I've known her we have never had
Two peas in a pod
Suzanne Wight and Debbie Tyson are both graduating from Manatee High School as National Merit Scholars.
Ever since starting kindergarten together at the Island Elementary School, they have maintained a close-knit
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Islanders balancing yin, yang with sunset QiGong
By Diana Bogan
With Gulf tides lapping at their feet, Roy Bellas
guides Islanders through a series of gentle movements
as the sun warms their backs. The meditative Chinese
exercises called QiGong (chee-gong) are more than
2,000 years old, but the practice has only made its way
to the United States in the last 20 years.
"QiGong teaches you to use your mind, body and
spirit together to unblock energy and balance yin and
yang energy in the body," said Bellas.
Bellas used to practice and teach the Korean mar-
tial art Tang Soo Do before suffering a heart attack 10
years ago. His doctor advised Bellas to slow down and
told him he couldn't do the vigorous exercise he was
Bellas began to study QiGong from Master Jo in
New York. "I honestly believe my recovery went
smoother and faster because of the positive mental
outlook QiGong provided," Bellas said.
"If you have pain, you inhale energy into the area
that hurts and circulate it so it heals. Meditation calms
the body and mind. I call it having thoughts of no
thoughts," said Bellas. "If you're mulling over some-
thing, it will only keep getting worse. If we want to get
well, we have to remove our blockages."
Qi refers to air and Gong refers to work. Hence,
QiGong practice involves attaining the skills to gather,
Sand, water, air, energy
Roy Bellas leads students through a series of QiGong exercises to balance the body's energy. Kaye
Hopkins, a frequent QiGong participant, said, "It's something I need to keep the energy going. Is-
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"The theory is to keep yin and yang balanced
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The practice of QiGong is appropriate for any age
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2001 0 PAGE 19
Movie magic follows Parent.Teacher Organization business
By Diana Bogan
Fourth graders at Anna Maria El-
ementary School put on a musical pro-
duction of movie tunes after the Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting.
Several students played piano solos,
sang songs from a variety of movie clas-
sics and played some of the instruments
they have used in music class.
Before students could entertain their
families and friends, the Parent-Teacher
Organization got down to business.
Elections for next year's PTO board
will be held in May. Two essential po-
sitions, treasurer and school supply-cart
vendor, need to be filled before the next
During the meeting, the PTO voted
to allocate money for several school
functions, and needs. They agreed to
give Coach Gene Burr $125 to throw an
end-of-the-year party for the student
The PTO will spend $250 on a small
stackable washer-dryer unit for the caf-
eteria. The staff reportedly has been
bringing dish cloths and potholders
home to wash.
The clinic will be given $200 to re-
plenish its stock of supplies and the
music department will receive $260 to
buy two microphones that can be used in
the monthly student performances.
Parents attending the meeting take an
Fourth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School put on a musical performance at a recent Parent-Teacher Organization
meeting. Students performed memorable songsfrom familiar films, including "My Heart Will Go On "from the movie
"Titanic." Songs were played on the recorder, bells and the piano as well as sung. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
active part in voting on PTO issues. A din-
ner is usually offered for families before
the meeting and a student performance
follows. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
May 8 in the school's auditorium.
For more information call Lori
Guerin at 778-9141.
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Anna Maria School menu
Monday, April 23
Breakfast: French Toast Stick with Syrup, Cereal,
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Grilled
Chicken Patty, Roll, Tossed Salad with Dressing,
Tuesday, April 24
Breakfast: Cheese Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
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Friday, April 27
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 6. 500 block of Spring Avenue, transporta-
tion. Deputies picked up a woman who reportedly es-
caped from NManatee Memorial Hospital and trans-
'ported her.back there withoutincident.
-April 7. 870 North Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier,
found property) A wallet was turned in to a deputy. The
wallet was returned to its owner.
- ,April. 8, 100 block Spring Avenue, assistance.
De'pufies as.i-ted a Florida marine officer in locating
S us-pp ct. ,
April 8. 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, theft.
A bicycle, which was left locked to a bike rack, was
-April9, 500 block of South Drive, battery: A juve-.
nile was arrested after she physically attacked her
mother and stepfather. According to the report she has
a history of running away from home and her mother
was attempting to keep her from leaving home again.
April 10, 500 block of Spring Avenue, seized tag.
While on patrol, deputies observed a car with an unas-
signed tag. The tag was seized and placed into property.
April 10, 8605 Gulf Drive, Island Baptist Church,
open door. During a building check one door and sev-
eral windows were found open. The keyholder was
called and the property was secured.
April 11, 9700 Gulf Drive, information. A woman
reported that a driver backing out.of a private driveway
made contact with her parked car There was no dam-
age to either car. "
Bradenton Beach .. .
April 6. 1603 Gulf Drive N., Trrdewinds Resort,
suspicious circuimsinces'. Ernplo ees reported that the
petty cash drawer haq|been tampered with during the
night. They reported $250 in cash missing.from the
April 6, 1603. Gulf Drive N Trader% inds Resort.
lost property. A couple reported a wooman'> gold watch
missing from their room. :
April 7, 611 Gulf Drive, Imperial House condo-
miniums, property damage. A truck backed into a clay
plant holder causing it to break.
April 8,403 Highland Ave., Bradenton Beach Po-
lice Department, found property. A wallet found at
Coquina Beach was brought to the police station.
April 8,403 Highland Ave., Bradenton Beach Po-
lice Department, found property. A wallet found on the
roadway near Cortez Bridge was brought to the police
April 8, 100 Gulf Drive. Circle K, drug arrest. Po-
lice received a tip abotu a drug transaction that would
be taking place in the parking lot of the Circle K. Un-
dercover police waited at the store and witnessed Luis
V: Vega. 39. of Bradenton Beach, purchase $300 worth of
" .rock cocaine from Andre Peacock, 34, of Sarasota, and
a second man booked as John Doe. Doe refused to
identify himself and did not have identification, but
police believe his name is Troy Miller. All three men
April 8, 100 block of Third Street South, theft. A
bicycle was reported stolen from an open carport.
April 9, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, war-
rant arrest and possession of marijuana. Kenneth
Horton, 25, of Bradenton, was arrested on a warrant out
of Manatee County. Horton was also given a notice to
appear for a marijuana cigarette that was found in his
possession at the time of this arrest.
April 7, 1200 block of Manatee AvenueWest, bur-
glary. The center rear window of a truck was smashed
and personal papers were stolen from the glove box
while the owner spent the afternoon fishing. The ap-
proximate cost of the damage was $800.
April 7, 8100 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Police
arrested a Sarasota man after he beat up another man
during a dispute.
April 10, Key Royale and Marina Drive, theft. A
man reported that his bike was stolen from a public
April 11, 100 block of 34th Street, disturbance. A
mother and daughter were arguing. The mother wanted
the daughter removed from the residence. Officers ad-
vised the mother to obtain a domestic injunction and
left a domestic packet with her.
Longboat Key utilities and public
works superintendent Kevin Webb
talks to Longboat Key Police Sgt.
Tom Dusseau and officers Dennis
Silverio, Bill Carter and Kelly
Cosgrove about a pipeline at the
bottom of Longboat Pass. The
officers were inspecting the
integrity of the line that was laid
on the bay bottom in the early
1970s and is used as a backup
-S, water supply for Longboat. Webb
"g % and the officers gave the pipe a
S" "thumbs up, saying much of it is
"'. buried and all of it intact. Islander
Photo: courtesy Keith Barnett
-PAGE 22 N APRIL 18, 2001 E THE ISLANDER
point of view
Pat Staebler of Anna Maria took a few minutes to
ask Alexandra Sukova, one of 18 Czech Kiwanis Club
Members vacationing on the Island, about her perspec-
tive on America and the Anna Maria Island lifestyle.
Q: What is the most impressive thing about life in
A: The people here are so open-minded, friendly and
warm. Everybody is so sympathetic and caring. The
-charity of the American people amazes us all and it is
a huge moral support for us to build on the future of
Kiwanis in the Czech Republic.
