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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
Volume 9, no. 37, July 25, 2001 FREE
Winds lift roof off Bradenton Beach resort
By Paul Roat
Lightning or at least gusty winds have hit
twice at the Econo Lodge Surfside in Bradenton Beach,
the most recent windstorm causing upwards of $50.000
A sudden squall swept off the Gulf of Mexico
Monday morning and lifted the roof off the resort at
2502 Gulf Drive.
Another storm in late April 1997 also raised the
roof of the resort.
Call former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jim
.,Kissick lucky. Very lucky.
He was headed north on Gulf Drive, just about to
pass the Econo Lodge, when the section of roof came
The Concerned Citizens of Manatee County is
not giving up its fight against the City of Bradenton
and Arvida Co.'s development plans for Perico Is-
The organization is filing exceptions an ap-
peal to the ruling rendered last week by Admin-
istrative Law Judge J. Lawrence Johnston in the case
of Doris Schember versus the Florida Department of
Community Affairs and Bradenton.
In a statement issued by CCMC attorney Dan
Lobeck, CCMC says "they are continuing the fight
against the proposed Arvida development on Perico
Island because we are gravely concerned about life,
health and property considerations that are at ex-
treme risk and that have been virtually ignored by
Arvida and the judge's decision."
CCMC says it is encouraged by the support from
citizens of Manatee County "whom we feel we can
not let down."
After 80 hours of testimony spread across eight
days of hearings, thousands of pages of evidence and
the 103-page judicial ruling, the outcome of the
Perico Island development battle was that the DCA
enter a final order finding the city in compliance.
Arvida Co. hopes to build 898 condominium
units, some in buildings 10 stories high, on northern
CCMC member Doris Schember, Manatee
County and the three Island cities objected to the
There are also two ManaSota-88 lawsuits that
attempt to block the Perico project still working
through the courts.
Lobeck, who also represents ManaSota-88, said
"This by no means ends the challenges to the Perico
project. There are two other ManaSota-88 lawsuits
independent from this action that don't face the same
burden of proof as this one."
A "read copy" of Johnston's 103-page ruling is
available at the Central Manatee County Library,
downtown Bradenton, and Island Branch Library,
courtesy of CCMC.
TURTLE NESTS SWAMPED
See page 4
blowing off in front of him.
"It came completely across the road, a section
about 15 feet by 15 feet, eight feet high. There were
power lines falling, several more chunks of roof and
plywood and there were wires in the road that went
from each end of the roof.
"I could see nothing was gonna go by it. I did a 180
and came back south and just as I got to Cortez Road
a police car passed me headed that way," Kissick said.
He then went to city hall and let them know what was
"It looked like about a third of the roof came off,"
said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale. "It
was about 50 square feet."
Traffic was halted north-south from when the roof
landed on Gulf Drive at about 11:30 a.m. until about
3:30 p.m., Speciale said.
The Florida Department of Transportation sent
workers and heavy equipment to remove the debris
from the road.
Between 20 and 30 people were staying in the
building when the roof-raising event occurred. No one
was hurt, and all the guests were safely evacuated to
PLEASE SEE STORM, NEXT PAGE
The Econo Lodge Surfside was lucky enough to have no injuries and no significant damage to its hotel rooms
when a portion of the building's roof took off during the storm Monday morning and slammed down on Gulf
Drive. The road was blocked and traffic was detouredfor several hours due to debris and downed power
lines. Islander Photo. Bonner Joy
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Here's looking at you, kid
Harry Stoltzfus of Paradise, Pa., got what you might call the "hairy eyeball" from this white heron on his visit
to Anna Maria Island in March. His photo is the fourth weekly winner in The Islander's eight-week Top Notch
2001 Photo Contest. Stoltzfus will receive an Islander "More-Than-a-Mullet-Wrapper" T-shirt for his photo
and it will be included with the other weekly winners in the grand prize contest.
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Storm slams into Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
other lodging within the complex, Speciale said.
"If it had hit a car," Speciale added, "we would
have had definite problems."
Bradenton Beach Building Official Bob Welch
estimated damages at a mimimum of $50,000, adding
his thanks to the assistance offered by Longboat Key
Building Official Randy Fowler.
"We'll be back up and running by Thursday,"
Econo Lodge manager Tom Ernst said. He said roof-
ers were out hours after the incident, and will be able
to get a temporary roof on by Thursday. Carpets are
being cleaned of any water damage and a crew will be
out to do a "general cleanup."
Although the storm brought high winds and rain to
the Island, no real flooding took place. Seasonal high
tides compounded the threat of flooding but, as
Special said at the height of the high tide, "Thank God
it didn't rain then."
Scattered, minor street flooding was reported
throughout low-lying areas of the Island during the
Saturday-Monday rainy weather. During Monday's
deluge, some cable television wires were reported
down in Bradenton Beach, but service was quickly re-
The storms were spawned by a low-pressure front
that stretched from the Gulf to off the coast of North
Traffic plowed through water afoot deep on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, here near 51st Street, and along
many roads at the peak of Monday's storm just before noon. The rain mingled with water pushed up from
storm drains during the afternoon high tide to compound problems for folks on the road. Islander Photos:
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Water, wind and waves took their toll in Bradenton Beach in
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Developer Nick Easterling took a giant step closer
to realizing his dream of developing the former Marina
Bay/Pete Reynard's property in Holmes Beach.
Easterling's Tidemark project is a 40-unit hotel/
condominium project that will include boat slips, a res-
taurant and lounge, meeting room space and an outdoor
pool at the center of the city's business district.
The project hasn't been without controversy, and may
still encounter environmental hurdles. The vote to approve
two ordinances, one to make an amendment to the city's
comprehensive plan and the other to change zoning on
two residential lots, passed by a vote of 4-1.
An 1 Ith-hour settlement was reached by Easterling
with residential neighbors of the project who objected
to certain aspects of the development and filed a law-
suit against the city to halt it.
Lance Spotts, whose property is directly abutting
the two residential lots being changed to commercial
for the developer, and Tina and Dan Howe, residents
of 56th Street across the canal from the development,
apparently spent two days working out concessions
with Easterling that would make the development more
agreeable to them.
Commission Chairman Roger Lutz opened the
public hearing by asking Easterling to explain the sta-
tus of the lawsuit.
City Attorney Jim Dye interrupted Lutz to say his
question was "irrelevant." He said the lawsuit does not
affect on the two ordinances up for consideration.
Lutz countered, "In the interest of time, I think
what you are saying is relevant, and I think I'd like to
hear what they have to say because it's also relevant.
It may eliminate some concerns."
Easterling said "Dan [Howe] and I have settled the
matter but it's not official. If you have questions about
the comp plan or anything else I could answer ...."
Lutz agreed to take public comment while
Easterling, the Howes and Spotts left the city chambers
to finalize their "deal."
Easterling later returned to the podium to announce
"the issue of the lawsuit has been settled."
Meanwhile, Mary Sheppard, conservation chair of
the Manatee branch of the Sierra Club, asked the city
commission to "take the serious environmental impacts
Sheppard said club members looked at the develop-
ment area at low tide and they agreed there are concerns
for manatees and other marine life, for the small area of
mangrove shoreline on the canal, and for seagrasses in
Anna Maria Sound at the mouth of the canal.
Doris Schember, speaking on behalf of the envi-
ronmental group ManaSota-88, also spoke against the
developer's plan to enlarge the waterway.
"It's our understanding that already the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection has denied
that permit," Schember said. "ManaSota-88 would
expect them to do that and we fully expect them to
stand firm on that."
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger reiterated his
previous concerns, that the development does not com-
ply with the city's comprehensive plan.
Mayor Carol Whitmore called on Gerald Smelts, a
planner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Coun-
cil, to answer Bohnenberger's concerns, but ultimately
it was Dye who persuaded Bohnenberger that he could
approve the zoning and comprehensive plan changes.
Lutz said, "I think it's truly in the interest of the
town to approve this. I think the neighbors have a rea-
son to be concerned v ;li what's there, but I think we
have to look lt the big picture .... It's not the greatest
[plan]. The greatest would be a city park. I think this
is the best we're gonna get."
Commissioner Don Maloney held out the lone vote
against both ordinances, saying his concern "from the
beginning is that we have not had the time to properly
look into things. As you can see tonight, we should
have had more time to consider some of this."
Bohnenberger agreed. "I thought from the begin-
Tidemark project gets
Holmes Beach blessing
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Anna Maria City
July 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
sheriff's office report, report on services provided by
county building official, discussion on advertising to
contract building department and code enforcement
services, second reading and public hearing on histori-
cal society building lease, first reading of ordinance
setting meeting times, setting of tentative property tax
rate and setting public hearing on the city budget, con-
sent agenda and public comment.
July 31, 2 p.m., citizen of the year meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
July 26, 1 p.m., special city commission meeting on
July 27, 8:30 a.m., city commission department
head work session.
July 30, 1 p.m., city commission work session regard-
ing financial and budgetary procedures.
Aug. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 27, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
July 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
board meeting to adopt budget for fiscal year 2001-02,
Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
July 26, 9:30 a.m., Citizen Advisory Committee meet-
ing of the Island Transportation Planning Organization,
Bradenton Beach City Hall.
ning 'it's a great project for the location.' I think Mr.
Easterling did a great job selling his concept. I think
where it ran into problems was due to a lack of work
sessions and that we did not more thoroughly discuss
the site plan before approving it."
PAGE 4 M JULY 25, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
All Island turtle nests awash, but hopes high
By Jim Hanson
Every sea turtle nest on Anna Maria Island was
covered with water in Monday's storm, and only
Herculean work by volunteers offered any hope of
averting a calamity.
That was the assessment by Turtle Watch officials
after powerful winds off the Gulf drove the sea high
over the beach up and down Anna Maria Island. The
sand already was saturated with torrential rains, mak-
ing it doubly difficult for hatchlings to dig up to the.
surface and life.
Stakes marking nests were washed away, so volun-
teers had a hard time locating nests to remove the ping-
Any nests that were remaining on the beach after
Monday will be nearly impossible to find, and there
will be virtually no way to assure that the baby turtles
have little interference in digging out and getting to the
relative safety of the Gulf.
Suzi Fox, who holds the state's marine turtle pres-
ervation permit for the Island, and fellow volunteers
dug up what nests that they could still locate, saving the
eggs and keeping them warm.
Fox had 20 five-gallon buckets of eggs in the back
of her truck by evening. "We'll keep them warm in my
garage and put them in new dry nests when we can."
Tuesday morning the volunteers regrouped to
make new nests on high ground at Coquina Beach and
redeposit the eggs to continue incubating.
Jo Ann Meilner, Turtle Watch stalwart, said no
nest escaped the high water. "Every nest on the Island
was covered, but many will survive anyway," she said.
The north end took it hard, with rescuers unable to
get to the nests there. Many of the mid-Island nests
were covered with sea water for many hours. Only the
south end seemed more or less spared, its beaches
higher and less vulnerable although also water-logged.
The storm came at the beginning of the hatch sea-
son, Fox noted. Only a handful of the 163 nests on the
Island had hatched out before the storm.
She held out hope in that "the babies are so well
formed in the egg by now, so far along in development,
that they may be all right. I've only seen half a dozen
actual dead babies."
The Gulf left great sheets of sand over some known
nest locations. "We'll have to peel it off layer by layer
and try to find a marker stake," she said.
When the eggs do hatch, in days or weeks they
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Bail, dig, bail, dig
Turtle Watch volunteers Lee Zerkel and Jo Ann Meilner are hard at work excavating a loggerhead turtle nest
on the beach at approximately 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach. "A good Samaritan (with bucket) bailed
water for us. He was like a robot with that bucket he managed to keep the nest from flooding as we dug,"
Meilner said. "He saved us. We saved 85 eggs there." Islander Photo: Courtesy Suzi Fox
hatch about 60 days after being laid hatchlings "will
be popping up out of the sand up and down the beach,"
Fox said, "and people will have to be very, very care-
ful not to interfere by leaving chairs and so forth on the
Jerris Foote, sea turtle program manager at Mote
Marine Laboratory, which monitors turtle nesting on
beaches from Longboat Key south to Casey Key, said,
"Some of the beaches we monitor are completely
Fox and Meilner had highest praise for the people
of Anna Maria Island in the turtle rescue efforts. Turtle
Watch volunteers worked all day Sunday, Sunday night
and Monday with little respite. People up and down the
beach were "totally helpful," Fox said.
