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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 9, no. 28, May 23, 2001 FREE
Anna Maria official takes Bradenton Beach post
By Paul Roat
Anna Maria's loss is Bradenton Beach's gain, at
least as far as building officials are concerned.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners Monday
unanimously offered Anna Maria Building Official
Bob Welch the job as their city's building official, a
position he accepted pending negotiations with Mayor
Gail Cole regarding salary and a benefit package.
The results of those negotiations are expected to be
presented to the commission for final ratification at a
special commission meeting Friday, May 25, at 9:30
Welch. 47, said he would have to talk to Cole and
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh before he could
say when his last day in Anna Maria and his first day
in Bradenton Beach would be.
Former Bradenton Beach Building Officials Roger
Titus was earning $41,130.44 a year before his depar-
ture earlier this month to take over similar duties in
Palmetto. The range for the Bradenton Beach position
is $38,000 to $44,000.
Benefits in Bradenton Beach include life and
health insurance, plus a take-home vehicle.
Welch presently earns $50,000 a year in Anna
Maria, $44,000 as the building official and an addi-
tional $6,000 for the added duties as acting public
"We have two major developments going on here,"
Cole said, "and when I received Welch's application
for the building official job, I believed it would be neg-
ligent not to bring it forward to the commission. I re-
alize it's very short notice."
Cole nominated Welch for the position on May 17
and scheduled a special commission meeting Monday
to discuss the potential hiring.
"Welch has lived in the county for almost 30 years,"
Cole said, "and he has a vested interest in this community.
He has all the qualifications. I see this as an opportunity,
and I'm taking advantage of that opportunity by nominat-
ing him for the position as building official."
PLEASE SEE WELCH, NEXT PAGE
Barlow, Deffenbaugh exonerated
of Sunshine Law violations
By Laurie Krosney
Vindication. That's the response from Anna Maria
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and former Commissioner
Bob Barlow after hearing that no charges will be filed
against them following a six-month wait while the state
attorney considered allegations they violated Florida's
The charges were filed by Commissioner Jay Hill
and resident Ed Rost following a Nov. 6 meeting of the
city commission. The tape of that meeting was seized
from city hall at 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The city
clerk was asked to come to the office to turn the tape
over to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The allegations were that Deffenbaugh and Barlow
had a private discussion about remodeling city hall.
Florida's Sunshine Law mandates that all discus-
sion between elected officials involving matters that
may come before them for a vote take place during
public meetings. The laws were enacted to bring poli-
tics out of the proverbial smoky back rooms and into
the public arena.
Deffenbaugh and Barlow have maintained they did
not have private discussion about the remodeling project.
They said the mayor merely turned to Barlow in the of-
fice of the city clerk and asked him to look into the possi-
bility of remodeling. They both said that was the full ex-
tent of the communication between them on the subject.
Assistant State Attorney James Rawe apparently
agreed and announced May 11 that no charges will be
filed in the case. He cited an opinion from the Office
of the Attorney General which "addressed in an advi-
PLEASE SEE SUNSHINE, NEXT PAGE
Beach, with a
Palma Sola Causeway
early Thursday morning
Some "pretty disruptive lane closures" are
expected from about 1 a.m. Thursday, May 24,
through noon that day on the Palma Sola Cause-
way between Flamingo Cay and the mainland.
A concrete pour scheduled for last week was
canceled after a crash sent three people to the hos-
The work has been rescheduled, according to
Tom Thursby, project engineer, during Thursday
For more information, call Thursby at
Tampa Bay Engineering at 761-4664.
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TV show visits Thursday
Bradenton Beach and its city pier may be fea-
tured ona Tampa-based television show Thurs-
City Commissioner John Chappie said
WTVT-Channel 13's "Good Day, Tampa Bay"
producers contacted him about devoting a portion
of the morning news show to the city's pier and
Bridge Street area May 24.
Chappie said crews planned to come to town
Wednesday, May 23, for some production work,
with the live on-air segment to air the next day.
The show airs at 8 a.m.
Sunshine Law violations dropped
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sory opinion the issue of the applicability of the Sun-
shine Law in conjunction with information garnering
or fact finding by a board member."
The document goes on to say, "When an individual
has been authorized to gather information only for the
board, the Sunshine Law does not apply."
Both Barlow and Deffenbaugh were elated by the
finding. Both said they were glad to have the matter
Deffenbaugh said he was not taken by surprise,
because he was sure all along that he would not be
charged. "I've said all along we did nothing wrong, and
this proves it."
"These charges have disrupted the city commission
and caused problems within the commission. It shows
the complainant, Mr. Hill, being an attorney, should
have known better in the first place."
"I feel that all those people who jumped on the band-
wagon and added their names to the charges owe us an
apology for the disruption in our lives and in the city and
for the cost of looking into this," the mayor said.
Barlow said he was pleased about the decision and
he believed it would help the citizens in the long run.
"I always felt that the complaint filed by Commis-
sioner Hill, who is an attorney, was silly and ridiculous
and completely without merit. It was an effort to dis-
credit the city, the staff, the administration and the
mayor by Hill and Commissioner Tom Skoloda, who
was very vocal on this," Barlow said.
"Originally and this is the sad part the
study was done to improve the employees' work-
place and to comply with the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health
Act. I feel that the only crime here was that the com-
mission was not willing to discuss compliance with
the ADA and OSHA."
"People are increasingly unwilling to come forward
in this community, either to run for office or to speak up
at commission meetings, because of this kind of tactic.
"It's a shame," Barlow said. "But at least this silly
and frivolous complaint is laid to rest."
At one point, Deffenbaugh consulted an attorney.
Barlow did not, but he questioned who should pay the
legal bills. "What sort of liability does the city accept
by the actions of a commissioner like Hill?"
Anna Maria resident Chuck Webb, an attorney with
an extensive background in government law, said the city
is probably liable for Deffenbaugh's legal bills. "Gener-
ally speaking, cities, counties and the state must pay the
legal bills of public officials who are exonerated."
Webb said the reason for this is that the official
wouldn't have had the legal problem if he were not in
Deffenbaugh said he hasn't decided what his next
step will be.
Former Anna Maria Building Official Bob Welch in front of his new "home" Bradenton Beach City Hall,
where he will be that city's building official. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Anna Maria grits its teeth over
Building Official Welch's departure
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria city commissioners say they are dis-
mayed at the imminent departure of Building Official
Bob Welch, who has taken a job doing the same thing
for Bradenton Beach.
"I am brokenhearted. I really, really like him and
think he did a fine job here. He really whipped that de-
partment into shape. We are going to miss him badly,"
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said.
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda had similar remarks
upon hearing the news. "That's too bad," Skoloda said.
"Bob Welch does a good job, and the citizens seem to
Welch gets Bradenton Beach job
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Barbara Rodocker, co-developer of the Bridgewalk
multi-use project at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, of-
fered her support to Welch.
"They say that haste makes waste," she said, "and
I know how you feel about rushing into something
without all the data. But I've read Welch's resume and
his references and his certifications and he has the
needed skills to fill the position. He can get the job
done so you can operate the city again. Please pursue
Bradenton Beach resident Harry Brown concurred
"You're presented with a rather unique position,"
Brown said of Welch's job application. "I think it's in
all of our best interests to take advantage of this bird in
the hand, so to speak."
Anna Maria resident Richard DeFrank also chimed
in on Welch's behalf.
"I've seen building officials come and go in Anna
really like him."
Commissioner Linda Cramer said she was disap-
pointed to hear Welch is moving down the road. "He's
done a fine job for us. I wish we could encourage him
to stay with Anna Maria."
Welch's departure leaves Anna Maria without a
building official and without a public works director.
Welch had been serving in both capacities following the
resignation of its public works director in late March.
Both Deffenbaugh and Skoloda said the city will
have to act quickly to minimize disruption. "We may
have to have a special meeting to get moving on this,"
Maria," DeFrank said, "and Bob Welch has people
skills above and beyond. I'd hate to see him go, but you
people would be well served" to hire him.
Commissioner John Chappie peppered Welch with
questions regarding code enforcement, administrative
skills and the administration of big capital projects, all
of which Welch apparently answered to Chappie's lik-
ing, as Chappie moved to accept Welch's application.
Welch started work in Anna Maria last October.
Prior to his tenure there, he was a construction coordi-
nator with the Manatee County Facilities Management
Department for six years, expediter in the same depart-
ment for three years, construction inspector with the
Manatee County Planning and Development Depart-
ment for two years, and plans examiner for two years.
He holds licenses from the State of Florida as a
Standard Building Code Administrator, Standard In-
spector and Standard Plans Examiner.
Cole said part of the negotiation process with
Welch would involve a probationary period longer than
the normal 90 days, as well as salary and benefit pack-
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By David Futch
The home of former Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Luke Courtney was ransacked May 17 by three
thieves who took an undisclosed amount of property,
Holmes Beach police said.
According. to Lt. Dale Stephenson, the three rob-
bers were wearing caps and coverings over their faces
when they invaded the occupied Key Royale Drive
The victims of the home invasion were Courtney's
daughter Lucina, 18, a 21-year-old female and a 17-
year-old male, Stephenson said.
They were forced to lie on the floor, held at gun-
point by one of the robbers and told not to move as the
other two stole various items, he said. No one was in-
jured, police said.
Police declined to say what was taken.
Stephenson said the victims could not identify the
thieves or even aN.\ hat se\ or race they were.
"The victims said they did not know the robbers
because they had coverings on their faces and could
only see their eyes," Stephenson said. "There are leads
to the case and we do have evidence being processed
by the Manatee County Sheriff s Office crime lab."
Neighbors told investigators that there had been a
party at the house earlier in the evening, but it had bro-
ken up prior to the 10:30 p.m. crime, Stephenson said.
He added that no one called complaining about a party
at the house.
"This is an extremely isolated incident," Stephenson
said. "Something like this has never happened before in
Holmes Beach. People on the Island should not worry
about this kind of thing happening to them."
Courtney indicated he was shocked at the robbery.
"We're not doing too good," Luke Courtney said.
"We were in Las Vegas for three days and were getting
ready to go to Los Angeles for five days when we got
the call from police. They told us some people with
guns broke into the house and tied up Lucina and her
two friends. We're not supposed to say anything more
about it. Lucina got untied and immediately called the
cops at 1:30 a.m. and neighbors called us and told us
there were cops at our house."
Courtney would not comment on why thieves
would target his home.
PSC seeks input on phone area code change
It's area code change time again.
A series of public hearings will be held beginning
May 23 to discuss changes to the 941 area code in
Southwest Florida, including Manatee County.
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann is encouraging Islanders and other constitu-
ents to voice their opinions.
Options are to split Southwest Florida into two
different area codes or to create an overlay code for
new numbers that would require everyone in the region
to dial an area code and number to make a call.
None of the preliminary plans to split the area code
appears to affect the Manatee-Sarasota county area.
But von Hahmann is concerned that the overlay
option will cause confusion for existing and new resi-
dents. It would require everyone to dial 10 digits the
area code and number for local calls and new cus-
tomers within the existing 941 area would be assigned
a new area code, not 941, she said.
The hearings are scheduled by the Florida Public
Service Commission. The first public airing will be
from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers Auditorium,
Manatee County Department of Agriculture and Natu-
ral Resources, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.
A second hearing will be May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at
the Terrace Building, Room 1001, 101 S. Washington
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Anna Maria City
May 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
second reading on planning and zoning notice require-
ments, second reading on parking fine ordinance, ap-
proval of memorial bench, Spring Avenue encum-
brance of right of way discussion, discussion of issue
three of "The Record," discussion of air conditioner for
historical society building, discussion of comprehen-
sive plan committee, discussion of beautification com-
mittee, approval of minutes and public comment.
May 31, 1:30 p.m., administrative code committee.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 25, 8:30 a.m., city commission-department head
May 25, 9:30 a.m., special city commission meeting
regarding building official.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 24, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 23, 7 p.m., Island Elected Officials meeting,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The PSC has learned from the North American
Numbering Plan Administration that the 941 area code
"is in danger of exhausting its available supply of
phone numbers," according to the PSC.
In lieu of attending the hearings, residents may
voice opinions in writing to the PSC, Capital Circle
Office Center, 2540 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee
The PSC Web site can be accessed at flpsc.com
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Anna Maria formalizes plan for budget process
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria's budget process should be more or-
ganized, professional and smooth this year. That's the
aim of the city's administrative procedures committee,
which met May 16 to hammer out a formal plan for the
Committee members said they want to avoid last
year's problems, when department heads were unable
to come to the table with detailed descriptions of how
much money they needed and what projects they
planned to spend the money on.