Q: How do you like Anna Maria Island?
A: The Czech Republic has no open sea, so the flair of
the Island, for us, is very exotic it's like paradise.
Everybody on the Island is very friendly. In every store
and restaurant on the Island the tourists are really made
to feel welcome.
Q: What do you like best about the Island?
A: The very best thing on the Island is the sunset. We
have never seen anything beautiful like that before.
Q: What memories and thoughts will you take back to
the Czech Republic?
A: The American Constitution is the most perfect in the
World. When you spend time in this country you can
feel that democracy with its rules and regulations
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Sukova and her fellow Kiwanians returned home
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At the North Cape, Norway
Holmes Beach snowbirds Chuck and Sue Nelson and Karen and Denny Pickett,
also of DeKalb, Ill.. show off The Islander at the North Cape in Norway, the
northernmost point in Europe.
Islanders to Natchez
Enid Gardiner and Gloria Westberry of Holmes Beach check their local newspa-
per during a pause in Natchez, Tenn., while on a week's cruise aboard the
paddle-wheeler Delta Queen.
Edie and John LeCroy of Holmes Beach pause with their paper at a quiet spot by
an anchorage on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean.
Joe and Lee Tuttle of Anna Maria and Brevard, N.C., cool their Islander in
Chilean Patagonia at the southern tip of South America. Those are southern
Andes peaks in the background, in Torres del Paine National Park.
PAGE 24 0 APRIL 18, 2001 THE ISLANDER
In an amazing and somewhat eerie twist of the
news fates seems to take effect with a bunch of us
when we're discussing science or environmental is-
sues. Specifically, we'll talk about something, and a
few days later the topic makes the news.
Take balloons, for instance.
A buddy and I were walking the beach, talking
about the weather, always a popular topic. Larry won-
dered if meteorologists were still using weather bal-
loons to take readings at various altitudes in light of all
the satellite imagery and other readings now available.
I suggested that balloons were probably still in use, but
wondered if the high TV towers and other structures
were also used to get readings from up high.
He said probably not, a scantily clad young lady
walked by, and the subject of balloons waned.
A couple days later I see that balloons are indeed
in use for weather and other observations, and they're
fully as space-age as a space shuttle.
It seems that scientists are using balloons for all
kinds of cutting-edge science for a fraction of the cost
of shooting something into space. To put a rocket into
space costs something like $120 million for a one-shot
deal; the National Aeronautics and Space Administra-
tion has 26 balloon flights scheduled for about $15
million this year.
The bulk of the flights take place in the form of a
double balloon dubbed "TopHat." The larger teardrop-
shaped balloon has a smaller version right above it.
Both are tethered together. When the pair reaches the
targeted altitude, the little balloon is released electroni-
cally. And get this: the payload is on top of the big
balloon, allowing telescopes and other stuff to look
"You can hang your equipment from below the
balloon, but then it's obscuring your view," a scientist
said. "So we put it on top of the balloon. It's very ex-
citing and a very cool way to do science.'
The science they're doing is from Antarctica. Un-
der study is cosmic background radiation in the hope
to better understand' the age of the universe, its rate of
expansion and to figure out why some parts of the uni-
verse are filled with galaxies and why other parts are
TopHat stays aloft for upwards of a month at a
time. The balloon can be deflated electronically so it
will gently float back to earth, where the equipment can
be retrieved. Another balloon is under design that
should be able to stay up for up to 100 days, and there
is still another prototype that should be able to stay at
high altitudes for up to three years.
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and robots to scour the area once believed to be a trade
S. route between Carthage and Rome and discovered the
. .ancient wrecks.
More exploration is planned.
"Ballooning is playing an extremely important role
in science because you can do things quicker and
cheaper," as one scientist put it. "Balloons are much
cheaper than rockets, and they have a lot of payload
capacity. And if there's a discovery to be made out
there, balloon scientists can get their equipment devel-
oped and flown within two or three years, as opposed
to a decade for some of the big projects."
There's even some balloon science done in Sarasota
Bay. Researchers with Woods Hole Oceanographic Insti-
tute have a little blimp with cameras dangling underneath
it that is used for dolphin research. You've probably seen
the "WHOI" balloon floating over the bay.
Low-tech means to provide high-tech science ya
gotta love it.
Down to the sea in ships
Here's a bit of historical nautical news: scholars are
admitting they were wrong about ancient sailing routes.
Modem marine scholars had long disputed the epic
tales written by Homer and others of ancient mariners
setting off across vast oceans in search of trading
routes. They believed that the Phoenicians meekly
hugged the coasts as they traveled through the Medi-
terranean, not going forth across the sea as was de-
scribed in ancient texts.
They based their decision on the plethora of an-
cient wrecks found in relatively shallow water and the
lack of wrecks in deep water.
But with new technology comes new findings.
Archeologists have discovered an ancient wreck
smack in the middle of the Mediterranean. "This was a
supertankerof the ancient world," one scholar said of the
find. It's well preserved, with a part of the deck and lots
of clay jugs that were used to hold wine found at the site.
"This is exciting," another archeologist said. "The
deep sea is giving us increasing evidence of how the
ancients were sailing everywhere. I'm sure there's a lot
more down there."
Researchers believe at least four more ships are in
the vicinity of the first.
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on underwater acoustics and the impact noise has on
marine mammals. Now, one researcher thinks he may
have come up with a way to save manatees from boat
collisions through what amounts to an underwater
Everyone knows how well sound travels underwater.
Everyone also knows that whales, dolphins and
other marine mammals communicate through clicks,
whistles and chirps, and they can communicate across
vast distances. Humpback whale songs can travel thou-
sands of miles.
What everyone probably doesn't realize, though, is
how noisy it all is out there for the sensitive ears of
those critters. If a humpback can hear a friend across
a thousand miles of open ocean, think what he or she
is hearing from a couple dozen supertankers, freight-
ers and other seagoing traffic.
It must be deafening, and the U.S. Navy has been
looking into what can be done to tone down the under-
water noise level.
Dr. Edmund R. Gerstein at Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity has come up with a way to have that noise work
in a good way. According to BOAT/U.S. Magazine,
Gerstein has studied manatees and boat collisions. It's
not that manatees are dumb and blindly put themselves
inthe way of an oncoming boat it's that the mana-
tee can't hear the engine because it's pitched at a fre-
quency that's out of their range of hearing, he claims.
Gerstein wants to put a hull-mounted noisemaker
that's pitched in the manatee's range of hearing into
use. He figures that manatees are pretty smart, and
won't take long to figure out that this one sound means
a boat's coming and to get the heck out of the way.
.. He hopes to test.the noisemaker in the wild soon.
., A colleague of Gerstein from the University of
Hawaii Marine Mammal Research Program is also
enthusiastic. Dr. Whitlow Au says the device "may
hold the key to arriving at a good solution of the mana-
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Kingfish show up in numbers from 3 to 13 miles out
By Capt. David Futch .
Anglers who thought the kingfish had passed by
the Island got a nice surprise last week when they found
big ones to 30 pounds from three to 13 miles offshore.
Grouper and snook fishing has been nothing less
than excellent for a couple of weeks now and the cov-
eted whitebait for snook fishing are starting to show up
on grass flats near the Island.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said Matt, P.J. and
Gary Winger of Jamestown, N.Y., teamed up to best a
30-pound cobia, a 16-pound king 200 yards off the
beach, Spanish mackerel, redfish and trout on Thurs-
Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend said he's been
catching cobia to 30 pounds, permit to 28 pounds, king-
fish to 25 pounds, gag grouper to 10 pounds and man-
grove snapper to 4 pounds. All were caught on shrimp
and crabs in 30 to 60 feet of water.
Kathy Velinoff of Capt. John's Marina and fi-
ance Dave Ferguson hit the mother lode in Palma Sola
Bay last week. Velinoff scored three large snook using
shiners. The three fish came in at 28, 29 and 33 inches.
Ferguson caught a 27-inch snook and also had a big
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said he
thought the kingfish had passed by the Island, but
kingfishing seems to be at its height.