Some north beach residents drove stakes in their
yards to mark a starting place to find nests "50 feet
west or 20 yards northwest or whatever," she said.
"People gave us buckets and other things, some
brought us dry towels, which were especially welcome.
LaCosta condo's management was very good to us."
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch President Suzi Fox
checks some of the 2,000 or so turtle eggs she held
overnight in 20five-gallon buckets. The water-
permeable eggs weren't ready to hatch and were
being drowned by waves washing over the nests in
the Monday storm. Fox and her volunteers excavated
as many nests as they could and relocated them
toCoquina Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Island trolley 'test drive' July 25; start up Jan. 1
Trolley buses on the Island have been ordered, the
system has an official name, a marketing plan is ongo-
ing and, in baby steps, has begun already, months
ahead of a projected 2002 start date.
Today, July 25, Manatee County Area Transit ser-
vice will is "test driving" the trolley route on the Island
with 25-cent bus fares. The rout goes north from Co-
quina Beach along Gulf Drive and East Bay Drive, then
Manatee Avenue to Gulf Drive up to Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach, continuing north to the Anna Maria
City Pier off Pine Avenue. The southbound loop will
differ in that it will bypass Marina Drive and return past
the motels and condos on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
The trolley buses have been ordered and should be
in operation by Jan. 1, 2002, according to MCAT Mar-
keting Director Susan Hancock. Three rubber-wheeled
trolleys will operate seven days a week on the Island
from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with 20-minute turnaround
times for riders.
The trolleys will have cargo space for beach chairs,
coolers and even surfboards, she added.
Hancock said the "Manatee Trolley" logo will be
emblazoned on the vehicles. The logo features a
"happy manatee," Hancock said.
She plans to meet with hoteliers, business leaders,
citizens and city officials on the Island to discuss the
marketing plans for the trolley system. Among the
items to be discussed include internal advertising on the
trolleys and trolley-stop locations.
A high-tech item planned for the trolleys is a elec-
tronic "voice" that will announce upcoming stops.
The trolley will be free to riders at least for the first
year, Hancock said.
Travel talk, garbage truck investigation turns ugly
What started as simple requests to attend a city
officials' conference and investigate the purchase of a
used garbage truck turned into an ugly scene in
Bradenton Beach last week.
Mayor Gail Cole and City Commissioner Dawn
Baker wanted to attend the Florida League of Cities
annual conference in Orlando Aug. 23-25, at a cost of
about $700 each. The item was placed on the commis-
sion consent section of the agenda which is usually
where noncontroversial items reside.
Commissioner Bill Arnold, who is the representa-
tive to the local Florida League group, the Manasota
League of Cities, questioned the attendance of Cole and
Baker at the state conference.
"If you people are going to go," he said, "you
won't be recognized by the board. I don't feel there is
a need for you to go, and there certainly is no need for
both of you to go. There are other meetings that I think
are more important to attend."
"I believe we should be more involved in the Florida
League," Cole said, "and I recommend we attend."
As the discussion ensued, tempers began to flare.
At one point, Cole said he would pay his own way to
the conference. "I'm going. I believe it is important the
mayor be there, and I believe any other commissioner
who wants to attend should go."
"I believe the more representation we have the
better it is," Baker said.
"The Florida League is great," Vice Mayor John
Chappie said, "and it's important to have contacts with
other cities. But I think there are cheaper ways than go-
ing to these conferences. We're so far over our budget for
travel by going to these different things it's scary."
"It seems like a lot of money," Commissioner
Berneitta Kays said, "especially for two people to go
to get the same information as one could get."
Baker made the motion for her to attend the con-
ference, which was denied by the commission when
only she and Cole voted in favor.
Cole withdrew his request to have the city pay for
his attendance at the conference.
Then things got worse.
Cole asked the city commission to investigate the pur-
chase of a used sanitation truck. The City of Bradenton has
five trucks that are surplus, and Cole said he believed
Bradenton Beach could acquire one for $20,000 or less,
compared with a $120,000 new garbage truck.
"What bothers me isn't spending the $20,000,"
Chappie said, "but that with other departments we get
a fact sheet, some information, something to tell us
"I just want to explore it," Cole said to Chappie. "I
want to know if we should explore it, but I won't if there's
no interest. If you don't want me to do it, say so, but don't
play these games. I'm tired of the damn games."
"I wish you won't play these power games with
me," Chappie told Cole.
The mayor adjourned the meeting and left, with the
"public comment" portion of the public still unad-
THE ISLANDER U JULY 25, 2001 U PAGE 5
Staff overwhelmed with appreciation from residents
By Laurie Krosney
One Anna Maria couple sent flowers, others stopped
by city hall with words of encouragement and praise. Oth-
ers telephoned with messages, one saying, "Hang in
City Clerk Alice Baird said, "We are over-
whelmed. This was just what we needed to hear from
the citizens of this community."
The response arose as a result of newspaper articles
decrying the way city residents were treating city staff.
Resident Jim Conoly told city commissioners at their
July 12 meeting, "You need to say something to the pub-
lic so they know they can't treat these people like dirt."
Conoly also said, "Let's get this under control and
get these people some support."
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda thought that maybe the
abuse was chiefly the result of people sounding off
about parking tickets, but Conoly and city staff mem-
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At that meeting, commissioners agreed something
needed to be done, but no specific action was taken.
It seems the residents of the Island's northernmost
city decided to take action on their own, so they sent
flowers, telephoned and stopped by city hall to show
great," Baird said.
Deputy Clerk Diane Percycoe agreed. "Sometimes
when you get a citizen issuing orders and behaving
badly on a regular basis, you forget most people aren't
like that," she said.
port and to let the staff know they are appreciated. Baird said she was pleased and surprised by
"It lets us know that most of the residents appreci- Conoly's remarks and by the response of the citizens
us. There are a few that are very hard to deal with, after the newspaper article.
sometimes you forget the vast majority are just "I guess they really do appreciate us and know
what we do for them," she said.
Cortez to expand vision at meeting Saturday
Cortez hopes to amend its visioning plan to include
the entire waterfront at a meeting Saturday, July 28, at
the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W.
The session will begin at 12:30 p.m., said Janet
Hoffman, manager of the sponsoring Cortez Water-
fronts Florida Committee.
At an earlier meeting, the committee's Commercial
Fishing Promotion Subcommittee will discuss means
to carry out its assignment. That meeting will be at 7
p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the center.
To assure unbiased and unemotional procedure,
Hoffman has invited Bob Cambric to be facilitator
Saturday, and he has accepted. He is with the Water-
fronts Florida program in Tallahassee.
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Mother Nature goes astray
Turtle Watch volunteers searched, mostly in vain,
for the stake markers on the scores of "missing" nests
up and down Anna Maria Island in the midst of the
storm Monday and following the storm Tuesday.
It was a tragedy for Island turtle conservationists,
but the loss was much worse in other areas, from
Manasota Key to Longboat Key and along Pinellas
Sympathy runs high for other Turtle Watch orga-
nizations up and down the Gulf Coast. Many of those
areas lost nearly all their nests and their beaches.
There's little anyone could do, but at the least Anna
Maria's Turtle Watch performed at maximum effi-
ciency, acted quickly, and saved more than a good
share of its nests and potential hatchlings.
They hope other nests are merely missing marker
stakes with the turtle eggs still nestled in the sand, con-
tinuing to incubate as they dry out from the Sunday-
Monday deluge of rain and high surf.
As for the beach, well, that's another story.
The beach took a licking. A street sign at Seventh
Street North ended up in the road and a turtle volunteer
found and returned it to Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Heaven only knows what else may have washed
away in the downpour, high winds and seas.
At the dinner hour Monday, Islanders were alert to
the sounds of a news helicopter hovering over the Gulf,
checking out a call for a distressed surfer who hap-
pened to surf a wave into shore safely just after the
If the beach near you is gone, take heart. It may
come back. Traditionally, it does.
Sand that has entered the wave zone generally
the area close to shore remains in suspension and
will, in time, migrate back to shore. Those dozens of
yards of sand we lost Monday could should, maybe
- be back on the beach and under our beach towels in
the next few weeks.
The much-anticipated beach renourishment
project, first expected to begin in July, then September,
is now pushed up to November.
Cross your fingers (and toes) in the hope we can
hold out through hurricane season. There's more than
a pretty beach at stake for Anna Maria Island prop-
erty and property values are dependent on the protec-
tion afforded by a healthy beach.
This small storm serves as a good reminder to all
of us that we need to have a plan in storm emergencies.
At least we can plan ahead. It's sadly obvious sea
turtles can not.
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The subject matter of this letter is the open opposition
to a simple, 25-foot-high flagpole proposed atop "Mount
Leffis Key" as a memorial to Island veterans and to serve
as a rallying point for their rare patriotic ceremonies.
Two Island members of the Manatee County Veter-
ans Council, one the undersigned, were appointed more
than a year ago to pursue that possibility and it was offered
to the four Island administrations. The response was en-
thusiastic. At that time it was estimated there were about
800 veteran residents in the barrier island communities. It
was agreed that a suitable site should be collectively
agreed upon by the municipalities and offered for the vet
council's consideration. Of several locations discussed,
only one seemed to fill, wonderfully, the fundamentals -
the county-owned peak of Leffis Key's manmade mound.
A resolution was officially drafted, signed by all four
mayors, and a date made to offer it to the Manatee County
Contrary to considerable inference, no one individual
other than the elected officials had authority nor mandate
to pursue the project.
The first surprise came on the day of presentation
when, after being called to present the resolution to the
county commission, the microphone was usurped by an
individual who opposed the resolution prior to its having
been presented, reputedly based on having read a related
newspaper article. Following the presentation of the reso-
lution, the commission directed a meeting between the
conflicting parties before rendering a conclusion. It seems
the sudden opposition had never examined the site, so a
meeting was scheduled there.
The complaints were that, although a designated,
much-used public recreation area, the space was part
of a bird sanctuary; flags flapping the wind day and
night and lanyards and clips slapping against the
flagpole would disturb wildlife; children would be
attracted by the flagpole and run up and down the
hill destroying the grass; gatherings of large groups
of persons for programs would be totally adverse to
the site's wildlife; and that if parking was a problem,
the flagpole should be put out next to Gulf Drive.
Totally unconsidered was that the site chosen is atop
the higher of two "peaks," both of which already have
inviting paths to them and both of which have leveled,
unpaved observation areas of about 200 square feet sur-
rounded by a wooden handrail and are visited by thou-
sands of individuals annually. Further, the site is about 40
feet almost directly above a dirt walkway some 10 feet
wide which circles the bottom of the hill on which doz-
ens of persons occupied while our discussion was con-
It was made quite clear to the objectors that the col-
ors would only be lifted a few times each year on desig-
nated patriotic days (not nights) and when deemed appro-
priate by the veterans council. Like Veterans Monument
Park on the Manatee River, the lanyards would be
wrapped when not in use and hold plastic, not metal,
clasps to produce no noise. Ceremonies would not include
firearm discharges of any kind. Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission officials in Lakeland had
found no objection to the flagpole. There was no reason
to believe a 25-foot-high flagpole would cause children to
run up and down the hill to get to it. If noise was a prob-
lem, a much more severe complaint should be filed about
medevac helicopter landings nearby and local fireworks
As veterans gather below, towering above them will
be the national emblem of our nation for which many of
us offered our lives to defend, silhouetted against the beau-
tiful blue sky above which the God who, among other
miracles, saved our cause at the Battle of Midway, looks
down upon us.
The ironic conclusion from one who remembers
when there was no Coquina Beach or Leffis Key and who
has personally saved more feathered wildlife, perhaps,
than the entirety of the objectors, why have they not com-
plained about the existence of two known foxes in the area
which feast upon the doves they protest to protect. The top
of the flagpole just might save one precious dove's life!
Jim Kissick, combat veteran World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, 19 aircraft carriers
THE ISLANDER U JULY 25, 2001 U PAGE 7
Commission checks into outsourcing inspections
By Laurie Krosney
Anna Maria city commissioners are exploring
the idea of farming out building department inspec-
When they hired resident and former City Com-
missioner George McKay, they voted to combine the
positions of public works director and building of-
ficial into one job. At that time, they said they
wanted to check into having an outside firm handle
inspections for the city.
And that's just what they did Tuesday, July 10,
at a special meeting they billed as a pre-bidding con-
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda opened the meeting
saying, "The City of Anna Maria is seeking qualified
firms to submit proposals to handle plan reviews and
all major inspections which would normally be
handled by our building department."