Resident Brenda Holland combed through the pro-
cedures of Holmes Beach and other similar-sized cit-
ies and came up with a document that the committee
discussed and finalized at the meeting.
The plan, a recommendation, will be presented to
the city commission at its May 22 meeting. It defines
a timeline for the budget process.
Basically, the recommendation is that the com-
mission, acting as the budget committee, will set the
guidelines for the budget in May. Fifteen days later,
department heads are to present their budget propos-
als. The next meeting will be to set the budget for the
following fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to
Holland noted that because there has been no for-
mal procedure for adopting a budget, this year would
have to be handled a little differently. The process will
begin in June with the commission setting priorities.
There will be a series of at least four meetings before
the final adoption.
There will be opportunities for public participation
in the process, but there will also be times when pub-
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lic comment is limited so the commission can discuss
the matter amongst themselves, since they have no time
to do this except in open meetings because of Florida's
The committee, chaired by Commissioner Jay Hill,
is charged with coming up with an administrative code
that will serve as a businesslike guideline for the day-
to-day operation of the city.
The next subject the committee will tackle is that
of job descriptions. City employees do not currently
have job descriptions with the exception of the build-
ing official who was given a job description when he
was hired last September.
The lack of a formal job description is one of the
things holding up the advertising for and hiring of a
new public works director a position that has been
vacant since Anne Beck resigned from the job in
The committee agreed to work with job descrip-
tions prepared by Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda last year.
They will get input from current employees and meet
at 1:30 p.m. May 31 at Anna Maria City Hall to discuss
the job descriptions.
The committee also plans to look into city func-
tions including purchasing, an employee handbook,
communications, agenda setting and other areas that
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Crash stalls Palma Sola work, sends three to hospital
An early Friday morning crash on the Palma
Sola Causeway at one of the under-construction
bridges sent three people to the hospital and resulted
in about $65,000 in damage.
According to Bradenton police reports, Michael
Fraser, 37, of Holmes Beach, was eastbound at about 3
a.m. Friday when he approached construction workers
who had stopped traffic to pour concrete on the decking
of one of the two bridges between mainland and Island.
Police reports state Fraser "disregarded the flag-
man and drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle."
He then crossed into the construction lane, "drove 38
feet over the metal grating and struck a pedestrian," one
of the workers.
Fraser then "continued through the wet concrete
another 67 feet and struck the road construction equip-
ment" and another worker, according to the report.
Taken to Blake Medical Center were Scott M.
Leware of Okahumpka and Noel D. Puckerin of
Bradenton, workers with the construction crew. Both
were treated at the hospital and released.
Fraser was taken via helicopter to Bayfront Medi-
cal Center in St. Petersburg suffering from head and
internal injuries. He was later released.
No charges were filed. Police took blood from
Fraser to test for alcohol.
Damage to Fraser's 1990 Mazda Miata was esti-
mated at $15,000. Damage to the bridge decking was
estimated at $50,000. According to the police report,
Fraser is without insurance.
Construction crews were busy most of Friday with
jackhammers, removing the concrete that had been
poured onto the deck. Tom Thursby, an engineer with
Tampa Bay Engineering who is overseeing the Florida
Department of.Transportation project, said three of an
estimated 24 concrete mixing trucks had delivered con-
crete when the crash occurred.
"We didn't know how long the investigation would
take," Thursby said, "and we couldn't get back to fin-
ish the pour, so we canceled it."
The deck finishing will resume after midnight
Wednesday, May 23 and finish sometime in the after-
noon Thursday, May 24. Thursby urged motorists to
avoid Palma Sola Causeway Thursday morning to
avoid lengthy traffic delays.
Fire rate hike approved by West Manatee commission
By Paul Roat
Without fanfare or comment, West Manatee
Fire & Rescue District board members unanimously
approved a 5.9 percent increase in fees for the 2001-
Diver drowns 10 miles
west of Anna Maria Island
A 42-year-old man drowned May 19 in 40 feet
of water approximately 10 miles west of the Island,
according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Fred Young of Plant City was diving with two
friends in the Gulf of Mexico when he surfaced near
his boat, panicked and went under, the friends told
the Coast Guard.
The friends jumped over and found him uncon-
scious about 10 feet down. After pulling him to the
surface, they began resuscitation.
A Coast Guard helicopter responded to their call
for help and Young's heart was started while in
flight to Tampa General Hospital, but he died en
02 fiscal year.
Much of the increase in revenue will be used to
pay for an additional six firefighters.
The addition of six new firefighters is expected
Crash in Cortez
Leon Mai of Cortez died Monday after run-
ning off the road and hitting a tree in the 4500
block of 124th Street West in Cortez.
Mai, 87, was from a family of boat build-
ers and lived in Cortez most of his'life.
At 10:40 a.m. Monday, Mai was driving a
Buick south on 124th Street West when he
swerved onto the east shoulder. Mai overcor-
rected and accelerated. His car went off the
west shoulder, its right front striking the tree.
Mai was taken to Blake Medical Center
where he was pronounced dead.
to help the district meet new U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration safety standards
The requirement calls for two firefighters outside a
structure "on call" for rescue of the two who are in-
side if the fire cannot be contained by fire extin-
No one from the public attended the May 16
public hearing on the fire assessment rates.
The rate will be $4.50 per lot or undeveloped
acre. Base assessment for residential property, in-
cluding condominiums and mobile homes, is $88.59
for the first 1,000 square feet and $.059 for each ad-
ditional square foot.
Base assessment for commercial parcels, includ-
ing travel trailer parks and hotel-motel parcels, is
$230.32 for the first 1,000 square feet and $.101 for
each additional square foot.
In other business, fire commissioners agreed to
attend a July 2 meeting at Cedar Hammock Fire Sta-
tion to hear presentations on merging fire districts in
Manatee County. A host of options are available,
from central dispatch to total consolidation.
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PAGE 6 N MAY 23, 2001 E THE ISLANDER
It looks as if we've leapt straight from winter to
summer on Anna Maria Island. Never mind spring.
Winter was probably the longest cold spell we've had
in years and years, judging from rocking-chair conver-
sations among longtime Islanders.
Spring, if there was such a thing, was short and
pleasant. No heat, no air conditioning needed.
Last week, one of us had a car thermometer read-
ing of 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Whew. That's hot.
So, along comes summer. And with it turtle nest-
ing season, bird nesting season, stingray season. And
stingray predator season. (Read that shark.) Therefore,
stingray shuffle time is here, too.
The exodus'of winter friends is nearly complete and
the influx of summer friends is under way. Lots of folks
from around the state Lakeland, Tampa, Winter Haven
and the like own property that they rent the rest of the
year, while others are just discovering "our little secret."
After all, we're known to be a quaint, village-like commu-
nity with beautiful beaches and beautiful people.
Sadly, this year's exodus included a few restau-
rants and businesses. Most notable is the closing of the
longstanding Buccaneer Inn on Longboat Key, al-
though the marina remains open.
Island economists (as if there were such a thing) note
that "long gone are the days of big restaurants." the likes
of Pete Reynard's, Kapok Tree, and now the Buc.
If so, the Buc will probably go head on into a new
development, with "commercial condos," a glorified
timeshare-ownership device, dockominium space (buy
your wet slip, don't lease it), and all the accouterments
of a live-in hotel.
Things could be worse. (See TideMark develop-
ments next week and a future proliferation of club-
houses on privately owned recreation-zoned land.)
Quick: Pass some Island-wide ordinances to pro-
tect us from future large-scale development, combin-
ing small properties and building megaprojects.
Quick: Enact some ordinances to create aesthetic
streetscaping (waterfront, too) so we can avoid the can-
yon effect we see now in Bradenton Beach.
Quick: Pass laws to protect residents from the in-
trusion of undesirable business such as head shops and
Quick: Create an Island-wide taxing district to fi-
nance recreation and community needs for the future,
including funding methods for vacant land purchases
and the support of non-profit organizations such as
Turtle Watch, .the community center and others.
Quick: Develop a vision for the future.
It's obvious time won't stand still on AMI.
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letter (Tolls, meters suggested) which appeared in
your April 25 edition.
It was suggested that toll gates be placed at both the
Manatee and Cortez bridges and that parking meters be
installed in pubic areas. The author's reasoning is that
"nonresidents do not pay property taxes yet take advan-
tage of its (the Island's) amenities."
What about us "nonresidents" who provide vol-
unteer activities on the Island? How about all the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers who
happen to reside off the Island? (And we are many.)
We must get up very early in the morning, drive
over the bridge and walk one or two miles, regard-
less of the weather, in search of turtle crawls. In a
few months when the nests are ready to hatch, we
will drive out to the Island almost nightly and sit in
vigil on the beach, oftentimes until after midnight.
If a nest happens to hatch, we see to it that the turtles
find their way to the safety of the Gulf.
Turtle Watch is not the only volunteer effort that
"nonresidents" provide to the Island. We participate
in the beach cleanup, Earth Day, Meals on Wheels
and other such activities designed to help keep the
Island beautiful and the residents happy.
And what about the "nonresidents" who work at
the Island businesses, boutiques and restaurants?
How about the "nonresidents" who choose to shop
and dine at the Island establishments because we
prefer them to those in town? The employees and
those who patronize Island businesses are contribut-
ing to the Island economy.
Are you implying that "nonresidents" should pay
tolls and parking meters in an effort to keep your
turtles safe, your beaches clean, your elderly fed and
your economy running?
Last I heard, Anna Maria Island was part of
Manatee County (it certainly benefits from county
tax dollars). To follow your line of reasoning would
mean that toll booths should be place on both sides
of the bridges, therefore requiring Island residents to
pay them when they come into town to work, shop,
dine or visit their doctor.
Edith Zaffina, Bradentoh
One of my friends returning from the Island
passed me a recent copy of The Islander, which I
always enjoy reading, having been a regular visitor
myself to the Island over many years with both fam-
ily and friends.
I happened to read the interesting article on the
proposed TideMark Lodge development and thought
it would make an excellent addition to the north Is-
I identify the Island as one of the very few places
remaining on planet earth where tranquillity and se-
curity, excellent all-year-round water sports (espe'-
cially fishing!), unpolluted air, water and sunshine
can still be found. A veritable treasure island!
One of the fundamental problems, however, for
very long distance travelers is often as not very late
night arrival, weary and tired and then engaged in a
hunt for a key, then the apartment and a meal. To
find somewhere to stay that can provide full cater-
ing and activity services seems to be exactly what
TideMark Lodge may provide.
I think it is fair to say that in this ever-changing
world that travel and holiday habits, especially
among the younger generation (i.e. the future), are
moving to shorter, more regular and activity-ori-
ented vacations. This in turn necessitates more com-
plete and extensive service-oriented facilities.
While I know your Island is blessed with a ma-
jor market of your longer-term visitors (I believe you
call them snowbirds), I hope you will not forget all
the rest of us travelers who love your beautiful Is-
land and want to see all it has to offer.
Kelvin Hall, Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
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No such thing as a free lunch
Remember back in the distant past say 10-15
years ago when watching a special on wildlife was
exactly that, special? Aside from Marlin Perkins and
his Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, the nature lov-
ers among us would have to wait weeks if not months
for a National Geographic presentation to entertain and
inform of another exotic marvel of life.
As popular as they shows were, it wasn't until the
coming of Jacques Cousteau's series of explorations
and studies of marine life that nature as a subject for
mass television consumption really came into being.
Now, of course, it is not only possible to watch docu-
mentaries on wildlife anytime, on any number of chan-
nels; there are even a couple of cable networks show-
ing nothing but.
I watched one particular show the other night
which got me to thinking. The subject was the killer
whales of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These
animals numbering roughly 400 have a behav-
Blood worth $100 a pint
in special Father's Day Island drive
A special blood drive dedicated to Father's Day
will provide $100 a pint for blood to Island charities,
and appointments are being made now for donors.
The Manatee Community Blood Center drive
will be at three Anna Maria Island locations from
8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, though Father's
Day is eight days later.
The four nonprofit organizations eligible to re-
ceive the $100 donations are the Privateers, Com-
munity Center, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
and Wildlife Rehabilitation facility.
Event sponsors are Marina Point Realty Co. and
Anna Maria Island Coffee Company, both of Anna
Maria. Sponsor of the generous donation is the Tay-
lor Family.Foundation of Holmes Beach, which for
each pint of blood given in the drive will give $100
to one of four nonprofit organizations designated by
the blood donor.
But it can't get off the ground without donors,
said a spokesperson for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, which is both a host and a ben-
eficiary of the event. Anyone interested in giving a
pint should make an appointment at any of the three
locations for the bloodmobiles:
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City, 778-1908.
Anna Maria Island Coffee Company, 314
Pine Ave., Anna Maria City, 779-0341.