"They're anywhere from the 3-Mile Reef to ledges
out 13 miles," Lowman said. "If you're bottom fishing,
throw a free-line with just about any kind of bait on it
and you're likely to catch a king.
"Cobia are around in numbers on the artificial reefs
and offshore wrecks are the logical spots to look. Gag
grouper are still thick in the 5- to 15-mile range. Red
grouper are in the 20- to 30-mile range.
"There are shiners or whitebait on the Key Royale
grass flats and thebulkhead grass flats between Marker
60 and:the mouth of the Manatee River. It's time to dust
off the castnrcttause'they're nearby. It's got to improve
tlwsnook and redfish. Trout fishing remains extraor-
dinary on artificial or live bait."
Carl Shaner at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle
SsaidWaders around the bridge are catching a lot of nice
trout. Cobia have moved inland and can be found
Winners in the April 14 horseshoe games
were Art Kingstad of Holmtes Beach and Bill
Starrett of Anna Maria. Runners-up were
Hazen Calhoun of Holmes Beach and John
Crawford of Bradenton.
Winners in the April 11 games were
Calhoun and Starrett. Runners-up were
Kingstad and George Landraitis of
The weekly contests get under way at 9
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Big mouth snook
Tennyson Ryan of Tampa shows why a big snook
gets big. This 44-inch snook Ryan caught near Anna
Maria Island with Capt. Justin Moore can suck down
a lot offood with a lip spread like this one.
around channel markers, Some snook have moved out
to the beach. Offshore grouper fishing has been good
in 40 to 50 feet of water, he added.
"A group of four anglers that went six miles off-
shore Easter said they were hooking four kingfish at a
time and all of them were big," he said.
The telltale sign that the Easter weekend was busy
is reflected in shrimp sold, Shaner added.
"We sold 12,000 shrimp last week and I bet
Annie's Bait & Tackle sold a lot more than that,"
Shaner said. "The shrimp dealer told us he brought
more than 60,000 shrimp last week to his Manatee
Capt. Joe Webb on the Jan Marie out of Galati
Marine in Anna Maria is headed for Walkers Cay,
Bahamas, for three weeks. Walkers Cay is the north-
ernmost island in the Bahamas and may be the finest.
Several hundred yards offshore the water drops to
6,000 feet, a prime spot for blue marlin that cruise the
canyon wall looking for food.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said he had some good days on kingfish
to 25 pounds and permit on crabs.
"We even had grouper come up and bite flatlines,"
Chaya said. "We also caught some redfish, but you
have to find ones that haven't been run over."
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Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
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and grouper and that both have turned on to the point
that it seems too easy to catch them.
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said kings to 20 pounds are on almost all the near-shore
reefs along with cobia to 45 pounds. "On the inside,
there are a lot of snook to 30 inches and are as active
as they've been in months. Trout are plentiful as well,"
Capt. Roy Salgado on the Grand Slam found
tuna 35 miles offshore and brought home 72 in four
trips. Grouper, kingfish, cobia and amberjack are
around in force, he said.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
said folks are catching a lot of jacks, sheepshead and
some small cobia.
"I had a big cobia on about 40 pounds but
couldn't hold him," Kilb said. "The water is so clear,
it's hard to fool some of these fish. People are catch-
ing snook and pompano at night."
Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he ran three charters last week.
"One day we caught all snook, the next day redfish
and the third a combination of the two," Smith said.
"Every day I looked for bait, but could only come up
with a good amount on one day. They are starting to
show up on the flats. Everything is sparking right now
and looking good."
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach said last week he caught big grouper in 110 feet
of water along with amberjack to 30 pounds. "Then the
sharks moved in and you couldn't get a bait down,"
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide in Holmes
Beach said he caught big gags to 25 pounds approxi-
mately 20 miles out. "Red grouper to 8 pounds and
mangrove snapper to 6 pounds and some amberjack to
35 pounds are about 40 miles out. There are some
mackerel and kingfish still around," he said.
Capt. Justin Moore on the PrimaDonna II said
Friday he caught kingfish and about 30 snook on white-
bait. Moore also led USF professor Tennyson Ryan to
a 44-inch snook recently.
"I couldn't bring myself to go fishing over the
weekend," Moore said. "Just too many people on the
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Pelkey hits, Pritchard, Bryant
defense sparks win
Haley's Motel pitcher Steve Faasse relied on some
Skey defensive plays from right fielder Jordan Pritchard
and second baseman David Bryant to beat West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue District 9-5 April 9 in the age 10-12
Anna Maria Island Little League major division.
Pritchard made two fine catches of long balls hit by
league-leading hitter Greg Lowman to thwart WMFD
Bryant pitched in with an over-the-shoulder diving
catch for an out, stabbed .another line drive from
WMFD's Pat Cole and also had three other putouts in
Faasse limited the dangerous WMFD team to five
hits and four earned runs over six innings of work.
Lowman also was impressive with 14 strikeouts for
However, Haley's used some aggressive base run-
ning and a triple and a single from Shane Pelkey to
hand WMFD its second loss of the season.
SPelkey had three RBIs in the game. Faasse had two
singles, a double and two RBIs. Matt Bobo singled in
a iun for Haley's with a sharp rap up the middle off
Lowman in the first inning.
WMFD's Esteban Reyes had a long double to
bring in a run. Mark Spence, Nick Sato and Sean Price
WMFD's Cole avenges
early loss to Haley's
Patrick Cole stayed undefeated on the season, up-
ping his record to 5 wins and no losses as WMFD
thumped Haley's Motel 6-2 April 12.
Cole gave up two runs on five hits, lowering his
earned run average to 2.68 over five games.
In the third inning, WMFD catcher Zach Geeraerts
walked and shortstop Greg Lowman doubled him to third.
Sean Price came up in the cleanup spot and
doubled to right center to bring in both runners.
Cole singled up the middle and Price scored. Cole
was caught stealing by Shane Pelkey, but Mark Spence
doubled and later scored on an error for a 4-0 lead.
Haley's tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth
when Faasse doubled to deep right center to score Kevin
Kirn, who reached on a fielder's choice and Jordan
Pritchard, who started the damage with a single.
In the bottom of the sixth, Haley's had a rally go-
ing and loaded the bases on singles from Kirn, Faasse
and Matt Bobo. Cole finished the game with a strikeout
and a fielder's choice.
Quality Builders takes two from Kiwanis
Sean Pittman of Quality Builders gave up four hits
and struck out 10 to beat Kiwanis in a 4-3 squeaker
April 10 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Pittman had two hits and two runs scored, while
teammate Jairod McKenzie pounded a first-inning
double. Alex Phillips had a couple of singles and a run
scored in the game for Quality Builders and teammate
Chad Richardson had two singles, a run scored and an
In the bottom of the first, Kiwanis scored a run
quick when Spencer Carper singled and went to second
and third on errors. Eric Whitley singled him home
with a fly ball to deep right field.
Keith Reynolds and Andrew Royals singled in the
game and Carper had another single in the third inning
In the second game between the two teams Friday
the 13th,4Kiwanis ran into some bad luck as Tyler
Schneerer and Chad Richardson combined to throw a
three-hitter to beat Kiwanis 7-2.
The pair also starred at the plate for Quality Build-
ers. Richardson singled in the second inning and
scored. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, he
doubled in three runners with a long shot to straight-
away center field. It put the game away.
Schneer'r singled, walked and scored two times,
Haley's Motel pitcher Steve Faasse, all 190 pounds of him, lays the law down about how bodies in motion
tend to stay in motion as he prepares to slam into West Manatee Fire & Rescue District catcher Zach
Geeraerts, all 80 pounds of him. Faasse jarred the ball loose and was safe on the play during a 9-5 Haley's
win. Islander Photo: David Futch
Charlie Woodson singled in a run in the second, and
Alex Phillips singled and scored in the fourth inning.
Chris Waiters hit a long triple to the left field fence
in the fourth inning and knocked in three runs.
Kiwanis was led at the plate by Spencer Carper,
Alonzo Price and Matt Shafer, all of whom had singles.