Skoloda noted that most of the permits issued in the
recent past have been for residential changes and alter-
ations. There were 89 changes issued for remodeling, 72
for roof replacements and smaller numbers of permits for
changes to electrical service, plumbing, heating and air
conditioning or for installing fences.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said he wanted to take
the opportunity to clarify McKay's status. The
mayor said McKay has submitted papers for provi-
sional licensure as a building official. Until the pa-
pers are processed, he is working under the supervi-
sion of Bob Welch, the former Anna Maria building
official who is currently serving in that position in
Deffenbaugh said as soon as the papers clear,
McKay will be licensed to do everything a building
official normally does, and he will have three years
to take the test for a permanent license.
Skoloda said with combining public works and
the building department under one individual, it
makes sense to have an outside firm provide some of
the services of the building official.
Commissioner John Michaels said, "In the six
years I have lived here, we are on our fifth building
official, and that's the main reason I am interested
in outsourcing. Hopefully we can provide some con-
Tom O'Brien of West Coast Inspections stepped
forward to explain the services his firm provides to
"What you are really looking for here is not just
inspections, but you are looking for a certain qual-
ity and for someone to carry out the structural in-
spection of buildings." O'Brien said.
He told commissioners he has had an architec-
tural practice in his name, and he served as the
deputy building official for Manatee County from
O'Brien said he and his firm have performed pri-
vate inspection services all over the area. "We do
permit reviews, permit inspections and larger scale
permits," he said. "Our services for a smaller city
like Anna Maria would include our expertise in me-
chanical, electrical and plumbing inspections."
In Manatee County, West Coast Inspection Ser-
vices works for whoever is doing the building, he
said, "but we don't promise favors. If the plans are
not up to code, we turn them back. When we do turn
them back, we tell a contractor what's wrong and
how to fix it."
O'Brien said his firm is versed in the require-
ments of coastal communities and the enforcement
of Federal Emergency Management Agency regula-
tions. "We have a lot to offer you," he said.
Commissioner Jay Hill asked how the firm op-
O'Brien replied that anyone building in the un-
incorporated areas of the county has the option of
having the county do the inspections or hiring his
"We perform the administrative record keeping
and do a plan review of the documents presented.
We take through the initial review where we review
the zoning and FEMA regulations.
"We make sure the plan is in technical compli-
ance with the building codes. All other administra-
tive and record keeping is done by the county, or in
this case, it would be done by the city," he said.
O'Brien said his firm then does all the inspec-
tions along the way.
"You could compare our services to the differ-
ence between the postal service and Federal Express.
If you want to mail a letter, you can choose to use the
postal service, but if you want to make sure it gets
there and gets there fast, you use Federal Express.
We are like Federal Express," O'Brien said.
Commissioners heard comments from local con-
tractors that were mainly in favor of outsourcing in-
spections provided there was no sacrifice of the con-
venience of being able to stop by city hall.
Contractor Jeff Murray said, "Right now, we can
stop in with a rough sketch on paper to see if we can
even go forward with the plan." Murray said he
hoped that would continue to be possible if the city
does outsource inspections.
There were also questions about prices. At this
point, Anna Maria charges $19 per $1,000 of con-
O'Brien said his firm usually works on a per-
Deffenbaugh said he definitely doesn't want to
see prices rise, "but maybe outsourcing could
supplement our building department and expedite
Resident Larry Albert said, "Really, all you want
these guys to do is the tough stuff. The tough ones
are just 25 percent of the permits; 75 percent are
pretty easy ones. I think these guys would take a big
load off our part-time building official."
Commissioners decided to table the matter and
look into it further. Several firms interested in pro-
viding inspections for the city were unable to come
to the meeting.
Michael D. Conley of Straight Inspection Ser-
vices wrote a letter saying he was interested but he
was out of town on business and couldn't attend the
meeting. Several other firms indicated they were
unable to attend.
Skoloda said a special meeting would be sched-
uled when "we might get more citizen input."
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Middle school teachers needed for Island school
The Island Middle School is still accepting teacher
resumes for core subjects such as math, language arts,
social studies and science.
The school will open its doors at the Island Baptist
Church in Anna Maria to sixth- and seventh-graders
Aug. 13. The school expects to enroll approximately 60
students in its first year and class sizes are projected
between 20 and 25 students per class.
A charter school is a public school run by a non-
profit corporation under contract with a sponsor, in this
case, the Manatee County School Board.
The charter middle school has an approved three-
year contract with the school board.
The mission statement for the Island Middle
School focuses on providing an educational environ-
ment that will allow students to succeed and grow aca-
demically by acknowledging and accommodating dif-
ferent learning styles.
Charter school committee members believe its
goals can be achieved with a curriculum that integrates
the visual and performing arts into the core academic
The middle school curriculum for Manatee County
will be used as a guide as the charter school commit-
tee works to enhance it with its own arts-infused cur-
riculum. Core academic courses will remain the same
as those at other schools within the district.
Teachers in the core curriculum will be required to
hold a valid Florida teaching certificate. Teachers for
elective classes will be selected on the basis of train-
ing, performance and teaching experience.
The charter school committee would like to offer elec-
tive courses in visual arts, theater, dance, computer sci-
ence, marine biology, environmental studies and music.
For more information on the staffing needs of the
school, call 778-8571.
Island Middle School makes another wish
Before the Island Middle School opens its doors at
the Island Baptist Church in Anna Maria Aug. 13, a
few basic supplies are needed to get things started.
The school will be open its first year to sixth- and
seventh-graders throughout Manatee County and class
sizes are projected at 20-25 students per class.
Charter school committee members have put to-
gether the following list of needs for the new Island
school in the hope the community can help fulfill its
Athletic equipment, including volleyball, soccer and
basketball equipment. Individual jump ropes and long
jump ropes. Hula hoops. Croquet sets. Golf putters and
shag balls. Badminton sets. Discus and shot put. Frisbees
(medium weight and size). Medium to extra large flags for
flag football. Mini soccer nets. Bags for ball storage. Small
and large cones. Bases. A small bullhorn.
Other needs for classrooms and the office include a
compact disc player, cameras and film, walkie-talkies,
whistles, computers and printers, computer paper and gen-
eral office supplies such as staplers, staples, paper clips,
pencils and pens, filing cabinets and file folders.
The school is seeking science-based computer pro-
grams and books geared toward anatomy/nutrition and
physiology, posters of the human body and skeleton.
For art classes, they are seeking supplies, includ-
ing brushes, paints, clay, art paper, sketching pencils
and portfolio sketch books.
Other miscellaneous needs include lesson plan books,
record books, chalk, a television and video cassette re-
corder, Monday-Friday newspaper delivery, video cam-
era, office desks and chairs, musical instruments, storage
shelves, cabinets and bookcases, a microwave, copier, fax
machine, computer tables, a telephone system, office trash
cans and a laminating machine.
School organizers would also like to have donated
subscriptions to magazines such as Smithsonian and
Time or donations of recent used magazines.
They would also appreciate gift certificates to
Books-A-Million or other book stores and books ap-
propriate for grade levels 6-12.
The list goes on to include a hamster cage, bean
bag chairs, Tupperware storage containers, calculators,
steel rulers of various lengths and clear 12-inch rulers,
classical music tapes and compact discs, history and
geography videos, a data base of "experts" to speak in
classrooms, and finally, "your support for an exciting
For information on where to drop off donated
items, contact the Island Middle School at its new,
"official" phone number, 778-5200.
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wedding anniversary, on the
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 25, 2001 U PAGE 9
We're known now in Palm B
Two reporters from the
Palm Beach Post newspaper
found Anna Maria Island, and
they haven't been the same since.
They loved it and they shared it
- reluctantly, they admitted in a
fit of good taste.
Jan Norris and Willie Howard
came west to see if there was any-
thing left of Old Florida. They left
charmed and enthusiastic and bliss-
Howard took a look at fishing
off the piers of the Island, which hi
rated as far superior to "the towerin
Atlantic Ocean piers in Lake Wort
and Juno Beach." He liked tl
thought of getting into deep water
from a pier.
Norris, though, was the real ent
siast, writing "If you want a glimps
Florida's past, go quickly to A
Maria Island and take in just one g
ous Gulf sunset.
"As a native Floridian, I wa
guard whatever's left that the tourist
developers haven't chewed up. But
others to see what my Florida used
or slow down enough to appreciate
Everything seemed up to the star
set. The pair hit the restaurants, art
tackle places, a video store that feat
toes, and of course the beach at vari
Island's seven-mile length.
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the prices. They found "some of the best pancakes
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Wednesday at library
The film on Perico Bayou, produced by Con-
cerned Citizens of Manatee County, will be
shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
The 20-minute film was shot at 5 a.m. from
a couple of canoes by a professional photographer
visiting from Canada, said Nan Cerwin of Con-
"It's an astonishingly revealing film showing
the myriad wildlife in the bayou just across the
water from Anna Maria Island," she said.
"We hope it will get people interested in what
portends on Perico Island," where Arvida Corp.
plans to build 898 condominium units, some in
"The movie shows what we stand to lose if
we don't preserve that land from development."
Concerned Citizens is offering the film to
clubs and other organizations for showing, as well
as home parties, Cerwin said. Those interested
may call her at 795-0841, or call Jerry Messick at
The organization also is putting into Manatee
County libraries the 103-page "order" in which an
administrative law judge ruled in favor of the
Arvida project, she said, and it may be read in the
reference department of the Island Branch Li-
Auditions for 'The Fantasticks'
at Riverfront Theatre
The Manatee Players will conduct auditions for
eight parts in the musical "The Fantasticks" at 7 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, July 29 and 30, at the Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Director Scott Keys said the cast is six men and
two women, ages 20 to 50. Aspiring performers should
prepare a song, he said, and musical director Alan Jay
Corey will be accompanist.
Show dates are Sept. 13-30 and will include Sun-
day matinees. Further information may be obtained by
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Rest rooms at the north end of Coquina Beach have been barricaded off as Manatee County officials await
permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for new facilities. Sam Love, Manatee
County Facilities Manager, said the 40-year-old building will be razed and a new structure built, probably
later this year. Other rest rooms at the beach will also see improvements, he added. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
to showcase pelicans
The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary will host "Sat-
urday at the Sanctuary" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July
28, with brown and white pelicans the main topic.
The free program will be conducted by Christie
DeBoer, the facility's education coordinator, at the
sanctuary on City Island just off the south ramp of the
New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. Details are avail-
able at 388-4444.
Rotary inducts new member
Mike McCaleb of Holmes Beach was inducted into
Rotary International and the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club last week by President Jim Dunne. McCaleb's
sponsor was club Treasurer Tom Creed.
McCaleb recently took early retirement from his
architectural job with a national firm to settle on the
Island and open his own practice. He specializes in re-
modeling and new home design.
The AMI Rotary's new officers for the 2001-02
club year are: Jim Dunne, president; Carol Duncan,
secretary; Tom Creed, treasurer; Hank DeJong, direc-
tor-international service; Gene Moss, director-commu-
nity service; Kurt deBoer, director-club services; and
Christian Huth, director-vocational service.
The AMI Rotary Club meets Thursday mornings at
7:30 a.m. at Ches's Restaurant, 5366 Gulf Drive,
Summer dance is Friday
The second summer dance for Island youngsters at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria City, will be from 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, July 27. The event is for Islanders from 11 to
15 years of age, and in addition to dancing will have
karaoke singing along with pizza and soft drinks. De-
tails may be obtained at 778-1908.
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Gary John 'Crash' Bowen
Gary John "Crash"
Bowen, 38, formerly of
Anna Maria City, died July
Born in Evergreen
Park, Ill., Mr. Bowen came
to Manatee County from
Chicago in 1994. He was a
custom builder of motor ve-
hicles. He was employed at
Iron Works V-Twin. Bowen
Memorial services will
be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Christian Retreat.
He is survived by wife Heather; infant son Trent;
father Bud and stepmother Debi of Lutz; brother Jeff;
4and sister Stephanie Smith of Tampa.
Ruth P. Comes
Ruth P. Comes, 74, of Holmes Beach, died July 16.
Born in Hackensack, N.J., Mrs. Comes came to
Manatee County from Branford, Conn., in 1982. She
was a designer and seamstress and was a designer for
Orvis for the past few years.
Memorial services were July 21. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Homes, Island Chapel, was in charge of ar-
She is survived by son Richard of Branford and
sister Eleanor Ameye of Ramsey, N.J.