Privateers float/boat location next to the
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive call
Privateers President Mitch Stewart, 729-6263.
Donors may designate their $100 to one of the
organizations, split it between a couple of favorites,
or let it be divided evenly among all four.
The Blood Center advises donors to eat and
drink plenty of fluids prior to donating and to bring
Marina Pointe and Anna Maria Coffee Com-
pany will be providing juice and cookies as well as
T-shirts and coffee mugs to donors.
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ioral trait that scientists say have never been exhibited
in any of the world's other killer whales. The
Vancouver pods will on regular occasions travel to a
particular cove where conditions are just right for a
peculiar form of whale fun. With a swish of their
mighty tails they will make repeated passes over the
rocks/pebbles which line the seabed, for what is appar-
ently no reason other than that it feels great doing it.
Well, it's just possible we have such a unique be-
havioral trait right here in Anna Maria.
As anyone who has ever seen one will tell you,
brown pelicans hunt for their food by diving from
heights of 30 or 40 feet, a collision of bird and water
which results in a frothy splash and, hopefully, lunch.
Before taking off anew, the pelican must first position
the fish correctly so it may swallow it whole. It is while
they prepare to do this that a very strange thing hap-
pens. Something I have never witnessed among any
other groupings of brown pelicans and gulls.
On any number of occasions, on both the bayside
and just offshore in the Gulf, I have watched as laugh-
ing gulls land directly on the head of a pelican who has
just made a catch. The idea is that as the pelican flips
the fish into the air to re-catch it head-first, our fine
feathered interloper will attempt to intercept it. It was
as though a smaller bovine would sit on the head of a
cow in hopes that his hosters would miss her mouth
with some alfalfa.
Since the time between catch and swallow is so
brief, the gull in question cannot hope to stumble upon
it by mere chance. Rather they most likely deliberately
mirror the pelican in its movements leading up to the
moment in question. Following a pelican on the hunt,
they will time their own descent to be within seconds
of the initial catch.
In other words, it is something they have thought
about. And even more extraordinary is that they seem
to learn it from each other. It seems that somewhere
down the line an enterprising young Palma Sola Bay
gull may have set off an evolutionary change that is
now being incorporated into its immediate subspecies.
Or at least that's the way it appears to me. If any
reader has more, or better, information concerning this
phenomenon, I would love to hear from you.
And who knows, maybe one of these days we'll be
watching it all on the Discovery Channel.
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Cortezians embrace plans for former fish house
By Paul Roat
Piero Rivolta has cleared his first obstacle in rede-
veloping a former fish house he bought more than a
year ago in Cortez.
The Cortez Waterfronts Florida committee over-
whelmingly endorsed his plans for a multi-use boat
woodshop-residential cottage project at 121st Street
West on Anna Maria Sound, the location of the former
Sigma International fish house.
"We've worried about what is going to go in there
for more than 10 years," Cortez resident Blue Fulford
said last week, "and it looks to me like what's going in
is something we can live with. It has limited impact to
very few people, no environmental impact, and it fits
in with Cortez. I recommend we support this project."
And that's what the waterfronts committee did by
a vote of 23-2.
Rivolta and son Renzo plan to take the large par-
cel of property and expand a boat woodworking busi-
ness currently there into two other structures.
Emily Anne Smith, with the Bradenton Beach ar-
chitectural firm of Eatman & Smith, presented the
plans for the new buildings.
"We hope. when completed, to have the buildings
appear to be at least 100 years old," she told a group of
about 30 people last Thursday in the village.
Wood siding, wood windows, metal roofs and
Colonial architectural features will grace the buildings.
All non-native plants, such as Brazilian peppers, will
be removed from the property, as will an existing cov-
ered parking structure. The fuel tanks have been re-
moved as well.
The mangrove peninsula will remain pristine, with
the only change being the creation of a gazebo at the
westernmost point of land overlooking Anna Maria
Sound. Rivoltas elder and younger agreed they would
investigate the possibility of having the peninsula
turned into a conservation easement to protect it from
Piero Rivolta said that for the boat woodworking
shop expansion to be financially viable a total of eight
cottages would need to be built. The cottages would be
elevated to meet federal flood requirements and would
be attached. The two floors on each cottage would con-
tain roughly 1,000 square feet of living space.
"I first thought when I bought the property I would
put in a marina with dry storage," Piero Rivolta said,
"and I could make a lot of money. But it just isn't right.
"So we decided the most important thing is to build
a maritime place to deal with boats. It's more in keep-
ing with the tradition of the village."
Piero Rivolta said he believed the people who will
buy the cottages preliminary prices are in the
$220,000-$250,000 range would be people who
liked boats and wanted to live in a working boatyard.
Renzo Rivolta said he hoped, and encouraged, people
to stop by and see the work the boat finishing business is
producing. Plans for the boatworks include huge windows
to allow pedestrians and sightseers to view the fine detail
work produced by the Cortez Cove Marina.
Plans for the project are available at the marina
offices at 4524 121st St. W. during business hours.
Although "selling" Cortezians on the project may
have been the toughest hurdle, the project still has a long
way to go before ground may be broken.
County planning commissioners and historic pres-
ervationists need to review the project, county commis-
sioners will have to give it their blessing, and land-use
regulations need to be amended to allow the cottages
on the commercially zoned property.
"It should only take a year or so," Renzo Rivolta
dryly said of the process.
Work starts on Cortez commercial fisher memorial site
By Jim Hanson
Preliminary work has begun preparing the water-
front site for the monument to Cortez commercial fish-
ermen who have died at sea.
The site is between the A.P. Bell and Star fish
houses where 123rd Street Court runs into the bay. The
memorial is being created in Georgia and will be here
in September, said Blue Fulford.
Fulford is a native Cortezian and lifelong commer-
cial fisherman who is co-chair of Cortez Waterfronts
Florida, which is preparing the monument.
"The artist is at work and the first payment has
been made," Fulford said. Cortez Waterfronts has a
$25.000 grant from the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs for the project.
The artist is John Ward, who is working on the
monument in his Georgia studio. His work will depict
a fisherman hauling in a net full of mullet, the fish that
was the mainstay of commercial fishing in Cortez un-
til net fishing was banned statewide in 1995.
Ward completed a model that met with general
approval except for one feature his fisherman was
shirtless, which Cortezians quickly reminded him
would be extraordinarily unlikely. He has put a shirt on
his brawny fisherman for the final product, he said.
The site work will involve cleaning, leveling and
landscaping the area, which has been used for de-
cades by fishermen as a combined storage and work
area, said Fulford. Asphalt there will be broken up
and hauled away and the area leveled by Manatee
Allen Garner, another lifelong Cortezian whose
family formerly owned Star Fish Co., is a landscape
architect and will design the site.
Cortez Waterfronts manager Janet Hoffman said
the organization is aiming for dedication of the monu-
ment in September.
An early depiction of the commercial fishing memo-
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War dead honored Monday in Memorial Day events
Americans who died in our many
wars will be honored on Memorial Day
Monday, May 28, with ceremonies rang-
ing from Arlington National Cemetery to
two observances in Manatee County.
The tradition of placing flowers on
the graves of war dead started in 1866
on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line,
with Union dead so honored that year in
Waterloo, N.Y., and both Confederate
and Union dead thus venerated in Co-
Manatee's program will be in two
parts, said retired Col. Charles Fitt of the
Manatee County Veterans Council.
The first part will start at 9:30 a.m.
at Gamble Mansion Park in Ellenton. A
"living history" presentation will feature
President Abraham Lincoln delivering
his Gettysburg Address, escorted by sol-
diers in both blue and gray uniforms.
A "missing man" ceremony will be
conducted by the honor guard of Kirby
Stewart Post No. 24 of the American
Legion. Presentation of the colors will
be carried out by ceremonial units and
color guards from organizations
throughout the county.
The second part of the program
will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans
Monument Park on the Manatee River
next to Manatee Memorial Hospital,
on Second Street East.
There, special recognition of Korean
War veterans will precede reading of proc-
lamations, wreath laying, honor guard,
rifle squad, taps and the climactic raising
of the flags to full staff at noon.
Originally the special period was
called Decoration Day and was on vari-
ous dates in May. In 1868 Gen. John A.
Logan, president of the Grand Army of
the Republic, declared May 30 would be
the day to put flowers on "the graves of
comrades who died in defense of their
country during the late rebellion."
After World War I a day was set
aside to honor the dead in all American
wars, and gradually the custom ex-
tended homage to relatives and friends,
military and civilian. The most solemn
ceremony of the day is the placing of a
wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Some southern states still observe
Confederate Memorial Day at varied
times, from April 30 in Georgia to the
last Monday in May in Virginia.
Local vet spurs Memorial Day wreath drop
By Jim Hanson
A ceremonial wreath from the air has
been added to the Memorial Day obser-
vances, first drop of its kind in Manatee
County, at the insistence of an Islander.
Jim Kissick, a feisty and wily vet-
eran who lives in Bradenton Beach, told
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office of
the "very moving" ceremony and sug-
gested it be done here.
Use one of your helicopters during
the observance at Veterans Memorial
Park, he advised Sheriff Charlie Wells.
It could be done easily, he said, and he
should know he has logged 2,300
hours in just such a chopper.
It's a Bell Jet Ranger, he said, which
he flew in the Navy and later as a civilian.
Wells got Federal Aviation Admin-
istration permission for the drop and set
up the program. With a ceremony hon-
oring war dead set to start at 11:30 a.m.
Monday, May 28, at the Veterans Me-
morial Park on the river shore, the
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into the river there between 11:40 and
11:50, Kissick said.
It will be launched from the aircraft
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If you've never seen the beauty of Perico Bayou,
you can get your chance when Concerned Citizens of
Manatee County offers a forum Thursday, May 24.
The "Save Perico Island" community forum will
feature a 15-minute video on some of the natural won-
ders in one of the last pristine places left in the Tampa
The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Manatee
County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W.,
Bradenton, near the Manatee River and 13th Street
County Commissioner Amy Stein and Jim Minix,
a county attorney, will be on hand to discuss a plan by
Arvida to build an 898-unit condominium project on
north Perico Island.
Some of the condos proposed will be 10 stories
high and members of Concerned Citizens, along with
many environmentalists and fishermen, fear
stormwater runoff from the development could spell
the end for the fragile ecosystem of mangroves, oyster
bars and seagrasses that support a number of species of
plants and animals.
If you want more information or wish to donate
time or funding, call Jerry Messick at 792-0845, or Ann
Rogers at 795-7974. You also can log on to their Web
site at www.geocities.com/save perico.
FISH to hold members meeting
May 24 in Cortez
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage in
Cortez will hold a members meeting and membership
drive Thursday, May 24, at the former firehouse, now
Cortez Community Center at 4419 123rd St. Ct. W. in
Anyone interested in the future of Cortez and its
people is welcome to come from the meeting and to
New officers and an update on FISH bylaws will
be taken up at the meeting and only members can vote.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can do so
prior to the start of the meeting.
National EMS Week honors
paramedics in area, country
National Emergency Medical Services Week, a
celebration to honor approximately 750,000 EMS pro-
viders nationwide, is scheduled this week through Sat-
urday, May 26.
This year's theme, "Answering the Call," speaks to
the commitment EMS providers make to answer the
needs of their communities, and the countless ways
they ensure citizens' health, protection and well being.
Manatee County EMS ran more than 31,000
calls in the past year. One hundred and six employ-
ees cover the entire county seven days a week, 365
days a year.
Kids may find futures
at Island summer camp
Registration for the first week of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center 2001 summer camp, "Future
Finders," is open from now until June 1, with camp
opening June 4.
The camp will teach and entertain youngsters from
kindergarten through fifth grade in one-week incre-
ments until Aug. 9.
It will give the children a look at "what directions
their future journey may take them," outlining career
choices and why people decide on the paths they fol-
low, said Mary Metcalf, Center education director.
"Will they grow up and travel north to a career in
medicine? Take a southern route to follow a passion for
animal care? Go east at the fork in the road and be an
There will be sports, arts and crafts, field trips to
Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, EPCOT Center and
other centers of fun and education.
Kids may be registered at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria City, for any week of the camp,
but the deadline to sign up for opening week is June 1.
The Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There are fees for the activities.
Jim Carden, who has been doing everything that
needs doing at the 90-unit Westbay Cove condo-
minium off Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach for 26
years, was hailed as the man of the hour all
hours, day and night at a Jim Carden Apprecia-
tion Day party and in the condos' newsletter. The
superintendent of grounds "and much, much more"
and his wife Deloris moved here from Akron, Ohio,
Dinner, theater offered
Chapters on the Island restaurant and bookstore,
5904 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will present "An
Evening with William Shakespeare" at 6 p.m. May 31
through June 2 as the first summer production in its
Dinner Theater Series.