A&E clips Bistros in AAA action
Air & Energy maintained its hold on second place
in AAA division action with a 13-7 win over Bistros
April 11 at the Center.
For A&E, Broderick West had a double, single and
two runs scored, Ananda Morano doubled, walked and
scored twice, John Gregory singled and scored and
winning pitcher Justin Dearlove singled, walked three
times and scored three.
Jimmy Lease was the big gun for Bistros with three
triples that all went to the outfield fence. He knocked
in two and scored once.
Bistros catcher/pitcher Carmine Galati had two
singles, a double, two runs batted in and two scores.
Alisha Ware also singled for Bistros and scored.
Little League batting
Greg Lowman, WMFD
Steve Faasse, Haley's
Sean Pittman, Quality Builders
Matt Bobo, Haley's
Esteban Reyes, WMFD
Spencer Carper, Quality
Chad Richardson, Quality
Andrew Royals, Kiwanis
Matt McDonough, Kiwanis
Kevin Kirn, Haley's
Zach Geeraerts, WMFD
Jordan Pritchard, Haley's
Doubles Lowman 9, Pittman 7, Reyes and Faasse
6 each, Chad Richardson 5, Royals and Sean Price 4
each, Eric Whitley, Tanner Pelkey, Chris Klotz, Price
and McDonough 3 each, Bobo, Kirn, Nick Sato, Jarrod
McKenzie and Alex Phillips 2 each
Triples Lowman 3, Shane Pelkey 2, Alonzo Price,
Pat Cole and Matt McDonough 1 each
Home runs Lowman 4, Faasse 2
RBIs-Lowman 36, Faasse 16, Matt McDonough 13,
Sean Price 12, Matt Bobo 11, Chris Klotz 10, Royals,
Richardson 9 each, Mark Spence. Sato 8 each, Patrick
Cole and Keith Reynolds 7, Tanner Pelkey, Kevin Kirn,
Pittman, Zach Geeaerts, Sato, Geeraerts 6 each,
Walks Geeraerts 17, Spencer Carper 13, Pritchard
13, Tanner Pelkey 13, Mike Schweitzer 10
Lowman 4-1, 5.88 ERA, 66 Ks, 87 walks, 33.7 innings
pitched; Patrick Cole 5-0, 2.68 ERA, 32 Ks, 12 walks,
32 innings pitched; Pittman 4-1, 2.36 ERA, 47 Ks, 21
walks, 28 innings pitched; Faasse 5-3, 3.42 ERA, 68
Ks, 41 walks, 40.3 innings pitched; Pelkey 0-2, 4.62
ERA, 9 Ks, 10 walks, 13 innings pitched; Jarrod
McKenzie 1-2, 4.40 ERA, 16 Ks, 12 walks, 15 innings
Baseball does rule, and here's the question and
anwer to last week's question.
A hard grounder is hit at the first baseman. It hops
off his glove and drops inside his shirt, which was not
buttoned at the top. Seeing he will be unable.to extii-
cate the ball before the batter reaches first, the fielder
places his hand over the shirt to grasp the ball and beats
the man to first. Is this legal?
Answer: No. In this case, although the ball was
under the fielder's hand, it could not reasonably be
considered to be securely held by hand or glove be-
cause it was entrapped by the uniform..[2.00-Tag,
Catch from Official Baseball Rules]
This week's question will remind some of a simi-
lar incident that happened to Dave Winfield when he
played for the Toronto Blue Jays. Here it is: A high fly
ball to left field appears to be an easy out, but the out-
fielders are startled to see the ball and a night hawk
collide. Recovering quickly, the left fielder catches the
ball while the center fielder nabs the bird. What is the
Anna Maria Island
Little League standings
Major league, ages 10-12
WMFR District 10-2
Quality Builders 7-6
Haley's Motel 5-6
AAA league, ages 8-11
Air & Energy 5-4
Little League schedule
Majors, ages 10-12
April 23 Quality Builders vs. WMFD
April 24 Haley's Motel vs. Kiwanis
Games at 7p.m.
AAA League, ages 8-11
April 18 Waterfront vs. Air & Energy
April 21 Air & Energy vs. Bistros
Games at 5:36 p.m.
AA League, ages 6-8
April 19 Sandbar vs. Island Spirit
April 20 Betsy Hills vs. Horne True Value
April 23 Home True Value vs. Sandbar
April 24 Betsy Hills vs. Island Spirit
Games at 5 p.m.
T-ball League, ages 5-6
April 21 Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter vs. Harry's
Continental Kitchens 9 a.m., Anna Maria
Island Community Center
Dr. Danziger vs. Morgan Stanley 10 a.m.,
Island Community Center
Home team is listed second in all divisions.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2001 0 PAGE 27
Thomas L. Kubik,
president of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Com-
merce and president of
Kubik Financial Services of
Bradenton, for the fifth
straight year has been
named to the All-American
team of the A i erican Funds Kb
Group. The honor goes to
"those financial professionals that exhibit superior ex-
cellence in client service."
Yvonne Higgins, Cindy English and Mary
Wickersham took all the honors at the barrier island
offices of Wagner Realty for February. Higgins was
tops in new listings and sales at Anna Maria; English
GO IN BUSINESS
ICE CREAM SHOP in Anna Maria for only $39,900,
you can be in business for yourself tomorrow. Includes
all inventory and equipment. Seven-year history with
low rent! Call Jane Grossman at 778-2246.
UPSCALE GIFT SHOP on Manatee at 75th. Health
forces sale of this fabulous gift and card shop in busy
shopping center. Reduced to $135,000 and loaded with
exquisite merchandise. Call Ron Cornette 778-2246.
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH
941 778-2246 800 211-2323
.Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly :
GULF SHORES CONDO Spacious 2BR/2BA and den, cathedral
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IMPERIAL HOUSE CONDO 2BR, Gulf to bayfront, Gulf view
from porch. Heated pool. Turnkey furnished. $130,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA with spectacular sunsets!
Updated, turnkey furnished. Exclusive here. $425,000. Call Dolly Young.
TWO HOMES 2BR/2BA home with large 2BR apartment.
Total rehab., cei aunic tile throughout, fiberglass exterior doors, paint and much
more. You have to see it to believe the value you will get at $359,000.
LOT IN NW BRADENTON Deed Restrictions. $89,000
PERICO SHORES LAKEFRONT 3BR/2BA. Quality home, room
for pool. Furnished. $324.900.
WEST BRADENTON LAUNDROMAT Good income. $101,500.
STYLING SALON Eight stations, established 35+ years. $39.000.
GULFVIEW LOT 100 by 90 ft., zoned C-2. $150.000.
WALGREENS Triple net, AAA, good CAP. $2.7 million.
SUPERMARKET No chains near with $200,000 inventory
and rental income from Dollar General. $3,150,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE SITE Sarasota. $419,000.
VACATION AND SEASONAL AVAILABLE
GULFFRONT CONDOS, HOMES, APARTMENTS
and Wickersham shared similar honors in the Longboat
Robert St. Jean led in the number of new listings
and Rebecca Smith and Elfi Starrett led in sales during
March at the Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real
Estate Co. Other leading listers included Mike Migone,
Tina Rudek and Lynda Melnick, Longboat Key office,
and Dee Dee Burke and Verna Freeman, Avenue of the
Flowers. Others with top sales records were Cindy and
Gary LaFlamme, Longboat Key, and Sharon Oper, Av-
enue of the Flowers
TDC openings available
Interested in tourism and how it affects Manatee
County? Now's your chance to step up to bat.
Manatee County government is seeking three local
citizens to serve on the Tourist Development Council.
The board is voluntary in nature with members ap-
pointed to make recommendations to the Board of
County Commissioners concerning the effective opera-
Supply and Demand
Simply the Best
Mike Sally Lisa Marianne Rochelle
We have a tremendous
demand and need for
more quality vacation
rentals. Call our team of
property managers today!
Mike & 778-6696
3101 Gulf Drive
Realty inc. Holme Beach, FL 3421
g rSv-1a~irv~w- m y
tion of the projects set forth in the Tourist Development
Plan and the uses for tourist development tax revenue.