Jane E. Powell
Jane E. Powell, 80. of Bradenton, died July 17.
Born in Detroit, Ms. Powell came to Manatee
County from Hillsdale, Mich., in 1936. She was a re-
tired loan officer with Palmetto Federal Savings and
Loan. She was a volunteer at Christ Episcopal Com-
munity Thrift Shop. She was an Episcopalian.
Burial will be in Hillsdale. Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Homes, Cortez Road Chapel, was in charge of
She is survived by daughter Christine Gill of
Fernandina Beach; sisters Norma Pett of Holmes
Beach and Barbara Linder of Lakeland; two grand-
children; and a great-grandchild.
Vincent Rossi Sr.
Vincent Rossi Sr., 84, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Waterbury, Conn., Mr. Rossi came here
from Lakeland in 1987. He was a retired auto and
marine mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army dur-
ing World War II. He was Catholic.
There will be no local services. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Evelyn; sons Vincent of
.Fort Myers and Raymond of Lakeland; daughters
Joanne Bettigole of Winsted, Conn., and Rose M.
Little of Holmes Beach; brother Pat Rossi of
Watertown; six grandchildren; and two great-grand-
Mary Tsacrios, 77, of Bradenton, died July 17.
Born in Gary, Ind., Mrs. Tsacrios came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1983. She retired from Arthur
Winer Clothing Co. as a supervisor and inspector in
1983. She was employed at Cafe on the Beach at Mana-
tee Public Beach until August 1989. She was vice
president of Amalgamated Cotton Garment and Allied
Industries Local No. 815 in Gary. She attended St.
Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Bradenton.
Memorial services will be held later. Service and
burial will be in Gary. Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301
Blvd. W., Ste. 136, Bradenton FL 34205. Brown and
Sons Funeral Homes, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge
She is survived by daughters Theodora "Dolly"
Young of Holmes Beach, Irene "Nini" Bush of Portage,
Ind., and Georgeann "Gigi" of Bradenton; sisters Janet
Panagiotis of Chesterton, Ind., and Anna
Papacalodoucas of Davie; brother James Coros of
Valparaiso, Ind., five grandchildren; and four great-
Patricia E. Wagner
Patricia E. Wagner, 49, of Anna Maria, died July
Born in Dade City, Mrs. Wagner came to Manatee
County from Tampa in 1974. She was a first-grade
teacher at Anna Maria Elementary School for 15 years.
She was a graduate of the University of South Florida.
Services were July 21. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or to the American
Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Ste. A, Sarasota FL
34234. Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Terry; stepdaughters
Vail and Nicole; parents Dorothy and Edwin Nolen of
San Antonio, Fla.; and sisters Penny Johansen of New
Jersey and Michelle Nolen and Jinx Epperson, both of
David 'Woody' Woodland
David "Woody" Woodland, 66, of Bradenton
Beach, died July 20.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Woodland came here
from Cohasset, Mass., in 1998. He was a retired general
manager for Alexander Machine and Tool in Woburn,
Mass. He served in the Korean War, was a member of the
American Legion, D.A.V., and the Moose Lodge and was
an avid reader. He was Protestant.
Services were July 24. Burial was at Bay Pines
National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Fla. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
1750 17th St., Ste. A, Sarasota FL 34234, or to the
Arthritis Foundation, 6221 14th St. W., Ste. 305,
Bradenton FL 34207. Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes,
Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife June; daughters Dorinda
Hartnett of Franklin, Mass., Brenda of Derry, N.H.,
Nicole MacLaron of Carver, Mass., and Michelle
Werth of Carmel, N.Y.; brothers Paul of Derry and
Richard of Maynard, Mass.; and five grandchildren.
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Generation of Island cats saved another due?
By Jim Hanson
With a good deal of struggle and subterfuge,
Shan and Ray Bumgarner have rescued a whole gen-
eration of alley cats near their Bradenton Beach
They're not sure their job is over, though an-
other generation may be about 65 days away.
Shan said they got a lot of help from people
around their Summer Sands condo, along with a cer-
tain amount of trepidation and downright criticism
from a few neighbors who envisioned a flood of
It started with one tiny bedraggled kitten shortly
after they moved here permanently from Columbus,
Ohio. An attorney, he took early retirement as direc-
tor of the Ohio Medical Board, and she retired as
professor of education at Ohio State University.
Shan found the kitten and started feeding it,
abetted by husband Ray. Then a mother cat had a
litter and took up residence near Gulf Drive Cafe,
across the street from the Bumgarners.
"By October the three kittens crossed 10th Street
to visit our cat," she said. "The mother was still very
Last January that mother cat, another stray, and the
original Bumgarner kitten, grown up now, were ren-
dered pregnant by another cat of the neighborhood.
The first litter arrived in March under the portico
of the office of the Gulf Drive Cafe. The second lit-
ter was born there in April and the third, by the origi-
nal kitten, was born on 12th Street. The mother ap-
parently died, leaving the Bumgarners with orphans
on their hands.
They took them to Diana Hawkins' Wicker and
Things store on Manatee Avenue, where they got
food and medication and affection until they were
old enough for permanent homes.
About this time neighbors started voicing con-
cern over a possible inundation of alley cats. But the
Bumgarners continued to raise and tame and treat
their foster families, resorting to downright sneaky
tactics to keep neighbors from worrying.
And about this time, too, they got together with
Here kitty, kitty
Shan Bumgarner shines up to one of her extended family of cats. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ray Bumgarner
Alley Cat Rescue, an organization run by Audrey Gar-
rison. Shan said Garrison has turned much of her
husband's G.T. Bray Roofing facility on Manatee Av-
enue into a cat home with dozens of cages, all full.
Between the Bumgarners, Garrison and Gulf
Drive Cafe's Karen Thomas, all of the kittens and
adults have been immunized, neutered and returned
to the colony or adopted.
"Now, instead of 22 cats in the wild colony,
there are four adults and two young ones, all neu-
tered," said Shan. "One drowned in a storm we had
recently, another got pneumonia and died.
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"We have controlled the colony humanely, and
everyone gains by it."
Except for that one wily lady cat that is still on
the loose, too smart to be trapped and just now ready
for mating again.
"There are 'gentlemen of the neighborhood'
sniffing around," said Shan. "The cat gestation pe-
riod is 65 days, and I suppose that's when we can
expect to start all over again with a new generation."
The cat rescuers all could use food donations and
help, and volunteers can arrange to join the cat corps
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THE ISLANDER M JULY 25, 2001 U PAGE 13
Variance to be considered at adjustment meeting
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment will con-
sider a variance request from Dean Holmstrom of Cor-
nerstone Construction at its Aug. 1 meeting.
Holmstrom plans to build a two-story office build-
ing at 305 Manatee Ave. The location is on the corner
west of Loggerhead Junction, north of Duffy's Tavern,
and runs parallel to Manatee Avenue. The vacant lot
currently provides a home for Australian pines and
Brazilian pepper trees.
According to Holmstrom, the variance request will
allow him to maximize the building setback according
to existing city ordinances. Since the lot is adjacent to
two streets and a dead end, he is asking for a 10-foot
setback from a side street.
"What I'm asking fdr is within the guidelines of the
city's ordinances," said Holmstrom. "Without it, we
might not be able to continue with the project because
the building may be too narrow."
The building plans provide ground-level parking
with office space on the second floor.
"I think the building will be a nice look for Holmes
Beach," said Holmstrom. "There will be an arched
window in the center and an oak stairway. Each office
will have windows and artwork."
Office space will be built to suit those who lease
space. There will be three or more offices available in
addition to an office for Cornerstone.
Holmstrom said he would also be paving Fourth
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As far as participation is concerned, the new
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early success with 32 youngsters suited up.
As far as its win-loss prospects are concerned
..., well, it's an expansion team with all the un-
certainties of any young team in that situation.
The first test comes Aug. 4, when the Dol-
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Coach Tom Moore, recreation director at
Anna Maria Island Community Center, explained
that the team is in the Manatee County Police
Athletic League for 9- to 13-year-olds. It's full-
The board of adjustment meeting will be at 9 a.m.
at city hall in Holmes Beach, 5801 Marina Drive.
bore 11-man football, complete with regular uni-
forms and cheerleaders.
All games will be on the mainland unless and
until the Islanders can arrange for home games.
The youngsters have been practicing week
nights except Friday since March. And parents
and kids both did plenty of fundraising to outfit
the team with uniforms and equipment.
The team's kickoff dinner will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2, and "picture night" will be at
6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, both at the Center, 407
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Islander's 'Top Notch' photo contest continues to Aug. 22
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest started July 4, 2001.
Weekly winning pictures will be featured on the cover
of The Islander for eight weeks, through Aug. 22, and
one snapshot will be a grand prize winner, earning
prizes and gift certificates awarded by the newspaper
and local merchants.
The deadline for this week's submissions is Friday,
July 27, with succeeding deadlines weekly on Friday
through Aug. 17.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still lifes, landscapes and
scenics, candid snapshots, action, humor and animal
pictures.. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
The slander 2001 'Top
Notch' photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur
Photographers are those who derive less than 5 percent
of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken af-
ter Jan. 1, 2000, are eligible. This allows for extended
eligibility. Photos previously published (in any format/
media) or entered in any Islander or other competitions
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of
camera. No retouching or other alteration (except
Please attach to photo and mail or deliver to The
Islander, 5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217.
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN.
I I have read the competition rules and affirm that this entry is
in compliance with them.
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Amateur photographers have until Friday to get their
pictures to The Islander for entry in this week's contest.
Judges include Islander News Editor Paul Roat and
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photo files; no composite pictures or multiple printing can
be submitted. Digital photos may be submitted as digital
files (via e-mail) or as printed photographs. Slide (trans-
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4) Entrant's name and address must be written clearly,
in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of each
print, or listed in the e-mail message along with the digital
photo attachment. Mail entries to The Islander Top Notch
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E-mail digital entries to email@example.com.
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able to furnish the original negative if requested by the con-
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Sparks? Not among the officials at the Beach House, but certainly in the sky over the Gulf
for the restaurant's annual pre-July Fourth holiday fireworks display. Anna Maria Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh, left, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, table host and Bradenton
Beach Mayor Gail Cole, and Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash are welcomed by
restaurant owner Ed Chiles. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner
Nate Talucci of Bradenton Beach captured the July 3 Beach House
fireworks and nature's fireworks simultaneously.
Familiar face graces Anna Maria building department
By Laurie Krosney
If you wander into Anna Maria's building depart-
ment, you might do a double take when you see who's
sitting behind the counter.
Former Deputy City Clerk Carol Baker is filling in
temporarily until a person is found to fill the position.
Baker left the city in October after six months ten-
ure to work with her sisters in an accounting business.
"I got lonely sitting in my house and working,"
Baker said. "I am too much of a people person to spend
the entire workday without seeing anyone."
City Clerk Alice Baird said she is thrilled to have
Baker filling in. "We couldn't have asked for a better
person," she said.
Baird said she has placed an ad for a permanent
administrative assistant and clerk for the building de-
partment, and applications are starting to come in.
Baker has submitted her application for consideration
as a permanent employee again, and Baird said her appli-
cation would be considered along with the rest.
Meanwhile, Baker is running the administrative
end of the building and public works departments and
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Anna O'Brian commits to preserving FISH
By Diana Bogan
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage volunteers recently hired Anna
O'Brian as a part-time administrator.
FISH is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation of
Florida's maritime folkways through a
living history program and historic pres-
ervation planning. The organization was
established in 1991 and is based in the
village of Cortez.
FISH is a community organization
that has been involved in a number of
projects, including the acquisition of
Bradenton's former Mayor Bill Evers'
old family home place, returning pos-
session of the Volunteer Fire Station to
the people of Cortez for a community
center and the annual Cortez Commer-
cial Fishing Festival.
In December 2000, FISH entered a
purchase agreement with Louise
Schewe to buy 95 acres located just east
of Cortez Village for $250,000 for a pre-
The property consists of 72 acres of
wetlands, primarily mangroves, and 23
acres of uplands. The land runs south
from Cortez Road to Sarasota Bay and
adjoifis the schoolhouse on the western
perimeter and the Sarasota RV Park to
The first of four payments was
made on April 3, 2001, from funds
raised by donations and the Commercial
O'Brian says that the FISH Preserve
is her main project. Her focus is to edu-
cate the public and to seek grant oppor-
tunities to fund the land acquisition.
"People love the idea of what we're
doing and I get a lot of positive reinforce-
ment," said O'Brian. "People should un-
derstand that they can make a difference.