Tickets cost $29.95 and include a choice from a
special dinner menu (tax and gratuity not included).
Reservations are required. For more information, call
Bishop on Island Sunday
Episcopal Bishop John Lipscomb will be at the
Church of Annunciation Sunday, May 27, to officiate
at a single service combining the usual two worship
He will celebrate and preach at 9 a.m., said Paula
Tripp, senior warden. The usual Sunday schedule calls
for services at 8 and 10 a.m.
The bishop will take part in the education program,
adult Bible study, and after the service he will greet
worshipers less formally at a reception. His official day
here will conclude with a meeting with the vestry, the
church's governing body.
Further details may be obtained by calling 778-
Chamber breakfast May 30
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce plans a
free "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast meet-
ing at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the chamber of-
fice, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Jo Ann Wolverton, chairman of the board, will tell
new and prospective members about the chamber's
programs. Reservations may be made and information
obtained at 387-9519.
Winners in the May 19 horseshoe games were Jack
Cooper of Holmes Beach and Pete Watson of Anna Maria
and England. Runners-up were Carole Watson of Anna
Maria and England and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria.
Winners in the May 16 games were Cooper and
Ron Pepka of Bradenton. Runners-up were Jimmy
Spencer of Holmes Beach and Carole Watson.
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Island Players announce 53rd season
The Island Players will offer five plays in 2001-02,
the theatrical troupe's 53rd season on Anna Maria Is-
The first play, running Oct. 3-14, and is Noel
Coward's "Blithe Spirit."
In "Blithe Spirit," Charles Condomine invites
Madame Arcati, the well-known medium, to join his
wife and guests for dinner. But he has an ulterior mo-
Condomine wants to learn the jargon of the me-
dium so he can use it for a character in a book he is
writing. He plans to make his character a complete
humbug, which he assumes Madam Arcati to be.
He pleads with the other guests not to laugh at her.
In fact, Arcati gives them all plenty to laugh at and a
lot more. Is she an expert in the occult or simply lucky?
"Smoke and Mirrors" by Will Osborne and An-
thony Herrera is next on the playbill. It runs from Nov.
An aptly named play, "Smoke and Mirrors" is
about a group of filmmakers rehearsing a small scene
of a new movie. After the gun goes off and we have
blood and a body, ve realize all was not as it appeared.
Each time we think we see clearly, the scene
changes. Sheriff Leroy Lumpkin, in his relaxed way,
finally steps in to clarify matters.
Next comes "37 Postcards" by Michael Mckeever
on Jan. 18. running through Feb. 3.
Character Avery has never talked about his rela-
tives with Gillian, his fiancee, because, as he says,
"they're rather difficult to explain."
Avery has come home after eight years abroad and
finds his family even stranger than they were when he
left. He delves for a reason for their peculiarities.
An all-time favorite is next on the list.
"California Suite" by Neil Simon takes place at
Island Players from March 15 to April 1.
This is a humorous medley in four parts. The first
arrival is a visitor from New York. A long-divorced
couple discuss with whom their 17-year-old daughter
should spend the next six months.
Second is a visitor from Philadelphia. The wife
arrives before the husband can get rid of the drunken
hooker in his bed. (It was not his idea.)
Third is a visitor from London who arrives hoping
to win an Oscar. She is disappointed.
Lastly, visitors from Chicago show up. Two
couples find they disagree on many items of interest,
rendering traveling together unappealing.
The final play is "Key for Two" by John Chapman
and Dave Freeman. It runs from May 10-19.
In this production, Harriet has an elegant Regency
flat in Brighton requiring constant, costly upkeep. She
takes not one but two married lovers, whom she must
All goes well until Gordon falls and breaks his leg
and cannot be moved. When Alec sees him, Harriet is
creative, but as other people drop in unexpectedly,
things get out of hand.
Regular season subscriptions are $60. For a sub-
scription along with a sponsor name in the program; the
season cost is $85. The deadline for season subscrip-
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Transactions may be by mail to P.O. Box 2059,
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Leon William Mai, 87. of Cortez, died May 21.
Mr. Mai was born in Indian Rocks Beach and was
the oldest of 10 children. He moved to Cortez in 1974.
He was a lifelong fisherman and built hundreds of
Cortez fishing vessels. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air
Force, serving in European operations during World
He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Orga-
nized Fishermen of Florida. He was a Christian.
Information for a memorial service to be held in
Cortez on Saturday, May 26, may be obtained from the
family at 794-1833.
He is survived by daughter Agnes of Ft. Myers;
son Albert of Midlathian, Va.; granddaughter Jamie
Leigh; and brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
Frank A. Miranda
Frank A. Miranda, 79, of Holmes Beach, died May
Born in Astoria, N.Y., Mr. Miranda came to Mana-
tee County from Queens, N.Y., in 1964. He was a
teacher in Manatee and Sarasota counties from 1964 to
1976. He served in the U.S. Army during World War
II. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
Visitation was May 18 and services May 19 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Homes, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Vienna; sons Edward C. of
Sarasota and Frank Edward of Tampa; and a grand-
Albert Joseph Ricci
Albert Joseph Ricci, 84, of Sarasota and formerly
of Bradenton,.died May 19.
Born in Keene, N.H., Mr. Ricci came to Manatee
County from Spofford, N.H., in 1969. He served in the
U.S. Army Air Corps and was a prisoner of war dur-
ing World War II. He was owner of the Melody Shop
in Keene, Better TV Inc., and other cable systems in the
northeast. He was recognized by the National Cable
Television Association as one of 10 pioneers in the
Services will be at 2 p.m. June 8 at Church of the
Palms-Presbyterian, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bootstrap
Foundation Scholarship Fund, 1770 Wood St., Sarasota
FL 34236. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sons Scott of Holmes Beach and
Mark of Sarasota; sisters Josephine Salatas and Mar-
garet Cassin, both of Sarasota; brother Louis of
Sarasota; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
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Anna Maria fine.tunes embryonic capital improvement plans
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria is getting a free survey of its road sys-
tem. That was one result of a special city commission
meeting May 17 when commissioners worked on set-
ting priorities for accomplishing a list of capital im-
provements something they have been working on
for several weeks.
One of the major issues on the list is the condition
of the city's roads and a plan for paving those roads that
need to be improved.
Resident Bill Snow, who spent many years as a
road contractor, volunteered his services to the city. He
offered to go out and look at all the streets, review the
status of the paving and tell the commission what needs
to be done.
"I was told never to volunteer, but now I guess I'm
doing it," Snow said amidst laughter from the commis-
sioners and the audience. He said he could complete the
survey in about a week.
"I ride my bike all over town and because of the busi-
ness I've been in, I never look up, I always look down at
the roads," Snow said. He asked for clarification on what
the major and minor roadways were in the city.
Commissioners decided Gulf Drive, Bay Drive
north and south and North Shore Drive are major road-
Snow will submit a written report with recommen-
dations on what to do this year, over the next five years
and in 10 years. "When you go to 10 years you're
stretching it, but it gives you some idea of what to shoot
for," Snow said.
Snow also recommended that the city look into
using a system of slurry or chip sealing of roadways
which preserves the road where the base is good but the
top is deteriorating. It accomplishes this without rais-
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Resident Georgia VanCleave said she hoped the
city wouldn't close the door on working with the
agency because of the drainage project fiasco on Spring
Street a few years ago.
"It's a new agency there, we are wiser and know
how to monitor their work, and they have some good
grant money. I hope the commissioners are open to
working with them," VanCleave said.
Another part of the capital improvement plan is the
care and maintenance of the city infrastructure. The com-
mission voted to look into remodeling city hall an idea
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for the remodeling of city hall.
The commission also voted to have Acting Public
Works Director Bob Welch take a look at every beach
access in the city to see that the walkways are in good
repair and to make sure that the schedule for inspecting the
city pier is maintained. The motion called for Welch to get
back to the commission at the June 14 meeting.
Commissioner Linda Cramer was absent with an
excuse. Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh anticipated he could
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'The sand flew,' and money, too, for sea turtles
By Jim Hanson
Suzi Fox is richer by two experiences this week -
reassurance in human nature and satisfaction at mak-
ing several turtle programs relatively prosperous.
As the state marine turtle preservation permit
holder for Anna Maria Island, she was called in to help
some of her volunteers dig up an odd turtle nest sea-
ward of the Coconuts Beach Resort in Holmes Beach.
Odd because it didn't seem to have any eggs in the
usual conformation, though the beach walking coordi-
nator for the area, Deborah Basilius, knew darn well
that it was a legitimate nest.
After digging for half an hour she called Fox, who
arrived at full speed and joined the digging for another
half-hour. No eggs.
By this time a crowd had collected on the beach
and on the balconies of the resort. Some started caring
for the Turtle Watch volunteers, bringing them drink-
ing water and umbrellas.
Finally the eggs were Jocated "sort of on the out-
side of the nest," said Fox. Cheers, applause.
The experts put the pingpong ball-like eggs in
buckets and rushed them south to Coquina Beach for
transplanting in a safe area, away from the anticipated
beach renourishment project which is expected to in-
terfere with the nests.
A hole four feet across and three feet deep re-
mained, and the volunteers started the tedious task of
"I'll bet some of you would like to help," she said
to the crowd, and at once 30 or more people were on
their knees flailing with hands and cups and even a
shovel or two, "and the sand just flew."
That was the eighth turtle nest on the Island this
season, along with five "false crawls," tracks of logger-
heads that opted against making a nest once ashore.
It was Fox's first outing since returning from a
meeting in Tallahassee where she and six other sea
turtle permitees decided the fate of $160,000. The
money was the result of the state's special license plate
for turtle programs, and Fox just recently was named
to the Marine Turtle Grant Committee of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The biggest grant, $32,000, went to a program to
look into what is infecting young turtles in the Florida
Keys, Fox said. It seems to be a parasitic infection,
trematode, she said.
The grant went to Dr. Elliot Jacobson of the Uni-
versity of Florida, a veterinarian with an additional
Ph.D. He has worked on the problem in collaboration
with Dr. Glenn Harman of the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium, who handles the more severe injuries for
Anna Maria Turtle Watch.
Altogether the committee evaluated 26 applica-
tions and awarded 14 grants, Fox said, and will do it
again in November for other applicants.
One major frustration: "We were all in the same
hotel and ate in the same dining room and we are all
great talkers, and we couldn't talk to each other be-
cause of the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law," which
prohibits private discussion between public officials on
matters they may have to act on.
Anna Maria charter review petition draws mixed reviews
By Laurie Krosney
As the furor over who shall be Anna Maria's vice
mayor, who is supposed to chair commission meetings
and who names citizens to committees appears to be
quieting for now, several citizens want to make sure the
city doesn't reinterpret the charter every year.
Resident Mady Iseman is circulating a petition ask-
ing the commission to review the charter and clear up the
parts that led to the confusion and the eventual controver-
sial election of Commissioner Tom Skoloda as vice
City commissioners interpreted the charter to say the
vice mayor is responsible for conducting city commission
meetings, despite the fact that the mayor has chaired meet-
ings since the city was incorporated in 1923.
Iseman said she has no interest in attempting to
change the way this present administration conducts its
business. "I just want to make sure the next commis-
sion doesn't come in and turn it all around. The way it
is now, a majority of the commission can interpret the
charter any way it wants, and that is supposed to be up
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Iseman added she has nothing against Skoloda or
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biguous language and then put any proposed changes
to the citizens in the form of a referendum.
As of late last week, 85 voters had signed the pe-
tition. Iseman and several helpers have been collecting
signatures at the Anna Maria Post Office and she said
they were surprised by the reaction of some residents.
"Some people said they were on Commissioner Jay
Hill's administrative code committee so they wouldn't
be able to sign the petition. I don't see what one has to
do with the other," Iseman said.
"Some people thought if they signed it they were
going against Commissioner Skoloda or Commissioner
Hill. One commissioner, John Michaels, told me to
'take it to court.'"
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sured him she had no interest in overturning the way
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government that can't be changed whenever there is a
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Iseman at 779-2929.
Players offer Shakespeare
Tickets are on sale now for the Island Play-
ers' special presentation of "A Midsummer
Night's Dream," scheduled to run July 11-15.
Kelly Woodland will direct the production of
William Shakespeare's play at the theater at 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City. It is being co-pro-
duced by SunCoast Real Estate of Holmes Beach.
Performance times are 8 p.m. for the run of the
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One week left of school!
The countdown to summer vacation has begun for
Island students. The last day of school will be Wednesday,
Although the year is coming to a close, there are still
several events to mark on your calendar.
,Fifth-grade students will perform "The Wizard of Oz"
at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24. A brief Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting will beheld in conjunction
with the evening performance.