A citizen who is an owner or operator of a motel,
hotel or other accommodation in Manatee County and
who is subject to the 3 percent resort tax will be ap-
pointed by the county commissioners to serve for four
years. For an application, call 745-3700. Applications
are due by May 16.
J. Ralph Warfel
J. Ralph Warfel, insur- .
ance counselor of
Bradenton Beach, has
Trippe & Co. in Holmes
Beach, specializing in
commercial insurance. De-
tails may be obtained at Warfel
THIS BREATHTAKING VIEW is yours with
construction of your Gulffront retreat! In private resi-
dential area of Anna Maria. You can build a NEW
home for price older homes are selling for in the same
area. Platted lot ready to build! Asking $865,000.
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FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria. Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
$174,900 FLAMINGO CAY
CONDO. Waterfront 2BR/2BA over-
looking bayou and bird sanctuary. Private
dock, screened lanais, two-car garage and
heated pool. Children and pets welcome.
Lower level has additional 24 by 15 not
included in square feet. IB72646.
$169,000 LAKEFRONT. 200 ft.
frontage and great view from this 3BR/
2BA home. Large open rooms include a
den and family room. Deck, fireplace
and separate mother-in-law apartment. IB45903.
$525,000 SAILBOAT WATER. No
bridges to the bay when you sail your
boat from the dock of this very private
3BR/2.5BA home on large lot in Anna
Maria. Crystal-clear caged pool. Short
walk to beautiful beach. Very Open.
Tons of possibilities. IB203115.
$289,000 ISLAND DUPLEX
Holmes Beach duplexwith 2BR/1BA and
carports on each side. One block to beach.
Quiet neighborhood. Wooden deck and
room for a pool. IB74598
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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 decoration. 778-1102.
E mail: email@example.com
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
ARBOR OAKS. Tastefully decorated 3BR/2.5BA home
in upscale neighborhood. Amenities include bonus
room/loft, cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows, cen-
tral vac, oak cabinets, screened lanai, double garage,
lawn service and community pool. Close to shopping
and hospital. One-year home warranty. $175,000. Call
Carol Williams 744-0700 eves.
VILLAGE GREEN PRICE REDUCTION. Tastefully
decorated 2BR/2BA villa on secluded street just
steps to the pool. Open floor plan with large master
suite, vinyl enclosed lanai, family room and double
garage' Ceramic tile anrd carpeting, all appliances
and ceiling fans. Immediate possession. Priced at
$139,900. Call Carol Williams 744-0700 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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crown, $45; Elizabeth II 25th Jubliee Crown $10;
Festival of Britain 1951 silver crown $20; silver 50
nobles, celebrating Drakes conquest, $10. 792-4274.
MAPLE COFFEETABLE, end table $35. Man's bi-
cycle $10. 778-9262.
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.
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to Perico Island. Town & Country Pedco
will be on the left.
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WILSON HAMMER 5.8 tennis racquet, strung with
Wilson Sensation NXT 17. Grip size 4-1/4. Four
points head heavy, power level medium. Excellent
condition. Includes cover, $45. 748-6222.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tues., Thurs.,
9:30am-2pm. Sat. 9am-noon. Donations Wednes-
days 9am-11am. Sales racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
TRUSTEES' REMODELING SALE Thursday April
19, am-Noon. Folding chairs, folding tables, accor-
dion room dividers, bathroom fixtures, bench sander
and grinder, other items. Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
M. Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
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:This bright and spacious 3BR/2BA home offers a deeded
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bookcases, textured ceilings, new central air compressor,
dehumidistat and a preferred split bedroom design. There
are three stately Royal Palms and an orange tree. Enjoy
breezy afternoons on the oversized screened lanai. What
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Simplify Your Search!
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My 20 years of appraising and 25 years of sales
mean I can offer you a qualified service to help in
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FLAMINGO BAY CONDO
Sailboat water. bock, turmkey fumishec
2BR/2BA, i like-new comition Two-cara arge
Ab hulge Floriba room, SAme room. Two large
porches A Sreat buj At $175.0o0.
Anna Maria slanm Club 2BR/2DA conbo. Ex-
cdlent VACAtion rental. Turkey Mfurishce.
Large heated pool, secCure entrwace, elevator.
CHARMER West Brabenton 3BR/2BA,
large lanbscapeb lot with workshop amt
wrap-arounm beck. $129,000.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
2306 Canasta Dr........... $895,000
631 Foxworth Lane ....... $889,000
527 72nd Street............. $685,000
520 72nd Street ... NEW $519,900
523 68th Street.... NEW $499,000
635 Dundee......... NEW $449,000
5 Palm Harbor Dr. NEW $425,000
4002 6th Avenue ......... $369,000
Waters Edge......... NEW $246,000
2101 Avenue B..................$229,500
Realtor 3301 6th Avenue ......... $199,000
203 55th Street............. $288,000
213 81st Street .... NEW $279,000
5208 Riverview Blvd ......... $1,999,999
215 81st Street ......... NEW $169,000
4006 6th Ave .... #1-4 each $149,000
404 Magnolia Avenue .... $135,000
2418 90th Street NW...... $3,350,000
7807 Alhambra Drive.. NEW $599,000
Hawthorne Park ..... NEW $389,000
Regatta Point Condo .... NEW $208,000
and BAY CLUB:
11375 Perico Isles Circle ...... $279,000
11445 Perico Isles Circle ..... $255,000
11227 Sancutary Drive... NEW $239,000
1237 Spoonbill ..... NEW $189,900
830 Waterside Lane .... NEW $178,000
946 Sandpiper Circle ... NEW $146,000
927 Sandpiper Circle.. NEW $143,500
7300 Gulf Drive ......... $3,420,000
9915 Manatee Ave..... $1,495,000
Loggerhead Junction .... NEW $1,335,000
Bradenton Beach Club
Townhouses, 1609 Gulf Dr.
Starting at $400,000
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 18, 2001 M PAGE 29
IS LANRL- ESTATE, - ..... ..-. ---.--ND.
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of
Gulf Drive in historic Anna Maria City. Large lot,
great rental. $495,000.
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
2BR/2BA Perico Island condo with view of pond.
Screened porch, walk-in closet, washer/dryer,
second floor end unit. Great location! $137,900.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey-furnished condo.
Gorgeous Gulf view, beautiful beach, heated pool,
excellent rental income. $475,000.
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.
3BR/2BA furnished home on sailboat water with
direct access to Tampa Bay. Split plan, two-car
garage, caged pool, nicely landscaped. $ 395,000.
ANNA MARIA CITY
4BR/2.5BA canalfront home. Close to beautiful
beach. Two fireplaces, boathouse, many upgrades,
dumbwaiter, residential area. $574,900.
1BR/IBA condo, pool, includes some utilities. $800 mo.
Available April 1.
3BR/2BA house on canal. Two-car garage.
Available May 1 $2,100 mo.
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
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FIRST-TIME GARAGE sale. Friday-Saturday, April NEED A PLACE to park your boat and/or trailer?
20-21, 9am-3pm. Some real nice items. Truck top- Long/short term. Capt. John's private launch ramp.
per, tools, stereo components and household items. Wash down areas 792-2620.
123 Hammock Road, Anna Maria.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
GARAGE SALE, Saturday, April 21, 9am-2pm. 507 Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
71st St., Holmes Beach. mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
TWO ESTATE SALES, Friday, April 20, 9:30am- 1996 20-FOOT Prosport deck boat. 90 Yamaha tilt
2pm. Oriental screen, prints, mirror, painted-pine, motor, fish finder, live well, fish well, bimini top, low
French-style king bed set. Wicker, glass-top coffee hours. $6,900. 778-1264.
and dining room set, microwave, stemware, chest
of drawers, decorative accessories and OFFSHORE AND BAY fishing, nature and special
kitchenware. 132 Hammock-Road, Anna Maria. charters aboard. Zulu MaMa. Contact Captain Paul
Sofa bed, books two TVs, Danish-modern double at 778-3013.
bed-set, two desks, mahogany card/dining table.