If you don't want more development, you
can do something about it."
O'Brian also sits on the board of
adjustment in Bradenton Beach and
lives on the Island. She has spent the
past few months organizing the new
FISH office in the old Fulford Fish
Now that she is settling in, she says
she wants to take her show on the road.
"I want to get as many people in-
volved in preserving our maritime his-
tory as I can through education," said
O'Brian. "The vision for the FISH Pre-
serve is for it to exist in its natural state.
Cortez doesn't want big development
ruining the village. We have fourth-and
fifth-generation fishing families here.
We want to help them maintain their
way of life."
Future plans for the preserve in-
clude cleaning up the land and making
nature trails. O'Brian says FISH would
also like to acquire more land for pres-
ervation, "but we have our hands full
FISH is always looking for volun-
teers, donations and organizations inter-
ested in having O'Brian make an educa-
O'Brian says she is currently look-
ing for a volunteer to design a Web site
so people can learn more about the
organization's efforts online.
m Fishing for
is working part
time to help
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 25, 2001 U PAGE 17 ,
When beautification is environmental enhancement
By Laurie Krosney
Environmental enhancement and education. That's
how members of Anna Maria's beautification commit-
tee would like to be known.
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda called the first meeting
of the committee to order July 20 at city hall. He said
he was there to help the committee get up and running
and then bow out.
The meeting began with a brainstorming session as
each member shared his or her ideas about what the
committee should accomplish.
There was a visit to "beautification past" from Eliza-
beth Moss, who recalled the days when she worked at city
hall. "All we planted was peanuts. That was during Jimmy
Carter's regime. We used to ask people to pull up some
peanuts on their way out," Moss recalled.
Karen Di Costanzo said she was concerned with
beach access, trash on the beach and trash at Bayfront
She also mentioned she wanted to look at signage
instructing beachgoers about beach rules. Of special
concern, she said. were the newspapers lying around
for days and weeks after being thrown in driveways.
Joe Vona said, "Anna Maria has a charm all it's
own. I think we should work at keeping sidewalks
swept, beach accesses uncluttered and yards mowed.
"What we have is attractive. If everyone works
together, then it's just like going to the city for a hair-
cut," Vona said.
He added it's just a matter of not letting things
build up, although he said there is a need for more trash
cans at the beach.
Continuing around the table. Pennie Neumann said,
"I'm not a flower person, but I'd love to see some pam-
pas grass and red grass. It seems so islandd' to me."
The condition of the benches by the bay was of
special concern to Carol Ann Magill. "Using the me-
morial benches might be a way to defer the cost of re-
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placing the wornout benches." Magill said senior citi-
zens have a hard time getting up and down from the
current dilapidated benches.
Diane Canniff said, "Anna Maria has a charm and
beauty. It's semi-natural. Let's keep it that way rather
than gentrify it." She suggested planting trees that can
withstand storms, perhaps installing some more attrac-
tive street lights and putting utility lines underground.
Jean Murray had similar views. "I agree. My vision
is also pretty visual. I worked on Longboat Key for 13
years, and I don't want to see us become another
Longboat Key. That's why we live here," she said.
There were rhurmurs of assent from other commit-
Murray thought it might be a good idea to have an
information booth at festivals.
A vision for Elizabeth Moss was returning Gulf-
front Park to the natural beauty she remembers from the
1920s and '30s. The park fronts the Gulf between Oak
"There was a vast stand of buttonwood trees,"
Moss said. "The sea grapes have choked them out. If
you keep the sea grape controlled and lower the tops,
-they fill out. Now the Brazilian pepper trees and the
carrotwoods have taken over."
Moss said there was no flooding when button-
woods lined the shore.
SueLynn said she'd like to see holiday decorations
and she'd like to see the motels and other rental proper-
ties get involved and require all visitors to the Island to
read about rules against alcohol and dogs on the beaches.
"I also think we need to look at the state and local laws
so we can find out what we're bound by," she added.
Tim Eiseler said, "I am happy to hear what people
here are saying about native plants and the removal of
"I hate what they're doing in Holmes Beach. I hate
the gingerbread stuff in Bradenton Beach, and I don't
want Anna Maria to look like that."
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"Beautification sounds so trite. It makes me think of
little old ladies planting flowers around light poles.
What about calling ourselves the environmental im-
provement and education committee?
"Maybe we can help people avoid all the mistakes
I made when I first came here. We need a list of things
that are simple to care for and appropriate for this end
of the Island," Eiseler said.
Magill suggested substituting the word enhancement
for improvement, and so the Anna Maria Environmental
Enhancement and Education Committee was born.
The committee has set its next meeting for 6:30
p.m. Aug. 2 at Anna Maria City Hall.
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Glenn Wiseman snap this picture. One resident on
the beach warned that humans on rare occasions are
allowed to approach the chicks only to a point, then
a parent gives a loud threatening squawk to warn
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COQUINA BEACH BASH
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Although the weather wasn't the best, people
still had fun at the first Coquina Beach Bash,
held in Bradenton Beach last Saturday. Pictured
above is Torry Herrera, 16 months, from Las
Vegas, Nev., who was visiting her grandparents
in Bradenton but took time out to play with the
plastic ducks. Islander Photo: J.R. Richardson
Rachael Tindell, age 4, from Bradenton, had fun with the duck pool. Islander Photo: J.R. Richardson
The crowds weren't large, but the fun level was great at the Coquina Beach Bash. Islander Photo:
Crystal Perry of Gulf Breeze Candles sold her wares of candles
in globes at the Saturday festival. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Mechanical persons newest Island residents
By Jim Hanson
A large mechanical contrivance shakes your
hand, greets you by name and reminds you of cer-
tain of your habits.
You've met one of Kent Davis's offspring.
Davis has been in robots for more than 20
years, a part-time Islander for 18, and now he's
brought his act to Anna Maria Island to stay.
He brought a well-programmed Robbie Jr. to a
party the other night at the home of Robert and
Arlene Byrne, and the big robot was the hit of the
evening. Actually, Robbie Jr. is all head and torso,
the rest of it a low-slung wheeled platform.
Robbie-Jr. and his electronic/mechanical sib-
lings bought a house in Holmes Beach for Davis's
retiree parents, Bob and Claire, when the elder
Davises moved here in 1984.
Robots have made Kent a good enough living
that he could buy the beat-up old Castaway Apart-
ments and upgrade it to a high-end property he is
naming Siam Gardens Resort.
Davis the younger worked in television special
effects in the '70s and by the end of the decade had
Robbie Jr. has
"clutches" at a
party hosted by
the Byrnes at
*. Beach home.
many of the
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developed robotic characters. "The only way you can
get a job like this," he said, "is to invent them and de-
velop them and run them."
Through the 1980s his creations were heavily
used by the DeBartolo Co. to meet and greet people
at their many big shopping malls, for the robots can
be programmed to do and say pretty complex things.
Davis began working with Columbia Univer-
sity and other schools to develop curricula for ro-
botic teaching tools in schools. Now his robots
teach health, drug resistance, problem solving and
other programs that otherwise don't really grab
children's rapt attention.
DeBartolo now sponsors the education pro-
grams, and so far nearly 3 million kids have ben-
Robbie Jr.'s brethren are busy this summer
touring the Midwestern state fair circuit, where
they are much in demand.
Employees of his firm, RoboMedia Co. of
Mount Holly, N.J., handle the tours and robot con-
struction and programming now, while the boss
works at his new calling building Siam Gardens.
Robbie Jr. is here now too, and if someone
wants to rent it for a party, that's possible, said
Davis. It's best done through the home office at its
Web sites: robomedia.com or lifeskills4kids.com.
THE ISLANDER M JULY 25, 2001 0 PAGE 19
Planning begins for community center expansion
By Diana Bogan
Recognizing that expansion of the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center is a community undertaking,
Andy Price, chairman of the Center's board, presented
a plan of action at the recent meeting of Barrier Island
Elected Officials. Price also serves the community as
chief of West Manatee Fire and Rescue.
The recent BIEO meeting gave Price an opportu-
nity to apprise city officials from the three Island cit-
ies and Longboat Key of the Center's needs and goals.
"We want to be sure to do this right and we under-
stand the importance of getting everyone involved,"
Price listed the following as the current constraints
the Center faces.
State licensing requires separation of teens from
The Center can only serve kindergarten through
fifth-graders in after-school programs.
During the summer, facilities are occupied by
summer camp for kindergarten through fifth-graders.
Facilities for non-sports activities are minimal.
The architectural firm of Eatman and Smith of
Bradenton Beach was asked to conduct a needs assess-
ment and draft an initial concept design based on infor-
mation from staff and members.
Price said the board is now at the stage where
members are asking if it is feasible to expand the Cen-
ter and meet the needs of the community.
"We think we can do it, based on the report from
Eatman and Smith," said Price. "The plan now is to
involve as many people as possible in feasibility study
workshops to define the project and plan the work."
Price said the board is not ready yet for people to
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we're thinking of. Can we or can't we do this? But we
have to have a concept first and be able to tell you what
we are looking at.
"We're looking at the whole picture, so that we aren't
coming back here in five years with more needs."
City officials were fully supportive of the
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"I'm for anything you can do to serve our kids,"
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Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh ended the
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Center deserves a big hurrah for doing as much as it has
with what is there."
An open forum for community leaders will be held
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The forum will be held at the Center, 407 Magno-
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Arvida's Island sales staff moves to mainland
Pat Thompson and her staff have moved their op-
erations to Bradenton, but the focus of her Arvida
group remains unchanged: Anna Maria Island.
Thompson said the Island office has been combined
with the Arvida Realty Services office at 1810 59th St. W.,
but she doesn't expect it to be there very long.
"Washington Mutual has our new location leased
until November, but when they move to their new site
we'll be going into 6016 Manatee Ave. W., an ideal
location for us Islanders."
She will remain in charge of Island matters for
Arvida, as well as other business she is sales direc-
tor for the Bradenton office. She has brought with her
the other six people from the Island office. She was the
broker on the Island, but an office can't have two and
Pam Ali was already estab-
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Island business marketing arthritis treatment
By Jim Hanson
From Caribbean treasure hunt to thoroughbred
horses to Canada to Anna Maria Island, J.R. Rogers has
found his calling in treating arthritis.
It took a severe spinal injury and a lot of pain to get
him to this point, he said, his pain gone and others on
the Island claiming his treatment has brought them
quick relief from arthritis.
As he recounts it, he was helping run a sunken trea-
sure business in the Caribbean when he crushed his
upper spine in a two-story fall. He returned to the
United States for reconstructive surgery which left him
with "little mobility in my neck and a great deal of
A friend with thoroughbred horses told him of a
product he used to treat horses, and some owners
treated their own arthritis with it as well. He tried it, and
"rapidly lost my neck pain and regained normal mobil-
ity in my neck."
He had moved to Perico Island by then, and from
there he tracked down the young Canadian who had
developed the product. Working together, the two re-
formulated and packaged the product.
The result is Syn-flex, made and marketed by
Activex America Inc. of Holmes Beach. "I really
wanted to work on Anna Maria Island," he said. "I still
live on Perico, and it's a wonderful short commute."
Syn-flex is made of 13 ingredients, including glu-
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products on the market and there is nothing that even
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 18, 100 block of Spring Avenue, suspicious
incident. While on patrol a deputy saw three male ju-
veniles enter the parking lot of the Sandbar Restaurant.
The deputy checked the area and found an open exte-
rior cooler. According to the report, the rest of the area
July 14, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, Marchman
Act. The store clerk called police after a man passed out
in the bathroom. Officers woke the man up and asked
if he needed medical help. He told officers he did not,
according to the police report. Officers were unable to
find anyone to take the man home and took him into
custody under the Marchman Act.
July 15, 4000 Gulf Drive, assist other agency. Of-
ficers assisted Holmes Beach police on a traffic stop.
July 16, 2100 Gulf Drive S., Longboat Pass Bridge,
information. A man on a boat near the bridge lost his
cell phone when he ran into fishing pole lines from
fishermen on the bridge.
July 16, 800 Cortez Beach, burglary. A woman's
bag was stolen from her unlocked van. A man wit-
nessed the burglar from his porch and gave police a
description of the suspect and the car he was driving.
July 18, 300 block of Gulf Drive N., driving with
a suspended license. Douglas Chaffin, 28, of
Bradenton, was stopped by officers for driving with a
suspended license and officers seized the tag of his car.