SSchoolwill be closed Monday, May 28, Memorial
The last full day of classes will be Tuesday, May 29.
A special menu will be served in the cafeteria. Fifth-grad-
ers, however, will be treated to lunch at the Beach House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Before students begin their summer break on May 30,
there will be an award ceremony for third- and fourth-
graders beginning at 9 a.m.
Students will have an early dismissal on the last day
of school and report cards will be sent home with them.
Principal Tim Kolbe will oversee the Island school's
summer session: which will be held at Paliina Sola El-
ementary School tartng June 5. The 2001 -02 school year
will begin Aug. 13.
The community is welcome to attend-any school
function and can call the administration office for more
information at 708-5525.
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Krystin overcomes cancer by accentuating positive
By David Futch
Krystin Carlson weighed 24 pounds when she was
5 years old.
The year before, doctors had discovered a grape-
fruit-sized malignant tumor on her left kidney.
Then doctors ran into the worst-case scenario. The
tumor produced a double-life-threatening problem by
creeping into her vena cava, the vein that returns blood
to the heart.
For the moment, there was nothing doctors could
do. Krystin was too small, the tumor too big and re-
moving it could kill her, doctors feared.
Over the next two years, she would go through
chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the
tumor to operating size.
During a five-month period, Krystin was unable to
eat or drink and had to be fed intravenously, a problem
that caused her to drop nearly half her body weight.
Cathy Carlson, Krystin's mom, believes the one
thing that kept her daughter alive was Krystin's take on
the upbeat side of life.
That same positive outlook has been the saving
grace in her ongoing recovery.
"Krystin has such a great attitude," Cathy Carlson
said. "When she was going through chemotherapy, one
minute she'd be throwing up, then she'd set aside her
bucket and ask if we could play a game. Never once did
Today, Krystin looks like any other happy 9-year-
old. She has the same likes and dislikes as most of the
girls in her class at Anna Maria Island Elementary.
'N Sync and the Back Street Boys are at the top of
her list of dreamboat bands who just happen to be able
"'N Sync I like the best because I like the way they
sing," Krystin said with a blush. "Especially Justin."
She said she loves to play sports. Basketball and
baseball are near the top of the list, though cheerleading
is her favorite. Singing karaoke to Britney Spears mu-
sic is right up there.
Krystin's older brothers Ryan and Ted "pick on
me, but they're good to me, too. They'll call me names
one minute, then they'll take me fishing."
She likes wading on grass flats near the elementary
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On July 24, 1995, Krystin was running a fever.
"We were at a baseball game and she seemed very
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degrees. I thought she was just overheated from run-
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Doctors found a large mass on Krystin's left side
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Krystin was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, one of
the more common cancers found in children, usually af-
fecting those age 4 to 7, though more common in boys.
Wilm's tumors usually are confined to the kidneys.
Krystin wasn't that lucky. Her vena cava was almost
blocked, meaning blood was having a difficult time
returning to the heart.
The usual treatment is to remove the affected kid-
ney. Because it had grown so large, it meant losing a
kidney and having triple-bypass surgery on her heart.
Eventually the kidney was taken out and tumors
were removed from the vena cava. She lost two-thirds
of her blood during an operation that saved her life.
Krystin now has an 85 percent chance of being
cancer-free for the rest of her life, according to what
doctors have told her mother.
She still has stomach problems, probably from the
radiation, Cathy said. And Krystin goes in for routine
blood tests and CAT scans.
She's missed a lot of school, but her third-grade
teacher at Anna Maria Elementary school said Krystin
is a trooper who never talks about her illness.
"Krystin always has this beautiful smile with
lovely dimples that melt my heart," teacher Angelica
Mannino said. "I have kids who get a splinter in their
finger and they don't want to come to school. She's
never complained. She's a teacher's dream. She's got
a smile that will melt you.
"Despite missing school,.she's made up all her
assignments. That's what impresses me. I've never
treated her any differently than I have the other children
in my class. My emphasis has always been to make
sure each student knows they're loved."
Love can be a great healer. A positive attitude
"I'm kind of used to being sick, so it doesn't bother
me or make me mad," Krystin said. "I would tell people
who are sick to just keep thinking that you're going to
get well and you will.
"My friends know I'm sick, but they don't treat me
differently one bit. And that's good. I think my mom
and dad worry more about me being sick than I do."
Krystin said she knows a lot of children freak out
about getting just one shot. She's had hundreds, prob-
"It doesn't hurt one bit," she said. "Needles don't
bother me, except for the long ones. My brother Ryan
really freaks out when they try to give him a shot."
And if you had one wish, what would it be?
"Never to be sick again," Krystin said.
Mom said, "I wish there was a cure for cancer."
Krystin chimed right in, "That one, too."
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 14, 500 block of North Bay Boulevard, bur-
glary to a car. Someone broke into a car and removed
a satchel-type briefcase. The car was unlocked.
May 17, Gulf beach and Palm Avenue, found net.
A gill net approximately 300 feet long was found on the
beach. A number of dead crabs and fish were in the net.
The use of gill nets near shore is illegal in Florida.
May 12. 200 block of Highland Avenue, infonnation.
A water hose on a washing machine ruptured at a condo-
minium. When police and firefighters entered the apart-
ment, they found it filled with three inches of water.
May 12, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, lewd and las-
civious act in the presence of a child. A transient man
was charged with a felony for exposing himself to a
child on the beach.
May 13, 1700 block of Gulf Drive South. driving
with suspended license. Two men were stopped for
drinking and driving at Coquina Beach. One was ar-
rested for driving with a suspended license and both
were cited for violating the open container law.
May 13, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North, animal
complaint. A group of women had a dog on the beach
and when police told them it was against the law, they
said the dog was not harming anyone. The officer told
them to get the dog off the beach. A short while later.
police received another call the same dog was on the
beach. Police arrived and found no dog, but did find
feces near the waterline.
May 14, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, public
drinking. A man who rode up to the Circle K on his
bicycle was drinking beer in front of police. They is-
sued him a notice to appear in court.
May 14, 100 block of Bridge Street, false alarm.
An employee accidentally set off a burglar alarm.
May 14, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North, suspi-
cious person. A man went into a motel office and asked
to use the bathroom. When the clerk said it was down
by the pool, the man insisted on using the bathroom in
the office. The clerk told the man to leave or she would
call the police. The man stood there until the clerk
reached for the phone He \walked oul. ;
May 15, 1500 block of Gulf Drive South, lost or
stolen property. A man's wallet was stolen from his car
at Cortez Beach. The items missing include two credit
cards, a debit card, two blank checks, pictures and a
May 17, 100 block of 22nd Street North, accident.
An Ontario man was charged with unlawful backing
when he backed into Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sioner John Chappie's truck.
May 13, 500 block of 58th Street, suspicious. A
man reported someone breaking into his car. Police
arrived at his home and found no one around and the
man confused. The man's ex-wife reported he was on
medication from an accident to his shoulder and that he
sometimes acted irrational.
May 13, 900 block Manatee Avenue, violation of
right of way, DUI. Christine Rivard, of 52nd Avenue,
Bradenton, was arrested after pulling out into traffic at
Kingfish Boat Ramp and causing a head-on collision
with another car. Officers said when Rivard stepped out
of her car, she almost fell and could not stand without
propping herself against her car. Breathalyzer tests re-
vealed the woman had a blood alcohol content of. 128
on the first try and .119 on the second. Florida law
states a person is legally drunk at .08.
May 13, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported his wallet stolen.
May 13, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary of a
vehicle. A woman reported someone stole her cash and
three credit cards from her daughter's van while it was
parked at Manatee County Public Beach. She later
found that someone charged $1,381 on the cards at K-
Mart and Wal-Mart.
May 14, 200 block of South Harbor Drive, tres-
pass. Three juveniles were issued trespass warnings for
skateboarding at a church.
May 14, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, trespass. Three
juveniles were issued trespass warnings for skateboard-
ing in the parking lot of First National Bank after hav-
ing been told not to skateboard there.
May 14, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, warrants, driving
with suspended license. Police stopped a man for driving
without tail lights. He was arrested on two outstanding
warrants from Pasco County for criminal mischief and for
leaving the scene of an accident. His license had been
suspended for failing to pay a traffic fine. He also had a
valid Ohio license that was confiscated.
May 15, 300 block of 67th Street, trespass. A man
returned to a duplex he sold to get a washer/dryer. He
did so without the.new owner's knowledge.
May 15, 81st Street Cabana, suspicious. Several ju-
veniles were found drinking beer at the cabana and police
had one of them pour out the beer and dispose of the con-
tainers. Two of the children's parents were called and both
said they would discipline their children.
May 16, 5000 block of Gulf Drive, driving with
suspended license, possession of alcohol under age 21.
An 18-year-old man was stopped for driving a motor-
cycle with no tail light and no tag. The officer noticed
alcohol on his breath and asked what the man had in a
cooler strapped to the cycle. The officer found three
beers in the cooler and also found a loaded pellet gun
on the man. Police also discovered the man's license
had been suspended twice, once for failing to appear in
court on a traffic ticket. The man was taken to Mana-
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Weaver holes out in one
Anna Maria Islander Rick Weaver knew it was a
good shot Sunday when he hit his six-iron on the 165-
yard par 3 15th hole at Heritage Oaks Golf & Country
Club in Sarasota.
Then the ball hit the green, hopped once and
clanged into the pin.
"Nine times out of 10 when you hit the pin it's
unlucky because the ball ends up a long way from the
hole," Weaver said. "I never saw the ball once it hit the
pin. It must have dropped straight down."
Indeed it did and Weaver, who shot a 76 May 20,
had his third hole-in-one, the last coming in 1992 and
the first in 1988.
Witnesses included playing partners Wayne Wood,
Dennis Spates and Capt. Glenn Corder. Weaver placed
second in the Sunday Sunrise Tour golf match.
The winner was Rich Averill, who bested 26 oth-
ers for his third win of the year on tour. Averill was
plus 8 on a modified Stableford scoring system and
Weaver was plus 6.
Bistros rips A&E to reach championship
The Bistros baseball team continued its torrid win-
ning streak May 19, working its way into the Anna
Maria Island Little League AAA championship round
with a convincing 13-5 win over Air & Energy.
The Bistros AAA division team for players age 8-
11 is scheduled to play Waterfront Restaurant at 7 p.m.
today for the AAA championship. If Waterfront wins,
they win both the regular-season title and post-season
trophy. If Bistros wins, they have to play Waterfront
again Friday at 7 p.m. to determine the winner.
Steve Thomas had another outstanding outing on
the mound and got the win against A&E. He was aided
by some defensive gems.
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Marnie, Jacob Dimiceli, Jimmy Lease, Eddie Shaw, assistant coach Tanner Pelkey, Justin Dimiceli, Kala
Garner, Ben Murphy, Alicia Ware and Carmine Galati. Islander Photo: David Futch
The first came in the second inning when Bistros
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of position and ran him down as the runner was going
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The second was in third inning when, with runners at
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inning on singles by Dearlove and Cory Wash, a couple
of Bistros errors and a two-run double courtesy of
A&E pitcher Dearlove shut down Bistros in the
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second and A&E tacked on another run in their at-bat
to go up 4-2.
Bistros bats came alive in the top of the third.
Justin Dimiceli led off with a walk, Ben Murphy
singled, Marnie singled and Garner walked to bring in
Jimmy Lease came to bat and had no balls and two
strikes on him with the bases loaded when he drilled a
ball into the power alley in left center field for a three-
run triple and a 6-4 Bistros lead.
Galati brought in the final run of the inning with
another triple to dead center and the score was 7-4 Bis-
Thomas gave up another run to make it 7-5, but in
the top of the fourth the Bistros bombers scored four
more runs on singles by the M&Ms Murphy &
Marnie and walks to Ed Shaw and Garner and a
two-run double to left center by Ware.
With the score 11-5 in the top of the fifth inning,
Marnie again came through for Bistros with a tower-
ing two-run triple to make it 13-5.
All that was left was for Thomas to mow the A&E
batters down. But A&E would not give up and put on
their rally caps. Thomas gave up a single to Francis
Bergeron then a triple to Broderick West, but Ware.
Marnie, Thomas and Galati combined to get the runner
at home. deflating the A&E squad and their chances for
Marnie was the hitting star of the game with two
singles, two triples, four RBIs and three runs scored.
The other M Murphy had three singles, an RBI
and three runs scored.
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Quality Builders squeaks past Kiwanis
Quality Builders nipped Kiwanis 10-9 May 14 behind
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to move on in post-season playoffs in Little League ma-
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Phillips had two singles, a double, four RBIs and
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three runs scored and Smith had two singles, a double
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Also for Quality, Chad Richardson had a pair of
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doubled and scored two runs. Jarrod McKenzie had a
double, a single and three RBIs.