Trunk, chest, washer, rattan, kitchenware and
miscellaneous.-213 81st St., Holmes Beach. Sale CALLINGALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
conducted by Palma Sola Sales-ertJnaold, meet interesting people from around the world? Are
President. Numbers given out at 8am. you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
FO P C I GAS oinlse n torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna-Maria. WE
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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.
1994 Dodge Mark IL Luxury model. Loaded, low
miles. Must sell. Call Phil 77818281.
1984 BUICK RIVERA, runs good; classy looking, has
been garaged. $1,000 firm. 758-1934.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
OPPORTUNITIES: HONEST, DEPENDABLE, ener-
getic people. Waitress, breakfast daily; cleaning, bed
and breakfast and motel; laundry. Call 778-6335.
SALES CLERK, weekends and evenings. Part-time,
seniors welcome to apply-at Shell Land, 301 Golf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPER, dependable required
for Island motel. Will train, call 779-1086.
EXPERIENCED GENERALOFFICE with basic com-
puter skills. Excellent working conditions. Fax resume
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gardens,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-working and
responsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
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Call the Schroders: 778-2200
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REAL ESTATE Inc.
U. i 5 9701 Gulf Drive PO Box 717 Anna Maria. FL 34216
S; (941)778-2307 -1-800-306-9666
www.franmaxon realestate.com r [MIS
VISIT OUR NEW SALES OFFICE LOCATED AT
310 PINE AVENUE, ANNA MARIA (941) 779-0304
FEATURED LISTING OF THE WEEK
A CHECK OUT THE LOCATION of this per-
f ect Island getaway! Relax by the pool or
-walk a few steps to the beach from this
1. T3a BR/2BA single-family home. Features in-
clude inground pool, outdoor shower,
S' . screened porch and a fenced yard. Needs
some TLC, but has lots of potential. Perfect
Sfor a year-round residence or vacation
home. Asking $274,900. Dial Darcie
Duncan at 779-0304.
VACATION RENTALS Call for our color brochure 800 306-9666
or visit us at www.franmaxonrealestate.com
S /2BR/2A duplex in Holmes each $725month
2BR/21A duplex with garage $825 month
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
RARELY AVAILABLE BAYFRONT RESI-
DENCE. Dazzling view of the Skyway bridge.
High elevation, large rooms, storm shutters.
Heated pool, boat dock, davits, seawall in-
stalled in 1996. $899,000. Hal Gillihan, 778-
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
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 .
RARE 1.1 +-- PARCEL. 2BR French cottage,
upstairs apartment and detached garage with
apartment built in 1925. Red tile.and stucco
construction. Large two-story high living-room
with fireplace, entry parlor. $300,000. Don
Lewis, 746-3200. 74139
TWO-STORY SPANISH GEM 1920s vintage,
lovingly restored. Newer roof, central A/C sys-
tems, windows, appliances. Two fireplaces,
wood floors, beautiful baths and kitchen.
$199,500. Ruth Lawler, 856-0396. 72255
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TEACHERS/COUNSELORS NEEDED at Anna
Maria Island Community Center. After school pro-
gram (grades K-5) Work 25 hours per week, Monday-
Friday. Must be a team player in an exciting positive
environment. Pays $7-$9/hr, depending on experi-
ence/education. Call Mary, 778-1908.
MAINTENANCE PERSON, full-time for mobile park.
Call for an appointment for an interview. Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, 778-1140.
FLORIDA'S WEST COAST premier boat yard is ac-
cepting applications for boat detailer and bottom
painter. Apply at Galati Marir.9, 300 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria Fl. 778-0755.
KOHR BROS: Frozen Yogurt, Desoto Square Mall
seeking manager/trainee. Full-time position for a
motivated, energetic professional to learn all aspects
of managing a retail store. Sales oriented, people
person, organized team player are essentials for the
position. Salary commensurate with experience. Call
to schedule an interview. 748-3775.
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SEVCE oniuedSEVIESCotiueAWNAND GARDNCntne
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
WALL'& CEILING REPAIR Water damaged drywall,
hand and spray texture, professional painting. Reli-
able-over 20 years experience. Call 795-1645, leave
message or call 545-6141.
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.
ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN irnma 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.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife Service. Call us
for problems with raccoons, snakes, possums or any
nuisance aniimals. Lic. by F.W.C. On call 24-hours,
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $10/hour. Free
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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY An artist's paradise in downtown,
Anna Maria across the streetfrom city hall and a stone's hr6w
from the Sandbar restaurant. Two huge (1,400 sq.ft.) work
-bays downstairs with a mighty Gulfview upstairs (1,200 sq.ft.).
Twotull baths upstairs with two one-half baths downstairs.
Parks eight. Asking $500.000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
SPRING IS HERE! Time to freshen your home. Deep
cleaning, weekly cleaning, ironing, errands. Low
rates and free estimates, references available. Phone
after 6 pm, Monday-Friday, 778-7769.
ANNA MARIA APPLIANCE & TV SERVICE. Honest,
reliable repairs for major appliances, home electron-
ics, computers, garage-door openers, marine elec-,
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-.
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
PROFESSIONAL, FULL-TIME computer teacher will
guarantee your learning success. Beginners to ad-
vanced. At your pace, in your home. Daytime hours
call 778-0898, Sheryl.
TIRED OF FIGHTING TRAFFIC? No parking? Can't
read the street signs at night? Not sure where the
address is? Take a taxi and arrive safely. $1.50 to get
in, $1.50 per mile. Clean, friendly service. Island
Transportation, 7am-3am. 737-0336.
ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded, insured,
free estimates. Gift certificate available. 727-9337.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
Don't leave the
Island without us.
Island Vacation Properties is in Need of More Properties to Manage
Due to our aggressive World Wide Marketing program, we are receiving Hundreds of
rental inquiries per day. We are one of the fastest growing Property Management Firms
on the Island and we plan on continuing to grow.
IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
QUESTIONS IS YES ... STOP IN AND SEE US.
1. Should your property have higher occupancy?
2. Would you like your property to generate more income?
3. Should your Property Manager take a more personal interest in your property?
4. Should your property be marketed more aggressively?
5. Do you believe that you should be treated with more respect?
6. Do you believe that your reports should be more timely and accurate?
7. Should your Property Management office have high visibility?
8. Do you believe that the owner of your Property Management office
should be actively involved with your property?
9. Do you believe that your Property Manager should work with you
in order to enhance your property's marketability?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, please stop and see us.
We will care for and manage your rental property as if it were our own.
FOR SIMPLE ANSWERS CALL:
Island Vacation Properties LLC
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599 941.779.1750-fax email: anncaron @ix.netcom.com
or visit our website at www.islandvacationDroDerties.com
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.
DEPENDABLE LAWN CARE Year'round or one
time. Mowing, clean-ups, sprinkler repair. Call Jason,
744-5167 or 284-3333.
INTRODUCING ANNA MARIA environmental mainte-
nance. Single parent will maintain your landscape at low
monthly cost. First cut free. Bill Goldschmitt, 792-6289.
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.
STRAIGHT-SHOT LANDSCAPE SERVICE. Installa-
tions, koi ponds, clean-ups and hauling. Shell delivered
and installed as low as $26.50 per yard. 727-5066.
"- OF ANNA MARIA
h r 730-2810 Mobile
jeff thayer 9906 Gulf Drive
Sales Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
LA PLAYITA 2BR/2BA condo near
beach, shopping and easy Island ac-
cess. Large pool and sun deck, just
remarcited. View of Gulf. $195,000.
Dave Vande Vrede 778-4388.
FOURPLEX ON A CANAL? Sports-
man Harbor, 3 1BR/1BA and 1 2BR/
1.5BA. Excellent seasonal or annual
rental. Breathtaking views of canal to
Intracoastal. Has two docks. The num-
bers work. $499,000. Quentin Talbert
778-4800 or 704-9680.
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BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Just
steps from the beach, 2BR/2BA each
side and laundry hook-up in both units,
enclosed storage on ground level for
each unit. $259,000. Denny Rauschl
778-4800. MLS#72393. Easy to show!