On a routine inventory of the vehicle before it was
towed, officers found marijuana under the driver's seat.
Chaffin was charged with possession of marijuana
under 20 grams.
July 19, 2100 block of Gulf Drive S., city ordi-
nance violation. A man and woman were issued cita-
tions for alcohol violation for drinking at Coquina Park
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and social security numbers. Officers placed him un-
der arrest for giving false information. Upon searching
his belongings, officers found a bottle of rum, a mari-
juana pipe and a Thorazine pill. Joseph Iwanczuk, 20,
of Holmes Beach, was charged with possession of a
controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, pos-
session of alcohol by a person under 21 and giving false
information after being lawfully detained.
July 15, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo, criminal mischief.
Some damage was done to the ceiling and sink of the
July 16, 5348 Gulf Drive, Touch of Class Clean-
ers, burglary. Someone stole $20 in change from a cash
register and ransacked part of the store. According to
the report, entry was gained through the back door,
which was locked.
July 16, 3014 Avenue C, Island Starter, burglary.
A radio was stolen from a Mazda pickup truck and an
attempt was made to steal a radio from another car that
was in the shop for repair. Officers were unable to get
any fingerprints, however they did find a sock in one
of the vehicles. Video from a business surveillance
camera showed two suspects wearing socks on their
July 16, 100 block of 50th Street, suspicious inci-
dent. A man reported that he was getting harassing
July 16, 5304 Holmes Blvd., Essence of Time,
burglary. Someone entered the store by pushing out the
air conditioning unit. According to the report, two cash
registers were broken into, however they only con-
tained small amounts of change. Officers were able to
obtain fingerprints at the crime scene.
July 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Public
Beach, criminal mischief. Some damage was done to
the door that secures the stairs leading to a lifeguard
July 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Public
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A screen to the "Pancake Hut" was also pushed in,
according to the report, but nothing was damaged in-
July 18, 8100 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported $140 missing from her purse. She left
her bag in her room and believes that someone entered
through the unlocked back door.
July 18, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, check/draft.
The store received several bad checks.
July 19, 5400 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A pool was vandalized when someone defecated
in the pool. Pool chairs were also thrown in the pool.
According to the report, residents say they have been
having repeated trouble with juveniles. The cost to
clean the pool is estimated at $1,500.
July 19, 600 block Manatee Avenue, driver's li-
cense. Officers stopped a truck pulling a trailer that did
not have functional brake lights or turn signals. The
driver's license had been revoked, so officers took him
July 19, 5700 block of Marina Drive, telephone. A
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Hurricane activity waxing; Dorsey coming Saturday
Sit down, buckle up and hold on. We're in for a
rough 40-year-long ride.
Scientists are predicting the next four decades to be
an active hurricane period for the Gulf of Mexico, the
Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Everything goes in cycles, and Atlantic hurricanes
are no exception. Researchers say the 1971-1994 time
slot was a period of low-or-no hurricane activity, a
period that has switched to one of more and bigger
Another more active storm period ran from the
1920s to the 1960s. Of course, back then we didn't
have zillions of people living along Florida's coasts.
Now, the potential for doom is much, much higher if
a big storm comes blowing ashore.
The gloomy prediction is based on warming North
Atlantic water and a drop in wind shear. Warmer wa-
ter means more energy for storms to acquire; no wind
shear means nothing is up there to cut the tops off of
There's also some new information about the de-
structive power of storms. It seems that the higher up
you go, the stronger the winds get. All of that data adds
up to devastation for tall buildings.
"Recent research has shown that in strong storms,
at around 300 to 500 feet you get tremendous peaks in
winds that can have twice the force of winds at the
surface. Those potent gusts can easily rip the skin off
a skyscraper," one researcher said.
Say bye-bye, Tampa skyline.
Dorsey signs books
Saturday at St. Armands
Tampa author Tim Dorsey is coming to Sarasota
Saturday to sign copies of his new work, "Orange
His latest novel tells the tale of a Florida guberna-
torial campaign. It's got lobbyists, legislators, crooked
politicians and all the usual riffraff that is Florida poli-
tics. Ya gotta love it.
The following is a scene at a lobbyist-sponsored
party in Tallahassee. As much as I hate to admit it. af-
Brian Kisluk, Ray
Toedman, Capt. Glenn Gee
and Troy Williams, of the ". .
Buggin Out fishing team i
sponsored by Perico .
Harbor Marina, display
their winning catch from
the DeSoto Fishing Tour-
nament. The assortment of
gag grouper, cubera
snapper and mutton
snapper was on its way to
becoming a "fish fry. "
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ter three years working for a state representative and
decades in the journalism business, Dorsey's account
is a factual accounting of what happens at the myriad
soirees up there.
"When the lawmakers first reached the buffet
tables, there was aggressive jockeying, the bright glint
of cutlery and serving ladles, and finally a blinding
piranha frenzy. In minutes, it was quiet again. The af-
termath was chilling. Salmon stripped to the spinal
column. Blue cheese chunks bobbing in the punch
bowl. Beluga caviar flung across the linen like coffee
grounds. Cocktail sauce splattered mob-hit style.
"But what really inspired the lobbyist's awe was
the legislators' Light Brigade desiccation of the open
bar. 'My God,' he said in a reverent, hushed tone.
'They're worse than sportswriters."'
As the campaign winds down, things get even
more weird. Here's an example:
"The midday news cut to a commercial. It was a
campaign ad for the challenger.
"He appeared on the screen in dark sunglasses and
a sequined cape. He had a walking cane topped with a
carved ivory skull. On his arm was his girlfriend, look-
ing hot in a bustier and Xena the Warrior Princess out-
"'I want you, Governor! Tonight! Ice Palace!
Lights-Out Cage Match! No-Time-Limit Gubernatorial
Smackdown for the Whole Enchilada!'
"'So this is where we've evolved," the governor
"'Actually,' his advisor said, 'it can't help but add
dignity to the process.'"
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There be sharks out there
Sharks are in the news again. The attack on the boy
in the Panhandle, and a recent catch of an 8-foot bull
shark off the Longboat Bridge have drawn our atten-
tion to the perfect eating machine.
And although it will risk the ire of the chamber of
commerce folks, there is a basic rule to remember:
Sharks are always out there and they're usually
hungry and, although they don't like to munch on hu-
mans all that much, shark-people interaction does take
"Shark attacks are relatively rare, considering that
millions of people swim, surf, scuba dive, fish or boat
in Florida waters each year," said George H. Burgess,
director of the International Shark Attack File at the
Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.
"Your actual chances of being bitten by a shark are
small. That relative risk is small when compared to
attacks on humans by bees, wasps or snakes, lightning
strikes or other natural dangers. In fact, more people are
injured on land while traveling to and from the beach
than by sharks in the water."
Experts say almost all shark bites that have occurred
in Florida are of the "hit-and-run" variety in which a
small- to medium-sized shark mistakes a person's hand or
foot for a fish in the water, and once a shark realizes it
wasn't what it was looking for, it swims away. The kind
of serious attack that occurred recently in Pensacola is rare
in Florida waters, researchers say.
"Florida has a huge number of people in the water
and the number of person-hours in the water is prob-
ably higher than anywhere else in the world," said Dr.
Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Re-
search at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
Hueter said sharks do not target humans. If a shark
bites a human, it is because the shark has mistaken it
for one of its natural food sources such as a fish or stin-
gray. Most attacks occur in shallow water, typically
inside of beach sandbars where sharks may be confined
by low tide. Sharks also may gather along steep drop-
offs, near channels or at river mouths, because their
natural food items congregate in these areas.
"Although the chance of being attacked by a shark is
small, if you do find yourself in a shark's jaws, the best
thing to do is kick, punch or try to jab the shark in the eyes
or gills," Burgess added. "Sharks respect size and power.
Whether that is kicking or beating on the animal, those are
things the shark understands and respects."
And be careful out there.
From the no-I'm-not-making-this-up file comes
There is no Loch Ness monster. What people have
seen for centuries is actually bubbles and waves caused
by seismic shifts deep underground.
Sure. And Florida's Skunk Ape is actually a former
governor roaming the wetlands or maybe it's just
swamp gas emitted from the halls of the Florida Capitol.
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Local youths take first in
DeSoto Fishing Tournament
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Three local youths took first place in the inshore
junior division of the Fifth Annual DeSoto Fishing
Tournament last weekend.
Capt. Zane Zavadil, 14, of Flamingo Cay, Trevor
Flathman, 14, of Flamingo Cay, and Max Gazzo, 14,
of Anna Maria, took top honors with five redfish and
one trout while fishing off the boat "Captain Fantastic
Reds are a pretty good bet for the next week, with
big fish starting to school. Other action features catch-
and-release snook, lots of mangrove snapper and
sharks. Offshore, red and gag grouper are plentiful.
Cliff at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishing has
been slow due to the rainy weather, but for those an-
glers willing to risk the wet the action has centered on
snapper, Spanish mackerel and small sharks.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught snap-
per to 16 inches, trout, flounder, a few redfish and some
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach put his charters onto Spanish mackerel,
snapper, small blacktip sharks and a few legal grouper
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
the weather and a typical midsummer small-shrimp
stock has slowed fishing but fishers are still bringing
in some good-sized catch-and-release snook and a few
redfish near the mangroves in the bays.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said best bets there
include snapper, mackerel, black drum, a few redfish, lots
of small catch-and-release snook and a few sharks.
Max Gazzo, Trevor
Flathman and Capt.
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Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said his team fished the DeSoto tourney last
weekend, coming in seventh with five reds up to 35
inches in length and a 23-inch trout. Capt. Thom added
they missed out on a first-place trophy by only 10
Capt. Kurt Morrison brought in red grouper to 25
inches and gag grouper up to 28 inches, plus lots of lane
and mangrove snapper up to 4 pounds. He also caught
a few small sharks.
Capt. Rick Gross reports catches of large catch-
and-release snook up to 40 inches long, lots of mack-
erel and snapper to 15 inches along the Intracoastal
Waterway. He added that small sharks "are all over the
On my boat Magic we were only able to get out for
one trip, but caught 15 redfish up to 30 inches, some
small sharks and lots of mangrove snapper.
Capt. Mark Bradow said he did well last week
with trout to 3 pounds, some sharks and redfish, which
are starting to school, and lots and lots of mangrove
snapper. There are large schools of small whitebait, but
larger bait is still hard to come by, he added.
Capt. Mike Heistand, a 20-year fishing guide, has
taken over the helm of the weekly fishing column. Call
him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Pictures
of your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off
(use night drop slot in the door after hours) at The Is-
lander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please in-
clude identification for persons in the picture along
with information on the catch and a name and phone
number for more information. Pictures may be re-
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Fran Galati has a "pending world record" gag
grouper with this 38.86-pound monster caught
during the Old Salt Ladies Fishing Tournament.
Doug Blodgett of the International Gamefish Asso-
ciation said the fish appears to be a world record
holder pending a test on the 60-pound-test line. "It's
a very nice-looking fish," he added. Fran caught it
70 miles out in the Gulf
Winners in the July 21 horseshoe games were Ron
Pepka of Bradenton and Neil Sweerus of Holmes
Beach. Runners-up were Jack Cooper and Jim Spencer,
both of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the July 18 games were Steve Atkins of
Monroeville, Pa., and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria. Run-
ners-up were George Landraitis of Bradenton and
The weekly contests get under way at 9 a.m. every
Wednesday and Saturday at Anna Maria City Hall
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Florida Army National
Guard shows its muscle
The Florida Army National Guard spent an after-
noon on the Palma Sola Causeway to practice crew
drills, increase community awareness and offer recruit-
ment information to the public. .
The Florida Army National Guard has two mis- ,..
sions. Its duty not only lies with the federal mission thata4 ni- ---" -whc t
other army units serve, but also has a second mission i
to the state.
Sgt. 1 st Class Jeff Cook explained that the National
Guard could also be called upon by the governor to
handle civil unrest or humanitarian efforts.
"The National Guard has always been trained for
s humanitarian missions," said Cook. "We have some
people deployed in Korea and some who just got back
from firefighting in Northern Florida."
The Army National Guard currently offers a 100
percent tuition exemption program for college in addi-
tion to other incentives for joining.
For more information, call 800-342-6528, or log
onto the Internet at www.l 800goguard.com.