Pittman was the winning pitcher.
For Kiwanis, Alonzo Price doubled, singled,
scored twice and had a pair of runs batted in and
Connor Bystrom had a pair of singles and two RBIs.
Spencer Carper had two singles and scored twice.
Haley's to play WMFD for championship
Haley's Motel behind the pitching and hitting
of Steve Faasse got momentum going in the post-
season with an 8-1 victory May 17 over Quality Build-
ers in major division Little League action.
Haley's played West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict late Tuesday for the major division championship.
The score was not available at press time. Look for
complete covererage in next week's Islander.
Against Quality, Faasse gave up four hits and
struck out 10 in the complete-game win.
He also had two singles, a double, two RBIs and
scored two runs. Haley's first baseman Shane Pelkey
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PAGE 22 N MAY 23, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
Hurricane odds to scare, 'Shark River' to amuse
Dr. William Gray wrapped up the 15th Annual
Governor's Hurricane Conference Friday in Tampa.
. He's the Colorado State University professor who has
offered, with startling accuracy, predictions on the
number and intensity of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes
He's a fascinating guy with a wealth of information
that he and his team amass from myriad global weather
patterns. His April prediction for the upcoming hurri-
cane season calls for 10 tropical storms, six of them
hurricanes and two of them major storms.
The unsettling element of his talk was the belief
that we're going into a period of more storms, and the
observation that many of those storms are going to be
severe with a good likelihood that they'll hit the United
"People sometimes say that I'm like 'Chicken
Little' with my predictions," Gray said, "but in the next
two or three decades, I believe the sky will definitely
fall regarding hurricanes."
He crunched some numbers for the past 100 years
for Florida hurricanes.
Since 1900, Florida has seen 19 Category 3, 4, or
5 storms, with winds in excess of 111 mph, make land-
fall. However, since 1966, there has only been one in-
tense storm that hit the state, Hurricane Andrew in
1992. We've been in a very, very low period of storm
landfall and, as Gray puts it, "Florida has been very
Gray said a "new era" began in 1995, with the
greatest hurricane activity on record taking place.
There have been 23 major hurricanes in the last six
years, he said, but only three made landfall in the
United States. The storms mostly veered to the north,
away from the mainland, but Gray warned that trend
won't continue forever.
On average, it's a 1-3 rule, Gray said: for every
three storms, one will hit land. Using that rule, the last
six years should have seen seven or eight storms reach
the coast instead of the three we had.
"That luck can't keep going on," Gray said.
On the bright side, Southwest Florida is one of the
lowest-threat areas of the Gulf and Atlantic shores for
Hurricane season begins June 1. A special Islander
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Going under intense scrutiny are kids who aren't
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have to stop you for something else before they'll be
able to give you a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
However, if a child under the age of 6 isn't restrained,
an officer can pull you over and give you a $90 ticket.
The national average for seat-belt use is 71 percent.
Florida has a dismal 65 percent record.
According to Florida statistics, six out of 10 kids
killed in vehicle crashes weren't wearing seat belts.
That should be reason enough to put a seat belt on your
child and yourself, too.
... and be safe on the water, too
We're in the middle of National Safe Boating
Week, which began May 19 and ends May 25. The
theme besides being safe on the water this year
is "Boat smart from the start. Wear your life jacket,"
according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission Division of Law Enforcement.
The organization urges everyone on the water to
wear life jackets, boat soberly and responsibly and to
take a boating safety course.
Randy White comes to area Saturday
Florida novelist Randy Wayne White has a new
book out, "Shark River." The book continues the ex-
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than in the past, is fast paced and has a surprise ending.
I promised I wouldn't mention that everybody dies in
the end of the book, so I won't. (Or was that "Man-
White writes as well or better than anybody out
there. His descriptions of Florida's waters and history
are unmatched. He's a great storyteller. What I really
like about White, though, is the environmental mes-
sages that are woven into his novels.
Take the interrelationship of golf courses to estuaries.
Character Ford is doing a marine survey and finds that the
bay water is uncharacteristically murky. Suspecting the
murk is manmade, he discovers t'at the area he's sampling
is bounded by lots of bayfront golf courses.
"I agree that golf courses are correctly considered
green space preserve areas by state planners," White's
character Ford says, "but the problem is, what does it
take to keep them green?
"In Florida it takes fertilizer. Tons and tons of in-
organic nitrogen and phosphorus. Much of that fertil-
izer is not absorbed by fairway grasses. It washes off
into water hazards and the water hazards drain into
creeks, the creeks into rivers, and rivers drain into bays.
In all brackish and saltwater live, suspended, myriad
species of microscopic plant life, or phytoplankton.
Microscopic plants react to fertilizer in the same way
Bermuda grass does they turn a bright, rich green.
"That's great for a golf course, but terrible for a
bay. When water turns murky, the depth that sunlight
can penetrate is reduced. If sunlight does not reach the
sea bottom, sea grasses cannot grow. Sea grass is the
perfect habitat for the shrimp and crabs on which game
fish such as sea trout, redfish and snook depend. Filter-
ing species such as tunicates and sponges also use
seagrass as a necessary anchor.
"If murky water kills the sea meadows, then
shrimp, crabs and fish are eliminated as well, along
with the very filtering animals required to make the bay
clear and healthy again."
What a nice, clear explanation of a marine process,
and a good reason to go with low fertilizer and pesti-
cide use on your yard.
White will be signing copies of "Shark River" at 1
p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Circle Books on St. Armands
Circle, Sarasota. Call 388-2850 for further information.
Collectors are paying more than $1,000 for first-
edition copies of Randy Wayne White's first novel,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 23, 2001 E PAGE 23
Washington man lands 200-pound tarpon on fly rod
By Capt. David Futch
One of the all-time great world fishing records may
have been broken.
An angler from Vancouver, Wash., has caught a
tarpon near Homosassa that apparently weighed in at
more than 200 pounds.
What's extraordinary is that the angler caught it on
a fly rod.
Jim Holland Jr. was fishing with Capt. Steve
Kilpatrick of Cedar Key using 20-pound tippet when
he latched into a silver king that took two hours to bring
to the boat.
Using a formula that calls for taking the length and
multiplying it by the girth, squaring that number and
dividing by 800, Holland and his guide came up with
a weight of 202 pounds.
That's when they decided to take the fish to the
dock to be weighed on a digital, electronic scale -
something the International Game Fish Association de-
mands for a fish to qualify for a world record.
When they put the fish on the scale, it topped out
at 204 pounds, according to IGFA world-record admin-
istrator Doug Blodgett.
The previous world record on a fly rod was 188
pounds, also caught at Homosassa May 13, 1982, by
renowned fishing guide Billy Pate Jr., who used 16-
pound tippet. The previous record for 20-pound tippet
was 187 pounds, 6 ounces, caught in Sierra Leone,
Africa, April 9, 1992, by Brian O'Keefe.
And speaking of world records, Anna Maria
Island's own Joey Webb, 12, is up for a world record
of his own.
Webb was fishing with his father, Capt. Joe
Webb, on the Jan Marie of Walker's Cay, Bahamas,
when he landed a 13-pound, 4-ounce mutton snapper.
If sanctioned, Webb will hold the IGFA junior-di-
vision world record.
Around the Island, everything has been late this
However, in a few weeks tarpon will take off, ac-
cording to Bill Lowman of Island Discount Tackle.
"We consider tarpon season to start about June 1,"
Lowman said. "There are tarpon on the beach, and on
a calm day you'll catch one if you have patience and
make the effort."
Offshore fishing has changed because of the tem-
perature change and decreasing, he said.
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junior division of the International Game Fish Associa-
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught Span-
ish mackerel, mangrove snapper and bluefish with the
occasional cobia offshore. Zach said he's catching a
fair amount of snook, most of them small.
"Trout fishing is the bright spot," Zach said.
"They're big and there are plenty of them. Tarpon have
shown up with several pods seen off the beach. I pre-
dict tarpon fishing will be in full swing within the next
two weeks." Zach has his boat out of the water for
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Capt. Sam Kimball on the Legend out of Annie's
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with one of them going to 20. Kingfish are still around and
up to 20 pounds. Spanish mackerel are all over the place
and while trolling he caught a 15-pound gag grouper.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip Tide out of
Holmes Beach said bottom fishing Saturday was slow
and you really had to work to catch fish.
"When it gets calm like it was, the fish seem to get
lackadaisical," Denham said. "We still get mangrove
snapper to five pounds and gags and reds to 20. On Sun-
day, bottom fishing was really slow, so we went trolling
and caught 30-pound tuna and 12-pound dolphin."
Capt. Mike Greig of Captain Mike's Charters
in Holmes Beach said tarpon have showed up and
they're chewin' in Tampa Bay. Greig added that he's
catching trout to 22 inches, cobia to 30 pounds and
permit from 5 to 15 pounds.
R.C. Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle at
Perico Harbor Marina said anglers have been doing
well on redfish and trout in Palma Sola Bay, while red-
fish and snook have been biting well around Snead Is-
"Wade fishermen south of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge have been catching nice trout, many of them
throwbacks because they're too big," Gause said. "Al-
most everybody has been using shrimp. It was a good
weekend for fishing. A number of people went out,
came back for more shrimp and went back out again.
That's always a good sign."
Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said snook, trout and redfish are his mainstays right
now with tarpon on the way.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss caught red and gag grouper, man-
grove snapper, lane snapper and a half dozen black sea
bass. Morrison said his wife Sue caught lane snapper,
one of tastiest and prettiest fish in the sea with its red-
and-yellow vertical stripes.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
said there are a lot of fish around right now. The prob-
lem is, the water's too clear. Still, folks at the pier are
catching mangrove snapper, snook and a few mackerel.
One angler caught a cobia Sunday.
Capt. Mike Heistand on the Magic said he fished
with Bill Packer of Bradenton over the weekend and
caught a pair of 26-inch trout, several redfish to 27
inches and a lot of small snook. On another trip,
Heistand said he fished offshore and caught cobia,
mackerel, triggerfish and mangrove snapper.
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$100; video cabinet, $40; two-person dining table
with chairs, $100; charcoal grill, $20. 795-8320.
BEST GARAGE SALE in town. Everything from the
attic and storage must go. Furniture, antiques and
collectibles. Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, 8am-
2pm. 614 Ambassador Lane, Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE Saturday, May 23, 8am. Everything
must go! Furniture, plants, kitchen stuff, crystal, doll
collection, toys, Christmas trees. 318 Tarpon, Anna
MOVING SALE: Saturday, May 26, 8am-1pm. Lazy
Boy sleeper, waterbed, paintings, rugs, bedroom fur-
niture, nice miscellaneous items. All must go! 779-
9708. 311 Hardin, Anna Maria.
MAKE YOUR MOVE
PERICO ISLAND HOMES
* 11445 Perico Isles Circle................ $245,000
3BR/2BA. Priced just reduced Save!
* 11375 Perico Isles Circle ................ $279,000
Furnished two-story home. 4BR/3.5BA
PERICO ISLAND CONDO/VILLA
* 11227 Sanctuary Drive ..................... $239,000
3BR/2BA. Just Listed!
Call Marilyn Trevethan
Your "Perico Specialist"
Realtor at 778-6066 -
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LOST: GRAY COCKATEIL, male, orange cheeks.
Answers to "Hey Norman." Lost Haverkos Court
area, Holmes Beach. 779-9382.
REWARD FOR THE return of brown leather brief-
case and contents taken from my car on North Bay
Blvd. Call Susan, 778-7616.
CRITTER SITTER Six years in pet care, 21 years as
an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your pets
with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE KITTENS (2) and momma kitty to good home.
Will separate if needed. Like to stay outside. Please
1994 Dodge Mark II. Luxury model. Loaded, low
miles. Must sell. Call Phil 778-8281.
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
Nes After Hours:
isU Larry Albert 725-1074
,. Greg Oberhofer 720-0932
720 KEY ROYALE DR. NORTH POINT HARBOUR
New 5BR/3.5BA, formal dining room, library,
new seawall, deep-water canal access
to Tampa Bay. May occupancy. $995,000.
723 KEY ROYALE DR. NORTH POINT HARBOUR
Incredible panoramic view of Tampa Bay and
Skyway bridge. 3BR(2 master suites)/3.5BA. Gour-
met kitchen, dock and boat lift. $1,085,000.