LIVE NEAR THE BEACH FOR UNDER
$200,000? Here's your chance! This
great duplex is deeded separately. You
can own a beautiful 2BR/2BA unit, steps
from the beach for just $174,900. Buy
one side, or buy both and save. Hurry!
Call Denny Rauschl at 725-3934.
ISLAND LOT Lowest priced lot on
Island. Tree shaded corner lot, one block
to beach and shopping. $99,900. Ed
Oliveira 778-4800 or 778-1199.
CALL ONE0] OF OOR PROFESSIONA~~ll rlLSl
Bill lexndr (roer/wnro) Dave, ande[ Vt edi 7I8-4388 Lynn Hostetler aBrokr iOwne!
Ed liveir 77-119 Bb Wl ter 795-775l Dick Maher 778-6791l~
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Snd's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
' 11 We Monitor Irrigation Systems
service INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
778.1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
Established in 1983
@@T'U( S STATE LICENSED & INSURED
@@[ UfVBi'l3 CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED
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CONSTRUCTION Remodeling Contractors
CONSTRUCTION In-house plan designs
@@LVU@OID@K Building Anna Maria since 1975
@@BGa8@'U0@K (941) 778-2993
Check our references:
"QuaItliry work ta a reasonable price.
Licensed/insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
.Illi Replacement Doors and Windows
i Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
ta Maria Storag
Only a few spots left!
413 Pine Avenue 778-5354
Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
W STEUE ALLER
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 I 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
o* ** *** CLIP AND SAVE * ** * *
Rules in effect for Manatee County:
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to one
day a week.
SAddresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
> Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
> Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Irrigation with treated waste water allowed any-
,- Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
as they use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle. .
(Pull the car on the lawn to wash!)
>- Rinsig boats and flushing of boat motors is
allowed for ten minutes daily. *
> Hand-watering of plants. NOT LAWNS, is
permitted any day.
Questions or comments? Call the South-
west Florida Water Management District
(Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
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Wilson Walls INC
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: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates,
call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0058589, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
INDUSTRIOUS, highly skilled, meticulous, sober,
prompt, finish carpentry, counter tops, ceramic and
vinyl tile, fine finish painting, wall coverings, repairs.
Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR., contractor. New homes, ad-
ditions, renovations, quality work, free estimates. Fair
prices, license # RR0066450. Phone 941-795-1947.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $350 per week. Fall and spring dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
SEASONAL OR-MONTHLY rental 3BR/3BA in Anna
Maria with canalfront and dock. One-car garage, one
block from beach, large entertainment room with bar.
Completely furnished, singe story, available Novem-
ber-May, no smoking, pontoon boat available.
$3,500/month. Call (863)683-4703 or (863)688-9281.
ANNUAL 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.
1BR/1BA WESTBAY COVE. Turnkey, shopping,
beach, heated pool and tennis. February, March and
April. Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA. Newly decorated on
Intracoastal. Dock, washer/dryer. No smoking, pets
on approval. From $1,400/month. 794-5980,
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey, beau-
tiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets/smoking.
Priced from $700/month, $350/week. 794-5980.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1 BR/1 BA close to beach, no
pets, first, last and security. $600/month. Island Real
HOLMES BEACH GULF VIEWS, glassed sun porch,
1BR/1BA. 3103-B Avenue F. Ideal for single. No
pets. Employed with good credit. 1-800-894-1950.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA, great rates! May-December 2001. Deal direct
with owner. Frank 716 454-7434.
CONDO ANNUAL SUNBOW BAY 1BR/1BA. Pools,
tennis, elevator, parking garage. Includes water,
trash and cable. Furnished or unfurnished. $800/
BEACH COTTAGE north end. Anna Maria. Close to
Rod and Reel Pier. Available starting April and 2002
winter season. Call 778-7253.
MAY-OCTOBER 2001, 2BR/1BA, furnished sea-
sonal. All utilities, cable, no pets, no smoking. Near
HOLMES BEACH canalfront home, 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished, garage, laundry, dock, many extras. Avail-
able monthly/weekly. Open 2002 season. Call for $
and details. 813 286-9814.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND apartment home, recently
refurbished, tile floors $600/month. Call Barbara
Mayo, Wagner Realty 778-2246.
BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED canalfront home. 3BR/
2BA, Comes with one days sale to Egmont. Bring
your jet ski. Deep water with dock and views of bay.
Short walk to beach. Summer rates. $500/weekly,
,$1,500/monthly. Call 920-1558.
BRADENTON BEACH large annual 2BR/2BA, car-
port, storage shed, W/D hook-up, glimpse of Gulf.
$775 per month. 941-625-2889.
SUMMER RENTAL, 2BR/1BA house. Screened
porch. Completely furnished, central A/C, cable, no
pets. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach. Two-week mini-
mum. 813 689-0925.
BRADENTON BEACH: large annual 2BR/2BA, car-
port, storage shed, washer/dryer hook-up, glimpse of
Gulf. $775/month. 941 625-2889.
OFF SEASON RENTALS opening up now! 1BR,
2BR, 3BR, completely furnished, ready to move into.
For more information, phone 720-2242.
PANORAMIC BAYVIEW, cozy 1 and 2/BR, fully fur-
nished, ground floor, small, quiet complex. No smok-
ing, no pets. Steps to beach. Available April-Dec. 15
and next season. Prefer three to four months. Will
consider annual. 778-7107.
DIRECT GULF VIEW, south Bradenton Beach. 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer, $1,300; 2BR/1BA, $1,200. Fur-
nished, cable, water included. Lease and deposit.
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ANNA MARIA HOME refurbished, ground level, large
lot, spacious rooms, 2BR/2BA. 142 Crescent,
$1.400/month. Bob. (813) 839-3800
ELEVATED. canalfront home, 2BR/1BA newly re-
modeled upscale furnishings. Private dock and just
steps to beach. Prefer seasonal renters. $2.500/
month or $800/week. Call (813) 971-7999 days,
(813) 920-3845 evenings.
SUN PLAZA WEST on beach. Seasonal 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished, washer/dryer, elevator, parking ga-
rage. After May 2. Owner, 778-3231.
IMMACULATE TURNKEY SEASONAL 2BR/1.5BA.
Quiet Bradenton Beach neighborhood across from
bay. Available April 14-Dec. 31, 2001. No pets. No
smoking. $625/week, $1,500/month. 778-5143.
SENIOR NON-SMOKING male looking for 2BR
rental for February thru March or April, 2002 season.
Local references available. Anna Maria or Holmes
Beach preferred. Call 778-6049 until May 2.
1BR/1BA, large screened lanai. $600, plus electric.
Near Rod & Reel Pier. 778-2153.
ANNUAL ONLY 2BR/1BA directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000 per month, assurity/secu-
rity required with contract. 792-2779.
ANNUAL/SEASONAL 3BR/3BA Holmes Beach
townhouse. Beautiful unit, great location, heated
pool, washer/dryer. garage, much more! 778-0167
for more information.
ANNUAL RENTAL: updated and nice, ground-level
duplex. 2BR/1BA with laundry and nice yard. $975/
month, no pets. Near beach and shopping. 308 57th
St., phone 713-3098 or 779-1801.
FURNISHED 1BR duplex in Holmes Beach. Updated,
tile floors. Available by week or month. 778-0176.
SANNUAL 2BR/2BA. remodeled duplex. New appli-
ances, west side Gulf Drive, steps to beach. $825/
month, 779-0686, after Saturday (616) 748-9774.
3BR/2BA FURNISHED house for rent. City of Anna Maria.
May 1-January 1, 2002. $1,000/month 778-3006.
CHARMING ISLAND HOME On deep water canal.
2BR/2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extra's. $600/week, $1,800/month. Avail-
able May 1. (813) 286-9814.
ANNUAL RENTAL on Longboat Key. 200 feet from
beach with Gulf view, screened lanai, laundry room,
unfurnished, one block to Publix, near everything.