The Avenger units use the same missiles as the Stinger units except their missiles are launched from a pod that can
hold a total of eight missiles. The Avengers also have night capabilities, which the sStinger units don't have. A two-
person crew operates the vehicle with either the team chief in the driver's seat and the gunner inside the turret, or
both men can be 50 meters away and operate the missiles with a remote-control unit. Pictured, from left Pfc. David
Day, Cpl. Johnny Daniels and Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Cook. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
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vehicle. The covering extends the
tree line and makes the Stinger
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Sgt. Elvin Pagan shoulders the weight of a stinger
missile,-a hand-held, shoulder-fire missile, which
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supersonic, surface-to-air, heat-seeking missile. This
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GARAGE MUSIC SALE Saturday, August 4, 8am-1pm.
Music duo "K and the Rhythm Man" selling all equipment.
Includes P.A., sound modules, sequencer, amps, key-
board, stands, effects, accessories, monitors, rack, mikes,
guitars and more. Some brand names include: Roland,
Boss, Carvin, Shecter, BBE, Alesis, Laney and others.
Cash only. 122B 51st St., Holmes Beach.
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
h I en you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. RON H
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron local for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
SManhattan Mortgage Corporation
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
mp S After Hours:
10rrpeiC 1 Larry Albert 725-1074
Greg Oberhofer 720-0932
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday and Thursday,
9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Wednesday, 9am-
11am, donations only. Closed in August. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, 779-2733.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY July 28, 8am-noon.
Multi-family, household items, clothing, some furniture
and miscellaneous. 607 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach
HUGE PARKING LOT SALE Saturday, July 28, 8am.
Dealer's clearance! Antiques and knick-knacks, pot-
tery, glassware. 9807 Gulf Drive, Islander's Market,
CANON SURE SHOT with green case in the area of
Manatee Beach on Gulf Drive somewhere near ac-
cess road behind the bank near Manatee Beach. If
anyone has found the camera, please just send me the
film. You can keep the camera as a reward. If found,
please contact Joe at 414-817-9979.
LOST SET OF WEDDING rings on 7/11/01 at Publix,
Resort 66, Street or Inn at the Beach. 44 years of sen-
timent. Reward: larger than the value of the rings. 941-
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.
Annual / Seasonal / Monthly / Weekly
GULF SHORES CONDO Spacious 2BR/2BA and den, cathedral
ceilings and beautiful Gulf views! Call Michel Cerene 792-6546 eves.
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P O0 Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
RACLM/ KLAND RETREAT
IN. ICAL.M.AR .ALE
GRACIOUS ISLAND RETREAT
This exquisite, quality constructed 3 or 4 bed-
room, 2.5 bath waterfront estate is tucked away
on a secluded private drive on 1.5 spacious
canalfront lots surrounded by a protected nature
preserve, offering unlimited privacy and tranquil-
lity. Amenities include a 61 ft. heated double-lap
pool, stunning coral fireplace, hardwood and tiled
floors, lovely office with built-in bookshelves, gour-
met kitchen with gas range, boat dock on a natu-
ral canal with direct bay and Gulf access and so
much more! Priced at $639,000.
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
ANIMAL LOVER? Foster, adopt or help transport
dachshunds for coast-to-coast dachshund rescue. Call
Shona at 941-761-2642 for information.
1986 MERCEDES 500SL CONVERTIBLE/hard top, red.
Runs great, very good condition. $16,000, 778-7682.
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 1987, loaded. $3,500. Call
OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Glenn
Corder aboard Deep South. Half & full day. For infor-
mation call 778-1203 or mobile 713-5900.
DOCKS AVAILABLE. Small boats, protected waters.
Minutes to Intracoastal, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants.
Also land storage, launch ramp. Vacation/long term.
Bottom painting. Capt. John's Marina, 792-2620.
LARGE AND LUXURIOUS houseboat for sale,
$70,000. Shown by appointment only. Call for more
1983 WATKINS 32-FT. SAILBOAT 22-hp diesel, 1,350.
hours, four- foot draft roller furling, depth finder, auto pilot,
VHF. Very clean. Asking $22,000. 778-3350.
1990 8FT. TRINKA rowing dingy, $800; 1995 Avon
3.15 inflatable roll-up dinghy $1,500; 1995 9.9 hp Mer-
cury outboard. $900. 778-5088.
27 Years ofProfessional Service
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
RIVERFRONT 2BR/2BA condo. Boat dock, club house, elevator.
IMPERIAL HOUSE CONDO 2BR, Gulf to bayfront. Gulf view
from porch. Heated pool. Turnkey furnished. $130,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA, sunsets, turnkey furnished.
North Holmes Beach. Call Dolly Young. $425,000.
PERICO SHORES LAKEFRONT 3BR/2BA. Quality home,
room for pool. Furnished. $324,900.
STYLING SALON Eight stations, established 35+ years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple net, AAA, good CAP. $2.65 million.
SUPERMARKET plus rental income and inventory. $3,150,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE SITE Sarasota. $419,000.
VACATION AND SEASONAL AVAILABLE
GULFFRONT CONDOS, HOMES, APARTMENTS
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
NORTH POINTE HARBOUR
720 KEY ROYALE DRIVE
New 5BR/3.5BA home. Deep-water canal access to
Tampa Bay. Maple cabinetry with granite
countertops. Ceramic tile and wood floors. Elevator.
New seawall. July occupancy. $995,000.
BUILD YOUR NEW ISLAND BEACH HOUSE
Two great lots: 803 Gladiolus St. $340,000
303 South Bay $295,000
GREAT FAMILY HOME or privacy for guests! First
floor with spacious rec room, bedroom and bath
plus private foyer. Second floor features 2BR/1BA
and twin vanities, split design with centered kitchen
and dining plus Florida room and living room on
either side. Built with permit in 1977 and many
upgrades and improvements since 1994! Lovely
fenced yard allows room for pool and ideal design
with glass doors to rec room and bath plus adjacent
screened lanai. Great location to Gulf and bay!
Asking $449,500 and possible owner financing.
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MARIE LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
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OPPORTUNITIES: HONEST, DEPENDABLE, ener-
getic people. Waitress, breakfast daily; cleaning, bed
and breakfast and motel; laundry. Call 778-6335.
SPORTS AND FEATURE writer for thriving weekly
newspaper. Journalism experience a must. Mail, fax
or e-mail resume to The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, FL. 34217. Fax 778-9392, e-
FREE SODA CANS! Now that we have your attention:
Yes! We take free soda cans at the Bradenton Beach
Recycling Center at Coquina Bayside. We also take
newspaper and corrugated cardboard. Open seven
days a week, 8:30am-1pm. Staffed by valued volun-
teers. Call and become one at 778-1005, extension 0,
or 778-3947. Let's save our Earthrecycle!
HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED in small resort, part time.
Please call 778-7258.
CROWDER BROS. ACE HARDWARE- Seeks per-
manent full and part-time sales clerks and cashiers.
Retired trades people welcome. Apply either location.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL 24-40 hours per
week. Casual office, litigation experience preferred, for
sole practitioner, employment litigation. Call 749-6433.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
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BUSY ISLAND RESTAURANT hiring dishwashers
and cook/salad person/trainees for evening shifts. Full
or part time. Experienced only. please. Call 778-6614.
TEACHERS/COUNSELORS needed at Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center. After school program (grades K-
5th.) Work 25 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Must be de-
pendable, responsible and a team player in an exciting
positive environment. Pays $7-$9/hour, depending on
experience/education. Call Mary, 778-1908.
ATHLETIC ASSISTANT needed at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Flexible days, part-time hours: Mon-
day-Friday, 5-9pm, half-day Saturday. Must be depend-
able and a team player in a positive environment. Salary
$7-$8.50/hour. Call Tom Moore, 778-1908.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to meet
interesting people from around the world? Are you in-
terested in learning the history of Anna Maria Island?
Get involved with the Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE NEED
YOU! Call 778-0492.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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$359,000 ONE OF THE FEW...
Gulffront condos available. 2BR/2BA
with security entrance, elevator and
heated pool. Bonuses are a one-car
garage and extra storage space. Turn-
key furnished. Appliances have been
$225,000 LA LENAIRE ISLE
Accessible by boat only, this bayfront,
acre+ lot on this private island in
Sarasota Bay will afford you peace and
CHRISTEN'S KIDDY PLAYHOUSE. Babysitting at my
house. Experienced, trained, certified, dedicated, de-
pendable. Available evenings and weekends. $8 per
hour, conveniently located in Anna Maria. Call Chris-
ten at 778-7918.
BABYSITTING ANYTIME. Red Cross certified sitters.
I'm dependable. I'll take all ages. $4 to $5 per hour.
Elyse, 779-2610, or 778-0572.
THE ISLAND SITTERS. Hi, my best friend and I are
making a new club, it's called The Island Sitters. We
sit for animals and kids. For more information, please
call us at 778-7611, Sarah or 778-0361, Merrily.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gardens,
trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-working and
responsible. Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Cab.
Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
quiet and privacy. Great bay view from one of 13 parcels Fantastic view overlooking nature preserve and tne
on this 26-acre island. Water, septic and electric at site. Intracoastal Waterway. Great location near shopping
Community dock, sandy. IB73855 and beaches. This three-year-new unit includes
washer/dryer, all window treatments, storage shed,
1810 59th Street West Bradenton covered parking for two cars and pool.
(941) 778-0766 (877) 924-9001 For sale by owner $150,000.
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com Call 941-778-1260 or 941-778-3097
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
201 North Harbor Dr. ...................... $949,000
2306 Canasta Drive.......................... $895,000
520 72nd Street.............REDUCED $479,000
628 Dundee Lane............................ $449,900
ISLAND HOMES AND CONDOS
100 7th St. S. Reduced.................... $539,000
Bradenton Beach Club .............. from $500,000
210 67th St ............................... $449,000
203 North Harbor .................... New $439,00
5 Palm Harbor Drive......................... $399,000
4002 6th Ave............................. $369,000
2101 Ave. B ................................ $229,500
308 57th St ................................... $369,000
2500 Gulf Drive ............................ $825,000
106 7th St. ...................................... $849,000
2418 90th St. NW ........................ $3,495,000
Regatta Pointe Condo .................... $199,000
GULFFRONT LOT Incredible buildable lot on north
end of Anna Maria. Full unobstructed Gulf view.
Some trees, private tropical setting. One of the best
lots on the Gulf. $799,900. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797
or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 72806
ENCHANTING 3+ ACRES along SR70 corridor
with alluring palm-lined drive, pond and walkways.
Large 2BR/2BA home, property also has back en-
trance. $299,900. Cindy Pierro, 319-0457. 70720
STUNNING WATER VIEWS highlight nearly every
room. Wonderful boating, fishing and skiing awaits
the owner of this exquisite Warner's West Bayou
home. 5 or 6BR, wonderful formal and warm family
areas. Beautiful pool and dock. Very spacious newly
remodeled kitchen and incredible 21 by 12 ft. formal
dining room. $749,900. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797 or
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 75552
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
UPDATED HOME. 4BR with barrel-tile roof and
two-car garage. 13-inch tile, country kitchen, gi-
gantic family room. Fruit trees galore. $219,900.
Joanne Jenkins. 795-3838 or Susan Matteoh,
CONGENIAL LIFESTYLE in this adult commu-
nity. Spacious living area overlooking garden
and walkway. Close to golf course and club-
house. $136,500. Carol Greenwald, 962-1148.
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"One of seven big (four bedrooms) houses to rent
in the city of Anna Maria. Bay and canalfronts.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
-.117' I Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
LAriDSCAPING- IRRIGATION MULCH, :.HELL SOIL
SHiJBS PALM TREES ORCHIDS
HERBS MEXICAN POTTERY CHIMENEAS
Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 10-2
570s MARINA DR HOLMES BEACH 778-4441
Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20-years experience
SFred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141 9
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Painting d Kenny Smith
Custom Finishes John Kreiter
Trim Installation 941-730-6422
Door Hanging ^^^" Free Estimates
Cabinet Installation ( 50-Years Total
Ceramic Tiling Experience
Light Remodeling State Registered
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A General Contracting Company
Remodels Decks Driveways
Additions Replacement Windows ,
941-725-2520 Based in Holmes Beach
SEVCSCntne ARPE- CLANGI
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, shaping, remov-
als. Trim palm trees. Call Phil Brewer Tree Service,
746-6678 or pager 252-3300.
BATHROOM REMODELING. Water damaged dry-
wall, tiling, texturing, painting. Reliable, over 20 years
experience. Call Fred, 752-7758 or 545-6141, cell.
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, call
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 Trans-
portation, 7am-3am. 737-0336.