803 Gladiolus Street $340,000
303 South Bay Blvd. $295,000
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419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida P O Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
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This stunning 4BR/4BA Key West-style hideaway is so close to the Gulf that you can hear the surf
and enjoy Gulf views from several sundecks! Amenities of this impeccable residence include light,
ceramic-tiled floors, high, textured ceilings with tropical fans and recessed lighting, fully-equipped
gourmet kitchen with Corian countertops and breakfast bar and a sumptuous master suite with whirl-
pool tub and separate shower plus walk-in closet. There is also a central vacuum and security sys-
tem, plus storm awnings and 3M film on all windows. Framed by a white picket fence, this capti-
vating Island hideaway will capture your heart! Priced at $699,900. Truly a MUST SEE!
.A ,.NNA HARIA VILLAGE -
SThis bright and cheerful 2BR/1 BA doll house has
been completely updated and refurbished! Fea-
r1.:% IfS__ -_______ tures include light ceramic tiled floors and new
!! 'tW!tir_.I ,s beige Berber carpeting, new all-white kitchen
-- -, .- with tiled backsplash, center Island, dishwasher,
space-saver microwave oven and disposal,
three ceiling fans, beveled-glass front door, new screened lanai, rain gutters and fresh paint both
inside and out! There is a fully-fenced back yard with lovely trees and plantings, easy-care pebbled
landscaping and charming playhouse/storage shed building. Located on a quiet, secluded street
within a short stroll of Bayfront Park, this endearing hideaway will make the ideal vacation retreat.
Priced to sell at $329.900.
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DRAMATIC AND EXCEPTIONAL DIRECT
BAYFRONT HOME. 180-degree view from
north of Longboat to downtown Sarasota, near
bird sanctuary. Charm and character highlight
this wonderful setting. Short walk to beach.
$1,275,000. John Zisman, 504-2393. 204862
ELEVATED CANALFRONT HOME. Vaulted
ceilings, California-artsy feel. Private dock,
deeded beach access. $389,000. Bob
Burnett, 387-0048. 204775
PRIVATE WATERFRONT PARCEL with sea-
wall on sailboat water. "As-is" home or build
your dream home. Great waterfront opportu-
nity. $299,900. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797 or
Kathy Marcinko, 252-1618. 73055
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
OFFSHORE AND BAY fishing, nature and special
charters aboard Zulu Mama. Contact Captain Paul at
DOCK RENTAL near boat ramp. 63rd Street, Seaside
Gardens. Weekly/monthly/annual. Call 778-5719.
TROLLING MOTOR guide. Great White Lazar
GW50RF, 24-volt, 551b thrust. Hardly used. $300,
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
"WALK WITH ME..."
in paradise at
I can make your
island dreams come true.
SSales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 Cell 778-1199
S5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, Fl 34217
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH CONDO
Fantastic view overlooking nature preserve and the
Intracoastal waterway. Great location near shopping
and beaches. This three-year new unit includes
washer/dryer, all window treatments, storage shed,
covered parking for two cars and pool.
For sale by owner $150,000.
Call 941-778-1260 or 941-778-3095.
ONCE IN A RARE WHILE a home such as this
will appear on the market. A custom built ex-
ecutive home overlooking Sarasota Bay with
stunning kitchen, incredible master suite. In a
guarded community. $950,000. Bob Hall or
Penny Hall, 749-5981. 71717
WANT A LITTLE COUNTRY? Why wait to
build. Very charming home with neutral carpet
and ceramic flooring. Tray ceiling, surround
sound, patio. Near river and golf courses.
$145,000. Owner/agent, Van Bourgois, 744-
MEDITERRANEAN DESIGNED HOME. 2BR,
large living room, eat-in kitchen. Large lot, oak
trees, oversized two-car garage. Includes 20 ft.
paved road. Dead-end street. $137,000. Don
Lewis, 252-9917. 73922
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REMEMHERING THOSE WHO
HADE OUR FREEDOM POSSIBLE!
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OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
THE ISLANDER N MAY 23, 2001 0 PAGE 27
S L N D E Ri-C A- IS
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
OPPORTUNITIES: HONEST, DEPENDABLE, ener-
getic people. Waitress, breakfast daily; cleaning, bed
and breakfast and motel; laundry. Call 778-6335.
FREE SODA CANS! Now that we got your attention-
Yes! We take free empty soda cans at the Bradenton
Beach Recycling Center at Coquina Bayside. We
also take newspaper and corrugated cardboard.
Open 7 days a week, 8:30 am 1pm. Staffed by val-
ued volunteers. Call and become one at 778-1005
ext. 0 or 778-3947. Let's save our Earth Recycle!
HELP WANTED: Dining room servers. Lunch and
dinner shifts. Call Chef Damon at Ooh La La! or ap-
ply in person at 5406 Marina Drive; Holmes Beach.
DON'T FEEL LIKE fighting the traffic? No parking?
Not sure where the address is? Take a taxi and ar-
rive safely. $1.50 to get in, $1.50 per mile. Clean,
friendly, serving all of Manatee and Sarasota coun-
ties. Island Transportation 7am-3am. 737-0336.
WANTED: Registration of hidden Island area talent:
ceramists, visual artists, jewelers, musicians, writers,
sculptors, or craftsperson's of wearable art or "what-
ever." Opportunities for programs, openings, perfor-
mances, referrals, good fellowship and gallery hang-
ing. Artists Guild of Anna Maria, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-6694.
CLEANING PERSON needed. Part-time, train for
full-time. References. Call 778-8566, ask for JoAnne
or 750-4772, ask for Jean.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
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.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife Service. Call us
for problems with raccoons, snakes, possums or any
nuisance animals. Lic. by F.W.C. On call 24-hours,
ANNA MARIA APPLIANCE & TV SERVICE. Honest,
reliable repairs for major appliances, home electron-
ics, computers, garage-door openers, marine elec-
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.
NEED A RIDE? Will take you anywhere. Call now:
941-723-7871. 48-hour notice for Sarasota,
Clearwater, Tampa airport pick-ups or deliveries.
COMPUTER TUTOR: Certified professional. 40
years experience. I teach more than anyone. Your
home, your convenience, free software. Computer
SIMPLY BLUE POOL Maintenance. Full or chemical
service, Dependability guaranteed. Free estimate,
"HANDY ANTHONY' Jack of Most Trades! 20-year Island
resident. painting, masonry, plumbing/electrical repairs.
Installation of floors, windows, cabinets. 778-6000.
ATTENTION INVESTORS. 4-plex on a canal!
Sportsman Harbor, three 1BR/1BA and one 2BR/
1.5BA. This property has two docks and plenty of
room for a pool. Excellent seasonal or annual rental.
Breathtaking views from this beauty. $499,000.
Quentin Talbert 778-4800 or 704-9680. MLS#74513
2BR/2BA CONDO Enjoy beautiful Gulf
views from your living room in your new
Island getaway. This unit is tastefully fur-
nished and the complex has many ameni-
ties including clubhouse, pool and tennis
courts. $399,000. Call Quentin Talbert
778-4800 or 704-9680.
TOTALLY UPDATED CANAL HOME
2BR/2BA. New seawall, dock, boat lift, pool
and cage with partial Intracoastal views.
Easy-care home. $449,000. Call Ken
Rickett, 778-4800 or 778-3026.
KEY WEST HOME ON CANAL Florida's
finest way of life! 3BR/2BA home with wa-
ter views to mainland. Private dock on
deep-water canal, five decks, atrium and
porch, large solar-heated pool and spa.
$750,000. Valerie Hietala 778-4800 or
Ed Oli-ve-ira - -6 77-19-o ote 9-75-ikMae 7-679
I- G- lf Drive, I Hol me s e0, -rL-3 I4217-800-237-2252
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Wedebrock aete Company
3224 East Bay Drive* Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665 Toll Free: 1-800-749-6665
ATTENTION INVESTORS! Top
quality renovations make this low/no
maintenance rental triplex an excep-
tional investment. Just gorgeous.
Great rental history and 250-feet
from water's edge! $729,900. Elfi
Starrett or Becky Smith, 778-0700.
TURNKEY FURNISHED and
already in a good rental program. Walk to
shops and just minutes to the beach in this
2BR/2BA Shorewalk condo. From
$78,500. Robert St. Jean 778-0700.
RIVER HARBOR WEST. Executive
family home with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Built
for entertaining. Beautiful two-story living
room with dramatic floor to ceiling fire-
place. Gourmet kitchen, Corian counters,
two pantries. Community has dock, pool,
tennis and clubhouse. $299,900. Mary
NORTHWEST RIVERFRONT Can't
find your dream home? Build it in River
Harbor West! Amenities include dock,
pool, tennis, clubhouse and spa. Seven
lots available from $51,500. Becky
Smith/Elfi Starrett 778-0700.
Our rental department has been so successful in placing qualified tenants in our
properties that we need additional properties to meet their needs. Call us to discuss
how your vacant property can become an important income producer.
Call Tracy Bernard, Property Manager, 778-6665, Toll Free 800 749-6665
PAGE 28 0 MAY 23, 2001 E THE ISLANDER
Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sandy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Service We Monitor Irrigation Systems
1 S I., INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
7781 345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
Established in 1983
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Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
SIIlllls_ Replacement Doors and Windows
S~- Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
SFully Licensed and Insured Island References
RICK BOYCE CONSTRUCTION
From the smallest repairs to major overhaul ...
I do it all and you SAVE.
778-5075 798-0078 PAGER
20-years Island experience Insured Lic.# CGC038546
SWater Damaged Drywall Hand & Spray Texture
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20-years experience
Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141 4,
A TO Z INTERIOR FINISHING
Painting I Kenny Smith
Custom Finishes John Kreiter
Trim Installation .e 941-730-6422
Door Hanging Free Estimates
Cabinet Installation 50-Years Total
Ceramic Tiling Experience
Light Remodeling State Registered
Repairs ,. Partnership
* * * * CLIP AND SAVE ** * ** *
Rules in effect for Manatee County:
> Lawn and landscape watering is limnii ., one
day a week.
Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M :
> Addresses ending. in odd numlirCl' (i
>- Irri'ial:ii not allowed lio n 10 111 t. to 4 i -,
Irrigation \ ithl treated \ aste water al lowed a;l ,
> Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as lon
as they use a hand-held hose with a shut-ofl noi/./i
(Pull the car on the lawn to wash!)
> Rinsing 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-
Swest Florida Water Management District
(Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
A D AS SIFIED
BRYAN LOVE, Licensed Massage Therapist, M.A.
#30231. Swedish massage, deep-tissue release,
reflexology. Whitney Beach Plaza, 387-9807. Call
today, feel better tomorrow.
CERAMIC TILE repairs, re-grout and new. Custom
installation, 15 years local experience. Free esti-
mates. Vinny Manzella and Sons. 792-6029 or 545-
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT If you're not totally satis-
fied with your rental income, call Bruce Skorupa, prop-
erty manager, T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
FEMALE NURSES aide and companion with 20 years
experience. Ten years Island resident. Great recent
references and resume. 778-4192, leave message.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $10/hour Free advice! 545-7508.
HAVING A MAC ATTACK? Call for help with Mac or
PC. Training, internet, hardware selection and instal-
lation. Call Ed, 778-2553.
CHAMBERLAIN PROFESSIONAL Cleaning. Resi-
dential, condos, experienced, affordable, depend-
able, honest. Local references. Call 750-4772, leave
LITTLE ANGELS Learning Academy. Enroll now for
summer camp. Also enrolling, ages 1 to 5. Also en-
roll for before and after care for fall.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
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.
TOP NOTCH LAWN CARE Year'round or one time.
Mowing, clean-ups, sprinkler repair. Call Jason, 744-
5167 or 284-3333.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation 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 deliv-
ered and installed as low as $26.50 per yard. 727-
* VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
* exterior r', sure cleaning, wallpaper. Island reter-
Sences. Dan i Bill, 795-5100.
SJOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractor In-house plan designs. State licensed
and InsurIC Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic'
SINTERIOFR ,,ND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
S mates. 35 ,vc: IslD d resident. Call Jim Bick ,i at
SCHRISTIES PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
Since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free es-
Stimates, 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.
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B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, five or six inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner
and operator, 729-0619.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more by
Hunter Douglas and other major manufacturers. Life-
time warranty. Call Island resident Keith Barnett for
a free in-home consultation. Many Island references,
15 years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, ex-
terior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have sawmill,
will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master carpenter.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Interior/
exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpaper.
For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#RC0058589, #RG0058589,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finish-
ing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Repairs,
painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
THE WALLPAPER WIZARD, 20 years experience.
Call Mary, 794-0455. Also, interior faux painting.
RENAISSANCE COLOUR DESIGN interior/exterior
painting, faux-design finish specialists, pressure
cleaning. We take pride in our work. All work guaran-
teed. Licensed/insured. James Delp, 753-9381.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $350 per week. Fall and spring dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
1BR/1BA WESTBAY COVE. Turnkey, shopping,
beach, heated pool and tennis. February, March and
April. Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.