Pets welcome. 1BR/1BA, $725/month; 2BR/1BA,
LARGE 2BR/2BA CONDO on water with deep-water
dock. Pools, tennis, spa. $1,400/month. Please call
792-3556. No smokers.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA Bradenton Beach. One
block to beach/bay. 203 Second St. N., #3, $625/
month, $625 deposit. 813 258-2411, available May 1.
ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA, 1,400 sq. ft., garage, $1,200/
month; 2BR/1BA, 1,200 sq.feet, $1,000/month; 2BR/
2BA with dock, $900/month. 1BR/1BA, $800 plus utili-
ties. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807 or 795-0303.
SEASONAL RENTAL condo 1 BR/1BA, pool, Gulf view.
T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807 or 795-0303.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA unfurnished elevated
duplex, $785 monthly or 1 BR/1 BA furnished or unfur-
nished, $575. Both steps to beach, 924-5199 or 941-
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, newly
remodeled, washer/dryer. Available May 1. Steps to
beach, no pets. 757-253-2382 or 757-223-3544.
First, last, security.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach. $350 per week. Summer dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2BR/2BA duplex, nicely main-
tained, dishwasher, storage, washer/dryer hook-up,
$725/month. Elevated 2BR/2BA duplex, dishwasher,
garage, utility room, washer/dryer hook-up, $850/
month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
ANNUAL RENTALS 1BR/1BA bay view, water and
trash included. $750/month, available June 15. 2BR/
1BA with bay/Gulf View available May 15, $750/
month. Island Vacation Properties, LLC, 778-6549.
NEW! NEVER BEEN lived in! 2BR/2BA, dishwasher,
etc. Close to bay and beach, covered parking, $950/
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA close to beach. First,
last, security, no pets. $650/month. 778-1511.
WATERFRONT CONDO, Flamingo Cay, 2BR/2BA,
boat dock, pool, tennis, unfurnished or furnished.
SPRING SPECIAL 1BR/2BA.fully furnished steps
from beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets are welcome.
$350/week, $1,250/month. Call Gulf Drive Apart-
260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5., Re-
duced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
DIRECT GULF VIEW building lot 50 by 100 feet. 235
feet to water with beach access. 3014 Avenue E,
Holmes Beach. $329,000. Call 751-0565.
WATERFRONT LOTS AND HOMES. Five direct
waterfront lots from $149,900 and three waterfront
homes from $299,900 on beach and bay. All on deep
boating water. Owner, (570)943-2516.
BRADENTON BEACH five units, four 1BR/1BA and
one 2BR/1BA cottage with wood floors. Renovated,
very cute, great area. 203 Second St. N./106 Church
St. $399,000. (813) 223-9193.
HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
DEADLINE: NOON MONDAY EVERY WEEK for WEDNESDAY'S PAPER: Classified advertising must be placed in person
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 18, 2001 0 PAGE 33
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ESTATE-SIZED LOT $199,900, 2.3 acres in town.
$50,000 below appraised price. Trades considered.
Town & Shore Realty, 383-3840.
3,000 PLUS SQ. FT., 24-hour gated community,
fronting Sarasota Bay, 3BR/2.5BA, den, elevator, all
amenities. $450,000. 795-2851, pm.
PANORAMIC FULL GULF and partial bay views.
Beautifully furnished duplex, 2BR/1BA each side.
Newly renovated in 2000 with all brand new furnish-
ings, appliances, Berber carpet. 30-foot deck over-
' looks Gulf. Shared boat dock. Excellent rental, zoned
R3. $549,000. Call 779-9347.
ISLAND GETAWAY. 3BR, elevated canalfront home.
Private dock. Large lot. $349,000. Call Bob Burnett
or Dehnis Beauchamp, Michael Saunders & Co.,
CANALFRONT HOME for sale by owner. 2BR/
1.5BA; 1,750 sq. feet; one-stall garage, pool, 125 ft.
of canal frontage. Lot. 80 by 100 ft. $300,000. 8305
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, call 779-2093 to see.
WATERFRONT CONDO: "Baywatch" Bradenton
Beach. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, dock, covered park-
ing, $259,000 792-3971.
BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 2BR/2BA house on
canal in Holmes Beach. 761-9119.
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to advertise "any preference, limitation or discrimination based on
race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national ori-
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securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
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lation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwell-
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portunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
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The Village at Holmes Beach
COMING SUMMER 2001
Nine Luxury Condo Townhouses
3 Bedroom/2 Bath
1,700 sq.ft. Living Area -.
Heated Pool I t I 1'' r : ,
Large Private Garage .-.-r .*' i '
Elevator Available -/ -
lanning & Design Developer: General Contractor
T. T he Village at Holmes Beach Development, LLC. I aik
AA0002335 .' information: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464 CGC012070
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
ADORABLE ISLAND DOLLHOUS-!
See the Gulf from your kitchen and front lawn! New everything! This cam.:'-
pletely redone, furnished 2BR/2BA, plus family room, could be your piece
of paradise. Great rental history. $299,900.
Call Dennis Girard 941-809-0041
ntr 4134 Gulf OfMe~xico Drive'
#208. Longboax.- '1e y
REALTY Fax: (941).373A315
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by Randolph Ross / Edited by Will Shortz 1- [1 2 3 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 116 117 18-
6 Cop's catch
10 Gardner and others
14 Competed in crew
19 Had a pizza delivered,
20 Iris holder
21 Infamous dictator
22 Fall off
23 Amount of separation
between 29- and 118-
25 Name for an Irish lass
26 U.S. Open champ,
28 007 foe _Blofeld
29 Movie star with a
33 Night stick?
35 Model M car of the 1910's
36 Overhauled, as an old
39 Weather forecast staple
40 Whole lot of trouble
45 Give one's address
46 Friend of Francesco
48 Billy Joel's to
49 Little hopper
co-star in "The Muppet
54 There's hasn't been one
since December 1972
56 Bit of artillery fire
57 Code word
58 N.H.L.'s Lindros
60 Like some storms
61 Mansion staffer
65 50-Across's co-star in
"The Man Who Would Be
69 Spanish counts?
71 Invited a blessing?
co-star in "The Hunt for
76 Mica or quartz
79 Record store category
80 Zeno's home
81 Purse item: Abbr.
82 Owner of Abbey Road
84 Under pressure
co-star in "Malice"
93 St. L6 was in it in W.W. II
94 Unagi, at a sushi
95 Part of the Caroline
96 Stop by unannounced
97 Tried to find
100 Get wrong
101 Unfathomably large
103 Poetic paean
104 Show signs of militarism
106 Composer of "The
107 88-Across's co-star in
"Days of Thunder"
110 Old Intellivision
112 Avatar of Vishnu
117 Org. with a compass star
as its symbol
118 107-Across's co-star in
"A Few Good Men"
120 Prado works
123 A cappella group, maybe
124 It's hard to miss
1 Atlas acronym
3 Sermon basis
4 Stand up for
5 Half and half
6 Sounded like a new
7 Chooser's choice
8 Roger of "Nicholas
9 Deli order
10 Prefix with meter
11 Use of everyday life in
12 Part of a grain spikelet
13 Beneficiaries of
14 Has faith in
15 Where to find Eugene
16 "M. Butterfly" Tony
18 Oscar winner Benicio
24 Richard of "First Knight"
30 Polite Italian word
36 Alitalia destination
37 Author Segal
39 Cry of farm young
41 Carnival place
43 Cobbler, at times
44 Hungarian wine
47 Daughter of Saturn
51 Tomato blight
Like guitar music
Don of old radio's "The
Wicked one of adult comics
Anderson and Fleming
Cry of defeat
"The Color Purple" role
Modem writer Cynthia
Big computer inits.
City near Florence
It doesn't leave a
B. & B.'s
Four Questions event
Ford, for one
Not yours alone
They're new on Wall St.
War dance accompanied
102 Actress Lena
105 Ages and ages
108 City that's home
to Novell, Inc.
111 Play opening?
113 Play opening
114 Bubbly name
115 Little marchers
116 Important part
119 Derek and others
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