HUSBAND/WIFE team for general house cleaning
with the personal touch. Local residents, dependable,
trustworthy, references. Satisfaction guaranteed. Call
ISLAND TRANSPORTATION now offering flat rates to
Tampa and St. Pete. Member of Longboat and Anna.
Maria Chambers. $1.50 to get in, $1.50/mile. Clean,
friendly, service 7am-3am (call for later pick-up). New
land line! No more dropped calls. 779-2520.
SIMPLY BLUE POOL Maintenance. Full or chemi-
cal service. Dependability guaranteed. Free esti-
mate, call 795-2052.
SOS SERVICES. Full-service cleaning/organization
for your entire home. Professional, experienced, and
references. Free estimates. Call Sharon, 920-1992.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $10 per hour- free advice.
DELPONTES' CLEANING SERVICE: Are you tired of
working hard all week and having to spend your week-
ends cleaning? Let us help! We offer reasonable rates,
dependable service and references. Call us today for
your free estimate. 792-7613 or 518-3406.
ESP ISLAND SHUTTERS. Hurricane protection for your-
home. Shutter and glass. Sentinal, super-strength protec-
tive shield. Licensed, insured, free estimates. 778-2840.
WE DON'T CUT CORNERS, we clean them. Quality,
experienced home cleaning service. Reasonable.
Weekly, bi-weekly. Island references. Laurie 795-
1225, or Pam 761-8052.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE. Licensed, bonded, in-
sured, professional, experienced maids. Free esti-
mates, gift certificates. 727-9337 (72-SWEEP)
COMPUTER HELP. In-home assistance, internet/e-
mail lessons, set-up and installations, software and
hardware problems. Purchasing consultation. Call
Ryan at 794-6361, $15/hour.
AAW_ N ARDE
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.
CODY'S CARPET Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning
Need your carpets cleaned right, call Cody's. Owner
operated since 1984. Satisfaction guaranteed as al-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100 or cell 809-3100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and
insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIES PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free esti-
mates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow at
water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Furniture repair. Danish
craftsman. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. 778-4335.
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, exte-
rior, 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, re-
liable, 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. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
JENNIFER HENSON CHAPMAN, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Professional Member AMTA
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irri-
gation 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.
GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES Crushed washed
shell, topsoil, landscaping service. We install shell
driveways. Serving Sarasota and the Keys since 1978.
Fully licensed and insured 753-2954.
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25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finishing
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.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch avail-
able. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner and
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free
estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Cover-
ings. 383-5391, or 726-1802.
CLEAN WINDOWS! Wouldn't that be nice? Chris'
Window Cleaning. 941-725-0399.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across form
beautiful beach, $350 per week. Fall and spring dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, 778-2374.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
FURNISHED, SECURE 2BR/2BA condo. Deep-water
dock, covered parking, pool, spa, tennis, recreation,
workout rooms. Near beaches, perfect for boating fam-
ily. No smoking/pets. $3,000/month. 798-2000.
1BR/1BA WESTBAY COVE. Turnkey, shopping,
beach, heated pool and tennis. February, March and
April. Old Florida Realty, 778-3377.
MAY-OCTOBER 2001, 2BR/1 BA, furnished seasonal.
All utilities, cable, no pets, no smoking. Near Gulf. 778-
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! 713-0096 for more informa-
VACATION RENTALS 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach. $350 per week. Summer dates still
available. Almost Beach Apartments 778-2374.
SUMMER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA, furnished, steps from
beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets are welcome. $350/week;
$1,198/month. Call Gulf Drive Apartments, 778-1098.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB: Direct Gulf front 2BR/
2BA. Great fall rates! August-December 2001. Ask
about our Fall 2001 and May 2002 Golf Special. Frank
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey, beau-
tiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets/smoking. Priced
from $700/month, $350/week. 941-794-5980.
SPACIOUS CONDO, Sunbow Bay. Pool, tennis, park-
ing garage, one bedroom. $795/month annual. 779-
SPACIOUS BAYSIDE waterfront in Bradenton Beach.
Furnished 2BR up and down units with porches and
dock. Call 794-5980 or www.divefish.com/
1BR UNFURNISHED, two blocks from beach. Call
Mary Ann, 727-461-3384 or 727-466-0666.
HOLMES BEACH. Nice 2BR/2BA duplex, garage,
screened porch, shade tree, quiet area, no pets. $800/
month, annual. 776-1789.
CHARMING ISLAND HOME on deep-water canal.
2BR/2BA. Completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extras. $600/week, $1,800/month. Call for
ANNUAL RENTALS, Holmes Beach, close to beach.
2BR/2BA large duplex with pool $950/month. 1BR/
1 BA furnished $700/month, first, last and security. No
PANORAMIC BAYVIEW ground floor, furnished, 1BR.
July through December, or annual. Also, 2BR summer/
winter vacation. No smoking, pets. 778-7107.
BEACH RENTAL. 2BR/1BA completely furnished.
One house from beach. No pets. Available August-
December. Minimum two weeks. 813-689-0925 or
SEMI-ANNUAL fully furnished 2BR/1BA cottage.
$850/month, washer/dryer, digital cable included. One
half block to bay and beach. 779-2393.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal Key West home for rent.
3BR/2BA completely newly decorated with pool and
boat dock. Heavily vegetated and private setting.
Monthly/seasonal. Call 908-832-1034.
BAYFRONT HOLMES BEACH 3BR/3BA, two-car
garage. Unfurnished home with pool and deep water
dock. Walk to golf course. Six-plus month lease pre-
STEPS TO THE BEACH. 2BR/1BA with washer/dryer,
screened lanai. $800/monthly, utilities not included.
2BR/1BA HOUSE. Fireplace, $900/month. 941-756-
5819 or 704-1490.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA. Freshly painted and re-
furbished. Quiet street, one block to beach. Central A/
C, nice kitchen and lanai. Washer/dryer hook-up,
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AUGUST-JANUARY, Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished, walk to Gulf or bay. $750/month. Dial Debbie
Dial, A Paradise Realty Inc., 778-4800.
ANNUALS, BRADENTON BEACH. Renovated 2BR/
1 BA with Gulf and bay view, $1,095/month. 1BR/1 BA,
walk to beach, two available $750/month. Dial Debbie
Dial, A Paradise Realty Inc., 778-4800.
ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA monthly or longer. Beautifully
furnished. Peek-a-boo bayview. Walk to everything.
May allow small pet. Best rates. (813) 390-4532.
ANNUAL 2BR DUPLEX North end ,$700 month, plus
security deposit. No pets. (941) 778-6088
HOLMES BEACH GULF view. 2BR home, 100 feet to
beach. Quiet dead-end. $950/month, plus security and
SEASONAL RENTAL HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA with
elevator, completely refurbished, new fumiture, Gulf view,
walk to beach, restaurants, shopping. (813) 267-4754.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Small duplex
apartment near beach. 1 BR/1BA, living room, kitchen,
utility porch. Furnished, $450/month, plus utilities. Call
TO RENT 3BR/2BA, near beach. February, March
806 JACARANDA, 3BR/2BA, north Anna Maria resi-
dence. Available August 1 for annual rental. $1,200/
month, plus security. 761-1182.
2BR CONDO, large pool, newly decorated.
UNFURNISHED 1BR APARTMENT on Gulf Drive
with stove and refrigerator, w/d hook-ups. $685/month.
ESTATE-SIZED LOT $199,900, 2.3 acres in town.
$50,000 below appraised price. Trades considered.
Town & Shore Realty, 383-3840.
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-
SUNNY DUPLEX has new tile throughout, fresh paint
and is only one lot and has some views of the bay.
Quiet location in Holmes Beach. 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace,
laundry room. $269,000. Call Yvonne Higgins at
Wagner Realty to see today. 720-3879.
NEW ON MARKET: 4BR/2.5BA on canal on Tarpon
Street, Anna Maria. Pool, dock, private. No brokers,
please. $599,000. 778-4578.
PERICO BAY CLUB Villa. Grand Cayman model,
2BR/2BA, plus den. Beautifully furnished. $235,000.
Private listing must be seen with Marilyn Trevethan,
Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
JUST OFF THE ISLAND San Remo Shores. 4BR/
2BA, caged pool, house on deep water canal. All
floors tiled, two-car garage. Jack Kendall, New
Concepts Properties Inc., Realtors, 792-9314.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA condo. Great view,
two heated pools, tennis court, elevator, under-
building parking, close to shopping and walking dis-
tance to beach. By owner, call for information, 795-
CANALFRONT, Holmes Beach, large 3BR/2BA,
over 2,000 sq.ft. under air, two-car garage, barrel-
tile roof. $429,000. 915-1707.
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Shelia, a resident of Bradenton since 1990 has been a Professional
Realtor since 1978. Formerly of Middletown, Ohio, Shelia earned
designation of GRI and has been a multi-million dollar member.
Associated with local WCR and Manatee County Chamber of
Commerce, state and national membership with FAR, NAR.
Specialty in real estate extended to residential single-family homes and
condominiums on and off the water, through out Anna -Maria,
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2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL 34217
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WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS Updated
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo in very pri-
vate tropical setting. Fully enclosed and air con-
ditioned lanai with view of heated pool and peek
of the bay. Priced to sell at $260,000. Call Dick
Maher or Dave Jones at 778-4800.
KEY ROYALE Beautifully maintained 3BR/2BA
canal home with boat dock, new ceramic tile
and carpet steps to golf course. This one won't
last long at $439,000. Call Lynn Hostetler at
778-4800 or 720-5876.
2BR/2BA CONDO Enjoy beautiful Gulf views
from your living room in your new Island get-
away. This unit is tastefully furnished and the
complex has many amenities including club-
house, pool and tennis courts. $399,000. Call
Quentin Talbert 778-4800 or 704-9680.
GREAT INVESTMENT CONDO Tastefully
furnished 2BR/2BA, ten minutes to the beach.
Excellent rental history. $79,900. Call Lynn
Hostetler at 778-4800.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Established ice
cream and penny candy store in busy Anna
Maria Island Plaza. Business is completely turn-
key. $39,900. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
Ed Olver 77-199 BoWler 79-753 DikMaer 77-69
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by Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz
Former Virginia senator
(#1 Alabama song)
One-time rival of Hogan
High guy in Dubai
Place for a mass
Start of a quip
How some things are set
Pleasant way to walk
Quip, part 2
More than intuition
Bulldog Days participant
Relative of -y
It's heavily Hindu
Le Havre-to-Paris dir.
N.H.L. goalie Chris
Quip, part 3
Expresses disdain, in a way
Take to the cleaners
Fail to medal
Sun Bowl venue
Visa statement abbr.
N.C. State is in it
Heavy hydrogen. e.g.
End of the quip
"I Love a Parade" composer
Way home from a bar. maybe
Author of the quip
_ early age
Water chestnut. e.g.
Tries to stop expanding
_ prize (came in first)
Air (Mideast carrier)
4 Side in a 1940 battle
5 Strong holds
6 Seine feeder
7 Pin cushion
8 Cookie salesgirl, perhaps
9 Legendary Irish bard
10 Throw in, as a question
12 Tours with?
13 Takes away
14 Sign ofa B'way hit
15 Feeling while reeling
16 Exile isle
18 They may provide
24 Neighbor of McGuire
Air Force Base
26 Page of book
29 Standard deviation symbol
32 Across. in verse
34 17th-century Spanish
painter of religious scenes
35 In the time that
37 Les Etats-_
38 "Well done!"
39 Spartan queen of myth
40 "What _?"
41 Some resorts
42 Bridges in movies
43 Nondairy spread
48 Crude dude
50 It may get under
52 Famed film flop
55 Hatchery supply
57 Innocent one
59 Football Hall-of-Famer
61 Fugue preceded, often
63 Wagga Wagga residents
65 Rev.'s delivery
66 Prefix with cortex
71 Work with a pug
73 Latin 101 word
74 Poland's Walesa
75 It's set by a runner
78 Kentucky athletic venue
80 Master anew
82 Tempest in a teapot
83 Home base for un
90 Beats easily
91 Thousandth of a yen
92 Pleasant drives?
94 French 120-Across
95 Provides a seat for
99 Voting booth hanger-on?
103 Japanese stringed
105 Small detail?
106 Bill producer
107 Brownish purple
108 Smallest of the mergansers
110 Guitar master Paul
112 C.E.O. hopeful
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tub. Enjoy the heated pool or a short drive to beach.
MLS#76010. $74,900. Noreen Roberts, 778-2261.
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