Wilson Walls Nc
Drywall Ceiling Repair
Custom Wall Finishing Interior/Exterior
25 Yrs Experience Cell 650-7871 Eves 778-9506
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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
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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-wa-
ter dock, covered parking, pool, spa, tennis, recre-
ation, workout rooms. Near beaches, perfect for boat-
ing family. No smoking/pets. $3,000/month. 798-
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 Club: Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2BA, great rates! May-December 2001. Deal direct
with owner. Frank 716 454-7434.
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.
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.
ANNUAL ONLY 2BR/1BA directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000/month, assurity/security
required with contract. 792-2779.
SEASONAL 3BR/3BA Holmes Beach townhouse.
Beautiful unit, great location, heated pool, washer/
dryer, garage, much more! 778-0167 for more infor-
FUn FM1Ht-Ei BR duplex in Holmes Beach. Up-
dated, tile floors. Available by week or month. 778-
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.
LARGE 2BR/2BA CONDO on water with deep-water
dock. Pools, tennis, spa. $1,400/month. Please call
792-3556. No smokers.
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach. $350 per week. Summer dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
ANNUAL RENTAL Bradenton Beach, 2BR/2BA, el-
evated duplex. New carpet, one block to beach.
$775/month, plus security deposit. No pets. 794-
VIEW GULF from deck: 2BR/1.5BA townhouse apart-
ment. Steps to beach, laundry hook-up, air condi-
tioned, dishwasher. First, last, deposit, $775/month.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA WATERFRONT. Seaside Gar-
dens villa, furnished. Available June 1, $800/month.
- Fantastic view. Call Captain Steve, 545-7967 or
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, Holmes Beach, ground level.
Laundry, one block to beach. 72nd Street. $799/
HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOUSE. Spacious 2BR/
2.5BA, across from beach. Gulf view, swimming pool,
washer/dryer. No pets. Annual, available June 1.
$1,100/month. Call 792-6029 or 545-6118.
FURNISHED BEDROOM/BATH. Kitchen and
washer/dryer available. Must like cats, no smoking.
Private, clean, job references. 778-4192 for interview.
ANNUAL 1BR waterfront apartment for rent, includes
water and cable. Available now. Rent $750, plus
security deposit of $350. Call 779-2148, after 5pm.
HOLMES BEACH GULF VIEWS 3BR/1BA home.
Annual lease, non-smoking, no pets allowed. Great
location on dead-end street located at 3105 Ave. F.
$1,075/month. Call 1-800-894-1950/days, 1-508-336-
SPRING SPECIAL 1BR/2BA, furnished, steps from
beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets are welcome. $350/
week; $1,250/month. Call Gulf Drive Apartments,
1BR/1BA FULLY furnished condo. One block to
beach. Pool, $350/weekly. Call Tim at 748-2386, or
ANNUAL RENTAL, 1BR/1BA Bradenton Beach. One
block to beach/bay, 203 Second St. N., #3 and #4.
$625 month, $625 deposit. 813-258-2411, available
SUMMER RENTAL, 2BR/1BA house. Screened
porch. Completely furnished. Central A/C, cable, no
pets. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach. Two-week mini-
SENIOR NON-SMOKING responsible female looking
for two bedroom rental, February/March 2002. Local
references available. Anna Maria Holmes Beach pre-
ferred. Call 1-952-944-2740.
ANNUALS: 3BR/2BA home, pool, Jacuzzi; 2BR/2BA
furnished, small pets, boat dock $1,200/month; 2BR/
1BA, small pets, $975/month. T. Dolly Young Real
Estate, 778-0807 or 795-0303.
STEPS TO BEACH. Large 2BR/2BA and storage. All
appliances. First and last, $675/month. 778-1539.
COMPLETELY RENOVATED 1BR/1 BA beach-style
apartment. Steps to beach. Avenue B, $500/month.
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ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA unfurnished, carport,
storage with washer/dryer hook-ups. $700/month.
4503 Gulf Drive. Wedebrock Real Estate, 778-6665.
ANNUAL FURNISHED waterfront apartment. 1BR/
1BA, $795/month includes all utilities, phone and cable.
Quite neighborhood. Boat dock included, 779-217.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA duplex. Very clean,
freshly painted, new carpet, no pets, short walk to
beach. $875/month. 722-2742.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, view of Gulf, steps
to beach, no pets. $500/weekly, $1,300/monthly til
WATERFRONT BRADENTON Beach with boat
dock. 1 BR, walk to beach, breathtaking view. $700/
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA furnished Holmes Beach. Non-
smoker, no pets. Includes water, sewer and trash.
$600/month. First, last, and security. 778-6511.
FOUR TO SIX MONTHS. Apartment-like guest quar-
ters. Furnished, private, own entrance. Deck, fridge,
microwave, cable, laundry. Almost water's edge.
Nice terms for right person. 545-9098.
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ANNUAL RENTALS! 2BR/2BA elevated duplex,
dishwasher, garage, utility room, washer/dryer hook-
up, open deck, $825/month. 1 BR/1 BA duplex across
from beach, central Holmes Beach location, $550/
month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
260 FEET on Palma Sola Bay, zoned RDD4.5., Re-
duced $199,000. Call Sam Watkins, Coldwell
ESTATE-SIZED LOT $199,900, 2.3 acres in town.
$50,000 below appraised price. Trades considered.
Town & Shore Realty, 383-3840.
OFFICE FOR SALE or lease. Great for accountant,
mail-order, computer business, etc. 779-9761.
BRADENTON BEACH five units, four 1BR/1 BA and
one 2BR/1BA cottage with wood floors. Renovated,
very cute, great area. 203 Second St. N./106 Church
St. $399,000, owner financed with 20 percent down.
SANDPIPER MOBILE HOME 55+ park, completely
refurbished. Immediate occupancy. $13,500. For in-
formation, call 756-6096.
BRADENTON BEACH, 5 units, 4-1BR/1BA, plus
2BR/1 BA cottage with wood floors. Renovated, very
cute. Great area. 203 Second St. N. $399,000. 813-
ISLAND GETAWAY. 3BR elevated canalfront home.
Private dock. Large lot. $349,000. Call Bob Burnett
or Dennis Beauchamp, Michael Saunders & Co.,
SNOWBIRDS-LOCALS: Why rent? Own small apart-
ment in great location. Upscale Manatee Riverview
condo next to library. Near museum, marina, plan-
etarium, Old Main Street. Seasonal or annual retreat.
Let out-of-state mom/dad be near grandkids. 55-
plus. Good closet space. Reasonable price. Low
monthly maintenance. Details, call 748-5335.
DUPLEX-DELUXE! Spacious, beautiful, 2BR/2BA
each side. Newly remodeled, ground-level with ga-
rage. 90 by 90 lot, citrus trees, room for pool, two
blocks to beach. Quiet street, nice neighborhood in
North Holmes beach. 17-inch ceramic floor tiles,
throughout. Tumbled procelain bath tile, white raised
panel cabinets with crown molding in kitchens and
baths, granite tops in baths, new vinyl windows,
firber-glass doors, deluxe appliances, Hunter fans,
recessed lighting, screened room, covered porches,
patios, plus lots more. $369,000. Call 778-4560 or
920-4539 for information or appointment.
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GREAT BIG family home close to beach! 3 or
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Fireplace and skylights..$449,000. MLS#74914
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OLD FLORIDA CHARMER with great in-
come. Don't miss the opportunity to own
this updated duplex with beautiful furnish-
ings, fantastic views and a fabulous location.
This is truly a beach hideaway! $569,000.
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB new prod-
uct under construction! Reserve your place in
the sun now! Gulf and bay front condos avail-
able from $400,000. Spacious floor plans,
quality construction, condo living at its finest
and most luxurious! Call for details.
LOCATION! Desirable Bay Palms large home,
3BR/2.5BA, walk-in closets, boat dock and
davits. No bridges to bay and Gulf. Extra large
rooms, new kitchen. $519,900. MLS#74480
BOATER'S PARADISE and waterfront
Luxury! Quality built home in Key Royale on
Anna Maria Island. Dock your boat in the back-
yard with over 250 ft. along the seawall. Three
to four bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, 3,000+
sq.ft., tile floors, fireplace and a large kitchen
all in a tropical landscape setting with over 90
trees! $839,900. MLS#71068. Take a virtual
tour at www.islandreal.com
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1.64 ACRES adjacent to the new Eckerd's
currently being built in Holmes Beach. Three
buildings very well located in high visibility area
perfect for medical or professional office.
Space also for lease. $1,335,000 purchase
price. Call for lease details. MLS#73165.
The Village at Holmes Beach
NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
Nine Luxury Condo Townhouses
* 3 Bedroom/2 Bath
* 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area
* Heated Pool
* Large Private Garage
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AA0002335 Information: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER IS NOW THE ISLANDER!
LANCE ALAN BIEKER
Mike Norman Realty takes
pleasure in announcing the
affiliation of Lance Alan Bieker
with the company. Born and
raised in Delran, New Jersey, he
and his family began visiting the
area in 1972. In 1992 he
arrived in Holmes Beach where
he and his family still reside.
Specializing in Gulf, bay,
riverfront, commercial and
income producing properties,
Lance lends his personal real
estate investing knowledge to
each of his clients as if it is his
own investment on the line.
Honesty, reliability and punctual-
ity are characteristics no one can
take away from Lance. Demand
excellence with your invest-
ments... contact Lance A.
Bieker at 779-1441.
3101 GULF DRIVE
6i101 Marfl~UinaDive'7- Holmes Beach
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HI, MOM! I-11 -2 16 1 8 5 1 l 1 11 11Ir 1 1111
by Nancy Nicholson Joline / Edited by Will Shortz 1 1 1 1 1 .
1 Critics' bestowals
10 Rock poet Smith
20 Never-ending story
21 Causes for complaint
22 Pole Position company
23 Brunch offering
24 Place for graduation?
26 Holiday times abroad
27 Latin for 61-Down
28 Island where Homer
was reputedly born
29 Some tributes
30 1998 N.L. M.V.P.
32 Carrere of "Wayne's
34 Suffix with morph
35 Gloomy one
36 Diamond experts
39 Warpath goers
45 1950 Cole Porter song
50 Eastern honorific
51 Pop music's Kim
52 Son-in-law of Muhammad
53 Old Eg./Syr. union
54 Ruling force in
57 Bachelor in Wilde's
"The Importance of
60 Devoted feminist
63 Be actorish
65 Word of agreement
67 One who's covered
71 Londoner's local
72 Prefix with duct
73 One of a famed film family
77 University city since 1343
78 Not optional
82 Crazy as_
83 1966 Clavell best seller
89 Bar order
90 Yukon maker, for short
92 Indochinese language
93 Wireless pioneer
99 Side in a 1999 war
102 Comes apart
103 In the year: Lat.
104 Mil. training site
106 Part of a pharaoh's
108 Mann's "The Magic
111 Puts on
114 Primary subject?
116 Global positioning datum:
119 Makeup person?
121 Stomach soother: Var.
123 Japanese entertainment
125 Japanese canine
127 Traveler's take-along
128 Published again
129 Austin Powers portrayer
130 What an evil spirit does
1 North Carolina county
2 They may be checked ...
in two senses
3 Literary sketch
4 Pogo, e.g.
5 Actor Herbert
6 Extras in the opening
of "2001: A Space
7 Corner store
8 Set up
9 Was immobile
11 Dropouts they're not
12 Peck film of 1976
13 Least verbose
14 Suffix with Darwin
15 Repeated Hope/
17 Gym equipment
18 Maverick of "Maver
19 Some British
25 Princess Leia _of
28 Lived it up
31 2 oz., e.g.
33 Fortran language
38 Domed building
40 At full speed
43 See 56-Down
44 More judicious
46 Moon valley
47 One of Chekhov's
48 Oscar winner of 1953
49 Another, in Andalusia
55 Actress Jane of
56 Playing marbles
59 Fixed up
61 See 27-Across
62 War move
66 Long garment
68 Rainier, e.g.
71 Park, Fla.
73 lona College athletes
74 Arm supports
76 North Pacific island
77 Person on a check list?
79 Spanish peso
80 "Come Back to _" (old
81 Skater Thomas
84 Sea raider
86 Austen novel
88 Two-time U.S. Open
94 How bad news may be
95 Middle of a Michelangelo
Antonioni film trilogy
96 Work for eds.
97 Genetic letters
98 Some are clerical
100 The Athens of South
101 Summer cooler?
107 Cartoon canine
109 They may be stuffed
113 Commander, in
117 Porthos and Athos,
120 "Wide Sargasso Sea"
123 Swill's opposite
124 English author and
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